• Roman Baths and Bath Abbey, England
    Roman Baths in Bath
  • Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, England
    Glastonbury Abbey Ruins
  • Blenheim Palace, Woodstock (near Oxford), England
    Blenheim Palace
  • Castle Combe, Cotswolds, England
    The Cotswolds
  • Conwy Castle, Conwy, Wales
    Conwy in Wales
  • Tyn Llwyfan Farm, Wales
    Welsh Sheep Farm
  • Caernarfon Castle, Caernarfon, Wales
    Wales' Caernarfon Castle
  • Bodnant Garden, near Conwy, Wales
    Bodnant Garden
  • Lake District, England
    Lake District
  • Hadrian's Wall
  • York Minster, York, England
    York Minster
  • London

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Best of England in 14 Days Tour

from $3,995 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $825

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

Dates & Prices

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    • May 3–May 16 (Su–Sa)
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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of England come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 26 group sightseeing events • Bath walking tour • Roman Baths • Glastonbury Abbey • Wells Cathedral • English beer tasting • Avebury stone circle • Blenheim Palace • Cotswolds loop drive • Stanway House and grounds • Cotswolds country walk • Local folk music • Stokesay Castle • English cream tea • Welsh sheep farm • Caernarfon Castle • Welsh National Park scenic drive • Bodnant Garden • Lake District boat cruise • Castlerigg stone circle • Hadrian's Wall walk • Vindolanda • York walking tour • York Minster • Tower of London "Beefeater" tour • Thames River cruise • Westminster Abbey…and more
  • All group transportation from Bath to London
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • 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 2020
  • 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 your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions 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 of walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to England

The beautiful Georgian city of Bath is a 90-minute train ride from central London. We'll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel for a "Welcome to England" get-together. Then we'll take a short neighborhood orientation walk and get acquainted over a traditional Sunday roast dinner. Sleep in Bath (3 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Roman and Georgian Bath

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

Day 3: Glastonbury and Wells

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

Day 4: Stone Circles and the Cotswolds

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

Day 5: Cotswold Villages

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

Day 6: Wonderful Wales

We'll begin our day visiting Stokesay Castle, a fortified manor house, where we'll learn about the feudal system and the perks of the well-born. After a lovely cream tea we'll bid cheerio to England and drive into neighboring wonderful North Wales to the castle-topped harbor town of Conwy. You'll have time to wander through town and walk the city walls overlooking the Irish Sea, before our dinner together. Sleep in Conwy (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: light.

Day 7: Sheepdogs, Castles, and Highlands

This morning we'll head to the Carneddau Mountains, where we'll visit a working farm and get to know their talented sheepdogs. Then we're off to Caernarfon to tour the impressive Caernarfon Castle, part of the system of English garrison castles that Edward I built to enforce English rule over North Wales 700 years ago. After lunch, we'll head up into majestic Snowdonia National Park for a drive through some of the most gorgeous scenery North Wales has to offer. The rest of your day is free to roam along Conwy's multi-towered city wall, historic houses, and laid-back harbor. Bus: 3 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 8: Gardens and Lakes

We'll begin our day by exploring the manicured lawns, terraced beds, and extensive botanical collection of Bodnant Gardens. Then we'll cross back into England and wend our way through the spectacular peaks and valleys of the Lake District, a favorite haunt of poets and painters. After an orientation of Keswick, we'll end the day feasting on fish and chips together at a traditional English chippy. Sleep at a family-run hotel in Keswick (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: light.

Day 9: The Lake District

Today we'll explore the natural beauty of the Lake District. You can join your guide for a leisurely boat cruise on the island-studded Derwentwater — or strike out on a little expedition of your own 'twixt lakes and mountains, thanks to a wealth of hiking opportunities along well-marked trails. This afternoon, you'll have the chance to join your guide for a walk up to Castlerigg stone circle for sweeping views of the valley. Boat: ½ hour. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 10: Hadrian's Wall

We'll travel back in time today with a walk along Hadrian's ancient Roman wall, once considered the boundary dividing civilization and barbarity (though the Scots might disagree), followed by a tour of the Roman auxiliary fort, Vindolanda. We'll have lunch before heading to the bustling cathedral city of York. Upon arrival, we'll take a walking tour beneath the leaning, half-timbered houses of The Shambles in the city's marvelous medieval center. Tonight we'll indulge in England's favorite ethnic food with a tasty Indian dinner together. Sleep in York (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 11: York Minster and the Medieval City

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

Day 12: Westminster Abbey and Regal London

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

Day 13: Tower of London and the River Thames

This morning we'll begin our day of sightseeing with the medieval Tower of London (the first "skyscraper" of its time), where you can join a tour with a witty Beefeater, and get a close-up look at the UK's majestic collection of crown jewels. Then we'll take a panoramic cruise on the river Thames. We'll disembark at Westminster, where you'll be free to explore the Churchill War Rooms, tour the British Museum, or take a walk through one of the city's wonderful parks. Tonight we'll meet for a final group dinner together, where we'll share travel memories and toast new friends. Cheers! Boat: ½ hr. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. Heathrow and Gatwick airports can be easily reached by Tube, train, or taxi 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.

Physical Demands

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

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

Reviews

Priscilla

Stouffville, ON

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well paced tour of a beautiful part of England. Good combination of villages and larger cities. I would certainly return to do another tour based on this one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wales, Gareth, his family, his sheep farm in Snowdonia and the Carneddau ponies. A beautiful and wild place and a very interesting and thought-provoking afternoon with this farming family. We talked agriculture, sustainable farming, EU controls, Brexit, and the importance of community in this farming district. The sheep herding display was, of course, hilarious and our volunteers were stand-up people for getting out there and getting the job done! Special thanks to Mark."

Heidi

Sun Prairie, WI

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent. Mark is an amazing guide. He has just the right balance of giving us information when it's wanted/needed, and also allowing us to independently travel as well, and explore on our own, armed with what we need to know to make the most of our time. I've done 4 Rick Steves tours now, and Mark was the best guide so far.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the afternoon on the sheep farm. This was not only fun, but super interesting and educational. Gareth is a fascinating guy and very interesting and engaging. We had a fun time, and enjoyed the lamb barbeque very much as well! Hightlight of the trip, for sure."

Beverly

Tacoma Wa, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All great. Had a wonderful experience at the sheep herder's home where the family provided dinner."

Thomas

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Here is how good we felt about our tour of England (our fourth RS tour): during our first week home, we booked a RS tour of Ireland! Mark was an excellent primary guide as were all of the local guides- we appreciate interacting with people who can describe, i.e., teach, with a sense of humor, as was the case in this tour. We liked both the openness of the small cities and towns and the hustle/bustle of London. We even became quite functional on London's underground!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep ranch. Gareth (and his family, dogs and sheep) was an experience that I will long remember! The ride to his farm on his "gaiter", his love of the land and land ethic were a pleasure to see. He truly is "larger than life"."

Robert

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. We combined Scotland and then England and had two back to back great tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As noted in my evaluation of the Scotland tour, I think looking for a "wow" moment can be counterproductive. Each segment (guide, locations, etc) combined to make a "wow" tour. To try to find one event at least for me detracts from the overall tour experience."

Cynthia

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our fourth Rick Tour and another great bunch of people who interacted with each other very well. Mark was a terrific guide and all the local guides were informative, funny and entertaining! I should also say that our bus driver, Joseph was amazing and got us through what looked like some impossible tunnels! I felt the hotels on this tour were generally nicer than the previous, but I really have no complaints about the hotels. We had a really great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is always hard to pick one thing but I super enjoyed the sheep farm and meeting Gareth and his family. They were lovely and gave us a lot of information and delicious food."

Mikie

Sun Prairie, WI

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep farm--so fun and interesting!"

John

Medford, OR

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic tour made possible by great people, great itinerary and a great guide. It is not easy to distill England into 14 days, but this tour pulled it off. A good blend of large cities and smaller towns brought this experience together. Good hotels and a great bus driver (Joseph). I'm amazed, when I look back, at what we packed into those 14 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't say I had a wow moment except at the end of the tour I when put all the history together and realized what an effect 2000 years has on a country. England has such a rich history and this tour really explores that."

Carolyn

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. The tours are always a great combination of structured time and free to do your own thing time. The time spent together was interesting and insightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the varied countryside."

Carmen

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed being able to see parts of England that I've never seen before and experience the culture. It was fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was my most favorite activity, which was visiting the sheep farm. Watching the sheep dogs do their work and listening to the farmer discuss how the farm works was absolutely fascinating."

Stephen

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great! It had the right amount of guide support, tickets , transport, lodging, restaurants and free time to do other things and explore on our own. The group size was fine. The places visited included ones I have always wanted to go to ( Cotswolds and Lake District) and others I did not know about and liked immensely (Bath, York, Castlerigg stone circle.) The activity level was about right. A little more walking would not have hurt.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments: there were 2! The first was a spontaneous visit to St Margaret's Church Bodelyddan Wales. A small church compared to the ones we had toured. It is a gem. Gorgeous stained glass windows and many stone carvings. The second was Evensong at York Minster. 45 minutes of choral performance and organ music. Glorious. I was surprised and pleased at how at peace I was at the end."

Melody

Grand Terrace, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour provides an excellent overview of some of the highlights of England. I enjoyed learning the history and seeing ancient sites, but particularly loved the scenery that we drove through each day. There is a lot of variety packed into this tour - castles & cathedrals; gardens & national parks; small towns & cities; bus, boat, & train travel; picnics, pubs, & personal food choices.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting an elderly man during my solo walk out of, and back to, Stow-on-the-Wold. I asked him for directions and we ended up sharing a very special visit for about 30 minutes as we strolled back to the village together."

Jeff

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First and only organized tour I've taken. I've been told not all tours are like Rick Steves. Apparently I've now been spoiled. Really liked the organization - planned events with behind the scenes access, plus free time to explore, with suggestions for things to see and places to eat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How do you compare Glastonbury to Bath to York Minster to Hadrian's Wall? The most intriguing tour was of the working flour mill at the Stanway House, and (off-tour) the Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick. Most scenic was the boat ride on Derwentwater."

Ann

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves Tour and it was terrific! My husband and I were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary, and we could not have been more pleased with the experience. We loved everything about it, including the knowledgeable tour guide, the small group of pleasant and interesting travellers, the fun bus driver, and the places we visited in the Best of England Tour. We appreciated the fact that we had both time on our own, as well as lots of preplanned tours and visits. Perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many great moments, hard to choose! I liked wandering around places like Stokesay Castle and seeing how the Mill worked at Stanway Manor. I was thrilled to touch Hadrian's wall! And I esp. enjoyed the evening tour of York."

Linda

Reno, NV

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I would have said "outstanding" but our schedule was altered a bit due to heavy rain. We were unable to drive into Snowdonia National Park and I feel like we missed a few things? This may also be why we felt rushed at Westminster Abby. That being said, we had a fantastic group and an awesome vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Stokesay Castle and could easily imagine living in the manor house!"

Mary

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jeanie was a fantastic leader. She was organized and had so much information that she shared in an interesting way. Just loved her! The sights we visited were such a good combination of old architecture, history, nature and modern day UK. We had a good group with no stragglers and all got along well. Loved visiting the sheep farm! Also really liked hearing how the current Brexit situation would affect various groups of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the sheep farm that had been in their family for generations in Wales. They were so interesting and was astounded to hear that the wool from a sheep was valued at less than a bottle of water."

Marylee

Tualatin, OR

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my eighth Rick Steves tour and I can't say I've ever had a less than good experience. We had almost daily rain but the group followed the rule of "no grumps allowed" and we carried on and had a fine time.

Lisa

Greenwood Village, CO

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The English countryside was amazing! I loved the smaller quaint villages. Each day was filled with unique experiences that I will remember for a lifetime. I also enjoyed the travelers in our tour group. Everyone was friendly and I enjoyed getting to know them better during our group meals and gatherings!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to pick just one "wow" moment! Perhaps my favorite town was York for its history. The Minster Cathedral was beautiful and the town was enjoyable to stroll and wander. I was very impressed with the fall Bodnant Gardens in Wales. Talk about getting "lost" in so much beauty. I was struck by the beauty of the Wells' Cathedral as well."

Anne

Randolph Center, VT

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved this tour, the itinerary, pace, activities and people. Good ratio of scheduled vs free time. Especially liked the more rural spots but also enjoyed the museums and excitement of the cities. Was very glad to get acclimated in Bath rather than London. Very lucky to enjoy unusually sunny, warm weather in late September.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being inside the sheep fence, issuing commands to the (extremely well trained) sheep dog to round up Gareth's ninja sheep. Definitely never pictured myself in this position, and it was a blast. Even taking a tumble in the pasture when losing my grip on the isolated ewe's fleece on her way to the shearing barn didn't dampen my fun."

George

Randolph, VT

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved everything! The view from the coach – fields of rhubarb, sheep, pheasants, gorgeous vistas, chalk horse ...; places that were wonderful treats because of excellent docents – Wells Cathedral, Stanway House, York Minster, St. Paul's; strolls in special places – Avebury's stone circle, Lake Derwentwater, Bodnant Gardens, Hadrian's wall ; Food – tea, Gregg's sausage rolls, nan, sticky toffee pudding ...;affable traveling companions including David & Joseph who (misleadingly) made it all look easy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"York Minster. Wow at first sight and many more wows throughout the visit."

