Join us on an inspiring 15 day Italian journey for all the senses. A true celebration of ‘La Dolce Vita’ with fabulous food, wine, yoga and song!
You will explore the historic and cultural magnificence of Siena, Florence, Chianti, Milan, Lake Como, Verona and Umbria. We will visit the most iconic opera houses of the world (La Scala in Milan, the Arena in Verona and St Marks Church in Florence) and experience two included concerts. Your troubadour for this journey is world class soprano Tania de Jong AM who will serenade you along the way with special spontaneous songs, performances and opportunities to join in. And to calm our minds, soothe our souls and flex our bodies we will be under the superb guidance of global yoga guru Andrew Mournehis. There will be grand dinners in gorgeous historic locations, cooking classes, wine tastings, gondolas, market visits, voice and yoga workshops, opportunities for private tuition with Tania and Andrew and much more to delight and entertain you!
Accommodation will be in outstanding properties throughout Italy.
Please register your interest in this tour by sending us your details below. We will update you as soon as the itinerary is confirmed. Our proposed itinerary is outlined above on the Itinerary tab.
Expression of Interest
Tania de Jong AM
Tania is Founder Creative Universe, Creativity Australia and Creative Innovation Global, Dimension5, The Song Room, Pot-Pourri, MTA Entertainment & Events. Tania de Jong is a trail-blazing Australian soprano, award-winning social entrepreneur, creative innovation catalyst, inclusion-ista, spiritual journeywoman, storyteller and global speaker. She works across the public, private, creative and social sectors.
With a grandmother who invented the first foldable umbrella, creativity and innovation are in Tania’s blood. And as the daughter of Holocaust survivors she has learnt about resilience and re-invention and developed a passion for diversity and social inclusion.
When she was just 14 years old her best friend told her not to bother having singing lessons. So it’s not surprising that her mission is to change the world, one voice at a time. Tania presents keynote speeches, leadership programs and workshops inspiring creative leadership, entrepreneurship, social inclusion, diversity and innovation globally.
Tania is the Founder of two charities. Creativity Australia works with a range of marginalised individuals (including migrants, people with depression and disabilities and job seekers) and communities to build supportive networks through the acclaimed “With One Voice” choir social inclusion programs. Creativity Australia received the 2016 Melbourne Award for Contribution to Community by a Community Organisation. The Song Room, which Tania also founded, has provided access to creative learning and wellbeing for over 350,000 disadvantaged Australian children since 1999.
As well as creating these charities, Tania is also the Founder of Creative Universe transformational leadership and innovation capability programs, acclaimed opera/music theatre group Pot-Pourri and MTA Entertainment & Events and Creative Innovation Global which presents the acclaimed Ci2010-Ci2016 future-shaping innovation conference events. Ci2013 and Ci2015 were named Corporate Event of the Year in the Global Eventex Awards and Ci2015 was also named in the Anthill Smart 100 and Australian Corporate Event of the Year. Most recently, Tania was one of the recipients of the Impact 25 Award which recognises the not-for-profit and social sector’s most impactful individuals of 2016.
Tania has recently founded a co-working space called Dimension5 in Melbourne to drive social innovation and collaboration. Tania released her first solo CD Heaven on Earth in 2015 and is working on a new CD entitled Flying Free.
Andrew Mournehis has come from a diverse Yoga background and teaches a combination of Anusara, Hatha, Bhakti and Tantra Yoga. His creative, joyful and heart-filled teaching strengthens the body, soothes and clears the mind, whilst enlivening and enriching the Spirit through both Postural and Universal Alignment. His unique style is imbued with heart and soul and rich in Tantric philosophy. His classes are filled with Inspiration, Story-telling, Mantra and the Spirit of the Divine. His further interests extend into exploring human energetics, human potential and power, and how to discover your true Life Purpose or Dharma.
Andrew is Creative Director of “Divine Grace”, and is assessment coordinator and lecturer at the Academy of Yoga Learning at the CAE in Melbourne. He is also passionate about helping others to discover their greatest potential through the practice of Yoga. Andrew has been teaching yoga for 15 years and in Melbourne for 11 years. He considers himself an Eternal student. He is currently training in the illuminating, uplifting and celebratory path of Anusara Yoga after following many different styles of both Hatha and Bhakti Yoga.
In Andrew’s words, “I came to yoga through personal crisis and injury, and having intimately explored the power of healing that yoga brings, I hold complete trust in its healing power, potency and potential. Utilizing a gentle, yet dynamic heart-centred approach, I will encourage you to become more self-aware, through personal enquiry and opening to Universal Grace and your Inner Gifts. Each class will connect you with your Divine Nature, inviting YOU to remember your HIGHEST GOOD. Divine Grace yoga classes embrace the tantric philosophy which invites us to remember to include EVERY aspect of our lives as an opportunity for revelation and illumination. Whether life feels fulfilling or empty, Light or dark, filled with pleasure or pain…all is seen as an opportunity for transformation and growth… from the darkest of places, Great Beauty, Light and Wisdom can be revealed”.
His Qualifications Include:
Diploma Of Health in Yoga (CAE)
Certified Yoga Instructor With The Yoga Teachers Association (YTA)
Teacher and Assessment Co-coordinator for Academy of Yoga Learning (Formerly known as The Advanced Diploma Of Yoga Teacher Training CAE)
Lecturer at the Phoenix institute of Victoria from June 2010
This is a proposed itinerary - exact details will be confirmed at a later date. Please register your interest to receive confirmation of the itinerary
DAY 1 Thur 6 Sept, 2018
DAY 2 Fri 7 Sept, 2018
Morning sightseeing tour, free afternoon
DAY 3 Sat 8 Sept, 2018
Morning Back Stage at La Scala / Evening performance. A team of experienced guides with particular training in history of music, theatre and performing arts will lead you through the exhibited works.
DAY 4 Sun 9 Sept, 2018
Free Day – perhaps visit to the Duomo. Dinner on board the ATMosfera tram restaurant: elegance, taste and tradition - A few steps from Piazza Duomo, ATM proposes a special itinerary where the pleasure of the palate combines with the beauty of traveling in the heart of Milan. The two historic trams, called ATMosfera, are the first itinerant restaurants in Italy.
DAY 5 Mon 10 Sept, 2018
Transfer from Milan to Stresa
DAY 6 Tues 11 Sept, 2018
Day tour to Isola Bella and Isola Madre
DAY 7 Wed 12 Sept, 2018
Day tour to Lake Como and Bellagio
DAY 8 Thur 13 Sept, 2018
Transfer from Stressa to Verona.
Guided tour of Asti/Monferrato. Wine & Grappa.
DAY 9 Fri 14 Sept, 2018
Morning walking tour of Verona / Evening performance
DAY 10 Sat 15 Sept, 2018
Transfer from Verona to Florence / Evening performance. Stop in Modena for guided tour of Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti/Theater Comunale in Modena. An opera performance at St Mark’s English Church (subject to availability).
DAY 11 Sun 16 Sept, 2018
Morning walking tour of Florence. Guided city sightseeing with reserved entrances for the Uffizi
DAY 12 Mon 17 Sept, 2018
Full day of leisure to explore the shops, markets and sights including but not limited to a photo at Piazzale Michelangelo, visit the Medici Palace, paying your respects at the many famous graves and tombs, people-watching in the Piazza della Signoria
DAY 13 Tues 18 Sept, 2018
Transfer from Florence to Spoletto.
Via a visit to San Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Medieval villages and wineries.
DAY 14 Wed 19 Sept, 2018
Morning walking tour of Spoletto, Teatro Caio Melisso tour