About a third of people on our tours travel alone. You won’t be left on your own – Travelrite will be looking after you and there will be sightseeing excursions, or classes, every day. You will meet a fun group of people and have a fabulous time and learn techniques from one of the country’s most well-known wellbeing and yoga experts. Come along, have fun, and dedicate some time to steeping in practices designed to restore your mental and physical health, while enjoying the beauty of France and Italy. Rachael will lead sessions every day, built around specific activities of the day. All levels of experience and ability will be welcome. You can expect to move, breathe, meditate and learn many different mindfulness practices during our time together, whether you are experienced or a newbie to the world of mindfulness.
Over the past two decades, Rachael has written, produced and performed in film, television and theatre in Australia, the UK and the USA. A presenter on Play School for over a decade now, she’s graced the stage and screen for thousands of ecstatic toddlers and starred in Australia’s most loved dramas, developed engaging television for kids, and written award-winning theatre for the complex brains of teenagers. She’s shared the movement and philosophy of yoga and mindfulness with stressed out urbanites, explored the incredible stories of young people in the remote Northern Territory, and used both the creative, and mindfulness practices, to inspire and educate leaders in the corporate space. Her kid’s series “Moodies”, explores big feelings in little people, is available on ABC iView. She is a regular contributor to Wellbeing Magazine, and her first book “Find Your Strength” – practical advice to survive life’s battlefields, brings ancient yoga and mindfulness philosophy to the modern world. Her second book “Paris For Beginners”, a memoir based on her time studying clown school in Paris with infamous teacher Philippe Gaulier, released in April 2023, has been enjoying a hugely warm reception. She believes in facing life’s challenges with creativity, humour and mindfulness practices, and is eternally grateful for all her teachers.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Monday 20 May, 2024 Departure
Our holiday begins with a flight from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane to Paris.
DAY 2 Tuesday 21 May, 2024 Paris, France
We arrive in Paris, where we are met by our coach and transferred to our hotel. After time to refresh and to meet Rachael, we have a sightseeing tour with a local guide showing us the romance of Paris – ‘the city of light’. Highlights include Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, the Tuileries and a drive along the Champs Elysee to the Arc de Triomphe. Those wishing to dine together can meet in the lobby where the tour manager will suggest good-value restaurants for dinner. There are so many traditional and reasonable brasseries on offer, we will be spoilt for choice.
DAY 3 Wednesday 22 May, 2024 Paris
We travel to the Marais. Rachael lived in the Marais and loves the history of the place. She can recommend some lovely cafés, and talk about some of the historic buildings and famous falafel restaurants in the area. We will visit the Musée Carnavalet. This museum, dedicated to the history of Paris’s, courtyard is one of the most beautiful Paris hidden gems. After time in the museum we will walk towards the Seine to a church Rachael loves, St Gervais St Protais, which is on Rue des Barres, one of the oldest streets in Paris, appearing on the earliest maps. From there, we will stroll across the Pont Louis Philippe to the lesser-known Ile – the Ile St Louis, where you can sit on the tip of the Ile and see Paris from a different perspective. We will walk along the cobbled main street on the Isle St Louis to soak up the atmosphere. This evening we will have an included gourmet dinner aboard a Bateau Mouche , so group members can get to know each other and to formally meet Rachael Coopes.
DAY 4 Thursday 23 May, 2024 Paris
Today we visit the beautiful white Basilica Sacre Coeur on top of the hill at Montmartre, which provides one of the most spectacular views of the city. The area is home to the last windmill, vineyard and narrow cobbled streets in Paris. We will have time to explore the streets near the Cathedral, where painters have sold their wares for about a hundred years. One of the best views of the Sacre Coeur itself is actually by the beautiful Carousel in the Square Louise Michel. We will release the inner child with a ride on the carousel. Under Montmartre is the 9th arrondissement, where Rachael also used to live. She will show us around this great example of a Parisian residential area with little cafés, stores, and some vintage shops, plus the amazing Art Nouveau buildings at 14 Rue d’Abbeville. Close by we will see the old historic Rue des Martyrs.
DAY 5 Friday 24 May, 2024 Paris
Today we travel west of Paris to visit Château de Versailles, the extravagant palace, set in grand formal gardens, for Louis XIV. In the grounds of Versailles, we visit the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon, which belonged to Queen Marie Antoinette, with its romantic landscape of meandering paths, streams, rustic bridges and lake. We enjoy a free afternoon to explore Paris, according to your interests. Go shopping, soak up the Parisians atmosphere or walk along the Seine.
DAY 6 Saturday 25 May, 2024 Vichy, France
This morning we travel south through the beautiful French countryside to Vichy, where we will find the only volcanic hot springs in France. Bathing in its 280 hot springs dates to Roman times, but it was in the late 1600’s that word of the healing properties of its hot waters spread to the ruling classes. We will stop on our journey with time for lunch at Sancerre, a medieval hilltop town overlooking the beautiful Loire River and the acres of grapevines, perhaps having a glass of the region’s world-renowned wine. Late afternoon we check into our hotel, where spa facilities are available and Rachael will offer a movement and meditation session for those keen to finish the day mindfully.
DAY 7 Sunday 26 May, 2024 Vichy
Vichy is known for being the capital of the Free State during World War II. It adopted a policy of collaboration with the German occupiers as well as a spa town. This morning we will have a discussion on the benefits of yoga, breath and mindfulness practices. Rachael will lead us for our first yoga and mindfulness session. There will also be free time to use the spa facilities at the hotel.
DAY 8 Monday 27 May, 2024 Vichy
The morning we will travel to the Bords de l’Allier to walk around this picturesque lake. Rachael will lead a walking meditation for some of the promenade. We will enjoy free time for group members to stop at interesting taverns to drink or eat. Of course there will be free time to enjoy the spas. Rachael will lead a yoga and mindfulness practice in the afternoon.
