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    Buckingham Palace
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    English Tea Tasting
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    Tower Bridge

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Best of London in 7 Days Tour

London has just what you need for a quick escape: direct flights; the best live theater scene on the planet; an inviting pub on every corner; and the simple pleasure of conversing with Europeans with (almost) no language barrier. During your week in London, your Rick Steves guide will lead you on a magical history tour through the Tower, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's, Churchill War Rooms and plenty of priceless art — and even take you on a train trip to Windsor Castle. Join us for the Best of London in 7 Days! 

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 London come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 15 group sightseeing events • London neighborhood walk and Tube orientation • 7-day Underground (Tube) and Bus pass • Whitehall walking tour • Churchill War Rooms • National Gallery tour • Thames River cruise • Tower of London "Beefeater" tour • Westminster Abbey tour • St. Paul's Cathedral tour • "City" walking tour • Windsor day trip • Windsor Castle tour • British Museum tour • British Library visit • London Eye...and more
  • All group transportation during the week in London
  • 6 nights accommodations in a memorable, centrally-located hotel
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides
  • Free stuff including Rick Steves London guidebook, map, 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 London

We'll meet at our hotel in central London around 3 p.m. this afternoon to get acquainted. Then we'll set off on a neighborhood walk, Underground/Tube orientation, followed by a traditional English afternoon tea together. Walking: light.

Day 2: Whitehall and the National Gallery

We'll take a history-laced walking tour along Whitehall, from the Westminster Houses of Parliament to the Renaissance-inspired Banqueting House, punctuated by the smartly-dressed, stony-faced Horse Guards. Then we'll get the inside story on the London Blitz and Britain's leadership during WWII on our tour of the Churchill War Rooms. This afternoon, we'll learn about the adventures of Lord Nelson in Trafalgar Square and have a guided tour of the National Gallery's masterpieces, including works by Leonardo, Botticelli, Turner and the Impressionists. This would be a perfect evening for the theater (book something in advance from the Colonies or pick up a ticket in London). Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: The Tower and Westminster Abbey

We'll hop aboard a boat on the Thames and cruise past monuments, skyscrapers, and cathedrals on our way to the Tower of London, the city's historic "tower of power." We'll arrive in time to witness the opening ceremony, then join a Yeoman Warder "Beefeater" for an entertaining tour and a peek at the legendary Crown Jewels.  This afternoon we'll tour the majestic Westminster Abbey, 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. We'll finish the day with an Indian dinner together. Boat: ½ hr. Walking: strenuous.

Day 4: St. Paul's Cathedral and The City

This morning we'll tour England's national church — Christopher Wren's majestically-domed St. Paul's Cathedral — and hear how local "fire watcher" volunteers saved this symbol of British resolve during the bombing raids of WWII. Then we'll continue on with a walking tour of The City, the oldest part of London and now its financial heart. After our pub lunch together at The Counting House (an elegant former bank), your afternoon is free to enjoy one of London's many museums (perhaps the Victoria and Albert Museum) or take a leisurely stroll through one of the many beautiful parks. This is another good night for the theater. Walking: moderate.

Day 5: Historic Windsor Castle

Today we'll catch a train and head out of town to Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest castle residence in the world. We'll spend the morning touring the Royal Family's castle, ornate St. George's Chapel and the surrounding park. The remainder of the day is yours for poking around the quaint town of Windsor or for more sightseeing back in London. Train: 2 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: The British Museum and Library

This morning we'll dive into the treasures of the British Library, including the Magna Carta, Gutenberg's Bible — even Beatles lyrics! Then we're off to tour the British Museum and the chronicle of Western Civilization — the Elgin marbles, Rosetta Stone, mummies and more. The rest of your afternoon is free for the Imperial War Museum, shopping around Covent Garden, or other sightseeing. Before meeting for our "last supper," we’ll admire the city and raise a toast to new friends aboard the London Eye. Cheers!  Walking: strenuous.

Day 7: 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 London in 7 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily...

  1. Carry your luggage up several flights of stairs to reach your hotel 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 around the city on your own.
  5. Be able to climb many flights of stairs in and out of the London Underground system.

Reviews

David

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Robert was great he knew lots of local information. Was never in a real hurry and always seemed to know the pace the group needed to get from place to place. I never felt like I needed to skip a part or hurry to catch up. At one point we lost track of one of the kids he stationed himself at the exit while I went back thru the tower till we found him. I think my oldest and myself bored him to tears with pointing out all the exotic sports cars along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to say. Having never been to Europe before I think whole thing is a wow moment."

Debra

Tallmadge, OH

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It met all by expectations and beyond. Accommodations were great and the location was very good. Robert exposed us to so much in the week we were there. The tour was very well rounded.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was definitely more then one "wow" moment. I think my favorite is actually walking the steps or grounds where the Queens and Kings of the different times actually walked."

Edward

Tallmadge, OH

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Given the time and money invested, my expectations were quite high. On virtually every count, the tour exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide Robert was nothing short of extraordinary. His knowledge, personality and guidance enabled us to truly enjoy and experience London. Equipping us with the skill to negotiate the Tube and Bus systems allowed us to venture easily on our own and make the best use of our available free time. I would heartily recommend this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several "wow" moments, but Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle and the British Library have to rank as the top three. Poet's Corner in the Abbey and viewing the literary and historical documents on display at the Library were a near spiritual experience for me."

Edwin

Carmel, IN

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first Rick Steve's Tour and it was great. It was great largely due to Robert Halkett's expertise, understanding of London's history, his ability to explain it and relate to our group. He is definitely a keeper for your organization but I suspect you know that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Tower of London, its history, its magnificent contents and the surrounds around the tower commemorating those that died in WWI."

Amy

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Robert was excellent! He definitely made it a wonderful week for our family. We were very happy with our choice to do the tour rather than using the guide book to visit London on our own. We wouldn't have wanted to miss out on all of Robert's knowledge and commentary as we walked. The tour is very well done. We will definitely consider another tour in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the top of St. Paul's Cathedral!"

Steve

Danville, CA

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We felt that we got a good overview of the city of London, seeing the important sites and historical buildings. Learning the history of the city and those who were instrumental in its development as a world center was important to us. We also feel that we have a good understanding of the current culture as well. It's a great city and we are very happy to have gotten a chance to become a part of it, if only briefly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abbey and Saint Paul's cathedral were significant, as was Windsor Castle."

Betty

Libby, MT

Tour: 07/20/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The people in Great Britain and London are so friendly and warm making the trip wonderful. We traveled to Bath for two nights prior to the tour and stayed two extra nights going to see Shakespeare at the Globe and a train trip to Cambridge. The trip was a gift for my grand daughter upon her graduation from high school. My youngest son and travel partner also came along on the trip. We had a wonderful trip spending quality time together and experiencing London, and the theatre.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Windsor Castle. The furnishings and the atmosphere were so great. We were able to see the changing of the guard prior to our tour of the castle, which really set the mood. We loved all things British, the Tower of london, with the unlocking of the gates in the early morning before all the other tourists arrived, the crown Jewels, and the Beefeater tour was great."

I-Wen

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 07/20/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is my third Rick Steve's tour. My previous tours were multiple cities (Hear of Italy and France), therefore I reckon the experience should be different from the single city tour. London had surpassed my expectations! I always thought that there is no place like New York City, but boy, London really topped it! We traveled by public transportation and on foot, just like the locals. After learning the public transportation system, we were able to go to places on our own in ease!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"MY most memorable moment from the tour was the visit to the British Library for the exhibit of manuscripts. The range of collection was impressive and being a musician it was surreal to see Mozart, Bach, Chopin's (and more) notations."

Mitzi

Oakland, CA

Tour: 07/20/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the trip however when you say there is a lot of walking, you are not kidding. I think a couple of people dropped out because it was just too much. I don't think it is necessary to walk for an hour or so to two museums where you will walking around for another four hours or more, and then another walk home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I found the British Library very moving. Loved the British Museum, but it was very hot and crowded. The Tower of London was great, and Robert got us there early enough to see a few things before the crowds came."

Ann

Roanoke, TX

Tour: 07/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fabulous time. The hotel was wonderful, our tour guide was very good. I very much liked the fact that we walked so much of the time, took the Tube and city buses, rather than be on a tour bus. On the Rick Steve's web page describing the tours it The sight selected a that we would see were perfect. My favorite was the boat ride. The restaurants chosen were also excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was the boat ride on the Thames. It showed the vastness of London, and was very relaxing. The captain gave a narrative, and he was quite funny."

