Hops, Grains & Sláinte - An Irish Journey of Taste, Knowledge & Adventure from $$0

This tour is unique; it speaks to those for whom the days of sweet and simple are no more, and the reign of sophisticated distilling and microbreweries has arrived in conjunction with a passion for healthier eating and ‘farm-to-table’ foods. If you are looking to learn and explore this new lifestyle, Ireland, as rich with history as it is with beauty, offers you the chance to explore all of these facets. Knowledge is shared 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 Dublin to Dingle on a journey filled with sights you’ll never forget. Don’t wait, come with us on the trip of a lifetime. Sláinte!

Transportation and Lodging

  • 6 nights in superior tourist class hotels or better, 2-share rooms with private bath/shower
  • All intra-European transportation by air-conditioned motor coach and train as per itinerary


  • Daily continental breakfast
  • 2 specialty lunches including:
    • Franciscan Well brick oven pizza
    • Ballymaloe farm to table lunch
  • 3 specialty dinners including:
    • Traditional Irish welcome dinner in Dublin
    • International taste dinner in Cork
    • Farewell seafood dinner in Dingle

Activities & Admissions

  • Visit Teeling Distillery in Dublin
  • Tour the historic Dublin Jameson Distillery
  • Welcome orientation
  • Tour and tasting at the Jameson Distillery in Midleton
  • Visit and enjoy a special farm to table lunch at Ballymaloe
  • Visit the historic English Market in Cork
  • Visit the Franciscan Well Microbrewery
  • Visit Macroom Castle Gate House
  • Tour and tasting at the Dingle Distillery
  • Tour and tasting at Crean's Dingle Brewing Company


  • See Dublin's Trinity College and library, Phoenix Park, Cork's St. Patrick Street, St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, Dingle Harbor and Fungi the dolphin, Guinness Storehouse and the St. James Gate and much more...


  • A private tour director for the entire duration of the land tour
  • All service charges and local taxes


Guiness Storehouse ... optional Tullamore Dew and Kilbeggan Distillery visit and Birr Castle lunch ... Irish pubs ...


Macroom castle gate house ... Franciscan Well Microbrewery ... Well's brick oven pizza pub on the River Lee ... historic English Market ... optional kissing of the Blarney Stone at Blarney castle ... Jameson Distillery in Middleton ... Ballymaloe famous farm-to-table cookin school ...


Dingle harbor ... Fungi the dolphin ... optional Kayaking ... tour and tasting of the Dingle Distillery ...Crean’s Brewery ... and much more!

Free Airport Transfers & Discount Airfare

When you book your airfare through AESU, you get these great benefits:

  • Free airport transfers overseas on tour start and return dates
  • Hassle free—we take care of all the details
  • Free quotes & competitive rates
  • Fly with fellow travelers
  • Flexible payment schedule
  • AESU can help with special flight requests too
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Optional Activities & Excursions Offered on Your Trip.

Have it your way and personalize your trip by adding fun, optional activities. These activities are not included in your land package price to allow free time for those who want to explore on their own. Rates have been specially negotiated with the suppliers and will include transportation to and from the event, where applicable. All options are based on a minimum number of travelers participating. Rates listed are approximate rates in US$ and are subject to change. Contact your tour director upon arrival overseas to book and pay for your options. Payment to tour director in cash in local currency.

If nothing listed below, check with your tour director overseas for possible options being offered.

Optional excursion to Blarney Castle & Cobh

Attracting visitors from all over the world, Blarney Castle is situated in Blarney village, a few miles north of Cork city. An ancient stronghold of the McCarthy's, Lords of Muskerry, it is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles. Built in 1446, the castle is famous for its Blarney stone, the ‘Stone of Eloquence’, which is traditionally believed to have the power to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who kiss it. Many legends tell the story of the Stone, but why not kiss it and find out the truth behind the legend. The Castle gardens feature a water garden, a fern garden and a poison garden. Our excursion continues to Cobh. This picturesque port town was known as Queenstown until the late 1920s, and of the millions Irish citizens who immigrated to North America, it’s believed nearly half of them departed from Cobh. Most famous, however, is the tale of the Titanic, which departed on its fated North Atlantic crossing from right here in Cobh.
Times and prices are subject to change.

