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

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Best of South England in 13 Days Tour

from $4,795 per person + air

Single Supplement $875

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

Book a 2025 tour by 6/30/24 and save $100 per person! See details.

Dates & Prices

2024

2025

What's Included

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

Here's what you'll see and do on our 2025 South England tour:

  • Canterbury orientation
  • Canterbury Cathedral
  • Meet with stone and stained-glass conservators
  • River Stour punt tour
  • Dover Castle and Wartime Tunnels
  • White Cliffs of Dover
  • English beer tasting
  • Battle Abbey
  • South Downs Way–Beachy Head walk
  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, including HMS Victory and the Mary Rose Museum
  • Salisbury Cathedral
  • Stonehenge
  • Jurassic Coast
  • Dartmoor National Park walk
  • Merrivale Stone Rows
  • Village church tour
  • Tintagel Castle
  • Pasty-making demonstration
  • Cornish fishing village
  • Cornwall coastal walk
  • St. Michael's Mount
  • Traditional Cornish folk music performance
  • Bath walking tour

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 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 group transportation from Canterbury to Bath
  • 12 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and 6 other meals
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • 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.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to England

The beautiful medieval city of Canterbury is an easy train ride from central London — and the perfect jumping-off point for our Best of South England adventure. We'll meet at our hotel at 5 p.m. for a "Welcome to England" get-together. Then we'll take an evening walking tour along Canterbury's colorful lanes and get acquainted over dinner.

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

Day 2: Canterbury Cathedral

This morning we'll make our own little pilgrimage to the impressive Canterbury Cathedral, one of the most important churches in England. After touring the cathedral (and learning about the dramatic martyrdom of Thomas Becket), we'll meet with conservators who are tasked with preserving some of England's most treasured stone masonry and stained glass. After lunch you'll have some time to explore the historic layers of this pilgrimage city, finishing with a punt trip along the River Stour. Tonight is a perfect evening to enjoy an evensong performance at the cathedral.

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

Day 3: Dover Castle and the White Cliffs

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

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

Day 4: Battles and Beaches

Today we'll discover more of England's southeast coastline, beginning with a visit to Battle Abbey, the site of the Battle of Hastings. It was here in 1066 that the army of William the Conqueror 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 eastern Sussex.

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

Day 5: The Great Ships of Portsmouth

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

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

Day 6: Soaring Salisbury Cathedral

We'll begin the day touring the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, famous for its rich lore and towering Gothic spire. In addition, we'll visit the Chapter House, which is home to one of four original copies of the Magna Carta, the 1215 document that first established that everyone — even the king — was subject to the law. The remainder of the day is yours to explore more of this attractive town, including its lively local market and lovely riverside walks.

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

Day 7: Stonehenge and the Jurassic Coast

This morning we'll travel back in time with a visit to Stonehenge, where we'll learn about and ponder the origins of these iconic stones that are as old as the pyramids. Then we'll travel west to discover the natural beauty of the Jurassic Coast and its geologic formations, which date back 185 million years. Our day ends in the cozy village of Chagford — within Dartmoor National Park — where we'll enjoy dinner together.

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

Day 8: Dartmoor National Park

Today we'll explore the natural wonders of Dartmoor National Park, home to wooded forests, desolate moors, and the prehistoric Merrivale stone rows. We'll learn about this compelling and varying landscape that inspired great literature, including The Hound of the Baskervilles, and have lunch together. This evening we'll enjoy a village church tour, followed by free time to enjoy one of Dartmoor's cozy country pubs.

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

Day 9: Castles and Cornwall

We'll drive into Cornwall today, known for its striking, wave-swept coast and charming fishing villages. Our first stop is a visit to the dramatic, cliff-hugging ruins of Tintagel Castle, long associated with King Arthur. After lunch, we'll continue our drive deeper into Cornwall and along its famed, rugged coastline. We'll end the day with dinner together and enjoy a performance of traditional Cornish folk music.

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

Day 10: Coastal Cornwall

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

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

Day 11: St. Michael's Mount

We'll begin the day learning all about Cornwall's most famous culinary contribution — the pasty — with a demonstration (and sampling!) of how these traditional one-handed meals are made. Then we'll conquer St. Michael's Mount, the dramatic rock island first inhabited by monks more than 1,500 years ago. We'll have time to explore the castle and gardens — now a stately home — before returning to our home village for a free evening.

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

Day 12: Georgian Bath

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

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

Day 13: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

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

Reviews

Lori

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very well organized and the schedule each day was great. The tour guides and tour members were all wonderful people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stonehenge! Dover Castle! Tintagel Castle! St. Michael's Mount! I can't pick one."

John

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning that the water table under Salisbury Cathedral I critical for support of the structure"

Kent

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Learned a lot, revisited some sites, great tour mates and good food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing from and visiting with the stone masons at Canterbury Cathedral…also making and eating pastys with Marion."

William

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, great history, great beauty, yet very chill.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Canterbury stone mason demonstration and visit to the restoration site on the scafolding was very special. The stone mason's were friendly, informative, and passionate about their work. It was a very special experience."

Sharon

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Right up there with my favorite Rick Steve's tours. My husband picked this trip and I am so glad. Southern England is lovely and the tour was memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mason tour of the Canterbury Cathedral, including up on the scafolding, getting to Stonehenge in time to catch the 1st bus onto the site, the stopover in Portsmouth, especially the Mary Rose Museum, Tintagel Castle, the 3 night stay in Mawgan Porth with the ocean view, St. Michael's Mount, the flowers, the lovely walks in the hills with rock circles. Just everything on this tour."

Susan

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Guide was wonderful, experiences were great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Making pasties in Cornwall"

Kyle

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, I'd have to say that it was a great tour... some individual things could have been changed/altered to have made it "outstanding". But it's a beautiful part of the world with lots of history from throughout the ages.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"2 things stand out for me. The discussion with the Masons that are working on the renovations of the Canterbury Cathedral and the subsequent trip up 12 floors of scaffolding to examine the area that was being worked on. The Masons are true artisans and are doing a fantastic job... as far as I could tell. The other moment was to stand before Stonehenge with wonder and awe. What was its purpose, how was it really constructed and where did the stone come from? Questions for the ages."

Rita

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Robert did an amazing job of keeping us organized to make the most of our trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting Maid Marion"

Janet

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Southern England tour was a nice mix of activities that included cathedrals, historic sites, ancient ruins, and fabulous vistas. Our tour guide, Robert, was great and his commentary added context to all that we saw. I came home with a better understanding of the UK and an appreciation of the small towns and beauty of Southern England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting the masons and going up on the scaffolding at Canterbury Cathedral."

Wayne

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the most active Rick Steves' tour we have taken, and we were tired at the end of each day. But, that was a good thing, and we saw so, so much! Robert was very knowledgeable and helpful. Our fellow travelers were a great bunch of smart, interesting, and fun people. We enjoyed the tour very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many beautiful vistas.. The gardens at St Michael's Mount and the stunning views from the Tintagel Castle cliffs were two of my favorites. "

Thomas

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized with a great leader and local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stone masons at Canterbury."

Kristine

Tour: 05/09/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was lovely from start to finish! Wonderful, knowledgeable guide, friendly people, beautiful places to visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick….I think the stop on the Dartmoor Moors where we saw the remains of Iron Age round houses "

Carolyne

Tour: 05/09/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The accommodations were good, the company was excellent and the itinerary hit many of the sights that I wanted to see. And the weather was perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought Stonehenge was going to be my Wow moment, but it was actually the Cornish coastline that truly took my breath away."

Linda

Tour: 05/09/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall a great tour. Our fellow travelers were a highlight of the tour. I enjoyed the free time and the little extras. I appreciated our guide Yorick's knowledge of history, geology and culture. Exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments. Walking along the cliffs in Cornwall, making pasties and the stain glass restoration workshop in Canterbury."

Mary Elizabeth

Tour: 05/09/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience-went places that many people miss. Learned a lot, ate a lot, the weather was perfect, and the group got along very well. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and our driver terrific! The "extras" made the tour special- Learning about stained glass preservation was amazing, making "patsys" was great fun, learning about beer and spirits brewing was very interesting, the punt trip gave us a new view of Canterbury

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved all of Cornwall. I especially enjoyed the historical portions of the tour. Stonehenge was something I looked forward to seeing as well as Tintagel. The Mary Rose Museum was pleasant surprise."

Larisa

Tour: 05/09/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

well organized, great people, interesting sights, good food & accomodations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spire tour of Salisbury Cathedral, getting to stay on the grounds of Cantebury Cathedral, "

Lynn

Tour: 05/09/24

Our group of interesting individuals quickly got to know each other and it was a pleasure to share our time time with them! Our guide, Yorick, had so much knowledge to share. It made our stops more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I absolutely loved the pasty making experience at the Cornwall bakery. Listening to Marion's personal story was fascinating and the pasties we each made for our lunch tasted wonderful!"

Susan

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought I'd enjoy the itinerary, but the overall experience was so much MORE than I could have imagined. Our group was very friendly, and 13 days together really lets you bond. Steven was the perfect tour guide. He worked hard to make sure everyone was having a great experience. He really took good care of us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tintagel Castle. I'd never even heard of it - and it was an amazing place. The hike around the area was great - it helped that the weather cooperated. I also like St Michael's Mount. And I loved cruising along the roads, enjoying the landscape and the sheep!"

Sheila

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an especially good group with an extremely knowledgeable guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to use the scaffolding on Canterbury Cathedral to get up close to the clock tower and having one of the stone mason specialists tell us about the ongoing outer wall maintenance."

Denis

Tour: 05/06/24

The tour visited beautiful and interesting locations at a leisurely pace under the direction of an engaging guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to Stonehenge a few minutes before the masses of tourists."

Alta

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary, outstanding tour leader, amazing coach driver, great group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but to mention a few: View of Canterbury Cathedral from hotel room; Taking elevator up to scaffolding with stonemasons; Touring HMS Victory in Portsmouth; Tintagel Castle; Taking scenic walk back to Bedruthan Hotel after Cream Tea; Spending a couple of hours in Port Isaac (I am a big Doc Martin fan!), eating pasties."

Betsy

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very engaging, educational, fun, and very exhausting but in a good way

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up scaffolding in an elevator at Canterbury Cathedral to see stone mason at work."

Orin

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of our best group tour experiences. We enjoyed the tour guide, the locations/itinerary, the group of people we traveled with, and the hotels/meals. The pacing of the trip's stops was excellent, as was the balance of structured and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had the opportunity to learn about the stonemasonry craft from a lead stonemason at Canterbury Cathedral, and go up on the scaffold elevator to view the stones and repairs ongoing on the Cathedral exterior. We understood this experience isn't always offered for various reasons, we were thrilled to be able to experience this and learn from a 21st century stonemason!"

Annette

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Entertaining, well paced, comfortable, great dining, beautiful scenery, interesting history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stonehenge lived up to the hype. The white cliffs of Dover were equally impressive. The Stonemason's tour of Canterbury was scary but fun."

