3 NIGHTS LONDON, 3 NIGHTS PARIS, 3 NIGHTS VENICE, 3 NIGHTS FLORENCE & 3 NIGHTS ROME
What do London, Paris, Venice, Florence, and Rome have in common (other than being some of Europe’s most exciting cities)? Shakespeare, of course! They are all locations for his plays—Macbeth, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Merchant of Venice, and Julius Caesar! You know what else they have in common? They’re all included on this 16-day Monograms vacation, where we’ve arranged your hotel reservations in each city, daily breakfast, sightseeing, transportation between cities, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the train stations. Plus, to help your vacation run smoothly and to make sure you have a “friend in the city,” we’ve arranged the services of a Monograms Local Host® in each city, someone who is there for you throughout your stays.
Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in London, where we can pick you up at the airport and whisk you seamlessly to your selected hotel. Here, your Local Host is waiting with a warm welcome and materials to help you get settled and start exploring immediately. The next morning, after an included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for exclusive, guided sightseeing with a local expert, who will share the inside stories around London’s fascinating, must-see attractions. And it’s not just London…in each city we’ve arranged exclusive, guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide.
Your sightseeing includes some of Europe’s most famous attractions. In Venice, you’ll see St. Mark’s Square and Basilica; Doges Palace, with its gothic architecture, and the Bridge of Sighs, built in the 17th century. In Florence, the Ponte Vecchio has housed stores along its arched, stone bridge since the 13th century, and you’ll see it on your guided walking tour. Rome is a treasure trove of historic sights, and we’ll take you to many of them. You’ll visit St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, built in 313 AD and where even today the Pope often presides. We’ll also take you to the iconic Colosseum, built in the 1st century to hold 50,000 spectators, and the Roman Forum, built over 2,000 years ago at the height of the Roman Empire.
In addition to the historic sights, your vacation includes many of Europe’s artistic highlights. We’ll take you to the Louvre in Paris, the world’s most visited museum, where you’ll see Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and other treasures. Your sightseeing in Venice includes a visit to watch glassblowers in action. Florence is known for its amazing artistic heritage, and your guided sightseeing will include the Academy of Fine Arts featuring Michelangelo’s David. In Rome, visit the Vatican Museums to see its remarkable treasures and the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll view Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment and his famous ceiling paintings.
On the third day in each city, you’ll have the opportunity to explore on your own. Your Local Hosts will be on hand to help you arrange activities and offer suggestions. Perhaps take a cruise on the Thames River in London or the Seine River in Paris. Perhaps take an excursion from Paris to the Palace of Versailles; from London to mysterious Stonehenge or to Windsor Castle, the world’s largest occupied castle; from Florence to San Gimignano, Italy’s most famous medieval town; and from Rome to Tivoli, the villa built by Hadrian at the peak of the Roman Empire. You may choose to just relax and have a drink in Venice’s St. Mark’s Square or at a café along the Champs-Elysées. The possibilities are endless!
And don’t forget…your package includes transportation between cities. You’ll travel via the high-speed Eurostar train from London to Paris, which includes porterage. From Paris to Venice, we’ve included air on selected flights, along with transfers to/from the airports. For your travels between Venice, Florence, and Rome, we’ve included travel (first-class) via high-speed train as well as transfers to/from the train stations. We know the train stations in Italy can seem confusing to visitors, so we’ll even make sure you get on the correct train! It’s just another way we ensure your vacation is all you want it to be!
* The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).
Welcome to London! Your Local Hosts will help you maximize your stay in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.
Morning guided sightseeing includes all of London’s famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall’s mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister’s Downing Street; Piccadilly Circus; and Buckingham Palace. Take photographs of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the riverbank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Visit ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL (except on Sundays). Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London’s skyline, and the awe-inspiring interior holds fascinating stories about its history.
Consider your Local Hosts’ suggestions for your day at leisure. Maybe an afternoon at the 900-year-old Tower of London, still guarded by the famous Beefeaters, would be to your taste.
Travel by HIGH-SPEED EUROSTAR TRAIN (Standard class) to Paris.
Morning guided sightseeing includes a drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe, and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also admire the heart of the city from a different perspective on a SEINE RIVER CRUISE. Board your comfortable boat near the Eiffel Tower and spend a relaxing hour gliding by many of the city’s important landmarks such as the L’Institut de France; Hôtel de Ville, the Conciergerie, famous Louvre Palace and museum; and much more.
Today, you may want to immerse yourself in France’s famous cuisine—like its local cheese (over 400 varieties), onion soup, coq au vin (a classic chicken dish), pastries, crêpes, pain au chocolat, and much, much more! Your Local Host can help you organize your day.
Travel by AIR to Venice on selected flights.
Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, features ST. MARK’S SQUARE and BASILICA with its exceptional gold mosaics. Visit DOGES’ PALACE and the poignant BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects in the age-old manner, and learn why glass-making was so important in Venetian history. ENTRANCES to Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums are included; ask your Local Host for details.
Your Local Host will have ideas for your day, such as the best places to shop for Murano glass items and Carnival masks.
Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first class) to Florence.
Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, includes a visit of the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s original David (the Academy is replaced with the Duomo Museum on Mondays and on the first Sunday of each month). Walk through Piazza del Duomo; sculpture-studded Piazza della Signoria, the center of the city’s political life since the 14th century; and Santa Croce Square. Also admire medieval Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge spanning the Arno River.
Today your Local Host will have many options for your day at leisure.
Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first class) to Rome.
Your morning guided sightseeing, with headset, is rich in religious and ancient history. Visit the VATICAN MUSEUMS to see amazing treasures. In the SISTINE CHAPEL, where the Conclave is held to elect new popes, view Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment and his famous ceiling paintings. Also on the agenda today, see monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA, built in 313 AD above St. Peter the Apostle’s tomb and home to Michelangelo’s masterpiece Renaissance sculpture, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber River and continue your immersion in history at the iconic COLOSSEUM, built for 50,000 spectators, and the ROMAN FORUM, where the oldest structures of the ancient city are located. (Note that there are occasions when the Vatican Museum is closed. On any of these dates, your full Monograms city sightseeing will be moved to an alternate day to ensure you have the full insider experience.)
Follow the ancient Roman advice carpe diem (seize the day) and ask your Local Host for suggestions. You may want to ensure your return to the “Eternal City” by throwing a coin into Trevi Fountain.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.