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

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Villages of South England in 13 Days Tour

from $3,995 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $775

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

Dates & Prices

2019

    • Apr 22–May 4 (Mo–Sa)
    • $3,995 + Air

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    • $4,195 + Air

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of England come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 21 group sightseeing events • Canterbury walking tour • Canterbury Cathedral and conservatory • River Stour punt tour • Dover Castle and Wartime Tunnels • White Cliffs of Dover • English beer tasting • Battle Abbey • South Downs Way–Beachy Head walk • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, including HMS Victory and the Mary Rose Museum • Salisbury Cathedral • Stonehenge • Corfe Castle • Jurassic Coast • Dartmoor National Park walk • Lanhydrock House and Gardens • Geevor Tin Mine • Cornish pasty demonstration • St. Ives • St. Michael's Mount • Tintagel Castle • Bath walking tour…and more.
  • All group transportation from Canterbury to Bath
  • 12 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour.

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to England

The beautiful medieval city of Canterbury is an easy train ride from central London — and the perfect jumping-off point for our Villages of South England adventure. We'll meet at our hotel at 5 p.m. for a "Welcome to England" get-together. Then we'll take an evening walking tour along Canterbury's colorful lanes and get acquainted over dinner. Sleep in Canterbury (3 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Canterbury Cathedral

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

Day 3: Dover Castle and the White Cliffs

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

Day 4: Battles and Beaches

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

Day 5: The Great Ships of Portsmouth

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

Day 6: Soaring Salisbury Cathedral

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

Day 7: Stonehenge and the Jurassic Coast

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

Day 8: Dartmoor National Park

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

Day 9: Castles and Gardens

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

Day 10: Penwith and Pasties

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

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

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

Day 12: Georgian Bath

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

Day 13: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Villages of South England in 13 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate around places on your own.
  5. Hike over steep, slippery, cobbled, and uneven terrain at several sites, including Dover Castle, St. Michael's Mount, and Tintagel Castle.

Reviews

Ken

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephanie

Lancaster, PA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Mandeville, LA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Faye

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Martha

Centennial, CO

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rebecca

Bronx, NY

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rex

Goodyear, AZ

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Grand Rapids, MN

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Claude

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marianne

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kenneth

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Rohnert Park, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Doreen

Yarmouth Port, MA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lynn

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sherrie

Yarmouth Port, MA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dave

Lacey, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Peggy

Cumberland Center, ME

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jim

Durham, NC

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barb

Lacey, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Frederick

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Darlene

Chilliwack, BC

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Shane

Chilliwack, BC

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Brooklyn, NY

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steven

Goleta, CA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cliff

Lithia, FL

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one favorite moment, just many ones."

Julie

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephen

Cooper, TX

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cresanna

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joan

The Villages, FL

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Oakland, CA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Maureen

Oakland, CA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Edwardsville, IL

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Erika

Coquitlam, BC

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michele

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Vicki

Elk Grove Village, IL

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Leeann

Fort Bragg, CA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michelle

Marietta, OH

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Mesquite, NV

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diana

Mesquite, NV

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beachy Head."

Diane

Victoria, BC

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Frankly every day was a wow day."

John

Victoria, BC

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too may to choose one only."

Ken

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Coronado, CA

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Norman

West Chester, PA

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bill

Gold River, CA

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Greg

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dan

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jan

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lorna

Lawrence, KS

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bill

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anna

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Trese

Belmond, IA

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donna

Paradise Valley, AZ

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful, wonderful tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Westminster, MD

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Frank

Detroit, MI

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tintgael Castle and Doc Martin's town."

Helen

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Yucaipa, CA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sharron

Cobble Hill, BC

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eileen

West Nyack, NY

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dora

Pacifica, CA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Candy

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lara

Oceanside, CA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Terri

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was adventurous with a lot of walking! Mark is a historian who has the stories behind the places we visited, such as the stone circles and standing stones in the moors. We had beautiful hot weather. The moor walk up to a picnic sight was strenuous, but the view rewarding. We had such fun extra events, a beer tasting in Canterbury, watching England play in the national football finals at pubs, and stops to wade in the ocean.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beachy Head beauty and ocean wading, Dover Castle WWII underground, the Mary Rose, Corfe Castle (and the icy Pear-Mint cider afterwards), and most of all Port Isaac (seeing the Doc Martin filming spots and the beautiful quirky harbor) and St. Ives. There was enough free time in St. Ives for me to picnic along the southwest coast trail, and spend time at the beach wading and relaxing. So happy that we stayed in St. Ives!"

Donna

Kent, WA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Beautiful weather and great group of "new" friends. Mark has a real passion for history and is very knowledgeable. He made a huge effort to make everyone enjoy their trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mary Rose Museum was exceptional and of course Marian and her pasties class was wonderful."

David

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

500 characters is not enough! The tour ranks 13th out of 13 we have taken. That said, there were lots of good parts but lots of not-so-good: Good: Dover Castle, Canterbury & Salisbury Cathedrals, Stonehenge, Portsmouth, St Ives, Tin Mine, St Michael's Mount Not So Good: Travelling from London to /from start end of tour. Bath was a joke - a 1 hour walking tour and we were not even taken to Roman Baths! Dover Cliffs. Our 1+ mi. uphill climb through animal dung to eat an awful sandwich.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"continued from answer 2 above: The view was good but not the climb. The guide was insensible to his older clientele. Eating food in the middle of dung was not cool. The view was good but that is the only positive. My wow moments were Lanhydrock and the Mary Rose."

Pamela

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour! Jam packed with fun, interesting, adventures - including things I would not or could not have done if traveling independently. Enjoyed the historical aspect and the route. I choose tours that do not have a lot of bus hours so this was very good in that respect. Couples and singles seemed to mix better than on prior tours. I don't stay in hotels this nice when on my own traveling, so it was a treat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me "wow" has to be the Mary Rose. In 1982, I was extremely involved in the Society for Creative Anachronism & in recreating the middle ages. I remember reading about the raising of the Mary Rose, how she was lifted in one piece and sprayed with water every 15 minutes so she wouldn't dry out. Never dreamed that one day I would get to see her. The museum facility shows the care and thought put in to present the Mary Rose at her best. Could have spent several more hours here."

Mary

Lusby, MD

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephanie

Olympia, WA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathleen

Moraga, CA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paula

Vista, CA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was, as all Rick Steves tours are, such a great experience. Learning about the history of this part of England was fascinating. Seeing how the architectural styles reflect that evolution was enlightening. There were unexpected opportunities - like everyone bailing out of the bus to walk out onto an ancient clapper bridge on the way to Dartmoor... It was so lovely! I look forward to another Steves adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking to the top of the moors in Dartmoor National Park. It took about all I could physically muster to make that steep ascent, but what an incredible view at the top. We had a picnic on the rocks looking over the moors. It was so quiet and beautiful, I will remember it always."

Rachel

Gardena, CA

Tour: 06/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Before this trip, I had little to no interest in visiting England as I tended to think it's probably too similar to the U.S. and prefer other international travel, however, this tour opened my eyes to how fascinating England is. This tour was exciting, fulfilling and thorough. I enjoyed each day and will very likely do the Best of England tour next year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to Dartmoor was incredibly special because we lucked out in the middle of a heat wave with a clear and breezy day and we could see in each direction for miles. We had visited several locations on the moor, each one special and different, but as we visited a series of stone rows and circles we were in the general area of the moor's wild ponies and sheep grazing. It was a peaceful, natural moment."

Toni

Eufaula, AL

Tour: 06/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the smallness of the group. The transportation was comfortable and the driver experienced and helpful. I also appreciated the uniqueness of the hotels. The amount of scheduled and free time was welcomed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Throughly enjoyed St Michael's Mount."

Nancy

Gardena, CA

Tour: 06/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful opportunity to visit many lovely towns and historic sites that I have read about for years. This tour may be an exception to the norm, since we spent relatively little time on the bus because the tour concentrates on the south coast of England, and provides a more in-depth view of this region. The tour participants all seemed to be well traveled and were easygoing and easy to get along with. I liked that we kept busy and had a range of experiences, not just churches and museums.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, there were many "wow" moments: seeing my first thatched-roof house, having a ploughman's lunch in a 200 year old pub on Dartmoor, standing on the deck of Lord Nelson's ship. We saw many gorgeous towns, but, even though it's a cliche, it was a thrill to visit Port Isaac which I have dreamed about for years watching "Doc Martin"."

Elaine

Glendale, CA

Tour: 06/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very pleased with the tour - we were able to cover a lot of ground and see many different sights. Enjoyed seeing and staying in small towns as well as better known sights. At times, because of the amount of ground covered, things seemed a little rushed, and a rest day would have been welcome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moments were the Salisbury Cathedral, the beautiful moors of Dartmoor, and the Cornwall coast. The Mary Rose exhibit in Portsmouth was also fantastic."

William

West Linn, OR

Tour: 06/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to England and I was excited to be there. The itinerary was great and I enjoyed every last part of the trip. Roy, our tour guide was great and made the trip informative and personal. Every day was an adventure with time left at the end of the day for personal exploration of the cities and countryside. The food was good, and the motel were fine, with the exception that it was very hot for England and none of the hotels had air conditioning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was Stonehenge, where I saw first hand everything I have been reading about for 30 years. I could have spent more time there, but realize that not everyone shares my enthusiasm and delight in be there. I took the time to walk from the henge back to the tour center and it was like walking through history."

Patricia

Cambridge, MA

Tour: 06/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect experience. Everything I'd hoped for. Loved the Villages, Dover, the Romney Marshes, Beachy Head, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Canterbury, Dorset, Devonshire, Dartmoor, and of course, Penwith Peninsula and Cornwall. Had visited Bath last year on the Northern England Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Landhydrock House and Gardens!!! St. Michael's Mount and Gardens!!! Marion and her pasties!!!!"

Nancy

Scotch Plains, NJ

Tour: 06/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour - plenty of time to explore on your own

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two WOW moments Being the 2nd tour bus to the Stonehenge - experiencing Stonehenge without the crowds Climbing the tower at Salisbury Cathedral and seeing the cathedral's insides."

Susan

San Diego, CA

Tour: 06/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an outstanding tour. I really loved the small towns and the focus on outdoor sights and activities, though there was such a breadth of activities, there was truly something for everyone! As always, I enjoyed the mix of tour and free time, choosing to spend free time on extra walks and explorations. We learned so much on our journey. This was quite a congenial group. I do wish that folks would pay more attention to the posted activity level on each tour..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"TINTAGEL...could have easily spent the day there. Stonehenge very first thing in the morning..it should always be so. Devon and Cornwall...all of the natural beauty, animals, ancient stone formations. Making and eating pasties and exploring the beach caves at Portreath. Heading up the hill out of town in Port Isaac and meeting cows along the path. Salisbury Cathedral Tower tour. St Michaels Mount. Field Trips!!"

Carol

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 06/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our outstanding tour guide, Mark Seymour, with his wealth of knowledge and love of England made this 12 days in Southern England a fabulous experience. We had wonderful weather, interesting and fun fellow travelers and stops in such interesting historical sites and charming and beautiful villages and towns. Everywhere we went was postcard pretty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many... Dover Castle and the White Cliffs, climbing to the observation deck near the top of Salisbury Cathedral and attending Evensong services, touring and learning about both the Canterbury and Salisbury Cathedrals, visiting so many interesting historical sites like Stonehenge and the World War II tunnels at Dover, seeing all the beautiful and quaint towns, the English countryside, beaches and gardens (especially Lanhydrock) and visiting lovely Port Issac's."

Mary

Mc Farland, WI

Tour: 06/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was hesitant to travel overseas alone but Rick Steves' Tours made it so easy for me to plan, [INVALID] and to feel confidant arriving at the first city of the tour. The tour exceeded all my expectations from accommodations, meals, itinerary to the wonderful tour companions. Our tour guide, Mark, made each one of us feel special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Overall "wow" was Mark. He regaled us with the history of England's topography, culture, anecdotes from Bronze Age to present time and answered all our questions which enhanced the tour exponentially. Every day was a new "WOW". I especially enjoyed the Mary Rose Museum and the coastline."

