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10 Days Wine Cruise and Yoga Retreat in California

  • California, USA

Overview

Yoga and Wine Vacations in California

Yoga & Wine Holidays invites you to a magnificent luxury cruise round-trip from San Diego aboard the beautiful Crystal Symphony. This retreat concept is specially designed for you to enjoy wonderful yoga classes, complimentary fine wines and dining, and extraordinary service. From San Diego’s historic Gas Lamp Quarter and famous zoo, to world renowned wineries and San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the California Coast will enchant you with it’s beauty.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Complimentary fine wines
  • Access to all cruise facilities
  • Daily locations thorough the Californian coast
  • California wine-tasting excursions
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Daily fine dinners

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

  • 9 days with instruction
  • English
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During this holiday, you will stay in a shared room on board the Crystal Symphony cruise ship. The ship has in-stateroom satellite television and movie digital video disc player rentals, twice daily housekeeping with nightly turn down service, complimentary soft drinks and bottled water as well as complimentary select beer, wine and spirits upon request, kimonos, frette bathrobes, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, self-service launderettes, and a menu of pillow options.

Day 1 - Sail from San Diego

From the old Gas Lamp Quarter to the Horton Plaza, named after the former owner of the present city area, San Diego combines history with progress. Bordered on one side by the graceful Pacific Ocean lapping its shores and the hot desert plains on the other, this magical city is a festive and colorful attraction for tourists and locals. Close by lies graceful La Jolla, Spanish for the jewel, and Solana beach, a beach community located near charming Del Mar.

Whether you venture into Old Town, the original site of this city, or one of its gorgeous parks, you will come to understand why San Diego has established itself as one of the most popular destinations in the USA.

You will enjoy a late evening one-hour Bliss yoga class of Gentle, Yin, and Restorative yoga combined with foot, back, and shoulder massages. You will relax and unwind and then tuck yourself in to bed for a fabulous deep sleep. Tea and cookies will be served after the class.

Day 2 - Departure from San Diego

You will spend another day in San Diego enjoying the sites. You will be offered two yoga classes, one Hatha yoga class in the morning and one Bliss yoga class in the evening. You will depart to Los Angeles at 18:00.

Day 3 - Arrival at Los Angeles

Upon arrival in Los Angeles at 07:00, you will enjoy spectacular natural surroundings combined with the vitality of a creative and artistic community. Sunshine, majestic palm trees, and the sandy beaches of the Pacific share the spotlight with Los Angeles glamorous movie industry and its world-famous celebrities. Formally founded in 1781, it is now one of the world’s largest metropolitan centers.

You will be offered two yoga classes, one Flow yoga in the morning and Bliss yoga later in the evening to unwind after your long day exploring. You will depart to depart to Santa Barbara at 22:00.

Day 4 - Arrival at Santa Barbara

Upon arrival on Santa Barbara at 08:00, you will experience the fair Mediterranean-style weather coupled with beautiful Mediterranean-style scenery that makes Santa Barbara a prime vacationer’s destination.

This jewel of the Pacific, often called the "American Riviera", is also a cultural and educational center with an array of museums and several schools and universities including the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Brooks Institute of photography drawing students from around the world.

Sunny days can be spent strolling through the Santa Barbara zoo, exploring boutiques and restaurants, dining on Stearns Wharf or experiencing the wineries of nearby Santa Ynez Valley, producer of world-class vintages and home to photogenic landscapes of golden hills and venerable oak trees.

You will have two yoga classes on this day, one Flow yoga in the morning and a Bliss yoga class later in the evening to unwind after a fun day in Santa Barbara. You will depart at 21:00.

Day 5 - Cruising the West Coast

On this day, you may pamper yourself at the spa, work-out at the state of the art fitness center or walk on water along the 360 degrees promenade deck, and learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts digital film-making class at the Creative Learning Institute.

