France flotilla holidays

New flotillas for 2017. Mix with the jet set with a France flotilla, sailing along the beautiful Cote D’Azur. Enjoy the countless beaches and swim in the clear blue waters that give the region it’s name.

Villefranche: The town and north harbour with behind, the Citadel and marina entrance

Villefranche: The town and north harbour with behind, the Citadel and marina entrance

There’s a chance to visit two nature reserves and explore the area’s quieter spots. These echo back to the times when this was a fishing and flower growing region.

A France flotilla contrasts the ancient and modern; from Roman ruins, through architecture that dates from Queen Victoria’s holidays here, to the super yachts. (It’s claimed that 50% of the world’s super yachts visit this coast each year).

These France flotillas sail from Toulon, with the option of heading east for a week, west for a week, or combining the two. Winds are typically force 3-5 in the afternoon. Moorings are mainly in marinas, with the occasional night on mooring buoys.

Take your pick from

View the Cassis flotilla - 1 week
  • Cassis flotilla – 1 week

    About the Cassis Flotilla

    Difficulty: Moderate        Departs: Saturdays from Port Pin Rolland, Toulon

    Nearest airports: Marseille  (Nice also possible)

    Direct flights from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Bristol & Manchester.

    Operates: Alternate weeks May to October

    FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
    Cassis27th10th 24th8th 22nd5th 19th2nd 16th 30th
    View the Cassis flotilla on a map

    See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the France gallery. For what’s included see Flotilla inclusions and options.

    Cassis Flotilla Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination
    Average17Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: SatCheck in at Port Pin Rolland marina, Toulon
    2: Sun21La Ciotat: A swim stop at the lovely Ile D’Embiez, then on to the interesting town of La Ciotat. Welcome punch party & dinner ashore
    3: Mon19Ile Frioul: The route past the Calanques national park is spectacular with some great swimstops. The island destination is just off the fascinating old town centre of Marseille which is well worth visiting on the regular ‘navette’ ferry service that takes about 15 minutes.
    4: Tue14Cassis: We moor on buoys in Port Miou in a pleasant green setting. The historic town of Cassisis a 20 minute scenic walk and well worth the effort
    5: Wed12Bandol: The seafront of this pleasant and very civilised town is dominated by the marina, with an excellent choice of bistros, cafes boulangeries and bars ashore
    6: Thu24For your day of free sailing we recommend the unique Ile de Porquerolles, a delightful offshore island with a pleasant village and marina as well as numerous anchoring opportunities.
    7: Fri14Return to Port Pin Rolland marina. Take a bus or ferry across to the historic naval town of Toulon
    8: Sat0Check out and disembark

    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week.

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View the St. Tropez flotilla - 1 week
  • St Tropez flotilla – 1 week

    About the St Tropez Flotilla

    Difficulty: Moderate        Departs: Saturdays from Port Pin Rolland, Toulon

    Nearest airports: Marseille  (Nice also possible)

    Direct flights from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Bristol & Manchester.

    Operates: Alternate weeks May to October

    FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
    St Tropez20th3rd 17th1st 15th 29th12th 26th9th 23rd7th
    View the St Tropez flotilla on a map

    See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the France gallery. For what’s included see Flotilla inclusions and options.

    St Tropez Flotilla Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination
    Average18Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: SatCheck in at Port Pin Rolland marina, Toulon
    2: Sun12Presque Ille de Giens: Get to k now your fellow sailors at the welcome punch party on the beach. There are great walks ashore on this so called “almost island”.
    3: Mon21Cavalaire-sur-Mer: First to the delightful garden village of Rayol Canadel (with its 400 plant species fromaround the world), then on to Cavalaire marina for dinner ashore.
    4: Tue16Saint Maximes: A pleasant spot in its own right, but also ideal for taking the ‘navette’ for the short ride across the bay to St Tropez.
    5: Wed26Ile Port Cros: This delightful island and national park has a charming village with a small marina and mooring buoys. Go swimming and snorkeling or enjoy great walks ashore.
    6: Thu8Free sailing: You are spoilt for choice between the mainland coast with Le Lavandou and Rade D’Hyeres or the stunning island of Porquerolles, all within easy reach.
    7: Fri23Return to Port Pin Rolland marina. Take a bus or ferry across to the historic naval town of Toulon
    8: Sat0Check out and disembark

    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week.

