Silversea Expedition Cruises To WATERFORD (Belview)

WATERFORD (Belview)
Silversea Luxury Cruises - Waterford, Ireland

Located in County Kilkenny, the port of Belview is not only Waterford’s tidal port, but also Ireland’s closest multi-modal port to mainland Europe. The port was moved from Waterford in 1992 and sits on the northern bank of the River Suir, some 4 miles downstream from Waterford’s Viking Triangle. Belview not only providers the most modern docking facilities for cargo and cruise ships, it also permits excellent access to the various attractions Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, and Southern Ireland have to offer.

An Introduction to Silversea Expeditions

“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.

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LONDON (Tower Bridge) To LONDON (Tower Bridge)
  • Departure
    May 17 2021
  • Duration
    14 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Cloud
From US$ 10,890
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Excursions in WATERFORD (Belview)

A Visit to Mount Congreve

Depart the pier and travel inland to the townland of Kilmeaden. Here you will visit the woodland gardens of Mount Congreve. Mount Congreve is an 18th-century Georgian estate and mansion. John Roberts the Waterford-based architect who designed the property designed and built most of the 18th-century public buildings in Waterford, including both cathedrals.


The Woodland gardens at Mount Congreve were founded on the inspiration, generosity and encouragement of Mr. Lionel N. de Rothschild. He became arguably, the greatest landscaper of the 20th Century and one of the cleverest hybridists.


The gardens were created by Mr. Ambrose Congreve with the well recognized assistance of Mr. Herman Dool who came from Holland to work at Mount Congreve. Mr. Dool's achievements at Mount Congreve were recognized by the Dutch government and he was awarded one of the highest honours possible in Holland.


Situated at a sheltered bend along the river Suir, this magnificent estate covers over seven hundred acres, approximately 100 of which comprise the most fantastic gardens imaginable. Expertly designed and tended by these two gentlemen for over 60 years, this garden not only has a remarkable collection of rare and unusual plants and trees, but the landscape is one of the very few that has been designed for an estate of this scale. Mr. Dool has never put in less than 25 plants of a variety because, he believes, the mass planting makes the proper statement when the garden matures. And so it has!


The work started by Mr. Congreve continues up to the present. The collection is still expanding steadily under the encyclopedic knowledge of Curator Mr. Michael White (Waley Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society of Great Britain) with new additions and new programmes of breeding to create new hybrids of Rhododendrons and Magnolias among others.


Enjoy a stroll through these magnificent gardens and absorb this magical piece of garden heaven.


Rejoin your motor coach and guide for your return drive to Waterford and your awaiting ship

A Walk through the Viking City

Discover the oldest city in Ireland during this picturesque, half-day excursion to historic Waterford, the 'Viking City'.


Waterford, National Monuments and Reginald's Tower

Depart the pier for the short drive to Waterford City, which was founded by Vikings about 1,100 years ago. Upon arrival, begin your guided walking tour of the city centre, known as the 'Viking Triangle'. Along the way, proceed for interior and/or exterior visits to six national monuments dating from 1190 to 1783. One of those National Monuments that you will pass by is Reginald's Tower, the strongpoint of the medieval defensive walls that enclosed the city until about 1700.


Greyfriars Franciscan Friary and Medieval Museum

Next, continue past Greyfriars Franciscan friary en route to the Medieval Museum. The eye-catching giant sculpture on the gable was inspired by a tiny, 13th-century belt mount found in Waterford. It is Ireland's only dedicated medieval museum, and the only building on the island to incorporate two medieval chambers; the 13th-century Choristers' Hall and 15th-century Mayor's Wine Vault. A short visit is made inside this modern structure, where you can observe a demonstration of how coins dating back to the Anglo Normans were made. Souvenir coins are provided for each guest.


Bishop's Palace

Your final stop is at the Bishop's Palace, which charts the history of Waterford from 1700 to 1970, and gives a wonderful insight into the history of the city. The museum reveals the legacy of Waterford from 1700 to the 1970s, and contains many items of national and international significance. Included is the only surviving Bonaparte 'mourning cross', one of only 12 produced upon Napoleon Bonaparte's death in 1821. The Bishop's Palace also houses the Penrose Decanter, the oldest surviving piece of Waterford Crystal, which dates back to 1789. Following your visit you will have the opportunity to explore the city independently. Some free time will allow you to perhaps do a little shopping or stop into a local pub. Alternatively you will also have complimentary re-admission to the Bishop's Palace or Medieval Museum should you wish to explore either of these venues a little further. At the conclusion of your tour, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking and standing for approximately three hours, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Warm, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket or coat, flat, closed-toe walking shoes, an umbrella are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled.

