• Pulteney Bridge in Bath
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    English Pub
  • The Cotswolds
  • Caernarfon Castle in Wales
  • The Lake District near Keswick
  • York Minster
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    London Walking Tour
  • 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 26 group sightseeing events • English Beer Tasting • Bath walking tour • Roman Baths tour • Glastonbury Abbey visit • Wells Cathedral tour • Avebury stone circle tour • Blenheim Palace tour • Lacock village walking tour • Cotswolds loop drive • Stanway House and grounds tour • Cotswolds country walk • Local folk music • Stokesay Castle Visit • Bodnant Garden visit • Welsh sheep farm visit • Caernarfon Castle tour • Lake District boat cruise • Lake District walk • Hadrian's Wall visit • Tour of Vindolanda • York Minster tour • York walking tour • Bus sightseeing tour of London • Westminster Abbey tour • Thames boat cruise • Tower of London "Beefeater" tour…and more
  • All group transportation from Bath to London
  • 13 nights accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • 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 2016
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions Agreement for important details regarding everything listed above.

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to England

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

Day 2: Roman and Georgian Bath

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

Day 3: Glastonbury and Wells

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

Day 4: Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds

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

Day 5: Cotswold Villages

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

Day 6: Castles, Gardens and 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 wellborn. After lunch we'll bid cheerio to England and drive into neighboring wonderful North Wales, where we'll explore the manicured lawns, terraced beds, and extensive botanical collection of Bodnant Gardens. We'll end our day overlooking the Irish Sea in the castle-topped, harbor town of Conwy, where we'll share dinner together and sleep (2 nights). Bus: 5 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 7: Welsh Highlands and Caernarfon Castle

Today we'll see and feel the rugged character of North Wales, touring impressive Caernarfon Castle, where we'll learn about the system of English garrison castles Edward I built to enforce English rule over North Wales 700 years ago. After lunch, we’ll drive up into the majestic Snowdonia National Park for a walk through the Welsh Highlands. The rest of your afternoon is free to roam along Conwy's multi-towered city wall, historic houses, and laid-back harbor. Bus: 3 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 8: Sheep Dogs and Serene Lakes

This morning we'll head just south of Conwy, to the Carneddau Mountains where we’ll visit a working farm to learn about the wool industry and get to know their talented sheep dogs. Then we’ll cross back into England and make our way to the spectacularly serene Lake District, favorite haunt of poets and painters, exploring  a charming village or two that dot the region. We'll end the day feasting on fish and chips together at a traditional English Chippie. Sleep at a family-run hotel in Keswick (2 nights). Boat: ½ hr. Bus: 5 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 9: The Lake District

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

Day 10: Hadrian's Wall

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

Day 11: York Minster and the Medieval City

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

Day 12: Lively London

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

Day 13: Historic and Regal London

This morning we'll head out for an energetic day of sightseeing, beginning with a scenic cruise on the river Thames, the center of London life since Roman times. We'll disembark at the Tower of London, join a tour with a witty Beefeater, see the majestic crown jewels which include the world's largest cut diamond — the 530-carat First Star of Africa — and ponder the first "skyscraper" of its time. You'll have the rest of the afternoon free before our final group dinner together, where we'll share travel memories and toast new friends. Cheers! Boat: ½. hr. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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

Reviews

Janet

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 09/29/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved York."

Paul

Wadsworth, OH

Tour: 09/29/15

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

England and Wales have so much history and t was great being exposed to some of it.

Daniel

Belmont, CA

Tour: 09/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour; great choice or cities/towns visited; Great tour lead and coach driver

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several: the York Minster in York; the Roman bath in Bath; the hike in Lake District; London (everything)"

Don

Ashland, NH

Tour: 09/29/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Glastonbury Where we had picnic lunch. Interesting history and local book shop . it was a nice day and we explored the ruins. Stores had a lot of books on King Arthur and Alibon. Avebury's stone circle. Was One of the best sites along with the Roman Wall. I am not crazy about London. Takes a while to learn the streets, but York is a good city, I liked.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We saw a real walled English Garden which was like in the Book "The Secret Garden made my day. One of the books I have loved since the Third Grade when the Teacher Read it to the class."

Todd

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'm still having trouble believing all we were able to see and do. Our guide, Robert, delivered the goods. The diversity of towns, villages, and cities was tremendous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I felt our stay in Keswick was the peak. We enjoyed an outstanding series of hikes on our own, theater with fellow travelers and on our own, a festive group dinner and quiet dinner on our own. The setting was idyllic, and the stars sparkled like nowhere else."

Kristen

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous experience. It was everything we hoped it would be. We saw so many beautiful and interesting places, and we learned so much. We weren't entirely sold on the idea of a tour when we signed up, but we immediately recognized its value and all that we experienced that we would not have if we'd travelled on our own. Through our tour, we had so much greater access than we would've on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment came when my husband and I reached the top of Catbells while we were in Keswick. I hadn't taken hiking shoes, but our tour guide suggested that the shoes I'd taken might not fare well on this hike, so I bought some at one of the many outfitters in Keswick. That was money well spent because the hike and the resulting views were beautiful!"

Ed

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 09/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 6th Rick Steves tour experience was superb. Sites visited, tour leader, travel schedule (i.e., no single night stays), participants, meals provided are contributed to make the England in 14 Days an outstanding experience. We had been to many of the tour sites previously on our own but the tour filled in information gaps and took us to sites such as the Lake District and parts of Hadrian's Wall that neither my wife nor I had seen before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to say, but possibly the sunsets in Keswick or the beauty of the rolling hills along Hadrian's Wall."

Marilyn

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gillian was a great tour leader, which made the tour outstanding. The itineray was also excellent, with a blend of various historical sites and great local guides to give us a good understanding of what we were visiting. The breakfasts at the various hotels/guest houses were uniformly good, although I didn't like the ambience at the London breakfastcafe. The accommodations were mixed. The Brooks Guesthouse in Bath was meager, darkly lit, poorly decorated, small double bed, and uncomfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stonehenge--it should be included in the tour package and Bath's Roman baths."

Linda

Salem, OR

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gillian, our amazing guide, kept the right pace and balance between activities. She was superb at providing historical and cultural context along the way [INVALID] never boring! Our hotels were classic Rick Steves' locations near the centers of the towns we stayed. I particularly loved all the options for walking and exploring. Sometimes we walked the countryside as a group, and other times we could walk town walls, hike up Glastonbury Tor or explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moments were visits to Bath Abbey, Wells Cathedral and York Minster. They were inspiring and beautiful beyond words. I loved the artistic touches, especially the gorgeous diptyches at Bath Abbey. Yet, the guides also showed us the artistic humor, like the monkeys in York Minster's stained glass window."

Douglas

Salem, OR

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was able to see England and Wales from the Roman era to the present. The guide was excellent and added a lot to the experience. I enjoyed the accommodations and food a great deal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The part I most enjoyed was visiting the old churches. That experience added a lot to my understanding of christian history."

Janet

Camas, WA

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The countryside of England is lovely. We enjoyed a wide range of experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Snowdonia National Park was gorgeous. First we drove through incredible scenery, then rode a steam train through more delightful areas."

Elizabeth

Mountlake Terrace, WA

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Where to start? Every day I thought to myself, "now this is my favorite", and every next day I had to re-calibrate. So much good stuff packed into a handy 14-day carrying case. It's so evident that everyone loves what they do whether it's driving a too-large bus on impossibly narrow and winding roads, or showing off the proper porridge stirring implement (a spurtle), or sharing the best sticky toffee pudding with novices. Two enthusiastic thumbs up.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After dinner in York we walked back to our hotel. As we passed the Minster the bells began to peal, a beautiful riot of cascading chimes. When I asked Gillian what the occasion was, she gleefully responded, "It's Tuesday, practice day!" So I stood there, with a ridiculous grin on my face, gazing up at that beautiful Cathedral with those towering bells washing over me. It was one of the most magical and joyful experiences of my life, I will never forget it."

Suzy

Happy Valley, OR

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steve's tour was a huge success. Our Itinerary was busy and rich in history and hospitality.. We were blessed with incredible weather the entire three weeks of our travel in England. We enjoyed the plans made for us for the activities in each location, as well as the choices for food. Our time was packed full of things to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Iloved the hike up the mountain by Bath abbey. The day was glorious and the scenery was spectacular. Somehow felt an inner connection to the true history in that area. Truly there were many "wow" moments. Every city had their own unique characteristics and charm. With Gillian filling in, with her stories, and knowledge, it was always entertaining and interesting."

Joyce

Lexington, MA

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This needs some thinking. Our major disappointment was in the hotel choice most particularly the first in Bath. We were put on the top floor (yes, we know about the carry your own suitcase rule)but the room was difficult to manage. It was a poor start to our tour experience. The itinerary was excellent and we were happy with seeing the English countryside and great ruins etc. HOtel in Conwy...awful bathroom fan noise..tour leader unsympathetic to our situation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed Hadrian's Wall the most....it was a thrill. And the good meal the last night."

Carolyn

Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. The guide, Mark, was excellent. Mark was very knowledgeable, friendly, thoughtfull, approachable, and an all around nice guy. The group was fun, friendly and inclusive. Everyone seemed to just click and were friends right away. They were a great group. I very much enjoyed the places we toured and felt the tour was well rounded. Our coach driver Ben deserves a mention for being friendly, fun, and getting us there safely every day. I highly recommend this tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick just one. Seemed like everyday I really enjoyed what I saw, learned, and the experiences we had. The night out with the folk singers was fun. The churches were beautiful and the history of the Romans was very interesting. The World War history was also very interesting. I was please to see a chapel at St. Paul's dedicated to the Americans for WWII. I was impressed to stand where historic events had happened."

Yale

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was very goo. This was #8 and will not be the last.

Bruce

Laguna Hills, CA

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mark was outstanding as guide, educator, tour esprit builder, planner and tour affairs manager. His sense of humor infused an impressive knowledge of the history of the places and sites visited. In addition to his professional competence, he is a very warm and caring man who always looked after the welfare of the tour members above all...truly an exceptional guide and person!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Overall the history of the Romans in England and the French born Kings and Queens in England. I was struck by the violence and warring of the tribes in England over the centuries. The ability and desire to construct such massive structures that we visited always greatly impressed me."

Timothy

Auburn, WA

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed our Best of England in 14 Days Tour tour. The guide was very knowledgeable about English history and current events. For the most part our late September/early October tour had acceptable weather with only a couple of rainy days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially liked the train ride to Caernarfon Castle in Wales. The day was sunny and the castle was easily accessible unless you were climbing towers on your free time."

Margaret

Norwalk, OH

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mark is an excellent guide. The tour provided us with a wonderful overview of Great Britain. Mark's knowledge of history, architecture, local customs enriched our bus ride time. He went above and beyond to show us his country while giving us an opportunity to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sharing this trip with two couples we've known for many years."

Martha

Centennial, CO

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour! A beautiful country with lovely people. We saw a nice variety of sights from ancient to modern with a layering of the history of the place. The tour was well paced with time away from scheduled activities to explore on our own and meet the locals. We had a small group which facilitated getting to know all the other Americans. It was a lot of fun and a great learning experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were "wows" of differing sorts at many turns in the tour. It was amazing to see the many layers of history and the beautiful land. One of my favorites was the peace and solitude of both the ruins of the Glastonbury Abbey and the Avebury stones. I also loved the charm of the Cotswolds and rugged land and people of Wales. And then there was the local music in the pub followed later by the formal hymns of Evensong at York Minster. Each was an exceptional experience."

George

Okatie, SC

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, impressive itenerary, knowledgeable guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"London experience"

Judith

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic from beginning to end; Mark was informative, responsive & entertaining--rates in the top 2 guides we've had throughout our 8 RS tours. Even on long-bus days, he regaled us with great stories that made the time pass quickly. His delightful, dry sense of humor heightened the experience as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved our stay at the Old Stocks Inn in Stow-on-the-Wold. The accommodations were incredible, the staff charming & helpful, & the food in the restaurant delicious--my favorite accommodation on this trip. Also loved my experience at York Minster; the cathedral itself is magnificent, our tour guide, Chris, knowledgeable & witty, & returning for Even Song an unexpected delight."

Carl

Albertville, MN

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The people make the Rick Steve tours the BEST! Although I received more Roman history than I needed it was very interesting because I hadn't realized the Romans played such an important part in England History. I wish there would have been more English history about when Great Britain's empire stretched around the globe. The 14 days flew the Hotel in I believe Stow-on-the-Wold was the best newly remolded and it's great even with its slanted stairs best hotel on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After our morning boat ride in Keswick some of us hiked up to the mountain top that we could see from the front porch of our B & B. The boat ride in London was great but with out question looking out from the top of St Paul's Dome was WOW. Martin was right it was even better than the London Eye."

