Best of Royal London Tour Including Tower of London with Small-Group Windsor Castle Tour by Train

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Best of Royal London Tour Including Tower of London with Small-Group Windsor Castle Tour by Train

Excursion Overview

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. This tour is a quick-yet-comprehensive strolling tour of the township’s top sites, followed by a jaunt to the quaint English countryside to see where the most famous Londoners - the Royal Family - escape to!

Tour Includes

  • Early access to Tower of London including opening ceremony
  • Entrance fees to Tower of London
  • Thames River cruise
  • Guided walking tour from Embankment to Buckingham Palace
  • Changing of the Guard (weather permitting)
  • Guided visit of Windsor and Eton
  • Entrance tickets and audio-guided visit of Windsor Castle
  • Return train tickets
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Headsets when appropriate

Tour Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Food/Beverages

What You Can Expect

Begin your day at the famed and somewhat infamous Tower - former prison and execution site of three Queens of England.  This 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. End your tour at Buckingham Palace and see the famous balcony where the royal family appears during major events.

After your free time - Meet your guide at a central London station and with your pre-booked tickets handed to you, you can leisurely board your train to the quaint village of Windsor. On arrival at Windsor, feeling relaxed and refreshed, you will be eager to explore this authentically English town with your enthusiastic guide.

More tales of the luminaries of British life await as your guide show you Eton, home of the most famous school in England, Eton College. This charming town was the playground of some of the most recognisable figures in British history as young boarders at Eton – Prime Ministers, writers George Orwell and Ian Fleming, and of course, Princes William and Harry. Your guide will educate you on what life is like for these schoolboys.

Having seen the town, it’s now time to visit the home of their grandmother – Windsor Castle. This is the longest occupied palace in Europe, having housed all British monarchs since Henry I, and is favoured by Queen Elizabeth II as her weekend retreat. A treasure trove of royal history, the splendour of this palace will reveal itself to you as you are expertly steered through its rooms by your audio guide. Admire the intricate Gothic architecture of St. George’s Chapel, final resting place of monarchs including King Henry VIII. At the turn of every palatial corridor, another royal jewel lays waiting to be unearthed by you.

Additional Important Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Morning Tour:

  • Non-flash photography is permitted in the Tower of London
  • Changing of the Guard will not operate in rain and will be replaced with an extended walking tour
  • Afternoon Tour:

  • Photography is not permitted within Windsor Castle but is allowed within the gardens
  • General information:

  • Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, there may be delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags.
  • Unable to accommodate wheelchairs or guests with any impairments requiring special assistance
  • Unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages
  • These are tours that involve a reasonable amount of walking
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended

Voucher information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Departure point

Morning Tour:
Tower of London
Afternoon Tour:
Waterloo Train Station

Departure time

Morning Tour:8.15am: Best of London
Afternoon Tour: 1.45pm - Windsor

Return Details

Morning Tour: Outside Buckingham Palace      
Afternoon Tour: This service ends at Windsor Castle. You are free to continue to explore at their leisure 

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