Eric

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This year I was looking for a tour that included small towns and cities, nice country walks and smaller crowds. This tour accomplished all of that. This is a really nice itinerary. History, scenic beauty, decent (sometimes great) weather, surprisingly good food and an excellent guide. The group of travelers was also very good. We bonded well and enjoyed each other's company. While I had been to London previously, it was a bit of a shock to hit the big city after 12 days of smaller places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the traditional music night in Stow-on-the-Wold. I was hoping to encounter some local folk music and the group was a lot of fun. I also went to the folk music club in Conwy as they were meeting the night we were in town. Other wow moments included the visit to the sheep farm, the visit to Bodnant Gardens (despite the rain), the sunny walk near Stow to Upper and Lower Slaughter. And of course, Keswick, my favorite town on the tour. Beautiful boat trip on the lake and walk."

Joy

Weatherford, TX

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good tour! We saw a lot and Dave was very informative about all of it. Our tour participants were interested and interesting folks. Good group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the "Tolken"door in Wales. Magic! Loved all of Wales that we saw! Want to see more. The sheep farm was interesting and loved getting to know the owners personally was an experience. Eye opening about econimics of the sheep industry for sure."

Rebecca

Loomis, CA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything we wanted in this trip and so much more. First and foremost our guide was wonderful. Knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. He was always one step ahead of the game and did everything in his power to ensure things went smoothly. Also our coach driver Joseph was competent and delightful. Most importantly, the other travelers made the trip do special!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. The Lakes District was especially lovely, and experiencing the inspiration for my favorite authors and poets made this do memorable."

Kim

Weatherford, TX

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Let me preface by saying we did this exact same tour 5 years ago because we loved it so much!! And we loved doing it all over again!! The Rick Steves tours are seamless and well organized - everything comes together as if by magic. Local guides appear to walk you through gorgeous cathedrals, awesome castles, charming country manor houses and streets filled with history. Our guide, David, could not have been more wonderful-so knowledgeable, very hands on with the group, funny & kind.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! I know so many have mentioned the visit to the sheep farm but it was really wow!! Of course the farm was beautiful and the sheep and dog were charming but Gareth was a larger than life character. The experience was eye opening and life changing. So glad to be a part of it! Loved Stokesay Castle and having cream tea and loved our boat ride on Derwentwater and walk to Lingholm Garden - the inspiration for Beatrix Potter's Mr MacGregor's garden! So in love!"

David

Bothell, WA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was a good level of time at each spot. Everything was well coordinated.

Brenda

Fayetteville, AR

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the countryside focus of the majority of this tour. All the places we stayed were nice and comfortable. I especially enjoyed learning so much history. As everything unfolded so smoothly, I increasingly appreciated how well-planned and organized everything was. And everyone associated with the Rick Steves tours seems remarkable friendly!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every stop had a "wow" moment. One of my favorites was Bodnant Gardens. Every place we walked there seemed to have a surprise beauty waiting for us. And Stanway House was a great pleasure. The storyteller there gave us a morning to remember forever as he related the histories of people who have lived there. York Minster took my breath away."

Don

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good. Overall it was even better than anticipated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sheep farm experience in Conwy Wales"

Iyla

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mark is a dinamo..very knowledgeable, always providing a comic twist. Because of his prior work experience he provided us with generally unknown facts about construction and architecture,which i found interesting. I enjoyed the group hike up to Castelrigg Stone Circle and the information he provided to enhance the experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the hiking around the Lake District to peaks fora spectacular views. I also enjoyed the Evensong services in Bath Abbey and York Minster"

Cynthia

Arlington Heights, IL

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Mark was an excellent guide with much to say about everything. I learned a whole bunch about the history, architecture, culture, food and politics of the UK and the "Brits". I went on this tour knowing barely anything about the UK or what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised! Mark had some excellent "optional" walks and always provided multiple options for free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have multiple favorites ...Stokesay Castle was like a walk back in time, hiking the Cotswolds, oh so charming and the city of York...so much to offer the visitor, would have loved to spend a few more days in York!"

Patricia

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed everything! I am an inexperienced traveler so all was new but I think everything flowed together. I felt the expenses were minimal on the actually tour so good value too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several since this was "a trip of a lifetime". The ancient ruins and listening to the Stones. Just about everything was a "wow" as I have wanted to see and be there."

Jeffrey

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was extremely enjoyable educational experience. We enjoyed the balance of guide led and free time. This allowed us to get to interact with the locals. This was consistent with our past Rick Steve's tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The realization that you can hike almost anywhere around the beautiful English countryside, and learning about Welch hill farming from Gareth Wynn-Jones. Rounding sheep up from 20k acres and the mountains seems very daunting."

Linda

Charlevoix, MI

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed everything about this tour. There was a good mix of rural and urban locations. The lodgings were great and the mix of group time and on your own time was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many moments could be "wow" moments, but for me it was the experience of actually walking on Hadrian's wall. It gave me such a wonderful feeling of being connected to ancient history."

Stephanie

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We can't. Every day was excellent !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There isn't just one."

Michael

Lincoln, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything we hoped for. It was our first Rick Steves tour and we are happy we chose it. Previously we have traveled much of Europe and some in England on our own, but wanted to try a longer comprehensive approach this time and that's what we got. Having all of the arrangements like hotels, transportation and venues all made and paid for in advance was terrific. The tour leader, Mark, made it so easy, all we had to do was manage our luggage and show up on time for activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The best part of the trip, outside of all of the sites and places was the historical commentary of Mark, our tour leader. His extensive knowledge of all of the places and people connected to our journey made the tour so special and worthwhile. Thank you Mark!"

Mike

Coeur D Alene, ID

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end the tour was organized, interesting, educational and FUN! Our guides Elizabeth and Paul were engaging, knowledgeable and eager to not just play their role as guides but come to welcome and know us as a friend from across the "pond" The hotel and accommodations were as expected, clean, quaint and quiet. Our bus was spacious modern and very comfortable. Our driver Jim brought a measure of levity to the group and fit in perfectly. Our meals were more than adequate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps among many moments our time at Vinterlanda and Hadrians wall was that "wow" moment. But being a part and seeing so much historical structures and places filled my expectations for for many years to come."

Betty

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Everything was very well prepared for us. We always felt comfortable and relaxed. The places we went to were very well selected. It gave us a good overall introduction to England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening Liz planned for us at the tavern with local entertainment and the visit to the sheep farm. Interacting with local people is what we really enjoy."

Mary Jane

Canby, OR

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary, great group, and wonderful tour guide. We were lucky to have great weather as well. All of the stops were interesting from stone circles, to cathedrals, to ruins. Nice mix of city and rural sites. So much history to absorb. We are already looking forward to our next RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stone circle up on the hill complete with grazing sheep and panoramic views."

Bruce

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have gone on three tours with your company. Of the three, I would rate this one as the best overall. While all three have had their good points, I was impressed with the tour of England. One of the things that made it best in my humble opinion, was Liz and Paul. The group dynamic was pretty good, but the tour guides really made it special for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the sheep farm in Wales."

Marilyn

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guides were fabulous, pleasant, good sense of humor and informative. I felt that they really cared about our enjoyment and their enthusiasm about showing us their country was quite apparent. The extra perks, like walking through the fields, sharing ice cream later and learning so much about the customs of their county. Liz was generous with answering our questions and anticipated some things we were interested in but didn't ask. Of course, Brexit was a big topic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Where to start? How can I compare the history and age of the relics and buildings to the USA. Loved watching the people and the small villages where they live."

Barbara

Rocky Mountain House, AB

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was fun, so it's hard to pick the best one. If I have to pick one, i'd Say it was our morning on the Sheep farm in Wales. Gareth is such a character that we could picture the generations of sheep farmers before him, each loving the land and their animals. It was impressive watching him work with his dog to herd the sheep. It was fun watching our fellow tour participants trying to herd the sheep with their rudimentary skills with the dog commands."

Catherine

Idaho Falls, ID

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So great. Couldn't ask for a better trip. Liz so professional but personable as well as knowledgeable. Steps steps and more steps. Too bad couldn't have help if needed but was perfectly clear when booking there was not going to be. The change in itinerary leaving out Westminster Abbey caused us to miss charging of guard because of time conflict.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abbey we did on our own. Bath and York favorite cities. Loved sheep farm and Garreth. Lacock and Churchill's grave. Evensong at Minister. Not in any order."

Rhonda

Eagle, ID

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip, agenda and guide. I would definitely take another Rick Steve's tour!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Caernarfon Castle and the sheep farm."

Pam

Rio Rancho, NM

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Liz,our tour guide, was fantastic and Paul was a bonus! The trip was wonderful. It was organized and Liz was exceptionally knowledgeable and informed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many!! Glastonbury & Wells Avebury & Castlerigg Hadrian Wall Sheep farm Bath Abbey York Minster Wordsworth and Churchill's grave sites"

Carl

Rio Rancho, NM

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good group and great guides and driver. A full schedule of sights and experiences

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Churchill's grave"

Rebecca

Post Falls, ID

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was fantastic from start to finish. Liz and Paul were wonderful. They were both warm, knowledgeable, gracious and accommodating. Some surprises were added to our tour that were optional and added to the fun. Our accommodations were ready when we arrived and, as always, clean and beautiful. Our bus driver, Jim became part of the touring family and kept us safe. Our private tours were excellent and as promised, we walked for miles. We will do another tour when we can.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Grandfather was born in Wales, and when we crossed the border I was very moved. The time in Wales was "wow" from start to finish."

Sue

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the tour. It is the first guided tour that we have been on. I work full time and wanted to have a break from making plans and decisions. It was great having the vid box telling me where to be with thorough explanations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep farm, hike in Cotswold and the stone circles."

Stephen

Rocky Mountain House, AB

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Liz is an outstanding guide. She made England and Wales come alive. The places we saw gave us a great introduction into England and Wales. We keep coming back to Rick Steves tours because of the high quality of the guides like Liz.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wasn't one "wow" moment. I was impressed with all of the places we stopped especially the impromptu stop in the little hamlet of Lacock."

Darlyn

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time. Learned a lot of history and saw some beautiful country Gillian was a great guide very knowledgeable and great sense of humor Everything went smoothly. Hotels and food were great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved it all"

Karen

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

To have a great overall tour experience , you need to have a great guide and great fellow tour members, which I did for sure. Then you need a fun, interesting, challenging itinerary and this RS tour met that. I learned so much about the England |Wales history while seeing beautiful cities and countryside. Gillian even made sure we had fantastic weather! Gillian felt like your best friend to each one of us, very informative, fun and fed us "biscuits" on the bus! A perfect RS Tour experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, but being on the Welsh countryside with Gareth on a beautiful sunny day watching him work his sheepdog rounding up the sheep. Then he talks to us about the future of his farm. Four of us were lucky to be able to ride down the mountainside on his ATV stopping to see an incredible view. A special WOW moment!!"

David

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a wonderful experience. Very nice group of travelers to be with. Really enjoyed the countryside. Bus driver was excellent. Tour guide was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep farm with Gareth. Great educational experience of the type people need to see and hear. Glad he has this opportunity to educate people about the real world."

Catherine

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was GREAT. Had all the elements of what a tour should be. Great guide. Good balance of History, stunning scenery, ruins (I happen to love ruins) AND, a surprise to me, great food!. Everything ran smooth and seamless. Our fellow travelers were a wonderful group. We moved at an easy pace, ( with lots of walking) which is typical of a Rick Steve's tour. Gillian, our guide, is a highlight in and of herself. England is everything you imagine it would be. Every place has epic history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wales and Lake District were absolutely stunning. Bodnant Gardens! This is the way the earth is meant to be. I always imagined England to be green with rolling hills, sheep etc, but didn't expect it to exceed my imagInation! I have to say the food was fantastic. I didn't expect to love the food so much. If your guide suggests a place for dinner, just go there. Gareth Wyn Jones's Sheep farm was an wonderful educational experience. Loved it."

Donald

Poynette, WI

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was very well organized. The hotels were great and the hosts very friendly. The areas visited made for an interesting trip. Our driver was quite excellent at navigating the narrow streets we covered and was very engaging with the group as well as an excellent organist. Our guide was well versed in English history and the local customs of the towns and cities visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to the local folk music group"

Benjamin

Cordele, GA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RST and like the previous two we throughly enjoyed ourselves. By the time the tour was over you feel like one big family. England in 14 days has a good mixture of activities ranging from diverse towns, landscape, castles, churches, hiking, demonstrations, and music. The tour is active but allows individuals the time to relax.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have seen great scenery, architecture, and demonstrations like sheep herding, but you don't expect to see a young coach driver play the organ in a 12th century church. Turns out Joseph is a classically trained organist and he graced us with his talent and passion that left you in awe and in my case tears. These are the type of surprises that I have come to expect from RST."

Anne

Cordele, GA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third fabulous Rick Steves tour. Fun people on our tour with a wonderful guide and great driver!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hadrians's Wall and Vindolanda were awesome. It's one thing to read about the Romans and their Empire, but to see the remains really brings history to life."

Antonia

Moline, IL

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Avebury Stone Circle"

Christopher

Newtown, PA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were interested in history and the food. We were very satisfied on both fronts! Our tour guide, Gillian kept us on track but was also an incredible source of knowledge. She also leveraged the local tour guides very effectively. We loved her musical interludes as we traveled on the bus. Plenty of time outside the formal tour allowed us to really explore the real England- we met wonderful and colorful people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two for us. Surprisingly, we really loved the sheep farm visit in Wales. Fun and a great message about sustainable farming. We'll be special ordering Welsh lamb in the future! Our second was an impromptu organ recital in an ancient church by our coach driver Joseph. The sound echoed through the dark church and really set the tone for our trip."

Carolyn

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and it was great. Great group of people & itinerary. I enjoyed the combination of scheduled and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We got a kick out of going to the sheep farm. Gareth and his wife were fabulous. Who doesn't like sheep dogs?! Having a couple of folks in our group help round up a sheep for shearing was hilarious and we teased them for days afterwards because the dog could not figure out what they were telling her to do. Come By!"

