London, Paris, Barcelona & Madrid

13 Day Package from London to Madrid

According to the beloved novel, A Christmas Carol, “There is never enough time to do or say all the things that we would wish. The thing is to try to do as much as you can in the time that you have.” At Monograms, we agree, which is why we’ve made traveling easy for you and handled all of the logistical details—so your time is spent traveling rather than planning! In fact, on this 13-day package to London, Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid, we've arranged your hotel reservations, daily breakfast, sightseeing, and transportation between cities with transfers. Plus, we've arranged the services of a Monograms Local Host® in each city. This "friend in the city" is on hand throughout your stays to answer questions, offer suggestions, and help ensure your vacation runs smoothly.

Your vacation begins when you arrive in London, where your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and a set of materials to help you get settled and familiar with the city. And it's not just London…on the day you arrive in each city, your Local Host will be waiting for you to help you get settled and to give you a Destination Guide full of useful information. In each city, we've also arranged sightseeing with an expert local, someone who will share insider stories and who knows the fascinating history of the attractions you’ll see on your sightseeing tour.

In London, sightseeing includes the famous landmarks, such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, where Kate Middleton and Prince William were married. We’ll take you inside St. Paul's Cathedral, the iconic cathedral where Lady Diana and Prince Charles were married, before arriving in time for the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Imagine what it is like to be royalty in London! In Paris, your sightseeing includes its famous landmarks, such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées. We’ve scouted out the best place to capture photos of the Eiffel Tower, and we’ll take you there. We’ll also take you to Notre Dame Cathedral, where you’ll see its amazing 13th-century, stained-glass Rose Window, and the Louvre, the world's most visited art museum. Here, you’ll see Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and other amazing treasures.

In Barcelona, your exclusive sightseeing includes works by the famous architect Gaudí, including Casa Batlló and the unfinished La Sagrada Familia Basilica. This basilica was started over 130 years ago and still is not completed! Your guided sightseeing with a local expert in Madrid includes its famous landmarks, such as the Parliament and the Plaza de España. We’ll also take you to visit the Prado Museum, one of the world’s best-endowed museums with paintings by Spanish artists as well as renowned masters such as El Greco, Velázquez, and Goya. And don't worry—the inside visits included in each city feature VIP access, which means you get to skip the lines! After all, vacation time is precious, so why wait in line with all of the other tourists when you can be up close and personal with the attractions?

Don’t forget…your vacation includes transportation between the cities. You'll travel through the Chunnel, an engineering marvel, on the high-speed Eurostar train, and from Madrid, you’ll travel first-class on the high-speed AVE train. We've even included transfers from/to your hotels to/from the train stations and the airports. It's just another way we make travel easy for you! Between the transfers and transportation we've included, the sightseeing and guides we've arranged, and the hotels we've booked, there is nothing for you to do except have fun. Add the comfort of knowing you’ll have a Local Host in each city, and you've got a dream vacation.


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

& Destination Guides with city maps

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily

Sightseeing & Activities

Guided sightseeing; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE. ALSO INCLUDED: shopping discounts in Paris at the famous Galeries Lafayette.

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2017

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Your Monograms package includes your flight from Paris to Barcelona. We've even included the transfers to/from the airports.

DAY
1
London, England

Welcome to London, a major settlement for two millennia and today a vibrant global city. Your Local Hosts will be on hand to help you make the most of your time.

DAY
2
London

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 Kate Middleton were married; Whitehall’s mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister’s Downing Street; and Piccadilly Circus. 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. 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. The final highlight is the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard (if held).

DAY
3
London

Your Local Hosts will have exciting suggestions for your day at leisure—for example, the Victoria and Albert Museum, located in stylish South Kensington, featuring the world’s leading collection of art and design.

DAY
4
London–Paris, France

Travel by HIGH-SPEED EUROSTAR TRAIN (Standard class) to Paris.

DAY
5
Paris

Morning guided sightseeing takes you to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL, where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804, to admire its amazing 13th-century, stained-glass Rose Window. Pass the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, the Opéra, Place de la Concorde, and Arc de Triomphe. Drive by the Seine River with its beautiful bridges, and stop to take photos of the iconic Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also enter the world’s most visited museum, THE LOUVRE with its modern glass pyramid, to see Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and other treasures.

DAY
6
Paris

Today you may choose to stroll through Jardin du Luxembourg, an oasis of formal terraces, chestnut groves, and lush lawns. Your Local Host can help you plan your day.

DAY
7
Paris–Barcelona, Spain

Travel by AIR to Barcelona on selected flights.

DAY
8
Barcelona

Morning guided sightseeing, starting from Plaza Catalunya, includes a drive along elegant Passeig de Gràcia to see the captivating façade of La Pedrera and to visit Gaudi’s CASA BATLLÓ. Passing through the central Eixample district, reach the extraordinary but still unfinished SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA. Your included entrance fees contribute to its completion.

DAY
9
Barcelona

Your Local Host can assist you with ideas for your day—perhaps an inside visit of Gaudi’s last residential building, La Pedrera.

DAY
10
Barcelona–Madrid

Travel to Madrid by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (First class).

DAY
11
Madrid

Morning guided sightseeing features a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM and the Plaza de España. Also see the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, Orient Square with the ornate Royal Palace, Parque del Buen Retiro (Park of the Pleasant Retreat), and the Neoclassical Puerta de Alcalá monument.

DAY
12
Madrid

Your Local Host can assist you in planning your day. You may wish stroll through Pasajes, one of the best multilingual bookshops in the world.

DAY
13
Madrid

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Included Hotels

*The "STARTING AT" price is based on July 24, 2017, which 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. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

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Madrid

Holiday Inn London - Kensington Forum

97 Cromwell Rd.
London, United Kingdom

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

Located in fashionable Kensington the striking, 27-storey property enjoys excellent transport links close to London's key attractions. Leafy Kensington's restaurants and cafes are on your doorstep and the Natural History Museum and brand-name shopping on bustling High Street Kensington are a short walk away. The elegant Consortia Restaurant serves a varied European menu, light lunches and hearty breakfasts, and the Cromwell Tavern offers chilled beers, world wines and spirits. The hotel also boasts a fitness center and a gift shop.

