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    English Pub
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    The Cotswolds
  • Caernarfon Castle in Wales
  • The Lake District near Keswick
  • York Minster
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    London Walking Tour
  • Tower Bridge in London

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Best of England in 14 Days Tour

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Optional Single Supplement $725

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England offers a delightful mix of big-city thrills and thatch-happy village charm. Your Rick Steves guide will welcome you in the elegant Georgian town of Bath. From there you'll tally-ho to King Arthur's Glastonbury, flower-boxed Cotswold villages, opulent Blenheim Palace, inventive Ironbridge Gorge, Welsh Conwy and Caernarfon Castle. You'll also be treated to the spectacular scenery of the Lake District, historic Hadrian's Wall, and medieval York — ending with the must-see sights of energetic London. Join us for the Best of England in 14 Days!

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    • Apr 26–May 9 (Su-Sa)
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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24-28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art and culture of England come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 24 group sightseeing events • Bath walking tour • Roman Baths tour • Glastonbury Abbey visit • Wells Cathedral tour • Avebury stone circle tour • Blenheim Palace tour • Lacock village walking tour • Cotswolds loop drive • Stanway House and grounds tour • Cotswolds country walk • Local folk music • Ironbridge Gorge visit • Bodnant Garden visit • Caernarfon Castle tour • Welsh Slate Museum visit • Lake District walk and boat cruise • Hadrian's Wall visit • Tour of Vindolanda • York Minster tour • York walking tour • Bus sightseeing tour of London • Westminster Abbey tour • Thames boat cruise • Tower of London "Beefeater" tour...and more
  • All group transportation from Bath to London
  • 13 nights accommodations in memorable, centrally-located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Free stuff including Rick Steves Great Britain guidebook, moneybelt and earplugs
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2015
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions Agreement for important details regarding everything listed above

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2-4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2-6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2-8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to England

The beautiful Georgian city of Bath is a 90-minute train ride from central London. We'll meet around 5 p.m. at our hotel for a "Welcome to England" get-together. Then we'll take a short neighborhood walk and get acquainted over dinner. Sleep in Bath (3 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Roman and Georgian Bath

Our day begins with a walking tour of Bath's charming streets, including its medieval abbey square and the imposing sweep of its Royal Crescent. Next we're off to tour the town's remarkably well-preserved 2,000-year-old Roman Baths where you'll have a chance to drink from these natural mineral springs in the Pump Room. The rest of the day is free to make your own discoveries in this historic town. You might visit the colorful Fashion Museum or — as Roman travelers did — bathe in a mineral spa. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 3: Glastonbury and Wells

Today we'll explore and learn about mystical Glastonbury, the legendary resting place of King Arthur, where we'll also enjoy a picnic in the shadow of the abbey ruins. Later we'll tour England's oldest completely Gothic structure — the graceful Wells Cathedral — before returning to Bath in the late afternoon. Bus: 3 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 4: Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds

This morning we'll take a walking tour through the wonderfully preserved medieval village of Lacock. Farther up the road, we'll stop to tour Avebury's mysterious, prehistoric stone circle. Then we'll drive north to Blenheim Palace, touring this gilded mini-Versailles that was the birthplace of Winston Churchill. We end our day in the cobbled-lane, flower-boxed Cotswolds market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, where we'll sleep (2 nights). Bus: 5 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 5: Cotswold Villages

Today we'll take a scenic Cotswolds drive, stopping at the ever-so-English Cotswolds village of Stanton. We'll explore the village as well as visit Stanway House, home to the local aristocracy. This afternoon you'll have free time to explore more picturesque villages on your own — or join your guide for a leisurely country walk past cottages and sheep, through fields and kissing gates. Tonight we'll enjoy dinner together at a country pub with the sounds of local folk musicians, where you can try a sip of Scrumpy, the local farmhouse "hard cider." Bus: 2 hrs. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 6: Ironbridge Gorge and Into Wales

We'll begin our day visiting the historic bridge and tollhouse at Ironbridge Gorge, where breakthroughs in the smelting and casting of iron gave birth to the Industrial Revolution. After lunch we'll bid cheerio to England and drive into neighboring wonderful North Wales. We'll end our day overlooking the Irish Sea in the castle-topped, harbor town of Conwy, where we'll share dinner together and sleep (2 nights). Bus: 5 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 7: Caernarfon Castle and Welsh Slate

Today we'll see and feel the rugged character of North Wales, touring impressive Caernarfon Castle, where we'll learn about the system of English garrison castles Edward I built to enforce English rule over North Wales 700 years ago. After lunch, we'll visit the Welsh National Slate Museum to learn how this local industry shingled the roofs throughout Europe. The rest of your day is free to roam along Conwy's multi-towered city wall, historic houses and laid-back harbor. Bus: 3 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 8: Gardens and Lakes

This morning we’ll explore the manicured lawns, terraced beds, and extensive botanical collection of Bodnant Garden. Then we'll cross back into England and make our way to the spectacularly serene Lake District, favorite haunt of poets and painters. Tonight we’ll enjoy fish and chips together at a traditional English Chippie. Sleep at a family-run hotel in Keswick (2 nights). Bus: 5 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 9: The Lake District

Today we'll explore the natural beauty of the Lake District. You can join your guide for a refreshing hike 'twixt lakes and mountains and a leisurely boat cruise on the island-studded Derwentwater — or strike out on a little expedition of your own, thanks to a wealth of hiking opportunities along well-marked trails. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 10: Hadrian's Wall

We'll travel back in time today with a tour of Hadrian's ancient Roman wall, once considered the boundary dividing civilization and barbarity (though the Scots might disagree), and the Roman auxiliary fort, Vindolanda. We'll then stop for lunch before winding our way through the moors and dales of North Yorkshire — James Herriot country — to the bustling cathedral city of York. Upon arrival, we’ll take a walking tour beneath the leaning, half-timbered houses of The Shambles in the city’s marvelous medieval center. Tonight we'll indulge in England's favorite ethnic food with a tasty Indian dinner together. Sleep in York (2 nights). Bus: 5 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 11: York Minster and the Medieval City

We'll begin our day marveling at York Minster's stained glass windows on our tour of the largest Gothic church north of the Alps. You'll have the rest of the day free to enjoy more of this enchanting city. It's a great night to enjoy an ethereal evensong choir performance in the Minster. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 12: Lively London

Today we'll board a train and make a beeline past the Midlands for London. Upon arrival, we'll enjoy an entertaining guided bus tour, hearing tales about Big Ben, the river Thames, St. Paul's Cathedral, and more. Then we'll visit Westminster Abbey with a local guide, where England's kings and queens have been crowned and buried since 1066. A thousand years of English history lie within its stained-glass splendor and under its stone slabs. Later this afternoon, we'll check into our hotel and get oriented to our neighborhood and London's Tube. Tonight is a perfect evening for the theater (book something in advance from the Colonies or pick up a ticket in London). Sleep in central London (2 nights). Train: 2 hrs. Bus: 2 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 13: Historic and Regal London

This morning we'll head out for an energetic day of sightseeing, beginning with a scenic cruise on the River Thames, the center of London life since Roman times. We'll disembark at the Tower of London, join a tour with a witty Beefeater, see the majestic crown jewels which include the world's largest cut diamond — the 530-carat First Star of Africa — and ponder the first "skyscraper" of its time. You'll have the rest of the afternoon free before our final group dinner together, where we'll share travel memories and toast new friends. Cheers! No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. Heathrow and Gatwick airports can be easily reached by Tube, train or bus from our London neighborhood. For those not ready to return home yet, London is a great jumping off point to Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam and many other exciting destinations. Cheerio!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Activity Level

Our tours are physically active! It’s an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of England in 14 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily...

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (several blocks possible) and up stairways to reach your hotel; then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. Be able to climb many flights of stairs in and out of the London Underground system.

Reviews

Melody

Burlington, WI

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We would love to take the England in 14 Days Tour again! The trip worked like clockwork. The tour group blended quickly and mixed freely. We all seemed comfortable, flexible, and supportive of each tour group member. The Rick Steves' Buddy System worked well. Our guide gave good suggestions and directions for free time. Tom, our guide, often made reference to Rick's book, and pointed out restaurants and sites that Rick specifically mentioned in his guide book.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just a few remarkable sites and experiences: -Windemere and Keswick, the Lake District was beautiful! -Moonlit walks in Conwy around the Irish Sea Harbor with the moon over the medieval castle tower and lights flickering on the castle walls. Hiking the medieval walls surrounding Conwy. -Blenheim Palace with the Churchill and Princess Diana connection. -Stow-in-the-Wold, charming and quaint. -Glastonbury Abbey, where Jesus once visited and the Thorn Tree. -Hadrian's Wall, Vindolanda Roman Fort"

Richard

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt this was the best tour of the five we've been on, and the others were excellent. Tom's knowledge of English history/culture, combined with his wit, made for an educational and entertaining trip. The sites on the tour were interesting and varied, and even stormy weather for one day in Keswick didn't take away from the atmosphere of strolling through the town. James the coach driver also added to the experience by interacting with tour members with his humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of "wow" moments, but standing atop Hadrian's Wall and walking through the ruins and museum at the Roman fortress of Vindolanda were highlights. Tom's emotional talk in the small church in Stanton about World War I's impact on his country will be a lasting memory. Our first overall view of London also was an inspiring moment for a first-time visitor like myself."

Tracey

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful trip we had! I feel as if I thoroughly got to see the "Best of England" in all the villages, cities and sites we visited. We were fortunate enough to be visiting during the 100th anniversary of WWI and the poignant display of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London was awe inspiring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm looking over the itinerary now and it is extremely difficult to extract just one "WOW" moment. I am going to pick one of our afternoon (optional strolls). To wander the English country side chatting with our guide, Tom and the small group that wanted to go, was both personal and educational. I live in Oregon and found England countryside to be somewhat similar, but not the unique village aspect of the scenery. It was as if I had stepped into a painting - just beautiful!!"

Betsy

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was wonderful. Our guide-Tom was excellent. We had the good fortune of also having an exceptional bus driver-James. The banter between Tom and James was very entertaining and added much to the experience. All of the places we visited were places to which we would like to return some day!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We attended Evensong at the York Minster! What a moving experience. The evening at the Baker's Arms was also delightful-loved the folksinging!"

Barbara

Darlington, PA

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom is the best guide ever! He has encyclopedic knowledge of almost any subject. He showed a genuine interest in each and every one of his charges. He has the best sense of humor and could make history come alive. Definitely do not let him get away! Tour had perfect mix of city & country, history and nature. Wonderful overview of a country I had been dreaming of seeing since childhood. Fellow travelers were great companions and made the trip so much fun. Hotels were well chosen too

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Castles and cathedrals, breathtaking scenic views, history and nature - what's not to say "Wow" about? Looking out my hotel window and seeing a real castle - wow! Walking where the Romans walked - Wow! Seeing ruins where King Arthur may have been - Wow! Standing stones at Avebury, Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds, the Lake District - Wow! How can I choose just one?"

Richard

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour, like the three ETBD tours I took before it, exceeded my expectations in overall fun. And some of the places we visited and learned about were much more interesting than I thought they might be. I continue to be impressed by the guides you pick to lead these great tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the York Minster from the outside for the first time knocked me out. I just kept looking up and up and up!"

Barbara

Mountain View, CA

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour surpassed all of my expectations for sights seen, group camaraderie, experiences, and tour guide expertise. It was my 3rd Rick Steves tour, so my expectations were pretty high. We had a remarkable overview of Great Britain's history, culture, and landscape. Going through rural England and Wales, through small cities and villages, and then into London was a wonderful way to experience the breadth of this interesting country. I highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The WWI memorial of poppies at the Tower of London and hearing the bells at York Minster and St. Paul's Cathedral were the top emotional experiences of the trip. The scenery in Snowdonia National Park was magnificent and the friendliness of the people I met in the pubs and on the train was great."

Robin

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'd been to England several times before and wanted my husband to see it too. We had a blast on this trip. From the moment we met Tom we knew we were in good hands. He really made the history come alive for us, and my husband finally got what I'd been saying all along!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was visiting Stanway House, in the Cotswolds. While the very nice guide was telling us about the house she mentioned the original owners who were my direct ancestors! What a surprise for me; to walk the house and land owned by my family in the 16th century! As one of my tour-mates said, this was our history and country before our families came to the colonies! Oh, and going to the pub to hear traditional music in the Cotswolds!!! And Hadrian's Wall!!!"

Ernest

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great tour. The sights, the guides, the driver, the food (oh, the food....)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Have to be hiking the old tow path on the canal between Bath and Bathamptom; when I stepped off the path for any group to pass (because I was a bit unsure of the etiquette), every single person, child or adult, said, "Thank you." Way cool. Next would be Keswick in the Lakes District. Bit stormy when we were there, but it just added a layer of brooding interest to the location."

Paula

Warthen, GA

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing. We read and studied before our trip to help us be better informed, but we were amazed at how our guide's insights, knowledge, and enthusiasm taught us more than we could have imagined. Tom "made" our trip. He seemed to go way beyond what might be expected. One example was in planning our picnic at Glostonbury. He chose a wide variety of items for us to taste - which were unique to different regions of England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were blessed with beautiful fall weather. No rain or drizzle until we reached the Lake District. We had a rough storm that night and a rainy, windy morning. It began to clear early after lunch. We went out for a walk. The light, clouds, shadows, gentle wind, sheep, green fields, beautiful flowers.....made the lake and gardens absolutely beautiful. The light changed quickly and we got some beautiful pictures. We saw the mist rising the next morning. Awe inspiring!"

