Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Cinque Terre, Italy - 6 nights
Available April to October  

 

If you are a yoga instructor looking for your next destination for bringing a group of students on a memorable European retreat, take a look at our active Cinque Terre program. You and your guests will enjoy fabulous accommodations, along with your daily yoga classes, a hands-on cooking lesson, guided hiking and biking and of course a full immersion in the delicious Ligurian cuisine of this fascintating region of Italy! Alternatively, if you are not a yoga instructor but are interested in this program, we have the perfect yoga instructor here in Italy for your yoga retreat. 

 
Enjoy wonderful accommodations in a 17th century estate only a few minutes away from the most picturesque coastal villages of the Cinque Terre. The aristocratic family who owns the estate formerly spent their summer holidays there, in this ancient agricultural estate where tenacious farmers work hard to produce the particularly fragrant olive oil and the quality wine of the Ligurian Riviera. Today the estate opens its doors to its guests allowing them to experience the tradition and ambiance from long ago. You will find a peaceful atmosphere surrounded by 15 hectars of silver green olive groves and bright green vineyards, only a few minutes away from the beautiful Ligurian sea. The view from the estate is unique, in the distance one can see several small villages nestled in the valleys, a scene that becomes especially appealing by night when the ochre-colored church towers are bathed in a soft light. Today the farm maintains the agricultural traditions of the estate in spite of the rather harsh character of the Ligurian terrain. The work is still done manually because rarely machines are able to climb the steep hills. Olive groves and vineyards are skillfully cultivated thanks to the experience of the old farmers and the enthusiasm of the youngest descendent of the noble family. Olives, grapes, vegetables and fruit (which are used to prepare the delicious jams and preserves) are cultivated without the use of pesticide or chemicals, thus the guests will be able to taste 100% natural products. Fresh herbs are grown in the gardens for the guests to pick and use in their meals to get a true taste of Italy.

 

The estate offers accommodations in the elegantly furnished Baron’s Villa and in the charmingly restored historic stone farmhouse. All the junior suites have private terraces or gardens with panoramic view as well as private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, mini bar, in room safe and telephone.

 

Yoga classes take place outside in an open space near the pool of the villa. 

 

 

 

ITINERARY

 

DAY ONE 

 
WELCOME TO LEVANTO


Pick up from Pisa or Florence airport.

 

Private transfer by minibus to the Farmhouse on the hills behind Levanto. 

 

A welcome cocktail and tasting of typical Ligurian gastronomic products (anchovies, “focaccia” with cheese and olives, pesto), local extra virgin olive oil and wines will follow. 

 

You have arrived in one of the most areas of Italy for an incredible week.

 

Benvenuti!

 

 

DAY TWO 

 

LEVANTO &  BONASSOLA BY BIKE

 

Yoga class in the morning. 

 

Transfer to Levanto where you will meet your guide for a walk through the historic center. Time at leisure for lunch.

 

In the afternoon we will take the bikes from Levanto and head to Bonassola beach for a sunset aperitivo on the beach! We will bike along a specially designed path, easy to navigate for any level rider.

 

Back to Levanto by bike and dinner on your own. 

 

DAY THREE 

 

CINQUE TERRE VILLAGES & PATHS

 

Yoga class in the morning. 

 

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. 

 

Time at leisure to explore the Cinque Terre villages. Back to Levanto by train. 

 

DAY FOUR 

 

CINQUE TERRE BY BOAT

Yoga class in the morning.  

 
Reserved exclusively for you, a boat tour along the picturesque coastline of the Cinque Terre is a must-see! You will stop for a gorgeous lunch in Vernazza.

 

Dinner on your own this evening.

 

 

DAY FIVE 

 
CINQUE TERRE PATH & COOKING CLASS


Yoga class in the morning. 

 

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. Time at leisure to explore the Cinque Terre villages. Back to Levanto by train.

 

Cooking class in the afternoon followed by dinner.     

 

DAY SIX 

 

PORTOFINO & SAN FRUTTUOSO

 

Yoga class in the morning. 

 

Today you will have a private guided excursion to Portofino and San Fruttuoso. You will meet your private guide in Levanto. Then you will reach Santa Margherita Ligure by train (45 minutes by train). You will walk to the ancient city center of Santa Margherita and along the elegant seaside “promenade” and you will learn more about this village which is one of the most elegant seaside resorts in Italy. Reach Portofino by public bus or public boat and enjoy a walk in this wonderful world famous small village. From Portofino you can reach San Fruttuoso by public boat, a small fishing village in a deep inlet along the coastline of the Portofino promontory, one of the most beautiful places in Italian Riviera.                                                                                                                                 

 

Private transfer to Levanto (it takes ten minutes by car), dinner in a gourmet restaurant and transfer back to the farmhouse.
 

DAY SEVEN

 

DEPARTURE

 

Private transfer by minibus to Pisa or Florence airport.

 

Namaste!

 

*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc.

 

*Menus are samples and may vary according to the season

 

 

 

 GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 12 participants. (Please inquire about larger groups)

 

(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)

 

 

 

HOW TO ARRIVE

 

Closest train station is Levanto - about 1 mile/1.5 km from accommodation

 

Closest airports are Genova (about 1 hour and 15 minutes), Pisa (about 1 hour and 15 minutes) and Florence (about 2 hours)


*Private transfers by car or minibus can also be arranged from the airport to the accommodation - please inquire about pricing

 

*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.

 

 

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

 

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CANCELLATION POLICY 

 

Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

 

 

CLIENT REMARKS

 

 

 

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MAP*

This exciting region is depicted below. You can also access Google MapsTM by clicking HERE

 

 

*In some cases mapping may give clients a general sense of location due to changes in venue. Please inquire about specific location.

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 CULINARY DELIGHTS OF ANDALUSIA

“This was the experience of a lifetime.  It was more than a culinary excursion, it was an unforgettable life experience from learning new cuisine to finding serenity in olive country.  I was introduced to a wonderful world of Spanish cuisine and the down-to-earth lifestyle that defines Andalusia.  I cannot wait to go back!” - Opal H., Northport, Alabama

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