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Island Hopping By Bike & Boat Highlights Of Tuscany 2022

Porto Santo Stefano - Orbetello - Porto Santo Stefano - Talamone - Magliano in Toscana - Talamone - Porto Azzurro - Capoliveri - Porto Azzurro - Rio nell'Elba - Portoferraio - Enfola - Porto Azzurro - Patresi - Marciana - San Piero in Campo - Marina di Campo - Isola del Giglio - Porto Santo Stefano

There is much to look forward to on this cycle & cruise through Tuscany, as you cycle in the footsteps of the Etruscans, enjoying the Italian ‘dolce vita’. The cypress, vineyards and olive trees that cover the rolling hills characterise the typical Tuscan landscape. Picturesque medieval towns with small, cobbled streets and colourful houses invite curious visitors to linger. Sandy beaches and remote bays beckon for a swim in the glistening sea. The MS Atlantis, our floating home for the week allows for a carefree travel experience, cruising with us from one place to the next. Her giant sails create a true seafaring ambience. Tuscany by cycle & cruise is the perfect all-round holiday for bike lovers.

Please Note: This is a new itinerary and is therefore subject to change. Also, the itinerary depends strongly on the wind conditions. Therefore, all harbours and anchorages must be flexibly adapted to the weather conditions on each trip.

Approx 185km; 2,300m elevation by bicycle or e-bike, Fitness Level 2-3

Check in PORTO SANTO STEFANO on SATURDAYS from 1800HRS, first night in Porto Santo Stefano
Check out PORTO SANTO STEFANO on SATURDAYS by 0900HRS

Code: I2

MS Atlantis

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1
Porto Santo Stefano

Individual arrival in Porto Santo Stefano, a wonderful, lively harbour town on the northern side of the Monte Argentario Peninsula. Boarding the ship takes place at 1800HRS. Should you arrive earlier, you are welcome to leave your luggage onboard from 1400HRS 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 to protect the town, it rests on the hill above the Old Town. The first evening meal onboard is a great way to get to know your fellow travellers, guides and crew. Overnight in Porto Santo Stefano.

Day 2
Porto Santo Stefano - Orbetello - Porto Santo Stefano - Talamone

From Porto Santo 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 di 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.

Cycle route approx 40km; 200m elevation

Day 3
Talamone - Magliano in Toscana - Talamone

After breakfast we start on a tour through rolling landscapes characterised by grapevines and olive groves. Past the Lake Poggio Perotto you arrive in the medieval town of Magliano in Toscana. The picturesque town with its striking town gates and walkable town 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 onboard, you will have the opportunity to join a tasting of typical Tuscan wines.

Cycle route approx 45km; 300m elevation

Day 4
Talamone - Porto Azzurro - Capoliveri - Porto Azzurro

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 onboard, 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 harbour town of Porto Azzurro.

Cycle route approx 20km; 200m elevation

Day 5
Porto Azzurro - Rio nell'Elba - Portoferraio - Enfola - Porto Azzurro

A somewhat longer cycle tour from Porto Azzurro 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 viewpoints of the trip. At Volterraio you look at the Bay of Portoferraio, the capital of the island. After lunch it is only a few kilometres to the beautiful Bay of Enfola.

Cycle route approx 35km; 500m elevation

Day 6
Porto Azzurro - Patresi - Marciana - San Piero in Campo - Marina di Campo - Isola del Giglio

Today the queen’s stage awaits you! You cross the island by bicycle. After visiting the mountain village of Marciana you get to the highest point of the tour at Monte Perone. Then it is only downhill to the village of San Piero in Campo, where you can enjoy a delicious lunch with a view onto your ship. After the tour you take a refreshing swim, directly from your ship. Then the sails are set with the destination, Island of Giglio. Isola del Giglio is located in the very south of the Tuscan Archipelago and is a scenic jewel. Mountains, forests, untouched nature and crystal clear sea!

Cycle route approx 30km; 700m elevation

Day 7
Isola del Giglio - Porto Santo Stefano

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 onboard the Atlantis as you set sail in the direction of Porto Santo Stefano. A celebratory evening meal in the company of fellow travellers, crew and guides offers a great atmosphere in which to enjoy the last evening together reflecting on the week.

Cycle route approx 15km; 500m elevation

Day 8
Porto Santo Stefano

Disembarkation at 0900HRS after breakfast, followed by an extended stay in Tuscany or an individual journey home.

