September 13-September 21 2019: Retreat to the hills of Tuscany with Ann for a week of vinyasa, vineyards and vacation!
A word from Ann:
While planning this experience I decided it was important to go to a magical place where I could combine my love of yoga, along with wine, and delicious food and put them together in an extraordinary setting. Italy was definitely my first choice!
I chose to work with Italian Tours for their knowledge and planning capabilities in Italy. This trip is completely hassle-free for you! As you read the itinerary you can see that all the details are covered, allowing you the pleasure to soak in all the Italy has to offer without any stress.
This is a fantastic trip for you alone or with a friend. You can do more or less of the itinerary. The yoga will be all levels, so if you are more of a beginner it will be tailored for you.
I did a retreat to Mexico years ago. I didn't know anyone in my group, and I roomed with two complete strangers. It was fabulous! If you have always wanted to go to Italy or Europe and have no one at this time with whom to travel, this is an awesome trip for you. A safe adventure in a luxurious setting enjoying yoga, wine and food with a great group of friends.
I look forward to you joining me! If you have any questions please contact me via email at ann@annrichardsinspires or call me at (216) 815-5715. I would be happy to discuss more about this retreat with you.
Day 1, Friday September 13, 2019 Depart USA For Italy
Day 2, Saturday September 14, 2019: Arrive
Buongiorno e Benvenuti/Welcome to La Bella Italia!! Upon arrival at Florence International Airport meet your private driver for transfer to the Villa. You will be able to begin checking in from 3.00 pm on. On the way to the villa we will stop at a grocery store to stock up on everyone’s favorite items to keep stocked at the villa. Take the afternoon to rest or relax at the Villa. Sunset yoga (tea, juice and water provided) together before you will share your first meal together in Italy. This evening we will have a wine tasting and dinner at the villa. Overnight. At the villa. PT/Y/WT/D/V
Day 3, Sunday September 15, 2019: Florence
Breakfast at the villa, this morning after breakfast (around 9:30 AM) meet your private driver for transfer to Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance. Upon arrival, meet your private bilingual and certified guide for a pleasant 3 hour walking tour of the city. You will visit the Galleria Academia to view the beautiful sculptures by Michelangelo, the slaves or prisoners of the rocks and the unforgettable statue of David. The Academia houses some of the most important sculptures of Florence (to avoid the long lines, we will prearrange entrance tickets for you). Then you are on to the famous Duomo of Florence (the fourth largest church in the world), with its grandiose cupola by Brunelleschi, Giotto's bell tower, and the Baptistery with its famous bronze doors. Your guided tour will include the Piazza Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio. During your free-time, you may choose to rest at a local trattoria or visit the open air markets of the San Lorenzo or the Mercato Del Pulcinello for some genuine Florentine artifacts, leather goods and souvenirs. After your time n Florence, meet your private driver for transfer back to the villa. This evening you will have a yoga class and then dinner at the villa. Overnight at the villa.
Day 4, Monday September 16, 2019: Chianti/San Gimignano
Breakfast at the Villa followed by Yoga. Later this morning, meet your driver for transfer to Greve in Chianti where we will arrange a wine tasting at our favorite 15th century castle in Toscana! Then early afternoon, you will make your way to the idyllic hamlet of San Gimignano. You will have time to independently explore this beautiful and genuine Tuscan town which we like to refer to as an outdoor living room. This tiny and pristine city has remained intact over the centuries and is situated on top of the rolling hillside. It is famous for its numerous medieval bell towers, frescoes and other art treasures.
