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Majestic London

Big Ben and Parliament

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Sunset Cruise on the Seine

Paris, France

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Bring History to Life

The Iconic Eastside Gallery

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New Countries and New Friends

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Berlin, Paris and London

$4,395.00
Price:

$4,395 + Airfare + $200 Intra Trip Flight

Date:

Jun 25 – Jul 7

Days:

13

Session:

Session 2

Finishing Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12

Who can go on this trip?

Students from around the world!

Cities:

Berlin, Paris, London

Optional group flight there:

Newark to Berlin

Optional group flight back:

London To Newark

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Join us this summer for an unforgettable experience in Berlin, Paris and London, three cities that are not only historically intertwined but also among Europe’s most vibrant and cultural. See Berlin by bike, visit its museums and memorials, and get a glimpse of what it was like to live during WWII with a tour of its bunker system. In Paris, stroll the wide boulevards and browse the quaint riverside bookshops, take a cooking lesson with a French chef, cruise down the Seine at sunset, eat on an outdoor terrace, and of course go to the very top of the Eiffel Tower! Finish off this trip of a lifetime in London, where you’ll shop the eclectic stalls at Camden Market, see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and get the best view over the Thames from the London Eye! Learn how to be a savvy traveler as you ride the train from France to the UK, interact with locals, and immerse yourself in these three metropolitan cultures. Don’t miss out on this life-changing experience–join us this summer for a trip you’ll never forget!

On this trip you will:

  • See Berlin’s most famous monuments, including the Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, and Unter den Linden
  • Climb up the mirrored dome of the impressive Reichstag building to glimpse Germany’s Parliament
  • Bike through Berlin like a local
  • Visit the UNESCO site of Museum Island
  • Take a step back in time while touring an original WWII Bunker
  • Go to the most visited museum in the world, the Louvre, and see works like the Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, Mona Lisa, and so many more
  • Visit the most iconic Parisian sites such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, the Luxembourg Gardens and the Champs Elysees
  • Explore the Royal Palace of Versailles, learn about the Sun King’s lavish parties, and stroll through the stunning gardens
  • Enjoy fondue in the Latin Quarter, escargot at a classic bistro, and crepes along the Seine
  • Learn to make delicious French desserts in a private cooking lesson
  • See where Van Gogh and Picasso relaxed and found inspiration, as well as where the movie Amelie was filmed, in Paris’ hippest neighborhood, Montmartre
  • Ascend the Eiffel Tower for the best view in all of Paris
  • See London’s most famous sites, including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, and Abbey Road
  • Go for a ride on the London Eye for the best view of the Thames
  • Take in the British Museum, National Gallery, and other fantastic museums
  • Hunt for treasures and enjoy London’s best ethnic food at Camden Marketplace
  • Experience the magical world of Harry Potter at the studios where it was filmed*
  • See the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London
  • Hear London’s bloody, gory history on a nighttime ghost tour
  • Attend plays at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater and the West End
  • Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
  • Shop til you drop at Piccadilly and Oxford Circus

*The Harry Potter Experience is an optional excursion.

DAY 1: GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS FROM NEWARK, NJ

DAYS 2-5: BERLIN

Located at the crossroads of European history and culture, there’s no better place to begin your trip to Europe than Berlin. From its vibrant cafes and overflowing shopping streets to its poignant reminders of the city’s militaristic past, Berlin will grab you right from the start. We’ll take a private bike tour to Tempelhof Airport, the site of the Berlin Airlift, climb up the impressive Reichstag to get a glimpse of Germany’s Parliament, visit the somber Jewish Memorial, and see the Berlin Wall transformed into a poignant work of art at the famous East Side Gallery. Finally, we will dance the night away in one of Berlin’s legendary clubs (accompanied by our expert staff!)

DAYS 5-9: PARIS and VERSAILLES

Here we’ll experience the best of French culture as we marvel at priceless masterpieces and stunning architecture, stroll along the quintessential Parisian boulevards, and eat our way through the different arrondissements, or neighborhoods. You’ll see Quasimodo’s home at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, where Amelie was filmed in Montmartre, and shop til you drop on the beautiful Champs Elysees. We’ll visit the Palace of Versailles and learn about the rise and fall of the French Monarchy, as well as walk through Marie Antoinette’s gardens. Have a guided tour through the Louvre, explore the Luxembourg Gardens or Pere Lachaise Cemetery, and take a sunset cruise down the Seine. Try some of your favorite recipes at authentic restaurants, such as crepes, fondue, and omelettes, or maybe taste something new–escargot anyone? Finally, let’s not forget the experience of a lifetime going all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower!

