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'Nothing is too crazy for us!

December tours

Enjoy the beautiful Christmas decorations and coziness along the canals during our December cruises!

Boating activities

With our large fleet we can put together a tailor-made package for you from 2 to 300 people. 

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.

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?


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.


Canal cruise Leiden


You sail in a stylish open 'skûtsje' through the picturesque canals and along the green canals of “Oudt Leyden”. An experienced skipper will tell you about the splendor of Leiden's past.


Our open 'skûtsje' - suitable for up to 30 people - crosses the narrowest canals and takes you past the most beautiful sights of the historic city center.


The languages spoken are: Dutch – English – German – French* – Greek* - Spanish* - Japanese*.

* On request


Daily sailing times*:

10.30 – 11.30

11.30 – 12.30

13.00 – 14.00

14.00 – 15.00

15.30 – 16.30

16.30 – 17.30

17.30 – 18.30  (extra sailing in good weather)


* In the months of May to September we also sail on Saturdays from 12.30 - 13.30, from 13.30 - 14.30, from 14.30 - 15.30 and from 16.00 - 17.00.

Evening sailings


Evening sailings (Friday and Saturday):

Take a beautiful evening cruise through the twilight and darkness in Leiden.

The sailing times are the following:

20.30 – 21.30

21.30 – 22.30


Please note: making reservation for these Evening Sails is mandatory in 2023


Rates for the Leiden Canal Cruise:

Adults: €12,-

Children under 10 years: €10,-

Seniors 65 +: €10,-

Students in possession of the '&Cultuurkaart' €10,-

Children/babies that fit on your lap: free


The (Leiden) Treat card can of course also be handed in to us


Dogs are allowed on board on a leash.



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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