Travel Classics International 2011
Pre- and Post Conference Tours
Space is limited for these complimentary, 7-day tours, which include transportation and luxury accommodations. Email Ruth Moran at Tourism Ireland to reserve your space now!
Sunday 26th June
10:15 - Depart Dublin
Short Highlights of Cork Coach Tour
Bus trip around Cork highlighting the charm of Cork City. Pub lunch.
3pm - Visit Emigration Museum
In this museum you will learn and discover the many tails of emigration from Ireland to the new world (America) particularly during the great famine. Here you will hear the emigrants' stories. From 1848-1950 over 6 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland: over 2.5 million departed from Cobh, making it the single most important port of emigration. This exodus from Ireland was largely as a result of poverty, crop failures, the land system and a lack of opportunity. Irish emigration reached unprecedented proportions during the famine as people fled from hunger and disease.
4 pm - Visit The Titanic Trail
You will walk through the streets and environs of Cobh, with the guide revealing locations and incidents directly connected to the Titanic and many other aspects of Cork harbour history and Irish heritage. Cobh was the final stop on the Titanic's maiden voyage. You will learn about original buildings, streets and piers associated with the Titanic, the actual pier where Titanic passengers departed from, the Lusitania Peace Memorial, the Titanic Monument and the story of Spike Island & the Famine.
Overnight and dinner at Castlemartyr Resort
Monday 27th June
10am - Visit Midleton Distillery
Visit Blarney Castle; lunch locally
Overnight at The Malton Hotel Killarney
The Malton Hotel has been welcoming visitors since 1854 and continues to use the same high standard of quality and service to welcome its guests today. Presidents, princes, barons and dignitaries, world famous sports people and entertainers, they've all walked through the doors of this hospitable institution, a true pillar of the accommodation society. The Malton Hotel is truly the gracious 'old lady' of hotels. Enviably situated in the heart of Killarney, undoubtedly one of Ireland's most popular towns, The Malton Hotel rests amongst 6 acres of scenic landscaped grounds, its ivy clad facade and imposing Victorian features a reminder of the elegance of a bygone era.
Tuesday 28th June
KILLARNEY VIA RING OF KERRY
10:15am - Visit Kells Bay Gardens
Kells Bay Gardens opened to visitors in the autumn of 2006 is one of Ireland's foremost Victorian gardens. The gardens contain one of the foremost collections of Southern Hemisphere plants in Europe, assembled from Australia originally but more recently from New Zealand and South America. Experience the spectacular topography of the estate combined with the variety and acclimatisation of the plants to give the visitor an experience that well repays the journey. Visitors will enjoy the many walks available throughout the garden taking in scenic views and plants you have never seen before.
3:00pm - Skellig Michael Cruise
These Skellig islands are world-famous, each in its own right: Skellig Michael is known throughout the world of archaeology as the site of a well-preserved monastic outpost of the Early Christian period - now designated a World Heritage Site. En route to the islands you will meet the seabirds of Skellig - gannets all season long, puffins from April to early August, as well as kittiwakes, razorbills, guillemots, manx shearwaters, fulmars and although there are no guarantees, we always hope to see some Bottlenose or Common dolphins, or an elusive Minke whale, or a Basking shark. See the domed rooftops of the monastery buildings high up on the skyline of the 200-metre cliff. See the three ancient stone stairways leading from sea level to the monastic site.
Overnight at The Malton
Wednesday 29th June
10:00am - Visit Crag Cave
Experience a unique 1 million years of history and wonder at Crag Cave. The Cave is renowned as one of the finest examples of a limestone cave in Ireland. Etched over time into a natural wonder, Crag Cave offers an amazing view of how a cave is formed. See incredible examples of Pillars, Stalagmites, Stalactites, Flowstone and Underground water channels.
Depart for Dingle
Afternoon: horse riding, golf, walking, a visit to Fungi, the resident Dingle Bay Dolphin.... kayaking/canoeing....
Overnight at Dingle Skellig Hotel
Dingle Skellig Hotel situated on the most westerly peninsula in Europe and regarded as one of the finest hotels in Kerry with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Since this Kerry Hotel was constructed in 1969 its reputation for comfort, hospitality and service has excelled, which guarantees the holiday experience. Renowned hotel with leisure centre, pool & Peninsula Spa, winner of Yonka Hotel Spa of the year 2009.
Thursday 30th June
Tour Dingle Peninsula
Once cited as "the most beautiful place on earth" by the National Geographic; was voted among the top 100 destinations in the world by Trip Advisor. The Dingle Peninsula stretches 30 miles (48 kilometres) into the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland's south-west coast. The peninsula is dominated by the range of mountains that form its spine, running from the Slieve Mish range to Mount Brandon, Ireland's second highest peak. The coastline consists of steep sea-cliffs, broken by sandy beaches, with two large sand spits at Inch in the south and the Maharees to the north. The Blasket Islands lie to the west of the peninsula.
Dingle Craft Centre
Overnight in Dingle Skellig Hotel
Friday 1st July
Depart Dingle for Clare
Tarbert to Killimer Car Ferry
Enjoy the pleasant, 20 minute journey across the Shannon Estuary.
Visit Cliffs of Moher
Witness the spectacular experience and views on the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometers over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard. O'Brien's Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. From the Cliffs you can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay. See the many wonderful flora and fauna of the Cliffs. You will take in a trip to the new visitor centre as well to learn more about the Cliffs of Moher.
Vaughan Lodge Lahinch or 1 Pery Square; don't book until we get flight times.
Saturday 2nd July