Punting the river Cam in Cambridge just got a whole lot fancier thanks to the DoubleTree by Hilton in Cambridge. Only a 50-minute train ride from Kings Cross Station to Cambridge, then a quick $7 taxi ride, and you’re at the hotel in the scenic countryside. In a partnership with Veuve Cliquot, this exceptional punting adventure whisks guests to a special Veuve-inspired punting boat, pre-packed with a picnic basket overflowing with such local favorites as pork pies, cherry bottom tarts, strawberries with cream and chocolate sauce and, of course, a large bottle of Veuve Cliquot champagne. For relaxed leaf-peeping, take the path to Grantchester and stop for afternoon tea at the Orchard — just like the poet Rupert Brooke and novelist Virginia Woolf did in their heyday.
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