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With a half open sloop along the Frisian Eleven Towns

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With a robust sloop along the Frisian Eleven Towns

WOLVEGA (NL) – Following the footsteps of world famous Eleven Towns ice skaters and experience Friesland as a water land with its romantic cities and villages? Sailing during the day – and stamping! – and in the evening lodging and dining in the cosiest hotels of Friesland. These are the main ingredients of this Eleven Cities sloop vacation of the bureau for tourism Friesland Holland.

A sloop is a classic styled, handy and stable luxury open motorboat, with a convertible bonnet, after the model of the authentic rescue vessel. Everyone is able to sail with a sloop as no license is required, just like a motor- and sail yachts that go until 15 metres and cannot go any faster than 20 kilometres per hour. And 20 kilometres per hour is pretty fast! The average – and often offered – vessel speed of a sloop is between 7 and 9 kilometres per hour. It is a real pleasure boat, with the emphasis on pleasure!

The sloop
The Eleven Towns sloop is a luxury open sloop with steering stand, convertible bonnet over the front seats with storage space. Suitcases are not convenient on board of the sloop; it is rather recommended to take bags with you. They fit much easier in the storage space you have. A sloop has a minimum length of 5 metres and a maximum of 7,25 metres. The width lies between 2,30 and 2,66 metres. The draft of the boat lies between 50 to 70 centimetres and the clearance is 90 to a maximum of 165 centimetres. The sloop has pillows and is foreseen of a thruster, so sailing will go easily. The sloop has an inside steering control with hydraulic steering. Fender around.

Number of persons aboard
In most sloops there is place for 4 to 8 persons, depending on the length, which varies between 5,40 and 7,25 metres.
The width lies between 2,10 and 2,65 metres. 

Most sloops have a clearance between 90 to 165 centimetres and are able to go underneath fixed and movable bridges. The Eleven Towns Route has a lot of fixed bridges with a clearance of 2,50 metres and some Watergates, like in Sloten and Sneek. With the sloop you are able to go to all the Eleven Cities.    

The sloops are not that deep under water: around 60 centimetres. You can sail almost all nature areas like National Park De Alde Feanen and De Weerribben and lots of other low-boat-routes. There are also special sailing routes for electro sloops, paths in nature areas which cannot be done by diesel sloop.

Luggage service
Travel organisation Friesland Holland can bring your luggage from accommodation to accommodation, if you prefer not to have your suitcases on board. With the Eleven Towns cycling package the luggage service is mainly included in the price; with the sloop package it is optional. Sloops do have storage room, but mainly for smaller bags. Therefore suitcases are not so convenient on a sloop.

Common type electro sloop: Rivercruise sloop

Starting day
Any day

Starting place
The start location is related to availability of the yacht charters and the hotels.

Finish place
The same as the starting place

Heeg - Sloten - Stavoren - Koudum - Hindeloopen - Workum - Bolsward - Harlingen - Franeker - Burdaard - Dokkum - Leeuwarden - Sneek - IJlst - Heeg

Price information

• Reservation fees
• The rental of a 6-persons sloop for 7 days
• 6 overnight stays with breakfast and dinner in hotels
• Life jackets
• Cleaning costst
• ANWB water map Friesland B

• Free Friesland Holiday Passport (unique five-language information book of Friesland worth € 4.95)
• Free Fries Voordeelpas worth € 25, - for hundreds of euro's discount on attractions and products

• Bridge and port charges (1 week around €150,-)
• Gasoline (1 week around €75,-)
• Security deposit; the entire amount will be given back if the boat is free of damage
• Insurances (Aqua Polis)
• Luggage transport (Extra charges for luggage transport €75,- per person)

By 2 persons in the sloop:
€931,93 per person (double room)

By 3 persons in the sloop:
€878,68 per person (double room + single room)

By 4 persons in the sloop:
€745,52 per person (2 double rooms)

By 5 persons in the sloop:
€713,56 per person (2 double rooms + single room)

By 6 persons in the sloop:
€686,96 per person (3 double rooms)

By 7 persons in the sloop:
€697,58 per person (3 double rooms + single room)

By 8 persons in the sloop:
€655,- per person (4 double rooms)

Daily programm

Day 1

Arrival at yachtcharter in Heeg.
Visit Sloten and Stavoren. Overnight stay in hotel Galamadammen in Koudum.

Day 2

Sailing from Koudum to Bolsward via Hindeloopen and Workum.
Overnight stay in hotel het Weeshuis in Bolsward.

Day 3

Today you visit the places Harlingen and Franeker.
Overnight stay in hotel de Stadsherberg in Franeker.

Day 4

Sailing from Franeker to Burdaard.
Overnight stay in hotel it Posthûs.

