Meet our Tour Directors
Travel pro. Fellow adventurer. New best friend. Whatever you call them, your Tour Director is the one who makes your trip extraordinary (as you’ve told us time and time again!). Meet a few here.
Matt first started touring with students while teaching at the EF London school more than 20 years ago. Traveling is now second nature to this Londoner, who can often be found sharing his favorite foodie spots across Europe with groups.
A career change from tax attorney to Tour Director made perfect sense for Emilio, an Italian who’s always been interested in languages and travel. “I love leading tours in my home country because I love showing travelers Italy’s hidden gems.”
Samia was born and raised in Alexandria, an Egyptian city located on Mediterranean Sea that was once home to one the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Lighthouse of Alexandria. She studied Egyptology at the University of Alexandria, where she became an expert in ancient Egyptian history and civilization.
“Our Tour Director Emilio was the best! He was so organized and on top of everything, keeping each activity running smoothly, and we loved his humor.”
—Karen, 2nd-time traveler
A former professional ballet dancer and artistic director of an international dance center in Rome, Gloria has run tours with us for over 25 years. “The experience of traveling goes through all the five senses,” she shares. “Everything will be different than at home, and that’s why we travel!”
Lala is the definition of a citizen of the world. Her hometown is Baku, Azerbaijan, she’s studied in Heidelberg and London, and when she’s not traveling the world, she lives in Berlin. "I love putting complicated historic matters into an ‘it makes sense’ narrative on tours,” she says.
Leonor may be from Chile, but she’s lived in Argentina, Portugal, the UK, and Spain. Sociology, psychology, and history are subjects she’s passionate about, along with travel—she has more than 25 years of experience leading trips with EF.
“We learned so much from our local guides and Leonor was the greatest Tour Director ever!!!!”
–Cynthia, 1st-time traveler
Originally from Southern Italy and now based in Rome, Linda has lived and studied abroad throughout her life. “Working at EF is the perfect way of expressing my passion and curiosity for different cultures!”
“My passion is traveling and learning from all different cultures,” says Alex, who’s from a small town in the Black Forest of southern Germany. “I'm so privileged that I can share this with other people as a Tour Director.”
With a bilingual upbringing (he’s half English, half French), Pascal has lived in many parts of Europe. Skiing, geography, and music are his biggest interests aside from travel—and this pro has nearly two decades of experience leading trips with us.
“In Gloria, we had the most amazing Tour Director who shepherded us through airports and ferry terminals and all over two countries. Her joy and enthusiasm for her job is infectious.”
—Patrick, 3rd-time traveler
She's a practicing lawyer, speaker of five languages, and lifelong learner (Arabic and Tango are her latest challenges). When you join Paz on tour, you’ll see why she’s been a successful Tour Director for 18 years too!
Ask her anything in Italian, English, Spanish or French—and Tinì will have the answer. She loves traveling, history, music, literature, cinema, and most of all, she loves to share these passions with her fellow travelers.
Enrico is passionate about sharing new cultures with others. “My job always has nice surprises in store, like meeting people from all walks of life and making new friends,” he says. He’s been leading trips with us for more than 25 years.