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Overview

Make the most of your time when your ship docks in Monaco with this small-group half-day shore excursion to glitzy Monaco and Medieval Eze. Drive into the hills to check out the sweeping views from Eze and tour the perfume factory of Fragonard. Witness the Changing of the Guard in Monaco in front of the Prince's Palace, see the opulence of Casino Square in Monte Carlo and cruise the road that serves as the course for the Formula One Grand Prix car race. Group size is limited to eight people to ensure more personalized attention from your guide.
  • Half-day shore excursion to Monaco and Eze, two gems of the French Riviera
  • Take advantage of your time in port in Monaco with a guided sightseeing tour
  • Visit the Prince’s Palace, Monte Carlo’s Casino Square and the Formula One Grand Prix race circuit
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Mediterranean on your way to the medieval village of Eze
  • Tour the Fragonard perfumery to learn how French perfume is made
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a more personalized experience
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Meet your guide at the cruise terminal once your ship docks in Monaco, where you'll board a luxury minibus and begin your small-group shore excursion. Choose a morning or afternoon departure.

Leaving Monaco behind, ascend one of the scenic Mediterranean coastal roads to reach the town of Eze. It's perched at roughly 1,400 feet (427 meters) in the hills, and offers wonderful views of the French Riviera below. Take some time to admire the historic streets of this Medieval village, browsing charming shops and galleries. Go on a guided tour of the Fragonard perfume factory to learn about the art and science of creating high-end scents.

Begin the drive back down toward Monaco, passing the quaint town of La Turbie on the way. It's sometimes referred to as the 'Terrace of Monaco,' and is home to a 1st-century BC Roman monument called the Trophy of the Alps (Trophée des Alpes)  which was built by Emperor Augustus.

Arriving in Monaco once again, you'll now have a chance to explore this unique principality. It's the second-smallest country on earth, though it feels very French. Those on the morning tour will get to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Prince's Palace (Palais Princier), which happens every day at 11:55am.

Spend some time at the Monaco Cathedral, where Princess Grace and Prince Rainier are both buried, to hear about the principality's history. Next, drive along the city streets which make up the Formula One Grand Prix racing circuit. It's one of the most famous race courses in the world, and the event is extremely popular with auto racing fans.

Walk through Monte Carlo to see the extravagance on display in and around Casino Square, including manicured gardens, luxurious hotels and expensive cars. It's an excellent spot for people-watching.

At the conclusion of your tour, you'll be returned to the cruise terminal.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Monaco port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Reviews

Viator Traveller's Reviews

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J
, Oct 2018

We had great hopes for this tour as it was supposed to show us Monaco, Eze and the changing of the guard at the Prince's Palace, which is why we booked this particular tour in the morning. First of all, our tour guide was not at the appointed meeting place. We were told he would be at the pier wearing all white with shirt that said Livin Up logo on it. After looking around the whole pier and making a phone call to the local tour company we finally connected with the guide - 30 minutes later wearing a white shirt no logo and beige pants. Our tour of Eze was very nice but without much commentary on the way or at the village. The perfume factory is not worth doing, especially for the guys. We then drove back to Monte Carlo where our guide dropped us near the Prince's Palace so we could walk up to see the changing of the guard. After waiting about 45 minutes we asked a local police person and we were told it had already taken place and there would not be another for several hours. We waited for our tour guide at the appointed place and he showed up about 20 minutes late. He then explained to us that he was late because of the traffic due to the changing of the guard. We were all embarrassed that we caught him in a lie. After that we were taken to the casino for a visit on our own. The tour guide did wait for us and then dropped us back at the ship. This might be a fine tour if you get a different tour guide. I have booked several tours through Viator and this was the first and only tour that we were not completely satisfied with.

K
, Aug 2018

The guide was super informative. A little high pressure from the ladies selling the parfume, but otherwise a fantastic excursion with tons of information!!!

