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Discover the ancient legends, inspiring natural beauty and storied cities of Ireland in grand style on this bucket list train adventure across the Emerald Isle on the Belmond Grand Hibernian. After spending two nights in Dublin, board the train’s elegant blue carriages for a luxurious journey across the country marked by world-class cuisine, exceptional service and authentic experiences. Conclude this epic journey with two nights in London, discovering the city’s top attractions.

Highlights

  • Discover the charms of Dublin, Ireland’s lively capital city
  • Traverse the Emerald Isle in luxurious accommodations onboard the Grand Hibernian
  • Tour the Jameson whiskey distillery in Midleton
  • Visit the Blarney Castle, home to the legendary Blarney Stone
  • Take an excursion to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, high above the Atlantic
  • Visit a local pub and explore the friendly streets of Galway
  • Enjoy a private falconry display at the Ashford Castle in Westport
  • Take a tour of a private sheep farm and learn how fleece is turned to yarn
  • Experience what life was like in Belfast and visit the award-winning Titanic Experience
  • Tour the Curraghmore House in Waterford, home to generations of the Waterford family

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Rail travel as specified in the itinerary
  • Return ferry from Holyhead to Dublin
  • 3 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Dublin
  • 6 nights’ accommodation and all meals onboard the Belmond Grand Hibernian
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in London
  • One-day Dublin Pass
  • One-day London Pass and hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

DAY 1 – LONDON TO DUBLIN
Welcome to Dublin! Upon arrival, make your way to your hotel and check in for a two-night stay. (Overnight in Dublin) B

DAY 2 - DUBLIN
After breakfast this morning, set out to explore the Irish capital city. Dublin truly does overflow with historic landmarks and iconic sights, and you'll be able to discover the best of them with the Dublin Pass included with your holiday. Visit Dublin Zoo, the GAA museum, and many more. Spend your evening in Temple Bar, sampling authentic cuisine and indulging in some good old-fashioned craic at one of the numerous traditional pubs. (Overnight in Dublin) B

DAY 3 – DUBLIN - CORK - CHARLEVILLE
Your journey on the Belmond Grand Hibernian begins today! Board the shiny blue coaches at Dublin Heuston Station in the early afternoon and indulge in Irish afternoon tea as the train weaves its way through the lush countryside to Cork. Arriving at The Jameson Experience in Midleton, a resident expert accompanies you on an early evening tour of the distillery, where you enjoy highlights such as the world's largest pot still and a nip or two of whiskey. Re-join the train for a leisurely dinner before making your way to the Observation Car for lively entertainment. (Overnight onboard the Grand Hibernian) B, L, D

DAY 4 – CHARLEVILLE – CORK – KILLARNEY
Breakfast is served as the train travels south for a visit to Blarney Castle, home to the legendary Blarney Stone. Enjoy a private tour and an opportunity to kiss the stone in time-honored style. You then pause for morning coffee in a private location within the magnificent grounds. Lunch is served as the train continues west, through emerald hills, towards Killarney on the shores of Lough Leane. A fun ride in a traditional jaunting car (pony and trap) takes you through the beautiful national park to scenic Ross Castle, where you enjoy a boat trip around the islands of the lake. After a delicious dinner on the train, local musicians will inspire you to leap to your feet for some traditional céilí dancing! (Overnight onboard the Grand Hibernian) B, L, D

DAY 5 – KILLARNEY - LIMERICK JUNCTION - GALWAY - ATHLONE
Enjoy the scenery out your window this morning as the train travels north towards Galway. You may wish to disembark after breakfast for an optional excursion to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, towering over the Atlantic waves. On arrival in Galway, enjoy lunch in one of the city’s local restaurants. Afterwards, visit a local pub for a traditional Irish experience. Try your hand at the bodhran (Irish drum), learn an Irish dance and pull your own pint of Guinness! Enjoy some free time to explore the streets of Galway before returning to the train. Dinner is served onboard as you bid farewell to Galway and Ireland's dramatic west coast. (Overnight onboard the Grand Hibernian) B, L, D

DAY 6 - ATHLONE - WESTPORT - ROSCOMMON
Breakfast is served en route to the leafy Georgian town of Westport. Disembark for your onward journey towards Ashford Castle, in the atmospheric heart of Connemara National Park. On arrival, a private falconry display demonstrates the prowess of majestic hawks and a guided walk takes in the estate's breathtaking grounds. Lunch is followed afterwards in the beautiful George V Dining Room in the Castle. Then, depart Ashford Castle for a short transfer to a private home to visit a working hill sheep farm and watch the Border Collie sheepdogs herding Connemara Blackface sheep. Afterwards visit a sheep and wool center in the heart of Killary Harbor for a demonstration on traditional spinning wheels and looms to see how raw fleece is turned into yarn. Rejoin the train at Westport in perfect time for pre-dinner drinks. (Overnight onboard the Grand Hibernian) B, L, D

