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Sail & Bike

Wadden Sea · Holland

From 1069 €
self-guided
Route
from Enkhuizen / to Enkhuizen
Duration
8 days /
7 nights
Distance
approx.
265 km
Level 1 - 2
Level 1
Easy cycling tours suitable for islandhoppers who are confident on their bikes but prefer riding on flatter terrain (15-30km and 200 elevation meters per day).
Level 1 - 2
Easy to moderate cycling tours through hilly terrain suitable for islandhoppers who have a good basic level of fitness (20-35km and up to 200-400 elevation meters per day).
Level 2
Moderate cycling tours through hilly terrain suitable for islandhoppers who cycle regularly and feel comfortable with longer climbs (25-40km and 300-500 elevation meters per day).
Level 2 -3
Moderate to demanding cycling tours through hilly to mountainous terrain suitable for islandhoppers who like a challenge (30-50km and 400-700 elevation meters per day).
Level 3
Demanding cycling tours through hilly and mountainous terrain suitable for islandhoppers who can take on steeper climbs (30-60km and 400-800 elevation meter per day).

Self-guided Sail & Bike experience on the Ijsselmeer and Wadden Sea

Experience nature close-up, enjoy the water, sun, and sea breeze aboard a comfortable sailing ship as you explore the large inland lake Ijsselmeer and Wadden Sea, declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1986. Highlights of the tour include the North Sea islands of Texel and Terschelling and their beautiful natural areas, small villages, and long sandy beaches. Highlights on the coasts of the mainland in the provinces of North-Holland and Friesland are a combination of rural areas, small villages, and picturesque harbour towns: a true “El Dorado” for cyclists. You are welcome to lend a hand with navigation and hoisting the sails under the instruction of the experienced crew. No sailing experience is required! Of course, you are also free to simply sit back, relax and enjoy the sailing and the spectacular scenery

TO NOTE: This trip is already updated for the 2023 season. Itinerary, prices and services may vary compared to 2022.

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Highlights

Nature: The unique Wadden Sea and the heathland "De Boschplaat"
Culture: The landmark of Terschelling: the 400-year-old lighthouse "Brandaris"
Activity: Sailing between Texel and Terschelling, as well as a visit to the seal sanctuary Eco Mare
Culinary: Cranberries in Terschelling
Souvenir: Woodwork with Hindaloopen painting designs

