Sail & Bike – Highlights of Tuscany

Sail & Bike – Highlights of Tuscany

(8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 190 km , 2400 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!

Look forward to this sail & bike tour through Tuscany and its breathtaking scenery. Cycle in the footsteps of the Etruscans, and enjoy the Italian ‘Dolce Vita!’. Cypress trees, wine fields and olive trees spread across the rolling hills characterizing the typical Tuscan landscape. Picturesque medieval towns with small cobbled streets and colorful houses invite curious visitors. Beautiful sandy beaches and small bays beckon for a swim in the glistening blue water.

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 sail & bike is the perfect all round happy cyclist holiday.

Our mountain bike tours Sail & MTB Tuscany is operated parallel on the same boat as the hybrid bike tours. One tour guide will accompany the hybrid bike cyclists while the other will guide the MTB route. So, if you have a partner or friend who prefers off-road biking, just bring him 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.

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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
Enchanting: the Tuscan scenery with its characteristic vineyards
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

1. 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.

2. Day (Sun) Monte Argentario - Talamone (aprx. 20 mi/1148 ft. - 33 km/350 m elevation)

Your first  cycle tour leads us from Porto Santo Stefano through the old train tunnels.  Crossing a stone quay, we reach the historical town of Obetello. Later in the afternoon we arrive in Porto Ercole with its two Spanish fortresses where we park our bikes at a nearby beach bar and have the chance to swim. After the refreshing stop, we return to Porto Santo Stefano where the Atlantis awaits our arrival for a crossing to Talamone.

3. Day (Mon) Talamone - Castiglione della Pescaia (aprx. 27 mi/1410 ft. - 43 km/430 m elevation)

After breakfast we start on a tour through rolling landscapes characterized by grape vines and olive groves. Past the Poggio Perotto Lake you arrive in the medieval town of Magliano. The town icon is a 2000 year old olive tree; the oldest in Tuscany. The picturesque town, with its two beautiful city gates invites you to linger and stay a while. On your ride back to Talamone you able to enjoy the beauty of the Tuscan landscape once more. If the weather is calm, the Atlantis will set sail for the well-known beach town of Castiglione della Pescala where you anchor for the night.

4. Day (Tues) Castiglione - Island Elba, Cavo (aprx. 34 mi/1640 ft. - 55 km/500 m elevation)

Today’s tour leads us form Castiglione della Pescala along quiet country roads into the Tuscan hinterlands. We find ourselves surrounded by incredible vineyards as far as the eye can see. A gentle climb brings us to the former Etruscan village of Vetulonia. In a rustic family run restaurant we stop to enjoy some house-made pasta and try some other local specialties. After the break we turn back towards the coastal plains with their expansive vineyards. In the afternoon we board the Atlantis and set sail for the north-eastern peninsula of Cavo on the Island of Elba.

5. Day (Wed) Island Elba, Cavo, - Porto Azzuro (aprx. 13 mi/948 ft. - 21 km/300 m elevation)

The third largest island after Sicily and Sardinia, Elba, is charming and abundant in nature and history. On our first ride on the island in the morning we have plenty of time to enjoy the islands diversity, take a coffee break and enjoy a swim in the ocean. Our destination is the former fishing village of Porto Azzuro. You will find the Atlantis on anchor in the bay. In the afternoon you can explore Porto Azzuro and its surroundings by yourself or enjoy a relaxing drink on board the Atlantis.  

6. Day (Thurs) Island Elba, Porto Azzuro – Island Giglio (aprx. 12 mi/656 ft. - 20 km/200 Hm)

In the morning we set off on a ride to the hilltop village Capoliveri. In the historical town center, with its quaint allyways and peaceful atmosphere, we have time for a cappuccino break. Afterwards we can head back down to the coast and take a swim in the sea before heading back to Porto Azzuro where the Atlantis awaits. With the right wind, we can look forward to a longer sailing experience from Elba to the Island of Giglio. A beautiful Sunset dinner on the deck would be the perfect end to an exceptional day.

