I enjoyed the historical sites and the information provided and it was a good experience for first time visiting Europe. I don't think the educational experience was the best. I think we should have been inform what exact sites and the exact itinerary so that we could have researched the sites. Then the tour guide information would have been more beneficial to the students and allow us to engage and ask more questions. During the cruise we had to disembark at Samos early in the morning (5am due to not going to Turkey). Not going to Turkey was for our safety which I understood. I think this could have been handle better by the tour giving us more options because I felt we lost the benefit of our cabin, unlimited drinks, activities etc. of being on the ship and I felt that most of that day was lost and not educational at all. The accommodations were not the best that we were provided and I think something should have been setup for us to tour instead of sleep and shop. We already had free time Sunday which was not very educational either and that was another added expense to the group. I would just recommend you research and not depend on the tour for downtime. Make sure the tour provides you downtime ahead of time so that you know your options so that you benefit from all the time you are there.
Delrese / Adult traveler Florida / Posted on June 14, 2017
A great adventure for teens to explore the Greek islands.
Minimea / Student traveler Charlotte, NC / Posted on June 11, 2017
I enjoyed it very much, good value
spidersweb / Student traveler dc / Posted on April 30, 2017
Athens and the Islands
The trip was fantastic and it all went very well. I have no complaints and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I have one simple piece of feedback: I had some students who didn't sign up for the excursions and as a result they really missed out. It's like the main tour gets you to the door of Greece, but if you want to go in you have to do the excursions. This is too bad. Either the excursions should be mandatory and rolled into the base cost of the trip, or there should be a well thought out itinerary for those who are not on the excursions.
Maineiac / Group leader Blue Hill, Maine / Posted on April 25, 2017
The Grecian tour was absolutely amazing! My favorite part of the tour was when we visited the Old City in Athens. The sights were breathtaking. This was my first time traveling abroad and I had a great experience. The tour guides were very knowledgeable. I'm already looking forward to my next trip with EF
anila106 / Student traveler Middle Village, NY / Posted on April 19, 2017
Overall, this trip was well worth it. We explored Athens, Delphi, and the Greek Islands. There was so much to see and do. Our guide did an amazing job of conveying information in an interesting way and truly cared about our group. He was extremely organized and always on-time. His attitude was fun and you could tell he loved to teach. Some of our local guides were great, and others were less so. A couple of them were extremely boring to listen to and did not have the same enthusiasm as our EF Tour Guide. If I could ask for anything to be improved, it would be to have more time to explore St. John's Monastery and the Cave in Patmos. We were completely rushed through both of these with little time to look at everything. Also, there was a worship service happening in the Cave while we were there. It felt extremely disrespectful that our tour guide had us walk through during the worship service between the priest and the worshipers. It felt so uncomfortable and rude. Other than this, we had a wonderful trip. My personal favorite part was visiting the island of Samos. The people of this island were extremely kind and welcomed us with open arms, music, traditional dancing, and flowers. It felt so authentic and was exciting.
ArtTeach / Adult traveler Posted on April 17, 2017
This tour was absolutely amazing! Greece is a gorgeous country, and I am glad that we were able to see the diversity throughout our tour. Each place was different from the next, but they all held the same overall mood and feel. The foods I got to eat, the places I got to see, and the people I got to meet are things that I will never forget.
/ Student traveler Meridian, Idaho / Posted on April 03, 2017
This was my first time traveling to Europe, and EF made it easy, fun, and organized. Only bad thing about my trip was that an excursion to Crete wasn't included, and we weren't allowed to get off our cruise ship in Turkey because of EF policy. Aside from that, it was definitely worth every penny. The memories I have now will last me a lifetime.
/ Student traveler Boston, MA / Posted on March 28, 2017
Loved all the places we saw. We traveled all around Greece creating lots of memories. Can't wait to go back and go to a different country with EF.
Munchkinm1 / Student traveler Posted on March 27, 2017
This trip was well worth the cost. This was a trip that was introduced by one of my high-school teachers. I'd give anything to do this trip all over again. However the only slightly upsetting thing would be the cruise. We had a "delay" and we were only able to spend 1hour in both Mykonos and Santorini. But the: food, cruise ship employees, the islands, the airplane, the free-time, the tour guild, the hotel, and the sites we visited were magnificent. Overall I very highly recommend this tour. Just beware of the major "post vacation blues" still struggling with it!
826983 / Student traveler Oceanside, CA / Posted on August 31, 2016