{Travel} Explore Monte Carlo in half a day 

Explore Monte Carlo in half a day and spend the rest checking out Monaco’s lavish yachts. I still can not believe that two days ago I was on a tour to explore Monte Carlo in half a day. When I booked my trip to Nice, France just over two weeks ago now I didn’t have a plan. They say traveling without a plan is the best way to explore a place. I did exactly that and would do it again in a heart beat.

Explore Monte Carlo in half a day

I had stayed at Hotel Lepante where I saw a guide brochure that gives you a chance to explore the best of the Riviera. This includes Fragonard Parfumeur Factory, Eze Village, Monte Carlo and if time permitting Antibes and Cannes. The prices weren’t cheap but considering what you get to do I think it was worth the price. I paid €100, €70 for the tour and €30 for airport transfer, I could have taken a train or bus but honestly I couldn’t be asked.


The trip was booked through the hotel but payment was made to the tour company Med-Tour. I had arranged to be collected from my hotel which is a service they offer and I think it’s quite handy. What I did between Nice and Monte Carlo I will share in another post.

This post will focus on the three main tourist attractions in Monte Carlo: Palace, Cathedral and Museum. Their other tourist attractions in the town like tourist shops, designer brands and spectacular views 360 of the hill-top.

Explore Monte Carlo in half a day 

Explore Monte Carlo in half a day

Dropped off at the only bus stop in Monte Carlo after the tour guide quickly drove through the grounds. When the tour guide left I went off straight for the Palace which was due to have a guard change shift at 11.55am. This is something I personally recommend as many other tour companies. I had seen something similar in Copenhagen outside the Palace but honestly I loved the Monte Carlo one better.

The Prince’s Palace of Monaco

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The views from the Prince’s Palace overlooking the sea on all sides was absolutely breathtaking. I couldn’t stop snapping pictures, well that was until my Canon camera packed it in. I could have kicked myself for forgetting to charge my camera but luckily I had both my iPhones with me. Arriving just before 11.55am to watch the changing of guards which was absolutely amazing and better than any other I have seen before.

Saint Martin’s Cathedral

Explore Monte Carlo in half a dayThough I didn’t go inside, apparently Grace Kelly is buried in one of the tombs inside the church. She is the first none royal person to be buried there. She is also the mother to the current ruler of Monaco, Prince Albert II of Monaco. If I was to ever visit Monaco again I would definitely check out the cathedral.

Oceanographic Museum #oceanomonaco

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I have never been inside an aquarium before nor had I ever wanted to but somehow I was drawn to this oceanic museum. Though I can’t pinpoint exactly what drew me to this museum I am glad to have explored it myself. From the moment I entered, I went straight for the aquarium where I was mesmerised for over an hour. This has never happened to me before but I wouldn’t change it for the world, it was worth the trip. I will share more about the oceanographical museum in a separate post.

Tips to consider when visiting Monaco

  • Though staying Monaco would be idea, I chose to stay in Nice where I was able to explore parts of the French Riviera.
  • There are regular buses and trains between Nice and Monaco and loads of tour companies too.
  • Visit Monaco outside peak seasons like summer, go just before winter sets in.
  • Wear appropriate footwear as most of Monaco is on hill tops and can get tiring.
  • Because there are no taxes to pay in Monaco, everything from food to land is expensive.
  • To save money book a combined tour ticket from outside Oceanographic Museum. The ticket can cover both museum and aquarium plus a tour with 12 stops in Monaco.
  • Arrive early in Monaco to have chance to explore everything on your list, stay for early parts of the night too. The Monte Carlo Casino is amazing but if gambling is not your thing there is an opera house and many restaurants to chill at.


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  1. January 3, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    Monte Carlo is one of the places in my bucket list. There are so many beautiful places to visit.

    • January 7, 2017 / 11:45 am

      Hope you manage to visit one day

  2. blm03
    December 19, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    there are so many amazing places to see! this will definiatrely be added to my bucket list.

    • January 7, 2017 / 11:45 am

      Tell me about it, this was last minute decision and I loved that I went ahead with it

  3. Valerie CottageMakingMommy
    December 18, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    I have dreamed of going to Monte Carlo for years. I’ve followed the royal family forever and I hear it is just beautiful. I’d love a day on the beach there.

