Enjoy the glories of Tuscany in a totally new way, with a three-day sailing trip
Tuscany is rightly famed for its glorious countryside, the inspiration for some of the world’s greatest artists for millennia.
- 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
Departures available between May and September, guaranteed for a minimum of two guests.
Tour begins and ends at Grosseto railway station.
Day one: check-in and Punta Ala
On the first day of your tour, your guide will collect you in the early afternoon from Grosseto railway station. You will be driven to Scarlino harbor and introduced to your new home afloat, which will host you for the next two nights. Before setting off, an experienced local skipper will show you around the boat, ensuring you feel entirely at ease, and will also offer you an all-important safety briefing.
Aperitivos and dinner in the beautiful village of Punta Ala or Castiglione della Pescaia will be followed by your first night on board. Punta Ala lies approximately two hours' journey south-west of Florence; it's a well-kept secret amongst Italians and is particularly favored by wealthy visitors from all over the world. The famous Tuscan hills, many topped by the fortified houses so unique to the region, roll down to the azure sea; in the distance, you can see the island of Elba, which is famous as the scene of the Emperor Napoleon's first incarceration.
Punta Ala is justifiably famed for its striking marina, where hundreds of sailing vessels gather; the vision of a forest of masts standing out against a stunning Mediterranean sunset will linger long in the memory. In the summer months, the marina comes to life, with a plethora of bars, restaurants, coffee shops and nightspots for visitors to enjoy.
Day two: Isola d’Elba and wine tasting
After breakfast, we will cast off and set sail for the island of Elba. Along the way, we will pause a few times to enjoy the amazing seascape and perhaps indulge in a little swimming - which should give you an appetite for a classic Tuscan lunch, taken on board.
Elba is Italy's third-largest island (after Sardinia and Sicily) and forms part of the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago, the largest marine park anywhere in Europe.
Renowned for housing Emperor Napoleon in his brief 1814 exile, the story of Elba stretches back into prehistory; the Ligurian Ilvata tribe named the island Ilva after themselves. The Etruscans, and later the Romans, were quick to inhabit the island, valuing it for its mud baths and rich mineral deposits.
The island is steeped in history, and you will have the opportunity to marvel at the discoveries of archaeologists in its museums before going on to visit striking fortresses and military installations, such as Castello del Volterraio, as well as stunning 19th-century Napoleonic buildings such as the Palazzina del Mulini.
Beyond the works of humans on the island, Elba is justifiably celebrated for its clear blue seas and stunning beaches. Even in an area as beautiful as Tuscany, it stands out as a jewel in the crown, a location that rivals – and beats – any paradise island in the world.
After some more chances to swim in the limpid waters, we will sail on to Porto Azzurro, our home for the evening. Here, you can visit a local winery for a wine tasting, and then take your new knowledge of local wines down to the bars, restaurants and night spots of this lovely village.
Once a small fishing village that grew up around the base of the local fort, Porto Azzurro clusters around the recently renovated Piazza Matteotti, which overlooks the marina and offers a fine view of the comings and goings of the beautiful yachts as well as the local fishing fleet. A multitude of superb restaurants awaits your pleasure, many built on stilts over the sea, while in the village, as well as many shops selling local crafts, you should not miss the 18th century Parish Church of the Madonna del Carmine and the Sacro Cuore di Maria Oratory.
If you time your visit right, you may get to join in one of the town's celebrated festivals; on July 25th the local patron saint (St James) is celebrated with the Festa del Pescatore (Fishermen's Festival), when the whole town turns out en fete to eat, drink and attend religious ceremonies. On September 8th, the feast day of Madonna del Monserrato is marked with equal enthusiasm, with a religious procession and numerous celebratory events.
Day three: Lunch on board and return to Grosseto
After breakfast, we will set sail for Scarlino harbor, taking the opportunity to visit some of the smaller islands we pass along the way. After another delicious lunch on board, you can enjoy the final leg of your trip as we sail back to Scarlino, arriving late afternoon, from where you will be driven back to Grosseto station.
Riccardo is a qualified BLSD instructor, an experienced mountaineer, trekker and free climber who exchanged the mountains for the sea nearly thirty years ago, drawn by the lure of Italy's sparkling waters. You couldn't be in safer hands: as well as possessing unrivalled sailing expertise, Riccardo is a qualified first aider, including defibrillator use. He teaches expert sailing courses for the Italian Sailing Federation and is a member of the examination board for nautical licenses at the Port of Piombino.
