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Yacht Charter France

Sailing France offers so much variety. Sail the Atlantic coast from our base at La Trinité-sur-Mer in Brittany to Quiberon Bay and the Gulf of Morbihan. Or sail from our La Rochelle base and explore the islands in the Pertuis d'Antioche Strait, known for their charming fishing villages and delicious local produce.

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Highlights

  • Cruising area diversity
  • Glamorous French Riviera
  • Leading yachting center

Yacht Vacation France

France marina port and village at sunset with yacht charters

Those who love chic restaurants, high-end boutiques and sipping champagne while watching the sophisticated crowd need to head to the French Riviera on their yacht charter France . Sail from our bases in Marseille and Saint Mandrier sur Mer, where you can mingle with the rich and famous, or get away and sail some of France’s finest destinations and beaches.

Nature lovers can head to the wild coast of Corsica and explore its unique biodiversity.  Sail the UNESCO Gulf of Porto with its red rocky coast, or the Gulf of Girolata with the impressive Scandola Nature Reserve. You can also sail the Strait of Bonifacio and its uninhabited islands.

If you wish to extend your yacht charter in France, don’t miss the pink granite coast, which includes St Malo, the Bréhat archipelago, and the Seven Islands National Nature Reserve near Perros-Guirec.

You don’t need a sailing license to sail France, but good experience is recommended. Alternatively, you can hire a skipper. Read our guide to sailing qualifications for more information.

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Côte d’Azur

From Marseilles, vist the French Riviera’s glamorous ports and beaches.

Corsica

From ‘the scented island’, sail 300mi of spectacular rocky coastline.

Best things to do in France

French Riviera

Sail from Marseille to Nice and explore fashionable ports, such as St. Tropez and Cannes, relax on wonderful beaches and dine in fine restaurants. You can sail beyond the Riviera and onto Corsica too.

Îles d’Hyères (Îles d’Or) archipelago, Côte d’Azur

Sail the Golden Islands and hike on Port-Cros, a national park with a bird sanctuary where you could spot whales and dolphins. Bohemian Levant is beautiful, but be warned as a part of it is reserved for naturists. Enjoy Porquerolles’ sandy beaches and clear waters.

Scandola Nature Reserve, Corsica

There are so many things to do in France, including a visit to its first national park, which has 2,000 hectares of protected waters and land with rich biodiversity. Its protection has led to the growth of red coral at shallow depths rarely seen in the Mediterranean. Please respect the ecology while visiting the caves, arches and beaches.

Strait of Bonifacio, Corsica

Dividing the Tyrrhenian and Mediterranean Seas, this vast nature reserve is between Corsica and Sardinia. Sail from our bases at Ajaccio and Propriano and see rich flora and fauna and explore the uninhabited Lavezzi archipelago.

St Malo, Brittany

Walk the impressive walls of this attractive, fortified town with its narrow, cobbled streets, or stroll the wide, sandy beaches. You can walk across the sands to two islands at low tide but don’t get caught out.

Ponant Islands

Sail from our base at La Trinité-sur-Mer on a yacht charter and enjoy scenic bays, rivers, ports and the Ponant Islands, such as  Île aux Moines. Sample the famous local seafood, perhaps with a glass or two of the fruity local Muscadet.

La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime

Take in the impressive old towers of the main port, try local dishes at family restaurants or browse the shops. Sail the Pertuis d’Antioche Strait between Île d’Oléron and d Île de Ré with the walled city of UNESCO-protected Saint-Martin-de-Ré.

When is the best time to visit France?

France friends enjoying sailing vacation on yacht

The best time to visit France is between spring and fall when the weather is warm and pleasant.

The climate in France is hot and dry in the south, with average summer temperatures of 86ºF. On the west coast, August can reach 64ºF in Brittany with similar sea temperatures.

The shoulder seasons of May-June and September-October are quieter and temperatures can reach 78ºF. Rain is more common in April and October.

Sailing conditions for a France yacht charter

Sailing conditions in France vary. The tides are less than 30cm in the south, while there are very fast tidal ranges in Brittany with a large variation along the coast. La Rochelle’s wind direction can change depending on the pressure systems over the Atlantic Ocean.

France wind systems

The wind systems in France include the mistral, which can blow at any time of year along the French Riviera sometimes lasting a day or a few days at a time.

What are the mooring fees in France?

The mooring fees in France depend on where you are sailing. In summer, it can get busy and you are advised to get there early or book in advance where you can. 

In Brittany, it is not possible to reserve berths ahead of your charter, so arrive early afternoon in peak season during July and August. You will find many ports along the coast with mooring buoys and pontoons, as well as anchorages on the coasts and islands.

French Riviera mooring fees vary depending on whether you are using marinas or town quays. The more you sail eastside, the more expensive it is. In summer, it can get crowded and booking for berths in advance is necessary. 

There are many anchorages available to keep mooring costs low all along the coast between Marseille and Nice, but these are popular in peak season.

Corsica mooring fees vary depending on the season and whether you are using marinas or town quays. In summer, it can get crowded and booking for berths in advance is necessary, especially in Porto Vecchio and Bonifacio.

