Tours that cater for vegans have exploded in recent years. And I'm not talking about tours where you'll be served spaghetti with tomato sauce for dinner every night of your trip around Italy. I'm talking culinary adventures that are carefully planned with vegans in mind.
Multi-country jaunts around Europe, river cruises, meditation retreats, and short culinary walking tours. Whatever type of tour you're looking for, you'll find it here in a vegan-friendly version.
Vegan Tours with the Nomadic Vegan
Europe’s new cool capital, Lisbon is still reasonably priced and has an exploding vegan scene. I love the city so much that in 2017 I made it my home base! When I'm not traveling, this is where you'll find me.
In addition to a cooking class where you’ll learn to make some veganized Portuguese specialties, there will be a few day trips out of the city. If you enjoy shopping, you’ll have fun seeing all the products made from eco-friendly cork, and the city has both a vegan clothing shop and a vegan shoe store.
Iconic Italy Tour: Rome, Florence and Venice
When I’m asked to pick my favorite country in the world, my answer is always Italy. It holds a special place in my heart for many reasons, one of which is its delicious cuisine.
There’s a lot more to Italian food than peperoni and parmesan, and on this trip, I’ll show you just how vegan-friendly traditional Italian cuisine really is. We’ll visit all the iconic sights of Rome, Florence and Venice, and we’ll also attend the world’s largest vegan festival in Bologna.
Learn the secret that Europeans already know–the Puglia region of southern Italy is one of the best places in the country for a vacation. We’ll discover small cities and villages with adorable trulli houses.
This will be a slower-paced tour, with day trips to different areas, and we’ll split our time between two cities. As the cuisine of this region of Italy is traditionally based on vegetables and fruits, it’s already vegan-friendly. We’ll enjoy a cooking class one of the days.
Travel Operators Offering Multi-Day Vegan Tours
Where: Portugal, Italy, Spain, Scotland, France, Peru, USA
In addition to the tours to Portugal and Italy that I’ll be leading, Veg Jaunts and Journeys also offers vegan tours to a number of other destinations worldwide. In 2019, they are offering tours to some of the top veggie hotspots in the USA, including: Asheville, North Carolina; Portland, Oregon; Austin, Texas; and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Their European destinations for 2019 include Barcelona and Madrid, Paris, Scotland and Berlin. They are also branching out to South America by adding a trip to Peru!
Where: Italy, Ireland, USA
What started out as Vegano Italiano has now expanded to include tours beyond the Italian peninsula. In addition to its tours to some of the most beautiful spots in southern Italy, in 2018 the renamed Vegan Travel Club is also offering vegan tours to Ireland and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Where: France, Germany, Rwanda, Vietnam, Thailand
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, the host of the Food for Thought podcast and a recognized vegan author, educator and thought leader, is now leading her own vegan trips. Colleen began by hosting one of the Vegano Italiano trips (now Vegan Travel Club).
In 2017, she created her own travel company, CPG Trips, and led a vegan tour of Thailand. In December 2018, you can join Colleen for a magical vegan Christmas in France and Germany, and in June 2019 Colleen will be leading a group on an expedition to Rwanda to meet the gorillas!
In addition, Colleen has recently added "curated trips". These are basically repeat versions of trips that Colleen has led in the past. So, if you've missed out on traveling with Colleen, the new curated trips offer the chance to experience the same adventures as she did, just without CPG herself. There will be a curated CPG trip to Vietnam in April 2019 and another one to Thailand in October 2019.
Where: France, Germany, Rwanda, Vietnam, Thailand
If you've checked the the CPG Trips itineraries mentioned above, the World Vegan Travel itineraries will look very familiar. That's because World Vegan Travel is the company that Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is working with to create her CPG Trips. World Vegan Travel is looking to collaborate with other vegan celebrities and influencers, though, so keep an eye out for more tours from them!
Their focus is on luxury vegan travel that is high end and high value. Traveling as a vegan no longer means missing out. From trying local cuisine to activities that don't involve animal abuse, they've got you covered.
