Food was not great most meals were the same with no choices, hotels were not the greatest as far as accommodations. First hotel had issues with water. Your director Geswaldo was phenomenal.
Lucyrn / Adult traveller Gouverneur, NY / Posted on September 30, 2019
It was worth every cent, every city we went to was amazing.
Tmta / Student traveller Posted on July 26, 2019
Wonderful in many ways!
EF tours provided a richer experience than we could have gotten on our own, because they provided knowledgeable guides and transportation to, from, and between places of interest. There were very busy days where we walked around 9 miles (3/10 days), medium busy days where we walked 4-6 miles, and a couple of slow days with less than 4 miles of walking over the course of the day. It was very do-able, even for people with health challenges. Our main guide was excellent and kept us on track, and explained each day and what was expected during a talk that occurred on the night before each day.
Obviously, this trip is aimed at teens. I get that. And Italy is famous for pizza and pasta. My one complaint is that during the first 5 days/10 meal opportunities, we were only offered fruit or vegetables 4 times—3 times if you missed the breakfast fruit bowl one day, after the 15 pieces of fruit were gone to the earliest risers of the 40 on our tour. We had pasta or pizza for dinner 10 DAYS IN A ROW! And croissants/cereal/pastries for breakfast 10 days in a row. We asked our tour guide if there was a way to increase the fruits and/or vegetables and she did ask that for us, and got it changed. The second half of our tour at least included some salad and vegetables and watermelon. I realize it’s cheaper to feed groups starch and carbohydrates, but it’s just wrong to assume everyone wants that at every meal. You have a chance to show kids how to eat healthy meals, and you failed.
That’s not to say the tour wasn’t still wonderful. There were so many beautiful things to see! And we all got a wonderful glimpse into a variety of different terrains and buildings and artists. I have a much greater understanding of Italy now, and I’m very grateful for that!
LifelongLearner357 / Adult traveller Houston, Texas / Posted on July 22, 2019
Very nice trip
Overall good tour with lots packed into it. We saw the highlights plus lots of hidden treasures. Restaurants could have been a bit better, but were decent enough. More vegetables would have been nice. Excellent tour director and very good local tour guides. We left happy and tired.
Tomx / Adult traveller Houston, TX / Posted on July 22, 2019
Being this was my second trip, I was much more disappointed in this tour. The dinners were almost identical, by the 6th day we dreaded dinner instead of looking forward to it. We had only 15 minutes to explore the Collesium on our own and left. It was like this in many locations. I did not get a single souviner from Rome since we had no time to. 15-20 minutes in other cities to shop, use bathroom, and get the food famous in the city. The tour guide gave little detail on the plan for the day, and was frequently on her phone and would not answer questions. We got to see some new sites which was the only thing I enjoyed. It was very different and could’ve been much better organized since EF was so much better in the past.
MalPal10 / Student traveller Hammond, LA / Posted on July 20, 2019
Good trip but with room for improvements
Overall a good experience but with some drawbacks. First instead of flying direct from our home airport we had to make a connection.
Secondly - some of the hotels we stayed are were an hour out of the city we were visiting, I would have liked it if we were closer so that we could have more time in the city and also be able to go out in the evening to explore further
Third - the dinners served by the hotels were horrible, maybe EF could offer meal allowance so that a person could go out and explore the local restaurants
Lastly, some of the local tour guides were very long winded at some sites, maybe cut a particular stop to 5 min so we can see more of the area.
With all of the above being said, our tour director was great
Grazie / Adult traveller Mullica Hill, NJ / Posted on July 17, 2019
This was the trip I've waited a life time for (65 years) and was not disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed every site visited in the cities of Italy and found our tour guides to be through as well as entertaining! I signed on this tour to experience sights i'd only dreamed of or seen in books and found myself ensconced in history and beauty.
I only wish I had managed to make the tour when I was younger and in better physical condition. It was definitely hard on my older joints & muscles!
tsacco / Adult traveller Hollywood Fl / Posted on July 16, 2019
Overall, this trip was very good and our tour director was absolutely the best. It was definitely busy and included a lot of walking, especially uphill. A few things my family was disappointed with were the selection of hotels (one out of the five hotels we stayed at was the absolute worst - poor service, poor room appearance, subpar air conditioning). Nearly all the hotels were at least an hour's bus ride to the tour location. Also, when we had dinners at the hotels, they all consisted of a pasta dish, a meat and potato dish, followed by dessert. We felt the quality of most of the hotel breakfast/dinners was subpar and lacked variety. It would have been better to give us a food allowance that would allow us to get the type of food we wanted, thereby eliminating so much waste. Also, we were paired with two other groups. While we understand the need to do this, the two groups who were paired with us were always late, didn't listen to the plans for the day, thereby taking time away from our sightseeing, shopping time, etc.
Grazie / Adult traveller Mullica Hill, NJ / Posted on July 14, 2019
not for everybody
I personally would never recommend any sort of guided tour to anyone that I know in any country after this experience. I really enjoyed Italy, but I wish we had focused less on churches and more on exciting things like food, culture, etc. Unless you enjoy waking up at 5:30am, having back to back activities in 100 degree heat, and staying in janky hotels with bad food, I wouldn’t recommend. I am left wondering where all of my money was spent, as the hotels stayed in were hours outside of our destinations and relatively low quality in general. I wish I could have had a better time, and when I return I will not be on a tour.
random03 / Student traveller Philadelphia, PA / Posted on July 14, 2019
We had an excellent tour guide Jennifer that stayed with us the whole time. She made sure that all went smoothly everyday. She did not leave us until we walked onto the plane to go home. We visited Rome Florence, Assisi, Capri, the Vatican, Pompeii, Bologna and Venice. We felt safe and all was well organized. Italy was so full of history and art. Thanks EF!
CCCCC / Adult traveller Suamico, WI / Posted on July 11, 2019