London & Paris School Trip Overview
London and Paris: Two complementary European capitals that are at the top of every teen traveler’s list. Show your students both traditional and modern European culture in these two bustling metropolises. Teachers of all disciplines will have no trouble connecting what we see here to lessons in the classroom. From the incredible art found in the Louvre and the National Gallery, to the complex history these two countries share, and the literary contributions of their authors, there’s something for everyone on this tour. Students of French will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and practice what they’ve learned at school in the real world.
Our mission is to provide an authentic experience rooted in “teaching teens to be travelers, not tourists.” Our staff will help give students the tools they’ll need for a lifetime of travel, wherever their journeys may take them. TFT began as Paris For Teens, and thanks to our years of experience bringing students to France and the United Kingdom, we know exactly how to educate, excite, and inspire young travelers. Join us for the chance to immerse your students in the best that the Europe has to offer 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…
- Explore both the main attractions, like Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the Houses of Parliament, as well as off-the-beaten-path gems like Camden Market
- Witness the time-honored tradition of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
- Admire some of the world’s best cultural artifacts at the British Museum and the National Gallery
- Enjoy London’s vibrant theater scene with a show in the West End or at Shakespeare’s Globe
- Visit classic pop culture icons such as 221B Baker Street, Abbey Road, and Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station
- Have a guided tour of the spooky Tower of London from one of the Queen’s own Yeoman Warder guards
- Go all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower for the best views of Paris
- See where locals buy their fresh produce, fish, and cheese at traditional street markets
- Bring history to life at Marie Antoinette’s gardens and the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles
- Introduce your students to authentic French cuisine like galettes, crêpes, baguettes, fondue, and macarons
- Take a guided tour of the Musée du Louvre to see both the highlights and some lesser-known masterpieces
- Take a bike tour of Paris’ hidden alleyways and ancient history (*An alternative will be offered for those not comfortable on a bike)
- Explore the most enchanting neighborhoods in the City of Light, like the Marais, the Latin Quarter, and Montmartre
- Climb the belltowers of the Cathedral of Notre Dame to see the famous gargoyles up close
DAY 1: Cheerio, London!
Flight from your preferred airport to London.
DAY 2: Welcome to Westminster
Welcome to Great Britain! Arrive in London and meet your TFT staff, who will join you for the remainder of your journey. After getting settled into your hotel in the heart of the city, we’ll take a walking tour of downtown London to familiarize ourselves with the main sights, including the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, the River Thames, and of course Big Ben! Finish off the day with your very first taste of British cuisine at one of our favorite local pubs.
DAY 3: Afternoon tea, anyone?
We’ll spend today enjoying some of London’s finest traditions, beginning with the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. From there, we’ll enjoy afternoon tea, featuring finger sandwiches, scones, and pastries. Next, we’ll take a walking tour of downtown London to familiarize ourselves with the main sights, including the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, the River Thames, and of course Big Ben! After dinner, go on our unique “Blood and Tears Walk” to learn some darker secrets of London’s history.
DAY 4: The Best Views in London
The impressive Tower of London awaits today. Once home to some of England’s most notorious prisoners and now housing the Crown Jewels, this is a must-see and a student favorite! We’ll receive a guided tour from the Yeoman Warder guards at the Tower before crossing Tower Bridge (also known as London Bridge). After a delicious lunch in the always-busy Borough Market, we’ll explore the Southbank neighborhood and visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Top it all off with a ride on the London Eye, the massive Ferris Wheel that gives the best views over all of London!
DAY 5: Museums and Markets
On our final day in London, students will be given choices to visit what interests them most. We understand that student travelers have diverse interests and needs, so our staff do their very best to accommodate everyone’s must-sees. Readers of Sherlock Holmes can visit 221B Baker Street; Harry Potter fans can visit Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station; or they can walk in the footsteps of the Beatles at Abbey Road. After a visit to the eclectic Camden Market for some last-minute souvenir shopping, we’ll cap off our time in London with a show at the theater!
DAY 6: Bonjour, Paris!
A leisurely train ride on the famous Eurostar train brings us from London to Paris. After getting settled into our new hotel, what better way to kick off our time in France than by climbing the Eiffel Tower? Admire the views of the whole city from the top of the world’s most famous building. For your first French dinner, we’ll visit one of our favorite traditional bistros.
DAY 7: The City of Light by Bike
Begin your first full day in the City of Light 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 time to climb the towers of the famous Cathedral of Notre Dame. We’ll then have a bike tour through “hidden Paris”, which is always a student favorite! Cycle with our local guide through the Marais, past Bastille, across the Seine and to the ancient heart of Paris. Tonight, enjoy a traditional dinner of fondue and raclette in the Latin Quarter. Cap off this amazing day with a twilight river cruise down the Seine to see Paris lit up at night.
Day 8: Visiting Paris' Masters
This morning, we’ll give the group their choice of which museums to visit. We understand that student travelers have diverse interests and needs, so our staff do their very best to accommodate everyone’s must-sees. Students can choose to visit the Musée d’Orsay, home to Post-Impressionist masterpieces by van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Cézanne, Signac, and more, or check out the modern art at the Centre Pompidou, where the museum itself is just as much a work of art as what’s within. In the afternoon, students will have their choice of exploring either the Luxembourg Gardens or the Père Lachaise Cemetery. The group will reconvene in the hip artistic neighborhood of Montmartre, where we’ll see the infamous Moulin Rouge and enjoy the view from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica before a fantastic dinner.
Day 9: The Château de Versailles
Take a short train ride out of Paris to the spectacular Château de Versailles, a hunting lodge-turned-palace. Our staff will teach students about the most important historical moments that have taken place here, including the reign of the Sun King, the French Revolution, the Treaty of Versailles signed in the Hall of Mirrors, and more. Stroll through the gardens and see Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet before picking up fresh lunch ingredients in the Versailles farmers’ market. After returning to Paris, climb the impressive Arc de Triomphe before having free time for souvenir shopping on the world-famous Champs-Élysées. Now’s the perfect time to buy 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.
LOOKING FOR A SHORTER ADVENTURE? THIS TRIP CAN BE ADAPTED!
For teachers who are short on time, we can make this a 7, 8, or 9-day adventure! One of our expert trip designers will help adapt this itinerary to suit your specific needs. Contact us for more details.
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!"