Monte Carlo is fun, but was difficult for my mother to get around. The good thing is you can leave your tour (coordinate with your guide first, please!) and it's easy to get back to the ship. Fun for people watching. We had booked St Paul de Vence again as it's amazing, but we had to cancel due to mom's mobility issues. But I highly recommend that tour.
MUST SEE the changing of the guard on the hour and especially the one at NOON.
Also, the Royal Palace, the homes of Princess Caroline and Stephanie. The Cathedral de Monaco, where Prince Rainier married Grace Kelly, and are entombed.
Monte Carlo Square where the casinos are located. Costs 10 Euros to go into the hallway but proper attire is strictly enforced before (no shorts for men) and a coat and tie after 5.
Also interesting: Monaco is a principality. Looking at the high rise buildings, that is Monte Carlo. When you see houses right above the high rise, you are looking at France. To the far right, you will see the mountains of Italy. If you wish to be a resident, please submit your bank account and financial earnings to the mayor's office. Finally, like The Netherlands, Monaco actually hired a Dutch company and have reclaimed part of the Mediterranean Sea and is currently surveying for additional reclamation projects.
This only failed to get 5 stars because of the rain which was no fault of the guide but meant that we and several others opted to cut it short. However we did get an insight into the system of lifts that makes getting around the principality easier and lots of information on the royal family including Princess Grace with a visit to her tomb in the cathedral.
After this we went off on our own to escape the rain by viewing Prince Albert's large collection of cars, covering both racing and road cars of all ages.
Automotive fans will have a new attraction soon as a motor museum is currently being built along the start/finish straight of the GP circuit.
A nice tour of Monte Carlo with lovely views and a chance to see the Palace and other interesting places, including the Cathedral. Also went to the casino later and took a short taxi ride around part of the Grand Prix circuit.
The included tour was a delight. Although we chose not to go into the church, we enjoyed the well-maintained greenery and flower beds in the vicinity of the church. We had a great deal of fun exploring the paths in the park on our own as we made our way back to the ship.
We walked all around Monte Carlo by ourselves. We took the red and white tourist boat by the ship port to the casino, although the place where the boat drops you off is nowhere by the casino. We also walked from the casino to Old Town-way too much walking! Take the public bus-it takes you directly to the top of the Old Town hill. Nice scenery and shopping at the top. My husband was just amazed by the type of cars by the casino. Definitely a must do if you are interested in expensive cars.
Loved Monaco and areas within. Went to the old town, watched the changing of the guard and had lunch. Went into the Grand Casino in Monte Carlo and drank two very expensive G&T's! Also walked around the area. Lovely views and very safe to go anywhere, as hardly any crime! Tour guide very informative.
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