Inclusions

  • 7 Nights in A/C ensuite cabin
  • 7 Days Half Board
  • Cruise Guide - English, German
  • Guided cycling tours as per itinerary
  • Hybrid Bike with Ortlieb Pannier
  • Overview maps for the daily tours (onboard)
  • Bed linen & towels

Exclusions

Not Included

  • Entrances for sights
  • Arrival/departure transfers

Optional Extras

  • E-Bike Upgrade $250 per person
  • Insurance against theft/damage of the hybrid bike $25 per bike
  • Insurance against theft/damage of the e-bike $50 per bike

Pricing and Accommodation

Start DateEnd Date
TwinSingle
Sat 20 Aug 22Sat 27 Aug 22
$3,500$5,125
Sat 27 Aug 22Sat 03 Sep 22
$3,500$5,125
Sat 03 Sep 22Sat 10 Sep 22
$3,500$5,125
Sat 10 Sep 22Sat 17 Sep 22
$3,500$5,125
Sat 17 Sep 22Sat 24 Sep 22
$3,500$5,125
Sat 24 Sep 22Sat 01 Oct 22
$3,500$5,125
Sat 01 Oct 22Sat 08 Oct 22
$3,500$5,125
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Important Notes

Lower Deck Cabins are in the hull of the ship, below the Main Deck
Cabins are allocated according to availability

Captain reserves the right to change the route in case of bad weather conditions, crowding or other circumstances out of his control. Departures are guaranteed for minimum 16 participants. Cruise Operator reserves the right to cancel or change the ship name if necessary. Guests are obliged to follow ship rules. Guests are not permitted to bring beverages onboard the vessel that have been purchased onshore. All drinks must be purchased onboard. In the event of inappropriate behaviour, the Cruise Operator and Captain reserve the right to disembark guests.

Port taxes, entrance fees, sightseeing and excursions (if not included in the package) must be paid in local currency upon arrival.

Fitness Level 2-3
The cycle routes require an advanced level of fitness from the participants. The daily routes have a length of 20-45km. They lead through hilly or mountainous areas and will be completed without any time constraints. The cycle tours consist of up to 200-700m 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. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend onboard the ship, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.

Guided group pace
On 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. Thank you for your understanding.

Hybrid Bicycles or similar (Included)
Basic bicycles with trapeze or diamond frame that are available in four frame sizes. Trapeze frame in 46cm and 52cm or diamond frame with top tube in 56cm and 60cm. All bicycles are equipped with a precise Shimano gear shift, Shimano V-brakes with strong “bite”, 71cm hollow chamber rims with quick clamps, safety mudguards and a comfortable touring saddle of Selle Royal. The rental bikes are only available for participants that are taller than 150cm. In order to supply you with the bicycle that fits you, we need to know how tall you are.

    

Panniers (Included)
For the duration of the cruise you will be supplied with a waterproof pannier by Ortlieb, a practical way of carrying drinks, bathing gear, camera etc. The use of panniers is free of charge. To ensure that bike panniers remain waterproof they have to be closed tight. Although panniers are manufactured from waterproof material we cannot be held liable for any damage that might be caused to any personal belongings like mobile phones, cameras etc.

E-Bikes Cube Cross Hybrid Pro Allroad 500 or similar (Upgrade Available On Request)
Cycle hassle-free and climb mountains without difficulty, enjoy nature and landscapes unlimited. Electronic bikes will make it possible. They are the declaration of independence for everybody who enjoys activity. 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 500WH 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. Trapeze frame is available for all participants up to 179cm tall, and a diamond frame for participants 180cm+ tall.

Helmet Requirement
Helmet use is mandatory on all cycle tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet.

Itinerary Changes
Cruise operator reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary, depending on wind and weather conditions or organisational requirements.

Children
We believe that only children in a good physical condition and with a minimum age of 10, with 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 1.50m.

Catering
This cruise includes 7 x Half Board. Due to the differing daily programs, some days will have no warm meals included while others will include both lunch and dinner onboard. Breakfast is available onboard every day.

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 onboard: cash only.

Language
Cruise and cycle tours are conducted bilingually (English, German).

Participants
Minimum 16 / Maximum 34

Disclaimer
Tall ship mostly does not fit into small fishing harbours and therefore spends the majority of their nights on anchor. This means that a dinghy transfer is necessary to get to land. Surefootedness and a certain degree of agility are required to get on and off the ship. Needless to say, tour guides will lend you a helping hand. In general: Wind, swell and tidal differences have a significant influence on a tall ship journey.

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