Eduardo

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an outstanding tour which helped me refresh and put in proper focus my knowledge of British history and British contemporary society. Our guide Martin was very good and very knowledgeable and in the course of the tour allowed me to better understand the uniqueness of the British peoples and a their relations within and outside Great Britain. The one aspect that impressed me from the start is how much open land there was and finally understood landownership patterns and society.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As mentioned above, understanding landownership patterns and how they have shaped the socioeconomic stratification of British society, and how this explains what Britain was in the past and still is in the present in all its manifestations: governance, wealth distribution, class consciousness, public goods and private goods, Royal privilege, public and private treasures, etc. I had to keep probing with Martin for 14 days. I got my answers, however they were complemented by the extra time in U"

Joyce

Aptos, CA

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The places we visited were great. The accommodations were comfortable and the tour leader was incredibly knowledgable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking in the Cotswolds, visiting Westminster abbey, visiting the castle in Wales."

Sue

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I HAVE BEEN ON VARIOUS TRIPS TO BRITAIN OVER THE YEARS, BUT NOTICED THAT THIS ONE WENT SOME PLACES I MISSED, AND/OR FILLED IN EXPERIENCES THAT I HAD WANTED. THAT'S WHY I CHOSE THIS ITINERARY AND TOUR COMPANY--AND THAT'S WHAT I GOT--THANK YOU.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"SORRY--I CANNOT CHOOSE ANY ONE FAVORITE--I REALLY LIKED SO MANY THINGS AS WE WENT ALONG!!"

Lynn

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our fourth trip with Rick Steves. It had a very full agenda and we were kept very busy. We saw so many interesting places on our tour. We loved the tour of Blenheim Palace. Also the York Minster.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite wow moment was walking in the country in the Cotswolds. Our guide lead us through the country amongst the cottages and the sheep. It was such a pleasant thing to do just to enjoy the peace and serenity of the fields. The sun was shining brightly . We ended the walk with an ice cream treat compliments of our guide. Wow what a great afternoon!"

David

Sturgeon Bay, WI

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great Guide and group, this made the experience very satisfying. Well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Snowdonia"

Vincent

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lived up to our expect ions of a Rick Steve's Tour. We have already signed up for Spain in 2016.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1). The optional countryside walk, led by Tom, was super 2). We really loved the city of York"

Joan

Woodridge, IL

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed all the sights and the learning opportunities. England has so much to offer! I look forward to visiting again. Our guide, Tom, was so funny and very knowledgeable. The group all got along well and respected everyone's time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To walk on Haidrian's wall and then see Vindolanda with it's excellent museum documenting the life of Romans was a Wow moment. The Glastonbury Ruins were another Wow. To imagine what the Cathedral must have been like when it was newly built... We also had fun in the Fashion Museum in Bath seeing all the clothes and then trying some on for photos. It must have been hard to move around with all those clothes on."

Susan

Sturgeon Bay, WI

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom, His Guideness, has that special combination of organization, knowledge, caring, wit and, above all else, humor!! Ben, my vote for Coach Driver of the year, not only is an expert driver, but also added so much to our wonderful explore of England and Wales. The places we went and hotels where we stayed, were all what we expected from a RS tour. great locations, quaint, comfortable. And of course, the group members were a lot of fun and ready for new adventures. very little rain!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first wow experience that comes to my mind is the drive through Snowdonia National Park in Wales. It was a beautiful day, lots of sun and dramatic clouds. Ben drove the coach through some very narrow places. yikes! And so we really had some gorgeous views. Hadrian's Wall was a wow to me because of the realization that the Romans came that far north!! Castlerigg, near Keswick, was beautiful and well worth the walk up the hill !!"

Cynthia

Newberry, SC

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, my first Rick Steves tour was outstanding. Our guide demonstrated a high level of professionalism throughout the tour. His knowledge of the areas and historical events was amazing. The local guides were outstanding. Our driver was highly professional as well as confident.The individuals at the various hotels were helpful and accommodating. The group size was ideal for managing by our guide, and for the participants to get to know one another. I was pleased with the various destinations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to identify one wow moment. Our time and the information shared by our guide and the local guide at Vindolanda left me awestruck. To see the volunteer archaeologists working along side the professionals in an active dig was a first. Another wow moment was walking into Westminster Abbey."

Candace

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour had everything--big city, smaller cities, and villages. The hotels were quaint, and perfectly located for sight-seeing. Tom, our guide, was quite organized and efficient.

Frank

Newberry, SC

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was made outstanding due in large part to our tour director TOM. His knowledge of the areas we visited and his wit during our rides through the country side were highly enjoyable. Ben, our driver was remarkable for his driving skills on some very narrow roads. As a group we bonded very quickly, again due to the experience of Tom. The sites that we visited and the accommodations were all first rate. However as Rick always says, "pack light" Some stairways were steep and narrow.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments. However for me the Roman ruins of Vindolanda and Hadrian's wall were special. The castles, churches, and Museums were all very interesting. For me the natural beauty of the Lake district, extensive botanical collection of Bodnant Gardens, Cotswold Villages (including the Stanway House)and so many picturesque little villages. The scenery was absolutely stunning."

Pam

Troy, ID

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 6th RS tour and it was wonderful. I loved the itinerary altho I had been to some of the cities before (Bath, Conwy, London). I did see new things and always enjoy the guide's commentary and take on things. I loved where Ben parked for Tom to lead us to Wells Cathedral. What a powerful first look and this gorgeous cathedral. In my experience little things like this that really provide an enhanced experience are standard for RS tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The biggest WOW was the drive from Conwy to Beddgelert on the back road thru Snowdonia NP. Somehow Tom and Ben managed to organize a beautiful sunny morning and Mt Snowdon was visible in all it's glory. I understand not all tours take the back road and frankly that should be the standard route. Gorgeous! 2nd WOW moment was the hike in the Cotswolds. I really enjoyed the villages, the countryside, everything."

Mary

Manchester, NH

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour and first trip to Great Britain, and I loved every minute of it! I enjoyed all the places we visited and learned so much about England and Wales. Our guide was outstanding--knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and a great story teller.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially enjoyed seeing the Bath Abbey Diptychs, exploring the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, and wandering around Bodnant Garden. Throughout the tour, I was struck by the beauty of the countryside of England and northern Wales."

Richard

Bedford, NH

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the whole tour and our guide made the tour flow faultlessly with insights each day and locatiion! She made the experience new every day. I wouldn't change a thing or exend any of the events beyond what you have scheduled. I especially enjoyed the Roman insights at Bath and the other locations we visited. The "outside" guides were also interesting, well informed, and presented the location information clearly and in an interesting manner. Audio assiste were not needed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman town near Adrians Wall. The museun was very interesting and well presented. Seeing an on-going archeological project was a bonus."

Trudee

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't imagine that it could have been better and I give the credit to Gillian, of course, who was organized , fun, learned our names quickly and was always filling us in on the history wherever we were going. She spoiled us with the English treats but we didn't mind. We were so fortunate to have wonderful weather the whole trip and we met a lot of nice people that we connected with. We are so glad we went, it was our celebration of our 50th anniversary which is next month.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Paul's Cathedral was spectacular. It was astounding to see the architecture We loved the boat rides too, very relaxing. Keswick was a great place. We loved the many shops. Most of my pictures are of buildings and the beautiful scenery. Thank you , Gillian, (with a G) for the lovely glass nativity. I couldn't make out what it was the night of the dinner. It was too dark...It's on my kitchen counter shining brightly. I love it."

Ernest

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was such a well planned tour we wanted for nothing. So much information was available it made our planning very easy. We followed Ricks sugestions when it came to traveling light, what to pack and how to pack and it made traveling so easy. The information we were afforded before the tour was most valuable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a WOW. The tour was so well planned that every place we visited was wonderful. Our tour guide was the best. She knew her England and it's history and you could tell she had so much pride in her country. I must mention too that our tour bus operator was very professional. She navigated those country roads with ease,an excellent driver"

Donna

Monroeville, NJ

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The expertise and personality of our tour guide, Gillian, the variety and quality of the points of interest, food and hotel accommodations exceeded my expectations. In addition to exploring new places, I had the added pleasure of meeting and befriending my fellow travelers. This tour has truly expanded my world! The beautiful weather (uncharacteristically dry and sunny) was also a plus!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments.Contemplating the universality of the human experience in the Roman Baths, wondering at the centuries old work of generations of stonemasons and glaziers in cathedrals, marveling at the well loved and preserved villages of the Cotswolds and Lake District and experiencing the ethereal beauty of the landscapes... It all contributed to the overall feeling of well being that I experienced throughout this tour."

Ann

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I FINALLY got to see some of the beautiful English countryside that I had read about, heard about and seen pictures of, and it did not disappoint at all. Every town or area that we visited was lovely, and as a history buff, I delighted in seeing these places and learning even more about them. Everyone on our tour was nice and fun to talk to. Our bus driver, Louise, was funny, entertaining and amazing on those tiny country roads, and our guide, Gillian, was absolutely brilliant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Some of the high points of the tour were seeing Bath (after reading many J. Austin novels) and the Roman ruins. The villages in the Cotswolds were too good to be true, & I kept waiting to see Snow White & the Dwarves pop up. The Stanway watermill was fascinating. I'm not really a botanical person, but the Bodnant Gardens were gorgeous. The Welsh Highland Railway was fun, and the countryside is beautiful. Hadrian's wall & Vindolanda were a treat, & I've fallen in love with York."

Marilyn

Bedford, NH

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved no having to tip local guides and bus drivers! Jillian was so organized and fun to be with - also a fount of knowledge! The smaller group allowed us to do so many things together and experience small hotels and restaurants too. Although I have traveled extensively in some parts of Europe, my experiences in England had been confined to the major sights. Seeing all the ruins and learning more about the history of the country was really enlightening. And, lastly, having time to explore

Favorite "WOW" moment

"York Minster was truly awesome! Our guide skillfully avoided other groups and entertained us as well as enlightened us."

Leigh

Monroeville, NJ

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

so much to see and do!! Very well organized and very well led.

Greg

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good tour pace and guide commentary. Less free time and more guided time would be better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive and dream train ride were amazing."

Stephanie

Scotts Valley, CA

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well planned tour of England and Wales. This was our 4th RS tour and this was the best. We really went to a lot of England/Wales, but just what must be the best parts! Was wonderful to experience the variety of terrain and lifestyle of the different areas. We were lucky with the weather too - the only rainy days were the ones in London - but it was all good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking up the path from Keswick to the Castlerigg stone circle for a picnic lunch. Incredible scenery . Also dinner at the pub The Baker's Arms where we enjoyed the musicians - and some even sang with the group!"

Ronald

Kirkland, QC

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first time ever we were a joining a group tour. We had vacationed in England a number of times before. This time there were areas of England we had never gone to and this tour allowed us to see them without the chore of arranging all of the travel logistics. It was also a sort of test whether we would enjoy a group tour or revert to travelling on our one in the future as we had done before. Well the experience was excellent and we will consider doing this again in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW moments ranged from viewing St Paul's cathedral from the "whispering" balcony under the dome to witnessing a sheep dog at work while walking a trail in the Lake district. But the real WOW experience was to see how well organized the trip was, from knowing what room to head for before we showed up at our hotels, to having the restaurants get our orders before we arrived to speed service or having tour guides waiting for us on cue everywhere. We got to enjoy every minute of the trip."

Steven

Manchester, NH

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was our first of any kind, a 35th wedding anniversary treat/celebration. We are extremely happy that we chose Rick Steves and had Gillian as our tour guide. We were taken well care of and experienced multiple new discoveries every day that pleased and enlightened us about Britain and its history. We chose to stay two extra days in London, then end location of the trip, and were glad we did. I am nervous about traveling on our own in a foreign location but Rick prepared us well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh there were so many "Wow" moments. The Roman baths turned out to be so much more enlightening than I had expected; an extensive and eye opening experience. The Roman fort near Hadrian's wall added well to what I had learned about Roman Britain. The British Museum was not part of the England/Wales tour but we saw many of its ancient Britain relics on our extended stay: Roman, Saxon, Viking, and Medieval treasures. But if you appreciate beautiful art, be sure to see the Bath Abbey Diptychs."

Wayne

Papillion, NE

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. A super group of people and a fantastic guide. It had a perfect mix of scheduled activities and free time to discover our own special moments. We can't wait to sign-up for another Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to choose from. It just seemed like the WOW factor went up every day. It really was fun to go inside somewhere and listen to the people behind me exclaiming "WOW" as they walked in."

