3 Nights London, 3 Nights Paris, 3 Nights Venice, 3 Nights Florence & 3 Nights Rome (DRV)

What do London, Paris, Venice, Florence, and Rome have in common (other than being some of Europe’s most exciting cities)? Shakespeare, of course! They are all locations for his plays—Macbeth, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Merchant of Venice, and Julius Caesar! You know what else they have in common? They’re all included on this 16-day Monograms vacation, where we've arranged your hotel reservations in each city, daily breakfast, sightseeing, transportation between cities, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the train stations. Plus, to help your vacation run smoothly and to make sure you have a "friend in the city," we've arranged the services of a Monograms Local Host® in each city, someone who is there for you throughout your stays.

Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in London, where we can pick you up at the airport and whisk you seamlessly to your selected hotel. Here, your Local Host is waiting with a warm welcome and materials to help you get settled and start exploring immediately. The next morning, after an included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for exclusive, guided sightseeing with a local expert, who will share the inside stories around London's fascinating, must-see attractions. And it's not just London…in each city we've arranged exclusive, guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide.

Your sightseeing includes some of Europe's most famous attractions. In Paris, you'll visit Notre Dame Cathedral, built in 1163 and where Napoleon was crowned emperor. In Venice, you'll see St. Mark's Square and Basilica; Doges Palace, with its gothic architecture, and the Bridge of Sighs, built in the 17th century. In Florence, the Ponte Vecchio has housed stores along its arched, stone bridge since the 13th century, and you’ll see it on your guided walking tour. Rome is a treasure trove of historic sights, and we’ll take you to many of them. You'll visit St. Peter's Square and Basilica, built in 313 AD and where even today the Pope often presides. We’ll also take you to the iconic Colosseum, built in the 1st century to hold 50,000 spectators, and the Roman Forum, built over 2,000 years ago at the height of the Roman Empire.

In addition to the historic sights, your vacation includes many of Europe's artistic highlights. We’ll take you to the Louvre in Paris, the world's most visited museum, where you’ll see Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and other treasures. Your sightseeing in Venice includes a visit to watch glassblowers in action. Florence is known for its amazing artistic heritage, and your guided sightseeing will include the Academy of Fine Arts featuring Michelangelo's David. In Rome, visit the Vatican Museums to see its remarkable treasures and the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll view Michelangelo's The Last Judgment and his famous ceiling paintings.

On the third day in each city, you’ll have the opportunity to explore on your own. Your Local Hosts will be on hand to help you arrange activities and offer suggestions. Perhaps take a cruise on the Thames River in London or the Seine River in Paris. Perhaps take an excursion from Paris to the Palace of Versailles; from London to mysterious Stonehenge or to Windsor Castle, the world’s largest occupied castle; from Florence to San Gimignano, Italy's most famous medieval town; and from Rome to Tivoli, the villa built by Hadrian at the peak of the Roman Empire. You may choose to just relax and have a drink in Venice's St. Mark's Square or at a café along the Champs-Elysées. The possibilities are endless!

And don't forget…your package includes transportation between cities. You'll travel via the high-speed Eurostar train from London to Paris, which includes porterage. From Paris to Venice, we've included air on selected flights, along with transfers to/from the airports. For your travels between Venice, Florence, and Rome, we've included travel (first-class) via high-speed train as well as transfers to/from the train stations. We know the train stations in Italy can seem confusing to visitors, so we’ll even make sure you get on the correct train! It’s just another way we ensure your vacation is all you want it to be!


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

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

Local Host

& Destination Guides with city maps

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily

Sightseeing & Activities

Guided sightseeing; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE. ALSO INCLUDED: personal headset for included city sightseeing in Venice, Florence & Rome; entrances to the Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums in Venice

Baggage Handling

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

Day-By-Day 2019

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Your Monograms vacation includes a flight from Paris to Venice along with transfers to/from the airports.

DAY
1
LONDON, ENGLAND

Welcome to London! Your Local Hosts will help you maximize your stay in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.

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 (except on Sundays). Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London’s skyline, and the awe-inspiring interior holds fascinating stories about its history.

