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So GratefulSo very grateful to have had this experience. It was educational as well as enjoyable. The planners did a wonderful job of making us feel special and safe.. I can't think of a single thing that would have made it better. I am 76 years old and this was my first international trip. I am excited thinking about the next time. So thankful for the opportunity!
London In-depth - No Joke!This was my second tour through EF Tours and it did not disappoint. We covered SO MUCH ground on this tour - both literally and figuratively. The first day was a bit tough, but once we got going the kids had a great time. I overheard the kids saying things like "I've grown so much on this trip!" and "This was the best night of my life!" (after attending the show Wicked).
Our guide for the week was knowledgeable and truly wanted us to have a good time. He answered questions along the way and met to debrief each day we had, and then to plan the up coming day. He took our request to sample authentic food and turned it in to one of our scheduled lunches - the kids got to run around the Bourough (sp?) Market and had so much fun sampling new things.
We also signed up for the two additional excursions. Both the trip to Oxford and Stratford, and the trip to Windsor and Stonehenge were awesome, but a word of warning, we could have been okay skipping one to run a more leisurely free day. I have no regrets seeing all that we did, but we were tired when we returned home. :)
AmazingWe sent our daughter on this trip her freshmen year, as a way to "bring her out of her shell" and give her a chance to see the world. We got our money's worth! She came home with new friends and stories that went on for weeks. The placed that she was able to visit while on her trip with EF tours, is something I never would have able done had she been traveling alone. EF tours allowed me the comfort of allowing my daughter to travel abroad and have a tour guide that she bonded with (giving me security and peace of mind!)
A True Adventure in London and ParisWhat an amazing journey from beginning to end. From the hotel accommodations, to the meals, individual excursions to our fabulous TD, this tour was a hit for my students and for me as their group leader!
First of all, our accommodations were perfect. The hotel we stayed it in London was far enough from the "action" I didn't have to worry students would venture out at night. The rooms were spacious with soft beds and numerous amenities. Then our accommodations in Paris were little apartments with a cool kitchenette. Very nice. Breakfast was wonderful with delicious choices such as cheeses, breads and pastries, juices, coffee and tea, cereals both hot and cold, etc.
The walking and bus tours were both educational and insightful giving us a wonderful guided glimpse of such places as the Tower of London, Oxford, The Globe, Shakespeare's birthplace, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame.
The different foods within the two cities were delectable and gave us various tastes from both destinations.
And to top it all off, we had the BEST tour director hands-down. She was personable, knowledgeable and just great to be around. She really connected with my students, which made it even more worthwhile. We loved her and were sad when we parted ways at the end of the tour. We could not have asked for a better TD.
I love how EF takes care of everything so you, as a tour leader, can focus your attention on you group and, at the same time, enjoy the journey as well. They do everything they can to ensure you and your students are happy, safe and taken care of.
I already have next year's tour abroad the works and am looking at returning to London and Paris in two years. I know EF will continue to be my go-to company for touring the globe.
Fantastic TripWhile the trip was fast paced, my daughter and I had a wonderful time. We loved the day trips to Stonehenge and Oxford/Stratford. This trip has piqued my daughter's interest in many things: history, architecture, religion and many more. I would emphatically recommend this trip. Our EF Tour Director was fantastic! He was extremely well versed in everything we saw. He was patient with everyone, the kids especially, and very encouraging with their questions. I couldn't imagine a better guide!!! I hope you pass this along to him and his superiors.
Fantastic timeUmar was absolutely amazing and went above and beyond anything I could have hoped for out of a tour guide. He was great every step of the way and made sure that we had fun and safe time. I’ve never met anyone more enthusiastic. The trip itself was absolutely fantastic and was one the best trips I’ve ever taken.
Reactive, Not ProactiveThe overall experience was wonderful because we were able to see London and Paris in 7 days, and we were able to see the most amazing places in each of those cities. However, there were so many issues with the organization of the trip. 1) We were not given the final itinerary until we arrived in London, 2) There were periods of time to explore, but with no real guidance of things to do or special places to visit, just go in groups of 3 or more and we'll see you back at designated time, 3) We were late for not only a show at the Royal Shakespeare Company's performance of "Romeo and Juliet" to only see Act 2, but we were not checked in on time for the Eurostar from London and Paris, and there were many disappointed people on our particular tour. Our tour guide seemed to be more reactive to the situations than proactive, in order to prevent these issues from happening. I am so glad to have had the experience to tour these cities, and our group of students were good sports to the issues. I think it could have been a better experience with stronger organization of the tour.
What time is the show?EF tours came highly recommended from other teachers who have used them. Unfortunately I will not be able to do the same. The tour guide was a pleasant chap but time was an issue for him. We did an add on to Stratford to see an RCS show but we missed the first 2 acts because the tour guide 1. didn't know when the show started and 2. started us out later than what was on the itinerary. I realize everyone makes mistakes so although disappointed we moved on. The next day we were to go to Paris for two days of sightseeing. Well once again the tour guide mixed things up and we missed the train to Paris, having to take a later train six hours later. once in Paris we almost had a group arrested because the tour guide did not tell us what stop to get off on and unfortunately some people missed the stopped and were picked up by staff and told they had to pay for the entire train trip or be put in jail. The tour guide was not very proactive, instead he was reactive which caused a lot of stress on the adults who were chaperoning. Ef did upgrade some of the events we did, but it didn't cover the stress or time we lost. I will probably look at different tour companies before I use EF again.
very nicewe had the best tour guide ever!! Will was amazing and helpful. Everything we wanted to do, he made happen. Our group had a wonderful and memorable experience!
AmazingIt was the highlight of the summer. The EF tour guide was amazing. The journey through the UK was something I will remember for ever. Would have liked to do Paris one of the days. Would have preferred that we visited the O Theater and cut out the show. Standing for 2 1/2hrs after being out all day walking was a bit much but seeing WICKED two days before was the BEST!! My favorite was the Royal Observatory.