$3,595 + Airfare
Jul 11 – Jul 20, Aug 1 – Aug 10
Session 3, Session 5
9, 10, 11, 12
|Who can go on this trip?||
Students from around the world!
|Places we visit:||
Paris, Versailles, Giverny*
|Optional group flight there:||
New York (JFK) to Paris
|Optional group flight back:||
Paris to New York (JFK)
Paris is one of the most evocative and enchanting cities in the world, and it is no surprise that the art of photography has its origins in this very place. On this unique trip to Paris you will have the opportunity to explore the city through your camera lens, guided at every step of the way by our professional staff. Every day will feature special photo workshops and challenges designed to inspire and push students to take their photography to the next level. At the end of the trip you will have built an incredible portfolio of your own iconic images from the City of Light. In addition to honing your photography skills, come to know Paris like a local by biking through its historical neighborhoods, taking a sunset cruise down the Seine, and eating your way through the arrondissements. You’ll see Paris from the top of the hip artistic neighborhood of Montmartre, all the way down to the depths of the Catacombs. Stroll through the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, and marvel at the countless works of art in the Louvre. And the best part of all? You’ll be in Paris for France’s national holiday, Bastille Day! Parades, parties, and fireworks at the Eiffel Tower, anyone?
Students will be instructed based on their level of skill and experience; this program is designed to challenge everyone from an advanced photo student all the way down to a beginner with the desire to improve.
Photography Instructional Component:
- Use the most beautiful backdrops in the world to improve your photography skills with the help of our expert instructors (all skill levels welcome)!
- Enjoy hands on instruction and photo critiques from expert photographers
- Improve your expertise in landscape, portrait, journalistic, food and street photography to capture the ambience of the most kept secrets of Paris as well as the most famous sights and locations to tell a story of your day
- Participate in fun, daily photo challenges to focus on perfecting different skills each day. These challenges will be incorporated into the cultural activities each day.
- Receive daily feedback from your instructor in order to advance your photography and post processing skills with each assignment
- Benefit from the insight of leaders who know the places like a local to coax the most out of the photographic opportunities
- Return home with a personally reviewed portfolio of excellent images
On this trip you will:
- Climb the Eiffel Tower on France’s national holiday, Bastille Day! (July 14)
- Hunt for treasures at flea markets and document a traditional neighborhood marketplace while getting to taste local foods at the same time
- Explore the underground tunnels housing millions of human remains in the Catacombs and practice low light and long exposure photography
- Learn about the history of photography at the Paris Photography Museum
- Ride through the hidden back streets of Paris on a bike tour with a local guide to explore off-the-beaten-path places
- Tour the most visited museum in the world, the Louvre, and see masterpieces 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 Elysées
- Explore the Royal Palace of Versailles, learn about the Sun King’s lavish parties, and stroll through the stunning gardens
- Take in the best of Parisian art at the Pompidou Centre and the Musee d’Orsay
- Enjoy fondue in the Latin Quarter, escargot at a classic bistro, and crepes along the Seine
- See where Van Gogh and Picasso hung out, as well as where the movie Amèlie was filmed, in Paris’s hippest neighborhood, Montmartre
- Savor the best ice cream in Paris
- PLUS have the option of going to Monet’s Gardens in Giverny*
*This is an optional excursion.
DAY 1: GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS FROM NEW YORK-JFK
DAYS 2-10: PARIS, VERSAILLES AND GIVERNY
Whether you’re a point-and-shoot beginner wanting to learn how to think like a pro and kick your travel photography to the next level, or an experienced DSLR shooter looking to refine your skills and get fresh ideas, this trip is for you! Our goal is to teach participants to adopt the mindset of a pro so that with time they learn how to choose their subjects and compose unforgettable shots. In order to provide quality personal attention, we will divide our group into beginner and intermediate/advanced levels. We will concentrate on shooting urban scenes, portraiture, and landscapes, and teach students how to take advantage of available light both at night and in low-daylight/indoor conditions. Basic skills, including proper adjustment of the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture will also be covered. This trip to Paris is the perfect way to grow as a photographer and create a stunning Paris portfolio that will amaze your family and friends.
