“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
— Dorothea Lange

Boat tour of Leiden’s canals

About the Leiden canal tour

You can combine a walking tour of Leiden with a two hour canal boat tour. The tour is for groups of up to six people.

Leiden has more than 21 km of canals. The tour explores these in an electric boat at a relaxed and leisurely pace, silent and polution-free! From the lower position on the boat, you will get another perspective on Leiden, as well as great and unusual photo opportunities.

Boat captain is included!

The photography experience


The canal boat gives you a great opportunity to photograph the city from a different perspective. The numerous attractive old bridges provide a perfect frame or reveal for the scene beyond.

You are much closer to the water so that the ripple patterns and reflections are more intimate.

You can see and photograph the picturesque old sailing barges from a lower angle.

And the silent electric motor aloows you to sneak up close to the many waterbirds which frequent the waterways.

Other places visited

On the way to and from the station we will also take you to:

  • Windmill de Valk
  • Leiden’s west gate, de Morspoort
  • Galgewater and the old harbour
  • Rembrandt’s birthplace
  • Leiden’s The smallest house
  • Pieterskerk (church of St Peter (1315)
guided photography tour of Leiden

After the tour

If you would like to continue discussions after the end of the tour, time permitting your guide will be more than happy to do so.


Check availability of tours
day date morning afternoon evening start time
Saturday 14 JULY Canal boat tour 11:00

Meeting place

The tour begins and ends at Leiden central station

From the station to the canal boat is approximately 0.5km

Start and end time

The tour begins at 11:00 and ends at approximately 15:00

Refreshment break

There will be a break at about 13:30


The cost of this tour is €39.95 per person. This includes boat hire.

Equipment hire

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

guided photography tour of Leiden

Bad weather

The weather in the Netherlands can be unpredictable, especially in Autumn and Winter.

But it seldom rains the for whole day. If the rain is torrential the workshop will be cancelled, but if it is not heavy the tour will go on regardless.

Photographers are hardy folks, and stormy skies and wet pavements present some of the most exciting photo opportunities!

Cancellation policy

But whatever the weather, you may cancel up to 1 day before for a full refund.

And if you are not satisfied with the tour for any reason we will also refund your money in full.

How can I book this tour?

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

Booking online

Telephoning +31 (0)71 887 10 23

Emailing info@dutchphototrek.com

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If you would like to learn more about Dutch Photo Trek, you may telephone us daytime or evenings (Central European Time), weekdays or weekends.