Sandra

Jefferson, MD

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great trip for me. The group was lots of fun with everyone getting along. I personally think it is because Rick Steves tour people are usually PBS watchers and that gives them some commonality to begin with. We saw a nice variety of churches, castles, gardens, and scenery (and sheep). We walked a lot (which I love) and spent a good deal of time outside. The weather was great, only one rain cancellation. We had plenty of time to explore each area and I did not feel rushed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stokesay Castle was a really great place. But so was Bodnant Garden, And then there was Wells. It is hard to pick one."

Sharon

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt that the tour was amazing and covered all facets of life in England and showed us the history, ways of life throughout the long history, the aristocracy, architecture, etc. I also appreciated the exposure to the food typical of the various areas and the small treats Bill and Ben would share with us throughout the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the English country side viewed from our bus and also the country side in north Wales. The visit to the sheep farm and demo with the dog was one of our favorite memories. Garrett's passion and personality were an inspiration and enlightening."

Tracy

Roy, UT

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Born and raised in the UK, visited friends and family before and after the tour. Saw parts of the UK that I had never seen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pin point just one, they were all "wow" moments. Incredible trip"

Mary

Waukesha, WI

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guides were knowledgeable,helpful, and friendly. The places we visited were amazing. The other people on the tour were interesting and sociable. We had a fabulous time. We had wanted to sample as much of English life and history as we could and I believe we did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was climbing the Catbells in the Lake District. It was a vigorous hike but the panoramic vistas were spectacular and well worth the effort."

Cynthia

Naperville, IL

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lots of variety, as usual: gorgeous scenery; ancient ruins; wonderful architecture; beautiful cathedrals; amazing castles, gardens, the sheep herding demo. I especially liked our private folk music concert, personal tour of Stanway House, and seeing the lovely, quaint villages filled with stone houses and flowers. I very much enjoyed speaking with the people digging at the archaeological ruins at Vindolanda.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing Abbey ruins at Glastonbury (why couldn't we have the free guided tour being offered there every hour?); Wells Cathedral; the wonderful city of York -- 2,000 years of architecture in such a small area; the stunning Bodnant Gardens; the beautiful countryside with stone houses and lovely gardens"

Carl

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour or tour of any kind. We've always made our own way using Rick's books. We are getting older and weren't feeling up to tackling the driving in England so we tried this tour. Our experience was outstanding! I enjoyed England far more that I believe I would if we had been on our own. The tour was very well organized the leaders, both Bill and Ben were absolutely wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the sheep farm in Wales. It was really a thrill."

Theresa

Redwood City, CA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I were very tired after our tour. Probably because we didn't want to miss out on any of the side jaunts. So consequently there was very little time for shopping, especially when the shops close at 5pm. I needed another sweater because we were outside a good deal of the time. Beautiful gardens, all the castles, palaces, and manor homes were breath taking. Would have loved to have spent more time in the Cotswolds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many to choose from so the first would be Evensong at the Bath Abby, #1 Royal Crescent, the little village of Stow-in-the-Wold, the farm of O.Jones and Sons, Vindolanda and the archaeological dig that was in process, the Shambles and snickelways, St. Paul's Cathedral."

Robert

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very interesting and thoroughly enjoyable tour. To see first-hand many of the places I have read about, and seen on Rick Steves videos, was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a number of "moments," mostly related to the history of the Romans in England. It was fascinating that so many of the places we visited were built on ruins of the Roman civilization. The most significant was our visit to Hadrian's Wall and a guard post, then to the fort of Vindolanda."

Richard

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first group tour. It was excellent. Guides Bill and Ben made the trip rewarding, informative and just plain fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. The sheep farm in Wales 2. The evening with dinner & folk music."

Patricia

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every part of the trip was so well organized and orchestrated. From the motor coach, to hotels and our dinners as a group, we were well-cared for and hospitably received. I was impressed by the variety of places we visited, from rural sheep farm to bustling city. Everything we saw was steeped in history and each guide made that history come alive for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" for me wasn't just a moment, but rather it was coming face to face with antiquity and experiencing the events and places that helped shape a nation and its place in the world. Fortresses and castles to Parliament; ruined Abbeys to York Minster and Westminster; lush country-sides and sheep farms to Buckingham Palace -- each offered a piece of a magnificent history."

Michael

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great! i got everything i expected, which included pretty much daily surprises...learned a lot, saw a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Roman ruins- Bath, and Hadrian's wall, and others. Georgian and Victorian architecture."

Nancy

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the bus and driver, Jim. He was friendly and able to maneuver the bus in very tight places. The bus was comfortable and roomy. Our tour guide, David, was also nice and had a wonderful sense of humor. He gave us a morning update on Boris Johnson and Brexit, and how Boris' hairstyle looked that morning based on what had happened the previous day. Very amusing. We got to see a wide variety of sites, although we often had too little time to really experience some things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the Cotswalds. They were very beautiful and we had a nice walk on a public path with a stop for ice cream."

Cheryl

Kihei, HI

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our first tour. Nice to have someone else take care of the arrangements and details. Good pace and variety. Enjoyed group activities and also free time with suggestions. Appreciated extra space on Coach.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beauty of Lake District."

Deborah

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour!! Great variety, travel companions, tour guide (thank you David), and surprisingly good weather!. I'll be back!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Again, it was the great variety from the Roman ruins, the awesome cathedrals, the architecture, and perhaps my favorite, the English countryside."

Christy

Albany, OR

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all, our tour guide, David, was outstanding. He has a wonderful, congenial personality, and combined a command of knowledge with the areas we visited with a great sense of humor and fun. We would definitely want to take another trip with him as our guide. Our coach driver ,Jim, was also very sweet and a great driver. The tour was very well organized as we went from place to place with nice accommodations that were centrally located. We learned so much about each place we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite time was in Conway, Wales, during our visit with Garreth and his sheep farm. I was able to get out with the sheepdog and actually give commands to get the sheep from the bottom of the pasture to the gate. We then had to keep them cornered so Garreth could grab one for sheering. I then had to grab the sheep by the wool and lead it to the barn. We then watched it get sheered. This was one of the things I most looked forward to, and so it was a great experience for me."

Lori

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip to England. Our tour guide David was a lot of fun - we always appreciate learning the local slang and customs from the guide and the coach driver. The tour was well planned and interesting - we appreciate all of the effort in planning for a worry free trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The city of Bath was my favorite Wow moment - the Roman Bath and the Georgian Architecture are amazing !"

Karen

Corbett, OR

Tour: 08/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable tour, our 2nd RS. Lorraine is an exceptional guide. Always hard to move on from place to place as there is so much more to see/do. Hotels were comfortable, breakfasts exceptional, and fellow travelers fun to travel with. So enjoyed seeing the countryside and the small towns we drove thru. Seems that Roman ruins, abbeys, & castles are everywhere! Kudos to Joseph, our professional (and fun!) coach driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No knock your socks off "wows" but so much satisfaction from moments like soaking up Glastonbury & Wells. Or standing by Churchills grave then visiting Blenheim Palace. If only we had more time at Vindolanda or in York! We stayed extra days in London so no complains on not enough time there! Loved the Wales farm & Bodnant Garden."

Denis

San Jose, CA

Tour: 08/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved every minute of it. Lorraine is great, and most other guides were excellent and memorable, Stainway house... York... Caernarforn Castle. Food, the pubs and cask ales, the pies, company, culture. Music performance in Stow was a treat, too. Just extraordinary number of memories made.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the mill near the Stainway House was that for me and my wife. The story behind it, and the care that modern people take of the heritage, the depth of craftsmanship that was conveyed to us is outstanding, and to see the mill work... wow!"

David

Corbett, OR

Tour: 08/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good uneventful transportation experience due in part to my wife's planning and studying the literature. Sure saw a lot of castles and cathedrals. The extent and remains of the Roman Empire were certainly awe inspiring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow ! Joseph got this wide bus through that narrow gate and other driving fetes."

Nancy

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous tour and well worth the money. Having arranged my own vacations to Europe in the past, I was so happy with the absence of anxiety on this tour. Nigel became like a friend and showed concern and patience for each of us. He kept us informed about the day's events, the schedule for the next day, and options during our free time. Our locations of interest included those I would not have known about, or would not have considered seeing in this short period of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Access to one of the archaeologists at Vindolanda, who explained the findings at the site and make herself available was amazing, and something I would not have had on my own. I have been interested in Vindolanda for a long time, having come across the information serendipitously on the internet. To actually be there and hear from an archaeologist who knew the site so well was fabulous."

Laurie

Renton, WA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Nigel was a very good guide and knowledgeable. The pace of the tour seemed a bit rushed though. I would recommend going to the Roman Bath Tour as soon as it opens, at the time we went it was so crowded it was hard to move around. Would have liked more time in Blenheim Palace. Food and hotels were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the variety in the places we stayed. Especially loved Blenheim Palace (have seen a lot of cathedrals and Palaces and this one was probably one of my favorite). Loved Bodnant Gardens, it was a day that was not raining."

Michael

Livingston, MT

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Both Maureen and I were overwhelmed by our tour experience. We enjoyed ourselves immensely, and our 24 tour mates were absolutely wonderful. Hotels, meals and stops were over the top and we hated to see it all end. It was particularly pleasant to not have worries of driving, (especially on the OTHER side of the road. Paul, our bus driver handled everything with professional ease, and Nigel Howes, or guide kept and held everything together for our two weeks together on this fabulous trip. Super.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Tower of London and Beef Eater tour was the best. Our tour guide was funny and the time just flew. We learned a lot and the experience was unforgettable."

Daniel

Osceola, WI

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and it was great. Nigel, our guide, did a fantastic job keeping everything moving along. Being dropped off close to the day's group activity and having tickets in hand, made site-seeing easy and relaxed. Local guides did a fantastic job of giving us information and we enjoyed the story-telling. We had just the right mix of group activities and free time. We enjoyed the walks in the countryside and around the villages. Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really enjoyed the country side of Wales and the tour of the hill sheep farm. We would have liked to have had a few more stops in the countryside to take pictures and enjoy the fresh air. The camaraderie of the group was enjoyable and we made new friends that added to our tour experience."

Paul

Broomfield, CO

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought that the UK was a lovely and historically fascinating place to visit. The tour was very well done and the guide facilitated each step of the way very well, but was not intrusive in our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I rather likes seeing the Rosetta stone and the British Museum."

Diane

Belleville, WI

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well planned and nice hotels. The guide Nigel was great. Nigel was on top of everything, going above and beyond to try to retrieve my lost cell phone, answer the groups constant questions and meet challenges with good humor. The small villages were charming, the historical sites incredible, the adventures and sights surpassed expectations. I wish we would have booked the southern England small village tour besides this one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evensong at York Cathedral and history of Westminster."

Marcela

Broomfield, CO

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is our 4th RS Tour and we had an overall lovely experience. It was a wonderful balance of visiting cities and the charming countryside, truly beautiful locations and landscapes. For me, 3 days in Bath felt too long. It would seem that an extra day in York or London would have been much more interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments: the beautiful English countryside, Stanway House, Bodnant Gardens, the roman ruins & archeological excavations at Vindolanda, the Welsh sheep farm and our walking tour of York."

Stewart

Surrey, BC

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Nigel was excellent , very organized, and had a very friendly and approachable personality. Our driver Paul was also very professional. I would say we got more than our monies worth. We are planning on doing the 14 days of Ireland next year. I have absolutely not one negative comment to make. Loved it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I got to participate in a sheep dog demonstration, made my day"

Sharon

Goshen, IN

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the mix of guided tours, city orientations, and time on our own to explore. We visited so many places where we'd love to spend more time in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wales was an unexpected delight! We loved the sheep farm. Loved Conwy and our hotel. Evensong at York Minster was incredible!! Learning more about Churchhill when the group visited Blenheim Palace, and in the Churchhill War Rooms and Museum where we went on our own, was definitely a high point for me. I'm a history buff about World War II and the events leading up to it, so all the information was a dream come true. I couldn't believe I was walking through that bunker where Churchhill worked!"

Leonard

Goshen, IN

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were attracted by the Rick Steves philosophy, and we were not disappointed. The priority was on experiencing a place, not getting to as many tourist attractions as possible. We were in each town either 2 or 3 days, allowing for both guided tours and personal exploration. The tour is built around RS's priorities, and I was completely satisfied with those choices. The level of activity is well publicized, and if, like me, you want to augment the activity level, there is opportunity to do that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Conwy, Wales, was an unexpected "wow." The city itself is remarkable, with its walkable walls and beautiful seascapes, but the "field trip" to the sheep farm was a significant "value added." It was exactly the kind of thing that one would not get traveling alone."

Christina

Olympia, WA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. I am amazed by how many layers of history exist in Great Britain. In one picture I took in London, there is a Roman wall, the Tower of London and the Shard. We got to have a variety of experiences and learned about many periods of history. But, the tour did not feel rushed. Roy is an excellent guide. I appreciated his expertise and enjoyed his sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abby was incredible. Outstanding art and architecture as well as being full of history. I could have spent a lot longer looking at the tombs and reading all the memorials. So, much to learn about those buried there."

David

Silverton, ID

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was our fourth Rick Steves tour and for me the least exciting. There are probably several factors: health issues, weather, and less local guides than in the past, instead we used more audio devices when touring some building. I believe all the people in our group were friendly, cordial, and for the most part got along well together, which always makes traveling with people you don't know go a lot smoother.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I do not have a "wow" moment when I was with the tour group, but my wife and I went on the 90 minute Thames river cruise in London and that was one of my favorite activities we did. The weather was hot and sunny that day so it made for some great photo opportunities"

Sheri

Silverton, ID

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I appreciated the pace of the tour there seemed to be sufficient down time and individual time alternated with group activity. I was disappointed we did not get to stop and hike in Snowdonia but the weather did not cooperate. Not a fault of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment (of many) was when we went for a stroll through a Cotswold village and we got to see everyday life with the beautiful and historical cottages and small english gardens along a lovely stream. We purchased ice cream from a local vendor and then strolled among the fields with sheep."