Rene

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a good time on 13 day Southern England tour. Our group leader Steven made it interesting with his knowledge about the each area that we visited. Our driver Ian kept us safe maneuvering though sometimes what appear to be single lane country roads.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was Tintagel Castle, with outstanding views. "

Margaret

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour with very small group and excellent tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunset from hotel in Mawgan Porth, looking out to sea."

Gregory

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salisbury Cathedral"

Lisa

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was such a pleasant, relaxing tour, with beautiful old towns, quiet little villages, lush green landscapes, stunning wildflowers, lovely coastal walks, fascinating immersive history, terrific food, and wonderful music. Robert was a great guide, and the tour was enhanced by his wealth of knowledge and insight into England's past and present. To top it off, we had a tiny group, which made it easy to bond with travel companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly there wasn't a big "WOW" moment for me, and that's OK!!! It was a steady diet of pleasant experiences that added up to a deeply relaxing trip that was a "wow" as a whole. Just some examples: evensong at Canterbury and Salisbury gave me chills, the lush green countryside and carpets of wildflowers settled my soul, Stonehenge and other ancient sites in Dartmoor stirred my imagination, and so many sights (Portsmouth, Dover, Battle) brought history alive in ways a book could never do. "

Elizabeth

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a very pleasant relaxing tour that left me refreshed. This was my 14th tour and 2nd time on this tour. I enjoyed the changed itinerary from 2019 especially seeing Tintagel and walking below the ‘white cliffs’. The only downside was the 4 day bank holiday which caused major traffic congestion, so bus rides were sometimes longer. We saw and experienced a lot in the two weeks - cathedrals, battle sites, Dover about Dunkirk, cliffs, changing geology, fabulous walks. Loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW – only 13 people on this tour with a full-sized bus!!! Lots of wildflowers, especially in Cornwall. Beautiful walks on the coast. Uplifting evensong at Canterbury and Salisbury. Learned interesting history at the site – Dover, Battle, and Portsmouth. Fun watching the twisting road when I sat at the front of the bus. Great tour. Averaged 10000 steps a day - and I enjoyed all the walking."

Daniel

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very interesting points of interest and the very best tour guide I have ever had. I have taken 4 Rick Steves tours and tours from other companies, but Robert is, by far, the best guide of any previous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hike along the Cornish Coast from the place where we had the Cornish Cream Tea to the Hotel in Mawgan Porth."

Lynne

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of South England tour far exceeded expectations. Our guide, Helen, coach driver, Ian, fellow travelers, the sights we visited and the scenery all were amazing. This is definitely an itinerary we could not have experienced so much or enjoyed near as much had we been traveling on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This itinerary had so many "wow" moments. My "WOW" was the climb to see King Arthur at Tintagel Castle, even in drenching rain, the views were amazing. Walking the SW Coastal Path in Cornwall with our guide and group, what views, and our cream tea experience in Abbotsbury were a close second."

Thomas

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Helen made the tour a great time. Sites visited were exciting, surprising in their content, sparked further interest. It was a very active tour if participated in to the maximum.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking along the Beachy Head cliffs to the lighthouse off to the left of the Seven Sisters from the visitors parking lot. "

Maria

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The mixture of group activities and individual activities worked for me. I'm used to more activity in my daily routine but I still enjoyed myself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the natural beauty of the countryside. We also fell into a choir festival in Salsibury which was fantastic! The chanty singers in the pub were also great. Music touches my soul."

Deborah

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was packed with great experiences, history, and the natural scenery of southern England. Our guide Helen had nonstop energy and was able to make everything positive. Our driver Ian was the most amazing driver you could imagine and got us through some unbelievably tight places, never losing his cool. Both promoted a spirit of positivity that made our group cohesive. We are still processing the feelings while looking at human stone work much older than the pyramids. We loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The perfect spring day at the garden at Pencarrew. It seemed that every flower, bush and tree was in full luxurious bloom. I have never experienced a more perfect day. Only in England can I even imagine a family preserving this garden for hundreds of years and then sharing it- knowing how incredibly special it is. "

Jacki

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We generally "always" have a lovely adventure and terrific experience with a RS Tour. This batch of travelers were particularly like-minded and loads of fun. Add this with our tour guide, Helen, we have many TA-DA moments and great smiles across our faces.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Any of the coastline delights along the southern edges of England, were beyond breathtaking. And, I loved the Mary Rose exhibit in Portsmouth, to be sure. As a history/education major, I felt this was very well done. I doubt I would have gone to Portsmouth on my own, but was thrilled to be there. This is a huge plus taking a RS Tour......"

Patricia

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always with a Rick Steves tour, we saw and experienced so many things. Our tour group was the best and I can’t say enough good things about our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The south coast countryside and views from the cliff walks. Stunning. "

Linda

Tour: 04/22/24

Terry

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyable and informative with a great group and excellent guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Canterbury Cathedral but hard to choose along so many..."

Pamela

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the entire trip. We had a great group and Helen managed to keep us all in line, entertained, and all returned in good spirits. The tour offered a great variety of things to see and do. Many new experiences for all. Not many people get to go up the scaffolding at Canterbury Cathedral or enjoy making pasties in Cornwall. This is my 4th Rick Steves’ Tour and I’m already reading the guides to find another!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick. I believe the beautiful day we had at Mount St.i Michael would be hard to beat. Perfect weather, a boat ride out; lovely castle with equally lovely gardens to explore. Also enjoyed the day at Pencarrow House and gardens. Must not forget the tour of Canterbury Cathedral and seeing how repairs are made and going up the scaffolding with John; who made us all want to become stonemasons to conserve the cathedral! All great!"

Kerry

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Helen was outstanding tour leader. The group jelled fairly quickly and by the end we were all close friends. Perfect balance of scheduled things to do and see and free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stone mason's tour of Canterbury Cathedral was amazing."

Robert

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great group to go with. This was my wife’s and my first Tour and first overseas trip in 6 years. It was great to get out. Tour Guide, Helen, was fun and was able to answer interesting questions off the cuff and found the answers if not. Bus driver Ian was highly skilled and fun to chat with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I found out that I am a sticky floor pub guy vs a Poss Pubber. "

Kim Elena

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was completely enjoyable. I went to places I never would have gotten to on my own. It was so easy and reassuring to have someone else focusing on the logistics so I could enjoy the moment

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How beautiful South England is! Cornwall was especially impressive"

Timothy

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Steven was phenomenal. His preparation, attention to detail and care for our entire group was exemplary. I especially enjoyed his knowledge about all of the places that we visited including historical context.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salisbury cathedral"

Sandra

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

IT was wonderful and interesting. We had plenty of wonderful things to do and see but plenty of down time also to check out the areas

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday,I cannot think of just one."

Lynda

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a terrific tour. We had a great guide, Steven, a very congenial group of fellow travelers and a wonderful bus driver, Charlotte.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So much of this tour included ‘bucket list’ things for me. I love history and amazing cathedrals so Battle of Hastings, HMS Victory, Canterbury, Salisbury and Bath cathedrals and Abbey were truly everything I hoped for. "

Carol

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The weather was cold with the wind a constant but the scenery and sites we visited were wonderful! So much beauty in the landscape, it was breath taking. So even the time spent in the couch was wonderful! I learned a lot about the history and the wars that impacted England. Our tour guide was brilliant and very informative ! Loved the stain glass artists who in Canterbury cathedral educated us about the restoration which I found to be a real highlight .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Portsmouth museums were a great experience!"

Steve

Tour: 10/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was very relaxed and easy going. Our Tour Guide, Steven, was very knowledgeable and attentive to the tour group. I enjoyed seeing "out of time" English villages that hadn't change much in a hundred years.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Simply riding down the narrow English lanes in our Tour Coach. Such beautiful countryside and buildings that could be 50 years old or 500. Oh, and watching our Coachman David make near impossible road maneuvers look like child's play."

Rich

Tour: 10/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an incredible vacation. Starting with the tour leader Steven. He was very knowledgeable and kept the tour going even when the weather didn't always cooperate. The other guests were all fun and interesting travel companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dover castle and the WW11 tunnels were very interesting. The Canterbury cathedral was also very interesting with all that history."

David

Tour: 10/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nice size group. 20 people is the maximum for a great time. I liked the activity level. The group was in good physical shape, and could handle lots of walking. Good mix of planned activities, and enough free time to explore on our own. The hotels were varied, and very enjoyable.. It was nice to have some meals provided, but to also have the opportunity to have meals on our own. Didn’t feel like I was glued to the group. Having all breakfasts provided was great. Overall a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to just pick one. I guess Stonehenge and being on the scaffolding at Canterbury Cathedral. The HMS Victory and the Mary Rose at Portsmouth. Cornwall was great."

Marianne

Tour: 10/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greatly enjoyed our tour to Southern England. Gave me a real focus on the history, landscape, people and places that make up the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Talking with the stone masons aon the scaffolding at Canterbury Cathedral."

Rita

Tour: 10/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Experiences were excellent. Hotels good. Good excellent. Most outstanding tour guide Steve. Great group of people. Great bus driver Dave. Terrific locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was a wow moment for me. "

Myron

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Patricia

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments for us. Staying on the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral was a high point and the time at Stonehenge. The stops and staying in small towns that have not changed in years. The many stops along the water including the pier at Eastbourne. The fact that we were blessed with wonderful weather."

Terry

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guides and were wonderful. Great bus driven. Tour stops were interesting. Good accommodations and food. Good choices for free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Port Isaac where Doc Martin was filmed."

Julie

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved my tour overall. The guides were wonderful, I was able to visit many towns and experiences that I would not have had on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wows! I loved the tour of Salisbury cathedral( mainly thanks to the local guide Mike, or Micheal). Seeing Stonehenge, visiting towns in Cornwall,Tintagel castle, on and on…"

Anne

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We’ve been to parts of southern England before but there’s always a better experience with RS tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose just one but I guess Tintagel would rank right up there. The Cornish coast is beautiful. "

Scott

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was well run. Lots of fun and exploring. Weather was uncommonly good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gong aboard the HMS Victory "

Scott

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall this was a wonderful tour. We were blessed with 2 "awesome" guides in Liz and Paul and we also had wonderful weather for 90% of the tour. Liz really made me aware of many similarities and differences between Americans and Brits that I had not realized before the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many Wow moments but here are a few. The tour of Salisbury Cathedral with Mike was the absolute best cathedral/church tour I have ever experienced. He was such a great story teller who captivated our entire group. Hiking up the hill to get the full view of the harbor and village of Port Isaac. The half day roaming the castle ruins and cliffs of Tintagel was also a highlight. I also really enjoyed the performance from the Bryher's Boys at the fish n' chips dinner."

