Sailing Holidays

Yacht Charter in Tuscany

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 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 a 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.

To book your next sailing holiday in Tuscany, give us a call or fill out the Quick Quote Form.

Sailing conditions

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.

Sailing area

Start your yacht charter in Tuscany from Punta Ala Marina, an easy car or train + bus journey from Pisa Airport. On a 1 week sailing holiday you can explore the island of Elba and other islands of the Tuscan archipelago or visit the French island of Corsica.  See our suggested sailing itinerary below.

Charter yachts

For bareboat yacht charter in Tuscany, these yachts are based at Punta Ala Marina and can start and finish any day of the week, giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates. 

We can also offer bareboat charter yachts from several other charter fleets in Puntone and nearby marinas so we are sure to have the perfect charter yacht for your next sailing holiday in Tuscany.

Travel arrangements

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. Transfer time to Punta Ala 90 mins by car.

DAY 1 : Embark at Marina di Punta Ala, an easy transfer from Pisa Airport.
DAY 2 : Anchor at Golfo della Biodola for a swim or some lunch before making your way to the laid-back town of Marciana (30 nm) 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) is 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 (20 nm). 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 : Sail to the large bay of Golfo Stella (30 nm). Here there are several restaurants where you can relax in the evening.
DAY 6 : The bay of Porto Azurro (14 nm) 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 : Return to Punta Ala (20nm).

Early booking offers in Tuscany

Early booking offers in Tuscany

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Explore the Tuscan Islands

Explore the Tuscan Islands

Charter from Puntone on Italy's Tuscan coast this summer and explore the beautiful island of Elba. Sail to Macinaggio in Corsica to enjoy French culture and cuisine! 


Prices given below. Click on the yacht names to view yacht layout & specification

Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.

If you want a flight-inclusive holiday 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. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.

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. Transfer time to Puntone 90 mins by train.

Whether you are an experienced sailor or setting foot on a yacht for the first time, we can offer you a holiday afloat to suit you. We have given all the sailing areas a level with 'Experience Level 1' suitable for less experienced crews and 'Experience Level 3' for the experts.    

This takes into account the wind strength, tidal range and currents, distances between stops and ease of mooring. Of course even experts may choose to sail in Level 1 areas as they still offer stunning scenery and great sailing.

Experience Level 1: Malta

Generally light winds Force 2-4, line of sight navigation, shorter sailing distances under 20nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 1 week or 100nm as skipper

Experience Level 2: Sardinia, Sicily & Tuscany

Stronger winds up to Force 3-5 with some longer passages up to 30nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 2 weeks or 200nm as skipper

Experience Level 3:  

Stronger winds up to Force 4-7 which can lead to bigger seas on long passages between the islands. You will be Coastal Skipper 
standard with experience to a higher level having sailed at least 4 weeks or 400nm as skipper.


To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew.

At present you need an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for charters in Croatia, Mallorca, Tenerife and Malta.

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School  



Marciana Marina on Elba is a favourite destination for sailing enthusiasts with a charming sea-front of elegant 19th century houses. Behind the harbour is Mount Capanne more than 1000m high. Take a walk to Faro di Punta Polveraia where the rock known as the Sedia di Napoleone (Napoleons' chair) is said to be used by the nostalgic emperor contemplating his beautiful Corsica. 

Despite being Corsica's main commercial port, Bastia retains its aged charm. The New Port has excellent seafood restaurants but do take a stroll down to the old quarter, Terra Vecchia, a crumbling network of narrow streets and honey coloured houses. Terra Nova is the newer trendy quarter. 

Elban wines have a long-age tradition from Roman times. Elban wine cheered up the banquets of the Popes in Medieval times, while the 18th century sailing ships took it to European ports. "Elba bianco" and "Elba rosso" are the local wines and boast the DOC etiquette. "Procanico" (white) and "Sangioveto" (red) are the strongest ones, while "Moscato" and "Aleatico" are ideal for desserts.  

"I would like to report that we had an excellent holiday sailing the Aeolian Islands courtesy of SunSicily on 'Senza Dubbi'. Our travelling arrangements were complex but the necessary transfers were arranged extremely well. The "yacht handover" at Portorosa was quick, timely and efficient; and the free taxi service to and from the supermarket made provisioning of our vessel the easiest I can ever remember. All in all a first class experience with a special thanks to Francesco at the marina."
Sicily 2016 - N.N.


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