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Independent Day Trip to London from Paris including Thames River Cruise

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Embark on your very own British invasion with this full-day trip to London from Paris. Ride the high-speed Eurostar train under the English Channel, then hop on an open-top coach tour to see some of London’s most iconic attractions, including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Tower of London and the Palace of Westminster. Join a Beatles- or royal-themed walking tour if you like, and get a waterside perspective with a cruise down the River Thames. Enjoy leisure time to explore, shop, or dine on your own.
  • Independent day trip to London from Paris
  • Enjoy a comfortable ride in a reserved seat on the Eurostar train
  • Take an open-top bus tour to see London's top attractions, including Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, the London Eye and Tower Bridge
  • Live English or multilingual audio guided tour
  • Go on an optional free walking tour and then enjoy a cruise on the River Thames
  • Receive a complimentary map of London
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Reserved train seat on Eurostar
Open-top bus tour with live English commentary or multilingual audio-guide
Optional walking tour
Thames River cruise
Map of London
Food and drinks (available on board the Eurostar train; you will have free time in London to eat, as well)

Departure Point

75010 Paris, France

Departure Time

6:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
When you’re short on time but don’t want to miss a trip to the British capital, experience London’s highlights with this packed full-day tour from Paris. Get an early start and make your way to the Gare du Nord train station in Paris, where a host will be waiting with your round-trip Eurostar tickets. Settle into your reserved seat on a London-bound train and enjoy the scenic, 2.5-hour ride through the French countryside and under the English Channel.

When you arrive in London midmorning, a representative will escort you from the St Pancras train station to Victoria station to begin your open-top coach tour. Keep your camera at the ready as you pass iconic sights like Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. Listen to an onboard English-speaking guide (or a multilingual audio guide) to learn about the history and legends of passing attractions.

Next, you can opt to join one of two themed walking tours included with your ticket. Get a case of Beatlemania while walking in the footsteps of the Fab Four, or immerse yourself in royal history on the blue-blooded Diamond Jubilee tour. Alternatively, enjoy leisure time to explore London on your own.

In the afternoon, glide down the River Thames on a leisurely cruise while learning about the modern and medieval sights that line its banks. Enjoy free time in the evening to continue sightseeing, shop, dine or visit a traditional English pub (own expense). 

Head back to St Pancras station to catch the 8:01 pm return train, arriving at least 45 minutes before it departs. Relax on the journey back to Paris, where you’ll arrive at Gare du Nord station in the late evening.
Stop At:  
Gare du Nord
Rise early and make your own way to the train station – Paris Gare du Nord – where you'll be greeted by an assistant on the first floor next to the Eurostar ticket office.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Pancras International Station
. After you are issued your train ticket, board the train and settle into your reserved seat. On arrival at the St Pancras station in London after your approximately 2.5-hour train trip, exit the Eurostar terminal, where you'll be met in the concourse by a representative who will provide you your tickets for the Hop-on Hop-off bus tour in London
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Big Ben
During the tour, see London's most iconic attractions: Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament (Palace of Westminster) and Big Ben, the London Eye, the Tower of London, the picturesque Tower Bridge and more. As you ride around town, a knowledgeable English-speaking guide (or a multilingual audio guide) on board the bus will tell you all about the sights you're seeing. Your hop-on hop-off open top bus tour includes a free walking tour and a delightful river cruise along the Thames.
Stop At:  
St. Pancras International Station
Arrive at London St. Pancras International station for check in at least 45 minutes before departure. Your departure time from London is 8:01pm, arriving back in Paris at 11:17pm.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Thames River cruise departs every 20 minutes from Embankment, London Eye and St Katherine's Pier
  • Children under 3 are complimentary. You must bring a valid passport and visa if required. Please arrive at least 45min at the train station before your train departure time for check-in.
  • If purchasing more than one ticket, they will all be printed under the lead passenger’s name
  • 100% cancellation charges apply for this tour – once booked, it cannot be cancelled
  • During this tour there is a fair amount of fast paced walking involved. Please dress appropriately.
  • Please note that there is a 1-hour time difference between London and Paris, with Paris 1 hour ahead.
  • Trains depart at 7:13 AM from Gare du Nord station. Return train departs St. Pancras International at 8:01 PM. You will arrive back in Paris at 11:17 PM. You will receive confirmation of your exact train departure time when you call to confirm your reservation.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Check-in is 1 hour prior to departure and return trains. You must check in at Gare du Nord at 6 AM.
  • Please note: on selected date the tour departure time may vary- please confirm this with the supplier prior to the travel date
  • Golden Tours will have no liability if Eurostar trains are delayed for unforeseen circumstances such as security alerts, third party action, or bad weather as this is beyond the supplier's control.
  • ‘Due to security reasons and regulations imposed by the train company and the attractions, you must contact the supplier 24 hours after the booking date to confirm the exact names of all the travellers within your booking’.
  • Train seats are allocated on first come first serve basis & not guaranteed together.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 72 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Golden Tours