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View the Cote D'Azur flotilla - 2 weeks
  • Cote D’Azur flotilla – 2 weeks

    About the Cote D’Azur Flotilla

    Difficulty: Moderate        Departs: Saturdays from Port Pin Rolland, Toulon

    Nearest airports: Marseille  (Nice also possible)

    Direct flights from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Bristol & Manchester.

    Operates: Alternate weeks May to October

    FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
    Cote D'Azur - 2 weeks27th10th 24th8th 22nd5th 19th2nd 16th 30th
    View the Cote D’Azur flotilla on a map

    See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the France gallery. For what’s included see Flotilla inclusions and options.

    Cote D’Azur Flotilla Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination 
    Average17You will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Check in at Port Pin Rolland marina, Toulon
    2: Sun21La Ciotat: A swim stop at the lovely Ile D’Embiez, then on to the interesting town of La Ciotat. Welcome punch party & dinner ashore
    3: Mon19Ile Frioul: The route past the Calanques national park is spectacular with some great swim stops. The island destination is just off the fascinating old town centre of Marseille which is well worth visiting on the regular ‘navette’ ferry service that takes about 15 minutes.
    4: Tue14Cassis: We moor on buoys in Port Miou in a pleasant green setting. The historic town of Cassisis a 20 minute scenic walk and well worth the effort
    5: Wed12Bandol: The seafront of this pleasant and very civilised town is dominated by the marina, with an excellent choice of bistros, cafes boulangeries and bars ashore
    6: Thu14Free sail suggestion: Calanque de Morgiou: Get away from it all in this beautiful steep sided inlet.
    7: Fri12Free sail suggestion: Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer: A choice of beaches, an aqua park, the local museum and a miniature Statue of Liberty will keep you entertained in this pleasant town
    8: Sat27Free Sail Suggestion: Ile de Porquerolles: Largest of the Iles d'Hyerres, though just 4 miles long, this island nature reserve offers some great walks
    9: Sun12Presque Ille de Giens: Get to k now your fellow sailors at the welcome punch party on the beach. There are great walks ashore on this so called “almost island”.
    10: Mon21Cavalaire-sur-Mer: First to the delightful garden village of Rayol Canadel (with its 400 plant species from around the world), then on to Cavalaire marina for dinner ashore.
    11: Tue16Saint Maximes: A pleasant spot in its own right, but also ideal for taking the ‘navette’ for the short ride across the bay to St Tropez.
    12: Wed26Ile Port Cros: This delightful island and national park has a charming village with a small marina and mooring buoys. Go swimming and snorkeling or enjoy great walks ashore.
    13: Thu8Free sailing: You are spoilt for choice between the mainland coast with Le Lavandou and Rade D’Hyeres or the stunning island of Porquerolles, all within easy reach.
    14: Fri23Return to Port Pin Rolland marina. Take a bus or ferry across to the historic naval town of Toulon before the farewell dinner.
    15: Sat0Check out and disembark

    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week.

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View the French Riviera flotilla - 2 weeks
  • Southern flotilla – 2 weeks

    Route

    Difficulty: Moderate           Departs: Saturdays from Zaton, Sibenik

    Nearest airports: Split, (Zadar also feasible)

    Direct flights from Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds & Newcastle

    Operates: Alternate weeks May to September

    FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptember
    Sibenik - 2 weeks13th 27th10th 24th8th 22nd5th 19th2nd 16th
    View the Southern / Split flotilla on a map

    See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the Dalmatia North gallery and the Dalmatia Central gallery. For what’s included see Flotilla inclusions and options.

    Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination
    Average20Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Check in at Zaton Marina, Sibenik.
    • Zaton Zaton is a small charter base offering flotillas, bareboat charters and learn to sail courses. Nestling at the foot of the Rastovac, Križeva Glava and Glavica Hills, Zaton is a small fishing and farming town at the north west end of Sibenik Bay, about 4nm from Sibenik itself. Traditional stone buildings surround the natural harbour with pleasant walks ... Read more
    2: Sun17
    • Rogoznica Rogoznica is a charming and well protected harbour, marina and anchorage on what can be a very windy stretch of coastline. With its delightful old “island” village there is more to this town than first meets the eye. Pick up a buoy; drop the hook, back onto the quay or choose a marina berth, Rogoznica ... Read more
    3: Mon26
    • Split The historical city of Split is Croatia’s second largest city, though with less than 200,000 inhabitants it’s pocket sized. The port is a hub for ferry services to outlying islands and Italy and the city is the cultural centre for the region, so there’s plenty to see and do. The Diocletians Palace at the centre of ... Read more
    4: Tue23
    • Stari Grad (Hvar) Stari Grad on the island of Hvar is a harbour with a mission. Stari Grad literally means “Old Town” and Stari Grad is one of the oldest in Europe. Actually, calling it a town is perhaps stretching it – take away the tourists and the population is only a couple of thousand. In 2016 the ... Read more
    5: Wed16Free sailing. Lots of options to chose from but why not try:
    • Milna (Brac) The Russians based their fleet here during the Napoleonic wars, in the days before half the harbour in the centre of town was turned in to a marina. Which was probably the most excitement the place has seen. Described in one review as a great place to relax on account of there being nothing to do, ... Read more
    6: Thu29
    • Primosten A small holiday town centred on an island now connected to the mainland by a causeway. The walls that once surrounded the old town have long gone, bar the gate through which one enters the main square. The square provides an excellent place for various events through the summer but is a bit over restored for ... Read more
    7: Fri30Free sailing. I suggest:
    • Luka (Otok Vrgada) If you want to see what a Croatian fishing village looked like before the tourists came, Vrgada is probably pretty close. Uvala Luka is the small harbour of this fishing community on this small one village island. The island is covered with pine trees and has several pebbled beaches. Originally a fortress island (the ruins of the ... Read more
    Or:
    • Tisno / Tijesno (Murter) A village that manages to be both on an island and on the mainland, Tisno, previously Tijesno, lies astride the bridge that links Murter island to the rest of Croatia. The bridge opens twice a day to allow yachts to pass (for half an hour at 09.00 and 17.00), with the quays and anchorage being, like ... Read more
    8: Sat11Free sailing. How about:
    • Uvala Opat The southernmost bay on the island that gives its name to the Kornati National Park. There’s a single restaurant and half a dozen houses and that’s your lot. A great place to get away from it all. Read more
    Or:
    • Statival (Otok Kornat) Fancy a night swinging in the hook? Uvala Statival, at the north east end of Otok Kornat, is a great anchorage with the rather barren hillsides highlighted by splashes of green nearer the waters edge. There’s nothing here – well almost nothing; there are a couple of holiday villas but that’s the lot. No shops, no ... Read more
    Or:
    • Luka (Zut) Zut is the second largest island in the Kornati archipelago, and the largest uninhabited island in Croatia. Most visitors arrive on yacht charters – the island has no ferry service. There are several anchorages around the island and a marina at Pod Ražanj, but most charter yachts head for the ACI Marina at Luka Zut, a ... Read more
    9: Sun20
    • Prvic Luka (Prvic) Once a retreat for the rich of Sibenik, Prvic island is an agricultural and fishing centre, little touched by international tourism. Many of today’s visitors are day trippers from the mainland so by the evening, it’s quiet place. Prvic Luka, at the south end of the island is one of only two villages (the other, Sepurine ... Read more
    Or
    • Zlarin Known as the Coral Island, Zlarin is a lush island near the mouth of the Krk river. The island is clad with pine and cypress forests, figs and olives. You can walk peacefully along the 20km of roads as cars are prohibited. The red coral for which the  island is famed is largely exhausted. However, there’s still ... Read more
    10: Mon17
    • Murter / Hramina (Murter) For a town of 2000 people, Murter packs a lot in. It’s the capital of the island, and by reputation, of the Kornati National Park: The inhabitants supposedly own most of the islands! Murter has a host of shops and restaurants, as well as daily farmers and fish markets. With a number of churches, some Roman ruins, ... Read more
    11: Tue20
    • Sali (Dugi Otic) Home of the world famous (?) annual donkey races, Sali was named for its salt production in medieval times. Today, fishing, olives and holiday makers are the main earners though as the largest village (population under 2000) on the island of Dugi Otok, it also serves as its administrative centre. If you fancy a swim, there’s a ... Read more
    12: Wed10
    • Piskera / Panitula Vela Piskera is a small uninhabited island in the Kornati archipelago, inside the National Park. The Kornati Park is the high spot of many Croatia yacht charters. Bizarrely, Piskela Marina isn’t actually on Piskera but on the adjacent island of Panitula Vela. No matter, the latter is also a small uninhabited island so you won’t miss anything! The ... Read more
    13: Thu34Free sailing. Several options but I highly recommend a trip up the river to:
    • Skradin / Krka River / Krk National Park It’s worth a visit to Skradin just to sail up the river, but once there, a trip in to the Krk National Park is a must. After mooring your yacht, a short ferry boat ride takes you to the park entrance from where you can walk up to the first of 7 waterfalls which total ... Read more
    14: Fri6
    • Zaton Zaton is a small charter base offering flotillas, bareboat charters and learn to sail courses. Nestling at the foot of the Rastovac, Križeva Glava and Glavica Hills, Zaton is a small fishing and farming town at the north west end of Sibenik Bay, about 4nm from Sibenik itself. Traditional stone buildings surround the natural harbour with pleasant walks ... Read more
    15: Sat0Disembark
    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week.

