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7 Day Luxury Yacht Charter on the French Riviera

Have you ever wondered what it must be like to spend a week on a luxury yacht charter cruising the Mediterranean?

Here is a sample seven day yacht charter itinerary for the French and Italian Rivieras including such glamorous and legendary yachting destinations as St Tropez, Cannes, Monaco, Cap Ferrat and Portofino!

luxury yachts in port of Cannes for Lions event

Superyachts in the Port of Cannes

Day One – Nice to Cannes

A driver will meet you off your flight at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport and whisk you to your yacht berthed in the Port of Nice in the heart of the French Riviera. Your crew will be standing on the aft deck, glasses of champagne in hand to welcome you to your home away from home for the week ahead. The Captain will provide a brief safety briefing and explain to you a few yachting “do’s and don’ts”! Take some time to explore your new surroundings whilst the crew get the yacht ready to depart for your first destination, Cannes! It takes just over an hour to get to Cannes. Time to get on your swimwear and enjoy the stunning French Riviera scenery from the jacuzzi. Canapés and more champagne will be served. Once the yacht has dropped anchor opposite the famous Carlton Hotel, a fabulous lunch will be served on the aft deck.

View over Mandelieu-La Napoule and the Bay of Cannes

The Bay of Cannes

After lunch, it is time to visit the Iles de Lerins, a small group of islands off the coast of Cannes. There are two main islands, Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat. Sainte-Marguerite is home to the Fort Royal where the Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned. Saint-Honorat features a beautiful monastery that’s well worth visiting to purchase some of the fabulous items produced by these very stylish monks, including wines, liqueurs and excellent honey!

Fort Royal on Cannes islands

Fort Royal on Ile Sainte-Marguerite

Time to go ashore in Cannes for some shopping! Cannes is the number one destination on the French Riviera for high-end shopping. All the big names are present in; Cannes, Prada, Chanel, Christian Dior… think Bond Street with brilliant blue skies and palm trees!

If you’ve decided to stay onboard for the afternoon, how about some swimming or spoil yourself with a massage!

As the sun sets, it’s time to get the glad rags on for a glamorous evening out in Cannes! For those looking for the ultimate dining experience in Cannes, there’s only one place to go… the 2 star Michelin Palme d’Or at the Martinez on the Croisette. Work off dinner with some dancing at one of Cannes’ many nightspots, the Bâoli in Port Canto is always great fun!

Cannes

View of the famous Croisette in Cannes

Day Two – Cannes to St Tropez

Hopefully the heads are not too sore this morning! A lavish buffet breakfast will be laid out on the sun deck when you wake. After breakfast, time for a quick swim before departing for your next destination, the infamous St Tropez. Cruising past the beautiful red rocks of the Esterel, the Captain will head past the town of St Tropez to what is perhaps the most famous stretch of sand anywhere in the world, St Tropez’s Pampelonne Beach! Once the Captain has dropped anchor, the first thing that will become very obvious is that you are most definitely not alone. Pampelonne is one of the most popular anchorages for luxury yachts on the French Riviera, if not the entire world. Why are they all here, you might ask? Yes the scenery is stunning, but it is in much of this part of the world. The answer lies on the shoreline and the thirty or so beach clubs that populate the 3 miles of sand that makes up Pampelonne Beach.

Entrance to Nikki Beach in St Tropez

Nikki Beach

There’s a beach club here to suit all tastes. Some incredibly flashy and loud, others much more modest and relaxed! We’ve decided to make reservations at the original St Tropez beach club, Club 55! Club 55 originated in 1955 when a small structure served as the onset canteen providing food to the cast and crew of “And God Created Woman” starring THE St Tropez icon, Brigitte Bardot! Over its’ sixty year history, Club 55 has become the definitive French Riviera beach experience for many and is a fixture on almost every French Riviera yacht charter tinerary. Yes many of the guests are rich and famous, but the atmosphere that prevails here is one of a refined, casual discretion. Enjoy fabulous Mediterranean cuisine in a chic yet relaxed environment.

