Discover our best summer programs for older teens
Some of our summer programs offer an exclusive departure for older teens completing 11th and 12th grades. We call these programs “ON TOUR” since the itineraries combine a higher level of independence appropriate for older teens with the structure parents still expect from a summer program. From active teen tours to global adventures, our programs offer amazing opportunities for teens to travel during the summer and gain independence.
7 of Our Best Summer Programs for Older Teens
European Experience ON TOUR
Duration: 20 or 28 days
Program Highlights: Climb the Eiffel Tower and see the Arc de Triomphe, lounge on beaches on the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre and Adriatic Riviera, and float through Venice in a gondola.
Overview: Get ready for a summer like you never imagined on this European teen tour! You will visit some of Europe’s greatest cities across England, France, Switzerland and Italy. Enjoy exciting activities such as visiting the Louvre, swimming by the grottos of Capri, cruising down the River Seine, whitewater rafting, skiing or snowboarding the Swiss Alps, and much more!
All departures on this 20-day or 28-day itinerary are ON TOUR travel programs and are specially designed for students completing 11th or 12th grades. This trip is designed to fit the independent nature and maturity of young adults.
Greece, the Islands & Italy
Duration: 25 days
Program Highlights: River tube through the Greek mountainside, hike the 5 villages of Cinque Terre, prepare authentic delicacies at Greek and Italian cooking schools, venture to Athens and visit the Parthenon.
Overview: Join us on this amazing Greece and Italy Adventure travel program for teens. Dive into a summer filled with exploration as we journey off the beaten path, touring ancient ruins, stunning natural landscapes, and savoring the freshest, most delightful foods. . Experience the charm of the 5 seaside villages of Cinque Terre and tour the wondrous ruins of Athens. Discover the Greek Islands with a SCUBA diving lesson in Naxos, and breathtaking kayaking and sunset views in Santorini. Enjoy this amazing itinerary complete with beach stops and gelato sampling along the way!
Duration: 14 or 20 days
Program Highlights: Sail to the world-famous Manta Ray Village for sunset snorkelling among gentle giants, learn to hang 10 with professional surf lessons, zip-line high above waterfalls and the blue waters of the big island, and embark on a spectacular Diamond Head hike.
Overview: It’s so easy to become an explorer and adventurer in the rustic, tropical beauty of Hawaii. As you journey through the diverse landscapes of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island, you’ll be captivated by their unique beauty and charm. Experience this paradise through exhilarating activities like surfing, hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkelling, zip-lining, river tubing and so much more on this Hawaii Adventure tour for teens! Beyond the excitement, you’ll also experience the rich Hawaiian culture while surrounded by your friendly, welcoming and close-knit Ohana!
Pre-College Enrichment Los Angeles – on the Campus of UCLA
Duration: 14, 21 or 32 days
Program Highlights: Pursue your interests with a variety of enriching courses, stay active with UCLA’s world-class recreational facilities, explore Los Angeles, see a Dodgers game, and visit Universal Studios.
Overview: Come experience this pre-college program for high school students on the campus of UCLA and get a sneak peek at college life! Explore your interests with a wide selection of enriching and engaging courses, and discover the best sights and activities in Los Angeles with your new friends. This summer program for older teens balances academic preparation, fun group excursions, and structured independence to help teens prepare for college and make new, lasting connections. Living and studying on the campus of UCLA, students will have access to incredible athletic facilities and be able to discover the collegiate energy of the Westwood Village neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic & Greek Islands
Duration: 26 days
Program Highlights: Discover Slovenia’s Julian Alps, kayak along the fortress walls of Dubrovnik, tour the castles of Prague, take a beautiful sunset cruise in the Aegean Sea, visit the Parthenon in Greece, and enjoy Croatia’s hidden gem—the Adriatic Coast.
Overview: Embark on a captivating journey through Central Europe, immersing yourself in its vibrant culture. Explore the rich history of Prague’s monuments, and see why Vienna is considered one of the most livable cities in the world. Revel in the opportunity to snorkel in the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, navigate the scenic beauty of Santorini, and explore the ancient ruins of Athens. This small, tight-knit group caters to the interests and maturity of older teens.
France, Switzerland & Italy
Duration: 28 days
Program Highlights: Ride in a gondola on the canals of Venice, zip line and paddle board in Tuscany, ski or snowboard in the French Alps, discover the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, hike the coastal trails of Cinque Terre, and cruise to the Isle of Capri.
Overview: Prepare for an exciting journey as you embark on a small group adventure exploring the enchanting landscapes of France, Switzerland, and Italy. While immersing yourself in the beauty of Europe, you’ll not only see iconic masterpieces and monuments but also have the opportunity to visit charming cafés, explore local art galleries, savor authentic cuisine, and engage with the locals. From Paris all the way to Sorrento, this trip is filled with stunning landmarks and exciting activities. Older teens will especially love the beauty and atmosphere of the Amalfi Coast. Cruise to the Isle of Capri stopping to hop off and swim in majestic green waters and grottos and spend the day at the chic beach town of Positano!
Pre-College Enrichment Barcelona & Final Week in the Costa Blanca, Granada & Madrid
Duration: 28 days
Program Highlights: Choose from a variety of engaging courses, explore Barcelona’s highlights during free time, and go on day trips to Girona, Figueres, Montserrat, Sitges and more!
Overview: There is no better city in Spain for older teens to spend a summer studying abroad than Barcelona! This summer program for high school students offers a rare combination of academic enrichment, cultural immersion, and college preparation, all while living in a Mediterranean beach town. Attend engaging summer courses at internationally renowned schools while living in the heart of the city. Get a true taste of the college experience on this summer program in Spain, which offers a unique balance of independence and structure. College is a time for growth and personal choice; why not get a head start? You’ll leave after four weeks with a greater sense of independence and feeling better prepared for college, all while making great friends along the way – the perfect summer!
Want to learn more about summer programs for older teens?
Our summer programs are offered to high school students with departure dates grouped by grade.
These summer programs offer ON TOUR departure dates, exclusively for older teens completing 11th and 12th grade.
Whereas these summer programs are open to a range of grades, including 11th or 12th, and are grouped into age-compatible departure dates.