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Monte Carlo for a Day - Tips? (25'th wedding anniversary)

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Monte Carlo for a Day - Tips? (25'th wedding anniversary)

We will be celebrating our 25'th wedding anniversary with a cruise in late September - we will have a day in Monte Carlo, and would like to use it to the fullest!

1) What should be our most important things to do/see?

2) We would love to see Cannes - is that possible? Could we hire a guide or get a car and drive there? Would you advise that? Do you have any names of a guide who is good and speaks English?

3) Any off the beaten track tips?

4) Anything we should avoid or be careful about, areas to avoid?

THANK you, my wife has been such a blessing to me all these years, I am trying (very hard) to give her the trip of her lifetime to say thank you :))

Gratefully,

Thomas

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1. Re: Monte Carlo for a Day - Tips? (25'th wedding anniversary)

Congrats Thomas on the 25 years of marriage! That's quite something these days. :)

Do you only have 1 day? That is a lot to try to see and do in only 1 day. Cannes is not too far and the A8 is VERY good. But traffic can still build up or accidents can occur. They were working on the road near Cannes (but at night) and traffic backed up. Also traffic going into Cannes can also build up. We experienced that almost daily going into Cannes.

I probably wouldn't risk being stuck in traffic if you only have 1 day. It would be great if you can add a day to your trip.

I've been to Cannes many times and I don't think it can even compare to the beauty and elegance of Monte Carlo so I'd focus on that city if you only have 1 day.

1) I'd say have a wonderful lunch or dinner somewhere nice. Have some drinks outside of the Hotel de Paris and people watch.

Take a stroll through the Casino Gardens and take some pictures.

Walk down the side of the Place de Casino and you can see some fabulous views of the Sea. And then take the free public elevator down to the street level. Then walk through the tunnel to the other side and walk to Larvotto Beach for a drink.

You will pass the Japanese Gardens so make sure to walk through it both on your way to Larvotto and also on your way back. Such a beautiful little gem.

Then you can back track and take the same road you walked in and take it all the way to the Harbor and look at the amazing Yachts! You could also have a drink at one of the many places in front of the Harbor.

Then you can walk up to the Palace and Monaco-Ville. It's GORGEOUS up there! Take the time to see the Palace and also walk the back streets. Follow it down to the Church and also the Museum there.

If you don't want to walk up the hill, the public buses are very nice here. You can pay €1.50 and take the bus each way up to Monaco-Ville and the Palace. The views up there are truly breathtaking!

If you have time left over you can walk through Le Metropole shopping mall which is very beautiful.

2) No, again I'd focus only on Monte Carlo if you only have one day. I've listed enough things to do above that will keep you busy all day.

3) Just take advantage of the free public elevators which are located in several spots around the city. You will get tired walking up hills and if you only have one day you want to utilize your time.

4) We walked around a TON and I didn't see any areas to avoid in Monte Carlo. LOL.

Again congrats and enjoy Monte Carlo!

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2. Re: Monte Carlo for a Day - Tips? (25'th wedding anniversary)

The Changing of the Guards takes place each day promptly at 11:55 AM in front of the royal entrance on the Palace Square and is definitely worthwhile.

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3. Re: Monte Carlo for a Day - Tips? (25'th wedding anniversary)

If you want to travel to Cannes then the quickest route is by train. However, unless you have a particular reason for wanting to see Cannes, I really wouldn't bother since you'll be sitting on a train when you could be doing other things. I think the itinerary above gives a very good idea of what Monaco has to offer.

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4. Re: Monte Carlo for a Day - Tips? (25'th wedding anniversary)

Hi traveldoc

Congratulations on 25 years. Saintba offers great suggestions and I would agree with all of the comments about travelling to Cannes if you only have one day. I lifted the information below from a document we send to our guests before they arrive for the Monaco Grand Prix offering suggestions for things to do and see when the racing is not on or when they are not watching it. It might offer something else which has not already been suggested and also gives an indication of entry prices, opening times etc (which should be accurate but please double check at whichever location you like the look of just to make sure).

