CIE Tours unveils new Irish Foodie Tours
Irish call whiskey “uisce beatha,” which literally translates to “water of life.” The island’s strong whiskey tradition is but one delicious part of new Irish Foodie Tours by CIE Tours International, which debut in 2019. Available June through September, the seven-night guided vacations start at $1,998 and explore many facets of Ireland’s culinary culture, from goat farm visits to seaweed foraging trips and beyond.
Pairing edible delights with visits to important cultural landmarks, CIE Tours designed this latest program with the budding epicurean in mind. The company’s 86-year history in the region makes it particularly well-versed in the best of Irish food and drink. Guests will benefit from the extensive knowledge and personal storytelling of CIE Tours’ native guides, who embody Irish hospitality at its finest.
Trip highlights include:
- Tea tour through Dublin aboard a vintage double-decker bus, followed by a visit to The Dublin Liberties Distillery for whiskey education and tastings
- Cooking class and friendly “cook-off” competition at Dublin’s premier cooking school, appropriately set in the heart of the city’s creative hub
- Visit to the monastic site of Glendalough. Then on to Cork to visit a family-run farm and sample the incredible cheese and natural yoghurt made thanks to its flock of 400 goats.
- Stop at the iconic covered English Market of Cork, which dates to 1788 and offers traditional and artisanal products, including Irish classics like tripe and drisheen.
- The gift of eloquence—if lore is to be believed—during a visit to Blarney Castle
- Scenic drive along the rugged coast to Kerry for a chocolate making class with an award-winning pastry chef
- Visit to Derrynane House, ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, who was instrumental in the making of modern Ireland
- Seashore stroll for seaweed foraging, learning from local experts about the nutritional, horticultural and cosmetic benefits of ocean plants, with an opportunity to sample the superfood fresh from the rocks
- Whiskey and chocolate pairing during a special dinner in Killarney
- Ferry ride from Kerry to Clare to explore a cheese farm in Inagh, just south of the limestone landscape of the Burren, followed by a trip to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher
Guests will stay in top hotels throughout Ireland during their voyage, including the Clayton Hotel Charlemont in Dublin, The Bayview at Ballycotton, the Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa in Tralee and the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Limerick.
Irish Foodie tours kick-off June 15, July 13, Aug. 17 and Sept. 7 of next year. The package price is per person based on double occupancy and includes all accommodations, on-tour transportation, activities, 17 meals, the insights of a native guide, local taxes and hotel service charges, and more. For more information or to book a tour, visit www.cietours.com, call 800-243-8687, or connect with a travel professional.
About CIE Tours International
The premier tour operator for Ireland and Britain vacations, CIE Tours offers fully inclusive and expertly guided vacations to Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, from coach tours to small group travel and highly curated private itineraries. Destination options expand to Italy and Iceland with CIE Tours’ newest itineraries launching in 2019. Over its 86-year history, the Morristown, New Jersey-based company has earned a reputation for excellence that is rooted in its signature Irish hospitality, the genuine warmth and expertise of its guides and hosts, and a talent for fostering lasting friendships on the road. CIE Tours makes it easy for travelers to immerse themselves in a new place with exclusive access, authentic experiences, and in-depth knowledge that, in the spirit of Celtic heritage, often begins with a story. For more information, visit www.cietours.com.