Vintage Double Decker Bus Tour & Thames River Cruise

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Discover London on board a classic Routemaster vintage double decker bus

Cruise down the River Thames

See the Changing of the Guard

Go to Westminster Abbey

Listen to the chimes of Big Ben and see the Houses of Parliament


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  • Vintage Double Decker Bus Tour & Thames River Cruise

    Duration: 3.5 hours

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Enjoy a panoramic tour of London on a double decker vintage bus, and watch the Changing of the Guards. See Big Ben, the London Eye, and Westminster Abbey. Then cruise down the Thames River, past Shakespeare's Globe, London Bridge, and more.


See the highlights of London via 2 classic modes of transport on this half-day adventure. First, you will enjoy great views of Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye, as you meander through the historic streets on board a vintage double decker bus.

Continue to see St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s architectural masterpiece, where Admirals Nelson and Wellington are buried, and Princess Diana and Prince Charles got married. Continue to the Tower of London, built nearly 1,000 years ago during the reign of William the Conqueror.

Home to the Crown Jewels, the Tower is protected by the famous Beefeaters, and the imposing palace has been used as a fortress and a prison throughout its history. Your guide will take you to Traitors Gate, where prisoners entered the Tower for the last time.

Next, take a leisurely cruise along the River Thames, passing Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle, and London Bridge, before arriving at Westminster Pier. Rejoin the bus and head for Buckingham Palace. Make your 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.

What's Included:

• Double-decker Routemaster tour
• Multilingual commentary in 10 languages
• Thames River cruise
• Changing of the Guard

What's Not Included:

• Gratuities

Good to Know:

Please note that from the 1st of April, the afternoon tour will start from Victoria Coach Station Gate 2 at 13:00.

Please note that this is an open top bus tour - please be prepared for the possibility of rain.

On rare occasions the open top bus may be changed to a closed top bus.

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  • Rating: 3 “A nice way to see a snapshot of London in half a day”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer – Aurora, United States on July 30, 2015 Bus was a little noisy. Guide did a good job and provided dome personal insights into the royal family

  • Rating: 3 “Lack luster. Thames river cruise is just a ride on the water bus!”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer – Rowville, Australia on July 18, 2015 The use of Victoria coaches station makes for a chaotic and hectic morning.
    Vintage double decker bus tour was fun. Tour guide was friendly.
    Given some great details about the history of London.

    Missed the changing of the guards due to traffic.

    Thames river cruise was just a ride on the public service water bus! You can use that with your oyster card for cheaper! Don't bother falling for it, its not guided and a bit overpriced considering they hijack a public service.

  • Rating: 5 “Good guide, nice bus, good entertainment”

    Reviewed by Naresh – Berlin, Germany on June 14, 2015 Good guide, nice bus, good entertainment

  • Rating: 1 “The guide ran away from us in the middle of the tour and left us.”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer – Overland Park, United States on May 28, 2015 We had to find our own way home. I can't believe it.

  • Rating: 4 “Great way to see London.”

    Reviewed by Emmily – St peter port, United Kingdom on April 13, 2015 this is great fun for tourists. staff were friendly and informative. guide knew what he was talking about. saw all of the main sights around London from the comfort of an open top double decker bus. great for pictures. opportunities to get off and even a short Thames cruise included.

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  • “Lovely!”

    “Very well organised, great guide!”

    Jürgen from Altenstadt / HÖCHST, Germany

  • “we enjoyed every minute off it”

    “me and my grandson really enjoyed it.The guide was nice .I will be booking again”

    Maureen from preston, United Kingdom

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