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Yacht Charter Côte d’Azur

The French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur, offers the chance to sail and explore some of the most glamorous ports and beaches in the Mediterranean.

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Yacht charter French Riviera

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Choose your ultimate escape to the famed French Riviera, departing from either our base in Port Pin Rolland or Marseille.

On your Côte d’Azur yacht charter you can visit historic ports, such as St. Tropez, as well as the spectacular Iles d’Or with their protected anchorages, beautiful beaches and spots for lounging and snorkeling.  

Or head to St. Tropez, which has long been a favorite destination of artists, writers and celebrities, as well as sailors. Then relax on the sandy beaches of Mourillon, the oldest resort on the French Riviera.

For a cultured stopover on your Côte d’Azur yacht vacation, call in at Toulon, a town known for its glorious fountains and opera house. For wildlife lovers, there are the protected waters of the National Park of the Calanques, between Marseille, Cassis and La Ciotat, covering some 540 square miles of coastline.  

You can start your French Riviera yacht charter from our bases at Port Pin Rolland, St. Mandrier sur Mer or Marina Vieux Port in Marseille. You do not need a sailing license to sail from here, but good sailing experience is preferred. For those without experience, there’s always the option of hiring a skipper.

Available charter types

Bareboat

For experienced sailors, a bareboat charter is the perfect getaway..
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Skippered

Relax and leave all the sailing to a professional skipper.
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Easy crewed

The simplest, hassle-free way to charter a crewed private yacht.

Fully crewed

Your own private yacht for an all-inclusive luxury sailing vacation.

Cabin cruise

Reserve a private ensuite stateroom on a modern catamaran.

SailShare

Low package rates for island-hopping aboard a sailing yacht.

Aqualodge

Get closer to nature on the perfect self-catering Caribbean holiday.

Power Catamaran

Cruise faster and see more on the perfect charter boat.

Things to do in the Côte d’Azur

Cote d'azur relaxed girl yacht charter

Chill out on the island of Porquerolles

Sail to the paradise of Porquerolles, where cars are forbidden and the only way to get around is by bike, boat or on foot. Take your time exploring the village and harbor.

Stroll the famous streets of St. Tropez

There are so many things to do in St. Tropez, but we’d recommend grabbing a mooring in the Baie des Canebiers, where you can rub shoulders with the jet set in the old port, or visit the citadel and charming old town. Stroll through the narrow streets and pop into the Annonciade Museum.

Spend a peaceful night in the Bay de Bonporteau

Situated on the coast between Cap Camarat and Cap Taillat, the large Bay de Bonporteau offers protected moorings, a sheltered golden sandy beach and sparkling, warm waters.

Explore Port-Cros National Park

Geniet van het spotten van wilde dieren in de ecologisch beschermde wateren rond de eilanden Port-Cros en Porquerolles.

Visit the famous grave on Embiez Island

Embiez was bought by industrialist and environmentalist Paul Ricard, the founder of pastis manufacturer Ricard, in 1957. You can visit his grave on the island’s highest point. The island celebrates Ricard’s birthday on 9 July every year – perfect timing, if that’s when you’re on your French Riviera yacht charter.

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Cote d'azur girl enjoying wine luxury

When is the best time to go to Côte d’Azur?

The best time to visit the Côte d’Azur is in the summer months, when the weather is sunny, hot and dry. The hottest and most crowded months of the season are July and August, while many locals love sailing the south of France in May, June and September. 

The temperature on the Côte d’Azur in summer ranges between 78ºF and 97ºF. The sea temperature on the Côte d’Azur in the summer months can be as warm as 73º F.

What are the sailing conditions in Côte d’Azur?

The sailing conditions for yacht charters in Côte d’Azur are ideal during the hot, dry summer months. However, it’s best to stay in port when the strong winds of the mistral blow. These winds can last for several days and reach up to 40 knots.

The prevailing wind on the Côte d’Azur is westerly and blows between 10-25 knots during the day and less strongly at night. Thunderstorms in the afternoon are also common.

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Sailing Côte d’Azur with Dream Yacht Charter

Yacht rental French Riviera

Sail the South of France and the coast’s most glamorous ports with our French Riviera yacht charters.

Côte d’Azur skippered charters

You don’t need sailing experience to enjoy a French Riviera sailing vacation. Just plan your itinerary and hire a skipper to sail for you.

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Côte d’Azur sailing itinerary

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Other Itineraries
7-day itinerary Marseille

Day 1: Marseille – Cassis

The port of Marseille is a perfect starting point for cruising the French Riviera. After provisioning from the many surrounding shops, set sail for Cassis. You can anchor in the famous creeks and relax while enjoying the sun on deck or swimming. Don’t miss tasting the delicious AOC Cassis wine before a night at anchor.

