Take the road less traveled and explore three of the culturally richest cities in Eastern Europe: Budapest, Krakow, and Prague. There are hidden treasures around every corner in these imperial cities, from the thermal baths in Budapest, to the quaint streets of Krakow and the magical fairytale city of Prague. Join the Ravenscroft School and Travel For Teens on this adventure of a lifetime, where you will learn the fascinating history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and dive into more recent history to understand these elegant cities have been reborn after the Nazi and Communist occupations. This program offers a unique and exotic experience to a stunning part of Europe for those travelers looking to venture off the beaten path!
Informational Meeting Details
Join us at the Ravenscroft School at the Global Opportunities Night to learn more!
Date: September 24th, 2019
Location: The Ravenscroft School
DAY 1: DEPART FROM THE USA
Group flight departs from Raleigh-Durham for Budapest!
DAYS 2-3: BUDAPEST
This Hungarian capital may be one of Europe’s most understatedly beautiful cities. Dive into the rich cultural center of Budapest, from the communist history of Statue Park, to the Hungarian heritage and pride at the Parliament building. We’ll have a guided tour around the city’s charming castle district, enjoying some of the best views looking down on this stunning city split into two sides by the Danube River. Then we’ll hit the city by bike* to take in the contemporary history and see this stunning city from a different perspective!
No trip to Budapest would be complete without an afternoon spent relaxing in the summer sun at the legendary thermal baths. Bathe in the largest thermal spa in Europe and marvel at the stunning Neo-Baroque architecture surrounding the grand outdoor pools.
*An alternative will be offered for those not comfortable on a bike
DAYS 4-5: KRAKOW & AUSCHWITZ
Our next stop on this incredible journey is the charming city of Krakow! Fall in love with Poland and enjoy all of the sights just a short walk from our hotel, including the largest medieval town square in Europe and the colorful Florianska, the main shopping street in Krakow. When wandering down the cobbled streets gets you hungry, prepare to indulge in some delicious cuisines. Of course, the pierogis will be plentiful, and we’ll even have a chance to make our very own at a pierogi cooking class! Visit the majestic Wawel Castle and go underground to the legendary Dragon’s Den. We’ll get a brief introduction to World War II history in Kazimierz, the Jewish District which was an independent city until the 19th century, on our bike tour*!
Then we’ll have a first-hand look at the Holocaust on our tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau, an experience that will surely stay with you for the rest of your life. This visit to the infamous Nazi concentration camps gives us an opportunity to reflect on a very dark chapter in history.
End your time in Krakow soaking up the sun in the town square and shopping for souvenirs in the Cloth Hall.
*An alternative will be offered for those not comfortable on a bike
DAYS 6-7: PRAGUE
Our final destination is the capital of the Czech Republic. Upon arrival in Prague, you’ll be transported into a fairytale city so magical you’ll feel like you stepped inside a story book! We’ll bike through the streets of this medieval city to the Old Town Square and famous Astronomical Clock, cross the river with a beautiful view of the Charles Bridge, sign the John Lennon Wall, and discover why this is one of the hottest destinations in Eastern Europe! We’ll enjoy delicious Czech food such as goulash and bread dumplings. We’ll head up to the Prague Castle District to watch the changing of the guard, visit the impressive architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, and wander down the adorable “Golden Lane,” a street of tiny, colorful houses dating back to the 15th century where goldsmiths and artisans once lived. We’ll float down the river on a jazz dinner cruise, allowing us to enjoy the view of Prague from a different perspective.
DAY 8: RETURN FLIGHT TO THE USA
Deadline to register: November 1, 2019
Within three days of registration: Deposit of $250
December 15, 2019: $750 deposit due
January 1, 2020 & February 1, 2020: Balance due in two payments.
Trip must be paid in full no fewer than 60 days before departure, by February 9, 2020.
*All payments are fully refundable until
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 $3,395 + $200 intra-trip flight fee, which INCLUDES all breakfasts and dinners, accommodations, transportation, entrance to museums/events, taxes and tips.
Tuition does NOT INCLUDE 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 $140 for the standard plan. You may also choose to purchase a more comprehensive cancel-for-any-reason insurance. All paying participants 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 from Raleigh-Durham to Budapest and from Prague to Raleigh-Durham on the return. The exact flight path will be determined in October 2019.
If a participant would like to book their own independent flights to meet us in Budapest and/or depart independently from Prague, 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 Ravenscroft students in grades 6, 7, and 8. 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 the Ravenscroft School 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 $300 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.