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.
This Netherlands bike tour and sailing adventure is the perfect way to enjoy a journey by sea whilst exploring several islands by bike each day. Enjoy the combination of adventurous activities in this truly memorable holiday!
You might prefer this Island Hopping Netherlands Boat Tour for a different itinerary or even this Classic Summer Netherlands Cruise for a shorter itinerary. Not sure which tour is best for you? Feel free to contact us and we would be happy to discuss the different options with you!
Boat + Bike Tours in the Netherlands
Enjoy a feeling of freedom, tranquillity, relaxation, and active fun! During this trip, everything will be arranged for you. You are only required to do the cycling yourself. You can cycle in a group, as a couple, or alone. Short or long distances, everything is possible during this trip.
If you’re looking for a cycling holiday, save yourself the stress of transporting your luggage by bike and also the daily search for accommodation. On this boat and bike tour of the Netherlands islands, you will experience beautiful landscapes and the magic of the Wadden Sea and the IJsselmeer.
Come on board and experience the perfect mix of relaxation and active recreation on a bicycle.
On the Wadden Sea, we live by the rhythm of the tides and the weather. For this reason, the exact route of island hopping will be discussed day by day. The skipper explains the options for the next island based on the weather conditions, the tides, and the wind direction.
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 will embark at 20:00, enjoying dinner and your first overnight stay on board your boat. The skipper will introduce you to the boat and you can meet your fellow adventurers..
Your adventure begins! Today, you will cycle over the beautiful island of Terschelling. Your bike tour could include forest and dune landscapes along the North Sea coast via West aan Zee, Midsland aan Zee, Formerum aan Zee to Oosterend. From there, you will cycle over cycle paths through the dune landscape to Midsland and/or on the Wadden Sea side back to West-Terschelling.
You will also have time to go to the beach or a museum or just enjoy a cup of coffee in a restaurant during your island day trip.
Today, you sail for about 2-3 hours to the island of Vlieland. After lunch, you can get on your bike and cycle past the lighthouse and the Posthuis. In the afternoon, there will be enough time to stroll through the village.
Today, you will make the crossing from Vlieland to Texel. During this 6- or 7-hour sailing trip, you can help hoist the sails, steer the ship, or learn to read a nautical chart. Depending on your arrival time, there might even be time to get to know Texel before the day is done.
Today, your Netherlands bike tour continues as you venture around the island of Texel. Explore the villages of Oosterend, further north to De Cocksdorp, the village De Koog on the North Sea side, Den Burg, Den Hoorn, and from there back to the harbour of Oudeschild. Touring the island by bike is an idyllic way to enjoy these villages and views throughout the journey.
Only one day on Texel is simply too short to get to know the island! You will get to spend another day touring by bike to see even more of this interesting destination.
Today, you will cycle to the nature reserve of the Slufter or the Horspolders. In Oudeschild the boat will be waiting for you and, in the afternoon, you will make the crossing (approx. 3 hours) to the harbour town of Den Oever (on the mainland).
On the final day, you will sail back to Harlingen along the Afsluitdijk. You can plan to arrive back in Harlingen around 15:00, with plenty of wonderful memories from your bike tour and sailing adventure!