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.
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 – Charleville
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!
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: 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. Alternatively, disembark after breakfast for an optional excursion to the dramatic and iconic Cliffs of Moher.
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. Returning to the train, dinner will be served as you bid farewell to Galway and Ireland’s dramatic west coast. Retire to the observation carriage for after dinner drinks and entertainment. 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: Roscommon – Dublin
Breakfast is served on the final leg of your journey as you return to Dublin and bid farewell to Belmond Grand Hibernian.
2019 Dates:April 16, 23, 30
May 7, 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
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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.