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

1. 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.

From Cannes: Discover the Calanques of the Esterel

2. From Cannes: Discover the Calanques of the Esterel

Embark on a discovery of the Esterel, its hidden caves, and typical Mediterranean scenery. Join your professional skipper aboard a semi-rigid boat for your trip to the Esterel. The trip lasts 2.5 hours, including a stop for swimming, with refreshments served on board. Enjoy half a day of relaxation as you explore this extraordinary coastline, with its stunning panoramas and secret coves accessible only by local boats. Discover all the secrets of this coastline with the skipper sharing their extensive knowledge about the Corniche d'Or.

Saint-Tropez: Kayak Experience in Ramatuelle Reserve

3. Saint-Tropez: Kayak Experience in Ramatuelle Reserve

See the best of Saint-Tropez in the water on this kayaking tour. Walk along the famous Pampelonne beach, kayak in the crystal clear waters, and discover the colorful sea life while snorkeling.  Meet your guide on Chemin Garonne beach and get a quick safety induction using the kayak. After the induction, jump into the kayak, follow your guide, and set sail down the Mediterranean sea.  Enjoy the scenic views in the heart of the Gulf of Saint Tropez as you cruise along the turquoise waters. First, see the famous Pampelonne beach, then go along the coast to the Cap Camarat. Stop off along the way and jump from a 3-meter cliff if you feel brave. Enjoy some snorkeling in the Port-Cros National Park area. See various marine life in the cove; there's a good chance you will see vibrant fish, red starfish, seahorses, and cuttlefish. This is a must-do family activity in Saint- Tropez that you won't forget.

Nice: Small Group Sunset Cruise to Cap Ferrat

4. Nice: Small Group Sunset Cruise to Cap Ferrat

Meet your friendly crew at Nice Port, then set sail along the glistening coastline of Nice. Soak up panoramic views of the French Riviera and feel the wind in your hair as the boat cruises towards Cap Ferrat. As you sail, learn about this luxury destination, which is home to Hollywood stars and often used as the film set for glamorous movies. Pass by the charming fishing village of Villefranche-sur-Mer, admire the villas of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and marvel at the sandy beaches of Beaulieu-sur-Mer. Cool off with a refreshing dip in the sea, then go snorkeling in search of colorful marine life. Finally, watch an unforgettable sunset across the ocean, and soak up the magic of the moment before returning to port.

From Nice: The Grand Canyon of Europe & its Lavender Fields

5. From Nice: The Grand Canyon of Europe & its Lavender Fields

Leave the coast and enjoy a beautiful drive through the Gorges du Loup with its 40 meter high waterfall. Stop in Castellane, gateway to the Gorges of the Verdon, nestled at the foot of its famous rock. Drive along the Verdon river, named after its startling turquoise-green color, up to the canyon which is considered to be Europe’s most beautiful. Enjoy the spectacular and breathtaking views overlooking the ravine which is up to 700 meters deep. Stop in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, one of the most beautiful medieval villages in France which is known for its rich history in ceramic craftsmanship. Take time to enjoy a lovely meal and a stroll.

Cannes: 4-Hour Boat and Snorkeling Tour

6. 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.

Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise

7. Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise

Climb aboard a fully equipped catamaran in the old port of Cannes at Quai Laubeuf, and set sail across the shimmering waters of the Bay of Cannes while relaxing on the sun deck. Departing at 2:00 PM, benefit from the best of the sun. Have free time to cool down in the water. Head towards the Île Sainte-Marguerite and to islands of the Lérins Islands group, or make your way over to the Corniche d'Or to moor either between the islands or in a cove along the Esterel Massif. Get some time to swim and snorkel in the Mediterranean Sea (masks and snorkels provided), or simply relax aboard the catamaran - the choice is yours! Return to the port of Cannes at 5:15 PM, where your cruising adventure comes to an end.

Fréjus: Diving Experience in Port-Fréjus with an Instructor

8. Fréjus: Diving Experience in Port-Fréjus with an Instructor

Diving offers the privileged who practice it, a wonder at the aquatic riches and the thousands of fish encountered. Come and discover the fauna and flora of the underwater world of the Estérel coast and the rare beauty of our diving spots. Fully equipped, after a little boat trip and a little explanation of things to know, you will leave for this new experience alone with a particular instructor for about twenty minutes of new sensations in a rich world. and new where aquatic species come together for your greatest pleasure.

Cannes: Festival of Pyrotechnic Art Fireworks from the water

9. Cannes: Festival of Pyrotechnic Art Fireworks from the water

During 6 exceptional evenings, the starry sky of Cannes sparkles with a thousand lights during the Festival of Pyrotechnic Art. 700,000 spectators look up to admire the latest innovations from the world’s fireworks elite from Cannes’s terraces and beaches, not to mention spectators from all the surrounding cities. Security matters obliges for these important public events, the roads of the City of Cannes are gradually closing to traffic to make the seaside exclusively pedestrian, a nightmare for motorists and visitors from outside. Far from all that, Black Tenders Events takes you from the Port du Béal in Cannes la Bocca for a sunset cruise, just the time for a nice swim at sea and then you are at the forefront of the fireworks shots from the sea. Are we taking you?

Nice to Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about French Riviera

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The tour with the guide named Laurent (he was a very good guide and had a lot of insider tips for us) is highly recommended. We were picked up in front of our hotel in Nice in an air-conditioned van and then we went straight to the mountains. Several stops at the Grand Canyon of Europe allowed us to take great photos and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Unfortunately we had to see empty lavender fields, but instead we stopped for a swim at a beautiful lake (so pack your bathing suit). All in all really recommendable!

The best fireworks show I had ever seen. The trip there was amazing and exciting with 10 persons speed boats. Stoping for the sunset between the 2 islands with time to swim in the clear water, than anchor in the bay at dark between dozens of boats with everyone watching the amazing show with live music from giant speakers on the shore. Definitely to do once in a lifetime.

Very friendly guide, Océane, who showed us some beautiful sights with lots of photo opportunities. The bikes were amazing; in good condition, easy to use and very helpful on the steep hills. So good we went back to hire scooters the next day which were equally fantastic.

This was one of the highlights of our day trip into Cannes. Our guide Alex was great, knowledgeable and funny. We had two opportunities to swim/snorkel and covered a lot of beautiful coastline. Great time!

A great experience at an affordable price. Highly recommend.