May 15, 2018
Nothing quite beats chartering your own luxury yacht especially when you are on the French Riviera. It is hardly surprising that it is still one of the top destinations when chartering, having lost none of its sophistication and charm over the years. With stunning coastline, picturesque fishing villages, chic boutiques, grand casinos, and of course the very best in gourmet cuisine, it has something to offer everyone. Chartering a private yacht provides the perfect base to explore this spectacular location, whilst avoiding the stress of the crowds.
Just imagine lying back and relaxing on your own luxury yacht whilst enjoying the stunning scenery as you cruising along. When chartering a private yacht, you get to create your own personal itinerary. Maybe there are some special places that you would like to revisit, new locations that you have read of, or destinations that you have only dreamed about. With the help of your experienced yacht broker, you can be assured that you will have the perfect itinerary to make your yacht charter special.
Cannes beach at sunset
As well as creating the ideal itinerary, it can become overwhelming when choosing a yachts that meets your requirements. With budget, location, specified dates, as well as the number of guests to consider, you can leave it in the capable hands of your knowledgeable yacht broker to ensure that your charter arrangements are as seamless as possible.
I have created a sample itinerary of the French Riviera, and Monaco that has proven to be especially popular over the years.
Day 1- Nice to the Iles de Lerins
Embark on your luxury private yacht in Nice, and take a leisurely cruise to the IIes de Lerins. These two unspoiled islands off Cannes make the perfect place to start your charter, allowing you to unwind and relax in a wonderful and tranquil setting. Take a stroll across the picturesque islands, and sample some of the wines produced by the resident Cistercian monks. Whilst dining under the stars, enjoy a sumptuous meal prepared by your own personal chef, and the realisation that you have finally got away from it all will become abundantly clear.
Embark at the port in Nice
Explore the beautiful island of Saint-Honorat
Day 2- Cannes to St Tropez Port
Cruise down to St Tropez and enjoy the breath-taking scenery of the French Riviera at its best. St Tropez manages to blend the charms of rustic Provence with the style of the Cote d’Azur. The town itself is enchanting, with winding medieval streets of traditional pastel-painted fishermen’s cottages, boutiques and restaurants, and a charming port with its old-fashioned fishing boats. Indulge in a day of shopping in the chic boutiques that line the quaint streets, before relaxing at one of the many cafes dotted about.
St Tropez’s charming old port
Being in St Tropez is about seeing and being seen, as people flock to view the impressive yachts that line the quayside. With a vast selection of fantastic restaurants serving the finest cuisine, you’ll be spoilt for choice when dining out. A visit to the renowned Caves du Roy nightclub, will ensure that you will have a night to remember!
The famous Caves du Roy nightclub in St Tropez
Day 3-St Tropez Port to Pampelone Beach
After a night of glitz and glamour, anchor off at the nearby Pampelonne beach and enjoy a relaxing morning bathing contently beneath the summer-long sun. Alternatively, cool off and have some fun by indulging in the many water sports that your luxury yacht has on offer.
The stunning Pampelonne beach
Either option will leave you ready to go ashore for a long lunch at the famous Club Cinquante Cinq. Frequented by the rich and famous, this is the place to be. With a reputation of serving delicious haute cuisine, you can be assured of not being disappointed. Or, for the ultimate party destination, walk further along to Nikki Beach, where you’ll find trendy music, fashionable cocktails and stylishly bronzed bodies
The stylish Nikki Beach
Day 4-Pampelonne Beach to the Porquerolles
Continuing west, delight in the gorgeous island of the Porquerolles, and enjoy the sparkling azure water. This island is one of three that is collectively known as the Iles d’Hyeres, and boosts beautiful unspoiled beaches that have been protected from over development by its national park status.
One of the spectacular beaches at the Porquerolles
Leisurely meander around as you explore the island, as cars are few and far between, whilst inhaling the fresh scent of eucalyptus and pine. Visit the vineyards to sample some of their famous light Rose, or relax in one of the many restaurants and cafes. Take the opportunity to absorb this magical atmosphere of a by-gone era.
Cycling is a popular means of exploring the Porquerolles
Day 5- Porquerolles to Cannes
After savouring in the charm and delights of the Porquerolles, it’s time to head back towards the glamorous Cannes, where the red carpet awaits your arrival! Galas, regattas, and not forgetting the renowned Film Festival, Cannes lives up to its motto, “Life is a festival.” People-watching is a popular past-time, and the hotel -lined, La Croisette, provides a fine promenade. With gorgeous stretches of golden beaches, Cannes has much to offer.
La Croisette, Cannes
Cannes has some of the chicest shops on the Riviera, so it’s the perfect place to indulge in a day of shopping at some of the worlds swankiest boutiques. Then dress to impress with one of your newly acquired outfits and hit the town to mingle with the stars
Designer shops and cars are plentiful in this stretch of the Riviera
Day 6- Cannes to Antibes to Cap Ferrat
After the glitz and glamour of Cannes, head towards Antibes which boosts an impressive but charming port.