Harry

West Richland, WA

Tour: 06/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour made me a confirmed anglophile. Beautiful scenery fascinating history,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the Tintagel Castle ruins. The deep blue color of the ocean set against ancient ruins. Possibly the home of King Arthur and source of the Tristan and Isolde story. Very stimulating to the imagination."

Laura

Denver, CO

Tour: 06/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an outstanding guide, a VERY congenial group (not cliquish), great variety of experiences and fantastic weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose: from Day One to the end, each day had at least one wow moment for me. Here are some of my favs: Dover Castle and Tunnels; Canterbury Cathedral stained glass lesson; cliffs of Dover in the mist; Portsmouth Naval Yards and Mary Rose exhibition; Salisbury Cathedral spire climb; lunch on Dartmoor with cows, sheep and wild horses; Mount St. Michael; pasty-making in Portreath and eating our creations on the beach; Geevor tin mine tour; picturesque St. Ives."

Linda

Littleton, CO

Tour: 06/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. Over the years I have read many English novels that give a picture of the beauty of England, especially in the summertime. On this tour we saw the green, pastoral countryside of England, the flowers of the summer and the lovely small villages, which showed the descriptions of the novels to be pretty accurate. Our guide was very knowledgeable and enjoyable and the tour group was quite cohesive and fun to spend to time with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is have to pick out a favorite moment, but I really enjoyed the time we spent on Dartmoor, especially the hike to a beautiful view of a lake and distant view of the English channel. The lunch we ate up there was delicious which added to the perfect English day."

Pam

Burlington, MA

Tour: 06/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Through gorgeous landscapes, quaint villages, magnificent cathedrals, towering ships and mysterious castles, this tour encapsulates 5,000 years of history into two weeks. Our marvelous guide, Mark, wove the many sights we saw into the story of England's past, from the Stone Age to modern times. We saw so much, walked so many hills and lanes, and enjoyed such a diverse itinerary that looking back, it seems impossible that we did it all. We were blessed with great weather and a wonderful group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment wasn't originally on our itinerary. Due to the summer solstice at Stonehenge, we had to change a few things around and Mark substituted the Salisbury Cathedral Tower Tour for a scheduled steam train ride. That tower tour was one "wow" after another - to walk above the nave, climb inside the tower and stand among the bells and the 800 year old tools of cathedral building was amazing. All this culminated in a breathtaking view of Salisbury from the tower."

Angela

Ellensburg, WA

Tour: 06/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my 4th Rick Steves tour, and it was very enjoyable all the way through. We were fortunate to have nice weather the whole time (yes, in England!) and so were able to enjoy the punt tour, outdoor picnics, and have awesome views. Mark was a wonderful guide, and put up with the antics of my husband with great patience--and actually seemed to like it. What I really love about the tours is that our guide gives us all kinds of information which enhances every place we visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was watching my husband (it was his first tour and he really didn't want to come!) have the time of his life. Watching him experience the richness of the history and culture was rewarding."

Donald

Ellensburg, WA

Tour: 06/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first rodeo and I had an absolute blast. I had totally different expectations from England and its people. I was astounded by England, it's people and its culture. I absolutely loved the history, and discovered Cider as a beverage. I enjoyed all the villages and the countryside and learning the history from 5000 years ago to present day. Our tour guide used our time efficiently so that we were able to take in all the facets and put it together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, the wow moment was my expectations of going to a foreign country was different than I experienced. Being able to physically connect the history from a wide range of time periods to present day and being able to actually touch history."

Aaron Shane

New Market, VA

Tour: 06/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent time. We were all nervous about being in a group, as we are somewhat a bunch of introverts, but this allowed enough "alone" time for us to recover.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into Dover Castle. I wished we had started there rather than the tunnels."

Nancy

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had an enjoyable time with a nice variety of experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed seeing the restoration of the s Raines glass windows inCanterbury, also got a good feel for what it was like to be in Britain during WWI and II."

Joseph

Manchester, MO

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves' tour. It was well organized with excellent hotel accommodations and comfortable bus and train transportation. Good mixture of scheduled activities and free time. Beautiful scenery and abundant historical information. I came away from the trip with many great memories and a sense of fulfillment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salisbury Cathedral had a splendor that took my breath away. Simple yet elegant."

Carol

Washougal, WA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very enjoyable. Our guide, Tom, was informative, entertaining, and very professional!! I enjoyed seeing villages and learning about the history surrounding them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought Canterbury was very enjoyable. I was also very impressed by the "Battle of Britain" monument."

Robert

Lander, WY

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Sometime I think I am just easy to please! Especially enjoyed Canterbury and Bath(stayed a couple of extra days). Our real love were the villages and the rural areas. We are from Wyoming. Dartmor was a high. After the visit I read Hound of the Baskervilles on my Kindle. Tom Hooper was exceptional, funny, personable, and so knowledgeable! Ginger could not stump him with questions about flora and fauna of England. He was very helpful with instructions when we traveled by bus to Dover.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walks in Dartmor and along the sea cliffs. Perfect mix of breezy, at times foggy, at times sunny cool weather. Almost forgot, visit (not I believe on the schedule) the WW 2 seaside memorial and museum at the Dover cliffs on our way to Dover Castle. Should be officially included with more time on future tours!"

William

Youngsville, NC

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stonehenge"

Doris

Philomath, OR

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous tour experience traveling with Guide Tom and fellow travelers from the United States and Canada. The tour was well-organized and planned to enable us to enjoy every possible experience that could fit into our itinerary. With a variety of sites to visit and experiences to embrace, my husband and I gained a new appreciation for our English heritage. Overall, everyone we met was helpful, courteous, and interested in who we were, where we came from, and why we were traveling

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was filled with "wow" moments! However, the awe-inspiring churches and cathedrals were breathtaking and an absolute joy to visit. The majesty and history of the buildings is something you cannot adequately describe and put into words. You have to see it to believe it. We were constantly "wowed" with the research historians have done to provide data and timelines regarding historical buildings and artifacts. Visiting the Battle of Britain War Memorial in Folkestone was also amazing."

Ellen

Staten Island, NY

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience on this tour was wonderful. I felt comfortable from the first-day get together with our guide Tom, our group, the accommodations and itinerary. It only got better from there. I enjoy being active and out of doors, thus this was my 8th Rick Steves tour. Always having been pleased on my previous RS tours, this one ranks as a favorite.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments. In particular, the stained glass conservator's workshop in Canterbury; the yummy posset at the Star Inn, Alfriston; Lord Nelson's "Victory" in Portsmouth; and the baptismal font in Salisbury Cathedral. My favorite town: Chagford. While accommodating travelers beautifully, it retains the unique character of a small English village. More: the moors in Dartmoor Natl Park under Tom's tutelage. Making/eating pasties in Portreath. The Bitish people themselves."

Byron

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the greatest vacation that I could imagine. Our tour leader, Tom is the best and the things that we saw and did were amazing. I am not a person that likes big crowds, or even medium crowds and was worried about how the tour would be. It was great, I never felt overwhelmed by the people. I learned so much from Tom and the places we visited. The lack of stress worrying about where to eat and stay was worth every dollar. We plan on taking more of these tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Corfe castle, the abbeys and cathedrals, Stonehenge, and so many more. The wow came when Tom suddenly asked what day it was, and when we didn't know he said it was the anniversary of the declaration of the war of 1812. He then diverted the coach to a little church in Dartmouth near the prison and we went in. We learned that the church was built with prisoners of war from France and USA at this time and completed in 1814. Many men died there and letters were also shown.Small but such a joy."

Helen

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was our first Rick Steves tour, actually our first tour,period. That we're ready to sign up for another tour is probably the best indicator of our enjoyment and satisfaction. The balance between time with tour members and guide and time alone is excellent. The range of activities offered us some things we might not have chosen for ourselves and thoroughly enjoyed. The coach was comfortable and the driver simply amazing. We're hooked!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments. My favorite is my favorite because I wasn't expecting it. I had not been looking forward to touring the ships at Portsmouth. I was absolutely blown away by the Mary Rose Museum! Not just by the wreck of the ship, which is amazing, but even more by the design of the museum, which brilliantly brings the ship and its inhabitants, the lost lives, back to life. I can't imagine a better-designed museum."

Michael

North Potomac, MD

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great experience -- plenty to do and see, but enough down time also. Our guide, Tom H., was excellent and lots of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ancient stone circle and stone "highway" on Dartmoor were really great."

Marguerite

North Potomac, MD

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom Hooper was a delightful and charming tour guide.He treated us like family he was taking round to all the best places. The south of England is astonishingly beautiful and during bus rides our guide served up British history with a great sense of humor. Our hotels were excellent, the shared meals suberb. Our group was very compatible, easy and fun to be with. I really enjoyed every place we went. Well done, Rick Steves!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ah there were so many it would be hard to say. The one that stands out is our visit to the war memorial that overlooked the English Channel honoring the pilots who protected the channel from the Germans. It had an incredible sense of peace. Back on the bus Tom Hooper recited the poem Flanders Fields from memory. I misted up and probably others as well. One of my favorite meals was in the Warren inn on Dartmoor eating a plowman's lunch and drinking local beer!! and much more."

Loretta

Langley, BC

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations. Tour was well organized and daily activities were wonderfully varied, so did not become repetitive or boring.It was fascinating,fun, educational, and we felt well looked after, from bus to restaurants, hotels and the many destinations. Information on event scheduling was clear and we even got rewarded with treats when we showed up on time! The narrative on way to destinations was excellent and gave a sense of what we were seeing and about to see, time well spe

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmmmmm, Canterbury Cathedral glass doctors, or city walk tour; The brewery beer evening yum; Dover, Beachy Head walk in fog, wow! Portsmouth ships! Salisbury and Stonehenge wow wow; Cornish Pasties class, yum! Jurassic Coast geologic formations, and Dartmoor. Port Issac/ Doc Martin fun! St. Ives wow! Bath awesome!Every place had its wow factor cathedrals, museums, castles, events, food, sights and stories were all a pleasure!"

James Barling

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! Tom was 200% in all respects! He gave several opportunities for unscheduled stop. All of the unscheduled stop were very much worthwhile. Great food, great tours, great history,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"RAF memorial , Dover Castle, giggling squid , unscheduled stops, stone circle village in Deven, Hell Mouth, King Auther grave and story, Cornish Cream Tea, beer tasting, cider tasting, Tom's stoy telling."

Thomas

Mentor, OH

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with "Rick" , but we've watched his show for many years. We couldn't have been more pleased. Robert is a great guide. The itinerary couldn't have been better. We even had Jamie, a second guide in training. Paul, our bus driver, was the best. This will not be our last "Rick" tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Michaels Mount had to be the highlight for me. One of the most beautiful places I've been. The day was cool and cloudy, but as we arrived on the first boat the sun appeared and the clouds disappeared and it couldn't have been a better day. If there was a close second it was making our own pasties in Cornwall with an expert pasty chef. Not only was Marion a great chef, but she had a fascinating life to share with us. And no pasty could have tasted better than one we made ourselves."

James

Wilmington, NC

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Tour was "good." Many highlights however we spent too much time on the bus. Would reco the addition of Bath and the Cotswolds to this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Roman Baths was my "WOW" moment. However visiting the Salisbury Cathedral and the Mary Rose were also special moments."

Kathleen

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a perfect time of year to see all the roses in bloom and experience the "Englisheness" of England that we read about and see on PBS! I realized from my photos, particularly after looking at those from prior trips, that the pace was frenetic enough that there wasn't time to savor moments. I have snapshots but did not take the time to capture the little things that actually trigger memories so that I did not slow down the group or lag too far behind. It was a physically demanding trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Making Cornish pasties with Marion. She is remarkable."

