CINQUE TERRE, ITALY
Sole Yoga Holidays is so thrilled to return to our Luxury Retreat along the Italian Riviera in the glorious region of Cinque Terre, Italy, June 16-22, 2019. Here along the Ligurian Coast is some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on earth! Cinque Terre, or ‘five villages‘ is comprised of colorful houses and vineyards that cling to steep terraces and harbors filled with fishing boats and beaches dotted with candy-colored umbrellas. The Sentiero Azzurro cliffside hiking trail links the villages and offers sweeping sea vistas. It truly is one of the most heavenly places for a summer yoga and wellness retreat!
ACCOMMODATIONS + MEALS
Our retreat takes place at a gorgeous and private villa in Levanto. This darling seaside town is just 5 minutes away from the neighboring Cinque Terre, but far enough for a divine and peaceful yoga retreat. In the summer, the official Cinque Terre can be a bit hectic for a relaxing yoga vacation, so we chose the most perfect location, yet still a hike, boat or train ride away to all of the towns. The lovely decorated guest rooms ensure an incredible night’s rest with the most comfortable luxury linens & down pillows. Each bright and spacious guest room is ensuite with rain showers and deliciously scented bath products. There is also a complimentary mini bar, in-room coffee and tea set, housekeeping, music sound dock, hairdryer and wifi.
A delicious and hearty breakfast is included daily at our wonderful location. Fresh fruits and juices, eggs made-to-order, cheeses, local breads and heavenly sweets are all part of our daily post-yoga meal.
We have included a variety of other delicious dining! Our Welcome Dinner is a special pizza party. Homemade pizzas, fruity sangria and big bowls of crisp salad. We will enjoy a special dinner together in town, dining on heavenly, local specialities. And finally, our last evening is a very exciting Farewell Dinner and local wine & prosecco with views to die for! Plus, delicious seafood on our boat excursion and a pesto cooking class with tastings.
YOGA + ACTIVITIES
Twice per day (except boat day and shopping day, when we practice once per day) we will practice yoga outdoors with the sounds of only the sweet birds to accompany us! Your host, Shari will guide you through a vigorous vinyasa flow and during the week we will also include a yin and restorative session post-hike. As always, Shari will listen to what the group needs and adjust accordingly for the best yoga experience!
There are several incredible excursions on our Cinque Terre summer retreat:
SUNSET BOAT & APERITIVO: Reserved exclusively for our villa, a boat tour along the picturesque coastline of the Cinque Terre is a must-see, especially at sunset! Our captain and guide, Angelo is a 10th generation fisherman from Monterosso. We can’t wait to hear his stories and love for the Cinque Terre. We will also share a wonderful aperitivo of seafood, pasta and wine in the beautiful town of Vernazza.
GUIDED 1/2 DAY HIKE: Time to stretch our yoga legs out with a gorgeous, half-day hike through the stunning Cinque Terre. Our guide is an expert of the area and will show us the best views of sea and mountain.
VINTAGE SHOPPING 1/2 DAY: Time to shop till we drop! We will explore a local town and all of the hidden gems by a local expert. Time to find that perfect pair of Italian-made shoes or exquisite antique piece for your home. We will go to the secret spots and find the most wonderful treasures to take home!
PESTO-MAKING CLASS: The Italian Riviera is home to pesto, so of course we need to take a class on how to make it and then eat it! We will make it by hand with the freshest ingredients and then enjoy the fruits of our labors with wine, of course.
BIKING + SUNSET APERITIVO: We will take the bikes from our villa and head to Bonassola beach for a glorious sunset aperitivo by the beach! We will bike along a specially designed path, easy to navigate for any level rider. (If you prefer not to ride a bike, we can arrange a ride or taxi!)
OPTIONAL Activities & Excursions:
Additional Cooking Lessons
Here is what our wonderful Cinque Terre Yoga + Wellness holiday includes:
• 6 nights Accommodations at a 4-star villa
• 2x Daily Vinyasa Power Yoga/Yin or Restorative (75-90 mins) *once daily during boat and shopping days
• Daily Gourmet Breakfast
• 3 Heavenly Dinners
• Exclusive Sunset Boat Tour + Aperitivo
• Private Vintage Shopping Excursion
• Half-day Hiking Cinque Terre
• Pesto Making Class
• Transport to/from Excursions
• Train transfer to/from Levanto station
SINGLE ROOM/EN SUITE BATH: 3299€
SHARED ROOM (TWIN BEDS) OR COUPLES/FRIENDS TOGETHER: 2999€
Must Reserve with a 750€ non-refundable deposit
Retreat Limited to 10 people
SCHEDULE (sample itinerary-full schedule provided on first day for extra surprises!)
8.30-9.45: Vinyasa Flow
10.00: Gourmet Breakfast
10.15-5.00pm: Free Time (beach, excursions*, relax)
•Day Excursions: Hiking, Shopping, Pesto Making Class
5.30-7.00pm: Vinyasa Flow or Yin/Restorative
7.30pm: Dinner Time*
•Evening Excursions: Sunset Boat + Aperitivo, Biking to Bonassola + Aperitivo
**Transportation pick-up/drop off from Levanto Train Station included, day of/departure dates only. Other options will be provided outside of pick-up and extra fees may apply.
Arrival time is 3pm on June 16 and departures between 10-11:30 am on June 22. Let us know if you need additional help in arrival and departure. Travel insurance is recommended for this retreat. PLEASE consult your travel agent for the best policy. Upon booking, other information will be provided including packing lists, and other important info on Cinque Terre.