Linda

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful adventure visiting England and Wales. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting my co-travelers, seeing the countryside en route to each location as well as each site we visited. Seeing the Conwy castle from my hotel window at night was amazing - not the normal view from my windows in Seattle! It was a great learning experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A highlight was the walk back to the hotel via York Minster and hearing the 'changing of the bells.' That was a transforming experience!"

Danielle

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've now taken six RS tours, and this one, much to my surprise, was my favorite. I had good reasons to go: British ancestry, lifelong Anglophilia, educational background in English literature, etc. I take tours not because I'm incapable of independent travel but because I value the education I receive from the people I encounter, whether it be the lead guide, the local guides, or even fellow tour members, and this tour was just above and beyond in that and every regard. Fantastic experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be easy to cite as my "wow" moment the time that a fellow tour member and I met and spoke with Julian Fellowes (creator of Downton Abbey) outside of Blenheim Palace, but that was more of a fan-meets-celebrity-and-turns-into-giddy-schoolgirl moment. A real standout was experiencing the Castlerigg stone circle in the Lake District. We had perfect weather, a gorgeous sunset, excellent company and, for me, a few special moments of life-altering peace and beauty that I'll never forget."

Donald

Portola, CA

Tour: 09/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pat and I have now been on 8 tours. This was the best. Our group was very compatible and worked well together. Mark was an outstanding leader. We had been to England years ago but had not seen the wonderful sights, Mark shared with us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is very hard to pick out a specific "wow". The 'stone rings' were probably the leader but close behind were the Cathedrals and the "Wall". The ability for the people in the past to construct the many 'rings' that have been found, is amazing."

Patricia

Portola, CA

Tour: 09/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was the best so far( It is #8 ) This was due to several factors. The group was small - 16 people. The tour members were very compatible and lent a hand when anyone needed it. The weather was incredible, and finally, the guide was the best, by far, of any we have travelled with, so far.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "WOW " moment was part presentation and part the grandeur of the Cathedral in York. Mark had us stop just before we could see it and then let us go around the corner for the full, dramatic effect. Actually I was surprised by the incredible beauty of the countryside. England is more beautiful than Ireland and much more fertile."

Larry

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 09/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and the tour guide, Mark, knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and fun to be with. It had the right combination of organized tour, orientation to the new locations, and free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of good moments! I enjoyed strolling through the Earl of Wemyss' Stanway House and the surrounding grounds in the Cotswolds. Mark also showed us the little church yard in Stow-on-the-Wold where Tolkien liked to hang out. The pub night with a local band was fun, too!"

Bill

Shepherdstown, WV

Tour: 09/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual, we were will a great group of people which makes it so much more enjoyable. Mark Seymour was great, very knowledgeable and always helpful. With the help of a very good bus driver we got to cover allot of ground and visit lots of sites. And the Lord blessed us with great weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had several favorite moments. Getting time to chat with two British couples was very memorable. One was an elderly couple who grew up during WWII. The wife told us that she will never forget how the US airmen stationed nearby made Christmas especially wonderful for her. It is really nice to hear that about our military. As for a WOW moment was when we came out of our hotel in London that first evening and being overwhelmed with the mass of people who were out. It was amazing."

Sally

Marietta, GA

Tour: 09/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Led by a very knowledgeable and interesting guide, this tour made rural England come alive through the eyes of Mark who was born and reared here. His enthusiasm for his native country made this experience even more meaningful. I loved visiting the different towns and saw how the homes differed depending on the stones prevalent in that area. As a gardener myself, I definitely appreciated their glorious flowers. Learning about the history of this area was very interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite activity was taking a walk through the Cotswold area. I had seen it on Rick Steves 's TV Show and had always wanted to do that. We walked across fields, through kissing gates,down sidewalks in villages and ended with an icecream cone. What a fun activity!"

Kathleen

Irvine, CA

Tour: 09/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It started out quite mysteriously being led into the underbelly of the Halcyon bar, Cirque. It was hard to see my tourmates in such dim lighting but that added to the spooky cool vibe. We all revealed & by the end of the tour, summed up our own personalities as we showed ourselves that initial meeting. As far as the tour itself, our guide was superb. He was on his toes for all of us! I would regret falling asleep on the (always!) safely driven bus since I knew I missed great information!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My entire England experience was a continual wow moment. I have waited 30 yrs to finally set foot on British soil. I kept abreast as much as I could with as many Brit factoids as possible. I went to the Jane Austen Festival preceding my tour to get my fill of as many British interests as I could cram in within geographical parameters. I stayed 9 days longer after my tour ended so that I could feel accustomed to the London that tourists don't get to see."

Donald

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 09/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable trip. Mark is an outstanding tour guide. The group really jelled with the tour guide, the driver, and with each other. I wonder if the small tour group size (16 people) made this easier. The tour enabled us to expedicially experience a lot of England and Wales outside of London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We've experienced climbing over Roman ruins, going into large old cathedrals, and walking through walled medieval towns/cities in other countries. What made this trip unique from those other trips was the experiences of English pubs with entertainment, walks through the beautiful pastoral countryside, a musical in London's West End, an Evensong service sitting amongst the choir at York Minster cathedral, and walks through London's famous neighborhoods, streets and parks."

Christopher

Prince George, BC

Tour: 09/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the entire trip and all the history although by the end of the trip I had reached history overload. I would not hesitate to do it again or recommend it to a friend. Actually I have already recommended it to a few people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every time I saw the massive rock structures! The engineering and construction of them blew me away considering when they were built. the fact that some have been standing for over a thousand years is impressive."

Tim

Savage, MN

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. Well organized, plenty of free time to explore and options to do what we wanted. The organized events provided a great experience and flavor of each of the areas we visited in England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hadrian's wall and roman fort excavation. wonderful to see the exploration and preservation of the Roman ruins"

Martha

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was outstanding. The weather was perfect and Gillian was a superior guide. I thought the trip was very balanced with something for everyone. Lots of beautiful scenery, hiking, history, art appreciation, music, good food,and plenty of time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think attending evensong at the York Minister was a highlight. Also, love the contrast of seeing over the top Blenheim one day and then the very lived in Standway House the next. Enjoyed sharing a pint with a local family down on the harbor in Conwy. A real Rick Steve's' experience."

Betsy

Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved everything about the tour. Gillian was the best guide, so professional and fun. The bus was great, very comfortable with lots of room,. the pace was good with just the right amount of time to be on ones own and do some meals apart from the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The two National Trust properties we visited were wonderful and beautiful. Visiting the roman ruins were a real WOW."

Harry

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was terrific from start to finish. My friend Jessica and I chose this tour because of her (very good) previous experience with Rick Steves, and because I wanted to see these parts of the UK that were new to me (I worked/lived in Canterbury & Sandwich, Kent for 4 yrs). I loved the history (back to/before the Romans), the locales chosen, staying in small hotels and meeting people in the tour group& towns and cities. Ben (coach driver) and Gillian were well-informed & fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hadrian's Wall, especially the Vindolanda archeological site, which was fascinating. I love Roman history and seeing it 'up close' like this was a wonderful experience! Runner(s) up: Stanway House which seemed comfortable and beautiful (but approachable), and York (my favorite city on the tour); again wonderful historic place - wonder if Richard III will rest there?)."

Elizabeth

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our Tour of England! Thank you! Our guide, Gillian, was informative as well as entertaining. Our bus driver, Ben, was cordial and skilled. thank you

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ed and I took a side trip up the Cat Bells hike in the Lake District and then walked back to Keswick, getting a little lost, but never seriously, keeping the lake on our right. We also enjoyed the Castle Caervoran as well as Vindolanda and West Minister Abbey. Gillian did an awesome job preparing us for each museum, abbey and castle, while mixing it up with entertaining word origins."

Jessica

Rockville, MD

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. We visited so many amazing places and our tour guide Gillian was amazing. He knowledge of history and culture was great. She made us feel comfortable and relaxed and often made us laugh. The places we stayed and the places we ate were all very friendly and pleasant. Our bus driver was friendly and navigated us through some amazingly narrow roads with comfort and ease. We always felt safe and comfortable. The variety of places visited was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. For me visiting Hadrian's wall and seeing the handiwork of Romans from so many centuries ago was a thrill. It was also exciting visiting laycock, Avebury, Vindolanda - it was all good."

Houston

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

total immersion in history, culture, communities, countryside; comprehensive, well executed schedule, great sites, walks, meals and more; still invigorated by the experience - had to exercise caution when 1 member's cold spread to 1/2 of the tour members - we avoided it

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeghan Skillikngton singing Andrew Lloyd Weber's Pie Jesu in the public square at sunset in front of the Roman Baths in Bath, UK"

Tanuja

Kolkata,

Tour: 09/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was very nice ,just the right combination if walking and resting . it wasnt tiring at all. had a lovely group of friendly people. places we saw were not typically touristy,atleast some of them. overall a great experience,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The picnic with lunch. ,and loved every place we went to."

James

Fremont, CA

Tour: 09/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very fortunate to have a great tour guide, beautiful weather, and a wonderful group of people on our tour. I would say this tour was beyond our expectations, and we will definitely be looking at your tours in the future. If there is any criticism at all - it would be that the pace sometimes seemed a little bit rushed, and we would have liked to have had more time in certain places, but we understand that this can be part of a tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments, certainly one of which was when Martin took us on a short tour of the National Gallery and commented on a few of the works of art. His knowledge and passion for the subject was inspirational. During the tour, his breadth of knowledge in general was impressive - presenting with humor and expression. Other wow moments: Glastonbury, Hadrian's wall (great local guide), Cotswold walk w/Martin, live music in pub near Stow, Castlerigg stones, Covent Garden on Saturday night"

Sunil

Kolkata India,

Tour: 09/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been travelling the world (20 countries so far, and counting!), and this was the first time we decided to go with Rick Steves. As India did not have any representation, I dealt directly with the US office, and money transfers etc had to be sorted out. But the office was delightfully helpful - and the tour was an absolute delight!! I doubt if we would have done England with the depth and intimacy which this tour afforded: an excellent itinerary and a fabulous guide ensured this!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A walk through the Cotswold countryside - beside brooks, through flower-strewn meadows, feeding mares, gazing at fat sheep, and ending with our guide Martin treating us to local ice creams!!"

MaryAnn

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 09/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first tour we have ever taken and we couldn't have been more delighted. The locations chosen to visit and the activities planned were all remarkable. We were provided with a broad slice of all aspects of life in Britain, from villages to cities, palaces to pubs. Events were well organized and always went smoothly. No time was wasted! It really was better than we could have imagined. Magical!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the days we spent in Keswick in the Lake district were the best. The location was beautiful and there was plenty of opportunity to take advantage of walking and hiking. Loved the boat ride on the lake and the chance to see a Shakespeare play in the theater."

Devang

Kolkata,

Tour: 09/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely fabulous tour. Martin and James were so much fun! Both of them became more friends than just our tour guide and bus operator by the end of the tour. Martin's knowledge about each and every place we visited, his sense of humour and helpful nature made the experience ever so memorable. Hope for the best for both of them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is extremely hard to pick just one 'wow' moment but I would choose the Lower Slaughter Walk that Martin took us on at Cotswold would definitely be my favourite moment on the tour. The Henge Walk at Avebury would count as being a close second as would the drive to Keswick!"

Marcia

Coaldale, AB

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded our every expectation. This was our first trip to England (or any part of Europe) and there was a certain amount of apprehension on our part. But thanks to our brilliant guide, Robert, we sailed through the tour in fine form, being transformed from timid tourists to confident "locals".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were so overwhelmed by being in London and England and seeing everything we heard about all these years that we can't pick out any one "wow" moment. As Canadian monarchists we were thrilled to be in the Mother Country."

Vincent

Coaldale, AB

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded our every expectation. This was our first trip to England (or any part of Europe) and there was a certain amount of apprehension on our part. But thanks to our brilliant guide, Robert Halkett, we sailed through the tour in fine form, being transformed from timid tourists to confident "locals".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were so overwhelmed by being in London and England and seeing everything we heard about all these years that we can't pick out any one "wow" moment. As Canadian monarchists we were thrilled to be in the Mother Country."

Laurelle

Langley, WA

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Brilliant! A wonderful balance of country and city, medieval and modern, revved up and reflective.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was a rainy night as our bus wound down a narrow road to the Bakers Arms in Chipping Campden. Step into a cozy, warm pub that's dimly lit with hearty food and drink filled with the sounds of music and laughter. The local band is funny, engaging and proud to be English. This is when I FELT that I was in England. Wow #2. Seeing Wells Cathedral rise up over the grassy horizon against a sunlit blue sky. Our guide Robert set this moment up perfectly. Wow #3. Stained glass @ York Minster."

