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'Shannon Princess'- Lough Ree, Lough Derg and River Shannon

7 days with Abercrombie & Kent   Rating: Deluxe

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Meet in Dublin and transfer to ‘Shannon Princess,’ moored at Quigley Marina in Glasson. After a welcome reception, take some time to relax on deck before sitting down to a gourmet dinner. (D)
Time for an early stroll along the scenic, twisted lanes before a morning cruise on the River Shannon's "inner lakes" to Athlone. After lunch, visit Kilbeggan Distillery for a tasting. Dating from 1757, it is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world. Return to the barge by way of the village of Ballinahown with its artisan crafts. In Athlone, the overnight mooring, explore the old town. (B L D)
‘Shannon Princess’ cruises through the Callows, a protected area of lush meadows and grasslands. Moor below the ruins of Clonmacnoise, a famous sixth-century university and early Christian settlement. Have lunch as the barge continues cruising to Shannonbridge. After dinner this evening, call at Killeen's Pub for traditional music and a chat with the locals. (B L D)
Today’s idyllic cruise passes changing landscapes dotted with ivy-covered ruins, medieval garrisons and sleepy market villages. After Meelick Lock, pause as Portumna Swing Bridge is opened to allow access to Lough Derg; moor at the foot of Terryglass. Continue to Leap Castle, Ireland’s most haunted house. Learn the castle’s history from Sean Ryan and his family who, as they demonstrate, are also talented traditional musicians. (B L D)
Visit Portumna Castle and its walled kitchen gardens this morning. Continue to the university city of Galway, a stronghold of the Irish language, for lunch at an authentic Guinness and oyster bar. Return to ‘Shannon Princess’ for a leisurely cruise to Mountshannon, perhaps to enjoy a moonlit ramble in the old estate village or dancing at the local hotel. (B L D)
Cruise through charming stretches of Lough Derg to the twin towns of Killaloe & Ballina. Visit Adare Manor for a private falconry display with a variety of birds of prey, set on the Manor's lovely grounds. Continue to a traditional hand weavers workshop and studio to learn how small cottage industries still thrive. Return to the barge for a gala farewell dinner this evening. (B L D)
After breakfast, transfer back to Dublin where your journey ends. (B)
All This Included
Ruairí Gibbons, the Irish captain of 'Shannon Princess' and his wife Olivia, a renowned chef, show you why their barge is listed in Ireland's Blue Book and has been featured on the hit Irish television show, Neven's Irish Food Trails. Partake in gourmet meals and superb hospitality as you cruise through the center of Ireland's enchanting history and culture on the Rough Ree, Rough Derg and the River Shannon. Relax as you drift past idyllic landscapes, disembarking to visit a whiskey distillery and a reputedly haunted castle. Attend a private falconry display and a weavers' workshop. Have lunch ashore at an authentic oyster bar in Galway and swap stories with the locals in a pub. Unique itineraries with themes such as artisan, family, golf or walking, can be arranged for groups with special interests.
  • All meals as indicated by the itinerary (BLD), and all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages while onboard.
  • Sightseeing as indicated by the itinerary.
  • All onboard accommodations while on tour.
  • Arrival and departure transers.
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary.
  • Bottled water supplied during Sightseeing.
  • Handling of two pieces of baggage per person for international fights.
  • Services of a professional guide.
Cruising: Cabin onboard Shannon Princess
  • Minimum age: 12 (independent bookings only); No minimum age for charters.
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