The Italian Experience
7 nights accommodations, daily breakfasts (dairy- and gluten-free accommodated), an off-site private group Italian language course, an off-site private group Italian cooking course, 2 off-site Tuscan-style dinners with wine, closing ceremony breakfast, along with daily yoga, meditation and movement with Amanda + Danielle.
International and/or domestic airfare, all lunches and most dinners, additional spa treatments, optional excursions, airport transfers, one-on-one energy medicine healing, gratuities, travel insurance, alcoholic beverages or additional costs incurred at hotel (i.e. room service, mini-bar, land-line phone calls).
Payment and Cancellation Policy:
A non-refundable / non-transferable deposit of $500.00 USD is required to hold your space.
If cancellation before August 15th, 2019 occurs, all payments will be refunded MINUS the non-refundable $500.00 USD deposit.
There are no refunds/transfers of any payments made AFTER August 15th, 2019.
Final Balance Policy:
The "Final Payment" must be received by OCTOBER 15th, 2019 in order to be eligible for the early bird pricing. All payments AFTER August 15th, 2019 are non-refundable and non-transferable.
In the event of cancellation before August 15th, 2019, your entire payment will be refunded minus the $500.00 USD deposit. From August 15th, 2019, onward, all payments are non-refundable.
We require that you purchase travel insurance for your trip. Travelex and World Nomads are two reputable organizations for worldwide travel coverage.
The Italian Experience
Friday, May 22nd- Friday, May 29th
$4,095 ($4,595*) - Luxe Shared Room
Beautiful room appointed with top of the range Simmons Beautyrest mattress (2 single or 1 double bed prepared German style - based upon availability), Hermes collection Dedar fabric for pillows and bedcovers, climate controlled room, elegant bathroom, Wi-Fi, in-suite Handy courtesy smartphone for free local/international calls and free internet access, daily turndown service
$5,095 ($5,595*) per person - Super Luxe Shared Room
Spacious super luxe room appointed with top of the range Simmons Beautyrest mattress (2 single or 1 double bed prepared German Tedesco style - based upon availability), Hermes collection Dedar fabric for pillows and bedcovers, climate controlled room, expansive and elegant marble topped bathroom, Aquaflor bathroom products, in-suite Nespresso machine, Wi-Fi, large HDTV flatscreen, in-suite Handy courtesy smartphone for free local/international calls and free internet access, daily turndown service
$4,895 ($5,395*) - Luxe Private Room
Beautiful room appointed with top of the range Simmons Beautyrest mattress (2 single or 1 double bed - based upon availability), Hermes collection Dedar fabric for pillows and bedcovers, climate controlled room, expansive and elegant bathroom,
Wi-Fi, in-suite Handy courtesy smartphone for free local/international calls and free internet access, daily turndown service
$5,495 ($5,995*) - Super Luxe Private Room
Super luxe room appointed with top of the range Simmons Beautyrest mattress (1 double bed or 1 King bed - based upon availability), Hermes collection Dedar fabric for pillows and bedcovers, climate controlled room, expansive and elegant bathroom, Wi-Fi, in-suite Handy courtesy smartphone for free local/international calls and free internet access, daily turndown service
*price increase after August 31st, 2019
The Italian Experience Retreat includes:
Daily yoga, meditation and movement with Amanda and Danielle
7 nights luxe accommodations at the prestigious 4-Star wellness hotel Firenze Number Nine
Delicious daily breakfasts (gluten- and dairy-free available)
2 incredible off-site Tuscan-style dinners paired with wine
Private group Italian language lesson
A Taste of Florence: a guided tour of an authentic Tuscan food marketplace, plus the time-honored history of Florentine leather and gold
Private group Italian cooking course
Sunset aperitivi + small bites
Special closing ceremony breakfast
Choice of 50 minute massage or facial at the on-site Arya Spa
Optional* truffle-hunting excursions, wine-tasting, tour of Chianti and one-on-one energy medicine healing
*optional treatments/excursions incur additional cost and can be chosen upon booking and payment
Nestled in Florence's Mercato Centrale is the posh Cucina Lorenzo De' Medici kitchen, where we will be making our own rustic Italian pasta by hand. After the private cooking lesson with a fabulous Italian chef, we will enjoy our vegetarian meal together with a glass of Italian wine.