7. Day (Fri) Island Giglio – Porto St. Stefano (aprx. 12 mi/2034 ft. - 20 km/620 m of elevation)

The Island Giglio lies in the far south of the Tuscan Archipelago and is a true gem. Mountains, forests, untouched nature, crystal clear water! Today’s tour offers us a challenge with a great reward as we ride from Giglio Porto to the central town of Giglio Castello – surrounded by an impressive medieval town wall. A rapid descent takes us to the other side of the island to Giglio Campese where the local sandy beach invites us for a splash. A switch back serpentine leads us back to Giglio Porto. 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.  

8. 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

Hybrid Bikes

Those choosing to rent a hybrid bike will receive a reliable, low maintenance, aluminum frame bike in the suitable size. Our hybrid bikes are equipped with 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. All components are selected based on our twenty years of experience in bike tourism, insuring that they fulfill the necessary criteria to provide the rider with an uncompromised cycle experience.

These high-quality hybrid bikes are rented for 80 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

E-Bikes

Clients who wish to be supported by a tail-wind and seek to hire an e-bike will receive a high-quality pedelec, powered mainly by a Bosch motor capable of covering long distances, and characterized by their light weight and great components. Alternative drive systems may also be used. Standard components of our e-bikes in varying frame sizes include, 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. With our e-bikes you will conquer the hills with a smile, they are a true declaration of independence for all who wish to cycle and seek the support of a little push.

These high-quality hybrid bikes are rented for 160 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

Islandhopping panniers

For the duration of the tour we supply you with a waterproof pannier by Ortlieb, a practical way of carrying drinks, bathing gear, camera etc.

To ensure that bike panniers remain water proof they have to be closed tight. Although panniers are manufactured from waterproof material Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH cannot be held liable for any damage that might be caused to any personal belongings like mobile phones, cameras ect.

The use of our Islandhopping panniers is free of charge.

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

Basic 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)
– 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 with Ortlieb pannier: hybrid bicycle: 80 euro/week; e-bike: 160 euro/week (limited, on request)
– Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week; e-bike: 20 euro/week
  (not insured: grossly negligent damage)

Not included in the tourprice

– 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

Discounts

– 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 of the tour: Level 2 - 3

The cycle routes require an advanced level of fitness from the participants. The daily routes have a length of 12,5 – 34 mi./20 – 55 km. They lead through hilly or mountainous areas and will be completed without any time-constraints. The cycle tours consist of up to 985 – 1,970 ft/300 – 600 m of elevation collectively. There are also some extended climbs where walking your bicycle is of course permitted. Most of the roads are asphalted although we will also ride on gravel roads. Your tour guide informs you each day about the tour details. Helmet use is mandatory on all cycle tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Cycle helmets are available on board in limited number (on request). You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.

Bringing children

We believe that only children in a good physical condition and with a minimum age of 10 and previous bicycle tour experience are able to master the cycle tours on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.30 m (4”3’).

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 Tallship mostly does 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
 17.08-24.08Sail and Bike ToscanaAtlantisPorto St. StefanoPorto St. Stefano1590 book
 24.08-31.08Sail and Bike ToscanaAtlantisPorto St. StefanoPorto St. Stefano1590
 31.08-07.09Sail and Bike ToscanaAtlantisPorto St. StefanoPorto St. Stefano1590 book
September 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 07.09-14.09Sail and Bike ToscanaAtlantisPorto St. StefanoPorto St. Stefano1590 book
 14.09-21.09Sail and Bike ToscanaAtlantisPorto St. StefanoPorto St. Stefano1590 book
 21.09-28.09Sail and Bike ToscanaAtlantisPorto St. StefanoPorto St. Stefano1590
 28.09-05.10Sail and Bike ToscanaAtlantisPorto St. StefanoPorto St. Stefano1590

Any questions?

Contact us:

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

Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

info@islandhopping.com