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Our most recommended French Riviera Sailing Trips & Tours

Nice: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise to Villefranche Bay

1. Nice: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise to Villefranche Bay

Experience the French Riviera on a 1-hour cruise from Nice, and get carried away by the natural splendor of the Côte d'Azur on a charming nautical excursion. Depart from the port of Nice and head towards the famous deep water bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer.  Listen to an informative commentary provided by the crew (either in French or English) as you pass the luxurious villas of the rich and famous. Admire the hilltop villages in the distance, and the beautiful coastline of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, known as a favorite place to vacation among the European aristocracy and international millionaires. Continue to the village of Villefranche-sur-Mer to get a look at its colorful fishing port. The bay is one of the deepest natural harbors in the Mediterranean Sea and provides safe anchorage for large ships. Conclude your sightseeing cruise with a tour of the Baie des Anges in Nice. Cast your eyes on the famous Promenade des Anglais and see its stunning shore from the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

From Cannes: Round-Trip Ferry to Ste. Marguerite Island

2. From Cannes: Round-Trip Ferry to Ste. Marguerite Island

Book your round-trip ferry tickets in advance for a visit to Ste. Marguerite Island from Cannes. As soon as you disembark on the island, you’ll be captivated by the fragrance of pine and eucalyptus. Follow the marked trails that take you on a botanical and historical tour of the island. The walk takes you by Batéguier Pond, where numerous species of migratory birds can be seen, and to the Pointe de la Convention, where you’ll find unique plant species. Continue on to Fort Royal, the former residence of the legendary Man in the Iron Mask. The Maritime Museum, sheltered within a fortified enclosure, also offers an invaluable insight into the area's history. Dogs are welcome on board the ferry, and on Sainte Marguerite Island, provided they are on leash.

Nice to Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Tour

3. Nice to Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Tour

Depart Nice in the morning and journey to the seaside resort of Sainte-Maxime. Then, climb aboard a boat and travel along the beautiful coastline of the French Riviera to the internationally renowned town of Saint-Tropez.  Get some time to explore the town center and soak up its elegant atmosphere. Join the locals at the market and marvel at its world-famous beaches. Keep a look out for its legendary jet set residents, including the French actress Brigitte Bardot! Then, visit the beautiful village of Port Grimaud, known as the Little Venice of France due to its scenic waterways and fishermen's houses. Journey back to Nice along the Côte d'Azur. Stop to take photos of the Massif de l'Esterel mountain range as they plunge into the Mediterranean Sea.

Cannes: 4-Hour Boat and Snorkeling Tour

4. Cannes: 4-Hour Boat and Snorkeling Tour

Upon your arrival at the meeting point you will receive all the necessary equipment for snorkeling including fins, mask, suit, and a small inflatable raft. After a briefing by expert instructor who will explain your route, what you will see, and where you will swim. They also will brief you thoroughly on the necessary safety and security precautions.  Then you board a comfortable boat for the trip to a site in the Islands of Lérins, in front of Cannes or along the Estérel in the direction of Saint Raphael where beautiful rock formations are found. The boat will be stop on a rocky bottom where you will be able to see and swim amongst the flora and fauna of the Mediterranean sea. Spend about 2 hours either swimming, enjoying the sun from the boat or in the shade before returning to the meeting point at around 6:00 PM. The boat is well stocked with drinking water and you may bring personal belongings to enjoy during the trip.

From Nice: Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Day Tour

5. From Nice: Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Day Tour

Discover the charm of the seaside city of Port-Grimaud and the French Riviera town of Saint-Tropez on this day trip from Nice. Cruise from Port-Grimaud to Saint-Tropez on a scenic boat ride. Spend some time exploring the stunning streets of Saint-Tropez. Be picked up from your hotel or at your private address in Nice at 8:30 AM, before leaving by minibus for Port Grimaud and Saint-Tropez. Start your tour with a free boat trip from the delightful lake city, Port-Grimaud, known as the "Little Venice" to Saint-Tropez. This legendary village has attracted numerous international stars from the world of fashion and literature as far back as the 1920's and became the favorite playground to jet setters, models and millionaires. Have free time in the picturesque old city for some shopping at the provincial market and to get lunch on a sunny terrace. Travel back to your hotel along the marvelous and picturesque coast road, the Littoral. Benefiting from some of the best views in all of France, you will have time to stop and admire these fantastic views.

