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  • Address: Place du Palais, Monaco-Ville 98000, Monaco
  • Hours: Open Apr 2- Oct 31 only. From Apr 2-Apr 30: 10:30am-6pm daily; May 1-Sept 30: 9:30am-6:30pm daily; Oct 1-Oct 31: 10am-5:30pm daily
  • Admission: Adults: €7, Children (8-14) & Students: €3.50, Adult groups: €5, Children groups: €2.50

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Prince's Palace (Palais du Prince)

The Prince's Palace is built on the site of the original fortress and ramparts erected by wealthy Genoese merchants in 1215. The official private residence of the Prince of Monaco, the palace plays an important role in the lives of the prince and his subjects, and the State Apartments are open for public visits part of the year. The palace has been in use for more than 700 years and the courtyard is opened to celebrate important events such as Grimaldi weddings, births and the annual children's Christmas party.

Throughout the centuries it has been transformed into one of the most luxurious residences in the style of Louis XIV. One must pass through the Mirror Gallery in order to enter the state apartments, with the dramatic effect of the mirrors in imitation of Versailles, and 16th century frescoes of mythological figures adorn the gallery walls.

Legend has it that in January 1297 François Grimaldi took shelter at the fortress disguised as a monk; once admitted, he and his men captured the castle and took it over as their stronghold. The fortress has a long, dramatic history defending the territory from attacks by other states, and was repeatedly bombarded, damaged and restored.

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Monte Carlo and the French Riviera became synonymous with Monaco as the decadent playground of the rich and glamorous. So decadent was the principality that Queen Victoria refused to make a courtesy social call at the palace when she first began visiting the French Riviera in 1882. Prince Rainier III is credited with restoring the Palace to its former glory and magnificent state in which it stands today.

Hollywood film star Grace Kelly brought glamour when she became chatelaine to the palace in 1956, and twenty years after her death a new Princess Consort, Miss Charlene Wittstock, married the current Prince of Monaco in July 2011.

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French Riviera Day Trip from Nice, Nice, null
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French Riviera Day Trip from Nice

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Discover the best of the French Riviera. Get the best point for the panoramic view of Villefranche-sur-mer and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Visit to the medieval ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.31
Small-Group Half-Day Tour to Monaco, Eze, and La Turbie from Nice, Nice, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Small-Group Half-Day Tour to Monaco, Eze, and La Turbie from Nice

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Upon your arrival in Monaco, stop in Eze to discover this medieval village overlooking the French Riviera, and take the opportunity to visit the perfume ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.75
Private Full-Day French Riviera Highlights Tour, Cannes, Half-day Tours
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Private Full-Day French Riviera Highlights Tour

Disembark at the Cannes port and head out on a thrilling private excursion along the French Riviera. Discover the sights and cities that make this one of the ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $611.18
Monaco Monte-Carlo Small-Group Half-Day Night Tour from Nice, Nice, Ports of Call Tours
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Monaco Monte-Carlo Small-Group Half-Day Night Tour from Nice

In this 5-hour night tour, spend an evening in Monaco to see the principality truly glitter. Go for a drive on the Grande Corniche road to the Vista Palace ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.86
Private Tour: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Eze, Monaco and Monte-Carlo from Nice, Nice, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Eze, Monaco and Monte-Carlo from Nice

Discover the rich delights of the French Riviera on this private half-day sightseeing tour from Nice. Explore the medieval village of Èze with a private ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $392.90
Half-Day Tour to Monaco Monte Carlo and Eze from Nice, Nice, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half-Day Tour to Monaco Monte Carlo and Eze from Nice

Monte Carlo: Be driven on the most famous Formula1 race track. Try your luck at the renowned Casino of Monaco. Why not a break in Cafe de Paris, where you can ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: Flexible

From USD $81.86
Villefranche Shore Excursion: Private Custom Tour of French Riviera Highlights with Guide, Nice, ... 
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Villefranche Shore Excursion: Private Custom Tour of French Riviera Highlights with Guide

Experience the French Riviera with a local guide in this half-day private tour. Be just with your family or your friends with no other passengers and enjoy a ...  Read more

Location: Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $360.16
Cannes Shore Excursion : Private Custom Tour French Riviera Highlights with Local Guide, Cannes, ... 
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Cannes Shore Excursion : Private Custom Tour French Riviera Highlights with Local Guide

In this 8-hour private tour, discover the French Riviera highlights through the eyes of a local private guide. You can follow the usual tour which includes the ...  Read more

Location: Cannes, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $562.07
Private Full Day Tour Italian Markets Menton and Monaco from Nice, Nice, Ports of Call Tours
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Private Full Day Tour Italian Markets Menton and Monaco from Nice

Discover the French and Italian riviera with this 9 hour van tour. Enjoy the opportunity to learn about the way of life of local people and build great ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $545.70
Monaco Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Nice, Eze, La Turbie, Monaco and Monte Carlo, Monaco, ... 
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Monaco Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Nice, Eze, La Turbie, Monaco and Monte Carlo

In this 8 hour tour, you will discover many of the French Riviera highlights. Explore the old city of Nice and its flower market or flee market on Mondays. ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: Flexible

From USD $753.07

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