Immerse yourself in Irish culture and history aboard the luxurious Belmond Grand Hibernian.From the Lavish, Georgian- inspired accommodation and world class cuisine to the final farewell dinner, every moment with us promises a everlasting memory. Lose yourself in the timeless enchantment of Ireland aboard the Belmond Grand Hibernian.
Welcome Aboard the Grand Hibernian!
Board the train in Dublin in the early afternoon and Savour a delicious afternoon tea as the train begins its journey through the abundant landscape to Cork. Arrive in cork and visit the Jameson Experience. A private tour lead by a resident expert, we will explore the history of the whiskey-making process, before guests are invited to participate in the tasting session.
Back on board, your first dinner is served as the train continues to Charleville, where it will stable for the night to ensure a good night's rest.
The day starts out with a private tour of Blarney Castle & Gardens where guests will have the opportunity to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone. Enjoy morning coffee in Blarney house. Lunch is served on board before continuing west though emerald hills towards the lakes of Killarney. A pony and trap tour is followed by a boating excursion across the various islands of Loughs Leane.
Head Back to the train for dinner.
This morning your journey continues north to Galway. Lying on the river Corrib, let yourself be enchanted by this romantic city.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Champagne and oysters set the scene for a fun-filled afternoon. Revel in a traditional Irish experience at a charming local pub where you'll learn to play the bodhran ( Irish drum) and to pull your own pint of Guinness, before taking part in an Irish dance.
Afterwards, step into the city to explore at your leisure. Alternatively, spend the entire afternoon soaking up Galway's bohemian charm at your own pace.
Return to the train for dinner as the train continues on to Athlone.
Breakfast is accompanied by stunning pastoral views for your cabin's windows as the train continues to the leafy Georgian town of westport.
Join the coach for an excursion to Ashford castle. Activities include an interactive falconry experience plus a guided walk of the gardens, as well as a private lunch.
Afterwards, take a short transfer to the home of Joe and Mary Ann Joyce to enjoy an exhilarating sheepdog trial at their working farm. Head to the Sheep and Wool Centre in the heart of Killary Harbour to discover the art of yarn spinning, then take to the outdoors to soak up the breathtaking views and perfect photo opportunities to be enjoyed in this beautiful region
Your journey winds back towards Dublin where you can enjoy an optional half-day tour of the vibrant Irish capital. Key sights include home to the ancient Book of Kells, Trinity College and the National Art Gallery of Ireland.
Rejoin the train and continue to Belfast, where you will disembark for a famous Black Taxi tour of the city's past and vibrant present.Afterwards, enjoy the award winning, and private visit to the Titanic Experience. This fascinating attraction explores the history of the famed ocean liner through a full scale reconstruction and interactive features.
This morning, the train journeys south to the historic viking port of Waterford.
Disembark to visit Curraghmore House. The magnificent mansion has over 2,500 acres of formal gardens, woodland and grazing fields. Enjoy an exclusive tour of the house, grounds and stables before a classic afternoon tea.
You'll then be escorted to the Bishop's palace for a private after hour tour hosted by the director. Enjoy an unrivalled view of the finest collection of the 17th century Irish silver, and marvel at the oldest piece of waterford crystal in the world with an exclusive glassmaking presentation.
Return to the train for dinner, followed by a performance by a traditional local musicians in the Observation car.
Breakfast is served as the train continues to Dublin, its final destination. Disembark for your onward travel arrangements.
Check-in will take place at the Westbury Hotel at least 40 minutes prior to departure, after which our host and crew members will escort you and your luggage to the Dublin Heuston Station where we will board the Belmond Grand Hibernian.
24 hour steward service
All meals aboard the train: full Irish breakfast, two course lunch and four course dinner including cheeseboard, coffee, tea and petits fours
All beverages including alcoholic drinks
Traditional entertainment on board
A visit to the Jameson Experience
Tour of Ashford Castle
Blarney Castle and Gardens
Traditional Jaunting car excursion followed by a boat trip on Lough Leane
City Tours of Dublin
Visit the Titanic Experience
Exclusive tours of Curraghmore house and Bishop's Palace
Domestic or international airfare
Transfers before or after your train journey
Gratuities for crew members
Items of a personal nature, souvenirs and any other items not specifically mentioned as included.
(i) 15% of total tour cost due at the time of booking**
(ii) 85% or balance no later than 65 days prior to date of the first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS
**Your reservation will be processed in US$ at the exchange rate upon booking. If you would like to pay in EURO, please contact us for further instructions.
*Cancellations should be initiated by FAX to the corporate office in Miami FL
The above times are based on European time. In order to provide enough time for processing cancellation, guests need to add 3 business days to the above timeframes. An administration fees of 15% on any monies paid by the client will be charged prior to refund.
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the losses incurred in case of cancellation. For information on available plans or to purchase travel insurance, please visit www.palacetours.com/insurance.
Your train includes luxurious and comfortable cabins as well as an observation and restaurant car. There are 16 twin cabins and 4 double cabins available. Cabins are en-suite and include a writing desk, wardrobe, and chair. Each carriage is themed, based on an Irish county. Double cabins can connect to twin cabins, offering options for families. There is also a limited mobility cabin available.
Cabins have limited space, therefore we recommend each guest travels with one suitcase and one carry-on bag.
For daytime excursions and relaxing on board, we suggest casual, comfortable attire. In the evening, most gentlemen were a jacket and tie for dinner although it is not required.
We recommend you arrange suitable insurance to cover personal belongings, cancellation/interruption, medical and luggage. Details of cancellation policies can be found in our booking conditions.
