Monte Carlo tours and excursions
Monte Carlo tours
Heli-Air Monaco offers spectacular chopper tours above the principality and further afield if you want to sightsee in style. You can even zip off for a spot of skiing in the Alps in winter. Naturally, they don't come cheap.Tel: +377 9205 0050.
If you don't fancy puffing and panting your way up the steep gradients of Monte Carlo then you can always take an open-top bus tour. The hop-on, hop-off service has 12 stops in total and takes you around all the key sights plus parts of the Grand Prix circuit.Website: http://monacolegrandtour.com/en
Monte Carlo excursions
The resort of Menton lies 8km (5 miles) east of Monaco before the Italian border and is a sleepy affair compared to Nice. There's a promenade and green parks on hand for idle strolling, and plenty of pavement cafés and restaurants to enjoy afterwards. Its best visited during February's La Fête du Citron, when floats made of lemons and oranges wind through the streets.Tel: +33 4 9241 7676.
A short, scenic train ride from Monte Carlo is Nice, France's fifth largest city. Situated along the Côte d'Azur, 14km (9 miles) west of Monaco, this lively city has been one of the Med's most fashionable resorts for centuries. It has much to offer by way of art, history and architecture.Tel: +33 892 707 407.