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Yoga, Meditation & Wellness - Best Tours & Trips 2019

Does the idea of switching off and getting back in touch with yourself and nature sound appealing to you? If so, you wouldn’t be the only one. With the rise in popularity of yoga retreats and meditation over recent years, there is now a wide range of yoga and meditation retreats available to help you do just that. Namaste!

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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Top Yoga, Meditation & Wellness Experiences and Attractions

Top Yoga, Meditation & Wellness Experiences

Attending a 7 day mediation retreat on the island of Koh Yao Noi in Thailand

Absorbing the surrounding beauty of Osho Meditation Resort in India

Discovering a haven for Kagyu mediation in the heart of Scotland

The closeness to the sea and spirit at Rolling Meadows Mediation Retreat in Mexico

Experiencing the power of silence and meditation at an authentic Indian Ashram

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Yoga, Meditation & Wellness Trip Reviews

4 Yoga, Meditation & Wellness Tour Reviews - Summary 100% Recommend

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Great 2
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4.5
Guide
4.8
Activities
4.5
Lodging
4.3
Transportation
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Really superb trip--highly recommended!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This trip was really superb, starting with the folks like Alex in the San Diego office to our tour guide in Havana, Orelvis (a perfect gentleman if there ever was one--and he seemed to know absolutely EVERYTHING about Havana), and our driver, Boris (who was an extremely safe driver, and the SUV that was our transportation was a practically new Honda), and our friendly hostess at the casa particular (B&B).

But at breakfast at the casa particular, keep in mind the CDC guidelines for healthy travel: cook it, boil it, peel it (yourself) or FORGET IT. So the bowl of fruit and the fruit juices? Pass them up in favor of coffee and toast. I know that sounds boring, but after I got home, I ended up in the hospital emergency room for dehydration due to e-coli--my fault for not following the CDC guidelines.

Also, to get up to my room at the casa particular, I had to climb a narrow, curved marble staircase--I took extra care not to fall either on the way up or on the way down.

The activities and attractions were first rate (but you must keep in mind that you're on "Cuban time," and not everything runs like a Swiss train). From the Hemingway house to the canon ceremony (which I loved even though it was a substitution for another event that was unexpectedly closed) to the jazz club (again, we went to one jazz club that for some reason didn't work out, but no problem--Orelvis took us to another jazz club recommended by his supervisor in Havana) to the art museum to the Malecon to the outdoor terrace at the Hotel Nacional and more, it was amazing how much we saw of Havana in about 72 hours.

There were only four people on the trip, and that was both a good thing and a bad thing--good because each of us received a great deal of attention from Orelvis and bad because two of the four didn't want to follow the itinerary and often went off on their own and then kept the rest of us waiting for them to return (highly frustrating--finally Boris said, "the schedule is the schedule," and we stopped catering to them). One of them spoke fluent Spanish--good for her--but I did wish that Orelvis had curtailed the lengthy conversations that she initiated with him, which the rest of us could not understand.

Two of my favorite activities were ones that I arranged myself: attending the world-class ballet at the gorgeously restored el Gran Teatro and then taking a yellow 1950 Chevrolet convertible with an Italian driver, who was an absolute hoot, back to the casa particular.

And the food at the private restaurants known as paladars was first rate. We even had lunch at one that Anthony Bourdain recently featured on his CNN travel show "Parts Unknown."

Just a small word of caution: sometimes there wasn't enough bottled water in the SUV in which we were riding, especially when we were dropped off at the casa particular at night. Make sure that you have plenty of bottled water with you at all times. (The CDC even recommends that you brush your teeth with bottled water.)

I also wish I had brought another pair of shoes with me because with all of the walking in the heat of the Cuban sun, my feet swelled. Fortunately, I had brought some Band-Aids with me, which helped cushion the sore spots.

I highly recommend this trip--to my way of thinking, it's much better than taking a cruise ship that only docks in Havana for one or two nights--and the "Havana Weekend Getaway" is the most popular trip to Cuba that is offered by Discover Corps, as I learned from Orelvis.

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Operator Discover Corps

Trip of a lifetime!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Trip of a Lifetime is the only way to describe Access Trips' Mexico mountain bike and surfing trip. The biking is challenging and takes you through the real Mexico. You will ride past cowboys on horseback herding cattle and stop in a number of tiny villages. There you are able to try homemade ice cream or a treat hot out of an earthen oven. If you are really lucky, you may sample some local moonshine called "ricia" that is as smooth as any tequila. The terrain is spectacular. The accommodations in Moscato are in an adobe and plank and timber hacienda; truly beautiful. Just as you are getting saddle sore, it is off to Sayulita where you can soak up the sun, sand, surf and cervezas. The surfing is at a picture postcard beach with surfing for every level and Sayulita has more varieties of fish tacos than you could try in two weeks. This was a great trip; best I've ever taken and I am a repeat customer.

