It is said that Hercules himself passed through the area known as Monoikos, building its first port and commanding the love of the residents who proceeded to build him a number of temples. Centuries later, the tiny land has itself birthed tales and traditions of Herculean proportion centered first around the famous Garibaldi family and today around Monaco’s indulgent natural and cultural beauty. While casinos and exclusive beach-side resorts are the main draw for many to this city-state nearly engulfed by France, this tiny kingdom, steeped in history, continues to promote a vibrant arts culture. Whether lounging on the beach or enjoying one of the weekly choral concerts at St. Nicholas’s Cathedral, Monaco can be paired with nearby France for an unforgettable concert tour.
Of course, Monaco and its beautiful main city of Monte Carlo are more or less an integral part of France. Classical Movements was co-founded by a Frenchmen and the company has done tours there since 1995 and sent about 50 different groups there over time or which about half have also been to Monte Carlo/Monaco. It also combines well with Italy.