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All-Inclusive Magical Christmas in Paris & Alsace with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

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Why Travel With Us?

  • All meals included, all 100% plant-based. Here's your chance to try local favorites!
  • Hand-picked tours & activities specifically catered by vegans, for vegans
  • Emphasis on wildlife with visits to sanctuaries, refuges & shelters
  • Deluxe accommodation with a focus on location and comfort
  • Two tour leaders per trip for ultimate attention & service during your adventure
  • Travel the world with fellow vegans and create life-lasting friendships

Getting Started With World Vegan Travel

  • Trip Length:9 days / 8 nights
  • Trip Dates:3-11 December, 2022
  • Start Location:Paris, France
  • Trip Price:USD 5495$/person
  • End Location:Mulhouse/Basel
  • Single Supplement:USD 500$
  • Group Size:20-28 travelers
  • Sign Up Deposit:USD 1500$/person
Quaint Christmas markets, castles, cute medieval villages, animal sanctuary, wine, history, culture, bears & wolves, and glorious French food… made VEGAN!  Join Colleen Patrick-Goudreau on the ultimate Christmas holiday!
We're off to France for a fairytale holiday... AGAIN!

Colleen doesn’t do this often, but she’s going on the same Joyful Vegan Trip for a 3rd time!   Why, you ask?   Well, imagine celebrating the holiday season in a region filled-to-the-brim with quaint Christmas markets in super cute medieval villages nestled in hill-side vineyards with mountains on one side and the Rhine River and Germany on the other, and with Paris thrown in for good measure (because…um…Paris!)… 

Can you blame her!! 

This is fast becoming a World Vegan Travel/CPG Vegan Trips tradition and there are few places in the world we’d rather be to celebrate the Christmas holidays: beautiful Alsace, France!

Part French, part German, and 100% Alsatian, this is a place unlike any other in France.   A veritable fairy tale land sprinkled all over with perfectly preserved walled medieval villages that look as though they’ve popped up from a children’s bedtime story.  Colorful higgledy-piggledy half-timbered houses lean against each other, overlooking a backdrop of rolling countryside striped with vineyards as far as the eyes can see.  Add a string of mountain-top castles to keep guard and you’ll quickly agree there is no better place than this idyllic little corner of Europe in which to spend the Christmas holidays.

If you can imagine yourself exploring medieval alleyways with a cup of mulled wine in hand, then this is the trip for you!   We’re taking over a 16th century inn and transforming it into Vegan Centrale while we go about exploring the region in a comfortable and relaxed way. 

Colleen and her team of experienced tour leaders and guides have worked very hard to create a trip that will showcase this amazing area of France, all the while focusing on giving our fellow vegan (and vegan-friendly!) travelers an array of experiences and activities that’s in line with their particular interests.​  

Come enjoy all of this with vegan author and animal advocate Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and 20-28 like-minded new friends, all in deluxe & cozy comfort in our very own hotel, and despite being in France, never EVER having to worry about plant-based food!

Why You'll Love This Trip
  • We're taking over a cozy 4-star 16th Century Alsatian inn and turning it into vegan-centrale!
  • Christmas dinner party with all the dishes you'd expect: nut loaf, gravy, stuffing, and, of course, desserts!
  • An unforgettable Parisian VEGAN day ​with a few surprises
  • Visit fairytale villages, all with their fun and quaint Christmas markets
  • Local wine tasting, complete with local vegan cheese
  • Road trip over to Germany's Black Forest, and a visit at a bear, wolf & lynx sanctuary
  • Visit a local animal sanctuary
  • Explore a hilltop castle
  • All meals are included! We're talking french cuisine here: croissants, cheese fondue, french patisseries, all 100% plant-based!
  • Experience it all with 20+ new friends, and bestselling vegan author, podcaster, and animal advocate Colleen Patrick-Goudreau!
Trip Info

Trip Price

USD 5495$/person.

Single Supplement

USD 500$/person

Trip Host

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau    meet your host!

