Frequently Asked Questions
European Adventure Teen Travel Tour
What age do I have to be to travel on European Adventure?
European Adventure is age appropriate for kids finishing 9th through 11th grades. Each departure date corresponds with a specific age group to ensure that each traveler is with his/her peers.
Can I pick my departure date?
Most of our tours have multiple departure dates. Each departure date corresponds with a designated age group. In March, Rein Teen Tours will assign dates based on each traveler’s age and/or grade.
How many teenagers will be in my teen tour group?
The European Adventure tours are coed and each date/group typically has 35-40 participants.
Where do the kids come from?
Over the past few summers, Rein Teen Tours had travelers from over 35 states and 14 countries. We love bringing people together!
Can I come with a friend?
The most rewarding part of a Rein Teen Tours summer is making new friends. While we do allow friends to travel together, Rein Teen Tours makes each tour a cohesive family. Along with safety and supervision, group dynamics is a main focus each day of our trips! Whether our travelers come with a friend or come alone, we strive to ensure that each teenager thrives socially.
Can I pick my roommates?
In order to make sure each teenager is comfortable in the beginning of his/her program, we assign roommates for the first stop of the tour. Friends who come on a tour together are placed in separate rooms for those assigned days. Most hotel rooms accommodate 2-3 people per room and every teen is guaranteed his/her own bed. After the first couple of nights, it’s up to you to choose your roommates throughout the summer. You can change for each and every stop on your teen tour!
Can I bring my cell phone?
Yes, we allow cell phones. Cell service is very good throughout the countries we visit in Europe and we recommend you speak with your provider regarding international calling plans. You may also want to explore adding one of the following free Apps to your teenager’s phone as well as your phone: Viber for free calling and texting via the internet and WhatsApp for free messaging. Many of our hotels offer free wireless internet service in their lobbies, and the teenagers can utilize this for keeping in touch with home. Phone chargers (and other electronics or appliances) will require an international voltage converter set, which can be found in stores such as CVS, Walgreens, and Bed, Bath & Beyond. To ensure that cell phone use doesn’t interfere with your experience, we have cell phone policies that we will share with you and your parents prior to your departure.
Who are the counselors and how are they trained?
We hire the BEST staff! We interview, reference check, and perform background checks on all of our eligible applicants. We hold a mandatory orientation each spring where our staff is trained on how to create the greatest summer for our teenagers, with a focus on group dynamics and safety. The majority of our counselors are in their mid-to-late twenties to early thirties and most return summer after summer. All of our staff live in the U.S. and are certified in CPR and First Aid.
How does laundry work?
Once every 7-9 days, we drop everyone’s laundry at commercial laundries. We will drop off laundry in the morning and pick it up the following day. Tour members are responsible for paying laundry fees. Labeling clothing is not necessary.
What kind of transportation is used on the European Adventure tour?
We utilize a regular size coach bus for all transportation throughout the program. The flight from Reykjavik, Iceland to Paris, France is on a regularly scheduled commercial jet plane.
Do I need a passport for the European Adventure?
A valid passport is required to enter every country we visit on the European Adventure. To be valid, the expiration date of your passport should be at least six months after the planned date of return. Please note that requirements can change at any time for reasons beyond our control and it is the responsibility of the traveler to verify appropriate documentation.
What if I get sick while on tour?
In Europe, doctors make “house-calls” to hotels. During the tour, we rely on these local doctors for treatment, and rely on hospital visits for emergencies only. Each tour director has a file with every teenager’s medical history. If a doctor’s visit is required, the tour leader will make every effort to contact your parent when a doctor’s visit is necessary and you will be chaperoned by a same-sex staff member. We will also contact a parent, if possible, during the doctor’s visit, so your parent can discuss the treatment plan with the physician, and our staff will make sure the treatment plan is carried out.
How do you handle allergies and special dietary needs?
The food in the countries we visit is plentiful, diverse and fresh. You’ll dine at a mix of local eateries and international restaurants. We are able to accommodate teenagers who have allergies and various dietary needs. Prior to the summer, all tour participants are required to complete a detailed medical history, which includes allergies and special dietary restrictions and needs. If you have a particular allergy, please call the Rein Teen Tours office so we can discuss an allergy action plan.
What is the time difference in the countries the European Adventure tour visits during the summer?
Iceland is 5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. France, Switzerland, Italy and Spain are 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
Do I have to participate in an activity that makes me uncomfortable?
We will never force you to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable. However, we encourage our teenagers to participate in all activities. Touring is a great opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and try something new and exciting.
What does tuition include?
Tour tuition includes all lodging, recreation, entertainment, flight from Reykjavik to Paris, gratuities and taxes. European continental breakfast and European tour style dinners with many choices are included daily.
How much spending money will I need?
Rein Teen Tours recommends that you bring about $200-$225 per week. This spending money will cover your daily lunches, souvenirs, laundry, snacks or drinks, etc. The best option is to bring a debit card instead of cash. ATM’s can be found throughout the program and you can withdraw cash in the local currency.
How much is the deposit to hold a spot?
Rein Teen Tours recommends that you bring about $100-$125 per week. This spending money will cover your daily lunches and souvenirs. Spending money should be brought in the form of a debit card or credit card with your teenager’s name on it.