3 Nights Amsterdam, 3 Nights Paris & 3 Nights London (DKE)

In Ocean’s 12, the characters played by George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon hit Amsterdam to pull off a heist. We won’t spoil the movie and tell you if they did, but we can tell you that on this Monograms vacation to Amsterdam, Paris, & London, you may feel like you pulled off a heist. Why? Because we’ve made traveling here so easy, you may feel like you’ve pulled a “fast one.” The truth is, you let us handle the details and logistics for you. On this 10-day vacation, we’ve arranged your hotel reservations, daily breakfast, sightseeing, transportation between the cities, and transfers to/from the train stations. Plus, you’ll have a Local Host® in each city, someone who is there for you to answer questions, offer insights, and help ensure your vacation is everything you want it to be.

Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Amsterdam, as we can pick you up from the airport and whisk you seamlessly to your hotel. Here, your Local Host will greet you with a welcome and materials to help you get settled. The next day, after included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing with a local expert that includes a cruise by glass-roof boat through Amsterdam's canals. There is no better way to see the houses built during Holland’s Golden Age, its fascinating houseboats, and famous bridges. We've also arranged for you to visit a diamond center to learn about how the gems played an important role in the city’s history, and the Rijksmuseum, where you’ll see masterpieces by Rembrandt and other Dutch masters. During your free day in Amsterdam, you'll have time to explore on your own (with the support of your Local Host, of course). You may want to visit the Van Gogh Museum, take a dinner cruise along the canals, or visit the Anne Frank House.

Then, its off via high-speed train to Paris. We've arranged for guided sightseeing with a local expert in Paris that includes the must-see attractions, such as the Arc de Triomphe. We’ll also take you to Notre Dame Cathedral, where you’ll see its amazing 13th-century, stained-glass windows. The Louvre is the world's most visited museum and houses some of the world's best treasures. We’ll take you to the Louvre, where you’ll see Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and other masterpieces. During your free day in Paris, you may want to take an excursion to the Palace of Versailles or to Monet's Giverny. Or maybe shop at the famous Galeries Lafayette, where we have included shopping discounts, or just relax at a café on the famous Champs-Elysées.

Next, you are off via the high-speed Eurostar train to London. You'll have the thrill of traveling through the Chunnel, an engineering marvel! In London, your exclusive sightseeing with a local expert includes London’s famous landmarks, such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. We’ll also take you to St. Paul's Cathedral with its iconic dome and long, fascinating history, before arriving in time for the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Your expert Local Guide will share insider stories that only locals know. During your leisure day in London, you may want to take an excursion to mysterious Stonehenge; shop at one of the famous department stores, such as Harrods or Selfridges; take in a West End show such as Mama Mia, Wicked, or Billy Elliot (your Local Host can get tickets for you); or grab an ale at a local pub.

And did we mention that sightseeing with Monograms includes VIP access to the attractions? This means that rather than being like all the other tourists waiting in line outside, you’ll be up close and personal with the attractions. Wouldn’t you rather be gazing at the Louvre's treasures and enjoying the Rijksmuseum’s masterpieces than wasting time waiting in line? At Monograms, our goal is to make your vacation as enjoyable and easy as possible. That’s why we’ve included VIP access and why we’ve arranged your transportation, transfers, guides, sightseeing, hotels, and breakfasts. Add the comfort of knowing you’ll have a Local Host in each city to translate for you, answer questions, and help you arrange activities, 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

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 2019

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Your Monograms package includes first-class tickets on the high-speed Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris. We've even included transfers from/to your hotels to/from the train stations.

DAY
1
AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

Welkom to the Dutch capital! Your Local Host will help you maximize your time in the city that has almost as many bikes as residents.

DAY
2
AMSTERDAM

Morning guided sightseeing includes a CRUISE on glass-enclosed boat through Amsterdam’s canals where you’ll glide past traditional gable-roofed homes, fascinating houseboats, and the Westerkerk (Western Church). Take photos of the Anne Frank House, Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge), and the Blauwbrug (Blue Bridge). Visit a DIAMOND CENTER and learn how these precious stones played such an important role in local history.

DAY
3
AMSTERDAM

During this day at leisure, your Local Host can offer suggestions for things to see and do—like a visit to the Van Gogh Museum.

DAY
4
AMSTERDAM–PARIS, FRANCE

Travel by HIGH-SPEED THALYS TRAIN (first class) to Paris.

DAY
5
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; magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, Hôtel de Ville, the Conciergerie, famous Louvre Palace and museum; and much more.

DAY
6
PARIS

Your Local Host can help you plan your day in the “City of Light.” You may want visit the quirky Shakespeare & Company bookstore or find your favorite bridge spanning the Seine—there are thirty-seven to choose from!

DAY
7
PARIS–LONDON, ENGLAND

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

DAY
8
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 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.

