• Canterbury's River Stour
  • Beachy Head
  • HMS Victory, Portsmouth
  • Stonehenge
  • Dartmoor
  • St. Michael's Mount
  • Tintagel Castle
  • Bath

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Villages of South England in 13 Days Tour

from $3,995 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $775

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Starting in Canterbury and ending in Bath, our Villages of South England tour brings you to the very roots of British history and culture. Your Rick Steves guide will introduce you to locals who have talents to share and stories to tell. You'll learn about and taste the delicious seafood, traditional Cornish pasties, and hearty ales crafted from generations-old recipes. You'll marvel at the sights as well, from the iconic White Cliffs of Dover to the sweeping moorlands of Dartmoor, to ancient stone circles, exuberant English gardens, cliff-perched villages, and great sailing ships. Join us for the Villages of South England in 13 Days! 

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    • Apr 27–May 9 (Mo–Sa)
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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 21 group sightseeing events • Canterbury walking tour • Canterbury Cathedral and conservatory • River Stour punt tour • Dover Castle and Wartime Tunnels • White Cliffs of Dover • English beer tasting • Battle Abbey • South Downs Way–Beachy Head walk • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, including HMS Victory and the Mary Rose Museum • Salisbury Cathedral • Stonehenge • Corfe Castle • Jurassic Coast • Dartmoor National Park walk • Tintagel Castle • Lanhydrock House and Gardens • Geevor Tin Mine • Cornish pasty demonstration • St. Ives • St. Michael's Mount • Bath walking tour…and more.
  • All group transportation from Canterbury to Bath
  • 12 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 2020
  • 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 medieval city of Canterbury is an easy train ride from central London — and the perfect jumping-off point for our Villages of South England adventure. We'll meet at our hotel at 5 p.m. for a "Welcome to England" get-together. Then we'll take an evening walking tour along Canterbury's colorful lanes and get acquainted over dinner. Sleep in Canterbury (3 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Canterbury Cathedral

This morning we'll make our own little pilgrimage to the impressive Canterbury Cathedral, one of the most important churches in England. After touring the cathedral (and learning about the dramatic martyrdom of Thomas Becket), we'll meet with conservators who are tasked with preserving some of England's most treasured stone masonry and stained glass. After lunch you'll have some time to explore the historic layers of this pilgrimage city, finishing with a punt trip along the River Stour. Tonight is a perfect evening to enjoy an evensong performance at the Cathedral. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 3: Dover Castle and the White Cliffs

After breakfast we'll meet our coach and driver and head to the White Cliffs and the imposing fortress of Dover Castle. We'll explore the Great Tower and Medieval Tunnels before entering the WWII-era Secret Wartime Tunnels (from which the British directed the perilous evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940). After lunch we'll take a short walk to explore the White Cliffs, famous for their geology and historic role. We'll return to Canterbury, where we'll have a beer tasting at a local brewery. The evening is yours to find a cozy restaurant for dinner. Bus: 2½ hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 4: Battles and Beaches

Today we'll discover more of England's southeast coastline, beginning with a visit to Battle Abbey, the site of the Battle of Hastings. It was here in 1066 that the army of King William invaded across the English Channel and killed King Harold, ushering in the Norman conquest of England. After lunch we'll stroll the South Downs Way for a view of England's famous white chalk cliffs at Beachy Head. We'll end our day peacefully, amidst the thatched roofs and timber-framed buildings of quaint Alfriston, where we'll sleep (1 night). Bus: 3 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 5: The Great Ships of Portsmouth

This morning we'll drive to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for a day devoted to Britain's rich nautical history. You'll have a chance to tour HMS Victory, the warship of Admiral Lord Nelson that defeated the French at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. We'll also visit the newly renovated Mary Rose Museum, built to showcase Henry VIII's sunken warship that was raised from the sea in the 1980s. You'll also have the opportunity for a look at traditional woodworking skills in action at the historic boat workshop. Late this afternoon we'll drive to Salisbury, where we'll enjoy an orientation followed by dinner together. Sleep in Salisbury (2 nights). Bus: 3 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: Soaring Salisbury Cathedral

We'll begin the day touring the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, famous for its rich lore and towering Gothic spire. In addition, we'll visit the Chapter House, which is home to one of four original copies of the Magna Carta, the 1215 document that first established that everyone — even the king — was subject to the law. The remainder of the day is yours to explore more of this attractive town, including its lively local market and lovely riverside walks. No bus. Walking: light.

Day 7: Stonehenge and the Jurassic Coast

This morning we'll travel back in time with a visit to Stonehenge, where we'll learn about and ponder the origins of these iconic stones that are as old as the pyramids. Then after a drive through the enchanting Dorset countryside, we'll arrive in the village of Corfe and conquer the imposing hilltop ruins of Corfe Castle, one of the earliest castles built from stone.  After lunch we'll travel west to discover the natural beauty of the Jurassic Coast and its geologic formations, which date back 185 million years. Our day ends in the cozy village of Chagford — within Dartmoor National Park — where we'll enjoy dinner together. Sleep in Dartmoor National Park (2 nights). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 8: Dartmoor National Park

Today we'll explore the natural wonders of Dartmoor National Park, home to wooded forests, desolate moors, and stone bridges. We'll learn about this compelling and varying landscape that inspired great literature, including The Hound of the Baskervilles, and have lunch together. This evening is free for you to enjoy one of Dartmoor's man-made wonders, the cozy country pub. Bus: 3 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 9: Castles and Gardens

We'll drive into Cornwall today, known for its striking, wave-swept coast and charming fishing villages. Our first stop is a visit to the dramatic, cliff-hugging ruins of Tintagel Castle, long associated with King Arthur. After lunch, we'll visit the tranquil Lanhydrock House and Gardens, known for its elegant Victorian country house, herbaceous borders, and formal gardens. Then we'll continue our drive deeper into Cornwall and along its famed, rugged Penwith Peninsula. We'll end the day with dinner together. Sleep on the Penwith Peninsula (3 nights). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 10: Penwith and Pasties

Today we'll explore the Penwith Peninsula, home to fishing villages and rocky, windblown scenery. We'll begin the day learning all about Cornwall's most famous culinary contribution — the pasty — with a demonstration (and sampling!) of how these traditional one-handed meals are made. Then we'll don hard hats at the Geevor Tin Mine and learn about the importance of tin mining to this region and Britain's Industrial Age. We'll return to our home village with time for some exploration and dinner on your own. Bus: 3 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 11: St. Ives and St. Michael's Mount

This morning we'll conquer St. Michael's Mount, the dramatic rock island first inhabited by monks more than 1,500 years ago. We'll have time to explore the castle and gardens — now a stately home — before returning to the mainland. After lunch we'll explore the picturesque harbor town of St. Ives. You can stroll the twisty lanes of the old town, visit one of its numerous art galleries, or grab some ice cream and people-watch at the beach before returning to our home village for a free evening. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 12: Georgian Bath

This morning we'll head north to our final destination, the elegant Georgian city of Bath (a wonderful place to extend your England vacation — or easily pop back to London). After a walking tour and some free time, we'll enjoy a final dinner together and raise a hearty toast to our adventures. Cheers! Sleep in Bath (1 night). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 13: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. Bath is an easy 90-minute train ride to central London, with connections to Heathrow and Gatwick airports. For those not yet ready to return home, Bath is a delightful city with many sightseeing options. Cheerio!

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Villages of South England in 13 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 around places on your own.
  5. Hike over steep, slippery, cobbled, and uneven terrain at several sites, including Dover Castle, St. Michael's Mount, and Tintagel Castle.

Reviews

Melody

Grand Terrace, CA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This really was a delightful tour along the south of England. Our accommodations and transportation were varied and excellent. We enjoyed a variety of meals e.g. Thai, cream tea, ploughman's lunch, and always a solid English breakfast, if desired. We learned a lot of history and saw sites dating from Neolithic to WWII times. The little towns and villages are welcoming and charming, the countryside beautifully green, and we saw a lot of the coastline on this route. Enjoyed more new friends :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many special events and sights/sites every day. The most unexpected activity was when Liz gathered us on the beach and explained the basic rules of cricket to a group of Americans :) What resulted was, possibly, the worst game of cricket in the history of the game, but what marvelous fun we all had in the process! Also, the privilege of seeing Canterbury Cathedral as only God, the pigeons, and stonemasons typically get to see it - from atop scaffolding higher than the roof!"

Martha

Everett, WA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded all of my hopes and expectations! This was my first trip to Europe, and I had been wanting to see England all of my life. I was so impressed by the level of planning, preparation, and professionalism that went into this whole tour. Our tour guide made everything so easy and accessible for us, and everything we did or saw, was fun and/or educational, and left me in awe of the history, and life in these villages we were experiencing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say that the ruins of the castles we visited was a highlight for me. My favorite day was visiting the bakery and learning to make Cornish pasties; followed by our picnic on the beach, and ending our day by visiting St. Michael's Mount. I also loved the beautiful cathedrals we visited, and our side trip to Rye, and the ploughman's lunch in Dartmoor at The Warren House pub. So many wonderful moments and experiences, it is hard to pick one."

Julie

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Liz and Lorraine are wonderful guides and fun people to be with. The itinerary is super, we truly enjoyed staying in places three nights. Our group was fantastic, smiles all around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely going up on the roof of Canterbury Cathedral, such a fascinating experience. This set the tone for the entire tour, unexpected wow moments every where we went, Seven Sisters, Dartmoor, Liz kept bringing on the wows."

Hiroko

Rochester, NY

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent and wonderful tour covering interesting and charming places and also enough free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour of renovation sites at Canterbury Cathedral; narrow roads in the country."

Catherine

Columbus, OH

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was wonderful. We had a few unexpected experiences, like cream tea at Corfe Castle and lunch in Port Issac/Port Wenn. Our guides, Liz and Lorraine, were exceptional - dealing with a few unexpected circumstances (a fall, a submersion in a stream, a pickpocketing) without missing a step. They were both great and went out of their way to make sure we had a good experience. This was my 15th RS tour and it lived up to my high expectations!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is always a hard question to answer. This tour started out with the "wow" experience of going up in the scaffolding with the restoration masons at Canterbury Cathedral. I've been in many cathedrals, but I've never been able to examine one "up close and personal" as we did with this experience. It was amazing!! A second "wow" was Corfe Castle, in its lovely, charming, picturesque setting, and our castle visit was followed by a wonderful, surprise cream tea! Final wow was Cornish coast!"

Cynthia

Columbus, OH

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was another fabulous tour. Liz and Lorraine enhanced the entire tour with their knowledge and tour guide expertise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't limit the "wow" moment to just one moment or one day. Wow moments were the view on top of the Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and the WWII secret tunnel, Stonehenge, Dartmoor, the Seven Sisters cliffs, cricket on the beach, St. Michael's Mount and Bath."

Mark

College Station, TX

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent itinerary, great locations/lodging/dining, fun and active group led by an enthusiastic guide - overall amazing experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many options, but seeing Stonehenge essentially alone in the early morning has to top the list!"

Daniel

Albany, OR

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour. Our tour leader, Roy, was great. He knew the history of each area we visited and made sure we saw the local things worth seeing. We had some down time and lots of well directed time. Just over all very well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was seeing the actual Magna Carta in Salisbury."

Jo

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much. Our tour guide, Roy, was so knowledgeable, professional, yet "one of us." Despite the rain (thanks US hurricanes), we all had a wonderful time. Our coach driver, Dan, was a great driver and even keeled. I could not do what he does. Beforehand, I had slight apprehensions about being a solo traveler. I felt comfortable and felt welcome and had fun with my fellow travelers. So glad I got to get to places and have experiences I may not have been able to do on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One? People keep asking me that question. Each was amazing. Art- Visiting Canterbury's Stained Glass Workshop! Scenery and learning - Dartmoor Moors."

Mary Boyd

Springfield, VA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I sill gave this an outstanding rating even though it rained everyday! Loved staying in the ancient hotels. Strenuous days were accurated rated. top notch everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mary Rose exhibit in Portsmouth. Best scientific/artistic display in a museum I've every seen. Other wow moments were the coastal views as we neared Cornwall and the Beachy Head Cliffs."

Linda

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved it. For me, it was physically aggressive--lots of steps and climbing and only short bus interludes--but what a joy to see as much as we did. We encountered our share of wind and rain (remember Tropical Storm Lorenzo) and that was certainly a factor in my overall tour experience. All of that climbing was made harder by the weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from. Possibly the afternoon/evening we spent in the village of Chagford. First my husband and I stumbled onto Bowden's hardware store, Chagford's answer to WalMart. Then a tour of St. Michael's Church where the needlepoint rivaled the amazing church bells. And somewhere in there we sandwiched in drinks with the entire group at the hotel's pub. England at its finest."

Paula

Clarksville, TN

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was wonderful to see the unique sites and villages of southern England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking on the Moors"

Hilda

East Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful time! I'm still amazed at all we got to see/do and learn about, people keep asking me what my favorite part was and I just can't pick! My whole reason for picking this tour instead of others was I wanted to go to Cornwall. I had completely forgotten we were even going by day 3!! Don't worry, when I remembered I was even more excited about it. Our guide, driver and tour were perfect for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in the ruins of my favorite childhood legend (Tintagel), baking with THE Cornish Pasty expert, and the Cornish singers all brought happy tears. Devon/Chagford and the cheese - oh the cheese! Divine. Alfriston was the most charming, perfect time capsule of a village. The little stone circle out on the moors in Devon and the Mead toast. Dan expertly manipulating the full sized coach through the 'New' Forest and all the little, scenic, barely 1 lane roads/streets. The Mary Rose."

Steve

East Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first time I had done a trip like this. I didn't know if I was going to like it. I am not used to being herded around in a large group. To my surprise, I loved it! The people were great, Roy was fantastic. I really enjoyed his talks and appreciated his knowledge. The tour was organized very well, and paced very well. It was the trip of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mary Rose blew me away."

David

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is an excellent tour. It has a variety of history, culture, natural resources and architecture. Every day was a stimulating experience. The food and hotels were great. Steven is a brilliant guide. I highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" day was the visit to Dover and touring the WWII tunnels."

John

Harrisville, NH

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the entire trip. Steven gave a wonderful mix of history and the present. Driver Paul was a good complement. Great driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to the tin mine."

Jeffrey

Santa Fe, NM

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nice combo of major attractions (Stonehenge, Canterbury, Dover, etc) with out-of-the-way "finds". Nice variety of provided meals. Comfortable coach. Charming/ hilarious driver. Articulate, organized guide. Helpful, sweet tour asst. Enthusiastic, mostly punctual group. Outstanding accommodations. Great cooking class (pasties). Stayed healthy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything about Dartmoor National Park: our quaint but sumptuous inn (the 3 Crowns), hiking the moors near Merrivale, lunch at Warners Pub, locals generous enough to provide a church tour, cow varieties, even somber Princetown & its history, everything!"