Have a great trip

Best wishes

Ed

Fugare 1 – Destination Guide Monaco – Things to do and see

The Monte Carlo Casino

A beautiful “Belle Epoque“ masterpiece the casino is definitely worth a visit even if you're not a gambler. You will need to be over 18 and have your passport to enter.

Opening Hours - Open daily from 2pm

Admission - 10 € (20 € for the Salon Privé)

Dress Code - See page 8

The Princes Palace

Located on the 'Rock' of Monaco you can see the palace from a distance from many places around the city (including Fugare1 yachts and balconies). If you want to take a closer look you can tour some of the public rooms including the Throne Room. The Changing of the Palace Guard takes place daily at 11:55 and is free to watch.

Opening Hours - 9:30-6:30pm every day (last entry at 6:00)

Admission - 7€ per person

Monaco Cathedral

Beautiful exterior and interior, this is where Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were married and are now buried.

Opening Hours - 8:30-7 (outside religious services)

Admission - Free

Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium

This marine research center has an amazing aquarium, with a huge variety of marine life and interactive exhibits.

Opening Hours - 9:30-7:30 daily (except on the day of the Grand Prix)

Admission -13€

Other Museums

Exhibition of HSH The Prince of Monaco's Vintage Car Collection

Opening Hours - 10:00-6:00

Admission - 6€

Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology

Opening Hours - 9:00-7:00

Admission - 7€

New National Museum - Modern & contemporary art gallery over two venues

Opening Hours - 10:00-6:00

Admission - 6€ for one museum, or 10€ for both museums

The Museum of Stamps and Coins

Opening Hours - 10:00-5:00

Admission - 3€

Naval Museum

Opening Hours - 10:00-6:00

Admission - 4€

The Sculpture Path

'A collection of almost 100 breath-taking creations by contemporary sculptural artists make extraordinary cultural statements for the enjoyment of visitors and locals alike!

While many of these oversized sculptures are placed in gardens and parks throughout the Principality, a special pedestrian walk, located in the Fontvieille district, features the majority of monumental works which may be discovered on foot.'

Gardens

Monaco is home to many beautiful gardens;

Saint-Martin Gardens

Admission - Free

Fontvieille Park and the Princess Grace Rose Garden

Opening Hours – sunrise until sunset

Admission – Free

Japanese Garden

Opening Hours – 9am-sunset

Admission - Free

The Exotic Gardens and the Observation Cave

Opening Hours – 9:00-7:00

Admission – Adults 6.80€ Children 3.5€ Over 65 5.30€

Princess Antoinette Park

Admission – Free

Casino Gardens and Terraces

Admission - Free

Zoological Gardens

Opening Hours – May 10am-12pm and 2pm-6pm

June 9am-12pm and 2pm-7pm

Admission – Adults €4 Children 2€

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5. Re: Monte Carlo for a Day - Tips? (25'th wedding anniversary)

Some great ideas thanks, I.ll be printing these lists off tomorrow

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6. Re: Monte Carlo for a Day - Tips? (25'th wedding anniversary)

Yes, thank you, thank you!!

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7. Re: Monte Carlo for a Day - Tips? (25'th wedding anniversary)

Saintba - thank you - that helps sooooooo much!!!

Thanks everyone, you are blessings - we are VERY grateful!!!

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You're certainly welcome. Please post back here after your trip and let us know how it went. :)

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9. Re: Monte Carlo for a Day - Tips? (25'th wedding anniversary)

The cruise was wonderful, and THANKS for the great Monaco advice.

We ended up staying in Monaco, opting not to do Nice.

The public bus option was GREAT!

To futures travelers there: the bus is 5 euro a day, and you CAN'T get lost - check the routes, all buses are easy to negotiate and take you anywhere you want to go.

They makes loops - so no worry that you could end up far away.

They were cheaper than the Hop On Hop Off, came by more frequently, and helped make our trip lovely.

Thanks for all the great suggestions!

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