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MTB & Boat

Sail & MTB Tuscany · Italy

From 1990 €
Route
from St. Stefano / to St. Stefano
Duration
8 days /
7 nights
Distance
approx.
165 km
MTB Level 2 - 3
MTB Level 1
Easy mountain bike tours suitable for islandhoppers who can safely handle a mountain bike. Mostly asphalt roads and wide, natural paths (20-30km and 200-400 elevation meters per day, S0)
MTB Level 1 - 2
Easy to moderate mountain bike tours for islandhoppers who are fit, technically able and can ride safely. Mainly natural paths and simple single trails (20-40km and 300-500 elevation meters per day, S0-S1).
MTB Level 2
Moderate mountain bike tours suitable for islandhoppers who enjoy riding through varied terrain and are comfortable with climbs up to 500m (30-50km and 400-600 elevation meters per day, S0-S2).
MTB Level 2 - 3
Moderate to demanding mountain bike tours suitable for islandhoppers with a very good level of fitness and riding technique. Mostly hiking tracks and single trails (30-60km and 400-750 elevation meters per day, S0-S2).
MTB Level 3
Demanding mountain bike tours for islandhoppers with excellent riding technique and who enjoy and feel comfortable with technical trails. Mostly on hiking tracks and single trails (30-60km with 500-1,000 elevation meters per day, S0-S3).

Tuscany by MTB and boat: the perfect all in one cycling holiday

Cypress trees, vineyards and olive groves decorate the rolling hills, characteristic of Tuscan landscape. This beautiful Italian region is one of the best places in the world for mountain bikers to indulge their passion. Names such as Elba, Giglio, Monte Argentario and the Maremma region are all sure to get avid mountain bikers listening. The home of various Enduro events with flow trails and shaped lines as well as numerous technical passages makes the area the perfect place for a mountain bike holiday. All this along with an expert local guide who knows the trails like the back of their hand. The Atlantis with her giant sails provides a true seafaring experience while the Italian Dolce Vita is the frosting on top.

TO NOTE: This tour takes place prallel to our regular Bike & Boat Tour on the same boat. This is perfect for travellers who wish to spend their holiday together, but do not share the same riding preference.

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Highlights

Activity: Enjoy the spectacular MTB trails of Tuscany!
Culture: The Spanish fortress in the picturesque old town of Porto St. Stefano
Nature: Anchor in the beautiful bays around Elba and Giglio
Culinary: A glass of the incredible local wines immerses you in ‘La Dolce vita de Italia
Souvenir: Wine, pasta sauces, and canned vegetables from the organic farm, LaSelva
TO NOTE: This trip is already updated for the 2024 season. Itinerary, prices and services may vary compared to 2023:

