3 Nights London, 3 Nights Paris, 3 Nights Barcelona & 3 Nights Madrid (DRB)

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

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 2018 / 2019

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 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, 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
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.

Transportation

Travel by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class) London-Paris with porterage; by air on selected flights Paris-Barcelona with transfers; by high-speed AVE train (first class) Barcelona-Madrid; transfers to/from train stations

Included Hotels

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.

London
Paris
Barcelona
Madrid

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. 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

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. 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 guestrooms are elegant, modern, and spacious. In-room amenities include individual climate control, satellite TV, pay-per-view movies, direct-dial telephone, complimentary Wi-Fi access, tea/coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, and safe.

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

200 Westminster Bridge
London, United Kingdom

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

Situated opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge places guests at the heart of central London. Dining option include Brasserie Joël, Ichi Sushi & Sashimi, 1WB Lounge & Patisserie, and Primo Bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness center with a 15-meter pool and Mandara Spa. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guest throughout the hotel.

Location & Highlights

The London Eye, the London Aquarium, and the city's finest theatres, restaurants, and bars are just steps away, and Waterloo and Westminster Bridge Underground stations are two ideal links to reach the rest of the city.

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
The Superior Rooms face the hotel's atrium and are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including a desk, LCD flat screen TV, minibar/refrigerator, tea/coffee-making facilities, and a laptop safe.

Park Plaza Waterloo

6 Hercules Road
London, United Kingdom

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

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. The Florentine Restaurant serves a Brasserie-style menu; the bar features the best of British bubbles and craft beers as well as a range of signature cocktails; and for a relaxing cup of coffee, head to the illy Caffè bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre and a heated swimming pool. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guests throughout the hotel.

Location & Highlights

Park Plaza London Waterloo is located within minutes of London's famous landmarks in the heart of the city. Getting around is easy, with London Waterloo 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 guestrooms feature top amenities, including smart LED TVs, laptop safe, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, tea/coffee-making facilities, minibar, and 24-hour room service.

The Bailey's Hotel London

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. 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 guestrooms at the Millennium Bailey's are quintessentially English in style. The rooms are well-equipped with satellite TV, pay-per-view movies, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe, iron/ironing board, hairdryer, minibar and luxury toiletries.

Park Plaza County Hall

1 Addington Street
London, United Kingdom

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

Ideally located just south of Westminster Bridge and overlooking the River Thames, this hotel is within walking distance of London's most famous attractions. Stylish dining options are available at the hotel: LItaliano offers authentic Italian cuisine with an extensive wine list and Spectrum Bar & Café is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as Afternoon Tea and late-night drinks. The hotel also provides a fitness room as well as steam and sauna facilities, and Aurora Spa is available for beauty treatments or massages. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout.

Location & Highlights

The Park Plaza County Hall London hotel is situated on the south side of the River Thames next to London's County Hall and is within minutes of some of the best attractions including the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, the London Aquarium, and the South Bank Centre. To explore the city further, Waterloo and Westminster Bridge Underground stations are nearby.

Room Amenities

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

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Beauty Salon
  • ATM
  • Spa Services
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Ice Machine
  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
Monograms guests are allocated the upgraded Studio Rooms with a separate living area and kitchenette as well as two flat-screen TVs, laptop safe, work desk, iron/ironing board, hairdryer, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities.

Activities & Excursions

The following activities & 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). Activities and Excursions are available for purchase on our MyMonograms site as soon as initial deposit or payment is received.

Price Ranges

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

London
Paris
Barcelona
Madrid

London

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: $$

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: $

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: $

Stonehenge Direct

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

Price Range: $$

Ticket to Ride: The Beatles in London

Over 50 major Beatles sites are visited, charting the Beatlemania years from 1962 to 1970, and their solo years thereafter. No other London Beatles tour covers as many central London sites and locations in a single tour.

Price Range: $

Lunch in the Cotswolds

A fully guided day in the Cotswolds includes lunch, and takes in some of the most beautiful English villages.

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: $$$

Tower of London and 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: $$

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: $$$

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: $$$$

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: $$$

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: $$$

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: $$$

Bike Tour

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

Price Range: $$

Wine and Food Experience

No trip to France is complete without experiencing its wines-and these excursions will teach you the best ways to do it!

