Monte Carlo, Monaco
An intimate enclave of castles and mansions perched high on a sun-washed ledge above the blue waters of the Mediterranean, the mile-wide principality of Monaco is the glittering jewel of the French Riviera. At its heart is the glamorous city of Monte Carlo, playground of the rich and famous. World-renowned for its chic gambling casinos, luxurious hotel and beach resorts, and elegant restaurants and boutiques, Monte Carlo rose to fairy tale stature in the 1950's with the romance and wedding of its sovereign ruler, Prince Rainier II, to Hollywood movie star Grace Kelly, the much beloved Princess Grace of Monaco.
Read Shore Excursion Manager Rob Roberts', most memorable travel experience: being part of the launch of the Grand Princess and his first glimpses of iconic destinations in the Mediterranean.
The Royal Palace
The city's most dazzling residence and home to the Grimaldi family of Prince Rainier and the late Princess Grace. The majestic Italianate structure features distinctive pink walls and is a source of pride for its citizenry.
Tomb of Princess Grace
St. Nicholas Cathedral, an imposing building in the Byzantine-Renaissance style, is where the storybook wedding of the Prince and Princess took place in 1955, and is now the hallowed site of her tomb.
The spectacular Grand Casino is is not just a gambling establishment, but a glimpse of the playground of the rich. Soak up the ambiance of its belle epoche salons and gaming rooms, and stroll the casino's exotic and colorful public gardens.
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