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Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye

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See London’s signature sights by vintage Routemaster bus and Thames River cruise on this sightseeing tour. Board a retro, red double-decker bus London Routemaster, and enjoy stellar views of top London attractions including the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey. Then, after a short Thames sightseeing cruise, ride your London double-decker to Buckingham Palace for a photo stop or to witness the colorful Changing of the Guard ceremony. If you wish, upgrade to add a visit to the London Eye, Tower of London, or UNESCO-listed Stonehenge after your tour.
  • London guided tour by Routemaster double-decker bus
  • Open top decker routemaster buses provide panoramic views of London in summer
  • Thames River Cruise to see all the famous London landmarks from the water
  • Choice of London Eye, Tower of London, and Stonehenge add-on tours
  • All vintage Routemaster buses have open top roofs in summer so you can enjoy the best views of London

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Get a feel for London and its key experiences in just a few hours on this affordable tour.
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Panoramic tour of London by 1960's Vintage bus
Thames River cruise
London Eye (if upgrade option is selected)
Visit Stonehenge (if upgrade option is selected)
Local guide
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
Select your tour option on booking, and hop aboard your vintage, red double-decker Routemaster bus in Victoria in central London.

Sit back and drink in the views of London’s famous sights as you trundle around the heart of the city. Pass top London attractions such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London.

Then, leave your iconic bus at the Thames River, and set off on a short sightseeing cruise. Find a comfortable spot on your cruise boat, and admire London landmarks such as Tower Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and the London Eye as you sail on this history-steeped river.

Next, rejoin your gleaming, retro Routemaster and drive to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Stop outside to see the world-famous Changing of the Guard. Watch in delight as the Queen’s Foot Guards—dressed in red tunics and bearskin helmets—exchange duties with the new guard in time to military music.

If the guard change is not taking place, simply stop for photos of Buckingham Palace. Your trip concludes with a drop-off back in Victoria.

London Eye Flight Upgrade:
 If you wish, upgrade to take a flight on the London Eye following your sightseeing trip. After Buckingham Palace, enjoy a drop-off at the Eye and use your prebooked ticket for fast, hassle-free entry.

Board your shared glass capsule and marvel at the 360-degree views of London as the Eye makes a single rotation. Either before or afterward, enjoy an included visit to the London Eye 4D Experience, an incredible journey through London brought alive by multi-sensory effects and other virtual perspectives.

Your London Eye trip ends when you either leave your capsule or the 4D Experience, whichever you do last.

You can also enjoy pre-booked tickets to the Tower of London, for a speedy entrance into this top London attraction.

Afternoon Stonehenge Visit Upgrade: 
Why not take an afternoon trip to ancient, UNESCO-listed Stonehenge after your morning sightseeing tour? After Buckingham Palace, enjoy a drop-off at Victoria and board a comfortable, round-trip shuttle bus bound for Stonehenge.

Then, travel straight to this prehistoric stone circle on Salisbury Plain, and use your prebooked entrance ticket to enjoy a self-guided audio tour of the monument's perimeter and impressive visitor center.

Your Stonehenge round trip then ends with a drop-off at Victoria.
3 hours 30 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  The tour departs at Victoria Coach Station, Gate 19 - 20, at 7:45am and at Gate 0 at 1pm. Boarding starts 15 minutes before the departure time stated.
Victoria Coach Station
Located 5-minute walk from Victoria Underground Station
Westminster Abbey (Stop R)
Houses of Parliament
Buckingham Palace
London Eye
If the London-Eye upgrade option is selected
Points of interest passed by on this route
Tower of London
Buckingham Palace
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
St. Paul's Cathedral
Westminster Abbey
Houses of Parliament
Big Ben
Thames River
Cleopatra's Needle
London Eye
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: 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
  • Please note: the Changing of the Guard only takes place on the morning tour
  • Please note: at time of booking you will need to select between the morning or afternoon departures.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Premium Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye.

