Organized by Travel For Teens, this ultimate European immersion adventure will have you exploring some of the best cultures and sites Europe has to offer! We begin with the northern canals in Amsterdam, known for its vibrant culture of young travelers eager to explore the city’s treasures. The city itself is a sight to behold, filled with bicycles and gorgeous old buildings, and perfect for us to explore on foot! Then it’s off to the City of Light, where we will explore the museums, history, food, and culture of this amazing capital city. During our time in Paris, there will be an optional day trip to learn about WWII history along the beaches of Normandy.
The journey continues to Italy, where we visit the floating city of Venice, lined with Renaissance palaces and filled with passing gondolas. We’ll wander the city’s tangled streets, marvel at the colors and reflections that only Venice can offer, and visit St. Mark’s Basilica and the palace of the Doges. Then off Florence, the Renaissance capital of the world, home to Michelangelo’s David, the famous leather markets, and the world-famous Uffizi art gallery! We’ll dive into traditional Italian life at our cooking lesson in the rolling hills of Tuscany, and end our European adventure discovering Rome, the Emerald City and incredible ancient buildings blending into the modern, vibrant city.
The program is by invitation-only. There are a limited number spaces for the trip which are available on a first come first serve basis.
Informational Meeting Details
A TFT representative will give a short presentation and answer your questions!
When: Friday, January 31, 2020
Where: Ternan Home
1984 Greenbank Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
Tiffany’s Cell Phone: 818-627144
DAY 1: DEPART FROM LOS ANGELES (LAX)
And we’re off to Europe!
DAYS 2-3: AMSTERDAM
Welcome to Europe! Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, is known for its vibrant culture of young travelers eager to explore the city’s treasures. The city itself is a sight to behold, filled with bicycles and gorgeous old buildings, which makes it ideal for exploring on foot. Our focus is on providing a safe and energetic tour of this dynamic place, as we tour the Vondelpark, check out the masterpieces on display at the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum, and even take a walking tour through the notorious Red Light District. Throughout, we’ll peer back into the origins of Dutch culture, and pause to reflect on the events of modern history as we visit the Anne Frank House, where the famous diarist and her family lived while in hiding from the Nazi forces that occupied the city.
DAYS 4-7: PARIS & NORMANDY*
Bienvenue en France! 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 Amèlie was filmed in Montmartre, and shop til you drop on the Champs-Élysées. Have a guided tour through the Louvre, explore the Luxembourg Gardens or Père Lachaise Cemetery, and take a sunset cruise down the Seine. Take a 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!
Students will also have the option to join our private tour of Normandy. We’ll visit the Caen Peace Memorial and learn the history of the crucial WWII battles that were fought in France. After lunch, take a guided tour of the D-Day Landing Beaches. Led by an expert from the Memorial, we will have a guided tour of Omaha Beach, Arromanches Harbor, Point du Hoc, and the American War Cemetery.
DAYS 8-9: VENICE
After a short flight, we begin our Italian journey in the incredible city of Venice – a dreamlike city of bridges and canals unlike any other in the world. You’ll be amazed at the splendor of the Grand Canal lined with crumbling, decadent palaces. We will wander the city’s tangled streets, marveling at the colors and reflections that only Venice can offer. Marvel at the iconic St. Mark’s Basilica in the central square. Visit the classic Venetian Gothic-style Palace of the Doges, which was the seat of the Doge, the supreme authority in the Republic of Venice. This striking structure set along the edge of St Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal is has been converted into a massive internationally renowned museum. Get an insider’s look at the last gondola shop to learn about this centuries-old craft. The Gondola master is one of only five remaining craftsman left producing the iconic Gondolas that thrill tourists daily in the canals.
Check out the Peggy Guggenheim Museum showcasing the eccentric Peggy’s private collection of unique modern art at the former villa where she spent many years amassing a huge array of art from legends like Pollock, Picasso and Dali. Venture to the island of Murano, the center of the ancient glassmaking industry and learn about first hand at an authentic Venetian workshop. Fall in love with the splendors of this Italian city in the lagoon that will surely leave its mark on you.
DAY 10: FLORENCE
We begin our Italian journey in Florence, the city most often referred to as an outdoor museum. Every turn in this beautiful city reveals a new statue, fountain or fresco. In the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, we’ll see Michelangelo’s famous “David,” climb to the top of the Duomo, and visit the Uffizi Museum, which houses the best collection of Italian Renaissance art in the world. We’ll shop in the city’s famous markets and go to an exclusive event at one of the best leather shops in the city.
DAY 11: MONTALCINO, TUSCANY
No trip to Italy is complete without visiting the rolling Tuscan hills. Here too we’ll get a hands-on cooking lesson from expert Italian chefs, using freshly harvested vegetables straight from their garden! Enjoy a special tour of the winery where they produce award-winning wine and receive an introduction to this important part of Italian culture.
DAYS 12-13: ROME
We’ll arrive in 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 try to imagine 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.
DAY 15: RETURN FLIGHT TO THE USA
Deadline to register: February 10, 2020
Within 3 Days of Registration:
Participants will pay a 50% deposit based on the trip chosen (14 vs 21 days). The standard $100 application fee will be waived for all participants.
Balance will be due in two installments: March 1st and April 1st, 2020
Trip must be paid in full no fewer than 60 days before departure by April 2, 2020.
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.
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 & what does tuition include?
Tuition for the trip is $4,295*, which INCLUDES all breakfasts and dinners, accommodations, transportation, entrance to museums/events, taxes and tips.
Tuition does NOT INCLUDE lunches and dinners, beverages other than filtered water at meals, international airfare, Internet, 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), and Trip Cancellation Insurance (Travel Protection Plans)
*Cost of the trip is dependent on number of participants. This will be finalized by _________.
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 is strongly recommended for all participants and is not included in tuition. We feel that this gives one more peace of mind in case of unforeseen events. The trip cancellation insurance, if purchased directly from Travel For Teens, is $258-$309 for the standard plan. You may also choose to purchase a more comprehensive cancel-for-any-reason insurance. For more information, please see this page.
How much is airfare? How do the flights work?
Airfare roundtrip from LAX (LAX-AMS, FCO-LAX) can be purchased via TFT for $100 booking fee. Airfare payment is due at the time of booking.
Who can go on this trip?
The trip is open by invite-only. Space is limited and is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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.
Student travelers will be in a combination of twin, triple and quad rooms.
Single rooms can be requested and will cost $700-$1000 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. During the program 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 & 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 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 happens after I register?
Once your deposit is paid, you will receive an email that confirms your registration.
In February 2020, 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, via webinar, in May 2020 in advance of your departure to go over all last minute questions and details.
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.
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely! We ask that if you do come with a friend, you and your friend(s) maintain openness to meeting new people and sharing this special experience with the entire group.
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.