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

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Discover the regal residences and rich royal history of London on a 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.
  • 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 Travelers Choose 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.
Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
Panoramic tour of London
Profession guide
Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people)
1-way Thames River cruise (approximately 40-45 minutes)
Live commentary
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel pick-up and drop off

Departure Point

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

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

1: Trafalgar Square, West End, London, UK
2: Westminster Pier, London SW1A 2JH, UK
3: Tower Millennium Pier, London EC3N 4DT, UK
Depart from 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.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Tower of London
The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.
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Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the UK's sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch.
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Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London built between 1886 and 1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London.
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Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England
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Trafalgar Square
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.
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Westminster Abbey
A royal church in the centre of London offering daily services for all and a World Heritage Site with over a thousand years of history.
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Houses of Parliament
The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
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Big Ben
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.
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Changing of the Guard
Changing the Guard – also known as Guard Mounting – is the iconic ceremony which is seen by millions of people each year at Buckingham Palace. If there is no changing of the Guard, we will instead see the Changing of the Horse Guards at Horse Guards Parade.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Parliament Square
Parliament Square in Westminster is next to Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. The square was created in the 1860s and contains statues of well known statesmen including Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela.
Stop At:  
Thames River
At the end of our tour, make your way down to Westminster Pier and hop on the next available boat for a scenic cruise down the River Thames. Enjoy a unique view of London and its beautiful waterfront as you head from Westminster Pier to Tower Pier next to the formidable Tower of London.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult
  • 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
  • Thames River cruise is from Tower Pier to Westminster Pier or Westminster Pier to Tower Pier (open dated, can use tickets any time during stay in London)
  • Refer to voucher for cruise departure times
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • There will be no Changing of the Guard ceremony until further notice - due to Covid-19
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 53 travelers

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

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Thames River Cruise?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Thames River Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Thames River Cruise?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Thames River Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Thames River Cruise?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Thames River Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Thames River Cruise?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Thames River Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Thames River Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 53 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Thames River Cruise.

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Not a big fan of this tour. it's...
kpa05
, Oct 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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That day was raining, but we didnt...
Doris B
, Sep 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!!!
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Bon guide mais dommage pas de...
Bonnaud B
, Apr 2016
Bon guide mais dommage pas de traduction en fraçais.

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