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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.

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 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 electric tourist train for a narrated ride through Nice. See the narrow streets of the Old Town and drive along the old port of Nice, bordered by colorful buildings, the baroque Garibaldi Square and the Promenade du Paillon gardens before you make your way back to the Promenade des Anglais.

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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