John

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Liked the trip - was a good combination of sights, activities, places, and history. Trip was more strenuous than expected. Needed a "rest day" around the mid point of the tour. The time at the Portsmith Naval Museum was too short. There is so much to see and do that 4-5 hours is way too short. We only visited the Mary Rose and HMS Victory and missed all the other things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to the Portsmouth historic dockyard - The Mary Rosa and the HMS Victory were outstanding. Also liked walking the moors and being among prehistory stone constructions at Dartmoor National Park."

Dennis

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour was wonderful, the fellow travelers were a great group of people and we all got along well, each helping the other when needed. There were probably two things that were a negative. The first was the train system, it was a total mess, I don't know when and how it will get fixed but it was the most irritating situation, trains being delayed and cancelled with no fore warning, or reducing the number of coaches or not honoring reservations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow'moment was attending the evensong at Canterbury Cathedral, the choir was angelic and brought me a sense of peace and calm"

Nancy

Port Moody, BC

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and absolutely loved it. We'll definitely go on more Rick Steves tours. I'm already planning my next tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many "wow" moments, everyday there was one. Tintagel Castle was thrilling and making pastys was fun and walking on the moors was very cool. That's just a few."

Jerry

Port Moody, BC

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Good meals, accommodation, and knowledgeable guides and drivers. Good thing the driver had the GPS system he had; it got us out of a tricky situation--one road blocked by construction, an other by an accident. I could never have navigated these roads and seen and learned so much on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure what counts as a favourite--seems to me like forcing a choice between apples and oranges. The trip stands out as a whole."

Sandi

Naperville, IL

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well-planned out and organized tour. It was so nice to be away from large urban areas and focus on smaller villages. Food was a pleasant surprise!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the time we spent learning how to make pasties was the best. It is always nice to get away from the tourist attractions and spend time talking with local people. Plus, the pasties were awesome! We also really enjoyed the small town of Chagford - so quaint and easy to get around."

Timothy

Grand Haven, MI

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the itinerary, and the choice of some small towns with much character.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in the small town of Chagford and going for a beautiful walk along the river there."

Brian

Canada, AB

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good - it covered the highlights that I expected and was consistent with other "villages" tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Didn't really have one. Again, the tour design was such that it met my expectations. One of the most enjoyable parts was the morning with Marion Simmonds doing the Cornish pasties."

Marilyn

Mill Ck, WA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first overseas adventure and our first guided tour. It was everything we had hoped it would be. We had a wonderful time and would recommend it to anyone. Each day was something new and the activities were varied enough that there was something for everyone. We were certainly never bored.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is no way I could pick a "wow" moment. Everything we did was "wow" for us. We are very happy we picked this tour for our first experience in "real" travel."

Diane

The Villages, FL

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I couldn't give outstanding because some of the tour was not the normal RS experience. No long walks or bike rides. We enjoyed Dover as well as Portsmouth. Dartmoor National Park was outstanding and Gillian did a great job of walking us around and explaining it. We were up and close to the wild horses. St Ives was great as was the fish and Chips at the loft Restaurant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to Corfu and after visiting the castle ruins, I had my first Cream Tea. We sat in a café with perfect views of the castle. the weather was warm and sunny and of course the tea and scone were perfect. I just sat there and took it all in. Our tour director, Gillian picked a perfect place for cream tea."

Karen

Schaumburg, IL

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great combination of variety of experiences- history, craftsmanship, cooking class, culinary experiences and stunning scenery. Well thought out itinerary- that was expertly guided by Gillian and Savannah!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salisbury cathedral- awe inspiring!"

Robert

Port Coquitlam, BC

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our Villages of South England tour. We found our tour group friendly and engaging, and as you can tell from my rating, our Tour Guide, Gillian, was a wonderful leader for the tour. The only off-key note was at the Star Inn in Alfriston where I was charged 16 pounds for a pint of beer and a medium glass of wine. One expects some fleecing of the tourist crowd, but I found this to be overly aggressive. That aside, we found the tour to be exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several 'wow' moments; difficult to limit myself to just one. In no particular order: Corfe Castle Canterbury Cathedral - outstanding local guide Geevor Tin Mine - local guide Nick brought this abandoned mine to life Beachy Head - cliffs were much bigger and whiter than Dover! Portreath pastie-making session with Marion Simmons, a fascinating and inspiring lady Plus several 'extras' - a Thai dinner, a punt ride, a Ploughman's lunch, etc"

Pam

Troy, ID

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent distribution of a range of sights from Neolithic to WWII. Some days I didn't *get*. Day 4 (Rye, Pevensey Castle, Seven Sisters) just seemed like a transfer day with no focus. It was very rainy that day so perhaps that had an impact. Final day - awful. Of course I ran out of room on my Q.16. I did do a Trip Report on the forum for more information. https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/tours/tour-report-villages-of-southern-england-5-21-6-2-18

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite was the Dartmoor day with the stop at the Clapper Bridge, seeing the Neolithic alignment/stone circle/burial chambers and yes, wild ponies and their babies. This day was gorgeous with blue skies and bright sun. The bluebells, red campion and other wildflowers were blooming in a riot of color in the fields and along the verges. A perfect day! Next most favorite tour moment? The tour of the stained glass studio at Canterbury Cathedral! Amazing to talk with the artists!"

Ronald

Jupiter, FL

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

THOUGHT THE TOUR GUIDE WAS VERY GOOD. SOME OF THE PLACES WE WENT WERE STRANGE. WE SPENT A 3 DAY VISIT IN A TOWN OF 200 PEOPLE ON A BANK HOLIDAY WITH MOST OF THE STORES CLOSED CHAGFORD. DID NOT THINK THAT WAS WELL THOUGHT OUT. ALSO SPENT TOO MUCH TIME LOOKING AT ROCKS, DRIVING TO AND FROM FIELDS THAT REALLY WERE NOTHING SPECIAL. VISIT TO DOC MARTIN SITE WAS A WASTE OF TIME, NOTHING THERE AND NOTHING TO DO THERE.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"SEEING THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER AND COUNTRY SIDE ON THE ENTIRE TRIP. AMAZED AT HOW RURAL SOUTHERN ENGLAND IS. ENJOYED SALISBURY AND THE CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL. PORTSMOUTH AN INTERESTING EXPERIENCE AS WELL."

Edith

Jupiter, FL

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Itinerary was basically good but a few towns could be eliminated as there wasn't much to do: Rye, Port Isaac (over-run with tourists), St. Ives, Chagford on the bank holiday. Also, not sure why Bath was the final destination of the trip as we had no time to spend there. Tour could have ended in Penzance and we could have avoided getting caught in traffic on trip from Penzance to Bath. It would have been time better spent if we HAD spent a day or two in Bath.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evensong-Canterbury Cathedral Pastie making class Salisbury Cathedral tour"

Debra

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time seeing all the English castles, ruins, cathedrals and coastlines and truly enjoyed this tour including our tour guide, bus driver and one of the nicest tour groups ever!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Some of my favorite "wow" moments included the tour of the Salisbury Cathedral, seeing the Magna Carta, the White Cliffs, Cornwall and making a pasty, and Tintagel Castle!"

Eric

Elizabeth City, NC

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very happy to have taken this tour (our third).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tintagel. The tin mine. The cathedrals. The beer tasting. The views from Meldon Hill above Chagford. Tintagel. and Tintagel."

Anne

Elizabeth City, NC

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time on this tour and would recommend it to others. That being said, I thought that the itinerary could use some tweaking. I didn't see the point in spending time in Rye. It is a nice town but not really any different than other towns on the tour and there wasn't much to do except shop and visit the church. I can't figure out why we didn't visit the Battle of Hastings! It is so important and we were so close to it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That would be a tie between Stonehenge and Tintagel Castle. Both of those places were beyond anything I had imagined."

Don

Freehold, NY

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent balance of sites, history, culture, architecture, nature, food and people! The pacing of activities and time on own was to my liking. The food planning worked well, with breakfast having most of us together, half the dinners letting everyone see each other, and the other half of dinners giving some freedom. Our bus driver Dan was excellent, especially with our narrow roads. Guide Robert was terrific (more later). The group size of 24 worked well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"small wow: our hotel room in Salisbury opened onto a view of the Avon River in foreground, pasture and sheep next, then a line of trees with a dip, with the spire of the Salisbury Cathedral towering upward. Bigger wow: the majesty and diversity of landscapes in Dartmoor National Park, with tors to hike, stone circles to ponder, hedgerow-lined fields, and a distinct beauty."

Charles

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my sixth RS tour and perhaps my favorite. Partly this is personal since it took me back to places I had not seen since my youth, and to several places I have wanted to see but never had gotten to. And Mark is simply an outstanding guide, inspiring and unabashedly proud of his heritage (of course he lives in France, and ex pats are always sentimental about home!). Seriously, this was a peak travel experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Magna Carta in person."

Tina

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved everything about our tour of So. England. From Mark our guide, to all the tour members. The English landscape, architecture, castles and palaces and the lovely British people. The hotels and the together dinners were perfect choices.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The moors in Dartmoor National Park. Wild horses, sheep with their lambs, and a wonderful picnic lunch. Stone formations and bridges. The Best Day !"

James

Fairfield, IA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Mark did everything possible to give us a memorable tour. His great strength is pre-historic England. Before long we were seeing man-made barrows and local building features we would otherwise have overlooked. The sites we visited were without exception fascinating. The pace was rigorous but not overly demanding. Visits to Port Isaac, St. Michaels's Mount and Dartmoor were especially wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The picnic at Merry Vale in Dartmoor was powerful. We sat among ancient stone formations below an impressive volcanic Tor watching wild horses grazing nearby. Mark brought the place and its past to full life. Everyone appreciated this time-traveling experience."

Charles

Fort Thomas, KY

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour has good variety. Southern England is both beautiful and quaint.

Patricia

Bristol, IN

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my second England tour, having done Best of England last year. While I enjoyed Best of England more (perhaps the excitement of the new or perhaps because it involved more variety in terms of geography and scenery), this is a very nice tour to see a part of England not included on the Best of trip. The itinerary covered a good mix of history (both ancient and more current), castles and cathedrals, natural beauty, and exposure to the culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was Dartmoor, hiking about 15 minutes up a hill to a cluster of rocks where we picnicked on a warm sunny day and then hiked and explored on our own for an hour. My favorite unofficial wow moment was watching the royal wedding on a giant TV screen set up on the cathedral green in Salisbury with thousands of locals cheering their Queen, Prince Harry and Meghan. While this won't be a part of any future itinerary, it shows the serendipitous delights that inevitably crop up."

Russell

Canton, MI

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Of the eleven Rick Steves tours we have taken this one would rate near the top. We are partial to smaller villages as opposed to large cities so this was a nice fit. Having excellent weather helped make several of our experiences great also. The bus time was fairly short in comparison to a few of the RS tours we have been on, which was nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many really nice moments which makes it difficult to cite a favorite. Viewing Harry and Meghan's wedding on a big screen at Salisbury Cathedral grounds was fun. I didn't care as much about the wedding itself but sharing the experience with several hundred local folks was special. Having a picnic high on a barren hill in Dartmoor National Park was also very special."

Jan

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed this trip. We saw so many places not on the "regular" England itinerary. The pace was brisk, but very much fun. We sort of missed the "vacation from your vacation" day usually provided on a Rick Steves Tour, but managed to get rested each afternoon. Having someone else drive through all of the tiny roads was worth the expense of a guided tour. Plus, you get to experience more unique things with a group tour (beer tasting, Pasty making, cream Tea, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many... but one super fun thing was watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting married on the green of Salisbury Cathedral along with several hundred locals! The weather was perfect and BBC provided the jumbo screen for all to watch the event. Favorite thing was Port Isaac! This did not mean much to people who did not know the Doc Marten show, but for the fans it was amazing! A beautiful town! Now we just need to see where Poldark rode his horse!"

