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Sail Dutch waters in traditional ships

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With a fleet of almost 30 sailing vessels, many of which have sailed through Dutch Waters for more than a century, Holland Sail is passionate about sailing and its rich heritage. They also offer a range of exciting excursions. Here’s your chance to jump aboard and experience a maritime adventure that you’ll remember for years to come.

  • Jump aboard traditional sailing vessels and explore Holland’s waterways.
  • Enjoy a unique sailing adventure and gain a new perspective on Dutch nature.
  • Discover Holland from the water and travel to the country’s spectacular destinations.

With a fleet of almost 30 sailing vessels, many of which have sailed through Dutch Waters for more than a century, Holland Sail is passionate about sailing and its rich heritage. They also offer a range of exciting excursions. Here’s your chance to jump aboard and experience a maritime adventure that you’ll remember for years to come.  Make a weekend feel like a week with a carefree cruise on the beautiful Dutch waterways.

The freedom to explore Dutch landscapes

There’s nothing like the feeling of freedom that comes with a day on the waves. The wind in your hair, the scent of the sea in the air, and an invigorating sense of space that only open waters can provide. Holland Sail’s guests regularly praise the calming power of water and its ability to enhance a sense of peace, and booking a trip on one of their vessels is the perfect way to leave behind the cares and worries of the world.

Go your own way

Is there a more peaceful or better way to explore a country than on a beautiful (historic) boat? The calming effect of Dutch waters, not to mention numerous options to stop and explore, make sailing a dream holiday. A trip with Holland Sail is the perfect way to set your own pace on your personal maritime adventure. The best way to do that is to hire a boat and skipper, whether for yourself, your family or a group of friends, and plan your own sailing route for fun-filled days exploring like a true adventurer. Find out how to set sail and get information on sail boat hire options.

Take a well-deserved break

As mentioned, Holland Sail also offers the option to go on a cruise with your very own skipper. Not only will your captain keep everything ship-shape, they’ll share their extensive knowledge of Holland’s spectacular destinations with you while you just relax and enjoy the sailing experience.

Do it yourself

For the more adventurous, learn the ropes as you sail the seas with hands-on tips from the skipper. Sailing experience is not a requirement, you’ll pick it up as you go. Find out about their holiday options. It’s time to set sail!  

Explore beautiful Dutch waterways and landscapes

Grab yourself a waterside seat and cruise around the IJsselmeer, formerly the Zuiderzee, an area transformed by the creation of the Afsluitdijk that led to significant land reclamation and the creation of a new Dutch province, Flevoland. Across the sea you’ll find the beautiful and historic cities of Hoorn, Enkhuizen and Harlingen, an important harbour in the region.

Island hopping

Sailing around the Wadden Sea will reveal incredible islands to explore and a uniquely Dutch landscape. With just four small towns, the island of Ameland is a haven for seabirds, while Texel in the south offers an array of romantic landscapes, including peaceful forests and expansive beaches where your only company will be the gentle rush of the waves lapping against the shoreline

A one-of-a-kind experience gathering fresh mussels and oysters

Low tide presents a distinctly Dutch opportunity to explore the mudflats. Ships lie at anchor and wait for water levels to drop until the ship rests on the sea floor and you can disembark to explore the otherworldly landscapes on foot. The mudflats also offer a unique opportunity to gather tasty morsels such as mussels and oysters. A truly unforgettable way to explore the Dutch coast!

Active life

Sailing provides a great opportunity to learn more about how to successfully navigate a ship through the water, and the physical pursuit is something that the whole family can enjoy too! Fun-filled and invigorating, cycling and hiking activities allow you to explore and experience Dutch nature freely and enjoy the benefits of fresh air and exercise.

Experience more

One of the advantages of being a small country is that nothing is too far away, which means it’s easy to visit other nearby locations and experience as much as you possibly can. Go shopping in Enkhuizen, explore famous Amsterdam or visit one of the many museums in the regions including the Steam Tram Museum in Hoorn. Be sure to check out Holland Sail’s travel guide for tips on what to see and do on your sailing adventure.

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