France Yacht Charters

The south of France and its Riviera, famously known as the Cote d’Azur, is a playground for the rich and famous with glamourous coastal towns drawing on the chic and luxurious. This renowned stretch of spectacular French coastline runs from Monaco down to the Iles d’Hyéres and captures the captivating St Tropez and glorious Cannes along the way. When you charter a yacht in the French Riviera you will be dazzled by opulence and sheer wonderment with a spoiling of exquisite cuisine, decadent nightlife and some of the world’s most celebrated scenery.

Your yacht charter will allow you the freedom of a leisurely cruise around the magnificent fjords and coastal inlets. Stunning beaches, world-class snorkeling, boutique shopping or people watching are just some of what the French Riviera has on offer along with unparalleled glamour and sophistication. Whether you’re looking to see and be seen or simply enjoy some privacy on your charter yacht in one of the tranquil anchorages, the French Riviera has something for everyone.

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St Tropez

St Tropez is famous for being infamous amongst the famous. It’s hard to believe that this glittering jewel of the Cote d’Azur was once a secluded fishing village. Now this exciting location, still with its charm and quaint appeal, is a popular charter yacht destination. The port of St Tropez accommodates yachts of up to 100m in length and offers plenty of dock space for your charter yacht. You would expect a town that attracts world-famous celebrities and royals alike would deliver a wealth of world-class cuisine and entertainment, and that it does. With its timeless cobbled laneways, pastel-colored portside buildings, charming old town with artisan boutiques and galleries, St Tropez is a perfect charter yacht destination to soak up, and revel in, the atmosphere of the French Riviera.
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Another high profile location of the French Riviera is Cannes. Most renowned and revered for the Cannes International Film Festival that is attended by the elite of the motion picture industry, Cannes also has a lot to offer outside of this celebration.

Wander the Croisette Promenade and take in the Art Nouveau architecture that runs alongside. Visit the 100-year-old Carlton Hotel, popular with celebrities and home to many gorgeous original art pieces, or simply marvel at its elegant facade from the street below. The appeal and charm of Cannes is abundant and its many bistros and balconettes that beckon al fresco dining, simply add to its pleasant vibe. If you’re looking to take in some history you can take Rue Saint Antoine up through the old quarter that is Le Suquet. At the top of the hill, you will find a great lookout, a church (Notre-Dame de l’Esperance) and Musee de la Castre.

Perhaps you’d prefer to take in the splendid sight of Cannes from your fabulous position on the ocean. The magnificent red hills of the Esterel mountains that rise up dramatically in the distance behind this pretty city are a spectacular sight from the comfort of your charter yacht. In calm conditions, the coast of Cannes is the perfect place to moor, swim, dive and soak up the sun. Or take a drift in your charter yacht around the Iles des Lerins, a group of Islands off Cannes including the inhabited Ile Sainte Honorat and Ile Sainte Marguerite and the smaller, Ile Saint-Ferréol and Ile de la Tradelière, all just a short cruise from the mainland.

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It’s hard to beat the Mediterranean for beautiful places to visit and when you charter a yacht in the French Riviera, Monaco has simply got to be on your itinerary. Technically an independent city-state, but often viewed as a sort of unofficial province of France, Monaco is on the coast near the French-Italian border. Best known for its district of Monte-Carlo, what this tiny principality lacks in size it makes up for in charisma and atmosphere. Monaco is a delight to explore, with its upscale casinos, yacht-lined harbor and of course the prestigious Grand Prix which races through its streets once a year! Monte-Carlo is also home to an elegant belle-époque casino complex and ornate Salle Garnier opera house. It has many luxe hotels, boutiques, nightclubs and restaurants that range from the chic and glamorous to the classic, quaint and friendly.

The Palais du Prince is (mostly) open for exploration and makes you feel like Royalty yourself as soon as you step inside. Originally built in the 13th Century, it’s historic value and breathtaking views are well worth the visit. The gardens, the harbor itself and the famous Monte Carlo Casino are all fabulous reasons to anchor your charter yacht in Monaco and pop over to enjoy Monte-Carlo.

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Sample Itinerary for France & French Riviera

After your arrival at Nice International Airport, you’ll be transported along the magnificent shoreline of the Cote d’Azur to Antibes’ Marina Port Vauban where your charter yacht will await. After a welcome drink and safety and orientation briefing, you will have time to explore the town. Visit the Grimaldi Castle – also known as the Picasso Museum as Pablo Picasso has around 250 artworks displayed here, including paintings drawings and ceramics – and take in the fascinating architecture while enjoying the local eateries and boutique outlets. In the afternoon we head out to an anchorage just off the marina, where you can enjoy your first swim off your charter yacht in the Mediterranean Sea.
After breakfast and a swim, we will set sail for St Tropez, one of the liveliest towns on the Riviera during the summer. The total of 56 NM will be split up in two and we will anchor for lunch at Ile Sainte Marguerite, the largest of the Lerins Islands, approximately 3 km long and 900m wide. Once we arrive at St Tropez you can spend the afternoon exploring the wonderful artisan boutiques in the gorgeous laneways and end the night at the Résidence de la Pinède on the Plage de la Bouillabaisse. This fabulous restaurant is one of the Top two-star Michelin restaurants in the French Riviera so reservations need to be made some way in advance.
We will spend the day anchored off at Pampelonne beach, the perfect spot to use your charter yachts water toys, relax on the lounger or head over to one of the beach clubs for socializing and people watching. Your charter yacht will have lunch prepared for you and then end the afternoon with a sundowner party at Niki Beach, Moorea or Le Club 55.
Your charter yacht will cruise the 23 NM over to Cannes, hosts of the highly acclaimed annual international Cannes Film Festival. The city of the rich and famous, with luxurious restaurants, private galleries, cinemas, night clubs and of course all big name designer shops will delight the senses!
The fabulous cruise along the coastline from Cannes to Monaco is nothing short of spectacular, including the skyline of Antibes, Nice, and Villefranche. Monaco is one of the most famous destinations in the world and is home to the Grand Prix track, Circuit de Monaco. We will dock in the marina beneath the Royal Palace. Monaco offers museums, beautiful gardens, and superb restaurants. The Royal Grimaldi Palace and Monaco Cathedral are not to be missed, and ending the night with a drink or even a game at the Casino de Monte Carlo is highly recommended.
With a short 4.8 NM cruise over to Cap Ferret, you have the whole day to lounge around, use your water toys and relax in the beautiful sun of the South of France. The perfect day to do a helicopter tour seeing the magnificent view from above.
You will spend your last full day in the quiet bay of Villefranche, just 4.9 NM from Cap Ferrat. This beautiful tiny seaside town has character and charm, with a row of brightly painted houses. Perfect for a stroll along the shoreline followed by a last peaceful, comfortable night aboard your charter yacht.
Please note, this is a sample itinerary designed to whet your appetite and by no means depicts your expectations or limits available options. Crewed Charter Yacht Vacations will work with you to ensure your IDEAL itinerary is finalized.
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