Sailing tours are something very special. Feel the freedom, the wind and salt on your skin! It’s a bit like discovering the seas as a modern-day explorer. Aboard the Mare fan Fryslân, the Wapen fan Fryslân, and the Leafde fan Fryslân, the most luxurious sailing ships on the IJsselmeer and Wadden Sea, you will enjoy the pure nature of the experience while enjoying water, sun and a stiff breeze. Along the way you can explore a natural area along the coast of the North Sea that is truly unique – the mudflats of the Frisian Sea. It is a world with two faces where sand and water dominate during the changeover from low to high tide and where islands of all sizes line up like pearls on a chain to protect the shoals of the mudflats.
Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is from 4pm near the beautiful centre of Enkhuizen and close to the railway station. After unpacking your luggage in your cabin the skipper will join you for an aperitif before giving you a rundown of what to expect on the journey, details about the ship and also about safety measures to be taken on board. In the evening take a stroll through the historical center of Enkhuizen, a quaint town that was the home of the Dutch merchant fleet during the Golden Age of The Netherlands. Enjoy your first night on board in Enkhuizen.
Today you can cycle the first leg of the trip along the IJsselmeer coast through the beautiful polder landscape to Medemblik. After the bike tour the ship will sail further to Den Oever. Depending on the weather in the evening the ship will sail across the Wadden Sea to the Island of Texel.
The island of Texel is a cyclist’s dream destination with its varied scenery, well signposted cycle tracks and picturesque villages. Our suggestion is to complete a round trip cycling tour of the largest of the Dutch North Sea islands on the easy-to-follow Thijsse-route (about 40 km/24 miles) that takes you via a number of villages, the seal sanctuary station of EcoMare and a traditional beer brewery in the harbour of Oudeschild.
Today you will enjoy sailing on your ship, when the tide and the weather are right, on the North Sea to the island of Terschelling. As you sail your way through the sandbanks of the Wadden Sea keep a lookout for seals resting on the sandbars. In the afternoon the ship will arrive on Terschelling Island which features a number of picturesque villages situated between the polder and sand dunes along its 30km expanse.
While the previous day was all about sailing, today is all about cycling. Terschelling has plenty to offer cycle tourists: nature and culture, 70 km of cycling tracks and 4 beautiful villages. West Terschelling is the largest village on the island and features a number of shops and pubs. The standout landmark on the island is the 400 year-old lighthouse ‘Brandaris’ which can be seen from well off in the distance. Also worth visiting is the heath land of ‘Boschplaat’ which will captivate you with its mud, beaches and dunes. You might even spot a number of ducks, black-winged stilts, large colonies of spoonbills and great black-backed gulls. After a day of cycling relax in comfort back on board your ship.
Today you will arrive in Harlingen aboard the ship. Harlingen is the most important harbor city of Friesland. Via Franeker, with the famous planetarium of Eise Eisinga, you cycle through the beautiful wide Frisian countryside along several villages to Makkum. Do you take the option of the long cycling trip, you then will also visit Bolsward, one of the Frisian Eleven Cities.
From Makkum you cycle to Stavoren. The short route goes via the old trading town Hindeloopen. The Hindelooper art of painting is world famous. Besides this you’ll find the First Frisian Museum of Ice skating here. The long route runs along several of the Frisian lakes and shows you a different kind of landscape. From Stavoren the ship sets sail to Enkhuizen.
Disembarkation after breakfast until 10am: End of your trip. A beautiful journey full of new experiences has come to an end.
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reservation costs €15
During these Frisian Sea tours you will travel – depending on the departure date – on board one of the three largest and most luxurious sailing ships on the IJsselmeer, the beautiful three-masted schooner Mare fan Fryslân (max. 28 guests), her sister ship the two-masted schooner Wapen fan Fryslân (max. 24 guests) or the imposing three-masted barquentine Leafde fan Fryslân (max. 25-30 guests).
Ship Mare fan Fryslân
The Mare fan Fryslân was built in 1960 as a freight ship and was completely renovated in 2006. Since 2007 this classic schooner has been used as a beautiful, almost extravagant, three-mast sailing ship at home on Dutch waters. Facilities: On the lower deck there is an air conditioned saloon lined with wooden panelling that doubles as the ship’s restaurant. Next to the saloon you will find the wheelhouse fitted with a bar, music, video equipment and TV – a major feature of this room is the large panoramic window that offers a breathtaking view over the water. On the lower deck there are 12 comfortable 2-bed cabins (floor area of about 10 m2, 2 floor-level single beds 90 x 200 cm), 1 junior suite with a small corner sitting area and a flat screen TV (about 12 m2) as well as a 1-bed cabin with bunk beds (floor area of about 7 m2). In the 2-bed cabins and the junior-suite it is also possible to arrange to have 3 beds – a Pullman bed/fold-down bed. All the cabins have a private shower/WC/sink and ventilation system. The wooden upper deck offers adequate seating, an outdoor bar with draught beer on tap, a grill and even a Jacuzzi. The sails on the schooner can be operated either by hand or electrically. In the harbours there is a Wi-Fi/WLAN connection (free of charge) available throughout the whole ship.
