Welcome to Monaco
On arrival at Nice International Airport you will be met by our local representative and you will be transferred to the hotel in Monaco.
The day is free, for you to explore the city at your own pace.
Monte Carlo is officially an administrative area of the Principality of Monaco, specifically the ward of Monte Carlo/Spélugues, where the Monte Carlo Casino is located
Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco, is a sovereign city-state, country, and microstate on the French Riviera in Western Europe. France borders the country on three sides while the other side borders the Mediterranean Sea. Monaco is about 15 km from the state border with Italy.
Overnight in Monte Carlo.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Head out into the luxury quarter of Monte-Carlo with your hop-on hop-off bus pass, try your luck at the Casino, and be impressed by the glass high rise buildings, amazing yachts and designer shops, you will definitely feel a part of Monaco life! If you are looking to relax in Monte-Carlo, you can find inspiration in the Japanese Garden, lie on Larvotto beach or enjoy a drink in one of the terraces overlooking the Mediterranean Sea Not to be missed is, “Le Rocher”, Monaco’s oldest quarter. Our buses lead you to the top of the rock crowned by a charming old town where you can visit the stunning Prince’s Palace of Monaco, home of the Grimaldi Royal Family and St Nicholas Cathedral. Going down the rock get off at stop 8 to visit the Oceanographic Museum and enjoy spectacular views of Monaco.
At the end of the route flower lovers may find joy at The Princess Rose Garden created as a memorial to Grace Kelly which features 4000 roses, and Formula 1 fanatics will be happy to stand at The Monaco Grand Prix race starting point at stop 11.
Feel the magic of Monaco and Monte-Carlo by night where the rich and the famous can be seen gambling and dining in the most prestigious restaurants. First discover the quiet atmosphere of the Prince's Palace area. Then experience the glamorous extravagance of Monte-Carlo by night. The Casino, the 'Hotel de Paris' & the Hermitage form an incomparable ensemble. You will enjoy free time to stroll in the streets of Monte-Carlo, have a drink or dine in one of the famous restaurants. And why not trying your luck in the Casino. You can take advantage of the many opportunities to savour the splendid atmosphere of Monaco's night life. At the end of the tour, you will be returned to your accommodation.
Today Explore French Riviera Tour via Le "Trophee des Alpes". Discover Cannes & its magnificent palaces along the Croisette boulevard: the Carlton, the Majestic or the Martinez where the stars are staying during the Film Festival. Take the opportunity to walk on the famous red carpet covering the world famous steps of the Palais des Festivals.
Follow the sea side toward Antibes and discover the old town surrounded by ramparts. They were built in the medieval period to protect the city from the barbarian invasions of the Goths, Visigoths and other Saracens.
Antibes has become a focus of contemporary art thanks to the famous Picasso painter who spent a part of his life. Also look at the Cap d'Antibes peninsula between Antibes and Juan -les- Pins, famous seaside resort.
Enjoy one of the most visited places in France: Saint Paul -de- Vence. This magnificent fortified village dating from the 11th century became over time the appointment artists painters (Chagall, Picasso, Matisse), the world of letters (Prévert, Pagnol) and entertainment (Signoret, Montand).
At the entrance of the city, right next to the old wash house of the 17th century, La Colombe d'Or boasts host the biggest names of our time and past time: Henry Matisse Roger Moore through Tony Curtis.
On the set of Le Puy, you can pay tribute to Chagall who chose to rest here with his wife and brother.
Stroll along the ramparts and cobbled streets inside the walls and discover the shops and art galleries punctuating the village.
Today explore the countryside and experience a wine tasting on this full day tour from Monaco. Towards the country side, you will start your tour by Grasse. Discover how the city once known for its production of leather, over the centuries became the world capital of perfume. Explore the old town and discover the famous perfume factory Fragonnard through a guided tour. Stroll around in the cobbled streets of the medieval village of Valbonne built in the sixteenth century under the direction of the monks of "Lérins" islands. Discover its crafts and cafes. Enjoy free time for lunch in a typical restaurant in the main square. Upriver "Le Loup" to access Gourdon, the "Eagle's Nest" overlooking the valley atop a dizzying peak of 760 meters. You will be captivated by the views all over the Cote d'Azur. Browse the village streets between old restored houses and craft shops. Admire the castle built during the thirteenth century and restored in the seventeenth century. A rectangular building which exhibits several collections: ancient arms and armor , furniture from the seventeenth century, Aubusson tapestry, sculptures. The gardens were designed by Le Nôtre. On the way back you will visit a winery located in the heart of the vineyard of Bellet above Nice. The location offers an amazing view on the sea and vines browsing the hills. A tasting of local wines will be offered.
