It was an amazing time! "There were so many "wow" moments on the tour. per person + air, Single "too many good moments to pick just one, but I love Shakespeare, so visiting the Globe theater would qualify.". By Rick Steves and Gene Openshaw. "The tour at the Tower of London. Tom knew how to keep everyone together and he also had a wealth of knowledge about London and England in general.". This was my 6th RS tour and again another wonderful tour. Most of all, our tour guide Jeanie made the tour a hit. I would recommend that as a suggestion for free time. London was most enjoyable surprise. It was an absolutely wonderful tour! To actually see the site where so much history occurred, where the Queens and others had lost their heads. This was a fabulous itinerary, busy, but with down time as well. I loved Windsor Castle, I'll always remember being the first group into The Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels (& avoiding the huge crowds), Globe Theater, Afternoon Tea and the food tour was amazing.". While the hotel location was perfect, the rest not so much. It was a perfect way to see London as I had come alone. My tour experience was wonderful. I enjoyed seeing London but I do not think I would go back. I especially loved all the different neighborhoods we visited. "The trip to Windsor and the tour of the Castle were definite highlights. I loved the London City tour. Since I had never been out of the US, everything was pretty much a Wow!!". Getting left at the tube station by myself when the train's doors shut leaving me with no money, ticket, or I.D. "St Paul's was incredibly beautiful certainly with much detail. There's no way we would've known about this little out-of-the-way Jem Without somebody like Tom. Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements and transfers are completely up to you. What can you say about seeing the jewels up close? We saw the expected sights including museums, Tower of London, Globe Theatre, Windsor Palace, etc. Loved that we had lots of free time to explore on our own. This was our 5th Rick Steve's tour and we enjoyed this one as much as the other 4. Terms of Service | Privacy. The hotel was perfect - centrally located within easy walking distance to public transit and major attractions. I was so pleased with the tour! He quickly gave us confidence to navigate the London tube system on our own. It was impossible to absorb it all! 10:00 Cruise from Westminster Pier to Greenwich. The hotel was in a great location, we always felt safe, and the staff was very nice. Very organized. Truly memorable.". Also we got to see the Tower Bridge open across the Thames, not an everyday occurrence.". This May, we will spend 4 nights in London as our final city on our Europe tour that I've pulled together myself. Rick Steves Paris 2017 Rick Steves. Overall tour was wonderful. This new found confidence is fueling us to take on Paris next!". We felt like we saw a lot in the time we were there and also enjoyed our free time to do some additional activities. "My favorite "wow" moment was Windsor Castle and attending the evening service in St George's Chapel sitting in ornately carved pews beneath the armor of knights while listening to the beautiful voices of the choir boys - magical. London has a lot to offer and is easy to navigate. Visiting the Globe Theater was a nice way to end the week.". We grew to love London! I would absolutely take another RSE tour if finances/scheduling allowed. "There were several. This was not just tromping through another big European church. I loved the Tower of London. The hotel was excellent; it was close to the underground, to Green Park, to the bus stop, to a grocery store, and coffee shops. Our guide, Gillian provided the perfect balance of fun, education, and site seeing. This scrapbook will give you a quick glimpse into our Rick Steves' Family Europe: London to Florence tour. Posted on August 29, 2012 January 6, 2014. You'll learn how to get around by bus and on the Tube, and which sights are worth your time and money. To help you plan your sightseeing, I've listed my ideal one-week itinerary for a first-time London visit. I saw so much in one week. You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in London.With the self-guided tours in this book, you'll explore historic Big Ben, bustling Trafalgar Square, and the Tower of Londonhome of the crown jewels. Wonderful outstanding tour of London with excellent care & narration by our guide Jeanie. Any Rick Steves guidebook stack-ranks the tourist sites according to a prioritized system: three triangles represent a must do, two are kinda-do and so on. The tour was wonderful. The food choices were fantastic! This was my first tour, so I was unsure what to expect. It was fast-paced and pretty exhausting! He was a fantastic guide and he is an awesome human being". "Standing in Westminster Abbey - walking where kings and queens of