This tour is not as jam packed with activities as the Best of England in 14 days. Join us on Rick Steves' Best of South England tour! Everything we have come to expect from a Rick Steves tour. Both stops had a strong effect on me. I liked the pace and the variety of activities. Roy Nicolls was our tour guide. We hit St. Ives beachside town during a mid-term off week for the kids. Students, propelling their punts by the traditional single pole, offer an easygoing commentary. Friendly and knowledgeable docents, many who were once seamen, are found throughout the complex, happily answering questions and telling tales of the sea. With Rick Steves. Local guides and fellow tour member great.". The shipyard offers visitors a glimpse of maritime attractions new and old. It was beautiful. From here, a long, undulating series of cliffs stretches for miles. The ruins were fascinating and the location unparalleled. I was thrilled with the activity level because I am active, and the beautiful English countryside. The group meals are a high light of the country cuisine. This was an outstanding tour. "The amazing different views of the shore line.". All the hotels were great, but for one exception. Taking this tour was actually a bit of a compromise for us. It could not have been better. Great Britain is dominated by England, and we'll explore its southeast coast. 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. "I have two. Excellent itinerary. A few weeks before our flight, we were told that we wouldn't visit Tintagel Castle. The cliffs, the wind, the history, the sheep, - all of it goes right through you. St Michael's Mount tide change that exposed the walk way! ", "Jim's delivering us to the door of the Chagford hotel. I would have liked one more night in Bath with the tour taking in some of the highlights. "I had no "wow" moment. The tour was fascinating. Taste delicious seafood, comforting cream teas, and hearty ales. Imagine England's pre-Victorian elite munching cream cakes and sipping liqueurs under the extravagant, dragon-powered chandelier. Imagine Nelson and his officers hunched over charts to plan an attack. You'll also have the opportunity for a look at traditional woodworking skills in action at the historic boat workshop. We'll start our day with a scenic trek along grassy cliff tops, marveling at craggy rock formations and the crashing surf below. We loved the people, the expertise of our guide, the places we visited and the other travellers on our bus. Tour bookends of the special rooftop Canterbury Cathedral tour and the glorious time in Glastonbury. After exploring Admiral Nelson's flagship, we chase wild ponies across the moors and discover an ancient stone circle. Tom was able to bring to life the long and complicated history of England in such a way that it made today's events much more understandable. Share this: Print; Email; Facebook; Twitter; Pocket; Pinterest; Reddit; Filed Under: England, Travel, Videos Places: Cornwall, Devon, Dover Tagged With: dover, rick steves. This was my first trip to Europe, and I had been wanting to see England all of my life. A walking stick helped me manage uneven surfaces such as Dartmoor and Dover Cliffs. Read More. The weather was perfect, the rain barely made an appearance. You really get a sense of what it was like to be there during such a dangerous time.". As I watched our merry band of travelers happily roll their luggage through the narrow lanes of the village down to our awaiting bus, I thought about how lucky Mary and I were to be able to travel with a group of like-minded, adventurous people (led by our great guide, Jamie), knowing that another day would unfold for us with new and unique experiences. The beach & hotel in St. Ives, a definite WOW! I was on my own this trip - these tours are terrific for solo travelers! Bus: 3 hours. Great tour itinerary.". We happened to be there on D-Day. "This trip doesn't have the grand hilltop view from an Italian village or a stunning event to attend like Edinburgh's tattoo. ©2021 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Early birds get the sandy spots among the pebbles, and the tide pools are a hit with the kids. Also, seeing the White Cliffs at Beachy Head was another wow moment as well as the Canterbury, Salisbury, and Wells Cathedrals!". Sleep in Falmouth. We also went inside the roof for a closeup view of the roof timbers and the barrel vaults just below us. Rick Steves' Andalucía: The Best of Southern Spain by Rick Steves' Europe. The huge Battle of Trafalgar ensued. Canterbury, a great start for southern England, Dover (ww-2 memorial, the cliffs, the castle) and cathedral, stained glass artists, and punting are stunning in spring color. Southern England Itinerary help! ", Another great tour! A great tour. "This is akin to choosing a favorite grandchild. Everyone wanted to know everyone. Overall