London in One Day Sightseeing Tour
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See London in one day on a full-day sightseeing tour of the city, led by an expert local guide! Hear the history of top London attractions like Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral while traveling around the West End and City of London. After the sightseeing tour, watch the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace, tour the Tower of London with a Beefeater, and then finish with a Thames River cruise. If you’re not ready for the day to end, upgrade to include a flight on the London Eye and enjoy aerial views over the capital!
Meet your guide on board your air-conditioned coach, and then relax as you travel around central London to see the sights. Pass through Parliament Square, seeing the Houses of Parliament and the Big Ben clock, and then travel past Westminster Abbey where Prince William married Kate Middleton in a lavish royal wedding ceremony. Admire prestigious government buildings at Whitehall and Downing Street, and then see the hustle and bustle that surrounds Nelson’s Column at Trafalgar Square.
Travel to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the Queen, and walk around in front of the gates to see the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Have your camera ready to capture the pomp and pageantry of the Queen’s Foot Guard as they march in their eye-catching red tunics and bearskin hats, and then travel by coach to a traditional London pub in Trafalgar Square.
Rest and refuel with a hearty lunch (own expense), and then continue your day of sightseeing with a visit to the City of London, an area just east of the city center where many of London’s banks can be found. Besides financial institutions like the Bank of England, the district is also home to iconic London attractions such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Mansion House. Look out for the sights as your guide explains their history.
Continue to the Tower of London, and head inside for a walking tour. The former prison and fortress, which looks out over the River Thames, was built to terrify potential invaders and Londoners alike. Steeped in centuries of murder and treason, the tower is fascinating to explore with its famous jet-black ravens and Beefeater guides. On a tour with one of the Beefeaters, hear tragic tales of the royals and nobles who met their end within the tower’s walls.
After exploring the sights of the Tower of London, stroll down to Tower Pier and board your Thames River sightseeing cruise to see Tower Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe, the London Eye and more from the water. Your tour then finishes when you hop off your boat at Westminster Pier in central London.
London Eye Upgrade:
If you want to continue sightseeing independently after your tour finishes, upgrade to include a ticket for a London Eye flight. Ride in a shared capsule on the iconic wheel and gaze out over London, seeing Big Ben and more!
Please notethat St Paul's Cathedral will be closed to visitors on September 20, October 3rd, October 16th and December 21st, 23rd, 24th and 25th. On these dated the tour will stop outside the Cathedral for you to take photographs and you will spend more time at the Tower of London.
- Hotel pickup
- Blue Badge guide
- Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people)
- Entrance fee to the Tower of London
- Sightseeing cruise
What isn't included
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel drop-off