Swap the airport for the ferry terminal as you head across the Irish Sea to discover the unique history and landscapes of Ireland aboard the elegant Belmond Grand Hibernian. Brought to you by the same people behind the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express, this luxurious train offers everything from fine dining to traditional bar-car entertainment laced with only the finest Irish whiskeys. Indeed, it’s the ideal introduction to the Emerald Isle as you journey through verdant farmlands and along glorious coastlines to take in the cities of Dublin, Belfast and Waterford. Along the way, you’ll be treated to a programme of expert-led tours, taking in Belfast by taxi cab, exploring the 18th-century Curraghmore House and visiting the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal. We’ve even included a night at Dublin’s The Westbury, one of Ireland’s most luxurious hotels.
Your journey begins with a ferry hop across the Irish Sea from Holyhead to Dublin. Make the most of your two-bed Window Suite cabin and access to the Club Class Irish Ferries Lounge, ensuring you arrive feeling relaxed and refreshed. Then, you’ll be met on arrival by a private driver who’ll whisk you to the Westbury Hotel, located right in the very heart of the capital. Voted as Condé Nast Traveller’s ‘Best Hotel in Ireland’ in 2019, there could hardly be a better base for exploring all that Dublin has to offer, from its grand castle to the shops of Grafton Street and the pubs of Temple Bar.
Stay: Westbury (Deluxe)
Start the day with a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before a private transfer sees you to Heuston Station where you’ll board the Belmond Grand Hibernian. As you settle into your stylish private cabin, you’ll pull move out through the city and suburbs and into the Irish countryside, enjoying sumptuous fine dining and an open bar as you cross the border to reach Belfast in the north. On arrival, you'll disembark for a traditional taxi tour of the city sights, before heading to the excellent Titanic Museum, where exhibits and reconstructions bring that fateful transatlantic crossing to life.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Wake feeling well rested after a night in your private cabin, taking the chance to enjoy rural views as you sweep south to the city of Waterford. Your day’s touring starts with a visit to the 18th-century Curraghmore House and the chance to explore some of its 2,500-acre estate. You’ll be treated to an ever-so-elegant afternoon tea here, before heading with your guide to uncover the secrets of the famous House of Waterford Crystal, where master craftsmen produce some of the world’s finest glassware. It’s then time to return to the train for a final dinner and an evening of traditional Irish entertainment, perhaps paired with some fine local whiskies in the bar car.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Having travelled overnight, you’ll arrive back in Dublin where you’ll have time to explore the city’s historic streets at your leisure. Perhaps take in some of the city’s myriad museums and galleries, or pay homage to that most famous of Irish stouts at the Guiness Factory, rounded off with a pint, of course. Then, in the afternoon, your private driver will see you safely back to port to board the return ferry to Holyhead, once more enjoying the same premium comforts as you did on your outbound crossing.
"I've visited the Emerald Isle on more than the odd occasion. And, having explored by both car and train, I can safely say that there's no better way to enjoy the country's unique blend of culture, countryside and craic than with a trip aboard the Belmond Grand Hibernian. Alongside the tours and superb entertainment, it's the dining that really stands out. Expect traditional Irish recipes made using the finest ingredients, and washed down with a some of the very best Irish whiskies around – delicious!"
Low Season from: £4,085 pp
High Season from: £4,085 pp
Low Season : April and October
High Season : May to September
Complimentary airport transfers (distance supplements may apply)
Return ferry crossings departing from Holyhead and Dublin
2 bed Window Suite en-suite cabin Stena Line with spacious lounge area, TV and Tea & Coffee making facilities
Club Class Stena Line Ferries Lounge access
Return port transfers
1 nts accommodation at the Westbury Hotel near St. Stephens Green
Transfer from Westbury Hotel to Dublin Heuston Station
2 nights on board the Belmond Grand Hibernian
All meals on board, all soft and alcoholic beverages, tours, visits, guiding, entrance fees and entertainment on board for the duration of the selected journey
Please note: Longer Grand Hibernian itineraries are available. Contact our team for prices and other optional excursions.