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Cote d'Azur Sailing Adventure: Marseille to Nice tour
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Cote d'Azur Sailing Adventure: Marseille to Nice

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Live the life of a champagne jetsetter on a sparkling wine budget as you tour the islands and coastal towns of the famous Cote d’Azur, soaking up the relaxation and flexibility of life aboard a yacht
  • Discover the contrasts that lie along the coast of Provence, from the bright lights of Cannes and St Tropez to the hidden coves of the Iles d’Hyeres Archipelago
  • Explore the wonderfully preserved natural beauty of the historic Iles d’Hyeres – hike, bike or stroll through national parks, olive groves and pine forests, relax on picturesque beaches and enjoy some of the best snorkelling in France
  • Indulge in fresh seafood and delicious Provencal cuisine – a famed gastronomy that delectably combines the ingredients of France with the influences of the Mediterranean Sea
  • The galleries and museums of Nice provide the perfect distraction from the end of this sumptuous sailing adventure

Short Description

Get off the tourist trail and jump aboard a yacht to see France from the sultry Mediterranean. Go from one celebrated port to the next and uncover a side of France only the rich get to see. To contrast the excitement and fervour of the mainland, visit beautiful islands that are a wealth of unspoilt beaches, fascinating histories, natural parks and relaxed, quirky towns. From the charming French cities of Marseille, St-Tropez, Cannes and Nice to the relaxed environs of the islands of Porquerolles, Port-Cros, St Marguerite and St Honorat, this is a unique and relaxing sailing adventure filled with culture, good food and plenty of time to swim and relax in the sunny Mediterranean.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City Marseille
End City Nice

Travel Theme

Sailing Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

France

Cities & Attractions

Cannes

Activities

Sailing

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Itinerary

Day 1 Marseille – Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer

Bonjour! Welcome to France. The group will depart from the meeting point at 3 pm so please be there at least 10 minutes before. If you’re running late to the meeting point, please contact the sailing operations manager (see ‘Emergency Contact' in the trip notes for contact details). Depending on the size of the group, you'll take a private vehicle or minibus from Marseille to Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer (approximately 1 hour). Your skipper will meet you at the marina for a detailed briefing and the allocation of cabins aboard the yacht. The first port of call is then the local supermarket to buy provisions for your trip as a group. If you have any special dietary requirements, please make sure you notify us at the time of booking so we can accommodate your requests. Additional accommodation is available if you wish to arrive earlier and take in some of the sights of Marseille - France's oldest and second-largest city, which leant its name to the country's national anthem during the French Revolution. Today, still one of Europe's most important ports, Marseille is a dazzling fusion of cultures, with souq-style bazaars appearing alongside Provence produce stalls and local artisan shops. Don't leave without slurping down a bowl of bouillabaisse, the local fish stew. After the briefing, set sail for the Iles d’Hyeres archipelago, spending your first night aboard the yacht. Notes: The beauty of sailing is that each day is unique and, while we have a destination to reach, if the weather changes or something takes the group’s fancy, we are flexible on the day's itinerary. The itinerary is subject to change and may vary depending on weather and berth availability. Your skipper will make the final call to ensure your safety at all times.

