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Your 9-Day Cruising Itinerary for a Perfect Trip on the French Riviera

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Whether you’re seeking true extravagance or pure relaxation, we have chosen the perfect 9-day itinerary that has it all

The elite traveler will need no excuse to explore the world’s most famous coastline, and certainly the finest way to see it is on a yacht. The French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur, is almost tailor-made for cruising, and a private yacht will allow you to both see it all and escape from it all in your own luxurious floating villa.

The French Riviera seduces all who go there, with a coast riddled in history and fortified medieval towns still resting like crows nests on top of the Riviera’s rugged inland peaks. While these towns are now home to Michelinstarred restaurants and boutique hotels, their stories are testaments to the colorful history of the Côte d’Azur.

Europe’s greatest royal families became enchanted by the coast’s warmth in the 18th century, believing it was good for one’s health. Aristocracy followed them, building their stately piles and grand villas wherever there was a good view. The Belle Époque and “Roaring Twenties” came and went, leaving a legacy of art and literature unrivaled by anywhere in the modern world. Today, Belle Époque grandeur still lines the promenades of the towns and cities that so inspired F Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Then there are the artists: Monet, Renoir, Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso, Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh have all been inspired by the Riviera’s dramatic landscape. Today, their vistas and visions remain intact, the Riviera’s beauty having changed little since then. And in modern times, artistic creation continues through film: this coastline not only celebrates film at the annual Cannes Film Festival, but has provided the backdrop for many a classic movie.

➤Arrive in Saint-Tropez

Day 1: Saint-Tropez to Pampelonne Bay

Day 2: Pampelonne Bay to Porquerolles

Day 3: Porquerolles to Cannes

Day 4: Cannes and Îles de Lérins

Day 5: Îles de Lérins to Cap d’Antibes

Day 6: Cap d’Antibes to Villefranche-sur-Mer

Day 7: Villefranche-sur-Mer to St-Jean- Cap-Ferrat

Day 8: St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to Monaco

Day 9: Monaco and disembark