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The Netherlands: Sail and Bike Holland: Frisian Sea

Duration: 7 Days
Location: Frisian Sea
Price: € 899 pp
Level: Easy
  • Sail & Bike tours are something very special. Feel the freedom, the wind and salt on your skin while discovering the seas as a modernday explorer. You will stay aboard the Mare fan Fryslân and the Wapen fan Fryslân, the most luxurious sailing ships on the IJsselmeer and Wadden Sea.

    Explore the highlights of the tour by bicycle: the North Sea islands of Texel, Vlieland and Terschelling and their beautiful natural areas, small villages and long sandy beaches. But also the coasts of North-Holland and Friesland with their welcoming cities like Enkhuizen and Harlingen are a true “El Dorado” for cyclists.

    Enkhuizen – Enkhuizen               

    8 days / 7 nights, Wapen fan Fryslân /  Mare fan Fryslân 

    Itinerary: Enkhuizen – Den Oever – Texel – Terschelling – Vlieland – Enkhuizen.

    Included: 8 days / 7 nights, breakfast, packed lunch, 7 x dinner (3 courses), bed linen, route info, welcome drink. Bike rental is NOT included: € 70, – per bike.

  • 150Euro/person early booking discount if booked between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016

  • Mare fan Fryslân (28 passengers)

    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.

    Day stay

    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. 

    Cabins

    On the lower deck there are 12 comfortable 2-bed cabins with 2 floor-level single beds, 1 premium twin with a small corner sitting area as well as a 1-bed cabin with bunk beds. 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.

    Wapen fan Fryslân (24 passengers) 

    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.

    Day stay

    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.

    Cabins

    All 12 spacious cabins have two separate box spring beds 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.

  • Tour Details from Bruges to Paris | Sailing ship Mare fan Fryslan and Wapen fan Fryslan

    Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Enkhuizen

    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 centre 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.

    Day 2 (Sun): Enkhuizen – Den Oever or Enkhuizen – Medemblik – Den Oever (Approx. 40 km/24 mi.) | Den Oever – Texel

    Today your ship sails from Enkhuizen to Den Oever. You can either choose to try out your sea legs for the first time and stay on board as you sail over the Ijsselmeer to your destination for the day. Or, if you prefer, you can cycle the first leg of the trip along the IJsselmeer coast through the beautiful polder landscape via Medemblik to Den Oever.  Whatever you choose you will delight in the beauty of the region. Depending on the weather in the evening the ship will sail across the Wadden Sea to the Island of Texel.

    Day 3 (Mon): Den Oever – Texel | Texel (Approx. 40km/24 mi.)

    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.

    Day 4 (Tue): Texel – Terschelling

    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.

    Day 5 (Wed): Terschelling (Approx. 40 km/24 mi.)

    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.

    Day 6 (Tue): Terschelling – Vlieland (or alternative Southwest coast of the Province of Friesland)

    Today the ship will aim to reach the island of Vlieland, however this is dependent on the weather and the tides. The smallest island to be visited on the tour has just 1100 residents, one village and is car-free, making it an excellent place to explore by bike. The beach is just 100 metres from the harbour and from the highest point of the island, the dune ‘Vuurboetsduin, you have a fantastic view over a number of islands, the North Sea and the mudflats. If it is not possible to sail to Vlieland there is an alternative: a sailing trip to the south-western part of the Province of Friesland with a round trip cycling tour.

    Day 7 (Fri): Vlieland (or alternative Southwest coat of the Province of Friesland) – sailing back to Enkhuizen

    Today you will enjoy another day of sailing as you head back to Enkhuizen.

    Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Enkhuizen

    Disembarkation after breakfast until 10am: End of your trip. A beautiful journey full of new experiences has come to an end.

    In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.

