French Riviera Yacht Charter
The French Riviera, which runs from Menton on the Italian border to the picturesque fishing village of St Tropez, is one of the most stunning charter grounds imaginable. Interspersed with intimate coves, charming French ports and glamorous resorts, it is one of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of coastline and in turn has become one of the most popular destinations for those considering a luxury yacht charter.
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The French Riviera was discovered by the wealthy upper class in the early 19th Century and quickly became the playground of Europe’s elite families and royalty. It is still very popular and no less exclusive but has now expanded to incorporate the world’s finest and brightest, many of whom choose to spend their vacation time on a French Riviera yacht charter.
Guests on board a yacht charter of the French Riviera will also be able to explore some of the many beautiful hilltop villages that can be reached easily from the coast. For a change of scene and to perhaps escape the sometimes busy coastal towns, head up to the hills north of Nice and Cannes to the perched villages of St Paul de Vence, Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Mougins and Biot.
There are also some wonderful islands lying off the coast accessible to guests on a luxury yacht charter. The Lerins islands are a haven of peace and tranquility lying just off Cannes, whilst Porquerolles - slightly further down the coast beyond St Tropez – is a beautiful island that produces its own wine and has a nature conservatory that takes up 80% of the land.
Having listened to the advice of our most experienced captains and yacht charter crews, and taken on board the suggestions of many of our clients, YPI Group has put together a French Riviera yacht charter itinerary that takes in the highlights of this destination. This itinerary is only a suggested route, and if you have favourite areas you would like to visit on your charter please ask your dedicated YPI Group charter broker, or charter yacht captain.
Day 1: Cannes to Juan les Pins
Why not start your charter in the picturesque old Port of Cannes surrounded by all the glitter and glamour of this elegant town? A visit to Cannes is not complete without a stroll down the famous Croisette with its chic boutiques, a favourite seafront promenade for the ladies! In the late afternoon, cruise round to the bay of Juan les Pins, where you can dine at the legendary Eden Roc hotel or simply remain on board to enjoy the beauty of the bay.
Day 2: Juan les Pins to Villefranche
Breakfast cruise to the one of the most beautiful bays of the Cote d’Azur: Villefranche-sur-Mer. This pretty medieval fishing village is nestled in a natural amphitheatre on whose rugged slopes gorgeous Mediterranean villas and old chateaux are clustered. After a visit to the town’s old streets and quaint quay with its parade of restaurants, return to the yacht for lunch and swimming and spend the night in the bay.
Day 3: Villefranche to Monaco
A short cruise will take you to Monaco for shopping and sightseeing. This is a wonderful place to behold by night and a great place to go out in the evening to enjoy the glitter and glamour of this very special Principality, where you can choose to dine in some of the finest restaurants in the world and try your luck at the stunning Casino.
Day 4: Monaco
Spend the day enjoying all that Monaco has to offer – a morning at the ultra-luxurious Thermes de Monte Carlo spa, shopping at glamorous boutiques, a stroll through the streets of the fairytale old town with the Prince’s palace and beautiful Cathedral, or tennis or golf if you’d like something more active.
Day 5: Cap Ferrat to St Tropez
Wake up in the bay of Cap Ferrat surrounded dramatic cliffs and beautiful villas for a day of water sports before heading west for a sunset cruise to St. Tropez. Enjoy a warm evening in this mythical fishing village amongst the hustle and bustle of the quays and the little streets with their fashionable boutiques. Have dinner on board or in one of St. Tropez’s fabulous restaurants, the choice is always yours…
Day 6: Pampelonne Beach
A short cruise around the peninsula will take you to Pampelonne bay, a long golden beach with fashionable and fun beach restaurants, a favourite of the ‘beautiful people’. Enjoy lunch in one of the livelier places, then cruise back round to the port of St Tropez for the night.
Day 7 : Cannes
Take a breakfast cruise east along the dramatic coastline of the Esterel, with its pine forests, red rocks and crystal clear waters. Arrive in the bay of Cannes in time for a late lunch at anchor between the Iles de Lérins. At the end of the afternoon, enter the old Port of Cannes and spend the evening enjoying a farewell dinner on board in this picturesque harbour.
Day 8: Cannes
After a last morning on board preparing for departure, a limo will take you to the airport or on to your next destination.