Monday, 1 May 2017

MY FIRST HELICOPTER TRIP

 
As you'll know if you've been following me on social media, I'm in Monte Carlo catching all the action at the Pokerstars Championship presented by Monte Carlo Casino®, and enjoying the sun, sea and sand. To get here, I took my first ride in a helicopter.

I flew into Nice Airport from Edinburgh on a regular plane; but I still had to get to Monaco, which is approximately 1 hour away by car. If you go by helicopter however, it takes just 7 minutes. It's a no brainer, if you want to spend the extra money.

Monacair

Monacair* are a private helicopter firm that operate out of Nice Airport. When you collect your baggage from your regular flight, you head to their desk to check in for your chartered helicopter flight. You go through their security scanners, then your baggage is put into a luxurious car with you by a porter and you are then driven a couple of minutes away from the main airport to the heliport where your helicopter is waiting.

helicopter seatbelt

The guys take your luggage to the helicopter and help you get strapped in - the seatbelt is more like a body harness than a traditional plane's seatbelt. The pilot will then look behind him to check you are strapped in and he'll take off.

inside a helicopter

It's very smooth and not all that noisy (there is sound, but not enough to have to wear headphones). The views are literally breathtaking as you fly over the sea and round the coast to Monaco from Nice. When you land, your luggage will be taken to another car and you will be driven to your home or hotel - in my case, the Le Meridien Beach Plaza in Monte Carlo.

Monacair took care of everything for me and treated me like a princess from start to finish. It was completely stress free and I think i'm addicted. Luckily, I get to do it all again in a couple of days when I'm travelling home.

Cote d'Azur coastline

The views of the Cote d'Azur were so beautiful from the helicopter that it got me thinking of other places I want to fly over. There are now so many helicopter trips I want to take! Next on my list is Walt Disney World, New York City, Italy's Amalfi Coast and Niagra Falls.

Monacair Helicopter

If you are looking for more information on the types of helicopter trips and tours you can take, and what to expect from the experience of flying bu this mode of transport, I found lots of helpful stuff on the Heli USA site - it's worth a look at for more advice and inspiration.

My trips with Monacair were given to me as a gift. All opinions are my own.

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