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More about the France flotilla holidays

The Cote D’Azur was first settled in prehistoric times. It formed part of the Greek empire before becoming part of Roman Gaul. For many years it was part of the state of Provence, before being gifted to France in 1486.

The economy back then, based on fishing, olives, flowers and vineyards gave little hint of what was to come. The arrival of the railways brought the British upper classes – the pleasant climate was deemed to offer health benefits. The Brits supplied the coast’s alternative name; the French Riviera.

The superb scenery was also a big draw for artists. The list of past residents reads like a who’s who of French art. And hot on their heals came European aristocracy.

The excellent sailing opportunities were soon spotted and the coast now boats countless marinas. Some, such as Monaco, St. Tropez and Antibes are pitched at the super yachts. Here, competition for spaces can be fierce, and prices likewise.

But fear not, you don’t need to be super rich to join a France flotilla. The routes avoid the more expensive marinas but will take you close enough to famous places such as St Tropez that those who wish can visit.

It’s not all casinos and flashy hotels (though there are plenty of these). There are many pleasant holiday towns for you to visit with some excellent beaches. And if you go just a mile or two inland, to places like Hyeres, you enter a different world.

As you’ll know, the French take their food seriously and no more so than on the Cote D’Azur. Sample local treats such as Tapenade (an olive based dip), Bouillabaisse (fish coup) or Daube (beef stew), washed down with Pastis. As usual, there will be a number of group meals you can join, or you can do your own thing.

There’s also the chance to visit two national parks. The Calanques are a series of steep sided inlets breaking up the steep cliffs along the coast west of Cassis. Further east, the Iles d’Hyeres  are designated marine nature reserves, with the islands themselves offering a selection of botanical walks.

With the diverse range of attractions ashore and excellent sailing, grab the chance to enjoy a France flotilla.