From the bustling streets and lush parks of London, to the cosmopolitan atmosphere and stunning galleries of Paris, to the pristine beaches and Gothic Quarters of Barcelona — this trip is sure to be a European adventure you’ll never forget!
In London, we’ll explore the best museums, go to a theater show in the West End, and get a bird’s-eye view of the Thames from atop the London Eye! In Paris, we’ll soak up the City of Light as we explore the hip artistic neighborhood of Montmartre, get the best view from the top of the Eiffel Tower, go on a guided tour of the Louvre — including a visit to the Mona Lisa — cruise along the Seine at sunset, and so much more!
After exploring these iconic cities of the north, we’ll venture south to fun and funky Barcelona. In this incredible Spanish city, we’ll relax on world-famous beaches, take a bike tour around this beautiful city, sample local cuisine at an old-world marketplace, and marvel at the unique architecture.
Your expert TFT guides will tie together history and the arts, local secrets, and authentic cuisine to create the ultimate immersive travel experience. Join TFT to experience three of Europe’s most vibrant cities on this unforgettable adventure!
During this program, you will…
- See London’s most famous sites, including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Abbey Road, Camden Marketplace, Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus
- Take in the British Museum, National Gallery, Cutty Sark, Tower of London and other fantastic museums
- Hear London’s bloody, gory history on a nighttime ghost walk
- Attend a play in the West End
- Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
- Enjoy afternoon tea and scones at Kensington Palace
- Go to the most-visited museum in the world, the Louvre, and see works like the Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, and the Mona Lisa
- Visit the most iconic Parisian sites such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, the Luxembourg Gardens and the Champs-Élysées
- Take an off-the-beaten-path bike ride through Paris’ most historical neighborhoods
- Enjoy fondue in the Latin Quarter, escargot at a classic bistro, and crêpes along the Seine
- See where Van Gogh and Picasso frequented in Paris’ hippest neighborhood, Montmartre
- Have an up-close visit of the FC Barcelona soccer stadium
- Watch flamenco dance show at a traditional tablao
- Learn how to make your very own paella at a private cooking lesson
- Soak up the sun on the lively Barceloneta beach
- See the incredible lights and music show at the Magic Fountain
DAY 1: DEPART FROM NEW YORK (JFK)
DAYS 2-3: LONDON
Bright, buzzing, and full of life — London is one of the most eclectic and exciting cities in the world. London’s possibilities are endless — we’ll attend concerts, see a play in the West End, shop ‘til we drop in Piccadilly Circus, and browse the street stalls of hip Camden Market. Dive into London’s vast history and explore some of the best museums in the world, and pay visits to the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey. We’ll even take a midnight ghost tour and walk in the steps of the Beatles at Abbey Road.
Visit the famous places you’ve read about like 221B Baker Street for Sherlock Holmes fans, and Platform 9 ¾ for Harry Potter lovers. Attend the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, followed by high tea and, let’s not forget, fish and chips! See the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London and listen to the Yeoman Warder tower guards explain its bloody history. London awaits you for an experience you’ll never forget!
We’ll sip our last cup of tea and pack our bags before boarding our train to Paris.
DAYS 4-6: PARIS
Bienvenue en France! There is no better place than the City of Light to experience French culture — marvel at priceless masterpieces and stunning architecture, stroll along the quintessential Parisian boulevards, and eat your way through the different arrondissements. You’ll witness the restoration of the famous Cathedral of Notre Dame, experience where Amèlie was filmed in Montmartre, and shop the upscale boutiques of Champs-Élysées. Travel through history with a guided tour of the Louvre, explore the lush Luxembourg Gardens, and enjoy sunset from an evening cruise on the Seine.
Navigate Paris’s 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!
DAYS 5-7: BARCELONA
Dive right into this funky city with a walking tour of downtown Barcelona, including stops at La Rambla, the Gothic Quarter, Santa Eulalia Cathedral, and Plaça Catalunya. Enjoy lunch at the Boquería Market, a hip old-world marketplace that sells the freshest fruit juices, tastiest tapas, and the best meats and cheeses straight from countryside farms. Learn how to make your own paella with our private cooking class and shop along La Rambla, the main boulevard in the downtown area.
We’ll take a fantastic bike tour around the city and see the home of FC Barcelona, the Camp Nou soccer stadium. Spend an afternoon relaxing on the beach, then be mesmerized by the dancers’ fast-moving feet at a flamenco show. A trip to Barcelona wouldn’t be complete without marveling at Gaudi’s masterpiece cathedral La Sagrada Familia and relaxing on the world’s longest bench at Parc Guell. Finally, we’ll enjoy a fancy final dinner on a rooftop terrace and finish our time in Europe with an amazing lights and colors show at the Royal Palace.