You will set sail aboard a luxury blue water cruiser, specially designed for long trips, stability and safety. This is an oceangoing yacht that can handle any weather or sea conditions in comfort.
The yacht boasts a central cockpit that not only offers a comfortable command post, but also allows for a spacious sundeck in the bow. The yacht is equipped with every latest high-tech navigation aid and communication device to ensure the safety and security of its guests.
Below deck, you will find luxurious handcrafted mahogany interiors rivaling any shore-bound hotel, and fully functioning heating and air conditioning guarantee your comfort in all conditions.
PRICES 2019, DEPOSITS, AND PAYMENTS:
The price for this tour is 1590,00 AUD per person (taxes included, US dollars price variable due to dollar conversion).
25% deposit of the overall tour cost, is required to confirm the tour. (no- refundable). No booking will be reserved until the prescribed deposit is received.
Balance of the payment will be due 30 days before the starting of the tour.
Deposits and balance of payments are accepted by bank transfer or credit card via Paypal with a 4% surcharge.
A payment of a deposit indicates an acceptance of all the conditions.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES:
Guarantee departure from May to September
Pick up/ drop off in Grosseto central station. Please check the trains from Rome or Florence here: www.trenitalia.com
Contact us if you need advice to reach the pickup point…
Our tour groups have been designed for a group of minimum 2 people and no more than 6 people per week to ensure that client needs and enjoyment is always our top priority.
INCLUDED IN TOUR COST:
- Accommodation in Luxury sailing boat
- All breakfasts, lunches on the boat with local wine
- Pick up/drop off from/to the local station of Grosseto to the harbor in Scarlino
- Bi-Lingual Hosts for the duration of your tour
- 3 days full day tours
- GST, Tax, petrol.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR COST
All items not detailed in inclusions
All transfers other than to the local train station
- Airport taxes
- Travel insurance.
- Entry fees to museums/galleries and other places wherever entry fees apply
- All lunches and meals not specifically listed above.
- All personal expenditure.
- Refer to specific tour.
Activities beyond the specified tours listed on this website are subject to additional costs
PRICE, DEPOSIT, AND PAYMENTS
The prices shown are per person, double occupancy.
The deposit is 25% of the overall tour price or as listed on the tour booking form. This deposit is required to confirm any bookings by us. No booking will be reserved until the prescribed deposit is received.
Balance of the payment will due 30 days prior to the date of the first day of the tour you have booked. If booking within 30 days of the start of the tour the full payment must be made at the time of booking. Deposit and balance payments are accepted by bank electronic transfer, Pay pal system, credit cards (fees apply for credit cards and Pay pal). After your deposit has been accredited, we will send you an invoice with the due date for the balance pf payment. Should your final payment fail to reach us by the date specified on your invoice, we reserve the right to cancel your booking without refund.
The tour price quoted is based at the time of advertising (including foreign exchange rates) and are accordingly subject to change without notice. Tuscany Untouched tours reserves the right written notice to you to vary the cost of the tour if there is any significant change in currency exchange rates according up to 20 days prior to the first day of tour.
Unless otherwise stated, all tours are based on a minimum number of 2 travellers plus tour leader and maximum of 8. Where minimum have not been achieved on a given departure, the tour may be cancelled by Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd.
Accommodation is on a Private cosy villa/apartment in a traditional Tuscany farmhouse. Single supplement may be available at an addition cost.
CANCELLATIONS AND REFUND
To cancel your tour booking, you must notify us in writing by email. If you cancel your tour booking for any reason at any stage, your 25% deposit 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 60 days from the tour start date:100% non-refundable.
In the unlikely event that we must cancel your tour, you are entitle to a 100% refund within 2 weeks after the tour’s cancellation.
Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd has the right to decline any booking. Similarly, Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd, may require any travellers to withdraw from the tour if in its option the actions of that traveller are or no less than 3 hours after our arrival time (2 hours for Italian Domestic Flights and Europe-bound flights).
