Touring Spain with EF Ultimate Break

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I am only sharing an experience I had with the company mentioned in this post. 

I’ve always wanted to visit Spain for as long as I can remember, but I wasn’t necessarily up for the challenge to spend a lot of time researching for flights, hotels (or hostels), sights to see, transportation and the whole shebang while being a full-time student with an internship.

It’s been 2 years since I took a trip to Spain and to this day, it is still one of the best trips I have ever taken.

When I did my initial research I was discouraged. Everything was too expensive and as a college student, I did not want to stress about finances. Then, Eureka! I immediately googled “College Trips” and that’s when I found EF College Break (then), EF Ultimate Break now. EF Ultimate Break is a tour group for 18 to 28-year-olds. While the group is geared towards college students, you don’t have to be in college. However, I highly recommend getting your college groove on and be ready to learn, explore and have the best time of your life.

I scrolled through their website and found trips to Greece, Costa Rica, Ireland and more! I continued to look and SCORE!

GRAND TOUR OF SPAIN. 12 days. 5 cities.

Best part? I don’t have to do anything but pay for it.

In 2016, the total cost of the trip without any added excursions was a little less than $3,000. With the added excursions and a travel protection plan, the trip was approximately $3,350.

Since it was my first trip with EF Ultimate Break, I didn’t know any better and paid extra for the excursions. If I knew then, what I know now, I wouldn’t have signed up for all of the excursions.

Personally, although excursions were a good idea, I would not sign up for all of them next time. Excursions just made me feel like I was on a strict timeline. If I didn’t sign up for all, I would have had the opportunity to explore the different cities on my own pace.

I know $3,000 sounds like a lot of money and no, I did not have $3,000 sitting in my account at the time I reserved my spot, therefore, I am so stoked to tell you that EF Ultimate Break offers an interest-free payment plan. To provide you an overview, I reserved my spot at the end of January 2016 and finished paying in the first week of December. I paid about $150 every two weeks (basically a small portion of my earnings), so paying for the trip wasn’t straining.

The trip included the following: 

  • Round trip flights and airport transfers to and from my city

  • A tour director (S/O to Jaime!)

  • A private bus for transportation

  • Handpicked accommodations of hotels/hostels

  • A welcome mixer with appetizers and drinks (Oh cava, I miss you so!)

  • Daily breakfast (this is when my chocolate croissant obsession began, so lucky me to be living in Italy now)

  • 3-course farewell dinner

  • Metro passes for each city

  • Entrance to selected attractions!

So basically, I paid $150 every two weeks for someone to put a trip together for me.

My tour group had a total of 43 people including the tour director and myself. Tour group sizes will definitely vary in size, but it's up to you as a group to make the best out of your time in the country/countries of your choosing.

Ultimately (no pun intended), I thought it was worth it to pay a little over $3000 with monthly payments for someone to put an unforgettable trip for me. However, I wouldn’t sign up for all the excursions next time I book a trip with EF Ultimate Break. Maybe a few, but not all. Although EF Ultimate Break has many options, I still want to highly recommend Spain. In my opinion, Spain is one of the most beautiful countries out there. There’s so much to do, so much to see, the food is great, the people are fabulous and the overall atmosphere is spectacular everywhere!

If you would like to see the actual trip, see HERE.

Next week I will be covering the first stop on this trip: Barcelona, Spain. I hope you come back!