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Explore the glamorous coast of the French Riviera and enjoy the chic lifestyle.

Enjoy great sailing, glamorous resorts, sandy beaches and gastronomic delights on a yacht charter holiday in the South of France. The French Riviera offers such a legendary mix of warm blue seas, superb sandy beaches and vibrant resorts which has long appealed to sailors. Chartering your own yacht really is the best way to visit this beautiful stretch of Mediterranean coastline.

The qualities of light and scented landscapes that have attracted so many artists, combined with warm velvety nights, are all ingredients of the intangible, eternal appeal of the French Riviera. On a sailing holiday you can discover unspoilt islands, rugged inlets, sandy beaches - side by side with the large cosmopolitan resorts of Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo. And don't miss out on St. Tropez with its famous clock tower, picturesque cobbled streets and collection of designer boutiques.

French Riviera yacht charter

  • Overview
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    Port Cros

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    Cogolin Spice market

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    St Tropez street

    Sailing on the French Riviera

    • Easily accessible-daily flights to Nice from most UK airports
    • Start your charter from Bormes, Golfe Juan or St Raphael
    • Don't miss the Venetian style canals of Port Grimaud, a truly unique town
    • Average distances of 16nm/day
    • Level 2 sailing
    • Average summer temperatures of 24-28 degrees
    • Average winds force 2-3 but can be stronger in July & August
    • Great for families, couples and groups alike
    • Mostly harbours and marinas in this area
    • Flotilla option
    • Flexible start and finish dates are available
  • 1 Wk Itinerary

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary from Bormes les Mimosas

    DAY 1 : Bormes les Mimosas

    There are shops and a supermarket nearby and a market on Saturdays. This delightful Provencal village takes its name from the abundant mimosa plants that grow in the hillside surrounding the village. A great starting place to explore the Iles d’Hyeres.

    DAY 2 : Port de Poquerolles (20nm)

    The largest of the Iles d’Hyeres, this island is designated a Nature Reserve and the waters around the island protected as a marine reserve, so the snorkelling is great. Hire bicycles to explore the botanical trails across the wild interior of this island. Port de Porquerolles is the main harbour and offers good shelter and a wide range of restaurants.

    DAY 3 : St Tropez (25nm)

    Sail east to one of the best known ports along the coast. Relax in one the many waterfront cafes where you can soak up the atmosphere and view the megayachts of the rich and famous. Moor in a visitor’s berth or anchor just outside the harbour. Marina de Cogolins across the bay also has overnight berths.

    DAY 4 : Port Grimaud (5nm)

    Explore the canals of Port Grimaud. The village is built around a series of canals which can be explored by dinghy. Arched bridges across the canals have made the village inaccessible in places to cars so there is a lovely sense of tranquillity. Overnight on the yacht quay here or across the bay at St Maxime.

    DAY 5 : Cavalaire (17nm)

    Sail west to Cavalaire, formerly a small fishing harbour, but now a popular summer resort due to the long sandy beach stretching round the bay. Excellent marina and a wide choice of restaurants and bars.

    DAY 6 : Port-Cros (15nm)

    The highest of the Iles d’Hyeres, also a Nature Reserve with an excellent snorkelling trail. There are many restaurants around the harbour. Avoid the day-trippers by visiting during the week.

    DAY 7 : Bormes les Mimosas (15nm)

    French Riviera 1 week sailing holiday itinerary


  • Sailing Conditions

    Sailing conditions on the French Riviera

    Winds are generally light on the French Riviera Force 2-3 but a strong north-westerly mistral wind blows in July and August, normally for 1-2 days.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 2-3' (levels info) and you will need RYA Day Skipper or ICC qualification for bareboat charters in France.

    If you are at all unsure about a destination then please get in touch and our sales team will be more than happy to make their recommendations for you.

  • Getting There

    Getting There

    Flights to Nice

    Bonded for your financial protection under ATOL 3016There are daily flights to Nice from most UK airports.

