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Enjoy two classic London experiences with this combined Thames River cruise and Tower of London ticket, all for one great-value price. With your admission ticket, head inside the infamous Tower of London and explore the grounds, towers and Crown Jewels exhibition independently as you uncover the palace-fortress’ blood-soaked, 900-year history. On the same day, take a leisurely sightseeing cruise on the historical Thames. Settle on a comfortable cruise boat and soak up panoramic views of famous sights such as Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the London Eye from the water.

Highlights

  • Combined ticket to the Tower of London and Thames River sightseeing cruise
  • Tickets to the Tower of London
  • Fabulous Crown Jewels
  • Stunning views of London's riverside sights from the Thames, including the Houses of Parliament, London Eye and South Bank Arts Complex
  • Entertaining and informative live commentary aboard the river cruise

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What You Can Expect

Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

Big Ben, London

Choose the day you wish to take both tours when you book. Then, on the day, collect your tickets and make your own way to both the Tower of London and the cruise departure jetty.

Tower of London:

Show your prebooked ticket at the Tower of London and head inside to explore independently. Founded in the 1080s by William the Conqueror, this medieval walled complex has served as a palace, fortress, armoury and prison, and reverberates with dark secrets.

Stroll around to see highlights such as Traitor’s Gate and Tower Green, the site of many royal executions. See the jet-black ravens and colorful Beefeater guides, and visit the famous Jewel House, home to the Crown Jewels, to ogle these glittering symbols of British monarchy.

If you wish, join one of the complimentary Beefeater tours that run every 30 minutes from inside the gates. Discover the famous events that took place here, and hear the mysteries that still surround this 900-year-old complex.


Thames River Sightseeing Cruise:

Make your way to the departure jetty on the Thames, and board your sightseeing boat. Find a spot on the open deck or inside the spacious lower saloon, and settle in for your cruise.

Sail by some of London’s best-known sights, and absorb the wonderful river views. Along the way, listen to the entertaining live commentary from the guide, and if you wish, refuel with sodas, snacks and alcoholic drinks (all at own expense) from the onboard bars.

Cruises depart regularly from Westminster Pier, Waterloo Pier (near the London Eye), Tower Pier and Greenwich Pier. The shortest between-pier trips last around 30 minutes, while a full round-trip takes 2.5 hours.

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Itinerary

The journey through history begins at Westminster Pier, in the shadow of Big Ben's tower and just a few steps away from Westminster Abbey, where kings and queens have been crowned for almost 1,000 years. This is also the pier closest to the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms off Whitehall, the center of national government, and the Banqueting House, the last remaining building from the old Palace of Whitehall.

Across the river, County Hall, once the headquarters of the London County Council and then the Greater London Council, no longer echoes to the cries of councilors. Down below, the London Aquarium reveals the secrets of the deep while, above, visitors and business people relax in the comfort of the Marriott Hotel.

A few yards downstream see the Millennium Wheel, better known as the London Eye. In a 25 minute ride it offers spectacular views across London and far beyond.

Through the Jubilee and Hungerford foot bridges and Charing Cross railway bridge, the Royal Festival Hall recalls the post-war days when the river carried some 6million people to celebrate the Festival of Britain at this very site. Beyond Waterloo Bridge comes Somerset House, the grand building on the north bank that was once the home of various government departments and is now a vibrant arts, heritage and entertainment center.

Beyond Blackfriars, look up the steps on the north bank for a view of St. Paul's Cathedral as you pass beneath the new Millennium Footbridge, which provides a pedestrian link with Bankside, part of the South Bank regeneration development. Among the attractions in this area are the Tate Modern art gallery and Sam Wannamaker's re-creation of Shakespeare's Globe theatre, the first building with a thatched roof to have been built in London since the great fire of 1666.

The South Bank here is the heart of historic Southwark, famed for its riverside pubs and the smallest of the capital's three cathedrals. Through London Bridge a thrilling vista unfolds: the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the retired battle-cruiser HMS Belfast.

On into Docklands: historic Wapping and Limehouse to the north, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe to the south. Many of the old docks have disappeared while those that remain now play host to yachtsmen, weekend sailors and narrowboats.

Approaching Canary Wharf ,the new commercial face of Docklands is revealed. Canary Wharf and its neighboring developments are bringing thousands of new jobs to the area. Along the river banks new residential, commercial and leisure developments continue apace.

The National Maritime Museum, with its new Neptune Court and galleries, offers a fascinating and entertaining visit for all the family. These, together with the historic clipper ship Cutty Sark, the Old Royal Observatory, Queen's House, Fan Museum, traditional covered market and many more attractions form the World Heritage Site of Greenwich.

Customer Reviews

Debra J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

IT was a bit confusing where to get the tickets to enter the tower of London. Once we got the tickets though, we had all the time we wanted to spend exploring the tower and then walking to the cruise area from the Tower of London was very convenient. .

thomas p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Billy beefeater was a fantastic guide
Clear loud voice, lots of knowledge with a does of humor sprinkled in.
Thanks

Pamela T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We really loved it. The hop on hop off option was very convenient. We highly recommend this.

George E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

mindymayg United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Good deal for the money!

Bells

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

All went very well. Excellence all round.

William C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great way to see highlights of the Thames on a rainy day! Tower of London was incredible!

jorge c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Tower of london amazing a boat cruise was great on a rainy day

susan n

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a fantastic tour weather was great

jerushaclark

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We really enjoyed both elements of this tour. On the boat cruise, we rode down to Greenwich and back up to Westminster Bridge, so we were able to see all of the major sites of London along the Thames. Fantastic!

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