The Story of Cambridge's Colleges

2 nights starting from
£399

  • Stay in Christ’s College Cambridge for an authentic experience 

  • Dinner in the dining hall at Christ’s College

  • Guided walking tour of the city

  • A chauffeured punt on the Cam

  • Visit to Kettles Yard Museum & House

Immerse yourself in the life of a Cambridge student on this superb tour. Join Emmanuel College graduate and popular Travel Editions’ lecturer and guide, Julian Humphrys  to explore the ancient past (as well as his own more recent time there) and present of this beautiful city and its famous colleges.  Accommodation is in Christ’s College so that you are within a few footsteps of all the main sights – a dinner here in the sumptuous dining hall will replicate a Cambridge student institution.

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02 - September - 2020 £ 399.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive independently at Christ’s College from 15.00.
This evening there will be a welcome reception, talk from Julian in the Lloyd Room of Christ’s and private dinner with wine in the Dining Hall.

Day 2: Walking tour of the city, King’s College and Kettle’s Yard. 
Our day starts with a walking tour of the beautiful and historic city of Cambridge with a Blue Badge guide who will show you some of the 31 colleges dotted around the city’s beautiful centre. Afternoon, a guided tour of King’s College, one of the grandest and oldest, founded in 1441 by Henry VI. The college is an architectural gem and widely regarded as one of the greatest examples of late Gothic English architecture. It is famed throughout the world for its chapel whose stained-glass windows and wooden chancel screen are some of the finest from their era.  Late afternoon, a visit to Kettle’s Yard Art Gallery and House.  It is the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery, whilst the historic house is home to the remarkable collection assembled by Jim and Helen Ede, who lived here from 1958 until 1973.   Evening free to enjoy dinner in one of the host of restaurants in the city centre.

Day 3: Emmanuel College, punting on the Cam and Fitzwilliam Museum. 
Our day starts with a tour of Julian’s old college, Emmanuel, with an anecdote or two to entertain about his time here where his lifelong fascination with history was forged and some behind the scenes visits not normally available to the general public.  The college was founded in 1584 by Sir Walter MildmayChancellor of the Exchequer to Elizabeth and its 1677 chapel was designed by Sir Christopher Wren.  Time free for early lunch before a chauffeured punt trip on the Cam, without which no visit to Cambridge is complete. Finally, our last visit is to the superb Fitzwilliam Museum with its superb collection of art, comprising some 1700 paintings from the 13th to the 21st centuries. Its myriad collections also includes coins, ceramics, armour, manuscripts, including the original draft of Keats’s Ode to a Nightingale and antiquities. Return to Christ’s College for approximately 17.00.

All tours are conducted on foot, so a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required for this tour.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour managers' discretion.

Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 48 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Two nights’ bed and breakfast at Christ's College based on shared occupancy of a twin room
  • Welcome reception
  • Private three-course dinner with wine at Christ’s College
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Single supplement 
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Extra nights on a bed and breakfast basis 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities 

HOTEL

Christ’s College, Cambridge

Stay in one of the city’s most famous and oldest colleges, established in 1437, in a modern, clean and comfortable student room with private bathroom. They do not have hotel facilities such as TV and telephone but breakfast is served in the college and they have free wifi. Please be aware that the College has no lift.

Parking: There is no car parking available at Christ’s College. The closest multi-storey car park to the city centre, colleges and riverside is the Grand Arcade Car Park on Corn Exchange Street. There is another car park on Park Street which is a 10-minute walk into the city. There are also five park and ride sites around Cambridge which permit overnight parking. For all details on the car parking available please call us for an information sheet.

College Website

MORE INFO - Please click here to see full details of this tour

Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day. 

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation. 

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date. 

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The evening meal in hall was the best we have had with Travel Editions. The tour manager and guide were both excellent

Review by Edwards who travelled 26-August-2019


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Superb - enjoyed every aspect . Tour guides Julian and Elizabeth really good - most informative with a lovely light touch .

Review by Starkey who travelled 26-August-2019


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A great 3 days - despite the heatwave ! Our thanks again to Elizabeth Norton and Julian Humphrys, whose enthusiasm was infectious. The opportunity to stay at Christs gave us a taste of collegiate life which made the holiday just that bit different and even more enjoyable. The only drawback? - the cobbled streets and courtyards are hard on the feet if one has reached a certain age - so be warned but DON'T be put off. All one sees and learns more than repays a bit of discomfort.

Review by Millinship who travelled 26-August-2019


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I learned so much and the service and comfort at Christ College were excellent. Also the leader and tour manager were well up to Travel Editions' high standard.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 26-August-2019


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A wonderful tour with an excellent tour manager and guide. The meal on the first night was the best we have had on any of our Travel Edition tours.

Review by Edwards who travelled 26-August-2019


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I enjoyed the visit to Kettle's Yard House and Gallery and would recommend it is included in all future trips. Julian and Sarah Humphrys were excellent, very attentive to the needs of the group. Julian was very well informed re the history of the colleges. Sarah made sure everything ran smoothly. I would recommend this trip to friends, it was a very enjoyable experience.

Review by Freeburne who travelled 15-July-2019


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Excellent in all respects, particularly our guide Julian, who did everything he could to make up for the fact that we couldn't go to the evensong originally planned, and gave us all a very comprehensive and informative tour around Cambridge.

Review by Wright who travelled 15-July-2019


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Well organised and pleasantly surprised by quality of college catering. Busy schedule but interesting.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 15-July-2019


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A very enjoyable and informative tour with privileged access to part of Emmanual college. Julian was excellent, as ever, full of knowledge about all the areas we visited. It was nice to meet a new tour manager, his daughter Sarah, who made sure things ran well. They make a very good team.

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While Julian Humphrys and Sarah did their best to accommodate our individual preferences on the tour during warm weather, we found it difficult in the whole group to understand clearly what was being said. Is it possible to offer(and maintain) amplifying earphones where the acoustic of the room or street merits that? We find it is not enough for speakers to shout. We find we need clarity if we are to enjoy the experienced of a valuable tour such as in Cambridge. Julian told us you welcome feedback to help those who follow. Ian Scantlebury.

Review by Scantlebury who travelled 15-July-2019


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The brochure should have mentioned that the only available overnight car parking is at the Park and Ride carparks and costs £30 for 48 to 72 hours parking. Paying requires one to have a mobile phone and preferably to have a special parking app loaded on it. (Google Cambridge park & ride for details). The student accommodation is en suite. Guides should learn to face the group when speaking. If they speak with their backs to you when pointing out features then some people will fail to hear. Similarly, they should aim to direct their speach to a person at the back and centre of the group, rather than swopping from side to side, for the same reason.

Review by West who travelled 15-July-2019


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We had a most interesting and enjoyable tour.The Cambridge Guides were also very good. The accommodation was of a very high standard

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I think you should add to your description section that to walk to the accommodation can take about 5 mins, which doesn't sound very much but when you have creaky joints etc it would be good to be forewarned and that there are stairs and no lift. also that the taxi from cambridge station stops right outside the college

Review by Ness who travelled 15-July-2019


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This was a great short break. The included events were very good, Christ's was an excellent place to stay and there was enough free time in the evenings to see a little more of Cambridge. On top of that, the team of Julian as lecturer and expert with Sarah as tour manager looked after us very well and were both excellent company. The only significant de-merit is in respect of the initial brochure description. The inclusion of the evensong with the Choir in Kings was not one of Travel Editions better moments. The likely dates of the Choir's absence must have been available well in advance, and it was poor planning to have ever included that element in the Tour.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 15-July-2019


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