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French Riviera  
Bases for French Riviera
Cannigione
Genoa
Lavagna
Monaco
Portosole
Scarlino
 
Boats for French Riviera
Aladar (Sailing Yacht - Max 10 P.)
Antheia (Motorboat - Max 6 P.)
Aragorn (Catamaran - Max 10 P.)
Arwen (Motorboat - Max 8 P.)
Blue Queen (Sailing Yacht - Max 10 P.)
Bradley (Catamaran - Max 10 P.)
Colors (Motorboat - Max 10 P.)
Elegant (Motorboat - Max 30 P.)
Elune (Sailing Yacht - Max 10 P.)
Jackie One (Motorboat - Max 8 P.)
Lady Emma (Motorboat - Max 8 P.)
Lazy Bird (Sailing Yacht - Max 10 P.)
Lobo de Mar (Sailing Yacht - Max 10 P.)
Lucky Dad (Sailing Yacht - Max 10 P.)
Miguel (Catamaran - Max 8 P.)
Muse (Catamaran - Max 13 P.)
New 1 (Sailing Yacht - Max 10 P.)
New 3 (Sailing Yacht - Max 10 P.)
Ocean Pearl (Motorboat - Max 12 P.)
Overside (Motorboat - Max 10 P.)
Sea Century (Motorboat - Max 8 P.)
Simbad (Catamaran - Max 10 P.)
Speeg (Catamaran - Max 6 P.)
Sunseeker Predator 92 (Motorboat - Max 10 P.)
Sweet Lady (Sailing Yacht - Max 8 P.)
Tuscany (Catamaran - Max 10 P.)
 
French Riviera - Destinations
Antibes
Cannes
Ile du Levant
Juan Les Pines
Menton
Monaco
Nice
Porquerolles Island
Saint Tropez
 
 

The Côte d'Azur: luxury, peace and quiet... Cote D'AzurFrench Riviera - a piece of Provence crossed with Italy - is the quintessence of seaside tourism. Stretching from Bandol to Menton, from the Var to the Alpes-Maritimes, are 300 km (186 miles) of coastline with a succession of sand and pebble beaches, magnificent headlands and unspoilt islands, mythical towns and enchanting resorts. It is hardly surprising that between the late 19th century and early 20th century, it became the wintering place for European aristocracy. From the mid-19th century, Bandol welcomed guests as prestigious as the writer Katherine Mansfield. In the 18th century, the British headed for Nice and the magnificent boulevard that hugs the Baie des Anges was soon named the Promenade des Anglais. At Cap Ferrat, Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild had a sumptuous Italian-style palace built in 1905, where she housed her art collections. In the 1920s, Russian aristocrats fleeing the revolution landed on the shores of the French Riviera. Byzantine palaces and Orthodox churches sprang up, for example in Nice where Saint Nicholas' Cathedral is the biggest Orthodox building outside Russia. During the Occupation, many intellectuals took refuge under these balmy skies. Here they crossed paths with Americans of the "lost generation", such as Miller, Hemingway and Fitzgerald, who frequented the beach of Juan-les-Pins. Having set up home at the Hôtel du Cap, French photographer Jacques-Henri Lartigues took unforgettable pictures of the Côte d'Azur portrayed as an art of living.

French RivieraToday, from Nice to Monaco via Cannes, the Côte d'Azur remains an international glamour spot and celebrity watering hole. The celebrity season begins in May with the Cannes International Film Festival. In August, models, singers, actors, football players and TV stars meet up in Saint-Tropez. In Monaco, the limousines, charity balls, luxury hotels, luxury boutiques and one of the best restaurants in the world (Alain Ducasse's Le Louis XV) endorse the extraordinary fame of this small principality. Luxury motor yacht charters are normal in this corner of paradise. But don't forget that the French Riviera is also a heavenly place for holidays. From Cannes to Saint-Tropez via Juan-les-Pins and Cap Ferrat, there is a host of upmarket and luxury seaside resorts offering fine sandy beaches (some of them private) soaked in sunshine. The more family-oriented towns of Sainte-Maxime, Saint-Raphaël and Antibes are very popular, Sainte-Maxime with its marina and nautical facilities; Saint-Raphaël in its charming setting; and Antibes is famous for the beaches of Cap d'Antibes and its theme park, Marineland, where dolphins, killer whales and sea elephants glide around large pools. Come in Cote D'azur: our luxury Yachts, sailboats & speed boat charters will take you sailing around the French Riviera route. But French Riviera is not only for amusements: Italy Yacht Charters give you the possibilities to organise your briefings and make you business on board on one of our luxury motor yacht in a place of international fame.


