Europe for Older Teens: Prague, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia
$4,495 + $275 Rail Pass + Airfare
Jun 23 – Jul 7
|Who can go on this trip?||
Students from around the world!
Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Salzburg, Lake Bled, Split, Dubrovnik, Mostar
|Optional group flight there:||
Newark To Prague
|Optional group flight back:||
Dubrovnik to Newark
The perfect blend of cities and outdoor adventure, this trip is great for those seeking a mix of classic destinations while also experiencing some of Europe’s best kept secrets! Step back in time to the fairy tale city of Prague. Wander the cobblestone streets and see why this is Eastern Europe’s hottest city. Head over to Austria for palaces, markets, breathtaking views of the Alps and a first hand look at the country that inspired “The Sound of Music.” Visit Hitler’s Eagles Nest where, in one of history’s weird turns, a birthday present to Adolf Hitler is now a restaurant with a spectacular 360 degree view of the Alps. Explore stunning Lake Bled in Slovenia and walk along the side of a cliff over a the stunning turquoise waters of the Vintgar Gorge; go for a traditional pletna boat ride across the lake; and relax on the beach underneath the hilltop castle. Finish off your trip in the country that is steadily climbing to the top of every traveler’s list: Croatia. Home to the famous Plitvice lakes, hidden waterfalls, pristine beaches and charming seaside cities. Your time here will be filled with a mix of relaxation and adventure. These hidden gems won’t remain hidden for much longer, so come join us for the experience of a lifetime before the secret gets out!
On This Trip You Will:
- See Prague Castle, Old Town Square and wander through Prague’s winding cobblestone streets
- Sign the famous John Lennon wall
- Spend the day in the charming Bohemian City of Cesky Krumlov*
- Bike around the beautiful city of Vienna
- Savor a slice of famous Viennese chocolate cake
- Have lunch at Vienna’s hip Naschmarkt, featuring hundreds of food stalls stretching for almost a mile
- Visit the elegant Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna
- Ride an elevator up to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest, perched at the top of a mountain in the Bavarian Alps
- Wander the gardens and charming streets of Salzburg
- Enjoy traditional Austrian cuisine at Salzburg’s famous beer hall
- Jump through waterfalls, cascade down natural rock slides, climb over rocks and swim in crystal clear pools on a canyoning adventure in Slovenia
- Hike a cliffside walk over the rushing river in Vintgar Gorge, famous for its dramatic natural scenery
- Tour the castle sitting serenely in the middle of Lake Bled, only accessible by pletna boat
- Swim in a refreshing alpine lake
- Explore breathtaking Plitvice Lakes, a Unesco World Heritage site
- Island hop the spectacular Dalmatian Coast
- Go back in time and explore the palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian in Split
- Go on a white water rafting adventure in Croatia*
- Check another country off your list on a visit to the striking Mostar Bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina
*Cesky Krumlov is an optional excursion.
GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS FROM NEWARK, NJ
DAYS 2-4: Prague
Our first stop is Prague, in the Czech Republic, a destination where the historical and the modern collide. Old cobblestone streets provide space for a vibrant youth culture. We’ll learn about the Velvet Revolution, shop Wenceslas Square, climb to the top of Prague Castle to watch the changing of the guard and to take in some amazing views. We will top it all off with a city tour and the chance to sign the famous inspirational John Lennon Wall!
DAY 4 Prague > Vienna with an optional day trip to Cesky Krumlov
On this day we depart Prague for Vienna with an optional stop in the charming Bohemian village of Cesky Krumlov. In Cesky Krumlov we will climb the belltower for incredible views of the red roofed houses, wander the village, and even have the opportunity to kayak or raft the river that cuts through the village! We will finish off the day by arriving in Vienna and enjoying our first Austrian meal.
Those who opt not to visit Cesky Krumlov will arrive in Vienna earlier and have extra time to get settled in and explore the city
DAY 5- 6: Vienna
In Vienna we will visit the elegant and decadent Schonbrunn Palace, which was the imperial family’s summer home. We will be amazed by this lavish 18th century palace and get lost in its garden maze. Afterwards we will enjoy some of Vienna’s famous chocolate cake for an afternoon snack followed by a bike tour of the city seeing all of the best sites including Mozart’s famous Opera House. Our time in Vienna will conclude with some shopping on the upscale Mariahilferstrasse.
Day 6-8: Salzburg
In Salzburg the hills are alive! This city is considered Austria’s cultural hub and has a hip vibe while maintaining its old world charm. A popular student destination, we will explore the city and its beautiful gardens, sing along to “The Sound of Music” and enjoy dinner at the city’s most famous brewery!