Day 2: Cassis – Bandol

Continue your sailing route from Marseille by heading for Bandol and its large marina. Take advantage of this stopover to stock up on good local products at the large market held every morning in the port. Take your time strolling through the streets of this charming little town and enjoy the beaches for a refreshing swim.

Day 3: Bandol – Île des Embiez

On the third day of the cruise, set sail to Île des Embiez. This is a perfect stopover for relaxation. It’s peaceful and cars are banned from the island, so you can enjoy chilling out listening to rejuvenating silence. Anchor in one of the many sheltered coves on the Île des Embiez and dive into the warm blue water while exploring the seabed.

Day: 4 Île des Embiez – La Ciotat

After Île des Embiez, it’s time to begin your return to Marseille by heading for the seaside resort of La Ciotat. Discover the creeks of Figuerolles and Mugel during a stop for a swim or water sports, including jet skiing, scuba diving, parasailing, or windsurfing.

Day 5: La Ciotat – Île de Riou

Anchor off the Île de Riou, south of Marseille. It is home to a national nature reserve where you can discover protected animal and plant species. The marine life is amazing here too, so grab your snorkel to explore fabulous sea creatures while swimming in the warm, crystal-clear Mediterranean.

Day 6: Île de Riou – Marseille

This is your last stop on your sailing itinerary from Marseille. On the journey back to the port of Marseille, take a look at the island home of Château d´If, built in the 16th century under François I. Before setting off, pop to the creeks of Marseille for one last swim before your next cruise in the Mediterranean!

Day 7: Marseille

Disembark

7-day itinerary Côte d’Azur west

Day 1: Embiez Island

Anchor at the Island of Grand Rouveau situated in the west.

Day 2: Cassis – Anchorage at Pampelonne Bay

Discover the old harbor, the citadel and the charming old city. Stroll along the narrow roads and visit the Annonciade Museum.

Day 3: Calanque de Morgiou

Pretty anchorage with crystal clear water and sandy seabeds.

Day 4: Marseille Old Harbor

Beautiful anchorage at the north of the bay in a beach encircled with pine trees.

Day 5: La Ciotat

Sightseeing at Cap de l’Aigle (Eagle’s Beak) and in the morning la rue des Poilus with its spectacular fish stalls.

Day 6: Bandol

Stopover to discover the exceedingly fine restaurants of Bandol, renowned for delicious red and rose wines. Return to the base in the afternoon.

Day 7: Port Pin Rolland

Port Pin Rolland

8-day itinerary: Port Pin Rolland to St Tropez

Day 1: Port Pin Rolland – Porquerolles (2 hours)

Spend the night in Langoustier Bay. Porquerolles is a small paradise where cars are forbidden and can only be visited by bike or on foot. The village with its small harbor is a perfect place to relax.

Day 2: Porquerolles – Saint-Tropez (6 hours)

Mooring in the Bay of Canebiers. Stroll around St Tropez to rub shoulders with the jet-set but do not miss to discover the old port, the citadel and the charming old town. Stroll through the narrow streets and visit the Annonciade Museum.

Day 3: St Tropez – Bonporteau Bay (2 hours)

Beautiful mooring with crystal clear waters and sandy seabed.

Day 4: Bonporteau Bay – Port Cros Island (4 hours)

If the French president is not at home, you can anchor at the foot of the fortress, otherwise there is a beautiful anchorage north of the bay on a beach surrounded by pines.

Day 5: Port Cros – Porquerolles (1h30)

Be guided by the arrow that indicates the path of the botanical garden, where you will discover the magnificent landscapes of Port Cros. For snorkeling fans, the seabed is incredible. Short crossing to the Bay of Alicastre in Porquerolles.

Day 6: Porquerolles – Embiez Island (3 hours)

Anchor to Grand Rouveau Island to the west. Visit the oceanographic museum. Take a stroll on an island where cars are forbidden.

Day 7: Embiez Island – Pin Rolland Harbor (2 hours)

Return to base in the afternoon.

Day 8: Port Pin Rolland

Port Pin Rolland

14-day itinerary Corsica

Day 1: Porquerolles

Anchorage for the night at the Baie de l'Alycastre.

Day 2: Calvi

Beautiful sights with a chance that you might discover dolphins, turtles and even whales.

Day 3: Natural Reserve Scandola – La Girolata

After visiting the citadel of Calvi, navigate to the South and the natural reserve of Scandola.

