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.
"This past summer I had an unforgettable experience. Being a curious girl since I was little, I have always dreamed of traveling the world and discovering new places. TFT has allowed me to follow this dream of mine. I never would have thought I would have the opportunity to climb the Eiffel Tower in Paris or hike through Cinque Terre. I even got to go paragliding in Switzerland and hike through the Swiss Alps! Going on this trip has let me experience new things with people who are now my life long friends. We are actually planning on a reunion for this summer! If I had the chance to go on this trip again I wouldn’t even have to think twice about saying yes. This experience of trying new activities and making new friends is one I will treasure. If you are adventurous and a daredevil, I definitely recommend this trip."
"I am so glad I chose to sign up for two trips with TFT the summer of 2019! At first I was nervous traveling without my parents to a country I had never been to before, but this trip showed me my passion for traveling. My favorite thing about TFT is all the amazing people I met. I went on my trips not knowing anyone but everyone was so excited to meet new people so we quickly became a little family. I loved my counselors, they were so fun and amazing role models. They always made me feel safe and I knew I could talk to them if there was ever any problem. If you want to travel TFT is an amazing program and I definitely recommend you take the opportunity."
"I know you saw on social media, but I just wanted to “officially” tell you how wonderful the SHA British Isles trip was. Every day was full of fun and so many different activities and the pacing was perfect. Hannah and Hunt are awesome and felt just like SHA people (like you do too!). Our students were so happy and enjoyed it so much. It is truly a privilege to get to travel with them and be their teacher/friend in an entirely different capacity. All the trips are up on there on my “best of” list, but this one ranks near the top. Thanks for all the work that you and TFT do to make these trips possible. I know how much behind the scenes work goes on and how many different hands are involved. One of our Sacred Heart principles is educating to global awareness and I can’t think of many better ways to help them continue to develop into global citizens than through travel. I hope your summer is wonderful- with travel near and far- and that all the TFT trips are successes! Cheers!"