    *All distances are approximate. The planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

  • Included in the price

    – 8 days / 7 nights on board

    – 7 x breakfast

    – 7 x dinner on board

    – Packed lunches for bike trips

    – Coffee and tea on board till 4 PM

    – Use of bed linen and towels

    – Daily cleaning of the cabin

    – Welcoming drink

    – Daily briefings by the crew

    – Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual bike tours

    Not included

    – Reservation fee € 15,- 

    – Bike rental (incl. pannier and water bottle): € 70,- per bike

    – Fees for ferries;

    – Transfer to/from docking place

    – Personal insurances 

    – Gratuities (at your discretion) 

    – Drinks and expenses on excursions

  • PRICES per person HOLLAND – SAIL & BIKE FRISIAN SEA 2018 (dd/mm):

     Cabin: for: June – Sept. May
    2-bed cabin 2 pers.  €           899   €       799
    Single cabin 1 pers.  €        1,149   €    1,049
    Junior suite* 2 pers.  €        1,079   €       999
    Triple cabin 3 pers.  €           799   €       699

    *: Junior Suite only available on the MARE FAN FRYSLAN

    Triple cabins are limited and only on request available. Please contact us if you want to book a triple cabin.

    DATES SEASON 2018 SAIL & BIKE FRISIAN SEA (dd/mm)

    Ship MARE FAN FRYSLAN: departure on 05/05, 26/05, 02/06, 09/06, 23/06, 30/06, 14/07, 21/07, 28/07, 04/08, 11/08, 18/08., 25.08. and 01.09..

    Ship WAPEN FAN FRYSLAN: departure on 05/05, 12/05, 19/05, 26/05, 09/06, 16/06, 23/06, 30/06, 07/07, 14/07, 21/07 and 28/07.

    Ship LEAFDE FAN FRYSLAN: departure on 04/08, 18/08, 25/08, 01/09, 08/09, 15/09 and 22/09.

  • About the Sail & Bike tour:

    A Sail & Bike tour is like a little bit of adventure: the only thing which is really fixed on this cruise is the departure and arrival harbor Amsterdam. The sailing routes to be taken depend largely on the weather and the wind. The skipper will determine from day to day the exact sailing schedule and discuss the possibilities with the guests. The skipper and his crew will do everything they can to offer you the program as planned so you can enjoy a fascinating week with a variety of activities, nature and culture, but it is possible that the departure and sailing times and/or the order of the program has to be changed. Enjoy and relax: the elements will lead you! Various parts of the tour will be sailed.

    Bicycles:

    The bicycles on board are mostly unisex trekking bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), 7 gears, hand brake and/or pedal brake and pannier bag. Other bikes (e.g. E-Bikes, children’s bikes) and child’s saddles (front or rear) are only available on these tours after prior request (by booking) and confirmation as there are very limited numbers 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 of a sailing ship is limited. However, the crew or tour operator is in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of such bicycles. In the Netherlands cyclists are not obligated by law to wear a bike helmet. Bike helmets are not available on board.

    Background information:

    The daily bike tours are individual, conducted at your own pace and without a tour guide. There are daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and directions are available. The cycling routes are dependent on the sail program, weather and weather expectation.

    The General Conditions (travel conditions) of Boat Bike Tours apply to cycling cruises, as well as to confirmation and cancellation of such tours. In principle, children are very welcome on board, however, before booking, we advise you to satisfy yourself that your child is able to manage a cycle trip of ca. 30-55 km. Children’s bikes, tandems, parent-child-tandems, slip streamers etc. are available on request. Of course you may stay one or more days on board instead of cycling (children under the age of18 years must be under supervision). Child discount on request. Life jackets for children can be arranged on request: please mention the age, height and weight of your child when you book the tour. The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck.

    The trip starts and ends in Enkhuizen

    In Enkhuizen, the ship is docked at the Gependam, close to the trainstation. The address is Dirck Chinaplein, 1601 GW Enkhuizen.

    Click here to open a new window with the map of the mooring place in Enkhuizen.

    We expect you on board on Saturday at about 16.00 hours. The ship will leave on Sunday morning. If you cannot arrive on time, will you please notify us by telephone or e-mail?

    Mare fan Fryslan: +31 654 771 322

    Wapen fan Fryslan: +31 647 964 526

    E-mail: info@eurosailtravel.com

    CONTACT:

    Boat Bike Tours BV

    ’t Prooyen 3-B

    1141 VD Monnickendam

    The Netherlands

    Tel: +31 299 313071

    Fax: +31 299 313065

    info@boatbiketours.com

    www.boatbiketours.com