IRELAND RIVER CRUISE
The River Shannon is named after a Celtic goddess Sionna and is Irelands longest river at 224 miles, The Shannon rises in Co Cavan and flows gently south to Limerick and into the Atlantic Ocean. It also divides the West of Ireland from the east and south. All along the Shannon River, there are charming towns and villages, the most noteworthy being Carrick on Shannon, Athlone and Limerick. Every town tells its own story. Barge cruises in Ireland, especially on the Shannon is a great way to get away from the stresses of everyday life. There are no traffic jams and there is lots of time for fishing, swimming, and all types of watersports. Three major lakes on the Shannon are Lough Allen, Lough Ree and Lough Derg. Not forgetting the Grand Canal and the Royal Canal which link the Shannon to Dublin. With so much included in the price, Irish Barge trips offer value for money. Travelling from town to village and no need to worry about directions or unpacking. You will wake up in a different place every day, refreshed and ready for the next adventure.
Cruising Ireland on the River Shannon
SHANNON PRINCESS - CRUISING ON THE LOWER SHANNON-
BARGING IN IRELAND
THE 10 PASSENGER SHANNON PRINCESS II is the largest luxury hotel
barge cruising the Lower Shannon. Her thoughtfully designed interior
includes twin or double beds with lough views, a comfortable saloon, dining
area and full length sun deck. Her experienced Captain and crew go out of their
way to ensure your every need is accommodated. Your chef was trained at the
and distinguishes herself at every meal with signature
dishes such as parcels of wild salmon, roast of spring lamb, variations of
shellfish stew with fresh herbs and of course, a grand selection of desserts.
FEATURES Panoramic Windows Beautiful Sundeck. YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION: 2003
DIMENSIONS: Length 105 ' (32m), width 20" (6.0m) PERSONNEL CREW: 5.
Captain, Tour Guide, Chef, x 3 Host/Hostesses Our crew are Irish and speak
English. ACCOMMODATION 5
Suites each with an en-suite bathroom. All Suites have a choice of twin or
double bedding. They also have a closet, private bathroom, individually
controlled central heating, bottled water and chocolates. The cabins are all
well above waterline with large panoramic windows allowing passengers a full,
uninhibited view and have ample storage space. HAIRDRYERS: Yes. Internet
access: There is wifi facility on board for passengers to connect to the
internet if they bring their own laptop or phones. Guests can also have access
to the internet at libraries and cyber cafes while visiting towns and villages
during their canal cruising in Ireland.
SHANNON PRINCESS II - CLASSIC
Quigley's Marina to Killaloe
Sunday, Day 1 Quigley's Marina
We meet you
at Brooks Hotel, the designated meeting place and transfer you by coach to the Shannon
Princess moored at Quigley's Marina. Your Captain and his crew welcome you on
board the delightful Shannon Princess with Champagne, Black Velvets or Irish
Coffees! Dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 Quigley's Marina
This Morning we begin our cruise around the beautiful
"Inner Lakes" of Lough Ree and then continue north to Lough Ree as we
explore some of the 365 islands on the lake. We then circle back to the River
and onto our mooring in Athlone Town. After lunch we depart by bus to the
"Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre". The centre interprets an Iron Age
bog road which was built in the year 148 BC across the Boglands close to the
River Shannon. The oak road is the largest of its kind to have been uncovered
in Europe and was excavated over the years by Professor Barry Raferty of
University College Dublin. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3 Athlone to Shannonbridge
Shannon Princess descends through Athlone Lock and heads south through Europe's
richest example of "Callow" landscape. Countryside little changed in
over 1000 years. This is one of Ireland's premier Wildfowl Reserves. We moor at
Clonmacnoise ruins, a famed 6th.Century University and early Christian
settlement. After a visit to the interpretive centre we lunch onboard enroute
to Shannon Bridge arriving mid-afternoon to this typical Irish riverside town.
After Lunch we depart by bus to "Birr Castle" Irelands Historical
Science Centre and home of the Oldest Telescope in the World, with its glorious
landscaped gardens dating from 17th. Century and family seat of the Earls of
Ross. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 Shannonbridge
We travel a very pretty stretch of the Shannon with an
ever-changing landscape slipping by. Travelling down through Meelick lock,
pausing as Portumna swing bridge is opened to allow passage onto idyllic Lough
Derg. We moor at Terryglass Harbour. Lunch at the Derg Inn in the Village. Time
to explore this charming Hamlet before an afternoon excursion to "Leap
Castle", reputed to be Ireland's most haunted house. You will be greeted
by Sean Ryan and his family who will invite you in to their unusual home and
Sean, a renowned musician, will tell you the fascinating history of the castle
and the part it played in founding the American Constitution. Sean will gladly
play a few tunes with possibly the added bonus of being joined by his talented
young daughter who will demonstrate her amazing dancing skills. Dinner on
Thursday, Day 5 Terryglass to
A full day excursion to Galway City - A lively
University City and cultural centre for Irish speaking regions in Western
Ireland. Visit Galway crystal and a profusion of craft and linen shops. Lunch
at a Traditional Guinness & Oyster pub. Return to Shannon Princess and set
sail through the especially beautiful Lough Derg passing Forrest Park and
ancient mountains as we set our course for Mountshannon - a lovely lakeside
village perched above the Lough. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6 Mountshannon to Killaloe
morning we set sail through south Lough Derg and her many Islands rejoining the
River Shannon and entering Killaloe, once home to the court of the greatest
High King of Ireland, Brian Boru. We moor on the Tipperary side of this elegant
little town, with plenty of time for you to visit the town. After lunch
onboard, we set off by bus on our excursion to a unique project set in the
grounds of Graggaunowen Castle, designed to bring Bronze Age & Celtic
culture to life. Also on display is a reconstructed hide boat used by Irish
Monks to sail to North America in the 5th. Century. Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7 Killaloe
After breakfast transfer by
coach to the designated drop off point. On alternate weeks the cruise will be
in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
- the lower Shannon River
Rates are for six nights on either: A whole boat charter basis or per person
based on double occupancy per cabin.
Ireland - Lower Shannon River - Shannon Princess II Accommodation Please Email Us For Information
or Call 1-800-221-2474 9AM - 6PM Mon-Fri Eastern Time
|Departure Dates (Sunday) 2017
|April 23, 30,
|May 07, 14, 21, 28,
|June 04, 11, 18, 25,
|July 02, 09, 16, 23, 30,
|August 06, 13, 20, 27,
|September 03, 10, 17, 24,
|Suite per person
|Charter Max. 6 pax.
|Charter Max. 8 pax.
|Charter Max. 10 pax.