Holland’s Northern Coast - Boat & Bike

Boat & Bike 7 nights

VISITING: Holland

Why we love this tour

"Enjoy a unique stay on board the beautiful Wapen or Mare Fan Fryslan, with the opportunity to assist the deck hands whilst sailing! Discover the sights and sounds of rural Holland cycling along traffic-free cycle paths, well-marked tracks and easy terrain."

Relax and enjoy the scenery or help to raise the sails on a sailing ship

Pristine nature reserves of mudflats, migratory birds, sand dunes and wetlands

Pretty fishing harbours, seal sanctuary, unspoiled sandy beaches and a traditional brewery

Traffic-free cycle paths, well-marked tracks and easy terrain.

Guiding
Self-Guided
Distance
90miles/145km
Level
Easy
Standard
Superior
Departs
Sat
Runs
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Code
NL024
Fly to
Amsterdam
Good for
Coasts and Islands, Luxury, Solo
Return
Amsterdam

Formerly known as our Frisian Sea tour, fall into the gentle pace of coastal life as you experience the windswept archipelago and lakeside harbour towns of the Netherlands' northern coast. Cycle with screeching gulls overhead, riding along well-marked coastal paths and sleeping on a choice of two sailing ships: the tastefully furnished Mare Fan Fryslan or the stylish Wapen Fan Fryslan.

As you cycle along the shores of Holland’s largest lake, stop off at pretty harbour towns to visit a working windmill or try sauerkraut and fresh fish. North Holland’s pristine nature and wild sand dunes are a highlight of this trip and the best place to experience these are on the beautiful Frisian Islands. As you sail across the sea, look out for seals on the sandbar and spot black-winged stilts, spoonbills and black-backed gulls. The traditional brewery on Texel island is a particularly good place for a break and look forward to traffic-free cycling on the smallest island of Vlieland.

 

Accommodation

Mare Fan Fryslan

The Mare Fan Fryslan was built in 1960 and completely renovated in 2006. She is a beautiful three-masted schooner and offers an air-conditioned saloon and restaurant and a bar, which has large, panoramic windows and is equipped with a music system and TV.

There are 12 lower deck comfortable twin cabins, one premium twin cabin with a small sitting area and a flat screen TV and one cabin with bunk beds. The twin cabins and premium twin can also take a 3rd bed if required. All cabins have a private shower and toilet and air-con.

The upper deck has an outdoor bar, jacuzzi and seating area. When in harbour, free wi-fi connection is available throughout the ship.

Mare Fan Fryslan

Mare Fan Fryslan

Wapen Fan Fryslan

The Wapen Fan Fryslan is a two-masted schooner built in 1965  and completely renovated in 2003. On board of this marvellous vessel you will immediately notice its warm and luxurious atmosphere.

All 12 spacious cabins have twin beds that can be transformed into a double bed and can take a 3rd bed if required. Each cabin has a shower and toilet, plus a porthole which can be opened.

On deck, there is a large saloon/restaurant and stylish bar and seating area, offering panoramic views across the water. The deck has a small bar with draught beer taps and a Jacuzzi and the middle deck and sun decks offer plenty of seating for outdoor dining, relaxing and sunbathing. 

Wapen Fan Fryslan

Wapen Fan Fryslan

Leafde fan Fryslân

The three-masted barquentine Leafde fan Fryslân had it's first voyage in 2018. 10 twin bed cabins, some of which can can be made into a 3 bed if required, 1 smaller twin cabin, 1 junior suite and 1 single cabin provide impressive accomodation on board. Each cabin has a an en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet as well as a porthole that can be opened.

Your food on board will be served in the nautical styled restaurant, after which you can relax in the lounge found on the upper deck which boasts large panoramic windows, a TV and bar. Dont forget your swimming stuff if you fancy a dip in the jacuzzi!

Passengers 25-27 max.

Leafde fan Fryslân

Leafde fan Fryslân

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What's included

Price includes

7 nights accommodation aboard a premium class boat

Board basis: Full board including breakfast, packed lunch on 5 cycling days (1 lunch on board) and 6 three course dinners (1 packed dinner)

Services of an English speaking on-board guide with daily briefings of the bike tours

Maps and route information (1 per cabin) - GPS tracks available

Welcome meeting and drink on the first evening

Local contact number for assistance

Daily cabin cleaning 

Daily coffee and tea until 4 pm

Price excludes

Flights and transfers

Entrance fees & excursions 

Ferry fees

Drinks & tips on board

Bike hire

​Special dietary requests - see below

Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

Bikes come with a pannier, a small repair kit, and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike

Hybrid bike (2020 departures)

£71

E-bike (2020 departures)

£176

Hybrid bike (2021 departures)

£76

E-bike (2021 departures)

£180

Other Extras

Helmet

Helmet hire

£11
Board upgrade

Gluten or lactose free diet (50 Euros payable locally) - please select if applicable

£0

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about this tour. Simply click on a question to reveal the answer.

How do I get there?

Fly or Eurostar to Amsterdam, then take the train (NS) from Amsterdam central station to Enkhuizen.

Alternatively by train, take the Eurostar from London to Amsterdam and change for Enkhuizen.

How do I get back?

Take the train (NS) from Enkhuizen to Amsterdam central station and Fly or Eurostar from Amsterdam.

What is an ‘Easy’ cycle holiday?

Your days will involve gentle riding, mainly on flat terrain and with minimal effort required. Easy cycling holidays are suitable for most people whether you are a regular cyclist or not, however we recommend at least a few practice rides before your holiday!

 We are always on hand to offer advice, so please give us a call if you wish to chat about the tour’s grading.

Will the itinerary ever change?

For Boat & Bike tours the boat will generally keep to the advertised itinerary, however the captain may have to adapt the itinerary due to the river or sea conditions.

How much space will I have in my cabin?

There is limited space in the cabins, so pack light and take a soft suitcase.

Can I stay on the boat during the day and not cycle?

Yes, you can relax on the boat or explore when you arrive at each destination instead of cycling. 

Can the boat cater for special dietary requirements?

Please advise us of any special requirements at time of booking and we will notify the boat operator in advance. Understandably, kitchen galley space is limited and it may not be possible to provide specialist products (eg. Gluten free). We suggest you bring a few items with you and, in some cases, these can be provided at a supplement. 

Will I be cycling with other people?

Although there is no organised group, self-guided guests regularly find they come across their fellow passengers along the route during the day and may even get together to form their own cycling groups.

What does my on-board Tour Leader do?

Your on-board Tour Leader provides daily briefings ahead of the next day's ride. These are always beneficial, including information on the local area, main sights, and tips on good places to stop en route.

Can I book by myself?

Absolutely! Boat & Bike tours are very sociable and a good choice for single travellers wishing to mix with other guests and share your common interest of cycling.

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