Program Overview

Kick-off the holiday season this winter in Austria and Hungary with TFT. The bustling cities of Vienna and Budapest transform into winter wonderlands in December, and their world-famous Christmas markets are filled with twinkling lights, festive stalls, and plenty of holiday cheer. Come experience the vibrant energy of these cities with Travel For Teens.

There are hidden treasures and rich history around every corner in these imperial cities. Warm-up in Budapest’s relaxing thermal baths, learn the fascinating history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and dive into more recent times to discover how these elegant cities were reborn after the Nazi and Communist occupations. Travel between your destinations on Europe’s modern trains. This program offers a unique and festive experience to a stunning part of Europe best explored during the winter months!

Price

$3395 + $100 Rail Pass + Airfare

Departures
  • Dec 26 - Jan 1 Available
Days

7 Days

Grades

9, 10, 11, 12

Who Can Go On This Trip?

Travelers from all over the world!

Places We Visit

Vienna, Budapest

Arrival Airport

Arrive in Vienna (VIE)

Departure Airport

Depart Budapest (BUD)

Countries

Austria, Hungary

Highlights

  • Explore Budapest’s bustling Christmas market
  • Soak in the famous thermal baths in Budapest
  • Ice skate in Vienna
  • Tour the elegant Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna
  • Go caving in Budapest and explore underground
  • Cruise along the Danube River on a dinner cruise and enjoy the city lit up at night
  • Take a cooking lesson in Vienna and learn to make your own schnitzel!

Trip Itinerary

DAY 1: DEPART THE USA
DAYS 2-4: Vienna

Welcome to Europe – our first magical city destination is Vienna, where the holiday season transforms the entire city into a winter wonderland. Vienna is home to the world’s largest Christmas Market complete with festive-themed activities and an ice rink.

Sample Austrian delicacies including schnitzel and the famous Viennese chocolate cake, Sachertorte. Participants will even have the option to learn about Austria’s food culture through a traditional Viennese cooking lesson where they will make their own a three-course meal! Complete your trip to this imperial city by wandering the halls of the elegant Schonbrunn Palace.

DAYS 5-6: BUDAPEST

This Hungarian capital may be one of Europe’s most understatedly beautiful cities. Dive into the rich cultural center of Budapest while strolling through the historical streets.

Seeking some adventure? You’ll have the option to explore the multi-level labyrinth under the city by climbing and crawling through underground caves stretching almost 20 miles long!

Warm-up with a visit to the city’s legendary thermal baths. Soak and relax in the largest thermal spa in Europe and marvel at the stunning Neo-Baroque architecture surrounding the grand outdoor pools.

Complete the winter trip of a lifetime with a dinner cruise on the Danube river with sweeping views of the city lit up at night.

DAY 7: RETURN FLIGHT HOME
Who can go on this program?

This program is open to teens ages 14-18 from around the world! Typically, our participants are culturally curious individuals who are excited to make new friends, experience something unique, and interested in stepping out of their comfort zones.

Where do we stay?

We stay in centrally located accommodations in safe areas, usually within walking distance of the main attractions. We do not use large, impersonal chain hotels on the outskirts of cities; we prefer to select smaller, family-run accommodation where we establish personal relationships with the owners.

For safety reasons, we do not publish the names of the accommodations we use. After registering, participants are given access to our secure website where you will be able to see the names of all of the accommodations for the program.

Do most travelers go by themselves?

Yes, in fact over 75% of participants who travel with us choose to come independently. This encourages travelers to step further outside their comfort zone and make new friends. We believe that one of the most rewarding and exciting elements of travel is the new friendships that are formed along the way. When you travel by yourself, you are bound to make new friends from all over the country and even the world.

What is included?

Tuition cost includes ground transportation; accommodation; some tours and activities, chaperones and guides; taxes and tips; all breakfasts and some dinners.

Not included in cost (this is not intended to be an exhaustive list): airfare; lunches; visas and visa application fees; personal and medical expenses; activities and admissions unless otherwise specified; beverages other than filtered water at meals; participant expenses that are outside of the program description, such as excess baggage fees and damage to hotels; expenses related to unforeseen circumstances, such as transportation strikes and natural disasters.

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 average group size?

The maximum group size is 24 participants. Most tours average between 10-24 participants. Please contact us for more information about this specific program.

What is the food like on this program?

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. There’s no 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!

Of course, we are always willing and able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten allergies, and other dietary restrictions.

Do I need any vaccinations for this program?

We recommend checking with your family doctor regarding vaccinations and medical advice for the destination you are visiting. For more information, please check the World Health Organization’s website. Upon registration, we provide a list of recommended vaccinations that can be discussed further with your doctor. For Specific questions pertaining to the COVID-19 vaccine, click here.

What kind of visa do you need for this trip?

Any US citizen that enters Europe is automatically granted a free 90-day tourist visa.

When joining a TFT trip from outside of the US, please be sure to check your country’s specific visa requirements.

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