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

Gulliver’s Travels…it’s a classic story about a man traveling in foreign lands who doesn’t know the language and has many mishaps. Imagine how different things could have been for him if he had experienced these foreign lands with a local—someone who knew the language, could answer questions, and could offer suggestions to make sure his travels ran smoothly! We don’t want you to end up like Gulliver, so that’s why on this 10-day vacation, we’ve arranged for you to have a Local Host® in each city: London, Paris, and Amsterdam. This one-of-a-kind feature offered only by Monograms will ensure you have a “friend in the city” to assist you and help ensure your vacation is what you want it to be. We’ve also arranged your hotel reservations, daily breakfast, sightseeing, transportation between cities, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the train stations.

This vacation includes three nights each in London, Paris, and Amsterdam. It begins the moment you arrive in London, where your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and a set of materials to familiarize you with the city and to help personalize your vacation. The next morning, after included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for exclusive, guided sightseeing with a local expert. You'll hear the inside stories around places like Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married, and the Houses of Parliament. We’ll take you inside St. Paul's Cathedral, the iconic cathedral with a long history and where Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married. We’ll also take you to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, an experience that any traveler to London must have.

And it's not just London where we've arranged a Local Host and guided sightseeing. When you arrive in Paris and Amsterdam, your Local Host will greet you and once again present you with materials to familiarize you with the city. In both cities, we've also arranged guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide. In Paris, we’ve scouted out the best place to capture a photo of the iconic Eiffel Tower, and we’ll take you there. We’ll also take you to Notre Dame Cathedral, dating from 1163, where you’ll admire its amazing 13th-century, stained-glass Rose Window. For a different perspective on Paris, we've arranged for you to enjoy a Seine River cruise, a beautiful way to see the city. In Amsterdam, your guided sightseeing also includes a cruise. You'll travel by glass-roofed boat through Amsterdam's canals, the best way to see houses built during Holland’s Golden Age, as well as its famous bridges and fascinating houseboats. We’ll also take you to a diamond center and the Rijksmuseum, where you’ll see works by Rembrandt and other Dutch masters.

In each city, you’ll have a full day to explore on your own. In London, you may want to ride the London Eye; shop at the world-famous department stores, such as Harrods and Selfridges; enjoy a cruise on the Thames River; ride a double-decker bus and the famous Underground; or enjoy a show in London's West End. From Paris, perhaps take an excursion to the opulent Palace of Versailles; shop at the many designer boutiques and department stores, such as the Galeries Lafayette, where we’ve secured discounts for you; enjoy dinner at the Eiffel Tower or at one of the many restaurants along the Champs-Elysées; visit one of the many museums; or enjoy a walk in the Jardin du Luxembourg. In Amsterdam, you may want to visit the Anne Frank House or the Van Gogh Museum, join the locals and ride a bike along the canals, or take an excursion to the fishing villages of Volendam and Marken.

And don't forget…your package includes transportation between the cities. You’ll travel via the high-speed Eurostar train from London to Paris (imagine the thrill of riding through the Chunnel!) and by high-speed Thalys train (first-class) from Paris to Amsterdam. We've even included transfers from/to your hotels to/from the train stations. Between that and the sightseeing and guides we've arranged, and the hotels we’ve booked, all you have to do is enjoy your adventures. But unlike Gulliver, we’ll be there to guide and help you—it’s an amazing vacation opportunity!


Insider Benefits

Monograms is all about connecting you to your destination with unmatched insider guidance and support to make travel a pleasure. With a team of local experts in each destination, your Monograms vacation includes local assistance and tips that only a local would know. In addition to an expertly-planned vacation with great hotels and included sightseeing, Monograms means you'll get the VIP treatment from a team of local insiders who help you put your signature on your vacation.

Arrival & Hotel Transfer

Monograms greets you like a VIP when you arrive at your destination then whisks you off to your hotel with a friendly Monograms operated transfer, complimentary for guests who have purchased their flights through Monograms.