England walked - that was a "WOW"! That was a big plus.Our tour guide was so knowledgeable about every where we went and went to lengths to answer every question we all asked her. The hotel we stayed in was upscale and in a convenient central London location. Another fabulous RS tour that totally lived up to its reputation The tour had the perfect formula for success, great European destination ( excuse me.. LONDON !! She was full of information and humourous stories for all of the sights that we saw and all the experiences we had. From the sacred stones of Westminster Abbey to the top of the London Eye, the city is yours to discover with Rick Steves! But my hip and back decided otherwise. According to the waving flag, she wasn't present during tour, but was there later in afternoon. "My favorite wow moment was Beefeater tour at the Tower of London! London is my new favorite place in the world and it's mostly because of the tour experience. On our Best of London in 7 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…. ", "Close-up viewing of the both the Foot Guards and Horse Guards marching at the Mall near Buckingham Palace. "The Tower of London. We were astounded at how gracefully she was able to make changes on the fly when any obstacles were thrown in her way. Jammed packed tour! She is just a fountain of knowledge. Even if you are not interested in royalty, the history there is quite impressive.". I am having the hardest time choosing our hotel for London. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, The tour was excellently planned. "Tough to say the war rooms were fascinating the history of the tower was mesmerizing and the overall feel of London was inspiring. The staff was useless, did not speak English well, could not even help me figure out how to use my US based phone in the UK (unbelievable, as they must have many US guests), and told me they charged my credit card 50 pounds when it was really 100 pounds (in case I incurred any charges during my stay). Using alternate tour guides in some of the venues, plus the food tour, kept things fresh and energetic. ", Great tour guide very knowledgeable of London and its history, "I really enjoyed the Churchill war museum very fascinating". "HELLO! But my "blue bird of happiness" moment was sitting chatting with tour members at the George Inn while drinking my warm mulled cider with a bit of vanilla rum added.". Jeanie was an amazing guide. Loved London.". "The Beefeater tour at the Tower. I want to go back again to see more. Various choirs were practicing for an evening event. We had a good group of folks - slightly older age group than I expected based upon our previous Rick Steve's tour but as it turns out, a very active and friendly group. I spent so much time there that I thought that they were going to charge me rent.". Lots of amazing sights and stimuli for all of the senses.". I was concerned about the hotel, as it did not get great reviews on-line. See our FAQ | Call The balance of planned and free time worked well for us. After walking through the market, Roy provided a short historical context of the market and the adjoining neighborhoods.". Here's what you'll see and do on our Best of London tour: Group sightseeing events subject to change. We enjoyed another great travel experience due to great weather in London, a witty guide, and a bunch of travel mates who embraced the RS philosophy of adventure & community building. He went out of his way to give us that opportunity and it was delightful!!". We'll send the notification email when a tour opens within a season (spring, summer, fall, winter) or region. "Riding the tube (underground) and East London and Churchill war room.". He blended comedy with history.". Good food and options. Everyone in our group was very friendly and we shared what we did at dinners or lunch the next day. I thought that the tour was very good to excellent. Shop Rick's Travel Store. She's very experienced, knows her history, knows when to "bring us together" for a minute, and when to let us go and explore and have fun on our own. ", "Climbing 528 steps to the Golden Dome of St. Paul's Cathedral was my WOW. LONDON'S JUXTAPOSITION OF HISTORICAL STRUCTURES AND NEW ARCHITECTURE, ALONG WITH THE CITY'S AND COUNTRY'S HISTORY IS INCREDIBLE. Our tour guide, Jamie, knew a massive amount of Information. The tour guide was exceptional and kept the group entertained and on point for the activities. We also enjoyed just the right amount of time to explore, go to performances and sometimes just to chill out. Understandably, this was to keep the schedule but I feel that day should be revised. treatment at Windsor Palace because I was limping and using a cane.". Only 6 left in stock - order soon. The attendants were very helpful. Loved it. Luckily, we were able to get in early to avoid the lines. Join us for the Best of London in 7 Days! Third wow - seeing the friezes