Program Overview

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, visit famous perfume factories, wander the cobblestone streets of ancient towns, and check out the yachting scene in Monaco. This program is sure to leave you with a special place for all things French in your heart!

Open to all Jackson Academy students, siblings, their parents, alumni, and staff. There are a limited number of spaces for the trip which are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Price

$2495 + Airfare

Dates
Mar 6, 2020 - Mar 13, 2020
What's Included

All breakfasts and dinners
All accommodation (3 star hotels)
All admissions
All gratuities (no additional tips)
All departure taxes
All registration charges
All ground transportation (coaches/trains/public transport)

Who Can Join?

All Jackson Academy students, their siblings and their parents, alumni and staff are welcome to join this adventure of a lifetime!

Countries

France, Monaco

Registration Deadline

Note – As of September 5th, 2019 – the trip is full. Parents/Students who wish to get on the waitlist should send an email to help@travelforteens.com

Contact Information

Mrs. Catherine Arnold, French teacher, carnold@jacksonacademy.org

Mr. Jim Wilkirson, Chief Development Officer. jwilkirson@jacksonacademy.org

 

Informational Meeting Details

A TFT representative will host a meeting to review the trip itinerary and answer any questions about flights, packing, using money abroad, safety, etc.

When: September 2019 – Date TBD

Time: 6:30pm

Where: Jackson Academy Room #207

Trip Itinerary

DAY 1: Depart from the USA

Group flight departs from Jackson to Paris

DAYS 2-5: Paris and Versailles

Bienvenue en France! Upon your arrival at the Paris airport, you’ll retrieve your luggage and meet your TFT counselors, who will accompany you for the duration of your journey. After getting settled in at the hotel, we will start exploring the city of light.

No trip to Paris would be complete without going all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and that’s how we’ll start our first full day in the City of Light! Have lunch at a classic boulangerie before splitting up for the afternoon choices. 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 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.

Take 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. 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.

Finally, we’ll take a short train ride out of Paris to the spectacular Château 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. We’ll celebrate the end of an incredible trip with an upscale final dinner at one of our favorite Parisian restaurants!

DAYS 6-7: Nice and the Côte d'Azur

Bid adieu to Paris as we board the high-speed TGV train to Nice! In just a few short hours, we’ll have arrived in the Côte d’Azur. After getting settled into the hotel, 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.

Over the next two days, we’ll explore one 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.

Do as 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 a fancy final dinner and enjoy a dessert of crêpes or gelato, whichever strikes your fancy.

DAY 8: Return flight home

Say au revoir to Nice as you board your flight home to Jackson.

Payment Timeline

Registration Deadline: October 1, 2019

Within three days of registration: Deposit of $250

Balance in 3 payments ($750, $750, $745): Due November 1, 2019, December 1, 2019 and January 5, 2020.

Airfare is due December 1 and is projected to be approximately $1000-$1120 depending on flight path.

*All payments are fully refundable until October 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.

The activity level of the 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.

How much is tuition & what does tuition include?

Tuition for the trip is $2495, which INCLUDES all breakfasts and dinners, accommodations, transportation, entrance to museums/events, taxes and tips.

Tuition does NOT INCLUDE lunches or meals not listed in the itinerary, beverages other than filtered water at meals, 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).

Airfare will be chosen by the school and billed independently from the trip tuition. Projected cost $1000-$1200 based on the current pricing.

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 help@travelforteens.com 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 $170 for the standard plan. You may also choose to purchase a more comprehensive cancel-for-any-reason insurance. All paying participants (i.e. students/parents) 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 will reserve a group contract for all participants traveling roundtrip from Jackson to Paris (CDG) and from Nice (NCE) back to Jackson.

Based on the information available as of 7/25/19, the flights are projected to cost between $1000-$1200.

If a participant (parent or student) would like to book their own independent flights to meet us in Paris and/or depart independently, they may do so.

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?

Open to all Jackson Academy students, siblings, their parents, alumni, and staff. There are a limited number of spaces for the trip which are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Who will be leading this trip from the school?

Mrs. Catherine Arnold,

French Teacher, carnold@jacksonacademy.org

Mr. Jim Wilkirson,

Chief Development Officer. jwilkirson@jacksonacademy.org

Mr. Wilkirson has a BA in Art History from Vanderbilt.

Where do we stay?

We will be staying in three-star hotels throughout the program. The names of the accommodations are available to you via your MyTFT profile.

Trip Emails & Photographs

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).

EMAILS

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 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 happens after I register?

Once your deposit of $250 is paid, you will receive an email that confirms your registration.

In September 2019, 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.

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.

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