Yoga, gastronomy and culture holiday

Provence Region, Provence, France

8 days from
per person
$2,145

Holiday Itinerary

This wonderful yoga, gastronomy and culture holiday is set perched on the border of Provence and the Cote D'Azur, regions renowned for panoramic landscapes, coastal and mountain view and rich history.

You'll stay in the medieval village of Saint-Jeannet which will be the setting of this 7 night / 8 day yoga holiday combined with guided activities and cultural excursions. This tranquil location sets the scene for your twice daily yoga lessons designed to energise you in the morning and unwind and relax in the evening.

During the week, there will also be fantastic cultural excursions through the region to historic and famous villages, and breathtaking scenic sites. Some will be by car, others on foot. From Monday to Friday there is a weekly set schedule which will bring you new experiences and exploration, with everything from landmarks, to regional cooking and food. At the weekend, you'll have yoga but you have more free time to take part in massage treatments or simply explore the region.

Your arrival, departure and the length you stay can be flexible to suit you and your wishes. However, to make the most of your time there and the wonderful activities on offer, we recommend arriving Saturday or Sunday and staying for 7 nights.

Typical activities include a wonderful hike to get a 360 degree panoramic view over the Mediterranean sea, the French Riviera, and even stopping for a refreshing swim in the local waterfalls and freshwater ponds! On another day, you will head down to Antibes and enjoy the gorgeous city on the sea, and hit some museums and cultural landmarks.

Some days, you’ll end up off the beaten track and find yourself on a goat farm, sampling cheese, or perhaps finishing the day at a local vineyard doing some wine tastings. Or even creating a 3 course meal during a hands-on cooking lesson.

During your holiday, stay in the bright, gorgeously renovated 19th-century B&B, complete with a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains. Each room has a private ensuite bathroom, WiFi and various other modern amenities. Have an after dinner wander down the medieval cobbles and see where you end up for the sunset.


Suitability
- This holiday is suitable for all levels of yoga from beginners to experienced yogis
- A relatively good level of fitness is required for the walks
- Minimum age is 18 for this holiday
- Your hosts are French, and all cooking classes and guided cultural excursions are in English and/or French


Travelling solo?
- These holidays make great singles holidays as solo travellers can join groups for the daily activities and guests are encouraged to use and mingle in the shared spaces such as the terrace, living and kitchen
- Solo travellers will have their own private ensuite room for NO additional cost
- However, if there are two people travelling together who wish to share a room, a discount per person will be applied


Pricing
- Prices are based on a hill view room with ensuite bathroom
- Sea view rooms are available for an upgrade, see the ‘Costings and extras’ tab for more information and prices


Yoga holiday start days
- Arrivals are every day from March to November (please see the itinerary notes below for more information)
- If dates appear ‘on request’, please email us at hello@golearnto.com and we’ll check availability for your preferred day of arrival as quickly as possible


Yoga holiday itinerary
This holiday runs every day of the week and your holiday start and end dates are entirely up to you.

Each day has a set activity programme (with the most active days being Monday to Friday) and an example itinerary can be found below but please note the itinerary is an example is subject to change depending on the season.

Attending the full week allows you to see and experience the best of the region although shorter stays are possible.

Mondays - Walking day
- 7:30-9am: Minfulness yoga session with Benoît including meditation and Asana
- 9-10:30am: Enjoy a homemade breakfast on the sunny terrace
- 10:30am-5pm: Walking day
- Spring and Autumn: a walking day in the surrounding hills called Baou, including a guided visit of the village, St Jeannet, before reaching the top of the hill for a shared homemade picnic lunch and a fantastic view over the all French Riviera and the Southern Alps
- Summer: an “aquatic” walk, taking you into a gorge/canyon, to walk along, and sometimes into, the river, La Cagnes; waterfalls and fresh water ponds will be the highlights of the day where you can have a swim, a perfect activity during those warm summer months
- 6:30-7:45pm: Minfulness yoga session with Benoît including meditation and Asana
- 8pm: You can order a self-service dinner prepared by Corinne or you can spend the evening as you wish

