Cannes to Monaco Yachting Itinerary
Cannes to Monaco Crewed Day Charter Itinerary - Discover Cannes, Lérins Islands, Antibes, Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Eze, Beaulieu-sur-Mer & Monaco
Trace the key ports and attractions between the ports of Cannes and Monaco as you charter for the day along the stunning French Riviera:
Embark on your day charter in Cannes as you cruise across the beautiful bay away from the palm trees that line La Croisette and the famous Palais des Festivals.
Sail across the bay into Caribbean blue waters that meet the shores of the gorgeous islands (Îles des Lérins)- this is a popular spot where you can enjoy a light breakfast surrounded by a canopy of pine trees. St Honorat, the smaller of the two islands, hosts a monastery and the infamous dungeon where the legendary "Man with the Iron Mask" was once held captive. Enjoy a splash before you continue to cruise past Golfe Juan to the playground of the rich and famous in Antibes.
As you cruise east, the famous Fort Carré will welcome you into the beautiful Cap d'Antibes. Beyond its glamorous yachts and exclusive villas, Antibes is a wonderful place to stop for lunch with many a winding street welcoming you to its bustling restaurants.
With its magnificent landscaped gardens and the manicured lawn sweeping all the way down to the sea, enjoy a drink or dine in the elegant Eden Roc restaurant! Along the way, there are several French Riviera celebrity villas that you can spot! Antibes is also home to the Picasso Museum (Picasso lived for many years in the region), and if you’re feeling energetic, there are some fabulous walks with great views along the coastal ramparts.
Nice is the only city along the French Riviera, offering first class hotels such as the famous Negresco, a multitude of bars, restaurants, a casino, an opera, countless venues for live music and, of course, the international airport. The pastel coloured old town resembles a typically Italian town with a colourful daily market, boutique shops and bustling cafes.
The old port of Nice is picturesque, with its brightly coloured buildings set against a backdrop of blue skies and the Italian Alps, offering some of the finest ski slopes in the region. The port area as a whole has been much restored in recent years, and with its vibrant colors, pillared arches and great fish restaurants, Nice port is now known as a major yachting destination.
Past Nice, you'll enter the idyllic bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer, one of the most picturesque sights along the Côte d'Azur. Completely surrounded by steep hills, the quaint town squeezed between the deep blue bay and the rocks is a site not to be missed! There are plenty of restaurants and cafés if you need to stop for refreshments, and you'll see plenty of beautiful motor and sailing yachts anchored just offshore.
In the same small bay, across from the town of Villefranche, you'll see the Rothchild Estate, Villa Ephrusi, with its famous themed gardens and musical fountains, as you cruise on towards Cap Ferrat.
Rising out of the sea from Villefranche is Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the most famous of the "Caps" in the French Riviera, housing some of the world’s most expensive real estate. There are also several fine restaurants for a romantic treat, and a small but exclusive beach nearby.
A delightful stone path allows you to hike the entire peninsula, but if you prefer to stay on board, the famously jagged coastline is particularly photogenic from the sea!
You can also see the magnificent houses of Bill Gates and Paul Allen perched together behind St-Jean near the Rothschild Estate. Sir Norman Foster's unique and dramatic "sail house" can also be seen just next to the famous Grand Hotel du Cap.
After Cap Ferrat where the rocks become higher and increasingly dramatic, you will see the impossibly high medieval town of Eze perched precariously on top of the cliff. Here on an exclusive stretch of Eze beach you will see Bono’s fabulous terra cotta villa, fully equipped with its own recording studio!
Continuing from Eze-sur-Mer, you'll come to the equally pretty, bougainvillea drenched town of Beaulieu-sur-Mer, just on the edge of Monaco.
The Principality of Monaco is known worlwide for its Casino, Super Yachts, Formula 1 Grand Prix, and its high-rise exclusive apartment buildings housing some of the wealthiest people in the world. Built into the rocks, this compact Principality offers plenty to do, including a tour of the Royal Grimaldi Palace, a magnificent aquarium, exotic gardens, fabulous shops and restaurants, wonderful hotels and bars and, of course, the Grand Casino of Monte Carlo. We have compiled a separate page about Monaco, as there is so much more to know and enjoy in this millionaires’ playground!
If you would like to schedule a charter to see the above sights, contact us today to begin planning your perfect day along the French Riviera!