French Riviera Yacht Charter Guide
Charter a luxury crewed motor yacht, catamaran, or sailing yacht and discover the French Riviera's glamorous hotspots of Cannes, Monaco, Antibes and St Tropez
Embarking on a luxury yacht charter in the French Riviera is to cruise in ultimate style from the see-and-be-seen La Croisette of Cannes, to the glamorous hotspots of Monaco, the famous beach resort of Saint Tropez, and the charming town of Antibes before retreating to the hushed haven of the Côte d'Azur's national parks. Charter a crewed yacht or rent a boat for a 50th birthday celebration or special anniversary to embrace the South of France's luxurious yachting hub in the most exclusive way possible; be it onboard a crewed motor yacht, crewed catamaran, crewed sailing yacht, bareboat sailboat or a day charter yacht.
With an unrivaled knowledge of the French Riviera, as well as the Italian Riviera - not only from delivering hundreds of charter holidays, but by visiting the destinations first hand - your Boatbookings experts will guide you on a tailor-made itinerary, showcasing the French Riviera must-visit destinations and the best restaurants and beach clubs. Whatever charter type you select, you will experience a vacation like no other and will want to embark on a new Mediterranean yacht charter in the summers ahead.
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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 those on a bespoke French Riviera Charter.
Brush shoulders with the stars on the Palais des Festival in Cannes, stroll along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, or make an appearance at the famous Monaco casino and the glamorous beach clubs of St Tropez; notably La Guérite, Club 55, Nikki Beach and Bagatelle Beach Club. Alternatively, if you’re looking for some rest and rejeuvenation, explore the gorgeous Porquerolles or Lerins Islands, and picturesque seaside towns such as Villefranche.
Not only is the Cote d'Azur a fabulous charter destination for a family vacation, it is a great choice for corporate entertainment. Annual events take place along the French Riviera, including the Cannes Film Festival, the Monaco Grand Prix, Cannes Lions and MIPIM; chartering a yacht for an event in Cannes is the perfect way to impress family, friends or clients whilst taking part in these prestigious events.
If you are lookiung for an extended charter, take in the best of the French and Italian Riviera. Or if you would just like to sample, day charters from Cannes to St Tropez make for a memorable day out. Our blog sheds light on the latest trends and all things French, including a delightful selection of Provencal Rosé to enjoy on charter.
Chartering a luxury crewed motor yacht on the French Rivera is the ultimate way to experience this coastline in style. The French Riviera is packed with highlights between the world-famous Monaco and the lively St Tropez. The glamorous towns of Cannes and Antibes await you as your dedicated crew allows you to discover the best anchorages, restaurants and beach clubs on the Côte D'Azur.
As well as the glitz and glamour of sun-soaked hotspots, impressive cruising speeds allow you to explore further afield and incorporate serene national parks, medieval villages, hilltop views and hikes - ensuring an all-encompassing experience of this lavish location. Take advantage of the fact that the French Riviera is just a short cruise from its Italian counterpart, making it a short cruise in luxury and style to Portofino, or even Corsica to make the most of your time onboard your crewed motor yacht.
With a dedicated crew onboard to whisk you away to exclusive destinations and present gourmet meals, our luxury crewed catamarans are an ideal travel option to explore the relatively unexplored areas of the vibrant French Riviera. A catamaran’s ability to glide effortlessly along the French Riviera with its shallow draft means you can anchor closer to shore than on a sailing yacht and discover the best islands and beaches of the national parks.
You could also combine the French Riviera with the opportunity to sail to the Italian Riviera or Corsica and discover the Girolata. Relax on the trampoline, enjoy a variety of water toys or try a new hobby as the crew willingly teach you to sail.
Be swept along by the Mediterranean breeze, entertained and accommodated by your expert crew as you trace the French Riviera coastline onboard one of our crewed sailing yachts. The historical and picturesque settings of Bandol and Cassis are charming anchorages to enjoy dining alfresco-style.
Tack up the coastline as you take advantage of staying far closer ashore than a motor yacht can. A must-visit on your sailing charter is the Porquerolles islands, with stunning scenery in the form of cascading cliffs, sandy beaches and dynamic mountain ranges; this is a serene anchorage spot to take a dip and relax.
A bareboat catamaran charter is a wonderful choice for a family or small groups of friends wishing to spread out across the generous size of a catamaran and explore the French Riviera independently, at your own pace. Experience the freedom of connecting with the wind and sailing between the wildlife hotspots of the French Riviera's national parks, and the glamorous hotspots of St Tropez, Cannes and Antibes.
Our expert brokers at Boatbookings are on hand to source the perfect vessel to suit your needs, whilst tailoring a bespoke itinerary appealing to everyone onboard.
With the Alps as your backdrop, the azure French Riviera on one side and fascinating Iles de Lérins Islands and national parks to the other, this is one of the most scenic pockets in the Mediterranean for bareboat charterers to take in at their own pace. World-renowned restaurants and boutiques are plentiful, as well as sandy beaches, picturesque hikes and nightclubs galore - it is just knowing where to find them. For a little inspiration on what to include on your charter, view our sample French Riviera Bareboat Itinerary.
Discover lesser-known treasures such as Hyères onboard one of our bareboat charter sailing yachts, or spend a day shopping and exploring the streets of Monaco. The French Riviera is truely an incredibly diverse destination for bareboat sailors; the South of France is your oyster, as you create and undertake your own itinerary, meaning you will never have to compromise and enjoy the company of your guests in peace.
Cannes offers an elevated and gourmet lifestyle. La Croisette, which runs the length of the Cannes connecting the old and new ports, is a sandy stretch fringed by numerous designer shops. We recommend coinciding your charter with an event. Open to the public are the Cannes Film Festival and Yacht Show, which make Cannes a lively and desirable place to be and be seen.
Experts in securing the most exclusive berths in the bay, a Cannes yacht charter will involve whiling away an afternoon at one of the many beach restaurants; whether it be Baôli Beach or the Carlton, dancing the night away at Gotha in Palm Beach, or stimulating the mind on the secluded Île des Lerins. Wander the quaint old town of Le Suquet, sampling delacacies at the local restaurants and bars, and climb the clock tower for breathtaking views over Cannes, the Alps and Riviera.
Monaco - the second smallest country in the world, yet attracting many of the world’s most spectacular yachts - is synonymous with style, wealth, casinos and Formula 1.
Monaco is a beautiful and intriguing principality with the Grimaldi Palace perched high above the port, overlooking the Mediterranean. The iconic casino, luxurious hotels with rooftop bars, Larvatto beach and designer stores are just a few of the attractions and reasons to embark on a Monaco yacht charter.
A Cannes to St Tropez yacht charter is a must-do whilst exploring the French Riviera. St Tropez shot to fame as one of the chicest resorts in the world in the 1930s when it became a top jet-setter destination in the Mediterranean.
Regularly frequented by the rich and famous throughout the summer months, Pampelonne Beach and the quaint Vieux Port attract those looking for a blend of high-end boutiques and the buzz of dozens of beach clubs; including the world-famous Club 55 St Tropez and Nikki Beach.
Begin your adventure on the French Riviera by landing at Nice Côte d'Azur airport. Central to the French Riviera, a seemless private transfer to your yacht in any of the ports won't take long and you will be onboard in only a matter of time.
Plan your Bespoke Trip
Email one of our Charter Specialists who will be happy to chat through options, present a tailor-made itinerary and guide you throughout the charter process. Alternatively, make an enquiry to begin planning.