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

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Best of England in 14 Days Tour

from $4,095 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $725

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

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What's Included

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

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to England

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

Day 2: Roman and Georgian Bath

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

Day 3: Glastonbury and Wells

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

Day 4: Stone Circles and the Cotswolds

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

Day 5: Cotswold Villages

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

Day 6: Wonderful Wales

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

Day 7: Sheepdogs, Castles, and Highlands

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

Day 8: Gardens and Lakes

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

Day 9: The Lake District

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

Day 10: Hadrian's Wall

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

Day 11: York Minster and the Medieval City

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

Day 12: Westminster Abbey and Regal London

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

Day 13: Tower of London

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

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

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

Reviews

Mirian

Monterey Park, CA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Steve

Ripon, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Exploring Conwy and hiking on Mount Snowdon."

Marlene

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Connie

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

April

Ft Worth, TX

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep farm was an outstanding experience."

Lisa

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Peter

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evensong at York Minster."

John

Centennial, CO

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Philip

Sugar Land, TX

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Centennial, CO

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jan

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Wendy

Fairfield, CT

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Phyllis

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Nashville, TN

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Dedham, MA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was the whole trip."

Kristin

Decorah, IA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marilyn

Eugene, OR

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marlene

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brenda

Fremont, CA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bondant Gardens flowering arch and Hadrian's wall"

Carol

Timnath, CO

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The moment of silence at Castlerig Stone Circle"

David

Decorah, IA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Betty

Athens, GA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Granville, MA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donald

Waterloo, IA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Athens, GA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Peggy

Granville, MA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kendall

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donald

Bartlesville, OK

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Edith

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ruth

Pittsburg, KS

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent

Edmund

Bedford, NY

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Phillip

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sharon

Eugene, OR

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marianne

Parker, CO

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Wendy

Chantilly, VA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Leon

Chantilly, VA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charles

Buffalo Grove, IL

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I greatly enjoyed the boat ride in London."

Gail

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Phoebe

Bethesda, MD

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Cynthia

Plymouth, MI

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steve

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Leslie

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elaine

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Daniel

Sudbury, VT

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Katherine

Sudbury, VT

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Celeste

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour with outstanding guides!

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marcia

Aubrey, TX

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elizabeth

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Molly Sue

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kevin

Baldwin City, KS

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robin

Broomfield, CO

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dorothy

Scituate, MA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anne

Virginia Beach, VA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathy

Norwell, MA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Trina

Warfordsburg, PA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Daniel

Warfordsburg, PA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Virginia Beach, VA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bonnie

Smoke Rise, GA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Topeka, KS

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Great Falls, VA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evensong at Yorkminster. Wonderful singing!"

Susan

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathleen

Madison, WI

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Nicolette

Ames, IA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Debra

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marsha

Kenosha, WI

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Owen

St Paul, MN

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anne

Racine, WI

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cheryl

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeanne

Decatur, GA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Debra

Wauwatosa, WI

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Decatur, GA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donald

Golden, CO

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Houston, TX

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Golden, CO

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janis

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Daniel

Amarillo, TX

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Walter

Elkton, FL

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Allan

Normandy Park, WA

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brian

Rocklin, CA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charles

North Hampton, NH

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Scott

South Bend, IN

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Julianne

South Bend, IN

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cherie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pamela

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Aurora, OH

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Fairbanks, AK

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just one word, GREAT!!

Carol

Helena, MT

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Teresa (Terry)

Helena, MT

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lenore

Allen Park, MI

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Alicia

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Beverly

Santa Fe, NM

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeffrey

Santa Fe, NM

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ross

Salem, OH

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall tour experience was absolutely top-rate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Renee

Fairport, NY

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Katharine

Travelers Rest, SC

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brian

Kensington, MD

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep farm"

Gretchen

Boise, ID

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Rochester, MN

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jo Ann

Wimberley, TX

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exciting and very comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake District was beautiful."

Kathleen

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marsha

Aloha, OR

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sue

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Walter

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dave

Milton, GA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Edgar

Pottsville, PA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was so interesting and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bath was a wonderful city to visit."

Pamela

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tom

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Don

Centerville, UT

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good. It was our first.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janet

Pottsville, PA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"London"

Timothy

Belmont, NC

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"wales"

Phillip

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience. Nigel was terrific. Couldn't ask for a better guide. He made the trip that much more enjoyable. Loved the English countryside and the hotels in the little hamlets and villages we stayed in. Kind of was a shock to me to go from the peaceful villages into London. The excursions built into the tour were interesting and informative. Nigel added a lot of side bar info throughout the entire tour. The site tour guides were very good as well. James the bus driver was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess I would have to say the Tower of London and the crown jewels. Amazing and ridiculous at the same time. What a waste of wealth but astonishing to see first hand."

Carolyn

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Katherine

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marilyn

Guelph, ON

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our experiences were quite varied and interesting. I think that the part I liked best was that Mark, our guide, combined information about history, architecture, culture and even current politics throughout the trip as it related to what we were seeing. It was fabulous to stay in small towns (Stow on the Wold), bigger towns (Bath), a small city (York) and the big city (London). I also really enjoyed not only seeing the sights, but being actively involved, such as playing cricket and hiking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day presented 'wow' moments. However, on a day with intermittent rain in the lake district, my husband and I hiked part of the way around the lake and took the boat on Lake Derwentwater in the morning. For lunch, we decided to eat at the posh hotel near the lake. We had a window seat looking out to the lake and surrounding hills. It was a lovely chance to relax, have a pleasant meal and take in the beauty of the location on our own."