DAYS 9-13: LONDON

We then bid ‘Adieu’ to Paris as we board the train for London, shooting under the English Channel at nearly 200mph! London is one of the most cosmopolitan, eclectic, and exciting cities on the planet, even more so since the city hosted the 2012 Summer Olympic games. Awaiting you are dazzling theater shows on the West End, world class shopping in Camden Market and Oxford street, and a spin around the London Eye. Explore some of the greatest museums in the world, take a midnight ghost tour, and walk in the steps of the Beatles at Abbey Road. Learn about England’s central role in both World Wars and tour Churchill’s WWII command center, and go further back in time to learn about Royal England at the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey. Go to famous places you’ve always read about but never before seen–like 221B Baker Street for Sherlock Holmes fans, and Platform 9 ¾. As an additional plus for Harry Potter fans, you can choose to visit the Warner Bros. studios and see every magical costume, prop, and set used for all eight of the films! We will attend the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and let’s not forget fish and chips and meat pies. See the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London and have the Yeoman Warder tower guards explain its bloody history. Come and explore three of Europe’s most dynamic cities this summer with Travel for Teens!

Who can go on this trip? What kind of teen typically goes on this trip?

We have teens join this program from all over the world! They are typically culturally curious teens who are excited about making new friends, stepping out of their comfort zone, expanding their horizons, and trying something new.

Where do we stay?

Our hotels are specifically chosen to be in safe areas and well-suited to facilitating group supervision. We stay in centrally located accommodations, usually within walking distance of the main attractions. This means we do not use large, impersonal chain hotels on the outskirts of cities. We prefer to select smaller, family run hotels where we establish personal relationships with the owners.

In Berlin, our hotel is right in the center of the city, close by the German Parliament, Brandenburg Gate and the Jewish Memorial. Our hotel has a lot of experience with groups and stand ready to work with us to make our stay memorable.

In London, we will be staying in a two star hotel near Kings Cross Station, the station made famous by Harry Potter’s very own Platform 9 and 3/4.

In Paris, we will be staying in a converted 14th-century castle in the Marais, a hip, popular district known for its street artists. We are at walking distance of Notre Dame, tons of little cafes, creperies, and shops.

For safety reasons, we do not publish the names of the accommodations we use. We do not feel it is safe to publish the name of a hotel where a group of teenagers is staying abroad. After registering, participants and parents are given access to our secure parent website where you will be able to see the names of all of the accommodations for a trip.

Do most travelers go by themselves?

Yes, in fact over 75% of students who travel with us choose to come independently. This encourages teens to step further outside their comfort zone and make new friends. We believe that one of the most rewarding and exciting elements of travel is the new friendships that are formed along the way. If you travel by yourself, you are bound to make new friends from all over the country and even the world. The best part is, you can travel again with your new BFFs on another TFT trip the next summer!

Can I bring a friend?

Absolutely! We just ask that if you come with a friend, you and your friend(s) are still open to meeting new people and sharing this special experience with the entire group.

What do students generally like most on this program?

Students love that they are able to explore three major European cities in some of the most visited countries in the world. This program allows them to discover the similarities and differences of the unique cultures in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.

What is unique about this program?

Between our bike tour around the hidden gems of Berlin, TFT’s thirteen years of expertise in leading trips through Paris, and a nighttime ghost walk through London to learn some of its more gruesome history, this program provides unique insider access to all three countries.

What is included?

Ground transportation, accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, chaperones and guides, trip related activities, trip related activity admissions, taxes and tips.

Not Included: (not intended to be an exhaustive list) Airfare, rail passes, lunches, visas & visa application fees, beverages other than tap water, activities and admissions not referenced in the itinerary or deemed not trip related such as movies, clubs and the like, expenses incurred by the participant that are outside the trip description such as damage to hotels, excess baggage fees and the like, expenses related to unforeseen circumstances such as transportation strikes, natural disasters and the like, personal and medical expenses.

How do the optional group flights work?

Upon registration, you will be contacted by our International Logistics Team to discuss this trip’s flight details. You are not required to take the group flight, although there are several advantages to doing so. The group flight is chaperoned by TFT staff, it offers an opportunity for the students to get to know each other before the trip starts, and we get preferred group flight prices on trips that have group contracts (ask for details). Parents are responsible for arranging for participants to get to the group flight airport. Travel For Teens staff are at the airport, greet arriving participants, and help them get to where the rest of the group has assembled. For more information about Flights, visit our Flights page.

Who are the counselors on the trip?

The Trip Director for every trip is a seasoned teen travel professional with extensive TFT experience. Trip Directors often live or have lived and worked in the destination country. Extensive knowledge of the language and culture of the destination is crucial. Our Senior Counselors are experienced, responsible and fun-loving individuals who our participants can share experiences with and look to for guidance and support. At Travel for Teens we pride ourselves on our rigorous staff application process and the professionalism of our full time and summer staff.

