The French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur, is internationally famous as one of the most prestigious yachting destinations in the world. Experienced charter guests know that nothing in the world can compare to the breathtaking scenery and splendid shore excursions that comprise a luxury yacht charter through the French Riviera. From the beaches and clubs of St. Tropez to the Festivals and famous Croisette promenade of Cannes, to the Le Grand Casino and Luxury Yachts of Monaco, the French Riviera beckons with infinite allure.
Day 1: Nice
Arrive at the Nice Cote d’Azur airport, transfer to your crewed charter yacht to settle in and refresh before an evening of exploration on shore. Nice is the second most popular tourist destination after Paris and the largest city in the French Riviera. The town changed hands many times, contributing to an architecturally and culturally rich heritage. Its strategic location and port gave the town great maritime strength throughout its history and today provides superb facilities for many magnificent megayachts.
Day 2: Saint-Tropez
This über chic town is well known today for its famous celebrities and extremely wealthy summertime guests. The playground of jet-setters, fashion models, and millionaires, it is renowned as the city where the iconic Bridgitte Bardot was discovered. Saint Tropez is considered a world capital of yachting and in the crowded harbor storied yachts are docked side by side throughout the summer season.
The trendy town is more than glorious sandy beaches and
magnificent boats. Down historic cobbled streets, concealed by rows of cafes and gift shops, are the boutiques of some of the world’s greatest fashion designers. In the history of modern art Saint-Tropez also plays a major role, as the location where Pointillism and Fauvism emerged, Saint-Tropez has served as inspiration to legendary painters as well as fine artists of today.
Each September yachting enthusiasts anticipate Les Voiles de St. Tropez, a world-famous regatta held at the end of the month. All types of sailing boats, from traditional to modern, compete with each other in this very popular, international event.
Day 3: Antibes, Juan les Pins
Located between Cannes and Nice, there are no less than 48 beaches along the 25 km of coastline that surround Antibes and Juan les Pins. For knowledge seekers, there are five museums, including the Absinthe Museum dedicated to appreciation of this infamous liqueur. Pablo Picasso spent six months here visiting a friend in 1946 and donated several works to the municipality, which are now housed in the Picasso Museum located in the restored Chateau Grimaldi.
Antibes offers some excellent shopping in trendy boutiques, and in the old town a number of galleries with art for sale include paintings of local scenes. Close to the harbor is a covered market that offers a magnificent selection of meat, fish, cheese and vegetables. Gourmet restaurants feature French cuisine as well as local specials focusing on fresh seafood and produce from Provence. The Absinthe Bar La Balade provides a unique experience for those who dare to try this mysterious green liqueur, illegal in most places for its reputation to cause insanity.
In April, the annual Antibes Yacht Show is dedicated to the
brokerage and charter of larger yachts and in June, the Voiles d’Antibes is one of the world’s biggest gatherings of old teak and brass sailing vessels that converge on the port for one of the most regal regattas in the Mediterranean.
Day 4: Cannes
Enchanting nineteenth-century Cannes lives on in the splendid grand villas still inhabited to the present day. Built to reflect the wealth and standing of their owners, these architectural wonders were inspired by anything and everything, from medieval castles to Roman villas. In addition to palatial architecture, Cannes is famous for its luxury shops, restaurants and posh hotels. The city hosts the annual Cannes Film Festival, MIDEM, the foremost trade show for the music industry, MIPIM, the worlds largest property-related trade show, and MIPCOM and MIPTV, held in October and April respectively, the world’s most important trade markets for the television industry. In September, the Festival de la Plaisance is a popular event for yachting enthusiasts and is held in both the Vieux Port and the Port Pierre Canto. The prestigious show brings together key players in pleasure boating and international luxury yachting.
Day 5: Villefranche
Villefranche-sur-Mer adjoins the city of Nice to the east along Mont Boron, Mont Alban and Mont Vinaigrier, and lies about 6 miles south west of Monaco. The bay of Villefranche is one of the deepest natural harbors of any port in the Mediterranean Sea providing superb anchorage for megayachts. The historic port was created in 1295 by Charles d’Anjou.
Popular with writers such as Katherine Mansfield and Aldous Huxley, Villefranche continues as a haven for creative artists who occupy quaint little houses reached by narrow alleyways that climb the hillside. Two of the more recent celebrities who have bought villas in the area are Tina Turner and Bono.
This picturesque medieval setting of red tile roofs and narrow cobblestone streets has also been the backdrop to many movies including; Captain Horatio Hornblower, Adventures of Captain Fabian, To Catch a Thief , The Count of Monte Cristo, An Affair to Remember, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Never Say Never Again, The Jewel of the
Nile, The Bourne Identity, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and countless video clips and commercials.
Day 6: Monaco
The Principality of Monaco is a sovereign city state bordered by France on three sides and by the Mediterranean Sea. In 2011, Monaco maintained its status as the world’s most expensive real estate market, at $56,300 per square meter, with the highest rate of millionaires and billionaires per capita.
The architecture of the glamorous Belle Èpoque building and
gardens of the Monte Carlo Casino have provided an inspired setting for several James Bond films and should not to be missed by visitors to the city. The beaux arts building was designed by the architect Charles Garnier, who also created the Paris Opera House.
Since 1911, Monaco has attracted crowds of spectators to the Monte Carlo Rally, and since 1955 to the Monte Carlo Grand Prix. The Monte Carlo Rally was originally held at the behest of Prince Albert I and is, like the principality’s Grand Prix, organized by the Automobile Club de Monaco. It has long been considered to be one of the toughest and most highly regarded events in rallying. The Formula One Monaco Grand Prix is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world. Magnificent charter superyachts are available for both of these events and provide a superlative platform for spectators.
Day 7: Nice
Depart Monaco for a leisurely return trip to Nice. Visit the old town before transferring back to the Airport, or extend your trip by a day to further explore the town and environs. For visitors interested in archeology and history, one of the oldest human settlements in the
world, Terra-Amata, is situated near Nice and dates from the Lower Paleolithic period. From the 2nd century AD, the splendor of Nice has attracted many famous painters and sculptors including Chagall and Matisse, and inspired many composers and intellectuals such as Berloz, Rossini and Nietzche. Spend a few hours at one or two the varied and numerous museums of all kinds, including a Naval Museum. Being a vacation resort town, Nice hosts many festivals throughout the year, so check to see what special events might be taking place during your stay.
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