EARTH, AIR, FIRE, WATER: THE ELEMENTAL EXPERIENCE IN ITALYMarch 19 - 29, 2015. Preregistration Required. Airfare not included. $3,150 early bird pricing / $3,350 regular pricing
Join Jen Allen Yoga and Italiana Travel as they host a 10 day wellness retreat in one of Italy's most beautiful and serene locations: Lake Garda. Simultaneously a full yoga retreat and a full Italian vacation. Enjoy the best of both worlds as well as an incredible introductory price designed to encourage and allow a return trip. See the Overview, What’s Included, and Highlights sections below for more information and the Register section to reserve your spot today!
From private English speaking drivers and tour guides to serene and welcoming accommodations, from unforgettable experiences to perfectly planned free time, from your welcome dinner to your delectable souvenirs, rest assured that everything travel-related has been planned out with your ultimate comfort and satisfaction in mind. The perfect compliment to this lies in the yoga portion of this experience.
Rising each morning and resting each night at a family-run agriturismo in the hillside provides the perfect opportunity to disconnect from life’s distractions. In their place, spend part of every day practicing yoga and relaxed meditation with a focus on asana, pranayama, santosha,and connecting to the elements that surround you:
Earth – exploring the shores and hills, farms and vineyards, ancient ruins and vibrant cities
Water - sailing Lake Garda, strolling the canals of Venice, relaxing in thermal baths and spas
Air - taking your practice outdoors, dining “al fresco”
Fire – evening fire circles, preparing and preserving the bounty of the land around you
Each day will provide a uniquely inspiring and memorable experience. Private, guided visits to such well known locales as Venice, Verona, and towns of Lake Como pair beautifully with time spent on the water, at a spa, or rejuvenating yourself in Italy’s famed thermal baths. Take your practice with you as you travel. Return with an enlightened perspective that only Italy can provide.
- Private airport transfers
- Private transportation to and from all itinerary activities
- 9 nights of accommodation, (double occupancy unless otherwise requested)
- 18 private yoga sessions
- 3 full-day tours
- 2 half-day tours
- 2 full days of wellness
- 1 free full day
- 3 free half-days
- 1 cooking class
- 9 breakfasts
- 8 dinners
- 5 lunches
- Travel insurance
- Daily or twice daily private group yoga sessions by native English speaking instructor, Jen Allen
- Private tour of Lake Garda
- Tour of private island – open exclusively for our group!
- Private tour of Verona, the home of Juliette from Romeo and Juliette
- Private tour of Venice, one of Europe’s most romantic cities
- Full day at a spa, with a la carte health, beauty, and wellness treatments available
- Full day at natural thermal baths for ultimate relaxation
- All transportation is private with English speaking drivers and top of the line vehicles
- A "cooking" class in which you create both a meal and a souvenir
- Bilingual tour escort
This tour is limited to 10 participants. Register today by filling out the form and sending a $500.00 non-refundable deposit. A representative from Italiana Travel will contact you within 24 hours to continue your registration.
In the event that a minimum group size is not met by the registration deadline of December 31, 2014, the trip may be rescheduled.
Early bird pricing of $3,150*per person, based on double occupancy, applies to all trips paid in full by November 30, 2014.
Regular pricing of $3,350* per person, based on double occupancy, applies to all trips paid in full by December 31, 2014.
* All trip prices are land only and include only what is listed in the “What’s Included” section above. Airfare, meals not listed above, treatments and services at the spa and thermal baths, personal expenses and tips are not included.
You must already have a passport or a completed and submitted passport application by December 31, 2014 to partake in this travel experience.