Maura

New Lenox, IL

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour anywhere; I was delighted to discover it was exactly as advertised. The group was easy going and friendly; the accommodations were varied but always pleasant, clean and accessible; transportation by coach was comfortable and enjoyable. In my opinion, the key to the excellence of this adventure was our guide Mark Seymour. His mastery of working with such a diverse group and his historical knowledge were superior! Learning history became fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was enchanted with everything but if I must pick my favorite 'wow' moment it was the glory of the Lake District. The journey through Snowdonia National Park and the views were spectacular. I loved the charm of Keswick, and the friendliness of the villagers. The Pencil Museum was an unexpectedly delightful afternoon so I think this qualifies as a "wow" moment."

Elizabeth

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guide, wonderful itinerary, comfortable hotels, delicious food and good company-all the components to make a wonderful tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the lush grass on a peaceful morning and looking up at the touring walls of Glastonbury"

Joan

High Springs, FL

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, great group and great driver. Everyone so great! Learned so much. I broke my hand while on the trip and everyone was so helpful and caring. It was our anniversary while on the trip and my husband conspired with our guide to have the York Catherdral bells ring and toasted our marriage. I guess he still likes me. We are looking forward to doing the Southern England tour with Mark in the future. If you could arrange for James to drive the coach that would be great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many, but York was great. Lake District beautiful and peaceful. Loved Costwalds and Wales. We knew too much I London for such a quick time. Will visit again prior to the South England tour."

Jan

Dallas, TX

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mark was an outstanding guide. Very knowledgeable and personable. Made everyone feel important. Lots of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the beautiful lake district with all the Herdwick sheep. I didn't know England was that beautiful. Really liked the boat ride on the lake."

Susan

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous!! The entire tour was fun, educational and exciting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think that I was surprised to learn about the thousands of years of history that we covered on the tour. I particularly was wowed by Vindolanda. To actually see the settlement and the excavations was enlightening. The museum artifacts were incredible. The shoes!!"

John

Bloomington, IL

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour and we had lots of fun. The England tour is planned well. We saw several towns and cities, then London last. It made us realize that England is much more than London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved our walks on the tour, such as the canal walk in Bath and the ridge in the Cotswalls."

Ann

Martinez, CA

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations in every way. I had no idea that this tour was going to be this much fun and I was going to learn so much. After this tour I have a much greater appreciation and love of England and the English and I know I will be back. After one My Way tour of Europe in 14 days, I like the guided trip so much more that it was well worth the difference in price. Mark was outstanding, He was constantly keeping us entertained and informed with his talks. Accent great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments that it would be hard to pick one out. I guess it would have to be the first exposure to a medieval town with it's Royal Crescent all being explained by Mark. Everything else on the tour would a very close second."

Rhonda

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The sites we saw were well chosen and our guide was so informed, patient and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all of them!"

Randy

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lovely

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beauty of the lake district"

Linda

Martinez, CA

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour exceeded my expectations and included many things I would not have discovered on my own. Loved pub night and music, Indian cuisine, botanical gardens, boat ride on the Thames, thatched roofs with "umbrellas," castle with biscuit, clotted cream and jam. The Cotswolds and York are amazing. Favorite experiences are: Stanwell House and mill, church cemeteries, huge abbeys, sheep grazing, stone walls, hedge rows and pristine, green landscape. English people are polite, helpful, happy and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Huge abbey ruins on picnic day 2, ruined by King Henry VIII, who burned out the roof. Sheep grazing and hedge rows. The sheer size of manor houses, castles, abbeys and cathedrals. The architecture from the boat ride on the Thames, especially the Shard."

Joanne

Vista, CA

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mark is a premere guide, knowledgeable, personalable, and organized. He made me feel like an adventurer rather than a tourist. I enjoyed the way Rick Steve's conceiveded the tour to stay in quInt hotels a couple days each to take advantage of local interests. Also, I like the way the pacing allowed for individuals to go off on their own. Mark always orientated well so we had options yet wouldn't get too lost. The choice of places on the journey was well intended and appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Besides the wonderful cathedrals of Wells, and Yorkminister, I enjoyed the ancient places like the the Stone circles, Hadrian Wall, and Verlander. As a retired History teacher, I am always interested in the places and people I have taught my students about. Mark was especially well informed at sharing details about the sites and places we were visiting."

Kenneth

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall I was very pleased with the tour program content and the overall knowledge,delivery skills, and program management by our tour guide, Mark.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment from the tour was the realization that ancient civilizations were capable of erecting massive monuments that have reshaped the landscape for hundreds and thousands of years."

Alan

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was absolutely excellent! We saw the best sights in England and Wales,especially the castles, palaces and Roman ruins. No way could we have seen all these things on our own. The amount of territory we covered in just two weeks was amazing. WE even got to see our bus driver play in his band in a pub. What a great evening that was!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of Windsor Castle and walking on the city wall of York. An afternoon at the Tower of London was amazing!"

Laurie

San Clemente, CA

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had the most wonderful time. I can clearly see why Rick Steve's tours are so unique - friendly, like minded people interested in the history and beauty of new places, sharing experiences and enjoying the moments.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Keswick captured my heart with its lakeside ambiance, awesome mountains and footpaths, community theatre, dog friendliness, restful beauty. Glastonbury and Wells were truly spiritual experiences. Cotswald villages brought home the reality of the 1400's life and the walks and local music were Fun with the group, when Nigel would surprise us with regional food and drink and local music. The whole group were so much fun and Nigel, Janine, and Ben were such an awesome team!"

Rosemary

Bremerton, WA

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was thoughtfully organized and well planned. I appreciated having high quality sites chosen for us and having someone else coordinate transportation. I'm sure I saw more than I would of traveling independently in the same amount of time. I was surprised and pleased at the high quality of most of our hotels and of the meals which were included with the tour. Overall, the tour was a great experience and I'm very glad I went.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I hadn't read anything about Vindolanda and was very surprised to learn what an important site it is. Years ago, traveling with a friend, we'd stopped our car and looked at a remaining section of Hadrian's Wall. On this trip seeing the larger section of the wall and then visiting Vindolanda was a far more enriching experience."

Shirley

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really like touring with a group of size 24 to 28 of interesting like-minded travelers. The Rick Steves travelers embrace the "Back Door" philosophy and enjoy experiencing travel, rather than just sightseeing. Very early in our journey we felt like a group of old friends traveling together. The itinerary and schedule offer a great balance of group activities and independent time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Tower of London and the Crown Jewels were my very favorite sites. Over the years I have seen many castles, forts, jewel rooms, and armor displays before, but nothing compared to the experience at the Tower of London. Also, I found everyone in England and Wales to be very friendly and helpful. If we stopped for even a few moments looking at a map or a sign, someone would approach us offering directions, information or advice."

Bruce

University Place, WA

Tour: 08/23/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was not only everything we had hoped for but a whole lot more. Our two veteran guides helped us to see England with our own eyes, informed by their insightful commentary. Everyday contained WOW moments and at the end we were both ready to head for home and so very sorry to have the tour come to an end. The excellent experience was enriched by our fellow tour members. We would look forward to another adventure with them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire day in Keswick stands out. The day began at the lakeside dock waiting for our tour boat where a light fog shrouding the off-shore island created a sense of wonder. After an active day of hiking along the lake with our tour buddies we finished the day with the up-hill walk to the Stone Circle above Keswick. Watching the effects of the fading light in that setting was quite amazing. The day came to a perfect ending with a delicious pot pie with our tour buddies in The Dog & Gun."

Carmen

Wilhoit, AZ

Tour: 08/23/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 81 year old mother and I took the trip to fulfill her life time dream of seeing England. She has long been a Rick Steves fan from his PBS show. We knew from the onset that we would not be able to participate in all the activities but she wanted the "Rick Steves" experience. We could not have had a better tour if it was catered to our needs. Our tour guides were very accommodating, providing suggestion for alternate activities as necessary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were expecting the UK to be beautiful but were not prepared for how beautiful. The continuing effort to preserve the heritage was refreshing. Living in an area where nothing is over 100 years old, to see the history and evidence of lives past was a huge WOW."

Linda

Eagle, ID

Tour: 08/23/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed this tour of English Countryside and London. Mark, our guide, and Lorraine, tour assistant were very enjoyable as well as knowledegable. Bus driver, Louise, was excellent as well. There was a good compliment of tour participants and we all enjoyed each other. This tour is a good overall treatment of England, both local life and London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Keswick we hiked up to the Stone Circle in early evening. It was a long, uphill climb but well worth it once we got there. The sunset and pastoral views were amazing. Another amazing moment was an early morning walk to the Lake in Kewsick. When we got to the shore the fog was hanging low but the distant mountains were poking up in the background. One of our best photos of the trip! We were also amazed at the lush gardens at Bodnant Gardens. That was a beautiful site!"

Steve

Parker, CO

Tour: 08/23/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was almost like stepping into one of Rick's English travel shows. The itinerary was exactly as expected. I appreciated the relatively small size of the tour group and never felt crowded on the bus. I found the mix of guided time and free time to be just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While observing a fresh excavation at Vindolanda, one of the site volunteers discovered a piece of Roman glass. My wife was allowed to physically inspect this piece of ancient history fresh from the excavation."

Barbara

University Place, WA

Tour: 08/23/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th Rick Steves tour. All of them have been great and this one was one of the best. Mark and Lorraine took good care of us while introducing us to the rich history and wonders of England and Wales. Our group bonded quickly and we enjoyed new friendships. The logistics were handled smoothly. I was particularly impressed with how we were magically reunited with our suitcases in London when we left York for the train ride.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"TNTC! My favorite day was in Keswick. The weather was beautiful. We rode the boat on Derwentwater and hiked for about 5 miles. We met numerous people including a woman who showed us a photo of her pet hedgehog. In the evening we walked to a stone circle with Mark which was magical. This was followed by a great meal the the Dog and Gun with our buddies. Perfect!"

Shirley

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 08/23/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I plan to go on another Rick Steve's tour some day..I was "sold"!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a special needs young man on the trip with us..the way he brought us all together & the joy that I believe that he got from all of us,too..was just the best! It renewed my faith in humanity & made my heart smile many times during our days."

Pam

Parker, CO

Tour: 08/23/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Superb organization. Excellent variety of locations we visited and additional boat and train experiences. Nice small group. Excellent RS guides and locally.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Steam train ride to Conwy. Conwy Castle. Optional walk through Lower Slaughter in Cotswolds and evening of music at Bakers Arms. Blenheim Palace. Vindolanda and city of Wells with Cathedral. LOVED our hike where we joined Mark and Lorraine up the Catbells in Lake Country on free day. Westminster Abbey. I'd say Tower of London if I had not been there twice before."

Eileen

Corte Madera, CA

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

I was very disappointed with this tour for several reasons: I expected to see Beatrix Potter's home since we were in the Cotswalds and to see James Herriot's home because he was mentioned in the itinerary. Also, six afternoons of unstructured free time was far too much; we should have had the option to be escorted to see more sights. And lastly, social interaction among group members could have been much better facilitated; we were only introduced once on the first evening.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vindolanda! It was incredibly interesting and so wonderful to be *outside* in the country. There should have been much more time taking in the countryside in the open air, rather than passing through so much of it on the bus."

Linda

Foothill Ranch, CA

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I have covered almost all of Europe on Rick Steves tours, a total of 22 countries in all and I can't thank your company enough just for getting me sacely from place to place, but teaching me so much about history, geography, the socioeconimics of a given region, and a few foreign phrases along thr way. My politics, philosophy and memories are forever affected in a good way, and for the lifelong learner and seeker of experiences eather than material goods,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Yorkminster Even Song service was a once in a lifetime experience. But some of my favorite "wows" Included my optional trip to Stonehenge, seeing my Welsh ancestor's name of Bowen on a sign as we entered Conwy, the entire time in the Lake District, making truffles in York, encountering a road clogged with Sheep as we drove along Hadrian's Wall, making truffles in York and having a great and finally riding the London Eye after two previous visits to London."

Helen

Rockville, MD

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I think we got a nice overview of the different areas in Britain. I would have liked to see more, but the 14 day tour was too short! There was plenty of free time, and I was tired every day! I think the variety was nice and the tour guides and Brits were very friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many walled cities! By the time we got to Hadrian's Wall and York, I had a "WOW" moment about how far back England's history goes. The Roman fort ruins and museum were fantastic! Then in London, the London museum and British Museums again wowed me with the history. I can't even begin to list all of the times I was "wowed!" The people were so nice. In the British pub with the local folk band, the band talked to us as if we were old friends!"

Hans

San Jose, CA

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was the first for my wife and I, so we are not exactly experienced travelers, but I feel certain that I would not want to tour again in any other way than the amazing experience we had. It was everything we had hoped for, and more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting York Cathedral and attending the Evensong service there. There would be a tie for second place: visiting Caernarfon Castle and Vindolanda. Third place: Glastonbury, Stokesay Castle, and the town of Keswick."

