Sail and Bike Netherlands: IJsselmeer Guided | Leafde fan Fryslân & Wapen fan Fryslân

Sail & Bike along the coast of the IJsselmeer. Once a salty sea, now the largest sweetwater lake in all of Holland! Discover this unique part of the Netherlands aboard a magnificent and comfortably furnished sailing ship, and while riding excellent cycle paths and tracks. Sailing experience is not necessary. Just a desire to give it a go. Cycling can be done on your own or by joining a tour leader. Whatever you like best.

Up until 1932, the IJsselmeer was an inland sea called the Zuiderzee. Since the Middle Ages, the area played a major role in the economic development of the Netherlands, but was also often severely flooded. A 32 kilometer long dike, finished in 1932, put an end to the flooding and turned the salty sea into a sweetwater lake. Along its banks many picturesque, historical harbour and trading towns, centuries-old polders (fields of reclaimed land below sea level) and beautiful inland villages are still witness to a rich seafaring past. The Ijsselmeer’s now sweet water is home to a huge diversity of birds, plants and fish.

You will visit many of those historical towns and polders on both the western and eastern banks of the IJsselmeer. The tour also leads you through various Dutch national parks and gets you as far as the province of Overijssel. On the final day the ship sails back to Amsterdam, while you can relax on board. We do stop for a last short bike ride though: through the Oostvaardersplassen—a nature reserve known for its rewilding, meaning that the area is left alone to create its own natural balance of animal and plant life.

If you feel up to the challenge, you may – instructed by the experienced crew – lend a hand during navigating and raising of the sails on board your ship. Of course, you are just as welcome to relax and enjoy the fresh air, sailing and scenery. Since the ships are very large (up to 55 meters/60 yards) and very stable, there is almost no risk of seasickness.

New in 2019:
The Wapen fan Fryslân (WFF) will be sailing the Guided Sail & Bike IJsselmeer tour as well. On May 11 and May 18 2019 you are welcome aboard.

Day to day program 2018

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

Day 1 (Sat): Amsterdam

Embarkation and check-in: the crew will welcome you on board from 2 p.m. The Leafde fan Fryslân will stay in the port of Amsterdam during the first night. In the afternoon and evening you will have plenty of time to stroll around the city, visit a museum, the flea market or to enjoy a canal cruise.

Day 2 (Sun): Amsterdam – Monnickendam (32 km/19 mi. or 44 km/27 mi.)

Your first cycling tour begins after breakfast when you wind your way through the stunning rural nature reserve and wetlands of Waterland, with its villages, canals, creeks and small lakes. One of the highlights is the village of Broek in Waterland, replete with typical wooden houses with exquisitely-kept gardens in the middle of this natural, water-filled environment. If you would like to cycle some extra kilometers, then the former island of Marken is a must-do. The cycling tour ends in the attractive port village of Monnickendam, where you spend the night.

Day 3 (Mon):  Monnickendam –Hoorn (32 km/19 mi. or 54 km/33 mi.)

Time for a cycling tour from Monnickendam through Volendam, Edam, De Rijp and Schermerhorn to Hoorn. Visit a cheese farm en route, savor the fresh fish in the lively harbor of Volendam and wander through the quaint little streets and alleys in De Rijp, a former whaling station. The well-to-do merchants in the Golden Era of the 17th century built magnificent residences and trading centers here that have been carefully restored and now dominate the village. You can marvel at numerous buildings of yesteryear as you stroll through Hoorn, the final stop on this cycling tour. A shorter route takes you through Volendam and Edam over the IJsselmeer dike directly to Hoorn.

Day 4 (Tue):  Hoorn – Enkhuizen | Enkhuizen – Urk (28 km/20 mi.)

In the morning, cycle over the centuries-old dike along the IJsselmeer, from Hoorn to Enkhuizen. You are expected back on board for lunch in the port of Enkhuizen. In the afternoon, you sail straight across the IJsselmeer to Urk. Stroll through the narrow streets and alleys to the tiny beach and on to the harbor of this picturesque fishing village. The houses in Urk were built close to one another on elevated grounds to protect them against the water, and that is still visible today.

Day 5 (Wed): Urk and Schokland | Urk – Lemmer (35 km/22 mi. or 43 km/26 mi.)

