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    Pulteney Bridge in Bath
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    English Pub
  • Cotswolds farmland, England
    The Cotswolds
  • Caernarfon Castle in Wales
  • The Lake District near Keswick
  • York Minster
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    London Walking Tour
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    Big Ben and Westminster

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Best of England in 14 Days Tour

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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!

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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 27 group sightseeing events • English beer tasting • Bath walking tour • Roman Baths • Glastonbury Abbey • Wells Cathedral • 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 Highland walk • Bodnant Garden • Castlerigg stone circle • Lake District boat cruise • Hadrian's Wall walk • Vindolanda • York Minster • York walking tour • London panoramic bus tour • Westminster Abbey • Thames boat cruise • Tower of London "Beefeater" tour…and more
  • All group transportation from Bath to London
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • 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 2018
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions 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 drive up into majestic Snowdonia National Park for a walk 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. 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 meet with a local guide to visit Westminster Abbey, where England's kings and queens have been crowned and buried since 1066. A thousand years of English history lie within its stained-glass splendor and under its stone slabs. 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 hours. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 13: Tower of London

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 hour. 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

Philip

London, LND

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was great and we enjoyed the guide very much. Staying two night in the hotels was excellent. Didn't like the London Hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Folk group was excellent on Saturday evening September 30th."

Gail

Burlington, WA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour. I was amazed by the amount of countryside and rural area that comprised England and Wales. So many stone walls, sheep, pastures, hills and history. I enjoyed this trip, so much was included. We had a great group of people on this tour. The cream tea and daily tea was fabulous! It was fun to learn England "English" while in the U.K., too. I added some new words to my vocabulary!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many favorites on this trip. When I saw the Wells Cathedral as I walked through the gate, it took my breath away. I really enjoyed our trip to Gareth's Sheep Farm in North Wales, so beautiful and educational there. Gareth, his family & his sheep dogs are great. I also enjoyed walking on Hadrian's Wall, such a historic place. Too many to mention them all here."

Mark

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very good overview of several aspects of historical as well as current British experiences and perspectives. As varied as Brexit, Cromwell, socialized Medicine to the The Pick Tribes and Roman occupation. From local mining and quarry options to beer and Pasties. Thank you for sharing your world, Liz.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vinlandia- the active archeology site, and Pubs."

Mike

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfectly [INVALID]d group tour. Our guide was terrific. Excellent introduction to the English countryside and historical sites. Excellent experience overall, with the chance to meet some interesting people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many memorable moments, thanks to the beautiful English countryside and the historical sites in the areas we visited. The Welsh highland sheep farm point for Marguerite; for myself, the high point was the opportunity to visit the British Museum - while not on the group itinerary, I greatly appreciated the chance to go there."

Ken

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My wife is a very picky eater. She had trouble with some of the organized meals. We loved Bath, Wales, It would have been nice to experience the coast/beach at some point. Otherwise, the tour was very organized, educational, and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beautiful countryside views."

Bev

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Liz was an outstanding guide! Paul, our driver was also a valuable asset on our tour! Heather was an added gem stone! Couldn't be happier with the Steves personnel! The crew provided extra touches for us... playing cricket, beer tasting, a stop in Laycock! My personal favorite was meeting Garth at Hilltop Farm! It's those little touches that made our trip so memorable! The one thing I didn't like was that we often traveled through lunch time. We had to do a kind of grab and go to get a meal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gareth at Hilltop Farm."

Eileen

Dickinson, ND

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Liz was fantastic. She was super organized, thoughtful, friendly and caring. She added a few things to the tour (i.e. beer tasting & a special cream tea) that were fun and interesting. Heather was my buddy and she was wonderful as well, helping Liz keep all of us in line in addition to being fun and helpful. Our driver, Paul, was a hoot as well as skilled at his job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the sheep farm in Wales with the sheep dog demo. Garreth's presentation was thought provoking and absolutely amazing."

Frances

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was great. I hope I can stay in good enough shape to do another RS tour. It was an excellent taste of England and Wales for the time allowed. I can't imagine doing a tour that was a bunch of one night stands. Having taken lots of pictures and having Liz' summation at the end helps too with the "where were we when?" feeling a trip of this magnitude leaves u with. We flew in a few days early to Bath but might have done better to do London given how much there is to see there

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wells cathedral as it was the first we saw and those soaring vaults and scissor arches are awesome in the oldest sense of the word. York Minster was the most complete, it felt like, and Alfred and his ipad with your vox system was fantastic. But I must admit having Liz arrange to stuff Heather and all the cases into a taxi so we could trot in a timely manner over the cobbles and stairs to the London train was an unexpected Wow bonus!"

Seri

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We Loved the tour. Liz and Heather were (just like all of our previous guides) perfect and outstanding. I think every tour needs to include Heather! My only complaint is too many long tours of castles and churches. We loved the itinerary and felt we needed more time in all the spots! Figure that one out .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walking tour of the Cotswolds. I'm ready to spend a week walking those paths"

Robert

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

3rd Ricky Steves tour and I must say it gets better each time. Wonderful sights and a great group to be on a trip for 14 days together. Not one person (25) were ever late!Amazing! What made this trip truly outstanding was Liz.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To many wows. Wells,Blenheim,Stanway,Minster,Hadrian,etc."

Richard

Arnold, MD

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our lodgings in the countryside varied from reasonably comfortable to barely adequate but we managed to deal with each circumstance encountered. Our coach driver was superb, navigating narrow roads and city gateways with ease. The areas visited gave us a good overview of the variety to be found in the English countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially enjoyed the tour of Stanway House and Fountain in the Cotswold region. The visit to the working watermill that had been restored to operation was truly remarkable. And the gravity powered fountain (supposedly highest in the world) was impressive."

Jerome

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Since this was our first organized tour, we don't have a lot of reference points for comparison. But, we do know: - Having all the logistics managed for us ... rooms, meals, tours, travel, etc. ... was a treat. - The size and composition of our group worked really, really well. - We were impressed that you managed to cover EVERYTHING mentioned in the tour description. - We won't hesitate to recommend a Rick Steves experience to friends and family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one element stood out; we enjoyed it all. However, we did come to appreciate the rich and extensive historic timeline represented by most of the stops on the tour. When compared to the markers and milestones of U.S. history, England is in a whole different league. Maybe not a "wow," but definitely a "holy cow!""

Joel

North Marshfield, MA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall our tour experience was excellent. Our Guide, Gillian, was most impressive and perhaps added the most important aspects to our tour with her knowledge and incite into the tour destinations and the group dynamics of a bus load of people. The overall tour destinations included many special moments that were made possible by her and the Rick Steve's experience regarding the UK.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gardens at Bodnant."

Brenda

Jackson, MI

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful, Gillian is a very informative and fun person. She made the Trip so much fun. I loved almost everything about this trip. A first for me. England and overseas. I have always loved everything about England and I'm glad I had to opportunity to see it for myself. Enjoyed the people that were on this Tour and the coach driver. Ian has a great personality. He was a great driver and was missed when he left us in York. Will definitely choose your company if I travel again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since this was my first time traveling, it was all a "wow" moment for me. Bath, exciting. Cotswold, beautiful. Lake District and Wales absolutely gorgeous! York, fascinating. Very interesting seeing Castles, Abbeys, stately homes, Blenheim Palace. It all took my breath away. Really enjoyed Gareth and Rhian Jones and their farm. Very informative, passionate people and what a view! London scary for this out in the sticks country girl, but still enjoyable."

Gary

Northampton, MA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I found the dreary weather a little depressing and the English countryside got a little repetitive. And the traditional English food was nothing special. But Gillian was great and I am certainly glad I visited England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything about London was great."

Janet

Lodi, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From historic abbeys and cathedrals to quiet Cotswolds walking paths to a lively sheep herding demonstration and a smooth train ride into London, our tour of England was full of expected (and unexpected) pleasure. Most of the time, our weather was very good. In the Lake District, we encountered the remnants of Hurricane Maria, but it did not keep us from exploring Keswick. Our guide, Gillian, was a wonderful source of historical facts, info about architecture and endless good humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many Wows. I cannot say enough about how beautiful the English countryside is -rolling green hills dotted with ivory colored sheep. A continuing Wow moment as we drove through the country. A surprise Wow for me was the peaceful, welcoming feeling at beautiful Glastonbury Abbey where we were able to linger and have a group picnic. Evensong at York Minster was also a reverent and beautiful Wow as we sat next to the choir during the service. Bodnant Gardens in Wales was gorgeous even in the Fall"

Patricia

Salisbury, MD

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our expectations! Our guide Lorraine was terrific! She and our skilled coach driver, James, went out of their way to make intriguing stops en route. Lorraine chose music, poems, and snacks for the locations we visited, enlivening the history and culture. "Wow" moments were the walks (Avebury, Cotswolds, Derwentwater), Stanway House, Bodnant Gardens, Gareth's farm, and Hadrian's Wall. Our tour group members were the best. A wonderful experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one. Stanway House, its mill and tithe barn. Cotswolds walk through Upper and Lower Slaughter and Derwentwater walk. Loved our visit to Gareth's farm. Also, Avebury, Hadrian's Wall and Bodnant Gardens. All of the locations on this tour were worth the time."

Christopher

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trip of a lifetime! Great group, guide, and coach driver. Although I enjoyed it immensely, it was a struggle to enjoy worthwhile free time, let alone downtime. For example, what's the point of visiting a cornerstone of London's history like St. Paul's Cathedral, if you're not even granted one minute to visit the gift shop for a post card, since photos were prohibited?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's impossible to choose one "moment" - there were many of equal merit: The magnificence of Wells Cathedral, encountering a "hunt" in progress in the Cotswolds, the Lake District at sunrise, the hike up Conwy Hill at sunset, watching the illuminated medieval Conwy Castle at night, Gareth and Fiona's Sheep farm and their fun, lovable dogs, the ancient Roman baths complemented by an Italian opera singer, the grandure and excitement of London from the Thames!"

John

Altamonte Springs, FL

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

very good trip. Good destinations to visit, good guide and all accommodations and meals were fine for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"my wife and I enjoyed the sheep farm, the visit with Garreth and family and learning about a real working farm in today's world. we liked the herding demonstration, the shearing of the sheep and the overall visit."

Sharon

Duvall, WA

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Between Lorraine's vast knowledge, organization, and leadership skills AND James' driving expertise, sense of humor, and fastidiousness, we were in capable hands throughout our journey. The picture postcard scenery will never be forgotten and will fuel our dreams of returning someday. Interactions with local folk and the camaraderie of the tour group made the whole experience AMAZING!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the visit to Gareth's sheep farm and our morning at Bodnant Gardens... so I guess a return visit to Wales will be high on our travel list for the future."

Steve

Gresham, OR

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A dream come true. A great experience. Tp-notch tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cotswolds."

Marilyn

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was another wonderful experience where fun and learning go hand in hand. Our fellow travellers were a friendly, out-going group which always meant there was plenty of conversation and laughter whenever we had a meal together. There seemed to be a pretty good balance of indoor vs. outdoor things on each day. This was mostly a group that liked walking so we could have used even more of that. Sometimes the weather did cut things out like our walk in the Cotswolds; could have stayed there long

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW moments definitely come in different shapes and sizes. I really enjoyed the local guides in their tours in the big cathedrals but Martin's tours in the smaller local churches tied them all together in history. A different kind of WOW came in the Lake District in Keswick. The weather over the lake was gray and misty and the clouds were heavy on the mountains...it was spectacular!! Our photos are just awesome-and then we got to take our boat ride and hike in this beautiful place!"

Barbara

Wenham, MA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Extremely interesting and fun tour, very experienced guide, and compatible co-travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheepdog farm - fun experience, learned so much Vindolanda - Roman fort - fascinating discoveries, would have liked more time there."

Teresa

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I'd wanted to take this particular tour for a very long time. The beauty of England (and Wales) did not disappoint. The group bonded well, our driver, Louise, was awesome, and the site-specific guides were engaging. I wished for an extra day in each of the Cotswolds and Wales. This was my 12th tour with RSE: I'll certainly be back for more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely sheep day, particularly when a tour member wrangled a sheep! Also, standing alone atop the West Kennet Long Barrow before the rest of the group made it up the hill [INVALID] what a view! During free time in London, coming across the introduction of the new Lord Mayor following his election ceremony at the Guildhall."

Patrick

Danville, CA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel that I learned something about the character of the people. I usually get that from a Rick Steves tour. This was no exception. I give the Brits high marks for cherishing their heritage, and simultaneously their ability to absorb new things from the outside world. They are a good example to us. Lamb can be tasty. Americans are missing out. I now understand how the Brits can be so annoying to some people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several: 1) The dramatic, eerie mists over the Lake in the lake district. 2) Learning that the Vikings were actually a civilization and to see traces of it in the buildings, and culture of York. 3) Shocked to see what the Reformation did to the art in Medieval Churches. 4) Realizing how small and crowded England is. 5) Learning that beer can be a food. 6) Sheep, so many sheep, ..."

Rosemarie

Durham, CT

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour a great deal. Our tour guide, Martin, made history come alive at the different sites we visited. His knowledge and background experience was very impressive and he enthusiastically shared what he knew to enhance our experiences. In addition, he went out of his way to facilitate tour member's special interests whenever he could.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was when Martin was able to gain access to the Guild Hall and Town Council meeting rooms for a small group whom he was directing to a museum in York. His charm and interest convinced a Council member to show us around the building, even though we were initially denied access to the building (by another person). This was especially timely because we learned from the Council member that they would be moving out of the building the next week as it was to be sold."

Susan

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are kind of long time travelers with Rick Steves tours, so we were excited to do the Best of England tour! We knew we would see and learn a lot! and meet nice people both American and English. The trip did not disappoint! It was another great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We have studied so much about English history and literature so it was especially interesting to see the places and landscapes where things took place. We especially loved the countryside and were quite honestly surprised by how much the landscape was cultivated and so many SHEEP and all the rock fencing."

