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7 Days Vino and Vinyasa Yoga Retreat in Italy

  • Antico Borgo di Tignano, Tignano Strada Provinciale, 52 di Casole d’Elsa (Siena), 56048 Volterra, Italy

Overview

Art of Adventure La Dolce Vita Yoga Retreat Tuscany

This is way more than a yoga retreat. Alchemy Tours introduces you to the best of Tuscany along with offering soulful personal development program for you to create your best intentions for the happiest life. Some say you can fall in love with a place just as you can with a person. This is certainly true of Toscana! The tastes, sights, and people of Tuscany will nourish your spirit and renew your sense of joy. Experiencing life under the Tuscan sun is something that stays with you forever. In Italy, you slow down to enjoy each breath, each sip of chianti, and each taste of antipasto. You may in fact realize that you are actually home, the home of your heart. And life will never be the same after that. Tuscany teaches you to savor each moment and live inspired by the details that might have otherwise passed you by. The combined 15 years of guiding in Italy has ensures that you will experience the joy of la dolce vita (the sweet life). Plan now to be delighted!

Highlights

  • 12 yoga classes
  • Guided meditation and pranayama
  • Mini Italian language and culture class
  • Writing and wellness coaching session
  • Delicious daily Tuscan meals
  • Visits to art cities in Tuscany
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Tuscan cooking class
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodation is in one-bedroom apartments with private baths. All the apartments are independent, personalized, and fully furnished, with ample garden and terrace areas for leisure. The perfume of flowers and plants permeate your villa. A spacious swimming pool and welcoming patio with sun deck and lounge chairs.

Itinerary 2017

Day 1

  • Morning
  • 10:30 a.m. Meet in the lobby of the Hotel Palazzo Vecchio. Walking tour of Historic Center of Florence
  • Afternoon
  • 01:30 p.m. Lunch in Santo Spirito Plaza, Welcome!
  • 02:45 p.m. Visit Piazzale Michelangelo and Giardino delle Rose. Tour Basilica San Miniato del Monte
  • 05:00 p.m. Pool time
  • Evening
  • 06:00 p.m. Welcome yoga practice
  • 07:30 p.m. Sunset aperitivo
  • 08:00 p.m. Dinner and brief logistics talk

Day 2

  • Morning
  • 08:00 a.m. Yoga practice
  • 09:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 10:30 a.m. Depart for Monteriggioni
  • 11:30 a.m. Castle Tour and shopping
  • 01:00 p.m. Picnic lunch in Monteriggioni
  • Afternoon
  • 02:30 p.m. Siena
  • 06:00 p.m. Aperitivo on Il Campo (At Bar Il Palio), Siena
  • Evening
  • 08:00 p.m. Dinner
  • 09:00 p.m. Restorative Yoga Practice

Day 3

  • Morning
  • 08:00 a.m. Yoga practice
  • 09:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • Afternoon
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch at the Borgo
  • 01:30 p.m. Depart for Radda in Chianti
  • 02:30 p.m. Radda in Chianti walking tour and wine tasting
  • Evening
  • 06:30 p.m. Yoga practice
  • 08:00 p.m. Dinner at the Borgo

Day 4

  • Morning
  • 08:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 09:30 a.m. Yoga practice
  • Afternoon
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch at the Borgo
  • 01:00 p.m. Depart for Volterra
  • 01:30 p.m. Walking Tour of Volterra
  • 02:30 p.m. Free time and shopping in Volterra
  • Evening
  • 04:30 p.m. Depart for the Borgo
  • 05:30 p.m. Yoga practice
  • 06:30 p.m. Dinner at Borgo
  • 07:30 p.m. Explore Casole D’Elsa after dinner

Day 5

  • Morning
  • 07:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 07:30 a.m. Depart for beach day on the Mediterranean
  • Afternoon
  • 11:00 a.m. Arrive Fonteblanda
  • 12:00 p.m. Catered lunch at Beach Club
  • 01:30 p.m. Depart for Petriolo Natural Hot Springs and Spa
  • Evening
  • 07:00 p.m. Restorative yoga practice
  • 08:30 p.m. Dinner

Day 6

  • Morning
  • 08:00 a.m. Yoga practice
  • 09:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 10:30 a.m. Depart for Wine Tasting Tour and Explore San Gimignano
  • Afternoon
  • 02:00 p.m. Lunch at Borgo (Post lunch: optional massages)
  • 02:30 p.m. Pool time, rest and relax, nap
  • Evening
  • 06:30 p.m. Yoga practice
  • 08:00 p.m. Bruschetta making class and closing dinner at Borgo

Day 7

  • Morning
  • 08:00 a.m. Closing yoga practice
  • 10:00 a.m. Brunch
  • 12:00 a.m. Departures – Ciao for now!
  • 01:00 p.m. Arrive Florence

Visits included to Florence, Monteriggioni, Siena, Radda in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti, Volterra, Tignano, Petriolo Natural Hot Springs & Spa, The Mediterranean, Casole dElsa, and Colle Val dElsa are included in this retreat.