Hotel Check-In

Once you arrive at your hotel, your own Monograms Local Host® is there to greet you, help you get checked in, and share lots of destination insights with you to get your vacation started.

Sightseeing

Get an insider's look at the must-see sights with the insight and knowledge of an expert Monograms Local Guide. Delight in the stares of regular tourists as they slide you past the line and right into the doorway with VIP access.

Free Time

Your Monograms Local Host® can provide tips and suggestions and even help you book activities & excursions to make the most of your time at your destination, helping you drink in the local culture in just your style.

Dining

What better restaurant recommendations can you find than from a local who knows? From haute cuisine to hidden cafes, from street food to Michelin Stars, your Local Host® can give you the inside scoop on finding your favorite fare.

MonogramsGO App

To help you feel even more comfortable in your destination, Monograms offers access to our MonogramsGO app where guests can check flight, hotel and transfer information and customize their trip with a host of local suggestions.

City Connections

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, we'll get you to your train or plane, stress free with door-to-gate service. Your local Monograms team awaits your arrival at your next destination.

Activities & Excursions

Monograms offers a range of amazing experiences you can add to your trip, vetted by our team and perfectly coordinated with your Monograms package. Add them before you leave or on trip with the help of your Local Host®.

Airport Departure

Parting is such sweet sorrow. When you've explored all that you can explore and it's time to head home, your Local Host® will ensure a smooth departure, on time and on point, stress-free.

Your Local Host

What is the Role of a Local Host?

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. Simply ask your Local Host about London and you'll be on your way in no time. 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.

Local Host Recommendations

Meet One of Your Local Hosts

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.

Day-By-Day 2019 / 2020

With Monograms, we handle the details so you can focus on the sights, experience new cultures and new destinations. From arranging the right hotels and seamless transportation to providing your own Local Host® and included sightseeing, we've thought of-and included-everything you need in an all-in-one package.

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FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

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

Local Host

DAY
1
LONDON, ENGLAND

22-Feb-2020

Welcome to London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, and a leading and vibrant global city. Your Local Host will be able to help you make the most of your time.

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
2
LONDON

23-Feb-2020

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.

Excursions Available:

The London Dungeon

Price: Starting From: $32/person

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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?

Hampton Court Palace

Price: Starting From: $29/person

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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.

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

Price: Starting From: $29/person

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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.

Sea Life London

Price: Starting From: $33/person

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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.

River Cruise Experience

Price: Starting From: $16/person

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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.

Kensington Palace

Price: Starting From: $24/person

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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.

Medieval Banquet

Price: Starting From: $65/person

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Medieval Banquet

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

Madame Tussauds

Price: Starting From: $38/person

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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.

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DAY
3
LONDON

24-Feb-2020

Take your Local Hosts’ suggestion for your day at leisure—maybe explore Camden Market, the one-time undisputed center of London’s alternative scene and still with plenty of delights, from vintage fashion and retro T-shirts to second-hand books and bric-a-brac.

Excursions Available:

The London Dungeon

Price: Starting From: $32/person

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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?

Hampton Court Palace

Price: Starting From: $29/person

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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.

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

Price: Starting From: $29/person

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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.

Sea Life London

Price: Starting From: $33/person

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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.

River Cruise Experience

Price: Starting From: $16/person

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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.

Kensington Palace

Price: Starting From: $24/person

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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.

Madame Tussauds

Price: Starting From: $38/person

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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.

London Eye

Price: Starting From: $35/person

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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.

RIB Boat

Price: Starting From: $61/person

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RIB Boat

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

London Private Guided Tour

Price: Starting From: $337/party

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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.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Price: Starting From: $22/person

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

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

Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter

Price: Starting From: $116/person

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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.

Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath

Price: Starting From: $149/person

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Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath

Do some serious time travel on this full-day excursion to thousand-year-old Windsor Castle, 5,000-year-old 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.