Price Range: $$

Ghost and Mysteries Tour of Paris

When the sun goes down on the City of Light, this thrilling walking tour reveals its deepest, darkest, spine-tingling secrets.

Price Range: $$

Illumination Tour with Eiffel Tower Ascent

The nighttime magic of Paris comes to life on this enchanting guided minibus tour of the monuments that includes a skip-the-lines ascent up the Eiffel Tower!

Price Range: $$$

Private Guided Tour

Explore the City of Light in your own way and at your own pace on this private, guided sightseeing tour. Just decide what you want to see and do with your certified Local Guide-the choice is yours!

Price Range: $$$$

Versailles, Palace of the Sun King

Spend part of your day like a French aristocrat, strolling through the halls and gardens of Louis XIV's opulent Palace of Versailles.

Price Range: $$

Eiffel Tower Dinner and Seine Cruise

Fine French cuisine, the River Seine, and Paris' most famous sights illuminated are the main ingredients for one unforgettable night.

Price Range: $$$$

Vintage Car Tour and Dinner on the Champs-Elysée

Ride in a vintage car through the incredible City of Light and savor a delectable VIP dinner with wine on the famed Champs-Elysées!

Price Range: $$$$

Paris WWII Walking Tour: Occupation and Liberation

Paris' tragic and inspiring WWII history comes to life during this guided walking tour. Visit Le Marais, the Jewish Quarter, and more to learn what life was like for Parisians during Nazi occupation

Price Range: $$

Historic Wine Cellar Tour with Wine Tasting

Tour the King of France's 18th-century wine cellar, learn about the fine art of crafting world-famous wines, and taste three different French wines-c'est magnifique!

Price Range: $

Medieval City of Provins

Cobblestone lanes, half-timber houses, ramparts, dungeons, knights, falconry and horse shows, underground tunnels-the sights, flavors, and daily life of medieval France await on this enthralling self-guided visit to Provins, one of the best preserved medieval cities in France.

Price Range: $$

Claude Monet's Magnificent Giverny

Discover a magical world of lily-adorned ponds, majestic weeping willows, artistic bridges, and a perfectly preserved pastel-pink house at Claude Monet's beloved Giverny.

Price Range: $$$

Disneyland® Paris (1 day ticket, 2 parks)

Rides, attractions, shows, characters-it all adds up to Disney magic. This fun full-day excursion gives you access to both Disneyland Paris parks. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Price Range: $$$$

Mont St. Michel with guide

Experience one of the icons of Normandy on this full-day excursion featuring a visit to the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont Saint-Michel.

Price Range: $$$$

Guided Visit of the D-Day Landing Beaches

Spend an entire mesmerizing day in Normandy, seeing and exploring the most pivotal sites from World War II's D-Day invasion. Visit Pointe du Hoc, the American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, and the man-made harbor at Arromanches, and reflect on the history of it all during the included lunch.

Price Range: $$$$

Guided Visit of the Somme Battlefields

Spend a full day exploring Somme, where the terrible Battle of the Somme, the largest battle of World War I on the Western Front, occurred in 1916. See where British, Australian, and Canadian troops fought heroically when you visit Villers-Bretonneux, Péronne's moving Museum of the Great War, Thiepval's great Memorial to the Missing, and Beaumont-Hamel. A traditional lunch is included.

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: $$$$

Claude Monet's Giverny & Palace of Versailles

A day of visual wonders as you enjoy artist Claude Monet's fairytale Giverny home, Louis XIV's stunning Versailles, and a delectable lunch in an 18th-century mill.

Price Range: $$$$

Hidden Treasure: From the Palais Royal to the Opera Garnier

Get off the usual tourist trail on this fascinating 3-hour walking tour of the hidden treasures of Paris.

Price Range: $

Paris Fashion Tour

From Dior to Chanel, join a fashion expert for this fascinating walking tour through the areas where Parisian haute couture began!

Price Range: $$

Food Tours

Bring your most refined palate for this fun and interactive gourmet foodie walking tour.

Price Range: $$

Le Marais Walking Tour

Discover the exclusive Le Marais district on this guided walking tour that explores the area's ancient architecture, fascinating Jewish Quarter, and hub of cafés, galleries, and boutiques.

Price Range: $$

Paris Literature Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the literary world's greatest masters on this captivating walking tour to the haunts, hangouts, and death beds of these famous writers

Price Range: $$

Paris French Revolution

Experience the people, places, and secrets of the French Revolution on this intriguing peek behind one of the world's bloodiest uprisings.