Plage de Pampelonne in St Tropez

Beach Clubs at Plage de Pampelonne

As the sun begins to set, the yacht will head for St Tropez itself and its’ famous Old Port. If you’ve booked far enough in advance, you’ll head straight for your berth, if not then it’s highly likely that tonight will be spent at anchor just outside St Tropez harbour. Not to worry, your yacht will have a fast tender to ferry you ashore and back until the very early hours. Dinner could be taken on the yacht, or in town, at L’Opera perhaps. After dinner, a visit to one of St Tropez’s incredibly hedonistic nightclubs is in order. Perhaps the VIP Room or Caves du Roy, or why not both!

Yachts in the Port of St Tropez on the Cote d'Azur

Yachts in the Port of St Tropez

Day Three – St Tropez to Antibes

Time to head back east today towards the Port of Antibes. On the way, the yacht will anchor just off the legendary Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, a palatial hotel on the Cap d’Antibes where all the stars stay during the Cannes Film Festival. Relax on deck and enjoy some water sports before the yacht heads into port in Antibes. One the yacht has docked, cars will be waiting to take you to the beautiful village of St Paul de Vence and more specifically to the restaurant La Colombe d’Or.

La Colombe d'Or restaurant in St Paul de Vence

La Colombe d’Or

St Paul de Vence is a spectacular 14th century hilltop village and La Colombe d’Or is its’ true star. Eighty years ago, Paul Roux opened a modest restaurant in a 16th century village house. Many famous artists who spent time on the French Riviera became regulars, including Chagall, Miro, Matisse, Renoir and Picasso. Often distinctly lacking in the wallet department, they settled their bills with pieces of art. Today, La Colombe d’Or boasts one of the world’s finest collections of 20th century art. It is also a great place to have lunch! A visit to the nearby Maeght Foundation is also a must for art lovers and one of the Côte d’Azur’s finest museums.

Old Antibes from Cap d'Antibes

Old Antibes

Late afternoon, head back to Antibes for a walk around the beautiful old town before returning to the yacht for drinks. Your crew have been busy in your absence, preparing the yacht for a fantastic dinner this evening. If you’ve timed it perfectly, there will also be a spectacular fireworks display after dinner!

Day Four – Antibes to St Jean Cap Ferrat

After breakfast, the yacht will head for the magnificence of Cap Ferrat just east of Nice. This lush peninsula is home to some of the world’s most impressive and expensive waterfront villas! Once the anchor has been dropped, and after some swimming, you’ll have the option of lunch onboard or perhaps ashore at the highly recommended beach restaurant Paloma Beach. In the afternoon, why not visit the spectacular Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, one of the most impressive and ornate properties on the French Riviera.

Superyachts and fabulous villas on Cap Ferrat

Superyachts and fabulous villas on Cap Ferrat

With mind-blowing views over the bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer, the nine amazing gardens that are open to the public are absolutely incredible. Early evening drinks will be enjoyed at the very impressive Grand Hôtel du Cap Ferrat from where you’ll then be driven to the 9th century village of Eze, perched 1,400ft above the Mediterranean below. Enjoy a walk through the narrow cobblestone streets before a very special dinner at the majestic Chèvre d’Or, one of the French Riviera’s finest restaurants. The night will be spent at anchor off Cap Ferrat.

Days Five and Six – Monaco

Today, it’s off to Monaco which is just a short cruise from Cap Ferrat. But the first stop of the day will be the beach at Plage Mala on Cap d’Ail. A truly stunning bay, framed by towering cliffs, Mala is one of the most secluded, lovely beaches anywhere on the Côte d’Azur. This really is a truly beautiful anchorage. Lunch ashore at either La Reserve de la Mala or Eden Plage Mala will be very enjoyable. This is also a great place to enjoy the toys onboard, especially the standup paddle boards! The views towards Monaco and back over Beaulieu and Cap Ferrat really are magnificent, and paddling around the bay in total silence is truly the best way to appreciate the majesty of your surroundings!

