France is the very first country to which Travel For Teens began running programs and, thanks to our local knowledge and insider connections, there is no better way to discover this European gem than with us! Organized by LREI and Travel For Teens, start your adventure in the City of Light, where you’ll explore this city from the heights of the Eiffel Tower to the depths of the Catacombs. This legendary city is home to artists and emperors, writers and composers, and the site of some of the most important events in history. Come to know it like a local with us by biking through its historical neighborhoods, taking a sunset cruise down the Seine, and eat your way through the 20 arrondissements. Stroll through Marie Antoinette’s gardens at the spectacular Chateau de Versailles and shop ’til you drop on the Champs-Élysées, Paris’ version of 5th Avenue.
Then we’re off to the gem of the French Riviera, the glittering city of Nice! Stroll the Promenade des Anglais and watch the street performers at dusk, gelato in hand. Peruse the traditional Cours Saleya marketplace for treasures, and climb to the top of the hill to visit a hidden waterfall and get the best view of the Mediterranean Sea from above. Satisfy your inner explorer by wandering the cobblestone streets of Èze, a village perched on the cliffside that has been here since medieval times, and then finish off your afternoon by hopping over to the neighboring country of Monaco for an afternoon of glitz and glam, exploring the Royal Palace, Old Monaco, and Monte Carlo.
Join us today to discover the best that France has to offer!
During this program, you will…
- Go to the most visited museum in the world, the Louvre, and see works like the Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, Mona Lisa, and so many more
- See Paris from the heights of the Eiffel Tower to the beautiful French boulevards
- Experience the beauty of both Southern and Northern French cultures
- Go on a bike tour with a local guide to explore off-the-beaten-path Paris
- Explore the Royal Palace of Versailles, learn about the Sun King’s lavish parties, and stroll through the stunning gardens
- Have some retail therapy in the hip boutiques of Vieux Nice
- See where Van Gogh and Picasso frequented in the hip artistic neighborhood of Montmartre
- Visit two countries in one day on our day trip to Monaco
- Enjoy fondue in the Latin Quarter, escargot at a classic bistro, and crêpes along the Seine
- Visit the most iconic Parisian sites such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Luxembourg Gardens and the Champs-Elysées
DAY 1: DEPART FROM THE USA
DAYS 2-5: PARIS
Bienvenue en France! Welcome to the City of Lights, where our trip begins. In Paris 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 all of the famous artists hung out in Montmartre, and shop on the Champs-Elysées. Bike through some of Paris’ “hidden” neighborhoods, explore the Luxembourg Gardens, take in those incredible Parisian views from the top of the Eiffel Tower, sail down the Seine on our favorite sunset cruise. Try some of your favorite recipes at authentic restaurants, such as crêpes, fondue, and omelettes, or maybe taste something new–escargot anyone?
During our time in Paris, we will make sure we venture out to the Palace of Versailles, where we’ll learn about the rise and fall of the French Monarchy, as well as stroll through Marie Antoinette’s gardens!
DAYS 6-7: NICE, ÈZE & MONACO
Then we’ll do as the Europeans do and hop on the high-speed train down to Nice to discover the beautiful beaches of the French Riviera. Stroll around Vieux Nice’s Boulevard Anglaise and poke around the quaint shops here, chitchatting with shopkeepers in French. Climb to the hilltop castle for an unparalleled view of the Cote d’Azur! We’ll spend a day to visit neighboring Monaco to see where Europe’s rich and famous go to play and spend time Èze to connect with the medieval villages of Provence, sources of artistic inspiration for centuries.
DAY 8: RETURN FLIGHT TO THE USA
Deadline to register: October 15, 2022
At time of registration: Deposit of $750 due
Flight deadline: November 1, 2022
Balance will be due in three automatic installments due on the 15th of each month between November 2022 and January 2023.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Travel For Teens?
We are in our 21st year in the teen travel business and have emerged as the industry leader for teen travel in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Oceania, and Africa. We operate over 100 programs in 47 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 $2,595, which INCLUDES all breakfasts and dinners, accommodations, transportation, entrance to museums/events, and taxes and tips
Tuition does NOT INCLUDE lunches and meals not listed in the itinerary, mandatory Trip Cancellation Insurance, COVID-related expenses (as applicable), 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).
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 airfare? How do the flights work?
Travel For Teens will reserve a group contract for all participants traveling roundtrip from New York, NY to Paris (CDG) and the connecting flight from Nice (NCE) on the return. The exact flight path will be determined in October 2022. TFT reserves the right to adjust the trip cost difference with a tuition supplement.
If a participant (parent or student) would like to book their own independent flights to meet us in Paris and depart independently from Nice 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 $100 per ticket booking fee.
After I register, what happens next?
Once your deposit of $750 is paid, you will receive an email that confirms receipt of your deposit and registration.
In October 2022, 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. We will host a second meeting, via webinar, in May 2023 in advance of your departure to go over all last minute questions and details.
Who will be leading this trip from the school?
LREI chaperones will be determined in the fall of 2022.
Where do we stay?
We will be staying in three-star hotels in Paris and Nice. The names of the accommodations are available to all families once they have signed up.
Single rooms can be requested and will cost $400 additional per person per single.
Note: singles must be requested at the time of registration to be guaranteed.
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.
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.