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Cambridge: Punting Tour on the River Cam

1. Cambridge: Punting Tour on the River Cam

Experience the charm of the most famous Cambridge colleges and the Arcadian beauty of the River Cam, gliding along one of England's most idyllic water routes, which has inspired poets like William Wordsworth and Xu Zhimo. Our knowledgeable local guides are professional, educated, and dedicated to ensuring your tour is both informative and enjoyable, offering detailed explanations of historical facts and captivating stories. As you gently punt along the river, you'll have ample opportunities to ask questions and capture photos of Cambridge's iconic architecture. Additionally, you can opt for a private tour or include a professional photographer to preserve your memories. Feel free to bring along drinks and refreshments to enhance your experience during the tour.

From London: Oxford and Cambridge Universities Tour

2. From London: Oxford and Cambridge Universities Tour

Explore the grounds of Oxford and Cambridg on guided walking tours with this full-day trip aboard a comfortable bus from London. Dive into the stories behind these institutions and hear your guide clearly with the provided headsets.  Hop aboard the spacious bus at Victoria Station and relax on the drive across the Chiltern Hills to Oxford, the 'City of Dreaming Spires,' whose hushed courtyards have inspired generations of scholars like Bill Clinton, Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Begin your guided walking tour and visit the Christ Church college, where Harry Potter scenes were filmed. See the Bodleian Library and the picture-perfect college courtyards for which Oxford is justifiably famous. Get back on the bus for the trip to Cambridge, a living city that has shaped history and today reflects the best of historic and contemporary life. Enter the grounds which inspired figures like Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, and many of the Monty Python group. See the magnificent Kings College on a guided walking tour. Stroll through a city filled with beautiful buildings and historical quirks, including the famous Bridge of Sighs. Return to Victoria Station in London at the end of your tour.

Cambridge: Walking & Punting Tour with King's College Option

3. Cambridge: Walking & Punting Tour with King's College Option

Embark on a guided walking tour led by a graduate or a student and explore the rich history of Cambridge University. Led by knowledgeable guides, discover where famous alumni, including King Charles III, Sir Isaac Newton, and Stephen Hawking, once studied. Enjoy an additional visit to the renowned King's College Chapel, stroll through the green spaces along the River Cam, and, when available, wander through the gardens of Trinity College. Listen to anecdotes and learn about the discovery of DNA while marvelling at the historic architecture spanning over 800 years. Opt for the King's College ticket option to ensure entry into the chapel, boasting the highest vaulted ceiling of any chapel in the world. Explore famous landmarks such as St. Catherine’s College, Corpus Christi College, Queen's College, Clare College, Trinity Hall College, Trinity College, St. John's College, Gonville and Caius College, Great St. Mary’s Church, The Eagle Pub, and Senate House, and immerse yourself in the captivating stories that punctuate every corner of the city. Your punting tour begins 30 minutes after the conclusion of your walking tour if you do not purchase the King's College option, and 90 minutes later if you do. Sit back and relax on your chauffeured punting cruise as your local guide shares stories about the eight colleges and nine bridges along the River Cam. Feel free to bring refreshments on board and enjoy a complimentary punting lesson during your tour.

Cambridge: Shared Punting Tour with Guide

4. Cambridge: Shared Punting Tour with Guide

Explore the University buildings of Cambridge with this small-group guided tour on a punt with raised seats and tables. Listen as your guide unveils fascinating facts about the legendary university city and its rich history. Start at Jesus Green Moorings, and head to Magdelene College, St John's College, Trinity College, Trinity Hall, Clare College, King's College, and Queens' College. Get introduced by your guide to all the colorful stories of Cambridge while on board a comfortable boat on the river Cam. Float underneath the Great Bridge, The Bridge of Sighs, The Wren Bridge, Cromwell's Bridge, King's College Bridge, and the Mathematical Bridge. Discover how the city has evolved from a medieval market town to a world-class center for education.

