Belmond Grand Hibernian: Grand Tour of Ireland – Northbound


8-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.

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
Depart Dublin Heuston Station just after noon. Lunch is served on board as the train travels north through the verdant Irish countryside. On arrival in Belfast, you embark on a taxi tour which takes in both the Republican Falls Road and the Loyalist Shankill, separated by a peace wall. Learn what life was really like during the Troubles, admire the colorful murals, and discover how vibrant Belfast has become today.

Afterwards, delve further back in time at the award-winning Titanic Experience. Special effects, full-scale reconstructions, and interactive features bring the history of the ill-fated ocean liner back to life. Back on board, a leisurely dinner is served, followed by vibrant evening entertainment. The train stops overnight in Dundalk.

Day 2: 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 Bishops Palace, one of the finest early Georgian Houses in Ireland containing the oldest piece of Waterford Crystal in the world. Meet the curator and get the opportunity to view and handle one of the largest and finest collections of 17th century Irish Silver in an after-hours visit. The fascinating tour also reveals the history of glass making. Return to the train for a sumptuous dinner, which is rounded off with a performance by traditional local musicians in the Observation Car. The train stops overnight in Bagenalstown, also known locally as Muine Bheag, on County Carlow’s River Barrow.

Day 3: Bagenalstown – Dublin
A leisurely breakfast is served as the train travels north and returns to Dublin Heuston Station, where your transfer awaits to bring you to The Westbury Hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 4: Dublin – Cork – Charleville
Enjoy breakfast at The Westbury Hotel before boarding the coach to transfer you to the Belmond Grand Hibernian at Dublin Heuston Station in the early afternoon. Indulge in a sumptuous Irish afternoon tea as the train weaves its way through the lush countryside to Cork, a former European Capital of Culture. Arriving at The Jameson Experience in Midleton, a resident expert accompanies you on an early evening tour of the
distillery, where you enjoy highlights such as the world’s largest pot still and a nip or two of whiskey. Re-join the train for a leisurely dinner before making your way to the Observation Car for lively entertainment.

Day 5: Charleville – Cork – Killarney
Breakfast is served as the train travels south for a visit to Blarney Castle, home to the legendary Blarney Stone. Enjoy a private tour and an opportunity to kiss the stone in time-honored style. You then pause for morning coffee in a private location within the magnificent grounds.

Lunch is served as the train continues west, through emerald hills, towards Killarney on the shores of Lough Leane. A fun 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. After a delicious dinner on the train, local musicians will inspire you to leap to your feet for some traditional céilí dancing!

Day 6: Killarney – Limerick Junction – Galway – Athlone
Enjoy a leisurely morning on board as the train travels north towards Galway. Alternatively, disembark after breakfast for an optional excursion to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, towering over the Atlantic waves.

On arrival in Galway, a lunch of local specialities is served in one of the city’s convivial restaurants. Afterwards, a traditional Irish experience awaits in a local pub. Try your hand at Learn how to play the bodhran (Irish
drum), learn an Irish dance and pull your own pint of Guinness! Enjoy some free time to explore the streets of Galway before returning to the train. Dinner is served as you bid farewell to Galway and Ireland’s dramatic west coast. The train stops overnight in Athlone.

Day 7: Athlone – Westport – Roscommon
Breakfast is served en route to the leafy Georgian town of Westport. Disembark for your onward journey towards Ashford Castle, in the atmospheric heart of Connemara National Park. On arrival, a private falconry
display demonstrates the prowess of majestic hawks and a guided walk takes in the estate’s breathtaking grounds. Lunch is followed afterwards in the beautiful George V Dining Room in the Castle.

Depart Ashford Castle for a short transfer to the home of Joe & Mary Ann Joyce to visit a working hill sheep farm and watch the Border Collie sheepdogs herding Connemara Blackface sheep. Afterwards visit a sheep and wool center in the heart of Killary Harbour for a demonstration on traditional spinning wheels and looms to see how raw fleece is turned into yarn. Rejoin the train at Westport in perfect time for pre-dinner drinks.

Day 8: Roscommon – Dublin
A leisurely breakfast is served as the train travels east and returns to Dublin Heuston Station, your journey’s end.

Please note: itinerary is subject to change.

2019 Dates:

April 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September 7, 14, 21, 28
October 5

The Prices

Please note prices are in Euros.

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

2019 pricing
Accommodations Price Deposit
Double
From €7,800
15%
Single
From €7,800
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: The southbound Grand Tour itinerary is 7 days and can be found at this link.

Taste of Ireland, a three-day journey, departs on Saturdays. It makes up Day 1 through Day 3 of the “Grand Tour of Ireland,” above, and offers a brief taste of the Republic of Ireland by train.

Legends and Loughs, a five-day journey, departs Tuesdays. It makes up Day 4 through Day 8 of the “Grand Tour of Ireland,” above, and covers the Republic of Ireland (southern Ireland).

For dates, pricing and more information, or to book, call (800) 478-4881 or (502) 897-1725. Or email [email protected]

Golfing Option: Golf is available as a private tour, at an additional cost. Contact us for more details.

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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 tour of The Titanic Experience, an award-winning visitor attraction that brings to life the history of the celebrated but ill-fated ocean liner
  • 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.
  • Escorted tour of Bishops Palace after-hours and learn about glass making
  • Galway city tour and lunch in a local pub with traditional music and dancing lessons
  • Options to golf in Cork, Killarney, Westport and Coleraine
Belmond Grand Hibernian chef prepping in the kitchen car. IRT Photo by Eleanor Hardy.
Belmond Grand Hibernian chef prepping in the kitchen car. IRT Photo by Eleanor Hardy.
IRT travelers visit Ashford Castle. IRT Photo by Eleanor Hardy.
IRT travelers visit Ashford Castle. IRT Photo by Eleanor 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.