Location & Highlights

The hotel is a 2-minute walk to Gloucester Road underground station and only 4 stops on the underground to Paddington. Thriving restaurants and cafes, as well as some of London's most famous museums are on your doorstep, and brand-name shopping on bustling High Street Kensington is only a short walk away. There are also easy and direct links to some major transport hubs including Victoria, Kings Cross St Pancras, Paddington and Heathrow.

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Pay Movies
  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Smoking Rooms

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Ice Machine
All of the 906 bright, modern, air conditioned rooms have high-speed internet access, LCD TV with pay-per-view movies available and tea/coffee making facilities.

Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacre Coeur

1/3, Rue Caulaincourt
Paris 18, France

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

Located at the foot of Sacré Coeur in the bohemian Montmartre district of Paris. This 305-room hotel is just a few hundred meters from the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret and close to the Haussman-Opéra district's department stores, bistros and bustling cafés. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel and there is a fitness room. A plentiful breakfast buffet is served in the bright breakfast room and there is also a trendy lounge bar for snacks and drinks with an alluring outdoor terrace.

Location & Highlights

The nearby Metro station in Place de Clichy, provides easy access to all the main tourist attractions including the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysées.

Room Amenities

  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Climate Control
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Television

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Luggage Storage
Contemporary guestrooms all have coffee/tea-making facilities.

NH Collection Barcelona Podium

Bailen, 4-6
Barcelona, Spain

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

This modern 145-room hotel, which has preserved its early 20th-century facade, is conveniently located and offers Free Wi-Fi access throughout. Dining options include a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine, café and cocktail bar. A highlight is the pretty rooftop terrace and bar with seasonal outdoor swimming pool, complete with sun loungers and parasols. Other amenities include a sauna, solarium and gym.

Location & Highlights

This hotel's location in the city's Eixample district is well known for its modernist landmarks, including Gaudi's famous Casa Milà building and Sagrada Familia Church. The city center and La Ramblas are within walking distance and there are many different boutiques, trendy bars and restaurants in the surrounding area.

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Voicemail
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
Colorful, modern, bright guestrooms.

H10 Puerta Del Alcala

Alcalá 66
Madrid - Barrio De Salamanca, Spain

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

Located in Madrid's exclusive Salamanca district, next to the beautiful Retiro Park, this 146-room modern property enjoys a privileged central location with Free Wi-Fi access available throughout. The welcoming restaurant serves a selection of Mediterranean and international dishes and the garden view bar offers the perfect place to relax with drinks and snacks.

Location & Highlights

Just a stone's throw away from select boutiques with a great variety of traditional Spanish restaurants and tapas bars nearby, there is also a convenient metro stop which offers easy access to all the historic sights and of this vibrant capital city.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Mini-bar
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Window Opens
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Phone

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
Elegant air conditioned, soundproofed rooms with stylish wooden floors.

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

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Millennium Gloucester

4-18 Harrington Gardens
London, United Kingdom

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

This modern and luxurious hotel is located in fashionable South Kensington, a relaxed environment in the heart of London. Situated next to Gloucester Road underground station, it is perfectly placed for visiting London’s greatest attractions including Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The hotel offers a variety of dining options such as Bombay Brasserie and Bugis Street Brasserie for Indian and Oriental cuisine, South West 7 for breakfast and Humphrey’s Bar for light meals and drinks. 24-hour room service, concierge service, and a fitness room with cardiovascular equipment and weights is also available.

Location & Highlights

The hotel is ideally situated next to Gloucester Road underground station and within walking distance of some of the greatest museums London has to offer. Knightsbridge with Harrods and other famous department stores is two tube stops away and it only takes 10 minutes to reach Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and Soho.

Room Amenities

  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Television
  • Phone

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • ATM
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Dry Cleaning
The 610 air-conditioned guest rooms are elegant, modern and spacious. In-room amenities include satellite TV, pay per view movies, direct dial telephone, internet connection (free for Globus and Monograms clients), tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and mini bar.

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

200 Westminster Bridge
London, United Kingdom

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

This contemporary hotel is located within minutes of London's famous landmarks in the heart of city. Dining options include Brasserie Joël, Ichi Sushi & Sashimi, 1WB Lounge & Patisserie and Primo Bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre with 15-metre pool and Mandara Spa. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guest throughout the hotel.

Location & Highlights

Situated opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London places guests at the heart of central London. The London Eye, the London Aquarium, and the city's finest theatres, restaurants and bars are just steps away.

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Pay Movies
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Pool
  • Ice Machine
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
Each guestroom at this hotel features contemporary décor and refined details. The rooms are fully equipped with state-of-the-art amenities including cable TV, desk, complimentary Wi-Fi access, refrigerator, coffee and tea making facilities, and safe.

Park Plaza Waterloo

6 Hercules Road
London, United Kingdom

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

The all new Park Plaza London Waterloo is located within minutes of London¿s famous landmarks in the heart of the city. Dining options include a restaurant with a 24-hour brunch menu and a range of speciality dishes, a bar serving craft beers and signature cocktails, and a café with authentic Italian coffee. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre and a spa with a 13.5m heated swimming pool. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guests throughout the hotel.

Location & Highlights

One of the newest hotels in central London, the 494-room property is situated within walking distance of top London attractions, including the London Eye, the London Dungeons and the Imperial War Museum. Getting around the city is easy, with London Waterloo railway and underground station, as well as Lambeth North underground station close by.

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Television
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail
  • Phone

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Ice Machine
  • Luggage Storage
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator
All comfortable and contemporary guest rooms feature top amenities including smart LED TVs, safe, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, tea/coffee-making facilities, and 24-hour room service.

Millennium Bailey's

140 Gloucester Road
London, United Kingdom

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

This hotel is a beautifully renovated Victorian London townhouse, located in the heart of fashionable South Kensington. Millennium Bailey's Hotel London Kensington combines style and character, and is one of the most traditional and popular hotels in the area. The hotel provides concierge and 24-hour room service as well as Wi-Fi throughout (free in lobby area chargeable in rooms). Olives restaurant serves Italian cuisine, expertly created by the Italian-born chef, and Olives bar is ideal place for catching up with friends, or just unwinding.

Location & Highlights

Located in the heart of fashionable South Kensington, the hotel is a two minute walk away from Gloucester Road underground station, which is served by three major lines. It takes a mere 15 minutes to reach Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. London's famous Hyde Park and Harrods department store are a short walk away, as are three major London museums.

