Sail & MTB – Highlights of Tuscany MTB Standard

Sail & MTB – Highlights of Tuscany MTB Standard (8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 185 km , 5000 hm)


Italy – Summertime in the south! When you think of Tuscany a myriad of impressions flash through your mind: rolling hills, epic architecture, azure blue sea, the aromatic smell of herbs and citrus fruits, the melodic babble of the locals, and of course the fantastic cuisine and wine. Italy sooths the mind and soul!

There is hardly a better place on earth for mountain bikers than Tuscany to indulge in their passion. Names such as Elba, Giglio, Monte Argentario and the Maremma region raise the heart rate of every biker: home of various Enduro events with flow trails and shaped lines, pimped with technical passages are the right ingredients for a perfect mountain bike holiday. All of the above in the company of an expert local guide who knows the local trails like the back of his own hand. The Italian Dolce Vita is the frosting on top.

The Atlantis provides the travelling accommodation for a carefree travel experience from one place to the other and with its giant sails, provides a true seafaring ambience. There is nothing better than to jump into the sea directly from the deck of the boat, anchored in a quiet bay. Tuscany by boat & bike is the perfect all round happy bikers holiday.

On this trip our hybrid bike tour, Sail & Bike Tuscany, is operated parallel on the same boat as the mountain bike tour. One tour guide will accompany the hybrid bike cyclists while the other will guide the MTB route, only one MTB level will be offered. So if you have a partner or friend who prefers cycling instead of mountain biking, just bring them along.

Please note: this is a new itinerary and is therefore subject to change. Also, the itinerary depends strongly on the wind conditions. Therefore, all harbors and anchorages must be flexibly adapted to the weather conditions on each trip. Understanding for flexibility within the tour program is kindly requested.

Map

Highlights of the tour
Culture: the Spanish fortress in the picturesque old town of Porto St. Stefano is well worth a visit!
Landscape/nature: azure blue sea surrounding Elba – the perfect place for a swim stop
Activity: the 5km long ‘’BucaDelBandito Trail’’ on Elba and the Maremma trails are highlight rides
Culinary: a glass of the incredible local wines immerses you instantly in ‘La Dolce vita de Italia’
Souvenirs/shopping: cheese, ham, wine, pasta and linen of all sorts make for great local souvenirs

Itinerary

1st Day (Sat) Arrival in Porto Santo Stefano

Individual arrival in Porto St. Stefano, a wonderful, lively harbor town on the northern side of the Monte Argentario peninsula. Boarding the boat takes place from 6pm onwards. Should you arrive earlier, you are welcome to leave your luggage on board from 2pm 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. Additionally we can recommend a walk to the Fortezza Spagnola, built in the 17th century as a means to protect the city, it rests on the hill above the old town. The first evening meal on board is a great way to get to know your fellow travelers, guides and crew. Overnight in Porto St. Stefano.

2nd Day (Sun) Monte Argentario Peninsula – Talamone (aprx. 17-22 mi/2,624-3937 ft. – 28-37 km/800-1200 m elevation)

Our first bike tour takes us from Porto St. Stefano along a coastal road before climbing to Monte Argentario, where we are rewarded with an incredible view over the Peninsula and the thin strips of land which now connect what was previously an island to the mainland. Our real reward however is our descent down the ‘Madonnina Trail’. After our descent we return back to the Atlantis and set sail for Talamone.

3rd Day (Mon) Talamone - Castiglione della Pescaia (aprx. 14 mi/2296 ft. - 24 km/700 m elevation)

The entrance to the Maremma National Park, a true natural marvel, lies at the foot of the hilly landscape just behind the harbor town of Talamone. Incredible natural surroundings, crystal clear waters and  epic trails await you here. A network of fantastic trails can be ridden in countless combinations. Afterwards a coffee and an ice cream can be enjoyed before returning back to the Atlantis. Back on board we continue by boat to Castiglione.


4th Day (Tues) Castiglione della Pescaia - Island Elba, Cavo (aprx. 12-17 mi/2132-2952 ft. – 24-28 km/650-900 m elevation)

Today’s bike tour leads you across the Tuscan mainland and is a true MTB highlight. Over the past few decades an ambition to turn this picturesque landscape into a MTB paradise has led to the construction of a very diverse trail network of epic proportions. In the outskirts of Castiglione you will bike on a number of varying trails surrounded by incredible natural landscapes. The crowning ride of the day is a trail out of the woods, past the castle of Castiglione to the sea. Back at the harbor you board the Atlantis and coss over to the island of Elba to the picturesque harbor town of Porto Azzurro.

