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Whether sailing the Mediterranean coastline of the Côte dAzur or exploring Britanny and Normandy, a France yacht charter with Borrow a Boat is going to be an unforgettable experience. Book your superyacht charter France today!
A France yacht charter can be one of two yacht charter vacation experiences - cruising the French Riviera and its fashionable resort towns and cities, or exploring the Atlantic coastline and beautiful beaches of the Bay of Biscay and English Channel. Let’s take a look at where you can visit on your yacht rental.
There are two broad yacht charter destinations you can enjoy on a France luxury yacht charter. Let’s take a look at them below.
Stretching between the Pyrenees and Monte Carlo on the Western Med, including the French Riviera, the South of France is a charter destination like no other.
Saint Tropez is the centre of the action with a reputation that speaks for itself. Pampelonne Beach, just outside of St Tropez, is where tourists flock in large numbers, whether on the private beach club sections or in the free to use main Pampelonne Beach. The harbour and bay just offshore is festooned with luxury motor yachts and classic sailing yachts in the sailing season, and you will find plenty to enjoy in the Vieux Port area with Michelin starred restaurants, top quality boutiques and all the things someone of high net worth could enjoy ashore.
There are plenty of other places to enjoy on a French Riviera yacht charter too, even before you reach the principality of Monaco. Cannes is the centre of the movie universe every summer, and Antibes has Billionaire’s Quay at Port Vauban Marina for the largest superyachts afloat.
Home of the Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo is possibly even more famous for the well to do than Saint Tropez! Whether attending the annual Monaco Grand Prix and the whirl of social occasions around it, or flying in to the Monaco Yacht Show to choose a superyacht with the help of a charter broker ahead of the next sailing season, there are plenty of excuses to drop by the principality! For those who want to chill out a bit, nearby St Jean Cap Ferrat is a very popular bolthole - you will almost certainly see other superyachts anchored off the coast as their users relax away from the buzz of Monte Carlo too.
Atlantic Coast - Brittany and Normandy
While many planning a luxury yacht charter may automatically think of the French Riviera as a charter destination, France’s Atlantic coastline has plenty to offer too.
The Bay of Biscay has some of the best sailing conditions in France and is home to many bases for extreme round the world yachting such as Lorient and Les Sables d’Olonne. You may be in the area in November every fourth year to see off the Vendee Globe fleet or in July two years later to see off the Golden Globe fleet, or simply wish to get away from the extreme heat of the Western Med yet enjoy luxury yachting in Western Europe.
The other region of France to enjoy on a superyacht charter is Normandy. Le Havre is the main city but you can sail to other locations such as St Malo, the Channel Islands (outside EU waters but a popular sailing destination) and the historic city of Cherbourg.
Your superyacht charter France can take you further afield too. Perhaps out of Port Hercule in Monte Carlo you may wish to sail east to the Italian Riviera, or even SE as far as the Amalfi Coast and Aeolian Islands of Southern Italy. Still within EU waters, these are reachable on some luxury motor yachts over a two week luxury yacht charter.
Sailing from the Atlantic coast of France, you can also take in the UK South Coast and even London on a France yachtcharter. Part of Western Europe, the country is outside EU waters but the charter broker will sort out any bureaucracy as part of the package.
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With your luxury charter yacht as a base, the crew will look after your needs while you focus on fun and relaxation. On your sailing yacht or motor yacht you can access isolated, sandy beaches inaccessible to others in quiet coves or islands such as the Lerins Islands off Cannes.
You can go ashore at different locations to enjoy socialising and the best restaurants in St Tropez or Port Grimeaud and then perhaps disappear to rebalance off a quiet retreat like St Jean Cap Ferrat the next. Often the boat charter will carry water toys such as a motor boat, windsurfing gear and jet skis for you to blast around a quiet bay and have fun out of the sight and sound of others.
A French superyacht charter is best enjoyed in the summer months between May and September with the peak season in July and August on your sailing yacht or motor yacht luxury charter yacht.
A France luxury crewed yacht charter is one of the safest, most luxurious and most convenient ways to travel and enjoy beautiful locations from the quiet of the Hyeres Islands to the buzz of Monte Carlo on your yacht charter holiday.