Barbara

Canton, MI

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the very best of the 11 RS tours I have taken. I loved every minute of it. I can't think of one negative thing about it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow "moment" was the day we drove through Dartmoor and had a picnic on the hillside."

James

Sherwood, OR

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th Rick Steves tour and I would have to give our guide credit for making it one of the best we have experienced. The tour was educational and provided great English history and well as some European history. The tour group was very cohesive and got into the spirit of the adventure we experienced. The parts of England covered were new to me and broadened my knowledge of England of yesterday and today. The weather was great having only about 1 hour of rain coat wear necessary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two Wows. The tour of the stained glass studio at Canterbury Cathedral was extremely interesting. How the glass is maintained, repaired and replaced, the use of lead in the windows and how they are really small panels that can be removed. #2 was our visit to Made Marions Pasty Bakery where we learned about Pastys, actually made one of our own, and about the history of them with Tin miners. Marion's personal story of success is amazing."

Marion

Sherwood, OR

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was wonderful. I enjoyed it all and have a new appreciation of England. The history was fascinating but so was learning about the present. Our guide, Mark Seymour, was superb making each aspect of the tour meaningful and fun. I also appreciated learning to travel in Britain without a car. Trains are easy and mini town tours available. In general this tour was perfect. I learned a lot and had fun with my fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One wow moment was finding a carpet of bluebells at Lanhydrock. Another was eating strawberry ice cream made with clotted cream in Devon and Cornwall. Bigger wow moments were our walks to the lighthouse by the beautiful chalk cliffs and up to the tor in Dartmoor National Park. Our experience learning about the creation and restoration of stained glass was incredible too. How do you pick from so many wows?"

John

Victoria, BC

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very enjoyable tour. The Hotel accommodation was excellent. The meals provided by the tour were also excellent. The time allocation for the sites we visited was well thought out and I always felt I had enough time to explore the Cathedrals in Canterbury and Salisbury and the Portsmouth Docks Museum. This was my ninth Rick Steves tour and none have disappointed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No particular wow moment but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the Geevor Tin Mine in Cornwall. I also found touring HMS Victory and The Mary Rose Museum very enjoyable."

Christine

Nampa, ID

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a ton of fun! So many wonderful things to see, it was very active, WW2 historical sights, beautiful English countryside, National Park wild beauty, cathedrals, beautiful singing at evensong services, breathtaking coastlines, thatched roofs, cute cottages with names, exploring the history of tin in Cornwall, castles, cream teas, pasty making (yum), Stonehenge, and our very knowledgeable and humorous guide, Tom, to lead the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I could not pick just one. I knew when we walked at Beachy Head that it was a wow! Dartmoor National Park day trip was a beautiful day of exploration. Wow! Tintagel Castle coast views from the top. Wow! The climb is worth it! All of Cornwall."

Judy

Boise, ID

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour that included so many different sights. From the castles to the ocean cliffs ,to thatched roofed villages, national parks,cathedrals, gardens, navel history and many more. The tour was so enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW to the beautiful coastlines - the White Cliffs, Beachy Head,and the view from Tintagel Castle. Also included were the ruins of an ancient village on the steep cliffs at Tintagel Castle. Stonehenge is so thought provoking that it is worth a WOW too!"

Ann

Dpo, AE

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour, but I really like England to begin with. I thought the pace of the tour was good and liked that we stayed busy. I'm not a big fan of the "vacation within a vacation" and liked that there was plenty to see and do each day. I was also really impressed that some of the couples divided up and sat separately, particularly at the first dinner. I think it bodes well for the rest of the tour when people are that open right away. We also lucked out and had terrific weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed Lanhydrock Gardens and can't believe it hasn't always been part of the tour. I would have liked an additional 30 minutes there. I also enjoyed St. Michael's Mount."

Marnie

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was perfection. Our tour leader, Tom, was everything one hopes for in a Rick Steves tour leader: well informed, funny, well organized, and helped the group bond. He really cared about each of us. He provided so much information and "gathered questions" members of the group asked and put them in a pattern and answered them for everyone on bus rides. As a man frosm Cornwall (Yay!) he knew the area so well, he could take advantage of a road-side space and let us stop to see "Hell's Mouth"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved both the amazing sacred spaces, but also the beauty of the South Downs Way, the beautiful wind-swept Dartmoor, the power of Salisbury Plain, magnificent Tintagel. If I had to pick one: The Dover WW II tunnel museum experience. Evensongs. Each day had a "wow" moment--Canterbury Cathedral's tour, plus the time with the stained glass artists.I had been to Stonehenge when you could touch them, but it is better now: the museum puts the whole area in context. Loved it."

Mary

Bartlett, TN

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very enjoyable--great guide, good weather, lots of variety. More active than I had imagined but doable. Hotels and breakfasts were mostly superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of them but I was amazed by beachy head and dartmoor"

David

Orinda, CA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

"Villages" trips are great! You should have more of them. They go to places/towns that we wouldn't have gone otherwise. Minor criticism: We would appreciate more info from guide on daily weather conditions and how to prepare day pack with jackets, etc. After your ended in Bath, we independently took a bus to nearby Bradford-on-Avon and spend enjoyable day in this small town. Seemed a good place for a village tour add-on or recommendation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Landydrock Gardens, the Tintagel Castle climb, and the visit to Doc Martin's "hometown" of Port Issac (Wenn). Also, walk to Beachy Head overlook."

Lawrence

Spring Valley, CA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We considered the tour an outstanding accomplishment, like being in a Rick Steves TV show with different chapters every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the seeing the White Cliffs of Dover (just kidding). There were many awe inspiring moments, within the cathedrals and atop the bluffs but my favorite was seeing in my imagination a connection between clapper bridges and Stonehenge. Stonehenge may have been the rampart of an ancient fortress."

Marianne

Spring Valley, CA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never been on a 'tour', we were a little apprehensive. What if the guide and the other travelers didn't match our expectations? What if the whole experience was weird and left us feeling alienated? I am happy to report that the whole tour was a success-we met many lovely people, saw amazing things and had a wonderful guide who took good care of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many-we really saw some amazing things. One of the highlights for me was our trip to the Battle of Britain memorial. My dad was a navigator during WWII and seeing the planes, the articles and learning the history really was a poignant moment for me. Touring the tunnels at Dover Castle was amazing. A good tour of those used during WWII and also the medieval tunnels (on our own)."

Susan

Denver, CO

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Southern England was great with the weather we had and Tom put the whole trip over the top. The extravagant field trip of a RS Tour full of learning and pleasure continued on trip #3 for us. Our personable driver Dan really added by joining in conversation when he could. His driving skill was amazing. It was a balanced sampling, Cathedrals, castles, villages and outdoor coast walking. Brainy and sensory delights every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cornwall, the color of the sea, Beachy Head walk, the cliffs, all of them. Lanhydrock Gardens (made me cry), Merrivale in Dartmoor National Park (a Tom add on, fabulous). Tea at Corfe Castle was English delight!! Salisbury Cathedral and "Les Colombes" (the Doves) Canterbury Cathedral and the stained glass tour."

David

Denver, CO

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour, the other two being Ireland and Scotland. We choose Ricks tours because of the guides, the educational experience and the fellow travelers the tours draw. This trip met our high expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first morning looking out our open window with the birds singing and the sunrise moving up the side of Canterbury Cathedral. Magical. Also Dover Castle and the story of Dinkirk. Add Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge too. Lanhydrock for the gardens."

Patricia

Cody, WY

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely loved this tour! Being a fan of Agatha Christie and AC Doyle, I was thrilled to see the small villages and Dartmoor National Park. Historical sites: Dover Castle, Beachy Head, Mary Rose Ship, medieval castles: St Michaels Mount and Tintagel were extraordinary. I was awe struck by the visit to the stain glass conservatory at Canterbury Cathedral and the cathedral itself. The villages of Rye, Afriston and Cragford were so picturesque and intriguing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stonehenge, Gardens at Landydroch, Merrivale (?)prehistoric ruins, Dartmoor, St. Michaels Mount and Tintagel Castle I discovered bookstores in almost every city/village we visited and those were special experiences for me. Love the small independent stores."

Danny

Nampa, ID

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well balanced with lots of different things to see and do. The beer tasting in Canterbury was my favorite thing we did. My only comment on that outing was they poured a lot of samples and there were five or six people that did not try any of them. I tried my best to drink them, but maybe if they did a show of hands after the explanation of each, they would have an idea of how many to pour for the sample. The mine tour was outstanding, and the local guide, with his family ties.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cornwall! My ancient relatives are from that area. And there is no better guide on Cornwall. period. than Tom Hooper. period. Ok, and the cornish pasty making deal, which was delicious !"

Roger

Cody, WY

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each day was unique. In Rye I had a cheese and pickle sandwich at Simon the Pieman bakery. Talk about a Miss Marple moment! From the cathedrals to Dover Castle to Dartmoor to Cornwall to Bath, this trip combined the spectacular with Tom's great narration. Lots of fun and extremely educational at the same time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was not one moment that was "wow" compared to everything else. Each day was a "wow" for me. Tom's presentations added significantly to each day's events and were full of historical information while incorporating large amounts of humor."

Mark

Potomac, MD

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A super tour that included all of the locations in southern England that I wished to visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wow moments to select a favorite. However, a particularly memorable moment was observing a young woman creating a new stained glass window for Canterbury Cathedral (not a replacement). That her window would join the amazing collection of old windows and, perhaps, remain in place for a millennium, is truly amazing."

Amy

Newark, DE

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour, especially Dartmoor and Cornwall. The natural landscape was just beautiful. The area is great for seeing snapshots of different periods in history, whether stone age, Norman, Saxon, Roman, etc. Stonehenge is a given for amazing human imprint, but I found the standing stones on Dartmoor to be both unexpected and fascinating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A serendipitous event: standing atop Canterbury Cathedral, exploring it from a totally different angle. An awesome experience. As far as the scheduled tour, I found Tintagel very moving with its dramatic landscape and thoughts of the challenges faced by those who lived there in centuries past. As far as human challenges go, being underground in the tin mine certainly makes you think."

Sandra

Bend, OR

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fantastic on every level. The activity level was perfect, the itinerary was interesting and varied, and the tour employees were personable and knowledgeable. We loved the villages and felt our tour provided us with in-depth knowledge of the area we visited. The tour guides personal touches really provided that extra bit of inside information which added to the overall enjoyment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's an odd one...I learned about the hedges in southern England. I had no idea that they are actually rock walls covered in dirt and then purposely managed by the residents. In the past, I always overlooked the walls but now I have a deep respect for them."

Janelle

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We went to places that traveling by ourselves we wouldn't have seen because they are more remote and it would take a long time to plan. Roy was knowledgeable about everything. The other tour participants were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My biggest WOW was at the beginning in Canterbury when, instead of hearing about stained glass and seeing a demonstration, we serendipitously got to go up the construction lift and view the renovations with Heather who is in charge of the project. My second WOW was the mine tour in Cornwall led by Nick. My third WoW was Stonehenge. Honestly, this tour is beyond wonderful."

David

Newark, DE

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall experience was very good. We covered a wide variety of places and historical eras. The hands-on making of pasties in Cornwall was great entertainment and the great number of different landscapes was most impressive. The hotels were very good and the food was adequate if uninspired.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It happened on the first day. Due to a scheduling problem, we were not able to see the workshop on stained glass preservation at Canterbury Cathedral. However, our guide, Roy, amazingly arranged for us to enter the construction site and mingle with the workers who were repairing stone and reinstalling lead roof panels. The personal attention we received from the head stone mason was extraordinary. She was positive about having us there and did a marvelous job in answering numerous questions"

David

Redmond, WA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My wife and were able to schedule the Villages of Southern England and the Best of England tours back to back. Both tours were outstanding, and there was really no overlap - so we got to see everything. We loved this tour for all the sights, but most amazing were the people. They were the friendliest folks we have ever met. Smile and say hi to them and you have new best friends. This is an amazing country. Salisbury was a "just leave me here" place - so beautiful and peaceful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our group was unable to do the scheduled stained glass workshop. What happened next was an amazing once in a lifetime experience. The site manager for the restoration project underway issued us all hard hats and safety vests, then took us up the construction elevator to the top of the scaffolding at the front of Canterbury Cathedral. We walked around the pinnacles being restored, the lead roof being replaced, the underside of the nave and talked with the workers about the restoration effort."

