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9 Day A Taste of Tuscany and the Italian Riviera Culture, History and Active Yoga Adventure
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Italy Tour with Cooking and Yoga

Enjoy the perfect mix of Italian culture, history and active adventure from the charming historic towns of Tuscany to the exquisite cliffside of the Italian Riviera, and of course, delicious food and vino! On this trip, you will explore the lush rolling hill towns of Tuscany, the ancient city of Pisa, Cinque Terre’s cliffside coast, and Florence, rich in history and home of The David.

Highlights

  • Yoga practice
  • Florence city sightseeing tour
  • 3 cooking classes with an expert chef
  • Horseback riding, guided hiking, and Pisa tour
  • Hiking and kayaking tour to explore Cinque Terre
  • Free private group transfers at a scheduled time
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • 8 nights accommodation

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8 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
Airport transfer included: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport)
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Accommodation

Guardastelle

The journey begins from the picturesque, Tuscan, medieval village of San Gimignano. The origins of Guardastelle date back to the middle of the fifteenth century. The villa has been enlarged over the centuries in order to house the children of the peasants, the last part of the house was built in the 1950s. The estate was originally a farmstead for all intents and purposes, surrounded by immaculately kept olive groves, gardens, and vineyards. Also on the property, there is a woodshed, a barn, a pigsty, a winery and an olive oil press.

In 1984 it was purchased in poor conditions, almost unsuitable to live in, by a man named Sestilio. However, the unique view of San Gimignano and the sweeping panorama over the vineyards and hills held an irresistible attraction. Sestilio’s intention was to rediscover the spirit of country life with his family. In 1997, his daughter, Susan, decided to start making wine from her own grapes in the winery built and fitted out by her father, producing wines and extra-virgin olive oil under the brand Sovestro in Poggio.

In 2003, she began renovation works on the house, and after four years of work, she endowed Guardastelle with its current appearance. It is impossible not to fall in love with its rolling hills, the fruits of which become the wine and olive oil that the whole world envies. Guardastelle Villa will immerse you into a fairytale atmosphere as the fireflies accompany you along the road leading to the gates of San Gimignano, with its enchanting towers, cobblestone streets and centuries-old history. Join us in October and experience for yourself the magic that makes this villa and this village so incredibly special that you will want to return again and again.

Accommodations

Choose from shared or single room accommodations throughout your stay in Tuscany, Cinque Terre, and Florence.

Tuscany

The accommodation includes a private room with one bed or sharing a room with one additional person, two beds. All varying in size, each room has a different color scheme and furnishings in typical Tuscan style, making them elegant and homely at the same time. All the rooms have an enchanting view of San Gimignano and the surrounding hills, allowing you to constantly savor to the full the beauty and peace of this land.

Each room has a private bathroom and all bed and bath linen and towels for the swimming pool are provided. Includes a hearty breakfast daily served in the central hall or on the terrace overlooking the towers of San Gimignano.

Cinque Terre

The accommodation includes a private room with one bed or sharing a room with one additional person, two beds. Equipped to ensure a comfortable stay, the rooms offer a private bathroom and modern amenities and services like air conditioning, satellite television (TV LED 26’’), dial direct phone, safety box, hairdryer.

Florence

The accommodation includes a private room with one bed or sharing a room with one additional person, two beds. Elegant rooms with a view onto the internal courtyard, tastefully furnished, features all the best amenities and comfort, and a bathroom with shower.

Program

Day 1: May 7, 2022

Upon arrival in Florence, transfer from the airport to Guardastelle Villa in San Gimignano by coach with an English-speaking assistant. Upon your arrival, settle in and familiarize yourself with the grounds and/or follow the path for a stroll into San Gimignano for a Tuscan lunch or cappuccino at one of the many quaint cafes.

Later that afternoon, you will meet for a welcome circle and 4-course Tuscan dinner and local wine at the villa while enjoying spectacular views of the Tuscan hills and San Gimignano.