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Operator Access Trips

80% great, 20% a waste of valuable time

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 2.0

Our guide and group were wonderful. Most of the sites visited fascinating and worth it. I especially loved the visit with the monk and the Hakone Outdoor Art Museum.

It broke my heart that the one day in Tokyo was such a waste of time. Please, taking us to a mediocre mall and a car exhibit, what were you thinking? There should of been two days allotted to that fabulous city to see the real sites. Also, I am an adult and making sushi for four year old was a huge insult and should be skipped at all costs. Also I believe that the trip to Nari should be included as part of the trip and not an optional tour.

Except for breakfasts, the food was cafeteria grade at best and repetitive. You could do better. The best food was that which we picked ourselves.

I would never recommend going in cherry blossom time. There were 80 buses lined up to get into the outdoor sites. Buy a postcard and put it on your wall, or better yet, visit Washington DC. I would recommend this trip if modifications were made.

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Operator Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T. Tours)

now this gets personal....

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 5.0

FSJourneys offers a travel experience like no other. The focus is personal growth and reflection. Small groups make traveling intimate, and connecting with others easy. I traveled by myself on this trip and met others who did the same. Kristie works hard to bring people together, yet allows for the personal space we all may also need when engaging in a meditative yoga retreat. There are opportunities to enjoy things in such an intimate setting. I even had a private driver for a hike others opted out of. The value for the price is very high, and you don't realize this until you get there. We stayed in a variety of places, each accomodation offering something unique. Sometimes luxury, sometimes home stay or lack of heat. We ate so healthy, I lost 10#s without even trying. Healthy foods and walking in the Andes is the perfect way to feel in shape and like you are doing something good for your body.
One must be flexible when traveling in Peru, and there were some activities which were changed or canceled due to circumstances both inside the group, and out, but it's part of the experience when traveling to areas that are more remote. Don't get upset if the wifi doesn't really work. ;-) It's okay.... there is so much beauty all around, you will want to keep your attention at 100% in the present moment!
PachaMama is Mother Earth. You will learn much about local customs, and participate in amazing ceremonies in an intimate setting. After this trip, I imagine other tours "small group" settings may feel overwhelming.
Kristie connects to her clients, and in my experience... it became a tour of traveling friends.... what a great experience.

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Operator Flowing Spirit Journeys

Yoga, Meditation & Wellness Tours and Travel Guide

Yoga, Meditation & Wellness Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Does the idea of switching off and getting back in touch with yourself sound like a good idea from a break? Are you passionate about becoming closer with your natural surroundings?

If so, you wouldn’t be the only one. With the rise in popularity of yoga retreats and meditation over recent years, there is now a wide range of yoga and meditation retreats available to help you do just that. Whatever style of yoga you prefer or level you’re at, there’s truly something for everyone. Do note that the amount of yoga included and expected previous experience can vary significantly, so we advise you to research into that when booking your trip. Namaste!

The History of Yoga

The origins of the ancient practice of Yoga have been traced back over 5,000 years to India. Yoga has its roots in Hinduism, although there are commonly no particular religion or religious practices directly related to yoga today. 

The name Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word, Yog, which originally meant to “hitch up” or “put to practical use.” Sanskrit was the ancient Indo-European language of the Vedas, which are India’s ancient religious texts, from which Yoga was born. Yoga was brought to Europe and the United States in the 19th century by Swami Vivekananda and grew in popularity from there. 

Styles of Yoga 

Yoga, as commonly referred to today in the west, is the practice of Yoga Asanas or poses, whereas in India, Yoga is broader than asana practice and is viewed as a lifestyle and set of spiritual beliefs and standards for living. 

As yoga has rapidly gained in popularity, the number of styles of yoga has increased, with Yin Yoga, Flow Yoga and Hot Yoga standing out as some of the most popular styles. Tantra is also a style of yoga which originated from Hatha. Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga are older and are some of the most classical styles---a great option for beginners looking to get a solid foundation in the practice of yoga.   

