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“Football trip down the river!”

Viking Ship Cruises
Ranked #1 of 3 Tours in Athlone
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Come back 1,200 years and join the Vikings on a replica Viking Ship. Cruise up the River Shannon to Lough Ree (1hr 15min) or down river to the monastic settlement and round tower of Clonmacnoise (1hr 30min one way). Experience the religous and Viking history attached to this area. Hear live commentry on Viking hoardes, on the beauty of the river, its flora, fauna, bird and fish life. Fun and excitement for all the family...Departs from Athlone Castle and tickets are available on board.
Derbyshire
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3 reviews
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“Football trip down the river!”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

I took a small coach party to Athlone for a football game, and booked the river cruise as something to do before the match for the group. Booking with "Viking Mike" was easy, an exchange of emails being sufficient to reserve places on the noon tour.

I was very pleasantly surprised when I arrived - I hadn't really known what to expect, but a lovely big boat, fully covered in case of rain, with comfortable padded seating all around, and a personal welcome from Mike. The river cruise was lovely, with the added bonus of a full guided tour from a very knowledgeable Mike! All coffee and tea aboard was served free of charge, and even plastic viking helmets were available for the kids to wear on the boat if they so wished, a really nice touch.

Great atmosphere and a very relaxing way of spending some free time in Athlone. I would highly recommend a trip down the Shannon with Mike and his son, 10 Euros is very good value for money. I look forward to taking other parties there on future trips!

Visited July 2014
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Dublin
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“Wonderful Boat Trip”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

It was lovely to travel to Clonmacnoise by boat on the Shannon and the experience was very much enhanced by the way in which Michael and his son looked after everyone. The commentary was most interesting and informative. It is not on every trip that the passengers are offered sunblock, binoculars to use , books on the wildlife of the area to look at and free tea and coffee. The whole experience was way beyond our expectations and I would highly recommend this trip.

Visited July 2014
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Tempe, Arizona
1 review
“Great way to see the Shannon!”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

I'm the director of Study Abroad Ireland, part of Mesa Community College's international education program. We use Athlone as our base of operations in Ireland, and we've had the great fortune to take "Captin" Mike's Viking boat to Clonmacnoise every summer for the past 10 years. Both educational and relaxing, I cannot recommend this little excursion more highly! Don't miss it!

Visited June 2014
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Shannonbridge, Ireland
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5 reviews
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“Amazing experience!!”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

This really was an adventure. I wenT with a group of family and friends. The history tour all along the way was really informative. Michael was a pleasure to deal with. It was very relaxing and the hour and a half from Athlone to Clonmacnois flew by. I am definitely going to do it again soon. Clonmacnois looked even more stunning from the water. The price was very reasonable too.

Visited June 2014
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Louisburgh
2 reviews
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“Boating up the Shannon is complete pleasure”
Reviewed 19 June 2014

We had a most enjoyable trip from Athlone to Hodson Bay on our school tour. Michael gave a running commentary on all the sights along the way. Tea and coffee available. Snack shop too. Blankets and cushions and lots of comfortable seating on board.

Visited June 2014
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