London Duck Tours
Experience a 75-minute road and river sightseeing tour in the WWII vehicle that's half-boat, half-truck. The guide provides quirky tales, London provides the history. Then it’s time to burst into the Thames for a river splashdown!
Ride through London in a WWII 'Duck' truck
Splash into the River Thames for a 30-minute cruise along the Thames
Zoom past the capital's iconic sights like the Houses of Parliament
Zip past Buckingham Palace and look out for the Queen
Start the sightseeing tour next to the London Eye. From here, it's time to hop on board the mighty Duck, the kooky vehicle that’s a splash of fun among the capital’s black cabs and traditional red double-deckers.
Swing past the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the Prime Minister’s home at number 10 Downing Street. Next stop in London is Trafalgar Square, while your guide provides action-packed commentary. You'll even see Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace.
Zip past the Tate Britain and zoom through Westminster. The Duck might look a little incongruous among the capital's most exclusive streets, famous hotels, and fancy stores, but that’s part of the Duck's charm.
The Duck is quite the British institution too. Invented in 1942, 21,000 of these real-life Duck transformers were used during D-Day to bring supplies from ships to Normandy's beaches. In fact, in 1944, Ducks brought 18 million tons of supplies ashore to France over 4 months, saving countless lives.
After all that sightseeing, it’s time to take the Duck off the road and into the River Thames! At a water ramp right next to the MI5 headquarters, the Duck truck will zoom into the muddy waters and become a boat in a dramatic river landing. For the next 30 minutes, pretend you're in a James Bond movie and enjoy an exhilarating Duck ride up and down the River Thames in an adventure for all ages.
To be sure, the bright-yellow Duck truck is merry enough to make even the grumpiest Londoner smile.
The Duck Tours route will vary on the following days in 2013
21st April: Virgin London Marathon: City Tour all day; river trip unaffected
8th May: State Opening of Parliament. City Tour until late afternoon; river trip unaffected.
27th May: Bupa 10,000: Land trip tbc until mid-afternoon then Classic Sightseeing Tour; river trip unaffected.
15th June: Trooping the Colour: Classic Sightseeing Tour until roads close then City Tour until roads re-open; river trip unaffected.
29th June: London Pride Parade: Classic Sightseeing Tour until roads close then City Tour until roads re-open; river trip unaffected.
14th July: British 10k run: Classic Sightseeing Tour until roads close then City Tour until roads re-open; river trip unaffected.
3rd August: Ride London Freecycle: Land trip to be confirmed; river trip unaffected.
4th August: Ride London Grand Prix: Land trip to be confirmed; river trip unaffected.
6th October: Royal Parks 1/2 Marathon: Classic Sightseeing Tour until roads close then City Tour until roads re-open; river trip unaffected.
10th November: Remembrance Sunday: City Tour reverting to Classic Sightseeing Tour if and when roads reopen; river trip unaffected.
11th November: Armistice Day: Classic Sightseeing Tour until roads close then City Tour until roads re-open; river trip unaffected.
All timings are approximate and subject to change.
75-minute road and river sightseeing tour
Good to Know:
• The following sightseeing tours will have a tour/route switch: September 10th, October 7th, and November 11th. The alternative tour features some of the most iconic landmarks, such as St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, and the Houses of Parliament
• Refunds are not given if you miss your tour time, so please take some time in planning your trip to make sure you get to the Duck Stop in plenty of time
• Bookings for London Duck Tours are non-refundable
• Due to high demand for London Duck Tours, tickets can only be guaranteed within 2 hours of the time you select for the booking. Last tours are dependant on sunset, and operate every 30 minutes to 1-hour during normal operation, and every 15 minutes on weekends and peak periods such as public holidays. You will be notified about your slot time shortly after your booking.
• This tour is designed to last approximately 75 minutes, though tours can vary in length due to road and river conditions.
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“very interesting and fun, the guide was very informative and friendly”
Reviewed by elizabeth from cleethorpes, United Kingdom on June 11th, 2013 We really enjoyed the tour, also the office staff were very helpful. very efficient
“wow so good”
Reviewed by lisa from northampton, United Kingdom on June 10th, 2013 well organised good guide
“Well worth doing! Good route and knowledgeable guide”
Reviewed by James from Cannock, United Kingdom on June 10th, 2013 We really enjoyed this trip.. The guide was friendly and very informative, keen to answer any questions and make sure everyone was getting what they wanted form the trip
The plunge into the river was quite exciting and it was quite a novelty to go on land and in the water.
Only down side was the guide asking for tips at the end of the tour. It makes it seem a bit shoddy when they do that!
“It was something different to offer to our visitors from Holland.”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Worthing, United Kingdom on June 7th, 2013 We were seated at the front with totally restricted view behind driver which meant one of our party had to move to the only remaining seat at the rear. The leg room in the front seats was very cramped. Your commentator was very enthusiastic and worked hard on the commentary. A little more info about the 'Watermen' might have been interesting for those passengers not already conversant with their role on the river and the qualifications required.
“A must for all Londoners and tourist”
Reviewed by Kristina from London, United Kingdom on June 4th, 2013 Take in London by road and water in these amazing character filled vehicles. Great guides and drivers that take you for the most memorable ride.
“Excellent a real must do”
Reviewed by Sheena from Colchester, United Kingdom on June 3rd, 2013 Laura and Steve the staff really made this a fun and entertaining trip.
Very knowledgeable and made the facts interesting and funny.
Laura definitely knows her stuff.