Dale

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 07/20/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful intro to London and coverage of all the major tourist attractions. Especially enjoyed the relatively early tours to the Tower of London and the British Library as we beat the crowds :) Appreciated Robert's detailed backstory of the history of the various buildings in the districts we visited, brought the area to life. I hadn't really thought about the long term effect on London from the Blitz, the current juxtaposition of old/new really brings that out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Crown Jewels at the Tower of London"

Katherine

Everett, WA

Tour: 07/20/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip met or exceeded all of my expectations. The location of the hotel was ideal (near Buckingham Palace), and I really appreciated the breakfast buffet provided in the dining room each morning and the little mini-mart across the street where I could get water and snacks. We had a nice group of 20 friendly people from various parts of the country, and representing a variety of ages. Our guide Robert was very knowledgeable and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I most enjoyed the boat trip down the Thames River, because you get a good perspective of where things are located in relation to one another, and you can see some of the sites that aren't on the tour, like the Globe Theatre. The weather was hot and sunny the whole week (mid-July), which made the cool breezes of the water all the more enjoyable. One of the crew members on the boat gave a wonderful narration of the sites along the way."

Brittney

Burleson, TX

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and it was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed every minute of the tour. I am so glad I decided to take a Rick Steves' tour because London and its many museums would have been over whelming without it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was when I walked out of the Westminster tube and saw Big Ben. I had seen pictures of it for years, but when I saw it actually towering above me it looked so amazing. I took many pictures of it and waited fifteen minutes to hear the bell ring at eight o'clock."

Audre

Neenah, WI

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour with your company and it was truly a great trip. Of course it might be that it wa with my granddaughter. You certainly run a first class tour and I have no complaint. Just to let you know, I have been on several other tours with others. I am always impressed how great you get us through to the nicest places at the shortest amount of time. I liked the "buddy" system or is that just Tom's idea? To sum it up, I could have stayed another week w/o any trouble.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since I experienced some of WW II, I think the Churchill Museum was one of my favorite places. I admire how the British revere the people who were in that awful war, and how they have honored them. Churchill was a great statesman and it made me happy to see that he is still remembered in such a great way. I have to say that I loved seeing the Queen's jewels on display. Windsor Castle was awesome and it is hard to imagine all those events that are hosted there."

Kelvin

West Des Moines, IA

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was spectacular in every sense, and our tour guide, Tom, added tremendous value that one could not have experienced visiting the same sites and events on one's own. That is the real value of the Rick Steves' tour. The itinerary was well planned and covered a tremendous amount of ground during the seven days in London, however, adequate time was spent at each venue, and there was still time available for individual exploration.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spending everyday surrounded by a historic but vibrant city accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who significantly increased my appreciation for everything I was seeing and experiencing."

Angeline

Frackville, PA

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the answer for #3, sorry! 1.Seeing the Crown jewels in the Tower of London almost alone, right after being the ONLY people present for the opening of the gates with the Queen's keys will be an experience I will remember forever!!!WOW! 2.The Tour de France was a bonus to an already fabulous time. Another experience of a life time being there in front of Buckingham palace at the finish line!Hip-Hip-Hooray! 3. Westminster Abbey and the stellar job Tom did with that tour! Need more than 500

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Overall the entire tour was exceptional: 1.Loved the time with Tom at the helm guiding us with such fervor through the sights of London. 2. The hotel was lovely and everyone was so kind and helpful there. 3. The food was good, I wasn't a personal fan of Indian food. Had a bad experience with the food for lunch at the Counting House,other than that is was better than I expected. 4. Loved the London Eye! that was an unexpected surprise since it wasn't on the itinerary. Thanks!"

Joseph

Frackville, PA

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

London was amazing. My wife and I were thankful that we were able to be part of Tom's group. He was able to present information that the average tourist would never have known, and he is so knowledgeable about every aspect of the city. At the same time, he is very entertaining, and everyone in the entire group agreed that Tom was the best tour guide they have met.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments during the trip, but my favorite was the Tower of London where we saw the unlocking of the gate early morning. It was quite impressive."

Wanda

Cleburne, TX

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a wow moment. Each day of the tour got better and better."

Alison

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience on Rick Steve's' London in 7 Days Tour was beyond my expectations! Our guide, Tom, made the trip so memorable and engaging, and allows for each party to tailor their London experience to their interests! This particular tour was a trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment on Rick Steve's' London in 7 Days tour was visiting the national gallery and the Ebury Wine bar. The visit to the national gallery was excellent because it summarized from an art history perspective, the most impressive peices of the gallery. The Ebury wine bar was also memborable as not only a celebrity-visited location, but a restaurant in the heart of lovely London real estate!"

Patricia

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time, and Tom was an outstanding tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we were at Windsor looking at the tower dating back 1,200 years, and I thought about the Queen still living there, it was an insight into the perspective of the people there versus those in the U.S."

William

Rochester, NY

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom Hooper is a gem.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tie: Rosetta Stone and Magna Carta."

Jim

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a very good overview of London with knowledgeable guides. We loved staying in one location for the duration since we had just come off of a 2 week tour where we moved frequently

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Churchill War Rooms were really interesting as were the state rooms at Windsor. We also loved going off on our own to see several plays"

Lara

Springfield, MO

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time London. I felt like tour definitely packs in tons of sights and you don't waste a minute. Roy was a great guide and shares his love and passion for all things British. I learned so much about the history of London. I really enjoyed the day trip our group took our to Windsor. We made if just in time to see the changing do the guard which was was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think for me, I had a tie for "wow" moments between Westminster Abbey and the London Eye. Our local guide at Westminster, Tom, was fabulous. He was so informative and funny that it really made the experience. Ending the week at the London Eye was also wonderful. It was amazing to get to look at all the sights of the city and see all the places we had visited that week."

Paula

Vista, CA

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This week in London flew by before I knew it! There is so much to see and do here it's a bit overwhelming. With Roy's help we covered vast amounts of territory in a short time. The historical and architectural aspect was amazing but the visual feast was just hard to grasp. We had amazing guides and walked innumerable miles. We experienced the tube, the train, a boat and busses in 7 great days. Having admissions and passes arranged for us made our journey a breeze. A splendid experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Possibly the London Eye was the most amazing experience on any travel adventure to date. A tiny bit terrifying to board but the ride of your life nonetheless. We chose that moment to do our group picture... Unforgettable,"

Barbara

Plano, TX

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well done. Well organized presentation of a major city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The London Eye."

Jane

Webster, TX

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful Roy was our tour guide - most knowledgeable and congenial with the group. The meals we shared were excellent and in restaurants where we could visit with one another. the only problem was NO air conditioning in the hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abbey had to be my WOW moment - after watching events that took place there over the past 50 years it was amazing to stand in the cathedral and view the beauty. Also very appreciative of the tribute to Roosevelt and the American people for assistance during WW II."

Laura

St Mary's, PA

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a great time and learned so many facts about London and it's history! Roy was a wonderful guide that truly displayed his passion for his country and it's beginnings. I truly enjoyed seeing the "highlights" of the city with ample free time to explore on your own. It was a very nice balance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Churchill War Rooms...so informative and interesting. I could feel the life that was experienced at that time."

Steve

Malone, WI

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom was great at conveying the spirit of London from history to current everyday life. Being a first timer abroad, Tom translated everything new into an easy self empowering experience for newcomers to venture solo outside the core tour agenda in the free time provided. Whatever stodgy perception one may have about London tours, think the exact opposite. The core pulse of London is covered in this tour...no long lines, no fuss, and no shortcuts on the Rick Steves effort.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abbey. The history is daunting and the magnitude of the physical structure is beyond comprehension how the detail and grit were invested to create such a breathtaking place of worship. Such history is almost fairy tale until one actually sets foot in it....it's real and lives on."

Kathryn

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first tour and I wasn't sure about it .... But it was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abby and figuring out the underground!"

Dabney

Memphis, TN

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tim did a very good job of herding us from one place to another with no mishap! He was very humorous and engaging. We appreciated his wealth of knowledge and his patience. We hit all the main highlights of London, had some good dinners and lunches with our group, and obtain a better appreciation for London. We loved riding the Tube and the public buses, being in the throngs, walking through the parks, too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed seeing the city from St. James, that was cool!"

Carolyn

Sunnyvale, CA

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time on my second Best of London tour. Tom our tour guide was great, wonderful humer and very knowlegable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the addition of the London Eye to the tour."

Anna

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our second Rick Steve's tour and it lived up to the expectation after our wonderful experience on our first tour. We love the format of the Rick Steve's tours with the perfect combination of group time versus independent time. Our tour guide, Tom, was excellent. He had a great sense of humor and a tremendous amount of knowledge about Great Britain and London, being from there. We saw everything we wanted to see on the tour and had enough free time to see some extra things, too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed so many of the sights and experiences but Windsor Castle was probably my favorite. It has so much history and the grounds are so pretty. The Queen's Doll House was amazing and just walking through all the different rooms was very interesting. Though, the Crown Jewels at The Tower of London was a close runner up!"

