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About Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo is famous for the four 'G's':  the Grimaldi monarchy as well as its Grand Prix, Glamour and Gambling. The famous Grand Casino is only one of several but, if you are feeling lucky, note that it operates a strict dress code and requires all players to show passports.

The first thing you notice when you arrive is how pristine the mega-yachts look in the harbour.  This only fuels the suspicion that their owners - rather than risk going to sea - actually prefer to tie-up permanently at one of the worlds most fashionable addresses.

Monacos three main districts are all walkable from the harbour: Monaco Ville (the intriguing old town), La Condamine (business centre), and Monte Carlo (the glitzy new town). Grimaldi Prince Rainier III put Monaco on the map by marrying film star Grace Kelly in 1955 and he is now buried alongside Princess Grace in St Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco Ville.

 

Shore excursions in Monte Carlo

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Flavours of France

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Take a delightful scenic tour along the coast, enjoy a stroll around old Nice and sample some local wine and cheese.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the drive along the Middle Corniche towards Nice. Soak up the wonderful views over Cap Ferrat, Villefranche and Beaulieu.

You’ll have a panoramic drive around Nice to capture the charm and atmosphere of the French Riviera. Within the Old Town of Nice you’ll see tall houses, adorned with bright flowers and laundry which shade the streets below from the glare of the sun.

You’ll be guided through the labyrinth of narrow streets in the Old Town to a cellar, where you’ll have chance to sample some of the wonderful local cheese and wine – for a real flavour of France.

Your return drive to Monte Carlo takes you via the Lower Corniche, which runs along the beautiful coastline and the foot of the mountain slopes of the Côte d’Azur.

Essential information

This tour operates by coach and on foot. The tour involves around 1 hour of walking over flat ground and there are some steps are to be negotiated to access the cellar. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Highlights of Monaco

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

Capture the highlights and charm of the fascinating Principality of Monaco.

Many tours of Monaco and Monte Carlo involve a considerable amount of walking. Special arrangements have been made to use local city buses to transfer between attractions, allowing much of the walking to be avoided.

The narrow streets of Old Monaco and the Prince’s Palace cling together on a promontory. You’ll see Prince’s Palace Square and the Cathedral, where Prince Rainier married Grace Kelly and where they are both now laid to rest. There will be free time here for shopping.

Within the district of Monte Carlo, you’ll find the Place du Casino, a golden square boasting the Hotel de Paris, Café de Paris and the legendary Monte Carlo Casino. View the exterior of the magnificent Casino, which stands on a fine terrace surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by city bus and on foot. TThere is approximately 1½ hours of walking over some uneven ground including cobblestoned surfaces. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. There are 19 steps to reach the Cathedral. Traffic can be extremely heavy and venues may be crowded. City buses used within the Principality are designed for standing and seated occupancy. Please note that not everyone will have a seat during the short transfers. Entrance fees are not included in this tour. Please pay careful attention to the meeting times to avoid missing your transfers.

Nice and Cannes On Your Own

Activity low

Duration: 7½ hours

This transfer allows you to make the most of your day and explore 2 of the most popular resorts on the French Riviera, at your own pace.

From Monaco you will travel along the motorway to Cannes, home of the famous film festival. Your drop off point will be close to the “Palais des Festivals” and the famous and elegant La Croisette where you’ll have around 1¾ hours of free time to explore Cannes at your own leisure.

You may choose to stroll along La Croisette, which separates the town from the beaches, browse the boutiques or view the yachts and pleasure boats in the marina. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants to choose from in Cannes, where you can purchase some refreshments.

Afterwards, rejoin your escort and coach at the designated meeting point for the drive to Nice.

Your drop off in Nice is approximately 15 minutes walk from the old town and pedestrian shopping streets. The Old Town and Cours Saleya area is full of atmosphere; a network of twisting, narrow lanes and steps, where you’ll find tall houses with pastel-coloured façades, shops and restaurants. You’ll have approximately 2 hours to browse at leisure, admiring the colourful produce and specialities of Provence.

Essential information

This excursion is operated by coach and on foot. The drive between Monte Carlo and Cannes is approximately 1½ hours each way. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. Euros and major debit/credit cards are accepted. Please ensure that you note the coach departure time and meeting point and arrive in good time. This tour may run in reverse order.

Nice and Monaco Little Train

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Become acquainted with the wonderful delights of Nice and take a scenic ride around Monaco on the ‘Little Train’.

Drive along the Middle Corniche to Nice, where you can enjoy spectacular views along the Promenade des Anglais. This 3 mile-long seafront boulevard is lined with palms and flowers and follows the curve of the wonderful Bay of Angels.

You’ll have some limited free time to take in the atmosphere of the Old Town. Stroll along the beachfront promenade, browse for local specialities or souvenirs, or just relax in a nearby café.

Your tour continues with a scenic drive along the Lower Corniche from Nice to the Principality of Monaco, where you’ll board the Little Train, an effortless way to discover the old town of Monaco and Monte Carlo.

Essential information

Those booking this tour should be able to undertake an approximate 15 minute walk from the coach parking area to the Old Town in Nice and a certain amount of walking during the free time in the Old Town. Passengers are advised to purchase a drink from one of the small cafés in order to use the restroom facilities. The order of the itinerary may operate in reverse.

Nice and The Little Train

Activity lowShoppingFamily

Duration: 4 hours

Discover Nice at a leisurely pace. See the city sights; take a ride on the tourist train and a stroll in the old town.

Nice, the city widely referred to as the undisputed ‘Queen and Capital’ of the French Riviera.

Take a drive along the Promenade des Anglais, a 3-mile-long seafront boulevard with palms and flowers following the curve of the wonderful Bay of Angels.

Popular with both the young and the young-at-heart, the Little Train is an effortless way to discover Nice. Board the small tourist train for a narrated ride through Nice. See the narrow streets of the Old Town and climb up to Castle Hill Park, which provides an excellent view over Old Nice and the glittering Baie des Anges.

You’ll have some free time to enjoy the atmospheric Old Town. Stroll the beach front promenade, browse for local souvenirs or just relax in a nearby café.

Essential information

This tour involves limited walking however passengers must be able to undertake an approximate 15 minute walk from the coach parking area to the train departure point. There are some steps to negotiate, including those onto and off the coach. Passengers will also be required to undertake a certain amount of walking during free time. In order to use toilet facilities passengers are advised to purchase a drink from one of the small cafés. These are likely to be located on the basement level.

 

A selection of cruises to Monte Carlo

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