Journeys Connect and Good Food Ireland launch new Culinary and Cultural tour program for 2022
Journeys Connect and Good Food Ireland have partnered to offer US visitors a series of Good Food Ireland tours, certified farm to fork food cultural tours of the island of Ireland. The Good Food Ireland tours series will connect international visitors with local people and immerse them in the culinary and cultural traditions of Ireland.
Journeys Connect is a privately owned US based wholesale tour operator offering group and specialty programs to destinations throughout Europe, Japan, Southern Africa, and South America. Good Food Ireland is the Trustmark for food and drink experiences on the island of Ireland.The Good Food Ireland South guided tour is an eight-night Culinary and Cultural Experience that takes visitors on a unique adventure, viewing dramatic sceneries, meeting with local people and most importantly allowing them to get to know Ireland through the lens of food and drink. This small group tour is based on a minimum of 12 people and a maximum of 25 and is priced from $3,799 per person land.
The experience begins on the day of arrival with breakfast in Mulligan’s Pub in Sandymount, with dinner that evening in The Strawberry Tree Restaurant, BrookLodge. Traveling on to Waterford, guests will enjoy lunch in GIY HQ Café, then continue to Cork and 5-Star Hayfield Manor for dinner and overnight.
After an informative walking tour exploring the heritage town of Cobh, guests will enjoy lunch in the world-renowned Ballymaloe House, followed by a private tour of the Organic Farm and Gardens in Ballymaloe Cooking School. In West Cork, take part in a Smoked Irish Salmon Experience during a visit to the fascinating Ummera Smokehouse. From there guest will move onto the market town of Skibbereen and for lunch in The Church Restaurant.
While traveling the Ring of Kerry, guests will pause for lunch at The Smugglers Inn in the beautiful town of Waterville. The next day, guests will visit Cromane Oysters, a family operated oyster farm, before heading out to Dingle for a Fish’n Chips lunch in The Fish Box.
A highlight of the trip, a delicious local artisan picnic at the Cliffs of Moher, before traveling to Dublin and a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. And to wrap things up, guests will enjoy a special farewell dinner in Ely Wine Bar in the heart of Georgian Dublin.
“I am very excited about our partnership with Good Food Ireland,” said Marc Kavanagh, CEO of Journeys Connect. “The integrity and trust that the brand has established, gives clients a comfort in knowing they will enjoy a premium Irish food and drink experience. But it’s also the connected relationship Good Food Ireland has with the people in every business featured in this tour series, and them with each other, that really creates the wow for visitors.”
Leveraging a proven track record in pioneering the development of Irish food tourism for almost 20 years, Good Food Ireland uses its depth of knowledge and unparalleled access to food and drink providers to curate in partnership, Good Food Ireland Tours from some 300 businesses certified within the Good Ireland Collection.
“Good Food Ireland is like a friend in Ireland connecting visitors with a family of like-minded people who all share its passion for good local food and old-fashioned Irish hospitality,” said Margaret Jeffares, Founder & CEO, Good Food Ireland.
She goes on to say “I am delighted to offer our first Good Food Ireland Tour from North America in partnership with Journeys Connect. Their wealth of experience and understanding of the marketplace, affords us the opportunity to tailor relevant itineraries that will meet customers’ needs. Through our collaboration I believe we can offer international visitors to Ireland a whole new and rewarding Ireland experience”
Throughout the trip, guests will stay in luxury family owned and operated hotels, including the BrookLodge Hotel in County Wicklow, Hayfield Manor in Cork, The International Hotel in Killarney, Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House in Adare, and Brooks Hotel in Dublin. Two departures are on offer in 2022, May 6 and September 30 with plans to add a departure over Thanksgiving. Private group departures can be tailored year-round.
The complete Good Food Ireland South tour series and itinerary can be downloaded here.
For more information, please call 1-855-220-6450 or visit www.journeysconnect.com
About Journeys Connect
Working exclusively with Travel Advisors, Journeys Connect offers expertise in creating unique, innovative, and immersive private Custom Group Programs to Europe, South America, Southern Africa, and Japan. The company is committed to delivering excellence in product, value, and destination knowledge.
About Good Food Ireland
The pioneering Good Food Ireland® brand, founded in 2006 by Margaret Jeffares from her farm in Co Wexford, brought together for the first-time food and drink makers and hospitality providers in tourism. This new food travel experience was passionate about giving assurance around local farm to fork commitment and sustainably supporting the growth of Irish farmers, food producers and fishermen though tourism. Today it is a much trusted and respected brand, full of authenticity and offers a highly rewarding experience.