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The Netherlands: Sail and Bike Holland: IJsselmeer

Duration: 7 Days
Location: IJsselmeer
Price: € 859 pp
Level: Easy
  • Combine a week of sailing on Holland’s lake IJsselmeer with daily bike trips along a long list of historic towns and villages. There really is no better way for anyone interested in sailing and cycling to explore what is a truly historic, beautiful and fascinating part of the world !

    During this exciting tour that starts and ends in Amsterdam you will stay aboard the Leafde fan Fryslan. You bike and sail along large sections of the IJsselmeer coast. The entire region is crisscrossed by excellent cycle paths that you can pedal along to discover the charm of towns such as Monnickendam, Hoorn and Enkhuizen.

    On the final day of your tour, wind and weather permitting, you will experience the thrill of sailing under full sail as you return to Amsterdam.

    Amsterdam – Amsterdam                    

    8 days / 7 nights, Leafde fan Fryslan

    Itinerary: Amsterdam – Monnickendam – Hoorn – Enkhuizen – Urk – Lemmer – Stavoren – Amsterdam

    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.



    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.).

  • Tour Details Holland: IJsselmeer | Sailing ship Leafde fan Fryslan

    Day 1 (Sat): arrival and embarkation in Amsterdam

    Individual arrival in Amsterdam, embarkation between 14.00 – 18.00 hours. During the first night, the ship is moored in Amsterdam, close to the city center. Take the time in the afternoon or evening to visit museums, to shop or relax on a canal cruise.

    Day 2 (Sun): Amsterdam – Waterland – Monnickendam (approx. 35-50 km*, 22-31 miles)

    Your first cycling tour begins after breakfast when you wind your way through the stunning rural nature reserve of Waterland, with its villages, canals, creeks and 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 an extra 15 kilometers (approx. nine miles), 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 – Volendam – Edam – Hoorn (approx. 52 km, 32 miles)

    Time for a cycling tour from Monnickendam through Volendam, Edam, De Rijp and Schermerhorn to Hoorn. Visit a cheese farm en route, savour the fresh fish in the lively harbour of Volendam and wander through the quaint little streets and alleys in 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 skyline. You can marvel at numerous buildings of yesteryear as you stroll through Hoorn, the final stop on this cycling tour. A shorter route cuts approximately 15 km (approx. nine miles) off the cycling tour and takes you through Volendam and Edam over the IJsselmeer dyke directly to Hoorn.

    Day 4 (Tue):  Hoorn – Enkhuizen (approx. 28 km, 20 miles) | Sailing from Enkhuizen – Urk

    In the morning, cycle over the centuries-old dyke 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 harbour of this picturesque port village. The houses in Urk were built close to one another on elevated ground to protect them against the water, and that is still visible today.

    Day 5 (Wed): Urk and Schokland (approx. 34 km, 22 miles) | Sailing from Urk – Lemmer

    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. Then cycle back to Urk, get back on board and we sail on to Lemmer, gateway to Friesland. This is an attractive water sport center with its many canal-side cafés and its old, neo-gothic locks.

    Day 6 (Thu): Lemmer – Frisian Lakes & Gaasterland – Stavoren (approx. 48 km, 30 miles) | Sailing from Stavoren – Enkhuizen  

    The bike 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 Molkwerum, a village literally criss-crossed by canals, to the oldest town of Friesland, Stavoren. Late afternoon, we set sail again, this time for Enkhuizen. Enjoy an evening stroll through the old harbour and the center of this enthralling town that flourished in the time of the United East India Company.

    Day 7 (Fri): Sailing from Enkhuizen – Amsterdam

    If the wind is favourable, we proceed under full sail from Enkhuizen along the IJsselmeer coast back to Amsterdam. Anyone who would like to sail and manoeuvre the ship along with the crew is welcome to do so: sailing experience is not necessary. You sail into Amsterdam in the afternoon and there is plenty of time to go downtown.

    Day 8 (Sat): end of the tour, departure from Amsterdam

    Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 AM: End of your trip. A beautiful journey full of new experiences has come to an end.

    Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

    *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.


    – Tour and accommodation on board in the booked category 8 days/7 nights (Saturday-Saturday) from/to Amsterdam;

    – 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); cabin cleaning;

    – Welcoming drink and -speech on the first evening;

    – Ship Elizabeth: Board tour guide by the crew(multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours;

      Ship Leafde fan Fryslân: Tour leader (multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours and daily fully guided bike tours; 

    – Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual self-guided bike tours;

    – Daily complimentary coffee and tea till 4 PM.


    – Transfers to/from the docking place in Amsterdam

    –  Reservation fee

    – Other transfers

    – Rental of bike or E-Bike

    – Rental bike helmet

    – Parking fees

    – 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 with 3 levels of support, 7 gears, reach approx. 60-65 km/36-39 mi: €165 per week (only a limited number of electrical bikes available: pref. reservation by booking)

    Rental Bike helmet: € 10 per week/piece (optional)


     Cabin type: for: Highseason Mid-season
    Twin cabin 2 pers.  €     949   €     849
    Single cabin 1 pers.  €  1,199   €  1,099
    Twin cabin for single use 1 pers.   € 1,419   €  1,319
    Triple cabin 3 pers.  €     849   €     749

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

    DATES SEASON 2018  – ship Leafde fan Fryslân (all dates dd/mm):

    Mid-season: departure on 19/05

    High season: departures on 02/06, 09/06, 16/06, 30/06, 07/07, 14/07, 21/07 and 28/07/2018

    The ship is sailing on our Sail & Bike “Frisian Sea” tour on dates in August and September (info on request).


    We will be offering a child reduction on the Sail & Bike IJsselmeer tour with both Elizabeth and Leafde fan Fryslan in 2018:

    15% reduction for kids up to incl. 15 yrs old, only applicable when staying in the cabin with 2 adults ( triple or quadruple cabin)

  • 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!


    The standard bicycles on board are mostly unisex touring 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 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. 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 and sailing 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. 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 Amsterdam

    In Amsterdam, the ship is docked at Sumatrakade between numbers 1 and 300.

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

    You can reach this docking place from Centraal Station with City Bus 48 (GVB) direction Borneo Eiland.

    Bus departs in front of Central Station (marked on the map). For docking place ship: bus stop Azartplein (marked on the map), duration of tour 10 minutes, price approx. € 2,90 p.p. (one way). Bus tickets (so called. “1-uur-kaart”) can be bought from the bus driver.

    Please note: this is approx. 3,4 km walking distance of the Central Railway Station!

    Ofcourse you can also take a taxi.

    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?

    E-mail: info@eurosailtravel.com


    Boat Bike Tours BV

    ’t Prooyen 3-B

    1141 VD Monnickendam

    The Netherlands

    Tel: +31 299 313071

    Fax: +31 299 313065