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Kaag Lakes: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Leiden City: Kaag Lakes Windmill Cruise

1. From Leiden City: Kaag Lakes Windmill Cruise

Embark on a scenic boat cruise on the Kaag Lakes from Leiden and discover the beautiful landscape, known for its shallow lakes, islands, polders, and many windmills. Sit back and relax as you enjoy the views and get to know the Green Heart of Holland.  Sail from the historical city of 'Leiden' for a beautiful cruise through the Green Heart, characterized by shallow lakes and islands. The islands are polders and are still being drained by 18 restored polder mills in operation. Most of these mills can be seen during the cruise. This is Holland in its entirety: polders, cows, windmills, lakes, beautiful views and beautiful Dutch villages. The different areas within the Green Heart of Holland have their own character and appearance.  The captain informs you about all the sights during the trip and in good weather you can of course also enjoy the deck where you have a wide view of the surroundings. Drinks, snacks, and simple lunch items are available to purchase. 

Amsterdam: Day Trip Keukenhof Gardens with Windmill Cruise

2. Amsterdam: Day Trip Keukenhof Gardens with Windmill Cruise

Be inspired by the sights and smells of more than seven million bulbs in bloom at Keukenhof. Make the most of your time with skip-the-line access to this popular attraction. Sail thorugh the countryside on a canal cruise through the Kager lakes and stop at a windmill. Travel in comfort by bus to Keukenhof from Amsterdam. Embark on a sightseeing boat ride from the 'Ringvaart' Canal and enjoy views of the colorful bulb fields, traditional windmills, and authentic villages. Sail through the Amsterdam Kager lakes, which include ten unique islands. While traveling through narrower passages between the islands, marvel at historical mansions. Disembark at an operating windmill. After the visit to the windmill, take a 10-minute shuttle to the Keukenhof Gardens. Upon arrival, enjoy fast-track entry to this wonderful floral garden. Explore the Keukenhof Gardens at your own pace and stay as long as you wish.

Kagerplassen: Spring Cruise & Keukenhof Gardens Entry Ticket

3. Kagerplassen: Spring Cruise & Keukenhof Gardens Entry Ticket

Combine a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens with a beautiful spring cruise lasting approximately 1.5 hours on one of the great ships of Rederij van Huls. Journey along the beautiful 'Kagerplassen', also known as the 'Amsterdam Lakes' During the cruise, you can enjoy the beautiful views, historic windmills, and typical Dutch villages in the famous bulb region. The boat is covered and offers an open deck as well, providing great photo opportunities, so be sure to bring your camera. After the cruise, go to the Keukenhof Gardens which are located only 10 minutes by car, transfer is not provided, from the cruise departing point. With the Keukenhof ticket, you will have direct access to the gardens where you'll see plenty of blooming tulips.

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What people are saying about Kaag Lakes

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 614 reviews

Really enjoyed this canal cruise around Leiden. We were stating in Sloterdijk so it was only a train journey away. The transport system is fantastic and very well priced. Leiden is a lovely quiet place compared to the busy hustle and bustle of amsterdam. The boat was extremely comfortable with snacks and drinks on board. The tour itself was very picturesque with lots to see eg windmills, boats, holiday homes and lots of people having a great time on the water eg water sking, tubing and swimming. It was such a hot day I would have loved a dip in the water myself. Really great value for money as the trip was 2 hours long.

Great value for money. Two hours and many beautiful typical Dutch sights on the way: windmills, lakes, boathouses, etc. The personnel was also lovely and they serve some refreshments on board too which is great. Finally, the ship was clean and roomy, which I appreciated a lot.

It was a lovely cruise. The only negative was I told the host I would not be going to Keukenhoff Gardens after the cruise and he snatched the ticket away from me before I could say anything. The next day I had some time to go, but no ticket even though I had paid for one.

Excellent organization. The times to wait for latecomers are a bit long. Nonetheless, the day was pleasant. The very comfortable boat allows you to see very beautiful views of the countryside. Fantastic gardens

Very good experience. We advise you to register at the beginning of the season as the tulips are no longer at their peak. Still, I strongly recommend the visit and the package purchased is well worth it.