There's nothing bad I can say about this trip. Our group had a slight flight problem, which set us back a day or so, but ef tours was quick to get us a hotel near that airport and a new flight the next day. Our tour guide was great, and all the activities we did were awesome. Didn't like that we had to pay extra for some activities, but it was still well worth it.
Also would've liked it if they incorporated learning Spanish into the tour more, as many guides just spoke English to us. Other than that amazing trip! Would do it again in a heartbeat.
Travelgirl111 / Student traveler Manassas, Virginia / Posted on July 10, 2017
I have the best experience in my life. I learned a lot and look forward to touring again.
Allodom / Student traveler Woodbridge, Va / Posted on July 10, 2017
Barcelona and Madrid
My daughter, Mother and I just got home from the Barcelona and Madrid tour. It was magnificent, exciting and too short! Our tour guide was amazing. She knew where we were the entire 7 days, is very kind and pushed us to keep walking so we could see as much as possible. Barcelona and Madrid were postcard worthy with big squares with fountains and entertainers. I really felt at home in Barcelona. Madrid was like stepping back into the 1800's. We were there when Madrid was celebrating World Pride weekend. Amazing to see government buildings fly rainbow flags all over the city.
A must for this trip are the two optional tours Monserrat was breathtaking. The second optional excersion was a bit away from Madrid called Toledo. In both Monserrat and Toledo, I would have loved to have been able to spend hours and days there. Also, the Prada Meuseum was another favorite even though we only had 2 hours to look at the Masterpieces. The Royal Palace is remarkable.
The cons- food was not good at all. The bathrooms are small and dirty. It was also hard to find public restrooms. Usually, we would buy something at a restaurant to be able to use the bathroom.
The EF buses have no bathroom on them and that was tough.
Also we walked 36 miles in 5 days. If you can't keep up with the pace you were miserable.
Our group had 53 people on it made up of teachers, some adults and kids. I think that size is way too big.
Regardless of the cons, we had a trip of a lifetime! Thank you EF!
LeCrone3 / Adult traveler Montoursville, PA / Posted on July 01, 2017
Overall this trip was an amazing experience and I would do it again. I made great friends with the kids I went with and others I met on the trip. I couldn't give it a full 5 stars because the rooming situations were not what they told us. They told us it would be rooms of 4 but it ended up being 3 to a room so we were forced to share a room with other kids not from our group. Also the hotel was horrible, especially the dinner they served us, a tasteless soup and a tiny portion of rice with vegetables on top...that was all!
Also my parents were surprised to learn that we were given free time to explore the city without adult supervision...although we felt comfortable and safe doing so. Lastly, my parents and I were surprised to learn that there were vending machines in the hotels where anyone, including some of the kids on my tour, were able to purchase beer and cigarettes. Overall those were minor issues compared to how amazing this trip was.
Bandito / Student traveler San Diego, Ca / Posted on June 30, 2017
Barcelona/Madrid trip was well planned with the proper mixture of planned excursions and tours with free time. The accommodations in both cities were clean and had wifi.
Novice / Group leader Stockton, Missouri / Posted on June 28, 2017
Good things to see, but rushed.
I saw many beautiful things on this tour, but felt rushed on many expeditions. Then we had lots of free time. I think we could have slowed down some of the trip tours. Our tour director was fabulous. He had knowledge, warmth and humor. I was not happy with our accommodations. We were 45 minutes out of town, so spent a lot of time on the bus. The hotel was at the lower end, and every shower I took was double the time, because the water varied from very hot, to just right, to very cold. You never knew what to expect. Over all, I loved what I saw and did.
/ Adult traveler Tomah, WI / Posted on June 27, 2017
I had a wonderful time. The places that we saw and the experiences that we had were once-in-a lifetime. There were a couple times when things were a little disorganized (we think this is because we were told one thing when scheduling the EF Tour, but the tour director made changes that we were not expecting). However, the overall experience was truly wonderful. It was so nice to simply enjoy the sights without having to worry about transportation, accommodations, and (often) meals. Barcelona and Madrid were awesome, but I also highly recommend the optional excursions to Montserrat and Toledo. Also, take the cooking class in Barcelona if you can!
MKBM / Adult traveler Pittsburgh, PA / Posted on June 24, 2017
This tour was a great way for me to experience my first time being out of country! Everything was so organized and there was not one time that we had to wait for a very long time or things got changed around. Our tour guide was very helpful and you could talk to her about anything! Learning about La Sagrada Familia, Montserrat, the Gothic Quarter, the Prado, and the Basilica in Zaragoza were all very educational and some memories that will stick with me forever.
Bartel / Student traveler Jefferson, Texas / Posted on June 14, 2017
It was especially gratifying to witness my Spanish learners gaining confidence with the language, as they translated for others in the group who had no previous knowledge.
Profesaurus / Group leader Chester, Vermont / Posted on April 23, 2017
Just finished this 10 day trip with 15 students and 5 other adults!! Our Tour Director was fantastic, and the time and attention to detail given by EF provided the best experience ever!! We enjoyed an educational journey from Barcelona all the way west to Lisboa, Portugal. Highly recommend this journey to all educators wanting to open the world up to our students!! Thank you EF!!!
ProudPrincipal / Group leader Oxnard, California / Posted on April 19, 2017