Group Size

20-28 travelers

Meeting Location

Paris, France

End Location

Mulhouse train station and Basel EuroAirport, France

Trip Confirmation Deadline

March 31st, 2022

Price Includes

  • all meals, from breakfast to dinner, all 100% plant-based, all delicious!
  • guided walking tour of Strasbourg, Colmar and other Alsatian villages
  • all general drinks (water, juice, coffee, tea, wine, beer) during included meals
  • wine & cheese tasting at a local Alsatian winery
  • 4-star deluxe hotel in central Paris
  • Paris guided walking food & history tour
  • road trip to Germany's Black Forest to visit a Bear & Wolf Sanctuary and tour Freiburg
  • 1st-class fast train (TGV) between Paris and Strasbourg
  • our own private cozy 4-star inn in Alsace
  • guided tour of a hilltop castle
  • quality time with Colleen during the trip, including talks, Q&A, etc.
  • all ground transportation for included activities
  • live Q&A before the trip to ask your questions to the tour leaders and Colleen
  • on the last day, transfer to Mulhouse train station or Basel EuroAirport
  • all tips for local guides and drivers during our included activities
  • two professional English-speaking tour leaders plus local French guides
  • amenities bag with some travel essentials
  • local French guide for all included activities
  • a few ​treats along the way!
  • one complimentary laundry day

Price Excludes

  • transportation (ie flights, train) to/from our meeting and end point
  • optional activities outside of what we've planned (see itinerary for more detail)
  • medical travel insurance (mandatory)
  • premium brand alcoholic drinks
  • extra snacks, drinks, alcoholic beverages and meals outside of what's included (see itinerary)
  • tips for guides/drivers on non-included activities, or to hotel staff (completely optional)
Hotel & Guide

Alsace is an amazing place, full of memorable sights, the cutest villages and cozy Christmas markets.  But we feel it’s our hotel and local guide that really makes the trip! 

Our home for 6 nights is Auberge La Couronne, in the small town of Ensisheim, on the south end of Alsace.  Located midway between Colmar and Basel, and close to the hub city of Mulhouse, it’s a great location for which to go out and explore the region every day.   But it’s the staff that makes it truly special.  Everyone, from management to the housekeeping, is extremely friendly and helpful, and all of them jump wholeheartedly into making our trip as vegan as possible.  The chef and his staff create what we think is the best vegan French cuisine anywhere, and they are not afraid to tackle local and French favorites.  Expect local specialties like choucroute, tarte flambée and black forest cake, as well as famous French fare like croque-monsieur, bourguignon, hachis parmentier, and more.  Even cheese fondue makes an appearance! 

Learn more about our amazing 16th Century Inn here.

Once we hit Alsace, we’ll have an addition to our group: our local French guide, Muriel!   We’ve tried for many years to stomp her with random questions about the local history and culture, but she’s been able to give us an answer every time.. even if it means a trip to the library!   Muriel is also able to share her encyclopedic knowledge of the area (including the Black Forest and Basel!) while making sure it’s kept entertaining.  That’s good because we often surprise our travelers with a bit of trivia on our last day 😉       You can learn more about Muriel here.

Muriel Brun

Itinerary

Do note that the itinerary below is subject to change. Some activities, times and even days may get switched around, but once you sign up you will be kept updated. Please rest assured that if anything does change, it will be for the best and make the trip even better. We’re hoping that the itinerary below should, at the very least, whet your appetite — pun definitely intended!

Joyful Vegan Trips

DAY 1

Arrival in PARIS

Today is arrival day, where we all meet up in PARIS.  How exciting!!  If it’s your first time in the city of lights, we highly recommend arriving a couple of days before the trip so you can check out the sights.  We won’t have too much time to do so once we get going!   Please let us know if you need help with any hotel bookings and tips on sightseeing!

Our hotel is centraly located near tourist attractions and facilities while managing to remain very french and local.  The neighborhood is filled to the brim with bistros, parks and history, and home to several vegan eateries and shops!  

Our trip officially begins at 4pm, with a WELCOME MEETING where we’ll introduce each other.  We’ll be close friends by the week’s end, so obviously this needs to be celebrated with some bubbly.  :)

Then we’re off to our FIRST DINNER at a nearby restaurant.   By now it’s a World Vegan Travel and CPG Vegan Trips tradition that we make sure our first meal together is memorable.  Definitely expect this one to be as well!  

** If flying in on this day, please ensure you arrive early enough at PARIS AIRPORT to get from the airport to our hotel.  You should expect close to an hour for the usual long-lined immigration and customs formalities at any Parisian airport, followed by another hour (total 2hrs) by taxi (expensive) or train (much cheaper) to our hotel.  If you decide to fly in a few days early do let us know if you need us to book any extra night in our Paris accommodation.  CONTACT US for pricing.

Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Paris

Included:

  • ​​​gift bag
  • welcome drinks
  • dinner, with drinks

Excluded:

  • transportation to our Paris hotel and meeting point
  • breakfast & lunch
  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

Day 2

Vegan Paris!!

After our french VEGAN breakfast, we’ll go on a bit of a walk to start burning some calories.  We’ll need to make some space for what’s to come.

Our guided walking tour will take us around the Marais neighborhood for about 3 hours.  Along the way we’ll make a few food stops to sample the local vegan goods, including cheese, dessert and wine.  Fun! 

Afternoon is free until we meet again for dinner at a local vegan french restaurant specializing in French country food.  Expect onion soup, seitan bourguignon, warm cheese salad, crème brûlée, you name it!    Bon appétit! 

Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Paris

Included Activities:

  • ​​​guided walking tour of Le Marais

Included:

  • all meals and drinks
  • tips for the local guide

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

Day 3

Strasbourg Christmas Market

After filling up on our vegan breakfast, we pack up and board our coach for our first-class TGV train to Strasbourg (~2 hours).    This means an early-rise as we want to get to Strasbourg for lunch! 

As soon as the train pulls into the Strasbourg station, we’ll put our belongings on our bus and say “bonjour!” to our driver and local guide Muriel, who will be with us for the rest of the trip.     We’ll have plenty of time to get to know both during lunch at a local vegan restaurant.  Be sure to leave some space for their amazing french patisseries

Right after lunch, it’s time to  burn those calories with a guided walking tour of Strasbourg!  The self-proclaimed Capital of Christmas, Strasbourg wears its slogan proudly, and there’s little chance you’ll disagree.  Its old town, actually an island, was the first ever city centre to be entirely classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.   It will not take long for you to see why.    Our guide will take us back in time to medieval Strasbourg, weaving in and out the alleyways of its old town and ending up 1.5hrs later at its stunning cathedral. 

Following the walking tour, you’ll have about 2 hours to wander the narrow streets lines with several Christmas markets.  Every cute alley seems to lead to a square, and each square seems to have its own market.  It’s nonstop Christmas everywhere, with merchants peddling mulled winepretzels (make sure they’re vegan before ordering!) and all kind of Christmas knickknacks.

Finally we’ll board our bus for the 1 hours drive to our home for the next 6 nights: La Couronne is a 16th Century Inn beautifully restored and located in Ensisheim, a small village on the south end of Alsace.  We’re taking over the entire hotel so unpack your suitcases and make it your own home!

We’ll be having dinner at the hotel — as every night — thanks to the amazing kitchen staff that create, what we think, the best vegan French cuisine in the world.  Come hungry! 

Accommodation: Auberge La Couronne

Included Activities:

  • guided walking tour of Strasbourg
  • free time to explore the Strasbourg Christmas market

Included:

  • all meals and drinks
  • 1st class TGV train, from Paris to Strasbourg
  • all ground transportation
  • local French guide

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

Day 4

Chateau du Haut-Keonigsbourg & Colmar

​After an early breakfast, we’ll board our bus for the 45 minute drive to the Chateau du Haut-Keonigsbourg.  Located on top of a hill, it offers a commanding view of Alsace and Germany’s Black Forest, and on a clear day you can even see glimpses of the Swiss Alps!   While the interiors are restored, it still offers an amazing look at castle architecture and gives a great sense of the area’s history.

Lunch is back at the hotel.

Afterwards, we board our bus once again for the 30 minute drive to the region’s gem, Colmar.  Surprisingly big for a medieval city, and perfectly preserved, this was actually the last town in France to be freed after the second World War!   It is so beautiful that both the American and British military were careful NOT to bomb the cobbles lanes and half-timbered houses that seem to populate every inch of town.

Our guide will take you on a 2-hour stroll through the stunningly beautiful streets, alleyways and squares.  At times you’ll feel like you’ve stepped 500 years into the past.  

By now darkness will have set in, which means Colmar’s streets and Christmas market will be all lit up.  You’ll have some free time to wander around, join the locals for some mulled wine, and maybe get a few souvernirs! 

Dinner is back at the hotel where you can expect yet another 5-star meal! 

