Porto Santo Stefano in Tuscany, Italy. Photo via Flickr:Theo K

Great fresh delicacies in Tuscany, Italy. Photo via Flickr:Salvandonica Borgo del Chianti

Highlights of Tuscany

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Bike and Sail the Tuscan coast

  • Timeless Tuscany! To bike Tuscany is one thing, but to bike and sail Tuscany is yet another. Traveling on a tall ship is like a journey back in time, to the era of the great maritime exploration. It's also the rediscovery of the slow lane in a world that's spinning faster and faster.

    You will 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. The villages are picturesque medieval towns laced with cobblestones. Colorful laundry blows in the breezes from colorful balconies. Kilometer long sandy beaches beckon for a swim in the glistening blue water.

    The Atlantis will be your sailing home away from home. With its giant sails hoisted, you will enjoy a true seafaring experience. There is nothing better than to jump into the sea directly from the deck of the boat, anchored in a quiet bay.

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  • Twin bed cabin: £ 1436 $ 3,183 1690 $ 2546 NOK 15914 kr 14690 $ 1,910 Single supplement: £ 425 $ 942 500 $ 753 NOK 4708 kr 4346 $ 565

    Twin bed cabin: £ 1521 $ 3,371 1790 $ 2697 NOK 16856 kr 15559 $ 2,023 Single supplement: £ 425 $ 942 500 $ 753 NOK 4708 kr 4346 $ 565

     

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 68 $ 151 80 $ 121 NOK 753 kr 695 $ 90

    Children's discounts are available

    Electric bike: £ 68 $ 151 80 $ 121 NOK 753 kr 695 $ 90

    Children's discounts are available

     

    please note

    Single travelers can book "willing to share" and thus single supplement is avoided. However, they is a strong possibility that you will be paired with somebody of the same gender.
    Children's discounts are available.

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Rome Fiumincino Airport (FCO)

    Local Travel

    Porto Stefano is located 118 km from Rome.
    By public transportation
    Flixbus Airport FCO - Orbetello approx. 1:45 h several times a day, then by local bus Orbetello - Porto St. Stefano approx. 20 min.
    Flixbus Airport FCO - Grossetto approx. 2:10 h, then by train to Orbetello about 40 minutes, continue by local bus Orbetello - Porto St. Stefano approx. 20 min.
    Train FCO airport to Roma Termini 32 min (10-15 Euro) or by bus from FCO airport to Roma Termini 45 min (4-5 Euro) or by shuttle from FCO airport to Roma Termini 1 h (6-8 Euro). Then continue by train to Orbetello 2 h (10 - 25 Euro). Continue then by local bus Orbetello - Porto St. Stefano

    Climate

    The region of your tour has a typical sea climate, with rather mild temperatures even during the winter. It seldom rains, especially during the summer. Please do check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to research regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.

    Recommended

    Soft shell suitcases are required!


    DOCUMENTS:

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.

    Good to know:

    • Due to international participation, this tour will often be conducted bilingually, in German and English.

    • Helmets are mandatory on the bike tours. Please bring your own well fitting helmet. Rental helmets are available in limited numbers (reservation required). 

    • This tour is designed as a guided tour.  After prior agreement with the tour guides and selection of a suitable route, cycling self-guided may be possible.

    • Please bring flexible, soft-sided luggage. Hardshell suitcases are not possible. Storage space in cabins is limited so pack accordingly. After all, you are on an adventure. 

    • Card payment is not possible on board.

    • Since this sailing ship is too big for small fishing ports, you may spend the night at anchor in many places. This means that your day of cycling often begins with a passage to the shore in the dinghy. Embarking and disembarking requires sure-footedness and flexibility. Tour guides and crew may be happy to assist you when entering the ship. 


Tour Dates

Saturdays: August 24, August 31, September 7, September 14, September 21, and September 28, 2019


On all the above dates the hybrid bike tours are operated parallel on the same boat as mountain bike tours. One tour guide will accompany the hybrid bike cyclists while the other will guide the MTB route. Only one MTB level will be offered. The detailed itinerary for the MTB daily rides can be provided on request.

Saturdays: September 19, and September 26, October 3, and October 10, 2020

On all departures, the hybrid touring bike itineraries are operated parallel on the same boat as mountain bike tours. One tour guide will accompany the hybrid touring cyclists while the other will guide the MTB route. Only one MTB level will be offered. The detailed itinerary for the MTB daily rides can be provided on request.

 

Skill Level

The cycle routes require an advanced level of fitness from the participants. The daily routes have a length of 12 - 31 mi./15 - 50 km. They lead through hilly or mountainous areas and will be completed without any time-constraints. The cycle tours consist of up to 1,000 – 2,300 ft/400 - 850 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.

