For over 20 years, we have been organising and leading tours with a positive impact. Our focus on sustainable and responsible travel means you can feel confident that your travels are positively impacting the local communities and environment wherever we go.
Our tours in the Netherlands do not contribute to over-tourism in popular destinations. Instead, we encourage you to get out into nature and enjoy the wonders of this extraordinary landscape. We help you explore lesser-known destinations and learn more about the real Netherlands and Dutch culture.
Step off the well-trodden path with us. Let’s ensure our travels always leave a positive impact.
During this special classic summer Netherlands cruise, you will discuss the route together with the skipper. This week, you can visit a number of islands and you can discover them by bike, scooter, on foot or something else. Falling dry is also planned! The skipper chooses the right moment for this, based on the tide and the weather forecast. When the moment is there…you can walk, stroll, and enjoy! This is a really unique experience to enjoy the nature of Friesland.
On the Wadden Sea, we live to the rhythm of the tides and the weather. For this reason, the exact route of island hopping is discussed day by day. The skipper explains the options for the next island based on the weather conditions, the tides, and the wind direction.
Our Netherlands sailing trips are planned on several ships. Our ships are comfortable and cosy and perfectly-suited for several people together.
TravPact is Travelife Certified, which means our tours are in line with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council Industry criteria and our certification is formally recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.
With a professional background in the nonprofit sector working in international development, we are keenly aware of the impact tourism can have on a destination and its people.
That’s why we choose to bring your focus away from driving long distances, and instead offer alternatives such as bikes, sailboats, kayaks, or simply walking to reach a destination where possible.
Moreover, in order to give you the most authentic experience, we give preference to small local hotels, B&B’s, and campsites. In these spaces, you can connect with the Dutch culture in an authentic way and experience the cities and villages of the Northern Netherlands.
You embark on a Monday evening in Harlingen or Den Helder. The skipper will show you your cabin and show you around onboard. While enjoying coffee, tea, and Frisian delicacies, you will get to know the other guests and the crew. Based on the weather forecast and the tides, the route will be planned for the coming days.
After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, the ship will leave for the Wadden Sea. During this Dutch cruise, you might sail to the ports of Texel, Vlieland, and Terschelling. When the ship moors there in the cosy harbour towns, you can explore the islands by bike or scooter. These are also beautiful walking areas, over the Wadden Sea, through woods and dunes, and then end up on a cosy terrace with a view of the Wadden Sea.
Falling dry with the ship on the Wadden Sea is also definitely one of the goals of this Netherlands vacation package! The skipper will choose the right day for this, based on the tide and the weather forecast.
What does such a dry fall day look like? The ship leaves the harbour at an agreed-upon time and sails to the future dry fall location. The anchor goes in and now it is waiting for the ebb current to take the sea with it. A wonderful moment to slowly get a view of the seabed and feel the ship sinking on the sand.
The skipper tells you when you can leave the ship and when you should definitely come back on board. In the meantime…walk, stroll, and enjoy!
You will continue on your Wadden Sea cruise, with the route being determined in consultation with the skipper. Today is a new day to discover the islands on foot, by bicycle, or by scooter. The skipper can inform you about fun activities to do on the islands.
Today we sail back to Harlingen, arriving in the harbour by evening. When the skyline of your home port comes into view again, you will have the feeling that you have had a long, relaxing holiday. A special journey, to the rhythm of the tide, driven by the wind, in the most beautiful nature reserve of Northern Europe, the Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site.