Mary

Coquitlam, BC

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Traveling with a smaller group of like minded people was our goal and it sure met that goal. Very knowledgeable, friendly and hard working tour guides and bus driver. Enjoyed the beautiful country side and learning about the history of this wonderful country where many of our ancestors came from.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing different views of the shore line."

Jenna

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves' Tour. What an exciting, inspiring and breath taking tour we have been on thus far. I have to say that over 70% had to with our magnificent, intelligent, informative and heartfelt sensational guide Steven Back. By far he was energetic, helpful, kind and was an Angel when I hurt I knee. My gosh please keep terrific guide. We are hoping that when we tour Paris he will be our gifted guide!! Steven was fair and very accessible to everyone as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"StoneHenge left me speechless, such an amazing and profound effect. Such a marvel to see the tremendous ingenuity of mind, matter and strength. Second was the Seven Sisters."

Cheryl

Delta, BC

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was fascinating. Very well run and organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire visit at St. Michael's Mount."

Chris

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic tour! Loved the guides, the Villages, the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved attending Evensong at the Canterbury Cathedral-magical! Enjoyed making pasties with Marion."

Thomas

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Construction tour of Canterbury cathedral. Bakery visit to make Cornish pasties."

Bill

Cleveland, TN

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoy a RS Tour. The centrally located hotels encourage us to explore the areas. You mix educational experiences with free time to explore our interests. You attract active and inquisitive participants that are fun to get to know. The group meals are a high light of the country cuisine. I am fascinated with your well planned and executed tour. We were one of the first coaches at Stonehenge. You provided the tickets and off we go. You break our group into 2 smaller local tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit with conservators who are preserving the Cathedrals stone masonry and stained glass. We rode a construction elevator up nine stories on the outside of the cathedral. The sturdy scaffolding allowed exploring the restoration work outside and inside for access of the ceiling. The extensive tours of Canterbury and Salisbury Cathedrals were great. The hiking at Tintagel Castle, St. Michael's Mount and Beachy Head highlight the rugged country. Local guides and fellow tour member great."

Penny

Leawood, KS

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour itinerary met my expectations however it didn't seem to be as well planned as other Rick Steve tours. I would have preferred on less day in Canterbury , one additional day in Alfriston, more time at the White Cliffs, less time at Portsmouth more time at Tintagel Castle, one less night at St. Ives and more time in Bath. We went so quickly through some areas we had no time to enjoy the villages and spent too much times in other. No local culture was added to tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views at Tintagel Castle and going up to the top of Canterbury castle to see the construction work. The little village at Tintagel Castle was beautiful but we didn't even get time for a cup of coffee."

Alison

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. I liked all the places we visited and the cities/villages we stayed. The pace was perfect. Wish we could have spent a night in Wells. Maybe cut out one day in St Ives

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No wow moments this time. Learned a lot on this tour. It was all good."

Jean

Harrisville, NH

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful from the beginning to the end. Even the weather cooperated! Beautiful scenery, lovely small villages, delicious food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking on the scaffolding at the top of the tower at Canterbury Cathedral. Amazing! The view, history, and workmanship--ancient and present day."

Jeffrey

Corbett, OR

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great tour. There were a many sites to see and plenty of time to roam on our own. The bus driver was very smooth.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Geevor Tin Mine and mineral processing tour was impressive. The mine tunnels following veins of metal ores were only large enough to allow the miners to work. They manually had to dig the ore and manually haul the waste rock or ore to a small gauge rail line with one ton transport rail cars. There is a lot of mineral processing that has to be done before the final concentrates can be fire refined. Canterbury was more impressive than described in the literature."

Abbey

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous trip! Was hoping for a more "village" experience - towns were bigger than expected. Really appreciated Roy's efforts to arrange car service so a few of us could go to Port Issac & see where Doc Martin was filmed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the pasty making! St. Michael's Mount was lovely."

Debra

Auburn, CA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed seeing the English countryside and the hotels we stayed in were very quaint. We had time to explore on our own and we enjoyed having some meals as a group and some to do on our own. The other travelers were great as they have been on other Rick Steves tours. The guide, Roy was a wealth of knowledge and there was not a question he could not answer in wonderful detail. The English people were so open and ready to kick up a conversation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Bath and stayed an extra day. Enjoyed St. Michaels castle also."

Diane

Corbett, OR

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing tour. Roy our guide is a gem. Daniel our driver got us expertly through narrow. Country roads. Appreciated staying more than one night in the same hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying inside the walls in Canterbury & waking up to the Cathedral each morning."

Judy

Ontario, OR

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The places we stayed were nice and gave a good feel about Village quaintness. Roy was very informative, knowledgeable about English history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was my first overseas tour since I was 16. Everything was wow for me, I can't say that there was one exact thing that stood out from all the rest."

Sylvia

St George, UT

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had toured extensively around the world with my husband. When he died I was at a loss as how to fulfill my wanderlust. I found the perfect solution with Rick Steve's Tours. I was extremely impressed with the quality of the hotels, the expertise and knowledge of guide Roy Nichols, and the balance of free and planned exploring time. Even though I was traveling alone I never felt alone. It was a wonderful overall experience that I plan to repeat many times in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having the free time to explore the public footpaths of England and interact with the local people."

Grace

Corbett, OR

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour of Southern England. We hit all the major areas and had a great tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment for me would be our stay in Canterbury. Our hotel there was great, the cathedral is amazing and the surrounding town is a great place to take a stroll."

Bob

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We (my wife and I) felt the tour was very good. It was our 6th tour with RS so we knew what to expect and we were not disappointed. From start to finish the hotels were great, the restaurants we ate at as a group were also very good. Our guide Roy was very knowledgeable about the whole itinerary, having lived in many towns and villages in that area over the years. The history of the region is undeniably rich and it was brought to life on this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the city of Salisbury and the cathedral there. The city was friendly and easy to get around and we were luck enough to be there for Saturday market. The cathedral is one of the best I have seen"

Berta

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide. Loved the locations we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Penzance with the castle was beautiful."

Lynn

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is filled with history; recent and ancient. It is a very busy tour and each day has at least two, if not three major sites and activities. There are beaches, moors, castles, cathedrals, manor houses, cottages and mines. You learn to bake a pasty and how to wear a hard hat. You stand where King Arthur was born and where Lord Nelson died. You climb up tors and down mine shafts. You relax with a cuppa and toast with a pint. A wonderful slice of England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After a mostly sunny first week we awoke to a steady rain the day we were to explore Dartmoor. My companions and I were well prepared for rain so donned our rain coats, pants, hats, and waterproof boots. When our bus pulled over we were alone on the moor. We followed our guide through the misty rain, between gorse and heather, and came to long rows of standing stones where he told vivid tales of the people who lived there around 3000 BC. Wow!"

Leonard

Edwardsville, IL

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After our 4th Rick Steves Tour we struggle with the question of "Which was the best?" Each tour has exceeded our expectations and left us eager to sign up again. This was a great trip. Southern England charmed us. Great guide and a comfortable and friendly group of fellow travelers. Very well run and efficient. You know it is a good trip when you hate to see it end (as we did this trip!).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Making pasties with Marion. She has an inspiring story to tell. What a role model for all of us! I have not much experience or talent for baking, but this was great fun. Marion had us all smiling and laughing as we struggled to make our pasties. Also candidates - Viewing the Canterbury Cathedral from the scaffolding, the white cliffs at Beachy Head, experiencing the Moors in the fog and mist, views from Tintagel Castle ruins"

Robert

Yankton, SD

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, every experience on this tour was worthwhile. I saw the villages of southern England, and more - the beauty of its countryside, its impressive cathedrals and castles, its warm local color. I travel to learn and to understand different cultures, so adding in 4,000 years of geologic, political, and historical information made this journey even more valuable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two "Wow" moments: first, standing on the top of Canterbury Cathedral for its unique perspective on restoration and for its views of the Kent countryside. Second, walking through the tunnels of the Geevor Tin Mine and appreciating the incredible courage, skill, and pride of the Cornwall miners. The statue of King Arthur at Tintagel was memorable as well."

Marilyn

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a Very busy tour and I loved every minute of it! It was filled with Cathedrals, Beaches, Castles, Pasties, Beer tasting and more. And wonderful tour members to share it with! Thank You! My 7th Rick Steves tour that exceeded my expectations! Looking forward to the next adventure

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tintagel was my WOW moment. We had a beautiful clear day and from the moment I crossed that new Bridge I felt the magic! Other favorites were: Beachy Head Geevor Tin Mine Pasty making"

Linda

Charlevoix, MI

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was outstanding. As usual the instructions for getting to the beginning hotel were excellent. All of the hotels were charming and we had some glorious views of Cathedrals, harbors and even somber and spooky cemeteries. The strenuous rating for the tour was apt. We walked and hiked and climbed spiral stairs to the tops of castle towers. Group dinners were very good. The tour members on this group related very well to one another, possibly the closest knit group we've had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Far and away the WOW moment was our tour to the roof top of Canterbury Cathedral. Being under scaffolding there was not much of a view, but Mark arranged with the construction supervisor to take us up in the work elevator to inspect the repairs and see the stone masons in action. We enjoyed the panoramic views of the surrounding area. We then went into the vaulted ceiling over the nave to see what was to be done there and peek over the edge down into the nave below."

Dennis

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was an overall great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick one."

Mary

Yankton, SD

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous, especially the emphasis on history and geology. We are English literature/history buffs but Mark provided much needed information to fill in blanks in our knowledge. Hotels were fine (although some mattresses could be retired), the bus time wasn't taxing, and the free time was invaluable. Splendid balance between tourist attractions and off-the-grid activities. Bus driver Paul was delightful. Mark ALWAYS scheduled us to beat the crowds. Loved that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many. Tour bookends of the special rooftop Canterbury Cathedral tour and the glorious time in Glastonbury. Brilliant schedule of pasty making in the morning and tin mine in the afternoon. Tintagel. Lanhydrock. St. Michael's Mount."

Gordon

Grapeview, WA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent guide, Bus driver extremely nice. The group of travelers with us were wonderful and enjoyable!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Overall scenery"

Angela

Stuart, FL

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The adventure was great, wonderful tour mates, guides really made all the difference in success. Activity level good, lodging and meals adequate. Transportation superlative!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salisbury- especially viewing Magna Carta, but equally the historical battle sites- especially WW11"

David

Ellsworth, WI

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was very well planned and went very smoothly. Our group of travelers was awesome - no whiners, no one ever late, everyone really pleasant. Our guide Liz was really top notch, the best guide I have ever had! This was my first Rick Steve's tour and I would certainly take another. Several of our group have been on a dozen or more of your tours who ch speaks for itself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was a wow and a surprise when we took the optional, extra tour up the spire at Salisbury Cathedral. To see the construction of the roof and ceiling of the main structure was truly amazing,especially when one remembers when it was built and the tools they had at their disposal. The climb up the spire was very interesting and the view from the balconies was super!"

David

San Jose, CA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Taking this tour was actually a bit of a compromise for us. However, I (and my wife) ended up loving it. Liz and Steven made it a total success. We were adequately informed in a helpful and entertaining manner, our life on the tour (and our own time off, when we needed help) were managed effectively, and it was a real pleasure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dover secret tunnels, the white chalk cliffs (7 Sisters), and the Geevor Tin Mine. I also loved the Portsmith dockyard."

Don

Boulder, CO

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 13th RS tour. Liz was the best tour guide I have had on m several tours. This is the first time I have completed a tour evaluation.

Linda

Fulshear, TX

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great tour. This was our 13th RS tour so I guess you could say we enjoy the RS style of travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day we were at Portsmouth was a wow day for me. In addition, to the regular sites available, we also saw the Queen Elizabeth leave the port on her way to the US to be outfitted with her planes. A day we will never forget! Another great day was the day at Tintagel as the coast line there is breathtaking!"

Christopher

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very active tour, short bus rides and lots of free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cliffs of Dover were amazing and getting to see the the brand new 3 billion dollar HMS Queen Elizabeth set sail for North America out of the Portsmouth Navel Yard...very special."

Samuel

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Not really any complaints. The tour guide, Liz Boardman was excellent and always helpful as was the apprentice, Steven Black. The bus driver was good and I was really he was doing the driving.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Liked the WWII tunnels at Dover and the Naval Museum at Portsmouth although I wish I had gone on the tour of the Submarines instead of going through the Mary Rose. Liked the Pasty making experience and the Tin mine tour."

Linda

Ellsworth, WI

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous! You nailed it!. We did so much that until I looked at my photos I couldn't even remember what all we did. Even tho we did a lot it didn't seem like too much at the time. I loved having our own time. I loved the Buddy system, so much nicer than the guide counting. I like it that tour members are capable and ready to do anything and not complainers. You set expectations before the tour and people understand it, you get a different kind of traveler, we love that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband and I did the extra walk to the upper level of the Salisbury Cathedral. It was fabulous to see the inner workings of a cathedral. We see so many cathedrals and after the Notre Dam fire it had even more meaning. I would really recommend it and perhaps it could be talked about so everyone interested is aware of it. I also loved the Moor walk."

Patricia

Simpsonville, SC

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our fifth tour with rick steves. Liz was a great guide, we enjoyed her sense of humor and learning about the English people. I loved the variety of places we went, the history we learned and the interesting and beautiful place we visited. I recommend this tour. Very active

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the cliffs of tintagel castle and mount st Michael gardens"

Marianne

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mark Seymour, our guide was part geologist, part historian and mind opening Enthusiast. I loved the scenery, the tours, wish we had more time in Bath. Perfect time to visit. Mark's early mornings got in to places before any crowds and worked great for us. The small group of 16 was very cordial. I was glad it wasn't just old folks.

Russell

Waxahachie, TX

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Visiting so many historical places and experiencing them with sixteen friendly tour members was truly memorable. Our guide was both a native to the region and the US. His knowledge, experience and insights were impressive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to pick just one. Stonehenge early in the morning, the white chalk cliffs at Birling Gap, the Mary Rose at Portsmouth, the Gregor tin mine in Pendeen. Great tour itinerary."

Kathy

Waxahachie, TX

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the countryside of England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking up the hill and looking over the Dover Cliffs. It was breathtaking."

