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

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Best of England in 14 Days Tour

from $4,095 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $725

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

Dates & Prices

2019

    • Apr 28–May 11 (Su–Sa)
    • $4,095 + Air

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of England come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 26 group sightseeing events • Bath walking tour • Roman Baths • Glastonbury Abbey • Wells Cathedral • English beer tasting • Avebury stone circle • Blenheim Palace • Cotswolds loop drive • Stanway House and grounds • Cotswolds country walk • Local folk music • Stokesay Castle • English cream tea • Welsh sheep farm • Caernarfon Castle • Welsh Highland walk • Bodnant Garden • Lake District boat cruise • Castlerigg stone circle • Hadrian's Wall walk • Vindolanda • York walking tour • York Minster • Tower of London "Beefeater" tour • Thames River cruise • Westminster Abbey…and more
  • All group transportation from Bath to London
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to England

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

Day 2: Roman and Georgian Bath

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

Day 3: Glastonbury and Wells

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

Day 4: Stone Circles and the Cotswolds

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

Day 5: Cotswold Villages

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

Day 6: Wonderful Wales

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

Day 7: Sheepdogs, Castles, and Highlands

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

Day 8: Gardens and Lakes

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

Day 9: The Lake District

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

Day 10: Hadrian's Wall

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

Day 11: York Minster and the Medieval City

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

Day 12: Tower of London and the River Thames

Today we'll board a train and make a beeline past the Midlands for London. Upon arrival, we'll jump into the city's medieval past, with a visit to the Tower of London (the first "skyscraper" of its time), where you can join a tour with a witty Beefeater and get a close-up look at the UK's majestic collection of crown jewels. Then we'll take an entertaining cruise on the River Thames, hearing tales about the London Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Big Ben. 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 online or pick up a ticket in London). Sleep in central London (2 nights). Train: 2 hours. Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 13: Westminster Abbey

This morning we'll meet with a local guide to visit Westminster Abbey, where England's kings and queens have been crowned and buried since 1066. A thousand years of English history lie within its stained-glass splendor and under its stone slabs. This afternoon is yours to explore the Churchill War Rooms, stroll past Buckingham Palace, tour the British Museum, or take a walk through one of the city's wonderful parks. Tonight we'll meet for a final group dinner together, where we'll share travel memories and toast new friends. Cheers! No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

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

Reviews

Barbara

Rochester, MN

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jo Ann

Wimberley, TX

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exciting and very comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake District was beautiful."

Mary

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep farm"

Brian

Kensington, MD

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sue

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Walter

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marsha

Aloha, OR

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathleen

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Don

Centerville, UT

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good. It was our first.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The excellent hotel at Keswick. Very good shower compared to the others."

Timothy

Belmont, NC

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"wales"

Carolyn

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved being able to see the countryside of England-the smaller towns, the fields. The bus was comfortable, the bus driver (James) was outstanding, Nigel was extremely knowledgeable, the sites we visited were very interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No single moment stands out for me. As much as I loved being in the country, I also loved London even though we had a short time there. We loved going to a play, walking around Westminster (on Sunday when we couldn't go inside)."

James

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bodnant Gardens. I had low expectations for this visit but immensely enjoyed my stroll from the Old Mill along the creek to the Far End. It was magical. Tranquility, beauty, magnificent old growth trees, the sound of the creek and water falls."

James

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a nice group, an outstanding guide, a wonderful bus driver a good group to be with for the 14 days

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the time traveling the countryside. I am farm boy and loved all of the time spent in the rural area."

Tom

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Chilliwack, BC

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, so our anticipation was high. We were not disappointed-this tour delivered far above what I hoped for in every aspect: the cities/places visited, the experiences, the guide, all arrangements (including transportation, accommodations and meals). Perhaps the best aspect was the wonderful members in our tour group. I valued the RS Tour philosophy of 'get to know each other' on your tour-it enhanced the experiences we had, as we shared them with the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"(This isn't fair--ONE "wow" moment?!! lol) Standing and exploring the stone circles at both Avebury and Castlerigg in the Lake District; being able to stand next to the stones and touch them, realizing there have been people there, doing the same thing for thousand and thousands of years. Certainly resets the perspective of one's own existence! AND...Wales, especially trip to Gareth & Rhian's sheep farm in the Carneddau Mountains."

Ruth

Dover, MA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was meaningful and memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stanway House"

James

Dover, MA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with RS or with anyone. What impressed me the most was our tour guide, Mark Seymour. A gifted person and guide. Very knowledgeable and interesting. A person who cares about his flock and has our best interest at heart. He establishes rules and sticks by them for the group. I refer to him as a friend. I very much liked the exposure to the English country side, English History & economic history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Outside of Conway spending a morning with Gareth on his families sheep farm. And, in Keswick, hiking Catbells and the lake for the day with a fellow traveler. Finally having the opportunity to spend time in the Churchill War Rooms."

Ellie

Miami, FL

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many but I do love telling the story of sheep farming and Gareth . Loved wales"

Mary

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time in England. I never enjoyed a trip as much as this one. There was a good balance of tour time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" was the countryside. I enjoyed the travel on the back roads between towns. It was so amazing to see mile after mile of the short stone walls/fences that covered the land. There was no way to imagine how all these walls were built. The other feature that was so amazing were the "chalk horses" seen on the hillsides."

Ken

Bloomington, IN

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The wonderful historical places, the scenic countryside, the very friendly natives and, mostly, the superior guide combined to make this a truly memorable trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Vindolanda Fort and Museum was a fascinating site, especially having just seen Hadrian's Wall and heard Mark's explanation of the area and history."

Katherine

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was absolutely exceptional. We had a wonderful variety of scenery and things to do. Mark was incredible and the trip wouldn't have been the same without him. I honestly can't think of anything I would change.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the extra trip to see Castlerigg Stone Circles in Keswick. It was a bit of a hike but it was absolutely worth it once we got up there."

Allen

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group of people with a fantastic tour guide, going to some fascinating places. What's better than that?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A big surprise was actually Bodnant Gardens. Walking on the grounds was like being in the Garden of Eden to me."

Deborah

Davenport, IA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Roy was just a top notch guide and the group was such a great mix. It's going to be hard to say say something about Roy that hasn't been said before. He was funny, endlessly entertaining, incredibly knowledgeable, and the most organized & efficient person I've ever met. And my fellow travels were wonderful. No cliques, no grumps, just a bunch of interesting, fun people out to enjoy the trip. I also need to give kudo's to Paul, who was assisting Roy during our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Good heavens, there were so many...how to choose."

William

Port Angeles, WA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour and we had a wonderful time from start to finish. Well organized, great guide in Roy and his trainee Paul. Everyone in our tour group was very fun and nice. We probably saw 50% more sights than if we had done our planning/tour. More importantly we made friends in the time we were all together and it was hard to say goodbye to everyone at tours end. We had such a great time we are signing up for another RS tour for2019. Best vacation ever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many great moments but for me I think I was most moved by the tour of the Sheep Farm in Wales where we learned about how Gareth and his wife work hard with the help of their sheep dogs to maintain a way of life."

John

Truckee, CA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a very interesting, well-organized trip. Our guide Roy made it the success that it was.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The primary wow was Bodnant Gardens - beautiful, varied, and extensive. Other highlights included walking around the village of Stanton in the Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace, the old wood boat that took us around Derwentwater, the Shambles in York, the Crown Jewels and armor in the Tower of London, the old mill at Stanway House, Hadrian's Wall, and Gareth Jones, his sheep ranch, and catching and shearing a sheep. Vindolanda would have been fascinating had it not been pouring rain."

Sue

Truckee, CA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the itinerary of the trip. It was a nice mix of city and country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bodnant Garden in Wales. What a treasure!"

Laura

San Marcos, CA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was just what I was looking for: less stress than having to do all the planning, driving and logistics ourselves, a nice mix of places, a knowledgeable tour guy who added context and interest (much more about Roy later, he was fabulous). I was surprised by how compatible our group was. Everyone got along with everyone and added to the experience. We made some friends we will keep.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't narrow this down. I was rereading Persuasion when we were in Bath and realized we were staying around the corner from Laura Place, which turned up in the book while we were there. I will also never forget the green fields below us when we climbed Cat Bells in the Lake District."

Barbara

Franklin, MA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good overview of several areas in Great Britain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the cathedrals especially because of the commentaries of the guides."

Frederick J

Reston, VA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour met my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"None really."

Michael

Palm Springs, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Even though we've been to England and London many times this trip took us to places we had only heard about. So happy we took the trip. We had a good diverse group of travelers. The trip did not disappoint us in any way.

John

Palm Springs, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Bath was a great starting point. We arrived early and enjoyed the whole area. I liked that most of the tour was away from London and that it showed a variety of the British history, geography and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Hadrian's Wall on a spectacular day. And seeing the Lake District on a rainy, moody day."

Cary

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the way English history unfolded for us on this tour. The story was accompanied by delightful walks in the countryside, beautiful estates, castles, abbeys, and cathedrals, great company, comfortable accommodations, and an excellent guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment "on the tour" was walking through the haunting remains of Glastonbury Abbey. My wow moment "off the tour" (free-time) was a performance of Hamilton. We couldn't get tickets at home and we were glad to see the show in London."

Laurie

Edina, MN

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience overall. Saw a variety of things for a good introduction to England and Wales. Just about the right amount of time in each place, except wouldn't have minded more time in London. Our guide was great and added a lot of information to give us more information about each place

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I like how the history in each town ended up tying things together in further stops. The history was amazing!"

Cynthia

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was spot on to the advertised Rick Steves experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wasn't a single wow moment, the entire experience was amazingly crafted from start to finish."

Linda

Arcata, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a terrific time.Always felt looked after but free to explore.David is a perfect guide. Very knowledgeable and well-informed about places and history. It means so much more to view a place if you know something about it. We covered a lot of ground and the variety of places and cultures was really amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one favorite "wow" moment. So many awe inspiring walks, drives through countryside,towns and cathedrals,parks and memorials. so much food for thought. And so much FOOD. We ate wonderful breakfasts and had some terrific meals together as a group (and some on our own,too.) Now I know about sticky toffee pudding. I don't think I can un-learn that!"

Kristy

Gold River, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the small group size and opportunities to meet people from around the US. The coaches were very comfortable and roomy,the itinerary well-balanced. The number of tours that had been taken by many in the group was testimony to the excellence of RS tours. I would definitely take another RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to say. I loved every day."

