Shore Excursion Details

Monaco & Monte Carlo Landmarks

Villefranche, France

Monaco & Monte Carlo Landmarks

DETAILS

  • 5
    hrs Estimate Duration

See the icons of Monaco and Monte Carlo and then explore further on your own, admiring the majestic architecture and elegance of these two gems on the French Riviera.


After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a leisurely drive along the gorgeous French Riviera to Monaco. During the walking tour that follows, you will see highlights such as the monumental Oceanographic Museum, which rises out of a sheer cliff overlooking the sea. Prince Albert I founded the museum in 1910 and its aquarium is among the best in Europe.


The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is another icon. Prince Rainer III and Grace Kelly were married here in 1956 and both are buried in the church. The cream-colored facade was constructed with Italian granite starting in 1875 and it took more than 10 years to finish the entire cathedral, which is the largest in Monaco. Interior visits may not be possible if activities are taking place in the cathedral.


After free time to explore a bit further, you will continue on to Monte Carlo, driving along a section of road where the annual Monaco Grand Prix race has been held since 1929. You will notice the road is winding with hairpin turns, a signature of this Formula One race.


You will also see the grand Monte Carlo Casino, which opened in 1863. Designed by Charles Garnier, the architect behind the Paris Opera, the casino is an architectural masterpiece that may well be the most recognized building in Monte Carlo. Free time follows, after which you will rejoin your coach and return to Villefranche.


Need to Know:

Note: This tour includes approximately 90 minutes of guided moderate to strenuous walking, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. To reach the old town of Nice, guests will use escalators and elevators. In order to reach Casino Square in Monte Carlo, the walk from the parking area leads uphill and along several steps. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with walking difficulties. Suitable attire is required if visiting the Cathedral. Shoulders and knees must be covered; shorts and tank tops are not acceptable. For those who wish to visit the Casino, appropriate casual attire is required. No ripped jeans, shorts or tank tops, (view casino website for full dress code). Sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. To enter the Casino, a photo ID or a passport is required and there is an entrance fee of 10 Euros. The Casino is only open in the afternoon from 2:00 p.m. onwards. Most public restrooms are pay-for-use so it is recommended guests bring along local currency.

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ACTIVITY ATTRIBUTES

Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods of time; can involve uneven or steep terrain or swimming in a light current. Recommended only for physically fit and adventurous travelers.
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