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TOURS & RETREATS
Our weeklong global escapes take small groups on exciting adventures, from urban to rural and everything in between. From luxe Parisian getaways to tropical retreats in South Asia, our vegan adventures are ideal for intrepid voyagers who crave culture and food-oriented fun.
ABOUT VEGAN EPICURE TRAVEL
We're a brand built on dreams. Dreams of seeing the world, of meeting new people, of forming connections, and making the world a better place. We believe travel can close the divides that separate us, while also bringing us immense pleasure.
As vegans, we bring our values on the road with us, seeking out experiences that support the issues that matter to us, including animals, the environment, and yes, FOOD! Our experiences—from 3-hour cooking classes to 7-day cycling tours—are designed with your values in mind, with an emphasis on fun. Be prepared for one-of-a-kind adventure with like-minded travelers who share your desire to enjoy life to its fullest, wherever we are in the world.
Aurelia d'Andrea, co-founder, cooking-class instructor, and tour leader
Aurelia has National Geographic to thank for kickstarting her wanderlust. As a child poring over musty stacks of magazines, she became obsessively curious about other cultures, and began hatching dreams of climbing the Eiffel Tower, exploring the Taj Mahal, and seeing majestic rhinoceros and elephants in their natural habitats. Today, she's made all those travel dreams come true, and is thrilled that she gets to share experiences with others who are making their desire to see the world manifest, too. An ethical vegan since 2000, Aurelia relishes the plant-based lifestyle and shares her enthusiasm in VegNews Magazine, where she is Travel + Beauty Editor. She is the author of several guidebooks, including Moon Living Abroad France, Vegetarian Paris, and Moon MapGuide Paris, the founder of The Nevada City Vegan Festival, and a vegan living instructor in both the United States and France.
Jeff Rogers, co-founder, tour leader, and logistics coordinator
Jeff’s passion for cycling is what brought him to the exciting world of vegan travel. As a bike-industry professional, he has spent most of his adult life helping others enjoy cycling to its fullest, most recently as a Tour de France tour guide, mountain biking coach, and bike-skills instructor. Jeff brings his skills as a seasoned cyclist to every tour he leads, and always knows how to plot the most fun-filled and safest routes for our groups, and as a master mechanic, he ensures we always reach our destinations. Jeff’s other passion is travel. (Or is it eating?!) Living in France for many years, he has toured throughout most of Europe, from Denmark to Croatia and beyond, enjoying the local cuisines along the way. Jeff loves sharing moments of wonder, discovery, and triumph while traveling, and is dedicated to helping you create unforgettable experiences that’ll keep you buzzing long after the trip is over.
Ann Christine, retreat co-host, co-founder of Veggie Magnifique, wellness coach, and yoga instructor
Inspiring, engaging, creative, and kind: those are just a few of the words we use to describe Ann Christine, the brunette half of the Parisian holistic wellness and vegan lifestyle blog, Veggie Magnifique. Ann is joining Vegan Epicure Travel team for an unforgettable week of rejuvenation and relaxation on the Women’s Wellness Retreat in Sri Lanka with Veggie Magnifique. Together with co-host/VET co-founder Aurelia d’Andrea, Ann will lead some exciting wellness workshops, and she’s also our retreat yoga instructor! When she’s not dishing health + wellness tips and performing as a singer and voice-over artist, Ann delights in talking Dharma over fine Japanese tea, hanging out in pigeon pose, and traveling the world. She looks forward to meeting you in Sri Lanka this October!
Colleen Holland, tour co-host,
publisher of VegNews Magazine, and founder at Healthy Vegan
Passionate about media, Colleen Holland is the publisher and co-founder of VegNews Magazine. Since the company's founding in 2000, she has grown the vegan lifestyle brand into an award-winning, international media company complete with a flagship magazine, digital properties, events, cookbooks, and global vacations that include the Vegan Food Lover's Tour of Paris with Vegan Epicure Travel! A graduate of UCLA and the Natural Gourmet Institute culinary school, Colleen is one of just six people worldwide to have been inducted into both the Vegetarian Hall of Fame and the Animal Rights Hall of Fame. A 23-year ethical vegan, she is a die-hard foodie, yogi, and francophile who can't wait to meet guests on our amazing tour in the City of Light this September!