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
The 211 delightful guest rooms at the Millennium Bailey's are quintessentially English in style. The rooms are well-equipped with satellite TV, internet connection (free for Monograms clients) pay per view movies, tea/coffee making facilities, safe, iron and ironing board, hairdryer and mini bar.

Hotel Echiquier Opera Paris - MGallery Collection by Sofitel

38 rue de l'Echiquier
Paris, France

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

Located in the heart of Paris's vibrant Grands Boulevards theatre district, this unique 88-room boutique style property embodies its Belle Époque heritage with grandiose restored décor. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel, there is a fitness center, and a cozy conservatory bar featuring an original Art Deco stained-glass roof.

Location & Highlights

Near the Opéra Garnier and the Louvre museum, restaurants, bistros, cafés and a Galleries Lafayette department store can all be found in close proximity, while a nearby Metro station provides easy access to this romantic city's famous landmarks including the Arc de Triomphe and Montmartre.

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Voicemail
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
Contemporary styled guestrooms exude chic Parisian style and are equipped with air conditioning, bathrobes, slippers, complimentary coffee/tea making facilities and complimentary bottled water.

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel

18,Avenue De Suffren
Paris, France

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

Enjoying an unbeatable location next to the iconic Eiffel Tower, this 456-room sleek, modern hotel offers Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout and has a California-inspired Brasserie with open kitchen and stylish wine bar. Other amenities include a large gym on the 9th floor with panoramic rooftop vistas.

Location & Highlights

Located on a quiet side street, just around the corner from the Eiffel Tower & Seine River in the 15th arrondissement of Paris where many bars & restaurants can be found. The nearby Bir-Hakeim metro station offers easy access to the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées with its high-end shopping and the Tour Eiffel RER station provides trains to attractions such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and Louvre Museum.

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Voicemail
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Window Opens
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Ice Machine
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
Smart minimalist guestrooms are all air-conditioned and equipped with coffee/tea-making facilities, bose docking station, iron & ironing board, bathrobes & slippers.

Pullman Paris Montparnasse

19 Rue Du Comm.Mouchotte
Paris 14, France

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

This plush 953 room hotel offers a perfect base in the city's chic artistic hub. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all the guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. A fitness room, contemporary style restaurant with traditional French cuisine and a trendy lobby lounge serving drinks, snacks and cocktails complete the amenities.

Location & Highlights

Enjoying a prime location on the left bank, a short stroll away from the Latin quarter and Gaité metro station giving easy access to all the major Paris attractions including the Eiffel Tower. A good selection of local bistros and bars as well as a Galeries Lafayette department store are all in close proximity.

Room Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pay Movies
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Ice Machine
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
Contemporary styled guestrooms feature all modern comforts.

Catalonia Ramblas

Calle Pelayo 28
Barcelona, Spain

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

This 221 room hotel is set in a wonderful 19th century building, formerly the head office of Spain's La Vanguardia newspaper. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. Other amenities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with terrace and a spa with exercise equipment, sauna and jacuzzi. The hotel restaurant serves Catalan and Mediterranean style food and the welcoming lobby bar offers a selection of snacks and beverages.

Location & Highlights

An unbeatable location, just a few steps away from La Rambla and Plaza Catalunya offering convenient access to the metro and bus routes. Designer boutiques, tapas bars, and excellent restaurants are all in close proximity.

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
Modern guestrooms are designed with elegant class and offer maximum comfort including coffee/tea making facilities.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

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Barcelona

Flamenco

Experience the excitement of a flamenco show, a genuine Spanish art expressing passion and intensity. A must-see by anyone visiting Spain!

Price Range: $

Hop-on Hop-off

Hop on the Barcelona Bus Turistic and you'll discover all the sights that make this city unique.

Price Range: $

Barcelona Zoo

One of the most interesting and unique zoos in Europe. Each animal has its own unique area, designed to replicate their natural habitat. Explore each continent through its wildlife and learn much more about the flora and fauna that makes them unique.

Price Range: $

Barcelona Aquarium

The largest Mediterranean-themed acquariums in the world, the L' Aquàrium de Barcelona is home to a vast number of species, and includes two re-creations of Spain's protected coastline.

Price Range: $

Spanish Dinner in Barcelona

In the heart of Barcelona, framed in the Olímpic Port, enjoy a 3-course meal, including local specialties and drinks, in a typical Spanish restaurant. Dine in one of the many air conditioned rooms inside the restaurant or on the terrace overlooking the Mediterranean sea.

Price Range: $

Private Guided Tour

This private tour with a professional, certified local guide is the ideal way to discover Barcelona.

Price Range: $$$$

I Love Tapas

You cannot leave Spain without trying famous Tapas! Spanish cuisine offers a wide variety of appetizers or snacks. They may be cold or hot and in selected bars, tapas have evolved into an entire, sophisticated cuisine.

Price Range: $

Life Style and Shopping Tour

Your own personal shopper will be your guide and translator as you live out your shopping dreams.

Price Range: $$$$

Tapas Walking Tour

You will explore Barcelona's most popular and exotic market, the Boqueria Market. Together with your private guide, you'll discover that its actually much more than a market: it's a view into the lifestyle of the people of Barcelona and the Spanish way of life.

Price Range: $$

Photographic Tour

Experience the city through the lens of a professional photographer as your guide. Sharpen your skills and capture memories for a lifetime.

Price Range: $$$$

Montserrat

Visit spiritual Montserrat with its impressive Benedictine monastery.

Price Range: $$

Cooking class in the old town

Hands-on cooking experience consisting in the preparation of a 4-course seasonal, Catalan and Spanish meal.

Price Range: $$

Spanish Lunch at the Marina

Enjoy a delightful lunch at one of the most popular restaurants at the former Olympic Port. This place offers his guests the opportunity to taste Mediterranean cuisine prepared with special care and expertise.

Price Range: $

The Dali Museum and Girona tour

Join us on a short high-speed train ride from Barcelona to Dali's home of Figueres, where you'll experience one of the largest and most interesting collections of his works. The day doesn't stop there, as you'll experience Girona, a jewel of culture and history.

