Ireland Farm Tour
Dublin - Cliffs of Moher - Galway - Ring of Kerry
The Emerald Isle enjoys a unique climate receiving gulf stream weather patterns which keep the island quite mild. Rainfall is abundant and the rich glacial soils attribute to 67% of the land being used for agriculture and 10% being used for forestry. Almost 80% of the agriculture area is devoted to pasture, hay and grass silage, 11% to rough silage and 10% to crop production (wheat, oats, barley, potatoes). Cattle and sheep are the main livestock produced in Ireland. Key markets for Irish exports are the UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Russia and China. Dairy products comprise most of its exports with beef, processed foods and beverages (beer and whiskey) following closely. Ireland suffered economic decline throughout the 1900s but beginning in the 1990s, the Celtic Tiger has given the country new life, especially with its expertise in the technology markets. There’s plenty of “craic” (good times) to be discovered in the charming pubs with live music. The pubs, found on every street corner, are a mainstay of Irish social life and you will find all ages conversing about the village news.
Ireland Farm Tour Date: June 11-19, 2021
Ireland Agriculture Tour Itinerary
If booking own flight, please arrive to Chicago three hours before international flight departure. Trump Tours is happy to assist with connecting flights from your gateway. Depart US en route to Dublin. Dublin is 6 hours ahead of Central Standard Time. Meals: Meals on flight
Arrival Dublin in the morning. Upon arrival, clear customs and meet the local driver-guide whom will be with the group the entire stay. Journey to the Rock of Cashel. This was the seat of kings and medieval bishops for 900 years and flourished until the early 17th century. Brian Ború was crowned King of Munster here in 977 and he became High King of Ireland in 1002. The significance of this place in the history of Ireland is unmatched. Lunch on your own. Afternoon visit to a sheep farm with around 1,700 sheep (1,000 for milking and 700 commercial sheep). This farm is able to provide award-winning sheep cheese. You will have the opportunity to sample sheep milk, sheep cheese, yogurts, sheep milk ice creams and sheep milk lattes. The farm also has a top class sheep dog, year round lambs and a sheep milking parlor. Enjoy a scenic farm walk. Continue to Cork. Welcome Dinner and overnight Cork. Imperial Cork Hotel or similar Meals: Meals on plane, Dinner
After an Irish breakfast we visit a beef farm near Cork. The farm has mostly Simmental and Charolais crosses. The farm is one of the original members of the West Coast Beef Producers group. We visit Blarney Castle, built in 1446 as a defensive fortress. The Castle which stands today is in fact the keep of a much larger fortress. All visitors should kiss the famous Blarney Stone, high up on the Castle battlements. Tradition holds that those who kiss the Blarney Stone will be endowed with the gift of eloquence – “the gift of the gab” as the locals call it. Opportunity for shopping at Blarney Wood Mills. You will be amazed at the selection of Irish gifts, music, crafts, woollens and more at this spectacular store. Afternoon visit to the Old Jameson Distillery in Middleton for a tour and tasting. No visit to Ireland is complete without a tour and tasting of Irish Whiskey, the national drink and one of their biggest exports. Come and experience our Jameson Distillery tour and let our expert guides take you back in time as they lead you through the fascinating story of Jameson Whiskey. All visitors receive a signature Jameson drink. Continue to the charming town of Killarney where we settle in for 2 nights. Dinner and overnight Hotel Killarney Towers Hotel or similar. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Prepare yourself for one of the most gorgeous drives in Ireland, the Ring of Kerry, a beautiful trail (170km) in the southwest of Ireland passing through Killroglin, Glenbeigh, Cahirsiveen, Waterville, Sneem and Kenmare. Lunch (included) and a pint of Guinness in “The Blind Piper Pub” in Cahir Daniel. Afternoon visit to a typical Irish beef farm. We continue and visit the Kissane Sheep Farm, including a sheepdog demonstration. This is a traditional, working sheep farm with approx. 1,000 mountain sheep and hundreds of lambs. The farm has been in the family for over 150 years. Time at your leisure to enjoy Killarney. Dinner and overnight Killarney. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Travel up the Atlantic seaboard to visit the dramatic 650ft Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs boast one of Ireland’s most spectacular views. On a clear day the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay, as are the valleys and hills of Connemara. These fantastic cliffs have been the subject of many songs written in Ireland. The Cliffs are one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions and are a designated UNESCO Geo Park. After lunch on your own we will visit a mixed family farm with sheep, suckler cows and potatoes. Continue through the Burren (Gaelic for rocky land) via Galway Bay to Galway. Famous for its lunar-like limestone landscape and its unique flora. About 20 species of orchids grow wild here. Continue to Galway “City of Tribes”. Galway is the capital of the West of Ireland. The streets and buildings of this ancient town have many interesting features. The compact city center, with its winding streets, packed pubs and air of celebration, is easily walked or pub-crawled. The city of almost 70,000 is home to merry bands of students, artists, writers and craftspeople. Recently, the city center of Galway has been closed to traffic in order to allow for the enjoyment of the city's narrow shopping streets. Dinner and overnight Galway. Hotel Menlo Park or similar. