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.
"I had never done an overnight camp before and I decided to go big and go to Scotland and Ireland with TFT! It was the best experience I ever had and I made so many memories. First off, the staff is incredible and they always take care of safety first, they are very fun and very supportive. One of the best adventures I remember was when we went rock climbing on the cliffs and rocks on the coast of Ireland, we got to jump off from the cliffs and into the ocean and that was such a blast. We also got to visit a castle and learn about falcons and even hold them as they would fly back and forth off our arms. The food was also incredible, as we got to try typical meals like a full English breakfast and haggis. The accommodations were very good too. For two of the three places we stayed at, we stayed at a hostel. They were quite small, but with all the new friends you meet there, it does not feel weird to be within such close proximity with others. The third place we stayed at was at an outdoor activity center on Achill Island and that was the most fun since every day there was a new activity such as surfing, canoeing, coasteering (climbing the rocks by the ocean), archery, and so many more. I have traveled a lot before, but with TFT, they are always on the move and you are trying new activities and trying new food while taking in the breathtaking scenery."
"I was given the opportunity of a lifetime: to travel across Europe with amazing kids my age and outstanding counsellors. This trip showed me beautiful parts of the world I longed to see since I was a little girl. Not only were the people, accommodations and food incredible, but also the activities. Like canyoning down a mountainside in the middle of the Swiss Alps, paddle boating in the canals of Amsterdam and riding my bike on a beautiful trail just at the foot of Neuschwanstein Castle to a lake where we could swim to the middle and face the German hillside with two beautiful castles as the backdrop. After going on this trip, I can now tell my friends that I’ve travelled across Europe and I’m not even finished with high school yet. It was truly an incredible experience and I would totally recommend it to any teenagers aspiring to travel."
"I have traveled with TFT for four summers now, exploring Costa Rica, Croatia, Fiji and Greece. These trips have been the highlight of my summers. They have broadened my horizons and strengthened my confidence. Going on these trips and meeting new people changed how I view the world. I love having conversations with locals and people I meet along the way. The small TFT groups and the knowledgeable and enthusiastic group leaders make for a fun and eye-opening experience. What sets TFT apart is that we immerse ourselves in the culture and we are not just tourists. We meet locals, hear stories about their lives, and it is truly invigorating. Travel For Teens has given me so much more than fun memories over the summer. They have given me the ability to be comfortable talking to anyone, being in new places, having a widened perspective on other cultures, and to be independent. On my Costa Rica and Fiji trips, we volunteered with school children. In a very short time we made deep connections that I will always cherish. I feel so fortunate to have had my eyes opened through TFT to so many beautiful places and memorable people."