Benefits of Yoga & Meditation Retreats

One of the great benefits of attending a yoga retreat can be the opportunity that it gives to immerse yourself in learning a new practice and acquiring more experience than you would have the opportunity to at home. Through a week of daily yoga sessions, you can build up a more solid knowledge, enough to be able to take your own mini-routine home to be able to practice more regularly. For experienced yogis and yoginis, there are also a range of retreats to take you on to the next level of your practice.    

Trip Style and other activities

A key part of any yoga retreat is practicing healthy and mindful living, so expect opportunities for plenty of exercise (from gentle walking to kayaking, surfing and other outdoor activities), fresh air, and a healthy diet full of natural ingredients. Many yoga retreats offer meals included and operate a vegetarian or vegan diet. Many are also alcohol free.  

Accommodation standards can vary widely based on the type of retreat, from very simple home-stays or hotels, to luxurious oceanside villas. 

Some yoga retreats will also offer the opportunity to participate in day trips to nearby destinations, or even the opportunity to volunteer with local organizations---providing a unique way to really see another side of the country you’re visiting

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Things to Know Before You Go

Yoga, Meditation & Wellness tours emphasize the importance of finding your inner peace. These types of tours have grown in popularity in recent years for a number of different reasons. With our growing dependence on technology, people feel the need to unplug and become reacquainted with the outside world. Yoga, Meditation & Wellness tours are a great way to disconnect from your bustling surroundings.

It is also a great way to re-energize yourself, which can help you alleviate stress, boost confidence, and increase positivity. Sometimes, we can become disillusioned and lose track of our goals. Yoga, Meditation & Wellness tours can help refocus your occupational, relational, and personal ideals.

What to Expect from a Yoga Getaway Package

There are several key differences between choosing a yoga retreat package over just going on a yoga retreat. Firstly, yoga vacation packages usually last for a longer period of time than yoga retreats, which typically last a weekend or a few days. This extended time means that you will have more time to focus on the yoga, away from day to day distractions, and significantly improve your skills.

Another thing to expect is some form of a meal plan, included by your tour operator. Yoga vacations focus on wellness in all its forms -- spiritually, mentally, physically, -- so you should anticipate some healthy food. If you are vegetarian, or interested in exploring vegetarianism, yoga trips are known for having delicious vegetarian options, so they are a great time to test the waters!

A yoga trip is also a great opportunity to meet new people. All sorts of people are drawn to yoga trips, and if you are embarking on a trip outside of your local yoga studio, you will definitely encounter many new and interesting people.

Another common feature of yoga retreats is that the use of technology will discouraged, if not banned. Physically unplugging helps with the mission of reaching past daily and superficial distractions, and connecting with your inner self, the earth, and the community. As a result, you should prepare for the fact that you may be totally disconnected from home and work while on your retreat. While this may be a hard habit to break -- you will thank yourself by the end of the trip!


Should I go with a group, or alone?

Many travellers who repeatedly attend yoga trips prefer to do them alone. One of the main reasons is that yoga, whether it is done in a group or on a retreat, is still a personal journey. Travelling alone will force you to focus internally, without being able to rely or lean on the support a friend, an din the end will help strengthen your personal growth.

If you’re worried that going alone will prevent you from making any friends -- don’t worry! Most yoga retreat itineraries include community building and group activities, and you will have plenty of chances to get to know other solo travellers. This is further ensured by the fact that technology will probably be banned on your trip, meaning that your companions will be looking forward to more in person bonding.


How to Prepare for a Yoga Trip

Before selecting which yoga trip is right for you, we recommend doing a bit of research. Firstly, you should research the instructor (or instructors) on the trip. The personality and teaching style of your instructor will make a big difference in how your trip goes -- so it’s important to check on this ahead of time.  

On a similar note, pay particular attention to the type of yoga practiced on the retreat, and the intensity of the schedule. If you are a new yogi, this may be especially important to you. Confirm with the tour company what level of experience may be expected for the trip. There are also many different forms of yoga -- from hot yoga, to yoga with cardio elements, to restorative yoga, check to make sure you have the option to experience at least a few different kinds.

Finally, remember, a yoga vacation is still a vacation! On any yoga retreat package, there are sure to be plenty of non-yoga related activities to help you get to know your surroundings -- while discovering more about yourself, you can also learn more about the world. During any given Yoga, Meditation & Wellness tour, you can also experience local cultures. Most tours set aside days when you can explore the country: Y its history, cuisine, and heritage sites.

If you are traveling to Ladakh, India, perhaps take a day to experience a camel safari. If you’re in New Zealand, maybe you’ll explore the beautiful pacific ocean by kayak.



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