Yoga and Hiking in Tuscany

Breathe in the essence of Tuscany


Trip Details

Location Pisa and Siena Provinces, Italy
Length 8 days
Grades Easy, Moderate
Accommodations Villa
Group size 5 - 12
Dates Apr 6, 2019 - Apr 13, 2019,
Sep 21, 2019 - Sep 28, 2019
Land Cost $3,450.00
Single Supp Cost $450.00

Hiking Trip Summary

Few regions conjure up more romantic and serene images than Tuscany with its gentle landscapes of rolling fields, vineyards, and olive groves impeccably punctuated by rustic medieval hill towns. Civilizations and cultures have flourished here since at least the 8th century BCE.  The Etruscan, Roman, and Renaissance periods have left behind an unequaled richness of art and architecture, and its iconic fertile fields continue to yield the wines and cuisine for which the area is renowned. What better place for us to spend a week exploring local villages, unearthing the Etruscan treasures, meandering through the countryside, and enjoying daily yoga practice?

Our base for this 8-day trip will be the Villa Palagione, located seven kilometers east of the village of Volterra, on the southern slope of Monte Voltraio. The summit of Monte Voltraio was once occupied by the fortress of “Kastell Monte Voltraio”, first noted in 967 BCE, and at its foot rested a densely-populated village. A thriving township until the 13th century, it was eventually destroyed by a progression of military conflicts.

Part of each day will be devoted to the practice of Hatha Yoga with time for meditation, and the other part of the day will be spent exploring the Tuscan countryside on foot, discovering the historic centers of San Gimignano and Siena, or just soaking up the relaxing environs of Villa Palagione.

The focus of our yoga sessions for the week will be opening our energy pathways, or Chakras. Through the practice of Hatha Yoga, each day we will concentrate on one of the seven main Chakras.

This is a wonderful stand-alone trip, and would be a great follow-up trip to one of our more strenuous offerings. Either way, you’re bound to finish our Yoga and Hiking in Tuscany trip feeling leaner, stronger, and healthier…a wonderful combination.


Itinerary

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Additional Information

There is a single supplement charge of $450. If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, we will match you with a roommate. If a roommate is not available, we will not charge extra for this “forced single.”

SINGLE TRAVELERS

There is a single supplement charge of $450. If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, we will match you with a roommate. If a roommate is not available, we will not charge extra for this “forced single.”

INCLUDED

  • All accommodations with private baths
  • All breakfasts
  • Lunches except two
  • All dinners
  • Wine tasting and dinner in Volterra
  • Dinner in San Gimignano
  • Daily yoga sessions – yoga equipment including mats etc will be provided
  • All group transfers as per the itinerary
  • Guided walking tour of Siena
  • Group transfer from the Florence Airport to the Villa Palagione on Day 1 and group transfer back to the Florence Airport on Day 8
  • Great walking and lasting memories!

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare, optional/individual transfers or individual excursions, items not on set dinner menus, beverages, insurance, tips to guides, items of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, excess baggage charge, passport fees, etc.).

LUGGAGE

Our luggage will be transported along with us from the airport to our accommodations and back again. For our day hikes, you will only need to carry a daypack with those items you will need during the walk. A sample packing list is posted on our website, and we are happy to provide one upon request. You will receive a detailed packing list upon registration.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND FACILITIES

Our accommodations for the week will be at the Villa Palagione, parts of which date back to the 14th century. The villa is in a quiet setting with its own gardens and swimming pool. Carefully restored, each room has its own unique character, almost all featuring murals, vaulted ceilings, and terracotta floors. All rooms are double occupancy with private bathrooms.

MEALS

All breakfasts, some lunches, and most dinners will be taken at the Villa Pagalione. Breakfasts are buffet-style and typically consist of bread, cereals, fruit yogurt, and eggs. Lunches at the Villa may include a main dish of pasta or risotto, panini and salad. Dinners are a set menu, generally four courses, featuring regional specialties. With advanced noticed, most dietary restrictions can be accommodated. One night we will eat in San Gimignono.

LEADERSHIP

Tanya Perret will be our trip leader and Yoga instructor for this trip. A dedicated mountaineer and Yoga practitioner, Tanya has been guiding people in the mountains of Europe and Nepal for the past 20 years. She holds her UIMLA International Mountain Leader certification and completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in the Himalayan town of Darjeeling. Tanya brings with her an enthusiasm and passion for facilitating experiences that promote genuine connections though active engagement with some of the worlds most compellingly beautiful landscapes and the cultures that inhabit them.

TRAVEL

Included in the trip cost is a group transfer from the Florence Airport on Day 1 and back to the Florence Airport on Day 8. For this reason, it’s easiest to fly into Florence. However, it is also possible to fly into Pisa or Rome, just be sure to allow for extra travel time.

MEETING POINT

The trip will begin with a group pickup at Florence Airport early afternoon on Day 1.

ENDING POINT

The trip will end with a morning group transfer back to the Florence Airport, arriving around 10:30am

Reserving a Trip

A deposit of $400 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the area provided when completing your registration forms.

The balance is due 60 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 60 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit and registrations, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form, medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment, you will receive trip rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.

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