Monte Carlo Excursions & Monte Carlo Shore Excursions in Monaco
Snuggled in between the French Riviera and northern Italian coast is the Principality of Monaco. It is broken up into four traditional quarters: Fontvieille (the newest), Monaco-Ville (the oldest), La Condamine, (the old harbor) and Monte Carlo. Check out our Monte Carlo and French Riviera Sightseeing Excursion for having a once in a lifetime experience.
The Rock and its natural harbor and now Monte Carlo Cruise Port were occupied by the Romans by the end of the 12th century BC. During this time, they erected the Trophy of Augustus in nearby La Turbie. Between 1331 and 1355, one of Genoas wealthiest families, the Grimaldi, took advantage of the fighting from a civil war and took possession of Monaco and its surrounding areas, which they then ruled as a political territory.
Charles III granted a concession to build a casino similar to ones in Germany that were making their towns prosperous. With the completion of a railroad line in 1868, Monte Carlo became accessible and successful. Several deluxe hotels went up and soon Monte Carlo was known as a place of extravagant wealth. An opera house, similar to the one in Paris, opened in 1879 with a performance by Sarah Bernhardt. In 1929, the city hosted its first Grand Prix.
Highlights of Monte Carlo Shore Excursions are visited while on our Monte Carlo and Eze Full Day Sightseeing Excursion; including the sites around Casino Square (Place du Casino) and the Rock. Going clockwise around the square is Cafe de Paris, an elegant sidewalk cafe where a coffee will set you back plenty, but the people and car watching is priceless. Next is the Grand Casino. The Belle Epoque interiors whisk you back to 1878. There is an admission fee and dress code to get in. Passports are required, photos are not allowed. Attached to the casino is the Salle Garnier (Opera House) home to the Opera and Ballet. The Hotel de Paris is one of the grand hotels of the world. To reach the front door, you must weave through a maze of Lamborghinis, Ferrari, Bentley, and Rolles. The hotel houses a 3-starred Michelin restaurant, bar, and the most expensive hotel rooms in Monaco. Depending on events at the hotel, the entrance may be denied to non-hotel guests. Stylish dress highly suggested and our Monte Carlo Excursion guides will assist you with pleasure.
The Rock is topped by the Royal Palace. Nearby is the Monaco Cathedral, final resting place of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. Further down the walk is the Musee Oceanographique, featuring Mediterranean sea life, also covered by several of our Monaco Excursions and Monte Carlo Shore Excursions,
Day excursions are available to nearby Eze on our Monte Carlo Best of Eze and La Turbie Excursion, Villefranche, Nice on our Monte Carlo and Nice Sightseeing Excursion; St Paul de Vence, Grasse, Antibes, and Cannes can all be visited on our Monte Carlo to Cannes, St Paul de Vence and Antibes Excursion. Shore Excursioneer has unique and selected Cruise Excursions in Monte Carlo to help you see and sample all of the highlights during your day on the French Riviera!
Enjoy our Monte Carlo Excursions and Monaco Shore Excursions in Monaco on your Mediterranean Cruise by Shore Excursioneer!