Luxury, service, privacy and accessibility are just some of the benefits of choosing a luxury crewed yacht charter. Enjoy a vacation in unparalleled comfort and luxury as you sail to some of the world’s most magical destinations; many of which are only accessible by yacht. Here are some of the advantages of choosing this type of trip over a villa or hotel vacation:
Freedom to Explore: A new horizon each morning, personalised 24/7 service, complete privacy, the freedom to sail and explore at leisure and the chance to discover the very best of the culture, cuisine and entertainment at each location.
Experienced Captain and Crew: Our captains and crew have personal experience of the world’s best and safest anchorages and marinas, alongside in-depth local knowledge of cultural attractions, shore dining and entertainment opportunities.
Onboard Entertainment: a range of sophisticated toys all waiting for you in the tender garage. Get your adrenaline rush on the jet skis, paddleboards and kayaks.
Here are a selection of charter yachts that you may choose from to enjoy on your Italy superyacht charter holiday, whether on a bareboat charter basis or crewed yacht charter yacht rental basis. Connect with the yacht owner or chartercompany through us today to arrange your France superyacht charter!
Whether sailing yachts or power catamarans, these have a wide beam and shallow draft and make for spacious and comfortable luxury yachts. Even the smaller vessels (15m LOA and up) will have en suite heads in the cabins, and can often carry water toys like jet skis and paddleboards aboard. You can have a crewed catamaran charter or bareboat charter depending on the size of vessel and what you want from a yacht charter vacation.
From a catamaran to a luxury motor yacht charter these are faster and often have far more space. Expect a more comfortable, premium experience on motor yacht, ranging from a mini cruiser to top end superyacht charter vessels. You can have crewed yacht charter or bareboat charter depending on the size of vessel with the skipper and crew looking after you.
The larger crewed yachts are often available on a corporate yacht charter or bespoke yacht charter basis as a means of escaping to an out of the way place without distraction. A luxury charter yacht like this will have water toys such as a speed boat, jet ski and diving equipment so you can enjoy water sports even without having to go ashore.
Whether a classic racing yacht or more modern cruiser racer sailing yacht, these sleek, stylish and more traditional sailboats still have the space you need but can sail in near silence with just the sound of the wind and waves as you move along under wind power alone. These can come as something smaller or a 30 metre plus private luxury charteryacht too with water toys and a skipper and crew looking after you on your bespoke yacht charter.
Luxury yacht charters are best when augmented by great weather. The perfect time for a premium charter in France are:
Early Season (May to June) - expect cooler temperatures but the odd blast from the NE Mistral.
Peak Season (July and August) - Generally lighter winds and can be fiercely hot
Late Season (September and early October) - Many classic sailing regattas take place at this time of the year as winds can be more reliable. It is far cooler than the high summer.
One of the best classic yacht regattas in the world is Les Voiles St Tropez in late September to early October where you may see the elegant J-Class yachts doing as they were intended - engaged in fierce racing! Whether racing the luxurycharter yacht itself, or just enjoying the buzz in the Vieux Port ashore, this is a premier social occasion for sailing types.
July and August are when the marinas are at their busiest and most expensive. It is very crowded, even out on the islands. Most of the social events are at their best at this time of year though and the buzz is a good one.
For those after a quieter time after the crowds have gone, try to visit France in September. The seas are bath-warm still and the sun is comfortably - not fiercely - warm. Though many shoreside establishments close, it can be a more authentic side to France.
On your luxury yacht or superyacht you can enjoy the best of a French Riviera yacht charter.
Day 1 Depart Port Hercule in Monaco for Antibes.
Day 3 From Antibes head to the Lerins Islands off Cannes
Day 4 St Tropez
Day 5 Toulon
Day 6 Cannes
Day 7 Via St Jean Cap Ferrat, back to Monte Carlo
14 days - Monte Carlo and Southern Italy
On a longer luxury yacht charter France you can head east on the West Mediterranean to the Italian Riviera as a first destination, taking in locations like Genoa and Cinque Terre. Head south, perhaps sailing to Porto Vecchio on Corsica and the Costa Smeralda on Sardinia before visiting the Amalfi Coast and then south to Sicily and the Aeolian Islands. Cross the Golfe du Lyon, perhaps spending an afternoon ashore at Ajaccio on Corsica, and land at Cannes before returning your luxury charter yacht to base at Monte Carlo.
There are many marinas along the coastlines of France. Here are a select few in the key charter destinations we have touched on.