Where: India, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia
This company specializes in green, eco-friendly, vegan adventure tours in Asia. Their off-the-beaten-track tours focus on cultural immersion, local interaction and of course, eating lots of mouthwatering local vegan cuisines along the way.
They have a number of different tours scheduled for 2018 and 2019 in various parts of India and Southeast Asia.
Where: Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
Vegan Adventure Holidays is an international community of active, compassionate travelers led by long-term traveler and former adventure tour leader, Emma Fry, and the Vegan Adventure Holidays team. Expect mud, rivers, volcanos, awesome landscapes, pineapple pitstops and mysterious ruins — good old-fashioned adventure at its very best.
There are a select handful of new and exciting trips being launched in summer 2018 for the 2018 / 2019 season. To find out more and get on the waiting for new trips, email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: Vietnam, Myanmar
Samsara is a newcomer to the vegan travel scene and offers in-depth trips in Southeast Asia and beyond. Their first trip will be to Vietnam and will last for 21 days, starting on 19 December 2018. Get acquainted with Vietnam's 4,000 year old culture and its French heritage in atmospheric Hoi An and cosmopolitan Saigon.
Their second offering is a trip to Myanmar (Burma) in February 2019, which will begin in Mandalay and end in Yangon, with a few days of relaxing at the beach at the end of the tour.
Where: France, Spain, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia, Madagascar, USA, Beliza, Guatemala, Australia, Iran
Vegan on the Map offers vegan tours and retreats around the world in a wide range of destinations. Whether you're looking for active adventure, cultural exploration or just relaxing beside a cool lake, they're sure to have something that fits your style of travel.
Check out the Vegan on the Map website, where you'll find a page for every country in the world, with maps and links to vegan resources, events and animal sanctuaries there. For 2018, there are still a few spots left on tours to Morocco, South Africa, Indonesia, Australia and France, and lots more destinations coming up in 2019.
Where: France, USA, Sri Lanka
Vegan Epicure Travel offers a range of experiences, excursions, tours and retreats. Experiences range from 90 minutes to 3 hours and include activities such as local vegan food tours and cooking classes. Tours and retreats, on the other hand, are weeklong global escapes that take small groups on exciting adventures, from urban to rural and everything in between.
Offerings for 2019 include a deluxe vegan cycling tour of California, a vegan tour of the French Riviera, and a women's wellness retreat in Sri Lanka.
In addition to the various tours they offer in Portuguese, this Brazilian company has recently started offering a vegan walking tour of São Paulo, Brazil in English. The SPVeg Gourmet Tour runs every Saturday and starts with a vegan breakfast at a local eatery called Vaca Ateliê Culinário.
Over the course of the 4-hour tour, you will explore many of São Paulo's neighborhoods, such as Lapa, Pinheiros and Vila Madalena. You will also stop for lunch at a local restaurant called Subte Vegan.
Ashley Hubbard, creator of the vegan travel blog A Southern Gypsy, is teaming up with Escape To... to offer a 10-day vegan and sustainable small group tour to southern India in January 2019.
Highlights of the trip include a visit to a bear rescue center, an ethical fashion workshop, and hiking through coffee plantations. Plus lots and lots of vegan food, of course!
This Brazilian company was founded by a local vegan from Rio de Janeiro and offers tailor-made trips that focus on direct contact and interaction with locals, traditional culture, music, history, nature and food.
One of their themed tours is a vegan tour of Rio and surrounding areas, including visits to a local animal protection project and an organic urban community garden. You'll also have the chance to prepare a delicious local vegan dish as part of a Brazilian cooking class.
An offshoot of Celtic Dream Tours, this company offers small-group tours of up to 16 people, with accommodation in veggie-friendly properties that may include historical mansions, castles and boutique city hotels.
See the castles, standing stones and Neolithic cairns of Scotland, all while dining on sustainable vegetarian and/or vegan food. Keep an eye out for the launch of their new website devoted exclusively to vegetarian tours in Scotland, but in the meantime you can connect with them through their FB page.
