Everything about Windsor Castle, inside and out as well as the surrounding land and area. The audio system used on the tour was excellent, "The unexpected variety of architecture.". ", "Gillian's running commentary regarding the history of each place we visited". As we were touring Windsor Castle, the Royal Family's Castle, we got caught up in a large crowd. Evening Have dinner — maybe at a pub? Spend the afternoon at Harrods or other shopping venues. "British Museum with Rosetta Stone, Easter Island figure, and Egyptian hieroglyphics". "Windsor was amazing! I would do Rick Steves again. The tour guide was exceptional and kept the group entertained and on point for the activities. The Churchhill war rooms were incredibly interesting. The sight of Tower Bridge was just what I needed to tell me "Yep, this is London "! It's a remarkable city and I loved our tour guide's insights to the city. The Tower of London stands out.". and in the evening. It serves as an eternal tribute to those who gave their all for the freedom of the U.K., Europe and democracy. I averaged about 10 miles walking per day, and half of that was with the group the other half was on my own. I didn't really have a wow moment.". We can't say enough good things about this tour. Windsor Castle unbelievable. Good food and options. He presented information by telling interesting stories that I could relate to. "Glimpsing the queen at Windsor Castle on her way to Ascot was pretty cool!". To celebrate the season, I’m sharing clips, extras, and behind-the-scenes notes from Rick Steves’ European Christmas. A great mix of the "must see" sights and neighborhoods I never would have known to visit on my own. The visits to local pubs, restaurants, and markets are fun and interesting. We couldn't have asked for better weather. What can you say about seeing the jewels up close? This was our first small group tour and being able to share and interact with our tour group really made our experience special. All the guides at the particular sites were superior! Tom set the tone, tempo, spirit and love for discovery of all things London! A true delight!". "There were many! I took the round trip viewing 3 times!". Tom was incredibly knowledgeable, droll and just the best. Amazing! We were all amazed when we were allowed to go into the Tavern's basement, and saw that the prison cells we had read about were really there. I also found the Churchill War Rooms fascinating; too much to see in just a couple of hours. She was a hoot and I enjoyed all of her stories. I loved every place we visited - from Windsor Castle to the Tower of London as well as the Afternoon Tea experience to the Taste of London tour. I love the imagination and design of these and other buildings I saw.". Riding around the city on a vintage double decker bus was delightful. It's one of the best trips I've ever taken. This was my 6th RS tour and again another wonderful tour. I thought the bus tour at the beginning was a little long but I'm not a big fan of bus tours. The group was a good mix of singles vs couples. Cheerio! "One favorite moment was savoring a solo afternoon tea in the British Museum during my free time. We have team discount tickets and so enjoyed seeing Wicked. For those not ready to return home yet, London is a great jumping off point to Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, and many other exciting destinations. I like having some free time to do a few things that were not part of the tour such as seeing shows in the evening. The history behind the war rooms and their discovery was a real "wow" moment for me. Also enjoyed the free time as it allowed us to see a London theater production and a live performance at the Globe Theater. It was a phenomenal trip. Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Loved Windsor Castle
It felt comprehensive in that we experienced a lot of history, locations, culture and local color in a fairly short time. Rick's 48 itineraries include Italy, France, Turkey, Ireland, Britain, Spain, and much more! However, the visit to Windsor Castle stands out. I would highly recommend it to all my friends and family! My favorite "wow" was ALL the interesting and funny stories that our fabulous tour guide, Jeanie Carmichael told us. Also the show we saw was COME FROM AWAY and it was unbelievable.". Besides seeing all the sites we learned so much about the history of each place we visited. 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. We loved it! 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. We found the restaurant and sat down for dinner. Magical !". I feel we hit most of the highlights of London. What a great tour experience!". She was cheerful, patient, enthusiastic, and incredibly knowledgeable about everything London. Later that day I was amazed and exuberant to get within three feet of the Queen as her motorcade returned to Windsor Castle. Tour guide Jeanie Carmichael made the trip interesting, she has so many interesting historical stories of London, and in addition, she has a tremendous sense of humor. 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. Overall, I loved the tower of London tour with the yoeman warden.". It was an amazing experience. We plan on staying in London, then taking a cruise for 12 days around England, Ireland, and Scotland, and then another 3 days in London. Dates & Prices The hotel was in a great location. This trip met my expectation and more! 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. It was exceptional.Jeanie was wonderful.london is obviously steeped in history and Jeanie provided a great education. Jeanie was first rate. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, Plus Rick Steve's tour groups have reservations and all fees are handled by our Guide, so we can walk right in and enjoy site.". London was very crowded, more than I expected. Her commentary on everything was delightful, insightful, humorous, and helpful. "For me, it was a new "wow" every day, but overall, the visits to Windsor and the cathedrals were highlights of my trip.". "Tom positioning us in time to see the Horse Guards return to the barracks -- fantastic to see the horses up close as they trotted past.". We got away from the hustle and crowds of downtown London and the big tourist sights. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning. Physically, it was a little hard on me, but I survived and would do it again. Excellent attention to all details which made the trip easy and enjoyable. 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. It was great to go to places that I wouldn't have even thought of and get to hang out with so many different people. The sense of history both there and at the Houses of Parliament are just amazing". I had a terrific time. Even though I know there is so much to see/do in London, I really felt as thought we had done it ALL in this tour! good mix of tour activities and free time. So the wow moment would be at the end of the tour when we realized how much we had actually accomplished in one week. Your tour ambassador Jeanie made it the most wonderful trip we have ever taken. The tour met my expectations. 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