Belmond Grand Hibernian: Grand Tour of Ireland – Southbound

7-Day Escorted Tour


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
Embark at Dublin Heuston Station in the early afternoon and enjoy a sumptuous Irish afternoon tea as the train weaves its way through the lush Irish countryside to Cork, a recent European Capital of Culture. 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, where you can taste a nip or two. Rejoin the train for a leisurely dinner followed by lively entertainment in the Observation Car.

Day 2: Charleville – Cork – Killarney – Thurles
Breakfast is served as the train travels south for a visit to Blarney Castle, home to the legendary Blarney Stone. Enjoy a private tour with an opportunity to kiss the stone in traditional style, followed by morning coffee in magnificent Blarney House. 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 surely inspire you to leap to your feet for some traditional céilí!

Day 3: Thurles – Galway – Athlone
The train heads west towards Limerick. Enjoy a leisurely morning on board as the train makes its way to Galway, known for its vibrant lifestyle and festive atmosphere. Alternately, disembark after breakfast for an optional excursion to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, towering over the Atlantic coast.

On arrival in Galway, a lunch of local specialties is served in a lively restaurant. Afterwards, a traditional Irish experience awaits in a local pub. Try your hand at learning 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 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 served enroute to the leafy Georgian town of Westport. Disembark here for a visit to Ashford Castle in the heart of Connemara National Park, where a unique falconry demonstration has been arranged along with a guided walk through the breathtaking grounds of the estate.

Following lunch in the beautiful George V Dining room of the castle, depart for a short transfer to a local working hill sheep farm where you will watch a sheepdog herding demonstration. 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 5: Dublin – Belfast – Dundalk
Breakfast is served as you return to Dublin for your optional tour of its superb cultural treasures including a tour of the National Art Gallery of Ireland. Later, rejoin Belmond Grand Hibernian in the early afternoon. Lunch is served on board as the train travels north through the green Irish countryside.

On arrival in Belfast, embark on the famous Black 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 colourful murals, and discover how vibrant Belfast has become today.

After, delve further back in time as you visit The Titanic Experience, an award-winning visitor attraction that brings to life, through special effects, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features, the history of the celebrated but ill-fated ocean liner in the city where it all began. Back on board, a leisurely dinner is followed by evening entertainment. 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 Bishops Palace, which contains 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. Overnight in Bagenalstown, also known locally as Muine Bheag, on the River Barrow in County Carlow.

Day 7: Bagenalstown – Dublin
A leisurely breakfast is served as the train travels north and returns to Dublin Heuston Station, your journey’s end.

Please note: itinerary is subject to change.

2019 Dates:

April 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14, 21, 28
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
September 3, 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8

2020 Dates:

April 14, 28
May 5, 19
June 2, 16
July 14, 21
August 4, 18, 25
September 1, 15, 29
October 6

The Prices

Please note prices are in Euros.

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2019 pricing
Accommodations Price Deposit
From €7,800
From €7,800

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.*


Please note: itinerary is subject to change.

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

Note: The northbound Grand Tour itinerary is 8 days and can be found at this link.

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).

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.

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 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
  • 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 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.