€33,400 Per Charter
- Country / RegionIreland /
- Duration7 Days/6 Nights
- Cruise CodeSHAWAL0816
- Max Passengers10
- Cruise HighlightsAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary Drinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusion Sun deck with spa poolTransportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions Activity Use of bicyclesMeals Gourmet meals paired with wine and cheeseItinerary Cruise between Killaloe and Quigley's Marina.Transfers Transfers from/to the bargeInclusion WiFi on board
Explore charming riverside towns and local sites along Killaloe and Athlone with a lovely cruise on board the Shannon Princess. Prepare yourself to be amazed by the exquisite views as you stroll around the Slieve Bloom Way, Pilgrim Path, Tain Trail and Porlick Woods Co Culaine. This voyage will certainly satisfy your interest!
Note: Walking themed cruises are charter only.
- Explore the historic Killaloe
- Walk along the Graves of Leinstermen
- Stroll around East Clare Hills
- Explore the Portumna Castle Walled Kitchen Gardens
- Walk the Slieve Bloom Way
- Discover the Leap Castle
- Visit the legendary Clonmacnoise ruins and Pilgrim Path
- Moor at Quigley's Marina.
- Local transfers between Dublin and the hotel barge
- Luxury 6-night cruise
- All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
- Open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
- All wines served throughout the cruise
- Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary
- Services of 5 crew
- Use of barge facilities including wireless internet access, spa-pool and bicycles on request
Baked Baby Lobster, Roast Sholder of Lamb, Black Velvet Crepes filled with Raspberries and served with Champagne Sauce
A wide selection of French & other European wines, complemented by fine Irish single malt whiskies
Cashel Blue Farmhouse Cheese; Cooleeney; Boilie Goats Cheese; Carrigbyrne St. Brenden; Durrus; Gubbeen
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Killaloe to Quigley's Marina
Day 1, Sunday
We meet you at the designated meeting place and transfer you by coach to the Shannon Princess moored in historic Killaloe. We are moored on the Tipperary side of these picturesque little Ecclesiastical towns. Killaloe was once home to the court of the last High King of Ireland - Brian Boru. “Cead Mile Failte,” Your Captain and his crew welcome you on board the elegant Shannon Princess with a Champagne Reception. Time enough to meet new friends. Relax on deck or explore this charming riverside town & local sites of interest. Watch the world float by, as you enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.
Day 2, Monday
We take a hike into the Arra Mountains from our mooring in Killaloe. At the summit of Tountinna is the “GRAVES OF THE LEINSTERMEN”, today one stone is standing, the rest are covered in undergrowth. The site may have originally been a stone circle or a Neolithic Tomb. Keep a look out for evidence of the area’s great slate quarrying tradition. Magnificent views can be had from these parts, and blanket bog and several varieties of heather add to the allure of the landscape. This is an excellent walk and can take between 3 to 5 hours to walk. We are walking on natural terrain with moderate gradients. We slip our moorings at Killaloe, and start our journey up river.
This afternoon we literately go with the flow, up through Lough Derg with its many Islands & Medieval strongholds. Here The Shannon Princess follows a dramatic route carved through the hills & valleys of Munster’s North Riding. The River sweeps past banks charmingly dotted with Wild Horses & Crumbling Castles. We moor at the lovely old estate village of Mountshannon, perched prettily above the Lough. Gourmet Dinner onboard and a moonlit ramble around Mountshannon.
Day 3, Tuesday
The East Clare Way walk starts from overnight mooring in Mountshannon. This is a 127km route of marked Highways and Byways. You will be guided through what is considered the most beautiful section. A gentle climb up through riverside villages & into the Slieve Bernagh hills until we overlook some of the most spectacular scenery in the whole of Munster with Lough Derg and its many islands at our feet creating a landscape rich in beauty, colour and variety. This is a 3 to 4 hour walk on natural terrain and trails with moderate gradients.
This afternoon the Shannon Princess meanders effortlessly north through Lough Derg. We moor waterside at the foot of a hill that slopes gently up to Terryglass village. At Terryglass take time to explore this rural Hamlet- walk, cycle, swim or make a wish in any of the villages’ ‘Holy (fairy) Wells’! Time to explore Portumna Castle Walled Kitchen Gardens with your Chef. Gourmet dinner on board.
