Elba is immediately seductive and captivating, but do not be fooled by appearances, or stop at the thousand reflections of the sun in the crystal-clear water, and at the bright green of the hills that in places reach down to the shore.

For the island has a soul, a secret life, and its own voice, waiting to share with you the stories and legends of the men who marked its destiny. Stories of the sea and of a land much-desired, challenged, attacked and defended.

Elba is a continuous discovery, the sea changing colour in every cove. In the south it breaks onto white cliffs and wide beaches, in the north it seeps into the cracks of the high rock faces and laps on the pebbly shoreline. There are great contrasts between the granite massif of Monte Capanne, the island’s highest peak at 1019 metres, the habitat of wild goats and mouflons, and the mineral zones on the eastern side, a veritable Eldorado for scientists and geologists, and an area exploited by the Etruscans who became rich on the export of iron all over the Mediterranean basin.

The hill towns are just as impressive, some almost mountain-like in atmosphere. Take Marciana, close to Monte Capanne, a characterful village rich in history and dominated by a fortress.

Your enjoyment of the island’s beauty will be enhanced by a tour on board a sailing boat during which you will discover hidden places, breathe in the fragrance of the sea, dive into its many colours, and perhaps even encounter dolphins. Sailing around the island of Elba, all you will hear is the wind caressing the sails, blending perfectly with the sound of the waves against the boat.

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ITINERARY

The island is a continuous discovery, the sea changing colour in every cove. In the south it breaks onto white cliffs and wide beaches, in the north it seeps into the cracks of the high rock faces and laps on the pebbly shoreline. There are great contrasts between the granite massif of Monte Capanne, the island’s highest peak at 1019 metres, the habitat of wild goats and mouflons, and the mineral zones on the eastern side, a veritable Eldorado for scientists and geologists, and an area exploited by the Etruscans who became rich on the export of iron all over the Mediterranean basin.

 

Day 1 – Elba Island -Transfer from Piombino to the island.

Meet at Pisa Airport, or at Pisa or Livorno Railway Station, or San Vincenzo Port. Private transfer to San Vincenzo port where you will meet your tour leader and the crew of your sailing boat. Sailing to Naregno.

Meals: dinner.

Day 2 – Monte Calamita – Naregno to Capoliveri.

Starting from Naregno, we will take what is known as the orchid route through an area particularly rich in beaches and coves, passing the Sassi Neri mine.

The road climbs up towards the Ripalte Estate and the 19th-century villa, formerly the residence of the noble family Tobler-Quintavalle.

Here it will be possible to visit the vineyards and the wine cellars, with wine tasting and lunch (available on request). After lunch, if we want to, we can walk out to Punta delle Ripalte and the Costa dei Gabbiani (‘seagull coast’) (1 hour’s walk) for breathtaking views and some incredible natural beauty spots.

Afterwards we will return to our path and, with views down to Porto Azzurro, head to Capoliveri, where it will be possible to rest and explore the town.

We will return to Naregno on the private transfer. Transfer to Marina di Campo on board our sailing boat. Dinner and overnight stay on board.

Technical details for day 2:

Environment: typically Tuscan hilly landscape, Mediterranean scrub with tall and small trees, abandoned coves, abandoned mines, metamorphic rock such as quartz and schist or sedimentary stones such as limestone

Grade: moderate (the first part is uphill)

Terrain: 90% dirt tracks, 10% surfaced roads

Distance: 13 km

Time: 3-4 hours, or 4-5 hours with the extension to the Costa dei Gabbiani

Elevation gain: 230 m

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 3 – Sailing, a gourmet experience

After breakfast on board, we will set off along the south coast of the island in search of hidden coves and clear blue sea. Here we will be able to snorkel and swim in areas inaccessible from the land.

We will be joined by a chef at Fetovaia beach and witness the preparation and cooking of fresh fish. As the sun goes down, enjoy an aperitif moored off the coast, followed by dinner and overnight stay.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

 

Day 4 – Behind the mountain, from the Etruscans to the Romans – Pomonte to San Piero.

Our starting point, Pomonte, has Etruscan origins, as seen by iron remains and ruins of furnaces. From here we will head along a track through the Pomonte valley which begins at Monte Capanne and descends to the sea through the verdant wild Mediterranean scrub, skirting high elevations of over 600 m. Next we will cross the Valle dell’Inferno with its breathtaking landscapes, until we come to a number of brick refuges built by shepherds to shelter in at night. From here we will begin to glimpse San Piero, a town of Roman origins, which we will be able to explore on arrival. San Piero is an example of areas on the island that have remained unspoilt by mass tourism, retaining their history and culture. Dinner and overnight stay at a family-run hotel in the village.

