Sailing Holidays

Flotilla Sailing Holiday on the Cote D'Azur

Explore the playground of the rich and famous whilst enjoying a fantastic sailing area.

We have been offering bareboat charters on the French Riviera for many years now, and with increasing popularity for this wonderful, close-to-home sailing area we are very excited to offer a flotilla on the Cote D'Azur flotilla for 2018!

National parks, unspoiled islands, historic towns, great onshore facilities and world-class cuisine are just a few reasons to choose the Cote D'Azur for your next sailing holiday.

In this area the prevailing winds tend to be from the north west and north east, with strengths typically ranging from force 2 to force 6. During the hottest months, the Mistral can also make an appearance, with stronger wind conditions again typically from the north.

If you are thinking of sailing the French Riviera for the first time, this flotilla is ideal to show you all the best places. The lead yacht accompanies the flotilla and is on hand to give advice on the cruising area. Reliable winds make this flotilla sailing holiday a great choice for skippers with a reasonable level of experience. This flotilla is run in conjunction with Seafarer Holidays.

For flotilla holidays on the Cote D'Azur the skipper must have RYA Day Skipper Practical certificate or RYA ICC qualification.

To book your next sailing holiday on the Cote D'Azur, give us a call or fill out the Quick Quote Form.

2018 dates : 19 May | 2, 16, 30 Jun | 14, 28 Jul | 11, 25 Aug | 8, 22 Sep

SAT : Port Pin Rolland. Fly to Toulon or Marseille and transfer to the base at Port Pin Rolland to meet the lead crew. You will find shop/supermarkets close by for provisioning.

St Tropez Cote D'AzurSUN : Presque Isle de Giens (16nm). This so called 'almost island' is perfect for an early evening stroll and the welcome punch party.

MON : Cavalaire (19nm) After a stop at the beautiful garden village of Rayol Canadel (with its 400 plant species from around the world), we carry on to Cavalaire Marina for dinner ashore with a stunning view across the bay.

TUE : Sainte Maxime (16nm). This is a charming seaside town which is also ideal for taking the ‘navette’ for the short ride across the bay to St Tropez.

WED : Ile Port Cros (25nm). A beautiful, quiet island and national park with plenty of signed walks ashore for nature lovers to explore the rare protected species which the island is home to. There is a quaint village with a small marina and mooring buoys. Take advantage of the extraordinarily clear waters and go for a swim and snorkel.

THU : Free Sailing. The lead crew will be happy to make suggestions for you depending on your preferences. A great choice would be exploring the mainland coast with Le Lavandou and Rade D’Hyers or the stunning island of Porquerolles which are all within easy reach.

FRI : Port Pin Rolland. Two week clients continue free sailing whilst one week guests return to base and our farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

SAT : Disembark at Port pin Rolland.

Routes may vary due to weather conditions & other factors.

2018 dates : 26 May | 9, 23 Jun | 7, 21 Jul | 4, 18 Aug | 1, 15 Sep

SAT : Port Pin Rolland. Fly to Toulon or Marseille and transfer to the base at Port Pin Rolland to meet the lead crew. You will find shops/supermarkets close by for provisioning.

PorquerollesSUN : La Ciotat (21nm). After a swim stop at the beautiful Ile D’Embiez, the flotilla carries on to the interesting town of La Ciotat. Enjoy the welcome punch party and dinner ashore.

MON : Ile Frioul (20nm) There are some fantastic swim stops to take advantage of today as the flotilla makes its way past the Calanques National Park to the island of Frioul. For here you can take the regular 'navette' ferry service to explore the old town of Marseille.

TUE : Cassis (14nm). Tonight is spent on mooring bouys in Port Miou, one of the three pretty 'calanques' or inlets in the Cassis region. A 20 minute scenic walk takes you to the historic town of Cassis.

WED : Bandol (12nm). This true seaside town scattered with its pretty sand beaches was a holiday destination long before St Tropez came on the scene. There is an excellent choice of bistros, cafes, boulangeries and bars ashore.

THU :Free Sailing. The lead crew will be happy to make suggestions depending on your preferences but why not try the unique Ile de Porquerolles?This protected environment with sparkling blue seas, white sand beaches and pine forests is a stunning addition to your week. The island has a small village and marina as well as numerous anchoring opportunities.

FRI : Two week clients continue free sailing whilst one week guests return to Port Pin Rolland for the farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

SAT : Disembark at Port Pin Rolland.

Routes may vary due to weather conditions & other factors.

French Riviera flotilla early booking

French Riviera flotilla early booking

Special offer of 10% discount on the 14th and 21st July, and 5% discount on the 28th July!


Last minute Cote D'Azur Flotilla

Last minute Cote D'Azur Flotilla

10% OFF Cote D'Azur flotilla holidays on 26 May & 2 June!


Prices given below. Click on the yacht names to view yacht layout & specification

Flotilla rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.

If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.

EasyJet have flights to Marseille on Saturdays from Gatwick, Bristol and Manchester. British Airways have flights to Marseille from Heathrow. Transfer time to the marina is approximately 90 minutes.


To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew.

At present you need an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for charters in Croatia, Montenegro, Mallorca, Tenerife and Malta.

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School  


Whether you are an experienced sailor or setting foot on a yacht for the first time, we can offer you a holiday afloat to suit you. We have given all the sailing areas a level with 'Experience Level 1' suitable for less experienced crews and 'Experience Level 3' for the experts.    

This takes into account the wind strength, tidal range and currents, distances between stops and ease of mooring. Of course even experts may choose to sail in Level 1 areas as they still offer stunning scenery and great sailing.

Experience Level 1:  

Generally light winds Force 2-4, line of sight navigation, shorter sailing distances under 20nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 1 week or 100nm as skipper.

Experience Level 2: French Riviera

Stronger winds up to Force 3-5 with some longer passages up to 30nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 2 weeks or 200nm as skipper.

Experience Level 3: Brittany

Stronger winds up to Force 4-7 which can lead to bigger seas on long passages between the islands. You will be Coastal Skipper 
standard with experience to a higher level having sailed at least 4 weeks or 400nm as skipper.

Sailing holidays in South of FranceSaint Tropez gained fame as one of the world's most chic resorts in the 1930's when it became a top destination of starlets and the rich and famous. It offers both the famous Pampelonne Beach and and quaint old port town. The port is brimming with megayachts and classic yachts, a wide choice of restaurants, from simple cafe to 3 star Michelin, and numerous shops from exclusive labels to souvenir shops.

Sailing holidays in South of FrancePorquerolles is the biggest of the three Iles d'Or in the Hyères Gulf. It is a very popular destination for yachtsmen as it offers many bays and anchorages, most protected as a National Park. The north of the island offers beautiful sandy beaches, the south excellent cliffs and rock formations. You can rent bicycles to fully explore the island.

Sailing holidays in South of France Port Grimaud was created in the 1960s as a private lagoon town, with waterways for roads and yachts parked at the bottom of every garden. All the houses are in exquisitely tasteful old Provençal style and their owners, Joan Collins for example, more than just a little well-heeled. Explore in your dinghy and find restaurants, cafes and shops only accessible by boat.

"Another excellent holiday. Cruesa and the yacht both could not be faulted. We had the benefit of good weather and some wind which saw us flirt with a quick trip across to Ibiza but instead opted to round Majorca and Cabrera."
Palma 2013 - D.R.


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