London and Paris: two complementary European capitals that are at the top of every teen traveler’s list. Join Travel For Teens and MICDS on a STEAM-focused trip through these two incredible cities!
In London you will be amazed at both the similarities and the differences with American culture, while Paris continues to set the trends that the rest of the world strives to emulate. Take in London’s best museums, go to a theater show in the West End, journey through space and time at the Royal Observatory, head to Bletchley Park and crack codes like the famous WWII codebreakers, visit the impressive monoliths at the sacred site of Stonehenge, and get a bird’s-eye view of the Thames from atop the London Eye!
In Paris, soak up the City of Light as you explore the hip artistic neighborhood of Montmartre, get the best view from the top of the Eiffel Tower, go on a guided tour of the Louvre including a visit to the Mona Lisa, try your hand at making your own artistic masterpiece, and visit the home of Monet in Giverny!
Your expert TFT guides with MICDS chaperones will tie together science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics to create the ultimate travel and immersion experience. Join us today!
Informational Meeting Details
A TFT representative will give a short presentation and answer your questions.
Date: October 16, 2019
Location: Shoenberg 135 (next to the MAC Fitness Center)
Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School
101 N Warson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63124, USA
DAY 1: DEPART FROM THE USA
Group flight departs from St. Louis to London!
DAYS 2-4: LONDON
Bright, buzzing and full of life, London is one of the most eclectic and exciting cities in the world. You can stand on the prime meridian, see a play in the vibrant West End, and crack the codes to some of WWII greatest secrets. Explore some of the most impressive museums in the world, take a midnight ghost tour, and test out your forensic skills like a pro. Learn about Royal England at the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey. London awaits you for an experience you’ll never forget!
DAY 5: STONEHENGE
Our time in England wouldn’t be complete without a day out at the UNESCO heritage site of Stonehenge. Try and figure out the mystery behind England’s most famous neolithic structure, constructed roughly 5000 years ago!
DAYS 6-10: PARIS & GIVERNY
Bienvenue en France! Here 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 learn about art and science in your private art class, see where Amèlie was filmed in Montmartre, and shop til you drop on the Champs-Élysées. Have a guided tour through the Louvre, cruise down the Seine at sunset, and take a bike ride through Paris’ hidden alleyways with our local guide and learn interesting aspects of the city’s long history. Try some of your favorite recipes at authentic restaurants, such as crêpes, fondue, and omelettes, or maybe taste something new–escargot anyone? Finally, let’s not forget the experience of a lifetime: going all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower!
During our time in Paris, we will go out to Claude Monet’s home in Giverny. Take in the Impressionist painter’s classic scenes for yourself as you stroll through his beautiful gardens and even walk on the Japanese Bridge over the Lily Pond.
DAY 10: RETURN FLIGHT TO THE USA
Deadline to register: November 1, 2019
Within three days of registration: Deposit of $250
December 1, 2019: $750 deposit due
January 15, 2020: $1500 deposit due
February 12, 2020: $1175 deposit due
March 18, 2020: $1000 final payment due
Trip must be paid in full no fewer than 60 days before departure, by April 13, 2020.
*All payments are fully refundable until December 1, 2020
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, 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 and what does it include?
Tuition for the trip is $4,675, which INCLUDES all breakfasts and dinners, one lunch (Afternoon Tea), accommodations, transportation, entrance to museums/events, Trip Cancellation Insurance (Travel Protection Plans), taxes and tips.
Tuition does NOT INCLUDE 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details on payment plans.
Will there be 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 (email@example.com).
How much is airfare? How do the flights work?
Travel For Teens will reserve a group contract for all participants traveling from St. Louis to London and from Paris to St. Louis on return. The exact flight path will be determined in October 2019.
Who can go on this trip?
This trip is open to all MICDS students currently in grades 7 and 8. Space is limited. Participation is based on application approval.
Are parents allowed to go on this trip?
Participants will be traveling without a parent on this trip.
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.
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.
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.
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.