Where You’ll Stay

You will be accommodated on the 3-masted comfort class sailing vessel, the Atlantis.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights on a tall ship in a standard double cabin with private facilities
  • Breakfasts
  • 7 lunches or dinners ( Due to the differing daily programs, some days will have no warm meals included while others will include both lunch and dinner on board.)
  • Guided or individual cycling tours as described in the itinerary
  • Overview-maps for the daily tours (on board)
  • Bed linens and towel (incl. change of towel once a week)
  • English and German speaking tour guide
  • Bike rental with pannier

What’s Not Included

TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length8 days
From1690 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Porto Santo Stefano
Day 2: Monte Argentario - Talamone, 20 mi/1148 ft.  (33 km/350 m elevation)
Day 3: Talamone - Castiglione della Pescaia, 27 mi/1410 ft. (43 km/430 m elevation)
Day 4: Castiglione - Island Elba, Cavo, 34 mi/1640 ft. (55 km/500 m elevation)
Day 5: Island Elba, Cavo, - Porto Azzuro, 13 mi/948 ft. (21 km/300 m elevation)
Day 6: Island Elba, Porto Azzuro – Island Giglio, 12 mi/656 ft. (20 km/200 m elevation)
Day 7: Island Giglio - Porto St. Stefano, 12 mi/2034 ft. (20 km/620 m elevation)
Day 8: Porto St. Stefano

*All distances are approximate. The above-planned itinerary is subject to change, even on very short notice, due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, docking location changes, lock repairs,  etc.

Day 1: 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 6 pm onwards. If you arrive earlier, you are welcome to leave your luggage on board from 2 pm 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. it is suggested that you fit in time for a walk to the Fortezza Spagnola, high on a hill, built in the 17th century as a means to protect the city. 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.

Day 2: Monte Argentario - Talamone, 20 mi/1148 ft.  (33 km/350 m elevation)
Your first cycle tour begins in Porto Santo Stefano through the old train tunnels. Crossing a stone quay, you reach the historical town of Orbetello. Later in the afternoon, arrive in Porto Ercole with its two Spanish fortresses. At a nearby beach, you can park your bike and take a refreshing swim. Return to Porto Santo Stefano where the Atlantis awaits to take you to Talamone.

Day 3: Talamone - Castiglione della Pescaia, 27 mi/1410 ft. (43 km/430 m elevation)
After breakfast, 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.

Day 4: Castiglione - Island Elba, Cavo, 34 mi/1640 ft. (55 km/500 m elevation)
Today’s tour leads from Castiglione della Pescala along quiet country roads into the Tuscan hinterlands. You will find yourself surrounded by incredible vineyards as far as the eye can see. A gentle climb brings you to the former Etruscan village of Vetulonia. In a rustic family restaurant, stop to enjoy some house-made pasta and try some other local specialties. After the break, 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: Island Elba, Cavo, - Porto Azzuro, 13 mi/948 ft. (21 km/300 m elevation)
Elba, the third largest island after Sicily and Sardinia, is charming and abundant in nature and history. On your first ride on the island, you have plenty of time to enjoy its 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: Island Elba, Porto Azzuro – Island Giglio, 12 mi/656 ft. (20 km/200 m elevation)
In the morning, set off on a ride to the hilltop village of Capoliveri. The historical town center offers quaint alleyways and a peaceful atmosphere where you have time for a cappuccino break. Afterward, cycle 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, you can look forward to a longer sailing experience from Elba to the Island of Giglio. A beautiful sunset dinner on the deck is the perfect end to an exceptional day.

Day 7: Island Giglio - Porto St. Stefano, 12 mi/2034 ft. (20 km/620 m elevation)
The Island Giglio lies in the far south of the Tuscan Archipelago and is a true gem with its mountains, forests, untouched nature, and crystal clear water! Today’s cycle tour offers a challenge with a great reward at the end as you ride from Giglio Porto to the central town of Giglio Castello – surrounded by an impressive medieval town wall. A rapid descent takes you to the other side of the island to Giglio Campese where the local sandy beach invites you for a swim. A switch back serpentine leads back to Giglio Porto. Enjoy one last cruise on board the Atlantis as you set sail in the direction of Porto 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: Porto St. Stefano
Your tour officially ends at 9 am after breakfast. 

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    Atlantis Italy Comfort Class Boat This 3-masted sailing vessel was built in 1905 and reconstructed in 2005. The unique charm of the Atlantis is due to the caring maintenance of the owner and his crew who already sailed this vessel around the world. It is always an adventure when the crew sets sail with the help of their guests and when the proud barque begins to move through the water.

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