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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights boat
Meals
  • 7 Dinners
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$2775USD

 
 

Overview

Trip Code: TSC

Trip highlights


  • Be immersed in the local culture, history and beauty of the Tuscan coast and islands
  • Cycle around Elba, the third largest island in Italy
  • A hands on opportunity to learn about sailing a tallship in the Mediterranean
  • Soaking up the hospitality on board the comfortable sailing boat

Images of Tuscany bring to mind rolling hills, epic architecture, the aromatic scents of herbs and citrus fruits and tasty cuisine and wine. Add to this a journey on a resplendent tallship to discover the islands of Elba,Giglio and the dramatic Tuscan coastline and daily cycles to explore the sights and you have the essence of our Tuscany Bike and Sail trip. Cycle in the footsteps of the Etruscans, and enjoy the Italian 'Dolce Vita!'. Cypress trees, vineyards and olive trees spread across the rolling hills characterising the typical Tuscan landscape. Picturesque medieval towns with small cobbled streets and colorful houses feature as you cycle between ports. Beautiful sandy beaches and remote bays beckon for a swim in the glistening blue water. Aboard the tallship Atlantis 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 in a quiet bay, help out with hoisting the sails and relax on deck with a cold drink as the sun dips below the horizon.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Arrive in Porto Santo Stefano, a wonderful, lively harbour town on the northern side of the Monte Argentario peninsula. Boarding takes place from 6pm onwards. Should you arrive earlier, you are welcome to leave your luggage on board from 2pm. Taking 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. We also recommend a walk to the Fortezza Spagnola, built in the 17th century, on the hill above the old town. The first evening meal on board is a great way to get to know your fellow travellers, guides and crew. Overnight in Porto Santo Stefano.

Meals:  D

From Porto St Stefano our first bike tour takes us to the historic town of Orbetello. With a little luck you can admire the spectacular swarm of flamingos in the WWF natural oasis Laguna di Orbetello. Afterwards we will cycle to the ruins of the fortified Roman town of Cosa and later through the Duna Feniglia nature reserve, whose beautiful pine forest will enchant. We cycle mostly on cycle paths and return to Porto Santo Stefano where the Atlantis awaits our arrival for a crossing to Talamone. Cycling: 200m/660ft of elevation

Meals:  B,D

After breakfast we begin cycling through rolling landscapes characterised by grape vines and olive groves. Past the Poggio Perotto Lake we arrive in the medieval town of Magliano. The town's icon is a 2000 year old olive tree, the oldest in Tuscany. This picturesque town, with its two beautiful city gates is very inviting. On our ride back to Talamone we can enjoy the beauty of the Tuscan landscapes once more. Before dinner on board you;re invited to a tasting of typical Tuscan wines. Cycling: 300m/1000ft of elevation

Meals:  B,D

This morning we cross to Elba. After Sicily and Sardinia, Elba is the third largest island in Italy and impresses with its charm, lush nature and rich history. After a light lunch on board, you go ashore. Our afternoon cycle tour through the varied island leads to Capoliveri and along a wonderful panoramic road. In the evening take the opportunity for a stroll through the charming small harbour town Porto Azzurro. Cycling: 200m/660ft of elevation

Meals:  B,D

A somewhat longer ride today, from Porto Azzuro to the north of the island of Elba. After a coffee break in Rio nell' Elba we will arrive at one of the most impressive viewpoints of the trip. At Voltereio you look at the bay of Portoferreio, the capital of the island. After lunch it is only a few kilometres to the beautiful bay of Enfola. Cycling: 500m/1630ft of elevation

Meals:  B,D

Today we cross the island by bike. After visiting the mountain villages of Marciana we reach the highest point of the tour at Monte Perone. Then it's only downhill to the village of San Piero in Campo, where you can enjoy a delicious lunch with a view of our boat. After the tour you can take a refreshing swim – directly from the deck. Then the sails are set for our destination, the island Giglio. Isola Giglio is located in the very south of the Tuscan Archipelago and is a scenic jewel: mountains, forests, untouched nature, crystal clear sea! Cycling: 700m/2300ft of elevation

Meals:  B,D

We go ashore in Campese, in the west of the island. Our cycling destination today is the medieval town of Giglio Castello, enthroned high on the island of Giglio like an impregnable castle. A fast descent takes us to Giglio Porto. Enjoy the last cruise on board as we set sail towards Porto St Stefano. A celebratory evening meal in the company of fellow travelers, crew and guides offers a great atmosphere to enjoy our last evening together reflecting on the week. Cycling: 500m/1650ft of elevation

Meals:  B,D

The tour concludes this morning - disembark at 9am after breakfast.

Meals:  B

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Arrive in Porto Santo Stefano, a wonderful, lively harbour town on the northern side of the Monte Argentario peninsula. Boarding takes place from 6pm onwards. Should you arrive earlier, you are welcome to leave your luggage on board from 2pm. Taking 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. We also recommend a walk to the Fortezza Spagnola, built in the 17th century, on the hill above the old town. The first evening meal on board is a great way to get to know your fellow travellers, guides and crew. Overnight in Porto Santo Stefano.