Ruth

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized and met my expectations as stated in the tour description.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was the visit with the Welsh sheep farmer and his family. They were hospitable, informative, and enthusiastic. Very enjoyable and educational."

Kevin

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Another awesome tour leader in Loraine. She knows her subject.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the sheep farm. Gareth is quite a character. It is very obvious that he is dedicated to the environment and to the way of life that he and his family lead in Wales."

Ruth

Banning, CA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organized, well led, good pacing, interesting, enjoyable ...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abbey, but so many good moments ..."

Steven

Clackamas, OR

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, itinerary was well-paced, sights appropriate, tour dinners enjoyable. A major change should be done, though, shortening the Bath stay to 2 nights and adding an additional night in York. Most tour members also thought the same of our experience.

Sue

Rancho Murieta, CA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing trip! We saw most all of the important parts of England and Wales without too much big cities, which we like.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lake District and all of the beautiful countryside during the whole trip."

Ann

Hanover, PA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was fun but would have liked to spend more time in London less with ruins. Guide Mark was good, leading side hikes and giving suggestions for independent activities and places to eat. Tour group was great, lots of fun and willing to mix it up with different people for dinner or smaller excursions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abbey is a great study in architecture, history, art along with coronation site, memorials, tombs, and church. It was fascinating."

Randy

Manhattan Beach, CA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Learned a lot. Great group of folks. Outstanding tour guide. We had never been on a guided travel tour before and we found that we liked it very much. Great mix of time with the group and time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the trip to the sheep ranch."

Constance

Spokane, WA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

England's fascinating history and beautiful countryside make for a memorable tour. Adding a superb tour guide Mark and an impeccable itinerary makes for a trip of a lifetime! As a solo traveler, this trip was the perfect combination of friendship, fun and freedom. Thank you so much Rick Steves!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was so much fun starting with a delicious English breakfast! And from there is got better and better! Relaxing in Bath's Thermal Spa roof top pool at sunset, learning to play cricket in a field near the Stanway House, jogging up the hill to the Column of Victory at the Blenheim Castle, speeding down the mountain in Gareth the sheep farmer's ATV in a total downpour, hiking to the scenic Catbell peak in the Lake District, experiencing mystical Castlerigg Stone Circle at dusk...."

Julie

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We knew this would be a trip of a lifetime but now we want more trips of a lifetime tours with Rick Steves. We loved every single minute, from the ancient history to the current events to the social history of each fabulous place. Mark was up to the task and then some, each and every day. He kept us light and happy and always entertained. We will relive this happy time forever. Thank you all!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to chose a favorite WOW moment. There were so many. But two of them were the highlands sheep farm tour in Wales and the Stanway home in England."

Linda

Duluth, GA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mark was an excellent guide who was able to put many things into context. I enjoyed all of his commentaries. It was more than just hearing history, I felt engaged. One of the reasons that I chose a RSE tour was because I wanted to be with like minded people and I was not disappointed. I really was so excited to learn to use the Tube and was able to navigate it on my own

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in the Cotswolds and touring Upper and Lower Slaughter. It is more beautiful than I imagined. I want to go back, heck I want to move there."

Castor Diaz

Naples, FL

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We are frequent travelers particularly to Europe and this was our first trip with Rick Steves. Overall it was a great experience. Mark, our guide was outstanding. The itinerary was great and the tours well planned and very active which we like. The group was was very compatible and all share common backgrounds and interests. Food, transportation and tours were well designed and gave us a good opportunity to learn and experience the local ambiance which was a key objective.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Local farm visit in Wales"

Kathy

Manhattan Beach, CA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Where to begin?! Wonderful itinerary. GREAT guide. Mark is outstanding. Comfortable motor coach with a terrific driver, James, whom we all just loved. The ability to see so many things we just wouldn't get to see or do on our own, such as visiting Gareth's sheep farm. Wonderful fellow travelers who want to be friendly and who definitely believe in the no-grumps policy. Great breakfasts wherever we stayed. Fantastic first-night Sunday roast dinner, where we all got to know each other a bit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep farm, with Gareth's generous time with us. Two volunteers helping to single out a sheep for shearing. Learning how the dogs work the herd. Watching the sheep shearing. All just wonderful!"

Michael

Hanover, PA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Really enjoyed the tour. Mark was pestered with many questions and handled them with aplomb. For the most part, the weather was accommodative which allowed us to explore on our personal days. Would recommend a shorter stay in Bath and longer stay in London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cricket was a nice diversion from churches and castles. But not playing the "name game" was my wow moment."

Kelly

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was fantastic. The best part was our tour guide, Mark. Mark was so welcoming, very knowledgeable, extremely entertaining and quite humorous. He made our trip! I will never forget his special saying, "come to me, my children," when he had something he wanted us to hear or do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wow moments. Walk in the Cotswolds was a favorite. Along with the game of cricket, where we all learned and played st the same time. And the sheep farm!"

Dave

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great except for being required to stand for two hours on the train from York to London. I don't want some credit on a future tour. I'd really like an actual refund since we did not get the reserved seats we should have had. The amount of $50 would be appropriate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hadrian's Wall"

Alana

Burke, VA

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A good mix of large city (Bath, York, London) & small town (Stow-on-Wold, Keswick, Conwy). I took this tour to visit "bucket list" items of Lake District, Hadrian's Wall walk, Blenheim, Welsh castles, and (on our own) Windsor. Was thrilled to see so many upgraded changes made to previously visited locales in Bath, Vindolanda, York, and even London. The walking some days should be re-evaluated from "moderate" to "strenuous." To me, this tour was a more active level than the Heart of France tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District after a "two mile" uphill hike in the rain around sunset! Such peace! It was surreal & mystical when we arrived--the rain stopped, the sunset rays peeked through the dark cloud layers, a heavy mist rolled over surrounding mountains & valleys AND, to top it off, two rain-soaked German women were performing personal rituals (one burning incense inside a homemade seven-sided star circle and the other chanting while progressing past each stone)!"

Iva

El Dorado, CA

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great exposure to English cities and varied county side with lots of history. Intertwined.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was an evening hike up to the Castlerigg Stone Circle in Keswick. There were panoramic views of the hills in the distance and the clouds and the fog made a very dramatic sky."

Joseph

Loveland, CO

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"staying in Stow-in-the-Wold. the countryside side tours were excellent. a very relaxing experience."

Virginia

Bedford, IN

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lorainne was AWESOME!! : ) GREAT Group of unknown people who quickly became Friends!! : ) Guides were Delightful!! Hotels were WONDERFUL!!! Meals too!! Bus driver (Luke) SUPER!! This was our 1st Tour with you & we will DEFINATELY be back. : )

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Couldn't pick a Favorite- it was a SUPER SPECIAL Two Weeks!! Thank YOU!!"

Nora

Missouri City, TX

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "WOW" moment was in the Lake District, when Mark recommended A little hike up the Catbells mountain, only 1480 feet. It was my greatest moment, as I'm afraid of heights. (didn't know i had to get down on all four to get over the steep incline near the top) Great view and the trip down was easy. Stephen's wow moment was with The Hill Farmer (Gareth Jones} Was one of the two lucky volunteers that got to help wrangle 3 sheep so Gareth could grab one. His story of the families plight, see #16."

Mary Alyce

Surprise, AZ

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 7th. Rick Steve's tour and our 9th. trip to Europe. We saved England for last and it didn't disappoint. Although we knew most of the history, Mark did a fantastic job showcasing the land he loves. We have always thought Rick Steve's tour guides were outstanding and Mark ranks among the best we've had. Mark excels in that he genuinely likes being with his tour group and you can tell it by the way he communicates with each and every one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite day was the day in North Wales when we visited the sheep farm and later hiked Snowdonia National Park. I also loved seeing the state rooms in Buckingham Palace during our time after the tour."

James

Meridian, ID

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Since this was my first overseas/Rick Steves tour, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality, depth, and thought that went into the tour. Loved the "backstory" Mark would give on many sites and common things we saw each day. After this tour my wife and I, and another couple, continued on exploring southern England by car. I found myself relaying much of the information that Mark had relayed to us during our tour...to them. :-) Mark evidently did his job well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved all of the "optional" walks that were offered. I put optional in quotes, because they were never optional for me - I loved each and every one. The walk from Upper to Lower Slaughter, the hike in Snowdonia National Park, the hike to Castlerigg stone circle - all of these were "Wow" moments for me. The Cricket game was great fun as well! :-)"

Joseph

Surprise, AZ

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very much enjoyed the England tour, especially London. In fact I think the schedule should include more time in London. Bath was great but one of those days could be changed to increase time in London. Our tour guide Mark was very personal and made sure everyone understood the tube in London to insure travel around the city was easy for us. He was also excellent explaining everything as we toured England in general.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the sheep farm day to understand more about how those sheep farms operate was very interesting. Changing of the guard at Buckingham palace and touring the palace was really enjoyable."

Karen

Louisville, KY

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, we as a group were well taken care of by our guide, Mark. Our group gotten along very well together with everyone doing his or her best to abide by the no grumps policy! Thanks to everyone being consistently on-time, our activities never got behind schedule. However, I so often felt rushed at sights and museums and often didn't get to see much of the attraction.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite day was the one where we visited the Stanway estate and we were treated more like honored guests than visiting tourists. I'll never forget the experience of learning Cricket by actually playing the game."

Kristina

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great to have the hotels lined up and to get into most sites without a wait. The group was amiable and both our guide and bus driver were excellent. Much was packed into the 14 days!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As I expected it would be, the Lake District was my favorite part. I had been there over 40 years ago and had fond memories. I found it the part of England with the most natural beauty."

Carlos

Pearland, TX

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent mix of guided experiences and personal time to explore further. Great, professional and knowledgeable tour guide Fun and not problematic group

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking and running in the Lake distric (keswick)"

Linda

Marana, AZ

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute of this tour - even the rainy days! It had just the right mix of big city and small town experiences. Our guide Jamie was wonderful as he oriented us to British humor and what to expect at each stop. Our bus driver Paul was also an important member of our tour group and great to work with. We really appreciated the insights into British history and life on the bus as we went from city to city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment happened in Conwy, Wales. After dinner we were walking around town and heard music coming from a church. We peeked in to discover a concert going on and the people immediately invited us in and seated us. We thanked them after the concert and they invited us back for a concert the following evening. That next night we brought along several others from the tour to the concert and the people remembered us from the night before! Everyone was so friendly and welcoming."

