Step into a postcard as you explore the best of Greece with TFT! On this trip organized by Travel For Teens and MICDS, you’ll discover the beauty of Greece, from stunning beaches, quaint island villages, incredible archaeological sites and centuries of rich history. During this program we will experience everything Greece has to offer, from the ancient ruins of Athens to the unique history in Crete. Swim through crystal waters, relax on island paradises, eat like gods, and marvel at the incredible history packed into one European nation!
Information / Details
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DAY 1: DEPART FROM THE USA
Group flight departs from Saint Louis to Athens
DAY 2: Welcome to 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.
DAY 3: The Ancient Acropolis
This morning, 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 their choice of visiting the Temple of Zeus or the National Archaeology Museum before another delicious Greek dinner.
Day 4: THE ORACLE AT DELPHI
We’ll head out of Athens for a day on a day trip to the mythical city of Delphi, home of the Oracle. Enjoy lunch at a beautiful lookout point outside the village, then take a guided tour of Delphi, which was also home to Apollo and the site of the original Panhellenic Games (precursors to the Olympic Games). Enjoy time to get to know Delphi on your own before we board our private coach and return to Athens for dinner. In the evening, we’ll board an overnight ferry headed for the island of Crete.
Day 5: HERAKLION
Early in the morning we’ll arrive in the port city of Heraklion, and enjoy a delicious breakfast as we watch the sun rise over the Aegean Sea. Discover Knossos, a Bronze Age settlement considered to be the oldest city in Europe. For lunch, we’ll head to a seaside village. In the afternoon, visit the island settlement of Spinalonga, a former Venetian defense settlement that was turned into a leper colony before being officially abandoned in 1962.
Day 6: THE BEST OF CRETE
This morning, we’ll discover the Minoan site of Phaistos, then spend the afternoon swimming at the famous beach of Malaga. In the evening, head to Kapsaliana Village, our home for the next few nights. This is one of our favorite parts of visiting Crete. We get to see how a once abandoned village left empty for over 50 years has now found new life restored as a modern-day hotel settlement full of traditional Greek life.
DAY 7: RETHYMNO
We’ll start the day with a visit at the Arkadi Monastery, a 16th-century monastery that played a leading role in the ongoing war for Greek independence through the 19th century. After lunch, visit Margarites Village for a traditional ceramic demonstration, where you’ll see how ceramics have been made for over 4000 years. This evening, try your hand at making your own Greek delicacies for dinner in our private cooking class!
Day 8: RELAXING AT CHANIA
We’ll spend the day exploring Kapsaliana and the nearby town of Chania before boarding our overnight ferry back to Athens. Go for a walk, take a dip in the refreshing sea, and browse for souvenirs at the quaint village markets!
Day 9: The BIRTHPLACE OF DEMOCRACY
Return to Athens’ main port, Piraeus, and get settled into the capital city again. We’ll do a scavenger hunt in the Agora, the birthplace of democracy in the heart of historical Athens. Try the best gyro in Athens in Monastiraki before taking the rest of the afternoon for last-minute souvenir shopping and visiting any museums you missed. To celebrate the end of an amazing trip, we’ll enjoy an upscale final dinner at one of Athens’ best restaurants, overlooking the Acropolis at sunset.
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 $250
December 1, 2019: $750 deposit due
Balance will be due in two installments, on January 15, 2020 and March 15, 2020.
Trip must be paid in full no fewer than 60 days before departure, by March 28, 2020.
*All payments are fully refundable until December 1, 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 $4,495, which INCLUDES all breakfasts and dinners, accommodations, transportation, entrances to museums/events, Trip Cancellation Insurance (Travel Protection Plans), taxes and tips, and trip insurance.
Tuition does NOT INCLUDE lunches, 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, or 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 email@example.com for details on payment plans.
How much is trip cancellation insurance?
MICDS purchases travel medical and cancellation insurance for all of its international trips. All student travelers will be covered by that policy. This cost is included in the tuition. For more information, please contact Ms. Erin Hamill (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How much is airfare? How do the flights work?
Travel For Teens will reserve a group contract for all participants traveling roundtrip from St. Louis to Athens. The exact flight path will be determined in December of 2019.
Once the group flight path is determined, Travel For Teens will notify the families. If a family wants to use miles to book the exact same flights as the group, they would receive a tuition credit for booking these flights themselves.
If a family wants to deviate the return of their child’s ticket i.e. because they want to meet their child in Europe after the trip, the family would will need to sign a special release per the school policy.
In this situation as well, if parents use miles to book the exact same flights as the group going to Athens and then a different flight home, they would receive a tuition credit for booking these flights themselves.
If a family wants to pay for the flight over with the group and deviate the return, they may do so by both a.) signing the waiver from the school and b.) paying the difference in fare plus a $50 per ticket booking fee if booking the ticket through Travel For Teens. If they book the ticket entirely on their own, the family would receive a tuition credit for booking the flights themselves.
Who can go on this trip?
The trip is open to all MICDS students in grades 9-11. Space is limited and is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis with preference given to students taken Latin and Greek.
Are parents allowed to go on this trip?
On this trip, participants will be traveling without a parent.
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 $380 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.