From one country rich in Catalan and Basque culture to another one filled with elegant European tradition, discover Spain and France this June! Organized by Cary High School and Travel For Teens, journey through four distinctly vibrant regions in Europe, where the cultures thrive on the juxtaposition of ancient history and buzzing modernity.
Our journey begins in Barcelona, an ancient Roman trading port that has grown into the capital of Cataluña and one of Europe’s hottest destinations. We’ll wander amongst the ornate architecture of Gaudí, sample tapas in the old town and admire the dancer’s flying feet at a flamenco performance. Our time in Spain will take us north to Basque country, where we’ll relax on the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean!
Then we’re off to France, where we will discover the City of Light, where we’ll embrace this city’s artistic heritage and the cuisine that has made it one of Europe’s must-visit locales. We’ll glimpse the city from atop the Eiffel Tower, taste homemade macarons from a famous patisserie, and take a tour of the world-renowned art of the Musée du Louvre. Join us today on a trip of a lifetime!
Informational Meeting Details
A TFT representative will give a short presentation and answer your questions.
Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2019
Location: Room 2309
Cary High School
DAY 1: DEPART FROM THE USA
Group flight departs from Raleigh-Durham for Barcelona!
DAYS 2-3: BARCELONA
Welcome to Spain! Barcelona awaits you with its sandy Mediterranean beaches, lively boulevards, and traditional cuisine. Marvel at Antoní Gaudí’s spectacular architecture at Parc Guell, Casa Mila, and of course the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. Explore for yourself all the hidden twists and turns of the ancient Gothic Quarter, try your hand at making your own Spanish paella in our cooking class, and take an off-the-beaten-path bike tour to learn the city’s secrets.
DAYS 4-5: SAN SEBASTIÁN
Then we’re off to the Basque country as we head north to San Sebastián! Considered the culinary capital of Spain, we’ll go on our unique “Tapas Tour” just like the Spanish do–hopping around to a number of different restaurants, and eating a little snack at each one. Learn to surf on one of the world’s best surfing beaches, ride a cable car up to the top of the mountain for a beautiful view of the harbor, and go for a bike ride around the city!
DAYS 6-9: PARIS & VERSAILLES
Paris, the City of Light! 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.
Then we’re off on a short train ride out of Paris to the spectacular Château de Versailles, a hunting lodge-turned-palace. Learn about the most important historical moments that have taken place here, including the reign of the Sun King, the French Revolution, the Treaty of Versailles signed in the Hall of Mirrors, and more. Stroll through the gardens and see Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet before picking up fresh lunch ingredients in the Versailles farmers’ market.
Once back in Paris, we’ll make sure to truly capture the priceless works of art in the Louvre during our guided tour and experience Paris on our sunset cruise down the Seine. Bike ride through Paris’ hidden alleyways with our local guide and learn interesting aspects of the city’s long history. Try some of your favorite recipes at authentic restaurants, such as crêpes, 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!
DAY 10: RETURN FLIGHT TO THE USA
Deadline to register: November 1, 2019
Within three days of registration: Deposit of $250
December 2, 2019: Airfare due
January 15, 2020: $900 deposit due
February 12, 2020: $900 deposit due
March 18, 2020: Balance
Trip must be paid in full no fewer than 60 days before departure, by April 9, 2020.
*All payments are fully refundable until October 15, 2019 or in the unlikely event the trip has to be canceled due to low enrollment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Travel For Teens?
We are in our 18th year in the teen travel business and have emerged as the industry leader for teen travel in Europe, North America, Asia, Latin America, Oceania and Africa. We operate over 100 programs in 46 countries on 6 continents.
Our philosophy: We offer genuine and authentic trips for travelers, not tourists.
Our goal is to engender a passion for learning about other cultures and places through living like a local in that place.
How much is tuition and what does it include?
Tuition for the trip is $2,995 + airfare, which INCLUDES all breakfasts and dinners, accommodations, transportation, entrance to museums/events, taxes and tips.
Tuition does NOT INCLUDE meals not listed in the itinerary, beverages other than filtered water at meals, laundry, souvenirs, shopping, visas and visa application fees, personal and medical expenses, activities and admissions that are not program-related or referenced in the itinerary, excess baggage fees, damage to hotels, expenses related to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. transportation delays or natural disasters), or Trip Cancellation Insurance (Travel Protection Plans).