Arlene

Lacey, WA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I would recommend this tour as being a delightful adventure discovering South England. The Cathedrals and castles were fascinating; the countryside rolling hills to the moors, beautiful; the historic ships and WWII tunnels educational; and the seaside towns of Port Issac and St. Ives beckoned me to return.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Absolutely a "WOW" exclaimed our entire veteran Rick Steves tour group! It was the response of the staff at Canterbury Cathedral, to an accidental mishap in the arrangement time of our introduction to the cathedral. Instead of the glass tour, we were invited to tour the repair of the stone /tile work. That meant going up the shaffolding lift! I'll never forget how amazing and thrilling it felt to be there!! I know this was unusual, and not part of the plan. Yet, it was a true HIGHLIGHT."

Donald

Colleyville, TX

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour waseverything w wished for. Good company, outstanding coach and DRIVER, personable and knowldgeable guide, plus some of the most lush, gorgeous countryside. No complaints.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd like to say the view from atop 15 stories of scaffolding overlooking Canterbury Cathedral, but Salisbury Cathedral won my heart."

Jack

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"backstage tour of the construction work at the Canterbury cathedral."

Suzanne

Stuart, VA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great trip! I felt like this trip included more "experiences," and fewer typical tourist activities like museums, than most tours. The scenery of South England was stunning! I've been in England several times, and each time I fall more deeply in love. This trip was off the beaten path to places most England tours don't visit, and I felt showed us more of today's living.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one "wow" moment, but for sure one was seeing the White Cliffs of Dover! Not just one time, but from several locations and angles on two different days. Also, Tintagel Castle was way more than I had anticipated. The scenery was absolutely breath-taking, and the ruins were fascinating! Dover Castle! The tunnels were so interesting, with a very moving presentation about Dunkirk. I could have spent much more time exploring the Castle itself."

Fred

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very well organized tour which included a broad sweep of English history and geography along the south coast. Highlights were Canterbury, Dover, Portsmouth and Dartmoor. We were in good hands with Mark's expert narrative and Paul's masterful driving down some narrow country lanes. You should have more than a passing knowledge of English history to get the most of this tour including the Norman Conquest, English Civil War, ruling houses, Admiral Nelson ect. Be ready to walk a lot!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking up to Moors in Dartmoor. Great views of the sea and evidence or prehistoric stone structures. Also enjoyed the day at Portsmouth Historic Dock Yard touring the HMS Victory and Henry VIII Mary Rose. We were also lucky enough to see a Spitfire flyover around Beachy Head!"

Howard

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have taken several ETBD tours and this ranks right up there in the top three.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Picking out a "favorite" wow moment on this trip is almost impossible. I can certainly pick four top things. Eating the pasties that we made, watching the artisan repairing the stained glass windows at the Canterbury Cathedral shop, tramping the Moors, and the Portsmouth Shipyards various ships and it's restoration shop."

Dan

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Educational, entertaining, fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Canterbury Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral"

Diane

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very enjoyable tour with a great tour guide and bus driver. Really enjoyed getting into the small villages, and the variety of sites and activities on the tour. The weather cooperated too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't have just one! Here are my favorites: the Mary Rose, Corfe Castle, St Michael's Mount and Tintagel."

Laurie

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour gave us a wonderful view of southern England and a real appreciation for village life. We truly enjoyed seeing, experiencing, dining, and sleeping in villages such as Alfriston and Chagford, as well as larger towns and cities such as Canterbury, Penzance, and Bath. We learned a lot about the history of these places and had unique experiences, such as observing a working dog on a Devon farm, making pasties in a Cornish bakery, and touring a brewery and a tin mine. Wonderful tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to name just one. If I have to, I would say, seeing Stonehenge and learning about the history of this ancient site as well as the ancient stone sites on Dartmoor. Tintagel Castle is pretty outstanding, too!"

Joseph

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual my Rick Sieves tour was a wonderful experience. We visited many fascinating locations and learned much about the history of the area. Laurie and I have become confirmed "Ricksters" that is repeat Rick Steves tour-takers. This was our third tour and we are signed up for next year (Scandinavia tour). And so many people on this tour raved about the Best of England tour that we intend to take that tour in the future. Mark, our guide, was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to pick one experience but I suppose I would pick the visit to Portsmouth and the HMS Victory. I am retired from the U. S. Navy and really enjoyed seeing the flagship of one of history's greatest naval heroes. The surprise visit to a farm to see a real sheep dog work was also amazing and unique. I would rate both at 10 out of 10 on the "Rickter" scale."

Mark

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Villages of South England tour was a wonderful experience rich with layers of history, quaint villages, and unforgettable natural scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but the Tintagel castle overlooking the sea at Cornwall was a real treat."

Dianne

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. We went early and spent several days in Canterbury and should have stayed longer in Bath. We enjoyed the people on the tour and had a wonderful, humorous and very knowledgeable and very "english" guide. My only regret is that I didn't manage to have cream tea every day!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed all the historic venues. I thought I would feel pretty jaded about visiting Stonehenge as we have read about it so much and yet it was amazing to see and walk around those ancient stones and wonder about their story and the people that treasured and built such a grand monument. Thank you for putting such an interesting tour together."

Lynell

Noblesville, IN

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide made the whole experience come alive. With a small group we we were able to get to know each other quickly. A enthusiastic group of people. Even our bus driver added to the tour. The country side was beautiful even if it rained almost everyday. I especially liked the added surprises like watching Matt the sheep dog work the flock.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I took a lot of pictures of flowers and gardens. I was wowed by how beautiful this time of year showed its gardens off."

Walter

Michigan City, IN

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding as always. Needed a doctor in Penzances , Hotel front desk in Penzances got me an appointment. Truly great service. Some days were a little longer than the last trip but slept well. Looking forward to the next one

Favorite "WOW" moment

"PORT ISSAC LIVED OUT THE DOC MARTIN DREAM"

Sharon

Eugene, OR

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was perfect for me. Everything I expected and more. I had a wonderful time and the tour group jelled into a really great and very compatible group of travelers. I am a passionate reader. I love history, English literature, and English mystery novels too. I loved being in all these places in England that I have read about in history or novels. I also love the cultural things that get introduced into a Rick Steves' tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list them all. Dover castle, the WWII tunnels & Battle of Britain site, Portsmouth Navel Yard tour of Nelson's ship & the Mary Rose. "Big Lizzie" seen from the harbor tour. Stonehenge and the moors at Dartmoor NP with all the sites from prehistoric peoples. Awesome things to do for a history lover. Loved all the small villages, the beautiful cathedrals at Canterbury & Salisbury. Love castles & especially loved stopping at Tintagel. I love the King Arthur legends. & pasties!"

Elizabeth

South Australia,

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

really enjoyed the choices of towns/villages. All were very interesting with lots to see and do. The hotels were excellent as was the food. the other tour members were great fun and joined in everything with great gusto. couldn't say enough about our tour guide, Tom-from-Cornwall. He was a fount of knowledge and had a very good sense of humour. he organized a number of activities which were all fun. I had no trouble eating Marmite and black pudding or drinking Pimms no 1 cup.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"probably visiting St Michael's Mount as it was on my bucket list. Canterbury, Rye, St Ives - all were excellent. All the museums and other destinations were very good. It was a nice idea to visit Port Isaac as apparently the people from the US are huge fans of Doc Martin."

Glenn

Apple Creek, OH

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was full of many different types of activities and places. The tour director was well prepared and knowledgable. Great group of people on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The town of Salisbury was my favorite part of the trip."

Mary

Tomahawk, WI

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The villages of South England tour was wonderful. I would highly recommend it for the stunningly beautiful scenery, nicely paced days filled with history, cozy pubs for dinners and restful nights at quaint hotels. A great 13 days. I especially enjoyed Salisbury (Cathedral), Portsmouth (boat building and ships), Cornwall (Port Issacs).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was seeing Dover and the WWII tunnels"

Paul

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved everything about the tour, from the awe-inspiring cathedrals to the rugged coastline of Cornwall. But the ruins of Tintadgel Castle were probably my favorite. This tour was very active as there is so much to see, and It left little free time for independent exploration. Would have liked it even more if the tour had been extended at least one day to allow for additional free time to wander thru some of the small villages. Tom was the perfect guide and host for the tour.

Diane

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great locations. Great guide. Great bus driver. We felt the tour was well organized and a well-balanced set of diverse experiences. We especially appreciated the history lessons woven in to our sight-seeing experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our absolute favorite moments were those we spent climbing and touring St. Michael's Mount. The stunning views from a stunning location were awe-inspiring. Learning even more about the story of this history-filled location was very special to us."

Mike

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I greatly enjoyed all the town & villages we went to. The Canterbury & Salisbury cathedrals were amazing. I went to a number of Evensongs at both Cathedrals. I also attended church services at St Martins in Canterbury. The people we met there were very open and interested in where we came from, we met all 15 folks. ( we were late to the service, because the church service times were incorrect in Rick Steve's Book).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "Wow" moments from HMS Victory, Stonehenge,"Port Wenn (Port Isac)", the Tin mine, St Michael's Mount. But "The WOW" moment would have to be attending the Minack Theater and watching Gilbert & Sullivan's Patience. The setting on the cliffs of Cornwall and watching their musical was just a joy for all the senses. Many Thanks to Tom for making this happen for us....."

Janiece

Michigan City, IN

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour and it was wonderful. It is always interesting to see the many people on the tour who are on their fifth or even tenth Rick Steves tour. Our guide, Tom, was outstanding- very informative, kind and had a wonderful sense of humor. All was well organized and efficient.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Making pasties, going to St. Ives, and St. Michael's Mount."

Larry

Apple Creek, OH

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was delighted by the tour content, fellow tour members and especially by our guide, Gillian. Gillian was most informative. I loved the small villages, the green, the countryside, the sheep, the cows, the old, old buildings, the rivers and the sea.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Something about the walk along Beachy Head, above the cliffs in gale force winds and occasional rain was the top experience for me. I had never faced the elements in such an extreme way and found it exhilarating. Next to that was the morning with pasties and Marian. She is an extraordinary woman."

Randolph

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded expectations. It exposed us to the culture and history of England and how important the southern coastal region has been to this country. The villages, small cities, Cathedrals, castles, moors and beautiful green scenery, all gave us a real understanding and feel for the culture and history. It was also a wonderful experience to share with our new travel friends. Our guide, Gillian, was just wonderful. One of my most cherished memories is that we all laughed a lot together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was not one "wow" moment but many. The first was our talk with the masonry and stained glass artisans who do restoration work at Canterbury Cathedral; fascinating stories. The adrenaline filled walk along the cliffs at Beachy Head in a gale force wind; unforgettable. Visiting Victory and the Mary Rose in Portsmouth. Finally seeing Stonehenge; awesome. Visiting a tin mine with our guide Nick; sobering. A visit to Port Issac; Doc Martin's home. Climbing St. Michael's Mount; what a view!."

Jerelyn

Fremont, CA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I LOVED this tour! It was a wonderful mixture of villages and small cities. As noted in the RS brochure, it is a physically challenging tour, so be warned and prepare in advance by walking for miles and climbing multiple flights of stairs. Hey, it is hard work (and great fun) climbing castles! Plus, this tour emphasizes history and culture in so many ways that you learn far more than you can imagine. Our guide, Gillian, and driver, Louise, were awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to pick from! Our lodgings inside Canterbury Cathedral's walls, meeting local artisans, learning about Dover Castle's history throughout the centuries, attending evensong services inside beautiful cathedrals, making pasties, Dartmoor and the ponies, touring the HMS Victory and viewing the Marie Rose, punting in a rainstorm, scones in Rye, hiking Beachy Head, Cornwall, carefully meandering our way in a tin mine...I wish I had kept a daily diary! Delicious food, too."

