Make plans now to visit the city in the Netherlands housing Central's study abroad program! Whether you're coming back to where you studied abroad or seeing it for the first time, you'll enjoy the Dutch landscape and friendly faces.
Thursday, July, 16, join us on a two-hour city walking tour of downtown Leiden, featuring historical, artistic and cultural highlights and led by Steef Eman, art historian and resident director of Central College Leiden, at 1 p.m.
A special alumni and friends reception with a traditional Dutch dinner at the Central College Abroad Center begins at 6 p.m.
We suggest you build in a few more days before or after the event for additional sight-seeing. While travel arrangements will be made on your own, several additional trip suggestions include:
Leiden - Explore more of Leiden. Visit the market on the canal on Wednesdays to see an impressive collection of fresh food, fish, clothes, art and more. Eat Dutch pancakes at a nearby pancake house. Take in the cityscape sights and sounds.
Recommended hotels near Central's site, downtown and the railway:
Hotel De Doelen
Nieuw Minerva Hotel
The Hague - 10 minutes by train. Visit the beautiful government capitol-city housing the Dutch Parliament and Queen; Scheveningen - a beach, harbor and shopping-area; museums and more.
Amsterdam - 25 minutes by train. See the canals, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House, the Royal Palace and more.
Brussels and Brugge, Belgium - Stop through the small, famous city of Brugge on your way to Brussels. Or, visit Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, England or France via train or a short, affordable plane ride.
Sample itineraries to nearly all locations are available here.
Cost for Thursday's tour and dinner is $20 per person. Payment is required in advance. RSVP to the alumni office by Wednesday, July 1. Call 800-447-0287 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.