Monte Carlo, Monaco

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.

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Points of Interest

  • Saint Nicholas Cathedral
  • Prince's Palace
  • Old Monaco
  • Monte Carlo Casino
  • Old Town Nice
  • Cannes
  • St. Paul de Vence
  • Eze
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  • Saint Nicholas Cathedral

    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.

  • Prince's Palace

    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.

  • Old Monaco

    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.

  • Cannes

    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.

  • Eze

    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.

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The Rock & Royal Palace Walking Tour

3.5 hours | Monte Carlo | XMM-380
  • Saint Nicholas Cathedral
  • Old Monaco

Walk through the narrow streets of beautiful Monaco, affectionately called The Rock due to its spectacular cliff-top location high above the Mediterranean Sea. In addition to its stunning views, Monaco boasts several significant historic landmarks as well as a charming array of shops and typical French cafes best appreciated on a guided pedestrian adventure. Spend a half-day soaking up the local color, filling your camera with fabulous photographs. In Monaco, all roads lead to the Prince's Palace, the home of the royal family since the 13th century. Step inside one of the most luxurious palaces on earth, showcasing diverse architectural styles and colorful murals. You'll also see the outside of the Saint Nicholas Cathedral, the beautiful Byzantine-style church where Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier. At the conclusion of your tour, walk back to port. If you'd like to stay longer in this captivating city, you can easily make your way back to port at your leisure.

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French Riviera Drive (Guided in Japanese)

5 hours | Monte Carlo | XMM-993
  • Eze

This laid-back tour is a delightful yet gentle way of seeing the best of what the French Riviera has to offer. You will discover villages that are off the beaten track and the five hour trip starts with a motorcoach ride to Menton, the last harbor town before the Italian border. Then it's time to pause below the medieval village of Eze, traveling through many delightful villages along the way. There's a shopping stop at the Fragonard perfume factory situated near the Village of Eze and then it's on to Nice, after a ride along the port, it's time to get back on the motorcoach and head back to the pier at Monte Carlo.

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French Riviera Drive (Guided in Mandarin)

5 hours | Monte Carlo | XMM-990
  • Eze

This laid-back tour is a delightful yet gentle way of seeing the best of what the French Riviera has to offer. You will discover villages that are off the beaten track and the five hour trip starts with a motorcoach ride to Menton, the last harbor town before the Italian border. Then it's time to pause below the medieval village of Eze, traveling through many delightful villages along the way. There's a shopping stop at the Fragonard perfume factory situated near the Village of Eze and then it's on to Nice, after a ride along the port, it's time to get back on the motorcoach and head back to the pier at Monte Carlo.

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Cannes on Your Own

7.5 hours | Monte Carlo | XMM-180
  • Cannes

Movie stars, colorful yachts and a legendary film festival – nothing says glamour like the petite resort town of Cannes. Spend four hours exploring independently, seeing the sights at your leisure on this convenient tour. An air-conditioned motorcoach takes you on an approximately 1.45-hour drive into the heart of the Cote d'Azur. Enjoy plenty of time to stroll the fabled Promenade de la Croisette and explore the fashionable boutiques. Be sure to visit Le Suquet, the oldest quarter of Cannes, and immerse yourself in its labyrinth of cobbled lanes. Sample local delicacies in the marketplace, dine in a cafe. Photograph the cerulean blue domed church and bask in the sun on a free beach. From people-watching to paparazzi, Cannes makes for a most memorable day. Return to port.

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Easy French Riviera Drive (Wheelchair Accessible)

4.75 hours | Monte Carlo | XMM-291
  • Eze

This laid-back tour is a delightful yet gentle way of seeing the best of what the French Riviera has to offer. You will discover villages that are off the beaten track and the five hour trip starts with a motorcoach ride to Menton, the last harbor town before the Italian border. Then it's time to pause below the medieval village of Eze, traveling through many delightful villages along the way. There's a shopping stop at the Fragonard perfume factory situated near the Village of Eze and then it's on to Nice, after a ride along the port, it's time to get back on the motorcoach and head back to the pier at Monte Carlo.

