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Monaco Shore Excursion: Small-Group Monaco and Eze Half-Day Tour

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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.
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Excellent Excursion
kenshelton47
, Nov 2019
My wife and I enjoyed every minute of our tour above and beyond Monaco into neighboring France and and back into Monaco. We gained a much broader perspective and learned the history. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
We are happy to know that the half day tour to Monaco was a great and interesting experience for you and your wife. Thank you for your feedback ! Livenup Team
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Monaco and Eze
David A
, Nov 2019
Eze is well worth seeing. Enjoyed going there. Skip the perfume factory if you can. Saw as much of Monaco we could see in a short amount of time. I would recommend this tour.
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Excellent experience!
LovingLifeEachDay
, Nov 2019
What a wonderful day we had in Monaco. Our driver Vito was very friendly and very knowledgeable. Our half day tour was exactly as described. We enjoyed all the sites, and will remember this day always.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hello, We really loved your comment! It made us very happy! Thank you for your time and your kind words! Wish you all the best!
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Great excursion
travelqueen604
, Oct 2019
Great excursion, Guide very knowledgable and attentive. We had a delay with the tender and they waited for us.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thanks you for your review ! The satisfaction of our guests is very important for us. Our commitment: Doing our best for everyone! With Kind Regards, LIVEN UP
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Our guide was a delight
Alice J
, Oct 2019
We had a wonderful time with Sabine on our small group tour of Monaco and Eze Village. She was a great guide and we loved her commentary and the locations she took as to.
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Great way to get a taste of Monaco.
Explore825873
, Sep 2019
I have to say that this tour had the makings of being a disastrous day. We were met at the ship by our guide, Zara, who was absolutely fantastic. From there, it started to absolutely POUR rain. Our first stop was the perfume factory, which was a really interesting experience. Sort of like a wine tasting, but with your nose and different perfumes made at Fraganoud. After that, we made our way to Eze where it was still POURING. Zara took most of us to the top of hill (a pretty steep climb in the rain), and those who didn't want to go stayed in the little town to shop or get a coffee. After that, we were supposed to see the changing of the guards at the palace, but due to the rain, they didn't do it. We had the option of getting out of the car to walk around the palace for an hour and then over to the casino, but it was raining so hard that nobody wanted to leave the shelter of the van! As an alternative, Zara drove us all around Monte Carlo, making several loops to show us all the sites and gave a running commentary (very witty too!) of line in Monaco. It would have been miserable in the rain and honestly, we probably saw just as much as if we had walked around. She was wonderful and made a sunshine out of a rainy day!
star-5
Great tour & guide!
marycT9060RA
, Sep 2019
Great 8 person tour, great guide, very informative, very knowledgeable, friendly. Tour guide was local & very delightful.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you so much for your feedback! Whole team is very committed to giving you the best experience on the French riviera
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Monaco Shore Excursion -Monaco and Eze
Neil W
, Jul 2019
Xavier was excellent - he provided us with the perfect amount of information. He was very knowledgeable on all aspects of the area, plus he Was very aware of the various needs of the group. I would definitely recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hello, Thank you for your fabulous comment your wonderful, inspiration message will help us stay positive and energized. Many thanks from our whole team!
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Not good unless your love perfume!
curtiss93
, Jun 2019
The sites were good and our guide was excellent. Unfortunately you get very little time at the places you would like to spend time. This would be understandable if it was just because of the limited time of the tour, but the perfume factory tour was too much time and no one wanted to be there. It is just a stop to try and sell you something and took over 45 minutes of a 4 hour tour. I did not think this was our guides fault as he was doing what he was told to do but you feel a little swindled by it and we had no option to skip it. I would not recommend the tour strictly because of this. Eze was great and the palace area was too but you end up with only a few minutes at each to explore. I would not recommend the tour because of the perfume factory portion taking your time.
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great tour!
HilsTassie
, Jun 2019
four hour tour of Monaco - was great . Driver and guide Ben knowledgeable pleasant and and good driver. We saw all the best and most beautiful places including a walk around the beautiful Eze and through the MonteCarlo casino plus a (slow) lap of the grand prix circuit

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