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Rail pass? Check. Metro maps? Check. Get ready to explore France, Switzerland and Italy on this small group adventure travel program for high school students. As you tour Europe, of course you’ll see some of its great masterpieces and monuments, but you’ll also have time to stop at charming cafés, browse the local art galleries, taste the authentic cuisine and interact with the locals. This European summer program allows for a little more flexibility and spontaneity, by allowing the teens traveling to take part in the planning alongside their trip leaders – all within the structure of our carefully-planned itinerary.
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 Hotel Paris 17 Batignolles, Ibis La Villette Parc des Sciences or Ibis Paris Nation Davout. These properties offer 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.
Cinque Terre, Italy
In Cinque Terre, we stay at Hotel Genova. Enjoy this ideal location in the city center of La Spezia, Cinque Terre, just a few minute walk from the Harbor.
Staying at Hotel Belle Epoque we’ll be situated in the center of Venice just a few minutes from St. Marco Square. All rooms have satellite TV, air conditioning and are furnished in a typical Venetian style.
Enjoy your stay at Hotel Cellai, located in the heart of downtown Florence just minutes from the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and famous leather markets.
You will be staying at Hotel Savoia, located in the heart of Sorrento, a short walking distance to all of the nightlife and a perfect hub for exploring the Island of Capri and the beach of Positano.
Staying at the Best Western Blu Hotel Roma, you’ll be surrounded by Rome’s famous monuments and landmarks, such as the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, the Villa Borghese gardens and the Trevi Fountain.
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.