Explore the French Riviera by Superyacht
The French Riviera is a region in the southeast 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 Italian border. The coastline is entirely within the Provence – Alpes – Côte d’Azur region of France. A French Riviera super yacht charter will give you exclusive access to one of the best yachting destinations in the world. Below is our suggested 7 day superyacht itinerary for the French Riviera that makes sure you get to experience the glitz and glamour of the South of France.
The below charter itinerary is a just a taster of what is possible to achieve while on a week’s charter on the 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 experience.
Day 1: Monaco
Board your luxury charter yacht at 10 in the morning, where you will be greeted by your captain and crew. Then, enjoy a guided tour of your amazing vessel and see all it has to offer. With a refreshing cold drink in-hand, begin the first cruise of the charter to the sovereign-city state known as the Principality of Monaco.
Monaco is lined with deep blue Mediterranean Sea and is blessed with the warm summer climate. And it is the perfect place to enjoy the colourful vegetation and exotic palm trees. Monaco is renowned for glitz and glamour, as well as her world-famous casinos. 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. 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 and see the Monegasque guards on duty.
The first evening of your French Riviera yacht charter can either take place on board your vessel, where your crewed chef will serve up top-class cuisine, 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 rest and relaxation in the bay of Cap D’Ail. A delightfully low-key destination, the pebbled beach is an ideal location to sit out and enjoy the Mediterranean sun. The large white cliffs create the perfect atmosphere of relaxation 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 yacht’s 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 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 the origins of Nice lie. It is perfect for enjoying the best view of the whole city. There is also a lovely waterfall which cascades down the rock face, 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 cities of Nice and Cannes, the town of Antibes is famous for Port Vauban which is populated by super yachts. It is the second-largest town on the French Riviera right next to 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 features locally sourced seafood, which it has famously been serving since the 1940s.
The Musée Picasso is a must for those art lovers out there. Housed in the castle itself, Pablo Picasso’s 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.
Day 4: Antibes nightlife
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: Visit Cannes On Your Yacht Itinerary
Day 5 will take you to the city of movie stars. Take a tender from your luxury vessel and get ready to explore the city of glamour. The splendid La Croisette promenade curves around the bay of Cannes. 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. 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 now you can indulge in 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 will bring you 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. 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. You can find it in the town’s old port. You and your guests can stroll around and enjoy this professionally landscaped garden. 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 equipment. 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: St Tropez
What better way to wrap up your week 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 puts 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 top of the range. But maybe you are the walking type? Take the coastal route around St Tropez to find some wildly spectacular views. Admire the large seaside mansions, take in the moment and admire what France has to offer.
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, famous 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” and head to one of the larger clubs and get ready to dance the night away!
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A French Riviera Yacht Charter is a guarantee for culture, gastronomy, and beautiful landscape. Whatever it is that you are looking for, your 212 Yacht charter broker team will ensure that your luxury yacht charter will be filled with memories that last a lifetime. To begin your journey to France, or to discuss some ideas, contact our team today. Use the form below or chat to us using Live Chat in the corner of your screen. We hope to hear from you soon!