This trip started off with a bad experience with the airline. When we arrived in Rome, two bags had been lost. The airline was slow and not very accommodating with finding the lost bags, it took one bag 4 days to get back to us and the other was never located. The first day of the tour was incredibly rushed with students being nearly left behind by the tour director in the middle of Rome. Students on the trip want to take in the sights as we walk through the city and were unable to because of the overly fast pace. Students were also not prepared for the amount of religious spots that would be visited and needed to constantly alter their dress to be acceptable. There was very little time for students to appreciate the city. On the fourth day of the tour, the tour director was taking the group from dinner to the bus and was told to wait as the whole group was not present. The director started walking anyway and left behind 4 members of our group. When he eventually returned for the four members it became known that one of the students was ill and in emergency need of the restroom and he still attempted to speed the students along. This entire trip felt rushed, poorly planned, and cheap. I feel that the students got much less than what they paid for. There was also a huge amount of time wasted in travel resulting in very little time actually experiencing the cities and culture.
techy / Adult traveler North Plainfield, NJ / Posted on April 18, 2017
I had the best time! the tour director knew what she was doing and she was amazing and fun! Thank you for letting me experience it!
Butter223028 / Student traveler simi valley, california / Posted on April 06, 2017
This tour was very poorly planned. Completely unorganized. Not a single person on this tour with me was satisfied. I did not like being combined with other random groups, things were too crowded and tense. The majority of this trip was waiting. Waiting for answers because no one had any idea what was going on. The airport was a disaster. We all paid so much money for this wack vacation. I will never use EF again and I would not be recommending it to anyone. I hope for the future, these problems are worked out so everyone else can enjoy their vacation.
Shaynitaliana / Student traveler Posted on April 02, 2017
Italy and Spain
My students raved about the wonderful experiences that they were able to be a part of. They were amazed at all of the sites that they were able to see and learn about. We as a group had no issues and felt very safe and secure while on the trip. It was fun and exciting to hear from my students how they felt that they could travel alone now and enjoy other cultures from this experience with EFTours.
/ Group leader Salt Lake City, Utah / Posted on April 02, 2017
I loved this experience! My tour guide helped me with so much and I miss italy already
cupcakelover / Student traveler Buffalo, Ny / Posted on July 10, 2016
Overall wonderful trip
The overall trip was amazing. From seeing all of the things that we learn about in books or from T.V. to meeting new friends. Our favorite was Assisi Italy and Barcelona Spain. It truly was a once in a lifetime experience.
Now, for the negative some of us from our group, including the kids, witnessed our tour guide being totally unprofessional with hotel staff at our first hotel. From grabbing the items that the hotel was passing out to our group from Vatican from the staff (he went behind the desk and grabbed it from the lady), to following her into the office yelling at her, to eventually having to be restrained by the hotel manager. Some of the leaders complained to EF about his behavior. And myself and another adult went to the staff and apologized for his behavior.
Next, was the long ferry ride from Italy to Spain. A day wasted of our trip on a boat doing nothing at all. Plus the food was horrible.
Finally the restaurant that we ate at on our last night there was absolutely HORRIBLE!!!! We couldn't even tell you what we ate, except it tasted like cardboard. And we were told that we were having pallea and it wasn't anything remotely close to that. We were all highly disappointed in that meal. If we would've known that we weren't going to have the pallea that we were supposed to have, we would've had it for lunch at another restaurant.
Besides those few things, it was a great experience that a lifetime of memories come with it. And hopefully a few new lifetime friends. We wouldn't change anything for the world.
Dallasgirls3 / Adult traveler Dallas, Ga / Posted on July 06, 2016
Once in a lifetime experience
The Mediterranean journey was a once in a lifetime experience that could be never be recreated due to the superb leadership and bountiful knowledge of our tour director. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone looking for adventure and cultural exploration. My only real complaint is I would have preferred flying from Italy to Barcelona instead of taking the ferry so that we could have spent more time in Barcelona.
Nathaniel234 / Student traveler Cumming GA / Posted on June 26, 2016
My daughter really loved traveLing with EF tours. She had a great experience, EF was very organized and helped her prepare in advance for her trip, and best of all it was very safe and my daughter felt safe and secure throughout the experience. Would definitely recommend this and would send her again. Memories for a lifetime!!!
/ Parent Cumming, ga / Posted on June 22, 2016
Unique tour experience
I got to see many things on this trip, from the leaning tower of Pisa- to the Roman forum. Great trip, and I would do one again.
Joeyk / Student traveler Greenwood, Indiana / Posted on June 21, 2016
Best trip EVER
From the flights to the accommodations to the food and of course our wonderful Francesco, this tour could not have been any better. There were no glitches, the 5 groups meshed well, and we saw some amazing sites. THIS is why I ALWAYS choose EF. Many thanks.
Maestraw / Group leader Franklin, IN / Posted on June 21, 2016