Giardino delle Rose

Giardino delle Rose (Rose Garden) houses a collection of roses, lemons, and other plants, as well as a Japanese garden. It contains about 400 varieties of roses for a total of about 1,200 plants.The garden was created in 1865 by Giuseppe Poggi, who also designed the piazzale, on behalf of the city of Florence in anticipation of moving the capital of Italy from Turin. It covers about one hectare of land which offers a panoramic view of the city, sandwiched between viale Poggi, via di San Salvatore, and via dei Bastioni.

Radda in Chianti

Radda in Chianti is situated on a hill covered with woods and extensive vineyards forming the watershed between the Pesa and Arbia valleys. The structure of the medieval village is still intact; it grew up elliptically around the church of San Nicolò, of 14th century origin and the Palazzo Pretorio. Built about 1415, its facade is adorned with the coats of arms of the podestà (chief magistrates), the latter is now the seat of the municipality.

Just outside the village, in the Vignale farm, are the headquarters of the Chianti Classico consortium (its symbol is the black-cockerel, the former emblem of the League of Chianti), and the Centro di Studi Chiantigiani (Centre for Chianti Studies), founded in 1984, with a small library and an archive devoted to the history of Chianti and its agriculture. The Montevertine farm, near the village, houses the small Museo del Chianti, with displays relating to the farming community.

Florence

Piazzale Michelangelo offers panoramic views of Florence and the Arno valley.The Piazzale Michelangelo is dedicated to the citys most famous Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti. At the center of the square stands a replica of his most famous statue, the David. The bronze statue is set on a large pedestal, decorated with replicas of allegorical statues depicting day, night, dusk, and dawn.

San Miniato standing atop one of the highest points in the city of Florence is one of the finest Romanesque structures in Tuscany and one of the most scenic churches in Italy. There is an adjoining Olivetti monastery to the basilica where the monks sell herbal teas and special honey elixirs. The mosaics and frescoes inside the church are incredible.

The Church complex. The Cemetery from the Basilica di San Miniato al Monte by Hans von Bartels. Adjacent to the church is the cloister, planned as early as 1426 and built from 1443 to mid-1450s. It was designed by Bernardo and Antonio Rosselino. The whole complex is surrounded by defensive walls, originally built hastily by Michelangelo during the siege and in 1553 expanded into a true fortress (fortezza) by Cosimo I de’ Medici. The walls now enclose a beautiful large cemetery, the Porte Sante, laid out in 1854.

Monteriggioni

Monteriggioni is, without doubt, one of the most classical and best known Italian walled town. Since the Middle Age its fame was so big that also the great poet Dante Alighieri makes sign to his round enclosure in the Divine Comedy (Hell, chant XXXI vv. 40-41). Recently a part of the wall walk of the town walls has been restored and made accessible. From the top of the walled circuit, it is possible to admire the surrounding countryside towards Chianti and the Valdelsa and to enjoy a unique view of the town and its fortifications.

Siena

Siena preserves its medieval character to a remarkable degree and has been largely unspoilt by new buildings. In fact Siena retains a ward-centric culture from medieval times. Each ward (contrada) is represented by an animal or mascot, and has its own boundary and distinct identity. Ward rivalries are most rampant during the annual horse race (palio) in the Piazza del Campo.

Volterra

Volterra is situated in the middle of the triangle formed by the cities of Pisa, Siena and Florence. On clear days you can easily see the sea, with the islands of Capraia and Corsica on the horizon. Far from heavily-trafficked roads and industrial areas, Volterra is surrounded by rolling patchwork hills with fields of grain and woodlands. In Summer, as the spring rains slow their trickle, the green fields turn to gold as wheat is harvested and sunflowers raise, and then bow, their proud heads. Volterra is one of the most important towns in Tuscany: its unique position and its ancient history leaves everyone enchanted.” From our friends at Tuscan Tour.

Casole dElsa

Casole dElsa is a comune (municipality) in the province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 50 kilometers southwest of Florence and about 25 kilometers west of Siena. It is a charming medieval hilltop town situated in wonderful countryside around Siena. It is situated 70 kilometers from Florence and 35 kilometers from the town of Siena.

