Tower Of London And Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

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Combine a visit to the Tower of London and a Thames River sightseeing cruise with this convenient one-day pass. You'll experience two of London's most popular highlights, with the freedom to plan your day of sightseeing how you please.

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Tower of London
Home to the Crown Jewels, the Tower of London reverberates with dark secrets, where priceless jewels glint in fortified vaults and pampered ravens strut the grounds. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066, and enlarged and modified by successive sovereigns, the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses. Discover its 900-year history as royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution, mint, arsenal, menagerie and jewel house.

Thames River Sightseeing Cruise
The best way to see the sights and splendor of this great capital city is from the deck of a boat. The River Thames weaves its way through London, with history around every bend.

You'll experience the sights and splendor of this great city from the comfort of a modern, all-weather, wheelchair-friendly RiverLiner, with open upper decks and spacious lower saloons with panoramic windows. Take advantage of two bars providing light refreshments, snacks and alcoholic beverages.

Cruises depart frequently from Westminster Pier, Waterloo (London Eye) Pier, Tower and Greenwich Pier. The shortest trips between piers last around 30 minutes, while the full round trip takes 2.5 leisurely hours.

Inclusions for Tower Of London And Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

  • Sightseeing cruise
  • Live commentary on board
  • Admission ticket to Tower of London

Exclusions for Tower Of London And Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pick up and drop off

Itinerary:

The journey through history begins at Westminster Pier, in the shadow of Big Ben's tower and just a few steps away from Westminster Abbey, where kings and queens have been crowned for almost 1,000 years. This is also the pier closest to the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms off Whitehall, the center of national government, and the Banqueting House, the last remaining building from the old Palace of Whitehall.

Across the river, County Hall, once the headquarters of the London County Council and then the Greater London Council, no longer echoes to the cries of councilors. Down below, the London Aquarium reveals the secrets of the deep while, above, visitors and business people relax in the comfort of the Marriott Hotel.

A few yards downstream see the Millennium Wheel, better known as the London Eye. In a 25 minute ride it offers spectacular views across London and far beyond.

Through the Jubilee and Hungerford foot bridges and Charing Cross railway bridge, the Royal Festival Hall recalls the post-war days when the river carried some 6million people to celebrate the Festival of Britain at this very site. Beyond Waterloo Bridge comes Somerset House, the grand building on the north bank that was once the home of various government departments and is now a vibrant arts, heritage and entertainment center.

Beyond Blackfriars, look up the steps on the north bank for a view of St. Paul's Cathedral as you pass beneath the new Millennium Footbridge, which provides a pedestrian link with Bankside, part of the South Bank regeneration development. Among the attractions in this area are the Tate Modern art gallery and Sam Wannamaker's re-creation of Shakespeare's Globe theatre, the first building with a thatched roof to have been built in London since the great fire of 1666.

The South Bank here is the heart of historic Southwark, famed for its riverside pubs and the smallest of the capital's three cathedrals. Through London Bridge a thrilling vista unfolds: the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the retired battle-cruiser HMS Belfast.

On into Docklands: historic Wapping and Limehouse to the north, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe to the south. Many of the old docks have disappeared while those that remain now play host to yachtsmen, weekend sailors and narrowboats.

Approaching Canary Wharf ,the new commercial face of Docklands is revealed. Canary Wharf and its neighboring developments are bringing thousands of new jobs to the area. Along the river banks new residential, commercial and leisure developments continue apace.

The National Maritime Museum, with its new Neptune Court and galleries, offers a fascinating and entertaining visit for all the family. These, together with the historic clipper ship Cutty Sark, the Old Royal Observatory, Queen's House, Fan Museum, traditional covered market and many more attractions form the World Heritage Site of Greenwich.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Bar, cafe and toilets are available onboard the cruise

Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • Excellent tour.

  • Absolutely great.

  • We found The Tower of London a great experience. The Beefeater guide was very funny and informative. The same goes for the Thames River Cruise. There was no problem getting the tickets. It was easy and all concerned were very helpful. I highly recommend this tour

  • A surprise trip for sisters Birthday and an 8 year old boy, freedom to plan own day, went down to Greenwich, a worthy trip, fun commentary on the boat and just an excellent experience, undoubtedly assisted by the weather being amazing as well.

  • This was a GREAT excursion. We had no idea how cool the Tower of London is! Plan ahead to spend several hours, if not more, once you get into the grounds of the Tower of London. Really, really interesting. We saw the Crown Jewels and took a walking tour once inside. The history is fascinating! The River cruise was really enjoyable. Our tour guide, Dale, was so funny. This was a really good value for our excursion budget and one that stands out as a favorite.

  • disappointed that you have to pick up the tickets first for the cruise and wait until 0945 when the tower of London opens at 0900

  • Really enjoyed both the Tower of London and the River Cruise! Not sure that it saved any time getting this package in advance since you have to go get your tickets down at the dock first and then go back and get in the regular line for Tower of London tickets. I didn't double-check the cost-savings of the package either. Taking the River Cruise was especially nice to see several sites in one-shot. Ride down to see Westminster Abbey and Big Ben and walk over to Buckingham Palace and Jewel Tower. Pass by the London Eye and the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

  • Sightseeing tour was great, however there is no point in purchasing tickets ahead of time if you had to wait in a 20 minute long line to then convert your barcode to another ticket and the kiosk machine was broke.

  • Had wonderful weather and the cruise was a blast! Good views and picture opportunities everywhere. Tower of London has as much to do or take it easy and only do some of the many venues. Everything is clearly mapped out and there are opportunities to amuse children everywhere.

  • The Tower of London is self guided, but that allows you to spend as much time as you want, and the flexibility for the cruise is great. Both well worth it, and get to skip the lines at the Tower.

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