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