7-Day French & Italian Riviera Crewed Motor Yacht Itinerary

THE WELLESLEY Anchored in Portofino,Italy

Discover iconic destinations on the French and Italian Riviera as you enjoy classic yachting glamour onboard a luxury crewed motor yacht

 Day 1 - Antibes | Day 2 - St Jean | Day 3 - Portofino

Day 4 - Santa Margherita | Day 5 - Monaco | Day 6 - Cannes | Day 7 - St Tropez

Desirable destinations line the coastline between Cinque Terre and St Tropez and are discovered best by luxury crewed motor yacht. Iconic since the 1950's, this stretch is renowned for attracting the most glamorous of the jet-set and occasional famous face.  

For those seeking a glorious combination of serene landscapes, michelin-star dining, picturesque pastel-painted fishing villages and a decadent nightlife, our Charter Specialists reveal a sample intinerary to inspire an extraordinary motor yacht charter across both the French Riviera and Italian Riviera. A week or more of exploring the chic beachclubs of St Tropez, high-end boutiques of Cannes, stylish resort areas of Portofino and the French Riviera's national parks makes the perfect spring, summer or autumnal escape with your family or friends.

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Day 1: Antibes & Villefranche

Hotel du Cap Eden Roc Restaurant,Antibes
Image Credit: Hotel du Cap Eden Roc
Step onboard your yacht in Antibes, one of the largest and most impressive ports in Europe and close to Nice airport. Once settled, take a wander around the quaint cobbled streets and peek into the Musée Picasso before arriving at Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, easily Antibes' most luxurious establishment; poven by the marvellous guest book where celebrities’ signatures overlap each other on the pages. 

Embark on a short cruise to Villefranche; a picturesque, yet remote town featuring an idyllic beach. Admire the colourful fishing town either from your yacht or on foot, briefly stopping for a coffee or crêpe. Get your adrenaline pumping in the afternoon doing water sports in the bay of Beaulieu before heading towards St Jean with sundowner in hand, for your overnight anchorage and a beautifully prepared dinner onboard, getting to know your Captain and crew.

Day 2: St Jean & Èze

Eze,St Jean Cap Ferrat,French Riviera

Rise early anchored just off the charming little town of St Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Soak up the sun, have fun with the water toys available onboard and depending on what vibe you are after; get ready to attend the Paloma beach club for a sophisticated lunch, or Anjuna for a vibrant and fun atmosphere perfect for a celebration.

As the sun begins to dip, tender ashore for a romantic meal 1,400 feet above sea-level in the medieval village of Èze at the renowned Chevre D'Or, where Chef Arnaud Faye gives surf ’n’ turf a gastronomic meaning in the form of decadently playful pairings whilst guests gaze down to a sea of luxury yachts.

Day 3: Portofino

Cruise overnight or at sunrise into Italian waters, enjoying a freshly prepared breakfast of French pastries and other local produce served by your crew whilst underway and arriving at your exclusive berth in Portofino. You should arrive in time for a refreshing dip and lunch on the aft-deck taking in the beautiful surroundings where azure waters meet a vibrant hillside town, whilst sleek Rivas cruising in and out all summer long.

Make a splash with the watersport equipment or wander uphill to the Church of St Giorgio for panoramic views. As the sun sets, sip Peach Bellini sundowners on the terrace of the Hotel Splendido before taking a seat for a delectable dinner.

Day 4: Santa Margherita

Paraggi Bay Santa Margherita,Amalfi Coast Italy

Have a lazy morning soaking up the best of post-card-perfect Portofino, before making the short cruise to Santa Margherita; once a fishing village, now a popular yachting destination of charming pastel coloured houses.
Enjoy lunch on the sundeck and while away the afternoon exploring the olive grove and cypress-clad coastline by tender. Or, make the most of the many yacht toys available on the majority of vessels to dip below the surface of these paradisal pockets. Following a dinner or Italy’s traditionally-made fresh pasta at L'Altro Eden, be sure to cleanse your palette with the finest Italian gelato.

Day 5: Monaco

Yacht Berthed in Monaco,French Riviera

Following a relaxed morning cruise into French Riviera, step onto Monaco soil in Port Hercules for a fun meal at Sass Cafe; a great choice for a celebration. Alternatively, enjoy an exquisite dining experience at Peruvian restaurant, Coya.
Spend the rest of the afternoon amongst the myriad of designer stores. Or if with family, visit the highly intriguing Oceanography museum and Royal Palace for some culture. Settle down for an evening of delights at Alain Ducasse's Le Louix XV opposite the Casino Monte Carlo before a night of champagne and dancing at Twiga. However, if you are looking for a more relaxed evening, there are various events such as an open-air cinema throughout the summer, which delivers a spectacular night.

Day 6: Cannes & Les Îles de Lérins

Cannes Iles Lerins,Yachts,French Riviera

Soak up the sun on the foredeck as you cruise towards the glamorous city of Cannes, stopping at Les Îles de Lérins for a fabulous lunch at La Guerite; renowned for their Greek infused delacacies, fresh fish and vibrant atmosphere on the shores of Île Sainte Marguerite. 

Tender ashore to Le Vieux Port in Cannes, for sundowners at the Radisson Blu 1865 hotel's Le 360 rooftop bar for panoramic views across the bay, old town and the Esterel hills. Finish the night in style at Hyde beach club off La Croisette, before returning by tender to your yacht, taking centre-stage anchorage in the bay.

Provencal and night markets featuring local produce, jewellery and crafts take place throughout the summer so be sure to have a wander around the stalls! Spend the afternoon in Les Îles de Lérins, islands off Cannes where the water is dazzling blue, making it the perfect location for swimming or snorkelling away from the busy beaches.

Day 7: St Tropez

Pempelonne Beach,St Tropez French Riviera

Take a morning stroll along La Croisette and browse the high-end boutiques before picking up anchor and heading to final stop St Tropez for a day at Bagatele; a beach club which celebrates the South of France's joie de vivre and epicurean spirit.

Alternatively, enjoy lunch at arguably the only place to be seen in St Tropez, Club 55. Bask in the sun, sip cocktails and nibble on delicious snacks whilst relishing the sophisticated and modern vibe that is Club 55.

Day 8: Disembark

Yacht Toys Jet Skis

Enjoy the last of the Côte d'Azur sun and take the tender out of the port for a last adrenaline pumping whiz on the water toys, before it is time to say farewell to your Captain and crew and disembark the yacht taking home a bank of incredible memories.

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