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. </BR></BR>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. </BR></BR>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. </BR></BR>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. </BR></BR>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!</BR></BR>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!
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.
Buffet breakfast daily
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