Deborah

Sanford, FL

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was very hesitant to be on a tour as I solo travel. I like to be on my own schedule and not be concerned with others' agendas. I can walk the streets of San Francisco, New York, Montreal, etc., and be happy. At the urging of friends, I decided to join this tour and am not sorry. I met so many wonderful people and had a great time. London is easy to manuever on one's own but more fun with others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moments were the early London sunrises and late sunsets. I loved be able to walk about on my own and be paranoid about my safety. I absolutely loved the London Eye. The spectacular views in a quiet setting. I hope that all future tour members will have this experience."

Pamela

Malone, WI

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I saw unforgettable sites in a better way than I could have on my own. My time was spent experiencing and learning while my tour guide truly took care of everything else like directions, ticketing, etc. My tour guide gave invaluable information on travel within the city, the sites themselves, and knew a little bit of something along the way. It was the trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Windsor Castle was amazing. I realized once again why even we Americans are consumed with English royalty."

Daniel

Western Springs, IL

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our RS London tour was outstanding. We got to go to all the sites we wanted to visit/see and our guide (Robert) was the best. The other guides that joined us at museums/walks added so much to the visit based upon their knowledge and passion for the subject matter. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "Wow" moment was seeing the Rosetta Stone. I've wanted to see it since I first heard of it as a student. The other treasures in the British Museum are outstanding. The sense of history and breath of the Empire's reach was astounding. History is so deep in every street you walk in London-town. Hearing Big Ben chime 12 times at noon was another not to be missed WOW!"

William

Clarence Center, NY

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very active tour - we walked over 50 miles (we have a fitbit) including the tour itself, free time, and before the tour started. Visited a number of British icons and museums, learned how to use the subway (tube) system, and loved every minute of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"British Library - saw everything from the Magna Carta and Handel's Messiah to Beatles lyrics written on the back of a birthday card. Churchill War Rooms (placing WWII in a terrific perspective) a close second."

Cathy

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

So much to see and do in London. The tour itinerary covered all the important things to see and our guide gave us excellent instruction on the use of the tube and busses, as well as directions to all of the places we wanted to do on our own and suggestions for meals and activities. Plenty of free time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Eye on the final day! Looking out from above at all the places we had been with all of our new friends."

Doug

Victoria, BC

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour but it really only provides a glimpse of this great city. London would take much longer than 7 days to do it justice. This simply means that we will be going back to see more. Perhaps ETBD should consider a London II tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to St. Paul's including climbing the stairs to the very top of the dome was my favorite highlight. I also really enjoyed the ride on the London Eye. The forecast that day was for rain, but instead we had sunshine with our great city views."

Catherine

Somerville, TN

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The London tour was fantastic. Our guide, Robert, has the most charming personality. He made everything interesting and, since he lives in London, provided lots of interesting info about daily living. I feel like a pro on the Tube and very comfortable using the train systems. The group saw everything that you hope to see on a visit to London and more. The free afternoons allowed us to visit venues that weren't included in the tour or revisit places we wanted to spend more time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were 2 but they were similar: the Wardens in Windsor ceremony when they exchange the keys and the Horse Guards riding by on the Mall. I knew everything else would be "wow" but I didn't expect these two events to be so "wow"."

Lori

St Louis, MO

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour was a great mix of most of the things you are supposed to see in London, along with a good group of easy-going companions and an excellent guide. We had plenty of time to do things on our own and the tools with which to do them (transit pass and good advice). It is sometimes complicated to move a group of 25 people through a city like London, but Robert did a great job of guiding his "graceful white swans of touring."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Robert did an excellent job of approaching our destination (or a good photo spot) from a unique direction so that we would have that "wow" moment. Our initial sighting of St. Paul's was one, and also bringing us up to "The Long Walk" in Windsor (after seeing the guard parade from the perfect spot). Being at the opening of the Tower was pretty neat, too."

Linda

Columbus, OH

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was FANTASTIC!!.. Exhilarating and exhausting. My grand daughter and I thoroughly had a great time. Our guide Tom was knowledgeable,with tremendous people skills who really brought the group together. He added that special touch of humor that made the trip rememberable. Since we were there for Ascot, we were able to view a lot of remarkable hats!! We rode the tube, trains, and double decker red buses, and had "high tea" to round out a thorough experience of LONDON.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The WOW moment was seeing the Queen on her way to Ascot. We were beside the road, approximately 10' demo her car. She was smiling and waved as she passed by. Another WOW moment was the National Gallery, National Museum and the Rosetta Stone. and the Churchill Museum. The whole trip was a WOW moment."

John

Los Gatos, CA

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an excellent structure for us. We were in London for one week and stayed at the same hotel for the entire time. The hotel was reasonably close to tube stations and we had travel passes that allowed unlimited travel on the city busses and the underground. A typical day had us meeting early at the hotel and then using public transit to visit specific sites. We saw all of the major sites as a group and, on three days, we had a free afternoon to do some independent sight-seeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick a single moment and what is a favorite for me might be of little interest to someone else. That said, I would have to put the British Museum and British Library at the top of the list. It's overwhelming and it would be easy to spend a week or more there. To see the 'Elgin Marbles' displayed was truly awesome (despite some controversy on how they were obtained)."

Jerald

Simpsonville, SC

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom was an outstanding guide. He not only was a knowledgable guide, but molded our group together. His British humor and warm ways were much appreciated!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castlr"

Dan

Kingston, WA

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

No one could expect to see ALL of London's must-sees in one six-day visit, but we saw a good cross-section of them during our tour. Tom was a terrific tour leader, charming, witty and above all, knowledgeable. He did a fine job of splitting our time between guided activities and free-form time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The British Museum, followed closely by the Tower of London."

Pamela

Santa Maria, CA

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom is absolutely great and made the London Tour such a wonderful experience. The tour size was very manageable and I loved being able to use the public transportation systems. I so appreciated being able to experience so many neighborhoods,sights and restaurants of London with such a professional, personable, funny and informative guide. Tom gave us a clear overview of each day, routes to be taken, and what to do if we got separated. He really is an asset to your organization.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is impossible to choose one moment, as all the sights and history of London are fabulous. I liked the traditional tea on our fist day. It was a very pleasant way to meet and get a feel for the wonderful city we were going to explore. The London Eye was a great way to end the tour as well. I really was impressed with both Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and Windsor Castle. Tom even "arranged" for some of us to see the Queen in Windsor! Perfect."

Mary

St Louis, MO

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an outstanding tour, definitely up to the standards that I expected from previous RickSteve's tours. It was a very compatible group of people. Since I was the only one travelling "solo", everyone was very accommodating and willingly included me in their activities. Travelling alone can be challenging but my tour companions made it very comfortable and feel that many may now be counted as friends in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First, I had to say "Wow" to Westminster Abbey; it was so moving, especially how our guide presented the Abbey's story with so much sensitivity, connected everything thing there to history both then and now. I was moved to tears by his recitation of "Flanders Field" at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. And a second Wow was actually seeing the Queen "for real" That was a definite high that I will remember forever that she was probably only a few feet from me, waving and smiling so warmly."

James

Brentwood, CA

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second tour with Rick Steves' and this 7 Day London Tour was fantastic. London is a wonderful City and the Tour provided exposure to London's history, culture and lifestyle.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The British Museum and Tom's explanation of the Rosetta Stone."

Lynne

Littleton, CO

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The group was very cohesive which was helped by our tour guide, Tom. He kept us all on the same page, warned us if we'd have aching feet, gave us free time, kept us organized but didn't coddle us. We learned the underground and train systems and were very proud of ourselves when we did things w/o Tom there to coach us. The hotel was lovely as was our room. There could have been a little variety in the breakfasts - by the 6th morning, it was getting a little "ugh".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many - actually seeing Big Bed, Westminster, the Thames, etc., etc."

Susan

Pinehurst, NC

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved it start to finish. I felt I got to know London well and how you can navigate the city. I very much enjoyed the tour group and Tom Hooper was an amazing tour guide. He gave us SO much information and made it very interesting. I would wake up each day and get excited about the day ahead!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I got to see the Queen on her way to Ascot. Tom was obviously instrumental in making this happen!"

John

Santa Maria, CA

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic in every respect, and Tom was outstanding each and every day!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Tower of London."