DAY 9 Tuesday 28 May, 2024 Chamonix, France
Today we travel to Chamonix, a resort town at the base of Mt Blanc. We travel through rolling countryside then into the Alps. We will stop at a gorgeous small town on our journey with time for lunch. Rachael will offer a movement and meditation session based on the timing of our travel.
DAY 10 Wednesday 29 May, 2024 Chamonix
This morning we will travel on a cable car to the high peaks, where we will get majestic panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. We will enjoy a high mountain yoga and mindfulness session with Rachael leading the group. Late afternoon Rachael will also teach a meditation in this glorious location.
DAY 11 Thursday 30 May, 2024 Monsummone Terme, Italy
Today we travel south and into Italy. We continue along the Italian Riviera, with gorgeous views of the Mediterranean, to the small town of Monsummone Terme near Lucca. During our two-night stay we are staying in a spa hotel, so that group members are able to enjoy spa treatments in you leisure. Rachael will offer a movement and mindfulness session.
DAY 12 Friday 31 May, 2024 Monsummone Terme
We will visit the historic town of Lucca today. Encircled by Renaissance walls built as ramparts, this town dates back to the Romans. We will enjoy a guided tour and be able to walk along the tree-lined ramparts, visit the Piazza dell Anfiteatro the site of a Roman amphitheatre, and see the Guinigi Tower. On the return to our hotel Rachael will guide us through a delicious movement and meditation session to seal a wonderful day.
DAY 13 Saturday 1 June, 2024 Bagno Vigoni, Italy
Today we travel to Bagno Vignoni a small Orcia River Valley village, which has long been a favourite among painters and travellers seeking solitude in a beautiful location. We travel via Florence with time to soak up the atmosphere in the home town of Lorenzo the Magnificent and Michelangelo. In the morning we will join a local guide for a walking tour through Florence. We will see the cathedral, with its enormous dome, the Baptistry, the Santa Croce church, Piazza Signoria, the famous Ponte Vecchio and more. We will have some free time for shopping, visiting museums, galleries or local sights. We continue to Bagno Vignoni, where we will stay at a small family-owned 15th-century hotel, built by Rossellino as a summerhouse for Pope Pius II, who enjoyed the advantage of the nearby hot mineral springs. Tour members will enjoy delicious Tuscan dinners each night during our stay. Rachael will offer a movement and meditation session based on the timing of our travel.
DAY 14 Sunday 2 June, 2024 Bagno Vignoni
Today we travel to Siena, where we will see the magnificent Piazza del Campo renowned for the famous Palio horse race held in the Campo, and its splendid civic tower and the enormous, partially completed Duomo. In the afternoon we return to Bagno Vignoni, where we will enjoy a yoga and mindfulness session. Tour members can book spa treatments for our stay.
DAY 15 Monday 3 June, 2024 Bagno Vignoni
Today we first travel through the Tuscan countryside to the town of San Gimignano, known as the City of Beautiful Towers, a classic walled hill-town in Tuscany, famous for its medieval architecture. Known for its skyline of towers built by the feuding nobles of the 12th and 13th centuries, the town featured in the film Tea with Mussolini. We will return to Bagno Vignoni late afternoon for our yoga and meditation session.
DAY 16 Tuesday 4 June, 2024 Bagno Vignoni
This morning we travel to a gorgeous town in this region – Pienza, the “Ideal Town of Renaissance architecture” where we will have the time to walk through the gorgeous town centre before visiting a cheese shop to taste the typical “pecorino” cheese produced for centuries in this region of the Val d’Orcia. We continue with a visit to one of the most stunning towns situated in the southern region of Tuscany – Montepulciano. On arrival we will have a guided walk in the centre of this fascinating hilltop town and then a stop at an historical cellar for a wine tasting of Nobile di Montepulciano. We drive through this breath-taking valley to the nearby beautiful town of San Quirico before returning to Bagno Vignoni where during the remainder of the afternoon Rachael will lead our final session together.
DAY 17 Wednesday 5 June, 2024 Departure
We travel to Rome to board our flight to Australia.
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Tour members please bring yoga mats, blocks and straps with you. They will not be provided by the tour organisers or the hotels where we are staying.
International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the assistance from others.
Travelrite International Pty Ltd, (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser.
The tour costs are based on airfare, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rate at 15 May, 2023. Travelrite reserves the right to alter the costs if any of these factors change, giving any passenger that has booked the right to withdraw with a full refund of monies paid or modify arrangements. No alterations to price will be made within 60 days of departure from Australia.
DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT:
A deposit of $900 per passenger is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 62 days before departure of the Wellbeing Tour. A 1.5% administration fee will be charged on payment by credit card.
From Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane as listed in the itinerary. Please contact us for air taxes from different cities. Air taxes are as at 15 May, 2023. If they change due to government and airline charges and currency variations, Travelrite International reserves the right to charge additional amounts.
Cancellations within 62 days of departure will result in the loss of all monies paid. Cancellation outside 62 days from departure will result in a cancellation fee of $900 per person.
The tour is based on arrangements that do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals, airfare or other services not utilized after the tour has commenced.
All passengers will either passport or government issued photo id.
All passengers qualify for the 20kg (44lb) free baggage allowance.
Adequate travel insurance is recommended to cover for the cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.
Passengers qualify for one piece of free baggage allowance on the tour.
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HOW TO BOOK:
Bookings can be made by sending full names and addresses of intending tour members with a deposit of $750 for the tour to:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
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“The whole tour was wonderful and the group was a good mix of personality. The gardens visited were interesting and varied.”
“Very enjoyable. Good mix of people in the group.”