  • Airport transfer to the villa
  • Lunch on own
  • Welcome circle
  • Light yoga stretch
  • Dinner
  • Overnight at the villa

Day 2: May 8, 2022

Wake up and breathe in the breathtaking views of the rolling Tuscan hills during an outdoor yoga practice. Enjoy breakfast at your leisure on the outdoor terrace followed by horseback riding through the vineyards of Il Vecchio Maneggio Estate.

On your ride, you will be surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, saffron crops, fruit orchards, and rolling fields. Il Vecchio Maneggio Estate is a working holiday farm where you will enjoy the atmosphere of a century-old tradition. There, you will have a chance to taste some of their local products.

After your ride, you will enjoy an afternoon cooking class with dinner (3 course-set menu). Take your cue from an expert chef as you create an Italian menu. Then sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor, complemented by Tuscan wine.

  • Morning yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Horseback riding
  • Tasting
  • Cooking class with wine
  • Overnight at the villa

Day 3: May 9, 2022

After breakfast at the villa, you will enjoy a 3-hour guided hiking tour of the surrounding area and town of San Gimignano. There are several rural walks around San Gimignano, through the vineyards and olive groves that approach the town on all sides. San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena.

Known as the Town of Fine Towers, San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses, situated on a hilltop setting with encircling walls, forming an unforgettable skyline. Enjoy a light lunch in town on your own. Once back at the villa, enjoy a relaxing siesta or dip in the pool before our next cooking class!

Mid-afternoon you will take a tour of the winery and then learn to make Pizza! Roll up your sleeves and get ready to cook; learn the whole pizza-making process, from making and kneading the dough to choosing the perfect toppings. Menu: Potato gnocchi, Pizza with your favorite toppings. You end our day with an optional yoga class overlooking the rolling hills at sunset.

  • Breakfast
  • Hike
  • Lunch
  • Wine tasting
  • Cooking class with dinner
  • Yoga
  • Overnight at the villa

Day 4: May 10, 2022

Enjoy breakfast followed by a light yoga class. After yoga, prepare for your next cooking class with lunch. Learn from an expert chef as you create another authentic Italian meal. Then sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor, complemented by Tuscan wine.

After lunch, this is your afternoon to enjoy spending time as you wish. Enjoy some leisure time either relaxing by the pool with your favorite book, taking a long walk through the vineyards, or exploring the town. Dinner this evening is on your own so you may choose to enjoy one of the fabulous restaurants in San Gimignano on your last evening in Tuscany!

  • Breakfast
  • Yoga
  • Cooking class with lunch
  • Wine
  • Overnight at the villa

Day 5: May 11, 2022

After breakfast, you head to visit Pisa Piazza dei Miracoli. The Piazza dei Miracoli is a walled 8.87-hectare area, is famous for being an important center of European medieval art and one of the finest architectural complexes in the world. Considered sacred by the Catholic Church, the square is dominated by four great religious edifices: the Pisa Cathedral, the Pisa Baptistry, the Campanile, and the Camposanto Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery). In 1987, the whole square was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After your visit in Pisa, you continue to La Spezia. Once in La Spezia, you will transfer by local train to Monterosso and then from the Monterosso station to Albergo degli Amici hotel. Spend the afternoon exploring the exquisite coast of Monterosso. You may choose to climb the many steps to the church of San Francesco or spend your time walking or relaxing on the beach. Lunch and dinner on your own.

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer
  • Pisa
  • Aarrive at Cinque Terre

Day 6: May 12, 2022

Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of the coast on the Italian Riviera. It comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Over the centuries, people have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Part of its charm is the lack of visible corporate development. Paths, trains, and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside. Today, you will hike between the 5 villages, (an 8-hour hike) stopping along the way for lunch at your leisure.

