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Cultural Journey in Leiden, Netherlands

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Netherlands  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 40 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 130 Euro (EUR)

Leiden (sometimes spelled Leyden in English), is situated in the province of South Holland, midway between Amsterdam and The Hague, at a 30 minute ride from Amsterdam. My car takes you there and would seat 3 to 4 adults. This image shows the courthouse situated in the former area of the Hall of the Count, notably Floris the 5th. One of the fascinating stories in Leiden is how the power of the local count diminished around 1300 - 1400 and the power of the local city government grew stronger.

Back in 1568, the newly founded Protestant state, the Republic of The Netherlands urgently needed a group of intelligent people, well trained in religion and law, and therefore a place to educate these preachers and lawyers. Leiden University was the very first to be founded in this country and since those days it has remained a major focus of learning and a center of excellence. The Rapenburg canal is now lined with a number of the institutions of the university such as the Great Hall, university institutions, and the Hortus Botanicus, or botanical gardens.

Another major building houses the RMO Archaeology and Antiquity Museum in which you may explore such diverse objects as stone axes, one spectacular one, recently acquired, is a ceremonial bronze hand axe. A prize possession is a Dutch fishing net from the time of the early Pharaohs. Its Egyptian collection contains the full-size temple of Taffeh, donated by the state of Egypt, and a good number of mummies, among which that of a baby and various grave objects. Thus the Egyptian collection is arguably considered the fourth or fifth most important collection in the world (after Cairo, Metropolitan NYC, Louvre, Turin, Brooklyn).

Among the many other museums well worth visiting are the Ethnography Museum and the Fine arts museum called Lakenhal, which exhibits paintings by Rembrandt, Dou and other masters in Leiden Fine Painting. I will also take you to the secret street and alley where the Pilgrim Fathers lived before they sailed west to America. There are a number of sites with plaques indicating their history. Near the railway station, we find a windmill, which reminds us of the one operated by Rembrandt's father and brother. Across the tracks just outside the center is the huge Naturalis, the National Museum of Natural History. Elsewhere in Leiden, we may visit large churches, small houses, a wonderful central canal and, half hidden, a massive mound of earth on which local inhabitants could flee high waters. Scattered throughout town are the 'hofjes' or courtyards for the elderly.

Drs. Kaldenbach is chairman of the Circle of Academic Tour Guides of the Netherlands and Flanders (CATON). Starting at your hotel I will take you on a wonderful private cultural walking tour of your choice. My guided itinerary offers you accessible informative conversation in English, Dutch, or German (my French and Italian are more limited). You may also arrange this VIP treatment for business contacts or friends. Our cultural tour organization office will take care of a unique and memorable experience.

Supplemental Tour Information:
- Please contact me for time and fees for the tailor-made tour you are interested in
- These tailor-made tours are available upon request - please contact me to book a date
- Minimum group size: 2 person
- Maximum group size is limited to about 10 persons.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

About This Supplier
Location: Netherlands
Joined InfoHub: Aug 2005

As a high-level international tour guide, I offer pleasant tailor-made private tours for small groups. Having an academic background in Art History and teaching, my presentation is both in-depth and very communicative, thus open to a wide audience. I prefer to guide small and select groups to museum visits and to walks...

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