Welcome to London

special offer banner Welcome to London Tour (Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Shakespeare's Globe)
Excursion Highlights:
  • Visit the awe-inspiring St. Paul's Cathedral, a historic venue for royal events, including the iconic 1695 organ and eminent tombs.
  • Witness the Changing of the Guard as the Queen's Foot Guard march from St. James Palace to Buckingham Palace.
  • Be among the first to view the Crown Jewels on a private guided tour of the Tower of London.
  • Indulge in a Thames River cruise with excellent views of landmarks like Tower Bridge, St. Paul's, and the Houses of Parliament.
  • Seize the opportunity to discover London's top attractions in one day, with a tour concluding at the London Eye.
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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural
Shore Excursion Duration 9 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Central London.
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress When visiting a religious site, it is customary to have shoulders and knees covered. Sensible, flat-soled walking shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen are suggested.
Restrictions Guests must be able to walk over paved, packed dirt, and cobblestone surfaces, many of which are uneven. There are steps at several locations during the tour. Collapsible wheelchairs are accommodated with advance notice; however, guests must be able to get in and off the coach by themselves and guests must be traveling with someone able to store wheelchair/walker in the storage compartment.

Welcome to London

Begin the morning with a visit to St Paul's Cathedral, a masterpiece designed by Wren in 1673. This remarkable structure, with its epic dome towering above London, was rebuilt in the 17th century after the Great Fire of London. More recently it was the location of the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, as well as the Diamond Jubilee for Queen Elizabeth II. Highlights of the tour will include listening to the 1695 organ that Mendelssohn once played, and visiting the tombs of Nelson and Wellington.

From St. Paul's, you will make a photo stop outside Westminster Abbey before heading to The Mall to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Watch as one of the Queen's Foot Guard Household Regiments marches from St. James Palace to Buckingham Palace to military music, dressed in their world-famous tunics and busbies. Free time will be taken for lunch.

After the lunch break, arrive at the Tower of London. Your Beefeater will lead you into this World Heritage site before it opens to the public, and take you on a private guided tour explaining the history behind this fortress of imprisonment and torture. You are also part of the first group to see the Crown Jewels. You will then have some free time to explore on your own. Why not visit Traitors Gate, the Armory, or the Bloody Tower? Keep an eye out for the famous ravens. Tradition has it that if the ravens leave the Tower, the monarchy will fall!

Next, enjoy a short cruise on the River Thames, where you will have excellent views of Tower Bridge, The Shard, St. Paul's Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe, and the Houses of Parliament. The tour concludes at the London Eye, overlooking the Houses of Parliament on the south side of the river. At the end of this comprehensive and convenient tour of London, you'll have seen all of the city's best attractions. This tour truly captures the best of London in one fun-filled day.

Please Note: If the Changing of the Guard is not taking place, you will still see Buckingham Palace and then visit the Horse Guard's Parade. On Sundays, St. Paul's has restricted viewing, so guests will have the opportunity to enter and enjoy part of the service.

This tour departs from the Victoria Coach (Bus) Station, a 5-minute walk from the Victoria Train Station. This tour is intended for your pre/ post-cruise experience. Please be advised that the tour departure location is approximately a 2-hour drive from the port. You must find your own way to the tour departure location (at your own expense). There are many options, such as taking a taxi, train, bus, or any combination of the above.