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NORTHERN ITALY: MOUNTAINS, LAKES & CANALS 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:10 days / 9 nights
  • Trip Dates:17-26 June, 2022
  • Start Location:Milan, Italy
  • Trip Price:USD 5995$/person
  • End Location:Venice, Italy
  • Single Supplement:USD 1200$/person
  • Group Size:16-24 travelers
  • Sign Up Fee:USD 1500$/person
Northern Italy’s awe-inspiring Dolomite mountains, dreamy Lake Garda, serene alpine meadows, gourmet plant-based cuisine await! Not to mention a visit to romantic Verona, a gondola ride on Venice’s canals, and Prosecco and Aperol Spritz aplenty! Join vegan author and podcaster Colleen Patrick-Goudreau on an amazing all-inclusive trip through northern Italy! ANDIAMO!
We're Off To Northern Italy

You don’t need to go to Switzerland for amazing Alps scenery. Italy has the Dolomites, one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. And within it are countless alpine villages, meadows, and fun hiking opportunities, all begging to be explored… and we just happen to have an incredible trip planned for the region!

Northern Italy is not all mountains though, as we’ll explore beautiful Lake Garda, stop for a visit in romantic Verona, and end up with a stay in world-famous Venice that you don’t want to miss!

We’ll be staying at a countryside villa near Lake Garda, a canal-facing palazzo in Venice, a vegetarian hotel in Europe’s largest high-altitude Alpine meadow, and even at Italy’s first ever 100% vegan hotel in the mountains. How fun is that!?

Throughout you’ll indulge in one epic meal after another, all included and featuring plant-based versions of local specialties and famous Italian favorites. Oh, and drinks are all included. Yes, including wine

So brush up on your Italian (and German!), dust off those hiking shoes, work out an appetite and join Colleen Patrick-Goudreau on an exciting all-inclusive trip through Italy’s mountains, lakes and canals.  Andiamo!

If you’re seriously interested, do fill in our sign-up form to join the waiting list and be the first to be informed once this trip is released.

SEE MORE OF ITALY WITH AN EXTRA 8 DAYS IN TUSCANY!

Joyful Tuscany - June 2022

If 10 days in Tuscany isn’t enough Italy for you, how about adding an extra 8 days exploring Tuscany just before your trip to Northern Italy? Book both trips and we’ll take care of you in between the the two trips.  Learn more here.

Why You'll Love This Trip
  • 3 nights in a 100% vegan hotel in the mountains
  • guided hikes in the Italian Alps, and visits to small alpine villages
  • 2 nights at a vegetarian hotel at the foot of the towering Dolomites
  • lots of chance to sample local Italian wine, prosecco and aperitvos
  • 2 nights in a canal-facing palazzo in Venice
  • explore Lake Garda by boat
  • 2 nights at a beautiful countryside villa near Lake Garda
  • explore Venice by boat, gondola and on a guided walking tour
  • 100% plant-based meals, including local specialties and your Italian favorites: pasta, tiramisu, lasagna, you name it!
  • lots of chance to go off on your own for some hiking and biking in the mountains and lake countryside
  • Guided walking tour of romantic Verona
  • cooking demo by Colleen herself!
  • Gift bag with some travel essentials
  • lots of surprises and treats along the way​
Trip Info

Trip Price

USD 5995$/person

Single Supplement

USD 1200$/person – space is limited!

Trip Host

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau    meet your host!

Group Size

16-24 travelers

Trip Departure Location

Milan, Italy

Trip End Location

Venice, Italy

Trip Confirmation Deadline

January 31st, 2022

Price Includes

  • all 100% plant-based meals, from breakfast to dinner, featuring local specialties and Italian favorites. PLUS all non-premium drinks during meals (juice, coffee, tea, wine, beer)
  • deluxe accommodation: 2 nights in a Lake Garda villa, 3 nights in a 100% vegan hotel in the mountains, 2 nights in a vegetarian hotel in the Dolomites, 2 nights in a canal-facing palazzo in Venice
  • guided walking tour of Verona
  • guided walking tour of Venice
  • boat trip on Lake Garda
  • gondola ride in Venice
  • wine tasting
  • cooking demo by Colleen herself!
  • guided hikes during our stay in the mountains
  • live Q&A before the trip to ask your questions to the tour leaders and Colleen
  • gift bag with some travel essentials
  • one complimentary laundry day
  • quality time with Colleen during the trip, including talks, Q&A, etc.
  • all ground transportation for included activities
  • all tips for local guides and drivers during our included activities
  • two professional English-speaking tour leaders plus local Italian guides
  • complimentary activities during free time
  • games, treats and surprises​

