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Cruising the Shannon and Irish Lakes

  • River Shannon ©Courtesy of Chris Hill, Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland

    Ireland Cruise - River Shannon in Athlone town
  • Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum ©Courtesy of Carsten Krieger, Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland

    Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum
7 day tour
From £399 per person - minimum 20 passengers

The River Shannon is Ireland’s longest river and is closely bound up with the country’s social, cultural, military, economic and political history. See Ireland’s history from the water as you cruise on this mighty river and its lakes.


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March - October 2023

Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Depart the UK

Take the afternoon ferry crossing from Holyhead to Dublin, then a short drive to your hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2

Clonmacnoise Monastic Settlement and Cruise

We head for Athlone, with an en route stop at Clonmacnoise, an early Christian site on the banks of the River Shannon, after we board our boat for a scenic cruise to Athlone, our base for three nights.

Day 3

Carrick-on-Shannon and Strokestown Park

Today, visit Carrick-on-Shannon, the cruising capital of the Shannon. The town is steeped in history and boasts a beautiful marina, here we enjoy a scenic cruise on the River Shannon, taking in some stunning vistas. Afternoon visit to Strokestown Park & House, a beautifully restored mansion set in 300 acres.

Day 4

Athlone Castle and Lake Cruise

(Coach driver’s rest day)

Enjoy a day in Athlone, where we visit the castle and enjoy an afternoon
cruise along the Shannon and into Lough Ree known locally as ‘The Lake of Kings, enjoy some of the most beautiful unspoiled scenery in all
of Ireland.

Day 5

Shannon Ferry, Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum and Limerick

Depart Athlone, taking the Shannon Ferry we experience the Wild Atlantic Sea and rugged landscape. Visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum before heading to Limerick City.

Day 6


Depart Limerick, following the Shannon we stop in Ballina and Killahoe, for our final sightseeing cruise on the Shannon and Loch Derg. Afternoon we head to Dublin for overnight stop.

Day 7

Return to the UK

After an early breakfast, take the ferry and return home.

Suggested Hotels

Shamrock Lodge Hotel ****, Athlone

This family-run hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens just 5 minutes’ walk from the restaurants, bars and nightlife of Athlone town centre. Guests can enjoy their meal at the hotel bar and restaurant, renowed in the Midlands for its excellent cuisine. The hotel boasts 40 deluxe and superior bedrooms with free Wi-Fi, TV, and tea & coffee making facilities. Some rooms even have scenic views over the gardens. Free parking is available on site.

Sheraton, Athlone

Clayton Hotel, Limerick

Castle Oaks Hotel, Limerick

Dates 7 days / 6 nights
March – October 2023
From £399.00 per person

Prices include return ferry. If you would like a price travelling by air, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Single room supplement available upon request.

Exchange rate based on £1 = €1.192 as of January 2022. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place for a coach driver or group organiser in a single room, both are based on a minimum 20 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire, travel or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at

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