The Côte d’Azur, known in English as the French Riviera, is on the southeast corner of France and includes the sovereign state of Monaco and known for its mild climate and stunning landscapes. The 114kms of coastline and beaches from Monaco down to the Iles d’Hyéres offer 300 days of sunshine per year, 18 golf courses, and 3,000 of the world’s finest restaurants, a spectacular coastline, gorgeous beaches and exclusive atmosphere.
The French Riviera is renowned throughout the world as the ultimate superyacht destination and the preferred playground of royalty, aristocrats, celebrities and the rich and famous in France.
Those who enjoy quaint villages and old world charm can walk through history as they stroll down cobblestone streets lined with chic designer boutiques, classic architecture, delectable cuisine and art galleries in historic villages like Eze and Mougins. Eze-le-Village, with views stretching out as far as Corsica, is a spectacular medieval town mixing perfume outlets, fancy boutiques and steep cobbled lanes, making it a handy stop between Nice and Monaco. Located just fifteen minutes’ drive from Cannes, Mougins is a historical hilltop town full of culture and character and often the tourist destination for Hollywood stars during the Cannes Film Festival in France.
A summer charter vacation in the French Riviera offer the ultimate all-round cruising experience, incorporating world-class restaurants, cosmopolitan lifestyle and glamorous entertainment in the world-famous nightclubs as well as some quieter but very charming ports such as Ville Franche and St Jean Cap Ferrat with stunning natural beauty and warm Mediterranean waters in France.
The French Riviera also plays host to a number of highly acclaimed sporting and luxury events, from the Cannes Film Festival to the Monaco Grand Prix and offers a fantastic opportunity to host an impressive corporate charter or event.
French Riviera Yacht Charter: France is the third-largest country by area in Europe as a whole. The total population of France is 67 million, making it the second most populated country in the European Union. The capital city is Paris, the nation’s largest city and the main cultural and commercial centre.
Official language : French
Area : 640,679 km2
Population : 66,616,000
Currency : Euro (€)
French Riviera Yacht Charter “Must Do”
There are attractions and sights to thrill and excite, along with luxury and decadence as only the French can do. The Côte d’Azur is the playground of the world’s elite. Start in the east at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin with its old hilltop village and chic seaside resort and travel along the coast to the incredible elegant Casino de Monte Carlo, known for its role in many James Bond movies. Visit the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild with its magnificent gardens and the colourful, fragrant Cours Saleya market in Nice. Vieux Nice is the old town area in Nice. It has charming streets that will captivate you with their old world beauty. Visit the unique sights and great dining of Old Town Cannes, the cobbled alleys of charming Antibes, the Fondation Maeght, the Îles d’Hyères and end in the glamorous St Tropez, made famous by Brigitte Bardot.
French Riviera Yacht Charter Tourist Information
French Riviera Yacht Charter Visa
Non EU members apply for a Schengen Visa from your nearest French Embassy or Consulate.
French Riviera Yacht Charter Health and Safety Advice
French Riviera Airports
The Nice Côte d’Azur airport (NCE) is the only airport besides Paris to offer direct flights to New York.
The Cannes Mandelieu Airport (CEQ) is the destination of choice for private jets.
The Toulon-Hyères International airport (TLN) largely serves destinations in France; however, each summer there are additional international flights to the UK.
There is a helicopter transfer available from Nice to Monaco – Heli Air Monaco.
French Riviera Weather
The best time to visit the French Riviera depends on your interests. Exciting events such as the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix occur during May. The most idyllic months for visiting the south of France are May and June. Though the sun is intense, it’s not uncomfortable. Coastal waters have warmed up providing ideal swimming. The most overcrowded times are July and August. September and early October are a good time to visit; temperatures have dropped and the crowds have dispersed. The villages normally host festivals in early September.
