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See London’s highlights by retro double-decker bus, cruise boat and foot on this 5.5-hour tour. Take a seat on a vintage, red Routemaster bus and pass top London sights including Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Then, soak in more London landmarks, such as Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, on a Thames River sightseeing cruise. Finally, crown your tour with a visit to magnificent Buckingham Palace. Take an audio tour of the ornate State Rooms, only accessible to the public for two months in the year.

Highlights

  • Half-day tour of London by vintage bus, including Buckingham Palace visit
  • Cruise through London’s street on an iconic Routemaster bus
  • See showstopper sights such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey
  • Enjoy a short boat ride on the Thames River, passing St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and more
  • Explore the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, which are only open to the public for two months of the year
  • Plug into an audio guide and learn about Queen Elizabeth II and the British Royal Family

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This half-day tour is perfect if you’re short on time but want to see as many of London’s sights as possible. It also guarantees you a prebooked ticket inside Buckingham Palace's elusive State Rooms!

What You Can Expect

Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of London

See the guards of Buckingham Palace

Travel independently to the start point in central London. Meet your expert guide and hop inside your iconic Routemaster bus — one of the vintage, red double-decker buses that are forever associated with England’s capital.

Sit back into your comfortable seat, and have your camera ready for your panoramic tour of top London sights. Journey around the landmark-packed heart of the city, and enjoy great views of such famous monuments as Lord Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey, the latter the setting of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.

Leave your bus at the Thames River, and step on to a comfortable sightseeing boat for a scenic cruise. As you sail, admire London’s skyline. See the massive dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, and snap photos of Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and newer city icons such as the London Eye.

Afterward, continue by bus to Buckingham Palace: the official London residence of Britain’s royals since the 19th century. Walk with your guide to the entrance of the palace, a site that’s only open to the public for two months each year. Then, bid your guide goodbye and enter independently as guides are not permitted to accompany you inside.

Show your prebooked ticket, and set off on an audio-guided tour of Queen Elizabeth II’s opulent State Rooms. Admire the glittering chandeliers, sumptuous furnishings and other priceless treasures from the famous Royal Collection, and drink in the rarified atmosphere of the history-stepped rooms and halls.

Your experience ends when you exit Buckingham Palace, leaving you free to continue exploring London independently or to make your own way back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Scott S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour by our guide Alan. He was witty and knowledgeable. The nice thing about this tour is that it was early, and you really avoid the crowds. Once the day progressed, you could see the masses of people out trying to see the same things we visited earlier. The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace was nice to see.

Dianne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Another fantastic tour and great guide, excellent value and a good look at some of London's Iconic landmarks, A great little trip up the river.

SAM P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Tour bus was great and time in Buckingham Palace on our own worked out.

ROSALIE F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic! Excellent tour guide and fabulous tour. Worth every penny. Highly recommend.

K Louise S Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was a very good tour and the guide was very entertaining. The traffic in the city was quite heavy due to the construction everywhere, but as the transporters aren't online yet there is little choice in traffic. I would recommend the tour.

kathleen s k

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

The buckingham palace part of the tour was great. But I don't think the bus tour of the city and the river Thames ride was very good. Suggest adding in a visit to see the London bridge at the same time since we stopped for 30 minutes close by.

joan618

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

Beautiful day and an entertaining tour guide! Plus the inside tour of Buckingham Palace...very special! Well worth the time and fee!

hfu

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

good for first time vist

alex y

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

The tour was amazing once you got on the vintage bus at the Victoria Coach Station. It was a bit confusing about which queue was for which tour.
But the guide managed to sort it through.

Elsie M. W

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2016

Tou is Ok however there is too much to do to force visitors to rush during the morning in order to reach the Buckingham Palace at noon.

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