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River Cam Tours

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River Cam
Flowing through the heart of Cambridge, the River Cam is not only the city’s lifeline, but one of its most captivating natural landmarks. The most visited section of the river runs between Bishops Mill and Jesus Lock, lined by the grand buildings of Cambridge University and aptly nicknamed ‘The Backs’ as it’s framed by the ‘backs’ of eight colleges. Following the river along this stretch affords impressive views of King’s College, the Wren Library at Trinity College and landmarks like the Bridge of Sighs and the Mathematical Bridge.

For visitors to Cambridge, the quintessential local activity is punting along the River Cam – a chauffeured cruise in a flat-bottomed boat or ‘punt’, propelled along by a 5-meter-long pole. A romantic, slow-paced punting tour is ideal for sightseeing as you’ll float downstream with plenty of time to snap photos and admire the riverside landmarks. 

The River Cam is also a popular recreational ground, with university rowing teams using it to practice for the prestigious Oxford-Cambridge boat race (held along the River Thames in London each spring). Walkways run along parts of the river and many pubs and restaurants offer riverside views, while the grassy banks make an idyllic picnic spot during the summer months. 

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The River Cam runs for around 14 miles (23km) from Ashwell in Hertfordshire and through central Cambridge until it meets the River Ouse.
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7 Tours and Activities to Experience River Cam

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Chauffeured Punting Tour in Cambridge

Chauffeured Punting Tour in Cambridge

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See enchanting Cambridge from a different perspective with this chauffeured punting tour. Get a deeper sense of the history of this university town from the knowledgeable guide as you cruise past he Bridge of Sighs, The Wren Library, Kings College Chapel, The Mathematical Bridge, New Court St Johns and Clare Bridge. Steep yourself in 800 years of history on this fun tour.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.65
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$15.65

City Sightseeing Cambridge Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Cambridge Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Witness exquisite architecture and verdant public spaces on this hop-on hop-off Cambridge sightseeing bus tour.  With your 24-hour pass, relax for the hour-long full tour, or design a personalized itinerary with 16 possible stops with easy access to Trinity College, King’s College Chapel, The Backs and more. Enjoy unobstructed views from the open-air viewing deck and fun onboard commentary as you savor this medieval university town.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.00
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$22.00
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Private 2-Hour Cambridge Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide

Private 2-Hour Cambridge Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide

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Discover Cambridge the way you want, at the pace you want, on a private 2-hour walking tour. Use the flexible itinerary to tailor your sightseeing to your interests, and learn about the city’s history and university from your private guide. Choose to visit famous colleges like Trinity and Queens’, admire King’s College Chapel, or just absorb the atmosphere and architecture on a stroll through the medieval streets. Entrance fees at own expense.
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  • 2 hours
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$113.34
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$113.34
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Private Cambridge Punting Tour

Private Cambridge Punting Tour

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Cambridge is known for its University colleges and its punting scene. Combine both of these things by going on a private Cambridge punting tour, which takes you past the backs of multiple colleges, such as Magdalene, and King's. You’ll see beautiful views that can only be reached by water, and a private tour means you’ll have direct access to your chauffeur for questions about Cambridge.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$126.24
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Cambridge Colleges Audio Tour: The Historic Centre's Classic Sights

Cambridge Colleges Audio Tour: The Historic Centre's Classic Sights

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Looking for an independent and flexible way to see Cambridge? This self-led audio tour via smartphone app offers a convenient, budget-friendly sightseeing option. Upon booking, download the app to your phone, and enjoy lifetime access to the recording. When you’re ready, make your own way to 9 King's Parade, pop in your headphones, and let the tour—recorded by a former Cambridge student and resident—guide you around the city.
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  • 40 minutes to 2 hours
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$5.40
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Discover Cambridge and its region with a local pilot

Discover Cambridge and its region with a local pilot

Go on an unforgettable adventure and discover the beauty of Cambridge in the most unique way...from a private micro plane! You’ll see stunning views of Cambridge University, King's College Chapel, the South East coastline...and many more incredible sights for you to discover with a local pilot! Your pilot is key to this adventure. They are sharing the flights' direct cost, not making a profit. They just love to fly and want you to understand their passion for aviation. So be sure to meet your pilot directly at the airfield provided. ++Confirm weather conditions with your pilot before++ --> Access a local airfield --> Discuss the flight route together with your pilot --> Pre-flight check --> Up you go, enjoy the view from a whole new perspective! The flight can depart between 9-17h, depending on the availability of the pilot, aircraft, and weather. Please let us know your flexible hours/days upon booking, and make sure that you've been in touch with us beforehand!
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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$180.09
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$180.09
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Riverside self-guided walk and picturesque views of Cambridge Colleges

Riverside self-guided walk and picturesque views of Cambridge Colleges

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Love podcasts? You'll love our immersive walking tour of the Cambridge Backs! The digital audio guide can be downloaded anytime directly on your smartphone! We've teamed up with expert historians, storytellers and students to give you a unique and engaging experience of Cambridge! Join local historian & PHD student, Katie, for an excursion down one of Cambridge’s most scenic and peaceful routes; the Backs. Incidentally, the Backs is the area that runs along many of Cambridge’s famous colleges and the walk is studded with beautiful architecture, a quaint wooden bridge, sprawling green spaces, and quirky stories. We'll begin the podcast tour alongside the river at Scudamore's Quayside Walk over the wooden bridge of Silver Street and immerse yourself in Cambridge's history and moving stories. The tour will walk us through student life and will give us magnificent views of King's College and its Chapel. Don't forget to bring your camera for some breathtaking views of the river Cam!
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  • 35 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$6.65
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