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Yacht sailing holidays & skippered tours in French Riviera

Discover the magic of sailing holidays in the French Riviera! Get on board with a local skipper and live a unique adventure with your crew: learn to sail, explore incredible places, recharge your batteries and experience the local culture & gastronomy.

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Discovering the shores of the Côte d'Azur from anchor to anchor

09/20/2023

Miriam M.

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Italy

Cyril e Nadine sono stati molto gentili, così come l'altra coppia di Francesi (Marylin e Gilles, fantastici) che era a bordo con noi. Il meteo, purtroppo, non ci ha assistito in questa vacanza: tirava un forte maestrale e faceva freddo (acqua dai 14 ai 17 gradi); una situazione del tutto anomala ad agosto. Cyril, ad ogni modo, ha cercato di fare quanto poteva in sicurezza e farci passare il tempo cantando in coro antiche canzoni di marinai francesi, insegnandoci come leggere una carta nautica e come fare i principali nodi. Segnalo, a titolo informativo, a chi legge la recensione per capire la tipologia di vacanza, che si tratta di una settimana in relax alla scoperta del mare e della natura selvaggia e non di "movida". Se ricercate una vacanza in cui sbarcare la sera a cena e visitare i porti, quest'esperienza non è adatta a voi. Noi speriamo di tornare in futuro con un tempo migliore!
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Discovering the shores of the Côte d'Azur from anchor to anchor

09/17/2023

Marylin s.

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France

Ce fût 1 belle et sympathique semaine en compagnie de Myriam Stephano nos coéquipiers, de Nadine et Cyril qui nous ont bien accueillis à leur bord. 1 fort Mistral nous a bloqué au mouillage 2 jours. Long vous me direz 3 nuits et 2 jours ? Non. Nous pouvions débarquer quand on voulait, ce qui permettait aussi de se baigner depuis la plage. Il y a eu un cours de navigation et de matelotage. 1 après-midi crêpes préparé avec amour par le chef. Nous avons repris la route quand les conditions météo ne représentaient plus de danger. Le bateau est super entretenu, bien rangé, propre, très bonne gestion de l'énergie et l'eau. Le coin cuisine complet, nous avons cuisiné 1 plat et 1 tarte au four, fait mijoté 1 plat en cocote fonte et mon mari a appris à faire du pain. Nadine est une personne agréable, zen qui joue de la guitare. Cyril ayant un parcours riche d'aventures nous a fait voyager lors de ces récits. Il est disponible, bienveillant s'assurant que l'on ne manque de rien. Bon vent…
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Week on the French Riviera with coastal navigation course

09/1/2023

Veronique G.

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France

Belle rencontre avec Carlo. Merci pour ta bienveillance et l’attention portée à chacun. Riche expérience de la navigation, très professionnel. Je regrette de ne pas parler l’italien ! ????, Bon repos à toi!! Véronique
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Discovering the shores of the Côte d'Azur from anchor to anchor

08/30/2023

Nadja d.

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France

Attention si vous naviguer seule vous risquez de vous retrouver dans un petit trou plus petit qu’une couchette de train impossible de s’asseoir se changer …. Évidemment aucune photo sur le site difficile de partir quand on a acheté les billets et la nourriture pour une semaine bref grosse arnaque ------------------- RÉPONSE DU SKIPPER -------------- Je suis particulièrement surpris par votre commentaire. Lors de nos échanges préalablement à votre réservation, vous m'aviez demandé préférer une cabine individuelle plutôt que partager une cabine double. Je vous avais répondu que c'était possible et que je pouvais vous réserver la dernière cabine individuelle disponible. Je vous avais informé que celle-ci était plutôt petite comparée à une cabine double, mais confortable (lit de 1,95 m x 1,05 m). Vous m'avez répondu que c'était parfait pour vous. Je vous ai demandé à l'issue de votre première nuit à bord si la cabine vous convenait, vous m'avez répondu qu'elle était parfaite. Je ne comprends donc pas votre commentaire, d'autant plus que vous m'avez dit que vous étiez enchantée par les endroits que nous avons visité, par le service que je vous proposais (vous emmener à la plage en dinghy, vous préparer quotidiennement le paddle, …), par l'emménagement de mon bateau, par les repas que nous vous avons préparés, … Par ailleurs, alors que vous vous êtes rapidement fachée avec vos co-équipiers, j'ai continué à échanger avec vous et à vous écouter me parler de vos problèmes et de vos traumas. Ces échanges semblaient être positifs à votre état psychologique. Je suis donc particulièrement surpris par votre commentaire.

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7 reasons to choose the French Riviera for your next sailing cruise:

  • A superb sailing playground, easy to access
  • Enjoy ideal climate and weather for comfortable sailing from April to November
  • Indulge in the joys of swimming and snorkelling in the calm waters of Porquerolles coves
  • Enjoy a cuisine ready to delight the most demanding taste buds, accompanied by good wines
  • Discover the scents and colours of the local markets so famous as the one in Antibes
  • Party at the lively parties in Cannes or Saint-Tropez
  • Discover the cultural wealth of the French Riviera, which has many museums and historical sites.