 

Accommodation: Auberge La Couronne

Included Activities:

  • guided walking tour of Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg
  • guided walking tour of Colmar

Included:

  • all meals and drinks
  • all transportation
  • entry fee to the chateau
  • local guide, including tips

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

Day 5

Route-des-vins

… plus Colmar museum or free time

After a lazy breakfast, it’s up to you to keep lazying it up, or go on an visit to Colmar’s famous Unterlinden art museum.   You could also just hop on our bus and explore more of Colmar during day time.  Up to you! 

After lunch at our hotel, we’ll board our coach for our guided tour of the Alsace wine region.   This 90-miles or so stretch of vineyards, villages and medieval fortresses has been making good wine since Roman days! 

We’ll stop in two drop-dead gorgeous villages en-route: Kaysersberg and Eguisheim.  Both are absolutely gorgeous.  We’ll have our local guide Muriel with us to take us around, but you can also head out on your own and explore to your heart’s content.  

Dinner is once again back at the hotel.

Accommodation: Auberge La Couronne

Included Activities:

  • guided tour of Colmar’s Underlinden museum
  • guided walking tour of Kaysersberg and Eguisheim

Included:

  • all meals and drinks
  • entry fee to Colmar’s Unterlinden museum
  • all transportation
  • local French guide and tips

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

Day 6

The Black Forest

bears & wolves!

With Germany so close, it would be a shame not to go check it out…  so let’s do it! 

After breakfast, we board our private coach and meet our local guide who will take us over the border.

We’ll start with a drive through the valleys and hills of the Black Forest, a mountainous area famous for its cuckoo clocks, watchmaking, hiking trails and fresh mountain air.   

Our first stop is the Wolf and Bear Park.  Don’t let the name fool you – this is a real sanctuary, primarily for bears rescued from European circuses and tourist traps, as well as for wolves and even a few lynxes, also rescued and given a new life in this protected environment.  As we’ll visit in winter, it’s not guaranteed we will get to see the bears, but we’ll still enjoy a private tour of their compound and learn about the plight of these animals as well as getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse on what it takes for such an operation to function. 

Lunch will be at the park.  On the menu: a real German feast of vegan bratwurst and spreads!! 

After lunch, we’re off to the nearby town of Freiburg to see how Germans do their Christmas market.  Despite being so close to France, you’ll notice a few differences, and while wine is the drink of choice in this part of Germany, it’s still very easy to find great beer.

We’ll then head back to France, arriving just in time at our Alsatian home, just in time for an apéritif and “le diner” at our hotel.

Accommodation: Auberge La Couronne

Included Activities:

  • guided tour of the Bear & Wolf sanctuary
  • guided tour of Freiburg

Included:

  • all meals and drinks
  • all transportation
  • donation at the Bear & Wolf sanctuary
  • local guide, including tips

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

Day 7

Farm Sanctuary & Winery

This morning we set off north for about an hour to visit a farm sanctuary.  La Ferme D’Henni Le Cochon is simply awesome.   This labor of love is founded and run by Jean-Luc Daub, who decided to start a sanctuary in order to deal with the trauma of having seen so many horrors and deaths during his years as a meat-packing industry inspector.  His story is very touching, while the animals are super friendly and adorable. 

After our visit, we’re off to a nearby town to visit a local winemaker.  He’ll tell us all about Alsatian wine while we eat lunch, and, of course, taste the fruit of his labor!   And yes, we’ll have plenty of cheese on-hand! 

We’ll be back a bit early at the hotel today, so feel free to go explore our village before dinner! 

Accommodation: Auberge La Couronne

Included Activities:

  • visit at a local animal sanctuary
  • wine-tasting at a local winery

Included:

  • all meals and drinks
  • donation at the farm sanctuary
  • all transportation

Excluded:

  • costs for any optional activities (ie canoeing)
  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

Day 8

Basel & Christmas party

Oh no, our last full day!   All good things must come to an end, but we’ll go out with a bang!

We start the day off our usual delicious vegan breakfast.    We’re then off to Switzerland (~40 minutes drive) with a walking tour of Basel‘s wonderful old town.   Yes, there’s a Christmas market here too! 

We’ll have lunch at a local vegetarian restaurant before boarding the bus and returning back to France and the hotel for our afternoon festivities.  It’s time to have our (pre)Christmas party!