After breakfast, cycle along the lake on a tarmacked cycle path to the former island of Schokland. Since the reclamation of the Northeast polder (Noordoostpolder) in 1942, Schokland – just as Urk – is no longer an island. Since 1995, it belongs to the cultural heritage of UNESCO. Cycle back to Urk, get back on board and the ship will set sail to Lemmer, gateway to the province of Friesland. This is an attractive water sport center with its many canal-side cafés and its old, neo-gothic locks.

Day 6 (Thu): Lemmer –Stavoren | Stavoren – Enkhuizen (33 km/20 mi. or 50 km/31 mi.)

The cycling route takes you from Lemmer over the higher sandy soil of the Gaasterland, with its idyllic villages, and then through the lower-lying peat bogs with their Frisian lakes, such as the Morra and the Fluessen. En route, you pass by the historic little town of Sloten. You’ll travel through Koudum to the oldest city of Friesland, Stavoren. Late afternoon, the ship will set sail again, this time for Enkhuizen. Enjoy an evening stroll through the old harbor and the center of this enthralling town, that flourished in the 17th century, the era of the United East India Company.

Day 7 (Fri): Enkhuizen – Amsterdam

If the wind is favorable, the ship will return under full sail from Enkhuizen along the IJsselmeer coast to Amsterdam. Anyone who would like to sail and maneuver the ship along with the crew is welcome to do so: the crew will instruct you, sailing experience is not necessary. You will arrive in Amsterdam in the afternoon and there is plenty of time to go downtown.

Day 8 (Sat): Amsterdam

End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.

Good to know
  • The daily cycling tours will be accompanied by a knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leader.
  • During the days when 2 bicycle options are possible, the tour leader will make a choice for the longer or the shorter option together with the group.
  • Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bike option.
  • You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map and route notes (available on board). GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.
  • In case you prefer a day of rest, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
  • On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m.

 

Important observations for the Sail & Bike program:
A little bit of adventure is a part of every Sail & Bike tour: the departure and arrival day and the location – Amsterdam – are a certainty, 100%. For the rest, the planned daily sailing routes are partially dependent on the strength and direction of the winds. The skipper decides the best route to be taken day by day, and discusses the options with his guests. The crew does everything in its power to enable the program to run according to plan and to offer you as fascinating, varied and active a week as possible, in which nature and culture play a major part. It is, however, also possible that departure times and the time spent on the water – and even the order of the program itself – may be adjusted. Enjoy the ride and let yourself be led by the elements!

Whenever possible, various passages will be undertaken fully rigged and anyone who would like to help the crew to sail and steer the boat is welcome to do so. This is of course absolutely up to you and no sailing experience is necessary.

Day to day program 2019

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

Day 1 (Sat): Amsterdam – Monnickendam or Volendam | testride (10 km/6 mi.)

Your week of sailing and cycling starts in Amsterdam. The crew welcomes you on board between 1 and 2 P.M. Once all guests have checked in, the ship sails under motor to Monnickendam or Volendam. From the port of one of these former fishing villages, a short warm-up ride leads you through the rural nature reserve of Waterland with its many villages.

Day 2 (Sun): Monnickendam/Volendam – Volendam (32 km/19 mi. or 51 km/31 mi.) | Volendam – Hoorn

A very Dutch start of the day: you cycle to a nearby, family-run cheese and clog shop for a short demonstration of cheese and clog making, and of course a cheese tasting. Continue pedaling along the dikes to Purmerend, in the heart of a polder named De Beemster, 11½ feet (3.5 meters) below sea level. It was created more than 400 years ago, when the Dutch transformed an inland lake into pasture land. Divided into a tight geometric pattern of squares and quadrants, it is recognized by UNESCO as “a creative masterpiece”.

Your next destination is Edam, a lovely town whose lanes and canals deserve a stroll. Edam is known worldwide for its cheese covered in red or yellow wax. This practical solution keeps the cheese fresh for a long time, so 17th century sailors could take it on their voyages or trade it for spices and other riches of the East.

Via the main dike of the IJsselmeer you arrive at the promenade of Volendam, where the ship is docked. You will have some time on your own to check out the souvenir shops. After dinner, let the historical city center lure you into a digestive walk. Later in the evening, the ship sails to Hoorn.

