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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.
- 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

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Itinerary
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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.

Departure:

Departure point:

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

Departure time:

8:45 AM

Duration:

9 hours

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Terms and Conditions:

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


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Pittycoco

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

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Joshua C

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!

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Sandra P

We enjoyed the tour very much. Thought it was informative and Yvette made it as she was caring, funny and knowledgeable.

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Rositta T

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.

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John P

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.

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Kevin R

Great way to learn about London any many of it's wonders. Trudy was a walking encyclopedia of information and charm!

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Chi W

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!

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annawuren

We met our tour guide Trudy at the Victoria Train Station and tour started on time. It was a very organized tour and Trudy took us to all places that included in the Viator tour descriptions. If you stay in London just one day, this is the tour for you. You don't see everything but you get chance to see some of the most famous tourist attractions. No very much walking as the bus stopped close to the attractions. The only complaint that we had is that Trudy didn't stay with us in Tower of London. We wished that she stayed and gave us the history of Tower of London. She is truly a "London" historian and knows everything about it, Also she is a very lovely woman and has a great sense of humor. Overall, we were happy.

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William B

The changing of the guards didn’t happen. The tour guide was very good. When the tour was done there should of been an option to be left back the station

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Janice S

All we saw with the guide was 3 places. A few seconds to take photos of Buckingham Palace as we walked to the side of it out of the way to watch the changing of the guard. This turned out to be 1 minute of the guard parading past us. I'm not sure if they did more near the palace, but we couldn't see from where we were.

Then we went to St. Paul's Cathedral where we walked around it inside and out, and after I was turned around and later had lunch, I couldn't find where we were supposed to meet the bus. I asked people directions and had them call Viator for info (still before bus departure time), but Viator took 20 minutes to contact my guide and respond, so by that time the bus was long gone. I was told to either hop on any other Viator tour bus that I happened to see or to take a city bus and meet at the Tower of London, and that a ticket would be waiting for me there. The city bus never came after 45 minutes, so I called Uber. I got to Tower of London and didn't know where to go - didn't realize there'd be many buildings and 1000s of tourists. By pure luck, I found the tour group, and my tour guide was not even holding up her umbrella to help me find her. That was the end of the tour.

You're on your own to tour the crown jewels or anything else at Tower of London. We only saw Big Ben (currently under scaffolding) from about 5 blocks away, and the other sights are only seen on the included river cruise tour.

I recommend just traveling to these places on your own by subway, taxi, or Uber, or the Hop On Hop Off Bus, and purchasing the river cruise ticket separately (17 pounds?). I got nothing but aggravation from this full day tour. Worst tour and tour guide I've ever had, and I've traveled a lot around the world!


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

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$122.79

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