It is the job of the counselors to keep the trip fun and exciting, the learning and the laughter in good balance, and to oversee the safety of the participants. Minimum ratios are on average one staff member to every seven participants. Trips may also include one or two Junior Counselors, who are college students with a history of TFT travel, and one or more Counselors in Training (CIT’s) with limited responsibility. CIT’s are not counted in staff-participant ratios.

What are the safety qualifications for our staff?

All of our staff members attend a week long training session every May to prepare for the upcoming summer and go over safety precautions and protocols. Likewise, every counselor is CPR/First Aid certified and Trip Directors are Lifeguard certified. All staff undergo a rigorous interview process and thorough background check.

What is the average group size?

At Travel for Teens, our trips typically fall into 3 different size categories.

Small: 7-14 students where 14 is the maximum.

Medium: Average is between 14-21 students with 21 as the maximum.

Large: Trips 21-35 students. These are our largest trips.

Typically Berlin Paris London falls into the medium range, but trip sizes differ from year to year.

How does this program connect to other programs?

Most of our Europe programs are designed specifically so that participants can combine them with other trips. If you are connecting to another program, your counselor will escort you to the airport on the last day of the trip and help you get to your next destination where you will meet up with your new counselors and group.

What is the food like on this trip?

In a word – Delicious! At TFT, we believe food should be an integral part of the travel experience and always make an effort to eat at authentic establishments when we can. What better way to immerse yourself in the culture of a place than by sampling the local delicacies, and we encourage students to do so whenever possible! Just as we stay away from Americanized hotel chains, we try to avoid restaurants with menus that cater only to tourists because every good traveler knows the best food is found wherever the locals are eating!

In France, we’ll enjoy classic French café fare, including the world-famous croissants, French bread, and a classic fondue dinner. And for the brave, escargot of course!

While some British food may look more familiar to you, you’ll also get to try meat pies, fish and chips, and a full English breakfast.

In Germany, we’ll have a chance to discover delicious Bavarian specialities. German cuisine is hearty and fulfilling and includes a variety of meats and potatoes. Students will also get a chance to sample authentic giant German pretzels!

We also love to have picnics al fresco, and do this whenever possible, which is a great way to taste some local food while sitting out in the fresh air taking in the sights and sounds of our surroundings.

As always, we are willing and able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten allergies, and other dietary restrictions.

Do I need any vaccinations for this trip?

We recommend that you check with your family doctor regarding vaccinations and medical advice for the areas you will be visiting. For more information, please check out the World Health Organization’s website www.who.int/en/.

How much free time do we get?

Our counselors are with the group nearly always. Every day we will break up into smaller groups to give our participants some choices and flexibility in their itinerary. We do offer some free time to do some shopping, for example, in defined areas that we are very familiar with. If participants are ever shopping by themselves within these defined areas they go in groups and for no more than an hour. On this trip, the group will have some free time to explore some of the safe pedestrian areas of Paris, London, and Berlin. A counselor will always be nearby when participants have free time in each city.

What kind of Visa do you need for this trip?

Any US citizen that enters Europe is automatically granted a free 90-day tourist visa. If you are coming from somewhere outside the US, please be sure to check your country specific visa requirements.

Do I need to speak the language?

No, our skilled staff members will help you get around and even teach you a few fun phrases!

Reviews

  1. Jason

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    “Dear Seb, Ally, & Hillary, I cannot tell you how pleased we are to have found you. From the first phone call with Ned, to the travel advice and support from Natalia, to the informational emails and website organization, we are astounded by how well (and cheerfully) Travel for Teens is run. Then on top of the logistical fabulousness, there are the three of you. Your emails are informative and reassuring and your photos are so well done! They are artistic and inclusive. Clearly, they are having a great time. Thank you for making learning and history come alive! Alexandra has had the time of her life. It is experiences like these that shape and mold and change people forever. Thank you for being a big part of that process for our child.” -Joni L, CA

  2. Jason

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    “Overall, I want you to know that you exceeded my expectations and that I am thrilled with my decision to send Kathrynn with Travel for Teens on this particular trip. Seb, Ally and Hillary – you guys did an outstanding job! Enjoy the rest of the summer. Thank you all again for helping my daughter to have an amazing experience that she will always remember.” -Val W, NY

  3. Jason

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    “Thank you thank you! I can see from the pictures that Samantha has had the time of her life. I can’t tell you how much she has been looking forward to this trip. Thank you to all of you for making her dreams come true. The pictures are wonderful and I know Sam will have a blast putting together an album of her memories. Safe travels to all and thank you again!” -Christina C, PA

  4. Jason

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    “Hi Seb,
    On behalf of our family and especially on behalf of Aurielle, I want to thank you for the extraordinary care you took of her and the whole group. She had a memorable time on this trip and I know she will remember these two weeks for many years to come. Your lively updates and wonderful photos made us being part of her experience! Thanks you for everything! We wish you the very best” -Maya B, NY