DAY
3
LONDON

Consider your Local Hosts' suggestions for your day at leisure. Maybe an afternoon at the 900-year-old Tower of London, still guarded by the famous Beefeaters, would be to your taste.

DAY
4
LONDON–PARIS, FRANCE

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

DAY
5
PARIS

Morning guided sightseeing includes a drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe, and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also admire the heart of the city from a different perspective on a SEINE RIVER CRUISE. Board your comfortable boat near the Eiffel Tower and spend a relaxing hour gliding by many of the city's important landmarks such as the L'Institut de France; magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, Hôtel de Ville, the Conciergerie, famous Louvre Palace and museum; and much more.

DAY
6
PARIS

Today, you may want to immerse yourself in France’s famous cuisine—like its local cheese (over 400 varieties), onion soup, coq au vin (a classic chicken dish), pastries, crêpes, pain au chocolat, and much, much more! Your Local Host can help you organize your day.

DAY
7
PARIS–VENICE, ITALY

Travel by AIR to Venice on selected flights.

DAY
8
VENICE

Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, features ST. MARK’S SQUARE and BASILICA with its exceptional gold mosaics. Visit DOGES’ PALACE and the poignant BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects in the age-old manner, and learn why glass-making was so important in Venetian history. ENTRANCES to Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums are included; ask your Local Host for details.

DAY
9
VENICE

Your Local Host will have ideas for your day, such as the best places to shop for Murano glass items and Carnival masks.

DAY
10
VENICE–FLORENCE

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

DAY
11
FLORENCE

Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, includes a visit of the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s original David (the Academy is replaced with the Duomo Museum on Mondays and on the first Sunday of each month). Walk through Piazza del Duomo; sculpture-studded Piazza della Signoria, the center of the city’s political life since the 14th century; and Santa Croce Square. Also admire medieval Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge spanning the Arno River.

DAY
12
FLORENCE

Today your Local Host will have many options for your day at leisure.

DAY
13
FLORENCE–ROME

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

DAY
14
ROME

Your morning guided sightseeing, with headset, is rich in religious and ancient history. Visit the VATICAN MUSEUMS to see amazing treasures. In the SISTINE CHAPEL, where the Conclave is held to elect new popes, view Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment and his famous ceiling paintings. Also on the agenda today, see monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA, built in 313 AD above St. Peter the Apostle’s tomb and home to Michelangelo’s masterpiece Renaissance sculpture, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber River and continue your immersion in history at the iconic COLOSSEUM, built for 50,000 spectators, and the ROMAN FORUM, where the oldest structures of the ancient city are located. (Note that there are occasions when the Vatican Museum is closed. On any of these dates, your full Monograms city sightseeing will be moved to an alternate day to ensure you have the full insider experience.)

DAY
15
ROME

Follow the ancient Roman advice carpe diem (seize the day) and ask your Local Host for suggestions. You may want to ensure your return to the “Eternal City” by throwing a coin into Trevi Fountain.

DAY
16
ROME

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-Venice with transfers; by high-speed train (First class) Venice-Florence-Rome; transfers to/from train stations

Included Hotels

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Rome

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.

Other Hotel

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

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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.

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.

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.

Activities & Excursions

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

Price Ranges

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

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London

London Eye

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

Price Range: $

The London Dungeon

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

Price Range: $

Medieval Banquet

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

Price Range: $$

London Zoo

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

Price Range: $

Hampton Court Palace

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

Price Range: $

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

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

Price Range: $

Sea Life London

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

Price Range: $

River Cruise Experience

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

Price Range: $

Kensington Palace

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

Price Range: $

Madame Tussauds

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

Price Range: $

London Private Guided Tour

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

Price Range: $$$$

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

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

Price Range: $

Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter

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

Price Range: $$$

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.

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: $$$

Stonehenge Direct

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

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: $

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: $$$

Loire Valley and Lunch

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

Price Range: $$$$

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: $$$$

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: $$$$

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: $$$$

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: $$$$

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: $

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: $$

Bike Tour

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

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: $$

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: $$$$

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: $$$

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: $

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: $$$

Venice

Venetian Dinner

The magic of Venice comes to life as you enjoy an unforgettable evening of gourmet specialties at one of the city's most celebrated restaurants.