Laurie

San Clemente, CA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour really touches cultural England. Cathedrals & churches, castles, famous historical figures, walks on the downs,history of the early people on the moors, traditional food, village life, legends, geography & current village life. Plus a great guide (Gillian) and a wonderful group to share it all with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, not just one! The walk on Beachy Head downs in the wild wind, sea, and open country was a truly unique and inspirational experience! Canterbury & Salisbury Cathedrals were moving and spiritual. Making Cornwell pasties, St Ives waterfront and St Michael's Mount were truly fun! Rainy Tintagel climb was an adventure I'll never forget."

Shelby

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was my 4th RS tour and my least favorite. This does not mean that it was dreadful, just not my favorite. Onto more positive things. The group of fellow travelers were fabulous. They were all lovely, interesting and adventurous people, a truly great lot. I am english and my intent was to visit family and friends on the way through, even the dear friends in Chagford (a place I know very well) of course all of them are in the churchyard they passed along a while ago.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Barging across Beachy Head for over an hour. I remember doing that with my dad when I was 7-8-9...... Seeing the Mary Rose museum in Portsmouth. Once again spent lots of time in Portsmouth with my Dad as a youngster. I was glad to see the renewal of the docks area. Salisbury. Missed the Stonehenge trip to attend a fabulous arts and crafts fair in the cathedral cloisters, plus a stone carving exhibition in the grounds. Artisans where working on replacements for the cathedral."

Susan

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, great hotels, great locations and experiences. All I had expected from this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Punting in Canterbury, Tresselwick Gardens, St. Michaels Mount"

Patricia

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour, and we felt it was going to be a good fit. It was so good, we only hope our next can measure up. Seeing so many sights that were iconic to me, was priceless. It gave me a deep appreciation of the character and history of England, to see this region, which was always the first line of defense. And our guide, Gillian, always supplied the perfect music, video, anecdotes, and historical and cultural background. Our group was amazing - so much fun and laughter!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time spent with the restoration masons, and extraordinary David, the stained glass master, at Canterbury Cathedral. Their expertise, very accessible explanations, patience with all our questions, and demonstrations were rare experiences. They gave us insight into how the Cathedral was built, hundreds of years ago, and how the skills necessary to maintain it will continue to be embraced by some very special people. Folkestone Battle of Britain Memorial, and Dover Castle and Wartime Tunnels."

Diana

Poway, CA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A terrific tour! It was great to see so much of the south coast of England from Kent to Cornwall. Experiences were well-planned and varied as we visited smaller English villages and towns. A big "Thank you!" to our guide, Gillian, whose knowledge of England and lovely sense of humor made the trip so enjoyable. Not to be forgotten: our fellow travel buddies were very special, and I thank them all for making the trip memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, there were three "WOW" days on this trip. The best day was in Portreath meeting baker-extrodinaire Marian, making pasties with her, eating them for lunch, and touring the Geevor tin mine with Nick in the afternoon. Another wonderful day in Cornwall included the visit to Doc Martin's Port Isaac followed by a brewery tour and lunch. Lastly, and not to be forgotten was the visit and climb to St. Michael's Mount. Great guides, great experiences!"

Mary

Sonoma, CA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great tour guide, and a wonderful group of fun people to travel with, made this a very enjoyable tour. Beautiful scenery every day. This really is a "green and pleasant land"! And the clouds were marvelous - they did bring some rain, but also rainbows and dramatic skies. So many varied experiences packed into a short time - a new adventure everyday!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wonderful moments - Going up that familiar hill to Doc Martin's house (Port Isaac) on a sunny day - Walking back from St. Michael's Mount on a stone pathway, after we had arrived by boat only 2 1/2 hours earlier - Seeing the lovely beach at St. Ives - Wandering through the water meadows in Salisbury with a field of sheep and the cathedral spire in the background, feeling like I was in a Constable painting."

Barb

Hygiene, CO

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fast moving, and we visited amazing sites and villages one after another from day 1 to 13! Exploring all the counties I've been reading about in novels and biographies for years, was an incredible experience. The activities, choice of landmarks, hotels, and food were all better than my highest expectations. I've already signed up for another tour in the UK and can't wait!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour of historical landmarks and villages was a wow moment every single day! In opting for one big WOW, I'd pick our one night in Alfriston. This small village with the stone shops, brick bridges, thatched roofs, and verdant landscape was so peaceful! Walking along the Kissing Gate streamside path and coming upon a graceful swan was out of this world. Knowing the path continued for miles along the Southdowns' was extraordinary. I loved it all!"

Ellen

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was outstanding. We traveled with a wonderful group of individuals who were interesting,engaged and curious. This made our trip so memorable. For me, the experiences of exploring cathedrals and villages was enhanced by the history and stories our guide Roy shared. Being in the heart of these enchanting places, whether gardens or medieval castles, was so much fun. I never would have experienced these hidden "gems" without the Rick Steves tour. Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, my wow moments were surrounding the unique local experiences and the stunning natural beauty of the coastline. For example, seeing the stained glass conservation, exploring a pub or making our own pasties. The breathtaking beauty of Tintagel cliffs, Dover and St. Ives beaches was totally unexpected. Those were wow experiences for me."

Karen

Roseville, CA

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a wonderful time and enjoyed many aspects of the trip and our fellow travelers. I did,however, feel that there was too much emphasis on cathedrals & castle-time, at the expense of interacting with locals. Would have liked to have our guide offer alternatives to some of the planned activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Portsmouth Dockyard's Mary Rose Museum was awesome! I also really enjoyed the Corfe Castle visit with the steam rail ride and the cream tea. That was a really good day overall."

Jack

Williamsburg, VA

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour packs in a ton of British history and culture - from standing stones to Brexit - while enjoying the rich beauty and character of southern England. I like highly active vacations when overseas (I can rest a home) and this one delivered. Of course the Catherals, Castles, Stonehenge, etc. were great, but I also loved things like Stained glass conservation and Austell Brewery tasting and making/eating my own Pasty. The newly opened Mary Rose exhibit in addition to Victory is exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was a small thing, but I chatted with one of the last of the Geevor miners who lost his job in the 1980's when the Thatcher gov't shut down the whole operation (which needed to happen despite the terrible cost to the workers). We talked in their dusty old locker room full of the miners' gear left behind the day they were all sent home, like Churchill's war rooms in London. What a great idea, and what pride and passion is evident, to turn an abandoned tin mine into a visitor destination."

Joe

Ashland, OR

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

excellent guide! Extremely knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Magna Carta and going out to St. Michaels"

Mark

Roseville, CA

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the trip immensely. Trip provided many experiences out of the norm...like border collie sheep hearding demonstrations and cornish pasty making. Would have appreciated more detailed descriptions of access, distance and terrain surrounding certain destinations such as Mount St. Michaels or Tintagel. "Moderate" or "Strenuous" walking does not prepare you for 8% grades on uneven slippery terrain without railings or rest stops.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the interactions with locals in the little towns and villages. Preferred the charm of little out of the way places over major attractions. Stained glass restoration in Canterbury was excellent. There was more than enough exposure to cathedrals and abby's."

Janet

Sun Lakes, AZ

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the seeing the sights in southern England. It was great having 2 fantastic photographers who hopefully those pictures we missed. Wish we could have spent more time in Bath. I would liked to have had more free time to explore the villages we visited. We were constantly on the go from breakfast until dinner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the white cliffs of Dover."

Louis

Nine Mile Falls, WA

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, fascinating tour. Enjoyed hiking on cliffs, moors, and countryside as well as exploring villages, castles, and WWII sites. Never tired of the rolling green hills and connecting hedgerows seen from the coach. Our leader, Roy, was an absolute treat! Not only knowledgeable of everything English, but his dry humor kept us constantly entertained. Much of his vocabulary, idioms and accentuation was completely novel to us. Just so British. Descriptive and clever. Lovely, really. Quite.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to nail down just one. Historic Canterbury pubs, majestic Beachy Head, mystical Stonehenge, and the picture-postcard Port Isaac ... e.g., Portwenn in PBS's "Doc Martin" all come to mind. And, my wife, Mary, was drawn into a passionate explanation of Brexit by an elderly woman waiting for a loo in Rye. When leaving, Mary had to agree with her: the loo really was so lovely that you didn't want to leave. Perhaps you should add it to the tour."

Susan

Barrington, NH

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Once again, a pleasant group of travelers and a knowledgeable guide. While I enjoyed the tour, it was probably the least favorite of the 7 Rick Steves tours I've taken. The biggest flaw is the lack of adequate free time and the tendency to try to pack too much into each day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several.St. Michael's Mount, the views at Tintangel and the "Poldark coast" en route to Portreath. And I just loved our brief stop in "Portwenn". Fortunately almost everyone on the tour was a Doc Martin fan."

Annie

Roswell, GA

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It takes a native guide to give a tour group an in depth understanding and appreciation for a country. Roy clearly loves England, especially Southern England where he has lived all of his life. He never held back on the warts which helped us have a clearer picture of modern England and its current trials. Southern England is so beautiful and pastoral. Wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two wows. First was touring Salisbury Cathedral with a charming guide and then seeing its incredible grace and beauty in the evening as the sun was setting. Second was viewing the majesty of St Michael's Mount from the land and then the sea as we boated out to the island. The gardens at St Michael's Mount are unique and absolutely gorgeous."

Ben

El Cajon, CA

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed seeing countryside, churches, towns, museums, tunnels, pastures, small cities, big cities, WWII sites, gardens, castles, ruined castles, old ships, military seaports and meeting locals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While wearing a hardhat, bumping my head on a low rock while walking through a tin mine."

Judith

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been on seven Rick Steves' tours and this was absolutely one of the best tours. I really enjoyed the lovely medieval city of Canterbury and walking tour. Well planned tour and the coach driver was fantastic driving on the narrow roads. Tom, the tour guide was very thoughtful and wonderful with all the tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A lot of "wow" moments. The tour group visited Stonehenge and explored the surrounding landscape, which was interesting. Another "wow" moment was a demonstration of preparing a pasty at a bakery and actually making a pasty and sampling one."

Bruce

Austin, TX

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guides were personable and knowledgable. Tom has a great sense of humor and ability to relate to us personally. We appreciated the good mix of programmed time and free time. Choices of hotels and restaurants were good: they had character, generally old and well kept. That added to the ambiance. Activities were well chosen, from the cathedrals to the brewery tour and even an impromptu trip to Port Isaac in Cornwall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is hard...to single out one fine moment. Being at Stonehenge on a wonderful blue-sky day was a dream come true. But on a more personal level, it was meaningful to see the parts of Devon and Cornwall that my ancestors came from, and to make a Cornish pasty in Portreath. Even being among the stone remains of ancient people on a drizzly day on Dartmoor was special, probably because it was off the beaten track and because we had a great local guide."

Kathleen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

loved being in small towns and cities and traveling basic roadways rather than freeways

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tintagel and Mt. St. Michael's"

Gail

San Diego, CA

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a delightful vacation from start to finish! Most of our group had been on several RSTours, and we were traveling in familiar historical territory, so we knew what to expect. This experience was quite elegant and thus reflected a lovely view of GB. We were guided by an Englishman who had a marvelously dry sense of humor and who made the trip a true vacation with friends. So, my first words to you are, thank you for a job well done. In Cornwall-ese that would be, "Proper job!"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many that to list them would be a recitation of the itinerary. How about charming Salisbury for a sunset walk? I am a bit of a steam train buff, so I was especially happy to take a way-to-short ride on a typical English railroad to Corfe Castle. Wait, what about the happy surprise of pulling up to Port Isaac and... wow, there it was, Port Wen ! Some of us immediately became the giggling ladies of Doc Martin."

