8 Days Tuscan Countryside Adventure and Yoga Retreat in Lucca, Italy

8 Days Tuscan Countryside Adventure and Yoga Retreat in Lucca, Italy

  • Il Borghino, Via della Chiesa XIV, 886, 55060 Lucca, Italy

Italy Yoga Retreat Tuscany

Join Ananda Expeditions for a yoga and adventure retreat that comprises daily Vinyasa yoga practices for all levels, adventurous hiking and sightseeing excursions led by local guides, an array of culinary and cultural experiences, and ample time for relaxing or exploring the area on your own. This is the perfect holiday for yogis who want to practice while traveling with a non-yoga-practicing partner or friend.

Highlights

  • Daily Vinyasa yoga practice
  • Walk to a neighboring winery for a tour and tasting
  • Explore the walled city of Lucca by bike with a local guide
  • Take a day-trip to the breathtaking beaches and cliff-side villages of Cinque Terre
  • Learn how to cook traditional Tuscan dishes in a half-day cooking class
  • 3 daily delicious vegetarian meals with fruit, water, and herbal tea
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 8 days with instruction
  • French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, English
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Designed to preserve the original character of the village while still being both comfortable and modern, Il Borghino has been meticulously restored with energy efficiency and a concern for the environment in mind, using natural materials such as wood, marble, and terracotta. Il Borghino comprises three separate houses with 11 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms and can accommodate up to 18 retreat participants.

The rooms are large, simple, and furnished tastefully in local Tuscan style, and offer fabulous views from every window. Each house is fully self-contained and offers every facility to meet the needs and privacy of retreat guests. Tea and coffee making facilities are also available in each house for use outside meal times.

The large communal area, "L’Olivo," allows retreat guests to gather during the day, enjoy meals together, share experiences, and, of course, practice daily yoga. There is also a wood-fired pizza oven which will be used during the retreat, and a gorgeous outdoor terrace with panoramic views for al fresco dining.

Day 1

Plan to arrive at the Lucca train station to catch the group transfer to the villa or make your own way. Check-in at the villa at 4:00 p.m. Settle into your room, then unwind with a relaxed, grounding yoga practice. Enjoy your first farm-to-table vegetarian meal, complete with local olive oil and wine, before retiring for a good night's sleep.

Day 2 to 7

While the schedule is subject to change, here's an outline of the two types of typical days:

Variant 1

  • 08:30 Morning yoga
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Guided walk, cooking class, and free time
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 17:00 Yoga practice (including pose demonstrations and long savasana)
  • 19:30 Dinner

Variant 2

  • 06:30 Quick breakfast
  • 07:00 Depart for Cinque Terre day trip
  • 19:00 Return to the villa
  • 19:30 Dinner

Day 8

During the last day, enjoy a slightly earlier, farewell breakfast. You will check out at 9:30 a.m. Then, you will join the group transfer back to central Lucca or continue on your own way.

Cooking classes

You will have the great privilege to learn to cook some traditional Tuscan specialties in a half-day class at the villa with chef Maria-Angela.

Pizza and prosseco party

On your final night, you will close out your time together with a celebratory pizza and prosseco party.

Cinque Terre day trip

On Wednesday, the group will travel to and spend the day in breath-taking Cinque Terre, the five coastal villages embedded in rocky cliffs along one of Italy’s most scenic stretches of Liguria. Motivated hikers can opt to spend the day walking the (at times challenging) coastal path that winds along the coast between the villages, enjoying spectacular scenery along the way.

Alternatively, you can walk some of the gentler sections of the trail, and still have time to swim, explore the villages, and enjoy a leisurely, delicious lunch. The drivers will drop you off at one of the five villages in the morning and pick you up again in the evening. To make the most of your day, you will have a quick breakfast at 6:30 a.m. and depart at 7:00 a.m. Transportation and entry into the Cinque Terre Park is included, but lunch out will be on your own.

Bike and walking tour of Lucca

A local guide will take you on a two-to-three hour tour of Lucca. You will bike around the city’s ancient walls, walk to and explore the main attractions, and enjoy a cappuccino break. The tour starts immediately after breakfast returning to the villa in time for a late lunch at 2:00 p.m. If you wish to stay in town after the tour, you can easily find a taxi to bring you back to the villa. Please note that while restaurants are open for lunch, the shops close daily between 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Wine tasting excursion

After breakfast, you will walk three kilometers along the “Strada del Vino“ (the wine road), overlooking vineyards and olive groves, to a beautiful local winery for a tour and a tasting. There is an option to take a taxi if you prefer, at your own expense. The price is around 30 EUR each way, accommodating four to six people.

  • Michael Hoyer

    Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Vinyasa Yoga)

    Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Vinyasa Yoga)

    Michael founded Ananda Expeditions to draw on her breadth of experience as a traveler, teacher, and writer, and, most importantly, to pursue her ananda by guiding others on purposeful wanderings in-line with their internal compasses. She relishes the opportunity to guide others on journeys that they have always craved - trips and retreats that engage both the mind and the body, through which travelers discover new depths of joy while creating lasting memories.

This retreat will take place at Il Borghino in Lucca, Italy. Literally meaning “small village”, Il Borghino offers a secluded retreat in the hills above Lucca with magnificent views overlooking forested valleys, vineyards, olive groves, and mountains in the distance. The villa is ideally located 15 minutes from Lucca, 35 minutes from Pisa, one and a half hours from Florence, and one and a half hours from the breathtaking Cinque Terre region - making it the perfect base to explore Tuscany and Liguria.

