Very stimulating to the imagination." I was hesitant to travel overseas alone but Rick Steves' Tours made it so easy for me to plan, [INVALID] and to feel confidant arriving at the first city of the tour. I had totally different expectations from England and its people.The tour exceeded all my expectations from accommodations, meals, itinerary to the wonderful tour companions. I was astounded by England, it's people and its culture.Starting in Canterbury and ending in Bath, our Villages of South England tour brings you to the very roots of British history and culture.Your Rick Steves guide will introduce you to locals who have talents to share and stories to tell.Being able to physically connect the history from a wide range of time periods to present day and being able to actually touch history." This is my 4th Rick Steves tour, and it was very enjoyable all the way through.We were fortunate to have nice weather the whole time (yes, in England!Our tour guide, Mark, made each one of us feel special. He regaled us with the history of England's topography, culture, anecdotes from Bronze Age to present time and answered all our questions which enhanced the tour exponentially. I especially enjoyed the Mary Rose Museum and the coastline." Perfect experience. Loved the Villages, Dover, the Romney Marshes, Beachy Head, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Canterbury, Dorset, Devonshire, Dartmoor, and of course, Penwith Peninsula and Cornwall. I absolutely loved the history, and discovered Cider as a beverage.
"It is have to pick out a favorite moment, but I really enjoyed the time we spent on Dartmoor, especially the hike to a beautiful view of a lake and distant view of the English channel.) and so were able to enjoy the punt tour, outdoor picnics, and have awesome views.Mark was a wonderful guide, and put up with the antics of my husband with great patience--and actually seemed to like it.Our day ends in the cozy village of Chagford — within Dartmoor National Park — where we'll enjoy dinner together. This evening is free for you to enjoy one of Dartmoor's man-made wonders, the cozy country pub. Our first stop is a visit to the dramatic, cliff-hugging ruins of Tintagel Castle, long associated with King Arthur. We'll begin the day learning all about Cornwall's most famous culinary contribution — the pasty — with a demonstration (and sampling! Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today.After lunch, we'll visit the tranquil Lanhydrock House and Gardens, known for its elegant Victorian country house, herbaceous borders, and formal gardens. ) of how these traditional one-handed meals are made. Michael's Mount, the dramatic rock island first inhabited by monks more than 1,500 years ago. Bath is an easy 90-minute train ride to central London, with connections to Heathrow and Gatwick airports.Our tour guide used our time efficiently so that we were able to take in all the facets and put it together."For me, the wow moment was my expectations of going to a foreign country was different than I experienced.The evening is yours to find a cozy restaurant for dinner. It was here in 1066 that the army of King William invaded across the English Channel and killed King Harold, ushering in the Norman conquest of England.After lunch we'll stroll the South Downs Way for a view of England's famous white chalk cliffs at Beachy Head. This morning we'll drive to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for a day devoted to Britain's rich nautical history.The lunch we ate up there was delicious which added to the perfect English day." This tour made me a confirmed anglophile.Beautiful scenery fascinating history, "I enjoyed the Tintagel Castle ruins.