A fantastic city and wonderful port of call, this magnificent destination is a true highlight of a Mediterranean cruise itinerary. The first thing you will gaze your eyes upon is the beautiful harbour; a captivating attraction of Monte-Carlo, this great setting is the perfect gateway to a brilliant city. Super-yachts line the harbour glistening wealth and elegance emphasising the reputation of a wealthy playground. Translated literally into Mount Charles, this fantastic city based at the foot of the Maritime Alps along the delectable French Riviera and has developed world renowned repute for charming allure.
Often considered famous for the four G’s Monte-Carlo is quite simply stunning in every way. Gambling, glamour, the Grand Prix and the Grimaldi monarchy make this fabulous destination a pure classic. The Grand-Prix dominates the racing calendar as fans from all over the world descend upon the city for the joyous occasion. Many cruise lines now even run specific cruises for the Monaco Grand Prix to get up close and personal with the action. Alternatively, you can even walk the track from start to finish seeing just how amazing the experience can be of tackling the distinctive street circuit.
Often considered the most prominent building in the whole city is the sensational Grand Casino. It is actually one of several casinos dotted around the city yet holds an aura of inspiration and dominance as it sets the stage for an evening of festive risk. Make sure you’re dressed for the occasion though, the Grand Casino will only allow entry to formally dressed guests adhering to the strict dress codes and will require all players to present their passports. Nonetheless if you are looking to indulge in something quite literally stunning then this is the place to be.
There are three easily reachable districts of Monaco to enjoy, all walkable from the harbour were you will arrive. La Condamine is predominantly the business centre of the city yet also remains known for the wide harbour views and mega yachts moored alongside. Alternatively head for the intriguing old town of Monaco Ville for a delightful experience into the wondrous heritage it possesses. Monte-Carlo is the glitz filled new town and the place to be for utter extravagance and indulgence. All three districts have their own individually, uniquely splendid characteristics and no matter whether you wish to visit the one or all three, you are guaranteed to enjoy a thrilling day.
Monaco hit the spotlight around the world when Grimaldi Prince Rainier III married film star Grace Kelly in 1955. A historical moment in Monaco’s luminary history, he is now buried alongside his illustrious Princess Grace in Monaco Ville at St Nicholas Cathedral. Often a tourist haven, this specific sight is a great place to visit and leads us in nicely to the excursion opportunities available for all to enjoy. There is so much to do at this port of call that it really does pose a difficult dilemma over how to spend your day. There is the option of an introduction to Monaco; opting for this choice provides you with a detailed tour of the city taking in as much as possible and ensuring you leave having experienced an enthralling insight into this stunning world. Alternatively head out of the city and take in a little French Riviera beauty through a panoramic drive to such desirable destinations as Eze and Menton. Formula One fans are treated to a specific excursion by most cruise operators often entailing a full track tour before the opportunity to take a peek behind the scenes at the Prince of Monaco’s amazing classic car collection.
Those looking to span a little further afield may wish to take advantage of the little road train journey for magnificent views along the Promenade des Anglais as you intertwine between Monte-Carlo and Nice. For something extravagant you could even enjoy an amazing helicopter ride over this exclusive corner of the Mediterranean.
With so many magical sights to see in Monte-Carlo it’s very easy to forget the subtler wonders of this great destination. The opportunity to indulge in local cuisine is fantastic. There are plenty of fabulous cafés and restaurants along the harbour promenade as well as working your way through the city. If it’s a glass of fine wine you’re looking for then you may well be interested in the opportunity to take a delightfully scenic journey along the coastline to enjoy an exploration of old Nice and sample local specialities accompanied by a selection of impeccable cheese, a taste-bud tingling concoction. Combine that with the views over the entrancing Cap Ferrat, Villefranche and Beaulieu and you have the makings of an outstanding day to remember.
Monte-Carlo wows passengers from the moment they step foot ashore and you will love what lies in store. Whether it’s a fun filled day of exploration or a relaxing stroll, this sumptuous port of call is truly a highlight.