Meals:  D

Our first bike tour takes us from Porto Santo 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 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. Cycling: 700m/2300ft of elevation

Meals:  B,D

Today’s tour takes us on a round trip through the Maremma National Park. The entrance to the National Park is a real scenic gem and is located directly at the foot of the hill chain just behind the harbour town Talamone. A lot of untouched nature, crystal clear sea and great trails await us! Afterwards we return to the bay of Talamone, popular with kite- and windsurfers. Before dinner on board you're invited to a tasting of typical Tuscan wines. Cycling: 850m/2800ft of elevation

Meals:  B,D

This morning we cross to Elba. After Sicily and Sardinia, Elba is the third largest island in Italy and impresses with its charm, lush nature and rich history. After a light lunch on board, we go ashore. In the afternoon we head to the Capoliveri Bikepark at Monte Calamita. The MTB World Cup took place here in 1994. Look forward to single trails of different character in a breathtakingly beautiful landscape. In the evening visit the charming harbour town of Porto Azzuro. Cycling: 750m/2500ft of elevation

Meals:  B,L

From Porto Azzurro we ride to the northeast of the island of Elba. After the coffee break in Rio nell’ Elba we enjoy partly flowing and partly demanding downhills to the coastal road to Cavo. After lunch on board we sail to the beautiful bay of Enfola, where there is time for swimming or a hike to Monte Enfola with its more than hundred years old artillery positions of the Italian Navy. Cycling: 500m/1650ft of elevation

Meals:  B,L

Today we bike across the island. After visiting the mountain villages of Marciana we get to the highest point of the tour at Monte Perone. Then it’s first along built trails and then downhill on challenging hiking trails to the village of San Piero in Campo, where we can enjoy a wonderful lunch with a view onto our boat. The descent to Marina di Campo follows. After the tour you can enjoy a refreshing swim – directly from the boat. Then the sails are set for our destination: the island of Giglio. Isola Giglio is located in the very south of the Tuscan Archipelago and is a jewel: mountains, forest, untouched nature, crystal clear sea! Cycling: 700m/2300ft of elevation

Meals:  B,D

Giglio offers the most beautiful, but also technically demanding trails of the journey. Even the best are fully challenged here. Less experienced bikers will have time to visit the medieval fortified town of Castello di Giglio with its labyrinth-like alleyways. Enjoy the last cruise on board as we set sail to Porto Santo Stefano. A celebratory evening meal in the company of fellow travelers, crew and guides offers a great atmosphere to enjoy our last evening together reflecting on the week. Cycling: 800m/2650ft of elevation

Meals:  B,D

The tour concludes this morning - disembark at 9am after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches or dinners* (does not include drinks) - meals are provided on a half board basis meaning that breakfast and either lunch or dinner is provided each day - or some days no warm meal is provided while others both lunch and dinner is provided. Usually dinner is provided and lunch is free for you to sample a restaurant along the cycle route. The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the meals.
  • 7 nights accommodation in a standard twin cabin with private bathroom on a tallship. The spacious cabins are configured with two lower beds. Supplement applies for single use - limited availability. Or if you are travelling solo you can be matched with another passenger if you are willing to share (subject to availability).
  • Bed linen and towels
  • 21 speed hybrid bike rental with pannier (electric bike, mountain bike (MTB) and electric MTBs available on request - supplement applies).
  • Experienced crew including English speaking cycle guide
  • Information pack including overview maps per cabin

  • Travel to and from Porto Santo Stefano
  • 7 lunches or dinners, and drinks including water on board
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips for guide and crew
  • Travel insurance - mandatory *cruise cover may be required - check with your insurer
  • Helmets - mandatory on all bike tours, you are encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. A limited number of rental helmets are available on board (reservation essential), however we cannot guarantee their suitability.
  • Optional Bicycle insurance - payable in cash locally. eg, EUR10 per person for hybrid bike, EUR20 per person for electric & mountain bikes. Please note that normal travel insurance often does not cover loss or damage to rental bikes. If you do not take out bike insurance you will need to pay for the cost of the bike or repair of damages.

Cabins


Bike information


Grading

moderate  

The trip requires an advanced level of fitness from participants, acquired from steady cycling. The terrain is as diverse as the landscapes: 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. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned bike tour. We will traverse mostly asphalted roads, unless you join a mountainbike tour, which are available on selected departures. The standard bike days range between 20 to 45km/12.5 to 28mi, through hilly and mountainous terrain. Ascents will be up to 200-700m / 660-2300ft in elevation. Participants will also have to master extended climbs, during which you may need to push the bike. Most of the roads are asphalted although you will also ride on gravel roads. The MTB tours have partly hilly stages from 25 to 30 km/15mi to 19mi and 500-850m/ 1640-2788ft in elevation. Most trails have 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, with some passages requiring a higher level of expertise (eg, large boulders and roots, smooth/slippery surfaces, loose scree slopes, large steps/drops, steep gradients of over 70%, tight hairpins). We recommend MTB riders wear arm and leg protection as well as sunglasses and gloves during the bike tours. 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).


Departure dates


Notes

DN1
Itinerary subject to change according to weather conditions.
IT1
Mountain bike option is available running parallel with the standard itinerary - subject to minimum numbers. Distances vary, see trip notes for details. A supplement applies for mountain bike hire.
DN3
Refer to the trip notes for the boat Vaccination Policy.

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Total Priceper person from

$2775USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Bicycle insurance - standard bike (pp)USD$14
  • Bicycle insurance - electric or mountain bike (pp)USD$28
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$140
  • Mountain Bike SupplementUSD$230
  • Electric Mountain Bike SupplementUSD$310
  • Single Supplement 2021USD$780
  • Single Supplement 2022USD$1090
*Prices listed are per person

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