Highlights

  • Indulge with multi-course fine dining
  • Enjoy the finest malts in the open bar car
  • Explore with included touring throughout, from whiskey tastings to lough cruises
  • Pause at medieval castles and Victorian towns
  • Take in Dublin with a two-night luxury stay

This is undoubtedly the finest way to see Ireland. Indulging with an all-inclusive spread of multi-course dining and live-music accompanied drinks, the country’s finest luxury train links together the country’s city greats and lesser-known gems. It’s all brought to life by an included spread of expert-led excursions. So, alongside Galway’s cobblestone charm and Cork’s colourful idyll, you can expect to pause at remote castles, stately homes and harbour villages, enjoying everything from lough boat rides and sheepdog displays to horse-and-carriage rides and rare whiskey tastings. It’s all bookended by private transfers and a two-night luxury stay in Dublin.


Day 1

Depart the UK to the finest in Dublin luxury

You’ll begin in style with a private chauffeur transfer to the airport, where you’ll enjoy included airport lounge access before your flight to Dublin. On arrival, you’ll again be met by a private driver, who’ll see you to your luxury accommodation – the Westbury.

Voted Ireland’s best hotel in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, its marbled rooms are complemented by custom wool carpets, fine-dining restaurants and a dark-wood cocktail bar. You’ll also be perfectly poised to explore, with everything from medieval castles and cathedrals to traditional pubs and fine museums on your doorstep.

Dublin

Dublin

The Westbury Hotel

Accommodation, The Westbury Hotel


Day 2

A town by the sea and a champagne welcome

After a private transfer, you’ll be welcomed aboard your luxury train by a champagne reception in the Observation Car followed by afternoon tea, served among the Waterford crystal and warm woodwork of the restaurant carriages. Sweeping southwest through the Irish countryside, you’ll then arrive into Cork for a historian-led walk through the quaint harbour town of Cobh, learning about its links to the Titanic.

You’ll then return for dinner on board; expect everything from turf-smoked salmon to artisan cheeses. Before retiring, be sure to cap it all off with a drink in the open bar car, where you’ll be treated to lively local entertainment.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Grand Hibernian in daytime

Grand Hibernian

Kildare Observation and Bar Car rear angle - Belmond Grand Hibernian

Kildare Observation and Bar Car

Cobh

Cobh Cathedral


Day 3

Cork’s charm, whiskey tasting and lough cruises

After a leisurely Irish breakfast, you’ll have a choice of included tours in Cork. The first will see you wander its colourful waterfront and grand Georgian avenues, centring on the vibrant English Market to sample the local delicacies. Alternatively, there’s an exclusive private tour of the Jameson Distillery, where you’ll be treated to a rare whiskey tasting.

Then, re-joining the train for lunch, you’ll sweep on to the rolling greenery of Killarney National Park, where a horse-and-carriage ride will see you to the spectacular, 15th-century Ross Castle. It’s set right on Lough Leane, which you’ll explore on a scenic boat ride before returning to the train for drinks, dinner and entertainment. You’ll also have some time to explore Killarney’s Victorian charm, blessed with independent boutiques and a gorgeous cathedral. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Ross Castle

Ross Castle

Sleeping car from door - Belmond Grand Hibernian

Private cabin


Day 4

Castles and Galway’s cobblestones

Turning north, you’ll have some time to relax among the gorgeous slate-grey panelling of your private cabin, which comes complete with double or twin duck-down beds. After brunch, you’ll arrive into Galway for a choice of excursions. You might want to head into the hills to a traditional farm and sheepdog display, before afternoon tea sees you onto medieval Dunguaire Castle and back to artsy Galway’s cobblestone charm.

Alternatively, escape to the majestic Cliffs of Moher for inspiring views of the Aran Islands and Twelve Bens Mountains – stunning geography brought to life in the grass-roofed visitor centre. Lastly, an expert-led walking tour of Galway showcases its Latin Quarter, 18th-century squares and eclectic shops. Whatever you choose, it all culminates in a multi-course dinner back on board as the train journeys on towards Athlone.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Galway

Galway

Local Irish oysters being prepared onboard

Local Irish oysters being prepared onboard


Day 5

Country life and riverside Westport

Today’s included touring begins with a visit to Westport’s National Museum of Ireland – Country Life. Set among the rolling grounds of the 19th-century Turlough Park House, it explores the rural lifestyles of the Irish people over the last two-hundred years. A hearty lunch in a local tavern will then see you on to Westport House – a magnificent stately home whose rich interiors date back over 350 years.

Dotted with cascading waterfalls and ancient oaks, you’ll be treated to a hawk-flying display in its grounds, set to gorgeous views of Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick mountain. Before re-boarding the train for the last of your indulgent dinners, there’s some time to explore picturesque Westport’s river setting and tree-lined promenade.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Westport House

Westport House

Wexford Dining Car wide shot - Belmond Grand Hibernian

Wexford Dining Car


Day 6

Rolling back to Dublin

After a final breakfast, you’ll arrive back into the 19th-century Heuston Station, where you’ll be met by a private driver and brought back to your luxury Dublin hotel. While you might want to celebrate your journey with an afternoon tea, you’ll also have some time to explore this most beguiling of cities.

Whether it’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle or the hallowed halls of Trinity College Library, there’s an endless array of options.

Breakfast included

The Long Room in the Trinity College Dublin Library

The Long Room, Trinity College Dublin Library


Day 7

Depart for UK

After breakfast today, your flight back home will be bookended by private chauffeur transfers, seeing you from the hotel to the airport and the airport to your door.


About the itinerary

"While many opt for the shorter sprint between Dublin and Belfast, for me, the Grand Hibernian deserves more attention. The longer route offers the perfect chance to relax and enjoy the train's luxuries, while taking in some of Ireland's more remote (and lesser-visited) gems. The train also just happens to serve the best Irish breakfast I've ever had, and I consider myself an expert."

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £6,340 pp incl. flights

Year Round from: £6,340 pp

Special Offer:

Valid for departures: Jun / Jul and Aug departures

Includes

  • Complimentary UK chauffeur drive service 
  • Complimentary access to UK airport departure lounge
  • Return flights between UK and Dublin
  • Private arrival transfer in Dublin
  • 1 night pre & 1 night post accommodation at The Westbury Hotel Dublin on a BB basis
  • Private transfer to Dublin Heuston Station to be welcomed on board the Grand Hibernian with a champagne reception in the Observation car
  • All meals included, all soft and alcoholic tours, plus guiding and entrance fees, entertainment on board
  • 3 nights accommodation on board the Grand Hibernian train
  • Excursions to Cobh with its Titanic connections
  • Choice of excursions in Cork including the English Market or the Jameson Distillery
  • Visit 15th century Ross Castle
  • Scenic boat ride on Lough Leane
  • Choice of excursions in Galway
  • Westport's National Museum of Ireland Country Life
  • Westport House excursion
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