Personal travel insurance is not offered by Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd. Travellers are requires to purchase their own comprehensive travel insurance to cover cancellation coverage, airline tickets, trip delay, lost luggage or any potential medical expenses. Before travelling, we require evidence of travel insurance and an emergency contact number for each traveller.
You are allowed one suitcase and one small 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 throughout the tour. We suggest that you bring a day pack for carrying water, guide books, jacket, rain gear, etc.
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, HEALTH AND FITNESS
You are responsible for holding all valid travel documents at the time and satisfy any health, visa or other requirements that apply to places you intend to visit.
To comfortably complete our tours, you should be able to do some moderate walks over hills and be able to climb a number of stairs. We will also be doing a lot of walking in the town we visit. If you a planning a tour with us, we suggest starting moderate walking program at least 1 month before the tour.
Anyone suffering from illness or disability or undergoing treatment for any physical or medical condition, must declare the true nature of such condition at the time of booking and make arrangements for the provision pf any medication or other treatment which may be required during the tour. Failure to make such disclosure will constitute a breach of these booking condition and result in such person being excluded from the tour in which case all monies paid will be forfeit.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS AND MOTION SIKNESS
Please advise us of any special requirements such as dietary requirements, medical requirements etc, at the time of booking. If you get motion sickness, it is advisable to bring with you motion sickness pills, as we will be travelling along mountains roads at times.
Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd will make effort to adhere to the advertised itinerary. However, in the event of unforeseen circumstances, Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary, including previously stated accommodations, modes of transport and all other activities.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
No responsibility is accepted for any loss, expenses, 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, whether quarantine, negligence, loss of baggage, or other causes beyond our control, such losses being the responsibility of the guest.
Except as required or implied by legislation Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd gives no express warranty in relation to the tour and you acknowledge that you have not relied on any representation or warranty made by or on behalf of Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd. To the extent that such terms and conditions may lawfully be excluded all warranties are expressly excluded. Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd does not accept any liability for any act, omission, default or neglect by ourselves, our servents or agents or by the servants of agents of airlines or accommodation services for injury, damage or loss to persons or goods whatsoever and howsoever the same may be caused.
PERMISSION FOR PHOTOS AND VIDEO OF TRAVELLERS
You agree that our Tour Directors or representative may take photographs and film of you while you are on tour and that these may be used in our brochure, social media and/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or videos.
All information provided by Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd regarding our tours is, to the best of our knowledge, correct. However, we reserve the right to make changes in group composition, 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 obligated to pay Travellers compensation.
RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY
I understand and acknowledge that the recreational activities available on the Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd may be dangerous. I understand and acknowledge that serious injury or death may result from participants in recreational activities. I agree that I PARTECIPATE at my OWN RISK.
BY SIGNING THIS WAIVER, I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT:
- participation in recreational activities is a hazardous activity and may result in injury, loss, damage or death to me;
- participation in recreational activities may require certain skills. I declare that I have sufficient skills to be able to safety and properly participate in the recreational activities;
- Where recreational activities are held outdoors, there are risk to me as a result of the weather condition, including either extreme hot or cold weather, rain or wind;
- I am responsible for ensuring that I have and will wear equipment suitable for safety and properly participating in the recreational activities.
- I agree not to take drugs prohibited by law before or during participation in recreational activities.
- I agree that I am in good health and free from any adverse medical conditions.
- I agree to follow the directions of any instructor or any signage and that any misconduct or refusal by me to follow any direction will result in my immediate removal from the tour.
- Any child under the age of 16 must be supervised at all time by a responsible adult parent and this waiver will bind both the responsible adult parent and supervised child.
- I use all facilities entirely at my own risk, as I find them and with the prior acceptance of the risk of possible danger to me.
- If I suffer harm while participating in any recreational activity, I will not hold Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd, their employees or agents legally responsible for any injuries I suffer. I will not sue the supplier (Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd), their employees or agents for any claims, costs, damages, or liability. I agree to release the Supplier and their employees from legal responsibility for the service I have been provided.
- I acknowledge and agree that my participation in any recreational activities are a danger and may have inherent risks as a result of which personal injury (and sometime death) may occur and I accept and assume all such risks of personal injury or death in anyway whatsoever arising from these activities and hereby waive my individual right to sue the Supplier for all claims I or my representatives may have for such personal injury or death against the Supplier in any way whatsoever arising from or in connection with these activities.
Our tours are not pet friendly