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Monte Carlo

The small principality of Monaco has for centuries attracted holidaymakers, due to its perfect location on the Riviera as well as its luxurious take on life with its famous casinos, great boutiques and restaurants as well as the fleet of grandiose yachts that populate the marina. You can experience the sights of Monte Carlo and the rest of Monaco from above through a helicopter tour, arriving in style from Nice Airport, before taking in the streets and avenues by feet. Apart from the casinos of Monte Carlo, there are numerous other adventures and experiences to be found in the principality. See the changing of the guards at 11.55am in front of the royal Palace, before exploring the plentiful shopping opportunities around Place du Casino, even if you are just there for a bit of window-shopping or celebrity-spotting. Although the city is full of stunning cars throughout the year, in late spring Monte Carlo is home to its famous world Grand Prix, where the Formula 1-elite race through the narrow bends of the streets. If you want to explore the history of the race, visit the Monaco Top Cars Collection, which holds Prince Rainier’s own armada of classic race cars. For a version of Monte Carlo that is less fuelled by adrenaline and jet setting, there are plenty of scenic parks and interesting museums to be found here too. Poised on the cliffs just above the sea, the Oceanographic Museum, where the world-famous explore Jacques-Yves Cousteau was a director for 30 years, aims to educate and captivate visitors with its fascinating collection of marine life and interactive exhibitions. You can also opt for an exploration of colourful plants and cacti, as well as enjoy the views of the sea from the Jardin Exotique, or head to the Jardin Animilier de Monaco to see the different animals and birds that are housed here among tranquil greenery. After a day of exploring the city, it is time to dress up and mingle among rich and famous at the Casino de Monte Carlo. Monaco is where the stars hang out and the moon gleams in the Mediterranean night. 

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