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Italy: Sail & Bike Tuscany

Cycling through Tuscany and Islands
Porto Santo Stefano Round tour.
From €1690 p.p.

Highlights of this tour

Tuscany and its breathtaking scenery

Picturesque medieval towns and beaches

Islands of Elba and Giglio

Tallship with max. 34 passengers

Guidance
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Independent: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Fully-guided
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 3 Difficulty level 3
Duration of the tour.
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Italy: Sail & Bike Highlights of Tuscany | Sailing Ship Atlantis

The south of Italy – could there be a higher epitome of summer living? If you look at Tuscany, no! Just think of what comes to mind… Tuscany: the sighing sea at your feet, rolling hills to the sky, the fusion of modern and classic architecture, the singsong Italian language, the aroma of citrus fruits, sea salt and herbs, and, of course, the fantastic cuisine and wine. Italy is balsam for the soul! If this description has you pining for Italy’s ‘dolce vita’, then think about joining us in the magnificent scenery of Tuscany on our Sail & Bike tour.

Get on your bike and cycle in the land of the ancient Etruscan civilization, weaving your way through vineyards, olive groves, bucolic countryside, fields of sunflowers and stands of Cypress trees. Imagine riding into vibrant, picture-postcard villages that appear unchanged since medieval times — and then swapping cobblestoned streets for sandy beaches stretching as far as the eye can see, and refreshing swims in the sparkling deep blue.

If you join us, you’ll find a home away from home on The Atlantis. This ship will be both your accommodation and vessel as you make your relaxed way along the Tuscan coast, with a true seafaring atmosphere unfolding under its giant sails. It’ll be both your springboard to wonderful daily cycling adventures — and a literal springboard if you feel like diving into the calm coastal waters!

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.

Day to day program

Day 1 (Sat.): Boarding in Porto Santo Stefano

Boarding takes place from 6 pm in Porto St. Stefano, a vibrant harbor town on the Monte Argentario Peninsula’s northern coast. Those who arrive earlier are welcome to check their luggage in after 2 pm — and then treat themselves to a relaxed walk through the old town’s romantic pastel-hued streets. You’ve made it! Or perhaps you still have some more time on your hands? Then definitely take a stroll up to the Spagnola fortress, which has watched over the city since the 17th century. By that point, you’ll have worked up a decent appetite, and — perfect timing — your first onboard meal will let you meet your new travel partners, tour leaders and crew before you bed down for the night in your cozy floating hotel.

Day 2 (Sun.): Porto Santo Stefano, round tour (approx. 25 mi/40 km, 600 ft./200 m elevation) | Porto Santo Stefano – Talamone

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

Day 3 (Mon.): Talamone – Magliano di Toskana – Talamone (aprx. 28 mi./45 km, 1,000 ft./300 m of 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 di Toskana. The picturesque town with its striking city gates and walkable city walls invites you to linger. On the way back to Talamone, whose bay is very much appreciated by kiters and windsurfers, the beautiful Tuscan landscape shows its most beautiful side once again. Before dinner on board you will be invited to a tasting of typical Tuscan wines.

Day 4 (Tue): Talamone – Porto Azzuro | Porto Azzuro, Elba roundtour (aprx. 12.5 mi./20 km, 660 ft./200 m of elevation)

This morning is used for the crossing to Elba, on which you can get an introduction to sailing in favorable winds and set sail together. 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. Your afternoon 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 little harbor town Porto Azzuro.

Day 5 (Wed): Island Elba, Porto Azzuro –Enfola Bay (aprx. 21.9 mi./35 km, 1,630 ft./500 m of elevation)

 

A somewhat longer cycle tour from Porto Azzuro to the north of the island of Elba awaits you. After the coffee break in Rio nell’ Elba you will arrive at one of the most impressive view points 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.

 

Day 6 (Thu): Island Elba, Patresi – Marina di Campo (aprx. 19 mi./30 km, 2,300 ft./700 m of elevation)

Today the queen’s stage awaits you! You cross the island by bicycle. After visiting the mountain villages of Marciana you get to 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 onto your boat. After the tour you take a refreshing bath – directly from your ship. Then the sails are set with the destination: Island Giglio. The Isola Giglio is located in the very south of the Tuscan Archipelago and is a scenic jewel. Mountains, forests, untouched nature, crystal clear sea!

 

Day 7 (Fri): Island Giglio bike tour (aprx. 9.4 mi./15 km, 1,650 ft./500 m of elevation) | Island Giglio – Porto St. Stefano

The Island Giglio lies in the far south of the Tuscan Archipelago and is a true gem. Mountains, forests, untouched nature, crystal clear water! You go ashore in Campese in the west of the island. The destination of your today’s cycle tour is the medieval town of Giglio Castello, enthroned high on the island of Giglio like an impregnable castle. A fast descent takes you to Giglio Porto. Enjoy the last cruise on board the Atlantis as you set sail in the direction of Porto St. 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.

Day 8 (Saturday): Disembarkment Porto St. Stefano

Enjoy one final breakfast on board, before disembarking at 9 am. Now the choice is yours — head home with a wealth of marvelous Tuscan memories — or stay longer in Tuscany to make even more!

Good to know

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Changes
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.

Level 2 – 3
The cycle routes require an advanced level of fitness from the participants. The daily routes have a length of 12.5 – 28 mi./20 – 45 km. They lead through hilly or mountainous areas and will be completed without any time-constraints. The cycle tours consist of up to 660 – 2,300 ft/200 – 700 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.

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 1.50 m (4”9’).

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.

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

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 Harbors & Places to drop anchor
The 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.


