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

Duration: 9 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, England, London
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  • 9 hours
  • London
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

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.

Highlights

  • Led by a Blue Badge guide
  • Great overview and orientation of the city

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Tower of London, 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, 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: Evan Evans Tours, Road Victoria 258 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1BS England

Evan Evans Tours is the oldest and largest sightseeing company in London and has been accompanying visitors on city tours and out-of-town excursions since 1930.
Evan Evans Tours is owned by The Travel Corporation of 25 highly successful travel and tourism companies including Trafalgar Tours, Insight Vacations, Contiki Holidays and Red Carnation Hotels. The Travel Corporation is committed to maintaining the highest standards of quality and guest service and this this follows for each individual brand.


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 50 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
  • 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: June 22nd, 24th & 29th, Oct 9th, Nov 19th. 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 51 travelers
Departure Point

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


Departure Time

8:45 AM


Return Details

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

Voucher info

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

Duration

9 hours

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

User's Reviews

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debbiejr1

Great day trip, fast paced but ideal for us
London in one day just isn't possible but if you want a flying visit, this is the one to book.
Sheila was very informative and made sure we saw the best of the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. Got to see a lot that we would never have been able to see on our own as we only had one day free - Well done Sheila you were just what we needed

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Abigail S

Leslie was a very knowledgeable and friendly guide. Bus ride was smooth and boxed lunch was delicious. All the sights we visited were perfect! Loved the complimentary River Thames cruise!

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neeks2011

This was a wonderful tour. My entire family loved our guide because she brought the rich history of London to life with her stories and humor. This tour is well worth the money in terms of quality of the knowledge gained and quantity of sites. This tour makes use of a bus, but you will do a moderate amount of walking.

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Steve C

The full-day sightseeing tour of London through La Vacanza Travel Tours is a smart way to get an appreciative overview of many of the historical and cultural landmarks and points of interests in the city. We have enjoyed similar tours of other major cities throughout Europe and this tour was no exception. It was excellent. The bus was clean, comfortable, and air conditioned. Each seat was equipped with a charging port for cell phones and cameras, which was very convenient. We scheduled this tour for our first full day in London. This enabled us to plan follow-on personal sightseeing adventures for the remainder of our stay. Our guide, Norma, did an excellent job shepherding our large group from one location to another. She masterfully highlighted many of London’s iconic landmarks and top attractions, and we appreciated her added insight about the Royal Family and its many traditions. She is extremely knowledgeable, professional, articulate, courteous, punctual, and possesses a bit of British humor, which brought us laughter along the way. The memories we developed on this tour will last a lifetime. For these reasons, we found the time and cost of the tour well worth it. La Vacanza Travel Tours is our preferred go-to-tour provider when traveling. We look forward to our next tour with them.

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sunzmoonz

Very busy day with lots to see. Changing of the guards at Buckingham palace. London Tower. Etc ending with a boat ride down the Thames.

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