GOLF COURSES HIGHLIGHTS:
Shannon Princess - Golf Cruise in Ireland
Killaloe to Glasson
Day 1 - Depart Canada Board your overnight flight to Dublin, UK.
Transportation: British Airways
Flight: From: To: Leave: Arrival: BA 98 Toronto London 9:20PM 9:15AM 28SEP BA 5957 London Dublin 11:05AM 12:20PM
Day 2 - Killaloe (D) Upon arrival at the Dublin airport you will be transferred by coach to the Shannon Princess moored in historic Killaloe. On arrival, enjoy a welcome Irish Coffee or a pint of Murphy's on tap. The afternoon is free to relax or stroll the picturesque town. Visit St Flannan's Cathedral, which was originally commenced in 1180 but destroyed by Donal Mor O'Brian and rebuilt some 200 years later in a Gothic style. Welcome dinner aboard.
Accommodation: Shannon Princess (for 6 nights)
Day 3 - Killaloe to Mountshannon (B/L/D) Enjoy an early morning cruise to the spectacular reaches of the lower Shannon to Mountshannon. After a leisurely breakfast, you are transferred to Lahinch Golf Club - ranked in the World's top 100 and dating back to 1892, making it one of Ireland's oldest clubs! The golf course is a 70 minute drive each way, but well worth it! Enjoy 18 holes followed by lunch in the clubhouse. Dinner on board. (18 holes, 6115m, Par 72).
Day 4 - Mountshannon to Terryglass (B/L/D) Sunrise cruise to Dromineer and then transfer to Adare Manor Golf Resort, an exquisite 18-hole Championship course features 230 acres of lush Irish countryside with lakes and river meandering throughout. The Adare course was designed by legendary Robert Trent Jones Senior. Return to the barge moored in Dromineer and then dinner on board followed by a late evening cruise to Terryglass, three times winner of Ireland's tidiest town competition. (18 holes, 6815m, Par 71).
Day 5 - Terryglass to Banagher (B/L/D) After breakfast we depart to neighbouring Mossfield Organic Cheese Farm & then Leap Castle, reputed to be Ireland's most haunted house. You will be hosted by Sean Ryan-a renowned musician and his family will invite you into their unusual home. Return to the barge and enjoy a lovely lunch featuring local produce. We cruise through the ever-changing river flood plain bringing us to our overnight mooring at the lively little river town of Banagher. After dinner, we enjoy music and banter at a local pub.
Day 6 - Banagher to Athlone (B/L/D) Cruise through the protected Callows, a wild life flora and fauna reserve, mooring at the ancient ruins of Clonmacnoise. After a guided tour we enjoy lunch on board, whilst cruising to Athlone. After lunch we transfer to K Golf Club, host golf club for the 2006 Ryder Cup. The Arnold Palmer designed course is one of the premier parkland golf courses in Europe. Return to the barge for dinner on board followed by golf lore and music at a waterside pub in Athlone.
Day 7 - Athlone to Glasson (B/L/D) After breakfast, cruise to Glasson through Shannon's beautiful Lough Ree & Inner Lakes and moor right next to the 17th tee at Glasson Golf and Country Club, a superb golf course with a variety of tees. A Christy O'Connor design quoted as "the best he has done so far". The course presents you with many challenges and treats, as well as spectacular views from all 18 holes. A grand finale to an Irish Golf Week! Afternoon visit for a tasting at a local Whiskey Distillery. Old Kilbeggan Distillery is the oldest licenced distillery in the world, dating back to 1757. Farewell Dinner Aboard. (18 holes, 6400m, Par 72).
Day 8 - Glasson - Canada (B) After breakfast transfer by coach to Dublin airport for your onward home flight.
Airline: British Airline Flight: From: To: Leave: Arrival: BA 5966 Dublin London 1:40PM 2:55AM BA 99 London Toronto 4:25AM 7:10PM
Off the main hallway there is accommodation for up to 10 guests in 5 en suite cabins. The cabins can be arranged with twin or king sized beds (guest’s choice). Our ship shape cabins are deceptively spacious, crisp and light filled with riverside opening picture windows. Excellent storage is provided with both hanging and shelved wardrobes and drawers. Each cabin has its own bathroom fully stocked with local artisan & organic shower products, feather soft towels and inviting fluffy bathrobes.
♦ Tour the legendary 6th Clonmacnoise ruins
♦ Full day excursion to Portumna Castle and Galway City
♦ Traditional Guinness and oyster lunch
♦ Visit the unusual haunted Leap Castle
♦ Tour Birr Castle’s Gardens and Science Centre
♦ Visit the Craggaunowen Re-Creation Project
♦ Tour of the Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery
♦ Visit a traditional Irish hand-weaving workshop
You will feel immediately at home onboard Shannon Princess. Our Saloon is comfy chic in style, with a mix of vintage & modern furnishings. Thoughtful design & contemporary style combined with a generous 42 sq. meters of floorspace to create a great ‘home away from home’.The Saloon enjoys large opening windows and its own pocket sized, flower filled front deck.On the upper deck, is our spacious terrace style sun deck – with over sized tables, cushioned deck chairs & loungers. Perfect for Alfresco Summer dining or evening cocktails on deck.
Broadband Internet, Central Heating Throughout, DVD/Satellite TV Available on Request.
The Shannon Princess has been thoughtfully designed throughout. The barge’s inviting interior makes a charming floating living space - a perfect ‘Home away from Home’ for guests to enjoy. The welcoming atmosphere is enhanced by Ruairi and Olivia’s love of antiquities, crafts, pottery and art with many works by established and local Irish artists.On board the barge a friendly & relaxed mood has been created by carefully mixing casual informality with quality service.
GOLF CRUISE IN IRELAND - 8 DAYS THE RIVER SHANNON & ITS LAKES
From Killaloe to Glasson
Embarking SHANNON PRINCESS
Thank you for stopping by to explore the wonderful world of the MV Shannon Princess, a luxury hotel barge that exclusively cruises the fabled river Shannon in Ireland.
It is owned and operated by Irish husband and wife team Olivia Power & Ruairi Gibbons, who have combined their skills for boating, delicious food and Irish hospitality to create a memorable river cruise vacation.
Together Ruairi as Barge skipper and cruise guide and Olivia as on board personal chef, lead a professional crew providing excellent and friendly service. Shannon Princess can be booked on an individual cabin basis or on a charter basis for private parties of up to 10 guests.
INCLUSIONS FOR AIR + CRUISE PROGRAM:
Golf cruises include 4 pre-booked tee times and transfers to and from the clubs. Only those golfing pay the supplement. Not all persons on a golf charter must play golf.