Jeffrey

Virginia Beach, VA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is my eighth Rick Steves tour. Overall very good. Excellent guide. The hotel and bath was uncharacteristically far from the city center. Very on Rick Steves like. Most of us felt we could do with less bath and more of the rest of England. Perhaps the longer walk to and from town contributed. This was a subtle thing but it made a difference. Everything else was very well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There really was no wow moment this time. Not to take away from the overall tour which was a great experience."

Patricia

Chicago, IL

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought it was fantastic. I don't travel very much, and this was my first foray into solo travel(if you call, being with 24 other people, solo travel). The descriptions online are very accurate. I was even able to handle the "strenuous" days, which I was apprehensive about completing. Overall, it was a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Baths; the sheep farm in the stinging rain, following by the sheep shearing; Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London."

Janice

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was immensely enjoyable, fun, informative of England in many ways and I'd love to see more of England and London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our day at the sheep farm in Wales is memorable in that we spoke with local farmers, learning what it's like to run a sheep farm with the challenges of the marketing, weather, politics, and the sheer (sorry!) energy and planning it takes. I grew up on a farm in Minnesota in the 60's; I have some idea of what it takes to run a farm. Jamie taught us to play a great game of cricket after touring Stanway House and a restored mill. Evensong at Westminster Abby."

Flavia

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a lovely time. It was well paced, active, learned lots, found London easy to navigate. My travel companions were a delight. We all got along and were cheerful even in the rain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking on Hadrian's Wall"

Larry

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall a very memorable tour through places I'd only read about before. Tourguide Jamie very knowlegable, and kept up a running commentary on the bus filling in the history and details of the places we visited, which really added to the overall enjoyment and appreciation. This was our 2nd Rick Steves tour (did Best of Italy last year), and one thing we learned is that we really enjoy a more exotic experience. England was just too much like home. Next year Greece or Turkey!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two wow moments - playing Cricket and going to the Wales sheep farm (in the driving rain!)"

Katherine

Rochester, NY

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was an excellent overview of UK history. Very fascinating.As usual, the hotels and group meals were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was the Westminster Abby tour. I had no idea that so many important UK people are buried inside the Abby. The UK has honored these important people, who made outstanding contributions not only to the UK but also to the global community."

Guy

Duvall, WA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our second Rick Steves tour and it was fun, educational, and gave us a great overview of the geography, history, and culture of England. We also were able to meet and enjoy conversation with the residents of the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The rustic beauty of the Cotswolds and Lake District, was the idyllic backdrop to the man-made beauty of Wells Cathedral, and the Roman and prehistoric archeological sites which are a particular interest of mine. The Vindolanda excavation was a rare chance to see archeological work being performed."

Carolyn

Murfreesboro, TN

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The sites we visited were wonderful. My only complaint would be that we were frequently rushed through them. For example, we had 1 hour and 15 minutes to visit Stokesay Castle and enjoy our first cream tea. The service was slow for the cream tea so we had about 10 minutes max to down our tea and scone. We had no other appointments that day, only our drive to Conway, so being 30 minutes or even an hour later to Conway would have still given us time to see Conway before nightfall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had 2- Blenheim Palace and Bodnant Gardens. Again, more time in both would have been appreciated. We had little more than an hour at Bodnant Gardens-- barely enough time to walk to the furthest garden and back again, must less time to see the other gardens in between."

Robert

Gaithersburg, MD

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My goal was to be immersed in the history and culture of England and my Welsh Jones ancestry that moved to Granville NY to cut slate. Two weeks with Lorraine and Paul exceeded all expectations. I am at a loss as to what other experience could provide such an intimate peek into the history and culture of a country. From Gareth Jones hill farm to Westminster and the Celts and Romans to Winston Churchill and what's his name. WOW! The tour was efficient, respectful, fun, educational, enjoyable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One, You gotta be kidding! This will be an affront to all the rest. Maximum goose bumps were the history, luminaries, memorials, quirks, stories, spirituality and pageantry at Westminster cathedral that really brings much of the character and essence of this small island together, an emotional and inspiring conclusion to our tour."

Allen

Chicago, IL

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent sightseeing. Fine guide. Very good lodging placement and rooms. Food was not great, but as good as expected for England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked the folk singing in Stow. I always want music in your tours, and you finally provided some. Lorraine also directed us to some good music on our own in Conwy."

Kathy

Deming, WA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A good mix of experiences...great guides....fun fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What can I say....I love hedge rows! The countryside in the UK is beautiful."

Karla

Duvall, WA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing. Lorraine knowledge of the area and the history is amazing. She adds her own experiences to make the tour come alive. Her calm demeanor was greatly appreciated in our situation. I became ill and needed to go hospital. She and Paul not only help get me there for the care I needed but gave us excellent directions that enabled us to join the group a few days later. Can't say enough about how great they were to myself and husband

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down the Cotswolds were my favorite area. Beautiful quaint towns with the peaceful English gardens that I love. However the Lakes Districts were amazing too. Natural beauty is just hard to beat."

Debra

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Third RS tour, and once again wonderful! The accommodations were comfortable and the group meals were delicious. A good mix of structured activities and independent time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evensong at York Minster. Not a group activity, but one that was recommended by our guide. Attending the service gave me the opportunity to feel like I was part of the community, not just visiting the church as a tourist."

Lucinda

Orem, UT

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Roy and Kevin made our tour a wonderful experience. Roy's knowledge of and ability to share that knowledge of all our sites was first rate. Our tour group were all easy to be with and we enjoyed getting to know them. All of the guides that took us through specific sites were fun and made it memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cotswolds, Lake District, and Wales were a feast for the eye. There were many "wow" moments but one of my favorites was walking through a gate and having the Wells Cathedral right in front of me."

Neil

Prior Lake, MN

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour leader, Roy, was an expert guide and humorous to keep you entertained while you learned about the culture and history of the areas we visited. There is a good mix of guided tours and time on our own to explore the places of interest to us. The hotels are small with a lot of character so you don't feel overwhelmed by large numbers of people in large hotels. The sites we visit are very interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked The city of York with its ancient walls one can traverse around most of the city. York minster was fabulous."

Robert

La Verne, CA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Informative. Great balance between free and encumbered time. Great guide. Good itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ancient cathedrals and ruins. Re-appreciation and respect for our ancestors' skills and knowledge related to science, construction, physics, etc. These folk were really sharp!"

Marie

Arlington, WA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was completely enjoyable. It met our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stained glass restoration at the York Minster - amazing."

Jennifer

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall experience was great but there were some memorable negative experiences due to the older hotels. There were a few hotels that were uncomfortable due to lack of air conditioning (In Keswick we had our windows open and were invaded by gnats) and lack of hot water (cold shower in Stowe On The Wold). I would appreciate a more mixed age group. Our last tour had more young adults which made things more interesting, I think.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the experience of walking the narrow path that led to the stone circle in Keswick. Toasting our ancestors with our guide Roy and his assistant, Kevin was a nice touch."

Sidney

Orem, UT

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Great tour guide. Quality of hotels was poor, almost worth not going on the tour they were so poor. Sites visited were fun, but I would recommend taking a poll to see whether people want to spend on a whole day seeing museums in York (for example) or if they would rather go out to Castle Howard. I would also spend less time around Hadrien's wall and devote that time elsewhere. I would have loved for Cambridge or Oxford to be included in the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around the corner to see Wells cathedral."

Katherine

Prior Lake, MN

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip and leader. I enjoyed the west coast and small towns the most. (I was glad to see London, but it is too busy and loud for me to enjoy for long

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wales was a surprise. I did not expect it to be so mountainous and beautiful."

Tim

Buckeye, AZ

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the English countryside, especially going on a walk through villages in the Cotswolds. The tour is a good mix of rural villages and big cities. I thought the tour gave a good sample of the many facets England has to offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time in the Lake District was one big WOW moment. The view of Lake Derwentwater from the hotel was great. We enjoyed the free time to take a hike along the lake. Seeing part of Hadrian's Wall was another big moment for me."

Martha

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Saw breathtakingly beautiful abbeys and castles; enjoyed picturesque scenes of the countryside and quaint villages; visited historical sites and learned history of England's settlement; heard talented local musicians; ate interesting and delicious food (including scrumptious, beautiful, bountiful breakfasts); had ample free time to explore; and enjoyed the camaraderie of the guide and members of the tour group. Continue to be overwhelmed by the wonderfulness of the whole experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a retired English instructor, I was thrilled finally to visit the country of writers I taught for many years. So my side trips to Stratford-Upon-Avon and to Grasmere, as well as the tour visit to Westminster Abbey's Poets' Corner, were definitely highlights. The entire tour was excellent, but the event standing out most in my memory is our visit to the sheep farm in the Carneddau Mountains, where we actually participated in herding the sheep and had the opportunity to watch a shearing."

Martin

Sharon, MA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing experience in England. Our tour guide Gillian and her assistant Mary were outstanding. Gillian had a world of knowledge and ensured that we received pertinent information in a timely fashion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our 'wow" moment came when we saw the beautiful landscape of the lake district in Keswick. Such amazing views!"

Pamela

Sharon, MA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

How can I put a trip of a life time in a short paragraph? It was a beautiful experience. It was pleasing to not only the mind in a historical sense but also delightful at every stop along the tour. Such a gorgeous country. Lovely people!Coming from the Boston area, it gave us a sense of our own country's beginnings. Gillian was smart, charming and informative! Mary was delightful, smart and we are very fond of both ladies! They made our trip wonderful! Thank you Gillian and Mary!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into West Minster Abbey!"

Elizabeth

Hollywood, FL

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our third Rick Steves trip and as always, it was a well planned and well [INVALID]d tour. We enjoyed meeting and having Mary on this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband's wow moment was Westminster Abbey. Mine, Liz Jackson, was Gareth's sheep farm, I adored the entire two and 1/2 hours!"

Ron

San Jose, CA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very interesting tour sites. Gillian, our tour guide was information and efficient. I like the *;45 am departure time. Most hotels were not large enough rooms.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hadrian's Wall. Plus, I liked the water wheel mill tour."

Eileen

Lakewood, CA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family vacation. The tour was well paced and we really enjoyed ourselves. We were so thankful that the tour took care of all the travel and hotel details. The tour guide was excellent.

Lorene

Onalaska, WI

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was like an England history lesson and Roy is very knowledgeable. He told great stories and has a wonderful sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the sheep farm was the best experience. It's always interesting to see how people live in other parts of the world. Since we saw sheep everywhere on our tour, learning about the sheep, the dogs that herd them and the wool industry was an eye opener. As with any type of farming, there are great risks and lots of work that goes into it."

David

Gilroy, CA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent tour. As I go back over all the photos I took, I realize how much we saw and experienced packed into two weeks. Truly a wonderful tour that we thoroughly enjoyed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments, Gareth with his Boarder Collie sheep dogs, walking the medieval city walls of Conwy, the Roman baths in Bath and York Minster to name a few."

Keith

Medfield, MA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized. Everything went off without a hitch. Our tour leader was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and personable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cathedral at Wells and the York Minster were both astounding examples of ancient architecture. Also thought that London was a vibrant and fascinating city to explore."

Craig

Bartlesville, OK

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very active tour, so much so, that it is challenging to go back thru my photo's are accurately document what they are showing. We had a very good, punctual tour group; which meant we easily got thru our agendas for the day. This tour was extremely well choreographed; we always got to sites at the optimal time to get in and get out. We rarely had to fight a crowd. The meals were typical British, which is to say, they weren't French or Italian. The Guinness was exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was unprepared for the size and extent of the Roman's prescence in England was. I knew, of course, that Roman's manned Hadrian's wall, but did not understand that they had settlements the size of Volandia and York, that they had."

Christine

Aurora, CO

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour and it did not disappoint. Our tour guide Mark was engaging and knowledgeable about all things British. His commentary on our tour made History come alive for us. There was plenty of down time to explore each town or just relax. Most of hotels had bigger rooms than we expected which was nice. The breakfasts provided at each hotel gave lots of options from Full English Breakfasts to Porridge with Sultanas at out Hotel in Keswick ( my favorite of the tour).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many "wow" moments on the tour. Every single abbey and cathedral we visited had its own story and charm. I particularly enjoyed our local guides at these locations. And then there was Wales- so much more than I ever imagined. What a thrill to walk on the ancient city walls in Conwy and walk on a trail in the Snowdonia National Park. Then there was Gareth's sheep farm. What an amazing experience watching his sheep dog work, sheep shearing, and lamb barbecue whilst listening to harp music."

Mirian

Monterey Park, CA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an absolutely amazing time during the "Best of England in 14 Days Tour". Not just because of the beautiful places I visited, and the unique experiences I lived, but because of the super awesome tour guide that took care of everything for us, Mark. I loved, loved, loved everything about my trip to England and Wales. This was my 2nd Rick Steves tour, and it is so easy to see that his philosophy is behind every aspect of every tour.He really has the traveler's best interest at heart.

Danni Jo

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fun and educational! Great places we visited. It was so well organized that there was no stress!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"York! I loved that place. Honestly it was all great every day was a Wow day really!"