Patricia

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Robert was truly a gentleman and he gave us just the right amount of information so we didn't get confused by too much detail. Louise, our bus driver, did an excellent job of keeping us safe on narrow roads. We especially enjoyed the Lake District and the Cotswolds. The folk musicians were so friendly and fun to hear in the charming little pub on a very dark and dreary night. Being a colored pencil artist, I also enjoyed the pencil museum in Keswick.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not so fond of towns and cities as I am fond of nature and landscapes, so it surprised me to see how much fun I had going to a play in London. Another highlight was to get to know some of the people. We'd go to a restaurant, and a conversation would get started. The taverns that allowed dogs were especially fun!"

Ellen

Aiken, SC

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 14 day England trip was fabulous! This was our first tour, ever, as we tend to travel on our own. We found it well paced and provided a good bit of free time to explore, which we truly appreciated. Our guide and bus driver were just fabulous and made the trip that much more enjoyable. The small group was great! We had a wonderful group of people from all over and had lots of fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many to pick just one!"

Linda

Shelton, WA

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was all that I hoped for and more! I loved every minute. Nothing disappointed. I was especially impressed with our guide, Robert. His knowledge of the history and the way he imparted it was fantastic. He was fun, funny and nice. I didn't want to come home i was having such a great time. I'm hoping you will add the south coast and maybe Cornwall into a tour. After watching Foyle's War for six years i would love to see Hastings in person. And of course, Brighon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"People asked me what my favorite thing was. I could not come up with an answer. Everthing was so interesing and fun. I couldn't imagine the tour of a slate mine was going to appeal but it was most fascinating. I loved the guy who talked about the mining and demonstrated the way to split the slate. What a card! All the guides Robert lined up for us were interesting and fun."

George

Langley, WA

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

England has a "magic" that is palpable. I have lived in Europe and visited over 20 countries, but there is something special about England, something impossible to put in words, and this tour captures the magic very nicely. I spent the next few weeks trying to figure out how I could live there permanently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wells cathedral. Not the biggest in Europe or even the UK, but it knocks your socks off when the gate opens and you see it for the first time."

Patricia

Fort Mccoy, FL

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've been trying to think of something that was less than perfect so I could provide constructive feedback, but it was perfect! Great tour leader (Robert), excellent sites, even good weather. Even our bus driver was delightful. I was also impressed with the local guides that took us around particular sites - they were charming and knowledgable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many...but if I had to pick it would be Wells Cathedral and York Minster (okay, that was two). They were jaw dropping."

Dorothy

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! Fascinating! Virtually perfect! I loved it all. Well-paced, perfectly planned, skillfully executed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment came after the tour was over when I realized I had just experienced a two-week long learning experience that I will enjoy and cherish for the rest of my days. I learned so much about England (and Wales) - history, culture, flora, fauna, foolishness - by virtue of our guide Tom's mastery of absolutely everything. The tour was densely packed, but carefully coordinated so that I was able to absorb what I was experiencing and relate to what had come before. Well done!"

Cameron

Newark, OH

Tour: 09/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was one of those trips where all the possible factors that make a trip enjoyable were in alignment. Of course the country was wonderful, our tour guide was exceptional and the tour group was to the very last person on time and easy to get along with and fun to be around. Our coach driver, Ben, was quite a personality as well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On a trip like this favorites are not often what you might have anticipated to start. Not to minimize great buildings and sites, but at the slate museum near Llanberis we walked back to the quarry lake that had formed at the base of the high wall the image was other-worldly to say the least. Not at all what I had expected. Vindolanda was incredible. It is well thought out and being an active archaeology site, something you don't see often. Field archaeologists to answer questions -WOW!"

Earline

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 09/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was incredible! We give it a 10/10 on our favorite vacations rating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think for me it was the time when we were sitting in a church in, I believe, it was Conwry, and Tom,our tour guide, told of the devastation of England villages from WWI."

Brigitte

Kapaa, HI

Tour: 09/09/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

great pick of locations to visit. picturesque hotels to stay in. very knowledgeable and very amusing guide who was excellent in picking up what went on with the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"bodnant garden"

Ron

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 09/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an awesome tour. The best I have ever experienced. The tour guide, our bus driver and the staff of the hotels and restaurants were mostly great. I felt that the tour was a bit heavy on churches (cathedrals, abbeys, church ruins, etc.) but in retrospect I don't know which I would cut out, probably Wells. More of a balance of contemporary history with the ancient history would have been to my taste, particularly WWII but that is just my interest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed each day equally. I was engrossed by the political climate with the Scotland independence vote during our tour and the opinions of the Brits and Scots with whom I was in contact. My emotions were for Scottish Independence but my logic was for it remaining with the UK. Also, being in England for The Last Night of The Proms was great. Observing the patriotic fervour of the crowds reminded me of the 4th of July in Washington DC."

Audrey

Vienna, VA

Tour: 09/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was wonderful! All the arrangements were great. The tour guide went out of his way to give us all a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one! There were several: Wells Cathedral, Snowdonia, the Lake District, St. Paul's Cathedral...I could list more.. But my favorite would have to be coming into the Lake District and seeing Lake Windermere and Derwentwater."

Kris

Newark, OH

Tour: 09/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time. Tom was so knowledgeable and very very funny. He spent "quality time" with every member. We had a great group of fellow tour members...all with interesting backgrounds and very personable. Everyone was interested in learning more about the places we visited and Tom answered many many many questions completely. Our accomodations were wonderful and tours/sights included met or exceeded all of our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is so very hard to answer because there were so many. I enjoyed Evensong at York Minster, Glastonbury Abbey ruins, Keswick and the Lake District, the Cotswolds, Conwy.....if I keep going I will have listed the entire itinerary!"

Connie

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was great, the weather was excellent, the people in our group were very enjoyable, the coach was comfortable and we loved the English country side. We also very much enjoyed James, our coach driver. He was helpful, and an extremely able driver with a wry sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glastonbury Abbey and Wells Cathedral. Also loved the silhouette of Conwy Castle and its relationship to the town. There were many "wow" moments though, such as Stanway House and Avebury so it is difficult to choose just one."

Forrest

Springfield, IL

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, on time, no glitches, every detail planned and attended to. Guide (Mark) was very knowledgable. Excellent communication skills, wonderful teacher, fun traveling companion. His attentiveness and interest in providing us with an educational, memorable and fun experience was extraordinary. Bus driver (James) was a great guy too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. My top three. Standing on Hadrian's ancient Roman Wall, rounding a corner in York and seeing York Minster for the first time, and the wonderful folk singers who entertained us at a country pub in the Cotswolds."

Barbara

Columbia, MD

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

we had a great trip with a wide variety of activities and places to see. I liked hearing all of the history not only about the kings and queens but about the development of the country. I have been to Bath and London before but this time I learned a lot more and saw things I had not seen before. The tour at London tower is well worth it even if there is a lot of people onthe tour We ventured out to Camden Lock market on our own which was great fun. Mark provided perfect Metro instructions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This , of course, is hard to do but I would pick the lake district and the Cotswolds. Also , all of Wales. Bodnant Gardens was lovely, especially the dale. Can't forget the evening of local folk music. Great fun and great songs. England's countryside is lovely with a combination of sheep, stone buildings , and rolling hills."

Harry

Buhl, ID

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Probably one of the best trips I have taken. Tour guide was great as a guide, but also as a friend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stokesay Castle and Stanway House and the York Minster."

Flora

Buhl, ID

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been on many great vacations, but this one may have been my favorite. Initially I wondered if choosing "Best of England" would disappoint us, because it would not be foreign enough. But I actually liked it that the people of England speak the same language as we do. It was great to be able to connect with them so easily. I enjoyed them...finding them to be very social, fun and funny people! I also enjoyed being in small towns in the country the majority of the time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stokesay Castle was very impressive. Plus I was truly wowed by the views from the coach windows...endless miles of gorgeous, storybook-pretty countryside...even the fences of ancient stone and trimmed hedges added to the beauty of the landscape."

Brad

Elmhurst, IL

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We watched Rick Steves England program before our trip and were thinking maybe we have seen what we needed to and there won't be much new there. Since this was our first Rick Steves tour we thought it would be some general facts and rehearsed touring. How wrong we were. From the start of the trip everything we saw sprang to life in a rich and wonderful way. The Rick Steves programs are good, but the real wonder is the tour when you are there. We will definitely take Rick Steve's tours again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment was when we went to Wells, the bus parked, we got off, and Mark walked us around the corner and the Wells Cathedral was before us. What a magic moment to see this structure in all its glory in this small English town. The rest of the stay there just built on that and it ended with us being there when part of the religious and clerical staff happened to be doing a group ice bucket challenge. It was a lucky and human moment where we truly knew these are living structures."

Dave

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour had the right mix of history, architecture, art, culture and just plain fun. There was a surprise around every corner. I am not a big city person, so having most of this tour in the countryside and small towns made it much more enjoyable. A couple of long days on the bus but Mark, our guide, did a great job of breaking it up. This was our first tour of any type and it greatly exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That had to be when we walked through the gate to the grounds of the Wells Cathedral and seeing it for the first time. Having just spent the morning at the Glastonbury Abbey ruins, seeing this standing building was just awe inspiring."

Roger

Newcastle, WA

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was another very good tour from Rick Steves. We were so fortunate with weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many really good moments on this tour, so it would be difficult to pick one out."

Peter

Sherwood A Park, AB

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I have been travelling for 20 years. This was the first Rick Steve's tour we have taken. We rate a holiday by 1. Tour Guide 2. People we meet. 3. Interesting things we see and do. The England tour was by far the best holiday we have ever been on. Mark was a big part of the success. He was very friendly, informative and very entertaining. He always went far beyond any expectations that we would have from a Tour Guide. He spent his spare time with the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was in the Cotswold when Mark and a large group from our tour want for an evening Walk up a hilly area and watched the sunset. Mark then brought out some wine to toast the evening. My Wife and I will never forget the experience."

Kim

Weatherford, TX

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything we hoped for! The size of the group was perfect and we had such a wonderful group of fellow travelers. We loved having two nights in each place - it gave us enough time to get a feel for each place and a little time to explore on our own. The hotels were well located and I pretty much loved each one - any "quirks" just added to its charm. Our guide, Gillian, should be declared a national treasure in her own right - she handled every detail seamlessly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"England is gorgeous and I loved everything - but several places touched my heart the most and made me wish for a time machine - Glastonbury Abbey, Stanway House, Caernarfon Castle and Conwy, Wales, Bodnant Gardens and Vindolanda. We had remarkable guides for several of these places and it brought history to life. I was probably most charmed by all the dogs - in the pubs, on walks, in the boat and everywhere and the masses of hanging flower baskets over the shops."

Oscar

Maineville, OH

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every thing was first class

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster abbey"

Walter

Michigan City, IN

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best trip I have ever taken. Looking forward to 2016.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gillian"

Sharon

Sonoma, CA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good. I would have liked a little more time in some places: the Lake District, Hadrian's wall/Vindolanda, London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hadrian's wall/Vindolanda, and the British Museum."

Cindy

Mt Vernon, WA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was impressed with the layout of the trip. It was well balanced. The last day in London was a little to much and wished I had more time at the Tower of London and the British Museum.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Truly the entire trip was WoW. The countryside and villages were great. My personal wow just because I have waited for a long time to see was the British Museum."

Marguerite

Maineville, OH

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun, beautiful, well organized, and educational! Super terrific guide, Gillian, made the tour outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments, but seeing where Chaucer was buried in Westminster put me in awe because I studied his writing in grad school."

Dawn

Centennial, CO

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a marvelous experience! We thoroughly enjoyed each of the sites we visited. Thank you for organizing such an outstanding tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two "wow" moments. The first was Vindolanda -- such a rich archaeological site and totally unexpected as I knew nothing about it before the tour. My second was the "sea" of poppies at the Tower of London to honor the commonwealth dead of World War I. Never have I seen a memorial that was so creative and meaningful."

Janiece

Michigan City, IN

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was absolutely the BEST tour I have ever been on. The experience was wonderful from the sights, history, hotels, food, and the new friends we made. The days were paced well and we had plenty of free time. Our guide, Gillian, was fantastic and I would jump at the chance to travel with her again. I will highly recommend this tour to all my friends and will look forward to taking another Rick Steves tour in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I did not have a single "wow" experience because the entire tour was so great that it was full of multiple "wows". Even now, a week after the end of the tour, I am looking at my photos and trying to imagine how we could have possibly seen and done all the many things we did. It could not have been more well planned!"

J E

Holiday Island, AR

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I really wanted to love this tour as I did my first RS tour but in the end I just can't rate it higher than good. We had a great guide the local guides were exceptional, and the sites we saw are for the most part outstanding (the exception is I cannot for the life of me understand why you don't take people to Stonehenge and their new visitors center - highlight of our trip to England which we did on our own). Also, dragging our bags 30 minutes to the York train station is ridiculous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hadrian Wall and the associated Vindolando were amazing. I certainly wish we had more time there. It was even more impressive than I expected. For our time in England, Stonehenge was the biggest WOW but we had to do that on our own!!!"

Derwood

Oak Ridge, TN

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing at the site of the north tower on the wall in Conwy and looking diagonally across the city at the ruins of the castle."

