Villefranche Shore Excursion: Small-Group Monaco and Eze Half-Day Tour

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Villefranche Shore Excursion: Small-Group Monaco and Eze Half-Day Tour
from AUD $108.06
Take advantage of your time in port in Villefranche, near Nice, by discovering two gems of the French Riviera: Eze and Monaco. On this small-group shore excursion, visit the picturesque village of Eze for a guided tour of the Fragonard perfumery. Then enter glitzy Monaco to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Prince's Palace, drive along the world-famous Formula One Grand Prix race circuit and visit Monte Carlo’s Casino Square.

This small-group morning or afternoon tour is limited to eight people, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your guide.
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In Brief

Nice, France
4 hours
Important InfoInfo
When your cruise ship docks at the Villefranche-sur-Mer port, about 15 minutes up the coast from Nice, your guide will be waiting for you at the cruise terminal to take you on your half-day shore excursion to Eze and Monaco.

Board the 8-passenger minivan, and enjoy views of the French Riviera and the Mediterranean as you drive along the spectacular coastal road to your first stop, the lovely medieval village of Eze.

Eze offers breathtaking views of the Côte d'Azur from its hill-top location of 1,400 feet (427 meters). Start with a guided walking tour of the town, filled with charming artisan shops, and then head to the Fragonard perfumery to discover the exquisite art of French perfume making. Learn about the history of the esteemed Fragonard brand, trace the steps involved in perfume production and savor the fragrant aromas of the finished products.

Continue driving along the Middle Corniche through the village of La Turbie, known as the 'Terrace of Monaco,' where you’ll see an impressive Roman monument called the Trophy of the Alps (Trophée des Alpes). Then cross the border into the glamorous principality of Monaco — the second-smallest country in the world!

On the morning tour, you’ll attend the Changing of the Guard ceremony (performing 11:55am only) at the Prince's Palace (Palais Princier). Then head to Monaco Cathedral, the resting place of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. Learn about the cathedral’s history and admire the fine Roman-Byzantine architecture.

Soak up Monaco’s luxurious atmosphere as you drive along the road used in the Formula One Grand Prix race event, which attracts thousands of motorsports fans from all over the world each year. Then take a stroll around Casino Square in Monte Carlo, the stomping grounds of the rich and famous filled with impressive hotels, luxury cars and beautiful gardens.

After your tour of Monaco, relax on the coastal drive back to Villefranche to conclude your half-day shore excursion.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Villefranche-sur-Mer port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.


  • Professional guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned luxury minivan
  • Guided tour of perfumery in Eze
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Time

Your tour will depart in the morning or afternoon (depending on the option you choose) but will vary according to your ship’s docking time. Please contact the local supplier after booking to confirm the exact time. Contact details will be provided on the voucher that will be emailed to you after booking.

