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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)
See the best that England’s capital has to offer on a full-day city tour of London! After an early access visit to the UNESCO-listed Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels and more, watch the must-see Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace. Sit back and relax on a sightseeing cruise down the River Thames and then explore St Paul’s Cathedral with a guide. If you want to see even more, upgrade to one of two must-do activities: an afternoon tea at Westminster Park Plaza, or a London Eye flight.

Highlights

  • London full-day tour including Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral
  • See top city attractions like Westminster Abbey on a full-day city tour of London
  • Tour the UNESCO-listed Tower of London with a Beefeater, before the doors open to the public
  • Watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace
  • Relax on a River Thames sightseeing cruise and then explore St Paul's Cathedral with a guide
  • Upgrade to include an afternoon tea or a London Eye flight

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a great tour to take if you've just arrived in London! Begin the day with a private tour of the Tower of London and end it with an elegant afternoon tea at the Westminster Park Plaza overlooking Big Ben, or take a breathtaking ride on the London Eye.

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What You Can Expect

London Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

See the Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace

Start your day with a pickup from your central London hotel or Victoria, and then travel east by air-conditioned coach to the Tower of London, a former prison, fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Head inside for a walking tour, led by one of the tower’s distinctive Yeomen Warders – the guards more commonly known as Beefeaters. Before the tower opens to the general public, visit sites like Traitor’s Gate, the Torture Exhibition and, of course, the glittering Crown Jewels – a collection of irreplaceable and historic items.

Leave the Tower of London, and head to the Mall outside Buckingham Palace to watch the legendary Changing of the Guard ceremony. Accompanied by a military band, soldiers from the Queen’s Foot Guard march in time to drumbeats, performing a ceremonial ritual that dates back centuries.

After taking photos outside the world-famous palace, travel to the riverside and hop aboard a sightseeing boat for a short trip down the River Thames. Cruise down the river, looking out for the top London attractions such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Shakespeare’s Globe, and then step out onto dry land in time for a traditional pub lunch (own expense).

Revitalized after your lunch break, return to your coach and travel to Westminster Abbey where Prince William married Kate Middleton in a lavish royal wedding ceremony in 2011. Pose for photos outside the Gothic crowd pleaser, and then finish your sightseeing trip with a tour of St Paul’s Cathedral, including visits to the famous Whispering Gallery and the crypts.

Finish your tour back at the start point or alternatively, upgrade to finish on a high note with one of two optional activities. Options include an afternoon tea at Westminster Park Plaza (see Itinerary below) or a must-do London Eye flight, for picture-perfect views over the capital. Both activities include transport to the attraction, but no transport back.

Please note: If your tour falls on a date when the Changing of the Guard ceremony is not taking place, you will stop at Buckingham Palace for photos

Itinerary

Westminster Park Plaza Afternoon Tea:
  • Selection of finger sandwiches and cakes
  • English scones with clotted cream and preserves
  • Glass of chilled Champagne and a pot of tea

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Guide was extremely knowledgeable. We saw a lot of the sights our first full day in London and was a good base for the next 4 days. This was a very enjoyable and educational tour. We would do this again. No negatives.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Steve was fantastic. This was truly a very good and complete tour. He offered many stories about different sites that went beyond your normal sightseeing tours. Recommended to anyone wanting to see the crown jewels as the early viewing did make it far easier than going on my own previously.

Leah
USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was the best way to see London. It was a bit challenge to find the bus terminal, but once one figures out how the coach terminal works, then the rest is easy. Our tour guide and bus driver were great and we really enjoyed the Tower of London and Steve-the Beefeater that escorted us around.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent way to see London. Good information and less waiting in line. Very good guide. Tour bus also avoids the traffic. Afternoon tea was neat. A person should try it once.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Best tour for London. We even did it in the rain.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great overview of several of London's landmarks. The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Well worth spending the day on this trip, especially if you have limited time in the City.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a great tour. You get to explore some of the major sites in history. You do enough time to explore the sites. If you want to stay for a long time and hear/see every detail of the site, you are probably better off on your own. But this is a great way to see some of the major sites with a knowledgeable guide. Arrange for return transportation from the final drop off point before your tour though.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

very informative guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Wonderful tour saw so much, and Damien our guide was very knowledgable which made it even better

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A great way to get a glimpse of London, informative guide

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