Some information and comments are provided by Sharon Jackson.
Princess offers 5 tours from Cannes:
1. Monaco and Monte Carlo - Approx 9 hours - $133 per personThe drive (assuming by bus but this is not stated) between Cannes and Monte Carlo is approx 1 3/4 hours but can be longer due to traffic. You'll get a guided walking tour through the Old Town of Monaco, explore Palace Square and see the Changing of the Guard which takes place in front of the Royal Palace at 11:55 AM daily. Also:
Short, guided tour of the Royal Palace and state apartments; St. Nicholas Cathedral where Princess Grace is buried; Free time in the resort of Monte Carlo and guided tour of the Casino. Shopping time is included along with lunch with wine at the Cafe de Paris or similar restaurant.
Busses not allowed in Old Town - either walk around or do the "tram" below.
2. Panoramic Monaco and Monte Carlo - Approx 5 hours - $102 per personCombined bus and "Azur Tram" tour. Same bus to Monaco and then board the tourist open-air tram for approx one hour narrated panoramic ride through Monaco and Monte Carlo. Monaco is very much a medieval town with narrow and twisting streets with tons of ancient buildings and the tram makes this tour easier. You'll also visit St. Nicholas Cathedral the The Casino and have around 1/2 hour to shop in Monaco. No lunch.
3. Monaco and Monte Carlo On Your Own - approx 8 1/2 hours - $65 per personMotorcoach to and from Fisherman Park located beneath Palace Square. Everything else is "on your own".
4. St. Paul de Vence - Approx 4 hours - $41 per personMedieval walled city in the French countryside. Famous for "art collections". A guide will walk you to the center of town and leave you on your own to wander, shop, eat, etc. Admission to the Maeght Foundation of Contemporary Art is not included and is 45 francs. Apparently this is a very famous "modern art" gallery.
5. Scenic Coastal Drive and St. Raphael - Approx 3 1/2 hours - $42 per personScenic drive along the "Golden Corniche" to the resort town of St. Raphael. Good "look" at the French Riviera. Lots of "photo opportunities" on this and cofee or tea at a local cafe in St. Raphael is included.
As with all the cities in Europe, no shorts, uncovered arms in the Cathedrals. Royal Palace is closed in May and November and you will see the outside only at those times. Cameras and video cameras not permitted in Royal Palace or Casino.
Casino: This is NOT like Las Vegas. Minimum "dress" is smart, casual attire. No beach or athletic wear. If you have ever been to a European "casino" in the evening, you will remember that mostly "formal" attire is seen, including tuxedos on the men and long gowns on the women. No one under 21 is admitted. You will need to show your passport to exchange currency and to collect winnings over 2000 francs.
Cannes itself has some beautiful beaches, wonderful cafes and architecture. Too bad there isn't at least an "overnight on board" here to enjoy more of this beautiful area of the world.
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