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London is my new favorite place in the world and it's mostly because of the tour experience. If you have the time and interest, consider this 11-day car trip from Canterbury to Cornwall to Bath: Day 1: Fly into London, train to Canterbury (sleep in Canterbury) Day 2: Canterbury, pick up car, visit Dover (sleep in Canterbury) This tour exceeded my expectations. Rick Steves London is a collection of "Travel with Rick Steves" radio interviews featuring travel tips and lessons from Rick and the expert teachers who guide Rick Steves' tours around London, and audio tours of many of London's most notable museums and historic sites. I loved seeing all the different sites and experiences. Inside Rick Steves London you'll find: Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring London Rick's strategic advice on how to get… By far the best part and the glue that held the tour together was the guide Tom. I was expecting to really enjoy this tour, but I absolutely LOVED it! We have friends who've taken Rick Steves' trips and spoke highly of the experience. The quality of the bus on the first day of the tour was embarrassing; it rattled so much! It seemed we missed going to the Tower of London. Jeanie was the perfect guide. The hotel was nice. "Too many to choose from, but Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, definitely stood out.". Today we'll venture out to the culturally diverse East End of London, where we'll find our lunch on a food tour. "A late night picturesque stroll across the Millennium Bridge during a crisp, clear December evening. I would recommend that as a suggestion for free time. We have always dreaded the big city experience but this is London and we've always wanted to visit and experience the culture and the history. Jeanie was first rate. The hotel was in a great location. "The tour at the Tower of London. "British Museum with Rosetta Stone, Easter Island figure, and Egyptian hieroglyphics". Our fearless leader, Gillian, couldn't have been more perfect. We could have toured London on our own, but I'm glad we didn't. I loved it all!". Monday Night Travel. Bravo!! The London Tour in 7 days was amazing! That was disappointing. Everything about our trip ran like clockwork and was very easy. Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants in delightful London neighborhoods. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning. I love the imagination and design of these and other buildings I saw.". Fabulous.". Gillian did such a great job getting us to spots where we could take great pictures! The accommodations were in great location for using public transportation. 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). With Rick Steves. Feeling comfortable getting to the theater and back to our hotel( on our own!) Fantastic hotel location! We are a family of 4 (parents with adult sons). All the guides at the particular sites were superior! Those that aren't in decent shape or have "bum knees" will definitely feel it. We had Jeanie Carmichael as our guide. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Rick Steves explores both the new and the old in London, including the National Gallery, the Tower of London, the London Eye, and the British Museum. The interior and exterior of the castle is beautiful, including St. George's Chapel and the view of the English countryside. Spend the rest of your day at your choice of major sights. My favorite Wow moment was the Churchill War Room and Museum. Any time between April and December is a good time to visit London. Our experience could not have been more enjoyable. It was very chill most of the time even when were in a group traveling through the city it felt pretty relaxed but organized. Paperback. I had been to the Tower of London twice, but this time was special because we got there before the crowds for opening of the keys/gates.". I've wanted to visit the museum for as long as I can remember and finally did so.". Your evening is free — consider staying near St. Paul's to hear evensong. Our guide dealt with these challenges which was no easy task. Her attention to details was phenomenal but never overwhelming. There was a perfect balance of group time and free time to explore on my own. While we were there the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was rehearsing in the Chapel and that was real treat to sit and listen to amazing musicians practicing. "My favorite WOW moment was walking into Saint George's Cathedral. Something I had waited to see for 50 years.". Hotel was in a perfect location to the underground, restaurants, and many of the major sites. Two - the locals were very polite, friendly, and helpful. 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. We'll send the notification email when a tour opens within a season (spring, summer, fall, winter) or region. Since it is not nearly as crowded as Buckingham Palace, it was far easier to get up close and feel the experience. It has been awhile since I have walked so much! There was so much served up that I can't chose one wow moment.". The Abbey is an awesome vessel for eons of history and remains of historical figures. 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. If I have to choose just one, I will say I loved the East End Food Walk more than just about anything I've ever done.". "I guess it would be the crown jewels. Totally enjoyed London with Jeanie Carmichael. We also considered the food tour to be an enormous wow! Memory of a lifetime, and Tom made that happen. We will just have to come back and do it again. She is just a fountain of knowledge. "Seeing the changing of the Horse Guard was magnificent; the pageantry was breathtaking. WOW!". Our guide Jeannie was terrific and extremely knowledgeable. 16:00  Ride the Docklands Light Railroad (DLR) to the Docklands for a look at London's emerging "Manhattan" (best with my London guidebooks' self-guided Docklands Walk). The London tour had an excellent mix of structure with free time with each of the areas. I loved the London City tour. Overall, we had a great time. Metro worked very well. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually. "The view of London from the Golden Gallery on top of St Paul's Cathedral!". Jeanie is a true gem and for us is the gold standard for any tour guide we encounter in the future. "I loved Windsor Castle. "The Beefeater tour at the Tower. To actually see the site where so much history occurred, where the Queens and others had lost their heads. Our tour guide, Roy, knew everything and did an amazing job of herding us cats on the tube, filling us with history, and helping us with our independent explorations. However, this tour provides a good overview of some major sights. She was fun to be with and extremely knowledgeable. 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. In fact, this was my first time as a solo international traveler. This was my first Rick Steve's tour. The food tour was a blast! The trip was great! This is another good night for the theater. Using the subway daily with a large group of people who were always on time and never getting lost was incredible, in my opinion. Not only was he very knowledgeable about London, he made our trip fun and interesting. "The Tower of London. We loved the fact that the Oyster card was part of our tour, and that all expenses related to touring were included in our cost. Rick Steves Pocket London works best for people taking a short trip, or perhaps a return trip, to London. The audio guide was great and the time in which we had to spend there was adequate. She provided both in-depth analysis of topics and personal quips, as well as everything in-between, which made each moment enjoyable. I am the reluctant traveler in our family. "So many-but as a retired English teacher I loved the tour of The Globe and seeing the locales where Dickens, Shakespeare, Chaucer, et. The itinerary was a great mix of group sightseeing and time to explore on our own. With the exception of the hotel accommodations, all of the pre-tour instructions fully prepared me for my visit. "The radios provided for us all was excellent. London is a super one-week getaway. I spent so much time there that I thought that they were going to charge me rent.". Beforehand, we will be in Prague (the end of my daughter's semester abroad), Bayeux for Normandy touring (kids veer off to Amsterdam during this leg) ;), Paris and then London. "There are so many memorable experiences, but I was surprised that I enjoyed seeing the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London. 17:00  Enjoy afternoon tea (at Fortnum & Mason, The Wolseley, Brown's Hotel, or the Orangery at Kensington Palace). I loved the walking tours of the city and all of the stories that our guides told while we were walking. "Westminster Abby was the first wow, but certainly not the only. Tower of London/crown jewels What really set this apart was our tour guide Jeanie. The tour was very enjoyable with the right balance of planned activities and free time. Specific places and moments that stood out to me included our opening bus tour; our visit to Westminster Abbey; our food tour in the East End; and our excellent farewell dinner.". "Our favorite wow moment was Windsor Castle and the town of Windsor.". We walked 8-12 miles/day including uneven terrain, slopes, hills and countless steps. I toured many historic sites, learned an amazing amount of British history and enjoyed the camaraderie among the tour group. The overall tour experience was outstanding. The Tower of London was pretty amazing. ", This trip was my first time to London and to the the UK. The Tower of London stands out.". We went on their tour which is the way to come away with the greatest understanding of the place. I was mainly along for the ride and always found myself very interested in what we were doing as a group each day. 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