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- You can take a break from Monaco’s lively centre by visiting Plage du Larvotto – an M-shaped beach in one of the swankiest neighbourhoods. The water’s got an inviting turquoise tint, and there’s a bank of sunloungers backed by a throng of coffee shops and restaurants. Just behind the waterfront, you’ll also find one of the world’s most expensive streets – Avenue Princess Grace.
- The Prince of Monaco’s home is as grand as you’d expect. It’s a 12th-century Genoese fort called the Palais Princier, with a Renaissance-style exterior and castle-like turrets on top. You can tour the state apartments during the summer months, and if you arrive at midday, you’ll see the changing of the guard at the palace gates.
- As far as races go, the Monaco Grand Prix is at the very top of the tree. Unlike most Formula 1 events, there isn’t a dedicated track for the annual event – instead, the drivers follow a twisting and turning course along the narrow city streets.
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On this tour, you can cover off the sights of both Monaco and Monte Carlo in one trip. After a short drive from the port to the centre of Monaco’s old town, your guide will take you on a walk around the cobblestone streets in the area. They’ll point out the grand façade of the Oceanographic Museum, the Saint Nicholas Cathedral and the Prince’s Palace along the way. You’ll then have some free time to explore, before getting back on the bus to travel to Monte Carlo. Then, it’s a 15-minute stroll up to Place du Casino – a square edged by the iconic Monte Carlo Casino, the luxurious Hotel de Paris and glass-fronted designer stores like Cartier and Piaget. Your guide will explain a little about the area, before giving you time to look around. Do a bit of window shopping, try your luck in the casino, or ogle the Ferraris and Lamborghinis parked outside, before walking to the bus for the drive back to the port.
When you think of the south of France, some of the big-hitter spots that come to mind are Nice, Monaco and Monte Carlo. On this tour, you can tick off all three in a day. To kick things off, you’ll get a coach from Monaco to Nice, ready for a walk around the old town. Your guide will be with you to point out the sights and, after, you’ll have some time to look around, or grab some lunch in one of the pretty squares. After, you’ll get back on the coach and head back to Monaco. Your time in the wealthy principality starts in the old town, where your guide will help you spot Saint Nicholas Cathedral, the Prince’s Palace and the Oceanographic Museum. You’ll have a bit of free time before going back to the coach, which you can use to look inside the cathedral, or sip a coffee in a street-side café. The final stop is at Monte Carlo’s Casino Square. Your guide will give you an overview of the area, before leaving you to explore. Walk the route of the Formula 1 race track, pose in front of the casino, or treat yourself to a cocktail at the luxurious Hotel de Paris, before getting the coach back to the port.
Today, you’ll get to see some of Nice’s standout sights during this snapshot city tour. You’ll kick things off with an hour’s journey from the port in Monaco to Nice, where you’ll hop on an eco-friendly electric trolley train. You’ll then set off for a guided drive to the city’s old quarter. On the way, you’ll travel down the Promenade de Anglais – a seven-kilometre-long road that runs along the city’s waterfront. When you arrive, you’ll have some free time to explore on your own. This 17th-century maze of cobbled streets and alleyways is filled with shops and open-air markets, which you can browse for souvenirs like bottles of red wine, ceramic bowls and olive oil sets. Architecture and history buffs can also stroll over to the Cathedrale Sainte Reparate. This Baroque national monument opened its doors in 1685, and you can snap some photos of its gold-gilded altar and artwork during your visit. When you’re done, you’ll take the trolley train back to the coach, which will be waiting to start the return journey to the port.