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    London Eye and River Thames Cruise

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    Come closer, come closer! Buy your tickets for two of London's top attractions: the London Eye and a cruise on the Thames. You'll save money and enjoy a day of panoramic discovery of this city, which is one of the most prestigious in the world.

    Highlights

    • Fully commented visit
    • Stunning aerial views
    • Perfect introduction for a first discovery
    • Discover the sites from a boat
    • Performed in English only



    London Eye
    British Airways' London Eye is the world's tallest observation wheel, with stunning views of London over 135 meters above the ground. Built on the banks of the Thames, it offers an unparalleled panorama of the city of London.

    Since its inauguration at the turn of the century, the London Eye has become an iconic attraction, along with Tower Bridge, Big Ben, the statue of Eros on Picadilly Circus and the Tower of London. Loved by British and tourists alike, it has served as the backdrop for many films.

    Sightseeing cruise on the Thames
    The best way to admire the attractions and splendor of the British capital is from the deck of a boat. During this comfortable and elegant sightseeing cruise, you will discover the most famous monuments of London. The boats have open-top upper decks for better views and comfortable lounges on the lower deck. Relax and enjoy the scenery, on-board commentary, refreshments and full bar service, while admiring the capital's famous landmarks.

    Cruises depart every 40 minutes from Westminster, Waterloo (near the London Eye), Tower and Greenwich (near the Cutty Sark) piers. You can embark and disembark as often as you wish and at any of the piers, all day long. The shortest trip between the piers takes about 20 to 30 minutes, and the whole circuit takes about 2 hours.



    Detailed schedule

    Starting point :
    The cruise departs from the following piers at different times throughout the day:

    • Westminster Pier (near Westminster Bridge)
    • Waterloo Pier (near the London Eye)
    • Tower Pier (near the Tower of London)
    • Greenwich Pier (near the Cutty Sark)

    Departure time :
    The London Eye

    • January - May: 10:00 a.m. - 20:00 p.m. every 30 minutes from 10:00 a.m.
    • June - September: 10:00 AM - 21:00 PM every 30 minutes on the hour and a half
    • October - December: 10:00 AM - 20:00 PM every 30 minutes on the hour and a half

    Thames cruise

    • De Westminster Pier à Tower Pier -10 h 00, 10 h 40, 11 h 20, 12 h 00, 12 h 45, 13 h 30, 14 h 15, 15 h 00, 15 h 45, 16 h 30
    • De Westminster Pier à Greenwich Pier -10 h 00, 10 h 40, 11 h 20, 12 h 00, 12 h 45, 13 h 30, 14 h 15, 15 h 00, 15 h 45
    • De Westminster Pier à Tower Pier -10 h 10, 10 h 50, 11 h 30, 12 h 10, 12 h 55, 13 h 40, 14 h 25, 15 h 10, 15 h 55, 16 h 40
    • De Westminster Pier à Greenwich Pier -10 h 10, 10 h 50, 11 h 30, 12 h 10, 12 h 55, 13 h 40, 14 h 25, 15 h 10
    • From Westminster Pier to Waterloo Pier -10 h 10, 10 h 50, 11 h 30, 12 h 15, 13 h 00, 13 h 45, 14 h 20, 15 h 05, 15 h 50, 16 h 45
    • De Tower Pier à Greenwich Pier – 10 h 40, 11 h 20, 12 h 00, 12 h 40, 13 h 25, 14 h 10, 14 h 55, 15 h 40
    • From Greenwich Pier to Tower Pier, Westminster Pier and Waterloo Pier - 10am 50, 11am 40, 12pm 20, 13pm 00, 13pm 40pm

    The latest schedules posted are the latest boat schedules for a full cruise. Additional departures are scheduled from April to October.



    Return details:
    The shortest trip between the piers takes about 20 to 30 minutes, and the whole circuit takes about 2 hours.

    Additional Information

    The price includes :

    • Hop-on Hop-off Thames Sightseeing Cruise
    • Live commentary on board
    • Flight on the London Eye

    The price does not include:

    • Tips (optional)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

    Additional Information :

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Bar, cafe and toilets are available on board
    • Wheelchair accessible

    Itinerary:
    Your journey through history begins at Westminster Pier, in the shadow of Big Ben, just steps from Westminster Abbey, where kings and queens have been crowned for almost 1 years. It is also the closest pier to the Churchill Museum and the Cabinet War Rooms, not far from Whitehall, the headquarters of the British government, and Banqueting House, the only surviving building of the former Palace of Whitehall.

    On the other side, County Hall, once the headquarters of London County Council and now Greater London Council, has fallen silent. Below, the London Aquarium reveals the secrets of the depths, and upstairs, visitors and business people can relax in the comfort of the Marriott Hotel.

    A few meters away is the Millennium Wheel, better known as the London Eye. During a complete 25-minute tour, you will have spectacular views of London and its surroundings.



    Cross the Jubilee and Hungerford pedestrian bridges and the Charing Cross railway bridge, and you'll see the Royal Festival Hall, reminiscent of the post-war era, and the 6 million people who came by the river to celebrate the Festival of Britain .

    At the end of Waterloo Bridge stands Somerset House, a grand building on the north bank that once housed various government departments and is now a vibrant arts, entertainment and heritage centre.

    After Blackfriars, climb the steps on the north bank to admire St Paul's Cathedral. Then pass under the new Millennium Footbridge, which connects the area to Bankside, as part of the South Bank regeneration scheme. Local attractions include the Tate Modern art gallery and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, rebuilt by Sam Wannamaker, the first thatched-roof building to be erected in London since the Great Fire of 1666.

    Here, the South Bank is the historic heart of Southwark, famous for its Thames-side pubs and the smallest of the capital's three cathedrals. Take the London Bridge, and discover an impregnable: the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the old battleship HMS Belfast.

    On the Docklands: the historic districts of Wapping and Limehouse to the north and Bermondsey and Rotherhithe to the south. Many of the old docks have disappeared, while those that remain are now home to yachtsmen, weekend sailors and barges.

    Then head to Greenwich, the historic district where time has stood still. The Naval College and Seamen's Hospital today serve as the main campuses for the University of Greenwich and Trinity College of Music.

    The National Maritime Museum, with its new galleries and Neptune Court, provides a fascinating and enjoyable visit for the whole family. Together with the sailing ship Cutty Sark, the old Royal Observatory, Queen's House, the Fan Museum, the traditional covered market and many other attractions, these monuments form the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Greenwich. .

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