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 the Cobh Heritage Centre and the Titanic’s last port of call, the spectacular lakes of Killarney, and traditional Irish music and city activities in Galway. You’ll also have multiple possibilities for local touring, options for which include the Cliffs of Moher, sheepdog demonstrations, city walking tours, Jameson’s Distillery tour with a Master Ambassador, and more.
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.
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. Disembark in Cork for a short walking tour of the nearby city of Cobh with a renowned local historian. The city is famous for being the departure point for 2.5 million of the 6 million Irish citizens who emigrated to North America during 1848 and 1950. You’ll also visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, the Titanic‘s final port of call in 1912. Rejoin the train for a leisurely dinner followed by lively entertainment in the Observation Car.
Day 2: Charleville – Cork – Killarney – Charleville
Breakfast is served as the train travels south towards Cork where you have a choice of activities:
1. Take a historical walking tour of Cork to see its major landmarks, visit the bustling English Market, and taste some local delicacies.
2. You may also choose to visit the famous Jameson Distillery and view the whiskey-making process with a Craft Ambassador (along with sampling a rare Midleton!).
After your excursion, 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.
Afterwards, return to the train for a bit of relaxation time or explore Killarney prior to your pre-dinner drinks and canapes. After a delicious dinner on the train, local musicians will surely inspire you to leap to your feet for some traditional céilí!
Day 3: Charleville – Galway – Athlone
Enjoy a leisurely morning on board as the train makes its way to Galway, known for its vibrant lifestyle and festive atmosphere. There, you will have your choice of three options:
1. Visit the rolling hills behind Galway to a local sheep farm, where you’ll receive a sheepdog demonstration, stories from the local farmer, sample home-made cream tea, and visit the 16th-century Dunguaire Castle.
2. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, which soar above the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll also visit the local Visitor Centre to learn more about the geology and wildlife of the area.
3. Explore Galway for an walking tour with knowledgeable local guide. You’ll also have the chance to visit the city’s vibrant Latin Quarter, 18th-century Eyre Square, and the city’s boutiques, art galleries, and traditional pubs.
Re-join the train for pre-dinner drinks and snacks and another evening of fabulous dining and after-dinner entertainment. Overnight in Athlone, at the heart of the Emerald Isle.
Day 4: Athlone – Westport – Roscommon
Breakfast is served en route to the leafy Georgian town of Westport. Disembark for a tour of the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, set in the beautiful grounds of Turlough Park House. A hearty lunch is served in a local tavern before you go on to visit Westport House – one of the country’s best-loved stately homes and which dates back over 350 years. Travel on the woodland trails and in the leafy gardens, while perhaps witnessing a falconry display.
You’ll then have time to explore Westport’s Georgian town centre with tree-lined promenade before re-joining the train. This evening, travel east towards Roscommon.
Day 5: Roscommon – Dublin
Breakfast is served on the final leg of your journey as you return to Dublin and bid farewell to the Belmond Grand Hibernian.
2019 Dates:October 1, 8
2020 Dates:April 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
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Prices are per person.
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.*
Golfing Option: Golf is available as a private tour, at an additional cost. Contact us for more details.
Touring Options: We highly recommend that you select your preferred touring options well in advance of your final payment. Please ask us for more details.