Step into a postcard as you explore the best of Greece with TFT! Greece is home to stunning beaches, whitewashed homes, charming towns and centuries of rich history. Get lost in the ancient ruins of Athens, and marvel at the incredible views of the world-renowned Greek Islands on this teen travel program.
Veteran Trip Director, Ryan Maloney, will be leading an exclusive private trip to Greece from July 20-August 1, 2020. This program will be a private sailing version of our 13-day Greece program.
Greek culture is brought to life with fun interactive activities like an afternoon cooking lesson, walks through historic villages, and plenty of opportunities to interact with the hospitable Greek locals who are so passionate about their beloved country.
On our summertime adventure through some of Greece’s most popular destinations, we will swim through crystal blue waters, relax on many island paradises, indulge in local cuisine, and explore the ancient culture that is at the heart of Western Civilization. Prepare to fall in love with the culture, people, history, cuisine, and pure beauty of Greece!
This trip is open to a minimum of 5 participants and a maximum of 8.
Informational Meeting Details
A TFT representative will give a short webinar and answer your questions.
When: February 5, 2020
Time: 8:00pm (EST)
or to participate by phone +1 (562) 247-8422 access code 539-363-732
DAY 1: DEPART FROM THE USA
Group flight departs from New York (JFK) for Athens.
DAYS 2-3: ATHENS
Upon your arrival in Athens, you’ll be greeted at the airport by your Travel For Teens guides, who will accompany you for the duration of your journey. After getting settled into the hotel, we’ll have lunch and head to downtown Athens for a walking tour. See Constitution Square, wander the winding streets of the historical Plaka neighborhood, and explore the market district of Monastiraki. We’ll top off an exciting first day with your first taste of authentic Greek cuisine at one of our favorite local restaurants.
Then step back in time 2500 years to the height of ancient Greek civilization at the incredible Acropolis! First, we’ll visit the Acropolis Museum, rated one of the world’s top 10 museums. Then we’ll see this incredibly well-preserved monument ourselves. After lunch, students will have free time to explore Plaka and shop for souvenirs on Ermou Street. For dinner, try your hand at making your own Greek delicacies in our cooking class.
DAYS 4-5: PAROS
Leaving Athens, we will travel the way the Greeks do–cruising by ferry over the turquoise Mediterranean waters. Our next destination is Paros, an island famous in ancient times for its immaculate white marble and for having sided in battle with the Persians against the Greeks! We’ll get a tour of the island, where we’ll learn about traditional island life, past and present, with our afternoon saved for sun, sea. There will be plenty of fun activities on offer including, windsurfing, beach volleyball, and tubing!
Out on the water we will visit gorgeous beaches, swim in the inviting water, and admire the towns along the seaside. Our evenings in Paros will be spent enjoying the vibrant island sunsets, feasting on delicious dinners at local restaurants and shopping and strolling the white washed streets.
DAYS 6-12: SAILING THROUGH THE CYCLADES
Then we’re off on our own private catamaran to sail through the Cyclades like a local. Our stops will include Mykonos, Ios, Koufounisia, Naxos, Antiparos, and Santorini!
Not to be missed will be the incredible Caribbean-blue waters of Koufounisia, the incredible whitewashed town of Mykonos, the Venetian fortress in Naxos town, and of course the world-renowned sunset from Santorini! See the black-sand beaches of Santorini, admire the Greek summer sunsets, and relax in paradise!
Our catamaran will be our home during this week, with our own private skipper and room to relax, enjoy breakfast and snacks on board, and truly soak up this Grecian dream.
DAY 13: RETURN FLIGHT TO THE USA
We’ll head directly from Paros back to Athens to catch our flight back to the USA.
Deadline to register: February 10, 2020
Within 3 Days of Registration:
Participants will pay a $250 deposit. This $250 deposit is fully refundable until the trip has been confirmed on February 11th.
As of February 11th, TFT will confirm if a minimum of 5 students have registered.
By February 18th, Participants will pay the first installment of 50% of the balance.
The remaining balance will be due April 1st, 2020
International Airfare can be purchased with the help of TFT. Airfare payments are due at the time of booking and will be subject to a one time $100 flight booking fee.
TFT strongly recommends all participants purchase travel insurance as all payments are non-refundable once the trip is confirmed. Insurance can be purchased directly from TFT after booking.
Frequently Asked Question
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 & what does tuition include?
Tuition for the trip is $4,500, which INCLUDES all breakfast and dinners, accommodations, transportation, entrance to museums/events, taxes and tips.
Tuition does NOT INCLUDE (not meant to be an exhaustive list): airfare, lunches and 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 email@example.com for details on payment plans.
How much is trip cancellation insurance?
Trip cancellation insurance will be optional for all participants and is not included in your deposit payment. TFT recommends purchasing travel insurance as 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 $215 for the standard plan. You may also choose to purchase a more comprehensive cancel-for-any-reason insurance.
Who can go on this trip?
This program is exclusively for the group of students coordinating with TFT Alum Jillian Kelliher.
After I register, what happens next?
Once you have completed your registration and paid your deposit, you will receive an 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.
Where do we stay?
Our hotels are chosen specifically in safe areas and are well suited to facilitating group supervision. We stay in centrally located accommodations, usually within walking distance of the main attractions. 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 Athens we stay at a great hotel only a five minute walk in the center of Athens near Syntagma. Travelers average between 2-4 per room. On Paros we stay in the stunning town of Naoussa. For the rest of our trip we will stay on our own private catamaran sailing through the Aegean.
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 the program.
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.