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Explore the town in 2 hours, passing historical monuments such as the oldest university of The Netherlands, the Peter Church and the wall poems. Your personal Leiden guide will reveal the city’s unique character and give you tips on where to eat and shop.
About this activity
Duration 2 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, Dutch, English, German
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 3 days in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the dreamy canals and 17th-century houses of Leiden during a one-hour canal cruise
  • Discover the oldest university in the Netherlands
  • Soak up the studious atmosphere in the old town center
  • See the lovely old town gate of the Morspoort, one of only 2 left standing
  • Admire the Molen de Valk, a corn-grinding windmill that is now a museum
  • Go to the birthplace of Rembrandt
  • Learn about some of the famous alumni of the university
Full description
Your morning or afternoon in Leiden will start at your hotel or if you travel to Leiden from elsewhere at the train station. Set off at 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 King William Alexander graduated just like most other members of the royal family. Have your camera ready to take a picture of the 900 year old Saint Peter Church. Find out where Rembrandt was born and where he first started to paint. Admire the 16th century built town hall 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 with a visit to the Museum Lakenhal, the most important art museum in town.
Includes
  • Private tour in chosen language
  • Experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly guide
  • One hour canal cruise (or in the wintertime, a visit to Museum Lakenhal)
  • All local taxes
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

In front of Starbucks in Leiden train station. Your guide will be waiting, holding a sign with your name on it.

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Important information
Know before you go
• A moderate amount of walking is involved
• In the wintertime the canal cruise is replaced with a visit to the Museum Lakenhal, the most important art museum in town