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Fascinating walking tours in Leiden.

Follow the Pilgrim Path Tour


Discover where the Pilgrims lived, worked and prayed in their years of exile in Leiden. Walk the same alleys, see the same buildings. Discover the hurdles and challenges they overcame on their divine mission. Learn about the legacy the Pilgrims brought to the New World and how that shaped, for a part, modern America. hr.

The Leiden 'Hofjes' Tour


The Leiden 'Hofjes' are courtyards surrounded by almshouses. They were created between the thirteenth and nineteenth century. Built by wealthy citizens of Leiden to house the poorer members of the community. They are a hidden oasis of peace and tranquility. hr.

The Water Management Tour


Ninety percent of all natural disasters in the world today are water related. The Dutch have fought these threats for more than a thousand years. The bicycle tour into the polders around Leiden will give you an impression how the farmers in the twelfth century started to manage water levels.  The ride makes for a quintessential Dutch experience. The tour is about 10 miles and offers easy riding the entire way.



THE GRAND TOUR


For this unforgettable all day adventure I would like to welcome you to Leiden with a cup of coffee at the slope of the famous mill, 'de Valk', an authentic rampart mill from 1743 in Leiden. After coffee we will proceed with the Pilgrim Tour combined with the 'Hofjes' Tour. Around noon there will be time for lunch (not included). After lunch we will venture out on bicycles into the Dutch Polders around the city to learn about the fight of the Dutch to keep our feet dry in a country that for the most part is below sea level. The Bicycle Tour offers easy riding and is about 15 miles long. We will see the Dutch landscape with meadows, cows, canals and dikes and we will visit a working mill. Late in the afternoon we will be back in Leiden to return our rented bikes.

My name is Hans Prins. I am a historian. I have been a guide for my students in Rome, Siena, Florence and Leiden. It is my pleasure to show Leiden to international groups. My aim is to be informative as well as entertaining and I can customize a tour to you and your groups's wishes. Just give me a call and I promise you a great time.








Prices and Booking

 

Each tour, Pilgrims or Hofjes:

(1 to 4 persons)            €75 

Additional person          €  4

 

Tours Pilgrims and Hofjes:

(1 to 4 persons)           €125 

Additional person         €    4

 

Grand Tour, (all day):

(1 to 4 persons)           €400

Each extra person          €20 (a.o. for bike rental)

 

To book a tour you can either telephone me, +31639581600 or contact me through e-mail, contact@pilgrimsleiden.com  That gives us the possibility to discuss time, itinerary and special requests that you may have. At the bottom of this message you can find the days that are already booked. Any other days are available for booking. The booking will be final after I have received the fee for the tour. I am looking forward to being your guide.

 

Payment details: after day and time of the tour have been decided I will send you an e-mail containing the bill and payment details for the tour. As soon as the money for the tour has been transferred, the booking is final. Payment at the start of the tour is also possible.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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