London and Paris
$3,295 + $150 Rail Pass + Airfare
Jul 20 – Jul 29
|Places we visit:||
Paris, Versailles, Giverny*, London, Stonehenge, Bath
|Optional group flight there:||
New York (JFK) to London
|Optional group flight back:||
Paris to New York (JFK)
|Who can go on this trip?||
Students from around the world!
London and Paris: two complementary European capitals that are on the top of any Euro-traveler’s list. In London you will be amazed at both the similarities and the differences with American culture, while Paris continues to set the trends that the rest of the world strives to emulate. Take in London’s best museums, 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 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! Your expert TFT guides will tie together history, day to day life, cuisine and the arts to create the ultimate travel and immersion experience. 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, Trafalgar Square, and Abbey Road
- Take in the British Museum, National Gallery, Imperial War Rooms, and other fantastic museums
- Hunt for treasures and enjoy London’s best ethnic food at Camden Marketplace
- Experience the magnificence of the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London
- Uncover the mysteries of Stonehenge
- Hear London’s bloody, gory history on a nighttime tour
- Attend plays at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater and the West End
- Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
- Enjoy tea and scones at Kensington Park
- Channel your inner witch or wizard where Harry Potter was filmed at Warner Brothers Studios*
- Shop til you drop at Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus
- Go to the most visited museum in the world, the Louvre, and see works like the Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, Mona Lisa, works by Michelangelo, the ancient Egyptians, 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
- 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 crepes along the Seine
- Stop and smell the roses in Monet’s gardens at Giverny*
- See where Van Gogh and Picasso frequented, as well as where the movie Amelie was filmed, in Paris’ hippest neighborhood, Montmartre
- Have a fancy final dinner followed by the best ice cream in Paris
*These are optional excursions.
DAY 1: GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS FROM NEW YORK-JFK
DAYS 2-8: LONDON
Our first stop is London. Bright, buzzing and full of life, London is one of the most eclectic and exciting cities in the world. You can attend concerts, a play at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and shop ‘til you drop in Piccadilly Circus and Camden Market with its hip and urban appeal. 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. You will ponder the enduring enigma of Stonehenge and walk the historic streets of Salisbury. 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. We will 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 have the Yeoman Warder tower guards explain its bloody history. London awaits you for an experience you’ll never forget!
DAYS 9-12: 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 Amelie was filmed in Montmartre, and shop til you drop on the Champs Elysées. You’ll 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 Pere 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 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!
DAY 13: FLIGHT BACK TO THE USA
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 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 converted 14th-century chalet located in the Marais, a hip, popular district known for its street artists. We are at walking distance of Notre Dame, 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 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 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 the UK and the US, for example, by enjoying high tea and on our nighttime ghost tour in London.
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, trip related activities, trip related activity admissions, taxes and tips.
Not included (not intended to be an exhaustive list): Airfare, rail passes, lunches, visas and 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. Many students who go on London Paris also sign up for our Barcelona Extension.
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!
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 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 London and Paris. 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!