Monograms invites you to travel the world independently, with expert help.
January Wanderlist with Monograms
There are different ways to travel. You can choose to go with a group ... You can choose a do-it-yourself vacation... Or, you can choose something in-between. Something that’s better than going it alone. It’s called Monograms and there’s nothing else like it. Monograms invites you to travel the world independently, with expert help.
An award-winning travel company, Monograms has put together a robust portfolio of incredible vacations around the globe. From vacation planning to on-trip logistics – including your own onsite Local Host® – Monograms is with you every step of the way.
3 NIGHTS DUBLIN & 3 NIGHTS LONDON (DD)
When Irish Eyes are Smiling...such a lovely song, don’t you think? And why are Irish eyes smiling? Because Monograms has made it easy to travel to Dublin to visit the Irish! We’ve handled the details for your travels to London, too. In fact, on this 7-day vacation to Dublin & London, we've arranged your hotel reservations, daily breakfast, transportation between Dublin & London with transfers, and guided sightseeing in both cities. We've also arranged for you to have the services of a Local Host®—someone who is there to give local insights, answer questions, offer suggestions, and help your vacation run smoothly—in both Dublin and London.
Your vacation begins when you arrive in Dublin, where we can pick you up at the airport and whisk you seamlessly to your selected hotel. There, your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and a set of materials to familiarize you with the city and help you personalize your vacation. The next day, after included breakfast, we will pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing with a local expert, someone who will share the inside stories that only locals know. Your sightseeing includes a visit to the Old Library at Trinity College, where you will see the famous 1,200-year-old Book of Kells, a 9th-century gospel manuscript. In London, sightseeing with a local expert features the must-see attractions, such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, as well as a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral, the marriage site for Lady Diana and Prince Charles. We will also take you to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Monograms sightseeing includes VIP access to your inside visits, so rather than wasting time waiting in line, you'll be up close with the attractions.
On the third day in each city, you will have a full day to explore on your own (with the support of your Local Host). In Dublin, you may want to visit the Guinness Storehouse; wander along Grafton Street, the pedestrian street where you will find some of Dublin's best shopping, cafés, and street performers; visit the James Joyce Museum; or take an excursion to the Boyne Valley, home of ancient burial grounds, and Newgrange, the UNESCO World Heritage Site dating to 3200 BC. In London, perhaps visit the Tower of London, built by William the Conqueror in 1066-1067; take a day trip to Paris via the Eurostar train; enjoy ale at a local pub; ride a double-decker bus; or take a cruise on the Thames River. Your Local Hosts will have plenty of suggestions and can help you arrange the activities you desire.
And did we mention we've included travel by air between Dublin & London, along with transfers to/from the airports, in your package? Between the transportation and transfers we've included, the guides and sightseeing we've arranged, and the hotels we've booked, all you have to do is pack and have fun! We've handled all the details and stress—plus arranged for you to have a Local Host in each city to help you feel at ease—so your vacation can be what you want it to be.
Monograms provides travellers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Dublin, Ireland. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Your Local Host® will share local Dublin 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®
Damien is a native of Dublin and a qualified National Tourist Guide. He has been working for the Globus family of brands for more than 15 years and he knows his hometown, as well as the rest of Ireland, inside out.
CHESTER BEATTY LIBRARY
This award-winning library and art museum is housed in the 18th century Clock Tower building. It contains the personal collection of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, a wealthy American miner who bequeathed it to the Irish public. It houses a collection of rare art and religious manuscripts from Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Formally known as The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, it is the elder of the capital city's two medieval cathedrals, the other being St. Patrick's Cathedral and it has a rare (for Ireland) crypt filled with interesting artifacts.
The Dublinia exhibition covers the formative period of Dublin's history from the arrival of the Anglo-Normans in 1170 to the closure of the monasteries in the 1540s. There are many exhibits here which include videos, models and reconstructions. The ground floor houses a large-scale model of Dublin around 1500, a display of artifacts from Wood Quay, and reconstructions.
DUBLIN CITY GALLERY THE HUGH LANE
The Hugh Lane Gallery houses exceptional 20th-century art by Irish and European painters, including Francis Bacon, whose studio was transferred from Reece Mews in London in 2001 and provides exciting insight into the artist's life, inspirations, unusual techniques and working methods.
DOHENY AND NESBITT PUB
Dublin is filled with over a thousand pubs, most of them fairly noisy and boisterous. If you're looking for a pub where you can actually have a conversation, head to the intimate journalists' haunt of Doheny and Nesbitt on Baggot Street, which dates back to the late 1800s.
Along this pedestrian street, you'll find some of Dublin's best shopping, street performers and musicians, not to mention the renowned Bewley's Oriental Café. Step in and indulge in freshly brewed coffee and delicious pastries.
IFC (IRISH FILM CENTRE)
Independent film buffs will enjoy the two art-house cinemas and comprehensive bookshop in the Temple Bar district. The café/bar/restaurant is worth visiting in its own right, if only to marvel at the award-winning architecture.
