Cruising and sailing on IJsselmeer

Enjoy the beautiful landscape and the dynamic harbour towns around the IJsselmeer and Markermeer

Every port has its own story and something special to offer. After sailing you have plenty of opportunity to discover these port cities and to enjoy the special atmosphere ...

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Old marina Enkhuizen

Enjoy the beautiful IJsselmeer and Markermeer

Every port has its own story and something special to offer. After sailing you have plenty of opportunity to discover these port cities and to enjoy the special atmosphere.


On Friday you are welcome on board from 2 pm onwards. During the afternoon we sail from Leeuwarden, past Grou and through the Princes Margriet Canal, to Sneek. During this 3.5-hour trip you can meet the other passengers and enjoy the Frisian landscape in a relaxed atmosphere.
Sneek is a vibrant water sports city. But Sneek is more! Besides water sports and the Sneekermeer, Sneek has much more to offer. The city is richly endowed with monuments and old cityscapes, has several museums, a cosy and varied shopping centre and is rich in terraces, cafes and restaurants.


On Saturday we sail through IJlst to Heeg and we sail through Stavoren, depending on wind and weather, towards Enkhuizen. We arrive there in the late afternoon. The old harbours with its many terraces and cosy restaurants are refreshed throughout the day by the carillon of the "Drommedaris". Every quarter of an hour, it shows what a special atmosphere it entails.
The favourable location of Enkhuizen on the Zuiderzee made it attractive in the 17th and 18th centuries to establish a "Chamber" for the VOC. The "Drommedaris", the defence tower at the harbour, and the centre with the historic buildings still remind us of this prosperous time.


After having breakfast, we will visit the Zuiderzee Museum, The Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen brings the stories of people who used to live around the Zuiderzee to life. See, hear, feel, taste and smell everyday life. Walk over the cobblestone streets of the outdoor museum and step back in time! With more than one hundred forty historic buildings from places around the former Zuiderzee.
In the afternoon we sail through the Krabbersgat sluice onto the Markermeer towards Hoorn. You really must-see horn once. The past of the powerful United East India Company, which in the 17th and 18th century with its beautiful ships-maintained trade relations with Asian countries, you still can see everywhere. That gives the city its special atmosphere. You see the history not only in the old centre, but of course also at the port. It seems as if time has stood still. The sails are hoisted, the deck is scrubbed, and you can almost smell the spices the VOC took with them from their travels from the Far East

Museum EnkhuizenMuseum Enkhuizen


During the morning we leave the beautiful city of Hoorn, we can see the statue of Bontekoe sitting on the wall around the port behind us. We will head towards Volendam for a stopover in this fishing village. The dyke of Volendam with its many shops, restaurants and terraces, where hundreds of tourists enjoy the authentic atmosphere and the view of the harbour on a daily basis, we don’t want to miss this village.
During the afternoon we will sail towards Monnickendam. When we moor in the harbour of Monnickendam we immediately smell the smoked eel. Fish was once the most important form of trade for Monnickendam. There were more than thirty smokehouses. Monnickendam is just under Amsterdam and with the city bus you can be in Amsterdam central station (in the middle of the bustling city) within fifteen minutes.
If we arrive on time, visiting Amsterdam can be a nice ending of the day. When the entire group, in consultation with each other, wants to spend more time visiting Amsterdam, there is the possibility to change our schedule.


During the morning we leave Monnickendam in the direction of Lelystad. Where we are going to visit the Batavia shipyard! The Batavia shipyard brings the past back to life and enjoys great international fame for the reconstruction of the VOC ship the “Batavia” in the 80's and 90's of the last century.
The Golden Age and the major role that Dutch shipping has played in it, still speaks to the imagination almost 400 years later. By means of reconstruction of ships that have been of importance in our national history and the execution of the associated crafts, you can experience, feel and smell this part of our Dutch history in Lelystad.

During the afternoon we will sail towards Urk. Urk is a lively and characteristic fishing village and a former island. A picturesque village where the island "feeling" can still be experienced. Cosy squares, characteristic gables and many ornate decorations with anchors and boats. The fishing nets used to dry on the traditional green-and-white fences that we will see. The village centre of Urk was built without a clear structure. Therefore, we can discover Urk in with its jumble of streets.


We will leave Urk when it suits us and set sail for Lemmer. It will be a nice sailing day and maybe the last chance to sail for this trip, because tomorrow we will set direction through Friesland back to Leeuwarden. We cannot be sure yet if we are able to sail, due to the direction of the wind.
There is a lot to do in Lemmer. This old fishing village deserves the name Poort van (Gate of) Friesland. Lemmer has an atmospheric, maritime centre. This is the reason why many water sports enthusiasts moor in the middle of this village. It is also nice to walk around the “original” shops, often located in historic buildings. Popular are the cosy terraces along the port, because the boats pass by in front of them.

