The trip overall was an amazing experience it exceeded my expectations and just the hospitality of the EF tour guide as well as the local ones we had along the way were amazing. I would highly highly recommend this trip to anyone
monkeylover00 / Student traveler Indiana / Posted on March 26, 2019
This was my first time to Spain. I had always wanted to go, but I was not sure if I would enjoy it. Once we arrived, I was instantly brought into the Spanish culture and I was able to experience it fully! I enjoyed it so much and I cannot wait to go back and visit Spain.
Stew99 / Student traveler Corsicana, Texas / Posted on March 19, 2019
It was amazing
Contreras01 / Student traveler Corsicana, Tx / Posted on March 19, 2019
Tour director was outstanding - very knowledgeable and very accessible with a great sense of humor as well.
Tours, biking, cooking, walking were all well worthwhile and placed in their proper historical and cultural contexts. Explanations were kept at a level the kids could understand.
I realized, however, that Barcelona and Madrid combined contain too much for a one week tour. Next time I would stick to just one city and get to know it in depth.
Having now done both types of tours, I think the language immersion experience better meets the goals l have for my students: they learn language in the context of a country in the morning with a native speaker, and then in the afternoon are sent out to use what they have learned via all sorts of activities. On a non-language immersion tour there is less scaffolding to connect language and grammar with daily activities.
On previous tours, both language immersion and non, a cooking class was included. This was an add-on for us this time, but l think it should be standard. Students work together in the language towards a goal that is both evaluated and consumed by others in the group. So the stakes are high to perform well while they learn language and a life skill simultaneously.
FalconRunner / Group leader Houston, TX / Posted on March 19, 2019
I had a great experience with EF tours. Our tour guide was amazing and was very informational, and the tours themselves were great.
TcaEagles / Student traveler Aledo, texas / Posted on March 15, 2019
Fall Break Tour
Over all our experience was good. We enjoyed the city, the sites, and the optional excursions. We had good food, however, the portions were very small compared to what we are used to in the states. The hotel rooms were clean with the exception of a few rooms on the second half of our tour. Several hotel rooms smelled of smoke and we are not accustomed to this in the states.
We had a few hiccups on arrival day. Our coach did not pick us up from the airport until an 1.5 after our final group arrived. We also had an interim tour director who did not seem to know what she was doing when guiding us to the train or around city. There was miscommunication between her and the other tour director on where our meeting point was.
The hotel that we stayed at on the second half of our tour was on a major highway. When it came time for dinner, there was no cross walk to cross the busy street. We had to take taxi cabs to get there and this created, havoc, confusion, and was very much disorganized. We had one cab that only had students in the cab without an adult (I believe that this was totally on the chaperones for allowing this) but it created concern and upset parents. Having dinner arrangements at a hotel that you have to walk to without a pedestrian bridge or a walkway was an oversight on EF Tours part and should be addressed for future tours.
Time management with our tour director was a huge issue on the tour. We often times arrived at places late. Moving several people through crowded streets needs time especially for those that do not walk as fast as others. Tour directors should plan a reasonable time to get from point A to B.
One of the major sights that we were supposed to see on our tour was closed due to the holiday. We had to make other plans which worked out okay but I wonder if this could have been avoided prior to the trip since it was a known holiday in the country.
Overall the country that we toured was fun to see, our students immersed themselves with the locals and spoke the language as best they could.
bptravelingwhenican / Group leader Hendersonville, TN / Posted on October 16, 2018
I had never been to Europe, and I loved the tours and the tour guide. It was a wonderful and rewarding way to visit Europe for the first time. The students really seemed to enjoy the experience as well.
Marlena / Adult traveler South Bend, IN / Posted on August 03, 2018
A travelling wonder
I can only review this trip through the experience and excitement that I saw in the students and adults. I've been to Spain on many occasions so I expected to see incredible sites. But to review the trip through the eyes of those who first experienced the country brings memories from my past experiences. The students were enthralled with the great cities, cathedrals, museums, people and atmosphere of Spain. The streets were immaculate, the people were friendly and museums housed the art that they learnt about in their different classes. Imagine seeing El Guernica in person, the Sacred Family Church that exhibitted the weird genius and spiritual greatness of Gaudi, and to be entertained by the different tour guides that explained the many splendors of Barcelona, Monserrat, Madrid, Toledo, and to be nourished by the exquisite cuisine that delighted the pallate, such as paella, gazpacho, and of course the famous chocolate con churros. Shopping in Spain allowed the students to use their euros and they were good at figuring out the conversions. Shopping in Toledo was unique since the damasquinado shop demonstrated how swords and the famous Toledo Arabic jewelry are made. It was like walking through history, or better still, going back in time to be in a city that was built over two thousand years ago: very emotional.
And to say the least, the students not only showed interest in all things Spain, they were opened, as young adults, to allow the impression of Spain's unique and mystical culture to enthral them, as was evident in their reaction to famenco. They were impressed as were the adults. You have to be a kid at heart to to appreciate the excitement.
The beach experience at Sitges was different. And of course the boys behaved with such maturity that even I was impressed. There was no silliness or rude remarks. Everyone had a great time there. These students were fantastic.
What else can I say about the trip. It was an experience that will mark them for life. The students will always remember this first European experience and hopefully they will return with other friends and family to reminisce of Spain 2018.
Thank you for this wonderful journey through the other side of the pond.
ElToro / Group leader New York City / Posted on August 01, 2018
I mean where do i even start. This was an amazing trip. I got to go on a week long trip with my friends. It was like a one in a lifetime experience. I recommend you take part in this great experience. I had lots of fun and hope to go on future trips with you guys. God bless!
GlurpKong / Student traveler Miami, Florida / Posted on July 22, 2018
Barcelona and Madrid
I was sadly disappointed at the accommodations and the food on this trip. Every restaurant we were taken to in the evening satis in places that nobody else wanted to sit, for instance we either sat in the basement or upstairs never outdoors on the patio with our group. I don't eat pork or red meat and I did not convey that which is partially my fault, I believe the only option was vegetarian or gluten-free. When I asked to substitute my meals which were mostly pork, I received some negative feedback from the group leaders and the tour guide most of my meals were either rice with a marinara sauce or spaghetti with marinara sauce and some vegetables I took another EF to her a few years ago in Italy and it seems like these types of Tours have gone downhill, for the price I paid I would think there would be a better quality of meal. I would not recommend this tour
WWmd2018 / Adult traveler Annapolis, Maryland / Posted on July 22, 2018