Meet driver at Nice airport. Drive to Monte Carlo (located approx. 15 miles from Nice airport). Have lunch aboard your yacht and take the rest of the afternoon to relax.
Mid-morning, plan some time exploring the harbor or do some shopping. Water sports can be done just outside the harbor entrance if you are so inclined. You can either have lunch ashore or perhaps this would be a good time to invite your friends aboard for a cruise. For the evening, plan to dine ashore. I recommend the Hotel De Paris or Chevre D’Or at Eze. Eze is a small, medieval village above Monaco. This is also a great spot for lunch or sunset cocktails as the view is spectacular. Don’t forget to visit the Casino in Monte Carlo.
Start your journey to Antibe (20 nm) and the International Yacht Club. A collection of France’s top yachts will be gathered here. This is also a great time to visit the tiny Picasso Museum, the flower and food markets in the morning, and Antibe’s historic old town. You can also take a trip out to Cap D’Antibe to visit the renowned Eden Roc Hotel for lunch or a drink. Saint Paul De Vence is a worthwhile side excursion. It is a medieval city with many artisan stores and charming cafés. The surrounding area is also pretty beautiful.
Today’s destination is Cannes, which is just 12 nautical miles away. You could stop at the Iles de Lerins on route. Several miles off Cannes are these islets. They are lovely, with numerous routes winding through the forest, and are home to a monastery and a vineyard. Once in Cannes, the back street behind the Hotel De Ville is home to a lot of fantastic tiny eateries. Cocktails are also enjoyable at the Carlton, Martinez, or Casino de Festival. A walk along the coastline is a wonderful way for walkers to get some exercise.
Early departure after breakfast for St. Tropez (26 nm). This passage is along a section of the coast which is beautiful and a good time to pass the morning sunbathing on deck and taking in the sights. Mid-morning to noon arrival into St. Tropez. The day could be spent in St. Tropez along the beaches or shopping in the town.
Depart in the morning after breakfast for Ville Franche (50nm). This is a lovely small harbor and bay. A great place for water sports as the anchorage is very calm and protected. There are great seafood restaurants along the Quay. If you missed Eze you are still in range for the trip up. The town of Beaulieu is a very charming place for dinner or for an early evening stroll.
Today will take us to San Remo (43 nm), the flower capital of Italy. You will be able to see the many hot houses (greenhouses) that line the cliffs. Berth at Porto Sole’ and take advantage of the many sidewalk café’s in the old port. There are many fine restaurants in San Remo (I recommend Ristorante da Giannino) and also a Casino. For early risers you can accompany the chef to the market for fresh produce, flowers and bread.
Pre-dawn departure for Portofino (90nm) 5.5 hours. It will be mid-week, so this small, quaint but cosmopolitan port should not be crowded. You may anchor off here or you might be fortunate enough to get a berth. If it is too crowded, you can always anchor off Ste. Margherita and take the yacht’s tender to Portofino. Take most of the day for water sports and just relaxing and enjoying the sights around Portofino and Ste. Margherita.
Begin the day with a breakfast cruise south to Spezia and Cinque Terre. The hillside along this stretch is a beautiful backdrop. Cinque Terre is a cluster of small villages along the cliffs off the coast. They are hard to reach and have become a nice hidden area that has attracted artists through the years. La Spezia is a wonderful old coastal city. Continue south to arrive in Viareggio or Livorno. Both of these towns are commercial ports, so they are not as scenic as other ports along the way. They are well situated and either location will bring you within an hour’s drive to Pisa should you care to sightsee inland. If the pace is not too quick at this point, these stops can be eliminated. Capraia is also a good overnight location.
Depart for Elba. Spend time relaxing while underway. Elba was the island of exile for Napoleon. The residence and villa are worth the visit. There are many nice hillside villages and I would recommend hiring a car. The beaches of San Andrea and Cavoli are excellent for swimming.
Cruise to Port Cervo (102nm). This is an extremely popular (and very expensive) spot, so if you wish to be at the dock, make certain to book well in advance for a berth. There are many small inlets for anchoring if you choose not to secure a berth. There are many places for water sports and swimming near Porto Cervo.
Leave mid-morning for the Straits of Bonafacio. This area just north of Porto Cervo has majestically beautiful beaches and private coves. The barren landscape is a great contrast to the water, which is an amazing blue in this cluster of islands and coves.
Cruise through the Straits of Bonafacio to Ajaccio (approx. 60nm). Ajaccio was the birthplace of Napoleon. There is an old Citadel which dates back to 1554 as does the Cathedral. A few hundred yards from the Citadel is Casa Bonaparte. Ajaccio was developed as a resort along with Cannes, Nice and Palma de Mallorca. Overnight passage back to the South of France and a berth in Golfe Juan.
Golfe Juan to Nice where you will spend the night prior to your departure. There are many restaurants in Nice and your captain can recommend a good one for you to try. There is also plenty of shopping if you are inclined.
Sadly, the driver arrives to return your group to the airport in Nice.