Have you ever dreamed of seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle at night, walking in the footsteps of royalty in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, or strolling along the beaches of the French Riviera? On this fabulously French program organized by Travel For Teens and Jackson Academy, you will be able to do all this and more! We begin this trip of a lifetime in Paris, where you’ll marvel at the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, take a cruise down the River Seine, and visit the lavish residence of the infamous Sun King. Next, we’ll take a train down to Nice, where you’ll get a feel for the best place in France to be seen: the French Riviera! Soak up the sun on picturesque beaches, wander the cobblestone streets of ancient towns, and check out the yachting scene in Monaco. Every day, you’ll be able to practice your French in real-world situations. This program is sure to leave you with a special place for all things French in your heart!
Informational Meeting Details
A TFT representative will give a short presentation and answer your questions.
DAY 1: DEPART FROM THE USA
Your trip begins as you fly from Jackson to Paris!
DAY 2: WELCOME TO THE CITY OF LIGHT
Upon your arrival in Paris, 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. Then, what better way to begin your trip to Paris than by going to the top of the Eiffel Tower? Finish off the day with your first taste of authentic French cuisine at one of our favorite bistros.
DAY 3: Secrets of Paris
Begin the day with a guided tour of the Musée du Louvre to see firsthand some of the world’s most impressive masterpieces. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the Tuileries Gardens and have some free time to explore the area around the Hôtel de Ville, Chatelet. We’ll then have a bike tour through “hidden Paris”, which is always a student favorite! Cycle with our local guide through the Marais, past Bastille, across the Seine and to the ancient heart of Paris. The group will reconvene in the hip artistic neighborhood of Montmartre, where we’ll see the infamous Moulin Rouge and enjoy the view from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica before a fantastic dinner.
DAY 4: The Sun King's Palace
Take a short train ride out of Paris to the spectacular Chateau de Versailles, a hunting lodge-turned-palace. Our staff will teach students 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. After returning to Paris, climb the Arc de Triomphe and enjoy some world-class souvenir shopping on the Champs-Élysées. As always, dinner will be traditional, local cuisine at one of our favorite authentic restaurants.
DAY 5: The Seine at Twilight
We’ll start the day with a choice of Paris’ best art museums. We understand that student travelers have diverse interests and needs, so our staff do their very best to accommodate everyone’s must-sees. Students can choose to visit the Musée d’Orsay, home to Post-Impressionist masterpieces by van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Cézanne, Signac, and more, or check out the modern art at the Centre Pompidou, where the museum itself is just as much a work of art as what’s within. The group will reconvene for lunch in the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens. After lunch, descend into the Catacombs, the fascinating underground tunnels of Paris! Later, have some free time to explore the Latin Quarter before enjoying a traditional dinner of fondue and raclette. Cap off this amazing day with a twilight river cruise down the Seine to see Paris lit up at night.
Day 6: THE HIGH-SPEED TRAIN
Board the high-speed TGV train from Paris to Nice. Upon our arrival, we’ll take a seaside stroll around Vieux Nice, including the yacht port and the “#ILoveNice” sign. Climb up to the clifftop fortress and waterfall for incredible views of the Côte d’Azur. We’ll have our first dinner of Niçoise cuisine, followed by a nighttime stroll to soak up the ambiance and get a gelato for dessert.
DAY 7: THE FRENCH RIVIERA
Today we’ll explore some of the charming Provencal villages surrounding Nice. Begin with a morning visit to Èze, a beautiful medieval village on a clifftop, where you can also visit the Fragonard perfume factory. And who said school tours had to be all work and no play? Spend the afternoon relaxing on one of France’s best beaches. In the evening, we’ll have dinner in Nice and watch the street performers on the Promenade des Anglais.
DAY 8: VISIT ANOTHER COUNTRY!
Begin the morning like the locals do with a trip to the Cours Saleya marketplace, where fresh produce, flowers, handmade soaps, olive oil, and lavender products are on offer. Then it’s time to cross another country off your bucket list, as we hop the border to Monaco! Marvel at the opulence of the Royal Palace, Monte Carlo and the yacht harbor. We’ll return to Nice for dinner and enjoy a dessert of crêpes or gelato, whichever strikes your fancy.
DAY 9: VILLAGES AND HAUTE CUISINE
On our last day in the beautiful Côte d’Azur, take a trip to Saint-Paul-de-Vence, a medieval village with incredible views of the surrounding mountains. After returning to Nice, students will have the choice of visiting the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, having more time to relax on the Nice beach, or going last-minute souvenir shopping. We’ll celebrate the end of an incredible trip with an upscale final dinner at one of our favorite fancy restaurants.
DAY 10: RETURN FLIGHT HOME
Your TFT guides will accompany you to the airport and assist you with check-in for your flight. Wave goodbye as you head through security and sit back and relax on your flight home.
Deadline to register: November 1, 2019
Within three days of registration: Deposit of $350
December 1, 2019: Airfare due
January 15, 2020: $815 deposit due
February 12, 2020: $815 deposit due
March 12, 2020: $815 remaining balance due
Trip must be paid in full no fewer than 60 days before departure, by April 1, 2020.
*All payments are fully refundable until November 15, 2019.
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 and what does it include?
Tuition for the trip is $2795, which INCLUDES all breakfasts and dinners, accommodations, transportation, entrance to museums/events, taxes and tips.
Tuition does NOT INCLUDE 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?
Travel For Teens strongly recommends that all participants purchase a travel protection plan (trip insurance). The policy we recommend is underwritten by TripMate and details can be found at http://www.travelforteens.com/insurance.
How much is airfare? How do the flights work?
Travel For Teens will reserve a group contract for all participants traveling roundtrip from Jackson to Paris and from Nice to Jackson. The exact flight path will be determined in the fall of 2019.
If a participant would like to book their own independent flights to meet us in Paris and/or depart 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 Jackson Academy students and families. Space is limited and is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Are parents allowed to go on this trip?
Most participants will be traveling without a parent. Parents are welcome to come along with their teen. Adults associated with Jackson Academy may contact the lead chaperone if they wish to come without their children/spouse.
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 $550 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.