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Post cruise package, exploring London and the very best of England
The perfect way to finish your cruise holiday, with a short break in England's capital city, London. Our package includes your arrival and departure transfers, a fully guided tour of London & your hotel stay. All of our hotel options and sightseeing inclusions have been hand-selected by our team of experts. The duration of your package is flexible - please use the 'Book this Tour' on the right of this page to select your check in and out dates.
Our package price includes;
Shared cruise transfer from Southampton to London, with an optional upgrade to our Salisbury, Stonehenge & Windsor tour
London city centre hotel in a choice of 4* or 5*
Fully guided, full day sightseeing tour of London with entry to Tower of London, St.Paul's Cathedral and River Thames cruise
10% discount on any International Friends Small & Friendly day trip
Departure taxi transfer to Heathrow - if your departure flight is from Gatwick, a supplement charge will apply which can be booked under 'Optional extras'
Sample package itinerary
The sample itinerary for this package is based on a 4 day/3 night stay, but any duration can be selected using the 'Book this Tour' box on the right of this page.
Day 1 - Transfer to London from Southampton
After disembarking your cruise ship, you will be transferred in a shared executive vehicle directly to your hotel. This transfer is included as part of your package.
Alternatively, if you like to include some sightseeing on your transfer, we also offer an option of upgrading to our Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor shared day trip. If you would like to take this option, you can choose to upgrade and include your entry tickets to Stonehenge and Windsor Castle, or take part in this tour without your entry tickets. Simply add this on using the 'Optional Extras' on the right hand side of this page. Please note the upgrade price is per person.
Day 2 - Full day guided tour of London
Enjoy a fully guided coach tour of this majestic city, starting at Victoria Coach station. The day begins with a guided tour of St.Paul's Cathedral before we follow the Thames to Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, stopping at the Queen's official London residence Buckingham Palace. Here we can watch the pomp and ceremony of the changing of the Guard*. After some time for lunch, the tour continues through Theatreland, Leicester Square before we enter the one thousand year old fortress at The Tower of London. Here we learn of torture and execution, of life in a former Royal palace, of prisoners and soldiers, and a chance to admire and marvel at the Crown Jewels. We will then take a guided boat trip along the River Thames. From the river you will enjoy excellent views of The Shard, Shakespeare's Globe and of the Houses of Parliament whilst being entertained by your tour guide. The tour finishes at the Southbank Pier (located near the London Eye), a perfect location to continue exploring the city.
Day 3 - Free day in London or explore England
With a world class selection of attractions, museums, galleries, shops and restaurants you will be spoilt for choice for things to do in London. Visit the British Museum, explore the vibrant West End and Theatreland, sample a pint in a traditional English pub or a cream tea in Harrods.
If you would like to see more of England we have a fantastic selection of day trips available from London, destinations include:
Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge
Oxford, Cotswolds & Stratford Upon Avon
Stonehenge, Glastonbury & Winchester - The legend of King Arthur
Downton Abbey & Highclere Castle
Warner Bros Studio Tour London, The Making of Harry Potter
All Post Cruise London & Glorious England package customers will receive a 10% discount voucher on confirmation of booking, which can be used on any International Friends day trip from London.
Day 4 - Departure transfer to Heathrow
After a relaxing breakfast, you will be met in the hotel lobby by your professional driver and transferred to the airport. Please note the package price includes a transfer to Heathrow - if you are departing from Gatwick this will be subject to a supplment charge, as indicated on the right of this page.
*Changing of the Guard runs on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday only, and may be cancelled at short notice.
Where will I meet my driver?
Your driver will be waiting outside the customs exit of your cruise terminal and will be identifiable by a board reading "International Friends".
What time does the transfer depart?
If you do not upgrade to the Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor tour your driver will meet you at 07:30AM. The shared transfer will depart at 08:00AM. If you choose to upgrade to the shared day tour your driver will meet you at 08:00AM. The tour will depart at 08:30AM.
What happens if my ship is late?
In the unlikely event your ship is delayed into port, we will delay our departure time accordingly (applicable only to the listed ships we service). For all delayed ship arrivals we will aim to leave at the latest one hour after docking (earlier if possible).
Will you wait for me if I am late in disembarking?
If your cruise ship docks on schedule and disembarkation begins as normal, we cannot be held responsible, in the unlikely event you are unable to disembark in time to meet your transfer. This is a shared transfer and we cannot delay departure from the port for customers who are late in disembarking. It is your responsibility to check the departure time for your transfer, and ensure you are at the meeting point at the appropriate time.
How much luggage can I bring?
Each person is allowed a maximum of 2 items of hold luggage (23kg each) and 2 items of carry on luggage (10kg each). Should you wish to bring any mobility aids (wheelchairs or walkers) you MUST contact us in advance to let us know. We will require full dimensions and weight. These items must be able to be folded and stored in the luggage hold. Wheelchairs must be counted as 1 item of your hold luggage. Additional charges will be incurred should you bring additional items of luggage or for items weighing more than the maximum weight stated above.
How much walking will be involved in this tour?
As you exit the cruise terminal you will meet your guide and there will be a typical walk of about 100 yards to the vehicle. If you choose to upgrade to the Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor tour then please see the following -
Upon arrival your guide will offer a walking tour to the Cathedral. This is a short walk of approximately 10 – 15 minutes and is on flat ground. You will then have the option of entering the Cathedral or walking further into the town.
The main visitor areas are all on flat ground and are well pathed. A shuttle bus service will take you from the visitor centre directly up to the Stones.
There is a walk of approximately 15 minutes from the coach park up to Windsor Castle. Parts of this walk are uphill and may not be suitable for passengers with mobility issues.
I would like to join this tour but you do not service the ship I am travelling on. What can I do?
Our transfers from the port are available to passengers on other ships not listed, when dates and arrival times coincide with the ships we do service. You will need to make your own way to the ship we are servicing on that date. Please note on your booking the ship you are arriving on, and we can then advise which ship you will need to make your way to. You will need to take a taxi from your ship to our meeting point which should take no longer than 10 minutes. There will be taxis waiting outside of your cruise ship however to avoid queuing we recommend pre booking a taxi in advance. Our office will be happy to provide the details of a local supplier. The average fare will be £6-7.
Should we tip our driver or guide?
Tips are entirely at the customer’s discretion and in no way expected. Should you feel inclined to tip, your driver or guide would be grateful, but you should not feel obliged. A 10% tip is considered customary in the UK.
Where will I meet my driver?
Your driver will meet you inside the hotel lobby and will be holding an International Friends sign with your name on.
What time will I arrive at the airport?
You will arrive at the airport 3 hours before your flight departs. Your exact pick up time from your hotel will be confirmed with you prior to your arrival.
We have three high quality London City Centre hotels available for you with this package, all on a Bed & Breakfast basis:
4* Copthorne Tara
A contemporary stylish hotel by High Street Kensington. Perfectly located for the museums on Cromwell Road, Hyde Park and Kensington Palace.
4* Amba Victoria
An elegant, sophisticated hotel within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament.
5* Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
Located in London’s historic core and close to a number of popular local attractions including the Tower of London, Borough Market, St.Katherine’s Dock and the HMS Belfast.