CYCLING & YOGA RETREAT LUCCA, ITALY
CYCLING & YOGA RETREAT LUCCA, ITALY
PEDAL. STRETCH. BREATHE.
27 May to 3 June 2023 - Enquire Now
9 to 16 September 2023 - Enquire Now
Sometimes, it takes a special place in your life and the right setting to unravel and just let go. Soulfit Adventures cycling retreat in Lucca in Tuscany offers an exquisite opportunity to do just that.
There is something about Tuscany. It has a way of enveloping you, of transporting you from the everyday and it makes you feel as if you are living life in slow motion. The rest of the world disappears. Tuscany has a magic, a special power, an unknown quantity that seeps into every part of your being and seduces in the best possible way. Top that with cycling and it doesn't get much better.
Lucca is a classic cycling destination and has been home to many professional cyclists through the years. From the flat promenade along the coast of Viareggio, to the high peaks of the Apuan Alps, rolling hills through olive groves, forests and vineyards, you have the opportunity to cycle in all kinds of terrain and vistas.
Each day is different, taking you into small villages and hamlets off the beaten paths to discover what waits. The bike is freedom. It allows you to travel the roads less travelled, taking in the sights and scents —the crunching of the gravel below your tires or the soothing hum as you glide over fresh pavement – you just don’t experience the world the same way by foot, car, or plane.
You'll be nestled in boutique luxury accommodation on a private estate, setting the backdrop for morning or evening yoga as we cycle our days into bliss. You will relish in cuisine of fresh local produce, made in-house by our own private cook, indulge in local wines, absorbing the sights – a pure delight for the senses - Tuscan style!
Worried that the cycling and/or yoga might be too difficult? The cycling is moderate to challenging, depending on your fitness level and the yoga is suitable for all levels, even the stiffest body. No yoga experience is necessary, just a willingness to try something new. For more information on the cycling, please refer to the 'cycling section' below.
We take a very holistic approach when designing our itineraries, creating a balance where you will encounter opportunities that will engage not only your body, but also your mind, and spirit.
Whatever you seek on your Tuscan cycling adventure, you will experience La Dolce Vita, the sweet life and leave with a renewed sense of vitality and a restored approach to life.
We know you deserve a remarkable life in magical places… Adventure awaits!
Our home away from home for the week is part of an exclusive Tuscan estate and offers us a luxurious retreat where authentic Tuscan charm is coupled with opulence and exclusivity. This 17th Century Tuscan estate is set amongst the hills and olive groves of Northern Tuscany. A truly magical place.
The venue was historically the principle support building for the main villa on the estate and all it’s agricultural activities. Set in the heart of a vast property of rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves, it's recently been fully renovated.
It has everything we need including our own pool and yoga studio! The estate’s olive grove produces it's own fine quality cold pressed oil, seasonal fruit and vegetables and fresh eggs when the hens are laying.
It was Petrarch in the 14th century who advocated the country house as a place of rest and repose, starting the fashion for beautiful houses set in the hills, away from the heat of the city. Near the ancient fortified city of Lucca, it was built in 1729, and the whole estate is a fine example of a summer retreat for the nobility. The estate and it's buildings have been sympathetically renovated to provide accommodation that is comfortable and luxurious, combined with classic elegant Tuscan style.
€3165.00 per person twin/double share with ensuite*
€3465.00 per person single share with ensuite - available on request only*
Soulfit Adventures Retreat Leader
7 nights luxury boutique accommodation
All linen and towels supplied
Sumptuous breakfast everyday with fresh juices
Dinners at villa five nights
Celebratory dinner at a local restaurant with local wine on the last night
Wine tasting at a fully certified organic/biodynamic historic villa and winery.
Daily sports focused yoga/stretch classes with fully qualified yoga teacher
6 days hire of carbon fibre road bike + helmet, pump, spare tube. Road e-bikes available on request and subject to availability. Additional fee will apply.
5 x days guided cycling with experienced local guide, mechanical support, and assistance. (Additional cycling day available).
