Self-guided Bike and Barge

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Holland / Island hopping in the Frisian islands

Exploring the North Sea on a sailing boat

Your turn to experience a truly fascinating way of traveling on water: a real sailing boat! It will definitely make you feel like a time traveler. You will cast off from Enkhuizen one of the richest towns during the Dutch golden age. Destination: the Frisian islands Texel, Terschelling and Vlieland.
  • Day by Day


    1. Individual arrival to Enkhuizen and first overnight.

    Enkuizen is a  ancient town which became rich during the booming trades of the golden century, when it was part of the Dutch West India Company.

    The boat will be docked near the beautiful center of Enkhuizen and close to the railway station. Embarkation will be at 2 pm and the skipper will join you for an aperitif before illustrating details about the sailing boat and safety procedures on board.


    2. Enkuizen – Oudeschild (25/40 km)

    Today you will pedal from Enkhuizen along the quiet waters of lake IJssel up to Medemblik. This ancient little town hosts a museum dedicated to steam machines as well as a castle dating back to 1288. You’ll have a short break here and then continue on to the small harbour of Den Oever. This is where you will cast off aboard the sailing boat  Mare Van Fryslan heading towards the isle of Texel, where you will spend the night. 


    3. Oudeschild and the isle of Texel (40/45 km)

    Texel, the largest of the Friesian islands, is a true cyclists’ paradise, covered in cycling trails and very low traffic. Its sandy beaches are home to a number of sea birds and seals which make this island a wild land between water and earth. You will also have the opportunity to visit Ecomare, a very interesting natural museum, situated in the middle of the National Park Dunes of Texel.


    4. Oudeschild – Terschelling (5/6 hour sail)

    Today will be dedicated to rest and relaxation while sailing from Texel to the isle of Terschelling. While sailing you will be able to admire seal colonies gently laid by the sea front. This island is definitely still ruled by nature featuring nice beaches facing the north sea on one side and a totally green landscape on the other side, where the Terschelling village sits protected by its famous lighthouse, dating back to 1594. 

    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.).


    5. Terschelling – Harlingen (40 km)

    This island displays 70 km worth of cycling trails, running between beaches and dunes colonised by sea birds and blueberry fields. There are only four villages on this island, with their typical shops and inns which used to thrive during the whales hunting days. 

    Later in the afternoon the ship will cross the Wadden Sea and sail to Harlingen, the most important harbor city of the Friesland province.


    6. Harlingen – Makkum (50/60 km)

    Today you will cycle through the beautiful wide Frisian countryside via Franeker along several rural villages to the small harbor of Makkum on the eastern bank of lake IJsselmeer. If you decide to take the longer cycling tretch, you will also visit Bolsward, one of the Eleven Freisian Cities.


    7. Makkum – Stavoren – Enkhuizen (35/50 km)

    From Makkum you will cycle on to Stavoren. The short tour leads you through the old trading town of Hindeloopen where the local  type of traditional decorative painting is quite renowned. Very interesting is the First Frisian Museum of Ice Skating in Hindeloopen. The longer stretch runs along several Freisian lakes and will show you a different type of landscape. From Stavoren the ship will set sail over the IJsselmeer to Enkhuizen in the late afternoon.


    8. Enkhuizen.

    Last day of the tour. End of services and disembarkation around 9:30 am. 


    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or warnings issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only taken by the boat’s captain.


  • Route profile

    The Netherlands are the country of bycycles, mainly due to the flat landscape, beneath the sea level. The cycling path network, almost entirely paved, is very widespread and sign posted with white and red signals and with small numbered stumps called “mushrooms”,   signalled on the maps.


    It will not be hard to deal with this tour, but you will need to be a bit trained in order to stay a whole week on the saddle! Wind and rain are very frequent in this country and they might make your cycling difficult. Sometimes the bike lanes are separated from the street only by a red line, so you need to pay attention. Ask your guide on board, he/she will be able to give you more information.


  • How to get there

    The precise embarkation point will be written in the Final Tour Details that you will receive a few days before departure. The point of embarkation is near the train station of Enkhuizen. 


    By Plane

    The easiest way to get to the starting point is flying into Amsterdam.


    Contact us for a free airfare quotation.

    In order to get to the embarkation point in Enkhuizen you need to take the train directly at the airport of Amsterdam. You can purchase the tickets at the cashiers, which usually accept debit and credit cards. The journey takes about 1:30 hours, the cost is about € 13. To book the train tickets in advance visit


    By Train

    The nearest arrival point is the train station of Enkhuizen. To get there more information on


    By Car

    You can park at the train station. More information on:



  • Accommodation and meals



    In 1965 the sailing ship was launched as a cargo ship. In 2003 the ship was completely transformed into a sailing passenger ship.


    The cabins

    On the lower deck, the Wapen fan Fryslân has 12 identical twin cabins (8,5 m² – 91 sq.ft.), each with two separate single beds which can be set together, and a folding bed as a third bed which can be used if needed. 


