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Friesland’s historic towns by Bike + Boat

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map Historic cities in Friesland by bike + boat

Route

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Flat, asphalted bike paths and side roads, ideal for children. If you don’t want to cycle, you can stay on the house boat.

Day 1: Enkhuizen – Stavoren

Embarkation around 2pm in Enkhuizen. At approximately 4pm the boat Lena Maria will leave Enkhuizen and  ou’ll cross the former Zuiderzee, the once notoriously wild South Sea, to reach the province of Friesland. You’ll enter the small Hanseatic trade village of Stavoren for your first night on board.

Day 2: Stavoren – Makkum, approx. 32 - 49 km

Your first bike route will follow the Frisian coast in a northerly direction. Along the way you’ll pass through the historic harbors of Hindeloopen and Workum, both small picturesque fishing villages. In Workum you can visit a museum dedicated to the painter Jopie Huisman, who was an iconic local artist with a uniquely Frisian approach to life and art. Continuing by bike towards your destination of Makkum, you’ll see a huge hall clearly visible in the distance. Inside, shipbuilders are busy constructing superyachts, large ocean-going vessels with everything on board that a human could possibly need or imagine. When you arrive in Makkum, the crew will welcome you back on board with tea and coffee.

Day 3: Makkum – Terschelling

In the early morning your captain will maneuver the Lena Maria through sea locks onto the Wadden Sea. Over about four hours the barge will carry you through this UNESCO-listed tidal sea flats to the island of Terschelling. Beside the birdlife, you may even spot some seals on the crossing if you’re lucky. On the island you’ll have plenty of time to explore. There are many tiny villages, sandy beaches and dunes. The eastern part of Terschelling is one large nature reserve where you’ll have a chance to spot black-winged stilts, large colonies of spoonbills and great black-backed gulls.

Day 4: Terschelling – Harlingen – Franeker – Leeuwarden, approx. 35 - 45 km

With another morning sail, the Lena Maria will head back to the mainland. Starting in the historic fishing town of Harlingen, you’ll leave the coast for the first time this week to visit Franeker, another of Friesland’s 11 cities. Here the Royal Planetarium is well worth a visit to see a working model of the solar system built by amateur astronomer Eise Eisinga in the 18th century. He planned to create it in six months, but in the end it took seven years. Today’s destination is Leeuwarden, the capital of Friesland. Leeuwarden is a vibrant city with plenty of things to see and do. Among them, the church tower of Oldehoeve is certainly a highlight. Nicknamed the ‘Frisian tower of Pisa’ you can imagine how it looks!

Day 5: Leeuwarden – De Alde Feanen – Grou, approx. 40 km

During breakfast, the Lena Maria will take you out of Leeuwarden. You start cycling outside of the city towards National Park De Alde Feanen. This park consists of a variety of landscapes with small lakes, reedbeds and swamp forest. In the 17th century the area was mined for wet peat. Now, centuries later, the former mining grounds have evolved into a spectacular nature reserve with over 400 different plant species. One moment you’ll see a wide view over vast grasslands and waving reed beds, the next you’ll have a sheltered feeling as you pass through fairytale marshy forests. You’ll then return to Grou where the Lena Maria is moored for the night.

Day 6: Grou – Sneek, approx. 30 - 45 km

This morning you’ll start cycling from Grou in a westerly direction for a day of quiet bike paths and expansive views. Today’s destination is Sneek, the oldest fortress town in the province. Sneek, or Snits in Frisian, played a key role in the Friso-Hollandic wars of the 13th-15th centuries, when the counts of Holland attempted to conquer the free Frisian territories. One of the city’s highlights is the Waterpoort, an impressive gate connecting city and harbor that is both defensive and decorative. Tonight, the Lena Maria docks in Sneek.

Day 7: Sneek – Stavoren – Enkhuizen, approx. 38 - 48 km

The last cycling route of the tour leads you from Sneek to Heeg. This 18th century village is known for its long history of eel trade with London, which continued up until 1938. From Heeg, traditional wooden eel boats would sail across the Channel and right up the Thames to moor in the center of London. Eels were transported live in the bottom of the boats, which had special holes to allow water to flow in and out. From Heeg, you’ll cycle past Fluessen Lake through classic Frisian countryside. When you arrive in Stavoren, the Ship will be ready to take you back to Enkhuizen.

Day 8: Enkhuizen

Individual departure. Disembarkation after breakfast until 09:30 am

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program.