Ardmore Cliff Walk

This is a unique 4km walk with beautiful sea viewpoints and breath-taking views.


This guided walk will bring you along the on cliff-top paths and laneways of the Early Christian St Declan's Well. On the 24th July each year, the well is a place of pilgrimage for 100's of years. Look out for the crosses hand-scored into the stones of the building.


Continuing towards Ardmore Head soak up the simply amazing views. You will see the coastguard station; the second coast guard station in Ardmore, the first one at the Ardmore end of the strand became a victim of coastal erosion. It was continually manned until the Civil War in 1922 and was abandoned in 1921. It was taken over by the republicans on independence and subsequently burnt down. The old Coast Guard Station is now a private residence.


Pass the shipwreck known as Sampson, wrecked here on a stormy night in 1988.


Along your walk today make sure you take time to notice the variety of flora, fauna and birdlife and some of the best stunning coastal scenery you'll see along Ireland's Ancient East.

Copper Coast Bird and Nature Walk

Depart the pier and travel to the village of Dunhill, located along Waterford's Copper Coast. Dunhill village is part of Copper Coast Global Geopark and will introduce you to the area's rich heritage and geology. Your local guides are members of a local Eco Group and have expert knowledge of the area and native species. The group's aims include; fostering, protecting, promoting and the conservation of nature, wildlife, the environment and habitats within the Waterford area.


The walkway offers plenty of peace and tranquillity and the area is a veritable haven for birds, just some of the varieties you might spot along you walk are; seabirds, gulls, swifts, pipits, warblers and many more. Your local guide will also point out and discuss the abundance of flora and fauna found in the area.


This walk follows the Anne River, meandering through forest and marshland on a specially constructed gravel path on the way to Dunhill Castle, passing many beautiful ponds which are home to a wide range of flora and fauna, including protected species. Please note that we cannot guarantee the sighting of specific species


This tour cost includes a contribution towards the local Eco Group's work. The members will bring some binoculars for guests to use, however, we do recommend that guests bring their own binoculars.

Curraghmore House & Gardens

Today you will drive through Waterford's beautiful countryside for an exclusive visit to Curraghmore House, home of the 9th Marquis of Waterford. The house is a remarkable sight with its architecture being part 12th century and part 18th century with strong French lines. Unlike other grand houses of this period, the 1176 keep of the Le Poer family has been incorporated into the 18th century house.


Of the many curious and interesting features of Curraghmore, the most striking is the courtyard front of the house, where the original Castle is encased in a spectacular Victorian mansion with flanking Georgian ranges. Formal parterre, tiered lawns, lake, arboretum and kitchen gardens were all developed during the nineteenth century and survive to today. At this time some of Ireland's most remarkable surviving trees were planted in the estate's arboretum. Today these trees frame miles of beautiful river walks. A Sitka Spruce overlooks King John's Bridge and is one of the tallest trees in Ireland. King John's Bridge, built in 1205 a stone-arched structure, spanning the Clodagh River, is the oldest bridge in Ireland. Twelve miles of famine relief boundary walls and four sturdy wrought iron gates surround the estate.


Your tour will incorporate the main reception rooms of Curraghmore House and will include Tea/Coffee & Scones in the Tea Rooms.


Leaving this magnificent home behind, your return drive takes you along the scenic route of Waterford's Copper Coast.

Explore Waterford City & Crystal

Discover the medieval city of Waterford City. Long coveted by Ireland's neighbours, the Vikings, Danes, Normans, and Anglo-Saxons have all held sway. The city of Waterford cascades to the banks of the River Suir. The city was founded in AD 850, and today retains its medieval charms as Ireland's oldest city.


Waterford City Centre and the House of Waterford Crystal

Depart Pier with luxury transport and local professional tour guide and enjoy the nice drive into Waterford City Centre. Arrive at the House of Waterford Crystal for a guided tour. This tour gives an up close insight into the centuries old tradition that has produced some of the finest crystal in the world. After the tour, indulge yourself in a lavish retail store, which houses the largest collection of Waterford Crystal found anywhere in the world.


Depart the House of Waterford Crystal and enjoy a wonderful Irish Coffee in Faithlegg House Hotel.

