June 9 // Arrival
Welcome to the capitol of Spain, Madrid! Founded in the late 1500s, today the city is bustling and the economic center of Southern Europe.
Here, life is different. Focus is placed around food and drinks and time with friends and family. Dinners here start around 8 p.m. (and even then you may get some weird looks if you dine that early!), vermouth, caña, claras and tinto de verano are the drinks of choice, and tapas are an added bonus when you have them.
The culture here is rich and history surrounds you everywhere you go. From the former royal park – the spectacular Retiro, to the world’s oldest restaurant off Plaza Mayor, you’re greeted with reminders of the past of this city.
In the late afternoon we will meet to go on a walking tour of the city and then gather to have our first dinner together and feast on creative Spanish dishes like the foodies we are.
Meals included: dinner
June 10 // Exploring Malasaña on a vegan food tour
Today is the day to dive into Madrid and learn about one of its neighborhoods, Malasaña on a special vegan food tour showcasing typical Spanish dishes made vegan, and more!
Discover the most spectacular tapas in the city without having to abandon your personal choices or your principles with a local tour guide.
Find out the four best restaurants in Malasaña, this “trendy” district that never sleeps, to taste handmade beers, vermouth, tinto de verano, and the most delicious tapas of our traditional gastronomy … and all vegan!
You’ll meet locals vegan Madrilenians, who tell you what it’s like to be a vegan in this Spain and learn more about the culture.
Meals included: hotel breakfast, vegan food tour
June 11 // The Prado, tapas and more
The Museo de Prado is a can’t miss while visiting Madrid. More than 200 years old, the museum houses art from the 16th and 17th centuries. Rather than aiming at comprehensiveness, collectors aimed to assemble as many works as possible by their favourite artists. This explains why the Prado has been described as a museum of painters not of paintings, given that its artists are represented in a superlative manner with, for example, the largest holdings of Bosch, Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez and Goya, some numbering more than 100 works.
After we explore the vegan side of Prado with a local tour guide and learn about its history, we’ll head to another important neighborhood of Madrid, Lavapies for vegan tapas and experience this important part of Spanish culture. Later (and we mean later!), we’ll all get dinner together.
Meals included: hotel breakfast, tapas, dinner
June 12 // Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage City of Toledo
A quick train or bus ride away is the UNESCO-listed city of Toledo. It’s known as the City of Three Cultures which refers to the co-existence of Jewish, Christian and Muslim cultures.
Here, we’ll explore the walled city with a local guide andvisit sites like the 13th century Toledo Cathedral, the Alcazar Fortress from the 16th century, and more.
This well-preserved town also provides breathtaking views of the Spanish countryside to enjoy.
For lunch, we’ll visit the city’s first all-vegan restaurant which only opened in March 2020.
Once we’re back to Madrid, the night is yours to explore!
Meals included: hotel breakfast, lunch
June 13 // Free Day
There’s so much to see and do in Madrid that we can’t possibly pack it into five days — so we’re giving you an opportunity to discover what it is that intrigues you. From the markets packed with little bars and food stands, to a ghost Metro station that remains unchanged since the 1940s, to visiting the gorgeous Reitro Park, the Royal Palace or other art museums the city is known for, it’s entirely up to you.
Madrid’s center is easily walkable and you never know what you’ll discover.
At night, we’ll head to dinner to share our experiences.
Meals included: hotel breakfast, dinner
June 14 // Hitting the Rastro and Vegan Cooking Class
Every Sunday, locals and visitors head to El Rastro, a walking street lined with stalls selling everything from clothes to art, functional household items and more.
We’ll all head over there as a group, and then you can go explore and ship. Your afternoon is free to roam the La Latina neighborhood where during the day locals love to be sit outside and enjoy tinto de verano, vermouth and tapas.
In the late afternoon, we head to a kitchen to learn how to make veganized versions of Spanish dishes with a Spanish chef … and then taste our creations.
Meals included: hotel breakfast, cooking class meal
June 15 // The Last Morning
It’s our last morning! Grab breakfast at the hotel and then it’s time to say our “see you soon’s.”
Meals included: hotel breakfast