 Bubbly, wine and snacks will be served throughout the day as we take over the hotel’s basement.   Stockings will be hung up.  “DJ David” may even put on some Christmas carols! 

Colleen will host a Christmas food cooking demonstration.  You won’t want to miss it!    This will then be followed by an afternoon-to-evening of games and surprises.  Sorry,  we really can’t say more!!   It’s a surprise!!! 

Finally, the moment has come: Christmas dinner.    We think nothing will beat having a beautifully prepared Christmas feast — think nut roast, potatoes, stuffing, salads, decadent desserts, etc. — all spent in the company of your new lifelong friends!

Accommodation: Auberge La Couronne

Included Activities:

  • guided walking tour of Basel, Switzerland
  • Christmas party

Included:

  • all meals and drinks
  • local guide, including tips
  • all transportation

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

Day 9

Departure day

Today is unfortunately departure day.  Nothing is planned today except for your transfers to Mulhouse train station, or the Euroairport at Basel.

Of course you happen to be in the middle of Europe, so why not extend your trip another few days or even a week?  There are too many places to choose, but some recommendations include:

  • Germany is filled with wonderful towns and (more!!) Christmas markets!  We highly recommend the famous market of Nuremburg, the gorgeous walled town of Rothenburg and of course the beer halls and museums of Munich.  Berlin is a bit cold at this time of year but it’s arguably Europe’s Vegan capital and filled with interesting museums and historical sights.
  • Heading south helps a bit.  Italy isn’t exactly super warm at this time of year, but still relatively pleasant with a jacket.  Still, with a third of the usual summer crowds, we found it the perfect time to check out the big sights in MilanVeniceFlorence and Rome without the long waits and queues to get in!
  • if you’re a skier, you can’t pass up the chance to ski in the Alps!  With Switzerland, the French Alps, and even GermanyAustria and Italy a few hours on a train away, you’ll definitely be spoiled for choice!​


​Whatever you decide, after breakfast it’s time to say our goodbyes with a final word from Colleen and a (orange juice) toast to fantastic memories and new friends!  Until next time!! 

Included:

  • breakfast
  • transfer to Mulhouse train station and Basel EuroAirport (before noon only) 

Excluded:

  • lunch & dinner
  • transfers at any other time, or to any other destination other than Toulouse airport & train station
Your Journey

Booking Terms & Conditions
Solo Travelers
How To Join
Payment Schedule
Payment Methods & Fees
Cancellation Policy
Important Notes

Solo Travelers can choose to:

  • get their own private room by paying the single supplement of USD 500$.  (see notes on availability below)
  • share a room with another solo travelers of the same gender at no extra cost (please terms see below)

SINGLE ROOM AVAILABILITY: due to the number of rooms at our 16th Century Alsace inn, a maximum of 4 single rooms will be available for booking and they will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

SHARING ROOM WITH ANOTHER SOLO TRAVELER: if you prefer to share a room and not pay the single supplement, we will put in touch with another traveler of the same gender who also wants to room.  You can see if you’re a good fit and reconfirm your booking.   

Please note that sharing a room may not be possible if COVID19 is still an issue in France.  We don’t foresee this will be the case in late 2022, but if it should arise that we can no longer offer a single room, then solo travelers will need to pay the single supplement (1000$).  Signing up as a solo traveler means that you agree to pay the single supplement should we no longer be able or allowed to offer shared rooms to our solo travelers. 

 

We  expect this trip to sell out quickly so ensure your spot on the trip and sign up early by paying the sign-up deposit (1500$/person).    

The deadline for this trip to be confirmed will be March 31st, 2022.  If the trip isn’t confirmed by or before that date, the sign-up fee will be fully refunded.  If the trip is confirmed, the sign-up fee and subsequent payments are non-refundable. Please see our cancellation policy section below for more information.

In order to sign up, fill in the form on this page.  Any problems or questions?  Email us!

If you are signing up as a solo traveler, do so quickly!  We have limited single rooms.  Please read our single travelers section for more information and the single supplement cost.

Following the sign-up fee and trip confirmation, you will need to pay 50% of the trip’s cost by April 15th 2022, with the final payment coming 3 months before the trip’s date: September 3rd, 2022.

