The South of France is one of the yachting capitals of the world for good reason. Offering extraordinary sweeping landscapes, filled with ancient castles, towering fortresses, and dramatic cathedrals, its coastal towns’ old-world glamour is renowned. However, the majority of the glamorous allure associated with this part of the country is linked to the regal sophistication of the French Riviera and the Côte d’Azur. Ranging from Monaco and Nice to Saint Tropez and Cannes, the South of France’s true luxurious spirit comes to life along this strip of coastline.
Day 1 Antibes
Embark on your journey in the stunning town of Antibes. The only coastal town to be protected by ramparts, Antibes is home to one of the West Mediterranean’s largest ports. Also home to several beautifully preserved historic sites, including the Chateau Grimaldi, which houses the Picasso Museum, the Bastion, which has been turned into the History and Archaeology Museum and the impressive Fort Carre, take your time exploring the rich past of this town before setting off. The many old, winding cobbled streets and town squares offer a variety of fine restaurants, high-end boutiques and bars to enjoy. The beach town of Juan-les-Pins, has some of the finest beaches in the area, with several beach clubs providing all the entertainment you could want.
Day 2 St Tropez
Idyllic, golden St Tropez
Wake up and cruise to the exclusive haven of St Tropez. Associated with the glamour of the bygone era of Brigitte Bardot, the city is renowned for its vibrant ambience, luxury stores and restaurants, as well as its gorgeous beaches. Leave your charter yacht in the main port, and head straight into the heart of this picturesque town. Offering a myriad of cobbled streets, enjoy dining at one of its many renowned cafes or world-class restaurants. Then head to one of stunning beaches, like Pampelonne, which put this town on the map, the naturalist beach Tahiti or the infamous Nikki Beach, all within the same bay. Unwind at one of the beach clubs before dancing the night away.
Day 3 Nice
Enjoy breakfast in the sun on the deck of your charter yacht before heading to the cosmopolitan city of Nice. This marvellous city has plenty to offer as a holiday destination for the rich, famous and the artistically minded. Take a stroll down the famous Promenade des Anglais and take in the view of Castle Hill. Explore its old town, filled with shady alleyways, bright facades and colourful Mediterranean shutters before visiting the beautiful St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, a key historical monument, built by the Russian elite. For those more adventurous, walk over to Castle Hill park and visit the military fortress. Climb Bellanda Tower for an unrivalled view of Baie des Anges and enjoy the stunning sunset.
Day 4 Villefranche-sur-Mer
Escape to the tranquil village of Villefranche-sur-Mer. The ideal place to indulge in watersports, avid scuba divers and snorkelers are spoiled for choice with sites to explore, from natural caves and old wrecks to hidden lagoons along the coastline, see how many marine life species you can recognise. If you’re lucky, you may even see an octopus or sea horse! After a morning filled with adventure, head to shore to enjoy a fresh seafood lunch at one of the beach restaurants. Afterwards, spend the afternoon sunbathing on the beach or marvelling at Jean Cocteau’s frescoes in the Chapelle Saint-Pierre. Alternatively, visit one of the many museums tucked away within the Citadel of St Elm and explore the Medieval Village of Eze.
Day 5 Monaco
End your French Riviera yacht charter in the dazzling city of Monaco. Take in the spectacular view of the city as you cruise past the harbour, filled with the elite’s superyachts. Anchor off the exclusive Monte-Carlo Beach Club for a morning of watersports in the glistening azure waters before spending the afternoon exploring the city’s many attractions. Head to the stunning Prince’s Palace for a tour, alternatively the Oceanographic museum or visit the vintage collection of antique cars from H.S.H Prince Rainier III. Enjoy a bite to eat at one of the city’s many cafes and restaurants before trying your luck at the famous Monte Carlo Casino.