Day Tours | London

The London Pass

The London Pass - eVoucherThe London Pass is a sightseeing pass which gives you free access to 60 attractions around London. It is perfected for anyone on an extended stay in London.

  • Save at least £20 per day on entry prices by visiting just three top attractions each day
  • Attractions include the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Thames River Cruises
  • Skip queues with priority entry at some of the busiest and most popular attractions
  • Free colour guidebook to help you plan your sightseeing
  • Extra special offers for restaurants and shops

The London Pass is a smartcard that records when and where you first use the card, and how long the pass is then valid for.

Please note:

  • The pass does not include transport (That is what Oyster Card and London Travelcard are for)
  • The pass is valid for consecutive days from when it is first used
  • A day of validity is a calendar day, not a 24 hour period, so we recommend you use your pass as early as possible on the first day to maximise the benefits

 

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Half Day Tours

Royal London morning tour

With Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace.

Days of Operation: Daily
Depart From: Most central London hotels
Tour Duration: 4 hours
Highlights:

   - Private guided tour of the Tower of London with Yeoman Warder
   - Be the first group to visit the Crown Jewels
   - Panoramic drive seeing the icons of London; Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and much more
   - See Changing of the Guard - subject to availability
   - Thames River Cruise - see St. Pauls Cathedral, the Globe Theatre and much more

Coach Drive Through Central London
After the morning pick up we depart Victoria and drive through the very heart of central London past some of the key landmarks including Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament and The London Eye before driving along the Embankment with great views of The River Thames.

The Tower of London (Private Tour)
Following a coach ride past some of Londons most famous landmarks including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, you arrive at the Tower of London where you are met on the middle drawbridge by your very own Yeoman Warder.

Leading you into this world heritage site before it opens to the public the Beefeater will take you on a private guided tour explaining the history behind this fortress of imprisonment and torture. You are also the first group to see the Crown Jewels before enjoying some free time to explore on our own.

Why not visit Traitors Gate, the armouries or the Bloody Tower? And keep an eye out for the famous Ravens. Tradition has it that if the Ravens leave the Tower the monarch will fall!

Changing The Guard
Departing the Tower you head to The Mall to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony as one of the Queens Household Regiments march from St. James Palace to Buckingham Palace dressed in their world famous tunics and busbies.*

Thames River Cruise & Pub Lunch
Next you take a short cruise on the River Thames asyou enjoy excellent views of St. Paul's Cathedral and Shakespeares Globe before heading for a traditional pub lunch in Whitehall, close to Downing Street, the residence of the Prime Minister (food/drink not included). The pub is also close to Westminster Abbey giving you a chance to take photos after you've eaten.

Royal Windsor Castle

Days of Operation: Mon, Thur, Sat
Depart From: Over 170 central London hotels
Tour Duration: 5 hours
Highlights:

   - Morning tour to Windsor Castle
   - Visit the State Apartments, St. Georges Chapel and Queen Mary's Dolls House
   - Free time to explore Windsor town and buy souvenirs

After your courtesy pick up we head out to Windsor Castle where over 900 years of royal history are waiting for you. From William the Conqueror all the way through to our current Queen, successive monarchs have lived here and left their mark on what is now the largest continuously occupied castle in the world.

Your ticket allows entrance to the castle, so you can see for yourself the splendour of St. Georges Chapel and the sumptuous state apartments. Windsor itself is a pretty town full of traditional shops and historic pubs. Shakespeare is said to have written his play The Merry Wives of Windsor in one of them!

Jack the Ripper coach and walking tour

Days of Operation: Daily except Tue & Thur
Depart From: Thistle Marble Arch at 6.45pm
Tour Duration: 3 hours
Highlights:

   - Coach drive through the dark side of London
   - See The Old Bailey, where the Elephant Man lived and where Braveheart was tortured
   - Walk in the foot steps of Jack the Ripper and inspect the murder sites

Part 1: Coach Drive Through Dark London
Your tour begins with a coach drive direct to the dark side of London. You see the Old Bailey - the site of numerous public hangings, the Royal London Hospital where the Elephant Man lived, the Wallace Plaque where Braveheart was tortured and hear tales of gangland warfare, butcherous barbers and great train robbers.

Part 2: Jack the Ripper Walk
As the shadows lengthen, you approach London''s East End, a hotbed of crime and vice in the 19th century. During the autumn of 1888, terror struck when Jack the Ripper came out of the fog and dimly lit alleys just long enough to stalk and butcher his five victims. At this point you leave the coach and walk his death trail inspecting the murder sites, deciphering the evidence and discussing his suspects. To this day the case remains unsolved. Come and investigate the case for yourself - who was Jack the Ripper?

Part 3 : A Drink with Sherlock Holmes
Fancy a nightcap? Then enter the warmth of the Sherlock Holmes Pub. The pub boasts a wide collection of the investigators memorabilia. Feeling Hungry? The pub also has a wide variety of meals including a traditional fish and chip supper on offer which can be purchased from the bar.

NB. Please note the tour will finish near Trafalgar Square

London Dungeon Classic Red Bus tour 

Days of Operation: Daily AM
Depart From: Over 170 central London hotels
Tour Duration: 7 hours
Highlights:

   - Classic red London bus tour - see the highlights of London
   - Includes cruise on the River Thames and entrance to The London Dungeon
   - Priority access at The London Dungeon - beat the queues
   - See the Changing of the Guard
   - Free hotel collection from over 170 hotels

Enjoy this Classic London tour that combines a unique journey past London’s highlights on a red vintage bus with a visit to the world famous Madame Tussauds. The tour also includes a cruise on the river Thames and the chance to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

Classic Red Bus Tour
Take your seat on our beautifully restored double-decker bus and marvel at all of London’s highlights including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.