Optional excursion to Kilbeggan & Tullamore Distilleries & Birr Castle

Today’s ‘Whiskey and Castle Tour’ takes us to the heart of the midlands. Our first stop is the world famous Tullamore DEW Whiskey Distillery, founded in the 19th century by Daniel E. Williams who created the first triple distilled, tripled blended Irish whiskey. During this informative tour, we learn the process of whiskey making and the history of this unique whiskey brand. We continue to Birr Castle. Historic stone castles surrounded by greenery are not in short supply in Ireland, but Birr has become known as a “hidden gem” of the country. Our castle tour includes its award winning gardens. The castle also features a museum of Ireland’s historic scientists and their contribution to astronomy and botany and the largest telescope on earth in the 19th century. After lunch in the lovely village of Birr, we continue to Kilbeggan Distillery, the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in Ireland. It was founded by Matthias McManus in 1757. Situated on the banks of the river Brosna, plenty of the three natural ingredients needed for whiskey distillation are available: turf, grain and water. Our visit today takes us back in time to discover how Irish whiskey was made in the 19th century. We will be back in Dublin early evening.
Times and prices are subject to change.


What to do during your free time? For more details or current local events talk to your tour director or your local city guide. They are always the best source for free-time activities and offer great tips on restaurants or local hang-outs.



Traveling on this trip will introduce you to some native cuisine, including local specialties.

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We stay in superior tourist class hotels, all with private bath/shower in 2-share rooms. Our hotels have been specially selected for their European atmosphere, friendly hospitality, and cleanliness. Our hotels are centrally located or within a short walk of public transportation to take you to the landmark of your choice in the city you are visiting. (Why stay in remote cabins, hostels, or share your room with up to 6 people, when you can stay in a centrally located hotel?)

You'll be given a complete hotel address list with your final documents. Properties are subject to change and any substitutions would be the equivalent of those listed. *Single supplement only applies if single accommodations are requested. Independent hotel reservations, special tours and FIT tours always apply a single supplement. Please check your itinerary.

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* Price per person based on a twin share room. If you're traveling alone, AESU will attempt to arrange for a 2-share room (same gender). Please see rooming policy. If you prefer a single room, a single supplement of $425 will apply.


Gateway Cities

Fly into Dublin return from Shannon

Airfare is not included in land price. If you choose to book air with AESU, after receipt of your land booking, AESU will email you a quote with your tour confirmation invoice. You will have 72 hours to accept or decline airfare. (Or call AESU at 800-638-7640 for a quote prior to booking).

Book Airfare with AESU - FREE Airport Transfer

Purchase your airfare from AESU and receive free arrival/departure transfers from the airport to your hotel. We also try to book you on the same flights as others traveling on your tour. Land only participants BOOKING OWN FLIGHT OVERSEAS, DO NOT receive airport arrival/departure transfers. If you book land only with us, book your flights from the USA one day earlier than the tour start date. If you are not booking flights through AESU, we recommend not booking airfare until your tour is guaranteed (This will be noted on website with “guaranteed” next to tour start date).

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How to Book

Click on a date above to get a quote or make a reservation. You can make your $500 deposit ONLINE to confirm your space on the land tour. Full payment isn't due until 90 days before departure, and you or friends and family can make partial payments after you've booked (See NOTE below if within 90 days). Or you can scan/email or fax a booking form.

If you just want a quote and don’t want to secure a spot on the land program, select date above and click "Get a Quote" button on next page.

NOTE: Reservations to be paid in full 90 days prior to departure. Reservations received after this date are subject to availability and any airfare quote can only be held for 72 hours. Payment in full will be due upon receipt of invoice from AESU. A late booking fee of $100 per person will apply.

All prices reflect a cash discount (For full payment by credit card, there is a 4% processing fee.)

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