I'd like to start with an important factors that ruined any chances of me using & recommending EF Tours, the blatant lack of communication. It is inexcusable & insulting as well as disrespectful especially when these trips are not inexpensive. First, we received itinerary only about 2 weeks prior. I was lead to believe this tour would cover the obvious attractions of the country, it did not. The tour guide said we would tour the Wallace Monument, we did not. No explanation was given. That is unacceptable! They chose your dinner, you have NO choice. Soft drinks are extra, tap water only. They made us eat dinner at an American diner while in Scotland. Why wouldn't they have us experience authentic cuisine?? They had us at the cheapest hotels( w/stairs only, making it difficult w luggage) even if it put us 40+ mins out of the way. The flight itinerary changed so many times and lead to complete chaos! I am disappointed & will be sure to share my experience so that others will reconsider choosing this group and find a reputable one that delivers their promise.
boymom3 / Adult traveler New Orleans, LA / Posted on July 28, 2019
Well planned tour. Very educational and the sights were spectacular!
RedRooster / Student traveler Sunbury, Pennsylvania / Posted on July 05, 2019
Best time ever!
The trip and tour guide were awesome! I've never been overseas before and I couldn't have asked for a better experience than this one. The only thing I didn't like was the ridiculously long layover on the trip home.
youngathart / Adult traveler Bethlehem, PA / Posted on July 02, 2019
Ireland/Scotland dream come true
First time in Ireland and Scotland and I learned so much. Our tour guide was friendly, brilliant, and joyful. We saw and covered an incredible amount of ground walking a huge distance in Dublin the first day. I feel as thought I really know the town. The second day bus tour and tour of St. Patrick's was amazing as was our time at Glenda-lough and the ancient Celtic Ruins. Third day: Belfast. Fourth Day: traveling across the Irish Sea and seeing the Scotland coastline, also visiting Alloway and Glasgow. Fifth day: Edinburgh Sixth day: The mountain and Loch Lomond plus Stirling Castle. Our guide was so very knowledgeable and told us so much history and trivia. The times in the country was breathtaking. Everything ran on time which was very appreciated. The meals were very good the majority of the time. One restaurant served chicken tenders and french fries. I would have preferred some regional fare. The others were delicious. I appreciated the bus drivers giving us restroom breaks in a timely manner. The bus drivers were all very kind. I enjoyed the mix of being inside in the city and enjoying the outdoors and beautiful countryside.
LisaHB1 / Adult traveler Cincinnati, Ohio / Posted on July 01, 2019
It opened me up to new things.
Mazyles / Student traveler Jacksonville,FL / Posted on July 01, 2019
Great First Experience Abroad
Wish we had seen more of Ireland and not only Dublin. We actually did the same exact thing two days in a row. Would have been great to at least drive somewhere other than our hotel. But I did enjoy the city and it’s rich history. Especially enjoyed the evening of Irish Music and Dance. Did enjoy Belfast and learning much about the struggle and claim to independence. Very informative. Way too much time planned at the Titanic museum, though. We all agreed.
The ferry ride to Scotland was a definite highlight for students and adults in our group.
Scotland was all around a wonderful experience. We were able to get a feel for city, history, education, culture, and countryside. I feel like I left a little piece of my heart there.
Food overall just ok. Two meals were definitely sub-par. Pizza in Edinburgh? And a piece of grilled/steamed chicken and frozen fries? At least the other meals were somewhat regional and flavorful and I enjoyed them very much.
The accommodations were very nice except the one hotel in Stirling, but EF handled it quickly. It would be great, though, if the hotels all had a common area where kids could gather at the end of the day.
Our guide was just wonderful. Friendly, charming, informative, approachable, funny....will be hard shoes to fill if I ever travel EF again!
Btom / Adult traveler Monaca, PA / Posted on June 29, 2019
I went on this trip with my daughter so that made it extremely special. I really loved everything we saw and our EF guide was amazing. He was so friendly and very knowledgeable about all the areas we visited. I was very disappointed in the dinners we were given as part of our package. Very little variety, barely any vegetables, and small portions. The teenagers were ordering pizzas and raiding hotel vending machines at night.
LVFM / Adult traveler Monaca, PA / Posted on June 29, 2019
Absolutely amazing ...
We had the most incredible on-site guide. He wove his facts into stories and was a great story teller. The tour itself was great. Absolutely no hick-ups, from airplane tickets, to food, to sleeping arrangements. I felt so safe and enjoyed myself tremendously. The only thing that was a downer for us, my husband is 6 ft. The leg room in the airplanes and the buses were not made for that large of a person. This is not something EF Tours can control but just be aware. The tour was above what we expected and would recommend it to anyone.
FtTowson / Adult traveler Fort Towson, Okla / Posted on June 09, 2019
The tour itself was great. Our guide was all you coukd ask for, knowledgeable , organized, friendly, caring, funny. Not a thing I can think of negative about him. The plane ride, both directions, was a total nightmare. Connecting flights to an overseas destination is NOT a good idea. And 8 hour flights in economy are not good either. We were delayed by weather and nearly missed our Chicago connection, which would have ended the trip right there. Thanks to United for holding our flight. Return was fine until we got to Newark airport where our 4 hour layover was increased to 8 while we waited for a delayed flight from Florida. I would not recommend this trip to anyone based on the airline experience. If you feel you have to cut corners the plane ride is NOT the place to do it.
/ Adult traveler Garland, Tx / Posted on June 07, 2019
This trip was amazing. We were able to see and do so much in the short time that we were on the tour. Our tour guide was beyond amazing and was a wealth of knowledge. Our coach drivers were great too! They were very professional and I always felt safe.
The only thing that could have be better was the meal selection. I understand that planning meals for large tour groups has to be difficult, but I just wish there had be a variety of local cuisine for dinner. Breakfast was delicious.
Webber / Adult traveler Clyde, NC / Posted on June 05, 2019