Beautiful dunes in Vlieland, Friesland, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:SanShoot

Frites Dutch-style. Photo via Flickr:adactio
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Bike and Sail the Frisian Sea

Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

Exploring the Frisian Islands by bike

  • You have heard of bike and barge tours and now we offer you a cycling and sailing adventure in the Netherlands!

    Experience the purity of nature as you enjoy water, sun, and sea breezes as you explore the open water of the northern part of the Lake IJsselmeer and the Frisian Sea.

    The Frisian Sea is a world in itself, a fragile balance between land and sea. High and low tide alternate every six hours, transforming the landscape as if by magic. One moment everything is totallly submerged and the next moment you can walk on the seabed across to the islands that lie just off the coast. The first islands are the five Dutch Wadden Islands and they are all “pearls in the sea”, each with unique atmosphere and character.


    • North Sea Islands of Texel and Terschelling
    • Beautiful natural areas
    • Small, picturesque villages
    • Picture perfect beaches
    • Bird watching

    The Frisian islands and the coasts of North-Holland and Friesland are a true “El Dorado” for cyclists.

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    May 4 - May 25 & September 21

    June 1 - September 14

    Twin cabin

      £ 773 $ 1,558 894 NOK 8568 kr 7908 $ 1,028

      £ 885 $ 1,784 1024 NOK 9813 kr 9058 $ 1,178

    Twin cabin for single use

      £ 989 $ 1,993 1144 NOK 10963 kr 10120 $ 1,316

      £ 1102 $ 2,220 1274 NOK 12209 kr 11270 $ 1,465

    Triple cabin

      £ 687 $ 1,383 794 NOK 7609 kr 7024 $ 913

      £ 799 $ 1,610 924 NOK 8855 kr 8174 $ 1,063

    Junior Suite (Mare Fan Fryslan)

      £ 989 $ 1,993 1144 NOK 10963 kr 10120 $ 1,316

      £ 1050 $ 2,115 1214 NOK 11634 kr 10739 $ 1,396

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 86 $ 174 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115 Helmet rental: £ 9 $ 17 10 NOK 96 kr 88 $ 12 Gluten free and dairy free meals, payable on board: £ 43 $ 87 50 NOK 479 kr 442 $ 58

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

    Local Travel

    From the airport, you can take a train to Enkhuizen. The ride is a little over an hour and train tickets cost approximately €15.


    Average high temp in °F for the area is: June 66º, July 69º, August 70º, September 64º.


    The tour guide remains on board and provides daily briefings of route. . 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 of 18 years must be under supervision). Child discount on request. Life jackets for children can be arranged on request.

Tour Dates

Mare Fan Fryslan: May 4, May 11, May 25, June 1, June 15, June 29, July 6, July 20, July 27, August 17, August 24, September 14, 2019
Wapen Fan Fryslan: May 11, May 25, June 1, June 8, June 22, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, and August 17, 2019
Leafde Fan Fryslan: May 11, May 18, June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6, August 3, August 10, August 31, September 7, September 14, and September 21, 2019

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations aboard the sailing ships, the Mare Fan Fryslan, the Wapen Fan Fryslan, or the Leafde Fran Fryslan

What’s Included

  • Accommodations on board selected boat for 7 nights
  • 7 x breakfast, 5 x packed lunches, 1 lunch on board, 6 three course dinners and 1 x packed dinner
  • Welcome drink
  • 7 speed hybrid bicycle rental with pannier
  • On board tour guide (remains on board)
  • Daily briefings of the tours
  • Fresh towels on request
  • Daily short cleaning of cabins
  • Coffee and tea on board until 4 pm
  • Route descriptions and maps (one set per cabin)
  • GPS tracks
  • WiFi

What’s Not Included

TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
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Skill Level

This is an easy, self-guided bike and sail tour with average daily distances between 1 to 40 miles (1 to 65 km).

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bike and Sail the Frisian Sea Map

Day 1 Arrival and embarkation in Enkhuizen
Day 2: Enkhuizen - Medemblik, 24 mi. (40 km) |  Medemblik - Den Oever -Texel
Day 3: Texel - round tour from Oudeschild, 24 or 28 mil (40 or 46 km)
Day 4: Island of Texel | Island of Terschelling, sailing day (5 to 6 hrs)
Day 5: The Island of Terschelling, 1 to 24 mi. (1 to 40 km)
Day 6: Island of Terschelling - Harlingen | Harlingen - Franeker - Makkum, 32 or 39 mi. (51 or 62 km)
Day 7: Makkum - Stavoren | sailing to Enkhuizen, 19 to 30 mi. (30 to 48 km)
Day 8: End of the tour in Enkhuizen

*All distances are approximate.

Italicized portions are by boat.

Day 1 Arrival and embarkation in Enkhuizen
Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is from 2 p.m. near the beautiful center of Enkhuizen and close to the railway station. After unpacking your luggage 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 on the western bank of the lake IJsselmeer

Day 2: Enkhuizen - Medemblik - Den Oever, 24 mi. (40 km)
Today the ship sails from Enkhuizen to Den Oever. You can stay on board and sail over the IJsselmeer or you can hop on your bike and start your first cycling tour along the IJsselmeer coast through the beautiful polder-landscape via Medemblik up to the fishing harbor of Den Oever. Depending on the weather, in the evening, the ship will sail across the Wadden Sea to the Island of Texel.

