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London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

1. London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

Admire the views of London's most iconic sights with a cruise on the River Thames. Cruise to Greenwich to see London's historical sights from the River Thames. Journey past iconic sights such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, and the Tate Modern. Choose between either a one-way or round-trip journey, with skip-the-line entry, and avoid the queues at the ticket office as you go straight to board the boat. Listen to the live audio commentary as you enjoy the comfort of a modern but traditional vessel. Admire the pyramid structure of The Shard and see other monuments from London's historic waterway. Head to the open deck for panoramic views of London's landmarks. Stop at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, and Tower Bridge Quay before arriving at Greenwich Pier. Feel free to explore the charms of Greenwich on your own terms, and see sights such as Greenwich Market, the Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park, and the Royal Observatory which are all within easy walking distance from the pier.

London: River Thames Sightseeing Cruise

2. London: River Thames Sightseeing Cruise

You can take in many of London's world-famous landmarks whilst relaxed in the comfort of a modern, all-weather and wheelchair-friendly sightseeing boat. Informative commentary featuring colorful tales of the city's past will keep your mind engaged as you cruise down the Thames! Cruises depart regularly from Westminster and Tower Pier and will arrive at Greenwich pier after approximately 40 minutes. See sights along the Southbank as you board for your single one-way cruise. Sailings occur every day of the year except for Christmas Day. Begin your journey at Tower Pier, located perfectly next to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Cruise under Tower Bridge where the perfect picture opportunity presents itself grab a refreshment from the onboard bar and relax as you weave through the heart of London and discover fascinating history around every bend. Disembark At Greenwich Pier where you can explore Greenwich at your own leisure. Visit some of Greenwich's extraordinary sights such as the Cutty Sark, Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum. perhaps stroll through Greenwich Market towards Greenwich Park where The Queens House awaits.

London: Old Royal Naval College Visit and Painted Hall Tour

3. London: Old Royal Naval College Visit and Painted Hall Tour

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the Painted Hall is known as the UK’s very own Sistine Chapel and reopened in 2019 following a 2-year restoration project. With your guide, discover Old Royal Naval College that houses the Painted Hall, admire the beauty of its magnificent interiors, wander its atmospheric grounds and courtyards, and hear the stories of the people who made this place their home. Explore the newly refurbished Nelson Room and learn more about the glorious life of this national naval hero through a multimedia exhibition. Visits to the Painted Hall include guided tours as well as access to the Sackler Gallery, where you can learn about the many characters, including gods and heroes, that are painted onto the ceiling. Learn about the Old Royal Naval College and how it was built in 1692 as a home for returning seamen. Discover the stunning 18th century chapel of St Peter and St Paul, the famous Water Gates, and the Victorian Skittle Alley. Glimpse the foundations of royal history as you see parts of the former Palace of Placentia, and the birthplace of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I.

London: Thames Clippers River Roamer & Emirates Airline

4. London: Thames Clippers River Roamer & Emirates Airline

Experience the sights of London from multiple perspectives with a combined 1-day River Roamer ticket on the commuter boats of the Thames Clippers and a return ticket for the Emirates Air Line cable car. Cruise up and down the River Thames at leisure aboard the panoramic clipper boats, and see the attractions of London from the deck. Escape the crowded tubes and buses to enjoy a journey on the fastest fleet of catamarans on the river. The boats depart every 20 minutes from a number of different locations, including Westminster Pier, Embankment Pier, Greenwich Pier, and North Greenwich Pier. Hop off to explore monuments such as St. Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London, the Cutty Sark, and the Houses of Parliament. It is the most perfect way to get through the center of the city, with unbeatable views as a bonus. Your ticket allows you to hop on and off at any pier in the central and eastern zones.  Then, take off on the Emirates Air Line cable car and experience a stunning attraction built for the Olympic Games 2012. Enjoy bird's eye views of the O2 arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and London skyline as you glide above the river. Please note that you have to redeem your Get Your Guide voucher at one of the following ticket offices: Westminster, Embankment, London Bridge City, Tower, Canary Wharf, Greenwich or North Greenwich pier between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

