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The Holland - Leiden Untour

Book an Untours Holland vacation package and look forward to some fantastic sightseeing! You'll see windmills and canals and so much more! Leiden's infectious vitality and Amsterdam's cultural riches will captivate you.

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Day trips and Sightseeing: Holland (or correctly: “The Netherlands”) is a great little country that offers picturesque towns, superb museums, beautiful canals, windmills, excellent bicycling and exuberant flower exhibits. Will there be enough to do for 2 weeks? You bet. You’d need more time than this just to visit all the major museums. Besides, Belgium is not far either. Cities include: Amsterdam, Delft, The Hague, Rotterdam, Haarlem, Utrecht, Gouda. There is surely no single place in Europe with more world-class museums per square mile than Holland: Leiden alone has 12 museums, including the National Antiquities and Ethnology Museums; Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Kröller-Müller Museum, Porcelain Factory in Delft, Mauritshuis in The Hague, Boymans-Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam. Visits to the Keukenhof in Lisse, or the Aalsmeer Flower Auction will put flower lovers into seventh heaven. The windmills that everyone thinks of when they think of Holland are close by: Molenmuseum “De Valk” in Leiden, and The Kinderdijk between Rotterdam and Dordrecht. Even brief ventures into Belgium: Brugges (3 hours) and Brussels (2.5 hours) are possible.

Off-the-beaten-track treasures that can’t be beat: Try a walking tour of Amsterdam and a tour of seventeenth-century Dutch Masters on display at the Rijksmuseum, both led by our staff person Marike, who is a knowledgeable museum guide, or attend a concert at the world-famous Royal Concertgebouw. Visit the Aalsmer Flower Auction. Even the humble pleasures of buying fresh bread and pastries at the bakery down the street or shopping for bread, cheese, spices, fish or flowers at Leiden’s open-air market are unforgettable on a Dutch Untour.


The Holland - Leiden Untour Includes:

  • A one or two week stay in a private apartment located in an 18th century townhouse in close proximity to the famous Leiden University.
  • Suggestions for booking your international flight from the U.S. to Amsterdam, or we can purchase tickets on your behalf. (More information on Untours' air policies here.)
  • Arranged taxi to and from Schiphol airport on arrival and departure.
  • A 5-day or 10-day Benelux Saver Rail Pass (good for The Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg) and limited bus tickets for ground transportation within Holland.
  • Lots of pre-planning advice from our US staff available by phone, fax and email up until you leave.
  • A cell phone for use while in The Netherlands.
  • An orientation session and informative Leiden walk by our superb English-speaking representatives to get you off on the right foot.
  • An Untours-sponsored group activity such a guided tour of the famous Peace Palace in The Hague, Amsterdam, Delft or Pannekoeken (Dutch pancakes) lunch.
  • Going Dutch guide book – a publication researched and written by Untours staff with suggestions for local restaurants, must-see attractions and museums as well as hidden treasures.
  • Welcome supplies of bread, cheese, milk, juice, eggs, so you don’t have to look for the grocery store right away.
  • Ongoing support via telephone with our local representative – help available when you need it.

Here's what our customers say about how much there is to do in Holland:

"Riding through the tulip fields!!! Leiden is a wonderful town, fun to explore and easy to travel to anywhere in Holland." Cary Fisher

"The "flow" of our vacation - Untour personnel have this down to a science, yet they dealt with our travel delay from the Rhine Valley (power outages and flooding) very smoothly. We always felt that things were under control and never worried about the details - a wonderful luxury for us as first-timers." Lenore Hemphill

"We enjoyed the entire trip. Edmond was an excellent guide. Holland is now one of our favorite European countries. Everyone we met was exceptionally helpful and friendly." Dennis Peck

"Marlous did an excellent job of showing us how to use the transportation system; she spent half of the day with us." Douglas Groover

"The orientation walks in Leiden and Amsterdam were excellent. As usual, having an apartment allowed us to shop at the local markets, prepare most of our own meals and save both time and money as compared to eating in restaurants. The ability to control our own schedule is a wonderful feature of an Untour. The rail pass worked extremely well in a country such as Holland." Mark Price

"The ability to feel less like a tourist and more like a part of the city. Location of Leiden to easily access the whole country (we went to Arnhem, and to Delft + A'dam. Apartment: washer AND dryer, welcome basket wonderful, warmth of Marlous, overall location." Nan Olson

"Edmond was a wealth of knowledge - very friendly and informative. We enjoyed our 5 hour walk around Amsterdam immensely!" Linda Buttimer

"Our greeter at the apartment was Eakaterina ( I probably did a job on the spelling) was excellent. She also was our Leiden walk tour guide. We had a great time. She was amazing. Marike gave an excellent tour of Amsterdam. Her knowledge of Amsterdam's history and art was excellent. Both walks were a special touch." Judy Trask

"We had our own personal tour of Den Haag with Janet, which was very interesting and informative. She also did a great job with our own personal orientation, helping us to find all the things we needed in close proximity." Ruth Gage

"Everything was excellent--we loved every day of it." Stephen Littlejohn

"The rail system is superb and makes it easy to travel around the country. The city of Leiden is an excellent home base -- it is charming, has a great windmill museum and a nice combination of student- and permanent residents." Karen Andrews

"Leiden is a perfect base. We would not want to be in either Amsterdam or Rotterdam. We were delighted with the wealth of music recitals we were able to enjoy in Leiden." Margaret McLean

"Leiden was a great location--in itself and for it's easy access to so many other towns. We love staying in one place and getting to know an area well. Untour made it so easy to get there, settle in and make it our home for two weeks. The welcoming food, the guide books and maps, the orientation, etc----it seems you've thought of all the little things to make it easy!" Ann & Sanford Mazeau

"Entire experience was excellent" Jack & Ann Vernon

"We feel that Leiden is a wonderful "home town" when visiting Holland. It is well situated for rail connections to the rest of the country, and at the same time, there are so many things to do in town. We found that the 8-day train pass was just about right (we purchased only one additional ticket." Ann Heath

"We like the independent travel and flexibility Untous offers. We really wish we had discovered Untours earlier in our retirement years." Arthur &
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