The Principality of Monaco is the world’s second smallest country (after Vatican City) and the most densely populated. It stashes 38,400 people, a full 30% of whom are millionaires or billionaires, into a mere 202 hectares – about 500 acres. With hillside Belle Époque and high rise architecture facing the Ligurian Sea, it presents a luxurious and pleasured face. Prince Albert II, son of Rainer & Grace Kelly, rules this constitutional monarchy. It is most noted for its world-famous casino at Monte Carlo, its Formula One Grand Prix and its status as a tax haven – a siren call to the rich and famous … and James Bond!
Expand your horizons… Monaco is surrounded on three sides – north, east and west – by France, and by the Ligurian Sea to the south. It is only 16 km (9 miles) from the border of the Italian Riviera. Combine it easily with jet-set Portofino or the pastel villages of Cinque Terre, both in Liguria, or with the Shroud of Turin and Barolo and Barbaresco wine tasting, both in Piedmont.
Note: The next two driving tours are private and include an English-speaking driver at your disposition. Although he is not a licensed tour guide, he will give you commentary on the sights you will see and wait for you as you visit attractions and monuments. Tours are priced based on pick-up point and number of participants.