What To Expect
Be among the first to enter the Jewel House and view the spectacular crown jewels, which have been held here and locked up for safekeeping every night for the last 600 years. These are the official regalia and vestments used by the Sovereign of the United Kingdom during the coronation ceremony and other noble appearances. This priceless collection includes magnificent orbs, swords, rings and, of course, crowns and scepters. During your visit you will also be able to see the famous white tower, where it is said that the 'Princes in the Tower' were held and supposedly murdered by their Uncle Richard III to usurp the throne from their father, King Edward IV.
Then step aboard a relaxing river shuttle as the tour heads up the Thames. Enjoy the sights as your guide points out major landmarks as you coast by. Arrive at the Embankment and follow your guide on a short stroll to see the changing of the guards. This world-famous ceremony takes place either at Buckingham Palace or at Horse Guards Parade, depending on the day. Your guide will make sure you are in a prime position to enjoy the best views at this crowded event. Your guide will bring this experience to life with colorful commentary, other travelers miss, regarding the history and pageantry behind the ceremony as the Queen's Foot Guards, with their red tunics and unmistakable bearskin hats, march to Buckingham Palace.
End the morning portion of your tour at Buckingham Palace, the residence of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. See the famous balcony where the royal family appears during major events.
After a break for lunch on your own (we'll provide recommendations for nearby restaurants), re-join the group and your expert local guide for a stroll around the city's most iconic buildings and monuments. Start at Trafalgar Square, home of the National Gallery and Nelson's column, before proceeding down Whitehall, the center of Her Majesty's Government. This recognizable street is lined with government departments and ministries, including the old Palace of Whitehall, which burned down in the 17th century, leaving only the Banqueting Hall still standing. It is from this building that King Charles II stepped onto the scaffolding to be executed in 1649. View the Horse Guards, guarded by the Household Cavalry in their sentry boxes, wearing their plumed silver helmets and mounted on their magnificent steeds. Only the Queen is allowed to drive through the central archway, otherwise you have to obtain a special pass card, which were originally made of ivory, but now are made out of plastic.
Afterwards, stroll down Downing Street, home to the British Prime Minister, before arriving at Parliament Square, where you will be treated to spectacular views of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. After learning about the Palace of Westminster, home to the British Parliament, it's on to Westminster Abbey, site of royal coronations and weddings, including the recent wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011.
Wind down your afternoon amble with a sumptuous and traditional English tea. Enjoy scones with jam and clotted cream, a selection of sandwiches and cakes, and of course a pot of fresh tea, all served on fine china in the magnificent surroundings of a traditional London luxury hotel. A lovely way to end a splendid day.
Tickets to the Tower of London with Early Access
Boat cruise on the River Thames
Guided walking tour from Embankment to Buckingham Palace
Changing of the Guard (weather permitting)
Guided walking tour of Whitehall and Westminster
Traditional afternoon tea in a luxury hotel
English speaking guide
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Children 5 years old and below are free of charge.
This tour operates with a maximum of 25 guests.
This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended. We are unable to accommodate customers with wheelchairs or impairments requiring special assistance and customers with strollers or baby carriages on our group tour.
Weather can be very changeable in London, please make sure you bring adequate rain wear if required.
Photography is permitted throughout the tour. Non-flash photography is permitted in the Tower of London.
Booking modifications made within 72 hours of tour date will be charged an amendment fee.
Changing of the Guards will not operate in rain and will be replaced with an extended walking tour. On occasional Sundays the changing of the guards may be rescheduled to early morning, meaning that we will not be able to see it.
London's tourist sites are among the most popular in the world. Skip the Line Access and careful planning limit our crowd exposure, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours.
Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour.
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10 hours and 45 minutes