Mary

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group of fellow travelers and export guides. I loved visiting all the historic places and especially the hiking in the lakes district and small towns/ villages.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glastonbury. We are lovers of the Arthurian legends and loved visiting the abbey, Tor and Chalice Well. We only haas a few minutes in the town itself. Would have liked to spend all day there. It was too rushed."

Hui-Chen

Taipei City,

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's so wonderful that we embraced the quintessential England and Wales, including greenery landscape, the spooky castles, dissolution of monasteries, great cathedral and Roman museums, sheep and dogs, elegant streets, lively London, well-mannered British people and our lovely Gillian, James and all tour members. I can't recall all the goods again, but this great Rick Steves' tour really inspire me a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The spiritual inspiration of Glastonbury Abbey and Tor, the pop out naughty dog at Stanway House, the soothing Old Stocks Inn bath tub, the spooky Stokesay Castle and Harry Potter Hogwarts express and diagon alley, and 100 dogs/ per hour Keswick."

Pat

Oshkosh, WI

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It 's hard to imagine a better "snapshot" of England than the 14 Days tour. It combined a bit of everything[INVALID]moldery castles where you could practically hear ghosts rattling their chains-a musical evening in a country pub[INVALID]ancient stone circles[INVALID]spectacular Welsh mountains[INVALID]and picture postcard English villages complete with thatched roofs. It was also a marvelous way to learn a bit about England's history, from prehistoric Avebury to Roman Britain to swinging, current day London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How to choose? Okay, a tie between: 1) the steam train ride through Snowdonia's spectacular scenery( anticipation for it whipped up by the precarious bus ride along a cliff edge to get there), and everything made more special by birthday cakes-- and 2) the pub night with musicians including Prince Harry (or his stand-in) performing folk songs. Oh what a night!"

Elaine

San Luis Obispo, CA

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

From the first meeting, this particular group gelled. There was such a spirit of camaraderie and sharing, and it began with Gillian. She was warm, supportive, but firm in her admonition so about keeping to a schedule. She provided a wonderful commentary on the coach, and also many suggestions on how to use our free time to the fullest. While ai have been to London before, I saw many parts of England that I never wools have seen, and many more sheep than I have EVER seen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two, actually. The fist was rounding the corner to see Wells for the first time, and exploring the 13th century street beside it. The second, only because it was so unexpected, was the pub music performance. I was so tired that night I almost didn't go, and by the time it was over, I was smiling, clapping and had no thoughts about my swollen feet. What a joyful addition to the tour!"

Gloria

Hurley, WI

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again I had a great Rick Steves' tour. I returned renewed and inspired with an expanded perspective of Britain. I learned so much about it's history, architecture, natural beauty and resources. Thanks for providing such a carefully planned tour that was endless in bringing me to such unique places and experiences. As usual, I feel I got a great value. I lost count of the entrance tickets, local/expert guides and variety of transportation that were provided.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day I thought "OK This is going to be my favorite day." But that was replaced by another "favorite" the next day. One "wow" moment was seeing Lake Derwentwater in the misty rain. I loved that boat ride and views of the beautiful scenery all around."

Daniel

Boise, ID

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was done at an excellent pace overall. My wife and I had a wonderful time. Exceeded our expectations in almost every way!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments. I especially enjoyed learning the history and being able to stop at places that mainstream tours don't."

Doris

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gillian was fabulous!

Nancy

North Oaks, MN

Tour: 07/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the experience. It was not a sit back and relax tour at all. I was prepared for that though. I loved the country side and sites visited. London was so busy and chaotic after the calm, peaceful country side. I found London to be a bit overwhelming. The guide book was a necessity. I did not use the audio tours provided...just easier to read and review after the experience. so many memories! Fellow tour participants were all very interesting people. Love them all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The extent of the Roman occupation of England....the advanced society, architecture, art ruins and artifacts. I knew the Romans had been in England, but was totally unprepared for the extent of their occupation. It was really great to visit the British Museum later to see artifacts discovered especially after being at Vindaloo and Hadrian's wall. The size of the cathedrals!!! I think I will attempt PILLARS OF THE EARTH again. Maybe now I can get into that book!"

Robin

Safety Harbor, FL

Tour: 07/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute of our tour! We especially like traveling to the smaller towns in Great Britain and seeing the beauty of the countryside. As we are both history buffs, we also thoroughly loved learning about the history of the country. Our tour group was also wonderful. We had such a great time with everyone and loved learning about each of them as well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The one that stands out in my mind was when we arrived in York. Our tour guide stopped just outside the city gates to tell us about the town and then we took a couple of steps and "Wow!" There was York Minster Cathedral! The other amazing moment was when our tour guide, Mark, took us on a hike to the countryside, through the town of Keswick, up the hillside and through sheep pastures. We climbed over a stone wall and suddenly found another stone circle from ancient times!"

Bianca

Cedar Park, TX

Tour: 07/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had the time of my life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stoksay Castle was a wow moment for me. The castles in Wales were spectacular. Wells Cathedral. Those were my favorites."

David

North Oaks, MN

Tour: 07/26/15

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

Was outstanding until the last morning at Heathrow Airport. I was the last of the four of us to leave our car, arranged by Grace at the Fielding Hotel, Grace had said the cost to the AIRPORT was 60 POUNDS and then the driver says it is 80 POUNDS. I said, we were told by Grace it was SIXTY. He then points to his "computer/phone."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"SCREWED OVER at airport SEE ABOVE. You owe me 20 POUNDS. Beyond this the tour WAS GREAT! Mark (plus Jamie) outstanding, told them both they had a place to stay with us in TC anytime, great guides (YOU ARE VERY LUCKY) to have them. Just get things figure out from Fielding to Airport. NO MORE PEOPLE, GETTING RIPPED OFF BY TAXI, CAB, CAR? BAD WAY TO END GREAT EXPERIENCE. JUST SO YOU KNOW: I WILL BRING THIS IN CLASS 128 students to WATCH OUT FOR your tours ."

Rebecca

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a first time tourist in Europe, I did not know what to expect from the tour and guides. It was a wonderful experience finding everything was worked out so carefully with added surprises along the way. Our needs were anticipated. We had an amazing experience learning about another culture, layer of civilization upon civilization. Two weeks later I am still reflecting on what I learned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is hard to do as there were so many such moments. Every time I went into a cathedral and saw the beautiful workmanship of the craftsmen I was in awe. Wells Cathedral and Yorkminster Cathedral were breath taking. Walking around the Cotswold or the Lake District were so beautiful, as well. Being able to walk around the walls of Conwy and York were exciting. There were so many more moments."

Andrew

Flint, MI

Tour: 07/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So many interesting places! Lots of places I could return to and spend more time. The knowledge of the main guide helped make the past come alive, and rekindled an interest in history. With Mark having lived in the US and grown up in England I think he was able to especially explain cultural similarities and differences, as well as show how history in England impacted our own history. The breath and depth of his knowledge was quite impressive. He talked a lot and was always interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the city walls of York after our meal together and coming into sight of the cathedral just as the bells began to play."

Marianne

Cedar Park, TX

Tour: 07/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Taking this tour was the best decision I've made in years. The tour was well organized, a perfect mix of the past and the present. Our tour guide, Mark, was just so knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The hotels were for the most part charming and well located. The exercise was great and the food fantastic. The bus was comfortable? This tour exceeded my expectations and I can hardly wait to go on another one. In fact, I've already booked one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a wow moment for me. Each day was different and delightful. Mark was a wealth of information And made the time on the bus so enjoyable. At the end of each day I said, this was my favorite place."

Elizabeth

Damascus, OR

Tour: 07/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time in England and it was everything I hoped for and more! The tour had a wonderful mix of countryside, ruins, villages, cathedrals and cities. Our guide, Mark, was fantastic-knowledgeable, helpful, entertaining and friendly. Everyday held so many wonderful things to see and learn about. I can't wait to go back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday seemed to hold a "wow" moment. Exploring the Cotswolds, seeing Wells Cathedral, listening to live pub music, touring York Minster and later hearing an evensong there were all highlights."

James

Boise, ID

Tour: 07/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was another outstanding Rick Steves tour. Mark, our guide was interesting, entertaining and well informed.

Larry

Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Tom, was knowledgeable, sensitive to our moods and highly entertaining. We liked the balance between individual and group time. We also liked the balance between city and rural sites. The group general worked well together. We enjoyed getting to know our fellow travalers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I personally loved the Lake District the most and chance to row with the York City Rowing Club. For my wife, Penny, the most popular experiences were the cathedrals and the "wow" moment for her was coming across the York Minster. We also wowed over the slate mines and the abandoned slate mine Tom found now full of water."

Rick

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All good. Well planned and flexible enough to be relaxing. Very informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake district"

Alison

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I did not know what to expect as the last tour I had been on was in 1978 but I was thoroughly impressed! We saw a lot, were physically tired at the end of the day and left wanting for more. A lot was crammed in to our 14 days with ample time at all the sites but with so much to see, we could have spent all day at each stop. Our guide skillfully moved everyone along and pointed out what not to miss in our abbreviated time. There were many options for our free time and we crammed it all in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide made an extra stop to show what an abandoned slate mine looked like...it was a beautiful hidden jewel! There was another one...when we went to the Earl of Wyyms manor house and he walked through with his dog who followed us for the rest of the tour."

Marsha

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Almost everything I saw on the tour of England was better than I expected. Except for the dark skies and rainy weather! There was so much more to see, enjoy and experience at each stop. From the beautiful green fields bordered by trees to towns and cities built from the local stone quarries. The food was delightful; tastier than I expected. Artifacts were interesting. Being my first experience with castles, I was delighted. There is so much history and connections with the world it was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was actually a quiet moment in a manor house. I was gazing through the wavy dining room windows, all surrounded by the golden, sun-lit stone and woodwork. Through the windows I could see the gate to the grounds, also golden stone. I felt so touched at being in England where so many people lived their lives for thousands of years, so much history, and I was there to see the evidence."

Kathleen

Pinehurst, NC

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed seeing the mix of lovely English countryside, small towns, medieval cathedrals, ruins, and city walls, and vibrant cities. Among the many highlights were the stone circles in Avebury,the Cotswolds, Caernarfon Castle, Bodnant Garden, Keswick, Vardolanda, walking on the medieval walls in York, and the traditional sites in London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments but my favorite was arriving at the Tower of London. I had always thought of it as "just" one tower, but I was amazed to find that it is actually a complex of many buildings. I didn't expect to see and learn all that I did there."

Gail

Stony Plain, AB

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the moment the tour began, I felt confident in the organization and itinerary chosen. It expanded my world!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moments were really the beauty of the landscape and architecture in England and also the richness of the history and its interconnections with all of Europe. There' s a lot more to England than just the Tudors and Henry VIII. To be able to hike the Catbells was simply amazing!"

Jeri

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing, stress-free experience. Our tour guide, Joe, was extremely knowledgable, witty,funny, and helpful. He made everyone feel they were special and interesting. I was constantly laughing at the good-natured banter between Joe and Ben, our coach driver. Starting in Bath and ending in London, all of the hotels and meals were excellent. Every hotel was located in an excellent part of the village or city, and I spent a lot of the free time exploring on foot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I absolutely loved the visit to Blenheim Palace. The castle and the gardens are beyond beautiful and amazing, and I loved the connection to Winston Chuchill, who is one of my heros. We visited on a beautiful day, and my hundreds of photos of the gardens are something I will always cherish. Wonderful!"

Richard

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very wonderful experience and provided me and Jeri an excellent overview of England and Whales. I think we got an excellent view and feel for the English country side and towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views were spectacular but I also really enjoyed an afternoon another tour participant and I just spent in a pub with the locals. It was fabulous."

Robert

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with our other tours (Italy & France} RS care of day to day decision making and living in the present. We enjoy having someone make take charge for a bit so we can learn and experience the history and culture of an area. Soon enough we return to reality of trains and planes. The demographics of the group make if even more enjoyable...it happened on each of our tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On a cold rainy blustery day the Vindolanda Archaeological dig was for me a "wow" on the tour. There were many more great experiences but this was the best surprise."

Tanya

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"York Ministry"

Viviana

Laguna Woods, CA

Tour: 07/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fun-filled experience, learning history in every place we went to, meet the locals and did a little bit of shopping for souvenirs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Wow moment was the Green or Wells Cathedral. Sitting on a vast land by itself makes it tall and stunning with elaborate design. It is totally an amazing wonder work of human hands."