Kathi

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was my first trip to England. It was fast passed but I did get a good overview of the country. Jamie, our guide was very knowegable and I learned a lot. I especially enjoyed learning how to play cricket and the sheep sheering in Conway, Wales. Overall it was a lot to take in and next time, I'll allow time after the tour to do more things in London and rest up before returning home. Sincerley, Kathi Karnosh

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was West Minster Abbey ans St. Pauls in London."

Silvina

Pearland, TX

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my 5 th trip with RS, and it was superb. Jamie, our guide, was energetic and a great leader. Everything was well organized. He shared his views of today's politics, economics and actuality in Britain with the rest of Europe. Paul, our driver, was also very personable and nice to be around. As in my other trips, the group was fun and ready for the activities presented daily. It is refreshing knowing that every day will be filled with fun and enriching activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Happily, I have more than a wow moment. The Bodnant Gardens in the rain, walking the city walls in Conway overlooking the Irish Sea, listening to Gareth explain how sheep farming takes place, and the streets of York. I was taken away by the beauty and calm of the small flower boxed villages."

Zane

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and our first time in Europe. Overall the tour ended up being more than expected with our expert guide Jamie. Not knowing what to really expect we were overwhelmed with how smoothly the whole trip went, every detail has been worked out and oiled to perfection. If all Rick Steve's tours are as good as this one we are ready to sign up for the next one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Thats a hard one to answer. I'm into photographing the living, structure and architecture of the small towns and villages so I wanted more time for that. Stow-On-The Wold, Lower Slaughter, Conwy, Keswick and the Midevil streets of York were probably my wow factors."

John

Portola Valley, CA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour itinerary was excellent....good mix of sites, tours, activities, and relaxation. The tour guide (Jaime) was incredibly knowledgeable and informative. The local guides were all excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing my daughter learn to control a herding dog by voice and whistle command. And then seeing her catch the sheep and drag it to the barn for shearing."

Marilyn

Austin, TX

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. The pre-trip information was perfect - just enough information and it was all relevant. Our fellow travelers were pretty self-sufficient which made it fun for all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Snowdonia Park in Wales."

George

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour. As with our Best of Europe 14-day tour last year, it was a perfect mix of structured experiences with time on our own. Mark clearly knew his stuff about the history of the regions we visited, and his enthusiasm was infectious. Though we did not always have the energy to take advantage of them, we appreciated the extra activities such as the extra walks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, it was going up on Hadrian's wall."

Eric

Medford, NJ

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely enjoyed "Best of England" tour. Our fellow travelers were the best...funny, inquisitive and social. Our guide Mark could teach English history at University. I can now appreciate the influence the Romans had on the British Isles. The itinerary was quick paced and touched English/Welch life from city to village to country manor. Even played a bit of cricket after touring the eccentric Stanway House.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last day on a whim, we walked Hyde Park which was near our tour hotel. Queen's Gate, The Albert Memorial, Princess Diana Memorial Fountain and Cristo's "The London Mastaba" floating on Serpentine Lake were all unexpected WOW moments."

Beverly

Bluffton, SC

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour and we LOVED the France and Greece tours, so our expectations of England and Wales were not as high. But we were so WRONG! It surpassed our expectations by leaps and bounds! Mark, our enthusiastic, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable guide was superb as he introduced us to English history, castles, cathedrals, ancient ruins, charming villages, gorgeous gardens, magnificent landscapes, music and cuisine. We even played cricket & herded sheep!! FUN!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was surprised by the beauty and mountains in Wales. But I was "wowed" when I got to tromp through a muddy field on a rainy day, learn Welsh commands for a dog and herd sheep with Gareth!! Watching him sheer a sheep was incredible, but hearing his love of sheep farming through his stories was truly a memorable experience. It was the baba..best day!!"

Mike

Maryville, MO

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

very informative, saw sites and had experiences that I did not know I wanted to see/participate in

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the clock in Well's Cathedral and marveling at the knowledge base in the 13th -14th century that made this mechanical device possible."

William

Bluffton, SC

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, well run tour. Nice accommodations and friendly tour group members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Stokesay Castle and Gareth's farm."

Kim

Hackberry, AZ

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very informative and fun. The other tour members were very friendly and eager to share their life experiences. We plan on meeting up with a few in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on Hadrian's wall. Unbelievable!"

Lisa

Manalapan, NJ

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the second Rick Steves tour my husband and I have taken ( we're already planning our third)! Overall, it was an excellent experience. Being able to travel that extensively with relative ease was a pleasure. We were able to experience England's past and future, a great mix of old and new.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to name one particular moment but I have to say I absolutely loved the English countryside. I loved seeing the sheep grazing in the countryside and the small villages with the thatched roof cottages. Visiting Stanway House in the Cotswolds with our local guide John and listening to his great stories made for a memorable experience. I will also add the opportunity to learn a few words of Welsh to herd sheep in the mountains of Wales!"

Erika

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, local guides, bus driver variety of activities/sites, food and hotels were excellent overall. Any complaints on my end would be to myself for not packing a few more cool clothing options for the unusually high temperatures England was having during our trip. I was glad all our activities went on even when the weather was not ideal; we were not afraid to get wet.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The big surprise for me was Bodnant Gardens in Wales. Just breathtakingly gorgeous and nice to have time to take our time wandering the extensive grounds and take photos galore!!!"

Richard

Andover, MA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It would have rated as outstanding but the tour seemed to run out of steam after the Lake District. I appreciated the vacation from a vacation in the Lake District - had a wonderful day at and around the lake. The full day in York was AM at Yorkminster and the afternoon free (another vacation). London - not enough time at the Tower of London to be followed the next day with just a AM schedule, afternoon free (another vacation). Better: Westminster upon arrival, next day- Cruise & Tower of London

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hadrian's Wall. The ancient wall and the wild and wonderful countryside."

Jane

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour and our guide, Mark Seymour, were simply great. Mark should have been a history professor, I learned so much from him; he was always teaching and I was fascinated. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the out of the way places we explored as well as the traditional touristy adventures we had. If I were to suggest one change, it would be a little more time in London and with our guide. I do, however, appreciate the free time we had as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the Treasure Rooms at the British Library. I was totally blown away by seeing some of the actual writings of authors I've read, the Magna Carta, the original copy of Sir Gwain and the Green Knight, and some of the very old handwritten bibles (including the Gutenberg bible). I could have spent a whole day just in those two rooms!"

Thomas

Huntington Beach, CA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip. Wonderful trip mates and guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vindolanda. Never heard of it before we got there."

Sharlene

Medford, NJ

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of England tour was our 4th Rick Steves tour and lived up to very steep expectations. We spent 3 days in London prior to Bath and were ready to meet the group. We had some very warm days and a bit of rain in the lakes, but overall the weather cooperated. All of the towns we visited were very nice. I especially enjoyed Stowe on Wold and York. The countryside was beautiful and Mark was very enthusiastic about the history and geology of the regions we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hadrian's Wall, stone circles and Yorkminster."

Howard

Manalapan, NJ

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Met expectations plus a few extras (sheep herding, folk band, etc). So many places and activities- never a dull moment. Got to experience England, its people and its beauty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Cotswolds. Very nice experience."

Jennifer

Alpharetta, GA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Things we loved: The cities and towns that were chosen, the ease of the bus travel, the location of the hotels (i.e. close to the things we wanted to experience the most), and the pre-arraged tours and guides. England and Wales were just beautiful and we felt that we got a very good sense of both countries. However, we will probably only do My Way tours from now on. This just wasn't a good fit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evensong in York Minster!! It was an incredible experience. We enjoyed Gareth and the sheep, but would have liked more sheep herding and less lecturing on sustainability, which was a full half of our time there. The little neighborhood in Wells near the cathedral was amazing!!"

Margaret

Wittmann, AZ

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was my first trip overseas. It was amazing. Our tour guide,Roy was so informative...and patient!We stayed at some really nice places and the food was great.Aside from us having to miss a visit to the Parliament..(Trump was in town)We got to see alot of awesome places!I almost forgot to mention Dan, our coach driver! He did such a great job and was so nice!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was going to the Carneddau mountain range north of Wales. We got to meet Garethand his wife, Rhian and watch their awesome dog round up a sheep for shearing. It was such a beautiful area!"

Tom

Ruskin, FL

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful introduction to Britain. Now we want to move there! So many beautiful sights and so much history and so many nice people. It exceeded my expectations. The one time in my life I might thank Donald Trump is that he went to Blenheim and we got rerouted to Oxford as a result. I really enjoyed seeing Oxford and wish we had spent more time there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The experiences were all so uniformly good, it is hard to pick one wow moment. It seems unfair to elevate one over the others. I guess one could say that it was a revelation to realize that Britain seems to have found a better way to live than we Americans, despite our supposed riches. The only negative moment was the Tower of London afternoon. Too touristy and crowded and hot. We could have had more time to wander in London."

Larry

Liberty Lake, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed Roy, our guide. He is quite knowledgeable in all aspects of U.K. history and architecture. He is also very personable and helpful. His presentation brought to life the evolution of civilization in the U.K for us. Our exposure to medieval castles and forts was exactly what we had eagerly anticipated. This was a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abby was awe inspiring. The sheep farm was entertaining and educational."

Nancy

Farmington, CT

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thank you so much for such a wonderful tour of England and Wales! I am just beginning to go through all my things from the tour and realizing even more the great blessing of this tour in my life. England is the land of my heritage, and someday, I would look forward to returning to this "mother land" to research those roots even further. Excellent tour. Could not have imagined anything better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abbey and London (what we got to see of it.)"

Kevin

Arlington Heights, IL

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed the varied experiences that this tour offered. From cities to the country, flat lands to rolling hills and lakes, we feel we experienced England and Wales in its many forms. We got a sampling that gives us ideas for where we would like to return.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The magnitude and history inside of York Minster blew us away. We had no idea of just how many important events and famous people have been there and are resting in peace there! Its history is fascinating and its beauty awesome. The local guide was interesting and knowledgeable."

