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

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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, aboard the Mare Fan Fryslân and the Wapen Fan Fryslân.

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.

Highlights:

  • North Sea Islands of Texel, Vieland, 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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Where You’ll Stay

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

What’s Included

  • Accommodations on board selected boat
  • 7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch, 7 x three course dinner
  • Bicycle rental
  • Tour guide (remains on board)
  • Daily briefings of the tours
  • Fresh towels on request
  • Daily short cleaning of cabins
  • Coffee and tea daily between 3 and 4 pm

What’s Not Included

TourBike+Boat
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From889 Rates
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Tour Dates

2017:
Mare Fan Fryslan: June 10, June 17, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, August 12, August 19, and September 2, 2017

Wapen Fan Fryslan: May 6, May 13, June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, and September 16, 2017 

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 - Den Oever, 24 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: Texel - round tour from Oudeschild, 1 to 40 mi. (1 to 65 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 - Island of Vlieland or (alternative) Southwest coast of the Province of Friesland
Day 7: Vlieland or Province of Friesland, sailing back to Enkhuizen
Day 8: End of the tour in Enkhuizen

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1 Arrival and embarkation in Enkhuizen
Individual arrival and embarkation at 4 pm near the beautiful center of Enkhuizen, located close to the railway station. The skipper will join you for an aperitif and discuss the week ahead. In the evening, you can stroll through the historical center of Enkhuizen.

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, 1 to 40 mi. (1 to 65 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.

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.

Day 6: Island of Terschelling - Island of Vlieland or (alternative) Southwest coast of the Province of Friesland
Weather and tide permitting, the ship reaches the island of Vlieland. The smallest island with just one village on it and about 1,100 islanders is car-free and therefore excellent to explore by bike. The beach is just 100 m from the harbour. 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 Vlieland can’t be reached there is an alternative: a sailing trip to the south-western part of the Province of Friesland with a roundtrip cycling tour.

Day 7: Vlieland or Province of Friesland, sailing back to Enkhuizen
Today, the ship sails back to Enkhuizen.

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 1 year 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 1 year ago

    Our guide was not very interesting or informative.

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  • Richard Bates 1 year 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.

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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 Van 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 Fryslan Photo

Wapen Fan Fryslan 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.

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