If you are a self-explorer, this amazing excursion is for you! Take in all of the royal grandeur Monaco and Monte Carlo have to offer. With so many unforgettable attractions, you'll wonder where the time went!
I don't like big tours on buses preferring the private to semi-private tours but this one was pretty good. We heard about the history of the area and saw all the sites plus we were given plenty of time to explore Nice, Monaco and Monte Carlo on our own as well as a brief 10-minute walking tour with the guide.
I took the train to Monte Carlo. It was a public holiday and all the buses were free. It was great and I took #8 all about both Monaco and Monte Carlo. When I had seen the city, I took the train where I met fellow cruisers. We stopped in Nice, walking 10 minutes to the beach. We made it back to Cannes in time to amble through the streets. Sure we didn't get to see museums that were closed but we enjoyed the ambience, the sun and Cote D'Azure in a tame whirlwind and it was magic. The train takes to you all the places you hear of in songs like 'Where do you Go to My Lovely'
This was the only tour we reserved via NCL and it was the one that we least liked. The guide wasn't great. Not too much commentary and not motivated. While I rated in average, because I feel that saying poor is too harsh since we enjoyed Monaco. Monte Carlo was okay. Nice to see the expensive cars in front of the hotel & casino but other than that not much else to see or do.
Had a terrible tour guide and it was clear the driver had never driven from Cannes to Monte Carlo.
In addition, our audio guides were not functioning correctly. Many complaints from the guests and the tour guide did nothing to fix the situation.
Complained to RCL with no action on their part.
The pace was just about right so that as much as possible was covered with two slots of free time to have a coffee, a meal and look around the shops. Our tour guide was excellent and provided historical information as well as present day gossip about the rich and famous. This is a trip definitely worth doing.
Bus trip along the coastal road to Monaco. Beautiful scenery. The tour took us through the Cathedral and for a few extra euro you could go through the Royal Palace. Paid extra to go into the Monte Carlo casino. Worth spending the money
This was by far our most expensive trip for 4 adults - even though we had an under 18yr old. We even got a small drive around Cannes included. This was a tender port, so if you are not on a ship excursion you will have to que for a tender ticket. We were looking forward to this trip due to the Grand Prix circuit. We were not disappointed. The coach driver even did a start from pole position on the marked out grid! Monte Carlo was beautiful, full of rich people, every car was a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Aston Martins etc wow! We could only dream. To go into the casino there is a dress code after 12midday and you have to pay to visit the casino museum. We found out later that you can use the toilets in the foyer. The only public toilets were shut. We made our way to McDonalds to get cheap food and use the toilet.
It was fantastic walking around the Grand Prix course and as a fan found it very interesting and nice to be able to put what you see on TV into reality. Even if you are not a Grand Prix fan there is lots to see. It is very hilly and lots of steep walking. We went back on the bus to the Monaco principality which in contrast to the noisy cars around Monte Carlo was very peaceful. We were shown the palaces of the Princesses and the main palace. On the hour every hour there is a change in guard - at midday it is a bigger and longer event, it is not quite the same as the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace but it was great to see. We were also taken to the church were Princess Grace is buried and spent time looking around. Our tour guide gave a detailed account of the royal family and some of the controversy that surrounds them. The trip was exhausting but well worth it - even if a little expensive, but there was only one option of trips if you wanted to visit Monaco.
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