Tuesdays - Cooking lesson
- 8:30-9:30am: Ashtanga yoga with Jean
- 9:30-10:30am: Enjoy a homemade breakfast on the sunny terrace
- 10:30am-3pm or 3-6:30pm: Cooking session with Corinne or her friend Noel, a professional French chef, in her big open kitchen, followed by a convivial shared lunch or dinner
- 6:30-7:45pm: Hatha yoga session with Carline
- 8pm: You can order a self service dinner or you can spend the evening as you wish

Wednesday - Cultural visit to perched villages
- 7:30-9am: Minfulness yoga session with Benoît including meditation and Asana
- 9-10:30am: Enjoy a homemade breakfast on the sunny terrace
- 10:30am-5pm: Today will take you on small roads off the beaten path on a short walk to discover the old medieval village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, well known now for the culture of violettes flowers
- You will then drive to meet Bruno, a local cheese maker who has settled with his goats in a well preserved and protected area, which offers stunning view over the Cannes bay, to enjoy our homemade picnic lunch combined with cheese sampling
- On the way back, you will make a stop at the worldwide famous “Chapelle du Rosaire” in Vence, entirely built up and decorated by famous French artist Henri Matisse (entrance extra), before heading to, if time allows, the local vineyard of St Jeannet for a wine tasting
- 6:30-7:45pm: Ashtanga yoga session with Jean
- 8pm: You can order a self service dinner or you can spend the evening as you wish

Thursday - Sound bath experience
- 9-10:30am: Minfulness yoga session with Benoît including meditation and Asana, followed by a brunch from 10:30 to 12:30
- 3-6:30pm: After an Ashtanga yoga session with Jean, enjoy a sound bath wellbeing sessions; after a short transfer to Jean’s yoga studio, you’ll experience one of his relaxing “sound baths” - travel with the sounds of Tibetan and crystal bowls, ancient gongs, and other different and original instruments
- 8pm: You can order a self service dinner or you can spend the evening as you wish

Friday - Antibes on La Côte d’Azur
- 7:30-9am: Minfulness yoga session with Benoît including meditation and Asana
- 9-10:30am: Enjoy a homemade breakfast on the sunny terrace
- 10:30am-5pm: today will take you to one of the most beautiful cities on the Côte d’Azur, Antibes, famous for its billionaires’ harbour, and its museum dedicated to Pablo Picasso
- You will have lunch in a local restaurant (lunch is not included, allow €10-20 per person without drinks)
- Follow the temptation and try a glass of Absinthe in an original bar or have a stroll in the picturesque streets of the free commune of Safranier
- Leisure time during the day will follow your wishes, enjoy the best ice cream on the Cote d'Azur or to go for a swim
- 6:30-7:45pm: Hatha yoga session with Véronique
- 8pm: You can order a self service dinner or you can spend the evening as you wish

Saturday - Relaxing day
- 9-10:30am: Hatha yoga session with Sarah, followed by a brunch from 10:30 to 12:30
- Today is a free day to relax and meditate at your own pace or get a massage with the hotel’s professional masseurs; Florence (Californian/oil), Myriam (Shiatsu), Claudia (Californian/oil) or experience a “sound private massage” with Jean’s Tibetan bowls
- For the more active ones, join the treasure hunt organised by your hosts’ friend, Cyrielle, to discover & explore Saint Jeannet in the most fun way
- Or explore the area at your own pace with great bus connections to the surrounding areas
- 6:30-7:45pm: Yoga Nidra with Sarah
- 8pm: You can order a self service dinner or you can spend the evening as you wish

Sunday - Free day
- 9-10:30am: Minfulness yoga session with Benoît including meditation and Asana, followed by a brunch from 10:30 to 12:30 with the possibility of a free massage demonstration by Florence or Myriam during the brunch
- You have the rest of the day to relax or explore at your own pace
- 6:30-7:45pm: Hatha yoga with Sarah
- 8pm: You can order a self service dinner or you can spend the evening as you wish


