City Guide



London Guided Tours

The historical, vibrant hub of London is a wonderful place for visitors. With endless sightseeing opportunities and activities, most visitors will have a tough time deciding where to begin. London is one city that caters towards travellers wanting to see it all, and there are a wonderful variety of tours round city catering to a wide variety of interests. The most famous and most popular tours are the hop-on hop-off big, red, double-decker bus tours, many of which include a Thames River cruise in their fare. Other great tours to look out for include a London ghost walk, walking tours, bike tours, black taxi tours, rock music tours, Thames dinner cruises and even day trips from London to the mysterious Stonehenge.

Here is a selection of hand-picked tours and excursions, bookable through tour partner Viator:

Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath Day Trip from London

Don't leave London without taking this best-selling tour to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath, England's most beautiful Georgian city. Your day trip includes entrance to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath's Roman Baths and Pump Rooms.Windsor CastleYour tour starts at the home of the Royal Family for 900 years, and the world's largest and oldest occupied castle. Windsor Castle's fortified walls dominate the delightful town that has grown up around it over the years. You will see the lavishly decorated State Apartments and St. George's Chapel. You will also witness the Changing of the Guard in all its colorful pageantry and splendor. (on 19 March, 7 April and 13 - 16 June the State Apartments will be closed, on these dates you will visit Queen Mary's Dolls House). Stonehenge Going even further back in time, you'll travel through the rolling green Wiltshire landscape to Stonehenge, a collection of stones dragged to this lonely plain near Salisbury 5,000 years ago. Who built it? Why? These questions have haunted the minds of centuries of scholars. Set in a landscape dotted with prehistoric mounds and carvings, Stonehenge continues to enthrall the imagination and captivate the heart of every visitor. 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 streetscapes. You'll see Bath Abbey and the much-photographed Pulteney Bridge, modeled on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. During the tour you will also visit the Roman Baths, the best preserved Roman spa from the ancient world.Special Offer - Price displayed currently includes a discount of 5% off the regular adult retail price - BOOK NOW! Click here to find out more about this deal!

Private Viewing of Stonehenge including Bath and Lacock

Book an exclusive private viewing of Stonehenge. Stepping inside the "inner circle of stones" is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Tickets are limited and each group consists of 26 (morning) or 40 (afternoon) with your own guide. With a choice of sunrise or sunset viewings, and private access to the inner circle of stones, your visit to Stonehenge is sure to be a memory you'll cherish. As an added bonus, you'll avoid the huge crowds.Private Viewing of StonehengeMost visitors to Stonehenge are not allowed direct access to the stones. On this special day trip from London, you'll be invited to enter the stone circle itself, and stand beside the mysterious rocks towering above you. Your guide will unlock the secrets of this ancient UNESCO World Heritage Listed monument. Enjoy the peace, away from the crowds, as you experience Stonehenge at its atmospheric best at sunrise or sunset. Availability is strictly limited so book early, as private viewings regularly sell out and operate on selected days in 2009 only.LacockLacock is one of England's most picturesque villages, dating back to the Saxon era. The village has provided the setting for many movies and television dramas, including Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Take a walk before enjoying an early evening meal (or breakfast for sunrise departures) in the George, a vintage English pub built in 1361. Note, meals are at your own expense.BathBath is beautiful Georgian city, and also on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Its most celebrated resident is Jane Austin, and Bath was her birthplace and inspiration for several novels. You'll have time to visit Bath Abbey and the magnificent Roman Baths, or simply shop and explore. You also have the option of taking a walking tour to see where Charles Dickens lived and worked as a young man, and to sample fresh cheeses from the local dairy farms. Click here to find out more about this deal!

London Pass

Discover more with the London Sightseeing Pass. With a choice of 1, 2, 3 or 6 consecutive days, the pass offers great value and convenience with free entry to over 50 top attractions including Tower of London, London Zoo, Thames River Cruise, St Paul's Cathedral, Windsor Castle, The Tower Bridge Exhibition, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, London Bridge Experience, Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour.Explore all sides of the city as you take advantage of tours, cruises and walks included on the London Sightseeing Pass. With special discounts at restaurants, West End theaters and other visitor services, you'll never be short of things to see and do during your London vacation! London Sightseeing Pass is available for one, two, three or six consecutive days, so however long your stay you can save time and money at London's top attractions! You'll receive: FREE entrance to more than 50 top London attractionsFREE full color guidebook with information about each attraction, how to get there, operating hours and insider tipsDiscounts for shopping and popular London restaurantsSkip the lines and save time at selected London attractions London Travelcard Upgrade (Optional): Please select this option when purchasing your card. If you have not been to London before it can seem big, busy and a little intimidating. Having a single, simple, cheap travel pass that allows you to use most modes of public transport within the capital - the famous London Underground or 'tube' (Zones1-6), the equally famous London red buses, the Docklands Light Railway. No queuing for train tickets, no having to explain yourself every time you want to make a journey. Sort out your London transport in advance by purchasing a London Pass-Travelcard. The only London airports accessible with your Travelcard are Heathrow and London City Airport. The Travelcard is NOT valid on the Heathrow Express, Gatwick Express, Stansted Express. Click here to find out more about this deal!

London Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

From a private tour of the Tower of London to the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace - you'll see everything England's capital has to offer on the London Full-Day Sightseeing Tour. Perfect if you're spending only a short time in London, this tour give you a comprehensive overview of the famous sights, including St Paul's Cathedral, a private tour of the Tower of London and a cruise of the River Thames. You'll conclude the tour with an optional afternoon tea at Harrods or London Eye flight - choice is yours!Your day starts with a private tour of the Tower of London, led by your very own Beefeater. Leading you into this World Heritage site before it opens to the public, your Beefeater will take you to Traitors' gate, the Crown Jewels in the Jewel House, the Scaffold site and Torture exhibition.Departing the Tower, you'll head to the Mall to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. When the Changing of the Guard is not held, you'll see Buckingham Palace and visit the Horse Guards Parade instead.Next, you'll take a short cruise on the River Thames to enjoy excellent views of St. Paul's Cathedral and Shakespeare's Globe before heading to a traditional pub for lunch (not included in tour price).After lunch there will be plenty of time to take photos of Westminster Abbey before heading to St. Paul's Cathedral. Your tour with a professional guide highlights the current restoration program and allows you to test the unique acoustics of the Whispering Gallery.The final part of your tour is optional:Visit Harrods, one of the world's most famous department stores, for afternoon tea. The tour ends at Harrods, so you can spend some time shopping.Take a flight on the London Eye, offering spectacular views of London from high above the River Thames.Hotel pickup is available, please click on 'View Map' below for full list of hotels included. Click here to find out more about this deal!

The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off

Experience the essential introduction to London aboard the original hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. You'll see all the magical sights of London in a comfortable and secure environment, with full commentary provided.Your ticket also includes a FREE Hop-on Hop-off Thames River cruise as well as three FREE walking tours: a Changing of the Guard walk and a Cool Britannia walk exploring the hidden treasures of Trafalgar Square and central London and a Jack the Ripper walk.Customize your own tour by hopping on and off the bus at any stop, as many times as you like. There's a choice of sightseeing routes, including the Yellow Route which features live onboard commentary. If you're traveling with the family, take the Red Route - relax while your children are entertained and informed by the highly acclaimed Kids Club commentary and their free London activity packs.Each route makes frequent stops - simply hop off where you want to, and return to the same stop to continue your tour.London Highlights: Madame Tussaud's Piccadilly Circus Leicester Square Trafalgar Square Downing Street Big Ben and Parliament London Eye Covent Garden St. Paul's Cathedral Tower Bridge Tower of London Shakespeare's Globe Westminster Abbey Buckingham Palace Click here to find out more about this deal!

Paris Rail Day Trip from London

Staying in London but want to see Paris? Travel by Eurostar to discover the "City of Lights" independently or with a guide. Whether it's the Eiffel Tower you want to climb, explore the artwork in the Louvre or stroll down the Champs Elysees, this tour can fill your Parisian dreams - all in one day.Independent Paris: This independent tour to Paris is designed to give you freedom while visiting Paris. Arrive into Paris Gare du Nord and the day is yours to explore Paris. Whilst in Paris you can use your ticket on the Hop-on Hop-off City Tour to see the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees and more at your leisure. Total independence to see what you want, when you want. Escorted Paris: This is a fully escorted day tour. On arrival in Paris you will be met (English speaking guide) at the station for a panoramic tour of Paris to see all the main sights of Paris, and includes a stop at the second level of the Eiffel Tower. The tour finishes at the Louvre where you will have free time for lunch.In the afternoon continue with a guide or have independent time, the choice is yours. A ticket on the hop on hop off bus tour of Paris is included if you wish to explore on your own. If the guide is chosen, your Louvre Guide will take you for an optional tour of the Louvre Museum (closed on Tuesdays - not included in tour cost), or with a Seine Guide for an optional River Seine Cruise.Standard or First Class Eurostar Tickets: Tickets will be pre-booked in an air-conditioned carriage. You have the choice of traveling with a standard ticket or upgrade to first class (Eurostar Leisure Select) to enjoy complimentary breakfast and dinner, wide reclining spacious seats and selection of newspapers and magazines. Click here to find out more about this deal!

Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Oxford Custom Day Trip

Travel to Windsor, Stonehenge and Oxford. Our custom day trip guarantees unbeatable low prices, deluxe coaches, experienced guides and the flexibility to add walking tours or entrance tickets along the way. Explore each site independently or upgrade when you get there for a more in-depth guided visit - the choice is all yours!Windsor Your day trip begins with a short drive to Windsor, home to the royal family for 900 years and official residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. At Windsor you have the option to: Take a free walking tour of Windsor to see the castle precincts, cobbled streets and historic buildings dating back to the 17th century.Take an interior tour of Windsor Castle to see the magnificent State Apartments and St. George's Chapel (cost approximately Adult £15.50, Child £9.00, Seniors £15.50). StonehengeThe most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and now a World Heritage Site, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast emptiness of Salisbury plain. At Stonehenge you have the option to: Explore Stonehenge independently Take an audio-guided tour of Stonehenge to learn about the site's spiritual importance (cost approximately Adult £6.70, Child £3.40, Seniors £5.70). OxfordYour guide will take you on a walking tour to see Christ Church, where the Harry Potter series was filmed, the Bodleian Library and the Sheldonian Theatre. Your visit includes free time to explore Oxford on your own also.Entrance fees are not included, but can be purchased from your guide on tour. Hotel pickup is available, please click on 'View Map' below for full list of hotels included.Special Offer - Buy both entrance tickets from your guide and save 10%. £21.20 per adult for both tickets - BOOK NOW! Click here to find out more about this deal!

Small Group Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath Day Trip from London

Take a small group day trip from London and visit three of England's most famous attractions - Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 33 people on this small group day trip, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your knowledgeable guide. By booking ahead, you won't waste any time waiting in line!Your day trip begins at the home of the British Royal Family, Windsor Castle. You'll be one of the first groups to enter Windsor Castle early morning to avoid the crowds. The knowledgeable guide will escort you inside to explain the various sites including the State Apartments and the magnificent St. Georges Chapel. You'll enjoy some free time at leisure to explore more than 900 years of royal history at your own pace. This small group day trip was re-launched on July 1st. Now, you can enjoy free time at Bath (90 minutes) and the chance to visit the village of Lacock with a premium lunch at the George, a vintage English pub built in 1361.Lacock is one of England's most picturesque villages, dating back to the Saxon era. The village has provided the setting for many movies and television dramas, including Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.Next stop is Stonehenge, one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shrouded in mystery, the site dates back nearly 5,000 years. Walk around this awe-inspiring site and decide for yourself whether this remarkable feat of ancient engineering was a place of sun worship, a healing sanctuary, a sacred burial site, or something different altogether.The final stop will be the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. This tour gives you 90 minutes at leisure to explore the city. You can choose to visit the Roman Baths (additional cost) or spend time explore the city at leisure. Hotel pickup is available, please click on 'View Map' below for full list of hotels included.Special Offer - Book and travel before September 30, 2009 and save 5% off the adult recommended retail price - BOOK NOW! Click here to find out more about this deal!

Skip the Line: Buckingham Palace Tour

See where Her Majesty the Queen lives and take a tour of Buckingham Palace. Booking your tour ahead of time and you'll jump the queue - don't waste time waiting in lines on vacation. Open for a limited time from August 01 to September 27, 2009, combine your tour with a typically English afternoon tea at either Fortnum&Mason or Grosvenor House.Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837. The palace hosts many official events and receptions held by the Queen and Members of the Royal Family. When The Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland, the Palace's nineteen state rooms open for a limited time.The State Rooms form the heart of the working palace. They are lavishly furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection adorned with paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer and Canaletto. You'll see exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. Your free audio tour provides an introduction to centuries of royal history, including interviews with royal household staff.Complete your royal experience and upgrade to afternoon tea. Quintessentially English, afternoon tea in London (4:30pm) is a must during your stay with two indulgent options to choose from: Afternoon Tea at Fortnum&Mason - St. James Restaurant is famous for its traditional afternoon tea, including mini cheese and potato tartlets, a selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Somerset clotted cream and Fortnum & Mason strawberry preserve, two reception pastries, and tea Anna's Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House - A complete afternoon tea experience, including a selection of finger sandwiches, plain and raisin buttermilk scones with Devonshire clotted cream and Cornish strawberry jam, cream puffs and French pastries, and a choice of tea Click here to find out more about this deal!

England in One Day Trip

Take a trip through the English countryside on a day trip from London to Stonehenge, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds. You'll combine vibrant history, gorgeous scenery and sightseeing at some of Britain's most popular attractions. Your tour includes an exclusive visit to Shakespeare's birthplace, with champagne and strawberry scones served in his picturesque garden.Stonehenge Your first stop is Stonehenge, the most popular prehistoric monument in the world. You'll marvel at the huge stones that were brought from Preseli mountains, over 280 miles (450 kilometers) away, and discover the mysteries surrounding the slaughter stone and earth barrows, where the late-Stone Age Beaker people lie buried.Bath After traveling across the Salisbury Plain, you'll take a guided tour of Jane Austen's birthplace, Bath. It's a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage listed Georgian town with delightful crescents, terraces and architecture.Cotswolds Heading north to Stratford, your journey takes you 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 churches.Stratford upon Avon Birthplace of William Shakespeare and home to the world-renowned 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.Hotel pickup is available, please click on 'View Map' below for full list of hotels included.Special Offer - FREE garden reception at Shakespeare's birthplace with champagne and strawberry scones (Summer Only) - BOOK NOW! Click here to find out more about this deal!