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10 Days Food, Yoga & Walking Holidays Italy

  • Sicily - Lipari

Overview

Energizing Yoga and Culinary Tours Italy

After just few days of staying, your heart will remain in Sicily. Over the centuries, Sicily has refined a portfolio of scrumptious dishes to entice you. The rich soil, geographical location and favorable temperatures, make this destination a must on your bucket list for walking, yoga, and culinary exploration. This rugged island delivers the true essence of Mediterranean living. Life is passionately enjoyed at a slow pace. Escorted divine tours with Via Mondo guides will introduce you to the lives of warm, jovial Sicilians, who reside along the sea and in the villages, high in the mountains.

Highlights

  • 5 relaxing Kripalu yoga sessions
  • Sicilian, hands-on cooking lesson
  • Climb Mount Etna with an expert guide
  • Wine tasting in Castiglione and trips to Stromboli Island
  • Visit to local markets
  • Daily breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 4 dinners with wine
  • Exciting guided hiking tours
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Every night, you will look forward to a peaceful evening in the regions best sleeping quarters. Depending on the area, you will stay at a hotel, bed and breakfast, villa, or a royal estate. Every tour has 3 or 4 star trip accommodations, handpicked for the location, customer service and authentic regional flare. You will be accommodated in shared double rooms, or private rooms for an additional single supplement.

Hotel Carasco

Hotel Carasco is located directly on the sea, with a swimming pool and panoramic views. A family owns and operates the hotel and resort with full-service restaurant and bar. An oasis among the ancient Islands of Aeolian.

Hotel Il Parco degli Ulivi

With its infinity pool, complete with bar service and Jacuzzi facing the Aeolian Islands, as well as with a modern wellness center, Hotel Il Parco degli Ulivi is the right choice for guests looking for a revitalizing stay, filled with quietness and peace, in stylish and refined 3-star rooms.

Hotel Villa Belvedere

Hotel Villa Belvedere is ideal if you are looking for an enchanting and relaxing oasis, surrounded by a luxuriant garden with tall palm trees, rambling bougainvillea and jasmine, colorful hibiscus shrubs, lemon and orange trees, and flowers always in bloom. Rooms are elegantly furnished with warm soft colors and offer every comfort, including free Wi-Fi.

Day 1 - Leisure day

  • A stroll along the Mediterranean Sea at sunset, with dinner in a pizzeria.
  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner.

Day 2 - Yoga, hiking, cooking class

  • Enjoy a morning yoga session, followed by a hike with a local guide to the Peloritani Mountains, with a regional picnic lunch.
  • A visit to Rometta, its fortress, grottos, and castle ruins.
  • Join the trattoria's cook to prepare a traditional Sicilian (or Romettesse) cuisine, or take a nature walk in an EU preservation village.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3 - Free day

  • Enjoy this free day to explore the area on your own.
  • Tour guides are available to assist you with your plans.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast.

Day 4 - Market visit

  • Have a morning visit to a market before you ferry to Lipari, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner.

Day 5 - Yoga class, boat trip

  • For those interested, a morning yoga class will be held on the terrace.
  • Breathtaking hike around Lipari with a picnic lunch.
  • In the evening, take a sunset boat ride to Stromboli, with many dinner options available on the island.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 6 - Yoga class, free afternoon

  • Start your day with an hour of yoga practice.
  • The day is free for you to discover Lipari, explore one of the nearby islands or lounge about the hotel.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner.

Day 7 - Yoga class, excursion

  • After an hour of morning yoga practice, you will travel to Castiglione, the city of wine, for a wine tasting and lunch at a private estate, with time to explore the area on your own.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast.

Day 8 - Excursion

  • In the morning, stroll around Taormina and climb Mount Etna with an expert guide, who will explain the effects the volcano has on the land.
  • Enjoy a farmhouse lunch near Alcantara Gorge.
  • Later, take the evening in Taormina, to wander around.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 9 - Yoga session, free day

  • This day is for you to explore on your own.
  • In the evening, have a last yoga session to peacefully end your vacation.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 10 - Departure

  • Enjoy a wonderful breakfast at the hotel in Taormina.
  • Bid farewell to Sicily.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast.
  • Boat ride to Stromboli Island
  • Climb on Mount Etna with an expert guide
  • Explore Rometta, its fortress, grottos, and castle ruins
  • Hike in the Peloritani Mountains and around Lipari
  • Stroll along the Mediterranean Sea at sunset and around Taormina
  • Tour Castiglione and enjoy wine tasting
  • Visit a local markets

This culinary yoga vacation will take place in and around Sicily, Italy.

Sicily

Turn your head to the north and see the vast royal blue sea. Turn your head to face the south, for endless views of mountains and valleys intertwined together. The mountains tie into the valleys, with a string of vineyards, olive groves, and fruit orchards. Without a doubt, your guided walks can take you to the best pastries in all of Italy. This culinary delight, outdoor adventure, and escorted getaway, will take you to the depths of fine, but simple living of Sicily.

During your gourmet and yoga vacations, you will be delighted with daily delicious breakfast, five tasting lunches, and five scrumptious dinners, perfectly completed with wine. One of your lunches will take place in the natural scenario of Lipari and another at a farmhouse. You will have the chance to try Italian delicacies such as Italian pies and the famous arancini (fried rice balls), as well as special regional dishes and wines, like Malvasia. You will also have the opportunity to learn some Sicilian cooking tips in a cooking session, with a trattoria's cook. Then, have the chance to explore and discover local cuisine on your own. Of course, your tour guides are on hand to provide suggestions and offer their favorite restaurants in the area.

  • Book massages and spa treatments
  • Discover Lipari or the nearby islands on your own
  • Do mountain biking
  • Enjoy the hotels facilities on your free time
  • Explore Sicily by yourself in your free time
  • Go to the beach
  • Tour around Castiglione area
  • Visit Messina and do shopping
  • Walk around Taormina

Several massages and spa treatments are offered to pamper yourself during this vacation. Please, send an inquiry to Via Mondo for assistance in booking extra massages or treatments, at an additional cost.

  • 1 cooking experience or one nature walk in an EU preservation village
  • 1 wine tasting in Castiglione
  • 4 dinners with wine
  • 5 Kripalu yoga sessions
  • 5 lunches
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • All baggage transportation
  • All special events, excursion, and entrance fees
  • Daily breakfast
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, local experts, and hotel service
  • Service of Via Mondo guides
  • Shuttle service from pick up and drop off locations
  • Thank you gift
  • Transportations from and to Via Mondos special events
  • Trips to Stromboli Island and Edna Volcano
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Gratuities for Via Mondo guides
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Transportation to the trip pick-up location

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Catania International Airport (CTA), Palermo Airport (PMO), Trapani Airport (TPS), or Comiso Airport (CIY).

For information about the booking conditions, please send Via Mondo an inquiry.
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Via Mondo offers guided yoga classes, health and wellness excursions, organic meals, wine tastings, give back programs, and escorted walking trips to Italy, Sicily, and Sardinia.

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Departure:
Sunday May 21, 2017
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