Gail

Little Silver, NJ

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The London tour was exactly as advertised and what we were looking for. We became experienced at using the mass transit and trains and feel if we returned to London we would be very comfortable getting around on our own. It is a great city and our tour guide helped us to find the best it has to offer. There were times we would have liked to stay longer at a site but were limited because of other plans on the agenda for the day. Plan for that and go back as you want to. There is free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a different one every day but I have to say that St. Paul's Cathedral was definitely my best wow and I think my husband would agree. The architecture was stunning. And the view of the city from the top of the dome was well worth climbing ALL those steps."

Ruth

Des Moines, IA

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was great. It was well-organized but flexible, and met the goals of the tour, as well as my personal goals. The other members of the group were interesting and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know about "wow," but I did spend a lot of time just sitting around and thinking about how happy I was to be there, and how glad I was to be able to take the trip."

Stacee

Sugar Land, TX

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th RS tour, and it didn't disappoint. Our guide and group really added to the pleasure of the experience. I felt I got a good overview of London, so that if I want to return on my own I know how I want to spend my time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First, meeting the Yeoman Warders at the Tower. These men are amazing. They take such pride in their country and its history, and they seem honored to cap off their service to their country with this posting. Second, Tom's talk at the Battle of Britain Monument. Tom made the dark days of the Battle of Britain really come to life. It had an impact on how I saw London, and Londoners, for the rest of the tour."

Derek

Sugar Land, TX

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time on my London in 7 days tour. I had not been to London since I was 20, but this was a great refresher and I learned more from Tom in 7 days than I learned in my previous two trips to London of 3 and 10 days. I loved the mix of logistics lessons, history, art and culture. The tour includes all the big see items in the city and gets you out in the burbs to see Windsor. The education we got in train travel will serve us well if we go back on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "beefeaters" Yeomen Warders at the Tower of London were awesome. Our guide Tom got us there early and we got to see the Ceremony of the Queens Keys and a head start on the Crown jewels. The Warder's speeches around the grounds were fun and informative. These guys are real heroes, many serving in the armed services their whole life. We were there on Phillips official birthday so the Warders were in dress uniforms with full metals displayed. All that I saw had combat metals."

Mary Jane

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about the great guide and this tour. Tom was gracious and knowledgeable and funny. I feel very lucky to have had him as our guide. He set a great tone to the whole week and the group was cheerful and amiable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I appreciated getting to the Tower of London early and seeing the ceremony of the keys and being first to enter the crown jewels exhibit -- this greatly enhanced the experience. Also walking past Buckingham Palace and down the Mall and seeing the changing guard and the horse guard were high points too."

Gladys

Miami, FL

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first RS tour!!! I was terrified!! Kept thinking the hotel would be a dump and that everyone on the tour would be Olympic material. Was I ever wrong!! The group was wonderful, regular folks of different ages and physical condition.The hotel was wonderful--perfect, lovely neighborhood, delicious breakfasts, wonderful staff and an elevator. Our guide, Tom was so perfect--knowledgeable, funny and caring. He went out of his way to ensure we had a wonderful time. He really is a STAR!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The British library!! Also,seeing the tombs of Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. You can really see what they looked like during their lifetimes. All the group lunches and dinners--Tom went out of his way beforehand to check that everything was just right--including the dinner at an Indian restaurant. I am now a convert!! Loved the cruise on the Thames!!"

Nina

Arlington, WA

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Your guide, Tom, made this experience outstanding and memorial.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"War rooms.your guide,"

David

Arlington, WA

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience on the tour was made exceptional because of the guide Tom.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard for me to decide between climbing to the top St Paul's Cathedral or the British library ."

Martha

Escondido, CA

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved it! Very worth it! I loved that no one knew we were on a Rick Steve's tour. Our guide wasn't holding up a tour sign, or any of us were labeled as on a tour. We were simply a group of people touring London together! That was exactly what I was looking for! I didn't want to go on one of those typical tour groups. I will definitely do another R.S. tour.

Mary

Franklin, TN

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Hotel in a good location. Guide very helpful and gave interesting information as we toured the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I believe the Churchill War Rooms were my favorite. I loved the London Eye experience also."

Carolyn

Olathe, KS

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. Everything and everyone came together perfectly to provide a whole week of "wow" moments. My husband and I were so pleased with the tour and so impressed with your company that we expect to see more of Europe on a Rick Steves' tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The crown jewels. Not only were we the first group in, we were the only folks there for a short while."

James

Arlington, MA

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything we had hoped for and more. The history and the sites were as expected but the location of the hotel could not have been better. We were in the Mayfair section and almost across the street from Shepherd Market which was a very pleasant surprise with nice Pubs, French and other restaurants and shops. We saw everything that was on the itinerary and had plenty of time to go back and see more such as we did at the National Gallery and other spots. We had a great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We truly cannot put our finger on one moment. The whole trip was a wow moment from being in the great city of London, seeing all the historic sites, getting to know the people, etc. The Churchill War Rooms were very powerful and thought provoking, The other museums, the library and the national gallery were great. The ride on the Eye was a pleasant surprise which we really enjoyed."

Kaitlyn

Playa Del Rey, CA

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour so much. I just wish you had a best of London in 14 days option. Best tour guide ever. Please thank Robert again for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the Tower of London. Robert got us there before the crowds were let in and we got to see the crown jewels before anyone else!"

Donald

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, this was an excellent experience that exceeded my every expectation. Met some incredible people from different countries in our tour group. Robert, the master tour guide, made sure we got everything out of London that we could!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide, Robert, rearranged the tour a little bit so that we could be the first group at the Tower of London...only 25 of us were there for the opening Ceremony of the Keys and then we had the crown jewels all to ourselves for about 10 minutes!"

Mary Jo

Friendswood, TX

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very well organized and [INVALID]d tour; from the opening afternoon tea to the farewell dinner. The London trip was our first Rick Steve's tour and we were not disappointed. We saw the major "have-to-see" places and yet had enough time for relaxation and for our own exploration. One of the best aspects of this trip was that our guide taught us how to use public transportation in London. We were able to experience London a bit like a Londoner because of this one detail. It was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments that it is difficult to choose one. The American Memorial Chapel in St. Paul's Cathedral and walking through the tombs at Westminster Abbey were both incredible experiences. Plus, London was established so long ago that everywhere you look there is something of historical value to see!"

Donna

Greenwood Village, CO

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Robert was fantastic. He was pleasant, organized, knowledgeable, patient, helpful, and funny! We enjoyed our fellow tour companions as well. We asked ourselves if we could have organized a trip like this to London on our own, and the answer was - No! It would be difficult to build an itinerary that would include all of the sites we visited in such an efficient manner. We also like the amount of free time the tour allows - it is the perfect balance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Windsor Castle. The lovely setting with the extreme history made such an impact."

Steven

Olathe, KS

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was fantastic. I can't imagine having a better time than on this tour. Each day brought a new one-of-a-kind experience. Going with the Steves' tour was a great decision. While other tourists stood in line, we walked into sites with little/no wait. We weren't the 1st people into the Tower of London--we were the ONLY people inside to witness the opening ceremony! Circled back to read the stuff you're to read while in line to see the Crown Jewels because we didn't get to stand in line.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough call. Something great every day. Rosetta Stone? Magna Carta? Stand on Isaac Newton's grave? The parks? The excitement of Covent Garden-Leicester Square-Piccadilly at night? Magnificence of Windsor? Most heart-rending easier: Narration in the Churchill War Rooms from the diary of the general in charge of preparing Britain for the expected German attack (which never came). Each day something like, "It looks like tomorrow is it." "Lots of chatter, it's coming soon." Chilling."

Carrie

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was so impressed with this tour. It was truly a fabulous experience!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite day was seeing the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. The history and architecture were amazing. By far the best day of the tour!"

Maureen

North Truro, MA

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were assigned a wonderful guide Robert who quietly and expertly led our group on a week long adventure in culture, history, and kindness. The group itself was wonderful in its range of ages, personalities, and awareness of each other and the planet. Nary a cross word or a whine...we were a great group from Alaska to Cape Cod and places in between. Our hotel in Mayfair was outstanding and accommodating, helpful in every way. We are now Londeners!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Barge down the Thames from Winsor Castle under Millennium Bridge on a beautiful day. On our own: Trip to Brixton for a mass at Corpus Christi Church and then a visit to Brixton's Sunday Market plus a return via Tube."

Nina

Spring Valley, WI

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I totally enjoyed this tour. We had been to London several times and "done our own thing". We decided to try an in-depth experience and this tour fit the bill perfectly. Time was well spent with the planned activities and superbly guided events balanced with free time to spend as we chose.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every planned event was totally enjoyed and appreciated. Probably the most interesting for me was the Churchill War rooms. Windsor Castle was a "wow" moment also. I had no idea it was so large and lavishly furnished. It brought to mind our recent experience at Versailles. To think that it is presently in use by the Royal Family makes it even more relevant to visit."