An unforgettable memory through a different perspective on the French Riviera.
The tour starts on the scenic roads of the "Moyenne Corniche" offering a splendid view over Villefranche-sur-mer and the peninsula of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. En route to Monaco, make a first stop to discover the medieval village of Eze, one of the most picturesque sites of the French Riviera. Dating from the Middle Ages, the village was built on top of the rocky outcrop for security reasons. The walls of the twelfth century will be dismantled in 1706 by order of Louis XIV. Take the cobbled streets and reach the top where you can find today the exotic garden and the castle ruins, the view is amazing (427 meters high). Visit the famous Fragonard perfume factory down to the village. Go through the village of La Turbie, also called the "Monaco terrace" because of the panoramic view of the Principality of Monaco. Admire the ruins of an imposing monument (50 meters high): the Trophy of the Alps, dedicated to the Emperor Augustus, built 7 BC on the road that linked Italy to Cimiez (the Roman Quarter Nice) longtime ago. You will then reach the Principality of Monaco. The old town on "Le Rocher" (the rock) overlooking the sea and harbor (60 meters high), where you will discover:
- The Prince's Palace and the Changing of the Guard at 11:55. In front of the Palais du Prince, you will notice the Carabinieri Barracks. Created on the 8th of December 1817, the Carabinieri have for main missions to ensure the safety of the Royal Family as well as maintain public order.
- The Cathedral of neo-Roman style, the first stone was laid the 6th of January 1875. Entirely built in white stones from La Turbie career during the reign of Prince Charles III, it was completed on the 12th of November 1903.
You can pay tribute to the Monaco Princes and "Princess Grace de Monaco" who rest here.
- The Justice Palace was inaugurated in 1930, built in solid tufa, a porous gray stone also used to construct the walls.
- The Oceanographic Museum created there over a century by Prince Albert I of Monaco.
Reach Monte-Carlo in the most beautiful way by taking the famous Grand Prix track of Formula One. Explore Monte Carlo and discover:
- The Casino de Monte-Carlo whose construction was ordered by the Société des Bains de Mer (created by François Blanc in 1863 ) and the plans were developed in 1878 by the famous architect Charles Garnier.
- Lavish Gardens Casino.
- The Hôtel de Paris which has all the charm of the great hotels of the 19th century, the inauguration took place in 1864."
After breakfast. The day is free until checkout time. The driver will pick you up and drop you to the airport for your onward flight.
AED 9,450/- per person, prices are based on twin sharing.
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights.
Destinations: Monte Carlo.
The rates are subject to availability at the time of booking request. In the event if there are rate changes due to increase in Govt taxes, or hotel charges a surcharge, or BAR rates (Best available rates), we reserve the right to amend the rates without notice. The exchange rate is subject to change. Please ensure that you have secured the relevant visa / entry permits & valid passport. The best source of visa information is the embassy of the country itself.
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Economy class, Dubai / Nice / Dubai.
6 nights in Monaco based on twin sharing basis.
Return airport transfer in Nice on private car.
City tour in Monte Carlo, Prince’s Palace, Grimaldi Royal Family & St Nicholas Cathedral on seat in coach.
Excursion to the French Riviera, Grasse, Cote d'Azur, Eze-La Turbie on seat in coach.
Complimentary travel insurance.
All airline and hotel taxes.
Monaco- Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco, is a sovereign city-state, country, and microstate on the French Riviera in Western Europe. France borders the country on three sides while the other side borders the Mediterranean Sea. Monaco is about 15 km from the state border with Italy.
Monte Carlo is officially an administrative area of the Principality of Monaco, specifically the ward of Monte Carlo/Spélugues, where the Monte Carlo Casino is located.
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Things do & see:
Palais Du Prince-Monaco is known for being a principality and you can see this first hand at the Palais du Prince.
The palace sits high above Monaco and dates from the 13th century when it would have been a Genoese fortress.
You can visit the palace when the Prince is not in residence, and an easy way to tell is to look for the flag in the main tower. If it is raised then it means that the Prince is at home.
Highlights include the gallery modeled in the Italianate style, Blue Room-known for its blue and gold decorations, an ornate Throne Room and a Palatine Chapel.
