Punting Tours

Private Tour

Our speciality at The Cambridge Punt Company remains the traditional Private Punting Tour. (Tour duration 45-50 mins). It used to be that every punt tour in Cambridge was conducted privately for one group of customers at a time. The explosive popularity of Cambridge as a tourist destination has resulted in shared tours, that is larger punts carrying several groups of different customers on the same punting tour.

Shared Tour

Allow your guide to show you the wonder of The Backs, the mile stretch of river we take you on hasn’t changed, nor has the quality of our guides and the commentary, just the way you are spaced in the boat. 1m apart from other groups or separated by a perspex screen, we have taken measures to ensure we comply with guidelines. Hand sanitiser and masks available.

Hen Party Tour

Punting is a must-do activity for you and your hens. Take one of our Private Guided River Tours along The College Backs, and listen to our expert, (easy on the eye – even if we do say so ourselves) guides giving you an informative tour – or not, he can just punt and you can natter, drink and enjoy the views – it’s up to you! The boat chauffeur will happily give you some pointers and let you ladies have a try at punting yourselves. (Except at busiest times)

Romantic Tour

Take a romantic river tour with just your loved one. The River Cam provides a beautiful setting for a romantic outing. Enjoy it’s meandering path as you sit back, snuggled up in your own private boat. Listen to our chauffeur’s commentary of the picturesque scenery, or, he can just punt the boat and you can be alone, whispering sweet nothings to each other as the sights go by.

Evening Tour

Have the water practically to yourselves, glide along without worrying about the other river traffic, as there virtually isn’t any! Enjoy the sun setting on the beautiful riverside College buildings. See the Wren Library bathed in the late pink sunlight of an early summers evening. We cannot recommend this tour option enough! Our guide will pace the tour to your own individual group’s taste, talking as much or as little as you desire.

Group Tours

At the Cambridge Punt Company we can assist your group with our flexible approach to your booking. You can schedule a departure time that suits you from our conveniently located Boat Station (CB5 8AQ) just in front of La Mimosa Restaurant.

We have a coach stop only a 2 minute walk away across the river opposite the Arundel House Hotel CB4 3AN.

We can offer a good discount for large numbers coming during the week. We can fit into your group’s schedule. We can help to plan other activities. We can offer refreshments, picnics and walking tours.

We do have some multi-lingual staff members too. All our staff are trained to give in-depth and interesting historical tours of the famous ‘Backs’. They will give your group detailed account of many well researched anecdotes and stories of the riverside colleges.

We are fully equipped to take school parties – we can send you relevant documentation required by some authorities : risk assessments, public liability certificates etc.

May Ball Fireworks

This year Trinity and Clare College are holding their May Balls on Monday 20th June followed by the St Johns and Queen’s College May Balls on Tuesday 21st June. These colleges compete each year for the best firework displays and you can be there to take it all in from a chauffeured punt; without a doubt the best way to see the spectacle. We offer private punt hire so you can make the most of the Cambridge May Week Fireworks and Celebrations whatever your group size – up to 12 per boat. Our boats depart at 8.30pm to give your chauffeur plenty of time to navigate your boat to a great vantage point for the firework extravaganza at 10.30 – 11.00pm. The atmosphere on the River Cam over these two evenings of May Week is unrivalled by any other night of the year. So bring along your Champagne or hot chocolates and let us guide you along the river and you can sit back and take it all in. We have limited availability for both nights so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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