from the Parthenon at the the British Museum. "It's difficult to nail down one "wow" moment, but the overall sense of history in London, from Westminster Abbey to Windsor and the Tower, and realizing you were walking where Kings and queens had lived and died. Outstanding tour! The tour will guide us through the history of the East End, tasting the influence of cultures along the way — from a traditional English bacon butty to Indian curries to the beloved London takeaway, fish and chips. We felt part of the group as a family & the narration was awesome. He was an exceptional leader! My favorite activities were: the bus tour, changing of the guard, Tower of London, St. Paul's, Windsor Castle, Globe theatre and Borough Market. The views from up there are stunning.". How special to see Windsor Castle, Harrod's, and the markets decked out for Christmas. We'll meet at our hotel in central London at 3 p.m. to get acquainted. Roy was an excellent guide, providing a thorough orientation to the city and expanding on the historical significance of everything we experienced from the British Museum to Brexit. This is a very active tour! We continue to be impressed with how Rick Steves keeps coming up with such great guides. Visiting Windsor Castle and St George's Chapel was amazing. We'll spend the morning touring the Royal Family's castle, ornate St. George's Chapel, and the surrounding park. "Nothing in particular stands out. I felt prepared to explore safely and comfortably during the two days I spent solo before meeting the group. I felt safe and was very happy with the accommodations. Extremely knowledgeable, the perfect mix of valued and fun information without too much, kept the group together, on time and aware without nagging - and a fantastic (British) sense of humor. Our experience could not have been more enjoyable. Amazing! Interesting sites, great traveling companions. This was only because our guide for the Westminster Abbey tour (Brian) offered to take us to the corner where he knew the carriage would pass when we completed our Westminster tour. I emailed about this earlier; waiting for final reply from you. This was my first trip to England and this tour made it such
We saw most of the must see sights and learned to find our way around London using the Underground which allowed us to stay a bit longer than the tour lasted to revisit our favorite sights and catch a few more plays. At the end of the tour, it became clear that London will be a city to visit time and time again. We are already looking forward to our next tour. Great overview of everything London has to offer. "The Tower of London was a great experience. and in the evening. One of the best aspects of these tours is meeting and interacting with a small group of total strangers, and departing a week or so later as friends. Loved the underground "tube", so easy to get around. The remainder of the day is yours for poking around the quaint town of Windsor or for more sightseeing back in London. Our tour guide Jeanie was the best. Easy city to get around and enjoy the sights. It was a nice balance of sight seeing and cultural experiences. "I think the most impressionable thing for me was that things seemed familiar after having read your book. Jeanie was a fabulous guide, with so much information and history told with humor and personal insight as well. Enjoyed every moment of the tour. Windsor Castle
London is a vast city, and Jeanie knew all the tricks to get the most out of our time there. "I had several moments where I unexpectedly enjoyed something more than I thought I would. London during the holiday season was dazzling! Escape “The City” in the Inns of Court. "Westminister Abbey was such an amazing Church filled with soooo much history and beauty. November and December offer fewer crowds and the festive fun of the holiday season. The trip was great! Great tour guide and a nice group of fellow travelers, none who were ever grumpy! The Tower of London stands out.". Gillian was an awesome guide and very knowledgeable. Depending on your interests, choose from the British Library, Tate Britain, Museum of London, Imperial War Museum, or Kew Gardens (consider a cruise to Kew, return to London by Tube). The entire group was sky high!!!". Spectacular panoramic views afforded of the illuminated London skyline, ST. Pauls Cathedral, and a series of bridges whose pastel lights create breathtaking and shimmering reflections in the River Thames that bedazzle the eye and nourish the soul. I loved the nudging to gain comfort with the Tube an public buses. We saw things we would never have seen or even known about had we been on our own. Plenty of structured time with so Much educational information about what was surrounding us. One - public transportation was great. The accessibility of theater and musical entertainment was amazing. It was helpful to have break times for coffee or toilets. After dozens of visits myself, I still enjoy a healthy list of excuses to return. "Like others have said, I was surprised by how much I loved the East End food tour! 15:00 Cross London Bridge and make your way east along the South Bank of the Thames (best with my London guidebooks' self-guided Bankside Walk). The afternoon tea, the food tour, and the pub visit were great. This tour was amazing! On one our free afternoons, we took a "Street Art Tour" and that was amazing. We even got the signature wave????????". Built a thousand years ago, the tower was a prison and a palace, and today holds the crown jewels, the Beefeaters, and a charming Norman chapel. "The Tower of London was #1 with the crown jewels!". Tower of London/crown jewels
