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Exterior view of the Mare fan Fryslan

West Frisian Tidelands, Mare fan Fryslân

Wind and sea breeze

8 Days / 7 Nights
Exterior view of the Mare fan Fryslan

The Ijsselmeer and the Wadden Sea form the route for your adventure in the Netherlands, where cycling seamlessly blends with a boat excursion. This fusion of travel modes is highly favored at Eurobike. Yet, this tour boasts a unique aspect: you won't be sailing on just any vessel; you'll be cruising through the waves aboard a renovated three-masted schooner. Feel the sea breeze tousle your hair as you journey, and if you're inclined, test your hand at sailing yourself—bringing back indelible memories upon your return home.

Your cycling adventure kicks off at the port of Enkhuizen, navigating through the Ijsselmeer and Wadden Sea. Following a peaceful night and hearty breakfast at sea, you'll pedal to Medemblik before hopping aboard a boat to Den Oever. Overnight accommodations await on the island of Texel, ready for exploration by bike the next day. Day 4 is dedicated to sailing, letting the winds guide you across the Wadden Sea to the island of Terschelling.

Following a thorough exploration of the island, you'll set sail for the port of Harlingen, returning to the mainland. The second-to-last leg of the journey leads you through Franeker and past Eise Eisinga's planetarium to Makkum, where you'll find yourself back on the shores of the Ijsselmeer. En route from Makkum to Enkhuizen, you'll be accompanied by picturesque villages, and the scenic lakes of the Frisian Lake District are definitely worth a visit.

  • Idyllic nature on the island of Texel: One day of your vacation is devoted to the island, which you can explore via the Thijsseroute. The largest of the Dutch Wadden Sea islands offers endless beaches and picturesque nature reserves. Explore the Ecomare marine conservation center, savor the local Texel beer, and visit the lighthouse for a complete Texel experience.
  • The tranquillity of De Boschplaat nature reserve: The pristine natural paradise on Terschelling Island will captivate you with its vast dunes, salt marshes, and lagoons. Take your time to observe rare bird species such as sea eagles and spoonbills. Immerse yourself in the tranquility and beauty of this unique nature reserve through hikes or bike tours off the beaten track.
  • Historical strolls through Enkhuizen: The picturesque town beckons visitors with cultural highlights like the Zuiderzee Museum and the Drommedaris Tower. Revel in the traditional Dutch architecture and delve into the rich maritime history. Indulge in excellent fresh fish at the harbor restaurants.

On the Mare fan Fryslân, you'll experience a unique kind of vacation - the lovely cabins are complemented by amenities such as the saloon and the whirlpool on deck. Each day, you can enjoy a comprehensive catering service with breakfast, dinner, or packed lunch. The crew will gladly attend to your requests and wishes, offering plenty of tips and information about the route. Overall, the route is very flat and therefore easy, covering between 25 and 70 kilometers during each stage.

History and nature await on our cycle tours along the Ijsselmeer, which, despite its name, resembles more of a lake. The enchanting ambiance and the stunning coastline captivate visitors with their magical beauty.

Itinerary at a glance

Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is from 2 p.m. near the beautiful center of Enkhuizen and close to the railway station. After unpacking your luggage the skipper will join you for an aperitif before giving you a rundown of what to expect on the journey, details about the ship and also about safety measures to be taken on board. In the evening take a stroll through the historical center of Enkhuizen, a quaint town that was the home of the Dutch merchant fleet during the Golden Age of The Netherlands. Enjoy your first night on board in Enkhuizen on the western bank of the lake IJsselmeer.

Today you can cycle the first leg of the trip along the IJsselmeer coast through the beautiful polder landscape to Medemblik.  After the cycling tour the ship will sail further to Den Oever. Depending on the weather in the evening the ship will take the lock and sail across the Wadden Sea (part of the North Sea) to the island of Texel.

The island of Texel is a cyclist’s dream destination with its varied scenery, well signposted cycle tracks and picturesque villages. Our suggestion is to complete a round trip cycling tour of the largest of the Dutch North Sea islands that takes you via a number of villages, the seal sanctuary station “Ecomare” and a traditional beer brewery near the harbor of Oudeschild.

Today you will enjoy sailing on your ship, when the tide and the weather are right, to the island of Terschelling. As you sail your way through the sandbanks of the Wadden Sea, keep a lookout for seals on the sandbars. In the afternoon the ship will arrive on Terschelling island, which features a number of picturesque villages situated between the polder and sand dunes along its 30 km expanse. 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 try one of the nice restaurants at Terschelling (not incl.).

While the previous day was all about sailing, today is all about cycling. Terschelling has plenty to offer cycle tourists: nature and culture, 70 km of cycling tracks and 4 beautiful villages. West Terschelling is the largest village on the island and features a number of nice 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. Also worth visiting is the heath land of “Boschplaat” which will captivate you with its mud, beaches and dunes. You might even spot ducks, black-winged stilts, large colonies of spoonbills and great black-backed gulls. After a day of cycling, you can relax in comfort once you have arrived on board. In the late afternoon the ship will cross the Wadden Sea sail to Harlingen, the most important harbor city of the province of Friesland.

Via Franeker, with the famous planetarium of Eise Eisinga, you cycle through the beautiful wide Frisian countryside along several rural villages to the small harbor of Makkum on the eastern bank of the lake IJsselmeer. If you take the long cycling trip, you will also visit Bolsward, one of the Eleven Frisian Cities.

From Makkum you will cycle to Stavoren. The short tour leads you via the old trading town of Hindeloopen. This local art of painting – a type of traditional decorative painting – is quite famous. Apart from this you’ll find the First Frisian Museum of Ice Skating in Hindeloopen. The long tour runs along several Frisian lakes and shows you a different type of landscape. From Stavoren the ship will set sail to cross the IJsselmeer to Enkhuizen in the late afternoon.

End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.

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Further details about this tour


  • Program according to itinerary from/to Enkhuizen
  • 7 nights in outside cabins in the booked cabin category
  • 1 welcome drink
  • Full meals (7x breakfast, 5x packed lunch for cyclists and 1x lunch on board, 7x coffee and tea on board, 6x 3-course-dinner) 
  • On board tour guide incl. daily briefing
  • Daily cabin cleaning, change of bed linen and towels as needed
  • 1 route book per cabin 
  • All harbour, lock and bridge fees
  • Wifi
  • GPS-data


  • Bring your own bike €10,- / electric bike €25,- (on request only, limited) 
  • Rental bike insurance for rental bike €10,-/week, for electric bike €25,-/week. limitation of risk and liability in the event of damage to or loss of the bicycle you have rented
  • Helmet €10,-/week, to be paid in advance 

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

Things to note

  • Minimum numbe rof participants: none
  • Further important information according to the package travel law and additional information about your bike and boat trip can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.

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