From one city rich in Catalan culture to another one filled with elegant European tradition, discover Barcelona and Paris with TFT. These two complimentary Mediterranean cultures thrive on the juxtaposition of ancient history and buzzing modernity. Begin in Barcelona, an ancient Roman trading port that has grown into the capital of Cataluña and one of Europe’s hottest destinations. A short flight over the border brings us to Paris, where we’ll embrace this city’s artistic heritage and the cuisine that has made it one of Europe’s must-visit locales. This tour is adaptable for any season, featuring exciting activities to widen your students’ horizons no matter what time of year you choose to travel.
Our mission is to provide an authentic experience rooted in “teaching teens to be travelers, not tourists.” Language students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in French and Spanish and practice what they have learned in the classroom. Our staff members will help students discover that foreign languages are an exciting tool they can use wherever their travels might take them.
Thanks to our years of experience in leading teenagers all over Europe, TFT staff are experts in engaging and inspiring student travelers. Join us on this one-of-a-kind cultural experience and leave them with memories to last a lifetime!
During this trip, you and your students will…
- Learn to make your own homemade paella and tapas at a private cooking class
- Bike through the wide boulevards and hidden alleyways of both Paris and Barcelona
- Illustrate the importance of the Belle Epoque as you visit places that Picasso and others frequented
- Walk in the footsteps of the ancient Romans in the beautiful coastal city of Tarragona
- Savor authentic, homemade French cuisine, such as fondue, baguettes, crêpes, escargot, and more
DAY 1: ¡Bienvenidos a España!
Flight from your preferred airport to Barcelona.
DAY 2: Exploring 'la Ciudad Condal"
Welcome to Europe! Arrive in Barcelona and meet your TFT guides, who will join you for the remainder of your journey. After getting settled into your hotel in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, receive an introduction to Spain and the exciting adventures that are to come with a walking tour of the city. Finish off the day with your very first taste of Spanish cuisine at an authentic local restaurant!
DAY 3: Make your own tapas!
Jump right into some of Barcelona’s best sites with a visit to the Sagrada Familia, the city’s famous basilica that has been under construction for nearly 100 years! After marveling at Gaudi’s whimsical masterpiece, put your cooking skills to the test and learn to make your own paella and tapas with a local chef. Spend the afternoon relaxing at the beach or exploring Parc de la Ciutadella. Dinner will be another culinary adventure with a chance to sample more authentic cuisine–montaditos, anyone? Complete your day with an evening stroll around the city and, of course, a stop for gelato!
DAY 4: Gaudí's Barcelona
This morning, get to know Barcelona like a local with our popular bike tour, always a student favorite! (An alternative will be offered for those not comfortable on a bike.) Refuel with a delicious lunch in the Boquería Market, where farmers and fishmongers come to sell fresh ingredients every day. Visit colorful Parc Guell before splitting up for the afternoon choices. We understand that student travelers have diverse interests and needs, so our staff do their very best to accommodate everyone’s must-sees. Students may choose to visit Camp Nou, home to FC Barcelona; the Picasso Museum; or have free time for souvenir shopping on Passèig de Grácia. Dinner will be another delicious dinner of tapas!
DAY 5: Walking in Roman footsteps
Take a day trip out of Barcelona to the tranquil seaside towns of the Costa Brava. First, we’ll explore Tarragona, which was known to the ancient Romans as “Tarraco,” and check out the Roman Amphitheatre, ancient temples, and archaeological ruins of this seaside city. After lunch, visit the whitewashed village of Sitges for beach time or return to Barcelona to visit a labyrinth and shop along las Ramblas. We’ll savor a final Spanish dinner before an evening flamenco performance, where we’ll watch the dancers’ feet fly at a local tablao!
DAY 6: The Eiffel Tower
Hop a short flight from Barcelona to Paris, the City of Light! After getting settled in, have a picnic lunch on the iconic Champs de Mars before ascending the Eiffel Tower. What better way to begin your time in Paris than with a trip to the summit of the world’s most famous building? This evening, enjoy your first Parisian dinner at a classic bistro.
DAY 7: Exploring the City of Light
Begin the day with a visit to the Musée d’Orsay, home to some of the most famous masterpieces by Impressionists such as van Gogh, Monet, Degas and more. Visit the impressive Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame, where students can even climb the towers to see the famous gargoyles and get an amazing view of Paris. This afternoon, delve into Paris’ hidden alleys and ancient history on a bike tour of the city. Our local guide will bring us to the ancient heart of Paris. (As always, an alternative will be offered for those not comfortable on a bike.) Spend the evening in the hip artistic neighborhood of Montmartre, where we’ll have dinner before visiting the infamous Moulin Rouge and soaking up the view from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica.