Day 3 (Mon): Hoorn – Enkhuizen (28 km/17 mi. or 39 km/24 mi.)

Through small rural hamlets and villages, today’s ride brings you to Enkhuizen. Pass by windmill De Krijgsman (The Warrior), the highest windmill in the province of North-Holland and one of a handful of old Dutch windmills still in use to produce flour commercially. The area is also known for its many greenhouses, where vegetables are grown.

In the 17th century, Enkhuizen was one of the wealthiest cities in Holland, thanks to its harbour that shipped then-costly spices from Asia. Be astonished by the stately mansions, canals, churches and city walls that to this day reflect the city’s rich history and wealth.

Day 4 (Tue):  Enkhuizen – Stavoren | Stavoren loop (25 km/15 mi. or 37 km/23 mi.)

Weather permitting, we sail across the IJsselmeer to the port of Stavoren in Friesland (approx. 4 hours). On board, you can help the captain sail the ship if you wish. Or you can simply sit back on deck and enjoy the invigorating journey, while keeping watch for marine bird life. Upon arrival a bike tour is planned that first takes you to Hindeloopen, a picturesque and lively fishing village. From there you go to Workum, home to the Jopie Huisman Museum. This museum is dedicated to the work and life of the Frisian realist painter Jopie Huisman, whose work is very much loved by the Dutch.

Day 5 (Wed): Stavoren – Lemmer (40 km/25 mi.)

Following the dike along the IJsselmeer we arrive in Gaasterland, renowned for its sandy heights that are over 32.8 feet (10 meters) high. The name Gaasterland derives from gaasten, the Frisian word for these elliptically shaped heights. They were formed during the Ice Age, when boulder clay from Scandinavia was deposited on this terrain.

Leaving the dike, you enter the Rijsterbos, a 300-year-old forest. Through this wooded area you ride to the town of Balk and along the tree-lined river Luts, that flows through the center of town. Shortly afterward, you’ll arrive at the fortress city of Sloten. With less than 800 inhabitants, it is one of the smallest cities in The Netherlands. Take the time to leisurely wander the narrow streets, to relax and to find a spot for a lunch on your own.

The last stretch of today’s tour brings you to the fishing port of Lemmer, where the ship moors for the night. Dinner will be served on board. An after dinner stroll into town is definitely worth your while.

Day 6 (Thu): Lemmer – Zwartsluis (51 km/32 mi.)

From Lemmer, cycle paths through open polder countryside and a forested area lead you to the small town of Ossenzijl. This is where you enter the Weerribben-Wieden National Park, the largest freshwater wetland in northwestern Europe and a peaceful oasis for plants, animals and humans.

A bicycle path through the center of the park takes you far away from roads, immersing you in the tranquility of this region. Keep your eyes peeled for a fleeting kingfisher or—if you’re really lucky—an otter, the symbol of the park. Your morning ride ends with lunch in Kalenberg, a village that till the fifties of the last century could be reached by boat only.

Once out of the park, the extremely pretty town of Blokzijl invites you to stop and take a good look around. A twisting route through an agricultural landscape of narrow strip fields surrounded by dikes takes you first to the town of Sint-Jansklooster and subsequently to the small city of Zwartsluis. Here you’ll get back on the ship.

Day 7 (Fri): Zwartsluis – Lelystad | Lelystad – Blocq van Kuffeler (20 km/12 mi. or 39 km/24 mi.)| Blocq van Kuffeler – Amsterdam

The day starts with approximately four hours of sailing to Lelystad, capital of the province of Flevoland that was entirely reclaimed from the sea. In its harbour you’ll disembark for your last half day of cycling. You’ll ride through the Oostvaardersplassen—a nature reserve on new land, left to find its own balance like nature did in old times on old land. Sections of the ride wind through forested areas, while others give you panoramic views of expansive reed beds and marshes. This is a birdwatchers’ paradise.

The ship picks you up in the small harbor of Oostvaardersdiep for the return voyage to Amsterdam. Celebrate this marvelous week around the Ijsselmeer while having a farewell dinner aboard the ship.

Day 8 (Sat): Amsterdam

Your tour ends today with a nice breakfast. Disembarkation afterwards until 9.30 a.m..



