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Best Vacation of a LifetimeI got to go on my school trip to Paris and Barcelona through EF Tours. Leading up I was extremely excited to see what I would be doing along with all the amazing history I would be learning. It was truly breathtaking that I got to experience seeing the Eiffel Tower up close, something I would never imagine myself doing. The people I went with, I made friendships that last a lifetime, especially making friends with people I would never imagine. If you get the opportunity to travel, do it!! Especially with EF since they give you more opportunities along with the lowest price guaranteed!
First European ExperienceI am a history teacher and went on this trip with my daughter sho is a senior. This was my first tour to Europe. Always wanted to go and never thought I would have the opportunity. Enjoyed it so much I'm sponsoring a trip myself. To actually see things first hand is very different than studying it in a book. This was truly an amazing opportunity.
PHENOMENAL EXPERIENCEThis tour was everything I wanted and more. I have no complaints whatsoever about the tour. Everything was completely smooth sailing and I never once felt unsafe or bored. All the activities were carefully and well thought out and there is no other way I would have been able to see all that I did in 7 days without this tour. Our tour director was AMAZING and made the trip so memorable I honestly could not have imagined it without him. The trip in terms of my education was very fulfilling in that I was able to see the things I had talked about in my Spanish and history classes up close and personal before exams rolled around. I truly believe there is no better teacher than traveling and EF demonstrated just that. I will definitely recommend this tour as well as EF to anyone looking for an amazing experience.
Paris/BarcelonaThis trip was truly a once and a lifetime experience. We got to see many amazing attractions and sights that many around the world would die to see. I totally would recommend this trip to any who want to sign up. One thing to also know is that if you sign up for this trip, expect lots and lots of waking!
Awesome TripIt was a great learning experience for students! They came away with a whole new perspective and had many cherished memories to take home with them. Their families were very appreciative of this opportunity and expressed their gratitude.
So many things to seeAs a 22 yr veteran teacher, and this bring my 3rd out of the country trip with students, here are my thoughts:
-it seemed all our “hands on” activities were saved till last day or two-those need to be spaced out and every other day ex:bike tour, scavenger hunt, cooking class
-students need to hear info for a day or two, then move around and do something themselves (like the above mentioned)
-dinners were scheduled WAY WAY too early and kids were starving by 9pm. The problem seemed to be that lunch and dinner were only a few hours apart, so no one seemed very hungry at dinner.
Everyone on the trip seemed to spend so much extra money on food in the evenings. As a parent, and with the cost of the trip, there seems to be a need to make a few adjustments to the schedule so kids can use their extra money for adventures instead of food.
Maybe instead of always having dinners scheduled, why not have a lunch or two and not always a dinner? Then, students can pay for their evening meal and make it later than the 5:30-6:00pm that was scheduled.
-metro tickets need to be purchased from our tour guide ahead of time, we spent so much wasted time in the metro waiting for tickets.
-a short description with excursions and basic info would be great for the bus rides, when the guide is talking-kids have more ownership to the info with something in their hand. On other tout we did, not with EF, kids were all given a small journal and we had them writing stuff down-that was a cool token and reminder.
-overall the trip was good, but there were definitely ways to make it more efficient and enjoyable for all.
Nice tripSeeing the sites was great but I wish we could’ve took a tour bus to them instead of walking and using the subway system
LOTS of WALKING- Overall the trip was greatLOTS OF WALKING- Overall the trip was great but nothing could prepare Americans for the amount of walking for the tours ( 5-7 miles a day said my Fitbit).
I was uncomfortable with the subway rides and warnings of pick-pockets, this was a new thing for a girl from the deep south. Still a great experience overall.
1st trip abroadPros:
-Tour guides in Paris and Barcelona were excellent! The information they provided was priceless.
-Hotels were nice and clean with friendly staff and good breakfasts.
Cons: There should be a more defined itinerary with arrival and departure times even if the times are tentative.
Day 1 was extremely disappointing due to the fact we were not able to check into our hotel room until 8pm that evening. We arrived at the hotel around 8am that morning and did not have time for proper hygiene after having spent practically a full day traveling. EF tours should have arranged for an early check in time
***Transportation by subway and metro trains was very unsafe and hazardous to parents and students due to pick pockets. I’m POSITIVE parents would pay an additional amount to travel by passenger vans to the attractions.
Optional excursions that I paid for were canceled without me being notified.
EF Tours should just bill students and parents for excursions in advance and not offer them onsite to fill in free time. Some students that are not accompanied by parents have not budgeted for
-The dinners in France were subpar and totally not acceptable. Again, just charge a bit more and upgrade menu selections.
In closing, I realize that the company must be profitable, but cutting corners excessively detracted greatly from the experience.
Wonderful tourFor me it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and exceeded my expectations. Our EF tour leader was great! She was familiar with both cities and did a first rate job! The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The accommodations were fine and the staff at our hotel in Barcelona were helpful and gracious. A couple recommendations are to make sure that the tour leader and at least one chaperone have international calling/data plans so that communication is easier when coordinating meeting times, etc. There were several times when a text or quick call would have been helpful. Also, I understand that finding vendors that can and will accommodate a student tour, however the restaurants we went to were not the highlight of the tour. Either the food was boring or the staff was rude. We chose to eat on our own toward the end of the week at least twice so that the food experience would be more authentic to the region we were in. Overall, a great tour!