Punting is great fun as well as a good way to see Cambridge. You can either get someone to do it for you and they will also point out various colleges and places of interest. We hired our own and I recommend you do it for the hilarity factor. We put down a £30 deposit and it was £8 an hour. Watch you don't get the pole thingy stuck in the silt on the side of the river.
A trip to Cambridge would not be complete without a boat trip down the river Cams. This is a very relaxing way of seeing many of the attractions - such as the Mathematical Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs...
Whether you are watching it or doing it, this is great fun. I enjoyed just standing on one of the many bridges over the river and watching the punters go past. The boats are similar to the gondolas in Venice and are propelled up and down the river with a pole.
We went on a guided punt up past the colleges and back. It was really enjoyable and our guide was a lovely fella called Joe. He told us everything we needed to know (and things we didn't need to know!) about the colleges, Cambridge and life in general.
The cost was GBP12 per adult for a 45 min punt. It is a little expensive but I thought it was worth it to do once - especially if the weather is nice. You get to go past areas that you would not normally have access to view unless you are brave enough to hire a punt yourself!
This was from my second visit, when I went to Cambridge with the Oslo Cathedral Choir. We performed a concert at the Claire College Chapel.
A boat-ride to explore the channels is a must. Touristic maybe, but we enjoyed it a lot.
Punt Tour - see the colleges from the river - a really great way to travel!
The commentary by our guide really made the trip for us. I suppose it's possible you might get a duffer, but let's hope not!
The river Cam is shallow so ideal for punting, A punt is a flat bottomed boat pushed along with a long pole. Several places on river to hire or private poleman.
Punting is THE thing you have to do, when visiting Cambridge.
You can packs sandwiches and drinks, or be more adventurous and have strawberrys & champagne. Thats traditional way to go.
You can almost trick your mind into thinking you're in Venice during certain points of your river experience. Well, maybe that's a bit of a stretch, but it is quite beautiful in its own right.
You can punt yourself around the Cam and this may be fun. But for real relaxation and a fascinating insight into the college's history I'd suggest a guided punt tour.