Belmond Grand Hibernian: Grand Tour of Ireland


7-Day Escorted Tour

Luxury

The Tour

Ancient legends, inspiring natural beauty and vibrant cities—see the highlights of “the Emerald Isle” with a complete journey through both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Tours from Dublin on the Belmond Grand Hibernian are sure to stay with you for a lifetime.

Let yourself be captivated by Ireland’s charms as you journey in peerless luxury. Anticipate your journey on the Belmond Grand Hibernian to be accentuated by magical encounters, world-class cuisine and exceptional service.

Golf Option: Alternative golf options are available during the Grand Tour of Ireland, offering play at such world-renowned courses as Cork Golf Club, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Lahinch Golf Club and the newly revamped Doonbeg Golf Club.

Important Note: The Society of International Railway Travelers® is sponsoring a special group departure Aug. 29, 2017. Please inquire for details.

Click here to read IRT Owner & CEO Owen Hardy’s blog review of the Belmond Grand Hibernian after taking the Grand Tour with an IRT group charter.

Click here for more information about the Belmond Grand Hibernian itself.

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The Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin – Cork – Charleville
Board the train in Dublin in the early afternoon, and savor a delicious afternoon tea as the Grand Hibernian begins its journey.

Arrive in Cork and visit the Jameson Experience, home to the world’s largest pot still. A private tour explores the history of the whiskey-making process, before guests are invited to participate in a tasting session.

Back on board, your first dinner is served, after which you will enjoy lively entertainment in the Observation Car as the train continues to Charleville, where it will stable for the night to ensure a good night’s rest.

Day 2: Charleville – Cork – Killarney – Thurles
The day starts out with a private tour of Blarney Castle & Gardens where guests will have the opportunity to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone. After, enjoy morning coffee on the magnificent Castle grounds.

Return to Cork where there is an option to visit the English Market. Browse through the best local produce on sale at this gastronomic hotspot.

Lunch is served on board before continuing to the Lakes of Killarney. A pony-and-trap tour will spirit you through the national park to scenic Ross Castle, where you will enjoy a boating excursion across Lough Leane. It’s the perfect opportunity to fish for salmon and trout.

Head back to the train for dinner and an on board performance by local musicians as the Belmond Grand Hibernian continues to Tralee and Limerick Junction.

Day 3: Thurles – Galway – Athlone

Start your day with an optional excursion by coach for a tour through the Clare countryside to the iconic Cliffs of Moher, towering over the Atlantic waves or enjoy a leisurely morning on board as the train makes its way to Galway, known for its vibrant lifestyle and festive atmosphere. On arrival in Galway, a lunch of local specialties is served in a lively restaurant.

Afterwards, have the option to take a walking tour among the castles, cathedral and other highlights of the historic city center. Returning to the train, dinner will be served as you bid farewell to Galway and Ireland’s dramatic west coast.

Overnight in Athlone at the heart of the Emerald Isle.

Day 4: Athlone – Westport – Roscommon
Breakfast is accompanied by stunning pastoral views from your cabin’s windows as the train continues to Westport.

Disembark for an excursion to Ashford Castle in stunning Connemara National Park. Enjoy a guided walk through the breath-taking grounds and a falconry demonstration. Lunch will be served in the castle, after which you’ll make your way back to the train by way of scenic County Mayo.

Back on board enjoy a delicious dinner along with local entertainment before retiring to your plush cabin.

Day 5: Dublin – Belfast – Dundalk
Your journey winds back towards Dublin where you can enjoy an optional half-day tour of the vibrant Irish capital.

Key sights include Trinity College, home to the ancient Book of Kells, the 12th-century St Patrick’s Cathedral and the lively Temple Bar district.

Rejoin the train and set off for a private, guided tour of The Titanic Experience in Belfast, a fascinating attraction exploring the history of the famed ocean liner. Overnight in Dundalk.