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Tour guide was brilliant...
, Oct 2021
Tour guide was brilliant a had my granddaughter who is a big Harry potter fan he included some Harry potter facts in the tour as well which made her very happy
The tour guide was very...
, Oct 2021
The tour guide was very knowledgeable, funny and engaging. I would Highly recommend this tour. A great way to see London by land and sea!
Great guide and driver ! Would recommend this tour
, Aug 2021
Great guide and driver who were very accommodating and pleasant from the off. We went on the early tour and were greeted by driver Jermaine and later Alan our guide. Alan clearly had lots of local historical knowledge which he gladly shared . We made plenty of stops to take photos some great views pointed out so we could get our cameras ready and they were very helpful. My son aged 9 enjoyed it and asked lots of questions too! Being on the vintage bus is a nice touch too and luckily we had a sunny day but still I would advise you to take a jacket or rain Mac in case. Only disappointed that changing of the guard is postponed until September and we particularly went on the early tour to see it. Also note that Victoria coach station can be fiddly to find as it’s not right next to the train station so leave enough time in case you get lost…..we stopped to ask about three times and my son was tired due to an early start by then….but we got there on time and the coach station has enough places to grab a snack before boarding the bus. We also enjoyed the River Cruise nice big boat with lots of seating upstairs and great views . Lovely way to see a lot of London without the hassle of tube or bus hopping with small children. I would recommend it!
I believe the tour is meant to be good but......
, Aug 2020
Disgusting!!! I’ve been receiving reminders about the tour and now a request for feed back when, in fact, after leading us to believe the tour was happening, making us get up at 5am, getting to the station and being told no tours are taking place the fact is that actually, premier tours have closed Their offices during the pandemic, which is understandable to surely not acceptable to not even bother to contact us to say the tour is cancelled just continue to tell us it was still on!! We we were also booked to go to Harry Potter but that tour managed to notify us of cancellation! All the way from Cumbria to London to be told the tour is cancelled as we arrived to board the coach!!!
2 travelers found this review helpful
London Bus Tour
, Mar 2020
The tour was great. We saw a lot of London in a little bit of time. We were only in London for two days so I wanted to see as much as I could. This was a great tour.
Bus tour? Best tour!
, Oct 2019
We were very fortunate to have great weather and little traffic, and were able to see just about every major sightseeing attraction. Our guide was funny and knowledgeable. A+, would go again!
Retro Bus Ride
, Apr 2019
I would strongly suggest this bus over the Boring modern Hop On Hop Off bus tours that are on offer. Informative commentary by a real Person who is a Londoner. Bus drops you off for a photo at Buckingham Palace, but after that you just stay on a take photos easily from the comfort of your seat. The Thames cruise is included on a large undercover boat, with plenty of glass to take photos through, or stand at the open area at the rear. London eye is an option I didn’t take up...long queues. The Routemaster then takes you back to Victoria Station. Be aware you will end up being in hundreds of photos from people taking shots of the bus, walking along the main streets you travel along, as the routemaster is British icon.
Great way see the sights
, Dec 2018
Our guide Gavin was great. A great way to see London if you don't have a lot of time. Would recommend the London eye upgrade if you have kids.
Rude Employees
, Dec 2018
We missed the bus, not clearly marked as to where you meet the bus. No phone number on information page we printed. Employee called and belittled me on the phone for missing the bus and not calling, again no contact number. We decided to walk and sight see on our own way more enjoyable...
We took the afternoon tour with the...
Prasad W
, Aug 2018
We took the afternoon tour with the London eye option. We had landed early morning and wanted to get a feel of the city. We had a spare day next day to explore some of these attractions in details on our own . This tour very much satisified that purpose. Got a great feel of all the attractions and where they are . Got good tips from the tour guide. The stop of tower of london and then the cruise to London eye was awesome. Next day we visited St Pauls Cathedral for 2-3 of hours in morning and the Tower of London for 3 hours in afternoon . This tour laid the foundation for the next day because we knew what to do , when do to do and how to do trust me there is a lot to do in london and if you have limited time then you have to pick the top attractions of your interest.
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