D'Arlyn

Austin, TX

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The pace was just right, with usually two places or events to enjoy each day, plus time afterwards to walk the town we were staying in. Bus travel was smooth and generally was broken into 2-3 hour, or less, lengths. Tom and Meg were an easy-going and well-prepared guide team who enjoyed getting to know us travelers and our particularities and questions. They were experienced and impressive at getting our group of 19 to arrive at just the right times to enter sites, tours, or demonstrations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our walk (in the mist and wind) amid the Dartmoor National Park Bronze Age ruins of stone circles, round houses, ceremonial rows and burials was most memorable. The rocks and tors were a trigger to imagine how people lived here when the area was still forested and populated. This isn't to slight the astonishment, however, of seeing Salisbury and Canterbury Cathedrals and Corfe Castle: how did they build such beauty with simple tools?"

Lonnie

Daytona Beach Shores, FL

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour took on quite a challenge! Seeing and traveling to the sights and destinations did become a reality never to forget thanks to the skill of our driver, Paul, and the "onward" spirit of Roy. Great expedition!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time in the Dover War Tunnels."

Carol

Livermore, CA

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour began in Canterbury at the Canterbury Lodge. The hotel and experiences there were very good. But, after that the visits to the various villages seemed very rushed. There was not adequate time to really appreciate or soak in the atmosphere of the little towns. Perhaps shortening or visiting fewer towns would be better. I would really have like another day in Salisbury or a whole day in Rye.Of course, using the first and last days as part of the tour would have really helped too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Michael's Mount"

Dana

Springfield, OR

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved it! The towns were charming, the countryside lovely, and ocean views dramatic. As always, the people on the tour make the experience memorable. Our guide was knowledgeable and very personable, the driver very skillful, and my travel companions were all such nice people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I always like surprises outside my hotel windows. My first evening in Canterbury, I pulled back the curtain and was treated by the softly lit, peaked entrance to the cathedral in contrast with the dark blue sky, artistically framed by tree branches."

John

Hopkinsville, KY

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Dover, Beachy Head, Battle of Britain Memorial."

Patsy

Johnson City, TX

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We did brave the elements a lot on this trip: wind, rain, and cool temperatures (due to the wind and rain). Many great sites and activities but we seemed rushed so often..."Be back on the bus in 30 minutes." On the other hand, we had way too much time at the Portsmouth Historic Shipyard.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is so hard to choose on as there were so many! Looking at Canterbury Cathedral at night right outside our hotel room was incredible, but I think Salisbury Cathedral was the most beautiful inside. Getting to make pasties was a highlight as were the chalk cliffs (so happy we made it to the beach!)"

Gloria

Daytona Beach Shores, FL

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well, it was after all a "Rick Steves'" tour, and true to my expectations! Allowing for the fact the tour included very difficult places to cover even in 13 days, some of the scheduling could use some changes. Many days were just too rushed and chaotic. However, we did see everything and more than promised thanks to our wonderful guide and driver!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would not be able to choose any one moment among them all during the tour. But looking back through my photos at this point after the tour, I would say "wow, it is amazing that we all kept following Roy into all those unknown places, hurricane force winds, flooded waterways, and steep climbs!""

Richard

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We saw many new places on this tour and we enjoyed most of them. This was our 8th Rick Steve's tour and this one seemed paced differently than the others for some reason. It was as if we were trying to pack too many sites into a day without being able to taken them in in a more complete and relaxing way. For example, I would eliminate the overnight in Alfriston, which had very little to offer, and add an extra day in fabulous Salisbury. Our tour members were all great fun to be with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"MY "wow" moment was discovering the little beach town of St. Ives and it's sunny micro-climate! Could have easily spent 2 days there."

Karen

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great selection of important and beautiful places in Southern England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dover castle & white cliffs of Dover"

Pete

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Karen and I combined a week in North England and Wales with the tour of South villages. We enjoyed the history, the beautiful countryside and seacoast . The tour group members were very compatible and we travel well together. Roy was an excellent guide and his knowledge of history and current British events was a tour highlight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dover castle and the secret war tunnels."

Michelle

Redmond, WA

Tour: 07/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Roy and Ben made the trip magical and memorable with their knowledge, wit and wisdom. These two quotes typified the journey: "Of course you ate ice cream. You're at the seaside. It's the rules." "You should be able to fly your kite tomorrow, perhaps twice." The pace was gentle, with time to wander; the the planned activities were thoughtfully woven in to the schedule so that we did a lot without being overwhelmed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"From my travel journal: A day on the moor is a day-long "wow moment." ... But today, the whole day, was extraordinary. ...The second hike was at Peek Hill, inhabited by more sheep and ponies. We hiked to the summit, for fabulous views of Plymouth Bay and Cornwall. Also at the top is a bomb shelter from the days of the Cold War, and possibly a burial mound from an ancient civilization. The wind, the smell, the views, the beauty that is England was nearly overwhelming."

Eugene

Owasso, OK

Tour: 07/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We travelled from Canterbury to Cornwall and finished in Bath. Wonderful opportunity to visit historic and scenic sites of southern England. The trip was fast paced, varied and invigorating. I was continually pleasantly surprised. Our guide was fun, informative and took great care to ensure we had a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After visiting Stonehenge, we drove by a nearby field absolutely brimming with red poppies. As far as the eye could see, there was an ocean of red. One the Stonehenge park rangers said the field had just started blooming with poppies a few days ago and were totally wild. The contrast between Stonehenge, where prehistoric man attempted to build a structure that helped them make sense of the natural world around them and the field of wild poppies, was both humbling and breathtaking."

BJ

Bryan, TX

Tour: 07/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one ! Loved the day on the moors at Dartmoor, and the day at Portsmouth visiting the Mary Rose was wonderful!"

Douglas

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 06/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 20-person group was compatible in the sense that we were all capable and nobody was cross. Guide Mark created a team feeling amoung us enhancing the experience. Itinerary offered great range of experiences beyond castles and cathedrals. Dartmore indulged my interest in geology, climate and anthopology. Driver Paul deserves special credit for negotiating impossibly narrow roads. Mark deserves special credit or making me feel like a friend. Alexis kept us from straying.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dartmore ancient stone infastructure and the population that must have existed to build it. Stonehenge. Also the chalk cliffs from Dover west filled with chert/flint nodules used in construction from ancient to recent times. And Dover castle was amazing! Salisbury cathedral spires look too delicate yet still survive."

Chuck

Louisville, CO

Tour: 06/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's hard to believe, but this tour of villages in South England, was even better than our 2015 Best of England tour. We had the same tour guide, Mark, who was fantastic then and equally superb, actually better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The shepherd, his two border collies, and their sheep herding demonstration."

Sally

South Dartmouth, MA

Tour: 06/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful group, guides and coach driver. Good pacing and worthy places to visit. We had a lot of fun together and the concern our tour members had for each other and the concern our guides had for us were amazing. Our coach driver Paul was outstanding!! It was so much fun having him along and he did the most amazing job driving us safely around England. And the courtesy of providing water bottles was most gratefully appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting Maurice ("Maury") Young at the Mary Rose Museum in the Historic Portsmouth Dockyards. He was on the dive team with Alexander McKee, locating Henry VIII's flagship after 500 years in 1971 and bringing her up in 1982. At 87 years young, he is still a guide at that wonderful museum."

Lisa

Dartmouth, MA

Tour: 06/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first tour ever. It was a fun experience. I'm a busy Mom of 2 young girls and feel like I always have to manage the plans. It was fun to finally take a seat and let the details of logistics be taken care of. It was a fun group and our guide was knowledgeable and approachable, but didn't hover.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially enjoyed the walk over to St. Michael's Mount just as the tide was rising and Tintagel since we had fabulous weather. The pasty-making with Maid Marion and stained glass workshop interview/tour were particular highlights and I was super glad they were included. It made the tour distinct and special, since I feel certain I wouldn't have been able to schedule these on my own."

Marlene

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First Rick Steves tour , so I knew it would be good, since viewing the many fine TV episodes of his tours on PBS. The tour was fast-paced so it was important to be ready for every move. I really liked the variety of things to experience , whether it was a museum, cathedral, or out in the open with nature. I liked how organized it was and that details were pre-arranged so there was not a lot of deciding on my part. The hotels were for the most part comfortable , even if some were dark or small

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think I loved the days at St. Ives the most ! The beaches were spectacular and the main beach area had good food. I liked hiking down into the town from our hotel Tregemma."

Rae

Kent, WA

Tour: 06/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been on nine RS tours and all of them have been wonderful. This tour was our favorite of them all. I can't say enough about the planning and consideration that goes into all of the RS tours. We love the balance of activities, bus time and free time that goes into the itinerary. I even had time to play a round of golf in St. Ives. A big thank you to Mark, Alexis, Paul and the home staff for fashioning a gem of a tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day we had wow moments with the activities, quaint villages and beautiful scenery along the way. However, my wow moment was the friends we made of our tour family including our leaders."

Jerry

Chino Hills, CA

Tour: 06/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beat all expectations! So glad that this tour has been added. It is outstanding! Of course, with every tour, the tour guide can make or break the experience. Mark was fantastic in every way. Our group thoroughly enjoyed the sites, history, and Mark's knowledge of the area. Even Paul, our bus driver was extraordinary! Thanks for the outstanding personnel, preparation, and organization that made this trip such a pleasant and interesting experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but a couple of my favorites: The beautiful hike and experience of the Corfe Castle ruins, as well as the very quaint village of Corfe! A total surprise and very enjoyable time! Also, the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth that featured the remains of the long lost Mary Rose ship dating back to 1545. A side trip that we took on our own in Canterbury was exploring the excavations of St. Augustine's Abbey. A total surprise and great experience!"

Carol

Kent, WA

Tour: 06/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I would recommend this tour to anyone who loves breath-taking scenery, hiking to ancient ruins, learning fascinating history and seeing magnificent castles and cathedrals. My sincere thanks to Mark, our incredible guide, who brought history to life with his ability to eloquently weave together the past and the present. Alexis, our assistant guide, and Paul, our coach driver were both wonderful. (We were also fortunate to experience this tour with one of best groups of fellow travelers ever!)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments... experiencing the fascinating WWII Wartime Tunnels, seeing both the Mary Rose Museum and HMS Victory, climbing up to the ruins of Corfe Castle, a "tasty pasty" demonstration, watching the skillful sheep-dogs, walking among the ancient stones (and not so ancient cows and horses) at Dartmoor National Park and climbing up to Tintagel Castle where we had the most incredible coastal views. This vacation was truly one WOW moment after another!"

Mary Ann

Upper Marlboro, MD

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every one of my Rick Steves' trips has been awesome and this one is no exception. First of all on my list of superlatives was our guide, Gillian. Next were the accommodations - all an upgrade from previous trips. I also appreciated the variety of activities and locations. Last, but definitely not least, were the meals we enjoyed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd have to say the the Mary Rose Museum is my "Wow" moment and the thing I've most shared with friends."

Charles

Arroyo Grande, CA

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had interesting sites and walks. The towns were great, but there was a little too much riding in the bus for my tastes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the Dover cliffs with a clear view of France, and wondering what it was like during the Dunkirk evacuation, or the battle of Britain. There but for this narrow strait of water and the determination of the Brits, we would be speaking German."

