The River Shannon represents Ireland at its finest. Rolling green fields, lakes and rivers, ancient Celtic monasteries and an abundance of wildlife are common place on this carefully chosen cruise route. The legends and fables of Ireland are found everywhere and are well understood by the warm and hospitable Irish people. Their extraordinary history has been varied and sometimes difficult but they somehow always find the time to chat and discuss the time of day.
The 10 passenger Shannon Princess II is a spacious powerful river cruise vessel specifically adapted for the Shannon. She cruises her classic Irish cruise throughout the season.
Dublin to Quigley's Marina
Guests shall be met at 3.00pm at the Aberdeen Lodge Hotel in Dublin and transferred by coach to the Shannon Princess 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.
Quigley’s Marina to Athlone
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.
Athlone to Shannonbridge
The 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.
Shannonbridge to Terryglass
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 the Shannon Princess 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 board.
Terryglass to Mountshannon
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.
Mountshannon to Killaloe
This 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.
Killaloe to Dublin
After breakfast transfer by coach to Dublin.
From: $3700 per person in double occupancy
Deposit as soon as possible and recieve $2,950 off your package price for our October 10, 2010 departure!
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
2011 Departures:Apr 1, Apr 8, Apr 17, Apr 24, May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5, June 12, June 19, June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, Aug 7, Aug 14, Aug 21, Aug 28, Sep 4, Sep 11, Sep 18, Sep 25
Itinerary Note: On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.
Special Price:Deposit as soon as possible and recieve $2,950 off your package price for our October 10, 2010 departure!
Highlights:See the Iron Age Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre; Tour the Ruins of the legendary 6th century Clonmacnoise; Full day excursion to Galway City; Visit the unusual hunted Leap Castle; Tour the Birr Castle with its stunning landscaped gardens; Visit Killaloe and its cathedral
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Inclusions: All ground transportation at the destination; lodging, meals and tours per itinerary; English-speaking assistance.
Not included: International and domestic airfares; airport departure taxes; tips of any kind; incidentals at hotels; any meals not included in the itinerary; alcoholic beverages; souvenirs.
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