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.
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 façade 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!
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.