Itinerary

image/svg+xml Texel Vlıeland Terschellıng Ameland MARKERMEER IJSSELMEER WADDENZEE Noord - Holland Flevoland Noorderhaaks Friesland Den Oever Medemblik Enkhuizen Hoorn Den Helder Oudeschild Makkum Stavoren Franeker Harlingen LelystadAirport (LEY) AmsterdamFlughafen (AMS) United Kingdom France Germany Belgium Luxembourg Netherlands
1st Day Enkhuizen (Embarkation)
Individual journey to Enkhuizen. Embarkation and check in on board from 2 pm close to the railway station near the beautiful centre of Enkhuizen. Once everyone has unpacked and settled in, the skipper joins the guests for an aperitif before giving a short briefing about the journey, details about the ship and relevant safety measures to be taken on board. In the evening, there is time to take a stroll through the historical centre of Enkhuizen, a quaint town that was home to the Dutch merchant fleet during the Dutch Golden Age. The first night on board is spent in Enkhuizen on the western bank of the IJsselmeer.
2nd Day Enkhuizen - Medemblik
(aprx. 14 - 22 mi./24 - 37 km)
Sailing: Medemblik - Den Oever (- Texel)
Today you enjoy your first cycling tour along the coast of the Ijsselmeer through the beautiful polder landscape to Medemblik. After the cycle, the ship sails to Den Oever. Depending on the weather, the ship will set sail once more in the evening, crossing the Wadden Sea (part of the North Sea) to the island of Texel.
3rd Day Texel, Roundtrip Texel from/to Oudeschild
(up to aprx. 30 mi./49 km)
The island of Texel is a cyclist’s dream destination with its varied scenery, well signposted cycle paths and picturesque villages. We suggestion a round tour around Texel, the largest of the Dutch North Sea islands, which takes you through a number of villages, to the seal sanctuary “Ecomare” and a traditional beer brewery near the harbour of Oudeschild.
4th Day Texel – Terschelling
(Sailing about 5 to 6 hrs)
Today you can enjoy a longer sail to the island of Terschelling, weather and tide permitting. As you sail through Wadden Sea, keep a lookout for seals relaxing on the sandbanks. During the sail, a bountiful lunch is served on board. In the afternoon, the ship arrives on Terschelling. The island is home to a number of picturesque villages situated between the polder and sand dunes that stretch along its 30 km expanse. No dinner is served tonight to allow time for you to explore the island. You can either make a picnic dinner or enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants in Terschelling.
5th Day Terschelling
(round tour up to 44 mi./70 km)
Sailing: Terschelling – Harlingen
While the previous day was all about sailing, today is all about cycling. Terschelling has plenty to offer its cycle tourists: nature and culture, 44 mi./70 km of cycling tracks and four beautiful villages. West Terschelling is the largest village on the island and has several lovely shops and pubs. The standout landmark on the island is the 400-year-old lighthouse “Brandaris” that can be seen from well off in the distance. The heathland of “Boschplaat” is also well worth exploring, a landscape that captivates mudflats, beaches and dunes. If you’re lucky, you may even spot ducks, black-winged stilts, large colonies of spoonbills and great black-backed gulls. After a long day of cycling, you can relax once more onboard the ship. In the late afternoon, the ship crosses the Wadden Sea to Harlingen, the most important harbour city in the province of Friesland.
6th Day Harlingen – Franeker – Makkum
(aprx. 29 – 36 mi./48 - 58 km)
Today you cycle through the beautiful Frisian countryside, via Franeker, with the famous planetarium Eise Eisinga, through several rural villages to the small harbour of Makkum on the eastern bank of the Ijsselmeer. If you choose to cycle the longer tour, you will also have the chance to visit Bolsward, one of the Eleven Frisian Cities.
7th Day Makkum – Stavoren
(aprx. 19 – 30 mi./32 - 49 km)
Sailing to Enkhuizen
The day begins with a cycle from Makkum to Stavoren. The short route leads via the old trading town of Hindeloopen. The local painting style, traditionally used as decorative painting, is well known around the world. The first Frisian Museum of Ice Skating is also located in Hindeloopen. The longer tour leads along several Frisian lakes and through a variety of landscapes. In the late afternoon, the ship leaves Stavoren sailing across the Ijsselmeer to Enkhuizen.
8th Day Enkhuizen (Disembarkation)
Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 am. A beautiful journey full of new experiences has come to an end. Individual journey home or extended stay.

Accommodation

Leafde Fan Fryslan (Tall Ships)

The impressive three-mast barkentine, Leafe fan Fryslan, was originally a freight ship on the Baltic Sea. In 2006, it was converted into a luxury three-mast passenger ship. The luxury vessel hosts comfortable guest cabins and a classy interior.

The saloon, in nautical flair, is where the meals are served and beverages can be ordered at the accompanying bar. The on-board library allows guests to browse through a selection of novels, whilst enjoying their favorite drop. The wheelhouse also has a leisurely sofa corner: it is here and on deck that you have the best views over the water.

Sailing…

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Mare Fan Fryslan (Tall Ships)

The Mare fan Fryslan is the epitome of luxury sailing in the Netherlands. Built as a cargo vessel under the name Neptunia, she was later rebuilt as a passenger ship in 2007 and has sailed as a three-mast schooner through Dutch waters with enthusiastic guests on board ever since.

Below deck, you will find the saloon with its great atmosphere along with the comfortable guest cabins. The saloon leads to the wheelhouse and bar, which offer a great view over the front deck and passing landscapes.

The ships’ deck offers plenty of seating, an outdoor bar and BBQ, the helm stand, a whirlpool and…

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Wapen Fan Fryslan (Tall Ships)

The Wapen fan Fryslan is the biggest two-mast schooner in the Netherlands. It was built in 1965 as a freight vessel for salt and baptized, Twente Lek. In 2003 it was carefully rebuilt into the passenger boat, Wapen fan Fryslan, and has been sailing in Dutch waters with enthusiastic guests on board ever since.

