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Monaco Grand Prix

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Few race tracks in the world have the glamour and prestige of world famous Grand Prix de Monaco, one of the most important stages of the Formula One season. The circuit de Monaco uses Monte Carlo’s city streets and La Condamine, which includes the famous harbour, and seeing the cars scream round the city, navigating the tight hairpins and passing the luxurious yachts at harbour is an experience racing enthusiasts will cherish.

The tight corners and narrow roads make the Monaco Grand Prix one of the most enthralling races in the Formula One calendar, with more action than most other Grand Prix races and a sense of drama that is sometimes not found with other races, even though overtaking is nigh on impossible.

To have a chance to see this world-famous race that will live long in the memory, planning is key. Pretty much everything needs to be reserved, while most Formula One fans stay in Nice, Cannes or Menton as these are usually cheaper and not fully booked a year in advance.

A trip to the Monaco Grand Prix is really a taste of the high life. The wealthy watch from the Hotel Hermitage, while the super rich watch from their yachts – and then there’s the Grimaldis, who see the race start and finish from the Royal Box.

Although a pricey endeavour, a rooftop party where you can watch all the action below is an amazing way to see the Grand Prix, but be prepared to flash the cash or call in a favour from friends in very high places indeed.

Written by  John Johnston.

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Perhaps the best place to watch the Monaco Grand Prix is from a superyacht moored in the port. You don't have to be a multimillionaire and rent your own yacht. Many of the yachts offer all inclusive daily tickets that allow you to enjoy the experience for a relatively reasonable cost. The is also a hotel on the port called the Miramar that has a roof terrace with amazing views on the track. They also offer packages for race day including all your food and drinks. When you consider how much a grandstand ticket costs, these hospitality packages actually offer very good value. If race day is too expensive, perhaps consider doing practice or qualifying.

Monaco Grand Prix Cruise

Board a cruise ship that will take you through Italy, France and onto Monaco. An 8 day journey to Portofino, Nice and Cannes with the majority of your stay in Monaco for the Grand Prix...

Off the coast of France, an independent country basks in the Mediterranean sun. Monaco is a dreamy country by the sea, which attracts both celebrities and travellers alike. Monaco is the second smallest country in the world behind Vatican City, at just over 2 square kilometres. The small population of 33,000 makes Monaco even more attractive to visitors.

The country has 4 smaller districts: Monaco-Ville, Monte-Carlo, La Condamine and Fontvieille. The country is accessible by train, plane, road, rail and boat.

The Monaco Grand Prix has been held annually since 1929 and was begun by Antony Noghes. It is an invigorating and popular event for citizens, celebrities, visitors and is frequented by the glitterati every year. The Grand Prix is 78 laps on a 3.340 square kilometre on the Circuit de Monaco and goes through the districts of Monte-Carlo and La Condamine. The race winds around narrow curves and tunnels and is notorious for being a particularly dangerous course. The famous harbor in Monte-Carlo is featured during the race and is a particularly tricky turn for drivers. A few drivers in the race have even ended up in this harbor accidentally.

During your cruise you will get the opportunity to watch this race from either your cruise ship or up close with the rest of the crowd on the streets. The Monaco Grand Prix is a popular event and gets booked up quickly. Arrangements must be reserved in advanced.

While in Monaco keep one eye out for celebrities and one eye on the dangerous race in front of you. Enjoy the expensive yachts in the bay and the exciting streets of shops. The Grand Casino, Oceanographic Museum and Palais Princier, or the Prince’s Palace, are also essential places to visit while here. Contact to purchase tickets to this once in a lifetime experience.

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