Price Range: $$$$

The Montjuic & Panoramic Tour

Visit the waterfront with the old port. View the fisherman's old port and the Columbus monument, built in his honor in 1888. From the mayor's lookout, Mirador de Miramar, enjoy spectacular views over Barcelona, the harbor and the Mediterranean.

Price Range: $

The Dali Museum Tour

Join us on a short high-speed train ride from Barcelona to Dali's home of Figueres, where you'll experience one of the largest and most interesting collections of his works.

Price Range: $$$

Walking Tour Picasso and Gothic Quarter

This experience gives you VIP access to the Picasso Museum, where you'll discover the bond between Picasso and Barcelona.

Price Range: $

Bike Tour

Difficulty: medium. Please be sure to be able to ride a bike. We recommend comfortable clothing and shoes. In winter, warm clothes and in case of rain appropriate clothing. Rain ponchos are available, should they be needed. Helmets and child seats are available

Price Range: $

Madrid

Hop-on Hop-off

The easiest and most fun way to get to know Madrid. You will be given a map of the city and discount checks for different shops and restaurants in the city.

Price Range: $

Las Ventas tour - Bullring

Welcome to Madrid bullring, the Plaza Monumental de las Ventas del Espíritu Santo, the international center of bullfighting. Feel the heartbeat of Spanish culture and tradition in this unique venue.

Price Range: $

Flamenco

Live the excitement of a flamenco show at the well renowned flamenco house. Flamenco is a genuine Spanish art that expresses intimate and passionate feelings. A must-experience for anyone who visits Spain!

Price Range: $

Traditional Dinner in the Heart of Madrid

Enjoy the traditional "cocido madrileno" dinner at one of the best restaurant located in the hearth of Madrid.

Price Range: $

Arab Bath and Relaxing Massage

The Arab baths of Madrid are the best alternative to reduce the daily stress and one of the most appealing ways to get to know the essence of the Andalusian culture.

Price Range: $$

Bernabeu Stadium Tour

Welcome to the Bernabeu Stadium, where you will be treated to a behind-the-scenes experience of one of Europe's great sporting venues, home to the worldrenowned Real Madrid Soccer club.

Price Range: $

Atletico de Madrid Museum and Stadium Tour

Club Atlético de Madrid´s Museum is considered one of the five best Sports Museum in the world. Visitors could discover the sense, magic and culture of our Club through the valuables exhibited in the showcases.

Price Range: $

Private Guided Tour

This private tour with a professional, certified local guide is the ideal way to discover Madrid. Make the most of your Madrid experience at your pace and in your style - after all, it is your trip!

Price Range: $$$$

Wine Tasting and Iberian Ham Tapas Tour

Learn about Spanish wine and discover traditional Iberian Ham houses in Madrid.

Price Range: $$

The Majestic City of Toledo

The panoramic view of the city is an awesome experience, and visiting Spain's main Cathedral is truly unforgettable. See one of El Greco's most famous paintings in the church of Santo Tome.

Price Range: $$

Segovia and the Medieval Town of Pedraza

Enjoy an exciting excursion to Pedraza and Segovia, two cities rich in history and Spanish tradition.

Price Range: $$$

Excursion to Avila and Segovia

Together with your local guide, visit the beautiful and historic towns of Avila and Segovia.

Price Range: $$

Royal Monastery of El Escorial and the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984, El Escorial is a historical residence of the King of Spain. Then stop at the Valley of the Fallen to contemplate the magnificent Basilica and the wonderful views of the Sierra de Madrid.

Price Range: $$

Full Day Excursion to Seville by Ave Train - Historic Tour

Travel by AVE train to magical Seville, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a unique guided tour.

Price Range: $$$$

Paella, Tortilla and Sangria Cooking Experience

Enjoy this fun introduction to the Spanish gastronomic culture. You will learn how to cook Paella,Tortilla, Sangria, and more Spanish food. After taking this class you will be ready to prepare these most famous Spanish recipes at home.

Price Range: $$

Bike Tour

Whether travelling alone or with friends, our bike tour is the perfect way to spend some hours in Madrid.

Price Range: $

Paris

Dinner and Cabaret Show at the Famous Lido

Enjoy dinner and the new cabaret show at the Famous Lido, located on the famous Champs-Elysees. Its revues have added sparkle to the City of Light since 1946. The Lido boasts a panoramic theater without columns, to ensure perfect visibility for the entire audience.

Price Range: $$$$

An Evening at the Moulin Rouge

Enjoy an exciting evening at the world-renowned Parisian cabaret, Moulin Rouge!

Price Range: $$$$

Seine River Cruise

There's no better way to see the City of Light. Enjoy a cruise on the River Seine followed by a guided discovery tour to admire monuments of Paris, including the Concorde, Opera, Madeleine, and Champs Elysees.

Price Range: $

Private Guided Tour

This private tour with a professional, certified local guide is the ideal way to discover the City of Light. Make the most of your Paris experience at your pace and in your style - after all, it is your trip!

Price Range: $$$$

1 Day Trip to Provins, Medieval city

With 58 historic monuments, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has to be seen to be believed. Preserved as a striking medieval city, the city of Provins has preserved its striking medieval appearance.

Price Range: $$

Claude Monet's Giverny & Museum of Impressionism

Drive along the Seine Valley to the home of Claude Monet, leader of the Impressionist movement. Visit the house, the former studio, and stroll through the garden, a famous source of inspiration for many celebrated artists. Also visit the beautiful new Musée des Impressionistes nearby.

Price Range: $$$

Disneyland® Paris (1 day ticket, 2 parks)

The happiest place on earth has a European address. Come and live the magic at Disneyland ® Paris with this 1-day entrance to Disneyland ®Parks.

Price Range: $$$$

Mont St. Michel Including Lunch

Enjoy the landscapes of the Normandy region on a full-day guided excursion to the 11th-century Mont Saint Michel Abbey, a famous pilgrimage center in the Middle Ages. Enjoy also a lunch at a local restaurant that faces the island and spend some time to stroll around the village.

Price Range: $$$$

Guided Visit of the D-Day Landing Beaches

This full-day minibus excursion includes Pointe du Hoc, the American Cemetery, and Omaha Beach. After an included lunch, see the ruins of Arromanches artificial harbor. The sense of history and importance of these sites is inescapable.

