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First trip to Europe with Teens

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My husband and I are just beginning to plan our first trip to Europe with our children - age 13 (boy) & 18 (girl) for summer (probably June) of 2015. The trip is a long-requested graduation present for my oldest who will be graduating high school next summer. At this point, we're thinking 14-16 days due to budget, with 3 area focal points....Italy (especially Rome), France (especially Paris) and one other, possibly Barcelona, Swiss Alps, or London.

We would like to see the major sites, but still have time to explore with some unscheduled activities, see the local culture, and have some down-time to relax. Our teens would also like to be around other teens their age as well whenever possible.

I'd greatly appreciate recommendations on going with a fully guided tour (like Rick Steves or Trafalgar) vs. transportation-only vs. do-it-ourselves (and where to get started with this).

We have traveled extensively across North America as a family, but are a bit nervous (and excited) about traveling to Europe without a good plan in place. We're leaning towards some type of arranged tour primarily for transportation, language and lodging specifics at this point, but don't know where to start in making good choices.

Thank you.

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