The French Riviera is the area in the southeast region of France, along the Mediterranean coastline. There is no official border, but it is commonly assumed to extend from Saint-Tropez to Monaco, just beside the France-Italy border. The coast is entirely within the Provence-Alpes – Côte d’Azur region of France. A French Riviera yacht charter is a must for those looking to flaunt what they have and will give you exclusive access to one of the best yacht charter destinations in the world. Below is our suggested 7 day superyacht itinerary for the French Riviera that makes sure you get to experience all the glitz and glamour of the South of France.
The below French Riviera yacht charter itinerary is a just a taster schedule, designed with the intent to display what is possible to achieve while on a week’s yacht charter in the French Riviera. Because it is YOUR luxury yacht charter, everything that happens is up to YOU. The itinerary is completely flexible, which allows you to travel to wherever you like (weather permitting), whenever you like and do whatever you like! We will work closely with the crew on board your yacht to help you to create a truly memorable French Riviera yacht charter experience that is to be the trip of a lifetime.
Day 1: Monaco
Board your luxury charter yacht at 10 in the morning, where you will be greeted by your captain and crew who welcome you on-board. Then, enjoy a guided tour of your amazing vessel and see all it has to offer, before being served your breakfast and looking out to enjoy the morning sun. With a refreshing cold drink in-hand, begin the first cruise of your French Riviera yacht charter to the sovereign-city state known as the Principality of Monaco.
Monaco is lined with the deep blue Mediterranean Sea, is blessed with the warm summer climate and is the perfect place to enjoy the colourful vegetation and exotic palm trees. Monaco is well known for her glitz and glamour, as well as her world-famous casinos, where you can channel you inner 007 in Monte Carlo. Walk along the Monaco streets which also make up the world-famous formula 1 race track! For those looking to see a bit of marine life, the Musée Oceanographique is one of the oldest aquariums in the world and is dedicated to marine artefacts and oceanography. Younger visitors can enjoy a dedicated touch tank to get up close to creatures such as star fish and sea urchins. You can also visit the palais as see the Monegasque guards outside.
The first evening of your French Riviera yacht charter can either take place on board your vessel, where your crewed chef will serve up a top-class cuisine suited to your preferences, or you can dine at one of Monaco’s high-end restaurants. Buddha-Bar Monte-Carlo has an excellent selection of Eastern cuisine, while Restaurant Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo offers gourmet Mediterranean style cuisine.
To discover more about the glamour of a Monaco yacht charter head here.
Day 2: Cap D’Ail
Your second day is all about recovering from the hectic day out in Monaco, by relaxing in the bay of Cap D’Ail. A delightfully low-key destination, the stony beach is an ideal location to sit out and enjoy the Mediterranean sun. The large white cliffs create the perfect atmosphere of relaxation and recuperation and allows you to take a moment with your yacht charter companions. Her clean sea water guarantees a refreshing dip as you drop anchor and use your yachts swim platform. If you move further out from the bay itself, your captain and crew can set up your yachts range of water toys to enjoy in the afternoon sun.
Day 3: Nice
After a smooth and picturesque cruise west, make your way into the capital of the French Riviera, Nice. With a deep history, amazing food and historic architecture, Nice is the perfect place to dock for your third day in the French Riviera.
The Promenade des Anglais is the centre between sea, city and the vast sky. It is one of the most alluring seafronts in France. Stroll along the roadway lined with beside palms, blue chairs and joggers. Then take a photo of the famous “I Love Nice” sign before climbing the steps of Colline du Château where Nice was originally founded. It is perfect for enjoying the best view of the whole city. There is also a lovely waterfall which cascades down the rock face and sending out a nice cool water spray.
Now plunge into the Old Town, where its crowded streets are a combination of Italian and French architecture. We recommend visiting one of the various ice cream shops dotted around the old town and visiting L’Acchiardo for a classic Niçoise lunch. Another recommendation is visiting the renovated train station-now-food market of Gare de Sud. After lunch, make your way to the shops along Rue Paradis or the Avenue Jean Médécin for a bit of retail therapy.
In the evening, you have not experienced Nice until you have had cocktails in the world-famous Hôtel Le Negresco. Follow this by indulging in dinner at the hotel’s double-Michelin-star restaurant.
For our ultimate guide to discover Nice click here!
Day 4: Antibes
Sitting in between the city of Nice and glitzy Cannes, the town of Antibes is famous for her Port Vauban which is filled daily with super yachts and her maze-like Old Town. It is the second-largest town on the French Riviera and is neighboured by the beautiful Juan-les-Pins.
After entering the port from your tender, get lost strolling along the many winding streets of Antibes’ Old Town. You will find some lovely classic bistros which serve up classic Mediterranean dishes, which range from seafood to Italian-inspired pastas. We recommend making a reservation for the Michelin-starred and family-run “Bacon” on the Cap d’Antibes. The menu heavily features seafood, which it has famously been serving since the 1940s.