Neil

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip out of the country. My wife and I chose the Rick Steves tour because a friend highly recommended it, and our own research led us to this choice. We were thrilled with the experience! Everything was handled so well with what we came to know as "the Rick Steves way", being informative, educational, ethical, and above all, great fun! It was abundantly clear that the tour plan was well researched for the best overall experience. We had an amazing guide and an expert bus driver

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was astonishing to see Canterbury Cathedral, not just with the usual tour, but a specially arranged visit to the roof, hosted by the construction crew! We took the construction elevator up to take in an amazing view across the rooftop and also watch a traditional stone mason chisel away at a replacement stone block. We also went inside the roof for a closeup view of the roof timbers and the barrel vaults just below us. We were informed that we were only the second group there in 800 years!"

Jill

Eugene, OR

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations. I couldn't possibly have organized so many experiences in 13 days on my own. That said, I never felt rushed or stressed - and I would have been stressed if I was trying to do this itinerary without the tour. There were so many extra benefits, for example, our guide and driver knew just when to get us to locations to avoid crowds. My fellow travelers were such a fun group. It was a pleasure to share the experience with them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So difficult to choose just one. In general, Mark's narratives about the places we visited really brought the history vividly to life. Hiking in Dartmoor, he wove a tale about the people who lived there and built the stone circle graves. The beautiful setting and Mark's story was definitely a favorite "wow" moment."

Ricci

Tampa, FL

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but walking around the Battle of Hastings grounds and listening to the audio program imagining what took place there really brought it home for me. The tour also gave me a new perspective on world war II."

Laura

Tampa, FL

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very impressed that they were able to cover so many sites and experiences, over a significant distance, without killing us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The coastal scenery was unbelievably beautiful. The cliffs, the wind, the history, the sheep, - all of it goes right through you. The english people were lovely, lovely, lovely."

Angela

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was absolutely perfect for my husband and me. I have wanted to visit England since I was a kid, so this was a dream come true and the Rick Steves tour did not disappoint! I enjoyed every single stop on the tour, the hotels and inns were charming and full of personality, and the group meals were outstanding. The tour group was small enough so that everything felt very personal. We learned so much and met great people and had a fabulous time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to take a lift up to the scaffolding on the roof of Canterbury Cathedral was amazing. Not only were the views spectacular, but we had almost unprecedented views of this amazing structure and got to talk to people working on the restoration. I think I have to put Tintagel as a very close second, though. The ruins were fascinating and the location unparalleled."

Edward

Austin, TX

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a a small, very congenial group. Trip was relaxing with beautiful scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tintagel. Naval yard at Portsmouth. Dover castle. White cliffs at Beachy head. Scenery in Dartmoor national park. Stonehenge."

Yvonne

Austin, TX

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So much fun! Very close interactive group and great tour guide. I think we learn so much more with a good guide. It enriches the experience so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked the pasty demonstration. I connect with a culture through its cuisine."

David

Spanish Fort, AL

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group and guide. Everything we have come to expect from a Rick Steves tour. Have already booked our next trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love history and that was the reason for selecting this tour. Dover and the ships at Portsmouth were special to me. Also enjoyed a few beautiful hikes along the way."

Jo

Sun City, AZ

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another good tour and a great overview of southern England. Really enjoyed the smaller group (21) and Deborah was another great group leader.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have made pasties for most of my like but really enjoyed making pasties with the group at the Portreath Bakery. I learned how to make a better pasty and enjoyed hearing Marion's story."

Josefa

Houston, TX

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed this tour of the villages of south England tour very much. The tour helped me to connect the places and events with the history I learned a long time ago in school in the Philippines. There was a good variation of villages to tour and have a fair idea about the country side. Deborah, our tour guide, gave our group a very comprehensive description of the places and course of events that was very easy to follow. She helped promote good camaraderie among the tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the Stonehenge, feeling the atmosphere of the place, the "ancientness" of the stones."

Randy

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group wonderful guide Deb was very personable and informative

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stonehenge"

Jeanne

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour and the guide who made the history come alive

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many from Stonehedge, white cliffs of dover, under ground tunnels to the thatched roofs, the bronze age ruins"

Kathi

Golden, CO

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another wonderful Rick Steve's tour! The tour is just the right mix of sights, group time and individual time. Everything was well-organized, and well-timed. Mark Seymour was knowledgeable and informative. Loved the sights and activities. Don't think I'd change a thing. Visiting the villages of southern England in the summer was perfect. Gardens were beautiful, and we didn't have much rain. Loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was definitely more than one. Being the first people at Stonehenge, in the early morning light was sublime. The gardens of St Michael's Mount next to the sea was extraordinarily beautiful, perhaps the most beautiful gardens I've ever seen. Learning how to make Cornish pasties in a tiny bakery in Portreath, then eating our pasties by the sea was fun and authentic. Learning about a 3,500 year old village on the moors of Dartmoor, while standing amongst the ruins was magically profound."

Dan

Davis, CA

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The entire experience was greatly enriched by our tour guide Mark Seymour. I thought he did an exceptionally good job. I very much enjoyed meeting and interacting with the British people. They all were lovely, simply lovely. The country side and scenery were absolutely magnificent. Beautiful. And we were lucky to have extremely good weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one "wow" moment. I loved St. Ives and enjoyed some of my fellow traveling companions more than I expected I would."

Kathryn

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations. Overwhelming exceeded. Mark and Deborah were fantastic and provided a well-structured tour. Loved the history and the culture vs. sights as the only focus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to say. Loved the whole experience!"

Richard

Red Wing, MN

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was very satisfied with the hotels, meals,bus and sites we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had no "wow" moment. I enjoyed it all."

James

Pittsburg, CA

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful tour with spectacular vistas, super good bus leadership by our outstanding and thoroughly knowledgable guide Mark Seymour. The Bus presentation, which provides an important backdrop to what we are seeing and what we will do next are a special time for me and Mark's presentation were always spot on, interesting, thorough, compelling, and very often funny. The accommodation was first class and the time spent in the Canterbury Cathedral Inn, within the Cathedral grounds was a blessing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stonehedge a very impressive monument to the past. We walked up to it and around the perimeter while Mark gave a continuous commentary."

Karl

Golden, CO

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was lots of fun. Good guide and great group of Fellow travelers. Learned a lot about England besides London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the tin mine tour and visiting Stonehenge early all by ourselves before the " mobs of people " showed up. This was my 3rd visit to Stonehenge but by far the best experience. Of course winning a prize at the pasty baking demonstration will forever be on my resume."

Lee

Katy, TX

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mark did a wonderful job of keeping us infomred and on time. I told him that I could not think of anything that he could have done that he didn't do. I tipped him accordingly. Deborah (the understudy) was also very helpful in keeping me informed since I have a hearing impairment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly enjoyed the white cliffs at Beachy Head and climbing to the base of the steeple in the Salisbury Cathedral."

Chuck

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was so much more than a vacation. I felt like a student in the middle of a great learning experience. Our guide was more like a professor in the best sense of the word. It was challenging and fun! I'd do it again in a New York minute. Do you offer "tuition assistance"?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I found myself saying "wow" so many times that even now I have a hard time singling any one experience out but if forced to I'd say climbing the spire of Salsbury Cathedral. I had to challenge my fear of heights and overcoming that fear was as exhilarating as the view from the top."

Leila

Pea Ridge, AR

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There were GREAT group guided activities that were thoughtfully planned out to maximize our experience ( most notably getting to Stonehenge before the maddening hordes), plenty of free time, thankfully several days of a little later morning start, and a wonderful coach and driver (big shout out to Dan!!!) The food was fabulous and the group was fun loving.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eating an ice cream cone in a pull out with the Wild Ponies of Dartmoor."

Patricia

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. We loved the people, the expertise of our guide, the places we visited and the other travellers on our bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the character of the British people. We hadn't realised that England was still receiving rations up until the 1960's and that it wasn't until the 1980's that they finished paying their war debt. After having gone through so much during both world wars, and after having help to build up Germany and France , it was astounding that they still were required to pay off the war debt to the US. England was hit hard fiscally, population-wise and physically. Strong people."

Kathleen

Davis, CA

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was really pleased with the tour! It was my first Rick Steve's tour after multiple trips that I had planned and organized myself with Rick's books. I was thrilled with the activity level because I am active, and the beautiful English countryside. I thoroughly enjoyed the choice of towns we visited and the sights we toured. I was pleasantly surprised with the other travelers. They were all in all a lovely bunch. The hotels were all quite comfortable and I loved the included breakfasts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Three: St Michael's Mount tide change that exposed the walk way! Picturesque St. Ives and the fish and chips dinner we had there! Canterbury Cathedral experience where we stayed adjacent to the cathederal!"

Nan

Spokane Valley, WA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It couldn't have been better, from arriving in Canterbury, meeting our tour-mates and guide, each day's adventures, and ending with our final delectable and poignant dinner in Bath.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the inside of Canterbury Cathedral was stirring, but little did we know that we'd be seeing the outside repair efforts from the heights of the scaffolding! I'm not comfortable with heights, so was not looking forward to the trip up to 13th level in the construction lift. With the assurance of our very knowledgeable and experienced local guide, I not only did it--I enjoyed it!"

Elaine

Shepherdstown, WV

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I always enjoy the Rick Steve's experience. It is so organized and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At port Isaac. Such a beautiful town."

Frank

Denver, CO

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first RS Tour and it didn't disappoint. Tom Hooper had all the appropriate skills to make the tour most enjoyable; he even made the weather delightful in England.

Bill

Shepherdstown, WV

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, fantastic fellow travelers, and excellent weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"By far the conservation tour of Canterbury Cathedral. During our many tours we have visited many cathedrals, but never have we got to experience going up to the roof. Getting a view of the repairs necessary to keep it open was very enlightening."

Gunnar

Emeryville, CA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was exactly as advertised: small group, great guide and no grumps!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being allowed to put on hard hats, ride the construction hoist to the roof and having a guided tour of the restoration work on Canterbury Cathedral. How did Rick arrange this? Don't they have an OSHA in England?"

Daryl

Stoughton, WI

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been to several of the places that the tour took us to, but I was happy to go again with an experienced guide. I learned things that I would never find out on my own. I especially enjoyed the time allocated to exploring and eating on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were able to go up to the roof via an outside elevator and walk on the scaffolding platform at the Canterbury Cathedral. We were guided by the head of the restoration project and she was a wonderful guide. The views were spectacular up there. We were also allowed to walk on a platform inside the cathedral just below the ceiling, allowing us to have close up views of the ceiling. I doubt if any other tours would be able to arrange that."

Sherry

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group of tour members that seemed to "gel" right away. Mostly experienced travelers ready for an amazing trip, which is what we got!!! The weather prediction was rain most every day, but it couldn't have been much better. Tom efficiently led us on the journey of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There's several WOW moments! Canterbury Cathedral was beautiful but like many European sites, it was under restoration. The upside was the experience of putting on a hard hat and riding the cage elevator up to the roof! There we saw the outside & inside, heard about the original and restoration process for building this medal roof. Next WOW moment would be the Salisbury Cathedral! The beach & hotel in St. Ives, a definite WOW! My FAVORITE was Port Isaac & Doc Martin filming! Stunning!"

Tania

Eastvale, CA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From Tom Hooper, our tour guide, to the many places we visited and the food we ate was all a huge and wonderful time for me. It was my first RS tour and I will definitely go on future ones. I especially loved Cornwall and St Ives but who wouldn't with all the beauty surrounding it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a wow ?? moment for me as I was able to experience the people, food, culture and learned about history at the same time. I was never bored with 6-8 miles of walking in different regions within one day! Amazing!"

Merri

Riverside, CA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour group became a happy band of travelers led by the honorable and humorous Tom Hooper. To use his own words: 'Nothing went pear shaped'(wacky). Dan, our driver, was excellent. The hotels we stayed in were all so lovely, some having been built in medieval times. There was so much to see, hear and do. The walking was fine. A walking stick helped me manage uneven surfaces such as Dartmoor and Dover Cliffs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to don hard hats and ride construction lifts to walk upon the scaffolding at the top of Canterbury Cathedral where only the builders have been was pretty special, and that was perhaps due to Tom's personal relationships with local people in all the towns we visited. Also, Marion in her Portreath bakery telling us her life story and her determination to make something good for all out of life's obstacles. Then,learning to make and eat her Cornish pasties. Delightful people everywhere!"

Robin

Newark, DE

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th RS tour and as usual it was another excellent trip! Our other tours, in France, Italy, and Ireland, were "Signature Tours". This was our first "Cultural Connections" tour, and we did notice a slight difference in the emphasis of the activities. Nevertheless, we came away without a preference for one type of tour over the other. Our fellow tour members were wonderful! Positive, flexible and open to all experiences! A pleasure to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As Doc Martin fans, visiting Port Isaac, esp. during filming, was a wonderful treat! Port Isaac is a beautiful, quintessential fishing village on the Cornish Peninsula, so worth visiting for that reason alone. Another unexpected wow moment was to go up in the construction elevator to the rooftop of Canterbury Cathedral for a private tour of the restoration! And finally, the Merrivale prehistoric stones in Dartmoor were extraordinary! Also loved the moor itself for its haunting atmosphere."

Tim

Buckeye, AZ

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was constantly impressed by the beautiful green country side of southern England, as well as the towns and villages we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up into the work area at Canterbury Cathedral where the conservation work is going on. We got to see close-up where the stone masons are replacing aged and broken stone sculptures, where lead sheeting is being replaced on the roof. We got to go inside the roof for a close-up look at the structure supporting the roof sheeting. Many thanks to Heather, the conservation head (don't remember her correct title) for showing us something that most people won't have the chance to see."

James

Riverside, CA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip! Very nice hotels and all of the sightseeing tours were over the top the best. Our tour guide Tom was very informative and could not have made the trip any better. I would sign up for a tour with Tom over and over again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite moment was the Canterbury Cathedral. Since they are refurbishing and doing work on the tour I was not expecting much, but Tom had arranged a tour of the top of the cathedral with the construction crew. So we were able to see things that most people never get to see. Absolutely the best."

Lauri

Johnson City, TN

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual, a Rick Steve's tour did not disappoint. I appreciate the convenience of not having to drive and the flexibility of having some free time and opportunity when we are at a site to focus on things we have an interest in, versus being herded around in a large group the whole time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved getting to take the boat over to St. Michael's Mount and then walk back on the causeway. The white cliffs at Beachy Head were a favorite too."

David

Aurora, ON

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great tour.It is great being in a country with a common language making it so much easier to get around to shops/restaurants. I really enjoyed places which I would not have visited if on my own, Beachy head, Portmouth, St Ives, south downs, Dartmoor etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Mary Rose ship and Dartmoor. Sorry for having two! I could add more!"

