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Stichting De Leidse Rederij
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 21 June 2017

I was convinced to go on this tour from 2 young gentlemen who promised me the tour was under one hour (55 minutes) and that the tour comes in 5 different languages. I ended up at this tour company because I missed the tour down the canal (they left 7 minutes early!!!) at Rondvaart and they recommended this one to me.

I ended up on a boat with 9 Dutch people. The tour guide is a Physical Education teacher who still teaches a few days of the week. I am assuming that I was put on a different boat than planned since I doubt the man speaks 5 languages. They did do the tour in English for me.

The bridges in Leiden are not so high so you will have to duck quite a few times. Maybe 15? I lost count. The tour guide enjoys his job and was quite entertaining. They will provide umbrellas for sunny days. My tour guide assured me (I had a train to catch at a certain time) that the tour was 55 minutes. After 72 minutes, I was nervous about catching my train so they were kind enough to let me off the boat a bit earlier.

I did enjoy the majority of the tour and heard information about the city that I don't think I would have read anywhere else. This tour costs 10 euros. The one down across the canal that I mentioned earlier is 8 euros.

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Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

Out of all the canal tour companies to choose from in Leiden, this one, for some reason, stood out to us. The staff were super friendly and very patient in explaining everything. The cruises all cost the same for a 1 hour tour - €10 - and so we agreed to leave on the next available boat. There were 6 of us onboard - 2 Israelis, 2 Germans, a Canadian and a Pom. Our guide was fantastic (I'm really bad with names though! I want to say Robert...but it could've been Steven) He was so knowledgeable and informative. He spoke in English onboard too, which was great. It was the perfect amount of time and I'm genuinely thinking about doing it again before I leave. Fantastic afternoon out on the canals. Highly recommend it.

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Reviewed 25 September 2016

We conducted Leiden canal tour four weeks ago on one of the bigger tour boats that offers simultaneous translation of commentary through head phones. That was OK - but the tour we did today with the Stichting Leidse Rederij was GREAT. We were in a smaller boat, which gave the tour a much more personal feel. All of the staff we dealt with in organizing the tour were friendly and helpful. Our guide, Tim, was personable and friendly and funny, and did a great job of explaining all that we were seeing in both English and Dutch for the two families that were on our boat. The smaller boat fit under some bridges and into some canals that the larger boat couldn't. Of course it helped that we had a fabulous sunny day..... but I think anyone would enjoy this fantastic tour.

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