Apart from the photography component, let’s not forget the city we’re here to see–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-Elysées and scour the flea markets for bargains. Learn how to take stunning portraits in the Luxembourg Gardens, and take an off-the-beaten-path bike tour through some of Paris’ oldest neighborhoods to learn about the different cultures that have called Paris home throughout the centuries. Explore the spectacular Palace of Versailles–you’ll see the home of the Sun King, Marie Antoinette’s hideaway in the impressive gardens, and the famous Hall of Mirrors! Take in some of France’s best art at the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre, go for relaxing walks in the Pére Lachaise Cemetery, and see Quasimodo’s home at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Try escargot, pick up a delicious crepe from a street vendor, and enjoy wonderful fondue in the Latin Quarter. Fans of Claude Monet will even have the chance to take a day trip out of Paris to the famous Impressionist painter’s home in Giverny, where you’ll be able to stroll through his beautiful gardens and even walk on the Japanese Bridge over the Lily Pond. So what are you waiting for? Come discover the best that Paris has to offer with Travel For Teens!
PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT LIST
- Digital Camera – either compact or dSLR (digital single lens reflex – the big cameras with interchangeable lenses)
- Compact digital cameras must have manual capability (ability to adjust ISO, exposure, shutter speed, aperture). Please note that we will only be working with digital.
- Charger, extra batteries, and download cable for your camera
- Don’t forget a European adapter so you can plug your charger into the European sockets, which are different from the ones in the US. You will also need the cable that came with your camera to download your photos to a portable computer.
- Camera bag for camera, lenses, and accessories
- Choose the most comfortable bag for you, as you will be carrying your camera a lot! Camera backpacks are often more comfortable than shoulder bags.
- At least two memory cards for a total of 32GB of memory space
- Optional: Extra lenses for a dSLR
- It’s fine to bring only one lens. If you do bring several, we suggest you bring a standard zoom lens and a fixed 50mm, 85mm, or 100mm lens (an 85 or 100mm lens is the best for portraiture). Do not bring more than 3 lenses.
- Tripod (compact)
- Portable computer with enough free disk space to download your photos and installed photo editing software such as Lightroom, Aperture, or Photoshop.
- This is the one TFT trip that allows you to bring a portable computer. If you bring a computer, please make sure you have enough disk space, a USB jump drive, or blank DVD’s where you can save backups of your photos as we go.
Please note that a computer is NOT necessary – If you don’t have a computer our counselors will gladly download your photos for you and you can look on as we do photo editing demos. Please note that Travel for Teens, LLC does not assume any responsibility for your personal items or equipment in the event of damage or loss. You are responsible for purchasing travel insurance to cover your expensive items such as your camera, lenses, and computer.
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 improving their photographic abilities and portfolios. We have had students who are almost ready to go pro and students who have a strong interested in getting into photography and everywhere in between. The type of teens we attract are interested in 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.
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?
It’s hard to pick a favorite, but the sunset cruise on the Seine, the art, the street life of Paris, the sublime French food, and the sheer variety of activities we offer make it one of our most popular trips. These would be the things people love most in addition to the more obvious love which is the chance to pursue their love and passion of photography.
What is unique about this program?
Between our photo lessons tailored specifically to each individual student, the chance to improve your photography skills in one of the world’s most beautiful cities with our expert staff, and TFT’s 16 years of experience bringing students to Paris, this program provides unique insider access to France.
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?
At Travel for Teens, we like to keep our group sizes small to allow for a more personalized program. Our average group size is between 14-21 students, which provides an authentic travel experience without any student feeling like “just a number.” You would never be able to have the same experience with a group of 40-50 students!
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. When we break into smaller groups, this will be to allow more photographic opportunities. We do offer some free time to do some shopping, for example, in defined areas that we are very familiar with. On this trip, the group will have some free time to explore some of the safe pedestrian areas of Paris in pairs and trios. A counselor will always be nearby when participants have free time.
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!