Dates: April 28th to May 5th, 2019
Group Size: minimum 8 people needed for the tour to happen, maximum of 10 travelers total on tour
Cost: $3350 for double occupancy, $4200 single occupancy (limited availability, be courageous and have a roommate!)
Deposit: 20% deposit will be accepted until Oct 15th, 2018 because of the small trip size and special family-owned venues, deposits are non-refundable after Oct 15th, 2018. 8 women need to be signed up by Oct 15th, 2018 or the tour/retreat will be canceled and money refunded. Final payment is due February 1, 2019.
Travel Insurance: Please purchase travel insurance that covers your flights, trip cancellation, and medical insurance. I work with individual vendors and cannot be held responsible for cancellations due to weather, crises or bankruptcies. By signing up for this tour you agree to purchase comprehensive travel insurance to protect your investment.
Includes: lodging (7 nights) plus all breakfasts, four lunches, five dinners, two group 1 hour workshops and one individual session with Randi Levin (a wonderful and talented Transitional Life Strategist ), two 1.5 hour yoga classes, a 2 hour watercolor class personalized to your level (no previous experience necessary), an olive grove tour and tasting, a winery tour and tasting plus beautiful walks in the Tuscan countryside. In Florence, private tours of the Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, the David and more are included. You may pick and choose any or all of the activities that are included in the tour.
Starting at 6:00 pm April 28th to May 5th at 8:00 am; all transportation, transfers, admissions, & tours are included during scheduled group activities.
Not included: activities and meals during the unscheduled time, alcohol, and airfare.
Accommodations: We will stay in the city center of Florence and in a beautiful stone villa in the Tuscan Hills outside of Greve Chianti, Italy.
Itinerary: The itinerary starts in a lovely hotel in the heart of Florence. The family hotel dates back to 1879. They have been providing excellence in accommodations for almost 130 years. We will then travel to a beautiful stone villa outside of Greve in Chianti in the Tuscans hills where you can breathe in the beauty of Tuscany while having our own private chef cook our meals. Our Innkeeper, who owns the beautiful Tuscan farm with her husband, is trained in hospitality and is a former concierge at a 5-star hotel in Florence. She grew up playing and running on the piazzas of Florence. Her warmth, sparkle, and care makes this is a very special experience. We will also have opportunities for touring, yoga, painting, and long walks. Our final night we will return to our hotel in Florence.
Extras: I offer free assistance for finding flights, trains or buses to get you to Florence and back. I offer ideas if you want to stay a few days before or after the Florence trip in Venice, Rome or Milan.
Welcome dinner, with Leslie & Randi in Florence! Accommodation is a specially selected family-run hotel in the heart of Florence. The family hotel dates back to 1979! Find out about individual coaching sessions and schedule your session with Randi if you so desire to do so.
A traditional Italian breakfast at our hotel followed by an exploration of the city of Florence with our private guide and visiting the outdoor markets, Ponte Vecchio & the Duomo (an amazing Cathedral in the center of Florence). Then, we enjoy lunch together at a charming family-run Italian restaurant near the outdoor markets. The afternoon and evening are unscheduled time. You are free to explore the city at your own pace, or, if you prefer, spend a relaxing afternoon and evening in cafes and gardens with Leslie.
A traditional Italian breakfast at our hotel and then a private tour of the Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenza where Michaelangelo’s David is on display. Visit the Uffizi Gallerie which is the most visited art museum in the world. It contains works from Italian Renaissance artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, who themselves went to the Uffizi to seek inspiration for their work. Enjoy a lunch together at a lovely Italian restaurant near the Uffizi that has been run by the same family for generations! The late afternoon and evening are again free time for you to explore by yourself or with fellow travelers. Leslie is happy to share some of her favorite shops and welcomes dinner companions. Our first workshop with Randi over antipasti and aperitifs at 6:30 pm.
After breakfast explore Florence and lunch on your own. In the afternoon, we take a private transfer to an amazing stone villa and retreat center near Greve in Chianti. Nestled in an olive grove on a hilltop with amazing views, enjoy meals prepared by our personal Italian chef while sipping local wine! Additionally, we have exclusive use of a beautiful newly built studio to meet together and to relax!
Wake to a beautiful hilltop view and have breakfast together. Enjoy a 9:00 am morning yoga class with a local instructor. At 11:30, tour a local olive grove and watch olives being pressed into oil. Enjoy a wonderful lunch and sample the olive oil. Return to the Villa at approx 3:00 pm for some quiet time and enjoy an evening meal prepared by our personnel local chef at 7:00 pm.
Enjoy an early morning 7:00 am yoga class with a local instructor. Eat breakfast at the villa and around 10:30 am, go on a wine tour of a local castle and cellars with tasting and then lunch. Return to the villa around 2:30 pm for a 2-hour watercolor class with a local artist from 3:00 to 5:00 pm followed by another evening meal prepared by our personnel local chef at 8:00 pm. Our second workshop with will Randi over antipasti and aperitifs at 6:30 pm .
Enjoy our final breakfast at the villa and then travel back to our Florence hotel by private transfer. (Activities for the day TBD) Celebrate and reflect on our wonderful week with Randi and Leslie during our last dinner together.
After an 8:00 am breakfast, we say goodbye and head home with a renewed energy and positive memories.
This itinerary is tentative and the final itinerary will be sent 2 weeks before the tour begins.