We will also spend a day in the Bavarian Alps while stepping back in time and visiting Hitler’s infamous Eagle’s Nest. Perched at the top of a mountain we will ride an elevator up and have the unique opportunity go inside this piece of history. Not only will we learn about this dark period from the past but the views of the surrounding Alps are also stunning!
Day 7-10 Lake Bled
Nestled in the alps, Lake Bled in Slovenia is a postcard perfect lake town surrounded by gorgeous mountain scenery. Our time here will be filled with adventure! We will Jump through waterfalls, cascade down natural rock slides, climb over rocks and swim in crystal clear pools while canyoning. We’ll hike the cliffside boardwalk of the Vintgar Gorge, tour the castle sitting serenely in the center of the lake, explore some enchanting caves, and of course swim in the lake’s inviting and refreshing waters!
Day 10-13 Split
After crossing the border into Croatia, stop at the famous waterfalls of Krka National Park for amazing views and a refreshing afternoon in the water. Head on to Split, a coastal town known for its pristine beaches, white washed marble streets, and the ancient fortress of Diocletian’s palace at its center. In Split we will spend our time relaxing at the beach, soaking up the sun and culture while enjoying some of the freshest seafood! One of the mornings you have the opportunity to whitewater raft down the picturesque Cetina river canyon on an optional excursion. Our last day in Split might be everyone’s favorite – we island hop on a catamaran day trip exploring the breathtaking locations of Hvar, Brac, Solta and the Pakleni islands, with ample time to swim and soak up the Dalmatian sun! One of our nights here we will dance the night away at one of Split’s exciting beachside clubs.
Day 13-15 Mostar and Dubrovnik
Leaving Split, we’ll stop first at the secluded Kravice waterfalls to enjoy some time swimming in yet another amazing location, before heading on to beautiful Mostar. Gaze in awe at the rebuilt ancient bridge of Stari Most, which connects the two sides of the city and was the scene for an exhilarating Red Bull diving competition. If you’re lucky you will see the local daredevils jump from incredible heights into the water below! After checking another country off of your bucket list, we will finish off our trip in the elegant Croatian coastal city of Dubrovnik. This ancient walled city is a UNESCO World Heritage site with millennia of history and an easy going, seaside vibe. It is home to beautiful churches, fountains and palaces and provides plenty of breathtaking views. Climb the walls of the city, explore the pedestrian only narrow streets, see the second oldest synagogue in Europe, explore rugged and beautiful Lokrum island with some time to swim in its tranquil bays before enjoying a fantastic final Croatian feast overlooking the coast.
HOW MUCH FREE TIME DO THE PARTICIPANTS GET ON THEIR TRIP?
Our counselors tend to stay with group nearly always. Every day we will break up into smaller groups to give our participants lots of choice 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, for example the boardwalk in Split and Old Town Square in Prague
WHAT’S THE FOOD LIKE IN the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia?
The food is delicious! There is a bit of everything, so everyone can eat something that pleases them. Even though a lot of food will look familiar to you, we encourage you to be adventurous, and step out of your comfort zone, try something new! As on all our trips, vegetarians and vegans can be accommodated.
WHERE DO WE STAY ON THE HIDDEN GEMS TRIP?
In Prague, our 3 star hotel is right in the center of the city and near Wenceslas square. We are in a great location that connects easily with the public transit. Our hotel has a lot of experience with groups and stand ready to work with us to make our stay memorable. In Vienna we stay in a three star hotel right on one of the hippest shopping boulevards. Our hotel in Salzburg is a four star hotel right next to the train station. In Lake Bled we stay in a hip award winning youth hostel right on the lake. It is within walking distance to everything and a great place to hang out! In Split and Dubrovnik we stay in 3 star hotels
All of our hotels are in safe areas with 24 hour security. Every student will have his or her own bed.
DO I NEED TO BUY FLIGHTS OR DOES TFT BUY THEM FOR ME? WHICH AIRPORT DOES THE GROUP DEPART FROM?
Travel For Teens organizes chaperoned group flights for nearly every trip. You do not have to go on the group flight with us, although there are several advantages to doing so: the group flight is chaperoned by TFT staff, a lot of group bonding happens on the trip over, and, on those trips that have group flight contracts, we get preferred group flight prices (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 as they walk to baggage claim, and escort them to where the rest of the group has assembled.
Our group flight departs from Newark, NJ. Please contact us for details regarding flight cost.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THIS TRIP?
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 and visa application fees, trip insurance, 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.
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