Originally it was a domain of the Bishop of Volterra but in the middle of the 13th century it passed under the control of Siena. The Sienese strengthened the fortifications because of its strategical position. In 1554 Casole surrended, after strenuous resistance, to the imperial and Florentine armies during the war against Siena. The dualism between Siena and Volterra still survives in the daily life of Casole for political purposes it is in the Province of Siena, whereas it falls under the Diocese of Volterra for religious matters.

San Gimignano delle belle Torri

San Gimignano delle belle Torri served as an important relay point for pilgrims travelling to or from Rome on the Via Francigena. The patrician families who controlled the town built around 72 tower-houses (some as high as 50 meters) as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano has retained its feudal atmosphere and appearance. The town also has several masterpieces of 14th- and 15th-century Italian art.

The Peoples Palace is one of the most important monuments of San Gimignano, being both the home of the Civic Museum and rich in paintings by the Florentine and Sienese schools (dating from the 13th century) such as the Crucifix, painted by Coppo di Marcovaldo, the triptyches by Niccol Tegliacci and Taddeo di Bartolo dating from the 14th century, and other important works of art dating from the 15th century painted by Domenico Michelino, Pinturicchio, and Filippino Lippi.

Petriolo

At the Petriolo, you can indulge at the brand new spa center by the natural hot pools, which offers massage, beauty and health treatments, or you can enjoy the hot springs, open to the public free of charge, where you can relax in the pools along the banks of the river Farma.

The spas at the Petriolo are open from May to October. The Petriolos thermal baths are very ancient. The Romans knew and appreciated them. It is very likely that these are the baths mentioned by the orator Marco Tullio Cicero in his pro Marco Caelio. Of the original baths, composed by four groined vaulted rooms, only one room still exists. It opens onto the river Farma with arches built on octagonal pillars.

  • Silvia Mordini

    Silvia Mordini is a writer, happiness coach, and internationally recognized yoga presenter. Her expert passion connects people to their own joyful potential. Born in Ecuador, proud of her Italian heritage, and raised as a world traveler, Silvia developed a sense of global citizenship early on.

You will be guests at Antico Borgo di Tignano recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site focusing on Tuscan traditions. Stay in your own 10th century restored villa all with private baths. Peacefully nestled into the hills with epic views of Casole dElsa and Volterra in the distance, this is the perfect entryway into the Tuscan countryside.

The actual Borgo used to be a rural residence dating back to the 16th century. Its original name, Borgo di Tignano, has Roman origins. It is the probable birth-place, in the fourth century, of Saint Attinia, a venerated saint from the Volterra area. Amongst its illustrious guests in the 1800s, during the time the Borgo was a summer retreat from the Scolopi fathers, was Pope Pius the ninth. This Borgo is overall a place to enjoy with your heart, surrounded by a soft landscape and a peculiar light which brings back forgotten emotions of interior freedom. Its also a place, where one can experience a genuine Tuscany, with its tradition and land culture.

In the local tradition, one says that the Berignone Forest, facing the Borgo, is the one that inspired Dante Alighieri to write about the Selva Oscura where his Divine Comedy story starts. The gardens of the Borgo, with paths lined with aromatic herbs, juniper hedges, myrtle and evergreens, reproduce a Mediterranean environment. The characteristic Osteria, which used to be the old olive press, is the ideal place for a romantic candlelight dinner overlooking the amazing countryside, or a light lunch on the panoramic terrace.

The swimming pool is available during the warm months (May through September). There is a reading room that also has a wireless internet point. There is a golf course within 30 minutes drive from the Borgo.

Activities
  • Cooking class
  • Golf course nearby
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
Services
  • Wireless internet

Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as all snacks and drinks for each days activities are included in the retreat. Gabriella, the host at Antico Borgo Tignano, is an amazing chef. She takes joy in delighting her guests' palate with her favorite, local dishes, which is the best way to discover the authentic, Tuscan cuisine. Housed in the former mill, the restaurant can accommodate up to 60 people.

Even the traditional meats of the land, they offer many tasty varieties from Chianina, the cinta senese (an ancient breed of pig), a species of boar that inhabit the surrounding woods. All dressed with the best regional olive oil, and accompanied by carefully chosen local and regional wines.

They have a holistic view of hospitality, and especially food. That is why, the cuisine is closely linked to the local territory and its products. Good health, comes from using the fresh natural resources that surround us and using them with intelligence and love. They offer authentic local Mediterranean dishes: ancient delicacies bursting with flavors, from the simplest to the more elaborate Tuscan recipes.

