London in One Day Sightseeing Tour Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard with Optional London Eye Upgrade

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London in One Day Sightseeing Tour Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard with Optional London Eye Upgrade
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See London on a full-day sightseeing tour of the city, led by a guide. Hear the history of top London attractions like Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, and a guided tour of St Paul’s Cathedral. After the sightseeing tour, watch the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace and tour the Tower of London. As a bonus, this experience also includes a one-way River Thames sightseeing cruise, which can be used on the day or another time. Upgrade to include a flexible London Eye ticket to be used on any day you wish.
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In Brief

Location:
Greater London, United Kingdom
Country:
United Kingdom
Duration:
9 hours
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
Led by a Blue Badge guide
Great overview and orientation of the city
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Itinerary
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Stop At: Tower of London, St Katharine's & Wapping Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AB England

A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the history of 'The Tower' has been intertwined with the history of England for almost a thousand years. Originally built by William The Conqueror in 1066, it has served a number of functions during its long history, including a prison, luxury palace for royalty and even a zoo. The priceless crown jewels are also held within the castle walls, along with the largest collection of medieval armour and weaponry in the country. See all of this and hear more about the tower's bloody history on a comprehansive tour with an expert guide.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Buckingham Palace, Spur Road, London SW1A 1AA England

Changing of the Guard

Elite soldiers from the military have been guarding English Kings and Queens since 1660. Known as the 'Household Division', these regiments are so devoted to their duty that they will famously not acknowledge, nor allow themselves to be distracted by the public. During the ceremony, immaculately turned out guards are accompanied by marching bands playing a rousing mix of military and contemporary music in a display of the sort of pomp and military ceremony that has made the British military famous around the world.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: St. Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD England

Designed by the prolific British architect, Sir Christopher Wren, and taking 35 years to build, St Paul's Cathedral is an iconic symbol of London. One of the largest churches in the world, its dome is an incredible 366ft high and, inside the Whispering Gallery, it is said that a gentle whisper can be heard on the other side of the dome almost 112ft away. Explore the history behind this famous Cathedral and see the tomb of Lord Horatio Nelson, one of Britain's most revered icons.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Trafalgar Square, Centre of the City, London SW1A England

Trafalgar Square is a public square in the City of Westminster, Central London, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. Its name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars with France and Spain that took place on 21 October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar.

Pass By: Westminster Abbey, 20 Dean's Yard Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3PA England

Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London, England, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster.

Pass By: Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, London SW1A 0AA England

Parliament is made up of the House of Commons and House of Lords. It is responsible for making laws, deciding taxes and scrutinising the Government.

Pass By: Big Ben, Parliament Sqaure Elizabeth Tower - Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA England

Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower.

Stop At: Thames River, London England

From the Tower of London, hop aboard a Thames River Cruise to Westminster Pier to enjoy London from a different viewpoint. If you prefer, you can take the cruise any day before 31 March 2020.

Duration: 35 minutes

Pass By: Mansion House of City of London, Walbrook, London EC4N 8BH England

Mansion House is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London. It is a Grade I listed building. It is used for some of the City of London's official functions, including two annual white tie dinners.

Inclusions

  • Blue Badge guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 53 people)
  • Thames River cruise
  • London Eye standard flight (if option selected)
  • Entry to Tower of London
  • Entry to St Paul's Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Tower of London
  • Entry/Admission - St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Thames River

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Entry/Admission - Buckingham Palace

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Victoria Coach Station, Belgravia, London SW1W 9RH, UK

