See the best that royal London has to offer in a single morning! Begin your day at the famed and somewhat infamous Tower - former prison and execution site of three Queens of England. Our early morning visit means you will 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 sceptres. 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 it’s time to 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 colourful commentary, other travellers 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. (Please note that this experience is subject to weather conditions.)
End 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. This tour is the best way to spend a morning in London – learning and laughing along with your local City Wonders guide. Capital of the United Kingdom, home to the royal family, a cosmopolitan city at the crossroads of history, London has much to offer to both seasoned travelers and first-time visitors. But seeing the best of what this bustling 13-million person metropolis has to offer doesn’t have to usurp your entire vacation. That’s why City Wonders has crafted a quick-yet-comprehensive strolling tour of the township’s top sites. Meeting/pick-up point: Directly in front of the Ticket Office at Tower of London.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: At 8:15am (meeting time at 8am). Early access on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. In winter season it operates only Friday and Saturday.
Others: Inclusions: VIP Early Access to Tower of London including opening ceremony just on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, tickets to the Tower of London, boat cruise on the River Thames, guided walking tour from Embankment to Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guard (weather permitting), expert, English-speaking tour guide, small groups of 25 people or fewer, headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide. we regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours. Changing of the Guard 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. 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.