DAY 10: RETURN FLIGHT HOME
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of teen typically participates in this program?
Teens from all over the world join this program! 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 and expanding their horizons.
This program is only for students who are currently in 9th – 12th grade and approximately 14-18 years old. Students living outside of the USA are welcome to join.
Where do we stay?
Our hotels are chosen specifically in safe areas and are well suited to facilitating group supervision. We stay in centrally located accommodations, 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 hotels where we establish personal relationships with the owners.
Our London hotel is right in the heart of the city, right near two main train stations and dozens of wonderful restaurants and museums. In Paris, we will be staying in a modern 3* hotel very close to the Opera House.Our hotel in Barcelona lies right at the intersection of the beautiful Gothic Quarter and the Rambla, the main pedestrian boulevard. It has been recently renovated and is a modern gem in a historical neighborhood.
For safety reasons, we do not publish the names of the accommodations we use. We do not feel it is safe to publish the name of a hotel where a group of teenagers is staying abroad. After registering, participants and parents are given access to our secure parent website where you will be able to see the names of all of the accommodations for the program.
Do most travelers go on their own?
Yes! In fact, over 75% of students who travel with us choose to come independently. This encourages teens 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 form along the way. When we travel by ourselves, we are bound to make new friends from all over the country and even the world. The best part is, you can travel again with your new friends on another TFT program the next summer!
If you are thinking about joining a TFT program by yourself but you are feeling unsure, please let us know! We have plenty of references from solo travelers who had great experiences and would be happy to chat with you about it.
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.
What do students like the most about this program?
Students love that they are able to explore three of Europe’s most important cities in a short period of time. Our local connections in Barcelona, Paris and London allow experiences like private cooking classes, bike tours, ghost walks and more, while experiencing some of the most famous art, food, and history in the world.
What is unique about this program?
Not many can say they’ve experienced three countries in one Spring Break! TFT’s years of expertise in leading programs throughout Europe provides unique insider access to our favorite spots and the opportunity to experience these cities like locals.
What is included?
Tuition cost includes ground transportation; accommodation; chaperones and guides; program-related activities and admissions; taxes and tips; all breakfasts and 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 that are not program-related or referenced in the itinerary; 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.
How do the optional group flights work?
Upon registration, you will be contacted by our International Logistics Team to discuss the program’s flight details. There is no requirement to take the group flight, but there are several advantages to doing so. The group flight is usually chaperoned by a TFT staff member, and it also offers an opportunity for the students to get to know one another prior to the start of the program. Parents are responsible for coordinating transport to the departure airport – however, the logistics team will send out instructions detailing the exact meeting spot and airport point person. For additional information about flights, visit our dedicated flight page.
Who leads the program?
Our staff is a cut above the rest! We seek out two main characteristics in our counselors – extensive knowledge of and experience in our destinations, and a passion for working with teens. Our staff’s backgrounds include living abroad and working in summer camps or other educational settings. Team members are proven leaders and role models, who connect easily with others and form genuine friendships with each student – all while bringing each destination to life.
We celebrate diversity! Our staff represents 49 different nationalities, speak a combined total of 21 languages, and visited 142 countries. Additionally, 80% of our staff lived or worked abroad in their lives. With so many unique experiences to share, you are sure to gain a global perspective.
Our average minimum ratios are one staff member to every seven participants. Each program has one Trip Director with several support staff, depending on the group size. Directors must be at least 25 years old and have prior experience working with TFT.
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?
We pride ourselves on small group sizes to create a more authentic and personalized experience. Our group sizes fall between 14 and 21 students – the perfect size to facilitate new friendships without feeling lost in a crowd! We believe smaller groups eliminate the likelihood of cliques, and allows for a well-rounded, healthy group dynamic.
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. 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!
Even though a lot of food will look familiar to you, we encourage you to be adventurous, and step out of your comfort zone, try something new! Most British food will be similar to American food, although we will try fish and chips, meat pies, scones, and other local delicacies. The French love ham, cheese, and bread, and maybe you’ll be brave enough to try escargot!The food in Spain can be a variety of styles. In Barcelona, tapas are a very popular cultural specialty. Tapas are appetizer sized dishes that amount to a full meal. Both the Spanish and the French love their ham and cheese products. They also eat a lot of bread, have plenty of egg dishes, and many desserts have Nutella.
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.
Do we ever get time to go off on our own?
Our staff and teens are nearly always together, but we do provide the opportunity to break up into smaller groups to allow for flexibility and customization within the itinerary.
We offer free time in defined safe areas – for example, shopping in a market or exploring a museum. During these times, students remain in groups of at least two and are given no more than an hour. Of course, the counselors remain nearby and available. Additionally, a lifeguard-certified counselor supervises the campers any time they are involved in water activities.
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.
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!