Linda

Sedro Woolley, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were kept busy and constantly enlightened. Steeped in the history of Britain. Really blessed to have had this opportunity. Our tour guide, Roy, was the best!! Really knew his history. Also, he had valuable suggestions for our free time. One thing for sure in regards to the pleasant group on our tour: Please know that you need to be able to walk and climb stairs. A few were having trouble. Loved the meals, beautiful guesthouses...a real value!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gareth's hill farm outside of Conwy in Wales. Just a thrill to see the working sheepdogs and especially Jack."

Lisa

Rockport, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful trip and would definetely attend another Rick Steves trip. Was thankful that everything was taken care of re: reservations, meals, transportation and events. Roy was very accommodation and a great guide!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gareth Wyn Jones tour."

Karen

Ft Worth, TX

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was not an individual event, but the appreciation of and for English history, That said, standing next to Queen Elizabeth I's tomb did take my breath away, and those sheep..."

Maureen

Washington, DC

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Nigel made us feel very welcomed. He was attentive, organized, and very knowledgable. I enjoyed the 14 days touring the UK very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stanway house. It was an unforgettable experience. Plus, I loved Lacock. It was unique. I'm so glad we stopped there."

Stephen

Bowling Green, OH

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much. Nigel, our guide, and Ian, our bus driver, were great. It was nice to spend the bulk of our time outside of major cities. Very relaxed and much better able to appreciate the historical sights.

Barbara

Hygiene, CO

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fast paced tour just touching on many parts of Britain I had not been to before (except London & Bath). There were times, I really didn't want to get on the coach, because I wasn't ready to leave our locale [INVALID] especially the Cotswolds, Wales, & York. I feel I just had a taste of everything but not time to really get to know a place. Each day I was exhausted from our adventures but didn't mind a bit! The perennial gardens everywhere were thoroughly enjoyable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite part of the tour was visiting North Wales. It is known for the best castles, but I really didn't have a preconceived picture of what it would be like. The proximity to the sea, the mountains of Snowdon National Park, the castles, and people we met were all wonderful experiences. Bodnant Garden was spectacular! It was really hard to move on, and I would have enjoyed being there another week."

Susan

Lodi, CA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

If it hadn't been so hot and sticky I would have rated the whole experience OUTSTANDING! Very unusual for the whole of England and Wales and we just coped.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Baths in Bath were excellently presented especially with the videos on the walls of each room to depict what actually might have happened in each bath. Also, the splendor of Blenheim Palace was awesome. Even though we did Stonehenge on our own, it was worth it."

Elizabeth

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best vacation I have ever taken! I loved having the hotels all planned ahead of time as well as some of the meals. I loved that we could go somewhere and avoid the long lines to get in[INVALID]with Nigel's able leadership we just sailed right into a castle, etc. and had a well informed tour guide waiting for us. I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed it all. I loved seeing so much of the countryside and especially the country walks where we just went through gate after gate. Terrific!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially enjoyed touring Westminster Abbey. The guide there was wonderful and shared so much history of so many of the kings and queens and all the people buried there as well as the different events it is used for still. It was overwhelming and just interesting."

Ellen

South Bend, IN

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had gone to see the countryside, since all our previous times that we visited England were spent in London. Our expectations were exceeded and enjoyed. Nigel and the rest of the guides were very informative and knowledgeable. London in July was overcrowded which made the popular sites impossible to enjoy. I would have preferred an extra day in the countryside then in London during the high season.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When our 19 year old granddaughter said that she wanted to hike up the Catbells trail at Keswick and did it. She dragged us up along with her. The view was well worth it. After we got back home she was still talking about it."

Mary Kathleen

Lawrence, KS

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was phenomenal - educational and invigorating! Each day brought new and wonderful adventures, filling us with exhausted happiness and knowledge and inviting us to do even more the next day! Nigel was fantastic and paced the tour to meet the needs of all in our group. Using part of each day to "do our own thing" individualized the experience for each of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"York Minster was my favorite, especially attending evensong in the late afternoon - so incredibly beautiful and moving. Being in Wales, exploring Caernarfon Castle, visiting the sheep farm in the Carneddau Mountains, and roaming the exceptionally gorgeous Bodnant Gardens were also highlights for me. And London - I loved London and would spend lots more time there seeing the many splendors that city has to offer!"

Stephanie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fantastic! Our guide Nigel was phenomenal. He shared so much history that was impressive. A fun story teller as well. And lots of patience!! We had a group that was slow at times and not always "on time" for the bus or meet up, and he handled that quite well. Loved the cities we went to and the guided tours, also having our freedom to explore. I had an extremely sore hip and was still able to do most of the planned activities. Didn't find it difficult at all. Happy Traveller!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Don't really have a favorite. The whole experience was so great! Beautiful Country that I hope to return to and see more of. Loved the people too."

Gary

Lodi, CA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Would have given the overall an outstanding but it was hot the entire time of the tour - not RS fault. But the itinerary was nice and appropriate, pace was good, and I really enjoyed the tour.

Kimberly

Little Rock, AR

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything I hoped it would be and provided an excellent opportunity to see several different regions and visit multiple outstanding historical sites. The accommodations were generally comfortable with good food. Out guide, Nigel, was terrific - kind, patient, informative, highly competent - a real gem.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nigel threw in a brief unscheduled stop at Lacock and seeing a tiny almost untouched medieval village was astonishing.rit"

David

Shawnee Mission, KS

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a lot of fun with a lot of great people. The guide, Jamie was amazing. He was very knowledgable and friendly. The sites were beautiful and the food was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was visiting the Roman baths."

David

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was well organized. The places visited were varied enough so that they did not blend together. The food was reasonably good and varied. There was enough time at each site to get a full picture of it. The bus was comfortable and Paul the driver was great. He told us about his life in the royal naval and serving on the royal ship Britannia. Jamie the guide kept things moving efficently and was a wealth of information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two: 1. They had just opened the upper sections of Westminster Abbey to visitors for only 5 pounds. From the upper areas, one gets a great view of the main [INVALID] including Edward the Confessor's crypt. One can see the entire length of the Abbey from the front entrance past the choir to the [INVALID]. Great view. They also had documents dating back of 1000 years concerning the founding and establishment of the Abbey and a copy of the Magna Carta. 2. The gardens at Bodina. Beautiful."

Caryn

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/trip-reports/trip-report-best-of-england-late-june-2018 You are going to have to go to the forum if you want my evaluation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abbey Queen's Diamond Jubilee galleries (technically off tour). Admission timed and limited - tickets available online beginning 8/2018 per abbey website. If that's the case, would reserve in advance - guide should tell interested people when Westminster tour is likely to end. Recommend that RS staff scout out exhibition to be able to point out "must-sees" beforehand."

Leslie

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jamie Gould was an exceptional guide. He is extremely knowledgeable and very entertaining. There was not a boring moment with Jamie. Everything was well planned out, and so we also had a great time relaxing, while learning about British history, and also current events. There was enough time scheduled for exploration and talking to the locals, which was enlightening. Fun all around. I highly recommend this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two - The sheep farm, where we learned about the current wool trade, and Westminster Abbey."

Virginia

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 2nd Rick Steves tour & I remain "sold" on the concept. Everything is well organized, excellent tour guide - Jamie Gould. The hotels were charming, the bus rides comfortable thru beautiful scenery, the information was interesting. The available free time was perfect. I was even able to do a one-day side trip with my sister-in-law to see another part of England, which really added to our pleasure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess it would have to be the scenery. With each new place, I felt like I was stepping into a scene from a PBS/BBC television show, of the nicest variety. The narrow back roads through the Cotswolds & Wales, all the sheep, the beautiful stone fences, the magnificent churches & cathedrals. I loved walking through the castle ruins, seeing actual moats, looking across the Irish Sea. The old gardens at Bodant were amazing, the manor houses so very ENGLISH. Everything I hoped!"

Stuart

Lake Quivira, KS

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very well planned and executed trip. Jamie was fabulous. He is a true polymath. Not only does he know a lot about a lot of things but he presents it in a way that makes it interesting and easy to understand. Paul was an excellent driver who participated in many of our non-bus activities. I appreciated the balance of activities vs. free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing to the top of Catbells near Keswick with a group of tour buddies."

Sandra

Oconomowoc, WI

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a good combination of cities, castles, abbeys/cathedrals, gardens, palaces/manor homes,interesting sites and countryside. We experienced things we wouldn't have if not on tour (sheep farm). However, suggest less time in Bath, more time in Lake District and York. The coach was comfortable, transit time was broken up into reasonable segments and Jamie kept us entertained with much information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vindolanda and Hadrian's Wall: absolutely stunning to think of the depth of knowledge of Roman life that has been and still is being discovered there. The museum was amazing and showed the Romans were very sophisticated and skilled in many ways! Hadrians' Wall - who could believe it unless it were seen? Snowdonia was awesome,beautiful and so unexpected - really needed more time there to soak it in. Bodnant Gardens - WOW! Blenheim Palace- beautiful. Lake District, Wales. Choose one???"

John

Oconomowoc, WI

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very satisfied, well planned. My goals for the trip were met and exceeded. The days were full, but not over taxing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nearly every day had"wow moment."The scenery was varied and beautiful, especially Cotswold and Keswick. The morning with the shepherd and family was informative,educational and welcoming. Hadrian wall and surroundings were amazing Having never visited London,this too was amazing.I enjoyed playing cricket.The Thames river ride was a great way to understand the layout of London, and wa informative. National train museum, great.Watermill on Stanway, Great. Playing the piano was in the manor house"

Elizabeth

Santa Fe, NM

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was wonderful- the leader, Jamie, driver Paul, and all of the participants were a joy to travel with. How fun to learn so much about England, see so much of England, Wales etc. I had not been on a Rick Steves tour, or any tour before tho I have traveled some. The fellow travelers were friendly and interesting. I learned SO much about England and its history! Thanks!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not one for favorites- I so loved the GREEN countryside, flowers, fields, nature from the beginning ! I had heard the word " hedgerows " before but never really knew what they were and how formed. I loved the sustainable sheep farm experience- of course partly because Isabella was front and center?And she sheep dog was Ellie- the name of a daughter I had lost and a 1 1/2 year old granddaughter- personal meanings.SnowdoniaNP most special- Bodant Gardens, Vindolanda, York, Cotswolds, Conway!"