JAMES JOYCE MUSEUM
Visit the James Joyce Tower, one of a series of Martello towers built to withstand an invasion by Napoleon, which now houses a museum devoted to the life and works of the great Irish writer. The tower was also the setting for the first chapter of his masterpiece, Ulysses.
Built in 1792, Kilmainham Gaol is Ireland's most famous disused prison. It held throughout the years many famous Nationalists and Republicans in members of the Society of United Irishmen (1798), Young Irelanders (c1840s), Fenians and Land agitators, Parnell, Davitt. The leaders of the 1916 Ester Rising were executed here. Kilmainham Gaol was closed in 1924. This building gives a good insight into the history of Irish Republicanism.
This Dublin watering hole in the Clarence Hotel, owned by U2's Bono & The Edge, attracts a nice mix of locals, residents, tourists and the odd celebrity. Take in the relaxed atmosphere while enjoying one of their famous cocktails.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND
The collection includes over 2,500 paintings and some 10,000 other works in different media including watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture. The gallery's highlights are the Yeats Museum, and works by Vermeer, Caravaggio, Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND
Walk into the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street and you are magically transported back in time; a short stroll will take you all the way back to 7,000BC. The new and fascinating Kingship & Sacrifice exhibition centers on a number of recently found bog bodies dating back to the Iron Age.
Admire the city's largest square, framed on three sides by beautifully maintained Georgian houses. Oscar Wilde, whose statue reclines on a rock at the north-west corner of the park in the middle of the square, lived at No. 1, W.B. Yeats at No. 82 Merrion Square.
AFTERNOON TEA AT THE LORD MAYOR'S LOUNGE
Sink into a deep armchair at the Lord Mayor's Lounge at The Shelbourne Hotel, overlooking St. Stephen's Green, for an afternoon of tea and pastries. Even the teabags are special, they are sheathed in fine silk rather than paper or cotton.
ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL
Built in honor of Ireland's patron saint, Saint Patrick's Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. The cathedral is today the National Cathedral for the Church of Ireland (Anglican).
THE IVEAGH GARDENS
The Iveagh Gardens is one of the finest and least known of Dublin's park and gardens. Located south of St. Stephen's Green, you will find a beautiful spot secluded from the city noise and bustle. The gardens feature a box hedge maze with sundial, rustic grotto and water cascade, archery grounds and woodlands.
ST. STEPHEN'S GREEN
Take a break in St. Stephen's Green, the inner-city public park, laid out in 1880 at the initiative of Sir Arthur Edward Guinness, a member of the Guinness brewing family. The Victorian park is a sanctuary from the bustle of the city streets with tree lined walks, shrubberies, colourful flowerbeds, herbaceous borders and an ornamental lake. In the summer months you can also enjoy lunchtime concerts.
TEMPLE BAR AREA
Immerse yourself in Dublin's cultural quarter! Along its narrow, cobbled streets between the Bank of Ireland and Christ Church Cathedral, you will find many Irish cultural institutions as well as outdoor cafés, hip restaurants, unusual shops and some of the city's best night spots.
Monograms provides travellers 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
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.
THE DORCHESTER HOTEL
For afternoon tea, why not nip over to the Dorchester? Winner of the 2007 Tea Council's award for Finest Afternoon Tea, this hotel definitely keeps with tradition. Remember, the dress code is smart.
VINOPOLIS: CITY OF WINE
Interactive learning at its best. Wander the airy vaults of this cellar and listen to the history of wine while sipping on the matter at hand. A museum never tasted so good.
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, and you'll be glad to step soundly back into the 21st century.
It'd be a shame to leave London without sampling its celebrated Indian cuisine. From tandooris to saffron fish tikka, there's something for everyone at the Red Rose, smack dab in the middle of town. To test your tongue's pain tolerance, try the hotter than hot Harry Mirch Chicken.
BRAMAH TEA AND COFFEE MUSEUM
Tea and coffee connoisseurs will find this small museum fascinating, in which the story of London's premier caffeinated beverages unfolds. Stop by the museum café for a wide selection of the museum's subjects.
Take a vacation from the city without leaving it. Meadows, hills, woods and ponds sprawl across this 791-acre park. Wander nearby cobblestone streets to lose all sense of time as pristine Georgian cottages and gas lamps galore light your path.
This charming 17th-century inn is one of West London's favorite watering holes. Tucked away down a tiny alley, this historical pub serves excellent fish and chips and is an ideal place to while away a lazy afternoon.
CHELSEA FOOTBALL CLUB - STADIUM TOURS
You probably know Chelsea as home to one of Britain's top football clubs. The Chelsea FC stadium tour offers a unique glimpse inside the very heart of Stamford Bridge where you can visit the world class changing rooms, be the manager in the dug-out, walk up the players' tunnel and see some of the best views of the stadium. Make sure you bring your camera!
THE SAATCHI GALLERY
Housed in the former military barracks of the Duke of York's Headquarters, you find 70,000 square feet of contemporary art exhibition. The former ad man Charles Saatchi champions young artists and many of them are unknown when first exhibited, not only to the general public but also to the commercial art world.