After your refreshment return to the Pier where the ship will be.

Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking. It is suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair who can embark and disembark the via the coach steps. While appropriate for those with limited mobility, these guests may require additional time at certain elements of the tour. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, a light sweater or jacket, flat, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. The tour sequence may vary.

Lismore Gardens and Waterford Highlights

Depart Pier for a leisurely ride in the luxury coach for a beautiful scenic drive to the picturesque village of Lismore, County Waterford. Enjoy a lovely walking tour of this historic town. Lismore is one of the oldest towns in Ireland; founded in 636 AD St. Carthage founded a monastery here that became a seat of learning and was known all over Europe.


Stop for tea and delicious homemade scones in Lismore Heritage Centre followed by free time in the town or perhaps join your guides n a short walking tour.Continue to visit Lismore Castle Gardens - the Castle is the Irish home of the Dukes of Devonshire since 1753 and is possibly the most spectacular castle in Ireland. While the Castle is not open to the public you will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful Lismore Gardens.

The Park Hotel

A leisurely 30 minute drive will take you to Dungarvan, home of the Garden Room Restaurant at the Park Hotel. Adored by locals for its freshly cooked food. Enjoy your lunch at this traditionally styled elegant restaurant.


Waterford City

After lunch, transfer to House of Waterford Crystal for a guided tour. This tour gives an up close insight into the centuries old tradition of crystal making. After the tour, indulge yourself with the world's most famous crystal in a lavish retail store, which houses the largest collection of Waterford Crystal found anywhere in the world.


Depart the House of Waterford Crystal and enjoy panoramic city tour. This walled city is of Viking origin and still retains much of its medieval character. The parameters of the 10th-century settlement can be clearly identified in The Viking Triangle which has the most historic urban medieval monument in Ireland, Reginald's Tower. The elegant Chamber of Commerce building, the City Hall and the Bishop's Palace are prime examples of beautiful 18th century architecture

Return by luxury coach to the Pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometres). It is suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair who can embark and disembark the coach via the coach steps. While appropriate for those with limited mobility, these guests may require additional time at certain elements of the tour. An inside visit to the Lismore Castle is not permitted. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, a light sweater or jacket, flat, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended.Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. The tour sequence may vary.

Rural Ireland and Jerpoint Abbey

Discover the pastoral beauty and history of the Irish countryside during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion to the 12th-century Jerpoint Abbey.


Waterford, River Arrigle and Jerpoint Abbey

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Jerpoint Abbey. En route, your picturesque route traverses the rich farmland of County Kilkenny. Nestled on the banks of the River Arrigle, Jerpoint Abbey is a 12th-century Cistercian monastery. Its expansive grounds contain a well-preserved series of ruins that paint a vivid picture of monastic life. Upon arrival at Jerpoint Abbey, take a guided walking tour. Along the way, see the gardens, watermill, granary, large kitchen, a number of stone carvings depicting the saints, and intricately-designed, rounded archways. The precision and attention-to-detail in the architecture is truly inspiring.


Jerpoint Abbey Transepts, Chancel, East Window, and Central Tower

The oldest sections of Jerpoint Abbey are the Irish-Romanesque transepts and chancel. The east window dates from the 14th century, and the magnificent central tower was added in the 15th century. You may opt to climb the stairs for a magnificent panoramic view. The restored cloister bears carvings of knights and ladies, bishops and dragons, and even a man with a stomach ache, echoing a drawing found on a medieval manuscript. Legend has it that a ruined church just to the east of Jerpoint Abbey is the final resting place of Saint Nicholas, the man who inspired Santa Claus.


Thomastown, Inistioge, and Nore and Barrow River Valleys

Next, re-board your coach for a splendid orientation drive through Thomastown and on to Inistioge, an enchanting Irish village nestled on the banks of the River Nore. A photo stop is made here to capture the idyllic scene of a stone-arched bridge spanning the gently flowing river. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier. En route, take in lovely views of the Nore and Barrow river valleys and countryside.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at time over uneven surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, four steps at the entrance to Jerpoint Abbey and 15 steps inside the venue. It is suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair who can embark and disembark the coach via the coach steps however parts of the Abbey Ruins will be inaccessible. Guests are advised to wear warm, layered clothing and a waterproof jacket or coat with flat, closed-toe and non-slip walking shoes, and bring an umbrella from the ship. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled.