Virginia

Renton, WA

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we would certainly sign up for more. Our guide shared with us from his wealth of knowledge about all things relating to Great Britain, delighted us with daily surprises, ushered us gently and skillfully along a varied and plentiful journey. Our fellow travelers were up for every experience offered and ready to share and learn from one another. We saw so much in the 14 days and wouldn't eliminate a thing. Good balance of tour time and on-our-own time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I shall long cherish the memory of a musical evening at a Cotswolds pub, where local musicians shared traditional British folk music through instruments and song. It was a true gift, given joyfully from the heart, and we were invited to join in and share in the giving."

Sharman

Surprise, AZ

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was our 4th Rick Steves' tour and our least favorite. The UK just didn't have the wow factor of other tours and the weather played a large roll in that. Hiking in the Cotswolds in mud and heavy downpour was just not fun nor was the Lake District with fog and damp. We could just as easily been hiking the the rain forest in Washington State. Ironbridge Gorge, Lacock, and Wordsworth tomb were just bathroom stops.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The only "wow" moment was Vindolanda. Visiting an active archeological dig was fascinating and could have had more time there."

Dave

Marietta, GA

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour we experienced was exactly what was advertised plus a few additional interesting sights. Our tour members were all seasoned travelers who were also interested in touring and fun to be with. The weather gods smiled on our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The display of Roman era sandals at the Vindolanda Museum near Hadrian's Wall was the highlight of the tour for me. Many of the designs were incredible."

Katherine

Marietta, GA

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour trip to England and Wales was my trip of a lifetime and it was a wonderful experience. This was my first guided tour and everything from hotels, meals and transportation were perfectly scheduled and better than I could have put together myself. I especially enjoyed the historic information with all of the sites we visited and being with a group of people who shared the same interests and enthusiasm. The pace was well planned and we had certain times for our own side trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments for me but I especially enjoyed the Cotswolds with the beautiful countryside and villages still standing. It is wonderful that the heritage groups protect the area and villages. Bath was also wonderful to visit and feel the history around you. Wales was exactly as I pictured even down to the dreary weather which do not dampen anything we did. It just added to the ambiance and character of the sites."

Sandy

Wichita, KS

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was WONDERFUL. We took this tour because it included parts of England we'd not seen. I realized after we began that we were going to see much more of the countryside than we'd seen before (on two other, non-Rick Steves, trips). BEAUTIFUL scenery and my husband was amazed/bemused at all the sheep! ha I learned so much about England - from Mark's lectures and from my asking ( too many) questions. Enjoyed getting to know the other participants; Rick attracts interesting, nice folks

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lake District - would love to return Roman Baths tour in Bath archeological site and museum Avebury Stanway House Bodnant Garden boat cruise on Derwentwater seeing York Minster staned glass "up close and personal" the group meals - always appreciate these because of the local cuisine folk musicians in pub final meal in Covent Garden cruise on Thames crown jewels (much more interesting displays than years ago) London's tube (had forgotten how to use!)"

Elaine

Glendale, CA

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour covered interesting sites/areas. I appreciated the overview of England, which included the Cotswolds and Lake District. Minor issues - would have like to somehow include Stonehenge, enjoyed the visit to Glastonbury Abbey but did not feel the town itself warranted as much time as was allotted/would have preferred more time in Wells. London schedule was too hectic/tiring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one wow moment - just appreciated the overall variety and breadth of the tour, and the chance to see so much of a different country"

Terry

Santa Barbara, CA

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fabulous experience! Both Gillian and our dear driver, Louise, were so kind and generous! The incident that occurred at the Ironbridge really drew us together as a group. I loved the pace of it all...the way it all had been planned so carefully, and when Georgia and I went on the train to Paris after our breakfast on the last day we felt so alone after all that comradeship! Thanks for a wonderful experience. I hope you send information about other tours as soon as you plan them!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The way we all bonded after the car incident was amazing.. all these strangers only caring in Nanette was ok. This was an unusual bonding experience!"

Nancy

Kitchener, ON

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our 5th tour with Europe through the Back Door and completely met the standard we have come to expect from Rick Steves - knowledgeable guides and amazing coach drivers with focus on history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Caernarfon Castle was one of my favourite sights, brought to life by our guide Martin. The demonstration of slate splitting was another favourite as was Hadrian's Wall."

Georgia

Santa Barbara, CA

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Truly exceeded my expectations. At the center of my experience was the presence of Gillian who helped to weave us all together into a harmonious community. Her depth of knowledge and experience was so enriching. So the combination of community with a manageable number of people, alone time and orchestration of experiences was wonderful. I will go again for sure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps walking at dusk on the city wall surrounding the city and hearing the cathedral bells practice session was pretty amazing."

Lauren

Kitchener, ON

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time on this tour. Everything was wonderful and I particularly enjoyed the folk evening in the pub, the time in Wales and the trip to Blenheim Palace.

Nanette

Chicago, IL

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Gillian was an amazing tour guide. I don't think they come any better than her--enjoyable, knowledgeable, sense of humor, a great travel companion. I DO wish we saw alternative visual art like paintings, sculptures and architecture beyond that which was held in churches, etc. Also, more alternative performing arts-dance, music, opera, films, theater, drama, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip had so many "wow" moments!"

Dale

Kitchener, ON

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Enjoyed it Very much, what I could do of it. I had previous issues with my feet which limited my participation on a number of activities however my wife and 3 children had a very positive memorable time. The pace would have been 'brilliant' if I had been feeling better. I always enjoy touring 'through the back door' and Gillian was awesome as all of the tour leaders have been. Looking forward to our next trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't really isolate only one part."

Don

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 08/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Roy was an excellent guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the Cotswolds. Wish we had spent more time there"

Roy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/03/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought it was well organized and focused on the important sites in the areas we visited. I did feel rushed between breakfast and jumping on a bus to visit a site. As I age it is harder to perform the needed functions prior to a quick departure. I would rather have a simple breakfast in my room such as a bowl of muesli and a banana that I could eat at my leisure rather than waiting for the kitchen at the small hotel to get their act together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow "moments were the Roman town that is being excavated and the British Museum in London. I really appreciated the knowledge that Roysten brought to the tour because of his education and working on his PhD in Archaeology."

Kathy

Chatham, ON

Tour: 08/03/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The sites visited were very interesting and enjoyable. Unfortunately, our group never really gelled. That may be because 14 out of 22 travellers were part of a more mature social group that had known each other for years.Well, perhaps they gelled! I sometimes felt like the poor relation at the party. I did try to make the best of it but felt awkward at group dinners.I do know that if I ever plan to do another RS tour that I will inquire about block bookings and avoid that tour like the plague.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Blenheim Palace, the charm of Stanway House, the tours of York Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Caernarfon Castle. I am a bit of a history buff. My favourite time though was hiking around the Lake District during some wild weather and still being able to admire quite stunning scenery."

Christine

Madison, WI

Tour: 08/03/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a wonderful tour with a very experienced and unflappable guide. Roy greeted everyone warmly on our first meeting and I appreciated how he presented the upcoming itinerary to whet our travel appetites even further. When our bus driver had health issues and had to be taken to the hospital Roy soldiered on and made sure we had a substitute bus and driver sent to pick us up so that we could seamlessly move on with our day. What a delightful trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first view of a home in the Cotswolds with a thatched roof equaled one big WOW! It seemed so quintessentially English, and I was thrilled to know that such homes aren't just for show but are really lived in and treasured by their owners."

John

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/03/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As expected, the Rick Steves tour was exceptionally well executed, despite several set-backs. Our bus driver's heart attack at a hotel was handled effectively and with empathy to the driver, the strike at the slate factory was managed as best our tour guide could do, and the weather forced us to cancel what looked to be a fun boat ride. Roy did a fine job of handling all these setbacks. We even had two special birthday celebrations during our tour, and that was appreciated by all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't say that I had a specific wow moment, but the entire tour was intellectually stimulating, and since we had organized a group of 14 (the "Kenworth BUM's"!) to participate, we had a really fun group....and tried our best to include all the other tour members in our fun."

Vicky

Nogales, AZ

Tour: 07/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We haven't been on a Rick Steves tour before and our tour far surpassed expectations. Tom was an amazing tour guide and Nigel was much more than an assistant, a pleasure to tour with both! It seemed like we had plenty of time in each location and looked forward to the next stop. The choice of accommodations and restaurants was perfect. We were welcomed on each tour location and made to feel very special. I couldn't have had a better time and it was all because of Tom, Nigel and Rick Steves

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Personally, the pub meal with the local music was the moment I will remember the most. It was a very special evening and so personal. The locals enjoyed the evening as well and made us feel comfortable."

Robert

Clearwater, FL

Tour: 07/27/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Yesterday I was asked to name what was most memorable about our tour. I thought about it for some time, then realized it was Tom Hooper, our guide. Please pass on my sincere thanks to Tom. He made a very good tour outstanding. The places we saw were well chosen and interesting. The lodging was a little too authentic for my tastes, I'd like a top sheet and better pillows. That said, my legs are MUCH stronger thanks to the stairs! Our group got along very well thanks to Tom and Nigel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beth - Bodnant Gardens. Absolutely spectacular. Mine - Stokesay, or Conwy, or Carnarvon, or York, or Vindolanda, or Westminster Abbey, or the Tower of London."

Christina

Mt Prospect, IL

Tour: 07/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I don't think I can say enough great things about the tour. Tom and Nigel were just perfect. Information and facts along with jokes were always flowing. The small size of the group was perfect. Having the luxury of a Guide plus Assistant was most helpful due to my husband and I having to walk a bit slower. We never got lost or left out. Both gentlemen were nothing less then perfect. Both were a wealth of information and local 'sheep' and 'cow' facts!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really don't have any one favorite "wow". Each stop and city/town had it's own charm. England was just beautiful, villages, castles, places and the pub dinner and folk music. Each stop was an adventure. The free time to explore on our own was great. All the meals were great, some greater then others. I was able to experience other delights. Having just retired from 38 years in the food service industry this was an exceptional treat for me."

Robert

Stony Brook, NY

Tour: 07/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was outstanding. Our guide Tom combines astonishing erudition, great wit, and immense skill at helping strangers to become like a family. Nigel, our assistant guide, was quietly efficient and immensely thoughtful. And our driver, Louise, was amazing at squeezing a big bus into small spaces. We are so happy that your warnings about the trip's physical demands didn't scare us off. We'd definitely take another Rick Steves tour--especially if Tom leads one to Cornwall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but one of my favorites was our unexpected encounter with the Earl of Wemyss. As we toured his home, Stanway, there he was: straight from Central Casting, winding his clocks and greeting us shyly. As to "ow" moments, I'd say Blenheim Palace. OK, we buy the argument that it's necessary to see that level of opulence to appreciate other parts of the tour. But it was one vast, hideous monument to war."

Catherine

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 07/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third tour. Plenty of free time; good group to tour with; guide Tom Hooper was excellent - historical knowledge amazing, enjoyable and good sense of humor. Especially enjoyed the smaller towns to London because less crowds during summer. Of the towns we visited, favorites were Keswick and York.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Stanway House manor. Despite being large, it had a comfortable feel, unlike the larger castles/abbeys, where it had lots of history, beauty but you could see yourself living there. Would like to re-visit next time I'm in England."

Denise

Fresno, CA

Tour: 07/27/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first group tour. It was well organized and our guides, Tom and Nigel, were excellent. I did feel rushed a few times, but I realize that is the way it goes with group tours. Overall the tour was very enjoyable. A big thank you to Tom, Nigel and Louise!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Wales! It was so beautiful. My late husband's grandfather was a miner, so I really enjoyed the Slate Museum. Vindolanda and the Slate Museum were my favorite places."

Judith

Stony Brook, NY

Tour: 07/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was perfect from beginning to end. Our guide, Tom, was a caring, sensitive, funny, enlightened, friend to us all. The places we went were amazing, beautiful and historic. Our traveling companions were kind and great to be with. It was hard to say good bye to them when the trip was over. It was the vacation of a lifetime. Thank you Tom, Nigel, Louise, and fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be easy to pick out any of the fabulous places we visited, but I will never forget an experience on the bus. We were driving through Wales, and Tom was playing us some lovely music by a traditional Welsh male chorus. All of a sudden, the sun came out and lit up the Irish Sea in the distance. It was a perfect moment and brought tears to my eyes."

Margaret

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 07/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience. We had a fun group of people to travel with and our guides were excellent. Everything was very well organized. I liked the mix of planned activities and time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everywhere we went was a "wow". I especially loved touring the castles and churches and hearing the history behind them all."

Carol

Prince Rupert, BC

Tour: 07/27/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall experience was positive, I enjoyed the guides and other tour members. The pace and Itinerary were excellent, some of the locations so lovely I could have lingered much longer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abby was wonderful, more for its collection of historic figures and monuments than its grandeur. Seeing Elizabeth 1 tomb was a definite highlight."

Janet

Oldsmar, FL

Tour: 07/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience of the Best of England (and Wales) in 14 Days was a fairy tale. Shortly before leaving for the trip I had my DNA analyzed, and found out I am 70% British. For me it was like going home. So much was packed in it is hard to comprehend. The hotels were very nice,best scones on earth, but I was also able to communicate with my guide Tom about my spinal cord cyst and upper back pain so he understood if I did not attend every event offered. I pretty much rave about your tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments! Touring Westminster Abbey was deeply significant for me, learning that I could navigate the tube, the vistas of the Lake District and Cotswolds made breath taking photo memories. Our group was jovial and I think others understood my situation as a single disabled woman. Learning about the importance of the Roman occupation and excavations was a recurring theme. Watching young children who seemed so happy and innocent was as strikingly beautiful as the gardens."

