Elba: Jewel of the Tuscan Archipelago

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Trip code: 
TDD
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Coastal Walks
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Spend a week walking uncrowded paths of Elba Island

Elba is the Italian coastline’s hidden gem. The largest island of the Tuscan archipelago is paradise for walkers: hulking granite mountains, wild lavender fields and dramatic cliffs plunging into the turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. This is where Napoleon Bonaparte was once exiled – though he receives no sympathy from us, considering the exquisite freshly caught seafood and exceptional regional wines, best enjoyed with sweeping coastal views.

Highlights

  • Quiet uncrowded paths
  • Stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea
  • A wine and local products tasting experience
  • 2 nights in Pisa

Key information

  • 7 nights 3-star hotels, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days walking and sightseeing
  • Leisurely pace on established trails
  • Altitude maximum 872m, average 500m
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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5

Pace:

Approximately 4 - 6 hours walking per day

 

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 25.0km/3.0miles
Day 311.0km/7.0miles
Day 413.0km/8.0miles
Day 611.0km/7.0miles
Day 73.5km/2.0miles

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Itinerary

London
to
London
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

8 days land only/ flight inclusive
5 days walking and sightseeing; 1 free day
Altitude maximum 872m, average 500m
7 nights 3-star hotels, all rooms en suite
All breakfasts and 4 dinners included

Visas

Italy

No visa required for British passport holders.
Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 4 dinners included (one of which is a wine and local products tasting experience).

Please note that if you arrive late or depart early extra meals will not be provided.

Breakfasts in Italy are usually continental style and include pastries, yoghurt and cereal.
The Elban cuisine is a real treat for travellers. Seafood plays an important role, as do wild herbs, vegetables and fresh farm produce.
The leader will be happy to recommend a few restaurants in the area for the meals not included in the itinerary.

Weather

Elba has a typical sea climate, with rather mild temperatures and occasional rain during the summer. The most frequent wind is the Scirocco (south-east) which is not very strong, and in the summer afternoons it alternates with the cooler Maestrale (north-west), that helps make your days on the beach more pleasant and less stifling.

Is this trip for you?

Activity level: 3 (Moderate)
The walks on this trip are graded moderate. Although some walks will get your pulse racing we will also have plenty of time to rest and admire the views. Over the course of the week, the terrain and type of path will vary from manmade paved tracks and tarmac to forest trails. Some areas may be rocky underfoot with narrow, overgrown or exposed paths. Although the walks are not technically challenging, you do need to be steady on your feet. All walks take between 4 and 6 hours including lunch stops and require a moderate level of fitness.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

First and last night in a comfortable 3-star hotel in Pisa, 5 nights in a 3-star hotel on Elba Island.

Hotel La Pace or similar - ***
The Hotel is located at walking distance to the centre of Pisa and offers comfortable bright rooms and a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The en suite rooms include air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.
Hotel Residence Isola Verde - ***
The hotel is located in Marciana Marina on Elba Island about 10 mins walking from the town centre. Due to its location, slightly uphill, you can enjoy spectacular views over the bay while sipping an aperol spritz in the terrace or swimming in the vast swimming pool.

The rooms are spacious, well equipped and offer air conditioning, a minibar, and free Wi-Fi.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed July 2017
    Murray Dee

    A Leisurely Week of Walking on Beautiful Elba

    A great mixture of leisurely walking and beach time. The walks range from following the coast to summiting the largest mountain on the island, Monte Capanne. For those wishing not to do anything too strenuous, it's possible to take a cable car to the top. As expected from Italy, the food and drink is great. Many local wines and produce to try throughout the week.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I really enjoyed the trek up Monte Capanne and was rewarded with spectacular views of Elba, Corsica and the rest of the Tuscan Archipelago.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Stefano was a extremely knowledgeable about the island and always happy pass this on to the group. No request was ever too much and he was continuously making sure all of the guests got the most from the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Remember to bring your swimming costume as there are many opportunities to swim in the crystal clear sea or the pool at the hotel.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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