Munich, Prague and Berlin
$4,195 + Airfare
Jul 20 – Aug 1
9, 10, 11, 12
|Who can go on this trip?||
Students from around the world!
|Places we visit:||
Berlin, Prague, Cesky Krumlov*, Munich, Neuschwanstein*
|Optional group flight there:||
New York (JFK) to Berlin
|Optional group flight back:||
Munich to New York (JFK)
On our Munich, Prague and Berlin trip, you’ll discover these fascinating destinations by soaking up their culture, learning about their complex history, and eating your way through three different cities! Step back in time as you explore World War II history in Berlin, a city once divided that still has vestiges of its complicated past. You’ll certainly gain an appreciation for the hip and edgy city it has transformed itself into! Next it’s on to beautiful Prague, and see for yourself why it’s often referred to as a fairytale city. Paddleboat down the Vltava River, make your mark on the John Lennon wall, and stroll down the quaint cobblestoned streets. We’ll wrap up our journey in Munich, the gem of Bavaria, and you’ll be able to see the dramatic differences between northern and southern Germany. Come face to face with history at the Dachau concentration camp, pedal through the city on our awesome bike tour, and enjoy dinner in a traditional German beer hall! Join us this summer for an exciting and unique trip to Germany and the Czech Republic that will give you memories for a lifetime!
On this trip you will:
- Bike through Berlin just like the Germans do
- Hangout in the Tiergarten, Berlin’s Central Park
- See the Berlin Wall transformed into the longest open air gallery in the world at the Eastside Gallery
- Visit the UNESCO Museum Island in Berlin, where you will be given the option of the incredible Neues or Pergammon museums
- Marvel at the fascinating Berliner Dom and Brandenburg Gate
- Go deep underground on a World War II and Cold War bunker tour
- Visit the site of Hitler’s former underground bunker
- Bike through the streets of Prague to see the highlights, including the Old Town, New Town, and Jewish Quarter
- Take a dinner cruise along the Vltava river with a live jazz band performing on board
- Stroll over the famous Charles bridge, admiring the architectural wonders of this Gothic city
- Leave your mark by signing the famous John Lennon wall
- Take in the view of the UNESCO world heritage site Old Town Square from the top of the medieval Astronomical Clock
- Visit the fairytale bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov and go rafting down the river*
- Dance the night away at a club in Prague
- Climb ‘Alter Peter’ for a view of Munich from the heart of the city
- Experience first hand World War II history at the Dachau concentration camp
- Have dinner at a traditional Bavarian beer hall where the giant pretzels will be plentiful!
- Visit Allianz Arena, home of Bayern Munich Football Club
- Take an optional excursion to Neuschwanstein Castle, Walt Disney’s inspiration for the Cinderella castle, and take a bike tour through the surrounding town with stunning views of the Bavarian Alps*
- Hang out in the famous Englischer garden, where Munich locals hang out soaking up the sun and surfing in the natural wave pool!
*Cesky Krumlov and Neuschwanstein 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 dark past, Berlin will grab you right from the start. We’ll bike through the city, climb up the impressive Reichstag to get a glimpse of Germany’s Parliament, visit the somber Jewish Memorial and have your choice of museums when we visit the UNESCO Museum Island. Dive into Cold War and World War II history as we go underground on a bunker tour and wander along the expansive East Side gallery enjoying a famous masterpiece of this artistically rich city.
DAYS 5-9: PRAGUE
Upon arrival in Prague, you’ll be transported into a fairytale land so magical you’ll never want to leave! We’ll bike through the streets of this medieval city and see the best sites including the Old Town Square and its famous Astronomical Clock, The iconic Charles Bridge, and the John Lennon Wall where you will have the chance to sign a piece of history! Enjoy delicious Czech food from goulash to bread dumplings and even fried cheese! We will also make sure to hit up some critically acclaimed restaurants that have been featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations.
Our tour of Prague doesn’t just end with the main sites and food! We’ll head up to the Prague Castle District to watch the changing of the guard, visit the impressive architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, and wander down the adorable “Golden Lane,” a street of tiny, colorful houses dating back to the 15th century where goldsmiths and artisans once lived. As a special treat we’ll cruise down the river on a jazz dinner cruise, enjoying the view of Prague from a different perspective with relaxing live jazz music playing in the background.
You’ll also have the option of taking a day trip to Cesky Krumlov, where we will climb the belltower for incredible views of the red roofed houses, wander the charming bohemian town, and even have the opportunity to kayak or raft the river that cuts through the village!
DAYS 9-13: MUNICH
Our last stop is Munich, a charming Bavarian city known for its lively restaurants and beer halls, enchanting public gardens, and fascinating history. We’ll bike through the cobblestone streets, visit the iconic central square of Marienplatz, and see the arena where the Bayern Munich soccer team plays! On our bike tour of Munich, we’ll learn about the most famous Glockenspiel in the world, explore the medieval heart of Munich, and see the famous wave surfers in the Englischer gardens. The surfers actually surf on the natural wave in the river that cuts through the park. Its truly a fascinating site! You’ll also have an option to take a day trip to the Bavarian alps, visit Neuschwanstein castle, take a bike tour around the area, and swim in an Alpine lake!
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 3* hotel is right in the center of the city, close by Germany’s Parliament, Brandenburg Gate and the Jewish Memorial. Our hotel has a lot of experience with groups and work with us to make our stay memorable. In Prague, we’ll stay in New Town, a short walk to Wenceslas Square and easy access to main metro lines. In Munich, we stay in a top-rated hotel that is located in the city center and that also caters specifically to groups, making it the perfection accommodation for this trip!
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 Germany and the Czech Republic. This program allows them to discover the similarities and differences of the unique cultures in Munich, Prague, and Berlin.
What is unique about this program?
From delving deep into World War II history in Berlin to an opportunity to explore both the most popular Bohemian city of Prague and a smaller Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov and immerse yourself in Bavarian culture – from giant pretzels to stunning castles – in Munich, this program provides unique insider access to the hottest destinations in Germany and the Czech Republic.
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.
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 Germany, we’ll have a chance to discover both the hip food scene in Berlin and delicious Bavarian specialities in Munich. German cuisine is primarily based around bratwurst (sausage), schnitzel (breaded meat), and potatoes (in every form you can imagine!). Students will also get a chance to sample authentic German pretzels of course!
In Prague, we will dine on the finest goulash, bread dumplings, and beer cheese in all the land! The goulash here is a delicious, hearty dish and often comes with a beloved ball of dough on the side to soak up the creamy sauce. We will try these Czech specialities at a critically acclaimed beer hall for an authentic dining experience in Prague. Last but not least, we will stand beside the locals in Wenceslas Square tasting savory Czech sausages and the famous fried cheese!
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. 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 Munich, Prague, and Berlin. A counselor will always be nearby when participants have free time in each city. We will have the chance to go clubbing on this trip in Prague, where our counselors will be present at all times.
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!