Have your cameras at the ready as we stop for photos at Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, St. Paul’s Cathedral where Admirals Nelson and Wellington lie buried and where Princess Diana was married. Then join us at the Tower of London that was built nearly a thousand years ago and is now home to the Crown Jewels protected by the famous Beefeaters. The imposing former palace was once used as a fortress and a prison and you can see Traitors Gate where prisoners entered the Tower for the last time!

Cruise on the River Thames
Next we take a leisurely cruise on the River Thames that passes Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle and London Bridge before we arrive at Westminster pier, rejoin the bus and head for Buckingham Palace.

Here we make our way to the perfect spot to watch the world famous Changing of the Guard ceremony as the soldiers, dressed in their fabulous tunics and busbies march to military music.

The London Dungeon
Transport yourself back to the darkest moments in the capital’s history within the deep depths of the London Dungeon . Live actors, shows, rides and interactive special effects ensure that you face your fears head on in this unique experience. Everything that you see is based on real historical events from Jack the Ripper, to the Great Fire of London, torture and the plague. With two scary rides the London Dungeon provides a thrilling and fun experience that will leave your family screaming for more! Ninety minutes of thrills and chills… are you brave enough?

Are you brave enough to cross the threshold of Sweeny Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street? A short back and sides (1785 - style) could be just the thing to round off your visit...But will you get more than you bargained for? Keep your wits about you to make sure you don't become the next filling in Mrs. Lovett's famous pies!

Embark upon your last journey on Extremis: Drop ride to Doom! At the mercy of the hangman, you are at the very point of death and the end is drawing near... Taste the fear and feel the adrenaline pump as you drop, screaming into the darkness below!

1888, and the fear rises inside you as you enter Jack the Ripper's Whitechapel. As you wander the stinking slums the true horror of his terrible crimes is reveled in bloody, graphic detail. And then a scream. the flash of a cloak and an evil smile as you come face to face with Jack the Ripper himself... will you survive?
The tour ends at the London Dungeon leaving you ample time to enjoy the attraction.

NB. When the guard change does not take place, you stop instead for photos of the Horse Guards Parade. In the afternoon, stop for photos at Buckingham Palace. When the Red Bus is not available you will use the Harrods green vintage Routemaster.

Sea Life London Aquarium Classic Red Bus tour

Classic Red Bus Tour & Cruise on the River Thames as above cluminating in a visit to SEA LIFE London Aquarium instead of the London Dungeons.

Days of Operation: Daily AM
Depart From: Over 170 central London hotels
Tour Duration: 5 hours

The SEA LIFE London Aquarium
The Sea Life London Aquarium is home to one of Europe's largest collections of global marine life and is the jewel in the crown of the 28 Sea Life attractions in the UK and Europe. Situated in the heart of London, the experience takes visitors on an immersive and interactive journey along the Great Oceanic Conveyor.

The mysterious experience starts by taking a submarine style lift to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean . Along the journey, a stunning glass tunnel walkway offers guests an unforgettable experience by strolling underneath a tropical ocean. There is plenty of interaction along the way, from feeding the stingrays and watching diving displays to touch pools and discovery zones.

Other stars of the show include green turtles, seahorses, octopus, zebra sharks and the ever popular clown fish. The true highlight however, commences as guests complete their journey in the deeper darker zone of the Pacific Ocean - take a walk on the wild side and watch 10 species of shark swim beneath your feet from a suspended glass platform.

The tour ends at The SEA LIFE London Aquarium leaving you ample time to enjoy the attraction and surrounding area. Why not grab some fish and chips or take a flight on the London Eye?

NB. When the guard change does not take place, you stop instead for photos of the Horse Guards Parade. In the afternoon, stop for photos at Buckingham Palace. When the Red Bus is not available we will use the Harrods green vintage Routemaster.

Wartime London

Wartime LondonFrom 1939 to 1945 Britain fought for its very survival against Hitler's mighty war machine. Many of the attacks centered on London, which was bombed for 76 consecutive nights from 7 September 1940 through to the middle of November. Join us on a vintage bus to discover the devastating effect World War II had on the city and experience life as it would have been during the Blitz.

Included Highlights

   - Travel on a period vehicle from the 1930s or 40s with the services of a professional guide
   - Visit the Imperial War Museum (Morning Tour)
   - Opportunity to visit the Cabinet War Rooms (Afternoon Tour)
   - Exclusive Wartime London Pictorial Guide showing many of the sites as they were

Morning Tour - City of London and Imperial War Museum

Wartime LondonOur tour takes us into the City of London and the scene of some of the heaviest bombing. We'll visit the site where the first bombs were dropped, see churches that remain in ruins to this day and learn how pieces of Roman London were revealed by this destruction. As we pass over London Bridge we compare today's modern skyline to how it looked during the height of the bombing. Hear about the remarkable saving of St Paul's Cathedral and its effect on the people of London.

Visit the Imperial War Museum, home to the finest collection of military artefacts as well as archives of personal and official documents, photographs, and video material relating to the war.

Afternoon Tour - Westminster, the West End and Cabinet War Rooms

Wartime LondonThe afternoon tour passes through Parliament Square to Whitehall to see the Statue of Sir Winston Churchill and the Cenotaph, site of the annual remembrance service. See the monument to the women of WWII and learn how Downing Street was protected. Visit Grosvenor Square, where many of the US Forces were based, and see the statues of US Presidents Roosevelt and Eisenhower. We continue on to the West End, where we'll see the bar named after Glen Miller and the famous Rainbow Corner (American Red Cross Club) whose regular visitors included Irving Berlin, George Raft and James Stewart.

Finally, we have an opportunity to visit the Churchill War Rooms (admission not included) where Winston Churchill and his staff changed the course of history, or to take a walking tour with your guide and learn how Buckingham Palace and the Royal Family coped during the war.

Why not combine both tours to make for a fascinating full day tour?