  • Breakfast
  • Guided hike
  • Yoga stretch
  • Overnight at the hotel

Day 7: May 13, 2022

Today, you see Cinque Terre from a different perspective by exploring the waters of the Italian Riviera along the exquisite Cinque Terre coastline by kayak! You will depart from the beach in Monterosso and pass hidden coves, rugged cliffs, and the bright, pastel hues of Cinque Terre’s five villages along your journey.

Pause to stretch out on the beach or cool off with a swim before continuing on your journey. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and seabirds, including cormorants and gannets. After your refreshing and active day on the sea, choose to spend your last afternoon in Cinque Terre as you wish. If you wish to spend more time on the water, there is a hop-on/off boat that travels between the 5 villages and you can hop on and off at your leisure. Dinner at your leisure this evening.

  • Breakfast
  • Kayaking tour
  • Overnight at the hotel

Day 8: May 14, 2021

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Transfer by foot to Monterosso train station from Albergo degli Amici hotel. Board the local train to La Spezia and transfer to Florence! Upon arrival in Florence and checking into the hotel, you will enjoy a 3-hour city sightseeing tour. On your tour, you will admire the Cathedral of Santa Maria with its beautiful white and green marble and its iconic red Dome. You will cross over the famous medieval stone bridge, Ponte Vecchio, and stroll past the Palazzo Vecchio, a striking fortified 13th-century palace and home to Michelangelo’s “The David.”

After your tour and time exploring the city, you will meet for your farewell dinner and enjoy a traditional Florentine dinner!

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Florence
  • A half-day city tour
  • Dinner
  • Overnight at the hotel

Day 9: May 15, 2021

Departures from Florence. Depart from Florence airport anytime. Take the coach transfer included (this transfer will have one departure time) or take your own taxi to the airport at your leisure.

Included excursions

  • Horseback riding through the vineyards of Il Vecchio Maneggio Estate
  • 3-hour guided hiking tour of the surrounding area and town of San Gimignano and winery tour
  • Tour of Pisa Piazza dei Miracoli
  • 8-hour leisure hike between the 5 villages of Cinque Terre
  • Exploring the waters of the Italian Riviera along the exquisite Cinque Terre coastline by kayak
  • 3-hour Florence city sightseeing tour

Retreat location

Food

This package includes daily breakfast, 3 lunches, and 4 dinners (some of the lunches and dinners are made during the cooking classes).

Locally sourced breakfast (Tuscany)

Breakfast is prepared every morning with fresh ingredients from Guardastelle’s local certified production. The abundant international buffet is set up on the large table in the central hall, however, when the weather permits and the outside temperature is pleasant, guests can take advantage of breakfast on the terrace with an exquisite view of the towers of San Gimignano.

For those who prefer savory flavors, there is a vast selection of cold cuts, cheeses, including fontina and ricotta, tomatoes, Tuscan, wholemeal and white toast, eggs cooked to your liking, and bacon. For those who instead prefer a sweet breakfast, there are all varieties of yogurt, cereals, fruit salad, fresh fruit, and pastries straight out of the oven. All accompanied by fruit juice, milk, tea, cappuccino, American, and espresso coffee.

Cinque Terre

Your stay in Cinque Terre hotel includes a breakfast buffet with croissants, cereals, corn flakes, yogurts, ham, cheese, eggs, bacon, fresh milk, juices, butter, jam, fresh fruit.

Florence

Breakfast is served in a uniquely appealing room, decorated with Murano glass chandeliers, fine paintings, and a view onto the Campanile di Giotto. Impeccable service offering a sweet and savory buffet, with quality products, always fresh, accompanied by good Italian espresso coffee.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 3 cooking classes
  • 5 excursions
  • Entrance fees, porter service
  • English speaking private guides
  • Airport transfers

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Additional tours, excursions or other not included in the above itinerary

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Private group transfers are included and will be provided for you. Everyone will be on the same coach transfer to/from the airport. If your flight arrives later than noon, there will be an additional cost for a private transfer. On the return, the group coach transfer is included or you may take a taxi to the airport at your leisure.

Airport: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) Airport transfer included: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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