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Our most recommended Leiden Cruises & Boat Tours

From Leiden City: Kaag Lakes Windmill Cruise

1. From Leiden City: Kaag Lakes Windmill Cruise

Embark on a scenic boat cruise on the Kaag Lakes from Leiden and discover the beautiful landscape, known for its shallow lakes, islands, polders, and many windmills. Sit back and relax as you enjoy the views and get to know the Green Heart of Holland.  Sail from the historical city of 'Leiden' for a beautiful cruise through the Green Heart, characterized by shallow lakes and islands. The islands are polders and are still being drained by 18 restored polder mills in operation. Most of these mills can be seen during the cruise. This is Holland in its entirety: polders, cows, windmills, lakes, beautiful views and beautiful Dutch villages. The different areas within the Green Heart of Holland have their own character and appearance.  The captain informs you about all the sights during the trip and in good weather you can of course also enjoy the deck where you have a wide view of the surroundings. Drinks, snacks, and simple lunch items are available to purchase. 

Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Tulip Fields GPS Audio Tour

2. Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Tulip Fields GPS Audio Tour

Experience the enchanting and iconic tulip fields at their purest. You will enjoy a drive-it-yourself trip through the famous flower bulb region, taking in the colors and smells, and stopping as often as you want for a selfie among the tulip and flower fields. You will drive in a tough open-cab Twizy over a 20-kilometer rout among the colorful tulip and flower fields. The road will lead you through the the famous flower bulb region and through to an authentic flower bulb nursery. Throughout your tour, your audio guide will inform you of all the ins and outs of the area, whilst also sharing with you some cool tulip facts. You will cruise down country roads through the flowering tulips and park your Twizy beside the road to admire the sea of flowers up close. Driving a Renault Twizy is super easy and fun, and on the road you will be sure to attract a lot of attention.

Leiden: City Center Private Guided Walking Tour

3. Leiden: City Center Private Guided Walking Tour

The authentic city of Leiden is conveniently reached by train yet so many travellers overlook this gem of a city. Even though the city is significantly smaller than other cities in the Netherlands such as Amsterdam and Rotterdam, with its world class museums, canals, windmills and historical architecture, Leiden doesn’t fall short to any and is waiting for you to be discovered. Meet your guide right outside the station and set off on an off-the-beaten path tour. Discover ‘secret’ courtyards, pass through small alleyways and be amazed by the elegant architecture that reminds us of the past. Leiden's university is the oldest in the Netherlands and according to many it is the most prestigious university as well. History buffs can indulge themselves as there is so much interesting history. Visit the area around Pieterskerk where the Pilgrim Fathers lived who left the city to settle in a land now called the United States. And since Leiden is Rembrandt’s birthplace, a stop at the Young Rembrandt Studio is not to be missed! Leiden is like an open-air museum; there’s just so much to experience. This elegant city is incredibly photogenic.

Amsterdam: De Tulperij Flowers and Leiden Trip with Cruise

4. Amsterdam: De Tulperij Flowers and Leiden Trip with Cruise

From August till October, the beautiful dahlia flourish the Dutch gardens. Hop on our bus to the Flower region and meet Daan and Anja, the owners of the flower farm De Tulperij. Their Dahlia show garden has more than 600 species of Dahlias. Daan will guide you through the farm, tell you all the secrets about planting bulbs, will show the beautiful Dahlia garden with thousands and thousands of beautiful flowers. You can walk through the fields, make great selfies and even pick your own bunch of Dahlias . Or just enjoy the view while having some home made apple pie, made by Anja. Your visit to De Tulperij will be one to keep in your memory forever. We’ll stay 1.5 hour at the Dahlia farm. After that we’ll bring you to Leiden. A beautiful city from where your boat cruise will sail through the typical Dutch landscape, 5 meters below sea level, cows, fields and working windmills. Program (Subject to change): 09.00 am: Departure from Amsterdam City Center 09.45 am: Welcome at the Flower Farm De Tulperij by Daan, the owner of the company 10.00 am: Behind the scenes tour 11.00 am: Discover the Dahlia fields by your own 11.45 am: Departure to Leiden 13.30 pm: Start Windmill Cruise from Leiden to Warmond 14.45 pm: Departure from the boat 15.30 pm: Back in Amsterdam

Leiden 2-Hour Walking Tour

5. Leiden 2-Hour Walking Tour

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.

Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Summer Flower GPS Audio Tour

6. Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Summer Flower GPS Audio Tour

Experience the pure and enchanting dune and summer flower show gardens. You will be free to cruise at your own pace through the famous bulb region, with a drive-it-yourself Summer Flower tour. You can sit back and relax in an electric 2-seater Renault Twizy, which includes gps navigation and an audio guide to best allow you to explore one of the most beautiful and colorful areas of the Netherlands. While enjoying the eye-catching colors and pleasant scents, you can park the Twizy at the indicated stops to admire the charming summer flowers up close. This 3-hour trip is more or less 35 kilometers long and takes you through the famous Bulb Region with stops at one of the biggest summer flower and dahlia show gardens of Europe and the summer flower and dahlia show garden of Castle Keukenhof. This tour will also show you the amazing dune area. The GPS navigation with a fixed route ensures you won't miss out on any hotspots, and will guarantee that you come across all of the famous and hidden beauties of this region in South-Holland. The audio guide provides you with all ins and outs about the sights, as well as amusing fun facts. Driving the Renault Twizy will be stress-free and great fun, with guaranteed attention to detail along the way. It iss a quiet and 100% electric vehicle, which makes your tour surprisingly, environmentally friendly too.

Holland Four City Charm Tour - Private Day Tour

7. Holland Four City Charm Tour - Private Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day excursion to the picturesque cities of Delft, Leiden, The Hague, and Haarlem from Amsterdam. See historic architecture, visit the birthplace of Rembrandt, and discover some hidden gems with your guide. Have a comfortable trip from your accommodations in Amsterdam on your way to your first stop in Delft. Take a walking tour, passing canals, Medieval buildings, and churches. Learn about the history of William of Orange. Next, take in the mix of modern and old architecture in The Hague. See the impressive Houses of Parliament and walk the historic streets of this administrative capital. Visit Leiden; an extraordinarily beautiful hidden gem and birthplace of Rembrandt. Take in the fabulous Market Square and stroll the alleys and courtyards on your last stop in Haarlem.

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What people are saying about Leiden

Really enjoyed this canal cruise around Leiden. We were stating in Sloterdijk so it was only a train journey away. The transport system is fantastic and very well priced. Leiden is a lovely quiet place compared to the busy hustle and bustle of amsterdam. The boat was extremely comfortable with snacks and drinks on board. The tour itself was very picturesque with lots to see eg windmills, boats, holiday homes and lots of people having a great time on the water eg water sking, tubing and swimming. It was such a hot day I would have loved a dip in the water myself. Really great value for money as the trip was 2 hours long.

Great value for money. Two hours and many beautiful typical Dutch sights on the way: windmills, lakes, boathouses, etc. The personnel was also lovely and they serve some refreshments on board too which is great. Finally, the ship was clean and roomy, which I appreciated a lot.

Fabulous experience, owner was terrific and very helpful. The tour itself was amazing and fun. Lots of tulip fields and fun drive!!! A definite to do while visiting the Netherlands.

This tour was great. We got to see multiple Tulip fields ! You can get very close to the flowers to get pictures . Very easy to use and navigate

Even if the weather was rather so-so, everyone had a lot of fun. Went as a group of 8 people in 4 cars - even the 80+ seniors loved it.