While known for glitz and glamour, the French Riviera is also a great location to enjoy a family cruise on a crewed yacht charter. With plenty of anchorages in which to relax, and swim, museums and historic sites to explore, and a string of islands off of the coast for bicycling, and hiking, the French Riviera offers a cruising family a lot to see and do while on a crewed yacht charter along the southern coast of France.
7 Day Itinerary; Nice - Nice
Day 1: Join your yacht in Antibes and enjoy lunch on the aft deck as you settle in, under the warm Mediterranean sun. Sail to Monte Carlo for dinner on deck in the main port in view of the night lights of this little principality and the famous Casino. Monte Carlo is indeed a singular principality and the most interesting area rings around the main port with Monaco-Ville just a short walk, a rocky promontory where the old city of this small principality is located.
Day 2: Old City Monte Carlo, known as Monaco-Ville, is just a short walk from the port and is the location of the Grimaldi Family Palace and grounds. Also be sure to visit the Musee Oceangraphique et Aquarium, once headed by Jacque Cousteau. The aquarium is extremely well known and is considered one of the best aquariums in Europe.
After lunch sail to St. Jean Cap Ferrat. Tender in to visit the Rothschild Villa to see life captured in situ in a French Riviera Villa, and the many gardens. The Rothschild Villa was built in 1905 and is filled with antiques and art and surrounded by 9 magnificent themed gardens of the area. The ships tender will come back to the Villa to pick you up, and then sail to Villefranche a sleepy little fishing village to anchor for the night, swim and enjoy the various on board water toys.
Day 3: In the am, an SUV can be arranged to take you to the famous town of Eze to enjoy a walk around this very quaint medieval town built onto a hillside. A walled medieval city, still only accessed by your own two feet or donkey, Eze is a beautiful example of life in France in the medieval age perched at the top of a cliff. Inside see the buildings, courtyards and the little alleyways and walk in the footsteps of medieval man. At the top of Eze is the famous La Chevre d’Or restaurant that hangs over the gorge with an outstanding view and a great stop for lunch. After lunch, back to the yacht for a lovely afternoon sail to anchor off of The Beach in Cannes, and gaze across at the famous Croisette, home of the Cannes Film Festival. Go ashore by ship’s tender to see this famous theatre area. Wander the old town of Cannes with beautiful cobbled streets. Back to the yacht for dinner anchored off of the beach.
Day 4: In the morning sail into Antibes, with the Old Town within walking distance to the harbor. Every morning in Old Town there is a great street market featuring many products of Provence especially lavender, lemons, and Herbs de Provence. Wander the streets of Antibes. Visit the Musee Picasso located right on the water in a 12th century Grimaldi Palace with a collection of art works of this great master.
Return to the yacht to sail to the Lerin’s Islands right off of the coast to the Island of St. Marguerite anchoring off of the fortress. Fort Royal is open to view a number of the prison cells, including that occupied by the Man in the Iron Mask, plus a museum of Roman antiquities retrieved from local ancient ship wrecks in the area. Refresh with water sports and a swim before dining on deck under the fortress.
Day 5: Morning sail to St. Raphael, home to “Chateau Ste Roseline” vineyard. Chateau Sainte Roseline is a property dating back to the tenth century, which is now one of the jewels of southern wine-making and a renowned artistic centre. This is a great opportunity to see a working vineyard and winery and taste the selections.
In the afternoon sail on to San Tropez, a busy cosmopolitan “village”. Once a sleepy fishing village, San Tropez is now a center of the chic and the arts. Many artists find the lighting in San Tropez unlike anywhere else in the world. This is a place to spend time shopping as between the couture and the unique little shops, San Tropez has it all. This is a great spot to enjoy and see the night life of the French Riviera. Overnight.
Day 6: After breakfast sail around the headland to the famous Pampelonne beach. Take a swim and enjoy the sun as you relax before lunch. Be sure to take the ship’s tender ashore to visit Le Club 55 even if only for a drink to see who is there. Enjoy the stunning scenery and clear waters as you sail to the Hyeres Islands and anchor overnight between the two islands of Port-Cross and Bagaud. Or head over to the island of Porquerolles. The tiny island village is overlooked by a 16th century fort with offers a great view. This is the island for mountain biking through nature. Spend the afternoon swimming and using the yacht’s water toys before returning on board for dinner on anchor under the stars.
Day 7: Sail back to Nice. And take a car to St. Paul de Vence for an afternoon of the arts. St. Paul is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France and is a mecca for artists. Back in Nice spend time wandering the old city and take in the Matisse Museum right next to the Archaeology Museum and Roman Bathhouse ruins.
Day 8: Disembark in the am in Nice.
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