What will I learn?
- Yoga lessons will be based around a variety of yoga practices and light meditation
- When we asked Benoit what guests would be learning, he said:
'Our guests will learn… to be. We hope our B&B is helping people to be more present, more aware, more conscious of who they are and what they truly want. For instance, Corinne is not going to ‘teach’ a new cooking technique but, instead, share her passion and her creativity, and by creating a fun and relaxed atmosphere during her cooking sessions, inspire people to grow, to pay more attention to how they eat, how they cook, and open their mind to many other possibilities. Generally, we have many more skills than we think, we just simply need to learn a bit more about ourselves :)'


About your hosts
- Your French-born hosts, Corinne and Benoit, bought the 19th century hotel in 2006 and refurbished it into the modern charming B&B it is today
- The B&B now serves as a base to explore all that the surrounding area has to offer from hiking to more extreme outdoor sports, from history to vineyards
- Benoit grew up in Saint Jeannet and Corinne is from Reunion Island; they met while studying in Australia and have travelled the world and run the B&B as close friends and business partners
- Both passionate about nature and the outdoors, they love hiking, mountain biking, watching wildlife and try to pass on these passions along with their expertise in each of their holidays
- Your hosts are advocates for preserving a good way of life, use only local organic producers and work hard to maintain the beautiful medieval charm of the village and natural ecology around them


Accommodation
- Your accommodation is in the charming medieval village of Saint Jeannet, filled with cobbled streets and hiking paths leading you into the hills
- The village is located just 25 minutes from Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport
- You will stay in a 19th century converted village house has been restored to a charming B&B
- There is a total of 7 rooms; a studio (sleeps 4), 3 twin rooms & 3 double rooms - some rooms come with balconies but all of them come with a view
- The light airy rooms are well-decorated and there is an ensuite bathroom with shower in each room
- During your free time, there is a lounge for you to relax in with a computer, WiFi, Internet, TV, DVDs and books, along with free worldwide landline calls
- A fully equipped kitchen is available for you to make your own meals, tea or snacks in
- Outside there is a lovely terrace to enjoy breakfast on
- A washing machine and dryer are also available for you as well as secure off-road parking
- Check in to your room from 4pm and check out before 12pm; however, please note your hosts can be flexible if necessary


Restricted mobility access
Please find below some information regarding the accommodation and location of the holiday which may be useful when deciding if this is the right holiday for you; should you have an further questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help
- We generally do not recommend this location for those with restricted mobility
- The holiday is based in a mountain village with steps, narrow streets and guests stay in n old village house built over 4 floors without a lift
- There is no accessibility for wheelchairs at this venue
- If a person is able to walk but has 'some' restrictions then we would need further information concerning their needs and would be very honest if we felt the person could not participate in the activity holidays


Meals
- All meals are homemade and prepared fresh in the spacious farmhouse kitchen
- The focus of meals is on well-balanced diets with fresh ingredients from the onsite vegetable patch or from local sources
- Breakfast is a nutritious continental buffet with plenty of cereals, fruit, and your host Lucy’s homemade bread
- Picnic lunches are provided on Monday and Wednesday
- Lunch is included after the cooking lesson on Tuesday
- Please note drinks are not included and will be charged extra
- If you have dietary requests, these must be communicated to us at the time of booking

Eating in the local area
- You will be happy to find lots of places to grab a bite to eat: 4 restaurants, 1 grocery store and 1 butcher, 1 bakery, 2 cafés/pubs
- You can also buy some take away meals in one of the local shops, at the butcher (who also makes vegetarian dishes), the bakery or get some supplies from the local supermarket and use the big open kitchen to prepare your meals
- Most evenings, Corinne organises some special dinners onsite if you would prefer to dine in the accommodation


Free time in Provence & Cote D’Azur
- This multi-activity holiday is packed with great activities to immerse you in the culture of the local area
- In your free time, you can choose to relax and enjoy the beauty of the views from the village over the Mediterranean coast, read a book, sample a glass of the local wine, shop in the village, chat with the other guests or the locals in the local bar
- Your hosts can give you lots of information on what activities are on offer in the local area as well
- Book a massage with professional masseuses (shia tsu, Californian, deep tissue or even a 'sound' massage)
- Join the treasure hunt offered by your hosts to discover the village in the most fun way


Take time for yourself and make the most of your holiday by spending time immersed in the rich local culture of the area, taking part in a variety of activities and meeting like-minded people.