Chartering a Yacht in the French Riviera
Planning Your French Riviera Luxury Yacht Charter - Discover Cannes, St Tropez, Monaco and St Jean Cap Ferrat on Your French Riviera Yacht Charter
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The French Riviera is the world's most popular charter destination thanks to its beautifully dynamic and vibrant coastline. This area of the Mediterranean is known for its mild climate, stunning landscape, with each town offering everything from tranquil islands to glamorous destinations including St Tropez, Monaco and Cannes. Chartering a luxury yacht in the French Riviera is the perfect way to spend your vacation in the sun!
Walk in the footsteps of Hollywood movie stars along the palm-lined Cannes Croisette, dine at glamorous beach clubs in St Tropez alongside numerous celebrities, stroll along the Promenade des Anglais and hit the famous Monaco casino… there’s endless entertainment to enjoy! If you’re looking for quiet yachting, explore beautiful areas such as the Porquerolles or Lerins Islands, the Esterel Cliffs and picturesque seaside towns such as Villefranche. The possibilities are endless, you just have to choose your French Riviera itinerary!
Chartering a luxury crewed motor yacht along the French Rivera really is how you travel in style! The French Riviera is packed with desirable hotspots between the world famous Monaco and lively St Tropez. The glamour of towns such as Cannes, Antibes and Villefranche await you as your luxury motor yacht allows you to discover the best anchorages, restaurants and beach clubs on the Côte D'Azur. Furthermore, the French Riviera is a short cruise from its Italian counterpart. Cruise in luxury and style to Portofino or even Corsica to make the most of your time onboard your crewed motor yacht.
Be swept along by the Mediterranean breeze, entertained and accommodated by your expert crew as you cruise along the French Riviera in one our luxury crewed sailing yachts. The historical and picturesque settings of Bandol and Cassis are charming places to drop anchor and enjoy some al fresco dining prepared by your chef. One area not to miss on your crewed sailing yacht are the islands of the Porquerolles, with stunning scenery in the form of cascading cliffs, sandy beaches and dynamic mountain ranges.
With a crew on board to take you to the hottest destinations and cook gourmet meals, our luxury crewed catamarans are the perfect platform to explore the vibrant French Riviera. A catamaran’s ability to glide effortlessly along the French Riviera with its shallow draft means you can get closer to shore than on a sailing yacht and discover the best islands and beaches. You could also combine the French Riviera with the opportunity to sail to Corsica and discover the Girolata on your charter.
With the Alps in the distance, the desirable French Riviera on one side and fascinating islands such as the Iles de Lérins to the other, this is one of the most scenic areas in the Mediterranean for bareboat charters. There's no shortage of world renowned restaurants and boutiques at every town you visit, as well as sandy beaches, picturesque hikes and night clubs galore. From one of our luxury bareboat catamarans or sailing yachts you can discover lesser-known treasures such as Hyères or spend a day in the luxurious streets of Monaco - the French Riviera really is an incredibly diverse destination for bareboat sailors.
To begin your cruise along the French Riviera, we would recommend flying to Nice Côte d’Azur airport. Due to Nice's central location on the French Riviera, your charter start point is just around the corner, and we can arrange a transfer for you from the airport to your yacht. It is easy to fly to Nice Côte d’Azur airport from most major cities in Europe including: Paris, London, Rome, Madrid, Dublin, Barcelona, Stockholm and Prague.
Known worldwide for the Cannes Film Festival, the city of Cannes offers a glitzy, glamourous and gourmet lifestyle where you can indulge in a VIP holiday in the sun! The Croisette, which runs the length of the Bay of Cannes, connecting the old and new ports, is lined by a long sandy beach on one side, and numerous designer shops on the other.
Drop anchor in the bay during your luxury Cannes yacht charter, where you can see clear views all the way to the Alps, and also take a trip to the islands. Stop for lunch at one of the many beach restaurants, whether it be Baôli Beach or the Carlton, and then dance the night away at Gotha in Palm Beach.
Explore the old town of Le Suquet, with its lively winding streets and plethora of restaurants and bars. Climb up the the clock tower and church for stunning views over the whole of Cannes, the Alps and the Riviera!
