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Private Walking tour of historic Leiden


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Activity Level



City, Museums / Culture, Other


Kid Friendly: Yes. Kids will enjoy Leiden but parents please do keep them under parental control!

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



German (advanced), French (basic), English (fluent), Dutch (fluent)

Tulips, Rembrandt and the Pilgrim Fathers with a private guide !

This is a walking tour that will take you around the historic university town of Leiden. We will touch on 3 important themes namely:
Rembrandt the famous painter and his early formative years.
The traces of the Pilgrim Fathers during their years of exile in Leiden, from 1609 to 1620.
The first tulip in The Netherlands, where was it planted?

A strange combination but absolutely wonderful!


There is not a hard set itinerary for this tour. I usually start from the railway station but a local address is also possible e. g. a hotel.
Usually I will take you to see the old part of town and the area where the Pilgrim Fathers during their stay in Leiden lived. We will also visit the Citadel, the Pieterskerk and the Pilgrim Fathers Museum. The Botanical gardens is where the first tulip was planted in Holland.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Leiden Central Station or at your hotel in Leiden

End location: Leiden Central Station or your hotel in Leiden

Duration: 4 hours


We will be walking through the town of Leiden which is very beautiful. The inner city streets are cobblestoned, old and narrow, so it is not feasible to do this by car.
Please do wear comfortable walking shoes for maximum comfort!

It is also wise to bring along some rain gear as our weather can change at the drop of a hat!

This tour is also suitable if you have a long layover at Amsterdam/Schiphol airport. please contact me for details if you are interested and we can arrange a transfer by rail.

What’s Included

Other: My services as your guide for the duration of the tour.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

30 Euro - per person. This should cover the entrance fee of the Pilgrim Fathers Museum (if open) and other items like snacks, light lunch, etc.

What’s Extra

Other: You are responsible for purchasing any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, snacks, and restaurant meals. A visit to the Pilgrim museum is 5 Euro per person and opening times are at times variable'


A Recent Review of this tour

Frances provided a rich descriptive tour based on her awareness of the history and current cultures of Leiden. As well, she was very responsive to our interests in the important university in Leiden as well as gardens and plantings. An unexpected focus provided an education about our Pilgrim fathers through museum and local author exposure.
Robert Silverman

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