The Riviera's lap of luxury, Monaco awaits next. Your first stop will be the Rock, a rocky outcrop where you will have an exterior visit of the Royal Prince Palace. If timing permits, you might see the changing of the guard that occurs at 11:55 AM daily. Guests may choose to view the Cathedral just a few yards away, where those wishing can see the final resting place of Prince Rainier and his Princess Grace.
Up next is a glimpse of the glitz and glamour of Monte Carlo. You will take a quick drive over to Casino Square. There is time for a quick photo of the exterior of the Monte Carlo Casino with the endless lineup of exotic and luxury cars lined up in front, the Hotel de Paris, or the Cafe de Paris.
Exiting the city, you will drive along a portion of the Grand Prix circuit, as you depart Monte Carlo and drive 40 minutes to the artistic town of St. Paul de Vence. In the 1920s, the richness and intensity of the light, colors, and scenery in this area attracted artists, including Signac, Picasso, and Matisse. The film world discovered the village in the 1950s as both a filming location and actor's hideaway. You will have approximately 60 minutes to wander this intriguing maze of pedestrian streets, courtyards and squares dotted with artist's shops and cafes.
Departing the hills, it is approximately a 30-minute drive to the coast and the popular old town of Antibes. Your Monte Carlo and French Riviera excursion guide will drive you along the ancient walls giving you some of the histories of the town. You will also see the scenic harbor or Billionaire's Quay as it is referred to as full of mega yachts. If time and traffic allow, a stop will be made for photos.
From Antibes, it's a short 20-minute drive to Cannes, for a drive along La Croisette, the waterfront boulevard. It is a must-see with the endless beach clubs on one side and the gleaming white Belle Epoque buildings, high-end designer shops, and exclusive hotels on the other.
A photo stop is made outside of the Palais des Festivals building, home each May to the Cannes Film Festival. Pose on the same steps as the stars do each year. From here, it is a 40-minute drive back to your cruise pier in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Please note: The order of sites visited on this Monte Carlo and French Riviera Sightseeing Excursion may change based on crowds and traffic.
Spend the whole day seeing the very best sites of the French Riviera on an exclusive guided small group sightseeing shore excursion from Monte Carlo, Monaco!