Price Range: $$

Celebration Package

Enjoy an unforgettable romantic evening in Venice! Enjoy a private ride in a traditional gondola, later proceed to one of the oldest and most famous restaurants in Italy.

Price Range: $$$$

Classical Concert

Enjoy an evening of soul-satisfying classical music at Venice's prestigious Scuola Grande di San Teodoro concert hall.

Price Range: $

Gondola

When in Rome, do as the Romans -- and when in Venice, head right for the gondolas! Hop aboard a traditional gondola for a ride through the magical Venetian canals

Price Range: $

Ghosts Of Venice Private Walking Tour

This spine-tingling private guided walk takes you through the hidden corners of Venice-places of tragic history from the ghostly past-to encounter the city's deepest, darkest secrets.

Price Range: $$$$

Private Guided Tour

Explore Venice 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: $$$$

Paint Your Own Venetian Mask

Learn the dark secrets and captivating history behind one of Venice's most ancient art forms-Carnival masks-then paint your very own with the help of an expert instructor

Price Range: $$

Drives, Putts & Chips: 18 Holes in Venice

Play an unforgettable 18 holes of golf at the stunningly beautiful Venetian Golf Club, which once hosted the drives and putts of Venetian aristocracy.

Price Range: $$$

Mamma Mia! Serenaded Gondola Ride & Pizza

Enjoy the quintessential Italian experience: a romantic serenaded gondola ride, followed by a dinner of authentic Italian pizza!

Price Range: $$

Food and Wine Experiences Outside Venice

Trade the crowds of Venice for breathtaking scenery and unforgettable wines on this inspiring private excursion.

Price Range: $$$$

Private Morning Run Through Venice

Hit the ground running and see the magnificent sites of Venice at the same time on this 1-hour private guided running tour.

Price Range: $$$

Florence

Florentine Dinner

Bask in the spirit of Tuscany at this incredible dinner featuring the region's most celebrated Italian dishes and tantalizing wines.

Price Range: $$

Private Guided Tour

Explore Florence 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: $$$$

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

Come face-to-face with the world's greatest masterpieces faster when you skip the long lines and head right into the Uffizi Gallery on this fantastic guided tour.

Price Range: $$

Palatina Gallery, Royal Apartments and the Modern Art Gallery in Pitti Palace (entrance ticket only)

Discover the city's largest museum complex at Pitti Palace. Marvel at the Royal Apartments, Gallery of Modern Art, and the Medicis' private art collection

Price Range: $

Discover Florence: Boboli Gardens

Discover some of Florence's greatest natural and manmade treasures on this delightful excursion

Price Range: $

Create Your Own Pizza

From the art of dough-making to choosing the best toppings, learn all about pizza, craft your own signature pie, and then savor the tasty results!

Price Range: $

Florence Sunset Food Tour

Discover the heart of Florence on this fun foodie tour. Enjoy 9 different tastings that include everything from a traditional aperitif to authentic Steak Florentine!

Price Range: $$$

Bike Tour

Pedal your way past incredible scenery and mesmerizing sights on this invigorating guided bike tour.

Price Range: $

Excursion to Famous Antinori's Wine Cellars in Chianti

Head into the Tuscan countryside for a visit and tasting at an acclaimed wine cellar, one of the world's oldest continuously operating family businesses.

Price Range: $$$

Tuscan Cooking Class in Medieval Tower

Ignite your passion for cooking on this unique excursion. A complete culinary adventure awaits you in a Medieval tower located just outside from Florence.

Price Range: $$$$

Chianti countryside, San Gimignano & Wine tasting at Verrazzano castle

The ultimate Tuscan experience! Soak up the legendary Chianti countryside as you drive to the heart of Tuscany, with gentle hills, olive groves, and vineyards. You have time to explore San Gimignano, the most famous of Italy's medieval towns, and stop at Verrazzano Castle.

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Excursion to Pisa and Lucca

From leaning towers to ancient ramparts, this exciting full-day excursion introduces you to Pisa and medieval walled Lucca, two of Italy's cultural gems.

