Exclusive hotel barge cruise in Ireland aboard Deluxe barge SHANNON PRINCESS

The Shannon and its Loughs - Ireland at its finest.

Deluxe barge SHANNON PRINCESS:
10 passengers / 5 cabin suites of approx. 12 sqm each with en-suite shower/WC / 5 crew members / Sun deck with hot tub, sun loungers and seating area / Small library / Salon with sofa group, 2 bistro tables and dining table for 10 people / Open bar / 6 bicycles

7 days / 6 nights

Highlights of the cruise:
* The legendary ruins of Clonmacnoise dating back to the 6th century
* Portumna Castle and Galway
* Traditional lunch with Guinness and Oysters
* Haunted Leap Castle
* Bird of prey demonstration at Adare Manor
* Whiskey Distillery with private tasting
* Excellent hiking and fishing opportunities

ITINERARY*

Sunday, Day 1: Glasson - Welcome aboard Shannon Princess
Guests are met in Dublin** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the Shannon Princess. Your Captain and his crew will welcome you onboard with champagne, black velvet cocktails or perhaps an Irish coffee, then time for a stroll and perhaps a visit to St. Flannan’s Cathedral. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2: Glasson to Athlone
This morning we begin our cruise around the beautiful “Inner Lakes” of Lough Ree and then continue north as we explore some of the 365 islands on the lake. We then circle back to the River Shannon and onto our mooring in Athlone Town. After lunch we visit the Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery, dating from 1757 and the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world.  Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3: Athlone to Shannonbridge
Today we negotiate Athlone Lock and head south through Europe’s richest example of “Callow” landscape. We moor at Clonmacnoise ruins, a famed 6th century university and an early monastic settlement. Following a tour, we cruise on to our mooring at Shannonbridge. Then, after lunch we visit 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. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4: Shannonbridge to Terryglass
This morning, we cruise a very pretty stretch of the River Shannon through Meelick lock, pausing as Portumna swing bridge is opened to allow us passage onto idyllic Lough Derg and then moor at Terryglass Harbour. This afternoon we visit Birr Castle, still resided in by the Earl of Rosse and family, to see the magnificent gardens, the fascinating Science Centre and admire the historic Great Telescope. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5: Terryglass to Mountshannon
Today, our tour is firstly, to the walled gardens of Portumna Castle, then on to Galway, a lively University City and cultural centre for Irish-speaking regions in Western Ireland. Visit the Galway crystal, craft and linen shops and then lunch at a traditional Guinness & Oyster pub. We return to Shannon Princess and set sail across beautiful Lough Derg, passing Forrest Park and ancient mountains as we enjoy our dinner and sunset cruise to Mountshannon – a lovely lakeside village perched above the Lough.

Friday, Day 6: Mountshannon to Killaloe
Today we set sail across south Lough Derg, re-joining the River Shannon to moor at Killaloe, once home to the court of the greatest High King of Ireland, Brian Boru. After exploring this elegant little town, we lunch on board, then set off to Adare Manor, a magnificent estate located on the banks of the River Maigue. Here, in the setting of the Walled Garden, we gain a real insight into the history and tradition of falconry and have the opportunity to ‘get up close and personal’ with birds of prey such as owls, falcons and eagles – a magical experience. We end the afternoon by visiting a traditional Irish hand-weaving workshop. ‘Sláinte’ cocktail reception and Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7: Killaloe
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Dublin**.

*The itinerary is a suggested route and can be changed at any time due to local conditions. Depending on the departure date, the tour may run in the opposite direction from Killaloe to Glasson

** The Shannon Princess can also be privately chartered for golf, art or family cruises. Other itineraries are available for private charter bookings. Please contact us for details.

Dates 2024:
Departing weekly on Sunday between April 21 and September 2, 2024

Rates 2024:
per person in double cabin from 4,550 EUR to 5,250 EUR per week
Single cabin supplement from 1,600 EUR to 1,800 EUR

The rate includes:
- local transfers to and from the hotel barge
- 6-nights cruise
- all gourmet meals on board, prepared by the ship's chef and meals as per itinerary
- all drinks/wines throughout the cruise
- an open bar with a large selection of drinks
- daily interesting excursions with entrance fees according to the itinerary
- attentive service from the crew of 5

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