Dennis

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall very good. Sixth RS tour. Combined with London tour the week before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Medieval castles were wow moments.i"

Stephanie

Lancaster, PA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A fantastic exposure to this tiny country that's chock full of memorable sights that will change your life! I had been intrigued to see the countryside of England after two solo trips diving headfirst into all things London. The countryside surprises and delights for the regional differences are even more alluring than the sights of the big city! This marks my first country rambling through England but it is far from my last. I'm already plotting my return!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt, our groupmate Tom's tackling (and a tackle 'twas!) of a never shorn sheep the morning we spent on the farm with Garreth and his wife. Though the sheep shearing was highly entertaining and fun, what was most memorable though was the opportunity to truly connect with a local family to learn about what they do and how they live. These experiences with the Rick Steves company have always been my dearest trip memories. You can't get enough priceless experiences like this."

Marguerite

Boonton, NJ

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Both my husband and I enjoyed the tour very much. Food and hotels really very good - not a bad meal or hotel during the trip. Knowledgeable and organized guide, good group of fellow travelers, a well thought out itinerary and outstanding local experts. Learned a lot and had some fun along the way!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maybe not one wow moment, but rather many interesting and enjoyable experiences. So many of the stops on the tour turned out to be much better than I expected because of great local experts who clearly knew and loved their subject. Some unexpected favorites were York Minster, Stanway House in the Cotswolds, and the Welsh sheep farm."

Linda

South Pasadena, FL

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves trip, and I was not disappointed. Everything from the pretour guidance, the tour guide, hotels, food, transportation and experiences were wonderful. I never hesitate to tell our family and friends about our tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick just one! Visiting Westminster Abbey, walking on Hadrian's Wall, and experiencing the archeological site of Vindolanda was awesome!"

Robert

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the beautiful,lush countryside and the history of the areas we visited. Our guides brought to life the vivid history of the regions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was on the morning of our boat ride in the Lake District. The lake was a mirror reflecting low clouds and a vanishing mist. The mixture of various grays and white blurred the transition from lake to sky."

Patricia

Danville, CA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Credit goes to Martin for an outstanding trip. More than simply leading us by the nose, he provided insight. He generously shared extensive knowledge of the venues, culture, food and mores For example on a "free afternoon" he added a walk through a museum. This was my third tour and he is definitely my favorite. Loved his humor!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It had to be the York Minster. I was wowed by the stained glass project. In addition to Martin, there was Alfred Hickling. Oh the detail provided! I would have missed it all. I am a geek for cathedrals so in addition to York Minster, there is Glastonbury, Wells and Westminster."

Jack

Eugene, OR

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The sites picked for the tour were perfect for a quick overview of England and Wales. The time allotted for each stop was about right except for York which could have used another day. London also needed more time which we accomplished by extending our stay another 3 days. The lodging in general was not great-small rooms, lack of hot water(Henrietta) and generally poor plumbing. Host Roy did a great job as did our bus driver, Paul. Food was exceptionally good as was the service.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The total experience of London. By adding another 3 days we were able to see several museums as well as just walk around the great city."

Stephen

Solon, OH

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Unfortunately the weather was pretty much lousy the whole trip, so we had to skip a few of the outdoor activities that I was looking forward to. On the other hand, our guide kept us busy with alternatives and the tour was, as a whole, a happy time. I am a history/museum guy generally, and so the castles, cathedrals, and stone circles were all high points.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The city of York was awesome. We could have spent an extra day there easily."

Carren

Solon, OH

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All in all, it was a wonderful tour. A nice group of fellow travelers. No whiners or grumps. The weather was a bit iffy, i.e. mostly rain, but otherwise a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were no real "wow" moments. The scenery was just wonderful"

Michael

Salem, OR

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was just what we wanted for first-time visitors to England. We felt we received a wide array of different aspects of English life. Our guide, Roy, was terrific--bright, enthusiastic, articulate, and very knowledgable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sharing in Evensong at Yorkminster Cathedral."

William

Helena, MT

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I think the planning was excellent. We were provided enough time to relax when needed, not rushed so we could enjoy the sights we were seeing. Our tour guide was exceptional, very engaging, very well informed. The size of the group was perfect. The use of the listening devices was also very helpful. All in all, it was the best managed tour I have experienced in the 4 or so I have taken.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour of the Wells Abby. The tour guide was so excited about the place, it engaged all of us."

Bella

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Except for London we had not been to the places featured in this tour. Every place we went to offered a unique experience. It was wonderful to see and learn about the different architecture, the geography, the historical sites, and the local flavor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to think of one. Glastonbury, the Cotswolds, Bodnant Gardens, the Lake District, each place had its beauty."

Stanley

Santa Barbara, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been to Britain several times on our own but never to the area around Bath, Cotswolds, and Wales. The tour was to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and more than met our expectations. The highlight was the wonderful people who traveled with us. We made arrangement to meet with a British friend in York which was easy to do during the afternoon free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most interesting event for me was observing the sheep dogs herd sheep. They demonstrated an amazing ability to control a large group or animals and the teamwork with our host giving commands was impressivs."

Lindsay

Montrose, CO

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A true joy, from start to finish! I was the youngest member of the tour (I'm 29), and this was my first RS tour as a singleton, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I assumed I would be on my own a lot, but not so! The other tour members and guide were lovely, inclusive companions with whom to laugh and learn each and every day. From the smallest to the largest detail, absolutely everything was a pleasure I would happily have again tomorrow!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standouts include ALL of Wales (the wild beauty of Snowdonia in particular), the peace and calm of Bodnant Gardens, and learning the history behind not only Blenheim Palace itself, but the lives of the strong women who helped establish and sustain it. All excellent! But my favorite "wow" moments when traveling are the small ones: going for a pint with friends...the discovery of raspberries in an edible garden in York...watching the sunset over Derwentwater. Those are truly unforgettable."

Gary

Saco, ME

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour had everything it said it would have and was exactly what I was expecting. My goal was to see lots of England outside of London and, especially see several of the major areas of natural beauty I have read and heard about for a long time. It did not disappoint! I particularly like to see lots of the countryside in every country I visit and I got a great serving of just that - beautiful gardens,rolling hills of verdant green, and spectacular mountains in Wales and the Lake District!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several! drive through Snowdonia National Park in north Wales, boat ride and hike around Derwentwater in Keswick in the Lakes District, Bodnant Gardens, and Blenheim Palace and gardens - all were highlights!"

Margie

Sunriver, OR

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RS tour and, again, it exceeded almost all our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the Thames River cruise and seeing all the history "for real." The Bodnant Gardens were amazing. Can only imagine what it would be in spring, on the "to do" list"

Ron

Sunriver, OR

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding! Started with a great consultation with the Rick Steves main office months prior to our tour in which we were seeking advice about a pre tour city close to Bath. Salisbury was the recommendation and the Cathedral View B and B. We spent 4 wonderful days there prior to our tour...and that set the tone for a near perfect tour. Our tour experience was highlighted and lead by our guide David...we could not have asked more from a guide. The tour was a serious of highlights for 14 days .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was a unique tour for my wife and I because there were no slow or let down days...14 days of highlights and new experiences. Bodnant Garden was very special...while the Cotswolds and Lake District have to be seen to be fully understood and appreciated. Blenheim Palace was interesting and especially beautiful. The tour of the Roman Baths was again very interesting. "WOW" moment-England... and our guide,David!"

Thomas

Chelsea, MI

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

David was not only an excellent guide to London and England's countryside, he was also a wonderful traveling companion. Our coach driver was also a pleasure to be with for several days. Together, they made the sometime lengthy coach rides more fun, although driving thru the country was a memorable experience in itself. The variety of country and associated sites were outstanding and made for the perfect combination to be memorable for some time. Pre-planned activities were well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Bodnant Gardens. Especially impressive was how the topography of the landscape went from well-manicured gardens near the mansion to more and more primitive/primordial forest as you proceeded further into the properties depths."

Jean

Polson, MT

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour leader. Gave us so much info we would not have gotten on our own. David was also very organized so everything ran smoothly He also had a great sense of humor and great dry wit which is always a plus. Coach driver, James, was darling and did excellent job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"York Minster"

Suzanne

Santa Barbara, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can tell from recollections of our reports to friends here that we have only superlatives to describe our tour - the sights, experiences and the fine planning which made so much go smoothly. Having spent time years ago in London and eastern areas,we still delight in British culture as well as the sights - the Cotswolds and Lake District stood out for me. Out tour group was composed (wonderfully) of curious, thoughtful and amazing people whom we much enjoyed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While in Stow-on-the-Wold David took us on an introductory tour of the town. Coming around a bend he startled me by a request to turn around - and there was an old stone church with a big rounded door, like we imagine from the world of hobbits. It was just delightful."

Donald

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another thoroughly enjoyable RSE tour – it was our fifth. Our guide did a great job, and the group of tour members was the best yet – they really were. I would love to go on another tour with any/all of them, without exception and without hesitation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My all-time favorite "wow" moment is Mont Saint-Michel. Yeah, I know that's in France, but nothing I've seen before or after compares. That being said, even though I've been to London several times before this to, I enjoyed the boat ride on the Thames very much. The viewpoint was new and different and great for seeing a lot of potpourri of architect. I enjoyed it a lot. Other than that, I'd have to say I enjoyed York the most. We were there long enough for me to get a good feel for the city."

Kim

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

[Any similarity to my husband's evaluation is purely coincidental!] Another thoroughly enjoyable RSE tour – it was our fifth. Our guide did a great job, and the group of tour members was the best yet – they really were. I would love to go on another tour with any/all of them, without exception and without hesitation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It has to be the crown jewels. Being an avid shopper, I was in awe of diamonds as big as those!"

Linda

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

David was a great guide, and our coach driver James was outstanding as well. Together they made such an enjoyable, humorous pair to add to the mix of great people on our tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the food wowed me the most. We had some incredible meals that were amazing!"

Mary

Saco, ME

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip! we saw so much and experienced so much. David was a great guide, so knowledgeable and so Approachable. Jamie,the coach driver gave us so many humorous moments. The group was very compatible which also makes the experience greater. Learned so much!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Yorkminister, lakes district, and Snowdonia. London!!"

Anne

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding [INVALID]ion of towns, tours, meals, hotels and experiences. Good combination of historic places, country tours, quaint towns and unique experiences (i.e. playing cricket, watching sheep dogs work, boat tour, mountain hike, live folk music). I loved each place we visited and wish we could have stayed longer; but as advertised, this is a "Best of" and therefore had to be a sampler otherwise it would have taken twice as long! But now I know where to spend more time when we return!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gareth and his sheep dogs! What a wonderful family and they have a beautiful farm. And I fell in love with Wales! Hiking in Snowdonia was a close second."

Mary

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great guide in Jamie and a great group of people to travel with. The weather was challenging but did not prevent us from having a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments so I could not pick just one."

Matthew

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All of the Guides were able to convey additional tidbits of information that helped to provide a clearer picture in which to experience England and Wales. As one would expect from a Rick Steves' Tour, we had an excellent coach, with plenty of seats for our merry band of twenty-four. The Sleeping Accommodations were good. While some were better than others, ALL were located in perfect locations from which to begin our journey of exploration. Overall, truly a class act, indeed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To name just a few . . . Evensong at Bath Abbey and York Minister. . . seeing a rainbow over the standing stones in Keswick . . . standing on Hadrian's wall . . . connecting with the ball playing Cricket . . . the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Albert Memorial . . . oh my!"

Kent

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first organized tour and it far-exceeded our expectations. It was well planned and [INVALID]d. The history and culture of England were presented well, yet time was provided to enjoy a bit of local flavor, such as the up close visit to a sheep operation and instructions in the mysteries of cricket. We appreciated the small group size and the nice balance of free time and organized activities. We also enjoyed the opportunity to spend at least two nights in each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We both loved Bath. I enjoyed the sheep farm visit. My companion enjoyed the Lake District and the walk up to Castlerigg. We also liked Wells Cathedral and St. Paul's, however we would have like to have had some time available to visit the St Paul's gift shop, as pictures were not allowed. I thought Glastonbury Abbey and the town of Glastonbury could be eliminated. The walk up Snowden National Park was enjoyable, but it would have been nice to have the option of visiting the shale museum."

Michelle

Orleans, ON

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd RS tour and we were not disappointed. The sights were outstanding and everyone on the tour got along amazingly well which added to the overall experience. We saw all the sights as set out in the itinerary and truly enjoyed each activity. We were pleased with our accommodations and their locations. We saw some lovely towns that we would not have visited otherwise and basked in their charms. Transportation throughout the tour was extremely efficient.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Always the most difficult question to answer - cannot pick just one so will provide a list of my favourite moments. - Being entertained by folk singers while having dinner at King's Arms in Stow-on-the-Wold - Having had opportunity to attempt to herd sheep at Gareth Wyn Jones' sheep farm - Picnic consisting of traditional British foods by the ruins of Glastonbury - Hikes to Castlerigg Stone Circle and Hadrian's Wall - Visiting the splendid York Minster - Learning the basics of Cricket"

Linda

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd RS Tour. Very well organized so we were either scheduled to be busy or had some enticing option we couldn't resist. We would have loved to remain longer in each location but understand that 3-week trips aren't nearly as popular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The biggest WOW! moment was a rainbow that appeared over the Castlerigg Stone Circle in Keswick, but the most impressive component under RS control was definitely the wealth of knowledge shared by the guide, Jamie. This is our 3rd RS tour and again I am dazzled by the ability of the all 3 of our guides to fill us in on 2,000+ years of history in an interesting and engrossing way---always just enough information at a time without becoming tiresome. This takes time, study, experience!"