Judy

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour experience. The tour locations and activities were fantastic, the group was great, and our 2 guides were both amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the Tintagel Castle. The views and the experience were amazing with beautiful scenery everywhere you looked. "

Tim

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Far exceeded my expectations. We were originally signed up before Covid, so 3 years later we were a little vague as to why we picked this particular tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In the first couple of days we toured Dover Castle. There I discovered the English Heritage docents. They were so valuable in explaining the meaning or significance of various items... like paintings, or the color of bedding, or how deep a 400 foot well really is. And I found them at numerous locations on the tour."

Ann

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the BEST time on our tour of Southern England. We saw and did so much every day, yet we were never rushed; Helen had each day well paced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one moment from three weeks of "Wow" moments, but Canterbury Cathedral and Stonehenge have to be up there."

Benjamin

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was excellent. The itinerary has a nice mix of activities and more than one wow moment!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment of my trip was walking a portion of the South West Coast Path, England's longest signed footpath. I meandered through low-lying shrubs to find striking views of Cornish cliffs in both directions. Small coves, tucked away yet turbulent with waves, were once home to pirates smuggling goods. The combination of salty blue-green sea, tall rocky cliffs, and sheep-dotted Cornish farmland made for an unforgettable walk along England's southwest tip."

Richard

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A nice tour of the British country life. Not a city tour at all. The weather was amazingly good too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the Battle of Britain Memorial. It wasn't on the itinerary so it was a complete surprise. My wife got to see her father's cousin's name on the wall. It was very touching."

David

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Another well-put-together tour from Rick Steves. The Cathedrals were impressive. We, here in the States, lack the historical perspective that seeing these truly ancient buildings provide. "Anything built since 1700 isn't considered old"! Wow! Old castles too. Stonehenge too! Glad we went and had a chance to experience these things first-hand. Pictures and videos can' do them justice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"HMS Victory at Portsmouth. This opportunity to see Nelson's ship was the "tipping point" for me to go on this tour."

Patricia

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed all stops/sites. There was a bit of everything (views, local lore, history, cathedrals, ruins/castles, monuments, cemeteries, food/drink experiences) and, therefore, something for everyone. I saw and experienced those sites that were uppermost in my original tour objective and thoroughly enjoyed others that were unexpected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to say which "wow" moment was my favourite, but the stone mason's tour at Canterbury Cathedral and seeing the work close up from the scaffolding gets high scores. I call it a "wow" moment because I gained insight and understanding into what I was looking at. Another "wow" moment was an unexpected stop at the Battle of Britain Memorial near Folkestone, which was spectacular."

Larry

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the Best of Southern England tour. I was stationed in England 40+ years ago and did not travel to this area (my mistake). Totally different experience than my earlier 14 day tour earlier this year. Helen our tour guide was very knowledgeable of each location and travel route visited. Kept us engaged with fun facts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My “WOW” moment was a toss up between the Mary Rose tour and the Canterbury Cathedral rehab/repair tour by the Forman in charge. Especially the lift ride to see close up of the work being done and view of the city at that height. "

Michael

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour, great guide, great group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the cathedral restoration at the Canterbury Cathedral."

Kris

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fabulous tour. The first hotel at Canterbury cathedral was one of the best locations and facilities we have experienced on a Rick Steves tour. The chance to hear a stone mason talk and then go up on scaffolding was an experience I never thought I would have. We loved the Dover castle grounds and history. We got there early in the morning and got right into the 2 tunnel tours. Punting was a first for me and very enjoyable. Beer tasting evening was fun, he buys hops from WA state.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm a dahlia grower and when we went to Stonehenge they were having a dahlia show that was done regularly in the past. However after a break this was the first time they had repeated the display since 1844. That was a wow moment for me on Sunday when we visited there on the last of a 3 day exhibit. We were the first bus to arrive that morning thanks to Helen and we visited the stones almost alone. Big Smile. I have a lot of pictures."

Bruce

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The brewery in Canterbury, Portsmouth shipyard (Victory), Hastings battlefield"

Rita

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our fourth RS tour and I found it very mellow in comparison to the others. Not better or worse, just different.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no wow moment, but I thoroughly enjoyed Dartmoor and Cornwall."

Thomas

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well run. Plenty of free time and included some really excellent experiences you couldn't get otherwise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to go into the stained glass restoration workshop at Canterbury Cathedral and get a lesson on medieval glass restoration from a world authority. "

Suanne

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide, John, was outstanding. Very knowledgeable and friendly. He did a great job providing an alternate activity if a planned excursion was cancelled. For example, high winds prevented our trip to Mount St. Michael. John & our excellent bus driver, Keith, took us to the Botallack mining area. In fact, that was more interesting to me than another stately home & garden. When Dover Castle was closed, we visited the British Airmen Memorial, a great tie-in with the war tunnels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time spent with the stained glass artist in Canterbury."

Joseph

Tour: 09/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was completely new to Southern England and this was an excellent introduction that leaves me feeling like I now know something of the area and its history. I was impressed with how varied this large area and its people are from Canterbury to the tin mines in Cornwall and through Dortmoor to Stonehenge, not to mention the military history from 1066 in Hastings to Portsmouth.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the brilliantly white Seven Sisters as the sun emerged from behind the clouds on what had been a cloudy afternoon."

Margaret

Tour: 09/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour with so much to see and learn. Our guide, Steven, was so knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When the sun shone on the cliffs of the Seven Sisters, it was spectacular! There was a brilliance to the moment. "

Barbara

Tour: 09/14/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was everything I hoped it would be-great guide, interesting sights and friendly tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stonehenge-majestic. It must have been so imposing in ancient times rising out of the mists. "

Kathleen

Tour: 09/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our expectations. Steven was an outstanding guide. The variety of activities, the amount we saw, learned and experienced every day, and the accommodations were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two - the Cornish pasty make and bake with Marion and the stone mason activity at Canterbury Cathedral. Actually, every day had at least one “wow” moment. "

Linda

Tour: 09/14/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first trip to England and it was wonderful! We met wonderful people and our guide and coach driver were friendly and informative!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the cathedrals were amazing! I liked making Pasties with Marion and then eating them by the beach, while watching a surfing competition! Who knew!?"

Virginia

Tour: 09/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great, cannot even begin to guess what part I enjoyed the most. The places we visited were the ones I wanted to see and experience above all that there is to see in Southern England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have been trying to think what I thought was the very best of this tour, and I cannot say. Seeing the 'Magna Carta' was something I never imagined I would ever have the honor to view, but did. "

Joan

Tour: 09/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Tintagel. The walk over the bridge and exploring the ruins was amazing. Also Dartmoor with the stone circles was extraordinary."

Glen

Tour: 09/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I went to South England to see the sights and came away not only seeing many sights, but getting a history lesson as well. I have a much better understanding of English history and its people now. This is our first Rick's tour in several years due to Covid. It was much as we remembered. Not just the major sights. Rick's guide was very friendly and welcoming. As well as very knowledgeable. The coach was comfortable and the driver was very accomplished, as well as friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't think I had a real wow moment. Everything was very good. Some moments were a little better than the others. I really enjoyed exploring the Dover castle and war tunnels. And the white cliffs were unbelievable up close. Cornwall was very interesting. I enjoyed going into the moors and walking on them, I had read about them and it was really neat to now feel them. he men's singing group was a lot of fun. Salisbury cathedral was just beautiful. Chagford was a real treat. Cute village."

Janet

Tour: 09/14/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was good and we saw a lot of interesting things. Great guide who knew his stuff. The bus was the least spacious and most uncomfortable that we've had. Some of the included meals seemed to be on the thrifty side (compared to other tours). After 7 other Rick Steves' tours this ranked as our least favorite.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the reconstruction process on the Canterbury Cathedral was great. The stone masons were very informative. Going up onto the scaffolding was a real Rick type extra. that we've come to love. The guide doing the introduction to the Battle Abbey was also outstanding."

Larry

Tour: 09/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unexpected stop at the Battle of Britain memorial. Most days had a wow moment."

Thomas

Tour: 09/11/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good…but not as good as the 4 previous Rick Steves tours we’ve been in. Too much war and war related emphasis.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I bit into my handmade pasty"

Stephen

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group. GreatGuide. Well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stonehenge. "

Sandra

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was exceptional. Our tour guide, Tom, was very knowledgeable and, in addition, hilarious. He really brought the tour together and everyone spent a lot of time laughing. He and the bus driver worked really hard to make sure everything ran smoothly. All the sights were wonderful and varied. Since most of us were Doc Martin fans, he even took us to Port Isaac (called Port Wenn in the show).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the WWII secret wartime tunnels where the evacuation from Dunkirk was planned was very emotional. Also Stonehenge and Dartmoor were very beautiful and mysterious."

Odalis

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Gave me a real feel for England, it’s history, people, music, food and gorgeous countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stonehenge "

Michael

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom is not good. He is MAGNIFICENT!! He made the tour. Erudite, witty, inventive, he could give a tour in a plowed field and make it interesting. Ian also did an excellent job moving that big coach down narrow lanes while verbally jousting with Tom. They made an excellent combo.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. But I especially enjoyed being at Doc Martin's surgery in Port "Wenn"."

John

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour (my tenth RS tour). Beautiful country, varied sights and a great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the HMS Victory at Portsmouth Harbor. Great audioguide through every part of the ship to describe each one's function. Also took one through the battle of Trafalgar, moment by moment. Gave a great feel for the action and horrors of being on such a ship."

June

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the small villages, countryside and ocean side towns. Also, learning the history of all ares we visited or drove by.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ruins of an ancient people in Dartmoor National Park."

Phil

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great overall experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dartmoor National Park. Stunning in its natural beauty. "

Nancy

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour guide and bus driver

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stonehenge "

Carol

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great sights, a history lesson with so many sights, genial tour group (an extra bonus), affable bus driver, GREAT guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved hiking up Tintagel; the sight itself was underwhelming but the setting and views were inspiring. Cornwall took my breath away with its beautiful coves and green hillsides"

Jack

Tour: 08/28/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Very pleasant experience. Enjoyed the area and environment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ruins inDartmoor"

Edward

Tour: 08/28/23

David

Tour: 08/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"(1) Climbing the scaffold on the outside of Canterbury Cathedral (2) Visiting Salisbury and the Magna Carta (3) Walking the beaches of Mawgan Porth (4) EvenSong at Canterbury and Salisbury Cathedrals (5) Stonehenge (6) Portsmouth and the Mary Rose "

Beverly

Tour: 08/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour for experiencing England outside of London. The historic sites were very interesting and the scenery was breathtaking. Our guide took excellent care of us and enhanced our trip wherever possible, and our driver was superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the views from Tintagel - simply breathtaking! Also, seeing the Mary Rose in Portsmouth- such an incredible piece of history. I was impressed with the number of artifacts that were recovered and on display, and by what good shape they were in. Amazing!"