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 12 Yoga classes including vinyasa and kundalini yoga in the morning and restorative / yin yoga in the afternoon
  • All private transportation during the trip to art cities
  • Comprehensive trip literature about Tuscany, culture, art, food, history and more
  • Daily delicious tuscan breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Entrance fees to all group events
  • Guided meditation and pranayama
  • Mini-Italian language and culture class
  • Pickup and return shuttle from Florence
  • Snacks and drinks for each day’s activities
  • Social hours on select evenings including aperitivo in Siena
  • Special goodie bag
  • Visits to Florence, Monteriggioni, Siena, Radda in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti, Volterra, Tignano, Volterra, Petriolo Natural Hot Springs & Spa, the Mediterranean, Casole d’Elsa, Colle Val d’Elsa
  • Writing and wellness coaching with Silvia Mordini
  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Gratuities for the guides
  • Lodging before or after the trip

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Florence International Airport (FLR).

For information about the booking conditions, please send Alchemy Tours an inquiry.
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    10 out of 10

    "Silvia Mordini is a teacher of teachers, and a wonderful mentor who compassionately evokes self-inquiry and transformation. Without a doubt, Silvias friendship and mentorship have helped to shape my path to service, adventure, and stepping outwards of my bounds and into a world wide open."

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    10 out of 10

    "I honestly recommend this training for anyone who enjoys practicing yoga and is interested in personal development and growth. It is an amazing journey you take to know yourself and have a better understanding of who you are. A beautiful, enlightening experience that I would do all over again. It has developed, supported, and empowered me in my life."

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    "I am impressed on how hard Silvia try to meet everyones schedule, it cant be easy. Thanks to Silvia's dedication and assurance I can flow through yoga poses, I am now actually playing with yoga more and listening to what my body inspires me to do instead of trying to do yoga like everyone else. Yoga has become so much more an enriching experience for me rather than a physical struggle. I am very grateful for all the help she has given me."

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    "I enjoyed the training and learning many things. One thing I am very happy about, especially how to incorporate more yoga into my everyday life."

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    "I want to thank Silvia Mordini for caring about the quality of our teacher training program, for sharing so much of herself, for teaching from her heart, and for making a difference in my life."

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  • Review by Kelly
    10 out of 10

    "Im very excited to be a part of this training program and I feel very blessed and lucky. Im so happy to be on this journey especially with everyone in class. I think we have a great group of people and everyone feels comfortable. Thank you for accepting me and letting me be a part of this program."

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  • Review by Martha
    10 out of 10

    "All the classes are fantastic. I have learned so much and I really appreciate Silvia's teaching ability. Silvia has an innate ability to teach. I can always be at classes for hours. The time always goes so quickly when Im learning."

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    10 out of 10

    "Silvia Mordini has been a wonderful mentor, teacher, and guide. I cant thank her enough for all that she has given to me. No one compares to her teaching style, she is truly one of a kind. Im so happy I was able to do my training with her. I'm already looking forward to learning more from Silvia."

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  • Review by Jodi T.
    10 out of 10

    "I am so grateful for this training program. This training was the first thing I was able to do for myself after having kids. At the time it felt like such a stretch but it was just the first step in an amazing new journey."

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  • Review by Anna M.
    10 out of 10

    "They really planned an incredible trip. I really lucked out as they not only supplied me with a wonderful yoga group and practice for the week but each day was chock full of things to participate in if I so wished. They gave us access to the real deal Bali by incorporating biking, tours, decadent meals, transport, so many activities, beach time, talks, etc.They have great taste and are very down to earth. They think of everything and are really there to answer questions and provide great resource to things you want to explore. Silvia is such a loving and inspiring yoga instructor. These guys are definitely doing what they were meant to do in life. Great people, great trip. I look forward to doing another trip with them soon!"

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  • Review by Michael N.

    "I attended Alchemy Tours’ yoga retreat in Bali, and I can honestly say it was the most fulfilling travel experience I’ve ever had. It was hard to come back to reality, and not just in the typical “I’ve taken much needed time off to relax and it’s hard to get back in my routine” sort of way… But more, going on this trip made me understand that there was a much greater disparity between the potential for happiness in my life and what I considered to be my “normal” state than I had realized – and that they were further apart than they ever should be. To me, the experience with Alchemy Tours can be divided into two categories: vacation and personal reflection. As a vacation, it was amazing. White water rafting through a jungle ravine, a relaxing bike tour through Balinese rice patties, beaches, exposure to local culture, great restaurants and a gorgeous place to stay that our group had all to ourselves. It was just organized enough to feel active without feeling too busy. Previously, I wouldn’t have asked for more than that in a trip, and it was awesome in that way. But the part that really surprised me was the way Silvia’s constant positivity, enthusiasm and no-pressure encouragement would really make me reflect on the person I am, and I began to conceptualize the things I could change to improve my life as a whole."