    Flights to Toulon

    Bonded for your financial protection under ATOL 3016Ryanair have flights to Toulon from Liverpool & Stansted.

    Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights. If you would prefer a flight-inclusive holiday then 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.

    Transfers

    The transfer time from Nice airport to Golfe Juan is 30 mins and to St Raphael 45 mins. The transfer time from Toulon to Bormes les Mimosas is 20 minutes. We can often arrange transfers in advance with the base and costs vary depending on time of day and number of guests. Please speak to one of our helpful sales team who can advise you on current transfer information.

"We had a fabulous week on our boat in France. The boat was fantastic, a brand new Leopard 40 Catamaran, loved the new layout. We enjoyed the South of France from the sea..some great towns to stop in, plus some fantastic bays. It far exceeded our expectation of a sailing in South of France."

St Raphael, France 2016 - J.J.

French Riviera yacht charter prices

Fleet 1 from Port Pin Roland Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2020 Prices EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 16-30May 30May-04Jul
22Aug-19Sep
04Jul-01Aug 01-22Aug 19Sep-03Oct 03-17Oct
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Fleet 2, Monohulls from Golfe Juan, Catamarans from St Raphael Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2020 Prices EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red.

Yacht details 04Apr-22May
12Sep-09Oct
23May-10Jul
29Aug-11Sep
11-24Jul
22-28Aug
25Jul-21Aug
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Fleet 1 from Port Pin Roland Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2020 Prices EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 16-30May 30May-04Jul
22Aug-19Sep
04Jul-01Aug 01-22Aug 19Sep-03Oct 03-17Oct
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

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Fleet 2, Monohulls from Golfe Juan, Catamarans from St Raphael Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2020 Prices EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red.

Yacht details 04Apr-22May
12Sep-09Oct
23May-10Jul
29Aug-11Sep
11-24Jul
22-28Aug
25Jul-21Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2020-FR-BB-Sea/3

Fleet 1 from Port Pin Roland Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2020 Prices EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 16-30May 30May-04Jul
22Aug-19Sep
04Jul-01Aug 01-22Aug 19Sep-03Oct 03-17Oct
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2020-FR-BB-Dre/4

Fleet 2, Monohulls from Golfe Juan, Catamarans from St Raphael Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2020 Prices EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red.

Yacht details 04Apr-22May
12Sep-09Oct
23May-10Jul
29Aug-11Sep
11-24Jul
22-28Aug
25Jul-21Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2020-FR-BB-Sea/4

Fleet 1 from Port Pin Roland Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2020 Prices EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 16-30May 30May-04Jul
22Aug-19Sep
04Jul-01Aug 01-22Aug 19Sep-03Oct 03-17Oct
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

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Catamarans from St Raphael Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

5% EARLY BOOKING if booked 6 months in advance

Yacht details 04Apr-22May
12Sep-09Oct
23May-10Jul
29Aug-11Sep
11-24Jul
22-28Aug
25Jul-21Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2020-FR-BB-Sea/6

Fleet 1 from Port Pin Roland

YACHT SECURITY:

Refundable deposit from €2500 to €6000. Non refundable deposit on request.

EXTRAS INCLUDED: Outboard, bed linen and towels.

COMPULSORY EXTRAS:

Fuel used (fill up on return)
OPTIONAL EXTRAS: SUP's, Child netting, etc. available on request.
SKIPPER: €1610/week + food and drink + own cabin

Fleet 2; Monohulls from Golfe Juan, Catamarans from St Raphael

YACHT SECURITY:

Refundable deposit €3000 to €5000. Non refundable deposit on request.
COMPULSORY EXTRAS:
End cleaning: Monohulls 34' to 41' €160, 42' to 54' €230. Catamarans 36' to 41' €230, 42' to 44' €310, 45' to 54' €370.
Fuel used (fill up on return)
OPTIONAL EXTRAS; (i.e Outboard, Bed linen, SUP's etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: €1750/week + food and drink + own cabin

**SKIPPER COMPULSORY on OCEANIS 55 (Monohull) and LAGOON 46 (Catamaran)

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). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. 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.