Monte Carlo, Monaco - Mediterranean Cruises

Monte Carlo, two words that are synonymous with luxury and splendour. Lying at the heart of the Riviera, this tiny principality is undoubtedly big on glamour as diamonds, lavish yachts and Ferraris are all part of the lifestyle here. You may be tempted to buy your own after a flutter at Monte Carlo’s most famous landmark – the Grand Casino.

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Excursions

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.

  • Nice On Your Own

    Spend a morning discovering the cosmopolitan city of Nice on the Côte d’Azur.

    Nice On Your Own

    Sit back and relax as you drive from Monte Carlo along the French Riviera towards Nice.

    Once in Nice, you’ll have around 2½ hours’ free time to explore the many attractions of this cosmopolitan city. Take a stroll down the bustling Promenade des Anglais or maybe enjoy a taste of France with a crêpe from one of the local vendors.

    Don’t miss the Cours Saleya Flower Market, packed with its amazing produce and a myriad of flowers surrounded by cafés and souvenir shops it is one of the must see sights of the city.

    You could also spend your morning visiting the Matisse Museum, walking the atmospheric zig-zag streets of Vieux Nice (Old Nice) or simply just sitting in a promenade café watching the world go by. Your escort will meet you at a designated time and place for your return to Monte Carlo.



    Since October 2013 French decree no. 2011-1336 requires that providers of transport services, where the journey starts or ends in France, are required to provide passengers with the carbon footprint for such services. We are pleased to be able to communicate the carbon footprint for our French tours. These have been calculated for us by our local operators. Each carbon footprint assumes that there will be 40 guests on a coach,so your carbon footprint may vary from that published according to actual passenger numbers. The carbon footprint for this excursion has been calculated as 7.52kgs CO2 per guest.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This excursion is unguided therefore guests should pay close attention to the meeting time and place instructed by the guide. Cours Saleya Flower Market is replaced by a flea and antique market on a Monday. No entrance fees are included in the tour and guests are advised to carry local currency.

    Tour code

    XMM_502

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Saint Paul de Vence

    Visit one the French Riviera’s oldest medieval towns; known as a haven for the famous; Saint Paul de Vence.

    Saint Paul de Vence

    Your tour starts with a picturesque drive along the Middle Corniche, offering stunning vistas along the shore before you arrive in Nice. Passing by the ‘Promenade des Anglais’ you will continue along the motorway until you reach the countryside road which leads to Saint Paul de Vence.

    The tapered outline of the 16th century village of Saint Paul stands out from the rolling hills and rich valleys of the Vence countryside in a charming setting. It is typical of the fortified towns which once guarded the Var frontier and was "discovered" in the 1920s by painters such as Signac, Modigliani, Bonnard, and Soutine who used to meet in a café which has since become the sumptuous Colombe d'Or Inn.

    After a guided walking tour of Saint Paul de Vence you will have some free time at leisure. Visit the Foundation Maeght, a Museum situated just outside the walled village which houses some of Europe’s finest modern art, or simply relax and sample some artisan cuisine in one of the many village cafés, before returning to the ship by coach.



    There is approximately 1½ hours of walking throughout this tour, with some uphill terrain flat cobblestoned streets. Flat, comfortable shoes, local currency, a hat and sunscreen are recommended.

    Tour code

    XMM_505

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Walking the Principality

    The highlights of the Principality of Monaco and the Old Town of Monte Carlo are best explored on foot.

    Walking the Principality

    Monaco is one of Europe’s smallest independent states where the rich are free to flaunt their wealth and where one of the ‘must-haves’ is a yacht berthed in La Condamine harbour. The upper part of Monaco stands 200 feet above the shore, and drops perpendicularly to the waves below on almost all sides.

    Your guide will show you the highlights of Monaco-Ville, including the narrow alleys of the Old Town and the exteriors of the Prince’s Palace and the Cathedral, where Prince Rainier married Grace Kelly and where they are both now buried.

    Monte Carlo is the epitome of glitz and glamour, where fortunes have been won and lost on the roll of a dice. Life in Monte Carlo revolves around three nerve centres; the Casino, the Hotel de Paris and the Café de Paris. The stunning Casino is surrounded by beautiful gardens; this area is a favourite haunt of the rich and famous.

    You’ll have some free time to browse the exclusive boutiques, shop for a souvenir of your visit or perhaps relax in one of the chic cafés and watch the world go by.