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Ferraris & Food Private Discovery Tour

Thrill your inner race car driver on this private excursion to the dazzling Ferrari Museum. See how these Supercars are made, marvel at the collection, and enjoy a special pasta lunch!

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Half-Day Siena Private Discovery Tour

Surrounded by exquisite Tuscan scenery, this private guided tour introduces you to Siena, one of Italy's best preserved medieval towns and home to the annual Palio horse race!

Price Range: $$$$

Rome

Ghost and Mystery Tour of Rome

When the sun sets, another side of Rome comes to life. Join an expert guide for an eerie nighttime walking tour that reveals the city's spooky, supernatural, and mysterious side.

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Bike Tours

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

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Private Guided Tour

Explore Rome 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: $$$$

Unforgettable Highlights of Rome

This guided tour has it all: bustling piazzas, the incredible Pantheon, lively Navona Square, and beautiful Trevi Fountain, where legend says tossing a coin will ensure your return to Rome!

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Underground Rome: Private Visit of the Mitraeum of Circus Maximum

Discover the hidden underground sanctuary of one of ancient Rome's most mysterious pagan cults on this private guided tour to the Mithraeum at Circus Maximus.

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Gourmet Dinner in Rome

Bask in the hypnotic atmosphere of the Eternal City as you savor a gourmet dinner with wine at an elegant restaurant

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Barefoot in the Park: Your Gourmet Organic Picnic in Rome

Take a well-deserved break from sightseeing and indulge yourself-with time to relax and a delightful al fresco picnic surrounded by exquisite gardens.

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Cooking Class in Rome

Learn to prepare authentic Italian dishes from a real Italian chef at this fun and interactive cooking class that's perfect for kids and adults alike!

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Rome Evening Wine and Food Stroll

Taste Italy's best foods and wines from its top wine-producing regions on this enjoyable evening walking tour through Rome.

Price Range: $$$

Taste of Testaccio Food Tour

Discover Cucina Romana-real Roman cuisine on this yummy foodie walking tour through the Testaccio district!

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Classical Concerts

Enjoy an evening of soul-satisfying classical music at Rome's most inspiring locations.

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Trastevere for Foodies

Surrounded by cobblestone lanes, ivy-covered buildings, and quaint artisan shops, eat and drink your way through atmospheric Trastevere, a foodie paradise!

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Tiber Island and the Underground of St. Nicholas in Prison

Join your expert archaeological local guide for a unique visit to the Isola Tiberina. An underground tour for anyone fascinated with mysteries of places missed by the average tourist.

Price Range: $$$

The Catacombs

The early Christians created the Catacombs, a network of underground corridors. We will show you the best of them!

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London
Paris
Venice
Florence
Rome

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.

Venice

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Venice, ItalyMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Venice. 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 Venice and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Venice 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 Venice

Hi! Monograms Guests, you can call me "Grace" or my Italian name "Graziella." After studying foreign languages in schools abroad, I started my career working on a cruise ship and travelled around the world. I continued as a tour guide around Europe and Morocco until I came back to my hometown of Venice to be a Monograms Local Host. I feel so lucky to work in this magical place, where everything provides our guests with unique emotions - from the canals, monuments, and the lagoon itself, to the colors, perfumes, and music on the Piazza. The splendor of the past and its traditions are all to be shared with my guests who enjoy it very much.

St. Mark's Bell Tower

Travel to the top for an unrivalled view of Venice and its surroundings. The tower is 323 ft. (98.6m) tall, and stands alone in a corner of St Mark’s Square.

Squero di San Trovaso

A characteristic boatyard (squero) dating back from the 17th century on the rio (small canal), of San Trovaso. It's one of the last traditional squeri still constructing gondolas.

Burano Island, Lido Island, Saint Elena Island

Burano Island, Lido Island, Saint Elena Island: Burano Island, in the Venetian lagoon, is made of picturesque canals lined with brightly colored houses. The island is famous for its artisan lace makers and there's a Lace Museum, as well as shops selling lace. The Lido Island offers small canals, a variety of dining and impressive views of the city from across the Lagoon. Lido is the beach of Venice and is famous for its Movie Festival. Sant'Elena Island lies at the eastern tip of the main island group and was centered on the Church of Sant'Elena and its monastery.