Monte Carlo Casino-The Casino de Monte Carlo is one of the most famous casinos in the world, particularly as it was built in the flamboyant Beaux Arts style in 1893. The marble atrium is similarly lavish in style and you will find 28 onyx columns that welcome you to the Gaming Rooms. Fans of James Bond are certain to enjoy the scenery, as this is said to have been the setting for the James Bond novel Casino Royale.
Musée Oceanographique-is 90 meters above sea level and it took 11 years to construct the foundations that stop the museum toppling to the ground. It was officially opened in 1910 which makes it one of the oldest aquariums in the world and is dedicated to marine artifacts and oceanography. One of the signature sections of the museum is the collection of scientific items that date from an exploration undertaken by Prince Albert I as well as Jacques-Yves Cousteau. There are also three aquariums here including a Mediterranean Aquarium, a Tropical Aquarium, and a Shark Lagoon. There are over 6,000 marine life creatures here and 100 different pools that are designed to mimic their natural environment include reconstructed coral reefs.
Jardin Exotique-Located in Fontvieille just outside of the city center is the Jardin Exotique. This garden sits high on a towering bluff that looks out over the ocean and you will find lush surroundings coupled with stunning vistas. The garden first opened its doors in 1933 and you will find a surprising mix of plants including African and Latin American species that grow here due to the warm weather. There are 7,000 species of plants on show and you can also explore an Observatory Cave that is covered in stalactites and stalagmites.
Monaco Cathedral-stands out because of the white stones that were used in its construction. Built in the Roman-Byzantine style, the cathedral houses the remains of the former princes of Monaco including Prince Rainier.
The cathedral was built in 1875 although some of the artifacts inside are older such as an altar piece which was painted in 1500. Other items to look out for include a grand organ as well as the main throne which is carved from white marble.
Larvotto Beach-Close to the iconic Avenue Princess Grace is Larvotto Beach which is also the only public beach in the principality. The beach is surrounded by nets so that swimmers can bathe without the fear of jellyfish or if you prefer to stay out of the water then you can sunbathe on the strip of golden sand. Water sports are popular here including jet skiing and sea kayaking.
Les Jardins Saint-Martin-look over the sparkling Mediterranean Sea below and are known for a memorial statue of Prince Albert I. The gardens skirt along the coast and take you along the Le Rocher coastline. The flowers here are both indigenous and exotic thanks to the warm Mediterranean climate that helps them to grow. You can go for a wander around the gardens and check out the dainty pools, pretty fountains, and stunning views over the azure waters.
Formula One Monaco Grand Prix-Monte Carlo is known for its Formula One Races that take place every year in May.
What makes the race so special is that it cuts through the streets of the city past Boulevard Albert I and past the famous Monte-Carlo Fairmont Hotel. The race has an illustrious place in history and has been in operation since the beginning of the 20th century.
Quay Jean Charles Rey-sits on the water and is located on the other side of Le Rocher.
It is known for being a scenic place to have a drink and you will find a range of cafes and eateries overlooking the quay here including oddities like a traditional English pub. If you are looking for a good way to end a busy day in Monaco then this makes a great choice for a sundowner.
Opera de Monte Carlo-Also known as Salle Garnier, the Opera de Monte Carlo is located on the iconic Place de Casino which is the most famous spot in all of Monaco. The opera house was built in 1878 and its main performance space is covered in pretty red and gold decorations. You will also find ornate carvings here in the form of frescoes and sculptures and if you like opera, ballet, or musical concerts then don’t miss the chance to catch a show in this opulent setting.
Monaco Naval Museum-Looking over the marina in Monaco is the Monaco Naval Museum which first opened its doors in the 1990s and has a range of maritime related memorabilia including over 250 ships in model form. Many of the items on display here belonged to Prince Rainier III and were donated to the museum from his private collection. The museum takes you back in time with a look at Roman ships, traditional Viking longboats, and graceful Spanish galleons.
There is even a model of the Titanic as well as the Nimitz, a US warship that is also the largest in the world.
Monaco Harbor-Located at the base of Monaco’s famous blustery cliffs is the main harbor of Monaco.
Yachts bob on the water and the harbor, which is also known as Port de la Condamine, dates from 1901. The Prince’s main yacht is located here as well as those of many moneyed Monaco residents, so this is a top spot to check out these amazing vessels, even if you don’t get to go aboard. There are also a range of eateries and cafes here which mean that you can have a snack while enjoying the vistas over the water.
Metropole Shopping Center-Monaco is known for its opulence which also means that you can expect to find a good range of upscale shopping opportunities here. These include perfume, jewelry, and other designer and luxury goods, and one of the best places to splash some cash in Monaco is along the Avenue de Monte-Carlo. If you are looking for famous fashions then you will find these on the swish Boulevard des Moulins.
