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

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Best of South England in 13 Days Tour

from $3,995 per person + air

Single Supplement $775

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Starting in Canterbury and ending in Bath, our Best 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, secluded seaside coves, cliff-perched villages, and great sailing ships. Join us for the Best of South England in 13 Days!

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    • Aug 30–Sep 11 (Mo–Sa)
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What's Included

You'll get at least 23 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our South England tour:

  • Canterbury orientation
  • Canterbury Cathedral
  • Meet with stone and stained-glass conservators
  • 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
  • Jurassic Coast
  • Dartmoor National Park walk
  • Merrivale Stone Rows
  • Village church tour
  • Tintagel Castle
  • Pasty-making demonstration
  • Cornish fishing village
  • Cornwall coastal walk
  • St. Michael's Mount
  • Traditional Cornish folk music performance
  • Bath walking tour

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24 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 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
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2021
  • 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

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

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 Best 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.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. No bus. Sleep in Canterbury.

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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Canterbury.

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.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 2½ hours. Sleep in Canterbury.

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.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Alfriston.

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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Salisbury.

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.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. No bus. Sleep in Salisbury.

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 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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Dartmoor National Park.

Day 8: Dartmoor National Park

Today we'll explore the natural wonders of Dartmoor National Park, home to wooded forests, desolate moors, and the prehistoric Merrivale stone rows. 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 we'll enjoy a village church tour, followed by free time to enjoy one of Dartmoor's cozy country pubs.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Dartmoor National Park.

Day 9: Castles and Cornwall

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 continue our drive deeper into Cornwall and along its famed, rugged coastline. We'll end the day with dinner together and enjoy a performance of traditional Cornish folk music.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Falmouth.

Day 10: Coastal Cornwall

Today we'll explore the wild and remote Cornish coast, home to rugged, windblown scenery and dotted with quaint fishing harbors and 19th-century Industrial Age ruins. We'll start our day with a scenic trek along grassy cliff tops, marveling at craggy rock formations and the crashing surf below. After lunch we'll visit a picturesque fishing village, where you can stroll the narrow lanes, poke around the shops and galleries, or grab some ice cream and people-watch at the beach. We'll return to our home village with time for some exploration and dinner on your own.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Falmouth.

Day 11: St. Michael's Mount

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 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 our home village for a free evening.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 2 hours. Sleep in Falmouth.

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!

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Bath.

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!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of 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

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!"

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!"

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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"

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!"

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!"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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.

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!"

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."

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.

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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?"

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."

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.

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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.)"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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.

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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

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""

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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.""

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."

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!"

Bruce

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip, enjoyed guide and fellow travelers.

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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!"

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!"

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"

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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"

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."

When To Go & Weather

Any time between April and October is a good time to visit England. However, the months of April, May, September, and October are best for offering fewer crowds, mild weather, and the full range of tourist fun. Summer has its advantages, with long days and the best weather (though never guaranteed).

England / London

London Weather

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 tour 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 tour account. About one month prior to the tour departure, in your tour 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's Heathrow (LHR) or Gatwick (LGW) 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 and Gatwick 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.