Northern Route Friesland


Rent a motor-cruiser & bike: Eleven Cities Tour - Northern Route

7 days I Motor-cruiser & Bike I Self-guided tour

Tour north from Sneek marina in your motor-cruiser home to discover Grouw and the pretty polderlands near the tiny ‘Heart of Friesland’ – Aegum, the province’s tiniest, but much-loved village.  Historic Leeuwarden is 2018’s European Capital of Culture and has so much to explore, but be sure to pedal out to Franeker to visit the world’s oldest planetarium - now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site – plus the heritage offerings at Dokkum too. Cruise along canals and small lakes en route to the sporty city of Heerenveen, through an area created by past generations digging out peat for fuel and pedal around Terhorne’s beautiful rural landscapes, before taking a peek at its fascinating harbour museum.  

Tour level 

Nice & Easy:  Short, gentle cycle rides, touring in flat terrain along mostly paved minor roads and paved cycle paths without any gradients of note. Some small and short ascents only in areas where there are drainage dykes and bridges. The cycle tour route is nice and flexible: with a very good map to hand and the excellent cycle track network signposting, you'll have no trouble extending or shortening your bike ride if you like.


Arrival by plane: Arriving in Amsterdam Schiphol airport, take the hourly train directly from the airport via Leeuwarden to Sneek. The rail journey takes approx. 2 hours 50 mins  /cost approx. € 26,00 per person.

Arrival by train: Take the train to Amsterdam Centraal railway station. Change to the train to Hilversum/Leeuwarden. The rail journey takes approx. 2.5 hours / cost approx. € 25.70 per person. Please take a taxi from the railway station in Sneek to the marina where the boats are moored (approx. 4 kms).

Arrival by car: There is free parking available in the enclosed (fenced) car park at Sneek marina. 


* De Oude Schouw - famous ferry house by the waterways * Grouw – on Pikmeer, a watersports hotspot also Nature Reserve de Alde Feanen * Aegum – smallest village in Friesland, but acknowledged as its heart factory * Leeuwarden  - 2018 European Capital of Culture, famous historic town with beautiful façades *Franeker – world’s oldest planetarium, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site * Kimswerd – birthplace of freedom-fighter ‘Groet Pier’ * Dokkum – historic town centre, designated conservation area * Barlehiem – a famous ‘Elfstedentocht’ stop *Princenhof and De Oude Venen natural beauty spots * Akkrum – charming Friesland village * Heerenveen – Hollands’ oldest peat canal village * Terhorne – harbour museum.