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Best trip of my life!From the minute we were off of the plane out tour guide was so helpful and full of knowledge. I have always dreamed of visiting France since I was little and this trip exceeding those dreams. The three days in Paris were packed full of amazing sites and wonderful food. The guide really kept us busy which helped us sleep really well at night. The timing of everything was so convenient. We never had to wait in line for anything so we had more time at the different places.
All of the bus drivers were wonderful and very easy to communicate with. When we arrived in the South of France it was really nice to take things at a slower pace. Everyone in the little towns were very nice and accepting of us. I loved talking to the locals and hearing their stories and then having out tour guide tell us the history of these little places.
Overall the whole trip was wonderful and I will definitely be looking into going on another!!
Amazing Opportunity!Very amazing tour! This tour really allowed for me to discover all that France has to offer. All of the small excursions to cities allowed me to experience the culture of big and little cities. I would love to attend another tour, for I believe this is the best way to visit a new country for the first time.
Everything we could have asked for.This trip was amazing. Just when you are sure nothing will impress you more than Paris, you're introduced to the breathtaking French Countryside. Finishing the trip off in Monaco and Monte Carlo really sent our group home with a travelers high. Dinners could vary a little more and overall more fruits and veggies would have been welcome, but also easy to find on the street.
Unforgettable ExperienceAn unforgettable and moving experience that changed the way we see our world forever. Well-organized, professionally led tours with informative friendly guides helped us see the most important sites in beautiful Paris and the sun-kissed Riviera.
Génial!!Such a great itinerary in terms of pacing, with a nice balance of structured activities and free time. We enjoyed the beautiful spring weather, even got a kick out of being in the Avignon area for the Mistral wind. Our Tour Director was incredible and the kids really appreciated his knowledge and wit. The favorite activities of the majority of our group were: visiting Versailles, the specially-requested cooking class, the Pont du Gard and Nîmes amphitheater visits. I would highly recommend this tour itinerary!
Exhausting and expensive but comprehensiveI know EF provided upfront guidance with regard to the pace of the program, but I felt it was sometimes too much for the students. As a seasoned budget European traveler in my youth and someone who travels for business, I was able to handle the pace reasonably well, but many other adults without this experience also struggled. Extreme heat in Paris, and the flipping of the itinerary also did not help, as the heaviest schedule was at the end when everyone was tired. Hotels were better than expected, as were associated breakfasts, but dinners were in general poor quality and lacking in salad and vegetables. Not sure how much historical and cultural learning was planned, but I saw the trip mostly as a sightseeing sampler of the region, often with little relevant historical perspective. Cinque Terres, San Remo, and Arles were very picturesque, but Monaco and Avignon could be skipped for their lack of historical context. Paris was very well done, mostly due to the efforts of our very expert guide. The guide was extremely accommodating and tried to optimize the trip in many large and small ways, but was somewhat hampered by the demanding itinerary and the attempt to merge two very disparate groups. Our small group (4 high school French students and 5 adults) was interested in historical learning,, but was paired with a large, younger group from the from the west coast that had not studied the language or culture and seemed to want mostly entertainment and shopping. This was capped off with poor itinerary planning for flights. On the way to Milan, we were routed through a very inefficient Amsterdam connection and barely made our second flight. On the return, our bus driver got lost picking up two other groups and we were dropped in a remote spot with no guidance to our check in area. With our group size, several taxis would have been better. We barely made the flight, despite getting up at 4 am for a 9 am flight. This should have been handled better.
In all, I’m glad I accompanied my daughter but we have both agreed that if we were asked to go on a future trip with this company we would decline.
Would Not RecommendToo rushed, too much to see in very little time, little time to rest.
Poor quality accommodations, lousy food when provided by tour.
Had to share a bed regularly (not expected).
Great to have wi-fi in bus.
Nice to meet people from a far-away state.
Overall a good experience but not of the quality that I expected.
Good experience, but a little too expensive.Overall, I felt that the trip was very fun and interesting, but was not worth the cost of the trip. Dinner and hotel accommodations were modest at best, and I felt like the trip, especially in Paris, may have been a bit too rushed. If the cost was a bit cheaper, I would have been very satisfied with this tour.
Life Changing EventsI have to say that I didn't not expect to have this much fun. I was excited to go to France and be away, but EF made the experience so much better. They helped me make sure I had everything I needed before I went across the globe and they also had kind employees who encouraged me to use my French with the natives. I couldn't have asked for a more life-changing experience.
Do it!!!I was initially leery about this experience. It is a lot of money, and it is a foreign country, where my child is not fluent in the language.
I talked to a few teachers I knew who had gone on other EF trips, and they highly recommended it. I decided to go with my son, and have to say, it was a fantastic experience!
The EF guides are superb. They are invested in the safety and success of the trip for the students. They are extremely well-versed in both history and current events. The trip would not be possible without them - our guide was exceptional even by EF standards, and she truly touched our lives.
We spent 3 exhilirating and exhausting days in Paris. Our guide ensured we learned about, visited and experienced such sites as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the Palace of Versailles, Saint Michel, the Louvre, cafes, castles and restaurants. We also had add-ons for the Catacombs and a boat trip down the Seine. She led us through the metro (many of our students had never been on a subway before), the buses, and the trains.
We spent 4 days in the south of France. Where Paris was crazy and crowded and wonderful (France played in the World Cup while we were there) the French Riviera is sublime. We had a swimming/beach day in Cassis, and it was a high-point. We visited Eze, Monaco, the Palace of the Popes, the Monaco Cathedral, the Arles arena and ampitheatre, Nice... and more! Again, our EF guide ensured we visited, learned and enjoyed, while keeping us together, organized and safe. She was a marvel!!
The trip was more expensive than anticipated - there are add-on costs, and the budgeted 10 Euro for lunch wasn't sufficient, especially when the weather was scorching hot and we needed to take breaks and get water/drinks in cafes. Some of the ATM cards did not work, so I would suggest sending the students with a backup source - some had international prepaid Visa cards for backup and that seemed to work well.
The add-ons were excellent, and we had a couple really amazing lunches (and ice cream) that weren't in the budget - but I have no regrets. The money was well-spent for the experience. I highly suggest participating in EF tours.
As a note: only two things were essential: a neck-traveler wallet for passports and ATM/Visa cards. After that, everything could be found with the assistance of the EF guide.