- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: France, Italy, Switzerland
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Session Start: July
- Session Length: Two Weeks
- Entering Grade: 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
- Selective: No
- Ages: 17, 18
Adventure through Europe with us and get the real backpacking experience as we navigate our way from Italy through Switzerland to Paris! Explore cities with a wide variety of daily choices and leave ourselves open to the spontaneous possibilities that every day brings.
Our Older Teens programs are specially designed with older high school students and students about to enter university in mind. They are all about a hands-on approach to travel where we go beyond the casual tourist experience, take public transportation, and learn how life really is in each place we visit. They provide a unique and carefully crafted itinerary that allows for more challenges and independence. We encourage teens on these trips to learn how to use a Eurail pass along with other handy travel skills so that they become confident and able to take on even more of the world in the future!
This is one of our most popular Older Teens trips and combines a great mixture of classic European cities, mountain adventure, and Mediterranean beaches. Those looking to discover a nice mix of European cultures will love experiencing the best Italy, Switzerland, and France have to offer. We will begin in the buzzing student city of Florence which is popular with both travelers and locals! In Florence, we will experience the masterpieces of the Renaissance, incredible cuisine, delightful cobblestone streets, and the city’s laidback charm. After Florence, we will head to the seaside and enjoy the beauty of the Cinque Terre. This is a lesser-known tourist destination and one that should not be missed! After enjoying the sea and incredible hiking trails, we will head to Switzerland for some alpine adventures in the classic backpacker haven of Interlaken. After feeling refreshed from the mountain air and scenery we will be ready to hit up our final destination: the City of Light, the one and only Paris!