“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
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)
After the tour
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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
There will be a break at about 13:30
The cost of this tour is €39.95 per person. This includes boat 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
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
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!
How can I book this tour?
If you would like to book this Leiden canal boat tour, you can do so by:
Telephoning +31 (0)71 887 10 23
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