Work with a Country Specialist to craft a tailor-made culinary journey to your liking! You could experience London's Borough Market with a food critic, tour working farms in England's scenic Lake District, and explore the culinary delights of Edinburgh's Old and New Towns. Then cross the Irish Sea to meet with an oyster farmer in Belfast and visit County Clare to indulge in Irish specialties and see the Cliffs of Moher.

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 Breakfast in Borough Market with a food writer  Fudge stall in Borough Market  London's Tower Bridge  Traditional pub in London  Sweet treats at a Grasmere gingerbread shop  The scenic English Lake District  Victoria Street in Edinburgh's Old Town area  The coastal landscape of Connemara  Mussel farming in Connemara
  Rainbow in Connemara National Park  Beach views in Connemara National Park  The Cliffs of Moher  Typical cottage in lovely Adare

Tailor-Made Foodie Tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland

14 days from $15,995

Work with a Country Specialist to craft a tailor-made culinary journey to your liking! You could experience London's Borough Market with a food critic, tour working farms in England's scenic Lake District, and explore the culinary delights of Edinburgh's Old and New Towns. Then cross the Irish Sea to meet with an oyster farmer in Belfast and visit County Clare to indulge in Irish specialties and see the Cliffs of Moher.

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Overview

This sample itinerary can be tailored to match a variety of budgets and interests by selecting the trip duration, departure date, accommodation style, and tours that fit your needs.

The United Kingdom and Ireland have a rich history of food culture and traditions. This itinerary explores some of the regional variations, starting by exploring a London market with a food writer and ending with an experience on a local farm in rural Ireland. In between, experience an array of food-related experiences including guided culinary tours, oyster farming, and a lesson in how to make bread using traditional Irish recipes, as well as an abundance of other food-related treats.

Highlights:

  • Explore a London market with a food writer
  • Experience rural farm life in the Lake District
  • Take a food safari up the Antrim Coast
  • Discover Dublin's culinary history with a walking tour by a local chef.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for London, England

Day 2 — London

Upon arrival in London, meet your private driver at the airport, who'll whisk you into the city to your centrally located hotel. This afternoon, make your way by foot, cab, or ride the Tube to the renowned Borough Market. Meet food writer Celia Brooks, the only licensed tour guide in the market, for coffee and chocolate, followed by a whirlwind culinary tour showcasing her favorite stalls, as well as stalls she handpicks to your tastes.

Day 3 — The Lake District

This morning, make your way to the train again, this time bidding farewell to London as you travel to the Lake District. Your train journey to the Lake District takes about two and a half hours. Upon arrival, a private driver takes you from the station to your accommodation, a drive of about 40 minutes.

Day 4 — The Lake District

Your private driver-guide picks you up from your hotel this morning for a tour of the farms in the area. Get a firsthand look at the hard work that goes into the fresh food supplied by the district. This tour is tailored to your specific interests and preferences.

Day 5 — Edinburgh, Scotland

Return to the train station today and depart for the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Upon arrival in Edinburgh, make your way to the hotel. You're staying at B&B Edinburgh, a boutique spot in the New Town district. As the name suggests, award-winning breakfasts are the specialty, but the surrounding streets contain some of Edinburgh's finest dining spots.

Day 6 — Edinburgh

Today, your private guide and driver take you on a tour of Edinburgh's Old and New towns. Walk the cobbled streets of this fascinating city as your guide tells you the history and the secrets lying down the fabled "closes" (alleys) and underpasses. Discover the stark contrast between the classical Old Town and the more modern, gridded New Town, and see the birds-eye views from Arthur's Seat, a hill overlooking the entire surrounding area. After your full-day tour, there's no shortage of inspiration for how to spend your evening.

Day 7 — Belfast, Northern Ireland

Your private driver brings you to the Edinburgh Airport for your flight to Belfast today. On arrival in Ireland, you're greeted at the airport by a private driver to take you into the history-rich city of Belfast and your hotel. Belfast is known for its turbulent past, and no visit is complete without the black cab political tour. Your cab driver-guide picks you up from the hotel this afternoon to show you around town, where you can see the remnants of the religious conflict that once literally divided the city in two. See up-close the Peace Wall which today stands as a message of unity and hope.

Day 8 — Belfast

Today, you will be taken outside of Belfast along the undulating Causeway Coastal Route, stopping off at several characterful food venues along the way, with your local guide. Throughout the tour, you’ll learn more about the history of the food you’re sampling from the shop owners or chefs and your expert guide. The tour includes a minimum of six stops with tastings at each location, and you’ll get a chance to admire the beautiful coastal scenery along the way.

Day 9 — Dublin

Your private driver takes you from your hotel to the train station this morning as you get set to embark for Ireland's capital city of Dublin. You're met at the station and taken you to your centrally located hotel right off of Grafton Street. This afternoon, make your way over by cab to Ireland's most popular attraction, the Guinness Storehouse. Your tickets are included for this self-guided tour, and include one complimentary pint of Ireland's flagship beer. The rest of the evening is yours to explore and dine as you please.

Day 10 — Dublin

Today enjoy a Fab Food Trail, tasting local specialties throughout the city. To cap off the food-related day, enjoy a Literary Pub crawl around the city.

Day 11 — Connemara

Take in the beautiful scenery as your private driver takes you through Connemara National Park. If you wish, enjoy a hike on one of the three different trails ranging from easy, to moderate, to advanced. After you have taken in the heaths, woods, and vast grasslands, your driver guide brings you to your remote country manor house, set amid a secluded mountain valley.

Day 12 — Connemara

Indulge in local foods and explore the surrounding landscape during your seafood and farm experience, which leaves by boat from your hotel.

Day 13 – Galway

This morning you will have a private tour to Galway. Upon arrival, you’ll take a three-hour walking tour through Galway focusing on its culinary delights, giving you a great overview of the people and produce of the city. Galway is one of Ireland's gourmet cities, and this showcases its local ingredients and cuisine through meetings with artisan producers, young entrepreneurs, and family-run businesses. As you wander through the city you'll meet local people and sample various dishes and drinks along the way. Cheesemakers, craft beer producers and artisan chocolatiers are among the range of people you may meet, to sample their goods and learn more about Galway's gourmet scene.

Day 14 — County Clare and The Cliffs of Moher

Your private driver takes you to County Clare this morning where you can enjoy a half-day artisan trail through the Burren where you have the chance to indulge in goat cheese and go on a beachside foraging walk. Following this, see the sandstone Cliffs of Moher by boat. After you have had your fill, your private driver brings you to your hotel in Adare.

Day 15 – Flight Home

Today, you will be transferred to the Shannon airport for your flight home.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)