Cynthia

Mission Viejo, CA

Tour: 07/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves tour - our guide Roy along w/ Jennifer from the home office and our bus driver James provided not only an amazing tour experience, but lots of history, friendship and great times. I learned so much more than I would have if I had toured these areas on my own, or even just with Rick's amazing Tour Book. Getting to know all the members in our tour group just added to the overall experience - when the tour was over, I truly missed everyone!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning from Roy about WWI and how much it affected all of England as well as WWII. Then being able to visit the Imperial War Museum which put it all into perspective."

Pamela

Hawthorne, CA

Tour: 07/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very impressed with the tour. Roy was a delightful guide who was a wealth of knowledge and very engaging. It was fun and educational. There was a perfect balance of free and organized time. The people who were on our tour were friendly and easy to get along with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments so it is hard to pick. Being a musician, I thoroughly enjoyed going to the pub where local musicians got together and entertained us with their folk music."

Linda

St Louis, MO

Tour: 07/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I could not have been more pleased with this tour! From the first evening through the last morning, I felt engaged with many opportunities to learn, participate in the group, and experience places on my own. I appreciated the mixture of group activities and independent time. Our small group of 22, including our guides, was composed of people of all different ages and interests. Group members were friendly and added to the liveliness of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day brought "wow" moments! The Roman Baths gave me goosebumps - amazing engineering and construction skills. The stone circle at Avebury also awed me - again, such an amazing achievement by ancient people. The Wells cathedral - its immensity and beauty. The Cotswolds and Lake District were great for hiking - sheep dotting the hills, National Trust paths, stiles, kissing gates, and Castlerigg Stone Circle, all without other tourists. London - the National Gallery was wow after wow!"

Annmarie

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I truly felt like I joined a family. While at first I wished we had stayed in each location longer, I now appreciate the chance to experience a little bit of many places in England. Placing the London visit at the end of the tour was also nice as I felt more confident in navigating the transportation systems after sometime already in the country. If recommendations are welcome, I'd ask for the stay in York to be a day longer and perhaps a day or two in Cornwall added.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved our small group size as well as the range of activities. Every place we visited was amazing."

Jeannie

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded my expectations! Very well organized! Relaxing because everything was top notch and provided. I especially liked the way we were introduced to a new place, given landmark points to remember and left to our own exploration! This allowed safety and comfort in a group setting but also allowed individual taste and discovery! At the end of the day when we all compared notes, hardly anyone had done the same thing! It was amazing! Same area, different tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! York and Caernarfon were at the top of the list, but places like Vindalanda and Stow-on-the-Wold that I didn't know about were welcome surprises!"

Kenneth

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. The entire two weeks were relaxed, informative and enjoyable. The other travellers were pleasant and seemed to enjoy the tour as much as we did. The pacing of visits was perfect - staying two nights in each location gave our tour guide the opportunity to show us all of the importatnt sites and point out places to eat and places to avoid - all very much appreciated! Then the second day we had available to check out what interested us individually.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I personally enjoyed York - its cathedrals and sights, but also enjoyed Caernarfon Castle (wish we had more time there to explore that amazing castle!)."

Jacki

Missoula, MT

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This fulfilled a lifelong dream - to go to England! I was more interested in the countryside rather than London and found that to be the truth. The countryside was my favorite with London being a little over-whelming. I was alone on the tour so in London I found being alone a little challenging and not my favorite of the trip. The history was enlightening; the weather was perfect as was the company. Our tour guide was wonderful and gave us all great insights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You want one favorite "wow" moment?! Impossible. The city of Bath was a "wow" moment as was Glastonbury Abbey. However going to Caernarfon was exceptional. I have wanted to go to that particular castle for decades. The Cotswolds were definitely a "wow" and seeing Avebury. The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey were in the "wow" category, but the countryside of England gave me a "wow" feeling every day."

Gretchen

Wakefield, RI

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What would it have been without Robert? I have never experienced such a servant-hearted leader. We were each convinced that we were the center of his universe. My husband and I had 4 days post tour in London alone. Then we REALLY felt his worth. The itinerary was varied: Bath was a great place to start. The Cotswolds were charming. Wales was "gritty". York was the high point. The group members were tops. Our bus driver, Louise, was an essential part of the experience. Great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the sung evensong at York Minster. But the tour members are right up there."

Donna

Olympia, WA

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I cannot say enough good things from the trip venues themselves, to the trip itinerary, to the partially self-guided philosophy, to the smooth carrying out of every plan. We had a small group of 18 and it was perfection. There were no mishaps and my daughter and I had the time of our lives. Record warm/hot weather and only got rained on once!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being from the "new" Pacific Northwest, simply trying to wrap our heads around the age of things and the breadth of history, be it religions, monarchies, invasions, etc., that shaped the UK. Amazing sights to behold and SO OLD in our Washintonian eyes!"

Frances

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were blessed with a fabulous guide, a small group of energetic, interesting tour mates, and a well-planned tour of England. It was so nice to simply go, connect and enjoy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have always wanted to take a country walk in the Cotswolds. It was as scenic, quaint and as lovely as I had imagined."

Charles

Wakefield, RI

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The factors contributing to my enjoyment were as follows: a knowledgeable and personable guide, an excellent overview of the entire country, a good balance between directed and free time, a great choice of paid attractions, and the pleasant company of fellow tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was amazed at the Roman baths in Bath--the extensiveness of the excavations and the thoroughness of the explanations given."

Richard

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, Robert is an outstanding guide, great compatriots on the tour. Very good accommodations. Wonderful selection of locations and sites. Very well paced, yet packed full of places to see and experience. We're so glad we went!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one, let alone a dozen or two! One great surprise was the Roman fortress ruin at Vindolanda near Hadrian's Wall. I had no idea we would see something like this. It was awe inspiring!"

Linda

Buckhead, GA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I like the small villages more than York/London (but I did enjoy them). I loved the scenery - mountains, livestock, flowers! Mark was outstanding, full of history and knowledge about the areas we visited. All of our group got along well together, which made the tour even better. No air conditioning in the hot weather was not a plus, but we had been warned. All hotels had really good beds and linens. I would have like more time in London with the guide and a trip to Windsor Castle.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gates at Buckingham Palace. Castlerigg Stone Circle in Keswick, the circle of rocks over 4500 years old."

Joe

Buckhead, GA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, with a few exceptions mentioned below, I had a very good time on my trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The highlight of the night (and for the entire trip as far as I am concerned) was the evening at the Baker's Arms pub and the singing of a local group presenting a great deal of English, Welsh, Scottish, and Irish music."

Janet

Pasadena, CA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My daughter and I had a grand time on the tour and now share many lovely memories. Bath is a terrific tourist town and very walkable. The walk between Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter near Stow-on-the-Wald was pleasant and Stokesay Castle was special. My favorite places, however, were Conwy and north Wales and Keswick and the Lake District. If I were ever to return England it would to be these two places. I would have liked another day at Hadrian's Wall and another in York.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Chervil White Horse in the Cotswolds. That's an odd thing to have a "wow" moment over, but never seen anything like it before. Marvelous. Wells Cathedral was pretty awesome also."

Mark

Pendleton, OR

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well organized. Great blend of Hx And geography. I really appreciate the Rick Steves philosophy of educating you and then turning you lose to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one. The Roman baths, Glastonbury, York Minster, the Welsh countryside and castles all stand out."

Norman

San Diego, CA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It exceeded my expectations. I had been to England before, but not to some of these areas. This tour, with such a outstanding guide, was no comparison; it really provided such greater depth, with such ease and pace, it could not have been better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was a wow moment."

Alan

Suisun City, CA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our time and trip with Mark was fabulous. I always enjoy learning about the history and events of the countries I visit. Our bus driver was cool calm and witty during the trip. I wish we could have spent more time in London, but that will be for another trip. We have referred friends to your company and look forward to our next outing with you!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Hadrian's Wall and the archeological dig at Vindolanda. The country side was magnificent and more than what I expected. I also enjoyed the boat cruise on Windermere Lake as staying at the Crow Park Hotel in Keswick!! I would love to live there and spend more time hiking and touring the country side!!"

Jane

Nashville, TN

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked the selection of places we visited. Our tour guide (Mark) was excellent-- very knowledgeable and personable, able to answer pretty much any question, and patient. The bus driver, James, was also a great addition to the trip (excellent driver, great personality). The travel portions went quite smoothly (very glad we were not in London during the tube strike). I loved the boat excursions (Thames, Lake Windermere, Derwentwater lake). Roman history very interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lake District, especially climbing up to the summit of Catbells. We were somewhat discouraged from doing this by our guide, Mark, and I wonder if someone in a previous tour group had a bad experience, leading to a general policy of discouragement for hiking somewhat strenuous routes. My daughter's favorite was Conwy; castles, hiking to vista point of harbor, quaint town with town walls, etc."

Jack

Boulder, CO

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having taken two other tours, I found Mark to offer the best thus far. He made the tour enjoyable and gave us a wealth of information. The countryside of England and Wales will always be in my memories. The Cotswold villages are unique in their charm. The Lake District is a beautiful sight for the tired eyes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the hotel in the Lake District and the hills with a green that was spiritual. My initial thought of the pastoral area that it was going to be somewhat boring and felt London would be the highlight, but it turned out to be more enjoyable in the countryside."

Debra

Suisun City, CA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mark was a wonderful tour guide. Very pleasant and funny. Enjoyed the itinerary gave us an excellent overview of the history, culture and the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was waking up the panoramic view at Keswick in the Lake District. Very peaceful and calm."

Brian

San Diego, CA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience traveling through England with Mark our guide and James our busdriverl I was interested in getting a meaningful dose of the history and culture of all of the sites we visited and I was not disappointed. Mark was not only knowledgeable, he was very approachable and conveyed the information in a way that was relatable and helped us to understand the context and how it shaped the history of the country. Sites were great and included both the famous and unique.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour as a whole was outstanding and I loved all of the impressive sites. That being said, two of my wow moments were not entirely planned. These included a tremendous hike at Conwy to a bluff that overlooked the city and an extracurricular trip to Castlerigg stone circle on a beautiful evening. Sometimes it's those unplanned and unexpected events that are the most memorable."

Kathleen

West Covina, CA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great!!! Mark was fabulous--really enjoyed all of his knowledge about England. Loved every minute of it--want to go again!!! The people on our tour were fun and friendly. We connected with several of them right away and so had our trip enhanced. Food was excellent, hotels -- will comment later--most were lovely and very nice -- most of the time slept very well. Already booked another trip!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The extra hike that Mark took us on in Conwy. We hiked to the top of a local hill and had a 360 degree view of the area in northern Wales. It was so beautiful!!!"

James

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I am a runner and am very appreciative that all of the places we stayed overnight had excellent trails for running.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) country pub in the Cotswolds for dinner - excellent food and music. 2) Stanway House. Intimate insight into an aristocrat's home and flour mill"

Peggy

Mcgregor, MN

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked the iconic London sights, our night in the pub with music and singing, Roman influence in England, geology and different building materials used, wonderful group dinners, unique hotel rooms, tour members, and our guide and tour assistant.

Sylvia

Rantoul, KS

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed seeing the England countryside and gardens without having to do all the work of planning what towns to visit, hotels to stay in as well as transportation. I also enjoyed the Roman Baths,walking thru the fields where the sleep live,the Bodnant Gardens,steam train ride,the ferry boat cruise, Hadrian's wall and of coarse London.We enjoyed two plays offered one in Keswick and one in London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow sites but I'll have to say the Roman Baths, the Avery Stone Circle and Hadrian's wall"

Jolly

Auburn, AL

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time and enjoyed all of the places we visited. The Rick Steves guides and bus driver were all terrific. I feel like we lucked out and got your very best. My only disappointment during the tour was poor wifi in the first B&B, but I understand that wifi can be unreliable at times. It was not much of a problem in the long run.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Overall favorite place was Keswick - the town itself, the boat ride and especially the trail hike back stopped by sheep being rounded up by border collies to cross right in front of us on the trail. Beautiful! Just one of those moments never to be forgotten. The Eye in London was also a "wow" time-on-my-own experience."

Ray

Rantoul, KS

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Arrived in Bath and check into the hotel and went to the introductory meeting. I had previously was on a tour with Gillian and hadn't meet Lorraine. Both are great people The trip was wonderfull from the Roman Bath's to lake area and back to London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Was possibly on way back from a hike after a lake ride. we came upon sheep herder working his sheep and the ease and grace of the working dogs putting the sheep in pens."

George

Edmond, OK

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"London"

Judith

Palm Harbor, FL

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our sixth RS tour so we had expectations of having a great time on the tour. Our group of 24 was one of the best we have had with people who listened to and cooperated with our guide as far as getting to the buses on time and being polite and considerate. We thoroughly enjoyed the travel experience with them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a group,we took a walk in the woods and pathways in the Lake District when we came upon, quite by chance, a young shepherd and her two sheep dogs working in the field, herding the sheep into pens. The efficiency of the task and how those two dogs worked together and with the shepherd was so much fun to watch. That is nothing we have seen before except on film."

