Cannes to Monaco Day Cruise Itinerary

A stunning day cruise to some of the most beautiful and famous ports in the world. Something for everyone.

Themes: Chic/Exclusive, Family, Romantic/Honeymoon, Simple/Line of Sight,

Day 1


Cannes and the Lerin Islands


Meet the boat and leave from Cannes. Circle around the beautiful bay to see the town and Croisette from the water and zip over the the Iles de Lerins. There is clear water for snorkeling and usually plenty of boats to check out between the two islands. The islands host a monastery and the dungeon where the "Man with the Iron Mask" was held. If you have plenty of time, get out for a hike around the island.

Then head onward toward Juan-les-Pins - there`s a lot more to the day!

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The Old Port of Cannes looking up to le Suquet

Cap d`Antibes


Heading north from Cannes, you will first pass Golfe Juan and then Juan les Pins - two small seaside towns with good beach and plenty of restaurants and cafes. If you`re planning on water skiing, this is the place to do it.

The large pine tree covered peninsula you see is the renowned Cap d`Antibes. It is home to many exclusive villas, and the world famous Hotel de Cap (beach house pictured here). The famous Eden Roc restaurant is in the Hotel.



The Beach House at the Hotel de Cap, Cap d`Antibes


Antibes


Past Cap d`Antibes, you`ll now see the famous old port of Antibes, with its castles and ramparts. You`ll also see one of the world`s best collections of super yachts.

If you have time, Antibes has the Picasso Museum (closed in 2007), plenty of cafes and restaurants, and great hikes up the ramparts.

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The old town of Antibes, with the Alps behind

Villeneuve-Loubet


Past Antibes, you will see the eclectic, boat shaped apartment buildings in Villeneuve-Loubet, some like the architecture, some find them to be an eyesore, but regardless you won`t miss them! You will then pass Nice Airport, with its landfill runway jutting into the Med..

You will now come to they the long Promenade des Anglais of Nice, lined with expensive apartments and hotels. You will pass the old town, then a rocky outcropping, before the protected and quaint old Port of Nice appears.



Villeneuve-Loubet


Nice


Nice is the only true city in the French Riviera, and offers all that would be expected of a big city: top class hotels, bars and restaurants, entertainment, and international airport. The most interesting area of Nice to visit is the old town with its market, shops and bustling cafes. Be aware, the beach along the Promenade des Anglais is rocky, not sandy - you`ll need a straw mat (sold everywhere) if you want to hang out with the Nice beach crowd. You`ll also see the famous Negresco Hotel.



The picturesque old Port of Nice


Villefranche-sur-Mer


Past Nice, you`ll enter the gorgeous bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer, one of the most picturesque on the Côte d`Azur. Completely surrounded by steep hills, the quaint town squeezed between the deep blue bay and the rocks is a must see. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes if you need to stop for refreshments.

In the same small bay, across from the town of Villefranche, you`ll see the Rothchild Estate with its famous gardens.





Villefranche-sur-Mer

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat


Jutting into the sea from Villefranche is Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the most famous of the "Caps" in the French Riviera, and home to (you guessed it) exclusive villas, a renowned Hotel, and a nice Zoo.

This stunning peninsula features a picturesque port, and has a delightful stone path that allows you to hike the entire peninsula by the sea, drinking in view after stunning view. There`s a small beach near the port, but Cap-Ferrat is famously jagged, making for excellent picture taking opportunities.

If you`re into celebrities, you can see the houses of Bill Gates and Paul Allen perched together behind St-Jean near a Rothchild Estate. Sir Norman Foster`s unique and dramatic "sail house" can also be seen just next to the famous Grand Hotel du Cap. You`ll also surely see plenty of beautiful super yachts!

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The stunningly beautiful seaside walk around Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat



The Grand Hotel du Cap and beach house


Eze and Beaulieu-sur-Mer


After Cap Ferrat the cliffs get higher and increasingly dramatic. You will see the impossibly high medieval town of Eze perched at the top of a dramatic cliff, above its neigboring seaside town of Eze-sur-Mer. The your on to the equally pretty, bougainvilla drenched town of Beaulieu-sur-Mer, before coming upon Monaco.If you`re into Rock Stars, you can see Bono`s villa (terra cotta colored) just on the water.



Eze perched on the cliff


Monaco


The Principality of Monaco is famous for its Casino, Super Yachts, Formula 1 Grand Prix Race, and its high-rise exclusive apartment buildings housing some of the wealthiest people in the world. The steep town of Monaco offers plenty to do, including touring the Grimaldi Palace, a great aquarium, restaurants, and of course the Grand Casino of Monte Carlo. We have compiled an entire page about Monaco, as one paragraph couldn`t possibly do it justice. Click here for more information on Monaco.

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