Sharon

Tour: 08/24/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My first solo trip. Accommodations were good. Group was friendly. Very well organized

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mary rose at Portsmouth"

Peter

Tour: 08/24/23

Our tour was extremely well organized, and we enjoyed our guide Robert, bus driver Keith and the many places we visited. Robert had an easy way of providing interesting cultural and historical information. Keith was fearless driving the narrow and curvy roads in southern Britain. I loved that the bus rides were short and broken up with short stops in fascinating tiny villages specifically, Alfriston and Milton Abbey. we were both entertained and educated by the Cornish singers and our baker.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entire tour was wows but starting out in Canterbury and staying within the old cathedral walls really a dive into the histrionics and culture of Southern England. We took a separate tour of Bath Abbey and were spell bound walking up to the bell tower and gazing around the town from the Abbey's roof. More magic by visiting Doc Martin's Port Wenn, Poldark's Cornwall and the cliffs from Broadchurch. This was our first Rich Steve's tour and we look forward to many more."

Elaine

Tour: 08/24/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 3rd tour with Rick Steves. The first 8 days were great and lived up to my expectations. While days 9, 10 and 11 had some positive highlights, my overall feeling was of disappointment. I was disappointed to have such a feeling at the end of my trip, and it caused me to question if I would follow up with a 4th Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Canterbury Cathedral and all the history of the stain glass windows."

David

Tour: 08/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There was a good balance between history, natural features present day description of life, and personal free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing the Canterbury bell practice unexpectedly."

Joan

Tour: 08/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with all RS tours, it was outstanding & I didn’t want it to end!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several but Tintagel Castle really stands out as the best wow moment!"

Kathleen

Tour: 08/24/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Rick Steve's Tours are always consistently well planned and executed. I enjoy the camaraderie of my fellow adventurers. The only reason why I did not rate this tour as outstanding is due to the fact that we did not have many local guides and instead were dropped off and then toured with audio guides, or on our own. For example; at the Battle Abbey the audio guides were not functioning well. I would have liked to have a guide for the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two wow moments. The first was my first sight of the resurrected Henry VIII ship the Mary Rose. This was an outstanding museum. The second was the absolutely clear and beautiful Cornwall Coast outside of Mawgan Porth. Breathtaking. "

David

Tour: 06/29/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Unfortunately I had a positive Covid test after day 2 and we did not continue

David

Tour: 06/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned; flexible when appropriate; terrific guide (John); incredibly skilled coach driver; delightful, small village/town destinations; wonderful and friendly fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stonehenge; Bryher Boys entertainment"

Shannon

Tour: 06/29/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed the tour overall, especially our fellow travelers on the tour and the many activities we engaged in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lanhydrock- unexpectedly added to our tour- was fabulous! "

Sara

Tour: 06/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour offered a variety of experiences, and both small city and quaint village stays. Many of the hotels were historic and quite interesting. The tour group was relatively small (18) and a very friendly group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dramatic coastline scenery and the beautiful summertime flowers. Not one particular moment."

Tim

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent guide in Roy Nichols (and a bonus with Lisa Smith). Roy was exceptionally knowledgeable about all our itinerary stops and English history and customs, and he clearly made the trip memorable. The tour was well structured and paced and provided a wonderful experience throughout south England. We had a delightful group and thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie over the entire 13 day trip. This was our first Rick Steves’ tour. We’ll definitely be back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the rugged Cornish coastline was the most impressive – particularly at Tintagel as well as the spectacular coast walk back to the hotel after our cream tea experience near Mawgan Porth. I was also impressed by the Canterbury and Salisbury Cathedrals, but it was quite special to meet the stonemasons working on the restoration of Canterbury and be able to ascend to the roof to see the work being done – your average tour experience would not have included something like this."

William

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour stuck to the published itinerary so there were no surprises. We were blessed with good weather which provided for a relaxed and thorough enjoyment of the tour sites and activities. The tour guide and driver very professional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was not so much of a wow moment as it was grasping the impressive timescale of settlement of England and its significant historical events. "

Larry

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was a fine blend of history, culture and scenery served up by our excellent guide, Roy. Cities and towns visited are all small enough to experience the unique character of each one. All the above shared with a great group of fellow pilgrims.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up with the stonemasons onto the scaffolding at Canterbury Cathedral. "

Erin

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour has a lovely pace with smaller quaint areas of England. I enjoyed the itinerary that took us to locations that are harder to reach independently. From learning about the war time tunnels in Dover to making a pasty in Cornwall this tour was a perfect combination of educating us on the culture, history, and fun of the region.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite thing about a RS tour is that every day there is a WOW. One stand out moment was the stonemason tour that took us to the top of the Canterbury scaffolding, and WOW they let us walk around up there! But my personal favorite wow, was a walk along the beach cliff edge in Cornwall. Both a bit nerve wracking and thrilling for me since I have a healthy respect for heights!"

Susan

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I started traveling in Europe about forty years ago using several early editions of Europe Through the Back Door as my travel bible. Over the past several decades I have also loved being a traveler on Rick Steves tours. The tour to southern England was my eleventh tour and it was great. Although I have visited parts of southern England during independent travel, I was exposed to several new places and had a marvelous time. Having Roy as a guide again after 27 years was delightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't have one particular "wow" moment. I enjoyed all aspects of the tour. The English countryside never disappoints. It is so beautiful. I have always wanted to visit Dartmoor and St. Michael's Mount. "

Dorothy

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being newly blind, I didn't know what to expect, but I had great experiences and wonderful memories of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Making pasties with Marion (sp?). She had an incredible story and had a wonderful personality."

Susan

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I had never been on a Rick Steves tour before and found this tour to be a fun and informative experience. We saw so many sites we might never have visited. Our fellow travelers were fun and easy to be with. We enjoyed our guide’s knowledge and guidance. Our bus was comfortable and always felt safe. Our driver was wonderful. I will do another Rick Steves tour again in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We experienced several “wow” moments: going up the man-lift to learn how the stone mason repairs the stones, Dartmoor’s moors and stones, Mawgan Porth, chalk cliffs, Roman baths, the museum for the Mary Rose ship, the Bedruthan Steps Hotel, the Canterbury and Salisbury cathedrals, and the chalk cliffs. "

Dana

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We saw everything we wanted to as presented in the tour - everybody was good to get along with and tour director was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Realizing that the Salisbury Cathedral was floating on a shallow water table with a dipstick in the cathedral!"

William

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 7th RS tour. We have come to expect a rewarding experience and we were not disappointed. On this tour we were impressed with the assistance provided by other tour guides and museum staff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Making pasties"

Raymond

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour (our fifth Rick Steves). There was a good mix of sights, stories and activities. We enjoyed the company of our fellow tour members. Our guide, Deborah, was knowledgeable, relatable and entertained us with stories about her long and varied career in tourism and other pursuits. Our coach driver, Keith, deftly transported us to our destinations - often through impossibly narrow roads.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't pick just one... Stonehenge: I'm fascinated with ancient civilizations, so this was a must-see. The goose bumps were not just from the chilly rain that day. Pasty-making: Looked forward to this even before the tour began. Hearing the bakery owner's inspirational back story and seeing her work with our blind tour member to ensure she also enjoyed this activity made this event extra special. Port Isaac: As a "Doc Martin" fan, seeing various filming locations around town was definitely "wow"."

Susan

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe and our first Rick Steve's tour. Our guide, the hotels, and the things we saw were just great. The description of the trip on the website was what we actually experienced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Canterbury cathedral - tour with an excellent docent, and a trip up the manlift on the scaffold to see up close the restoration work being done on the cathedral, and the interaction with the young stone mason about his work."

Linda

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was terrific. Our guide, Deborah Heyburn, was very knowledgeable, always helpful, and so delightful. Her description of how to play cricket had us all laughing. This was my 5th RS tour and it did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the friendship and genuine camaraderie of this tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first "wow" was donning a hard hat and riding an external construction elevator to the top of the Canterbury Cathedral with the stone mason to see the repairs being made. The second "wow" was learning how to make my very own pasty and then getting to eat my creation. The third "wow" was seeing the White Cliffs of Dover. Our coach driver, Keith, was amazing, driving the narrow roads with ease. "

John

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was great and our Tour Director, Deborah, was excellent. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely helpful to our individual needs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the Canterbury Cathedral including the opportunity to ride the construction elevator to the high scaffolding alongside the repair work of the 1000 year structure."

Christine

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a very nice group of travelers who all got along well. Our tour guide, Deborah was a joy. She was very knowledge on all things British - cultural, historical, etc. She was able to set up an extra dinner at one hotel which made it more convenient for all. She also made sure my buddy who was blind had the opportunity to have her very best experience on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Making pasties with Marion and visiting The Battle of Hastings site. I also enjoyed walking on the Cornish Coastline with Deborah and some of our tourmates."

Michael

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour guide Yorick was engaging, knowledgeable & relaxingly amiable. Enjoyed spending time in historic locales the most where we had time to soak it all in (Canterbury, Salisbury). With stopovers like Eastbourne, Padstow, Port Isaac, Charmouth Beach, I was itching to get on to the next locale, though the Cornish coasts were scenic. Hotels were wonderfully quaint in the Rick Steves style - except for Bedruthan Hotel (too sterile & little to explore in the area). Tour still highly recommended.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a toss-up between the grandness of Salisbury Cathedral (with the most entertaining local cathedral guide we ever had), the amazing Mary Rose museum in Portsmouth, and simply exploring Canterbury with its rich history, varied architecture, and small city charm (that only an English town of antiquity can provide). In the end, I'll give it to the Mary Rose -- not being that interested in nautical stuff, the museum turned out to be incredibly absorbing and way more than I expected. "

Deb

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Ideally, I loved the itinerary, but the duration, for me personally, was a little too long. The incredible sites we visited were so significant that I found our planned time was a bit too brief.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Almost every day had an element of "wow"; I found that in our guide, I was hopeful we would have been provided more in depth information on places such as Stonehenge. There was no audio about this remarkable site and no guides to speak about historical significance. The visitor center was small and extremely crowded."

Anthony

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The South of England tour was another wonderful Rick Steves experience. The pace was comfortable and never rushed. Ample time was allowed to experience the many sites we visited. I personally love an active tour with lots of walking and this one had plenty of days that were as strenuous as you cared to make them. The hotels were charming, (very old) and the food, both included and found on our own was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing the spire of the Salisbury Cathedral was not actually part of the tour, but we looked into it and there was a guided tour that brought us over the nave and then up to a high outdoor balcony that offered spectacular, breathtaking views of the exterior stonework of the spire itself, but also of the town. The tour was interesting and informative and afforded a perspective of this magnificent building that most people don't get to see. Well worth the effort and 18 pound cost!"

Wendy

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. It was a very active tour and felt it rated a higher activity level than indicated on the website (not a complaint, just an observation). I enjoyed all the sites, and the special Rick Steves "extras", including walking the scaffolding at Canterbury Cathedral, making pasties and the Brhyer's Boys. Our guide Yorrick was extremely knowledgeable, educating us in the history of Britain, past and present. A special shoutout to our bus driver, Lukasz.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Observing Lukasz fearlessly navigate the narrow roads of the countryside was a once in a lifetime experience. Also amazing was walking the scaffolding at Canterbury Cathedral and driving through Cornwall the site of one of my favorite PBS Series, Poldark."