Christine

Daly City, CA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

HAD A WONDERFUL TIME IN ENGLAND. JAMIE WAS AN EXCELLENT TOUR LEADER AND IMPARTED SO MUCH KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF EACH SITE WE VISITED. ADDITIONALLY, PAUL, OUR BUS DRIVER WAS SO NICE AND AN EXCELLENT DRIVER. WE HAD A GREAT GROUP OF TRAVELERS AND ALL WERE FRIENDLY. ALL THE MEALS WERE DELICIOUS AND THE HOTELS WERE CLOSE TO ALL OUR ACTIVITIES. I THOUGHT THAT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE IF WE'D HAD MORE TIME AT SOME OF THE SITES BUT UNDERSTOOD WE HAD TO KEEP ON SCHEDULE.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"THERE WERE SO MANY - GARETH'S SHEEP FARM, THE BEAUTIFUL SCENERY - ESPECIALLY IN WALES,THE ROMAN BATHS, THE ABBEY IN WELLS AND BODNANT GARDENS AND THE MUSIC IN STOW-ON-THE-WOLD."

Penny

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized and informative. I enjoyed the group members and interaction.Jamie was very well prepared and capable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The overall view of London as provided by the boat tour of the Thames."

Ronald

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Many great sights. Good Guide and the fellow travelers were a positive. Unlike past tours, this time the driver Paul was an active participant and shared his knowledge and beliefs. I think this was a major plus. Sometimes I felt like we did not have enough time at places. I do understand that we had much to see and do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Music at Stow in the Wold restaurant Visiting sheep farm."

William

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good tour. Jamie is very dynamic and able to keep everyone pointed in the right direction. His knowledge and depth added a lot to our enjoyment.Exceptional variety in this tour held our attention and gave a great overview of England. Definitely would take another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching Gareth convince my wife that she and another tour member were actually controlling the sheep dog during herding.Seriously, the best moments were seeing what can be accomplished with hand tools, determination and faith. The beauty and grandeur of the cathedrals is wonderful."

Caitlin

Portland, ME

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

letter to follow.. enjoyed very much

Favorite "WOW" moment

"see letter to follow"

Shirley

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved our first RS tour! Mark and Paul (our driver) were so hospitable and personable. They made us very comfortable that we were in good hands. I am a history lover (especially UK history) and Mark provided information and perspectives that were new to me, deepening my understanding and just plain making me happy! Overall, accommodations and meals were very satisfying. Thanks for asking!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a toss-up between the Roman Baths in Bath, and Vindolanda. It was a childhood dream to go back in time, and those sites are so well done that I felt like I was a time traveler. But I said Wow a lot! Glastonbury Abbey was definitely a WOW and there were others."

Carol

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fabulous time. There were lots of private group tours, history, and education. Our guide, Mark, was pleasant and unruffled. Our group was fun and interested.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two wow moments for me: The sheep dog herding and shearing demonstration and The tour of the top of York Abbey. I also very much enjoyed the local singers at Stow-on-the-Wold and the Cricket Game."

Ricardo

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour using Rick Steves's tours. We had a wonderful time and were not disappointed in what the tour offers, the planning, food, and accommodations. We travelled with a very congenial and friendly group. Mark, our guide was knowledgable, very friendly and accommodating to those with special individual needs

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most beautiful country side. We enjoyed every place that we visited."

Julie

Mission Viejo, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I wanted to see as much of England as possible, and the Rick Steves itinerary offered a wonderful variety to highlight the diversity of the United Kingdom. This was our second Rick Steves Tour (last year we did the 21 Day Best of Europe trip). We chose to travel with Rick Steves again because of the efficient use of time with just the right blend of activity and educational commentary to help us truly experience and appreciate the history and sights along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several favorite moments: I enjoyed everything we did. I especially loved Wells Cathedral; Blenheim Palace (especially the spectacular library and gardens); experiencing Hadrian's Wall and Vindolanda; and York Minster."

Stephanie

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful tour - loved the countryside, rain or shine. Appreciated the early starts and impressive logistics, which had our large group at all sites but London before the crowds. Excellent, fun guide in Mark. Even surprised by how good the food was!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing Hadrian's Wall!"

Alice

Georgetown, TX

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mark is an incredible guide and person. We had watched probably all of Rick Steve's tour programs prior to signing up for this one of England. During the tour, we both kept calling Mark "Rick" simply because he reminded us so much of the Rick Steve's we had been watching. Mark remembered every one's name and made each person feel special. He has encyclopedic knowledge not only of the history of England, but of the world. We could not stump him with our questions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have a new knee and end-stage-arthritis in the other. Keeping up with the group was a challenge--but I had my trusty cane (Able), Jerry, and Mark helping me. Mark was planning a tour of the attic in York Cathedral--86 steps up a circular staircase. I asked Mark if he thought I could do it. (I was planning to sit in cathedral while my husband went up). He carefully thought about this and then said "yes". Seeing those enormous logs miraculously erected 1000 years ago was my WOW moment."

Freda

New Port Richey, FL

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fun and informative. Our guide, Mark, was full of facts that made us understand more about what we were experiencing and seeing. He was the most important tool included in our tour package.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think I most enjoyed the tour of the York Minster Chapter House loft. It was amazing to see the huge logs holding up the roof, logs that were perhaps 1,000 years old. Chris, our guide from the York Minster, explained that we do not understand how the architects of 1100 AD were able to complete the roof."

Barbara

Rochester, NY

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall tour met my expectations. Mark was a wonderful guide, the country of England so rich in history and beauty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really don't have one particular moment that stands out"

Tim

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour provided an opportunity to explore the charm, history, and beauty of Great Britain and to experience the contrast between the small villages and towns of England versus the scale and energy of London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many "wow" moments on this tour. One of them was a hike up to the Castlerigg stone circle outside Keswick on a beautiful evening with our tour guide and a few of our tour group members."

Ann

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I was filling in for a fellow who became too ill to travel...I did not choose this tour originally. Found our guide to be incredibly knowledgeable, fair minded, and well organized. The tour moved along on time and on schedule. However, felt there were too many castles, & cathedrals included as well as far to much detail given about each. My head was swimming by days end. I would rather have had more time in the Cotswolds and Wales. Less time in the Lake District and/or London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed Wales and the visit to the sheep ranch."

Gregg

The Villages, FL

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great learning experience. Travel expands your viewpoint,and your appreciation for other cultures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Headrians wall."

Peggy

The Villages, FL

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed every minute of our tour. It was steeped in British history, beautiful sights and quaint villages. Marc was an excellent guide in all respects. He was very organized and had a mastery of British history and the ability to convey information clearly. I thought the pace was very good and the destinations were all interesting in different ways. The bus was large and comfortable, and our bus driver added to the fun of traveling with Marc and two RS photographers, Dominic and Allie.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but I was particularly impressed with the rugged beauty of Wales. Our hike in Snowdonia National Park and the sheep farm visit in the mountains were highlights for me."

Jerry

Georgetown, TX

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From every perspective, the England tour was outstanding: 1. Mark as a tour guide is THE standard for future tour guides 2. Photographers added measurably to tour 3. Tour of cathedral attic THE high point 4. Selection of sites best ever 5. Wales is worth revisiting 6. Logistics well coordinated 7. Expert bus driver

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Attic tour of Cathedral"

Lynn

Kitchener, ON

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the travel arrangements, bus and train. I drove last time we were in the UK and didn't see very much of the scenery. Lousie was amazing and I felt totally taken care of by David and her.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments but the music night in Stow stands out for me. I wasn't sure what to expect but loved it. Wales and the drive through Snowdonia was beautiful and I want to go back."

Ann

Yorktown, VA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all, our tour guide and group were fantastic! There was a good mixture of Rick veterans and first-timers. The veterans were great at answering questions and putting the newbies at ease. Secondly, we covered a good portion of England and got a feel for the different areas of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My hotel room in Stow-on-the-Wold overlooked Market Square. I watched the town wake up Wednesday morning which was actually market day. I watched delivery trucks come and go, tents and tables being set up, people opening up their shops. It reminded me of the musical "Oliver" when he is watching his street awaken and singing "Who Will Buy." It was lovely."

Mary

Port Lambton, ON

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My expectations were blown away .. we saw and experienced such a great variety of British and Welsh historical, cultural and natural attractions and locations in the 14 days that we were under the care of David, our tour guide. I woke everyday excited to see what the day would bring ! I also felt very relaxed knowing that Louise , our first bus driver , worked under the "Safety First" motto. What a great way to truly enjoy a new country!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The natural beauty ,depth of history and small moments of awe combined to make this difficult to answer... I fell in love with Wales and wanted to stay at Bodnant Gardens and The Hill Farmer's for a longer period of time to really be immersed in the way of life and beauty."

Lyne

Kitchener, ON

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What can I say, but...fantastic! The planning was great, the guides, both local and Dave, were friendly and knowledgeable. I saw so many things that I could not have done any other way. The tour bus was spacious, and expertly handled by our driver, Louise. Roadside pit stops always had excellent facilities. That attention to detail is impressive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the visit to the Welsh farm. The scenery was gorgeous, and being there with a family farm of shepherds was eye-opening and moving. They are such lovely people and so positive! I hope every tour can visit this place."

Ann

Staten Island, NY

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my 15th tour and this tour did not disappoint! It was a wonderful tour and great tourmates to travel with. I really enjoyed the tour and all the places we visited in England and Wales. I found the whole trip to be one big adventure. I loved seeing Caernarfon Castle and Bleheim Palace and of course the Bodnant Gardens. Going to all the pubs and having fun times with others on the tour gave me great memories. Our guide was excellent, very helpful and nice. I look forward to my next tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing small towns and great scenery, just seeing new places and meeting new people. I loved seeing the castles and found England to be a wonderful country."

Larry

Platte City, MO

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I believe that we had an outstanding group of travelers. It was so much fun interacting with the other people on the tour. Our tour guide, David, did an outstanding job as well keeping us on track throughout the tour, sharing personal experiences and stories, as well as the history and points on interest throughout the travel region. The people in the areas we visited were friendly and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the history in these areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't really think that I could or would want to try to narrow it down to a favorite "wow" moment. I thought that the scenery in Wales was often breathtaking. The sheep dog demo was definitely a high point and listening to Gareth talk about his family farm was inspiring. Walking in the Cotswolds was definitely a high point as well."

Elizabeth

Holmes, NY

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything I could have hoped for and more!! I especially loved Glastonbury Abbey ruins, cathedrals, Gareth sheep farm, Stokesey fortified home with tea and sconce, Keswick and all the rugged scenery & DOGS!! The kissing gates were cute, the stonemill with waterwheel at one of the estates, loved the adirondack like mountains in northern regions. The celtic musical group was absolutely fantastic complete with a Isle of Man solo with Jon & Dom!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Hadrian's Wall and standing on something that was built centuries ago that remains standing. Going to Vindolanda and seeing the remains of an old Roman fort actively in an acheological dig. Amazing. Again, Glastonbury Abbey sent my imagination soaring."

Jennie

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour covered many different diverse points of interest from prehistoric stone circles(Avebury) to beautiful gardens(Bodnant) & medieval walled cities(York) to metropolitan cities(London). So much to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Wow" moments for me were spending two nights in Stow-On-the-Wold, visiting Caernarfon Castle, & going to Gareth's sheep farm in Wales."

Dave

Liberty, MO

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic; with plenty of time programmed into the itinerary for individual explorations. Our guide, Lorraine, and Coach Driver, Tom, were great and knowledgeable experts at their profession. Both are very personable, and generous with their time and energy, while making every effort to ensure each member of the tour was enjoying the experience to the fullest!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to isolate just one experience, from a tour filled with "wow' moments, but I would say the lovely walk through the Cotswolds, between two quaint little villages named Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter was a highlight for me. The countryside is so beautiful and the buildings radiate their age proudly, while retaining the calm and peaceful existence of days gone by."

Douglas

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first "Rick Steves" Tour and we liked it very much. Our guide, Lorraine was outstanding. Every thing was on time and as we thought it would be. Maybe one less Cathedral would be OK. Our bus driver, Tom did an excellent job, he even had a beer and cheese tasting party for the whole tour group. We definitely will do another "Rick Steves Tour".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Baths in Bath and visiting the sheep farm."

Judy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful experience. Travel always opens my eyes more and more to the diversity of our beautiful world and its people. I have always enjoyed reading English history and this tour brought that alive every day. To walk among the ruins at Glastonbury or the cathedral at Wells was transforming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many "wow" moments but one in particular when our guide at the York Minster pointed out many of the figures carved by the stone masons so many years ago were depictions of their lives [INVALID] some funny, some sad, some heartwarming. It brings our ancestors into the present to know that the human heart has not changed all that much."

Phillip

Redmond, WA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour itself was great. Lorraine our guide was outstanding, the bus and Tom the driver were great, most of the hotels were excellent as were the meals provided. Personally several of the places we went were not of great interest to me so that was the only drawback.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep farm with Gareth was really memorable and meaningful to me. My wife and I stayed three additional days in London and by chance got to tour Buckingham Palace and that was definitely the Wow of the trip although not part of the tour."

James

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We covered a lot of ground, had many very interesting experiences and I learned a lot of new things about the history of the UK. Very worthwhile tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glastonbury! Very mystical experience as was Vindolanda."

Marti

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Interesting itinerary, very congenial group. I enjoyed the extra opportunities our guide provided for walking.

Michael

Arlington, TX

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect balance of strenuous and non strenuous days. Great picks of hotels and guest houses. Great picks for best sights and scenes. Best guide. Unimpressed with English Pub food. Good selection of locations you picked to eat though. Wife liked York best. I liked The Lake District Best including the walk around the lake. We were too tired (Old?) to make the hike up to the ancient ruins though or the Cat Bells. Especially liked the boat trip in spite of drizzly weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"York Minster Cathedral and the entire town of York. Thinking of going back on the way up to Edinburgh sometime. al"

Robin

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed whole tour. Would liked to have another day in the Glastonbury area and Stow. Our guide Lorraine was GREAT! She was very knowledgeable about history during entire trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to say! I loved Stow on the Wold and enjoyed the nature walk we went on. Was easy for me to do. Loved seeing all gardens. Vindolanda was very impressive. I really enjoyed the WHOLE trip!"

