Our trip was fantastic! The tour guide was awesome. She was very knowledgeable, organized, and went out of her way to make sure our experience was special!
The cities were amazing. All of them were full of history and beautiful architecture. We enjoyed the people, the food, and the scenery.
Aries / Adult traveler Fort Wayne, IN / Posted on July 21, 2019
Best experience in my life.
Genuinely, I went into this trip knowing that was going to be amazing and I didn't leave disappointed. Our tour director was perfect for the type of group we had, the local tour guides were awesome and we just had an awesome time overall. The food was amazing and the experience was worth it because I left my country feeling a bit nervous, I was more of a reserved person and I came back open, happy and ready for more adventures.
canadaaaaa11 / Student traveler Columbia, Missouri / Posted on July 19, 2019
Great Guides, Hotels too far away, basic meals
The individual city guides and our tour guide were great. We learned a lot from them and they connected well with the students. Also, they did their best in adapting our plans given sometimes difficult circumstances.
But there were many negatives. The weather was hot (mid 90s) and 2 of our 4 hotels had no AC and no fans making it very difficult to sleep. The hotels were also not near the city center so we wasted a lot of time on the bus and in traffic trying to get from our hotel into the city each day. i.e. in Budapest we spent 3 hours stuck in traffic and lost our entire morning to tour. Yes, hotels in the city are more expensive, but for what we paid, it seems like we could afford them.
The dinners were ridiculously basic. Many times the restaurant acted like they did not want us there and stuck us in a simple back room away from other patrons. There was always a set menu with no choices. Any type of drink cost extra. Only once did we feel like we were truly "dining in Europe".
Sixty people is was too many for one guide to escort through busy city streets. It would often take 2 changes of a light for us all to be together. It was often impossible for most of us to hear the tour guide unless we were very close by. Many missed opportunities.
The bus driver was limited by very strict "length of duty" driving rules so we would have to leave the city early in the evenings (so no nightlife) and return late in the mornings because of his mandatory 11 hours "rest". Very limiting on our opportunities to maximize our time in the cities.
Overall, my girls liked being with their friends and we enjoyed what time we had while on tour, but there was a lot of wasted time. I felt like this was not a good value for what we paid. I went as a parent volunteer with my 2 daughters and we paid our own airfare, yet we still paid about $10,000 for what is really a 10 day trip - not 12 as advertised. ("Day 1" is just a fly out day and "day 12" we departed the hotel at 3am)
Selecting hotels (with AC) closer to the city center (thereby reducing wasted bus time) and enhancing our meal experiences would make this trip much much better. The guides were always top notch.
SeasonedWorldTraveler / Adult traveler Peachtree City, GA / Posted on July 17, 2019
Truly a trip of a lifetime
Overall an excellent trip! My 17 year old son had all great things to say however there was an issue at one of the hotels with a significant amount of bugs among other things...but other than that he said the trip was outstanding. Maybe a little too long of a time for daily lunches but he managed to fill the time with friends. EF noted the issues that the group had at the one hotel and offered a small amount of money to each student for the troubles which showed effort on EF's part.
TravelHS / Student traveler Posted on July 13, 2019
From start to finish my classsmates and I enjoyed visiting all the cities and learning all about the history cultures and food. My friends and I became closer and made new friends along the way.The only mishap was the hotel in Prague had bugs in it and the lights didn’t work would not recommend putting a tour their again but then we ended on a high note in Budapest great hotel great culture and the Budapest baths. Look forward to exploring the world even more now.
Slider2019 / Student traveler Franklin Ma / Posted on July 12, 2019
Amazing Tour Directors!
This trip was absolutely outstanding. Aside from a couple less-than-adequate hotels, this trip couldn't have been better!
chap10 / Adult traveler Posted on July 12, 2019
I made a ton of new friends and it was an amazing experience to see cities I otherwise would have probably never been able to visit or see in the same way
ARob / Student traveler Franklin, MA / Posted on July 12, 2019
The most memorable experience
Every part of this trip was just amazing. All the cities we visited were so rich in history and had so much to discover. Our tour director and bus driver were the best. The structure of this trip was also amazing, the walking tour of the locations and the free time we were given to explore was perfect. Not once did I feel unsafe, there was many precautions taken to keep the group in check. I thank EF Tours for this wonderful opportunity and my group leader.
Vfpnju / Student traveler New york / Posted on July 12, 2019
OK, could be better
First of all, this trip was amazing and the actual tour guides and places these kids went was A++++. I do feel that for the price (over $3000 for 8 days plus 2 days travel) the kids should have been in better hotels, had better food options (almost every night chicken - they should have been offered high quality local cuisine dishes) and a better breakfast (continental only). Also very last minute on details for the hotels they secured for the trip which made me feel there was some disorganization.
LITMOBILE / Parent Franklin MA / Posted on July 12, 2019
Senior trip of the Century
I had the most amazing trip. Everyday was packed with something new and fun to do or see. The trip structure was perfect, a walking tour with a local tour guide the free time to explore the sites! Anywhere you hadn't see or someplace you wanted to go back to there was enough time for all of it. You learn the history of every place from a historical perspective and a personal perspective from people that actually live there. It felt like a journey, never too long in one city and the trips between cities weren't too long either. Even when it was 7 hours to get to our next place, our amazing tour guide made the long truck bearable. We even stopped in an amusement park in the mountains on one of our longer travel days. This trip gave me the travel bug. I am already planning on going on another! Thank you EF!
Feleesha / Student traveler New York, NY / Posted on July 12, 2019