My time spent in Greece and Italy was well spent and it”ll be a trip I will always remember. Me and my group had a great time and made the most of every situation we were put into. I loved the islands and all of the beautiful scenery.
Tiana1 / Student traveler Hawthorne, California / Posted on January 11, 2018
Tour Bus Theft Marred Trip
My 10th grade daughter loved her trip, but the experience was definitely marred by the theft of her things from an unattended tour bus. To date, we haven't heard a word from EF Tours about the incident. I find that very disappointing. My daughter's friend and one supervising teacher had to stay behind when the group traveled home because her friend's passport was stolen in the same incident. The girl's family was required to front a ridiculous amount of money to fly the student and teacher home separately.
concernedmama / Parent Los Angeles, CA / Posted on January 10, 2018
Trip of a lifetime
What an amazing experience. When compared to other families who have vacationed in similar countries/cities, the tour provided so much more. Local informed tour guides, preset reservations and travel plans, prearranged events and meals, and experience EF tour directors make it much more educational as well as fun.
A few tips from my experience:
1. Dress appropriately. It was very hot on our tour and the opportunity to change and freshen up is non existent.
2. Where comfortable shoes. My fit bit logged over 200,000 steps, 150 Miles and countless stairs. Often hit 10,000 steps before lunch.
3. Maximize your free time. You get lots of free time. Make sure to explore and try different places to eat, shop and explore.
4. Hydrate. Plenty of opportunities to fill up - use every one.
5. Limit what you carry as you carry these items most of the day.
In our experience, it was hot. A/C is limited and ice for drinks is not the norm.
6. Finally, sleep when you can. You will be tired and run on adrenaline. Try t steal naps on bus rides and plane rides.
EF makes it super easy for you as a traveler. You may be able to save cash if you plan your own trip, BUT you will not get anything close to the bargain EF offers.
Enjoy and take lots of pictures. Be sure to include photos of yourself along the way.
Ric1 / Adult traveler Columbus, Ohio / Posted on January 10, 2018
What a way to end highschool!
Best way I could've ever spent my summer after graduating and right before going to college!
senior1997 / Student traveler Posted on December 12, 2017
We enjoyed the trip to Italy, Greece and Turkey. The Greek Isles were beautiful. The cruise we went on was the last cruise for that particular ship, so it was a bit lacking, as the stores were pretty much empty and there wasn't much to do on board. The rest of the trip was great, though.
chemistrygirl1 / Adult traveler Crawfordville, FL / Posted on October 05, 2017
Trip of a lifetime
I enjoyed the trip tremendously! Everything was planned out for us. We had no worries, no waiting in long lines, and were able to just enjoy ourselves stress-free from the beginning of the trip to the end. I will definitely travel with EF tours from now on.
Bennie / Adult traveler San Antonio, Texas / Posted on July 25, 2017
For Younger Students
I think it was a great experience for younger people, especially for middle and/or High School students going on a trip. I would not recommend for adults or students in College really interested in the area because all the tours seemed very rushed and I would have liked to view the museums more.
Also, be prepared to not have much down time to explore on your own and have extra euro's for your other tour guides since gratuity isn't included.
And it is better to exchange your euros all at once because there was a point that I needed more and couldn't get to an exchange for 2 days.
bob123 / Adult traveler Posted on July 22, 2017
ADVENTURE TO MAKE YOU WANT MORE!
WE EXPERIENCED SO MUCH IN 13 DAYS, WE MEET AND TALK ABOUT DETAILS OF EACH EXPERIENCE AND HOW WE ALL INTERPRETED THE EXPERIENCE.
WHEN IN ROME WE FELT IT WAS THE BEST, THEN WE MOVED TO CAPRI, SORENTO A FERRY BOAT AND THEN ATHENS - REFLECTING BACK ON OUR FAVORITES. THEN WE GOT ON A WONDERFUL SHIP AND EXPERIENCED 5 DIFFERENT ISLANDS - IN RECORD HEAT, SO VERY AWESOME. BACK TO ATHENS FOR ANOTHER DAY OF ADVENTURE AND DISCOVERY. THIS WAS A WONDERFUL TRIP WITH A LARGE VARIETY OF EXPERIENCES AND ANCEINT RUINS TO CHECK OUT, SWAM AT THREE BEACHES INCLUDING THE MORNING BEFORE WE LEFT. ONE TRAVELER LOST HER PASSPORT AND EF GUIDE CAME UP WITH A PERFECT PLAN TO RESOLVE PROBLEM.
clcm / Group leader ROCK SPRINGS WY / Posted on July 20, 2017
Whatever you do please do not take this tour in the summer. It is very hot there are hundreds of tourist so you cannot enjoy the places you go. Also you are herded into many places like cattle which i found to be annoying. Also EF uses delta almost exclusively and on the way back through JFK they canceled all of our flights and EF nor Delta would put us in a hotel for the night or get us transportation so we were stuck 10 hours away from home to figure it out on our own. I have done EF before but this was hands down the worst tour i have ever been on
wakaflockaflame / Student traveler New Bern, North Carolina / Posted on July 18, 2017
The pace was intense. There was very little down time, even to buy snacks. Everyone was suffering from exhaustion and hunger. (In Italy one does not snack, and we were always running on fumes.) I was surprised by how little fee time we had. We were in the Mediterranean and only got to swim twice. I only had four great meals on this almost 2 week trip and one of those was with the group. I envisioned more free lunches to dine on local food. Our group was large and another school was added to our group. We became 48 all together and it was too much. They were a slow bunch and we were often late for dining, the bus, tours. We were also shocked to learn the day before that our ship was to sail to Turkey without us and that we would be dumped off on Samos at 4:30am to spend hours there. We found out the day before! Our EF tour guide Raffaella was fantastic.
TravelWeary / Adult traveler Edmonds, WA / Posted on July 17, 2017