Reed

Goodyear, AZ

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was really a bucket list event for me and it did NOT disappoint. I cannot think of a single day on this trip that I did not thoroughly enjoy. I think the trip lives up to its name in that it really is the Best of England. Even just being on the bus or train as we moved from place to place was great because the English countryside was so incredibly green and beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So incredibly hard to say as every day was a new adventure. I think for my wife, she especially loved the grounds and gardens of Blenheim palace and Bondant Gardens. I loved that too, but honestly, maybe the hike that part of our group did on the Catbells trail above Lake Derwentwater near Keswick in the Lake District was my wow moment. The views were so stunning!"

Scott

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Paul the bus driver was a true professional.A rare thing these days.I pride myself as being one too, with over 300 million people watching my YouTube channel where I help the world out with their car problems. The world needs more people like Paul.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having cider and fish and chips across the street from John cleese house.And also drinking with the locals in pubs.A shout out here to the 3 repo men I drank with in stow in the wold."

Julie

Tualatin, OR

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the places we visited and was pleasantly surprised by some of the extra sights and experiences that were not mentioned as part of the tour, Everyone in our tour group got along well and looked out for one an other sweet group of people. Loved our tour guide Loraine and our bus driver James both had a wonderful sense of humor and made our experience more fun and memorable This was our first Rick Steve's tour and would consider going on another tour in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick a favorite as there were many "WOW" moments! Wells Cathedral was absolutely amazing inside and out and the guide was the best! The charming village inside Avebury was like a postcard and the Cotswalds (Upper and Lower Slaughter) were also off the charts quaint and picturesque. Enjoyed walking through the ancient streets of York and the city walls.To many other "Wow" moments to mention!"

Robert

Reading, PA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

After our first RS tour (just prior to this tour) we were ready to go on more RS tours. Now we are not sure. Why? 1. Too much bus time. 2. Not enough time at many stops. 3. Poor tour timing. 4. Using a bus in London. SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS ON EACH TOPIC. 1. Bus Time. As an independent traveler I would never go 5 hours with out stopping to see/do something along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cont'd from 2. ABOVE 2. Two examples of not enough time. A. Tower of London. We had only enough time to either take a Beef Eater tour OR see the Crown Jewels. This was caused by items 3 and 4 above. B. Caernarfon Castle On completion of the included castle tour (good) we had to grab a sandwich and eat on the bus (another peeve, that is not the way we want to eat * see 13 BELOW). There was no time to explore either the castle or town."

Timothy

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good tour.

Michael

The Woodlands, TX

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful experience, something we will always remember. Roy was amazing, great enthusiasm, an amazing grasp of historical details, and kept everything running smoothly. Our bus driver, Ian, was great, very friendly and accommodating. The tour was very well planned, everything ran very smoothly. We had plenty of free time to explore on our own, and Roy gave us some wonderful suggestions on things to do and see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments, so it's very hard to focus on one. I think the tour of York Minster was probably the most enjoyable time. The guide was very interesting and the church is truly amazing. Definitely a must see."

Rosemary

Ellensburg, WA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I wanted to to mark a space between excellent and very good because the tour was overall excellent. >our guide was superb >just the right amount of time >just the right number of participants (23) >great variety in sites seen and means of transportation >nice amount of time to ourselves to individualize each area >food overall fun and interesting

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheepherding Blenheim Palace"

William

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful - country side beautiful and people friendly. Nice mix of big city and countryside. Loved the quaint hotels & their wait staff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Speaking with an 82 year old retired Anglican priest who had visited my hometown, Portland, Oregon and even been to San Antonio, TX where I did my Air Force training many years ago."

Dorothy

Wesley Chapel, FL

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I was extremely disappointed because we did not go to Westminister Abbey. I called your office repeatedly to check on that date and your staff repeatedly assured me there would be no problem. I do not even think your office was aware that Stephen Hawking was being interned there on June 15. I know our tour guide was not aware of that until I told him. He got a call informing him of the Abbey's closure a few days before we were supposed to go there and we had recently been to St. Paul's.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even song in York Cathedral!"

Karen

Gahanna, OH

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I especially appreciated Roy's expertise getting us to popular places at times that were less crowded and sticking to the schedule so that extras could be added to our day. I liked the itinerary and felt that the places chosen gave us a well rounded picture of England and Wales and avoided tourist traps. I love the Rick Steves style of travel. There was a good mix of scheduled and unscheduled time. We had opportunities to go to a falconry and to find an ancestral village on our own time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be difficult to pick one. The stone circles and Glastonbury Abbey were very special places. Each area we traveled to had its own charm. The scenery was wonderful wherever we went. I loved the emphasis on history. This was the perfect first experience of England and Wales but also of international travel. I feel prepared and excited to go to my next favorite place."

William

Ellensburg, WA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Right amount of time spent on Hx, interaction with local residents, touring castles/churches and the like, local cuisine experiences and time to ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impressed by the architecture, engineering, and craftsmanship that was present in the locations visited."

Marion

Sherwood, OR

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

another outstanding tour with Mark ! We enjoyed continuing our travels around Britain and seeing places I've only heard about from others. As with the first tour, I felt the choice of places to visit was excellent. Besides just seeing places we began to peel back layers of history that make England today. We became more observant as we traveled through different regions noting changes in terrain and other physical features. Overall this was a fabulous learning experience for me. Plus I had fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Castlerig on a beautiful evening was a peaceful, lovely experience- a real WOW! Mark gave us a real appreciation for these ancient stones. My other WOW or special time was our stop at Hadrian's Wall and having the opportunity to walk on it. Bodnant Garden was fabulous too. I met another lover of gardens there and she gave me a list of other gardens to visit. We had a nice amount of time to browse around too. A wow person was Gareth wyn Jones."

James

Sherwood, OR

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour had an ambitious itinerary and Mark did an excellent job in making it happen. We covered a good number of miles on the tour with the need for several extended hours on the bus. Mark did a good job in "breaking up" 5 hour drives with a variety of items: "pit stops", lunches, educational stops/tours, and discussions on the bus providing us with information on the country, it's history, areas visited and future schedules/happenings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive in North Wales to the Carneddau Mountains where we visited a working sheep farm/ranch and interacted with the owners: Dad, Son and son's wife. We witnessed a sheep dog at work and learned about sheep farming today from the Son, Garth Wyn Jones, who is host on the BBC series "The Hill Farmer". Very knowledgeable and information as well as telling us some real life stories about the farm over the years and its current operations. Garth "made the day" absolutely GREAT!"

Vicki

San Clemente, CA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th RS Tour and, as usual, it was outstanding. I loved traveling beyond the big cities and enjoying the beauty of England's smaller towns and stunning countryside. The activities and historical sites provided a exciting variety of experiences. Mark, our guide, was pivotal in assuring our experiences were positive, and our group gelled quickly adding to the pleasure of the traveling experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many "wow" moments to possibly select just one. Walking through the beautiful Cotswold villages and countryside was an experience I'll never forget. My imagination was peaked with our visit to the ancient Roman ruins of Vindolanda. Being able to talk with people working on a live archeological site was truly a highlight. Our visit with the sheep farmer, Gareth Jones, was a delight. His dogs entertained with their herding skills."

Diana

Fullerton, CA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second RS tour, and I enjoyed it, too. Mark Seymour is very knowledgeable and gave great commentary during the entire tour. Our tour group members were fantastic people. There was a good balance of group and individual time. I especially enjoyed the hikes at Conwy (overlooking the town and water) and Keswick (to and from Castlerigg). I enjoyed the gardens of all the sites we visited as much as the buildings. Bodnant Gardens was stunning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour of Bath (evening overview and next day)."

Kathleen

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour provided an excellent overview of England and Wales in the time available. The itinerary kept us moving, and made the most of every day. It was a good mix of sights and activities, including cathedrals, museums, archaeological sites, and chances to experience local culture and natural beauty. There were special sights and experiences at every stop along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The big surprise was in London, when Westminster was closed for preparations for a royal visit, but we managed to catch the changing of the Horse Guard, which was equally impressive. Another "wow" moment was walking up to Casterigg standing stones outside of Keswick, where we had a beautiful evening and enjoyed the grand views of the surrounding hills"

Michael

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Pacing was relentless but not unexpected. This is not a complaint, but we were surely tired after each day! Accommodations ranged from good to excellent. Some meals better than others, but all were acceptable. 26 people is at outer range of manageability, our last tour had 18 and we noticed the difference. But overall things went very smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Castlerigg (we lucked out with beautiful weather, revealing the spectacular setting). Stanway House, for the revealing look into the life of wealthy British eccentrics. Gareth, his sheepdogs, and his force of nature personality. Hadrian's Wall! The English folk music in pub in Stow. Changing of the Queen's Horse Guard, an unexpected highlight. Lastly, our free time walk in Conwy, to the summit of Deganwy. Thanks Mark! It was unforgettable!"

Stuart

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great tour and experience. A good balance of planned and unplanned time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Don't have a specific "wow" moment, a mixture of learning and experiences that were very memorable and enjoyable"

Bruce

Redding, CA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good balance of the time spent in each activity. Mark Seymour was very good and an enjoyable guide. He is an asset to your company as was Ben Cameron during our tour in 2017. I also enjoyed the driver - James.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stone circles at Keswick."

Stuart

San Clemente, CA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fifth RS tour and definitely, one of the best. Mark Seymore makes history "come alive" as we moved from one stop to another. He really strives to get to know his travelers and tailors "extras" for the group. Our fellow "explorers" all seemed to enjoy each other's company and made the experience that much better. I had been to London several times before, but getting into the countryside of England and moving north through Wales made me realize the physical beauty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moments were numerous. Glastonbury Abbey, Keswick's lakes, the Vindolanda archeological site, castles galore, York's Minster and our visit to Gareth and Rhian's farm in Wales certainly enhanced the many memories I will savor for years to come."

Michele

Columbus, OH

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I participated in the Best of England Tour with my husband. Liz, our guide, was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable, and loved showing us her home country. It was great to see places that I've read about through the years. I enjoyed learning about the people and customs as well as seeing the beauty of the landscape, the gardens, and the architecture. It was a very memorable trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the entire trip, but was completely blown away by Bodnant Gardens and the Laburnum Arch. We arrived on a perfect spring day and could really soak in the beauty of the formal and informal gardens."

