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Pre and Post Travel Classics Conference
Preliminary Itinerary Details
Pre-Conference:
Visiting Ireland West Region - Tipperary, Limerick & Clare
Monday, May 14 Arrive at Shannon Airport;
Transfer to Cashel, Co. Tipperary


General Information
Cashel was once seat of the Kings of Munster. The town lives an enchanted life under the protection of the Rock of Cashel. This cluster of medieval monuments rises dramatically out of Tipperary's Golden Vale. The Heritage Centre, located on Main Street, has a model of Cashel in the 1640's. There is a multimedia presentation in several languages. The charters of Charles II (1663) and James II (1687) are on display here. Walking is the best way to discover Cashel at your leisure, the Georgian cathedral, Bolton library, city walls, learn the folklore. Town centre car parking off Main Street.

Cashel Heritage Town Centre (open March-December) /Rock of Cashel/Bolton Library - The latter holds a collection of over 12,000 volumes, which range in subject from history to theology and includes "the smallest book in the world". In the Bolton Library there is a collection of silver, the earliest piece dating from 1585.

Cashel Folk Village - thatches 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Dominic's Abbey lies to the south east of the Rock and was founded in 1243. The ruins of Hore Abbey are a short walk from the Rock.

Local Arts and Crafts - Winnie Looby textile artist; Rossa Pottery.

Brú Ború adjoins the car park at the foot of the Rock. It is beautifully designed and incorporates a folk theatre, restaurant, craft centre and genealogy service.

Cashel offers a taste of Tipperary's gourmet food, crafts, art studios, gracious accommodation, cultural activities, warmth and hospitality. The meeting of several styles and traditions within one town, the contrasts of colours, the mix of smooth and textured landscapes - Cashel is your password to times past.


Overnight in Cashel, Co Tipperary
Tuesday, May 15 Morning: Visit Cahir Castle, Co. Tipperary

General Information
Once the stronghold of the powerful Butler family, the castle retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure. It is one of Ireland's largest and best preserved castles. It is situated on a rocky island on the River Suir. The castle's attractions include an excellent audio-visual show which informs visitors of all the main sites of the area. There are several exhibitions.

Afternoon: Transfer to Limerick City

General Information
Limerick City is sited on one of Europe's finest rivers, the River Shannon. A Viking City, one can only imagine the 9th century scenes, when fleets of Viking vessels sailed up the river to plunder and terrorise the monastic midlands. In later centuries these Norsemen settled and founded the trading port of Limerick which to-day is a proud, progressive and thriving City with a charter older than that of London. Its castles, ancient walls and museums are testament to its dramatic past. Particularly worth viewing is King John's Castle in its Heritage precinct and the magnificent Hunt Museum in Limerick's Custom House. This museum houses an internationally important collection of some 2,000 original works including pieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Renoir and Picasso.

It is the Capital of the Shannon Region and is an excellent centre for shopping. It is also rapidly building a reputation for great dining and the City has its own 'Good Food Circle' of restaurants. Limerick is also known as Sports City and is considered to be the sporting capital of Ireland, with excellent facilities and passionate followers of all sporting activities.


Overnight in Co. Tipperary
Wednesday, May 16 Transfer to Co. Clare
One of Ireland's premier tourism counties, Clare is just amazing. It has an abundance of visual riches from the famous river Shannon and Lough Derg, which forms its eastern boundary, to its rugged Atlantic coastline with its towering cliffs and golden 'blue flag' beaches. Bunratty, Ennis, Kilrush, Ennistymon, Kilkee, Lahinch, Killaloe, Lisdoonvarna, Ballyvaughan and Doolin are just some of the town names associated with fun and enjoyment in the area. Attractions include the wondrous Burren National Park, The Aillwee Cave, The Cliffs of Moher, the Craggaunowen Bronze Age Project, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Lahinch Seaworld and the Burren Centre.

Visit The Burren & Cliffs of Moher

The Burren, from the Gaelic word Boireann is an area of limestone rock covering imposing majestic mountains, and tranquil valleys with gently meandering streams. With its innate sense of spiritual peace, extraordinary array of flora and wildlife, and megalithic tombs and monuments older than Egypt's pyramids, the Burren creates a tapestry of colour and a seductively magical aura which few people leave without wanting to experience again.

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's top visitor attractions. The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O'Brien's Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.


Overnight in Co. Clare
Thursday, May 17 Transfer to The g Hotel, Co. Galway

Travel Classics Conference May 17 - 20
Post-Conference:
Visiting Northern Ireland Region - Belfast & Derry
continuing onto Ireland East - Dublin
Sunday, May 20 Following Travel Classics Conference:

Walking tour of Galway City
Galway is a city, a county, and an experience to be savoured and remembered. The historic city of the tribes dances to a beat uniquely its own. There is a certain chemistry and vibrancy to this friendly University City, which many delight in, and few forget. Music, festivals, horse racing, pubs, restaurants, shops, theatres and most of all Galway people, combine to create this atmospheric mediaeval city of culture.

Visit Brigit's Garden
The beautiful gardens are set within 11 acres of woodland and wildflower meadows in the heart of the West of Ireland. Visitors can also enjoy the nature trail, children's discovery trail, thatched round house, ring fort and our spectacular calendar sundial.


Overnight in the area
Monday, May 21 Scenic drive through Co. Mayo
Visit to Ceide Fields, Co. Mayo The Céide Fields in North Mayo will certainly give you a unique experience. For this is not just another archaeological monument or visitor centre. Here you can indulge yourself in a vast prehistoric landscape, a natural wild ecology of blanket bog, dramatic cliffs and coastline, and a much acclaimed building, which has received Ireland's most prestigious architectural award.


Overnight in the area
Tuesday, May 22 Transfer to Derry, Northern Ireland
Derry has a rich and varied cultural heritage and the City Walls are home to a number of museums, galleries and theatres, as well as thriving musical and literary scenes. Step back in time and relive the city's past on an Inner City Guided Walking Tour, Bus Tour, Cruise Boat tour or taxi tour, where you'll discover a wealth of history.


Overnight in Derry City
Wednesday, May 23 Transfer to Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast is a buzzing, vibrant metropolis, offering music, craic, culture and cuisine to satisfy the most discerning tourist. Today the capital of Northern Ireland is a modern thriving city. Belfast offers a variety of things to see and do, for example here are a few key places to visit: Belfast Castle, City Hall, St. Anne's Cathedral, Queen's University and Botanic Gardens, and much more.


Overnight in Belfast City
Thursday, May 24 Transfer to Dublin City
Dublin is a delight to explore and very easy to navigate on foot. Dublin's attractions are many, from castles, museums and art galleries to the lively spirit of Temple Bar. We hope that while you are exploring Dublin with your handy pocket map you will also experience some of the vibrancy and excitement which make Dublin a city to remember.


Overnight in Dublin City
Friday, May 25 Transfer to Dublin Airport for returning Flight

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