Monaco is synonymous with style, wealth, casinos and Formula 1, and deservedly so! It is home to many of the world’s largest and most spectacular yachts. Monaco is a stunningly beautiful principality with the Grimaldi Palace perched high upon its rock overlooking the Mediterranean, completed by an impressive mountainous backdrop and majestic architecture. A Monaco yacht charter is definitely worth a stop on any yacht charter itinerary in the French Riviera!
A Cannes - St Tropez yacht charter is definitely a must do whilst exploring the FRench Riviera! St Tropez gained its fame as one of the chicest resorts in the world in the 1930s when it became a top jet-setter destination in the Mediterranean. Today it remains a playground for the rich and famous, offering both the famous Pampelonne Beach and the quaint old port town. Pampelonne Beach offers dozens of beach clubs, including the world famous Club 55 St Tropez and Nikki Beach. Enjoy long lunches with your feet in the sand and a glass of rosé never too far away.
The town offers a port brimming with Mangustas and classic yachts, a broad array of cuisine, from simple bistros and cafes to 3 Michelin starred restaurants and numerous shops from exclusive labels to touristy souvenir shops. However, it can be tricky to reach in the summer months with the road in becoming very busy, so there is no better way the town than by yacht!
Antibes, Cap d'Antibes & Juan les Pins
An ancient Greek and Roman fortified town, Antibes is now a bustling port town and yachting hotspot. You will recognize the landmarks of the chateau in the Old Town, housing the Picasso Museum, and le Fort Carré, which overlooks the large Port Vauban. Explore the winding streets where you will find bars and restaurants aplenty to tempt your appetite! Antibes is a fantastic central point for day charters, because of its almost central location along the Côte d'Azur.
The adjacent town of Juan-les-Pins is a typical French seaside resort, offering sandy beaches and a good night life - it's always worth a visit to Pam Pam for a fun cocktail in the Brazilian inspired bar!
Nice is both a very popular yachting destination, as well as the main entry point to the French Riviera because of the Nice/Cote d'Azur airport. It is a fairly large town, with approximately 400K inhabitants, but also retains its old world charm in the beautiful Old Port and the Old Town with some excellent markets. From the Promenade des Anglais, the long boardwalk curving along the entire waterfront, you still get a feeling for its early 1900s splendor with the beautiful architecture. You will find all kinds of restaurants and activities in Nice, so come and explore for yourself on one of our breathtaking luxury yachts!
The "Iles de Lérins" are two islands that lie only a stone's throw away from Cannes. Ile Sainte-Marguerite is the larger island, covered by a pine and eucalyptus forest. The island has a few cafes and restaurants, including La Guérite, and you can also visit the cell where the Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned. Cruising south you will find Ile Saint-Honorat, which is known for its Cisterian abbey where the monks still produce local wines. The passage between the islands is a popular anchor point for many of the yachts of the region, known for its amazing Caribbean blue waters.
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is the most famous of the 'Caps' in the French Riviera, and home to exclusive villas as well as the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat and the Rothschild Villa with its incredible gardens that you can explore.
This stunning peninsula features a picturesque port, and has a delightful stone path that allows you to hike the entire peninsula by the sea. There's a small beach near the port, and Paloma Beach restaurant further around, but most of the coastline is ragged rock.
A strikingly beautiful port between Nice and Monaco, Villefranche-Sur-Mer set in to cliffs that rise steeply from the water. The medieval port has the requisite red roofs, vaulted passages over cobblestone streets, and a distinctive church steeple. The bay is great if you want to make the most of the crystal clear Rivieran waters!
Porquerolles is the biggest of the three Iles d’Or in the Hyères gulf (near Toulon). It is a very popular destination for all types of boats, offering many bays and harbors and nearly unspoiled terrain, as 80% of the island is protected natural park. The island boasts a 3 star Michelin restaurant, and several other places to sample some excellent sea food. The north of the island offers beautiful sandy beaches, the south has excellent cliffs and rock formations. The island is best explored by bike!
Beaulieu-sur-Mer is a pretty seaside resort and port right in the heart of the French Riviera. It borders the communes of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Èze, and Villefranche-sur-Mer and is located 6 miles (10 km) east from Nice and west of Monaco.
