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Royal London Small Group Tour: Early VIP Access to the Tower of London, Cruise & Changing of the Guard

  • When does it run?

    1 Jan to 31 Mar : Saturday
    1 April to 31 May and 1 Sept to 31 Oct : Daily except Monday and Sunday
    1 June to 31 Aug : Daily except Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
    1 Nov to 13 Dec : Saturday
    14 Dec to 31 Dec : Daily except Monday and Sunday

  • Start time
    8:15am
  • Duration
    4 hours approx.
Inclusions
  • VIP Early Access to Tower of London including opening ceremony
  • Boat cruise on the River Thames
  • Changing of the Guard Ceremony
  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
COVID-19 Safety guidelines
Guests
  • Adult (15+)
  • Child (5-14)
  • Infant (0-4)

Key Highlights

  • Experience the royal side of London with this guided morning tour
  • Be the first visitors of the day to see the exquisite Crown Jewels
  • Witness the Opening Ceremony performed by the beefeaters
  • Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the River Thames to Buckingham Palace
  • Attend the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Buckingham Palace
  • Enjoy early morning privileged access to the Tower of London, visiting before the public opening hours
  • Small group of 25 people or fewer guarantees personalised experience
  • Smartphone voucher accepted – No need to print!

Overview

Experience London in all its crowning glory as you visit the Tower of London, take a river shuttle to Buckingham Palace and witness the Changing of the Guard Ceremony.

Enjoy privileged access to the Tower of London and visit this major attraction in London before the gates are opened to the general public. Watch the Opening Ceremony and be among the first visitors of the day to view the Crown Jewels.

Cruise past major London attractions as you take a Thames shuttle to Buckingham Palace and see the Changing of the Guard Ceremony.

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    1 Jan to 31 Mar : Saturday
    1 April to 31 May and 1 Sept to 31 Oct : Daily except Monday and Sunday
    1 June to 31 Aug : Daily except Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
    1 Nov to 13 Dec : Saturday
    14 Dec to 31 Dec : Daily except Monday and Sunday

  • Duration

    4 hours approx.

  • Start time

    8:15am

  • Meeting Point

    Directly in front of the Ticket Office at Tower of London, look for your guide holding a City Wonders sign. The ticket office is located just opposite the main entrance to the Tower.

    Arriving by tube: Turn right towards Trinity Square. You should clearly be able to see the tower when you exit the tube station. It is a short walk (approx. 3 minutes).

    GPS Coordinates: 51.508942, -0.078180

  • Ending Point

    Victoria Coach Station

Itinerary

  • Meet your guide in front of the Ticket Office at the Tower of London and begin your morning London tour with a visit to the United Kingdom’s most recognizable landmarks.

    This tour allows you to visit the Tower of London before the public opening hours, ensuring you avoid the crowds that form later in the day at this iconic site. See the Opening Ceremony performed by the Yeoman Warders, better known as beefeaters.

    You will also be one of the first visitors of the day to see the Crown Jewels, protected by the famous beefeaters.

    Continue your tour and embark on a relaxing river shuttle up the Thames, enjoying beautiful city sites from the water. Upon your arrival at Embankment, your guide will escort you to a prime viewpoint to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

    Your tour ends at the Buckingham Palace where you may spend some leisure time taking wonderful pictures with the iconic balcony of the palace as the backdrop.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • VIP Early Access to Tower of London including opening ceremony
  • Boat cruise on the River Thames
  • Changing of the Guard Ceremony
  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Food/Beverages

Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm departure details

On some occasions, the Changing of the Guard may be cancelled at short notice.

It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.

This is a small group tour of maximum 25 people.

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.

Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or a tablet you can present the voucher on your device for this activity.

Additional info

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for those with mobility problems.

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