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Cambridge: Guided Punting Tour

1. Cambridge: Guided Punting Tour

Discover Cambridge University on a guided punting tour along the River Cam. Hear more about student life as you see some of the historic colleges of one of the world's most reputable universities. This punting tour covers the entire length of the River Cam, along which the colleges of Cambridge University are located. Soak up more than 800 years of history as you take in the historic sights. Relax in comfortable seats that feature traditional cushions and blankets. Enjoy interesting historic commentary from your punter, along with some amusing Cambridge punting stories. The 7 colleges featured on the tour boast some of the most illustrious and influential alumni to have graduated from Cambridge. Hear tales of student life, academic and social, from Isaac Newton to Prince Charles.

Cambridge: University Alumni Tour with Kings College Option

2. Cambridge: University Alumni Tour with Kings College Option

This Cambridge University and city tour introduces you to the crucial role of Cambridge in world history and highlights the city’s architectural wonders with entry to King’s College Chapel.  Start your tour from the city center and hear a brief timeline of all the interesting and peculiar things that makes Cambridge famous. Head to the city's oldest church, college, and the laboratory which has hosted important scientific milestones. Visit landmarks like the Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College and the Senate House.  The highlight of this tour is the stunning King's College Chapel. Home to the largest fan vaulted ceiling in the world, admire its majestic stained glass windows, and a Rubens painting. Learn about the chapel's long architectural history and relationship to former kings and queens.  During the tour, your student guide will share their experiences of the college system, tell you about the rowing frenzy at Cambridge, and let you into local secrets such as the protective measure some colleges take against the Night Climbers.

Cambridge: Alumni Walking Tour with King's College Option

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

Explore some of the most renowned colleges in Cambridge and learn about student life at one of the world's most prestigious universities, guided by a University of Cambridge student or graduate. Discover the halls where King Charles III, Sir Isaac Newton, and Stephen Hawking once studied. Begin your journey from King's College on King's Parade and meander past landmarks such as Corpus Christi College, Queens' College, Trinity Hall, and Trinity College. Be captivated by the magnificent vaulted ceiling of King's College Chapel (when included in your tour). Admire The Senate House near Great St. Mary's, the historic church of the university; be inspired by the former laboratory that revolutionised our world; and visit The Eagle pub, where Watson and Crick famously announced a discovery that forever changed our lives. If you choose to visit the King's College Chapel, conclude your beautiful walking tour in one of the most magnificent late-Gothic structures in the world.

Cambridge: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

4. Cambridge: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore the best of Cambridge with this sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus. Go on a tour of the city's top tourist attractions on an open-topped double-decker bus, with 18 stops all over Cambridge, there's plenty to see. You can combine your bus tour with a punting tour, with onboard commentary in many languages. Hop-on and hop-off at any of the stops throughout the day, with the chance to visit the historic city center, the University Colleges, the world-famous Backs and the River Cam, the University Botanic Garden, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the American World War II Memorial, Cemetery at Madingley and more. Bus Stops: Stop 1: Silver Street  Stop 2: Downing Street Stop 3: Chesterton Lane Stop 4: Bridge Street Stop 5: Trinity Street (Sundays Only) Stop 6: Market Street (Sundays Only) Stop 7: Jesus Lane Stop 8: Drummer Street Stop 9: Parkside Stop 10: Hills Road Stop 11: Railway Station Stop 12: Trumpington Road Stop 13: The Fitzwilliam Museum Stop 14: Silver Street Stop 15: Queen's Road Stop 16: Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial Stop 17: Madingley Road Stop 18: Grange Road

Cambridge: Punting Tour on the River Cam

5. 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

6. 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: Guided Historic Walking Tour

7. Cambridge: Guided Historic Walking Tour

Your tour will begin in the historic heart of Cambridge. You will see five of the famous Cambridge colleges: St John's, Trinity (with its 34 Nobel Prize winners), Gonville and Caius, Corpus Christi and the world famous chapel of King's College. (NB. the tour does not go inside King's Chapel or any of the colleges0. Through your professional guide, learn the fascinating history of Cambridge's newest attraction, the Corpus Christi clock, unveiled by Stephen Hawking in 2008. Your guide will accompany you to the 11th century Church of St Bene't's where townsfolk have been worshipping since it was built in 1030. Nearby is the famous Eagle Pub with its RAF bar where young airmen wrote their squadron numbers on the ceiling during the Second World War. Finish outside the old Cavendish Laboratory where 29 Nobel Prizes were won and where modern physics was invented.

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

8. 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.

UK/Europe: eSim Mobile Data Plan

9. UK/Europe: eSim Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in the 42 most visited regions in Europe and the UK. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Benefit from coverage in Austria, Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Gibraltar, Hungary, Isle of Man, Iceland, Ireland, Italy(including San Marino & Vatican), Jersey Island, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Also covered are Malta, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, the United Kingdom, and Northern Ireland. All iPhone models launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. APN (Access Point Name): internet Local operator info: UK: Telefonica / Vodafone /Hutchison 3G /Everything Everywhere

Cambridge: Shared Punting Tour with Guide

10. 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.

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Very well spoken and great knowledgable tour guide. We were impressed by the history and buildings (student accommodations, churches, college buildings & halls). Very clear and precise explanation of important dates in history as well as historical names and purpose. We are thankful to had had Jimmy as our guide.

We had a great time on the Cambridge Guided Punting tour with Claudius. The boat was handmade, comfortable and beautiful, and Claudius was an expert at navigating the busy waters and currents, all while providing interesting commentary and jokes. Highly recommend!

Very informative and the guide Jonny was excellent, had a wealth of information, was very engaging. We definitely learned more than had we just wandered round Cambridge ourselves. Would highly recommend .

We enjoyed the tour, the guide had profound knowledge about the city and its history which he presented in an entertaining and fun way.

Guide was amazing in story telling and also view and boating good as well. Guide name was Jack.