a great experience! Rick Steves’ Europe: South England – Dover to Land’s End. It made me cry with happiness. Wild Ponies, Dartmoor, Corfe Castle, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Canterbury, Battlefield (Battle of Hastings), the Battle of Britain Memorial. I also loved the Portsmith dockyard.". The comfortable, roomy bus was much appreciated, especially on lengthier rides and the window views were wonderful. They manually had to dig the ore and manually haul the waste rock or ore to a small gauge rail line with one ton transport rail cars. The bus driver was very smooth. ©2021 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Then he hikes the trails that top the towering chalk cliffs of the South Downs, wander into the beachy resort of Brighton (England’s Coney Island), and push on to Portsmouth. "Getting to go up the construction elevator to be on top of the Canterbury Cathedral was a "wow" moment that I will never forget. I doubt if any other tours would be able to arrange that.". "Loved the pasty making! ); visiting Port Issac (said the Doc Martin fan); pints at the pubs; wine on the terrace at Hotel Penzance; The Three Crowns Inn at Chagford (best battered cod fish I've ever, ever, ever, ever, ever had!!! While the battlefield and adjoining ruined abbey (built soon after the battle by William to atone for all the spilled blood) are a must-see for British-history buffs, anyone can appreciate the dramatic story behind the grassy field. The other travelers were great as they have been on other Rick Steves tours. "Dover Castle and the secret wartime tunnels.". "Everything was wonderful! All of the hotels were well located and comfortable with good breakfasts. England was hit hard fiscally, population-wise and physically. Loved the guides, the Villages, the group. I didn't know if I was going to like it. Very nice hotels and all of the sightseeing tours were over the top the best. There were so many extra benefits, for example, our guide and driver knew just when to get us to locations to avoid crowds. Rick Steves England, the complete guide, offers more coverage of more destinations in a mostly black-and-white format. "Tintagel. This tour was total immersion into the beauty, history, culture, and people of south England. The Battle of Hastings was a big deal. Our guides, Liz and Lorraine, were exceptional - dealing with a few unexpected circumstances (a fall, a submersion in a stream, a pickpocketing) without missing a step. Our tour guide Tom was very informative and could not have made the trip any better. Post questions and answers about travel in England. We'll begin the day learning all about Cornwall's most famous culinary contribution — the pasty — with a demonstration (and sampling!) I loved this tour even more than I thought. In the music room the royal band gave concerts and serenaded high-society guests as they danced under Chinese-inspired decor. Seeing the stonemasons working on the catherdral in Canterbury was such a treat. Pasty making". We then went into the vaulted ceiling over the nave to see what was to be done there and peek over the edge down into the nave below.". 3) Some places in England are loaded with people in August, like Cornwall. (If you sneak a peek beyond the guard stations, you can see the British military at work.) We'll end our day peacefully, amidst the thatched roofs and timber-framed buildings of quaint Alfriston. I was glad it included Stonehenge. Being the first people at Stonehenge, in the early morning light was sublime. Very enjoyable; everything that I've come to expect from a RS tour. The centrally located hotels encourage us to explore the areas. Enjoyed the beautiful country side and learning about the history of this wonderful country where many of our ancestors came from. "I liked the pasty demonstration. The most remarkable experience was riding the scaffold elevator above the roof of Canterbury Cathedral to learn about renovations. At the same time we'll have fun with the Brits at play and connect with their great outdoors. My wife and I chose the Rick Steves tour because a friend highly recommended it, and our own research led us to this choice. Fantastic tour of Southern England. We don't have that here as the Native Americans didn't build grand places that remain. The shorter Best of England guidebook focuses on England's top destinations and sights, and is in full color. There is a lot of mineral processing that has to be done before the final concentrates can be fire refined. Late this afternoon we'll drive to Salisbury, where we'll enjoy an orientation followed by dinner together. "All points Cornwall were truly "WOW" moments: St. Michael's Mount; making and eating pasties (which we intend to try at home--was that "pull, tuck, pinch"? "My wow moment was The Canterbury Cathedral Evensong because it was so spiritial. People keep asking me that question. The views from atop of the tor was well worth the hike up hill. That was the hotel in St. Ives, which as too far from the center of town. We enjoyed a variety of meals e.g. That is not an official part of the tour, but a great opportunity anyway.". Puzzling at the purpose of Stonehenge
