France and Italy are the very two countries 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! Our adventure, organized by the Thomas Jefferson School and Travel For Teens, begins 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. We’ll dive into the art scene in Paris and wander the neighborhood of Montemartre for inspiration before our own person art class and visit to Monet’s home in Giverny. Come to know it like a local with us by biking through its historical neighborhoods, stroll the wide boulevard of the Champs-Elysées, savor crêpes at outdoor cafés, and climb the Eiffel Tower!
Then we’re off to discover stunning Italy with our time in Milan. We’ll try the best of Italy’s mouthwatering cuisine, take in awe-inspiring art, spend our evening at the theater, and absorb the Italian fashion flare during our tour of a local fashion studio!
Join us for the chance to immerse yourself in the best of Paris and Milan and leave with memories that last a lifetime.
Informational Meeting Details
A TFT representative will give a short presentation and answer your questions.
DAY 1: DEPART FROM THE USA
Group flight departs from St. Louis to Paris (flight
DAYS 2-6: PARIS & GIVERNY
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 or Père Lachaise Cemetery, and take a sunset cruise down the Seine. Try some of your favorite recipes at authentic restaurants, such as crêpes, fondue, and omelettes, or maybe taste something new–escargot anyone? You will even have the chance to take a art class before heading to Giverny, the home of Monet and the inspiration to some of the world’s most famous impressionist art. Finally, let’s not forget the experience of a lifetime going all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower!
DAYS 7-9: MILAN
Then we’re off to our next destination: Italy! We’ll trade in our croissants and crepes for cappuccinos and pizza as we discover this incredible Mediterranean country.
DAY 10: RETURN FLIGHT TO THE USA
Deadline to register: October 15, 2019
Within 3 days of registration: Deposit of $250
November 15, 2019: $750 payment due
December 15, 2019 & January 5, 2020: Balance in two installments.
*All payments are fully refundable until October 15, 2019
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, 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 & what does tuition include?
Tuition for the trip is $4,395 + $200 intra-trip flight fee, which INCLUDES all meals, accommodations, transportation, entrance to museums/events, 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, 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 email@example.com 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 $227 for the standard plan. You may also choose to purchase a more comprehensive cancel-for-any-reason insurance. All paying participants (i.e. students/parents) 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 roundtrip from St. Louis, MO to Paris and home from Milan to St. Louis, MO. The exact flight path will be determined in the fall of 2019.
If a participant (parent or student) would like to book their own independent flights to meet us in Paris and depart independently from Milan, 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.
After I register, what happens next?
Once your deposit of $250 is paid, you will receive an email that confirms your registration.
In September 2019, 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, via webinar, in March 2020 in advance of your departure to go over all last minute questions and details.
Who will be leading this trip from the school?
Thomas Jefferson School chaperones will be determined in the fall of 2019.
Where do we stay?
We will be staying in three-star hotels in Paris and Milan. The names of the accommodations are available to all families once they have signed up.
Single rooms can be requested and will cost $475 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.
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.
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely! We ask that if you do come with a friend, you and your friend(s) maintain openness to meeting new people and sharing this special experience with the entire group.
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.