DAY
9
LONDON

Full day at leisure. Ask your Local Hosts for suggestions: sample the ultimate in British food and drink—fish & chips with a pint of bitter in a local pub, or try authentic English Afternoon Tea at one of the exclusive hotels.

DAY
10
LONDON

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Transportation

Travel by high-speed Thalys train (first class) Amsterdam-Paris; by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class) Paris-London with porterage; transfers to/from train stations

Included Hotels

Amsterdam
Paris
London

Double Tree by Hilton Amsterdam Central Station

Oosterdoksstraat 4
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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

An ultra modern 553-room hotel set in the heart of the city's historic district. The centerpiece of this property is the 11th-floor SkyLounge rooftop bar with outdoor seating offering some of the best views of Amsterdam and its river. There's also a cafe restaurant, a Starbucks coffee stand, and a 24-hour fitness center and lobby bar with library. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel.

Location & Highlights

Convenient location within easy reach of Amsterdam¿s famous shopping streets and cultural heritage sites.

Room Amenities

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

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
Spacious contemporary guest rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows and feature Apple iMac PC/TVs, coffee/tea making facilities and iron & ironing board.

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.

Paris
London

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
  • 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
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Ice Machine
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • 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.

Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel

20, Rue Jean Rey
Paris Cedex, France

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

This elegant 405-room hotel is located close the River Seine and Eiffel Tower. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. A light and airy restaurant serves up a range of international cuisine which during the summer months can be enjoyed in the tranquil terrace and gardens. There is also a lounge bar for snacks and drinks as well as a fitness room.

Location & Highlights

Located in a quiet, upscale Left Bank neighborhood with good transport links to the rest of the city's sightseeing attractions

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Smoking Rooms

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Ice Machine
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
Contemporary air-conditioned guestrooms all feature complimentary tea & coffee making facilities.

Hotel l'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.

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)

Paris
London

Paris

Dinner and Cabaret Show at the Famous Lido

Enjoy a magical evening of delectable French cuisine and the newest cabaret show at Paris' legendary Lido on the Champs-Élysées.

Price Range: $$$$

An Evening at the Moulin Rouge

Enter the exhilarating Belle Époque world of champagne, fine French cuisine, music, lights, thousands of glittering costumes, and an evening of Moulin Rouge cabaret you will never forget!

Price Range: $$$$

Seine River Cruise

Enjoy a cruising experience like no other on this incredible excursion aboard a beautiful, glass-encased boat on the River Seine.

Price Range: $

Loire Valley and Lunch

Spend a remarkable day in the celebrated Loire Valley, visiting three of its most enchanting châteaux and savoring a delicious lunch with drinks.

Price Range: $$$$

Moet and Chandon Champagne Tour

Discover the magic of French bubbly on this delightful full-day excursion into France's beautiful Champagne region that includes champagne sampling and a palate-pleasing champagne lunch-Santé!

Price Range: $$$$

London

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: $

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: $

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: $

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: $

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: $

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 are on view to the public.

Price Range: $

Medieval Banquet

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

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: $

London Private Guided Tour

Enjoy your own exclusive, fully qualified London guide. Arrange your own itinerary ahead of time and visit all the places in London that you have always wanted to see.

Price Range: $$$$

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

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

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: $$$

Stonehenge Direct

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

Price Range: $$

Insider

Amsterdam
Paris
London

Amsterdam

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Amsterdam, HollandMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Amsterdam. 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 Amsterdam and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Amsterdam insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Dam Square

Take a stroll to Dam Square, sit at one of the terraces and watch the people go by, to get a feel for the city. You'll see bicycles are a favorite means of transport - there are nearly as many bicycles as citizens.

Anne Frank House, The Rembrandt House

If you’ve read her Diary, you’ll want to see where Anne lived and wrote her remarkable and poignant story. The Anne Frank House, as well as the attractive Rembrandt House where the Master lived, are both on walking routes your Local Host will be pleased to tell you about to discover more of Amsterdam at your own pace.

Van Gogh Museum, Maritime Museum, Bags & Purses Museum, or T’IJ Brewery

Amsterdam has several splendid museums, these are just a few, ask your Local Host for more details according to your tastes. The Van Gogh collection has some 200 paintings, 550 sketches, and hundreds of letters from Van Gogh to his brother, Theo. Or maybe the more recently opened T’IJ specializing in biological ingredients; the second largest wooden windmill in the Netherlands stands next door.

Hortus Botanical Gardens

The Hortus has an expansive collection of more than 6,000 varieties of plants illustrating over 350 years of Dutch horticultural history. From the "coffee plant that fathered all the coffee in Brazil" to a nursery created exclusively for tropical palms, it’s a heavenly destination for plant-lovers the world over.

Markets

With over thirty weekly markets, there’s plenty of choice. Wander through the Albert Cuyp market, the Flea market on Waterlooplein, or see the Floating Flower Market on the Single.