 

PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Following the sign-up deposit, the remaining balance will be due in 2 installments:

  • April 15th, 2022: 50% of remaining balance
  • September 3rd, 2022: final balance.   This is non-negotiable.  If you do not pay the balance for your trip, your place will be given to another individual and your payments until then will be forfeited.

We can work with you on a payment plan:  pay your trip in the usual 2 installments, or opt for several.   Contact us to discuss what works best for you!

PAYMENT METHODS
We currently accept US DOMESTIC BANK TRANSFERSINTERNATIONAL WIRE TRANSFERS and CREDIT CARDS PAYMENTS.  Once you sign-up, we will send you the necessary information for you to make your payment.

EXTRA PAYMENT FEES
Online Bank Payment – US only: also called eCheck or ACH, we do not charge a fee for this, although your bank may do so.   Please inquire with them directly.

International Wire Transfer: for those outside of the US.  We do not charge any fees for this method, although your bank most likely will.  Please inquire with them directly, and do mention that our bank is located in Mauritius, so they can give you the correct fees amount.

Credit card payment​: the following fees will be added to the total:

  • 2.9% for Visa and MasterCard
  • 3.9% for American Express

Since our trips are highly catered and made of activities that need a lot of planning and organization, all payments (the initial sign-up fee, 50% deposit and final payment) are all non-refundable.     This is because we must forward payments for accommodation, transportation, suppliers, etc. very early on, in order to privatize our accommodation, activities and our meals.

The Covid-19 pandemic has arguably introduced some degree of anxiety and incertitude regarding international travel.   Our policy is that, should there be a need to cancel the trip (ie covid19 reasons, natural disaster, human conflict, etc) before the trip’s deadline, then the sign-up fee (only) will be refunded, minus processing fees (ie bank, transfer, etc).   These are usually small amounts.

If the trip needs to be canceled once we have started to accept the post-signup fee payments (50% deposit and final remaining balance), we will strive to refund as much as possible or offer a voucher for future CPG Vegan Trips, whichever we can best negotiate with our on-the-ground partners and suppliers.    We will really try our best! 

Please note that the refund of your sign-up fee will only apply if we cancel the trip.  Our policy is to not run a trip if Covid-19 imposes too many restrictions for the enjoyment of the trip, such as: 

  • border closings/lock-downs
  • flight limitations
  • mandatory quarantine on arrival and/or upon return to home country
  • substantial spike in local cases
  • local restrictions imposed on our activities, restaurants, hotels, etc., that make it unfeasible for us to provide you with a trip of a lifetime! 

If the trip does go ahead (ie none of the above apply) and you are unable to attend the trip for any personal reasons, even related to covid-19 (ie your own country changes its travel/quarantine policy, you contract the virus, etc), there is unfortunately no refund.  The trip needs to be canceled by us, if we believe it can not run in accordance with our high standards of quality. 

Should you still need to cancel for any reason once you have signed up, we will offer your spot to the first person(s) on the waiting list.  If we are able to fill your spot, we will refund all payments made, minus processing fees.    Having said that, do note that there is no guarantee we will be able to fill up your spot.  For this reason, again, it is a good idea to get solid trip insurance when you first sign up.

​​Arriving late or leaving a trip in progress will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portion of the trip. 

TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE​ – MANDATORY

This is a World Vegan Travel requirement. You will need to provide a policy and emergency contact number in order to join the trip. This can be done just prior to the trip’s date.

Trip Insurance (ie. covering your flight tickets, luggage, etc.) is definitely recommended as well, but not mandatory.

ITINERARY
​The itinerary is therefore subject to change, especially if we find an experience that we believe would make the trip even better. 

DIET RESTRICTION & ALLERGIES
​We do try to accommodate everyone’s food restrictions, especially allergies.   We can only do so if you let us know of any requirements when you sign up.  We begin working with all our hotels and restaurants a long time in advance, and meals are usually locked several months before the trip.  At this point, it is often no longer possible to change menus.   

​In other words: it is your responsibility to alert us of any dietary requirements, restrictions, allergies and needs, when you sign up.

FAQ

​TOUR PRICE REASONING

We do realize our prices seem high.   However, when compared to many other tours to the region, we are actually comparatively priced when you take into account that our trips include all meals (and vegan to boot!) and drinks, all the tips for drivers and local guides, and many other extras like a amenities/essentials bag, a free laundry day, the support of 2 full time tour leaders (most tours have only one), and, finally, the chance to travel with author and animal advocate Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.

