• Travelcode: 392

Tuscany by Bike + Boat

from/to Porto St.Stefano

  • Look forward to this sail & bike tour through Tuscany and its breathtaking scenery. Cycle in the foot-steps 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. Picturesque medieval towns with small cobbled streets and colorful houses invite curious visitors. Kilometer long sandy beaches beckon for a swim in the glistening blue water.

    Tour profile - Level 3

    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. 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.

    Day 1: Porto St.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 6pm onwards. 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. Addi-tionally we can recommend a walk to the Fortezza Spagnola, built in the 17th century as a means to pro-tect 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.

    Day 2: Porto St.Stefano - Monte Argentario Peninsula - Island Giglio , approx. 40 km

    Your first  cycle tour leads you from Porto Santo Stefano along the coast on the Via Panoramica. The name says it all: this road winds its way along Cape Punta Lividonia continually along the coast providing grandios views of the coast and over the sea. Later you arrive in the town of Porto Ercole with its two Spanish fortresses before continuing along the Lagune de Ortobello back to Porto Santo Stefano where the Atlantis awaits your arrival. You board the boat and sail to the island of Giglio.

    Day 3: Island Giglio - Castiglione della Pescaia, approx. 15 km

    The Island of Giglio lies in the south of the Tuscan island world and is a true scenic gem. Mountains, for-est, pristine nature, crystal clear water! On today’s more challenging tour you will cycle from the Port of Giglio to the central village of Castello, surrounded by an impressive medieval city wall. A rapid descent will bring you to the other side of the island to Giglio Campese where the long sandy beach invites for a refreshing swim. A winding switchback road leads you back to the Port of Giglio. Relax on board on the crossing to Castiglione where you will spend the night.

    Day 4: Castiglione della Pescaia - Island Elba, Porto Azzurro , approx. 50 km

    After an energizing breakfast on board you start out on a bike tour of great variation. You start on the flat to the Diaccia Boltrona conservation park at the Bruna river delta. The tour continues along vast salt flats and rural countryside. Later in the ride the landscape becomes hillier and you cross a forest before a last climb transports you into a scene of olive groves and vineyards. Back at the harbor in the afternoon, the boat brings you to the island of Elba. The picturesque harbor of Porto Azzurro is where you spend the night.

    Day 5: Island Elba – Punta Ala , approx. 30 km

    The third largest island after Sicily and Sardinia, Elba, is charming and abundant in nature and history. Today our tour leads us from Porto Azzurro, characterized by its past as a fishing village surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches and deep blue waters, along the coast followed by a climb to Capoliveri. Here we have time in the quaint old town center for a nice cappuccino break. We continue on inland to the mountain village of Rio nell’Elba, one of the oldest settlements on the island. After a joyful descent we reach Rio Marina with its old octagonal watchtower and ride the rest of the way to Cavo along the coast. The Atlantis waits in Cavo where we board and sail to Punta Ala.

    Day 6: Punta Ala - Talamone , approx. 30 km

    From Punta Ala we cycle on a steady climb along a gravel road to the highest point of today’s bike tour before descending on the Via Rio Palma to La Rochette. The beautiful long sandy beach is a great place to stop for a refreshing swim. After, a comfortable ride along quiet side roads takes us to Plan d’Alma. The way back to Punta Ala takes us through a local wetland. In the afternoon we board the boat and set off for Talamone, a hotspot for wind and kite surfers. The night is spent in Talamone.

    Day 7: Talamone – Porto St. Stefano , approx. 40 km

    After breakfast, today’s tour takes us through rolling landscapes with olive groves and vineyards. Past the Lago Poggio, we reach the medieval town of Magliano, rich in culture and history. Here you can marvel at an olive tree that with an estimated age of 2000 years makes it the oldest in the whole of Tuscany. This picturesque city with its grand city gates invites us to stay a while. On our way back to Talamone the landscapes remind us once more of their epic beauty. Enjoy the last crossing by boat by sticking your nose into the wind and letting the sea breeze ruffle your hair as you cruise back to Porto St. Stefano. A celebratory evening meal together with guests, guides and crew round off an grear week.

    Day 8: Porto St. Stefano

    Departure at 9am after breakfast followed either by an extended stay in Tuscany or an individual journey home.

