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Netherlands: Sail & Bike Wadden Sea
28 Aug 2018

CJ Drury

A really fantastic trip to the Friesan Islands aboard Leafde fan Fryslan – a beautiful sailing ship with a great captain and crew who worked hard throughout week to ensure we had a great holiday. A very competent skipper and first mate made sure everything was done in a very professional manner (yet always seemed to be relaxed – very important for us on our holidays!). The chef fed us of the best and the housekeeper answered every request with a smile. If you like fresh air, nature and exercise you will love this trip.

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 4 Sep 2018

Thanks very much for your review. Team Boat Bike Tours.

12 Jun 2018

John Duthie | single cabin

The holiday exceeded my expectations in every respect and I had a really great time. The boat, although old had been refurbished and was very comfortable and each room had its own en-suite facilities which included a shower compartment with a folding door! The catering was remarkably good given the size of the galley kitchen and again was much better than I had anticipated. The Skipper was amazingly competent and great fun. I hope to return to enjoy another holiday as soon as the diary permits.

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 14 Jun 2018

Dear John, thanks very much for your 5starreview. Great you enjoyed your time on this Sail&Bike trip. We hope we can welcome you again. Team Boat Bike Tours.

12 Jun 2018

Paul Lefebvre

Sail/Bike Frisian Sea was fantastic! It was my second Boat-Bike tour, and the sailing added an exciting dimension. The Mare fan Fryslân is a large, comfortable boat and the crew is top notch. Captain Jores sails the boat at every opportunity, guests helping with the sails under Mate Renska’s supervision; both are calm, confident, highly skilled and very laid back, giving the boat a relaxed, comfortable, fun vibe. The cook and assistant were wonderful, food was great, accomodations very comfortable. Self-guided bike tours are well laid out on the good maps provided, with most tours following the bike-by-numbers strategy. We didn’t have much luck with the Ride with GPS app but managed fine with the map. The Friesland region of the Netherlands is beautiful with stress-free biking through the flat countryside, mostly on separate cycle paths or sometimes in designated lanes through picturesque villages, with visits to great historic spots and some nice beaches. The Frisian people are about the most charming and friendly I’ve ever met. Great sailing, bicycling nirvana, cute towns, great food and local beer, wonderful people – I can’t say enough good things about this trip – it was fun and relaxing and there was so much to it that I’ll be soaking it up for weeks to come.

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 14 Jun 2018

Dear Paul, Reading your loving words in the review we started the working day with a big smile! Thanks very much. We will send your compliments forward to Joris and Rinske and crew. Team Boat Bike Tours.

6 Jun 2018

Hans-Peter und Peter Nicholas Kappus

I’ve just come back from the May 26th to June 2nd sailing of the Mare Fan Fryslan….the circle route from Enkhuizen to Texel/Terschelling, down the opposite coast of the the Ijssel Meer and back to Enkhuizen. This tour is a really good deal when compared with the same tour with a well-known American firm, VBT. It’s a full 60% less- about $1500 vs $3545 for the identical itinerary and the same sailboat! VBT does include train tickets for Amsterdam/Enkhuizen/Amsterdam ($30) and has some home visits. Also VBT will have a van to trail after bikers for any repairs or fatigued biker recovery. The Netherlands, however, is totally bike friendly with (no-car) dedicated bike paths, flat-flat countryside and villiages spaced out at 5 miles intervals; so Mother Hens to shepard you around are really not necessary. My son and I were totally happy touring independently. The company gave us an excellent detailed map of the area of the tour with all bike paths clearly marked. We opted for electric bikes, sturdy Gazelle Bikes, manufactured in the Netherlands with a Bosch Power system. The electric option cost an extra $200 (included in the $1500 price). The electric bike was wonderful, worked beautifully, even during the one afternoon’s rain deluge. I’d recommend the electric option because it totally prevents fatigue even when you’re doing more than 40 miles per day. Going up hills (yeah, there are hills in the Netherlands when you’re approaching bridges or sand dunes). My son called the electric power boost up hills, “the hand of God”. The electric option gives you a read out of miles(kms) and time travelled plus estimated travel kms remaining. Our maximum mileage day from Makkum to Stavoren was about 60Kms and I still had about 20% battery left after liberally using the battery along the way. The Boat-Bike bicycles come with a massive rear side pannier which easily accomodates raincoat, extra clothing, and battery charger in case you need to boost the charge at a friendly resturant along the way. The Sailboat offered half day sailings every day when we weren’t on the islands. All hands, that wanted to, were recruited into raising and lowering sails by the owner’s ( Jorin de Wit) enthusiastic, friendly wife, Rindske. The sailing experience was wonderful since we had 75F, blue sky days for almost all of the trip. The sailboat experience really set this tour apart from other tours that offer motorcoach transfers or puttering along on a barge. The Mare Fan Fryslan is a 3-masted historical flat bottomed boat, well suited to coastal cruising. There are 12 double bed cabins and 2 triples on board. All have a private bath with shower, sink, and toilet. Our cabin was spacious with 2 portholes and 7 feet of headroom. Beds were comfortable. Having a travelling home base that required only one unpack and repack is a real time-saver compared to the 3-4 different hotel stays on a typical 8-day bike tour. The sailboat has a dedicated dining room with 4 and 6 place assigned seating. Sit where you want. There’s dedicated bar area with a good selection of wine and bottled and draft beer, fairly priced. The mostly German tour participants put quite a daily dent in the beer supply! Food was good. Full European breakfast with fresh cooked eggs- fried, hard-boiled, omelettes offered every day. Delicious fresh bread was delivered to the boat every morning. The cheese and cold-cuts were available for making sandwiches to carry along on the bike tours. But we generally took advantage of cafes and beachfront restaurants along the way. Dinners offered fresh seafood and Dutch specialties. I was totally thrilled with this tour and will certainly consider this and other tours with Boat-Bike again. The price is a real bargain. In the future I’ll consider taking along my Grandson when he gets a bit more secure with his bicycle skills.

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 8 Jun 2018

Thank you for your review about the Sail & Bike tour. Thanks to your very detailed description you can help other visitors of our website with valuable information. We are already looking forward to welcoming you next time with son ánd grandson. Team Boat Bike Tours

26 May 2018


God oplevelse, og god service på båden

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 29 May 2018

Tak for din positive vurdering. Team Boat Bike Tours.

2 Apr 2015


We enjoyed our tour . We visited some beautiful places and made good friends. Wo u ld like to do again

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 7 Apr 2015

Thanks for sharing your experience.

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