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Flotilla Sailing Holiday on the Cote D'Azur

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 the Cote d'Azur flotilla for those wanting more support or a more sociable holiday.

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.

Cote D'Azur Flotilla

  • Overview
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    Cote D'Azur Flotilla Sailing Holidays

    • Two 1 week itineraries - St Tropez route and Cassis route
    • Great for families exploring the area for the first time
    • A fantastic combination of wealthy seaside resorts & traditional towns
    • Includes end cleaning, 1 tank of fuel, bed linen & shower towels
    • Mooring fees apply (approx. €2/foot/night)
    • Runs May to September. Operates Saturday-Saturday
    • Option to add flights
    • Supermarket is located within the marina
  • St Tropez Route

    St Tropez Route

    2017 dates : 20 May | 3, 17 Jun | 1, 15, 29 Jul | 12, 26 Aug | 9, 23 Sep

    Day 1 (Saturday) : 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.

    Day 2 (Sunday) : Presque Isle de Giens (16nm)

    This so called 'almost island' is perfect for an early evening stroll and the welcome punch party.

    Day 3 (Monday) : 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.

    Day 4 (Tuesday) : Sainte Maxime (16nm)

    A charming seaside town which is also ideal for taking the ‘navette’ for the short ride across the bay to St Tropez.

    Day 5 (Wednesday) : 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.

    Day 6 (Thursday) : Free Sailing Day

    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.

    Day 7 (Friday) : Port Pin Rolland

    Two week clients continue free sailing whilst one week guests return to base for the farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

    Day 8 (Saturday) : Port Pin Rolland

    Disembark at Port Pin Rolland.

    Routes may vary due to weather conditions & other factors.

    Cote D'Azur St Tropez Route 1 week flotilla sailing holiday itinerary

  • Cassis Route

    Cassis Route

    2017 dates : 27 May | 10, 24 Jun | 8, 22 Jul | 5, 19 Aug | 2, 16 Sep

    Day 1 (Saturday) : 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.

    Day 2 (Sunday) : 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.

    Day 3 (Monday) : 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. From here you can take the regular 'navette' ferry service to explore the old town of Marseille.

    Day 4 (Tuesday) : 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.

    Day 5 (Wednesday) : 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.

    Day 6 (Thursday) : Free Sailing Day

    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.

    Day 7 (Friday) : Port Pin Rolland

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

    Day 8 (Saturday) : Port Pin Rolland

    Disembark at Port Pin Rolland.

    Routes may vary due to weather conditions & other factors.

    Cote D'Azur Cassis Route 1 week flotilla sailing itinerary

  • What's Included

    Included on the Cote D'Azur flotilla

    • Assistance of the flotilla lead crew throughout your holiday
    • End cleaning
    • Bed linen
    • Shower towels
    • Dinghy with outboard engine
    • Welcome punch party
    • One full tank of fuel, full water tank and cooking gas
    • Starter pack of provisions and cleaning products

    Mooring fees are not included. These are approximately €2/foot/night. One tank of fuel is included, any extra fuel must be paid for.

  • Lead Crew

    Meet the Cote D'Azur flotilla lead crew

    Code D'Azur flotilla lead crew

    Marcus & Landi

    Marcus and Landi are responsible for running the cote D'Azur flotilla. They look forward to ensuring you have a wonderful holiday in the iconic French Riviera.
  • Getting There

    Getting There

    Flights to France:

    Bonded for your financial protection under ATOL 3016EasyJet have flights to Marseille on Saturdays from Gatwick, Bristol andManchester. British Airways have flights to Marseille from Heathrow. Transfer time to the marina is approximately 90 minutes.

    Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights. If you would prefer 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.


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Cote D'Azur Flotilla prices


Dinghy with outboard, welcome pack, welcome punch party, bedlinen & towels, services of flotilla staff, end cleaning, 1 tank of fuel.

Extras payable with balance:

Refundable deposit €3000 (under 42'), €4000 (42-47')
£100/person return trip (1 trip per yacht)
Marina & mooring fees payable locally
Optional extras (i.e Outboard, SUP's etc) available on request.

SKIPPER: €1050/week + food and drink + own cabin

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.