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How to Spend 2 Days in Cambridge

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How to Spend 2 Days in Cambridge
Renowned for its academic excellence, ample scenery, and historical pedigree, Cambridge is one of the UK’s most charming cities—and two days offers just the right amount of time to explore its highlights. Tour its ancient colleges, go punting along the River Cam, and even take to the skies. Here’s how to plan the perfect 48 hours in Cambridge.

Day 1: A Cambridge Overview
Morning: Orient yourself on your first day in Cambridge—and enjoy a breezy overview of the city’s top attractions—during a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour. In the space of just an hour or two, you can zip past landmarks ranging from the Round Church to the Backs (the colleges’ tranquil meadows and lawns), all while enjoying the lofty vantage point.

Afternoon: After your introductory overview, hop off your bus, grab a bite at a local pub, and get ready to explore the city on a walking tour: Petite and atmospheric Cambridge rewards firsthand discovery. Thread your way through centuries-old backstreets, spy landmarks such as Senate House and Market Square, and learn about the many luminaries who have called the city home.

Night: As the sun starts to set, enjoy a special perspective on Cambridge that most visitors miss when you take to the skies aboard a private plane. Admire Cambridgeshire’s verdant patchwork of meadows and parks, trace the winding journey of the River Cam, and view the city’s historical spires from the air. 

Day 2: Colleges and Culture
Morning: Cambridge University comprises dozens of colleges, many of which have centuries of history (and the architecture to match). Begin your second day in town by visiting some of the city’s most prestigious academic enclaves. Venture into Trinity College, admire King’s College’s soaring chapel, wander Pembroke College’s sprawling grounds, and more.

Afternoon: Beyond its academic highlights, Cambridge is also a thriving cultural hub, and afternoon is the perfect time to enjoy a relaxed museum visit. Venture into the Fitzwilliam Museum to see masterworks by artists such as Picasso and Renoir, or head to the quaint Museum of Cambridge to learn more about the city’s past. In between excursions, don’t forget to drop by Fitzbillies for a gooey Chelsea bun.

Night: After a busy day of exploring, sit back, relax, and watch the sun set over the city during a punting journey down the River Cam. Punting—or traveling via flat-bottom river boat—is both a classic Cambridge pastime and the perfect way to glimpse local landmarks such as the Bridge of Sighs.
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Graduate-Guided Cambridge University & City Tour

Graduate-Guided Cambridge University & City Tour

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Experience one of the world’s most famous universities on a walking tour of the prestigious Cambridge University. Follow your guide, a University of Cambridge student, around architectural highlights like Trinity College, King’s College, and Corpus Christi College; see the halls where alumni like Sir Isaac Newton, C.S. Lewis, and John Harvard once walked; and peek into student haunts like The Eagle Pub. This small-group tour is limited to 20 people for a personal experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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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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Private Cambridge University & City Tour

Private Cambridge University & City Tour

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Learn about the secrets of Cambridge University on this private guided walking tour. Explore the colleges with a knowledgeable insider—a former student. By going on a student-guided tour, you’ll be able to ask questions about what life at Cambridge was like, and hear fascinating anecdotes. You won’t have to worry about navigating as your guide will lead the way and take you to multiple colleges, chapels, and libraries.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Historic Cambridge: A Guided Walking Tour

Historic Cambridge: A Guided Walking Tour

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We are accredited Green Badge guides who have been successfully guiding in Cambridge since 2011. Thanks to our wonderful clients, we have for many years been the top-ranked Cambridge walking tour on Trip Advisor. We will take you on a journey through 2,000 years of history, and try to have some fun along the way. This is a private tour for you and your companions only. Due to Government restrictions on public gatherings, the maximum group size is 5.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Chauffeur Punt Tour

Private Chauffeur Punt Tour

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Float along the River Cam on a private punt just for you and your travel companions. You'll have the whole punt to yourselves, and will receive personalized attention from your guide. Pass the beautiful landmarks of Cambridge University and learn about their history while relaxing on this chilled-out river tour.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$129.57
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Shared Chauffeur Punt Tour

Shared Chauffeur Punt Tour

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Admire the beauty of Cambridge in a cost-effective yet scenic way by opting for a shared punt tour. Put away the guidebook and enjoy commentary from your chauffeur along the way about Cambridge’s top landmarks, such as Kings College Chapel, and the Mathematical Bridge. The tour exposes great photo opportunities you wouldn’t see from the ground, and the punt passes by multiple Cambridge college ‘backs’ including St. John’s, Clare, King’s, and Trinity.
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
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