DAY 7 - DUBLIN - BELFAST - DUNDALK
Enjoy breakfast this morning as the train winds its way back to Dublin. You may wish to join an optional tour of the city’s superb cultural treasures including a tour of the National Art Gallery of Ireland. Re-join Belmond Grand Hibernian in the early afternoon, where lunch will be served as the train travels north through the verdant Irish countryside. On arrival in Belfast, embark on a taxi tour, which takes in both the Republican Falls Road and the Loyalist Shankill, separated by a peace wall. Learn what life was really like during the Troubles, admire the colorful murals, and discover how vibrant Belfast has become today. Afterwards, delve further back in time at the award-winning Titanic Experience.  Special effects, full-scale reconstructions and interactive features bring the history of the ill-fated ocean liner back to life. Back on board, a leisurely dinner is served, followed by vibrant evening entertainment. (Overnight onboard the Grand Hibernian) B, L, D

DAY 8 - DUBLIN – WATERFORD - BAGENALSTOWN
This morning, the train journeys south to the historic Viking port of Waterford. Disembark to visit Curraghmore House, home to generations of the Waterford family, where you enjoy an exclusive tour and afternoon tea. The magnificent mansion boasts some of the finest neoclassical rooms in Ireland, while its expansive formal gardens include an intriguing shell house built by Catherine, Countess of Tyrone, in 1754. You are then escorted to the Bishops Palace, one of the finest early Georgian Houses in Ireland containing the oldest piece of Waterford Crystal in the world. Return to the train for a sumptuous dinner, which is rounded off with a performance by traditional local musicians in the Observation Car. (Overnight onboard the Grand Hibernian) B, L, D

DAY 9 – BEGENALSTOWN - DUBLIN
A leisurely breakfast is served as the train travels north and finally returns to Dublin’s Heuston Station. Check in at your hotel for a final night’s stay in Dublin, perhaps taking in some the sights of the capital that you may have missed at the beginning of your journey. (Overnight in Dublin) B

DAY 10 – DUBLIN TO LONDON
After breakfast this morning, check out of your hotel and make your way to the Dublin Ferryport Terminal for your ferry back to Holyhead. At Holyhead, you’ll be transported to the station for the train back to London Euston station. Upon arrival, make your way to your hotel and check in for a two-night stay. Why not head out into town and enjoy a meal in one of the city's incredible restaurants, offering a wide range of international cuisine in every corner of the city. Perhaps take an evening stroll down the South Bank of the River Thames where you'll be treated to picturesque views of the London Eye, Palace of Westminster and Tower Bridge. (Overnight in London) B

DAY 11 – LONDON
Use your included London Pass and hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to see the best sights of London at your leisure today. Enjoy admission to over 60 attractions, activities and museums and special offers at some of the city top restaurants and shops. The city is yours to discover! (Overnight in London) B

DAY 12 – DEPART LONDON
After breakfast this morning, check out of your hotel and continue with your travels. If you wish to extend your vacation, perhaps adding nights in a particular destination, one of our Rail Experts would be happy to help with all the details. B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

Conrad Dublin

Conrad Dublin

The recent refurbishment of Conrad Dublin took its inspiration from the charm and hospitality of this iconic city.The award-winning Conrad Dublin is located at the heart of the city, standing opposite the gardens of St Stephen's Green and overlooking the majestic National Concert Hall.

Conrad Dublin

Conrad Dublin

The recent refurbishment of Conrad Dublin took its inspiration from the charm and hospitality of this iconic city.The award-winning Conrad Dublin is located at the heart of the city, standing opposite the gardens of St Stephen's Green and overlooking the majestic National Concert Hall.

Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House

Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House

Explore the city from our family-friendly Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House hotel, just a 10-minute walk from the city center. Located on the River Liffey, near to Dublin's 3 Arena, Bord Gais theatre, EPIC Ireland and a five-minute walk to the shopping district.

Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House

Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House

Explore the city from our family-friendly Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House hotel, just a 10-minute walk from the city center. Located on the River Liffey, near to Dublin's 3 Arena, Bord Gais theatre, EPIC Ireland and a five-minute walk to the shopping district.

Hilton London Euston

Located in a wonderful Victorian building just a stone’s throw from Euston station, the Hilton Euston is in an ideal central London location, and just a 10 minute walk from St Pancras Railway station. Guests can dine in a choice of two restaurants, or make use of the stylish lounge bar or sun terrace. The hotel’s 150 rooms all feature marble bathrooms, air conditioning and Wi-Fi internet access.

Megaro London

The Megaro London is a unique hotel located in the heart of London's Kings Cross area. The hotel features 49 comfortable bedrooms and an on-site restaurant offering a menu of English and Italian cuisine. The sophisticated Megaro Bar is perfect for relaxing with a drink after a day's sightseeing. The Megaro is located opposite St Pancras station and just minutes from bus, tube and Eurostar.

Doubletree By Hilton London Victoria

Situated just a stone’s throw from Victoria Train Station, the DoubleTree by Hilton London Victoria is the perfect base for exploring the English capital. Just five minutes’ from Westminster Cathedral, or a 15-minute stroll down to St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace, the property combines an enviable location with warmly furnished rooms and wonderful amenities. Guests enjoy private bathrooms, satellite TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel boasts a stylish restaurant serving seasonal European dishes.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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