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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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$91.34 Tours & Sightseeing

Holland cheese bike tour plus visit cheese farm

Full day relaxed Leiden bike ride to authentic cheese farmsNot far from city centre Leiden there are places that Dutch locals don’t even know about. In this bike tour Holland cheese farms around Leiden we get a peek behind the scenes of cheese making and visit places that are hidden from view by pollard willows and other lush green trees. This is a relaxed bike ride through the beautiful surroundings of Leiden. You'll get a good view of the authentic way of life in the Dutch countryside. An ideal outing for the whole family with lots of sights and stops. Of course there's time for tasting and buying Gouda cheese and other Dutch cheeses! This tour is €75.00 p.p. This includes regular bike rental, a visit to the cheese farm and me as your -over-enthusiastic guide. Are you looking for a group tour or a private tour on this or another day? Contact Verita’s Visit Holland for a custom-made tour.  About Verita’s Visit Holland The enthusiastic owner of Verita’s Visit Holland was born on a bicycle and raised in Delft. She has a passion for the nature in Leiden area and loves local products. On her tours and events in the Netherlands you discover the hidden gems outside of the city centre, taste local yumminess and get enough time to enjoy your surroundings and your company.

$855.81 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Cycling Among Flowers bike & boat - 5 days

ItineraryDay 1: Day 1: Alphen aan den Rijn – Leiden 15 km | 9 mlStop At: Alphen Aan De RijnMeeting point at 1pm in Alphen aan den Rijn at the dock of the Ali-B2.Enjoy a welcoming lunch and presentation detailing the tour. Departure by bike, cycling to Leiden. We then visit the city before eating dinner on board the Ali-B2.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Full board, breakfast, lunch pack, three course dinner, coffee, tea • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Barge Ali-B2 double cabinDay 2: Day 2: Leiden – Haarlem 40 km | 24.8 mlStop At: Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, Leiden, South Holland ProvinceWhile cycling from Leiden, enjoy endless expanses of colorful flowers in the fields all the way from Leiden to Lisse. Visit the Keukenhof — also known as the "Garden of Europe". Here, we'll stop to have lunch at a cafe. We continue by bike to Haarlem. Dinner is searved on board, followed by a night visit to the city.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Full board, breakfast, lunch pack, three course dinner, coffee, tea • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Barge Ali-B2 double cabinDay 3: Day 3: Haarlem – Amsterdam 20 km | 12,4 mlStop At: Haarlem Railway Station, Haarlem, North Holland ProvinceIn the morning, we travel by bike to Zaanse Schans, along the river Spaarne and visit the old windmill village there. In the afternoon, we travel by barge, along the canals, sailing towards Amsterdam. Dinner on board the barge that night, followed by a nighttime visit to the city.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Full board, breakfast, lunch pack, three course dinner, coffee, tea • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Barge Ali-B2 double cabinDay 4: Day 4: Amsterdam – Aalsmeer 25 km | 15,5 mlStop At: Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam, North Holland ProvinceWe leave Amsterdam by bike, traveling along the river Amstel, enjoying the big forest just outside the city and the immense green landscape. That night, dinner is served on board.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Full board, breakfast, lunch pack, three course dinner, coffee, tea • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Barge Ali-B2 double cabinDay 5: Day 5: Alsmeer - Amsterdam 8 km | 5 mlStop At: Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam, North Holland ProvinceEarly wake up to discover the largest, most important flower auction in the world. Back on board the barge, we have a nice breakfast and travel back to Amsterdam along the canals. Once we arrive in Amsterdam the tour is officially over.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Full board, breakfast, lunch pack, three course dinner, coffee, tea • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Barge Ali-B2 double cabin

$29.69 Outdoor Activities

Keukenhof Gardens & Public Transport from Leiden

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Keukenhof, Lisse, South Holland ProvinceEnjoy the beautiful flower fields of Keukenhof, including transportation from and to Leiden.Duration: 5 hours

$222.64 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private car with driver

Tour: the city of Amsterdam: • You will be shown the highlights of our city and places you cannot see from a boat or by foot. Sit back, relax and let us show you our beloved city, its canals, gorgeous gables, 17th century splendor, its unique museum quarter, its many churches and bell towers and so much more. Or visit the area built by the famous architect Berlage where he created the Amsterdam School. We will also drive you past the the new architecture on the islands in the middle  of the river “IJ” where farmer warehouses have been transformed to modern urban houses. • Our trained driver/guides will take you through Amsterdam’s rich past, its prosperous present and will give you a glimpse of its future. Let us show you our enchanting city and maybe you will also fall in love with our beloved Amsterdam. • Make sure your camera is ready for action, because we will encounter many unique picturesque locations. Tour: Den Haag, Leiden & Delft • The scenic city where the Dutch government is seated and where you’ll find Dutch landmarks such as: the Vredespaleis, the International Court of Justice, Paleis Noordeinde, the embassies, the upmarket shopping area, and much more. • A special highlight is the Mauritshuis: home of the famous Vermeer painting “Girl with a pearl earring”, and many other old Dutch masters. • The tour will also lead you to ‘Madurodam’, our miniature city, where you’ll find all important cities and sites in • the Netherlands in scale. It’s a treat! • Delft is famous for its blue and white pottery, it’s historic city center filled with students from the renowned university and as the birthplace of Johannes Vermeer. • The tour includes a visit to a Delftware factory where you can see these amazing designs hand-painted onto pots, plates and vases before going into the blazing kiln.

$272.87 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.

$62.80 Tours & Sightseeing

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.