Bonnalyn

Lafayette, CA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd Rick Steves tour. It certainly was as well organized as our first experience last year in Scandinavia. All the places we stayed were well located. Our guide Gillian and Assistant Lorraine were enthusiastic and well versed in local history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's almost impossible to choose one wow moment. Each day brought fascinating new experiences. The Cotswold area was more charming than I could imagine. The Bodnant Botanical Gardens in N. Wales were breathing. Experiencing the Lake District and the many incredible abbeys were very special."

Patricia

Morgan Hill, CA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent itinerary with a great deal of variety. Loved our guide (Gillian) as well as the trainee Lorraine. Both had extensive knowledge of the areas we visited and were extremely entertaining. I also enjoyed our local guides. The accommodations were excellent[INVALID]comfortable and centrally located. Meals were also excellent[INVALID]certainly a contrast to the common expectations of British food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every place we visited was spectacular, but I especially enjoyed Glastonbury. The Abbey was fascinating and the town a wonderful contrast to the ancient buildings and history. Also very much enjoyed Caernarvon Castle in Wales. Our guide there was knowledgeable and quite funny."

Marilyn

Auburn, AL

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was an excellent itinerary made even better by Gillian, Lorraine and Ben. I was my fourth Rick Steves tour, and they were the best guides/driver yet.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved being in the Lake District and in North Wales. The further away from cities and touristy areas I am, the better I like it. I also loved the Cotswolds and York, but had been to both before, so Conwy, Snowdonia, Keswick, etc. were the best in my mind."

Carmen

Alamo Heights, TX

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 15th RS tour. I obviously love the tours-the education, the sights, the top notch guides and free time. RS tours have all of the transportation and hotels worked out so all i have to do is relax and enjoy my experience. of course, i do a lot of research before my trip and i supplement my free time with sights that are not included. I have been to london many times. What i liked about this tour was the time spent in the smaller towns and english countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the trip from start to finish! However, I will always think about spending several hours in the warm pool on the rooftop of the spa in bath, looking out amongst the genteel skyline and rolling green hills. it is a great way to get over the muscle strain that comes with traveling! the modern spa is not included in the tour, but there is plenty of free time to enjoy it on your own."

Doug

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another stress free tour with a very knowledgeable and competent guide. Robert was a wonderful story teller about English history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour was interesting and a joy to be a part of!"

Lauri

Oakland, CA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Robert was a fantastic guide. He was so knowledgeable about all of the sites and the history. He was able to engage the attention of 4 teen agers as well as older adults. I really enjoyed learning about English history! There was enough alone time to do things on our own with good suggestions from Robert as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The York Minster was amazing. Our guide was very informative and interesting and the Minster itself is truly a treasure. I also really enjoyed the town of York. Also seeing our kids (18 and 20) having a great time with their parents!"

Eric

Vashon, WA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

THe tour proved just right for us, funky hotels in the middle of things, plenty of info provided so we could make the most of our free time, good-natured and interesting traveling companions, at least two nghts at each hotel, comfortable bus, bus rides of reasonable length, excellent choice and mix of sites on itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't pick just one. Among the contenders: Stanway House in the Cotswolds. A truly "lived-in" estate, its shabbiness was part of what made it interesting, and the water mill was fascinating. Hiking up to Catbells (and beyond) while in the Lake District. Awesome views. Hearing Evensong, and then a performance of Britten's "War Requiem," at York Minster. Vinolanda. The narrow-gauge steam train to Carnaerfon. Walking the walls in Conwy."

Gini

Leiter, WY

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful. Everyday, Robert gave us a history lesson which made everything seen so much more meaningful. The pre-tour planners were great and I felt well prepared for the trip except for not taking enough cooler weather clothes, but it all worked out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking along the walls of York in the glorious evening light, listening to the magnificent carralon and peeking down into people's gardens. Also Stanway House which I loved for its formal informality. Wish we could have seen the cygnets there but the male was not welcoming visitorsBack in London I went into St. Martins Church to check out the café in the crypt, poked my head into the church first where a twelve piece baroque ensemble was rehearsing.An incredible cello, extraordinary acoustics."

Bill

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I have been on 5 RS tours now and this tour met all of my expectations. It was well organized and had a good mix of tour time and free time. Our guide and the local guides were all very good in explaining their areas of expertise. The information provided by the RS tour department was spot on and we had no difficulty in reaching our hotel in Bath. I can't think of a better way to travel and see Europe. I recommend the RS program to everyone thinking of going to Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't say that there was one "wow" moment for me. The Cotswolds were very interesting. I was amazed by Blenheim Palace. Hiking the Lake District near Keswick for a day was a nice break in the routine. Hadrian's Wall, York, Conwy, London were all worth visiting and learning more about. I enjoyed the pub scene and my wife and I ate most of our meals in various pubs throughout the tour. And let's not forget the Brits themselves. Very nice people and very accommodating."

Gregory

Baton Rouge, LA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour - - exactly what my wife and I were looking for, and what we expected. The group is a good size, and the bus gives everyone plenty of room. The organized circle tour gets us from successive points A to points B each travel day in good order. The local guided tours (either walking with the Rick Steves' guide or going with a separate leader) are excellent. The independent time toward the end of the stay in each successive overnight spot is easy to fill.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Welsh Highland Railway steam train ride."

Robert

Lino Lakes, MN

Tour: 05/31/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was very well done. Mark was friendly, knowledgeable, fun, and inclusive. Our bus driver, James, was an excellent driver and added a lot to our experience. Our group was a wonderful mix of people of all ages and backgrounds. As mark will attest--mealtimes were never quiet!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Glastonbury Abbey site was eye opening and breathtaking. Mark's outdoor lunch that day was equally spectacular."

Jane

Oakhurst, CA

Tour: 05/31/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a very good tour with Mark on the Best of England. The sights were all first class and Mark add the historical touches that made it so interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Caernarfon castle was a great experience and between Mark and the docent at the castle, Sue, it was really great. I love the history of it both old and more recent. Westminster in London was also overwhelming considering its history. The Stone circles Avebury and Castlerigg were awesome."

Teresa

Tenino, WA

Tour: 05/31/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing experience! After a tour of Glastonbury Abbey and a marvelous picnic on the grounds, I took a moment to check out the gift shop. I was welcomed by the clerk who said "You must be with the Rick Steeves tour group." When I replied "Why, do I look like an American?" He said "No, you look relaxed!" Sums it up nicely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My birthday landed on the day we stayed in York. The walk on the walls around York Minster after a fabulous Indian dinner with our tour members was very special. What made it "magical" was the York Minster bells. They began ringing and continued until after we walked back to our hotel. They were so beautiful."

Glenn

Oakhurst, CA

Tour: 05/31/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was not only as advertised, but more. Everything went on schedule and worked for the benefit of the whole: the group's size, the bus, the train, the meals and the comprehensive nature of the tour itself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mark mentioned the Trooping of the Colours on the Queen's Official Birthday, so we took a tip from him in London and walked to the Mall. We were treated to an amazing display of British pageantry (nobody does it better), and saw the Royal Family up close and personal. Jane waved at the Queen and she waved back! Later we walked to Buckingham Palace and saw the entire family (except for Baby Charlotte). We saw the flyover with the Royal family! Wow."

Mary

Elma, WA

Tour: 05/31/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A perfect mix of charming villages, historic sites and beautiful scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stanway House was a special treat where real people lived and one could see life today in an old home. The mill was fascinating with its old technology."

Donald

Delmar, NY

Tour: 05/31/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 6th RS tour, and we were as pleased as ever. Excellent tour leader, good choices for the itinerary, and a congenial group of fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"An evening visit to the stone circle on a hilltop near Keswick was pretty special. Even better, Mark realized how tired everyone was after a busy day of hiking so he hired a couple of minibuses to take us up there and back in comfort!"

Gary

Turlock, CA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized and the guide (Tom) was incredible. He had an amazing breadth of knowledge ranging from English history to local flora. He interacted with each of the tour members on an individual level and his humor and comments made the bus trips fun. The tour had a great ratio of time spent on tours and free time for members to spend as they wished. It was enjoyable seeing all the different aspects of England from Bath to Wales to London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glastonbury Abbey was incredible. The sheer size of the ruins and history of area makes you realizes what a spectacle that Abbey must have been during the centuries leading up to Henry the 8th."

Jeff

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom is an excellent tour guide. He managed the logistics of the tour very well and had a wealth of information about the places we visited and the history of England in general. He is a very positive person and seemed to be proud of his country which made learning about the places we visited more enjoyable. To the tour members, Tom is the representive of Rick Steves Travel and I must say he leaves a very positive impression about your tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I is hard to pick one moment since most every place we visited was interesting in some way. The baths at Bath were amazing and the reconstruction of the Roman parts was very well done. The Cotwolds and the Lake District were beautiful. The castles at/near Conwy were amazing. London was a little overwelming but we spent a few extra days to expand our experience there."

Sheila

Turlock, CA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I absolutely enjoyed everything about this tour. Each day was a new adventure and our guide, Tom, was "brilliant". He made every day very enjoyable and I was amazed at the depths of his knowledge. I am sure our group was a challenge because we all had a lot of questions about everything! The tour size was great and their was a good balance between group activities and free time. I cannot wait for the next Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is so hard to narrow down a favorite but I loved the city of York, especially the tour of York Minster. I also loved the pub night--the music was a lot of fun."

Jean

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was very informative. Loved the history of the places we saw. Great balance of free and "guided "time. The number of folks on the tour was just right. Accommodations were good and seemed to represent real English life. Our guide, Tom made the trip completely enjoyable. I came to the party as a first time Rick Steves tourist with pretty high expectations. I finished the tour completely satisfied and an advocate of Rick Steves Tours! Well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't pick one. Loved every minute of it."

Carol

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom was fantastic and made the tour well worth while. I enjoyed all the wonderful places we visited. Learned a lot of history and met some wonderful people. The weather was a little stormy in the Lake District but that didn't stop us from having fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we arrived at Blenheim Castle we learned that there was the 50th anniversary of Churchill's death celebration. We were able to attend the celebration which included a marching band and a fly over the castle. We were taken to Churchill's grave site. All of this was extra , unexpected and very special."

Dick

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, knowledgeable, helpful, great sense of humor. Can't say enough good things about Tom. What we saw and did was everything I had hoped. Wonderful history, museums, castles, churches, pubs, people, even the sheep were great. Weather was a little cool and just plain stormy in the Lakes District but that didn't stop us from having a good time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving at Blenheim Castle and being taken to see Churchill's grave site then returning to Blenheim for festivities celebrating the 50th anniversary of Churchill's death. These festivities included a military marching band and a fly over by a World War II Spitfire. All of this was not part of the itinerary and unexpected which made it even more special."

Theresa

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 15th Eick Steves tour and one of the absolute best. England is a fun country to visit on tour, being charming and familiar and easy, with an almost understandable language. It was an exceptionally congenial group, who quickly became a traveling family. The guide was Tom Hooper, who easily exceeded the very high Rick Steves standards for guides. His humor, perception and experience made the trip seamless to us. He made the trip outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding the "grave of King Arthur" in the ruins of the Glastonbury Cathedral was an unexpected delight. The York Minster was spectacular but being there on Tuesday evening when the carilloneur was rehearsing the songs was magical. The volume and timbre of the bells reached into my soul!"

Michael

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our group congealed very quickly and became a tight knit joking group from the very beginning introductory meeting. The tour was a great mix of history, cathedrals, architecture, culture and natural beauty. The hubbub of London was a bit of a shock after rolling around the English countryside. We had been to London many times before, but the tour did a nice job of taking the group around to some of the highlights and introducing newcomers to the city. Our guide was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The city of York was a gem. The cathedral was amazing, but the whole town was interesting. There is a large, almost traffic-free old town with lots of shops and pubs and restaurants within easy walking distance to our hotel."

William

La Crescenta, CA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was simply excellent with a very good perspective on historical Britain and a taste of current society.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A very authentic evening in a Cotswolds pub with local musicians playing. Picnic at Glastonbury ruins was very special. And getting a Spitfire flyover at Blenheim Palace, but that was luck."

Carmen

La Crescenta, CA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour. We had a wonderful tour guide who set the right tone from the get-go. We had a very skilled and personable driver, Louise. We were incredibly lucky with a lot of things: We happened to be at Blenheim Palace on the 50th anniversary of Churchill's funeral and got to see his grave site and family church (not part of the tour). We were at York minster on a Wednesday when the ladies of the church provide coffee and cake -- good way to meet locals!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing a train pull in the station with "Rick Steve" (sic) signs on the window of one of the cars. Felt very privileged. Being entertained in a pub by local musicians who think highly of "Uncle Rick." The description of the effects of the first World War on a small town that our guide Tom gave us in the Stanton church: it was very moving."

