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French Riviera (Cote d’Azur) Yacht Charter

Have you ever wondered what it must be like to spend a week on a French Riviera yacht charter cruising the stunning coastline of the Cote d’Azur in the south of France?

Bespoke Yacht Charter are passionate about the south of France and all that this stunning part of the French coastline has to offer luxury yacht charter guests from all over the world. Our yacht charter brokers have been working on the Cote d’Azur for more than 15 years and we would be delighted to put together the ultimate French Riviera yacht charter experience for you.

Bespoke Yacht Charter’s brokers have prepared a sample seven day yacht charter itinerary for the French Rivera (Cote d’Azur) including such glamorous and legendary south of France yacht charter destinations such as St Tropez, Cannes, Monaco, Cap Ferrat and a detour to the gorgeous yachting mecca of Portofino in Italy.

Superyacht entering berth in the port of Cannes, southern France

Day One – Nice to Cannes

A driver will meet you off your flight at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport and whisk you to your charter yacht berthed in the Port of Nice at the very heart of the French Riviera. Your charter yacht’s crew will be standing on the aft deck, glasses of champagne in hand to welcome you to your home away from home for your weeklong luxury yacht charter in the south of France. The yacht’s 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, one of the Cote d’Azur’s most legendary yachting destinations. Time to get on your swimwear and enjoy the stunning south of France 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.

Luxury yachts anchored in Théoule overlooking the bay of Cannes

After lunch, it’s 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! Only in France!

Fort Royal on the islands off Cannes on the French Riviera

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

If you’ve decided to stay onboard your charter yacht for the afternoon, how about some swimming or spoil yourself with an onboard 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… Bespoke Yacht Charter recommends the 2 star Michelin Palme d’Or at the Martinez hotel on the Croisette. Work off dinner with some dancing at one of Cannes’ many nightspots, the Bâoli club in Port Canto is always great fun!

The seafront in Cannes, France at dusk

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 yacht’s 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 and certainly on the Cote d’Azur, 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 superyacht anchorages for luxury yacht charters on the French Riviera, if not the entire world. Why are all these yachts 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

There’s a beach club at Pampelonne Beach to suit all tastes. Some of these beach clubs are 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 Cote d’Azur 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 the fabulous Mediterranean cuisine of the Cote d’Azur in a chic yet relaxed environment.

Pampelonne beach at Ramatuelle, near St Tropez, France

As the sun begins to set, your charter 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 your yacht will be at anchor just outside St Tropez harbour. Not to worry, your charter yacht will have a fast and comfortable 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

Day Three – St Tropez to Antibes

Time to head back east today towards the town of Antibes, the European capital of superyachts. On the way, the yacht will anchor just off the legendary Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, a palatial hotel on the Cap d’Antibes peninsula where all the stars stay during the Cannes Film Festival. This hotel is considered by many to be the most luxurious hotel on the Cote d’Azur. Relax on deck and enjoy some water sports before the yacht heads into Port Vauban in Antibes. Once 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

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 in this part of France became regulars at the restaurant, 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.

View of the ramparts and old town of Antibes from the Cap d'Antibes peninsula

Late afternoon, head back to Antibes for a walk around the beautiful Antibes old town before returning to the yacht for drinks. Your yacht’s 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! Summer fireworks displays are a real highlight of the Cote d’Azur summer season. Bespoke Yacht Charter will provide you with a schedule of when these take place so you’ll be sure not to miss them.

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, France

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 sea 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, Plage 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-sur-Mer 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!

Girl in water at Plage Mala, Cap d'Ail, France

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 charter yacht in Monaco, and that’s the main port, or Port Hercule as it’s known. The Port Hercule 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.

Yachts in Port Hercule, Monaco at night

Everyone knows Monaco’s Port Hercule as it is of course the location of the Monaco Grand Prix, the event for which this small Principality in southern France 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!

Charter yachts in the Port of Monaco for 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 your charter 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 legendary 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, Bespoke Yacht Charter’s recommendation is Alain Ducasse at the Hotel de Paris (previously the Louis XV). After a spectacular 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 and restaurateur, Flavio Briatore.

Casino Square in Monte-Carlo, Principality of Monaco

The next day is spent on the yacht anchored off Monaco, sunbathing, swimming and tearing around the bay on the jet skis. Monaco is also a great place to ask the charter yacht’s 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

Your charter 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 the harbour of Portofino, Italy

Day Eight – Portofino to Nice/Monaco

Enjoy your last breakfast onboard your charter yacht as you cruise back to the south of France and Monaco or Nice to disembark from your French Riviera yacht charter.

This is a sample seven day yacht charter itinerary for the south of France (Cote d’Azur) prepared by Alexander Coles, Senior Charter Broker at Bespoke Yacht Charter.

To plan your own French Riviera (Cote d’Azur) yacht charter, please contact a charter broker at Bespoke Yacht Charter:













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