"I wanted to send you a quick note of thanks for the wonderful Monograms Vacation we just took!
We just returned from our trip to Italy (Sorrento, Rome, Florence & Venice) and had such a fabulous time.
We loved the Monograms approach to our vacation. It was great to have the city hosts meet us at the train, bring us to the train, help us with the city, etc.
The local guides were amazing. Our guide in Rome (Francisco I think) was so knowledgeable and amazing but our guide in Florence (Andrea) was stellar! He explained just about every inch of the David statue to us, that someone like me (not an art buff by any stretch of the imagination) was fascinated and hanging on his every word. He gets the gold star in my book.
I am now telling everyone I know all about Monograms and the pleasure of going at our own pace…Thank you again!"(Sorrento, Rome, Florence & Venice)
"I want to tell you that everything was perfect. The hotels were very nice and the view from Sofitel hotel in Rio de Janeiro...was amazing!!! The same in Iguassu Falls. Tropical Das Cataratas was the only hotel located in the national park on the Brazilian side. We were so close to waterfalls. We could see them from the hotel restaurant!!!
The Eco Lodge was very nice too. Great food, small but very nice and clean rooms…The hotel in Buenos Aires (Sheraton Libertador) was located in the heart of the city. We could walk everywhere..." (Brazil)
Michelle B., Travel Weekly
"... There is always at least one half-day city tour included [on Monograms vacations] and numerous other optional excursions guests can choose from either when booking or during their trip. For instance, included in my Monograms program was a guided tour of Amsterdam's Rijks Museum. I can't remember the last time I participated in a guided tour of an art museum. But our tour guide gave such an interesting anecdotal and historical insight into 17th century Dutch artwork, that it completely renewed my interest in having the techniques and stories behind the artwork and the artists explained to me -- the paintings became so much more than just paintings."
"Probably the best feature of the Monograms program, and one that is really hard to appreciate to its fullest until you are on the ground in the destination, is the local city host. This person is your local contact while in a given city, and he/she is available during certain hours in the hotel lobby where Monograms guests are staying, as well as on call, having provided a cell phone number to guests." (Amsterdam)
"The trip Rome-Paris-London was great and all of us, including the 4 grandchildren, loved it. (Monograms) did an outstanding job in planning the itinerary, selecting hotels, selecting restaurants, and hiring local guides, all of whom were excellent." (Rome, Paris, and London)
"In general, the Monograms brand is the ideal family travel style, particularly for a long-haul destination the family's never visited and for families with younger children. With Monograms, travelers can avoid the bus tour scenario and yet - because China is a very exotic destination - still travel with the kind of hand-holding support from local Monograms guides, making the vacation experience worry-free."
"Just wanted to get back with you and let you know that once again our (Monograms) experience was very good. They were right at the airport to pick us up and handled all our luggage, hotels, and train travel between London and Paris with their usual efficiency... I really liked the independent form of travel and (Monograms) had representatives at both hotels who were eager to make suggestions of things to do and how to get around. In England we ventured all around the country to Stonehenge, Liverpool, Brighton, Avebury, Glastonbury, Windsor, etc. In Paris, by doing our own thing, it really forced us to use the French language and we moved easily around Paris via subway and taxi. The weather was a pleasant, cool, 60 degrees and we had great times just sitting along the boulevards, sipping wine and chatting with the locals. It was indeed a great time." (London and Paris)
"The trip was amazing! Doing the monograms vacation package is totally the way to go! We were greeted at the airport and didn't need to worry about transportation to the hotel. The hotel exceeded my expectations and was a wonderful location for us to stay. We were within walking distance to the subway which helped our ability to do independent exploring. Our guide was awesome! He was very helpful and funny! He was at the hotel in the lobby when we arrived back from a day out on our own. We were able to ask him advice and to find out hot spots in town. Overall, I would recommend this vacation to everyone I know. It was a great experience!"
Kenneth S., Editor-in-Chief, TravelAge West
"For me, the best part of my Monograms experience in Rome was having the time to get to know the destination on my own, while still having a Local Host® to turn to for advice and tips when I wanted it. I was able to rent a scooter and explore the city one day and take an iPod walking tour another day, but I still had the guidance and support you look for from a tour operator. Plus, the half-day tour of the city was incredibly informative. That alone would have made for a great trip." (Rome)
David C., Modern Agent
"On a Monograms program, you have someone to meet you at the airport, take you to your hotel, provide certain inclusions such as a city tour, show you the ropes, answer your questions and help you do what you want to do. For those who have an aversion to organized group travel, think of Monograms has having a friend in the destination, a local who knows the language and the destination and is professionally trained to help you make the most of your trip."
"The model of Monograms is a middle ground between escorted touring and independent travel. It's an excellent way to go, especially to a destination where you don't know the language."
"The trip was beyond our imaginations. Unquestionably, one of the highlights of this trip was the location of the Mercure Tours Suffren hotel. The ladies were stunned that we were so-o-o-o close to the Eiffel Tower."
"…the trip was educational, entertaining, gastronomically delightful, a shopping dream, and all around drop-dead phenomenal." (Paris)
"If you equate "group tour" with "herd," check out (Monograms) trips which lay out your vacation but then set you free ..."
Trip was outstanding. Jeanie and I always rate what we do on a scale of 1-10. Jeanie gave Budapest a 10, Vienna a 9, and Prague a 10!! (Budapest, Vienna, and Prague)
"I loved the idea of the tour having as much freedom as it did. Not having to pick out a hotel, arrange the transfers, booking the major exhibits in each city made the trip delightful and stress-free."