Price Range: $$$$

Guided Visit of the Somme Battlefields

Learn the history and discover the area which was home to some of the most terrible battles of the Great War - the Battle of the Somme.

Price Range: $$$$

The Palace of Versailles

Admire the historic Versailles, the beautiful, restored palace of Louis XIV, the Sun King.

Price Range: $$$

Discovery of Champagne

Cheers! Enjoy a full-day excursion by minibus to the Champagne region. See the vineyards of the Champagne region as you travel along the country roads.

Price Range: $$$$

Claude Monet's Giverny & Palace of Versailles

Travel to Claude Monets Giverny with a guided visit of the wonderful gardens. Later admire the lavish 17th century Palace of Versailles.

Price Range: $$$$

London

A Taste of London

Combine a dinner outing at a traditional London pub with a relaxed, nighttime cruise along the Thames River, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights.

Price Range: $$

London Eye

At 135 metres, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel, with 40 kilometre panoramic views on a clear day. The gradual rotation in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules takes approximately 30 minutes offering spectacular views of London and its famous landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square.

Price Range: $

Dinner and Theatre

Your evening includes tickets to your choice of show, and a two-course pre-theatre meal at a specially chosen restaurant just a short distance from the theatre. Your meal will be served in a friendly, efficient manner to ensure you reach the theatre in plenty of time for the show. Full details about your restaurant, along with relevant vouchers, will be provided when you arrive in London. This package is an excellent value, and is often cheaper than buying a theatre ticket alone.

Price Range: $$

The London Dungeon

Delve into the blood-curdling parts of history that your teachers never wanted to tell you. Live actors, scary rides, shows and special effects, transport you back to those black, bleak times. Are you brave enough?

Price Range: $

Tower of London & Crown Jewels

From the opulent Crown Jewels to the uniformed Beefeaters and infamous ravens, this fascinating excursion introduces you to the Tower of London, one of the country's most famous castle fortresses.

Price Range: $$

Sea Life London

With 17 themed zones and over 600 species of marine life, SEA LIFE London Aquarium will take you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing sea creatures, from sharks to rare Green Sea Turtles, from jellyfish to rays, from clownfish to blue tangs.

Price Range: $

River Cruise Experience

Take a London Eye River Cruise and see London from a different perspective. Enjoy a unique 40 minute circular sightseeing cruise on the River Thames with fascinating live commentary that brings the city to life, presented by specialist guides. Highlights include Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

Price Range: $

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace was once Princess Diana's home. Sir Christopher Wren lavishly improved the original house, turning it into a palace for William III and Mary II. It remained a royal home and was the birthplace of Queen Victoria. The splendid State Apartments and Court Dress Collection are on view to the public as well as special exhibitions.

Price Range: $

Stonehenge Direct

Stonehenge is the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. Come and unlock its secrets.

Price Range: $$

Jack The Ripper

This evening excursion takes you through the dark side of London, where you hear about the murderous activities of the infamous Jack the Ripper and other notorious, dark characters.

Price Range: $

Madame Tussauds

Walk the red carpet at the legendary Madame Tussauds London and meet the world's most famous stars from Hollywood to Bollywood, and The Royal Family to Rock Royalty.

Price Range: $

Hampton Court Palace

From Henry VIII and "Bloody" Queen Mary to the ghostly Grey Lady and the puzzling hedge maze, you'll be positively captivated by rich history and infamous characters during your half-day visit of magnificent Hampton Court Palace.

Price Range: $

Stonehenge and Roman Baths in Bath

The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Next we head to Bath and arrive in time for lunch (not included). Following our scenic drive into the heart of the city, there will be plenty of time to explore at your leisure. Your ticket also includes entrance to the Roman Baths that were built nearly 2,000 years ago.

Price Range: $$$

Medieval Banquet

A four course feast awaits you with unlimited beer and wine in King Henry's Banqueting Halls.

Price Range: $$

Windsor Castle

A thousand years of royal history await at Windsor Castle on this fascinating peek behind the scenes at the Queen's favorite castle.

Price Range: $$

RIB Boat

Experience an action-packed 50 minute long trip on London's River Thames in a high-speed, rigid inflatable boat (RIB) tour.

Price Range: $$

London Zoo

Visit one of the world's great zoos, with more than 15,000 animals to see and animal displays throughout the day.

Price Range: $

Classic Rock and Beatles Tour

Learn what made London swing in the `60s and rock in the `70s and `80s on this exciting guided excursion that focuses on the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and many other music legends.

Price Range: $

England in One Day

From mysterious Stonehenge and the Roman ruins of Bath to the picturesque Cotswolds and Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, this guided full-day excursion is a fantastic introduction to many of England's most beloved sites.

Price Range: $$$

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

Visit the underground command station of Britain's war effort, which contains the world's only museum dedicated to Sir Winston Churchill.

Price Range: $

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Visit the reconstructed Globe Theatre, opened in 1997 and dedicated to Shakespeare's work.

Price Range: $

Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich

Visit Leeds Castle, for a private tour, then drive to Dover and see the famous white cliffs. Stop in the famous ancient city of Canterbury and see its magnificent cathedral. After a stroll through Greenwich enjoy a cruise on the River Thames back to London.

Price Range: $$$

Fat Tire Bike Tour

Pedal through the heart of central London on this easy-paced guided bicycle tour.

Price Range: $

Day Trip to Liverpool: The Beatles Experience

Journey to Liverpool for an exciting day trip that focuses on the lives and times of the Fab Four. Between the Beatles Story in the morning and the afternoon's Magical Mystery Tour, you'll walk in their footsteps and come away with a real understanding of just what made the Beatles tick. Round-trip train tickets with reserved seats are included.

Price Range: $$$$

Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter

This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world.

Price Range: $$

Shownight

A wonderful escorted evening in London's theater district starts with a delicious dinner, followed by excellent seats at your chosen show.

Price Range: $$$

Hampton Court Palace, Stonehenge and Bath

Experience Britain through the ages on this exciting full-day excursion to Henry VIII's Hampton Court Palace, mysterious Stonehenge, and Bath, dating back to Roman times! Your knowledgeable guide will introduce you to all three sites, with fascinating insider information and time to explore on your own.