If I cannot afford the payment schedule listed above, does Travel For Teens provide flexible payment plans?
Yes, Travel For Teens is willing to customize a payment plan for any participant who needs a little flexibility in the payment schedule. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details on payment plans.
How much is trip cancellation insurance?
Trip cancellation insurance will be mandatory for all participants and is not included in your deposit payment. We feel that this gives everyone more peace of mind in case of unforeseen events. The trip cancellation insurance, if purchased directly from Travel For Teens, is $118 for the standard plan. You may also choose to purchase a more comprehensive cancel-for-any-reason insurance. All paying participants will need to provide proof of an independently-purchased policy if not purchasing the plan offered by Travel For Teens.
How much is airfare? How do the flights work?
Travel For Teens has reserved a group contract for all participants traveling from Raleigh-Durham to Barcelona via New York-JFK and direct from Paris to Raleigh-Durham upon return. The cost of the flights is at most $1425 but could be less.
If a participant would like to book their own independent flights to meet us in Barcelona and/or depart from Paris independently, they may do so. They would receive a tuition credit for booking these flights themselves.
If participants would like us to book their independent flights for them, we are happy to do so for a $50 per ticket booking fee.
Who can go on this trip?
The trip is open to all Cary High School students. Space is limited and is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Are parents allowed to go on this trip?
Participants will be traveling without a parent. Adults associated with Cary High School may contact the lead chaperone if they wish to come as an additional chaperone.
What happens after I register?
Once your deposit is paid, you will receive an email that confirms your registration.
You will receive another email that contains your USERNAME and PASSWORD to MyTFT. All forms to be completed by parents and physician as well as packing lists, travel tips, travel insurance information, and other important information can be found on the MyTFT portal (hard copies of the essential legal/medical forms can be mailed to participants upon request). Our contract and release must be signed by all custodial parents (or guardians) and the participant. We will host a second meeting in advance of your departure to go over all last minute questions and details.
Where do we stay?
We will be staying in three-star hotels throughout the program. The names of the accommodations are available to all families once they have signed up.
Students traveling with a family member may request to be in a twin room. Parents traveling as a couple can request a double bed instead of a twin room.
Single rooms can be requested and will cost $615 additional per person per single.
Note: singles must be requested at the time of registration to be guaranteed.
Trip Emails & Photographs
We will take dozens, if not hundreds, of photos each day. The best photos will be posted as regularly as possible (ideally every day) to a private webpage where you can follow along with the trip. We will send you an email to alert you when we post new photos. We will provide every family a link for downloading all pictures immediately after the trip returns. All photos can be purchased in high resolution after the trip via digital download ($50) or USB ($75).
The trip director will be in regular email contact every 24-48 hours, internet willing, with the families. Email will be the best way to communicate messages to the Trip Director.
Safety, Sickness & Communication
SAFETY AND SICKNESS
The safety of your kids is our #1 concern, which is why we have only experienced trip leaders running the show.
All trip leaders and chaperones will have international mobile phone access and TFT will give you these numbers before departure.
The TFT trip leader will also have a smartphone that is accessible 24/7 that can be called in case of emergency.
Your kids will be given opportunities to call and email home on a regular basis. Teens are encouraged to bring a cell phone on the trip. Outside of the hotel students can use their cell phone for photos/videos and emergencies. At the hotel, they can use their smartphones for social media, texting, emailing etc.
What are the safety qualifications for our staff?
Our staff members undergo a rigorous hiring process. They receive the same background check as school educators, an extensive training process to go over all safety precautions and protocols, and are required to be certified in CPR and First Aid. We exclusively hire responsible, multi-talented individuals who are safety-minded and are as passionate about teen travel as we are.
What is the food like on a TFT program? Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
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!
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 to speak the language?
No, our skilled staff members will help you get around and even teach you a few fun phrases!
Are participants allowed to have their cell phones on the program?
We do allow participants to bring their phones, but we ask that they use it solely as a camera when we are out and about during the day. We want everyone to focus on living in the moment and fully experience each new destination we are visiting without being absorbed in their phones. We ask that participants look at their journey with us as a way to disconnect. When we have downtime at our hotels in the evenings it is okay for participants to use their devices to connect with friends and family back home.
What is the activity level of this trip?
This is an active trip. The goal of the trip will be to maximize each day. We aim to achieve a good balance of activity and downtime. You will need to be comfortable walking about 5 miles a day in total.