Open Top Bus Tours

Days of Operation: Daily AM
Depart From: Over 170 central London hotels
Tour Duration: 3.5 hours
Highlights:

   - Vintage open top London bus tour - see the highlights of London
   - Includes cruise on the River Thames
   - See the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace
   - Free hotel collection from over 170 hotels
   - See Westminster Abbey - Big Ben - London Eye - St Paul's Cathedral - Tower of London - Thames Cruise - Changing of the Guard

What better way to see the highlights of London than from onboard a vintage double-decker bus? Enjoy great views of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye as we meander through the streets and history of our great city. The tour also includes a cruise on the river Thames and the chance to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

Open Top Double Decker Bus Tour
Take your seat on our beautifully restored double-decker bus and marvel at all of London’s highlights including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.

St. Paul's Cathedral & the Tower of London
Have your cameras at the ready at Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, St. Paul’s Cathedral where Admirals Nelson and Wellington lie buried and where Princess Diana was married. Then join us at the Tower of London that was built nearly a thousand years ago and is now home to the Crown Jewels protected by the famous Beefeaters. The imposing former palace was once used as a fortress and a prison and you can see Traitors Gate where prisoners entered the Tower for the last time!

Cruise on the River Thames
Next we take a leisurely cruise on the River Thames that passes Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle and London Bridge before we arrive at Westminster pier, rejoin the bus and head for Buckingham Palace.

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is the official Royal residence of Her Majesty the Queen, and we make our way to the perfect spot to watch the world famous Changing of the Guard ceremony as the Queen's soldiers, dressed in their fabulous tunics and busbies march to military music.

Note: When the guard change does not take place, we stop instead for photos of the Buckingham Palace. When the Red Bus is not available we will use the Harrods green vintage Routemaster.
*St. Paul's is not included on all of the tours below.


Additions to this tour
There are a number of options that can be added to the above tour to suit what you would like to see. These options are listed below and include:

   - Two course lunch at Kensington Palace
   - The Tower of London
   - London Eye
   - London Aquarium
   - London Dungeon
   - Madame Tussauds
   - Stonehenge




Full Day Tours

Welcome to London with private tour of the Tower of London.

Days of Operation: Daily
Depart From: Victoria Coach Station Gate 5, 8.15 AM
Tour Duration: 9 hours
Highlights:

   - Private guided tour of the Tower of London with Yeoman Warder
   - Be the first group to visit the Crown Jewels
   - Panoramic drive seeing the icons of London ; Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Harrods and much more
   - See Changing of the Guard - subject to availability
   - Thames River Cruise - see St. Pauls Cathedral, the Globe Theatre and much more
   - Pub lunch in Whitehall (food/drink not included)
   - Visit St Pauls with professional guide and fast entry ticket

The Tower of London (Private Tour)
Following a coach ride past some of Londons most famous landmarks including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, you arrive at the Tower of London where you are met on the middle drawbridge by your very own Yeoman Warder.

Leading you into this world heritage site before it opens to the public the Beefeater will take you on a private guided tour explaining the history behind this fortress of imprisonment and torture. You are also the first group to see the Crown Jewels before enjoying some free time to explore on our own.

Why not visit Traitors Gate, the armouries or the Bloody Tower? And keep an eye out for the famous Ravens. Tradition has it that if the Ravens leave the Tower the monarch will fall!

Changing The Guard
Departing the Tower you head to The Mall to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony as one of the Queens Household Regiments march from St. James Palace to Buckingham Palace dressed in their world famous tunics and busbies.*

Thames River Cruise & Pub Lunch
Next you take a short cruise on the River Thames as you enjoy excellent views of St. Paul's Cathedral and Shakespeares Globe and take a break for lunch. After lunch you have a photo stop at Westminster Abbey.

St Paul's Cathedral
The afternoon part of the tour begins with a visit to St Paul's Cathedral. You will explore the masterpiece designed by Wren in 1673 with a professional guide, taking time to listen to the 1695 organ that Mendelssohn once played and visit the tombs of Nelson and Wellington. There will also be the chance to test the unique acoustics of the Whispering Gallery (not normally visited by other tour groups.).On Sundays when there is restricted viewing at the Cathedral there will be an opportunity to enter and enjoy one of the services.

A Visit to Harrods
Then you head through Knightsbridge to one of the worlds most famous stores - Harrods. The tour ends at Harrods leaving you free time to explore the store at your leisure - why not visit the fabulous food halls?

*If the Changing of the Guard is not taking place you will still see Buckingham Palace and then visit the Horse Guards Parade.

Total London full day tour with the London Eye

As with Welcome to London tour above, with a flight on the London Eye at the end.

Days of Operation: Daily
Depart From: Most Central London Hotels
Tour Duration: 9 hours
Highlights:

   - Private guided tour of the Tower of London with Yeoman Warder
   - Be the first group to visit the Crown Jewels
   - Further tour of the Tower by Yeoman Warder plus free time to explore
   - Panoramic drive seeing the icons of London; Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, Harrods and much more
   - See Changing of the Guard - subject to availability
   - Thames River Cruise - see St Paul's Cathedral, the Globe Theatre and much more
   - Pub lunch in Whitehall (food/drink not included)
   - Visit St Paul's Cathedral with professional guide and fast entry ticket
   - Flight on the London Eye

London Eye
Standing at an amazing 135 metres above the centre of London, the London Eye is the worlds highest observation wheel and offers magnificent panoramic views - on a clear day is is possible to see as far as Windsor Castle!

*If the Changing of the Guard is not taking place you will still see Buckingham Palace and then visit the Horse Guards Parade.

Magic of London with Champagne tea at Westminster. Plus Thames river cruise.

As with Welcome to London tour above, with champagne tea at Park Plaza Westminster at the end.

