The tiny principality of Monaco may be one of the world’s smallest countries, but what it lacks in scale it more than makes up for in glamour. Frequented by royalty, celebrities, and high rollers, its attractions range from beaches and boutiques to the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino. Here’s how to see it all in one day.
Monaco’s petite size makes it an accessible city to discover in a day—and a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour provides a seamless way to begin your explorations. Find a seat on the top deck, soak up the Mediterranean sun, and enjoy the lofty vantage point. You can look forward to seeing major landmarks ranging from the Prince’s Palace and Monaco Cathedral to the Monte Carlo Casino and Villa Sauber, home to the New National Museum of Monaco. Alternatively, a private walking tour offers a relaxed way to get up close and personal with the sights.
Monaco’s Formula 1 circuit—located right on its streets—is one of the world’s most famous racetracks, and the city is widely celebrated for its automotive associations. In the afternoon, trade the passenger seat for a place behind the wheel, and explore Monaco in incomparable style, when you book a supercar experience. Pick between a Lamborghini and a Ferrari, slip into the driver’s seat, and listen to the engine’s powerful roar as you round tight corners on the circuit or follow sun-drenched Mediterranean roads. When in Monaco, drive as the A-listers do.
Once the sun goes down, Monaco’s glittering party people come out to see and be seen—and the city takes on an especially enchanting allure. Set out on an after-dark tour and you can soak up the ambiance at Casino Square; see a new, luminous perspective of its top attractions; dine on the terrace of a gourmet restaurant; or order a decadent dessert at the Café de Paris. Some itineraries even invite you into the rarefied environs of the Monte Carlo Casino, should you wish to dress up in your finery (and see if Lady Luck is on your side).