Kath

Cle Elum, WA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A fine experience. The sight choices were all great and it surprises me what stays in my memory. For instance the private home of the Earls of Wemyss and the owners effort to restore the the fountain ponds and to see the restored and working mill, a real treasure. Also the letters that were discovered in Vindolanda, fascinating place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I just loved York Minster tucked into York and the coffee morning with the local volunteers and sitting with some local women exchanging stories about our towns and lives. Our guide to The Minster was an especial treasure. Such unbounded enthusiasm."

John

Winter Haven, FL

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

EXCELLENT TOUR.WELL PACED .INTERESTING AND EXCITING.EVERY

Favorite "WOW" moment

"EVERY DAY HAD MULITPLE WOW MOMENTS"

Ramona

Breaux Bridge, LA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Unbelievable! Fantastic ! Wonderful! Whatever words can describe a fabulous trip. This was our 11th RS tour and I would recommend it highly to anyone contemplating going to England!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of many, was the memorial dedicated to Winston Churchill at Blenheim Palace. The Lake District was beautiful. Our picnic lunch. Wonderful history lessons learned at every place on our agenda was very interesting. Just everything about this trip made it very enjoyable! Especially because of our very talented, knowledgeable guide, Tom!"

Ursuline

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour, which far exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide was excellent--interesting, knowledgeable, and entertaining; he made the tour outstanding. The combination of tour and free time was perfect. It was very well organized, and I appreciated the flexibility. The pace was just right. I also enjoyed getting to know fellow tour members Loved the buddy system--it worked well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Baths, Bath Abbey. Glastonbury Abbey, Wells Cathedral, Stokesay Castle, Caernarfon Castle Blenheim Palace, Westminter Cathedral, Cotswolds are a must see. Enjoyed the beautiful Bodnant Gardens and could have extended our visit there. The castle in Conwy and a stroll along the harbor in the early evening--magnificant. Stanway House and the nearby mill was lovely and interesting. Of course, Hadrian's Wall, the beautiful Lake District (boat ride), and the visit to the slate quarry."

Cheryl

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was excellent--a life changing experience. I will carry the memories of the countryside, the people, and the overall feel of Britain with me always. Everything was well organized, and I felt like I experienced quite a lot in a very short time and got a feel of what it is like to live in England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour was a "wow" moment, however, seeing all of the countryside from the bus, especially in the Cotswalds[INVALID]with the fields and sheep grazing and then driving down the hill into Wales and seeing the green valleys spread out to the horizon before us was my favorite visual moment. I also really enjoyed the various transportation experiences. We rode a bus, a steam train, a water taxi, a passenger train and the London Tube[INVALID]all memorable in their own right."

James

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Traveling with the Rick Steves' guide and manners of transportation created a secure environment conducive to learning, photographing and experiencing the customs, people and history of Great Britain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the countryside and arriving into each town or city on the chosen means of transportation."

Robert G

Volcano, CA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour was very good with the only blemish discounting from outstanding based on the hotel rooms and beds. The Rick Steve's tour guide was outstanding in presentation, history and leadership. The bus driver was outstanding and the outside guides were outstanding in presentation and history. The tour had a good balance between tour time and free time allowing for independence.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the public trails of England and Wales - they provided a quiet sense of rural country experience"

Catherine

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt that the tour was well organized and efficiently run without running us off our feet, although they did get very tired! That is, we had a reasonable blend of guided experiences, e.g. Westminster Abbey, coupled with free/downtime, e.g. seeing a play in London or just SEEING London. This blend exposed us to a great deal of history of place as well as time to explore the local scene and even meet the locals. Excellent advance preparation, guide, and bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip on the Welsh Highland Railroad was my favorite moment. Seeing a Garret locomotive in action was a thrill, the countryside was awesome, and the lambs were very cute. The local who told me people didn't realize how beautiful Wales is was correct; in my case anyway!"

Cynthia

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish it was a grand experience. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be difficult to identify just one "wow" moment. At the end of each day, I felt I had experienced the best day ever, only to be amazed by the next day's events."

Judy Ann

Volcano, CA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I ended up seeing much more than even the tour listed. I also learned about more history of England than I ever knew.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved seeing all the Roman fort ruins with excavation taking place before my eyes."

Marjorie

Marysville, WA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mark is an excellent tour guide. He loves England and it shows. The experience was great. Good food throughout the trip. One that stands out is the dinner in Bath..a small place that the pre-order dishes did not sound so great. However, it turned out to be one of the best meals of the trip. We had an outstanding bus driver named Ted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The York church and the old "shambles" area of York. Very impressive. We had great local tour guides in York and also in London."

Sue

Stanwood, WA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"London, loved the museums and the tube was easy to navigate--loved the plays--also the Lake District with its great hiking"

Lynn

Harrah, OK

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

OUR TOUR GUIDE WAS EXCELLENT IN EVERY WAY. VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE, HELPFUL, INFORMATIVE AND IN GENERAL A WONDERFUL GUIDE. Hotels- only one had a lift. Almost like we are challenged daily. I am a 65 yr. old woman- I walk 4 miles a day,and am in excellent health, but this can be challenging. Good mixture of sites, something for everyone! Our tour group became instant friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lake District's pristine beauty."

Doreen

Auburn, CA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a fantastic experience. We enjoyed the mix of history and scenery, gardens, palaces and cities, cathedrals and Roman ruins. Our guide Mark was great. He provided interesting insights and humor, with a surprise thrown in once in a while. The hotels were comfortable with a variety of rooms, all adequate for our needs. The meals provided were very good and I loved the scone snacks. Our weather was cool and damp, but didn't keep us from enjoying everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the Bodnant Gardens in Wales. The rhododendrons were spectacular! Late May was the best time to see the gardens and fortunately the weather cooperated. I also enjoyed the other gardens at Stanway House, Lacock and Wells Cathedral. I was also wowed by the great cathedrals in Wells and York and Westminster Abbey."

April

Manhattan Beach, CA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I don't know how to adequately describe how much I enjoyed this tour. Not only was this my first RS tour, but it was my first time in Europe. The range of activities & experiences were varied & appealed to a wide audience. The pace & tour time vs. free time was well managed. I loved the attention to history, art, architecture, & cultural information provided by our guide. I felt safe & quite frankly, pampered since I was used to staying in hostels in the weeks prior to joining up with the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening of folk music at the Baker's Arms pub was beyond fantastic and something I'll not soon forget. Wales was so beautiful, and walking the medieval wall in Conwy was so cool! Caernarfon Castle was a great experience. Evensong at York Minster was beautiful. Avebury was amazing. Seeing sections of Hadrian's Wall and the Roman fort at Vindolanda was probably my most favorite; still can't believe I was there!! Really, the whole trip was a "wow" for me."

Janet

Temple, TX

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fourteen days in England was not enough. I enjoyed every minute of our tour. There was a nice mix of Roman/Viking/British history, archaeology, architecture, scenery and religion. I loved the beautiful countryside of crops, walls and sheep. This all ties in with thousands of years of the history of this beautiful land. There was something for everyone on the tour - 2 kinds of trains, several kinds of castles, beautiful gardens and stories of the British people around every corner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "Wow" moment was Bodnant Gardens. We hit it at the peak of the azalea blooms. It was incredibly beautiful. My husband and I owned a landscape business, so this was like heaven for us. There was color at every turn and we only had an hour and a half to see this entire garden. I could have stayed there all day. I used up all the battery on my camera taking lots of pictures. I also loved the idyllic towns in the Cotswolds. Their "cottage gardens" were delightful! Loved it all."

David

Temple, TX

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the experience and the scenery was fantastic. England and Wales are very pretty and traveling across the narrow highways was very interesting and James was an excellent coach driver. Roy has his typical british sense of humor which was very interest to hear. He always made it entertaining. The diverse history and architecture that we saw was impressive. We saw so much, I have to stop and focus on individual things that we saw. Sometimes I forget about some of the things we saw.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"York Minister is particularly impressive, with carillon bells, all the stain glass, evening song and the rose window restoration and stone restoration. It is so large and beautiful, it is just very impressive."

Lindsey

Aliquippa, PA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall tour experience was wonderful and I would do it all again. I would definitely pack lighter.:) I have been to the UK many times to visit family, but picked this tour to see things I hadn't seen before. It was a great balance of "tourist must-sees" and off the beaten path experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh dear. How can I pick a favorite? The pub night in Broad Campden at the Baker's Arms.Evensong at York Minster. The castle wall walk in Conwy. The picnic at Glastonbury Abbey....oh - and Bodnant Gardens!!!!"

Caroline

Oakland, CA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a great way to visit England for the first time. Not only was someone else doing the worrying and planning, but I had the advantage of the expertise, patience, and typically English humor of our tour guide. The tour group is a good size; big enough to provide variety and interest, small enough to feel intimate. It was a PACKED two weeks of laughter, awe, history, and beautiful countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's impossible to pick ONE favorite moment. My top three are: Caernarfon, York Minster, Glastonbury."

Richard

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was rich with a variety of new experiences: pre-historic sites, Roman ruins, medieval castles and walled cities, quaint villages, cathedrals, abbey ruins, commercial-turned-recreational canals, English agricultural countryside, ice-age carved lakes, seacoast towns, and London. Fun variety of transportation: bus, boat rides on lakes, narrow gauge railway in Wales, national train run to London, Thames River cruise, and plenty of opportunity to walk or take hikes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Train ride to Caernarfon in Wales, Lake District, and Hadrian's Wall. Our group was first to take this train ride and it was very pleasant, but would also have liked to visit the slate museum. Geology ! - the Lake District was great, even if the rain limited our hiking. The boat ride on Lake Windermere and Derwentwater lake (in the rain) was great. Archeology ! so Avebury and Hadrian's Wall were very interesting; most impressed by the Vindolanda museum, the active digs and beauty of area."

Peggy

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As first-time Rick Steve travelers, we had heard nothing but good things from others who had taken a tour, so we're confident we had made the right choice. The itinerary matched our wish list for our first trip to England with a pace that suited us also. We were not disappointed! In fact, we couldn't have asked for a better group and especially Roy as our guide. One change that comes to mind would be to allow another hour in the Tower of London - not enough time there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments, but to narrow down to a few and in no particular order: Wells Cathedral was off the chart stunning; Glastonbury Abbey and our outdoor picnic was a highlight; definitely the pub dinner with entertainment by local folk musicians was such fun and made for a memorable evening in the Cotswolds wrapping up a day of over-the-top charm and quaintness - a dream come true for me; the train trip to Caernarfon was a thrilling change from the coach - perfect way to arrive there!"

Richard

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first and I was extremely impressed with it in every way. It exceed all of my expectations. Every aspect was well laid out and very simple to understand and follow. Our leader, Roy was absolutely superb. His knowledge, temperament, and enthusiasm for what he does and how he does it was just remarkable to me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The villages in the Cotwolds and Lakes District as well as York."

Rebecca

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was just great. All that I hoped it would be and more. I really enjoyed the historical and archaeological aspects of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really can't pick one favorite moment because we experienced such a variety of experiences and they were all wonderful in their own way."

Gene

Sioux Falls, SD

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was just what we wanted, an in-depth look at England from the small town experience to the large city and what makes them each special. Roy and James, our driver, were outstanding and very understanding with the many questions they were ask. No doubt questions they have been ask many, many times before, even so they were answered with seriousness and in proper depth. I would have no hesitation urging family and friends to consider this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Only one wow moment, there were so many. Seeing Tower Bridge from the Tower of London was special. Or, the pub experience with the local singers, that was great."

Doug

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As this was my first time in England, the tour was well structured to visit many of the highlight areas of the country. As usual, our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful; something we have come to expect with a Rick Steves tour. The countryside areas of England and their beauty and magnificent history were highlights for me. I would have appreciated more time in London, but we planned a few extra days on our own to make up for the brief visit there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The old city of York and the York Minster were absolutely amazing. Hearing the bell tower sounding shile walking the old city wall was definitely a "wow" moment."

Suzanne

Chaumont, NY

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first RS tour and it went very well. We had a knowledgeable engaging guide, tour members who bonded, with the help of Mark, and the chance to see some wonderful British sights that we wouldn't have otherwise had the opportunity to see. What kept me from choosing "outstanding" was the cold, rainy, windy weather which is to something that can be controlled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed seeing the older English homes with timber framing and slate or thatched roofs in the Cotswolds. The visit to Lacock and Chipping Campden were a favorite. I plan to use them as inspiration for building a miniature scene with timber walls."

