Ireland - A Gourmet Tour of City and Coast

Gourmey City & Coast

9 Days Dublin to Dublin. Group rates on request

In conjunction with our partners, Good Food Ireland, we have created some new and unique culinary packages, designed for smaller groups of 6 to 24 foodie enthusiasts.

Good Food Ireland is the only all island brand standard for Irish food experience. All approved member businesses are passionately committed to using Irish ingredients, showcasing the food of the country. Each is independently inspected to ensure that standards are met and maintained for all members and most especially for our customers. Good Food Ireland is “for everyone who simply loves good food” and amongst their approved members you will experience a whole cross section of places, all with one common theme at the core “good local food”.

The glamorous glitz of Dublin and Belfast calls! Magical mysteries of counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo and Galway, are set to beguile. What a combination of destinations for a gourmet tour, Good Food Ireland Style. During this fabulous seven night tour, see for yourself the unique differences of the regions in the topmost corner of Ireland – from food specialties, to history, politics, culture, music and lifestyle.

These are simply ideas to inspire you. This is just a suggested itinerary and you can switch it up any way you want, more or less meals, different cities and/or sightseeing based on your group or organization’s interests. You name it, our expert group specialist professionals will put it together for you.

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Ireland – A Gourmet Tour of City and Coast Itinerary

DAY 2 DUBLIN: Today, visit the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin’s no.1 tourist attraction and have lunch in Gilroy’s Restaurant after your tour. Enjoy whiskey tasting at the Celtic Whiskey Store sampling Ireland’s premier whiskies. This evening, dine in award winning Toscana Italian Restaurant, run by a husband and wife team who grow their own fresh produce for the menu. While in Dublin, your group may also like to visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Dublin Castle, or St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Hotel Name: Brooks Hotel. (B/L/D)DAY 1 ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND: Arrive Dublin where you are met by your driver/guide. Brooks Hotel is tucked away in a small side street in Dublin’s city center. This convenient boutique hotel provides stunning culinary accommodation. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. This evening, enjoy dinner in Francesca’s Restaurant located in the hotel. Hotel Name: Brooks Hotel. (D)

DAY 3 DUBLIN / BELFAST: After breakfast travel north towards Belfast, an iconic city noted for its historical importance and political contributions to world affairs. Your group may like to include stops at the prehistoric monument in Newgrange, or St. Patrick’s Centre in Downpatrick. Onwards to Belfast. The Europa Hotel has made a serious commitment to using local suppliers for food. Fine Irish meats and fish, local breads, yogurts, and other locally sourced ingredients go across the board. This evening, travel to Newtownards for dinner at the superlative restaurant or casual bistro at Balloo House, returning later to Belfast. Hotel Name: Europa Hotel. (B/D)

DAY 4 BELFAST / GIANT’S CAUSEWAY / DERRY / DONNEGAL: Spend the morning sightseeing in Belfast. Lots of choices for your group, including the Titanic Experience, Game of Thrones Tour, and the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. This afternoon, depart Belfast and journey to the Giants Causeway and take in the natural beauty of the northern coast. Afterwards, head northwest towards Donegal, stopping off in Castledawson at Ditty’s Home Bakery and Coffee Shop to meet Master Baker, Robert Ditty and have lunch. Onward to County Donegal and Harvey’s Point Hotel. Arrival here is always greeted with warm smiles from staff, efficient check-in and suggestion of tea or coffee in the delightful lounge. When you go to your room – you’ll find everything you need for the most luxurious of stay. Enjoy dinner and overnight in tranquil surroundings. Hotel Name: Harvey’s Point Hotel. (B/L/D)

DAY 5 DONEGAL / SLIGO / MAYO: After breakfast, depart and enjoy the magnificent scenery as you travel through County Donegal and head south-west and stop for lunch at Hargadon’s traditional Irish pub in Sligo Town. Afterwards, on to Mayo to beautiful Mount Falcon, a country house on its own estate, to enjoy dinner and overnight. Hotel Name: Mount Falcon. (B/L/D)

DAY 6 MAYO / CONNEMARA: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning, and time to stroll the grounds of Mount Falcon. Later, depart and travel the short distance to Castlebar where you pause for lunch at Café Rua and visit to the Rua food shop and deli. Drive through the majestic scenery of Connemara, through Louisburgh, Lenane and Ashleigh Waterfalls. Check into Connemara Coast Hotel. Located right on the coast of Connemara, with breathtaking ocean views. Enjoy a stroll by the sea before or after dinner. Hotel Name: Connemara Coast Hotel. (B/L/D)

DAY 7 CONNEMARA / GALWAY / CONNEMARA: After breakfast at Connemara Coast Hotel, head to the Connemara Smokehouse & Visitor Centre and experience traditional fish smoking methods at this artisan production. This afternoon, enjoy some free time in Galway. Later, return to Connemara Coast Hotel for overnight and dinner. Hotel Name: Connemara Coast Hotel. (B/D)

DAY 8 CONNEMARA / DUBLIN: Today, travel across country and return to Dublin. On arrival, check in to the the Shelbourne Hotel, one of Dublin’s great iconic buildings. Its corridors and rooms also house some our most successful artists, past and present. Those same corridors also echo with the memories full of history and glamour. The location is stunning, the staff are gracious and the food in the restaurants and bars is locally sourced, organic, where possible and cooked with love. As with all our prestigious Good Food Ireland Providers – The Shelbourne takes pride in Irish – hospitality, cuisine and welcome abound. Hotel Name: Shelbourne Hotel. (B)

DAY 9 DEPART DUBLIN: After breakfast, transfer to Dublin airport to your return flight home. (B)[printfriendly]

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Inclusions

  • Private airport transfers in Dublin on Days 1 and 8
  • Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling
  • 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • Travel by private luxury coach with Professional Irish driver/guide for duration
  • Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges
  • Portfolio of travel documents
Group Discounts
On custom journeys, discounts vary depending on group requirements.

Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Above dates represent “land start” date. Air: Please note that International airfares are not included in the prices above. Journeys Connect can quote you the lowest possible GROUP airfare available on the day that you book. Minimum of 10 seats from same gateway. Less than 10 air seats will require full payment at time of booking. Single Room Supplement: On Request. Triple Room Reduction: On Request. Group discounts cannot be combined with our Triple Room discounts. Not valid on Specialty, Customized Vacations or River Cruises, optional extensions, extra nights, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, or airport transfers. Other restrictions may apply. All passengers’ names must be advised before the discount is applied. *Group discount is on a twin-share basis only.