Price Excludes

  • transportation (ie flights, train, etc.) to Milan and from Venice
  • 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)
... want to see more of Italy?
Add our 8-day trip to Tuscany (8-15 June, 2022)!
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Couples & Friends
Solo Traveler

Couples & Friends

shared room with 1 or 2 beds
USD5995/person

Join us on our trip to Tuscany from 8-15 June 2022, and once the Tuscany trip ends you will receive: 
  • 1st CLASS train ticket from Florence to Milan (on June 15th, 2022)
  • 2 nights' accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Milan (15-17 June, 2022)
  • virtual private online cooking class taught by Colleen featuring Northern Italian cuisine, to the first three bookings for the back-to-back Tuscany & Northern Italy trips.  A value of 500$!

 

How to book: simply choose the required package when you go to our booking page.

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Solo Traveler

in your own private room
USD7195/person

Join us on our trip to Tuscany from 8-15 June 2022, and once the Tuscany trip ends you will receive: 
  • 1st CLASS train ticket from Florence to Milan (on June 15th, 2022)
  • 2 nights' accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Milan (15-17 June, 2022)
  • virtual  private online cooking class taught by Colleen featuring Northern Italian cuisine, to the first three bookings for the back-to-back Tuscany & Northern Italy trips.  A value of 500$!

 

How to book: simply choose the required package when you go to our booking page.

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Itinerary

Below is an itinerary showing the broad strokes of the trip.  More details will follow in the upcoming weeks and months, so do check back!

Please note that the itinerary is subject to change.  The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting our ability to properly get the final confirmation on a few activities and meals with some of our Italian partners and suppliers.  Having said that, rest assured that our on-the-ground local friends are all working diligently to ensure that our trip is action and food packed, and that our goal for this trip is to make it as memorable as all our other World Vegan Travel and Joyful Vegan Trips have been!   

If we need to change anything, it will be only for the betterment of the trip!

DAY 1: Friday, June 17th- Milan: first meeting & drive to Lake Garda

We will be meeting at a location in Milan in the early afternoon (the exact time and place will be shared with our travelers before the trip, of course!) for a quick trip briefing and all-around introductions of your fellow travelers.  

After a trip briefing, introductions and a toast to our upcoming adventures, we board our bus for the 2-hour drive to our accommodation for the next 2 nights near romantic Lake Garda

After check-in, we’ll have time to get to know each other better over some drinks and snacks, before dinner is served at around 7pm.

Accommodation:

TBC, 4-star villa near Lake Garda

Included:

welcome meeting & drinks

dinner

non-premium drinks during dinner

all transportation once the trip begins

Excluded:

breakfast & lunch

transportation to our meeting place in Milan

premium drinks

DAY 2: Saturday, June 18th- Lake Garda

We will be spending the day exploring the areas around Lake Garda, and the lake itself on a boat excursion!

Accommodation:

TBC, 4-star villa near Lake Garda

Included:

boat ride on Lake Garda

breakfast, lunch & dinner

non-premium drinks during meals

all transportation

Excluded:

premium drinks

DAY 3: Sunday, June 19th- to the mountains!

After breakfast we’ll head up north to our hotel for the next 3 nights.  Hotel La Vimea is Italy’s first 100% vegan hotel!   It’s also the gateway for some amazing hiking, and the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature.

Accommodation:

Hotel La Vimea 

Included:

breakfast, lunch & dinner

non-premium drinks during meals

all transportation

Excluded:

premium drinks

DAY 4: Monday, June 20th- Hiking & visits

This morning we’ll go on a guided hike — or you can choose to head out on your own!   After lunch, we’ll have more free time for you to do another hike, explore a nearby town, relax at the hotel’s pool, or visit a nearby mountain town on an optional excursion.

Accommodation:

Hotel La Vimea 

Included:

hiking guide in the morning

visit to a nearby town

breakfast, lunch & dinner

non-premium drinks during meals

all transportation

Excluded:

premium drinks

DAY 5: Tuesday, June 21st- Hiking & cooking demo

We take advantage of the cooler morning temperatures to go on another guided hike.    After lunch, we yet again have more free time and cooking demo from Colleen!

Accommodation:

Hotel La Vimea 

Included:

hiking guide in the morning

cooking demo from Colleen

breakfast, lunch & dinner

non-premium drinks during meals

all transportation

Excluded:

premium drinks

DAY 6: Wednesday, June 22nd- Bolzano & the Dolomites!