Gregory

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour. Good way to see Great Britain outside of London (and London of course as well).

Davina

Hampton, NH

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first R.S. tour, or tour of any kind. Going to England has been a dream for years since I was born there. I loved seeing the different regions. It made it easy to know my favorites. That would be the Cotswolds. I just wish we had more time there. Each area had something I enjoyed. The tour was active as they say and although I was exhausted it was a good exhausted!! I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and seeing everything we saw. It was a dream come true!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is no one thing. For me the whole trip is my WOW moment. I was born in England and haven't been there since I was a child. It was like going home. Everything was comfortable and easy. It was 2 of the best weeks of my life."

Joe

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. There was no bad day. We did luck out on the weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bodnant Garden."

Ramona

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw a lot of sights, but we had plenty of independent time. The tour was not rushed. We had tons of room on the bus to spread out and it was very comfy. The hotels were all very nice, nicer and larger than what I was actually expecting. And the tour guide, Gillian, was absolutely tremendous! A walking encyclopedia, very calm, lots of dry humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wales in general, and Conwy in particular. I had no idea it was so beautiful. Conwy was a perfect little fairy tale town; I could have stayed there so much longer."

Karen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the trip of a lifetime--beautiful places, wonderful touring companions and an excellent guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wasn't just one[INVALID]there was one every day! Guess my favorite was that a Welsh Men's choir sang Happy Birthday to me for my 75th birthday when we were in Conwy. My husband and friends had arranged it and the choir videotaped it as they were on a tour. However, the night of my birthday, the President and Secretary of the choir showed up in person at our hotel during dinner and presented me a birthday card from the choir and a copy of their latest CD! Good people are everywhere!"

Susan

Glenview, IL

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again, RS Tours does not disappoint. Loved the itinerary of this tour. The towns and hotels were wonderful. Enjoyed side trips and local tours. Our guide, Gillian was amazing. Her knowledge and how she presented it was well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, it was the charming beauty of the Cotswolds. I would love to explore this area more. I loved our hike we did through Lower and Upper Slaughter. Also, the beauty of Wales and the Lake District. The mountains, the lakes and the heather were so beautiful. What a feast for the eyes!"

Michael

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of Westminster Abby."

Keith

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I went because my wife has serious health problems and it was to rural England wanted to go. I would rather have gone to Italy. Once in rural England, with Gillian as our very personable and informative guide, the experience I expected was gone and I was sold on the trip. Roomy coach, short rides between breaks, info on what we were to see next and a good history before arrival. A good group with no complainers, all with good educations made for a very pleasant 14 days. I will go again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" happened all along the trip, each time Gillian discussed the age of structures and cultures. Our culture in the US begins in about 1640 or so. I was "wowed" with the dates of things and double "wowed" because I got to touch, walk around, and go into these fantastic structures, and the idea that ancient cultures didn't completely destroy what they had like we did the King Dome after 25 years of service. "WOW""

Susan

Glenview, IL

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about this trip exceeded my expectations - which were high as it was my fifth RS tour. The group of fellow travelers was a wonderful unit, each day had something "special", the local guides provided interesting information without being dry lectures, and our guide, Gillian, was simply phenomenal. And a surprise - ina country not exactly known for its culinary talents, the dinners were good from start to finish, and varied with each location. In short, a fanastic trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although it may not qualify as a "moment" I was surprised and overwhelmed at the beauty of Wales. It is definitely a place I will return and explore."

Janet

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the variety - from the sheep farm in Wales, to palaces and cathedrals. The tour was busy, but I like it that way. We had plenty of free time to explore in our own. The group size was perfect. We had a chance to visit with, and get to know everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's a hard one - there were so many: The cathedral in Wells, being atop the tor in Glastonbury, and evensong in Westminster Abbey were some of the top ones. The trip was also about little moments as well: like chatting with a local couple in a pub in York, and the woman offered us (and we accepted) a taste of her beer. Something like that doesn't happen in the U.S.!"

Richard

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was very well planned. Received a lot of information, stayed busy sightseeing and had time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say Blenheim palace is an image that will stay with me forever."

Martha

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a terrific overview of England trip. I don't think I've laughed this hard in years!! Our guide Gillian was phenomenal. The pace was perfect with personal time options built in, and we do as much or as little as we wanted. We also had a great group of people - interesting, fun to be with, and eclectic in interests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hummm... there were lots. I guess Snowdonia National Park was the highlight in terms of scenery. But the Cotswolds were totally enchanting. York Cathedral was impressively beautiful (and we had a thunderstorm outside during our tour to really give it a powerful atmosphere). I want to spend more time in all the places we visited - especially the Cotswolds and Lake District."

Charlee

Richland, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abbey...I recognized many buried people in the Abbey. And the 2 paintings on the wall that were recovered. So many buildings that were built on top of ruins again and again. It amazed me how much history is in England. Also all of the stone circles all over England...not just Stonehenge..."

Colleen

O Fallon, IL

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience. Mark was extremely knowledgeable and very helpful with anything that was needed. Sarah was also extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I learned so much about England's history and current events. I did not realize that England was such a beautiful country. Traveling around by bus showed me the beauty. Our coach driver was magnificent. James handled the coach in an awesome manner and added to the great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautifulness of the country."

Dianne

Hoffman Estates, IL

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful - would have like more time in London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep farm and Westminster Abbey. Everything had wonderful unique qualities."

Mary Lynn

Freeland, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fifth Rick Steves tour and, as always, was outstanding. Our rooms were more than comfortable and the traditional English breakfasts provided at all the lodgings were wonderful. The trip was packed with terrific sights and activities and free time to practice getting about on our own. Our guides, Mark & Sarah, were amazing. Mark was knowledgeable about the history and art of each area and presented it in an easy and entertaining manner. James our driver performed miracles!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The architecture and ruins were amazing to see. I particularly liked the museum and cathedral tours. What amazed me the most, however, was the beautiful countryside. Oh, yes....and "mushy peas"!"

Mark

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

fine with a most excellent , knowledgeable and engaging guide Mr. Mark

Favorite "WOW" moment

"all the old archaeology sites we visited."

Marcie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was a wonderful trip through England where we got to see glimpses into so many different areas. It was all brought together by our guide Mark. He was very well prepared, very personable, did a wonderful job telling us the history of the sites as well as what it means to be British. It was obvious that he loves his job and loves sharing his birth country with others. We were very privileged to travel with him.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At our final group meal I described my favorite moments. 1. Hearing Mark describe the attributes and qualities about being British. 2. Playing Cricket - It was great trying to bowl and bat and get a bit of understanding of the game. Much better than just hearing about it. 3. Walking up to the Standing Stones of CastleRigg one evening. We enjoyed our "pagan ritual" with a glass of wine while rain clouds formed. It was very dramatic. Finally dinner of British style pizza in a pub."

Marsh

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second tour with Rick Steve's. Each time our guides have been of extremely high caliber. Mark was our guide on the Best of England tour. He was personable, informed, obviously loved what he was doing and well prepared every step of the way. I learned a lot from him and enjoyed the talks we had. All the hotels were or expected Rick Steve's quality (a good thing). Not over the top, but very comfortable. My family was well prepared for our free time due to your book.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was incredibly impressed with all the Roman influence on that area of the world. England/Wales is like an onion of history. We also enjoyed the Cotswold Falconry Center's Flying Start program, not on the tour but found through your book. Nothing like having a raptor fly to your arm."

Blanche

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed this tour immensely, especially since the itinerary included all of the places on my bucket of England and Wales that I had longed to visit. It was delightful to travel throughout the beautiful English and Wales countryside via our comfortable coach driven by our very competent and charming driver James, and at the same time listening to Mark's in depth narration about places we were passing through and about to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult for me to [INVALID] just one "wow" moment because I experienced so many. My first sight of Wells Cathedral, and my tour of York Minster certainly evoked "wow" moments . During my hike up Snowdonia I experienced many "wow" moments, especially since Snowdonia unexpectedly reminded me so much of the mountains of Scotland where I grew up. It was a surprise to see heather growing throughout Snowdonia, which I previously believed only grew in Scotland."

Bill

Webster Groves, MO

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought the Best of England tour which followed our Villages of South England tour provided us a better feel for English life both past and present. Nigel was an outstanding tour director who provided comprehensive insight into history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bodnant Botanical Gardens is certainly one of the best experiences in nature a person can experience. It is absolutely gorgeous and filled with plants and trees of all types laid out out in such a way as to involve awe and wonder in the beholder. Also, we had never been to London before and I think it must be the best city experience I have ever had which includes Paris, Rome, Prague, Budapest. There is so much to see and do. But the amazing part in the number of people from so many cultur"

Brian

Ventura, CA

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour leader, bus driver, and local tour guides. The tour was very well planned and very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ruins at Glastonbury."

Vic

Park Ridge, IL

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent site selection and well executed timeline

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Tower of London, then Bath, and the Bodnant Gardens"

Lisa

Lewisburg, PA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'd already traveled quite a lot in the UK, but I found this trip hugely enjoyable, even the repeat visits to Bath, the Cotswolds, and the Lake District. Our guide, Lorraine, and our bus driver, James, had wonderful senses of humor and tremendous patience. It's just a shame that not everyone wanted to take advantage of the lovely optional walks that Lorraine included: Castlerigg, Derwentwater, Conwy, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many great moments: meeting Danny's hunting hounds, watching Ryan "help" Gareth Wyn Jones' top dog herd sheep, climbing Walla Crag by myself for some spectacular views of Derwentwater during our free afternoon in Keswick... I suppose the biggest surprise was how much I enjoyed the beautiful Bodnant Gardens in North Wales. But catching Andrew Scott's Hamlet in London was pretty awesome too!"

Christine

Ojai, CA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour through England and N. Wales was fun, informative, relaxing (even though a lot is packed into each day). The group of 23 travelers all got along well and were very pleasant people. Our tour guide Lorraine was wonderful and we all shared with each other how 'taken care of' and genuinely 'looked after' we felt throughout the tour. And James, our driver, was quick witted (in a very British way) also quite informative and engaging, beside have excellent driving skills.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite 'wow' moment(s) were the immense beauty and ageless history of the cathedrals & abbey's. Also, loved the rolling hills and the beautiful lakes (in Lake District)."

Judy

Naperville, IL

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time: friendly tour members, great guide, funny & helpful bus driver, great food. I hated to go home, always a measure of how much fun it was. My list of sites I wanted to see was short, and I found that the tour introduced me to a few places that I would like to return to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The WOW was Bodnant gardens. One look after another was a WOW. I had not heard of it before this tour;calling it a garden does not do it justice. York Cathedral was also a WOW. In third place was Churchill's war rooms (maybe not everyone's cup of tea), which I did on my own It gave me a new appreciation for the difficulties faced by the Brits during WW2."

Judith

Pinole, CA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lorraine was a wonderful guide, always on the alert for anything that would enhance our experience. Our driver, James, was great, loved his sense of humor, what a great young man. This was a tour I've wanted to take for some time, I was not disappointed. The only thing I would have changed was the weather! Even with the rain it was a wonderful experience. Looking forward to planning another Rick Steves Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments., starting with hot air balloons at dusk, floating over Bath; the beauty of the Cotswolds, Wales, the Lake District, & gardens we visited, The amazing Roman fortress that still stands in Conwy, the beautiful cathedrals we visited. I could go on & on.......every day there was something that made me say "wow"!"

Tracy

San Diego, CA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Love tour philosophy but Please consider creating or consciously balancing tour experiences to reflect women's history, participation & plight, alongside of male experience; Esp find local guide knowledgable & fascinated by Sacred Geometry & Geography of region, to elicit thru questions & wonderings, the sense of awe & intimate cooperation pre-history people had w/ nature & the cosmos - a reflection of the eternal struggle of humans to find their place & to make their mark in the larger scheme

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stonehenge: not part of tour; did early morning day before Seeing 2 hares run across hillside skyline near West Kenick long borough. No idea of their size; no wonder art-images of hares everywhere! Local music: from a group while in Stow-in-the-Wold - fantastic. a 5-6 tree cluster on the henge of Avebury: reaching roots, draping canopies, create a shroud & invitation to enter within & back in time. Sunset wall-walk in Conwy Circle gathering for Happy Hr - power of a circle to connect people"

Patricia

Cumming, GA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. There was a wide variety of things to do. Hiking, shopping, museums, gardens, historical sites. The time flew by for the planned activities. It seemed like there was not enough time for some things -- seeing all of Blenhiem Palace and the gardens and it would be nice to drive through some of the towns in the Cotswold. Even though we encountered rain almost daily, our guide was quick on her feet with a Plan B.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a really difficult question because there were so many things that were outstanding. The Cotswold and walking from Stow on the Wold to Upper and Lower Slaughter. Also, Cathedrals at Wells, York, and Westminster. Those guided tours were excellent."

David

Cumming, GA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great

Barbara

San Diego, CA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Since the many stone circles & ley lines seem to be unique to British Isles would have enjoyed a guide/archeologist to speak to these fascinating ruins. Tour focused on typical history & would appreciate inclusion of role women played if available. We saw intriguing play in London after tour 'Queen Anne' about relationship between Churchills & the Queen which led me to explore Queen Anne online. Her reign is more interesting than much of the battle victories we heard so much about on tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Highlights of the tour were enjoying the local musicians after dinner in Stow-on-the-Wold, visiting the stone circles at Avebury and Castlerigg, meeting the lovely locals at the Mill and Cricket field at the Stanway house, enjoying the gardens at Bodnant Garden and Blenheim Place, the Chalice Well in Glastonbury, the Bishop's Close in Wells, Vindolanda and seeing the white horses on the hillside from the coach."

