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'Nothing is too crazy for us!

Canal cruise in Leiden

Leiden is a water city and while sailing you can admire many beautiful and historic sights of the old and new city. Available to book from March 2024

Boating activities

With our large fleet, we can put together customised packages and activities for you from 2 to 300 people. 

Together with Brasserie de Poort, we also provide various on-board catering arrangements!

Water taxi Leiden-Katwijk

Sail on the Oude Rijn to Katwijk aan Zee. After a nice boat trip we moor after an hour and a half in the bustling inner harbor of Katwijk. 

Who are we?

Tell us your wishes and Stichting De Leidse Rederij will get to work for you. With our large fleet of 13 ships, we can put together a custom-made arrangement for a group size of 2 to 300 people.

We are ready to set sail 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round and as our slogan indicates: "Nothing is too crazy for us!"

From a quiet cruise through the Green Heart of Holland to an exuberant laughter course on board, and from an active cruise with our 'Doordouwer', in which you move the boat yourself with a push and pull system, to a 'normal' Tour through Leiden.


Stichting De Leidse Rederij is a volunteer organization of comprising more than a hundred enthusiastic skippers, guides and ship technicians, who are all happily involved with the city of Leiden.

Where do we sail?

Rondvaart Leiden Route

Leiden is a water city, where you can admire many beautiful and historic sights of the city while sailing. ​ We are happy to provide a fun and relaxing cruise through the old canals and along the green canals.


Directly outside Leiden we sail to the Green Heart of Holland with its wind, water and meadows. ​ Along old waterways we find many places of interest in the pleasant city center such as Leiden University, many museums, monumental buildings, beautiful courtyards, old alleys and traces of a glorious past.


This treasure trove of knowledge, culture and science inspired us to found a Leiden Shipping Company in 2004 to show the splendor of a historic city from the water.

What we do and can do:

We are happy to extend a cruise for you with catering on board or with a playful activity such as a Leiden course, a sailing quiz, a cooking workshop or pushing with 'de Doordouwer'.

You are also free to bring your own catering on board and to come up with your own interpretation for your group.


Stichting De Leidse Rederij specializes in boat trips for parties and large groups, water-related events, weddings, company events, school excursions, senior trips, a day out and a water taxi service.

Stichting de Leidse Rederij Vloot

Canal tour Leiden

You will sail in a stylish classic boat through the picturesque canals and along the green canals of "Oudt Leyden". An experienced skipper will tell you about the splendour of Leiden's past.

Our classic boats - suitable for up to 30 people traverse the narrowest canals and take you past the most beautiful sights of the historic city centre.

The languages spoken are: Dutch - English - German - French* - Greek* 

* On request

Daily sailing times*:

11:00 - 12:00h

12.00 - 13.00h

13.30 - 14.30h

14.30 - 15.30h

16.00 - 17.00h

Rates for the canal cruise Leiden:

Adults: €12,-

Seniors 65 +: €10,-

Children 4-10years: €10,-

Children 0-3years: Free



Looking for an original gift? Make someone happy with a boat trip with Stichting De Leidse Rederij!
Satring at two regular canal cruise tickets to a luxury high tea on board for 30 people. Everything is possible at Stichting De Leidse Rederij!
How it works:

1. Choose an interpretation of the cruise. 'Nothing is too crazy for us!'*
2. Contact us by telephone/e-mail or simply visit our Harbor Office.
3. Pick up the gift voucher at the Harbor Office
4. Give the voucher as a gift and enjoy the radiant face of the recipient(s)!

* With the phrase 'Nothing is too crazy for us' in this case we mean that we can make a gift voucher for literally any arrangement we have.

Click  here  for our catering options
And  here  for our boating activities

Let us know what you would like to give as the value of the gift voucher and we will see which arrangement fits well with it!

Disclaimer: because a gift voucher is always custom made, we do not work with fixed prices. Please contact us for the possibilities and a price indication.


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