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Itinerary

Rom Pisa Porto Santo Stefano Talamone Porto Azzuro Rio nell’ Elba San Piero in Campo Marina Di campo Giglio Porto Elba Parco Regionale della Maremma Monte Argentario MEDITERRANEAN Italy France Corsica (Italy) Sardinia (Italy) Airport Rom Marciana Marina
1st Day
(Fri)
Porto Santo Stefano
(Embarkation)
Individual arrival in Porto St. Stefano, a wonderful, lively harbour town on the northern side of the Monte Argentario peninsula. The boat is ready to be boarded at 6 pm. Should you arrive earlier, you are welcome to leave your luggage on board from 2 pm onwards. A short stroll through the medieval old town, painted in a wash of pink and beige, will quickly make you realize that you are now on holiday! We recommend a walk to the Fortezza Spagnola on the hill above the old town, built in the 17th century to protect the city. The first evening meal on board is a great way to get to know your fellow travellers, guides, and crew. Overnight in Porto St. Stefano.
2nd Day (Sat) Monte Argentario Peninsula – Talamone
(aprx. 20 km/1100 Hm)
From Porto St. Stefano, our first bike tour takes us along a beautiful panoramic road along the coast before leading us up to Monte Argentario along natural roads. A flowing descent brings us to a restaurant in the woods, where we can enjoy local delicacies such as wild boar ragout served with homemade tagliatelle. Refreshed and revitalised, we head back up to the summit, followed by the "Madonnina" trail which was built by local bikers. Afterwards, we return to the harbour, where the Atlantis awaits us for our crossing to Talamone. The tour can be adapted to be easier or more challenging depending on the group.
3rd Day (Sun) Talamone – Porto Azzurro
(Sailing Day)
After breakfast, it’s time for a sailing voyage! A long crossing to Elba awaits us. If the winds are favourable, guests receive a briefing on sailing and can help set sail together. After Sicily and Sar-dinia, Elba is the third largest island in Italy and it impresses with its charm, lush nature and rich history. Lunch will be served on board and guests have time for a swim before we arrive in the sheltered bay of Porto Azzuro. In the evening, you can explore the charming harbour town.
4th Day (Mon) Porto Azzuro – Capoliveri – Porto Azzurro (aprx. 36 km/750 Hm)
Today we can look forward to a top-class MTB tour through the Capoliveri Bike Park on Monte Calamita. The MTB World Cup was held here back in 1994. The park is characterized by fantastic single trails of varying character in a beautiful landscape. Today we will enjoy lunch en route and, in the evening, Islandhopping invites guests to a wine tasting.
5th Day (Tue) Porto Azurro – Bay of Enfola
(aprx. 43 km/1200 Hm)
Today the Atlantis sets sail without us and heads to the north coast of Elba. We follow her on land by bike over the island's two large mountain ridges. In Rio nell'Elba we enjoy a cappuccino break. If you would rather skip the following technically demanding descent "Scalette", you can instead enjoy the descent along a wonderful asphalt panoramic road. At lunch, we meet again and then another longer cross-country section follows until the bay of Enfola welcomes us with its glistening waters. A refreshing swim rounds off a great day's biking.
6th Day (Wed) Marciana Marina – Marina di Campo
(aprx. 30 km/700 Hm)
Today the queen’s stage awaits us! We bike across the island, first visiting the mountain villages of Marciana before climbing to the highest point of the tour at Monte Perone. From there we cycle along built trails and then head downhill on challenging hiking trails to the village of San Piero in Campo, where we can enjoy a wonderful lunch with a view down to our ship before we continue on our final descent to Marina di Campo. Once back on the ship there is plenty of time for a refreshing swim directly from the boat. Afterwards, the sails are set, and we head for Isola Giglio, an island located in the very south of the Tuscan Archipelago. This Italian jewel is home to mountains, forest, untouched nature, and crystal-clear sea!
7th Day (Thu) Island Giglio – Porto St. Stefano
(aprx. 25 km/800 Hm)
We begin our cycling tour in Campese on the west of the island. The destination for today is the medieval town of Giglio Castello, enthroned like an impregnable castle high up on the island of Giglio. A quick descent takes us down to Giglio Porto. After dinner, the sails are set for the island of Giglio. Isola Giglio is located in the very south of the Tuscan archipelago and is a scenic jewel. Mountains, forest, untouched nature and crystal-clear sea!
8th Day
(Fri)
Porto St. Stefano
(Disembarkation)
Departure at 9 am after breakfast followed either by an extended stay in Tuscany or an individual journey home.

Accommodation

Atlantis (Tall Ships)

The Atlantis is a guaranteed eye catcher in every harbor. Built in 1905 and christened Elbe 2, the Atlantis served faithfully as a light vessel in the North Sea, Germany. Afterwards she was elaborately restorated as a tallship for passenger cruises.

The renovation featured a classy salon, a spacious upper deck including seats and a cocktail bar as well as 16 comfortable air conditioned guest cabins including a shower and WC. A true highlight and centerpiece of the Atlantis is the open air bar, where the dedicated crew conjure creative beverages and cocktails for the guests. Mealtimes are…

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Tall ship Atlantis under full sails

Rental Bikes

Our Mountain Bikes

On our mountain bike tours, we only use high-quality full-suspension rental bikes from GIANT and SCOTT, whose components are perfectly tailored to the demands of the Mediterranean terrain. For effortless climbing and ultimate trail fun, our lightweight fullys are usually equipped with 27.5 inch rims, 140 - 150 mm travel, suspension forks and shocks, Shimano or SRAM shifting and brake groups as well as dropper seat posts. In order to meet the highest material requirements, we will also be offering premium full suspension rental bikes from SANTA CRUZ….

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Our E-Mountain Bikes

If you’re looking for an easy uphill ride with an epic downhill trail experience, then our e-mountain bikes are the perfect rental bike for you. Our full suspension e-MTBs are equipped with 27.5’’ wheels and robust tires ready for exploring fantastic trails. The powerful Bosch motor, large battery, 150 mm RockShox suspension, Shimano or SRAM gear and brake systems as well as hydraulic dropper posts make these e-MTBs a biker’s best friend during our tours in the Mediterranean. For fans of superlatives, from 2024 we will also be offering 29-inch E-MTB premium rental bikes in Croatia. …

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Our Hybrid Bikes

For our hybrid bike tours, we use reliable, low maintenance hybrid bikes with aluminum frames in various sizes. Twenty years of experience in bike tourism has given us the knowledge and confidence to select the right components for the requirements of an Islandhopping tour. Our bikes ensure a carefree riding experience for our cycling enthusiasts.…

