Located on the French Riviera, Monaco is a tourist destination all its own. It's particularly known for being one of the world's wealthiest places, so you know your tour will bring absolute luxury. You'll get to explore the rich history and unique nature, experience the incredible casinos and nightlife, and go on brand new adventures every single day of your tour. With tour operator volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 40% versus assembling the same itinerary on your own! Book your Monaco tour today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted tour headquarters. View Monaco Tour Deals and DiscountsMonaco Travel Guide
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Monaco Travel Guide
Monaco Tours Highlights
- Learn about the history and see an incredible landmark at the Prince's Palace of Monaco.
- Stroll through the wondrous nature at the Exotic Garden of Monaco.
- Take a dip in the stunning waters of Larvotto Beach.
- Don't miss out on the iconic Casino de Monte-Carlo!
- View a breathtaking cathedral and visit some famous burial sites at Saint Nicholas Cathedral.
- Learn about marine life at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.
- Relax and unwind with a walk through Princess Grace Rose Garden.
- Experience a mix of Japanese and Mediterranean influence at The Japanese Garden.
Monaco Tours Travel Tips
- If you're visiting Monaco in the summer, you're likely to see a fireworks display in the evening. The display is typically aimed at those eating in the Sporting Club, but everyone gets a stunning view.
- Gambling is illegal in many countries, but in Monaco, it's totally fine. Even if you're not a big gambler, it's worth it to try your hand at it just for the experience! Just make sure you bring your ID.
- Tipping is not mandatory, and it's often included in many service charges. If you do get exceptional service and want to leave a tip, around 10% is appropriate.
- You'll be doing a lot of walking when you're in Monaco. Since it's the second smallest country in the world, you can reach just about any attraction on foot. Make sure to bring comfortable shoes!
- Monaco has some incredible beaches, but once you leave the shore, be sure to change back into your regular clothes. Beach clothes and swimwear are not allowed to be worn off the beach.
Monaco Tours Things To Do
- Casino de Monte-Carlo
Perhaps the biggest attraction to Monaco for many, the Monte Calo Casino is an incredible experience even for those who don't typically gamble. In addition to the casino itself, the complex also holds the Opera House and the office of Monte-Carlo's ballet. The casino opened in 1863 and has been a symbol of Monaco ever since.
You Should KnowInterestingly enough, citizens are forbidden to enter the casino's gaming rooms. The dress code will depend on which area of the complex you visit. The Atrium allows casual attire, while the Salle Renaissance requires proper attire. The gaming areas also require proper attire. If you're a fan of James Bond, be sure to stop by the Salle Europe, where several Bond movies have been filmed.
- Saint Nicholas Cathedral
Built from 1875-1903, Saint Nicholas Cathedral is a popular site. Many people visit the Cathedral to see the resting place of Rainier III and Grace Kelly, the former Prince and Princess of Monaco. Inside, you'll find incredible pieces like the Episcopal throne that's made out of white Carrara marble.
Best Time To VisitGuests are welcome to visit the Cathedral any time of year. If you visit from September through June, however, you'll get to experience "Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco" singing during Sunday Mass.
You Should KnowThis cathedral goes by several other names as well: Monaco Cathedral and the Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate. There are two organs inside the cathedral. The Grand Organ was built by Jean-Loup Boisseau, and the smaller choir organ was built by Tamburini. Both were constructed in 1976. Admission is free from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily. Be sure to dress properly with shoulders and knees covered.
- Exotic Garden of Monaco
This botanical garden on the Monaco cliffside is a "must-see" for any nature lover. There is a wide variety of stunning plant life here, including varieties from all over the world. It was opened publicly in February 1933 and expanded in the 1960s. There's also an observatory cave to explore while you're here.
Best Time To VisitMany South African succulents are in bloom during January and February, such as Crassula and Aloe. In the spring and summer, you're more likely to see cacti blooming.
You Should KnowThe Garden spreads out about 15,000 square meters and houses over 1,000 cacti and succulent species. The observatory cave is at the base of the cliff, and excavations have found prehistoric remains. In addition to the Garden and Cave, you can also visit the Museum of Prehistory Anthropology for a more in-depth looking at the historical findings.
- Prince’s Palace of Monaco
One of Monaco's oldest buildings is the Prince's Palace of Monaco, built in 1191. This official residence of Monaco's Sovereign Prince has had a dramatic past and has housed the Grimaldi family since 1297. While you can't go into the Prince's Palace itself, the State Apartments welcome visitors.
You Should KnowAdmission into the State Apartments costs ¢10 per adult, though your tour group may be able to secure a group rate. The Apartments are not wheelchair accessible and can only be reached by stairs. Don't miss the Cars Collection of H.S.H. the Prince of Monaco. There are some incredible antique cars here, collected by the car enthusiast and former Prince of Monaco Rainier III. You may also be interested in a visit to Monaco's Zoological Gardens, opened in 1954 and housing over 300 animals from around 60 species.
- The Japanese Garden
If you're looking for a relaxing spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, visit the Japanese Garden. In the Garden, you'll find a Zen garden used for meditation, a stylized mountain, a tea house, beach, brook, hill, and waterfall.