This is an intimate plant-based tour (7 travelers max.) of the Piedmont region of northern Italy, where you'll explore Italy's premier wine region. You'll visit medieval towers and castles, museums and ancient town centers, and numerous wineries.
At the same time, you'll come together with a small group of like-minded individuals to learn about the power of plant-based nutrition and cook healthy and nutritious foods together. Use the code "Nomadic Vegan" when booking to receive a $100 discount on your tour!
Acquaint yourself with Norway’s passionately made cider from delicious apples that have been exposed to almost 24 hours of daylight, and local food from forests and mountains - all vegan.
This is a self-guided road trip that includes visits to cider houses and some of Up Norway's favourite local food and drink establishments that offering vegan cuisine.
Where: Peru, India
This company offers private tours for vegans in Peru, including trips to the Andes mountains, the coast and the rainforest. They also organize tours and retreats for single travelers, families, small groups and private groups based out of their vegetarian Andean Spirit Lodge near Cusco.
In addition to their tours and retreats in Peru, the same company also runs groups tours for vegetarians and vegans to India. These include tours to the backwaters of Kerala, the deserts of Rajasthan, and the sacred sites of north India.
Botswana, which has completely banned hunting, has often been called "the most animal-friendly country in southern Africa". What better place to go on safari, then, as a vegan and animal lover? This offshoot of Lelobu Safaris in Maun, Botswana offers tailor-made trips to suit your needs and budget, including anything from luxury five-star resorts to more affordable camping trips.
Having organized a successful trek (Feb-Mar 2018) up Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro with 16 vegans ranging in age from 18 to 70, San Diegan Mike Weinberg is eager for another all-vegan adventure! The cruise company he's working with, Chimu Adventures, is holding 8 twin cabins (16 berths) for a limited time on a first-come basis. The ship, Ocean Atlantic, underwent a full modernization in 2016 and has agreed to provide a delicious vegan menu, a vegan dining area, and animal-product-free cabins & gear. The 10-Day expedition cruise is set for February 20 - March 1, 2019.
Vegan-Friendly Tour Operators
The restaurant attached to this hostel is a great place to go for vegan food in Africa. Helene, the co-owner of this hostel and lodge in Maun, Botswana, became vegan in 2015 and has since added a number of marked vegan options to the restaurant menu. In addition to running the accommodation and restaurant facilities, Old Bridge can also organize safaris and "mokoro" (canoe) trips in the Okavango Delta.
And when booking your mokoro trip, be sure to ask for Mogale, a local vegan safari guide from Botswana! Mogale was born and raised in a traditional African village in the Delta. At 10 years of age, he became vegetarian when he learned that his grandmother was planning to kill one of her goats for meat. He's now been vegan for 20 years and has a deep love and respect for all animals. Going on a walking safari and coming face to face with elephants, zebras and wildebeests with Mogale as your guide is an unforgettable experience.
You can book your mokoro trip either through Old Bridge Backpackers or directly with vegan guide Mogale. His contact details are: email: enamilemogale[at]yahoo[dot]com or WhatsApp: 00267-72404005.
Where: Namibia, Bostwana, Zimbabwe
Winner of the Eco Awards Namibia for their contribution to responsible tourism in the country, this Windhoek-based safari company is happy to accommodate vegan travelers. I ate well when I joined two of their tours as part of my trip around southern Africa in 2017.
The owner is very open to feedback about how to improve their vegan options, and she’s even said that vegan and vegetarian meal prep will be the main theme of their next staff training! They offer camping safaris, accommodated safaris, and self-drive trips throughout Namibia and in neighboring countries.
Where: North Korea, Africa, Central Asia, Middle East, Soviet Europe, Unrecognized Countries
This adventure tour company specializes in taking you to North Korea and other worldwide “destinations your mother would rather you stay away from”, at budget prices. Sounds like my kind of tour!
