Monaco Three-day Travel Itinerary
Monaco boasts of world-class casinos, first-rate hotels, exotic gardens, a Grand Prix track, busy harbor, and a Hollywood aura on it. One will definitely enjoy a visit in this independent city-state in the French Riviera. There are so many choices to make. from day tours and outdoor activities to culture and shopping trips. One may wonder where to begin when taking a vacation. There are just so many places to visit and so much to see. That is why Iconic Riviera will provide in this post a three-day travel itinerary for travelers that they can follow when visiting this exciting destination in Côte d’Azur.
First day: A culture encounter
To begin with, one can engage in the rich heritage and culture in this opulent and luxurious city. The following are the recommended place to visit on the first day:
- Palais Princier de Monaco: Take a regal tour in this grandiose and princely residence of the Grimaldi dynasty since the 13th-century. Witness the traditional changing of the guards every morning on the square in front of the palace.
- Musée d’Anthropologie Préhistorique de Monaco: See the archeological findings and scientific discoveries on the area around the French Riviera through the various artifacts and fossils displays. The museum is in the center of the Jardin Exotique de Monaco.
- Musée Océanographique de Monaco: Discover the diverse collection of about 6000 aquatic species in this wonderful museum. Learn how to appreciate the ocean and the life on it through the exhibits.
- Monaco Cathedral: Visit the place where the Grimaldis are buried, including Princess Grace Kelly. Take note of the altarpiece from the 1500 and the Episcopal Throne of white marbles from Tuscany, Italy.
- Port Hercule: See the yachts and the cruise ships on the docks. Also, take a tour in Circuit de Monaco around the harbor where the famous Grand Prix takes place.
Second day: Plush shopping centers and a grand casino
After seeing the city landmarks, tourists can next enjoy the luxurious life that Monaco offers. Fancy looking and buying in the extravagant shopping center, with top-brands shops and boutiques. Then, experience the thrill of playing at the casino afterward.
- Fontvielle Commercial Center: Shop with style in this rather modern shopping complex with numerous boutiques, souvenir shops, and jewelry, clothing, households, and accessory items stores. There are also restaurants, a hypermarket, and a large carpark. It has pretty much all that one needs when shopping.
- Monte-Carlo Shopping Promenade: This is the place to see the world’s top brands. It has the most opulent and upscale shops in the district like Gucci, Louis Vitton, Hermes, Valentino, Chanel, and Prada. Encircling the Casino de Monte-Carlo, it has the most expensive jewelry, haute-couture, fashion apparels, and perfumes. Starting at One Monte-Carlo go down to avenue de Monte-Carlo and Allée François Blanc.
- Galerie Metropolé: This is a glamorous shopping area with marbled stairs and stunning chandeliers. This shopping center has nothing but high-end shops and luxury items from exclusive brands ranging from fashion apparels to home interior labels. 80 grand shops await the visitors, and a café and several restaurants offer gourmet cuisine.
- Casino de Monte-Carlo: Take a respite on Praça do Cassino, a square in front of the Casino. One can find several restaurants around. If you are feeling lucky (and rich), try a high-stake game in the Casino. Also, once can have another cultural immersion by going to the Opera de Monte-Carlo just next to the Casino.
Third day: The Monagesque experience and the sea
The last day will have one observe and participate in the vibrant Monaco way of living. See the local places where people meet and do their everyday business. Afterward, enjoy the sights and the sea on a beautiful beach.
- Marché La Condamine: Buy some fresh products in this vibrant local market at Avenue du Port and right across the Prince’s Palace.
- Princess Antoinette Park: Experience fun and relaxation in this wonderful garden. One can have a picnic with friends, family, special someone, or even alone. See the hundred-year-old olive trees inside.
- Plage du Larvotto: From the park, one can pass by the Yacht Club de Monaco, Jardin de Japonais de Monaco, the Grimaldi Forum, and Monument Princesse Grace until reaching this pristine beach. It is a narrow pebble beach lined with clubs and high-rise building. It is free to the public with chair rentals and clean facilities — the best way to experience the sun and the sea.
Nearby hotels to stay
COLUMBUS HOTEL MONACO
It is in the Fontvieille district near the Monte-Carlo Formula 1 race track. With furnishings that give it a boutique-style look, it is family-friendly and one of the favorite mid-range hotels. It also has a restaurant and a terrace that overlooks the Princess Grace Rose Garden.
ADDRESS: 23 Avenue des Papalins, 98000 Monaco
PHONE: +377 92 05 90 00
HOTEL AMBASSADOR MONACO
With only a three-minute drive to Monte-Carlo Casino and half-kilometer to the Prince’s Palace, this can be your base while having a trip in Monaco. A pizzeria offers Italian dishes, and a buffet breakfast is served every morning. Guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows that give natural light.