Zoo, Planetarium, Vondelpark

Families may wish to visit the Artis Zoo and Planetarium or the Vondelpark where the locals go walking, biking, relaxing and pick-nicking. During the summer season concerts and plays are held in the park’s open air theater.

Shopping, P.C. Hoofdstraat, Jordaan

Wander along the P.C. Hoofdstraat near the Museum quarters to shop or browse for exclusive goods. Good buys in Holland include diamond jewelry, wooden articles such as clogs, embroidery and Delft pottery. In the 17th century, Amsterdam's canal diggers, bridge builders and stonemasons called the Jordaan home. Now eccentric, one of a kind, shops, chic restaurants and painstakingly manicured courtyards make this a unique spot.

Pancakes, Poffertjes and Pea Soup

When you’re ready for a snack, try one of the local pancakes, there are over 300 varieties! Or maybe sample the similar poffertjes. Then there are the many varieties of Dutch cheese. Pea soup is another specialty made with peas, potatoes, carrots, celery, smoked bacon, and sausage.

Rijsttafel

The Rijsttafel is a unique fusion of Indonesian and Dutch culinary traditions from colonial times. It was a Dutch custom to eat leftovers on Sundays, the Indonesian people decided to reinvent this by cooking everything fresh. The main dish of a Rijsttafel is noodles or rice with several small side dishes like meat, fish, and vegetables. Tiny plates of food, arranged from mild to very, very spicy fill the table. Round off with a sip or two of Dutch Jenever, an alcoholic drink similar to Gin.

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 over 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 & Sacre Coeur

Try a walking tour of the Montmartre district, where artists such as Picasso and Van Gogh worked. While in Montmartre, visit the Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart). This pristine, white-stone church features one of the world's largest mosaics, which depicts Christ with outstretched arms, and a massive 19-ton church bell. Sit on the steps outside the church for wonderful views of the city to absorb the Parisienne joie de vivre (joy of life).

Musée d’Orsay, Pompidou Center, Musée Rodin, Musée de la Vie Romantique

Stroll through centuries of artwork at the Musée d’Orsay (closed on Mondays), which houses an extensive collection of impressionist masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Cezanne, or drop by the Pompidou Center, an architectural wonder and home to the National Museum of Modern Art. Musée Rodin, contains most of the artist's significant sculptures, including The Thinker, The Kiss, and The Gates of Hell and the quaint Musée de la Vie Romantique, located in a private mansion, includes mementos of the romantic literary figure George Sand, as well as paintings by Ary Scheffer.

Place des Vosges/Marais District

A few blocks from the famous Bastille Square, this charming area is full of historical buildings and art and shopping possibilities. Visit the Picasso Museum, or the Victor Hugo House to learn more about the author of Les Misérables, and the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

City Parks

The impeccably formal Garden of the Tuileries offers an unbroken vista towards the Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and the Grande Arche. It remains the largest and oldest public garden in Paris today. Jardin du Luxembourg is loved for the greenery and multitude of statues, playgrounds and the famous Guignol puppet show. Opened in 1780, the Parc du Champ-de-Mars extends from the École Militaire to the Eiffel Tower. A hotspot for national events, it can be accessed freely and offers the most beautiful view of the capital’s landmark monument.

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 to name a few.

Islands of Paris: Île de la Cité & Île Saint-Louis

The largest is Île de la Cité, with its famous Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. It is also home to Sainte-Chapelle adored for its intricate stained glass windows and La Conciergerie, a prison-turned-museum where Marie Antoinette, Robespierre, and 40,000 other victims of the Reign of Terror were processed before their execution. Its sister island, Ile Saint Louis was developed in the 17th century by King Louis XIII as a retreat for the wealthiest Parisians, and is still largely residential with much of its original village charm. The island is possibly Paris’ most idyllic setting for a day of shopping, dining, and browsing an art gallery.

Seine Bridges

Find your favorite bridge, there are 37 and they are all different, from plain to gilded and from new to over 400 years old. The top 5 are: Pont Neuf si 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 near the Louvre Palace and the Tuileries garden. Pont Alexandre III 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 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 it 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. The French know how to turn food display into an art form. See rainbows of fresh fruit and vegetables, soft palettes of bread and colossal wheels of cheese; France has over 400 varieties of cheese! And when you're ready for dessert, specialty stores abound-from tarts and pastries to crêpes and pain au chocolat. Other specialties to try 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

Shop at haute couture boutiques in the rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré district or the Champs-Elysées, avenue Montaigne. You may want to spend some time browsing the Galeries Lafayette (with weekly fashion shows) and Printemps department stores. Perfumes and scarves are classic gifts, as well as French berets, lace, collection dolls and pottery.

Cafés

When you are ready for a break, join the locals at one of the cafés, sip a glass of wine or a café au lait (hot milk coffee), and watch the world go by in true Parisien style.

Père Lachaise Cemetery

Walk through the world’s most visited cemetery and burial grounds of many famous people including Oscar Wilde, James Morrison and Frédéric Chopin.

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.

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