Richard

Mt Prospect, IL

Tour: 07/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Tom, was absolutely fantastic. His attention and consideration of all of the participatents is especilly noted. The tour was well planned with many exciting avents. Hotels were different but good with excelent locations to shopping, restautrants, and night life. Tom's knowledge of the various locations was extremely helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The folk singers in the pub. This was a real surprise and very entertaining. All of the meals were good with some big surprises on the difference in taste (especially pecan pie). The poached egg breakfast was a little too much and coffee left a lot to be desired. But the service was good and the remainder of the food was well prepared."

Diane

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 07/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was perfect! It was a wonderful mix of free and planned time. Gillian was FABULOUS! I would go anywhere with this woman. I just loved the whole experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Wales! I fell in love with it!"

Norris

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 07/13/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pub dinner with live music"

Garth

Surprise, AZ

Tour: 07/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Tour Guide was wonderful!!The hotels were mixed, some very good, some not so good. The food was good as long as it was not Pub Food. The weather was unexpectedly wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW's were the ancient ruins. The natural beauty of northern Britain was captivating. I wanted more of Hadrian's Wall to climb on and more stone circles to walk around."

Brad

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 07/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had the time of our lives. This was our first overseas vacation and our first guided tour experience. We know now that we want to do more traveling like this and will definitely do it with Rick Steve's tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm an architect by training and thoroughly enjoyed the tours of the Cathedrals, Abbey's and castles. The rich architectural history of England and Wales is amazing to see in all it's manifestations, right down to the charming thatched-roofed cottages, so well preserved and accessible to the public."

Colleen

Stockton, CA

Tour: 07/13/14

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

It was just ok. The hotels were not always the best and the food was not good. Also there were things in the tour that should have been left out. The best was the private tour of Stonehenge I booked the day before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hadrians wall which we had about 15 minutes at and Westminster Abbey which we only had about 1 hour at."

Diane

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The great people on the Rick Steves' tours are always central to my experience. I always feel like I've discovered my tribe. Mark was a great guide, very knowledgeable and fun. Louise, our driver was wonderful. I felt like I kept having one amazing experience after the next. I can't say enough good things about this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting Prince Charles at Glastonbury Abby. I know meeting him was not on the tour itinerary, but it was crazy wonderful. I got to shake his hand and have a little chat with him, and found him to be so charming and kind. The middle school girl who still lives inside of me squealed and jumped up and down. Ok, the middle aged woman in me did the same. Good times."

John

Affton, MO

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being a confirmed gearhead,the slate museum and the train museum. having said that there was nothing didm,t enjoy."

Jayne

Louisville, KY

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My expectations were very high for this trip. Delight was my constant companion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"....there was a church in the village of Stow On The Wold where Tolkien would sit to write his notes...magical place It really is hard to pick just one moment...the church in Wells..WOW Standing stone circles...an honor to stand among them Evensong at York Minster...emotional and so very beautiful To be among such history is very moving and takes time to absorb."

Dolores

Affton, MO

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour! We really had a very good overview of the country and its many varieties. Our tour director was very informative and was always surprising us with these little gems we were not expecting. I would recommend this tour to anyone. Loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were quite a few wow moments, but the two I was most impressed with were the first view of Wells Cathedral /Abbey and Bodnant Garden. The former was a lesson in history and the latter was a place I could spend the rest of my life enjoying. I have so many special moments I will remember for the rest of my life."

Gene

Lenexa, KS

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

3rd time with Rick Steves tours,, a great experience and would do another tour next year.. Thank you,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Would have to be being "up close" to Prince Charles at Glastonbury, got some good pictures."

Madonna

Lenexa, KS

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great trip, enjoyed every minute. Had without a doubt one of the best groups I have ever traveled with, everyone always looking out for one another and enjoying our experiences together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess you can't get any more "wow" than being able to see (and some of our group got to meet and shake hands with) Prince Charles in Glastonbury. What a shock to find out he was going to be there on our visit. I also enjoyed very much the slate demonstration in the Slate Factory in Wales. And I also enjoyed Hadrian's Wall and the Roman archeology there, what a step back in time!!"

Steven

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

To me it was an outstanding trip! With a great guide, and great company from all the other people on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Wells Cathedral really surprised me with its great art, and funny art at the same time. Such as, the penguin, and the funny faces."

Rose

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful trip with my two boys! Before the tour began, I was rather worried when I saw the list of tour members, they were the only children. During the trip, I asked them to compare it to the Best of Europe Family trip. They both said it was more fun because the "older people have a much better sense of humor"! Mark was knowledgeable, funny, thoughtful, well organized and overall super! The diversity of sites made the trip so memorable. The singing at the Pub was so much fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A lot of memorable moments such as seeing York Minster for the first time, touring beautiful Bodnant Gardens, and shaking hands with Prince Charles at Glastonbury Abbey was a treat! How can you beat that?!"

Brian

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a very fun and interactive tour, I enjoyed talking with our guide and other tour members while on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The British Museum. When I got inside it was huge, many things surrounded me both historical and modern things. Some known most unknown. I learned new things about my favorite type of history."

Ingrid

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good experience. Broadened my sense of history and enjoyed fellow travelers

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed most hiking in the Lake District and the area of Keswick. Great eating pub there."

Joanne

Loomis, CA

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was fine - our first organized tour and I could see the benefit of having someone else available to show and tell about the different areas. Think it was a bit pricey but we were well taken care of and treated just fine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the hike to the top of the Catbells - Took a bit of effort, but well worth it."

Sally

Redlands, CA

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous! Great group of fellow travelers. Our companions enhanced our tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking, climbing, and even crawling Catbells in the Lake District to reach the top - exhilarating to say the least. Breathtaking views all along the way. Loved the bit of drizzly rain."

Stephanie

Olympia, WA

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour experience. Every stage of the tour was well planned out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming around the corner and having the Wells Cathedral standing right in front of you. WOW!"

Martin

Olympia, WA

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was fantastic. My wife and I experienced no problems.

Dale

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This my sixth trip. It was just as great as the others I have been on in the past. We arrived early and took a recommend other way by car by Celtic Horizons, to Bath. The driver even took us on a mini tour before taking us to our guesthouse. We took the scraper tour next day to Stone henge. That along with time spent in Wales and at Hadrians Wall(The recreated section was amazing, seeing it in military parade

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Realizing that all the Roman achievements, the bath in bath ,Hadrians wall and fort system, influence in York and yes most of the long straight road were engineered by those Romans."

Joe

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first overseas trip - this was an outstanding experience. Gillian was the best guide you could ask for, and the tour content can't be beat. The city and attraction choices were outstanding. We really feel like we got a great feeling for England. We'll have to return for more exploration of Wales (LOVED Conwy), Cornwall, Ireland, and Scotland. Already planning our return and future Rick Steves' tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We walked the ancient city walls in Conwy, Wales. At the furthest extent of the walls, we were able to look back across the town to the castle ruins. Absolutely beautiful!"

Jean

Billings, MT

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Although Avebury is special in its own way, I strongly feel Stonehenge should be the stone circle included in the tour if there is time for only one. With time so limited I would have preferred to see more of Yorkshire instead of heading into Wales/Conwy --- or make the tour longer! Really loved the musical night at the pub in the Cotswolds. More of that please! I know Rick tried to prepare us for London but I had NO idea what was in store for me, the sheer numbers of people on the st.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glastonbury Abbey is otherworldly, its size and ruined splendor are unmatched. I had a lump in my throat the whole time I was there. Westminster Abbey. Hard to put into words, I guess it's the history contained inside, it seeps into your very body. Elizabeth I is there!"

Karla

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We wanted to experience as much as possible during our first trip to England, and we were not disappointed. What a fantastic cross section of the country! Now, when we go back, we will have knowledge of where we would want to spend more time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the River Severn, from atop the Iron Gorge Bridge, left me speechless. The ruins at Glastonbury were magical, as was the little Welsh town of Conwy."

Anne

Elizabeth City, NC

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't remember when I have had two weeks of so much fun and so little stress. Gillian handled all the logistics so smoothly that I never had to worry or stress about anything. I know that my husband and I would never have been able manage all those arrangements ourselves and kept our sanity! I felt really pampered the whole way along.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite is hard to say because there was a favorite every day! I would say that the Roman fort- Vindolanda was a real wow for me."

Eric

Elizabeth City, NC

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's hard to imagine a better guide. You are lucky to have Gillian.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vindolanda."

Roger

Idaho Falls, ID

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned and was a great introduction to England and Wales. My wife and I have traveled before and have always planned our own trips. Having all of the lodging, tours and transportation already planned makes the whole experience much more enjoyable. In addition, having an excellent guide like Gillian who was always on hand to answer all our questions made our time on the tour very relaxing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the Roman baths in Bath was definitely a moment I will remember but taking that first sip of the Bath hot springs water, now that was a definite "wow"."

Sally

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

From Heathrow airport to Bath via train was a challenge esp in Paddington square finding where to buy tickets since kiosk didn't work , what number platform to wait , then another long wait for transfer trains in Reading for Bath in unknown schedule - very stressfull !! . Just have to keep asking people where trains are going , several train schedules are cancelled .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Blendheim Palace - so much to see , not enough time to appreciate the history of the palace ."

Julie

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour. I traveled without a friend and was anxious about it. Overall it was a very positive experience, The only negative was that sometimes I wished there had been someone to go exploring with during the free time. Everyone was friendly but often in the evening I went out my myself as the other singles retired early to their rooms.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many WOW moments! What mostly blew me away was how much the countryside was like all my little girl picture books! Such a beautiful country. The gardens, the thatched roofs, the National Trusts pathways, the sheep, the quaint streets...I am totally in love! I was sad to leave the countryside but amazed by York and surprised by how much I liked the energy in London. The weather was warm and sunny in London and the people were all out and about, pub parties overflowing into the street...so fun."

Doug

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed seeing the various sites, both in London and in the rest of England.Gillian and the site guides really know their stuff, so were very informative. Gillian fostered a kidding, humorous mood much of the time, which helped build cohesion and made the travel fun.

Leslie

Idaho Falls, ID

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we loved it! We saw so many interesting things that I don't think we would have seen on our own. The group members were all very nice and everyone made a point of getting to know one another.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a hard question because there were lots and lots of "wow!" moments but I one of my favorites was Vindalanda. I was not expecting to see a such a large archeological site and museum holding items like 2,000 year old shoes! Another favorite was Caernarfon Castle in Wales. To be inside such a well-preserved castle was incredible."

Robert

Palatine, IL

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'd always wanted to go to England and this tour was everything I'd hoped for and more. There were the obvious sites that I wanted to see, but this tour opened my eyes to the rest of England that tends to get overshadowed by London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While it wasn't an official part of the tour, Gillian's recommendation of the Evensong at York Minster was my favorite "wow" moment. It was amazing. However, limiting it to one "wow" moment isn't realistic. Hiking the different public footpaths was fantastic. I wish we had something similar in the US. I particularly loved the Lake District. Also, I had never heard of Vindolanda before, but it was amazing to have a tour of an active archeological site."

Erlinda

Bothell, WA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well planned. Learned a lot and saw a lot. Very nice people in our tour group. Our tour guide Jillian and tour bus driver Louise are very nice and funny. Jillian is knowledgeable and Louise very good driver. The only thing is the two of the hotel we stayed. The hotel in Bath had BED BUGS!!!! and the other one the hotel in Conway -Shower was leaking and room is dusty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"London!!! I really wants to come back. Our hotel was very nice, nice shower. "

Jeanne

Wichita, KS

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought the tour was well organized and the time at each event adequate for the sites. We especially enjoyed the small group. The tour guides were well informed and helpful. I enjoyed all of it and would go again on a Rick Steves tour. Some hotel rooms were too confining and no where to place luggage but on the bed. Food overall was tasty and a nice variety. Bus driver was great and skilled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the tour guides and the personal touch they provided Wales was great and very relaxing. Having read Pillars of the Earth was a great background and a great recommendation. I'm gland I read it before the tour. Thus I loved Glastonbury."

Daniel

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an amazing time on my tour through the U.K. Mark and Nigel were excellent tour guides, who were not only very informative but very fun to explore the country with. They often organized extra activities for the entire group at night which were always excellent; from hiking to modern political debates on current issues, which allowed us to become even more emmersed in experiencing the United Kingdom

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment from traveling through the U.K. has to be the hike we took in Keswick. We hiked a few miles up a mountain and before I knew it, we were overlooking the lake below us and the city of Keswick."

Barbara

Plano, TX

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall very positive. The amount of time allocated to each location was more than adequate to discover and explore each city; except London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our collective "wow" moments are: Hadrian's Wall, York Minster and Glastonbury."

Melba

Arkansas City, KS

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was very well organized. There was a variety of different kinds of places to visit and enough time given to see what was there. I also enjoyed the opportunity for free time to visit other places that were available in the area. Our tour guides were very personable and helpful in any thing we needed as well as giving us lots of extra information and background each day as we traveled. I liked the small size of the group of 25. We got to know everyone and had a good group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't really have one "wow" moment. I really enjoyed seeing the English countryside and the villages and towns and learning the history of the places we visited. Wales was interesting to visit since it had a different language. The cathedrals and minsters were beautiful and very impressive. I enjoyed the local musicians we heard at the Baker's Arms Pub when we went there for dinner."

