the location to pickup the tour was very inconvenient for us and added un-necessary costs . I have been to London a few times and taken tours. I did not find this to be informative or stimulating in any way. I think we would have done better on our own using local transportation. The lunch was in-edible.. too bad since i was hungry. Other tours to the tour London the guide stayed and took us into and explained the history .. we were on our end with no direction as to what to see. We had to meet up 15 minutes early at each stop in order to wait for the stragglers. Did not know this until the end, very annoying. We had intended to book more tours, however I was not doing a Golden Tour and wouldn't recommend. If I didn't ask questions for myself and the group, we just were not provided with the history and local color that is the reason I do the tours. Loved Grayline when they were doing these ...
Great tour guide, shared lots of information. Plenty of time to get a good taste of London in one day.as there is so much to see and so many people doing the same things as you, you can't expect to spend hours at every place. We had a great vantage point for the changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Our guide made sure that we saw each group of the guard from a different place. Timing was perfect. Due to us visiting London just prior to Christmas, there were less crowds and not as much traffic - we were on time for everything. The Tower of London had so much to explore, so much history and not crowded...no wait time! The cruise was good, and visiting Greenwich most informative. The skys cleared at dusk 4:30pm for a magnificent 6pm London Eye night flight. Just wow! Can't wait for our Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath tour!
Having been on many tours this tour failed on every level. We were not allowed free time at some of the major sites. That is to say not in areas that one would want free time. Such as St. Paul's Cathedral, 10 minutes free time down at the cafeteria, not upstairs where it was gorgeous. Although we were given some time to take pics with the horse guards, when they did the actual change out, we were long gone with the assurance we would have plenty of time to see them in formation along the street. Not true. We marched along and by the time they came by, we could not stop because we were on a schedule!! No time provided to stop and get any pictures of the outside of Buckingham Palace. The lunch was a pie box lunch on our laps. As we headed toward the London Tower in our bus, balancing our lunches on our laps, it was announced that our driver had to leave to go on another tour. We were then dumped off across from a boat taxi stop with our lunch boxes, and waited 30 minutes to get on the boat. The boat took about 20 minutes so 50 minutes our tour time completely wasted. This cut into our time at the towers by quite a bit. Once we did arrive the tour guide talked all about how informational the Yeoman Warders would be happy to speak with us and went on about more things in the towers. Perhaps this could have been done the 30 minutes we stood waiting for the boat so we could have hit the ground running. We ask if we had free time now to explore the towers as we only had 25 more minutes left at the towers. We were told not yet. After the Crown Jewels we were told we now had free time. That left us 10 minutes to use the restroom, get a quick pic with the Yeoman Warder and dash to the meeting place only to wait for another boat taxi! A family was left behind. Back on the boat for another 20 minutes up to Greenwich to see the Maritime Museum. It was a 20 minute stop from off the boat to back on. So frustrating! Back on the boat for an approx. 50 minute ride back down the river to the London Eye. At which point we were given a bit of info. hit up for a tip and sent on our way. This was a terrible tour and a complete waste of money.
We were not taken to Buckingham Palace as Golden Tours told us there was no changing of the guards that day. That was the whole reason we booked this tour. we did see St. Paul's Cathedral which was very nice but don't book this tour unless you know you'll get to see Buckingham Palace. We almost didn't get on the London Eye either. The staff at the eye said there were totally booked and could come another day...say what! Our tour guide had words with them and we were eventually able to get on.
Again if your main reason for this Tour is to see the changing of the guards, you better make sure you book it for the right day, otherwise they impervise the tour.
It did not cover the sights in London as stated. We had a boat ride to Greenwich which wasted the afternoon. After we arrived we had 40 minutes enough time to see nothing. This was not on the itinerary. You need to spend an entire day in Greenwich.
We never saw Trafalger Square, Piccadilly Circus, HydePark, Harrods, Kensington Palace,the West End and where any of the museums where. It was not a London day tour but a half day out of the city tour. This was not what I signed up for.