One of the world’s most glamorous destinations, a private luxury yacht charter originating in Monaco always holds lavish luxuries. In this small principality on the Cote d’Azur, there is an extensive array of top tier restaurants, elegant hotels, chic shopping, gorgeous scenery, and impressive history. It is, in a word, the perfect destination.
While a 7-day private yacht charter itinerary provides an intriguing sample of quaint towns, beaches, and culture, extending the calendar to 14 days allows for over-the-top ports of call in Barcelona to the west, Genoa to the east, or across the water to the island of Corsica to the south. Truly a posh perch, starting in Monaco will send you off with your head absolutely in the clouds, ready to relax and enjoy all the amenities on board the yacht, while drinking in the delicious French coastline.
Day 1: Port Hercule, Monaco, is simply magical, day or night. Arrive for day one of your itinerary, moored in the harbor, but be prepared to dress for dinner. Whether you remain on board for a romantic toast and a feast on the water, or dine with the divine crowds at the Alain Ducasse restaurant Louis XV in the Hotel de Paris, top it off with a nightcap at Le Brasserie de Café de Paris, or a little glamorous gaming at the casino and some club atmosphere at one of the inimitable duo of Jimmy’z bars.
Day 2: Arise early for a lovely breakfast on board, then skip into town for last minute essentials, baubles, or must-have designer frocks before heading out. The Carré d’Or boutiques stand shoulder to shoulder, each name more famous than the last, many with interesting designs that only appear in this protected enclave. Just steps from your yacht in Port Hercule, find over 200 wonderful shops along Rue Grimaldi, Rue Millo and Rue Terrazzan, prepared to fulfill your fancy on any fashion or luxury item. Depart in the afternoon, with cocktails on board as you get underway, cruising to Cap Ferrat.
Day 3: Cupping around the lush, green peninsula of Cap Ferrat, catch views of the iconic Villa Ephrussi di Rothschild, the majestic hotels, and picturesque villas, all neatly manicured with old style Riviera charm. Head in for lunch at one of the waterside bistros, where authentic French cuisine is the order of the day. Visit the casinos, churches, and old neighborhoods on narrow cobbled streets, or take a hike along one of the coastal paths for an exhilarating view of the Baie de Fournis.
Day 4: Antibes welcomes your arrival, stretching out into the sea toward the Lerins Islands, off the coast of Cannes. Beautiful azure waters invite leisurely lounging on board the yacht to capture the afternoon sun. If you are a Picasso fan, you may want to schedule an onshore excursion to the ancient castle on the waterfront that holds one of the best Picasso collections in Europe. On the southwestern end of the peninsula, at Cap d’Antibes, catch a glimpse of magnificent coastal mansions hidden amid thick pines. The Lerins Islands, two of which are inhabited, lie off the southern end of the peninsula, housing the famous Man in the Iron Mask prison on Ile St. Marguerit, and a beautiful monastery on Ile St. Honorat.
Day 5: St. Tropez, with its famous beaches, nightlife, and Brigitte Bardot memories, also boasts a number of well-regarded vineyards, museums, and delightful coastal walks. Cruise the perimeter, then dress for dinner at one of the world’s most highly acclaimed restaurants, La Vague d’Or, serving satisfying haute cuisine of the region, perfectly prepared by a three-star Michelin chef. Then, head to White 1921 at the Maison Blanche for a club style evening, joining the substantial international crowd.
Day 6: Awake for options, either returning to St. Tropez for a little shopping therapy along the design triangle of Place des Lices, Rue Gambetta and Rue Allard, or leisurely loll about the yacht for some of that famous St. Tropez sun. Of course, if you’d like to log some beach time, this might be a good day to indulge. Later in the day head toward the island Port Cros, past the five forts that remain as ancient fortresses, and on to Porquerolles, a lovely island blessed with abundant vineyards bearing treasured vins des Côtes de Provence wines, and a charming village nestled next to the quay. Dine at the Le Mas du Langoustier, where centuries of history converge with exquisite cuisine in the traditional French manner. The tasting menu is superb.
Day 7: Finish with a flourish of sun, sea, and serenity, as you prepare to head into Hyeres to disembark. Toulon International Airport, located in Hyeres, will whisk you back to reality, refreshed and ready to plan your next excursion.