7-Day Itinerary - Departs most Sundays beginning March 19, 2017
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and someone once said, “If European cities were a necklace, Prague would be a diamond among the pearls.” That must mean Prague is a girl’s best friend, too, right? That’s why Monograms has made it easy for girls—as well as women, men, and fami-lies—to vacation in Prague. And it’s not just Prague; we’ve also made Vienna easy. On this 7-day vacation, we've arranged your hotel reservations in both cities, sightseeing, daily breakfast, transfers to/from the train stations, and transportation via high-speed train from Vienna to Pra-gue. Plus, you’ll have the services of a Local Host®—someone who will offer you suggestions, answer questions, help you navigate the cities, and make sure your vacation is all you want it to be…in both Vienna & Prague.
When you arrive in Vienna, we can pick you up at the airport so you don’t have to deal with the hassles of airport transfers. At your selected hotel, your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome, answer any questions, and give you materials to help you get settled. The next morn-ing, after included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing with a local expert. The highlight of your sightseeing tour is a visit to Schönbrunn Palace, the former sum-mer residence of the Habsburg Dynasty. You’ll stand in awe as you see the splendor and luxury in the palace. In Prague, your guided sightseeing with a local expert includes the Castle Court-yards and Staromestske Square, dating back to the 12th century. You’ll hear the inside stories of Prague's famous sights as well as what it is like to live in this city that has changed so much in recent history.
In both cities, you’ll have a full day to explore on your own. In Vienna, you may want to ride the giant Ferris wheel at Prater park; explore St. Stephen's Cathedral; visit one of the many art and history museums; shop at the Vienna Naschmarkt, a colorful market dating back to the 16th cen-tury; take an excursion to nearby Bratislava, capital of Slovakia; or enjoy a Strauss concert. In Prague, you may want to take a tour of the Jewish Ghetto; cruise on the Vltava (Moldau) River; explore Prague Castle; browse for souvenirs on Charles Bridge, one of the oldest stone bridges in Europe; or enjoy a Czech beer at a local beer hall. Your Local Hosts will have plenty of sugges-tions.
And did we mention your package includes first-class travel via high-speed train between Vienna and Prague? Between the transfers and transportation we've included, the sightseeing and guides we've arranged, and the hotels we've booked, all you have to do is make sure you bring your camera. Add the comfort of knowing you’ll have a local who speaks the language and can assist you throughout your stay, and you've got yourself a marvelous vacation!
Pricing / 2017 Departures:
- Special Welcome Dinner
- Guided sightseeing:
- Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Square & Basilica
- The Colosseum
- San Gimignano
- Wine tasting & lunch
- Guided walking tour
- Michelangelo’s David & Signoria Square
- Private Boat Ride
- Guided walking tour with headsets
- St Mark’s Square & Basilica
- Goge’s Palace & Bridge of Sighs
- Glassblower Demonstration with exclusive gift
- Farewell drink at Cafe Florian
- Full buffet breakfast daily, a 3-course welcome dinner with wine in Rome, a spe-cial lunch with wine tasting in San Gimignano and a farewell drink in Venice
DAY 1 Arrive in Rome, Italy
Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant.
DAY 2 Rome
Globus’ unique guided sightseeing includes inside visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, and monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, drive to the Roman Forum and visit the amazing COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites for those who wish to see it all.
DAY 3 Rome–San Gimignano–Florence
This morning, drive through Umbria along the Highway of the Sun north into Tuscany and its hill-clad vineyards. On your way to San Gimignano, the medieval hilltop town with its tower houses, enjoy lunch at a local farm, followed by a Chianti WINE TAST-ING. Then, time to walk through the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next is Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.”
DAY 4 Florence
During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David, admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE, and take pictures of Ponte Vecchio. Time to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce.
DAY 5 Florence–Venice Island
A spectacular drive through the wooded Apennine Hills brings you to Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT to meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE, a favorite location for many movies, and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner, and receive an exclusive gift, just for you!
DAY 6 Venice Island
Immerse yourself in the wonderful atmosphere of Venice. Wander through the narrow streets, discover Rialto Bridge, and top it all off by enjoying a farewell drink at famous CAFFÈ FLORIAN while musicians entertain you. Later, why not join an optional cruise to the charming island of Burano, followed by a delicious meal of local specialties?
DAY 7 Venice Island
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.