Provence Boats & yachts

Our most recommended Provence Boats & yachts

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.

Full-Day Catamaran Cruise Departing from Cannes

2. Full-Day Catamaran Cruise Departing from Cannes

Enjoy a welcome drink as you board the catamaran in the old port for a full-day sail on the Bay of Cannes. Before departure you’ll have an introduction to the ship by the crew. Sail to the Pointe Croisette and continue on to the Lérins Islands, where you’ll be able to swim and snorkel between the islands (mask and snorkel provided) or relax on board the catamaran. Around 1:00 PM a cold buffet lunch will be served by the crew. After lunch you’ll continue your cruise to the Massif de l'Esterel (Corniche d'Or), stopping in a cove where you'll have another opportunity to swim and snorkel. At 5:15 PM you'll return to the old port of Cannes, where the tour ends.

Saint-Raphaël: 2.5-hour sea and creeks boat excursion

3. Saint-Raphaël: 2.5-hour sea and creeks boat excursion

Enjoy unparalleled views of the French Riviera on a 2.5-hour boat tour from Santa Lucia port that takes you to hidden coves before letting you loose for a scenic snorkeling adventure. Take your spot on a 12-seater boat and get whisked across the Cote d'Azur for a panoramic view of the volcanic Esterel massif and Agay bay, where you can explore idyllic coastal creeks that are only accessible from the sea. Grab your snorkel gear when the caption drops anchor to admire the beauty of the Mediterranean seabed — keep an eye out for sea turtles as Esterel is also a Natura 2000 conservation site. Hold on tight as it’s then full-speed back to the port at Saint-Raphaël with drinks and music to wrap up a fun-filled day.

Nice: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise to Villefranche Bay

4. Nice: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise to Villefranche Bay

Experience the French Riviera on a cruise from Nice, and get carried away by the natural splendor of the Côte d'Azur on a charming nautical excursion. Depart from the port of Nice and head towards the famous deep water bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer.  Listen to an informative commentary provided by the crew as you pass the luxurious villas of the rich and famous. Admire the hilltop villages in the distance, and the beautiful coastline of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, known as a favorite place to vacation among the European aristocracy and international millionaires. Continue to the village of Villefranche-sur-Mer to get a look at its colorful fishing port. The bay is one of the deepest natural harbors in the Mediterranean Sea and provides safe anchorage for large ships. Conclude your sightseeing cruise with a tour of the Baie des Anges in Nice. Cast your eyes on the famous Promenade des Anglais and see its stunning shore from the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

From Nice: Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Day Tour

5. From Nice: Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Day Tour

Discover the charm of the seaside city of Port-Grimaud and the French Riviera town of Saint-Tropez on this day trip from Nice. Cruise from Port-Grimaud to Saint-Tropez on a scenic boat ride. Spend some time exploring the stunning streets of Saint-Tropez. Be picked up from your hotel or at your private address in Nice at 8:30 AM, before leaving by minibus for Port Grimaud and Saint-Tropez. Start your tour with a free boat trip from the delightful lake city, Port-Grimaud, known as the "Little Venice" to Saint-Tropez. This legendary village has attracted numerous international stars from the world of fashion and literature as far back as the 1920's and became the favorite playground to jet setters, models and millionaires. Have free time in the picturesque old city for some shopping at the provincial market and to get lunch on a sunny terrace. Travel back to your hotel along the marvelous and picturesque coast road, the Littoral. Benefiting from some of the best views in all of France, you will have time to stop and admire these fantastic views.

