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Definitely Worth It!The Rome to Athens Tour that we just completed was worth every fundraising minute for me and my group. Two and a half years of selling water softener salt, frozen food, coffee, and crepes among other things was gruelling, but this trip definitely made up for it. The tour director was absolutely tremendous! He had an exceptional personality that really clicked with all of our travelers. His suggestions were fabulous and he handled our whole group with great care. You could tell he was extremely passionate about his job! The itinerary was busy, but after all, it was supposed to be a student-educational trip. We traveled to some of the most sought after destinations in the world and learned about much more. We started with climbing the Cupola in the Vatican and ended by climbing a volcano on the Greek island of Santorini. We returned tired but greatly enriched. Yes, I would definitely recommend it!
Simply Amazing!This tour was amazing! We had the opportunity to see things that you only read about! Our every need was meant and taken care of! I couldn't be happier. I spoke with all our travelers and they are still raving about this trip! I mean, cruising the Greek Islands? It doesn't get better than that!
Better than Expected!I was really excited to travel out of the country. I was really looking forward to visiting Rome and didn't get disappointed. There was enough free time to see everything I really wanted to see. The major tourist spots were of course crowded but worth the visit. I especially liked our tour guide. She was so knowledgeable about the different areas of Italy and Greece. Greece was an unexpected gem. I didn't realize the natural beauty of the country was so preserved. Visiting the ancient sites of Mycenae and Epidaurus was like stepping into a time machine. To see the ancient sites like they were during the ancient Greek times was phenomenal. This trip will defiantly be on my list of places to visit again.
From Rome to Athens...SuccessAs a Group Leader, I couldn't be more impressed with the tour that we just returned from. I will briefly break down the strengths and weaknesses.
Value- having organized this tour, I compared this itinerary to comparables with other companies, and EF was most cost efficient. What we got for the price paid was impressive. While the trip was fairly expensive (I paid for my daughter to go), it was a great experience for the money spent, especially compared to other companies my colleagues have used.
Accommodations--first the downside, our hotel in Athens was switched just prior to the trip, and the first location was more desirable. Otherwise, we had no complaints. The rooms were fine, and the locations were good. Actually, two of the hotels, Villa degli Angeli (Rome) and the Neda Hotel (Olympia) were excellent.
Food- Again, great. Breakfast was good, and the dinners provided some nice cultural experiences. Also, lunch on our own gave us leeway to go to individual tastes.
Tour itinerary- Excellent. The sites that we saw and museums that we visited had a profound impact on my travelers. They were awed.
Local guides--All were top notch on this trip. Knowledgeable, funny, professional.
Tour Director--Outstanding. He is a 10+ year veteran director, and it showed. Constantly hustling, communicating with museums, guides, restaurants, handling all of the logistics--- a true professional. Our tour director made this trip an excellent experience for everyone involved.
Best Vacation Ever!My two children and I have been traveling every year. We have been to several USA states and other countries, but now I think that the vacation with EF Tours was our best vacation out of all of them! In March 2017 we took the Rome to Athens trip and it was amazing! Everything was very well organized, from high quality transportation services, comfortable hotel accommodations to educational and enjoyable sites tours.
Our tour Director deserves additional praising! He was very professional, knowledgeable, and excellent teacher. We will never forget all the fun activities he included to enhance learning, I loved how he was able to relate the facts along our tour at different towns to real-life examples that would allow the material to make more logical sense to students.
Thank you for a great trip and congratulation on having excellent staff members! I almost forgot.... The food.. The food was great and I can still taste it.... I want to go back on another EF Tour real soon!
Trip of a LifetimeThis was truly the trip of a lifetime and the most amazing experience I've ever had in my life. It was my first time in Europe, my 2nd time out of the country, and first trip with EF. There is no way to travel but with EF tours. Our tour director was phenomenal, activities so fun, food amazing, hotels safe, and overall experience wonderful. With EF tours you get the best experience of travel. Having your days planned out, a director to take care of logistics, meals waiting for you, and a bus driver gives you a chance to really enjoy being in a new place. I loved EF tours so much, I am going on the trip to Peru next summer. After going on the Rome to Athens tour, there's no where else in Europe I'm dying to visit. Greece has absolutely become my favorite country in the world, with the best people, food, and landscape. Seeing the Colosseum, Parthenon, Pantheon, and all of the other huge sights was astounding and life changing. Having a global perspective is so important and that's what EF focuses on. You will come back from your trip a changed person.
Great ExperienceWe had an awesome experience. The tour guide that was with us for the entire trip was extremely knowledgable and spoke both Italian and Greek. The tour guides at the specific cites we visited were also excellent. I learned so much on this trip. Each day was full from early morning to evening.
What I thought could have been improved were the hotels we stayed in . They were listed on line as 3 and 4 star hotels and actually they felt more like 1 or 2 star hotels. Also , we were disappointed in our choice of meals. Our package came with breakfast and dinner and several nights we had pizza and French fries. We were in Italy , I was hoping to experience some real Italian dining or at least to have had some options. When we asked about it, we were told it was a school trip and they were catering to the students...but half of us were adults and we did pay a significant amount for the trip.
Also , we did spend many hours on a bus traveling throughout Italy and Greece. Even though our buses had lavatory facilities on them we were not allowed to use them.
Overall, the trip was a wonderful experience. If EF tours could work on the hotels and food choices, it would be a 5 star trip!
Not the Best Way to TravelThe tour we took was okay. The accommodations were horrible and the restaurants we ate at were sub-par. The EF Tour Director was excellent! However, the school's teacher who put the tour together was horrible. He never watched the kids. He and his friends took off on their own every day after our planned site visits and they drank alcohol in front of the kids. Myself and three other parents chaperoned 7 children the entire trip. I should have received a chaperone discount because the teachers were not doing their job. Also, there were things that we encountered that the teacher never prepared us for. We were not told about the fees to use the restrooms in Rome, and the policies on not flushing toilet tissue. EF should really look into this teacher and reprimand him for his behavior and lack of attention to our kids. For those parents who sent their children on this trip expecting them to be watched and cared for by this teacher....they should be horrified! I will never travel with EF Tours again. I just can't trust that the teachers who book these trips are there for our kids and not for a trip abroad.
besteverThis experience was more than I imagined. I learned so much and am now excited to travel some more. This has opened my eyes to the amazing world in which we live. I can't wait to share my experience with my art students throughout the year.
AwesomeI HIGHLY recommend making it that this tour is ALWAYS Athens to Rome instead of Rome to Athens. Our tour was changed to Athens to Rome because of flight conflicts, but we all loved it so much more this way. This is because our group enjoyed Rome a lot more than Athens. The hotel was way nicer in Rome, the food was ten times better in Rome, and the excursion sites were a lot more fun in Rome. I feel that we would have been disappointed at the end if we would have started with Rome and ended in Athens.