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Mediterranean Yacht Charter-French Riviera (Cote d’Azur)

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur

Sophisticated luxury yachts and a Mediterranean yacht charter go hand in hand with the French Riviera. These exclusive playthings are big business on the Cote d’Azur. Antibes is the major center for “Yachting” along the South of France coastline. Many large mega-yachts gather here to use the marina facilities as their homeport for boarding and disembarking charter clients. The old town is worthy of exploration with the famous Picasso museum. A short distance away lies Cannes, well known for the Cannes Film Festival, held annually in the spring.

Monaco Harbor

Monaco Harbor

  

Even further down the coast you will find St. Tropez, one of the most sophisticated places to “see and also to be seen”. If chartering in high season of July and August don’t expect to obtain a berth on short notice on a Mediterranean Yyacht charter. If you are lucky enough to have one reserved already, you can sit on your aft deck and watch how the fashionably wealthy enjoy their day! Monte Carlo lies to the north and is considered to be the diamond of the French Riviera. Fabulous nightlife is available and the Palace Casino offers the opportunity to try your luck at the black jack table. Monte Carlo is also home to the world renowned Monaco Grand Prix. Wherever travels take you along this beautiful coastline, enjoyment of the European lifestyle is available for all who wish to partake!
 

 

 

St. Tropez

St. Tropez

 

Itinerary


Day 1 - Meet your driver at the Nice airport. Drive to Monte Carlo (located approx. 15 miles from Nice airport). Have lunch aboard your yacht and take the rest of the afternoon to relax from your international flight.

Day 2 - Mid-morning, plan some time for exploring the harbor or do some shopping. Water sports can be done just outside the harbor entrance if you are so inclined. You can either have lunch ashore or perhaps this would be a good time to invite your friends aboard for a cruise? For the evening, plan to dine ashore. I recommend the Hotel de Paris or Chevre d’Or at Eze. Eze is a small medieval village above Monaco. This is also a great spot for lunch or sunset cocktails as the view is spectacular. Don’t forget to visit the casino in Monte Carlo.

Day 3 - Depart for Antibes (20 nm) and a berth at the International Yacht Club. This is where a line-up of the best yachts in France will be. This is also an excellent opportunity to explore the old city of Antibes and the early morning flower and food markets or visit the small Picasso Museum. You can also drive out to Cap d’Antibes and have a drink or lunch at the famous Eden Roc Hotel. A noteworthy side trip of your Mediterranean yacht charter is a visit to Saint Paul de Vence. It is another medieval city that is full of artisan shops and quaint cafes. The countryside is also quite lovely.

Day 4 - Cannes is today’s destination and is only 12 nautical miles away. Along the way you may visit the Iles de Lerins. These islands sit a few miles off Cannes. They are beautiful and have many paths through the woods and are inhabited by a monastery and a vineyard. Once in Cannes you will find a number of great little restaurants on the back street behind the Hotel de Ville. The Casino de Festival, the Martinez or Carlton for cocktails are also fun. For any walkers in the group, a stroll along the waterfront offers a good opportunity to stretch your legs.

Day 5 - Early departure after breakfast for St. Tropez (26 nm). This passage is along a section of the coast that is beautiful and a good time to pass the morning sunbathing on deck and taking in the sights. Mid-morning to noon arrival into St. Tropez. The day could be spent in St. Tropez along the beaches or shopping in the town.

Day 6 - Depart in the morning after breakfast for Villefranche (50 nm) . This is a lovely small harbor and bay. A great place for water sports as the anchorage is very calm and protected. There are great seafood restaurants along the Quay. If you missed Eze you are still in range for the trip up. The town of Beaulieu is a very charming place for dinner or for an early evening stroll.

Day 7 - Today our Mediterranean yacht charter will take us to San Remo (43 nm) , the flower capital of Italy. You will be able to see the many hothouses (greenhouses) that line the cliffs. Berth at Porto Solé and take advantage of the many sidewalk café’s in the old port. There are many fine restaurants in Sanremo (I recommend Ristorante da Giannino) and also a Casino. For early risers, you can accompany the chef to the market for fresh produce, flowers and bread.

Day 8 - Pre-dawn departure for Portofino (90 m) 5.5 hrs. It will be mid-week so this small, quaint but cosmopolitan port should not be crowded. You may anchor off here or you might be fortunate enough to get a berth. If it is too crowded you can always anchor off Santa Margherita and take the yacht’s tender to Portofino. Take most of the day for water sports and just relaxing and enjoying the sights around Portofino and Santa Margherita.

Day 9 - Begin the day with a breakfast cruise south to Spezia and Cinque Terre. The hillside along this stretch is a beautiful back drop. Cinque Terre is a cluster of small villages along the cliffs of the coast. They are hard to reach and have become a nice hidden area that has attracted artists through the years. La Spezia is a wonderful old coastal city. Continue south to arrive in Viareggio or Livorno. Both of these towns are commercial ports so they are not as scenic as other parts along the way. They are well situated and either location will bring you within an hours drive to Pisa should you care to sightsee inland. If the pace is not too quick at this point, these stops can be eliminated. Capraia is also a good overnight location.

Day 10 - Depart for Elba. Spend the time relaxing while underway. Elba was the island of exile for Napoleon. His residence and villa are worth the visit. There are many nice hillside villages and we recommend hiring a car as a sidetrip to your Mediterranean yacht charter. The beaches of Saint Andrea and Cavoli are excellent for swimming.

Day 11 - Cruise to Porto Cervo (102nm). This is an extremely popular (and very expensive) spot so if you wish to be at the dock, make certain to book well in advance for a berth. There are many small inlets for anchoring if you choose not to secure a berth. There are many places for water sports and swimming near Porto Cervo.

Day 12 - Leave mid-morning for the Straits of Bonafacio. This area just north of Porto Cervo has majestically beautiful beaches and private coves. The barren landscape is a great contrast to the water which is an amazing blue in this cluster of islands and coves.

Day 13 - Cruise through the Straits of Bonafacio to Ajaccio (approx. 60 nm). Ajaccio was the birthplace of Napolean. There is an old Citadel that dates back to 1554 as does the Cathedral. A few hundred yards from the Citadel is Casa Bonaparte. Ajaccio was developed as a resort along with Cannes, Nice and Palma de Mallorca. Overnight passage back to the South of France and a berth in Golfe Juan.

Day 14 - Golfe Juan to Nice where you will spend the night prior to your departure and the end to your Mediterranean yacht charter. There are many restaurants in Nice and your captain can recommend a good one for you to try. There is also plenty of shopping if you are inclined.

Day 15 - Sadly the driver arrives to return your group to the airport in Nice. There is always next year to return again for another Mediterranean yacht charter.

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