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Tour the city by bike


Whimsical Architecture

The colorful Parc Guell


Enjoy an interactive cooking lesson

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Hit the beach


Barcelona Explorer


$1,695 + Airfare


Jul 20 – Jul 25, Aug 1 – Aug 5




Session 4, Session 5

Finishing Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12

Who can go on this trip?

Students from around the world!

Places we visit:


Optional group flight there:

New York (JFK), any session 3 or any session 4 trip!

Optional group flight back:

Barcelona to New York (JFK)

Consider adding some Spanish flair to your summer with our Barcelona Explorer trip, perfect as a stand alone or as an extension to your session 3 or 4 trip to continue your summer fun in one of the hippest cities in Europe! Beaches, history and Catalan culture are all waiting for you in this Mediterranean city. Gaze in wonder at Gaudi’s avant-garde masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. Explore the whimsical Park Guell, relax on a pristine white sand beach and bike through the city to see some of the best sites. We’ll also include plenty of time to shop and enjoy the city’s bustling nightlife! Extend your vacation and join us in Barcelona for an unforgettable summer!

On this trip you will:

  • Have an up-close visit of the FC Barcelona soccer stadium
  • Watch a spectacular flamenco dance show at a traditional tablao
  • Shop til you drop in the hip boutiques of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter
  • Enjoy a fresh fruit juice at the Boquería Marketplace
  • Bike through Barcelona’s hidden passageways to find treasures old and new
  • Take in Gaudi’s incredible architecture the Sagrada Familia
  • Explore the whimsical Parc Guell and enjoy a view of the city from the world’s longest continuous park bench
  • Learn how to make your very own paella at a cooking class with a local chef
  • Soak up the sun and swim in the bright blue sea at the lively Barceloneta beach
  • See the incredible lights and music show at the Magic Fountain
  • Dine on mouthwatering patatas bravas and other authentic Spanish tapas
  • Get acquainted with the city on a private tour of the Gothic Quarter
  • Stay in a wonderful accommodation just steps from La Rambla, the main boulevard in the downtown area

DAY 1: Arrive in Barcelona from the USA or any session 3 or 4 trip


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. Have lunch at the Boquería Market, a hip old-world marketplace that sells the freshest fruit juices, tastiest tapas, and the best meats and cheeses fresh from countryside farms. Learn how to make your own paella with our private cooking classes 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 try to keep track of 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, as well 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 a magnificent fountain in front of the royal palace.


Who can go on this trip? What kind of teen typically goes on this trip?

We have teens join this program from all over the world! They are typically culturally curious teens who are excited about making new friends, stepping out of their comfort zone, expanding their horizons, and trying something new.

Where do we stay?

Our hotels are specifically chosen to be in safe areas and well-suited to facilitating group supervision. We stay in centrally located accommodations, usually within walking distance of the main attractions. This means 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 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 a trip.

Do most travelers go by themselves?

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 are formed along the way. If you travel by yourself, you 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 BFFs on another TFT trip the next summer!

Can I bring a friend?

Absolutely! We just ask that if you come with a friend, you and your friend(s) are still open to meeting new people and sharing this special experience with the entire group.

What do students generally like most on this program?

Students love that they are able to explore one of Spain’s most vibrant cities while learning about Catalan and Spanish culture. The paella cooking class, bike tour, and Sagrada Familia are all also favorites!

What is unique about this program?

This is not your standard teen tour! This program focuses on doing, rather than just seeing. We include activities such as a cooking lesson, bike tour, Flamenco performance and more in order to keep the trip fun and bring the culture to life.

What is included?

Ground transportation, accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, chaperones and guides, trip related activities, trip related activity admissions, taxes and tips.

Not included (not intended to be an exhaustive list): Airfare, rail passes, lunches, visas & visa application fees, beverages other than tap water, activities and admissions not referenced in the itinerary or deemed not trip related such as movies, clubs and the like, expenses incurred by the participant that are outside the trip description such as damage to hotels, excess baggage fees and the like, expenses related to unforeseen circumstances such as transportation strikes, natural disasters and the like, personal and medical expenses.

How do the optional group flights work?

