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.
Tuscany sailing, with a bike: an ideal formula for a successful holiday!
Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.
Your day by day program
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 at 6pm. 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.
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.
(aprx. 40 km/200 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 di Tos-kana. 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.
(aprx. 45 km/300 m elevation)
This morning is used for the crossing to Elba, on which you can get an introduction to sailing in favourable 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 wonder-ful panoramic road. In the evening take the opportunity for a stroll through the charming little harbour town Porto Azzuro.
(aprx. 20 km/200 m 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.
(aprx. 35 km/500 m 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 Tus-can Archipelago and is a scenic jewel. Mountains, forests, untouched nature, crystal clear sea!
(aprx. 30 km/700 m elevation)
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 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.
(aprx. 15 km/500 m elevation)
Departure at 9am after breakfast followed either by an extended stay in Tuscany or an individual journey home.
From 19th September to 17th October
Departures for groups formed on request
- Porto St. Stefano
- Porto St. Stefano
- Nights in cabins for 2 people (with shower/toilet)
Three-masted barque ATLANTIS
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 cock-tail bar as well as 16 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.
- From 16 participants
- The cycle routes require an advanced level of fitness from the participants. The daily routes have a length of 45 km, for a total of 185 km for the week. They lead through hilly or mountainous areas and will be completed without any time-constraints. The cycle tours consist of up to 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. MTB is also possible on this tour.
- Luggage: Please bring your personal belongings in foldable travel bags. Please avoid hard protec-tive cases. They will be too large and heavy to store within your cabin. Payment on Board: cash only
- Single cabin : 700€
- Hybrid bicycle : 90€
- Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike (Hybrid bicycle) : 10€
- E-bike : 200€
- Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike (E-bike) : 20€
- 8-day-trip on a tallship with crew
- 7 nights on a tallship in a standard twin cabin with shower/toilet
- 7 x halfboard
- 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
- 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
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