After breakfast, we drive 45 minutes to Bolzano and visit the excellent South Tyrol Archaeology Museum.  Here we will meet Ötzi the Iceman, the natural mummy of a man who lived between 3400 and 3100 BC and discovered in the nearby mountains in 1991!

We then head to our home for the next 2 nights, Paradiso PureLiving, a vegetarian hotel nestled at the foot of  the towering Dolomites.  

After lunch, you can choose to spend some free time at the hotel’s pool, go for a walk on your own, or go on a visit to nearby Castelrotto (Kastelruth).

Accommodation:

Hotel Paradiso Pure.Living

Included:

entrance to the South Tyrol Archaeology Museum

afternoon visit to Castelrotto

breakfast, lunch & dinner

non-premium drinks during meals

all transportation

Excluded:

premium drinks

DAY 7: Thursday, June 23rd- Hiking the Alpe Di Siusi

Today we do on a guided hike on the Alpe Di Suisi (Seiser Alm), a Dolomite plateau and the largest high-altitude Alpine meadow (German: Alm) in Europe.  We’ll also enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by towering peaks and enjoy the incredible nature.  

The afternoon is free for you to relax those legs at the hotel’s pool, sip a beer on the terrace while admiring the views, or sit in the sunshine (fingers crossed!) with a nice book in hand before our delicious vegan dinner.   Or better yet, try one of many of the hotel’s wellness experiences:

  • whirlpool
  • Zerobody floating experience
  • infrared sauna
  • Finnish sauna
  • experience showers
  • steam bath
  • hay sauna
  • relaxation area

This is the epitome of relaxation!

Accommodation:

Hotel Paradiso Pure.Living

Included:

guided hike in the Alpe Di Suisi

breakfast, lunch & dinner

non-premium drinks during meals

all transportation

Excluded:

premium drinks

DAY 8: Friday, June 24th- Verona & Venice

After breakfast, we’ll board the bus for the 3hrs ride down the mountains to Verona.   The fabled home of Romeo and Juliet is a beautiful romantic city, with an amazing roman amphitheater.  We will stretch our legs with a 1.5hrs guided walking tour before heading to lunch at a nearby vegan restaurant. 

After lunch, we get back on the bus for the final time, for the 1.5hrs drive to Venice.  The city needs no introductions, and we’ll soon board our boats and cruise the grand canal to our canal-facing palazzo hotel.   

After a few free hours for you to freshen up, we’ll head out to dinner by gondola!  

Accommodation:

TBC, 4-star Venice hotel by the Grand Canal

Included:

guided walking tour in Verona

private boat to our Venice hotel

gondola tour through Venice’s canals

breakfast, lunch & dinner

non-premium drinks during meals

all transportation

Excluded:

premium drinks

DAY 9: Saturday, June 25th- Venice

Waking up in Venice is one of travel’s great delights! 

After breakfast, we’ll go on a 2-hour guided walking orientation tour, great for those for which this is their first trip to Venice, but even for the returnee!   You can of course choose to head out on your own and meet the group again for lunch. 

The final afternoon and evenings on a World Vegan Travel and Joyful Vegan Trip are always memorable, and this certainly won’t be the exception!  We don’t want to divulge too much, but we’ll be spending some quality time together before heading out for our final dinner.

Accommodation:

TBC, 4-star Venice hotel by the Grand Canal

Included:

guided walking tour in Venice

surprise afternoon activities

breakfast, lunch & dinner

non-premium drinks during meals

all transportation

Excluded:

premium drinks

DAY 10: Sunday, June 26th- Departure

Today is sadly our departure day.   Please note that we do not include any transfer to the train station or airport, so if you are leaving this morning, please make sure to make the necessary arrangements.  Your tour leaders will be happy to help you, of course! 

You can of course choose to stay put a few extra nights, either at our hotel or another one of your choosing.  

Whatever your plans, here at World Vegan Travel and Joyful Vegan Trips thank you so very much for entrusting us with your precious holiday time, and hope we’ll get to see each other somewhere in the world again soon! 

Ciao

Accommodation:

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Included:

breakfast

Excluded:

transfer to train station, airport or another hotel

lunch & dinner

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 1200$.  (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 hotels, we are currently offering a maximum of 4 single rooms available for booking and they will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

SHARING ROOM WITH ANOTHER SOLO TRAVELER: we will put you on a list and then in contact with another solo traveler looking for a roommate to see if you’re a good match. Please note that sharing a room may not be possible if COVID19 is still an issue in Italy in June 2022.  We don’t foresee this will be the case but if it should arise that we can no longer offer a single room, then solo travelers will need to pay the single supplement (1200$).  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 sign-up fee is non-refundable under any conditions UNLESS the trip is not confirmed by the deadline of January 31st, 2022.     Please carefully read our cancellation policy section for more information, especially in relation with the Covid-19 pandemic. 