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  • Review by Elisabeth G.
    10 out of 10

    "I had the best vacation ever with Alchemy Tours this Spring. I wanted to do a yoga retreat with equal parts relaxing, yoga and exploring and it was just that. The resort was gorgeous, not your typical overrun Mexico tourist spot but a beautiful, simple, chic bungalow style resort in the jungle and with its own beach. I was skeptical going on vacation with a bunch of strangers but everyone was lovely and I came back refreshed and happy, as evidenced by my yelp profile pic nuzzling a Mexican beach puppy. "

    "Silvia is an inspiring teacher and really helped me to look at what I wanted out of the trip and myself when it ended. Normally my yoga classes are short and intense but this was a wonderful change of pace. I approach most things cynically including yoga talks and journaling but they yoga’d the cynic out of me and I couldn’t have been happier with the experience. Oh and it was an amazing price. And I’m going again next year, the ultimate vote of confidence."

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  • Review by Dawn H.
    10 out of 10

    "My husband and I went on a yoga retreat to Xinalani with Alchemy Tours. This was our first yoga retreat so we weren’t sure what to expect. Vacation for us means getting outside, being active, eating delicious food and perhaps a few cocktails. This trip provided all of the above and more. Alchemy Tours provided us with a ton of information and helped us set up a scuba diving and surfing excursion. They also arranged for the group to give back to the community we were staying in, which was very inspiring. There was a planned group activity every day which was included and optional. Everything was optional without judgement, even the yoga classes. Classes were taught every morning and evening, with a few workshop options throughout the week. Yoga classes were some of the best we have ever taken. There was a great variety that incorporated fun, music and mindfulness in a way that is rare to find. Every meal was fantastic, fresh and delicious! Every morning I woke up looking forward to that days fresh squeezed juice (and of course coffee). We do not have any dietary restrictions, but many on the trip did, the chef was masterful in handling all of the gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, pescetarian, and vegan request. We will absolutely travel with Alchemy tours again and recommend them to everyone we know."

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  • Review by Maddie L. Haramara
    10 out of 10

    "Every activity during the week was carefully planned and extremely purposeful, however, there was no feeling of pressure to do things that were not of interest to you. The yoga was great. As beginner yogi I felt welcomed and confident even though advanced yogis seemed to be enjoying the classes and flows as much as I did. The yoga also varied daily. It was always interesting and I was consistently benefiting in various ways from the classes. Best of all, Silvia and Malia assisted in so much besides just yoga. There were chakra talks, happiness coachings, astrology readings, dancing, meditating, photo shoots, game playing and scavenger hunts. The days I spent in Mexico flew by faster and more enjoyably than I could have ever anticipated. Whether you are a hard-core yogi and spiritualist, or someone just looking to get away from the stresses of life I would recommend you to Alchemy Tours. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. I will definitely be booking with them again!"

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    10 out of 10

    "I’ve been on two retreats with Alchemy Tours – one in Bali and one in Mexico, and botanical holding hands loved them both (in fact, we are currently planning to rope our friends into joining us for another!). The two experiences were entirely different to one another, but both contained a wonderful balance of excellent yoga, guided introspection and great fun. Silvia’s the most talented yoga instructor I know, with the added depth of having a background in professional training and development and a natural affinity for study. These talents enable her to deliver elegantly constructed retreats where her yoga classes, self study exercises and fun activities are all weaved together over the week to complement the retreat theme. You will be amazingly nourished by a week which will no doubt include incredible food, exploration of the place you’re in, development of your yoga practice, new activities, personal insights and lots and lots of laughter. I can’t recommend joining them highly enough."

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  • Review by Megan K.
    10 out of 10

    "I took a trip with Silvia and Alchemy tours in 2012, it was absolutely life changing, botanical jumping beautiful, easy and fun. They are friendly, fun positive energy, and have thought of all the details to create a trip that is both easy, enjoyable and potent. Each person on the trip was amazing, and the activities and nurturing environment of the resort they chose worked beautifully to create new friendships and a great group dynamic. Expect a great time, great insights and to return home refreshed and with a happier outlook on life with wider possibilities! I really can see the whole course of my life shifted with this trip, and it is completely wonderful. I would not hesitate to recommend a trip with Alchemy Tours!"

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    10 out of 10

    "I had so much fun exploring a part of Mexico with them. Their shared love of travel combined with their warmth, humor and creative spirits make Alchemy Tours an amazing group to travel with! I will take many more trips with Alchemy Tours! They absolutely rock!"

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Arrival: Sunday June 25, 2017
Departure: Saturday July 1, 2017

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