Known for its glam, high-end, and luxury reputation, Southern France, also known as the South of France or colloquially known in French as Le Midi, is nothing short of spectacular. This is the ultimate yachting destination for anyone who wants to experience everything this spectacular region offers. From Michelin star food prepared by the best chefs to medieval towns perched upon rolling hills to secluded and stunning islands, islets, and hidden coves, the French Riviera is the perfect travel destination if you want to escape it all.
In the end, the French Riviera, aka Côte d’Azur, is known as one of the most luxurious and beautiful places in Europe. So are you ready to begin your yacht experience in the French Riviera? Let’s go.
Day 1: Our crew will be happy to coordinate a taxi pick-up once you arrive at the airport or train station. Our driver will meet you at an agreed-upon location and take you to meet the crew at the marina. Once aboard the boat, you will be briefed before settling in and enjoying your welcome cocktail on board.
We will start our adventure in the Antibes marina, home to some of the world’s largest megayachts. Before heading to our following destination, guests can take a walk down the billionaire’s row and admire the new launches from leading shipyards before heading off to St Tropez. We will sail 35 nautical miles from Antibes to St. Tropez, where we will dock for the night.
Saint-Tropez has been the hotspot for the rich and famous since the late 19th century, and not much has changed. It is renowned for its exclusive beach clubs, yachts, exquisite restaurants, and Vieux Port. Guests will have the chance to stroll around the gorgeous cobblestoned old town before we stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Here we will try the Tarte Tropézienne, a dessert said to have been named by Briget Bardot while she was in the city filming And God Created Woman. This tarte is made up of brioche, whipped cream and crème pâtissière. It pairs quite nicely with a glass of rosé wine.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Plage de Pampelonne, one of the longest beaches near Saint-Tropez, which has been an institution since 1955. For dinner, guests can opt to dine out at one of the beach clubs on the shore or head back to the boat.
Day 2: After breakfast and another morning strolling around the streets of Saint-Tropez, guests will enjoy lunch on board as we set sail 35 nautical miles to the island of Porquerolles. The island itself is only 4.35 miles wide and 1.86 miles long and is famous as it is home to a natural conservatory and botanical garden. Today is all about enjoying nature and taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the French Riviera, so make sure to soak it all in. After exploring the island and taking a dip (or two in the water), we will have dinner back on the boat underneath the stars.
Day 3: From Porquerolles, we will sail around 50 nautical miles to the city of Cannes. Guests are encouraged to explore everything this gorgeous city offers when we arrive. Spend your afternoon lounging at one of the many private or public beaches (we recommend La Croisette and Plage du Midi) before having lunch. If you didn’t already know, Cannes is home to over 80 Michelin-star restaurants and is a culinary utopia for travelers.
Spend your afternoon exploring the city. Spend an hour at the Musée d’Art et D’Histoire de Provence, shopping at some of the town’s boutiques or head back to the beach—the choice is yours. In the evening, guests can try yet another Michelin-star restaurant or head back to the boat for dinner underneath the stars.
Day 4: Once breakfast is served, guests are encouraged to take one final walk around Cannes before we head out. For lunch, we can either eat at another restaurant within the city or have a light lunch on board as we sail from Cannes to Cap d’Antibes, which is home to some of the most stunning villas overlooking the most beautiful seascapes in the world. Guests can even visit the Eden Roc hotel, where members of the Royal Families stay when they are in the South of France. Dinner and drinks can be enjoyed at one of the many restaurants and bars at the hotel. And if we have time, you can always squeeze in a spa appointment (or two).
Day 5: Today, we sail to Nice, just 9 nautical miles from Cap D’Antibes. One of the most popular destinations in all of the French Riviera, the city of Nice is home to several exciting things to do for any type of traveler. Once we arrive, we will head to the Old Town of Nice to explore. Guests can also take a stroll down the Promenade des Anglais, one of the most iconic roads in France. The brainchild of English expats in the 19th century, this promenade is full of bars, restaurants, beach clubs, and ice-cream stalls—did we mention that it has quite the view?
We will try Socca, a chickpea pancake, and the region's delicacy before heading to the beach for lunch. After lunch, we have dinner at a jazz bar. Did you know that Scott Fitzgerald hosted wild jazz parties for his friends in Nice? Once we are all jazzed-out, we’ll head back to the boat.
Day 6: Another day, another morning exploring Nice before heading to another location. If you have time, we always recommend visiting the Matisse museum. We will have lunch on board as we sail 3 nautical miles to Villefranche-sur-Mer, one of the deepest harbors in the region. Again make sure to take the time to appreciate all the megayachts in the harbor before we head into town. We’ll spend the afternoon and evening exploring these beautiful sites, some of which date back to the 1200s.
Day 7: On the last day of our charter, we will sail to St. Jean Cap Ferrat, which is home to some of the most expensive houses in the world and opulent historical villas. One of the most famous is Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, built by Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild of the prominent French banking family between 1905 and 1912
If you are up for it, we will go on a small hike along with one of the three central promenades around the town. If hiking is not your thing, we will instead visit one of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat's beaches, ideal for peaceful relaxation. Our favorite? Les Fossette is, without a doubt, the best-preserved and most discreet beach on the peninsula.
For dinner, we will either stay in town or head back on board to enjoy one final dinner onboard underneath the stars.
Day 8: On our last day of charter, we will head over to Monaco, where you can test your luck at the Monte Carlos’ Grand Casino before walking around town. In the afternoon, head back to the boat to officially disembark and bid the crew goodbye. Until next time!
*Remember that we are here to help you plan your dream vacation, so the itinerary outlined above can be changed. All you need to do is discuss your needs with our crew, and we will do our best to make it happen. Do you want to stay one day longer for a particular bay or move on to a new experience? No problem, we are here to make your visit to the South of France unforgettable.