Price Package Deposit Early Bird $500.00 USD Deposit Regular $500.00 USD Full Price - Early Bird $3,100.00 USD Full Name Address E-Mail Address Telephone
Depart USADay 2
Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Milan where you and your fellow retreat participants will be met by a friendly English speaking driver. Enjoy a comfortable ride to your accommodation in the magnificent hillside of Salo’, overlooking Lake Garda where a welcome yoga session has been designed just for you. After your last savasana and some relaxation time, allow the family of the agriturismo to personally welcome you with a very special dinner.Day 3
Awake to a new world of possibilities with this morning’s yoga session and a delightful breakfast. The day will be spent on and around Lake Garda with one of the friendliest and most knowledgeable captains around. Enjoy access to a private island (open exclusively for our group today!) and free time to explore the culinary and commercial offerings of a lakeside town. Return to your agriturismo for your evening yoga session, meditation, and another fabulous dinner.Day 4
Today is all about the agriturismo: the land, the people, and the outstanding food they combine to produce. After your morning yoga practice and meditation, enjoy a typical Italian breakfast before setting off to learn about one family’s commitment to sustainable, traditional, and utterly delicious products. Help to create your hearty lunch with food from the farm and make something special to take home as well. An extended yoga session and this evening’s meal reward you for your hard work.Day 5
Once again, your day begins with an excellent morning yoga session and a tasty breakfast. Enjoy the serenity of the landscape until your private driver arrives to transport you to one of the most charming cities of the region: Verona. Famed as the home of Juliet Capulet, the heroine of Romeo and Juliet, Verona has so much to offer and your private, native guides will make sure you make the most of your time here exploring the art, culture, history, and cuisine. You will also have the opportunity to take advantage of excellent shopping and fantastic restaurants in your free time here. A restorative yoga session awaits you after your private return transfer to the agriturismo.Day 6
After an extended morning yoga session and breakfast, allow yourself to be whisked away to one of the area’s leading spas. You will select your desired treatments in advance, so that the entire day can be dedicated to relaxing, rejuvenating, and restoring the body and mind. Tonight’s dinner will continue to nourish, as will the special abbreviated yoga session before bed.Day 7
Today quite literally begins with sun salutations as you enjoy a sunrise yoga session. After breakfast, a private transfer takes you to Venice where you will be met by one of Italy’s absolute best guides, a native of the city whose family history in Venice spans centuries. With her by your side, you are sure to experience the absolute best this intriguing and beautiful city has to offer. A gondola ride and true Venetian dining follow a slightly different evening yoga session: a guided discussion of the effects of yoga on the mind and a guided meditation. Return to Salo’ and enjoy the rest of your night as you choose.Day 8
This morning’s yoga and breakfast at the agriturismo give way to another full day of wellness. Italy is famous for its incredibly restorative thermal baths found throughout the country. Luckily for us, some of the best are found right here in the Lakes Region. Your visit today is sure to restore you from head to toe and prepare you for a lovely dinner out on the town. A perfectly suited evening yoga session awaits you to cap off a wonderful day.Day 9
What makes Italy’s wines so good? Why is wine so important? Is this region good for wine? Today, all of these questions and more will be answered. After morning yoga and breakfast, you will visit a local vineyard touring and tasting your way through centuries of tradition, pride, and exquisite products. Lunch is sure to please, especially as you will now be more knowledgeable than ever about what you are eating and drinking. This evening’s yoga session and dinner will provide the perfect ending to this fine day.Day 10
Your last full day in Italy will be spent mostly at leisure at the famous Lake Como. Take time to savor it, shop for gifts and souvenirs, sample any delicacies you have not yet had the pleasure of tasting, and reflect on all that you have seen, learned, done, experienced, and enjoyed. A farewell dinner will provide additional opportunities to reflect, share, and – perhaps – even begin planning a return visit! A good night’s sleep is important before a long day of travel and our farewell yoga session is designed to induce just such a rest.Day 11
Join us for bonus sunrise yoga session this morning if you are able. In the morning, private transfers will take you back to Milan where you begin the next chapter of your story: hopefully enlightened, inspired, and with a deeper understanding of the elements that connect us across the world. We certainly enjoyed having you with us and hope to see you again soon! Arrivederci!
*Please note: this itinerary has been carefully designed to provide maximum efficiency and enjoyment for all travelers; however, due to circumstances beyond our control sometimes changes must be made. Italiana Travel and Jen Allen Yoga reserve the right to make any necessary changes to the itinerary, be it a change in date, location, activity, time, or other related elements of travel. By registering and submitting a deposit, you are agreeing to accept any changes made to this itinerary by Italiana Travel or Jen Allen Yoga before or during travel.
For travel, transportation, and itinerary-related questions, please contact Liana at Italiana Travel: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions regarding the yoga portion of this trip, please contact Jen at email@example.com.