After the Vatican, the principality of Monaco is the world’s smallest country. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in glitz and wealth per capita. Thanks to its status as a tax haven and its famous Monte Carlo Casino, this microstate on the French Riveria attracts the super rich and those who are looking for a special luxury experience. Start the journey in style with a Helicopter trip that follows the coastline from Nice Airport straight onto the Monaco waterfront. Once in Monaco try your luck on the dice, cruising round the port in a yacht or strutting your bikini on the Monte Carlo Beach Club’s artificial beach.
People don’t come to Monaco to get back to nature – it’s the most urban country in the world but there are a few quiet, spots hidden away. Wander through the cobbled streets of Monaco-Ville and take a tour of Prince’s palace and state apartments; Visit the Princess Grace Rose Garden to see over 150 varieties of roses; Head to the Jardin Exotique, renowned for its cactus collection and splendid views of the principality.
Because of its many tiers, Monaco can be a confusing place to navigate, so it’s worth picking up a free map from the tourist office, located in the train station.
‘At-a-Glance’ Illustrative Itinerary
DAY 1: Take a morning flight to Nice and transfer through the airport to the Heliport with ease. Following a 7-minute flight check-in into the Fairmont Hotel, which is perfectly positioned - a short stroll from Casino Square, a 10-minute walk from the beach and offers unobstructed views of the sea.
DAY 2: Take a leisurely morning and book yourself into the hotel’s champagne jazz brunch on the 6th floor. Afterwards start to explore the city.
DAY 3: Enjoy some more culture, shopping and nightlife or take a day trip along the Cote d’Azur along the stunning coastal road known as the Corniche.
DAY 4: After breakfast take a swim or relax at Larvotto or on Monte Carlo Beach before making your way back to Nice Airport.