Days of Operation: Daily
Depart From: Most Central London Hotels
Tour Duration: 9 hours
Highlights:

   - Private guided tour of the Tower of London with Yeoman Warder
   - Be the first group to visit the Crown Jewels
   - Panoramic drive seeing the icons of London; Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Harrods and much more
   - See Changing of the Guard - subject to availability
   - Thames River Cruise - see St. Paul's Cathedral, the Globe Theatre and London bridge
   - Visit St Pauls with professional guide and fast entry ticket
   - Champagne tea and scones at Park Plaza Westminster

Champagne Tea At Park Plaza Westminster
Then you head through Knightsbridge to one of the worlds most famous stores - Harrods, where we finish our day with a Champagne tea served on the fourth floor Georgian restaurant, (see left - click for bigger). Relax and enjoy the 5 star service whilst listening to the live pianist (performs on Saturdays and Sundays only). The tour ends at Harrods leaving you free time to explore the store at your leisure - why not visit the fabulous food halls?

*If the Changing of the Guard is not taking place you will still see Buckingham Palace.

The Original London Sightseeing Tour

TakeOriginal London Sightseeing Tour in London’s most famous landmarks on board an open top sightseeing bus, and hop on and off wherever you like at over 80 stops across the city.

See London’s most famous sights on board one of the city’s famous double decker tour buses.

   - Modern and comfortable buses
   - Tickets include access to three
routes
   - Tickets are valid for 24 hours from when they are first used
   - Price includes free Thames River Cruise and free Walking Tour of London
   - Younger guests can enjoy special children’s commentary and activity packs
   - Tour times: 8.30am – 7pm daily
   - Buses depart every 15 – 20 minutes
   - No tours on 25 December




Out of London

Extended visit to Windsor Castle & Buckingham Palace

Days of Operation: Mon, Thurs, Sat
Depart From: Over 170 central London hotels
Tour Duration: 8 hours
Highlights:

   - Explore Windsor Castle - weekend residence of the Queen
   - Extended visit to Windsor with free time to explore!
   - Visit Buckingham Palace
   - Tour the State Apartments and picturesque Royal Gardens

Windsor Castle
Over 900 years of royal history are waiting for you in Windsor Castle, which is perched high above the River Thames just outside of London. From William the Conqueror all the way through to the current Queen, successive monarchs have lived here and left their mark on what is now the largest continuously occupied castle in the world.

You shall be amongst the first people to enter Windsor Castle, so you can see for yourself the splendour of St. Georges chapel and the sumptuous state apartments. Windsor itself is a pretty town full of traditional shops and historic pubs. Shakespeare is said to have written his play The Merry Wives of Windsor in one of them!

Buckingham Palace
After lunch you head to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of Her Majesty The Queen, which serves as both her home and office. Visitors to the State Rooms can see many of the magnificent rooms which form the heart of the working palace and are used regularly by the Royal Family for official entertainment, ceremonies and State functions.

The Palace guides are on hand to point out the numerous works of priceless art in the lavishly furnished rooms. Afterwards, you can enjoy a walk along the south side of the Royal Garden and look out across the picturesque lake constructed in the 19th century. The tour ends in the Palace allowing you free time to explore at your leisure.

Please note the tour is unescorted inside Buckingham Palace - the tour is with an audio guide.

Stratford, Stonehenge, Bath & The Cotswolds

Includes Champagne reception at Shakespeare's birthplace

Days of Operation: Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun
Depart From: Over 170 central London hotels
Tour Duration: 11 hours
Highlights:

   - Entrance to Shakespeare Birthplace Museum
   - Champagne reception served in Shakespeare's garden
   - Visit the Cotswolds
   - Entrance to mysterious Stonehenge
   - Free time to shop and explore Georgian Bath

Stonehenge
First we head straight for Stonehenge the most popular prehistoric monument in the world. Come and marvel at the huge 40 ton Sarsens and the volcanic blue stones that were brought from Preseli mountains over 280 miles away. Discover the mysteries that surround the slaughter stone and see the numerous earth barrows where the beaker people lie buried before heading through the Salisbury plains towards Bath.

Bath and the Cotswolds
Bath, a world heritage site, is a beautiful Georgian city with delightful crescents, terraces and architecture. There will be plenty of time to shop and explore before we enjoy a drive through the Cotswolds. As we head north to Stratford we drive through the heart of the Cotswolds, taking in breathtaking views of open countryside criss-crossed by dry stone walls and bustling market towns with magnificent perpendicular churches.

Stratford-upon-Avon
Birthplace of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language, and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Stratford is a charming market town set in the heart of rural England. A delightful river winds its way through the town, past the beautiful Holy Trinity church, where Shakespeare lies buried. Our tour includes an exclusive visit to Shakespeare's birthplace before we enjoy Champagne and Strawberry scones*, served in his picturesque garden.

Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover & Greenwich

Days of Operation: Daily except Thurs & Sun
Depart From: Over 170 central London hotels
Tour Duration: 11 hours
Highlights:

   - Private viewing of Leeds castle - 'The loveliest castle in the world!'
   - See the Castle before it opens to the public - exclusive to Premium Tours
   - Lunch in Dover during summer (food and drink not included)
   - Entrance to Canterbury Cathedral
   - Walking tour of historic Greenwich
   - Cruise along the River Thames

Leeds Castle (private tour before the Castle opens to the public)
Described as the "loveliest castle in the world", Leeds Castle was once a Royal residence for six of Englands medieval queens, a palace of Henry VIII, and a retreat for the rich and powerful. The setting is simply idyllic. The Norman castle was built on two small islands, in the middle of a lake, and is surrounded by a vast estate. Our day begins with a private viewing prior to the castle opening to the public. We will explore the chapel, galleries, courtyards and banqueting hall before taking time to enjoy the setting and wildlife, which includes wildfowl and black swans.

