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Viking Ship Cruises

| Quayside, Athlone Castle, Athlone, Ireland
+353 86 262 1136
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Fantastic Trip

Went on an evening cruise from Athlone up to Hodson Bay at sunset on Friday. It was a lovely... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Alex B
Dublin, Ireland
Great Experience

I recently took a group of work colleagues on a trip from Athlone , up into Lough Ree and then on... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Athlone, Ireland
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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.
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| Quayside, Athlone Castle, Athlone, Ireland
+353 86 262 1136
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Went on an evening cruise from Athlone up to Hodson Bay at sunset on Friday. It was a lovely evening, Some gorgeous scenery and educational commentary by #VikingMike followed by a lovely dinner back in Athlone, a fantastic way to spend an evening by all...More

1  Thank Alex B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently took a group of work colleagues on a trip from Athlone , up into Lough Ree and then on to a local restaurant with Viking Ship Cruises. The boat is in great condition and Mike and George are an excellent crew. We had...More

2  Thank mickgal
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for the trip to Hodson Bay and Lought Ree. Skipper, a Kerry man from Dingle, gave a kept us informed on the trip of the history and ecology of the river and lake. A pleasant and enjoyable trip with a genial host and staff....More

Thank meareilly
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Viking cruises provided an interesting and relaxing way to visit Clonmacnoise. You learn a lot as you sail the scenic River Shannon, before approaching Clonmacnoise from the water. Plenty of time at the site before returning by bus.

1  Thank Allan L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well thought out boat trip to Hudson.kids allowed stir boat and lovely scenery.blankets if feeling cold.covered area for Irish weather.mick great guide also.very family friendly and good value for larger families.free tea and coffees on board.kids also get certs plus a discount card for other...More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped for a quick spontaneous trip on the river. The cruise lasts for 75 minutes and costs 12 euros per person. There is not a lot to see along the way, but Captain Mike fills the time with fascinating history. We picked up the...More

Thank TracyTravelsOn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a staff day out and had a wonderful boat trip on the Shannon to Clonmacnoise with Mike and his crew. The views were amazing and Mike was a very informative guide on the journey. It was a beautiful way to reach or destination....More

1  Thank Audreykx
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I organised a family fun day with my company, Mike made organising things very easy and everything went very smooth on the day, Mike and George really looked after us on the Viking boat and everyone, adults and kids, had a really wonderful day.

2  Thank Niamh42
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good value at €12. Each. Trip lasts about 90 minutes and includes lots of interesting information plus complimentary hot drinks. There is also the option to stop off at the Hudson Bay for lunch & get a later return ship

2  Thank Mary B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a group of almost forty, mainly senior citizens, who had a great cruise from Athlone to Hodson Bay. Captain Mike was excellent, even delaying his departure while we overran our previous stop. Great value cruise, crew professional and helpful with a great commentary....More

2  Thank gilliganj2017
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Toni S
8 June 2017|
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Response from Octoberboutique | Reviewed this property |
If you call Mick ( his no on the website) he can advise you on the times. The shop downstairs serves snacks, chocolate, tea/ coffee, wine and spirits .
Bev S
9 October 2015|
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Response from Badback | Reviewed this property |
It goes from Athlone to the Hodson Bay Hotel - stops there to pick up passengers and then goes back into Athlone. No stop at Clonmacnoise. 10 Euro per adult / 5 per kid or 30 for family (around 45 Aus $)
21 May 2015|
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Response from Paddy M | Reviewed this property |
The trip from the Hodson Bay to Athlone (or vice versa) is €10 return. It lasts 45 minutes or so each way. And you get to spend enough time in Athlone to visit the wonderful Althone Castle or, at the other end, to have a... More