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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Shannon Princess' - Lough Ree, Lough Derg & River Shannon 2020

7 days from $5,350 per person

Limited to 10 guests

Indulge in gourmet fare aboard 'Shannon Princess,' listed in Ireland's Blue Book and featured in the hit Irish TV show Neven's Irish Food Trails. Disembark to visit a whiskey distillery, attend a falconry display and observe an authentic handweavers' workshop. Enjoy lunch ashore at an oyster bar in Galway and swap stories with the locals in a pub.

Vessel Information

105 feet long, 18 feet wide with air conditioning throughout

Capacity for 10 guests in 5 double/twin cabins, each outward facing with en suite bathroom

Salon with stereo system, television and assortment of CDs/DVDs

Terrace-style sun deck with loungers & spa tub

Bicycles provided

Internet access (limited in some areas)

All meals and beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) included

Deck Plan
Day 1

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
Day 2

Take 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.

'Shannon Princess'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

‘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.

'Shannon Princess'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

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 Birr Castle, residence of Lord Rosse and his family. See the magnificent gardens, the fascinating Science Center and the historic telescope.

'Shannon Princess'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5

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
Day 6

Cruise through charming stretches of Lough Derg to the twin towns of Killaloe and 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 handweavers' 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
Day 7

After breakfast, disembark in Killaloe and 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. 

  • 2020
  • Departing Every Sunday Between May 10 - Sep 20, 2020
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Journey Details

Minimum age for Individual Travel is 12 years.

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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