Day 2-7 Cote d'Azur

Iles d’Hyeres Archipelago Due to strict environmental protection laws, the Iles d’Hyeres archipelago (also known as the Iles d’Or or 'Islands of Gold'), have maintained a natural beauty and wildness that’s largely untouched by tourism. The islands are rich in woodlands, idyllic beaches and Roman history. Visit the largest of the islands, Porquerolles. Here you can perhaps hire a bike in town and head inland to explore olive and fig orchards in the wooded countryside. Maybe just relax on the island’s northern beaches or admire ocean views from the plunging cliffs on the south coast. For a quintessential island experience, watch the locals play petanque as you sip on a pastis in the village’s Place d’Armes. Stop by Port-Cros, the archipelago’s smallest island but one with a big history, having played host to pirates, monks, artists and soldiers through the centuries. This is a pristine environment, where no automobiles are permitted and you can stroll along walking paths through untouched pine forests. In 1963 the island became France’s first marine national park, so snorkel in the clear waters, following a recently established underwater nature trail. Bormes-les-Mimosas The small medieval village of Bormes-les Mimosas is listed among the most beautiful sites in France and is a must-see for history buffs. Here you will find the Mimosa trees which have bright yellow flowers and were introduced to the south of France by Australia in the 19th century. Here you will have the option to take a guided tour, trek along the stunning coast or rent a bike. Or if you prefer a relaxing afternoon, you can visit one of the white sandy beaches that are found along the coastline and are great for swimming. St-Tropez St-Tropez is your next destination. A summer playground for the rich and famous, the city has a lot of charm once you see past the glamour. Relax at a cafe under a plane tree in the Place des Lices or step back in time in the old fishing quarter of La Ponche. Check out the 17th-century Citadelle de St-Tropez for a detailed history of the town (with great views), which was built to defend the coast against Spain. Chill out in an upmarket beach bar on the flashy Plage de Pampelonne or beach-hop along the coastal walking trails. All of the beaches have facilities like toilets and change rooms, and sun lounges are available for hire or take to the water and try your hand at paddle-boarding. If you’re feeling cheeky, perhaps head to one of the town’s nudist beaches in your birthday suit. In the evening, if you are thinking of heading to one of the city’s many bars, restaurant or clubs, make sure you dress up a bit, as mere shorts and sandals won’t cut it here! Cannes Sail for the Iles de Lerins, a group of four islands off the coast of Cannes. On the island of St Honorat, which has been continuously occupied by monks from as early as the 5th century, perhaps dine at La Tonelle, a restaurant run by monks who serve wine produced from their vineyards. Discover Ille St Marguerite, the island fortress where the Man in the Iron Mask was held captive. There is also a small museum on the island and some lovely white beaches. From here sail on to the glitzy city of Cannes, a pristine hotspot for the affluent and home to the famous film festival. Perhaps share in a little bit of the limelight by walking the red carpet on a tour of the Palais des Festivals. Alternatively, you can take a tour to the Massif de I’Esterel and either walk or ride through the forest to the highest point. In the evening, dine at one of the restaurants along the Rue Saint-Antoine in the old quarter of Le Suquet.

Day 8 Nice

Early this morning, there’s a short cruise to Nice where your adventure comes to an end at approximately 10am. Once transferred to land, you’re free to depart. We recommend booking an extra couple of nights to explore the city and its surrounds. With the glistening Mediterranean Sea on one side and the Alps on the other, Nice has something for everyone. If you do stay on, perhaps take a walk along the Promenade des Anglais or discover the Cours Saleya market in Vieux Nice. Sitting above Vieux Nice is the Parc de la Colline du Chateau, which offers panoramic views of the city and a refreshing break from the daytime heat. Known as the world’s capital of perfume, the town of Grasse outside the city is also a great option to visit.

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Cote d'Azur Sailing Adventure: Marseille to Nice

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We have taken 2 trips with Intrepid - both have been fantastic vacations. The ports and pace of the trip gave us time to enjoy both the sailing adventure (we are both experienced sailors) as well as the ports of call. The group this year on the Marseille to Nice trip was exceptionally friendly, easy to get alone with, and willing to contribute to the chores on board. Our skipper was terrific - very caring and always looking to make sure we have a wonderful experience. He - like the skipper we had for the Amalfi trip - were great cooks and always welling to make helpful suggestions.
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Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 9

Accomodations

Overnight boat (7 nts)

Guides

On this trip you will be accompanied by one of our skippers. Your skipper's role involves taking charge of the sailing, the safety of the vessel and safety for all passengers on board. Skippers all hold a Yacht Master Offshore license or higher and have completed an intense training and review process before sailing with us. They are also fully qualified in CPR and First Aid. The aim of the skipper is also to take the hassle out of your travels by organizing the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip, managing trip logistics and coordinating the kitty (where applicable). Your skipper will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect skippers to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

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Finish point

  • Bar Restaurant Le Lunel
  • 20 Quai Lunel
  • Nice
  • 06300
  • FRANCE

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