Discover a new way to savor the beauties of Tuscany afloat a luxury sailing boat
Tuscany is rightly famed for its stunning countryside and mediaeval villages steeped in history, but not everybody knows that it also boasts some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world, with crystal clear waters lapping unspoiled islands.
- Crystal water, amazing beaches and a fantastic seafood to taste, Tuscany is not just framed in countryside painting, but it has one of the best coastline in the world with island to explore and different cultures to know
- This tour is perfect for all those who want to explore an untouched area of Tuscany by a luxury sail boat and enjoy the traditional Tuscany food and wine on the land and while traveling
- This tour is an opportunity to visit the most clean and beautiful seas of Italy and also, a chance to jump in the water in one of the most biodiverse environment in the word
Cruising the beautiful seas around Tuscany in a luxury sailing boat is the perfect way to appreciate this magical region, enjoying the incredible food and wine for which it is so rightly famed, putting into port to explore amazing villages, and diving into the deep blue waters for an experience a world away from crowded, tourist-filled beaches.
Day one: check-in and Punta Ala
To begin your magical adventure, you will be met at Grosseto railway station by your guide in the early afternoon. You will be driven to Scarlino harbor and introduced to your floating home for the next few days. Your safety is, of course, our paramount concern, so a local sailing expert will show you over the boat and brief you on all the important safety procedures.
This done, you can stroll into the local village of Punta Ala for an aperitvo and dinner; Punta Ala is well known amongst Italian connoisseurs. Situated a couple of hours’ journey south-west of Florence, it's particularly favored by wealthy visitors from Milan. Surrounded by the rolling hills of Tuscany that sweep down to a bright blue sea, many with ancient lookout posts crowning their summits, from the village you can see the distant island of Elba. Punta Ala is renowned for its marina, and the sight of hundreds of yachts moored up for the evening, their masts making a forest against a blazing sunset, is one not to be missed. The life of the town revolves around the marina in summer, with cafes, bars, restaurants, and nightspots all within a short stroll.
Day two: Isola d’Elba and wine tasting
Having had breakfast, we will set sail for the island of Elba, pausing along the way
to admire the seascape and perhaps have a swim or two. Having worked up an appetite, you will be served a classic Tuscan lunch on board while enjoying the views of some of the island's picturesque bays.
Elba is the largest island in the Tuscan Archipelago; it is also Italy's third-largest island behind Sardinia and Sicily. Along with eight other islands in the vicinity, it makes up the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago, Europe's biggest marine park.
Elba's most famous visitor was unquestionably Emperor Napoleon, who was exiled there in 1814. However, the island's history stretches back many thousands of years, starting with the Ligurian Ilvati tribe who gave the island the name Ilva. In later times the Etruscans and then the Romans had settlements there, mining the rich iron deposits and enjoying its mud baths. Much of the island's archaeology is preserved in fascinating museums, and there is also a great legacy of living history, with impressive fortresses and defensive works, including the Castello del Volterraio, and stunning domestic architecture from the Napoleonic era, including the Palazzina dei Mulini.
Impressive as the works of humans are, they can't compete with Elba’s stunning beaches and limpid clear seas; teaming with marine life, they really make Elba truly heavenly, matching any other (usually much more crowded and touristy) paradise island.
After lunch and some more swimming, you will sail on to Porto Azzurro, your home for the night. This is a charming little seaside town that flourished at the base of a fort. The Piazza Matteotti has been recently renovated and offers a magnificent view of the thronging Marina, home to both luxury yachts and the local fishing fleet. There are many fine restaurants lining the shore, built out on stilts, specializing in local fish dishes. As part of your visit, you will have the opportunity to join in a wine tasting at a local vineyard; later you will find the same wines accompanying your meal.
Porto Azzurro has a labyrinthine network of small streets, lined with shops selling local crafts; don't miss the Parish Church of the Madonna del Carmine and the Sacro Cuore di Maria, fine examples of 18th-century Italian architecture.