Best Time To VisitThe Garden is open year-round, but many guests find it most pleasurable in the spring and summer. It welcomes visitors daily from 9 a.m. until sunset.
You Should KnowThe Garden was created in 1994 and contains influence from both Japanese and Mediterranean cultures. While you're strolling the Garden, you can spot plant species like bamboo, olive trees, and pomegranate trees. Be sure to visit the pond at the foot of the pavilion for a great look at the koi carp.
- Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
If you're interested in marine life, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco is a "must-see." It was inaugurated in 1910 by Prince Albert I and was directed by the famed Jacques-Yves Cousteau from 1957 to 1988.
Best Time To VisitThe Museum is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and the Formula 1 Grand Prix Weekend. Hours will vary slightly depending on what season you visit, but you can always expect it to be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
You Should KnowThere are actually two components to this attraction: the Aquariums and the Museum. In the Aquariums, you'll find a wide variety of marine life native to the tropics, as well as more than 200 invertebrate species from throughout the Mediterranean Sea. The Museum holds Oceanomania, the world's largest cabinet of "marine world curiosities." There's also the Whale Room and Prince Albert I Room for guests to explore.
- Larvotto Beach
You can't visit Monaco without a trip to the beach, and Larvotto Beach is perhaps the most popular. It's just a short walk from Monte Carlo and is an incredible example of the beauty of the French Riviera beaches.
Best Time To VisitThe beach is best enjoyed when the weather is warmest, from around April to September. A trip in the winter is not typically recommended.
You Should KnowDon't expect much. sand! The shoreline here is made of tiny pebbles, like many other beaches along the French Riviera. It's not uncommon to see topless beachgoers strolling down the shoreline. The waters here are shallow and calm, so everyone regardless of age can enjoy wading into the waves. There are also quality, clean facilities for your convenience.
- Princess Grace Rose Garden
The Princess Grace Rose Garden was created in 1984 by Prince Rainier III in memory of his late wife Grace Kelly. It has the layout of a traditional English garden but features much Mediterranean character. It has been expanded twice since its original opening and holds more than 300 varieties of roses in its 5,000 square meters.
Best Time To VisitThe Rose Garden is open daily from dawn until dusk.
You Should KnowYou can also walk through Fontvieille Park right nearby. As you're strolling through, be sure to take your time along the sculpture trail. You'll find features like a clenched fist by César as well as Cavalleria Erocia by Arman. You simply can't miss the bronze statue of Princess Grace watching over the garden. It was created by Kees Verkade in 1983 and remains a popular place to relax. One of the entrances has an interactive terminal to help you identify the rose species you may find. You can also scan QR codes on the plaques throughout the garden.
Monaco Tour Packages
Monaco has a Mediterranean climate with temperatures reaching the 80s and dropping to the 50s in the cooler season. The temperatures are very pleasant most of the year so it is always a pleasant time to travel to Monaco and the best part is that there are many activities year-round.
- Summer - June to August
Many visitors enjoy Monaco in May and June. These are often regarded as the best months to visit Monaco because of the incredible weather. Of course, many tourists flock to Monaco during this season, so you'll certainly encounter crowds. However, you're still bound to enjoy yourself. An added bonus if you visit in May is the opportunity to catch the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
- Spring/Autumn - March to May/September to November
On a broader scale, it's common to visit Monaco from April through October. The weather is quite a bit warmer than it is in the spring or autumn, but you can take full advantage of the wonderful swimming conditions and the exciting nightlife. Fun events in this season include the Bal dEte and Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival.
- Winter - December to February
Generally, the winter is not as popular for Monaco tours. You may be surprised to learn that Monaco actually gets cold winters, with average lows getting down into the 40s. You won't be able to enjoy the waters, and many outdoor activities aren't preferable in the winter. If you do decide to visit in this season, however, you may get to enjoy the Christmas Magic in Monte Carlo event in December.
Monaco Tours Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a Monaco Tour?
A Monaco tour gives you the opportunity to explore the incredible country of Monaco. You and your tour group will spend about a week discovering the sights of Monaco, with everything from the famous casinos to the stunning gardens and natural sites all around. You'll also get plenty of authentic Mediterranean food and fun nightlife.
- What’s Included on a Monaco Tour?
The cost of your Monaco tour will include all accommodations and travel between your various attractions. You'll also have many meals paid for, though you may be granted the opportunity to explore some restaurants on your own. Depending on what tour company you travel with, your travel expenses to and from your departure destination might be included as well.
- What’s the Best Monaco Tour?
Monaco tours are popular options for many group tour companies that service Europe. Some of the best examples include Trafalgar, Viator, Goway, Insight Vacations, Contiki, and Discovery Nomads. Some group tours offered by these companies take guests to multiple locations in addition to their time in Monaco.
- How Much Does a Monaco Tour Cost?
Monaco tour costs will vary depending on the length of the tour and the company you choose to travel with. Often, a 9-10-day tour will cost around $2,000 per person. If you choose to visit Monaco in the peak months from April through October, your costs will be significantly higher than if you were to travel in the wintertime.
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