Antibes
Antibes-Juan les Pins Antibesis one of the most well known resorts on the Côte d'Azur (french Riviera), located between Nice (20 km) and Cannes (12km). Antibes manages to be a historic town, an eventful town and also an innovating town, easily mixing these multiple facets. Juan les Pins is the most exciting part with an exciting nightlife where night owls run shoulders in summer as they move between fashionable night clubs, casino and even night shopping ...Antibes is quieter with a variety of restaurants, cafés, theaters, piano bars, chic hôtels and private clubs. The Cap d'Antibes is a small piece of paradise, you can visit it by taking the sign posted path which follows the coastline and takes you into this immense park which is scrupulously maintained, or you can visit with one of our luxury motor yacht charters . It's also home to a number of millionaires chateau and dream residences; the famous "Eden Roc", hotel is reputed to be the most beautiful hotel in the world and can be found at the point of the "Cap". For a long time Antibes was the only large town between Marseille and Italy. It was the only town on the coast to be protected by ramparts, and thus it has managed to conserve historic monuments from each period in its heritage. The Chateau, bastion and towers have today been transformed into a magnificent Modern Art Museum, History and Archeology Museum and museum of traditional crafts and local culture.
Antibes Most of the treasures can be found in the historic town center. It's better to visit this part on foot taking in it's particular atmosphere, meander between pretty squares and it's narrow streets... Let yourself be guided by the charm of the craft workshops where crafts persons work, often leaving the doors of their workshops open for all to see, or by the boutiques with their sun-faded façades or by the beautiful odours of simmering dishes wafting from the open windows.... 25 km of coastline where pebble beaches give way to fine sandy beaches (public and private), secluded even secret creeks and 5 ports (Vauban, Galice, Crouton, Olivette and Salis). For those of you who love to walk amongst the quays admiring the boats this is the place to visit... Port Vauban is the largest pleasure boat port in Europe! We don't need to add that you can find every kind of water sports imaginable in Antibes. For over 40 years the legendary "Jazz à Juan" jazz festival has brought the stars to Antibes. From Bechet, Armstrong to Coltrane, or Miles and the sublime Ella...they've all been here. And it still goes on, as the pine trees are still the rendezvous for the headlining Jazz musicians and the stars of tomorrow.

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Cannes
The fashinating mix of luxury,Cannes beautiful beaches and crystal sea, the deluxe hotels amongst which feature the oldest and most prestigious on the Riviera, as well the trendy, chic venues and in vogue entertainment, the presence of noumerous V.I.P and famous people of the international jet set, the world famous Cinema Festival and the beautiness of the natural environment makes of cannes one of favourite destination for real luxury motor yacht charters and cruise in all the Mediterraneo sea. Cannes is a town used to being under the star-studded spotlight and is dedicated to satisfying those seeking the ultimate in pleasures. The town of Cannes is home to movie magic, hosting the world’s most famous of film festivals in May and the most important event for the movie industry, attended by VIPs, stars, professionals, investors, TV crews and journalists from all around the globe. The town also has a superb conference centre, one of the busiest and most dynamic in Europe. Luxury, top entertainment and joie de vivre feature high on the agenda in Cannes. For the pure pleasure of its discerning visitors, who seek the ultimate in luxurious comfort from a hotel and out of this world dining experiences, Cannes’ prestigious addresses, both deluxe hotels and gastronomic restaurants, exceed their expectations.
Cannes A prestige and lavish lifestyle awaits you with a range of exclusive activities and services – private beaches, private jets, charter yachts, and limousines - tailored to the needs of an elite clientele. The legacy of Cannes draws from its privileged and colorful history, foremost influenced by the neighboring Italian Liguria region and also by the conquering heritage of the Phoenicians and the Romans. The name, Cannes, derives from a plant of the same name, which grows at the foot of the town’s fortress. The island of Honorat, situated off the coast of Cannes is home to a magnificent castle (commandery of the knights). The island of St Marguerite is the site of the old prison, famous for imprisoning the Man in the Iron Mask. In the 20th century from its humble historic town origins (le Suquet), Cannes rapidly developed into the thriving town it is today. Cannes’ history and present day, unique characteristics make it the precious jewel on the string of pearls, which make up the Riviera’s stunning locations and one of the most sought after luxury motor yacht or sailing boat vacation destinations in the world.

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Ile du Levant
A naturist centre Ile du Levantsince 1931, ninety per cent of the island is owned by the French Navy. The island is very wild with high cliffs, aperfect destination for sailing cruise not far from French Riviera. The only village, Héliopolis, has shops, restaurants, hotels and all water sports. The coastal footpath allows you to discover the rest of the island. This island is a long, narrow rocky ridge, 8 by 1.2 km (5 miles by 1300 yds). Almost completely protected by steep cliffs around the shoreline, there are only two points of access: Avis inlet, on the north shore near the center, and Aiguade, at the western end where the ferry docks. The small village includes a post office, school, some shops, lodging and restaurants, but no bank. Levant island actually looks less wild from the boat, because of several houses on the slopes at the western end, but it is an island of nature, from the extensive flora to the life style. The island is a perfect destination for relaxing moments during your luxury motor yacht charter in the French Riviera (Cote D'Azur).