Laura

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was awesome! Tour guide, Mark Seymour, was an excellent. His technique of storytelling while he told you about the area made the trip very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! Gareth and his sheep farm, the 'stones," hiking in the Lake District, Tower of London, Wells Cathedral"

Joan

Carpinteria, CA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was our first guided tour. We were a little apprehensive. I can't say enough good things about it! There was a good balance between tour time and free time. I learned so much about England history from the prehistoric to present times without feeling that I was being lectured. Thank you to our wonderful, phenomenal tour guide, Mark! The included meals were delicious and all of our hotels centrally located for maximum sightseeing opportunities. A fantastic trip!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. I think I especially liked our visit to Wales. The Snowdonia Mountains were beautiful. The castles appealed to my sense of the romantic. Bodnant Gardens was the most beautiful gardens I have ever toured! In Keswick, the group gathering at Castlerigg stone circle will always be a favorite memory. Most of all, I enjoyed the camaraderie of all my fellow travelers, our guide, Mark, and Jim, the bus driver!"

Henry

Aurora, CO

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience learning about English history with a small group of like minded tourists. Varied context from sheep farming to Hadrian's Wall to cathedrals and architecture, stained glass, Druids, Avebury, and Stanway House. Good tour mates and our tour guide was a wealth of information. Good use of the whisperers to maintain communication.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep shearing and BBQ in Conwy. A different experience with real local people on their farm and way of life. Wonderful time overlooking the Irish Sea while talking with the locals over a beer and BBQ while listening to a harpist."

Connie

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great experience from the very first day to the last! One of my favorite days was walking on the trail through pastures in Stow-on-the-Wold, also the other country walks up the Tor in Glastonbury and in Snowdonia. Getting around to explore on our own turned out to be easy, using the local bus in the Lake District and the tube in London. Great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments. My favorite was seeing Hadrian's wall and the associated Roman sites. Also walking the city wall in Conwy, looking over the castle and Irish Sea."

John

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed the tour, and found it matched very well with our expectations based on the tour description. Traveling on the coach was seamless, and our guide was excellent. I was impressed with the large area and number of sites we covered, without getting too exhausted! We would have liked learning a little more about the cultures of the places we were visiting, and more local history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Exploring Conwy and hiking on Mount Snowdon."

Marlene

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was exactly as advertised; no hidden charges - we knew exactly what to expect. We appreciated this as it was our first tour. I rated it very good, because of me! I am not that social, so the shared meals (especially needing to talk the first thing in the am with people I don't know), was absolutely past my comfort zone. Also, I would have appreciated a little more info about the culture of the place we were visiting, and the history of the neighborhoods we were seeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the Cotswolds and walking through a field with sheep all over. Also, going up to Avebury was magical."

Steve

Ripon, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was outstanding. I really liked the places the tour visited. Our guides were great and so were our fellow tour mates.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stokesy Castle, Canerfon Castle, Glastonbury Abbey, Bodnant Gardens after a gentle rain, the list could go on and on!"

Phillip

Spokane, WA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had travelled extensively before, but always independently. This was our first tour experience and we couldn't have been happier. The itinerary was fantastic, the other tour participants were great company and Bill and Ellen were outstanding tour guides. Oh, yes, and our bus driver, Ian, was the ultimate professional. Well done!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evensong at the Minster in York was absolutely beautiful. We also really enjoyed Gareth's sheep farm in Wales."

Ed

Lake Lotawana, MO

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good overview of English countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not one in particular. Loved seeing iconic sites in London."

John

Centennial, CO

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and found it far exceeding my expectations. We had a very congenial tour group, a great bus driver and very good local guides; leading it all was an excellent tour guide. I found the organization of the itinerary to be a good mix of history, local customs and culture, people, churches, castes, etc. built around stops and stays at first rate examples of England. I could have never done this alone and had the quality and depth of experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This trip was filled with many memorable "wowers" ... volunteering to bring in the sheep with the dog, Evensong at York Minster, listening to the musicians at pub at Stowe on the Wold and others. We both noted it seemed every day at a very special moment to remember."

Deborah

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. Our guide, Roy was great!! He had so much knowledge that he shared with enthusiasm. He was very attentive to the needs of the group. He always had great suggestions for our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evensong at York Minster."

Peter

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. Every place we saw was beautiful and educational. Having foul weather on a few of the days didn't detract, and in fact it seemed an appropriate part of an English experience. The tour guide was outstanding, and our bus driver was an expert driver and a fun addition to the tour group. I appreciated that most of the tour was in small towns and countryside. We had spent a few days in London prior to the tour so were relieved to enjoy the beauty of the countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no one wow moment for me. What stood out was the appreciation for the sweep of British history - from Avebury Stone Circle though the Roman Period, the Middle Ages, and then on to the now of London. Every piece contributed to the whole."

April

Ft Worth, TX

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well run. We really had a ball meeting all the travelers in our group and going to all the place on our tour with expert guides and efficiency. We were first timers on a Rick Steves tour but many in our group had been on as many as 10 RS Tours -- now we know why.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep farm was an outstanding experience."

Lisa

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well-run, interesting, and really fun. We got to see, do, and learn things that I never would have known about otherwise. The pace was great, the group all got along and enjoyed each other's company, and things went smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many, but I think I enjoyed Avebury and Hadrian's wall the most."

Jan

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved it! It exceeded my expectations. I PARTICULARLY appreciated and enjoyed the knowledge, wit and wisdom of our guide, Roy. He kept me fascinated, even in things I normally wouldn't be. I appreciated the pacing. For moving every two days, the free time and free dinners kept it from feeling too rushed. I loved what we saw-great choices! I appreciated the smaller hotels and guest houses, too. The people in our group were genial and overall, it was wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a member of a choir, Evensong at York Minster was sublime. I loved Gareth's sheep farm and his amazing dogs."

Mary

Centennial, CO

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth RS tour. It was so fun, we enjoyed every minute. The reason we chose this tour was to see the countryside. We have been to London several times. We feel we really saw the real England and had the history, economics, culture explained so well by tour guide, Roy. He was so organized,knowleable and caring. He is a gem and really made the tour for us. We all loved Jim, our skilled coach driver. His kindness was very appreciated. The country side is serenely beautiful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My two wow moments were the folk band in The Cotswolds. So fun! The other was meeting the people in each place. One evening in Keswick, we chose a dog friendly pub for our dinner. It so happened that a neighboring table had their dog with them, after remarking on his good looks we soon were chatting with them and another table for well over an hour. After hugs all around, we smiled all the way back to our hotel."

George

Dalton, MA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Only rain dampened an otherwise outstanding tour. The tour was a good mix of big cities and small villages. Roy was, as expected, an excellent tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lake District was a totally unexpected WOW."

Philip

Sugar Land, TX

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour with destinations well thought out. Weather was a disappointment but that is always a risk.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time we spent with Garreth in Wales on his farm. He is very impressive and his passion is infectious. Very interesting and eye-opening. Close second was our hike up the Cats Bells in the Lake District."

Wendy

Fairfield, CT

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So educational and enjoyable. Had a great guide and travel group. A little less rain would have been nice but it didn't hinder our activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"By far, the sheep hill farmer visit. Not only entertaining but so educational. And the long history of farming in Wales."

Phyllis

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved going to the different villages and towns for an overall experience. Loved Wales, Bath, the lakes region especially. Enjoyed the different hotels were stayed at.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the farm, I think in Conwy,where Garret sheared the sheep and had the most wonderful outdoor barbecue with his family."

Marilyn

Eugene, OR

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel as though I have peered into the soul of Britain on this tour. Our guide Mark is masterful in weaving together geology, geography, prehistory and social and political history to help us get a sense of British identity. A most excellent itinerary!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moments were absorbed during the walking tour through the oh-so-picturesque Cotswold villages, which was a step back in time. In fact a movie crew was there to film a remake of Jane Austen's "Emma." I was also very impressed that we the public were allowed to amble through the gorgeous countryside on private lands."

Marlene

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't think of anything that needed improvement upon. My sister and I who travelled together on the Best of England tour enjoyed it all. I wish we could have had a better opportunity to sit in the mineral spa batha in Bath , but we decided not to wait in line to enter , too many people ahead of us. Maybe next time. Mark is the best , period. !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the Lake District and Cotswolds . Regarding London , it was great also but, of course since it's a huge city, it would take a lot more time and opportunity to see more. (Separate trip ? ) The Lake District and Keswick shopping and boat ride was a highlight !"

Brenda

Fremont, CA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good. It turns out this was my 7th tour so I know how the tours work and every went as planned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bondant Gardens flowering arch and Hadrian's wall"

Kristin

Decorah, IA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Traveling with guide Mark and our affable group in England in May was a terrific experience. I studied in England as a college student, but hadn't returned since. This overview of England, including history, geography, current events, was stimulating, engaging, & fun. We hiked and learned and dined, forging new friendships along our journey. Entering each new town, I appreciated the introductory 'walkabouts,' allowing & encouraging our independence in travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"SO many "Wow!" moments: picnicking in the shadows of Glastonbury Abbey; investigating the Avebury Stone Circle; hiking Mount Snowdon in Wales; shearing sheep, savoring barbecue, & viewing the ocean to the strains of the Welsh harp; hiking in the Cotswolds; boating in Keswick; admiring the flowers in Bodnant Garden; climbing on Hadrian's Wall; boat ride on the River Thames; touring the Tower of London. But Most of all: meeting the marvelous people on our tour and sharing this trip with them!"

William

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really liked the history as related by our Guide. The food was great and the accommodations were thoughtfully situated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The moment of silence at Castlerig Stone Circle"

Robert

Dedham, MA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fantastic right from the start. We met our tour guide Mark before the group get together. I got good vibes right from the first conversation. Mark is the best guide. I learned more history of England. Mark is just fun to be around. I recommend this tour England highly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was the whole trip."

Linda

Nashville, TN

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our 4th RS tour and the only way to travel outside the USA! Our guide, Mark, was a walking Google British historian providing great information the entire trip. Great group of fellow travelers. Our local guides were amazing. Wonderful to just show up and allow someone else to handle all the details.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I've seen a lot of churches and cathedrals in our travels but none equal Wells Cathedral. The walk in the Cotswolds was iconic and picture perfect. However, the visit to the sheep farm and the BBQ on the hilltop will always be a phenomial memory."

Carol

Timnath, CO

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I just loved it all! We covered so much in the way of area and sights. Just wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride on the River Thames where we saw so many bridges and buildings including Traitor's Gate, London Eye, Globe Theater, Big Ben, etc."

Mary Ellen

Dedham, MA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was excellent. The tour is well organized, with planned excursions and group dinners sprinkled throughout the tour, but also time to explore on your own. We hit the high points and the tour did not feel rushed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two Wow Moments The excursion to Carneddau Mountains and the visit to Gareth Wyn Jones's working sheep farm. Gareth educated and entertained us in his inimitable way about the difficulties and delights in living in the mountains.We basked in the hospitality of Gareth and his wife and were treated to a delicious BBQ,a spectacular view, music provided by Sian Llewelyn harpist, and a truly beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace by Rhian. Castlerigg stone circle walk- a spiritual experience"

David

Decorah, IA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Visiting castles and getting historical info was great. While in various cities we got to experience the culture We also got to explore places not on the itinerary and meet the people of England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We got to see a working farm in Wales and had the opportunity to visit withe the family about their way of life."

Ruth

Pittsburg, KS

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent

Deborah

Miller Place, NY

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third R.S.tour and it did not disappoint.It was a great way to see Britain for the first time. We really enjoyed experiencing the countryside and learning the history of all the places we visited. Jamie,our tour guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Our hotels were generally quaint and comfortable. Looking back at my pictures I realized how much was packed into the 14 days...so much to take in! Even so, there was "free time" built in to explore on our own. Had a great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Baths were amazing. I was totally awed by the Glastonbury Abbey, the Wells Cathedral and its astronomical clock. Visiting Gareth Wyn Jones, the sheep farmer was definitely a high point. Just the antiquity of all the buildings over there is difficult to comprehend."

Richard

Miller Place, NY

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I felt the tour gave us a good overview of England and its history. We visited mainly rural England and the countryside but also Bath, York and London. Jamie, our guide, was very knowledgeable about the history of the places we visited. I felt he had a different perspective because he was born and raised there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "WOW" moment was definitely Wales and the sheep farmer, Gareth and his dog!"

Edith

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Almost everything about this tour was perfect. Jamie was an excellent, very knowledgable, personable guide. The sights visited were great. The transportation worked well. The balance between planned time and free time was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments: the sheep farm in Wales, the walk in Snowdonia, the Lake District, Vindolanda and Hadrian's Wall, the York Minster, St. Paul's Cathedral."

Carol

Athens, GA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An outstanding adventure. Jamie is the best! Kudos to Joseph and Tom, our bus drivers. This was what going on a tour is all about. Exceeded all expectations.While the group was enjoying the history, architecture, flora and fauna, Jamie excelled in his presentations with enthusiasm and humor. A real appreciation of how beautiful the countries are, as well as the richness of the culture. Interaction with locals a special plus. Cohesion of the group evident in all we experienced together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many "wow" moments to list. Every experience warranted a "wow." The positive reputation Rick Steves has solidified my feelings that I chose the best tour company ever. Hope to take more trips in the future. Thanks!"

Betty

Athens, GA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of England Tour was awesome! It met and exceeded my expectations. Attention to detail, tour information that was provided prior to and during the tour, size of our group, knowledge and interaction of our guide, the bus driver, and variety of activities made for a wonderful experience. The countryside in both England and Wales was beautiful and the people we encountered were lovely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip seemed like one "wow" moment after another. Specifically, there were two "wow" moments that stood out in my mind...Bodnant Gardens and Castlerigg stone circle. Both were spectacular!"

Peggy

Granville, MA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip, in every regard. Lovely weather to boot. Superb guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Stokesay Castle!! i appreciated the self-guided tour and the lack of crowd. In general, I greatly appreciated the planning which got us to places early in order to see the most without a crowd. York is a favorite as well. I'd never been north of York, so the Lakes District was a wonderful treat. Keswick was wonderful, and our hotel view there was divine. We are just happy seniors re-visiting our favorite places in great style with Rick Steves tours."

