Saddle up on the island of Texel!

After a day of train travel you are in view of the island of Texel, which you will only reach the next morning after a short ferry trip. Here you are on the archipelago of the Frisian islands, a string of sandy islands that reach up to the German and then Danish coasts. A region apart, out of time, or rather the one punctuated by your pedal stroke and your desire to explore.
The island of Texel is a small natural jewel where it is possible to observe birds, seals (common and grey) and where the locals take care of birds and marine animals, to release them once they are back on their feet. You can also go for a ride along the cycle paths that criss-cross the island or stroll along the sand dunes facing the North Sea. Texel will give you a different taste of Holland.
As the final act, what could be better than to end your trip in Utrecht, the “little Amsterdam” and its quaint canals.



From CHF 1,040.–

Length of holiday:

9 days (8 nights)

Departure dates:

March to November

Features of the holiday

Destination: Europe, Netherlands (Holland)
Season: Autumn, Spring, Summer
Responsible travel: Accommodation, Environment, Environmentally-friendly transportation, Micro-economy, Possible without flight, Sensitization, Small organization, Transportation
Travel type: Mixed holidays
Traveller type: Couple, Family, More mature, Small group, Solo, Student
Activities: Beach, Bike ride, Observation, Ornithology, Swimming, Tour, Walk
Accommodation: Bed & Breakfast, Small hotel
Natural environment: Birds, Dolphin, Island, Marine fauna, Sea, Seaside
Culture: Fortifications, History
Climate: Oceanic, Temperate
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Itinerary of the holiday

  • Day 1 : TGV Lausanne–Paris–Amsterdam then by regional train to Den Helder. Night in Den Helder.
  • Day 2 : Breakfast. Ferry to Texel Island. Get your bike. Bike to your accommodation in the north of the island (approx. 15 kms). Check-in.
  • Day 3 : Breakfast. Ride along the east coast cycle paths to Den Burg and explore the island’s main town and its small market.
  • Day 4 : Breakfast. Ride along the cycle paths at the foot of the west coast dunes (National Park) to the Ecomare centre.
    The Wadden flats and the North Sea offer wonderful natural features. Texel’s Ecomare centre showcases this beauty through numerous exhibitions and the animals that live there: seals and birds. Ecomare is a sanctuary for sick seals and orphaned seal pups. Once healthy and grown, they are released to the resident colony. Each year, the centre releases between thirty and forty seals into the Wadden Sea. Ecomare welcomes not only oil-stained birds, but also sick or injured ones. All birds are released into the wild after a period of recovery time.
    Continue with exploring the De Slufter’s dunes, meadows and salt meadows which line the coast of Texel National Park.
  • Day 5 : Breakfast. Excursion by bike and/or on foot to the lighthouse at the northern tip of the island. Visit the lighthouse and learn about of its eventful history. Stroll along the northern beaches of the island.
  • Day 6 : Breakfast. Free day to explore a part of the island that has impressed you, or why not discover the unusual museum of beach robbers.
  • Day 7 : Breakfast. Ride along the cycle paths to the south of the island to return your bike. Ferry to Den Helder. Train to Utrecht, the little Amsterdam. Night in Utrecht.
  • Day 8 : Breakfast. Free day in Utrecht.
  • Day 9 : Breakfast. Train to Amsterdam and then TGV Amsterdam–Paris–Lausanne.


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Length of the holiday

9 days (8 nights)

Departure dates

March to November


1 person: CHF 1,835.– (in a single room)
2 persons and more: CHF 1,040.– per person (double room)

Single room supplement: CHF 795.–

Included with the holiday

  • train journeys Amsterdam–Den Helder, Den Helder–Utrecht, Utrecht–Amsterdam,
  • return ferry crossing Den Helder–Texel,
  • Bed & Breakfast accommodation in a double room (8 nights),
  • bicycle rental (non-electric; electric available with a supplement, children’s trailer available with a supplement),
  • entrance to the Ecomare centre

Not included with the holiday

  • TGV round trip Lausanne–Amsterdam (which we will include in the quotation),
  • travel insurance,
  • excursions & activities not mentioned in the programme,
  • lunch & dinner,
  • personal expenses

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