Ralph

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour provided a good introduction to English history and culture, filled with many interesting areas of discovery. Our guide, Yorick, was a great source of information and he did a great job with arranging the tour logistics. Coach driver, Lukasz,was amazing. The tour would not even have been possible without his savvy maneuvering on the single track roads of Dartmoor and Cornwall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Stone Mason and "scaffolding" tour at Canterbury Cathedral gave me a whole new appreciation for the unbelievable human effort that goes into first building a cathedral, and then into maintaining it over the centuries. Hearing from the artisans who are tasked with assessing the integrity of the existing stonework, planning for restoration, carving replacement stones, and finessing the new masonry back into the building, forever changed the way that I will view these architectural wonders."

Mark

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

I've done 6 Rick Steves tours and this one was so bad that I cancelled the other 3 tours that I signed up for this year. Awful hotel rooms, missed communication, disengaged guide, and we were not given enough time to see the sights while also competing with the hordes of other tourists for space. The final nail in the coffin was five people catching Covid at the farewell dinner because someone was obviously symptomatic, refused to take a test, but the guide still let them sit with the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow, I had no idea a hotel room could reach 95 degrees inside"

Karen

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 1st RS Tour and it met all of our expectations. All of our fellow tour mates were awesome. Everyone was friendly, polite and very helpfully to each other. I really enjoyed traveling with tours members that have been on multiple RS Tours. Their recommendations and suggestions were valuable. I enjoyed the "buddy" system. My buddy Patty was a very positive influence! The accommodations rated from good to awesome. There was only 1, that while quaint and unique could have been a bit cleaner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking across the stone path during low tide to St. Michael's Mount castle. Enjoyed Cream Tea in Dover with a few tour members. Best scones!"

Patty

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour so I didn't know what to expect. The tour far exceeded what I had imagined the trip to be. Enough group time, enough personal time to do what we wanted to do (like talking to the local people), fabulous lodgings and darling villages.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful coastline of Cornwall."

Leslie

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed all aspects of our tour! Our guide, as well as all of the local guides, were terrific. The sites and activities that were part of the tour were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps the most unique experience that we would not have been able to do if we had been traveling on our own, was going up onto the scaffolding with the stone mason to examine the Canterbury Cathedral stone masonry renovation. Loved it!"

Cindy

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Southern England was beautiful and tour was well orchestrated by our very capable guide and bus driver. The history, culture and natural scenery combined with a great group of travelers made for a fun two weeks!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip was a wow! Personal favorites included: stained glass restoration presentation and Evensong in Canterbury, , Stonehenge, Mary Rose Museum, and pasty making with Marion. The palatial views from White Cliffs, Beachy Head Cliffs and Tintagel put a smile on my face!!!"

Mary

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Perfect weather, good group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Canterbury and Salisbury cathedrals. Both were spectacular. The stained glass expert had so much knowledge and clearly was passionate about her work. "

Michael

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed comments by guide and level of conversation- not too much and not too little. Starting in Canterbury and ending in Bath was a great choice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around Tintagel Castle, the Cornwall Coastal walk and the Dartmoor National Park walk. All were very enjoyable."

Carole

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fifth RS tour and it was amazing because of the people! Our guide was personable and very knowledgeable, the group was very convivial and fun, even our bus driver was a delight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many…Canterbury Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral, the Cornwall coast, but the most meaningful one for me was a tour of Prideaux Place led by a family member who lived there. "

Lisa

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed each and every day of this tour. The natural beauty on the coast and countryside was breathtaking. The history of each of the areas we toured was fascinating. The tour was well paced with each day full of new sites and historic information. John was a great guide. He took the extra time to orient us to each location, with suggestions for restaurants and activities. The food was excellent! This was my favorite Rick Steves tour so far.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, the natural beauty of southern England were continual “wow” experiences. The cliffs of Dover and Beachy Head were stunning, as was the cliff walk back to our hotel in Mawgan Port. I was also “wowed” by the small and charming villages of Chagford and Alfriston and also Salisbury. They were, in my mind quintessential England and I was happy to experience them. Loved Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral and touring the cathedral grounds. Plougmans lunch and cream tea were amazing too."

Wayne

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable, well organized, provided a great balance of culture, history and current issues facing the country and it's people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most of the tour was the wow moment. Canterbury Cathedral and the Excellent stain glass demonstration, Canterbury Brewery, all the WW2 historical sites, Mary Rose Museum, Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge, Tintagel Castle, Port Isaac, Prideaux Palace, Portreach Bakery making pasty, St. Michael's Mount"

Patricia

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group and an outstanding itinerary. Both guide and bus driver were a pleasure to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking on the Cornwall coastal path was a bucket list item for me. We had a beautiful day and it lived up to expectations. "

Dean

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, one of the most enjoyable I’ve been on. Points made were well defined, and little time was wasted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A personal moment was teaching a barista how to make cafe americano. Advertised was ‘Iced coffee’ while prepared was a latte. Described to her how to make a simple ‘iced coffee’. A tour moment was at Stonehenge where the idea was advanced that some of the largest stones may have been glacial erratics. "

Terry

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the fast pace of the tour, every day was filled with the scheduled activities, as well as more spontaneous opportunities along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Realizing that one of the officiants at the Canterbury Cathedral Evensong, who had been introduced simply as "Justin", was actually Justin Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury."

Bonnie

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time traveling solo and I had a wonderful experience with both our guide, Helen, and my fellow tour members. The locations and number of places we visited was perfect. It offered a nice mix of history, cathedrals, gardens and stunning coastal scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I went for a coastal Cornwall experience, and was not disappointed, but my favorite "wow" moment was spending my early morning walk among the ponies in the churchyard in the tiny village of Chagford. It was completely unexpected and amazing. Staying inside the close of Canterbury Cathedral runs a close second. "

Janet

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour. I was impressed by the number of areas visited, the unique experiences that were included and the knowledge, professionalism and sense of humour of our guide, Helen. Helen elevated the entire experience and I can’t imagine a better guide for this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were in a pub hotel in Chagford and in the churchyard across the street were about 10 ‘wild’ Dartmoor ponies one morning. Soooo Devon!! Where else would you wake up to wild horses grazing outside your old English hotel. "

Kerry

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Canterbury experiences"

Vanessa

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love the variety of activities that we got to experience. The other tour members were wonderful and we all got along very well. Helen, was a great tour guide and provided lots of interesting facts about the sites we were visiting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have a couple of WOW moments. Stonehenge was amazing. It’s been on my bucket list for years. The second wow was riding the construction elevator to the roof of the Canterbury Cathedral to see the restoration work up close. It’s a good thing I had a hard hat on, since I banged my head on a flying buttress. Now that’s “up close!”"

David

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fantastic learning experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several : Henry II's tower, spot where Beckett was murdered"

Maria

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The group was fantastic-we all got along, no complainers, Helen, the tour guide was friendly , approachable , and knowledgeable . I was able to connect historic events with the actual places. The weather was perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the White Cliffs of Dover- the gateway to the United Kingdom"

Victoria

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A delightful journey filled with bucket list experiences, shared with good humored companions and led by an enthusiastic and appealing guide. We were immersed in the landscape, history and culture of southern England. While London is a wonderful city, we so enjoyed getting away from it all for something entirely different!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband’s “wow” moment was the chalk cliffs of Beachy Head, the tour was full of wow moments for me, including our incredible guide, but I’ll pick Stone Henge as one I’ve wanted for so long to experience."

Raymond

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just the right mix of learning and relaxing moments after being limited to travel for the last few years. Helen and Etelka who were our guides I found to be patient and kind in answering questions. They made our time together fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many moments but my "wow" came early in the trip when we visited Dover and had the opportunity to go into the tunnels that were operational during the Blitz and Operation Dynamo. If these walls could talk..."

Nick

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well-organized with attention to everyday logistics. Allowed the tourists to focus on enjoying the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth."

Maureen

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved both the Canterbury and Salisbury cathedral tours. Helen, our guide, made the tour click- so knowledgeable and fun. Bus driver was outstanding especially on the narrow, winding roads. Our fellow tour members were so friendly- they were a co- WOW moment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We are not handy people. We never ever do construction work at home. Then why were we on top of the cathedral in Canterbury "helping" the stone masons work? The only possible answer is: a Rick Steves tour. WOW!!!"

Dan

Tour: 05/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first RS tour exceeding my expectations. The guide (Tom Hooper) was very experienced and lead the tour expertly. Other tour members interacted well with each other, and were a plus for this tour experience. The tour stops and activities were well chosen and paced. I liked having more free time near the end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Manmade structures: Salisbury Cathedral Scenic beauty: North coast cliffs of Cornwall Interaction with local people: Making pasties in Cornwall"

Tracey

Tour: 05/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were lucky in that we had only 16 people on our tour (plus guide and driver). In that size group we all managed to get to know each other a bit instead of becoming sub-groups that didn’t interact much. We were incredibly lucky in the weather - after the first few days we had pretty glorious sunny days. The group was good at sharing the front seat of the bus and rotating around the bus on driving days. Everyone was always on time, which was lovely. And our guide, Tom Hooper, was the best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick a favorite. The stonemasons tour in Canterbury taught us a lot about restoration and craftsmanship, and being up high on the cathedral was awesome. Arriving at Stonehenge early and taking photos with no people in them. Making pasties in Cornwall - that was amazing too. Wandering around Tintagel - the views!"

Deborah

Tour: 05/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite “wow” moment was spending time at the Canterbury Cathedral with the stone masons up on the roof level. It was so interesting and amazing!"

Kathy

Tour: 05/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel very fortunate to have been roomed with someone where we had similar interests. We both liked to walk a lot and we truly enjoyed each other’s company. There were only 16 of us on the tour and we all felt very fortunate for that. Everyone in the tour got along great and we all were on time for every scheduled trip. The tour guide was great. Not your typical guide which I thought made him extra interesting. It was great that the guide was from England and not from the US.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up on the scaffolding of the Canterbury cathedral as part of a tour with the stone masons. Another wow moment was walking along the cliffs of Cornwall."

Harry

Tour: 05/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my already high expectations. The itinerary was fascinating and a little off the beaten track. As usual, the off-itinerary surprises were numerous and very fun. Tom was a fantastic guide, informative, fun and engaging. We had a smaller group of 16 that jelled quickly and added a lot to the quality. Good mix of history, culture, natural beauty and learning experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Wow" was not necessarily 1 experience, but more the artful growing integrated tapestry of the big story of the creation of the UK over the great span of 8000 years of history as experienced through the many historical sites we visited and Tom's superb weaving of the great tale. One serendipitous moment for me was a long, high level conversation I had with an archaeologist at Stonehenge that connected that culture with the simultaneous culture in distant Orkney, which I visited separately later."

