The playground of princes and celebrities—and also one of the Côte d’Azur’s handsomest locales—Monaco is the perfect place to indulge your decadent side. Three days gives you enough time to see highlights like the Monte Carlo Casino and Prince’s Palace and also head to the French Riviera. Here’s a dream itinerary for three days in Monaco.
Day 1: Sightseeing in Style
One of the world’s smallest countries, petite Monaco is easy to explore. Dedicate your first day in the principality to visiting its key attractions: Start your morning with a hop-on hop-off bus tour to orient yourself in the city, and head to the upper deck for the best views of the Monaco Cathedral (where Prince Rainier III married Grace Kelly), the Monte Carlo Casino, the Prince’s Palace, and more.
After lunch, jet off on a luxury yacht tour. Travel like the locals do, and see Monaco from the water’s edge (as well as nearby attractions like Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Menton). If the weather is fine, you can even go for a dip in the Mediterranean’s turquoise waters. In the evening, wind down with an amble along Larvotto Beach. Or, for a particularly memorable conclusion to the day, take to the skies on a sunset helicopter tour of the Riviera.
Day 2: Culture and Glamour
Whether you’re a high roller, movie star, or royal (or merely want to feel like one), extravagant Monaco is the perfect place to indulge your decadent side. Make your second day in town all about pursuing the finer things. After a languorous breakfast—preferably on a beachfront terrace—embark on a shopping excursion in the city’s myriad of high-end boutiques. Following your dose of retail therapy, raise the glamour stakes by going on a supercar jaunt around the city. Whether you wish to get behind the wheel or merely watch the scenery go by, there are few better ways to explore than by Ferrari or Lamborghini. In the evening, summon the spirit of James Bond when you venture to Casino Square. The Café de Paris makes for a fittingly elegant place to dine, though Monte Carlo Casino is the area’s true gem. Venture inside for a roll of the dice or a nightcap.
Day 3: French Riviera Excursions
Tempting as it may be to continue lounging in the lap of luxury in Monaco, you should use your last day to see some of the many French Riviera destinations accessible from the city. Nice—considered the de facto capital of the Côte d’Azur—is a popular option; when traffic is good, it’s less than 30 minutes away. Visit the city’s cultural highlights, like the Matisse Museum or Marc Chagall National Museum; admire sea views from the Promenade des Anglais; or even embark on a yacht tour of the Baie des Anges. Alternatively, pick a guided tour that fits multiple French Riviera destinations into a single day, and round out your trip in star-studded Cannes, lavender-scented Grasse, ultra-luxurious Antibes, hilltop Èze, and other paradisiacal Mediterranean hotspots.