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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 2, Monohulls from Golfe Juan, Catamarans from St Raphael

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2022-FR-BB-Sea/2

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

2023 Prices Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

2023 GB£ per yachtDufour 360 Liberty(2020)Dufour 382 GL(2019)Dufour 390 GL(2021)Dufour 412(2022)Dufour 412 GL(2020)Oceanis 41.1(2021)
Dates3 cabins/1WC3 cabins/1WC3 cabins/3WC3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/2WC
13-19 May208922012500279925002500
20-26 May208922012500279925002500
27 May-02 Jun240225282874322028742874
03-09 Jun262227623140351931403140
10-16 Jun278529303332373433323332
17-23 Jun291130653486390734863486
24-30 Jun300031593589401935893589
01-07 Jul320133693827428538273827
08-14 Jul351937064210471542104210
15-21 Jul351937064210471542104210
22-28 Jul366838604388491643884388
29 Jul-04 Aug403742484827540748274827
05-11 Aug403742484827540748274827
12-18 Aug403742484827540748274827
19-25 Aug320133693827428538273827
26 Aug-01 Sep275228973290368232903290
02-08 Sep264027803159353731593159
09-15 Sep250526362995335529952995
16-22 Sep226223792701302327012701
23-29 Sep214022522561286925612561

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

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2022-FR-BB-Sea/3

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

2023 Prices Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

2023 GB£ per yachtDufour 430 GL(2019)Dufour 520 GL(2020)Sun Loft 47 - 6 + 1 cab.(2021)
Dates4 cabins/2WC5 cabins/3WC6 cabins/4WC
13-19 May287439023561
20-26 May287439023561
27 May-02 Jun330444864098
03-09 Jun361249074771
10-16 Jun383251595019
17-23 Jun400954215276
24-30 Jun412655895430
01-07 Jul440259535790
08-14 Jul484165476369
15-21 Jul484165476369
22-28 Jul504767386645
29 Jul-04 Aug555176927304
05-11 Aug555176927304
12-18 Aug555176927304
19-25 Aug440259535790
26 Aug-01 Sep378551224981
02-08 Sep363149774822
09-15 Sep344447344589
16-22 Sep310742574126
23-29 Sep294440473921

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

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2022-FR-BB-Sea/4

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

2023 Prices Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

2023 GB£ per yachtBali 4.1 - 3 cab(2018)Bali 4.3 - 4 + 2 cab.(2017)Bali 4.6 - 5 + 2 cab.(2023)Fountaine Pajot Astrea 42 - 4 + 2 cab.(2023)Fountaine Pajot Saona 47 (Quintet) - 5 + 1 cab.(2020)Lagoon 40 - 4 + 2 cab(2020)Nautitech 46 Fly(2018)
Dates3 cabins/2WC4 cabins/4WC5 cabins/4WC4 cabins/4WC5 cabins/5WC4 cabins/4WC4 cabins/4WC
13-19 May2776400964114444572435564220
20-26 May2860413165984579589336644350
27 May-02 Jun3290475775895271677642155009
03-09 Jun3678531887715893783247155598
10-16 Jun4047585596456486861251876164
17-23 Jun42486140101266804904254446463
24-30 Jun43746327104307009931356076659
01-07 Jul48976738111037467991159727093
08-14 Jul558474161221582151090765707804
15-21 Jul558474161221582151090765707804
22-28 Jul610381031336089771193071828528
29 Jul-04 Aug805610692176171184615729947711252
05-11 Aug805610692176171184615729947711252
12-18 Aug805610692176171184615729947711252
19-25 Aug48976738111037467991159727093
26 Aug-01 Sep3818552891076122813148975818
02-08 Sep3453500082435537736044305262
09-15 Sep3285475278325262699142105000
16-22 Sep3056442172714897649139164654
23-29 Sep2836410367574542603336364318

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

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2022-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:

End cleaning; Monohulls up to 38' €150, 39'-45' €180, 46'-49' €215, 50' and above €240

End cleaning: Catamarans up to 40' €235, 41'-45' €255, 46'-49' €280 50' and above €310

Starter pack and handling fees; €45
Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e. SUP's etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: €1820/week + food and drink + own cabin. Cats 48' & over €2100 + 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' €180, 42' to 54' €250. Catamarans 36' to 41' €250, 42' to 44' €330, 45' to 54' €390.
Fuel used (fill up on return)
OPTIONAL EXTRAS; (i.e Outboard, Bed linen, SUP's etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: Price on request.

**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.