In order to sign up, click on the booking button on this page.  Any problems or questions?  Email us!

If you are signing up as a solo traveler, do so quickly!  We only have 4 single rooms available. Please read our single travelers section for more information.  

Please note that signing up before the deadline of January 31st, 2021 does not guarantee the trip will run as this depends on having the necessary minimum of participants.  

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

  • February 7th, 2022: 50% of remaining balance
  • April 17th, 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 1500$ sign-up deposit, 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 Joyful 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 requirement to join a World Vegan Travel trip.   We need to know you are covered for any medical situation, including evacuation, in case of emergency.    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 gift 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 Northern Italy.  Veganism is still somewhat of a new concept in the region, despite their cuisine being very vegetarian-friendly at its base.   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.   ​However, due to availability at our hotels, we only have 4 single rooms available.   Please see our COST & SIGN-UP section for more information.  

Should you still be on the waiting list when the trip closes and gets confirmed, we may be able to offer you a single room (depending on availability).

​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 meeting location, and your return transportation from our departure city. 

For your arrival, we ask that you try and arrive early on the first day, as our first meeting tends to be just after lunch.  This exact time and place will be confirmed at a later date, but 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 costs to our first meeting point and from our final location 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 Italy is a member.   Other European citizens do not need a visa to enter Italy.

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. For one, Italy is currently opened for domestic and European travel, with museums, restaurants, hotels and sights all opened to tourism.

Airlines and some medical and travel experts do believe that things look good in terms of returning to some kind of normal in 2022. As our trip is in June, we sure hope that this is enough time for the pandemic to subside somewhat, and for vaccination rates in Europe to be at their targeted levels.

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?

In general, June is an excellent time of year to visit Northern Italy, with slightly fewer crowds than the next few weeks/months will bring, and milder temperatures.  We also have better chances at clear days in the mountains although of course this is no sense a guarantee!

Travelers will find very comfortable temperatures for sightseeing, exploring the countryside and engaging in outdoor activities. Days remain warm and sunny, with temperatures ranging from 25°C (77°F) to sometimes 30°C (86°F).

Do note that rain is not uncommon in the mountains, so an umbrella or rain jacket is a good idea.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

While we don’t have a luggage restriction on this trip, we recommend you not to bring more than 1 suitcase per person. You will need to carry your bags only from the bus to the hotel twice (plus the trip to our meeting place) but you should still make sure you can lift it by yourself (ie it’s not too heavy).

We do have one free laundry included on the trip, so hopefully this can help in not over-packing. Laundry will also be available on other days at a fee.

In terms of clothing, it’s a good idea to bring some summer garb, such as shorts, t-shirts, light dresses, light cotton pants, etc.  We also recommend bringing a swimsuit as our hotels (outside of Venice) have pools.  A hat is a good idea to block off the sun.

A sweater or light jacket for the mountains and cooler evenings is a good idea. A rain jacket or a small umbrella could prove useful at this time of year.

Do bring some comfortable, but sturdy, shoes, as we have many walking tours and hiking opportunities.  You probably don’t need rugged hiking boots.  Hiking shoes or runners with decent grip should do the trick.  

You can always bring a 2nd set of comfy shoes/loafers to wear in the evening, for dinner and also afterwards when we’re relaxing with a nightcap.

  • Other essentials should include:
  • sunglasses
  • Cameras and plenty of batteries and storage cards is a must.
  • sunscreen lotion

We will be sending an info packet several weeks before the trip that will include, amongst other bits of information, a packing list.

WILL MY MOBILE PHONE WORK IN ITALY?

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 Italy. 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 local Italian SIM Card when you arrive in the country (usually sold at airports). You can sometimes find SIM cards on Amazon; for example the Orange Holiday Europe prepaid SIM card.

​WILL THERE BE INTERNET ACCESS DURING THE TRIP?

Yes, our hotels have WIFI, and we will also have internet connection on-board our bus. 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, including some hiking, and all with a fair amount of uphill and downhills.  A certain amount of physical fitness will provide for a happier trip.  Having said that, you do not need to join any walking or hiking activities. 

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, Italy is considered a gay-friendly country and public opinion on homosexuality is generally regarded as increasingly culturally liberal. Same-sex civil unions and unregistered cohabitation have been legally recognized since June 2016.