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Ireland 7-day Luxury Barge Tour (SHP)

  • 7days
  • Ireland

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Luxury Barge Tour on Ireland's Shannon river

The River Shannon represents Ireland at its finest. Rolling green fields, lakes and rivers, ancient Celtic monasteries and an abundance of wildlife. The legends and fables of Ireland are found everywhere and are well understood by the warm and hospitable Irish people. This River Shannon cruise brings you in touch with the very soul of Ireland.

Five twin/double bedded suites with views, a comfortable saloon, dining area and a master chef on board, with a full length upper sun deck, ensure your cruise will be an unforgettable experience.

Included in the Luxury Barge Tour:

  • 6 Nights accommodation on board in an air-conditioned, en-suite cabin.
  • The services of an experienced Captain / Host, Chef, Hostess(es), Driver/Tour Guide.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard. A local meal ashore, once per week on most barges.
  • An excellent selection of fine regional and international wines and spirits, plus an all day open bar, tea and coffee.
  • Daily excursions by chauffeured minibus and entry fees to castles, vineyards, markets and other local places of interest.
  • Use of barge facilities such as bicycles, boules, barge library and on certain vessels, a spa pool.
  • Return transfers to and from the local meeting/drop off point.

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  • Day 1

    Glasson.

    Guests are met at the designated meeting point in Dublin and transferred to the barge moored at Glasson for a welcome champagne, black velvets or Irish coffee. Time for perhaps a gentle stroll before your first dinner on board.

  • Day 2

    Glasson to Athlone.

    The morning begins with a cruise around the beautiful 'Inner Lakes' of Lough Ree and then north to explore some of the 365 islands on the lake. We circle back to the River Shannon and on to our mooring at Athlone Town. After lunch we visit Kilbeggan Whiskey distillery, the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world. On the return journey there is time for a visit to Balinahown, an artisan craft village. Dinner on board.

  • Day 3

    Athlone to Shannonbrige.

    Today we negotiate Athlone lock and head south through Europe's richest example of 'Callow' landscape. We moor at Clonmacnoise ruins, a famed 6th century university and an early monastic settlement. Following a tour, we cruise on to our mooring at Shannonbridge. After lunch, we visit Leap Castle, reputed to be Ireland's most haunted house. You will be given a personal tour by the eccentric owner Sean Ryan, who, with traditional Irish musicians, will relate to you the fascinating history of the castle and its part in founding the American Constitution. After dinner on board, join the captain for a pint in Killeen's pub for some Irish music and an evening with the locals.

  • Day 4

    Shannonbridge to Terryglass.

    This morning, we cruise a very pretty stretch of the River Shannon through Meelick lock, pausing as Portumna swing bridge is opened to allow us passage onto idyllic Lough Dergand, then moor at Terryglass Harbour. This afternoon we visit Birr Castle, where the Earl of Rosse and family are still in residence, to see the magnificent gardens, the fascinating Science Centre and admire the historic Great Telescope. Dinner on board.

  • Day 5

    Terryglass to Mountshannon.

    Today, our tour is firstly to the walled gardens of Portumna Castle, then on to Galway City, a lively University City and cultural centre for Irish-speaking regions in Western Ireland. Visit the Galway crystal, craft and linen shops and enjoy lunch at a traditional Guinness and oyster pub. We return to the barge and set sail across beautiful Lough Derg, passing Forrest Park and ancient mountains as we enjoy our dinner and sunset cruise to Mountshannon - a lovely lakeside village perched above the Lough.

  • Day 6

    Mountshannon to Killaloe.

    Today we set sail across south Lough Derg rejoining the River Shannon to moor at Killaloe, once home to the court of the greatest High King of Ireland, Brian Boru. After exploring this elegant little town we lunch on board, then set off to tour a unique project located in the grounds of Craggaunowen Castle, designed to bring Bronze Age and Celtic culture to life, before finally visiting a traditional Irish hand-weaving workshop. 'Salinte' cocktail reception and Captain's farewell dinner on board.

  • Day 7

    Killaloe.

    After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the designated drop off point in Dublin.

    This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.

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SH P cruising

I could not have asked for a better cruise. Everything from the food through the excursions was fantastic. The Crew was amazing.- May 2022

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Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Apr 16 2023 Apr 22 2023 10 Single rooms 6,150€
Double rooms 4,550€
Apr 21 2024 Apr 27 2024 10 Single rooms 6,150€
Double rooms 4,550€
Apr 28 2024 May 04 2024 10 Single rooms 6,150€
Double rooms 4,550€
May 05 2024 May 11 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€
May 12 2024 May 18 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€
May 19 2024 May 25 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€
May 26 2024 Jun 01 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€
Jun 02 2024 Jun 08 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€
Jun 09 2024 Jun 15 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€
Jun 16 2024 Jun 22 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€
Jun 23 2024 Jun 29 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€
Jun 30 2024 Jul 06 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€
Jul 07 2024 Jul 13 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€
Jul 14 2024 Jul 20 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€
Jul 21 2024 Jul 27 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€
Jul 28 2024 Aug 03 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€
Aug 04 2024 Aug 10 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€
Aug 11 2024 Aug 17 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€
Aug 18 2024 Aug 24 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€
Aug 25 2024 Aug 31 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€
Sep 01 2024 Sep 07 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€
Sep 08 2024 Sep 14 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€
Sep 15 2024 Sep 21 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€
Sep 22 2024 Sep 28 2024 10 Single rooms 7,050€
Double rooms 5,250€

Car rental in Ireland

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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