Stonehenge Direct

Price: Starting From: $69/person

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Stonehenge Direct

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

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DAY
4
LONDON–PARIS, FRANCE

25-Feb-2020

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

Excursions Available:

Dinner and Cabaret Show at the Famous Lido

Price: Starting From: $186/person

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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.

Seine River Cruise

Price: Starting From: $134/person

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Seine River Cruise

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

An Evening at the Moulin Rouge

Price: Starting From: $213/person

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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!

Running Paris

Price: Starting From: $75/person

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Running Paris

Discover the magic of Paris while staying active at the same time on this easy-paced guided running and sightseeing tour.

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DAY
5
PARIS

26-Feb-2020

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 where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804; Hôtel de Ville, the city's municipal headquarters; the Conciergerie, formerly a notorious prison where Marie-Antoinette spent the last days of her life; famous Louvre Palace and museum; and much more.

Excursions Available:

Dinner and Cabaret Show at the Famous Lido

Price: Starting From: $186/person

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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.

Seine River Cruise

Price: Starting From: $134/person

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Seine River Cruise

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

An Evening at the Moulin Rouge

Price: Starting From: $213/person

Learn More

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!

Running Paris

Price: Starting From: $75/person

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Running Paris

Discover the magic of Paris while staying active at the same time on this easy-paced guided running and sightseeing tour.

Private Paris Photo Shoot

Price: Starting From: $326/party

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Private Paris Photo Shoot

Get ready to strike a pose with Paris as your background on this private photo shoot with a professional photographer in the inimitable City of Light!

Vintage Car Tour

Price: Starting From: $118/party

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Vintage Car Tour

Ride in a vintage car through the incredible City of Light.

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DAY
6
PARIS

27-Feb-2020

A full day at leisure to see the “City of Light”—your Local Host has recommendations for a walking route in the Montmartre district with its beautiful Sacré-Coeur church.

Excursions Available:

Dinner and Cabaret Show at the Famous Lido

Price: Starting From: $186/person

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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.

Seine River Cruise

Price: Starting From: $134/person

Learn More

Seine River Cruise

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

An Evening at the Moulin Rouge

Price: Starting From: $213/person

Learn More

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!

Running Paris

Price: Starting From: $75/person

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Running Paris

Discover the magic of Paris while staying active at the same time on this easy-paced guided running and sightseeing tour.

Private Paris Photo Shoot

Price: Starting From: $326/party

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Private Paris Photo Shoot

Get ready to strike a pose with Paris as your background on this private photo shoot with a professional photographer in the inimitable City of Light!

Vintage Car Tour

Price: Starting From: $118/party

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Vintage Car Tour

Ride in a vintage car through the incredible City of Light.

Bike Tour

Price: Starting From: $89/person

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Bike Tour

Join us for a fun pedaling and discover magnificent Paris and its surroundings!

Paris Food Walk

Price: Starting From: $107/person

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Paris Food Walk

Hold onto your beret, because the explosion of flavors on this fun foodie walk just might knock it clean off! Join a local culinary expert for an introduction to Paris' most beloved local haunts and tastings of its most fantastic foods!

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DAY
7
PARIS–AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

28-Feb-2020

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

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
8
AMSTERDAM

29-Feb-2020

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 an important part in local history.

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DAY
9
AMSTERDAM

1-Mar-2020

Your Local Host will have recommendations for your day, such as a visit to the interesting Bags & Purses Museum.

Excursions Available:

Dutch Dinner

Price: Starting From: $55/person

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Dutch Dinner

Bask in the timeless setting of Amsterdam's historical center as you treat yourself to a special dinner of Dutch specialties.

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DAY
10
AMSTERDAM

2-Mar-2020

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

No Excursions Available on this day

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Transportation

From City-to-City

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, your local Monograms team makes it an absolute breeze! We'll get to your train or plane, stress free and on time with door-to-gate service. And your local Monograms team awaits your arrival as soon as you pull into your next destination.

Hotels

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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London

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

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.

Amsterdam

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.

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