The sheep farm was interesting and loved getting to know the owners personally was an experience. But, the tour did not feel rushed. Seeing and hearing the water-powered mill at work was a WOW. Had all the elements of what a tour should be. Can't praise David enough. of England and loved touring the beautiful countryside. Gillian, our guide, is a highlight in and of herself. The descriptions online are very accurate. Excellent. Your Rick Steves guide will welcome you in the elegant Georgian town of Bath. Then there were our fellow traveler,great people to spend time with on our tour. Nigel, our guide, did a fantastic job keeping everything moving along. It was exactly the kind of thing that one would not get traveling alone.". Nice to have someone else take care of the arrangements and details. Interacting with local people is what we really enjoy.". Fun people on our tour with a wonderful guide and great driver! I would say the choices of places to go were first rate, food and lodging were very good. My husband and I of course wanted to go as an ancient stone circle was our destination. Especially liked the more rural spots but also enjoyed the museums and excitement of the cities. Specifically, there were two "wow" moments that stood out in my mind...Bodnant Gardens and Castlerigg stone circle. This tour was extremely well choreographed; we always got to sites at the optimal time to get in and get out. "As noted in my evaluation of the Scotland tour, I think looking for a "wow" moment can be counterproductive. We enjoyed ourselves immensely, and our 24 tour mates were absolutely wonderful. This was our first tour experience and we couldn't have been happier. Attention to detail, tour information that was provided prior to and during the tour, size of our group, knowledge and interaction of our guide, the bus driver, and variety of activities made for a wonderful experience. One of my favorite days was walking on the trail through pastures in Stow-on-the-Wold, also the other country walks up the Tor in Glastonbury and in Snowdonia. tours. moments: picnicking in the shadows of Glastonbury Abbey; investigating the Avebury Stone Circle; hiking Mount Snowdon in Wales; shearing sheep, savoring barbecue, & viewing the ocean to the strains of the Welsh harp; hiking in the Cotswolds; boating in Keswick; admiring the flowers in Bodnant Garden; climbing on Hadrian's Wall; boat ride on the River Thames; touring the Tower of London. The tour was exactly as advertised; no hidden charges - we knew exactly what to expect. From beginning to end the tour was organized, interesting, educational and FUN! Then we'll cross back into England and wend our way through the spectacular peaks and valleys of the Lake District, a favorite haunt of poets and painters. "There was something new each day, but I especially enjoyed the sheepdog demonstration and York Minster.". "I liked the folk singing in Stow. Mark was an excellent primary guide as were all of the local guides- we appreciate interacting with people who can describe, i.e., teach, with a sense of humor, as was the case in this tour. After hugs all around, we smiled all the way back to our hotel.". Perfect! I felt the expenses were minimal on the actually tour so good value too. Rick Steves, Rick Steves Europe . We were interested in history and the food. My favorite part of these trips is the surprises; in this case, the impromptu side stops and treks to magical sites. The tour started well with Bath, the ruins of the Glastonbury cathedral and the Wells Cathedral. "While there where many, many great memories from the trip, my "WoW" moment was our visit to Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick. His technique of storytelling while he told you about the area made the trip very enjoyable. A full schedule of sights and experiences. I've been told not all tours are like Rick Steves. I really enjoyed being able to see parts of England that I've never seen before and experience the culture. "May I mention two? This tour accomplished all of that. "Evensong at the Minster in York was absolutely beautiful. Loved it all. The excursion to Carneddau Mountains and the visit to Gareth Wyn Jones's working sheep farm. It's hard to imagine how this huge and beautiful structure was built so many years ago with the tools then available.". Quality of hotels was poor, almost worth not going on the tour they were so poor. 2) Pick up a copy of our Rick Steves Scotland guidebook. With Rick Steves, Andreas Clemens, Georg Reichlmayr, Holger Zimmer. This was not my first Rick Steve's tower. "There was no one wow moment for me. Bus: 5 hours. The other was meeting the people in each place. Being on it and see, it disappear into the fog and distance was chilling. Our fourth Rick Tour and another great bunch of people who interacted with each other very well. And the long history of farming in Wales.". "I had many "wow" moments on the tour. Our driver Paul was also very professional. Special thanks to Mark. First of all you need a good guide. I have to say the food was fantastic. We'll begin our day visiting Stokesay Castle, a fortified manor house, where we'll learn about the feudal system and the perks of the well-born. It was simply spectacular, and the walk through the beautiful countryside to see it was amazing. Our tour group were all easy to be with and we enjoyed getting to know them. (I was glad to see London, but it is too busy and loud for me to enjoy for long, "Wales was a surprise. From there you'll tally-ho to King Arthur's Glastonbury, flower-boxed Cotswold villages, opulent Blenheim Palace, Welsh Conwy, and Caernarfon Castle. Having a couple of folks in our group help round up a sheep for shearing was hilarious and we teased them for days afterwards because the dog could not figure out what they were telling her to do. Itinerary - would have liked to begin in London (when we had more energy) and finished in Bath. Gareth is such a character that we could picture the generations of sheep farmers before him, each loving the land and their animals. Jamie was an excellent, very knowledgable, personable guide. Very knowledgeable and personable. Our driver was quite excellent at navigating the narrow streets we covered and was very engaging with the group as well as an excellent organist. "Wow moments: there were 2! I wish we would have booked the southern England small village tour besides this one. He was very attentive to the needs of the group. England in the springtime, with lots of blooming flowers, fields of bring green (wheat) and yellow (rapeseed) and tons of ewes and baby lambs everywhere made for a beautiful viThanks for a grand time! Really enjoyed the countryside. "My Grandfather was born in Wales, and when we crossed the border I was very moved. It was wonderful being able to walk through a Roman fort and town and then see how they lived.". The daily excursions were well planned and our tour-bus driver (Jim) fit right in with the group and he is an excellent driver. Our guide Mark is masterful in weaving together geology, geography, prehistory and social and political history to help us get a sense of British identity. She was extremely knowledgeable and able to share her knowledge without becoming overbearing. Mark was an excellent guide with much to say about everything. We loved the mix of experiences -- we could have not have done this trip on our own. Our guide was well versed in English history and the local customs of the towns and cities visited. Mark could make those places come alive.". Bill and Savannah were excellent and our group melded into a really compatible and fun group of traveler companions. Ireland next year & B hospitality ( not to mention great prices ) throughout our trip ``. 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