    In each cabin there is a bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. All cabins have ventilation, central heating and 2 portholes of which one can be opened. 


    Furthermore, you will find a mini safe in each cabin.


    Common areas

    On the lower deck the ship offers a large lounge/restaurant with TV. From here you can reach the large wheelhouse with a cosy and stylish bar and seating area. The panoramic windows offer a perfect all around view of the water. Wi-Fi is available.


    The afterdeck has an outdoor cafe with draught beer tap and a Jacuzzi and on the middle deck there are various sitting areas and there is room to enjoy a lovely meal outdoors to watch the scenery while sailing.


    In brief:

    • Passengers (max.): 24 - 36 
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi Fi in the salon
    • Hair dryer
    • Whirpool on the afterdeck


    Watch Wapen Fan Fryslan photo gallery.




    The sailing boat Mare Fan Fryslan is 54 m long and can host 40 people. 


    The cabins

    On the lower deck there are 14 comfortable cabins:

    • 12 ensuite twin cabins featuring two separate  beds, with the possibility of adding a third bunk bed (9 m² – 97 sq.ft.); 
    • one junior suite (11 m² – 118 sq.ft.) with two single beds which can be joined together and a small sitting area with a flat screen TV;
    • one single cabin (6 m² – 65 sq.ft.). 


    All cabins have ventilation, central heating and portholes that can be opened. 


    Furthermore, each cabin has a mini safe and a hairdryer. 


    Common areas

    Common rooms and restaurant are also on the lower deck, while on the upper deck there are a bar and a relax area provided with external Jacuzzi.  


    In brief:

    • Passengers (max.): 27 - 40
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning
    • Hair dryer
    • Whirlpool on the top deck


    Watch Mare Van Fryslan photo gallery.




    This sailing ship is an imposing three-mast barquentine. The interior of this luxury ship can best be described as refined.


    The cabins

    On the lower deck, the Leafde fan Fryslân has

    • 10 twin cabins (10 m² – 107 sq.ft.) and one smaller twin cabin (9 m² – 96.8 sq.ft.), with two single beds, which can be set together in most cabins
    • one junior suite (12 m² – 129 sq.ft.) with two single beds, which can be set together and a small sitting area 
    • one small single cabin (7 m² – 75 sq.ft.). 


    Some of the twin cabins can be booked as a three-bed cabin (the third bed as bunk). 


    Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. All cabins have ventilation and heating, portholes and a hatch that can be opened (except for the single cabin, in this cabin the window can’t be opened and there is no hatch).


    Furthermore, in each cabin you will find a hairdryer and a mini safe.


    Common areas

    On the lower deck you will find the restaurant in nautical style. In the wheelhouse on the upper deck, the ship offers a cosy lounge which is equipped with large panoramic windows, a well-appointed seating area , TV and a well equipped bar. Wi-Fi is available. 


    In brief:

    • Passengers (max.): 25- 27 
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning
    • Hair dryer


    Watch Leafde Fan Fryslan photo gallery.




  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent: 

    • a unisex touring bike with 7 gears, gel-saddle and hand brake. 
    • a unisex e-bike 7 gears and hand brakes.



    The bikes are equipped with: 

    • pannier bag 
    • lock


    In the Netherlands the bike helmet is not mandatory for cyclists. However we suggest you bring your own as there is a limited amount available on board. A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only after prior reservation and payment.



  • Accompanying material

    Before your arrival, you will receive an email from us with the digital information material. It contains:

    1. Link to download the tour information material in Pdf:

    • Tour notes
    • Final tour details

    On the spot you will find maps and route descriptions.


  • By your side

    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.


    Every morning or evening our tour leader  will illustrate the route of the day. They will be able to address any question or doubt. If you have any problem during the day, dont hesitate to contact the tour leader on his/her mobile. The tours are self guided. Languages spoken on board are English and German. 


    Staff support

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    • office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    • emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

Tour details


from 1,049 €

8 days / 7 nights

Tour type
Self-guided tour
Price per person

1,049 €



Low season: 01.05 - 09.05.2021 and 19.09.2021



  • 7 overnights and breakfast
  • 5 x packed lunches and 1 x lunch on board
  • 6 x 3-course dinner on board and 1 x packed dinner 
  • on board tour guide 
  • Maps 
  • GPS tracks
  • bed linen and towels
  • Hotline service


Not included

  • Beverages on board
  • Museums, fees and extras in general
  • Transfers
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”


Supplements per person

300 € single cabin
525 € twin cabin single used
200 € Junior Suite (only on Leafde fan Fryslân/Mare fan Fryslân)

85 € rental bike
185 € e-bike
10 € helmet
10/25 € Limitation of liability (damage) rental bicycle

50 € gluten/lactose free menu (to be paid on spot)



100 € third person in cabin 

80 € low season


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