The cabins are comfortable and the spacious saloon welcoming. On deck you will find a spacious wheelhouse in which you will not only find the ships wheel but also a well-stocked bar. The best view over the water can be enjoyed here. A second helm stand is located outside at the stern;…

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  • Leafde Fan Fryslan
  • Mare Fan Fryslan
  • Wapen Fan Fryslan

Services, Dates & Prices

Included services
  • 8-day trip on a sailing yacht with crew
  • 7 nights in a twin cabin with shower/toilet
  • Welcome drink
  • 7 x breakfast, 5 x packed lunches/1 x lunch on board, 6 x dinner on board/1 x packed dinner
  • Daily briefings with the crew
  • Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
  • Bed linen and towels (change of towels on request); cabin cleaning
  • (limited) Wi-Fi/WLAN connection available throughout the ship (harbour area only)
  • Daily complimentary coffee and tea on board till 4 pm
Not included in the basic tour price
  • Journey to Enkhuizen
  • Transfer to/from the ship in Enkhuizen
  • Parking fee (own car etc.)
  • Train connection Amsterdam – Enkhuizen (around every 30 min, travel time ca. 1 h, ca. 13 euro)
  • Beverages (as well as coffee and tea after 4 pm) on board (tally sheet, to be paid to the captain)
  • Beach towel for use away from the ship
  • Beverages & meals ashore
  • Entrance fees & excursions
  • Fees for ferries
  • Personal (travel) insurances
  • Tips for crew
Prices for Additional Optional Services 2022
Cabin for single use Surcharge: 300 euro (Mare + Leafde)
Double cabin for single use Surcharge: 50% of the basic tour price
Rental bike with pannier Hybrid bicycle: 90 euro/week
E-bike: 195 euro/week (limited)
Limitation of liability (damage) Rental bike Rental hybrid bike: 10 euro/week
Rental e-bike: 25 euro/week
Rental helmet
(payment with booking)
10 euro/week
Onboard space for own bicycle
(only a limited number of spaces are available; reservation with booking)
10 euro/week
Onboard space + charge station for own e-bike
(only a limited number of spaces available; reservation with booking)
25 euro/week
Discounts

Returning Islandhopper's are rewarded: as of the third tour booked directly via Islandhopping you will receive our 5% SEA-you-Again discount for bookings placed before the 31.01. (The SEA-YOU-Again discount applies to all tours in our program which are booked directly via Islandhopping given that the previous bookings actually took place).

 

As this tour is operated by a third party partner, not all regular Islandhopping discount offers apply.

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Arrival - How to get there

Port of Embarkation Enkhuizen

You will find the ship on embarkation day in the port of Enkhuizen at the Gependam (near the train station).

 

Embarkation on Saturday is from 2 pm. The ship does not leave Enkhuizen harbour until Sunday.

 

Please be aware, that the Mare fan Fryslan and Wapen fan Fryslân tours start and end on SATURDAY, while the tours with the Leafde fan Fryslân start and end on SUNDAY.

Arrival by plane

The best international airport to use for this trip is Schiphol. Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) is accessible from virtually all major airports in Europe.

 

Your flight can be organized as soon as we have confirmed that your tour is taking place.

From the airport to the Central Station

It’s very easy to find public transport at Schiphol Airport with the train, buses and taxis just a 3-minute walk from the terminal. Simply collect your bags, head to the arrival’s hall, and follow the signs. Trains run regularly and only take about 20 minutes from the airport to Amsterdam Centraal. You can buy a ticket in the central arrival hall at the airport.

Arrival by car

Address for navigation system:

Dirck Chinaplein, 1601 GW Enkhuizen

 

Parking Options

There is free parking at the railway station Enkhuizen (cars only). The carpark Ossenmarkt is centrally located and is only a short walk away from the harbour.

 

The Dock Gependam – for luggage drop-off only

Follow the signs from Flevolaan to Gependam/Krabbershaven. You can park your car on the Dirck Chinaplein for a short time for loading and unloading your luggage. Be sure to park in the marked parking area (P). You will find luggage trolleys at Dirck Chinaplein to bring your luggage to the ship.

Arrival by train

There is an excellent connection from Amsterdam Central Station to Enkhuizen. On Saturdays they run about twice an hour and take about one hour. The ticket price is aprx. 12.90 € when purchased from the ticket machine at Amsterdam Centraal Station. If you book the tickets online you can save 1 € off the ticket price.

  • Embarkation
  • By Plane
  • Airport - Station
  • by car
  • by train

Important information

Spoken language

Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.

