Discover Europe: Barcelona, Florence, Rome and Paris
$4,795 + Airfare + $350 Intra Trip Flights
Jun 23 – Jul 7, Jul 5 – Jul 19
Session 2, Session 3
9, 10, 11, 12
|Who can go on this trip?||
Students from around the world!
Barcelona, Rome, Montalcino*, Siena, Florence, Paris, Versailles*
|Optional group flight there:||
Newark to Barcelona
|Optional group flight back:||
Paris to Newark
Discover a variety of Europe’s vibrant cultures by visiting places that boast some of its most renowned sights. Soak up some sun while swimming in the Mediterranean and enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of Barcelona. Witness ancient history come to life while exploring the ruins in Rome. Discover the laid back Italian lifestyle while wandering the cobblestone streets in Florence. Experience the best of Tuscany while learning about wine and preparing a homemade meal at a private vineyard. Immerse yourself in Paris’s charm while navigating the quaint streets and alleyways like a true Parisian. This trip provides a hands on travel experience by highlighting the best of Spain, Italy, and France. Get an authentic taste of some of our favorite cities, while learning how to be a savvy traveler. Join us to discover the best Europe has to offer!
On this trip you will:
- Go for a spin on an exciting bike tour around Barcelona
- Learn how to make authentic Spanish tapas and paella
- Be captivated by the skillful footwork during a traditional Flamenco show
- Soak up the sun, sand, and crystal blue Mediterranean sea
- Discover the ancient ruins of the colosseum in Rome
- Visit the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel
- Experience true Roman lifestyle in the trendy neighborhood of Trastevere
- Spend an evening at the iconic Spanish Steps
- Make a wish and throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain
- Cook a delicious Italian meal with a family at their gorgeous Tuscan estate*
- Climb to the top of the Duomo for incredible views of Florence
- Marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the David
- TFT’s famous gelato tour- are you up for the challenge?!
- Eat the best pizza of your life!
- Dance the night away in Florence
- Learn the hidden alleyways and secret parks of Paris on our awesome bike tour
- See the Mona Lisa and other magnificent artwork at the Louvre
- Have a picnic lunch on the Champ de Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower
- Stroll the magical Hall of Mirrors, go on a rowboat ride in the gardens, and see where Marie Antoinette lived lavishly at the Palace of Versailles*
- Cruise down the Seine for a spectacular view of Paris from the river
*These are optional excursions.
DAY 1: NEWARK (FOR THOSE WHO OPT TO TAKE THE GROUP FLIGHT)
As the group flight takes off, the trip officially begins!
DAYS 2 – 4: BARCELONA
First we will head to the most happening city on the Mediterranean for good times on the beach, tapas and paella, and an unforgettable stroll on La Rambla. We’ll see Gaudi’s masterpieces, such as the breathtaking Sagrada Familia church – still being built after 130 years! We will visit the whimsical and playful Parc Guell, full of color and dreamlike structures. We’ll take a Spanish cooking class and learn to to cook our own mouthwatering paella. Our Barcelona bike tour will whisk us through the city’s hip neighborhoods and down its bustling beachside boardwalk. We will be enchanted by the music and dance at a traditional flamenco show. Of course, no trip to Barcelona would be complete without catching some rays on the beach, and shopping at some of the most lively outdoor markets and trendy shops in Europe!
DAYS 4 – 10: ROME, FLORENCE, MONTALCINO and SIENA
Benvenuti a Roma! We’ll hop off the plane and into the Eternal City where a long and mighty history awaits us. As the city streets buzz with antiquity around every corner, you’ll be in awe as we transport ourselves thousands of years back in time while exploring the most important monuments and structures. From the Colosseum, where we’ll envision the bloody spectacle of gladiator competition, to the Roman Forum, which once housed the ancient city’s bustling center and main marketplace. There’s no better way to learn about the Roman Empire than with a view of the city from atop the Palatine Hill- the very place where it all began. We’ll then fast-forward to the Renaissance, crossing the Tiber to Vatican City and marvel at the massive basilica dedicated to St. Peter. We’ll lose ourselves in the Vatican’s extensive collection of artistic masterpieces from the ancient world to the present day, culminating with a look at Michelangelo’s elaborate ceiling frescos in the Sistine Chapel. We’ll stroll down the Tiber and venture slightly off the beaten bath to Trastevere, one of Rome’s hippest neighborhoods, to see the local Romans in action and indulge in some of the best food in the city, including fresh homemade pastas to pizza “al taglio.” We’ll shop on the famous Via del Corso, toss a coin over our shoulders into the Trevi Fountain, and hang out on the Spanish Steps enjoying a classic Roman night of people-watching and simply relaxing in the summer air of a beautiful piazza.
