Take Essential Sailing’s luxury crewed yachting holiday along the tropical east coast of France’s Cote D’Azur.

The heady combination of the nearby Alps and the mesmerising Mediterranean Sea create a uniquely tropical climate along this stretch of coastline.

Your itinerary will take in both glamorous and historical sights:

Delight in artistic ST. TROPEZ 

The harbour is surrounded by old houses with narrow and peaceful streets running up the hill behind to the citadel on the top. Around the harbour, painters display examples of their talent for sale, and the rich display their yachts for approval.

Celebrate architectural PORT GRIMAUD

Situated at the head of the gulf of St Tropez, this village was the brain child of Francois Sperry, a French architect. Although the village is reminiscent of Venice with its four islands and canal system, it was actually built in the late 1960s and the buildings retain a very French style. It is a beautiful spot to tie up in for the night, with fabulous restaurants literally a stone’s throw away.

Explore celebrated ST. MAXIME 

There is nothing much older than the late 19th Century in the town, since it was not safe to build around the shores before this because of piracy. The old town is set back from the shore so the inhabitants could see the pirates coming and get out of the way with their valuables.

Enjoy historic FRÉJUS

It was originally founded by Julius Caesar in 49 bc as an important staging post on the Aurelian Way from Rome to Arles and the oldest Roman city in Gaul. Now an established and popular marina complete with palm trees, bars and boutiques, it plays host to many visitors throughout the year.

Discover exciting ST RAPHAEL

The town of St Raphael boasts a beautiful Cathedral along with a number of sandy beaches, evening markets and fabulous pizzerias. The marina is modern, and well equipped and located just a couple of miles from the Ile d’Or, a private island with a look-out tower built upon it. With plenty of fish to see, this spot is definitely worthy of a visit and a snorkel before enjoying lunch on board.

Escape to the solitude of the ILES DE LERINS

The two beautiful islands, Sainte Marguerite and Saint Honorat, are a peaceful and beautiful haven away from the hubbub of Cannes. Saint Honorat is inhabited by Cistercian monks, who occupy the abbey that dates back to the 5th Century. Here they also produce their own wine that is served in the only restaurant on the island. Sainte Marguerite is famous for its fort, to where the legend of the ‘man in the iron mask’ is attributed to. Both islands provide havens for rare sea birds and plants alike. No vehicles are allowed on the islands and the short coastal footpaths are most enjoyable.

Experience celebrated CANNES

The first Cannes Film Festival was held in 1939 but had to be abandoned with the onset of the Second World War. It was not until 1946 that it was held again, from then, has become the premier film festival in Europe. It’s held in May when, for committed film buffs, Cannes is the place to be.

Choose The Best Holiday For You

Couples Cruise

Your luxury sailing holiday will be such a special and exciting time and we know you want it to be uniquely personal, inspiring and memorable. You can find out more here.

Family Holiday

When you’ve got older children it can be so difficult to find a family holiday with enough happening and enough variety to keep everyone happy! Discover more about our luxury sailing holidays here.

Group Vacation

Whether you fancy taking the helm, sipping champagne on the sun deck, seeing the sights or mooring in exclusive resorts, you can do it all on an Essential luxury sailing holiday.


Your honeymoon will be such a special and exciting time and we understand you want it to be uniquely personal, inspiring and memorable; it’s your forever holiday.


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