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Italy: Sail & Bike Tuscany

Cycling through Tuscany and Islands
Porto Santo Stefano Round tour.
From €1990 p.p.
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Italy: Sail & Bike Tuscany

Highlights of this tour

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 […]

Tuscany and its breathtaking scenery

Picturesque medieval towns and beaches

Islands of Elba and Giglio

Tallship with max. 34 passengers

Guidance
  • Guided cycling: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Independent cycling: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Guided cycling
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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8 days

About this tour

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!

The ship – Your sailing hotel
In between cycling excursions, you cruise along with the ship, which travels to a new destination every day. You dine, sleep and eat breakfast on board. Every day you’ll receive a packed lunch. It’s also possible to spend a day on board if you like. There are rental bikes on board, but you can also bring your own if you mention it when booking.

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Day to day program

Day 1: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

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.

Group riding pace
On our regular cycling tours, the cyclists on regular bicycles determine the pace. We ask guests who have reserved an e-bike to be mindful of this and to acknowledge that the regular cyclists need time to rest and take longer to climb the hills. We thank you for your understanding.

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 (5 ft.).

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
Our tall ship is too large to dock in many of the small fishing harbors we visit and therefore spends most nights on anchor. This means that a dinghy must be used to get to land. Surefootedness, balance, and a certain degree of agility are therefore required to get on and off the boat. Needless to say, our tour guides are always happy to lend a helping hand. It is also important to remember that in general, wind, swell, and tidal changes have significant influences on tours by tall ship.


Prices & availability

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Prices & information

Pricing overview - 2024
Cabin type For all dates
Twin cabin below deck 2 pers. € 1990
Included in this tour
  • 8-day-trip on a tall ship with a crew
  • 7 nights 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
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)
  • SGR Insolvency protection
SGR Insolvency protection (mandatory consumer contribution SGR insolvency protection guarantee scheme: € 5 per person - will be specified separately on the booking confirmation)
Bicycles/E-Bikes

Hybrid bicycles: A reliable, low maintenance, aluminum frame bike in the suitable size. Our hybrid bikes are equipped with 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. Please be aware that these rental bikes are only available for participants that are taller than 1.50 m – 4.9 ft.

E-bikes: A high-quality pedelec, powered mainly by a Bosch motor capable of covering long distances, and characterized by their light weight and great components. Alternative drive systems may also be used. Standard components of our e-bikes in varying frame sizes include, 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. We offer a trapeze frame for all guests up to 1.79 m – 5.8 ft., and a diamond frame for people taller than 1.80m – 5.9 ft.

Weight Limit of Clients Bicycles Brought on Board
Please be aware that we have a weight limit of 22 kg (48.5 lbs), 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.

Additional options & information - 2024
  • E-bike: €200 /week (limited, on request)
  • Gravel or road bike: €180 /week
  • hybrid bicycle: €80 /week;
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: hybrid bicycle: €10 /week; e-bike/gravel or road bike: €20 /week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
  • shared twin cabin (on request)
  • Surcharge for a single cabin: €800

 

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.



Reviews

based on 4 reviews on
5 Oct 2023

Carol

Great crew. Nice room. Beautiful ship. Friendly passengers Food very mediocre. Chef went to little trouble on the meals. Everyone agreed

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 13 Oct 2023

Thank you really much for this review! We are really happy that you enjoyed our tour. However, we apologize that not everything met your expectations. We are continuously trying to improve our services and will take your feedback into consideration! Hopefully, we can welcome you on board again soon. Best wishes, Boat Bike Tours

11 Sep 2023

Jeffrey Wexler

I have to start off by saying the this was my 3rd trip similar trip, 2nd with Island Hopper and once with a competitor company and this was the worst of the 3. Food was barely palatable. Why was the best dinner, where food was being made on deck supported by left over shellfish and other food from the night before? Staff that were managing the rooms were basically non-existent. Having towels changed once in 6 days is not acceptable. Asking to clean up the bathrooms at least once for the 6 days was never done. Service for drinks and other amenities by the young staff were superior but senior staff were not up to par. Tour guides were fine. Basic ship handling was fine but as I mentioned I have been more impressed in the past. The fellow guests were a hoot. The day of sailing was a nightmare and why didn’t senior staff offer seasick pills ahead of time knowing how rough the seas would be. They should have offered everyone seasick pills. Ultimately 1/2 of the passengers were really seasick some laying on the deck for hours. Think twice before booking a trip on the Atlantis.

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 22 Sep 2023

Hi Jeffrey, Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding your recent experience with our Boat and Bike Tour on the Atlantis. We would like to respond to your concerns and comments in order to improve our services and provide a better experience for our guests. First and foremost, we would like to apologize for any disappointment you experienced during your trip. It is important for us to know where we fell short, and we appreciate your candor. Meals: We understand that the quality of the food is a significant aspect of your travel experience. Our chef always strives to prepare the best meals, but it seems that the first meal did not meet your expectations. We take your comments seriously and will focus our efforts on improving the consistency of our meals. Towel Service: We are sorry that you were not satisfied with our towel service. We typically change towels once a week, but we understand that some guests may need towels more frequently. In the future, we will ensure that our guests are aware of this option to request additional towels. Cleaning: We regret that your request for more frequent bathroom cleaning was not accommodated. We will discuss this with our crew to ensure that guests have a cleaner and more comfortable stay in the future. Seasick Pills: We understand that the unexpectedly rough seas on the day of sailing posed a challenge for some guests. Unfortunately, we are not authorized to provide seasickness pills on board. However, we will consider informing guests of this situation before departure so that they can be prepared. Atmosphere: We appreciate your comments about the informal and relaxed atmosphere on board. This is something that many of our guests enjoy. However, we will continue to work on improving overall service quality and communication. We would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts and hope you understand that we take your feedback seriously. Our goal is to ensure that every guest has an enjoyable and memorable trip. We hope you will consider giving us the opportunity to serve you again in the future and exceed your expectations. Best regards,

31 Aug 2023

Rosie Gay

Fantastic tour guide which made the trip for us. Most of crew ok a few were pretty miserable and looked like they wanted to be elsewhere but maybe it was a language barrier. Food ok. Tour guide did many extras which did not go unnoticed a wine tasting, buying water & generally making out trip better

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 2 Nov 2023

We're happy to hear that your tour guide made the trip special with added extras. We appreciate your feedback about the crew and food and will work to make improvements. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we look forward to hosting you again in the future! Best regards, Boat Bike Tours

23 Sep 2021

Stephen Cursons

The tour was, as always, very good. It is an experience. The guides are excellent and the crew the same. Good food is always served up. However the accommodation was not so good. The cabins are small, which we accept, but the ‘wet room’ never drained and the door to the bathroom couldn’t be shut, minor things but became a bit irritating over a week.


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