    This tour involves approximately three hours' total walking and standing including steep steps, streets and paths. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended, a hat, bottle of water and sunscreen. Modest dress is required if visiting the interior of the Cathedral. No entrance fees have been included in this tour.

    Tour code

    XMM_012

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Highlights of Monaco

    Capture the highlights and charm of the fascinating Principality of Monaco.

    Highlights 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.

    Since October 2013 French decree no. 2011-1336 requires that providers of transport services, where the journey starts or ends in France, are required to provide passengers with the carbon footprint for such services. We are pleased to be able to communicate the carbon footprint for our French tours. These have been calculated for us by our local operators. Each carbon footprint assumes that there will be 40 guests on a coach,so your carbon footprint may vary from that published according to actual passenger numbers. The carbon footprint for this excursion has been calculated as 0.51kgs CO2 per guest.

    This excursion will operate by city bus and on foot. There 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.

    Tour code

    XMM_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • The Jewels of the Cote d'Azur

    Enjoy a full day tour sampling the superb sights of the French Riviera.

    The Jewels of the Cote d'Azur

    From Monaco, a relaxing coach journey takes you along the Middle Corniche passing spectacular scenery before reaching the medieval village of Eze, perched on a craggy peak above the Mediterranean Sea.

    Enjoy a walk in this delightful town, marvelling at the magnificent coastal views as you stroll through the narrow stone streets.

    Leaving Eze, you will drive to Nice, a true gem of the Cote d'Azur. Discover the natural beauty of the Old Town, meander through the Cours Saleya, the city’s most traditional square, with its colourful fruit and flower market. During your free time, you will have the opportunity for luncheon on your own, and a chance to indulge in some typical Nicois cuisine.

    From Nice, your tour continues with a drive to Monaco. Enjoy a guided walking tour as you pass by several of the rock’s highlights, including the Oceanographic Museum, the Cathedral and the Prince's Palace, before having some free time to explore further at leisure.



    There is approximately two hours of walking throughout this tour, with uneven surfaces and uphill terrain in Eze and mostly flat ground on Monaco Rock and Nice. Flat, comfortable shoes, local currency, a hat and sunscreen are recommended. There are no refreshments or entrance fees included in this tour. Interior visits of the Prince’s Palace are not available between November - April.

    Tour code

    XMM_506

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7¾ hours

  • Old Monaco & Prince's Palace

    Explore the narrow streets of old Monaco and enjoy a visit to the Palace's state apartments and St Nicholas' Cathedral.

    Old Monaco & Prince's Palace

    Upon arrival in to Monaco, your guided walking tour takes you through the narrow, twisting lanes and vaulted passageways of the old city. The picturesque buildings date back to the 14th century.

    The Prince's Palace is located in the west end of the old city facing the Place du Palais and still retains its medieval towers. An audio player narrates the Palace’s highlights as you tour the ornate state apartments, including the first Empire-style Throne Room and the Chambre d’York.

    The St Nicholas’ Cathedral is built on the site of a 13th century church and is the site of the royal tombs. Princess Grace and Prince Rainier are interred in the cathedral, located in the heart of the old city, where thousands of visitors come each year to pay their respects.

    During your visit, you will have some free time to explore the old town of Monaco and to browse the many charming shops and boutiques.



    Since October 2013 French decree no. 2011-1336 requires that providers of transport services, where the journey starts or ends in France, are required to provide passengers with the carbon footprint for such services. We are pleased to be able to communicate the carbon footprint for our French tours. These have been calculated for us by our local operators. Each carbon footprint assumes that there will be 40 guests on a coach,so your carbon footprint may vary from that published according to actual passenger numbers. The carbon footprint for this excursion has been calculated as 0.34kgs CO2 per guest.

    This tour involves approximately one hour of guided walking. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The Prince's Palace is closed to the public from November to mid-April. During these months an explanation of the exterior will be made and additional shopping time given. Photography is not permitted inside the Prince's Palace. Proper attire is required in the Prince's Palace and St Nicholas’ Cathedral and beachwear is not acceptable. There are two flights of steps to negotiate at the Palace. Euros and major credit cards are accepted for purchases.

    Tour code

    XMM_017

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Formula One

    A must for all Formula One fans; see the famous circuit, and take a look at the Prince of Monaco’s amazing classic car collection.

    Formula One

    One of the world’s greatest and most challenging motor racing events, the Monaco Grand Prix is the most famous ‘street circuit’ in the Formula One calendar.

