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8 Days Yoga & Cycling Retreat in Tuscany, Italy

8 Days Yoga & Cycling Retreat in Tuscany, Italy

  • Villa Boccella Estate, Via di Tramonte 483, Saltocchio, Lucca, Tuscany

Yoga & Cycling Active Holiday in Tuscany

For trail-blazers and freedom-seekers, Soulfit Adventures specializes in active holidays that send you on the path to discovery of the mind, body and soul. Unlike other active holidays, we fuse our love of cycling, yoga and retreat-style luxury and take you on a journey to exotic destinations around the world, where together we will escape routine, embrace new experiences, and go on an adventure to explore a new world.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga class
  • 1 one-hour long massage
  • Daily cycling with experienced local guide
  • 6 days hire hybrid bike, Olympia Superleggera
  • 1 last night's celebratory dinner and drinks
  • Unlimited fruit, water, herbal teas, coffee
  • Daily healthy, nutritious meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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The Dependence, which is part of the exclusive Villa Boccella estate is our Tuscan home for the week, and offers us a luxurious retreat where authentic Tuscan charm is coupled with opulence and exclusivity. The Dependence was historically the principle support building for Villa Boccella and all it’s agricultural activities. Set in the heart of a vast estate of rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves, recently renovated. The Dependence has everything we need including own own pool and yoga studio! It was Petrarch in the 14th century who advocated the country house as a place of rest and repose, starting the fashion for beautiful houses set in the hills, away from the heat of the city. Near the ancient fortified city of Lucca, it was built in 1729, and the whole estate is a fine example of a summer retreat for the nobility. With it's vineyards and olive groves, it still produces it own wine and oil and over the past few years, the whole estate and it buildings have been sympathetically renovated to provide accommodation that is comfortable and luxurious, combined with classic elegant Tuscan style.

D.H. Lawrence says "For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery, back, back down the old ways of time. Strange and wonderful chords awake in us, and vibrate again after many hundreds of years of complete forgetfulness." Sometimes, it takes a special place in your life and the right setting to unravel and just let go. Soulfit Adventures offers an exquisite opportunity to do just that in Tuscany. Imagine weaving your way through the intimate and untouched cycling trails in and around Lucca, whilst immersing yourself in the essence of history and nature. Each day is different, taking you into the local off the beaten tracks to discover what waits. Your body being guided through yoga to prepare you for the bike, or a restorative yoga sequence late in the day. Fresh, authentic local foods prepared lovingly to nourish and delight you. The bike is freedom. It allows you to travel the roads less traveled, taking in the sights and smells—the crunching of the gravel below your tires or the soothing hum as you glide over fresh pavement – you just don’t experience the world the same way by foot, car, or plane.

Our Tuscan active holiday retreat combined with adventure offers you the chance to reconnect with your self and let go. Nestled in boutique luxury accommodation on a private estate, setting the backdrop for morning and evening yoga as we cycle the days into bliss. You will relish in cuisine of fresh local produce and wine, absorbing the sights – a pure delight for the senses - Tuscan style! Soulfit Adventures believes flow is the secret to fun. It occurs when we are so engaged in something that we lose all track of time. We don’t notice anything at all because we are so immersed in a task that is at once optimally challenging and absorbing. Some of our most immersive, flow experiences occur on the bike and our yoga mats. Worried that the cycling and/or yoga might be too difficult? Don’t be. The cycling is moderate but designed to challenge you (it’s all part of the fun!), and the yoga is suitable for all levels. If you are more experienced on the bike, we can definitely challenge you! Non riding and non yoga partners are welcome to share the adventure with you. We take a very holistic approach to our active retreats and design itineraries that create a balance where you will encounter opportunities that will engage your body, mind, and spirit. Whatever you seek on your Tuscan journey, you will experience La Dolce Vita, the sweet life and go home with a sense of vitality and a restored approach to life. We know you deserve a remarkable life in magical places… Adventure awaits!

The Week at a glance

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Lucca, transfer to Villa Boccella Estate, welcome dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, bike fit out and easy cycle around the ancient walls of Lucca, evening yin yoga – 30kms
  • Day 3 - Cycling to the neoclassical Roman Acqueduct, evening yin yoga – 40kms
  • Day 4 - Morning yoga, day at leisure
  • Day 5 - Cycling Torre del Lago Puccini & Viareggio – 70kms, evening yin yoga, dinner out at local dinner
  • Day 6 - Morning yoga, day at leisure
  • Day 7 - Cycle to Montecarlo, wine tasting and lunch, evening yin yoga, farewell dinner – 60 to 80kms
  • Day 8 - End of retreat, transfer to Lucca for onward journey

Please note that the cycling routes listed above and below are examples only. The actual cycling routes will be confirmed at the time of the retreat depending on the group’s interests, cycling experience, fitness levels and weather conditions. Non-cycling friends and spouses welcome.

