Dates: October 19th to 26th, 2019
Group Size: minimum 8 people needed for the tour to happen, maximum of 10 travelers total on tour
Cost: $3357 double/$4000 single (Limited number of single rooms, so email if you want a single, email@example.com.)
Includes: 8 days, 7 nights lodging, plus all breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners, admission to all activities (museums & events) and all transport during tour starting at 6:00 pm on October 19th until the tour ends after breakfast on Oct 26th.
Coaching: Robin Joy Meyers will provide three group workshops on how to harness the positive power of fear to your advantage and also included is one individual session to each attendee.
Accommodation: We will be staying together in a beautiful traditional Italian Farm House with 7 bedrooms and 11 beds and 6 bathrooms on a 650-acre winery! The beautiful home is located between Florence, Arezzo, and Siena. You will be sharing a bathroom with 1 to 2 other guests. We will be living like the local Italians and have clean towels and sheets as needed. The house has new mattresses on all of the beds! There are 650 acres of vineyards, olive groves and woodland area out our front door. The home is in beautiful condition and is of a different era of nobility and beauty. The house has a pool (open May through September and October if the weather is permitting) and there is a beautiful centuries-old stone church of historical significance on the property. The winery is on the east flanks of the Chianti Hills and neighbors the Chianti Classico region of grapes. On the property is a trail that leads to the top of a hill with a medieval tower that you can climb for an amazing view of the area. The tower is built on ruins of a Roman fortress where you can still see the original walls.
Itinerary: The tentative itinerary is from our winery on the east flank of the Chianti Hills. We will visit Siena, one of the most beautiful cities of Tuscany. The medieval city is set on three hills connected by winding stairways and steep steps with the Piazza del Campo in the heart of Siena. We will spend a day exploring and touring this beautiful Tuscan city. We will tour a local vineyard, winery and organic farm that has been in the same family for 7 generations and enjoy wine tasting, a tour of the winery and a delicious lunch. Our last night will be in Florence including a private tour of the Uffizi Gallery & the David and more. We will spend an afternoon at San Gimignano, an Italian hill town in Tuscany, southwest of Florence.
Not included: All activities and meals during the unscheduled time and those not stated above, alcohol, airfare, and ground transportation to and b the winery and back to the airport, but I will give you detailed directions on how to get there and back!
Extras: I offer free assistance for finding flights, trains or buses to get you to the winery and back. I can offer ideas if you want to stay a few days before or after the Tuscany trip in Venice, Rome or Florence. We start this trip in in the Chianti Hills 40 minutes from Florence. The closest airport is Florence. You may also fly into Pisa, Rome or Venice (approx 2 hours by train to Florence from all cities) and arrive by train then bus and/or taxi. Please talk to me before booking airfare so we can look and make sure your connections will go smoothly. You can do this! The fastest way to arrive at the winery is to fly to Florence and take an airport shuttle directly to the winery for around 150 Euro.
You may pick and choose any or all of the activities that are included in the tour.
Welcome dinner, with Leslie & Robin at the villa. Relax with a glass of Prosecco and some antipasta after your day’s travel.
Traditional Italian breakfast of coffee, proscuitto, cheese, jam, salty croissant, Schiaccata bread, yogurt, fruit. A walk in the Tuscan countryside with Robin as she shares and we learn about our retreat Women Who Dare. The afternoon is free to explore the countryside or Siena. Dinner at the Villa at 7:00 pm
Tour of a vineyard that has been in the same family for 7 generations! The father and oldest son work the vineyard and harvest the grapes. The middle son tends the organic garden where local people come and pick the vegetables or greens that they want to purchase. The youngest son is a gifted winemaker who has studied extensively at university and at international wineries in enology or winemaking. This will be an incredible treat. The mother will cook for us a wonderful Tuscan lunch to be paired with their wines.
Breakfast together and then a day to relax and thoroughly enjoy the winery and countryside, read a book, swim (if warm weather), or be adventurous and walk up the hill to the medieval tower. Robin will be available for one on one coaching sessions today. Robin will cook an Italian meal with us!
We will have breakfast and a morning walk and in the afternoon visit San Gimignano. Encircled by 13th-century walls, its old town centers on Piazza della Cisterna, a triangular square lined with medieval houses. It has a skyline of medieval towers, including the stone Torre Grossa. The Duomo di San Gimignano is a 12th-century church with frescoes by Ghirlandaio in its Santa Fina Chapel.
We will have breakfast and then experience a private tour of Siena, one of the most beautiful cities of Tuscany. The medieval city is set on three hills connected by winding stairways and steep steps with the Piazza del Campo in the heart of Siena. We will enjoy lunch and dinner together in this spectacular little city.
We will enjoy daily a Traditional Italian breakfast at our villa and then we take the train to Florence! We will have 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 lunch together at a lovely Italian restaurant near the Uffizi that has been run by the same family for generations! The late afternoon is free time for you to explore by yourself or with fellow travelers. Leslie is happy to share some of her favorite shops and welcomes companions. We will spend the night in Florence at a lovely hotel in the heart of the city.
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.