After leisurely exploration of San Gimignano, you will meet in the Piazza Della Cisterna for transfer to your 5:00 p.m. cooking class with a local Chef. Prepare to roll up your sleeves in cucina and have fun! After preparing authentic Tuscan dishes, you will sit together and share your culinary creations for dinner! You should be done around 9.00pm and return to the villa for overnight. B/Y/PD/WT/CL/D/V
Day 5, Tuesday September 17, 2019: Bike/Wine Tour (optional)
Breakfast at the villa. For those that choose to participate, around 9:00 AM, you will depart the villa for a bike tour through Tuscany with stops at several wineries to taste wonderful Chianti wines! Bikes, helmets and water are provided. Your driver will transfer you to the starting point in the town of San Donato. You may opt to do 18, 15 or 10 miles. Please note that the rolling Tuscan hills provide a strenuous and intense ride; we recommend training or practicing before your journey. The van stays with the group for the duration of the tour, so you are welcome to leave your bags or purchases in the van as you continue by bike. From San Donato, you will continue to Castelliani in Chianti, a small medieval town. Next, take your first wine stop in Fonterutoli for a tasting of Chianti. Continue another several miles before breaking for a cellar tour and tasting. Your bike ride will take you through stunning Tuscan scenery to Monteriggioni for lunch and your final tasting. This tiny town of 42 residents will be a fantastic finish to an active day. Return to the Villa for a yoga class and dinner at the villa. Overnight at the villa. B/D/Y/V optional: PT/PT/Bike tour/WT/L/
Day 6, Wednesday September 18, 2019: Orvieto
Breakfast together at the villa. Around 10:00AM, you will enjoy a private transfer to Orvieto, in the heart of the region of Umbria. Upon arrival, you will have some time at leisure to stroll through the quaint streets of this serene hamlet at your own pace. The origins of Orvieto date back to the Etruscan Civilization. The first Etruscan settlements, going back to the 9th century B.C., in fact were found inside
the turfaceous caves in the bedrock upon which today rises the city itself. During your free time, you may choose to visit the Duomo as it is the most famous Cathedral of the city. Construction of this Italian Gothic style structure took 100 years to complete and dates back to 1263. The Duomo houses the blood soaked cloth which is the relic related to the miracle at Lake Bolsena which occurred in the same year. The modern day Roman Catholic Festival of Corpus Christi is a result of this miracle. Another possible sight could be Saint Patrick’s Well or you may simply enjoy sitting and sipping a cold glass of local white wine as you observe the local color of the town. If shopping is your goal, there are many beautiful shops to explore as well. One of our favorite things to do is to sit back and observe the Orvietani (citizens of Orvieto) themselves as Orvieto is a very tranquil and contained city and independent exploration is a pleasure. At 1.00 pm you will enjoy a beautiful luncheon and taste the local wines in an ancient cave! Prepare for your senses and palate to be ignited! Late afternoon return to the Villa for overnight. Sunset Yoga by the pool and dinner on your own at the villa. Overnight at the villa. B/PD/L/Y/V
Day 7, Thursday September 19, 2019: Montepulciano
Morning yoga and breakfast at the villa. Early this afternoon, meet your private driver once again, at the villa for a scenic ride to Montepulciano. In this area of Tuscany, fine Italian wines are produced. You will visit one of our favorite boutique wineries here. Lunch will be included. Afterwards we will return to the villa for early evening yoga, a light dinner and overnight at the villa. B/Y/PD/WT/L/Y/light dinner/V
Day 8, Friday September 20, 2019: Down Day
Breakfast at the villa together. Remainder of day at leisure to explore the nature and nearby village around the property or take a long walk in the Tuscan countryside or simply relax by the pool. Prepare for international flights. Sunset yoga and farewell dinner together at 7:00/7:30pm. Overnight at the villa. B/D/Y/V
Day 9, Saturday September 21, 2019: Depart
Breakfast at the Villa and private transfer to Florence Peretola International Airport. Arrivederci, Bella Italia- until you meet again! B/PT
CODES: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner H=Hotel G=Guide ET=Entrance Ticket PD=Private Driver PT=Private Transfer TRTK=Train Ticket BR= Boat Ride WT=Wine Tasting
PWT=Private Water Taxi CL=Cooking Lesson
7 nights in a Villa in Tuscany
8 private yoga classes
5 private drivers
2 private transfers
3 wine tastings +1 optional with bike tour
1 cooking lesson
1 private, bi lingual, certified guide
1 Entrance Ticket
1 bike tour/wine tasting optional
Trip fees based on attendance:
15-18 people: $3828
13-14 people: $4012
10-12 people: $4486
Single Supplement: $628
Optional Bike Tour: $216
Airfare: arranged by you
Tips: approximately 100-130 euros
Space is limited. To ensure your spot on the trip, please call Italian Tours by Diana at 440-895-0011 by to give your:
Initial deposit of $1500 (by check, MC, Visa, AMEX or Discover)
Name as it appears on your passport
Date of birth
Name of whom you want to share a room with
I could not be more excited to take you on the trip of a lifetime among the magical scenery of the Tuscan countryside! We will eat, drink, flow, relax and experience the true beauty of Italy.
If you have questions, please email me at email@example.com.