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Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade

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London
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Overview

At a glance
Category: Tours
Duration: 3 hours
Highlights
Comprehensive tour of the city
Led by a Blue Badge guide
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Description
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Buckingham Palace, Spur Road, London SW1A 1AA England

Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the UK's sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch.

Pass By: Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX England

Currently, the palace is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Other residents include Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Duke and Duchess of Kent and Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

Pass By: St. James's Park, Horse Guards Road The Storeyard, London SW1A 2BJ England

St James’s Park includes The Mall and Horse Guards Parade, and is surrounded by landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Whitehall.

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

The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066, and is the final resting place of 17 monarchs. The church we see today was begun by Henry III in 1245. It’s one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country, and has the medieval shrine of an Anglo-Saxon saint at its heart.

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, Parliament Sqaure 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: Changing of the Guard, Constitution Hill Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA England

The epitome of British pomp and military ceremony for which Britain is famous around the world. Elite soldiers from the military have been dutifully guarding the Monarch since 1660. The 7 regiments that guard the monarch, known as the 'Household Division', are so devoted to their duty that they will famously not acknowledge or 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 music, whose origins dates back to the morale-boosting songs played before the British military went into battle.

Duration: 45 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: Whitehall, Government London, London SW1A 2BX England

Whitehall is a road in the City of Westminster, Central London, which forms the first part of the A3212 road from Trafalgar Square to Chelsea. It is the main thoroughfare running south from Trafalgar Square towards Parliament Square.

Inclusions
Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Prade
Panoramic tour of London, including Parliament Square, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey
A professional English speaking guide
Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Hotel drop off
Hotel pick-up

Location

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

Reviews

Aug 2019

Totally enjoyed seeing All the amazing sights on this tour Wonderful experience I would recommend this tour to anyone.

Mar 2018

Truly a fabulous tour and an extraordinary guide. Weve been to London many times and this tour made our latest visit really special. A real insiders view of the changing of the guard well always cherish

Mar 2018

Once again our guide Sheila was fantastic. Thanks. If was not for her knowledge and taking us to the best sports to see the changing of the guard we would have missed out. Thanks again Shiela. Awesome job.

Mar 2018

Extremely knowledgeable tour guides. Witty not dry while explaining the sites. This makes things informative and interesting.

Sep 2017

Our tour guide was great, she was so nice, pleasant, great sense of humor and did a great job explaining everything. We saw Changing of the Horses, not the Guards. I hope this is still being done in London.

Jul 2019

We found the guide for the half day tour to be exceptional. Gave us a good overall view of London at the start of our holiday.

Jul 2019

The driver and guide were courteous and professional. The guide had some fun stories about hotels and buildings we drove past. He would answer questions. The disappointment began when the bus arrived late and we had to chase the changing of the guard parade. When we caught up, we stood far away on the street watching the marching of the guard (new guard in, old guard out). We were not taken to view the changing of the guard ceremony in the courtyard. In fact, during the actual Changing Ceremony, we were told that not much was going on and it was suggested, if needed, use the toilets. There was little attempt to explain the true history and pageantry of the guard ceremony or share “insider knowledge” to explain what was happening and why. While we did somewhat enjoy viewing the “marching guard, from a distance” – but this fell short of expectations.

Jul 2018

The tour itself was good, but we actually received a very similar experience from the hop-on/hop-off double deck bus tours around town. The Changing of the Guard Ceremony was fun/interesting, but it's also very hectic and you better be able to walk fast to keep up with the tour leader and the marching guards. Wasn't a problem for us, but some older folks were definitely struggling.
What was disappointing was our London Eye Upgrade! We thought by purchasing this upgrade, we would be given a ticket for the London Eye and actually taken to the location. Instead, we were given a voucher and left at Trafalgar Square to find our own way. Getting there wasn't a crisis, but it definitely took some walking and a tube ride. With the voucher, you still have to wait in line to purchase tickets at the London Eye and then wait in line again to ride the attraction. We were running a little short on time, so we returned the next day. To make things go more quickly, we upgraded our voucher to a Fast Track ticket, which had a much shorter line to purchase the ticket and we basically got right on the attraction (was a 12 pound upgrade per person).

Dec 2017

This tour was amazing!

Mar 2018

We got caught in traffic on our way to the tour. We did not realize how bad it was in London - add 15 to 20 minutes on top of what uber says time will be. We called the office to ask them to let the driver know we would be about 5 minutes late. The office informed us the bus had already left. They didn't offer any rebate or any other solutions of taking another tour at another time. I was very disappointed in Viator.

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