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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 2023

  • Overview



    Capraia Island


    Porto Azzurro


    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

    British 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.


    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. 

"Just a quick note to say thank you for all of your help in booking my Express Day Skipper course in Gibraltar with Rock Sailing. All of my arrangements worked out perfectly and I had the best time...and came home with my Day Skipper license! I would happily recommend Nautilus to friends and family and may even come back to put that license into practise through you!"

Gibraltar Learn to Sail 2016 - J.B.

Tuscany Yacht Charter 2023 prices

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

2023 Prices extra 5% OFF second week

Yacht details 01 Jan-01 Apr01 Apr-20 May20 May-01 Jul01-29 Jul29 Jul-26 Aug26 Aug-30 Sep30 Sep-04 Nov
Model / layout Year Cabins WC
Sun Odyssey 4192019322286247628103476390534762476
Sun Odyssey 4402020322571290533333905457139052905
Sun Odyssey 3802022322381257129523524404835242571
Sun Odyssey 4102022322571285732863810433338102857
Sun Odyssey 4102020322429266731433714419037142667

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

2023 Prices

2023 GB£ per yachtOceanis 38.1(2019)Bavaria Cr 41(2016)Oceanis 35.1(2021)
Dates3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/1WC
11 Mar-08 Apr199920191476
08 Apr-06 May208622761610
06-20 May211323241610
20-27 May208624041610
27 May-03 Jun251823811779
03-10 Jun271428501994
10-17 Jun271428981994
17 Jun-08 Jul286229812448
08-29 Jul324834192795
29 Jul-19 Aug408942673450
19-26 Aug408942673450
26 Aug-02 Sep326734482843
02-23 Sep286230592480
23 Sep-07 Oct274027112512

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

2023 Prices extra 5% OFF second week

Yacht details 01 Jan-01 Apr01 Apr-20 May20 May-01 Jul01-29 Jul29 Jul-26 Aug26 Aug-30 Sep30 Sep-04 Nov
Model / layout Year Cabins WC
Sun Odyssey 4402018422952342940004667514346673429
Sun Odyssey 4902020534143466750956095676260954667

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

2023 Prices

2023 GB£ per yachtOceanis 40.1(2021)Oceanis 45(2019)
Dates4 cabins/2WC4 cabins/2WC
11 Mar-08 Apr28482714
08 Apr-06 May29142831
06-20 May29943058
20-27 May29523059
27 May-03 Jun33333210
03-10 Jun32383324
10-17 Jun32383324
17 Jun-08 Jul36383923
08-29 Jul41334466
29 Jul-19 Aug50986307
19-26 Aug50986307
26 Aug-02 Sep50176118
02-23 Sep43854350
23 Sep-07 Oct37963930

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

2023 Prices

2023 GB£ per yachtLagoon 40(2019)Lagoon 42(2020)
Dates4 cabins/4WC4 cabins/4WC
11 Mar-08 Apr28673720
08 Apr-06 May37203866
06-20 May40774485
20-27 May37204497
27 May-03 Jun42905333
03-10 Jun54305800
10-17 Jun55255790
17 Jun-08 Jul57405799
08-29 Jul67818114
29 Jul-19 Aug96109858
19-26 Aug96109858
26 Aug-02 Sep86669150
02-23 Sep63627390
23 Sep-07 Oct55146283

Fleet 1 from Scarlino

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


Charter pack (includes end cleaning); €140 2 cabins, €170 3 cabins, €200 4 cabins, €250 5 cabins, €300 Catamarans

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



Fleet 2 from Castiglioncello

Refundable deposit €2800-€5000. Non refundable insurance on request.
Charter pack (includes end cleaning, bed linen and towels): €260 for 3 cabin yachts, €300 for 4 cabin yachts, €340 for 5 cabin yachts, Catamarans up to 42' €420, 43'-45' €470.
Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e Outboard, SUP's etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: On request

Prices may be subject to change.

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.

The port authorities in Greece are now insisting on one of the following practical certificates: RYA ICC (International Certificate of Competence), RYA Coastal, RYA Yachtmaster, ASA IPC (International Proficiency Certificate) or the IYT (International Yacht Training) Passport. If you hold an RYA Day Skipper or ASA104 it will no longer be accepted and you need to obtain either an ICC or IPC from the corresponding issuing body (RYA or ASA). If your RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster or ASA105/106 certificate is more than 12 years old and does not have a photo ID, then we would also strongly advise applying for an ICC or IPC. If you are a member of the RYA or ASA, you may qualify for a discount or free certificate, otherwise, you will have to pay. The approximate cost is £50. Please use this link - RYA application for the ICC or ASA application for the IPC.

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 Seychelles, the local authorities require an ICC for the skipper of a bareboat or flotilla yacht charter.

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.