Even though punting on the river is a very touristy thing to do while in Cambridge, I highly suggest it. And if given the choice of the guided punting, where an experienced punter will propel you down the river and give you a tour, or self-punting, definitely choose guided punting. At first, I thought self punting would be fun, but seeing all the self punters getting stuck and hearing all the useful facts about Cambridge from the guide, I’m glad we chose the guided punting.
We ran into a traffic jam of punters on our way back. Most of the jam was caused by the self punters, who had their vessels perpendicular to the river instead of parallel.