Nearby places

  • Cinque Terre - 1.5 hours
  • Florence - 1.5 hours
  • Florence Airport (FLR), 50 kilometers
  • Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO), 162 kilometers
  • Lucca - 15 minutes
  • Pisa - 35 minutes
  • Pisa International Airport (PSA), 18 miles

Vegetarian menu is prepared by a wonderful local cook who designs deliciously fresh, regional dishes based on what is in the season. The food is sourced from local producers and uses organic grains, fruit, and vegetables wherever possible. The cook also makes their own fresh fruit and vegetable juices and cleansing herbal tea using fresh herbs from the garden.

As you are in Tuscany, you do indulge in local cheeses, pasta, bread, wines, and other delights, so although the menu is not a strict cleanse, it does offer plenty of healthy choices with nuts, seeds, legumes, plenty of vegetables and salads, rice, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, fresh fruit, and yogurt. Organic wine, olive oil, and honey produced in the surrounding agricultural area near Il Borghino are served.

Upon request, Ananda Expeditions can cater for gluten-free and other special dietary requirements.

Explore Lucca on your own

If you prefer to explore Lucca on your own, taxi costs between 25 to 35 EUR (one way), depending on the taxi. Some taxis are four-seaters and some are six-seaters. Drivers will charge extra if they have to wait more than 15 minutes.

Puccini opera in Lucca

A Puccini opera is performed every night in Lucca. The concert starts at 7:00 p.m. sharp and runs for approximately 45 minutes to one hour. The price is 20 EUR (cash only), plus the cost of a taxi fare from the villa and back again (around 25 EUR each way shared between however many people go).

If a majority of the group wants to go, the dinner can be shifted to 8:30 p.m. to accommodate performance-goers. Booking tickets ahead is advised, so please let Ananda Expeditions know early on in the week if you want to attend a concert.

Pietrasanta artist village

If you fancy a night out in a colorful artist’s village, Pietrasanta is recommended, a thriving town full of galleries, shops, and restaurants that spill out onto the sidewalks. Best known for its marble and bronze artistic works, Pietrasanta often hosts international art exhibitions in the local Piazza, where you can enjoy an aperitivo and take in the buzz of activity.

The town comes alive around 10:00 p.m., so it’s best to arrive in the early evening and stay late so you can be part of the action. Drivers will drop you off around 5:30 p.m. and can bring you home as late as 11:30 p.m. Guess what? The shops stay open until midnight in the summer. Eight-person vans with a driver can be booked if there is enough interest. Prices vary depending on numbers. Allow 25 to 35 EUR per person for transport, plus your dinner out.

Italian language lessons

Individual or small group lessons with an experienced Italian teacher can be arranged and will be conducted at the villa. Prices are 30 EUR per hour for individual lessons.

Massage and holistic treatments

Ananda Expeditions has some really wonderful local therapists who will be available throughout the retreat for various massages and treatments on site. There will be a schedule on the notice board where you can sign up for your treatment. Please note that the therapists must be paid at the time of the treatment, so bring some extra cash if you plan on indulging yourself! Prices start from 60 EUR per hour.

Visit a thermal spa

This three-to-four-hour excursion is best suited to the cooler months. Spa entry costs 40 EUR per person and includes entry to the thermal pools (indoors and outdoors), Turkish steam room, sauna, and rental of bathrobe, slippers, and bathing cap. Allow approximately 25 EUR per person for transport with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes.

  • 3 vegetarian meals daily
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All group transportation
  • Daily yoga practice and use of yoga room, mats, and props
  • Day trip to Cinque Terre, tour of Lucca, cooking class, and winery visit, entrance fees, and local guides
  • Unlimited fruit and herbal tea throughout the day
  • Local wine at dinner (half bottle wine per person, per night)
  • Transfer from Lucca to the villa on arrival day and back to Lucca on departure day
  • Use of outdoor salt-water pool
  • Use of laundry facilities in each house
  • Gratuity for local guides and house and kitchen staff
  • 1 dinner
  • 1 lunch
  • Airfare
  • Ground transportation to and from arrival airport to Lucca
  • Other travel-related expenses
  • Short-term traveler's insurance (not required, but recommended for consideration)
  • Supplemental and personal activities (i.e. massages, shopping, optional activities) including transportation
  • Teacher and guide gratuities
  • Transfers from and to Lucca outside the one scheduled pickup on arrival day and drop-off on departure day

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Pisa International Airport (PSA). This is the nearest airport to Lucca, around 18 miles away. Transfer from and to this airport at a scheduled time is included. Ananda Expeditions will pick you up at the airport.

When booking your flights, you are recommended to plan your arrival time in Lucca for around 3:30 p.m., to coincide with the group transfer to Il Borghino at 3:45 p.m. There will be one scheduled pick-up only. Please email your arrival details to Ananda Expeditions as soon as they are available. If you are unable to make the pick-up, Ananda Expeditions can arrange for a taxi to bring you to Il Borghino.

You can also fly into Florence Airport (FLR) or Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO), which are 50 and 162 miles away from Lucca respectively. Transfers from and to these airports are available on request.

Arrival by train

Regular trains and buses run from both Pisa International Airport (PSA) and Florence Airport (FLR) to Lucca and are very reasonably priced. Trains also run regularly from Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO), but the trip takes much longer (approximately four and a half hours).

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 120 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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8 days / 7 nights

Early bird discount

The prices below include various early bird discounts which range from 180 USD to 255 USD per person. To benefit, book or reserve before January 1, 2018.

 
Departure:
Saturday May 12, 2018
(8 days / 7 nights)

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