Donald

Bartlesville, OK

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pace was good. Always pushing forward or preparing for the next event or site. I considered Transportation from place to place as good as it can get. Size of the group seemed pretty optimized. The variety of places and events was fantastic. The Guide was excellent. It was a vey rewarding experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Besides the Hadrian's Wall area and museum .. with Roman artifacts, I think we enjoyed having the time to see the beautiful countryside, from the small towns to Wales to the lake district to York. It was very peaceful."

Kendall

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed seeing England. I came away feeling that I had seen and experienced England. I wanted to experience more than just London, and that certainly was accomplished.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several: Stone fences across the English countryside. Wonderful scenery in Keswick. Wonderful scenery in Wales and Snowdonia."

Donald

Waterloo, IA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was not my first Rick Steve's tower. Can say it compares very favorably with the others. Was for me my most demanding physically. Do not know why.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many interesting things two that compete in me for WOW moment, Hadrian's Wall. Being on it and see, it disappear into the fog and distance was chilling. Was on the wall alone the others were faster. Thinking of a Roman legionnaire being there away from home over a thousand years earlier. The other was the smaller stone circle on top of the hill. Location and size with condition. Made this one worth coming back to."

Phillip

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed our tour very much, except that we were very disappointed we did not get to see Westminster Abbey. We were not notified of the error in the itinerary, which stated that we would see it during the London portion of our tour, until we were in York. We spent two days in London prior to the start of the tour and, had we known about the itinerary change, we could have seen the Abbey then. While we were glad to see St. Paul's, Westminster Abbey was a visit we were most anticipating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vindolanda. Both the ruins and the artifacts in the museum were amazing. It was wonderful being able to walk through a Roman fort and town and then see how they lived."

Edmund

Bedford, NY

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep farm in Wales was my favorite. It was informative, funny and interesting. One of the best things about a Rick Steves' tour is how you learn as well as travel and you have experiences that are unique like this one."

Thomas

Granville, MA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The shepherd's dog! This was the best part of my trip."

Marianne

Parker, CO

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Again, another great Rick Steves tour. A good mix of smallish towns and not so small towns. Of group time and solo time. Bill and Savannah were always able to help, give info, make suggestions. Kudos to our bus driver Jim too. He too was always ready to help....and to laugh.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep farm in Wales. Gareth was so passionate about his dogs, sheep and way of life. He is inspirational. Bodnart Gardens were spectacular."

Leon

Chantilly, VA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour met all of my expectations. Looking back, there was an amazing amount of geography, history, and information experienced during our two week tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening some of us hiked up to Castlerigg Stone Circle was amazing. We got there just before the sun set, which cast a beautiful series of shadows over the hill we were standing on."

Cynthia

Plymouth, MI

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guides (Bill & Savannah) were just wonderful! Bill is funny, knowledgeable, kind-hearted, creative and very patient. Savannah is fun, enthusiastic and thoughtful. I already miss both of them. The daily excursions were well planned and our tour-bus driver (Jim) fit right in with the group and he is an excellent driver. This was our first guided trip. We have traveled to Paris and the south of France, Barcelona, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands on our own, in the past.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The favorite "wow" moment was our excursion to the sheep farm owned by Gareth Wyn Jones in Wales. It was incredible in every way. Gareth and his family, including their sheep and their amazing sheepdogs, the beautiful land surrounding their farm and Gareth's stories were just so amazing and an experience I will always remember. 2nd favorite was hiking on the Snowdonia mountain...and we loved having dinner all together with our group. Thank you to Bill & Savannah!"

Phoebe

Bethesda, MD

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I'd probably check "outstanding" except for one thing. Many of our bus companions got sick from cold wet weather, and I caught it from them the last 2 days of the tour.

Gail

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Bill the tour guide and his assistant Savannah I liked very much. The group was great. The pace of the tour was good, not to much not to little to do. The countryside was lovely. I liked the choice of villages and cities thought they where a good choice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A few of the country walks we went as a group. Bath is lovely and so was Conwy, Wales also liked York."

Charles

Buffalo Grove, IL

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a good time on the tour, especially enjoying the Conwy, Keswick, York, and London stops. For what it's worth, Bath is overrated in my opinion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I greatly enjoyed the boat ride in London."

Wendy

Chantilly, VA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my first Rick Steves' Europe tour. The beauty of the country combined with adventure and history made this a near-perfect experience. Even the weather cooperated most of the trip! I have been recommending this tour to everyone who's asked me about our trip :-)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly, the skill with which our bus driver, Jim, got us through tight spaces! I was so impressed! Wales was beautiful and a bit surprising for me; partially because I didn't fully know what to expect. Gareth's farm, the sheepdogs, Bodnant Gardens, local Welsh food; all were fantastic. My dad's family is of Welsh heritage, and I loved seeing my maiden name on streets, associated with a prince, and talked about on tours. What a great two days."

Sharon

Eugene, OR

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an absolutely great trip. Bill and Savannah were excellent and our group melded into a really compatible and fun group of traveler companions. Loved that we got a couple of days in Wales too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count. I am a passionate reader of history and English literature. Being in the heart of England and in Wales too, each area we visited brought its own special moments for me."

Christine

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I woke up on New Year's Day and said to myself that at 71 yrs this year, I should start doing things on my Bucket List, and this tour was at the top! I called a college to see if she would join me and I got an immediate YES! From the day we arrived in Bath, to the last day in London, it was wonderful. We were fortunate to have great weather for most all of the trip and our hotels, food, guides David & Paul with great driver Ian, all exceeded our expectations, as did our 24 new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is going to be hard because every day held new adventures, wonderful scenery, history & stories from our guides, and growing friendships with everyone, but if I had to say one thing...it would be meeting Gareth Wyn Jones on his sheep farm. Hearing him talk about his family's stewardship of the land for 350 yrs was amazing (and the dogs). Second would be Glastonbury, we had a picnic on the lawn on a perfect sunny day. Third would be York...I could live there."

Robin

Broomfield, CO

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of England tour sure lived up to its name. 14 days of an excellent adventure with perfect weather! (Thank you for arranging that!) Castles, Cathedrals, gardens and more; mixed with history, good food, and an amazing group of new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many........... The Bodnant gardens: Laburnum Arch at its peak of beauty. Lake District's Keswick, with the newly refurbished wooden boat ride on the tranquil lake Derwentwater. The magnificent Wells Cathedral and the clock from 1390. Learning about and walking around part of Hadrian's Wall. Listening to evensong being sung by the choir in the York Minster Cathedral."

Molly Sue

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth trip to Europe, but the first on any kind of tour. I must admit, I was a bit hesitant about being with a group I didn't know, following a specific itinerary and nonstop agenda. I also wasn't sure that England was where I would choose to travel if I hadn't been invited by a girlfriend to go with her. Now, I can't imagine traveling anywhere else, especially in the spring. It helped that we had perfect weather, green pastures filled with sheep and lambs, picnics and parties!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"May I mention two? The first would have to be Glastonbury. I still want to close my eyes and imagine how very, very old those ruins were. The fact that they are only partially standing seemed to add to the intrigue and beauty. My second favorite wow moment would be visiting the Bodnant Gardens. They could have just left me there for the remainder of the tour!"

Elizabeth

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of England trip was filled with beauty, fascination and fun. The other travelers were as delightful as the scenery, experiences, and food. There were so many times when we felt lucky to be doing something that we would not have been able to do on our own (visiting a working sheep farm in Wales, touring a manor house that was off the beaten path and had it's own working flour mill are 2 examples).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to a folk music group in a pub in the Cotswolds. Excellent musicians (guitars, mandolin, fiddle, squeeze box, beautiful voices) performed traditional and original pieces."

Steve

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Best of England tour was more than we'd imaged ... giving us a wonderful cross-section sampling of England's culture, geography, history, and current events - - from both the perspective of oalur Tour Guide and local location guides. I highly recommend this tour, especially for anyone who might be experiencing England for the first time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While there where many, many great memories from the trip, my "WoW" moment was our visit to Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick. The circle was quiet, intimate, and set in serene, pastoral location. And after our visit to Castlerigg, my wife and I had an amazing and scenic walk back to Keswick through wooded trails and farmers' sheep meadows. ....an amazing morning."

Daniel

Sudbury, VT

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

first visit to great britain, and a rick steves tour was the perfect way to learn about the country. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, funny and the local guides were well chosen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"i liked the sheep dog and shearing demonstration. Gareth was a charismatic guy, very interesting to listen to."

Marcia

Aubrey, TX

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved every day of the tour, and the mix of structured time and free time was well balanced. Our guide, David, was outstanding and his sense of humor and dry wit added so much to the tour! His knowledge of everything we saw in all parts of the country was amazing. Paul was also great and I think will become an excellent guide. We lucked out with exceptional weather, which was a real bonus. Overall, a wonderful tour that I would recommend to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a number of them: the folk group in the Cotswolds; Blenheim Palace; sheep farm in Wales; Bodnant Gardens in full bloom; St. Paul's in London; all of the group meals, especially fish & chips dinner in Keswick, and Indian dinner in York. Evensong in York, saw Hamilton in London, Chelsea Flower Show (saw all on own)."

Elaine

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

David did an excellent job bringing group members together. Having been on four other tours, this group became acquainted with each other early on which made the whole tour experience that much better. David was very knowledgeable about the sites and gave us a good understanding of England. Paul's stories about his experience in the British Navy should be a 'must' for all the tours he participates in. Everyone was on the edge of their seats listening to Paul.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bodnart Gardens - I'm normally not a garden person but this garden was so beautifully designed that it was amazing to see. Close second was Avebury Henge (Stone Circle) - there's a special peace about the place. It's so nice that Avebury doesn't feel touristy at all."

Celeste

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour with outstanding guides!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several special events on this tour. I especially liked the scenic drives, cream tea at Stokesay Castle, sheepdog mustering with Gareth & Khulna, the Bodnant gardens were spectacular, the beauty of the Lake District, York Minister and many sites in London."

Leslie

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, but it will definitely not be our last! We loved the philosophy of the tour-engaging in local settings, learning deep history, and all while also developing significant relationships with the rest of the tour members. We had a wonderful mix of guided time and free time, and never felt rushed or pushed; but also never felt bored or wishing for more engagement. Good balance!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although it was not a big item on the trip agenda (and actually got removed at the last minute), our personally-arranged visit to Castlerigg Stone Circle was deeply powerful. We were able to be there with no other tourists, and after seeing both Stonehenge and Avebury circles, this one felt intimate and authentic. Then, the walk back to our hotel through farmlands and river paths was absolutely beautiful. So glad we didn't miss it!"

Katherine

Sudbury, VT

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent trip. We covered a lot of ground throughout England & Wales. Each stop was interesting & somewhat different from our previous stop. Hotels were very nice,centrally located for touring & shopping on our open times. Group dinners were exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wales with the sheep herding demonstration. Completely different from the castles, churches & historical buildings. Gareth the owner of the sheep was very personable, well informed & funny. Very interesting side tour."

Kevin

Baldwin City, KS

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wanted to see the classic English country side, and got exactly what I was expecting! Our tour guide, David, was absolutely fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The immersion into- the English countryside lasted the entire tour; so I suppose that WOW moment was a bit longer - more like WOOOOOOOOOOOOW!"

Barbara

Topeka, KS

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a great trip with a little bit of everything "England ". A good balance of group activities and personal time. An amazing variety of experiences over the 13 days. The "Rick Steve's Way" of helping a group of strangers become traveling friends always adds to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh, how to choose just one!! I loved the awesome cathedrals/abbeys. So beautiful!! Great local guides with so much background information. Their love for what they do shining thru."

Mary

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our experience was great! Lorraine is very knowledgeable and helpful. We enjoy our RS tours because of the mixture of scheduled tour time and the amount of free time-gives us a chance to see what we want to see. We also enjoy the fact that we can skip the lines to the bigger attractions & get in ahead of the crowds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am always amazed that buildings,walls,churches that old are still standing, the ability to build such massive structures with the lack of power equipment etc - and figure out how to lift those big stones or beams is remarkable. The humor of the English is also very fun and entertaining."

John

Virginia Beach, VA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide, great group of fellow travelers. Really enjoyed the low key small town countryside travels for most of the tour, then almost overwhelmed by big bustling London at the end of the tour. But, we adjusted and enjoyed our few days stay in London very much

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two things -- Bodnant Garden was amazingling beautiful, even in the early season for most flowers; and, our long walk up to a stone circle just before sunset outside of Keswick -- just a very peaceful and soothing."

Daniel

Warfordsburg, PA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our Guide (Lorraine) was simply outstanding! She was extremely knowledgeable and able to share her knowledge without becoming overbearing. She genuinely cared about ensuring that the members of our group all had a wonderful visit. The itinerary was good but could use a few tweaks. Starting in London, instead of Bath, would have allowed folks to tackle the big city when they were fresh and energetic instead of fatigued after 2 weeks of trekking around the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"An after dinner stroll with Lorraine in the Lake District to view the Castlerigg Stone Circle at sunset. It was simply spectacular, and the walk through the beautiful countryside to see it was amazing."

Trina

Warfordsburg, PA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide Lorraine was outstanding! She was very knowledgeable on history, local customs, and her people skills were off the chart. Our bus driver Ali was also excellent. Great driver, polite, calm, never flustered. Itinerary - would have liked to begin in London (when we had more energy) and finished in Bath. Hotels were ok. Would have preferred higher end hotels more like our last hotel in London Raddison Edwardian Vanderbilt Group meals were excellent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was visiting Winston Churchill's grave and seeing the WW2 veterans and their families laying wreaths of poppies at his grave."