Rita

Gettysburg, PA

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been on several RS tours, including one of England, Scotland, and Wales. I love to visit "villages" in any country. Alfriston and Chagford were charming and so were the places we stayed. The hotels seem to have improved since our first tour. Our fellow travelers were friendly and seemed to be up for all adventures, even walking in the rain on Dartmour. The mist was exactly what I had pictured on the moor. The scenery was beautiful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments. I loved the town of Canterbury and all the things to do there. Salisbury Cathedral was awe inspiring too. The Mary Rose Museum was a total surprise and absolutely fascinating. The scenery while walking along Beachy Head so beautiful, with the lovely chalk cliffs. Cornwall was perfect and the awe inspiring views day after day in Penzance did not get old. My very favorite stop was the tunnel under Dover Castle where the British directed the Dunkirk evacuation"

Ted

Spring, TX

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, this was an enjoyable tour. Liked the places (villages) we visited; liked the hotels/B & B's we stayed at generally. Liked the activities for the most part. However, although we knew there would be a lot of walking and climbing steps on the tour, this particular tour was a little bit "too much". and, hauling our suitcases, albeit small, up so many flights of stairs at the hotels is really getting to be a pain. It will be a definite consideration as to whether we take another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide made the decision to take us to Port Isaac in Cornwall - the village where Dr. Martin is filmed. As big fans of the show, we loved this. Also, loved seeing The White Cliffs of Dover & Secret Tunnels and the Salisbury Cathedral & the Magna Carta."

Bonnie

Reno, NV

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a really good time and a memorable experience. As with previous RS tours, we enjoyed the combination of free and structured time. Our fellow TMs were all friendly and pleasant. Our guide, Gillian, was great. That being said, the tour needs to be fine tuned. Some activities and destinations seem to be "fillers" and don't warrant the time spent. For example: too much time at Land's End, St Ives and Tintangel. We ended up wandering around aimlessly and - horrors! - shopping.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gorgeous countryside, spectacular cathedrals and special RS experiences - e.g., pasty making, stained glass demo. For my husband, Trent, the tour of the tunnels used for the Battle of Britain."

Susan

Sequim, WA

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved the tour and the wonderful organization of our leader, Tom. This was our 6thtour and love the small groups and family atmosphere after just a few days! Each lodging location had it's own charm and each time I travel, my suitcase gets lighter and lighter. No one cares that you may have worn the same shirt the day before!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Did not have one specific Wow moment, just took in each treasured event and basked in the beauty of that moment itself"

Patrick

Moorpark, CA

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding. The fickle English weather cooperated, our tour guide was Tom, and we had a great bunch of people on our tour. The tour had the right balance of individual and group time. Food at hotels was very good and the hotels were very good. ALSO driver "Ben" did outstanding. Many fellow tour members had completed multiple Rick Steves' tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Portsmouth Naval yard. The HMS Victory tour was best ship tour ever attended. Also several other quality sites at the naval yard. Well worth the half day time alloted."

Cheryl

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The southern England tour was great. Sometimes the anticipation is greater than the actual experience but not in this case. I loved every minute of it -- the scenery, the history with all the stories our guide told, and all the ancient ruins and churches.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving at the Rose and Crown in Salisbury and seeing the view from our room. We walked out onto the green lawn sloping down to the Avon where the distant spire of the Cathedral towered over the trees on the opposite bank and a swan swimming in one direction and a punter coming from the other."

Lea

Bend, OR

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We started our England adventure pre tour with 4 days in London, and had a wonderful time. Taking the train to Canterbury was seamless. The villages tour intrigued me as it seemed to be a cultural and historical tour combined. The path was well thought out, and the tour was full of variety. Our small group was friendly and many evenings were spent making new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since I am drawn to medieval cathedrals and castles, I would say Salisbury Cathedral with it's 404 foot spire and expansive lawn was breath taking. The significance of what was planned in the tunnels at Dover Castle was very humbling."

Jan

Moorpark, CA

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had the most wonderful time on this tour. From the castles and cathedrals to the wild ponies in Dartmoor and the beautiful beaches & fishing villages, I loved it all! Our tour companions were intelligent, considerate and fun to be around. Our tour guide was excellent as was Ben our coach driver. The food was good and we were very lucky to have mostly blue skies and sunny weather! Opened my umbrella once. Punting on the river in Canterbury was so fun! Fun adventures every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of wow moments. St. Michael's Mont, Tintagel, Beachy Head hike in the wind and the fog, walking among wild ponies, being in Port Issac (aka Port Wenn to Doc Martin fans)."

Kati

Framingham, MA

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was wonderful, very informational, many interesting activities, great destinations overall, a marvellous group of people. Canterbury and Salisbury were fabulous, Dover, Portsmouth, Stonehenge, Dartmoor. I could have skipped the hours spent in the Pasty shop or the Tressalick Gardens, which were far from Jaw Dropping... we saw much more gorgeous scenery elsewhere. There was no folk music in Penzance, would have loved that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salisbury Cathedral, Dover, Tintagel,The Mary Rose in Portsmouth, Mt. Michael's Mount was beyond "wow.""

Barbara

Medford, MA

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific variety of experiences. Balance of activity, information, socializing, good food, surprises and on-our-own time for exploring testifies to RS experience and passion. It was all wonderful, but the tour of the brewery before the ploughman's lunch went on too long.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say, but you know that. Side trips like to the memorial to the fighter pilots had a lot of impact. Contemplating Salisbury being built with hand tools was awe-inspiring. Punting. For Anglophiles who've read and watched so much, Tom and RS made a whole world, including its history, come alive."

Sharon

Salem, OR

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My thanks to all for a wonderful tour of Villages of South England. It was jam-packed with fun and what a history lesson. Our guide Tom was amazing. So knowledgeable and what great people skills. He took excellent care of each and everyone and encouraged us to mingle and make new friends, as we all did. The choices of villages, hotels and venues was outstanding. I could have never seen 1/10th of these things if I planned the trip for a year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour on Victory, the battle ship that Lord Nelson commanded in the battle of Trafalgar. I was so taken with the entire experience I have talked about it over and over with friends and family. It was so unexpected too which made it more meaningful to me."

Donald

Sequim, WA

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. Good group size.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The baptismal font in Salisbury Cathedral with it's flowing water and very flat water like a mirror showing the reflections of the stained glass windows of the Cathedral was "wow"."

Doris

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

t Gillian, our guide, was knowledgeable, informative, helpful, generous and charming. The tour group members were mostly experienced and friendly travelers. Churches, cathedrals, scenery were all impressive and interesting. Bus was comfortable and driver was excellent. Particularly enjoyed the longer hikes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"South Downs Way's Beachy Head! Harbor town of St. Ives is beautiful and charming. William, the local guide, taking us through Canterbury Cathedral. Stunning. Salisbury Cathedral. Incredible."

Annette

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour. It's perfect in conjunction with the Best of England tour. Now you get to see the whole country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps surprisingly, it was the afternoon at Beachy Head. The sun was shining, the sea was blue. It was a magical afternoon."

Lauren

Anderson Island, WA

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first group tour, after fairly extensive traveling doing our own planning. If I still had the desire to plan, I would. But now I'm content to have everything planned for me. While I initially questioned how interesting/fun a few of the stops would be, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed them. Every hotel was nice, the pace was fine, there was flexibility for those not wishing to do certain parts, and our guide, Gillian, was incredible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything Cornwall by the water."

Donna

Las Cruces, NM

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cornwall has been a dream destination of mine for years. Plus, I tend to like smaller towns. So this tour was perfect for me. There was a very nice mix of cathedrals (two biggies: Canterbury and Salisbury), museums (Roman museum in Canterbury and the Geevor Tin Mine and the Salisbury Museum), coastline, history, and (important to me) geology.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was constantly saying "wow," so it's hard to pick one. I was impressed with the Geevor Tin Mine because they told the story of the miners and the (to me) totally unnecessary shutdown of tin mining because of poor business decisions and government interference. What a hard way to make a living, and what a sudden and devastating blow the closing of the mines was."

Linda

Sequim, WA

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lovely scenery. Quiet villages. Winding B roads with a big bus, so we went forwards and backwards! Excellent driver and very well informed guide who went the extra mile by her own volition. Interesting places - brought home a photo of Doc Martin's front door - nice surprise side trip. Nice variety of places and things to do. Nice timing of each busy day. My first RS tour and it was Very Good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stones lined up on Dartmoor in the most wind and rain I've ever been in, trying to hear the guide while wind was howling, blowing sideways, and rain was soaking every bit of us not covered by a rain jacket. Amazing that so many went in the storm just to learn more."

Cary

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour group was relaxed and approachable making for good traveling companions. Inherent logistical problem with driving a large coach and touring small villages...I mentioned Chagford below...Lyme Regis is another village we had to passby- not on the itinary but would not be possible to get to because of narrow lanes and large coach. Louise the coach driver was extraordinary in manuvering the smaller roadways.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"South Downs Beechy Head walk St. Ives - museums especially the Hepworth sculpture garden and strolling the serpentine streets. Chagford was my idea of a village and the 3 mile hike around the perimeter of the village was very enjoyable. Most of the other stops/stay overs were more mid-sized towns."

Webber

Ft Myers, FL

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour schedule and experiences. Mark was excellent as a tour leader was very open to all. Very good cohesiveness within the group of travelers. Locations of stay were very good excels the final stay in Bath.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Making pasties in Cornwall and eating them afterward."

John

Everett, WA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great villages, churches and castles. Overall, I highly recommend this tour! This was a very physical RS tour. I expected some challenges, but did not like the hike up to the hotel in Dartmoor with our luggage, nor the hill up to the hotel in Penzence. Even without luggage that one was a bit too much at the end of the tour. All in all, we will be back for another Rick Steve's Adventure with lighter luggage!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stain Glass work shop was my favorite! I would have loved to see a Stone Masons work shop somewhere along the tour. Second Wow was Dartmoor National Park."

Charlene

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first "tour" vacation and I loved it. It was everything that it said it would be and more. Every day was planned to perfection. It was called a "moderately active" tour but at times seemed more strenuous than moderate. I had to remind myself that this is what I signed up for. No lounging around sipping coffee and reading for an afternoon. Plenty of time to do that when I got home!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment changed from day to day but now having been home for awhile I would have to say the moors of Dartmoor. I found them to be magical/mythical and spiritual all in one. The stone paths and walkways, the ponies and just beauty of the moors will, I believe, stay with me always."

Elayne

San Marino, CA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Villages of South England Tour was a lovely tour. The weather cooperated 98% of the time! The cathedrals were beautiful and it was an experience walking across the moors. I enjoyed meeting all the people in the group. We met as strangers and left the tour as friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was climbing the steep hill at Beachy Head and turning around and catching my first glimpse of the White Cliffs. The sun was shining, the wind was blowing,and the sheer magnificence of the cliffs took my breath away!"

Marlene

Madison, WI

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience as part of a tour. I understand when dealing with a group of people everything planned can not appeal to everyone. I was really interested in the visits to the castles and the villages. Cornwall, the moors, places I had read about or seen on TV were particularly fun to see in person. British history has always fascinated me. The stainless glass, brewery tour, and pasty presentations were not really my thing.

Tom

San Marino, CA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves Tour, which also met and exceeded my expectations. The tour of the Villages of Southern England was charming, historically significant and surprising. Through the personal experience and knowledge of our tour leader we were able to build a timeline of understanding of how the English people came to be, their history and evolution. Mark grew up in Devon which helped personalize our experience and gave us insight into its culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the "Mary Rose" at the Portsmouth Shipyard was impressive due to its archeological significance and its resurrection. Stonehenge as always is impressive. Of equal "wow" were the "Seven Sisters of Chalk" on the Dover coastline. Again archeological history on display. This in no way diminishes the "wow" factors of all the other tour sites we visited."

Robert

Dudley, MA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What I expect from.a Rick Steves tour. Very active, filled with adventure and lessons on history and architecture. Awesome tour leaders and great value. Loved the surprises along the way, including a demonstration of sheep herding with Kenny and Max. Great transportation and overall, good hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of them, but Dartmoor National Park with our local guide Tom was awesome. So much history and beautiful scenery. Animals everywhere and great stories being told. A magical day."

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

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

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly in and out of London and take a train or bus to Canterbury where the tour begins, and from Bath where the tour ends. Trains are available to and from central London. Both Heathrow 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.