Tiny, but packed with fun, Monte Carlo offers a wonderful combination of history, beauty, entertainment and leisure. The wealthiest spot in Monaco, Monte Carlo is an enchanting place, known as the international capital of luxury and for its celebrity-sightings, casinos and nightlife. Yet the old world shines through in its art and architecture. Palaces, cathedrals and museums dot this small municipality in an old town full of rich history. Be sure to catch the once-daily changing of the guard, then tour the public areas at the Palais du Prince, home to the royal family, whose most famous resident was famous actress Grace Kelly.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
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The treasures of the exquisite Cap Ferrat Peninsula are yours to behold during this scenic tour of the Rothschild Foundation and a visit to Villefranche.
This tour departs the pier for a drive to the Cap Ferrat Peninsula, and a visit to the former residence of the Baroness of Rothschild. Upon arrival, guests will explore this wonderful pink home inspired by the Italian Renaissance palazzini, and completely surrounded by a lovely 14-acre garden. Take a walking tour inside the Foundation to explore its spectacular contents, including furniture from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and 18th century, the favorite period of the Baroness. Guests are sure to marvel at the outstanding collection of French and German porcelain from Sevres, Vincennes and Meissen, along with a wide array of other priceless treasures that have been amassed in the Foundation.
On the drive back to Monaco, a stop will be made in the charming fishing village of Villefranche-Sur-Mer before returning to the ship.
Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for this tour which involves considerable walking, including extensive uphill walking. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility, or guests who utilize a wheelchair.
The views change dramatically from coastal to rural as you drive toward St. Paul de Vence, which was founded in 9th century. By the 16th century, the beleaguered village was fortified by ramparts, which still stand today. St. Paul De Vence has also retained its medieval charm, one of its primary draws. This haven for artists boasts a number of fine museums such as La Fondation Maeght, which features contemporary works from Braque and Giacometti, among others. The local artisans are highly regarded for their weaving, woodwork and jewelry pieces, which are on display in the many galleries. You'll also enjoy exploring the village's small markets, repositories of fresh-cut, locally grown flowers and irresistible gastronomic treats.
One of the most awe-inspiring roadways in the French Riviera, the Grand Corniche stretches along the coastline affording unparalleled views.
As you drive along this legendary thoroughfare, you'll pass by Vista Palace Hotel, from where passing by you can catch a quick glimpse on the entire Monaco & Monte Carlo from above. The road continues through the village of La Turbie, which overlooks Monaco at an altitude of nearly 1,600 feet. Once on the Middle Corniche, you'll have an expansive view of the northern mountains, where Eze Village perches near the top. An excellent vantage point for taking pictures is a square at the foot of the mountains, where you'll stop for approximately a half hour and visit the Fragonard Perfume Factory.
Back on the road, a litany of classic French villages comes into view, including Beaulieu, Cap Ferrat, Villefranche, Nice, and Cap d'Antibes. The scenery seems almost impossibly beautiful as you ease onto the Lower Corniche, take in even more picturesque villages, and return to Monte Carlo, perhaps the ultimate gem on this necklace of French jewels.
Please note: This excursion does not include a visit to Monte Carlo and the Casino Square. To enter Palace du Casino, a photo ID or a passport is required and there is an entrance fee of approximately 10 Euros. A visit of Eze village is not included. This tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The Grand Casino is only open in the afternoon from 2:00 p.m. onwards. During the day casual attire is permitted for visiting the casino and formal wear is required at night.
Discover the historic beauty of the French Riviera during a picturesque visit to the Medieval village of Eze, and the Principality of Monaco.
Depart the pier for the drive by coach to the scenic Medieval village of Eze, built on a rocky promontory overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Eze features the ruins of a 12th-century, fortified castle perched on a rocky peak, and offers scenic views and photo opportunities. The castle grounds are home to the renowned Jardin Exotique, and offer excellent panoramic views of the coast. Upon arrival in Eze, you will visit the quaint cobblestone streets filled with craftsmen's boutiques.
Next, you will re-board the coach and continue on for a visit to the Principality of Monaco; the smallest country in the world after Vatican City. Upon arrival, you will take a stroll through the narrow streets of the Old Town. Next, you will view the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, where the Princes and Princesses of Monaco are interred, and then proceed to the Palace Square for an exterior view at Prince Rainier's magnificent residence. Dependent upon the time of your visit, you may witness the changing of the guards at the Palace.
Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for this tour, which involves a 25-minute walk up a steep incline to the hilltop in Eze, and cobblestone surfaces. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility, or guests who utilize a wheelchair.
See just how incredibly scenic the Principality of Monaco is with a panoramic drive with a short photo stop at the Exotic Gardens before ascending to the Old City "The Rock".
Commence your walking tour passing by the monumental stone Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium, inaugurated in 1910 by Prince Albert I. Continue strolling through the narrow streets, then proceed to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception where Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace Kelly married, and which now contains their tombs. Continue on to the Palace Square, which is dominated by the magnificent residence of Prince Albert II. Some free-time will be allocated for further exploration and leisure.
Later, you’ll board your coach and drive on a portion of the circuit of the Grand Prix to Monte Carlo, one of the area's signature attractions each year. Of course no visit to Monte Carlo would be complete without seeing Monte Carlo’s Grand Casino. The casino was designed by Charles Garnier, the French architect who built the famed Paris Opera and opened to great fanfare in 1878. Although it has is known for its gaming, it also features amazing architecture, stained glass windows, and allegorical paintings. Your guided tour does not include an interior visit of the casino; however, you will have some free time to explore on your own before it’s time to return to the ship.
Please note: This excursion involves 1/2 mile of walking on level surfaces in Monaco. Interior visits are not included. If guests wish to visit the cathedral, suitable attire is recommended. No exposed shoulders or knees; shorts and tank tops are not acceptable. The order of visited sites may vary. To reach the Palace du Casino area guests will first walk from the parking area to the elevator and then up the steps to the terrace area. During the day casual attire is permitted for visiting the casino and formal wear is required at night. Ripped or stonewashed jeans, sleeveless t-shirts, tracksuits, sports clothing, shorts and beachwear, sandals and flip-flops will not be permitted. City shorts, tee-shirts, and sports-type shoes will be tolerated. To enter the casino, a photo ID or a passport is required and there is an entrance fee of approximately 17 Euros. This tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The Grand Casino is only open in the afternoon from 2:00 p.m. onwards.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.