Price Range: $$$

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London

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to London. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Plus, your Local Host® will share local London insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in London

A dedicated team of Local Hosts are on hand at every Monograms hotel to offer you advice during your stay in London - whether you need help on how to travel about the British capital, how to book one of the many optional excursions available, or to recommend a nice place to dine in style.

Top 10 London Attractions

British Museum

Founded in 1753, the British Museum is one of the world’s great museums. With works dating from prehistoric to modern times, it is a showcase of collections from around the whole world. Ten years ago, the museum’s inner courtyard was transformed into the largest covered public square in Europe; it is now worth a visit in its own right.

Camden Market

Explore one of London's more popular markets. The one-time undisputed center of London’s alternative scene still has plenty of delights, from vintage fashion and retro T-shirts to second-hand books and bric-a-brac.

Covent Garden

Stroll through the famous glass-covered market with its fashionable boutiques, cafés, and arts and crafts stalls or watch the jugglers, mime artists, variety acts, and musicians perform in the open piazza. The small roads around Covent Garden are also full of beautiful shops, lively bars, and great restaurants.

Hampstead Heath

Enjoy amazing views over London from Hampstead Heath. As London's largest ancient park land, it was first mentioned in 974 and remains very popular with locals, who love it for its wilderness areas and ponds.

Harrods

One of the world's most famous department stores, Harrods has everything—from food, fashion, and furniture to sportswear and 20 in-store restaurants. Must-see sights include the five art deco-style food halls as well as the store itself at night, which is illuminated by 11,500 light bulbs.

Highgate Cemetery

Now a Grade 1-listed park, the cemetery boasts a wealth of flora, fauna, and bird life. Over its 150-year history, the burial site and its natural setting have become inseparable, and it is this that makes it unique. Its most famous occupant in the east cemetery is probably Karl Marx.

Hyde Park

At more than 350 acres, Hyde Park is one of the largest green spaces in central London and famous for its Speaker’s Corner and Serpentine. Relax in one of the deckchairs that are available from April to September, and enjoy a scoop of ice cream or even a light lunch from one of the many stalls and cafés.

Little Angel Theatre

Founded by John Wright in 1961, this is the only permanent puppet theatre in London. The compact 100-seat theatre stages diverse productions devised here or by visiting companies, and it shares its space with the workshop where the marionettes are carved and created.

National Portrait Gallery

The Gallery was founded in 1856 to collect portraits of famous British men and women. Today, it houses 120,000 portraits dating from the 16th century, including one of the best-known paintings of William Shakespeare, a self portrait of William Hogarth, and Branwell Bronte's famous painting of his sisters, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne.

Natural History Museum

This is the world’s leading museum of natural history. It features hundreds of exciting interactive exhibits, ranging from the dramatic earthquake experience to the spectacular dinosaurs exhibitions.

Old Bailey Criminal Courts

Not a classic tourist sight but the Old Bailey or Central Criminal Court offers a unique authentic insight into London and the British justice system with its peculiar wigged judges and barristers. The Old Bailey was built about a century ago on the site of an old prison. The courts consist of 18 courtrooms and nearly all have public viewing galleries. Entry is free.

Portobello Market

The Saturday antiques market on Portobello Road is truly unique as 2,000 antiques dealers tend their stalls full of intriguing items. You can spend hours looking for that special souvenir—and once you leave the antique stalls behind, you find yourself in the middle of the most colorful food market. Go early because it gets crowded.

Royal Observatory Greenwich

Stand on the world-famous Greenwich Meridian Line, Longitude Zero (0° 0' 0"), which divides Earth’s eastern and western hemispheres. Explore the history of time and astronomy in this charming Wren building.

Saatchi Gallery - Sloane Square

The Saatchi Gallery is a London gallery for contemporary art, opened by Charles Saatchi in 1985 in order to show his sizeable (and changing) collection to the public. The gallery has been a major influence on art in Britain since its opening; it presents work by largely unseen young artists or by international artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibited in the UK.

South Bank

Why not spend a sunny afternoon on the bustling South Bank? It is an area equally popular with tourists and locals due to the amazing number of famous venues and things to do along this incredibly scenic walk by the Thames.

St. Katherine Docks

Situated next to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, St. Katherine Docks has been the focus of worldwide trade and commerce for over 1,000 years. It’s a quiet and unique place to eat or have a drink—plus, while you’re admiring the yachts, remember that it costs about £800 a month to park a 50-footer here.

Tate Galleries

If you like the arts, consider a visit to one of the Tate Galleries. Tate Modern is located in an unused power station and exhibits international modern and contemporary art, whereas Tate Britain is home of British art from 1500 to the present. Admission is free.

The English Tea Room at Brown’s Hotel

This is the best place in London to enjoy a sumptuous Afternoon Tea, including finger sandwiches, scones, pastries, and cakes! The English Tea Room has won the tea world’s highest accolade—the 2009 Tea Guild’s Top London Afternoon Tea award!

The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret

Climb a creaky spiral staircase to a church attic for a look at Britain's only surviving operating theatre, where limbs were sawed off in front of a live, viewing audience. Tour an assemblage of other Victorian medical devices—you'll be glad to step soundly back into the 21st century!

Westfield Shopping Center

Europe’s largest in-city shopping center is a stunning architectural masterpiece with over 275 shops from luxury fashion labels to high street favorites and over 50 places to eat and drink, Westfield London is truly a unique shopping experience.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is steeped in more than a thousand years of history; it has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of 17 monarchs. The present church, begun by Henry III in 1245, is one of the country’s most important gothic buildings.

Westminster Cathedral

The mother church of the Roman Catholic community in England and Wales is dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. The Byzantine-style architecture of the eastern Roman Empire sets it quite apart from other London landmarks.

Paris

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Paris, FranceMonograms provides traveler's access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Paris. Our Local Host will ensure that you feel comfortable and welcomed while on vacation and help you maximize your time so you can enjoy Paris. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Paris and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Paris insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Paris

Hello, my name is Kenia. I am one of the Paris Monograms Local Host® and really enjoy greeting Monograms' guests. I have lived in Paris for 15 years and it is a pleasure helping people to discover the city for the first time, or to enjoy a return visit. I still remember the first came I came to Paris, its stunning monuments, its elegance and its natural beauty really impressed me. There are fabulous art collections to discover, delightful restaurants, and the romantic Seine. We look forward to meeting you, we are always happy to make new friends.