Cambridge: Chauffeured Punting Tour

5. Cambridge: Chauffeured Punting Tour

Upon arrival at the supplier's check in at the La Mimosa Landing Stage (CB5 8AQ), you will be greeted and booked on to the next available departing tour. Tours depart regularly throughout the day and hold up to 12 passengers. The tour lasts for 45-50 minutes and you will travel along the River Cam in Cambridge. During the trip you will pass by 7 riverside colleges: Kings, Queens, St Johns, Trinity, Trinity Hall, and Clare. Sights along the way include Kings College Chapel, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Wren Library. During the tour, your chauffuer will provide an interesting and informative historical commentary and answer any questions you may have.

Cambridge: Guided Shared River Punting Tour

6. Cambridge: Guided Shared River Punting Tour

Embark on a guided punting tour along the River Cam. Experience the famous Cambridge University from the water and pass notable colleges, including King’s College Chapel and the Wren Library. Enjoy an introduction to Cambridge’s long and eventful history on a river punting tour. Discover how the city has evolved from a medieval market town to a world-class center for education from your guide. Cruise past 8 colleges and 9 bridges whilst enjoying spectacular views from the River Cam. Sit back and relax as your guide propels the punt along the river and shares their passion for history with you. From the Gothic splendor of King’s College Chapel to the classical elegance of the Wren Library, glide past all major college buildings. Float by the oldest riverside college of Clare College. See the wooden Mathematical Bridge and hear of famous Queens' College alumnae. Pass under the beautiful Bridge of Sighs at St John's College.

Cambridge: Shared Chauffeured Punting Tour

7. Cambridge: Shared Chauffeured Punting Tour

This 50-minute chauffeured punt tour covers the “college backs” with seven of the most prestigious colleges of Cambridge University. While you are guided through this beautiful stretch of river, you will be regaled with history and stories regarding the stunning architecture and scenery that surrounds you. Soak up hundreds of years of history as you enjoy Cambridge's traditional pastime on a shared punt tour. This punt tour is a great way to see Cambridge's sights for less as you share the punt with other customers. With this ticket you will have your own private row or section of the boat, meaning that your group will not be split up and you'll only sit next to people in your party. So you get to enjoy the delights of punting with the privacy of your own group at a reduced rate. The Traditional Punting Company offers award-winning tours, so do not miss out on this Cambridge must-do sightseeing activity.

Cambridge: Private Chauffeured Punting Tour

8. Cambridge: Private Chauffeured Punting Tour

Experience the best of what Cambridge has to offer on your very own Private Chauffeured Punt Tour and explore the beautiful College Backs with your private guide at the helm delivering a historical tour as you are punted effortlessly along the River Cam. Taking a Private Tour allows you to see all of the delights of the College Backs through a personalized experience. Your private chauffeur will have a passion for the history of Cambridge and its university, regaling you with facts and anecdotes about everything you see along the way. From the Gothic heights of King’s College Chapel to the Bridge of Sighs, your chauffeur will ensure that you do not miss a thing. This tour will take you on a return journey that will last approximately 50 minutes, so sit back and enjoy everything Cambridge has to offer for this famous past-time. It's a must do activity in Cambridge, so join us on board and get the local insight about the city and its famous University all whilst viewing the iconic sights that are only accessible by boat.

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Very good trip. The punter / guide was excellent. Learned a lot about the history of the colleges adjacent to the river Cam, and of the bridges and the general surroundings. Quite expensive at £35 per person on a shared boat, but the trip is unique.

Francesco was a great guide who provided us a great insight of Cambridge! He was so accomodating and answered all my questions. We got so lucky as it was only my sister and I who booked for the morning tour!

Our guide Francesco (who was doing a PhD in Archaeology) was really great! He gave a lot of insights into the life at Cambridge. Another highlight was the punting tour! Would absolutely recommend it.

Our tour guide Kristina was great. Knowledge and passionate.

Guide was very knowledgeable and kept us engaged. Very happy