Departure Point

Port of Villefranche-sur-Mer, near Nice

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

We had a fabulous tour with an amazing guide. Katarina. Very informative and personable. We got a lot of local information which comes from a Guide who lives in the locality. Definitely recommend this tour.
• Submitted 14 Nov 2019
Great tour, the guide did a wonderful job taking us around. Love these small groups, got to see everything plus more. Would book with this company again.
• Submitted 28 Oct 2019
We recently were on a small group excursion to Eze and Monaco. Reno, our guide and driver, was very knowledgeable about the area and has deep knowledge of the culture and folkways -- making the excursion fun and informative. He knows his way around and got us to a perfect spot for pictures in Monaco. Many thanks to Reno --- you're great! -- Esdras and Sonia Tulier
• Submitted 17 Oct 2019
We took this trip with my elderly mother and aunt who have trouble walking long areas. The driver (Hanier) was very considerate towards them and the tour was just what we had expected. There is not a lot of walking but you are able to see the few sights and Monaco. Monaco was beautiful. The water and yachts were beautiful to look at. You could enter the Casino from a lobby door which was no charge to go into, but if you actually wanted to go into the Casino, the cost was 14 Euro. I personally did not go in.
• Submitted 08 Oct 2019
Guide is professional and eager to show us the senic areas. Helpful an knowledgeable with good explanation.
• Submitted 03 Oct 2019
A wonderful tour. Our group of 8 saw so much. Monaco was beautiful, and Eze is charming. Our guide was knowledgeable and shared a lot of history with us as well as what it is like to live there today. Highly recommend this tour. Even the perfume factory was fun, and great products!
• Submitted 12 Nov 2017
Jennifer wad great and the scenery was fantastic. She gave its plenty of free time for pics and exploring. Highly recommended
• Submitted 15 Oct 2017
A most enjoyable tour! Our tour guide was a handsome young man formerly from Russia. forgotten his name!He spoke English well and was very knowledgeable of the area.He never seemed to rush us and was a very good driver, never felt nervous on the winding, hilly roads. A very worthwhile time and money spent! Canada.
• Submitted 13 Oct 2017
Our guide was right on time and was extremely entertaining. It was a wonderful day and well worth the expense. Do remember that if you are on a travel pass with your phone service that Monaco and Monte Carlo are charged differently you will be roaming. You are out of France when you cross over to these two countries.
• Submitted 09 Oct 2017
A great way to see this beautiful area of France and Monaco. Eze was amazing, Monaco's wealth was apparent everywhere. Our tour guide was very good, lots of information!
• Submitted 28 Sep 2017
Excellent tour. Marion our tour guide was excellent and made the trip even more enjoyable!
• Submitted 25 Sep 2017
Wonderful tour. Our guide, Moumem was the best!
• Submitted 19 Sep 2017
Excellent tour. My family and I were just here for one day during a cruise and wanted a tour that would give us a chance to really see the French Riviera. Our tour guide Mago was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the area and even took us to a special spot where we were able to see the entire coastline from Monaco to St. Tropez he's not going to like that I let his secret out. I would definitely recommend the tour as well as Mago as a guide.
• Submitted 31 Aug 2017
Sebastian was great-he knows his way around and pointed out places of interest. The first part of the trip went to Eze where there is a lot of steps to go up to get the best view. As we were in a small van we were able to drive to the end of the road (which coaches couldnt do) so good for me.
• Submitted 29 Aug 2017
Our guide was sooo knowledgeable, pleasant, accommodating and kept us right on schedule to return to our ship. We highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 25 Aug 2017
Great Tour! We took this tour with our 13 year old son. The group was small, as promised in the description. It was us and one other family. Well air conditioned, comfortable minivan. Our guide, Reno, was FANTASTIC! He was extremely knowledgeable, engaging and kept us laughing. He was also a great driver - key skill to have in Monaco! You see many things - perfume factory, great scenery, casino, castle - all in only 4 hours. Reno took many great pictures for us as well. This tour moves quickly, so I would recommend it highly if you want something that is not too tiring and covers a lot of ground. Great for teenagers we had 4 on our tour. Also great value for the price. We did 6-7 tours in Europe and this one wins for overall value. If you are visiting the area - BOOK THIS TOUR!
• Submitted 22 Aug 2017
Hermosa excursion, pudimos descubrir el encanto de Eze, antigua y hermosa, ir a la famosa perfumeria y para terminar nuestro guia hizo el mismo recorrido de la carrera de Formula 1 y nos llevo a disfrutar de las mejores vistas y el casino de Monaco.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2017
Right time pick up. No hazzles and our driver/guide able to explain all tour. Love it.
• Submitted 10 Aug 2017
The tour was fantastic and Mouman was a great guide! He took us to all the beautiful spots and gave us all the history of what we were viewing. We would definitely recommend this tour!
• Submitted 03 Aug 2017
This really was amazing! Our driver, Mirian, was a beaitiful, vibrant, informative young lady. We laughed and really enjoyed our day with her. Quality work.
• Submitted 27 Jul 2017
I want to thank Viator for being incredibly patient and helpful when we discovered that a tour that we had booked was not going to work with our cruise schedule. They helped us find the perfect tour to fit our schedule and budget. Our guide, Cathy, was delightful and took excellent care of us!
• Submitted 25 Jul 2017
We loved this tour! The town of Villefranche was amazing and the drive to Monaco was stunning! Our driver was so fun and knowledgeable. We had booked the early morning tour not realizing that our tender would take too long to disembark from our cruise ship. When we called to explain our situation, they happily changed our reservation to the afternoon tour. They were so accommodating! We highly recommend this tour group!
• Submitted 05 Jul 2017
Wonderful tour! Loved the tour of the Fragonard perfume factory.
• Submitted 28 Jun 2017
Great day with great people and a lovely guide in Chamille! I highly recomend!
• Submitted 23 Jun 2017

In Brief

Nice, France
4 hours

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