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Bike & Boat: Sailing the Dutch Wadden Sea with the "Leafde fan Fryslan"

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Hoist the sails, feel the fresh sea breeze, cycle along the coast of the enchanting Wadden Islands and enjoy a stay on board one of the largest and most comfortable sailing ships in the Netherlands. The ship sails through locks from fresh to salt water and takes you to the Wadden Sea. This is a unique natural area that is constantly changing with the tides and you can see birds and seals on the sandbanks. During this 8-day trip you can discover endless beaches, dunes, groves and picturesque villages on several Wadden Islands.


Bike and boat tour map of Leafde fan FryslanEmbarkation from 14:00 p.m. at the beautiful city center and train station of the historic port town of Enkhuizen. The skipper and crew introduce themselves and, over an aperitif, tell you interesting facts about the trip, the ship, the bike tours and inform you about the safety measures on board. You have time to look at the beautiful old town. In the "golden" 17th century, Enkhuizen was one of the world's leading trading cities, home to a huge trading and fishing fleet and known as the "Herring City". Dinner and first night on the ship in the port of Enkhuizen.

Overnight place: Enkhuizen

Your first bike tour begins after breakfast. You cycle along the IJsselmeer to the old port town of Medemblik. You then continue sailing by ship to Den Oever at the dyke that separates the IJsselmeer and the Wadden Sea. You pass through the lock in the dyke and - depending on the weather - the ship sails across the Wadden Sea to the island of Texel.

Overnight place: Texel

The island of Texel is known for its varied landscapes and picturesque villages. Cycle tour on the largest Dutch North Sea island, Texel. Tip: The well-signposted Thijsseroute (40 km), which takes you through picturesque villages, beautiful landscapes and the North Sea. On the way you can visit the seal sanctuary Eco Mare, as well as a small brewery at the port of Oudeschild.

Overnight place: Texel

Today the sails are set. Your destination is the island of Terschelling further east. You will cross the Wadden Sea with its many sandbanks, where you may see seals. During the sailing tour, a hearty lunch will be served instead of dinner today. If weather permits, dine on deck. The exact route and travel time depend on the tidal current and the wind. In the course of the afternoon you arrive at Terschelling. The pretty little villages on the narrow and approx. 30 km long island have retained much of their old charm... No dinner will be served on board today. This gives you the opportunity to explore the harbor of the beautiful island with its many nice restaurants and pubs.

Overnight place: Terschelling Island

Yesterday you mainly sailed, today it's back to cycling. Terschelling has a lot to offer: nature and culture, 70 km of cycle paths and four beautiful villages. West Terschelling is the largest town on the island with numerous shops and pubs. The island's landmark can be seen from afar: the 400-year-old Brandaris lighthouse. Also worth seeing is the nature reserve De Boschplaat, characterized by moors, salt marshes, beaches and dunes. With a bit of luck you will see lots of ducks, black-winged stilts and large colonies of spoonbills and great black-backed gulls. In the late afternoon the ship departs and sails to Harlingen, the most important port on the Frisian mainland.

Overnight place: Harlingen

The bike tour starts after breakfast in Harlingen. Via Franeker with the famous planetarium by Eise Eisinga, you continue cycling through the wonderful, spacious landscape of Friesland dotted with small villages to Makkum on the eastern shore of the IJsselmeer. If you want to do the long bike ride, you also come to Bolsward, one of the Frisian eleven cities.

Overnight place: Makkum

From Makkum you continue by bike to Stavoren. The short route takes you through the old trading town of Hindeloopen. The Hindelooper painting is world famous. The first Frisian skating museum is also located here. The long route leads along several lakes in the Frisian Lake District and reveals a completely different landscape. From Stavoren the ship takes you back to Enkhuizen at the end of the day.

Overnight place: Enkhuizen

After breakfast, disembarkation until 09.30:XNUMX and individual journey home.

