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Great tour. It was a crazy weekend. USA football, World Cup Rugby, so Trafalgar Square was full of people. I did all the three legs of the available tours. Was a great tour, lots of information, amazing tour which was great for a first timer. I saw the highlights of London and then the following day went back to spend more time at some of the sites.
I have always believed that if you are in a new city for the first time and have only a day or two to see the attractions, the best way to do it is via a tour operator. The viator exclusive exceeded our expectations, especially with Adrian as our guide. My wife and I were the only people on the tour, which made it an even more personal one. We started from the Temple station, went to the St Pauls Cathedral, spent an hour and a half there, then a walking tour from Buckingham palace watching the change of guards, to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, West Minister Abbey, Downing street, Supreme court, Trafalgar square, followed by the Tower of London visit with one of the Beef eaters. We the went to the British Museum walking through all the rooms, concentrating mainly on the highlights. The biggest advantages for us booking with viator was that we were travelling through the bust city in a cosy van and having Adrian as our guide. Even when the traffic was in rush hour, Adrian made sure we took a route which was interesting and near the important landmarks, like the thames, london eye, london bridge, tower bridge, the theatre district, etc and he would point out the places to visit when we come to London the next time. I would highly recommend this tour for all the first timers to London who are here for only a day or two. It is impossible to cover most of the important sights in a short time otherwise.
The ease of purchasing a ticket on-line was great. We chose to wait until we got to London and then went on-line. Magically, there was an offer for 48 hours plus the Thames River Cruise for free. Had we booked prior to our travels, we would have only purchased the 24 hour package. Having the extra time AND the River Cruise was an added bonus. Additionally, the drivers were extremely helpful in transferring us from the feeder lines black and purple I think to the Yellow and Red Tours at no additional cost. We were a bit surprised to see that the Big Bus Company also uses the same colours as The Original Hop-on Hop-off, so made sure that you look for the correct name on the bus if you are purchasing your ticket on the sidewalk.
The staff at the visitor centre just opposite Canada House at Trafalgar Square where you pick up your voucher if you booked on-line were also extremely courteous. All in all it was a most enjoyable addition to our time in London and made travel a breeze.
This tour is fantastic if you are planning to stay in London only for a couple of days and you want to get the most out of it. After meeting the guide, Adrian, we started the tour at the beautiful St.Paul’s Cathedral where we spent 1,5 h exploring the location by ourselves. We were then picked up and dropped off at Trafalgar Square, from where we had a walk up to Buckingham Palace, enjoying the Changing of the Guard from The Mall. We stopped by St. James Palace and listened to the interesting explanations of Adrian regarding the history of that particular area of the city. After being picked up at Trafalgar Square, we were dropped off by the stunning Tower of London, where we had 1,5 h to explore the buildings independently. We were also able to take a 45-minute-tour with a local Beefeater, who was incredibly funny and knowledgeable. Don’t miss the Crown Jewels! After meeting Adrian, we also visited the All Hallows By The Tower Church, which was not on the schedule but was highly appreciated, being the oldest church in London. We were then picked up there and dropped off at the British Museum for the final part of the tour. Adrian was so kind to ask us if there was something in particular we wanted to see so we spent 1,5 h walking around with him, focusing on the most important art pieces in the museum. I would definitely recommend this tour! Adrian was amazing!
This trip was great. We were picked up at a convenient location just off Trafalgar Square and taken directly to Stonehenge. We could then explore for about an hour and forty five minutes, which was plenty of time. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone!
We were helped by a fantastic day of weather which allowed us to use to open top to the fullest extent. The ticket pick up at Trafalgar was easy and friendly. The the divers and tour guides were great and we even had an inspector board the bus who got on with his job efficiently. The bus route was superb and we had river trip tickets thrown in which we did not expect, but it was excellent. Overall a great value and well worth while experience.
I booked this tour for my teenage daughter and her friend. They loved it! It was convenient as it began at Victoria Coach station, and finished at Trafalgar Square. Both of which are easily access by public transport. The guide was very informative and held their interest for the entire time. The Sherlock Holmes pub was a great place to finish the tour.