Sample French Riviera Yacht Charter
St. Tropez to Portofino (10 Days)
Join your yacht in St. Tropez, the international tourist mecca that has played a large part in the renown of the whole Côte d’Azur. In this almost mythical destination everything is famous: the beaches of Bouillabaisse, Caneliers, and Salins are amongst 40 on the peninsula; the Place des Lices where movie stars and local stars get together to play a game of boules or sip Pastis under the plane trees; and of course the leather Tropéziennes sandals that everyone seems to wear!
Settle in, review your itinerary and discover the St. Tropez way with its glitz, beautiful people and bounty of nightlife. Overnight.
After breakfast cruise around the headland to the famous Pampelonne beach (1.5-2 hrs). Take a swim and enjoy the sun before lunch, either on board or at Club 55, a fabulous venue to see and be seen. Later, enjoy the stunning scenery and clear waters as you cruise up to Ile de Porquerolles to anchor overnight (a 4.5 hour trip).
After a leisurely breakfast, go ashore for a walk or explore the network of caves along the stunning island coastline before your yacht heads over to the islands of Iles d’Hyeres. There are many picturesque places to anchor that are ideal settings for dinner. Leave during the night to cruise to Cannes (6 hours).
Awake in cosmopolitan Cannes. The old town of Cannes has beautiful cobbled streets, where you will find some fine food products and an abundance of trendy boutiques. Enjoy lunch at The Carlton before continuing your walk along the picturesque streets. Dinner on board or ashore.
After breakfast cruise to glamorous Cap d’Antibes (1.5 hours). The Cap d’Antibes has become known as the epitome of luxury on the Riviera, home to the rich and famous.
Enjoy lunch at the famous and exclusive Eden Roc, often described as the most fabulous hotel in the world. Everyone – from the President of the Republic and Arab princes, to stars of the stage and screen – all have stayed here in this security-conscious Shangri-la.
Eden Roc, Cap d’Antibes
Leave after lunch for a two hour cruise to Villefranche. In the afternoon, take a taxi up to the famous town of Eze. Enjoy a walk around this charming hillside village. For a spectacular dinner visit Chateau de la Chevre d’Or, a five-star resort and restaurant atop the mountain which affords an extraordinary view of the ocean and surrounding countryside.
Wake early to a delicious breakfast and stroll around the charming fishing village of Villefranche. Later, walk or taxi up to St. Cap Ferrat for lunch. Spend the afternoon touring the magnificent Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Precious artworks, tapestries, and furniture adorn the salons – in typical Rothschildian fashion, with each room decorated in a specific “ancient regime epoque.” Allow plenty of time to also wander in the gardens. They are one of the few places on the coast where you’ll be allowed to experience the lavish pleasures of the Belle Époque Côte d’Azur. There are no less than seven themed gardens (she liked to collect). The extraordinary ensemble reigns over a hilltop at the crest of the peninsula, taking in spectacular, symmetrical views of the coastline. Return to the yacht for a late cruise to Monaco. Spend the evening viewing the Principality and the famous casino before enjoying dinner on board.
Awake in Monaco. After breakfast, wander around the tropical gardens with its Japanese garden and tour the Grimaldi Royal Palace. If time permits, you may also wish to tour the famous Cousteau Oceanographic Museum. Relax and enjoy dinner at the Louis XIV Restaurant, weather permitting. Alternatively, dine at the exquisite Café de Paris.
In the morning cruise to San Remo with its vibrant palm fringed esplanade (2.5 hours). Enjoy lunch and a walk along this playground for the rich and famous. View the colorful work displayed by local artists, or take in one of the many restaurants for lunch or dinner. For nightlife, visit one of the many clubs or casinos.
After an overnight cruise, awaken to one of the most attractive harbors in Italy, Portofino, known for its excellent selection of posh shops and fine dining. Wander to the end of one of the promontories embracing the harbor and explore the ruins of Brown’s Castle. Sit and watch the sunset over this Italian Riviera jewel. Enjoy dinner on board or ashore.