Scott

Columbus, OH

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A chance to see a variety of what England has to offer. Liz was a great tour guide. She was engaging and well informed about everything. London was an experience in itself, with many things to see. The rest of the country is very scenic and calm in many places. There is so much history everywhere it is fascinating. Seeing Roman era sites to medieval ones to prehistoric ones. I was fascinated seeing small villages with thatched roof houses. It looked like time had stopped. Going to Wa

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Avebury stone age sites was incredible to me."

Penni

Brier, WA

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide was fantastic. bus driver was wonderful. Trip was well planned and the bus ride where the guide talked about other topics was extremely interesting. I appreciated that snacks were provided on the bus. Right amount of guided experiences and on-own time. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. Penni Marvel

Jeff

Richland, WA

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the Best of England tour led by Elizabeth (Liz) Boardman. Liz took very good care of us and made the tour a lot of fun with extra little personal touches.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was a tie between activities we scheduled during our free time in London, and one activity that was part of the tour. The first activity was seeing the Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre, and having some classic Vespers martinis across the street from the theater after the opera.The second activity was having dinner at ffiona's restaurant in Kensington, which was an absolutely stellar experience! https://www.ffionas.com/ Gareth at his sheep farm was a fave!"

Sandra

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was Wonderful!!! I cannot say enough on what a great time I had,the people in our group were good people,friendly,the food was good,all the places that we stayed at were very clean and the staff were friendly and helpful,their breakfasts that they served were some of the best I have ever eaten. It was great! The tour guide made our vacation very enjoyable with her little extras and very personable touch. I loved the time that we had to explore the areas on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was great! I just enjoyed everything that we did. I cannot think of any one thing because every one was great!"

Debra

Eugene, OR

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour was pretty fantastic. I enjoyed all of the different unique hotels where we stayed. I loved that we used the train, tube, walking and a bus. It was wonderful to have a small group size full of friendly folks. The different food experiences were fun. I loved the optional walks that we enjoyed. I do have to say that I felt that our tour guide, Liz, was a big part of the success of our tour. She was truly a delightful guide. I appreciated her insight into her country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "Wow" moments. I was truly delighted with the small villages, stone circles, the beautiful landscape complete with the rock walls. I loved the different abbeys, cathedrals, ruins, and castles. It was truly a wonderful tour. I have been on many different tours and definitely enjoyed the Rick Steves experience a great deal."

Greg

Frisco, TX

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Super trip and super guide. This was my 5th RS tour and it ties for 1st place with the Paris & Heart of France tour. Wales and Hadrian's Wall did not add to the trip. The tour would have been better if there were another day or two in London with the time used to visit museums (similar to the Paris & Heart of France itinerary).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two hikes in the Lake District, Castlerigg stone circle & Catbells were great. The Lake District is beautiful."

Robert

Marietta, GA

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Both my wife and I loved our first Rick Steves tour. Liz was just an outstanding guide. She is smart, kind and very thoughtful. We got to see things with the tour that we wouldn't have known existed, the sheep farm for example, and got to visit sites in a small group with excellent guides. We never waited in lines for admission or felt rushed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our night of English folk music in Stow-on-the-Wald proved very enlightening for me. It made the connection between our shared cultural backgrounds obvious. Blenheim Palace was also breathtaking."

Susan

Friendswood, TX

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

very good. I learned a lot of history and I loved the country side. my travel group were all very courteous and were fun to be with. it was perfect.

Mark

Potomac, MD

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two wow moments. First was realizing the extent of the Roman baths in Bath. Typical "pool" photos give no indication of the extent of the bath facilities that can be visit below ground. There wasn't just a pool of hot water but a full-blown Roman bath complex with all of the features (hot, warm, and cold baths, etc.) found in Roman Italy. The second was the Roman fort and town of Vinlandia which also indicated the extent to which Britain had become "Romanized.""

Tom

Milford, OH

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. This was our 3rd Rick Steves Tour and it was once again perfect !!! England was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Avebury was my favorite spot. This and the other stone formations we visited were intriguing."

Donna

Galena, IL

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I learned about cricket. The tour went to fast. there did not seem to be enough time to see the things I had hoped we would have more time for. I would appreciate it if the hotels had sheets. But that is not your problem. The guide was too much into cricket and sport. We spent too much time on sports and not enough time in the Cotswolds. the hotels were in good locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Bodnant Gardens were fantastic even in the rain. One cannot imagine all the work that went into the garden. what an inspiration."

George

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Rita and I felt this 2 week sampling of England was the perfect balance - lots of small to mid-sized towns and just enough time in London. As usual, our tour companions were engaging and our guide, Jamie, a marvelous font of historical & cultural knowledge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The laburnum flowered archway in Bodnant Gardens was marvelous, despite the thunderstorm!"

Susan

Rock Hill, SC

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a first Rick Steves trip experience for me. I knew Rick through his shows and books but had not actually explored the trips until last fall. The draw to the Best of England in 14 Days Tour was that it went to exactly the places I wanted to see and I was certainly not disappointed. Now, I want to see more. Every aspect of this trip was over and above expectation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"An hour walking off the beaten track in Stow-on-the-Wold. We passed picture perfect cottages with unbelievable gardens on our way. Jamie led us down a wooded lane under a beautiful canopy of old and rugged trees, into a meadow full of flowers and sheep. Next came a stone bridge over the river into a shaded lane along the water and thru a kissing gate. This is the England I wanted to see. This is why I chose a tour. And this is why I would recommend a Rick Steves expertise to anyone."

Lauren

Key Largo, FL

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour had a great mix of countryside, which we wanted, with small cities. London was very crowded at the Tower, and we don't like crowds. We had just finished a tour with another company and wondered how the Steves tour would stack up. Fortunately, it was very competitive and cost less money.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wells Cathedral"

Marvin

Eagan, MN

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've been to England many times since the 1970's, for up to three months at a time, but I never really saw much. This was my chance to experience the sights with a guide. Jamie did a wonderful job of letting us see England and Wales up close.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The English sheepdog demonstration and sheering were fabulous! We got to see it all up close and personal. Garret and his wife were wonderful hosts. He gave us insight into how Brexit is likely to have a major impact on his family-run farm that has survived 350 years. It really made you appreciate all the hard work that goes into his operation. I ate a lot of Lamb on this tour in support of his family, and I also happen to like it!"

Mickey

Geuda Springs, KS

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the whole time. Had the right amount of free time to look around on our own. Very good local guides. Bus and hotels were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Information on the history of the areas."

Beth

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really loved the trip. We saw many sites we would never have visited on our own. I felt as if we were part of the insider club of Brits who were visiting sacred shrines such as Stanway House and Stokesay castle. The timing was also perfect since we hit sunny weather in mid-May and saw the gardens and trees blooming. Our group was lovely, very nice people, all interested in touring and learning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had no idea the English were such walkers and that almost the entire countryside is criss crossed with footpaths. We loved walking from town to town in Cotswolds and also walking around the lake in Keswick. We also enjoyed the English food and found plenty of good stuff to eat, even as semi veggies and eaters of salad (OMG!). Wales was beautiful and Bondant was amazing!"

Helen

Oliver, BC

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were RS virgins when we signed up for this trip. After doing so we suddenly felt trepidation about travelling with a large group. However our fears were put to rest when we met our guide and our fellow travellers. We were blessed with perfect weather and appreciated that every stop was very well thought out. Initially there was some sticker shock at the price especially since the Canadian dollar is so low right now but it turned out to be worth every penny. Did not have one bad day!

Thomas

Astoria, OR

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent from beginning to end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The garden in Wales, The town of Stow and York"

Zan

Astoria, OR

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I went to Belgium first to visit our foreign exchange student from 22 years ago. Then took the Chunnel to London. The most hectic day that we had trying to get from the one station to the Paddington station and then on to the train to Bath. Once we gotta to Bath then went could relax. Our tour guide David was funny, warm and in charge. He made sure everything ran on schedule. My husband Thom and I got tired during the tour and stayed at the hotel for one walk.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bodnant Gardens. I am a photographer and take a lot if photos of flowers so I was very happy. I am also a Master Gardener and the plants in England ate the sane where we live in Astoria Oregon."

Claire

West Kelowna, BC

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved seeing the English countryside. Having been to London before, it was wonderful to experience the villages, green fields, Wales, and everything else. I had not realized how green England and Wales were - green and peaceful and beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of wow moments. Bodnant Gardens, Bleinheim Palace gardens, the countryside on the way to the sheep farm, the sheep demonstration, the Lake District, York Minster, take your pick."

John

West Kelowna, BC

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The scope of this tour was outstanding. From pre-historic (3000 years BC) burial grounds to navigating London's modern day underground system, the range was vast. Picture postcard English villages, stunning Welsh countryside, beautiful stately mansions with huge gardens, English folk music in a pub, and York Cathedral, the tour gave me a sense of the British way of life. Walking amongst an ancient stone circle, and viewing an ongoing Roman dig made me want more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday held a wow moment. Bath, Wells Cathedral, Avebury, sheepdogs, Keswick, Hadrian's Wall,and York, but for me Bodnant Gardens was a breathtaking wow. The walks through the gardens were stunning. The peace and quiet was only bothered by bird song. Not part of the tour but we also had tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show, and that was another wow moment."

Roberta

Easton, MD

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed the company of our fellow travellers, having a guide with us most of the time and the planned itinerary. Our bus driver was very competent and everyone followed the set schedule.There were no glitches on our trip. The weather cooperated every day to enhance our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was very impressed with Bodnant Gardens in Wales and wanted to spend another hour there."

Carmen

Durham, NC

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw all the sights and more that we wanted, traveled with nice people, ate delicious food, and stayed in interesting/nice hotels. It was a good-paced overview of England and gave us an appetite for more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Wells Cathedral"

Inga

Sunnyvale, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This one of the best trips, if not the best trip, I have ever experienced.The tour guide Dave did a really great job. He was very relaxed and yet managed to get us to see all the things on the itinerary. This trip made me want to buy more trips. The selection of places was well-chosen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, there were many places I enjoyed. In particular, Dove Cottage and Grasmere were one of the highlights of the trip since I am a avid Wordsworth & Colridge fan. But Wells Cathedral was also good. Roberta the guide for that stop was so enthusiastic that it made it especially wonderful. London was a bit crowded but I image that "comes with the territory." I think the efforts to see the "best" of England was "spot on.""

