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Changing of the Guard Tours and Activities

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The Changing of the Guard is a centuries-old tradition that marks the official shift change of the Household Regiment—the Queen's guards stationed at Buckingham Palace. One of the world's most famous ceremonies and a top London experience, this ceremony gives visitors the chance to witness the grandeur of a royal march. Dressed in their iconic red suits and bearskin hats, the guards exemplify classic British pomp in a showing that's not to be missed.

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Daily 11:30am
Buckingham Palace Road, London, England, SW1
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to the fast-track London Eye option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off at Westminster Pier or Tower of London stop to enjoy a Thames River cruise.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.64
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$43.64
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London in a Day Private Custom Tour
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London in a Day Private Custom Tour

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Discover the spectacular sights of London according to your own personal itinerary on a private custom tour of the vibrant capital with a knowledgeable guide. Opt to enjoy a half- or full-day tour and customize your itinerary according to your cultural and historical interests. Allow your expert guide to pre-plan logistics like public transportation and reservations, and then delve into the capital’s rich history by listening to illuminating commentary. See iconic attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, and stray from the conventional tourist trail for a unique experience of London.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$158.28
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$158.28
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London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard
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London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

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Limited time in London doesn’t have to mean a limited view of the capital. Soak up the key sights in just one action-packed day on this guided small-group tour. Explore Westminster Abbey and watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. Then cruise the Thames River to Tower Bridge and explore its inner workings before delving into British history at the Tower of London.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$180.42
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$180.42
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Tootbus Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Thames River Cruise

Tootbus Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Thames River Cruise

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See the best of London without the stress of rigid tour times and massive crowds on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your flexible pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a comfortable sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your pass offers multiple route options with stops at main attractions like Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and more. Bonus features include a free city walking tour, a Thames River cruise, and local discounts.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.95
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$48.95
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Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade

Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade

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See the English capital’s top landmarks on this most comprehensive of London magical tours. Take a tour of beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, then make a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visit the Tower of London, where you'll have free time for lunch (own expense). Enjoy an extended river sightseeing cruise, and upgrade to cap everything with a London Eye flight or cream tea at Harrods.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$138.46
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$138.46
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Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour

Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour

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Discover the history and diversity of London by bike on a sightseeing tour. Led by a guide, pedal past the city's top sites, including Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, Westminster, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Trafalgar Square. Along the way, learn about the city’s colorful history — the glorious, the infamous, and everything in between.  
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.88
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$48.88
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Full Day London Private Classic Tour

Full Day London Private Classic Tour

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Optimize your time in the British capital on a private full-day tour, zipping between landmarks by traditional black cab for an authentic London experience. Discover iconic highlights such as the London Eye, Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace and enjoy plenty of stops for pictures or a closer look. Benefit from your guide’s personalized recommendations to add additional stops according to your interests.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$734.26
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London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London Highlights

London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London Highlights

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See the royal sights of London and save money at the same time on this day-long Super Saver tour—a combination of two popular sightseeing experiences. Start with early access to the Tower of London, and then take a cruise along the Thames River to central London to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony. In the morning, enjoy a royal-themed walking tour that takes in sights of Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.59
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$125.59

Private Custom Tour: Day Tour of London

Private Custom Tour: Day Tour of London

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Don’t visit London landmarks and listen to commentary that doesn’t interest you. Set your own itinerary and explore London your way on a private half- or full-day tour of England’s capital. Tick off all of the attractions on your personal checklist and take advantage of your private guide’s local insight by visiting hidden gems and unknown corners of the city. Choose the start time and meeting point of your tour and receive the undivided attention of your guide throughout. 
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$194.40
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$194.40
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Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour
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Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour

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No visit to England would be complete without experiencing quintessential traditions such as the Changing of the Guard. See British culture come to life from select prime vantage points. In a small group limited to 15, observe the Queen’s iconic foot guards, clad in red tunics and bearskin hats, and watch the household cavalry put on an impressive display. Follow history-rich guide commentary with ease using a headset.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$25.17
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$25.17
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Tootbus London by Night: Sightseeing Bus Tour & Thames River Cruise

Tootbus London by Night: Sightseeing Bus Tour & Thames River Cruise

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Experience the city as the sun begins to set and London lights up around you. A non-stop tour combining a live guided bus tour and a river cruise. A great tour to rediscover the city under a new light, the best of London by bus and boat. The city bursts into life at night and London looks spectacular with twinkling lights cutting through the darkness. Watch the city come alive as the sun sets and as famous monuments such as the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye light up. From the comfort of the top deck, to a tranquil seat on the river, don’t miss out on the perfect night experience. Some of the landmarks on our night tour include: Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London and many more.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$34.96
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$34.96
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London Eye Fast-Track Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

London Eye Fast-Track Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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Have only a short stay in London? See the best of the city—and enjoy a variety of sightseeing experiences—with this convenient package. Begin with a hop-on hop-off bus tour: pick from 24-, 48-, or 72-hour passes, and cruise around town at your own pace. Then, head to the London Eye, where you’ll enjoy fast-track entry and sky-high views. This package also includes a river cruise which currently operates Friday to Sunday.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$93.26
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Royal London Walking Tour: Early Access Tower of London & Changing of The Guard
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Royal London Walking Tour: Early Access Tower of London & Changing of The Guard

