Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Locally Hosted, Rail

Grand Tour of Ireland - Southbound, Belmond Grand Hibernian (7 days)

Belmond Trains

Dublin, Ireland To Dublin, Ireland

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Dublin, Ireland
Cork, Ireland
None Dinner, Snack

Step on board the gleaming carriages of Belmond Grand Hibernian. A traditional Irish afternoon tea is served as the train journeys south towards Cork. Settle into your cosy en suite cabin and glimpse the lush countryside passing by.

Disembark in Cork for a short walking tour of nearby Cobh with a renowned local historian.

Re-join Belmond Grand Hibernian in Cork and enjoy your first dinner in the elegant dining cars, Wexford and Sligo, as the train makes its way north to Charleville.

Day 2
Cork, Ireland
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Enjoy a leisurely a-la-carte Irish breakfast as you travel south towards Cork where you are offered a choice of morning activities.

Join your Host for a historical walking tour of this vibrant riverside city in the company of an entertaining local guide. Stroll through the lanes, see the major landmarks and visit the bustling English Market where you have an opportunity to taste some of Cork’s famous local delicacies.

Alternatively, learn about the complex process of Irish whiskey-making at the world-famous Jameson Distillery in Midleton, accompanied by a Craft Ambassador. Look inside the Master Distiller’s Cottage, enjoy a demonstration of cask-making in the cooperage and sample a rare Midleton.

Return to the train for lunch on the move en route to Killarney, set on the shores of Lough Leane in County Kerry. Alight for an entertaining trip in a traditional jaunting car as your driver, locally known as a ‘jarvey’ escorts you on a gentle trot through Killarney National Park to the beautiful lake by the 15th century Ross Castle. Board the Lily of Killarney boat for a scenic voyage and learn about some of the many colourful legends of the lough.

Back on dry land, either return to the train to relax or spend a little time exploring Killarney with its cobbled lanes, quaint shops and plentiful pubs. Pre-dinner drinks and canapés are served before dinner.

Day 3
Galway, Ireland
Athlone, Ireland
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Sit back and enjoy the ever-changing scenery as you spend a relaxing morning on board.

A leisurely brunch is served before the train arrives along the west coast to Galway, one of Ireland’s most engaging cities, where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean. Here, choose from three ways to spend your afternoon.

For a fascinating insight into Irish rural life drive into the rolling hills behind Galway to a local sheep farm. Watch a sheepdog demonstration as the farmer relates stories of life in the country and enjoy a delicious home-made cream tea in the thatched farmhouse. Continue to the picturesque 16th-century Dunguaire Castle on the shores of Galway Bay and return to Galway in time for a look around the town.

For nature lovers, visit the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher, which soar 700ft above the Atlantic Ocean.

Or alternatively, for those wishing to spend the whole afternoon in Galway, join a knowledgeable local guide for an introductory walking tour of this ‘City of Tribes’, so-called as for centuries it was run by 14 merchant families.

Re-join the train in time for pre-dinner drinks and canapés as the train makes its way towards Athlone on the River Shannon in the heart of Ireland.

Day 4
Westport, Ireland
Connemara, Ireland
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

This morning the train travels north-west to Westport on the coast of County Mayo where a full day’s activities await.

Your first stop is the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life. Set in the magnificent grounds of Turlough Park House, the museum gives you an insight into rural Irish lifestyles between 1850 and 1950, with eye-catching displays relating to agriculture, fishing, crafts, customs and clothing.

A hearty lunch is served in a local tavern before your visit to Westport House, one of the country’s best-loved stately homes with rich interiors dating back over 350 years.

There is time to explore Westport’s bustling Georgian town centre with its pretty river, tree-lined promenade and independent boutiques before re-joining the train in time for pre-dinner cocktails and canapés as you travel east towards Roscommon.

