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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Shannon Princess'- Lough Ree, Lough Derg and River Shannon 2017

7 Days from TBA

Limited to 10 guests

Ruairí Gibbons, the Irish captain of 'Shannon Princess' and his wife Olivia, a renowned chef, show you why their barge earned a spot in the book Once in a Lifetime Trips. 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, a reputedly haunted castle and family-owned Meadowsweet Farm to sample wild Irish honey. Unique itineraries with themes such as golf, fishing or walking, can be arranged for groups with special interests.
'Shannon Princess'- Lough Ree, Lough Derg and River Shannon Vessel

Vessel Information

105 feet long, 20 feet wide with central heating

Capacity for 10 guests in 5 double/twin suites, each with en suite bathrooms featuring high-pressure shower with organic shampoo, moisturizer and shower gel, plus one robe per guest, and single basin with storage below.

Cabins feature panoramic windows that open, wardrobe, two bedside tables, dressing table and storage stool

Salon features TV/DVD player and CD player with a selection of DVs and CDs and iPod docking station

Limited number of bicycles provided for guests

All meals and alcoholic beverages included

Deck Plan

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.

'Shannon Princess'
Meals: Dinner

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.

'Shannon Princess'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

‘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. Visit family-owned Meadowsweet Farm to sample wild Irish honey and other fresh organic produce. After dinner this evening, call at Killeen's Pub for traditional music and a chat with the locals.

'Shannon Princess'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. After lunch, visit Mossfield Organic Farm to sample the award-winning cheeses. 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.

'Shannon Princess'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

'Shannon Princess'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruise through charming stretches of Lough Derg to the twin towns of Killaloe & Ballina. Enjoy a private tour of the belfry of St. Flannan's Anglican Church, hosted by the Choir Master. Then 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.

'Shannon Princess'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, transfer back to Dublin where your journey ends.

Meals: Breakfast

Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.

Prices are in USD, per person and based on double occupancy unless noted as charter. Contact A&K for availability.

Journey Details

Minimum age (for Independent Bookings) is 12 years old.

Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.

Reduced pricing available for Private Charters of 6-8 guests.

Artisan, family, golf and walking theme cruises available for Private Charters (supplements may apply).

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