Upon registration, you will be contacted by our International Logistics Team to discuss this trip’s flight details. You are not required to take the group flight, although there are several advantages to doing so. The group flight is chaperoned by TFT staff, it offers an opportunity for the students to get to know each other before the trip starts, and we get preferred group flight prices on trips that have group contracts (ask for details). Parents are responsible for arranging for participants to get to the group flight airport. Travel For Teens staff are at the airport, greet arriving participants, and help them get to where the rest of the group has assembled. For more information about Flights, visit our Flights page.

Who are the counselors on the trip?

The Trip Director for every trip is a seasoned teen travel professional with extensive TFT experience. Trip Directors often live or have lived and worked in the destination country. Extensive knowledge of the language and culture of the destination is crucial. Our Senior Counselors are experienced, responsible and fun-loving individuals who our participants can share experiences with and look to for guidance and support. At Travel for Teens we pride ourselves on our rigorous staff application process and the professionalism of our full time and summer staff.

It is the job of the counselors to keep the trip fun and exciting, the learning and the laughter in good balance, and to oversee the safety of the participants. Minimum ratios are on average one staff member to every seven participants. Trips may also include one or two Junior Counselors, who are college students with a history of TFT travel, and one or more Counselors in Training (CIT’s) with limited responsibility. CIT’s are not counted in staff-participant ratios.

What are the safety qualifications for our staff?

All of our staff members attend a week long training session every May to prepare for the upcoming summer and go over safety precautions and protocols. Likewise, every counselor is CPR/First Aid certified and Trip Directors are Lifeguard certified. All staff undergo a rigorous interview process and thorough background check.

What is the average group size?

Group size is important! A smaller group size provides unique opportunities that a large group cannot accommodate. Think of your favorite local restaurant; could it easily accommodate a group of 50 teens? Probably not! Our group sizes average between 14 to 21 students, which means that we are able to comfortably use local transport, enjoy local restaurants, and have a more authentic experience overall! A smaller group size also eliminates the likelihood of cliques, meaning that our groups all tend to bond as a cohesive unit. We guarantee that you’ll have enough people to meet some new best friends, but not so many that you feel like “just a number” or lost in a crowd.

How does this program connect to other programs?

Most of our Europe programs are designed specifically so that participants can combine them with other trips. If you are connecting to another program, your counselor will escort you to the airport on the last day of the trip and help you get to your next destination where you will meet up with your new counselors and group.

What is the food like on this trip?

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!

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. They also eat a lot of bread, ham, and cheese, have plenty of egg dishes, and many desserts have Nutella.

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 any vaccinations for this trip?

We recommend that you check with your family doctor regarding vaccinations and medical advice for the areas you will be visiting. For more information, please check out the World Health Organization’s website www.who.int/en/.

How much free time do we get?

Our counselors are with the group nearly always. Every day we will break up into smaller groups to give our participants some choices and flexibility in their itinerary. We do offer some free time to do some shopping, for example, in defined areas that we are very familiar with. If participants are ever shopping by themselves within these defined areas they go in groups and for no more than an hour. On this trip, the group will have some free time to explore some of the safe pedestrian areas of Barcelona. A counselor will always be nearby when participants have free time in each city.

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. If you are coming from somewhere outside the US, please be sure to check your country 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!


  1. Nina


    Thank you so much for leading such a fabulous trip. Your email updates were great – especially with the photos. We look forward to seeing the rest of them. I know Danny had a wonderful time on his first TFT trip and really got a good introduction to “being a traveler, not a tourist”. He communicated with his sisters more than with his parents but they were kind enough to pass along at least some of the info and snap chats. I know that it was a major growth experience for him, at just the right time.

    You’ve had 3 of our kids now (two of the triplets in one summer!) so the 4th is a little jealous – she plays a lot of tennis tournaments in the summer so it’s hard to find two weeks she can take off. Hopefully next year she can join you too.

    As I always say each summer – I wish I were one of my kids!

  2. Cherri


    thank you so much for everything! Sydney has had a fabulous time and is sad to leave. She worked so hard to earn money for this trip and it has surpassed all her expectations. Thank you all for making this trip special and memorable

  3. Liza Schoenbeck


    Had an awesome time exploring Barcelona. Learned some much about Spanish culture. Inspired me to take a Spanish class in college. My favorite part was exploring the city on the bike tour. An fantastic trip that I’ll remember forever.

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