The banter between the bus driver Paul & Tom was soooo much fun. Docent: So this spot here was — so when Lord Nelson was mortally wounded on the upper deck, he was taken down here; just before he was about to die, Captain Hardy come down and said to him, "Sir, we've won the battle." The entire experience was greatly enriched by our tour guide Mark Seymour. The communal dinners were fun and very good. "Canterbury was my favorite. Last few days to much Bus Time. Three fun-loving, student-run companies compete for your business. What made this trip so truly outstanding was the best guide we have had in 8 Rick Steve's tours. Reasonable balance of free time vs tour/travel time. 2) Outstanding tour guide, Liz
Art- Visiting Canterbury's Stained Glass Workshop! "Favorite moment was the Canterbury Cathedral. I felt like a student in the middle of a great learning experience. Just being in the moment at that perfect spot.". Impact of WWI on country, and then further impact of WWII. This was my first tour and I would happily recommend using Rick Steve's Tours to anyone. It was a great time to visit with awesome views of trees starting to leaf and countryside and hills teeming with wild flowers. Its stairway provides the only convenient access to the beach. There are many great places to visit in Great Britain and it is easy to find stays consistent with that. I am huge fan of Doc Martin and walking the streets of the village was awesome. ), "I don't think I had a "wow" moment -- the entire tour was great!". I think the problem might be the sheer number of American tourists who follow his advice, with the result that things have become unbalanced on the ground. Olympia, WA. (I have been on 10 previous guided tours with various tour companies.). I sat in the front of the bus that day and had the best view of the spring flowers, the beautiful skies, the ponies and the sheep in the road. The first 2 were city tours. It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. I would also list many other things such as the Scenic punting ride, the tour on top of Canterbury Cathedral (how unique), walking on top of the cliffs on the South Downs Way at Beachy Head and the view of the white cliffs from Burling Gap. During our many tours we have visited many cathedrals, but never have we got to experience going up to the roof. In the 12th century, the Norman king, Henry II, had this fortress built making Dover's castle the most secure of his realm. The surviving bits of the ship, with a rich trove of artifacts, have been preserved and are beautifully displayed. Soon word spread that miracles were occurring here, the pope made Becket a saint, and masses of pilgrims came. There was so much to see and experience history without the usual stress, thanks to Tom and Jenn for their superb planning and preparation. I would have rated the trip as Outstanding except for our tour guide I have discussed this with Ruth Ann in a phone call. Not really any complaints. You can stroll around the Dockyard to see the exteriors of the HMS Victory and HMS Warrior for free, but going inside the attractions requires a ticket. Very well done. Outstanding accommodations. Tintagel. As a prince, the man who would become England's King George IV was lively, decadent, and trendsetting. Your visit can last from three minutes to three hours, depending on your imagination. It was a very active tour (and maybe seemed more so after just completing the more sedate Scandinavian tour). The pace was perfect. This was the first time I had done a trip like this. From the white cliffs of Dover to Land's End, we ponder Roman, Norman, and Nazi invasions. Tonight is a perfect evening to enjoy an evensong performance at the cathedral. 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. Amazing! Learning how to make Cornish pasties in a tiny bakery in Portreath, then eating our pasties by the sea was fun and authentic. The "great" part's important 'cause there are about six River Stours in Britain. Our guide Liz was really top notch, the best guide I have ever had! It's 'cause it's a chalk river. Nice surprise! London. We loved the hands on activity making Pasties and eating them hot at a beach. We had no problems finding B&Bs or guesthouses with openings. Liz and Lorraine enhanced the entire tour with their knowledge and tour guide expertise. Loved the whole experience!". I had to challenge my fear of heights and overcoming that fear was as exhilarating as the view from the top.". The view of the tiny picturesque Port Isaac fishing village, my introduction to the acerbic Doc Martin, was the catalyst for my travel search in Southern England. Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Liz was amazing, and we really enjoyed our bus driver Ali as well. "It is difficult to [INVALID] just one wow moment from this tour, because there were many. Rick Steves' Europe. This was a great tour. Amazing! Our bus driver Dan, was always there and got us to every destination without any trouble. Back when Britannia ruled the waves, it did so with its mighty navy, based here in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard. June 22, 2017, Jerry, Brooke and I left via Orange County, CA, to experience Rick Steve's thirteen-day Villages of South England Tour. 3. I preferred the slower paced towns of Alfriston and Chagford. The Warrior was the first ironclad warship, a huge technological advance. He spoke with Rick about visiting the forest outlook in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, where writer Jack Kerouac once stayed, on Travel with Rick Steves program #579 in October, 2019. Steven was fair and very accessible to everyone as well. Seven thousand soldiers died in one day — it was the most memorable date of the Middle Ages: October 14, 1066. Paul would have enjoyed more hiking options to enjoy the beautiful country in Southern England. Even though I was traveling alone I never felt alone. Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Visit the HMS Warrior and the HMS M.33 briefly. Today, visitors enjoy a fascinating tour. In 1840, the train connected London with Brighton. There was just one place that was a bit disappointing, but it helped that Jamie prepped us well for each place. Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. This is a very active tour! "Learning about the character of the British people. It's a bridleway, which means you can walk, bike, or ride a horse. This wall, or "screen," separated the church into two distinct zones. We spent 6 days in London after the tour and realized how valuable it is to be on a Rick Steves tour with all the details taken care of for you. England. It is very nice to have things all set up for you. The 4 Most Gorgeous Châteaux in France's Loire Valley. Please note: There are no triple rooms available on this tour. Queen Victoria wanted more privacy and less decadence, so she sold the Pavilion to the city of Brighton, which owns it to this day. 4. One side was for the public. I was very impressed that they were able to cover so many sites and experiences, over a significant distance, without killing us. We also toured the Museum of the Royal Navy and the Battle of Trafalgar Museum while there. Great group. I enjoyed seeing the English countryside and the hotels we stayed in were very quaint. You break our group into 2 smaller local tours. Need more time in Bath. Saint Michael's Mount: the getting there on foot, watching the tide roll in to create an island, the buildings, chapel and stunning gardens.". Marvel at the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, sweeping moorlands of Dartmoor, ancient stone circles, cliff-perched villages, and great sailing ships. The group I was privileged to travel with were all top notch and we all got along very well, I think due in part to the excellent leadership and personality of Tom. Excellent guide, guides at visits were all outstanding. Far exceeded my expectations with regard to diversity of experiences, tour guide skill, other travel companions. Rick: The water's pretty clear. 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. Rick's expert advice on what's worth your time and money Short itineraries covering the best of London, Bath, the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon,... Lire la suite. I was glad it wasn't just old folks. The group was a friendly bunch who were up upbeat and kind to each other. Tom is an excellent guide and it was also a pleasure to meet and work with Jen. Often, sailors slept right where they fought. All around it was a very enjoyable 13 days! Making a pasty. Very active, "Visiting the cliffs of tintagel castle and mount st Michael gardens". To purchase Rick's ebooks, please visit your favorite digital bookseller and search for "Rick Steves." This tour surpassed our expectations. The Itinerary was outstanding. "Getting to visit Glastonbury! This tour was absolutely superb! "Everything about Dartmoor National Park: our quaint but sumptuous inn (the 3 Crowns), hiking the moors near Merrivale, lunch at Warners Pub, locals generous enough to provide a church tour, cow varieties, even somber Princetown & its history, everything!". After our first, to Ireland, we wondered how it could get any better. Another "wow" were the narrow roads and hedge rows.". After lunch we'll stroll the South Downs Way for a view of England's famous white chalk cliffs at Beachy Head. Then we'll travel west to discover the natural beauty of the Jurassic Coast and its geologic formations, which date back 185 million years. there were some things that could have been better, but nothing that distracted me from having a great time. For a leisurely, water-level view of Canterbury, take a calm cruise on the Stour River. It was a pleasure to share the experience with them. Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. My favorite day was visiting the bakery and learning to make Cornish pasties; followed by our picnic on the beach, and ending our day by visiting St. Michael's Mount. Sleep in Dartmoor National Park. This was my 3rd RS tour. Bus was very comfortable and various stops along travel route were timed beautifully. What a role model for all of us! The tour was organized very well, and paced very well. Traveling across the south of England, we'll ponder the military underpinnings of a maritime society that hasn't been invaded in a thousand years. I really enjoyed his talks and appreciated his knowledge. Locations of hotels was good for walking around various towns/cities. Beautiful scenery, lovely small villages, delicious food. In a modern building just steps away is the oldest ship in the collection: the Mary Rose…or what's left of her. The country side and scenery were absolutely magnificent. 3) Everyone in our group was fun, intelligent and never grumpy
"Visiting Stonehenge! The tour was wonderful from the beginning to the end. Explore England! The hotels were all quite comfortable and I loved the included breakfasts. I especially enjoyed seeing one of our tour members "entombed."". 2. I loved that the tour offered a variety of indoor and outdoor sights and didn't heavily focus on museums. There it is, within sight on a sunny day. I always enjoy the Rick Steve's experience. Its cathedral survived only because the Nazis used it as a beacon to help guide their bombs. So we were able to see things that most people never get to see. Rick Steves England, the complete guide, offers more coverage of more destinations in a mostly black-and-white format. "Dartmoor Park walking through the bronze age sites.". "Salisbury- especially viewing Magna Carta, but equally the historical battle sites- especially WW11". What a fantastic tour! I have not much experience or talent for baking, but this was great fun. He knew the history of each area we visited and made sure we saw the local things worth seeing. But it is the people that make this tour so special. Other great times, Stonehenge, because I had wanted to go there since I was a little girl. "Staying inside the walls in Canterbury & waking up to the Cathedral each morning.". It surpassed our expectations in almost every way. Chagford was a delightful town with good restaurants and small shops. While Nelson was killed, the British emerged victorious. We'll drive into Cornwall today, known for its striking, wave-swept coast and charming fishing villages. Southern England charmed us. This was my fourth Rick Steves tour, and I think each tour is better than the last. Good guide and great group of
Britain's great warships, known as the "Wooden Walls of England," were all that lay between the island nation and invaders from the Continent. For a history buff like me, this trip was heaven. Bus: 4 hours. It was amazing and frightening at the same time. We saw many things that we would have missed traveling by ourselves. A square called "Buttermarket" — originally the dairy market — still functions as the center of the old town. This was my 3rd visit to Stonehenge but
I love England and this tour gave me the opportunity to experience the south with a group of like-minded travelers. Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of ... the adventures and sights surpassed expectations. You can also find a clip related to this story at Rick Steves Classroom Europe; just search for York. "So many to choose from:
Here in the banqueting room, the table's set for dessert. Thanks for stopping by my little spot on the internet! Truly a bucket list item for me. Loved Canterbury. Everything was handled so well with what we came to know as "the Rick Steves way", being informative, educational, ethical, and above all, great fun! Bus driver Paul was delightful. "Seeing unique landscape (cliffs of Dover, moors in Dartmoor, Lands End in Cornwall seaside villages like St. Ives and Port Issac) and historically-important places (Canterbury,Stonehenge,and Bath).". Tour experience was great. Traveling across the south of England, we'll ponder the military underpinnings of a maritime society that hasn't been invaded in a thousand years. For many centuries, English troops were garrisoned within these walls — protecting the coast from any European menace. Tour guides very knowledgeable and helpful, "The cliffs of Dover..even though it was freezing cold!! 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