Top 5 Vacations for Vegan and Vegetarian Travellers

by Emese Graham
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When a vegetarian goes on vacation, do their diet needs go on vacation too? Certainly not! But many vegans and vegetarians find it difficult to access quality meals while travelling.

From the dreaded “Oh, you’re vegetarian? Don’t worry, we have fish!” conversation to the so-called vegan menu that’s really just lettuce and potatoes, it can be a lot to deal with when you’re trying to have a relaxing getaway.

But never fear! Our seasoned Expert Travellers are skilled at designing trips that can not only accommodate dietary restrictions, but will wow you with creative and filling dining experiences. Check out some of our favourite selections of vegan-friendly vacations.

1. Michelin-Starred Dining at an Australian Vineyard


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A scenic southbound drive from Melbourne will carry you to Willow Creek Vineyard in the heart of Mornington Peninsula. Stay at Jackalope Hotel, a modern boutique escape overlooking the gorgeous lacework of vines. On the property, you’ll find Rare Hare, a Michelin-starred dining experience with creative dishes for vegetarians, vegans, flexitarians, and meat-eaters alike.

When Marli Bates, Expert Traveller from Calgary visited, she was “very impressed that they are able to take a well-planned out menu and be able to offer the SAME experience in a vegan version.” Every meal can be perfectly paired with a house wine crafted carefully from the property vineyards.

2. Wellness Journeys through Icelandic Landscapes

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Dip into the bubbling geothermal springs of Hveragerði and release all the tension in your mind and body. The 7-day Wellness Iceland journey by G Adventures guides you through tranquil treks and yoga asanas through national parks, waterfalls, and black sand beaches. Private transfers and upscale accommodations keep all of your stress at bay.

Pair the crisp, refreshing air with a range of healthy meals. While you’re exploring the cities, pop into a local café! Our Expert Traveller, Renata Wiles of London, highly recommends Iceland as an accommodating destination for vegans. “Literally every café and restaurant we went to had more than 2 or 3 milk alternative choices, and they all had things specifically labelled as vegan”.

3. Hand-crafted Menus in a Balinese Luxury Estate


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Partway between the Pod Chocolate Factory and Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary lies COMO Shambhala Estate, a luxurious hideaway for wellness and respite. Expert Traveller, Carmen Bishop of Vancouver, highly recommends experiencing everything this boutique resort has to offer from the residential style luxe habitats with tropical designs to the unique dining experience.

Perfectly tailored for a rejuvenating getaway, guests’ culinary tours through COMO Shambhala Estate’s gourmet restaurants and private dining events are guided by a resident nutritionist and Ayurvedic practitioner. The chefs’ every creation resonates with a commitment to vibrant and nourishing ingredients, and it’s a haven for vegan and vegetarian travellers seeking a healthy vacation in Bali.

4. Seychelles Escapes with Peace of Mind

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Exquisitely photogenic and virtually untouched, the archipelago of Seychelles is a sight to behold. Pepper your visit with respectful encounters with ancient tortoises, colourful schools of coral reef fish, and ornamented parrots. Make your beachy getaway richer with a guided tour spent cruising the islets with Intrepid Travel, one of our top tour picks for flexible eats.

Of course, our experts can help you find the perfect tour to match your travel style. Try vegetarian friendly destinations like India or Taiwan, or even Croatia. Rachna Kothari, Expert Traveller from Guelph shared about her tour through Croatia, “Being vegan, I was not forgotten. I was given a great substitute meal for each course, that weren’t afterthoughts but carefully planned. My dessert, which was local figs poached in brandy, is easily one of the best things I’ve ever eaten in my life.”

5. Heavenly Vegan Dining in Sin City


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Several of our Expert Travellers, vegan, vegetarian, and otherwise, were blown away by the sophisticated vegetarian menus at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. Whether you’re staying at one of the luxury hotels or simply stopping by at some point on your Vegas pilgrimage, the offerings for vegans at any of the fine dining restaurants, casual eateries, and cocktail lounges is beyond stellar.

Enjoy waterfall views from the swanky Parasol Up lounge, indulge in vegan sushi and teppanyaki at Mizumi, or nibble on shareables and wine pairings at La Cave. Once you’ve had your fill, the possibilities in the city are endless!