Monte Carlo is the playground of the rich and famous. Sleek yachts grace the harbor. Boutiques offer the latest fashions from the most prestigious couturiers in Europe. Cafés, cabarets and the elegant Casino throb with nightlife. Monte Carlo is also the modern district of the principality of Monaco, sitting atop a promontory above the old port of Monaco and its dazzling harbor. Monte Carlo sprang to life with the opening of the Casino, designed by Charles Garnier, whose credits include the Paris Opera.
Monte Carlo lies at the heart of the Riviera. Stunning scenery and charming seaside resorts are to be found in either direction along the three Corniches.
Note: On occasion Monte Carlo is an anchorage port. If at anchor, passengers transfer to shore via ship's tender.
Saint Nicholas Cathedral is built on the site of a 13th-century church and the last resting place of Princess Grace. Located in the heart of the old city, it was consecrated in 1875.
Monaco is the world's second smallest country, and the Royal Palace is the jewel in the crown. Monaco is home to the glamorous Grimaldi family, who have opened the doors to their ornate Prince palace.
Twisting lanes and vaulted passageways make up this quaint section which dates back to the 14th century. Walking the narrow lanes is like being transported back in time and yet modern life abounds.
Monte Carlo Casino
The extravagant Monte Carlo Casino is one of the most breath-taking attractions in Monaco. Featured in many James Bond movies, notably Casino Royale, it is also on the route of the thrilling Monaco Grand Prix.
Old Town Nice
The official capital of the French Riviera, Nice is heaven for the culture buff. Nice is also home to the Museum of Modern Art and was once home to artist Henry Matisse.
The Cote d'Azur's most famous resort is home to the internationally renowned film festival.
St. Paul de Vence
The well-preserved town's 16th- and 17th-century buildings are mostly occupied by artisan workshops, art shops and elegant boutiques.
This medieval village was once a favorite destination of Walt Disney. This rocky outcrop now attracts tourists from all over the globe, many of whom visit the famous Fragonard perfume factory.