Best of Royal London including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard and Cruise

Greater London, United Kingdom
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From USD 106.73

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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 Thames River boat ride. 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 boat ride
  • 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

What's Included

  • VIP early-access tickets to Tower of London
  • Boat ride on the River Thames
  • Headsets, when needed
  • Guided walking tour of London’s royal sights
  • Expert, English-speaking guide
  • Changing of the Guard Ceremony (If option selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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

End point

  • Buckingham Palace
    London SW1A 1AA, UK

    This service ends at Buckingham Palace

What To Expect

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 boat ride, 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.

Tower of London

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Thames River

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Changing of the Guard

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • 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 if your tour starts later than 9am, 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
  • Please note that if you book your tour on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, you’ll experience the change of the Household Cavalry.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers

Cancellation Policy

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 travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

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


394 reviews
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Great way to see London highlights
Amanda_M, May 2023
Natalie our tour guide was knowledgable and provided insight about so much throughout each destination. She offered to take pictures of our group at numerous points of interest and were some of our best pictures on our trip and included all of us. She knew the best spots to view changing of the guard where we felt like we had front row seats.
Informative London tour
Bella_G, May 2023
Informative tour of London! Getting into the tower before the general public was necessary in order to see the Crown jewels. Thankful this tour gave us that opportunity! The cruise was really just a boat ride, but still cool. Learning about all the palaces around Buckingham was interesting. Sort of a long tour. Margaret was a great guide.
Missed parts of tour
GeorgeX_D, May 2023
Our guide Jeremy was very good. However, after seeing the Tower of London, the tour waited over an hour for a boat, resulting in our missing the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and the Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall. This was to be a high light for us and our grand daughters, a reason for booking this tour. I believe I am entitled to a significant refund. Again, not the guide’s fault. He spoke several times to the man on the dock trying to resolve the problem.
Best of Royal London with the fabulous Nathalie!!
Amber_W, May 2023
We had a delightful time with Nathalie as our guide. It was my son’s first time in London and I wanted to be sure we saw some sights as I normally come alone for business. The tour was quite informative and well timed. Nathalie is a gem; if you get her as a guide you won’t be sorry.
Want a great tour? Take this one!
Russell_S, May 2023
Natalie was just fantastic! She added the personal touch and gave a history lesson/tidbits that fascinated us. The whole process was seamless. Mucho love and stoke from us (Jacksonville, FL)
Much to see
Janet_B, May 2023
Guide was good but did not keep an eye out for her group Many of us felt lost looking for her . The cruise was great so much to see in the Tower of London only saw the jewels Will need to go back for a longer visit
Great tour!
Amy_M, May 2023
Wonderful tour and guide. It gave a great overview of many key places. The early access to the Tower of London and Crown Jewels was worth the price alone.
Wanda_J, May 2023
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant to listen to. Everything went very smoothly . I was extremely please with the experience! Thank you
Great overview of Royal London
Wendy_D, May 2023
The audio system was excellent, as Michael was very informative and was able to continue to speak as we moved along.
Excllent experience
L_S, May 2023
Rafe was a very knowledgable and energetic guide! Great tour and experience with Viator and City Wonders.
Quick Tour of Tower of London
Hemal_N, May 2023
If you’re looking for a quick tour of Tower of London, this tour is for you. If you’re a big history buff and like to look at each exhibit in detail, I suggest you set aside 3-4 hours for this experience. Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable. We were there during the King’s coronation so we didn’t see the changing of the guard but saw dress rehearsals of the cavalry. The cruise was short but a nice break in between Tower and Buckingham Palace.
Great historical experience!
Michael_P, May 2023
The tour guide, Nathan, was awesome! Knowledgeable, personable, experienced, pleasant- he was excellent! The only thing we didn’t like was the experience on the cruise- crowded, noisy and uncomfortable- I don’t feel the cruise was worth it.
See a lot in a short period of time.
Patrick_T, May 2023
Our tour guide Michael was exceptionally informative and funny. He answered questions patiently. This is a lot of walking so be prepared for a fast walk.
Great tour
Stephanie_V, May 2023
Our tour guide Raf was excellent and his knowledge on the history was outstanding. He was full of lots of details and stories. The sites we toured were great and seeing the Crown Jewels was the best!
HEMANT_H, May 2023
My tickets included the Changing of Guard - did not happen !!!!! Skip the line to Tower of London - 30 mins on the line !!!!!!! The cruise - had to wait 90 mins for a cruise that was really a boat ride from the Tower of London to the South Bank ! Please refund my money !!
Response from Host, May 2023
Hello HEMANT_H, Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding your experience with our Best of Royal London tour, including the Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, and Cruise. We apologize for the disappointment and inconvenience you encountered during the tour. We deeply regret that the Changing of the Guard ceremony did not take place as expected and that you experienced a longer-than-anticipated wait at the Tower of London. We understand how important these elements are to the overall experience, and we apologize for any frustration caused by these unexpected circumstances. Regarding the cruise, we apologize for the longer-than-anticipated wait and any misunderstanding regarding the nature of the experience. We appreciate your feedback and will review the communication surrounding this portion of the tour to ensure that it accurately reflects the experience provided. We understand your request for a refund and would like to assist you further with this matter. Please kindly reach out to Edgar Chavero at or our customer service department to provide the necessary details for your refund request. We will thoroughly review your case and work towards resolving the issue in a timely manner. Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your understanding. We value your patronage and the opportunity to address your concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly, and we will do our best to assist you. Best regards, Edgar J. Communications Manager City Wonders
Walking tour of tour of London
Patti_L, May 2023
The Tower of London was my favorite part of this tour. Our guide did a good job , however, the pace he kept tour at was a bit fast for some of the older participants. Seeing the changing of the guard was great.
5 stars for City Wonders and their great tour guide
Melissa_R, May 2023
Our tour guide Jo was absolutely wonderful. She was extremely knowledgeable and fun. There was a couple of things we were not able to do because of the coronation security but what we did do we really enjoyed.
Seeing Buckingham Palace...
Janine_D, May 2023
Seeing Buckingham Palace in real life was very overwhelming! Our guide Raph has so much knowledge about everything and anything to do with london
Janine_N, Apr 2023
Excellent experience 👏 and excellent tour guide Jeremy. Was able to see and take in alot of information from our Guide .Will book through viator again.
Tower of London review
Jose_M, Apr 2023
Jeremy was an excellent tour guide, his knowledge of the Tower of London and all the sites he took us to was impressive. He was also very professional and courteous, I would highly recommend this tour with him.

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