West Mediterranean Sea
Vieux Port, Marseille is one of the largest marinas in Western Europe with 3,200 berths taking superyachts of up to 90m LOA.
Port Vauban in Antibes, including Billionaire’s Quay has 1,642 berths for vessels up to 170m LOA
Port de St Tropez has 734 berths for vessels up to 50m LOA
Port Hercule, Monaco has 700 berths for vessels up to 135m LOA
Still a hugely popular destination for a yacht charter vacation, the Atlantic Coast of France also has dozens of marinas.
Among these are Marina Port La Trinite sur Mer which has 1,250 berths for vessels up to 50m LOA, and Le Havre Plaisance that has 1,150 berths for vessels up to 30m LOA.
We are an independent company which ensures you receive the maximum choice of vessel at the most competitive prices. Alongside our passion for yachting, our commitment to service and decades of luxury yacht experience ensures your luxury yacht charter will be an unforgettable experience. Most importantly, all our luxury yachts and superyacht charters meet stringent and current safety and insurance requirements in their respective locations.
We will handle all logistical preparations to make your yacht charter the experience of a lifetime. We can help with logistics, including pre-and post- charter hotel stays in France
Our captains and crew have personal experience of the world’s best and safest anchorages and marinas, alongside in-depth local knowledge of cultural attractions, shore dining and entertainment opportunities. Choosing a luxury yacht charter gives you and your guests the opportunity to travel discreetly, with access to the most private coves and anchorages, far from the stresses of today’s busy life.
Our superyacht brokers have access to an impressive selection of crewed superyacht charters available to you in the world's most glamourous locations. Varying in size from 40m/130ft to megayachts of over 180m/590ft some of the most luxurious superyachts are fitted with a heli pad, gym, cinema room, spa, sauna and separate owners' decks.
Your first step is to decide how many guests you will have onboard, your location preference and your desired dates. Once you have decided on the basics you can speak to a yacht broker who will organise a detailed itinerary based on where you are travelling and your preferences.
Yes, all charter companies require a deposit to book a superyacht. This is usually refundable if you have to cancel or make changes, as long as it’s at least 90 days in advance. Do read the cancellation policy small print and consider trip insurance if booking inside the cancellation window.
Anywhere you wish: your only limit is your imagination. Our luxurious superyachts are berthed worldwide in the most beautiful locations: Set sail from Tahiti, The Bahamas, the French or Italian Riviera, Maine and Florida. Or fly to the Caribbean or the Maldives for a relaxed cruise among the tropical islands. Many of our crewed superyachts also have the range, power and crew expertise to transport you and your guests to more unique locations such as Antarctica, Alaska and Patagonia.
How many people are in your party? This determines the size of luxury superyacht you need to reserve, so get a headcount before you start researching. The main points to consider are your budget, the number of guests, and the season at your intended destination.
Your charter rate will include the hire of your superyacht and its equipment, together with the services of its captain and all crew. The vessel will be properly insured against all marine risks. Additional fees not covered in the charter rate include: VAT, marina fees, local taxes, harbour fees, canal fees, fuel charges, electronic communications, provisioning and any other bespoke extras required. If you choose to embark at a different port to the superyacht’s home location, then you can expect to pay for delivery and/or return fees and expenses.
Superyachts are generally charted at a minimum for one week, but you can charter a superyacht for as long as you want, depending on availability.
Superyacht charter rates are always quoted weekly and vary from low to high season. Contact us for the most up-to-date rates.
We usually recommend 10% of the total charter fee, however gratuities are entirely at your discretion.
The size of your superyacht will determine how many guests are allowed onboard. Legally the maximum guest number on a luxury superyacht is 12. Speak to us if you have a large party and we will source a superyacht that has increased stateroom capacity.
We will discuss all your transfer and onboard requirements when you make your booking and will send you a comprehensive questionnaire to complete. We will be in touch again just before your charter begins to ensure all your preferences and individual requirements regarding dietary needs, medical conditions and allergies have been covered. This also includes your requested activities, including toys, entertainment and offshore excursions.
Usually guests are covered under the superyacht owner’s own liability policy for damage, however we recommend taking out Charter Liability insurance as an extra buffer. Should you or your guests accidentally damage any interior fixtures and fittings, the hull, or any of the tenders/toys then you will be fully protected for any claims against you. Our dedicated insurance team will advise you.
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