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Grand Tour of Ireland - Northbound, Belmond Grand Hibernian (8 days)

Belmond Trains

Dublin, Ireland To Dublin, Ireland

Grand Tour of Ireland - Northbound, Belmond Grand Hibernian (8 days)


Day 1
Belfast, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
None Lunch, Dinner

Depart Dublin Heuston Station in the early afternoon and enjoy lunch on board. Disembark at Belfast for the famous Black Taxi Tour, examining the city’s tumultuous past and vibrant present.

Afterwards, delve further back in time at the award-winning Titanic Experience. Special effects, full-scale reconstructions and interactive features bring to life the history of the ill-fated ocean liner. Return to the train for dinner and riveting local entertainment.

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

This morning journey to the historic Viking port of Waterford. Disembark for an exclusive tour and afternoon tea at Curraghmore House, home to generations of the Waterford family.

You’ll then be escorted to the House of Waterford Crystal for a fascinating factory tour, where master craftsmen still create sparkling pieces by hand. Return to the train for a sumptuous dinner and a performance from local musicians.

Day 3
Dublin, Ireland
Westbury Hotel, Dublin Breakfast

A leisurely breakfast is served as the train travels north and returns to Dublin Heuston Station.

Disembark for your overnight stay at the Westbury Hotel, Dublin.

Day 4
Cork, Ireland
None Dinner, Snack

Rejoin Belmond Grand Hibernian in the early afternoon. Indulge in a sumptuous Irish afternoon tea as the train weaves its way through lush landscapes to Cork, a former European Capital of Culture.

Arriving at The Jameson Experience, join a resident expert for an early evening tasting and tour of the distillery. Anticipate dinner and entertainment back aboard the train.
Day 5
Killarney, Ireland
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Disembark after breakfast to visit Blarney Castle, home to the legendary Blarney Stone. Enjoy a private tour before pausing for a private morning coffee within the magnificent grounds.

Lunch is served as the train continues west through emerald hills towards Killarney. Ride on a traditional jaunting car through the national park to scenic Ross Castle, where you’ll take a boat trip around the islands of the lake. Back on board, look forward to tradition céilí dancing after dinner.

Day 6
Galway, Ireland
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a leisurely morning on board as the train travels north towards Galway, or choose to disembark for a tour to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher.

In Galway lunch is served at one of the city's convivial restaurants. Afterwards, uncover the beauty of the charming city on a walking tour, or explore at your own leisure.
Day 7
Westport, Ireland
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast is served en route to the leafy Georgian town of Westport. Disembark for a scenic drive through County Mayo, stopping for a tour of Kylemore Abbey.

Rejoin the coach for the onward journey towards Ashford Castle, in the atmospheric heart of Connemara National Park. Lunch is followed by a private falconry display and a guided walk takes in the estate's breathtaking grounds.

Day 8
Dublin, Ireland
None Breakfast

Savour a final delicious breakfast as you return to Dublin and bid farewell to Belmond Grand Hibernian.

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From the moment you step aboard to the final farewell dinner, every moment with us promises memories to cherish. Expert local guides will uncover hidden gems and rarely known secrets on each excursion. Sumptuous, Georgian-inspired accommodation and world-class cuisine ensure your time aboard the train is just as magical.

About Us

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


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

doesn't apply

By: Pampered tourist

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2018

We were not on a Belond train.
Travel Advisor:  Jessica Battista

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