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Ireland Luxury Travel presents a fine dining culinary and cultural adventure in Ireland. Join them and unravel the rich culinary wonders and offerings from this Island. Visit markets, whisky distilleries, go on guided hikes, stay in 5-star accommodations, choose to explore on your own or with a guide, eat in famous Michelin star restaurants, explore local eateries in Cork, Kinsale, and Kenmare and much more. This memorable experience is a must!
You will be staying in various accommodations luxury four-star and five star hotels, castles, and manor houses. You will be spending one night in deluxe room with balcony in Cliff House Hotel, next two nights would be spent in deluxe room in Perryville House, the next two nights will be spent in Park Hotel Kenmare, and the final two nights in Hayfield Manor Hotel Cork.
Each of the 39 sea view rooms commands stirring views of peaceful Ardmore Bay near Waterford. The rugged textures and natural hues of this dramatic cliffside location are always present. This is because the six floors of rooms cascade down to the sea so that no view is interrupted, the Irish light flooding interiors.
Additionally, every room features a one-off work by a leading Irish artisan, be it a canvas comprised of polished glass, or a playful homage to the Aran jumper. Each piece, commissioned by the Cliffs owner-designer Gerri O Callaghan, works in concert with their modern egg-shaped baths and back-lit headboards to reflect our sense of contemporary Irish style.
Perryville House, right in the heart of picturesque Kinsale is your first stop along Irelands famous Wild Atlantic Way. This 200-year old town house provides a touch of luxury combined with a homely charm. Decorated in tasteful muted shades it has evolved into a beautiful guest house, overlooking Kinsale Harbour. Perryville House evokes the sense of old world elegance and relaxed intimacy you cannot help but fall in love with.
Dating back to 1897, heritage and luxury are combined at the Park Hotel Kenmare to create a gracious home, that is yours to enjoy. A vibrant hotel with wonderful facilities like the Deluxe Destination Spa Samas, Sisley Treatments, 25-meter lap pool, cinema box, and daily lifestyle classes. This Victorian landmark, dating from 1897, with its splendid views over the glistening waters of Kenmare Bay, the ever changing light of the Cork and Kerry Mountains, the adjoining 18-hole golf course, garden walks and the Heritage Town of Kenmare is home to one of Irelands finest hotels. Tradition, in every sense, is important to the family owned Kenmare Park hotel.
It is a rare place where the decadence of the past is married with the modernism of today. Readers of both Condé Nast Traveller and Travel and Leisure magazine have voted the Park Hotel Kenmare as the Best Hotel in Ireland. Park Hotel Kenmare, a little Irish magic in the Kingdom of Kerry, on the majestic Wild Atlantic Way awaiting your arrival.
The family owned, boutique luxury hotel, to which a visit is an experience in itself. Winner of the Conde Nast Traveler 2012 Reader's Choice Awards, the hotel is discreetly nestled within beautiful walled gardens, a tranquil oasis in the vibrant city of Cork South West Ireland.
Please note that hotels are subject to availability at the time of booking. If room and hotel are not available, Ireland Luxury Travel commits to an alternative at the same level or higher.
Ireland Luxury Travel eight-day culture and food tour can be enjoyed in two ways:
One way is that you choose the luxury self drive package which allows you the freedom of driving to the destinations on your own. This package includes a luxury car for self drive. You will not have a full-time guide, however you will be provided with a local private walking city guide and a private guide for a hike. Apart from that, you will be provided with various sight seeing entry tickets and expertly designed travel route with destination GPS and contact details to help you reach the destinations with ease. This would be ideal for people who love exploring on their own.
Alternatively, you can choose the second way of travel for this tour which is the private guided tour where you will have private guided transportation throughout your trip in a Mercedes Saloon car or something larger. There will be a professional private tour guide or driver accessible to you for approximately six hours everyday. This mode will be perfect for those who wish to sit back and enjoy there holiday experience!
Arrive into Cork at Ireland's most southerly international airport. Pick up your car hire and hit the open road! Stop in Middleton Jameson experience and discover the making of Irish whiskey. Make the final leg of your trip to Waterford and settle into your luxury 5-star hotel and relax.
At 3:00 p.m. head to Jameson Distillery in Midleton for your Jameson experience. This will be a guided tour. The Jameson experience brings the stories of Jameson rich heritage to life in an immersive 75 minutes. Visit the amazing buildings and discover stories of the hard working craftsmen, learn about the field - to glass process. Discover how John Jameson focus on the highest quality ingredients triple distillation process. Your experience will conclude in the Jameson Distillary Bar, where you can share a story and a whiskey with some new found friends.
Settle down in your hotel. In the evening, you enjoy a evening meal in your hotel Cliff House's Michelin Restaurant at 7:30 p.m. Ireland's only Michelin-star hotel restaurant is simply named The House Restaurant at The Cliff House Hotel. This lack of pretension underpins chef Martijn Kajuiter's award-winning Irish cuisine and the way he sources the maximum possible amount of produce grown on Irish land and fished from Irish seas. Yet his exploratory, confident style results in explosively interesting dishes combining modern progressive and straightforward Irish cooking.
