Flavors of Ireland: A Journey of Taste, Knowledge & Adventure from $1989

Dublin - Cork - Dingle
8 days - 6 nights
US departure date: September 4, 2021
Dublin land tour start date: September 5
Dingle return date: September 11

Check Availability or call 800-638-7640

What's Included?

The 8-day land package includes:

Transportation and Lodging

  • 6 nights in superior tourist class hotels or better with private bath/shower, 2-share
  • All ground transportation by private motor coach as per itinerary
  • Airport transfers included with purchased AESU group airfare


  • 6 continental breakfasts
  • 3 specialty dinners
  • 2 specialty lunches

Activities & Admissions

  • Franciscan Well Microbrewery
  • English Market
  • Guided tour of Ballymaloe organic gardens
  • Tour and tastings at:
    • Dingle Distillery
    • West Kerry Micro Brewing Company
    • Jameson Distillery


  • Dublin city sights, St. Patrick's and Christ Church Cathedral, Jameson & Teeling Distillery, Dublin Castle and more
  • Jameson Distillery in Midleton
  • Ballymaloe organic farm
  • Cork city sights, St. Patrick street, English market and more
  • Franciscan Well
  • Dingle harbor
  • West Kerry Microbrewery
  • Dingle Distillery
  • Scenic drive through Kerry County


  • 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 ...


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 .. West Kerry Micro 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.

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.

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 Seaweed Foraging Experience

A local seaweed expert will lead an educational walk along the beach to identify and harvest seaweeds. Our guide will discuss the benefits of seaweed in cooking, health, gardening and cosmetic use. Exact time of walks may depend on tides.


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. All land package rates are based on two people sharing a room. If traveling solo and not wanting to pay the single supplement, AESU will attempt to arrange a share with a same-gender travelers. If a share cannot be arranged a single supplement will apply.


The centrally located boutique-style Cassidys Hotel features a bar, bistro restaurant and a gym. It is located at the top of O'Connell Street, opposite Gate Theater, a 10-minute walk from Trinity College, shops and Temple Bar. Rooms feature a flat-screen TW, WiFi is free in public areas of the hotel.


Jurys Inn Cork is on Anderson’s Quay overlooking the Lee River. The rooms are modern and spacious with a cable TV, spa toiletries, and spacious bathrooms. There is a workspace area and tea and coffee-making facilities.Jurys Inn Cork is a 5 minute walk from the Merchants Quay Shopping Center and the main shopping area of St. Patrick’s Street. The English Market, The Boardwalk, and Shandon Steeple are both within a 10 minute walk of Jurys.

BENNER'S INN, Dingle, Co. Kerry

Locate in central Dingle, Benners Hotel offers traditional, spacious rooms and Irish cuisine, on the shores of the Dingle peninsula.It is a a classic hotel with old world charm and ambience. Each room has satellite TV and tea/coffee facilities. Free WiFi is available throughout.

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Start In DublinEnd In Dingle, Co. KerryLand Only
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If you purchase your own airfare, book your overnight flight from the USA one day earlier than the tour start date listed above.

* Price per person based on a twin share room. If you're traveling alone, and do not want to pay the single supplement, AESU will attempt to arrange a share with a same-gender traveler. If shared accommodations are not available or you prefer a single room, a single supplement of $795 will apply.

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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 120 days before departure, and you or friends and family can make partial payments after you've booked (See NOTE below if within 120 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 120 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, for late reservations, 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.)

To download a copy of the Terms and Conditions Click here.

PAYMENT PLAN: pay a little at a time and make your trip more affordable.

After paying a deposit of $500 online to reserve your spot, you can pay your balance in as many installments as you like, with a minimum of $100 for each transaction with no fee. Please indicate booking number on your check payment. If you prefer to pay installments by credit card, please call us at 800-638-7640 for details. (All prices reflect a cash discount. There is a 4% processing fee for any payments made by credit card after initial deposit.) The total tour cost (land, and air if applicable) must be paid in full at least 90 days before departure.

INSURANCE: We highly recommend travel insurance. The Alabama National Alumni Association offers travel insurance to all its travelers. Please visit https://select.travelinsure.com/?pcode=32997s.

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