You may also learn about art, history, and worldly destinations with the engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with the "Crystal Visions" enrichment program and sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood theater, shop at the luxury boutiques, or simply relax by the pool while the attentive crew caters to your every whim.

From mat Pilates and yoga to golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, you will enjoy this day for yourself. As evening arrives, you will dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new modern cuisine and global Inspired menus to enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club, or the action-packed Crystal casino.

You will be offered two yoga classes, one Hatha yoga class in the morning and one Bliss yoga class in the evening.

Day 6 - Arrival at San Francisco

Upon arrival on san Francisco at 07:00, sailing under the famed Golden Gate bridge, you will enjoy an unforgettable experience. You will discover why this metropolis is one of the most diverse, dynamic, and beautiful cities in the world.

San Francisco is a melting pot of cultures and an important financial center of the world. Hellenic in its setting and climate, European in its intellectual and cultural scope, American in its vigor and informality, and Asian in its tranquility, San Francisco is indeed one of the most exciting cities of the world. You will stroll through Chinatown, shop at Union Square, or browse through Fisherman’s Wharf.

You may sip a cappuccino at a sidewalk café, feast on Italian food or browse through tempting specialty stores. Across the Golden Gate bridge hide giant redwoods and artistic Sausalito which provide the perfect getaway from the city. Whatever your choice, San Francisco’s distinctive charm engenders a special affection in the hearts of all who visit. You will have two yoga classes on this day, one flow yoga in the morning and Bliss yoga class later in the evening to relax and unwind.

Day 7 - Cruising the West Coast

This day will be a free day to enjoy activities on board the ship. You may choose from a selection of entertainment activities or simply relax.

Day 8 - Arrival at Catalina Island

Upon arrival in Catalina Island at 08:00, you will realize that even tough Los Angeles famously loves its cars, on Catalina Island, located just 22 miles off the Southern California Coast, automobiles are a rare sight. Golf carts and walking are the preferred and officially encouraged modes of transportation. You will spy the beautiful Casino on your approach to the pretty little town of Avalon and you will begin to experience a place that takes you back in time.

William Wrigley, Jr. of Wrigley chewing gum fame bought the island in 1919, providing a place for his Chicago Cubs to train and developing a small resort for generations of day-trippers and honeymooners to enjoy.

About 88% of the island’s acreage is protected by the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy, making Catalina’s rugged landscape a haven for wildlife. You may hike the trails, go ziplining, visit the botanic gardens, try for a hole-in-one at the charming garden-style miniature golf course or simply find a spot on a bay-facing patio for a drink and you will be in a haven of your own. You will have another Bliss yoga class later in the evening to pamper you body. You will depart at 18:00 to Ensenada, Mexico.

Day 9 - Arrival at Ensenada, Mexico

Upon arrival on Ensenada at 08:00, you will be able to enjoy its environs that are famed for many things. One is the sunny and mild weather, which helps yield fine wines considered to be the best in Mexico, another is the surf, Ensenada boasts several celebrated surfing spots, including San Miguel beach and "Three M's", or "Tres Emes". A third lure is off-road racing, with the Baja 1000 being held every year in November and the Baja 500 taking place in June.

Rivaling Carnival in Rio and Mardi Gras in New Orleans is Ensenada’s carnaval, bringing thousands of revelers to the streets for six fun-filled days. Migrating gray whales draw their fair share of travelers as well. Certainly, this is only a partial list of Ensenada’s seasonal and perennial attractions.

During your visit, you are sure to discover additional reasons Ensenada is called the “Cinderella of the Pacific". You will have two yoga classes today, one flow yoga in the morning and one Bliss yoga class later in the evening to stretch out your tired legs and body. You will depart to San Diego at 20:00.

Day 10

Arrival on San Diego at 06:00 am.

Hatha yoga class

This type of yoga included classic yoga postures that move with your breath to help you reduce stress and increase strength and flexibility. These classes are approximately 50% stretching poses and 50% strengthening and toning poses. All combined with proper breathing and grounding techniques.