From Marseille: Calanques National Park Eco Boat Cruise

6. From Marseille: Calanques National Park Eco Boat Cruise

Start your boat tour from Marseille's old port. Cruise south in a quiet hybrid-electric boat across the beautiful Bay of Marseille. Learn about the city's history and its main monuments on your way to the national park. Arrive at the gates of Calanques, la Baie des Singes (Monkeys Bay). Follow the scenic passage between Maïre Island and the Croisette Cap. Start your boat trip along Calanques's 20-kilometer (12-mile) stretch of coastline, between the village of Les Goudes and the town of Cassis. Admire the majestic scenery, from the limestone cliffs overlooking untouched inlets to the tiny fishing ports dotted with little cabanons (traditional Provençal cabins). During the boat tour, enjoy free to swim and explore the underwater world, as well as rest and have a pleasant lunch onboard. See why Calanques got its name from the Provençal word, "calanco", for a valley carved by a river before reaching the sea and discover the park's caves. See the paleolithic Cosquer Cave, the Blue Grotto, and the Capelan Cave. Spot the numerous fossils encrusted in the limestone.  Learn about how the fossils were formed one hundred million years ago with the accumulation of sediment in the seabed and then pushed up during the Tertiary Period, when the Alps took shape. Look at how erosion has accentuated rocky rifts and given birth to the rugged landscape you see today.

Marseille: Sunset Boat Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

7. Marseille: Sunset Boat Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

Sit back and relax as you cruise along the beautiful Marseille coastline and take in the stunning views. Stop for a swim in a lovely cove in the Frioul Archipelago. As the sun sets, enjoy your dinner with drinks aboard, catching views of Marseille illuminated at night. Enjoy a magical evening on board an environmentally-friendly hybrid/electric boat, the quiet boat allows for a more peaceful and relaxing cruise. Set sail for the Frioul Archipelago and see the famous If island, on which the story of the Count of Monte Cristo takes place. Anchor in a beautiful cove around here for a refreshing swimming stop. Get back on board and enjoy unforgettable sunset views of the seascape and the Marseille skyline as you sit down to enjoy your dinner with drinks. As you get closer to the Old Port in Marseille, see the sparkling city lit up at night.

Saint-Tropez: Kayak Experience in Ramatuelle Reserve

8. 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.

Saint-Laurent-du-Var: 4-Hour Fishing Trip

9. Saint-Laurent-du-Var: 4-Hour Fishing Trip

After meeting at the port of Saint-Laurent-du-Var, head off on your guide’s boat into the waters of the Mediterranean to start your fishing adventure. Perfect for amateurs and pros alike, this experience is catered to your skill level. Make use of provided cutting-edge fishing equipment to make sure you catch the biggest fish in the waters. As you skim over the stunning waters of the French Côte d’Azur, gaze back over the seaside cliffs and greenery from a new perspective. Using a variety of techniques, including trolling with with lures and live bait, spinning with lures, and jigging, you’ll have the best chance to catch a variety of fish, including Amberjack, Barracuda, Bonita, Tuna, Bluefish, Dentex, and Grouper. You’ll have the opportunity to take home your catch, within the limits of respectful fishing.

Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Provence

Guillaume gave us an amazing experience this evening in the French Riviera! Our tour began with him asking how we would like to spend our time, emphasizing that the “boat was ours”. We felt like VIPs as we set sail in the backyards of some of the world’s wealthiest. The boat was 100% solar powered which was great for the environment and resulted in a very quiet ride for us. Guillaume pointed out famous residences and buildings as we passed by, which was very interesting! If you are in Nice, I would highly recommend coming down to Port de Beaulieu-sur-Mer and taking this lovely excursion.

La journée était superbe et le capitaine était très sympathique! Nous avons aussi appris davantage sur l’histoire de Marseille et des calanques suivie d’une excellente baignade dans la mer! Merci beaucoup pour cette magnifique journée et n’hésitez surtout pas à prendre vos billets.

This was a fantastic half-day trip. We really enjoyed the views of Marseille from the water and being able to swim from the boat. The boat captains were terrific and friendly.

Thoroughly enjoyable. Crew were brilliant and we met a lovely, lively group of people from all corners of the globe!

Had an amazing experience both hosts on board were very kind and welcoming to make our time memorable.