Hope

Wauwatosa, WI

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well-organized and an excellent introduction to London. Getting into the Tower and other sites without waiting in long lines was a real plus. Thankfully, Gillian had done most of the hard work.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding Jane Austen's desk during our tour of the British Library. Other possible "wows" were the restored St. Pancras railroad station, the stunning roof of the King's Cross station - about all of which Gillian was very knowledgeable - and the Norman Foster-designed cover over the courtyard of the British Museum."

Keith

Spring Valley, WI

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I scheduled our London tour immediately after a similar Paris tour. Our intent was to have a more in-depth look at the two cities. We had been in London and Paris several times in the past. We had a one day gap between Paris and London which allowed us to spend a day D-Day beaches in Normandy. The London tour was the perfect way to end our vacation. Our guide provided us the additional insights that we miss when we travel by ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't have a "wow" moment. The "wow" was how much I enjoy guided tours."

Robert

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our typically excellent Rick Steeves tour started with a meet and greet. Guide Gillian was a real professional in the psychology and the mechanics of tour guiding. Although we retraced some steps from our England and Wales tour last August, the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey tours were refreshingly new. The balance between programmed tours and free time was ideal for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The London Eye was definitely our high point. We're glad it was recently added and scheduled near the end of the tour. We were able to readily locate sites we had visited.."

Mariel

Spring Valley, WI

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although the weather was pretty awful at times, Gillian our guide always maintained her sense of duty to her group, but more importantly she maintained her sense of humor. She was absolutely fantastic. And funny. And enthusiastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour of Westminster Abbey. Gillian did a great job. She also was able to get half price tickets for Les Miserables which was truly a wow moment. The Churchill War rooms will stay with me for a long time."

Joan

Timmins, ON

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was excellent. I also loved the balance between guided tour hours and exploring London on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sight wise, it was Windsor Castle. Seeing a working castle and recognizing many of the rooms we visited from television shows was truly awesome. Food wise, the Indian dinner we attended as a group was absolutely outstanding."

Leland

Charlotte, MI

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great tour w/Gillian being outstanding as a guide.......London has so many sights that it's hard to include them all, but what was [INVALID]ed were very interesting......Tour members were mostly retired folks [ like us] and were an interesting and friendly group..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Above all other fantastic sites was WestminsterAbbey!!!!!!"

Mary Ellen

Wilmington, MA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gillian was very good at having us introduce ourselves to each other and find a partner so socially it was very comfortable. The tour was very comprehensive, well organized, and made maximum use of our time. We saw many areas of London in addition to the listed sites. Gillian was very knowledgeable and interesting. I heard and understood everything she said.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On the tour, the Tower of London and British Museum(which I wish had been earlier on the tour). Prior to the tour I walked in Hyde Park on a sunny Sunday and enjoyed seeing all the people and the beautiful flower gardens in bloom."

Margaret

Lafayette, CA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was exactly what I wanted. Nice people, excellent lodging and a great guide. London is daunting for a single traveller and this is a wonderful intro to the city, I feel confident I could go back and I will. It was well paced with enuf time for us to relax now and then.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed "the eye", Churchill war rooms and the cathedrals. I saw several churches in London and my after trip.. Each one were wonders to behold! I didn't realize how special our entrance to the Tower of London was until I saw a show on PBS recently. It was so GREAT not standing in line at all the places."

Dick

El Macero, CA

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything we expected. Good group, great guide. Saw all of London that we wanted to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gillian was a continuous wow. She was very informative and really knows London and has a great sense of humor. Everyday with her was fun. Saw all the major sights and it's hard to pick one over another as a wow moment. Lunch at bank pub and farewell dinner we're great. Was amazed had how easy it is to navigate around this large city on the Tube and on buses."

Jerelyn

Fremont, CA

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had such a wonderful time overall! The tour was fun, educational, and enlightening. Very glad I arrived two nights before the tour began so I could ease into the time difference. I explored the Victoria and Albert Museum on Saturday and the Apsley House & Wellington Art Collection on Sunday before meeting our tour group. Gillian was a fabulous Blue Star tour guide! I was very lucky with my fellow tour group members and my roommate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We did and saw so much on this tour that it is impossible to condense it to only one favorite WOW moment. History, art, and culture [INVALID] there is so much to enjoy in London! However, if I had to pick one experience, I must say that adding the London Eye to our itinerary was a brilliant addition. Sharing a "capsule" with only my fellow tour group members as we slowly circled above London was a wonderful bonding experience to wrap up our week together. Thank you!"

Francis

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt that we saw everything we wanted to see. The amount of time spent at each stop was appropriate. My experience at each stop was thorough and well organized. There was enough time to go back to a stop if I had wanted to spend more time there. This was my first visit to London and I left with a good feel for London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had heard that the British Museum was wonderful and I enjoyed the tour. I did not realize that the museum was a repository of artifacts taken from countries that were part of the British Empire."

David

Lacey, WA

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Formal tour was nice and Gillian was a wonderful guide. Her height was a bit of a handicap when trying to reign in the group. This group had several inattentive members. We spent extra days on each end of the tour which was very helpful. I would recommend adding Hampton Court and dropping the Eye. Also the Churchill war room was not a big deal for me.

Raymond

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 02/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife thought this was a good idea but initially I had some reservation whether it would suit my personality. As it turned out, the two highlights of the tour for me were the people on the tour and the tour leader. I thoroughly enjoyed watching and interacting with Tom Hooper and his 23 tour companions. It was a hoot with Hooper. His ability to inform and entertain such a diverse group was a work of art.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tom Hooper was my wow moment."

Jenny

Carol Stream, IL

Tour: 02/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Tom Hooper, was outstanding. He was incredibly knowledgeable on all areas covered, humorous and an excellent teacher and leader. The days were planned perfectly with a wonderful balance of group activities and time to explore on our own. Learning to use the "Tube" so that we felt confident exploring the city without needing to use expensive cabs was wonderful. The size of the group was conducive to group touring in a busy sitting- very small by "tour group" standards.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, my favorite day was Windsor Castle. I enjoyed the chance to see outside London for a day, loved the history of the castle and the touring and the chance to explore the town a bit too. Tom timed it perfectly so we were right in place to watch the band and guards walk into the castle right in front of us! But really every day brought a wonderful new adventure. We were also blessed with mostly sunny days and weather in the 50's for late February!"

John

Carol Stream, IL

Tour: 02/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was absolutely outstanding. In addition to seeing sites we were also "trained" on how to navigate London ourselves and encouraged to do so. Our guide Tom was incredibly knowledgeable in all aspects of English history and culture. The group was a mix of experienced travelers and rookies and it blended well together. We believe we received excellent value.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was seeing Westminster Abbey. Seeing all the tombs of kings and queens for many hundreds of years was stunning. The Unknown Warrior tomb with the US Congressional Medal of Honor hanging on the wall near it was also quite moving and a testament to UK-US relations. History aside, I was also fascinated by the architecture as well."

Linda

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 02/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a magnificent experience. Every day was jam packed full of the best of London. Our tour guide, Tom Hooper, made the experience invaluable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was looking at St. Paul's Cathedral from across the Thames. This also includes the tour of St. Paul's, a beautiful London landmark."

Maria

Kamloops, BC

Tour: 02/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience exceeded my expectations. I have followed Rick Steves' on TV, DVD, web shows etc for years. To actually do a tour was incredible. I am certain that one of the reasons it was so amazing was Tom Hooper, our guide. This was our first tour with Rick Steves and we plan on doing more in the future. Doing an England tour is something we have in mind after hearing Tom talk about it. It would be amazing to be in a tour with Tom again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many things, it is difficult for me to pick one moment. I thought I would also use this space to comment again at how amazing our tour guide was!!"

Janice

Chagrin Falls, OH

Tour: 02/23/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Nice mix of planned and own time. London offers much to absorb!

Frank

Chagrin Falls, OH

Tour: 02/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom, our guide, was very competent, knowledgeable, and entertaining. We liked London: -There was plenty to see and do. -Londoners are friendly and polite. -Transportation was easy. -We never felt unsafe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Scientists, like Newton and Maxwell, are my personal heroes so seeing there graves and memorials at Westminster abbey was important to me."

