The ‘Wadden’ sea was declared a UNESCO world heritage in 2009 and forms a unique habitat for more than 10,000 rare species of plants and animals. The area has 5 inhabited islands, 3 of which will be visited on this tour. The shallow sea looks magnificent and offers a unique opportunity to walk the sea-bed during low tide.
Be amazed by sea, sky and islands
The journey with ‘Josefien’ starts in ‘Harlingen’; a vibrant coastal city with a variety of ports, monumental buildings and a historic city centre. You can go for a city walk or enjoy the bustling activity in the port from a terrace. From ‘Harlingen’ we cross the sea to ‘Ameland’ offering a great opportunity for spotting seals underway. ‘Ameland’ offers several natural reserves, 4 hamlets a magnificently wide beach and has a light-house which can be climbed. Monday afternoon, we head for the port of ‘West-Terschelling’. ‘Terschelling’ has a wonderfully diverse range of landscapes with forests, dunes, beaches, unique vegetation and wild-life and picturesque villages. Wednesday morning, we head for ‘Vlieland’. ‘Vlieland’ is small and (virtually) car-free, a beautiful dune landscape and an unparalleled view of the ‘Wadden’. The high street has a range of nice shops and boutiques. The evening beach walk ‘Stortemelk’ is especially recommended. On Thursday you get the ultimate ‘Wadden’ experience where the ship moors in a shallow during high tide and becomes fully beached during low tide. Passengers can now walk the sea-bed and go for a ‘Wadden’ excursion. We will stay out at sea overnight giving you a unique experience of the open water, skies and starry nights. On Friday, we go to ‘Makkum’ a typical Frisian village offering a mix of rural sceneries and water sports. A visit to the crockery museum is especially recommended. On Saturday morning ‘Josefien’ cruises back to ‘Harlingen’. You can stay on board or cycle to Harlingen yourself.