Travel and Cultural Experiences to fit different budgets.
"For anyone even THINKING about doing this. GO!!! Nicole is an amazing host and photographer. This trip looks even bigger and more amazing than before." -Sarah, Wisconsin.
What do our days look like?
Hiking among the local vineyards, above the sea.
Exploring each village's uniqueness.
Learning about the local culture.
Eating all of the local specialities.
Enjoying a wine tasting (if you wish)
Cooking class overlooking the sea
Sunset boat ride with a dip in the ocean
Relaxing on a beach chair at the local beach resort.
Day Trip to Lucca
Optional activities (you can choose for the free day/ free times or instead of one of our planned activities).
Additional Day of BeaCH Chair Rental
Additional cooking classes/wine tastings
Hiking (there are many more trails than we could ever cover)
Biking through ancient tunnels
Nicole will host two zoom calls before the trip so that those attending can get to know each other a bit.
✨Private Room with Bathroom in the village near the central street (not a hotel) or small apartment. You may upgrade to other options. See below for options.
✨Breakfast each day.
✨TWO Lunches and TWO dinners throughout the week (tips included)**
✨Train Tickets for the entire week including day trip
✨Beach Chair Rental
✨Cooking Class (Large meal and tips included)
✨Sunset Boat Ride
✨Bike Rentals in Lucca
✨One Wine Tasting (if you do not drink, we can arrange something else)
✨Some goodies to welcome you when you arrive.
✨Airfare and travel insurance
✨Alcohol beyond wine tasting.
✨The rest of your meals, though Nicole is happy to add this in up front for you and give you back the difference later. You would plan on a large meal 4 of the days already taken care of. Then, we'd do small bits during the day where you will need money to choose whatever take away food or packed food you want to bring along. The two days not included for a big meal, you will have an option for us to all eat together or go to a place of your choice.
Nicole is also a professional photographer so you will receive MANY photos from your trip, complimentary!
> I'M A PARENT AND DON' T KNOW IF I CAN LEAVE MY FAMILY FOR THAT LONG
Honestly, this experience is just as much for your family as it is for you. They will benefit from the refreshed energy you return with. You take care of every one, you give give give and the last two years has been especially taxing. YOU deserve to be nurtured and go home transformed.
> DO I HAVE TO PATICIPATE IN EVERYTHING?
You do not. If there is an activity that you want out bow out of, you can. This experience is about the group but it's also about each one of YOU. If you want some alone time or want to do something specific that the group is not, I can help you set that up. Additional activities available: Kayaking, massage, Yoga, shopping, extra beach time.
> SHOULD I BE IN GOOD SHAPE FOR THIS?
You should be in decent shape as the hikes are a little challenging. Cinque Terre is made up of 5 villages, on the inside of a mountain, most of which are made up of stairways and hills. The hikes go even higher, though we will take our time. You can always opt out of the hikes we do per the previous question.
> WHAT AIRPORT DO I FLY INTO?
You will fly into Florence. If you decide to fly to another airport or visit another area of Italy first, I am happy to help you plan getting to us! I'm happy to help you navigate flights and may have a travel agent help us out with that.
> WHAT DO I NEED TO TRAVEL TO ITALY?
If you do not have a passport, you want to get one asap. You also need travel insurance.
> WHAT ABOUT COVID?
I'd love to think it won't be an issue, but as we see, it continues. To make things easier, I'm asking participants to IDEALLY be fully vaccinated including boosters (or at LEAST a rapid AND PCR test in the days before the trip) and/or make sure to pay attention to whatever is happening at the time leading up to the trip and take whatever precautions are needed. so there are no issues as there will be no refunds if you miss the trip because of a last minute bout of COVID. Restaurants and other activities may also require vaccination or at least good quality masks as well as public transportation which will we will use in Cinque Terre so plan to have masks on hand.
> WILL I BE GIVEN INFO ON CULTURAL THINGS I SHOULD KNOW?
Of course! There are a few things to make note of such as etiquette for churches and it will all be sent to you along with suggested packing list and other useful information.
> I'd love to talk to ask questions. Is that possible?
YES! See below to grab a spot on my calendar!
OR email me at TheSoulfulHumanPod@gmail.com