Dover
You've heard of the famous white cliffs of Dover? This is your chance to see them. Following our scenic drive along the old coastal road, we take lunch* in Dover, on a clear day you can even see France. Dover itself is an historic port with a magnificent 12th century castle. *(Food and drinks not included in the price).

Canterbury
The ancient city of Canterbury has been the centre of Christian worship for almost 1,700 years. Its greatest treasure is the cathedral, infamous as the setting for the brutal murder of Thomas Beckett in 1170. When Henry II snapped "Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?", four of his knights rode to the Cathedral and sliced Becketts head off. Canterbury became the centre of one of the most important medieval pilgrimages in Europe, immortalised by Geoffrey Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales. Your ticket includes entrance to the Cathedral and also allows some free time to explore the atmospheric old town.

Greenwich and Thames Cruise
Packed with exquisite parks, gardens, and architecture, Greenwich has strong connections with the sea, science, sovereigns and time. We will have time to take a look at the Cutty Sark, the fastest sailing ship of its time. As the early evening we gently cruise back to the centre of London. We will pass by historic sights such as the Tower of London, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, before arriving at Embankment pier where our tour ends.

Oxford, Stratford, Warwick Castle & The Cotswolds

Golden Tours - Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds and Warwick Castle Days of Operation: Daily
Depart From: Over 170 central London hotels
Tour Duration: 11 hours
Highlights:

   - Visit Christchurch where Harry Potter was filmed
   - Visit to Warwick Castle ~ the greatest medieval site in Britain
   - Shakespeare's Birthplace Museum in beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon
   - Lunch stop at 15th century inn followed by a drive through the Cotswolds (food/drink not included)
   - Soak up the atmosphere at Oxford and hear about life in the university town

Oxford
Known for its culture and prestigious university, the historic city of Oxford lays just the other side of the Chiltern Hills from London. Enjoy a gentle walking tour with your friendly tour guide through narrow alleys and ancient squares for a snapshot of history. Over 30 colleges make up the world-renowned Oxford University, and the tour includes entry to the largest and grandest, Christ Church. The college featured heavily in the Harry Potter films and the Great Hall was replicated in the film studios to create Hogwart’s Hall.

The Cotswolds
Steeped in history, rich in heritage and awash with natural beauty, the Cotswolds is a charming blend of bustling market towns, sleepy villages and breath-taking scenery to enjoy as the bus continues its journey north to Stratford.

Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon

This delightful market town is best known as the birthplace of the world’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare. Visit the half-timbered house where he was born in 1564 and gain a fascinating insight into his childhood.

Lunch
An optional picnic lunch is available for guests on this tour.

Warwick Castle
Seize the opportunity to be part of Britain’s greatest medieval experience at the magnificent Warwick Castle. Built nearly 1,000 years ago, the castle transports visitors back to the Middle Ages. Release your inner warrior by immersing yourself in the mock battle preparations, feeling the weight of a medieval sword and trying on a battle helmet – or just enjoy the show if you’re not feeling energetic! Finish your visit by taking in the spectacular State Rooms and see how the aristocracy partied in years gone by.

York

High speed rail travel - London to York in 2 hours!

Days of Operation: Monday-Thursday
Depart From: Kings Cross Station at 6.30am
Tour Duration: 13-14 hours
Highlights:

   - Return train tickets
   - City map and highlights
   - City sightseeing hop on hop off tour
   - Entrance to the Jorvik Viking Centre
   - Travel notes for the train journey

The Tour
Yorks city walls, built during the 13th century are amongst the most impressive medieval fortifications in Europe. Inside them you'll find a thriving, bustling city centre with charming medieval streets and Georgian housing overlooking the River Ouse. The crowning glory is the Minster, the finest and largest Gothic Cathedral in Europe. Your independent day pack which has been designed to give you the best insight into the city includes a city sightseeing bus tour and a ticket to the Jorvik Viking Centre.

Your return train will arrive back in London at approximately 20.30pm.

Please note that the tour is unescorted.

Edinburgh

Includes fast entry ticket to Edinburgh Castle!

Days of Operation: Mon-Fri 6.30am
Depart From: King's Cross Station Platform 5
Tour Duration: 16 hours
Highlights:

   - Return high speed train tickets to Edinburgh with reserved seats
   - Prepaid entrance ticket to Edinburgh Castle
   - City Sightseeing Bus Pass
   - Edinburgh Map

With superb architecture boasting over 16,000 listed buildings, a charming atmosphere and home to one of Britains finest and most dramatic castles. Edinburgh is an exceptional city. Many great dramas throughout Scottish history are inherently linked to the city, and with the new Scottish Parliament located here, Edinburgh has once again returned to power.

Your Edinburgh day pack has been designed to give you a thorough insight into the great city. The pack includes a fast entry ticket to Edinburgh Castle, a hop on hop off sightseeing tour and a map of the city with suggested highlights to help you make the most of your time. The train journey itself boasts spectacular views of England and Scotland, passing through Durham, Newcastle and picturesque Berwick-on-Tweed.

Please note that the tour is unescorted.




London to Stonehenge

Stonehenge Direct Tour

Extended visit to Stonehenge - includes entrance fee!

Days of Operation: Daily AM & PM
Depart From: See Below
Tour Duration: 6 hours
Highlights:

   - Entrance to Stonehenge included
   - Audio guide tour at the site
   - Professional driver and luxury air-conditioned coach
   - Scenic drive through the Salisbury plains

Departs from:

   - Morning Stonehenge Direct departs from over 170 central London hotels
   - Afternoon Stonehenge Direct departs from Grosvenor Victoria at 12.15pm & Victoria Coach Station at 12.30pm.