Museums

Palazzo Mocenigo houses a history of Venetian fashion and perfume. Accademia Gallery contains works by Tintoretto, Bellini and Carpaccio. The Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal, houses one of the most important collections of American and European Modern Art. Ca'Rezzonico is home to a collection of 18th century Venetian furnishings and paintings. Jewish Museum: visit the Jewish Ghetto dating back to the early 16th century, its Museum exhibits traditions of goldsmith's and textile arts. The Arsenal and Naval History Museum founded in 1104, houses a fascinating collection of model ships, including the amazingly lavish ceremonial Doges' barge, the Bucintoro.

Churches

Venice has a wealth of churches showcasing fine religious art and historic testimony. Here is a selection of the most famous which are well worth a visit. Basilica of San Giovanni e Paolo: after the 15th century funeral services of all Venetian Doges were held here, and 25 Doges are buried in the basilica. Church of San Rocco: holds paintings by Venetian artist Tintoretto (1519-1594), and was one of The Plague sanctuaries. Santa Maria Formosa: built in 1492 on the site of a church dating from the 7th century where the Virgin Mary was believed to have appeared. Santa Maria dei Miracoli: known as the marble church, was built in 1481 and is one of the finest examples of early Venetian Renaissance architecture. Basilica of San Pietro di Castello was the city's cathedral, serving as its spiritual and religious administration center. San Giorgio Maggiore: located on St. George Island, houses paintings by famous artists, including Tintoretto.

La Fenice Theater

Visit one of Italy's most famous theaters, the reconstructed La Fenice is famed for its acoustics. The world was stunned when it was destroyed by fire; millions of dollars were raised and stars such as Luciano Pavarotti and Woody Allen offered their support for the reconstruction.

Murano Island and Traditional Gifts

Murano, the center of the Venetian glass blowing industry for more than 1,000 years, is also known for its Glass Museum and the Byzantine church, Santi Maria e Donato with its beautiful mosaic floor. Venetian shopping specialties include Murano glass crafts and glass pearls, lace, carnival masks, and unique Christmas gift calendars.

Venetian Fabric

Fortuny’s showroom on Giudecca collects and displays the company’s mementos, textiles and other works, plus carries a range of products, including pillows, accessories, and fabric. Fabrics made by the prestigious firm, Bevilacqua, have been used to decorate the Vatican, the Royal Palace of Stockholm, and the White House. Master artisans still weave the fabrics in Venice on 18th-century wooden looms, and the front-room display is just a sample of their artistry.

Carnival Costumes

Atelier Nicolao is in the very heart of the city, and here deft and expert fingers create unique and wonderful costumes that are appreciated all over the world. The Nicolao Atelier has become a point of reference for theatre, opera, films and historical parades and processions.

Venetian Cuisine

Sample “cicchetti” which are various small snacks or side dishes, typically served in traditional "bàcari" (cicchetti bars or osterie). Some classic Venetian dishes are Sarde in Saor, (sweet & sour sardines), Bigoli in Salsa (pasta in a salted sardine & onion sauce, one of the oldest recipes of Venice), famous Risi e bisi (rice & peas), Baccalà Mantecato (a creamy soft mousse-like cod), Pasta e Fagioli (pasta & beans), Fegato alla Veneziana (liver cooked with onions) and to satisfy your sweet tooth, the traditional Carnival Frittelle (little sweet fried dumplings) and Tiramisù.

Harry's Bar, Caffè Florian

Harry's Bar was one of Hemingway's favorite haunts, see where the novelist created his signature cocktail … made of 15 parts gin to 1 part vermouth! Or try its world famous "Bellini". Stop for a drink at Caffè Florian, situated in the shadows of San Marco and listen to its orchestra.

Verona, Padua and the Dolomites

If you have already visited Venice, take advantage of its excellent location to visit nearby mainland areas such as Verona, Padua and the Dolomite mountains.

