6 nights in Italy
If serenity has a palpable form, surely it can be found under the Tuscan sun. This seven-day tour of Italy will have you second-guessing your departure date from the moment you land in Rome. After a morning yoga session and a leisurely day on the grounds of Palatine Hill and the Colosseum, your path will take you to lush landscapes of Tuscany. There, you’ll have ample time to saunter through welcoming villages, taste exceptional local food and wine, and cycle your way through the Tuscan hills. A dip in healing thermal waters will leave a rejuvenating warmth radiating through both body and mind long past your final stop in Florence.
|Hotel (6 nts)|
|6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners|
|Flights not included|
|Travel insurance is mandatory and not included|
|For assistance with travel insurance, contact our partner World Nomads.|
Please see the itinerary for information on optional activities, descriptions and estimated pricing.
Intercity transport on this trip will mostly be by train and occasionally by local bus. The bus and train systems in Italy are generally good, with seat reservations and toilet/snack facilities on longer journeys. Keeping to schedules is notoriously not one of the Italian transport system's specialties, so pack in your MP3 player, a good book and some Italian phrases, and kick-back and enjoy the views with the locals. Bikes for cycling days are mountain-bike style with city tyres, luggage rack, front suspension with helmet included. You will also have a local guide to accompany the group on cycling days. Please note that you MUST be comfortable carrying your own luggage as there will be a lot of up and down stairs on this trip due to the nature of station layouts in Italy (very few are equipped with escalators or elevators). Between public transport and hotels you may be required to carry your luggage short distances (up to 20 mins walk), in larger cities you may travel by metro or city bus, and occasionally the group will take taxis to and from hotels.
Arrive at any time. Meet your guide and fellow travelers on the rooftop overlooking the Vatican for a healthy welcome drink. Take this opportunity to set your intention for the trip ahead. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Enjoy a morning yoga session on the grounds of Villa Borghese. Take the rest of the day to explore Rome at your own pace. Opt to visit Rome's iconic sites including the Roman Forum or Trevi Fountain. Or relax with a Roman bath/Hammam experience. Included Activities: Yoga Class in Villa Borghese
Head to Palatine hill for a morning yoga session. Hop on the train to Chianciano Terme, one of Europe's most famous thermal bath cities. Take part in a traditional Tuscan farm to table cooking class before enjoying dinner as a group. Included Activities: Yoga Class on Palatine Hill Cooking Class Transport: Local train (2.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle
Cycle to the beautiful spa town of Bagno Vignoni. Explore the spa town, opt to soak in the thermal pools, or relax and enjoy the views. Enjoy a local wine tasting in the evening. Opt for an evening meditation. Additional Notes: Please note: a support vehicle is provided for this day. Included Activities: Cycle to Bagno Vignoni Local Wine Tasting
Travel to Florence, the heart of Tuscany and home to the many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. Enjoy a CEO-led orientation walk followed by time to explore at your own pace. Opt to visit Il Duomo, take a stroll on Ponte Vecchio or head to Fiesole hilltop for some inward reflection. Continue to Lucca for the evening. Additional Notes: Transport: Private Vehicle (1.80 hour(s), 130km) Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 85km)
Start the day with a guided meditation session. Enjoy a walking tour of Lucca, and discover the city's rich Roman heritage. In the afternoon, re-join the group for a poolside yoga session before enjoying another Tuscan dinner with the group. Included Activities: Morning Guided Meditation Lucca Guided Walking Tour Afternoon Yoga
Enjoy a mindfulness meditation session before catching the train to Florence. Trip will end upon arrival where your guide can help assist with onwards travel arrangements. Additional Notes: Please book any onward travel after 3pm. Included Activities: Mindfulness Meditation Departure Day Transport: Local train (1.80 hour(s), 80km)
It is important to note that accommodation in Europe tend to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and rooms are generally old and may not have been renovated or maintained to the highest standard. Downtown hotels in Europe were not build to be hotels but rich owners houses, which have been changed into hotels. Therefore unusual room sizes are common as large rooms have been partitioned in the past, resulting in rather "thin" walls. Reception areas, rooms and bathrooms tend to be very small as they were often added into an existing room, and may have a hand nozzle rather than a conventional shower head. On this trip you can expect to stay in small family-run hotels or pensions (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations. Staff can occasionally demonstrate less than perfect customer service. As accommodation is in short supply, especially during the summer months, hotels can charge a premium and there is sometimes little motivation to improve facilities.
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