The countries visited were stunning. The walking to and from the bus drop off were too long. The dinners chosen were under whelming. Our tour guide and driver were so helpful. One hotel was a little scary. The cities we stopped in were great with the exception of one. However, given the opportunity again, I would certainly consider another tour with Ef.
Baco / Adult traveler Fredericksburg, VA / Posted on July 24, 2018
Not For Me
This method of traveling is not for me. When looking at the trip itinerary it appears that you will be visiting the sites listed and your guide will take you through. Not so. Some things listed you just drive or walk by. Other times you are left to your own devices to figure out what to do and see. Free time, as it’s called, isn’t planned well. We had hours at locations with little or nothing to do except be dropped in the shopping center of the city. On the other hand, we we were rushed through places of interest or historical significance. The tour director was a racehorse and walked much faster than the group and did not wait at intervals for others to catch up. She was also borderline rude if you questioned something or needed assistance outside her itinerary or expectations. After going on the trip, I believe the price may be high for the experience. Breakfast is minimal hotel fare which was expected. Dinners were up to each restaurant and the food was whatever they could serve in bulk and cheap. At one meal we were given cooked frozen chicken patties as our entree and another was spaghetti out of a can. Yuck!!! The hotels are 1-2 star hotels but overall ok.
Sunnied / Adult traveler Fredericksburg, VA / Posted on July 24, 2018
Trip of a Lifetime
The trip was so cool, and the opportunities as far as sightseeing and the activities we participated in were so awesome. Our tour director and bus driver were the absolute best. They brought everything to the next level and made the trip so memorable. I felt safe the entire trip and never got homesick. So fortunate to have been a part of this trip.
/ Student traveler Pittsburgh, PA / Posted on July 22, 2018
PLEASE READ: All of my friends kept bragging about how amazing the past tours of EF were and when I finally decided to go on one, it was a terrible experience. We spent 3 quarters of the trip on a stupid bus because all we did was spend ONE HOUR at each city and just hop back on the bus and go back and forth between countries. The layout for this trip was very disorganized and very stressful. Some of the hotels were awful. One hotel said they would charge us 10 euros if we talked past 10 pm and had bugs everywhere and was impossible to sleep in. It was in the middle of nowhere and there was no air conditioning. I did not spend 5,000 dollars to stay at some garbage hotel. Other than the hotels, our tour guide was also not that great. He ALWAYS found a way to skip things that were listed on the itinerary and never gave us time to explore each city. The reason why I gave this tour 2 stars and not 1 was because overall, this was a great experience when looking at the bigger picture. Also, the dinners were TERRIBLE!!! It was just a bunch of American food like pasta or rice and all we did was get fat and eat carbs for dinner it was not German at all!!!! I just wish EF tours could have organized this tour better so that we would have more time to explore each country instead of driving for literally 6 or 7 hours at a time.
Geico / Student traveler Manalapan, NJ / Posted on July 21, 2018
1) seeing many new places
2) meeting locals and trying out my German skills
3) toboggan excursion
4) those cows with the bells
5) great kids in my group
6) our local guide was great
1) hotel quality
2) food quality and amounts not sufficient for our group. Ran out of food many nights
3) 19 year old male (self described drag queen) from another school paired as roommate to one of our 15 year old boys. Older boy was inappropriate in language and behavior. We moved our student into an already full room
828isgreat / Adult traveler Asheville NC / Posted on July 20, 2018
Fed chicken nuggets and Mac and cheese at EF meals, poor hotels, overall chaos and lack of organization. Would not recommend
Anon2018 / Student traveler Ebensburg PA / Posted on July 14, 2018
Beautiful architecture and landscapes
I highly recommend this trip because of the amazing architecture and breathtaking landscapes.
MOEV / Group leader New Baden, Illinois / Posted on July 09, 2018
I really liked the overall tour. We had some flight issues, but once we were in Europe everything was pretty smooth. Our tour director was fantastic! We saw a lot in a short amount of time - which was awesome!
SH44 / Adult traveler Zachary, LA 70791 / Posted on July 09, 2018
Incredible part of the world!
Everyone deserves to explore this part of the world! The scenery was incredible, and we all loved the FOOD and CULTURE! I highly recommend this trip if you are looking for an itinerary that appeals to boys.
sraheath / Group leader Baton Rouge, LA / Posted on July 09, 2018
I did the Austria, Germany and Switzerland trip. Saw some amazing things and overall had an enjoyable time. Time management was terrible though, we wasted so much time during our 12 day trip. Disorganization would be the best way to put it. We did not leave our hotels until about 800-830 in the mornings and then the time spent deciding where to go, how to get there and what to do once we got there was just terrible. Very poor time management.
Maddog3 / Adult traveler Kearney, MO / Posted on July 09, 2018