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Our E-Bikes

All our e-bikes are high quality pedelecs, most of which are fitted with Bosch motors with extra battery range. They are characterized by their relatively light weight and great components. Some of our fleet are equipped with other motor systems. With an Islandhopping e-bike, you will be able to climb almost any hill with ease. They are a true set of wings for anyone who needs a little ‘tail wind’ to make their ride that little bit more enjoyable.  …

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  • Our Mountain Bikes
  • Our E-Mountain Bikes
  • Our Hybrid Bikes
  • Our E-Bikes

Services, Dates & Prices

 

The below calendar lists the basic cruise price per person. The final cruise price depends on cabin type, cabin occupancy and any additional optional services. The prices for additional optional services are listed below the travel calendar. The green checkmark indicates that the trip is secured.

Time Period Tour Country Accommodation Route Availability Price from
The final price is dependent on the type of cabin, the number of guests staying in the cabin and any additional services booked.

October 2024

04.10.
The minimum number of participants is almost reached
04.10. –
11.10.
MTB & Boat
Sail & MTB Tuscany
Italy Atlantis Porto St. Stefano bis Porto St. Stefano available 1990,00 € To Booking
Included services
  • 8-day-trip on a tallship with crew
  • 7 nights on a tallship in a standard twin cabin with shower/toilet
  • 7 x halfboard
  • Guided or individual cycling tours as described in itinerary
  • Entrance into the Parco Natuale della Maremma
  • Bed linen and towel (incl. change of towel once a week)
  • English and German speaking tour guide
Not included in the basic tour price
  • Journey to Porto St. Stefano (Monte Argentario Peninsula)
  • Beverages on board (tally sheet, to be paid to the captain)
  • Meals and beverages ashore
  • Entrances not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips for tour guides and crew
Prices for Additional Optional Services
Shared twin cabin (limited) Prices on request
Single cabin
(limited)
800 euro surcharge
Rental bikes (limited) Fully MTB: 200 euro/week
Fully E-MTB: 300 euro/week
Hybrid-Bike: 80 euro/week
E-Bike: 225 euro/week
Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike
(Not insured: grossly negligent damages)
Fully MTB & E-Bikes: 25 euro/week
Hybrid Bike: 10 euro/week
Discounts
  • Children up to age 16 receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price (not combinable with any other discount / does not apply for single occupancies).

  • If this is your third or more Islandhopping tour booked directly with us, you will receive our SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount for your next tour in 2025.

Arrival - How to get there

Port of embarkation – Porto St. Stefano

The embarkation harbour for our Highlights Tuscany tours is Porto St. Stefano. Boarding the boat takes place at 6 pm. Should you arrive earlier, you are welcome to leave your luggage on board from 2 pm onwards.

 

With a short stroll through the medieval old town, painted in a wash of pink and beige, you will quickly realize that you are now on holiday.

Arrival by plane

Arrival by plane is the fastest, cheapest and most comfortable way to travel to Italy. Porto Santo Stefano is connected with following airports:

 

  • Airport Rome Fiumincino (FCO): 118 Km
  • Airport Pisa (PSA): 202 km.

 

Your flight can be organized once we have confirmed that your journey is taking place.

Airport Rom Fiumincino (FCO) – Porto Santo Stefano

Option A

Flixbus from Airport FCO to Grossetto aprx. 2:10 h, continue by train to Orbetello aprx. 40 min: More Details

and then per local bus from Orbetello – Porto St. Stefano aprx. 20 min: More Details

 

Option B

Train from Airport FCO to Roma Termini 32 min (10-15 euros): More Details

Bus from Airport to Roma Termini 45 min (4-5 euros): More Details

Shuttle from Airport to Roma Termini 1 h (6-8 euros): More Details

  • continue by train to Orbetello 2 h (10 – 25 euros)
  • continue by local bus from Orbetello – Porto St. Stefano aprx. 20 min More Details

 

Option C

By private transfer: from 250 euros/car/one way, approx. 2 hours travel time: More Details

Airport Pisa (PSA) – Porto Santo Stefano

By public transport:

Shuttle train from Airport PSA to Pisa Centrale 5 min (from 1,10 euros), between 6.53 a.m. and 9.03 p.m.: More Details

– continue by train from Pisa Centrale to Orbetello (Monte Argentario): approx. 2 hours, from 16,10 euros: More Details

– continue by local bus from Orbetello – Porto St. Stefano approx. 20 min: More Details

 

By private transfer:

from 250 euros/car/one way, aprx. 2 hours travel time: More Details

Please note: All fare prices are on a 2018th basis. All information is supplied without guarantee.

  • Embarkation
  • Arrival by plane
  • from rom (fco)
  • From Pisa (PSA)

Important information

Spoken Language

Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.

