French Riviera 8 Day Crewed Sailing Yacht Itinerary
French Riviera 8 Day Crewed Sailing Yacht Itinerary - Discover Monaco, Villefranche, Cannes, St Tropez, Iles de Porquerolles, Parc National des Calanques & Pampelonne Beach
The French Riviera really is a stunning place to explore, particularly on one of our luxury crewed sailing yachts. This beautiful region of France provides the perfect combination of sophisticated and exciting cities such as Cannes, Monaco and Nice, as well as quaint and peaceful seaside villages and islands like Villefranche and Porquerolles. A crewed sailing yacht will enable you to discover the Côte d'Azur with ease, as there will be an experienced crew to help you at every stage, yet you will still gain an authentic sailing experience that you will never forget!
On your first day, arrive in Monaco and meet the fantastic crew that you will be spending the next week with and get comfortable on board your luxury sailing yacht. Take a look around the Palais Princier de Monaco (The Prince of Monaco's Palace) and admire the panoramic views of the coastline, then head down to the port and set sail! Your first stop will be St Jean Cap Ferrat, an idyllic seaside town that is the perfect place to spend the day and relax.
If you are feeling active, there is a lovely stone path that allows you to hike the entire 'Cap' by the sea, or if you are in need of complete relaxation why not visit Paloma Beach, a wonderful beach club that is the stomping ground of VIPs and celebrities alike. This is a great place to practice some watersports in the bay, and admire the spectacular views of Beaulieu, Cap d'Ail and the cliffs at Eze. In the evening make your way over to Villefranche, and enjoy a delicious moon lit meal in the harbour.
On the morning of your second day, explore the picturesque winding streets of Villefranche and enjoy a coffee and a croissant in one of the many traditional cafés. Then sail around to the Cap d'Antibes, where you can set up anchor and explore the beautiful rock pools and coral reefs, and then head over to Iles de Lerins. The two main islands, Île Ste-Marguerite and Île St-Honorat, are simple oases. A must is to try the local wines produced on the islands by the monks on St-Honorat. Alternatively, the bustling chic Guerite Restaurante on Ste-Marguerite provides you with a delicious meal overlooking Cannes. Escape the lively and bustling towns of the French Riviera for the afternoon and enjoy complete tranquility, there are no hotels on the islands and only a few select restaurants.
In the evening, head over to Cannes to experience this beautiful town that comes alive at night. Enjoy a delicious seafood meal in one of the numerous Michelin Star restaurants by the old port, watch the sun go down from the top of the sky lounge at the Radisson Blu and then make the most of the night life - visit Baoli or Gotha and dance the night away!
On Day 3, you can sail down the coastline to the famous town of St Tropez. On your way, stop at some of the stunning, picturesque seaside villages that line the coast such as Mandelieu-la-Napoule and Théoule-sur-mer, where you can make the most of your on board water toys and try out jet skiing or waterskiing in the open and quieter bays.
Then cruise over to St Tropez - where you can wander around the winding streets, enjoy a cocktail in one the many cafés in the Place des Lices, watch the old men place 'pétanque' under the trees and while away your time peacefully.
Île de Port-Cros really is the epitome of untouched natural beauty, with only a few bistros in the port and sweet olive groves and vineyards adorning the islands hillsides, it really is something to behold. Take a picnic for the day and explore the island either by land or sea. Then in the evening cruise over to the Porquerolles islands and enjoy an al fresco dinner watching the sun go down over the beautifully still waters.
On the morning of Day 5, make the most of your time on Porquerolles and relax on the white sand beaches that are lined with brilliant-turquoise waters and pine trees, maquis and eucalyptus, and home to 114 bird species.
Even though you won't want to leave this peaceful paradise, later start your cruise up towards another spectacular area of the Riviera, Cassis and Les Calanques, which are the pride and joy of the Marseillais who frequently visit the national park throughout the summer. Les Calanques are a series of rocky peninsulas that are covered in natural flora and fauna and boast some beautiful white beaches, some of which are only accessible by kayak!
On Day 6, enjoy your morning exploring the town of Cassis and grab some breakfast before setting sail back towards St Tropez. Make a stop at the beautiful seaside resort of Le Lavendou, which is set along 12km of white sandy beach, and explore the old town that is charming and traditional in the day time, and then comes alive at night with festivals and parties going on throughout the year!
Today, sail around to Pampelonne Beach, known around the world as the stomping ground of VIP's and celebrities alike, and enjoy a relaxing day in some the best beach clubs in the world, such as Club 55 and Nikki Beach St Tropez. Spend the evening here too, starting with a delicious seafood meal, swiftly following on to cocktails, and then stay overnight in one of the beautiful Kon Tiki Huttes that are set right on the beach front!
Day 8: Disembark St Tropez
On your final morning, set sail over to St Tropez and spend your last moments soaking up the sun on Pampelonne Beach. Or, if you are looking to pack in the culture on your final day, why not do a wine tasting tour at one of St Tropez or Ramatuelle's world renowned wineries and vineyards. You will be sure to have a relaxing afternoon with your family and friends, seeing out the holiday with a lavish experience that you will remember for years to come.
In St Tropez, say goodbye to your fantastic crew and thank them for their help and support throughout your wonderful charter. It will have been a holiday of a life time, sailing along the French Riviera in style!