Connie

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour experience was great. Lovely little villages with breathtaking scenery. Time seems to have stood still in some of the villages and one is immediately charmed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stonehenge, Canterbury Cathedral, Land's End, and a very tender moment in Salisbury Cathedral when our docent, Michael, helped one of our tour colleagues."

Charles

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 17th RS tour was just as good as the earlier one. Great group, great hotels and food, and really great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Stonehenge."

Shawn

Toronto, ON

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Despite the weather, we had a great time and again saw the value provided by your tours. I especially like the out of the ordinary events woven into the trip. For examples, putting on a hard hat and going up above the roof at Canterbury Cathedral, the trip in the punt boat and making our own pasties and eating them at the beach really added to the more traditional sights on the tour. The tour was plagued by bad weather and a last minute change by the closing of a stop on the itinerary. There w

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the pasty event we had. Meeting the entrepreneur who took her shop from one location to the scope she now has while she dealt with the different tragedies in her life was inspiring. The event itself was fun and it was a great experience to then walk over to the beach to eat them."

Gabe

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I would have rated the trip as Outstanding except for our tour guide I have discussed this with Ruth Ann in a phone call.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Canterbury Cathedral."

Christian

Johnson City, TN

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife (Lauri) lived in London in 2003 for 9 months working for a firm in Hammersmith. I met her in 2005 and have always wanted to travel to London and England and we finally got a chance to do so. I felt both of us had an outstanding experience visiting the cities and regions of southern England in the 13 days we had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly enjoyed visiting Dartmoor National Park, experiencing the moors and tors, staying in the quaint village of Chagford, and being able to have some free time so we could hike outside of town in an afternoon after coming back from the moors and lunch. The bus driver, Dan Lemon, was very well trained in how to drive a large, wide bus on those narrow, hedge-lined roads, especially when meeting oncoming traffic (large trucks mostly) and dealing with safely getting by each."

David

Gilroy, CA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a terrific tour seeing all the villages, cathedrals, castles and seaside port villages. As I go back over all the photos I took, I realize how much we saw and how packed the schedule is. A truly great tour itinerary! Very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several but the one that stands out for me was the visit to Stonehenge. Truly a bucket list item for me. Also, seeing the White Cliffs at Beachy Head was another wow moment as well as the Canterbury, Salisbury, and Wells Cathedrals!"

Erika

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed starting in Canterbury and exploring on my own there along the paths next to the Stour River and it was an easy connection from London and very walkable and easy to find great food...The tour went off to a great start despite a spell of heavy rain delaying our city walk until the morning. Jamie took a handy group photo with the Skitch app to help us identify each other and set the tone for a meaningful flexible time, asking us what was most important to each of us on this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was wonderful! I especially enjoyed the pasty making as this is a favorite treat of mine. I would also list many other things such as the Scenic punting ride, the tour on top of Canterbury Cathedral (how unique), walking on top of the cliffs on the South Downs Way at Beachy Head and the view of the white cliffs from Burling Gap. June was great for flowers, flowers and more flowers pics."

John

Ledyard, CT

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It surpassed our expectations in almost every way. A few weeks before our flight, we were told that we wouldn't visit Tintagel Castle. That was a major disappointment for me, but it turned out to be the only real disappointment of the tour. The tour was organized quite well, things happened on time, there was a good balance of group time and private time, bus rides went by quickly and were filled with pertinent talks by Liz.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evensong/vespers at Canterbury Cathedral - acoustics were surprisingly good, choirs were excellent, and the environment was stunning. I still get chills thinking about it. Cornwall coast, Dartmoor, chalk cliffs in sunlight are all honorable mentions."

William

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great guide great driver great surprises a fun group of people beautiful country

Favorite "WOW" moment

"visiting "portwhenn (Doc Martins village in 50 mph wind storm Even song service in canterbury cathedral"

James

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end, Tour Guide Liz Boardman did an outstanding job. She showed great interest in the people on the tour, knew what she was talking about, and really worked as a team with our outstanding bus driver, Ali. We were always on time, and each new venue was explained well before we arrived. All the hotels were great, but for one exception. That was the hotel in St. Ives, which as too far from the center of town. Eating options too limited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dover Castle and the secret wartime tunnels."

Gwen

Victoria, BC

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Far exceeded my expectations with regard to diversity of experiences, tour guide skill, other travel companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from... Saint Michael's Mount: the getting there on foot, watching the tide roll in to create an island, the buildings, chapel and stunning gardens."

Susan

Palatine, IL

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the best guide, Liz Boardman, You can tell Liz loves what she does - she is enthusiastic in sharing her love of her country, it's history and ensuring everyone has the best experience. The tour itself is well thought out and planned. The accommodations were lovely and i enjoyed each one. My fellow travers were a delight and enjoyed the time we spent together

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, there wasn't a particular "wow" moment but several. Let me start off with the Mary Rose Museum. This is one of the most impressive museums I've been to. The way the museum is laid out you get to experience what life was like on the ship and how they were able to locate, rise from the sea and the research being done. Just incredible! Next would be Glastonbury Abby. The grounds are a peaceful setting and the ruins are beautiful. I can't forget St Michael's Mount."

Shawn

Sonora, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fabulous! This was our second RS Tour. After our first, to Ireland, we wondered how it could get any better. Well, it did! Our guide was fantastic. She made each person feel very comfortable from the moment we met until the very end of the trip. She was a wealth of knowledge with a wonderful sense of humor. I think it is pretty amazing how all of the people we've toured with are easy to be with and after a few days, you feel like a traveling family. Money very well spent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, we chose this tour because it included Stonehenge. Our guide got us there ahead of the crowds which we all appreciated. It is a remarkable experience to see and wonder how they did it and why. I was also struck by the WWII Secret Wartime Tunnels in Dover. We happened to be there on D-Day. Very well done. You really get a sense of what it was like to be there during such a dangerous time."

Kathryn

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an especially interesting tour going to small villages. It was well organized and thought out with a wide variety of places visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was punting in the pouring rain in Canterbury with our skilled punter Jacob."

Susan

Winston Salem, NC

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found the tour group very congenial and our guide "Liz" lovely.Southern England offered many new interesting people and places around every turn in the narrow road. Our group were the rare "sunshine" people because when we showed up the sun came out to give us magnificent views of the many iconic views on our journey.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stonehenge early morning was by far a "wow". The size of the stones and peaceful setting added to the wowness. Salisbury cathedral also provided a "wow' moment with the earth view from the moon installation in the sanctuary with a reflection in the baptismal font. Another "wow" were the narrow roads and hedge rows."

David

Shushan, NY

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A good mix of people. The tour had a nice steady pace without ever being overwhelming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dartmoor Park walking through the bronze age sites."

Pamela

Downers Grove, IL

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So,so fun. I loved it. Our guide was exceptional and seemed to enjoy us! There were no grumps. Amazing! Sad that we couldn't get to Tintagel but we enjoyed the day nevertheless.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmmmmmm. Walking in the Moors and having age old ruins pointed out to us. We could touch them and sort of feel the mystery surrounding them."

Ali

Arden, NC

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an excellent tour! Liz was amazing, and we really enjoyed our bus driver Ali as well. The overall pace was perfect; ;ots of information and viewing interspersed with enough freedom to go at ones' own speed and free time. It was fun to be part of a group of strangers who bonded and became a whole. (Thanks again to Liz!)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day we learned how to make pasties, followed by the tin mine tour was my favorite. Oddly enough, it was the one day that I didn't eagerly anticipate. Both stops had a strong effect on me. Nice surprise! Stonehenge and the Cliffs of Dover, the quaint villages - all lived up to or exceeded my expectations."

Gerard

Sonora, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were a happy band of travelers. We all got acquainted with each other and got along quite well. Elizabeth Boardman was our guide and could not have been better. We saw many things that we would have missed traveling by ourselves. The Itinerary was outstanding. It is very nice to have things all set up for you. We spent 6 days in London after the tour and realized how valuable it is to be on a Rick Steves tour with all the details taken care of for you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't have a favorite moment but I am a lover of nature more than anything else. That said my favorite part of the tour is anywhere we went near the coast which included quite a few places with Beachy Head as the most memorable."

Paul

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was very well planned with a wide variety of experiences. Liz, our guide, was excellent. She had a great sense of humor and made everyone feel very special. I thought we stayed the right amount of time in each place, with the exception of Bath. I would have liked one more night in Bath with the tour taking in some of the highlights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were no wow moments. Everything was as I expected, and it was very good."

Dona

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very informative, visiting interesting places, teaching history of England, and having lovely tour members and a great guide. Our hotels were located conveniently with some of them having interesting quirks. There was a good mix of city and country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to see some of the places that I read about in novels or if not "the" place at least one very similar. Also, seeing the White Cliffs, in Dover, Beachy Head, and France too."

Elaine

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Tom Hooper was great. So knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Our driver, Dan, was such an expert besides being a friendly guy. The comfortable, roomy bus was much appreciated, especially on lengthier rides and the window views were wonderful. This was our first Rick Steves tour and it did exceed my expectations. We hope to do another (the fact that we were the only first timers in our group speaks for itself). A great value for the $.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely, the "behind the scenes" restoration tour of Canterbury cathedral. The sights and events of the tour were great in general, but this is the one thing I'd pick as an outstanding experience. A "Wow" rating. I was surprised I liked Stonehenge so much-seemed such a cliche, but it was awesome in the early morning. Others: Mary Rose exhibit, Marrivale Ceremonial Complex."

Paul

Normandy Park, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

South England is a beautiful area with so many charming and memorable towns and ports. Our tour guide was exceptional (see comments below). Tour pace was well balanced with many tour activities each day and the bus travel offered resting time. We loved the hands on activity making Pasties and eating them hot at a beach. Paul would have enjoyed more hiking options to enjoy the beautiful country in Southern England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wow moments. Our favorite wows were: Canterbury cathedral and town, Portsmouth tour of the Mary Rose, Chagford Hotel food and town, Walking on the Moors at Dartmoor National Park. Visiting Port Isaac."

Steven

Sun Prairie, WI

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Another excellent tour from your company. Our Guide Tom was the best and all of the places we visited were interesting and, in some cases quite thought provoking. The group I was privileged to travel with were all top notch and we all got along very well, I think due in part to the excellent leadership and personality of Tom.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not sure I can put my finger on a single Wow moment but I do know that Tom never ceased to amaze me with his knowledge and wit and that alone made it a Wow moment every minute."

Marilyn

Eugene, OR

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Merrivale. Walking in a field of what looked like random rocks and Tom then showed us the circles of stones like Stonehenge and then the "runway" lined by stones. If we hadn't been on the Rick Steves tour or Tom as our guide we would have just driven by the area not knowing about the special treasure!"

Burton

Eugene, OR

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What made this trip so truly outstanding was the best guide we have had in 8 Rick Steve's tours. Tom Hooper was incredible. Knowledge was superlative and recall amazing. Never a note and history pouring forth. His humor was an asset that so improved our experience. The whole trip was an incredible ride through history and scenery with an incredible guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the moors of Dartmoor park. Seeing history before our very eyes. The site of the battle of Hastings was pretty special too."

Elizabeth

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 11th tour was so much fun. Great group. Wonderful guide. Fun surprises. It was a very active tour (and maybe seemed more so after just completing the more sedate Scandinavian tour). Ascending into scaffolding, cliff walks, dark tunnels, hard hats, old ships, very very old stones, stained glass, history lessons, great meals, evensong. And everywhere seeing dogs with their owners.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was a WOW in that it was so much fun. But going up the industrial elevator in the scaffolding outside Canterbury Cathedral was amazing - mostly because I did it. Seeing Stonehenge and old stone circles on the moor. The beauty of the stained glass windows. The amazing machinery needed in tin mining. Nelson's ship!!! Making a pasty. Every day had a treat of some kind."

Donald

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an outstanding tour. It had lots of history, architecture, landscapes, and even the White Cliffs of Dover. The balance of the sites was great so that it was never repetitive. Tom was able to bring to life the long and complicated history of England in such a way that it made today's events much more understandable. Dan, our driver, was able to maneuver the bus in the tightest one lane roads without even a worry. He kept us safe and sound.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The varied landscape of the south of England from chalky cliffs, to green pastures, to the rugged moors, and finally to sand shores."

Beth

Elgin, SC

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was total immersion into the beauty, history, culture, and people of south England. Each day there were many opportunities to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of this part of the country. As a single tour member, I always felt part of the group and enjoyed getting to know fellow travelers. And I will never be able to get enough of the beyond-beautiful English countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sorry--I cannot pick one! But I can say that my favorites included attending Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral, hiking along the South Downs Way at Beachy Head, touring the Mary Rose Museum, hearing the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra rehearse Gustav Holst in Salisbury Cathedral, and all things Cornwall."

Irene

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a well-balanced tour and I appreciated not having a lot of long bus trips. They were well broken up. I was also lucky in having a fabulous and harmonious group of people on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to see the stone rows and house circles on Dartmoor (Merrivale, perhaps?)which wasn't on the tour listing. It was very atmospheric. Also our surprise visit to Port Isaac, which, with or without the Doc Martin series tie-in, was charming even in the rain. (It never rains on Doc Martin.)"

Steven

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A combination of good fortune: Tour-guide Tom whose wealth of experience, insight and care made each day richer and deeper; Dependable Dan the bus driver whose outstanding bus handling kept us safe; and a great group of fellow travelers whose kindness and thoughtfulness made mealtimes, bus travel, and tour sites all the more enjoyable. This tour surpassed our expectations. We learned and experienced more than what one would think. All around it was a very enjoyable 13 days!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All points Cornwall were truly "WOW" moments: St. Michael's Mount; making and eating pasties (which we intend to try at home--was that "pull, tuck, pinch"?); visiting Port Issac (said the Doc Martin fan); pints at the pubs; wine on the terrace at Hotel Penzance; The Three Crowns Inn at Chagford (best battered cod fish I've ever, ever, ever, ever, ever had!!!); St. Ives and the short train ride; and the scenery and ruggedness of the Cornwall coast."

John

Suffield, CT

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom did an excellent job explaining topics of interest, infused with humor and was energetic. he also had very good suggestions on things to during our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was nice to get access to Canterbury Cathedral construction zone and the Geevor Tin mine."