The Musée Picasso is a must for those out lovers out there. Housed in the castle itself, Pablo Picassos’ 245 paintings and sculptures are on display, along with works from contemporary artists like Nicolas de Staël, Fernand Léger and Joan Miro.
After, make your way to Juan-les-Pins’ promenade, which features some of the area’s best private beaches and some brilliant white sandy shores. A 212 pick is Moorea – a Polynesian-inspired bar, with thatched-roof umbrellas and tiki bars.
In the evening, make you way down to the waterside at Cap d’Antibes, where you will find one of the Riviera’s secret gems: La Garoupe beach. Here, you can relax at one of the multiple private beach clubs such as Plage Keller, which is also an exquisite seaside eatery.
If you are looking for some late night fun, head to Sip Absinthe. This is a cave-like bar, where one wears one of the crazy hats found in the bars collections and has a huge selection of once-forbidden liqueur, which is served in the traditional fashion of including a silver spoon and a sugar cube. Don’t have too much though, as you will need to find your way back to your tender in the Port!
Read here for more hidden gems to discover when visiting Antibes.
Day 5: Cannes
Day 5 will take you to the city of movie stars. Take a tender from your luxury vessel to either Port Canto or the Old Port and get ready to explore the city of glamour. The splendid La Croisette promenade curves around the bay of Cannes, which features joggers, roller bladers and everything in between. You may even spot a famous face or two. Also, make sure to stop by the various gardens, the classic playground and stretches of water where you may lose a child (or husband) on the remote-controlled boats.
Then make your way to the central hub of Cannes cinema, the Palais des Festivals. Check out some of the hand prints of some of the most prominent movie figures have set in the pavement of ‘Chemin des Etoiles’.
After exploring the high street of Rue D’Antibes, head back to your luxury charter vessel and set sail for the Iles de Lérins. Ile Ste-Marguérite, boasts aromas of pine and eucalyptus which hit you the moment you step off the boat. Make your way to one of the best meals of the week at the famous La Guérite restaurant. Anybody who is anybody has had lunch here and indulged themselves with the charcoal or barbecue cooking of this island restaurant.
Wrap up your day with some sunbathing on your yacht, along with the pampering that you deserve. Sit out and watch the sunset with your guests as you sip on a lovely glass of French vintage wine.
For more about Cannes read our Top 10 Things to do in Cannes blog!
Day 6: Saint-Raphael
The next day of sailing on your superyacht itinerary French Riviera will bring you just a few kilometres from Frejus to the amazing town of Saint-Raphael. Head to the tiny harbour which features beaches on both sides. It is an older resort that was once enjoyed by the Romans of the past. It is very well-maintained and has some of the best beaches on the Riviera.
If in Saint-Raphael, the Jardin Bonaparte is a must-see. It is found in the town’s old port. You and your guests can walk and enjoy this professionally landscaped garden and experience a calmness that relaxes both your body and mind. It also has seating for those feeling like taking a moment to soak it all in.
Then spend your evening in the exclusive Tiki Plage private beach. The clear blue waters are sheltered, making it an ideal location to use your yachts snorkelling facilities. It is a family-friendly location, perfect for the kids, with a quaint beachside bar for those looking for something to quench the thirst.
Day 7 of Your Superyacht Itinerary French Riviera: St Tropez
What better way to wrap up your week-long superyacht itinerary French Riviera than to visit St. Tropez? It has something for everyone, guaranteed. St Tropez is famous for its many beaches, so it is only polite to spend some time on them. Our 212 pick is Pampelonne, which actually put the town of St. Tropez on the map. After getting your tan on, you may be feeling a bit peckish. Why not treat yourself to some of France’s well-known culinary delights, such as the irresistible macaroon. St Tropez itself has a signature dessert that was first made in the 1950s. The Tarte Tropézienne is an essential little treat for those looking to “embrace the culture”.
If you are not shopped out already, St. Tropez has many fashion boutiques which are the top of the range and have some of the best designer clothes in the world today. But maybe you are the walking type? Take coastal route around St Tropez to find some truly spectacular and quite wild views. Admire the large seaside mansions, take in the moment and of course enjoy what France has to offer.
You will have worked up an appetite after all the walking, so it will be time for food. St Tropez is small, but it punches above its weight in terms of great places to eat. Club 55 is one of the most popular restaurants, with its name being known far and wide for providing the best quality food! St Tropez has a reputation of having great nightlife. Park your superyacht at the quay and get ready to go clubbing. Start at the quay for a quick “apéro” then head to one of the larger clubs and get ready to dance the night away!
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