THE COLLEGE 'backs' - Middle river & city centre   

   Classic Narrow Boat & Luxury Eco Electric Passenger River Tours,   Explore the beauty of Cambridge by boat, city and beyond    


 Camboat's Award Winning Bespoke Cambridge River Boat Cruise Tours 

1,  1½,  2,  2½,  3 hour trips or longer can be booked all year round: morning, afternoon & evenings  

The iconic 'college backs' cruise onboard our eco electric vessel - Princess Charlotte.

   For  Winter 2019  -  Spring 2020  Specials  *

Daytime and Twilight/Night tours available

Back by special request, Camboats are pleased to announce the return of private tours along the middle river route - the college 'backs'.

 This route is now closed to powered vessels, punts only during the spring/summer 2019 

Princess Charlotte can carry up to 12 passengers

Camboats have again been granted special permission by the river authority to offer tours along the college 'backs'. This iconic section of river well known internationally, with views of college buildings, bridges & libraries only accessible via the river.  

Book an exclusive tour for two or more, or gather a group together for this amazing trip.

   Start at either The Plough Fen Ditton or Fort St George pubs,    travel upstream through the classic manual lock at Jesus            Green, then start the adventure along the 'backs'.

The electric eco boat is ideal for all - we have had aboard families with babies and buggies, to great grandparents in their 90s. It is also accessible for wheelchair users. 

From our home base at The Plough Fen Ditton there are dedicated disabled parking spaces and direct wheel on access for wheelchair users.  Please advise us in advance of any special passenger requirements.

Please take note of the special booking conditions associated with this stretch of river below:

* this trip route availability is subject to change due to river conditions, weather and other river activity.  i.e strong winds or river flood warnings.  The skipper's decision is final, due to river safety being of paramount importance. In the event that the 'backs' is not navigable, the rest of the river (lower river) will be used for the tour. Only in the event that a tour is completely cancelled, will a full refund will be offered or the opportunity to re-book a tour at a later date.  Booking a tour for 'the backs'  requires passengers to be aware of, and accept these possibilities.

We are able to offer up to 5 trips per week.  Book early to ensure the date of your choice is available!

     Tour start points    

 The Plough Fen Ditton

 2.5 hour private round trip

 £235 (for up to 12 passengers)


   Fort St George

   Midsummer Common

   1.5 hour private round trip

   £155 (for up to 12 passengers)

Order some food and drink to enjoy whilst aboard  

Princess Charlotte is open sided, so please dress as weather dictates.   i.e. Layers and weather appropriate.

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* All cruises and routes subject to river and weather safety, official race events & private bookings. For full terms and conditions use button above.

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