Day 5

Sailing to your next hotel in Leeuwarden.
The cities Leeuwarden and Dokkum are on the programme for today.

Day 6

Today you sail from Leeuwarden to Sneek. You will stay and dine in hotel Amicitia.

Day 7

Your last sailing day. Today you sail back to the yacht charter in Heeg.
The end of this unique sailing vacation.



You will be spending the night in hotels with a lot of atmosphere near or at the water in the following places: Koudum, Bolsward or Makkum, Franeker, Burdaard, Leeuwarden and Sneek. Each hotel has its own restaurant in which you can enjoy your dinner in the evening.


Route information

Guest information with booked accommodations
Accommodation guide with situation maps of the places to stay
Information about bridges and sluices
• Sneek Magazine
• IJsselmeerkust Magazine
• Newspapermaps: Friese Meren, Friesland Attractions and Routes, Lemmer/Tjeukemeer, Grou/Earnewâld/Drachten en Joure/Langweer/Terherne

ANWB Watermap Friesland B

Stamp card (Only given when a Eleven Cities package is booked)

Extra night

In case you do not want to drive back home on the last day of your package, you could choose to book an extra night in the starting hotel.
It is strongly recommended to reserve this extra night in advance, during your reservation of the package.

Sloop info

Advice and Conditions

Harbors, moorings
Along the way you will encounter moorings and marinas anywhere, including free construction sites of the provincial organization Marrekrite. These places are indicated on the water map of Friesland.
You can also moor your boat in the city center. In that case you pay demurrage to the harbor master of the municipality. Port fees are calculated per meter length of the ship, it costs about € 1.00 per meter.
Not all bridges charge money, but it is advisable to bring sufficient change. A bridge costs on average € 1.20. These additional costs are for you own expense.

The boat charters which are connected with Friesland Holland Tourist Information have fully equipped, well maintained and good technical conditioned boats. The sloops are inspected before each rental period.

The yacht charter gives you a full tank of fuel before you leave the harbor. Consumption is at your expense. Therefore, at the end of the rental period, the boat must be returned with a full fuel tank and water tank.
You can often refilll the tanks near or even at the charter base. The payment of gas should be arranged with the yacht charter.


Cleaning costst are included in the package price. However, clean up the garbage before you leave. 

To Hindeloopen
The booker of this sailing package may not sail on the IJsselmeer in order to visit the place Hindeloopen, but must use the inland canals (via the lake Morra).
Vertical clearance to Hindeloopen: 3 meter.

Lay-off pay
15% of the booking amount must be paid within 14 days after the invoice date. The remaining amount (75% of the booking amount) must be paid no later than six weeks before the confirmed arrival date which is stated on the invoice made by Friesland Holland.
In case of last-minute bookings, when payment is not possible, the rent or package price needs to be paid at arrival.

Damage deposit and own risk
Upon arrival, a damage deposit of 250,- - 500,- Euro must be paid by the tenant to the yacht charter to cover the personal liability.
A valid identity document can often also serve as a deposit.

Hiswa or ANWB contract
The yacht charters work with a Hiswa or ANWB lease contract. You get a copy of this contract and need to respect the conditions of this contact.
When you book this holiday package you automatically agree to comply with the Hiswa or ANWB conditions.

The IJsselmeer is a sailing area for experienced captains which have rough-waterproof ships.
Beginners and tenants of smaller yachts and boats are strongly discouraged by yacht charters and Friesland Holland to sail at this lake.

You can park your car at the harbor of the yacht charter.


Sloop Holiday Guarantee

It does not happen very often that the weather is so bad that it is not save to go out by boat. If it does occur that sailing is not save during the sloop package for one or more days, the participants of the sloop can be taken by the shuttle bus of Friesland Holland:

  1. From the starting location to the first hotel
  2. From one hotel to other
  3. From the last hotel to the finish

In this way the sailors of the sloop can still enjoy their ending destination(s) at bad weather.

When the weather conditions are better, judged by Friesland Holland, the guests will be taken back to the location where the sloop is left behind, or the sloop will be sailed to a location from which the bookers can continue their trip. You can only take out the sloop guarantee insurance at the moment you book the holiday package, at a minimum of three weeks in advance before the sailing trip. This deal cannot be taken in combination with last-minutes. This offered insurance of Friesland Holland Assistance (shuttle service and skipper) costs €195,- per sloop package, booked a minimum of three weeks in advance before the trip starts.

If you have not taken the sloop vacation guarantee, or you booked it too late, and you want to make use of this during your sloop package, you will pay €295,- per day. In fact this is not so expensive as two persons come in action: a private driver and a private skipper.
Get a guarantee or not, when you are in doubt about the safety always contact the Friesland Holland Travel Service: 0031 (0)561 615 364


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