    • January 7, 2017 / 11:45 am

      It’s an amazing place Valerie definitely worth a visit

  4. kerry norris
    December 17, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    Wow looks amazing. I’ve always wanted to go. The palace is stunning x

    • January 7, 2017 / 11:44 am

      The palace was absolutely gorgeous and the views all over the country were just incredible

  5. December 15, 2016 / 10:39 pm

    Funny enough I have spent half a day in Monte Carlo a few years ago. It is an amazing place.

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:20 am

      It truly is an amazing place and I bet you were able to see a lot too right?

  6. mummyandthechunks
    December 15, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    I also love to explore without a plan! I spent half a day in palma in october and had so much fun. Monte Carlo looks fab. Think I would need a day or two though!!

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:20 am

      I think I would need a day or too in Palma lol. It’s nice exporing wothout a plan and take the surroundings all in

  7. December 15, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    Love the photos. I have always wanted to visit. But the fact that it is expensive is putting me off now.

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:19 am

      If you stayed outside monaco and communted then you would reduce the expense as the bus is cheaper

  8. Clairejustineo
    December 15, 2016 / 5:10 pm

    Oh wow, it looks amazing here!! I would love to visit, beautiful pictures 🙂

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:18 am

      It sure is amazing, there is so much to see and so much to do. If you get a chance definitely pack the family and go as it is so worth it

  9. Baby Isabella
    December 15, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    We’d love to go to Monte Carlo! Just need the spending money! It’s great that you managed to pack so much in on your visit!

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:18 am

      Thanks Bella

  10. Evelina
    December 15, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    I love Monace, have been there for the 2nd time in October and would happily go back again.

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:18 am

      I can not wait to go back and check it out some more

  11. Charlotte
    December 15, 2016 / 10:36 am

    Your photos are amazing! glad you had your iPhone as a back up. x

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:17 am

      Me too, I couldn’t believe my camera battery died at the most crucial time

  12. Sheri
    December 15, 2016 / 10:36 am

    Monte Carlo is beautiful and I find the best time of year to visit Monaco is in September. Everything is perfect with not too many tourists and the weather is awesome. Lovely pics.

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:17 am

      I was fortunate to visit December and the weather was just right. But yes I was told semptember is awesome with less tourists

  13. December 15, 2016 / 8:43 am

    Your photos seriously make me want to go on holiday! What a lovely post, it looks like you got heaps done.

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:16 am

      Hahaha I am glad to hear that and yes got heaps done on my self tour

  14. Jayne
    December 15, 2016 / 8:03 am

    Wow! What an experience! Love how much you crammed into your short time there.
    🙂 x

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:16 am

      Thanks Jayne, I surprised myself too

  15. December 15, 2016 / 1:24 am

    That is a lot of great places to visit there. I would love to go to that ocean museum.

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:16 am

      I would love to go back to the oceano museum again

  16. December 14, 2016 / 10:45 pm

    Wow! That’s a lot in half a day! Those pictures make me want to visit Monaco now!

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:15 am

      You should luv it is amazing country

  17. December 14, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    I can’t believe you packed in so much in half a day. The photos look super.

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:15 am

      Thanks Nayna, it’s incredible what one can do when you set your mind to it

  18. Beautyqueenuk
    December 14, 2016 / 6:03 pm

    I am impressed with how much you have managed to fit in half a day, that is amazing and it looks beautiful x

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:14 am

      Thank you so much, I was determined to make the most of my visit

  19. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    December 14, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    Oh wow. It looks like you can pack so much in to half a day. It looks like an amazing place.

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:14 am

      You sure can with motivation and dedication

  20. December 14, 2016 / 4:42 pm

    I have never been to Monaco before but it looks like a beautiful city, I need to visit one day

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:14 am

      You should, Monaco is a beautiful country though small has so much to offer (apart from incredible views and no tax)

  21. December 14, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    I loved Monaco when I went. But like you we stayed outside and travelled in each day x

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:13 am

      I think it is a great idea to stay outside as traveling in is so cheap but staying in not so much

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:13 am

      It’s it just? I was so taken in and loved it

  22. December 14, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    What a stunning city – so beautiful and clean. It sounds like you made the most of your time there and your photos are lovely – I especially love the jelly fish – stunning!