Returns To

Vauxhall Bridge Road, Vauxhall Bridge Rd, Pimlico, London, UK

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: St Paul’s Cathedral is closed to the public on Sundays and special events or services. We will stop for photographs at St Paul's Cathedral and spend longer at Tower of London instead
  • Please note: St Paul's Cathedral is closed on the following dates: Jan 28th & 31st, Feb 26th, April 10th. There will be a photo stop outside the Cathedral and longer time spent at the Tower of London.
  • Occasionally there may not be a Changing of the Guard. On these occasions you will visit Horse Guards Parade, built on the site of the jousting yard of the old Whitehall Palace
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 51 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Great history and facts provided for all ingesting spots, and there are a lot. Leslie was great, and very entertaining.
• Submitted 28 Nov 2019
This was our favorite tour of our short stay in London. We were fortunate to have had the best guide ever. Deborah was so interesting and informed.. She was genuinely a pleasure to spend the day with and the long day passed quickly.
• Submitted 27 Nov 2019
Anthony, our guide for the day, displayed incredible knowledge, professionalism, and true British humor. I say that with PEACE and LOVE. What a great day!
• Submitted 25 Nov 2019
Our tour guide Trudy was very funny and informative. Her and our driver Harry made for a great experience
• Submitted 25 Nov 2019
I was disappointed to find out that the changing of the guards is only available Mon-Wed-Fri. It doesn’t state that on the tickets sold. Other that, it was a beautiful tour.
• Submitted 13 Nov 2019
This was a full day tour. Leslie was our tour guide. She kept us informed and on time all day. She positioned us in a great place to see the guards and the horses parade down the street to Buckingham Palace. The road was closed so they could march to the castle..band also played. We had the added experience of seeing Prince Charles whiz by just prior to the parade starting. Once on the grounds of Buckingham Palace, she put us in a strategically good place to watch the event. She also gave us tips on what to see or look for at the Tower of London and the Crown Jewel room. The cruise in the Thames was a good place to sit after a long day...oh...and we had a fabulous lunch at a pub on Trafalgar Square...The Admiralty..highly recommend that as well
• Submitted 13 Nov 2019
Great way to see lots of London highlights. Allows you to see if you would like to go back and visit a site in depth. Be prepared for a long day.
• Submitted 31 Oct 2019
Great job! This tour exceeded our expectations. We visited on a Sunday so it wasn’t as busy and came with extra perks.
• Submitted 22 Oct 2019
This tour truly delivered the unexpected. We were expecting to see the Changing of the Guard. However, due to the opening of parliament the change of guard was canceled. But, the unplanned unexpected surprise was an opportunity to see the Queen's procession from Buckingham Palace to parliament. We actually, saw the queen and her court. Also, if you get the London Eye upgrade, the tickets for the London Eye can be used on a separate day from the tour. Which I would recommend because London Eye is an awesome experience all in itself.
• Submitted 21 Oct 2019
The sites were made even more enjoyable by a very well informed guide who just happened to have the most darling personality! Trudy made it a very pleasurable experience!
• Submitted 18 Oct 2019
Trudy was our fantastic tour leader! She was full of info and made it interesting and fun. She has the perfect personality for the job 😀
• Submitted 14 Oct 2019
I really can’t say enough positive things about this tour. Rodney was phenomenal! I appreciated his patience, his sense of humor and the way he explained everything! Heads a point to touch base/ask about everyone in the group, which honestly was such a cool personal touch. I had a bit of a rough start finding the spot where the tour bus leaves in the morning, but check in was a breeze. I completely got my money’s worth and learned so much. The site seeing was awesome, the lunch break was the perfect amount of time. Very very very happy, I’ll be back and will booking again so excited to see what other tours are offered. Thank you again for such a wonderful day!
• Submitted 04 Oct 2019
Our tour guide Cosette was incredible . She was lively, interactive and knew all the history of London. We highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 02 Oct 2019
We did not have a lot of time in London to do the things we wanted, so we signed up for this one day tour. The tour was pretty good, but our tour guide Debbie was phenomenal. She was incredibly informative and knowledgeable with a fantastic sense of humor. We learned so much about London's rich history and culture and actually saw everything we could have hope for in one satisfying day! This trip is time and money well spent.
• Submitted 23 Sep 2019
This was my first time in London and going on this tour was the best way to see the main landmarks of the city. Our driver, Steve, and our guide, Dave, were friendly, knowledgeable, and very committed to making this a great experience.
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
David our tour guide was so knowledgeable and personable. Steve our driver was so friendly and navigated the London streets with ease!
• Submitted 13 Sep 2019
We only had one day to see the sights of London and this tour was a great way to hit the highlights. Our guide was very personable and helped get us to where we needed to be as quick as possible. The bus driver did a great job of working with the traffic and avoided most of the problems.
• Submitted 02 Sep 2019
Great guide well verse on the themes of the cruise. She was also very responsible and kind with those having difficulties keeping up with the group
• Submitted 19 Aug 2019
Our tour guide was amazing! Sge was informative, friendly and helpful. We saw things in London that we didn't know was there or available to us - Our bus driver was kind and friendly and got us everywhere we needed to be. Didn't have a great experience with our tours in Paris- so we were nervous about what to expect in London but it turned out great!
• Submitted 09 Aug 2019
We enjoyed the tour very much. Thought it was informative and Yvette made it as she was caring, funny and knowledgeable.
• Submitted 08 Aug 2019
This tour is a great way to see all the major sights of London, especially when one does not have much time in the city. In a short 9 hour period, we saw the ins and outs of all the major buildings as well as some lesser known places. Our guide, who I believe was named Losette, was fantastic. She was friendly, knowledgeable, and clearly very experienced in giving tours. The bus was very comfy and our driver Michael did a great job as well. Despite the poor weather on the day of our tour, we were able to still do so much even though we could not see some things, mainly the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Overall, this is easily the best way to see London and learn about it.
• Submitted 06 Aug 2019
We had Trudy for a guide, and she was fabulous. She knew all the right places to be for photo ops and for the changing of the guard. The only downside was at the Tower of London; after waiting in line to see the Crown Jewels there wasn't enough time left to see everything before closing.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2019
The itenerary was very good with a nice overview of some main attractions in London. Our family had great time, and my girl especially enjoyed the London Eye. Our guide Emily was fantastic!
• Submitted 29 Jul 2019
Great way to learn about London any many of it's wonders. Trudy was a walking encyclopedia of information and charm!
• Submitted 29 Jul 2019

In Brief

Location:
Greater London, United Kingdom
Country:
United Kingdom
Duration:
9 hours
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
Led by a Blue Badge guide
Great overview and orientation of the city

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