I being the parent of a child who went on this trip thinks that more guidelines need to be set as to the appropriate behavior of students, teachers and chaperones. I feel that the others who were on this trip acted inappropriately and set a terrible example for these children. I am highly disappointed.
The trip itself was great and they experienced great sights, the other school behavior was not acceptable
1parent / Parent Alabama / Posted on April 03, 2017
The visits were rushed. It was like we were running from place to place.
Trish2 / Group leader Missouri / Posted on August 07, 2016
Experience I will NEVER Forget!!!
I traveled with EF Tours in July to Spain. I was really indecisive about it because i wasn't sure if it was really what people said it would be or if i would enjoy myself, but I am so glad i chose to go because it is an experience I will never forget. Our Tour director was amazing and she never failed to keep us entertained and the places we visited were awesome. I was really surprised by how great our hotels were because i was expecting "ok" hotels, but these were amazing! The only complaint i have is the food. Mostly the breakfast because most of the food at breakfast was not good and i was reduced to just eat bread with jam every morning, which wouldn't quite fill me up. Also, i did not like that at some restaurants we were only given water to drink, even when i offered to pay for another drink. Other than that the food was pretty good overall, but it wasn't as satisfying as i thought it would be. Like i said before i had an amazing time on this trip and i would definitely recommend going.
/ Student traveler New Orleans, Louisiana / Posted on July 27, 2016
Experience met and/or exceeded expectations. Tour guide was excellent! Very satisfied. Thank you!
USAChaperone / Adult traveler New Orleans, LA / Posted on July 24, 2016
Great taste of Madrid and the Andalusian region!
This tour was well-paced and offered a great taste of Madrid and the Andalusian region of Spain. If you do the optionals (Toledo and Flamenco night in Seville) there is a perfect balance of structured time and free time. I fear that for inexperienced or non-adventurous or group leaders, there may be too much free time w/o the inclusion of the optional excursions. Do some research ahead of time for Madrid and Seville so that you have some ideas of how to utilize your free time with your group in each of these cities. I have traveled with EF 4 times in the past, this is my 5th trip. The tours are always safe and well organized. One VERY important thing is to tell your group ahead of time not to expect anything spectacular with the included dinners. They are typical Spanish dinner (soup/salad, meat and potato) and nothing to write home about. I recommend exploring the cuisine on tour free lunches to satisfy the appetite of your more adventurous travelers in terms of food. Our tour guide was fantastic, as per the usual. Very flexible and helpful. My student had a great experience. The hotels were all clean and safe, as has been the case for the last several years. Hotel breakfasts at most locations had several options for students, though it can vary from city to city.
SrtaMar / Group leader Seattle, WA / Posted on July 07, 2016
Spain is an amazing country. Each city we visited had astonishing historical buildings. I loved how each city has preserved the cathedrals and the royal palace. One MUST add Toldeo to their tour, it is soo worth it. I absolutely fell in love with Toledo and the mixture of religious cultures.
In Cordoba, we participated in the making of Tapas. I thought we would actually make the Tapas, however a chef was making each dish and would bring up a few students to participate. We added Barcelona to out trip and we're glad we did. We payed extra money to go inside La Sagrada Familia and it was worth it!
Walton / Group leader San Diego, CA / Posted on July 05, 2016
I did the Madrid, Córdoba, Sevilla tour. I have to say that overall it was phenomenal. There were so many sites to see, so many things to do that the days just blended together. We had a great tour director and got along great with the other 2 school groups who joined us. The kids told me it was the best experience of their life, not to mention how thrilled they were that they saw 2 Game of Thrones sites. Our favorite stops were Toledo (optional excursion that is a must!) and Córdoba. I only wish we had more time in both cities. There was so much to learn and the only downside I can say to that is the kids were so ready to buy things for their families but there was only about 20 minutes of shopping in both cities. You're constantly on the go and it keeps things lively. We also stopped in Puerto Lapice, the land of Don Quijote, where we got to stretch our legs from traveling. The kids loved the quaint little town and they would love to go back. They know how easy it is to sightsee with EF. The tour director, tour consultants, everyone makes it so easy to have a great experience.
Senora408 / Group leader St. Louis, MO / Posted on June 28, 2016
Thoroughly Enjoyable Experience
I absolutely loved my tour guide, the places we visited, and the way the trip was conducted, we had free time to ourselves to be able to see the cities on our own terms, and this is where I created some of the best memories. I loved meeting new people, and made many new friends.
2017 / Student traveler Dallas, Texas / Posted on June 28, 2016
Beautiful country, things to avoid
this trip is educational, do not go into it thinking it is a vacation. You hit the ground running, this is the only way you can see all the areas highlighted in your trip. I am very pleased with the tours/guides/excursions we took. Some of the accommodations we very suspect (especially Seville) I would not do the Tapas making experience again, or the Flamengo night. They were interesting and educational, but just another thing to do. Cordoba was Amazing and our guide at the Cathedral was equally amazing, kept the students engaged and interested.
MW16 / Adult traveler Midwest / Posted on June 18, 2016
The historical sites visited on our Tours Itinerary were all great....But the hotel accommodations in Madrid ( Florida Norte) and Cordoba's were terrible with many outdated facilities, specially the A/C.
Unforgetable / Student traveler Ovilla, Texas / Posted on June 17, 2016