Schedule

Day 1 - Arrival, meals: D

  • Arrive independently to Lucca train or bus station
  • 15:30 - Transfer to accommodation on Villa Boccella Estate. Settle into your luxurious surroundings and relax
  • Welcome dinner and short briefing about the week

Day 2 - Meals: B, L, D

Cycling: 30 kilometers

Duration: 2 hours

Grade: Easy

Terrain: Mostly flat

  • 08:30 - Breakfast
  • 09:30 - After breakfast, we transfer into Lucca where, we meet Paladino from Chrono Bikes and Tim, our guide for the week. We are fitted for our bikes and then start our cycling off with a gentle ride around the ancient walls surrounding the old center of Lucca - these are 12 meters high and some 25 meters wide and the entire circuit is about 4 kilometers, giving a wonderful perspective of the old city. Leaving the city center, we then head out for a few kilometers before crossing over the river and heading to Nozzano Castello, an ancient hamlet maintaining its original aspect and fortifications. We continue on towards the old Carthusian monastery in Farneta before returning to the estate for lunch. This afternoon is yours to relax and unwind.
  • 17:00 - Yin yoga
  • 19:30 - Dinner

Day 3 - Meals: B, D

Cycling: 40km

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

Grade: Easy to Moderate

Terrain: Mostly flat, some gentle grades

  • 07:30 - Breakfast
  • 08:30 - Today, we are off on an easy cycle to the neoclassical Roman Acqueduct just on the outskirts of Lucca. We admire the ancient architecture before stopping for lunch at a beautiful restaurant, Lo Scompiglio overlooking the vineyards and surrounding hills. After lunch it’s a gentle cycle back to estate with maybe a gelato stop along the way. Massages, pool time, restorative yoga, the choice is yours.
  • 17:00 - Yin yoga
  • 19:30 - Dinner

Day 4 - Meals: B, L, D

08:30 - Morning yoga

09:30 - Breakfast

After a sleep in, morning yoga and breakfast this morning, today is your day, where you can do as you please. You can chill out at the estate where you can relieve your tired legs with a massage, lie by the pool and soak up the beautiful surroundings

Alternatively, you might be feeling more adventurous and decide to take advantage of your location and explore the surrounding areas. Or maybe you fancy a day trip to the Cinque Terra or Florence or a venture into Lucca and explore the local shops

Lunch will be provided at the estate for those who choose to stay

  • 17:00 - Yin yoga
  • 19:30 - Dinner

Day 5 - Meals: B, D

Cycling: 60 kilometers

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

Grade: Easy to moderate

Terrain: Gentle grades, some rolling hills

07:30 - Breakfast

08:30 - Today’s cycling takes us towards the sea on a very picturesque route and we up the intensity a little. From Lucca, we head towards Balbano and commence a 2 to 3 kilometers climb with shade most of the way towards the Lake of Massacciuccoli (also known as lake of Giacomo Puccini). We stop at the top to take in the breathtaking views of the lake and the coastline. The lake is part of the Migliarino, San Rossore and Massacciuccoli Nature Park and the lakeside town of Torre del Lago Puccini is the birth place of the great composer Giacomo Puccini!

From the lake, we descend back into the town of Massacciuccoli and the cycle towards the seaside resort of Viareggio, where we stop for a break and grab some lunch. On the way back, we have another 1 kilometers climb to Piazzano before heading back to Lucca.

We arrive back at the estate during the afternoon and have some time to relax before for our dinner out.

  • 17:00 - Yin yoga
  • 20:00 - Dinner out at a local restaurant

Day 6 - Meals: B, L, D

08:30 - Morning yoga

09:30 - Breakfast

After a sleep in, morning yoga and breakfast, you have another free day to do as you please. Lunch will be provided at the estate for those who choose to stay and enjoy the surroundings

  • 17:00 - Yin yoga
  • 19:30 - Dinner

Day 7 - Meals: B, L, D

Cycling: 60 kilometers

Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Grade: Moderate to challenging

Terrain: Rolling hills a few long climbs but not steep

07:30 - Breakfast

08:30 - Our last ride for the week is our most challenging, however, it is well worth the effort. The ride is scenic and picturesque following back roads lined with olive trees and vineyards, passing through ancient hamlets and Romanesque villages with spectacular views overlooking the surrounding country side. The ride is undulating and quite challenging with about 4 to 5 kilometers of climbing but the scenery is stunning and we are rewarded at the end when we arrive at Montecarlo, a hilltop town with fabulous views of the surrounding districts.