If you time your visit right you may be able to enjoy the Festa del Pescatore (Fishermen’s Festival), which takes place every July 25; along with religious celebrations of the town's patron saint (St James) there is much feasting, drinking and general merriment. Another notable day in the town's year is September 8, when the feast day of the Madonna del Monserrato is marked with a religious procession and numerous celebratory events.
Day three: lunch on board and departure
Another delicious breakfast on board will be followed by a tour of some of the smaller islands, with perhaps some more swimming. A final lunch on board then you will sail back to Scarlino towards evening, and your guide will drive you back to Grosseto railway station.
Riccardo has always been an outdoorsman; before discovering sailing in 1990, he was a mountaineer, trekker and free climber. He now has almost thirty years of experience sailing in Tuscan waters, placing you in the very safest of hands. He is a qualified sailing instructor, teaching sailing to expert levels, and an examiner for applicants for sailing licenses. He is also fully trained in first aid, including the use of a defibrillator, so in the unlikely event that any mishap should occur, Riccardo will be there to help.
You will set sail on a luxury bluewater cruiser, specially designed for long trips. The boat is extremely stable and capable of coping with any sea conditions. The cockpit is located towards the center of the boat, which gives passengers a generous sunbathing area towards the bow.
Inside you will find interiors crafted by hand of fine mahogany and other luxury materials so that you can enjoy comfort which would not be out of place in the best five-star hotels. The boat also has all the latest navigational and radio equipment to keep you safe and on course; for your comfort both heating and air conditioning are available.
2018 prices, deposits and payments
This tour costs $1225 per person. This includes taxes, the price in US dollars may vary with exchange rates.
10% SURCHARGE IN JULY AND AUGUST
In order to secure your place, a 25% non-refundable deposit is required. We cannot hold a booking for you until this has been received. All payments can be made by bank transfer or by credit card via PayPal (subject to a 4% surcharge). Payment of the deposit signifies an agreement with all terms and conditions. Balance 30 days before the departure of the tour.
We can guarantee tours leaving from May to September. You will be collected from, and dropped back at, Grosseto central railway station; you can find the train times from Rome or Florence at www.trenitalia.com
We will be happy to advise you of the best way to reach the pickup point if necessary.
We want to make sure that each of our guests receives the very best individual attention, so tour groups are limited to a maximum of six people (minimum two).
– Accommodation on our luxury yacht
– Breakfast and lunch on board, accompanied by local wine
– Transfers between Grosseto station and Scarlino harbor
– The service of bilingual hosts throughout your tour
– Three full days of touring
– GST, tax, and petrol
...AND WHAT'S IS NOT INCLUDED
– Any expenditure not detailed above
– Personal spending
– Any transfers other than the ones mentioned above
– Airport tax
– Travel insurance
– Any entry fees to museums, galleries and other places of interest
– All meals not mentioned above
Our tour groups have been designed for a group of no more than 6 people per tour to ensure that client needs and enjoyment is always our top priority.
Tours and tariffs are subject to change.
CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS:
All tours, travel arrangements and accommodations are secure from the time of confirmation of booking. Consequently a cancellation fee will apply on all cancellations.
If you cancel your tour reservation for any reason, your first deposit of 25% is non-refundable. If you cancel 90 days before tour starting date: 75% of your total tour cost is refundable. If you cancel between 90 days and 60 days before tour starting date: 50% of your total tour cost is refundable for physician documented emergency medical reasons or for police documented cases of accident, flood, fire, or crime. Cancellations less than 30 days from the tour start date, a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the tour cost will apply.
We do not provide refunds for: non-medical personal problems; air carrier delays or cancellations; inability to obtain passports; business problems or emergencies; etc.
In the unlikely event or if the tour fails to fill with the necessary minimum number of participants required (2 people), you would be entitled to a 100% refund in full.
Prices and tariffs quoted for the tours are subject to change without notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as significant currency fluctuations.
You are required to purchase your own travel insurance to cover cancellation coverage, airline tickets, trip delay, lost luggage or any potential medical expenses, personal accident and sickness, emergency repatriation and personal liability. It is advisable to take specific cover for ambulance through the respective State ambulance providers or through their own private health insurance.
