Regent Seven Seas Explorer Cruise Review Day 3
Tiny Monte Carlo offers a combination of history, beauty, entertainment and leisure. The wealthiest spot in Monaco, Monte Carlo is an enchanting place, known as the international capital of luxury and for its celebrity-sightings, casinos and nightlife.
Having been to Monte Carlo a few times before, we had booked the half day tour to Eze followed by a tour of Monaco. There was a choice of 12 included tours today, and what was really nice was that some started in the morning for a few hours, whilst others started after lunch, and some even had both a morning and afternoon departure – so perfect for those that enjoy a lie-in.
We departed the pier for the drive by coach to the scenic medieval village of Eze, built on a rocky promontory overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Eze features the ruins of a 12th-century, fortified castle perched on a rocky peak, and offers scenic views and plenty of photo opportunities. The castle grounds are home to the renowned Jardin Exotique, and offer excellent panoramic views of the coast. This was a beautiful little village, with lots of little cobble-stone passageways and shops, bars and restaurants. The Jardin was worth the 5 Euros entrance and featured elegant sculptures, a myriad of different cacti and amazing views over the bay. This was a real gem and a great tour!
After our stop here (that included free time) we re-boarded the coach and headed back to Monaco; the smallest country in the world after Vatican City. We took a walk through the Saint-Martin Gardens and ended up in Palace Square for an exterior view at Prince Rainier's magnificent residence, and it was timed so we could witness the changing of the guards at the Palace.
The tour was very enjoyable, and Eze was a lovely treat, thoroughly recommended. It would have been good to have the whisper devices on this tour as it was bit noisy walking around Monte Carlo.
We returned to the ship in time for lunch and headed to the pool grill for another of the delicious burgers! The afternoon was spent around the pool area. The pool has iridescent mosaic tiles inlaid to the surround and some very nice raised areas so guest can sit on the side with their feet in the pool, perfect for cooling off without taking a full plunge. There are also two hot tubs/Jacuzzis and plenty of sun loungers, even double lounges, punctuated by small white tables for drinks etc. The pool deck is overlooked by a mezzanine level and this area has more loungers and an innovative shaded area for those that don't want full sun, as well as some comfy looking wicker cabanas. The pool waiters kept us topped up with Mojitos!
That evening we dined in Compass Rose and enjoyed another delicious meal, however we were not finished in time to catch the show – Paradis – a Parisian-style burlesque blend of dance, song and, according to the program, “audacious costumes set to a heart-throbbing beat”.