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Discover the regal residences and rich royal history of London on a 3.5-hour sightseeing tour and Thames River cruise. With an accomplished guide, travel by luxury coach through the capital’s most opulent areas to see majestic landmarks like Big Ben and Kensington Palace. Gaze at a traditional Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace and then climb aboard a boat for a tranquil cruise on the River Thames. Glide past iconic sights like the London Eye and the Tower of London and enjoy illuminating commentary as you sail.

Highlights

  • Discover London in one day with a royal sightseeing tour by coach and Thames River cruise
  • Spend the morning exploring London with a Blue Badge guide
  • See royal highlights such as Kensington Palace and the Changing of the Guard ceremony
  • Make use of a one-way Thames River cruise to see London's famous skyline from the water
  • Cruise by top attractions such as the London Eye, Big Ben and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Listen to audio commentary to learn the history behind the sights you pass

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Travel between London’s sights quickly and easily during your morning coach tour. Then, after watching the Changing of the Guard, see the capital from the water on a Thames River cruise.

What You Can Expect

Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Thames River Cruise

See the sights along the Thames River

Depart from either your centrally located London hotel or Victoria Coach Station and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach. Embark on a panoramic tour of Kensington Palace and enjoy insightful narration from state-of-the-art Vox headphones. See an array of legendary landmarks en route to Trafalgar Square and then marvel at iconic sights like Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament as you arrive at Parliament Square, home to a series of statues commemorating influential historical figures. 

Next, travel to the magnificent Buckingham Palace, official residence of the Queen of England, to see a colorful Changing of the Guard ceremony. Watch beautifully dressed guards march to drumbeats from a military band and then disembark your coach at Trafalgar Square for your idyllic Thames River cruise. 

Make your own way to one of two embarking points at either Tower Pier or Westminster Pier and climb aboard your awaiting boat. Take a seat in a choice of enticing areas and gaze out of the window as you glide past magnificent landmarks like St. Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Tower of London. Listen to live commentary for a holistic picture of the city’s history and refresh with onboard snacks and drinks (own expense). 

When your cruise concludes, return to your original docking point and make your own way back to your centrally located accommodation.

Customer Reviews

Doris B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

That day was raining, but we didnt mind because we were overwhelmed in the changing of the guard. I love to live in this country. Beautiful!!!

kpa05

1 star rating: I do not recommend this October 2016

Not a big fan of this tour. it's super basic because you get the same information as if you were to get one of those 2 day tour buses but at half the price and twice the amount of time. And the time spent at the changing of the guard was barely 15 minutes, when the whole ceremony lasts 1.5 hours. Also, the guide placed us all the way to the back of the area, where we weren't able to see anything of the actual ceremony, only a few guards that passed by the street on their way in to the main plaza. And the cruise, the bus leaves you about 5 blocks from where you are supposed to get the boat. So i wouldn't recommend this to anyone. you are better off getting a Big Bus pass or any of those tour buses, and walking yourself early to Buckingham Palace to see the change of guard and place yourself at the front.

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