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3 Days Weekend Culinary Holiday in Ireland

Culinary Vacation in Kilkenny and Waterford

Discover the history of Ireland’s ancient east as you travel south to the medieval town of Kilkenny. Take in the wealth of the regional food heritage and experience the country living with elegance. Steep yourself in the heritage, and food traditions of wonderful Ireland, while you enjoy delicious multiple-course meals in amazing settings. This will certainly be a trip to remember!


  • Trip to Waterford Crystal Center
  • Enjoy delicious multiple-course tasting menu with wine pairings
  • Enjoy a three-course dinner and cocktail
  • Irish breakfast on your departure day
  • Stay at one of Irelands' oldest hotels
  • 2 nights accommodation


1 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Granville Hotel

The Granville Hotel Waterford overlooks the waterfront and marina in the heart of Waterford's business and shopping center and it offers the best in traditional style and grandeur. Justly proud of the Granville's heritage, the Cusack family, owners since the late seventies, vigorously pursue the hotel's long tradition of hospitality, friendliness, and comfort.

From the moment you walk through the doors of the Granville Hotel, you will experience the professionalism and hospitality that is the essence of the hotel. A dedicated team of management and staff are on hand to ensure that your stay in Waterford is pleasant and memorable at one of the top hotels Waterford has to offer.

Mount Juliet Estate

Mount Juliet’s tradition of hospitality dates back to the 18th century, when young Somerset Butler and his new bride, Juliet, moved into the newly refurbished house, renamed in her honor.

Over the years, many illustrious persons have dined, fished, and hunted before resting in one of Mount Juliet Estate's 31 sumptuous bedrooms, which are named after previous guests, such as The King of Ossory, The Black Earl, Lady Juliana, and Fitzwilliam Le Gros.

Mount Juliet was designed during the Georgian era, so you will find the rooms as bright and as generously proportioned, as they are luxurious. Each individually decorated room is equipped with the latest technology and conveniences, including complimentary Wi-Fi, cable television, trouser press, individually designed en-suite, a built-in safe, and a tea and coffee station.


Day 1

  • Discover the history of Ireland’s ancient east as you travel south through the medieval town of Kilkenny to the luxurious Mount Juliet Estate, where you will stay for the night.
  • Dinner this evening is in the Michelin starred Lady Helen Restaurant, where you will enjoy their seven-course tasting menu with wine pairings. ​

Day 2

  • Stop in for coffee or a bite to eat with any of the Good Food Ireland's members along the route as you travel south to Waterford and visit the famous Waterford Crystal Center.
  • This evening, you will enjoy a three-course dinner and cocktail at the unique and happening Bodega restaurant in the heart of Waterford.
  • You will be staying at one of Irelands' oldest hotels, The Granville Hotel, which has played a prominent role in Waterford City’s rich, social, and political history.

Day 3

  • After a fine Irish breakfast, it is time to say goodbye to Waterford and head home with wonderful memories of your stay.

Included excursions

During this holiday you will enjoy a visit to Waterford Crystal Center.


This holiday will take place in Kilkenny and Waterford, Ireland.