My husband and I traveled to London for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. One of the absolute highlights of the trip was the Doctor Who Tour. Richard Liddle, who may very well be the best tour guide in the city, met us at the front door of our hotel, precisely on time, with his comfortable and spacious black taxi. Off we were then, first to a location that stands in for 10 Downing Street on many films and TV shows, including Doctor Who. A film crew was there this day, although they wouldn't disclose the name of the movie (maybe the next Bond film). Next stop was Trafalgar Square, then on to the Victoria Embankment, where Rose and the Doctor found the Nestene transmitter, aka the London Eye. We walked around Parliament Square and then drove to the last remaining police box in London at Earl's Court. I thought there would be a crowd here, since it was the actual 50th anniversary, but there were only a pair of fellow nerds from Eastern Europe. We took pictures of each other. Next stop was Kensington Gardens and the Albert Memorial, then on to the BBC. After going through security, we had an opportunity to have a photo op with the official Tardis. Since Mr. Liddle knew I was also a Sherlock Holmes fan, he took us to Wimpole Street, where Conan Doyle lived and wrote in 1891.
This was a fantastic experience, thanks to the incredible London knowledge, and good humor, of our very experienced tour guide.
Doing what: Doctor Who Tour of London
Outstanding day spent touring London, including the boat ride and ending with a ride on the London Eye in the late afternoon. It was a Sunday so couldn't go into Westminster Abbey, but we saw so many interesting places -- visiting the Tower of London and seeing the crown jewels, walking in front of Buckingham Palace and down the Mall, and driving through Trafalgar Square, seeing Big Ben Tower and the Houses of Parliament, etc., that we certainly didn't feel we missed out on much. Highly recommend this tour.
Doing what: London Full-Day Sightseeing Tour
My sister and I took this tour and we both LOVED it! We rode through Kensington and Hyde parks, and past Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, and The Houses of Parliament. A lot of ground is covered, but it is flat ride, and 90% off the roads. We saw so much more than we expected. The guide was very knowledgable, and fun. It was a great way to wind down our fabulous time in London.
Doing what: London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park
CHARLES P USA
This was a full day of touring, starting at 7, and going until the late afternoon. Were picked up at our hotel, going to the central meeting point for our tour. We saw the band come out of their area, and walked near them to the changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, so saw more than just the "changing". That was neat! We toured St Pauls, even the catacombs, saw Nelsons Tomb. We then went to Trafalgar Square, and had lunch on our own at an Italian restaurant. We then went to the Tower, and I walked up to the top of the tower. Next, we then took a river boat ride back to the Westminster Pier. Was a very informative tour, very tiring, but well worth the money.
This tour is perfect to get to feel the city, see some very interesting things and have a good start for your London days.
We stayed in London 4 days, and we thought it would be nice if we started with a tour to understand what's what and to have a general idea the following days. The tour is extensive, we reached all the points indicated, and we felt that we got what we paid for.
We had complimentary pickup from the hotel (it's one hour BEFORE the tour's starting hour, and you are taken to Victoria station where you board another bus with your guide for the day).
Everything went smooth, even though we knew it was going to be in a rush with so many things to see in a few hours.
DO NOT EAT AT THE TRAFALGAR SQUARE PUB, it's a dump, the food is horrible (fish and chips especially had a very, very fishy taste - disgusting, really) and the toilet stinks ! It's not mandatory to eat there, so if you think you can manage to eat somewhere else, you can (and I STRONGLY advise you to) do it. Plenty of options nearby, even a McDonalds if that is ok with you.
If you want it all in one day, to have free independent wandering the next days, this is it !
This trip was fabulous! Our guide was very knowledgeable about Oxford and the Cotswolds. Highly recommend this trip if you want to actually stop in the Cotswolds. Lovely villages and beautiful countryside. Drop off was at our hotel in Trafalgar Square. Overall, a great trip!
