Frisian Sea Bike and Boat

  • 5.0
    (2 reviews)
  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 Nights
  • Start / Finish

    Enkhuizen / Enkhuizen
  • Distance

    128 miles/206 kms
  • Themes

    CoastalEbike
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    008-107CNL
Price From £686

Overview

Head to the Netherlands’ North Sea coast for a bike and boat cycling holiday around the quiet and serene Frisian Islands. Sail from island to island on a lovely old schooner, disembarking each day for leisurely cycle rides ride along quiet lanes and cycle paths to pristine sand dunes, light-houses and friendly coastal villages.

You’ll be sailing on a traditional-style schooner, with comfortable en suite cabins and a luxurious wood-panelled saloon, panoramic viewing deck and attentive crew to help you make the most of your voyage. The crew will be happy to show you the ropes (literally) and let you help sail the boat if you are interested.

 

The tour starts in the historic port of Enkhuizen on the mainland, then you’ll cast off to sail across the Wadden Sea to Texel, the largest and best known of the Frisian Islands. Here you can choose from a network of routes, and can even circle the whole island in a day, visiting the seal banks and sandy beaches of this offshore haven of calm and peacefulness.

Next up you’ll navigate north through the Wadden sandbanks to the islands of Terschelling and Vlieland, both home to an array of nature and bird life. Returning south you’ll conclude the Frisian Islands tour back in Enkhuizen at the end of a memorable week of sailing and cycling.

The cycling is leisurely matching the pace of life on the islands you’ll be visiting. The Netherlands has great infrastructure for biking, with miles and miles of clearly marked, well-paved cycle paths, so the rides will be a real pleasure and suitable for all abilities.

Itinerary & Map

The cycling is leisurely matching the pace of life on the islands you’ll be visiting. The Netherlands has great infrastructure for biking, with miles and miles of clearly marked, well-paved cycle paths, so the rides will be a real pleasure and suitable for all abilities.

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

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Day 1: Arrive Enkhuizen

Enkhuizen - Holland*

Enkhuizen

On arrival in Enkhuizen make your way to the harbour and check into your cabin on your sailing ship. Embarkation and check-in is from 2pm. Once on-board the skipper will take a moment to talk about the trip ahead. Later you can explore the old town that was home to the Dutch merchant fleet in Holland’s Golden Age.

Day 2: Enkhuizen – Den Oever, 14 to 22 miles/24 to 37 kms

Texel - Holland*

Texel

Your ship will cast off from historic Enkhuizen, and you have the choice to stay on-board as it sails along the Ijsselmeer coast or make the journey by bike through the beautiful polder landscape to Medemblik. From there we will stay on-board and sail further to Den Oever. If the weather is favourable you’ll then all sail across the Wadden Sea to Texel Island. Alternatively, you’ll spend the night on the mainland and make the journey the next day.

Day 3: Texel, 24 to 28 miles/40 to 46 kms

Oudeschild - Texel - Holland*

Oudeschild – Texel

Texel, the largest of the Frisian Islands, is a cyclist’s paradise, and today you have a choice of routes. A round trip of the island is well recommended, along quiet, well-signposted paths. It takes you to many of Texel’s pretty fishing villages as you pass some extremely picturesque coastal landscape. Don’t miss the seal sanctuary “Ecomare” and old brewery at Oudeschild.

Day 4: Texel – Terschelling

Wapen fan Fryslan

Relaxing on board

A day off from riding today and a chance to relax and watch the coastal scenery as you sail from Texel to the long, thin island of Terschelling. The route takes you north through the Wadden Sea sandbanks, where there’s a good chance of spotting seals basking. You’ll arrive in the afternoon, weather permitting. No dinner is served on-board tonight to enable you to explore this beautiful island. You can make yourself a picnic meal or try one of the nice restaurants at Terschelling (not included).

