This was an amazing trip and well worth the cost for everything it included - we even saw some amazing things that weren't included!
The students were able to live and travel like a "European", enjoying all the typical foods (never once did anyone ask for typical American fast food, though it was periodically available). My Tour Director did backflips to make sure the experience was everything we wanted it to be. We saw some unexpected amazing cultural demonstrations such as the Castellers in Spain, who formed a spontaneous human tower in a small square of Barcelona. Incredible! Our Bus Driver doubled as Tour Guide through Rome (his home) and entrenched himself in our kids' hearts forever.
We couldn't have asked for anything more, except maybe a little more time to be there. :)
dstreack / Group leader Fremont, Ohio / Posted on June 29, 2017
Great Experience, very educational
Amazing learning experience
Nicky16 / Adult traveler Middletown, New York / Posted on August 03, 2018
Good tour, bad hotels and food
From when we left in the mornings until dinner time, the tour was amazing. Packed days of tours, leisure time and exploring were great, but included dinners left much to be desired. We had no choice in what we were eating for dinners, they chose for us. The hotels were, more often than not, terrible. Dirty, hot and way outside the city, so we couldn't even walk to get snacks after dinner (hungry still because dinner was bad). Overall it was fun with just two (major) components leaving a lot to be desired. No I would not go on another EF tour. I would not use this company again.
Golfer1456 / Adult traveler Columbus, Ohio / Posted on July 26, 2018
Once in a Lifetime Opportunity!
My daughter just came home from Spain, France and Italy! The information and history she learned on this tour was incredible. She has a love of history, photography and traveling and this experience provided all of that! She enjoyed new experiences, traveling through many different countries and cities and learning about different cultures. I would highly recommend this for any child, it's a safe and exciting way to see the world!
Jenn01 / Parent Buckeye, Arizona / Posted on July 25, 2018
Disappointed not worth the money
The hotels were too far from the locations. We did not stay in the cities that were advertised. The food was cheap. Because we stayed so far from the cities there was no time to explore the cities. We had to pay no less than 50 dollars a day for taxis to go back to the towns— when that was even possible because of the locations of our stay. The air conditioners rarely worked. I paid way too much for my daughter and I to attend for the quality of food, location of hotel and quality of hotel. I will not recommend and plan on telling our rntire parents group about our horrible and costly experience. Horrible fraud. The air on the bus did not work either. I should get a refund!!!! The only bright point was the tour guide. She was wonderful. Everything else gets one star rating for the price and for what was advertised vs what we got.
Disappointednotworthcost / Adult traveler Texas / Posted on July 22, 2018
This was a good first trip for my 13 year old. And while I knew that it would be different from my preferred way to travel, there were some disappointments that I did not expect. 1. The hotels were far outside of the visited cities, 30-60 minutes away. This was not disclosed. 2. We did not go inside La Sagrada Familia, which is listed in the brochure. 3. We were not told that bus would be our main transportation, so the days where we spent 7-8 hours on the bus felt wasted. And we were not allowed to use the restroom on the bus ever.
I felt misled about these details. 4. As a parent but not a chaperone, I was told that I could leave the group and "do my own thing" whenever I wanted, but this was logistically unrealistic, especially with the hotels so far away from the towns. 5. Our travel itinerary on the way over was awful and not appropriate for kids. Taking a red eye to Europe and then being on the move that first day is correct. But starting our travel in the middle of the night before that red eye was not okay.
One of the best things about our trip was the fantastic tour guide. Even though we had to advocate for extra water and bathroom breaks due to the heat wave.
LooLoo / Adult traveler Alameda, CA / Posted on July 19, 2018
Had a wonderful time! The tour guide that was with us thru out the trip was amazing! The places we visited were worth it. The only thing I disliked was that the hotels were too far from the city's downtown and that the air conditioner in then didn't work well.
Over all, a very good and unforgettable experience.
1HappyMom / Adult traveler El Paso tx / Posted on July 19, 2018
A trip of a lifetime!
I had an amazing time going on this trip. I got to see so many Great sights and I learned so much European History, Catholic History, good foods, etc. I would totally recommend this especially if you want to explore and learn about these three countries. I personally liked Spain the most but I did have fun in France and Italy.
Broomstick / Student traveler Leonardo, NJ / Posted on July 16, 2018
Our Spain, France and Italy tour was an amazing experience. We saw so many incredible sites throughout out the trip. Even the days we spent in the bus provided breathtaking views. My group loved exploring Barcelona, enjoyed opportunities to swim in the Mediterranean, and embraced the historical magnitude of Italy.
716Explorer / Adult traveler Buffalo, NY / Posted on July 16, 2018
Summer 2018 EF Tour
I thoroughly enjoyed our EF Tour. My wife, son, daughter-in-law and I served as chaperones. The students were well behaved.
The tour was fast-paced yet well managed. Out tour guide S. really connected with our group and continually provided vital and timely details, reminders and suggestions that empowered our group to make the most of our stay.
rbanfield / Adult traveler Los Osos, CA / Posted on July 16, 2018