Our tour director, A was outstanding! She was so knowledgeable about the destinations we visited, but provided so much great information about the towns and countryside we drove through while on the bus transitioning to the various destinations. She also has a great sense of humor and always a song in her heart.
Out teacher leader J, always gave our group members a voice in determining the outcomes for the many options out tour guide suggested.
KrisB / Adult traveler Palmer Lake CO / Posted on June 16, 2018
Needs lots of changes
The guide was great. We had the same food numerous nights in a row. Out of the 10 days only 2 hotels were nice hotels. The rest were not very good and we only had hot water to take showers in two of them as well. I feel like it would have been better if we were able to choose from multiple items on a menu. We paid a lot for three of us to go and felt like we didn’t get our monies worth. One hotel we wasn’t able to run our AC due to how loud it was and they wouldn’t come fix it and no others room were available. We are doubting another trip thru EF.
Sunnybud / Adult traveler Burlington nc / Posted on June 16, 2018
Had an amazing and eye-opening time
Everything was great, everyone was friendly and very nice. From the tour director to our bus driver everyone was amazing. All of the hotels and food and information was a great experience and I would definitely go again.
Joee / Student traveler San Jose, California / Posted on June 16, 2018
Loved the tour of Italy. Our guide was Superb! The bus was comfortable, great driver, clean and simple hotels. The trip hit primary regions of Italy and learned so much. The only thing I did not care for was the optional set price and menu lunches that were offered a few times in different locations. Just more bland food and time consuming, but they are an option. Everything else was just Great!
Mylock / Adult traveler Colorado Springs, CO / Posted on June 15, 2018
Grand Tour of Italy 2018
Italy is so beautiful and incredible experience for me and my group to see.The cities were beautiful and the food is really good gelato was the best. The Staute of David was one of my favorites to see. The colloseum is big and interesting to see in person. The gondola ride in Venice was incredible and another favorite of mine. Pompeii was wow to me and how the city was destroyed by a volcano. Best trip of my life !!! 10/10
MAZTX2001 / Student traveler Katy,Texas / Posted on June 14, 2018
Stay closer to the places we are visiting
Great trip, though the extra hours on the bus traveling to and from the distant hotels wasted our precious time! It would have been great to take the train and avoid one of the 3 - 6 hour bus rides between the main destinations! The food on the trip had very little meat and/or vegetables (French fries should not count as the “vegetable”). The tour guide and driver were excellent!
Babs3 / Adult traveler Palmer ALASKA / Posted on May 20, 2018
We had a great time, Gloria and Nello went out of their way to make everything great. They went the extra mile everyday.
Bristol / Student traveler Philadelphia, PA / Posted on May 20, 2018
WOULD DO AGAIN IN A HEARTBEAT!
Tour guide was the BEST - actually all of the tour guides throughout the trip were very passionate and knowledgeable. Breakfasts were good but i would have loved more genuine Italian food for dinner. The dinners at the hotels were below par and too Americanized. Hotels were very clean and safe and accommodating.
GAMES / Adult traveler hinsdale NH / Posted on May 08, 2018
Trip of a Lifetime!
Wow! The Grand Tour of Italy was unbelievable! I don’t even know where to begin! I was so imporessed how organized all the behind the scenes planning work was like the planes, buses, ferries, hotels, meals and tours. It was seamless! Our tour guide was insane! He knew everything there is to know abojt Italy but wasn’t overbearing. He told us all the important stuff and little fun facts. He was super engaging, interesting and hilarious! I miss him so much! Our bus driver was fabsulous and got us everywhere we needed to be safely and on time. My fellow students and I grew so close throughout the trip and I learned so many new people-people I see everyday in school but had never talked to. I also became friendly with many of the chaperones, some of which were teachers I had never had. I still can not believe we did so much and such a short time. I can’t think of a better way to see Italy for the first time! Every stop got better and better! I had so much fun and hope to go back soon!
kmparks00 / Student traveler Medfield, MA / Posted on May 02, 2018
opened my eyes!
Well let me tell you our tour director was amazing! He was knowledgeable,funny and kept our group on task! We were also lucky to have a representative of EF from the Denver office who had lived in Europe herself for 2 years and she was a delight , in addition to her we had a native Italian resident who was also an employee of Ef with us for most of the tour and she gave us true insight to her beautiful country!
Italy was amazing! The tour including a taste of everything that is awesome about this country.Pompeii,Pisa.Capri Island,Florence and Rome.
Only negative thing was the cheap substandard food served at the hotels included with our tour.On Cor frozen food and frozen veggies the first night was the worst! All of the hotels seemed to have similar food ,some better than others but not what i expected for italian food.
shelley65 / Adult traveler NH / Posted on May 02, 2018