The best places to visit on your next French Riviera cruise on a sailboat:

The French Riviera, also known as the Côte d'Azur, is a French dream region that stretches along the southern coast of France, from Menton to Monaco. The Riviera contains several cities (including Nice and Cannes), 14 natural parks, Roman ruins, medieval villages... The South of France is therefore a very popular destination in summer. And for good reason! The climate is perfect, the landscapes are enchanting, the people are relaxed and know better than anyone what the expression "having a good time" means. Cities like Collioure, Sète, Saint-Tropez, Saint-Cyprien, offer a mosaic of colours to their visitors. Discover large parks, beautiful gardens, typical narrow streets, superb harbours and traditional buildings.

Cannes and Saint-Tropez

Cannes is not just a jet-set town with an obsession for red carpets and evening dresses. The city has preserved its heritage and traditions, as well as an authenticity that visitors can enjoy as they escape the main roads to the older part of the city to savour the views and French charm.

The mythical village of Saint-Tropez, made famous and glamorous by the actress Brigitte Bardot, attracts celebrities and visitors from all over the world. But there is also a quieter side to Saint-Tropez, steeped in culture and history. Locals still gather to play petanque on the Place des Lices, the central square which hosts a lively market on Tuesday and Saturday mornings. Whether you're looking for a bit of culture or a moment of relaxation in the sun, Saint-Tropez is perfect. Don't miss a trip to the famous Pampelonne beach which offers 5km of white sand and crystal clear water.

The islands of Hyères

Off the coast of Hyères lie three idyllic islands - Porquerolles, Port-Cros, and Le Levant. Also known as the Golden Islands, this archipelago is part of the Port-Cros National Park. These are the places to go if you want to marvel at the resplendent landscapes. Between fine sandy beaches, small creeks with translucent waters and pine forests, these islands could boast the most beautiful beaches in France.

Porquerolles is the largest of the three islands. Apart from the beautiful scenery, the village of Porquerolles is worth a visit, it is centred around a large square with a church. There are restaurants in the village - be sure to try a local wine made from grapes grown on the island with your meal. Port Cros is just as beautiful. It is a French National Park and the wildest and most unspoilt of the three islands.

The calanques of Cassis

The calanques are one of the jewels of the region and therefore a must-see on a cruise on the French Riviera. As the name suggests there is not one but several calanques, 10 in total, which stretch between Cassis and Marseille, and are part of the Calanques National Park. Long limestone massifs that fall majestically into a green/blue water. Its difficult access has preserved its natural beauty, making it a popular area for hiking, diving and discovering the flora and fauna of the Mediterranean all year round. The Calanque d'En-Vau is particularly beautiful. Its long corridor of turquoise water seems to come straight out of a dream! On board your sailboat we recommend you to go there.

Isle of Lérins

Fans of tranquillity will be won over by the Lerins Islands. Made up of two islands, two islets and a rock, these islands steeped in history are located in the Bay of Cannes. Sainte-Marguerite, the largest, was made famous by the legendary presence of the man in the iron mask. Today it is especially noted for its formidable forest of eucalyptus and pine trees that enhance it. Another island of the archipelago, Saint-Honorat, whose fortified monastery, present for several centuries at the southern tip, guarantees cruisers a setting conducive to tranquillity.

The old town of Nice

The old town can be considered the tourist heart of Nice. A picturesque and colourful place that is lively both day and night. There is a real medieval village atmosphere. Teeming with people, the district is lively and can only be visited on foot.

Finally realise your dream of cruising the French Riviera with a skipper on board a sailing boat:

  • The best time to take a sailboat cruise on the French Riviera is April to October.
  • On the budget side, depending on the type of boat, the level of service on board, you can find weekends from 150€ and weeks of cruising with skipper from 450€.Be careful though, prices vary according to the period.
  • The solutions to reach the French Riviera are varied, just choose the one that suits you best. For those arriving from France cars, trains and buses allow you to get to the main ports of embarkation (Marseille, Toulon Hyères, Antibes and Nice). For those coming from abroad, the ideal way is to travel by plane to Marseille or Nice, served by many low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet.
  • Last but not least, if you want to learn to sail while enjoying a sunny climate, the French Riviera is the destination for you!

The best itineraries for your next sailing cruise on the French Riviera with skipper:

  • A week's cruise in the west of the French Riviera: a first option is to cruise the west coast by sailboat. Depart from La Ciotat. Set sail towards Port-Cros, classified as a natural park, then towards Saint Tropez along the Esterel massif and the famous Pampelonne bay, continue towards Cavalaire and the pretty bay of Bonporteau with its crystal clear waters. Then take the direction of Brégançon, then cross to the island of Porquerolles, finally stop towards the islet of Petit Rouveau to finish your cruise before returning to La Ciotat.
  • A week of cruising in the east of the French Riviera: a very nice week of sailing in the east. From Saint Raphaël, you take the direction of Cap d'Antibes, then mark the stop in the bay of Agay, with a pretty anchorage in front of a sandy beach, the bay of the Angels, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and its dream anchorage in the cove of the Scaletta, and the roadstead of Villefranche. Don't miss the Lérins islands and the splendid cornice of the Estérel then return to Saint Raphaël.
  • Three days sailing from Marseille: head for the Calanques de Cassis with, on the way, the possibility of lunch in one of the anchorages
  • Two days sailing from Hyères: a weekend is enough to decompress. Take the direction of Porquerolles and Port-Cros and enjoy.

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