France Language: Paris and the South of France (21 Days)
$6,295 + Airfare
Jun 30 – Jul 20
9, 10, 11, 12
|Who can go on this trip?||
Students from around the world!
|Places we visit:||
Paris, Fontainebleau, London*, Giverny*, Versailles, Normandy*, Nice, Èze, Cannes, St. Paul de Vence, Monaco and Ventimiglia (Italy)*
|Optional group flight there:||
New York (JFK) to Paris
|Optional group flight back:||
Nice to New York (JFK)
Come to the glittering city of Paris, sharpen your French skills, and take in the best of French culture! Paris is the city where Travel for Teens began, and with our history, local knowledge, and strong connections there is no better way to discover the city of light than with us! During our 21 day trip we will have an extra week in Paris with a total of 30 hours of class time to really enhance your French skills!
We will help you improve your ability to communicate in a second language by making sure you are fully immersed in it. You will spend your mornings taking French lessons and your afternoons and evenings traversing Paris’s legendary quarters and seeing the best the city has to offer! Our experienced bilingual staff will accompany the group at all times. After classes, take your newfound knowledge to the streets, where you will chitchat with shopkeepers, order your own food at restaurants, and participate in fun activities such as scavenger hunts to practice what you’ve learned at the academy.
Outside of class, soak in the best of French culture by exploring Paris and the Côte d’Azur, two very different–but both quintessentially French–regions. You’ll cruise the Seine at sunset, stroll the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, and explore the artistic hilltop neighborhood of Montmartre. Plus, you’ll be in Paris for Bastille Day, France’s most important national holiday. Watch the parades, attend the Fêtes des Pompiers, and enjoy the spectacular fireworks show from the Eiffel Tower!
On this trip you will:
- Attend a total of 30 hours of French language class in the mornings and practice your French in real-world situations in the afternoons
- Celebrate Bastille Day, France’s biggest national holiday, with parades, fireworks, a picnic on the Champ de Mars, and going to the top of the Eiffel Tower!
- Experience the beauty of both Southern & Northern French cultures
- Bike around Paris’ beautiful boulevards and hidden lanes
- Explore off-the-beaten-path Parisian sights like Gare Montparnasse, St. Sulpice, the Catacombes, the Musee Marmotten Monet, and more!
- Visit an authentic upscale chocolatier
- Attend the annual Paris Jazz Festival
- Practice your French at picturesque marketplaces
- Visit the D-Day landing beaches of Normandy*
- 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
- Take a day trip to London via the “Chunnel” train*
- Explore the Royal Palace of Versailles, learn about the Sun King’s lavish parties, and stroll through the stunning gardens
- Enjoy fondue in the Latin Quarter, escargot at a classic bistro, and crepes along the Seine
- See where Van Gogh and Picasso frequented, as well as where the movie Amelie was filmed, in Paris’ hippest neighborhood, Montmartre
- Wander Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny*
- Eat the best ice cream in Paris
- Have some retail therapy in the hip boutiques of Vieux Nice
- Walk in the footsteps of the stars at Cannes
- Visit three countries in one day on our day trip to Monaco and Italy*
- Relax on a pristine beach in the French Riviera
*These are optional excursions.
DAY 1: GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS FROM NEW YORK-JFK
DAYS 2-18: PARIS
Your two weeks of French courses will be held in the morning at the ELFE Language School of Paris, and in the afternoon you will have the chance to put your classroom learning to the test as you wander the city and interact with Parisians. Don’t worry if you’re beginner or you don’t think you speak well – this language experience is designed to benefit any and all skill levels and the important thing is to do your best and learn from one another. We’ll also do fun practice activities like scavenger hunts and more! All along, you’ll get to hone your French skills as you talk your way through the City of Light.
We stay at a lovely Parisian hotel in the 9th Arrondissement, one of the most exciting and historically rich districts of the city. Here, you’ll be just minutes from the most sought after attractions in Paris. We’ll take you from the heights of the Eiffel Tower to the depths of the creepy Catacombs. You’ll shop in posh boutiques along the Champs-Élysées and scour the flea markets for bargains, plus take our legendary bookshop tour along the Seine. Walk with the royals at Versailles, get a private tour of a French fashion house, savor homemade chocolate, and have lunch on the roof of a train station. Take in some of France’s best art at the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre, go for relaxing walks in the Luxembourg Gardens and Père Lachaise Cemetery, and see Quasimodo’s home at Notre Dame. Plus, don’t forget the highlight of the trip–Bastille Day! We’ll go to the Fêtes des Pompiers, the parades, and watch the fireworks that are set off at Trocadero from the Eiffel Tower! Celebrate France’s most important national holiday just as the French do, with a picnic on the Champ de Mars and in good company with good friends. Plus, before you leave Paris, you will have the exciting options of taking excursions to Normandy, Giverny, and London.
DAYS 18-21: Nice and Surrounding Villages
Do as the Europeans do and hop the train down to Nice to exchange the hustle and bustle of Paris for the beautiful beaches of the French Riviera. Stroll around Vieux Nice’s Boulevard Anglaise and poke around the quaint shops here, chitchatting with shopkeepers in French. Climb to the hilltop castle for an unparalleled view of the Cote d’Azur, and belt your heart out at Karaoke night! Plus, you can choose to go on our optional excursion to Monaco and Italy, to see where Europe’s rich and famous go to play. We also spend time in St. Paul de Vence and Èze to connect participants with the medieval villages of Provence, sources of artistic inspiration for centuries. You’ll even visit Cannes, home of the famous international film festival! The final dinner is at an elegant restaurant right on the beach beside the Mediterranean, gentle breezes wafting, while candles and music give a fitting end to a trip that encompasses much of the best that French culture has to offer.
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 Paris, we will be staying in a modern hotel in the heart of the 9th Arrondissement, right next to the Opera House.
In Nice, we stay right in the heart of Old Nice, close by the Boulevard Anglais and of course the beach!
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 learn and practice their French with locals in the best possible place to do so, while at the same time learning about French culture and seeing some of the best sights both northern and southern France have to offer.
What is unique about this program?
Between our French lessons tailored specifically to each individual student, the out-of-the-classroom learning and cultural exploration experiences, and of course being in Paris for France’s most important national holiday Bastille Day, this program provides unique insider access to France and French culture.
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?
At Travel for Teens, our trips typically fall into 3 different size categories.
Small: 7-14 students where 14 is the maximum.
Medium: Average is between 14-21 students with 21 as the maximum.
Large: Trips 21-35 students. These are our largest trips.
Typically France Language falls into the medium range, but trip sizes differ from year to year.
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!
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 and Nice. 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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