Better yet, they have a “resident vegan” on staff who leads tours to North Korea and other international destinations. They pride themselves on being able to cater to vegans on all their tours. And that includes tours to some very off-the-beaten-path destinations, where your HappyCow app isn’t going to get you very far. I’m talking Somaliland, Iraqi Kurdistan, and even Chernobyl!
Where: India, Thailand, Italy
It seems even the big guns are starting to jump on the vegan bandwagon. Intrepid has been a major player in the world of small group adventure travel for many years now. They always been able to accommodate vegans on their tours, but now they've gone a step further by creating real food adventures that are 100% vegan.
They are currently offering three different vegan food trips, in India, Thailand and Italy, all of which last for eight days. Like the other trips in their Real Food Adventures range, these vegan-focused trips are designed to showcase the best local food experiences. The difference is that these itineraries are tailored to travelers who eat a vegan diet.
Where: Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Jordan, Egypt, New York City
EscapingNY is a NYC-based, vegan-owned travel consultancy that helps vegetarians and vegans enjoy great food while exploring off-the-beaten-track adventures that include biking, hiking and authentic cultural exchanges with locals. EscapingNY plans trips for individuals, couples and groups and leads several group trips throughout the year to Cuba, Mexico, Jordan, Peru and other destinations.
Where: Paris and Brittany, France
This company focuses on sustainable and responsible travel in France, and their latest offerings include two completely vegan itineraries. The first is a four-day gourmet discovery of Paris, where you will get to meet the vegan entrepreneurs, restauranteurs and other stakeholders who are behind the growth of the vegan movement in the French capital.
The second itinerary is a seven-day guided vegan food tour of Brittany. This tour combines relaxation, access to a preserved region of France, and a chance to meet the locals working in the organic vegan food space.
This Iran-based travel company has recently created a vegan tour to show that Iran is a country that is friendly to all sorts of ideas and peoples. The 7-day itinerary covers Shiraz, Isfahan and Kashan and includes accommodation in four-star hotels. On the tour, you will taste traditional Iranian dishes that are naturally vegan or can easily be adapted to be made vegan.
Vegan River Cruises offers 100 percent vegan cuisine on its luxury European river cruises. Even the signature cocktails and toiletries provided in each cabin are vegan. Travel in modern luxury while exploring Old World Europe and dining on regionally-grown fresh vegan fare deliciously prepared to tempt all taste buds.
In 2018, they are expanding beyond Europe (and beyond rivers!) by offering a cruise in South America through the Chilean fjords and Patagonia.
The first ever vegan cruise to depart from Australian shores will set sail from Sydney on October 20, 2018 before traveling around the Pacific Islands for nine days. In addition to the specialized vegan menu, the program also includes daily workshops, demonstrations, professional presentations, daily yoga, pilates and meditation, documentary nights and group activities.
This Florida-based education company offers vacations that are relaxing, educational, and inspirational. They have been around for quite a few years already, and in 2018 they are offering a special 15th anniversary sailing to a number of different ports in the Caribbean.
In addition to the 100 percent vegan whole food menu, they also offer a vegan menu with no added oil. The menus are ideally suited for anyone eating a vegan, macrobiotic or gluten-free diet. In addition to the healthy gourmet food, there are also more than 150 lectures and workshops led by household names such as Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Neal Barnard and T. Colin Campbell.
Note: Before you go on a cruise, I recommend educating yourself about the ethical issues involved. Listen to The Bearded Vegans tackle this subject on episode 82 of their podcast, titled "Is a Vegan Cruise an Oxymoron?"
Christy Morgan, blogger at Blissful and Fit and all-around vegan health and fitness guru, created Blissed Out Retreats to offer unique, affordable experiences in magical locations across the world. She believes that travel is a necessity for a blissful life and shouldn't be a luxury.
Packed full of love and fun, cultural experiences, movement and educational activities, and gourmet plant-based meals, with plenty of free time to recharge, you'll experience bliss all with your health and well-being in mind.
