West Frisian Tidelands, Mare Fan Fryslan
A sense of freedom.
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Self-guided tour
Arrival to Enkhuizen
Individual arrival and embarkation from 2 pm near the beautiful centre of Enkhuizen and close to the railway station. The skipper will join you for an aperitif and explain many things worth knowing about the journey, the ship and also about safety measures to be taken onboard. In the evening you can stroll through the historical centre of Enkhuizen and spend the night onboard in Enkhuizen.
Today the ship sails from Enkhuizen to Den Oever with its fishing harbour. You can stay on board and sail over the IJsselmeer or you can grab a bike and start your first cycling tour along the IJsselmeer coast through the beautiful polder-landscape to Medemblik. After the bike tour the ship will sail further to Den Oever. Depending on the weather in the evening the ship will sail across the Wadden Sea to the Island of Texel.
The island of Texel has varied scenery and picturesque villages. Explore the largest of the Dutch North Sea islands on a roundtrip cycling tour. Our tip: Use the well signposted Thijsse-route (about 40 km/24 mi) and visit some villages and the seal sanctuary station EcoMare.
Today the ship will sail, when the tide and the weather is good, to the island of Terschelling. You will manoeuvre through the sandbanks of the Wadden Sea and when you are lucky you will see seals lying to rest on a sandbar. In the afternoon the ship will arrive on the island. While sailing you will enjoy an extensive lunch on board. No dinner will be served tonight, to enable you to explore the island, but you can make yourself a picnic meal or why not try one of the nice restaurants at Terschelling (not inclusive)?
Terschelling offers a lot: nature and culture, 70 km cycling tracks and 4 beautiful villages. West-Terschelling is the largest village on the island with nice shops and pubs. The landmark of the island can already be seen well from a distance: the 400 year old lighthouse “Brandaris”. 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. In the late afternoon the ship will cross the Wadden Sea and sail to Harlingen, the most important harbour city of the province of Friesland..
Via Franeker with its popular planetarium from Eise Eisinga, you will cycle through the beautiful and roomy Frisian landscape with its tiny villages to Makkum. If you´re in to take the long trip, you will also visit Bolsward, one of the eleven Frisian towns.
Today you take your bike and ride from Makkum to Stavoren. The short tour passes the old trading town Hindeloopen where the famous painting comes from. Also, there is the first Frisian ice-skate museum. The long tour crosses many Frisian lakes and shows a different scenery. In Stavoren, you take your ship and sail to Enkhuizen.
Departure or extension
After breakfast disembarkation until 09.30 am and individual trip home.
The possible bike tours are dependant on which route the sailing boat goes. Due to the large number of cycle paths in Holland, it is a true paradise for cyclists there. The routes are flat and are therefore easy.
- Tour and accommodation on board of the Mare fan Fryslan in the booked category
- 8 days /7 nights (Sat/Sat/) from/to Enkhuizen
- Full board (7x breakfast, 5x picnic lunch during bike tours and 1x three course lunch, 6x Coffee and Tea on board till 4 pm , 6 x three course dinner and 1 x packed dinner)
- Welcoming drink and -speech on the first evening
- Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels on request)
- Regular cleaning of the cabin
- Board tour guide by the crew with daily briefings of the bike tours
- Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual bike tours
Arrival / Parking / Departure:
- Arrival by train to Enkhuizen station: the pier is within walking distance
- Free, unguarded car park near the train station, no reservation possible
Number of participants:
Minimum of 18 people until 21 days before arrival
- Further important information according to the package travel law and additional information about your bike and boat trip can be found here!
This tour has 2 more variations
Mare Fan Fryslân
This bike- and shiptour leads you through idyllic dunes and the Westfriesisches Wattenmeer. On the ship, the Mare Fan Fryslân, you can muck in, if you want.