Please note that travellers on Tuscany Untouched tours must have comprehensive travel insurance. We will require evidence including policy number, insurers name and emergency contact number before we finalise your booking.
You are allowed one suitcase and one carry-on bag. If you exceed this limit there may not be space in the vehicle to transport your excess luggage and it will be at your own expense to have it transported. We suggest that you bring a day pack for carrying water, guide books, jacket, rain gear, etc.
Most medieval towns were built as hilltop fortifications, so you will find some challenging climbs. There is a lot of walking on our tours and you will spend a lot of time on your feet while sightseeing. Age is not important as long as you are physically fit and a strong walker. Our tours are not suited for anyone who has problems with knees, back, heart or obesity.
Single travellers are provided a private apartment. The additional single supplement cost will apply.
Our recommended tours and dates, as listed on our web site, are guaranteed once a booking is confirmed. Your additional expenses will be for non-included meals, moderate tipping where appropriate, and personal sightseeing or shopping.LIMIT OF LIABILITY:
No responsibility is accepted for any loss, expense, accident, injury, or damage to any person or property due to the actions or omissions of any person, or any cause, including but not limited to acts of God, acts of terrorism, war, strikes, defects in machinery, breakdown of equipment, weather, quarantine, negligence, loss of baggage, or other causes beyond our control, such losses being the responsibility of the guest.
MEMBERSHIP ON TOUR:
Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd reserves the right to accept, reject, or not retain any person as a tour participant whose condition or general deportment impedes the operation of the tour or, in the opinion of the tour manager, affects the rights and enjoyment of other guests. A guest not retained on tour shall have no cause for complaint or refund, and shall bear any and all extra expenses that ensue.
All information on this website is, to the best of our knowledge, correct. However, we reserve the right to make changes in accommodations, visits, and itineraries at any time should it become necessary or desirable. Delays or itinerary changes caused by strikes, bad weather, traffic, or other unforeseen circumstances are beyond our control and we are not obliged to pay guests compensation.
STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES
Just a reminder that travel on Tuscany Untouched trip requires a degree of flexibility, and you should understand that the trip’s route, accommodation and modes of transport are subject to change without prior notice due to local circumstances. Should Tuscany Untouched PTY LTD deem it advisable to amend an itinerary for any reason, it may do so by shortening, varying or re-routing any trip. These changes are binding and additional expenses will be charged to you if the reason for any alteration is outside Tuscany Untouched’ control.
While travelling with Tuscany Untouched you agree to accept the authority of the leader at all times. You are aware that travel within a group may involve compromise to accommodate the diverse desires and physical abilities of group members. You understand that Tuscany Untouched reserves the right to decline, accept, or retain any person as a member of the group at any time. To the best of Tuscany Untouched’s knowledge, these third parties are qualified to perform the duties they are contracted to perform. However Tuscany Untouched will not be held liable for any injury, damage, loss, delay or irregularity that may occur due to the behaviour of these third parties. Tuscany Untouched will not accept responsibility or liability for any traveller who contravenes any law or regulation of any country visited. No employee, servant or agent of Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd has authority to vary these conditions.
CONFIRMATION BOOKING FORM
All Tuscany Untouched travellers on group trips must sign a Booking Form. Please note that signing the form is a pre-requisite of travelling with Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd. The wording of this form follows.
“I understand that touring with Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd may involve risks (and rewards) above and beyond those encountered on a more conventional holiday, and that I am undertaking a physical trip with inherent dangers. I understand that I am travelling to geographical areas where, amongst other things, the standard of accommodation, transport, safety, hygiene, cleanliness, medical facilities, telecommunications and infrastructure development may not be of the standard I am used to at home or would find on a conventional holiday. I have read and understood the Tuscany Untouched tour notes for the trip I am undertaking and have provided details of any pre-existing medical conditions I have to Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd representatives. I accept these risks and obligations and I fully assume the risks of travel. I release Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd from any liabilities connected to these risks to the maximum extent permitted by law.”
Our tours are not pet friendly