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Today enjoy a tour of Connemara, some of the most rugged scenery in Ireland. Visit to Kylemore Abbey. Kylemore Abbey's greatest attraction is its location. Nestled at the base of Duchruach Mountain on the northern shore of Lough Pollacappul, in the heart of the Connemara Mountains, it is regarded as one of Ireland's most romantic buildings. Lunch on your own. Continue to visit Abalone Farm. Connemara Abalone is an aquaculture company in the west of Ireland that is 100% dedicated to the cultivation of abalone. Our abalone are born and reared in a state-of-the art aquaculture farm on the austere rocky shoreline where the Atlantic Ocean meets Galway Bay. We specialize in growing the premium Japanese species known as Ezo. Abalone are a highly prized shellfish delicacy, especially now that they have become scarce in most countries around the world where they used to be plentiful. Continue to visit a Connemara pony farm. An average of 200 mares are studded at this farm. Return to Galway for dinner and overnight. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Today we head back towards Dublin. Visit to Alltech European Bioscience Centre. This center was opened in 1999 and is home to the European headquarters and supports 32 countries and 28 different languages. The bioscience center offers a unique advantage as it houses all support functions for the European market. The mission is to improve the health and performance of people, animals and plants through nutrition and scientific innovation. We pursue this mission guided by what we call the ACE principle, our promise that in doing business we have a positive impact on the Animal, the Consumer and the Environment. Continue to Dublin, the cosmopolitan capital of Ireland, famous for its friendly people and elegant Georgian architecture. The city was founded by Vikings in the 8th Century and has since been an important part of Europe’s maritime history. The Normans remained on the island over 800 years and it is evident in most of the castle architecture. Visit the library at Trinity College, one of the world’s great research libraries, holding the largest collection of manuscripts and printed books in Ireland. Since 1801 it has the right to claim a free copy of all British and Irish publications and has a stock of nearly 3 million volumes housed in a total of eight buildings. Visit the treasury and see a display of Irish medieval gospel manuscripts, principally the Book of Kells which contains a Latin text of the four gospels copied and decorated by Irish monks around the year 800 AD. We visit Christ Church Cathedral, build in 1038, and officially claimed to be the seat of both the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic archbishop of Dublin. Contained in the church is the reputed tomb of Strongbow, a medieval Norman knight and warlord who came to Ireland and whose arrival marked the beginning of English involvement in Ireland. Afternoon free to explore this vibrant city and personal interests. Dinner & Overnight in Gresham Hotel or similar, Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Breakfast at the hotel. Meeting with a representative of the Bord Bia to discuss its role in food safety, global marketing and origin green. Bord Bia is a state agency responsible for developing Irish food standards, sustainability and promoting it worldwide. Afternoon visit to the Guinness Storehouse to learn more about the famous Irish beer. The Storehouse was originally built in 1904 to house the Guinness fermentation process. The core of the building is modelled on a giant pint glass. The tour takes you step by step through the brewing process, finishing at the Gravity Bar where you will receive a complimentary pint of Guinness whilst enjoying the panoramic views over Dublin City. Dinner and Irish evening with live music at Merry Ploughboys pub; regarded the best traditional music show in Dublin. Overnight Dublin. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Transfer to Dublin airport for flight home. Arrive home on same day. Please book connecting flight at least 3 hours after arrival to allow time to pass through customs. Trump Tours is happy to provide a quote for add-on air from your desired gateway. Meals: Breakfast, Meals on plane
7 nights in superior tourist class accommodations.
15 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 7 Dinners
Roundtrip airfare Chicago-Dublin.
Transportation provided in air-conditioned minicoach.
Sightseeing/technical visits as outlined in itinerary.
Services of full time professional tour manager with agricultural background.
All taxes and fees.
Museum entrances, tour manager and driver tips, passport fees, public transportation, personal items, beverages at meals, travel insurance. Price is based on 15 participants.
$3,999 per person, based on double occupancy.
Add $399 to guarantee single room.