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Eze

3.5 hours | Monte Carlo | XMM-210
  • Eze

This adventurous walking tour of Eze is certainly not for the faint-hearted as it includes a steep uphill climb to the glorious 12th century castle, battlements and gardens - but it's well worth the effort. The half-day tour starts with a motorcoach ride from the pier at Monte Carlo, that takes you along a stunning scenic road. The main attraction though is Eze, which is known as the 'eagle's nest' thanks to its lofty perch that offers stunning view of the Mediterranean and mountains. Take time to wander the narrow cobbled streets, soaking up the atmosphere, browsing the shops and many wonderful art galleries before heading out to the Galimard perfume factory for a final shop stop of the day.

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Easy French Riviera Drive

4.75 hours | Monte Carlo | XMM-290
  • Eze

This laid-back tour is a delightful yet gentle way of seeing the best of what the French Riviera has to offer. You will discover villages that are off the beaten track and the five hour trip starts with a motorcoach ride to Menton, the last harbor town before the Italian border. Then it's time to pause below the medieval village of Eze, traveling through many delightful villages along the way. There's a shopping stop at the Fragonard perfume factory situated near the Village of Eze and then it's on to Nice, after a ride along the port, it's time to get back on the motorcoach and head back to the pier at Monte Carlo.

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Old Monaco & Oceanographic Museum

3.5 hours | Monte Carlo | XMM-700
  • Saint Nicholas Cathedral
  • Old Monaco

Go back in time and under the sea on this fascinating half-day tour that takes in the best of Old Monaco on a guided walking tour and visits the renowned Oceanographic Museum. A short motorcoach drive takes you to charming Old Town. Commence with a walking tour through this open-air museum and stroll its narrow alleyways and twisting lanes. An exterior visit to the Prince's Palace is an opportunity to view the opulent abode of Monaco's longest-ruling royal family. Continue for an outside visit of stately St. Nicholas Cathedral. Enjoy free time to go inside before rejoining your group and walking to the Oceanographic Museum, which boasts a collection of natural history and marine life exhibitions, including a shark lagoon, 4,000 species of fish and 200 families of invertebrates. Reboard the motorcoach for the ride back to port.

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Old Monaco, St. Nicholas Cathedral & Monte Carlo

4 hours | Monte Carlo | XMM-200
  • Monte Carlo Casino
  • Saint Nicholas Cathedral
  • Old Monaco

Your day begins with a walk from the pier to Monaco's delightful Old Town, the ancient quarter that boasts winding narrow streets and charm in abundance. Your guide is on hand to entertain you with the history of your first photo stop, The Prince's Palace, home to the Grimaldi family. Then move on to the town's impressive cathedral, part of which is made from Italian marble, and is the last resting place of Princess Grace and her husband, Prince Rainier. With free time built into this section of the tour you will be able to browse the delightful shops, stop for refreshments or visit the Oceanographic Museum before the short motorcoach ride to Monte Carlo's opulent casino which is surrounded by impressive gardens, exclusive designer boutiques and luxury high rises. Enjoy free time at this location to buy souvenirs before heading home.

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Nice

4.5 hours | Monte Carlo | XMM-205
  • Old Town Nice

Treat yourself to this exploration of Nice, the French Riviera's capital, on a glorious half day tour that begins with an hour's open-air tram ride around Nice Old Town. With a guide on hand to make sure you don't miss a thing, revel in this leisurely journey through winding streets, past Nice Cathedral. Once back at the drop off point, your guide will introduce you to the delights of the Cours Saleya, the most traditional square in Nice, featuring shops and restaurants serving typical Nicoise cuisine. Then some free time to linger on the Place Rossetti, located in the heart of the Old Town, explore the Museum of Modern Art, or make for the Promenade des Anglaise to soak up the bustling beachfront atmosphere before heading back to port.