Randy

Keller, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Liz was the best guide. Love her! Need more time in Bath. Less time in Canterbury. Last few days to much Bus Time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"glastenbury"

Dennis

Coronado, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Positively delightful tour. The villages of southern England absolutely reeked with charm. Liz Boardman was our tour guide and proved to be the best guide I have ever had. (I have been on 10 previous guided tours with various tour companies.). Ms. Boardman was efficient, organized, attentive, knowledgeable and uncommonly personable. She taught our group English history, local geology, architecture, current politics and even how to play cricket.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from: 1. Watching master craftsman restore ancient stained glass 2. Puzzling at the purpose of Stonehenge 3. Strolling the moors of the "Hound of the Baskervilles" 4. Learning Cricket on the beach while waiting for Saint Michael's Mount to open 5. Seeing how the English people include their dogs in nearly every activity. The "Wow" moment was a surprise visit to Port Isaac & witnessing filming of a scene for a future episode of "Doc Martin""

Lisa

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the beautiful countryside on this trip! Could not have asked for better tour guide. Liz was genuine, knowledgeable, and helpful! The weather was perfect, the rain barely made an appearance. The group was a friendly bunch who were up upbeat and kind to each other. Loved the itinerary mostly. We hit St. Ives beachside town during a mid-term off week for the kids. The place was packed. I preferred the slower paced towns of Alfriston and Chagford.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Salisbury we were told about a Historic Mansion that had an open house. We ventured there on our afternoon off. It was beautiful. Afterward we has dinner at a pub on the grassy knoll overlooking a stream filled with swans. The sheep we grazing in the meadow across the stream. It was a "died and gone to my heaven" moment." The simple beauty was breathtaking. Just being in the moment at that perfect spot."

Brad

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed the people we met, and all the tour guides throughout the trip. Being in the small out of the way towns was important to me.

Linda

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another wonderful, outstanding, awe-inspiring tour! This was my fourth Rick Steves tour, and I think each tour is better than the last. The itinerary was varied and interesting, a great mix of ancient and more recent history, geography, culture and pop culture. Besides iconic sites like Stonehenge, we visited English sea-side towns and bucolic villages. But it was truly Liz, our guide, who made everything gel into the perfect combination of history, culture, environment and camaraderie.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day brought wow moments! Among the best: Watching the stained glass conservator at Canterbury Cathedral; walking above and below the chalk cliffs at Seven Sisters; touring the World War II tunnels at Dover Castle; Hastings battlefield and its sculptures; touring Salisbury Cathedral; walking the moors in Dartmoor NP and exploring the stone remains of a Bronze Age settlement; making a pasty; and walking out to St. Michael's Mount and exploring the gardens."

Pete

Medina, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent guide, guides at visits were all outstanding. This isn't a trip to hilltop villages in Italy, instead it's a relaxing (while fast paced) trip through southern England without the bother of driving and planning all the stops. The group we were with was probably the friendliest and interesting folks we've traveled with 9n our twelve RS tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This trip doesn't have the grand hilltop view from an Italian village or a stunning event to attend like Edinburgh's tattoo. Instead everything is interesting for what and why it is. Going into the tunnels at Dover Castle was interesting but then so was trying to hit a cricket ball! In short, no aha moments but plenty of interesting places and things to enjoy. HMS Victory was a good example of high interest and next to it a salvaged ship with its artifacts."

Holly

Coronado, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was absolutely superb! From the moment of arrival at our hotel, only steps from the Cathedral, and orientation with our delightful guide, Liz, till our final farewell dinner every day eclipsed my expectations. Although we never travel in Europe without our Rick Steve's guidebooks, and have watched his travelogues on PBS for years, this was our first tour with the company. As advertised, the interesting activities, and local culture in quaint settings was just perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is akin to choosing a favorite grandchild. The view of the tiny picturesque Port Isaac fishing village, my introduction to the acerbic Doc Martin, was the catalyst for my travel search in Southern England. Although our stop in Port Isaac was absolutely brilliant, perfect sunny weather and live filming of the show, I think my wow experience was the enormous inflatable earth juxtaposed under the cathedral spire complimented by Michael's vivid amusing history."

Christine

Medina, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our Southern England Tour (12th with RS) was awesome. This is what made our trip worth sharing: 1) One of the smallest groups, 23 with Guide 2) Outstanding tour guide, Liz 3) Everyone in our group was fun, intelligent and never grumpy 4) 99% of our destination spots were totally worthwhile 5) Fun, interactive activities for whole group participation 6) 99% excellent hotel accommodations 7) Good amount of free time to explore on own

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Was in awe of Stonehendge and Cliffs of Dover."

Christine

Shawnee, KS

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was professional, educational, well paced, good amount of time for independent exploring, interesting, full of unexpected delights, lovely travel companions, fabulous bus driver, and amazing lead and specialist guides. Great overall value.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved my Chagford ramble on a perfect spring day, walking through buttercups, talking to others walkers, dogs, sheep, cattle, and a fellow traveler. It could not have been better. I felt like I was in the heart of rural England. We came back from our walk and had a 1/2 pint I the local pub. Other great times, Stonehenge, because I had wanted to go there since I was a little girl. Port Isaac surprise, again, in perfect spring weatherl, watching the filming of Doc Martin."

Dennis

Richland, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Susan and I had the good fortune to enjoy an outstanding Rick Steves South England Tour in May this year. The trip was very well designed and organized. we had an outstanding guide, Elizabeth Boardman and a highly skilled and and amiable driver, Ally. We also had outstanding guides at several of the venues we visited. The hotel accommodations and provided meals were excellent as were recommendations for restaurants on the days when dinners were not provided. Overall a great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A highlight for me was the stop at Portsmouth, although I would have liked a little more time there. The visit to the Mary Rose exhibit and the tour of the Victory were very interesting and educational. I also had a brief visit at the boat building shop which was especially interesting because I am an amateur boat builder. At least for me a full day at Portsmouth would have been just about right."

Debbie

Keller, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved this tour even more than I thought. Alot of history was revealed and I feel like I understand the English culture and people more than ever. Our guide, Liz, was amazing. With her experience of living in Bath, she brought a personal English experience, which could not be duplcated. Many of the sites; Stonehenge, Canterbury Cathedral, Cliffs of Dover, Cornwall, St. Ives and St. Michael's Mount were all places I have heard about for years, but never had seen personally.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was The Canterbury Cathedral Evensong because it was so spiritial. Knowing about the 1000's of people who made the pilgrimage to this place to find a miracle, made it any more so. It made me cry with happiness. This was a totally unexpected experience."

Don

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good traveling companions, great tour guide, good food, good accommodations, great bus driver, well organized, Locations of hotels was good for walking around various towns/cities. Time per site was reasonable, saw most of what was available to see or experience. Reasonable balance of free time vs tour/travel time. Averaged about 15000 steps per day on tour days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gaining an understanding of the history of England and the UK. Understanding the great disparity in wealth of the ruling class and the church in the 1000-1800 period. Better understanding of the Magna Carta moment, Battles of Hastings, Trafalgar and the importance of sea power to the colonial Briton. Impact of WWI on country, and then further impact of WWII. Witnessed the confusion of Brexit in discussions with locals about their views and their frustration of the never ending story."

John

Bowling Green, KY

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We planned what we wanted to see on before looking at tours, and chose the tour because from the description seemed to fit our goals. Absolutely no disappointment to meeting goals from description and actual tour. Relationships with fellow travelers were outstanding. Everyone wanted to know everyone. Regularly sitting at meals and on the bus with different people; a small group & almost 2 week tour->>last week of tour was so much fun with new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"3 way Tie: (1) 6 of us visiting with the pub owner in Chagford where many of the regulars brought in large dogs, and the owner's large dog was resting its head on a tour member's lap. (2) Walking Town Path from Salisbury to Harmon and seeing Salisbury Cathedral across field with sheep in it. (3 )Eating lunch and walking on moor in Dartmoor, seeing wild horses, sheep, prehistoric burial site."

Scott

Springboro, OH

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with all the RS's tours we have taken, this Villages tour was a lot of fun and a great value. Activities were well planned and the free time gave us an opportunity to build on the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was particularly taken with the walk on the Moors and the discovery of the stone circles, as well as having lunch in this incredible setting. As a secondary "wow" experience, I enjoyed hearing about Brexit from our guide and locals that we met. These comments we unfiltered by the news media and allowed me to increase my understanding of the complex issues based on everyday people's viewpoints."

Robert

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Villages of South England was an excellent tour. This was our 5th Rick Steves tour and it exceeded our expectations (as usual!). Our guide, Mark, was knowledgeable and organized. He had a good sense of humor and related very well to the entire group. We enjoyed the extra experiences that he scheduled. The most remarkable experience was riding the scaffold elevator above the roof of Canterbury Cathedral to learn about renovations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Stonehenge! The experience was enriched by also visiting the ancient stone circles and formations in Dartmoor National Park. Mark made the mystery of the ancient people who created these unique formations come alive for us. I especially enjoyed seeing one of our tour members "entombed.""

Deborah

Springboro, OH

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was great! The tour lived up to everything one would expect from a Rick Steves tour. Great guide, good tour mates, and fantastic sites. There was plenty of free time to see things on our own and good quality time with guided sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two. First, standing up on the scaffolding above the roof of the Canterbury Cathedral with the restoration folks looking at their work. It was amazing and frightening at the same time. The second Wow moment was going to the top of a moor and finding a quiet spot to have a picnic lunch and taking in the view. That was an unexpected and delightful moment."

Barry

Comox, BC

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is an evaluation from both Barry and Lois Warner. This was a very busy itinerary. The tour was loaded with sights and experiences, however this left little time to explore Canterbury and Penzance on our own. A bit more free time would have been appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spending time on Dartmoor - the neolithic circles and views. Learning how to make a Cornish pasty!"

Clair

Bowling Green, KY

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour surpassed every expectation I had prior to the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The special tour with the masons helping to restore parts of Canterbury Cathedral. The time they were willing to spend taking us behind the scenes and explaining their processes as well as being able to stand on the "false floor" and bet an up close look at the amazing ceiling."

Diana

Chesterfield, VA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall experience met our expectations. Mark was a great tour guide. All of the hotels were well located and comfortable with good breakfasts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was not just one WOW moment. Very much enjoyed Portsmouth, boarding the historic ships, the boat repairing/working building and great restaurant for lunch with - water view and good food. In Canterbury going on the construction elevator to learn about stone building renovation and keeping the Canterbury cathedral viable was a highlight. Loved St. Michael's Mount. Chagford was a delightful town with good restaurants and small shops. Enjoyed Salisbury and Battle Abbey."

Carole

St Petersburg, FL

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 3rd RS tour. The first 2 were city tours. And, once again, RS is the best way to go...from the expert guide, roomy smooth bus rides, and "no grump" travelers to a well planned itinerary with plenty of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to go up the construction elevator to be on top of the Canterbury Cathedral was a "wow" moment that I will never forget. Thank you for making this unplanned change in the itinerary happen. So many "wow"derful moments! I loved being the only tourists in Dartmoor around the stones and the picnic lunches."

Paula

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Doing Stonehedge when it first opened in the morning was first rate -- I can't imagine doing it at any other time of day (due to crowds!)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't think I had a "wow" moment -- the entire tour was great!"

Maxine

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the itinerary, the guide and my fellow travelers. I liked the pace and the variety of activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had lots of "wow" moments, including visiting the Battle of Britain Memorial in heavy fog and thinking about how often the RAF had to deal with that weather and seeing both the restored Mary Rose and the HMS Victory in Portsmouth and actually being at Land's End on the Cornwall Coast."

Kirk

Watkinsville, GA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip provided an excellent exposure to important places in, and information about, southern England. This trip combined with The Best of England tour, which my wife and I took immediately after gave us a wonderful first experience in England. It also provided us with the opportunity to visit a locale (around Shrewsbury) where my ancestors lived in the 1600s, before immigrating to the US, which we did before the tours).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing unique landscape (cliffs of Dover, moors in Dartmoor, Lands End in Cornwall seaside villages like St. Ives and Port Issac) and historically-important places (Canterbury,Stonehenge,and Bath)."

Lynn

Mechanicsville, VA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love England and this tour gave me the opportunity to experience the south with a group of like-minded travelers. Rick Steves tours have a good mix of planned and free time. This was my fourth - I find that the guides and bus drivers make all the difference in the conviviality of each group - Jamie and Jim were outstanding. I was on my own this trip - these tours are terrific for solo travelers!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The morning on Dartmoor was amazing. I sat in the front of the bus that day and had the best view of the spring flowers, the beautiful skies, the ponies and the sheep in the road. The contrast between the greens of the lower elevation and the barren landscape of the higher ground was stunning. Hiking among standing stones made me part of the landscape."

Mike

Slidell, LA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour, and it was great. Mary and I are already planning our next adventure. We spent an extra day in Bath, and I'm glad we did. There is so much to see in that beautiful city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment occurred when we left our hotel in Chagford. As I watched our merry band of travelers happily roll their luggage through the narrow lanes of the village down to our awaiting bus, I thought about how lucky Mary and I were to be able to travel with a group of like-minded, adventurous people (led by our great guide, Jamie), knowing that another day would unfold for us with new and unique experiences. What a thrill!"

Jane

Salem, OR

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steves Tour, and it was everything I expected. Wonderful itinerary with several diversions, great guide and bus driver, friendly group members, good amount of free time, and smaller hotels and inns with history and character.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A number of "wow" moments, but hard to pick a favorite. My list includes lodge on grounds of Canterbury Cathedral, visiting the caves which served as headquarters during Dunkirk, walking around Stonehenge again after a previous visit 50+ years ago, and taking 2+ hours to explore the Roman Baths in Bath."

Barbara

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience...good balance between free and organized time.. Loved the hotel accommodations..food very good Tour guides very knowledgeable and helpful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cliffs of Dover..even though it was freezing cold!! Hike on the moors"

Beckley

Auburndale, MA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My tour was fabulous. there were some things that could have been better, but nothing that distracted me from having a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I travel a lot on my own and where I stay is important to me. There was just one place that was a bit disappointing, but it helped that Jamie prepped us well for each place. The rest - really beautiful with the right amount of European In terms of sights - the natural environment - the white cliffs and the Moors were perfect."

Judy

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An outstanding tour! I learned so much about England's early history. Every day was like being in a classroom, a fun classroom. I enjoyed eating the pastie I made - on a beach yet! Loved Canterbury. Loved Salisbury. Loved Chagford. Our visit to the moors changed everything I thought about the moors from the books I read.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved seeing the Mary Rose in Portsmouth. The video at the end of the tour that showed the actual raising of the ship from its muddy resting place was outstanding. I watched it three times! We also toured the Museum of the Royal Navy and the Battle of Trafalgar Museum while there. Excellent presentations!"