It’s also worth noting that there aren’t many 100% fully vegan tours to Alsace.  We may be the only one!  Veganism is still somewhat of a new concept in France. Our trip cost does factor in the lengthy and hard work done with all our hotels, restaurants and local partners in educating and preparing them for our visit (meals, advocacy, toiletries, etc), which is far beyond any tasks that other tour companies are faced with.  This work begins several months before the trip, and approaches full-time hours around 2-3 months prior to the trip’s start date.

We also realize that for many, these types of trips are something they’ve dreamed about for many years.  As such, we’ve constructed an itinerary that will make this trip truly memorable in regards to our accommodation, meals, and choice of activities.   

WHAT ARE JOYFUL VEGAN TRIPS?

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and World Vegan Travel work closely together to create JOYFUL VEGAN TRIPS, which are specifically curated by Colleen to ensure the high quality that she has come to be known for.  All trips include activities and dedicated time with Colleen, such as Q&A session, round-table discussions, sharing, and more.

CAN I SIGN UP AS A SOLO TRAVELER?

Absolutely!   We have many people on our trip that sign up as solo travelers.   ​ You will have the choice of rooming with another solo travelers of the same gender, or pay the single supplement to get your own private room.   

Please see our COST & SIGN-UP section for more information. 

​FLIGHTS, VISAS & INSURANCE

FLIGHTS
You are in charge of your own transportation — whether it be flights, train, bus, car, etc. — to our starting city and hotel, and your return transportation from our departure points.  Both of these locations are in the trip info section above. 

For your arrival, we ask that you try and arrive early on the first day, as our first meeting tends to be in late afternoon.  Do plan ahead adequately to leave you enough time to get to our meeting place by that time.  Even better is arriving one or more days before.  This would provide you with a chance to take care of jet-lag and visit the town.

Please note that your transportation to our first meeting point is not included.  

Our trip finishes up in ENSISHEIM, ALSACE.   There are a few options from there.    You could choose to return to Paris, or head to another big airport like Frankfurt and ZURICH, by train from Mulhouse (around 20-25 minutes from our hotel).    The nearest airport to our hotel is the Euroairport at Basel, Switzerland, about 30 minutes away. 

We will provide transfers to Mulhouse train station and Basel EuroAirport airport on departure day, between breakfast and noon only.  If you need to leave before or after those times, the transfers are not included.      

VISAS
For citizens of western countries (ie USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc), no visas are necessary for a stay of 90 days or less in the Schengen Area, of which France is a member.   Other European citizens do not need a visa to enter France.

TRAVEL/MEDICAL INSURANCE
Medical travel insurance is mandatory on our trip.    We need to have assurances that you are fully covered in the event of a medical emergency, including repatriation.  You will need to send us your policy detail and emergency contact number before the trip’s start date.

Trip Insurance (trip cancellation, lost baggage, etc.), on the other hand, is entirely up to you, though we highly recommend purchasing it.  It often comes packaged along with medical travel insurance, or you may get coverage simply by paying for the trip using a credit card (inquire with your card supplier). 

WILL IT BE SAFE TO TRAVEL IN 2022?

While of course we cannot predict the future (2020 sure emphasized that point!!) many things are pointing to a yes.   Airlines and some medical and travel experts do believe that things look good in terms of returning to some kind of normal by early-to-mid 2021. As our trip is in December of 2022, we sure hope that this is enough time for the pandemic to subside somewhat.

You can read more about our COVID-19-related policies and precautions here.

CAN YOU HELP WITH BOOKING OUR FLIGHTS AND ONGOING TRAVEL?

As we are not a travel agency or booking agents, we can’t book any flights or ongoing travel (ie hotels, transportation, etc) for you. However we can surely help with recommendations, suggestions and tips as you look into flights, or extending your holiday. It never hurts to ask, so don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries whatsoever!

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?

As we’re going to France and Germany at Christmas time, you can expect cold and wet/humid weather.  How cold it will be depends on where you’re coming from.  If you’re from Canada or Alaska, it will be warmer 😉 

Overall expect temperatures to fall anywhere between 5°C (41°F) and 15°C (59°F).  Dipping at or below 0°C (32°F) is rare and probably would only occur at night time.  Still, you simply never know so best to come prepared with layers.   Snow is not uncommon but unlikely during our stay. 