Stonehenge & Bath

Stonehenge and Bath, with entrance to Roman baths included

Days of Operation: Daily
Depart From: Over 170 central London hotels
Tour Duration: 10 hours
Highlights:

   - Free transfer from your hotel
   - Fast track entrance to Stonehenge included - beat the queues!
   - All afternoon in Georgian Bath
   - Entrance to the Roman baths included
   - Luxury air conditioned motorcoach
   - Courtesy transfer from your hotel

Fast track entrance at Stonehenge
Fast track entrance to the site is included in the price - your guide will walk your right to the front of the line! And we're in no hurry - there will be plenty of time to explore the site, take photos and buy souvenirs before rejoining the coach and heading off to Bath.

Bath
Next we head to Bath and arrive in time for lunch. With fabulous restaurants, tea houses, sandwich and coffee shops, not to mention all the classic British pubs, you will be spoilt for choice of places to eat.

Bath is a beautiful Georgian city with delightful crescents, terraces and architecture. Following our scenic drive into the heart of the city, there will be plenty of time to explore at your leisure.

Your ticket includes entrance to the Roman Baths that were built nearly 2,000 years ago. Built on Britain's only natural hot water spring lies the magnificent Roman public bath complex and Roman temple. At the heart of the World Heritage Site you can walk around the steaming pool on the Roman stone paving and admire the ancient Roman statues and architecture.

See Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge overlooking the river Avon cascading over the weir. Then there is the Jane Austen Centre and the elegant Assembly Rooms built in 1771. And you can shop, explore and take afternoon tea in the Pump Rooms while listening to the live classical music. With so much to see and do you will be glad that you have so much free time, and then, before the rush hour traffic begins, we head back to London at a sensible time.

Windsor Casle, Stonehenge & Bath

Includes entrance to Windsor Castle and Stonehenge, plus traditional pub lunch - why not try the fish and chips?

Days of Operation: Daily
Depart From: Over 170 central London hotels
Tour Duration: 11 hours
Highlights:

   - Be amongst the first people to enter Windsor Castle
   - Entrance to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and pub lunch included
   - Entrance to the delightful Georgian Pump Room
   - Walking and driving tour of Bath

Windsor Castle
Over 900 years of royal history are waiting for you in Windsor Castle, which is perched high above the River Thames just outside of London. From William the Conqueror all the way through to our current Queen, successive monarchs have lived here and left their mark on what is now the largest continuously occupied castle in the world. We shall be amongst the first people to enter Windsor Castle, so you can see for yourself the splendor of St. Georges chapel and the sumptuous state apartments. Windsor itself is a pretty town full of traditional shops and historic pubs. Shakespeare is said to have written his play The Merry Wives of Windsor in one of them!

Traditional Pub Lunch
What better way to enjoy lunch than in a classic country pub? Relax and soak up the charming atmosphere while being served some delicious home cooked food. Why not try the fish and chips?

Stonehenge


Bath
Our final stop is Bath, another world heritage site. Bath is a beautiful Georgian city with delightful crescents, terraces and architecture. Following our panoramic tour of the city, there will be time to visit Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge overlooking the river Avon cascading over the weir. And you can shop, explore or take afternoon tea in the Pump Rooms while listening to the string quartet.

Returns to London at approximately 8pm

*Please note: On occasion the State Apartments are closed and as an alternative we shall visit Queens Mary's Doll's House and St Georges Chapel. On Sunday St Georges Chapel is closed, there will be extra time to explore castle precincts.

Alternative Tour:

Small group - Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath
Similar to the above tour except numbers are limited to 35 people. Also lunch will be in Lacock. Lacock is an old National trust village located in the heart of the West Country. So picturesque are the tiny cobbled streets, ancient cottages and meandering rivers, that the village has been the setting for numerous period dramas and movies including, most recently, Harry Potter. We enjoy a short walk in the village before heading to the George, a 14th Century pub, where we enjoy a delicious lunch, included in the price.

Stonehenge - Private Viewing Sunrise/Sunset

With private viewing of Stonehenge - enter the stone circle normally out of bounds to the public.

Days of Operation: Ask for more information
Depart From: Select London hotels
Tour Duration: 10 hours
Highlights:

   - Private viewing of Stonehenge at sunrise
   - Enter the inner stone circle
   - Visit Lacock, a delightful Saxon village
   - See where Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice were filmed
   - Meal stop in a 13th Century inn (food/drinks not included)
   - Visit Bath - free time to shop and explore
   - Entrance to the Roman Baths and Pump Room

After your pick-up directly from or near to your hotel, we drive to Bath to visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room. In the late afternoon we visit Lacock for an early evening supper in a 13th Century inn, before driving to Stonehenge. As the sun begins to set, we enter the stone circle (which is normally roped off to the public) for a unique private viewing. The most dramatic and atmospheric way of visiting Stonehenge.

On selected days the tour operates in reverse, beginning with a private viewing of Stonehenge before it opens to the public in the morning, so we see the stones in the eerie morning light. This is followed by our visits to Lacock and Bath.

Stonehenge - private viewing at sunrise/sunset
Most visitors to the site are not allowed direct access to the stones. With Premium Tours you get that access, with a private viewing of the mysterious monoliths. We will enter the stone circle itself and stand beside the mighty Sarsen rocks towering above us. Our guide will explain the history of this ancient site, pointing out the altar, slaughter and heel stones, above which the sun rises dramatically on the summer solstice. There will be time to enjoy the peace, away from the crowds, as we experience Stonehenge at its most mystical and atmospheric best. Not to be missed!

Lacock
Lacock is a little known, picturesque village dating back to the Saxon era. Many of the beautiful buildings originally formed part of an extensive monastic complex and are now owned by The National Trust. So pretty is the village that it has provided the setting for many movies and television dramas including Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and more recently Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. We will take a delightful walk before we enjoy breakfast in The George Inn, a vintage English pub built in 1361. (food/drink not included)

Bath
Next, it's on to Bath, famous for its elegant Georgian architecture. During your panoramic tour of Bath you will be enchanted by the town's beautifully proportioned street. Your guide will also conduct an optional walking tour to show you a charming 17th-century Sally Lunn tea room and the Jane Austin Museum among many other hidden treasures. You'll see Bath Abbey and the much-photographed Pulteney Bridge, modelled on the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence. There will be plenty of time to visit Bath Abbey, or to shop and explore. Then we will enter the magnificent Roman Baths, where over one million litres of boiling water still burst free from the hot springs every day. The Roman Baths, is the best preserved Roman spa from the ancient world.