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Juan Les Pines
Visiting Antibes Juan-les-Pins Juan Les Pencan be a relaxing or stimulating experience; there is ancient history as well as all the amenities of a modern town. Safranier Tall houses, narrow paved streets, the fragrance of flowers in the air: this is old Antibes, Antipolis, the ancient Greek city which evolved to become Antibes. On each street, you can find remains of this rich past. Walking up the rocky area, you come to the imposing Chateau Grimaldi, which is the Picasso Museum. Behind the building is the sea and the ramparts, built by the architect Vauban. Further along is the Bastion Saint André. Be sure not to miss the most Provencal area of the town just near it, Safranier.
Juan Les Pen Warm sun and blue skies are perfect ingredients for a walk on Cap d'Antibes. Leaving the Bastion, you pass Albert 1er square, before arriving at promenade Pierre Merli, then Port de la Salis. A little further on look back at the classic view of the old town. If the weather is clear, it seems as if the mountains are just behind the town. For the most wonderful view, walk up to la Garoupe lighthouse. Tucked away in the verdant greenery of Cap d'Antibes, the lighthouse is next to Notre Dame Chapel, the sailors' church. The Cap has been inhabited for 150 years. During the 19th and 20th century it became more developed as luxury hotels were built, and the rich and famous discovered it and built their sumptuous villas there.

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Menton
The town of Mentone is full of Mentonold buildings, beautifully restored. A good example being the colorful buildings around the Place Ardoino, including the Hotel de Ville (town hall). The old town, le Vieux Menton, has an active pedestrian area, with the long Rue St Michel running the length of it and the Rue Piéta joining. Full of shops of all sorts and terrace cafés - although the rest of the town doesn't really lack for these amenities either. The real heart of le Vieux Menton for us is the Medieval style buildings grouped around the Eglise St Michel and the Chapel de Pénitents Blancs at the top of the hill. Viewed from the sea front at the east, this area has the appearance of a hilltop perched village. The streets are narrow, with long step-streets and many very colorful old buildings. If you get tired of wandering the streets or general sightseeing, there are tons of things to do in Menton, including museums, gardens, frequent special events (such as the February Lemon Festival), not to mention the seaside and beach activities. And when the sun is well down, there's a rather grand casino along the seaside near the center of Menton. Perhaps not as grand as the one in Monaco, but we suspect you could loose your money just as fast here as there.
Menton There's enough to see and do in Menton, even for casual touristing during non-festival time, that you should plan a couple of days or more. With easy access to several picturesque mountain villages, as well as the easy train connections along the coast, this would be an excellent base for a long stay. Beached line the seaside on both sides of the town. The majority are to the west, towards Cap Martin. The handiest is probably the Plage des Sablettes at the feet of the old town. There are nearly a dozen private beaches in Menton, where you rent deck lounges and have bar service and a handy restaurant for lunch. In spite of the many private beach areas, there are many free beaches (such as the Plage des Sablettes), and the entire beach front along the water is open to public access.

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Monaco
Monte Carlo is one MOnacoof the most evocative place names in the world, summoning up an image that is all its own. Glamourous gowns and glittering jewels gathered around roulette tables, sunbathing starlets and royal romances. Located on the beautiful Côte d'Azur in the French Riviera, Monte Carlo is at the centre of the tiny principality of Monaco. Covering 2 square kilometres, the state nestles into France, and the official languages are French and Monégasque, although English and Italian are also spoken. The currency is the Euro. Monaco is chiefly famous for its royalty (the glamorous Grimaldi family have ruled the country since the thirteenth century) and its casino, and as a visitor you will find these two definitive features hard to avoid. Far better to revel in the unique character of this ultimate in materialist worlds. Montecarlo is one of the favourite destination for luxury motor yacht charters of all over the world. The main tourist attraction in Monaco is, naturally, the Casino. Some parts of this venerable institution are open to the casual visitor (over 21s only), but you should dress smartly and be prepared to pay if you want to penetrate to its more exclusive areas. Tacky it may seem, but you can't visit Monte Carlo without having at least a look, if not a flutter.
MonacoAlthough so tiny you can walk around the country in half a day, Monaco is divided into four areas, of which Monte Carlo is the most renowned. If you want to travel around, and don't fancy walking, distances are short, and buses run up and down the length of the state. The Palace (open May-October) is in Monaco-Ville, the old fortified capital , and for an entrance fee you can view the State Apartments, and the Throne Room. Further royal entertainment can be had at the History of the Princes of Monaco Wax Museum, where you can admire effigies of past Grimaldis. Also in Monaco-Ville is the Oceanographic Museum, with its highly-recommended aquarium, and the free Museum of Old Monaco. Art treasures can be seen at the Musée de la Chapelle de la Visitation, where the collection includes works by Rubens and Vermeer. The remaining two areas are Fontvieille, an industrialised quarter where land reclamation has extended the principality's acreage, and La Condamine, the harbour area.