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Discover London’s royal history and sights on a London tour by foot and boat. Start with an early access visit to the Tower of London to see the opening ceremony and Crown Jewels without the usual daytime crowds. Then, take to the water on a half-hour River Thames sightseeing cruise. Stroll to Horse Guard’s Parade or Buckingham Palace to see the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, and learn all about the British Royal Family from a knowledgeable local guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.49
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London Super Saver: Stonehenge Express and London by Night Sightseeing Bus
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London Super Saver: Stonehenge Express and London by Night Sightseeing Bus

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View the best of royal London and Stonehenge with this Super Saver, combining two tours at a discounted price. See some of London’s top landmarks on a morning coach tour, including Kensington Palace and the Mall. Learn about the city’s royal history from your professional guide as you go, and watch the Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace. Then, take an afternoon trip to UNESCO-listed Stonehenge. Leave London by coach, and enjoy an independent, 1-hour audio tour of this stunning prehistoric monument.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$102.10
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$102.10
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Private walking tour of central London

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Private walking tour of central London

Private walking tour of London. During this tour you will see the best places of central London such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and more. You will also visit Trafalgar square and finish the tour near the National Gallery.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$230.77
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$307.69
$76.92 savings
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Royal London Sightseeing Tour and Thames River Cruise
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Royal London Sightseeing Tour and Thames River Cruise

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Discover the regal residences and rich royal history of London on a sightseeing tour and Thames River cruise. With an accomplished guide, travel by luxury coach through the capital’s most opulent areas to see majestic landmarks like Big Ben and Kensington Palace. Gaze at a traditional Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace and then climb aboard a boat for a tranquil cruise on the River Thames. Glide past iconic sights like the London Eye and the Tower of London and enjoy illuminating commentary as you sail.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.13
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Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London

Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London

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Get up close to the iconic Royal Guards on this interactive walking tour of London. Learn about London’s royal heritage as you pass sights like Pall Mall, the Duke of York Column, the Royal Society and Marlborough House, then enjoy a prime view of the famous Changing of the Guards ceremony. Not only do you see the military bands and marching guards, you also get to march alongside the Old Guard, as they head from St. James Palace to Wellington Barracks.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.57
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Royal London Tour with Changing of the Guard with optional London Eye upgrade
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Royal London Tour with Changing of the Guard with optional London Eye upgrade

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Experience London’s royal highlights on this sightseeing tour by coach, including the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Take a panoramic tour of the city with your guide, passing Kensington Palace and Westminster Abbey. You'll also see Trafalgar Square and Big Ben, and watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Upgrade to include an open-date ticket for the London Eye.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.74
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Private Guided and Chauffeured Tour of London

Private Guided and Chauffeured Tour of London

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Make like a VIP in London with a private guide, personal chauffeur, and an itinerary tailor-made for you. Choose between a 3- or 6-hour tour and admire landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the Tower of London; hit the shops at Harrods or Oxford Street; or explore the local neighborhoods. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$444.05
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$444.05
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Private Tour: Traditional Black Cab Tour of Royal London

Private Tour: Traditional Black Cab Tour of Royal London

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Delight in the regal majesty of royal London on a private half- or full-day tour by black cab. Accompanied by a courteous driver, climb aboard your traditional Hackney black cab and set out to explore London’s most opulent attractions. Cruise past Buckingham Palace, official residence of her Majesty the Queen, and gaze at the stolid turrets of the Tower of London. Delve deep into the rich history of the British monarchy and visit lesser-known sites linked to the royal family while receiving undivided attention from your private guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$574.77
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March with the Guards: Changing of the Guard Tour

March with the Guards: Changing of the Guard Tour

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Don’t just watch the Changing of the Guards; get as close as you can to the action. On this exclusive Buckingham Palace tour, you’ll discover the best vantage points and most secluded spots for a close-up peek at London’s most popular spectacle. Witness two different ceremonies from four different angles, and listen to an in-depth background on the history of the iconic tradition.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.97
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The London Eye with London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

The London Eye with London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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See London from the streets, water, and sky with this great-value package that lets you explore London at your own pace. Easily reach top sights without spending a fortune on cab fare with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket valid for 1, 2, or 3 days. You’ll also get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel and glide past Parliament and Big Ben on a Thames River cruise (Fri-Sun only).
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.61
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Small Group Best London Highlights Tour

Small Group Best London Highlights Tour

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Designed to orient first-time visitors, this 4-hour London walking tour allows you to explore England’s capital in a small group limited to ten people. Traveling on public transport and on foot, you’ll tick off top London attractions such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square. Plus, you’ll witness a Changing of the Guard Ceremony outside of Buckingham Palace (on days the ceremony is performed). This tour does not offer interior visits of the sights.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$50.17
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Private Chauffeured Minivan at Your Disposal in London for 4 Hours

Private Chauffeured Minivan at Your Disposal in London for 4 Hours

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With so much to see and do, travelers visiting London for the first time can often feel overwhelmed. Escape the crowds and skip the hassle of navigating an unfamiliar public transport system on a customizable tour by private minivan, a hassle-free choice designed with travelers on a time budget in mind. Your private chauffeur transports you between top attractions with ease and reveals lesser-known spots that you won't find in the guide book.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$502.65
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What are Changing of the Guard hours of operation?
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Changing of the Guard hours of operation: Daily 11:30am. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Changing of the Guard tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Changing of the Guard can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 76 Changing of the Guard tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Changing of the Guard 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Changing of the Guard costs USD 25.17. Guided Changing of the Guard tours start around USD 25.17 per person. See all 76 Changing of the Guard tickets and tours on Viator.
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