Monaco might be the world’s second-smallest country, but the glitzy beach resorts, buzzing casinos and sun-soaked Mediterranean climate make it one of Europe’s most glamorous destinations, hemmed in by France’s famous Côte d'Azur coast. Exploring the French Riviera from Monaco is a popular pastime for visitors, and while the sovereign state isn’t part of Europe, its open-border policies and adoption of the Euro make it easy to enjoy sightseeing along the French coast.
Even if you miss out on an invitation to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, you can still visit the grand Festival Palace in Cannes on a one-day French Riviera tour from Monaco, stopping off along the way to take in the highlights of the region. You’ll get to marvel over the magnificent yachts in the harbor of Antibes, take a perfumery tour of Eze, admire the grand casinos of Monte Carlo and even drive along the Formula One Grand Prix route, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Côte d'Azur.
Of course, you don’t have to stick to the same itinerary as everyone else - opt for the VIP treatment and enjoy a private day tour of the French Riviera, where you’ll have the flexibility to stop longer in the spots that interest you most. Or choose a small-group arts tour of the French Riviera, tailor-made for art enthusiasts, where you’ll visit the Chagall Museum, the Matisse Museum and Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, then immerse yourself in the scenery that inspired the artists’ works.
Finally, if you can’t afford to join the glitterati on a luxury yacht cruise, you can still get a taste of the high-life with a scenic helicopter tour of the French Riviera. Setting out from the heliport in Monaco, you’ll soar along the Mediterranean coast, enjoying a bird’s eye view of the 459-foot-high Rock of Monaco, the Prince’s Palace, the Monaco Grand Prix race circuit and the legendary Monte Carlo Casino.