From London: Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral & Dover

5. From London: Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral & Dover

Escape the bustle of London on a full-day sightseeing tour of the English countryside. You will head to the Garden of England, with visits to Kent’s Leeds Castle, the White Cliffs of Dover, and Canterbury Cathedral. The journey takes you over the Greenwich Meridian and past the London district that is home to the famous Cutty Sark tea clipper, and the Royal Observatory. Then see Leeds Castle, described by Lord Conway as “the loveliest castle in the world.” Set in the middle of a natural lake, and surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and gardens, you will enter the castle before the doors open to the public, and experience its magic in an atmosphere of still tranquility. There will also be time to explore the castle grounds, where you will find the Lady Baillie Garden, with views over the lake. Next, make your way to Canterbury and visit the historic Canterbury Cathedral. The most important Anglican church in the world, the central Bell Harry Tower dates back to 1498, and the crypt is from the 11th-Century. Your guide will tell the story of the shocking murder of Archbishop Thomas Beckett in 1170, and there will also be time to explore the narrow streets of Canterbury, with an opportunity to stop for lunch. Continue your tour through the picturesque landscape of Kent, dotted with unusual buildings and quaint little villages. Arrive at Dover, where you will see the famous White Cliffs, standing 400 feet above sea level. Brooding above the White Cliffs is the sprawling Dover Castle, still watching over the town after 800 years.

Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover, and Greenwich

6. Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover, and Greenwich

Described as 'the loveliest castle in the world' by Lord Conway, Leeds Castle sits on 500 acres of landscaped parkland across two idyllic islands, deep in the heart of the magnificent Kent countryside. Early arrival and visit Leeds Castle, where Henry VIII retreated to escape the plague that was raging in London during his reign. Upon arrival at Leeds Castle you will be greeted by your guide. Discover the history behind this magical castle and experience life how Henry VIII would have! Next up, embark on a visit to Canterbury Cathedral, the scene of Archbishop Thomas Becket’s gruesome murder in 1170. Learn the intriguing history behind this captivating masterpiece of medieval architecture. Marvel at the cathedral’s spectacular stained glass windows, many of which have survived from the late 12th and early 13th centuries. Then, tantalize your taste buds with a traditional two-course meal. Visit the gateway to England and admire the famous White Cliffs of Dover, with a photo stop on the stunning stretch of coastline that faces continental Europe. You'll also see Dover Castle, a commanding medieval fortress rising over the English Channel and a key film location in 'The Other Boleyn Girl'. Then, head to Greenwich to see the Old Royal Naval College, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, as well as the Royal Observatory and world–famous Cutty Sark, a fascinating 19th–century clipper ship. Get a fresh perspective on London’s attractions with a boat ride on the River Thames, from Greenwich to Embankment Pier. You'll pass Tower Bridge and stunning St. Paul’s Cathedral along the way.

Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover, and Greenwich

7. Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover, and Greenwich

You’ll depart from London in the morning on a drive to Leeds Castle, the former royal residence of 6 of England's medieval queens. The palace was transformed by Henry VIII, and became a retreat for the rich and powerful. Begin with a private viewing prior to the castle opening to the public. Explore the chapel, galleries, courtyards, and the banqueting hall. Afterwards, you’ll see the grounds that are home to wildfowl, black swans, and birds in the aviary. Next on your full-day tour is a scenic drive along the old coastal road to the famous white cliffs of Dover. Admire the historic port and its magnificent 12th-century castle. On a clear day there are views of France across the English Channel. After your Dover visit, experience the ancient city of Canterbury, the center of Christian worship for almost 1,700 years. Tour its greatest treasure, the Canterbury Cathedral, probably best known as the site of the brutal murder of Thomas Becket in 1170. After touring the cathedral you’ll have free time to explore Canterbury. Take a walking tour through Greenwich, which boasts exquisite parks and gardens. See the famous Cutty Sark, the fastest sailing ship of its time. As evening approaches, you’ll enjoy an exclusive Thames River cruise. Cruise back to the center of London, sailing past historic sites, including the Tower of London, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament.