Day 5: Terschelling – Harlingen, 24 miles/40 kms

Terschelling - Holland*

Terschelling

Today you explore Terschelling by bike with a cycling distance of your choice. The island has some 70 km of tracks and paths to choose from, which connect its four pristine coastal villages. You can also visit the historic Brandaris lighthouse and the island’s landscape of heath, sand dunes and mud flats. Terschelling is also home to large colonies of birds and you’re likely to spot black winged stilts, spoonbills and black-backed gulls along the way. In the late afternoon the ship will cross the Wadden Sea and sail to Harlingen on the mainland. The largest harbour town in Friesland, Harlingen has a bustling town quay that is a pleasant place to explore by bike or on foot.

Day 6: Harlingen – Franeker – Makkum, 29 to 36 miles/48 to 58 kms

Mare fan Fryslan

Mare fan Fryslan

The route today leads you inland to the town of Franeker where we recommend a visit to the famous planeterium of 18th century astronomer, Eise Eisinga. The shorter option then leads you through open countryside, via several small villages, to Makkum where the boat is waiting for you. A bolt-on detour option also takes in the town of Bolsward, which features in the famous, and now rarely held, Eleven Frisian Cities ice skating race.

Day 7: Makkum – Stavoren – Enkhuizen, 19 to 30 miles/30 to 49 kms

Zuiderzee Museum - Enkhuizen

Enkhuizen

After breakfast you mount up for the last time and cycle south along the shore of the IJsselmeer Lake to the town of Stavoren. Along the way you’ll pass through the old trading town of Hindeloopen where we recommend a stop at the First Frisian Museum of Ice Skating. From Stavoren the boat sails back across the IJsselmeer Lake to Enkhuizen where you enjoy your final evening meal with your crew and fellow passengers.

Day 8: Enkhuizen

After breakfast on board it’s time to disembark, by 9.30am, and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Wapen Fan Fryslan
May25
June1822
July132027
August31017
Mare Fan Fryslan
May11
June129
July62027
August1724
September14#REF!
Leafde Fan Fryslan
May1118
June152229
July6
August31031
September

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2019 Prices
008-107CNL
Per person
04 May
to
18 May
25 May
to
14 Sep
21 Sep
Wapen Fan Fryslan - comfort
Twin cabin £784 £912 £784                
Single cabin £1029 £1157 £1029                
Triple cabin £686 £813 £686                
Mare Fan Fryslan - comfort
Twin cabin £784 £912 £784                
Single cabin £1029 £1157 £1029                
Triple cabin £686 £813 £686                
Junior Suite £1029 £1098 £1029                
Leafde Fan Fryslan - comfort
Twin cabin £784 £912 £784                
Single cabin £1029 £1157 £1029                
Triple cabin £686 £813 £686                
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Deposit per person £200

Price Includes

7 nights onboard your chosen boat. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 5 x Packed lunch & 1 x On-board lunch, 6 x On-board dinner, 1 x Packed dinner
Welcome drink
Daily coffee and tea until 4pm
Services of on board guide
Maps & route information
GPS route data

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire & helmet (see supplements)
Drinks on-board
Supplements for special dietary requests
Entrance fees, excursions & ferries
Gratuities/tips

Supplements

Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£75)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£196)
Helmet (£12)

Practical Information

Bikes

Example of the type of bike used on this tour

Example of the type of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, hybrid models with 7 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position. The bikes also come equipped with rear pannier, lock and repair kit.

Electric bikes are available, but in limited supply and subject to availability at the time of booking.

Helmets can be provided if pre-booked; however, we suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons.

Accommodation

On-board payments: Cash only accepted, no debit/credit cards.

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

This bike and boat holiday operates on three very similar vessels, the Mare Fan Fryslân, the Wapen Fan Fryslân and the Leafde Fan Fryslân – all three are described below. See the dates and prices tab for information on which boat operates on which dates. More images of both boats can be found in the gallery.

Mare Fan Fryslân

Mare fan Fryslan

Mare fan Fryslan

The sailing ship Mare fan Fryslân was built in 1960 as a freight ship. It was completely renovated in 2006 and since 2007 it has been used as a very comfortable, beautiful, almost extravagant, three-mast schooner on Dutch waters.

