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Shared Punting Tours on the River Cam

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Booking online vs Booking in person

Booking a shared tour ticket gives you the peace of mind that you will be able to depart when you want to.

Not booking a ticket leaves you liable for a long delay. During busy times of the year and most weekend afternoons, it is normal for all the punting companies to be scheduling tours for two hours in advance. Equally, during slower times, not pre-booking will typically lead to a 40-minute delay in order to find more passengers for you to share with.

Its almost always a lot cheaper to pre-book online.

Check out our blog on this subject, bear in mind that it was written before we started issuing timed shared tour tickets. Click here.

What to expect on a Shared Punting Tour

A Scholars Punting Cambridge shared punting tour e-ticket is a cost-effective way of seeing some of the most famous sights in Cambridge, with our spacious and comfortable punts along the Backs. Our humorous and informative guides will offer you a running commentary on all 800 years of Cambridge University history.

Gliding through The College Backs along the beautiful River Cam, with its idyllic scenery and stunning architecture, you can sit and relax as your guide tells you about some of the most famous and prestigious colleges of Cambridge University. The seven colleges featured on the tour boast some of the most illustrious and influential alumni to have graduated from Cambridge, and you will hear tales of student life – academic and social – from Isaac Newton to Prince Charles.

Taking a shared punting tour with Scholars Punting Cambridge offers a way to enjoy a taste of the high life that Cambridge has to offer, without breaking the bank. A shared tour saves you money. Boats can seat up to 12 people so for smaller parties or groups. Shared punting tours last approximately 45 minutes and with one of our team doing all the hard work, all you have to do is bring your camera, some sunshine and your e-ticket to the Quayside on the day of departure.

Key advantages of booking with Us

1. Personal Space

We won’t make you share a row of 3 seats with another party.

2. Price

For the vast majority of the time, we will price-match companies who do make you share seats with strangers.

3. Tradition & Comfort

We decided to give all our punts extra legroom and raised seating. For some reason, we are the only punting company to have done this. We also decided to dress in traditional uniform, if you traveled from halfway around the world, you don’t want to see your chauffeurs trainers in your pictures.

4. Free Cancellation and no booking fee

It’s really annoying to find the best price, only to have a 7% booking fee added on the checkout, so we don’t do that. What you are quoted is what you pay. In addition, we added the option of free cancellation on all tour types because a credit note is pretty useless if you are only in Cambridge for the day.

Scholars Punting Co.

We pride ourselves on a warm, friendly service, offering chauffeured punting tours to meet individual needs and requirements. We offer excellent Cambridge punting deals on shared or private tours of the famous 'Backs' - the historic University of Cambridge colleges that align the river

All our punts are equipped with warm blankets and umbrellas, so rest assured you'll be comfortable come rain or shine. We also offer tours in a number of languages, so please let us know your preference and we'll make every effort to ensure your tour is extra special.

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