There is no better way of understanding a culture than by eating its food. Eat your way around the island of Ireland as you get exclusive access to the people behind the best Irish food and hear their fascinating stories. Good Food Ireland is a trusted quality guarantee for premium authentic local food experiences. It is a family of members, all sharing a passionate philosophy and commitment to using local, Irish, seasonal produce. They journey up and down the country, independently inspecting all their members to ensure they meet Good Food Ireland's promise to you. They offer uniquely connected experiences and unparalleled access, with a wealth of knowledge like no one else. With ten years of showcasing and defining Ireland’s food scene, Good Food Ireland has a proven track record and expertise. Their authentic cultural food travel experiences are designed to immerse you in the farm to fork life that inspires them every day. Let them share their secrets with you. During this holiday, you will enjoy a seven-course tasting menu with wine pairings in the Michelin starred Lady Helen Restaurant on the first day. On the second day, a three-course dinner and cocktail will be served at the unique and happening Bodega restaurant in the heart of Waterford. On your final day, a fine Irish breakfast will be offered before your departure. Please bring your special dietary requirements up with Good Food Ireland when you discuss the details of your booking; they will make sure the message is forwarded onto the relevant restaurants.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Attend cultural events
  • Attend seasonal festivals
  • Enjoy a leisurely walk
  • Enjoy the exhibitions and art classes in Garter Lane Gallery
  • Experience Greyhound racing
  • Explore the walking and running routes
  • Explore Waterford Greenway
  • Go cycling
  • Go fishing at river Nore
  • Go kitesurfing
  • Go surfing
  • Hillwalk on Comeragh Mountains
  • Learn and practice archery and falconry
  • Make some equestrian activities
  • Practice water sports
  • Relieve stress and get in shape or stay in shape at Mount Juliet Estate's health club
  • Rock climbing
  • Sea kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Tour Tramore
  • Visit Dunmore East Adventure Center
  • Visit local attractions and sights
  • Visit the Copper Coast drive and geo park
  • Visit the local museums
  • Visit the Theater Royal
  • Visit Waterford Garden Trail

Spa treatments

Mount Juliet Estate offers a wide variety of spa treatments in the most relaxing and restful surroundings, so you can return to the world revitalized and rejuvenated. These are available at additional costs.

Beautiful beginnings

Maternity treatments given 16 or more weeks into your pregnancy. Pregnancy is a time of great emotional and physical changes, and some of them, can bring discomforts. Enjoy a wonderful series of treatments to promote a sense of well-being for you and your baby. The therapists will tailor your treatment specially to your needs ensuring mind and body are completely relaxed.

Body wraps

Each wrap includes an invigorating full body exfoliation and intensely nourishing scalp treatment. The body wraps are only for women, unless otherwise stated.

Facial treatments

The treatment suites at Mount Juliet uses Spa Find exclusively. Spa Find’s luxurious products and mineral treatments use the natural power of mud, salt, and seaweed to help normalize the body’s mineral levels and help bring your inner health back into balance. All facials include a deeply relaxing shoulder, face, and scalp massage, unless otherwise stated.

Holistic treatments

By taking into account your physiological and psychological well-being, the holistic treatments help bring your mind and body back into a state of equilibrium.

Hot stone therapy

A hot stone massage is an unforgettable sensory experience. Hot basalt stones and warm oils are used to massage the body, gently soothing the nerves and muscles to bring about a deep state of relaxation. The heat from the stones penetrates the muscles, helping to ease tension, soothe, and stimulate circulation, all of which promotes self-healing.

Luxury spa day packages

A luxury day spa package is the perfect way to experience uninterrupted "you" time. All of the packages include full access to the facilities such as the pool, the steam room, the sauna, and the delicious lunch menu in the President’s Bar.

Massage journeys

Spa Find has developed a distinctive range of spa treatment journeys. By bringing together the therapeutic power of minerals and ancient techniques from around the world, they have created a suite of immensely pampering, truly effective massage rituals.

Men's treatments

Even though almost all of the treatments are suitable for men and women, treatments specially designed for men are also offered.

Therapeutic massage

Massages can be traced back over 5,000 years to prehistoric cave paintings depicting the laying on of hands for sick and injured people. Over the time, a great deal has been learned so that today these therapeutic massages can promote healing at all levels by balancing emotional and physical energies.

Other treatments

Additional treatments, such as color polish, file and polishes, French polish, hair removal, hairdressers on-call and available on request, manicures, pedicures, tanning, threading, tinting, and waxing are also available.

What's included

  • 1 fine Irish breakfast
  • 1 seven-course tasting menu with wine pairings
  • 1 three-course dinner and cocktail
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Trip to Waterford Crystal

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB) or Waterford Airport (WAT).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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