Excellent tour of an almost unbelievable number of sights and experiences. Absolutely no way we could have seen as much as we did had we designed a trip ourselves. Special note of appreciation for our tour guide Luke who did an excellent job keeping the tour well informed and on track despite a few (very) disruptive travelers.
I would highly recommend this tour company and this journey in particular.
My only hesitation was the travel. From Houston we had a nearly 41 hour trip door-to-door to our first destination. Keeping in mind this is a very affordable way to see otherwise unattainable itineraries, I would still say it was worth it. The return trip was hampered by short turn around between the LAX arrival and outbound Houston flight. We needed more time to get through customs as the transpacific leg of the journey was delayed.
That said, I would do it all again in a heartbeat. We were able to visit out-of-the-way locations and see amazing things that we couldn't possibly have planned ahead for ourselves. Truly a once in a lifetime experience.
ANZEF / Adult traveler Houston, TX / Posted on August 02, 2017
My daughter had an amazing, once in a lifetime experience.
Jen597 / Parent Hickory NC / Posted on July 31, 2017
The Adventure of a Lifetime!
EF's Journey Down Under Tour is truly a life-changing experience and adventure of a lifetime!
A top notch tour providing a full range of opportunities from seeing the natural beauty and cultures of New Zealand & Australia...to experiencing Sydney and it's famous landmarks...to snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef.
Thanks to EF, my students and I are now able to cross off some of those "bucket-list" items.
WVWorldTraveler / Group leader Morgantown, WV / Posted on July 31, 2017
Australia and New Zealand
Overall, I felt this was a great trip. This was my 5th EF trip and it definitely ranks as one of the "easier" trips (but realize that I am comparing this trip to ones in South and Central America).
1. Days were FILLED with activities
2. No issues with meals/drinking water/language
3. Felt very safe at all times
4. Lots of optional "add-on" activities
5. Lots of cultural components
1. Only 4 dinners included- students/parents need to be prepared to send travelers with lots of extra money for meals
2. The add-on optional activities are very nice but many kids felt pressured to do these things and they were quite costly!
3. Sea sickness was a huge problem out to the Great Barrier Reef- kids need to be prepared for rough seas
4. We had a total of 9 flights. Long lay overs and grueling flights.
Hope these tips help someone in making the decision to go on this trip with students. Overall, incredibly enjoyable.
/ Group leader Harmony, PA / Posted on July 19, 2017
More amazing than I ever imagined!
Everything about this experience was totally organized. Flights were great. I think the longest we waited was maybe 20 minutes longer than departure time. Food on the flights were great and plenty of it. Our tour director, Justin, was waiting when we got there. He was very organized and informed. He always had the answers when we had questions about local customs or the country histories. Wonderful getting to know a "local"! After staying 12 days, most people are ready to go home.I could have stayed longer. Unbelievable experience. Thanks
tait / Adult traveler Chetek, Wisconsin / Posted on July 11, 2017
It was a well organized tour. The only feedback I have is to check for dietary options/restrictions for the flight journey and in the hotels.
I liked the activities included catering to the students' age group.
VRADS / Adult traveler Posted on July 05, 2017
University of life.
My son enjoyed every moment, from the flights to the hotels, the tour guides and the tours. My only negative was the allocated 'free time'. On an organized tour, there shouldn't be allocated free time to explore. I would have liked their flights reserved in advance and not wait for the last minute. Other than that it was a brilliant experience.
MJ05 / Student traveler Raleigh, NC / Posted on July 03, 2017
Journey Down Under Amazing Tour
This 12 day tour was amazing! I liked the way it was broken up into 3 day increments - 3 days in Rotorua, New Zealand, 3 days in Sydney and 3 days in Cairns. It was nice to experience 3 different parts of New Zeland and Australia and have time to really experience the culture of each place. I also liked the fact that we stayed at the same hotel for 3 nights. The tour was packed with lots of activity and everyone seemed pleased with the different experiences. The only thing I would do differently is add the optional activity to Kurunda. I personally was glad we did not add the Honolulu extension - we were all pretty wiped out after the time in New Zealand and Australia- was happy not to take the additional flight to Hawaii. This tour was great! All that I was hoping for!
Parrothead / Group leader Apex, NC / Posted on July 02, 2017
Great Itinerary for Journey Down /under
This is a great trip if you are looking for a nice mix of hands-on, exciting activities for students. Visits to aboriginal and Maori villages very important for historical and cultural value. This trip allows students to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef and do many other fun activities. We added a whitewater raft trip, zorbing, zip lining, a bus trip to Cape Tribulation and Sydney Harbor Bridge climb for a challenging itinerary.
MGCNC / Group leader NC / Posted on July 01, 2017
Our "Journey Down Under" was excellent! Trip organization, leadership, and experiences were well prepared and thought out. I am looking forward to another EF Journey in the future.
Seahorse / Adult traveler Wilmington, NC / Posted on July 01, 2017