In 2015 NPR released an article discussing how the millennial generation differed from that of their parents and grandparents in one very particular way; a change in taste and palate. The days of sweet and simple seemed to be no more and the reign of sophisticated distilling and microbreweries had arrived, in conjunction with a passion for healthier eating and the growing craze known as ‘farm-to-table’. Young professionals are spending more on organic dining and craft beverages than ever before.
This tour is unique, it speaks to those who have nodded and smiled along with all the facts stated above but also to those looking to learn and explore this new lifestyle. Ireland, as rich with history as it is with beauty, offers travelers the chance to explore all of these facets, but provided by individuals and families who have spent a lifetime creating and perfecting these beverages and culinary experiences. Prepare to open your mind and your taste buds while travelling along the southern coast of Ireland from Dingle to Dublin. This journey is also filled with behind-the-scenes glimpses, sights you’ll never forget, and plenty of knowledge.Don’t wait, come with us on the trip of a lifetime. Sláinte!
Board your overnight flight to Shannon today.
Welcome to Ireland! Upon arriving at Shannon Airport, transfer to the hotel in Dingle. The afternoon is free for the group to explore the peninsula or relax at the hotel. At night, regroup for a welcome dinner and orientation with your tour director.
Meals: In-flight, dinner
Consider a morning kayaking excursion. Paddle around the peninsula and start your trip off with amazing views and some serious relaxation, or enjoy a free morning before we begin a tour and tasting of the Dingle Distillery. Afterwards we head to Crean’s Brewery for a visit. Meet the brewers who create this local Irish lager before sitting down and enjoying a pint. Spend the rest of the evening checking out some of the towns famous sights, insanely gorgeous views, go for an evening hike or even catch a movie at the small family owned Phoenix Cinema.
Optional Excursion: Kayaking around the Dingle peninsula
Today we head to Cork. On the way, there will be a pit stop for refreshments in Macroom by the famous castle gate house before venturing on to Cork to see the Franciscan Well Microbrewery and to enjoy some lunch at the Well’s brick oven pizza pub situated right on the River Lee. Explore the brewery or head to the English Market, which is one of the oldest and most well-known markets in Ireland. A blend of local organic foods mixed with fares from all over, this market has been around since the 18th century. We continue to our hotel to check in and enjoy a bit of free time before going to dinner in the heart of Cork.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
On this free day in Cork, see what the city has to offer or take a bus down to the fishing town of Kinsale for the day. This century’s old port offers a variety of activities from whale watching and sailing to ghost tours. Don’t miss out on a deliciously fresh seafood dinner if you spend the day in this maritime town. You may want to consider joining an optional excursion to Blarney Castle. Spend the day exploring the grounds, leave a kiss at the Blarney Stone, then visit the heritage town of Cobh.
Optional Excursion: Trip to Blarney Castle & Cobh
On the way to your final destination, Dublin, stop to explore the Jameson Distillery in Midleton. Your routecontinues to beautiful Ballymaloe, a famous cooking school in Southern Ireland run by celebrity chef Darina Allen. The farm is accompanied by a full restaurant, shop, and café. We’ll tour the organic gardens of this amazing establishment that practiced ‘farm-to-table’ service before it was cool. Afterwards we’ll enjoy lunch at the farms restaurant before heading to the hotel in Dublin. The rest of the night is open to exploring the city on your own.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
During free time in Dublin today, check out the Guinness Storehouse for a fresh pint or look into a hop-on-hop-off bus tour to see all that Dublin has to offer. Want to learn more about the art of distilling whiskey? Consider joining an optional excursion to the Tullamore Dew and Kilbeggan Distilleries. Tullamore Dew is a resoundingly popular Irish blend, particularly in overseas markets, where it is second only to Jameson, and Kilbeggan is the oldest working distillery in the world; this is an option you won’t want to miss. Those going on the excursion can expect a full day of whiskey filled knowledge with a pit stop at Birr Castle and lunch in between tours. At night we meet up for our Irish farewell dinner at a local pub.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Optional Excursion: Tullamore Dew & Kilbeggan Distillery day trip including lunch
After breakfast the group says goodbye to Ireland, filled with not only delicious Irish food and spirits but also with knowledge of what exactly goes into making some of the great beverages of this country and a feeling of having seen how incredible this isle truly is.
Meals: Breakfast, in-flight