Ship Wapen fan Fryslân
The 55 metres Wapen fan Fryslân is the largest two-mast schooner sailing on Dutch waterways. In 1965 the schooner was launched as a freight ship that transported all kinds of freight throughout the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. In 2003 the ship was completely transformed into a luxury sailing passenger ship. On board this marvellous five star ship you are guaranteed to revel in the warm and luxurious atmosphere. On deck there is a large pilothouse, an intimate and stylish bar and a seating area. The panoramic windows offer a perfect 360 degree view of the water and the ship. The afterdeck has an outdoor cafe with draught beer on tap, a Jacuzzi and on the middle deck there are various sitting areas where you can enjoy a lovely meal outdoors. The sundeck features deckchairs and offers plenty of seating. The large salon, which doubles as the restaurant, is characterised by its luxurious appearance and flexible furnishing. All 12 spacious cabins (ca. 10 m2) have two separate box spring beds (90×200 m) that can be easily transformed into a double bed. Each cabin has its own shower, toilet, wash basin, a folding bed that can be used as a third bed and a porthole that can be opened.
Sailing Ship LEAFDE FAN FRYSLÂN
The LEAFDE FAN FRYSLÂN, an imposing, three-masted barquentine, makes its maiden voyage for Sail & Bike travel in 2018 and is managed by its owner-operators, Joris and Rinske de Wit. For many years, they have run the MARE FAN FRYSLÂN, a three-masted clipper. The interior of this luxury ship can best be described as refined. The ship has 12 well-appointed twin cabins with two separate beds (ca. 11 m2) , and one single cabin (ca. 7 m2). A third (bunk-)bed can be added in some cabins. All cabins have an en-suite bathroom with shower, basin and toilet. A porthole can be opened in every cabin. Sumptuous meals are carefully prepared in the restaurant and the ship’s full-service, cosy bar is fully stocked. The wheelhouse is equipped with a well-appointed seating area and the best views over the water are available here and on deck. The LEAFDE FAN FRYSLÂN can comfortably carry 25 (maximum 30) guests and is 50 meters (approx. 165 ft.) long and seven meters (approx. 23 ft.) wide with a sail surface of 760 m² (approx. 2,500 sq.ft.).
Important observations for the Sail & Bike program:
Adventure is a part of every Sail & Bike program: the departure and arrival day and the location – Enkhuizen – are a certainty, 100%. For the rest, the planned daily sailing routes are partially dependent on the strength and direction of the wind. The captain decides the precise route to be taken day by day, and discusses the options with his onboard 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, not unthinkable that departure times and the time spent on the water – and even the program itself – may be adjusted during the week. Enjoy the ride and be led by the elements!
Whenever possible, various passages will be undertaken fully rigged and anyone who would like to help us sail and steer the boat is welcome to do so. This is of course absolutely up to you and no sailing experience is necessary.
– Tour and accommodation on board in the booked category 8 days/7 nights (Saturday-Saturday) from/to Enkhuizen;
– Full board (7x breakfast, 6x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7x three course dinner);
– Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels on request); daily short cleaning of the cabin;
– Welcoming drink and -speech on the first evening;
– Board tour guide by the crew(multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours;
– Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual bike tours;
– Daily complimentary coffee and tea till 4 PM.
– Transfers to/from the docking place in Enkhuizen;
– Reservation fee;
– Other transfers;
– Bike rent;
– Rental bike helmet (optional);
– Parking fee (parking at the NS-train station in Enkhuizen is free);
– Entrance fees & excursions;
– Fees for ferries;
– Drinks on board;
– Personal (travel) insurances;
– Gratuities (at your discretion).
Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligated)
Rental bicycle with 7 gear, hand- and/or pedal brakes, pannier bag: €70 per week (optional)
Rental E-Bike: €165 per week (only on request, limited number available, early booking recommendable)
Rental Bike helmet: € 10 per week/piece (optional)