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Cannes, Old Monaco & St. Nicholas Cathedral

7.5 hours | Monte Carlo | XMM-110
  • Old Monaco
  • Saint Nicholas Cathedral
  • Cannes

This tour will start on foot from the port for a visit to Monaco. Then you will continue for an hour and half motorcoach ride to Cannes brings you to the first stop on this delightful guided cultural tour of two wonderful towns on the French Riviera. Explore the oldest quarter in Cannes, Le Suquet, which is a mere five minutes from our drop off point. Walk up the adorable winding lanes and admire the clock tower and church that overlooks the bay. For an injection of celebrity glitz, take a stroll along the Croisette, focal point of the world famous film festival before heading back to the bus, have lunch on your own at one of the cafes. Replenished, you will then be guided around the charming Old Town of Monaco, with opportunities to take pictures of the breath-taking Royal Palace, followed by a visit to St Nicholas Cathedral, an ornate stone building that is the religious center of Monaco.

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Best of Monaco (Guided in Spanish)

5 hours | Monte Carlo | XMM-102
  • Saint Nicholas Cathedral
  • Old Monaco

Experience the tiny principality of Monaco in all its glory and glamour as we take you back to ancient Europe combined with all the vibrancy of modern life. Monaco Old Town is just a short bus ride from the port and you will have time explore its twisting lanes and vaulted passageways, while also having the opportunity to shop, and savor the local cuisine as the day progresses. Nearby, the Prince's Palace beckons and inside, with your Guide and audio wand at hand, you will tour the impressive State Rooms and Throne Room. After a short stop back in the Old Town, and a mere 30 stone steps later, you will find yourself inside Saint Nicholas Cathedral, the 13th century church that was consecrated back in 1875 and is now the setting for all major religious events in Monaco including the weddings of its Princes.

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Best of Monaco

5 hours | Monte Carlo | XMM-100
  • Saint Nicholas Cathedral
  • Prince's Palace
  • Old Monaco

Experience the tiny principality of Monaco in all its glory and glamour as we take you back to ancient Europe combined with all the vibrancy of modern life. Monaco Old Town is just a short bus ride from the port and you will have time explore its twisting lanes and vaulted passageways, while also having the opportunity to shop, and savor the local cuisine as the day progresses. Nearby, the Prince's Palace beckons and inside, with your Guide and audio wand at hand, you will tour the impressive State Rooms and Throne Room. After a short stop back in the Old Town, and a mere 30 stone steps later, you will find yourself inside Saint Nicholas Cathedral, the 13th century church that was consecrated back in 1875 and is now the setting for all major religious events in Monaco including the weddings of its Princes.

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Nice On Your Own & Hop On Hop Off Bus

8 hours | Monte Carlo | XMM-181
  • Old Town Nice

Discover all of Nice and design your own sightseeing itinerary when you explore on the flexible and fun Hop On Hop Off bus. Begin the day with a scenic one-hour drive from port to the Côte d'Azur's capital, taking in the breathtaking scenery. Arrive at Nice, a beloved vacation destination since the 18th century noted for its spectacular views, splendid beaches, fine food, boutique shopping and plethora of cultural sights. The Hop On Hop Off bus has 14 stops, so you can tailor the day to your own pace. Audio commentary is provided while you are on the bus. A full loop is the most relaxing way to see it all, or disembark at the attractions of your choice. Top historic draws are Nice Cathedral, Castle Hill Park, the lively markets of Cours Saleya, Place Rossetti, (which can be seen during your free time and not from the Hop on Hop off Bus) and the beachfront Promenade des Anglais. Meet the motorcoach at the designated time and return to port.

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Nice & St. Paul de Vence

8 hours | Monte Carlo | XMM-160
  • Eze
  • St. Paul de Vence

This fun-filled eight-hour tour takes you through the magnificent French countryside, before arriving at St Paul de Vence, a 16th century medieval walled town. Your guide will escort you through the quaint narrow streets towards the bustling central square and you will have plenty of free time to shop and eat lunch before climbing aboard the motorcoach for the 30-minute scenic journey to Nice. This lively city, which sits in a natural amphitheater on the Baie de Anges, is the capital of the French Riviera and you will enjoy a leisurely one-hour narrated ride on the little train through the narrow streets of the Old Town. Then board the motorcoach for the return journey to Monte Carlo, via the colorful medieval village of Eze, where you will visit a nearby perfume factory.

