Take your students on the road less traveled and explore three of the most fascinating cities in Europe: Budapest, Krakow, and Prague. There are hidden treasures around every corner in these imperial cities, from the thermal baths in Budapest, to the quaint streets of Krakow and the impressive elegance of Prague Castle. Students will learn about the fascinating history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and see firsthand the effects of the turmoil of the 20th Century in Europe. This tour offers a unique and exotic experience to a stunning part of Europe for young travelers looking to venture off the beaten path!
Our mission is to provide an authentic experience rooted in “teaching teens to be travelers, not tourists.” Our staff will give students the tools they’ll need wherever their travels might take them. TFT’s years of experience bringing students to Europe means that we know exactly how to educate, excite, and inspire. Join us for the chance to immerse your students in the best of that Eastern Europe has to offer and leave them with memories to last a lifetime!
During this trip, you and your students will…
- Admire the views from atop Fisherman’s Bastion in the Buda Castle District
- Spend the afternoon soaking in Hungary’s famous thermal baths
- Go on a caving adventure in labyrinth of tunnels just below the surface of Budapest
- Get to know Krakow like the locals do on a fun bike tour
- Learn about the darker side of European history at Auschwitz Concentration Camp
- Try your hand at making your own Polish pierogies at a cooking class
- Cruise along the Vltava River at sunset as you enjoy dinner and a live jazz performance
- Browse for treasures in the famous old-world marketplaces
- Watch the Changing of the Guard at Prague Castle
DAY 1: Hello Europe!
Flight from your preferred airport to Budapest.
DAY 2: Discover Budapest
Upon your arrival in Budapest, you’ll be greeted at the airport by your Travel For Teens guides, who will accompany you for the duration of your journey. After getting settled into the hotel, we’ll have lunch and head to the Buda Castle District for a walking tour. Gaze in awe at St. Matthias Church, and admire the views from atop Fisherman’s Bastion. We’ll top off an exciting first day with your first taste of authentic Hungarian cuisine at one of our favorite local restaurants.
DAY 3: Old-World Markets & Thermal Baths
We’ll begin our first full day in Budapest with a tour of the impressive Hungarian Parliament, the third largest parliament building in the world and one of the most distinguishable sights in the city. From there, get lunch in the Vasarcsarnok Market Hall, a beautiful old-world style market with lots of exotic foods on offer. In the afternoon, we’ll enjoy one of the best attractions in the city: Relax in the steaming thermal baths! This incredible spa in the center of the city features dozens of pools with different temperatures.
DAY 4: Discovering the Underground World of Budapest
This morning, students will have the option of delving deep into the underground labyrinth that lies below the surface of the city. The same thermal waters that provide the hot springs have carved out miles of tunnels that we can explore (with an experienced guide, of course). Those who choose not to go caving will explore the urban oasis of Margrit Island. After lunch, have some free time for souvenir shopping on Vaci Utca. Tonight we’ll enjoy our final dinner of Hungarian food before returning to the hotel to pack for our next destination.
DAY 5: Tatra Mountains & Poland
It’s time for the next country on our journey: Poland! Today, we’ll take a private coach through Slovakia to Krakow, stopping along the way to admire the scenery of the Tatra Mountains and have lunch. Upon our arrival, we’ll have our first Polish dinner before heading out for a nighttime ghost tour of Krakow.
DAY 6: Krakow & Auschwitz
See Krakow like the locals do this morning: On an off-the-beaten-path bike tour. As always, an alternative will be available for those not comfortable on a bike. After lunch, we’ll come face-to-face with one of the darkest moments in European history with a guided tour of Auschwitz Concentration Camp. In the evening, return to downtown Krakow for another delicious dinner.
Day 7: Polish Pierogies & Kazimierz
Head outside Krakow this morning to a quaint village, where we’ll have our very own private cooking lesson. Learn how to make traditional Polish pierogies, and enjoy your creations for lunch! Upon our return to Krakow, we’ll visit the Jewish Quarter, also known as the Kazimierz, and see Schindler’s Factory, which was made famous by the movie “Schindler’s List.” In the afternoon, have free time for souvenir shopping before enjoying our last dinner in Poland.
Day 8: Olomouc
It’s time for the final country on our journey: the Czech Republic, also known as Czechia. We’ll board our private coach from Krakow to Prague, and stop along the way in the charming town of Olomouc for lunch. Once we arrive in Prague, we’ll get settled into our hotel. For our first Czech dinner, we’ll hop aboard a riverboat and cruise down the Vltava River as the live jazz band on the boat serenades us while we eat!
Day 9: Explore Prague
See the best that Prague has to offer this morning on our final day in Europe. Begin with the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Prague Castle, then head over to the Old Town Square to see the incredible Astrological Clock Tower. Browse for treasures in the Havelske Trziste Market before enjoying lunch in Wenceslas Square. This afternoon, students will have the option of exploring the Jewish cemetery, visiting St. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral, or having time for last-minute souvenir shopping at the Palladium, Prague’s biggest shopping center. This evening, we’ll have an upscale final dinner to celebrate the end of an amazing trip.
DAY 10: Goodbye, Prague!
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.
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!"