Port of Antibes
Spend the morning assaulting your senses with the colours and scents of Provence at Antibes market. Dazzling floral bouquets, glorious fresh fruit and vegetables, and locally produce delicacies. You will be overwhelmed by the choice which is laid out like a banquet fit for a king. The fragrance alone from the local meats and cheeses are enough to make your mouth water.
An olive stand at Antibes Provence Market
Picasso once lived and worked in Antibes, and his magnificent ceramics collection can be viewed at his former home, Chateau Grimaldi. When looking around, you can only begin to imagine how inspired he found his stunning surroundings.
Museum of Picasso
After a busy morning exploring the delights of Provence, cruise on down to the magnificent Hotel du Cap-Eden- Rock for a fabulous lunch and views over the Cap D’Antibes. This legendary hotel has a illustrious past, and is a favourite for the more discerning of guests. Reminiscent of a country cub and boosting all the facilities, this is certainly somewhere you could while away the afternoon.
Cool down with a dip in the sparkling azure sea, or the stunning infinity pool at the Hotel du Cap
On the return to your yacht, take an early evening cruise to the delightful Villefranch-sur-mer, to spend the night at anchor.
A view overlooking the delightful Villefranche
Day 7 Villefrance to Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat to Eze
Admire the amazing scenery while enjoying a leisurely breakfast aboard your yacht, before hopping ashore to explore Villefranche, a picturesque Medieval beach village. Previously a fishing village, it has retained its charm, with pastel coloured buildings and narrow streets, along with gorgeous stretches of sandy beaches. With terrace cafes and restaurants lining the streets, it is a popular stop off for passing yachts.
The picturesque Villefranche
After enjoying a tasty lunch ashore, cruise down to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. The quiet peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat remains what locals call the last gem of the Côte d’Azur. The peninsula is part of the Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals, a protected area jointly managed by France, Monaco and Italy, making it a prime spot for diving and whale and dolphin watching. On land, strict architectural guidelines have spared this pristine maritime village from overdevelopment common on the French Riviera.
The gorgeous Saint- Jean-Cap-Ferrat
After an relaxing afternoon aboard your yacht, take a short cruise onto Eze, and indulge in a sumptuous dinner at the well-known Chateau de la Chevre. This two Michelin starred gourmet restaurant, has the renowed Arnaud Faye at the helm, and has a remarkable reputation. With stunning views, beautiful flowers and characterful winding streets, this place has a real sense of history and charm.
Day 8 -Eze to Monaco
Cruising on to the stylish Monaco, to take in the glitz and glamour. This small principality has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since 1297, when Francois Grimaldi seized the fortress in the dead of night disguised as a monk.
Stunning views down to Monaco
Anchor off the famous Monte-Carlo Beach for a day of water sports under the sun, and indulge in one of the excellent restaurants this luxury resort has to offer.
The stylish Monte-Carlo Beach
After spending the day unwinding on your yacht, try your luck at the world renowned Monte-Carlo Casino. The idea of developing a gambling casino in Monaco dates back to the 18th century, and it was hoped that the revenue from the venture would save the House of Grimaldi from bankruptcy. Over the years the it has grown into the successful casino that we now know as the Monte-Carlo Casino. Over the years Monaco has established itself a firm economy based on high end gambling and first class tourism, and is one of the primary sources of income for the House of Grimaldi, as well as the Monaco economy.
You can’t think of Monaco without the thought of the Grand Prix springing to mind. If this is something that you have always dreamed of spectating from the sidelines, then time your yacht charter for the month of May, and enjoy viewing the race from the comfort of your own luxury yacht. The sights, sounds and electric atmosphere created at this event is incredible.
Fantastic viewing point from your yacht as the cars race past
Day 9- Monaco
Monaco has more to offer than just gambling and the Grand Prix. Enjoy the spectacular views as you explore this small principality . Visit the Palace and be wowed by the stunning architecture, or stroll around the exotic gardens and take pleasure in the spectacular and fragrant blooms. The Oceanographic Museum is also well worth a visit.
Enjoy the exotic gardens as well as the stunning views
With all the glamour that Monaco has to offer, make time to indulge in the various stylish designer boutiques that line the pavements. And with time for a final lunch at one of its many trendy restaurants overlooking the port, before taking a helicopter to the airport for your return trip home.
The French Riviera and Monaco. are just two of the many places were you can charter your own luxury motor yacht. If you are restricted by specific dates, make sure that you book early to guarantee the perfect yacht for your holiday. Remember, you can create you own personal itinerary, so make sure that you stop and see all the destinations that you have ever dreamed of visiting.
By Laura Barber