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Discovery Family Nice & Perfume Creation

4.5 hours | Monte Carlo | XMM-600
  • Old Town Nice

The sights, sounds and scents of Nice will captivate your child's imagination on this half-day Discovery Family tour of the French Riviera's capital. Explore its Old Town and pay a very special visit to a Perfume Creation Workshop, where you'll design your own fragrance. A one-hour motorcoach drive along the legendary coastline followed by a 15-minute stroll brings you to the Molinard Perfume Boutique, established in 1849 and renowned as the region's premier parfumerie. Here, you'll learn the secrets of French perfume and watch as a mixologist demonstrates how to blend bases and essential oils to create a unique fragrant concoction. Then, mix your very own scent to take home with you. Embark on a guided walk through Old Town, and visit the Cours Saleya, a covered marketplace with colorful stalls, shops and cafes. Explore on your own, visit a museum or stroll the Promenade des Anglais for its bustling beachfront atmosphere. Return to your ship.

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Nice, Eze & Wine Tasting

8 hours | Monte Carlo | XMM-155
  • Old Town Nice
  • Eze

Board your motorcoach and enjoy views of the Mediterranean and the Cote d'Azur during your drive to Nice. Explore the heart of the old city with its elegant pastel-colored buildings and narrow lanes. Stroll the palm-lined Promenade de Anglais for views of the city and the Bay of Angels. Visit a former Dominican convent for a wine tasting featuring Provencal whites, roses and reds accompanied by cheeses and toasts. Travel the Middle Cornice to Eze, one of France's most-beloved locales, and enjoy lunch. Perched 1400 feet above the countryside, the village features a ruined castle, steep, narrow lanes and ancient stone buildings with pink tiled roofs. The village is home to boutiques, galleries, antique shops, cafes and restaurants.

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Ultimate Monaco & Villa Rothschild- A Discovery Exclusive

6.5 hours | Monte Carlo | XMM-150
  • Saint Nicholas Cathedral
  • Prince's Palace
  • Old Monaco

Your full-day Discovery Exclusive tour takes you into the heart of Monaco's Old Town and visits several picturesque highlights, including the spellbinding Villa "Ephrussi de Rothschild." Board your motorcoach to Monaco, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Ride an escalator up the cliff to Old Town Monaco, and step back in time to the Middle Ages on a guided walking tour down its twisting lanes. View the magnificent Prince's Palace, home to Monaco's longest-ruling royal family. Enjoy free time to take photographs and lunch in a lovely setting. Continue along seaside roads towards the Peninsula of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat for the opulent Villa "Ephrussi de Rothschild," the former residence of the baroness of Rothschild. Wander past the incredible opulent furnishings and priceless treasures, then step outside for the exquisite 14 acres of gardens studded with sparkling fountains. Travel a different coastal road on your return to the port.

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Segway Adventure in Nice

4 hours | Monte Carlo | XMM-400
  • Old Town Nice

Rock and roll down the streets of Nice on your eco-friendly Segway®. After a safety briefing and practice session, you're off on a fun-filled two-hour adventure for the whole family! Begin with a one-hour van ride from port to the Segway® starting point, where you'll meet your certified instructor and English-speaking guide. Then, glide down the Promenade des Anglais, a lively beachfront concourse, home to dozens of cafes, glamorous hotels and miles of sparkling shoreline. Continue on to the Cours Saley in the center of Old Town.Traverse the baroque streets of this historic city and take in the panoramic vistas. At the conclusion of this memorable experience, you will be given a diploma as a souvenir of your day to show and share your experience with family and friends. Reboard your motorcoach for the return to the ship.

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