France is the very first country 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 journey begins in the region of Provence. Our home base will be Aix, one of the most quaint towns in the South of France which has retained much of its provençal ambience with cobblestone streets, beautiful fountains, and a vibrant café life. Immerse yourself in French language and culture with a homestay experience (organized by Upper Dublin High School). In addition to language classes, we’ll enjoy Aix-en-Provence, home of the famous painter Paul Cézanne. Take a day trip to the Mediterranean city of Marseille before going for a swim at the spectacular Calenques National Park in Cassis; explore the town of Arles, famous for inspiring the works of Vincent Van Gogh; and soak up the beauty of the south of France!
Then we’ll say au revoir to our host families and travel by train to the City of Light: Paris! What better way to welcome you to Paris than by going up the Eiffel Tower? Enjoy a fresh ham-and-cheese baguette on the Champs de Mars and savor homemade fondue in the Latin Quarter for dinner. Cruise down the Seine at twilight and watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle. Marvel at the world’s best masterpieces in the Louvre Museum–Will you be able to figure out what the Mona Lisa is smiling at? Stroll through the lush Tuileries Gardens with a fresh macaron in hand and gaze in awe at Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe. See Monet’s and Van Gogh’s most famous paintings up close at the Musée d’Orsay, and of course, shop ’til you drop on the Champs-Elysées. We’ll travel to the spectacular Chateau de Versailles, where you’ll see where history was made in the Hall of Mirrors and stroll through Marie Antoinette’s gardens!
Our years of experience bringing students to France means that we know exactly how to educate, excite, and inspire. Join us for the chance to immerse yourself in the best of France and leave with memories to last a lifetime!
Informational Meeting Details
Your Upper Dublin High School chaperones will give a short presentation and answer your questions.
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Upper Dublin High School
DAY 1: DEPART FROM THE USA
Group flight departs from Philadelphia!
DAYS 2-10: Aix-en-Provence
Bienvenue en France! We’ll land in Paris and take a private transfer to Aix en Provence, famous for being the gateway to the French Alps and beautiful rolling hills of lavender. Here we’ll meet our host families! Living with locals provides the opportunity to practice their French language skills outside of the classroom.
We’ll have a blast exploring Aix-en-Provence with an adventurous scavenger hunt discovering the hidden corners of the quaint city. We’ll visit the art studio of the famous artist, Paul Cézanne, explore a local market, and take a day hike to Croix de Provence on Montagne Saint-Victoria. We’ll also take several day trips from Aix to explore our favorite hidden gems in the south of France.
DAY TRIP: MARSEILLES & CALANQUES NATIONAL PARK
We’ll take a short train from Aix en Provence for an incredible day trip. Take a catamaran through the archipelago of the Calanques National Park and soak in gorgeous views over lunch. We’ll take a swim in the Mediterranean sea and explore Marseilles, Cassis, and Calanques before returning to our home base in Aix-en-Provence.
DAY TRIP: ARLES
We’ll venture again from Aix-en-Provence via private coach and step back in time for the day exploring the historical city of Arles. Once a provincial capital of ancient Rome, Arles is also known for many remains from that era, including Arles Amphitheatre and being the inspiration for the famous Impressionist artist Van Gogh.
DAYS 11-14: PARIS & VERSAILLES
Paris, the City of Light! 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.
We’ll make sure to truly capture the priceless works of art in the Louvre during our guided tour and experience Paris on our sunset cruise down the Seine. 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!
Our time in Paris would not be complete without a visit to Versailles. We’ll take a short train ride out of Paris to the spectacular Château de Versailles, a hunting lodge-turned-palace. Learn about the most important historical moments that have taken place here, including the reign of the Sun King, the French Revolution, the Treaty of Versailles signed in the Hall of Mirrors, and more. Stroll through the gardens and see Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet before picking up fresh lunch ingredients in the Versailles farmers’ market.
DAY 15: RETURN FLIGHT TO THE USA
Deadline to register: November 1, 2019
Within three days of registration: Deposit of $250
December 1, 2019: $750 payment due
January 15, February 14, March 14, 2020: Balance due in three installments
Trip must be paid in full no fewer than 60 days before departure, by April 6, 2020.
*All payments are fully refundable until November 1, 2019 or in the unlikely event the trip has to be canceled due to low enrollment.
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 $2,950, which INCLUDES all breakfasts and dinners, accommodations in Paris, airfare, 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 email@example.com for details on payment plans.
How much is trip cancellation insurance?
Travel For Teens will arrange for all chaperones and students to have a travel protection plan (trip insurance). The policy is underwritten by TripMate and details can be found at http://www.travelforteens.com/insurance.
How much is airfare? How do the flights work?
Travel For Teens will book and double-check all student and chaperone plane tickets. Airlines no longer allow us to guarantee or pick passenger seats ahead of time without paying a ‘select a seat charge’. This ranges from $9 to $100 each way depending on the airline. While we can try to get people grouped to sit near each other, the only way to guarantee this is to pay extra.
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 Upper Dublin High School students enrolled in French class. Space is limited and is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Are parents allowed to go 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?
Upper Dublin High School will be arranging homestays for the portion of the program in Aix-en-Provence. For further information regarding the homestays please contact lead chaperone Ms. Christine Jones.
We will be staying in a three-star hotel in Paris. The name of the accommodation is available to all families once they have signed up.
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.