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Private Eze And Monte Carlo

Discover the ancient and the elegant of the French Riviera during a picturesque visit to the medieval village of Eze, and the Principality of Monaco.

Private Eze and Monte Carlo

After meeting your professionally trained private guide on the pier, you will travel along the middle Corniche to tour the amazing medieval village of Eze.

The area surrounding Eze was first populated around 2000 B.C. Not only the Romans but also the Moors subsequently occupied the area, until they were driven out by William of Provence in 973. In the 1300s, the town became a fortified stronghold because of its proximity to Nice. For the next 500 years, Eze was seized by the French, the Turks, and Genoa, until it finally became a part of France in 1860.

Eze has been compared to an eagle's nest because of its location overlooking a high cliff more than 1,400 feet above sea level. The oldest building in the village is the Chapelle de la Sainte Croix, and dates back to 1306. The shape of the bell-turret is an indication that the village once belonged to the Republic of Genoa. The views, the ancient walls, the twisting, turning pedestrian streets, lead the mind to wander. Walt Disney spent a significant amount of time in Eze.

The small medieval village has many shops, art galleries, hotels and restaurants that attract a large number of tourists. It has become more of a sight than a town, as few local residents live here anymore. Departing from the car park, you will ascend on foot to the lofty village with its small, quaint, cobblestone pedestrian streets. Those making the hike to the top are rewarded with spectacular views as far as Antibes on a clear day.

You will then drive to tour the Principality of Monaco, the second smallest country in the world after Vatican City. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour through the narrow streets of the old town to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, where the Princes and Princesses of Monaco are buried (including Princess Grace), and then to the Palace Square, which is dominated by the residence of Prince Albert II. From the square, you have wonderful views over the harbor and towards the Casino Square area, on an adjacent hill. Free time to explore the small streets of the old town will be taken before returning to the pier.

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Tour Type
Private
 
Group Size
Private
 
Activity Type(s)
Scenic
 
Tour Duration
4 Hours
 
Activity Level
Difficult
 
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
 
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
 
Special Instructions
As you will be visiting a religious or memorial site, shoulders and knees must be covered. Sensible flat-soled walking shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended.
 
Restrictions
Eze is a hilltop town and can only be reached by walking up numerous inclines and cobblestone steps of various sizes. Very few steps have hand rails. In Monte Carlo, there is a gradual incline from the parking area up to the cathedral and palace. Participants must be able to walk on cobblestone surfaces, inclines, and steps. This tour is not wheelchair accessible, and is not recommended for people who use walkers or canes. Children ages 2 and younger may attend the tour free of charge.
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About Shore Excursions Group
ABOUT US
Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

Our Approach
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

Our Tours
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

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In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.

Our Owners
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.

Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.

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