Greenwich Highlights Half Day Tour

8. Greenwich Highlights Half Day Tour

Starting at the Greenwich Visitor Centre, you'll walk along the River Thames towards the nearby Old Royal Naval College, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. See the famous Painted Hall, with its magnificent murals and painted ceiling, and other important sites of the Old Royal Naval College. From there you will walk up to the world famous Greenwich Royal Observatory, site of the Prime Meridian. Here visitors will see the line that divides the Western and Eastern hemispheres of the globe. Another highlight here are the unique clocks that occupy the Observatory museum, designed by Harrison, which eventually solved the "longitude" problem for seafarers. Following the visit to the Observatory, walk down to the largest maritime museum in the world: the National Maritime Museum. Britain's seafaring past and history as a naval power is on showcase here. You'll have the opportunity to rest your feet and enjoy a tea or coffee here. From here, your guide will take you aboard the world-famous clipper ship Cutty Sark. In her time, at the very end of the Age of Sail, she was the fastest ship on water. Newly restored for a staggering price tag of 50 million pounds, she was reopened to the public on May 1st, 2012. The tour ends at the historic Greenwich Market, home to art galleries, antiques and amazing street food.

London: Break the Barrier Speed Boat Ride

9. London: Break the Barrier Speed Boat Ride

Be greeted by a staff member and receive a full safety briefing. Collect your safety equipment including mandatory lifejackets. Set sail with a specially created soundtrack that takes you through the ages from the modern day to the 1950s. From Sinatra to Sia, experience the hippest hits and the hardest turns. For that reason, this trip is for those daring enough to experience what can truly be achieved on a speedboat. Thanks to the custom built 630 horsepower twin four-stroke engines and your highly experienced skipper team, you will get there fast.  Cruise over the water with speed and style whilst taking in the most popular sights of London. Your guide will entertain you at Greenwich and the Thames Barrier. Along the way, you will see an array of iconic London landmarks so don’t forget your camera.  All of this comes with a healthy portion of high-speed tricks and maneuvers that will have you screaming with delight. The speedboats really live up to their name as they carve through the water at angles never thought possible. Your expert skipper will ensure your safety, your guide will be ready with the banter, and you will supply the screams for 40 minutes that will leave you wanting to come again and again.

National Maritime Museum and Greenwich Tour

10. National Maritime Museum and Greenwich Tour

Visit the National Maritime Museum in London, the world's largest maritime museum, on a 3.5-hour tour designed for lovers of all things naval and maritime. Experience 500 years of British naval power and traditions. The Museum houses over 2 million artifacts from which exhibitions are drawn. On your tour you’ll see Turner's wonderful painting of the Battle of Trafalgar, which he completed in the 1820s. The king at the time, who had the painting commissioned, was apparently not impressed with Turner's realism depicting the horrors of war. For this reason the masterpiece is not hidden away in a royal palace, but is on display in a public museum. You’ll also be able to visit the Nelson, Navy, and Nation gallery with its paintings, weapons, and exhibitions about Horatio Nelson. See the jacket Nelson was wearing when he was shot and killed by a sniper in 1805. His body was brought back to Greenwich to lay in state, in the Painted Hall, for 3 days as thousands of British citizens came to pay their respects. Visit the poignant Atlantic Slave Trade Gallery as well. Midway through the tour, you’ll stop at the smart Museum café, where you can enjoy tea, coffee, and other refreshments.

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We were celebrating our Golden Wedding Anniversary, which had been postponed because of Covid, and had booked the boat trip for our family - 14 of us ages ranged from 5 - 78. We had beautiful weather, and could see all the sights clearly. We also had a very good guide who pointed out all the places of interest. We all thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would definitely go again.

Value for money! The Tower bridge is so close that you don't have to pay another ticket to visit it. There is a very detailed audioguide! You must get this journey!

Wonderful cruise. I can't thank enough guide who was so knowledgeable and funny at the same time. It was like learning something new at stand up event

We found the boat trip very enjoyable and the guide was very informative even though he said he was only one of the crew he was very knowledgeable

Great Fun Day, gentle relaxing ride on the Thames, Great info on the way, drinks, history, a real experience