There are many anchorages available to keep mooring costs low all along Corsica’s western coast between Calvi and Propriano, but these are popular in peak season.

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Useful information for yacht charters in France

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What language is spoken in France?

The official language of France is French.

What is the currency in France?

The currency in France is the Euro.

How do I get to France?

You can get to France by flying direct to Paris and then getting a connecting flight, as there are few flights direct to regional airports in France from the United States. 

For Brittany, fly to Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE) airport or Airport Rennes Bretagne (RNS). La Rochelle has a local airport with connecting flights from Paris.

Toulon Hyères Airport (TLN) or Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) are ideal for St Mandrier sur Mer or Marseille. For Corsica, fly via Paris to Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport (AJA). From North America, you can fly direct to Marseille, Nice (from New York) or Nantes (from Montreal).

What is the Wi-Fi like in France?

The Wi-Fi in France is good and you should be able to connect in local bars and restaurants. Some of the smaller islands may not have good connection speeds.

Sailing around France with Dream Yacht Charter

Yacht charter France

Find your dream yacht with our France boat charters and explore the Mediterranean or Atlantic.

Skippered charters France

Enjoy a sailing vacation in France and let us find a skipper to sail your yacht for you, perfect for those who can’t sail.

Cabin charters France

Enjoy Corsica’s Scandola Nature Reserve with our sailing vacations in France. Relax and enjoy the view while our skipper sails you around the island and our hostess prepares all your meals.

Crewed charters France

Hire a private luxury yacht with your own crew to show you the best of Corsica’s Scandola Nature Reserve. Design your dream menu and itinerary and we’ll take care of the rest. It’s the ultimate sailing vacation experience.

France yacht charter itinerary

If you are planning your yacht charter in France, we have itinerary suggestions for Brittany, Charente-Maritime, the Cote d’Azur and the north and south of Corsica.

Make the most of your vacation and get to know the local sailing area with our local knowledge and tips.

Why should I book with Dream Yacht?

Dream Yacht Worldwide is now the world’s leading yacht charter company and offers you:

  • A diverse fleet of yachts with a wide variety of models and manufacturers to suit every type of sailor.
  • We have 40+ exciting destinations and we’re a pioneer in finding new sailing grounds.
  • You can be assured of our commitment to customer service excellence.
  • You’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome from our base teams who will share regional tips, recommendations and advice.
  • We’re also a trusted seller of new and used boats and an innovator in charter management options – sailing is our business.

What licenses do I need to hire a yacht and sail myself?

The skipper of a yacht has primary responsibility for the safety of the crew and yacht at all times. Many destinations require just relevant experience demonstrated by a sailing resume.

To charter in the Mediterranean, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities for bareboat charters in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and Turkey. Other destinations that require a license include Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, Brazil and Sweden. For Belize, the port authority will issue a certificate of competency and an application is made on arrival.

You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and destination requirements before booking.

By accepting the yacht contract you are confirming that you and/or members of your crew are capable and competent to sail the yacht in the conditions and cruising area of the charter. We reserve the right not to hand over the yacht if, after inspection, it is the opinion that the charterer is not, or may not be competent to be in charge of the vessel.

What is a skippered yacht charter?

A skippered yacht charter is when you rent one of our boats for you and your guests and a professional skipper sails it for you. No sailing experience is needed.

You will need to choose a yacht with a cabin for your skipper to sleep in as they are responsible for your yacht for the duration of your charter. We will find the skipper for you once you have found your perfect destination and yacht.

You will need to pay for your skipper’s food. You can invite the skipper to dine with you on board or out at a local restaurant.

What is the difference between crewed and by the cabin charters?

Our by the cabin charter charters offer exciting destination tours on a set itinerary crafted by our destination experts. You can book a double cabin and private bathroom and will share the boat with other guests who have booked the other available cabins. You will be looked after by a professional skipper and hostess with itineraries ranging from three to 11 nights. There is a set menu and included meals and drinks vary depending on location.

Can you tell me about your yachts?

Our super premier yachts are less than 12 months old from their first charter date, while premier yachts are less than three years old from their first charter date. Our yachts are well maintained and undergo regular, scheduled technical inspection.

In case of emergency, you can rely on our hotline, at any time, seven days a week. If you experience a technical failure affecting major and important parts of the yacht, we will repair the failure within four hours of receiving your call during working hours (8am to 5pm). If you lose more than four hours (during working hours), we will compensate you for one full day. If the repair takes more than one day, we will provide you with a similar boat or compensate you on a pro-rata basis. If restrictions to this guarantee apply in specific areas, this will be detailed during the charter check-in at the base.

Do I need insurance?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance that covers sailing.

We will insure the vessel throughout the charter with first-class insurers against all risks, to provide permission to charter as under contract terms and to cover third-party liability.

The following options are available in limited locations:

  • Security Deposit: This varies on the size of the boat and when the boat is returned without damage it is refunded.
  • Damage Waiver: The charterer agrees to pay a non-refundable damage waiver at the time of booking, as well as a reduced damage deposit on embarkation that is refundable upon completion of the charter should no damage occur.

Ever considered a Cabin Cruise?