David

Chaumont, NY

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In spite of the weather (I think Rick Steves needs better control of that) nothing was missed and all investigations were very informative and educational. We faced high winds on 2 days of outdoor activities and rain at least 10 days of the 14, however the group bonded well spirits were high. At first I was concerned about the "quirky" hotels but the advantages became obvious right away. We were located within easy walking distance of many attractions as well as having easy access to resurants

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the evening of local music during our stay in Stow in the Wold. A fun evening of fiddlers singers and musicians presenting folk songs and humor. Nice.touch and good contact with the local folks."

Leigh

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a great tour of England(14 days)with Mark. He did a great job and I learned so much about England from him. The itinerary was excellent, with visits to many places I hadn't ever heard of, but that were so interesting. We had a good group of travelers, nice people all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was Stanway House near Stow. The house was so wonderful and lived in, you could easily see yourself living there! The grounds were beautiful and our visit to the nearby mill was truly interesting."

Maureen

Toronto, ON

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much, I liked the balance of group and independent activities, I loved learning so much British history, our guide was terrific and I enjoyed getting to know the other tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Yorkminster Abbey, from the outside and the inside."

Gerald

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyable trip with some great scenery and interesting locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lacock Abbey and village."

Saryl

Toronto, ON

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fabulous overview of England and Wales for our first time visit. It covered enough to wet my appetite to return. The expertise of our tour director made the trip for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually two. One was the yellow sandstone throughout the Cotswolds, the other was the hotel at Stow on the Wold. The third was the sheep everywhere."

Barbara

Kingston, ON

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful guide, bus driver, docents and tour group. Tour-wise, could have done with a few less churches and castles, a few more gardens, parks and art. But on the whole, a very good mix of guided time and free time and we loved every location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Couldn't really choose between the Royal Crescent, the Wells Cathedral, Bodnant Gardens (even in the pouring rain), Blenheim Castle, Evensong in Yorkminster..."

Don

Everett, WA

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour vastly exceeded our expectations. Every day was a new, informational, and exciting day. We expected a large dose of English history, but not on the scale we received. Each location we visited was fascinating and enlightening. The Brits are a wonderful people who are patriotic, friendly, and especially helpful when they see folks from the colonies struggling to find their destination. The folks in our tour group were easy travel companions and we continue to communicate with them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a tough one, but the Evensong presentation in the York Minster, where the choir sang the Psalms, accompanied by a giant pipe organ, has to be near the top. Having seen Christmas presentations on t.v. of choirs singing these wonderful hymns and then experiencing it in person was truly a magical moment. Outside of London, York was my favorite stop as it seemed to encapsulate all the wonderful things we had seen on the tour within its walls."

Lyn

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of my all-time favorite tours. The itinerary was exactly right, Mark was an incredible guide, there was just the right amount of guided and free time, and our fellow travelers were interesting and engaging companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How to choose? Fields of hedgerows and sheep; Roman ruins at Bath, Vindolanda, and Hadrian's Wall; ancient small villages with slate or thatched roofs; stunningly beautiful cathedrals and abbeys; the Lake District; the Landisfarne Gospels and Codus Sinaiticus at the British Library; a piano concert at St. Martin's in the Field and evensong at York Minster. I can't choose!"

Patricia

Fresno, CA

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had almost constant rain throughout the two weeks, but that did not dampen our spirits. Our fellow travelers (almost all)were fun, spirited and adventurous, and we enjoyed getting to know them. I have highly praised our tour to our friends. My only regret is that we didn't have more time in the places we visited. The time essentially amounted to two nights and one full day, which only scratches the surface for places like Bath, York and, of course, London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was when Mark Seymour, our guide, brought us up to see St. Michael's in York, straight ahead of us--and then had us take a few steps to see the York Minster slightly to the left. "Wow!" was my comment!"

Patsy

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! Our guide, Mark, was extremely personable and informative, and our bus driver, Ben, was great. I love the cultural "extras" that the Steves tours provide, such as the evening of folk music and songs at the Bakers Arms in the Cotswolds, the walks, and the picnic (complete with local food and drinks) on the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey. The weather was frequently rainy and windy, but that just added to the entire England experience. Our tour members were the best I've experienced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) Drinking wine at the top of the hill in Castlerigg amid an ancient stone circle and frolicking lambs. 2) On the narrow-gauge train crossing through a cold and stunningly beautiful Snowdonia park. I felt like I was on the Hogwarts Express!"

Sharon

Gardnerville, NV

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of England and Wales was outstanding. It had a good mix of sites from different time periods. Glad we got to Snowdenia and the Lake District to see some of UK nature. loved the picnic of local foods. It was great having free or down time occasionally.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the Cotswalds - between our walk in countryside, night at Bakers, Stanway Manor and seeing several villages. Those couple days were wonderful. I also really liked Vinlandia, even though it was windy and wet. It provides amazing insights into ordinary Roman life. It was an aha moment when I realized that all of England has been changed by humans - no real wilderness left."

Ann

Norman Park,

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This has been the most enjoyable organised bus tour I have ever been on. The itinery was perfect, the guide perfect, the bus driver perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Conwy in Wales and the Snowdonia National Park had to be the most memorable part of the tour."

Arne

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 04/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my best trip to England yet! Have been to London twice, but not like this. Learned so much about the cities/towns we visited from our guide and the locals. Walked a lot! Reasonable pace and only challenging in some of the castles. Weather seemed seasonable(mix of sun, rain, wind and fog) decided it was "atmospheric" in some places like Vindolanda where we expected to see a Roman soldier appear out of the misty ruins at any minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trekking in Keswick was an adventure that will long be remembered for length (my own doing) vistas at Castlerigg, getting a German couple on their correct path (while I was actually lost) and getting a true foot long hotdog at The Chief Justice of small claims."

Janet

Newmarket, ON

Tour: 04/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It exceeded all my expectations. The tour guide, the planning and scheduling, the transportation and the hotels and the meals were all more than I expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The moments of the approach to Blenheim Palace! Seeing the Palace and the landscaping by Capability Brown was beyond anything that I ever imagined I would experience. Breathtaking!"

Thomas

Richmond, VA

Tour: 04/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. It met and exceeded my expectations. Gillian is a wonderful guide and leader: knowledgeable, entertaining, patient. Should we do a similar trip in the future, I would be more than happy to tour with her again. One of my fears before the trip was that the group would not be our "type." But that fear proved to be unfounded. It was a good group in general and we looked out for each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first glimpse of Wells Cathedral. Like turning a corner and discovering this gorgeous and impressive structure that just seemed to appear!"

Jody

Richmond, VA

Tour: 04/26/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The weather did not cooperate with us (windy, cold, rain), but the sights, food and friendliness were good compensation. Gillian did a great job coordinating things and pacing the tour so that we never got too overwhelmed with "groupiness."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First sight of Wells Cathedral."

Donald

Sequim, WA

Tour: 04/26/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Gillian is excellent. It was a very good tour with a group of friendly people and we had a great time. However, I know that there is a lot of England and Wales that could be addressed on additional tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the pub dinner and local folk music which was even enhanced by being able to sample the ale that was brewed in Stanway House which we had visited earlier in the day. On the flip side, least favorite, I would place Blenheim Palace. Outside the fact that Churchill was born there it's just a bunch of fancy rooms. It got old rather quickly."

Mary

Oakland, CA

Tour: 04/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves' tour and one of the best. The excellent tour guide and good chemistry of the group on top of the well-planned, varied and thought out tour itinerary were a smashing combination. I'm planning to return to England again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no one thing -it's the combination that wows me: history, culture, natural beauty, group vs. free time..."

Andrea

Warwick, RI

Tour: 04/26/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was the typical and lovely mix of a Rick Steves tour: tourist stuff and non-tourist stuff, a delightful and fun tour guide, an interesting group of people on the trip, stopping at different hotels/inns which are all different and interesting. Things started to blend together for me however, b/c it was long: 14 days. But, I will be going on another Rick Steves tour. I just don't know which one, and I may do the 14 days again depending on where I want to go.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the opera singing street performer the beautiful baby sheep the majesty of the cathedrals hiking in the lake district eating real gingerbread listening to people speak Welsh a special exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum hearing evensong"

Maureen

Oakland, CA

Tour: 04/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gillian, our tour guide, was knowledgeable, funny and engaged with the group. This helped us gel as a group and added to the tour experience. The itinerary was superb in the variety of sights and experiences. Staying at least two nights in every location reduced travel fatigue and allowed us to take in the town more fully.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose...the trek in the lake district was spetacular."

Rebecca

Lowell, IN

Tour: 04/26/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was a pleasure. Well organized with an exceptional guide. As this was my third RS tour, I knew what to expect, and the tour met my expectations. As with any vacation experience, there are compromises, and sometimes I would have chosen to spend more or less time in a given location. But other tour members had different opposite opinions, and on whole it was fine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed Hadrian's Wall and Vindolanda. I was especially taken with the Vindolanda Tablets, which I had the opportunity to see later at the British Museum during our post-tour stay in London. Coincidentally, on the evening of our visit to Vindolanda, BBC 4 aired a documentary about Roman Britain which had a lengthy segment about the tablets!"

James

Lowell, IN

Tour: 04/26/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Gillian was exceptional. Personal and professional. Would recommend this tour to anyone. That being said, I thought too much time on a bus or boat. Very limited time at Blenheim Palace and Bodnant Gardens after long bus ride. Too much time spent in Bath.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Blenheim Palace was a big "wow" moment. Loved seeing the churches, big and small."

Cresanna

Santa Barbara, CA

Tour: 04/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our group was in awe of the many abbeys & cathedrals that literally took our breaths away. Gillian-very skilled tour guide, has vast knowledge about language (where common phrases got their start, etc.), introduced meaningful historical references & spoke about the importance of the building materials available in different areas of England & Wales. She was able to manage a group that had different interests and energy levels, a skill I much appreciated. Great Job, Gillian. Thank you!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the vast, open space that was the Glastonbury Abbey and realizing how immense the abbey once was. The weather only added to the lovely, mystical feeling of the day. That was my first time realizing how huge the cathedrals and abbeys were/are and the purpose of transporting a common person into the Heavens."

Mark

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 04/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. I would of never managed to see or experience the many sites on my own with such efficiency.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hadrian's wall and Vindolanda."

Sue

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 04/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guide, Gillian was super. She was well organized and well informed about all sites,villages,cities and London. Loved learning about all the history and especially the idioms that I learned from her. The hotels were fine and dinners that the tour provided were good. The group as a whole was nice, on time and enjoyable. Would highly recommend this tour to friends .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite site was Vindolanda. Ever though it was a rainy day I loved hiking around the old ruins. I could imagine what the Romans life was like . It was a wow for me!"

Linda

Indialantic, FL

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was part of a month-long stay in England.The history of England has much to do with the sights on the tour and the guide, Roy, was great at fitting the architecture,history and stories together for our group.The group was small(14) so we could all fit together easily at sites to hear Roy.The pace of the tour was good.The sites were all memorable. The group was interesting

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really liked Stanway.It is real, not just a tourist site"

Linda

Boise, ID

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My "roots" are English-ish, so I've wanted all of my life to see my peeps. Beginning with our guide, Mr. Roy-al, as in superlative, I fell in love with the people, the places. I appreciate the reassurances about the weather, and understand that you have no way of predicting it, but a last day or two weather update would be a great service. I tracked it, but was still surprised by the COLD. Warn people that 60 degrees in London is 40 in AZ.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I should be able to answer that since that's the ? so many people ask..... Glastonbury? The Cotswolds countryside? The Lake District countryside? Stokesay? Westminster Abbey? Bodnant Gardens?"

David

Sitka, AK

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick steves tour ,wow was it great. Roy our tour guide was outstanding,very well organized ,and very much a people person.The people on the tour were a good group ,like a team.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The best was the night we went to the Bakers pub in the cotswolds they had a local musical group that practiced there. We had several musicans on the tour and they all played together.It was great."

Bonnie

Olympia, WA

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Roy was A very good guide. Funny ,well informed and tuned in to the needs of the group. He was very helpful to my husband, Tore, who developed cellulitis of his calf in the town of, Bath. He helped us arrange a visit to urgent care where he receive treatment, allowing us to carry on. He and the group were also very understanding of our needing to take it a bit easy due to Tores slower pace due to his Parkinson's disease .Good group of travelers. Enjoy the opportunity for listening to music

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The pub and folk music in the town of Broad Camden. Theatre in Bath. Would strongly suggest it to follow travelers"

Weather

England / London

England / York

Planning Tips

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.

Transportation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sightseeing on Your Own

If you arrive in Bath before your tour begins, use 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: 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.