When thinking about the food of Eastern Europe, it’s easy to think first and foremost of meat. It’s the land of wiener schnitzel and seemingly endless varieties of German sausage, after all. But a newly discounted group tour is looking to highlight the plant-based side of the region.
Contiki, a tour provider for 18 to 35 year olds, is offering $500 off its eight-day Vegan Food Europe Explorer tour. The trip will have travelers — both vegan and non-vegan are welcome, of course, but vegan food is the only thing on the menu — visiting vegan spots in cities across Eastern Europe this summer. It’s led by the vegan expert and zero waste activist Clare Every of @thelittelondonvegan.
Berlin (often ranked among the most vegan-friendly cities in the world), Prague, Vienna, and Budapest are all on the list. Bike tours through Prague are on the itinerary, as are beers in Berlin, cooking classes, and Budapest’s famous natural thermal pools (eating isn’t the only thing you can do while traveling, even on a vegan food trip). In-destination transportation, meals, and hotels (including stays at Moxy Berlin and A&O Budapest) are all included. The whole experience ends at the Vegan Summer Festival, which is one of the largest vegan festivals in Berlin.
As to why? A contact working with Contiki noted that, by some measures, veganism has increased 500 percent in the United States over the last seven years to go from 1 percent of people to 6 percent. Whether it’s for environmental reasons, health reasons, or animal welfare reasons, there’s no denying that there’s more conversation around plant-based eating now than in years past.
The new vegan trip isn’t the only new Contiki initiative of the new year. The company announced that, starting Jan. 1, 2022, Contiki is 100 percent carbon neutral.
If this all sounds up your alley, the Eastern Europe vegan trips start at $1,634 with financing from $146 per month after the more than $500 discount through January. Details can be found on Contiki’s Europe Vegan Food Tour page.