Ellie

Miami, FL

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Dover, MA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Chilliwack, BC

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Allen

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Newport, RI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful trip, so well-organized with a few surprises, like learning to play cricket! It seemed that the most representative castles and estates were chosen for the tour. Having time on our own was an added plus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to choose from...visiting the sheep farm in Wales, hiking in the Welch National Park, walking through the Cotswolds, meeting so many other enthusiastic travelers..."

Ken

Bloomington, IN

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ruth

Dover, MA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was meaningful and memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stanway House"

William

Port Angeles, WA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Davenport, IA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sue

Truckee, CA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bodnant Garden in Wales. What a treasure!"

Laura

San Marcos, CA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Truckee, CA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Daniel

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour met all expectations, and then some. We were prepared for some fairly vigorous hiking, but moderate walking was about the most strenuous activity offered. There was one day on Catsbells where everyone was free to hike at their own comfort level, and that was quite welcome. The historical and scenic aspects of the tour were simply outstanding. The group was congenial, the food was quite good and the tour guide and his assistant were superb (more on that below).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually, there were many. Hiking up Catsbells, visiting a working sheep ranch, walking on Hadrian's Wall, visiting the Castle Museum in York, St. James Cathedral and the Tower of London, singing at a pub. Those were the scheduled highlights. But perhaps the most memorable moments were those shared with our guides and tour participants during walks, dinners, and coach rides."

John

San Marcos, CA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, apprentice guide & driver; congenial fellow travelers; a fascinating UK panorama of people, places and things. Grub was good, lodging was comfortable. Washing out stuff in the sink was fun at first. Sharing the sublime and sometimes tragic personal stories our group had to tell was meaningful. Good mix of guided activities and time for personal exploration. Bus rides sometimes tedious but enlivened by Roy and Paul's well informed and funny patter. Our first tour, not our last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing the sheep farm and hearing Gareth and his wife's passionate story of the perils and pleasures of their farm, including the existential challenge of Brexit. Seeing ninja sheep v dog through Gareth' wife's learned eye was the best. We also loved climbing CatBells. Recommend that future tours highlight hiking trails wherever possible. Also loved the mead at Castlerigg stone circle.Castles and palaces were ok. York Minster was great."

Barbara

Franklin, MA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good overview of several areas in Great Britain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Frederick J

Reston, VA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour met my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"None really."

Kristy

Gold River, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to say. I loved every day."

Cynthia

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Palm Springs, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cary

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Laurie

Edina, MN

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Arcata, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Palm Springs, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Ruth

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ruth

Banning, CA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kevin

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steven

Clackamas, OR

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Sue

Rancho Murieta, CA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Duluth, GA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Constance

Spokane, WA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathy

Manhattan Beach, CA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Castor Diaz

Naples, FL

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Local farm visit in Wales"

Julie

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Randy

Manhattan Beach, CA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the trip to the sheep ranch."

Kelly

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Hanover, PA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. It was excellent in every way, and exceeded our expectations. Our guide, Mark, took careful charge of our group, supporting our needs and filling our days with history and adventure. We felt as if we were on an English history graduate course tour - that was filled with information and experience. From walking on Roman walls - through Medieval abbeys and village streets - and learning to navigate the tube through London - Each day was superior.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the sustainable farm in Wales was amazing. Observing Gareth's work with his beloved sheep dogs, watching them herd the sheep, followed by a shearing of a ewe, learning to be farm's history - these were memorable. Also, peering through an exposed floor inside a cathedral - to see a Roman wall beneath, a medieval wood structure, beneath the current stone floor, was a revealed history. Then there were the local musicians in Stow in the Wold, the proud dog owners in Keswick, and the castlen"

Michael

Hanover, PA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joseph

Loveland, CO

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dave

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hadrian's Wall"

Iva

El Dorado, CA

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Alana

Burke, VA

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Virginia

Bedford, IN

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Meridian, ID

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joseph

Surprise, AZ

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nora

Missouri City, TX

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Louisville, KY

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary Alyce

Surprise, AZ

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Marana, AZ

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Portola Valley, CA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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)"

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."

Marilyn

Austin, TX

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Snowdonia Park in Wales."

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!"

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."

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!!!"

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!"

Kim

Hackberry, AZ

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on Hadrian's wall. Unbelievable!"

William

Bluffton, SC

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Stokesay Castle and Gareth's farm."

Beverly

Bluffton, SC

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eric

Medford, NJ

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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."

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!!"

Lisa

Rockport, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gareth Wyn Jones tour."

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."

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.)"

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."

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."

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!"

Stephen

Bowling Green, OH

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Barbara

Hygiene, CO

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Ft Worth, TX

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maureen

Washington, DC

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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"

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!"

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.

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."

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."

Stephanie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Stuart

Lake Quivira, KS

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandra

Oconomowoc, WI

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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!"

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!"

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."

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"

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."

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."

William

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dorothy

Wesley Chapel, FL

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even song in York Cathedral!"

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."

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!"

Kathleen

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stuart

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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)."

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."

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."

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!"

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.

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."

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.