    As you follow part of the road on foot, you can almost imagine Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button racing past as they compete for that all important pole position. See the hairpin bends and famous corners, including Casino Square and the entrance to the tunnel.

    Picture the scene in your mind as you walk part of the course; roaring engines, smoking tyres and the skilful drivers on a course that allows no margin of error. Just think, next time you see the race on TV, you can tell your friends, ‘I’ve walked part of that circuit!’

    Pay a visit to the Prince of Monaco’s Private Classic Car Collection, a personal collection of 105 vintage and veteran cars, including a 1929 Bugatti, a 1903 De Dion Bouton, a 1986 Lamborghini Countach, and of course there’s the 1952 Rolls Royce. Each glittering car is perfectly maintained and, of course, was owned by Prince Rainier. Guaranteed to impress, it’s an absolute must for all car buffs.



    The whole of this tour will be conducted on foot and includes extensive walking and many steps. Flat, comfortable shoes, a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water are recommended.

    Tour code

    XMM_011

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Riviera Panorama

    Soak up the scenery of the fabulous French Riviera. Enjoy a panoramic drive with stops in the pretty towns of Eze and Menton.

    Riviera Panorama

    This relaxing panoramic tour takes you along the famous Corniche roads, spectacularly set one above the other on the mountainside.

    You’ll head along the Middle Corniche and on to the old village of Eze, perched high on a promontory like an eagle’s nest, dominating Cap d’Ail. Enjoy a brief stroll in the town square situated at the bottom of this quaint village.

    Travel along the Upper Corniche to La Turbie, where breathtaking views extend over the border and the Principality of Monaco below. Your tour also passes by the old village of Roquebrune, with its imposing castle.

    Menton is the last French town before reaching the Italian border and claims to be the warmest resort on the French Riviera. Here, you will enjoy some free time to browse in the shops, or relax in a café enjoying the atmosphere and wonderful ocean views.

    Since October 2013 French decree no. 2011-1336 requires that providers of transport services, where the journey starts or ends in France, are required to provide passengers with the carbon footprint for such services. We are pleased to be able to communicate the carbon footprint for our French tours. These have been calculated for us by our local operators. Each carbon footprint assumes that there will be 40 guests on a coach,so your carbon footprint may vary from that published according to actual passenger numbers. The carbon footprint for this excursion has been calculated as 6.16kgs CO2 per passenger.

    Walking on this tour is at guests’ own discretion. The itinerary may operate in reverse order. Euros and major credit/debit cards are accepted for purchases.

    Tour code

    XMM_020

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Old Antibes

    Visit the cultural heart of the Côte d’Azur.

    Old Antibes

    With its boat-bedecked harbour, 16th century ramparts and cobbled streets, Antibes is the perfect alternative to the glitz and glamour of Monte Carlo. The town was founded by the Greeks over 2000 years ago as Antipolis, but changed rule many times before becoming commonly known as Antibes.

    Pass by the harbour and enter the walls of Vieil Antibes (Old Town), to begin a guided walking tour of the ramparts and flower lined streets. Your path will present an abundance of photo opportunities, before arriving at the Provencal Market area, where you can sit and enjoy a refreshing drink in one of the many cafés or head off to explore some of the town’s many hidden treasures.

    The foot of the ramparts is home to a small sandy beach, test the temperature and maybe take a dip, or discover Antibes’ links to Pablo Picasso. Chateau Grimaldi was Picasso’s home for 6 months and became the world’s first museum to be dedicated to the artist. Find some inspiration of your own in the Absinthe Museum, this unique underground bar is dedicated to the notorious green potion that was a favourite of poets and artists in the 19th century.



    The journey to Antibes is approximately 75 minutes each way. There is approximately 45 minutes of guided walking over cobblestoned surfaces during the excursion. The Provencal Market will be closed in the afternoons and on Monday’s.

    Tour code

    XMM_507

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Nice & Cannes On Your Own

    This transfer allows you to make the most of your day and explore two of the most popular resorts on the French Riviera, at your own pace.

    Nice & Cannes On Your Own

    From Monaco you will travel along the motorway to Cannes, home of the famous film festival. Your drop off point will be close to the “Palais des Festivals” along the famous and elegant La Croisette where you’ll have around two hours of free time to explore Cannes at your own leisure.