Kathy

Norwell, MA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group of travelers which made our trip very enjoyable. Lorraine is such a knowledgeable tour guide and is also easy going and fun. We learned so much about England and Wales that we never knew. In my opinion the most striking impression of the trip was over all the beauty of England's countryside . We hope to go back and do the southern England trip in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was our walk with Lorraine after dinner one night in Keswick. The walk was optional. My husband and I of course wanted to go as an ancient stone circle was our destination. As we arrived at the clearing the evening light was making the stones have long shadows in the golden dusk light. It was as if we stepped back in time . There were no visitors there. It was magical."

Dorothy

Scituate, MA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour met its ambitious expectations. It was a lot to see and do, and we did! We also had time not just to see things but also to experience each area. Our guide Lorraine was tremendous and each location we visited had its charms.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my favorite days was in Glastonbury. On route we stopped at pre historic barrow grave mound. It evoked the ancient people who built it. At Glastonbury we had time to tour the ruins, then some of us climbed Glastonbury Tor. We had fun climbing it, then the views were amazing. When we returned to the abbey site the guide had brought in a delicious lunch. All in all a day of fun, culture and camaraderie and food."

Anne

Virginia Beach, VA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great tour with a congenial group of fellow travelers. It was full of nature walks and learning about the country's history, culture, food and art. Lorraine was an inspiring, well organized, knowledgeable guide and responded immediately to participants special requests. The food was terrific, hotels comfortable. My favorite part of these trips is the surprises; in this case, the impromptu side stops and treks to magical sites. Ali, our bus driver was very professional and friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bodnant Gardens in Wales, certainly! The timing of our tour was a little early for the beautiful array of flowers I was hoping to be able to photograph but the expansive layout, artistic landscaping and wide assortment of flora, laced with flowing streams and other bodies of water presented a surprising opportunity for some stunning photographs! The surprise setting-sun walk up to the stone circle. Also, the educational and inspiring sheep farm demo and optional hike up to the Glastonbury Tor!"

Bonnie

Smoke Rise, GA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was really well thought out with lots of variety between castle, gardens,palaces, ruins, villages, cities, downtime, hikes etc. Even the days with bus travel were broken up well and never felt like we were on the bus along time. Our guide made sure we beat the crowds at busy sites and knew where to get the best cream tea! Loved the scenery and frequent chances to walk/hike in the country. Our travel group was very congenial... no grumps. Everyone was willing to do everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were quite a few but our favorites were in Wales. One was the visit to the sheep farm in Wales, watching the dogs herd the sheep and the owner shearing them. Another was Bodnant Gardens in Wales - it was the perfect time of year to see this huge private garden with all the azaleas, rhododendrons and spring flowers in full bloom. An unexpected surprise!"

Anne

Racine, WI

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the group, learning more about English history, and trying many of the foods I've heard about on the British Baking Show. There was a perfect mix of walking, museums, and churches.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was something new each day, but I especially enjoyed the sheepdog demonstration and York Minster."

Cheryl

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all you need a good guide. David made the trip a wonderful experience . He was organized,friendly and fun to be with. He imparted so much knowledge about the areas we were visiting. We also had an amazing coach driver,Jim. He gave 110% on the Magic Circle. Great driver and human being. Then there were our fellow traveler,great people to spend time with on our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many,visiting the sheep farm and learning about it from Gareth , watching a sheep dog at work and seeing the sheep sheared. Visiting Vindolanda and Hadrians wall ,incredible. Incredible as it seems,my favorite "WoW" was walking in the Cotswolds,the Wardens Way,walking among the sheep,so many Ewes with their lambs,being drenched as we walked the beautiful countryside .Stopping for an ice cream in a lovely village."

Marsha

Kenosha, WI

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A fun picture with Peter Rabbit after boat ride on Derwentwater Lake, lavendar ice cream after a stroll in the Cotswolds, the funky feeling being among the Neolith stone circles in Avebury, surprise mead tasting at the splendid Blenheim Palace, talking with a local vacationer from Cumbria, learning some Welsh phrases from the famous hill farmer, Gareth Wyn Jones, photographing acres of breathtaking blooms at the Bodnant Gardens, learning fascinating facts from gregarious guide, David.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Stanway Manor House restored flour mill. The passion of the two gentlemen who now work at the mill and their description of the process of restoring the mill was impressive. Seeing and hearing the water-powered mill at work was a WOW. This was just one of the special memories that WOWed me on this fantastic vacation."

Kathleen

Madison, WI

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great experience. David was so well organized, and had planned for every contingency. We loved the mix of experiences -- we could have not have done this trip on our own.

Robert

Great Falls, VA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really great tour with congenial people and outstanding guide and driver. Good itinerary and hotels. Meals were very good. Good hotels. The Sheep in Stow was really fun, but all were good. Room at the Radisson in London did not have useable outside window.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evensong at Yorkminster. Wonderful singing!"

Owen

St Paul, MN

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We got to visit marvelous history and some very unusual sites our guide David did a wonderful job of organizing and leading Without it being obvious and his sense of humor and just write knowledge of where we are and what we should know add it to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The monastery we visited at Glastonbury what is both a fascinating story and a wonderful walk around. The history from the very beginning To King Arthur was a special treat. The second wonderful stop was in Carneddau And a working farm with 4000 sheep and the story of how to make it work successfully. Also the demonstrations of sheep corralling and shivering add it to the experience."

Susan

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour group was wonderful. We had a lot of fun together. I enjoyed learning about the hx. of England and loved touring the beautiful countryside. Although we had time constraints, this was a relaxed trip compared to other R.S. tours. Can't praise David enough. His knowledge is unsurpassed and what a wonderful sense of humor. I really enjoyed him. Also had a great driver, Jim - so helpful and friendly. I'd like to adopt both he and David!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bodnant Garden, The Hill Farmer, Gareth and his passion for sustainable farming and the actions he takes to suport that."

Nicolette

Ames, IA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was my first Rick Steves tour for me. I enjoyed the my group, coach driver, and found David very knowledgeable in English history with a humorous twist sometimes. I enjoyed the food in that the breakfasts were very complete and quite a variety of both hot and continental. We had a taste of all areas we visited with tours, local hotels, cultural foods, etc. It was certainly an outstanding tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count: --Avebury circle of stones --Westminster Abbey --Welsh sheep farm --herdies sheep So much more!"

Debra

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First Rick Steves Tour. First trip to Great Britain. My tour experience was fabulous, much as I expected, having been a fan of Rick Steves for many years. The tour was a great combination of laid back group experiences and enough information about each location so that I felt confidently adventurous going out and exploring on my own. All of the details of the trip were well-planned out resulting in easy entry into all the sites we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A favorite wow moment was when I stepped out into the city of Bath on my own following our walkabout earlier that day. I felt comfortable enough to engage in my surroundings and really enjoy the city. Another wow moment was visiting Gareth Wyn Jones' sheep farm, especially the ride back to the village in his 4-wheeler!"

Debra

Wauwatosa, WI

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour exceeded my expectations. Mark, our tour guide, was a wealth of knowledge and provided memorable experiences for learning about the culture and people of England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was one "wow" moment after another! If I had to choose one moment that stood out it would be spending time with Gareth and his family at the Welsh sheep farm."

Donald

Golden, CO

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned a lot in a short period of time from our very knowledgeable guide and other guides at specific places. Plus the food selections were very good and related to the areas we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"York Minster. It's hard to imagine how this huge and beautiful structure was built so many years ago with the tools then available."

David

Decatur, GA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the first tour we have taken, although we have travelled extensively in the British Isles before. We were impressed by the experience, and especially by our tour guide. Mark was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and very well organized. All in all, I think that the places chosen for visitation and the places we stayed were first rate. We both enjoyed the tour thoroughly. We were especially pleased with the attention paid to group members who encountered difficulties on the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although there were many enlightening moments, probably the trip to Hadrian's Wall and the various Roman ruins in Britain made me understand the scope and size of the Roman influence."

Richard

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I would say the choices of places to go were first rate, food and lodging were very good. I enjoyed Marks sense of humor and knowledge of the areas we visited. Mark handled the group with confidence. Logistics were flawless. My only suggestion would be to consider other options if weather becomes extreme as we had on Mt. Snowdonia the day of our hike. Although people had the option to stay back most did not because they wanted to experience the mountain. Age can put some at risk.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were three wow moments. The hiking in the Lales district and the visit to Glastonbury, The Lakes district for its incredible beauty and Glastonbury for its historical significance. Third, The sheepdog demonstration with meal and meeting Garett Jones."

Jeanne

Decatur, GA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fourteen days with an interesting group of people and an outstanding guide. We had just the right balance between planned activities and time to roam on our own. This was our first tour group; we had always travelled on our own and this experience was eye-opening. We never felt rushed or required to participate in activities we would not have chosen. Our first Rick Steves tour but probably not our last.

Barbara

Golden, CO

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was alot to take in even though I had read beforehand and knew English History in a general manner. Getting into the countryside was the best part for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Northumberland and Hadrians wall. The excavation at the Roman garrison was fantastic. Also the Roman Baths in Bath. The Roman and Norman eras are of particular interest."

John

Houston, TX

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour started well with Bath, the ruins of the Glastonbury cathedral and the Wells Cathedral. The weather started to get a bit ugly at Avebury, and by the time we arrived in Snowdonia it was really rough. I have a photo of the warning sign on the Warden's office at Snowdonia warning of 65 mph wind gusts. We rode out stronger winds in Ike & Harvey, but low 40s and sleet made it worse. If I were the guide, I might have tried to keep the group together for the walk up the mountain. Bad day!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would pick the ruins of the Glastonbury cathedral as my favorite, with the Avebury stone circle in second. Mark could make those places come alive."

Daniel

Amarillo, TX

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I do not have enough praise for Roy and Rick's tours in general. This was a bucket list trip for me and exceeded all expectations. Most of my "do-it-yourself" trips ended up on the list that rhymes with bucket...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"James the bus driver and his ability to navigate through narrow streets I wouldn't even drive a tiny car in. Yes the sights were amazing and having one of the resident guides point out little details you would otherwise miss if you did it n your own."

Allan

Normandy Park, WA

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Tour, first time in Europe. It was wonderful. Weather was beautiful, tour companions were enthusiastic and agreeable, scenery was gorgeous, and the British so cordial and helpful. But what really made the tour what it was was our tour guide Roy. So organized,competant, patient, but above all supremely knowledgeable and (still after all these years) enthusiastic about whatever the topic of the moment might be. I could have listened to Roy talk for hours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stone circles at Avebury and Castlerigg, and Yorkminster Cathedral."

Janis

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. The itinerary was varied and well-paced and our guide and driver were excellent. We were blessed with unexpectedly great weather for the whole trip which made it even more special. We really enjoyed all the activities and the local guides were also really good. England in the springtime, with lots of blooming flowers, fields of bring green (wheat) and yellow (rapeseed) and tons of ewes and baby lambs everywhere made for a beautiful viThanks for a grand time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of them: Wells Cathedral, walking in the Cotswolds, Gareth's sheep farm, Bodnant Gardens, Vindolanda, and the amazing chapterhouses in both the York Minster and Wells Cathedral."

Walter

Elkton, FL

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip that had just the right balance of relaxation and excitement. Plenty of fantastic sights and chances to learn about history and other cultures. And plenty of chances to just sit back and enjoy a great meal, beautiful countryside, and some of the friendliest people you will ever meet.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abbey with the tombs for Darwin, Hawking, Newton, Dickens, and Blake to name just a few was incredible."

Cherie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nice group of people, interesting sites, great guide,excellent lodging.. Planning and scheduling perfect.The organizational bits....amazing. Replacing an injured bus driver and only being delayed 20 minutes ...wow.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After 3 Steves tours, I have come to realize that folks on Steves Tours are a special group of people. They are open to new experiences, friendly, not complainers,self sufficient and represent the United States in a very positive way."

David

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our first bus driver twisted his ankle and had to leave the tour 45 minutes before our scheduled departure from Conwy, but Roy managed to find another driver with only a half hour delay from our departure time! The tour was well designed, a good mix of cities, towns, and countryside. Good food, nice hotels, lucky weather, pleasant companions. Especially loved the standing stones of Avebury, the ruins of Glastonbury, the sheep farm in Wales, the beautiful Evensong in York Minster.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evensong in York Minster was magical. We got there early, and so were able to sit in the choir with the boys and men. I thought the scaffolding in the organ/choir area would detract from the experience, but once the choir began singing their voices lifted my spirit above the scaffolding and up into the heavenly heights of the cathedral. Beautiful."

Scott

South Bend, IN

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first international trip so we were counting on guidance in all aspects of our trip. We were very satisfied with almost every aspect of our trip, from accommodations, to our excellent guide Roy, and the daily itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't know anything about Wales, so the city and the surrounding natural landscape were a wonder to behold. The Lake District was also beautiful."

Brian

Rocklin, CA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to England, Wales and Europe. The tour exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all a Wow for me. I loved learning the history. If I picked something it would be the visit to the sheep farm and folk music in the Cotswolds. Our tour guide Roy brought history alive. I especially enjoyed being on my own with my wife in London."

Charles

North Hampton, NH

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about our tour was wonderful. Our tour guide, Roy, was extremely knowledgeable, thorough, thoughtful, and humorous; we couldn't have had a better leader, a person who truly led a smooth, seamless outing. Also, it was a delight for my wife and I to get to know a group of fellow travelers, each of whom made the experience very enjoyable. Finally, each tour stop was well chosen, interesting, and memorable, as were the many fine eating places. In short, a very rewarding tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments. For my wife, one of her favorite experiences was visiting the sheep farm in Wales and watching the sheep dogs and sheep shearing activities. For me, I particularly found visiting the ancient stone rings of Avebury and especially Castlerigg near Keswick, to be quite thought-provoking and indeed moving."

