September 8, 2019 – September 15, 2019 I will be traveling to Ireland through AESU travel.
Complete tour details HERE.
Day 1: Flight to Ireland
Board your overnight flight to Dublin today.
Day 2: Arrive in Dublin
Welcome to Ireland! This afternoon, join us for a visit to the Teeling Distillery, the only operational distillery in the city, for a tasting. The tour continues to the Guinness Storehouse, making sure to stop by Brewer’s Dining Hall for a taste of Guinness straight form the source. Time permitting, we end the day with a tour of the historic Dublin Jameson Distillery where the spirit was originally distilled and bottled before moving to its new home in Midleton. At night, regroup for a welcome dinner and orientation with your tour director.
- Visit Teeling Distillery, Guinness Storehouse and Dublin’s Jameson Distillery
- Welcome orientation
- Traditional Irish welcome dinner
Day 3: Dublin
Enjoy a free day to explore Dublin on your own. You may want to look into a hop-on-hop-off bus tour to see all that the city 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.
Optional activity: Excursion to Tullamore Dew and Kilbeggan Distilleries, Birr Castle and lunch
Day 4: Dublin – Cork
On route to Cork, we stop to explore the Jameson Distillery in Midleton. Your route continues 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 farm’s restaurant before heading to the hotel in Cork. The rest of the night is open to exploring the city on your own.
- Tour and tasting at the Jameson Distillery in Midleton
- Visit to Ballymaloe with a fresh farm to table lunch
Day 5: Cork
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 centuries-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 also want to consider joining an optional excursion to Blarney Castle. Spend the day exploring the grounds, leave a kiss at the Blarney Stone, and visit the heritage town of Cobh.
Optional activity: Trip to Blarney Castle & Cobh
Day 6: Cork – Dingle
This morning we visit 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. Before heading to Dingle, we stop at the Franciscan Well Microbrewery to enjoy some lunch at the Well’s brick oven pizza pub situated right on the River Lee. On the way to Dingle, we stop for refreshments in Macroom by the famous castle gate house before we continue to our hotel to check in and enjoy free time.
- Visit the historic English Market in Cork
- Visit to Franciscan Well Microbrewery with a fresh brick oven pizza lunch
- Visit Macroom castle gate house
Day 7: Dingle
Consider a morning kayaking excursion. Paddle around the peninsula and finish 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 afternoon checking out some of the town’s famous sights and insanely gorgeous views, go for a hike, then join us for our farewell dinner at a local pub.
- Tour and tasting at the Dingle Distillery
- Tour and tasting at Crean’s Dingle Brewing Company
- Farewell seafood dinner in Dingle
Optional Excursion: Kayaking around the Dingle peninsula
Day 8: Flight Home
After breakfast the group says goodbye to Ireland, filled with not only delicious Irish food and spirits, but also with the knowledge of what goes into making some of the great beverages of this country and a feeling of having seen how incredible this isle truly is.