    Important information

    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.
  • ARRIVAL - DEPARTURE

    ARRIVAL BY PLANE

    Airport: Rome Fiumincino (FCO), Pisa (PSA)

    Arrival from Rome

    A) Flixbus from Airport FCO – Orbetello approx. 1:45 h travels several times each day, continue with the local bus from Orbetello – Porto St. Stefano approx. 20 min: http://www.giglioinfo.it/isola-del-giglio-info/orario-autobus-orbetello-scalo-porto-santo-stefano.pdf

    B) Flixbus from Airport FCO – Grossetto approx. 2:10 h, continue by train from Orbetello approx. 40 min: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-de; or per local bus from Orbetello – Porto St. Stefano approx. 20 min: http://www.giglioinfo.it/isola-del-giglio-info/orario-autobus-orbetello-scalo-porto-santo-stefano.pdf

    C) train from Airport FCO to Roma Termini 32 min (10-15 euros): www.trenitalia.com,
    bus from Airport to Roma Termini 45 min (4-5 euros): http://cms-tvision.terravisionlondo.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/9/files/2017/04/cadenzato_fiumicino-2014.pdf ,
    Shuttle from Airport to Roma Termini 1 h (6-8 euros): https://www.sitbusshuttle.com/ – continue by train to Orbetello 2 h (10 – 25 euros)
    – continue by local bus from Orbetello – Porto St. Stefano approx. 20 min http://www.giglioinfo.it/isola-del-giglio-info/orario-autobus-orbetello-scalo-porto-santo-stefano.pdf

    More options can be found and compared at: www.rome2rio.com

    By private transfer:
    www.suntransfers.com from 250 euros/car/one way, approx. 2 hours travel time

    Arrival from Pisa

    By public transport:

    Shuttle train from Airport PSA to Pisa Centrale 5 min (from 1,10 euros), departure between 6.53 a.m. and 9.03 p.m.: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en/Services/Pisa-Airport
    – continue by train from Pisa Centrale to Orbetello (Monte Argentario): approx. 2 hours, from 16,10 euros: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-de
    – continue by local bus from Orbetello – Porto St. Stefano approx. 20 min: http://www.giglioinfo.it/isola-del-giglio-info/orario-autobus-orbetello-scalo-porto-santo-stefano.pdf

    By private transfer:
    www.suntransfers.com from 250 euros/car/one way, aprx. 2 hours travel time


    PARTICIPANTS

    Minimum: 16
    Maximum: 34


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Helmet
    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).

    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 1.30 m (4”3’)

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  • Included services:

    •    8-day-trip on a tallship with crew

    •    7 nights on a tallship in a standard double 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

    •    maps- and information matierial /cabin

     

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    17.08. - 24.08.19
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    31.08. - 07.09.19
    07.09. - 14.09.19
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    21.09. - 28.09.19
    28.09. - 05.10.19

    Extras

    Discount  
    child until 16,99 years in own cabin -25%
     
    Bicycle & Equipment
    21-speed 80
    E-bike 160
       
    Additional nights
    (price upon request) -

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR
  • Welcome on Bord the Tallship ATLANTIS !

    At 57 x 7.5 m, 14 sails and over 750 sqm sail surface the Atlantis is a guaranteed eye catcher in every har-bour. 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 cocktail bar as well as 17 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.


    CABINS

    The 17 cabins of the Atlantis offer space for up to 34 guests. All cabins are equipped with two seperate ground-level beds as well as private shower and toilet. The cabin's interior is convenient and elegant.

    It provides enough space for storing your luggage and gives the cabin a maritime atmosphere. Central heating and air conditioning is available in every room.


    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.


    BOARD LANGUAGE

    German, ENglish

  • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

    We provide you the following bicycles:

    21-speed-hybrid-bike

    (Men- and Ladyframes in 4 different frame sizes:

    46 cm and 52 cm for ladies, 56 cm and 60 cm for men). Please be informed that we are only able to offer rental bikes starting with a body height of 150 cm.

    All bicycles are equipped with a precise Shimano gear shift, Shimano V-brakes with strong "bite", 28 inch hollow chamber rims with quick clambs, safety mudguards and a comfortable Selle Royal touring saddle

    Please Note: If you won´t be without your own saddle (without the post) or your own click pedals, please bring them with you and let your tour guide attach them to your rental bicycle..


    E-bike

    The e-bikes are characterized by their light weight (20kg without the battery installed) and their ability to ride in varying terrain. This model is fitted with a performance motor, the most advanced e-bike motor on the market. The range of the 500 WH battery is noticeably better than that of the previous model; Delhi Hybrid Pro 400. The 9 gears are perfectly in tune with the motor and are easy to operate


    Insurance for bike rental, payable locally

    Insurance against theft and damage of rental bikes:

    21-speed-hybrid-bike         10 Euro/week

    E-Bike Cube            20 Euro/week

    (not covered: wilful damage)

     

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