Patrick

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We visited world famous Stonehenge and that was impressive. To me, however, our visit to Dartmoor's tors and ancient stone patterns (equally as old as Stonehenge) was the "wow" moment of the trip. Except for grazing cattle and wild ponies, we had the moor and the ancient & mysterious stone patterns to ourselves. These stones were placed on the moor several thousand years ago. The views from atop of the tor was well worth the hike up hill."

Mary

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jim's delivering us to the door of the Chagford hotel. His driving was amazing and he was a fun addition to our "group". There were too many other WOW moments to list - it was a great experience. And hopefully soon I will have time to look at my pictures!"

Rodrick

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great tour! As my wife says, " Rick Steves nailed it again."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"White Cliffs of Dover"

Mary

Slidell, LA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. The tour was well organized and went flawlessly. We saw a wide variety of places and stayed in some lovely places. Some of the climbing was challenging for me but i trudged on and it was so worth it to see the beauty at the top of a hill at Dartmoor, and the top of St Michael's Mount, not to mention the view from our room at the Penzance Hotel. Getting there was a tough climb but what a great view.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard for Americans to think about being in places that are 800+ years old, but we were in those places all the time. We don't have that here as the Native Americans didn't build grand places that remain. I loved that connection with history. When we arrived in Canterbury, were went to Evensong at the Cathedral and the choir was singing. It was a thrill to hear the choir in such a beautiful place. That is not an official part of the tour, but a great opportunity anyway."

Bruce

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip, enjoyed guide and fellow travelers.

Ruth

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip exceeded expectations. The group was got along right from the first and everyone to the no grumps rule seriously. Roy is a terrific guide, easy going, well organized and funny. Excellent itinerary. Of course there were some favorite and less so things but all in all just terrific

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lanhydrock....the gardens are incredible Hastings....peaceful for a battle field Dartmoor.....I loved the walk on the moor and the ploughmans lunch, good memory Canterbury and Salisbury Cathedrals, magnificent. The visit with the stonemasons was a big highlight"

Jim

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As is well known, the worst part of the trip was simply the airports and planes. We also had a few bus and metro and train rides before we got to our tour. Once we got there though we settled in and had a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think that for myself the most impressive part was simply learning more of the history of England and why it underpins our own history."

Brad

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an awesome tour this was! I was unfamiliar with most of the places we were scheduled to visit and did not know what to expect. But from the outset, our tour guide Roy engaged our merry troupe in the deep layered history, culture, and environment at each place along our journey. The wonderful people and environment of the small villages completely captured me. I want to return.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment came early one morning in Chagford, walking from the village square to the outskirts of town. The high hills of the Dartmoor rose before me and from a height, the rolling landscape opened up below. I paused by a narrow brook splashing down toward the green meadows inhabited by sheep and small stone houses. Somehow, at that moment, nothing else in the world mattered."

Debbie

Fremont, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was fantastic. We did Best of England tour 3 years ago and this was great addition to what we visited before. I was glad it included Stonehenge. Very happy to spend 3 days in Cornwall. Bus was very comfortable and various stops along travel route were timed beautifully. The sights and excursions were excellent with good variety. Enjoy the extra behind the scenes special tours that being on a Rick Steves Tour offers. I always feel like a special visitor!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several but first choice is easy...the visit to Port Isaac. I am huge fan of Doc Martin and walking the streets of the village was awesome. I even ran into actor Martin Clunes in one of the stores there. Super thrilling for me. Another standout was visit to St Michael Mount. Exciting to boat out to the island and walk back. Stonehenge is always a great place. Can't leave out the Geevors Tin Mine and pasty making. Both were something I looked forward to and exceeded expectations."

Katharine

Stillwater, MN

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall tour experience was very good and we enjoyed the experiences we had and places we visited during the tour. Our tour guide, Roy Nichols, was wonderful - personable, funny, knowledgeable,and told us so much about each place we visited that we learned a lot. We liked the other people on our tour and were happy to share time in the company of others or by ourselves. The communal dinners were fun and very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Canterbury Cathedral and having a tour not only of the cathedral itself, but also of the stone masons' workshop. We were able to go up into the roof area of the cathedral where repairs were being done to stonework and see what was involved in the maintenance, repairs and restoration of such an ancient and beautiful building."

Peter

Falls Church, VA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. I enjoyed the variety of castles

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Canterbury Cathedral was lovely and was my wow moment"

Nancy

Falls Church, VA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very interesting to me because I have read a number of books, non-fiction and fiction, that have taken place in southern England. It is a beautiful area of the country, and I enjoyed soaking in the atmosphere.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The natural beauty of the south coast was my "wow" moment...the White Cliffs, gardens, countryside, coastal views, and the moors."

Lois

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had an excellent guide, very knowledgeable about history and current events. I liked that the group is limited in size, ours was 25. All varied and interesting, pleasant people. For me there was a good mix of activity and personal time. I liked the walking tours of every village we stayed in to give us the lay of the land.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The special back-scene tour of the stone cutters and renovation work at the Canterbury Cathedral. The tour of the boat yard and of the Dover tunnels."

Helen

Surrey, BC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour and I would happily recommend using Rick Steve's Tours to anyone. Roy Nicolls was our tour guide. From the moment the tour started until the last morning when we all said our goodbyes, he managed to make all of us forget about anything else but enjoying the tour. All the hotels were well prepared for our arrival, breakfasts were always and excellent start for the day. Our bus driver Dan, was always there and got us to every destination without any trouble.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "Wow" moments. Roy had so much knowledge about each area we toured. We were able to see things that you would just not have access to without a great tour guide. Seeing the stonemasons working on the catherdral in Canterbury was such a treat. Roy always gave us time to check out things we were interested in ourselves as well as lots of time to walk around each village and see the beautiful sights."

Dianne

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For a history buff like me, this trip was heaven. It was an awesome and delightful experience. Also very nice to be able to turn the driving to a professional driver, Dan was calm and controlled in the most tight and squeezy spots. Our group seemed to "gel" almost immediately and everyone got on fabulously. This trip is well worth the time and money. I wish I could go again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just one favorite? Wild Ponies, Dartmoor, Corfe Castle, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Canterbury, Battlefield (Battle of Hastings), the Battle of Britain Memorial. Can't forget going up the scaffolding at the Canterbury Cathedral, this was something I thought I would not be able to do, but our group was very encouraging and I did it!"

Greg

Stillwater, MN

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We went places we could never have gone if we were on our own. Roy's incredible knowledge of England and its history (and pre-history) put everything in perspective. As the tour closed, I realized that I had come to an understanding of (aspects of) the British mentality--what it means to be British.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments, but the first is still most prominent in my mind[INVALID]our tour of Canterbury Cathedral, including a chance to see the underside of the roof reconstruction from a platform 60' in the air!"

Mary

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very fun tour. Tom & Jennifer were fantastic. The banter between the bus driver Paul & Tom was soooo much fun. The three of them made themselves very helpful & were very friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing Salisbury Cathedral & Bath Abbey, seeing the stained glass restoration, making pasty's in Cornwell, the war tunnels, Magna Carta, the entertaining town of Bath and the amazing/beautiful Beachy Head. This tour had a lot of places to see & things to do."

Joan

High Springs, FL

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom is an excellent guide and it was also a pleasure to meet and work with Jen. They made sure to make everything run efficiently and at the same time make each of us feel special.We are looking forward to our next Rick Steve's adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say mine was the unexpected trip to Port Isaac and to see them filming Doc Martin. I also enjoyed learning about the stained glass in Canterbury. The pasties were also fun!"

Ken

Bloomington, IN

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An outstanding tour that brought much of "book learning" of English history to life. Totally enjoyable with a very good, quick pace that jammed in many unexpected experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Was it the magnificence of the sound filling the majestic Canterbury Cathedral during Evensong on Easter Sunday (before tour started), or actually seeing an original copy of the precious Magna Carta, or even the amazing Lanhydrock House and Gardens? Hard to decide."

David

High Springs, FL

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Portsmouth and the coastline of Cornwall"

Joy

Burien, WA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This tour is not as jam packed with activities as the Best of England in 14 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mary rose was amazing!"

Patsy

Houston, TX

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great places, wonderful tour members, and outstanding guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to [INVALID] just one wow moment from this tour, because there were many. However, seeing and experiencing the mystery of Stonehenge for the first time was extremely powerful, as was traversing the sweeping English moors. I could almost see Heathcliff and Catherine from Wuthering Heights! I also loved participating in the pasty-making demo and witnessing the talents of the stained glass restorers at Canterbury Cathedral."

Greg

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a memorable tour. It was a great time to visit with awesome views of trees starting to leaf and countryside and hills teeming with wild flowers. There was so much to see and experience history without the usual stress, thanks to Tom and Jenn for their superb planning and preparation. The 3-1-2-2-3-1 days stay in one location did help a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Canterbury was my favorite. I shared the feelings of pilgrims who had visited the place since the Middle Ages. Truth to tell, it was akin to a religious experience. Beachy Head was notable, too, for the simple reason that tour members surprised me with a toast on my birthday there."

Thor

Burien, WA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Canterbury, a great start for southern England, Dover (ww-2 memorial, the cliffs, the castle) and cathedral, stained glass artists, and punting are stunning in spring color. Salisbury strolls and market are lively. Cragford country and Tors with Clitter are rock solid dartmoor standouts. Devon ale, Cornish pasties, mine, and Penzance seafood are mouth watering. But it is the people that make this tour so special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dartmoor Tors and South Cliffs tell the story of a 400 million year old (myo) sea, a 270 myo granite batholith volcanic intrusive, forming Tin/metals concentrations that explain people's attraction to Cornwall and Devon settlements from Roman times to 20th century modern times."

Sherri

Chester, VA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of the best tours I've done with Rick Steves or other tour companies. We were given sufficient time in locations when we were "on our own". The villages, cities, and cathedrals were beautiful. I enjoyed the mix of these along with time on the moors and ancient sites. All the accommodations were excellent and food was quite enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I believe the time on the moor with Tom taking us to ancient sites, including climbing a tor was my favorite. This same day we had time in Chagford which was delightful as my husband and I took a 3 mile hike and had close up time with the Dartmoor ponies...absolutely gorgeous scenery and animals!!"

Gerald

Houston, TX

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable; everything that I've come to expect from a RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No single "wow" moment, but 3 very memorable highlights: 1)Making pasties was enjoyable, but meeting and hearing the life story of Marion was truly impressive. What an amazing person! 2)Seeing the moors in Dartmoor National Park. Not at all what I expected and a very pleasant surprise. 3)Meeting with and listening to the stained glass conservators at the Canterbury Cathedral. Truly talented and dedicated professionals."

Cemetria

Dallas, TX

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour was fantastic! A well planned itinerary with moments of unexpected additions that seamlessly worked together. I loved being able to experience the countryside and cliffs of Southern England. Our tour guide Tom, a true English treasure, Assistant Jen and our driver Paul were a fantastic trio. Beginning in Canterbury set the stage for this tour in a grand way! Ending in Bath was a nice bookend to the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to visit Glastonbury! This was a known change in the itinerary and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to see this small peaceful town and the ruins of Glastonbury Cathedral"

Faye

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mark is a very informative guide. He clearly loves his job and the RS company. He always had a smile and was happy to answer questions and be a part of the group. Very very sincere!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At Canterbury Cathedral we toured the stained glass restoration shop. The man who explained the process was passionate about his work and very informative about restoring and repairing old windows and how the crew removes the glass panels and then eventually re-installs them. This experience is unique to a RS tour, and such an opportunity would be difficult to arrange without connections."

Rex

Goodyear, AZ

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 7th Rick Steves trip was as good as our first! They have all been consistently outstanding! The "Rick Steves" way spoils you for any other group tour experience. We travel either on our own or with a Rick Steves group, period.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide Mark and our assistant guide Steve discussing their divergent views on BREXIT. They both expressed their views in ways that were easy to understand and thoughtful. And their discussion was civil, unlike debates you hear in this country these days! Loved these two gentlemen!"

Rebecca

Bronx, NY

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very different type of tour for me. I usually visit large cities but I really enjoyed the small villages and towns. It was great experiencing these historic places with someone who was so knowledgeable . And yet it was not a dry lecture but something very personable. You could relate to the people of the areas visited and the historical events.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one. I loved walking on the moors of Dartmoor and seeing the wild horses. But maybe visiting the ships in Portsmouth was more revelatory. All those men out at see in tight quarters with cannons and gunfire happening all around them. I would think it would have been terrifying. And finally visiting the mines, seeing the back breaking work the miners did everyday. What seemed like utter drudgery to me was work they had no choice but to accept."

David

Mandeville, LA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As with our past 8 RS tours, we enjoyed the variety of sites we visited as well as the several 'unique experiences this RS tour provided. However, I do feel the itinerary was a bit rushed and could use some tweaking. More time was needed to savor the moments, as well as more free time would be appropriate. As a recommendation for future tour participants, plan to spend an extra day or two in Bath to sightsee and enjoy all the city has to offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the visits to both Canterbury and Salisbury Cathedrals were highlights as one might expect. However, I think of "wow" moments as those unexpected memories that stay in your mind forever. I have two such moments: (1) the outstanding presentation and demonstration in Canterbury by the stain glass restoration artist, and (2) that moment in the Dartmoor moors when a group of wild horses caustiosly approached a few of us as we quietly stood still."

Ken

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved this tour. It had a great balance of historical information and special places to see. Mark was a wonderful guide and has so much knowledge of history and archeology that he shared with us. It made the trip special. I really loved our hikes on the moors and learning how to read the "stones" and their significance. The trip was a great blend of activities and sites. Mark, Steven, and Paul(our bus driver) were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to see how the stained glass of Canterbury Cathedral was being restored was wonderful. Our guide was the Supervisor and he was able to bring the whole process to life for us. Craft tours like this are very special for me."

Stephanie

Lancaster, PA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Southern England was a joy to explore!- a trip I chose specifically for the lack of "big wow" box-ticking sites in a country I have explored in depth over several recent trips and fallen head over heels for! I've found England most delicious in its nooks and crannies and was certain the far edges would be especially delightful with a good guide- when my "Best of England" roommate highly recommended it last autumn, I came home and immediately booked this trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our hillside lunch on the Devon moors, watching the wild ponies cross the hills, and a tour member meeting one up close and personal when he nuzzled her pocket for a hidden apple!"

