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French Riviera Helicopter Tours - Enjoying Sublime Views

FORTLOC Staff 01/31/2024
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The Best French Riviera Helicopter Tours.

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The French Riviera, also known as Cote d'Azur is an area of great natural beauty, which is perhaps why so many tourists head to this destination each year. Covering such a vast area from Massif de l'Esterel to Menton, it'll take a while to travel through the whole region. The next best thing is to see Côte d'Azur from the skies.

Taking advantage of a helicopter tour, you can enjoy panoramic views of France's Mediterranean coast, from the glittering coastline to the stunning Esterel mountains.

Through our exploration of this Mediterranean haven, we've taken advantage of two of the best helicopter tour providers, Manacair and Heli Air Monaco. Both offer tours in a diverse fleet of helicopters, providing group and private tours ranging in distance and time.

Premium Helicopter Tours in Monaco and Cannes

Both operators also offer private transfers for tourists and business travelers whose final destination is Monaco. If you're familiar with the area, you know that the closest airport to Monaco is in Nice. Most people have two options for getting to Monaco from Nice. You can either take a taxi or a chauffeured 45-minute ride or take a tedious train ride.

Neither is particularly ideal, especially for travelers coming in from the other side of the Atlantic. Meanwhile, a helicopter ride with either company will take only 7 minutes, and you'll arrive in Monaco in style. The panoramic views you'll enjoy on the way are an added bonus. You can either take a shared ride or have the helicopter to yourself to enjoy some privacy.

If like us, your aim is to film the sublime aerial views of the region, both companies offer filming services to allow you to get the best shots. Monaco, in particular, has strict drone laws, and depending on your goals, it may be easier to use a helicopter for filming.

The Best French Riviera Helicopter Tours.

Image: FORTLOC/Khalid Bari

Heli Air Monaco

Operating out of different parts of Cote d'Azur, Heli Air Monaco offers a wide range of tours. Departing from the helipad in Monaco and Cannes airport, options include short tours of the principality and longer tours that cover various parts of the French Riviera, other parts of France, and the Italian Riviera.

Heli Air Monaco also offers many custom options, including villa tours in partnership with luxury real estate agency Magrey & Sons. The partnership provides transfers and rentals at some of the most desirable villas in the French Riviera.

The Best French Riviera Helicopter Tours.

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Monacair

With a top-notch fleet of Airbus, Bell, and Leonardo helicopters, Monacair offers a wide range of helicopter tours. The Airbus H130 is an excellent choice as its oversized windows provide an immersive viewing experience, giving the illusion of floating through the skies without having a bad hair day. Recently acquired by Blade Air Mobility, Monacair operates flights to places like Meribel, Megeve, and Limone in addition to short tours. With the added "muscle" Blade Air Mobility brings to the table, the custom options are virtually endless.

If you happen to have your yacht in the area, you'll be happy to know that Monacair has expertise in yacht landing, so maybe you won't need to put that tender to work often.

The Best French Riviera Helicopter Tours.

Image: FORTLOC/Khalid Bari

Helipads in the French Riviera

There are numerous helipads located throughout the French Riviera, which means there's an abundance of opportunities for helicopter tours. However, the most popular places to begin tours are Monaco and Cannes. In Monaco, the helipad, Heliport De Monaco, borders the Mediterranean, and the views, even before you get on the aircraft, are to die for.

In Cannes, the flights operate from the airport. You should note that security is very tight, and having your passport with you is a requirement even when the trip you booked is one of the short tours.

The Best French Riviera Helicopter Tours.

Image: FORTLOC/Khalid Bari

Benefits of Helicopter Tours

There are many reasons why you should consider taking a helicopter ride in the French Riviera. Firstly, it allows you to see the beautiful region from a vantage point like no other.

From the glittering coastline of vibrant blue seas and golden sand to the mountainous areas and towns, the views are truly unparalleled. If you enjoy photography, even if it's just from your phone, you'll be able to capture photographs you'll cherish for a long time.

The Best French Riviera Helicopter Tours.

Image: FORTLOC/Khalid Bari

Another major benefit of taking a helicopter ride when in the French Riviera is that it is an incredibly efficient way to get to your destination. While traveling down the scenic roads in the region can be a joyful experience, the narrow roads are often vulnerable to traffic jams that take away from the experience. If you're unlucky to encounter stretches of roads with ongoing construction, prepare for a world of hurt.

With a helicopter ride, you can simply sit back, relax, and arrive at your destination on time. This is probably more important to the business traveler. You don't want to be late for that crucial meeting.

Traveling by helicopter combines style with efficiency, making it one of the more practical modes of transportation available to you while exploring all the French Riviera has to offer!


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