William

Aurora, OH

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful experience for y wife and myself. England and Wales are filled with beautiful sites and fun loving people. I would gladly o it again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hadrian's Wall has to be the WOW. The Romans spent a lot of time and effort in trying to manage the peoples of England Wales and Scotland."

Pamela

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After having wanted to see the UK for many years, I finally had the chance and because I was going alone, I went with the tour I felt was going to be the best all around experience. It turned out to be a very good decision, as the group was great, the itinerary was well-rounded, and our guide-father Roy, was superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stone circles (Avebury, Castlerigg) we visited were amazing; the history of the peoples who built them came alive for me and I could imagine being a pilgrim/worshiper. Roy, as usual, brought more of the historical perspective to life for us."

Julianne

South Bend, IN

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first trip overseas; we were so happy we chose a Rick Steves tour. We didn't have to worry about lodgings, transportation, or even standing in line for tickets. It all met or exceeded our expectations, from hotels, food, the sights, and our fabulous tour guide, Roy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing to Walla Crag in the Lakes District, and being rewarded with a stunning view of lakes and mountains! Calendars and coasters cannot do justice to how beautiful the English countryside is!"

Beverly

Santa Fe, NM

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First trip to England and experiences exceeded expectations. Great itinerary, good accommodations and surprisingly good food. Was primarily interested in history & Jeanie was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining when providing historical information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Roman baths in Bath. Fantastic archaeological restoration which gave a good understanding of the sophistication of the Roman society in that far flung outpost."

Carol

Helena, MT

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the variety of big city and small villages. I was impressed with the historical breath of England with the Roman ruins of Bath and Hadrian's Wall to the medieval abbeys to the renaissance castles. I found our guides knowledge of kings' personalities as well as their politics very interesting. I chose the England tour because I love the BBC channel's historical dramas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my WOW moments was going to the London Theater and watching "Mama Mia." It was so full of exuberant actors, dancers, and singers. At the end we all stood up and sang along with the cast as they performed a bit more and bowed. I just felt like a Londoner for a few hours! The stained glass windows at the York Minster was amazing! Just when I thought I was "churched-out" their magnificence was over whelming."

Richard

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well designed with an excellent variety of locations including small and midsize towns, large cities, lakes/seas, and mountains. We appreciated the selection of smaller,local hotels located convenient to city center or the tube station in London. We could've used more than 60 min of free time at Vindolanda since the museum had wonderful Roman artifacts and the cafe was tiny. A map of the stone areas at Avebury would have been helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Elgin marbles and other Acropolis pieces at the British museum, the Impressionistic painting special exhibit at the National Gallery, seeing the memorials to Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, and Charles Darwin at Westminster, and realizing how many outstanding scientists, musicians, authors, and poets are from England. Thank you, Prince Albert, for making the museums free."

Richard

Fairbanks, AK

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just one word, GREAT!!

Teresa (Terry)

Helena, MT

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First trip tp England and Wales and hopefully not the last. Our guide, Jeanie and driver, James were wonderful. Jeanie's history lessons were always informative and entertaining. The tour itinerary was well planned and our group dinners were great! I would have liked to have had more time in a few places, especially Vindolanda, but such is the way with a full schedule. Had a great group of fellow travelers and enjoyed our time together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't pinpoint just one favorite moment. The castles, cathedrals, manor house, stone circles, quaint villages, Gareth Jones sheep farm, amazing ruins at Vindolanda, the beautiful scenery in the lake district, London museums and galleries, seeing a live performance of Mama Mia all had their own 'wow' moment."

Ross

Salem, OH

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall tour experience was absolutely top-rate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. The experience with Gareth was eye-popping and mind blowing. The evening meal with local musicians was an absolute delight. The Cathedrals were magnificent, as were the homes and palaces we visited."

Lenore

Allen Park, MI

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded every one of my expectations. The itinerary encompassed most of the areas of England and Wales that I wanted to see in such a way as to inspire more indepth travel on my own in the future. It was a great sampling of a wonderful buffet. I really enjoyed seeing places I never would have thought of on my own (even with the help of Rick's book). I can't wait for my next trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's impossible to pick just one, but my top three were: 1. The Gareth Jones sheep farm where I got to play shepherdess for a half hour; 2. Glastonbury Abbey on a sunny afternoon was a spectacular setting for private contemplation followed by a group picnic; 3. Hadrian's Wall and Vindolanda, although in ruins, gave evidence to the skill and artistry of the Romans who lived at the end of the Empire."

Renee

Fairport, NY

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wish I read more books, watched more PBS. Spent too much time working. Love European villages and way of life in tours of France, Italy, Germany, etc. Americans know so very little. Impressed with environmental knowledge of Europeans countries. We're so far behind.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abbey! It was outstanding! I've seen a lot of cathedrals in Europe and they all look alike after a while. But Westminster Abbey was over the top!! A second "wow": The Sheep Farm. Great having talking with the owner of the 350-year-old family farm. It's great to visit shops and eat locally, but that doesn't allow for lots of interaction such as with the sheep farmer. A more up close and personal experience."

Alicia

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There are not enough superlatives to describe this trip to England. I loved the beauty and peacefulness of the small villages that we visited. The countryside with rolling hills, stone walls, and hundreds of grazing sheep- beautiful. The history behind Glastonbury, Blendheim Palace, Stanway House, The Tower of London, etc. is hard to wrap your head around. Being able to walk the streets, eat in the pubs, and mix with the locals is what Rick Steve's is all about and I loved every minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment(s) had to be Hadrian's Wall and an, on our own, side trip to Stonehenge. I would rather see Stonehenge included in this tour instead of Avebury where we had to tiptoe through the sheep droppings to see the stones up close and personal. The Hill Farmer, Gareth Wyn Jones, was another wow moment. He was a charming and captivating speaker. Watching his sheep dog work was jaw dropping."

Jeffrey

Santa Fe, NM

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very successful: fun/knowledgable tour leader & fun driver, good to great local guides, fab weather, comfortable accommodations, all tasty meals, good group chemistry, no language problem, very polite locals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"York minster: oldest and largest stained glass windows, chapter room,etc, (inspired to return for an Evensong!)"

Jo Ann

Wimberley, TX

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exciting and very comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake District was beautiful."

Mary

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and it turned out to be a very positive experience overall. It was well organized and activities were well paced. Despite increment weather at times, it did not stop us from enjoying all the activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep farm"

Barbara

Rochester, MN

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gillian was excellent-knowledgeable, fun, informative. She impressed at the start that we all needed to be on time. She was easy to understand and provided the right amount of information-not too much, not too little. Clear instruction always given. She earned the respect of our group. We also had a great group of people. Most were well-traveled and no grouches! Even on days when weather "got in the way" of plans, the group remained positive. I did not hear a single complaint about the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had great "moments" in all of the travels. Have to say, my "wow" was not a moment, but an experience . From Gillian and Bill and Luke, to the group, the local people we encountered, hotel staff, wait staff-you name it, they were all so nice. Every where we went, people were willing to talk and were so friendly."

Brian

Kensington, MD

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our expectations. The scenery was continually breathtaking.When we thought we had seen the highlights, other highlights would come along. The logistics worked like a Swiss watch. The coach, the accommodations, the meals were all sensational. There was a fair amount of challenging walking but we never felt rushed even if we brought up the rear at the castle wall in Conwy. There was a good balance of structured time and free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour along Hadrian's Wall and the Roman Army ruins at Vindolanda. It was breathtaking in its scope and historical significance. We were blown away by the magnitude of the wall and the ruins. We could have used a tiny bit more time there. A close runner up was our visit to the sheep farm in Wales.Gareth was entertaining and welcoming and we learned so many new things. The time there flew. We also fell in love with his dogs."

Gretchen

Boise, ID

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved England and the English people. We were helped by a charming older woman in Bath when I had run out of patience pulling a roller bag from the train station for over 8 blocks. We were jet lagged and cranky. She Kindly asked, "Are you lost? in the British concerned musical tone and encouraging told us, "Your hotel Henrietta is just down this way and to the right around a park and keep walking and we would find it on the left." I am totally smitten by the charm of the British!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many, Many, but luckily getting into see Buckingham Palace on the last day before Queen Elizabeth would return from Balmoral Castle. Every church had it's Wow! The grandness of Wells, The Minster, and St. Pauls was truly memorable and astounding to know that up to 250 yrs would be construction time to build these masterpieces. The Wow of Blenheim Palace and gardens where Churchill was born and the culmination in London viewing the Churchill War Rooms. I could return to every enchanting place."

Katharine

Travelers Rest, SC

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and it far exceeded my expectations! Our guide, Gillian and her apprentice, Bill, were exceptionally knowledgeable and made this tour extremely educational and fun. The age range of our group spanned all of the decades from teenage to 70s which made the tour especially fun. We loved the pace of the tour and staying in one place for more than one day. All of our tour activities were very well-planned and very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moments (can't pick one!) from our tour was seeing and exploring the beauty of Bath, the Cotswolds and the Lake District (Keswick). Our tour of London, while brief, was outstanding thanks to Gillian!"

Kathleen

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an absolute memorable experience. We will DEFINITELY choose a Rick Steves tour again. We did not worry about a thing. We were even able to do laundry about half way through the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First of all we chose Rick Steves Tour because we are a gay married couple & we were very nervous of how we would be accepted. Most all participants were very accepting & we made wonderful new friends. The most wow moments for me were seeing the ancient Roman ruins, Hadrian's Wall & the stone circles. I taught ancient history and it was a delight to see these in person. The most "moving" part of the tour was a visit to the sheep farm. It is difficult for me to explain how emotional it was."

Sue

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary - we had an opportunity to experience the different regions of England, as well as see a variety of sites including ruins, castles, churches, etc. Fortunately the weather cooperated for the most part, which is not a given in England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favourite stop was York Minster, which was surprising because I felt truly church-ed out after all our travels. But I loved that the guide focused on the minutiae of the church, such as the glass, plaster sculptures etc. and not just on the church as a whole. Of course I would be remiss if I didn't say how much I loved being one of the 2 sheep herders in Wales. I felt like a fool, but it was such fun!"

Marsha

Aloha, OR

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our long overdue, first RS trip. We found out first hand that the value in ease of traveling to destinations on tour, reservations made and admissions paid made it worth every dollar invested.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to the working sheep farm with Garath and his wife was my wow. I viewed the suggested YouTube videos when I got home to hear more about their way of life. It gave me an insight that I didn't get while touring museums...which were also valuable for learning about Great Britain."

Walter

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything I hoped it would be: - David was an excellent guide, Paul the coach driver was equally terrific! - Really liked the group, not much partying but polite & respectful. - The itinerary did a really nice job of delivering the 'Best of England'. - Good balance of history, nature, food and sightseeing. What a great experience! Came away feeling we did England really well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure there was one specific moment a would pick. Highlights for me were: - The Roman Bath's in Bath were amazing! - Sheep herding in the Carneddau Mountains was so much fun. - Visiting Lake Country and Keswick was a dream come true. - Hadrian's Wall was a pleasant surprise. Way more impressive than expected. - York Minster. Well okay, maybe that was a wow moment!"

Deborah

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first experience of traveling on Rick Steves Tour and also, first time really traveling in Europe. After this experience I would recommend your company. It was well organized and the places where we stayed were convenient, good breakfasts, and clean. Our driver, Paul was prompt and helpful in loading our bags into the coach(bus). David, was probably the main reason we had such a good time. He was knowledgeable on the history of what we saw, organized, funny, and kind to everyone in group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I believe Bath and London. Bath was fun, had a lot of history and time to see it. I would have liked more time in London. With arriving in the afternoon and our flight leaving Saturday morning we really had only one day. Which was busy in the morning with London tower and Thames River both I wouldn't drop. There is so much to see in London. Given a choice I would have liked 1 less day in Bath and 1 more day in London. I also had a difficult time understanding the tube with its color system."

Dave

Milton, GA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our 5th RS tour so we know what to expect and like the format. Pacing and sites were great. Hotels and food were also very good, as usual. There was a pretty good mix of scheduled activity and free time. The tour director was excellent, and the driver had a great sense of humor and was a nice addition to the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Wells Cathedral was a big surprise, and a world-class cathedral. We also really enjoyed York."

Pamela

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was everything I had hoped for. I have wonderful memories. It was extremely well organized with wonderful guides and perfectly [INVALID]ed places. The group of people were lovely, considerate travelers to share things with. The hotels and food were great! ! !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say it was the visit to Garath Wynn Jones farm as well as a walk through the Cotswalds. I loved the beautiful English countryside and smaller villages."

Tom

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall we had a good time. Our tour group was composed of fantastic people who made it a pleasure to travel with. On this tour, spending two nights on the average was exceptional, giving time to see local sights at one's comfort level. Utilizing Rick's book also made it simple to find interesting and great eating places when on one's own. Thanks Rick!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably for me, a World War II fanatic, (having grown up during WWII) was the Winston Churchill bunker next to 10 Downing Street. Could have spent several days going thru the displays shown."

Janet

Pottsville, PA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I have to admit that dragging my luggage up a lot of stairs in our hotels was very difficult.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"London"

Edgar

Pottsville, PA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was so interesting and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bath was a wonderful city to visit."

Timothy

Belmont, NC

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

good mix of group and alone time. earphones worked well and were very valuable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"wales"

Weather

England / London

England / York

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email, as well as in the Itinerary section of your online customer account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying in the Documents section of your customer account.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly in and out of London's Heathrow (LHR) or Gatwick (LGW) airports. To get to Bath where the tour begins, there are direct trains available from London's Paddington Station, reachable from Heathrow via the Heathrow Express. Alternatively you can travel from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports on a direct National Express coach (bus); schedules can be found at the National Express website.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Great Britain guidebook.