Veronica

San Gabriel, CA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 8th Rick Steves tour and I have enjoyed every single one and this was no exception. Learning about English history while visiting prehistoric and historic sites was essential to my appreciation of present day England. I enjoyed the museums, castles, archaeological sites, churches/cathedrals, countryside walks, pubs and people. The coach was very comfortable. The hotels and inns were centrally located with their own unique character. All in all, a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As usual, I had a difficult time choosing a "wow" moment. The sudden appearance of Wells Cathedral took my breath away. The inside was impressive as well with the famous scissor arches and the octagonal room with the umbrella arches. Blenheim Castle was also a spectacular sight with with luxurious rooms and extensive grounds. However, the countryside walks were also outstanding."

Barbara

Arnold, MD

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great mix of long walks (if you wanted to take them), cathedrals and castles. Sometimes there seem to be too many cathedrals, but this tour had a little of everything. We loved our tour guide, Lorraine, who gave us just enough history of the site we were visiting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing York Minster from the wall walk with the sun shining on the walls, The Lake district, the Bodnant Gardens...so many wows!"

Warren

El Cajon, CA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual, with all Rick Steve's tours, the Best of England in 14 Days exceeded my expectations. England holds a unique position for America, because it is where we came from. Regardless of what I think I may know, there is no substitute for actually traveling and experiencing other cultures and countries as Rick has often said.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was standing inside of the opening of a 5,000 year old man made cave structure at Avebury's stone circle. I could easily imagine these distant people being amused at us, trying to figure them out..."

Kathy

Coshocton, OH

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our experiences during the Best of England tour were amazing. This was our second experience with a Rick Steves tour. Once again, it was an experience of a life time. What a joy to have all the fine details taken care of so we could relax and enjoy our our guides knowledge and passion for England and Wales. Our time was well spent with a great mixture of touring and time to explore on our own. We are already wondering where we will go next. Thank you for extending to me the joy of travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Wells cathedral and the moment of spontaneous prayer with the priest was a touching moment. Our time at the Vindolanda was so interesting."

Patricia

Bristol, IN

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a great tour which offers a good sampling of England and Wales. After years of reading English novels and watching English movies and costume dramas it was wonderful to be able to experience the country first hand. Each day treated us to a beautiful, fascinating, or fun sight or experience and much of what we saw was so scenic that at times I thought I'd wandered onto a movie set.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments: the ruins of Glastonbury Abby, first glimpse of Wells Cathedral, playing cricket, hiking to picture-perfect Cotswold villages, the Cat Bells hike in the Lake District, the view from the Welsh sheep farm, hiking in Snowdonia National Park, watching the sun go down at Castlerigg stone circle, afternoon tea and Evensong in York. But the best was probably the evening of pub music in Stow-on-the-Wold; I still have some of those songs running through my head."

Carolyn

Tonawanda, NY

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experiences of the tour was outstanding. So much to see and do. The sites we visited were excellent--local guides were very good. Their knowledge and presentations were extremely helpful in understanding local history and sites. Enjoyed learning Roman/Viking/Medieval history The immersive experiences of playing cricket, passing thru 'kissing' gate, attempting to herd sheep while avoiding poo (LOL), hearing local musicians, and walking thru the Cotswolds were special memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too hard to choose a favorite 'wow' moment. What I enjoyed seeing the most were the Roman Baths, Glastonbury, Wells, Blenheim Palace and York Minister. Oh, and meeting Gareth Jones, his dogs and sheep. And Bodnant Gardens were beautiful. Guess I liked it all!"

Susan

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time on my tour! It was great to have such a variety of activities and sites to see. I wasn't sure if a bus tour was for me but I was able to go on some great hikes and walks. My only complaint is that we have very little time at each place. The trip was well organized. I have to say that I was exhausted when I returned home!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One distinct wow moment is difficult to choose. I thoroughly enjoyed the Cotswolds and Wales. I am an outdoors person and there were plenty of opportunities to explore these places. The Stanway house and learning to play cricket also top my list. Amazing that the Earl and his wife still reside there. I enjoyed seeing the operation of the stone ground flour mill that day and the beautiful grounds. A 3rd favorite was seeing the castles in Wales. It was amazing how intact they are."

Sally

Auburn, WA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful overall tour experience! Learned a lot, tour guide was organized, I never felt confused or anxious because everything was planned well. Our free time was stress free not only because we were prepared, but also because the tour guide gave us information on a variety of activities in each area. His advice was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment on the tour was unsettling. "Nothing is new under the sun." People build up communities, people destroy communities, people rule over others before being deposed and ruled by another group. The cycle continues."

Alyson

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My trip to England was educational and fun thanks to the expert guidance of Mark. My fellow tour members were especially nice, and we all enjoyed the unfailingly amiable and polite British.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The majesty of York Minster was impressive but my "wow" moment was the fairy tale like beauty of Bodnant Gardens in Wales."

Peter

Windham, NH

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour experience was very enjoyable and educational! The things we saw and visited were amazing. Jamie was a wealth of knowledge and he did a good job of talking about historical and cultural facts along the way. Among many other things, we heard about stories from the prehistoric past to present day, architectural aspects of the places we saw, foods and their preparations and even the different dialects of the regions of Great Britain. Every day brought a fresh learning experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were quite a few such moments... The Roman baths, Vindolanda, Cheddar gorge, Derwentwater lake,the beagle talk/presentation, and York minster are just a few. It's not really possible to [INVALID] 1 from the 2 weeks but if I was pressed to choose - and being a "plant person", I would say it was Bodnant gardens. But then there was Vindolanda... Amazing! :-)"

Kelly

Carnation, WA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it! The tour was very well planned, our guide was exceptional, and there was a great balance of sight seeing and free time in each city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh sheesh! I didn't expect to feel such 'awe' when visiting abbeys, cathedrals, and early castles. The questions swirled around in my head about the lives lived at the time, at the history represented by layers of bricks or columns as well as the artifacts. I also loved the natural beauty of Bodnant Gardens. It was lovely! It was different from the castles and such. I want to move in! I also LOVED going to Gareth's sheep farm. He wanted me to try an catch the sheep! In Birkenstocks! Hilarious."

Lee Chapman

Sun City, AZ

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Kudos to organizers. When asked at the first gathering - why did you chose this tour? - I said, for the experience, the adventure & the discoveries made along the way. I got that & more! I do not have any historical context for England nor great appreciation for Shakespeare. Rather, I wanted to connect with the people through their small towns, their observed way of life, their food, their drink, their daily life. This tour was an excellent way to do just that!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gareth, Ellie his sheep dog & his wife, Rhian. This was a highlight. Gareth knows how to impart his message about the sustainability of sheep farms and the need for trade alliances to make the future possible. His family's rich history on the land is staggering. The sheep shearing was a joy to observe while the story of an horrific storm was devastating. This stop was a perfect example of connecting with the people and learning their history directly. Paul, our driver, was amazing as well."

Cliff

Sun City, AZ

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed it thoroughly, learned a lot about England and Wales.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gareth and the sheep. He had a great story."

Randy

Apex, NC

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour. Jamie was great and the itinerary provided exactly what was advertised along with many other experiences.. It left me wanting to take the southern England and Scotland tours. I loved visiting Gareth and his sheep farm. He provided a vivid picture of the struggles of the family farmer. I loved Bodnant Garden.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the walk through the country in the Cotswolds. The landscape and architecture looked like such a magical place to live. I loved Bodnant Garden. Not only was there a wide variety of landscapes, the designer cleverly put benches at strategic locations throughout to provide a seemingly endless variety of views. Each section of the garden could provide many experiences through these different viewpoints. It was like have a hundred gardens in one."

Teresa

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It's a wonderful trip & changed my perspective for touring in England. It was a very good mix of natural scenery and cultural/historical sites. Our guide, Jamie is very knowledgeable and fun to be with. I especially enjoyed his English sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. The hill farmer Garett's life story & the demonstrations 2. Westminster Abbey 3. Training of the hunting dogs (I wished there was a real demonstration) 4. The view from the high point of Wall in Conwy 5. The braised lamb shoulder dish in the restaurant of The Castle Hotel Wales."

Charles

Fredericksburg, VA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After 2 weeks on this trip, we took a Rhine River cruise. The latter had one wow moment: our first look inside the ship--pure luxury. Our Rick Steves trip had multiple "wow moments" as we experienced comfort instead of luxury and more direct involvement in the history, land, architecture, people, cuisine, culture, and beauty without feeling like a tourist with multiple souvenir stops. We had a wonderful rest on the cruise, but an amazing experience on this trip around England and Wales.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman fort and city near Hadrian's Wall undergoing an archeological dig--blew our minds!!! We had multiple other "wow moments" in Bath, Wells, Keswick, York, Wales, and the Cotswolds plus the wall itself, but this experience beat them all."

Lois

Windham, NH

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. This was our third RS tour and they have all been outstanding. This tour was MUCH MORE active than either Ireland or Scotland. I recommend that you put in the listing for people to bring hiking shoes, not simply walking shoes :-)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two wow moments. Wells Cathedral and Vindolanda fort. So much history. The Roman Baths were pretty amazing also. Hmmm...then there was York Minster and walking on Hadrian's wall and Stokesay Castle....tea and clotted cream....and scones..."

Sharon

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The sights were amazing, and we had a remarkably congenial group of people. The pacing was not as well done as other Rick Steves tours; our time at Avebury didn't allow enough time to adequately explore the site and eat lunch, and we had so little time at Hadrian's wall we had to eat our lunch on the bus, but we spent more time than was necessary at Bodnant and Stokesay. I would have preferred more local guides, especially for the walking tours in York and the Cotswolds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abbey...the history there rendered me speechless. Coming out of the narrow alley in York and seeing York Minster "RIGHT THERE"... approaching the Tower of London by boat, just like Anne Boleyn...the sheep grazing around Castlerigg Stone Circle...Hadrian's Wall...every sight was a wow moment. Also, something about the light on the stone buildings everywhere we went was surreal."

Karen

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lots of variety, good weather and nice tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gareth's farm in North Wales - watching his dog round up the sheep and then watched the sheep be sheared. Playing cricket!"

Randy

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It could not have been better

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All wow moments"

George

Calgary, AB

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We appreciated the variety of local tour experiences from the Roman Baths, visiting local sheep farm, castles and cathedrals.England and Wales are countries of diversity and beauty and this was well captured in the tour time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For both of us... it was the working sheep farm. Talking to the farm couple and the herding and sheering demonstration. Also, the view from the Castlerigg Stone Circle in the evening !"

David

Pacifica, CA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The design of the tour was perfect. We saw England's unique history from Neolithic times to the present. Seeing the tangible Roman, Viking, and Norman influences that molded England was an amazing treat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wales was a memorable experience. Tha castles and villages are great. Getting to know the people was the real " wow". We met Gareth Jones on his family sheep farm and he gave us a close-up insight into Welsh culture. Gareth gave me a sense of how the Welsh are connected to the land. Not just from the 350+ years of farming the same hillside but how the Welsh people are adapting and using technology to maintain an environmentally sustainable life style."

Karen

Carson City, NV

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was very pleased with the tour experience, and as a bonus the weather was very nice during these two weeks! Everything went smoothly, ran on time, and thus provided an enjoyable experience for the tour members. The only wrinkle in the experience was that at the first hotel, I was assigned to a roommate, even though I had paid the single supplement. I spoke with Liz, the tour guide, and she was able to sort out the mistake with the home office in Edmonds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one "wow" moment, but I will choose the visit to Stanway House in the Cotswolds, where our guide gave us the opportunity to play cricket together. It was a quintessential English experience that was really fun for the group."

John

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent in every respect. Varied sights, locales, and destinations. Logistics well-planned and stress-free. Outstanding tour guide (Liz)and driver (Paul). Terrific group of co-travelers. Just an all-around wonderful experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rachel's favorite was the evening walk up to Castlerigg Stone Circle to watch the sunset (and drink champagne!) Mine were two:the Evensong choir performance at York Minster and playing cricket in the Cotswolds."

Barry

Burnsville, MN

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour all around. We had a great group of people. Liz kept things very interesting and her love of her country really came through.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not just one moment but my highlights include: castles (all of them); stone circles; pasties; real ale; trying to keep track of the royal lineage throughout the tours; learning about the very diverse English history (Rome, Vikings, France, etc.), and learning about England today (Brexit, taxes, life today)."

Gwen

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have thought about everything on the tour and all aspects of the tour and tried to think of anything I would change and I could not think of anything, It was perfect. (event weather) and very much as advertised only better. We did so much with out feeling really rushed. Everything was timed wonderfully. Tours were arranged well. We were with our 12 year old granddaughter and the trip was well suited to all of us. Lots of variety too. The trip exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list."

Debra

Burnsville, MN

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful trip. We wanted to experience England and we felt that we got to see many sides of England - rural farmlands, mountains and lakes, cities, castles, small villages, and English cottages and gardens. We also experienced different historical periods, including ancient Rome, medieval, and Victorian, through the architecture, sights, and stories along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the Wells Cathedral and the castle at Caernarfon. The Wells cathedral was so dominating and majestic. The experience of standing before it was breathtaking. The castle was so fun to explore and climb around in. It was great to hear about the architecture. A spontaneous wow moment was the hike up a mountain to see an ancient stone circle. Our group was there alone and the sun was setting. Our tour guide also arranged to bring champagne. Magical!"

Janet

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. I want to do another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no one thing. All of it had a "wow" factor. I have studied English history and was not disappointed."

Alison

Vacaville, CA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was just what I was expecting for my first trip to England. I wanted to have a comprehensive overview of English history and culture that included as many of the cities/sights on my list of "must see" as possible. The bus transportation during our travels from Bath to York was excellent and an invaluable time saver. My sister and I found our accommodations to be more than adequate, and the food was, in general, above average and much better than I expected it to be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to pick just one "wow", but my first "wow" was seeing the abbey ruins in Glastonbury for the first time; so awe-inspiring. The view from the top of the Cat Bells trail in Keswick is another favorite moment - such beautiful country!"

