Mare fan Fryslân Read all reviews
24 Apr 2023

David Garcia

The crew in this boat-bike tour made all the difference. Positive attitude, competent, accommodating and helpful are the qualities that first come to mind. Facilities are adequate with old-fashioned charm, and the equipment (bicycles) very functional for the trip length. I’m very happy with the experience.

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 25 Apr 2023

Thank you for sharing your experience on this boat-bike tour! We're thrilled to hear that you found it to be a good value and well-planned. We're also pleased to hear that the crew made all the difference, and that they were positive, competent, accommodating, and helpful. It's great to hear that the facilities had an old-fashioned charm and were adequate for your needs. We're also glad that the bicycles provided were very functional for the length of the trip. We're delighted to hear that you're very happy with the experience overall. Thank you for choosing this boat-bike tour, and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for another memorable adventure in the future! Warm Regards, Romy

20 Apr 2023

June Doezema

Tom and rest of the crew made the trip very enjoyable

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 20 Apr 2023

Thank you for your feedback! We're glad to hear that Tom and the rest of the crew made your trip very enjoyable. We appreciate your kind words and hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in the future! Warm regards, Romy

17 Apr 2023

Mary Elizabeth Hanson

This is a great option to the barge. The crew and tour guide on Mare fan Frysland (sailing vessel) were both friendly and efficient, which is not a common combination. Great food! Roomy and beautiful restored boat, and the basic cabin was plenty roomy for 2 who know how to pack. (The hot tub was a bonus!) Wonderful biking tours. Our guide was very informative as well as pleasant. I’ve done more vigorous, more “cushy,” and more expensive European biking tour with VBT and consider this a better value. I could have used a faster riding pace, maybe more independence, and more sailing, but I believe the bike tours and sail-raising were set for the common-denominator (“weakest-link,” etc) and that was the correct approach for a varied group. We were the 1st group of the season and the boat was not full, which added to the pleasant experience. We were concerned that we were going too early to see flowers and might fight cold weather, but it all turned out well…so I recommend you consider an early booking if you dislike crowds. Be aware that biking in North Holland can mean winds. It added to the challenge in a way that I liked, but not everybody felt that way. (That’s what the E-bike option is for.)

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 18 Apr 2023

Thank you for sharing your experience on the Mare fan Frysland! It's great to hear that you had such a positive experience with the crew and tour guide, and that the food was great. The fact that the boat was roomy and beautifully restored, with a hot tub as a bonus, must have made for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. It's also great to hear that you enjoyed the biking tours and found your guide informative and pleasant. Finally, it's good to know that the winds in North Holland added to the challenge and were well-suited for those who enjoy a bit of a challenge. For those who prefer a more relaxed experience, the E-bike option is a great choice. Overall, it sounds like you had a fantastic trip and would recommend the Mare fan Fryslan to others. Thanks for sharing your experience! Warm regards, Romy

18 Aug 2022

Allison Milnes

Absolutely great holiday on board a very comfortable sailing vessel with daily cycle rides through the Frisian landscape, visiting villages and small towns. Great mix of cycling and boat travel, where possible under sail, and culture with opportunities to visit museums and galleries. Comfortable accommodation and good meals provided on board. Highly recommended.

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 22 Sep 2022

Thank you very much for your positive review and rating. These are beautiful words and we really appreciate you providing us with this positive feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back on board in the future. Kind regards, Boat Bike Tours Team.

7 Aug 2022

Penny Picken

Just returned from a fabulous trip on the Mare fan Frieslan. Lovely cycling on the islands of Texel and Terschelling, swimming in the beautiful sea and following smooth tracks through sunlit woods. Great crew – always went the extra mile. Fabulous food – good as any 3 star restaurant. Thanks to Petr, Jorik, Tiemu, Marvin and Mathys for making our holiday so very good.

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 22 Sep 2022

Thank you Penny for your review, we’re so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and found our staff helpful. It’s always great when we can help guests make the most of their time with us! I’ll let Petr, Jorik, Tiemu, Marvin and Mathys know from your positive review. Looking forward to welcoming you back on board again. Warm regards, Romy

5 Aug 2022

Edith Bouma

Very friendly and courteous service. Excellent food and clean rooms

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 23 Sep 2022

Thank you very much for your feedback!

16 May 2022

joe cornfield

Good trip. Nice boat and bikes. Disappointing amount of hidden charges. I thought the advertised amount was all I had to pay but they kept asking for more money for extra things. Even when they accepted that one of the charges fell outside the terms of their small print they demanded it on the boat causing an embarrassing scene. It tarnished my memory slightly.

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 25 May 2022

Hi Joe, Thank you very much for your feedback. How nice to hear that the ship and bikes were to your liking. We understand that you are disappointed that you had to pay fuel surcharge on board. Unfortunately, this is the reality as a result of political measures and developments as a result of the very regretful developments in Ukraine, fuel prices around the world have risen extremely and unexpectedly. Nevertheless, we hope for better times and hope to welcome you back on board in the future. Kind regards, Team Boat Bike Tours.

2 May 2022

Nancy Taylor

My husband and I had a fabulous trip throughout the Netherlands. The ship was beautiful, clean and well appointed. All the staff were amazing! Helpful, friendly, curteous and knowledgeable. We are looking forward to making this a yearly tour!

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 22 Jul 2022

Thank you so much for your positive review. We are happy to hear that you had such a great time on board! Kind regards, Team Boat Bike Tours

2 May 2022

Emily Kenyon

For the price of the experience to bike and sail around the Netherlands, this experience was excellent. I wish I could bottle up every moment and relive it. I booked this trip knowing Netherlands was flat so I rented a regular bike but be prepared for headwinds and biking up dykes. By the end of the trip I wish I had an E-bike. The rooms are small but again we’re on a sailing ship. During time not biking, we’d be in the city at the port or hanging out on the various decks enjoying drinks and snacks, the rooms are for rest. We did the tulip tour this year and you will see tulips! While biking through country sides you’ll see the tulip farms, windmills, and sheep. Lastly, the crew was amazing. We enjoyed spending time with them and by the end of trip you’ll feel like you’re part of a family, between the crew and the guests. We’re already planning our next boat and bike tour through Germany for 2023.

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 22 Jul 2022

Thank you so much for this outstanding review. We are more then happy that you enjoyed your time and are planning your next trip already! We are looking forward to welcome you on board again soon! Team Boat Bike Tours

21 Apr 2022

Craig Israelsen

Super fun way to see Holland. Loved the boat , the crew and the tour leaders.

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 22 Jul 2022

We are happy to hear that. See you soon on board, Team Boat Bike Tours

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