The Wonders of Kilkenny


Departing the pier you will travel to the marble city, Kilkenny. On this excursions you will discover Kilkenny, arguably the pre-eminent medieval city of Ireland. Kilkenny's rich medieval heritage is evident in the city's treasure trove of historical buildings and landmarks, including St Canice's Cathedral and Kilkenny Castle.


Visit Ireland's finest example of a medieval church, the site has been lovingly restored in recent years and is now known as the Medieval Mile Museum. Archaeological excavations unearthed artefacts hidden for centuries that are now on display in world-class exhibitions. Marvel at the museum's treasure trove of objects encompassing the work and lives of Ireland and its people across centuries. The museum contains some of Ireland's finest examples of medieval sculpture and the country's largest collection of Renaissance tombs. Since the 1200s, the site has been a place of burial for rich and poor. In fact, many of Kilkenny's past generations are still at rest here in tombs that can be glimpsed through glass floors.


No visit to Kilkenny is complete without a visit to Kilkenny Castle the location where the Normans arrived in the 12th century and built the castle, which overlooks the River Nore. The vividly painted ceiling of its long gallery has been implicated in a few stiff necks - its beauty is simply fascinating. Three of the castles four original towers survive today. Kilkenny Castle became the home of the Butlers - the Earls and Dukes of Ormonde - in 1391. The family continued to reside there until 1935. You will undergo a self-guided visit and 'meet' a few generations via a plethora of portraits that still adorn the Castle.


Arrive at Butler House & Gardens, the Dower House of Kilkenny Castle. Butler House was built in 1786, home to Lady Eleanor Butler who lived here after the death of her husband Walter in 1783. Lady Eleanor Butler was the mother of John, the 17th Earl of Ormonde and her daughter, also Eleanor, was one of the famous "Ladies of Langollen". When you visit, you will hear more about these interesting ladies, followed by a wonderful Afternoon Tea Experience.

Waterford`s Viking Triangle

Discover the oldest city in Ireland during this picturesque, half-day excursion to historic Waterford, the 'Viking City'.


Depart the pier for the short drive to Waterford City, which was founded by Vikings about 1,100 years ago. Upon arrival, begin your guided walking tour of the city centre, known as the 'Viking Triangle'. Along the way, proceed for interior or exterior visits to six national monuments dating from 1190 to 1783. From here, pass by Reginald's Tower, the strongpoint of the medieval defensive walls that enclosed the city until about 1700.


Next, continue past Greyfriars Franciscan friary en route to the Medieval Museum. The eye-catching giant sculpture on the gable was inspired by a tiny, 13th -century belt mount found in Waterford. It is Ireland's only dedicated medieval museum, and the only building on the island to incorporate two medieval chambers; the 13th-century Choristers' Hall and 15th-century Mayor's Wine Vault. A short visit is made inside this modern structure, where you can observe a demonstration of how coins dating back to the Anglo Normans were made. Souvenir coins are provided for each guest.


Your final stop is at the Bishop's Palace, which charts the history of Waterford from 1700 to 1970 and gives a wonderful insight into the history of the city. The museum reveals the legacy of Waterford from 1700 to the 1970s and contains many items of national and international significance. Included is the only surviving Bonaparte 'mourning cross', one of only 12 produced upon Napoleon Bonaparte's death in 1821. The Bishop's Palace also houses the Penrose Decanter, the oldest surviving piece of Waterford Crystal, which dates back to 1789.


At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.

Waterford’s Countryside Cycle

Experience the splendid beauty of Waterford and its surrounds in a unique new way during this half-day cycling excursion. Depart the pier and travel to Waterford City, situated at the head of Waterford Harbour. Upon arrival, receive your safety briefing

and bicycle before setting off on your guided cycling tour from just outside Waterford City.


Cycle alongside the River Suir, the best way to explore the most picturesque part of County Waterford and follow the former Waterford-to-Dungarvan Railway line to the village of Kilmeaden where you stop for a short refreshment break before continuing as far as the village of Kilmacthomas.


Your leisurely cycle along this greenway offers wonderful panoramic vistas of your surrounds, with photo stops along the way to take in the stunning beauty of the lush, green countryside.


En route, a light refreshment stop is made at Kilmeaden before continuing onto Kilmacthomas for a tea/coffee and scone stop. Here you will reboard your awaiting coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

An Introduction to Silversea Expeditions

“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.