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

Tour Questions? See our FAQ | Call 425-608-4217

Villages of South England in 13 Days Tour

from $3,995 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $775

See Tour Dates

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

2020

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 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

Susan

Palatine, IL

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Ledyard, CT

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paul

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gerard

Sonora, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ali

Arden, NC

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pamela

Downers Grove, IL

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Shushan, NY

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dartmoor Park walking through the bronze age sites."

Shawn

Sonora, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dover Castle and the secret wartime tunnels."

William

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Burton

Eugene, OR

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marilyn

Eugene, OR

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dona

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steven

Sun Prairie, WI

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Beth

Elgin, SC

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donald

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steven

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Irene

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elizabeth

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Holly

Coronado, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Shawnee, KS

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Debbie

Keller, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Randy

Keller, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"glastenbury"

Dennis

Richland, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pete

Medina, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Medina, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dennis

Coronado, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carole

St Petersburg, FL

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Clair

Bowling Green, KY

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barry

Comox, BC

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diana

Chesterfield, VA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Bowling Green, KY

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Don

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Springboro, OH

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Scott

Springboro, OH

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judy

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Slidell, LA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rodrick

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"White Cliffs of Dover"

Mary

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patrick

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Beckley

Auburndale, MA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jane

Salem, OR

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mike

Slidell, LA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lynn

Mechanicsville, VA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kirk

Watkinsville, GA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bruce

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip, enjoyed guide and fellow travelers.

Paula

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maxine

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ruth

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Peter

Falls Church, VA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. I enjoyed the variety of castles

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Katharine

Stillwater, MN

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Helen

Surrey, BC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lois

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dianne

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Greg

Stillwater, MN

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brad

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jim

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Debbie

Fremont, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Falls Church, VA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patsy

Houston, TX

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great places, wonderful tour members, and outstanding guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joan

High Springs, FL

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ken

Bloomington, IN

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

High Springs, FL

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Portsmouth and the coastline of Cornwall"

Mary

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cemetria

Dallas, TX

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joy

Burien, WA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mary rose was amazing!"

Gerald

Houston, TX

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sherri

Chester, VA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thor

Burien, WA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Greg

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

Nancy

Grand Rapids, MN

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Peggy

Cumberland Center, ME

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Shane

Chilliwack, BC

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Darlene

Chilliwack, BC

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steven

Goleta, CA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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...."

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!""

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."

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."

Mary

Oakland, CA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Joan

The Villages, FL

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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. :)"

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."

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."

Jan

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bill

Gold River, CA

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lorna

Lawrence, KS

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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"

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."

Anna

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bill

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donna

Paradise Valley, AZ

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful, wonderful tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

Candy

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dora

Pacifica, CA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eileen

West Nyack, NY

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Frank

Detroit, MI

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tintgael Castle and Doc Martin's town."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

Mary

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!!"

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."

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!!!!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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!"

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.

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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?"

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 !"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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)."

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."

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 !"

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Dan

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Educational, entertaining, fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Canterbury Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral"

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

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.

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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....."

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"

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."

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"

Weather

England / London

London Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email, as well as in 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.