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Available ships for this tour

Leafde fan Fryslân

Leafde fan Fryslân The imposing three-masted barquentine, Leafde fan Fryslân, made its maiden voyage in …

Leafde fan Fryslân

The imposing three-masted barquentine, Leafde fan Fryslân, made its maiden voyage in the spring of 2018. The interior of this recently restyled ship can best be described as refined. There are 12 well-equipped twin cabins with two separate beds. In some of the twins a third (bunk) bed can be added, which makes it perfect for a family. Sumptuous meals are served in the restaurant and the ship’s bar is fully stocked; so the salon is the place to be after a day on the pedals. Or on deck, where you can burn some extra calories by helping to hoist the sails.

BICYCLES/E-BIKES:
The bicycles are Gazelle Esprit C7 bicycles with 7-speed hub gear and hand brakes. All bicycles have a comfortable Selle Royal saddle (height adjustable), a lock on the frame and pannier bag.
The E-Bikes are Gazelle Orange C330 HMB E-bikes with step less hub gears, front suspension and hand brakes. The crank engine offers 4 levels of support. The E-bikes have a comfortable Selle Royal saddle with saddle suspension, a lock on the frame and a pannier bag. Because of the limited number of E-bikes, early booking of an E-bike is strongly recommended.

Other bikes (e.g. E-Bikes, children’s bikes) and child seats (front or rear) are only available on these tours after prior request (by booking) and confirmation as a very limited number are available. Bike rental is optional. Guests are also allowed to bring their own bicycles (at no extra cost). Please note that the space on board the sailing ship is limited. The crew or tour operator is in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of such bicycles.

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Leafde fan Fryslân

The imposing three-masted barquentine, Leafde fan Fryslân, made its maiden voyage in the spring of 2018. The interior of this recently restyled ship can best be described as refined. There are 12 well-equipped twin cabins with two separate beds. In some of the twins a third (bunk) bed can be added, which makes it perfect for a family. Sumptuous meals are served in the restaurant and the ship’s bar is fully stocked; so the salon is the place to be after a day on the pedals. Or on deck, where you can burn some extra calories by helping to hoist the sails.

BICYCLES/E-BIKES:
The bicycles are Gazelle Esprit C7 bicycles with 7-speed hub gear and hand brakes. All bicycles have a comfortable Selle Royal saddle (height adjustable), a lock on the frame and pannier bag.
The E-Bikes are Gazelle Orange C330 HMB E-bikes with step less hub gears, front suspension and hand brakes. The crank engine offers 4 levels of support. The E-bikes have a comfortable Selle Royal saddle with saddle suspension, a lock on the frame and a pannier bag. Because of the limited number of E-bikes, early booking of an E-bike is strongly recommended.

Other bikes (e.g. E-Bikes, children’s bikes) and child seats (front or rear) are only available on these tours after prior request (by booking) and confirmation as a very limited number are available. Bike rental is optional. Guests are also allowed to bring their own bicycles (at no extra cost). Please note that the space on board the sailing ship is limited. The crew or tour operator is in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of such bicycles.

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Wapen fan Fryslân

Wapen fan Fryslân The Wapen fan Fryslân is the largest two-master schooner on the Dutch …

Wapen fan Fryslân

The Wapen fan Fryslân is the largest two-master schooner on the Dutch waterways. Take a seat in the spacious wheelhouse and order your drink at the stylish bar to enjoy the view through the panorama windows. But of course the view is better when outside: come relax on the aft deck at the outdoor bar, in the Jacuzzi at the middle deck, or at the sundeck in one of the deckchairs. The large salon also serves as restaurant and this will be the spot to feast from fantastic food. And sleeping won’t be a problem in the wonderful spacious cabins.

Bicycles/E-Bikes:
The bicycles on board are unisex bicycles from the Dutch brand Gazelle, type Paris and have hand- and/or pedal brake, easy-to handle Shimano Nexus 7-speed gears (7 gears will do in a flat country like Holland), gel-saddle (height adjustable), front suspension, a lock on the frame and a pannier bag.
The E-bike is a Gazelle Orange Comfort with 7 gears, 3 support levels, hand breaks only, gel-saddle (height adjustable), front suspension, a lock on the frame and a pannier bag (or a comparable brand/model).

