The deadline to register for this program is December 1st!
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!
During this program, you will…
- Explore Budapest’s bustling Christmas markets
- Soak in the famous thermal baths in Budapest
- Ice skate in Vienna
- See two European capitals decked in festive holiday lights
- Try your hand at winter sports
- Relax in the world-famous Szechenyi thermal baths
- Take a cooking lesson in Budapest and learn to make your own goulash!
- Explore the Buda Castle District and climb Fishermen’s Bastion for breathtaking views over the Danube River
- Savor a slice of famous Viennese chocolate cake
- Go for a ride at the Prater, the world’s oldest amusement park
- Watch the fireworks light up the sky while ringing in the New Year in Budapest!
DAY 1: DEPART THE USA
DAYS 2-3: 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. We’ll explore this winter wonderland of one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals, with a visit to the Naschmarkt Market, riding the world’s oldest ferris wheel at the Prater, and our own private City Holiday tour!
DAYS 4-6: BUDAPEST
Then we’re off to 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.
To continue the holiday cheer, we will be sure to visit the best part’s of this city! Discover the Lumina Park on Margarite Island and see the city center decked out in holiday lights. Tour the Buda District and try your hand at making your own Hungarian delicacies in our own cooking class. We’ll even make sure to warm-up with a visit to the city’s legendary thermal baths, where we’ll 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 New Year’s Eve dinner to remember, where we’ll check out the stunning fireworks show from the shores of the Danube River and ring in 2023!
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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Check out what past travelers have to say about TFT and discover why we were awarded top youth travel organization year after year!
"We would like to thank you for taking Rafael on this amazing experience of East Europe. We know he has been having fun and learning a lot, and we have seen more smiles on the pictures TFT shares with us than we have in the past 2 years combined!"
"Travel for Teens had provided a summer of a lifetime over the past two years. This past summer, I went to Budapest, Krakow, Vienna, and Prague and it was unforgettable. We had amazing counselors and kids from across the United States, and everyone became friends instantly. Our itinerary was perfect, with there being a great balance of fun activities like tours, bike rides, and boats throughout the places we visited coupled with time to relax, eat, and walk around to explore. We spent a perfect amount of time in each city and got to drive in the European countryside multiple times, seeing some small towns and great views. The places we stayed were clean, and the restaurants we ate at were delicious. Everything about the trip was unforgettable and I'm already excited to take another trip next year. Thank you TFT!"
"I am so glad I chose to sign up for two trips with TFT! At first I was nervous traveling without my parents to a country I had never been to before, but this trip showed me my passion for traveling. My favorite thing about TFT is all the amazing people I met. I went on my trips not knowing anyone but everyone was so excited to meet new people so we quickly became a little family. I loved my counselors, they were so fun and amazing role models. They always made me feel safe and I knew I could talk to them if there was ever any problem. If you want to travel TFT is an amazing program and I definitely recommend you take the opportunity."