Introducing the French Riviera: A Stylish Cruising Ground

French Riviera coast with medieval town Villefranche sur Mer, Nice region, French Riviera

The French Riviera has long been one of the most popular cruising destinations in the world – and for good reason. For both first timers and experienced charterers, there is no better destination than the French Riviera for a charter holiday.

Alive with chic beach clubs, Michelin stars, high-end boutiques, pristine beaches and palm trees, from May to October the Cote d’Azur’s glorious coastline plays hosts to the greatest number of renowned superyachts than any other cruising location, creating quite the spectacle for charterers.

The South of France is the ultimate yachting vacation spot where the perfect cruising itinerary should include sampling the lavish lifestyle of Cannes, the old town of Antibes, Monaco’s casino scene and Saint Tropez – once a small fishing village, now glamorous hangout for the elite. Whilst only a few short nautical miles from the opulent buzz you can incorporate the hushed haven of the Riviera’s national parks – namely, Hyeres and the Calanques.

The Cote d’Azur is abuzz with an exciting social calendar throughout the spring and summer months, from the dazzling Cannes Film Festival to the high-energy of the Monaco Grand Prix. It is not unusual for our guests to enjoy extended periods onboard, with the occasional charter of several weeks, to make the most of their time in this iconic destination. Tender ashore for a day at the beach clubs where A-Lister Stars flock to during the summer months, or glam-up and attend the top restaurants and bars for an evening of Michelin-Starred culinary delights.

For a slower pace of life, we recommend swinging at anchor in the secluded Porquerolles, suiting up with a mask and snorkel to explore a surprisingly mesmerizing aquatic life, or dive equipment to discover the wreck of a WW2 submarine. Venture inland to explore medieval villages or attend exclusive Provencal wine tastings within the vineyards, before closing the day with sundowner in hand watching the sky turn a dreamy mesh of pastel before enjoying a meal whipped up by your excellent chef onboard.

Our Experts’ Pick

Embark on an epic weekly charter from Cannes to the French Riviera hotspots onboard a favourite crewed motor yacht of ours, THUMPER. Built and exquisitely styled by British shipyard, Sunseeker, she is the ideal vessel for entertaining 12 guests with a sundeck jacuzzi and elegant main salon setting her apart from her 40m rivals. View our sample itinerary for a little inspiration.

Whether it is a family reunion or long over-due celebration, THUMPER’s experienced charter Captain James Harbord and his crew exist to make your onboard experience as memorable as the scenery outside. Not to mention her selection of tenders and toys to entertain you throughout your charter – be it jet skis and a Williams Jet Tender to explore further afield, or a seabob and set of paddleboards for leisurely exploration.

Make an Enquiry

Tempted? Contact one of our expert brokers who will be happy to chat further and start planning your bespoke French Riviera charter for summer 2022.

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