She offers, on the lower deck, 14 comfortable cabins. 12 twin cabins (9 m²) with two single beds which can be set together, 1 premium twin cabin (11 m²) with two single beds which can be set together and a small sitting area with a flat screen TV and 1 single cabins (6 m²). In all the two-bed cabins a Pullman bed/fold-down bed can be arranged. Cabins have en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basins. They are also equipped with a mini-safe, a hairdryer and have ventilation, central heating and portholes that can be opened.

On the lower deck, there is a comfortable and convivial air-conditioned wood-panelled saloon where meals are taken. From here you reach the wheelhouse on the upper deck, with bar, TV and music system complete with large panoramic window to enjoy the wonderful views.

On the wooden upper deck, there is ample seating as well as an outdoor bar, a grill and a Jacuzzi. When moored up in a harbour there is free Wi-Fi throughout the ship.

Wapen Fan Fryslân

In 1965 the Wapen Fan Fryslân was launched as a freight ship and in 2003 she was completely renovated and transformed into a sailing passenger ship.

She offers, on the lower deck, 12 comfortable cabins (8,5 m²), each with two separate single beds which can be set together and a folding bed as a third bed which can be used if needed. Cabins have en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. All cabins have ventilation, central heating and two portholes of which one can be opened. Furthermore, you will find a mini safe in each cabin.

On the lower deck, there is a large lounge/restaurant, which is characterized by its luxurious appearance and flexible furnishing. From here you can reach the large wheelhouse; An intimate, stylish bar and seating area, Wi-fi is available. The large picture windows offer wonderful views.

She has an outdoor café and a Jacuzzi on the afterdeck, as well as various sitting areas where you can enjoy meals outdoors. On the sundeck, there is plenty of space and seating including deck chairs.

Leafde Fan Fryslân

Leafde fan Fryslan

Leafde fan Fryslan

The imposing, three masted barquentine Leafde Fan Fryslân.  The interior of this luxury ship can best be described as refined.

She offers, on the lower deck, 12 well-appointed twin cabins (10 m²), with two single beds, which can be set together in most cabins and 1 single cabin (8 m²). Some of the twin cabins can be booked as a three-bed cabin (the third bed as bunk). The cabins feature en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin.  All cabins have ventilation and heating, portholes and a hatch that can be opened. Furthermore, in each cabin you will find a hairdryer and a mini safe.

On the lower deck you will find the restaurant in nautical style, where the meals are taken. The wheel house on the upper deck offers a cosy lounge which is equipped with large panoramic windows, a well-appointed seating area , TV and a well equipped bar. Wi-Fi is available. The best views over the water are available here and on the deck, where you can also have a seat when the weather is nice.

Meals

On all three vessels, a hearty breakfast is provided each morning along with a packed lunch to take with you on the daily rides. A three-course meal is served each evening.

Daily complimentary coffee and tea until 4pm.

 

 

 

Getting There

Fly to Amsterdam or take the Eurostar train. Then take the train to Enkhuizen.

Research flights from UK airports here.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 2 reviews 5.0
  • Date - 13/08/2016
  • Name - Fiona
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Very helpful booking and thorough paperwork. Friendly staff.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - We were looking for an active holiday to take our two teenagers that wouldn't totally exhaust us parents and this was perfect.
    The boat was lovely - well kept, clean, with good sized cabins and friendly staff who spoke good English.
    The bikes were good quality and easy to use and the cycle paths are brilliant. We are not cyclists at home but didn't find it too taxing even though the distances were challenging a couple of times.
    The food was good although no choice of menu and the atmosphere was relaxed and enjoyable. We spent the evenings playing cards rather than on phones so that was a bonus.
    I was surprised there were not more families aboard - only one other family with two teenagers and the rest were older couples as this is a great holiday for young people.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks Fiona and yes, we're also surprised that this holiday doesn't attract more families too. Hopefully your lovely review will encourage others to try this unique style of holiday in the future.
  • Date - 04/07/2016
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Helpful & reassuring advice
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Food & service were great; We wished we could have sailed a bit more; weather was not as optimal as the company onboard.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the review. Alas the weather is something none of us can control but it sounds like you had fun anyway.