Day 4, Wednesday
We travel by luxury coach to the nearby Slieve Bloom Mountains. Steeped in history and folklore, the Slieve Blooms dominate the landscape as it straddles the border of counties Offaly and Laois. Its highest peak, 529m Arderin, translates from Irish as the height of Ireland. Connections with the past are everywhere as the area is dusted with monuments dating back as far as 4,500 years. This is a three to 4 hour walk along riverside paths & bog tracks and through woodland trails. Refreshment at Leap Castle Hosted by Owner & Traditional Musician Sean Ryan.
Return to “Shannon Princess II’ for Gourmet Dinner, and cruise an evocative stretch of the river Shannon. Onwards we head, in the wake of time, floating by dappled woodlands & ancient highways. The ever-changing landscape slipping by, pausing as Portumna Swing Bridge is opened to allow the Shannon Princess pass on by, upwards through Meelick Lock to moor over night at the village of Shannonbridge. Gourmet Dinner on board.
Day 5, Thursday
After a short Cruise, we moor at Clonmacnoise ruins - an atmospheric & spiritual 6th Century monastic settlement soaked in history & myth. Clonmacnoise was the ancient burial grounds of the High Kings of Tara & Connaught and quickly became a popular place of pilgrimage. Here on the Shannon Riverbanks we start our walking trail on THE PILGRIM'S PATH. This ancient walking route crossed early historic Ireland from east to west and was known in Gaelic as An tSlí Mór, the Great Road. The modern Pilgrim Path covers an intact stretch of that ancient route which winds along the Esker Riada and provides the walker with an elevated view of the bog and river Shannon rich in wildlife and flowers .We follow the trail for 3 to 4 hours, over gently undulating & natural terrain.
The Shannon Princess continues its meander up the Shannon towards Athlone, cruising through lush grazing meadows & floodplains. These meadows are considered Ireland’s premier wildfowl & flora reserves, and excellent examples of “Callows" landscape. We moor in the heart of the bustling town of Athlone with time to visit some of the many charming craft, antiques shops or a visit to any of the town’s impromptu traditional music pub. Dinner on board
Day 6, Friday
This morning the Barge slips through countryside little changed through the centuries. Relax & unwind as we float along the Shannon’s beautiful “Lough Ree & its Inner Lakes”, passing stately riverside homes & some of its reputed 365 wooded islands. We moor at Quigleys Marina, Glasson is the legendary route taken across Ireland taken by Queen Maedbh of Connacht in her attempts at the theft of her husband's riches and his prized Brown Bull of Cooley. The Tain Trail is steeped in mythology & history as it retraces the journey & battles between Maeve & her armies & the Warrior hero Cúchulainn. We join the Tain Trail along the Shores of Lough Ree where Maeve met a bloody end. We follow the trail for 3 to 4 hours. This is a charming lakeshore byway on natural surfaces with only slight gradients. Farewell “Slainte” Gourmet Dinner.
Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast transfer by coach to the designated drop off point.
Shannon Princess Deck Plan
- 33.5 m (110 ft) long
- 10 passengers
- 5 crew
- 5 twin/double state rooms with en-suite facilities
- Centrally Heated
- CD player/iPod dock
- Sun deck with spa pool
- Touring bicycles on request
- Air-conditioned minibus
- WiFi (Subject to local reception)
Dates & Prices
Rates for 2019
Departure Dates Junior Suite per person Single Supplement April 21, 28 3,950 Euros 1,350 Euros May 5 3,950 Euros 1,350 Euros May 12, 19, 26 4,490 Euros 1,550 Euros June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 4,490 Euros 1,550 Euros July 7, 14, 21, 28 4,490 Euros 1,550 Euros August 4, 11, 18, 25 4,490 Euros 1,550 Euros September 1, 8, 15, 22 4,490 Euros 1,550 Euros
Charter (Whole Barge)
Departure Dates Charter 6 ppl Charter 8 ppl Charter 10 ppl April 21, 28 33,400 Euros 35,200 Euros 37,000 Euros May 5 33,400 Euros 35,200 Euros 37,000 Euros May 12, 19, 26 37,600 Euros 39,800 Euros 42,000 Euros June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 37,600 Euros 39,800 Euros 42,000 Euros July 7, 14, 21, 28 37,600 Euros 39,800 Euros 42,000 Euros August 4, 11, 18, 25 37,600 Euros 39,800 Euros 42,000 Euros September 1, 8, 15, 22 37,600 Euros 39,800 Euros 42,000 Euros
Theme Cruise Supplement
Theme Available For Supplement Walking Charter up to 10 ppl 2,100 Euros per charter
No extra supplement is payable for this individual walking departure. Walking cruises include daily walking with a professional walking guide.Terms & ConditionsPrices shown in Euros and will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of €800 is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 90 days as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings.
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