Joan

Geuda Springs, KS

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a universe of new and interesting experiences. I was surprised (not disagreeably) how much England felt like a foreign country. Besides meeting England and the English, on the tour I also got a glimpse of Americans, including some from different layers of society than the one I'm most familiar with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The excellence of each guide brought a new wow. So did the variety, from walks, to a music group, to a flour mill, to sheep dogs, to gardens, to a boat ride.... A wow light went on at the moment of realizing that some historical terms were beginning to sound familiar (Dissolution, Civil War, Romans in England...). Visual wow: Bodnant gardens. Music wow: folk music group in Stow-on-the-Wold. Food wow: picnic foods (pasties, pork pies), tea and china cups in all the rooms. And more."

David

Redmond, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a great follow-up to the Villages of Southern England tour. There was no overlap and we were glad that we did them back-to-back. I feel as if got a really good taste of England. Coming into London was rather a shock to the system - it was sort of the antithesis of England, which is mostly rural, farming, pretty villages, beautiful Cathedrals, with fantastic, wonderful, welcoming people. London is...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I expected Avebury to be a bit larger than Stonehenge, with smaller stones. Was I in for a surprise! The scale of it is mind-boggling and the stones were as large or larger and placed on a grand scale that is hard to imagine."

Marianne

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall was great due in large part to expertise, professionalism, & skills of Lead Guide "Liz" & the coach driver "Paul." Accommodations met or exceeded expectations based on descriptions provided in advance, i.e., stairs and no lifts. Directions to find 1st hotel confusing if not wrong. Itinerary was tweaked to add bonuses to offset disappointments. Great Weather. Liz & Paul, Hooray.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to single out any one. The good fortune of continuous sunshine in England in May? Countryside when viewed from riding in the coach was terrific. Maybe Bodnant Gardens in Wales? Maybe quirkiness & charm of Stanway House & Mill? Generosity of Liz in escorting us on walks along streams & to a small circle outside our Cotswold village? Grandeur of Blenheim & cathedrals? Walks on the walls in Wales & York? Can't decide! So much awed us."

Carol

Orlando, FL

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Liz was fantastic, but more on her later. The driver was fantastic (Paul). Unbelievable how he maneuvered those narrow streets and steep climbs with that huge bus which was very comfortable and cozy. The choices of what to visit was outstanding. From Hadrian's wall to Avebury to Westminster, although I've seen enough castles to last me a year, but I can never see enough of the breathtaking churches. I also like getting the Oyster card in London to encourage me to ride their public transporta

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bodnant Gardens, Conwy, Wales Kew Gardens, London (on my own) Westminster Abbey"

Katherine

Lac Du Bonnet, MB

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The itinerary was very well planned out, Liz seemed to have had everything planned to the exact moment, I appreciated the time allotted at various stops, not too short or too long. Liz was always positive and confident which seemed to filter through to the group itself. The highlights seemed well thought out, for example we saw a palace like Blenheim then the next day a place like Stanway House. The coach was very comfortable and the hotels were great, with check ins smooth and quick.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't really think of an exact part of the itinerary...... but I will share some moments I keep thinking of now. One was when Liz informally invited anyone to walk with her after dinner in Keswick to see the stones, the sun was setting, so the light was beautiful, (not to mention the beautiful weather) we walked up the hill by several sheep farms, Paul rescued a lamb and when we got to the stones, Liz opened a couple bottles of Proseco, how much better can it get?!"

Gale

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very good as we saw and learned so much. Each place we went gave us the feeling of the country and how beautiful it is. Castles, gardens, abbeys, churches and historical sites were all wonderful to experience. We were so lucky with the weather as we had sunshine most of the time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really enjoyed Hadrians Wall, Wales (we were there during a food festival, so good) Lake District and York (cream tea - yum). Everywhere was wonderful and had it's own unique "wow". Belheim Palace, Avebury stone circles and Westminster Abbey were all interesting and ah inspiring. I'm so glad we went on this tour."

Florence

Greenwood, IN

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WE absolutely LOVED England and Wales. The mix of visiting palaces, museums, countryside and city was just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think I enjoyed visiting the small towns like Keswick and visiting the sheep farm were my favorites."

James

Beavercreek, OH

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steves tour of England was outstanding. It began with a well thought out itinerary. It hit the "Best of England" with a variety of experiences ranging from historical to modern England. Elizabeth could not have been a better guide. She, along with Asa and Paul, our driver, made an excellent team - one I'll remember for many years. To add the final touch, the weather could not have been better. The group was one of the best we have ever experienced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was difficult to pick out a wow moment. Liz's guided walk in the Cotswolds and our hike in the Lake District were great. The Roman Britain including the Roman baths, Hadrian's Wall and Vindolanda were great. Then all sites in London were incredible too."

Colleen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized and great fun. Everything seemed to flow perfectly. I think everyone learned a lot about British culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots, but I'd have to choose two: 1. Our walk through the Cotswolds from Upper to Lower Slaughter and 2. Evensong at York Minster."

David

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was great due to the expertise, professionalism, and skills of the Lead Guide "Liz" and the coach driver, Paul. The accommodations met or exceeded expectations based on the descriptions provided in advance, i.e., there may be stairs & no lifts. The directions to find the first 1st hotel were confusing. The itinerary was tweaked to add bonuses when disappointments arose.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many to single out any one. All of the local guides were knowledgeable and we had the amazing good fortune of almost continuous sunshine over our 2 weeks in England in May. The scenery, even while riding in the coach, was beautiful. The majesty of the minsters & great houses (Wells, York, & West..., Blenheim) and the natural splendor of the countryside (Wales, Lakes, Cotswolds, & Hadrian's wall) awed us. Led on walks along streams & out to a small circle were A++."

Claudia

San Mateo, CA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience, well organized itinerary,good variety of activities, one sof the best guides ever!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Bodnant Garden was stunning!"

Dennis

San Mateo, CA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great job by guides and very well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The super weather."

Donald

Greenwood, IN

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience; history, culture, great sites to visit, excellent traveling companions, superbly led. Would actually prefer more activities and sites to visit but still was a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many but probably London and British museum. Stone circles were a close second, especially Avebury and Hadrian's wall. ."

Steven

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good tour . Well organized and covered great locations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walk along the city wall after dinner in York"

Doug

Winnipeg, MB

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the best Mark was very knowledgeable and informative always giving facts and figures Mark and James (the coach driver) were always professional and entertaining.never a dull accommodations were superb with nary a glitch.very well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"that's a hard one. i liked the stone circles, the calf being born in wales and the hill climb.all was very exciting and not knowing what was around the bend sort of made every day a wow moment."

Mitch

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was outstanding. The itinerary, and locations we stayed were excellent. England offers so much for an American to learn and experience - history, culture, economics, and more. This was a great learning opportunity. First rate!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to choose a single moment. Evensong at York Minster, the visit to Gareth Wyn Jones' farm (such an important message), Castlerigg stone circle at sunset, elderflower gin and tonics, the Crown Jewels. The curry dinner!"

Pat

Winnipeg, MB

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The first time I am actually lost for words , you and your team, from stzrt to finish, Perfect, you can't get better than perfect, My most Thank You to all, Mark and our delightful driver James a pair meant to be. Won't be the last trip, I assure you. Cheers to you all

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Wales, with the sheep farmer, he whistled and the sheep came running from far and wide, the earth shook, I swear. The calf being born, not even you could have thst planned."

Gayla

Pelham, AL

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time & a precious group of travelers. Mark Seymour was our travel guide & he was outstanding. We would go on another trip with him as our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking tour through the Cotswolds"

Deborah

London, ON

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the best tours I have ever had the pleasure in which to participate. Mark was an absolute font of knowledge. From every aspect of the tour, whether it was recommendations for dinner or he smallest of details of the Roman invasion; Mark knew it well.It's obvious Mark is a passionate guide. Equally as special was James our Morton's coach driver. The patter between Mark and James was amusing.The best days were the simplest:a walk in a Cotswold's & meeting the sheep farmer in Wales. Loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The splendid Wales countryside....and York Minster's huge size and absolute beauty."

Robert

Laredo, TX

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an almost ideal itinerary for me. I've traveled often in the UK but the western coast areas are difficult to reach by train, making the tour bus route for this trip ideal for me. Our guide, Mark, and our driver, James were intelligent and skilled as well as nice, and my fellow tour members were all fun people so it was a very pleasant experience, not to mention the wonderful places we saw and the wonderful meals we ate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This one is hard! The scenery of the English country in springtime was spectacular throughout the Cotswolds, Wales and the Lake District in particular so the everyday was pretty wow! Two real highlights for me were Glastonbury Abbey which wasn't something I expected to wow me, so it was that much more powerful. The 2nd would be Stow-on-the-Wold, a wonderful little town, almost exactly what I would have thought an English village would be like, and the pub meal and concert were fantastic!"

David

Laredo, TX

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall very good, although a nasty cold slowed me down.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was climbing up a hill in a pasture to see some of Hadrian's wall. Sunny, beautiful day, beautiful England all around."

Mary

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a really good group tour experience. Nice mix of group actives and free time. Mark and bus driver James were informative, welcoming and funny.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing a calf being born at Garett's farm. And the sheep dog demonstration and the rest of the farm. The castles, churches and gardens were fabulous, but the farm visit was a top experience."

Gary

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very good way to experience the places and history of England for someone who has not been there, or even those who have. Good tour of several major areas around the perimeter of the country. The group worked well both together and separately. No obvious disruptors, so that added to our enjoyment.

Edward

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A fantastic tour with an excellent guide! It was all I anticipated and more. Great time of year and perfect English weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"there were a few. The first was a river walk I took on the Sunday morning on the first day. Great weather, no crowd and perfect photo opportunities."

Doralina

South Miami, FL

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful tour! Excellent mix of cathedrals, castles, ancient ruins, cities, towns, countryside, lake, garden and farm. Our tour guide Mark was outstanding and extremely knowledgeable. I enjoyed listening to his comments on the history and art of the areas we visited. Local guides were great and our tour members were fantastic. This was my 3er Rick Steve's tour and I had a fabulous time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments. I loved the serenity of the English countryside and the spiritual and artistic qualities of the landscape. I also loved the beauty of the Wells Cathedral, the city of Bath,the town of Conwy, the boat ride at Lake District and the visit of the sheep farm."

Barbara

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful trip with a great guide! Everyone in our group was so friendly and fun. My friend who was supposed to come had to cancel due to a knee injury and Rick Steves company was very nice and understanding to both of us! My experience was everything I had hoped it would be!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to pick just one, but loved all the Roman ruins, medieval castles and of course our visit to a working sheep farm in Wales."

