The tour I went on to Germany, France, and Spain was absolutely amazing!! Our tour director was the most enthusiastic person! She learned all 53 of our names and would interact with us all of the time. She made learning about the places we went fun and taught us so much. I'm so glad I got to experience this and it was truly an incredible journey.
Paiget / Student traveler Springfield, Illinois / Posted on June 17, 2016
LOVED the tour director!
Our tour director was the absolute best! My favorite part of the tour was Paris, France. Getting to go to the top of the tower is something other people dream of. Our tour director anticipated all of our needs two days in advance to make sure we were prepared for everything. He was very knowledgeable about all four countries we visited and was a really cool guy to talk to. He was very inspiring and made me realize I could travel anywhere I wanted if I put my mind to it. I cant imagine having a better tour guide than him, I would love to go on the next tour hopefully with him as our tour director. He made it the best experience of my life!
KatieP / Student traveler Smithfield, Pennsylvania / Posted on July 30, 2015
Trip of a Lifetime!
This trip was the best thing I have ever done from start to finish! Our tour guide, Stephanie, was extremely nice and full of knowledge of all three countries and made the trip as smooth as possible. The sites were spectacular and I am anxious to bring my family on a trip so that they can experience the same thing!
/ Student traveler Spokane, WA / Posted on July 22, 2015
Europe EF Tour
The airline chosen for our trip was very nice; providing breakfast, snacks, lunch, and dinner native to the region (Germany). Getting through customs wasn’t a problem either. As for the actual tour, I wasn’t prepared for the extreme fast pace of this tour and the rushed subway travel. I would have liked to have had a variety of choices for dinner. Providing the menu for each scheduled dinner establishment and given a price limit would have added a more rewarding dining experience. There was brats and sauerkraut each night in Germany and chicken and rice most of the other nights, with only water served. Although charter couch was provided for some of the excursions, transportation was mainly rushed trains/subway and an enormous amount of fast-paced walking. The hotels ranged from low to fair where air conditioning was a premium and not available in all of our hotels. With temperatures at 25 degrees centigrade, some nights, sleeping was non-existent. Although parts of the tour were tough, I am happy to have participated. I have always wanted to tour Europe and it was beautiful.
/ Adult traveler Chicago, Il / Posted on July 16, 2015
The tour was very fast-paced, educational, and exciting although there weren’t many dinner options. Although free-time gave an opportunity to explore the city, the language barriers made it tough to communicate. If I were to participate with another EF Tour in the future, I would research the area I would be visiting more thoroughly, choose excursions more to my interest, and research restaurants native to the region.
/ Student traveler Flint, Michigan / Posted on July 16, 2015
I enjoyed the tour. I learned a lot in each country we visited. Only thing I didn't like was the dinners that was provided for us, it was chicken and rice most of the time. I was hoping it would have been more of the native foods. I hope the next time i take a tour we can have a variety of foods.
Redbone / Adult traveler Flint, Mi / Posted on July 15, 2015
This tour was not what I expected especially for the price. I did not feel like I had the tour guide with me. It felt like something I could have done all by myself not needing EF. When we went into museums it was all by ourselves, no tour guide beside one time. I would say we went into at least 10 Museums, or things like this, by ourselves. When you don’t have a guide you don’t know what to look for, you don’t know the information behind it, and the overall experience is not the same compared to getting or having a guide. This is why you paid EF to have a tour guide. This is especially important if the museum did not have a whole lot of information it would have been great to have a tour guide. The tour guide told us a little bit of background information before going in to these and then dropped us off. Another thing, every other day for dinner was the same thing. That got repetitive and EF should have made sure that did not happen. It would have been good to get different variety of food. Other than this, seeing things and being out of country was great!
worldtravler123 / Student traveler Posted on July 15, 2015
Nice destinations, average overall quality of tour
The tour went to nice destinations, but included a few below average accommodations. The tour director was knowledgeable and helpful. The tour could have had a deeper immersion in local culture.
kl3ejs / Student traveler South Carolina / Posted on July 13, 2015
Didn't want it to end!
This trip was amazing! I immersed myself into the history and culture of the countries and this experience is something I wouldn't trade in a lifetime!
My favorite city was Paris. The Louvre was absolutely glorious. My passion for art only grew after seeing those masterpieces up close, especially the Mona Lisa and the Greek sculptures. My favorite memory was sitting underneath the bridge on the stairs of the Sienne River and watching the tour boats pass by over sunset.
My only complaint would be the way that some group members treated our tour guide. She made a few mistakes and seemed to be confused at some points, but that is understandably common. I think overall she did a great job given the circumstances. I just don't think she was appreciated enough.
Quinnie / Student traveler Cornelius, NC / Posted on July 11, 2015
ten outta ten would recommend
I had the best time on this tour! I really enjoyed how structured the days were and how we got to visit big once-in-a-lifetime type tourist sites like the Eiffel Tower but also see places not as famous but just as charming like Avignon, which was one of my favorite places we went to in the end. I also liked the free time we had every day because it allowed us to explore on our own; in Heidelberg our teachers gave us a scavenger hunt to do during our free time and it was really cool to be able to search the city for historical facts and see things on our own. It was a real work out too, haha. I suppose one thing that wasn't so great was sometimes we didn't have enough time, for example we only had maybe two or three hours in Carcassone, though I understand that it wasn't one of the bigger things on our list and we only had two weeks to go to a lot of places. It was still cool to visit a place I hadn't heard of before. Our tour guide was really wonderful. She was very organized and informative and without her we would've been lost. She made it known that she would've done anything to give us the best experience and she did! I'm very impressed with how well everything went. I think the main thing is that this trip was a nice introduction to traveling; we got a lot of tourist-y places out of the way pretty quickly but now if we were to visit them again we would be familiar with how things work, like time managing and being able to use maps and figure out where to go in a city whose language you aren't fluent in. It was a memorable experience that will stick with me for the rest of my life.
doodler / Student traveler Posted on July 10, 2015