2018: Biennale of Architecture

Freespace is the theme of the Biennale Architettura 2018. See examples, proposals, elements - built or unbuilt - of work that exemplifies essential qualities of architecture which include the modulation, richness and materiality of surface; the orchestration and sequencing of movement, revealing the embodied power and beauty of architecture. Architecture Exhibition that will take place from May 26th to November 25th 2018.

Florence

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Florence, ItalyMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Florence. 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 Florence and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Florence 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 Florence

Born in Holland, with a passion for art history, fashion, and Italy, Florence was a natural draw for Helma. She now has several years of local tourism experience, and is a licensed guide. She is very happy to welcome Monograms guests to the Cradle of the Renaissance.

PIAZZALE MICHELANGELO AND SAN MINIATO AL MONTE

Enjoy a sensational view over the "cradle of the Renaissance" from Florence's most panoramic square located high on a green hillside overlooking the city. A little further up the hill, see the beautiful basilica San Miniato al Monte where the Benedictines built a church in honor of St. Mennas.

THE CATHEDRAL OF SANTA MARIA DEL FIORE (DUOMO)

Better known as the ‘Duomo’ – it not only dominates the skyline but also represents the geographical, cultural and historical center of the city. Visit Brunelleschi's spectacular, 37,000-ton dome and climb Giotto's bell tower “the Campanile” – three-floors with 414 steps.

CHURCH OF SAN LORENZO

See Brunelleschi's early-Renaissance masterpiece and the mausoleum of the Medici family, built by Michelangelo, in the New Sacristy.

CHURCH OF SANTA CROCE

Built towards the end of the 13th century by the great architect Arnolfo di Cambio, this Franciscan basilica is a highlight of the specifically Italian architecture of the Gothic style. Wander along the three wide naves enriched by Galileo's and Michelangelo's tombs, and admire works of the Early Florentine School from Giotto and his followers in the transept chapels.

CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA NOVELLA

Enjoy the harmony of this medieval architectural jewel. Built in 1246 by the Dominicans, its beautiful arcades and its incredible vaults preserve works by many Renaissance artists.

MODERN ART

While the art scene in Florence is destined to be more classic than contemporary, modern art is alive and well. Many of the contributions come from the restaurants, bars and hotels that show the work of local and international artists. Astor Caffè, Rex Café, and Gallery Hotel Art are among those putting on regular, gallery-worth exhibitions.

CENTRAL MARKET

Florence's bustling Central Market (better known as the Mercato Centrale) is a fascinating place to visit, especially for foodies. Located in a towering cast-iron building dating from 1874, its entrances are often obscured by the stalls of the San Lorenzo market that line the streets outside (the San Lorenzo stalls feature crafts, leather clothing, shoes, souvenirs, etc). Inside the market are a myriad of vendors dedicated to the primary ingredients of Tuscan cuisine.

MUSIC IN FLORENCE

Numerous churches offer concerts and opera performances throughout the year. Try St Mark’s English Church or some grander settings which include the magnificent Chiesa di Orsanmichele and the gorgeous 12th-century Chiesa di Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio. Stop at Santa Maria dei Ricci for the daily organ concert. Ask your Local Host for more information.

OLD PHARMACY OF SANTA MARIA NOVELLA

The pharmacy/museum displays the results of more than 800 years of work by Dominican monks. Following centuries-old formulas, the officina sells ancient remedies and tonics alongside hand-molded soaps and perfumed powders.

FLORENTINE FASHION AND SHOPPING

Florentine leatherwork, gold jewelry, Italian craftwork, and art books are great gifts to take home. Florence is also famous for its out-of-town fashion outlets, but if you only have time to do one, visit the ‘Mall’- just a half-hour drive from the city, it is home to many designer names and discounts.

TUSCAN FOOD SPECIALTIES

Specialties to try include succulent bistecca fiorentina (Florentine steak); pappa al pomodoro (local bread and tomato soup); ribollita, (cabbage and bean soup); and biscottini di Prato con vin Santo (a special cookie and white wine) to finish off your meal. Sip Chianti wine, Brunello di Montepulciano, or the Super Tuscans.