John

Tour: 05/08/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is a very good tour that visits many historical sites and famous locations that are worth the trip. We had the unfortunate experience of our guide, Steven catching Covid and that somewhat upset the flow of the tour. The immediate replacement guide, Liz, was outstanding, but she was only with the group for two days. For the remainder of the tour, we had another replacement, Jim, who is an excellent guide, but was not that familiar with all the places we were visiting on this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour visits many epic locations that give some excellent wow moments. My favorite wow moment was at Canterbury Cathedral, talking with the stone masons on the scaffolding on the exterior of the building. The views from about 10 stories high on the Cathedral was amazing as well as the discussion of how they were repairing this very old building. This experience was something you just don't do everyday was one of those surprise Rick Steves moments!"

Elizabeth

Tour: 05/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first time in England. Every image I had formed from the English novels I read was confirmed—the incredible beauty of the countryside, the wildflowers, quaint villages, a pie and a pint in an old pub, chalk cliffs, lovely beaches, ancient ruins, monuments to England’s heroism in war. The bonus was 2 weeks of near perfect weather and a group of interesting and fun tourmates.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Donning a hardhat and taking a construction elevator to the scaffolding atop Canterbury Cathedral with the restoration crew! It was breathtaking to stand next to flying buttresses under repair by skilled craftsmen. The view of the surrounding countryside was gorgeous, so green and verdant against the blue sky. Of course, seeing Stonehenge was a wow, as was seeing the Mary Rose exhibit at Portsmouth and touring the tunnels used as HQ for the Dunkirk evacuation. And wow, perfect weather every day!"

Janet

Tour: 05/08/23

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Our days with Steven and Liz were great. Our last guide who "had not been in the South of England in 35 years" was more a babysitter than a guide. If we wanted stores about the Queen, Charles and his Queen or Brexit, we can buy a newspaper.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two guilds and a babysitter."

Peter

Tour: 05/08/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the smaller towns and verdant landscapes on the tour. There were no really outstanding sites, but just an overall pleasant experience. We had three guides during the tour due to Covid, and the changing leadership negatively affected the tour. I think that the replacement guides could have done more to explain what we were seeing as we drove the countryside and provide more insight into English life, past and present.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunset over the Atlantic at Mawgan Porth."

Char

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always it lived up to the quality and excellence of the Rick Steves' Tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pagan Porth, Bedruthan coastline."

Brian

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent tour overall. Needed some additional time at a couple spots to fully appreciate that location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cornwall coast - very dramatic!!"

Patricia

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Pace was comfortable, enjoyable tour and beautiful scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mary Rose Museum was our wow moment. One of Henry VIII battleships, sunk in the harbor, was restored and is now a museum."

Rosemary

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I took the Best of South England in 14 Days tour in May 2023, and it was wonderful! Our guide, Robert, was charming and had a wealth of stories to share as we drove through really delightful villages and moors and forests and seaside sights. The hotels were comfortable and pretty and historic and well positioned for independent exploring in our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments, including seeing the spectacular Canterbury cathedral from the window seat in our hotel on the church grounds, suddenly coming across wild ponies in the New Forest, trying to sing “There’ll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover” with fellow tourists when we arrive in Dover, emerging from our medieval inn in tiny Chagford on the misty moors and seeing wild horses and foals breakfasting on the long grass in the little churchyard across the street, etc., etc.!"

Timothy

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a two-week tour of English history beginning 5000 years ago through Margaret Thatcher’s service as prime minister.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stonehenge"

James

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

1st time rick steve's tour and had a fantastic time. We saw so much and did so many cool things

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments , almost everyday there was one. Loved the Cornwall coast part of the tour, and I guess the Stonehenge day was a huge wow moment"

Sharon

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first ever coach tour and we were unsure if we would enjoy it - but it exceeded all our expectations and we can't wait to do another Rick Steves' tour! Everything was very well organised, the guide was knowledgable and kind, accommodations were unique and lovely, and the sites we visited and experienced were amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly it is challenging to pick just one, as there was at least one "WOW" moment per day! From Roman ruins, medieval buildings and stunning cathedrals to spectacular white cliffs and beautiful rugged ocean coastlines and beaches. But if I must choose, it was a unique one: we had the opportunity to watch the King and Queen's Coronation in Salisbury Cathedral! We were so fortunate that our tour schedule accommodated this historic event and allowed us to participate if we wished. "

Butch

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Nice tour but cold and rainy most days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Magwan Porth views and beach. "

Claire

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was excellent. The sites we saw were incredible, food selections great, we loved our transfers with Keith (our driver)-Robert could not have facilitated and let us through a more perfect trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stonehenge and being in Salisbury cathedral to watch the coronation! "

Margaret

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Plenty of informative history by our outstanding guide + an excellent job manipulating very narrow roads with a big tour bus by our bus driver = outstanding

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I’m not a nautical history buff, but touring the Mary Rose and the Victory in Portsmouth was truly a pleasant surprise and wow moment. "

Elizabeth

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been on several group tours both in the US and Europe. This was by far the best experience. Everything went extremely well. There were no long days on the bus, hotels were pleasant and quaint. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. It was especially nice when we visited the historical sights that we didn’t have long waits due to the pre-planning. Our tour guide was THE BEST! And the skills of our driver almost unbelievable. I highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I never thought that I would ever get to see Stonehenge. When we were walking up to the site, I was overwhelmed with emotion. You see pictures, watch videos, read about it, but seeing it in person was beyond my expectations. "

Stan

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful tour! All I could ask for! Great sites, lots of history, great group of people and the best tour guide I had the pleasure of knowing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Coronation of King Charles III which we watched at Salisbury Cathedral with hundreds of people!!"

Elizabeth

Tour: 04/24/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Roger

Tour: 04/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Interesting locations, enjoyable dining experiences, reasonable time on bus, enjoyable activities, pleasant company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Michael's Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral. Amazing bits of history. "

Mary

Tour: 04/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Because the tour did not cover a lot of area, I wondered if it would be exciting enough. It exceeded my expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The two active participation events were my favorite. The stone mason actually took us up to see his work on the flying buttresses on Canterbury Cathedral! I also like making pasties in Portreath."

Janis

Tour: 04/24/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was more laid-back than previous Rick Steves tours we have been on - things were pretty low-key. I think this is in part just because of the areas visited which were lovely (especially Canterbury and Cornwall) but themselves pretty quiet. England is always beautiful in the spring (green and yellow fields, many lambs) and we learned a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking on the moors and Cornwall cliffs, Tintagel Castle, Cornish singers, Canterbury Cathedral scaffolding tour, Salisbury Cathedral tour"

Donald

Tour: 04/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful countryside with both cliffs and beaches, spectacular churches, and historic castles

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking a construction elevator to the outside of Canterbury Cathedral and walking around the clock and the flying buttresses "

Peggy

Tour: 04/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Did this tour right after London tour. Great contrast. Good balance of history, small town experience, cathedrals and ancient ruins, moors and cliff sides. Our guide, John Chappell, was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of them , but Tintagel really knocked my socks off. Spring is perfect time of year for wildflowers-moors, woodlands, cliffs. Everywhere we went. So beautiful "

Teresa

Tour: 04/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour with a good pace and memorable experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up the side of Canterbury Cathedral with Ben the stonemason was a triple-wow moment! Learning about the restoration work in Ben's workshop was interesting, but it was so much more meaningful to get right up close to the work had been done."

Steve

Tour: 04/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are so glad we took this tour right after our Rick Steves week in London tour. We enjoyed seeing a London packed with museums and sites, which we enjoy greatly, and then to see the English countryside with small towns and historic sites like Tintagel, plus the great English cathedrals like Canterbury and Salisbury was a real hit with me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour with a local guide, Michael, at Salisbury Cathedral turned what could have been an “ABC” (Another Bloody Cathedral) into a terrific experience. the depth of his knowledge of the architecture and history was impressive. We "

Patricia

Tour: 04/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the tour guides and other tour members as well as the historical sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Canterbury Cathedral stone mason tour"

Tracy

Tour: 04/24/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting with the lead mason at Canterbury Cathedral, making Cornish pasties with Marion, listening to the Cornish folk singers -Bryher’s Boys."

Judith

Tour: 04/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An outstanding itinerary with a fun and well-informed guide, this was my 9th RS tour, it was even better than what I imagined. Helen, John’s assistant, also from the Southern coast of England, provided a humorous counterpoint in her support of the Monarchy. John said he is a Republican. Their deep knowledge of the history and culture of England added color and texture. I vote for jam first then clotted cream on my scone, the Cornish way (Queen Elizabeth II’s choice)! New friends, too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to count: going high up to the clock tower of Canterbury Cathedral with the Senior Stonemason (he’s young!). I was gobsmacked to see how high up we were! The secret WWII tunnels under the cliffs of Dover, walking the entire battlefield of Hastings where William the Conqueror defeated King Harold in 1066, HMS Victory & the Mary Rose in Portsmouth, the astonishing Mary Rose Museum! So many charming villages, a warm friendly group of travelers and fun guides topped off a dream trip!"

Peter

Tour: 04/24/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We had a pretty good time. We saw a bunch of cool things, the cathedrals at Canterbury and Salisbury, the Magna Carta, the white cliffs of Dover, Tintagel, and Bath.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We got to tour the workshop of someone working on renovating the cathedral in Canterbury. He took us up on the scaffolding and showed us around his workshop."

Pamela

Tour: 04/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very educational, beautiful, amazing how old buildings are, a great tour guide, and nice group of people we toured with, food was delicious and restaurants our guide chose were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The different cathedrals we visited. The architecture was amazing, the stain glass was beautiful, and the size for when they were built was almost unbelieveable."

Patty

Tour: 04/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall experience was great. I could not have asked for a better guide (Liz), bus driver (Dave), or better tour mates.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a few "wow" moments on this tour: walking around Tintangel on a beautiful day, going to the pub in Cornwall and listening to the Bryher's Boys sing, and the Salisbury Cathedral."

Cynthia

Tour: 04/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Carol

Tour: 04/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Karl

Tour: 04/17/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The usual engaging Rick Steves tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mary Rose"

Daniel

Tour: 04/17/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide, Liz Boardman, was truly outstanding. The time allotted at Dover Castle, Portsmouth, and Lanhydra house was not enough and the trip to Tintagel Castle was worth it only for the lovely views of the coast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two ‘wow’ moments…the visit to the stained glass workshop at Canterbury and the quick visit to the Wells Cathedral."

Tom

Tour: 04/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour.we saw many exciting sites , had a terrific guide:Liz B, fun driver Dave,fun loving tour mates,,it was all and more of what we hoped for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cantebury Cathedrall and the stain glass exhibit,visiting Battle where the Battle of Hastings was fought was also exciting,our time in beautiful cornwall,pubs and Cornish singers were a hilite"

Ellen

Tour: 04/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Liz has a warm personality and a great enthusiasm for things British, providing us with a flow of typical snacks and a quiz on "British invasion" bands. Our driver Dave is a star who was a great source of interesting and relevant commentary. I appreciated the chance to hear a Cornish men's singing group, because I know it's a real folk tradition there. Port Isaac and Salisbury were both attractive and more interesting than I had expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite Wow moment was when our bus was diverted due to an accident ahead of us in Dorset. We had to drive through some stunning leafy green back roads in the hills to get where we were going. "

Brian

Tour: 04/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Lots of history, both recent and distant past, beautiful scenes and continuous learning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking along a cliff edge and stopping to look at the view of the ocean and grassy fields. Having a glass of wine up there added to the experience."

