A Taste of Ireland – Culinary Experience

10 Days Dublin to Dublin.

Highlights Include: Dublin, The Wicklow Mountains, Ballyknocken, Powerscourt, Cork, Kerry, and Ballymaloe Cooking School. 

A Taste of Ireland

DAY 1 ARRIVE DUBLIN, IRELAND: Welcome to Ireland! After collecting your bags, you will meet with your driver in the arrivals hall at Dublin Airport. Shortly afterwards, your group transfer will depart and make its way towards your Dublin hotel. This afternoon, visit the Guinness Storehouse. Raise a mug of the “black stuff” and drink in Dublin views at the Gravity Bar. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner in your hotel. (D)
Hotel Name: Davenport Hotel

DAY 2 EXCURSION TO WICKLOW: After breakfast, drive south from Dublin into the Wicklow Mountains region, and head to the renowned Ballyknocken House, Farm and Cookery School. Here you learn about the basics of Irish cooking. The experience includes a hands-on class on how to make perfect Irish soda scones, and a demonstration of how to make a traditional Irish stew using local lamb from the surrounding mountains. A rustic farmer’s lunch is then taken in the hay barn, followed by a tasting of whiskey and the once- illegal poitin. This afternoon, return to Dublin stopping en route at Powerscourt House, where one of the finest landscape gardens in Ireland can be admired. The evening is at leisure to dine independently in one of the many fine establishments Dublin has to offer. (B/L)
Hotel Name: Davenport Hotel

DAY 3 DUBLIN / MIDLETON / KILLARNEY: Departing Dublin, you travel south towards County Cork and to the Old Midleton Distillery, home of Jameson Irish Whiskey, a Local Specialty, and taste the triple-distilled, twice-as-smooth whiskey. Later, continue on to bustling Killarney. The town on the lakes is famous for its lively pubs and open, cheerful atmosphere, full of what the Irish call “craic!” – Gaelic for fun. This evening, enjoy a special Gourmet dinner in your hotel. (B/D)
Hotel Name: Great Southern Hotel

DAY 4 DINGLE & KILLARNEY: Today, begin by heading out to the beautiful Dingle Peninsula. This peninsula is a Gaeltacht, a unique area where the Irish language is preserved. There is time to explore the town of Dingle, a colorful fishing port. Later, return to Killarney. This evening, head to a local pub in Killarney where your group will enjoy a private traditional music session. The remainder of your evening is free. (B)
Hotel Name: Great Southern Hotel

DAY 5 KILLARNEY / CORK / CORK FOOD TRAIL: Enjoy breakfast before departing from Killarney and making your way towards Cork. This afternoon, enjoy a walking food trail tour in Cork. Enjoy tastings in different markets, cheese mongers, fishmongers, butchers, bakers and more and meet the people who produce some of the best food in Ireland. Visit the famous English Market. Situated in the heart of Cork City, the English Market is a roofed food market and has been trading since 1788. The remainder of your afternoon and evening are free. (B)
Hotel Name: Hayfield Manor

DAY 6 KINSALE: After breakfast, head to Kinsale where you will enjoy a walking tour, the ideal way to explore this unique town which has been at the center of Irish history since the first settlers came. The history of Kinsale is the History of Ireland. Celts, Vikings, Normans, and English as well as settlers from mainland Europe and North America have made it a unique place. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore Kinsale’s winding streets lined with galleries and gift shops, lively bars, and superb restaurants. Later, return to Cork for dinner and overnight. (B/D)
Hotel Name: Hayfield Manor

DAY 7 COOKING DEMONSTRATION: After breakfast, enjoy your morning at leisure. This afternoon, make your way to Ballymaloe Cookery School where you will enjoy an in-depth cooking demonstration. Cork’s Ballymaloe Cookery School really needs little introduction. The school is headed up by Darina Allen, a woman who is passionate about Ireland’s produce and is an all-round warrior for the country’s local producers. In this school, students learn the importance of sourcing carefully. Much of the ingredients in use here are from the school’s own gardens. Freshly gathered produce forms the basis of the learning here. Afterwards, enjoy dinner in Ballymaloe. Later, return to Cork for overnight. (B/D)
Hotel Name: Hayfield Manor

DAY 8 CORK / CASHEL / DUBLIN FOOD TRAIL: After breakfast you depart from Cork early this morning and make your way towards Dublin. When you arrive in Dublin, depart on a Dublin Tasting Walk. Visit a range of bakeries, food halls, street markets, cheese mongers, delicatessens, and other specialty shops. You’ll meet those who have produced and traded great food for generations as well as recent arrivals who use great Irish produce to bring new international and contemporary tastes to the table. As you enjoy the food, you’ll also learn a little about the culture and history of each neighborhood. Afterwards, the remainder of your day and evening are free in Dublin. (B)
Hotel Name: Davenport Hotel

DAY 9 DUBLIN: Enjoy a day at leisure in Dublin. This evening, meet the rest of your group and enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. (B/D)
Hotel Name: Davenport Hotel

DAY 10 DUBLIN / USA: After breakfast, bid farewell to Ireland as transfers begin to Dublin airport, where after check-in you will have plenty of time for your last-minute duty-free shopping. Your flight to the US arrives the same day. Have a safe journey! (B)

Customize to Suit

The above suggested itinerary can be customized to suit; more or less meals, different cities and/or sightseeing based on your clients’ interests.  You name it, our expert group specialist professionals will put it together for you. Please call 1-855-220-6450, or simply complete the group request form, and we’ll get back to you with your proposal.

Inclusions

  • 9 nights 4-Star & 5-Star hotels as suggested in the itinerary
  • Private luxury coach and professional Irish driver/guide
  • Breakfast daily, except day of arrival
  • 1 lunch in Ballyknocken House Cookng School 
  • 5, three-course dinners, including dinner in Ballymaloe Cooking School
  • Luxury motorcoach with services of a professional Irish driver/guide
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Midleton Distillery
  • Dingle Peninsula Excursion
  • Traditional music session in Killarney
  • Guided walking tour in Kinsale
  • Cork Food Trail – Guided walking tour and tastings
  • Ballymaloe Cookery School – 3-hour cooking demonstration
  • Dublin Food Trail – Guided walking tour and tastings
  • Portfolio of travel documents
  • 24-hour local customer service while traveling in Ireland

Private Departures

Please Call 1-855-220-6450 for Group Rates on this Custom Group Journey

This suggested itinerary can be customized to suit; more or less meals, different cities and/or sightseeing based on your clients’ interests.  You name it, our expert group specialist professionals will put it together for you. Please call 1-855-220-6450, or simply complete the group request form, and we’ll get back to you with your proposal.

Group Discounts

On custom journeys, discounts vary depending on group requirements. Typically, travel with a group of 20 and the 21st traveler receives a 100% discount* off the land portion of the vacation price. A second traveler receives a 100% discount* off the land on a group of 40 paying passengers.

*Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Above dates represent “land start” date. Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Journeys Connect can quote you the lowest possible GROUP airfare available on the day that you book. Minimum of 10 seats from same gateway. Less than 10 air seats will require full payment at time of booking. Single Room Supplement: On Request. Triple Room Reduction: On Request. Group discounts cannot be combined with our Triple Room discounts. Not valid on Specialty, Customized Vacations or River Cruises, optional extensions, extra nights, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, or airport transfers. Other restrictions may apply. All passengers’ names must be advised before the discount is applied. *Group discount is on a twin-share basis only.

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