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Ireland: A Feast...

Ireland: A Feast of Culinary Flavors & Local Traditions

12 days |  14 days with Galway extension
12 days |  14 days with Galway extension
Group size1222 travelers

4.5 star rating

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A tall glass of Guinness in an Irish pub
A homes bright yellow window on a rustic blue wall in Kinsale Ireland
Cow in pasture on Irish farm
Coastal county cork in Ireland
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Pull up a pub stool for Sunday roasts, good pints, and quintessential Irish craic.

Does the mention of Irish cuisine bring Guinness and fish and chips to mind? Good news: This small group Food & Beer Tour is all that and so much more. Sure, the Emerald Isle has deep roots in tradition—why fix what isn't broken, right? But its emerging movement of farm- and sea-to-table dishes are truly worth writing home about. If you think all of Ireland’s green is impressive, just wait until you meet the high-quality food and beverage producers, all with their own unique stories to tell.

Your tour package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfast
  • 2 lunches with beer or wine
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 beer tasting
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Included highlights

  • Grafton Street
  • Teeling whiskey tasting
  • Kilkenny castle
  • Highbank Organic Farm
  • Cheesemaking class
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Dublin today.

Dublin2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Dublin
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Ireland! Settle in to your hotel and gather with your Tour Director and fellow group members at a mixer. Then, enjoy a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Dublin & whiskey tasting
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Liquor tasting

Take a comprehensive tour of Ireland’s capital city with a local expert leading the way.

  • Pass St Stephen’s Green and admire the Georgian architecture of Merrion Square as you go
  • Explore the lively Grafton Street and enjoy a chocolate tasting at Butlers Chocolate Café
  • See Trinity College and walk past the Molly Malone statue, ending in the Temple Bar district

Then, take a guided tour of the Teeling Whiskey Distillery in the Liberties neighborhood of central Dublin.

  • Learn about the distillery’s history and its distillation process
  • Enjoy a tasting of both straight, neat whiskey and a whiskey cocktail

Enjoy a free evening in Dublin or add an excursion.

Guinness Experience & Irish Pub Dinner

From $165 per person

Kilkenny2 nights
Day 4: Transfer to Kilkenny & cider tasting
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner, Liquor tasting

Travel to Kilkenny, Ireland’s best-preserved medieval town, which goes by the nickname the Marble City.

  • View St. Canice’s Cathedral, an important place of worship dating back to the 6th century
  • Enter Kilkenny Castle and roam the castle rooms and grounds

Later, head to the Highbank Organic Farm, which doubles as an orchard and distillery.

  • Join a local guide to learn about organic farming from apple to bottle
  • Take a tractor ride through the orchards
  • Visit the distillery and 17th-century mill to taste organic ciders, syrups, and apple spirits alongside an expert
  • Meet the farm owners and hear about the farm’s history, which dates back five generations

Tonight, sit down for an included dinner at a local pub.

Day 5: Irish cheesemaking class
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Head to the scenic countryside outside of Kilkenny for a guided cheesemaking course.

  • Tour the award-winning cheesemaking facility, which specializes in a range of goat, sheep, and cow cheeses
  • Learn how to easily make cheese at home in a hands-on class with a local expert
  • Sit down for a cheese tasting and lunch of other homemade artisan specialties
West Cork3 nights
Day 6: West Cork via Kinsale foodie walking tour & mead tasting
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Liquor tasting

Continue on to the harbor town of Kinsale, filled with narrow, winding streets lined with artsy shops, lively bars, and delicious restaurants.

  • Take a walking tour of the town, sampling various local foods along the way
  • Visit the Kinsale Mead Co. to learn about the fermentation process and the honey used in the mead
  • Taste award-winning meads and a seasonal cocktail in the Meadery’s oak bar tasting room

Then, enjoy free time in Kinsale before continuing on to your hotel in West Cork.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Skibbereen & Clonakilty
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Liquor tasting, Dinner

Spend today exploring the colorful towns of Skibbereen and Clonakilty.