Linda

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We went to England/Wales to celebrate our daughter's high school graduation and traveled with friends celebrating the same thing. Our teens were surprised that this tour seemed "older", as our previous tour (Best of Europe) had several teens, but we all still had a great time. My husband and I had been to London for a week before, so seeing the countryside was really a treat for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wales was the big SURPRISE for us - our favorite place! And the sheep farm was an AMAZING experience. Thank you!!! And Bodnant Garden would tie with the sheep farm - my favorite garden ever!!!"

Marilyn

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour! From the moment I signed up, until the very end, organization and communication were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't think of just one... The hike to Catbells in Keswick was exhilarating! Gareth Wyn Jones' sheep farm, and his passion for it, was a highlight! Loved walking the city walls of Conwy, and we met the nicest people in Wales."

Lisa

Aledo, TX

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderfully realistic! I've always wanted to "do" England...now, I want to 'do' it again and again! Jamie was absolutely the best possible person for this trip's guide. He showed us as much as was humanly possible!...the food was wonderful, the places we went were nice, the facilities we stayed in were SOO much fun and unique.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to physically touch and stand at Hadrian's Wall. I've wanted to see it ever since I learned about it in high school (4 decades!). Standing there and looking out in the rain at the countryside and thinking about all the related history was powerful! Being in Conwy, Wales was also stunning and stirring. And delectable mushrooms for breakfast---life doesn't get much better!!!"

Christine

Riverton, NJ

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first experience on tour. I feel that this is the best way to see a new country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard for me to pick a favorite moment, everything was wonderful."

Sharon

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

England is beautiful and going on a tour made it easy and so enjoyable. No hotels to book, no mini tours to book and wondering where to eat etc. all was taken care of. We have toured both ways now three times doing all the work and planning and this time doing your tour was wonderful without all the stress. A true vacation ??

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lake District was so beautiful and being able to do hikes in the area was my top favorite plus Snowdonia and the hike there. I was wowed by the Cotswolds also I would have liked to do more walking there. We did do one which was so picturesque. I guess I had no idea how lovely the countryside would be."

Gordon

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First rate all the way, aside from the weather. Jamie, our guide is first rate and we hope to tour with him again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one, but the formal gardens in North Wales were high on the list."

Carol

Wellsville, NY

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again (my 5th tour), one of the highest quality - guide, information, activities, lodging, group participants

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gareth the sheep farmer - his age-old family farm, the sheep, his monologue of the sheep business today Cathedral tours in Bath and York - local guides with a depth of knowledge, all presented in an easy-to-listen to style"

Andrew

Wauconda, IL

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent tour with just the right amount of structured and unstructured time. Great hotel locations for quick and easy access to local items of interest. Robert, our tour guide, was well-spoken and had excellent knowledge for all locations. The tour group was friendly and cooperative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments that it is difficult to chose only one. The castles, countryside vistas, Cotswold villages and Lake District were my favorite "wows." England and Wales are beautiful countries!"

Mary Ann

Marietta, OH

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience enjoyed our group and guide seeing all the things in England and Wales.All of it

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A OF IT."

Christine

Huntersville, NC

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Bob and I enjoyed every minute of this outstanding tour! Not only did we appreciate all that we saw and learned about the fascinating history, culture, food/drink and speaking British in the UK, we also thoroughly enjoyed the professionalism, expertise, and humor of our outstanding guide, Robert Halkett. The pace and organization of the trip (beginning in Bath and ending in London) was a perfect orientation to the UK. Every stop was expertly organized and facilitated by our guide, Robert.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to choose one. Loved our theater experiences in Keswich(Handbagged) and London(42nd Street)!"

Jung

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! The right balance of activities to individual/leisure time, and the time spent in each place was perfect. With the exception of some poor weather in York, I don't feel like I missed out on any place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the sheepdog in Wales was amazing, as was the scenery there. I also loved the Roman museum near Hadrian's wall."

James

Marietta, OH

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour more than met our expectations. The division between group tour activities and individual time for exploration worked very well. Our particular group dynamics was excellent. Everyone looked our for each other and interacted with each other making for an enjoyable experience. Best of England in 14 Days was a great way for us to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. The suggestion in the guide book on adding extra days before and after were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to cover in 500 characters. Gareth sheep dog and shearing demo was a wow moment. Stokesy Castle was a wow moment as I knew nothing of this amazing survivor of the 13th century. Evensong at York Minster was awe inspiring. Tour of the Bondant Gargens was a wow moment. Last day tour of the British Museum was an especial wow moment for me as it made several years of studying British history and archeology come to life. Snowdonia and the Lake District scenery provided many wow's."

Morris

Lilburn, GA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first transatlantic trip for my son and me, so it was quite an experience for us. Although this type of tour can be tiring at times, we were able to see much more than we could have on a city tour, river cruise, etc. We've watched most of Rick's TV shows, read his travel skills handbook and the England and Great Britain guidebooks, and watched some of the online videos, so we were pretty well prepared. The tour certainly lived up to our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's impossible to pick just one. I loved the Roman baths and all of the churches and castles. The topography of Snowdonia and the Lake District was pretty amazing. It was fun having a picnic lunch at Hadrian's Wall. And it was very meaningful to be on the Westminster Bridge where recent terrorist attacks took place. The threat of terrorism is one of the many things that bind the U.K. and the United States."

James

Penticton, BC

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a terrific time with both the planned activities and the extra adventures courtesy of Mark and Liz. It was a fun group and we especially liked the opportunity to explore in more rural settings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheepdog demonstration and Bodnant Gardens, both in Wales were highlights for me."

Lee

Fresno, CA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So. Much. Fun. I had traveled pretty much this same trip by myself, with the Book. But the guided tour took me to All different places. How is that possible? I was seeing the UK again...with new eyes and ears. Mark was brother of Rick Steves in spirit. He had enough energy for all of us. Plus, I loved our aid Liz who was special in every way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't ever admit this out loud...but Im not much of a "dog" person. So the day we were to visit the sheep dog demonstration, I was NOT overjoyed. BAMM!!!! FAVORITE DAY OF THE TRIP!!!! I loved the dogs, sheep, farm, family, humor and excitement. Gareth Wyn Jones is funny and brilliant and his farm overlooking Conwy Bay was so beautiful it made my heart full."

Maxine

Hanford, CA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I did not have any pre-conceived expectations before the tour began. Well, perhaps, how I was going to fit everything into the recommended suitcase. I'm normally an upbeat person and was ready for my first Rick Steves tour. The pre-tour information was extremely helpful and I followed the packing list almost to the tee. The itinerary gave me an idea what to expect and I have to say, I was not disappointed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't say there was a favorite "wow" moment. There were so many! England and Wales are beautiful, and with each diverse village, town, city, there was so much to see and learn. The tour ran the entire gamut of English countryside, history running back through the ages B.C. and A.D. and modern city life. The cathedrals were spectacular, the abbey ruins were amazing, the Roman footprint on the country, the footpaths in the villages of Cotswold, the hustle and bustle of London. All WOW!"

William

Ridgefield, WA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have visited most of the locations prior, but my wife had not, so this was an ideal overview of the major historic periods and places in England and North Wales. The tour was an A++++ introduction to England. The tour guide was superb in all regards, and the assistant guide top quality and ready for her own tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment was not a single location or event, but the composite of all. I especially liked the four Cathedrals (Bath, Wells, York, and Westminster Abbey) along with the Hadrian's Wall complex. Having Mark and Liz as Guides was equally a "wow" experience for me."

Gail

Penticton, BC

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was beyond my expectations which are pretty high with Rick Steves. It was filled with history, stories, hiking, great daily surprises of some kind, great company, wonderful scenery, and amazing itinerary. It truly was so much fun that I didn't want it to end! Mark Seymour and Liz Boardman went above and beyond for all of us. We had one incredible experience after another. The itinerary was very extensive and extremely well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two favourite wow moments. First, the unforgettable day learning about sheep farming with Gareth Wyn-Jones. Only Rick Steves guides can give us those moments. Amazing! Second was the evening hike to Castlerigg at sunset with champagne, playing in the stones, and even a live video! Totally awesome!"

John

Redmond, WA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very informative and fun. Guides were super, destinations excellent and memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing to the top of Catbells High Ridge - great weather, spectacular views, and challenging!"

Karen

Avila Beach, CA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For two weeks we experienced the history, culture, countryside, and people of Great Britain. It was a marvelous experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually, it was Stonehenge, which was not on the tour but we saw the day before the tour began."

Arnie

Edmond, OK

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very pleased with the tour overall. The pace was as I expected from experience from past RS tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wandering into a local Pub that was populated with only locals, not a tourist in sight."

Heather

Kalamazoo, MI

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In a word AMAZING! Mark and Liz wee the absolute best guides. We appreciated the opportunity to travel and visit places we never would have found/be able to schedule on our own. Mark is THE BEST! We were so lucky to see The Bwst of England under his leadership. We were the youngest in the group by far but throughly enjoyed our tour group and we are so happy to have had the experience that we had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mark was always creating special experiences for us. Hikes, walks, and pub trips to make our trips as well rounded as possible. My knees hated the hike up to Hadrians Wall, but the view and the history when I sat there and took it all in was overwhelming. Thanks to Mark for taking me out of my comfort zone."

Doug

Victoria, BC

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many!"

Wendy

Chemainus, BC

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I will be brief. It was a wonderful tour. Roy was so incredibly informative about the historal information and present day happenings with Brexit. Also, he and our tour driver, James, were delightfully funny with their banter on the bus. James added so much fun to our drives! The guides in the cathedrals were amazing in their detail and knowledge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was a daily WOW moment! Loved the sheep farm in Wales. Beauty of the countrysides. Amazing architecture. Quaint towns and villages. The history!! Loved it all!"

Diane

Mississauga, ON

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well organized and love the time to explore and do your own thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"DIdnt really have one but loved the botanical gardens and Big Ben"

Bonnie

Alliston, PE

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour and all the experiences that go with the tour. Unfortunately, for us, the weather definitely did not cooperate, although I was prepared for the rain, it did put a damper on some of our visits, no hike or stopover in the Snowdonia Mts, heavy rain and fog. But our guide was on the ball and we went to visit a non working slate mine. No sunset over Castlerigg. We did manage to see Castlerigg before the heavy rains hit. I thoroughly enjoyed the history of the forts, cathedrals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW" moment, was some of the nature trails we walked, the history of the cathedrals and seeing Big Ben and the "EYE" from our boat cruise."

Larry

Chemainus, BC

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour with a very informative guide and a fun group of people plus a really great bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say. Loved the visit to the sheep farm. The tour of York Cathedral was superb. All of the private extra guides were very good."

Randall

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I would have chosen outstanding except for the weather during the first week. I realize that the tour could not control the weather, however did contribute to the overall experience.

Peter

Falls Church, VA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the entire tour with Roy and capable bus drivers. everything we saw was thoroughly explained by knowledgeable guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stanway House was very enjoyable and I really like the guides. In addition, the Lake District was very scenic and I enjoyed it immensely."

Nancy

Falls Church, VA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much. There was a nice mix of planned activities and free time, urban and rural experiences and ratio of bus time to activity.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Besides the incredible wealth of the Crown Jewels and gold service, I would say that the Lake District was very beautiful."

Deborah

North Tonawanda, NY

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guide. Roy's education and background allowed him to share a wealth of information. Gave us information on the election. The sights [INVALID]ed for the tour were diversified. James, our bus driver was an excellent driver and very personable. Our group members were interesting and fun to be with. Always enjoy the family meals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two wows. Ancient history- stone circles, Roman ruins, medieval churches and buildings. The second was Bodnant Gardens. They are beautiful."

Sharon

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Despite the cool temperatures, a lot of rain, and wind of the first 10 days of the 14 day tour, we had a wonderful time on the tour. We brought clothes so that we could dress in layers so we were never cold or uncomfortable. The group of travelers on our tour were very friendly and sociable. We always felt included during group dinners and events. Our tour guide was so knowledgable about the culture and history of the different parts of England and Wales that we traveled to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments but the the Churches and Abbys were favorite inside tours. Outside wows included the beautiful Bodant Gardens and the the visit to Gareth Jone's sheep farm."

Ellen

West Hartford, CT

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my fifth tour and it was my favorite so far. The itinerary was great - I may have liked an extra day in most places but then it would have been a 21 day tour. Martin was an exceptional guide, the fellow travelers were fantastic. I enjoyed the additions as well - Danny and the Beagles, the sheepdog demonstration, the music performers at dinner. In York, Martin organized an outing to a musical which was enjoyed by all who attended. Hotels and all our food, also very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It sounds a little unorthodox, but I would say the scenery. it was so varied yet beautiful in each area. I know the English love their countryside and I can see why"

Edith

West Linn, OR

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed everything about the tour. Our guide and bus driver were both excellent. I enjoyed getting acquainted with other members of the tour, who were from all over the U.S. and Canada. Martin was adept at explaining customs in terms "We Americans" understood. Our driver, Ben was amazing in how he maneuvered that bus through the slimmest of stone passageways, and backing up around in tight corners. And I enjoyed his band of friends who performed for us at Stow.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was on the train going from York to London. I went to the dining car for a bite to eat, and wound up singing a duet with one of the serving people. Nigel (who worked behind the counter) started singing "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" and I joined in. He was helping at the door as we disembarked and I told him, "Keep singing Nigel!" and he replied, "You keep singing too Miss!" Priceless! At our farewell dinner Martin and I sang the same duet."

Janet

Torrance, CA

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I chose this tour because a friend was doing it. Then I realized all the wonderful English/Welsh experiences it offered. Each day was filled with English (or Welsh) experiences and sights. Visiting the Cotswolds made me want to go back and walk more of the country trails. The greens of the Lake District are amazing. And York Minster always amazes me. Our guide was from Wales and made this portion of the trip come alive for us with his stories of growing up in the areas we were visiting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. The Wells Cathedral and York Minster are stunning. The greens of the Lake District and the quaint beauty of the Cotswolds. One of the highlights of the trip, however, was visiting with and talking with Gareth and his family on their sheep farm in Wales. Learning about their life and work on the hill with the amazing view."