Mike

Alexandria, LA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great guides, wonderful weather, outstanding tour leader,beautiful countryside

Favorite "WOW" moment

"for me,it was riding in a comfortable bus with gillian providing thoughtful, informative and frequently humorous commentary knowing when to let us rest and passing out snacks at the best possible moments"

Barbara

North Kingstown, RI

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about our tour was exceptional and ran extremely smoothly. The accommodations exceeded expectations, our guide Gillian was the best we've ever had on a tour. The pace of activities was perfect - a good balance of visiting historic sites, wandering around quaint villages, hiking through the countryside, and having independent time to be alone or with our fellow travelers. We were not looking forward to having to get to Bath after an overnight flight, but even that was enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Bodnant Gardens which were in glorious bloom.Also loved Evensong at the York Minster. Sorry, there's a third: herding the sheep on the working farm. Watching the sheep herder call in hundreds of sheep from distant fields for food was amazing."

Robert

Boulder, CO

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A few comments: I was stunned at the preservation/reconstruction/Roman ingenuity displayed at the Roman baths in Bath. The scope of what still stands there today is unbelievable without seeing it with one's own eyes. The awesome glory of the Lakes district--Impossible to put into words. The one-on-one connection with The Hill Farmer in the beautiful Wales mountains, and his urgent cry for protecting the environment. The profound impact of 2000 years of English culture: Touch, feel, live!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman baths-Still working after 2000 years!"

Karen

San Jose, CA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best of England in 14 days was an amazing experience! We covered a lot of territory and got to experience of the best regions England has to offer. Time went by fast. So glad I took this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) The drive in the Lake District, on our way to Keswick, was absolutely beautiful, serene and idyllic. It was so picturesque that it is forever ingrained in my mind. 2) The views on our hike from Catbells Ridge were stunning and definitely worth the hike. So glad we did it!"

Dave

San Jose, CA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful trip. A trip that gives a good overview of England, countryside and city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the England Lake District. Love the mountains, lakes and small town feel. Enjoyed the Catbells hike and wonderful view."

Joan

Alexandria, LA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I want to begin by thanking Rick Steves for putting these tours together with such care, thought and professional consideration. No matter what a traveler expects from a tour's description, the tour will not disappoint rather it will exceed expectations. Our wonderful English guide was a joy. Gillian showed us "her" England, a country she clearly loves and enjoys sharing with travelers. We had the BEST two weeks in the English country side and in London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think "wow" moments are difficult to point to when the WHOLE trip is a "WOW" experience. This Best of England was so much fun and the country was visually glorious. We were blessed with great weather and being from Louisiana, we enjoyed the cool weather and crisp air. The visit to the sheep farm was fun. Our fellow travelers were great and the small villages were lovely."

James

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am 86 years old and kept up with all the group activities. However, I was grateful for the free time as I sometimes needed an extra nap. My younger wife was aways looking out for me, helping to plan and navigate. I would say your definition and application of various activity levels is accurate. This was a fabulous tour but for me, at my age, it was probably my last trip overseas. If I were younger, I would definitely keep traveling and it would be on Rick Steve's tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Realizing how old so many buildings are, and how remodeling is a way of life, unique to each structure. Also learning and seeing how the cathedral stone masons sometimes communicated their own special messages in their carvings, messages you might not expect to see in a cathedral."

David

Lacey, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time on this trip, thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience! Gillian was an amazing guide, and we will soon be signing up for the Southern Villages tour in the next few days (she is a guide on this tour as well).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As someone very interested in neolithic archaeology, I found Avebury to be a fantastic stop on the trip!"

Sara

Lenexa, KS

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of England Tour was indeed the BEST! Enjoyed the variety of grand cathedrals, pastoral countryside, Roman ruins, beautiful gardens, and so much history. Our guide Gillian was delightful - so knowledgeable with a pleasant manner & great sense of humor. We enjoyed our fellow travelers as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was awed by the Wells Cathedral but very difficult to choose one moment. So many wonderful memories."

Richard

Lenexa, KS

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So much to think about.Enjoyed almost everything.Gillian was just perfect. f

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Welsh sheep farm."

Trudy

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fabulous tour! I went with my husband, James. He does not type. I have just finished completing his online evaluation. Although I tried to do his evaluation from his viewpoint, I am afraid it is my viewpoint as well. I am 66 and I hope their are more Rick Steve's trips in my future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gillian talked about being Jewish in Great Britain.She talked about spending more time in cathedrals than synagogues and about how her patriotism for Great Britain sprang from how her country fought, with such sacrifice, in WW 2, in part so that the Jewish people would not be totally annihilated. Britain won, her parents survived, and she was born.I thought this a beautiful and personal interpretation of British history, so different from reading about an island nation bent on ruling the world."

Sanford

Framingham, MA

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful time: Roy was a terrific guide (extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, caring, and managed to keep the group on schedule and in the right place at the right time). The tour itself exceeded my expectations and I feel that in the space of two weeks we got a real feel for England's historical towns/cities, its countryside, its history, its culture and its people. Additionally the tour kept us active and on the go and it felt like not a second was wasted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pin it down to one! My two favorites were coming upon the ruins at Glastonbury Abbey for the first time and thinking about the history and meaning of the place. The second was seeing Gareth's family sheep farm and hearing about his family and there life on the farm."

Brad

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time! The two weeks flew by and left me wanting to meet more people and see more sights. Our group was terrific and the tour leader terrific. The wonder of the Lakes region, the marvel of Hadrian's Wall, the awe inspiring stone circle of Avebury, and the rustic beauty of Wales all conspired to create a rich experience I will not forget. Please, never stop offering these tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many... Hadrian's Wall was amazing; York Minster literally dropped my jaw; the Bodnant Gardens are a treasure; and the landscapes of the north took my breath away. I want to sample them all again!"

Dianne

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steve's tour, and I cannot say enough wonderful things about the tour. Rick really knows how to pull a great experience together. We saw and went to places we would never even think about going on our own. Thanks, Rick.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was on Garreth's sheep farm and he called the sheep down from the hills and hundreds of Momma's and Babies came running down to him. So sweet to see the little ones. Conwy is beautiful, York Minster is awe inspiring, as are all the castles. Can't forget Hadrian's wall or Bodnant gardens."

Madelyn

Portsmouth, NH

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized, hit all the highlights of places visited with the right amount of free time.

Wayne

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding. The sights, plan and conditions were great. Our sole disappointment was the guide's emphasis on punctuality. The guide's insistence on punctuality resulted in a state of continual tension. On two occasions the establishment was asked to open breakfast early and serve a limited menu instead of "full English" in order for us to leave early. We thought this was inconsiderate of the management as well as our group..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"blenheim and the sheep farm"

Joane

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good trip, great guide. Good mixture of busy and down time. Good itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Castle rig stones. Castles."

Lorraine

Framingham, MA

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Breathtaking country, knowledgeable and fun guide, great traveling companions..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the sheep farm in Northern Wales."

Linda

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I absolutely loved this tour! This was my 3rd RS tour and I had really been looking forward to this one. It hits all the highlights for me - stone circles, the Cotswolds, and the Lake District. It also introduced me to places that I knew nothing about - Hadrian's Wall (had only heard the name) and York. Like all RS tours it was well planned, organized and led by a master tour guide. Fabulous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is hard to answer as it was all pretty wonderful. As it was my birthday I got to turn on the fountain at Stanway House ( great fun!) and visiting Gareth's farm in Wales was just the best. I've been following him on Instagram ever since being there."

Linda

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was as great as I expected based on my previous tour. The guide, driver, coach, hotels, dinners, local guides were brilliant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I started with a "wow" moment on the first day visiting the Roman Baths, then found myself with exceeding that moment every day of the tour with a new "wow" moment. I can not pick one "wow" moment as everyday was special. I did get the opportunity to learn a few Welsh words to give commands to Gareth's border collie to herd a few sheep. That was quite a "wow" experience."

George

Cookeville, TN

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We saw things we would never have seen on our own. Met really nice people with whom we traveled. Stayed in hotels we might never have found. Getting up, fed and ready to go by a little after 8:00 each morning became a bit fatiguing as we are retired and not used to that. But overall a good experience for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Some favorite "wow" moments would be Wells Cathedral, the view of Conwy Castle from our hotel window, and the majestic mountains of Wales and the Lake District in England. There were many more "wow" moments, but these are at the top of the list."

Pamela

Woodbridge, CA

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

To be honest we did not love this tour despite great weather and the best group meals of the 6 tours we have done. WORST hotels of our 6 tours. SO many stairs at every hotel. If mobility is a challenge this is not the tour for you. Tiny uncomfortable beds and no storage made for poor sleep and living out of our suitcases. A wealth of Roman history but a dearth of English history. We came more for the latter. A great group of fellow travelers, some of whom faced significant health challenges..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our pre- tour days on our own in Windsor. A great place to recover from jet lag. Guide Clive at Wells Cathedral was totally engaging. The York Minster was unexpectedly impressive."

Mike

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Seri

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Frances

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Philip

London, LND

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eileen

Dickinson, ND

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ken

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beautiful countryside views."

Bev

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gareth at Hilltop Farm."

Robert

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gail

Burlington, WA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jerome

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gary

Northampton, MA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything about London was great."

Janet

Lodi, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Arnold, MD

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joel

North Marshfield, MA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gardens at Bodnant."

Brenda

Jackson, MI

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steve

Gresham, OR

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cotswolds."

Patricia

Salisbury, MD

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christopher

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sharon

Duvall, WA

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Altamonte Springs, FL

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Wenham, MA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Danville, CA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Teresa

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patrick

Danville, CA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rosemarie

Durham, CT

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dennis

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Medieval castles were wow moments.i"

Stephanie

Lancaster, PA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marguerite

Boonton, NJ

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marilyn

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

South Pasadena, FL

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Salem, OR

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sharing in Evensong at Yorkminster Cathedral."

Stephen

Solon, OH

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jack

Eugene, OR

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Helena, MT

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carren

Solon, OH

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donald

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bella

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jean

Polson, MT

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"York Minster"

Gary

Saco, ME

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lindsay

Montrose, CO

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Chelsea, MI

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Saco, ME

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Weather

England / London

England / York

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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