Price Range: $

French Baking Class: Classic Macarons

Learn to make perfect French macarons at this fun, hands-on cooking class.

Price Range: $$$

French Baking Class: Real French Croissants

Join an expert French baker to learn the complicated baking process behind traditional French croissants, then bake your own and taste them during tea time!

Price Range: $$$

Morning Market Visit and French Cooking Class

Breakfast, a little market shopping, a cooking lesson, and a delightful 3-course lunch-you can't go wrong during this enriching and delicious French cooking class!

Price Range: $$$$

Barcelona

Flamenco

Experience the passion and spirit of Spain's most traditional music and dance at this delightful evening of traditional Spanish Flamenco entertainment.

Price Range: $

Barcelona Hop-On/Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour

Explore Barcelona the fun and easy way! This hop-on/hop-off bus tour includes three different routes, 44 stops, and an all-day pass, so you can experience the city exactly the way you want!

Price Range: $

Creatures of the World Zoo Encounter

Explore the animal kingdoms of Asia, Africa, Australia, North & South America without ever leaving Europe! This fun day at the Barcelona Zoo introduces you to animals from around the world in recreations of their natural habitats.

Price Range: $

Under the Sea Adventure at Aquarium Barcelona

Come face to face with the underwater kingdom's most fascinating creatures at Aquarium Barcelona, one of the world's best exhibits of Mediterranean sealife!

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 Barcelona Discovery Tour

Explore Barcelona in your own way and at your own pace on this private tour. Just decide what you want to see and do with your certified Local Guide the choice is yours!

Price Range: $$$$

Tapas-Tasting in a Real Basque Tavern

You simply cannot go to Spain without trying its world-famous tapas, and you'll sample some of the very best specialties on this fun tapas-tasting outing to an authentic Basque tavern.

Price Range: $

Barcelona Half-Day Private Shopping & Lifestyle Tour

If you love to shop `til you drop, then this private half-day Barcelona shopping tour with a personal shopper is for you!

Price Range: $$$$

Spanish Tapas Walking Tour for Foodies

Explore and taste your way through a gastronomic center, La Boqueria market, and some of Barcelona's most lively tapas bars on this fun guided foodie walking tour!

Price Range: $$

Private Barcelona Photo Safari

Join a professional photographer for an interactive walking photo safari that shows you the best ways and places to photograph this incredible city!

Price Range: $$$$

Discover Montserrat

Experience the magical beauty surrounding Barcelona on this memorable guided excursion to the soaring mountains of Montserrat.

Price Range: $$

Spanish Chef for a Day: Catalan Cuisine

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

Price Range: $$

Authentic 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: $

Medieval Girona and the Dalí Theatre & Museum

From the ridiculous to the sublime, this tour shows you the collection of unusual curiosities and weird optical illusions at the quirky Salvador Dalí Museum in Figueres, before introducing you to Girona, a cobblestoned showcase of medieval treasures.

Price Range: $$$$

Barcelona Spectacular Waterfront & Montjuïc Discovery

Visit two of Barcelona's most beautiful areas: the magnificent waterfront and Montjuïc hill with its recreated Iberian village, sports stadiums from the 1992 Olympics, and spectacular panoramic views of the city below.

Price Range: $

Dalí Theatre & Museum Tour

See a bathtub suspended from the ceiling, weird optical illusions, and other unusual curiosities when you visit the quirky, interactive Dalí Museum in Figueres, dedicated to the life, imagination, and works of Salvador Dalí.

Price Range: $$$

Walking Tour Picasso and Gothic Quarter

Roman emperors and Pablo Picasso are just two of the influential characters you' ll encounter on this captivating guided walking tour through Barcelona's Gothic Quarter and Picasso Museum.

Price Range: $

Barcelona on Two Wheels: City Highlights

Explore some of Barcelona's greatest wonders on this exhilarating guided bike tour.

Price Range: $

Madrid

Hop-On/Hop-Off Madrid Sightseeing

Explore Madrid the fun and easy way! This hop-on/hop-off bus tour includes two different routes and an all-day pass, so you can experience the city exactly the way you want!

Price Range: $

Las Ventas Bullring

Step behind the scenes at Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, the largest bullfighting ring in Spain! Explore the ring, bull-holding areas, Bullfighting Museum, and more at your own pace.