DAY 8: Paris from the Seine
Begin the day with a guided tour of the Musée du Louvre to see firsthand some of the world’s most impressive masterpieces. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the Tuileries Gardens and have some free time to explore the area around the Hôtel de Ville, Chatelet, and Rue de Rivoli. This afternoon, explore the Latin Quarter before enjoying a traditional dinner of fondue and raclette. Cap off this amazing day with a twilight river cruise down the Seine to see Paris lit up at night.
DAY 9: Le Château de Versailles
Take a short train ride out of Paris to the spectacular Château de Versailles, a hunting lodge-turned-palace. Our staff will teach students about the most important historical moments that have taken place here, including the reign of the Sun King, the French Revolution, the Treaty of Versailles signed in the Hall of Mirrors, and more. Stroll through the gardens and see Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet before picking up fresh lunch ingredients in the Versailles farmers’ market. Climb the impressive Arc de Triomphe and shop on the world-famous Champs-Élysées. We’ll celebrate the end of an incredible trip with an upscale final dinner at one of our favorite fancy restaurants.
DAY 10: Au revoir, Paris!
Your TFT guides will accompany you to the airport and assist you with check-in for your flight. Wave goodbye as you head through security and sit back and relax on your flight home.
LOOKING FOR A SHORTER ADVENTURE? THIS TRIP CAN BE ADAPTED!
For teachers who are short on time, we can make this a 7, 8, or 9-day adventure! One of our expert trip designers will help adapt this itinerary to suit your specific needs. Contact us for more details.
The TFT Difference
We Never Combine Groups
Your tour should be special and just for you and your students! We will never combine two or more groups on the same bus or tour. We will lead a trip with as few as six people and a teacher. Your Trip Director travels with you for the duration of your program.
Stress-Free Planning and 24/7 Support
We are there for you every step of the way, and our support begins the moment you decide to do a TFT trip! We will provide you with a team member who will help bring your tour to life, along with everything you need to help get students to sign up for the adventure! On the tour you will have 24/7 dedicated staff with you to ensure everything runs smoothly and because we know travel is full of surprises, solve anything that may pop up along the way.
Photos and Email Updates
Your trip is special and you and your students should have those memories captured forever! Expect frequent personal email updates and hundreds of photos from your TFT staff shared with you and your students’ families so everyone can follow along on the journey. We are the only teen travel program to offer this in-depth trip communication and it truly makes all the difference!
Central Accommodation and Local Meals
Authenticity is engrained in everything we do. We stay at locally owned accommodation in the city center so you don’t waste your valuable time commuting. We dine at charming authentic restaurants to get a real flavor (literally!) for the local culture. The best way to travel is like a local. So ditch the tour bus and have a real traveler’s experience with us!
Authenticity is engrained in everything we do. Eat, stay, and travel like a local.
Check out what past travelers have to say about TFT and discover why we are consistently winning awards for Top Youth Travel Organization.
"For my graduation present last year, I was grateful enough to travel to Italy with TFT! I was a bit nervous about traveling across the world without knowing anyone beforehand, but the staff and my peers were all so friendly and welcoming! Everything about this trip was so FUN, exciting, and very well organized. From the airport designations to the travel itinerary, everything was smooth sailing. There was always something new for us to do/see which was my favorite part of the trip. Although relaxing, it was fulfilling to be kept busy with a new culture to explore. I highly recommend not only the Amalfi trip, but any trip with TFT! They are an extremely trust worthy company and my parents were confident that I was being left in good hands. This trip was hands down one of the best trips I have been on and am excited to be traveling with TFT again soon!"
"When I decided I wanted to travel last summer, I looked at quite a few websites before I finally found TFT. I knew immediately that they were the company I wanted to spend my summer with because they had such a variety of intriguing options. The trip that really piqued my interest was the Europe for Older Teens: Prague, Austria, Slovenia & Croatia, and my experience with TFT ended up being two of the best weeks of my life! The activities were a perfect mix of history, culture, and free time to get to know all of the amazing people this tour allowed me to meet. Whether it was the locals, counselors, or other campers, I so enjoyed spending time with and interacting with them all! From wandering around the magical streets of Prague, gorging on pastries (and just food in general) in Vienna, indulging in the splendor of nature in Bled, and having my breath taken away by the charm of the Adriatic, every day was a treat. My summer with Travel for Teens was unforgettable, and I look forward to seeing even more of the world with them in the future!"
"Traveling with TFT was a life-changing experience for me. I was a very shy person and not very outgoing before I went on my trip to Europe. I was very nervous that I wouldn't fit in and the next month was going to be hard. In the end, it was the exact opposite. I made so many friends that I was sad to leave. The counselors made it easy to communicate with everyone so we were all really great friends. I would recommend TFT to anyone who is looking to step out of their comfort zone and travel. The activities we did were amazing. Although there was a tight schedule to make sure we got the most out of our trip, there was always free time at night where we could just wander and explore. Overall it was a life-changing experience that I will never forget!"