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Cote d'Azur Yacht Charter Itineraries

1 week Charter - Antibes - Îles de Lerins - La Napoule - Cannes - Nice - Monaco - Antibes

Day 1 - Join the boat at Antibes in Port Vauban, the largest yacht harbour in Europe. Visit; The Naval Museum of Napoleon, housed in a 17th century stone fort and tower, this museum presents a collection of Napoleonic memorabilia, paintings and naval models; The Exflora Park is a five hectare garden open to the public. Next to the large olive grove, there are different styles of Mediterranean gardens. Fountains and ponds stretch along the terrace, making a waterway 500m long; Garoupe Lighthouse provides one of the best views in the region from its lofty hilltop. To get here, you must walk about one kilometre up the Chemin de Calvaire from the Plage de la Salis. It makes for a nice half-day stroll.

Day 2 - Antibes - Îles de Lerins - 7miles. Firstly head West towards Cap d'Antibes. After a little sailing, anchor for lunch Anse de la Garoupe or at the end of the Cap, in Anse de l'argent faux which is sheltered from a westerly wind. In the afternoon head for the Îles de Lerins across from Cannes. Île de Saint Marguerite, the largest, has nice creeks to explore as well as its fort and museum to visit. There is a lovely promenade on the Île de Saint Honorat with a 4th century monastery. Overnight, depending on the wind direction, anchor between the two island, taking care to avoid any reefs that are to be found around these islands.

Day 3 - Îles de Lerins - La Napoule - 5 miles. Sail across the Golfe de la Napoule towards the harbour of La Napoule. It is known for the Château de la Napoule, a fortified castle of the 14th century on the edge of the harbour.

Day 4 - La Napoule - Cannes - 5 miles. Cannes is a short sail to the E. It has two harbours. One is the old port suggested for its charm and its proximity to the old town and all the shops and restaurants. Port Canto, at the extreme east of the town, is the second harbour. Although some distance from the town centre it is near the casino and offers the facilities of a modern marina. La Croisette is the waterfront avenue with palm trees, picturesque beaches, restaurants, cafés and boutiques. The fortified tower and Chapel of St Anne house the Musée de la Castre. Other museums include the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence, Musée de la Castre, Musée de la Marine, Musée de la Photographie and Musée International de la Parfumerie.

Day 5 - Cannes - Nice - 20 miles. A good sail the the east and the city of Nice. Good eating can be found in the old town or around the harbour of Nice. Or spend the night at anchor in the famous bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer, protected from all winds except southerlies. Visit; The Château, Monument aux Morts, Cours Saleya is probably the most traditional square of the town, with its daily flower market. There are good restaurants serving typical Nicois cuisine, markets and many pubs. Jardin botanique de la Ville de Nice, a municipal botanical garden open daily without charge. Musee Massena, Marché aux Fleurs, Grand Hôtel Impérial, Fort of Mont Alban

Day 6 - Nice - Monaco - 7 miles. Head East towards Monaco. Smaller boats should go inside the harbour of Fontvieille, on the West side of the "Rock" of Monaco, as Monaco harbour does not accept yachts less than 20m. Monaco proposes several interesting places to visit such as the Oceanographic Museum and the Changing of the Guards in front of the Palace. The casino is of course a must see.

Day 7 - Monaco - Antibes - 16 miles. Head west and back to Antibes. Anchor for lunch at St Jean Cap Ferrat in one of its bays depending on the wind direction.

Day 8 - Disembark