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The Total London Experience

Monday, October 24th, 2011

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Londons skyline by Tom Soper Photography

London’s skyline by Tom Soper Photography

London is a big place, so we can see it can be a bit intimidating to be dropped off in the middle of Trafalgar Square with a heavy pocket full of British pounds and a huge map in your hand. Where to start? Where to go? Do not fret, traveler, because we have an answer for you – Total London Experience Tour.

This tour is for the traveler who has a limited amount of time but wants to see all of London! This popular tour also serves as an introduction for people who want to get an overall feel for the city and then go back to their favorite destinations later. Either way, this tour has so much to offer that you will definitely feel like you’re getting more bang for your buck!

Parliament by OisinLunny

Parliament by OisinLunny

The tour begins at 8:45 AMwith a drive to see many of London’s famous monuments – Parliament and Big Ben, Downing Street, the official London residence of the British Prime Minister, Trafalgar Square and much more. There will also be a stop for you to take pictures of Westminster Abbey.

With this tour, not only will you witness the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, you will get special access to the Household Calvary and talk to real troopers!

Next stop is St. Paul’s Cathedral, London’s historic church, where you will be taken on a guided tour of this building’s rich history and take a closer look at the cathedral’s magnificent dome and interior. After an ethereal experience at St. Paul’s, you’ll go back in time when you visit The Tower of London with another guided tour of its fascinating history as a royal palace, mint, zoo, treasury, and prison. Here, you will be able to see the Crown Jewels including the Cullinan diamonds and Koh-i-Noor.

The tour will start to wind down with a wonderful cruise on the Thames River, perfect for seeing the Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Parliament, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern, and many other must-see sights. Your last stop will be on the famous London Eye to get a bird’s eye view of the entire city.

Quintessential London - red phone booths by doug88888

Quintessential London – red phone booths by doug88888

But wait! That’s not all! *cue the game show music* You’ll also receive a free Soho Walking Tour with the purchase of this tour. Explore this thriving, artistic, and eclectic area of London on this guided walk.

If you’re crunched for time and you want to get the most from this city, try our Total London Experience Tour!

To see a complete listing of our London tours, click here.

- Kris

The Beauty of St. Paul’s Cathedral

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

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Photo by Point&Click

Photo by Point&Click

Though there are countless pictures of Westminster Abbey on tourists’ cameras, let’s not forget St. Paul’s Cathedral, also known as ‘the Nation’s Church’. Located at the top of Ludgate Hill, St. Paul’s Cathedral has a history to boast and breathtaking views of the city.

After the Great Fire of London in 1666, the cathedral was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren and is thought to be his greatest achievement. It takes 528 steps to get to the very top of the cathedral. On your way up, your first stop will be the Whispering Gallery where you can hear a whisper across the room.There are 119 more steps to the Stone Gallery, then 152 steps to the Golden Gallery where you can see a spectacular panoramic view of London.

Multimedia tours are included with the purchase of admission. In these multimedia tours, guests are given iPods to help them experience an audio and visual guided tour of the history of St. Paul’s Cathedral. These tours will be offered in a number of languages and lasts up to 90 minutes.

Photo by dw*c

Photo by dw*c

Another tidbit about the cathedral that many may have overlooked is the American Memorial Chapel located at the east end of the cathedral behind the High Altar. The memorial honors the 28,000 Americans who were killed on their way or stationed in the UK during World War II. Their names are written in the 500 page roll of honor in which a page is turned once a day. This section of the cathedral contains the only stained glass windows in the entire building. The windows depict plant life and animals native to the United States and references historic American events.

There is so much to see and do at St. Paul’s that it can definitely be made into a day trip on its own. With the journey to the top of the chapel, the multimedia tours, and the American Memorial Chapel, there are a number of things you can do! You can also go downstairs and see the Crypt, wander through the Collections, or even dine in the café.

Now, more than ever, is the perfect time to plan your visit to St. Paul’s. It has taken 15 years to meticulously restore the entire cathedral, and for the first time ever, people can see how Wren originally envisioned his masterpiece.

To purchase admission tickets for St. Paul’s Cathedral, go here. To see more London Tours, visit our website.

- Kris

(Source: St Paul’s website, telegraph,

We pick our favorite tours for the Fall – Pt 2.

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011


Photo by Ray Wise

Photo by Ray Wise

This is a continuation from our Favorite Falls blog post.

Honestly, any tour in Savannah in the fall would be great,  especially ghost tours.  Walking tours are fun and you can get a real feel for the city and its history.” – Michael

I couldn’t agree more. Savannah can get really hot, but it starts to cool down in late September – early October. Savannah is definitely a walking city, so walking tours are pretty common.

Scary Ghost Walking Tour
Walking Martini Tour

“My favorite fall tour would have to be the Medieval Halloween Banquet in London because I love monsters, theatrics, food, and boos. :)  We have a bunch of Fall tours that may tickle your fancy, whether you like celebrating the season or Halloween!” – Lauren

“My recommendation for the PERFECT Fall tour is definitely the Fall Foliage Tour by Bus from Boston. It’s only available for about 6 weeks, but it’s always been a favorite of our customers. There isn’t anything prettier than New England when the leaves change. I have personally been in Vermont and New Hampshire during this time and the colors are spectacular!” – Barbara

I always book the Open Top Hop On/Off Tour when I am visiting New York.  I normally stay in Manhattan so my guests and I walk to Gray Line New York’s office and pick up our boarding passes.  The tour picks up and drops off at all the popular attractions (Empire State Building, Chinatown, Madison Square Garden, Rockefeller Center, etc.).  With a map in hand (available at the Gray Line office), we plan our stops.  When we are done, we simply go back to the drop off site and wait for the next bus to come by.  It’s never more than 15 minutes.  The guides are very knowledgeable and you can tell they are proud of their city.  It’s a great way to see a large city in a short amount of time.” – Sacki

“My favorite tour would have to be the “Grand Ole Opry House Backstage Guided Tour in Nashville”. I got to go backstage when I went to the Opry with Michelle and Barbara and it was great! The dressing rooms are AMAZING and you get to see where the stars hang out.   A must for country music fans!” – Allison

- Kris

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