Amphibious Tours London

London Duck Tour - The Amphibious Tour of London By Road & River  August 15, 2013 – 05:44 am
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Details including prices of London's amphibious sightseeing tour


On the London Duck tour, you'll tour London's sights on a road and river adventure aboard a yellow amphibious vehicle.

It's 75 minutes aboard a unique amphibious craft, first used in the D-Day landings in World War Two. You will pass famous London landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, Big Ben, the House of Parliament and Trafalgar Square.

You'll then make a dramatic launch into the Thames River (20 minutes) for the waterborne part of your tour.

It should be emphasised this is not a hop, hop off service, nor does the route intend to pass all the major sights in London, like the double decker hop on hop off sightseeing buses. It should be viewed as an experience, soft adventure with some of the major London sights as a backdrop. The commentary is very much part of the experience and provides a humorous view of London.

The Duck Tour Route

The tour starts close by the London Eye and tours the area as a road vehicle around Westminster.

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are just the other side of Westminster Bridge from the starting point.

The tour goes around St James Park, up to Trafalgar Square past 10 Downing Street, Horseguards and Mansion House to Trafalgar Square before heading west over to Buckingham Palace and returning to the Westminster area.

After this the vehicle enters the Rover Thames cruising past Big Ben for a totally different perspective of London on the River Thames.

Key Points of Duck Tour

- Tours run approximately every 30 minutes (15 minutes weekends)

- Tours duration is about 75 minutes

- Start at 10:30 (10:00 weekends), finishing dusk

- English live guides, sorry no other language commentaries

- Craft has a roof, you do not need any special clothing

- You should not get wet normally, though sometimes there is spray

- Tour is not hop on, hop off - tour is non-stop from start to finish

- Start / Finish is Chicheley Street near London Eye, nearest tube: Waterloo

- No food or drink allowed on board

- The tour is not suited for those with impaired mobility

- Each vehicle seats 30 passengers

- Advance booking highly recommended to avoid disappointment

The Duck Craft

The amphibious craft, originally known as “DUKWS” were first used for the D-Day landings in France in the 2nd World War. In their eye-catching yellow livery, today's vehicles bear little resemblance to their military predecessors.

Source: www.londontoolkit.com


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I was in London for the first time in August 2002. It's an awesome city to walk around. Being a history lover, I found the Cabinet War Rooms to be extremely interesting. Beware, finding your way around London can be difficult. The streets wind, turn and fork all over the place. Before going to any of the sites I would check my street map and then plot a course with a small compass. That way, instead of whipping out the map at every twisted intersection and looking for street names, I would glance at my pocket compass and head in that direction. Actually, navigating that way was fun. It especially was helpful at night when making my way back to my hotel in Bloomsbury (see the British museum!)

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