The Northern Netherlands, Emden & Leer

Would you like to discover the north of the Netherlands from the water? If so, then this is the cruise for you! Departing from Arnhem, you'll make a thirteen day arc through the country and visit beautiful places such as Oudeschild on Texel, Franeker, Leer in Germany, Groningen and Urk. You'll see the Netherlands like you never have before!

Monday: Arnhem - Hoorn

Boarding for this trip takes place in Arnhem. As soon as everyone's on board, we'll depart Arnhem and set sail for Hoorn. After dinner, you'll have the opportunity to take a walk to the centre.

Tuesday: Hoorn - Medemblik

We will stay in Hoorn for the morning. It’s a pleasant shopping town with an attractive centre. The lively harbour reminds us of the prosperous days of the Dutch East India Company. We leave Hoorn during lunch and go via the IJsselmeer lake to Medemblik. The centre of this watersports town is a mixture of modern and historic side by side. Beautiful yachts and historic ships from the ‘brown fleet’ are moored in the modern harbour in the historic town centre. You can enjoy a drink at one of the street cafes and watch the busy activity on the water.

Wednesday: Medemblik - Oudeschild (Texel)

With a bit of luck, we'll be able to see a group of seals on a sandbank during our crossing to Texel across the Waddenzee. We dock at the fisherman's harbour of Oudeschild on Texel. On board you can sign up for a coach tour(*) around this lovely island

Thursday: Oudeschild (Texel) - Harlingen - Franeker

We leave the Wadden Island early and set sail for Harlingen, where we arrive after lunch. The beautifully-restored warehouses in the harbour still bear witness to trade with exotic lands. At the end of the afternoon, we continue our trip towards Franeker. After dinner, you'll have the opportunity to visit this typical Friesian town.

Friday: Franeker - Delfzijl

We have a long but unforgettable day of sailing ahead of us. We'll set sail for Delfzijl via the Van Harinxama Canal and the Eems Canal. It's quite an unusual experience to sail past the meadows of Friesland and Groningen in such a large ship. We'll reach Delfzijl towards the end of the afternoon. The Eems flows into the North Sea at this sea port. On board you can sign up for a day trip from Franeker to the beautiful Wadden island of Ameland(*) from where you can go back on board in Delfzijl at the end of the afternoon,.

Saturday: Delfzijl - Leer

At Delfzijl, we leave the Netherlands and set sail towards the pretty and atmospheric German town of Leer. The old buildings in the pedestrian zone of the Altstadt (Old Town) are beautifully maintained.

Sunday: Leer - Emden

We stay in Germany today. After a couple of hours of sailing, we arrive in Emden, the most westerly harbour of Germany. It is of course worthwhile to take a walk through the centre, and to take a seat on a terrace at one of the many ice cream salons. On board you can sign up for a coach trip to the famous Meyer Werft(*) shipyard. They still build huge cruise ships here, and you'll be amazed at the technical wonders that are achieved .

Monday: Emden - Groningen

We'll sail back to the Netherlands, and our destination is Groningen, the capital of the province with the same name. Groningen has lots to offer. The city manifests itself as the cultural centre of the northern Netherlands. There are numerous museums and attractions. The lively centre, about a 25 minute walk from our landing stage, is definitely worth a visit.

Tuesday: Groningen - Sneek

We'll set sail for Sneek, locally known as Snits, through the countryside of Groningen and Friesland. Sneek lies on the Sneekermeer lake, and is primarily known for its narrow canals, the Waterpoort, the Elfstedentocht ice-skating event, and the Sneek week.

Wednesday: Sneek - Lemmer

We'll sail in the morning via the Princess Margaret Canal to Lemmer. It's very atmospheric in this city, which during the summer is engulfed by water sports lovers. The pumping station just outside the centre is well worth a visit.

Thursday: Lemmer - Urk - Kampen

Early in the morning we set sail for our next destination: Urk - also known as the Pearl of Flevoland. You'll find yourself in times gone by when walking by the quaint wharf or the narrow alleys and streets here. This town used to be an island, and the old village centre of Urk is a picturesque place for tourists. During lunch, we cast off and sail to Kampen over the Ketelmeer. We'll arrive here in the course of the afternoon. The historic Hanseatic city of Kampen is an atmospheric town with many old buildings. This evening your captain will welcome you to the Captain's Dinner.

Friday: Kampen - Deventer

At the beginning of the afternoon, we arrive in the next Hanseatic city, Deventer. This is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, and there are numerous monuments that recall the Hanseatic period.

Saturday: Deventer - Arnhem

It won't be long before Arnhem appears on the horizon. We are sure that you will have enjoyed the variety in cities and landscapes. We arrive back in Arnhem at 14:00.

  • Welcome cocktail
  • Coffee and tea included
  • Various excursion opportunities
  • High Tea
  • Live entertainment on four evenings
  • Captains Dinner
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