Technical details for day 4:

Environment: typically Tuscan hilly landscape, Mediterranean scrub with tall and small trees, autochthonous species unique to the island, shepherds’ shelters

Grade: challenging

Terrain: 50% scrub, 40% path, 10% surfaced road

Distance: 15 km

Time: 5-6 hours

Elevation gain: 650 m

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 5Monte Capanne. San Piero to Marciana Alta, the town invaded by the Saracens. Today’s itinerary will take us from San Ilario to Marciana, via Monte Capanne and San Cerbone hermitage. We will cover an overall distance of about 18 km through the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago. Dinner in Marciana Alta or on board. Overnight stay on board in Marciana Marina Port.

Technical details for day 5:

Environment: typically Tuscan hilly landscape, Mediterranean scrub with tall and small trees, autochthonous species unique to the island (such as the Capanne cornflower which flowers in June, July and August), garrigue, high plains and the surreal granite landscapes of Monte Capanne

Grade: moderate (first part uphill)

Terrain: 60% woodland, 40% path

Distance: 13 km

Time: 5-6 hours

Elevation gain: 600 m

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 6 – Along the coast, at the foot of the mountain. Marciana Marina to San Andrea. This is the last day of our tour. We will follow the path that leads along the coast between Marciana Marina and San Andrea, encountering granite rocks eroded by the wind, low scrubland and an indented coastline. Passing a place called La Cala, we will descend a flight of steps to the beautiful Punta Cotoncello and finally arrive at San Andrea village, where we will have a time to enjoy this slice of heaven. After a free luch we will board on our Boat to sailing in totally relax to San Vincenzo. Private transfer from San Vincenzo to Pisa. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Technical details for day 6:

Environment: typically Tuscan hilly landscape, Mediterranean scrub with low trees, indented coastline and beautiful coves

Grade: easy

Terrain: 90% path,10% surfaced road

Distance: 9 km

Time: 3 hours

Elevation gain: 130 m

Meals: breakfast, dinner

 

Day 8 – Transfer to the airport, end of services.

 

 

OUR BOATS:

SALING SAILING INDOOR INDOOR INDOOR

 

HOTEL LA ROSA

Located in the historic village of San Piero, near the famous Monte Capanne, this cosy family.run hotel is surrounded by unspoilt nature in an atmosphere of times gone by. Unwind and rediscover simple pleasures, including of course some excellent cuisine.

15 La Rosa

ABITALIA HOTEL TOWER PLAZA 

The 5-star hotel raises in Pisa. It stands very close to theNatural Reserve of San Rossore and offers amazing view on the LeaningTower.

15 Abitalia Tower Plaza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Accommodation, food, transport

  • 5 nights on board
  • all breakfasts, lunches as in the program dinners as in the program
  • 1 night at the San Piero hotel
  • private transfer with driver from Pisa Airport or from Pisa or Livorno railway station to the port
  • sail boat navigation from San Vincenzo port to Elba Island
  • sail boat navigation
  • transfer to places at the beginning of hikes
  • transfer from Marciana to Marciana Marina
  • sailing boat at disposal
  • pantry
  • fuel
  • ports
  • 1 dinner at one of the most typical local restaurants in Marciana
  • 1 lunch of fresh fish on Fetovaia beach
  • Visit to Ripalte Estates vineyards and wine cellars with wine tasting and lunch

Technical equipment and nutrition

  • Travel insurance
  • Trekking poles
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Services of a local tourist guide throughout the tour
  • Sailing school with specialized instructors
  • Downloadable GPS Files
  • Back-up nutrition
  • Personalized data sheet

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Air fare
  • Fuel
  • Ports
  • Extra Beverages
  • Personal Extras

Note: the tour is subject to variation in the event of bad weather conditions or unexpected events, at the discretion of the tour leader.

 

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Tour leader

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    Giuseppe Gaimari

    Technical manager of ITD Factory but above all a sports and nature lover. A competitive skier, I have always worn some kind of boots, whether they be ...

Details

Length: 8 days / 7 nights Vela Hiking suitable for families and children

Price

Per person based on 4 people in double room starting from 2700 euro

Specials

Through the woods and trails of protected natural areas , rich in flora and fauna Islands , sea, seafood delicacies will be your traveling companions Experiences which will be given special attention to the world of wine from the vineyards , cellars and tasting , the dishes combined with the finest wines

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