Services

  • 7 nights in outside cabin

  • Full board (7x breakfast, 6x self-made picnic lunch for bike tours, 6x three-course- dinner)

  • Daily coffee and tea until 4 pm 

  • Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible)

  • Daily cabin cleaning

  • Welcome drink 

  • Daily briefings of bike tours by the crew

  • Use of a rental helmet (LENA MARIA) and a bicycle bag

  • Maps and information material per cabin

  • GPS-Tracks

  • Wi-Fi

  • For the environments benefit: 1x biodegradable water bottle.
    The CO2 emitted during the trip is compensated by the NGO Justdiggit.

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
      08.06. - 15.06.24
    MV FLORA
      22.06. - 29.06.24
    MV FLORA
      29.06. - 06.07.24
    MV FLORA
      13.07. - 20.07.24
    MV FLORA
      20.07. - 27.07.24
    MV LENA MARIA
      27.07. - 03.08.24
    MV LENA MARIA
      03.08. - 10.08.24
    MV LENA MARIA

    Extras

    Bicycles & Equipment
    7-speed FLORA / LENA MARIA 90/100
    E-bike FLORA / LENA MARIA 225/250
    Helmet (included on LENA MARIA) 10
    Parking own bicycle 10
    Parking own E-bike 25
       
    Extras
    Gluten and lactosefree diet (payable locally) 65
    Rental bike disclaimer 7-speed/E-Bike (included on LENA MARIA) 10/25

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR

    Ship

    Welcome on board!

    Our ships convince with comfort and a pleasant atmosphere - let Flora and Lena Maria enchant you!


    MV FLORA

    The Flora is a small, cozy and comfortable passenger ship that has been successfully sailing the Green Heart of Holland Tour for several years.
    The nostalgically furnished salon with bar has a quaint atmosphere and serves as a dining and lounge area. WLAN (Wi-Fi) is available. The sun deck is a great place to enjoy the evenings on board and during the cruise you can let the landscape glide by. >>more


    MV LENA MARIA

    The Lena Maria is a very comfortable ship, ideal for bike and barge tours in the Netherlands. The barge has twelve spacious twin cabins. On the upper deck of the Lena Maria you will find the cozy lounge with the bar and dining area. >>more

    Bicycle

    Rental-Bicycles & equipment

    The following bikes are available for rental:

    • UNISEX-touring/trekking bicycles with a comfortable, deep entrance and 7-or 8-speed-hub circuit with hand pedal brake, as well as paniers.
    • E-Bikes
    • Other bikes: children’s bike, tandem, children’s seat, bikes with back pedal... on request

    Electric bikes | E-Bikes | Pedelecs

    We provide you with modern quality e-bikes with 7- or 8-speed hub gears and step-by-step selectable assistance for pedalling power. The range of the battery depends on the support level, riding style, body weight and terrain.

    IMPORTANT: book early, because of limited capacity!


    Bicycle breakdowns

    Breakdowns can happen, also when bikes are well serviced and maintained. Flats can be fixed by yourself. If there’s a difficult repair you may call the local representative. Please don’t get any repairs done on the bike without informing the tour operator/local representative and their approval.


    Bringing of own bikes

    Bringing your own bicycles is ony available in a limited number and a fee needs to be paid as there is not much space. Due to safety reasons you must not charge your E-Bike batteries in your cabin!

    If you bring your own bicycle, please pay attention to the following aspects: You are personally responsible for your own bike on board and ashore. Protect your bike against theft on board, as well as on land with a lock. The bikes will be brought on board and from board by the crew. Due to the local conditions we cannot prevent scratches and damages on the bikes.

    Please understand that we cannot accept any liability. The bikes on board are exposed to weather conditions because the parking is not covered. Please bring along your own spare material and repair kit for your bike. The fees for parking of own bikes on board you can find under prices.

    Useful

    Arival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
    continue by train  to Enkhuizen - duration approx. 1 h 20 min. - Price approx. € 15.


    Arrival by train

    Train station: Enkhuizen
    walking distance approx. 15 min.


    Arrival by car

    Parking:
    free parking at Dirck Chinaplain (near Gependamm docking station) or near the train station of Enkhuizen


    Embarkation

    Please plan your journey accordingly to be on time for embarkation approx. at 2 pm. Thank you for your understanding, that it is not possible to check in earlier but you can put your luggage already on board from 11 am onwoards.

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