Welcome to Leiden

Leiden is renowned for being Rembrandt’s birthplace, the home of the Netherlands’ oldest and most prestigious university (Einstein was a regular professor), and the place in which the Pilgrims raised money to lease the leaky Speedwell, which took them on the first leg of their journey to the New World in 1620.

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$274.83 Cultural & Theme Tours

Leiden Private Tour with Art Historian Guide

Meet your professional experienced guide at 10:15am, and start your tour in the inner courtyard of the central courtyard of the RMO Museum of Antiquities. This hall opens at 10am every day except on Mondays. Your guide will tell you stories of how art objects functioned in the cultures of Greece, Rome and during Dutch prehistory. He will also explain the manner of acquiring these magnificent art objects. Enjoy a little coffee break inside the museum hall or outside in the old cafes in the city center (on your own expense). Then move on to the interesting old center of Leiden with  Rembrandt's Latin School and the huge church with the Pilgrim Fathers monuments. Continue to the historic City and discover an edifice which may be hidden from your view: a 'motte' castle. This is a medieval man-made mound of earth with a defense castle on the top. After a good lunch bite (cost not included), you may make your choice of ONE of the great local museums: Seventeenth Century paintings in the Lakenhal; Medical history in the Boerhaave museum or to see extensive exhibitions of world cultures in the Ethnology (Volkenkunde) museum. Alternatively, if a large quiet garden is preferred, you can also visit the Botanical garden. All of these institutions are rooted in the age-old Leiden University centered on Rapenburg Canal.

$63.25 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Half day bus tour to Keukenhof and Flowerfields

Behind the dunes that run from Haarlem to Leiden lies the bulb area like a magical canvas of daffodils, hyacinths and tulips, alive with the most delightful smells and colors. We visit the flower exhibition ’Keukenhof’, and experience the perfection of millions of bulbs displayed over a wonderful park with fantastic flower shows and sculptures (Entrance fee included). Amsterdam Canal Cruise (1 Hour):Choose to take your sightseeing canal cruise at a time that suits your schedule. Step aboard the glass-topped canal boat near Amsterdam’s Central Station and listen to pre-recorded commentary about the Dutch capital as you glide across the water. Look out at the pretty gabled houses that line the water, and float by top sights such as Anne Frank House, the Skinny Bridge and the old port area. After around an hour, your cruise concludes back at the original start point. Please note: The Keukenhof Gardens are only open between March 22nd  and May 14th 2018.

$31.62 Private & Custom Tours

Leiden Private Tour and Canal Cruise

Your morning or afternoon in Leiden will start at your hotel or if you travel to Leiden from elsewhere at the trainstation. Set off in a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this town.  The most important sights that your private guide will show are the oldest university of the Netherlands, where our King William Alexander graduated just like most other members of the royal family. Have your camera ready to take a picture of the 900 years old Saint Peter Church. Find out where Rembrandt was born and where he first started to paint.  Admire the 16th century built townhall of Leiden.Discover the wall poems spread throughout the city. These poems are written in many different original languages and can be discovered anywhere.After a great walk through the city of Leiden with your private guide, sit back and relax aboard the boat for a canal cruise of Leiden. Sailing through Leiden in an hour-long boat trip, you experience the very rich culture of the city: many monuments, museums and almshouses are situated on the water. You will also sail past the Botanical gardens, birthplace to the Dutch Tulip. In the wintertime the canal cruise is replaced by the Museum Lakenhal, the most important art museum in town.