Paris, Florence, and Venice: Three of Europe’s most vibrant metropolises, home to priceless art, intriguing history, and centuries-old languages. For a comprehensive introduction to European culture, look no further than this classic tour, inspired by three of the hottest travel destinations in Europe. Begin this one-of-a-kind experience in the City of Light, then take a short flight to the Renaissance city of Florence, before visiting the majestic canals of Venice. Our perfectly-paced itinerary ensures that travelers will be able to see as much as possible without feeling rushed from place to place.
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 Italian, 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…
- Go off the beaten path on our bike tour of “Hidden Paris”–a student favorite!
- Cruise down the River Seine at twilight and see the City of Light glow
- Climb to the top of Florence’s spectacular Duomo for birds-eye views of the Ponte Vecchio, the Arno River, and the Piazza della Signoria
- Ride a vaporetto through Venice’s ancient canals just like the locals do
- Enjoy the best Italian food of your life, like homemade paninis, fresh pasta, and pizza hot out of the wood-fired oven
DAY 1: Bonjour Paris!
Flight from your preferred airport to Paris.
DAY 2: Exploring the City of Light
Upon your arrival in Paris, 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 down to the impressive Gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame, where you can climb the towers for your first view of Paris. Finish off the day with your first taste of authentic French cuisine at one of our favorite bistros.
DAY 4: The Eiffel Tower
Today we’ll visit the Musée d’Orsay, home to Post-Impressionist masterpieces by van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Cézanne, Signac, and more. After a picnic lunch on the iconic Champs de Mars, cross off the number one item on every traveler’s bucket list by ascending the Eiffel Tower all the way to the top! In the afternoon, have free time to 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 5: The best shopping in Paris
We understand that student travelers have diverse interests and needs, so our staff do their very best to accommodate everyone’s must-sees. This morning, students can choose to visit the Pompidou Centre, where the museum itself is just as much a work of art as what’s within, or explore a traditional Parisian street market (market depends on the day of the week). In the afternoon, the group will enjoy some free time for shopping on the Champs-Élysées, Paris’ version of 5th Avenue. Don’t forget to pick up some macarons from Ladurée! Our final Parisian dinner will be traditional, local cuisine at one of our favorite authentic restaurants.
DAY 6: Ciao, Firenze!
We’ll hop on a short flight from Paris to Florence this morning. After arriving in Italy and getting settled in, we’ll have a walking tour of downtown Florence. Check out the beautiful Duomo, the Piazza della Signoria, the Ponte Vecchio, and more! In the afternoon, students will have the choice of climbing to the top of the Duomo, or hunting for bargains in Florence’s famous leather markets. We’ll have a dinner of authentic Italian cuisine at one of our favorite pizzerias before taking an evening walk for the best gelato your students have ever had.
DAY 7: Soaking up the Renaissance City
After breakfast, kick off our final day in Florence with a visit to the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s “David.” Students will love a classic lunch at the traditional Mercato Centrale. We’ll have a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery, home to the world’s best collection of Renaissance art, before taking free time for last-minute souvenir shopping. Before dinner, climb up to the Piazzale Michelangelo for a magical sunset view over all of Florence.
DAY 8: Wander through canals
At a mere two hours away by train, Venice makes for an ideal destination following Florence. Stroll along the ancient canals, walk in the footsteps of history in the ancient Jewish Ghetto, cross over the Rialto Bridge, and end up at the world-famous Saint Mark’s Square. In the afternoon, students can choose to explore the Doge’s Palace, or check out the impressive art at the Guggenheim Museum. If they so choose, they can even go for a gondola ride through the canals!*
DAY 9: Ancient Venetian art
On our final day in Italy, we’ll explore beyond the main Venetian lagoon to the picturesque islands of Murano and Burano. Ride a vaporetto boat out to Murano, where we’ll watch a traditional glassblowing demonstration and surely pick up some souvenirs to bring home. Then we’ll have lunch on the beautiful island of Burano, famous for its multicolored houses and wide squares. Students will have time for some last-minute souvenir shopping before we enjoy an upscale final dinner to celebrate the end of an incredible trip!
DAY 10: Arrivederci, Italia!
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.
*Gondola ride is not included in tuition.
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."