Day 4: Ajaccio

A wonderful day of sailing along the coast as far as the îles Sanguinaires (Bloody Islands). Arrival at Ajaccio in the late afternoon.

Day 5: Porto Polo

Visit the city of Napoleon and sail further to the paradisiacal anchorage of Cala d’Orzu where you may have lunch at the famous straw hut.

Day 6: Cargèse

Navigate towards the north to anchor in the late afternoon at Cargèse, a picturesque village.

Day 7: Calvi

Anchor at the magnificent cliff of Piana for lunch, an exceptional landscape.

Day 8: St. Florent

Sail towards the Désert des Agriates. Anchor at the breathtaking beach of Saleccia. Overnight at St. Florent.

Day 9: Centuri

Sail around the Cap Corse: untouched nature with extraordinary landscapes. Centuri is a small picturesque harbor.

Day 10: St Tropez

Anchorage at Pampelonne Bay.

Day 11: Bonporteau Bay

Discover the old harbor, the citadel and the charming old city. Stroll along the narrow roads and visit the Annonciade Museum.

Day 12: Ile de Port Cros

A beautiful anchorage in the north at a beach encircled with pine trees.

Day 13: Port Cros

Let yourself be guided by an array of indicated botanical paths as you discover the exceptional landscape of Port Cros. For snorkeling fans, the undersea discovery is a must. Short sail towards the Baie de l'Alycastre at Porquerolles.

Day 14: Porquerolles

A small paradise where driving cars is strictly forbidden. Porquerolles can be visited on bicycle or by foot. This village with its small harbor is a perfect spot to relax.

Useful information for a yacht charter on the Côte d’Azur

Cote d'azur typical food

How do I get to Côte d’Azur from the US?

Fly to the Côte d’Azur via Marseille through European countries, including the UK, France and Italy. Delta and Air France have regular connecting flights to the Côte d’Azur from many cities in the US.

It can take up to 90 minutes to get from Marseille airport to our base at Port Pin Rolland. It’s recommended to arrange for a transfer directly from the airport.

What language is spoken in the Côte d’Azur?

The language spoken in the Côte d’Azur is French, although English, Spanish and German are also spoken in the most cosmopolitan areas.

What is the currency for Côte d’Azur?

The currency in Côte d’Azur is the Euro.

What are the customs restrictions for Côte d’Azur?

As long as you stay in the EU during your charter you do not need customs clearance.

What documents do I need to sail Côte d’Azur?

A valid passport is the only travel document American, UK, Canadian citizens and members of EU countries need to sail the Côte d’Azur.

How do I get around Côte d’Azur?

You can get to our bases on the Côte d’Azur by taking a taxi, train, bus or ferry.

What is the Wi-Fi like in Côte d’Azur?

The Wi-Fi on the Côte d’Azur is good and most cities and towns have Wi-Fi hotspots at bars and restaurants and hotels. Our bases at Port Pin Rolland and St. Mandrier sur Mer also have Wi-Fi available.

What regulations are there on the Côte d’Azur?

When you’re on your French Riviera yacht charter, it’s extremely important that you respect the marine environment and do not throw waste overboard. Specific regulations apply to marine and nature reserves, please check official websites.

Where can I find weather forecasts for the Côte d’Azur?

You can find Côte d’Azur weather forecasts at Windguru’s website.

What provisioning is there in Côte d’Azur?

There are plenty of choices for provisioning on the Côte d’Azur. Please refer to the base guide.

What baggage can I take on my Côte d’Azur sailing vacation?

Please take only soft bags. Large suitcases take up too much room on board.

What is the electrical current in Côte d’Azur?

The electrical current in Côte d’Azur is 220V.

What is the dialing code for Côte d’Azur?

The dialing code for Côte d’Azur is +33.

What is the cancellation policy for Sail Share?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits.

Our Sail Share cabin cancellation fees are:

  • More than 90 days before original embarkation date: 25% of the charter fee
  • 89 – 60 days before original embarkation date: 50% of the charter fee
  • 59 – 30 days before original embarkation date: 75% of the charter fee
  • Fewer than 29 days before original embarkation date: 100% of the charter fee

How flexible is the itinerary for a Sail Share charter?

Our yacht itineraries are designed by our destination experts and are set to showcase the best of the destination’s highlights. They are set and not flexible, even if you book all the cabins.

What happens if the weather changes while sailing on a Sail Share charter?

The skipper may decide to change the itinerary if there is bad weather.

Can I choose which cabin I want when I book a Sail Share?

Choose a double cabin with shared bath, or private bath for an additional fee.

Are there child or age restrictions for Sail Share?

Minimum Age: 16 years old

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