“In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light”
— Hans Hofmann

Leiden’s Botanical Gardens (Hortus Botanicus)

About the Botanical Gardens tour

If you like nature and green spaces you can combine a photography tour of Leiden with a visit to Leiden’s spectacular botanical gardens, The Hortus Botanicus.

Established in 1590, it is one of Europe’s oldest botanical gardens. It is a peaceful and relaxing green oasis where photo opportunities abound: magnificent centuries-old trees from round the globe, a large pond filled with lazy carp, Japanese garden, spectacular tropical hothouses, aquaria, a butterfly house, truly impressive collections of orchids and insectivorous plants, and much more besides. Whatever the weather and whatever the season, Hortus Botanicus will entrance and delight you!

You will spend two hours wandering round the magnificent gardens and greenhouses, There will be a pause for relaxed lunch at the superb café, with a chance to review and discuss your photos.

Other places visited

In the remaining two hours you will take you to:

  • Pieterskerk (church of St Peter (1315)
  • Rembrandt’s birthplace
  • Leiden’s west gate, de Morspoort
  • Galgewater and the old harbour
  • The smallest house and the narrowest house
  • Windmill de Valk
  • Kornbrug and Visbrug historic bridges

The photography experience

In the remaining two hours you will take you to:

During the Hortus Botanicus visit, for those who are interested, the tuition will concentrate on close-ups and macro photography, depth of field (isolating subjects against the background), and lighting, including back lighting and infill flash.

One thing we can guarantee: you will not be short of amazing subjects to photograph!

Availability

The first Hortus Botanicus tour is Sunday 6th May. Thereafter every second Sunday.

Check availability of tours
datedaytimestart timeavailable
Sunday, 6 MayLeiden10:30YES
Sunday, 20 MayLeiden10:30YES
Sunday, 3 JuneLeiden10:30YES
Sunday, 17 JuneLeiden10:30YES
Sunday, 1 JulyLeiden10:30YES
Sunday, 15 JulyLeiden10:30YES
Sunday, 29 JulyLeiden10:30YES
Sunday, 12 AugustLeiden10:30YES
Sunday, 26 AugustLeiden10:30YES

Meeting place

The tour begins at Leiden central station

Start and end time

The tour begins at 10:30 (am) and ends at approximately 14:30

Refreshment breaks

There will be a coffee stop at about 11:30

There will be a lunch stop at about 14:00

Prices

The cost of this tour is €82.50 per person. This includes admission to the Hortus Botanicus.

Group discounts are available as follows:
number price per person
1 €82.50
2 €78.50
3 €74.50
4 €70.50
5 €66.50
6 €62.50

To hire a camera costs from €14.95

To hire a tripod and remote control costs €4.95

Click here for more information on equipment hire

we accept payment via all major credit cards

You may also pay at the beginning of the trek, but please note as places are limited, priority will be given to those who have pre-paid

I would like to book

If you would like to book this tour, you can do so by:

Booking online

Calling +31 (0)71 887 10 23

Leiden

You may telephone us daytime or evenings (Central European Time), weekdays or weekends.