Belmond Grand Hibernian: Taste of Ireland


3-Day Escorted Tour

Luxury

The Tour

Travel from central Dublin to Belfast, Waterford, and Kilkenny.  This tour offers a brief taste of Ireland and its beauty aboard the fabulous Belmond Grand Hibernian train. Enjoy two nights in your private cabin, with meals on board, as well as traditional entertainment in the bar car.

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 – Belfast – Dundalk
Step on board the gleaming carriages of Belmond Grand Hibernian and join the Train Manager in the Observation Car for a welcome champagne toast as the train departs for Belfast, along the East Coast. Lunch is served en route in the two elegant dining cars named after the Irish counties of Wexford and Sligo.

Alight in Belfast to visit Hillsborough Castle, the official Northern Ireland residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Members of the royal family have regularly used the castle as their home on their visits since 1922. It is also the home of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and has been a focal point in the peace-making process. The majestic Georgian country house, built in the 18th century, features elegant State Rooms and glorious gardens. Refreshments and canapés are served in the regal Drawing Room which was re-built after a devastating fire in 1934.

Re-join the train in Belfast in time for dinner as your journey continues towards Dundalk in County Louth, known as the ‘Land of Legends’. Following dinner, you are invited to the Observation Car for coffee and liqueurs as you listen to the evening’s lively entertainment.

Day 2: Waterford – Kilkenny
Begin a leisurely morning on board with continental pastries served in the Observation Car as the train travels south. Sit back and soak up the views, relax with a book or chat with your fellow travelers. Brunch is served before arriving in Waterford on the southeast coast, founded by Vikings in 914 A.D.

This afternoon, explore some of the many historic attractions of Kilkenny in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. Visit Butler House, the charming 18th-century Georgian Dower House of Kilkenny Castle, nestled in the very heart of this vibrant city. Your guide offers a captivating tour of the city center with its Medieval Mile Museum, housed in a converted 13th-century church, where you can discover 800 years of history under one roof. Return to Butler House for an afternoon tea. Time permitting, take a look inside Kilkenny Castle with its impressive art collection, St. Canice’s Cathedral, the National Design & Craft Gallery, or the Black Abbey or simply stroll along the canal and among the cobbled alleyways with their multitude of boutiques and pubs.

Back on board, pre-dinner drinks and canapés await. All too soon, you’re relishing your final feast on the train – sweetened by the prospect of some toe-tapping entertainment afterwards in the Observation Car.

Day 3: Arrive in Dublin
Breakfast is served as the train courses along its final leg to Dublin Heuston Station, your journey’s end. We wish you a fond farewell and look forward to seeing you again soon.

2020 Dates:

April 18
May 2, 9, 23
June 6, 20
July 18, 25
August 8, 22, 29
September 5, 19
October 3, 10

2021 Dates:

April 24
May 1, 8, 22
June 5, 12, 19
July 3, 17, 24
August 7, 21, 28
September 4, 11, 25
October 2, 9, 16

The Prices

Please note prices are in Euros.

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

2020 & 2021 pricing
Accommodations Price Deposit
Double
From €3,300
15%
Single
From €3,300
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 five-day Legends & Loughs tour for a Grand Tour of Ireland.

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

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The Highlights

  • Luxury service and amenities on Ireland’s only luxury train
  • Incredible meals in the diner; drinks and conviviality in the observation car; quiet rest at night in your en-suite cabin (stationary at night)
  • Tour of Hillsborough Castle, the official Northern Ireland residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in Belfast
  • Escorted tour of the ancient city of Kilkenny
  • Traditional entertainment in the train bar car
Convivial dining staff serve wine specially paired with each lunch and dinner. IRT Photo by R. Hardy.
Convivial dining staff serve wine specially paired with each lunch and dinner. IRT Photo by R. 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.
Harpist plays in the lounge car. Local musicians perform nightly after dinner in the lounge. IRT Photo by R. Hardy.
Harpist plays in the lounge car. Local musicians perform nightly after dinner in the lounge. IRT Photo by R. Hardy.
Twin bedded cabin on the Belmond Grand Hibernian. IRT Photo by R. Hardy.
Twin bedded cabin on the Belmond Grand Hibernian. IRT Photo by R. Hardy.