How are Monograms vacations different from Globus?
Monograms are non-escorted, independent vacations. While you purchase hotel, sightseeing, breakfast, even air and transfers as a package, you will not be traveling with a group of people. You will have access to a Local Host rather than a Tour Director. Local Hosts are available to help you make the most of your vacation. They can give you information on how to navigate local transportation, where to dine to experience local cuisine or simply insider tips on what to do, but they will not be accompanying you as you explore on your own. You do have the opportunity to purchase optional excursions from your Local Host, in which case you will travel via motorcoach and be in the company of a group for the duration of the excursion.
What are the Hotels like ?
Where you stay plays a big role in your vacation enjoyment. That’s why Monograms offers you an impressive selection of hotels that are known for great location, amenities, and service.
Monograms gives you a choice of hotel types and locations, so you can match your accommodations to your style and budget. To help with your selection, specific hotel options are listed separately for each vacation. To view your hotel choices build and personalize your vacation where you'll find hotel descriptions, location information, amenities and photos.
What kind of transportation is available
You've spent three wonderful days in city "A" but now you need to get to city "B." You get a train schedule from the front desk and try to figure out the best time to travel. Where is the train station anyway? And you'll need transportation to get you to your transportation. What if you're in Asia? You'll need a flight to get from Tokyo to Beijing. All of this sounds extremely time consuming with much room for error. But not with Monograms. When you buy a Monograms package, all intra city transportation is included in your package price, not only for a great value but for a lot less hassle while you are vacation. All aboard!!
Types of Transportation
Depending on where you going, you could be traveling on a many modes of transportation. Here’s a list of types of transportation used by Monograms:
* Trains & Rail
For example in Europe you could travel from London to Paris on the Eurostar or in Canada on the Rocky Mountaineer.
There are vacations where you’ll travel by ship, including the Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands or on Pandaw Cruise Ships in China.
* Intra-Vacation Flights
There will be times where the only way and fastest way to get to your next destination will be to fly. For example, we’ll arrange your flight from Hong Kong to Beijing or from Rio Janeiro to Buenos Aires. Monograms offers many vacations where flying from one city to another is the best mode of transportation.
* Rental Cars
With our North America Driving Vacations, you can rent a car from us to see America’s National Parks, coast around Hawaii or explore British Columbia.
Experience the spectacular landscapes that connect North America’s most popular destinations with a Monograms On The Road Driving Vacation. Renting a car is one of the best ways to explore the beauty and diversity of North America. Below is a list of Hertz vehicles to help you find the perfect-sized car for your needs.
Are Meals Included ?
Included breakfast each day (except in North America) and the flexibility of free time to experience the flavors of each destination according to your tastes. Vacations to Europe, China, Asia, South Pacific, and South America include breakfast every day. Breakfast is a buffet, full English, full Irish, full Scottish, or American (B)—the type of breakfast you’ll enjoy is listed on each itinerary page. In North America we do not include breakfast. Your Local Host can also assist in recommending local favorites or you can simply explore on your own!
Dining in Style
In general, lunches and dinners are not included in your Monograms vacation. In Europe, China, Asia, South Pacific, and South America your Local Host will have a number of suggestions for favorite nearby restaurants—after all, one of the best ways to learn about a foreign culture is to eat like the locals do! In North America, ask the concierge at your hotel for suggestions. On some travel days in remote regions, on cruises, and at some resorts we include lunches and dinners. Please check the meals section on the vacation page for a list.
Unlike an airline, we cannot process requests for special meals. While some hotels and restaurants may be able to provide for a special diet, such as vegetarian or salt-free food, there is no way for us to guarantee this. Special food usually costs extra. Please ask your Local Host for assistance.
Make The Most of Your Vacation
On a Monograms independent vacation, we’ll help you feel right at home in your destination—even if it’s your first time visiting there! Before you leave you’ll receive a trip planner, complete with key information. Then, once you arrive at your destination, friendly, professional Local Hosts are on hand to provide you with a destination guide, to offer hints and recommendations to help you get the lay of the land, and to ensure you have what you need to make the most of your time.
What’s the best public transportation for getting around town? Is there a good restaurant within walking distance of the hotel? What day is the museum closed? Your Monograms Local Host can tell you. As a live person right at your hotel, your Local Host is someone you can count on to give you a warm welcome, to share local insights and suggestions for getting off the beaten path, and to answer your vacation questions as they pop up.