Central Europe School Trip Overview
From the highest peaks of the Alps to Munich’s bustling Marienplatz, this adventure offers something for any young traveler looking to go off the beaten path. Students love getting to visit three countries and comparing how they differ and what they have in common. We’ll begin in the tranquil mountain town of Interlaken, where we’ll soak up the views and get the adrenaline pumping with adventure activities like canyoning. From there it’s onwards to Munich, where students will walk in the footsteps of history at Dachau Concentration Camp and appreciate traditional Bavarian culture. This trip of a lifetime finishes in Salzburg, famous for its fresh alpine air and as a filming location for The Sound of Music. What better way to introduce students to German culture than by showing them these three beautiful countries?
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 German and practice what they have learned in the classroom. Students can order their own food at meals, chit-chat with shopkeepers, and haggle with street vendors. Our staff members will help students discover that foreign languages are an exciting tool they can use whenever they travel abroad.
Our guides will help students step outside their comfort zone, appreciate other cultures, and discover the joys of traveling. They’ll give them the tools they’ll need as they explore the world, wherever their travels might take them. Thanks to our years of experience in leading young travelers around 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!
Did You Know? Teachers travel for free! Enroll just six paying participants and your trip is covered. Learn more about the Benefits for Teachers.
During this trip, you and your students will…
- Watch the beautiful Alps go by as you travel by train through Switzerland and Germany
- Hike and ride cable cars through quaint Alpine villages
- Marvel at a waterfall cascading through the inside of a mountain
- Get the adrenaline pumping on a canyoning adventure
- Soar high above the lakes on a once-in-a-lifetime paragliding adventure
- See firsthand the impact of World War II on Germany and the German people as you visit Dachau and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest
- Get to know Munich like a local on a bike tour through the city
DAY 1: Hello Switzerland!
Flight from your preferred airport to Zurich.
DAY 2: Swiss Alps - Interlaken
Welcome to Switzerland! You’ll be met at the airport by your TFT guides, who will accompany you for the duration of your journey. Upon your arrival in Zurich, we’ll take a short train ride to Interlaken, our home base during our time in Switzerland. Get acquainted with the city on a walking tour of downtown before enjoying your first dinner of Swiss cuisine–fondue, anyone?
DAY 3: Alpine Adventures
We’ll spend the day exploring the charming Alpine villages that are nestled in the valleys of the mountains around Interlaken. Take trains and cable cars between the towns, stopping for lunch and to chit-chat with the friendly locals. You may choose to walk through fields of wildflowers to get from one village to the next and be sure to admire the natural beauty found everywhere. For the more adventurous, climb across the Birg Thrill Walk–a 200-meter walkway made of rope, railings, and glass–and the Skyline Walk, a glass platform jutting out over the mountain valleys. The day will culminate with a visit to the peak of Schilthorn Mountain and Trummelbach Falls, which are found inside the mountain.
DAY 4: Swiss Adventures
Start the morning by getting the adrenaline pumping on our awesome canyoning adventure! After lunch, students will have the choice of riding the cable car up to Harder Kulm Mountain for views over Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, or of going on an incredible paragliding excursion*. Later in the evening, cruise along the lake at sunset while enjoying a dinner of homemade barbecue.
*Paragliding is not included in tuition
DAY 5: Discover Germany - Munich
As we catch the train from Interlaken to Munich, it’s time to visit our next country–Germany! We’ll explore the capital of Bavaria, where many of the most famous German traditions originated. Stroll through the trendy neighborhood around Marienplatz and enjoy dinner at an authentic beer hall. Students can also climb to the top of the Alter Peter Church belltower for the best views over the city.
DAY 6: Dachau, WWII History, & the English Garden
We’ll spend the morning engaging with one of the darkest moments in German history as we visit the Dachau Concentration Camp. Although it’s a difficult subject to talk about, students find this to be one of the most worthwhile experiences of the whole trip. After we return to downtown Munich, we’ll have lunch and take a bike tour of the city. The tour will include a stop at the Chinese Tower in the English Garden for a snack at one of the city’s trendiest beer gardens.
Day 8: Head to Austria!
It’s time for the third and final country on our journey: elegant Austria! En route to Salzburg, we’ll pay a visit to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. In one of history’s weird turns, Adolf’s Hitler’s fortress has now become a restaurant with unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains. In the evening, we’ll arrive in Salzburg and enjoy our first Austrian dinner.
Day 9: Discover Salzburg: Sound of Music & Mozart
Explore the small city of Salzburg by foot on our walking tour that will hit up all the main sights. See where Mozart was born, visit several filming locations of The Sound of Music, including the gazebo where Rolf and Liesl sing “16 Going On 17,” and the perfectly-manicured Mirabell Gardens. Students will have the choice of visiting the Salzburg Fortress or the Toy Museum before having time for last-minute souvenir shopping. We’ll celebrate the end of an incredible trip with an upscale final dinner.
DAY 10: Goodbye 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.
"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!"