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:12 am

      Thanks Sarah, I made the most of my visit and I am glad I did

  23. Sheila
    December 14, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    What a beautiful place! Thank You for taking me on tour. The palace is beautiful! I’ve always heard about Monaco, but it was great to see a person’s perspective up close and personal. Happy Travels!

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:12 am

      Awww thank so much Sheila, it was a total pleasure sharing this experience on the blog

  24. December 14, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    I absolutely loved the oceanographic museum.Have to try visiting it.The cathedral looks great too

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:11 am

      Thanks they are amazing places to visit boht inside and out

  25. Rebecca Swenor
    December 14, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    It sounds like you had a great time indeed in Monte Carlo. I would love to visit here some day. The palace looks gorgeous and so does the cathedral. Thanks for sharing the tips and your experience.

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:11 am

      Thanks Rebecca, I would love to go back and explore some more

  26. Briana Marie
    December 14, 2016 / 11:48 am

    The Oceanographic Museum looks sooo cool! I’d love to check that out. Nice work doing all of that in half a day.

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:10 am

      Thank you, I surprised myself too but loved it all

  27. Jo Wiggins
    December 14, 2016 / 10:38 am

    Well done for doing all that in half a day. I did it in 2 days and even then I felt I could have stayed longer x

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:10 am

      I wish I could do it for longer but when you’re pressed for time you can either do lots or none

  28. December 14, 2016 / 9:59 am

    I love the look of the ocean museum as I am a huge fan of aquariums. Sounds like you managed to squeeze quite a lot into half a day x

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:09 am

      I sure it and yes the oceano museum was just breathtaking and I spent a lot of time there

  29. Little Steps
    December 14, 2016 / 9:48 am

    Wow, would love to do this, even if it’s just a half-day like you mentioned 🙂 Must make plans. x

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:09 am

      You will not regret it I promise you that

  30. Nicole Cochingco Escat
    December 14, 2016 / 9:25 am

    Wow! Such a beautiful city! I’ve never thought that you can explore it in just a half a day, amazing! I adore all your pics.

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:09 am

      I think you can certainly do all of monte carlo in half a day and then spend the rest in other parts of monaco as its a small country

  31. Lyndsey O'Halloran
    December 14, 2016 / 7:06 am

    Oooh it sounds lovely. I don’t think I’ve ever really thought of going before

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:08 am

      I never did until I was so close it would have been a shame not to and I am glad i did go

  32. Blair Villanueva
    December 14, 2016 / 6:28 am

    Indeed, traveling without plans makes it more memorable. I remember Monte Carlo from a movie with the same title.

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:08 am

      Oh yes I remmeber the monte carlo movie lol and so true exploring without a plan is awesome way to do it.

  33. December 14, 2016 / 5:07 am

    Very cool experience in one of the most lavish places in the world. Good tip on the aquarium. We’d like to see what makes it so special too.

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:07 am

      You should visit for sure, they have the leading marine life and support for the ocean programs

  34. T-Nicole Johnson
    December 14, 2016 / 2:18 am

    This looks like such a wonderful expericence. Cant wait to visit. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:07 am

      You’re most welcome and hope you manage to visit one day

  35. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz
    December 14, 2016 / 2:15 am

    I visited Monaco a very long time ago and would love to go back. These are all great places to visit when you are there!

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:06 am

      It’s an awesome place and I am sure it remember its beauty still

  36. Jennifer
    December 14, 2016 / 2:10 am

    If I got to explore Monte Carlo I would hope to have more time than you did but you really saw a lot. It looks like such a beautiful place to explore.

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:06 am

      If I got back next time I will shedule more than a day to explore it all

  37. December 14, 2016 / 2:10 am

    I would love to visit Monte Carlo! This looks like it can be a romantic getaway for my husband and I!

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:06 am

      It is such a beautiful place to visit and would make a perfect romantic getaway

  38. December 13, 2016 / 11:23 pm

    I love exploring new places, even if we only have a short time there – I managed to pack a lot into the afternoon I spent in Washington D.C this year! I’ve never been to Monte Carlo, but sounds like there’s plenty to explore there!

