What better way to illustrate the origins of Western Civilization than by bringing students to the place where it all began? On this comprehensive tour of Greece, we focus on the most important sites in Classical Greek culture while also giving students an appreciation for modern Greek life. Begin in the bustling capital city of Athens, where students will visit one of the world’s best museums at the Acropolis. From there, we’ll explore several key sites around the Peninsula, from Nafplio and Corinth to Olympia, home of the ancient Olympics and the Temple of Zeus. Of course, there will also be time to take advantage of Greece’s incredible landscapes. Relax on pristine beaches and go for a dip in the sparkling Aegean sea.
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 Greece and leave them with memories to last a lifetime!
During this trip, you and your students will…
- Visit the most impressive remains of ancient Greek culture, the Acropolis and the Agora
- Explore the historic Plaka neighborhood and the market district of Monastiraki
- See the Corinth Canal, a technological feat of engineering dating back to the time of Ancient Greece
- Enjoy a day at the “theater” at one of the world’s largest classical amphitheaters in Epidaurus
- Try your hand at making your own Greek delicacies for dinner in our local cooking class
- Visit Olympia, city where the Olympics were held, and even run your own Olympic dash
- Pay a visit to the Oracle of Delphi to hear your future told
- Island-hop through the Greek archipelago by ferry
- Swim in the clear turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea and relax on pristine beaches
- Swim in the clear turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea and relax on pristine beaches
- Go on a scavenger hunt in the Agora, the birthplace of democracy in the heart of historical Athens
DAY 1: Depart for Europe!
Flight from your preferred airport to Athens.
DAY 2: Kalimera Athens!
Upon your arrival in Athens, 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 downtown Athens for a walking tour. See Constitution Square, wander the winding streets of the historical Plaka neighborhood, and explore the market district of Monastiraki. We’ll top off an exciting first day with your first taste of authentic Greek cuisine at one of our favorite local restaurants.
DAY 3: Classical Athens
This morning, step back in time 2500 years to the height of ancient Greek civilization at the incredible Acropolis! First, we’ll visit the Acropolis Museum, rated one of the world’s top 10 museums. Then we’ll see this incredibly well-preserved monument ourselves. After lunch, students will have free time to explore Plaka and shop for souvenirs on Ermou Street. For dinner, try your hand at making your own Greek delicacies in our cooking class.
DAY 4: Head to the Cradle of Democracy: The Peloponnese
Today we’ll depart Athens and head to our next destination, Nafplio, the first capital of Greece. En route, we’ll stop at the Corinth Canal, a technological feat of engineering dating back to the time of Ancient Greece and only completed in the 19th Century. After arriving in Nafplio and getting settled into our new accommodation, we’ll have lunch and get acquainted with this charming city. We’ll also stop at the castle of Palamidi and learn about the Venetian and Ottoman history of the region. Students will have time to explore Nafplio on their own before visiting a nearby beach for our first dip in the Mediterranean.
DAY 5: Epidaurus & Poros
This morning, continue on our adventure back through classical Greece. Our first stop is Epidaurus, the ancient healing sanctuary dedicated to the god Asclepius. See for yourself the second-largest ancient theater, which to this day seats up to 14,000 spectators during summer festivities. This afternoon, we’ll take a short ferry ride to the island of Poros, where students can go swimming at the beach or discover the main town on the island. We’ll return to Nafplio via private coach just in time to enjoy another authentic dinner of Greek cuisine.
Day 6: Mycenae & Olympia
Board our coach and head to perhaps one of the most famous destinations in all of Greece: Olympia! Along the way, we’ll visit Mycenae, one of the most important archaeological sites in all of Greece. Here, students will learn about the Greek civilization that pre-dates Classical Greece. Once we’ve arrived in Olympia and checked into our hotel, we’ll visit the Archaeology Museum, which houses world-renowned artifacts from the site of Olympia. This evening, students will be able to explore this modern town, ice cream in hand.