Gary

Mcminnville, OR

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third R. Steve's tour and we loved it. The tour sites were excellent choices. The diverse ages of our group allowed for a wonderful mixture of people and we were a most congenial travel group. The guides, both of them, were knowledgeable, friendly, and always helpful. One of the main reasons we are "repeat" customers with Rick Steves' tours is that we judge we get "high value" for the cost. This tour was another example of great value.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is always very difficult for me to select a single favorite. Different moments have their distinct pleasurable impressions. As amazing as some of the sites were in London, I found the English countryside full of lovely and memorable sites. Some of my favorites included walking to Lower Slaughter across the fields on a public pathway, the day of hiking the fells above Lake Derwentwater amid the blue, blue sky, and standing on Hadrian's Wall on a misty morning."

Diane

Mcminnville, OR

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Best of Englad tour was wonderful. We had a congenial group of travelers with whom to share our experiences. Our days were packed with enriching cultural events and visits to historical sites. We were given opportunities to delve into the history of each area of England and Wales that we visited. Mark had a wealth of information and he shared it readily and enthusiastically. We saw sites, hiked the countryside and soaked up the history everyday of our tour. Even the weather was terrific!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments that it is hard to pick a favorite. Hiking in the Cotswolds, hiking at Lake Derwentwater in the Lake District and evening hikes to Castlerigg Circle and the hills outside of Conwy to view the sun setting over the Irish Sea on the evening of the Summer Solstice were truly memorable events. Our first view of York Minster, Evensong at York Minster, visiting Vindolanda and standing on Hadrian's Wall were also unforgettable. Guess it was a "wow" trip!"

Linda

Murfreesboro, TN

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing the Catskills in the Lake District. With the kind assistance and encouragement from both Mark and Nigel, I was able to make it to the top. What a feeling of accomplishment!"

Sara

Thornton, CO

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was filled with tons of wonderful information about the places we were visiting and amazing moments we will remember for a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is very hard to pick just one...we were amazed by the architecture of Wells Cathedral and York Minster but we were equally amazed by the beautiful countryside in the Lake District."

Thomas

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was jam-packed with fascinating cultural activities and information. Gillian kept us entertained and educated us with her deep knowledge of British history, geography and culture. The variety of beautiful landscapes as we traveled across England and Wales was amazing, and the connectedness of English history to the land was brought out in wonderful detail in Gillian's descriptions. Rick's choices of hotels and the planned group dinners lent an air of cultural authenticity to the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two moments, actually: (1) The archaeological dig at Vindolanda blew me away with its physical extent (and depth!), its historical value, and the fact that it is all done by volunteer labor and financed almost entirely by the money earned from admissions to the site and museum. (2) Our bus driver, Louise, wowed us with her ability to negotiate the narrow streets and country lanes. In Conwy, Wales, she sailed her leviathan craft niftily and without hesitation through the needle-eye town gates."

Rhoda

Richmond, VA

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience, very tight and interesting itinerary, excellent guide, super accommodations. Loved the guide's emphasis on language origins and illustrations of how different the lexicon of English in Britain is from America. All of our hotel rooms and meals were great. A very gracious and generous tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved walking in the Lake District, but right off the bat when Gillian sang Jerusalem at Glastonberry Abbey was probably my favorite moment."

John

Richmond, VA

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really liked Gillian's approach to guiding us on this tour. This was my 3rd Rick Steves tour. Each was different in terms of group composition and leadership style. This group was older, much more time conscious (prompt), and Gillian dealt with us wonderfully. Her perspective on English society and culture was exceptionally well-informed, experienced and nuanced. She loved pointing out differences in language- "You have 'el-evat-ORs;' we have 'lifts'." The list is too long to elaborate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No single wow moment. Though I did like walking on the walls surrounding old Conwy and York because it brought everything into perspective. The surroundings were visually stunning at times. But it was the constant education that I received from Gillian's talks and explanations that provided insight into both her culture and mine."

Denise

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I'm a very independent (solo) traveler. I've traveled to 35+ countries outside the US, many times for work. (I'm a leadership development trainer for high-tech companies.) My boyfriend and I took this tour because we wanted to visit England without the hassle of driving (and all the other logistics). We had already booked our flights when I happened to stumble onto the tour and the dates were a perfect fit for what we were looking for. It was a great find and we're glad we did it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bodnant Garden. WOW. Overall, I loved 90% of the itinerary. I've visited England 6-7 times before and have seen many of the "must see" sites. The Rick Steves tour did a great job of visiting places I didn't even know about - that were AMAZING. And our guide got us there early in the day, so we often felt like the place was open only for us."

Ronald

Englewood, CO

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best thing I've done in years, always felt sorry for the people on the tour buses , but your tours got us off the bus and into a hands on experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing my first great Cathedral and realizing how old it was."

Diane

Englewood, CO

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best trip we have ever taken. It was our first trip to Europe so everything was new and wonderful. We've never taken a tour before either and I'm so glad that we chose Rick Steves. We loved all the hotels, our food was great and our guide was terrific. Each day was better than the last and it was wonderful not to worry about driving,choosing hotels or waiting in long lines. Making new friends was an excellent bonus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was so new to us it's hard to choose just one. The first view of Conway Castle, the boys choir singing right behind us at Bath Abbey's Evensong, Wells Cathedral, and the beauty of the Cottswolds were just of few of my favorite "wow" moments."

Wally

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was very pleased overall. There was a nice balance of group time and personal time, both for exploring and for evening dinners. Gillian, our guide, was outstanding, and the group was easy-going and convivial. The tour took in places and sites that were a bit off the main tourist route, which made it especially interesting. I came away with a new appreciation of the Roman history, and the impact of the Reformation. The hotels were a bit of a mixed bag, which is my main criticism.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Conwy, in North Wales, was a surprise highlight for me - a beautiful small city, in a wonderful setting, a charming hotel and great restaurants in town, as well as in the hotel for the group dinner. The other unexpected highlight was the local folk-singing group at the pub dinner in the Cotswolds."

Mary

Chesterfield, MO

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a good mix of guided tour and free time. The locations visited gave a good taste of different regions of England and different historical sites. We saw some beautiful rural regions of England and Wales.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Hadrian's Wall ruins and then seeing Vindolands Roman Fort right after was great. Hearing about the wood tablets they found at Vindolands, hearing about contents of tablets, and then seeing tablets in museum was very interesting. Also we could watch an active archaeological dig; new experience for me. In York Minister we got to see stained glass panels that had been restored up close; amazing to see the detail."

Ann

Avon, NY

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Only been to England once-a few days in 1972 and am not an experienced traveler at all.One goal of my trip was to start to learn HOW to travel as I want to start traveling a lot. Was correct that traveling with R.Steves would help me learn travel skills.Another major goal was to have a terrific time and experience the culture, history, and people of England/Wales; did so fabulously. Exceeded my expectations. Everything was positive. Proud of how well I did on my own time:Tube/trains: a snap!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick one. Didn't expect to enjoy/appreciate coverage of the Roman history of Britain/Wales as much as I did. Also, I LOVED how much extra detail and information our guide provided as we walked as a group at sites and from the coach as we rolled along. I soaked up every morsel she so thoroughly offered on EVERYTHING. I learned so much and did not expect this stream of information, and I loved it."

Kathy

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent from start to finish! The stops on the tour are wonderful pictures of the different facets that make up this beautiful and history-rich country. We enjoyed each one... only wish it included Cornwall. Guide, driver, travel partners were all what we have come to expect from a Rick Steves tour... perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When you travel to so many beautiful and interesting places, it is hard to pick just one "wow" moment, but for me it would have to be the Lake District. The lush greenery and unparalleled beauty of the hills, lakes and villages, the stone circle and peacefulness that surrounded the area were truly a highlight for me. The view from our hotel window at sunset of the park and the lake, smooth as glass reflecting the last light of the day, was incredible."

Maydene

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour was full of wonderful British history that I did not know about which added to the awe factor of what I already knew.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say walking around the corner and seeing Wells Cathedral and our tour of Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. The last two places have been on my bucklist."

Harry

West Richland, WA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a good first time sampler of England. It gives us an idea of what specific things to do on a return trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked seeing dogs in the pubs. The English love their dogs, and all their animals seem exceedingly contented. I also enjoyed the hike to the top of Catbells in Keswick."

Paula

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent tour guide, good tour members. Well thought out itinerary with plenty of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"See the resting place of so many famous people in Westminster Cathedral."

Edgardo

Tamuning, GU

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My wife and I joined a great group for our England tour and I can't say enough how happy we were with Mark as our guide. He was knowledgeable, helpful, accommodating and several other adjectives too long to enumerate. Suffice to say, we are considering joining future Rick Steves' tours. The only glitch was the Old Stock hotel in Stow on the Wold which is not up to your standards. The room is too cold, the carpet was dirty and the bathroom fixtures were leaking

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We learned so much about history and culture without being overloaded with scheduled activities."

Stanley

Yakima, WA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

mark the tour guide was fantastic our driver ian was the best over all tour was excellant best thing is that we enjoyed the tour that we are going to do another rick steves tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lakes, the Lakes, the beautiful Lakes!"

John

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding in every regard: excellent itinerary and wonderful tour guide (Mark) as well as local guides. Good division of time between group activities and opportunities for individual sightseeing. The cap of 24 tour members is a great feature - don't deviate from that. These comments and ratings reflect the views of my wife Gay as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Don't think we had a single favorite. But, if the way to answer this is to say where we wish we had more time, I would cite Conwy in Wales and York. I was expecting York to be very interesting and it was, but I wasn't sure what to expect from the Conwy visit beforehand. Afterwards, I would cite it as probably our favorite tour stop."

Jerelyn

Fremont, CA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very thoughtfully planned tour set at a good pace with plenty of activities available for a variety of interests. I enjoyed visiting with the other tour members, Mark was a fabulous guide, and our driver Ian was great. I highly recommend this tour! My only regret is that I didn't pack a pair of true hiking shoes. My light-weight, flexible sneakers may have packed well but were rather insufficient for hikes or multiple hours of city walking on hard surfaces.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are many! Taking city bus tours around Bath on a beautiful day, climbing & walking the walls of Conwy Castle and ancient York, Bodnant Gardens was a feast for the senses, exploring Keswick and the Lake District, Evensong in York Minster listening to a lovely choir, meeting the Earl of Wemyss and touring Stanway House, touring Blenham Palace, Wells Cathedral and the adjacent medieval street of houses, Vindolanda... The list goes on and on!"

Emily

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour met all my expectations, and then some. A trip to England has been on my 'bucket list' for years. I wanted to learn the history, see the countryside, visit the great historical monuments, talk to the people, live as the locals do and enjoy some back door experiences . This trip did it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After enjoying an evening hike thru sheep pastures to a high viewpoint outside Conwy, a few of us settled down in the hotel bar for glass of wine before retiring for the night. A group of local rugby players showed up at the table next to us who had clearly 'prefunctioned' at another establishment, and in their joy at having won their game, they starting singing in perfect harmony. Their voices were wonderful. We all started talking to them and ended up w/big hugs all around as we left."

Jan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour has a wonderful itinerary. The emphasis on history and culture was just what I wanted. Our tour guide was outstanding. The weather was often a bit wet and cold, but that's a risk of UK travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed Conwy and Wales, an unexpected delight. The terrain is beautiful, the Castle hotel was lovely, and the early evening hike we with our guide to a hilly viewpoint was spectacular."

Linda

Fairway, KS

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour far exceeded my expectations. Our guide, Mark, was fabulous. Not only was he knowledgeable and accommodating, he was fun and made sure that everyone had a wonderful experience. There was a lot more variety of things to do and see than I had imagined, which was a great surprise. The line up of other guides and dossants was exceptional, and we were all very pleased and privileged to meet the Earl of Wymes! Amazing!!! I would highly recommend Rick Steve's & this particular tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A lot of people have asked, and it is so hard to say because there were many! I guess the local pub and entertainment was one of the highlights, touring the castles and cathedrals was another, and London's boat ride to the Tower of London was pretty special. All in all, many special moments. Mark was sure to point things out for us and, regardless of the weather, see everything we had our hearts set on, e.g., the thatch roofed homes/buildings, etc."

David

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Apart from the weather which prevented me from fully enjoying outdoor activities, I was pleased with the England tour and hope that the eastern and southern parts of the country will have their owntour programs. Mark did a grand job of keeping us informed and well cared for. There was no question to which he did not try to answer I was very impressed with our local guides, especially the archaeological site director at Vindolanda and Tom H. at Westminster Abbey.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pub night near Stow-on-the-wold where we got sung to by local musicians, and our visit to Stanway."

