Frequently asked questions

What is an EF Mother & Daughter Tour?

At EF Tours for Girls, we collaborate with organizations that serve girls and young women to help them go beyond their community. Through culturally immersive travel, girls gain new perspectives, develop leadership skills, and return home with the confidence to change the world. We have found that our mission resonates with parents who believe in the power of transformative travel on girls. Traditionally, we have partnered with organizations on the group level but have found that mothers are raising their hand and want to travel with their daughters, regardless of their affiliation with a girl focused organization!  Parents have asked us to provide opportunities for moms to travel with daughters. These tours provide a chance for mothers (or any guardian/ role model) and their girls to step outside of their comfort zone together, deepen their relationship and create lifelong memories.

Who is eligible to travel on an EF Mother & Daughter Tour?

Our tours cater to girls ages 11-19 and their moms (or any guardian/ role model they would like to travel with).  While our tours are specifically designed to empower girls, we welcome all family members (including dads and brothers) to take part.

Which tours are designed for mother & daughter pairs?

We will be offering a culturally immersive itinerary in London & Paris departing on June 23, 2022 and July 7, 2023. For those more interested in wellness and outdoor adventure, Mom & Daughter: Self Discovery in Costa Rica will be departing on July 16, 2022 or June 23, 2023. These itineraries have been customized for Mother & daughter groups and have a guaranteed departure date. You will be matched with other mother daughter pairs across the country to share the cost of a Tour Director, bus and other expenses!

What if I want to bring a group?

Great News! You can take on the role of a group leader and take advantage of earning a free spot with every 6 paying travelers. You will have access to our entire tour portfolio and a Tour Consultant who can share best practices around recruiting your group!

What is included on a mother & daughter tour?

Your tour will include round trip flights, hotel stays, a full-time tour director, transportation while on tour, local guides in each major city, breakfast and dinner daily and entrances into many incredible sites! On most tours, we leave lunch as an opportunity for free time for you and your family to enjoy local cuisine. Pre-tour you will want to budget for passport/visa fees, free time activities and customary gratuity for your tour director.

Can my daughter travel on a group tour without me?

We ask that at least one adult accompanies a group of minors.  If you are unable to travel and are not part of a larger group, we recommend that you reach out to the local chapter or council of a girl focused organization and suggest that they connect with EF to get an opportunity for your community off the ground.

Is there travel insurance available for purchase?

The majority of our travelers chose to protect their investment with our Global Travel Protection Plan. Provided by Specialty Insurance Solutions and designed specifically with EF travelers in mind, this plan begins working for you the moment you enroll on tour. It provides both pre-departure and post-departure benefits, including medical expense coverage that may apply on tour and tour cancellation for unforeseen life events such as job loss or death in the family. As the group leader, we recommend that you require all participants purchase the insurance so that you are prepared for the unexpected. The plan is available for all international tours for $165.

Is there a safety net if my daughter and I no longer feel comfortable traveling?

Your comfort and safety is always our #1 priority. EF’s Peace of Mind Program is a benefit that is built into every EF program. It provides families with flexibility to change the dates and destination of their tours in uncertain times. In addition to our standard Peace of Mind program, EF provides an exclusive COVID-19 Peace of Mind program to account for situations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is automatically included for all travelers and allows travelers to rebook their tour to a future year or get all money received back in a transferable voucher to be used on any EF travel experience.

How does rooming on tour work?

On our Mother & Daughter itineraries girls (aged 19 and younger) are roomed with their parent or Guardian. Families of three who wish to room together on tour may request a Family Room which may include a full size bed and a rollaway.

How do I enroll?

You can enroll by calling 800-457-9023 and speaking with an EF representative  who will walk you through the payment options that works best for your family. Once enrolled, you will be provided with an online hub to manage travel information, make payments and a keep on track with a dynamic pre travel to-do list.

What policies and procedures do you have in place to keep my family safe?

EF is committed to the safety of our travelers. Thanks to our worldwide presence—we have 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries—we have local EF staff members anywhere they go. That means we can react quickly and in person whenever and wherever needed. Our dedicated Emergency Service & Support Team can be reached 24 hours a day at our North American and European headquarters.  Travelers can also rely on the support and experience of their Tour Director, who stays with their group around the clock from the moment they clear customs to the time they set off for home again.

What happens if I need to cancel our trip?

EF begins working on you’re the minute you enroll. While you tour may be a couple of years out, we begin holding space and putting together the puzzle. The cancellation fees will increase the closer you are to departure:

  • 150 days or more prior to departure: Full refund less the $95 non-refundable deposit, all non-refundable fees, and a $300 cancellation fee. 
  • 149 to 110 days prior to departure: Full refund less the $95 non-refundable deposit, all non-refundable fees, and a $500 cancellation fee.
  • 109 to 45 days prior to departure: Full refund less the $95 non-refundable deposit, all non-refundable fees, and 50% of the program price.
  • 44 days or less prior to departure: No refund will be issued
  • If you are able to find a replacement for your spot-on tour 150 or more days out, you will receive a full refund less the $95 non-refundable deposit and all non-refundable fees (such as the insurance fee).