It is not logical to book three connecting flights to a city when you can logically book two. Talking to other people, they did not face this issue.
Traveler2220 / Group leader Mississippi / Posted on March 18, 2019
Enjoyed the sights of Rome Florence and Assisi. The day was scheduled so that you didn’t have to plan anything or worry about parking tickets etc. the pasta class art class and gladiator school experiences were great for both students and adults. We had a great guide that made it enjoyable. The hotels were nice except for our 2 nd location around Florence. It needed some updates but was in a very quaint area and quiet. I definitely recommend this tour.
Brui / Adult traveler Ky / Posted on October 02, 2018
a rip off
This tour was extremely disappointing. The accommodations and meals were extremely subpar. One has to go out of one’s way to find a bad meal in Italy and EF managed to do it consistently. Hotels were poor quality and out of the way far from city centers.
The tour guides were typical ones that are available to the public and access was not anything beyond what one could arrange oneself. The educational experiences were hit and miss and again something one could arrange yourself by a quick online search . Also to lead high school kids and middle schoolers into shopping under the guise of education (like the leather store in florence) is a but disgraceful.
For the money spent, we could have had five star accommodations, private tour guides and incredible meals on your own. And truly experiences the cities at our own pace. That’s exactly what my daughter and I did prior and after the tour, at a small fraction of the cost.
Except for the charming organizer, a true disappointment. Don’t waste your money, see the world on your own.
Twolf / Adult traveler Los Angeles / Posted on August 13, 2018
Tour of Italy
The tour Itinerary was great but our accommodations in Florence were unacceptable. Half our group got sick with me being the worst, we had no running water in our hotel the day we left so we had to use water bottles to brush our teeth and our hotel had mold. It put a cloud over the rest of the trip because we needed extra energy to get through the walking, heat and crowds when feeling that bad. I had to stay behind the group on our last day using steam showers to open up my lungs.
The redeeming part was our tour guide was amazing and caring. She checked on me each day to see how I was feeling. She found exciting things we were able to add to our itinerary to get the full Italian experience. The cooking class was my favorite part along with the Trevi Fountain and Florence City itself. I just dreaded going back to the hotel each night in Florence for what awaited us.
Hk17 / Adult traveler Midlothian, VA / Posted on July 02, 2018
This trip was my third one through EF. When it comes to EF they never fail when it comes to providing the best service. Although the first two hotel my group stayed at were not the best I still enjoyed my time. Our tour director was amazing and very helpful. Overall I would definitely recommend people to do this tour. Although they give you a lot of free time so maybe they should include more in the schedule.
travellover123 / Adult traveler Columbia,SC / Posted on July 01, 2018
Worth every cent!
This was my daughter's and my first trip to Europe and EF Tours was a great introduction to international travel. Our tour director spoke good English and remained unruffled when the inevitable mishaps occurred.
The locations chosen and the experiences offered on this trip gave us a good taste of what Italy has to offer. Highly recommend EF Tours!
hchurch / Adult traveler Henderson, KY / Posted on June 22, 2018
This is what dreams are made of
My tour consisted of Rome, Assisi, and Florence. I had an amazing trip. However, I would’ve rather had more than half a day in Assisi. Assisi was my favorite and several others’. I much rather would’ve had an extra day there or at least a full day instead of 4 days in Rome. That is my biggest wish. I did enjoy that the places we stayed at increased in quality as the tour progressed instead of vice versa.
italyhasmyheart / Student traveler Owensboro, Kentucky / Posted on June 21, 2018
This was an outstanding trip! Our tour guide, Alice, was the most gracious. She explained every site, and took us on excursions that was life-changing. I will return to Italy. I have really enjoyed the culture and the people. I have learned how to make pasta. This was a very relaxing trip which I needed!
gdol / Adult traveler Vicksburg, Mississippi / Posted on June 18, 2018
Experience Italy tour was phenomenal!! It was great seeing so many things I've read about. Our tour guide was EXCEPTIONAL!! She was knowledgeable, flexible and took pride in making sure this was an experience of a lifetime. The restaurant selections were good and the activities were fun and education. Overall the accommodations were good, but there was one hotel where the accommodations weren't adequate for the number of people in our party.
Pasqual / Adult traveler Raleigh, NC / Posted on April 21, 2018
Experience Italy! Art and History
We arrived in Roma at 9:15 a.m. on Monday morning and hit the ground running. A walking tour of the city, lunch off the Piazza Navona then Gladiator school. A crazy way to start our trip with 42 tired but excited 7-9th grade students. The pacing all week was good with structured activities like art lessons (painting frescos and watercolors) and a cooking lesson where students learned to make fettucine and ravioli pasta and arancino from scratch. They were completely focused during the cooking lesson and LOVED eating their creations. There was no need for the scheduled lunch after the lesson -- we could have simply served what the students created. I appreciated the opportunities for students to explore on their own (within limits) for periods of time to eat and shop. I'd love to have more time in Assisi and we elected to see the leaning tower in Pisa over a second day in Florence so we missed the Uffizi Gallery. Students felt it was well worth it to see such an architectural icon/ curiosity. Our only disappointment was the catacombs -- students wanted to see more bones scattered around. The hotels were more than adequate for our needs. Our tour guide and our driver were exceptional -- exceeding our expectations. Students and chaperones grew very attached to them. I had no idea what to expect on such a trip since I hadn't chaperoned before. Everything went well and I believe the students felt it was a very worthwhile experience.
Giotti / Adult traveler San Ramon, CA / Posted on April 15, 2018