Saw 4 countries in 10 days!! Breathtaking sites and amazing information. Never had to worry about transportation! EF guides are simply remarkable!!!
Dixiechick / Adult traveler Old Town, Florida / Posted on July 20, 2017
HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR
Honestly the trip went well and everything was planned and in order without any problems. Glad to have been a part of such a great experience.
Luigiking / Student traveler Posted on July 11, 2017
Incredible Tour for Modern World History Classes!
The tour was incredible and EF proved itself to be as good as advertised. This was my first tour and I took 44 students (rising Juniors and Seniors) and 6 chaperons (including myself) for the full 14 day WWII trip. I teach Modern World History to 9th graders and most of my travelers had my class when they were freshmen. Those that did not have me still took the course as it is required. While WWII is the draw, there are so many parts of this trip that relate to all of Modern World History like the Tower of London, Napoleon's tomb, Renaissance artwork (Mona Lisa) at the Louvre, and the Berlin Wall. Our Tour Director was able to add on certain items we requested such as a trip to the site of the Malmedy Massacre in Belgium where a memorial now stands. A resident of our town survived this horrific Nazi war crime and is currently the last living survivor. To go to that location was especially powerful for our students and our community. EF made that happen. I cannot begin to express how impressed I was with EF and their Tour Director(s) in how they handled situations from a student losing a bag on the bus to a student needing to see a doctor due to an eye infection. In these instances and many more (like arranging taxis when an issue arose with a bus that was scheduled to pick us up, but broke down), the Tour Director and EF's operations team handled everything in an almost seamless manner. The hotel accommodations were what was advertised and on occasion vastly superior to what was expected. Our hotel in Normandy was very small with no A/C, but we expected that. the 95 degree heat wave that hit made it difficult, but otherwise it was no problem. The hotels we stayed at in London and Berlin were fantastic with large breakfast spreads including hot foods. This surprised me as I did not upgrade the meals, but it was much appreciated. All of our meals were filling and well done. At only one location did I find the portion size to be too low. The ferry ride was incredible and the quality of the food served that day was only surpassed by the quantity. All of our travelers were blown away by how much delicious food was served on the ferry. As for the locations, we were able to see and experience so much in such a short amount of time. The American cemeteries and Dachau were the most emotionally powerful locations for the students and was balanced out by the excitement of being on the London Eye or climbing the Eiffel Tower at night. We added the excursion to Versailles and I would recommend everyone do that. Additionally, the 3-day extension was worth the extra cost. In addition to visiting Dachau, we were able to go to the Eagle's Nest in the Alps and that view is something that left my students speechless. All the local guides did a fantastic job with both their knowledge base and their interactions with the students. This trip could not have gone smoother or been more of a success. I would wholeheartedly encourage anyone on the fence about taking a trip with EF to do so. I think you will find the experience exceeds your expectations.
DFD3 / Group leader Mount Joy, PA / Posted on July 11, 2017
1st and foremost during this time of unrest, I and my child felt safe and comfortable throughout the entire trip!!! Thank you EF Tours and tour guides.
My daughters only complaints were the food was not as expected (Ex. Asian dinners while in England. I was expecting at least bangers and mash) Breakfast was really nonexistent. Other than the food she had an amazing experience.
Mmmmmmmm / Student traveler Media, PA / Posted on July 11, 2017
Great and educational tour
This trip was a completely life changing experience. My whole group and I learned and saw so much in just 2 weeks. There is A LOT of walking and moving place to place quickly but it was worth it. It can be very stressful but it's all a part of the experience. I enjoyed all of the food. Breakfasts were the perfect size and was usually croissants, fruit, coffee and juice. for lunch we had free time to get whatever we wanted so it was nice to have a choice. All of the dinners were good, expecially the ones in France. They really let you experience the local cuisine. The hotels were nice. Some were smaller but there was a lot of nice ones. The hotels in Bastogne and paris were AMAZING! I did wish that they gave you more free time however. A lot of this tour is also traveling by coach. We did travel on the ferry to France and it was so nice. If you want to just go on a tour to these countries and aren't very interested in the history aspect of it, you'll find this trip very boring. But if you want to learn something but also want to see the big parts of the countries (big ben, Eiffel Tower, etc) you'll love it.
icyb / Student traveler Posted on July 11, 2017
My Traveling Experience
It was a very enlightening experience. It was interesting to see so many different types of cultures and people. It was a lot different than what I had been expecting. It was really cool to all of these amazing European sights in person. My favorite experience was probably looking over Paris from the top of the Arc de Triumph. The tour felt a bit unstructured at times (like we didn't always know what we were going to be doing next) but overall it was pretty good.
Caeliro / Student traveler Racine, WI / Posted on July 08, 2017
Massive amounts of Information
Itinerary was packed. Wanted more time than we had at sites, but were eager to get to the next stop.
EXCELLENT tour staff (EF and the local guides).
Give your students the opportunity of their young lives.
kb9npt / Adult traveler Racine, WI / Posted on July 06, 2017
Having just returned from fourteen days touring Europe through the lens of World War II, I can think of no words that truly describe this amazing experience. I traveled as a chaperone with 44 high school students and 5 other adults, and was astonished at the level of professionalism and attention to detail by our Tour Directors. This opportunity was life-changing for both students and adults!
TeacheroftheGifted / Adult traveler Mount Joy, PA / Posted on July 02, 2017
This was my fifth EF tour since 2008. I have enjoyed every trip. When traveling so far, there are always "bumps in the road". However this trip had glitches that should not have happened!!!!
Several times buses were to pick us up when we arrived: once we waited for nearly an hour and another no bus was coming so we had to travel by taxi! 53 travelers in over 13 taxis was ridiculous!
Another area of disappointment was the dinner meals in London. We were expecting "English dishes" and were fed Korean and Polynesian!?!?!? Not very satisfying for nearly all of us.
I realize that there are differences between American and European hotels. However hotels for American travelers during the summer should include air conditioning!
Over and over during the two weeks the schedule included an hour or so of "free time and lunch". However this time was reduced to 20 minutes to quickly grab some thing to eat and report back to the bus.
To end on a high note, the students and I thoroughly enjoyed the stops and learning more about the Western Front.
Travel2017 / Adult traveler Haviland, OH / Posted on July 01, 2017
History comes alive
This was a unique tour experience, not only were the students immersed in four countries' cultures, but they learned the role of each city during WWII. The pinnacle moment took place at the Caen Memorial, where the students interacted with veteran soldiers who had stormed the beaches on D-Day. It brought a real side to the history they had learned and they carried the stories shared with them throughout the remainder of the trip.
FrenchTeach614 / Group leader Youngstown, Ohio / Posted on June 30, 2017