Today you will start your day with the Ardmore Round Tower cliff morning walk. The starting and finish point of this walk will be the seafront in Ardmore village (a few minutes walk from Cliff House hotel). This magical coastal walk along rugged cliffs not only provides an abundance of bracing Atlantic air, seabirds and wildflowers, but for those interested it touches on early Christian Ireland, Napoleon, and the second World War.
Next, you head from Waterford to Kinsale where you will visit Ballymaloe country house and gardens. Myrtle and Ivan Allen opened Ballymaloe House, their home, to the public as a restaurant in 1964 and later as a hotel. This historic Irish country house is located in beautiful East Cork (southern Ireland) and is still managed by the Allen family and continues to be celebrated internationally as the home of Irish Country cuisine and warm hospitality.
Set deep in a 300-acre farm, the menus are written daily around the seasonal vegetables grown on the farm just as Mrs. Allen always did. Although times have changed, the essential spirit of Ballymaloe House and Castle is rooted in the relationship from the farm to the table which underlies the elegance of Irish country house cooking.
The restaurant serves locally sourced and home grown food from the walled garden and farm. The chefs draw up the lunch and dinner menu every day depending on what comes in from the garden and the boats at Ballycotton. Fruit and vegetables are sent up each morning from the gardens.
Herbs, edible flowers, soft fruits and apples come from the walled garden as well as onions, potatoes, kale, cabbage and salad leaves and many other vegetables. The gardening team at Ballymaloe are central to what is done in the kitchen. They are continually planting new varieties, last year they planted borlotti beans, swiss chard, peas and broad beans, Chioggia beetroot, Castelfranco and Tardivo Treviso radicchio, Romano courgettes, and red onion squash.
Lunch is served from 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. daily in the house restaurant. The set lunch menu, with choices in each course, concluded with a wonderful traditional dessert trolley. The cafe serves great local food all day. On to the seaside village of Kinsale to your relax in your centrally located town house bed and breakfast - Perryville House where you will be staying in a deluxe room for two nights.
The picturesque yachting harbor of Kinsale (Cionn tSáile) is one of many colorful gems strung along the coastline of County Cork. Narrow, winding streets lined with galleries and gift shops, lively bars and superb restaurants, and a handsome natural harbor filled with yachts and guarded by a huge 17-century fortress make it an engrossing place to spend a day or two.
Kinsale has been labelled the gourmet center of southwest Ireland and, for such a small place, it certainly packs more than its fair share of international-standard restaurants. Most are situated near the harbor and within easy walking distance of the town center. Today's dinner is included and will be provided in a local seafood restaurant at 7:30 p.m.
Today, you will enjoy a Kinsale harbor boat trip for one hour starting at 10:00 a.m. This unique trip is an opportunity to view Kinsale from the water. A perfect combination of culture, information, relaxation, and stunning scenery. Kinsale has a wealth of historic sites and your tour gives you a birds eye view and an opportunity to appreciate them in context.
Next, you will have Kinsale private guided walking food tour for 2.5 hours starting from 12:00 p.m. Kinsale is a town with many sails or strings to its bow. Originally a Norman walled town which became a thriving fishing port, its Irish name is Ceann tSáile which means "Head of the Sea". The town thrived on the prolific mackerel fishery where men fished while their wives and daughters processed fish along the quays and sold to traders.
Over time in Kinsale, fishing was usurped by tourism, helped by its incomparable beauty, medieval architecture, and salty sea air. Kinsale has evolved as a world class gourmands delight, aided by the proliferation of many high class restaurants and eateries in the town. The tour brings you on a gentle stroll which wends its way through this colorful town.
You will stop at various eateries in Kinsale and meet some of the local characters and producers. These people are passionate about their culinary creations and you will learn their stories and more of the history of this unique part of Ireland. For dinner, you will enjoy an eight-course tasting menu at Bib Gourmand Restaurant at 7:30 p.m.
You will be heading from Cork to Kerry (via Baltimore) today. Head out along the coast road on the first stretch of the wild Atlantic way from Kinsale to the colorful fishing village of Baltimore. Visit the 13th century castle and have a shellfish lunch looking over the harbor. Driving along the coast stop at the 18th century Bantry House in Bantry and visit the ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry where their descendants still reside.
Continue on towards the stunning Cork and Kerry mountains. Head over the mountains and enjoy the view! Make sure to stop at the top, get out of the car and take in the massive views! Settle into your luxurious Kerry hotel and relax after your long day. At 12:00 p.m. move for your Baltimore Castle private guided tour.
Meet Bernie and Patrick McCarthy, local historians, owners, and residents of Baltimore Castle, for a private guided tour of the restored Norman Castle dated from 1215. The McCarthys have an extensive knowledge on Irish history, in particular of the Irish clans that lived in medieval Ireland. Quiz them on your Irish history topic or your family heritage and you might discover some nuggets of information!
Hear the stories of previous owners and occupiers as well as the history of piracy in the village in particular the infamous "Sack of Baltimore" where approximately 100 villagers where enslaved and taken to Algeria in the 1600s. A unique experience and one of the Wild Atlantic Way's best hidden gems!