S
, Apr 2018

My name is Don Thorp. Our tour was taken from the Viking Sky cruise ship We spoke to several other guests on the Viking Sky who took a similar tour sponsored by the cruise line. Though the description of the tours was similar the tour itself was was vastly different ours was by far superior and complete.Our tour guide was excellent, her command of our language was superb and her knowledge of Monaco was interesting, educational and complete. Please forgive that we did not write down her name or remember it. She arrived on time and where she was supposed to be. We saw more, comfortably not on a large bus than those we spoke to on the boat. Both I and my feel that we received much more than our money's worth. Our travel agent Sandie Slusher of Travel Leaders recommended your company to us as excellent and dependable.She was absolutely correct in her comments
Don Thorp, Waterford Michigan

J
, Dec 2017

This tour was excellent, they were getting ready for the Monaco Grand Prix, our driver even took us on the route used for the race. The curves are crazy .... but fun. Lots of excitement around for the race. Great excursion, especially prior to the race date.

m
, Oct 2017

Initially our guide was waiting for us at the wrong ship....quickly resolved.

After that tour with Renault was excellent. He was professional and caring.
We are a group of 4 senior couples...slightly restricted physically...this private tour met our needs exactly.
We enjoyed our time in Eze and the overview tour of Monaco.

Can highly recommend Liven up Sightseeing and this particular tour.

W
, Oct 2017

Viator sub contractor did a good job. Driver/Tour Guide was nice and spoke excellent English. He also gave us a short history of Monaco and described the various parts of the country.
Tour did everything as advertised:
-Picked us up at our cruise ship
-Drove us to the parking lot in Eze
-We walked up to the village. Older customers should be warned that walking to the village is uphill.
-Drove us to the perfumery, were we went on a tour a sat thru a sales pitch for their products
-Drove us to the Old Town of Monaco and we watched the changing of the guards
-Drove us to the Casino in Monte Carlo
-Drove us back to our cruise ship

We gave this tour 4 stars for the following reasons:
-Tour company uses a VW van that can transport 9 people. I like being in a van because you can see more. However, if you are stuck in the middle seat, you can not see much. Charge me more money and don't squeeze people in the van.
-We did like going in the perfumery but could skip the sales pitch. I would rather spend more time in Eze or at Monte Carlo.
-The tour company should provide a map of Eze so that customers would have a clue were to go.

In our opinion, the tour is the best option to see Monaco.

c
, Oct 2017

We saw all the places we were told we will see. It was a half day which was enough time but would have wanted a little bit more time in EZE, such a quaint and wonderful place. Our guide said we should always start our question with Bonjour! and she was right. Otherwise you won't get any help. Our guide was entertaining with her stories. Very friendly.

W
, Oct 2017

Driver pleasant and was on time with nice vehicle. Were happy with a small group. Although we had some commentary as driving we were left on our own to wander in Eze which seemed initially a good idea until the large crowds with the food fest made it difficult to get around. It would have been helpful for the guide to go part of the walk with us and offer a map since walking up the step hills it was hard to tell when a path ended or continued. There were times we were walking in circles with the shops we were more interested in the views. Monaco was fine on our own since it was so small and a brief walk was fine. Seeing the changing of the guard was nice but sooo crowded.

I
, Oct 2017

Took this tour while on a cruise. Was met promptly, however immediately told we owed an extra 6 euros because something went wrong with conversion rate. Driver Sarah was very nice, but concerned all day about being late for her afternoon trip. Only got to spend 40 minutes in eze after traveling an hour to get there. They should eliminate the perfume factory from this tour so you could spend more time in eze and Monaco and not feel rushed. We went on 4 shore excursions and this was by far our least favorite. If you do not mind being hurried, this trip will suit your needs.

J
, Oct 2017

Our tour was excellent! Nicolas was our guide and he was amazing! our ship had a delayed disembarkment and he was cool about waiting for us to get there! He was a very safe driver. He knew the ins and outs of the island and how to get around on what was a very busy weekend in Monaco - it was the Monaco Boat show weekend. The city was very crowded and some roads were closed but it was not a problem at all! I highly recommend this tour! It was a much more economical choice than what the ship offered!


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