I was on my first trip with EF as a chaperone and it was so well done! Our tour guide was very friendly and was well prepared for our questions. I would recommend this EF trip if you want to see quaint and grand all in the same day! Loved that we got to go up on Mt. Pilatus as well as the tours of Venice, Versailles and Paris.
mojs / Adult traveler Vancouver, WA / Posted on July 10, 2019
Europe was beautiful but disappointed with tour
We absolutely loved visiting Europe for the first time and our tour guide, Johnny, was a lot of fun! However we were disappointed with the tour overall. We felt that the tour was very expensive for what we got. We were told we would spend two nights in Venice eating local food. Instead we stayed 45 minutes outside of Venice and ate very basic food at the hotel which was a total dump. We had $100 stolen out of our luggage at this hotel in our locked room. We reported it to the hotel, EF tour and the insurance company that was recommended for trip coverage; but it has yet to be resolved. The biggest disappointment though was that I felt for an educational tour it did not live up to its marketing. We were taken too many shopping places that were designed to provide kickbacks to the tour ( BMW Factory, the Swarovski Crystal factory, and the Venice Glass Factory). They were interesting shopping opportunities but not educational. The educational venues that were provided were to be visited during our free time which usually was only a couple of hours. We only visited a couple of educational sites as a whole group. Even the visit to Dachau, the concentration camp, was a self-guided tour. Again, we loved our tour guide but I think we could have gotten a better educational experience, that was much less expensive, using Rick Steves guidebooks and going on our own. We spent a lot of time traveling on the bus and stuck in traffic which also added two the lack of free time at educational sites. Maybe fewer cities with a little bit more time at each would be better. Still we made a lot of great memories, I just didn't feel that it was worth the money.
Moose5k / Adult traveler Boise, Idaho / Posted on July 06, 2019
This educational and historic trip was deeply valued by everyone. Our EF guide was delightful, knowledgeable, and funny. The HS teens enjoyed our EF guide! This was fabulous & we packed it in everyday. We had 3 nights in the extreme heat & had no a/c which was extremely difficult. We live in the 21st C. and I’m sure there’s a solution for this: to keep customers comfortable & returning. Perhaps EF can provide fans to escort all buses. Just a thought.
Dumplin / Adult traveler Fort Atkinson, WI / Posted on July 02, 2019
Excellent experience but watch out for one hotel!!
Overall a excellent experience and a good value. The only reason I did not give 5 stars is the hotel experience in Unterentfelden, Switzerland. Awful. Just awful. I strongly recommend to EF to NEVER use them again. We're not supposed to mention business names but there is one letter and one number in the name of this miserable hotel. First, it's 95+ degrees outside. No a/c. I personally don't get that but a lot of Europe seems to think it's the 1920's and not almost 2020. Ok. However, there also are NO fans. That is ridiculous. EF should mandate at least fans with any tour group. I find it very disappointing they partner with any business that doesn't at least provide fans. But that's not the worst part of this hotel. Bugs everywhere. Strange bug bites when you wake up in the morning. Showers that leak everywhere. A train that roars by. Bland and uninspired food. An uncaring staff that looked to us as annoying. No help on the fan issue at all. And lastly, it really is not a hotel. They are small one room apartments that quite a few locals seem to stay at. The locals at this "hotel" seemed to be single, middle aged or older men that ogled at the girls in our group. I found that quite disturbing and creepy. EF should cease and desist ALL business relations with this hotel immediately. Aside from that, the tour was really great. The rest of the hotels were clean. The food was ok at some of the hotels but overall disappointing. I highly encourage EF to have more dinners at restaurants and not hotels. Did not have a memorable dinner at any hotel. We only had dinner in restaurants in Munich. That was disappointing. Our tour leader was simply amazing. I would love to give her name but the rules seems to prevent that. She did a great job connecting with the students and making the trip memorable. For the last day in Heidelberg, I wish we did something a bit more memorable in Heidelberg aside from free time and shopping. I would have loved to see some kind of cultural event/concert and/or a memorable dinner perhaps on one of the river cruises Heidelberg offers. EF could even offer it as an excursion. For our last night in Europe, it was kind of anti climatic. I think there should be a really special evening event for the last night. Our last night was in a large chain hotel (again NO a/c but at least a fan!). The dinner at that hotel was awful. Most kids just had noodles and gravy. A very disappointing end to a wonderful trip.
hopethingsgetbetter / Group leader Lake Geneva, WI / Posted on July 02, 2019
Very educational and engaging! Our tour director was courteous, caring, organized, fun, and knowledgeable. Four countries in 9 nine days!
Hobe / Adult traveler Baraga, Michigan / Posted on June 29, 2019
My dream since I was a little kid has always been to go to Europe and just travel the world in general. This was a great way to start that and I’m so thankful for it! I loved every minute of it. As someone who is a major history buff it was a dream come true.
JBC123 / Adult traveler Paso Robles, California / Posted on June 29, 2019
Well organized. Great tour guide!! Good amount of free time. Great experience
Rednik / Adult traveler Bowling Green, KY / Posted on May 28, 2019
/ Student traveler Posted on April 26, 2019
One of the most amazing experiences I have ever had the pleasure of taking part in!! I simply cannot wait to do another tour with this company, they are courteous professional and handled every single need and want you could possibly think of. I would recommend these two hours to not only my family but also my friends.
Red1976 / Student traveler Middletown Indiana / Posted on April 22, 2019
Flight went smoothly, and once we got off the plane our tour guide was there to pick us up right away. She was super friendly, funny, and very well educated on every city we visited. Bus rides went by much faster than expected, especially with all the information she presented us as we passed certain landmarks, and went through different cities. Our group could not have asked for better weather. Warm and sunny almost every day (except the day we arrived). Great experience, especially for high school students. Thank you EF!
KK19 / Student traveler Indiana / Posted on April 10, 2019