Batavia shipyard LelystadBatavia shipyard Lelystad


Today we sail the Frisian lakes area, between Lemmer and Leeuwarden there is a succession of several large and smaller lakes. If the wind is good to us, we can still sail through the canals enjoying the sounds that nature has to offer. Otherwise we will have to use the motor. We will pass many bridges, villages, old farms and we can enjoy the view, in short on this last day there is still much to see and do. Furthermore, we will make a stopover in Grou.
Grou is in the middle of the watery heart of Friesland (Fryslân) and is the gateway to National Alde Feanen. The centre of Grou is very cosy, the beautiful shops invite you to go shopping. On summer evenings the terraces on the waterfront and in the centre, are full of fun. Via the "staande mast route" we will pass through Wijsea, and along the "froskepolle", the nature island. From Leeuwarden back to our harbour.


Today we have to say our goodbye’s and look back on a special, versatile and sportive tour. Perhaps your circle of friends has even become a bit bigger during this holiday.

Greta and Sytze will surprise you with delicious breakfast, lunch and snacks. We are also happy with your help in the galley.
During sailing you can help to hoist the sails? Help with the ropes, stand at the steering wheel. Or you can relax on deck or in the spacious lounge, read a book or play games. During this tour there is plenty of opportunity to meet your fellow travellers.

About the Crew

Sytze has gained a lot of experience in the water sport industry. Sytze was captain / owner for 12 years of the sailing charter ship "Zeemeeuw" and was for 13 years together with his wife Greta owner of YachtCharter Sneek, a rental company with almost 30 motor yachts in her fleet. In addition to that, he was the owner of a flat-bottom or "Platbodem" rental company under the name Charter Friesland with a fleet of almost 20 sailing flat-bottomed yachts. This company was sold in 2017.
The AALTJE ENGELINA is the project that Sytze has been working on for over 10 years and from season 2016 onwards, as a host / captain. Together with Greta, he can share his passion with his guests on this beautiful sailing ship.

Zuiderzee tour

• Sailing area: Sailing area Frisian canals and lakes, IJsselmeer and Markermeer.
• Departure port Leeuwarden
• Sailing ship "AALTJE ENGELINA"
• Boarding: Friday the 23th of August. You are welcome on board from 2 pm onwards
• Disembarkation: Friday 30th of August at 9 am your sailing trip ends.
• Activities: sailing, steering, navigating and exploring the surroundings.
• Target group: all ages
• Minimum participation 4, maximum participation 12 people

Food and beverages

Meals are provided for you on a half-board basis. We ask our guests to lend a hand with chores like covering/clearing the table and washing dishes.
• Breakfast
Breakfast consists of different kinds of breads with cold meats, cheese and sweet spreads, coffee, tea and milk.
• Lunch
The lunch is equal to the breakfast supplemented with something extra such as soup or salad. Fruit is present on board. In between, something tasty is regularly provided, such as cookies or snacks.
• Dinner
In the evening you can choose from various restaurants in the villages and cities that we visit.
• Beverages
Beverages are for sale on board of the ship. However, you can also bring it yourself. On board of the ship there will always be wine, beer and various soft drinks available.


• Accommodation on board.
• Services of the crew consisting of 2 persons.
• Surcharge fees for the port, tourist tax, fuel costs.
• Half board based on breakfast and lunch.
• Coffee, tea and water are available free of charge.
• Bed linen
• Entrance fee museum (Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen, Bataviawerf Lelystad).
• Towels.


• Activities and excursions on land
• Warm meals in the evening
• Travel insurance, cancellation insurance, travel insurance
• Beverages except for the above will be charged.

Arrival, parking car:

You can get to the ship by car or bus. After unloading, there is the possibility to park your car at the port of Watersport Twee Provinciën for free.

Prices and Booking

Prices per cabin or bed in shared cabin

  • 1 cabin used privately by 1 person
    Price: 950,00 Euro

  • 2-person cabin with a double bed or 2 x single bed
    Price: 1.375,00 Euro

  • Bed or shared cabin
    Price: 680,00 Euro

Food and beverages

During this trip, the captain provides all meals on a half board basis (breakfast, lunch). The meals are included in the prices. You can buy beverages on board of the ship which you will pay at the end of the trip. It is also possible to bring your own beverages.


Bike rental is included in the price, however, for an e-bike there will be a surcharge.


You can book the trip by filling in the registration form or by calling +31-58-3010506

Payment and cancellation policy

In the event of any illness or hindrance on your part, the travel sum or part of the travel sum will remain due.

Cancellation policy:

Up to 2 months before date 50%, 2 to 1 month 75%, 1 month up to 1 day before start 90%. You can take out cancellation insurance for this risk. Should we, for reasons of foreclosure or illness on our part or in case of insufficient participation, proceed with the cancellation of the cruise, then the already paid amount will be refunded to you.
The HISWA general conditions Sailing with Skipper are applicable to this trip.

You can register with the registration form.

If you have any questions, please contact us by phone: +31-58-3010506

We are member of HISWA (You can download the conditions here ) HISWA Bedingungen

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