• Roman Baths in Bath
  • Glastonbury Abbey Ruins
  • Blenheim Palace
  • The Cotswolds
  • Conwy in Wales
  • Welsh Sheep Farm
  • Wales' Caernarfon Castle
  • Bodnant Gardens
  • Lake District
  • Hadrian's Wall
  • 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

2018

2019

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

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)"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!!"

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."

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."

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."

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.)"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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.

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.

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!"

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."

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"

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..."

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."

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!"

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!"

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"

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???"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

Timothy

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good tour.

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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

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!"

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."

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."

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.

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."

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!"

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."

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.""

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!"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!

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!"

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."

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."

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++."

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"

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."

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."

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"

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. ."

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."

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?!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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.

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."

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."

Bev

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gareth at Hilltop Farm."

Eileen

Dickinson, ND

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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."

Frances

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Seri

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!""

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"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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, ..."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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!"

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"

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!"

Kim

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

Ron

Sunriver, OR

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Margie

Sunriver, OR

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Suzanne

Santa Barbara, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stanley

Santa Barbara, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lindsay

Montrose, CO

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michelle

Orleans, ON

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Daly City, CA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Penny

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kent

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ronald

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anne

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Matthew

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gregg

The Villages, FL

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Headrians wall."

Stephanie

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing Hadrian's Wall!"

Jerry

Georgetown, TX

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Attic tour of Cathedral"

Caitlin

Portland, ME

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

letter to follow.. enjoyed very much

Favorite "WOW" moment

"see letter to follow"

Shirley

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ricardo

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Julie

Mission Viejo, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Freda

New Port Richey, FL

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Alice

Georgetown, TX

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Rochester, NY

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tim

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Peggy

The Villages, FL

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Port Lambton, ON

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jennie

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Yorktown, VA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elizabeth

Holmes, NY

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Larry

Platte City, MO

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Staten Island, NY

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lyne

Kitchener, ON

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lynn

Kitchener, ON

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Davina

Hampton, NH

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gregory

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Marti

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Michael

Arlington, TX

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glastonbury! Very mystical experience as was Vindolanda."

Judy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Douglas

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dave

Liberty, MO

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Phillip

Redmond, WA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robin

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joe

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bodnant Garden."

Ramona

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Glenview, IL

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Martha

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of Westminster Abby."

Richard

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Keith

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Glenview, IL

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janet

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Blanche

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary Lynn

Freeland, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Colleen

O Fallon, IL

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautifulness of the country."

Dianne

Hoffman Estates, IL

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful - would have like more time in London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"all the old archaeology sites we visited."

Marsh

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marcie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charlee

Richland, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Vic

Park Ridge, IL

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent site selection and well executed timeline

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brian

Ventura, CA

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ruins at Glastonbury."

Bill

Webster Groves, MO

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tracy

San Diego, CA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judy

Naperville, IL

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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.