Day 6: Dundalk – Waterford – Bagenalstown

This morning the train journeys south to the historic Viking port of Waterford. Disembark to visit Curraghmore House, home to generations of the Waterford family, where you enjoy an exclusive tour and afternoon tea. The magnificent mansion boasts some of the finest neo­classical rooms in Ireland, while its expansive formal gardens include an intriguing shell house built by Catherine, Countess of Tyrone, in 1754.

You are then escorted to the House of Waterford Crystal for a fascinating factory tour, which reveals how master craftsmen still create sparkling pieces by hand. Return to the train for a sumptuous dinner, which is rounded off with a performance by traditional local musicians in the Observation Car.

Overnight in Bagenalstown, also known locally as Muine Bheag, on the River Barrow in County Carlow.

Day 7: Bagenalstown – Dublin
Breakfast is served as the train continues to Dublin, its final destination. Disembark for your onward travel arrangements.

Please note: itinerary is subject to change.

2017 Dates:

April 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
June 13, 20, 27
July 18, 25
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29*
September 5, 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10

*Important Note: The Society of International Railway Travelers® is sponsoring a special group departure Aug. 29, 2017. Please inquire for details.

The Prices

Please note prices are in Euros.

For approximate exchange rates, visit http://www.xe.com.

2017 pricing
Accommodations Price Deposit
Double
€7,291 to €8,919
15%
Single
€7,291 to €8,919
15%

Prices are per person.

Pricing varies based on availability and date. Prices are subject to change daily. Contact us to confirm pricing and availability for your desired departure.

Other

Please note: itinerary is subject to change.

To download a PDF describing the golf options in detail, please click here.

Note: This itinerary comprises two shorter itineraries of five and three days, respectively, which can be booked individually, if desired. Book both and save 10%.

Legends and Loughs, a five-day journey, departs Tuesdays. It makes up Day 1 through Day 5 of the “Grand Tour of Ireland,” above, and covers the Republic of Ireland (southern Ireland). It travels Dublin – Westport.

Taste of Ireland, a three-day journey, departs on Saturdays. It makes up Day 5 through Day 7 of the “Grand Tour of Ireland,” above, and offers a brief taste of the Republic of Ireland by train. It travels Westport-Dublin.

For dates, pricing and more information, or to book, call (800) 478-4881 or (502) 897-1725. Or email tourdesk@irtsociety.com

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The Highlights

  • Six nights aboard the Belmond Grand Hibernian, the only luxury train in Ireland, with meals, off-train excursions, entertainment and drinks included
  • Tours of Jameson and Old Bushmills distilleries, with whiskey tastings
  • Private access to Blarney Castle, home of the Blarney Stone
  • A traditional jaunting car ride to scenic Ross Castle, where you enjoy a boat trip around the islands of the Lough Leane.
  • Excursion to Ashford Castle, winner of a 2015 Virtuoso ‘Best of the Best’ award. Activities available include clay pigeon shooting, archery and falconry.
  • Private tour of The Titanic Experience, an award-winning visitor attraction that brings to life the history of the celebrated but ill-fated ocean liner
  • Waterford Crystal mansion and factory tour in the historic Viking port city.
  • Lunch in an Irish pub, with traditional music, a pint of Guinness and oysters
  • Options to golf in Cork, Killarney, Westport and Coleraine
Belmond Grand Hibernian at night. IRT Photo by Owen Hardy.
Belmond Grand Hibernian at night. IRT Photo by Owen Hardy.
IRT traveler John Cordukes tries his hand at falconry. IRT Photo by Owen Hardy.
IRT traveler John Cordukes tries his hand at falconry. IRT Photo by Owen Hardy.
Champagne and oysters in the Belmond Grand Hibernian lounge car. IRT Photo by Owen Hardy.
Champagne and oysters in the Belmond Grand Hibernian lounge car. IRT Photo by Owen Hardy.
IRT travelers prepare to enjoy a gourmet meal in the Belmond Grand Hibernian dining car. IRT Photo by Owen Hardy.
IRT travelers prepare to enjoy a gourmet meal in the Belmond Grand Hibernian dining car. IRT Photo by Owen Hardy.