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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 Independent Day Trip to London from Paris including Thames River Cruise?
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Independent Day Trip to London from Paris including Thames River Cruise.
What is the social distancing policy during Independent Day Trip to London from Paris including Thames River Cruise?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Independent Day Trip to London from Paris including Thames River Cruise.
What is the maximum group size during Independent Day Trip to London from Paris including Thames River Cruise?
This activity will have a maximum of 72 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Independent Day Trip to London from Paris including Thames River Cruise.

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Do a guided tour instead.
, Aug 2019
Map was confusing. Bus stops for the company we never saw a bus go by. A bus driver for our group picked us up when we were trying to get to the train station and who said he’d take us to the station dropped us off farther away from station than where he picked us up. We almost missed our train. Couldn’t get a taxi where we were because they couldn’t stop. It was scary. Would not recommend the self guided tour.
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Too little time
, Oct 2018
What was I thinking? London in a day. Just to do the London Tower tour was about 2.5 hours Westminster Abbey another 2 hours and maybe longer if you did the audio tour. Then traffic in London. I still got fish n chips so all in all it was a good day
Rosemary A
, Sep 2018
Too much traffic all around the city. The recording went in and out too much and no one showed us where to take the river cruise. We waljed ariung had to ask questions and were lost for a while, we missed the boat had to wait for an hour and could not partake in a stop at Buckingham palace.
Hop on, Hop Off - I wasn't aware of...
Victoria R
, Jan 2018
Hop on, Hop Off - I wasn't aware of this package deal. I didn't like that the wait for the bus to come back around took 45 mins or more. The wait time for the bus took up the majority of the sightseeing time. The audio was off and I didn't know what I was looking at. The bus drivers kept pulling over for long breaks - stalling the tour.
It was my first time in London and...
Carole L
, Nov 2017
It was my first time in London and this one day trip from Paris was a great introduction. If I were to do it again I would have had a more detailed map of London streets with me as I spent a lot of the time trying to find where the bus we had tickets for was as often it was blocks away from locations.
Great opportunity to see the highlights...
Mary Ellen R
, Sep 2017
Great opportunity to see the highlights of London!
We went on this trip on March, it...
, Jun 2017
We went on this trip on March, it was very cold but really pretty, it is a good way to take a glimpse of London in 1 day. The traffic is crazy in London so I would recommend really choose your stops as you won't be able to see it all. The service of the company was great everybody helped us get the most of the experience.
Lindsey C
, Jan 2017
DO NOT BUY! I WOULD GIVE 0 IF I COULD. GoldenTours Told we wouldnt do walks, that was a lie. Its like riding a city bus, no time for pics. NOT 1 GUIDE was helpful, 8 different "guides" directed us on wrong buses, we spend the whole day listening to people from GoldenTours that didnt know anything!
When we arrived at the train station...
Michael N
, Dec 2016
When we arrived at the train station in France, we were met by our contact. He was very nice but he spoke no English. We managed to get the necessary details, though. The train ride was very nice and comfortable. When we arrived in London, we were met by another contact. This gentleman was not very helpful. He was much more interested in selling us other tours while in London than he was in helping us plan our day. He showed us to the bus and he disappeared shortly thereafter never asking if we needed more help/information. We only stayed on the bus for a short time. There was so much traffic and deadlock due to various construction projects that we just sat there! My Wife and I got off the bus and never got back on. We walked just about everywhere. People on the streets were extremely nice and polite and pointed us in the right directions for various places we wanted to see. We took the Thames river cruise over to Big Ben, etc. and walked the rest of the way. We walked to Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, and everywhere in-between. Then we took the subway back to the train station and headed back to Paris. We walked a lot but we saw so much! We even had time to sit down at a pub and eat Fish and Chips. We had a great time!
The train ride was nice. Grab some...
, Dec 2014
The train ride was nice. Grab some snacks before you get on the train. One you get to London the traffic is terrible don't expect to see everything. You can't get around that fast. Plan what you want to see ahead of time. 3 or 4 major things is all you will get to see. You will not be able to take the bus around the second time.

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