Tower of London's walls
Buckingham Palace
Guided tour of the Tower of London
Cruise among the themes
Changing of the guards in Buckingham Palace
VIP Early Access

Best of Royal London - including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard

(229 Reviews)
4 h.
Tue to Sat

  • From the macabre to the magnificent, begin your tour at the infamous Tower of London – former fortress, prison and execution site. This expertly curated early-morning visit to one of London’s most iconic landmarks avoids long lines and large crowds so you can experience its opening ceremony and be among the first to view the priceless Crown Jewels.
  • You’ll next step aboard a relaxing river cruise up the Thames as your expert, English-speaking guide points out major landmarks along its banks. Disembark this superior shuttle for a fully-guided walking tour through the Horse Guards to St. James and enjoy watching the Changing of the Guard. Your guide will make sure you are in the best spot for taking photos as they herald you with the history behind the pomp and pageantry.
  • Your tour ends at beautiful Buckingham Palace, royal residence of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. View the balcony from which royal decrees have been issued to the adoring public for generations. Your tour group of 25 people or fewer makes it easy to maneuver through these popular landmarks and destinations. Headsets are provided, when needed, so you can always hear your guide.

Your Unique London Tour Experience

What's Included

  • VIP early-access tickets to Tower of London
  • River Thames boat cruise
  • Guided walking tour 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 always hear your guide
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Tower of London (inside)
  • Thames River cruise
  • Horse Guards Parade
  • St James's Park
  • Buckingham Palace (outside)

Famous and somewhat infamous, we start this early morning relaxing, strolling tour at one of the United Kingdom’s most recognizable landmarks – the Tower of London. Formerly a fortress, a prison, and the macabre execution site of three Queens of England, you will have privileged early access to the Tower before it opens to the public, and will witness the Opening Ceremony performed by the Yeoman Warders, or Beefeaters as they are better known.

Our early morning tour also avoids the crowds that form later in the day and allows you to be among the first to see the Crown Jewels. These official regalia and vestments used by the Sovereign of the United Kingdom have been held in this Jewel House for the last 600 years and include swords, crowns, scepters, orbs, rings and more.

Changing of the Guard

From here we escort you on board a relaxing river shuttle up the Thames to enjoy the beautiful sites as your expert local guide points out notable landmarks. Once we arrive at the Embankment, we will take a short leisurely walk to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace or the Horse Guards Parade, depending on the day.

You’ll be brought to a prime viewpoint for the best photo ops of this very popular and crowded event, your guide enlivening your experience even further with vibrant and entertaining stories about the history and pageantry behind this traditional ceremony. (Please note that this experience is subject to weather conditions.)

Grand Finale at Buckingham Palace

Your morning ends at Buckingham Palace - it looks like a grand bastion to the rest of us, but to Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, it is home sweet home. Here you’ll enjoy plenty of time to take photographs to last a lifetime, particularly of the iconic balcony where the royal family perform their well-practiced slow hand wave during major events. It is a wonderful way to end a perfect London morning with your expert local City Wonders guide.

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