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Mind the Gap!This tour was well-paced and a great way to explore all of England's history. We had the chance to explore modern-day London on the tube, meander through Shakespeare's Stratford, celebrate Easter in medieval Salisbury, walk in the Romans' steps in ancient Bath, and take a step back in time at prehistoric Stonehenge! England has so much to offer, and we were able to experience all of it!
Incredible, lifelong learning experienceIf you have the opportunity to go on this dynamic trip, do it. From the moment we walked off the plan, we met the most amazing tour guide ever, Alex. Alex had a heart for kids, learning, and for teaching all of us about the history of England. Even our free time was full of opportunities and learning. Kids quickly learned how to use the tube and their eyes just lit up with everything we saw. It would've been nice to bypass one of the bus tours in order to actually walk into Westminster Abbey or St Paul's Cathedral but honestly even driving through town, we learned a ton. Incredible, fabulous, and worth it.
Awesome AdventureEverything was amazingly well-done. The tour directors were phenomenal. There was an appropriate mix of fun activities and educational experiences. Seeing theater shows in London was a particularly cool and memorable addition to the trip.
Highly recommend this adventure for teens who want to experience a new culture in a safe, fun, and interactive way.
Fantastic overview of EnglandWe had an amazing tour of England! The students saw Bath, Stonehenge, Stratford, London, Oxford, etc... It was fast paced but enjoyable. Choose this tour if you're looking to introduce students to England without overwhelming them. This would make a great tour for a first time group leader as well.
Get Thee to England!We were enchanted and engaged by every aspect of our trip to England. London was dazzling, of course, and we reveled in every bit of its grandeur. Other highlights were the mysteries of Stonehenge, delicious cream tea in Stratford and inspiring spires of Oxford! Everyone in our group was sad to leave!
Wonderfully plannedKudos to our tour director for the ability to keep our students engaged and interactive. Tour guides, with the exception of Paris, were informative, engaging and entertaining.
Overall fun with some minor pitfallsIt was pretty uneventful that we were able to look at but not go up the Eiffel Tower. I think the kids would have enjoyed going up the tower, since many will never go there again.
I was not impressed with the first couple restaurants we went to and especially not with the hotel restaurants. The food was clearly frozen and warmed up, and reminded me of school cafeteria food. You would think that EF Tours would care a bit more in providing authentic and great food on a trip like this. I mean, we were in London and Paris and our meals were at Japanese and Thai restaurants. Very odd!
One of the hotels we stayed in, in Bristol UK, was sketchy at best. It was one of the worst hotels I've ever stayed in. I paid for my own room and I was in a room the size of a closet. It was pitiful.
Our bus driver was 2 hours late to the hotel to pick us up and drive us to the airport on the last day, so we almost missed our flight. This made the traveling experience WAY more stressful than it needed to be. EF Tours should have sent another bus right away when they realized it was going to mess with our flight.
One evening our restaurant had forgotten our group booking, so we had only 40 minutes for everyone to scramble and try to get dinner. That was a hot mess.
I have been on other tours with tour directors and I thought ours was pretty lame. I think the students were kind of tuning her out most of the trip because she didn't come off as very friendly to the kids, only to our group leader.
The boat tour at night in Paris wasn't anything to write home about. You couldn't really see much and it was cold and raining. However, the Montparnasse Tower was. The sights from the top were breathtaking. I would recommend that again!
Other than those things, the tour was fun. We got to experience quite a bit of places and things in both England and Paris.
BadThey pick bad places to stay and the food places were not very good. One of the hotels were dirty and very nasty. Nobody would sleep because it was scary. Tour guide wasn’t a good one. Definitely would go with a different tour company.
England Great-- Paris not so muchEngland was great. Paris, I could have done without. I thought the food choices for dinner would have been more local foods instead of stuff I could get back in the states. Tour director was a crazy fast person. She could have slowed down her pace a bit -- I didn't know I was competing in speed walking.
Europe tourThe experience was great. The tour guide and bus driver not great! Tour guide would just take us to some attractions and leave! No history or anything about the place! The bus driver almost made us miss our flight home by arriving to pick us up late! Not an educational tour at all mostly left to roam around and do what ever!