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Bike & Boat: Sailing the Dutch Wadden Sea with the "MARE 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.

Der Wattensegler MARE fan Fryslan bei Sonnenuntergang

Rad und Schiff Tourenkarte der 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: 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

Saving tip: 3% early bird discount for tours in 2025 until the end of February 2025
  • The discount is automatically deducted during the booking process.
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Basic price in € per person

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2 bed cabin main deck
03.05.2025 - 06.09.2025 1.399,00 €
13.09.2025 - 20.09.2025 1.299,00 €
27.09.2025 - 27.09.2025 1.149,00 €
Junior Suite main deck
03.05.2025 - 06.09.2025 1.599,00 €
13.09.2025 - 20.09.2025 1.499,00 €
27.09.2025 - 27.09.2025 1.349,00 €
1 bed cabin main deck
03.05.2025 - 06.09.2025 1.699,00 €
13.09.2025 - 20.09.2025 1.599,00 €
27.09.2025 - 27.09.2025 1.499,00 €

Rental bikes

  • Rental bike (7-speed) with pannier bag: 91,00 €
  • Electric rental bike (7-speed): 245,00 €

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A wonderful ship, a great young, committed crew, nice fellow passengers. We particularly liked being able to lend a hand on the "Mare fan Fryslan" and to experience how such a ship is sailed. On the other hand, of course, we liked the IJssel and Wadden Sea along with the islands of Tegel and Terschelling with their great landscape and the bike tours, each of which was very well documented and explained waren. Accommodation on the ship and meals waren harmonious, Dutch and Frisian were on the menu in the evening. Kudos again to skipper Joris, his wife and the crew! An unforgettable experience for us!
- Hans Hehrman

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WAT 01

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

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

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Basic price in € per person * 2024 main deck
2 bed cabin From €1199
Junior Suite From €1399
1 bed cabin From €1499

3% early bird discount for tours in 2025 until the end of February

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

Train: to/from Enkhuizen train station

Parking: free parking spaces in Enkhuizen (no guarantee)

General tip for traveling by car

You can easily find a large overview of parking spaces on the external website www.parkopedia.de . view

The Mare fan Fryslân is a beautiful, rather extravagant three-masted schooner that has been sailing Dutch waters as a passenger ship since 2007. On the lower deck there is a wood-panelled saloon, which is also used as a restaurant. Here you will also find 12 comfortable double cabins, 1 junior suite and a single cabin with an additional fold-out bunk bed. All cabins have their own sanitary facilities. On the main deck, next to the saloon, you will find the deckhouse with a bar and panoramic windows. On the wooden upper deck there is an outdoor bar and, as the icing on the cake and for ultimate relaxation, a Jacuzzi.

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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 Wapen fan Fryslan (see WAT 02) & Leafde fan Fryslan (see WAT 03)

Minimum number of 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.

General information

Not included in the price: Cultural development tax, bed tax, arrival and departure, transfers, excursions, entrance and sightseeing fees, city maps, ferry fees, insurance, tips and personal expenses.
This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Maps presented are for illustrative purposes only and do not reflect geographical reality.

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