Gary

Baldwin, WI

Tour: 02/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second experience on a Rick Steves' tour (Paris in 7 Days in 2013 and now London in 7 Days). We loved our tour. We had a group of travel companions who just 'clicked' and got along so well together. Thanks to our guide, Tom, for helping to make this happen! We were impressed with the balance of guided tour time, with time to go explore on our own. That's the joy of these tours - learning how to navigate a city and then become independent and a 'temporary local'.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was Windsor Castle and Eton, across the Thames River from each other. I just never imagined that the Royal Apartments could be so lovely. A palace really worth visiting; especially with its artwork and furnishings. Walking the streets of Eton brought us into small town England, a real contrast from big city London. I'm glad our guide, Tom, suggested that we cross the bridge and take a look!"

Deborah

Beloit, WI

Tour: 02/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our second Rick Steves tour. Last year was Paris and that was great as well. This year was even better because the weather was a little more springlike (green grass and daffodils!) so that was icing on the cake. We felt that the pacing was just right - we didn't feel exhausted but we certainly saw many of the highlights of London and had some free time to explore on our own. It left us wanting more of this great city and I'm sure we will return.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We especially enjoyed the trip on the train to Windsor Castle and the small towns on Windsor and Eton. The castle was huge and amazing and we're so glad it was included."

Carol

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 02/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was well organized, educational, included sites that were interesting and historical. I felt I received a grand overview of the city of London. I now feel confident to explore the city via public transportation (very appreciated). Our accommodations were centrally located, comfortable and clean. Easily accessible from the airport.

Randi

Baldwin, WI

Tour: 02/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my second Rick Steves Tour and I was not disappointed. I think our excellent guide and a great tour group made it a perfect experience! Really, I have no complaints. It was fine, lovely, and brilliant if I may use a bit of British lingo.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wonderful things but it is always nice to experience something outside the city. So I think I would have to say that Windsor Castle and Eaton rank right up there."

Margaret

Wolfe City, TX

Tour: 02/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic. Tom was excellent. He was professional without being stuffy, very knowledgeable about everything and went out of his way to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves. Hotel was good and in a great location. Saw everything I wanted to and much more. It was the little "sides" that made it so special. I liked the fact that we were exposed to public transport. We used it a lot on our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming out of the "tube" in front of Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. That's when I knew I was in London!"

Charles

Bothell, WA

Tour: 02/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing. The tour was obviously planned well, meticulously tested and implemented. Low stress and high entertainment. My compliments to the chef!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the sites we visited again from the Eye."

Patricia

Springfield, MO

Tour: 02/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I did a lot, ate a lot, saw a lot, had a lot of fun, learned a lot and I'm well prepared to go back and do a lot more, eat a lot more, see a lot more, have a lot more fun, and learn a lot more--on my own next time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"actually my best wow moment came before the tour started. the hotel was within easy walking distance to the v&a. while I was talking to one of the guides near the entrance, in came about 2 dozens young girls in their private school uniforms and hats. they walked in briskly two by two and I instantly regretted not having a camera to take a picture of something so quintessentially English."

Cynthia

Birmingham, MI

Tour: 02/16/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

My favorite way to travel is with a friend and a good guide book. When I have to travel alone, I book a Rick Steves tour because they successfully combine group activities, introductions to the highlights of the area, and the independence I want. This was my fifth Rick Steves tour. I have never been disappointed. I have always found tour members and guides to be interesting people who go out of their way to make a solo traveler feel welcome, and that held true on this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am not a fan of castles or chateaus, and I almost skipped the trip to Windsor Castle. I'm so glad I didn't! Perhaps because it is still lived in and used every day and on state occasions, this castle was different from any I've ever seen. When I was in London in 1999, the room at the British Museum housing the Lion Hunt panels was undergoing renovation, the new Tate was under construction, and so was the Millennium Wheel. I'm glad that I was able to see all of them on this trip."

Roberta

Palos Park, IL

Tour: 12/26/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

My overall tour experience was one of exhaustion. Previously, I'd been to Europe on three Tauck tours, and the motor coach was always waiting to transport us. Having to travel by underground in London was a travel "culture shock" for me compared to the comfortable luxury of a motor coach. However, I am not deterred from trying another Rick Steves tour. Now that I know what it's like, I'll be better prepared, mentally and physically.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The state apartments at Windsor Castle were the highlight of the tour for me. When I went to London with Tauck in April ("A Week in London and Paris"), the state apartments were closed to visitors, because the Queen was entertaining the president of the United Arab Emirates for lunch. When I climbed that Great Staircase and entered that Great Hall, I realized what a spectacular part of the tour had been denied to us last spring."

Gloria

Daytona Beach Shores, FL

Tour: 12/26/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour allowed a complete "being there" experience! Our amazing guide, marched us to the beat of London and fascinated us around every corner! Her knowledge and personal touch brought comprehension and appreciation to the vast amount of information we were exposed to each day. Our schedule left the perfect amount of "bumbling around" on our own time. Gillian gave individual guidance to each of our interests, allowing us to feel quite accomplished with our attempts to navigate the great city!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Because of the variety of experiences our agenda afforded, there were "wow" moments throughout the entire gambit of my emotional and intellectual realm. Having "Lady Chadwick" sing the verses to the chiming of Big Ben, will always be a very special moment in my memory."

Sandra

Newark, CA

Tour: 11/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour was just about everything I expected and more -- in a single word, it was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the State apartments at Windsor Castle in the process of being decorated for Christmas. I expected Windsor Castle to be opulent and beautiful, and it was all that and more, but I wasn't prepared for this homey touch in the midst of all its splendor."

James

Chevy Chase, MD

Tour: 11/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was superb, in no small part because of our guide, Mr. Tom Hooper. The sites that we visited were well-selected, as they had to be given that this was a one-week tour of one of the world's major cities, and given the diversity of interest and background of tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have long worked internationally, and so am not so easily "wowed" by such tours. Because of a personal interest, I found the visit to Churchill's underground war rooms extremely interesting. Interesting also--and educational--was the visit to the British Library, which houses the Magna Carta and other documents of import in the Western experience."

Ellen

West Hartford, CT

Tour: 11/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had been to London before. For me the group was filled with wonderful travel companions. I loved our guide Tom. I think it is the guides and other folks on the tour is what makes them outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The British library., I just can't believe what I get to see there, from the Magna Carta to handwritten Beatles lyrics. St Paul's was also spectacular."

Amy

Arlington, VA

Tour: 11/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fabulous and it lived up to all of the positive things I had read online and heard from friends. There were no unpleasant "surprises"--the tour lived up to the descriptions and marketing materials in a very accurate way. I will definitely consider doing another Rick Steves' tour in the future and have already recommended it to friends. As a single woman in my 30's traveling alone, abroad for the first time, this tour was the perfect fit and lived up to all of my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved seeing London during the holidays. Lights on Regent Street. Loved St. Paul's Cathedral, learning about Wren and also the blitz--I climbed to the top of the Golden Gallery. I really enjoyed Windsor Castle--Windsor and Eton were beautiful little towns and it was nice to get out of the city, so peaceful. The Cenotaph covered in poppies for Remembrance Day. Plays in the West End. Walking by Parliment at night."

Lori

Arlington, VA

Tour: 11/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic! I could not have asked for a better tour guide or itinerary. The hotel was centrally located and incredibly easy to get to from Heathrow. The fellow travelers in my group were a fun bunch and we all got along well. I would highly recommend this tour to everyone and I look forward to taking another tour in the future!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to limit my "wow" moments to just one. Cruising down the Thames when Tower Bridge first came into sight was definitely a "wow" moment as was seeing Big Ben at night the first night of the tour."

Jean

Brandon, FL

Tour: 10/06/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. Our guide was fun, knowledgeable and informative. There was enough time to do things on our own and we saw many of the sites that we wanted to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The British Museum on our last day was the wow moment for me. I would have loved to have spent more time there."

Glenn

Brandon, FL

Tour: 10/06/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'll not take your time to tell everyone how great the tour and how our guide was the most personable one on the tour(including myself). Let's just say "A good time was had by all".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I've always wanted to see the rosetta stone. To have its importance presented so clearly while in its presence was my highlight."

George

Dayton, OH

Tour: 10/06/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lodging at The Lime Tree Hotel was excellent. Remodeled recently and close to both the National Coach (bus) Station and Victoria Station (The Tube and rail) were a plus. Our tour guide, Thomas Hooper, could be both serious and funny with a very apparent deep breadth of knowledge in British history and culture. The tour hits some of the more important highlights of London and Windsor, leaving one with a strong desire to return and see more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although The Tower of London was fascinating, touring the country home of Queen Elizabeth, Windsor Castle, was perhaps my most favorite. The grandeur of the rooms was stunning. Most appealing was what I would call the Knight's Hall which is a long narrow hall decorated by the banners of all the knight of the past and still used today for recognizing distinguished guests and honorees."