Eden Plage Mala, Cap d'Ail

Eden Plage Mala, Cap d’Ail

Early evening and it’s time to come into port in Monaco. Monaco has two ports, each with its’own very distinct flavour. The Port de Fontvieille is laid back and relatively quiet, which appeals to those looking to relax. But as we are going for the ultimate French Riviera yacht charter experience during this week, there is only one place to be on a yacht in Monaco, and that’s the main port, or Port Hercule as it’s known. The Port of Monaco is like an amphitheatre, framed to the west by the the old town of Monaco (the rock), to the north by scores of apartment blocks rising up to meet the mountains and to the east by the glitz and glamour of Monte-Carlo.

Port Hercule, Monaco at night

The Port of Monaco at night

Everyone knows Monaco Port as it is of course the location of the Monaco Grand Prix, the event for which this small Principality in the Mediterranean is best known. Every year, the world’s finest drivers push themselves to the limit, racing their cars around the narrow streets of Monaco, something these machines where never designed to do and you’ll see why! As you enter Monaco, many of the famous parts of the circuit will be instantly recognisable from the deck of your yacht, Rascasse, Tabac Corner, the Swimming Pool and the Tunnel. In fact, it is highly likely that your charter yacht will actually be berthed on what is the Monaco Grand Prix circuit!

Yachts in port of Monaco during Monaco Grand Prix

Luxury Yachts at the Monaco Grand Prix

Tonight is going to be all about glamour, so what better way to begin than with a glass of champagne on the yacht, the brightly coloured lights of Monte-Carlo sparkling all around you. It’s only a short walk or taxi ride up the hill to Casino Square, home to Monaco’s legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo. Monaco is famous for two things above all, the Monaco GP and the Monte-Carlo Casino, and it’s only fitting that your first night in Monaco takes place around this magnificent temple to gambling. As you enter Casino Square, you can’t help but admire the splendour of the architecture. To your right stands the Hotel de Paris, to your left, the Cafe de Paris, and it is here that the evening really kicks off with drinks at this world famous people watching spot. Directly in front of you, you’ll see your restaurant for dinner tonight, Alain Ducasse at the Hotel de Paris (previously the Louis XV). After dinner, how about a drink or two at legendary Monaco nightspot Jimmy’z or perhaps try the new kid on the block, Twiga owned by former F1 team boss, Flavio Briatore.

Casino Square in Monte-Carlo, Principality of Monaco

Casino Square in Monte-Carlo, Monaco

The next day is spent anchored off Monaco, sunbathing, swimming and tearing around the bay on the jet skis. Monaco is also a great place to ask the crew to get all the towable toys out and have some real fun. Lunch is taken by the pool at the Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel. In the afternoon, perhaps a game of tennis at Monte-Carlo Country Club, or if that’s not your thing, why not visit Le Rocher and the Prince’s Palace or the Oceanographic Museum? For dinner, if you don’t want to eat onboard, then try Nobu on the roof of the Fairmont Hotel. Exquisite Japanese dining with the most incredible views of Monaco, the sky and the sea!

Day Seven – Monaco to Portofino, Italy

The yacht left Monaco shortly after you returned from dinner last night and when you wake up this morning, you’re in Portofino, Italy! Portofino is a beautiful fishing village with a twist and one of the most attractive places in this part of Italy. After breakfast, spend the morning exploring the shops in Portofino, or enjoy yourself out on the water. There are numerous beautiful walks all around Portofino. Lunch will be served onboard today, and don’t eat too much, as you have a really special dinner lined up for this evening. In the afternoon, why not take the tender and explore some of the other towns and villages around Portofino, such as Santa Margherita. As it gets dark, cars will arrive to take you for a truly memorable last dinner at the fabulous Hotel Splendido, perched high above Portofino, offering fine dining and even finer views!

Yachts in Portofino, Italy

Yachts in Portofino

Day Eight – Portofino to Nice/Monaco

Enjoy your last breakfast on the yacht as you cruise back to Monaco or Nice to disembark from your French Riviera yacht charter.

This is a sample seven day yacht charter itinerary for the French Riviera from Alexander Coles, Senior Charter Broker at Bespoke Yacht Charter.

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