For lunch, enjoy wild Altantic shellfish platter to be had at 1:00 p.m. Enjoy this relaxed shellfish platter sourced from the pier below and caught in the wild Atlantic. For lunch enjoy the relaxed seating outside and enjoy the sheltered harbor providing views of local fishing boats and leisure sailing.
Today, you will be staying in another 5-star hotel Park Hotel Kenmare in their deluxe room for two nights. At 7:30 p.m. head for Park Hotel Kenmare's tasting menu for dinner. Dining at the Park Hotel Kenmare is an experience in every sense. With its lovely views over Kenmare Bay an elegantly simple Lily Chandelier, blown specially for the room by Millers of Bond Street, typifies the detail of what happens under its discreet watch.
The dining room won Best Hotel Restaurant in Ireland 2018 from The Irish Restaurants Association. Tasting menu, which changes entirely on a daily basis, reflects the richness of the area is enhanced only by unfailing service and tantalizing creations from the kitchen team lead by Chef James Coffey.
Today, you will be exploring Kenmare, and your first stop would be the Kenmare Farmer's Market. Every Wednesday a local farmers market takes place in Kenmare square from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is a lovely mix of stalls offering fresh local fare; including home baked bread, beeswax products, local cheeses and a fine array of fresh fish, and cured meats.
Fionas cheese stall has a fantastic choice of local Irish cheese. The cranberry goats cheese and locally made cumin gouda with quince are a must try. Add with the Baking Emporium's hand made bread. Choose from wheat, spelt, and rye breads, not to mention the traditional Irish brown loaf.
You wont be disappointed! On the Wild Side based out of Castlegregory - do great charcuterie, including Guinness infused saucisson (yes, really!), pork paté, and seafood terrines. Stalls of organic vegetables, plants, pottery, leather crafts, North African crafts, jewelry, local art, antiques, vintage and second-hand clothing, livestock, and all sorts of weird and wonderful.
Next, you will be heading for a private guided hike to Kerry Gap of Dunloe (private walking guide and boat trip are included) at 2:30 p.m. The route takes you from the Kerry Way to the Black Valley from Doire Cunnihe and the Gap of Dunloe. Taken either from the Ring of Kerry road near Ladies View or Ross Castle incorporated into a journey that begins with a traditional lake boat from Killarney to reach the headwaters of the Killarney Lakes, a hike through the Black Valley and Gap of Dunloe is simply a must for any nature lover to Killarney!
The sheer beauty of these greatest of Ireland's mountain valleys, strewn with pristine lakes and bounded by the walls of Ireland's highest peaks are simply breathtaking, matched only by the story of our ancestors here. The finish point is the historic oasis known as Kate Kearney's Cottage (12 kilometers / 8 miles trail and country road walking with 200 meters / 675 feet of ascent on rough trails and open hillsides).
After the trek, head back to Kenmare town in Ireland which is a haven of tranquility, gourmet food, superb accommodation, golf courses, riding, trekking, and breathtaking scenery in one of the most natural, unspoiled environments in Europe. Fresh ingredients from the Wild Atlantic Way, Kenmare is the Southwests foodie haven.
The town is lined with great, quality restaurants and pubs with a lively atmosphere and traditional music. Ireland Luxury Travel can make dinner reservations in your favorite restaurants so you can enjoy the local flavor! See Ireland Luxury Travel pub and restaurant recommendations with your final itinerary.
Enjoy dinner in a local Kenmare restaurant - savor the great flavors and enjoy the lovely service. Buzzy, dimly-lit restaurant sporting stone walls adorned with contemporary art, plus a fireplace. A gloriously informal restaurant that has been providing exceptional food for well over a decade.
Making your way back to County Cork visit the historic Blarney Castle. Scale the stone cut steps and take the view from the castle top. Follow tradition and kiss the blarney stone for luck and the gift of the Gab! Take a stroll through the poison garden and discover the medieval medicines and herbs used in Irish cooking. Enjoy a lunch in Blarney woolen mills and some excellent Irish shopping. On to the city to settle into your five-star hotel - Hayfield Manor Hotel Cork and relax. Enjoy dinner at the Orchids Restaurant in the hotel. It would be Cork fine-dining experience in elegant surroundings.
Really get to know Cork city today and discover for yourself the churches and museums the city is famous for. The highlights include the Cork City Gaol, Butter Museum, the Gothic St. Finbarr’s Cathedral and the beautiful University College Cork. Meet your guide who will take you on a city tasting tour which includes the English market where you will see and taste the local food produce being sold in Cork’s traditional food market.
Finish off you last night with dinner in one of Cork's finest restaurants that embodies the region's love of local fresh produce and sustainable agriculture. In the evening, explore Cork city's local pubs that have retained their historic charm and fantastic atmosphere.
Enjoy your last Irish breakfast before making the short drive to Cork Airport (ORK) for your flight home.
This tour will take place in Ireland. It will begin Cork, from where you will move to the city of Kinsale, Kenmare and then return to Cork.
You will go on 2.5-hour private guided walking food tour of Kinsale. This tour includes daily breakfast and the following meals:
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