As pioneers in the industry, Dream Yacht was one of the first to develop the Cabin Cruise concept. It’s an ideal choice for solo or couples travelers seeking relaxed adventure, exotic destinations, and unique local cultures in an intimate, social setting – in comfort at sea.

Our promise

Private accommodations

Comfortable and private standard double cabins with ensuite bathroom

Curated itineraries

Experience world-class destinations, local culture and excursions with our expertly curated itineraries

Accessible

An affordable and intimate experience without the need to book an entire yacht or provide sailing qualifications

Vetted crew

Enjoy our professional crew with a strong local knowledge and friendly service

Full board meals

Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine prepared and served daily

Choose your mood

Relax on deck socializing with fellow travelers, kayak or snorkel from your yacht, or enjoy exploring ashore

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Simply wonderful! Fred + Isabelle were so accommodating and did so much for us. Isabelle’s food was incredible. Thank you so much!

Laura

Exumas Cabin

Great class. Very professional and great service!

Thomas

Antigua Bareboat

Just what we needed to get out of a year of lockdown, see new places and connect with nature. Highly recommended for your next sailing adventure!

Johan

St. Martin Bareboat

Excellent cruise and wonderful stay on board. Skipper attentive, very pleasant and very professional.

Maxime

Guadeloupe Skippered

I have just returned from another fantastic week of sailing at your base in Pula and would like to thank everyone involved for making this possible at such short notice and without any problems.

Mathias

Guadeloupe Bareboat

The marina itself is a perfect base with super facilities! The Lagoon 42 was in good condition and the skipper was fantastic and knew the area very well.

Jonathan

Croatia Skippered

What an EXCELLENT experience. We just returned from a week long charter with skipper from Corfu, sailing around the beautiful islands of the Ionian Sea. Paxos, Antipaxos and the old town of Corfu were beautiful and the secluded bays we got to visit thanks to our local skipper Nicholas were simply stunning. Fly and Flops was yesterday – we will only charter with Dream Yacht for the foreseeable future.

David

Greece Skippered

Our group of 10 had a WONDERFUL time in French Polynesia from May 21-28, 2022! The food was fantastic: captain and cook, husband and wife: Henry and Mehee (sp) were amazing and the whole experience on board was a dream! We can’t wait to book another trip through Dream Yacht

Katie

Tahiti Crewed Premium

Dream Yacht provided a great sailing experience for my extended family on 2 monohulls from Scrub Island. The boats were in very good condition and perfectly prepared, the staff friendly and helpful. I had worked for a number of charter companies over the years but Dream Yacht is one of the

Charlie

British Virgin Islands Bareboat

The new boat was in perfect condition and best condition for exploring bays and islands. I could never have imagined that this could be so much fun and enjoyable and we are already looking forward to the next upcoming trip in the Ionian Sea.er.

Vytautas

Scandinavia Bareboat

Baja is now my favorite place. There was something for everyone: sailing under northerly winds with mostly calm evenings, snorkeling, fishing, secluded sandy beaches, pelican feedings, being greeted by barking sea lions, and exploring the geology of Ispiritu Santo Island. Dream Yacht Base La Paz provided competent professional support with a well-equipped and maintained boat. We were wonderfully cooked by an on-board chef arranged with Dream Yacht, which meant more free time for all of us. An unforgettable vacation and adventure connected with nature.

Taiyoko

Mexico Crewed Premium

All the staff were fantastic and made our trip a memorable one. Incredibly friendly and welcoming, the food was fantastic. The service throughout the trip was always top notch!

Tommy

Thailand Cabin

Absolutely recommendable. Perfect service. Will charter again and recommend Dream Yacht Charter anytime.

Zahradnik

Turkey Bareboat

I just returned from 3 weeks of fantastic sailing with my family on one of your catamarans in Sardinia. My thanks to our skipper Simone and Daniela, our cook.

Giles

Sardinia Skippered

For a first cruise as a skipper, the Mediterranean is perfect. The service of Dream Yacht is too!

Thomas

France Bareboat

We had an incredible trip and got engaged on our very first night of sailing! We will surely come back one day. We were beginners, we were guided very well and that gave us a lot of confidence.

George

Australia Bareboat

The experience on board far exceeded our expectations. Isabelle provided exceptional three course meals. Her creativity and delicious meals were incredible. Thomas was an excellent skipper, he “felt” our needs. Thanks guys!” Spira, bareboat with crew in New Caledonia.

Spira

New Caledonia Crewed Premium

Once again a fantastic sail with a great crew. Thanks again to a great captain and cook. Was totally fantastic.

Connie

Seychelles Cabin

A very excellent sailing vacation – especially the crew was fantastic. I would sail with Dream Yacht again and highly recommend them.

Mark

Guadeloupe Bareboat

I loved the vacation and am not sure this trip can ever be topped. Everything about it was incredible. The captain and crew were great, helpful, friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. We loved it.

Trina

Greece Crewed Premium

We just returned from one of your Lagoon 52F’s last week in St. Thomas! We had the trip of a lifetime sailing around St. Thomas and St. John!

Megan

US Virgin Islands Bareboat

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