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A sailing holiday is the only way to discover the charms of Elba and the nearby islands of the Tuscan archipelago.

Start your sailing holiday from Punta Ala or Scarlino on the west coast of Italy and explore the enchanting Tuscan islands. This is a popular sailing holiday destination and Elba, the largest and most beautiful island in the archipelago, has an indented coastline sheltering many attractive harbours and anchorages.

You may end up staying longer than you planned on your yacht charter holiday just exploring the bays and harbours on Elba, seduced by the charm and beauty of this island that was home to the exiled Napoleon. However don't miss the other islands of the Tuscan archipelago, including Gorgona, Capraia, Montecristo, Giglio and Giannutri, dramatic islands rising steeply from the sea.

The islands form convenient stepping stones between the Tuscan coastline and Corsica, allowing you to combine the flavours of Italy and France on your sailing holiday. Explore the east coast of Corsica before heading back to the islands or Tuscan mainland.


Tuscany Yacht Charter

  • Overview
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    Elba

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    Capraia Island

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    Porto Azzurro

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    Capoliveri, Elba

    Sailing holidays in Tuscany

    • Daily flights to Pisa from numerous regional airports
    • Get drawn into the charm of Elba - rich landscapes and deep history
    • Average distances of 23nm/day
    • Level 2 sailing
    • Average summer temperatures of 24-27 degrees
    • Average winds Force 3
    • Visit the lesser known islands of the Tuscan archipelago or Corsica
    • A mixture of anchorages and harbours in this area
  • 1 Wk Itinerary

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary from Punta Ala

    DAY 1 : Marina di Punta Ala

    Embark at Punta Ala, an easy transfer from Pisa Airport.

    DAY 2 : Marciana, Elba (30nm)

    Anchor at Golfo della Biodola for a swim or some lunch before making your way to the laid-back town of Marciana on Elba. Here you can re-stock your provisions in the supermarket or explore the many delightful shops in the back streets. Alternatively, you could visit the old town up in the hills or make use of the beach just along from the harbour.

    DAY 3 : Capraia (26nm)

    An island to the north-west of Elba. Its large marina has good facilities, plenty of small pizzarias and fresh fish restaurants. Spend the day pottering around the bustling port or take a short bus ride to a neighbouring town whilst taking in the beautiful scenery.

    DAY 4 : Macinaggio (20nm)

    Sail across to the French island of Corsica. Anchor in the small bay and dinghy ashore to the restaurants and bars. The beach here is ideal for swimming with beautiful clear waters.

    DAY 5 : Golfo Stella (30nm)

    The large bay of Golfo Stella has several restaurants where you can relax in the evening.

    DAY 6 : Porto Azurro (14nm)

    Porto Azurro offers a choice of anchorages or a small marina. The town has many restaurants, bars and ice-cream parlours. Enjoy exploring the alleys and small streets filled with shops or stop for a cold drink and soak up the atmosphere of this lively town.

    DAY 7 : Punta Ala (20nm)Tuscany 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • Sailing Conditions

    Sailing conditions in Tuscany

    Tuscany has ideal conditions for a sailing holiday with prevailing wind in the summer from the west to north-west. There will frequently be south-east winds around Capraia, Elba and the mainland coast down to Giannutri, and frequent periods of calm. Often there will be a light westerly wind at night. Summer temperatures average 24-27ºC.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 2' (levels info) and you will need RYA Day Skipper or ICC qualification for bareboat charters in Tuscany.

    You can see all of the bases we offer in Italy along with the level ratings here so that you can find the most suitable destination for you. If you are at all unsure about a destination then please get in touch and our sales team will be more than happy to make their recommendations for you.

  • Getting There

    Getting to Tuscany

    Flights to Pisa

    Bonded for your financial protection under ATOL 3016British Airways run daily flights from Heathrow to Pisa. EasyJet operate from Gatwick, Luton & Bristol. Jet2 have flights from Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds-Bradford & Manchester. Ryanair fly from Bournemouth, East Midlands, Edinburgh & Prestwick.

    Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights. If you would prefer a flight-inclusive holiday then Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016.

    Transfers

    The transfer time to the marinas is approximately 1.5 hours by car or it is also possible by train. Some clients like to hire a car from the airport to give them a bit more freedom. We can often arrange transfers in advance with the base and costs vary depending on time of day and number of guests. Please speak to one of our helpful sales team who can advise you on current transfer information.

"I just wanted to say how incredibly impressed I’ve been with all aspects of your service. Throughout, the process has been quick and efficient with quick responses on all queries and even help with issues like arranging delivery of provisions. The charter company and quality of yacht was excellent. For the first time ever I had to make a claim against the indemnity policy for some small damage to the hull (cost less than the policy cost), this was approved within 24 hrs which is huge peace of mind. I do two sailing holidays a year and now won’t book with anyone else (if you can offer us a good deal which I’m sure you can!)"

Mallorca 2019 - N.C.

Tuscany Yacht Charter prices

Fleet 1 from Scarlino Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2020 Prices EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF second week

Yacht details 11Apr-29May
03Oct-06Nov
30May-03Jul
05Sep-02Oct
04-31Jul
22Aug-04Sep
01-21Aug
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Fleet 1 from Scarlino Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2020 Prices EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF second week

Yacht details 11Apr-29May
03Oct-06Nov
30May-03Jul
05Sep-02Oct
04-31Jul
22Aug-04Sep
01-21Aug
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Fleet 2 from Castiglioncello Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2020 Prices EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red

Yacht details 18Jan-17Apr
26Sep-18Dec
18Apr-24Jul
05-25Sep
25Jul-04Sep
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2020-IT-BB-Nss/3

Fleet 1 from Scarlino Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2020 Prices EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF second week

Yacht details 11Apr-29May
03Oct-06Nov
30May-03Jul
05Sep-02Oct
04-31Jul
22Aug-04Sep
01-21Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

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Fleet 2 from Castiglioncello Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2020 Prices EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red

Yacht details 18Jan-17Apr
26Sep-18Dec
18Apr-24Jul
05-25Sep
25Jul-04Sep
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2020-IT-BB-Nss/4

Fleet 2 from Castiglioncello Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2020 Prices EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red

Yacht details 18Jan-17Apr
26Sep-18Dec
18Apr-24Jul
05-25Sep
25Jul-04Sep
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

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Fleet 1 from Scarlino

YACHT SECURITY:
Refundable deposit €2000-€3500. Non refundable insurance on request.

COMPULSORY EXTRAS

Charter pack (includes end cleaning); €140 2 cabins, €170 3 cabins, €200 4 cabins, €250 5 cabins

Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e Outboard etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: On request



Fleet 2 from Castiglioncello

YACHT SECURITY:
Refundable deposit €2800-€5000. Non refundable insurance on request.
COMPULSORY EXTRAS:
Charter pack (includes end cleaning, bed linen and towels): €240 for 3 cabin yachts, €280 for 4 cabin yachts, €320 for 5 cabin yachts, Catamarans up to 42' €350, 43'-45' €380, 46' and above €600.
Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e Outboard, SUP's etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: On request

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.