One sports 50-minute massage per person
Soulfit Adventures custom cycling jersey and bib knicks
Unlimited fruit, water, herbal teas, and coffee throughout the day
Use of the swimming pool and all facilities within the grounds of the estate
Transfers to and from the villa on the first and last day of the retreat - from the Lucca bus or train station only
Soulfit Adventures gift
Does not include:
All airfares (the nearest airport to Lucca is Pisa or Florence)
Meals not listed in the above package
Additional excursions or activities not listed in the above package
Additional massages or other treatments not listed in the above package
Incidentals and other travel related expenses
A minimum number of 8 are required to run the retreat. The retreat is limited to 12 places so book early to ensure your place.
Road E-bike - subject to availability
Riding in Tuscany is physically demanding and can be challenging. Typically we ride up to 80 kms sometimes more, with elevation each day. The retreat is not a training camp and we are focused on you enjoying a stimulating yet relaxed time. The cycling itineraries have been designed for people with a reasonable level of cycling fitness and experience. Our itineraries are designed to show the best that the Lucca region has to offer and the rides are graded by the level of difficulty which relates mainly to the distance and terrain. However, it is also largely influenced by an individual’s cycling experience and level of fitness.
Road e-bikes available on request for those after a little extra assistance and to enable all fitness levels to enjoy riding together.
Non-cycling/yoga friends and spouses
Non-cycling/yoga participants are always welcome and all activities are voluntary. Lucca is the perfect destination for non-cycling partners to enjoy whilst you’re out on your ride. There are a plethora of cafes and restaurants, cobbled streets, fabulous shops and museums all only 10kms from the villa. Not to mentioned the villa pool which one could laze around for the day! Florence with all its history and art is only 60 minutes away by train or, the seaside a 30 minute bus ride. There is enough to do on most of our trips to keep non-yogis and riders happy, and we are only too happy help guests not participating in the organised activities with optional excursions at their own expense.
"The itinerary for the week was a perfect mix of yoga, cycling and free time to explore the delights of Lucca and surrounding area. We absolutely loved the escorted cycling excursion days with stunning scenery, great routes and lovely refreshment stops. The accommodation was truly fabulous and the home cooked food “five star” delicious! What also made the week was that we were lucky enough to share our experience with a great bunch of people who quickly became friends from day one! This holiday exceeded all our expectations and we would like to sincerely thank Virginia for making it happen and giving us so many great and lovely memories of our week of Yoga and Cycling in Tuscany with Soulfit Adventures!"
Diane & Steven Sharpe, United Kingdom
THE WEEK AT A GLANCE
70 - 80 kms
Average daily distance
1000 - 1400 metres
Average daily elevation
Day 1 Arrive in Lucca, transfer to Villa, unpack and relax, welcome dinner and briefing, D
Day 2 Transfer into Lucca for bike fit, easy cycle around the ancient walls city walls and surrounding area, back to villa, optional climb to Tramonte behind the villa, evening yin yoga – 40kms, B &D
Day 3 Cycling scenic hills of Lucca, massages, evening yin yoga – 60 to 70 kms – moderate, B&D
Day 4 Cycle to hilltop town Montecarlo, massages, evening yin yoga, – 70kms, moderate to challenging, B&D
Day 5 Morning yoga, day at leisure or optional additional cycling day, wine tasting, B
Day 6 Cycling hills and countryside of Camaiore, lunch in the artists town of Pietrasanta, optional climb to Caprigilia, evening yin yoga - 80-100kms, moderate to challenging, B&D
Day 7 Climb iconic Monte Serra, celebratory farewell dinner – 70 to 80kms, challenging, B&D
Day 8 Morning yoga, breakfast, transfer back into Lucca for onward journey, B
NB: The above are samples only. The actual cycling routes will be confirmed at the time of the retreat pending weather conditions and final group make up.
€3165.00 per person twin/double share with ensuite
€3465.00 per person single share with ensuite - available on request only.
Discount available for bookings of 2 or more - contact us for more information. Payment plans available.
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Non refundable but transferable deposit to hold space: €700.00 per person. Refer to Soulfit Adventures Terms of Service and Cancellation Policy for more information.