Cruise Trip Shore Excursion in Nice Cannes Monaco Cote d'Azur - France

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FRANCE    Shore Excursions & Tours
Cannes  Nice  Villefranche  Montecarlo  Monaco

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 Cannes Shore Excursion 1: A Day in Monaco - Montecarlo
 Cannes Shore Excursion 2: A Glimpse of Monaco
 Cannes Shore Excursion 3: Grasse & St. Paul de Vence
  Cannes Shore Excursion 4: Nice Highlights
  Cannes Shore Excursion 5: St. Paul de Vence

                                   Shore Excursion in Monte Carlo                                                 
Duration: Approximately 8 - 9 hours

Begin your tour with a stop at the ancient settlement of Monaco-Ville, atop a 200-foot-high promontory called The Rock. A guide will accompany you on a walk through the narrow and picturesque streets to the 19th-century neo-Romanesque St. Nicholas Cathedral. Inside, you may visit the final resting place of Princess Grace. From the Cathedral, walk to the Palace where you will see the colorful changing of the guard. Enjoy some free time to walk around or to relax, before having lunch at a local restaurant. Continue the tour with a ride along the Grand Prix circuit to the fabulous resort of Monte Carlo. After a guided tour of the world famous Grand Casino, you will have some free time to explore, or just mingle with the chic, affluent tourists on Monaco's friendly streets.

Note: Inside visits to the Cathedral are not allowed if religious services are in progress.

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                                             Shore Excursion Glimpse of Monaco                                       
Duration: Approximately 5 hours

You'll delight in this excursion to worldly Monaco, a staunchly independent little country on the Riviera, perhaps best known for its opulent casinos. You'll visit Monaco-Ville, high atop the Rock, a 220-foot-high promontory that is the site of the royal palace and the government building. Take elevators and escalators to the top for a walking tour along the steep, narrow streets, and visit the cathedral that houses the tomb of Princess Grace. Before returning to the ship, enjoy some free time shopping or relaxing in a café.

Note: Inside visits to the Cathedral are not permitted if religious services are in progress.

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                                    Shore Excursion Grasse & St. Paul de Vence                                     
Duration: Approximately 5 hours


Begin this tour with a scenic ride to Grasse, certainly the most fragrant town on the Riviera. Surrounded by fields of jasmine and roses, it is the capital of the French perfume industry. On a fascinating tour of the Parfumerie Fragonard museum and factory, you'll learn about the history of perfume making and how flowers are turned into liquid fragrances. Back on board your motorcoach, you'll pass through a river canyon to the 16th-century town of St. Paul de Vence. With its assemblage of stone houses and narrow walkways and its location amid colorful terraced vineyards, bougainvillea and mimosa blossoms, it is considered by many to be the Cote d'Azur's most picturesque village. You'll take a walking tour through this historic medieval walled town, exploring the wonderful shops, art galleries and boutiques. Afterwards, you'll have time to shop on your own and relax in a café. Or visit the Maeght Foundation, a modern art museum in an avant garde building, featuring works by Chagall, Braque, Miro, Kandinski, Leger and Matisse, along with many other examples of 20th-century paintings and sculptures.

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                                            Shore Excursion Nice Highlights                                                           
Duration: Approximately 4 - 5 hours

The sprawling city of Nice, colonized by the Greeks 2,000 years ago, enjoys a fantastic setting on the hill-framed curve of the Baie de Anges. Posh hotels and promenades attract scores of visitors each year. Start with a drive along a scenic seaside road to Nice. Once there, you'll travel along the Promenade de Anglais, a splendid palm-fringed boulevard stretching three miles beside the Baie de Anges. You will see the Russian Orthodox Church, built by Tsar Nicholas II and considered the most beautiful religious edifice of the Orthodoxy outside Russia. Its pink bricks, light gray marble and six onion domes add an exotic touch to Nice's skyline. Next, you'll arrive in Vieille
Ville, the Old Town of Nice. The narrow streets teem with life and are filled with excellent, moderately priced restaurants. Before your return to the ship you'll have time to walk around and explore or relax in a café.

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                                             Shore Excursion to St. Paul de Vence                                                      
Duration: Approximately 3 - 4 hours

St. Paul de Vence was built by Francois I in the 16th century. Alternatively, it has been a town of noblemen, peasants, art and artists. Your excursion begins with a drive into the foothills toward this fortified village. Situated amid colorful terraced vineyards, bougainvillea and mimosa blossoms, this assemblage of stone houses and narrow walkways is considered by many to be the Cote d' Azur's most picturesque village. After you arrive, you'll enjoy a walking tour along this historic old medieval walled town. You can explore the wonderful shops, art galleries and boutiques. Afterwards, you'll have some time to shop on your own and relax with a cool drink or snack in a nice café. You may wish to visit the Maeght Foundation, one of the most modern art museums in all of Europe, housing the finest collection of contemporary art on the Riviera in an impressive avant garde building. Works by Chagall, Braque, Miró, Kandinski, Leger and Matisse are on view, along with many other examples of 20th century paintings and sculptures.

Note: The tour of St. Paul de Vence is on foot over cobblestone streets. There is a 1/2 mile walk from where coaches stop to the town of St. Paul de Vence. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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