5th Day (Wed) Island Elba, Cavo – Porto Azzuro (aprx. 18-24 mi/2460-3609 ft. – 30-40 km/750-1100 m elevation)

The third largest island after Sicily and Sardinia, Elba, is charming and abundant in nature and history. From Cavo there are a number of ways to cross the mountain range to Porto Azzuro – all depending on the riders preferred style. More renowned trails like the 5km long ‘’BucaDelBandito Trail’’ can easily be integrated into today’s ride. In the afternoon there is plenty of time to relax in the beautiful bay of Porto Azzuro.

6th Day (Thurs) Island Elba, Porto Azzuro – Island Giglio (ca. 15 mi/2296 ft. - 25 km/700 m eleva-tion)

From Porto Azzuro we start the days with a session in the Capoliveri Bike Park in Monte Calamiti. The MTB World Cup was held here in 1994. Many well signposted trails riddle the southern Peninsula, all with their own unique character. Towards midday we return back to the Atlantis for a longer sailing session over to the island Giglio.

7. Day (Fri) Island Giglio – Porto St. Stefano (aprx. 12-17 mi/2296-3280 ft. – 20-28 km/700-1000 m elevation)

The island Giglio lies in the south of the Tuscan archipelago and is made for mountain biking. Mountains, forests, untouched nature, crystal clear waters, incredible trails! This final tour offers us a combination of technically challenging trail-kilometers. If you prefer to take it easy on the last day you can also choose the more relaxed option of an afternoon at the local beach with a delicious fish for lunch.  Enjoy the last cruise on board the Atlantis as you set sail in the direction of Porot Santo Stefano. A celebratory evening meal in the company of fellow travelers, crew and guides offers a great atmosphere in which to enjoy the last evening together reflecting on the week. 

8th Day (Sat) Porto St. Stefano

Departure at 9am after breakfast followed either by an extended stay in Tuscany or an individual journey home.

Ships

Tallship ATLANTIS (all cabins with shower/toilet)

At 57 x 7.5 m, 14 sails and over 750 sqm sail surface the Atlantis is a guaranteed eye catcher in every harbour. 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 17 comfortable air conditioned guest cabins including a shower and toilet. The unique charm of the Atlantis is due to the loving care of the inventory and to a helpful and greatly experienced crew.

Rental bikes

Full Suspension Mountain Bikes

For our mountain bike tours we use only high-quality full suspension rental bikes, with components perfectly suited to the Mediterranean terrain and the technical demands associated with it. In order to conserve energy levels on longer ascends and to maximize stoke on trail descents our lightweight fullys mainly host 27.5 inch rims, 140 – 150 mm travel, Fox shocks and suspension, Shimano or SRAM gear and break systems as well as a dropper post.

Rental price: on this tour we will be working in cooperation with the local bike provider, Massa Vecchia, who work exclusively with high quality full suspension Scott mountain bikes. The rental price for the bikes is therefore based on the pricing of the bike provider plus a small surcharge for the transport of the bikes to and from the boat in Porto Santo Stefano. You can rent a full suspension mountain bike for the duration of your sail & bike holiday with us for 240€/week.

E-Full Suspension Mountain Bike

Those who wish to climb effortlessly and save their strength for the downhill portion of the ride are well catered for with our e-MTB rentals. Our reliable 27.5 inch e-MTBs with wide and robust tires are the ultimate shredding machines. A strong Bosch drive train with extended range, 150 mm travel, Fox shocks and suspension, Shimano gear and brake systems as well as a dropper post make the e-MTB the trail lover’s best friend on our MTB tours in the Mediterranean.

Rental price: on this tour we will be working in cooperation with the local bike provider, Massa Vecchia, who work exclusively with high quality e-full suspension Scott mountain bikes. The rental price for the bikes is therefore based on the pricing of the bike provider plus a small surcharge for the transport of the bikes to and from the boat in Porto Santo Stefano. You can rent a e-full suspension mountain bike for the duration of your sail & bike holiday with us for 300€/week.

Journey

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.

Airline prices can be compared on the following websites:
www.opodo.com
www.skyscanner.de
www.swoodoo.com

How to get to Porto Santo Stefano

Airport Rom Fiumincino (FCO) – Porto Santo Stefano (118 km):

By public transport:

A)Flixbus from Airport FCO – Grossetto approx. 2:10 h, continue by train from Orbetello approx. 40 min: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-de; or per local bus from Orbetello – Porto St. Stefano approx. 20 min: http://www.giglioinfo.it/isola-del-giglio-info/orario-autobus-orbetello-scalo-porto-santo-stefano.pdf

B) train from Airport FCO to Roma Termini 32 min (10-15 euros): www.trenitalia.com,
bus from Airport to Roma Termini 45 min (4-5 euros): http://cms-tvision.terravisionlondo.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/9/files/2017/04/cadenzato_fiumicino-2014.pdf ,
Shuttle from Airport to Roma Termini 1 h (6-8 euros): https://www.sitbusshuttle.com/ – continue by train to Orbetello 2 h (10 – 25 euros)
– continue by local bus from Orbetello – Porto St. Stefano approx. 20 min http://www.giglioinfo.it/isola-del-giglio-info/orario-autobus-orbetello-scalo-porto-santo-stefano.pdf

