Tuscany Italy

Tuscany Italy | Yoga, Cycling & Cultural Adventure
June 19 – June 25, 2011


Tuscany is a life-changing place for many and is the setting for this Yoga, Cycling and Cultural Adventure of a lifetime!

Join Alchemy Tours to Tuscany Italy! Get inspired about your life while exploring the rich Italian culture by biking, hiking and walking tours supported by twice daily yoga. Jointly led by Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher Silvia Mordini and International Travel Guide Jacob Young, this spiritual and cultural gem is found in the heart of the Tuscan food and wine country, traveling to many famous art cities from there. Stay at a 10th century restored stone home peacefully nestled into the hills and experience a retreat like no other!

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Alchemy Tours are specialized small-group adventures designed for no more than 12-14 participants, including your two guides, and venues are selected to result in a very personal and unique experience of the places visited. We chose where we stay based on charm, design and location, so they are never large international style hotels. All food is carefully chosen for the best quality of culinary experience. And our itineraries are planned for the authenticity of the experience offered. Some of the "not-to be missed" well known sites are included, of course, but special lesser known venues are always selected as well.

SPECIAL TUSCAN CULTURAL PROGRAMS DURING OUR 7 DAYS:
Day 1: Arrivals Florence, Deplane Yoga, Afternoon Hike, Welcome dinner
Day 2: Monteriggioni, Siena afternoon 
Day 3: Radda in Chianti Wine Tasting and private walking tour, Rapolano Terme Hot Springs Spa afternoon
Day 4: Cycling to Casole d’Elsa morning, Volterra afternoon walking tour and wine tastings
Day 5: Cycling to San Gimignano and lunch, Loop Ride back to Tignano
Day 6: Morning drive to the Mediterranean relax on the beach, afternoon lunch and visit to Petriolo Natural Hot Springs, Tuscan Cooking Class evening dinner party
Day 7: Final Yoga, Breakfast and Departures

RESERVATIONS:

$500 deposit to hold your spot.  Book now at http://www.alchemytours.com

INVESTMENT:

$1,999 early bird by April 1, 2011

$2,300 regular

*Single supplement available.

 

INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PRICE:

-7 days and 6 nights accommodations

-Breakfast, lunch and dinner

-Airport transfers

-All day trips and walking tours

-Private wine

tours and tastings

-Traditional Tuscan cooking class

-Soaking in the healing crystal waters of the Rapolano hot springs

-Visits to the art cities of Italy

-Two Daily Yoga Classes & Evening Activities

-Trip to the Mediterranean for an amazing beach day

-A quality bicycle and an experienced cycling guide with knowledge of the greatest rides in the region

-Entrance fees to all group events and activities

-All transportation during the trip

-Comprehensive trip literature

-All gratuities for special events, lodging and restaurants

NOT INCLUDED IN TRIP PRICE:

Airfare to and from the trip and gratuities for your guides.

WHERE WE WILL STAY
We will be guests at a classic Tuscan farmhouse converted into a stylish yoga retreat, Gabriella’s Borgo whichis located in Tignano, a recently renovated medieval village, close to Casole d'Elsa and Volterra, in the Tuscan countryside. The wonderful host, Gabriella, will charm and welcome you at arrival as if seeing an old friend again.

The actual Borgo used to be a rural residence dating back to the 16th century. Its original name, Borgo di Tignano, has Roman origins. It is the probable birth-place, in the 4th century, of Saint Attinia, a venerated saint from the Volterra area. Amongst its illustrious guests in the 1800’s, during the time the Borgo was a summer retreat from the ‘Scolopi‘ fathers, was Pope Pius the ninth. This Borgo is overall a place to enjoy with your heart, surrounded by a soft landscape and a peculiar light which brings back forgotten emotions of interior freedom. It's also a place, where one can experience a genuine Tuscany, with its tradition and land culture. 

In the local tradition, one says that the Berignone Forest, facing the Borgo, is the one that inspired Dante Alighieri to write about the "Selva Oscura" where his Divine Comedy story starts.  The gardens of the Borgo, with paths lined with aromatic herbs, juniper hedges, myrtle and evergreens, reproduce a Mediterranean environment. The characteristic ‘Osteria’, which used to be the old olive press, is the ideal place for a romantic candlelight dinner overlooking the amazing countryside, or a light lunch on the panoramic terrace.

The swimming pool is available during the warm months (May through September) and it is 16 x 8 meters large. There is a reading room that also has a wireless internet point. There is a golf course within 30 minutes drive from the Borgo.

THE YOGA SPACE 
The yoga room is a large room (about 90 square meters) with tile floor and natural light. Students need to bring their own mats and props.

MEALS
Gabriella is not only a great architect, but also an amazing chef and she will delight you with typical vegetarian dishes and you will have a chance to discover the authentic Tuscan cuisine.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodation is in apartments with one, two or three bedrooms; all bedrooms have private bath. All the apartments are 

independent, personalized and fully furnished, with ample garden and terrace areas for leisure. The perfume of flowers a

nd plants surround the swimming pool, and a barbeque is at guests’ disposal

ITINERARY JUNE 19-25, 2011

Day 1 – Sunday

Afternoon:

10:30am Meet in the lobby of the Hotel Palazzo Vecchio (via Cennini 4, 50123, Florence, Italy).

12:30pm Arrive at Gabriella’s Borgo for Lunch & Brief Logistics Talk

2:00pm Deplane Yoga Practice

3:30pm Hike

 

Evening:

5:30pm Yoga Practice

7:00pm Dinner

 

Day 2 – Monday

Morning:
8:00am Yoga Practice

9:30am Breakfast

 

Afternoon:12:30pm Lunch

1:30pm Monteriggioni Castle

2:30pm Siena

 

Evening:

8:00pm Dinner

9:00pm Restorative Yoga Practice

Day 3 – Tuesday

Morning:
8:00am Yoga Practice

9:00am Breakfast

10:00am Depart for Radda in Chianti

11:00am Radda in Chianti walking tour and wine tasting

 

Afternoon:
12:30pm Picnic Lunch 

1:30pm Rapolano Terme Hot Springs Spa

4:30pm Yoga Practice

 

Evening:

8:00pm Dinner

 

Day 4 – Wednesday

Morning:
8:00am Yoga Practice

9:00am Breakfast

10:00am Cycling to Casole d’Elsa, Monteriggioni

 

Afternoon/Evening:
1:30pm Lunch

2:30pm Depart for Volterra

3:00pm Walking Tour of Volterra

6:30pm Aperitivo and Tastings Volterra

8:00pm Dinner

 

Day 5 – Thursday

Morning:
8:00am Yoga

9:00am Breakfast

10:30am Cycling to San Gimignano

 

Afternoon:
12:30pm Lunch in San Gimignano

2:00pm Loop Ride back to Tignano

 

Evening:

5:30pm Yoga Practice

7:00pm Dinner

 

Day 6 – Friday

Morning:
7:00am Breakfast

7:45am Depart for Beach Day!

 

Afternoon:
12:30pm Picnic lunch at beach

3:00pm Petriolo Natural Hot Springs

 

Evening:

6:00pm Yoga Practice

7:30pm Closing Dinner and Tuscan Cooking Class

 

Day 7 – Saturday

Morning:

8:00am Yoga Practice

9:30am Breakfast

10:30am Departures

11:30am Arrive Florence  (First plane departures 1:30pm)

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