Montmartre & Sacré-Coeur

Try a walking tour of the Montmartre district, where artists such as Picasso and Van Gogh worked. Visit the pristine, white-stone Sacré-Coeur Basilica which features one of the world's largest mosaics, and a massive 19-ton church bell. From the steps outside, enjoy wonderful views of the city and immerse yourself in the Parisienne joie de vivre (joy of life).

Musée d'Orsay, Pompidou Center

Stroll through centuries of artwork at the Musée d'Orsay, which houses an extensive collection of impressionist masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Cezanne. Drop by the Pompidou Center, an architectural wonder, to view the art movements represented such as Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.

The Marais District & Place Des Vosges

Le Marais is one neighborhood that shouldn’t be missed. This area is full of charm, filled with smart and stylish boutiques, ethnic bakeries and eateries. Visitors can also explore the nearby Place des Vosges, a French National Heritage Site since 1954. Celebrated writer Victor Hugo’s home has been turned into a museum within the square.

Jardin du Luxembourg

Inspired by Boboli Gardens in Florence, the Jardin du Luxembourg contains over a hundred statues, monuments, and fountains. The gardens are featured prominently in Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables, and offer a variety of activities for children, such as puppets, rides, and slides.

Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

In the Roaring 20s, this quirky bookstore on the Bohemian Left Bank was the meeting place for some of literature's greats, like Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Joyce. It continues to serve as a cultural magnet for struggling writers and visitors alike.

Seine Bridges – 5 Favorites

Find your favorite bridge, there are 37 and they are all different, from plain to gilded and from new to over 400 years old. Five of the most popular: Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris dating back to 1578, the time of King Henry III. The Pont Royal, which gets its name from its royal benefactor King Louis XIV, is arguably one of the most used in Paris. This is not simply because of its beauty, but for its ideal location near the Louvre Palace and the Tuileries garden. Pont Alexandre III is an ornate bridge that is immediately recognized for its beautiful decorations of lampposts, cherubs and nymphs and gilt gold. It was built as a symbol of the relationship between the Russians and French and is named after Tsar Alexander the III. The Pont des Arts was the first metal bridge built in Paris. Arts seems to be a perfect name since the bridge has been the source of inspiration for numerous painters and artists. The Pont au Double is a single arch bridge made out of cast-iron. Initially built as a bridge to carry patients to the hospital, it collapsed in 1709, and was replaced with the bridge that is seen today.

Markets and Specialties

Ask your Local Host how to get to the flea market for affordable objets d'art, or visit one of the food markets. See rainbows of fresh fruit and vegetables, soft palettes of bread and colossal wheels of cheese. And when you're ready for dessert, specialty stores abound -- from tarts and pastries to crêpes and pain au chocolat. Other specialties include onion soup with a fresh baguette, coq au vin (a classic chicken dish), croque-monsieur, quiche Lorraine, escargots, steak-frites and famous French wines and champagne.

Shopping – Galeries Lafayette

Shop at haute couture boutiques on the Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, or on Avenue Montaigne. Use your included specially arranged discounts at the famous Galeries Lafayette, or check out the Printemps department store.

Île de la Cité – Saint Chapelle & Conciergerie

Visit "Île de la Cité", one of natural islands on the Seine, to admire the beautiful stained glass windows of Sainte Chapelle and see the Conciergerie, best known for its function as a prison where revolutionary celebrities like Robespierre and Queen Maire Antoinette were put behind bars.

Barcelona

Barcelona Must See SightsMonograms provides traveler’s access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Barcelona and Spain. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Barcelona and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Barcelona insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Barcelona

Hello, my name is Francesca and I am a Monograms Local Host in Barcelona. I would like all Monograms visitors to enjoy this amazing city as much as possible; my goal is that they depart loving Barcelona as much as I do.

La Pedrera Secreta

Antoni Gaudí's last residential building, and one of his most innovative landmarks, is a work of art in its own right. The Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera (Catalan for quarry), was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. “Secret Pedrera” will allow you to discover the secrets hidden inside the building when night falls.

Catalan National Art Museum

Housed in the National Palace, the Catalan National Art Museum includes one of the most important Romanesque painting collections in the world.

Tibidabo Amusement Park

Take a short train ride from the center of Barcelona, then catch a funicular train from the half-way point, to reach the top of the mountain and Tibidabo Amusement Park. It was built in 1889 and many of its 25 rides date back to this time, giving the park a whimsical feel.

Magic Fountain

Enjoy this spectacular show of water, lights, and music held in an area which stretches from the National Palace to Plaza de España. Ask your Local Host for details about days and times of this entertaining attraction.

Football Club Barcelona Stadium (Camp Nou)

If you're a football (soccer) fan, ask your Local Host for directions to view the stadium of the world-famous team. Maybe even see a match!

Cosmo Caixa Science Museum

A museum, for people of all ages, designed to stimulate knowledge and opinion of science through exhibitions and a wide variety of activities.

Sardanes Folk Dancing

La Sardana, sometimes also called the "sardanes" dance, is the traditional group folk dance of Catalonia. The music is provided by a "cobla" woodwind band. Ask your Local Host for more information.

Miró Foundation

Contemporary art lovers should visit the Miró Foundation, located on Montjuïc hill, to view the permanent collection of Joan Miró.

Port Olimpic

Barcelona's Port Olimpic was built to coincide with the 1992 Olympic Games, and its appearance on the city landscape is perhaps the most notable of the building projects the sporting event left behind; one of the most attractive areas of the city to visit, full of bars, restaurants, leisure facilities and modern sculptures.

Catalan Cuisine

Among the most typical dishes, you will find Escudella i carn d'olla (a delicious soup of pork, beef, & chicken with vegetables, rice, noodles, & potatoes); Butifarra (Catalan sausage); and Arroz a la cazuela (similar to paella). Seafood specialties include La zarzuela (a mixture of halibut, monkfish, prawns, squid & mussels); or Suquet de peix, (cod fish soup). Two of the most popular dishes of the region are Escalivada (grilled eggplant & red peppers in an olive oil & garlic sauce); and Esqueixada de bacalao (a cold codfish salad). For dessert, taste the famous Crema catalana (custard); Mel i mato (cottage cheese with honey); and Postre de músico (the traditional Catalan “musician's dessert” nuts). In Barcelona, you can also enjoy a fine selection of wines from the nearby Penedès region.

