Long the summer retreat of choice for A-list celebrities and multi-millionaires, St Tropez’s mix of white-sand beaches, gourmet dining and chic shopping boulevards is a seductive proposition. But despite the private beach clubs, exclusive nightclubs and mega-yachts that line its harbor, St Tropez is more than just a hangout for the European jet-setter, and its historic Old Town, lively markets and endless coastline make it a popular choice for day trippers and cruise visitors holidaying along France’s fabled Côte d’Azur coast.
As the capital of the French Riviera, Nice makes a strategic starting point for a day tour, from where the legendary resort town is reachable by both land and sea. You might not be able to afford a private luxury yacht, but the next best thing is a day trip to St Tropez from Nice by ferry, offering magnificent views of the St Tropez peninsula, the Maures mountains and the Côte d’Azur. Alternatively, take a small group or private day trip by minivan from Nice and you’ll have plenty of time to take in the sights of St Tropez, like the yacht-filled Old Port, the St Tropez Church and the St Tropez Citadelle. You can also stroll down the designer shopping streets, secure your tan on the beach or explore the historic houses and canal ways of Port Grimaud, known to locals as “Little Venice.”