Your day will begin by beating the crowds as you visit Westminster Abbey and look at the church's tumultuous history with your very own guide. Then, you’ll avoid the large crowds gathered in front of Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard and head to Wellington Barracks instead. This is where most of the ceremony actually takes place including the band’s performance and the highly-formal uniform checks. On the other side of the St. James’s Park, you’ll step into the Horse Guards Parade to witness a much less famous but perhaps even more impressive ceremony: The changing of the Queen’s Life Guard. As you watch the guards go through the ceremony, your guide will explain the significance of everything from the armor they wear to the colors on their uniforms.
Your next stop is Trafalgar Square, the geographic center of London and one of the city’s most iconic public spaces where your guide will tell you about the naval history and after lunch, you'll head to the Thames for a scenic river cruise that will take you past a number of London landmarks.
Your last stop of the day will be the Tower of London. With pre-reserved tickets at the quietest time of day, you won’t have to battle crowds to enjoy this iconic landmark and you'll even have some time at the end to see the Crown Jewels on your own.