Anthony

Salem, OR

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour but it won't be our last! The pace and variety were just what we wanted. We really appreciated the structure and planning our tour guide provided. He organized the history so it was easy to comprehend and didn't overwhelm us with facts. Instead he built layer upon layer of knowledge. It was easy to make new friends and acquaintences as our group seemed fairly homogeneous but included many various fields of interest and backgrounds giving us variety and balance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The folk singers and dinner in a roadside pub while we were staying at Stow-on-the-Wold was marvelous. I wish I had a CD of them! The food was amongst the best. Seredipidous moments of a baroque concert in St. Martins in the Fields as well as the well lubricated rugby team's serenade were also our highlights. I hadn't anticipated that the power of music would be such a highlight."

Kathryn

Wichita, KS

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour in Europe and there will be many more. I had such a wonderful time. I love, love, loved finding myself steeped in history, exploring castles, city walls, old buildings and ancient places. What a feast for the eyes and soul. I enjoy beautiful gardens, history & literature, I teach art,... it was a perfect trip with my sister. I am still amazed with the beauty of it all and with the efficiency of the trip. We had a schedule to stick to and yet I didn't feel hurried.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't single just one moment out. I was in awe the entire time! Special treats that our guide, Mark Seymore, found for us were pretty amazing. The garden in Lacock, (see #5); Stokesey Fortified House I believe was an added bonus, an wonderful old structure we were able to eat lunch on the lawn there. My sister and I had a little snack at York Minster, sitting with locals there was great fun. We later went to Evensong Services there as well,-that might be my wow moment."

Newsom

New Bern, NC

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'm in my early 70s and was reluctant to take a 2 week tour -- concerned about fairly high level of daily activity and short (2-day) stays in hotels. However, quickly got the hang of it. Tour guide Tom was the best part -- he is a master of his art. Learning English history, seeing amazing architecture and watching beautiful countryside in the comfort of a bus is the way to do England and Wales. We made new friends on our trip and gained traveling confidence. We'll be back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably our stay in Conwy - the walk around the city on the perimeter fortifications early on a somewhat foggy morning and the beauty of that small, intact coastal city was a wow. Later that day I was able to purchase a Welsh flag in one of the local shops and am flying it proudly at my home. (Can you tell that I have ancestors from Wales?) Our trip to Bodnant Gardens was an added bonus while in Wales."

Mary

Woodland, CA

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was quite wonderful. A good mix of city and countryside. The churches and ruined abbeys and castles were magnificent. As was Westminster, York Minster, and the British Museum. The Lake District is dazzling. London is always fabulous. You couldn't ask for a better guide and group to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the top of the city walls surrounding Conwy at dusk, with a clearing storm, was a singular experience. It was atmospheric, eerily quiet, and just a little slippery. Touring Westminster Abby with our guide, Tom. The Abbey is truly magnificent, and Tom brought it all to life with his phenomenal grasp of history, politics, architecture, and really good back stories. Viewing the stained glass at York Minster--at touching distance."

Arthur

Doylestown, PA

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The quality of the tour is what we have come to expect after our 2 previous tours (Ireland & Germany Switzerland, Austria). A really great guide (Tom) very good accommodations and a good group of fellow travelers. Also need to mention Louise, our driver, who was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While in Keswick another tour member and I hiked up Catbells, not the Swiss Alps but really beautiful"

Ellen

Pollock Pines, CA

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the most amazing guide. His knowledge of not only the sites we visited but of your nation's long history was amazing. His sense of humor kept us all smiling. We saw such beautiful countryside and ruins of old churches and the tours of churches still in use. It is overwhelming for us from such a young nation to see and appreciate such ancient history that for many of us, as descendants of English forefathers, is our history too. We were in excellent hands with Tom and Louise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think mine was our visit to the small church in the tiny village of Stanton where Tom talked about World War I where so many died. Standing in front of us in that ancient church, he recited the poem about Flander's Field. I wont soon forget my feelings of sadness and pride."

James

Louisville, KY

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steve's tour and it was just as fantastic as all the others. Tom was a personable and extremely knowledgeabe guide with a sense of humor that made the trip fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to choose from."

Sandra

New Bern, NC

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves Tour, and it lived up to all the great things that we had read and heard about. Our guide, Tom was one of the reasons that the tour was so amazing. His sense of style, knowledge of history, British humor, and his sense of spirituality and romaticism made the trip very personal to everyone. All aspects of logistics, travel time, accomodations and free time were well thought out and perfectly planned. It couldn't have been better!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW! That is a tough question, because there were so many moments like that. Evensong at the Bath Abbey, which was our first experience of a Gothis church was awe inspiring. Bodnant Gardens in Wales was spectacular with most all of the gardens in full bloom. The English countryside was so peaceful and beautiful in the Lake District that it took your breath away. So many good memories!"

Kathleen

Kingston, WA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The other tour members were great letting a "single" tour member join them in the free time event. Mark did a good job at tailoring our tour to fit the interests of our group. He spread himself around making sure we all had our share of his attention. Helping us to do our personal must do lists Ian was a great driver and went out of his way to give us the best drive and sights possible. Learned a great deal about England, both past and present. Hotels were all great and so was the food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to Paddington station and going to bath, I was really in England."

Robert

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely love every minute of the tour. My wife and I experienced just about every aspect of an English tour we had hoped for – the English countryside, sheep, castles, pubs, harbor towns, stone walls, churches, runes, thatched roofs, fish and chips, Indian food, and cricket. Thanks Rick! And thank you Mark.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming up to the harbor at Conway. Also, my wife splitting slate into a fine roof shingle without chopping her hand off."

Janet

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was great: Perfect weather, SUPER guide Mark Seymour, beautiful and fun little towns and gorgeous cathedrals and churches, tons of sheep, terrific scenery... Seemed like we had a LOT of "free time" which at times got to be a drag, but other times was great for shopping and just walking around. At times, Mark would take us a LONG way into a town, and then "ADIOS" and just leave us, without a map; a map would've been SO handy to have. And the "400 yard" hike thru a downpour; bummer..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the small towns were amazing! But the archiological dig at "Vindolanda" was very interesting. ALL of us enjoyed the "James Herriott" side tour, which apparently will now be the routine route in the future; that was great! I loved the York Minster the best, though; that was a WOW place for sure."

Kraig

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my first organized tour, and it exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide, Mark was particularly attentive to our needs, the organized meals were all very good, I learned so much about England, the small size of the tour group made it possible to get to know our traveling companions, and the atmosphere was very friendly, never rushed, and focused on ensuring everyone was cared for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Hadrian's wall, and learning about life during that time."

Donald

Oak Harbor, WA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best Rick Steve's tour I have ever taken. It changed my opinions of Britain and it's people. The food was great; the people friendly; and the mix of activities was just right. I came away from this journey through England and Wales with a profound respect for the country and it's people. The tour was an experience that I will never forget.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our group dinner at the Baker's Arm Pub with local folk music and a dead monkey was a real hoot."

Penny

Reno, NV

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Great Britain tour was an amazing travel experience. I enjoyed the history along with the guided tours Mark lead us on from BATH --- the Cotswolds--the Abbey's -- Castles of Wales--the Lake District (North) only disappointment was not seeing Beatrix Potter's Hilltop farm ---had wonderful hike around the lake & best FISH & CHIPS EVER!--York the Abbey & the excellent Indian food! Scotland rather than seeing HADRIAN'S WALL would have been more interesting to me, since we were so close.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to pick one WOW moment[INVALID]I loved the villages we visited [INVALID] thatched roof cottages of Cotswolds- LaCock & Stow-on-the-Wold very quaint and sweetness of the life there. I would return to this area for certain. The Wow would have to be BONDANT GARDENS in Wales ! BEAUTIFUL and so lush every where one looked there was AMAZING flowers, waterfalls, bridges, and various huge trees. Could have spent an entire afternoon there for sure!"

Christie

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My daughter graduated high school this spring. to celebrate she wanted to tour England. We initially tried to plan it on our own, but then found Rick Steve's Tour of England in 14 days. This tour covered all the sites she had hoped to see. Everything went smoothly and we were confirmed over and over that the tour was far better than anything we could have planned on our own. Mark, our tour guide was wonderful, so full of history and knowledge about the locations we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments. We loved the Cotswolds and the countryside of England. One of my favorite events was an optional walk that Mark lead alone a footpath and through a small village. We loved traveling through the small villages. At the end of the tour we were ready to go to the beginning and start over again."

Kay

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, our tour was awesome! Our 22 individuals plus Mark, our guide, quickly became a happy, integrated group, who cared for each other and had lots of fun and learning together. Oh, yes, we also learned lots of info; saw beautiful, ancient landscapes; and visited the storied places of merry old England(and Wales). Our bus was spacious and comfortable, and driver Ian was the best. Our hotels were as advertised, and all but one had a parlor where we could gather to share wine a stories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Was this moment hiking the Cotswolds and wading across a river? Was it hearing children singing in York Minster? Or was it touching stones at Avebury? Was it viewing the Rosetta Stone? Maybe it was like being in church when we were really in Bodnant Gardens. Was it connecting with Mark, our very spe ial guide? Was it looking at Glastonbury and all it implies? Perhaps it was walking the walls of Conwly or York or sharing a meal with our tour mates. A favorite "wow" moment? Countless!"

Larry

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a grand time! We were probably the oldest couple, but were able to keep up quite well. Be prepared to walk, walk, walk. Mark, our tour guide was amazing; knowledgeable in the extreme, caring, and unobtrusive. I have never had a better guide experience and the sense of immersion at each point of interest was complete. Great small hotels, great food, great guide. We are eager to sign up for France, next! Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Attending Evensong Service in York Minster. An awesome experience."

Sheryl

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mark was a very knowledgeable director. He is very well read and added so much interesting information to the tour, both when walking around together at a location, and when we were rolling down the road. He was very patient with us, and our goofy personalities & peculiarities. I'm sure everyone had a great tour. His directions were clear. The schedule was good - not too much time in any one location. We were kept busy but not too busy. The amount of free time was right for our interests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot think of one particular thing. He was right on the ball with any persons little problems. I was surprised that I enjoyed some of the things listed in the tour that seemed that they might be a bit dull. (A lot of abby/churches/cathedral sits were listed.) However the hired locals who spoke to us at those sites, were very interesting. The B&Bs were very comfortable, & the breakfasts were very good. We all very much enjoyed the picnic lunch Mark put together at one abbey."

Lewis

Victoria, BC

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mark was a great guide. He brought what we were seeing into focus by brining in the history. We had a great group of people on this tour; which made the tour great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the Lake District wth its scenry and trails. Very relaxing."

Suzanne

Westerville, OH

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It couldn't have been more perfect. We had the best tour guide, Mark, and the best tour group. Everyone was kind, considerate and fun. This may have ruined any other tour we go on because I doubt anyone could compare.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the walks we took. The locals would come up to us to talk. The countryside is so peaceful and beautiful. Gorgeous towns and spectacular cathedrals and castles."

Linda

Surfside, CA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The group were about the same age and got along well. The sites we visited were mostly small quaint towns with many historical points of interest. Our guide Mark made it a point to tend to everyone's needs. He was knowledgeable without being boring. He added little side sites that he knew about which really personalized this experience for us. I loved the cozy B&B's we stayed in. We all became good friends and already are emailing each other. I wish we could've had more music/entertainment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Bodnant garden near Wales was breathtakingly beautiful. I'm going to blow some of the pictures up and make wall hangings from them. We live in California where its dry so the greenery and waterfalls really took our breath away."

Pamela

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour experience and our first big trip together (other than about 20 moves with the Navy but that doesn't count). We gave it to ourselves as a 45th wedding gift! Our tour of Great Britain exceeded our expectations on all counts. We saw wonderful scenery, visited amazing places, learned more than our brains could hold (good thing I kept a journal), and made some new friends. Our tour guide was fantastic. Next trip? Anywhere with Rick Steves!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On a late afternoon in Keswick, Mark, our tour guide, took us up to a hilltop to see a stone circle and toast the sunset. We arrived, gathered inside the circle, poured the wine, and then, without warning, the wind picked up, it started to hail, then thunder and lightning filled the skies! Had we angered the gods? We stood in the rain and the wind, umbrellas inside out, laughing, as we toasted one another and the firmament that had just broken over us! You can't script moments like that."

Catherine

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was well organized and our tour guide was quite knowledgeable. The pace was reasonable and there was sufficient group time to see each of the sites. Free time allowed us to explore other places of interest or simply relax and absorb the wonders of traveling through England!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lake District took my breath away!! We stopped for a loo break not far from the village where Beatrix Potter lived. I saw seven rabbits frolicking about in a small field near the car park...I knew at that very moment they were descendants of Peter Rabbit. As a child, I read all of these books again and again. It was such fun to visit this part of England that was an integral part of my childhood!"

Augusta

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was planned to show us a variety of things in the areas visited. Soome were historic, others were artistic and others were cultural., what I would call a great mix.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to choose one."

Janet

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Visiting England has been a dream of mine for quite a while and taking a tour was not my first choice. However, my husband felt unsure of going it on our own so we compromised with a Rick Steves tour (my choice). I can honestly say that I am thrilled with the experience. Our guide, Roy, was wonderful; full of information, easy to talk to, and taught us more about English history than I could have ever hoped to learn! He knew that I am a celiac and made sure I was well fed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the Lake District and the drives through the country side were something I loved, especially Shropshire. Also, Westminster Abbey was a definite "wow" moment. The city of York and the minster there was another high point but just as you can't name your favorite child, it is almost impossible to name my favorite moment!"