  5. Jason

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    “Hi Seb, Hillary and Ally, Thank you so much for leading such a wonderful trip for my daughter, Emily. She truly had a terrific time, and is bubbling over with all the sights and experiences the three of you showed her. She is also planning on taking another trip with Travel for Teens next year. I also wanted to thank you for all of the emails and pictures! They meant a lot to me, and gave me and my husband a way of “being there” with her! Thanks for taking such good care of Emily” -Yvonne W, NJ

  6. Clare Glavin

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    Sam, Tyler, Elise, Bess and Dar-

    Thank you so much for taking me on the trip of a lifetime and really expanding my knowledge of the world. I have grown to love traveling so much more through this TFT trip. You guys were amazing and thank you so much for all the photos. It’s been so great to look back at all of them since the trip ended. I had such an amazing experience with Travel for Teens and this trip individually. I met the most amazing kids too and we’ve all kept in touch since the trip ended. Thank you so much for the best 12 days of my life. I highly recommend this company, these counselors and this trip to anyone interested in a teen trip. I’m also already considering doing another trip next summer! Thank you so much!

    Clare G, 16
    NJ

  7. Grace

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    Going on this trip was probably the best two weeks of my life. Having never gone to Europe before, seeing these three beautiful cities was mind-blowing. All of the kids were really nice and I made so many friends. Travel for Teens also runs their trips with great expertise. Everything from the colored tee-shirts to collecting our passports, I saw many times on this trip that they were happy to go out of their way to ensure everyone is comfortable. For instance, when I got a little sick from some of the breakfast in Germany, one councler ran out to Dunkin’ doughnuts to get me a muffin the next day. Overall, I would recommend this trip to anyone. And I felt this was the perfect trip to go on for my first travel for teens experience.

  8. Gabrielle Eckersall

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    Imagine sitting at a quaint Parisian bakery and ordering a French pastry or completing a meaningful community service project while overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Italy. Are you searching for something to do this upcoming summer? Then look no further than Travel for Teens!
    Based out of Pennsylvania, Travel for Teens (TravelForTeens.com) holds summer travel opportunities across the globe that individual students can go on ranging from touring the Alps, learning Spanish in Costa Rica, to volunteering in Fiji. Travel for Teens (TFT) has over 50 programs across 30 countries on 5 continents.

    This past summer I went on the Berlin, Paris and London TFT trip with 12 students from across the country. The counselor to student ratio was excellent, as our trip had 3 energetic counselors from Australia, France and the U.S.A TFT is committed to student safety. They were very receptive to the individual requests of the students. They tailored the activities based on the interests of the students.
    I began my journey in Berlin, where we climbed the Reichstag, explored old East Germany, biked across the Tempelhof Airport and ate lots of Schnitzel and Kebab. Our group even received a personal tour of the underground war bunkers of Berlin. Students left Germany with a blend of modern culture and historical insight.

    In France, our group went boating down the Seine River, climbed the Eiffel Tower, ventured around the Palace of Versailles, visited a multitude of museums and of course ate lots of baguettes and cheese. I made lots of new friends on the trip and stay in touch with them to this day.

    We took the Eurostar Bullet Train from France to England. We rode the London Eye, visited Winston Churchill’s official World War II bunker, saw the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace and experienced English nightlife on the West End as we saw the play, “Miss Saigon”. On the last night of the program, Travel for Teens reserved the top floor of Chef Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant, York & Albany for a private dinner in London. Everyone spent a magical night reminiscing about their amazing trip together.

    TFT lives by their motto and teaches students to be “travelers instead of tourists”. Students see a different side of cities, as they take local transit and order food while speaking in the local language.

    I highly recommend Travel for Teens if you are looking for an educationally enriching tour with a cultural adventure. Through their one-of-a-kind programs, Travel for Teens truly connects students to the entire world and broadens their horizons. Travel this summer with TFT and share Travel for Teen’s enthusiasm and energy!

  9. Nicole

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    I went on a trip last summer with Travel for Teens. Everything was amazing. I had so much fun. We went to Berlin, Paris, and London. The hostels we stayed in were great. I really loved the bunker tour in Berlin. The boat ride we did in Paris at sunset was so amazing. I’ll remember seeing the sun set over the Eiffel Tour for a long time. The food was amazing. We went to a great pub in London on our first night. The counselors were super nice and made the experience even better. I made so many life long friends and can’t wait to do it again.

  10. Clare Glavin

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    Thank you so much for all of your amazing work on the Berlin, Paris & London trip! I wanted to share with you that I had an amazing time and it truly was the trip of a lifetime. I made the most amazing friends and it was impossible to say goodbye to them.

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