Day 7: Discover the Birthplace of the Olympics
This morning, we’ll discover the birthplace of the Olympics. Students will see what remains of the infamous Temple of Zeus, and even have the chance to run their own Olympic dash. Afterwards, we’ll continue on to Delphi, home of the Oracle and of the god Apollo. Have lunch at a beautiful overlook point outside of the modern village of Delphi, before getting settled into our hotel. We’ll take a walking tour of Delphi and have time for souvenir shopping before dinner.
Day 8: Consult the Oracle at Delphi
Wrap up our time in Delphi with a guided tour of the historical site of Delphi which, apart from being famous for its Oracle and as Apollo’s residence, was also the site of the original Panhellenic Games (precursors to the Olympic Games). Visit the Delphi Museum to uncover artifacts from these fascinating archaeological sites. After lunch, we’ll board our private coach and return to Athens. We’ll enjoy another traditional dinner in the heart of downtown before going on an evening walk to soak up the ambience.
Day 9: Final Day in Athens
On our final day in Greece, we’ll begin the day with a scavenger hunt in the Agora, the birthplace of democracy in the heart of historical Athens. This afternoon, you’ll have free time to do some souvenir shopping in the hip neighborhood of Monastiraki, or to visit any museums or sites you may have missed. To celebrate the end of an amazing journey, we’ll enjoy an upscale dinner dressed in our finest and reminisce on the memories we’ve made in Italy and Greece.
DAY 10: Yeia Sou, Greece!
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.
"My experience traveling with TFT was nothing but extraordinary. In the summer of 2017 I set off, by myself for the first time, to travel abroad in Europe. Not only did Travel for Teens place me in a group with amazing people that I grew to be very close with, but I was guided through this trip with knowledgeable group leaders who cared about giving us the best experience possible. Through TFT I was able to visit the countries of Italy, Switzerland, and Paris. Each day was jam packed full of different activities including museums, hiking, eating delicious local cuisine, and creating new relationships with my group. My leaders, Taylor and Holden, knew facts regarding each area we ventured to, which made the trip so much more interesting and thoughtful. My favorite part about this trip, and the TFT company as a whole, was that travel, accommodation, and each experience was local and unique. We never loaded onto a tour bus, did not wait in long lines, stand in big crowds, or follow someone with a giant sign to each destination. Travel for Teens was personal, giving chief importance to an authentic experience abroad. I felt so secure with my team throughout the whole trip, with each activity being very well researched and planned, so there was never any confusion or worry. It was through this safe environment I was able to experience the true beauty of travel, which has inspired me to go out of my comfort zone, not to be timid, but to run towards any new opportunity in my life with an open mind!"
"My experience going on an adventure with Travel For Teens was incredible and unforgettable. Last summer, I went on the two week trip to Florence, Cinque Terre, Switzerland, and Paris with Older Teens. My trip had a rough start, since I did not go on the group flight, and my flight missed a connection in Portugal. I was scared that I would be missing out on activities and that it would be difficult to make friends if I joined the trip after it started. It was such a relief when I finally arrived in Florence and was greeted by my counselor Mike at the airport. He made me feel comfortable right away. It turned out that multiple people on my trip had problems with flights and TFT was able to keep track of everyone and collect them one by one from the airport. Once I got over the sleep deprivation from the long overnight flight, all of my worries went away and I had the best time traveling around Europe with people from all over the country, none of whom I had met before yet all of whom I became friends with. From Italy to Switzerland to France, we saw all of the famous sites and tried all of the amazing food. Just a few of the memorable experiences included learning how to make delicious homemade pesto in Cinque Terre, sampling fondue in Interlaken, paragliding through the Alps, and climbing up the Eiffel Tower in Paris. I must have taken over two thousand pictures over the span of the trip, and I look at them all the time to keep the memories of the trip intact and to put a smile on my face. I had the best summer of my life, and I couldn’t have done it without TFT."
"I had the amazing opportunity to travel on the Europe for Older Teens trip to Amsterdam, Munich, Switzerland, and Venice with TFT in the summer of 2018 and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had! My amazing counselors were so welcoming and inclusive to not only me, but all the campers. I was a little nervous to go on the trip at first, but after just one day on the trip I knew I made the right choice! TFT programs are great because the counselors give you that independence you want, while also keeping everyone safe! That trip was one I will never forget, the memories I made with awesome people is priceless. Thank you TFT!"