ADDRESS: 10 Avenue Prince Pierre, 98000 Monaco
PHONE: +377 97 97 96 96
PORT PALACE HOTEL
Its proximity from the Yacht Club, the Casino, and shopping galleries gives many of the rooms here astonishing views. A boutique hotel, it comes with chic and elegant design. The hot tub and breakfast are what makes it one of the favorites.
ADDRESS: 7 Avenue J.F. Kennedy, 98000 Monaco
PHONE: +377 97 97 90 00
The most sophisticated of all the hotels in Monaco, and also the most luxurious and extravagant. It has a “Diamond Suites” that can shed one up to $ 15 000 per night. The belle-epoque spirit is everywhere, and the Mediterranean view gives it a grand setting. The Casino is only five minutes away, and the Larvotto beach is 2.5 kilometers.
ADDRESS: Square Beaumarchais, 98000 Monaco
PHONE: +377 98 06 40 00
It has two Michelin-starred restaurants, the one that serves Japanese, and the other which is Mediterranean. A heated swimming pool and landscaped gardens offer a great time for relaxation. It is near the shopping center and Boulevard des Moulins, and also a stone-throw away from the Casino. the Tourism Office, and the Grimaldi Forum.
ADDRESS: 4 Avenue de la Madone, 98000 Monaco, France
PHONE: +377 93 15 15 15
FAIRMONT MONTE CARLO
A rather luxury convention place in the center of the Municipality, the hotel is near the Formula 1 circuit and gives the best view of it in Fairmont Hairpin. It also has an excellent panorama of the blue horizon. One of the restaurants offers Japanese and South-American dishes, and the other serves Mediterranean cuisine with a champagne bar on a breath-taking sea view.
ADDRESS: 12 Avenue des Spélugues, 98000 Monaco
PHONE: +377 93 50 65 00
LE MÉRIDIEN BEACH PLAZA
It is the only hotel with a private beach. Take a dip in its indoor and outdoor swimming pools, with its ranges of restaurants and bars that have 24-hour service. An outdoor lounge adds cheer to the beach, and a hotel sauna and a beauty salon are open for every guest. The National Museum and the Grimaldi Forum are nearby.
ADDRESS: 22 Av. Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco
PHONE: +377 93 30 98 80
MONTE-CARLO BAY HOTEL AND RESORT
This hotel gives a sweeping view of Cap-Martin and the beach complex. It is next to Larvotto on Avenue Princesse Grace. The hotel has a design that mirrors a private residence, with terraces and gardens to match it. It offers relaxation amidst a sophisticated atmosphere.
ADDRESS: 22 Av. Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco
PHONE: +377 98 06 02 00
Transportation to take
From air, sea, to land, there are many choices of transport mode tourists can make to get them to the destinations in Monaco. Numerous private companies offer exclusive transportation such as cars, limos, and taxis, even yachts, but popular among traveler is the public mode such as the following:
Monaco has a public bus line that is not only budget-friendly but also accessible. Compagnie des Autobus (CAM) operates from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm and has night services from 9:20 pm to 12:20 pm every day. On Fridays and Saturdays, the service extends from 12:20 am to 4:00 am. Automated ticket machines are on each stop, and the buses stop at all major tourist destinations.
- Monaco-Ville, Monte-Carlo, and St-Roman (LINE # 1)
- Monaco-Ville, Monte-Carlo, and Jardin Exotique (LINE # 2)
- Place d’Armes, Railway Station, Monte- Carlo, and St-Roman (LINE # 4)
- Railway Station, Fontvieille, and Hospital (LINE # 5)
- Larvotto Beach and Fontvielle (LINE # 6)
- Nice, Monaco, and Menton (LINE # 100)
- Nice Airport, Monaco, and Menton (LINE # 101)
The SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer français) is a French-operated train service that traverses Monaco on the hillside high above the waterfront. There is a railway in Monaco that is underground and links Marseilles (France) through Nice and Monaco to Ventimiglia (Italy). The TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) and the TER (Transport express régional), both under SNCF has access to railway above ground. The train leaves every 15 minutes, but access is not available on late hours and in the early morning. The primary station is the Gare de Monaco. The station is served by the following services:
- High-speed services (TGV) goes from Paris, Cannes, Nice, up to Ventimiglia
- EuroCity services (Thello) goes from Marseilles, Cannes, Nice, Monaco, Ventimiglia, Genoa, going to Milan
- Night services (Russian railways) comes from Nice, Milan, Innsbruck, Vienna, Warsaw, Minsk, to Moscow
- Local Services (TER Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur) comes from Grasse, Cannes, Nice, Monaco, to Ventimiglia
The closest airport is the Nice-Côte-d’Azur airport as there is no airport in the Municipality. The airport link is Bus #100. Heliports feature shuttle service to and from Nice airport and some helicopter services charter transport to some French ski resort.
The two ports are the Port Hercule and the seaport in Fontvieille, where seasonal ferries provide services going to nearby towns like St-Tropez and Nice.
Enjoy your stay in Monaco!
Visit the Principality’s official tourism website here.