Prices & information

Prices & availability

Below you see an overview of the available (blue) dates; the yellow dot means that this date has 2 or less cabins available, orange is ‘on request’ and red means that on this date there aren’t any cabins available. Then click on the preferred date. After this, choose your ship (some tours have only one ship, and therefore there is no choice), the number of cabins in the required (and available) category, any desired additional products, and ‘local costs’ (such as special dietary needs, which you usually pay for onboard). On the right side, you’ll find the ‘Booking Summary.’ After completing your preferences and necessary information click ‘Book now’ to finalize your booking.

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Pricing overview - 2021
Cabin type For all departure dates
Twin cabin below deck 2 pers. € 1690
Included in this tour

8-day-trip on a tall ship with a crew

7 nights on a tall ship in a standard twin cabin with shower/toilet)

7x halfboard

Guided or individual cycling tours as described in itinerary

Bed linen and towels (incl. change of towels once a week)

Overview-maps for the daily tours (on board)

English and German speaking tour leader

SGR guarantee scheme applicable

Tour operators are obliged by applicable Dutch and European law to secure customer received funds and payments in the event of their own insolvency or bankruptcy (in accordance with Section 513a of the Dutch Civil Code (Burgerlijk Wetboek) and EU Directive 2015/2302).

Boat Bike Tours (Chamber of Commerce register number 3714 7084) is a participant of SGR (Stichting Garantiefonds Reisgelden) and is registered under number 3.734. This registration can be checked on www.sgr.nl.

The participating tour operators are subject to the guarantee protection of the SGR insolvency guarantee system that is required by law in the Netherlands. Under SGR’s warranty, the prepaid travel sums will be reimbursed to the end user if the tour operator is financially unable to meet its contractual obligations. If the agreement includes transportation and the destination has already been reached, the return trip will be arranged.

Extended warranty policy during the Corona COVID-19 crisis:
“Corona Voucher” with SGR protection

 In the context of the exceptional circumstances resulting from the Corona COVID-19 crisis, all registered participants in SGR may issue so-called “Corona Vouchers” if the organizing tour operator is unable to carry out a tour due to official measures and other serious circumstances of force majeure, and therefore have to cancel the trip.

This means that a Corona voucher offered to the customer by Boat Bike Tours is accepted under the protection of the SGR guarantee system, and – for this reason – all payments and deposits made by a customer are and remain secured.

On March 16, 2020, the Board of Directors of the SGR adopted the following resolution:

  1. As of March 16, 2020, SGR will consider vouchers from tour operators participating in SGR as covered by SGR within the meaning of Article 3 of the SGR Guarantee System, subject to points 2 through 7 of this Decision.
  2. This cover only applies if the voucher fulfills the model voucher stipulated by SGR, and only for vouchers issued in the event of a cancellation of trips in connection with the inability to carry out the trip in connection with the occurrence of unavoidable and exceptional circumstances as a result of the Corona COVID-19 Virus and provided that the value of the voucher is clearly filled out and the voucher contains the name “Corona voucher”.
  3. The value of the voucher cannot be higher than the payment already made for the trip, which had to be canceled due to the Corona COVID-19 virus and for which the SGR guarantee originally applied.
  4. The voucher must contain an express validity period of a maximum of one (1) year after the date of issue.
  5. The voucher must state that the SGR guarantee system applies.
  6. This decision must be communicated on the SGR Website with a clear explanation of the particularities, timing and enforcement of Article 3 (10) (g) of the guarantee system for other vouchers and traveler checks.
  7. This decision regarding the right to issue of a special Corona voucher with a guarantee from SGR is temporary and expires on June 1, 2020, subject to the possibility for the Executive Board to extend this period after approval by the Supervisory Board.

This decision was approved by the SGR Board of Directors and is dated March 16, 2020.

Note: The above translations about SGR are not official SGR translations. SGR only communicates in Dutch and English. The Dutch text on the SGR guarantee system is generally binding.

Excluded in this tour

Travel to Porto St. Stefano (Monte Argentario Peninsula)

Rental bicycle or E-Bike (optional)

Rental bicycle helmet (optional)

Entrance fees & excursions not mentioned in the itinerary

Please bring your own beach towel, if needed

Meals and beverages ashore

Other transfers

Beverages on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)

Personal (travel) insurances

Parking fee

Tips for tour leaders and crew (at your discretion)

Additional options & information - 2021

Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier:

  • hybrid bicycle: €80 /week;
  • E-bike: €180 /week (limited, on request)
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: hybrid bicycle: €10 /week; e-bike: €20 /week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
  • shared twin cabin (on request)
  • Surcharge for a single cabin: €500

 

Bike helmets: Helmet use is mandatory on the cycle tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Cycle helmets are available on board in limited number (on request).

Weight Limit of Clients Bicycles Brought on Board Please be aware, that we have a weight limit of 22 kg (48.5 lb), if you bring your own bicycle on board of one of our boats. This limit is important to protect the health of our guides/crew members, than they have to lift the bikes on board. If we consider it necessary, we will check the weight on site. If the weight limit is exceeded, we reserve the right to refuse taking the bike on board. It is not possible to bring your own E-Bike on board.

Participants:
Minimum: 16
Maximum: 34

Partner tour:
Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the operator of this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’. Tour operator is: Inselhuepfen/Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH, Konstanz, Germany. Other conditions may apply to this tour: further details on request.

Travel during corona time

On our tours we make sure that you can travel safely! We follow all possible safety measures on board by observing hygiene rules, equipping staff with face masks and with extra cleaning and sufficient ventilation. All guests, crew and tour leaders complete a health declaration in advance, and during the trip we take care that everyone stays healthy!
For more information and the latest updates click here.



Available ships for this tour

Sailing ship Atlantis Italy
max. 34 passengers
17 cabins
1 tours available with this ship

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