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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 2024 season. Itinerary, prices and services may vary compared to 2023.
Operated by a partner
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.
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…
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;…
The below calendar lists the basic cruise price per person. The final cruise price depends on cabin type, cabin occupancy and any additional optional services. The prices for additional optional services are listed below the travel calendar. The green checkmark indicates that the trip is secured.
Returning Islandhopper's are rewarded: as of the third tour booked directly via Islandhopping you will receive our 5% SEA-you-Again discount on the basic tour price for bookings placed before the 31.12. (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.
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.
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.
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.
Address for navigation system:
Dirck Chinaplein, 1601 GW Enkhuizen
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.
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.
Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.
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.
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.
Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please bring your personal belongings in foldable travel bags. Please avoid hard protective cases. They will be too heavy to store within your cabin.
Full board (7 x breakfast, 5 x packed lunches/1 x lunch on board, 6 x dinner on board/1 x packed dinner).
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.
All of the tours listed in Holland are operated by a partner tour operator and so can vary in comparison to traditional Islandhopping tours.
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.
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.