Beaulieu is sheltered from the cold alps winds because if its place at the base of beautiful cliffs, and is graced with lush vegetation, including oranges, lemons and bananas! Zelo's Beach is known to have a party atmosphere, so spend the day here for some fun in the sun!
Fréjus is well known for its beautiful long and wide white sandy beaches and the nearby Roman ruins. It also boasts a nice old town, is a very popular tourist destination in the summer for French and visitors from all over Europe. San Raphael offers a bustling old town directly on the beach, and the third largest marina on the French Riviera. This town is known historically as where Napoleon Bonaparte landed in 1799 upon his return from Egypt.
Most commonly known for some of the finest Côtes de Provence rosé, it’s worth taking a trip to the vineyards of Bandol if you have a chance. As well as plenty of wine, Bandol offers sandy beaches, cliffs and inlets nestled in to the pine and mimosa covered hills. With spaces for 1,500 yachts & boats, visit Bandol to see the ‘ville tranquille’ for your own eyes.
Cassis is a beautiful old fishing town to the east of Marseille surrounded by stunning cliffs and rock formations. A visit is well worth it, for a relaxing lunch in the port, a hike in the hills, or a side trip to sample the best white wines in the area.
Day 1: Arrive at Nice Côte d’Azur airport in the afternoon, then transfer to your yacht berthed in the Vieux Port of Cannes.
Day 2: Enjoy the morning soaking up the sun at Les Iles de Lerins, St. Tropez for lunch at Club 55 and Nikki Beach St Tropez for the afternoon. Spend the evening in St Tropez port.
Day 3: A leisurely morning cruise down to the Porquerolles for swimming, biking, and enjoying the peace and quiet. Dinner at Michelin starred restaurant, Le Mas du Langoustier
Day 4: Iles de Lérins for relaxation, lunch at La Guérite and swimming between the cerulean waters between the two islands. Overnight in Antibes, enjoying dinner at Hotel du Cap Eden Roc.
Day 5: Cruising Baie des Anges, anchoring in Villefranche to see the beautiful old town and lunch at Mala Plage Cap D'Ail. Enjoy an overnight in the prestigious Monaco Port Hercules.
Day 6: Spend the day in Monaco to discover the finest boutiques, lunch at the Cafe de Paris before an evening of drinks and dinner at Buddha Bar and Nobu. Try your hand in the Monte Carlo casino or dance the night away at the oceanfront TWIGA.
Day 7: Spend the days at anchor overlooking St Jean Cap Ferrat before spending the final evening in Nice.
If you're looking for a charter for a Day Charter, try Cannes to Monaco or Cannes to St Tropez. We also have a great 7 day Sailing Charter Itinerary. If you have already booked your charter, and don't know where to meet your crew, please take a look at our French Riviera Port Guide and find a detailed description of the embarkation points!
The unique position that the French Riviera holds between the Mediterranean Sea and the French Alps creates a micro-climate that makes the area's weather so delightful. Warm sunny days can be found all year round - its common to lunch in the sun in January, and the months of June and September are usually glorious. Temperature swings are not particularly extreme - 90°F / 32°C plus heat is uncommon even in August because of the cooling effect of the Mediterranean, and snow is a very rare occurrence.
The famous "Mistral" wind does occur intermittently throughout the year, especially in the Var region (the western area) that is closer to the Rhone Valley where it originates.
Water temperatures are in the 70s to low 80s(°F) / mid 20s (°C) in the summer, perfect for water sports of all kinds.
We have hundreds of Luxury and Super Yachts available for Charter, from several ports including Cannes, Antibes, Monaco and St Tropez. We also offer a broad range of Sailing Yachts perfect for enjoying this gorgeous area, and many motor yachts for that special day cruise. We can also get you a Riva or Mangusta if you really want to do the Riviera with some flash.
Given that many visitors to Cannes are attendees at conferences or festivals, we offer a full range of boats to rent to entertain and stay on at the Festivals, even if you're not a movie star! Please browse through these yachts we have on the site, and let us know which one(s) may be of interest. If you don't find the perfect boat or have specific needs, we can search for it for you, so just fill out our custom booking form and we'll get right on it!
Still looking for somewhere else for the summer? Or why not winter? Just some of the alternative destinations we offer: Amalfi Coast | Sardinia | Greece | British Virgin Islands | St Martin | St Vincent & the Grenadines