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Until 30 Sep 19
Grand Tour of Ireland6 nights from
per person twin shareFlights are additional
The first luxury rail experience of its kind in Ireland! Belmond Grand Hibernian will traverse the sprawling countryside, dramatic coasts and fascinating cities that define this captivating land. With its lush green landscapes, mystical tales of old, fabulous food and a wealth of literary and musical talent, Ireland truly has something for everyone to enjoy.The train takes its name from the classical Latin word for Ireland-Hibernian-recalling the ancient isle's romance and culture. Step on board to enter a whole new world of elegant carriages, fine cuisine and attentive service, with a breathtaking backdrop of the ever-changing panoramas of Ireland's celebrated scenic landscapes.
✔ 6 nights accommodation
✔ All table d’hote meals
✔ Complimentary beverages
✔ Excursions as per itinerary
Flights are additional
7 days/6 nights
From $14,690 per person share twin
Travel: Set departures 16 Apr-19 Oct 19
Day 1: Dublin – Cork – Charleville
Embark at Dublin Heuston Station in the early afternoon and enjoy a sumptuous Irish afternoon tea as the train weaves its way through the lush Irish countryside to Cork, a recent European Capital of Culture. You are accompanied by the resident expert on an early evening tour of the historic Jameson distillery, home to the world's largest pot still, where you can taste a nip or two. Rejoin the train for a leisurely dinner followed by lively entertainment in the Observation Car.
Day 2: Charleville – Cork – Killarney – Thurles
Breakfast is served as the train travels south for a visit to Blarney Castle, home to the legendary Blarney Stone. Enjoy a private tour with an opportunity to kiss the stone in traditional style, followed by morning coffee in magnificent Blarney House. 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 surely inspire you to leap to your feet for some traditional céilí!
Day 3: Thurles – Galway – Athlone
The train heads west towards Limerick. Enjoy a leisurely morning on board as the train makes its way to Galway, known for its vibrant lifestyle and festive atmosphere. On arrival in Galway a lunch of local specialties is served in a lively restaurant. Afterwards, have the option to take a walking tour among the castles, cathedral and other highlights of the historic city centre or a coach tour through the Clare countryside to the iconic Cliffs of Moher, towering over the Atlantic waves. Returning to the train, dinner will be served as you bid farewell to Galway and Ireland’s dramatic west coast. Overnight in Athlone, at the heart of the Emerald Isle.
Day 4: Athlone – Westport – Roscommon
Breakfast is served enroute to the leafy Georgian town of Westport. Disembark here for a visit to Ashford Castle in the heart of Connemara National Park, where a unique falconry demonstration has been arranged along with a guided walk through the breathtaking grounds of the estate. Following lunch in the castle sit back and relax for a scenic drive through County Mayo to rejoin the train in Westport in time for pre-dinner drinks.
Day 5: Dublin - Belfast - Dundalk
Breakfast is served as you return to Dublin for your optional tour of its superb cultural treasures, quirky pubs and lively shops. Later, rejoin Belmond Grand Hibernian in the early afternoon. Lunch is served on board as the train travels north through the green Irish countryside. On arrival in Belfast take yourself back in time as you visit The Titanic Experience, an award-winning visitor attraction that brings to life, through special effects, fullscale reconstructions and innovative interactive features, the history of the celebrated but ill-fated ocean liner in the city where it all began. Back on board a leisurely dinner is followed by evening entertainment. Overnight in Dundalk.
Day 6: Dundalk – 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 House of Waterford Crystal for a fascinating factory tour, which reveals how master craftsmen still create sparkling pieces by hand. Return to the train for a sumptuous dinner, which is rounded off with a performance by traditional local musicians in the Observation Car. Overnight in Bagenalstown, also known locally as Muine Bheag, on the River Barrow in County Carlow.
Day 7: Bagenalstown – Dublin
A leisurely breakfast is served as the train travels north and returns to Dublin Heuston Station, your journey's end.
Shorter itineraries on the Belmond Grand Hibernian are available:
Taste of Ireland – 2 nights from $5650 per adult share twin
Legends and Loughs – 4 nights from $9040 per adult share twin
Please ask us for further details on these experiences.
> Read more about the Belmond experience here
> View more HOT deals to Ireland here
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Travel is valid for set departures 20 Mar-23 Oct 18 and sales valid until 30 Sep 18. Conditions apply. Prices are in NZ dollars for cash or cheque purchase only. All prices and packages are subject to availability at time of booking. All travel must be commenced and completed as specified. Specific booking conditions and full as per RailPlus. Please ask your House of Travel consultant. Some surcharges and closeout periods may apply – please ask your House of Travel consultant for full details. Valid for new bookings only. Packages are based on consecutive night stays at specified hotels – should your needs differ please refer to your travel consultant. Amendment & cancellation fees may apply. Airfares are additional. Contact House of Travel on 0800 713 715 for more information and the best airfare to match your holiday. Supplier Code: <RP>
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