  • 8 days/7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 5 x packed lunches & 1 x lunch on board
  • 6 x three-course menu on board & 1 x "Lunchbox" (Terschelling) coffee and tea on board
  • welcome drink
  • Use of bed linen and towels
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Daily program briefings by the crew
  • Use of a waterproof pannier bag
  • Biodegradable water bottle
  • WiFi
  • 1x per cabin only German travel documents, GPS tracks

Our services are communicated in German and English.

Visitor's tax, city tax or culture tax not included in the travel price is 2,00 - 3,00 euros per person/night, payable locally, Beverages, Bike or E-Bike Rental, Helmet Rental, Personal Insurance, Gratuities (at your discretion), Entrance Fees & Excursions, Ferry Fees, Transfers to/from the dock, Parking Fees

Price in € per person * main deck upper deck
small 2 bed cabin €1069 -
2 bed cabin €1269 -
Junior Suite €1469 -
2 bed cabin suite - €1769
1 bed cabin €1569 -

Seasonal prices

From 05.05.2024/08.09.2024 to XNUMX

  • €100,00 surcharge in the upper deck
  • €100,00 surcharge in the main deck

Rental bikes

  • Touring bike - €90,00
  • E-bike - €225,00

Additional Services

  • Bicycle helmet - €10,00
  • Limitation of liability (damage) rental bike - €10,00
  • Limitation of liability (damage) rental e-bike - €25,00
  • Parking your own bike - €10,00
  • Parking space for your own e-bike - €25,00

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Bike & Boat: Sailing the Dutch Wadden Sea with the "Leafde fan Fryslan"

8 days
Overnight stays
7 nights
Overnight stays
about 147 - 193 km

Departures on Sunday on 05.05, 12.05, 19.05, 26.05, 02.06, 09.06, 16.06, 23.06, 30.06, 07.07, 14.07, 21.07, 28.07, 04.08, 11.08 18.08, 25.08, 01.09, 08.09, 15.09, 22.09.2024, XNUMX

Price in € per person * 2024 main deck upper deck
small 2 bed cabin €1069 -
2 bed cabin €1269 -
Junior Suite €1469 -
2 bed cabin suite - €1769
1 bed cabin €1569 -

Attention: This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

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Train: to/from Enkhuizen train station

Parking: free parking spaces in Enkhuizen (no guarantee)


The imposing three-master barquentine Leafde fan Fryslân made her maiden voyage in 2018. The interior of the recently restyled ship can be described as modern-traditional. There are 10 well appointed twin cabins, 1 smaller twin cabin, 1 junior suite all with twin beds and XNUMX single cabin. In some of the twin cabins it is possible to fold out a third (bunk) bed, making them ideal for families. Delicious meals are served in the restaurant and the bar is well stocked; that's why the salon is the ideal place to relax after a day on the bike. And if you haven't burned enough calories, feel free to roll up your sleeves up on deck and help the crew sail. 

  • Jacuzzi 
  • Extra bed available 
  • window to open 
Leafde fan Fryslan deck plan Leafde fan Fryslan cabin Leafde fan Fryslan cabin Leafde fan Fryslan toilet
deck plan Junior Suite 2 bed cabin Bathroom
Leafde fan Fryslan lounge Leafde fan Fryslan outer deck Leafde fan Fryslan outer deck Leafde fan Fryslan Restaurant
Living Room  outer deck outer deck Restaurant


Program and information subject to changes in the meantime, including for meteorological and nautical reasons!

The distance to be covered is primarily dependent on the weather and the tides and is determined from day to day. Route changes or a change in the order of the individual stages are therefore always reserved. The skipper and his crew discuss the possibilities with the guests on a daily basis and will do everything to offer you a varied mix of culture and nature. Let yourself be surprised! Several sections of the route are covered by sailing ship.

This trip can also be booked with the ships Mare fan Fryslan (see WAT 01) & Wapen fan Fryslan (see WAT 02)

Minimum participants: 18 people

The routes are almost always flat, you cycle almost exclusively on cycle paths along the canals and rarely on side roads with little traffic. It may have to be expected with more or less wind.

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