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Experience the joie de vivre of France & the rustic beauty of Switzerland on this summer teen travel program. With rail pass and metro maps in hand, you’ll tour France and travel across Switzerland, immersing into the local culture, seeing all the best sights, and getting to eat some of the most delicious food in the world. This European summer program allows for a little more group flexibility and spontaneity, by allowing teens to take part in the planning alongside their trip leaders – all within the structure of our predetermined itinerary. Get ready to see the Alps!
This 14-day program is the France & Switzerland portion of our longer 28-day France, Switzerland & Italy adventure travel program.
Experience new cultures and thrilling activities in a smaller, tight-knit travel group.
Includes breakfast and dinner daily.
Includes all recreation & activities listed.
Public transportation such as metro, train and bus.
Up to 24 participants.
ON TOUR departures offer more independence and age-appropriate activities for older teens currently completing 11th or 12th grade.
A large traveler's backpack is ideal. A rolling duffel bag is also acceptable.
Steps from quaint cafes and shops, you will stay at ibis Paris Bastille Opera. This property offers a warm atmosphere and all rooms have air conditioning, WiFi, and are furnished with a modern flare.
Hotel Le Paquis is set on the edge of the slopes in Espace Killy, this cozy hotel is perfectly located for our sojourn in Tignes.
Hotel Royal is a 4-star luxury hotel in the heart of the Geneva city center. The hotel includes a fitness center and sauna for the guests to enjoy during their stay.
The Hey Hotel is situated in the center of Interlaken. From here you are able to reach all the essential sites and locations in town on foot.
Conveniently located close to the airport, the modern IBIS Milano Malpensa hotel is perfect for a final night of laughs with your trip mates.
Who are the staff and what are their qualifications?
Our staff are educators, guidance counselors, coaches, college and university students, former camp counselors, residence life coordinators, community volunteers, world travelers, and other leaders with diverse backgrounds. Many are former participants themselves who couldn’t get enough of the Westcoast experience! Learn more about our summer leaders.
What if I need to contact my teen during the program?
Participants may bring their cell phones so parents may call and message their kids directly. You may also contact our Communication Centers which serve as the official link between programs on the road and parents. We are staffed every day during the summer and have somebody on call for after hours emergencies ready to assist you 24/7.
What is the difference between an Active Teen Tour and a Global Adventure program?
Our Active Teen Tours offer larger group sizes (generally 35-48 participants) and travel in deluxe motor coaches. Accommodations include quality hotels and fun college residences.
Global Adventures are smaller group experiences (generally up to 26 participants). Groups travel by private motor coaches and occasional public transportation internationally, and use passenger vans in the USA. While these programs have a slightly bigger focus on adventure travel, we stay in quality hotels and lodges, always ensuring a good night’s rest.