Avenue Princess Grace, named in honor of Grace Kelly, is also another good choice if you want to find some elegant clothes and accessories.
Nouveau Musee National de Monaco-Nestled inside two villas is the Nouveau Musee National de Monaco.
The villas are known as Villa Paloma and Villa Sauber and are filled with contemporary art exhibitions which include pretty paintings as well as photography. The museum also operates as a kind of conservation center and works on restoring traditional art work such as antique dolls and costumes.
Princess Grace Rose Garden-is a moving visit for anyone who was a fan of the American film star Grace Kelly, who was married to the former prince of Monaco, Prince Rainier. It was Prince Rainier III who built the garden in memory of his wife who was killed in a car crash and it first opened its doors in 1984. The park spans four hectares of land and has a dainty lake surrounded by palm trees and even an olive grove. You will also find over 8,000 rose bushes here.
Casino Square-is one of the most iconic spots in Monaco and any James Bond fans will want to make the trip here.
The square is the home of the Casino of Monte Carlo which was made famous in the book Casino Royale, but if you don’t have the cash to gamble the night away then a visit to the square is probably the next best thing.
The buildings here are all illuminated at night and include the world-famous casino as well as the Hotel de Paris and the opera house.
Collection de Voitures Anciennes-Located in Fontvielle is the Collection of Voitures Anciennes which is an exhibition featuring some of the private cars in the collection of the Prince of Monaco. There are around 100 cars and models and many of these are vintage vehicles from Europe or America. There is also a display of old fashioned coaches here and car-enthusiasts should make sure not to miss this spot off the itinerary.
Jardin Japonais-You may not think of a traditional Japanese garden when you think of Monaco but this is exactly what you will find on a bluff to the east of the principality. Here you can tour a typical Zen garden which is covered in pretty plants as well as water features and stone work. The park stretches for 7,000 meters and has an idyllic waterfall as well as a babbling brook. There is even a strip of beach here if you are looking to spend some time in one of the quieter spots in Monaco.
Musee de la Chapelle de la Visitation-Another museum located on Le Rocher is the Musee de la Chapelle de la Visitation. The spot marks the site of the Chapelle de la Visitation which is a baroque chapel that dates from the 17th century and has now been made into a museum where you can take in a range of galleries dedicated to religious art work and scripture. Some of the other highlights here include a range of paintings by some of the most famous Italian masters.
Fort Antoine-is a military fortification which has now been transformed into a stunning outdoor theater space.
In the summer months you can watch a range of performances here and the main area can seat up to 350 spectators at one time. Shows are in French although many people come here simply to spend an evening under the stars in one of the most picturesque spots in Monaco.
Moneghetti District-Monaco is located to the west of the principality and is known for its palatial villas, perfectly manicured gardens, and slanting terraces. The journey to this district is an adventure in itself and winds around roads cut into the cliff side, so it is not for the faint of heart if you suffer from vertigo. It is worth a look however if you want to see how some of the richest residents in Monaco live.
Louis II Stadium-Monaco may not seem big enough to have its own sports venue but it does in the form of the Louis II Stadium. The arena dates from 1939 and is the host of the two Monaco football teams.
It also sees international football matches and if you are in town when one of the teams is playing then this is a great experience to see some of Monaco’s sporting prowess in action.
Old Town-The Old Town of Monaco is essentially centered on ‘Le Rocher’ which means ‘The Rock’ and is a labyrinth of charming little alleyways that date from the middle ages. Here you will find a huge range of the best attractions in Monaco but also one of the nicest things to do here is to wander around and visit anything that catches your eye like small boutiques and cafes.
Le Louis XV Restaurant-As well as its wealth Monaco is also known for its fine dining which is understandable given the clientele. Some of the most expensive yet delicious food in the world can be found here and some of Monaco’s famous restaurants include the Le Louis XV Restaurant (a three Michelin starred venue) as well as the Joel Robuchon Monte Carlo which has two Michelin stars.
There are several other restaurants that have one Michelin star and if you want to splurge on a decadent meal then this is certainly the place to do it.
Fontvieille Park-eventually leads to the Princess Grace Memorial Rose garden, although it is worth a visit in its own right. The park sits on reclaimed land and is one of the best loved green spaces in the whole of Monaco. Here you will find pretty palm trees and olive groves and there are a number of lakes and ponds that attract the local fauna. Ducks and swans swim in the lakes all year round and there is an elegant Sculpture Path that spans four hectares.