Saint Laurent du Var to Roquebrune Cap Martin

By Guy Mannering, 20th of July 2023.

This year, Cecil Wright expanded the team with the addition of Guy Mannering. With his expertise as an accomplished charter Captain, Guy has explored numerous sought-after coastlines in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, unearthing hidden gems that have delighted both novice and seasoned clients alike.

Embarking on a voyage through the azure waters of the French Riviera is a dream cherished by many, and rightfully so. The stunning Côte d'Azur has long captivated the hearts of travelers and wanderers seeking resplendent coastlines and an enchanting blend of history and luxury. Among the myriad of ways to experience the unparalleled beauty of this Mediterranean paradise, chartering a private yacht emerges as the quintessential choice for those yearning to immerse themselves in the timeless allure of this region.

Day 1 - Saint Laurent du Var - Pampelonne

39nm / 3h 20m

St Tropez is the starlet of superyacht destinations and Pampelonne Beach is the gorgeous gown she wears. This glitzy ritzy white sand beach is every inch the decadent destination it claims to be. On this sugary stretch is where you will find all those Michelin starred eateries and elegant beach clubs, not to mention the heritage hotels that have served the likes of F Scott Fitzgerald and Brigitte Bardot.

It was this very beach where the iconic Hollywood star would emerge like Venus from the water - earning her place in tinsel town history. Drop anchor and soak up the vibes, grab lunch at one of the famous eateries, and for those who are feeling the need to escape the elite vibes - a climb to the 16th century citadel at the top of the hill will bring you back to nature and the pure essence of Mediterranean magic. Just enough time to refuel your energy reserves for a night of champagne on the town.

Day 2 - Pampelonne - Saint Tropez

6nm / 35m

Saint Tropez is a small village with a big reputation. Made famous by Brigitte Bardot in the 1950's, this sleepy little town was transformed into a chic, hedonist celebrity spot each summer. It is still as chic as ever, a luxury location with extraordinary villas, boutique hotels, designer shops and luxury yachts lining the quaint old town. Not forgetting its beautiful beaches, such as Pampelonne, where you can experience the best clubs and restaurants all summer long.

Day 3 - Saint Tropez - Porquerolles

35nm / 3h 0m

The wonderful Iles d'Or, made up of the island of Porquerolles, Levant and Port Cros, lie off the coast of Hyères, and are true gems of the Mediterranean. These protected islands have been given National Park status. These sparsely populated islands are perfect for cycling around, or hiking, or for something a little less strenuous, they are surrounded by sandy beaches and coves with turquoise waters which are ideal for swimming, snorkeling or SCUBA diving.

Day 4 - Porquerolles - Ile Sainte-Marguerite

55nm / 4h 35m

One of the largest islands off the coast of glitzy Cannes, Ile Sainte-Marguerite is all gorgeous pine forests and charming coves - feeling a world away from the exquisite boutiques and bars that make up the French Riviera. Crystal clear waters, the fragrance of eucalyptus, and ancient 17th-century forts that were used as the setting for ‘The Man in the Iron Mask’ make the Ile Sainte-Marguerite feel very special. History lovers will also admire the old prison, hospital, and the Royal Musee de la Mer with its shipwrecked artifacts. Ile Sainte-Marguerite is every inch the beachy peachy paradise you wished for, with rocky stretches and sugar coves it is the perfect place to stretch out in the sun in-between swims. While the island boasts a couple of dining spots, picnics and pure exploration are the best ways to spend your hours here.

Day 5 - Ile Sainte-Marguerite - Villefranche

18nm / 1h 30m

Villefranche-sur-Mer is situated right at the heart of the Cote D'Azur. This picturesquely romantic seaside town lies between Nice and Monaco, and is well known for its deep, natural bay allowing cruise ships to anchor here, hiding from strong easterly winds, along with small sailing yachts and super yachts alike. The quaint old town has plenty of lively waterfront bars and restaurants, and if you're feeling energetic, take a bike ride to the Fort Du Mont Alban for an excellent view over the Mediterranean.

Day 6 - Villefranche - Saintjean Cap Ferrat

1nm / 10m

Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat is a desirable spot for yacht travelers in France who are seeking an unforgettable vacation. With its iconic coastline, stunning turquoise waters and charming hillside villages, the French Riviera truly offers something special here. Located in the south-east corner of France, the scenic waters of Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat are perfect for cruising and exploring, while the unique and vibrant culture allows visitors to enjoy a variety of activities, from outdoor markets and haute couture shopping to Michelin-starred restaurants and world-class golf courses. Popular anchorages include Port de la Darse, Villefranche-sur-Mer, and Beaulieu-sur-Mer. There are also plenty of nearby islands, making it an ideal destination for island-hopping and discovery. Known as the paradise on the Mediterranean, Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat certainly won't disappoint.

Day 7 - Saintjean Cap Ferrat - Monaco

8nm / 45m

Monaco is without doubt one of the French Riviera's most renowned destinations and one of the most glamorous in the world. The summer season sets off with the Formula 1 Grand Prix at the end of May where the country's pristine streets are transformed in to a racing circuit, and the world's sporting elite, celebrities & car enthusiasts enjoy 5 days of non stop racing and partying from aboard their yachts and hotel balconies. This tiny Principality is home to all the designer brands at the new One Monte Carlo quarter, set right alongside the world famous Casino de Monte Carlo and Hotel de Paris. Here you'll also find a handful of Michelin Star restaurants, luxury hotels, casinos and sumptuous spas to enjoy a truly luxurious stop at the crown of the Riviera.

Day 8 - Monaco - Roquebrune Cap Martin

2nm / 15m

This beautiful peninsula lying just east of Monaco, is the perfect spot off which to anchor and snorkel the crystal clear waters, or enjoy some jestkiing. The medieval village of Roquebrune itself is perched higher up, with amazing views over Monaco and the peninsula. The Promenade Le Corbusier, the coastal path, is a beautiful spot to take a walk along the water - all the way to Monaco if you are feeling energetic.

Feel free to reach out to us for a more in-depth discussion about your charter requirements with our team of experienced Charter Brokers.

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