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Tour code: 2452L02
See the English capital’s top landmarks on this most comprehensive of London magical tours. After an early-access visit to the Tower of London to witness highlights including the Crown Jewels, watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, enjoy a Thames River sightseeing cruise, and view Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton married in 2011. Then, take a tour of beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, including the Whispering Gallery. Upgrade to cap everything with a London Eye flight or afternoon tea with Champagne at the Westminster Park Plaza.

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

Select your tour option on booking. Then, after pickup from your central London hotel or meeting point, settle into your air-conditioned coach and head for the Tower of London, the 11th-century fortress that looms over the Thames River.

Gaze up at this forbidding UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then head inside for a tour guided by a Yeoman Warder – one of the colorfully dressed ‘Beefeater’ guards. Enjoy early access before the crowds, and stroll around history-steeped sites such as Traitor’s Gate. Inspect the gruesome torture exhibits at the Wakefield Tower, and ogle the Crown Jewels – the magnificent symbols of royal power that are still used by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Continue to Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official London residence, to see the Changing of the Guard. Watch this centuries-old ceremony as the soldiers of The Queen’s Guard, dressed in red tunics and bearskin hats, exchange places with the new guard to military music.

After a short sightseeing cruise on the Thames, passing top London attractions such as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and St Paul’s Cathedral; break for a traditional English pub lunch, and then stop to see Westminster Abbey.

Admire this outside of this 13th-century Gothic church, the site of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s marriage in 2011, and then drive to St Paul’s Cathedral, the Baroque church designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1673. Enjoy a tour of the awe-inspiring interior, and visit the Whispering Gallery, the famous walkway inside the dome, and the Crypt, home to the tombs of Lord Nelson and Wren.

Then, depending on your selected option, end your tour at the start point or drive to the location of your chosen activity — afternoon tea with a glass of Champagne at the Westminster Park Plaza hotel, or a flight on the London Eye for incredible views of London’s skyline. Your day trip then comes to a close after your activity at the location in question. See the Itinerary for a sample afternoon tea menu.

Please note: On days when the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace does not take place, you will simply enjoy a photo stop at the palace.

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

Neil K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Debbie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Dan was the guide to London and we found him to be interesting and engaging. We covered a lot of areas.

Kathleen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We loved the tour. The Tower of London,The Queen Jewels, St. Pauls Cathedral, The Tea, and Buckingham Palace. The only negative was where we were standing for the changing of the guard. All we saw were the guards walk by. I would say try to get close to the gate so you can see. Also, I would highly recommend the tea. It was amazing overlooking Big Ben. One of my favorite things we did.

Lauren C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The best experience ever! Saw and learned SO much in just a few hours. Couldn and #39;t have asked for a better experience!

csnuss

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great way to see London: Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, Thames River Cruise. Guide was very knowledgeable of London history. Getting to see the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London before the crowds arrived was awesome.

michele

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Saw major monuments and had great guide

tommyboy32943

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fantastic. Great day.

Kathy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour guide was knowledgable and professional. It was a fabulous tour!

Robert R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour sites were wonderful. Our guide Carol , was outstanding. Our driver ,Malcolm, was a magician , able to maneuver through the tragic.
The only negative is the terrible traffic in London. I know that is not your fault, but we spent a lot of time sitting on the bus !

Kellie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great day. Not overly impressed with our guides tour of St Pauls Cathedral. We followed the other guide after our guide left us before the crypt.

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