The sunny seaside boardwalks of Spain and the chic buzzing boulevards of France: There’s no better place for students to bring the what they’ve learned in the classroom into the real world than these vibrant Mediterranean countries. We’ll begin our adventure in regal Madrid, home to the Spanish Royal Family, the Reina Sofía Art Museum, and Real Madrid Football Club. From there, we’ll catch the high-speed AVE train to Barcelona, where students will learn to make their own paella and tapas, marvel at Antoní Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece the Sagrada Familia, and take a bike ride along the famous Barceloneta Beach. A short flight over the border brings us to the City of Light, where students will be amazed at how different cultures thrive side by side in Europe. The goal of this trip is to give student travelers a deep understanding of both of these unique cultures, so they can see that what they’ve learned in school has real-world applications.
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 young travelers all over Europe, Travel For Teens 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…
- Relax in Madrid’s Parque de Retiro with a rowboat ride across the pond
- Try typical churros con chocolate at the King’s favorite churrería
- Stroll through the vibrant mosaics and towering columns of Parc Güell, one of Antoní Gaudí’s many legacies in Barcelona
- Savor cheese fondue in Paris’ Latin Quarter followed by a sunset river cruise down the Seine
- Marvel at the views of Paris from atop the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, and the Eiffel Tower
DAY 1: ¡Bienvenidos a España!
Flight from your preferred airport to Madrid.
DAY 2: Live like Spanish Royalty
Upon arriving in Madrid, you’ll be met by your Travel For Teens guides who will accompany you for the duration of your journey. After getting settled into our hotel in downtown Madrid, we’ll have lunch and head off to the spectacular Royal Palace, where students will enjoy a tour led by a local guide. In the afternoon, we’ll have a walking tour of the area around la Puerta del Sol before enjoying our first delicious tapas dinner.
DAY 3: Madrid's Masterpieces
Today we’ll see why Madrid is one of Europe’s most livable cities. Begin with a guided tour of the Museo del Prado, where our art historian guide will help students gain an appreciation for the masterpieces found here. Next, in the Parque del Retiro, have a relaxing lunch, visit the turtles at the Crystal Palace and go for a rowboat ride on the pond. In the afternoon, the group will have their choice of seeing works by Dalí and Picasso at the Museo de la Reina Sofía, visiting the home of Real Madrid Football Club at the Bernabéu Stadium, or having free time for shopping in Madrid’s hip boutiques. For dinner, try some more local specialties, like Basque pintxos or tortilla de patata.
DAY 4: Bustling Barcelona
This morning, board the high-speed AVE train from Madrid to Barcelona. In just a few short hours, we will have arrived in this buzzing Mediterranean city. Enjoy your first lunch in the Boquería Market, where locals still come to buy their fresh produce, catch-of-the-day fish, and sweet treats. Get acquainted this afternoon with a bike tour of Barcelona, which is always a student favorite! (An alternative will be offered for those not comfortable on a bike.) As always, dinner will be traditional, authentic cuisine at one of our favorite local restaurants.
DAY 5: Exploring Gaudí's Legacy
Begin the day at Antoní Gaudí’s enchanting Parc Guell, where The Cheetah Girls and ANTM were filmed. After marveling at this whimsical park, 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 6: Rambling down las Ramblas
This morning, we’ll visit the Sagrada Familia, the city’s famous basilica that has been under construction for nearly 100 years! After lunch, we’ll split up to allow students to choose which activity most interests them. 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. After another delicious dinner, marvel at the lights and music spectacle at the Magic Fountain of Montjuic.
DAY 7: Bonjour, Paris!
A short flight from Barcelona brings us to the City of Light, where we’ll dive right into Parisian culture. Our first stop, of course, will be the Eiffel Tower. No trip to Paris would be complete without going all the way to the top of one of the most famous buildings in the world. In the evening, we’ll have dinner and stroll around the hip artistic neighborhood of Montmartre. See the infamous Moulin Rouge, the ancient windmill that still stands today, and the view from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica at twilight.
DAY 9: Exploring the City of Light
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. In the afternoon, students can climb the mighty Arc de Triomphe before having free time to souvenir shop on the Champs-Élysées. Now is the perfect time to pick up macarons from Ladurée! 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, Europe!
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.
"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."