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Riviera Rendezvous

French Riviera Attractions

The French Riviera, or Cote d'Azur, is an expanse of coastal France reaching from chic St. Tropez all the way to the international border with neighboring Italy. In the past visitors to the Cote d'Azur included numerous artists such as Braque, Cezanne, Dufy, Monet, and Munch; today the coast's village streets are full of people hoping to experience that same beauty, light, and charm. If you've gone the way of former pleasure seekers and chosen to vacation along the Cote d'Azur in a private chartered yacht, then you'll appreciate these ideas on how to entertain your guests once you've docked.

High Culture

For starters you might want to consider scheduling a few indoor activities since you will have been in the elements aboard your yacht prior to docking (or mooring) the vessel. A serene option, and one that typifies a trip to France, is to visit nearby churches. If you are in the St. Raphael area, for example, you'll want to see Le Groupe Episcopal, which is a whole complex of religious buildings. Museums are also a wonderful way to spend an afternoon out of the sun. If you go to Nice be sure to check out the Musee des Beaux-Arts and its Belle Epoque fa├žade or the Musee d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, which specializes in avant garde pieces. Finally, Monte Carlo's casino is the perfect way to wile away the evening hours if you and your guests find yourselves feeling lucky in Monaco!

Outdoor Action

You should also plan some outdoor activities for those gorgeous days that beg to be experienced al fresco. St. Tropez has a guided nature walk, and Grasse (the world's perfume capital) encourages people to explore its grounds by foot. In Nice you can walk among the cypress trees at Jardin du Monastere or head to the hilltop at Parc de Chateau for great views of the bay. Being much more city than village, Nice also has the Cours Saleya Market, which is the ultimate place to browse for flowers, food, and antiques. Lastly, what nautical vacation is complete without some serious beach time? The Plage de Gray d'Albion in Cannes can't be missed as it delivers the trifecta: sun, sand, and social scene all in one.

Riviera Repast

Though the chef on board your charter yacht will prepare delicious dishes and accommodate food requests, it will be nice to have a meal or two on French soil. A few quick suggestions for dining are La Taca d'Oli in Nice for true Nicois specialties and Z Plage in Cannes for a healthy lunch on the beach. Les Trois Diables also comes highly recommended if you enjoy music while sipping an aperitif. And don't be afraid to try several cafes in your search for the perfect coffee and croissant.

Experiencing the Cote d'Azur from a chartered yacht can be sublime. The views will be stunning, and the possibilities will be endless. Work with your charter specialist to develop an itinerary that will be the most fulfilling for you and your guests, and then let the captain and crew take you to your destinations of choice. Map out the points of interest you intend to see, let the yacht captain chart your adventure, and then sit back while the crew keeps you pampered in between fabulous French ports of call. Bon voyage!

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