London to Paris

Unescorted day trip to Paris with Eurostar

Days of Operation: Daily except Sunday
Depart From: Check in at St Pancras International - 6.00am; Group Desk Gate 5
Tour Duration: 14 hours
Highlights:

   - Round-trip Eurostar tickets with seat reservations
   - Shopping vouchers for Printemps department store - up to 22% off luxury goods!
   - Map of Paris including public transport information
   - Due to Eurostar requirements the age restriction for children is 4-11 years

Discover Paris at your leisure with our best value Paris trip. Upon arrival at St Pancras International you will be met by our staff who will help you check in, and present you with your Paris travel pack. The pack has been designed to help you make the most of your time and includes Eurostar train tickets with reserved seating and a map of Paris including public transportation information.

Paris is home to some of the finest shopping in the world. One of the leading and most exclusive department stores is Printemps that offers a cross section of designer clothing, jewellery and beauty products. Premium Tours are proud to have teamed up with the store in order to offer you a Printemps Pass that entitles you to some great discounts. With up to 22% off selected goods why not take advantage of some Parisien retail therapy at affordable prices? The store is located near the centre of Paris and a short cab ride away from Gare du Nord.

Note: The Louvre museum is open every day except Tuesday and the following French holidays: December 25, January 1, and May 1.

Welcome to Paris Day trip

Days of Operation: Daily except Sunday
Depart From: Check in at St Pancras International - 6.00am; Group Desk Gate 5
Tour Duration: 14 hours

A great value fully escorted day trip to Paris iIncluding return tickets on Eurostar, coach tour of Paris and the services of a professional guide. Tickets for the Eiffel tower and a cruise on the Seine can be bought on the day!

Join us at St. Pancras International train station where our staff will help check you in and introduce you to our guide who will escort you onboard Eurostar and throughout the day in Paris. Travelling at speeds of up to 186mph, you will be in Paris in just 2 hours 15 minutes. You will travel through the channel tunnel before arriving in central Paris and from here join a panoramic tour of the world's most Romantic city. Enjoy spectacular views of Notre Dame, Le Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and more.

During the day you will have the chance to visit the Eiffel Tower and take a cruise on the River Seine with our guide (our guide will be happy to help you purchase fast entry tickets.) Alternatively head off to the shopping district on your own or relax and enjoy lunch while soaking up Parisien life.

In the early evening we head back to Gare du Nord for our return journey to London.

The Louvre museum is open every day except Tuesday and the following French holidays: December 25, January 1, and May 1.

Luxury escorted Paris Day Trip with two course lunch on the Eiffel Tower.

Includes Eurostar tickets & River Seine Cruise. Plus professional guide.

Days of Operation: Daily except Sunday
Depart From: Check in at St Pancras International - 6.00am; Group Desk Gate 5
Tour Duration: 14 hours
Highlights:

   - Seat reservations on the Eurostar
   - Panoramic tour of Paris
   - Two course lunch with sparkling wine on the Eiffel Tower
   - Fast entry access to the Eiffel Tower - avoid the queues
   - See the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Champs Elysees plus much more...
   - Cruise on the River Seine
   - Optional visit to Le Louvre (not included in the price)
   - Due to Eurostar requirements the age restrictions for children is 4-11 years

The Tour:
Join us at St. Pancras International train station where our staff will help check you in and introduce you to our guide who will escort you onboard Eurostar and throughout the day in Paris. Travelling at speeds of up to 186mph, you will be in Paris in just 2 hours 15 minutes.

Upon arrival you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city taking in all the major sites including Notre Dame, Champs Elysees the River Seine and the Arc de Triomphe before arriving at the Eiffel Tower. What better way to enjoy lunch than on the Eiffel Tower itself, one of the world's most famous monuments? Our fast entry ticket means we have priority access and our reserved seats in the Altitude 58 restaurant boast fabulous views across the city. Sit back and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine followed by a fabulous two course meal while soaking up the atmosphere of arguably the worlds most beautiful city.

After lunch we take a romantic cruise on the River Seine that boasts spectacular views of Notre Dame, Musee D'Orsay and Place de la Concorde. In the late afternoon there is some free time for you explore independently. Alternatively you can join us for a guided tour of Le Louvre* - the largest art museum in the world, and home to the Mona Lisa! (*Not included in the price.)

In the early evening we head back to Gard du Nord for our return journey to London.

The Louvre museum is open every day except Tuesday and the following French holidays: December 25, January 1, and May 1.

Luxury Paris Day Trip - see the Mona Lisa.

Plus Champagne lunch on the Eiffel tower and enjoy a cruise on the River Seine.

Days of Operation: Mon, Wed, Sat
Depart From: Check in at St Pancras International - 6.00am; Group Desk Gate 5
Tour Duration: 14 hours
Highlights:

   - Reserved seats on the Eurostar
   - Fast entry access and extended time on the Eiffel Tower
   - Champagne lunch on the Eiffel Tower and cruise on the River Seine
   - Panoramic tour of Paris
   - Guided tour of the Louvre and see the Mona Lisa
   - Due to Eurostar requirements the age restrictions for children is 4-11 years

The Tour:
Join us at St. Pancras International train station where our staff will help check you in and introduce you to our guide who will escort you onboard Eurostar and throughout the day in Paris.Travelling at speeds up to 186mph you will be in Paris in just 2 hours 15 minutes. Upon arrival you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city taking in all the major sites including Notre Dame, Champs Elysees, the River Seine and the Arc de Triomphe before arriving at the Eiffel Tower where we enjoy a fabulous two course lunch served with a glass of Champagne.

