West Frisian Tidelands, Mare fan Fryslân

A sense of freedom.

Wind and salt on your skin and a feeling of freedom! Sailing trips are something special. It’s a little like being a seafaring pioneer discovering the waters… Aboard on the Mare fan Fryslȃn, a comfortable sailing ship, you will experience pure nature while enjoying water, sun and a stiff breeze on the big inland lake IJsselmeer and the so-called “Wadden Sea”. The “Wad” (Dutch for “mud flat”), a nature reserve that is unique in the entire world, stretches across the coast of the North Sea.

Highlights of the tour are the North Sea islands of Texel and Terschelling and their beautiful natural areas, small villages and long sandy beaches that you can explore by bicycle. Highlights of 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. If you like, on board, you may – instructed by the experienced crew – lend a hand during navigating and raising the sails. Sailing experience is not necessary. But of course you are also very welcome to just relax and enjoy the sailing and scenery. What are you waiting for? Let’s cast off!

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
  • Minimum number of participants: 18 persons
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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.

After breakfast disembarkation until 09.30 am and individual trip home.

Tour character

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.

Prices and events

All data for 2021 at a glance
Place of arrival: Enkhuizen
  Season 1
29.05.2021 | 05.06.2021 | 12.06.2021 | 19.06.2021 | 26.06.2021 | 03.07.2021 | 10.07.2021 | 17.07.2021 | 07.08.2021 | 14.08.2021 | 21.08.2021 | 28.08.2021 | 04.09.2021 | 11.09.2021 |
Arrival Saturday
Bike & Boat Wattenmeer - Mare fan Fryslan, 8 days, NL-NHSWM-08I
Base price
Discount 3-bed-cabin -300.00
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use 50%
Surcharge 1-bed-cabin 300.00
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin premium 200.00
Season 1
May 29, 2021 | Jun 5, 2021 | Jun 12, 2021 | Jun 19, 2021 | Jun 26, 2021 | Jul 3, 2021 | Jul 10, 2021 | Jul 17, 2021 | Aug 7, 2021 | Aug 14, 2021 | Aug 21, 2021 | Aug 28, 2021 | Sep 4, 2021 | Sep 11, 2021 |
Arrival Saturday
Bike & Boat Wattenmeer - Mare fan Fryslan, 8 days, NL-NHSWM-08I
Base price
Discount 3-bed-cabin
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use
Surcharge 1-bed-cabin
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin premium
7-gear with freewheel
E-Bike with freewheel
Prices per person in EUR

Services and infos



    • Tour and accommodation on board of the Mare fan Fryslan in the booked category
    • Program according to the routing
    • 8 days / 7 nights
    • Full board (7x breakfast, 5x picnic lunch during bike tours and 1x three course lunch, 6x Coffee and Tea on board till 4 pm , 6x three course dinner and 1 x packed dinner)
    • Daily briefing on the respective bike tours


  • Welcoming drink and -speech on the first evening
  • Use of bed linen and towels
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Board tour guide by the crew with daily briefings of the bike tours
  • Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual bike tours
  • All charges for harbours, bridges and locks
  • GPS data

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


  • Further important information according to the package travel law and additional information about your bike and boat trip can be found here!
  • space for your own bike 10 EUR and own E-Bike 25 EUR - reservation necessary.


Contact & booking
Do you still have questions about the tour? We are happy to help and look forward to your inquiry.
Sabine Jäger
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Sabine Jäger, Team lead assistant
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5 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
5 stars
Karl-Heinz Wasgien DE | 21.08.2017
Tolles Erlebnis
die junge Schiffs-Crew war topp: unaufdringlich, aufmerksam, freundlich. Es wurde mehr gesegelt, als ich erwartet hatte. Auch die Radtouren waren abwechslungsreich und mit Karten gut versorgt gut zu finden.Resümee: Gerne wieder!

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