  • Enjoy a tour of the Skibbereen Heritage Centre to learn about the Great Famine, the Irish diaspora, and genealogy
  • Visit the Abbeystrowry Cemetery in Skibbereen, where over 8,000 unnamed people who died during the Great Famine are buried
  • Get a taste of traditional Irish coffee in a local pub
  • Continue on to Clonakilty, where you’ll enjoy free time to visit the local farmer’s market and eat a picnic lunch (Please note: The farmer’s market is only open Thursday—Saturday. Alternate farmer’s markets may be visited.)
  • Head to a Clonakilty distillery for a whiskey tasting featuring locally sourced ingredients

This evening, sit down for a farm-to-table dinner featuring West Cork’s famous local produce, meat, seafood, and dairy products.

Day 8: Free day in West Cork
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in West Cork or add an excursion.

Please note: On some departures, the Sheep’s Head Peninsula & Bantry House Tea excursion may take place on day 7.

Sheep’s Head Peninsula & Bantry House Tea

From $175 per person

County Kerry2 nights
Day 9: West Cork farm tour & transfer to County Kerry
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit an organic farm in West Cork for a guided tour.

  • Walk through the pastures and along the terraced slopes of the organic farm
  • Learn about the farm’s history and sustainability mission as you chat with the farm owners
  • Enjoy a seasonal activity, like blueberry picking or jam making, before sitting down for some light snacks on the farm
  • Sit down for a farm-to-table lunch featuring homemade food using locally sourced and organic ingredients

Transfer to County Kerry and enjoy free time for the rest of the day to relax or explore.

Day 10: County Kerry walk & food foraging tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Travel along the scenic Ring of Kerry to the postcard-perfect coastal town of Caherdaniel, where you’ll try your hand at finding some local specialties.

  • Visit a wild Atlantic seaweed forager and join a workshop along the beaches of Kerry
  • Learn about the tides in the area and how important seaweed is to the local diet and culture
  • Walk along the water at low tide as you forage for different types of seaweeds and coastal plants like Nori, Duilleasc, and Sea Radish
County Galway1 night
Day 11: Galway via Dingle & brewery tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Liquor tasting, Farewell dinner

Make your way to Galway, stopping to explore the Dingle Peninsula along the way.

  • Spend free time exploring Inch Beach, which offers stunning views of Dingle Harbor
  • Set off on a short walking tour of Dingle Town, and enjoy a tasting of ice cream from the famous Murphy’s
  • Tour the West Kerry Brewery, a small family business with a focus on one of a kind beers
  • Learn about the family’s history and craft while you enjoy a tasting at the charming pub onsite

Continue to Galway and celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Shannon airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to visit Galway.

Extension to Galway
The UNESCO-listed city of Galway sits at the doorstep of some of Ireland’s most famous attractions (including some of the best coastal views!). Extend your stay and explore its second-to-none scenery, lively atmosphere, and thriving culinary scene.
Galway2 nights
Day 12: Cliffs of Moher & food of Galway walking tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Journey south of Galway to the coast, taking time to view spectacular scenery en route.

  • Walk along the mesmerizing coastline of the Cliffs of Moher
  • Visit the Burren Smokehouse in County Clare and learn the story behind the facility and its smoked fish process
  • Enjoy a tasting of a variety of smoked salmon produced in-house

This evening, join a local guide for a walking food tour of the city, tasting traditional and modern Irish foods paired with craft beer as you go.

Please note: On some departures, the walking food tour may be replaced with a walking pub tour.

Day 13: Free day in Galway
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Galway or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Connemara, Kylemore Abbey & Oyster Tasting

From $175 per person

Flight Home
Day 14: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Shannon airport for your flight home.

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4.5 star rating

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    5.0 star rating

    9/23/23 by 1st-time traveler Maureen

    Absolutely a wonderful, well planned itinerary. A few unplanned changes occurred, but our tour guide Hazel was able to arrange options that I believe were better than the original plans.

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    Delicious Ireland
    9/23/23 by 1st-time traveler Christine

    This tour was excellent! We ate our way around Ireland, tasting all kinds of wonderful new foods! On the one occasion that we had to pivot from the advertised itinerary, the excursion that our Tour Director created was even better than the planned outing. I would definitely do this again! Slainte...

