Program Overview

Step into a postcard as you explore the best of Greece with TFT! On this trip organized by Travel For Teens and Saint Basil Academy, you’ll discover the beauty of Greece, from stunning beaches, whitewashed homes, charming towns and centuries of rich history. Get lost in the ancient ruins of Athens, and marvel at the incredible views of the world-renowned Greek Islands on this teen travel program.

On our summertime adventure through some of Greece’s most popular destinations, we will swim through crystal waters, relax on two island paradises, eat like gods, and explore the ancient culture that is at the heart of Western Civilization. Prepare to fall in love with the culture, people, history, cuisine, and pure beauty of Greece!

Price

$3895

Dates
Jun 13, 2020 - Jun 22, 2020
What's Included

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

Who Can Join?

All students in grades 9-12 at Jacksonville Country Day School are welcome to join this adventure of a lifetime!

Countries

Greece

Registration Deadline

November 1, 2019

Contact Information

Ms. Tricia Finkenberg

(tfinkenberg@jcds.com)

Informational Meeting Details

A TFT representative will give a short presentation and answer your questions.

When: TBD

Time: TBD

Where: TBD

Trip Itinerary

DAY 1: DEPART FROM THE USA

Group flight departs from Philadelphia for Athens.

DAYS 2-3: 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.

Then 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 free time to explore Plaka and shop for souvenirs on Ermou Street. For dinner, try your hand at making your own Greek delicacies in our cooking class.

Day 4: Nafplio

We’ll take a day trip out of Athens to the beautiful seaside city of Nafplio. En route, stop at the Corinth Canal, a technological feat of engineering dating back to the time of Ancient Greece and only completed in the 19th century! We’ll have lunch in Nafplio, which was the first capital of Greece, before visiting a nearby beach for our first dip in the Mediterranean Sea.

DAY 5: PAROS

Today, we’ll depart Athens and do like the Greeks do: board a ferry to visit an island! The first island we’ll stay at on our journey is Paros, a beautiful island in the Mediterranean. Upon our arrival, we’ll have lunch, then head down to the beach for some relaxing and swimming! Watch the sunset over the sea as we enjoy dinner at one of the island’s most beautiful lookout spots.

DAYS 6-8: SANTORINI

Then it’s time to explore the winding cobblestone streets of Paroikia for the last time before boarding the ferry to our next island: the famous Santorini. Upon our arrival, we’ll explore the town and relax before enjoying dinner.

Begin the day in the village of Oia, one of the most photographed places on the planet. Students will surely recognize its whitewashed buildings, blue domes, and antique windmills. We’ll spend the day strolling through the town and capturing its scenic beauty. This evening, watch the sunset from aboard our own private sunset cruise along the Santorini caldera. Swim in hot springs and take in the breathtaking Aegean views!

We’ll visit Santorini’s other picturesque village, Fira, and soak up Greek life as we explore its narrow alleyways and quaint shops. There will be time for swimming at the hotel pool this morning as well. In the afternoon, we’ll board the ferry to return to Athens, where we’ll have dinner.

DAY 9: ATHENS

On our final day in Greece, we’ll begin the day with a scavenger hunt in the Agora, the birthplace of democracy in the heart of historical Athens. This afternoon, you’ll have free time to do some souvenir shopping in the hip neighborhood of Monastiraki, or to visit any museums or sites you may have missed. To celebrate the end of an amazing journey, we’ll enjoy an upscale dinner dressed in our finest and reminisce on the memories we’ve made in Italy and Greece.

DAY 10: RETURN FLIGHT TO THE USA

Welcome Home!

Payment Timeline

September 15, 2019: Deadline to register

Within three business days of registration: $250 trip deposit

November 1, 2019: $750 deposit due

Balance will be paid in two installments in January 15, 2020 and March 15, 2020.

Trip must be paid in full no fewer than 60 days before departure, by April 12, 2020.

Frequently Asked Question

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 & what does tuition include?

Tuition for the trip is $3,895, 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 help@travelforteens.com for details on payment plans.

How much is trip cancellation insurance?

For more information on insurance, please see this page.

Who can go on this trip?

The trip is open to all 9-12th grade students at the Saint Basil Academy and their families. Space is limited and is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

After I register, what happens next?

Once your deposit of $250 is paid, 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 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 $540 additional per person per single.

Note: singles must be requested at the time of registration to be guaranteed.

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 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.

Can students travel without their parents?

Yes, students who are in high school between grades 9-12 may travel without a parent. Most participants will be traveling without a parent.

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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