This is a great educational opportunity for students! If, as a parent, you have always dreamed of seeing the world I wouldn't suggest this tour.
CollegeBound1 / Adult traveler Atlanta, GA / Posted on April 10, 2017
Awesome trip except...
Our trip stared off wonderfully!!! Great tour director awesome group leader. There were however some major glitches. Number 1: Upon arriving in Rome, we waited for over an hour for our bus to pick us up. We waited forever!!! Number 2: when coming back home, 17 of us did NOT have tickets to board the plane. Mass confusion mass anxiety on the part of our leader and director not to mention us. Overall, I would recommend this trip to others.
gonkla / Adult traveler El Paso, Texas / Posted on March 27, 2017
It was good our tour guide was super nice and great, but the tour it self was very but very tiring. the hotels were not that nice either and food where so so but please consider to have at least one day in between to rest .
Rudof / Student traveler Rio Rico AZ / Posted on March 24, 2017
Amazing tour guide.
MSTeacher17 / Adult traveler El Paso, TX / Posted on March 24, 2017
My students are still talking about this trip! Several students took their first flights while on an eleven day excursion, and they are already wanting to do studies abroad when they go to college! They loved to travel and everything about it! I would highly recommend the extension to Pompeii, Sorrento, and Capri. The smaller towns and cosatal areas were a big switch from the European capitals and seeing these other places gave students a wholistic perspective of travel. I would highly recommend it!
Reece / Group leader Watkinsville, Georgia / Posted on July 05, 2016
This three country tour was very educational. It is one I would like for all students to experience. EF does a good job of giving a participant his money's worth. I have been on an EF tour to New York and I would like to travel to more countries with EF. I know I will get more than expected.
Chew / Adult traveler Compton, California / Posted on June 30, 2016
disappointed with the trip
My daughter went on this trip with her high school and, overall, it was an okay trip. She is a seasoned traveler, and has been to Europe in the past. The disappointment came first in Paris, where transportation and the weather were a nightmare. Not seeing the Louvre, which should have been a highlight, was extremely disappointing. WHile I understand that some circumstances are beyond the control of EF, I feel there should have been an alternative that was at least as attractive as the original destination. Southern Italy, specifically Sorrento, was a highlight for her. However, the ridiculously-short Pompeii trip was a huge disappointment for everyone. What this excursion made her realize, which is almost as important as the trip itself, is that she will never again visit any location on a guided tour! I'm glad she returned safely home, but I am also regretting the amount she/we paid for the value of the trip.
nnocc / Parent buckhead, GA / Posted on June 23, 2016
Great for teenagers not so much for adults!
I'm writing this as and adult that went on this trip with her child. It was really miserable, way too fast paced we jogged 7-10 miles a day, in the heat and were told not to drink too much water because there were very few bathrooms available. The the bathrooms cost .50-1€, which is another thing they don't tell you. Two other adult women including me came down with an UTI, because of this. The night train was awful!! Too cramped and the air conditioning didn't work, on person woke up with a rash all over! The pre arranged meals were not so great either. The restaurants just fed us what was easy and fast to fix instead of local cuisine, and the wait staff was extremely rude!! The hotel in Madrid and Paris were great but the one in Rome wasn't! Do not sign up as an adult traveler if you are expecting a vacation!
Tlellison / Adult traveler Fair grove, mo / Posted on June 15, 2016
Too much to see, too little time
I am going to review this by country.
Madrid, Spain - great flight and airport - no problems there. however, it is very difficult to jump right into a sight seeing tour when the group has been traveling for 24 hours to arrive at their destination. The Prada museum and the palace were beautiful, but that is all we were shown unless you paid to go on the excursion to Toledo. There was too much free time and not enough to do when we were unfamiliar with our surroundings. Therefore, I feel that we did not get to see much of the city.
Paris, France - the weather wasn't great and due to flooding and strikes, several museums were closed. We were also unable to go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe because of some rule about each student under 18 needing to be accompanied by a parent - this should have been investigated before hand. Also, there was a fee of $90 to visit Versailles, but when we arrived there, it said children 17 and under were free - so this seems to be very questionable on the part of EF. Traffic was insane!! However, the bus drivers were amazing.
Rome, Italy - Our guide was from Italy, so I felt we got the best service from her while visiting Rome. Getting to Rome from France required a 15 hour train ride. I'm not sure why we couldn't fly, because that would have maximized our time sight seeing rather than traveling. Again, we had 6 hours of free time on our last day to just walk and shop. By then, most of the students were out of money. A bus tour would have been preferred to 6 hours to walk around with the map our guide gave us.
Did I have fun? absolutely, but I feel that EF and our tour guide could have done much better planning the trip in order to provide with students and adults with a more comprehensive view of these three countries.
Dirby / Adult traveler Huron, Ohio / Posted on June 08, 2016
Martina, our tour director was FANTASTIC. She really did a great job in showing all the attractions in each city. Making the bus rides fun and gave us a lot of information about each stop. The hotels were nice, the train ride was crapped for six students and luggage in small train compartment. I would go on another tour and would see if Martina would be the guide.
Some food that was picked out for us was good and some food was bad. So please think about the meals that are picked out for the students.
Dulles / Student traveler Missouri City, Texas / Posted on April 26, 2016