Bicycle rent is optional. Guests are also allowed to bring their own bicycles (at no additional fee). Please note that the space on board the sailing ship is limited. However, the crew or tour operators are in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of guests own bicycles.
Prices of other bikes (e.g. children’s bikes, “slip streamers”/tag-a-long, tandem bicycles etc. and child’s saddles (rear) are on request.

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Wapen fan Fryslân

The Wapen fan Fryslân is the largest two-master schooner on the Dutch waterways. Take a seat in the spacious wheelhouse and order your drink at the stylish bar to enjoy the view through the panorama windows. But of course the view is better when outside: come relax on the aft deck at the outdoor bar, in the Jacuzzi at the middle deck, or at the sundeck in one of the deckchairs. The large salon also serves as restaurant and this will be the spot to feast from fantastic food. And sleeping won’t be a problem in the wonderful spacious cabins.

Bicycles/E-Bikes:
The bicycles on board are unisex bicycles from the Dutch brand Gazelle, type Paris and have hand- and/or pedal brake, easy-to handle Shimano Nexus 7-speed gears (7 gears will do in a flat country like Holland), gel-saddle (height adjustable), front suspension, a lock on the frame and a pannier bag.
The E-bike is a Gazelle Orange Comfort with 7 gears, 3 support levels, hand breaks only, gel-saddle (height adjustable), front suspension, a lock on the frame and a pannier bag (or a comparable brand/model).

Bicycle rent is optional. Guests are also allowed to bring their own bicycles (at no additional fee). Please note that the space on board the sailing ship is limited. However, the crew or tour operators are in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of guests own bicycles.
Prices of other bikes (e.g. children’s bikes, “slip streamers”/tag-a-long, tandem bicycles etc. and child’s saddles (rear) are on request.

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Included, excluded & information

Included in this tour

8 days/7 nights

7 x breakfast

Packed lunches

7 x 3-course dinner

Coffee and tea on board till 4 p.m.

Welcome drink

Use of bed linen and towels

Daily cleaning of the cabin

Daily briefings by the tour leader

Fully guided cycling tours

2019: Fees for ferries

Some short walking tours

Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)

GPS tracks

Use of a waterproof pannier bag

Wi-Fi

Excluded in this tour

Drinks

Coffee and tea on board after 4 p.m.

Bicycle rental or e-bike rental

Helmet rental

Personal insurances

Gratuities (at your discretion)

Entrance fees and excursions

2018: Fees for ferries

Transfers to/from the docking place

Parking fees

Additional options & information

Rental bicycle: €75 per week
Rental E-Bike: €175 per week (only on request, limited number available)
You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.

Helmets:          
A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment.

Reduced rates for families with children
We offer a reduced rate for children on the Sail & Bike IJsselmeer Tours in 2018/2019: 15% reduction for children up to incl. 15 years of age, only applicable when staying in the same cabin with 2 adults (triple or quadruple cabin).

Important observations for the Sail & Bike program:
While a little bit of adventure is part of every Sail & Bike tour, departure and arrival days as well as the location – Amsterdam – are a 100% fixed. As for the rest, the planned daily sailing routes partially depend on the strength and direction of the winds. The skipper decides day by day on the best route and discusses the options with his guests. The crew does whatever it can to run the program according to plan and to offer you a fascinating, varied and active week, in which nature and culture play a major part. It is however possible that departure times and the time spent on the water – and even the order of the program itself – have to be adjusted. So, enjoy the ride and let yourself be led by the elements!
Whenever possible, various passages will be undertaken fully rigged. Anyone who likes to help the crew sail and steer the boat is welcome to do so. Of course this is absolutely up to you. Sailing experience is not necessary.


Availability and prices

Tour dates 2018 –  Leafde fan Fryslân
Departure dates on July 21 and 28
from €949,- for €749,-
Lastminute €200,- discount 
Use discount code LASTMINUTE2018

Tour dates 2019 – Wapen fan Fryslân
Departure dates on
May 11 and 18

Tour dates 2019 – Leafde fan Fryslân
Departure dates on 
May 25; July 13, 20 and 27

Cabin type For May 11 - May 18 May 25 - August
Twin cabin 2 pers. From €849 From €979 Single/Twin cabin for single use (max. 2) 1 pers. From €1099 From €1229 Triple cabin 3 pers. From €749 From €879

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