The French Riviera, extending along the Mediterranean Sea and including the neighboring Principality of Monaco, home to Monte Carlo, is an alluring area filled with glitz and glamour.
With seemingly endless sunny beaches, charming towns, glamorous yachts and celebrities, the French Riviera is the place to see and be seen. Also known as the Côte d’Azur, this cruising area is one of the most famous resort locations in the world. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, the moderate temperature lures all to the coastline for outdoor dining and strolling along the quays, or through the villages and fields scented by lavender and lemons.
Enchanting destinations such as St-Tropez, Nice, Cannes, Antibes, Villefranche-sur-Mer and St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat entice visitors to tread in Picasso, Matisse and Bizet’s wake. Famous for the world’s most beautiful light, over a hundred museums and more than 150 galleries keep the artistic ambiance alive, while the unique fishing villages suggest a haven for relaxation and restoration.
The French Riviera is home to some of the finest restaurants and world’s most beautiful shops. Exploring this coast takes on a new dimension of tantalizing food, wines and of course, French design and couture. Spend the afternoon sunning and swimming along the coast in a lovely anchorage, and the evening in the midst of glamour mixing at the Casino of Monte Carlo.
Relax on the aft deck of your yacht, dining under the stars, either stern to amidst the quayside cafes and nightlife or in a quiet anchorage along the coast watching the lights twinkle in the cliff-hanging villages above the coast.
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Sample French Riviera (Côte d’Azur) Yacht Charter – St. Tropez to Portofino (10 Days)
Join your yacht in St. Tropez, the international tourist mecca that has played a large part in the renown of the whole Côte d’Azur. In this almost mythical destination everything is famous: the beaches of Bouillabaisse, Caneliers, and Salins are amongst 40 on the peninsula; the Place des Lices where movie stars and local stars get together to play a game of boules or sip Pastis under the plane trees; and of course the leather Tropéziennes sandals that everyone seems to wear!
Settle in, review your itinerary and discover the St. Tropez way with its glitz, beautiful people and bounty of nightlife. Overnight.
After breakfast cruise around the headland to the famous Pampelonne beach (1.5-2 hrs). Take a swim and enjoy the sun before lunch, either on board or at Club 55, a fabulous venue to see and be seen. Later, enjoy the stunning scenery and clear waters as you cruise up to Ile de Porquerolles to anchor overnight (a 4.5 hour trip).
After a leisurely breakfast, go ashore for a walk or explore the network of caves along the stunning island coastline before your yacht heads over to the islands of Iles d’Hyeres. There are many picturesque places to anchor that are ideal settings for dinner. Leave during the night to cruise to Cannes (6 hours).
Awake in cosmopolitan Cannes. The old town of Cannes has beautiful cobbled streets, where you will find some fine food products and an abundance of trendy boutiques. Enjoy lunch at The Carlton before continuing your walk along the picturesque streets. Dinner on board or ashore.
After breakfast cruise to glamorous Cap d’Antibes (1.5 hours). The Cap d’Antibes has become known as the epitome of luxury on the Riviera, home to the rich and famous.
Enjoy lunch at the famous and exclusive Eden Roc, often described as the most fabulous hotel in the world. Everyone – from the President of the Republic and Arab princes, to stars of the stage and screen – all have stayed here in this security-conscious Shangri-la.
Eden Roc, Cap d’Antibes
Leave after lunch for a two hour cruise to Villefranche. In the afternoon, take a taxi up to the famous town of Eze. Enjoy a walk around this charming hillside village. For a spectacular dinner visit Chateau de la Chevre d’Or, a five-star resort and restaurant atop the mountain which affords an extraordinary view of the ocean and surrounding countryside.
Wake early to a delicious breakfast and stroll around the charming fishing village of Villefranche. Later, walk or taxi up to St. Cap Ferrat for lunch. Spend the afternoon touring the magnificent Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Precious artworks, tapestries, and furniture adorn the salons – in typical Rhothschildian fashion, with each room decorated in a specific “ancient regime epoque.” Allow plenty of time to also wander in the gardens. They are one of the few places on the coast where you’ll be allowed to experience the lavish pleasures of the Belle Époque Côte d’Azur. There are no less than seven themed gardens (she liked to collect). The extraordinary ensemble reigns over a hilltop at the crest of the peninsula, taking in spectacular, symmetrical views of the coastline. Return to the yacht for a late cruise toMonaco. Spend the evening viewing the Principality and the famous casino before enjoying dinner on board.
Awake in Monaco. After breakfast, wander around the tropical gardens with its Japanese garden and tour the Grimaldi Royal Palace. If time permits, you may also wish to tour the famous Cousteau Oceanographic Museum. Relax and enjoy dinner at the Louis XIV Restaurant, weather permitting. Alternatively, dine at the exquisite Café de Paris.
In the morning cruise to San Remo with its vibrant palm fringed esplanade (2.5 hours). Enjoy lunch and a walk along this playground for the rich and famous. View the colorful work displayed by local artists, or take in one of the many restaurants for lunch or dinner. For nightlife, visit one of the many clubs or casinos.
After an overnight cruise, awaken to one of the most attractive harbors in Italy, Portofino, known for its excellent selection of posh shops and fine dining. Wander to the end of one of the promontories embracing the harbor and explore the ruins of Brown’s Castle. Sit and watch the sunset over this Italian Riviera jewel. Enjoy dinner on board or ashore.