Flow yoga class

In this flowing yoga class, strength, flexibility, and stamina are all emphasized. This style of yoga combines Power yoga and strong Hatha yoga flows and postures (asanas). You will feel great to move the body through sun salutations and various combinations of poses to stretch out the body after travelling to Whistler.

Bliss yoga class

This yoga class consists of Gentle, Yin, and Restorative yoga combined with foot, back, and shoulder massages. Sunny will be guiding you through this relaxing yoga class to help you become very calm and de-stress. Tea and cookies will be served after the class.

This cruise through the California Coast includes visits to Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Catalina Island, and Ensenada, Mexico. Also, two California wine tasting excursions are included.

  • Sunny Trim

    Sunny has been teaching Hatha, Vinyasa, Flow, and Restorative yoga for over 13 years. She deepened her studies by training with master yoga teachers throughout the years and continues on still today in advancing her yoga knowledge.

This holiday will be held on board the Crystal Symphony cruise ship sailing from San Diego California across the California West Coast and arriving at Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Catalina Island, and Ensenada, Mexico.

Activities
  • Fitness center
  • Golf course
  • Gym
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Shopping
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Bar
  • Beach nearby
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck
Services
  • Conference room
  • Free bottled water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance
  • Turn down

During this holiday, you will be served one daily early embarkation luncheon, welcome champagne, and all non-alcoholic beverages including bottled water, specialty coffee drinks, soft drinks, fresh juices, and afternoon tea service.

You may also enjoy other meal services at the different locations and on board the cruise ship for an additional cost. You will have available up to eight evening dining venues, complimentary select fine wines, champagne and premium spirits throughout the ship, complimentary evening of specialty restaurant dining in Prego and at least once in Nobu Matsuhisa’s Silk Road or The Sushi Bar, open-bar service throughout the ship, and one visit to The Bistro; an European-style sidewalk café.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Ambassador hosts, cultured and well-traveled gentlemen
  • Art classes with “Odyssey Art At Sea”
  • Breakout new productions shows including “Rocket Man”; a tribute to Elton John, the high-energy, rhythmic 6/8 Café, plus piano bars and chic nightclubs
  • Computer University@Sea classes with software instruction
  • Crystal “Visions Enrichment Series” lectures featuring renowned speakers, authors, celebrities, and destination experts
  • Dance lessons
  • Digital USC School of Cinematic Arts digital film making classes
  • Experiences of discovery theme cruises with focused programming on music, film and theater, wellness, golf, and more
  • Recent-release films in spacious surround-sound Hollywood theater
  • Technology concierge and tips on latest high-tech gadgets and apps
  • The “Magic Castle at Sea" offering intimate up-close performances and educational classes
  • 1 daily morning luncheon
  • 2 California wine tasting excursions
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 16 yoga classes
  • All non-alcoholic beverages
  • Complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout the ship
  • Gratuities for house-keeping, bar, and dining staff
  • Penthouse butler staff
  • Welcome champagne
  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from San Diego
  • Review by Michelle S.
    10 out of 10

    "Wine and Yoga, nothing but good times!! It was a weekend of first!! New wine selection, first earthquake (creepy as heck!) and first prize for longest Viksasana pose!"

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  • Review by Roseanne S.
    10 out of 10

    "I have had the best weekend ever. Thank you Sunny and Alexandra for hosting our yoga/wine weekend. Could not have asked for anything more. Travelling with my sister Lisa and having our friend Elizabeth drive in from Alberta was icing on the cake!"

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  • Review by Brandi F.
    10 out of 10

    "It was so fun and relaxing. The little attention to details like the soap present, games, tea and cookies. Bliss!! So amazing. Thanks for the fun!!"

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  • Review by Kathryn S.
    10 out of 10

    "The rooms and food were wonderful. The wine tour was lots of fun and delicious and a good range/variety of wineries. Wine and yoga is an interesting combo – you make it work!"