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

Visiting Christmas markets mean some walking, so come prepared with some warm clothing as the temperature will drop in the evenings.  We try to visit the markets in the evening when they are at their quaintest with all the beautiful lighting, etc.

It’s a very good idea to pack an umbrella.  No need for full-on rain gear (unless you plan on doing lots of hiking).

Some comfy lounging clothes for the time spent all cozied up at our hotel with a book and hot mulled wine is a must! 

No need to overpack: we’ll have a laundry day mid-way through the trip.    At no time will you need to dress up for our meals, so forget about suits and Sunday dresses. 

We will supply you with vegan toiletries which you can use at each hotel, so there’s no need to pack shampoo and soap unless you want to.

WILL MY MOBILE PHONE WORK IN FRANCE?

If you are coming from outside of Europe, then yes, your mobile phone should work, but do check with your carrier to make sure.   It is highly recommended to turn off global roaming unless you carrier can offer you a package for your stay in France.  Otherwise you risk being charged exorbitant fees upon you return home! 

If you are a UK or other European citizen, your phone should work as usual as Europe no longer has borders when it comes to mobile phone usage.  However do check with your carrier to ensure your package qualifies. 

 If your phone is unlocked (please check with your carrier directly) you can also purchase a French SIM Card from Amazon, and enjoy having a local number and much cheaper data (internet) usage.   We recommend the Orange Holiday Europe SIM card.  Please follow the instructions that come with the SIM as we do not offer support for this product. 

​WILL THERE BE INTERNET ACCESS DURING THE TRIP?

Yes, our hotel has WIFI, and we will also have internet connection on-board our coaches. For the latter, connection speeds may vary, as will the connection itself.

​HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I BRING?

We provide all accommodation, transportation and meals. All expenses during our included activities are taken care of, including tips for guides and drivers.

You will then only need cash for extra purchases such as souvenirs, extra drinks outside of what’s included, extra snacks, etc. There are ATMs in every town and credit cards are accepted in most places. This mostly means Visa and MasterCard, with American Express having quite a lower acceptance rate outside of hotels and higher-end restaurants.

The tour leaders will be carrying extra cash. If you decide to go on an optional activity at the last minute but don’t have enough money, we will be able to help you out and you can simply pay us back when we find an ATM.

For drinks during meals: we have a limited amount of alcoholic beverages (beer and wine) per meal. Any extra drinks on top of what’s provided will require you to pay the suppliers (ie hotel, restaurant) directly. We will make it very clear how much is included before each meal.

Tipping hotel and restaurant staff is not necessary and entirely up to you.

​I HAVE A DIETARY RESTRICTION (ALLERGIES, GLUTEN-FREE, ETC)

This is generally not a problem, but we do need to be informed at the time of booking so we may prepare the meals accordingly. Please be as precise and detailed as possible. Once on the trip, it is difficult and/or not possible to change our meal plans.

HOW MUCH TIME WILL I HAVE WITH COLLEEN?

Colleen (and her husband David) is very much another traveler in our group and will be taking the same vehicles and participating in the same activities as the rest of us. You can approach and talk to her at any time, just like anyone else. Having said that, do remember that she will be as tired as everyone after a long day of travel or sightseeing, so we should just be respectful of that as we are of anyone else. ​​

HOW MUCH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CAN I EXPECT?

We do have quite a lot of walking activities on this trip, though mostly this will be on flat surfaces in towns and villages.

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT TO JOIN THE TRIP?

Youth above 16 years young are welcome.    We are currently not accepting any younger children. ​

There’s no upper age limit, though do note that there is a fair amount of walking on this trip. 

WHAT DRINKS ARE INCLUDED?

We will provide water, juice, coffee, tea, some cocktails and wine/beer during lunches and all dinners and some activities. We will make it clear what’s included and what’s not. Premium alcoholic drinks (ie expensive cognac, whiskey, champagne, etc) are not included. You can pay for those on the spot or sign it to the room and pay when checking out.

LGBTQ TRAVELLERS

World Vegan Travel and Joyful Vegan Trips aim to be a safe place for all LGBTQ travelers. We have a zero-tolerance policy on discrimination of any sort.

​Generally speaking, France is a safe and welcoming travel destination for the LGBTQ community.