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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:1 Day Pass

London Eye and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

Admire London from the air and water with this combined Thames River sightseeing cruise and London Eye ticket, for one great-value price. Avoid the main lines at the London Eye and absorb the spectacular views over London’s skyline during your approximately 30-minute flight in a shared capsule. Couple your aerial sightseeing with a leisurely London cruise along the Thames on the same day. Board a comfortable sightseeing boat, and take in wonderful views of top London landmarks such as Big Ben and the Tower of London from the river.

Highlights

  • Combined tickets to the London Eye and Thames River sightseeing cruise
  • Panoramic views of London from one of the world's tallest observation whees
  • Thames River sightseeing cruise
  • Cruise in comfort on the open upper deck or lower saloon
  • Live commentary onboard

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What You Can Expect

London Eye and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

London Eye and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

Select the day you wish to take both tours when you book. Then, when the time comes, collect your tickets and make your own way to both the London Eye and the cruise departure jetty.

London Eye Flight:
Travel independently to the London Eye, one of London’s most iconic landmarks, on the south bank of the Thames River, and gaze up at the gigantic structure. Rising 442 feet (135 meters) high, the Eye is one of Europe’s tallest observation wheels and has welcomed an average 3.5 million people a year since opening in 2000.

Use your prebooked ticket to bypass the main entrance lines, and step aboard your shared, glass capsule for your flight. Receive a complimentary mini-guide for adults and in-flight pack for children, and then ogle the exhilarating views over London during your approximately 30-minute flight — a single rotation of the wheel.

Marvel at the panoramas over London’s skyline and admire landmarks such as Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and more. On a clear day, the views can stretch up to 25 miles (40 kilometers) in each direction, so you’re in for a treat!

Thames River Sightseeing Cruise:
Make your own way to the departure jetty on the Thames River, and step onto your comfortable sightseeing boat. Find a spot on the outer, upper deck or the spacious lower saloon, and settle in for your cruise.

Have your camera ready as you sail by some of London’s best-known sights, and drink in the wonderful views of the river, its bridges and the north and south banks. 

As you sail, listen to the interesting live commentary from the onboard guide. Learn the stories of the landmarks as they roll by, and perhaps light refreshments (own expense) from the café and full, onboard bar.



Itinerary

The journey through history begins at Westminster Pier, in the shadow of Big Ben's tower and just a few steps away from Westminster Abbey, where kings and queens have been crowned for almost 1,000 years. This is also the pier closest to the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms off Whitehall, the center of national government, and the Banqueting House, the last remaining building from the old Palace of Whitehall.

Across the river, County Hall, once the headquarters of the London County Council and then the Greater London Council, no longer echoes to the cries of councilors. Down below, the London Aquarium reveals the secrets of the deep while, above, visitors and business people relax in the comfort of the Marriott Hotel.

A few yards downstream see the Millennium Wheel, better known as the London Eye. In a 25 minute ride it offers spectacular views across London and far beyond.

Through the Jubilee and Hungerford foot bridges and Charing Cross railway bridge, the Royal Festival Hall recalls the post-war days when the river carried some 6million people to celebrate the Festival of Britain at this very site.

Beyond Waterloo Bridge comes Somerset House, the grand building on the north bank that was once the home of various government departments and is now a vibrant arts, heritage and entertainment center.

Beyond Blackfriars, look up the steps on the north bank for a view of St. Paul's Cathedral as you pass beneath the new Millennium Footbridge, which provides a pedestrian link with Bankside, part of the South Bank regeneration development. Among the attractions in this area are the Tate Modern art gallery and Sam Wannamaker's re-creation of Shakespeare's Globe theatre, the first building with a thatched roof to have been built in London since the great fire of 1666.

The South Bank here is the heart of historic Southwark, famed for its riverside pubs and the smallest of the capital's three cathedrals. Through London Bridge a thrilling vista unfolds: the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the retired battle-cruiser HMS Belfast.

On into Docklands: historic Wapping and Limehouse to the north, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe to the south. Many of the old docks have disappeared while those that remain now play host to yachtsmen, weekend sailors and narrowboats.

And to the historic Greenwich, the home of time itself. The Naval College and Seamen's Hospital have taken on a new role as the main campus of Greenwich University and Trinity College of Music.

The National Maritime Museum, with its new Neptune Court and galleries, offers a fascinating and entertaining visit for all the family. These, together with the historic clipper ship Cutty Sark, the Old Royal Observatory, Queen's House, Fan Museum, traditional covered market and many more attractions form the World Heritage Site of Greenwich.

Customer Reviews

Arleen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Loved this view!!!! A beautiful highlight of our trip to London!

Donna L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We had a great time, wouldommend.

Robert M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent way to see the sights of London.

Nicole C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

one of the best things we did in London! Very easy and a great way to see things!

bobandsammie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

great experience

Hilton M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great experience.

Patricia K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I loved the London Eye. Didn't even know we were moving, the sites were beautiful. The interactive pads in the ride were awesome. They gave us so much information about the surrounding area. I would defiantly take again. Also no waiting in line for tickets, we had ours from Viator!!!!!

Paulo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

very good!

Suriani A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

AWESOME

lewisjwalker

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Enjoyable experience. However, there was a vast throng of people by the Eye and it was not clear where we were to go to exchange the vouchers for tickets. Your instructions could be a bit more clear.

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