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Shannon Princess II

Shannon River Cruise (7 days)

The 10-passenger Shannon Princess II is the largest hotel barge cruising on the River Shannon. The barge was refurbished in 2003 and the beautifully designed interior includes comfortable riverside cabins with large picture windows and modern bathrooms. There is also a spacious saloon, dining area and full length upper sun deck. The experienced Captain and crew of the Shannon Princess II will ensure that your every need is accommodated and your cruise to the unspoiled reaches of the Shannon countryside is one to remember.

 

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Embark

A local transfer from Dublin to Quigley's Marina is included. Full details available on request.

Day 1: Glasson

Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise will run in the reverse direction. You will be met in Dublin and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Shannon Princess. Your Captain and his crew welcome you on board with champagne, Black Velvets or Irish coffees. Time perhaps for a gentle stroll before your first dinner on board.

Day 2: Glasson - Athlone

After breakfast you begin your cruise around the beautiful “Inner Lakes” of Lough Ree and then continue north to Lough Ree itself as you explore some of the 365 islands on the lake. Then circle back to the river and travel to your mooring in Athlone Town. After lunch, visit the Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery, dating from 1757 and the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world. On the return journey there is time for a visit to Ballinahown, an artisan craft village. Dinner onboard.

Day 3: Athlone - Shannonbridge

This morning the barge descends through Athlone Lock and heads south through Europe’s richest example of “Callow” landscape. Here, the countryside has little changed in over 1000 years and the area is one of Ireland’s premier Wildfowl Reserves. Moor at Clonmacnoise ruins, a famed 6th century University and early Christian settlement. Return to the barge for lunch, followed by a visit to Leap Castle, reputed to be Ireland’s most haunted house. You will be given a personal tour by the eccentric owner Sean Ryan, whom with traditional Irish musicians, will relate to you the fascinating history of the castle and its part in founding the American Constitution. After dinner, perhaps join the captain for a pint in Killeen's pub.

Day 4: Shannonbridge - Terryglass

Today you will travel along a particularly pretty stretch of the Shannon, watching as an ever-changing landscape glides by. Cruise down through Meelick lock and pause as the Portumna Swing Bridge is opened to allow the Shannon Princess onto idyllic Lough Derg. Moor at Terryglass Harbour. In the afternoon you will visit Birr Castle, still resided by the Earl of Rosse and family. Visit the magnificent gardens, the Science Centre and historic Great Telescope. Dinner onboard.

Day 5: Terryglass - Mountshannon

Today you will first visit the walled gardens of Portumna Castle, then on to Galway, a lively University City and cultural centre. You will visit the Galway crystal, craft and linen shops and lunch at a traditional Guinness and Oyster pub! Later return to the barge as she sets sail across Lough Derg, passing ancient mountains and you enjoy dinner and a sunset cruise to Mountshannon, a pretty lakeside village perched above the Lough.

Day 6: Mountshannon - Killaloe

Set sail through southern Lough Derg and her many Islands, rejoin the River Shannon and reach Killaloe, once home to the court of the greatest High King of Ireland, Brian Boru. After exploring this elegant little town, enjoy lunch on board, then set off to Adare Manor, a magnificent estate located on the banks of the River Maigue. Here you will gain a real insight into the tradition and history of falconry and have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the birds of prey! Visit a traditional IRish hand-weaving workshop. ‘Sláinte’ cocktail reception and Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7: Killaloe

After a final breakfast on board, disembark for a local transfer and your onward journey.

Disembark

Disembark in Killaloe for a transfer bacdk to Dublin. Full details available on request.

Includes

  • Six nights' accommodation on board Shannon Princess II
  • Full board during the cruise (from dinner on day one to breakfast on the last day)
  • Chauffeured and guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Use of bicycles
  • Specially selected European wines with lunch and dinner
  • Open bar with a large selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
  • Transfers between Dublin and the ship

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Personal insurance
  • Crew gratuity
 

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