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

Italy Bike + Barge Tours

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 tallship 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,d 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.

  • Twin bed cabin: £ 1350 $ 2,314 1690 NOK 16196 kr 14950 $ 1,944 Single supplement: £ 399 $ 685 500 NOK 4792 kr 4423 $ 575

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 64 $ 110 80 NOK 767 kr 708 $ 92

    Children's discounts are available.

    please note

    Single travellers 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 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!

    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. Hard shell suitcases are not possible. Storage space in cabins is limited so pack accordingly. Afterall, 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 are required. \Tour guides and crew may be happy to assist you when entering the ship. 


Tour Dates

Saturdays: August 17, 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.

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 plus sailing vessel, the Atlantis.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights on a tallship 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 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

  • Beverages
  • Meals and beverages on shore
  • Entrances not mentioned in itinerary
  • Tips for tour guides and crew
  • Travel Insurance
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 Peninsula - Island Giglio, 25 mi./2788 ft. elevation (40 km/850 m)
Day 3:  Island Giglio - Castiglione della Pescaia, 9 mi./1968 ft. elevation (15 km/600 m)
Day 4: Castiglione della Pescaia - Island Elba, Porto Azzurro, 31 mi./1443 ft. elevation (50 km/440 m)
Day 5:  Island Elba – Punta Ala, 18 mi/1640 ft. elevation (30 km/500 m)
Day 6: Cape Punta Ala - Talamone, 18 mi./1410 ft. elevation (30 km/430 m)
Day 7: Talamone – Porto St. Stefano, 25 mi./1476 ft. elevation (40 km/450 m)
Day 8: Porto St. Stefano

The captain/crew 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. In general, wind, swells (swells on the water surface) and tides have a great influence on the timing of the tour on sail and bike adventures.

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 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 Peninsula - Island Giglio, 25 mi./2788 ft. (40 km/850 m elevation)
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 grandiose 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, 9 mi./1968 ft (15 km/600 m elevation)
The Island of Giglio lies in the south of the Tuscan island world and is a true scenic gem with mountains, forest, pristine nature, and 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, 31 mi./1443 ft. (50 km/440 m elevation)
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:  Elba Island– Punta Ala, 18 mi/1640 ft. (30 km/500 m elevation)
The third largest island after Sicily and Sardinia, Elba, is charming and abundant in nature and history. Today your tour leads 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 you have time in the quaint old town center for a nice cappuccino break. You continue inland to the mountain village of Rio nell’Elba, one of the oldest settlements on the island. After a joyful descent you 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 you board and sail to Punta Ala.

Day 6: Cape Punta Ala - Talamone, 18 mi./1410 ft. (30 km/430 Hm)
From Punta Ala you undergo a steady climb along a gravel road to the highest point of today’s bike tour before descending to 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 leads through a local wetland. In the afternoon, you 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, 25 mi./1476 ft. elevation (40 km/450 m)
After breakfast, today’s tour features a rolling landscape with olive groves and vineyards. Past the Lago Poggio, you 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 you to linger.  On your way back to Talamone the landscapes reminds 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 great week.

Day 8: Porto St. Stefano
Your tour officially ends at 9am after breakfast. 

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Atlantis Spain Comfort Plus 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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