What an amazing experience. I finally got to go. This was my third attempt to do an educational tour, and family issues prevented the other two. Our EF Tour Director was wonderful beyond belief and all of the other tour leaders, in Rome, Florence, Pompeii, and Assisi were great too. Our stays in Assisi and Florence were the best, as far as accommodations go. Their food was the best. The hotel in Rome was fine, but the food left lots to be desired, especially after 4 days of it. I liken our trip to a blockbuster movie trailer. I feel like our trip was action packed, very rushed and left me wanting more. Our experience with the airline in Dallas was disturbingly awful to the point we almost missed our flight. The plane ended up being held at the gate for us. Total incompetence. The pilot, attendants, and gate agents at JFK were aghast at our treatment and lack of customer service. All our other experiences with airports were smooth. We had one really bad dinner experience, but I believe the tour director addressed it with EF.
Overall, my expectations were surpassed and we had a great trip!!!! We are currently planning our next one.
momp57 / Adult traveller Dallas, Texas / Posted on March 22, 2019
Everything was very detailed and explained all along the tour at the different sights.
TAguy1975 / Adult traveller Etta, MS / Posted on March 21, 2019
good, busy, overpriced
Based on the horrible flights and seats that were booked, the motels that we stayed in and the meals that were provided, I have no doubt EF makes a considerable amount of money on these trips. Won't be doing it again
texasguy999 / Adult traveller Dallas tX / Posted on March 19, 2019
This was an amazing experience. I loved seeing the places we visited. Our tour director was great! The only downfalls were: some of the docents had some of the facts incorrect; many of the students in the other group with us were VERY disrespectful and rude and made portions of the visit almost intolerable; would have liked to visit Pompei; there was a little too much free time.
E2000 / Student traveller Posted on March 18, 2019
So Worth It!!!
The overall experience of immersion in another culture including food, art, history, and contemporary relevance was priceless.
2HappyParents / Adult traveller Galt, CA / Posted on June 29, 2018
Loved visiting Assisi and Rome; two minor issues I had with the tour: 1) the local tour guides tended to focus on minor points of interest/details around the cities 2) we were extremely rushed through the highlights of the tour (St. Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Coliseum) - would have loved to have more time in Rome - accommodations were all fine but the wifi was very spotty on most overnights (very important!)
SMike / Student traveller Atlanta, GA / Posted on June 24, 2018
When I first arrived at the airport, I didn't know what to expect. Our group was greeted by a wonderful EF Tour Director and bus driver that always made us feel welcome. They always greeted us and answered any questions that we had so that we could have the best experience possible. We had many opportunities to go off on our own, At first I was scared, however I got over that initial fear and embraced the unknown. I think going off on our own and experiencing the differences in culture really impacted my outlook on the trip. The locals we spoke to were very welcoming and even taught us some phrases in Italian. Our EF Tour Director informed our group of the things we had to look out for, good and bad, so that we could feel safe and welcome. Our EF Tour Director showed us the cheapest and best places to eat which helped a lot because they turned out to be my favorite places to eat, plus we saved more money. All of the tour guides and tours were wonderful and interesting. My favorite tour was the boat ride around Capri. The boat tour around Capri was incredibly fun and I felt like it was a refreshing last day for our tour. The only thing I disliked about the tour was the listening devices used for the tour guides. They were very difficult to hear through and comprehend what the guides were saying. I always brought the listening devices with me, but most of the time I just took off the headphones and listened to the guide directly, as did many others in my group. Despite the technical issues, I had a wonderful educational experience on this trip because of the EF Director, the tour guides, and the experiences I made on my own with the local people. I would highly recommend this trip to everyone!
areikn / Student traveller Mishawaka, IN / Posted on June 22, 2018
A good trip with a lot to see. Goes at a fast pace but that is good for teenagers. Only complaint is the choice of Hotel Spicey in Sorrento. The hotel was not able to accommodate the bus. Students had to walk with luggage on a dangerous road in the dark.
Fastboy / Student traveller Lawrenceville, GA / Posted on June 21, 2018
Italy School Trip
Overall, trip was good. EF Tour director was AWESOME and drivers were also very good.
Hotels were OK. Breakfast selection at most were good. One did not have an elevator/lift and it was very difficult to carry luggage up 2 flights of stairs. Most lunches were on our own and the tour guide gave us very good suggestions of where to eat. Dinners were my least favorite. We were served the same meal of salad, pasta, and pork at least 5 times. I do not like pork, and there were no other options given. We were not told ahead of time what food was being served with the exception of pizza night. We just had to eat what was being served. Many nights the students were still hungry and ordered pizza later in the evening.
The tours were good even though we walked a lot. The EF tour guide was very informative and kept both the students and adults engaged. She was very friendly and helpful. I would definitely do another tour with her as a guide.
ItalyJune2018 / Adult traveller Aliquippa, PA / Posted on June 20, 2018
Had a wonderful experience touring Italy for 8 days. The tour guides were excellent and provided so much history (and humor) to all our tours and excursions.
BMSmom / Adult traveller Knoxville, TN / Posted on June 18, 2018