Itinerary changes

The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical, meteorological reasons, or any other unforeseen circumstances. Should the conditions render a planned sailing route unsafe, the captain reserves the right to change course. While some adventure and spontaneity are to be expected in every Sail & Bike tour, the departure and arrival days and location (Enkhuizen) are fixed. For the rest of the time, the captain decides day by day on the best route and discusses the options with his guests. The crew do whatever they can to run the program according to plan and to offer you a fascinating, varied, and active week, in which both nature and culture play a major part. It is however possible that departure times, the time spent on the water, and even the order of the program itself will have to be adjusted. So, enjoy the experience and the adventure and let the elements lead the way! Wherever possible, the ship will sail under full sail. You are more than welcome to help the crew sail and steer the ship. No sailing experience is required.

Requirements

Level 1 - 2

Tours of low to moderate difficulty with mostly flat stages ranging from 15 mi. to 30 mi./24 km to 49 km in length. All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. The daily individual cycle tours are conducted at your own pace and without a tour guide. There are daily briefings on board, and detailed bicycle maps and route notes are available. When there are two cycle routes possible, you can choose yourself whether to cycle the longer or the shorter option. Please note that on the shorter tours, not all the above-mentioned highlights can be visited. Long and steep ascents are extremely rare; however, some routes do lead through hilly countryside with regular ascents and descents. There may be times that you must cycle into a strong headwind. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the ship instead of taking a planned cycle tour.

Requirement to wear a helmet

Helmet use is mandatory on all cycle tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet, as rental helmets are NOT available on board without prior reservation.

Bringing children

We believe that only children with a good physical condition and previous bicycle tour experience and a minimum age of 10 are able to master the cycle tours with their own strength.

 

For the best tour experience with children, we recommend our Multi-Adventure tours in Croatia or Greece. We are convinced that these itineraries provide the best all-round experience for each individual family member when travelling as a family.

Bringing private bikes

You are welcome to bring your own private bike with you on this tour. If you are planning on bringing your own bike, please inform us of the category type (hybrid bike/e-bike). If you bring your own bikes, an additional fee will be charged for storage of your bikes on board.

 

Liability disclaimer:

If you bring your private bike, you do so at your own risk. The owner of the boat, the crew, the tour guides, and the tour operator will not be held liable for any damages to the bike or for the theft thereof which may occur during your time on tour.

Gebrauchsbedingungen & Haftung für Mieträder

If you do not bring your own bike, you can rent a hybrid bike or e-bike along with a pannier bag for the duration of the Sail & Bike tour. Except for the time when the (e-)bike is on the deck of ship, you are responsible and liable for your rental bike and accessories for the duration of the rental period. This means you should always lock your bicycle when it is parked on land, and you take the pannier bag with you. It is of great importance that you pay attention to and follow the instructions given by the tour leader where and how to park your bike. In case of damage to or theft of the bike, the costs will be charged to you.

Luggage

Please bring your personal belongings in foldable travel bags. Please avoid hard protective cases. They will be too heavy to store within your cabin.

Catering

Full board (7 x breakfast, 5 x packed lunches/1 x lunch on board, 6 x dinner on board/1 x packed dinner).

Noise on board

Please do not forget that the ship is your hotel as well as a machine, which has to be maintained and operated – day and night. A certain level of noise is therefore inevitable.

Who is in charge of the organisation?

All of the tours listed in Holland are operated by a partner tour operator and so can vary in comparison to traditional Islandhopping tours.

Cancelation Conditions

As this tour is operated in cooperation with a partner tour operator, the cancelation conditions vary to those of Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH (Islandhopping). You can withdraw from the travel contract up until the beginning of the trip. Cancellation is valid when your written statement reaches us.

 

  • More than 60 days prior to beginning the trip: 20 %
  • 59 – 42 days prior to beginning the trip: 30 %
  • 41 – 28 days prior to beginning the trip: 60 %
  • 27 – 1 days prior to beginning the trip: 90 %

 

If you cancel on the starting day of the trip or if you do not appear for the start of the trip, we charge the full trip price. If you miss the start of the trip or are prevented from traveling due to incomplete travel documents, this will be considered a cancellation.

 

Reservation changes are handled the same way as cancellations. We charge a 50 € fee for changes made to your reservation 28 days or more before the beginning of the trip. Any later changes (if possible) will need to be handled as a cancellation and new registration. Cancellation and reservation change fees are due immediately.

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