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Exclusive ticket, hotel and breakfast packages from only £42* per person!
All aboard! Explore London's sights like you've never seen them before. Experience the city's iconic landmarks in a unique and tranquil manner, away from the hustle of traffic and crowded trains.
City Cruises offers not only breathtaking views but also a range of amenities for a memorable journey. Enjoy the fully-stocked bar, featuring seasonal specials, while listening to entertaining and informative commentary. Whether you prefer basking in the sun on the upper deck or lounging in the comfort of the indoor saloons, this cruise is the perfect way to see London's sights in style.
YOUR EXCLUSIVE PACKAGE:
- Flexible Sightseeing Cruise Ticket
- Overnight stay in a Central London hotel
- A delicious breakfast the next morning
Holiday Extras Breaks guests receive 10% off ALL products from the on-board café when they quote HX10.
Secure your package
Choose Your Cruise
Take in London's breathtaking riverside landmarks whilst sailing along the Thames - it's a wonderful and relaxing way to see the city. Choose between the flexible Hop-On, Hop-Off 24-Hour River Cruise or the direct Single River Cruise and start your scenic journey by searching at the top of the page.
A 24 hour sightseeing ticket allows you to hop on and hop off at any one of four piers along the River Thames over a 24-hour period, meaning this can be used either day of your stay.
A single sightseeing flexible ticket can be used for one journey on any sightseeing route at any time from any of these Piers: Westminster Pier, London Eye Pier, Tower Pier and Greenwich Pier.
Where to meet
Average cruising time from one pier to the other is 30 minutes except from Westminster Pier to London Eye Pier which is 10 minutes. Have a look at the full timetable here.
Locations available to hop and off from are:
- Westminster Pier
- London Eye Pier
- Tower Pier
- Greenwich Pier
Handpicked central London hotels for your short break
IN LONDON'S DOCKLANDS
Holiday Inn Express London Royal Docks
3.8 miles from the Attraction
Short walk to Canning Town station
A great value hotel in an enviable position in London's Docklands, this no-fuss Holiday Inn is always a wise choice for those who want to check-in, drop off their bags and head out into the hustle and bustle of the big city.Book Now
CLOSE TO ATTRACTION
The Tower Hotel
0.2 miles from the Attraction
Opposite Tower Bridge
Short walk to Tower Hill station
With the Tower of London, right at your doorstep, your exploration of the city begins the moment you step outside the Tower Hotel. Each room at the Tower Hotel offers a stunning view of either Tower Bridge or St. Katharine Docks.Book Now
Holiday Inn Bloomsbury
2.3 miles from the Attraction
Cosy family rooms
Short walk to Russell Square station
Holiday Inn Bloomsbury is the perfect family base for your London theatre trip, offering rooms tailored for comfort and equipped with modern amenities. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of Russell Square tube station, providing easy access to explore.Book Now
Discover the piers along the Thames
Explore the capital's endless options of things to do, promising an unforgettable city break!
📍 Westminster Pier
Embark on an adventure with Westminster Pier as your starting point, where the grandeur of the Houses of Parliament and the iconic Big Ben form a picture-perfect backdrop. A stone's throw from these majestic sights lie more treasures waiting to be explored:
- House of Parliament
- Big Ben Clock Tower
- Westminster Abbey
- Buckingham Palace
- Horse Guards Parade
- Whitehall and Downing St
- Trafalgar Square
- The National Gallery
📍 London Eye Pier
Glide to a stop beneath the majestic London Eye, the view from the water is nothing short of breathtaking. This marks the start of your South Bank adventure, where a lively river walkway brims with engaging attractions and activities sure to delight:
- The London Eye
- Sea Life London
- London Dungeon
- National Theatre
- Royal Festival Hall
- IMAX Cinema
- Southbank Centre
- Shrek's Adventure London
📍 Tower Pier
Tower Pier stands proudly adjacent to the iconic Tower of London, an attraction steeped in legend and notoriety. Embraced by landmarks that weave history with cutting-edge modernity, this spot is a nexus for both riverside wonders and eclectic urban delights:
- Tower of London
- Tower Bridge
- St Katherine's Dock
- HMS Belfast
- The Shard
- St. Paul's Cathedral
📍 Greenwich Pier
Set sail for Royal Greenwich, the majestic World Heritage Site where history greets you with open arms. Here, the celebrated Cutty Sark stands proud, surrounded by a treasure trove of museums, a vibrant market bustling with curiosities, and so much more:
- Cutty Sark
- National Maritime Museum
- Queen's House
- Old Royal Naval College
- Painted Hall
- Royal Observatory
- Greenwich Market
Fun Facts to Float Your Boat
Looking forward to a London Thames River Cruise? Before boarding the boat, you may like to know a few fun facts about the river itself!