Martha

Centennial, CO

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great tour. Good mix of small towns and villages. I love the activities that were not standard tourist fare. Like the stained glass workshop and the pasty making class.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the remains of a 4000 year old village on the windy, cold desolate moors in Devon. Mark is a master at describing the lifestyle and living situation of the people who would have made this area home. The running wild ponies in the background only added to the scene.Second would be examining close up the muck on a beautiful medieval stained glass at Canterbury. Wondering what stories that dirt could tell(if dirt could tell a story!). Pondering what long-ago people stirred up that dust."

Doreen

Yarmouth Port, MA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 7th Rick Steves' tour. Overall, it was the best organized and best led tour of all. All of my other Rick Steves experiences have been very good, but on this South England tour, Liz Boardman took it to an exceptional level. The itinerary included something interesting every day, our time on the bus was always enjoyable, and we were always clear on what to expect next. And, while I'm pretty sure Rick couldn't control it, the weather was absolutely perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments, but my favorite was the visit to the stained glass workshop at Canterbury Cathedral. The talent and passion of the "guide", David, exceeded expectations. His ability to share details of his craft and lifetime experiences were unforgettable. This kind, soft-spoken, and humble man provided a welcomed respite from the crazy daily issues of our current times. The world needs more Davids."

Susan

Rohnert Park, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour took us through the whole of South England and contained varied sights. Our guide, Liz, was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment - besides everything we saw? We had a GREAT group of fellow travelers. This was the first time I felt comfortable with everyone. Wonderful, happy travelers. That was my favorite WOW moment."

Kenneth

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd Rick Steves tour and it was outstanding from the beginning of the tour in Canterbury to the end of the tour in Bath. Liz Boardman, our tour guide, was awesome, very knowledgeable, and communicated well with the group. Our tour group also was the best we've been with so far.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two things on my bucket list; (1) visit the HMS Victory in Portsmouth, and (2) see the clocks that Mr. Harrison developed over 50 years at the Naval Observatory in Greenwiche to enable accurate measurement of longitude. I was not disappointed."

Sherrie

Yarmouth Port, MA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great trip this was! Every day was interesting and unique. The English countryside and villages were beautiful - even the infamous English weather cooperated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but I will share three: 1) In Dartmoor National Park coming upon a wild pony colt fast asleep in the sun inside a stone circle, with its mom grazing nearby - magical, 2) hearing David in the stained glass restoration area of Canterbury Cathedral share how he used his children's hands as models for one window he designed, giving them to posterity. 3) visiting the stunning Battle of Britain Memorial on our way to Dover and standing in awe of those men who truly saved us all."

Barb

Lacey, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed the whole experience, great group, great guide, great location. Really loved the time to hike through the villages and see breath taking scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick just one! The stained glass conservator at Canterbury Cathedral, Evensong, the pasty making demo and the chance to try to craft one ourselves, the tin mine, walk to Mt. St. Michael, beer tasting and seminar....I could go on. It was a trip we were delighted to see added to the RS tours."

Claude

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed visiting the castles, amazing cathedrals and the beautiful scenery of South England. Tour group was exceptional. Our tour guide Liz Boardman was extremely knowledgeable and personable. She went the extra mile in explaining local history and British customs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entire tour was a WOW. Fantastic traveling companions and tour guide Liz brought it all together."

Karen

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of our favorite tours ever! Great tour group, our guide, Liz, was amazing, and we loved the english countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am quite claustrophobic so walking into the tin mine was quite a challenge. The group was so supportive and encouraging that I could not miss this opportunity and was so glad I went. That personal experience shed some light on what was happening with the miners in Poldark, something else I learned about on this trip. Climbing Saint Michael's Mount was very difficult and the return trip was even more challenging, however it was an amazing experience."

Nancy

Grand Rapids, MN

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all, this was absolutely the best tour group of our 7 tour history. Everyone bonded pretty immediately. And I think we have Liz to thank for most of that. This tour was everything and more than what I expected. I chose this tour because of the amount of time we spent in Cornwall, and that did not disappoint. Amazingly, I didn't even fall asleep on the bus - there was too much to look at. I'd recommend this tour to everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many moments! But if I have to choose just one it would be Tintagel Castle. First of all we all learned to pronounce "Tintagel." As a lover of the Arthurian legend, this was really special. First of all, the coastline looked just like I'd always imagined the Cornwall coast to appear. It was a windy, but gorgeous day. As we were exploring the ruins we happened upon an amazing sculpture of King Arthur not far from the cliff's edge. I do believe I said, "Wow!""

Peggy

Cumberland Center, ME

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very good experience from the first night meet and greet to our last dinner and breakfast together. The group was a good mix who seemed to bond quickly. Our guide, Liz, set the tone which helped everyone relax immediately. The group was ready to go every morning. The events of the day were spread out nicely to give time to absorb each one a bit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments of views and buildings to historical facts. My favorite was our visit to the stain glass shop. David was our guide through all aspects of how things are created from materials and sketches, through restoration of the Canterbury Cathedral stain glass windows. He was very informative and willing to involve us."

Frederick

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th Rick Steves tour and while they have all been wonderful experiences, this tour stands out a way up on top. We are both 1st generation Canadians as our parents immigrated from England and Scotland, and the U.K. is very much a comfort zone. I enjoyed every place we visited as well as the coach trips in between the destinations BUT, what really made the trip so great was our GREAT tour guide, Liz. She made the trip what it was.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't really say that there was one thing that stood out as a wow moment as they were all right up top for me. The Dover tunnels and castle along with the tour at Portsmouth docks were very interesting for me. However, I think the entire tour could be called a WOW moment as everyone mingled and got along so well and by the end of the trip were all good friends. Once again, kudos to Liz, our fearless leader for all the extra effort she put in to make the trip so great."

Lynn

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been on about six other Rick Steves tours. We have enjoyed all of them. But the villages of South England tour is probably the best of all the tours. I give total credit to Liz our tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At the end of everyday we we went to our rooms and thought of all of the interesting fabulous things we had done that day. The walks, the hikes to the castles,the information we had received that day. The fun and the different experiences. Wow to pick one wow moment is impossible as everyday was a wow day."

Dave

Lacey, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Liz was a top notch guide. Very knowledgeable and caring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the stained glass restoration project."

Jim

Durham, NC

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, lots of history, interesting locations, great food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"HMS Victory and giving me a better idea of what warships operated and managing the supplies and personnel."

Marianne

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! Loved being in the country; cobblestoned, winding streets; fields bordered by hedgerows; sheep, cattle, wild ponies, etc. Was able to do the walking, despite being a sedentary 70-year-old (recommend slip-resistant shoe soles). Pleasant tour companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being on the moors: stone circles indicating ancient habitation; animals having the right-of-way; etc."

Robert

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves adventure all of which have been outstanding. We are two septuagenarians going on a thirteen day adventure of the South of England including at least a dozen cities, six hotels, hours of bus rides and miles of walking. Sounded somewhat daunting but we were so well taken care of we look forward to our next adventure. We really did experience the "very roots of British history and culture" as described on the itinerary in Rick Steves booklet Europe 2019 Tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment for me was that for a country with a very long history of changes, the people of England have preserved their the culture, landscape, housing and historical architecture into the current times."

Patricia

Brooklyn, NY

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide, Jamie, was exceptional and one of the best we've had! The tour itself was somewhat circumscribed by the weather and we weren't able to do three of the later activities in Dartmoor, Mount St Michael and Tintangel- and that was disappointing. We were a little puzzled by the itinerary toward the end. We kept criss-crossing the peninsula for activities, rather than things being grouped that were closer together (ie Port Isaac and Tintangel).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the stained glass lecture at Canterbury Cathedral. He was a true artist and showed us how they create or recreate all these wonderful windows with free-hand drawings, not a computer in sight!"

Shane

Chilliwack, BC

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything we expected. Our guide Jamie was brilliant, and I am always amazed at how much knowledge they retain on all the areas visited. I would be remiss if I didn't commend the driving abilities of our driver Dan, who maneuvered the coach brilliantly through so many narrow lanes. The small group approach allows one to get to know others on the tour and form friendly relationships.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is difficult as there were so many enjoyable moments. The RAF memorial and the tunnels at Dover probably stood out the most for me. Knowing what the sight of those cliffs meant to so many young people during the war. The visit to Portsmouth and the Marie Rose was also pretty spectacular."

Darlene

Chilliwack, BC

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were so excited when a space opened for us on this tour. This tour offered all the destinations and must see/do tours perfectly combined for our ideal vacation in Southern England. We were attracted to the physical activity component as well. Our guide Jamie was excellent, especially with his knowledge of this area and his insight into the many facets of history [both historical and current issues] and landscape.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments - very diverse and interesting places. The beauty of Southern England, the back roads, free time to explore quaint villages all added to the experience. Canterbury was a spectacular start. Salisbury Cathedral was a huge surprise and whet my appetite for more knowledge. And Port Isaac to stand in front of Doc Martin's surgery."

Steven

Goleta, CA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour started in the grounds of the Canterbury Cathedral - can't ask for much more than that. The tour improved from that point on. I really enjoyed all of the aspects of the tour which was presented in classic Rick Steves style - just as you see on his PBS TV shows. This was our first RS tour and I'd have to say that our expectations were exceeded. Really enjoyed our tour guide, driver(s) and fellow travelers. This tour has set the bar for measuring all other tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow" moment was the grandeur and beauty of the Salisbury Cathedral tour with our docent Tony. He was very knowledgeable and covered all aspects of the cathedral very well. I had read a fair amount of material regarding the cathedral and he quickly expanded my knowledge base."

Michele

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fabulous tour! Elizabeth was an outstanding guide and such a wonderful person! We learned so much about England's history as it affected the cities, the villages and the sacred sites we visited. Elizabeth made everything come alive. I loved that we started on one coast in the village of Canterbury and ended on the other coast in the city of Bath having driven through and stayed in the quaint, small, endearing villages of southern England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" of seeing Canterbury Cathedral! Amazing beyond words! We were so fortunate to be staying on the grounds of this cathedral! We were privileged to spend time in a workshop with a specialist who, very intricately, repairs the stained glass windows. That morning the artisans discovered that the window they were working on was actually much older than previously thought! That was an amazing, major find! It brought the press and photographer! Also, being at Stonehenge was "Wow!""

Cliff

Lithia, FL

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Super. Just super all the way. Unusual chemistry between travelers, tour guide, and bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one favorite moment, just many ones."

Cresanna

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Liz and Paul make a perfect team. The tour was well organized, skillfully paced, the fellow travelers engaged and interesting, food and lodgings excellent, English breakfasts filling, Cream Tea divine, lovely sense of humor from Liz and Paul. I did not think that this tour could top The Best of England, but it did. Bravo!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Wow moment was more of a Wow Surprise Moment. I had expected the Mary Rose exhibit to be just a few vague pieces of lumber and perhaps a sword or two. No, indeed! It was huge, brilliantly displayed, interesting to see the actual, everyday items used on the ship and the remains of the dear souls who perished in the sea. The museum is well organized and there are volunteers all along the way to fill in the information gaps."

Stephen

Cooper, TX

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From our first meeting with Liz and the other tour members in Canterbury to our farewell dinner in Bath, each day was more exciting and surprising than the day before. Liz and our driver, Paul, were a great team, keeping us informed and entertained as no other RS guide and driver had. They maintained their professionalism throughout the tour (except for the short time Paul donned a long, blonde wig).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Canterbury Cathedral. We were there while the BBC was interviewing the glassworking crew about discovering of the medieval window which was previously thought to have been Victorian. Lanhydrock House- even in the soggy weather the house and gardens were worth the effort. So much to see and even a live piano performance in the great hall! A great slice of history. The hospital and war rooms in the cliffs of Dover. A real treat to see the place where so much history was made. much more...."

Erika

Coquitlam, BC

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th tour and we are very well versed in the Rick Steves style of travel. We are no longer surprised by hotels with no elevators, lots of hills to climb, no grumps policy and we always look forward to little tour "surprises" - unscheduled train rides, making a stop for an ice cream cone, checking out future restaurants, etc. We are always excited about the countries we are visiting but we are most thrilled to meet our guide and fellow travellers. We have never been disappointed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every second of every day was a "wow" moment for us, just traveling with Liz and the other members was pure bliss. We could see Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle and St. Michaels' Mount, visit Stonehenge and explore Tintagel Castle by ourselves and they would all be just as remarkable, breathtaking and awe inspiring. But it's living those moments with Liz and the group that make them truly "wow" moments. We Love you Liz."

Maureen

Oakland, CA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved seeing the villages and shoreline, which I had never visited before. Great balance of scenery, village life, and historic sites. The chenistry of the group was congenial and fun. Liz, our guide, was the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one ... but the Mary Rose exhibit at the Plymouth nacal dockyards was incredible. The exhibition made the crew come alive and really helped me understand some of what they experienced."

Mary

Oakland, CA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an easy going group (no grumps!) that gelled smoothly with everyone mixing throughout the trip. Liz, our tour guide, and Paul, the bus driver, kept us moving smoothly and at a comfortable pace from site to site. They were also funny - an added bonus. The itinerary varied between cultural, historical and natural beauty with a good balance of group and free time. Accommodations and food options were good.

Joan

The Villages, FL

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fifth Rick Steves tour and by far the best! What made it so special was a serendipitous blend of people, including our guide and bus driver. I think all twenty-two of my fellow travelers would agree. It was an informative, interesting, funny and memorable experience. Everything from pasty making to walking on the moors to seeing Stonehenge was superb!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's almost difficult to choose just one! Being in front of Mrs. Tischel's pharmacy in Port Issac (Port Wenn on Doc Martin) was very cool. Stonehenge and walking on the moor at Dartmoor were both amazing experiences. So was being in the tunnels where Churchill made his secret military plans. (especially after seeing the film "The Darkest Hour").The stained glass restoration demo at Canterbury Cathedral as well as the tour of the Cathedral and attending Evensong were extremely memorable."

William

Edwardsville, IL

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was extremely well organized. The places we visited were highly interesting, some that would be seen by most tourists but that were important, some of which were off the beaten path and also interesting.Hotels were mostly very good. Our tour guide, Liz , was excellent and the best guide we have ever had. Our driver, Paul, was skilled at his job and had a great sense of humor. We enjoyed his company, and my sense is everyone in the group felt the same way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say. Southern England is a beautiful area, and we saw many memorable things. It is a trip well worth taking."

Julie

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Liz our tour guide and Paul our bus driver were a match made in heaven. They were so much fun to be around and I don't think I have laughed so much as I did watching Paul construct a Cornish pastry. I don't think I have ever had a tour guide (much less a bus driver!!!!) that took such an active part in our group even after hours. They really seemed to enjoy our company and hanging out with us and we enjoyed it immensely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have seen a lot of South England and walking on the cliffs of the Seven Sisters is always my favorite. Such beauty. I also enjoyed making the Cornish pastries - something I hadn't done before and thoroughly enjoyed."