Mark

Tour: 04/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very well organized, well run tour. Even when the weather required last minute changes to the program because the weather went sideways we carried on and adapted. Liz got us to Tintagel and Stonehenge before the other tours for a more private experience. The hotels and meals together were more than up to expectation. more than

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Both the Canterbury cathedral tour with the excellent local guide and the stained glass conservation workshop were first rate.St. Michael's Mount was truly impressive despite (or maybe because of) the weather."

Karen

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group which made everything so fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Michaels Mt"

Rich

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

one of the best trips ever

Favorite "WOW" moment

"listening to choir in Canterberry Cathedral"

Marie

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Roy was a fantastic tour guide, and his expertise in archaeology really shone in so many locations on the tour. I felt like their were a lot of military sites, but on the other hand they were interesting and educational. We had the best group of travelers of any of the six RS tours I’ve done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed walking through the battlefield at Hastings and reading about the battle along the way.."

Larry

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of the Villages of South England was wonderful. Our group got along together very well, every one of them was a seasoned R/S traveler and knew what to expect, always on time, no grumps, interested and engaging people. Ron, our guide was a true historian and we really enjoyed hearing his explanations and descriptions of the various sites. His historical perspective was deep. He had a great sense of humor which is always fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, the biggest Wow moment was seeing the ship the Mary Rose, which sunk in 1545 and was rediscovered in the 1980s. The actual ship remnants and the artifacts found inside were so well preserved. It gave a fantastic glimpse of life on a 16th century ship. For my husband it was talking with the with young people who are dedicating their professional life to preserving stained glass. For people so young and enthusiastic being responsible for 800 year old glass was truly inspiring."

Scott

Tour: 10/03/22

A remarkable sampling of the historical and geographical sites that are unique to this region of England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Merrivale Stone rows and circles. An incredible setting for this ancient site on open moors on a ridge commanding spectacular views of the surrounding area that offered one to imagine how this site may have looked to those who lived there. This site truly provided a rare moment for quiet reflection. "

Mary

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The weather was great, the scenery was stupendous, the travelers were fun and interesting, and the guide was outstanding, and a great historian.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our hotel room in Lizard. It opened to the whole of the Atlantic, WOW"

Susan

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful mix of history with REALLY beautiful scenery. Both Canterbury and Salisbury cathedrals were very interesting. Our guide, Steven, was very knowledgeable and helpful. We had a great group of fellow travelers. There was a nice balance of group touring and free time. All groups meals were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a few highlights of the tour. I loved our walking around Dartmoor National Park and seeing the beautiful scenery but also the ancient stones still there. I really enjoyed Canterbury and having our hotel on the cathedral grounds was special. As a big “Doc Martin” fan, seeing Port Issac was fun. "

Robert

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A delightful stroll through quaint seaside towns and villages of southern England, with surprises along the way. Who knew that there was so much significant history, architecture, and art there? The tour enlightened me to this and more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the white cliffs of Dover and looking across the Channel to France. It was so clear that we could actually make out the white cliffs on the other side. Wow!"

Susan

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was fantastic - I was expecting incredible views of white cliffs, and in Cornwall, but was surprised at Devon and its views over hills, etc. Steven was a wonderful guide, always concerned that things were smooth, that we had what we needed and his commentary on the bus was a big part of the overall tour experience,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had to be the White Cliffs of Dover and then the next day seeing and walking along the Seven Sisters. "

Richard

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good itinerary, good group, and most importantly great guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seven sisters white cliffs on a slow tourist day with perfect weather..."

Karen

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a wonderful friendly and humorous group and our guide Steven was very caring. Our bus driver was superbly experienced in the narrow spaces and couldn't have looked more British!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wind, rain, and surf pounding against the cliff at the very western tip of Cornwall while we watched from the warmth of the hotel's restaurant. It felt like a British murder mystery night might occur."

Susan

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful group of people, attentive guide, great selection of sites and activities

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral. Also, ocean views throughout the trip."

Joe

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was terrific. Well coordinated good lodging, sites, and food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all good. My favorite lodging was the old inns. The lodging in Canterbury and Bath was very nice but too formal and lacking in warmth. "

Judith

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom Hooper - our Guide - is outstanding. His knowledge greatly enhanced the tour experience. The various places we visited came to life through Tom and the history he shared with us. Everyday was a once in a lifetime experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salisbury and the Salisbury Cathedral. Unbelievable structure and history!!! The opportunity to view the Magna Carta and the display on how it still relates to what is happening now - Covid lockdowns - provided me with so much to think about."

Richard

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, a great experience. My second Rick Steves tour and exceeded expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Canterbury Cathedral and the opportunity for a close up look a the restoration that is underway. "

Reinhard

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing. Very engaging. Loved the small villages.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Quite a few on this trip but the stone masons tour and going up on the Canterbury Cathedral scaffolding was so unexpected. Scary and thrilling views. Very educational. We came down a few levels and walked on the roof sections where some of the buttresses were being replaced. Wow!"

John

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is a delightful blend of history, culture and architectural achievements. During our trip we covered the prehistoric wonders of Stonehenge, the mysterious stone groupings of Dartmoor, the Battle of Hastings, World War II sites and toured the magnificent cathedrals of Canterbury and Salisbury. We also experienced Cornwall and its independent spirit. Our tour guide, Tom, did a great job of showing us all the major attractions as well as unscheduled stops that were equally interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moments were the visits to Stonehenge and Dartmoor. The people that lived in these areas and the function these structures provided to daily life are fascinating to me."

Matthew

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom Hooper and our coach driver Keith were an outstanding duo to travel with. Tom gave a great breath of knowledge about the English countryside throughout the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Stonehenge. Great getting there early in the morning made it less crowded."

Joy

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were continually shown new and wonderful experience many of which were not on the original itinerary. Every day had unplanned sites and experiences including the touching Battle of Britain Memorial, Brookland's unique bell tower and Roman baptismal font, the unexpected arrival of Morris Dancers at Stonehenge, visiting Port Isaac (the fictional home of Doc Martin) plus many, many more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Totally unexpected was our stone mason tour at Canterbury Cathedral. We were shown how the replacement blocks, grotesques and gargoyles were carved. We then were allowed to go up ten stories on scaffolding to actually see where these pieces would be placed in the Cathedrals twin towers. We were shown previous work completed on the flying buttresses."

Richard

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a fascinating combination of structures and scenery, from Canterbury and Salisbury cathedrals to the white cliffs of Dover and Beachy Heady and the rugged Cornwall coast. The variety kept the tour interesting every day. The guide's knowledge and humor added to the overall outstanding experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ruins of Tintagel Castle on the Cornwall coast was my favorite "wow" moment. I had eagerly awaited the tour's visit to these ruins, and it didn't disappoint despite the rainy, windy day. Canterbury Cathedral and Dartmoor National Park also were highlights for me."

Tracey

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love the mix of visiting the cathedrals, to the Moors, to the beaches of Cornwall - such an excellent variety. In addition, I love learning from the people of the places we visited about their daily lives. Sitting in a farmyard barn having tea and cream is so simple, and yet I learned so much how this one family earns their living farming in Cornwall and the politics involved to navigate changing environments. We have so much to learn and the only way to do it is to travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking a picture of my foot next to Queen Victoria's footprint in St. Michael's Mount (WOW, she actually stood here)! Portwenn (oops, I mean Port Issac) was an unexpected fun visit. I just love it all!!"

Karen

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience. This was my 3rd RS tour. Two couples caught Covid early and had to depart, leaving a smaller, more intimate group. Became 'family.' Our guide, Tom, was beyond wonderful. How he knows so much about so much is unbelievable! Would go anywhere with him. Good mix of together time with on-your-own time. Loved seeing the coast with all its history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"CORNWALL! Everywhere in this lovely county was awesome. The rugged beauty of the coast cannot be put into words. The Brits and their dogs at every turn was delightful. I had more conversations with the locals than on any other tour. Seeing just how close Dover is to France brought a new meaning to WWII for me. As everyone states: too many to choose."

Margot

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was wonderful. We had not previously spent any time in the south of England, but were interested in exploring the rich history of the area. This tour really delivered on the history and culture. We also were interested in the varied landscapes which were breathtaking, especially Beachy Head and both the northern and southern coasts of Cornwall. Even the weather was agreeable with partly sunny to sunny days for most of the trip. There were a few brief rain showers but we just kept going

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Three wows: 1. Up close with stone masons on scaffolding and the roof of Canterbury Cathedral provided unique insight to the care needed to maintain buildings that are 900+ years old. 2. Salisbury Cathedral - one day a choir was practicing and the music coupled with the grand and glorious ambiance were almost overwhelming. 3. The coastline and villages and coves of Cornwall were dramatic and beautiful. "

Judy

Tour: 09/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour delivered as promised with some bonuses. Somehow, having to work around the queen's funeral resulted in our seeing more rather than less. The guide (John) was very good and the group experienced and able to flex.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is our fifth RS tour - there is never just one such moment. Some notable moments were going to the top of the scaffolding on the Canterbury Cathedral and walking on the roof (we all commented this would never be allowed at home), seeing the cliffs at Beachy Head, and almost anywhere on the coast of Cornwall. In a much different way, walking where Romans walked at the Roman Baths in Bath was amazing and interesting and sobering. The stones in Dartmoor were more interesting than Stonehenge."

Davis

Tour: 09/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Mary Rose and going to see the stone work up on Canterbury Cathedral tower and roof."

Diane

Tour: 09/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great sites, experiences, guide, and fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salisbury Cathedral "

John

Tour: 09/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful tour with all the special moments we've come to expect in a Rick Steves' Tour. Great guide, nice people, and outstanding locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The grounds of our hotel in Salisbury were breathtaking. The climb to St. Michael's Mount was a blast. The Dartmoor ponies. Choosing just one is not possible. "

Kathryn

Tour: 09/15/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a terrific tour of parts of England I had not already seen. My enthusiasm may have been tempered a bit by a knee problem I had during the trip and the fact that I had already visited Canterbury and Salisbury years ago (but I was glad to see them again to refresh my memory).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tintagel Castle, for sure! Breathtaking scenery coupled with ancient myths - what could be more alluring?"

Beth

Tour: 09/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Despite a few glitches in our schedule due to the passing of the Queen, our tour guide was still able to get us to all of our sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed Canterbury"

Pam

Tour: 09/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and guide (John). He did a great job in dealing with closures due to the Queen's funeral.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking on the Canterbury Cathedral roof scaffolding examining the stone work. I also enjoyed seeing the wild ponies in Chagford, Dartmoor Park."

