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Incredible ExperienceThe trip was amazing! I have taken several EF tours in the past when I was in high school/college and this trip was just is incredible, if not more, as my previous trips. Our tour director was UNBELIEVABLE!! Please note she was Outstanding! She was professional, knowledgeable, funny, patient and organized. We were paired with 2 other groups (ATL and Ohio) and there were some challenging issues and she handled them with utmost professionalism. The rooms were great at each location and the local guides were good, especially the one for Delphi. Drivers were good as well. Only small negative was the ferry ship from Greece to Italy. Very delayed which was difficult since the original departure time was so late already. Would like to see a little more free time in Florence and Rome since there is so much to see.
Amazing trip!I really loved this trip! I miss it so much and I would totally do it again! I've been on two EF tour trips and they were both amazing. I wish I could go on another one!
All Over Greece and Italy!This tour was amazing! We saw so much in ten days and I love looking back at all the pictures.
Background: We are a small homeschool group in Texas, and our curriculum extensively covers Western civilization and Biblical history. 8 of our students went. We were paired with a school group of about 30 from Canada.
Director: Our tour director was one of the coolest guys I've met; he was calm and collected, and always helped us out when we had questions. He even taught us some Greek and Italian on the bus drives.
Air travel: The air travel went by without a hitch. All flights were in coach. Seating was pretty random; none of our group sat by each other, but that was fine because we could sleep. Leaving from Texas, we had two layovers (North Carolina and London) then over to Athens. We met our other tour group in Athens.
Bus: The tour bus was very nice. It was air conditioned with big windows and padded seats. A friend and I discovered that we could tip them back a bit and nap on the long drives, which was real nice. There were a few days with very long drives, but we did stop for bathroom breaks/snacks. Many of us slept or read during the drives.
Hotels: The hotels were beautiful! I felt safe at the locations. We typically had 3 students to a room. The rooms usually had two beds and a cot, as well as a full private bathroom. Even the ferry had private bathrooms. The common areas were great for late-night card games and bonding with my group.
Sightseeing: Be prepared to walk! My phone logged a anywhere from 2 to 8 miles a day. The sights are amazing and a lot bigger than I expected! The Colosseum was incredible and I completely fell in love with Florence. There was plenty of time to explore and take pictures on the free days, and the guided sections were very informative.
Food: The food was all right. We normally ate breakfast at the hotel and dinner at either a restaurant or the next hotel. It wasn't stellar but it was filling. We were on our own for lunch, which was a good benefit. We could eat if we were hungry (our tour director gave fantastic suggestions!) or skip if we were still full from yesterday. Water was plentiful!
Negatives: My biggest complaint was timing. I wish we could have spent more time in Florence or at the Colosseum. Make sure to pack light; we moving around to different hotels almost every night and lugging big suitcases around was a hassle. (Bring half of what you think you need.) Because we were often on the bus, many in our group caught the cold going around and I wish we'd brought some OTC medications.
Overall this was a fantastic tour and I would absolutely do it again! The bonds and memories we made will last a lifetime.
Great Great GreatI had so much fun and met some lifelong friends. As an artist and student, this trip filled me with so much inspiration and appreciation after seeing the things I've studied about.
gr8 m8It was a really well done tour, but it's very fast paced.
Amazing ExperienceWent as a parent. First time on tour and had an incredible time with my daughter. The set food could be a little better, wish we could've stayed a little longer in some places. But overall great experience.
Amazing tripThis trip blew my mind. I loved everything Greece and Italy have to offer. the food is amazing.. so much ice cram. BUT! there was only a few things i didnt like to much. the bus we had in italy was horrible. smaller then our other bus so we were cramped, it was dirty from another tour or something, and the air flow sucked. Also the pizzeria we went to on our last night sucked, was so rude and it ffelt like we were a bother, unless we Shelled out more money for soda, beer or other food they ignored us. focus on customer services not on how cheap u can get an account.
Amazing!This was an amazing experience. The beauty of Italy and Greece is something to see. An awesome history lesson! Loved it!
8milesadayThe overall tour was good, I enjoyed the many famous sites, I did not like eating on the road or the climbing of stairs in a hotel with a suitcase after a long hot day of touring.
The experience you get when you come home You feel over whelmed with all the pictures you have taken and realize you did alot, saw alot, and experienced alot. The stories will be repeated to friends and family when they ask tell me about your trip.....
Great tripThis is was a great trip. The sites and hotels were very nice. Some hotels required us to travel very far in order to get into the main city, but we made due.