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4 hours (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English

Overview

Discover London’s royal history and sights on a London tour by foot and boat. Start with an early access visit to the Tower of London to see the opening ceremony and Crown Jewels without the usual daytime crowds. Then, take to the water on a half-hour River Thames sightseeing cruise. Stroll to Horse Guard’s Parade or Buckingham Palace to see the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, and learn all about the British Royal Family from a knowledgeable local guide.
  • 4-hour walking tour of London’s royal sights including the Tower of London and the Changing of the Guard
  • Enjoy early access to the Tower of London and see the dazzling Crown Jewels
  • See top attractions including Big Ben and the London Eye on a Thames River cruise
  • Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade
  • See Buckingham Palace and learn about Queen Elizabeth II
  • Listen to insightful commentary about London’s royal highlights from a guide

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Professional guide
  • Boat cruise on the Thames River
  • Headsets, when needed
  • Entry/Admission - Tower of London
  • Entry/Admission - Changing of the Guard

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Central London

Departure Time

8:15 AM

Return Details

Concludes outside Buckingham Palace
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What To Expect

Arrive at the Tower of London in the morning, and head inside with your early access ticket. Beating the crowds that appear later in the day, you’ll be one of the first inside the site. See the opening ceremony performed by the Beefeater guards, and then explore on your own. Highlights include the Jewel House — home to the Crown Jewels — along with the East Wall Walk, Medieval Palace, Traitors' Gate and the Tower Green: site of many an execution.
Late, at a prearranged time, meet your guide outside the tower and head to the pier. Hop aboard a Thames River cruise boat, and glide along the river into central London. Have your camera ready to capture snaps of some of London’s legendary landmarks as you go; Shakespeare’s Globe, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral are all on the route.
From the pier at Embankment, walk with your guide to Horse Guard’s Parade or Buckingham Palace. See the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, carried out by the red-coated soldiers of the Household Cavalry or Queen’s Foot Guard.
Continue to a vantage spot outside Buckingham Palace to see the balcony where the British Royal Family stand at events, and then bid your guide goodbye.
Please note: If the weather is poor on the day, the timing of the Changing of the Guard may be changed. In the event of this happening, this element of the experience will be replaced with an extended walking tour.
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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: Seeing the Changing of the Guard is weather dependent and on occasional Sundays may be rescheduled to early morning, this will then be replaced with an extended walking tour
  • Unable to accommodate strollers and baby carriages
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Reviews

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A
, Oct 2018

Danielle, the tour guide, was an excellent mix of knowledge and humor. I‘m so glad that we booked this.

D
, Oct 2018

Nathan was great! Funny and personable. Enjoyed the tour and the history lesson! I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a great view of the Crown Jewels!

R
, Aug 2018

Guide was great. Private showing of Beefeaters key ceremony. First ones into tower of London. No lines to see jewels. Positioned us perfectly for changing of the Guard three times straight. Photo locations were textbook. Easy to understand and very knowledgable. We travel a lot and he was one of the best guides we have had.

K
, Aug 2018

Very nice and knowledgeable tour. Was very interesting learning about the London Tower and seeing the Changing of the Gaurds.

J
, Jul 2018

Great tour and great insights from our guide into the history of the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. The time at the Tower of London was a bit shorter than we would have liked, but it ended up being sufficient. The Beefeater, Dave, who met with our group in the Tower grounds was very knowledgable, quite humorous and clearly passionate about his work. Due to scheduling outside the control of our guide, we never actually saw the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, but instead saw a celebration of the RAF's centennial, including a flyer over of several RAF craft as the royal family looked on. We were satisfied with the substitution.

L
, Jul 2018

Our tour guide Nathan was exceptional. We explored the Tower of London and had ample time to wander independently. His knowledge of the structures, as well as knowledge of English history and the royals was impressive. His commentary was easy to follow and he has a great sense of humor to make the stories of history memorable. We managed to see the ceremony of the guards opening the Tower of London gates, toured the city by cruise down the ThNes and finished up at Buckingham Oakace. We were treated to seeing the horse guards parade down the mall and we saw the guards oarade back to their barracks along with atge vans. A perfect length walking tour.

K
, Jul 2018

Nothing went right with this tour. Our guide tried, but failed miserably. The sound system she used didn't work, the cruise on the Thames was not a cruise, but rather a transfer to another part of town.
We started with 26 in the tour, and finished with 8... that should tell you something of the quality of this particular tour I was on.

C
, Jul 2018

Fantastic - We really enjoyed this one. Do not miss it

E
, Jun 2018

Enjoyed it!!!

s
, Jun 2018

This was awesome. Loved getting in before the crowds and seeing the opening ceremony. Nathan was a great guide. Knowledgeable and funny. I have been several times to the Tower, this was my favorite.


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