Carol

San Lorenzo, CA

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The English country side was beautiful. I had a fantastic tour guide Martin. He definitely added to the value of the trip with his wonderful sense of humor. I met people on the tour that will definitely remain friends. Everyone who was on the tour was easy going and nice to be around. My tour mates where one of my favorite things about the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bondnat Gardens. The weather was gorgeous the day we were there. I love gardens and this one was my favorite of the entire tour. I wanted to be able to move into the private home and never leave."

Kathy

Crestwood, KY

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to England and it was everything I could had hoped for. From meeting and getting to know my fellow tour mates and guide to all the sites we visted. This will not be my last tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my wow moments was visiting the sheep farm in Wales. Getting to see the dog in action, shearing the sheep and listening to alll that goes into raising sheep on a large scale. Meeting the owner's wonderful family was just a treasure. Also, going to the York Minster for evensong, that was so moving and also the wonderful tour that we had there with the great guide that we had. Seeing the mountains and villages of northern Wales and northern England."

Eva

Chestermere, AB

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall we had a great time. This was our first experience in travelling to Europe! We liked the idea of seeing some of the everyday people and staying in smaller hotels along the way. It was all a bit mind boggling! We now have seen enough churches and cathedrals and castles for awhile. It was all awesome. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we felt well taken care of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep farm was a really nice experience and one I willl definitely remember"

Thomas

West Linn, OR

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We saw many places in a short amount of time that we would not have seen on our own because of the effort to arrange the lodging and the lack of familiarity with the area. By the end of the tour I was worn out. I liked that the bus was only partially full, so that people could spread out. I think it takes about a week to get over the jet lag. We arrived three days before the tour started.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Bodnant Gardens. Well laid out, lots of different plants, beautiful roses when we were there. I with we could have spent more time there."

Nancy

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour with a variety of interesting experiences. The pace was good. We really enjoyed getting to know all the members of our tour group

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Love the excavations at Vindolanda."

Janet

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guide and coach driver, very interesting and enjoyable locations and experiences, good meals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not a "wow" moment person. So much was lovely."

Augusto

Nanaimo, BC

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The best part was from Bath to York where the principles of your tours were displayed in full. However, starting the trip Bath is rather inconvenient. The London part was extremely disappointing,it had not the level of quality we have come to expect after taking quite a number of trips with your company. We can say in all honesty that we saw very little of London interesting sites except from Westminster and the Tower of London. Honestly, the emphasis on river cruises is a waste of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"York Minster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, Blenheim Palace, the walk to the Hadrian Wall and the visit to the stone remains. The Cotswolds and many attractive small villages. Wales, Conway, Keswick and the Lake district were all very good."

Patricia

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was so much more than I expected. I was hesitant to go to England because of the rainy weather. I live in the Northwest, and if I want rain all I had to do is go outside. I was surprised to feel so much at home. My ancestors DNA apparently is still be active 300 years after coming to the US. It was a great experience, and I'm already planning a return trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time in the Lake District wasn't really a wow moment, but definitely a wow time."

Robert

Pitman, NJ

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a good overview of the country and it's history. Our Guide and bus driver were friendly and professional. Lodgings had character and were centrally located. The food was much better than I expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After we walked up a pretty steep hill and over walls and through gates we came to the top of Hadrian's wall. The moment was rich in history and beauty. Nigel picked the perfect spot for us to stop and get the full experience."

Brian

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. There were always things to do, and the right amount of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the natural beauty of the lake district."

Scott

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a good experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Westminster Abbey"

Sheila

Trenton, ON

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 2 weeks. Our tour leader, Nigel was a big part of it. He was terrific. Also found our group to be very congenial....nice size too (26). Tour included a good variety of excursions. Overall, an excellent tour....great weather was an added bonus!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the visit to Gareth's farm in Wales. Westminster Abbey tour with Tom was outstanding. Loved visiting the villages in the Cotswolds. Often the times on the bus were very entertaining with Nigel's commentary."

Ian

Belleville, ON

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Nigel, Our tour leader was always pleasant and helpful and informative, and went beyond expectations in arranging additional optional things to do, in which almost everyone looked forward to and participated in. This was our first Rick Steeves tour and we were very pleased and will be back! We would love to tour Scotland with Nigel ! Our driver,Paul, was also very good anf fit right in with the group, making it an enjoyable all-inclusive group. We would be happy to see him again. Great trip !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Hadrian's Wall and the sense of history. Buckingham Palace and Churchill's War Rooms were also a highlight. York was a very pleasant surprise as were all the delicious 'cream teas' that we sampled. Sometimes the small things stay with you the longest, like the unfailing courtesy and good humor of the people. And they do queue properly and pleasantly!"

Douglas

Trenton, ON

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent tour. A great group of people, a top-notch guide, and a good itinerary. A good blend of organized activities and free time ( other tours we were on

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, returning to Hadrian's Wall. I hiked the complete Hadrian's Wall Trail in 2012, and enjoyed seeing villages, B&Bs, and sections of the Wall and remembering that trip. The Lake District scenery was also a treat"

Peter

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

England was a positive surprise. Seeing both cities and countryside was good. English and Wales people very warm and friendly. Better food than I expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The countryside. Especially the hills . Snowdonia National Park, Cotswold, Wales, Irish sea. Cotswold pub musicians- very good musicians and warm friendly people, Sheep farm and family- Gareth Wyn Jones a real surprise and plus"

Wendy

Pitman, NJ

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RS tour. After the first tour we were so impressed with how much we were able to see, how smoothly everything ran and that we enjoyed traveling with a small group that we decided on a second tour. Once again, we were not disappointed! It is so nice to be able to pack so many experiences into 14 days and not have to worry about the details. Our very capable guide, Nigel and our bus driver Paul took care of all of that. It is worth every penny!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is the hardest question to answer. The Laburnum Arch at Bodnant Gardens was in full bloom when we were there. It was pretty spectacular! But, I am also amazed I was able to stand on and touch Hadrian"s Wall. I am still trying to process how old and it is, and there it stands, right in the middle of sheep pastures."

Katie

Kennedale, TX

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, I had a great tour experience. The group was very friendly and welcoming, and I never felt isolated as a solo traveler. The tour guide kept everything running smoothly and provided insightful commentary throughout the trip. I appreciated the wide variety of sites and the balance between cities and rural areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment came as we were walking through picturesque Cotswold villages. It's impossible to take a bad photograph in that setting! I also really enjoyed Bodnant Gardents in Wales, especially since we were there during peak spring bloom season."

Priscilla

Ventura, CA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

England is so GREEN! Eye candy for us visual folks. Traveling in late Spring does have its drawbacks with rain but when the sun does shine it is glorious! Lots of rain on our first 4 days but we made it through. I am so impressed that this tour could cover so much territory. I felt like I have really seen a good swath of England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cottswold Villages of Stow-on-the-Wold and Slaughter were a highlight. We walked through countryside with only sheep to keep us company and so GREEN everywhere. Bodnant Gardens was in full bloom with rhododendrons - not your usual small bush but huge multiple cascades of intensely vibrant colors. It was quite a scene and around each corner another incredible view! The Laburnum Arch was also in full bloom with green intensity."

Kay

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lorraine was a joy to be with! She was great! James the bus driver was an a friendly cheerful addition.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Hikes!"

Robert

Ventura, CA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. Exhausting but a fantastic experience. We covered a lot of area both in time and locations. I enjoyed the diversity from the castles and abbey ruins to the working farm to Hadrian's Wall to York Minster to London. All in all I think the tour was very comprehensive, educational and entertaining. Especially the local color such as the band in Stow-on-the –Wold and Gareth Jones' sheep dog Elsie.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment had to be connecting with Gareth Jones' sheep farm. Keep in mind it was raining right along but Gareth delivered a heartfelt talk about his family's 350 years on the farm. His sheep dog Elsie was exceptional as we watched her work the sheep. And Gareth did a shearing demonstration (I've sheered sheep before and he made it look easy). Another spectacular moment: looking over at the flying buttresses during the York Minster climb, walking among the stones at Avebury."

Rita

Tempe, AZ

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fabulous tour. This was our fourth Rick Steves' tour and, while we enjoyed every one immensely, this was the very best. I had no idea of the beauty of the countryside of England and all the areas we visited. Our guide, Lorraine, was the BEST! Overall, it was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, since I love gardening and gardens, the Bodnant Garden in Wales was a true highlight. I have never seen such an amazing garden and, of course, our timing was just perfect to enjoy all the beautiful flowering trees and shrubs. I guess the "wow" moment was seeing the Laburnum Arch in full bloom. Unbelievable!"

Jeanne

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I was rather disappointed in our guide's knowledge of English history. Also disappointed in most of her presentations. For example, in Wales all I recollect her offering on the subject of Edward I is that he built castles a day's march apart " to sort out the Welsh." Very jokey in the English way, but nothing comes to life when everything is a one liner and so much richness was left untapped. I pretty much stopped asking questions around Day 4 because she didn't ever seem to have answers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the sheep farm. The farmer gave an excellent presentation and demonstration."

Peter

Pacific Grove, CA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 7th RS tour and this was another excellent tour with wonderful fellow travelers and our guide, Lorrine Dineen, was fantastic. The pace was very good and I appreciated that we had room accommodations of at least two nights during the course of our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting ancient stone circles (Avebury, Stonehenge and Castlerigg at sunset); York Minster and Westminster Cathedrals - witnessing Evensong; hiking in the Costwolds. So many wonderful things... The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is outstanding and it was great to see the Churchill War Rooms."

Karen

Longmont, CO

Tour: 05/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the best vacation ever because I didn't have to worry about the details.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing the cuckoo bird while walking in the Lake District."

Susan

Thunder Bay, ON

Tour: 05/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent from beginning to end. Very well organized and planned to offer maximum variety - history, walking, stone circles, views, several types of interesting properties. Tour members were friendly, active and interesting. Will be looking to take another Rick Steves tour soon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually had 2 wow moments. Stanway House & Bodnant Gardens Have visited a number of castles & estates in Europe & Blenheim Palace on this tour was typical of them as you are shepherded between guide ropes to view but not touch amazing spaces & items. I remember seeing one of Rick's videos where he played shuffleboard at Stanway House & then there we were actually sitting on these wonderful William Morris chairs in front of the shuffleboard table. It was amazing to be in a real lived in home."

Shirley

Tampa, FL

Tour: 05/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour. It was everything I had hoped it would be. I gained a broad understanding and appreciation for the people, history, beauty and character of the UK and Wales. The activity and flow of the tour was just right. The people in our tour group all had a great attitude for travel and making friends. Our guide Mark was extremely knowledgeable, and always helpful. I felt we were in good hands. I would use Rick Steves again and feel safe recommending them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to choose just one. Highlights for me were; Avebury and Castlerigg's stone circles, seeing how the local's live at Stanway House with it's working water wheel and flour mill, walking the walls around the castle town of Conwy and visiting with Garrick Jones and his wife for a working sheep dog demonstration."

Raelene

Denver, CO

Tour: 05/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved this tour. We saw everything we wanted to see and then some. Mark was informative, caring, encouraging and relaxed. As far as we all knew, everything went off without a hitch and if there were any, we were blissfully unaware.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, but the Bodnant Garden was spectacular. No matter where you looked it was beautiful."

Christopher

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We like the 25 people group arrangement. City option is wonderful. We visited many different places from small village to big palace. This truly given a different perspective of England today and yester years. The tour allow both free time to explore and well guide tour. Visit the local Yorkshire farmer was surprisingly wonderful. This tour provide beautiful sites, local culture and wonderful group companionship. We like the min. 2 night per city is perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Heritage sites. Beautiful abbey and the choir in the evening prayer. Tradition and everyone speaking proper English. Polite people everyone we met. Wonderful underground and train network. It is "wow" all the way."

Wayne

Sanger, CA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellant tour guide and a very friendly and fun tour group. The experience was great from the beginning to the end. The weather did not always cooperate but that is to be expected. Really liked England and would like to go back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was Hadrians Wall. I just love the to see the technical ability of the Romans so long ago. What a facinating time in history. A close second was the Roman Baths in Bath. They were very spectacular as well."

Marcia

Helena, MT

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 7 th RS tour and as always they never disappoint. The Best of England was a good mixture of urban and rural areas. Robert, our guide, was very knowledgeable and tried to incorporate various interests of the group when there were options. Our fellow travelers were friendly and the group meshed together well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being a lover of architecture and gardening, I would have to say Wells Cathedral and Bodnant Gardens."

Faith

Red Bank, NJ

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Roy and Liz were both delightful - warm, knowledgeable,and witty - and they worked very well together. The pace of the tour was excellent - covered alot of ground but never felt rushed. All the hotels were wonderfully located and quite comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bodnant Gardens in Wales was mind-blowing. So beautiful and meticulously maintained. We had glorious sunshine and? blue skies for our visit. A piece of heaven on Earth."

Wayne

Panama City, FL

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. We have been avid fans of the PBS series he does and finally decided to go on one. Overall I rated it as outstanding. The choice of cities gave us an excellent overall impression of England and that is what we wanted. I would say the value was very high as we stayed in good hotels, ate in good restaurants and had fun, educational experiences. The weather in first part of May was ideal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several: 1. Wells Cathedral 2. Bodnant Gardens 3. The Lake District (Keswick) 4. Evensong at York Minster 5. Theater in London (Carole King's Life, "Beautiful")"

Ruth

Panama City, FL

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour, and I was delighted with the experience. I saw way more and learned a lot more about England and northern Wales than my husband and I would have on our own. The places we visited were well chosen to give us a taste of the history, culture, and variety of scenery in this beautiful green country. Roy was a terrific guide, so knowledgeable and witty. And, we were fortunate to have Liz as his assistant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a really hard question to answer because we saw so many interesting and wonderful things. I believe my favorite "wow" moment was on our visit to Bodnant Gardens. The azelias, rhododendruns, and tulips were all in bloom, the temperature in the mid sixties was perfect, and the sky was a brilliant blue. The colorful gardens were simply glorious, and we have some wonderful pictures to prove it!"