The British Museum was at the top of my list and I was thrilled to see it! We saw so many great historical places. I feel like we saw everything I had hoped for. "Theater in London, getting to see Hamilton, WOW! London is a wonderful city. Our most wonderful guide, offered to go back and get it. I would highly recommend it to all my friends and family! 14:30 Tour Westminster Abbey, and consider their evensong service (usually at 17:00, at 15:00 on Sundays and off-season Saturdays, never on Wednesdays). This tour was wonderful and everything we hoped for. 13:00 After lunch, tour the Churchill War Rooms. A third "wow" moment for me was going to see the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House in Convent Garden. It was a good choice for me. Jeanie was an outstanding tour guide who was so knowledgeable and fun. ", The London trip was not my first choice nor my second or third, but it was one of my favorite trips that I have ever been on. I would definitely take Rick Steves again. This was my first Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint. Thank you for ringing us into the new year! Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. A PLEASANT SURPRISE WAS STUMBLING UPON THE FEARLESS GIRL STATUE NEAR ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL.". Jeanie was very positive and lots of fun. Our guide dealt with these challenges which was no easy task. However I really enjoyed the tour of The Tower of London. We loved the Rick Steve's experience the agenda was perfect. Tom was knowledgeable, entertaining, fun and patient. There was speculation that Queen Elizabeth and her entourage would soon be embarking on their car journey to the Royal Ascot Racecourse. We'll enjoy a guided tour of the abbey, where England's kings and queens have been crowned and buried since 1066, and continue with a history-laced walking tour along Whitehall. We stood at the exact same spot in front of Buckingham Palace where I had stood 57 years earlier, when I was 10 years old, watching the Changing of the Guard once again. The group was a good mix of singles vs couples. Luckily we followed it with the Heart of France tour that included extended bus/rest rides! Loved Windsor Castle
Overall it was just standing in places where so much of history has taken place--Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, the Tower of London, Churchill's War Room and Museum, the Globe Theatre, Westminster Abbey, and St. Paul's Cathedral. ", Jeannie Carmichael did an outstanding job of "herding cats". "There were so many "wow" moments, but two that really stand out for me were Roy's great tour of some of the treasures in the British Museum and a wonderful walking tour of the Borough Market.". Looking out at the Tower Bridge - an icon of London - eating at Burroughs Market - viewing the Crown Jewels - all WOW moments.". I think the group activities balanced well with the time to explore on your own. WOW!". Rick Steves London 2020 - Ebook written by Rick Steves, Gene Openshaw. Jeannie did a nice job instructing us on how to use public transportation which made it very easy for us to take full advantage of our free time. Impressed we never wasted time in line.". By the time I left there, I felt I had lived through part of WWII myself in those rooms. sly?) Good selection of planned sights, plus saw a lot during our free time. "The Rosetta Stone in the British Museum.". When I first booked the tour I thought it looked like a great fit- walking, good mix of activities, food plus free time for outside adventures. We liked the mix of activities and the opportunities to do things on our own. She clearly loves her job! "I really enjoyed the walking tour of the East End and the Churchill War Rooms. The tube was a bit scary at first. With our headsets, she would talk to us every step of the way from the hotel thru the Underground and every site we visited. That was so appreciated. ©2021 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Very impressive. It was my first trip to Europe. "My favorite part of the tour was the East End foodie tour. Covered everything I was wanting to see and more. 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