Overall I generally enjoyed this trip, all of the tour guides were great and seemed to be passionate about what they were talking about. Also 1/2 of the hotels we were placed in were great, the other 1/2 were okay. The one thing I felt was a little rushed was the Vatican and I wished we could have spent a little bit more time there.
Tommaso / Student traveler Boston, MA / Posted on February 27, 2017
Expected more, got bare min
There are so many so DO NOT do's I am not sure how you expect a full and fair review. In any event, I did enjoy the tour. I got to see Europe and am overall happy with my experience.
I do, however, have a couple of dislikes and suggestions for future trips.
With the exception of the hotel in Tuscany, hotel locations should be much closer to the main attractions. I felt we spent most of the time getting to destinations.
Also our accommodations should be in hotels with AC. A hot room makes for a miserable night and a miserable next day!
The tour guide was nice but not as knowledgeable as I expected. It would have been nice to have more guided tours. I was very disappointed that we did not make it to any of the SIDE TRIP destinations that we paid for.
I was also very disappointed that we could not go up the Eiffel tower, we didn't journey to Paris to look at it from afar.
The airline picked was okay but we rode home on an 8 hour flight with no electric working at our seats. Something should be done about that as that is torture.
The tour was almost a month ago I am sure I had other issues but at this time I cannot recall them. Not sure I would go with EF Tours again.
Tams / Adult traveler NY, NY / Posted on August 13, 2016
So Much Fun!
I had a great time being a part of my daughters trip to Europe with her High School French class! It was everything I had hoped for and then some! I would highly recommend going with EF tours for your first experience of visiting Europe! We had such a good tour director and the guides were all exceptional at the individual stops we made. The hotels were all above my expectations and were all clean and very accommodating. The breakfasts and dinners were geared more towards the teenage kids, but it is an "Education First" tour for youth so that is understandable. We adults got our taste of authentic Italian and French foods at lunch time. The whole trip was very enjoyable and I am so glad that we made the decision to go! Thank You EF Tours for giving me and my daughter the opportunity to tour Europe for the first time and learn so much while we were there!
/ Adult traveler Hyrum, Utah / Posted on July 27, 2016
Left my heart in Italy!
Amazing trip! Amazing tour director - very personable, attentive, organized, and knowledgeable! As much as we loved the history, the art, the shopping opportunities, my "hands-down" favorite part of the trip was the Tuscan villa we stayed in (Villa Saulina in Florence). It was so picturesque! Could have come straight out of a movie. Would have LOVED to stay longer just to enjoy the Villa. A close second would be our short stops in San Gimignano and Siena on the way to Rome. Yes, the entire trip schedule was BUSY...but was worth it to squeeze in as much as we did. Only exception might be Rome - by late afternoon we had seen soooo much that we were exhausted and unable to really focus on much we saw/heard. I think even just the highlights of Rome need to be covered over 2-3 days minimum (similar to Paris on this tour). I would have rather paid a little more and added a day or two to Rome (and another night at the Villa in Florence!). Keep a record/notes of the places you see/visit, including spellings, if you'd like to learn more later. I found it hard to remember names of places and historical facts after I got home. Overall, our entire family ranked this the best family vacation to date, and it is still inspiring us to research history, language, geography.....and even trying to reproduce some of the food! We've started saving for the next trip!!
Italianatheart / Adult traveler Arkansas, USA / Posted on July 18, 2016
Our tour was excellent! We were paired up with 2 other schools. Our guide Stephanie was incredible! Very knowledgeable about all of our stops and very responsible. All of the hotels, except Rome, were great. The hotel in Rome was seriously outdated, air conditioning didn't work in half the rooms and the power went out the first night. The staff was friendly though. Overall the experience was amazing and I'd go again in a heartbeat!
Bree039 / Student traveler Alma, AR / Posted on July 17, 2016
A Memorable trip
This trip was a whirlwind but delightful in every way. We saw and learned so much! Our tour guide was amazing and so knowledgeable. My students will be talking about this trip for years to come. Thank you EF!!!
zdog / Group leader Lake Bluff, IL / Posted on July 17, 2016
Great tour guide , learned a lot... Hotels weren't the best at all. The Florence hotel they assigned to us looked like a house, no AC, it used to be a prison. Besides that, it was an amazing experience.
Littlemisssunshine12334 / Student traveler Roosevelt,NY / Posted on July 16, 2016
It was fun and worth it. The dinners were great almost every night, my group was always on schedule, but sometimes we weren't notified what activities we were doing until the morning. More Eiffel Tower time would've been nice it was part of the itinerary and we only visited it for 15 minutes. The hotels were all decent no problems with them, and overall it was a good experience I would do it all over again! A few tweaks here and there would be needed, but other than that I would recommend.
Florencia / Student traveler Posted on July 05, 2016
Life Changing Memories
It was amazing. I wish we would have gotten to see more of the Eiffel Tower. France was very fast paced and very hard to keep up with everything, but the experience was still amazing and life changing. Italy was absolutely beautiful and I enjoyed trying new food and meeting new people.
imatcows / Student traveler Cedar City, UT / Posted on June 27, 2016
I'm not sure how you could get more art, culture, sites, and flavors into one week. It was amazing! It's two weeks later and I'm still thinking about it all. The Borghese Museum was my personal highlight. Wow.
Bugoy1 / Group leader Honeyville, Utah / Posted on June 26, 2016