Berlin, Paris and London
$4,395 + Airfare + $200 Intra Trip Flight
Jun 26 – Jul 8
9, 10, 11, 12
|Who can go on this trip?||
Students from around the world!
|Places we visit:||
Berlin, Paris, Versailles*, London
|Optional group flight there:||
New York (JFK) to Berlin
|Optional group flight back:||
London To New York (JFK)
Join us this summer for an unforgettable experience in Berlin, Paris and London, three cities that are not only historically intertwined but also among Europe’s most vibrant and cultural. See Berlin by bike, visit its museums and memorials, and get a glimpse of what it was like to live during WWII with a tour of its bunker system. In Paris, stroll the wide boulevards and browse the quaint riverside bookshops, cruise down the Seine at sunset, eat on an outdoor terrace, and of course go to the very top of the Eiffel Tower! Finish off this trip of a lifetime in London, where you’ll shop the eclectic stalls at Camden Market, see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and get the best view over the Thames from the London Eye! Learn how to be a savvy traveler as you ride the train from France to the UK, interact with locals, and immerse yourself in these three metropolitan cultures. Don’t miss out on this life-changing experience–join us this summer for a trip you’ll never forget!
On this trip you will:
- See Berlin’s most famous monuments, including the Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, and Unter den Linden
- Climb up the mirrored dome of the impressive Reichstag building to glimpse Germany’s Parliament
- Bike through Berlin like a local
- Visit the UNESCO site of Museum Island
- Take a step back in time while touring an original WWII Bunker
- Go to the most visited museum in the world, the Louvre, and see works like the Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, Mona Lisa, and so many more
- Visit the most iconic Parisian sites such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, the Luxembourg Gardens and the Champs Elysees
- Explore the Royal Palace of Versailles, learn about the Sun King’s lavish parties, and stroll through the stunning gardens*
- Bike through the hidden corners of Paris on our awesome off-the-beaten-path tour
- Enjoy fondue in the Latin Quarter, escargot at a classic bistro, and crepes along the Seine
- See where Van Gogh and Picasso relaxed and found inspiration, as well as where the movie Amelie was filmed, in Paris’ hippest neighborhood, Montmartre
- Ascend the Eiffel Tower for the best view in all of Paris
- Cruise under the English Channel on the high-speed train connecting Paris and London
- See London’s most famous sites, including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, and Abbey Road
- Go for a ride on the London Eye for the best view of the Thames
- Take in the British Museum, National Gallery, and other fantastic museums
- Hunt for treasures and enjoy London’s best ethnic food at Camden Marketplace
- Experience the magical world of Harry Potter at the studios where it was filmed*
- See the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London
- Hear London’s bloody, gory history on a nighttime ghost tour
- Experience the world of Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre
- Attend a modern play in London’s hip West End theatre district
- Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
- Shop til you drop at Piccadilly and Oxford Circus
*These are optional excursions.
DAY 1: GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS FROM NEW YORK-JFK
DAYS 2-5: BERLIN
Located at the crossroads of European history and culture, there’s no better place to begin your trip to Europe than Berlin. From its vibrant cafes and overflowing shopping streets to its poignant reminders of the city’s militaristic past, Berlin will grab you right from the start. We’ll take a private bike tour to Tempelhof Airport, the site of the Berlin Airlift, climb up the impressive Reichstag to get a glimpse of Germany’s Parliament, visit the somber Jewish Memorial, and see the Berlin Wall transformed into a poignant work of art at the famous East Side Gallery.
DAYS 5-9: PARIS and VERSAILLES
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. You’ll see Quasimodo’s home at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, where Amelie was filmed in Montmartre, and shop ’til you drop on the beautiful Champs Elysées. You’ll have the option to visit the Palace of Versailles and learn about the rise and fall of the French Monarchy, as well as walk through Marie Antoinette’s gardens. Have a guided tour through the Louvre, explore the Luxembourg Gardens or Père Lachaise Cemetery, and take a sunset cruise down the Seine. Try some of your favorite recipes at authentic restaurants, such as crepes, 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 9-13: LONDON
We then bid ‘Adieu’ to Paris as we board the train for London, shooting under the English Channel at nearly 200mph! London is one of the most cosmopolitan, eclectic, and exciting cities on the planet, even more so since the city hosted the 2012 Summer Olympic games. Awaiting you are dazzling theater shows on the West End, world class shopping in Camden Market and Oxford street, and a spin around the London Eye. Explore some of the greatest museums in the world, take a midnight ghost tour, and walk in the steps of the Beatles at Abbey Road. Learn about England’s central role in both World Wars and tour Churchill’s WWII command center, and go further back in time to learn about Royal England at the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey. Go to famous places you’ve always read about but never before seen–like 221B Baker Street for Sherlock Holmes fans, and Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station. As an additional plus for Harry Potter fans, you can choose to visit the Warner Bros. studios and see every magical costume, prop, and set used for all eight of the films! We will attend the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and let’s not forget fish and chips and meat pies. See the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London and have the Yeoman Warder tower guards explain its bloody history. Come and explore three of Europe’s most dynamic cities this summer with Travel for Teens!
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.
In Berlin, our hotel is right in the center of the city, close by the German Parliament, Brandenburg Gate and the Jewish Memorial. Our hotel has a lot of experience with groups and stand ready to work with us to make our stay memorable.
In London, we will be staying near Kings Cross Station, the station made famous by Harry Potter’s very own Platform 9 and 3/4.
In Paris, we will be staying in a modern 3* hotel in the heart of the 9th Arrondissement, right next to the Opera House.
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 three major European cities in some of the most visited countries in the world. This program allows them to discover the similarities and differences of the unique cultures in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.
What is unique about this program?
Between our bike tour around the hidden gems of Berlin, TFT’s sixteen years of expertise in leading trips through Paris, and a nighttime ghost walk through London to learn some of its more gruesome history, this program provides unique insider access to all three countries.
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!
In France, we’ll enjoy classic French café fare, including the world-famous croissants, French bread, and a classic fondue dinner. And for the brave, escargot of course!
While some British food may look more familiar to you, you’ll also get to try meat pies, fish and chips, and a full English breakfast.
In Germany, we’ll have a chance to discover delicious Berliner specialities. German cuisine is hearty and fulfilling and includes a variety of meats and potatoes. Students will also get a chance to sample authentic giant German pretzels!
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 Paris, London, and Berlin. 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!
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