Dolores

Tour: 09/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour with fantastic tour mates, spectacular scenery and a great tour guide. I would recommend this tour to anyone who loves the coast and it’s views and villages. There was a lot of walking on cobblestone. We usually logged 5-6 miles a day. I think this tour ranks as one of my favorites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two “wow” moments. The first being able to go to the top of Canterbury Cathedral and watch the stone masons do their work. The second big wow was Tantagel Castle. I just couldn’t stop smiling. The views took your breath away and the coves and the sea made for a lifetime memory. "

Richard

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much and the slower pace. I felt that there was a mix of busy days and slower days which I think was helpful, but some of the days which were slower felt that there weren't enough options in the villages we were staying in to fill time. Regardless, I enjoyed the tour overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Didn't really have a wow moment on this tour unfortunately. Ironically, it was taking time on the day of the Queen's funeral to watch the event together at our hotel in Chagford, but that was an extraordinary circumstance I'd say."

Sheila

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We traveled with a very low-key group of fellow adventurers, which always sets a positive tone for a trip. Fortunately, we also had stellar weather. The scenery was spectacular and there was a near-perfect mix of touring historic sites and time to explore on my own. Steven is a remarkably warm, knowledgeable and patient guide. Overall, the trip was a wonderful and enriching experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down...it was a 4.5 mile hike along the coastal path at Lizard."

Eric

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour was fine and I really enjoyed our tour guide, Steven. I have to say, though, that this really didn't feel like a Rick Steves' tour. One of the reasons I have enjoyed the Rick Steves' tours is because of the coordination of local guides and museum guides that help to bring the history and art alive, and there's an ability to interact with these guides to have an a more fulfilling experience. This tour did not provides these guides, and I was disappointed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There really wasn't a wow moment on this tour. We saw lots of beautiful countryside, and charming villages. There was nothing I would call a wow moment, though."

Brett

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group of folks touring amazing destinations with a world-class guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. But Stonehenge packed lots of "Wow". The entire site is well-presented and starkly stunning! "

Roger

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perhaps we were lucky to be in the most compatible group of 24 possible.This group became closer than family, ( I have family members that I would never travel with), it was a Team, a band of brothers and sisters, people helping each other out and caring and sharing. We had a great guide, Steven, who made every effort to make the tour go well. And again, perhaps luck, we had the best weather possible. I recommend traveling Southern England in September.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are two "wow" moments. We were in England during the mourning/funeral of Queen Elizabeth and as the events unfolded we experienced a national/historic event, first hand. We gathered in our hotel as a group and watched the funeral, and in unison, stood in silence during "God Save the KIng" Gulp WOW! Wow #2 -The half mile walk from our hotel to/from the village of Lizard each morning and evening, viewing the southern most point of the English coast in beautiful idyllic Cornwall, again WOW! "

Suzanne

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Amazing experiences! Fantastic guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dover Castle, the stained glass tour and the cathedral tour at Canterbury, walking the moor at Dartmoor, Tintagel, St Michael's Mount, Housel Bay (waking up early and walking along the cliff path, wow!) "

Barbara

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour took place during the unexpected period of national mourning for Queen Elizabeth II. Steven did a wonderful job of adjusting our itinerary as things changed daily. We were still able to visit geographical or historic sites that remained open, and Steven also kept a very touching focus on what this moment in time meant for British citizens. As an American, I was grateful to participate too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had a wow moment, but the beauty of Cornwall was unsurpassed."

Angie

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded my expectations! This was exactly what I was hoping for, a little history, meeting the locals and seeing all the important landmarks of Southern England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Making pasties in Portreath with Marion. "

Laurie

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great knowledgeable, flexible and engaging tour guide, compatible tour mates. Will definitely book another…

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wandering a bit away from the group and taking in the the alternative healstones near Stonehenge and imagining how in the world people survived and managed to move those large rocks to their positions. "

Gerald

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide was fantastic, the itinerary was excellent, and our fellow travelers were very interesting and nice travel companions. Would highly recommend this tour, and have already done so on the Rick Steves Europe Facebook page.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tintagel. I've watched a documentary about the site, but being there in person was awe inspiring. And, the weather was so perfect that day, and the ocean so calm, that I stopped at one point near the top of the trail and was amazed at how quiet and peaceful it was."

David

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

t was all great fun. Our tour guide was quite personable as well as informative. Our group was friendly and easy to get along with. The hotels and restaurants were almost uniformly excellent, much better than my expectations. The itinerary was solid, with varied attractions. The bus was comfortable, and there was not too much time on the road most days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cornwall was beautiful, and our hotel at Housel Bay , overlooking the channel, was elegant and picturesque, with a fine restaurant and bar."

Louise

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, we had a wonderful trip through southern England. We saw a lot and enjoyed the many places we stopped at and experienced. We very much enjoyed the free time we had to explore places more in depth.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"there were many places we were "wow"ed by but we loved the hotel in Canterbury across from the Cathedral and hearing the bells ringing and the choir practicing singing."

John

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well run, very interesting places and introductions. Probably fewer group meals and site specific guides, but not saying that was good or bad. Very Good vs Outstandig only because I've come to appreciate that all RS tour guides are outstanding and now save that rating for the outstandingest of the outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved being Canterbury Cathedral and docents, but especially being lifted on the side of the building with stone masons explaining their work. But the true wow was being in a pub when King Charles made his first televised speech... the bartender and patrons stopped in their tracks... the applause after. And the commemorative photos and displays in sho windows. The country was unified and we witnessed it."

Dave

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My 5th tour with Rick Steve’s and there will be a sixth . The Queens passing caused a glitch but tour Guide Robert reorganized and regrouped the merry band traveled on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The landscapes of southern England where fabulous "

Debbie

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide Robert was just outstanding. He had an intimate understanding of England as it is today and as it was hundreds of years ago. We saw so much in the way of historical monuments and had ample time to see and shop and just relax. Our hotels were a good mix of very old and quaint to a bit newer. All were clean and the beds comfortable. It was a very active tour with lots of walking but nothing that we could not handle. Loved this tour ( our fourth) and are busy planning another.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To be in Canterbury Cathedral was a definite wow. And Tintagel castle just blew me away."

Karen

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exciting itinerary that included breathtaking views, quaint hotels and historic venues. This trip was also emotional for our touring country because they lost their monarch of 70 years. It was truly a memorable trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Stonehenge as we approach from the walkway."

Kathleen

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the first moment we met up as a group, under the wonderful leadership of Robert, I was happy, happy, happy. Everyone was friendly, we all got along well. No grumps here! The selection of activities was exciting, varied and fun. I liked the mix of group togetherness time, with time on our own to explore, as well as the variety of indoor/outdoor activities. I've never much liked traveling by bus, but the rides were kept pretty short, and Keith was a great driver and addition to the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pretty much everything. I woke up every day excited about what was coming next. That said, I was especially thrilled to be in Cornwall (I'm a lifelong Daphne Du Maurier fan), and to visit Tintagel Castle (likewise, a King Arthur buff). Being in England when the Queen died, and to see the tributes everywhere we traveled, provided us with an unexpected, poignant experience. Robert did a wonderful, impromptu job of talking meaningfully about the life of the queen, and what she has meant to Britain."

Thomas

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Knowledgeable and friendly guide. Great choice of destinations. Group tour members very friendly

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Stonehenge from a distance and then approaching it gradually "

Steve

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Really enjoyed the variety of sights and activities on the tour. An excellent way to experience England and to connect with English history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was tie between the time with the stone masons at Canterbury, the HMS Victory and Mary Rose in Portsmouth, the Tintagel castle ruins and pasty-making in Penwith."

Lyn

Tour: 08/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a fantastic experience. Our guide, John, was very knowledgeable in history, geography and politics. Our tour group was a congenial one, representing many areas of the US. It was probably the most physically demanding R/S tour we've taken - offering beautiful scenery, breathtaking views, many challenging trails.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"John took us on a walk on the Lizard Peninsula before dinner one evening. The wind was fiercely blowing, the seas were rough and churning, what a beautiful sight to behold! Then I spotted two golfers on a nearby hill - a perfect setting for a memory of Cornwall. Then on to a fish and chips dinner and a Briar Boys concert!"

Paul

Tour: 08/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very interesting area - tour was well run. Our guide, Michael, was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prideaux home tour with Elizabeth Prideaux leading the tour"

Kenn

Tour: 08/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guide, beautiful scenery, great group of people on this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to single out one, but if I have to it would be walking the cliffs and moors to see the beautiful shoreline. I would be remiss if I didn't also single out the window restoration workshop at Canterbury Cathedral"

Ivan

Tour: 08/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was organized and run well. There was a good balance between group activities and free time. The accommodations were good and we had fun activities that would be difficult to do on our own. Our guide was knowledgeable, engaging, and entertaining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We toured Tintagel Castle in driving wind and rain. Making and eating pasties at Portreath Bakery in Cornwall. "

Erick

Tour: 08/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

John Chappel is a superb guide. The published itinerary was supplemented with side trips as nearby available options, better for weather conditions, or just things he knew we would likely enjoy and time allowed for. It was wonderfully spontaneous variation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in force 8 gale wind and rain at the top of the cliffs at Tintagel. Gave true meaning and experience to “squelchy shoes”. "

Richard

Tour: 08/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I originally planned to take this trip in 2020, it as well worth the wait. My mother's family is half Cornish (Gold seekers in 1850) which is why I am a 5th generation Californian. The other half was from Enfield, England. I have been to many places in the world both for leisure and for a 50 year career but I had never been to Britain. 1066 was with me continually growing up and I had always wanted to experience the feeling of being where the world changed. It was a great tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think its a tie between Tintagel and Stonehenge. Talking with the "Cornish Singers" was very interesting - one of the singers knew of Barnetts in Gwenapp. My mom's maiden name is Barnett. "

Diane

Tour: 08/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it. Great guide and fellow travelers and wonderful visits.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dover Castle, because my father had been stationed there during WWII and the drive through Romney Marsh and Dymchurch while remembering Disney's Scarecrow of Romney Marsh."

Sara

Tour: 08/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour emphasis on curiosity, learning, and local culture was just what I hoped for. Our group was compatible, our guide Steven was both expert and fun, and the bus driver was a smiling wizard behind the wheel. Group meals were tasty-even fabulous sometimes-but always had some cultural significance. Lodging was comfortable without being lavish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had numerous “wow” moments. Among them was a tour of Lizard Point Lighthouse, where we just happened to take the last tour of the final day of tours in 2022, and we were the last people to see the brilliantly lit multi-faceted prism mirrors in the lighthouse before they are removed and will be replaced with a halogen bulb. "

Jennifer

Tour: 08/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dartmoor. Austere and moving. "

When To Go & Weather

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

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

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

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly in and out of London's Heathrow (LHR) or Gatwick (LGW) airports, 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.