Press Release

The Original Tour and London City Tour announce a unique partnership agreement in London

London, 13th August 2018 ­- The Original Tour and London City Tour, two of the world’s most experienced sightseeing operators of hop-on-hop-off and panoramic city tours, announced today an innovative and unique new partnership in London.

As a combined force, both companies will offer an unrivaled “Hop-On Hop-Off” bus and boat experience where customers can see London at their own pace on board an extensive fleet of open-top buses and on a Thames River Cruises.

With over 66 years’ experience and currently operating 6 routes with 65 hop-on hop-off stops, The Original Tour - a subsidiary of the world leading public transport company RATP Group -has enabled over 42 million travelers to explore the best of London since bus touring was first introduced by the company for the Festival of Britain in 1951.

Part of the family-owned company Grupo Julia, London City Tour, which successfully entered the London market in 2015, offers two extensive routes with 35 hop-on hop-off stops.

“As of early August, London visitors will benefit from the most extensive selection of tours with 7 individual routes to choose from and over 100 stops around London’s top sights and attractions. True to our culture of qualitative customer service, our 80 sales staff are fully committed to helping our passengers make the best of their time in London” says Jane Lewis, Managing Director of The Original Tour.

Terry Gabriel, MD of London City Tour; “This innovative partnership will see a new market leader in London, whilst still offering the best value for money to visitors. The decades of experience between our two companies will ensure the continued high standards of our tours and new opportunities to grow for the benefit of staff and customers”.

Travelers to London boarding The Original Tour/London City Tour hop-on hop-off and panoramic tours will also enjoy 3 complimentary walking tours, free WiFi, multi-language and live commentary, kids’ commentary and activity books as well as unbeatable Family Value Passes

This new and unique partnership between The Original Tour and London City Tour will result in a more sustainable business model, aligning itself with London’s targets to ease air pollution & congestion in the city, whilst also creating once in a lifetime experiences for visitors to London.

Aside from the core business of hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tours, The Original Tour and London City Tour will be exploring new and creative ways for travelers to explore the UK’s Capital city - London.

About The Original Tour
The Original Tour is part of RATP Dev and its mother company RATP Group, a world leading public transport company, and is a proud member the Extrapolitan alliance. Launched in 2015, Extrapolitan is an alliance of Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing operators established in 19 cities worldwide. Extrapolitan offers tours in Paris, London, Hong Kong, Nice, Marseille, Stockholm, Tallinn, Riga, Copenhagen, Berlin, Athens, Helsinki, Bath, Windsor, Cardiff, Budapest, Split, Rome and Monaco. Within this alliance, sightseeing operators share the best business practices and benefit from the strength of a global network.

About London City Tour
London City Tour is the newest hop-on-hop-off sightseeing operator to successfully enter the London market in 2015 and offers two extensive routes with 35 hop-on and hop-off stops.  It is part of the Grupo Julia, a family owned company which has been leading the way in passenger transport and tourism services for over 86 years.