Have already recommended this to several of our friends and hope to do it again in August
“Great fun, both a road and river tour of London's landmarks ALL IN ONE”
Reviewed by Robin from CHATHAM, United Kingdom on June 1st, 2013 Great fun, both a road and river tour of London's most famous historical locations and landmarks ....ALL IN ONE SUPERBLY PACKED ADVENTURE!
“excellent, especially the guide”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Hornchurch, United Kingdom on June 1st, 2013 very enjoyable for all ages
“Jolly good fun while being informative”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Harwich, United Kingdom on April 20th, 2013 More fun than the bus and the river tour is a great bonus.
“Entertaining, informative,excellent value”
Reviewed by Christine from Porthcawl, United Kingdom on April 7th, 2013 Our grandson (13years) first visit to London loved it, to see the main sights and the excitement of the river trip. We enjoyed the bits of useless information our guide gave us on places we had seen many times.
“Excellent way to see the sights n learn about London :-) xx”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Forfar, United Kingdom on April 5th, 2013 Well recommended, very informative, guide was excellent, tour was fantastic. Great way to see the sights of London. Would Definately do it again!
“a great way to see some of london.”
Reviewed by martin from southampton, United Kingdom on April 3rd, 2013 A really enjoyable tour with a fun and exciting guide, a great way to spend a couple of hours in London.
Reviewed by BRYAN from Stretton Burton on Trent, United Kingdom on February 27th, 2013 Have been coming to London for years but have to admit this was one of the best things we have ever done whilst in London. Would recommend it to anybody.well worth the money and our lady guide was superb. Many thanks
Reviewed by chris from Ashford, United Kingdom on February 12th, 2013 Fun, well organised and my girlfriend and I really enjoyed it
Reviewed by jayne from reading, United Kingdom on January 22nd, 2013 Fantastic experience.THe guide was amazing and made the tour so interesting and funny..would do it again just to hear the stories and wit from our guide.
“weekend in London”
Reviewed by Carole from Yateley, United Kingdom on January 15th, 2013 We had a wonderful time. Even though it was freezing cold my grandaughters and my husband and I loved it and we have already recommended it to everyone we have spoken to.
“Brilliant day out”
Reviewed by Sandy from Kent, United Kingdom on January 6th, 2013 Well organised and very enjoyable experience
“Excellent trip, tour guide was funny and with lots of knowledge”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from SWANSEA, United Kingdom on December 28th, 2012 We really enjoyed the duck tour, it is the second time and still very enjoyeable. The tour guides have a great sense of humour and the trip is far better than any bus tour especially with the added bonus of a sail along the Thames.
Reviewed by Sylvia from Kent, United Kingdom on December 24th, 2012 Great experience, I would recommend this to friends and family. Tour guide was great also on the day.
“Excellent value for money, very informative with humour.”
Reviewed by Mary from Coventry, United Kingdom on December 1st, 2012 Would take other groups to enjoys the experience of knowledge, humour and just a jolly good trip.
Reviewed by Michael from Rugby, United Kingdom on November 27th, 2012 Very nice trip around parts of London,trip on to the river and past Westminster great fun.
“Great tour with very interesting facts from guide.”
Reviewed by Andrew from Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom on November 26th, 2012 Although it was raining and the route was slightly amended due to a march the tour still proved to be a great alternative way to see bits of London. The guide was great and injected humour into the tour. Would definitely recommend
“Great fun trip in an eclectic vehicle round a well planned route.”
Reviewed by Allan from Bromsgrove, United Kingdom on November 21st, 2012 We had some spare time in London while there to watch the tennis at the 02 and my mother-in-law had heard from a friend about this trip, and it came highly recommended. So we booked it up. It turned out to be a dull and wet day when we did the tour but that did not spoil it at all. In fact, I'd say it's a good way to occupy yourself on a miserable day, more so that the London Eye,(next door) which really needs clear conditions to be at its best. The route was well thought-out to maximise the famous sights seen and the highlight, near the end, was about 20 minutes cruising the Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament. The guide took a very light-hearted approach but still packed in a wealth of facts about the sights we passed en-route. Great fun, good value and highly recommended.
“funny, unique and infomative”
Reviewed by Christoph from Vienna, Austria on November 18th, 2012 Though weather was awful, we had fun in this approx. 90 minute tour, which is unique and makes a lot of fun.
“not value for money”
Reviewed by Michele from Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom on November 9th, 2012 booked this for myself and 9 year old daughter - her first time in London. Was very disappointed. THe tour only incorporates the city part of capital and so most landmarks are not included. Time on the water was limited and does not go up to tower bridge. Ended up booked big tour bus so could see the areas we wanted to.
Reviewed by Ruth from Evesham, United Kingdom on November 7th, 2012 Took my two grandchildren aged 10yrs and 6yrs on this tour they both loved it especially the drive into the Thames. The 10 year old enjoyed taking photos of all the sites, the trip
overall was very well executed I would recommend this tour.
“Highly recommend this land and river tour.”
Reviewed by paula from Harrogate, United Kingdom on November 5th, 2012 Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Best of both worlds, land and river tour. Guide naturally knowledgeable and didn't feel scripted.
“Excellent time had by all”
Reviewed by Joanne from Burton on Trent, United Kingdom on November 4th, 2012 Great way to see part of London by road and water lots f fun
“Cold but enjoyable.”
Reviewed by Susan from Ickleford, Herts, United Kingdom on November 3rd, 2012 Cold but enjoyable, will do it again in the warmer weather.
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