Day 5
Dublin, Ireland
Belfast, Ireland
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Breakfast is served as the train travels back to Dublin. Alight for a guided visit to EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum, before it opens to the public. This immersive, interactive museum in Dublin’s Docklands shows how 10 million Irish emigrants influenced and shaped other regions of the world.

Returning to the train new passengers are welcomed on board. Meet them in the Observation Car over champagne and nibbles as the train departs for Belfast, along the East Coast. Lunch is served en route in the two elegant dining cars.

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.

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’.

Day 6
Waterford, Ireland
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

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 south-east coast, founded by Vikings in 914A.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 centre 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 7
Dublin, Ireland
None Breakfast, Dinner, Snack

Breakfast is served as the train continues to Dublin, its final destination. Disembark for your onward travel arrangements.

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Ancient legends, inspiring natural beauty and vibrant cities—see the highlights of this beautiful country with a complete journey through Ireland. Tours from Dublin on the Belmond Grand Hibernian train are sure to stay with you for a lifetime.

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Belmond are connoisseurs in the art of luxury travel, curating an iconic global portfolio of trains, rivers cruises, hotels, and safaris. They blend enchanting destinations with vintage carriages, immersive excursions with delectable cuisine, and ultimate comfort with genuine service – you'll never have a greater escape. Their collection includes the first luxury sleeper train in Ireland, Belmond Grand Hibernian, as well as Belmond Royal Scotsman in Scotland; their luxury day train in the U.K., Belmond British Pullman; the Eastern & Oriental Express in Southeast Asia, and, of course, the world-famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

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The Orient Express- All that you can imagine it is.

By: John from NJ


Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

Our travel on the Orient Express earlier this year was its initial run from Stockholm to Copenhagen, WE had previously ridden its classic run from Paris to Venice in previous years. The carriages are classics, the service impeccable, the food wonderful. If you are wondering if its just like its depicted in the movies it is !
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Highly recommend

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

I did write a review in this trip and we. Have both spoken to man friends about doing it them selves. The greatest review I I should think Thank you again, Eleanor.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

A great family trip

By: Pompey


Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2013

From London to Istanbul everything was about perfect. All the countryside was amazing, and the train was wonderful.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Great Tour

By: Harpy3


Reviewed on: 29 May 2014

Our tour from Lima to Cusco to Machu Picchu and back was very good.  Had a wonderful guide, Luis (Dias I think).  Very informative and passionate about his topic.  Arrangements--hotels and train--were very good.  A complaint would be that hotel rooms assigned to us were with 2 beds rather than a double.  We had to upgrade to get that.  We prefer to travel as the couple we are and were never asked in advance about our preference for such arrangements.  (And I'm not aware of any Virtuoso Amenities)
Travel Advisor:  Jackie Berube

A new and very pleasant experience

By: Tas Tiger & Griffin


Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2014

Train delayed for two hours but we were invited to a nice platform restaurant were a meal & beverages were provided. Beverages on board well overpriced considering the cost of the journey
Travel Advisor:  Angela Walker

Belmond Grand Hibernian

By: Amanda


Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2017

We had a lovely time on the Belmond Grand Hibernian. The staff was excellent and the food was incredible. It was a low-stress way to see Ireland (no driving) and the spots selected for each day trip were great. For future travelers I would recommend: if you're on the youngish side of things (we are in our early 40s), I'd bring friends -- the train is pretty much quiet by 10pm after dinner, so we really enjoyed have friends with us to play cards and talk in the bar car at the end of the evening. Also, the trip isn't one continuous loop around Ireland - you do some back tracking each day - it's fine but doesn't give you the feeling of seeing "new" countryside with each leg of the journey.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Bassett

PERFECTION!!!

By: PT


Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2017

A journey on The Orient Express is known to be a once in a lifetime experience.......and it certainly was for us.
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Millington

Easy travel

By: Bookie


Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2018

Load your luggage, find your seat and enjoy the ride. This was an easy way to get to. Paris from Bezier.
Travel Advisor:  Jessica Battista