15-Nights London, Paris, Venice, Florence & Rome
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!Included Features:Guided sightseeing; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE. ALSO INCLUDED: personal headset for included city sightseeing in Venice, Florence & Rome; shopping discounts in Paris; entrances to the Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums in Venice.
15 nights from $3983 per person
Paris, world capital of art and culture, gathers some of the most famous museums and monuments in the world. Like all the world's great capitals, Paris lives at a fast pace, by day, by night and especially at rush hours. Bear in mind that museums and monuments are often less crowded during the week. Sights that should not be missed include: The Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay. Visit any of the many others according to your tastes and interests: the Musee Picasso, Musee Rodin, Musee Carnavalet, Musee Marmottan and the Arab Institute are just a few. Essential Paris monuments are the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe or the Grande Arche de la Defense.
London is undoubtedly one of the world's finest cities. In addition to numerous monuments from its more glorious past, London is equally well-known for its pageantry and tradition. London has something for everyone - wide boulevards buzzing with excitement far into the night, quiet squares and explorable alleyways. Visit this famous city's parks, museums, galleries, monuments, abbeys and churches, skyscrapers and ruins, Georgian squares. Take in such events as the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower, or the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, or even one of the many theatrical productions. Some of the most exclusive shops are found along Oxford, Bond and Regent Streets. An old favorite and one of the world's premier institutions is Harrods - offering everything from Chanel suits and sliced salmon to caviar and even pets.
Sprawled across seven legendary hills, romantic and beautiful Rome was one
of the great centers of the ancient world. Although its beginning is shrouded
in legend and its development is full of intrigue and struggle, Rome has always
been and remains the Eternal City.
Rome enjoyed its greatest splendor during the 1st and 2nd centuries when art
flourished, monumental works of architecture were erected, and the mighty Roman
legions swept outward, conquering all of Italy. These victorious armies then
swept across the Mediterranean and beyond to conquer most of the known world.
With Rome's establishment as capital of the western world, a new ascent to glory
Today's Rome, with its splendid churches, ancient monuments and palaces, spacious
parks, tree-lined boulevards, fountains, outdoor cafes and elegant shops, is
one of the world’s most attractive and exciting cities. Among the most famous
monuments is the Colosseum. As you walk its cool, dark passageways, imagine
the voices that once filled the arena as 50,000 spectators watched combats between
muscled gladiators and ferocious animals.
Stop to see the remains of the Forum, once the city's political and commercial
center. In later times, Rome's squares were enhanced with such imposing structures
as the Vittorio Emanuele Monument and grandiose fountains like the Fontana di
Trevi. Join the millions who stand in awe of Christendom’s most magnificent
church and admire the timeless masterpieces of Michelangelo's frescoes in the
Rome jars the senses and captures the soul. Grasp all you can during the short,
precious time you have available in the Eternal City. With so much to see and
do, a day or two will only allow you a sampling of the city's marvelous treasures.
Caution: As in many big cities and tourist destinations purse snatching
and pickpocketing is common. Valuable jewelry and excess cash are best left
in a safety deposit box in your hotel.
Shopping For most visitors shopping for beautiful Italian leather articles,
designer shoes, fashions for men and women, linens, knitwear, silk scarves and
ties is a favorite pastime. Except for tourist-oriented shops, the majority
of stores are closed on Sundays. Some of the department stores, such as Rinascente,
open in the late afternoon on Sundays.
Cuisine Rome's choice of restaurants is mindboggling as is the variety
of cuisine. Whether your meal is at a top-rated restaurant or a rustic trattoria,
you can be sure that you will enjoy your food, especially when accompanied by
wines from the hill towns surrounding Rome.
Other Sights Rome's attractions are endless, and depending on how much
time you have at your disposal a careful selection has to be made about what
to see. Be aware of horrendous traffic conditions and major construction work
all around the city in preparation of Jubilee 2000, the Holy Year. Some of the
sights not to be missed:
Piazza Venezia - This busy square is easily recognized by its imposing Vittorio
Emanuele II Monument. The white marble structure was inaugurated in 1911 as
a symbol of Italy’s unification.
The Forum - Once the civic heart of ancient Rome, today the remains include
a series of ruins, marble fragments, isolated columns and some worn arches.
Colosseum - No visit to Rome is complete without a stop at this awe-inspiring
theater, which is among the world’s most celebrated buildings. Here ancient
Rome flocked to see gladiatorial contests and numerous other spectacles.
Trevi Fountain - Take a stroll to Rome's famous fountain. A spectacular fantasy
of mythical sea creatures and cascades of splashing water, the fountain is one
of the city's foremost attractions. Legend has it that visitors must toss a
coin into the fountain to ensure their return to Rome.
St. Peter's Square - Part of Vatican City, this square created by Bernini
is considered one of the loveliest squares in the world. Twin Doric colonnades
topped with statues of various saints and martyrs flank either side of the square.
In the center stands an 84-foot obelisk, brought from Egypt in 37 A.D.
St. Peter's Basilica - At the head of the square stands Christendom's most
magnificent church, which was begun in 1452 on the site where St. Peter was
buried. Throughout the following 200 years, such Renaissance masters as Bramante,
Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini worked on its design and created an unparalleled
masterpiece. Of special note are Michelangelo's Pieta and the bronze canopy
over the high altar by Bernini. The immense dome was designed by Michelangelo.
Vatican Museum - To see this museum's immense collection would take days.
As you enter, there are special posters that plot a choice of four color-coded
itineraries. They are repeated throughout the museum and are easy to follow.
It is a good idea to pickup a leaflet at the main entrance and concentrate on
exhibits of major interest. Of course, the Sistine Chapel is a must. Most likely
you may have to wait in line to enter.
With a great historic past and incomparable art treasures, Venice is renowned as one of the world’s great cities. Its 118 islands are separated by more than 150 canals and spanned by 400 bridges. During Venice's artistic golden age many magnificent structures were erected to create world-famous masterpieces. One of the best sightseeing routes is along Grand Canal, with many palaces lining the famous waterway. St. Mark’s Square offers access to some of Venice’s most famed attractions - St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. From Piazza San Marco, a maze of narrow streets are lined with shops, cafés and restaurants. A popular pastime is sitting at an outdoor café facing the square while people-watching and letting the whole marvelous scenario unfold. Venice’s Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands comprise an area famous as home of Venice’s glass-blowing industry and known for their charm, skilled lace-making and medieval monuments. Relax on a gondola ride, see art treasures in museums, churches and palaces, and have a sumptuous meal - all in this incomparable city.
The creative explosion of the Italian Renaissance happened right here, leaving petite Florence more art treasures than most national capitals. View the masterworks of local heroes like Michelangelo and Botticelli, visit countless unforgettable basilicas, then climb up into Brunelleschi's soaring dome to watch the sun set among cypress-clad Tuscan hillsides.
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