Linda

Mount Horeb, WI

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

In my head, I've been calling it the trip of a lifetime. The full but not overwhelming itinerary, the depth of knowledge of our guides Roy and Elizabeth and the quirky mix of personalities all added up to a wonderful experience. The weather was fairly cooperative, but always bring fleece, even in May! Also, do the reading and look at the maps so you can fully appreciate each locale. Our guides did a wonderful job of exposing us to "local" culture in each area. It is the frosting on the cake.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments: Danny and his hounds; Gareth Wyn Jones and his sheep farm; playing cricket at Stanway House, walking on Hadrian's Wall, York Minster's stained glass. I'm still marveling at all the unique experiences we had and the knowledge that not everyone has these opportunities to engage in. What a lucky group we were."

Phil

Modesto, CA

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. I believe all my expectations were met and exceeded. Most importantly, what I have understood over the years to be Rick Steves' philosophy of travel was evident on our tour. From the particulars of where we stayed to what we saw, and , most importantly, the leadership and care from Roy and Liz, I was and remain overwhelmed by this experience. We left the tour and joined a Viking River Cruise and I am pretty sure I sold several couples on Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cohesive nature of traveling with only 23 others was really fun. About 4 days into the tour we just "jelled," and it was really fun to enjoy our experiences together."

David

Camas, WA

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour ever, and we thoroughly enjoyed our selves. The group was very compatible. We avoided the research about what to see, which has been the hurdle to doing this trip sooner, and relied on experience of professionals. The tpur leaders and guides were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Personally, I enjoyed most the chance to meet with local people such as the hill top farmer in Wales and the young man who runs hunting dogs. Of the more traditional things we saw the visit to York was outstanding. The minster tour was very interesting, attending the evensong services was for me unusual, the Indian diner we had in York was outstanding, and just wandering the streets of York was captivating."

Nan

Veradale, WA

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour gave us a terrific introduction to England, a way to sample some of the best places, and the inspiration to re-visit some of the locations (especially the Cotswolds, Wales, the Lake District and York. We haven't traveled internationally in many years, and have renewed confidence in our skills, bolstered by information and guidance from our skilled tour guide and assistant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evensong at York Minster, seated just a few feet away from the choir."

Nancy

Salem, OR

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual, a Rick Steves' tours never disappoint. From beginning to end, Roy Nicholls, Liz, and the driver, James, were outstanding[INVALID]always "on" with an answer to every question, a wonderful sense of humor, full of energy, and ready to please. Great choices of places to see, stay, and eat. Getting from Heathrow to Bath was an experience in itself, which may have been the only downer but I survived and would do it again in a minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I will have to say that the vastness of Bodnant Gardens was my favorite "wow" moment. Typical English garden leaves me wanting to see more!"

Nancy

Ballwin, MO

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First trip to England and first group tour experience. We picked this tour since it offered a chance to see many areas of this lovely Country. As it turned out the trip offered many experiences we would not been have able to accomplish on our own. So we are happy to report our first group tour was very special.. The guides at each of the sites were excellent and enthusiastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Knowledge of our guide/Roy and his easy going manner. Also his dry sense of humor was a delight! I chose him rather than a particular experience or locale, because he truly made the trip special. Elizabeth as well added to our experience with her knowledge and personal opinions and the thoughts she shared. She as well was a very pleasant guide, I never felt like I was with guides who had no enthusiasm for their Country or were just going through the motions."

Mark

Ellisville, MO

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the diverse types of cities and towns that we visited. Having fewer than 30 people on a 60 passenger bus was wonderful. Our group gelled quickly and we made friends with many on the group and enjoyed all. I think the leadership of Roy and Liz helped greatly. The leaders clearly knew all by their first names by day 2.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my wow moment was when I realized on day one the depth of Roy's knowledge of English history and archaeology, his genuine friendliness and acerbic wit. I enjoyed every moment of each of his discussions. I also enjoyed many personal discussions I had with Roy as we were walking to and fro when he was not on the microphone. He made me feel as if I were an old friend."

Jim

Keizer, OR

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. We especially loved our tour guide. Roy was very knowledgeable, organized and had a good sense of humor. The accommodations were very clean, comfortable, and nice. We loved their locations in each of the towns and cities visited. The food was wonderful and hotel staff was very efficient and accommodating. Good balance of organized tours and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Sheep farm in North Wales."

Becky

Keizer, OR

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very much enjoyed the commentary and info from both Roy and Liz. Both have a good sense of humor and were consistent in keeping us informed of needs for the day and schedule changes. We appreciated the two-day stops in each place, giving us opportunity to enjoy not only the planned events, but the free exploration as well. Good info on things we would need to pack.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The English countryside; ewes with their lambs inside miles and miles of ancient stone walls; tea houses, stone houses and pubs; thatched roofs; meeting locals and gaining understanding of their lives and work; castle ruins, castles intact; and history."

Sharon

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved every minute of this tour. Guides were fun and very informative. We saw things that one would not be able to have access to traveling on your own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was impressed by so much as it was all new to me. But the York Minster Cathedral was most impressive. All the history and age of so much in England was amazing."

Jan

Ferndale, WA

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My expectations were exceeded! It did help that we had near perfect weather the entire time, however I was most impressed with the tour organization overall. Our tour group of people were fun and interesting and felt great enjoyment from your travel professionals, they were "top drawer"!. Honestly felt I received my monies worth.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Much of the tour was a WOW for me. Being born a Jones I loved the rugged Wales area and visiting our favorite "sheep shearer" - a Jones(I am sure that handsome man has to be a relative of mine somewhere along the line). Also, every single plant and tree we encountered was in bloom, the yellow canola crops all so beautiful against green fields, stone walls and blue skies. Of historic sites, Blenheim Palace, York Minster and Hadrian's wall were fascinating for me."

John

San Leandro, CA

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour and the rour guide, Roy, was the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the town of York. Liked wandering around seeing the sights was great."

Linda

Rochester, MN

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have traveled for work and with family but this is the first time I had traveled for myself. I love watching English dramas on PBS so a trip to England was the next step. The experience I had was more than I could of dreamed of! I found myself in England. Among the streams, birds and flowers of the Bodnant Garden in North Wales, a photo op in Stokesay Castle church, a bench in Keswick, a picnic at the archaeology dig in Vindolanda, I remembered past life events through the eyes of today.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1 Sitting on a bench at the Crow Park Hotel in Keswick, overlooking the green of the park and sharing stories of family with James, I felt a sense of tranquility and contentment. 2 I have found 4 words "this too shall pass" to help in dealing with most situations. In the stillness and serenity of a lunch break at the archaeology dig at Vindolanda, the phase took on new meaning as I thought of the generations of people who had stood on this same site before. Feelings of tranquility continue"

Jan

Stockton, CA

Tour: 04/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. Busy London proper was not my favorite place, but I loved the smaller cities like Keswick, York, Bath, and the Cotswolds. We had a great group of people on our tour, and having only 22 made it even better. I would recommend trying to keep tour groups at a maximum of 25 instead of 28.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Bodnant Gardens. They were fabulous. So beautiful! I would have like more time there to wander the paths in the wooded areas."

Henry

Martinez, GA

Tour: 04/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Better than I ever expected. Just the right balance between structured activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"visiting William Wordsworth's cottage in Grasmere."

Sandra

Flushing, MI

Tour: 04/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this was my 4th tour and did not disappoint. I went in the spring to experience great gardens and that was certainly true. the food was spectacular - and I'm a vegetarian! What I like best about this is the mix of the city adventure with the countryside experience. I was particularly interested in hearing the locals talk about brexit and I shared my view on our current political environment. I always come back from your tours with a feeling of confidence in being a world traveler.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was on the working farm; the border collie heading the ewes, the shearing of the ewe, hearing the family talk of their experiences on the farm, hearing about the snow storm of 2013 and how hard it was on the family and the live stock, better understanding of the European Union and brexit. Went away feeling a deep connection to the people of the area."

Sharon

Brewster, MA

Tour: 04/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt the tour was well planned out, with plenty of wonderful sightseeing and a goodly amount of personal time mixed in. Both Gillian and David were attentive, informative and responsive without being intrusive. They were well organized, and made the whole experience so enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At first I thought it was the Sheep farm in Wales, which was wonderful. But in the end, I have to say that Evensong at York Minster was a truly unforgettable experience."

Chodi

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 04/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Castlerigg at sunset."

Ann

Austin, MN

Tour: 04/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was disappointed in the cotswalds portion of the tour. I expected to go to several of the villages to experience the atmosphere of the buildings and shops like rick shows on his pbs shows. several hours in a couple of the villages would have nice instead of the 2 hour walk in the country after being gone all day before the walk.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had none."

Stephen

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 04/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guides led a wonderful tour of England and Wales. I enjoyed their choice of places to eat, and the variety of food that we ate. They kept us informed and helped me with the side trips that I made.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed everything about the tour, and I loved all the different biscuits that our guide gave us as we rode o the bus. They were delicious."

Ralph

Brewster, MA

Tour: 04/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I fully enjoyed all aspects of this tour. I learned a great deal from everyone involved.This was our 6th tour with Rick Steves and as usual rhe guides were most wonderful, accommodations were typical, fellow travelers were amenable, and the experience fulfilling. I personally would have loved to have spent some time in the Yorkshire Dales. Perhaps a visit to the national park and a hike, instead of the free day to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I like several parts of the tour but if I were forced to select one in particular it would be the visit to Gareth Jones' farm and listening to this wonderful gentleman. I truly wished we had spent more time with him and his family. Loved Evensong at York Minster, the play we attended in York and the one in London, pub visits, Hadrians Wall and Roman fort,and the re-freshness of the Stanway Estate. Too many to fit in here!"

Elizabeth

St Paul, MN

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this tour, even the weather. Tom our tour guide was excellent and so was Ben our bus driver. And we had a wonderful group of travelers. I especially enjoy the variety this tour offered. Some of my favorites were Bath, Stow, North Wales, Bodnant Gardens, visiting Gareth's sheep farm, the Lake District, and evening song at York Minister.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. But, if I had to choose one I guess it would be turning a corner and seeing Wells Cathedral for the first time."

Mark

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom brought history to life in a fun, memorable way. I marveled, at the end of the trip, how facts we'd learned from Day 1, were building on each other. The group was fantastic. We had great chemistry. I believe Tom had a lot to do with creating and fostering that. We saw sights I've dreamed of seeing for 35+ years. And so many more sights. Plus the Rick Steves "extras" like the tour of Stanton House, the beagle hunting dog demonstration, the sheepdog and farm visit, and Stokesay Castle.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire Lake District. The beaut. The peacefulness. I smile typing this."

Elizabeth

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour although my tours of other countries provided more excitement for me since I'd been to England and Wales and lived in Scotland many years ago. I did see some new things and all stops were good. I was very happy with the shared room experience. That was definitely part of the adventure for me. Autumn traveling worked well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evensong at York Minister was wonderful! The museum and site at Vindolanda were very, very good. Bodnant Gardens - the grounds were spectacular - even in October. Plays in Bath and Keswich during free time. 7 am-ish sunrise in Conwy over the harbor. The pub meal with local folk music! Tea, scones, and cakes! Stanway House and mill."

Martin

St Paul, MN

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour, great guide and a wonderful group of people to travel and share the experience with. The weather was much kinder to us than we could have hoped for. It was another wonderful trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite stop was in York. Great feeling of being with the locals."

Patricia

St Paul, MN

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tom was a great guide. He made history come to life. We had great weather which allowed us to hike and boat in the Lake District. He kept us entertained on our bus rides to the various areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought Cotswold was charming and I thought its was a special part of the trip."

Gerald

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of the best trips I've been on in the past several years. The activities were will mixed. It was well paced. On earlier Rick Steves tours I had a feeling of being rushed, and then once getting to the place, not staying very long. Much of the success I attribute to the tour leader, Tom. He was very sharp and very funny.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. I suppose the one I like was the demonstration of the hunting hounds. That was great! Also, the folk music in the pub in the Cotswolds was very special."

Marilyn

Marana, AZ

Tour: 09/20/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was really great, All I had expected and more. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is very hard to just have one wow moment. Westminster was fantastic. The architecture was incredible. Also, loved the landscape of Wales."

James

Apex, NC

Tour: 09/20/16

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Enjoyed places visited and other participants. Should include more meals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"seeing Stonehenge (not part of tour but we went there on own)"

Judy

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/20/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A great moment for me on this tour was at the Bakers Arms Pub in the Cotswolds absorbing the cheery atmosphere. The folk music was infectious and seeing our guide Gillian get up and belt out a song with the band was quite moving."

Nancy

Apex, NC

Tour: 09/20/16

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We [INVALID]ed this tour because of the places it included. Although we have been on many Road Scholar trips, we have also created our own itinerary using Rick Steves' travel books. The tour guide was competent as an administrator but was lacking in the amount of information we wanted in the places we visited. Local guides would have been a great addition to the tour. We learned about Bath, York, Tower of London from excellent local guides we found in those places; a shame the rest of the group

Weather

England / London

England / York

Pre-Tour Planning

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

Trip Resources

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

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. About one month prior to the tour departure, we'll email you directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as the complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Transportation

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

London is a major transportation hub, making additional travel before or after your tour quite easy. This tour begins in Bath. It is easiest to fly in and out of London (either Heathrow or Gatwick) and train or bus to Bath. The trip can take 2–5 hours depending on the mode of transportation. Direct trains to Bath are available from London's Paddington Station, which you can reach from Heathrow via the Heathrow Express. Train connections to Bath from Gatwick require a change in Reading. 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.

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

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

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

Sightseeing on Your Own

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

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

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

Packing

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

Special packing note: We use an audioguide system for many of our sightseeing and museum tours. If you wear a hearing aid, we strongly recommend bringing headphones that go over your ears to allow you to fully enjoy these tours.