Janis

North Little Rock, AR

Tour: 10/06/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Through our tour experience, we fell in love with London and look forward to returning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, a big "wow" moment was taking in the stunning enormity of Windsor Castle. Other tops were seeing the Elgin Marbles at the British Museum, and the Wilton Diptych and Arnolfini Portrait at the National Gallery. My husband's top favorites were the British Library and the Churchill War Rooms."

Edith

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 10/06/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The hotel was charming and the hosts were extremely helpful. Morning breakfast was very good, with a variety options and even some special requests were provided. Thomas was an absolutely fabulous guide. He made sure we always understood where and how we were traveling around London. His personality and good humor was infectious and helped our group to bond. He was full of stories, tales and anecdotes about London and it's history and people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was wowing all the time. This being my 1st trip to London; Big Ben, River Thames, the palaces, the Museums, the street names I had so often heard of. Tower Bridge and the architecture all over London. Loved walking the streets and just taking in the sights and sounds."

Barbara

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 10/06/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was a "do-over" from December 2011 when Heathrow was closed for several days due to weather conditions. It was worth the wait. We saw a lot but there was a lot I did not see which is just an excuse to go back. We had a nice bunch of people, Tom Hooper was a fabulous guide and I fully intend to stay with your tour program in the future as I really appreciate your overall philosophy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two. One of my favorite movies, The Commitments, was turned into a stage show in September so I was going no matter what. Four tour mates joined me and really enjoyed the show as well. We had dinner at a Wagamama prior to the show. Your review was right on the money. The Churchill Museum and underground bunker was awesome, so much so, that I missed lunch in order to not be late meeting the rest of the group. Again, your review was extremely accurate."

Debra

Brandon, FL

Tour: 10/06/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having been to Europe a couple of time but never with a tour group, I was happy to find Rick Steves' was done very well. I enjoyed the use of local travel and the several meals that we shared. I particularly found our guide, Tom Hooper, to be incredibly knowledgeable and witty. In addition to the expected historical and cultural information and anecdotes, Tom gave us excellent recommendations for restaurants and travel options wherever we were going on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite London memory was the British Library, could have stayed many hours more. Favorite tour moment is harder - the afternoon tea or the arrival 'parade' for Windsor's changing of the Guard are up there"

Barbara

Bremerton, WA

Tour: 10/06/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Concentrating in London for a week was well worth it. On our duplicate day from our England tour, my husband & I went to the Warner Brother Studios and saw their Happy Potter sets. It was excellent for those of us who read the books and watch the movies. We also went to Greenwich, rode the Eye on a beautiful blue morning, and saw a couple of Plays on our own. We saw St. Paul's Cathedral, Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, Churchill's War Room, the British Library, & British Museum.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was visiting Windsor Castle. It was beautiful inside and outside the castle. It's amazing to think the Queen actually lives there most of the year. I also got to see the change-of-guard before entering the Castle."

Kathryn

Fountain Valley, CA

Tour: 10/06/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We've been watching Rick Steves on television for years/checked out the DVDs - and now it was our turn to live the experience. Not enough superlative words to describe what a great time we had - hotel was great, Tom was a fabulous leader and friend, and the itinerary was perfect with plenty of free time to do more. Can't wait to take another trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On our last day we went to the British Museum and Library - it was an historic motherlode of experiences. On the way back I got off the bus to stop by and see the National Portrait Gallery . Then, across the street was St. Martin in the Fields . Two of the gals were missing our last dinner because they were going there for a concert that evening. I ducked into the church and came upon a full-on rehearsal for the concert. I couldn't believe my good fortune. Wow!"

Connie

Gainesville, GA

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had an absolutely wonderful time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Paul's cathedral and seeing the Rosetta Stone."

Jack

Libertyville, IL

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Actually, London would not have been my first pick as a travel destination. Good friends of ours picked this Rick Steves' tour and invited us to join them. We had such a good time any future travel to Europe will included a London stopover. I felt this tour had the right balance of guide time vs. free time. We will definitely be doing more Rick Steves' tours in the future.

David

Gainesville, GA

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great Hotel Great Guide Great Pace

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Navigating the "Tube""

Fran

Canton, OH

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip to London to wonderful!

James

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fifth Rick Steves tour and, consistent with the others, was an exceptional experience. The tour had a nice balance of organized activities and free time. For a first time visit to London it covered all of the major elements. The accommodations were exceptional and centrally located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assyrian carvings in the British Museum"

Carol

South Bend, IN

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent! The tour was well thought out and moved along smoothly. The other people in the tour were friendly and got along well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just walking and seeing the wonderful architecture in London. Walking allows a view that riding a bus or taking the Underground does not allow."

Linda

Mount Horeb, WI

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour was well-organized and our guide, Gillian, was lovely. She made us feel comfortable and answered questions with good humor. I loved the day we went to King's Cross & St. Pancras on the way to the British Library & British Museum. Platform 9 3/4 was wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hotel was much nicer than "small family-run hotels" described in the guide. The Washington Mayfair was wonderful (and obviously expensive), located a few blocks from the Green Park Tube station and within easy walking distance of many of the sights we wanted to see. Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral were the high points for me. We missed out on touring Windsor Castle because of an investiture. The Churchill War Rooms were a lot to take in."

Linda

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

London was fabulous, our hotel was the best and Gillian our guide very very English - so fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually feeling comfortable using the TUBE to get around!"

Margaret

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an incredible time. It was our first trip to Europe and we were so glad we decided to do London as our main focus. The tour plunged us right away into using the tube and finding our way in various neighborhoods. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and at ease with her job of handling a group which made us at ease with her and with our daily itineary. She took good care of us (down to providing snacks midway through our journey). There was laughter and good humor throughout the week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was Westminster Abbey and hearing the hourly prayer. Actually, I don't think I can say that there was just one "wow" moment. Everyday we experienced something new and I saw buildings and places that I had just seen on television or read about in books. I was able to walk on the old, old cobblestone streets and see centuries old buildings."

Evaline

Westminster, CO

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Gillian, couldn't have been better. The tour itself was just about right. The number of sites we saw along with free time to explore on our own was a good balance. I feel that we saw the best highlights both of places we went to and tours inside the museums. I liked that we got a lot of experience using the transportation system in London. I feel that I could now go to London and easily find my way around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the train ride to Windsor Castle. The castle itself and St. George's Chapel were definitely 'wow' moments. The chapel is breathtaking. The town of Windsor was very fun to explore."

Lynelle

Woodbridge, CA

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed our time in London. Our hotel location was in a amazing spot. Close to Buckingham Palace and the tube.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really enjoyed the British Museum and Windsor Castle"

Peter

Guerneville, CA

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gillian Chadwick is a classic - straight from central casting, with a little help from Monty Python. London had several surprises. We ate very well, despite England's reputation. Food is fresh and local and the fish is excellent. Londoners are very helpful. This is Europe in English. Signs, directions, newspapers, TV, all English. Makes the Tube very easy. Many of the world's treasures are in London "for safe keeping" and most are on display. Most British coins are beyond comprehension.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We took the Metro from the airport to the hotel. In English it was easy to ask questions, read signs figure options and make good decisions. There are elevators so luggage was not an issue. The various lines are easy to figure out and trains come every three minutes. The bus system's maps are also easy to understand and the same payment system works here as well. This was a great intro to mainland Europe and very helpful in figuring out the transportation system in Paris."

Jeanne

Sheridan, IL

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I appreciated the fact that the London tour included all the "must sees", but also scheduled free time. This, along with the confidence of learning how to use the tube and busses, allowed me to explore my own, somewhat unusual, interests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't think that I particularly wanted to go to the War Rooms, or even to the British Library, even though I am a librarian. Silly me!... because I found myself overcome to the point of weeping, first at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey, then while reading the letters exchanged between Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine at the Churchill War Rooms, and again at the British Library when I came upon an early manuscript by Jane Austen placed beside her writing desk."

Lynne

Guerneville, CA

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great fun. I think i finally understand British humor

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing all those places youve always heard about. The palace, the tower, the beefeaters, the magna carta. But maybe the biggest wow was the doll house at Windsor Palace. And a quiet individual changing of the guard around the corner from Green Park."

Kathleen

Alexandria, KY

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved London. I am really glad we had a full week to explore. We had enough time at most places and if we didn't we had free time in which we could go back. Gillian was an excellent guide. She was funny and intelligent. We were impressed with all of the people who had previously done Rick Steve Tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is going to sound silly, but I loved when I understood the tubes and planned several non tour outings using the system. What great transportation London has. I think my other wow moment was the boat ride. It was just nice to see London from that perspective."

Marilyn

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. We didn't have a drop of rain the whole time we were in London. I got to see and do almost everything I wanted. You have to leave something for the next trip, right?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"None. Every day was a "wow" for me."