Nice: Private French Riviera Solar Boat Cruise

6. Nice: Private French Riviera Solar Boat Cruise

Enjoy a private and custom cruise from Beaulieu-sur-Mer that's perfect for friends, families, and couples. Discover from the sea the most picturesque perspectives of the Côte d'Azur, such as Pointe-Sainte-Hospice, the Mont-Alban, and Eze village and Villa Leopolda. Start from Beaulieu's marina (Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis), between the city center of Monaco and Nice. Hop on an electric boat that's 100% solar-powered, silent, and odorless with the ability to cruise at a close distance to points of interest. Accompanied by a private guide, glide quietly over the crystal-clear waters. Soak up the spectacular coastline of the Riviera Heartland while passing near memorable yachts, villas, and other sights. As an added perk, the boat is also license-free, so you can take the opportunity to drive as well under the guidance of your private skipper guide. At the end of the tour, return to Beaulieu-sur-Mer's marina.

Nice: Private Evening Tour on Solar Powered Boat

7. Nice: Private Evening Tour on Solar Powered Boat

Start from Beaulieu-sur-Mer's marina, in the famous bay of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, between Nice city center and Monaco. Enjoy a cruise on a private boat accompanied by a guide that will show you the famous spots along the coastline. Admire the famous villas of Kerylos and Ephrussi Rothschild, and the iconic hotels of La Reserve and Royal Riviera. Discover the mooring in front of Villa David Niven above crystal-clear waters or sail between the yachts in evening. At the end of the tour, return to Beaulieu-sur-Mer's Marina. The ship is a 100% solar-powered, silent and odorless electric boat with the ability to cruise at a close distance to points of interest. The boat is license-free so you can take the opportunity to drive as well under the guidance of your private skipper guide.

From Nice: Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Tour

8. From Nice: Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Nice, and then discover the French Riviera in all its glory. Head to the glamorous resort town of Saint-Tropez, popular with celebrities since the 1920s. Enjoy some free time for lunch and to relax on the beach before making your way to the seaside town of Port Grimaud. Created by the architect François Spoerry in the 1960s, the port town is based around the marshes of the River Giscle. Marvel at the Venetian-style canals with their uniquely Provencal-style fisherman's houses. Upgrade your experience and add on the optional 1-hour boat cruise to admire Saint-Tropez from the sea. Cruise along the walls of the citadel to discover the Marine Cemetery, artistic neighborhoods and the luxury villas of celebrities.

Calanques of Cassis, Aix-en-Provence & Wine Tasting Day Tour

9. Calanques of Cassis, Aix-en-Provence & Wine Tasting Day Tour

Join this tour of Aix-en-Provence, a town filled with elegance to be seen and savored in its lively streets and squares. It is known as the City of a Thousand Fountains, a reminder of its origins as a Roman spa town. History is the backdrop of everyday life here. Combine the fun of shopping and the nobility of the town's heritage. Enjoy terrace cafés and architectural charm. Take a stroll through the town and admire the wonders of the Baroque era. The bastides are enhanced by gardens. Each fountain has its secrets, each private mansion has its stories, waiting to be discovered. Move onward to Cassis, one of Provence’s prettiest coastal villages. Explore its calanques, small fishing port, colorful houses, wine, and sea urchins. Cassis is a shining diamond on the shores of the Mediterranean. Take a small-boat cruise around Massif des Calanques made up of limestone cliffs that plunge into the Mediterranean. Explore the beauty of this magical and enchanting spot. Discover the ancestral history of the French wine of this magnificent region.

Private Tour from Geneva to the French Riviera

10. Private Tour from Geneva to the French Riviera

Experience this dreamy excursion to a picturesque corner of France. Your driver-guide will pick you up from your hotel in Geneva or any convenient location for you. You will depart to the medieval city of Yvoire, which was built in the 14th century. You will then proceed to the ancient Yvoire Castle, which will charm you by its majestic view. Afterwards, you will go to the Garden of Five Senses in the heart of Yvoire, home to 1300 incredible varieties of plants. You will have some free time to explore Yvoire, do some shopping and have lunch. Later, you will depart to Evian by boat, the town of healing water visited by historic kings. Here you can discover the city or relax and enjoy some wellness treatments. You will return to Geneva with unforgettable memories during an enjoyable drive back to the initial meeting point.

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What people are saying about French Riviera

Great trip to Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud. It started with a boat trip from Sainte-Maxime to St. Tropez, which was lovely, then we had a good amount of time to explore Saint-Tropez, before spending another hour and a bit in Port Grimaud. Our guide was great!!!

Our tour guide was very friendly and punctual- he allowed us to play music and bring drinks on so we had a great time! The views were amazing and he was extremely knowledgeable :)

If you are having a Nice based holiday dont even think about it just buy this tour we had an excellent time, Mr. Daniel is very gentle and good guide special thanks to him

wonderful experience. lovely boat ride and explanation by the guide. definitely recommend.

This was an excellent tour, our guide Reuben was amazing. I highly recommend it.