IJsselmeer & Frisian Islands - map
At a glance
  • Beginning / End:
  • Duration of trip:
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Distance covered by bike:
    160-260 km / 99-162 mi
  • Distance per day:
    24-65 km / 15-40 mi
  • Altitude profile:
    predominantly flat
  • Profile:
    predominantly on paved, bikes-only cycle paths

If you don’t feel like cycling, stay aboard the ship!

Eating and drinking
This tour includes full board. In the mornings, you will receive a hearty breakfast, in the evenings we serve three-course meals. For the bike tours we provide you with packed lunches.

IJsselmeer & Frisian Islands

8 days / 7 nights abord Mare fan Fryslân from EUR 1049

The Tour

IJsselmeer & Frisian Islands

The IJsselmeer, the former Zuiderzee, is a popular sailing spot and water sports area. The West Frisian Islands are located ahead of the Afsluitsdijk. On this journey, you will get to experience an amazing maritime landscape and visit several North Sea Islands on the Mare fan Fryslân, a three-masted schooner. Feel free to help the ship’s crew out - it is however not required, as is any kind of previous experience on sailing boats. Wind, weather and currents may affect the itinerary, which can therefore change at short notice.
Here you can find more information on the sailing ship Mare fan Fryslân.

IJsselmeer & Frisian Islands - Mare fan Fryslân
IJsselmeer & Frisian Islands - Mare fan Fryslân

Day 1 Arrival in Enkhuizen
Embarkation from 2 pm, followed by an induction into the ships’ specifics and your itinerary in the evening.

Day 2 Enkhuizen-Den Oever, 24-37 km/15-23 mi, boat trip
Alongside the shores of the IJsselmeer you will cycle to the perimeter of the mighty Afsluitsdijk. Depending on the weather, this will be followed by a sailing tour to Texel.

Day 3 Texel Island round trip, up to 46 km / 29 mi
This largest of the West Frisian Islands is very rich in variety and there are several cycling tours to choose from. The seal sanctuary is particularly worth a visit.

Day 4 Sailing tour to Terschelling Island
The cruise to the island will take you between 5 and 6 hours. The island only came into being in the early middle ages - 5 of its villages are situated on sand dunes.

Day 5 Terschelling Island round trip, up to 65 km / 40 mi
Sandy beaches and dunes, heaths, fertile fields and meadows and old mixed woodland - only some of the great things to see on this Island. West-Terschelling is its largest conurbation.

Day 6 Boat trip, Harlingen - Makkum, 48-58 km / 30-36 mi
Sailing over the IJsselmeer, you'll arrive at Harlingen with the monument of Wyfke fan Starum. Different cycle pathes to Makkum.

Day 7 Makkum - Enkhuizen, 32-49 km / 20-30 mi, boat trip
Today you'll first cycle to Stavoren, then the route will take you straight across the IJsselmeer.

Day 8 Disembarkation and departure
After breakfast, your tour of the IJsselmeer and Frisian Islands on the Mare fan Fryslân will conclude.

IJsselmeer & Frisian Islands - Mare fan Fryslân
IJsselmeer & Frisian Islands - Mare fan Fryslân
IJsselmeer & Frisian Islands - Mare fan Fryslân


Here are the details on Mare fan Fryslân.

Included in your package "IJsselmeer & Frisian Islands":

  • 7 nights aboard in your chosen category
  • full board (7 x breakfast, 6 packed lunches, 7 x dinner)
  • complimentary coffee/tea in the afternoon (until 4 pm)
  • cabins are cleaned regularly
  • bed linen and towels supplied
  • all passenger and harbour charges
  • welcome drink and chat where we will provide you with all the relevant information
  • on-board tour guide
  • daily cycling stage briefings
  • detailed travel documents in english
  • GPS tracks
  • optional rental bike
  • optional rental helmet 


  • outside cabins, approx. 10 sqm/108 sq ft, with ensuite WC and shower
  • 1 x junior suite, approx. 12 sqm/129 sq ft, with ensuite WC and shower
  • 1 x single cabin, approx. 7 sqm/75 sq ft, with ensuite WC and shower
  • all cabins feature level-access beds (plus an additional folding bed for another occupant)
  • all cabins offer openable portholes

Rental bicycles:

  • We offer comfortable unisex-bikes with 7-speed freewheel, equipped with a bike bag and a bike lock. We also offer E-bikes if desired.

Travel time 2021:

  • Arrival on saturdays
    29.05. + 05.06. + 12.06. + 26.06.
    03.07. + 10.07. + 17.07.
    07.08. + 14.08. + 21.08. + 28.08.
    04.09. + 11.09.


All prices are per person.

  • 1049 EUR 2-bed cabin
  • 1249 EUR junior suite
  • 1349 EUR single cabin
  • 1574 EUR 2-bed cabin, single occupancy
  •   949 EUR 3-bed cabin
  •     85 EUR rental bike
  •   185 EUR e-bike
  •     10 EUR helmet
  •     10 EUR private bike
  •     25 EUR private e-bike
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The booking process

The Tour



  • Parking in Enkhuizen:
    Free parking at Enkhuizen railway station, situated right next to the harbour. No reservation possible.

  • Arrival by train:
    Enkhuizen train station

  • Arrival by plane:
    Schiphol Airport,  take the train to Enkhuizen, duration approx. 70 min, 1 x changes, standard fare approx. EUR 15.

Personal bikes:
In principle, you can bring your own bike along. However, please note that your bike will be loaded on and off the boat twice a day along with several others and therefore slight cosmetic damage to individual bikes cannot be ruled out, which is why we do not take responsibility or liability for such damage. We recommend reserving one the excellent rental bikes we offer.

Perfectly looked after:
During your tour, we are available between 8 am and 8 pm, 7 days a week. We are happy to help with any kind of problems you might be having. You will find this emergency number in your travel documents.

Please note:

  • Wind, weather and currents may affect the itinerary, which can therefore change at short notice.
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