The only problem we got was to find the starting point at Trafalgar Square. You should indicate an address to go in front of instead of a vague indication ("North side of the square", etc.). For the rest, the trip was grreat !
Wow what a day! We only had 2 days in London and decided to book this tour to ensure we did see the 'big items'. Worth every penny. Our guide, Maryanne, was fantastic. So enthuastic. Yes it's a long day but it flies past. We didn't bother with the pub lunch and instead went to St Martins in the Field (you spot right near Trafalgar Sq and this church is on the corner, ask the guide for directions) and so glad we did. Excellent food and good value. Maryanne also managed to get us a great spot to view the Changing of the Guard. We chose the London Eye to end the day and there was quite a wait to get on (about an hour) but definitely worth the wait. If you don't have much time in London this is a very efficient and well spent way to see as much as possible.
Doing what: London Full-Day Sightseeing Tour
This was a fantastic way to start our trip in London. As soon as we checked into the Trafalgar Hilton we went one block away to the Visitor Center and we able to get right on the yellow tour bus. We decided to just ride the entire tour and then the nest day we were able to take advantage of the wonderful boat ride on the Thames River. Went to Greenwich and returned at the Tower of London stop. The tour guides were very knowledgeable, entertaining and courteous. A great introduction to London.
Donna Lynne L Canada
This was a great tour and we saw a lot in a day. Most of the morning was spent in the bus seeing some of the sights like Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Prince Albert's memorial and the Victoria and Albert museum, Harrods and more. Then we went to Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guard. Our expert guide Richard told us where to stand for the best view and great pictures. After lunch it was on to St Paul's Cathedral. Amazing! The wisteria was in bloom along one wall on our way in. The stained glass, the ceilings, the dome, the crypt - all fascinating. It is a Must See. Our next stop was the Tower of London with it's gory history, the ravens and their story and of course the crown jewels. Our boat cruise on the Thames ended the day with great views of Big Ben and the London Eye.
KATHLEEN S USA
excellent guide and great day spent seeing the sites in London. Everything as advertised. We ate lunch on our own and were glad we did as others on the tour said the lunch was just so-so. We grabbed sanwiches and sat in Trafalgar square and met up with the group at an appointed time
Doing what: London Full-Day Sightseeing Tour
Margaret D Australia
Excellent way to gain overview of several sights in limited time. Joined bus at Marble Arch & travelled to The Tower where we proceeded back to Westminster Bridge on the Thames. After going on the London Eye rejoined the Hop on Hop-off bus to Trafalgar Square & St Paul's. So even with jet lag after a 23 hour flight from Australia we had a wonderful day.
The very best way to get to know your way around. The main office near Trafalgar Square has the best people working there that are sooooo helpful, courteous and kind. I cannot say enough good about them. We also took the walking tour of the Changing of the Guard...great and tour guide was fabulous.
Deborah C USA
A great tour to do on arrival to orientate yourself with the city and help you to decide what you want to revisit. All the major sites were covered. Our tour guide was charming, knowledgeable, and could be clearly heard and understood. Our tour fell on a day when they were not doing the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace but everything else was perfect. The boat ride turned out to be quite informative to our pleasant surprise. There was enough time allotted to see the White Tower and St. Pauls Cathedral and it's Whispering Wall. We elected not to eat lunch with the group and went to visit Trafalgar Square nearby instead. It was a long day but you were on and off the bus enough so that it was not just a boring ride though London. The tea and scones at Harrods at the end of the tour was the perfect touch. We did other tours of Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. It was a splendid combination.
Doing what: London Full-Day Sightseeing Tour
Kathleen R USA
My son and I went on the tour, which included an inside tour of Westminster Abbey and a motor coach tour around London seeing sites such as The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Big Ben. We were also taken to the Changing of The Horse Guards. We enjoyed a lovely lunch at a British Pub in the center of London. We also went on a boat which cruised up the Thames River. We then received a tour of The Tower of London and the Crown Jewels. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history of London and all the sites we visited. We highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting London!
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