Belmond Grand Hibernian: Legends and Loughs


Five-Day Escorted Tour

Luxury

The Tour

Experience the ultimate in Irish holidays and uncover the hidden gems of the Emerald Isle aboard the luxurious Belmond Grand Hibernian.

Begin in Dublin and first travel south to Cork. Then, wind your way up the west coast and visit Killarney, Galway and Westport. Highlights include behind the scenes tour of Jameson’s Whiskey distillery, “kissing” the Blarney Stone, the spectacular lakes of Killarney, breath-taking scenery of Connemara National Park, sporting activities at Ashford Castle, and traditional Irish music and lunch in Galway.

Let yourself be taken by the spirit of adventure. Visit thrilling destinations as the train crosses through postcard-perfect scenery. Dine on lovingly prepared cuisine, enriched by the finest regional ingredients, while traditional local entertainment aboard brings each memorable day to a close.

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.

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The Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin – Cork
Depart Dublin Heuston Station in the early afternoon, and enjoy a sumptuous Irish afternoon tea, as the train makes its way through the lush Irish countryside to Cork.

You are accompanied by the resident expert on an early-evening tour of the historic Jameson distillery, home to the world’s largest pot still.

Rejoin the train for a leisurely dinner followed by local entertainment in the Observation Car. Your train stops for the night in Charleville.

Day 2: Cork – Killarney

Breakfast is served as the train travels south for a visit to Blarney Castle, home to the legendary Blarney Stone. Enjoy exclusive access a private tour of the ruins with morning tea in the stunning grounds.

Afterwards there is the option to visit Cork’s enticing English Market, accompanied by a chef from the train, where you can select fresh local produce to be sampled later on board. Lunch is served as the train continues west towards Killarney on the shores of Lough Leane.

A ride in a traditional jaunting car (pony and trap) takes you through the beautiful national park to scenic Ross Castle, where you enjoy a boat trip around the islands of the lake. You’ll have the option to fish for trout and salmon.

Enjoy a delicious dinner as the train journeys towards Tralee then back to Limerick Junction for the night.

While you’re en route, local musicians may inspire you to leap to your feet for some traditional céilí!

Alternative Golf Option:
Disembark in Cork to play golf at Cork Golf Club, rejoining the train at Killarney. Alternatively, disembark in Mallow to tee off at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, rejoining the train at Killarney or Tralee.

Day 3: Galway
The Belmond Grand Hibernian heads north from Limerick Junction as you enjoy a leisurely breakfast.

Arriving in Galway, you’ll tour this delightful city founded as a fort in 1124. Also take the opportunity to visit one of the many local craft centers, including a traditional basket-weaving workshop.

Lunch will be served in a local pub, where you can enjoy local music, Guinness and oysters. Returning to the train, you’ll be served dinner in the diner as you bid farewell to Galway. The train stables overnight in Athlone.

Day 4: Galway – Westport
Spend a relaxing morning on board enjoying a leisurely brunch as the train makes its way north to Westport.

On arrival, disembark for a visit to Ashford Castle in the heart of Connemara National Park, where you can stride out on a guided walk of the estate. Or try your hand at fishing, clay pigeon-shooting, archery or falconry.

During a scenic drive through County Mayo, enjoy a brief stop to witness a sheepdog trial before rejoining the train for dinner as it meanders through the verdant countryside.

Day 5: Dublin
Breakfast is served as you return to Dublin, your journey’s end.

2017 Dates:

April 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
June 13, 20, 27
July 4, 11, 18, 25
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
September 5, 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10

The Prices

Please note prices are in Euros.

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

2017 pricing
Accommodations Price Deposit
Double
€5,122 to €6,260
15%
Single
€5,122 to €6,260
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

Combine this tour with the three-day Taste of Ireland tour for a Grand Tour of Ireland.

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The Highlights

  • Luxury service and amenities on Ireland’s only luxury train
  • Incredible meals in the diner; entertainment, drinks and conviviality in the observation car; quiet rest at night in your en-suite cabin (stationary at night)
  • Historic Jameson distillery, home to the world’s largest pot still
  • Blarney Castle, home to the legendary Blarney Stone
  • Pony and trap ride to scenic Ross Castle and boat trip
  • Galway city tour and lunch in a local pub with champagne and oysters, and traditional music
  • Guided walk of Ashford Castle in Connemara National Park with falconry demonstration
Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle
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.
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.
Ashford Castle in the heart of Connemara National Park
Ashford Castle in the heart of Connemara National Park