Day 3: Texel - round tour from Oudeschild, 24 or 28 mil (40 or 46 km)
The island of Texel has a varied scenery and picturesque villages. On the agenda today is a roundtrip cycling tour on the largest of the Dutch North Sea islands. It is highly recommended that you use the well signposted Thijsse-route (about 24 miles/40 km) and visit some villages and the seal sanctuary station, EcoMare. Also along the way is the traditional beer brewery in the harbor of Oudeschild.

Day 4: Island of Texel - Island of Terschelling, sailing day (5 to 6 hrs)
If the tide and weather cooperate, the ship will sail to the island of Terschelling. You will maneuvre through the sandbanks of the Wadden Sea and maybe even be able to see seals resting on the sandbar. In the afternoon, the ship will arrive on the Island of Terschelling,  which features a number of picturesque villages situated between the polder and sand dunes along its 30 km expanse. While sailing you will enjoy an extensive lunch on board. In 2019, no dinner will be served tonight, to enable you to explore the island, but you can make yourself a picnic meal or try one of the nice restaurants at Terschelling (not incl.).

Day 5: The Island of Terschelling, 1 to 24 mi. (1 to 40 km)
Terschelling has a lot to offer including nature, culture, cycling paths that stretch 70 km, and four beautiful villages. West-Terschelling is the largest village on the island with quaint little shops and pubs. The landmark of the island, the 400 year old lighthouse, "Brandaris", can already be seen well from a distance. Also worth seeing is the heath land, “Boschplaat”. It captivates with its mud, beaches, and dunes. You might even spot a number of ducks, black-winged stilts, and large colonies of spoonbills and great black-backed gulls. After a day of cycling, you can relax in comfort once you have arrived on board. In the late afternoon the ship will cross the Wadden Sea sail to Harlingen, the most important harbor city of the province of Friesland.

Day 6: Island of Terschelling - Harlingen | Harlingen - Franeker - Makkum, 32 or 39 mi. (51 or 62 km)
Via Franeker, with the famous planetarium of Eise Eisinga, you cycle through the beautiful wide Frisian countryside along several rural villages to the small harbor of Makkum on the eastern bank of the lake IJsselmeer. If you take the long cycling trip, you will also visit Bolsward, one of the Eleven Frisian Cities.

Day 7: Makkum - Stavoren | sailing to Enkhuizen, 19 to 30 mi. (30 to 48 km)
From Makkum you will cycle to Stavoren. The short tour leads you via the old trading town of Hindeloopen. This local art of painting – a type of traditional decorative painting – is quite famous. Apart from this you’ll find the First Frisian Museum of Ice Skating in Hindeloopen. The long tourruns along several Frisian lakes and shows you a different type of landscape. From Stavoren theship will set sail to cross the IJsselmeer to Enkhuizen in the late afternoon

Day 8: end of the tour in Enkhuizen
Disembarkation by 10:00 am. A beautiful journey full of new experiences has come to an end.


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Customer Feedback

  • Janis Owens 3 years ago

    The boat and crew in the Netherlands were wonderful. All my trips with tripsite have been great. I never hesitate going on another one.

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  • Catherine Crocket 3 years ago

    Our guide was not very interesting or informative.

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  • Richard Bates 3 years ago

    The Wadden (Frisian) Sea Netherlands sail/bike trip was tops. From the initial greet to the end of trip farewell to "old friends", my only recommendation for improvement could only be that one uncontrollable element - weather. Most days were punctuated with moisture but this did little to dampen the spirits of all who took advantage of this wonderful excursion.

    Boat: Mare Fan Fryslan

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Bike and Sail the Frisian Sea Boats + Barges

Mare Fan Fryslan Photo

Mare Fan Fryslan Netherlands Comfort Class Boat The Mare Fan Fryslan was built in 1960 as a freight ship and was then completely renovated in 2006 to be used as a beautiful, extravagant, three-masted schooner. On the lower deck there is an air conditioned saloon also used as a restaurant. Next to the saloon is the wheelhouse fitted with bar, music, video equipment and TV. This room offers large, panoramic window which offers a breathtaking view over the water. On the lower deck there are 12 comfortable 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).

Wapen Fan Fryslân Photo

Wapen Fan Fryslân Netherlands Comfort Class Boat In 1965, the sailing ship was launched as a freight ship and then in 2003 it was completely transformed into a sailing passenger ship. On board, you will immediately notice its warm and luxurious atmosphere. On deck there is a the large pilothouse with a cozy and stylish bar and seating area. The panorama windows offer a perfect all around view of the water. The afterdeck has an outdoor cafe with draught beer taps and a Jacuzzi, and on the middle deck with plenty of seating allowing you to enjoy a lovely meal outdoors The sundeck offers plenty of seating including comfortable deckchairs.

Leafde Fran Fryslân Photo

Leafde Fran Fryslân Netherlands Comfort Class Boat The Leafde Fran Fryslân is an imposing, three-masted barquentine, managed by its owner/operators, Joris and Rinske de Wit, who bring years of maritime experience. The ship has 12 well-appointed twin cabins with two separate beds, and one single cabin.