TASTE OF IRELAND: THE IRISH CULINARY EXPERIENCE
8 night Pre-booked Tour – ‘Savour Ireland’s gastronomic delights’

Day 1 – Dublin Arrival
Welcome to Dublin. After you pick up your
car, transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon
you can explore this capital city with its
many historic buildings, Georgian streets
and colourful gardens. Take the
opportunity to visit some of its many
attractions such as the Christchurch
Cathedral. You can also visit the Guinness
Storehouse. Opened in 1904, the
Storehouse was an operational plant for
fermenting and storing Guinness. Today it
houses a very fine exhibition dedicated to
the Guinness story. After visiting the
exhibition, you are invited to the Gravity
Bar to enjoy your pint of Guinness. This
evening why not enjoy dinner in one of
Dublin’s many restaurants?
Overnight: Dublin area

Day 2 – Dublin & Wicklow
Today visit Butler’s Chocolate Experience
which is located at the Butler’s Chocolate
factory in north Dublin, close to the
junction of the M1 and M50 motorways.
Enjoy a 90 minutes interactive tour which
allows you to experience the key elements
of chocolate production. There are work
stations set up where guests get an
opportunity to be a chocolatier and
decorate their own novelty to bring home.
At all stages of the tour, there is lots of
chocolate sampling!
Leaving Dublin, travel along the east coast
through Bray before arriving in Ashford and on
to Ballyknocken Country House & Cookery School.
Ballyknocken House is a charming Victorian
farmhouse operating as a 4* guesthouse.
Run by Catherine, the third generation
Byrne to reside there, Catherine also runs
Ballyknocken Cookery School and
entertains with Brown Bread Making
Demonstrations and Cookery Courses.
Overnight: Wicklow area

Day 3 – Wicklow
After breakfast you may have the
opportunity to participate in a class at the
cookery school (not included in the price
and subject to availability).
In the afternoon you can use Ballyknocken
House as a base to explore Wicklow,
known as the Garden of Ireland. Visit the
Glendalough Monastic Site. The English
name Glendalough originated from the
Irish “Gleann Dá Locha”, which translates
as "The valley of the two lakes". It was
here that St. Kevin, son of the king of
Leinster, founded a monastery in the 6th
century. From a simple beginning the site
grew to become famous as a centre of
learning throughout Europe. Standing for
600 years it was destroyed in 1398. Much
of what is to be seen today dates from the
10 to 12th century. One of the most
attractive features is the fine 34m high
round tower. A cathedral, stone churches
and decorated crosses also survived albeit
as ruins. Beautifully scenic walking trails
take visitors on a circular route by the lakes
from the Car park. Glendalough has an
excellent visitor's centre and display area,
which is located at the entrance to the
Valley. It houses a very comprehensive
exhibition on Glendalough detailing the
history, archaeology and wildlife of this
area of Wicklow. An entrance charge
applies to the visitor centre.
Overnight: Wicklow area

Day 4 – Waterford & Cork
This morning, travel south from Wicklow to
Waterford. Visit the Harty Oysters Farm,
located in the scenic area of Dungarvan
Bay. Jim Harty was a pioneer of Irish
oysters as he was one of the first
people in the country to recognise
the potential for growing oysters in
the Celtic Sea. The Harty family aim to give
their customers the highest standard of
oyster and they consider their oysters to
be one of Ireland’s top luxury food
products available today.
Leave Waterford, travel the short distance
to Shanagarry. Stop at Ballymaloe Gardens
which surrounds Ballymaloe Cookery
School (closed Sunday) and the Garden
Café, run by TV chef Darina and Tim Allen.
Ballymaloe includes a Herb Garden, formal
Fruit Garden, a formal Vegetable Garden
and Water Garden.
Overnight: Kinsale area

Day 5 – Cork
This morning, take some time to explore
the English Market. Situated in the heart of
Cork City, the English Market is a roofed
food market and has been trading since
1788. Developed and still owned by Cork
City Council, the Market is one of the
oldest municipal markets of its kind in the
world. Continue on to the Cork Butter
Museum which dominated the world
butter trade in the 18th and 19th centuries
and the museum explores the
development of the exchange and the
history of dairying in Ireland.
Afterwards, why not travel to Kinsale.
Make a few visits including Desmond
Castle and the Wine Museum. Built as a
custom house by the Earl of Desmond in
circa 1500, Desmond Castle has had a
colourful history. Before completing your
tour of Kinsale, a visit to Charles Fort just
outside the town is a must. Constructed in
the late 17th Century, Charles Fort is a
classic example of a star-shaped fort. In the
evening enjoy dinner in Kinsale, known as
the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland”.
Overnight: Kinsale area

