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Oxford University: Combo Walking & Punting Tour with Alumni

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Activity provider: Alumni Tours

Oxford University: Combo Walking & Punting Tour with Alumni

Activity provider: Alumni Tours

From US$ 47.20 per person

Enrich your visit to the University of Oxford with a graduate-led 1.5-hour college walking tour and a student-led 30-minute punting tour. Get entry to some of the most historic buildings on campus.

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  • Blend into student life at Oxford University while walking the campus grounds
  • Experience the university’s history through the stories of alumni and students
  • Relax on a punting tour on the River Cherwell while you spot famous sites
  • Admire the history and architecture of the oldest English-speaking university
  • Enjoy 2 tours in 1 at a reduced rate compared to booking each tour individually
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See Oxford University through the eyes of Alumni and current students on this combo alumni-led campus walking tour and student-led punting trip. Get an authentic look at the colorful story of the oldest English-speaking university in the world. 

Walking Tour

Oxford is nothing without its students, and it’s the students who make this walking tour so special. Your guides will either be graduates or current students who combine their personal experiences of the city with their deep passion for its history, architecture, and stories.

In just a 1.5-hour walk, follow your guide to discover pivotal moments of human history: from petty and outlandish rivalries to architectural masterpieces with confusing names. Inspiring, baffling, and downright outrageous: Oxford is a city full of stories waiting to be told.

See the lamppost which inspired Narnia and the architecture that inspired His Dark Materials. Visit the meadows where Lewis Carroll first recounted the story of Alice in Wonderland. Marvel at some of the world’s greatest examples of Gothic and Baroque architecture.

Hear all about what the students really get up to – from BOPS to secret societies to which all-night library permits outside snacks. Discover which college is the poshest and the oldest and which one has traditions designed only to mock the traditions of other colleges.

As well as hearing it all from past and current students themselves, you’ll get to see inside colleges (entry included), with highlights including the Jesus College gardens. This is the real Oxford, experienced as a student, through busy streets and college grounds.

Punting Tour

After your walking tour, enjoy a 30-minute student-led punting tour along the River Cherwell. As you set off south from the boathouse, you’ll be chauffeured past Oxford’s famous Botanic Gardens and Magdalen College School fields.

Continue through Christ Church Meadows, where Lewis Carroll was teaching students in the mid-19-century when he wrote the famous Alice Through the Looking Glass and Alice in Wonderland.

Pass St. Hilda’s College gardens and make your way back to the boathouse. You can ask questions throughout your trip and even have a free punting lesson upon request.

  • 1.5-hour graduate-led Oxford University walking tour
  • Entry to colleges (subject to opening hours)
  • 30-minute chauffeured punting tour along the River Cherwell
  • Entry to colleges not listed on the itinerary

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Meeting point

Meet your graduate guide at the red post box. Traffic and train delays (or cancellations) will not entitle you to reimbursement or rebooking. Please give yourself enough time to arrive early.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • Walking tours are not suitable for those unable to walk for the entire duration of the tour
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Iona was an amazing guide! It was a fun tour and we learnt a lot about Oxford life and about the history & architecture . Her photography skills are great too and we have some great photos to remember Oxford by. We can't comment on the Punting aspect of the tour as the river was flooded when we went to Oxford but the walking tour was great! I recommend this tour for anyone who's visiting Oxford!

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March 23, 2022

The walking guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, she went to great lengths to tell us about the history of the colleges & Oxford. The punting was very nice too, decent weather too!

May 3, 2022

Great walking tour with highly knowledgeable guide. He made it fun and engaging and not just reciting history. Great to finish off with a punting trip on the river. Excellent value for money to combine the two in one price.

April 30, 2022

Product ID: 410942