This is no doubt one of the greatest ways to view the Thames! Enjoy an exciting and unique river trip as you see London's most famous landmarks ... AND enjoy a high-speed RIB boat trip!
- London (London)
- Price for 1 Participant
This fantastic 80 minute river Thames experience is the ultimate way to explore London and offers you a unique and thrilling sight seeing trip, along with a knowledgeable guide to the famous landmarks!
This five star excursion provides you with an exciting tour of the capital city, covering many famous London landmarks including the houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, The Globe Theatre, and many more along the way, and finishes with a high speed RIB blast - great fun! This awesome experience is an adrenaline-pumping, high-octane and hugely enjoyable river cruises - much more fun than most traditional. The crew are knowledgeable and funny and have great experiences and bits of information to share with you during your trip,The boat will depart from the London Eye Pier, where you will meet and be introduced to the crew for your trip. They will show you to your seat and provide you with a lifejacket for the duration of the trip. These boats can reach speeds of up to 35 knots (approximately 40 mph), so you'll want to hold on tight! Your professional entertainer and guide will be on hand to talk you through the sights and associated history as you pass by.
If you're looking for something a little different from your average London sightseeing tour, then this Explorers Voyage is the ultimate excursion. With hair-raising speeds and hilarious commentary, you are sure to have a blast, and learn a little along the way.
This 80 minute Thames Explorers Voyage can be booked on most dates, throughout the year - bookings must always be made in advance.
Departure times may vary seasonally.
The minimum age for an adult Explorers Voyage ticket is 15 years
Child tickets can be purchased, here.
You must arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.
This powerboat ride is not suitable for expectant mothers at any stage of their pregnancy, or for those with existing or previous neck, back or heart conditions.
Experience Duration: 01:20
Time at Venue: 01:40
This powerboat tour will last for approximately 80 minutes in total.
You will need to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your departure time.
Participants: The River Thames Explorers Voyage in London is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: 11
Spectators Allowed on Site: Yes
There will be a maximum of 12 passengers on the RIB.
Spectators are welcome to wave you off from the pier but will not be able to see you for long as you'll be travelling at speeds of up to 35 knots (approx 40mph).
You will need to dress warmly for this experience - even when it is warm outside, the tour will be very windy!
The RIB sails in all weather and can provide wet weather gear for all ages and sizes.
This experience can be affected by extreme weather, if in any doubt please contact the centre before heading off.
With the wind blowing in our hair, eyes streaming and feeling like sailors at sea, Leoni and I took part in our latest adventure – a high speed RIB ride on the Thames. Both being complete powerboat ‘newbies’, it was something we both were looking forward to. So, we left our office in Brighton and headed for London Waterloo to begin our experience.
The meeting point for the ride could not have been more central; just a 5 minute walk from Waterloo Station and located at the pier adjacent to the London Eye. We walked down the dock and could see the bright red RIB waiting in the river, ready for action. Dave, our enthusiastic host for the ride greeted us on the dock, helped us on board and provided a quick health and safety briefing. After putting our life jackets on (safety first!), we clambered on board and got our camera’s fitted. Leoni and I chose the back seats in the hope we would miss getting so wet (although luckily you remain a lot dryer than expected!)
The RIB gently eased us into the adventure with a slow ride through the hub of the city – if it was up to the captain (minus the speed restriction) I’m sure he would have loved to put the boat to the test for the whole experience. We passed the iconic landmarks London is so famous for including The Shard, The Walkie Talkie and Somerset House. Once we had passed the police docks, Salty our captain for the day, put is hand on the throttle and the RIB jumped in speed from 12 to 35 knots. He also mastered quick turns and tight corners, making the boat bank to each side and leaving us feeling like we were on a roller-coaster!
After our high speed hit on the Thames, we headed back towards the pier and Dave indulged us in some informative history about the riverbank and the surrounding buildings. He had some fun facts to share, including some of the TV productions the boats have worked with. From The Apprentice to Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, they’ve worked with them all. So, we even felt a bit like movie stars being in the boats!
Thank you again Thames Rockets for letting us experience such an adventure! A RIB ride is one for the bucket list when you are next in London. You can see our selection of RIB rides here.