In the afternoon we head to Bateaux Parisiens for a scenic cruise on the River Seine complete with lively commentary. The cruise boasts fabulous views of some of the finest monuments from across the river. After the cruise our guide will escort you to the Louvre and with a fast entry ticket we will enjoy a guided tour of the Louvre and see the world famous Mona Lisa.

In the early evening we head back to the Gard du Nord for our return journey to London.

The Louvre museum is open every day except Tuesday and the following French holidays: December 25, January 1, and May 1.

Luxury Paris 2 Day Superstay with lunch on the Eiffel Tower!

Includes overnight accommodation in a 3 star Superior hotel in central Paris

Days of Operation: Every Friday
Depart From: Check in at St Pancras International - 6.00am; Group Desk Gate 5
Tour Duration: 2 Days
Highlights:

   - Seat reservations on the Eurostar
   - Guided panoramic tour of Paris
   - Two course Champagne lunch on the Eiffel Tower
   - Fast entry access to the Eiffel Tower - skip the line
   - See the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Champs Elysees plus much more...
   - Map of Paris
   - Overnight accommodation in a 3* superior hotel (Please note there is a single supplement charge of 75 GBP if you require a single room)
   - One 1-Day Paris Visite Card per person-valid on Day Two
   - Due to Eurostar requirements the age restrictions for children is 4-11 years

Join us at St. Pancras International train station where our staff will help check you in and introduce you to our guide who will escort you onboard Eurostar and throughout the day in Paris. Travelling at speeds of up to 186mph, you will be in Paris in just 2 hours 15 minutes.

The tour begins with a panoramic tour of the city passing Place de la Concorde, the Arc De Triomphe and the Champs Elysees, before arriving at the Eiffel Tower where you will enjoy a fabulous two course Champagne lunch at the Altitude 58 restaurant.

After your meal we head to Bateaux Parisiens for a cruise on the River Seine that boasts fabulous views of Notre Dame built nearly 900 years ago. In the late afternoon we transfer you to your 3 star superior hotel leaving you a free evening in Paris - why not visit the Moulin Rouge? (Not included in the price.)

Day two begins with a leisurely buffet breakfast. The rest of the day is free for you to explore independently with your one day visite travelcard that allows free transportation on the Paris metro and local buses. A map of the city is also included plus some suggested highlights. In the early evening you will board your train at Gard du Nord for the return journey to London which departs at approximately 7pm. *Don't forget your passport!

The Louvre museum is open every day except Tuesday and the following French holidays: December 25, January 1, and May 1.

Explore Paris - 3 day break with lunch on the Eiffel tower

Wih reserved seats on Eurostar and hotel in central Paris.

Days of Operation: Every Saturday
Depart From: Check in at St Pancras International - 6.00am; Group Desk Gate 5
Tour Duration: 3 Days
Highlights:

   - Two nights 3 star hotel accommodation with breakfast
   - Panoramic coach tour of the city with professional guide
   - Champagne lunch on the Eiffel tower
   - Romantic cruise on the River Seine
   - Fast track ticket to the first floor of the Eiffel tower
   - Round trip Eurostar tickets with seat reservations
   - Map of Paris including Public Transport Information
   - Note: single supplement £160 and extra nights charged at £85
   - Due to Eurostar requirements the age restrictions for children is 4-11 years

Discover Paris at your leisure with our great value Paris three day break. Upon arrival at St Pancras International you will be met by our staff who will help you check in, and present you with your Paris travel pack. The pack has been designed to help you make the most of your time and includes Eurostar train tickets with reserved seating, accommodation in a centrally located 3* hotel (with breakfast included,) and a map of Paris including public transportation information.

On the first day you will be joined by a professional guide who will escort you to the hotel and take you on a panormaic coach tour of the city. Possibly the finest way to enjoy the sights of Paris is during the scenic cruise that we take, passing Musee D'Orsay, Place de la concorde and Notre Dame, before taking the fast track lift up the Eiffel tower and heading for a Champagne lunch on the Eiffel tower.

Days two and three are at your leisure in Paris. From your hotel you have easy access to all local transport including the metro, the RER and the Paris bus system. Why not stroll down the Champs Elysee or visit the Eiffel Tower and take in a show at the Lido or the Moulin Rouge?

The below video lists out London's top 10 tourist attractions, most of which can be seen on some or all of our tours. They are:

Hotels

London is awash with hotels. There are over 70,000 hotel rooms in the city and we only partner with the best to ensure our clients enjoy the most comfortable and affordable stay possible. as London is such a huge city with so much to see and do, we have split it into six separate districts to make it easier to decide which hotel is right for you. 

 

Attractions

London, a city of some eight million people, is bustling with things to see and do.

Whether it is the Royal Family or London during World War 2 you are interested in, you will find myriad attractions to satiate your curiosity and interest.

If you want to see stunning views of the city, visit all of the famous landmarks or do something out of the ordinary, London will provide that too.

Take a look at what London has to offer... Read more

 

Transport, Travel & Theatre Tickets

We like to ensure that we have every aspect of your vacation covered before you go. This way, you can concentrate on enjoying yourself and not have to worry about how you will get around. We can organize your transport around London and your transfers to and from any London airport so that you don't have to worry about it when you land.

Take a look at all of your options... Read more

 

Sample Itineraries

For the uninitiated to London or those with specific interests, we have some sample itineraries to allow you to make the most of your trip to London.

First Time Visitors - An exciting three-day itinerary for first-time visitors to London
London's Royal History - This royal day out includes the Crown jewels and Royal Mews
Marvelous Maritime History - A nautical day out in London's Maritime Greenwich

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