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    Culinary Tour
    9/23/23 by 1st-time traveler Renee

    I would recommend this tour. We learned a lot of the farm history and foods of the country. Some of the restaurants had stairs so if you have walking restrictions, use care in choosing this tour. Overall, a fantastic tour experience.

    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 10/26/23

    Thank you for the review! We are glad you had a fa...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    The Samuel Hotel
    The Samuel Hotel

    This brand-new hotel is located right in the heart of Dublin. Guests enjoy beautifully designed rooms, restaurant and bar. Nearby you’ll find the Iris...

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    Kilkenny River Court Hotel
    Kilkenny River Court Hotel

    This riverside hotel is located in the center of Kilkenny. Guests enjoy live music, restaurant, and sun deck. Nearby you'll find Kilkenny Castle, St. ...

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    The Maritime Hotel
    The Maritime Hotel

    This seaside hotel is located in the West Cork city of Bantry. Guests enjoy the indoor pool, fitness center, and bike rentals. Nearby you'll find The ...

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    Arbutus Hotel Killarney
    Arbutus Hotel Killarney

    This charming hotel is located in Killarney town centre. Guests enjoy bike rentals, home-cooked, traditional Irish recipes from the on-site Buckley's ...

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    Fitzgerald’s Woodland House Hotel & Spa
    Fitzgerald’s Woodland House Hotel & Spa

    This classic hotel is located in Adare in County Limerick, Ireland. Guests enjoy a restaurant featuring dishes made from with homegrown ingredients, W...

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    Maldron Sandy Road
    Maldron Sandy Road

    This comfortable hotel is located near the center of Galway. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a hotel bar, and restaurant. Nearby, you'll find the Galway Shop...

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    Passport, visa & entry requirements
    • In order to enter Ireland, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
    • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
    • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
    • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code TEI.
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    Tour pacing & mobility
    • You will walk for at least 2 hours daily across uneven terrain, including dirt paths and unpaved trails, with some hills and steep stairs.
    • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
    • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
    • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
    • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
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    Transportation & arrival information
    • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Dublin and depart from Shannon. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
    • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
    • All other included transportation is by private motor coach.
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    Baggage allowance
    • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
    • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
    • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
    • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
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    Clothing & packing tips
    • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
    • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
    • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
    • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
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    • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at
    • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
    • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code TEI.
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    • Ireland’s farming scene and deep roots in tradition make for hearty pub meals, (stew or shepherd’s pie, anyone?). But there’s also an emerging movement of farm-to-table and sea-to-table dishes, and an impressive network of high-quality food and beverage producers.
    • Guinness stout is an international sensation, but locals might favor Murphy's, depending on where you are. A large selection of handcrafted cider is also widely available, thanks to thriving apple orchards on the east coast and inland to Kilkenny and Tipperary. While wine may not come to mind when you imagine Irish beverages, wine production is up-and-coming in County Cork. And of course, you can’t go wrong with a draught of Irish whisky, particularly the ever-popular Jameson.
    • Dublin has seen something of a culinary revolution, and the city now boasts an impressive array of new restaurants offering exciting cuisine with continental Europe, Asian, and even American influences.
    • West Cork is a foodie hub in Ireland, where everything from local produce, meat, seafood, and dairy products are featured in every farm-to-table meal.
    • Some of the must-try local foods on this tour include homemade cheese from County Kilkenny, wild mushrooms on the Beara Peninsula, smoked fish, mussels, and chocolate. Soda bread is delicious, very filling, and served with many meals. Nibble a scone at afternoon tea with a pat of high-quality butter from County Kerry.
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    Electricity & air conditioning
    • Ireland operates within 230-240 volts and use a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
    • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.
    • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
    • Hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
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    • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though charges may apply.
    • There is no internet access on the motor coach.
    • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
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    Time zones
    • Ireland is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
    • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm on tour.
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    • You will use the euro on tour.
    • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
    • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
    • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
    • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
    • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
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    • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
    • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $8USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
    • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
    • Tips can only be paid in cash.
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    Purchasing excursions on tour
    • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
    • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
    • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
    • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.
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