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During this tour you will explore the open water of the northern part of Lake IJsselmeer and the Frisian Sea by sailing ship. Highlights include the bike-friendly North Sea islands of Texel, Vlieland and Terschelling.

Sail and Bike Frisian Sea and Island Hopping

Tour operator: Boat-Bike Tours
Type of holiday: self-guided, bike-boat tour
Luggage transport: included
Accommodation: cabin (boat)
Number of days: 8 days
Price: from € 799,-

The Frisian islands and the coasts of North-Holland and Friesland are a true “El Dorado” for cyclists. Sailing tours are something special. Feel the freedom and the wind and salt on your skin! It’s a bit like discovering the seas as an explorer.

Aboard the Mare Fan Fryslân and the Wapen Fan Fryslân, the most luxurious sailing ships of the IJsselmeer and Wadden Sea, you can enjoy the pure nature and enjoy water, sun and a stiff breeze. There is a natural area along the coast of the North Sea which is unique throughout the whole world – the mudflats of the Frisian Sea.

A world with two faces – sand and water dominate during the changeover from low to high tide. Smaller and larger islands lined up like pearls on a chain protect the shoals of the mudflats. This is a place where you can experience pure nature: the sea, the wind and the sun. You can look forward to a nice adventurous tour.

The ships Mare Fan Fryslân and Wapen Fan Fryslân

During these tours you will travel – depending on the departure date – on board of the two largest and most luxurious three- resp. two mast schooners of the IJsselmeer, the beautiful Mare Fan Fryslân or her sister ship the Wapen Fan Fryslân for 28 resp. 24 passengers.

The Mare Fan Fryslân was built in 1960 as a freight ship and was then completely renovated in 2006 and has been used since 2007 as a beautiful, almost extravagant, three-mast schooner on Dutch waters at home.

On the lower deck there is a saloon with wooden paneling (air-conditioned), also used a the restaurant. Next to the saloon one can find the wheelhouse fitted with bar, music, video equipment and TV. This room is fitted with the large, panoramic window which offers a breathtaking view over the water. On the lower deck there are 12 comfortable 2-bed cabins (floor area of about 10 m2, 2 floor-level single beds 90 x 200 cm), 1 premium twin with a small corner sitting area and a flat screen TV (about 12 m2) as well as a 1-bed cabin with bunk beds (floor area of about 7 m2). In all the 2-bed cabins and the junior-suite is it also possible to arrange to have 3 beds – a Pullman bed/fold-down bed. All cabins have a private shower/WC/sink and ventilation system and portholes which can be opened. The wooden upper deck offers adequate seating, an outdoors bar with a draught beer tap and a grill and even a jacuzzi. The sail can be operated either by hand or electrically. In the harbours there is a Wifi/WLAN connection (free of charge) available throughout the whole ship.

With its 55 metres of length, the Wapen Fan Fryslân is the largest two-master schooner on the Dutch waterways. In 1965 the sailing ship was launched as a freight ship and it transported all kinds of freight throughout the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. In 2003 the ship was completely transformed into a sailing passenger ship.

On board of this marvellous five star ship you will immediately notice its warm and luxurious atmosphere. On deck there is a the large pilothouse with a cosy and stylish bar and seating area. The panorama windows offer a perfect all around view of the water. The afterdeck has an outdoor cafe with draught beer taps and a jacuzzi and on the middle deck there are various sitting areas.

There is room to enjoy a lovely meal outdoors. The sundeck offers plenty of seating including comfortable deckchairs. The large salon, also restaurant, is characterised by its luxurious appearance and flexible furnishing. All 12 spacious cabins (ca. 10 m2) have two separate box spring beds (90x200 m) that can easily be transformed into a double bed. Each hut has its own shower, toilet and washbasin. Each cabin has a folding bed as a third bed which can be used if needed and a porthole which can be opened.

Sail and Bike Frisian Sea and Island Hopping photo nr. 1
Sail and Bike Frisian Sea and Island Hopping photo nr. 1

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