Itinerary changes

We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary, depending on wind and weather conditions or organizational requirements.

Requirements

MTB-Level 2-3

Daily tours of about 16-25 mi./ 25-40 km with partially hilly stages up to 1640-3937 ft./500-1.120 meters of elevation. Most single trails are level S2 with some passages at an S3 level (see single trail scale below). The terrain we bike across is just as diverse as the landscape we cycle through: We cover hilly and sometimes mountainous terrain with some steep climbs and so good physical condition is required. There is a great variety in biking: Wide nature trails, small side roads and forest trails for the climbs, flowing single trail and built trails as well as technical challenging hiking paths for the downhill passages.

Single-Trail Classification

To ensure that you are well prepared for your bike tour with Islandhopping and know what technical difficult level to expect, we have created a classification for all single trails that could be ridden on our tours. The difficulty levels included in our classification coincide with the Single Trail Scale which can be found here

 

Blue (easy, S0 – S1): small obstacles such as small roots, small stones, some erosion, gradients of up to 40 %, loose surfaces, tight corners but no hairpins, obstacles can be rolled over. Skilful braking and weight shift required, riding while standing.

 

Red (medium, S2): loose surfaces, larger stones and roots, steps and shallow stairs, gradients of up to 70 %, light hairpins. Constant readiness to brake, shift of centre weight to overcome obstacles, accurate braking, consistent body tension required.

 

Black (heavy, S3 – S5): blocked single trails, many large boulders, and roots, smooth/slippery surfaces, loose scree slopes, large steps/drops, extremely steep gradients of over 70 %, tight hairpins. Expert level of bike control/handling required.

Bringing private bikes & exclusion of private e-bikes

The tour which you have booked requires a bike with a fully functional set of gears. Islandhopping can offer you high quality, fully serviced rental bikes perfect for the terrain of this tour.

 

Should you however wish to bring your own hybrid or MTB with you, please make sure to check the condition of your breaks, gears, and tires and don’t forget to bring along a puncture repair kit and the essential spare parts for your bike (e.g. brake pads and tubes). Your bike should be in prefect mechanical working order.

 

We do not allow private e-bikes on board of our boats. This decision has been made due to health and safety regulations. In addition, e-bike batteries cannot be transported on aircrafts. If you wish to ride an e-bike for the duration of your tour, please get in touch with us about the rental options.

 

We do not recommend bringing along private road bikes, as the thin tires are not suitable for some of the road surfaces encountered on the tours.

 

Liability disclaimer: Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH. Will not be held liable for any damages caused to private bikes during loading, unloading or other logistical handling thereof.

Group riding pace

On our regular bike tours the riding pace is determined by the cyclists on regular bikes. We ask guests who have reserved an e-MTB to be mindful of this and to acknowledge that the regular cyclists need time to rest and longer to climb the hills. We thank you for your understanding.

Requirement to wear a helmet

Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required). Furthermore, we recommend riders to carry arm and leg protectors during the bike tours.

Bringing Children/Teenagers

We believe that only children with a good physical condition and a minimum age of 14 who have previous MTB riding experience can keep up with the demands of our  mountain bike tours. In addition, they should have prior experience with riding techniques needed for descending on narrow trails and technical terrain. Please be aware, that our smallest rental mountain bikes are suited to a body height of 1.50 m and above (XS frame).

 

For the best tour experience with children, we recommend our Multi-Adventure tours in Croatia or Greece. We are convinced that these itineraries provide the best all-round experience for each individual family member.

Noise on board

Please do not forget that the ship is your hotel as well as a machine, which has to be maintained and operated – day and night. A certain level of noise is therefore inevitable.

Characteristic features of Harbours & Places to drop anchor

Our Tallship mostly does not fit into small fishing harbors and therefore spends the majority of their nights on anchor. This means that a dinghy transfer is necessary to get to land. Surefootedness and a certain degree of agility are required to get on and off the boat. Needless to say, our tour guides will lend you a helping hand. In general: Wind, swell and tidal differences have a significant influence on a Tallship journey.

Catering on board

This tour includes half board. Due to the differing daily programs, some days will have no warm meals included while others will include both lunch and dinner on board. Breakfast is available on board every day.

Luggage

Please bring your personal belongings in foldable travel bags. Please avoid hard protective cases. They will be too heavy to store within your cabin.

Payment on board

Payment by card is not possible on board

Travel recommendation for groups with varying biking interests (MTB & hybrid cycling)

This tour takes place parallel to our Bike & Boat Highlights Tuscany tour on the same boat. One tour guide accompanies the mountain bikers whilst the other accompanies the hybrid cyclists. This is perfect for travellers who wish to spend their holiday together, but do not share the same riding preference.

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