Day 6 – Kerry
Today, travel towards the Dingle Peninsula
and pass by the Killarney National Park.
The Killarney National Park features
beautiful lakes and mountain sceneries.
The park is famous for its native natural
habitats and species including oak holly
woods, yew woods and red deer. The
National Park visitor centre (located at
Muckross House) and the information
point at Torc Waterfall provide information
on all aspects of the park.
This afternoon you will explore the Dingle
Peninsula, famous for its Celtic, pre-
Christian monuments and Christian
churches. It is also a “Gaeltacht” – Irish
speaking area, where the Irish language
and traditional ways of life are preserved.
Dingle town itself is a thriving fishing town
and offers plenty of opportunity for
shopping or simply savouring the
atmosphere of a typical country Irish town
with its plentiful pubs, narrow streets and
busy harbour. Visit Murphy’s and taste real
handmade Dingle ice cream. They are only
using natural ingredients and have very special flavours like
Brown Bread and Sea Salt. The road
between Dunquin and Slea Head is dotted
with beehive huts, forts and church sites.
Prehistoric Dunbeg Fort is on a cliff top
promontory with a sheer drop to the
Atlantic and had four outer walls of stone.
Inside are the remains of a house and a
beehive hut as well as an underground
passage. Beehive huts are circular stone
buildings shaped like a beehive which was
lived in by the Kerry monks.
Overnight: Dingle area

Day 7 – The Burren & Galway
Depart Dingle this morning and travel via
Adare. Adare, County Limerick, is a village
dating from the time of the Normanconquest. Desmond or Adare Castle is
regarded as a fine example of the medieval
fortified castle in Ireland and is one of a
number of outstanding castles situated in
County Limerick. It is sited on the north
bank of the River Maigue in a strategic
position on a substantial earlier ringwork
where it was able to control traffic on the
river. It was an important stronghold of the
Earls of Desmond.
Continue to visit St Tola’s Goat Farm. St
Tolas is an organic goat farm of 65 acres
located in North County Clare near the
Burren and 30 minutes from the
famous Cliffs of Moher. Siobhan
Ni Ghairbhith took over the
farm in 1999 and 2 years later, St.Tola
became a registered organic cheese
producer. Siobhan has developed the
business from a local industry to an
internationally recognised and award
winning brand but the cheese is still hand
made in small batches as the artisanal
quality of their cheese is paramount.
Travel to the Cliffs of Moher. Situated on
the Atlantic Ocean and bordering the
Burren region, the Cliffs of Moher are one
of Ireland's most spectacular sights.
Standing 230 metres above the ground at
their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs
boast one of the most amazing views in
Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands
are visible in Galway Bay as well as the
valleys and hills of Connemara. The cliffs
reach their highest point just north of O'
Brien's Tower built by Cornelius O’ Brien, a
descendant of Brian Boru, to entertain his
lady friends.
Before you reach your final destination for
this day, make a stop at the Burren
Smokehouse. At Burren Smokehouse
visitor centre you can get a tasting of
Burren smoked salmon. You can discover
mosaics inside and outside the shop, and
look at the first kiln used when the Burren
Smokehouse was first set up. You can also
watch a DVD presentation about the
smoking process.
Overnight: Connemara area