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:05 am

      I am the same too and I bet you had an awesome time in DC

  39. December 13, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    I like the sound of the oceanographic museum especially since I am a big fan of educational attractions. I would love to go to Monte Carlo!

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:05 am

      It was such an amazing place to visit Ana, you would love it for sure then

  40. December 13, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    You really packed a lot into half a day! What a beautiful place to visit, and your photos are stunning. The cathedral and the palace are gorgeous and the Oceanographic Museum looks to be a fascinating place to visit.

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:04 am

      Thanks Sarah, where I can pack many adventures in I do

  41. LaaLaa
    December 13, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    What a beautiful city, I adore Cathedrals, I’ve always said I want to get married in one – such big dreams. Damn the Oceanographic Museum is one interesting sight to take in.

    • December 17, 2016 / 11:04 am

      I would love to get married in a Cathedral too one day lol, a girl can dream lol.

  42. December 13, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    What a gorgeous area! I’d love to visit. That museum looks so cool! The inside looks really lovely.

    • December 13, 2016 / 8:58 pm

      It sure is a lovely museum with so much to see and do for the entire family

  43. Pam
    December 13, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    Wow, the oceanographic museum in Monte Carlo is really cool. I would love to visit Monte Carlo for a day.

    • December 13, 2016 / 8:57 pm

      A day is what I am hoping to do next time and yes the Oceanographic Museum was just wow!!

  44. Paula Schuck
    December 13, 2016 / 5:56 pm

    I would love to visit Monet Carlo with the family one day. It’s such a gorgeous place. I LOVE the architecture.

    • December 13, 2016 / 8:57 pm

      I loved the architecture too and yes it’s a great place to visit at least once

  45. Vera Sweeney
    December 13, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    I would love to visit Monte Carlo!!! Mexico has so many amazing travel destinations to visit, especially with the cold weather hitting.

    • December 13, 2016 / 8:57 pm

      Yes Monte Carlo in Monaco is amazing,
      But I bet Mexico is a hot destination for many of us especially now.

  46. Jeanette
    December 13, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    What a beautiful place! I have heard that Monte Carlo is a awesome place to explore. I am hoping one day I can get there.

    • December 13, 2016 / 8:55 pm

      It sure is and I can not believe I was there only a few days ago

  47. Shirley Wood
    December 13, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    Such a gorgeous place to visit. The architecture is amazing. Your photos make me want to go. I don’t know if half a day would be enough for me. Great tips especially about the footwear.

    • December 13, 2016 / 8:55 pm

      Hahaha I think for next time I will allocate an entire day

  48. Alli Smith
    December 13, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    I’ve always loved and admired Grace Kelly. I would have to visit her tomb if I ever get the chance to visit Monte Carlo. It’s such a lovely place.

    • December 13, 2016 / 8:55 pm

      Me too, when I got back I will go check it out for sure

  49. Candy Kage
    December 13, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    Only half a day and you were able to see all of Monte Carlo. Nice to know how and where to go when booking trips like this. Very beautiful place.

    • December 13, 2016 / 8:54 pm

      I was and yes such a beautiful place and so much to get tucked into

  50. December 13, 2016 / 12:02 pm

    This looks like a beautiful place. I have only heard about the area, but seeing this and how much you did and saw in such a short time, I am sold! Sign me up!

    • December 13, 2016 / 8:54 pm

      Awww I am glad to hear that lol

  51. Robin Rue
    December 13, 2016 / 11:54 am

    I had no idea there was so much to see and do there. I am adding this to my must-travel-to list for the near future!!

    • December 13, 2016 / 8:54 pm

      Oh yeah there is buckets to do or better yet sit on the beach and soak up the sun

  52. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.
    December 13, 2016 / 11:45 am

    Wow, there is so much to do and see! I like the tip of “wearing appropriate footwear.” I once made that mistake when sightseeing in Turkey and my feet did not feel too good the rest of the trip!!!

    • December 13, 2016 / 8:53 pm

      There was definitely lots to see and yes I regretted my decision when I got back home wearing heels strutting around in Monaco

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