Candy Tolentino is an author, success coach and long-time vegan who travels the world hosting spiritual retreats and and business seminars, teaching others how to perfect their gifts and talents into thriving businesses and more importantly, thriving lives.
In the spring of 2018, Candy offered two healing retreats in Bali, Indonesia. Read Candy's guest post to find out about the amazing vegan food scene in Bali, and check out her website for updates about future retreats.
During this "living whole" immersion you will learn about yourself through food, movement, and various mind/body/spirit disciplines. Activities include culinary workshops, yoga and dance classes, and walking in the sanctuary of the Spanish sierra.
Living Whole takes place in a beautiful, peaceful retreat center about one and a half hours outside of Madrid. It offers a place of refuge for reflection, healing and growth, and for communion with nature.
I have highlighted the above-mentioned retreats in particular because I know and trust the organizers and am confident that they will take good care of you. But if the dates or destinations of their retreats don't suit you, there are many more to choose from:
Paging all healthy lifestyle enthusiasts for the perfect vegan yoga retreat! Check out all the options at the link above and book the vegan yoga vacation that you think will benefit you the most.
Looking for vegan meditation retreats from around the world? Book one of the selected vegan meditation retreats at the link above and get ready to experience bliss!
Indulge into your passion for vegan food and take a vegan cooking class anywhere you choose around the globe. Learn how to cook delicious vegan dishes, visit great places, and relax on your vegan holiday.
Vegan City Tours
Discover the ultimate vegan experience in each city you visit, with its unique cultural twist, and explore the best neighborhoods through a complete guided tour delivered by a local.
This vegan start-up company is making waves all across Europe. They are currently offering vegan walking tours of Barcelona, Rome, London and Amsterdam, and they will soon be expanding to several more European capitals, and even Tel Aviv! Nomadic Vegan readers can get a 10% discount on any tour by using the promo code GOVEGAN2017.
A number of cities also have their own local vegan tours. Click the links below for more details.
Vegan Food Tours in Europe
Vegan Culinary Tours Paris offers two walking tours: (a) The Gourmet Sentier and (b) The Delicious East. Check out my interview with the company's founder, Thomas Tieyre, to get his insider tips on exploring the Paris vegan food scene to the max.
Vegan Food Tours offers three walking tours of Paris: (a) Hype in the City, (b) Historic Chic, and (c) Urban Street, and they will soon be expanding to Bordeaux and Toulouse.
This vegan/organic wine tour includes a visit to Blaye Citadelle, a drink at Chateau Peybonhomme Tower with an amazing view of the Gironde River, and a three-course lunch with two glasses of certified organic/vegan wine.
Vegan Food Tours in Asia
Taste of Thailand Food Tours has created an app-based, self-guided walking food tour that will take you on a journey along Sukhumvit Road, tasting delicious Vegan treats and enjoying interesting sights along the way!
Amanda and Kenny, who run the Singapore-based online shop Everyday Vegan, also offer vegan tours on request. For more info, contact them through their website linked above.
Vegan Food Tours in the Americas
Vegan Travel Agents
And if none of these tours suit you, or if you want something tailored specifically to your needs, you can contact a vegan travel agent who will create a custom itinerary just for you.
Founded in 1997 as the nation’s premier vegetarian/vegan/eco travel agency, Green Earth Travel remains on the cutting edge of destinations with conscience, offering a wide range of travel options for those who care about the planet. Today, Green Earth Travel and its owner, travel expert Donna Zeigfinger, focus on volunteer vacation packages and adventure travel.
In collaboration with Veg Voyages, in 2018 Green Earth Travel will be offering a voluntourism adventure in India, where tour participants will have the chance to help injured and neglected animals at a grassroots animal refuge in the heart of Rajasthan.
In addition to their group tours to Portugal, Italy and other destinations, Veg Jaunts and Journeys also offers a personalized travel planning service. With their supplier relationships, they can add value to your trip and turn your vacation dreams into amazing experiences, returning home with memories for a lifetime.
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