Day 8 – Galway & Dublin
This morning take a food tour of Galway
City by foot. Meet the guide for this two
hour culinary tour, which will give a great
overview of the passionate people and
beautiful produce combining to make
Galway one of Ireland’s gourmet jewels.
On tour, experience a taste of artisan
produce, cheese, creative beer, artisan
chocolate, traditional family run businesses
and young entrepreneurs with a devotion
& commitment to showcase the best in
Irish produce. Leave Galway and if time
permits visit the Rathbaun Farm. The farm
is situated in a rural area of Southwest
County Galway near Ardrahan. The Burke
and Connolly family have been farming the
80 acres of land for over 200 years and this
tradition continues today. Visitors to
Rathbaun Farm will become enchanted by
its thatched cottage home, turf fire, stone
walls and an array of animals. The
land is limestone, free-draining
soil currently in permanent pasture and in organic
conversion. Continue to visit Kilbeggan
Distillery. Start your tour in 1757 and
discover how Irish whiskey was made in
the time of the Lockes ownership of the
distillery on one side of the courtyard and
then follow on to see how Kilbeggan Irish
whiskey is now being made in the
traditional manner which includes a 180
year old pot still. Kilbeggan Distillery
established in 1757, is believed to be the
oldest licensed pot still whiskey distillery in
the world. For almost 200 years, until it
closed in 1954, the distillery produced a
traditional pot stilled Irish malt whiskey.
Today the distillery hosts a museum and
since 2007 when distillation commenced
again in Kilbeggan, visitors can experience
a real working distillery run by a team of
young enthusiastic craftspeople (and a few
wise old heads too), skilled in the
traditional ways of making Irish whiskey.
The guided tour follows the process of
making triple distilled Irish Whiskey, from
the grinding of the grain to the casking of
the final product. Watch and listen as the
19th century water wheel drives the
machinery. Most of the original machinery
has now been restored and can been seen
working daily. Peer into nine
meter high fermentation vats. Learn about the lives
and the working conditions of the people
that worked here. At the end of the tour
you will receive a complimentary sample of
Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey.
Overnight: Dublin area

Day 9 – Dublin Departure
If time allows visit Howth, a picturesque
fishing village which is situated at the foot
of a huge rock peninsula. Howth, a huge
rock massif with footpaths ideal for small
walks, offers beautiful views of Dublin Bay.
You can also visit one of the numerous
seafood restaurants.
Travel to Dublin Airport for return flight
home.

Suggested Visits:
 Guinness Storehouse
 Butler’s Chocolate Experience
 Ballyknocken Cookery School
 Glendalough Monastic Site
 Harty Oysters Farm
 Ballymaloe Cookery School
 English Market
 Cork Butter Museum
 Desmond Castle
 St Tola’s Goat Farm
 Cliffs of Moher
 Burren Smokehouse
 Rathbaun Farm
 Kilbeggan Distillery
 Guinness Storehouse
 Cork Butter Museum

Price Includes:
 8 nights sharing a double/twin room in mixed
accommodations (Pre-booked Accommodation)
 Heritage Island Guide
 Service Charges & taxes at exiting rates
Example Hotels (or Similar):
 Dublin – 3* Maldron Newlands Cross Hotel
 Wicklow – 4* Ballyknocken House Hotel
 Kinsale – 3* B&B
 Dingle – 3* B&B
 Connemara – 4* Ross Lake House Hotel
 Dublin – 3* Maldron Newlands Cross Hotel

Excursion Pack includes:
 Guinness Storehouse
 Butler’s Chocolate Experience
 1 Hour Baking at Ballyknocken**
 Cork Butter Museum
 Burren Smokehouse & Brewery Talk & Taste
 Cliffs of Moher
 Galway City Walking Food Tour
 Kilbeggan Distillery

Notes:
 Please note you should check-in to
your hotel/bed and breakfast accommodation
no later than 6pm.
If  going to be later than 6pm, you should call yout
accommodation and advise of your approximate check
in time. Failure to do this could result
in their reservation being cancelled and rooms released.

 Child Policy: Child supplements apply when a child
between 3 and 11 years incl. is sharing with 2 full
paying adults to a maximum of 2 children in the
room. A child sharing with a single adult is
charged the normal per person rate. Children
sharing 0-2 years incl. are free and meals paid directly

  Low season   Mid season High Season
  01Feb - 31Mar   01Apr - 30Apr 01May - 30Sep
  01Nov - 30Nov   01Oct - 31Oct  
DOUBLE $1479   $1499 $1679
SINGLE $1969   $1999 $2219
TRIPLE $1289   $1369 $1499
CHILDREN $509   $509 $509
OPTIONAL

excursion pack

$280   $280 $280

 

Prices are per person net in Euro & non-commissionable
8 Night Packages (excluding transport) Per Person
Sharing Child (3 – 12 Years) Single Room