At Scuola Leonardo da Vinci - a renowned language school located just a few steps away from the Duomo - we will learn some basic knowledge of one of the world's most passionate language - Italian! A private course will be instructed for the group with one of the exceptional teachers.
What airport do I fly into and when?
We recommend flying into Amerigo Vespucci Airport (code: FLR) in Florence, Italy, arriving no later than Friday, May 22th, 2020. From the airport, it is a short (15-25 minute) ride to the center of the city and the group hotel.
Departure will be Friday, May 29th, 2020. Check-out time is 11am.
If you wish to arrive earlier that the retreat dates to acclimate and be settled, or remain later to enjoy the fruits of Italy, please contact us directly for additional rates.
What vaccinations do I need?
There are no required vaccinations to travel to Italy, however we recommend you consult with your primary care physician and make the decision for what is best for you.
How many people will be attending the retreat?
Attendance varies, but you can expect between 6 to 20 people as a general average. We purposefully keep the groups small for a truly unique, attentive and personalized experience.
What if I am traveling alone?
We have many travelers who choose to travel on their own. If you are traveling without a friend or partner, but prefer to share your room, we will do our utmost to pair you. If, for some reason, we are not able to pair you with a roommate, a single supplement will be charged.
If you prefer to have your own room (regular or deluxe) a single supplement will apply.
Do I need a visa to travel to Italy?
No, travel to Italy does not require obtaining a visa in advance. You will be granted a travelers visa upon arrival into the European Union. Please keep all proof of your return/departing flight with you.
IMPORTANT: If your passport expires within six (6) months of your arrival date to Italy, please renew your passport before you depart to avoid any issues at immigration. There are no exceptions.
Are gratuities included?
No, gratuities are not included. We recommend tipping hotel staff $5-15/day, along with bellman, waitstaff, concierge, drivers and guides.
CULTURAL TIP: Although tipping at the end of a meal is not always customary in Italy (as the tip is often already included), additional Euro left at the table for exceptional service is always welcome.
Are airport transfers part of my trip?
Airport transfers are NOT included for your arrival and departure, but it is exceptionally easy to exit the airport and find either a private taxi, the TramVia public train to downtown Florence or to take the Bus.
Should you desire to have a private car pickup from Amerigo Vespucci Airport, an additional $125.00 USD per car will be added to your final balance.
If you prefer for Amanda + Danielle to come to the airport, an additional $100.00 USD will be added to your final balance and you will be whisked back to Firenze Number Nine.
Please keep in mind that airport transfers may not be private, as you may be arriving/departing with other members of our group.
Are meals included?
Daily breakfast, an off-site cooking class and 2 off-site Tuscan style dinners are included in your program price. Lunches, dinners and alcoholic beverages are not included, and will be at your leisure.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes, we require that travel insurance be purchased, as the $500.00 USD deposit is non-refundable, and unforeseen circumstances can occur that can prevent your trip such as illness, weather-related occurrences or pre-existing health conditions. Travelex and World Nomads are two reputable travel insurance companies and you can discuss concerns/questions directly with the insurance provider.
What is the cancellation policy?
All retreats have a non-refundable / non-transferable $500.00 USD deposit which is required to hold you space on your retreat.
If you cancel before August 15th, 2019 and your "Final Balance" has been paid, you will be refunded your total payment, minus the $500.00 USD non-refundable deposit.
All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable on and after August 15th, 2019.
All "Final Balance" payments are due before October 15th, 2019 to qualify for the early bird pricing. This cancellation policy is strictly adhered to with no exceptions to offset the substantial cost of the yoga retreat prior to commencement.