Traditional Souvenirs

Take home Cava, a local sparkling wine similar to champagne. It can be white or rosé - both are delicious; Anís del mono, an anise-based liqueur is also popular. Spanish sausages such as Fuet or Chorizo; Carquinyolis, artisan crunchy almond biscuits; a handcrafted Gaudí keepsake; a souvenir of the legendary FC Barça football team; or the traditional porrón, a Catalan glass wine pitcher.

Barcelona Beaches

Barcelona's coastline is over 4 km. long and offers a wide variety of excellent beaches. Barceloneta beach, nearest to the city center, is located in the traditional fishing district “La Barceloneta” and is one of the city's best-loved beaches due to its sandy beach and many restaurants and nightclubs along the boardwalk.

Madrid

Madrid Must See SightsMonograms provides traveler’s access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Madrid and Spain. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Madrid and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Madrid insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Madrid

Hola! My name is Nieves. I was born and raised in Madrid, and I am in love with this city! It is full of beautiful things, and I will be happy to help you discover them. Also, conveniently nearby are several UNESCO World Heritage sites including Toledo and El Escorial.

Habsburg Period

Ask your Local Host about a walking route to see architecture of the Habsburg Period of Madrid; discover the old convents, churches and narrow lanes of the city that was the capital of a world empire in the 16th century. Stop at a café, pub, or old market-turned-into-gourmet center, and end at Plaza de Oriente, next to the Royal Palace.

Bourbon Period “Age of Enlightenment”

When Phillip of Anjou was chosen as the new Spanish King, with the name of Felipe V, in 1700, he became the first Bourbon king of Spain. With the support of his famous grandfather, French King Louis XIV, he brought new spaces, modern infrastructures, splendid arches, monuments, and fountains to the city. Puerta del Sol is a good starting point to see what the Age of Enlightenment gave to Madrid. Your Local Host will have details about this walking route.

Literary Madrid

Madrid has been the inspiration for some of Spain’s best literature. The literary district is a beautifully preserved 17th century area. Strolling along Huertas’ street brings to mind writers like Quevedo and Góngora. Cervantes lived in the area, and you can visit the beautifully preserved home of the great Lope de Vega nearby. Pass streets that hold memories of Echegaray and Moratín; and Plaza de Jacinto Benavente in honor of 1922 Nobel Prize winner for literature. Eventually reach Plaza Mayor, which has been immortalized in the novels of Benito Perez Galdós.

Green Madrid at El Retiro Park

Madrid is considered a "green city" with more than 617,000 acres of parks, and some beautiful historic gardens. One of the best options to enjoy Green Madrid is El Retiro (Park of the Pleasant Retreat) which dates back to the 1600s. It is the one of the largest parks of the city and belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century, when it became a public park. It features a lake, rose garden, statues, fountains, and museums. Around the lake, Retiro Pond, many puppet shows perform, and all manner of street performers. Rowboats can be rented and horse-drawn carriages are available.

Royal Palace

Built in the 18th century under Philip V, the Royal Palace of Madrid is a truly magnificent example of palatial architecture in Europe. The halls open to the public contain superb fresco paintings, tapestries, furniture, porcelain and all kind of sumptuous objects reviving the past. The Royal Armory and the Royal Pharmacy are also well worth a visit.

Church of San Francisco El Grande

A neoclassical masterpiece with the largest dome in Madrid, its walls and ceilings are decorated with superb frescoes. The church is designed with an unusual floor plan, the nave is circular and surrounded by chapels guarded by imposing marble statues of the 12 apostles; 12 prophets, rendered in wood, sit above them at the base of the dome. The San Bernardino chapel contains a fresco painted by Goya in the early stages of his career – unusually, Goya has painted himself into the scene (he’s the one in the yellow shirt on the right).

Reina Sofía Museum

Madrid's 18th century hospital was beautifully remodeled and converted into a museum in 1992, with two panoramic glass lifts standing out in the façade. Its official name is now the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and it's a treasure-house of contemporary and modern art. A highlight is the 20th century's most famous painting, Picasso's "Guernica". Another highlight is "Woman in Blue" also by Picasso. Miró and Dali are two other influential artists well represented in the collection.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

An overview of art from the 13th century to the present day - in the nearly one thousand works on display, see first class works of international art created by two generations of the Thyssen-Bornemisza family, including the private collection of Baroness Thyssen.

Shopping in Madrid

Madrid is a shopper’s paradise. You can find everything from luxury goods and antiques to religious items. See its exclusive shops, boutiques, and art galleries. Your Local Host can suggest a walking route with specialty shops (some of them more than 100 year’s old), including a wonderful cake store which supplies the Spanish Royal Family. Typical souvenirs to take home include saffron, a bota bag (leather wine bottle), jamon Iberico (cured ham), a Flamenco music CD, olive oil, and hand-held fans.

Cuisine - Tapas, Cocido

There is a healthy pastime in Madrid: having your aperitif with a small side order of food, the tapa. This wonderful pursuit is one of the most important chapters in fully understanding and enjoying the pleasures of dining out in Madrid. Another traditional local food is Cocido madrileño, a chick-pea based stew, with a combination of different meats and vegetables - it is not a dish for the faint-hearted!

Local Wine & Sangria

Madrid boasts excellent local wines from the nearby regions of Arganda, Navalcarnero (historically famous for its’ rosé wines), and San Martin de Valdeiglesia. Sangria is a delightful and refreshing drink with origins that date back hundreds of years when the locals were searching for a flavorful drink that contained alcohol, so they set about making a fruit punch out of red wine.

El Botin Restaurant

The Guinness Book of Records calls this the world's oldest restaurant (est. 1725), and Hemingway was a frequent visitor. There are four floors of tile and wood-beam dining rooms. The specialties are cochinillo (roast pig) and cordero (roast lamb). It is rumored that Goya washed dishes here before he made it as a painter.

Opera, Zarzuela Operetta

Ask your Local Host for information about opera performances or the “Zarzuela” a type of Spanish musical play or operetta that started as a popular court entertainment in the mid 17th century.

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