Price Range: $

Flamenco Evening

Experience the passion and spirit of Spain's most traditional music and dance at this authentic evening of live Flamenco entertainment.

Price Range: $

Spanish Dinner in Madrid

Enjoy a typical Spanish cocido madrileño (chickpea and meat stew) dinner on this delightful outing in the heart of Madrid.

Price Range: $

Real Madrid Stadium Tour

If you are a football (soccer) fan, you won't want to miss this unforgettable, behind-the-scenes tour of Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of the Real Madrid Football Club since 1947!

Price Range: $

Private Guided Tour of Madrid

Explore Madrid the way you want on this private guided sightseeing tour. Just decide what you want to see and do with your expert guide-the choice is yours!

Price Range: $$$$

Spanish Wines & Iberian Ham Tasting

Discover Madrid's unique culture and quintessential tastes on this enriching (and delicious) excursion focusing on Spanish wines and Iberian ham!

Price Range: $$

Royal Site of Aranjuez

Discover the wonders of the Aranjuez, converted into a royal site by Ferdinand and Isabelle in the 12th century and famous for its luxurious palace and stunning gardens.

Price Range: $$

Discover Toledo

Discover majestic Toledo, an incredible melting pot of Jewish, Islamic, and Christian influence over the centuries, making it one of Europe's most interesting and unique walled medieval cities!

Price Range: $$

Segovia & Pedraza

Escape the hustle and bustle of Madrid and experience the peaceful provincial charm of historical Pedraza and Segovia in the beautiful Spanish countryside.

Price Range: $$$

Avila & Segovia with Alcázar

Discover two of Spain's hidden gems on this wonderful guided day trip to Ávila and Segovia, featuring a visit of the iconic Alcázar, the country's most spectacular castle fortress!

Price Range: $$$

El Escorial & the Valley of the Fallen

Visit two of Spain's most iconic attractions El Escorial, the historical residence of the King of Spain; and the impressive Valley of the Fallen, honoring those who died in the Spanish Civil War

Price Range: $$

Seville by Ave Train

From palaces and parks to the world's largest gothic cathedral, this incredible guided tour whisks you by AVE train to magical Seville for a proper introduction to the city's many wonders

Price Range: $$$$

Spanish Cooking Class

Learn to cook paella, tortilla, Sangria, and more-just like a real Spanish chef-at this fun and interactive cooking class cook.

Price Range: $$

Madrid Bike Tour

Pedal your way around Madrid on this guided bike tour that gives you a fun and proper introduction to an incredible city!

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 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.

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.

Casa Vicens

This is the first house, first important work, and one of the key pieces of Antoni Gaudí’s artistic career. It is the work that marked his point of Departure, an architectural gem which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005.

Park Güell

Visit the only park designed by Gaudí in Barcelona, with it sinuous and organic shapes, integration with nature and broken mosaics. Opened to the public in 1922, the park was declared World’s Heritage by Unesco in 1984.

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 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 Walking Route

Ask your Local Host about this walking route to see architecture of the Habsburg Period. Start from Plaza Mayor to Plaza de la Villa and Mayor Street; stop by the old Arabic wall, return to Puerta del Sol, discovering along the way the old convents, churches and narrow lanes of the city that was the capital of a world empire in the 16th century. A stop at a café, a pub, or an old market turned into gourmet center, makes a charming stroll, ending at the Plaza de Oriente, next to the Royal Palace.

Bourbon Period “Age of Enlightenment” Walking Route

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. Walk along Calle de Alcalá to Plaza de Cibeles, union of Recoletos and Prado Boulevards, then on to Plaza de la Lealtad and Cortes to Atocha. Your Local Host can point you in the right direction.

Literary Madrid Walking Route

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 bring memories of Echegaray and Moratín; and by Plaza de Jacinto Benavente in honor of the 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. Opening times: April 1st. to September 30th. 10:00-20:00 (19:00 ticket office); October 1st. to March 31st. 10:00-18:00 (17:00 ticket office); Closed occasionally due to official reception.

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. Mondays to Saturdays 10:00 - 21:00 Sundays 10:00 – 14:30 Closed on Tuesdays

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. Tuesdays to Sundays 10:00-19:00 Closing day: Mondays

Shopping

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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