- Did you know that the River Thames is a bustling hub of wildlife? It's home to a whopping 110 species of fish, not to mention the adorable otters, crafty voles, and slinky eels that call it home. Talk about a natural wonder!
- Bridges, bridges everywhere! Over 200 bridges arch elegantly over the Thames. As you glide underneath them, you'll be floating through a piece of history.
- The Thames isn't just a river; it's a journey through 7 counties, including the picturesque Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, and Gloucestershire. Stretching over 200 miles, it's like the backbone of southern England!
- People have been hanging out by the Thames since, well, forever. We're talking Neolithic period, around 10,200 BC. That's a lot of history to soak in as you cruise by.
- And for the sports fans, the iconic Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race first made a splash there in 1829. That's almost two centuries of rivalry and paddling prowess on this very river!
Explore more attractions
The London Eye
Want to experience 360° views across the whole city? Standing at an impressive 135 metres high, the London Eye is the best place to take in unrivalled views across the capital.
Spot all your favourite landmarks, from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace.
SEA LIFE London
Dive into the depths of undersea discovery at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium!
Explore the fascinating marine life and encounter penguins, sea turtles, sharks, jelly fish and more... Get up close and discover amazing creatures in their beautiful and important habitats.
Up at The O2
Experience the finest panoramic views of the city and scale the iconic roof of The O2. Get the chance to see landmarks up to 15 miles away with this fantastic package deal.
Combine your attraction tickets with a stay at a hand-picked 3, 4 or 5-star London hotel nearby.
St Paul's Cathedral
Visit the iconic St Paul's Cathedral and marvel at some of the most beautiful architecture in London. Experience this incredible place of worship and uncover the many stories that have taken place over the 1,400 years St Pauls Cathedral has been in place.
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River Cruise - FAQs
What is included in the Thames River Cruise offer?
This offer includes a choice between a 'Hop-On, Hop-Off 24-Hour River Cruise' and a 'Single River Cruise' along the Thames, coupled with a top London hotel and breakfast.
How does the 'Hop-On, Hop-Off 24-Hour River Cruise' work?
The 24-hour pass allows you to board and disembark at any of the four piers (Westminster Pier, London Eye Pier, Tower Pier, and Greenwich Pier) over a 24-hour period, offering flexibility to explore London's landmarks at your own pace.
What is the 'Single River Cruise'?
The Single Cruise option is a one-way journey along the Thames, perfect for a relaxed sightseeing experience. You can use your ticket for a single journey on any of our sightseeing routes from any of the four piers.
What sights can I see on the Thames River Cruise?
The cruise offers a unique view of London's famous riverside landmarks, including historical sites and modern architectural wonders, all from the comfort of the open-air deck or heated indoor saloon.
Can I use the river cruise ticket on any day?
Yes, the sightseeing ticket is flexible and can be used on any day, from any of the designated piers, depending on your ticket type (single or 24-hour pass).
Are there facilities on board the cruise?
The boats are equipped with comfortable seating, open-air decks, and a heated indoor saloon, ensuring a pleasant journey regardless of the weather.
Is this offer suitable for families?
Absolutely! The Thames River Cruise is a wonderful experience for visitors of all ages, offering a unique perspective of London's landmarks.
What are the boarding locations for the cruise?
You can board the cruise from Westminster Pier, London Eye Pier, Tower Pier, or Greenwich Pier, providing easy access from various points in the city.
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*Lead price of £42 per person is based on 3 people booking this package and staying at the Holiday Inn Express Royal Docks on all Sundays to Wednesdays in February, March, April and May 2024. Subject to change and availability.