Five Amazing Experiences in the French Riviera

Five Amazing Experiences in the French Riviera

From the glamour of Cannes to the glitz of Saint Tropez, the French Riviera is as famous for its fast cars and chic celebrities as it is for the Mediterranean’s azure blue waters and charming villages. Enjoy the best of both worlds with a customized Barge Cruise and French Riviera vacation. Whether you live like a celebrity in St-Tropez, stroll through the quiet perfumed streets of Grasse or simply soak up the Mediterranean sun, a vacation in the French Riviera is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

From driving a Ferrari to a private wine tasting in a French chateau, here are five of our favorite not-to-be-missed experiences in the French Riviera:

#1: Zoom into the fast lane. The French Riviera is a playground for Europe’s rich and famous. Live like a movie star for the afternoon and pilot a Ferrari F430 Spider through the French countryside. Sit behind the wheel of this mythic car, rev the V8 engine and hit the open road. Once you get behind the wheel and feel the wind in your hair, you won’t want to your drive to end! The Ferrari runs on bio-ethanol and offsets carbon emissions in partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

#2: Sail the Mediterranean. Spend an afternoon sunning yourself on the deck of your own private boat or snorkeling the Mediterranean’s crystal clear waters. Boat rentals range from 10 to 50 meters and include a skipper and yacht group charter. Set sail from the harbor and see the stunning baroque architecture of Nice, Cannes, Monaco and St. Tropez from the water.

#3: Breakfast in Antibes, lunch in Eze, dinner in Monte Carlo. See the best of the Riviera in just one day with a private luxury tour. Following the coastal road, an English speaking guide and driver will chauffeur you and your guests first to the old port city of Antibes. Enjoy a fresh croissant while seated at a café overlooking the city’s historic ramparts. Stop in Cannes and soak up the city's movie star glamour. Stroll the cobblestone streets of the medieval village St Paul de Vences and browse the art galleries. Travel to Monaco for the afternoon and visit the famous perfume factory Frangonard near Eze. End your day with a visit to the Grand Prix circuit, the famous Monte Carlo casino and dinner at St. Benoit restaurant, overlooking the Harbor.

#4: Wine and dine in an historic chateau. A private wine tasting in a French chateau? Oui, oui! Escape the crowds with a private trip to the French countryside. Wander the perfumed streets of Grasse and admire breathtaking views of the entire Riviera. Afterwards, visit the private Chateau de Cremet, where you’ll taste the chateau’s famous red, rose and white wines.

#5: Discover the French Riviera's famous artists. The Cote d’Azur is known for more than 300 days of sunshine. For hundreds of years, the world’s most famous artists have travelled to the French Riviera to paint, thanks to the region’s magical sunlight. See the works of famous artists, including Matisse and Cahgall, in the countryside that inspired their creation. A private tour will take you to Riviera’s most famous art museums, including the Chagall Museum and the Matisse Museum, as well as the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, located on the Cap Ferrat. A walk through the villa’s exquisitely colored gardens may inspire you to create your own artwork!

After an exciting vacation exploring the French Riviera, sit back and relax on a barge cruise. Our luxury barge cruises are a leisurely way to discover the hidden charms of Provence, Burgundy, Canal du Midi, Champagne and Alsace. Our travel specialists can help you add a barge cruise to your vacation itinerary either before or after your visit to the French Riviera. The best part of our luxury barge cruises? Once you're on board, you'll only need to unpack once. Bon Voyage!

The Barge Connection is one of the top barge cruise specialists in the United States. In business for nearly two decades, our vacation specialists use their extensive industry contacts to create customized barge vacations that are tailored to each vacationer’s budget and interests. We offer cruises within eight European countries, including France. Our vacation specialists can also arrange all travel and transfers before and after the cruise. You only have to make one call; what could be easier.

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