American Vegan Center tour and curated tasting

Magic Gardens private tour and Murals street art tour

History walking tours

Cooking Demo with Fran Costigan

Experience the City of Brotherly Love from the vegan perspective

Deeply embedded in the birth of the United States, Philadelphia is widely known for its role in hosting the First and Second Continental Congresses, in which members of the thirteen colonies laid the groundwork for the Revolutionary War and the formation of an independent nation. Philadelphia is home to the Liberty Bell, and the city in which the Declaration of Independence was signed.  Philadelphia hosted the convention of 1787, during which the US Constitution was ratified. Much of this you may have gleaned (and perhaps already forgotten!) from your elementary school education. What you may not know, though, is that Philadelphia is also generally acknowledged as the birthplace of the American Vegetarian / Vegan movement.  Home to the American Vegan Center, this city abounds with vegan restaurants, bakeries, and history.

Why You’ll Love This Tour!

Walking tour hosted by the American Vegan Center, including pre-tour and post-tour tastings

Private cooking demo conducted by vegan author Fran Costigan, followed by brunch

Artful tours of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and neighborhood murals

Historical tour highlighting the city's role in the US Revolution, Declaration of Independence, and US Constitution

“Alternative” tour highlighting the role of women in US history

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Essential Info

Essential Info


$2351 USD/per person

*A non-refundable deposit of 25% of the tour cost, along with a registration form, are required in order to join the tour. Your space is not guaranteed until both of these are received.


April 25th – 28th, 2025

Tour duration

3 nights/4 days

Group size

8-12 people


  • 3 nights accommodations
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches (as part of vegan activities)
  • 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing and activity admissions
  • Transportation between activities
  • All logistics are taken care of for you

Not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes 
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended for any unexpected emergency expenses.

About your guide

Jenn Willett

Trip Overview

On Day 1, Arrival Day, we meet at our hotel where you may leave your luggage before we embark upon an afternoon tour of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.  After a brief break during which you may check-in or freshen up, we reconvene for a welcome dinner.

On Day 2, our first full day,  we enjoy a light breakfast at our hotel, after which we head to the American Vegan Center, which has arranged a private tour including pre- and post-tour food tastings (and lunch) and a walking tour highlighting Philadelphia’s reputation as the home to the American vegetarian movement.  In the afternoon, we tour Philadelphia’s murals, affording us the opportunity to view the city at street-level and experience neighborhoods more intimately.  After a short period of free time, we gather for our group dinner.  

On Day 3 of our trip, we again have a simple morning meal at our hotel, before attending a private cooking demo hosted by renowned chef Fran Costigan, Queen of Vegan Desserts.  Her cookbooks are composed of decadent creations that fulfill every vegan chocolate-lover’s dreams.  We enjoy a Sunday brunch after the cooking demo, and then join a Constitutional Walking Tour.  Following a brief respite, we reconvene for dinner.  

On Day 4, departure day, we enjoy breakfast together prior to checking out of our hotel. Leaving our bags behind, we take one final walking tour, learning of the contributions of women to the history of the city and the United States.


On Day 1, plan to arrive at the hotel, centrally located in downtown Philadelphia, by 1pm, at which time we head to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens for a private tour and group mosaic activity. After free time, we meet for a welcome dinner.

On Day 2, we enjoy a group breakfast at our hotel, followed by a walking tour with the American Vegan Center (including tastings and lunch) and a separate walking tour dedicated to Philadelphia’s vibrant murals.  Dinner follows a brief period of free time.

Meals Included
Day 1: Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, lunch (as part of a tour) and dinner

On Day 3, following a light breakfast at the hotel, we join author and chef Fran Costigan for a cooking demo and brunch.  We then set about a walking tour of the city, focusing on its role in US history, with visits to 20 of the key sites within the city.  We then meet for our group dinner,  after enjoying some unplanned time.  

On Day 4, we have our farewell breakfast and, after checking out of the hotel (and leaving our bags in their care), we experience a women’s history tour.  We depart knowing that Philadelphia is also the City of Sisterly Love. 

Meals Included
Day 3: Breakfast, brunch, and dinner
Day 4: Breakfast

Good to Know

Amount of walking: 5-6 miles per day (approximate)

What’s Included: Hotel (based on single occupancy); meals, as specified on each daily itinerary; all sightseeing and activities mentioned above.

Airport: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

Train: Amtrak Station (PHL)

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