Carol

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time on this tour! The tour guide was excellent! We had a fantastic group of people and became good friends by the end of the trip. The villages, hotels and food were all great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Seven Sisters at Beachy Head and making pasties in Cornwall."

Michelle

Marietta, OH

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again Rick Steves delivered a high quality tour with the right amounts of history, art, great experiences, and expert guidance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. The wartime tunnels at Dover were extremely interesting as was Dover Castle. Beachy Head was beautiful. The visit to Portsmith and the HMS Victory and Mary Rose were very interesting. Cathedrals were stunning. Stonehenge was amazing. Walking Dartmoor was a great experience. I really enjoyed the vintage train ride. Lanhydrock House was worth the time. I enjoyed seeing how the family lived. Making a pasty was fun. St. Michael's Mount was gorgeous."

Vicki

Elk Grove Village, IL

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw a tremendous variety of things, learned about history, architecture, archeology, food, and the general culture of England from the dark ages till today. Our guide was outstanding-a wonderful human being with a massive knowledge about virtually everything we asked him, plus a sense of humor to match.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a toss up between Canterbury Cathedral and Tintagel."

Diane

Victoria, BC

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole tour was enjoyable with the group we were with and our guide Tom. Tom was an informative source of info on our stops as well as we passed thru so many towns. As well, Tom has a wonderful sense of humour and kept us laughing each day. The group were enjoyable and everyone seemed to enjoy each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Frankly every day was a wow day."

John

Victoria, BC

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group of people and tour guide Tom was terrific !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too may to choose one only."

Ken

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was fantastic, the hotels excellent, and most of all, Tom is unbeatable as a guide. He did a terrific job building group esprit de corps and surmounting every obstacle, big & little, that came up.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was a tie between Dover Castle and Portsmouth Royal Navy Base. But the real surprise was Cornish pasty making with the Queen of Pasties, Marian ????? What an inspirational individual."

Diana

Mesquite, NV

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the varied activities. Our guide Tom was excellent and very funny and nice to be around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beachy Head."

Leeann

Fort Bragg, CA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent, I can't think how it could have been better. Tom was a terrific guide, Ian our driver was super and our group was fun. The group was perfect example of PBS watching, Rick Steves traveling, and of a certain age. We all meshed and became a family. Making sure our "buddies" were around and we were all safe and sound. The tour stops, resting and eating locations spot on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tom decided to rearrange our Port Issac day to go into town first thing. We all walked behind him and he made a sharp turn down an alley, unbeknownst to us...we could look up and see Doc Martin's surgery across the harbor. What a thrill. Tom never said a thing. It was a true surprise. I was so excited I hugged him for it. We were then set free to explore the town with limited visitors. Once we started back to the bus...the town was packed. We had a bit of quiet Port Issac to ourselves. :)"

William

Mesquite, NV

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, this was one of the better tours I've been on. The group seemed to come together quickly and as a result we all had a great time. Tom had the correct mixture of humor and information that made things interesting but I didn't feel like I was in a classroom.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The steam train and visit to Corfe was really fun."

Norman

West Chester, PA

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never had a bad Rick Steves tour experience, this tour was one more excellent one to add to our list. Southern England was absolutely a beautiful area to visit, filled with very friendly locals. We must have been approached 20 times (at least) by Englanders who just wanted to talk to us and help us if they could. I have never seen such friendly people on a tour. The coastline was rugged and beautiful. The moors put into perspective all the books and TV shows that take place there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beachy Cliffs. They were astounding to see and be on. That might have been the windiest place I've been."

Greg

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Roy and Lin were excellent tour hosts. Roy's background in archaeology was a tremendous asset as we traveled through the villages of Southern England. All the members of the tour were wonderful to interact with and we found everyone to be quite friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were actually two wow moments for me. The first was the stained glass presentation that we attended at the Canterbury Cathedral. To meet with the artists who actually repair and create new stained glass windows was inspiring. Second was the opportunity to make and eat a Cornish pasty with Marion at the Potreath Bakery. It was entertaining and great fun."

John

Coronado, CA

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Liz an apprentice?? I think not.....she's a special one. Both tour guides could not have been more personable or helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'll say Dartmoor Natl park, the Moors specifically."

Dan

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We got to see everything we expected on the tour. Roy did a great job providing context, and His background in archaeology was especially helpful in understanding ancient stone monuments and ancient buildings. The hotels were almost all excellent and were at least very good. The negative was the vast amount of time on the bus. In previous tours, we always had free time in the afternoons. This may have been due to the bank holiday. Traffic was awful, so we had no time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stained glass shop at Canterbury; Lands End; Tintagel; Dartmouth; St. Michael's Mount"

Jan

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip - knowledgeable guides, but Roy and Liz Both were very fun and engaging

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stained glass window demonstration at the Canterbury Cathedral and the pastie making in Cornwall"

Bill

Gold River, CA

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Roy is a super guide. He did an outstanding job. Everyone got along well and friendships were developed quickly. The scenery was super as was each stop. Only 1 glitch with 1 hotel room plumbing for us. Highest recommendation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first wow moment came when we visited the stained glass restoration shop at Canterbury Cathedral. A special project was underway for a modern piece. Grace, the artist who was doing the work, showed us special techniques being used. She's amazing. We also stood up close and personal right next to stained glass from 1189 that was being restored. Spectacular! The second wow moment was Cornish Patsy making with Marian, an entrepreneur who knows her stuff. Plus we ate what we made. Such fun!"

Lorna

Lawrence, KS

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed Roy. His knowledge and sense of humour greatly enhanced our enjoyment of the tour. Liz was a delightful addition and played off of Roy well. The sights were amazing and as usual we wished we had more time in each stop. Cornwall was a stand out. Pasty making was a highlight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am torn between Lanhydrock and pasty making. It was awesome to see the house so well preserved and hear stories from the guides in each room. It was easy to imagine the families living there thru the years. On the other hand, making our own pasty and hearing Marion's life story was amazing. She is such an inspiring person. I am in awe of her resilience and accomplishments."

Trese

Belmond, IA

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Villages of South England were beautiful, historic and helped me to better understand the history, culture and people of the areas. The pace and days spent were well spaced. The driver was a funny, generous and delightful man who added to the trip experience. I especially enjoyed the prehistoric information and sites we visited, as well and the WW I and II information and sites. The hotels and food were excellent. The fellow travelers were overall great. Just one grump in the bunch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the tin mine and rough life in Cornwall was amazing to me. The hard loud sparse lives the miners had made me appreciate my life much more. We were told they were going to re-open the mine soon, but this time they'd use machinery for most of the process."

Anna

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I met lots of nice people. Overall the group were people who I could relate to, and I was able to socialize with most of the couples at at least one event. The English country side and the small villages were very peaceful. Walking was delightful, we had a couple of pretty challenging hike at St. Michael's Mount and Tintangel but those were the most fun. We started out with a group breakfast and had some meals "on our own."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tintangel. The climb was fun, the views were great."

Bill

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really a great tour. Had no idea that seeing castles, villages, cathedrals and the landscape could be so interesting. Met nice people who some have become friends with and were really fun to be with. This tour is a walking tour and if you go, you should be in good health and able to walk long distances. Many of the places are walking up and down. Some steep and some of the trails/steps are uneven. The sights are amazing. When the day is done, you are ready to hit the hay.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To many to choose from. They come one after another."

Donna

Paradise Valley, AZ

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful, wonderful tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to give just one moment, but I loved walking along the white cliffs!!"

Helen

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was an enjoyable tour, with breathtaking sites and experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stonehenge, hands down. From a distance the stones appeared almost sentient, and up close they were magnificent."

Eileen

West Nyack, NY

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a long awaited opportunity to see England, and it did not disappoint. We had wonderful opportunities to see places of great historical interest and ordinary places in the life of the country and the people. Yes, the trip was strenuous at times, though we are in good shape, but it was very well run and planned, with a balance of activity and free time. Gillian is the perfect guide; she truly loves her country and knows its history. She was not intrusive, but always available.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moments were in Canterbury Cathedral, White Cliffs of Dover, the town of Chagford, Stonehenge, and Tintagel Castle. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the exhilaration of the ascent to the ruins in Tintagel and the spectacular sight of the Cornish coast and Atlantic after what was such a great introduction to Southern England. Because Gillian and our driver Paul got us there early in the morning, we got to see these sights before the droves of tourists who followed behind"

Frank

Detroit, MI

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the tour. We had been in some of the places on our own years ago and we enjoyed both the new sights and the old. It is hard to separate the tour from the extremely hot weather for England we experienced. We normally only travel in the spring or fall. But this year we had a wedding the day after the tour ended in Gloustershire so we came in the summer. I'm sure it is back to spring and fall for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tintgael Castle and Doc Martin's town."

David

Yucaipa, CA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with RS. We thoroughly enjoyed our time and felt like it was well spent. We saw and did so much, yet didn't feel driven. At some of the sights we wish we had had more time, but we couldn't have done as much as we did otherwise. We loved the accommodations, meals,and the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several wow moments. The stained glass workshop was fascinating. Really Understanding the Battle of Britain was, very moving. The ships at Portsmouth were great. Making pasties in Cornwall was very fun for all. Tintsgel was excellent. It was great to actually get out of the bus and walk freely over Dartmoor."

Sharron

Cobble Hill, BC

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed seeing the landscapes of the south of England. Good variety of places visited from Dover castle to Tintagel and a tin mine, now a museum. Also enjoyed Canterbury and Salisbury Cathedrals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the reconstructed keep of Dover Castle and the bright colours of the furniture and hangings. Very different from the dull colours in the old film 'The Lion in Winter' with Peter O' Toole and Audrey Hepburn."

Candy

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This Rick Steves tour was superb! Gillian made the tour such a pleasant experience with her knowledge and expertise. Paul, our bus driver, was a character and did an excellent job of driving us to our destinations safely. The tour is set up to see a lot and is aptly rated as a very active tour. I loved all that we saw and especially enjoyed seeing the small villages in the countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to narrow this trip to one "wow" moment. I was wowed with both the Canterbury and Salisbury Cathedrals. Though I had seen Stonehenge several times before, it wowed me once again. It helped that we were there early, before the large crowds arrived. I also loved The Mary Rose museum visit."

Dora

Pacifica, CA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was enjoyable and well worth the money. We were taken to areas that we would never have visited on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was climbing to the top of Tintagel Castle. The views were stunning, and we got that classic photo taken of walking through the gate."

Deborah

Westminster, MD

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 7th Rick Steves Tour and it didn't disappoint! This was the most arduous tour we have been on or perhaps we are just getting too old for the Rick Steves method. Two days in a row that required serious climbing (St. Michaels Mount and Tintagel Castle) would have been better planned with a day of less activity in between. Although I was happy to visit Port Isaac (a real Doc Martin Fan), more tour time in Bath would have been nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evensong at both Canterbury and Salisbury Cathedrals were highlights for me. The choir sang like heavenly angels. When the powerful organ postlude was played the floor of Salisbury Cathedral vibrated transporting me into a private world of reflection. I also enjoyed the stained glass presentation at Canterbury Cathedral. It was very informative."

Kathleen

Moraga, CA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. I plan to sign up for the Best of England tour next. Mark is a wonderful guide--extremely knowlegeable, energetic, and attentive to our needs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to day. I loved Beachy Head and seeing the Mary Rose. I went on the tour to see the Magna Carta and it didn't disappoint me. But St Michael's Mount was wonderful."

Lara

Oceanside, CA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great trip and I learned so much! There was LOTS of walking involved but very rewarding. I felt I really gained a better understand of England and the history. At times the tour felt rushed to get everything in though and we weren't able to fully enjoy the "villages" in which we stayed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think for me it was staying at the Lodge in Canterbury. The Cathedral there was something I was really looking forward to seeing and getting to stay at the Canterbury Lodge was fabulous. I also really enjoyed the town of Salisbury. We had some great meals there and the river behind the hotel was dreamy. Other highlights included the Dockyards and making Pasties!"

Mary

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed getting a glimpse of England beyond the big cities. It gave me a better idea of what the British are like, where they come from, what they think of when they consider their country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a personal issue. Last year on vacation I was quite ill. It was a great pleasure this time to be simply standing in a field listening to a summary of English history, being with pleasant people, and feeling well."

Thomas

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic. I really enjoyed Canterbury talking to the conservators who are tasked with preserving the stained glass in the Cathedral. Then we went beer tasting at the Foundry Brewery. We had gone there for lunch before the tour started. One of the managers of the brewery had us taste different kinds of beers and how they are made. He also talked about how they make gin at the end of the beer brewing process. We got to also taste the gin. It was the best gin I have ever had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ships of Portsmouth. Taking the harbor tour and having the announcer describe the different ships in the harbor that day including England's latest aircraft carrier. Also enjoyed touring the ship Mary Rose. I was amazed at how much of the ship they were able to recover."

Mary

Lusby, MD

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an amazing experience. We had the 2 best guides ever, the best weather (I took almost 3,000 photos), and the most interesting, experienced fellow travelers. Every day was well-planned with a variety of experiences. And, we had some time on our own. The last Rick Steves tour I joined was in 2004. I still very much agree with his tour philosophy. (not just a shopping trip where the guides earn a percentage of what we buy). It's a cultural trip to real places. (not tourist traps)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As an equestrian we had a number of spontaneous equus experiences such as riders on the beach at St. Michael's Mount, a beautiful black and white Pinto stallion galloping across Dartmoor and lots of mares and foals, people riding thru Chagford."

Stephanie

Olympia, WA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guides, Mark and Liz provided a tour that was very organized. Everyday was filled with new experiences. They provided insights into English history and culture.They cheerfully answered all our questions. Mark and Liz kept the trip moving along smoothly. They went out of their way to be helpful. They made the trip exciting and fun. Also, Ian, our bus driver, did a great job getting us where we needed to be. Our fellow travelers were an awesome group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved many of my experiences on this tour. If I had to pick one WOW! moment it would be Dartmoor National Park. The sheep, the wild horses, learning about the moors and finally a picnic on a hilltop that provided a beautiful view. It was a great day."

Weather

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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 the Itinerary section of your online customer account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour in the Documents section of your customer account. 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.

Please note: There are no triple rooms available on this tour.

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly in and out of London and take a train or bus to Canterbury where the tour begins, and from Bath where the tour ends. Trains are available to and from central London. Both Heathrow (LHR) and Gatwick (LGW) airports are served direct by National Express coach (schedules are available 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 to get to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves England guidebook.