A Sail & Bike tour is like a little bit of adventure: the only thing which is really fixed on this cruise is the departure and arrival harbour Enkhuizen. The sailing routes to be taken depend largely on wind and weather forecast. The skipper will determine from day to day the exact sailing schedule. The skipper and his crew will do everything they can to offer you the program as planned so you can enjoy a fascinating week with a variety of activities, nature and culture, but it is possible that the departure and sailing times and/or the order of the program has to be changed. Enjoy and relax: the elements will lead you! Various parts of the tour will be sailed. The ship of course has a motor as well, so if the winds are unfavorable or even absent, it can still reach the next destination.
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.
Enkhuizen / Departure
Disembarkation by 09:30 am. A beautiful journey full of new experiences has come to an end.
- 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
- Transfers to/from the docking place in Enkhuizen
- other transfers
- bike rent
- entrance fees & excursions
- fees for ferries
- drinks on board
- personal (travel) insurances
- gratuities (at your discretion).
Passenger car parking options in Enkhuizen
Free parking fee (unguarded parking at the NS-train station in Enkhuizen is free), not far from the harbour (subject to change). No reservation possible.
• Embarkation: from 2 pm to 6 pm • Disembarkation: after breakfast by 09:30 am • Bicycles on board (Brand/Model my change): Gazelle Esprit C7 bicycles with 7-speed hub gear, hand brakes and pannier bag. E-Bikes (Gazelle Orange C330 HMB with step less hub gears, front suspension, hand brakes and pannier bag) are on these tours only available after prior request (by booking) and confirmation and a very limited number possible. Please indicate your body height by booking. To bring your own bike: on request only. • Language on board: German, English, Dutch • Cycle tours: the bike tours are individual, at your own pace, without a tour guide, but with daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and directions. The cycling routes are depending on the sail program and with that also of weather and weather expectation. Program changes are therefore barring changes. Nearly all cycle tours can be classified as being easy. All named distances are approximate distances. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she/he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour.• Luggage: we recommend: rainwear, bicycle helmet, sunhat and sneakers. • Routing/Program: basically, we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons. The sailing routes to be taken depend largely on wind and weather forecast. The skipper will determine from day to day the exact sailing schedule. Various parts of the tour will be sailed. The ship of course has a motor as well, so if the winds are unfavorable or even absent, it can still reach the next destination..• Travel documents: EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six (6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy. • This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility. The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas
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.
Wapen fan Frysân
Experience the Wattensea on board of the Wapen fan Frysâl. The biketour leads you beside the dunes and through the unique islands of Northnetherlands.
Leafde fan Frylsan
The imposing LEAFDE FAN FRYSLÂN, a three-masted barquentine, makes its maiden voyage for Sail & Bike travel in 2018 and is managed by its owners-operators, Joris and Rinske de Wit.