Michele

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour ties with Samarai Tours (in Japan) for first place for the most fun, informative, interesting, and immersive tour. I liked how different all the destinations were from each other. I especially enjoyed the various modes of transportation ( bus, train, subway, doubledecker bus, riverboat and taxi).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was in Castle Caernarfon when I was at the top of a very STEEP medieval stone spiral staircase with only a rope to hold onto and I thought "how am ever going to get down"! I LOVED the ancient stone of the medieval castles, abbeys and walkways of the walled cities."

Lorna

Sonoma, CA

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was the 2nd Rick Steve's experience (first was Best of Europe). This tour exceeded expectations and whet our appetite to return and spend more time in Bath and the Lake District. As your tour description stated, physical fitness is a requisite given the amount of walking on diificult uneven terrain and flights of stairs. The plush, open spaces were a serendipitous respite. The sacred places (abbeys, cathedrals, stone henge) were awesome and inspirational. Members on tour were compatible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Louise (coach driver) worked magic with her wit and ability to thread through extremely narrow spaces (even backing up). Truly amazing!"

Jeffery

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great tour. All of the destinations were unique in themselves. All of the locales I hated to leave and wished I had more time there. The pace was a bit hectic at times but it was a lot of fun. London was a great ending to the busy tour. Thanks for the wonderful tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The audio tour at the Roman Baths was fantastic. I was amazed by the longevity of the ancient ruins. The National trust did an excellent job in showing what life was like in the roman times."

Robert

Dallas, TX

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour really lived up to my expectations and I was particularly impressed by our tour guide Roy and our tour driver Louise. Everything went so smoothly (or it least they made it appear so). Roy gave great advice on how to prioritize our "free" time and was particularly accommodating in assisting my wife and I as vegetarians (including working with the restaurants where group meals were being held). After this experience, I would head out on another Rick Steves tour tomorrow if I could!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Like most tour members, its very difficult to prioritize. The first glimpse at Wells Cathedral was special. Picnic lunch with local food and drink at Glastonbury Abbey was memorable. Evensong at York Minster (suggested by our guide as a "free time" activity and nearly the entire tour attended) was impressive. The list goes on...."

Randi

Eden Prairie, MN

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

England & Wales are incredibly beautiful. We learned a lot, met wonderful people and had a great time. But next time, I will PACK EVEN LIGHTER!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In this order: 1. Bodnant Gardens. 2. Walking along Derwentwater early AM, watching the swans & listening to the lambs on the other side of the path. 3. Stanway House and the flour mill. 4. The talented local musicians at The Bakers Arms."

Steve

Eden Prairie, MN

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This is the first tour of any kind my wife and I had taken; we have been in Europe on our own with guidebooks and we did a Viking River Cruise. We each have had vacations in Europe independent of each other. Most of the "mechanics" of the tour worked well. Thought our guide Roy was great and a real seasoned professional. The coach and driver were first rate and the hotels varied in quality. We also needed to adjust our expectations in that "we're not in Kansas anymore".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Minster at York. Not only the enormity, but the beauty and detail. The gardens were also knock-out although this was very weather-dependent, still we arrived as everything was blooming. We enjoyed the group of folk singers at the pub we visited. The were talented, relaxed and generous. We also met some great people we hope to stay in touch with."

Maureen

Dupont, WA

Tour: 04/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first organized tour in many years. The experience far exceeded my expectations, even though I had high expectations of a Rick Steves' tour. There was the right mix of tour time and free time, group meals and meals on our own, and experiences relating to English and Welsh past history and present culture/customs. I was never bored and always fascinated by what we saw and the places we visited. And everywhere lambs playing and flowers blooming...spring!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing Tom, our guide, recite the poem "In Flanders Fields" before the WWI memorial in a village church. "In Flanders fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row..." It was sublime and poignant and moved me to tears."

Richard

Tigard, OR

Tour: 04/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Tom combined British and Cornwall humor with an impressive scholarly depth of understanding. Tom also made each of us feel both welcome and the light-hearted subjects of friendly teasing that increased the comraderie. Of course the history and scenery of Britain are superlative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Gardens of the National Trust sites gave me ambitions to create a small scale garden at home. I was most moved by the peace and beauty of the Lake District national park. I enjoy the outdoors and parks in North America, but the combination of preserved history and natural beauty, walking the trails around the lakes, struck me as the finest place I have ever been. While Tom talked about Isaac Newton and Westminster Cathedral, I intentionally stood on the shoulders of the giant."

Sara

El Sobrante, CA

Tour: 04/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steve's Tour after 8 unguided trips to Europe. I was overwhelmed by the abundance of education that was presented. Tom Hooper is an intelligent, funny, knowledgable, guide who taught us so much about England and Wales. We had a terrific travel group from all over the country and Canada. It truly was an instant family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm sure my fellow travelers would agree the "wow" moment was when Tom, our guide, "righted" a sheep. We got quite an education regarding the habits of sheep. Tom had shared with us that if we saw a sheep, on her back, with all four feet in the air, it would probably die Sure enough as our bus was traveling through the country, one of group hollered out she had seen a sheep in trouble. Without hesitation, Tom went over the fence into the field and flipped the sheep back on her feet."

Audrey

Loveland, CO

Tour: 04/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Brilliant simply brilliant! This is our 8th Rick Steves tour. We didn't choose England/ Wales earlier because we didn't think it would have the wow factor. We were wrong. Every day was a surprise and learning experience. We learned world history while touring England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were just tooooo many to single anything out-----oh wait a minute, the wow factor was our guide, Tom."

Patricia

Lake Dallas, TX

Tour: 04/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Guide and bus driver were great. Having the day planned plus a few afternoon and evenings was.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving into the Lake District on a clear day and having a mountain view from the room at the B*B. Lake boat ride and hike back to the town."

Thomas

Lake Dallas, TX

Tour: 04/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good guide in Tom. Good management of time and location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walks in Lake District. Good view from B&B."

Laura

Clearwater, MN

Tour: 04/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour which kept me engaged in the learning and fun opportunities offered during the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bodnant gardens, Indian dinner, and Tom's British museum tour"

Donna

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 04/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour has totally changed my perspective on group touring. I am now hooked . The whole trip was absolutely incredible.The itinerary was packed full of interesting places to visit. The guide, Tom, was truly outstanding . He had a wealth of knowledge on the areas we visited as well as many other things! He was organized and efficient , he had a fantastic sense of humor and he really paid attention to the needs of the group. His attitude & personality , set the tone for a fantastic adventure

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! I would have to say the biggest wow moment was when Tom, turned over the sheep , so it would not die. When you witness people doing the "right thing" , it is very good for your soul."

Craig

Dupont, WA

Tour: 04/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great because the numbers of people were small.This allowed us to each have window seats for the bus.....and to spread out. I was pleased with what we saw and enjoyed staying in local hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Bodnant Gardens and Hadrian's wall. Also, I was on the tour where Tom uprighted the sheep (who was on its back)and saved its life!"

Pamela

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 04/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My high expectations for this trip were exceeded. Much of the credit goes to our tour guide, Tom. He was very knowledgeable and seemed to pick just the right time to tell us about different aspects of culture, history, flora/fauna, food, and humor. The tour group had a nice mix of couples and individuals and we all enjoyed each others company. Each day was a new adventure filled with group activities and personal time. Definitely a very active and wonderful trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tom had just finished telling us how sheep may die if they get stuck upside down and just then one of the tour members saw just such an incidence. We were on a country road into Wales and Tom walked back several fields and there it was. He righted the ewe and she and her lamb watched "thankfully" as Tom left the field. The other sheep, who had moved to the far corner of the field, began walking in single file toward the ewe. The group talked about this for the rest of the trip. Amazing!"

Gary

Calgary, AB

Tour: 04/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary Very good accommodation Excellent guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide Tom Hooper saved the life of an overturned sheep by righting it. The Bodnant Gardens was an unexpected surprise of incredible beauty. Hikes in Cotswalds and Lake District were wonderful."

Margaret

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 04/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a phenomenal tour! I've loved them all but this group was laughing all the time. Tom was a great guide, what with almost swallowing a butterfly and the sheep righting (which I know you've been told about).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evensong at York Minster! My goodness! I've heard all types of choral music in my life but the blend of the girls and men's voice was one of the most powerful musical experiences of my life."

Allen

Clearwater, MN

Tour: 04/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group of people to travel with across England and Wales. Transportation was smooth and reliable with a driver (Louise) whose amazing skill always [INVALID]d a sense of safety. The lodging was more than I expected, although the daily English breakfast added too many calories, but then I was on vacation. The many sites, scenery and history were unforgetable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hadrian's wall and the opportunity to listen to an archaeologist at Vindolanda Fort."

Albert

Salinas, CA

Tour: 04/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide. Great group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Palm Sunday church service at St. Michael in Bath. Friendly congregation shared coffee with us and introduced us to the Vicar as well as others in the church. Felt at home among new friends in a different culture. A Rick Steve's moment."

Dianne

Pensacola, FL

Tour: 04/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour - educational as well as fun. I loved the English countryside and the small villages. We had a great group (small) of folks and we all enjoyed each other's company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The small English villages, the sheep grazing in the pastures, and the gardens."

Mary

Oak Harbor, WA

Tour: 04/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had been to England/Wales before, but feel that this trip was extra special. We went to places that are not on all the standard tour lists and enjoyed sites that we otherwise would have missed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to pick just one....loved the variety of places. Esp liked York Minster. I would have loved a little more time in York. I was also impressed with Avebury and the town inside the circle."

Marisa

Oak Harbor, WA

Tour: 04/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour itinerary was outstanding, places visited were well chosen. The accommodations were great, the travel coach was very nice, the tour guide knowledgeable and professional and most of all, fun. Had a wonderful in depth experience of the Best of Great Britain . Would recommend adding Windsor Castle to itinerary....I realize it is far out of town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to determine, I preferred the countryside to London, which was a surprise to me. A ferry ride and walk in Kessick was especially nice. I feel we hit many important areas in short period."

Philip

Leavenworth, WA

Tour: 04/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great having only 12 in our tour group. Overall the trip was wonderful. My only wish is that we had seen Caernarfon Castle instead of Bodnant on the day we left for Keswick. Then the previous day could have been spent hill walking on Mt Snowdon for those that wished, while the rest went to the slate museum. It is torture to come so close to Snowdon without climbing or even seeing it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing York Minster suddenly fill the view as you round a corner is hard to beat, but I think my favorite time was discovering that The Lake District is not just a bunch of boring lakes, but rather is a beautiful area of hills with endless walking possibilities. I must return sometime!"

Howard

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Couldn't be more pleased with the experience. Tour itinerary provided an enjoyable selection of the sites and experiences in England. The pace was well balanced, and Robert (our Tour Guide) suggested opportunities during the unscheduled periods, and frequently made himself available to join them..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At York's Churchill Hotel, we were standing on the balcony atop the lobby staircase enroute to joining our tour group in the atrium. The magnificent view of the lobby atrium was an everyday experience of the 19th century British aristocracy."

Nancy

Brighton, MI

Tour: 09/15/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

"England in 14 Days" was a wonderful trip!! I loved every place that we visited, the hotels were lovely and charming, the food was great, and I'm ready to go back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I experienced several "wow" moments. One was the Roman Baths (and Bath in general), another was Glastonbury Abbey ruins (the ruins are so beautiful, I can't begin to imagine how glorious the original abbey was). Loved walking around the town of Conwy. . . and who knew how interesting slate could be!! I loved the whole city of York and was transported by the evensong service at York Minster."

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Pre-Tour

We've put together some specific information on what you should know about this tour before you go. You'll also find more general information about "Getting Ready for Your Tour" on our Tour FAQ.

Trip Resources

Learn more about England: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews and articles, plus find a list of recommended books and movies.

Transportation

Prior to your tour departure, you will receive detailed directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as contact information for your first and last hotels in case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations.

Many tour members arrive a day or two before the tour begins — and those who don't, wish they had. This allows you ample time to get over jet lag and make the most of the first few days of the tour.

London is a major transportation hub, making additional travel before or after your tour quite easy. This tour begins in Bath. It is easiest to fly in and out of London and train or bus to Bath. Direct trains to Bath are available from London; trains from Gatwick airport require a change in Reading; and train service is not available from Heathrow airport. Alternatively you can travel from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports on a direct National Express coach (bus); schedules can be found at the National Express website, www.nationalexpress.com.

For information about flying within Europe, ask your travel agent or check Rick's list of European budget airlines

Read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips and decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

If you need more information about additional European travel or for specific questions about your tour, contact the Tour Department at 425-608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Sightseeing On Your Own

If you arrive in Bath before your tour begins, use Rick Steves Great Britain guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise.

Here are a few suggestions for sightseeing in Bath that we will not do as a group: Bath Abbey, Georgian House at No. 1 Royal Crescent; Fashion Museum; Assembly Rooms; Museum of Bath at Work; City Bus Tours; day trip to Stonehenge or Salisbury.

Many tour members like to attend a play or a concert while in London (see Rick Steves Great Britain guidebook for details on how to buy tickets). Your guidebook also has plenty of ideas for any extra time you may have before or after your tour and your guide will be happy to help you with post-tour plans.

Packing

For more advice on what (and what not!) to pack, see Rick’s packing tips.