Arrivederci Roma! After our time in the eternal city we will take an optional excursion to Montalcino to experience the stunning Tuscan countryside. We’ll spend the day at a gorgeous estate touring the winery, hanging out by the pool, and preparing a delicious Italian meal. What makes this day really special are our hosts, a lovely local family who own the vineyard and who will teach us how to make fresh, mouthwatering Tuscan cuisine. Those who opt not to participate in the excursion will enjoy a visit to the beautiful Medieval city of Siena.
Next stop on our Italian adventure is Florence. Here, in the center of the Italian Renaissance, artists and writers such as Michelangelo, da Vinci, Dante and Machiavelli completed some of their most famous masterpieces. We’ll stand in awe of Michelangelo’s gorgeous David at the Accademia gallery, and we’ll tour the Uffizi, the world’s best collection of Italian Renaissance art, marveling at paintings by Botticelli, Caravaggio, and others. Art and culture are not all that is in store for us in Florence, however; we’ll also enjoy an amazing pizza dinner, challenge ourselves to complete a tasty nighttime tour of some of the best handmade gelato places in the city, and spend a night clubbing at one of our favorite dance spots. No trip to Florence would be complete without a visit to the Duomo, the magnificent Gothic style basilica. We’ll climb to the top of the famous terracotta dome for a breathtaking view of the city. And don’t forget a sunset stroll over the Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s oldest and most iconic bridge that crosses the Arno River. Before you know it you will truly understand the meaning of “la bella vita!”
DAYS 10 – 15: PARIS
Our final destination is Paris, the renowned City of Light. Here, we will be staying in the Marais, one of Paris’ most beautiful and historic neighborhoods. We’ll visit the Louvre – the world’s largest art collection and home to da Vinci’s beguiling Mona Lisa – and enjoy an afternoon of shopping along the Champs Elysees, where boutiques from the world’s best designers line the wide boulevards. We’ll climb the Eiffel tower, enjoy a sunset cruise along the Seine, and take in spectacular views of the city from atop the Arc de Triomphe. You can choose to visit the Centre Pompidou or the Musee d’Orsay, both home to sublime artistic masterpieces. Wander the ancient streets of Montmartre, once the city’s artistic center, right next door to the famed Moulin Rouge. Finally, you can choose to visit the Sun King’s palace at Versailles, the site of so many of history’s most important moments, and an impressive sight to behold! The baguettes, escargot, and fondue will be plentiful as we wrap up this trip of a lifetime falling in love with Paris!
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.
Our hotel in Barcelona lies right at the intersection of the beautiful Gothic Quarter and the Rambla, the main pedestrian boulevard. It has been recently renovated and is a modern gem in a historical neighborhood. In Rome we stay at an elegant hotel near the central Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore, close to the city center and the main train station. In Florence we stay a short distance from the Duomo. Finally, in Paris, our accommodation is in a traditional 14th century mansion in the 4eme arrondissement just minutes from some of the best sights in the City of Light in the Marais neighborhood.
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 four major European cities in three of the most visited countries in the world. This program allows them to discover the similarities and differences of the unique cultures in Spain, Italy, and France.
What is unique about this program?
From an exclusive invitation to a Tuscan villa and winery tour, to a hands-on learning experience at a Paella cooking class in Barcelona and TFT’s fifteen years of expertise in leading trips through Paris, this program provides unique insider access to all four cities.
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 Discover Europe 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!
Italian food is all about fresh, simple ingredients. We’ll sample the best of the “three Ps”- pizza, pasta, and panini! Indulging in these Italian specialities for the first time is a life changing experience, and we will be there to document every minute of it as you fall in love with the fresh mozzarella, warm Italian bread, mouth watering prosciutto, and homemade pasta. Don’t forget about gelato! After your trip to Italy, no dessert will ever be the same.
The food in Spain can be a variety of styles, but one of the most amazing food traditions to ever exist remains the same throughout the whole country – tapas! Can’t decide on what to order? No problem! With tapas, you can try a little bit of everything. Tapas are small, shared dishes that accumulate to a full meals served in multiple appetizer sized plates. We will also have an opportunity to cook and eat paella in Barcelona, another traditional Spanish dish.
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. Everyday 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 Barcelona, Rome, Florence and Paris. A counselor will always be nearby when participants have free time in each city. We will have the chance to go clubbing on this trip in Florence, where our counselors will be present at all times.
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!
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