Rome

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Rome and Italy. 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 Rome and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Rome 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 Rome

Welcome to Rome, the city of all time and of the world. I’m Oana and it will be my great pleasure to assist you with your discovery of this city of treasures. Rome was a captivating subject of my studies and a dream destination during my early travels, it became my home almost two decades ago and remains my favourite place to explore during my time off. Let me share my city’s secrets, hidden corners, flavours and perfumes with you.

Bocca della Verità

Find it in the portico of the Santa Maria church and dare to put your hand in the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) - the marble disk presumed to be the face of a river god that, legend has it, will bite off a liar’s hand.

Ara Pacis

The Ara Pacis Museum was designed by the international architect Richard Meier and houses the Ara Pacis, the 2,000 year-old “Altar of Peace” that was used (paradoxically) for sacrifices. It is a commanding work of Roman art and architecture that had been lost to civilization for centuries.

Capitoline Museums

The creation of the Capitoline Museums can be traced back to 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a group of bronze statues of great symbolic value to the people of Rome. The collections are closely linked to the city of Rome, and most of the exhibits come from the city itself.

Jewish Synagogue & Museum

The synagogue was built from 1901 to 1904 on the banks of the Tiber, overlooking the former ghetto. The eclectic style of the building makes it stand out, even in a city known for notable buildings and structures. This attention-grabbing design was a deliberate choice made by the community who wanted the building to be a visible celebration of their freedom and to be seen from many vantage points in the city. The aluminum dome is the only squared dome in the city and makes the building easily identifiable even from a distance. Also visit the small museum nearby which depicts Roman Jewish life and ritual.

Marcellus Theater

The Theater of Marcellus is an ancient open-air theater built in the closing years of the Roman Republic where people were able to watch performances of drama and song. In the 12th-century the Theater was turned into a fortress. In 1368 it was acquired by the Savelli family and later transformed into a building with private living quarters. A part of the exterior of the original theater is now visible. The Theater is one of the oldest preserved examples of an entertainment venue from ancient Rome.

Gianicolo Hill

This is known as the city of seven hills, but actually Rome has more than that. Indeed, the Gianicolo (or Janiculum), the hill that affords the best view of Rome, is west of the Tiber and outside the ancient city, so it's not counted among the ancient seven. The panorama and the silence from the top take your breath away. At noon, the quiet is momentarily broken by a single cannon shot, to mark the exact time, a tradition that dates back to the 19th century. Busts of some of Italy’s modern heroes are scattered along the pathways, and looming over everything is a gigantic statue of the great bearded hero Giuseppe Garibaldi on horseback.

Via Condotti

It begins at the foot of the Spanish steps and is named after conduits (channels) which carried water to the Baths of Agrippa. Today, it is the street which contains the greatest number of Rome-based Italian fashion boutiques. Antico Caffé Greco, a historic landmark café, was established at Via dei Condotti 86 in 1760, and attracted figures such as Stendhal, Goethe, Byron, Liszt and Keats. Today, Caffe Greco remains a haven for writers, politicians, artists and notable people in Rome. Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of the radio, lived at Via dei Condotti 11, until his death in 1937.

Roman Cuisine

When in Rome, you should do as the Romans do by eating some of the city's typical dishes. Try pizza alla Romana (thin crusted white pizza brushed with olive oil & rosemary); pasta cacio e pepe (pasta in a creamy olive oil, pecorino cheese and black pepper sauce); pasta e ceci (pasta and chickpeas soup); carciofi alla Giudia (fried artichokes), saltimbocca alla Romana (Veal scallops), and for dessert: Maritozzi (soft buns with raisins and candied orange peels), crostata di ricotta (kind of cheesecake made with fresh ricotta and candied fruits), Ciambelle al vino (hard doughnut-shaped cookies to be dipped in wine at the end of the meal). And don’t forget to sample the most famous delicate, white wine of the region -Frascati - produced in the nearby Roman Hills, perfect with fish, appetizers and fresh cheeses.

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Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $244. Required intra-vacation air segment: Paris/Venice. Air prices were effective on September 12, 2018 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.

Upgrade to Standard Premier on Eurostar train London-Paris: $178

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).