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Perhaps the attraction that best exemplifies Monaco’s capital city is its casino. The building’s beaux-arts design was overseen by Charles Garnier, architect of the Paris opera. And likewise, this grand casino also contains the city’s opera and ballet. If this complex looks familiar, it’s because you may have seen it before in the James Bond films, “Never Say Never Again” and “Goldeneye.” It was also the inspiration for the casino in Ian Fleming’s first Bond book, “Casino Royale.”

Recent visitors said the casino is a must-see when you’re in Monaco, citing its grand decor, variety of gaming options and plentiful people-watching as prime reasons you’ll enjoy your visit. Some travelers did note the casino was on the small side, compared to the sprawling casinos of Las Vegas.

The glittering world of Monaco is your oyster with the Le Grand Tour hop-on hop-off bus pass that takes you to twelve of its most famous landmarks. Explore this playground of the ultra-elite, and discover why Monaco is the destination of choice to the ultimate in luxury and high society.

Learn about its history and beauty with eight different languages available on the audio guides on board. Visit the world-famous Casino of Monte Carlo as it glitters under the sun. Visit the Museum of Napoleonic Memories and uncover history, doing the same at the Cathedral. Learn about the waters of Monaco in the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, and see these seas yourself in the port of Fontvieille and the port of Hercules. Hop off on a stop to continue exploring on your own there, and once you’re done, hop back on the next incoming bus (intervals are every 15-30 minutes) and continue on your way. Select between unlimited hop and hop-offs for one or two days so you can explore beautiful Monaco at your own pace.

Best time to visit Monaco Things to do in Monaco

The best time to visit Monaco is in the spring or fall. April and October are both ideal months for a vacation: the weather is balmy and the room rates are reduced.

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