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Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover London’s royal history and sights on a London tour by foot and boat. Start with an early access visit to the Tower of London to see the opening ceremony and Crown Jewels without the usual daytime crowds. Then, take to the water on a half-hour River Thames sightseeing cruise. Stroll to Horse Guard’s Parade or Buckingham Palace to see the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, and learn all about the British Royal Family from a knowledgeable local guide.
  • Guided walking tour of London’s royal sights including the Tower of London and the Changing of the Guard
  • Enjoy early access to the Tower of London and see the dazzling Crown Jewels
  • See top attractions including Big Ben and the London Eye on a Thames River cruise
  • Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade
  • See Buckingham Palace and learn about Queen Elizabeth II
  • Listen to insightful commentary about London’s royal highlights from a guide
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VIP early-access tickets to Tower of London
Thames River Sightseeing Cruise
Headsets, when needed
Guided walking tour of London’s royal sights
Expert, English-speaking guide
Small groups of 25 people or fewer
Changing of the Guard Ceremony (If option selected)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Gratuities
1 Tower Hl Ter , 1 Tower Hl Ter, London EC3N 4EE, UK

Meeting Point Details: Directly in front of the Ticket Office at Tower of London, look for the City Wonders sign. Arriving by tube: Tower Hill Tube Station: Head west turn right towards Trinity Square, turn left onto Trinity Square, Tower of London - 3 min walk

Buckingham Palace , London SW1A 1AA, UK

This service ends at Buckingham Palace

Arrive at the Tower of London in the morning, and head inside with your early access ticket. Beating the crowds that appear later in the day, you’ll be one of the first inside the site. See the opening ceremony performed by the Beefeater guards, and then explore on your own. Highlights include the Jewel House — home to the Crown Jewels — along with the East Wall Walk, Medieval Palace, Traitors' Gate and the Tower Green: site of many an execution.

Late, at a prearranged time, meet your guide outside the tower and head to the pier. Hop aboard a Thames River cruise boat, and glide along the river into central London. Have your camera ready to capture snaps of some of London’s legendary landmarks as you go; Shakespeare’s Globe, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral are all on the route.

From the pier at Embankment, walk with your guide to Horse Guard’s Parade or Buckingham Palace. See the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, carried out by the red-coated soldiers of the Household Cavalry or Queen’s Foot Guard.

Continue to a vantage spot outside Buckingham Palace to see the balcony where the British Royal Family stand at events, and then bid your guide goodbye.

Please note: If the weather is poor on the day, the timing of the Changing of the Guard may be changed. In the event of this happening, this element of the experience will be replaced with an extended walking tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tower of London
Visiting inside
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Buckingham Palace
Visiting from outside
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Changing of the Guard
Part of the walking tour
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Houses of Parliament
Part of the walking tour
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall
Part of the visit
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Thames River
Part of the walking tour
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: Seeing the Changing of the Guard is weather dependent and on occasional Sundays may be rescheduled to early morning, this will then be replaced with an extended walking tour
  • Please note that due to the pandemic, the Tower of London opens 1 hour later until 22/10/2021 and from 02/11/2021 to 23/12/2021. For this reason, we've had to postpone our departure time by 1hour during these periods and we regret that due to time constraints, the changing of the guards ceremony cannot be included in the itinerary and will be replaced with an extended walking tour.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders UK
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "Worth the money for the early entrance to the Tower and the Crown Jewels and to experience the opening of the Tower." See review
  • "It is really a must for fans of English history and/or the monarchy." See review
  • "This tour is worth the money for just that fact alone." See review

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Great way to start a trip to London!
Gretchen_M
, Oct 2021
Michael gave a fabulous tour- so much information!! Tower of London with the private opening was great! A definite must! Loved the cruise and the overall review of must sees. A great way to start a trip to London!
star-4
Great walking tour
Roger_S
, Oct 2021
Great tour…. Lots of information and lots of walking. Make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes. Tour guide, Michael, was very knowledgeable about London! Would recommend.
star-3
It was an interesting...
Emilia_P
, Oct 2021
It was an interesting tour, the guide very friendly and knowledgeable. The unpleasant thing was that we were not informed that it was not possible to visit the palace due to Covid 19.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful, personally guided experience!
Lynne_W
, Oct 2021
David was a lovely tour guide. He kept the tour interesting and fun and was very knowledgable and had amazing historical insight. He answered our many questions and even helped push my 80 year old mother in her wheelchair uphill and on some uneven pavement. Having a personal guide around the city was one of the highlights of our trip. After the opening ceremony with the Beefeaters, we were able to see the crown jewels before the very large crowd appeared. At the end of the tour he told us where to find a wonderful pub where we enjoyed a pint and fueld up for the rest of our day. He was thankful and genuinely happy to welcome back tourists like us from across the pond as his industry has been devastated by covid. I highly recommend this personal experience while visiting London. It was honestly quite lovely and we would not know all that we do about London if it hadn't been for our guide, David. Cheers!
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STEVEN_J
, Apr 2020
Please contact me at 706-897-5653. Thank you. request voucher for use next year once the pandemic has ended.
star-5
Top notch tour
Brandon_L
, Feb 2020
Highly recommend, well worth the cost. Getting in to see the heels early was key. Knowledgeable and fun guide.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing Experience
Karen_E
, Feb 2020
Fabulous tour! Our guide was so knowledgable, informative, and helpful. Worth the money for the early entrance to the Tower and the Crown Jewels and to experience the opening of the Tower. We had a fantastic time and felt very well informed and taken care of!
star-5
So worth it!
klinkneraj823
, Oct 2019
The last time we came to London, the line to get into the tower was over 2 hours long - I so wish we had known about the early access tickets! We were able to get up close and personal with the jewel exhibits, armour, and other pieces without feeling rushed our crowded. We got some amazing pictures of the winding alleyways throughout the tower with not a single person in them. It was an amazing time. Our boat tour and walking tour around Buckingham was charming, due to Amber's personality and knowledge of all things London. She is a great asset to your company and this city!
star-5
Very informative and fun!
amodeoje
, Oct 2019
Amber was a great tour guide, and very entertaining! She was super informative and energetic. We learned so much in a seemingly short amount of time. Getting early access to the Tower and the cruise down the Thames alone made this tour worth the price. I also liked that it was only a half day, leaving ample time to squeeze other attractions and activities that day; definitely a good choice if you're only in London a short amount of time like we were.
star-5
Royal London Walking Tour of Tower of London and Changing of the Horse Guards
Carol B
, Oct 2019
Amber was fantastic with her knowledge of the history of London, and cruise of the Thames. We got early access to the Tower and Crown Jewels. Missed the crowds by taking the Viator tour. Buckingham Palace, and changing of the horseguards was great! Amber was very knowledgeable and patient with those who had difficulty walking.

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