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  • Review by Eleanor M.
    10 out of 10

    "Awesome yoga instruction from Sunny and Alexandra!"

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  • Review by Tammy F.
    10 out of 10

    "Bliss Yoga was fantastic! Would love to come again next year."

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  • Review by Fariba P.
    10 out of 10

    "I had a wonderful time Sunny. Thanks to you for organizing it."

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  • Review by Valerie M.

    "Sunny arranged a fantastic yoga and wine weekend in Whistler! I will definitely be taking in more of her getaways!"

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  • Review by Tammie B.

    "Thank you Sunny for everything! It was a wonderful weekend. Hope to see you again!"

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  • Review by Elena R.

    "Sunny, thank you for a great weekend! It was very enjoyable! We are thinking about yoga, massage, and wine today."

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  • Review by Keiko L.

    "Every activity was well organized and the instructors knowledge of Osoyoos and the wine was perfect. Watermark was a very nice resort and right in front of the beach. The yoga classes and massages were very satisfying. The best part of the retreat was the people who joined. We connected so easily and had so much fun together. I felt every moment of the trip was so precious, even hiking was very breathtaking. I was glad you took us there. If I was by myself, I wouldnt have known about the spectacular lookouts."

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  • Review by Carissa L.

    "Thanks Sunny for a fabulous weekend. Im already looking forward to next year!"

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  • Review by Joanne A.

    "I wanted to write and thank you for organizing and executing the yoga and wine holiday. I had an absolutely fantastic time and would not hesitate to do it again. It was lovely meeting you as well."

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  • Review by Cathy W.

    "I had a great time. It was what the doctor ordered, some rest, relaxation, and eating well."

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  • Review by Nina L.

    "Thank you to Sunny and Alexandra for our most awesome weekend in Osoyoos. It was so great getting to know you a bit and everything you organized for us was outstanding! I hope you had as much fun as we did and I cant wait to do it again! Thank you also for the lovely bag of treats and the complimentary yoga pass you gave us when we left. Your thoughtfulness is truly appreciated! I look forward to going with Karen next time Im in Vancouver."

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  • Review by Gail N

    "Thank you and Alexandra for a really fantastic time. I see you have your dates already for next year. When do we sign up?!"

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  • Review by Michelle A.

    "Thanks again for the amazing weekend! You ladies are wonderful. Take care."

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  • Review by Ruth C.

    "I had a wonderful time in Osoyoos. I hope to do more events like that one in the future."

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  • Review by Joanne A.

    "Thank you so much for everything, Sunny. I had an amazing time. What a great group of people this time around too. Thank you again."

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  • Review by Laura L.

    "Thank you Sunny for a great retreat! Such a good group of fun people."

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  • Review by Shannon W.

    "I really enjoyed the weekend and appreciate your energy and calming presence, Alexandra. I will definitely come by the center for one of your classes in the future!"

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  • Review by Lisarose B.

    "It was an amazing and wonderfully relaxing time full of joy."

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  • Review by Wanda L.

    "Thank you Sunny for the fabulous and fun weekend. Im already looking forward to the 2014 wine and yoga retreat. I love it! I had an amazing time and I will certainly be there in 2014."

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  • Review by Betty L.

    "Thanks ladies. I had a great time! It was really well planned, fun, and I enjoyed meeting everyone."

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  • Review by Yukiko A.

    "Thank you for organizing the event! It was great fun and I did not want it to end. I am looking forward to the events coming up and cannot wait to join another wine and yoga holiday. The room and food were spectacular and beyond my expectations. I had a great time and met great people. I enjoyed yoga in the morning. It was a great way to start a day. Sunny and Alexandra are awesome!"

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  • Review by Kelly B.

    "It was lovely. I loved the facility. The weather was perfect and the classes were great, as well as the food. The wine tour was fun and the people were lovely. All in all, it was a blissful weekend! Thank you Sunny and Alexandra for giving us your time and love. It was a fabulous weekend. I wish it did not have to end!"

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