Paris and the South of France
$4,395 + Airfare
Jul 8 – Jul 20
9, 10, 11, 12
|Who can go on this trip?||
Students from around the world!
|Places we visit:||
Paris, Versailles, London*, Nice, St. Paul de Vence, Èze, Cannes, Monaco*, Ventimiglia (Italy)*
|Optional group flight there:||
New York (JFK) to Paris
|Optional group flight back:||
Nice to New York (JFK)
Paris is the very first city Travel For Teens began running programs to and with our history, local knowledge and strong connections there is no better way to discover the City of Light than with us! This legendary city is home to artists and emperors, writers and composers, and the site of some of the most important events in history. Come to know it like a local with us by biking through its historical neighborhoods, taking a sunset cruise down the Seine, learning to cook with a French chef, and eating your way through the 20 arrondissements. Plus, experience Bastille Day–the biggest French national holiday–by attending the parades, going to the Fêtes des Pompiers, and watching the fireworks from the Eiffel Tower! We will explore the best of this vibrant French metropolis before taking the train south to Nice to experience a completely different side of the country. Relax on the beach, go for an afternoon hike, and shop til you drop along the chic boulevards of the French Riviera. Come enjoy the best of France with us this summer!
On this trip you will:
- 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 both Southern & Northern French cultures- which will you prefer?
- Hunt for treasures at flea markets and attend a traditional Friday marketplace
- See Paris’ creepiest tunnels, exploring the Catacombs
- Go on a bike tour with a local guide to explore off-the-beaten-path places
- Take a cooking class to learn how to make French pastries
- 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 Elysées
- 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 Montmartre, the hippest neighborhood in Paris
- Eat the best ice cream in Paris
- Take a day trip to London via the “Chunnel” train*
- 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 beach in the French Riviera
DAY 1: GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS FROM NEW YORK-JFK
DAYS 2-9: PARIS and VERSAILLES
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 Paris’s most sought after attractions. We’ll take you from the heights of the Eiffel Tower to the depths of the bone lined Catacombs. You’ll shop in posh boutiques along the Champs-Élysées and scour the flea markets for bargains. 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. If you want, you can even take a day trip to London! 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.
DAYS 9-13: 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?
It’s hard to pick a favorite, but the sunset cruise on the Seine, the sublime French food, and the sheer variety of activities we offer make it one of our most popular trips.
What is unique about this program?
Between being in Paris for France’s most important national holiday Bastille Day, the special tour of the fashion house, and TFT’s fifteen years of experience bringing students to Paris, 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 Paris South of France 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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