Michael

Owings Mills, MD

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a marvelous time! Our tour guide, Gillian Chadwick, was outstanding and the group was an excellent mix. There was just enough group time and free time which made for a "balanced" experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have recently discovered that my 9th great grandfather was Sir Henry Norris, Baron of Rycote. There is a memorial to him, his wife, and 6 sons in Westminster Abbey. When Gillian learned this she arranged to have my wife and I escorted to the memorial for a private viewing. Now that was a memorable and unexpected "wow" moment I'll never forget."

Linda

Modesto, CA

Tour: 09/15/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe and we could not have chosen a better way to start than with the RST London trip. Our guide was so knowledgeable about out this fabulous city. She took us to places that we would never have seen on our own. She had so many stories about the history of the places and sites we toured that it made us feel like we like we went back in time and became a living part of that era. Her style and wit were infectious. What a great first-time experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have read extensively about Henry VIII and Elizabeth I so anything I saw connected to their lives was a "wow" experience for me. My husband's "wow" experience was seeing the Magna Carte. We also were both wowed by the friendliness and helpfulness of the locals,"

Richard

Quechee, VT

Tour: 09/15/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Truly enjoyed London and all it had to offer. Our tour guide was magnificent; especially at the National Gallery with her knowledge and insight of the paintings. Mary lead the tour at St. Paul's Cathedral and City of London; she was also wonderful. The hotel, transit pass and almost all food were excellent. The only food not enjoyed was the farewell dinner at the English Pub. The atmosphere, service and company were fine, but food was a little off. I enjoyed this trip tremendously.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked the cathedral at Windsor the most, but everyday during the tour had "wow" moments."

Margaret

Quechee, VT

Tour: 09/15/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the first day until the last day, the tour was fabulous. We learned so much about London, and can't wait to return. Under the guidance of Gillian, we learned how to navigate the "underground", see the sites for which London is famous, find the best restaurants, walk (and walk, and walk!!) the different areas of the city, and enjoy every aspect of being in London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming from New York, I thought nothing could beat the sites and sounds of NYC. Was I wrong! I couldn't help taking every chance I could to stop and wonder at the beautiful historic buildings and train stations of London, and take picture after picture so I could relive all these wonderful sites once I came home. There were so many "wow" moments, it is so hard to choose just one."

Sally

Tryon, NC

Tour: 09/15/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

All tour material I read prior to the trip expressed the tour is strenuous. I chose to believe that my daily walking routine prepared me for strenuous days. I had not "pounded the pavement" for miles, however, and found the days exhausting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"l loved Windsor Castle - the state rooms, the doll's house and St George's Chapel with King George VI, Elizabeth and Henry VIII interred there. The day was complete with a meal by the Thames in a restaurant recommended by our guide."

Hindy

Perryville, MD

Tour: 09/15/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved every minute of the tour. It was great to be back in London. The tour was well planned and [INVALID]d and my group was friendly and great company. Meals were delicious. Unlike the "old" London I remember.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love the British Museum. Its my wow moment. All of our site visit were terrific but the British Museum is my favorite."

Rochelle

Rockledge, FL

Tour: 09/15/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My trip was amazing! I loved the activities that were picked out for us, and I felt like there was a happy balance between the activities that were planned for us and our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really appreciated the back alleys we visited and places that I wouldn't have discovered using my guidebook."

Scott

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/08/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steve's tour. Had a great time, looking forward to the next.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very much enjoyed the National Gallery."

Janet

Pottsville, PA

Tour: 09/08/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

London was everything we hoped it would be and the tour provided all of the expectations we looked forward to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Windsor Castle and the history surrounding the castle."

Cindi

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/08/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although 7 days in London is a very short tour, it was a wonderful experience with Gillian as our guide. Gillian's knowledge of London's history as well as English history in general was amazing. Her sense of humor and willingness to poke fun at her countrymen was refreshing. Even though the weather was less than ideal, we all made the most of the days we had together. Gillian was extremely well organized and kept us moving but it was great to have open time to spend how we wished. 5 Stars!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments, but certainly at the top was the tour of Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's. Also, the train station at St. Pancras was fun historical experience. The "couple" statue with the sculptures below are amazing!!"

Barbara

Burlington, WA

Tour: 09/08/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide was great, the hotel was outside the box in terms of what we had in Italy with a Rick Steves' tour. We had elevators, air conditioning and it was in a posh district, that was close to most everything. Our contingent of 23 people were amiable and interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The British Museum and seeing the Rosetta Stone in person. Also, the Magna Carta at the British Library."

Lorna

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/08/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trip on the river Thames inspite of the weather."

Rick

Xenia, OH

Tour: 09/01/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

OK, but not up to Rick Steves standards

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Eye was a WOW moment ( not part of tour)"

Pamela

Safety Harbor, FL

Tour: 09/01/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had done the Best of England trip 2 years ago and wanted to just have a London experience. This was just great. We had so many wonderful walks around the city that I enjoyed and Roy was loaded with information no matter where we went. I would highly recommend this tour - I was there an extra 2 days before the tour and will go back again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't really pick one moment - it was all great. I loved all the walks."

Edward

Xenia, OH

Tour: 09/01/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour was enjoyable especially the visits to Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, Churchill War Rooms, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Windsor Castle. On the other hand, too much time was allotted for the British Library. Most of us stood around waiting for the time allotted to expire. Buckingham Palace should be included as it was the highlight of our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Buckingham Palace ( not included ) and Windsor Castle. The Eye was also enjoyable but was not included."

William

Camillus, NY

Tour: 09/01/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a 25th wedding anniversary present to my wife and it could not have gone better. It was the best decision of my life second only to my marital proposal. This was our first guided tour and we were the only "RS rookies" in the group. Everyone in the tour group mixed well, displayed good senses of humor and looked out for one another as we moved through the tube and maneuvered the streets. London was a fascinating experience and someone could spend years uncovering its history. However

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had "wow" moments but four occasions stand out. Standing next to the "Tomb of the Unknown Warrior" in Westminster Abbey was a very emotional experience. I was astounded with the random historical objects in the grand vestibule in Windsor Castle like seeing the locket containing the musket ball that caused the death of Admiral Nelson at Trafalgar. Walking into the ambiance of the Counting House pub and then enjoying a great pint of refreshment with our tour group at lunch. In the Nation"

Lori

Spokane, WA

Tour: 08/25/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour met all my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Windsor castle."

Katherine

Round Rock, TX

Tour: 08/25/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This must have been the height of the tourist season and the city was jammed with people. I was surprised with the variety of people, from top to bottom Arab ladies looking at Scottish kilts, to us middle aged or older Americans to Chinese. This was the most ethnically diverse of all the places I have traveled. Being on a tour helped us navigate and appreciate the city in the midst of the chaos.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"English tea, esp Roy's explanation and his personal experiences growing up with the High Tea experience . This put it in a much more human and accessible perspective. Then There was the story of the beans, which I will save for another time, but the story of the beans, which our guide only heard about later, was the tippy top experience. Tell me where to send it."

Mary

Ocean Springs, MS

Tour: 08/18/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were immediately comfortable in our London location near Hyde Park, and followed sugggestions to arrive a day or so early and walk outside in the fresh air to prevent jet lag. We had a wonderful afternoon walking all through Hyde Park, and then walking through Green Park and St. James Park before meeting our tour group on Sunday afternoon. Our group was small, and everyone was eager to enjoy London and to enjoy the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no one wow moment for me[INVALID]I loved everything from the buildings that looked exactly as I had thought they would to the fast walking Londoners to the beautiful art in the National Gallery."

Douglas

Chester, VA

Tour: 08/18/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall experience was absolutely wonderful! The sites were magnificent. The pace was just right and there was plenty of free time each day. We also really enjoyed using the tube and buses. Mind the gap please. Getting around town like a native enhanced the adventure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, and St. George's Chapel are very near the top of my list. I think the "wow" moment for me was the National Gallery. It was more about Tom Hooper's showing us [INVALID]ed works of art than anything else. His knowledge of each piece was rather impressive. At each painting the tour group grew from 19 to about 40+! All week I was super impressed with Tom's guide skills but the trip to the gallery really put me over the top."

Weather

England/London

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 London: 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 tour hotel, as well as contact information for your hotel 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.

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

For information about traveling by train, read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips to 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 London before your tour begins, use Rick Steves London 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 London that we will not do as a group: Houses of Parliament; Tate Galleries (British or Modern); Imperial War Museum; Shakespeare's Globe Theatre; Victoria and Albert Museum; Kew Gardens; day trips to Cambridge and Oxford.

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

Packing

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