We then hop back on our bikes and head to a favorite winery for a wine tasting and a Tuscan lunch. By the time, we arrive back at the villa during the afternoon, we will have worked up an appetite and a thirst for our celebratory dinner at the estate.

  • 17:00 - Yin yoga
  • 19:00 - Celebratory dinner and drinks!

Day 8 - Departure, Meals: B

  • 09:00 - Final breakfast
  • 10:30 - Following breakfast the Lucca for our onwards journeys
  • Virginia Slevin

    (Power Yoga)

    Virginia is the owner of SoulFit Adventures. Virginia has always had a passion for travel, which was first ignited some 20 years ago when she was fortunate to spend 7 years living and working in Europe. Her passion for health and wellness has developed slowly over a number of years and she is still on this journey. Virginia is very grateful to have been part of the amazing Power Living Yoga community in Sydney, Australia, and she has completed her 200-hour Power yoga teacher training with modern Australian master yogi, Duncan Peak. She also practices Kundalini yoga when time permits.

  • Isabelle Vorweg

    Isabelle Vorweg is the masseuse on this retreat. Isabelle hails from Munich and has been living and working in Lucca for the last eight years. Guests will often remark that Isabelle's massages are the best they have ever had! In her spare time, Isabelle is a keen cyclist, a personal trainer, and Sivananda yoga teacher.

The retreats are held at Villa Boccella, a beautiful 17th Century Tuscan holiday estate. The estate is very well situated 10 Kilometers from Lucca, one hour from the international airport of Pisa. Just an hour from Florence, and near to the many beaches on the Versiglia coast.

The estate is only 10 minutes by car to the beautiful city of Lucca or a little longer by bicycle along the river path. In Lucca it is fun to explore the small streets, full of interesting shops, and restaurants. Wander around the various food, plant and antique shows held on top of the ancient walls that surround Lucca.

  • All linen and towels supplied
  • All meals during the stay within the villa and one dinner inclusive at a local restaurant with local wine
  • Use of the swimming pool and all facilities within the grounds of the estate
  • Transfers to and from the villa on the first and last day of the retreat (from the Lucca bus or train station only)
  • All airfares
  • Incidentals and other travel-related expenses
  • Yoga mat, blocks, straps, bolsters etc (the venue has a limited supply of mats)
  • Additional massages or other holistic treatments not listed in the above package
  • Upgrade to carbon road bike available on request
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips/Gratuities

Driving directions from Pisa

  • Take the A11 Highway (Pisa Nord-Firenze)
  • Exit at Lucca

Driving directions from Florence

  • Take the A11 Highway (Firenze-Pisa Nord)
  • Exit at Lucca

Driving directions from Rome

  • Take the A1 Highway (Roma-Milano)
  • Enter the A11 Highway (Firenze-Pisa Nord) at Firenze (direction Pisa Nord)
  • Exit at Lucca

Driving directions from Milan

  • Take the A1 Highway (Milano-Roma)
  • Enter the A15 Highway at Parma Ovest (direction La Spezia)
  • Enter the A12 Highway after Aulla (direction Livorno)
  • Enter the A11 Highway at Viareggio (direction Firenze)
  • Exit at Lucca

Driving directions from Genova

  • Take the A12 Highway (Genova-Livorno)
  • Enter the A11 Highway at Viareggio (direction Firenze)
  • Exit at Lucca

Arrival by airplane

If you are flying into Italy, the closest international airports are Pisa & Florence. Pisa International Airport (Galileo Galilei) is 35 minutes away by car (www.pisa-airport.com).

Easyjet, Ryanair and British Airways serve the UK. Delta flies direct to NYC and there are numerous flights to Germany, France, Switzerland and the rest of Europe.

Florence International Airport (www.aeroporto.firenze.it) is approximately 1 hour by car and has many flights to connect hubs within Europe.

Arrival by bus

The buses which serve all the main towns and cities in Tuscany depart from Piazzale Verdi in Lucca (www.lazzibus.it).

Arrival by train

All airports are connected via the Italian railway system. Lucca train station is the closest station to Villa Boccella. Check out www.trenitalia.it for more information.