More options can be found and compared at: www.rome2rio.com

By private transfer:
www.suntransfers.com from 250 euros/car/one way, approx. 2 hours travel time

 

Airport Pisa (PSA) – Porto Santo Stefano (202 km):

By public transport:

Shuttle train from Airport PSA to Pisa Centrale 5 min (from 1,10 euros), departure between 6.53 a.m. and 9.03 p.m.: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en/Services/Pisa-Airport
– continue by train from Pisa Centrale to Orbetello (Monte Argentario): approx. 2 hours, from 16,10 euros: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-de
– continue by local bus from Orbetello – Porto St. Stefano approx. 20 min: http://www.giglioinfo.it/isola-del-giglio-info/orario-autobus-orbetello-scalo-porto-santo-stefano.pdf

By private transfer:
www.suntransfers.com from 250 euros/car/one way, aprx. 2 hours travel time

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

Prices & Accomplishments

Basis tour price per person in a double cabin

– 1,590 euro (Tallship Atlantis)

Included in the tour price

– 8-day-trip on a tallship with crew
– 7 nights on a tallship in a standard double cabin with shower/toilet
– 7 x breakfast & 7 warm meals on board (catering as mentioned in the itinerary)
– Guided or individual cycling tours as described in itinerary
– Overview-maps for the daily tours (on board)
– Entrance into the Parco Natuale della Maremma
– Bed linen and towel (incl. change of towel once a week)
– English and German speaking tour guide

Additional optional services

– ½ a double cabin (limited, on request)
– Surcharge for a single cabin: 500 euro (limited, on request)
– Rental bike: full suspension mountain bike: 240 Euro/week; full suspension E-MTB: 300 Euro/week
– Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: Full suspension mountain bike & E-MTB 20 euro/week
  (not insured: grossly negligent damage)

Not included in the tour price

– Travel 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

Price reductions

– Children up to age 16 receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price.
– Early-Bird discount: receive a 5% discount on the tour base price if your booking reaches us before the 31.01.2019
  (combinable with the SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount).
– SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount: all guests booking the third or more tour directly over Islandhop-ping will receive
   a 5% discount on the tour base price (combinable with the Early-Bird discount).

Things to note

Language

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

Changes to the itinerary

We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary, depending on wind and weather conditions or organizational requirements. Depending on the direction of the prevailing winds, this tour can also take place in reverse order.

Requirements: MTB Level 2 - 3

Sporty daily tours with partly hilly stages from 25 to 40 km and 650 to 1,200 meters of elevation. Most single trails are level S2 with some passages at an S3 level (see single trail scale below). The terrain in which we bike is as diverse as the landscapes which we find ourselves in: the hilly and sometimes mountainous terrain, with some steeps climbs, requires a good physical condition. The tours provide a great range of riding: wide natural paths, small country roads, forest trails, single trails and small paths are all included.

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 as well as sunglasses and gloves during the bike tours.

Single-Track Classification

So that you are well prepared for your bike tour at Islandhopping, and that you know which technicality grade you should await to be confronted by, we have have comprised a classification for all single trails which you will ride. The difficulty levels included in our classification coincide with the Singeltrail-Skala found at (http://www.singletrail-skala.de/).

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

Red (medium, S2): loose surfaces, larger stones and roots, steps and shallow stairs, gradients of up to 70 %, light hairpins, permanent braking readiness, displacement of centre of mass to overcome obstacles, accurate braking, permanent body tension.

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.

Catering

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.

Good to know

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

Payment on Board: cash only

Characteristic features of Harbours & Places to drop anchor

Our Tallships mostly do not fit into small fishing harbors and therefore spend 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.

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
August 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 17.08-24.08Segeln und MTB ToskanaAtlantisPorto St. StefanoPorto St. Stefano1590 book
 24.08-31.08Segeln und MTB ToskanaAtlantisPorto St. StefanoPorto St. Stefano1590 book
 31.08-07.09Segeln und MTB ToskanaAtlantisPorto St. StefanoPorto St. Stefano1590 book
September 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 07.09-14.09Segeln und MTB ToskanaAtlantisPorto St. StefanoPorto St. Stefano1590 book
 14.09-21.09Segeln und MTB ToskanaAtlantisPorto St. StefanoPorto St. Stefano1590 book
 21.09-28.09Segeln und MTB ToskanaAtlantisPorto St. StefanoPorto St. Stefano1590
 28.09-05.10Segeln und MTB ToskanaAtlantisPorto St. StefanoPorto St. Stefano1590 book

Any questions?

Contact us:

Monday - Friday
09:00- 12:30 Hrs
14:00- 17:00 Hrs

Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

info@islandhopping.com