Bonjour Paris, Cheerio London: For Younger Teens
July 20 – July 29
$3,295 + Airfare + $150 Rail Pass
|Who can go on this trip?||
Students from around the world!
|Places we visit:||
London, Stonehenge, Bath, Paris, Versailles, Giverny*
|Optional group flight there:||
New York (JFK) to London
|Optional group flight back:||
Paris to New York (JFK)
London and Paris: The perfect introduction to Europe for younger travelers! From London’s bustling modern vibe to Paris’ chic, elegant atmosphere, these two fun, vibrant cities offer something for everyone. Take in London’s iconic sites, go to a theater show in the West End, uncover the secrets of Stonehenge, and get a bird’s-eye view of the Thames from atop the London Eye! In Paris, soak up the City of Light as you get the best view from the top of the Eiffel Tower, enjoy delicious French delicacies (macaroons anyone?), cruise along the Seine at sunset, and so much more! Your expert TFT guides will tie together history, day to day life, cuisine and the arts to create the ultimate travel and immersion experience, tailored to suit younger teens’ interests. Come with TFT to London and Paris to experience two of the greatest European capitals in one unforgettable trip!
On this program you will:
- See London’s most famous sites, including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey
- Go for a spin on the London Eye for the best views of the city
- Savor traditional afternoon tea and scones at Kensington Palace
- Marvel at the Queen’s Crown Jewels and meet a real Beefeater at the Tower of London
- Hear London’s bloody, gory history on a night time ghost walk
- Explore Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and attend a modern play in the West End
- Witness the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace–and maybe catch a glimpse of the queen!
- Uncover the mysteries of Stonehenge and walk in the footsteps of the Romans at Bath
- Channel your inner witch or wizard where the Harry Potter movies were filmed*
- Take in Paris from atop the Eiffel Tower and watch it sparkle at night
- Take an off-the-beaten-path bike tour through Paris’s hidden neighborhoods
- Learn about masterpieces like the Mona Lisa at the world-famous Louvre Museum
- Visit the most iconic Parisian sites such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, and Montmartre
- Explore the Royal Palace of Versailles, learn about Marie Antoinette’s lavish parties, and go for a rowboat ride on the lake
- Learn how to make your very own homemade French pastries
- Enjoy fondue in the Latin Quarter and crepes along the Seine
- Stop and smell the roses in Monet’s garden in Giverny*
- Shop ‘til you drop in Piccadilly Circus and the Champs Elysées
*These are optional excursions
DAY 1: GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS JFK
DAYS 2-6: LONDON
Our first stop is London. Bright, buzzing and full of life, London is one of the most exciting cities in the world. We’ll start by exploring downtown, stopping at familiar sights like Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, the River Thames, and of course, Big Ben! Our next few days will be focused on getting to know the city like locals. We’ll visit the bustling Southbank neighborhood, home to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Cutty Sark ship, Borough Market, and of course the London Eye! You’ll soak up Britain’s royal heritage with a Beefeater-led tour at the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace, as well as trying traditional tea and scones at Kensington Palace. We’ll take a day trip out of the city to majestic and mysterious Stonehenge, followed by a trip to the charming town of Bath to explore ancient Roman ruins. Finally, what better way to wrap up our time in one of the world’s most culturally-rich cities than with a theater show in the artistic West End district?
DAYS 5- 10: PARIS
Say farewell to England as you speed through the Chunnel to France, where you will spend four days in Paris. 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 Amèlie was filmed in Montmartre, and shop til you drop on the Champs Elysées. You’ll visit the spectacular 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. Art lovers will jump at the option to visit Monet’s home in Giverny, where you’ll walk over the famous bridge over water lilies and stroll through the spectacular gardens. Take a bike ride through Paris’ hidden alleyways with our local guide and learn interesting aspects of the city’s long history. Try some of your favorite recipes, such as crepes, fondue, and omelettes, at authentic bistros–or maybe taste something new (escargot, anyone?). You’ll even attend a pastry-making class to learn how to make delicious French pastries on your own! Finally, let’s not forget the experience of a lifetime going all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower!
WHAT KIND OF TEEN TYPICALLY PARTICIPATES IN THIS PROGRAM? WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN?
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.
This program is only for students who are currently in 7th and 8th grade and approximately 12-14 years old. Students living outside of the USA are welcome to join!
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 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 beautiful, centrally-located hotel close to the Opera House, surrounded by tons of little cafes, creperies, and shops.
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 program.
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 program 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 LIKE MOST ABOUT THIS PROGRAM?
Students love that they are able to explore two of Europe’s most important cities on an in-depth trip that experiences all the sights they’ve heard about but never before seen. They also like discovering the cultural differences between England, France, and the US.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM?
Between a full week spent soaking in all of London’s most thrilling sights, and TFT’s fifteen years of expertise in leading trips through Paris, this program provides unique insider access to these two countries.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
Ground transportation, accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, chaperones and guides, program related activities, program related activity admissions, taxes and tips.
Not Included (not intended to be an exhaustive list): Airfare, visas and visa application fees, beverages other than filtered water at meals, activities and admissions not referenced in the itinerary or deemed not program related, such as movies, expenses incurred by the participant that are outside the program description, such as excess baggage fees and damage to hotels, expenses related to unforeseen circumstances, such as transportation strikes and natural disasters, as well as 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 program’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 program starts, and we get preferred group flight prices on programs 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 LEADS THE PROGRAM?
The Trip Director for every program 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 program 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. Programs 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 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 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!
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 PROGRAM?
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/. After you register, we will provide you with a list of vaccinations you should consider discussing with your child’s family doctor.
HOW MUCH FREE TIME DO WE GET?
Our counselors are with the group almost always. Everyday 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 Dublin and Galway. A counselor will always be nearby when participants have free time in each city.
WHAT KIND OF VISA DO YOU NEED FOR THIS PROGRAM?
Any US citizen that enters Europe is automatically granted a free 90-day tourist visa and in the UK a free 180-day tourist visa. If you are coming from somewhere outside the US, please be sure to check your country specific visa requirements.