Tuscany and its breathtaking scenery
Picturesque medieval towns and beaches
Islands of Elba and Giglio
Tallship with max. 34 passengers
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!
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.): Monte Argentario – Talamone (approx. 20 mi/1148 ft. – 33 km/350 m elevation)
You will depart from Porto Santo Stefano by bike, cycling through the old train tunnels. Crossing a stone quay, we reach the historical town of Orbetello. Two imposing Spanish fortresses will welcome you into Porto Ercole where we park our bikes at a nearby beach bar and have the chance to swim. After the refreshing stop, we return to the Atlantis in Porto Santo Stefano. Tonight you’ll unfurl sails and ship towards Talamone.
Day 3 (Mon.): Talamone – Castiglione della Pescaia (approx. 27 mi/1400 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 are 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.
Day 4 (Tue): Castiglione della Pescaia – Island Elba, Cavo (approx. 34 mi/1650 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 the Atlantis will take you to the north-eastern point of the island Elba.
Day 5 (Wed): Island Elba, Cavo – Porto Azzuro (approx. 13 mi/1000 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.
Day 6 (Thu): Island Elba, Porto Azzuro – Island Giglio (aprx. 12 mi./20 km, 700 ft./200 m of elevation)
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.
Day 7 (Fri): Island Giglio – Porto St. Stefano (aprx. 12 mi./20 km, 2,000 ft./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.
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!
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.
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 – 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.
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’).
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.
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 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.
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.
8-day-trip on a tall ship with a crew
7 nights on a tall ship in a standard twin cabin with shower/toilet)
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
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
Beverages on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
Personal (travel) insurances
Tips for tour leaders and crew (at your discretion)
Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier:
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.
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.