    You may choose to stroll along La Croisette, which separates the town from the beaches, browse the boutiques or view the yachts and pleasure boats in the marina. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants to choose from in Cannes, where you can purchase some refreshments.

    Afterwards, rejoin your escort and coach at the designated meeting point for the drive along part of the coastal road to Nice.

    Your drop off in Nice is next to the old town and pedestrian shopping streets. The Old Town and Market area is full of atmosphere; a network of twisting, narrow lanes and steps, where you’ll find tall houses with pastel-coloured façades, shops and restaurants. A flower market is held in the Cours Saleya. You’ll have approximately 2½ hours to browse at leisure, admiring the colourful produce and specialities of Provence.

    Since October 2013 French decree no. 2011-1336 requires that providers of transport services, where the journey starts or ends in France, are required to provide passengers with the carbon footprint for such services. We are pleased to be able to communicate the carbon footprint for our French tours. These have been calculated for us by our local operators. Each carbon footprint assumes that there will be 40 passengers on a coach,so your carbon footprint may vary from that published according to actual passenger numbers. The carbon footprint for this excursion has been calculated as 18.47kgs CO2 per passenger.

    The drive between Monte Carlo and Cannes is approximately 1¼ hours each way. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. Euros and major debit/credit cards are accepted. Please ensure that you note the coach departure time and meeting point and arrive in good time. This tour may run in reverse order.

    Tour code

    XMM_025

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    7½ hours

  • Nice & The Little Train

    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 Little Train

    Nice, widely referred to as the undisputed ‘Queen and Capital’ of the French Riviera.

    Take a drive along the Promenade des Anglais, a three-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 tourist train for a narrated ride through Nice. See the narrow streets of the Old Town and pass by the Cours Saleya, where the local flower market takes place. Climb up to Castle Hill Park, which provides an excellent view over Old Nice and the glittering Baie des Anges.

    You’ll have approximately one hour of free time to enjoy in the atmospheric Old Town. Stroll the beach front promenade, browse for local souvenirs or just relax in a nearby café.



    Since October 2013 French decree no. 2011-1336 requires that providers of transport services, where the journey starts or ends in France, are required to provide passengers with the carbon footprint for such services. We are pleased to be able to communicate the carbon footprint for our French tours. These have been calculated for us by our local operators. Each carbon footprint assumes that there will be 40 guests on a coach,so your carbon footprint may vary from that published according to actual passenger numbers. The carbon footprint for this excursion has been calculated as 7.70kgs CO2 per guest.

    This tour involves limited walking however guests 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. Guests will also be required to undertake a certain amount of walking during free time. In order to use toilet facilities guests are advised to purchase a drink from one of the small cafés. These are likely to be located on the basement level. On Mondays the flower market is replaced with a flea market.

    Tour code

    XMM_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Nice & Cannes

    Visit Nice and Cannes, on the fabled Côte d’Azur. These resorts epitomise the charm, elegance and sophistication of the Riviera.

    Nice & Cannes

    Take a scenic drive along the coastal road to Nice, passing through Beaulieu and Villefranche-sur-Mer. Upon arrival in Nice, you will take a guided walk through the narrow streets of the Vieille Ville — the Old Town. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to explore on your own, relax in a café or stroll through the delightful flower market.

    Leaving Nice, you will drive along the famous Promenade des Anglais, then take the motorway to the glittering resort of Cannes. Upon arrival, you will have some free time to explore the Côte d’Azur’s most famous resort, home to the internationally renowned film festival.

    Stroll La Croisette, which separates the elegant town from parkland and beaches, browse the boutiques or view the pleasure boats in the marina.

    A delicious luncheon of local delicacies will be served in a restaurant in Cannes.



    Since October 2013 French decree no. 2011-1336 requires that providers of transport services, where the journey starts or ends in France, are required to provide passengers with the carbon footprint for such services. We are pleased to be able to communicate the carbon footprint for our French tours. These have been calculated for us by our local operators. Each carbon footprint assumes that there will be 40 passengers on a coach,so your carbon footprint may vary from that published according to actual passenger numbers. The carbon footprint for this excursion has been calculated as 18.47kgs CO2 per passenger.

    This tour involves approximately two hours of walking over relatively flat ground. Comfortable, flat shoes are recommended. Guests are advised to purchase a drink from one of the small cafés in Nice and Cannes in order to use the restroom facilities. On Mondays the flower market is replaced with a flea market.

    Tour code

    XMM_015

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7 hours

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