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Nice
Nice, France's second-largestNice city and a dignified queen of the Cote d'Azur, certainly has plenty to offer the tourist. Still, this area of France is filled with wonderful hilltop perched villages, upscale resort cities, an independent principality and neighboring Alps villages. It's also just a short jaunt to Italy. Find out the best sailing routes from Italy to Nice for a real luxury cruise in Italy and French Riviera. Best way to enjoy this corner of paradise infact is a luxury motor yacht charter between Italian Coast ( Sardinia, Five Lands, POrtofino and Genova ) and French Riviera. Nice itself is an attraction: the rich blue-green sea, diverse shopping, splendid dining and lovely art-deco façades. But there are several spots that a tourist simply must see, such as the Cours Saleya Flower Market, the Matisse Museum, ancient Roman ruins, the Russion Cathedral and more. One of Nice's lushest attractions is the Cours Saleya Flower Market, a cornucopia of ripe produce, sidewalk cafés, souvenir shops and, yes, flowers simply bursting with colors. Find out the best way to navigate through the mass of humanity that is the Nice Flower Market. Nice is a wonderful French Riviera city, and a popular sailing destination for couples, honeymooners and sun-worshipers. Find out all the beauties of a Nice vacation, including enjoing the city with one of our charming sailing charter.

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Porquerolles Island
The largest of the three Porquerroles islandislands, Porquerolles is a true jewel of the French Riviera: a perfect destination for trekking and relax immersed in untouched nature during your French Riviera sailing cruiseIts long sandy beaches, welcoming pine trees, and warm turquoise water are a delight for visitors. When docking/arriving in the harbour of Porquerolles, hire a bicycle and choose either the West coast towards the Hotel du Langoustier (a sporting ride) or the East coast (an easier ride). Take plenty of drinking water and a light snack, as the village is the only place where you can buy groceries. On the east side, the long beaches of Courtade and Notre Dame have white sand and are shaded by the pine trees. Towards the west point, La plage d'Argent (Silver Beach) is wonderful for a first swim but carry on until you reach the other beaches: Langoustier and Noire. The walk up to the lighthouse (about one and a half hours return) on the south point of the Island is a must. There are beautiful views over the coast line of the Var. Fort Saint Agatha, above the harbour, is within easy walking access. Visitors are welcome and the historical museum retraces the past of the islands from Antiquity.Come to discover Porquerolles for a moment of relax immersed in amazing nature during your luxury motor yacht charter in French Riviera (Cote D'Azur).

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Saint Tropez
Set on the blue waters Saint Tropezof the Golfe de Saint-Tropez, this modern version of a medieval town is most popular for the line of luxury motor and sailing yachts in her harbour and the facing line of terrace cafés, divided by a parade of strolling tourists and slowly cruising sports cars. Night life is very lively and often one can see helicopters bringing elegant guests to private parties, in one of the many luxurious villas in the bay. "People watching" is a favourite sport in Saint-Tropez in the summer. Visitors like to sit in the outdoor cafés, hoping either to be seen or to see someone else. Opinion suggests that the best Tropezien beaches are located along the coast in the Baie de Pampelonne, which lies south of Saint-Tropez and east of Ramatuelle. Pampelonne offers a collection of beaches along its five kilometre shore. Each beach is around thirty metres wide with its own beach hut and private or public tanning area.
Saint Tropez Some beaches are very chic and offer fashion shows on the beach, others are quiet and relaxing and some even have restaurants and cafés directly on the water's edge. Many of the beaches offer windsurfing, sailing and canoeing equipment for rent, while others offer an abundance of motorized water sports, such as power boats, jet bikes and water skiing. Some of the private beaches are naturist beaches. Harbour scene during Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2006Each year, in early October, a regatta is held in the bay of Saint-Tropez. This is a draw for a great many classic motor luxury yachts, some up to 50 metres in length. At this time, the harbour is a hive of activity and spectacle. Many tourists flock to the location for this event or as a stop on their trip to Cannes, Marseille or Nice. But Saint tropez is not only for amusements: Italy Yacht Charters give you the possibilities to organise your briefings and make you business on board on one of our luxury motor yacht in a place of international fame.

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