You must have a valid passport that will remain valid beyond the duration of your journey. Depending on which country issues your passport, you may need a visa for entry into Ireland and Northern Ireland (UK). Please check with your travel agent or government agency before travelling.
Belmond Grand Hibernian offers a wheelchair accessible cabin. However, those with restricted mobility are asked to contact us directly to discuss the suitability of the journey.
A first aid kit is carried on board for emergency use. If it becomes apparent that a doctor is required, please inform the Train Manager who will arrange for the passenger to alight at the next station enabling medical attention.
Special diets can be accommodated. Please be sure to tell us in advance of any allergies, food related or otherwise.
Please advise the Belmond Grand Hibernian office or your travel agent of any health restrictions before travelling. No specific vaccinations are required for entry into Eire or Northern Ireland (UK). It is advised, however, that you consult your doctor or physician for requirements based on your travel itinerary, or for any personal health recommendations relating to your journey.
Please note that there are no professional medical facilities aboard the Belmond Grand Hibernian.
Smoking is not permitted on board.
There are electrical outlets in all cabins. Electricity in the UK runs on 220/240 volts. You may wish to bring an adaptor for electrical appliances.
Belmond Grand Hibernian is the latest addition to Belmond’s line of luxury trains. Unlike Belmond’s Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, which has carriages that have been operating across Europe since the 1920’s, the Belmond Grand Hibernian is not a vintage train. Originally built in the 1960s, the train has been renovated and will make its first trip in August of 2016. The next year, Hibernian’s season will be set to run from April through October.
Hibernia is the classical Latin word for Ireland, where this train travels.
Belmond Grand Hibernian uses 5 carriages containing a total of 16 twin cabins and 4 doubles, each of which is en suite. Each room also contains a writing desk, a wardrobe, and a large chair. There are also large windows in each room to view the passing countryside. Hibernian is unique for featuring distinct names and decorative themes for each cabin, based on the counties of Ireland. For larger families, the double cabins may all be linked up with twin cabins. One of the cabins on board may also accommodates wheelchair access.
No, the Belmond Grand Hibernian is stationary at night, providing greater comfort for a better night’s sleep. You are also able to step off the train once stabled for the night.
40 passengers are divided between 16 twin cabins and 4 doubles.
The staffing details are still being finalized, but Belmond projects roughly a 1 to 1.5 staff to guest ratio.
This contemporary luxury train still bases itself upon classic Dublin and Georgian architecture. You will be greeted by soft, warm colors, tartans and tweeds representing the counties you traverse, and suggestions of Ireland’s rich folklore.
Belmond Grand Hibernian features two unique dining carriages named for the Wexford and Sligo counties of Ireland. Wexford is a lightly colored carriage, decorated with tweed and other Irish motifs, featuring tables of six. Sligo’s decor is composed of chrome colors, relaxing grays, and elegant crystal vases atop tables of four, lending the space a more intimate feel. These dining cars both feature authentic Irish cuisine, relying upon fresh, local products based on the regions the train passes through. Each dining car can seat 20 passengers in family style dining.
Meals will typically take place during a two hour window. Meal times may vary day to day according to the itinerary.
Yes, just notify Palace Tours at the time of booking and Belmond Grand Hibernian will be able to accommodate a wide range of special dietary needs.
The Belmond Grand Hibernian features a warmly decorated Observation Car, doubling as a Bar Car, which is designed in the style of a Dublin Saloon. As you sit back with a glass of local whiskey, look through the large windows and drink in the passing countryside as you converse with your fellow guests. Local musical and storytelling entertainment will be centered in this car. This car can comfortably hold 40 passengers.
Yes, all drinks are included in the overall price.
No, there are no TVs and no WIFI connection on board. The reasons are partly deliberate and partly logistical. Travelers are encouraged to get to know each other, converse, and take in the rich scenery around them.
There are electrical outlets in all cabins. Electricity in the Eire/UK runs on 220/240 volts. You may wish to bring an adapter for electrical appliances.
Attire is smart casual on board the train, however, formal wear is advised for a special farewell dinner to conclude each journey. Also, dress appropriately for outdoor excursions.
Most Western European languages will be available. If a translator is needed, please contact Palace Tours to request at the time of booking.
Belmond trains are particularly popular among tourists over the age of 40. In recent years however, younger clientele are becoming increasingly represented on the train as well.
The destinations you experience will depend upon which tour you choose, however, all tours are based from the city of Dublin. As you traverse Ireland, you are sure to witness the beautiful green countryside, castles, causeways, and coastal areas as well. To get a better sense of the destinations offered, contact Palace Tours for more information.
It is recommended that passengers have a small number of Euros for on board purchases. However, most major currencies are accepted, as well as travelers’ cheques, Eurocheques and major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club and JCB). The exchange rate on board is displayed in the Bar Car.
Tipping is not required on the tour, regardless of the cities visited. You may feel free to do so as your tipping culture suggests, but it is ultimately discretionary.
No. To comply with European regulations, Belmond Grand Hibernian operates a no smoking policy on board the train.
Yes, days may be added at the beginnings or ends of these tours to accommodate golf trips and other unique excursions. A few rounds of golf can be arranged around any number of Ireland’s world renowned courses. There are also offers, such as “Ireland Holidays,” in Dublin for clients looking to extend their stay either before or after their train tour. Your stay in a luxury hotel and tours of the city will be arranged for you. You are given a prime location to experience the finest shops, cafes, and other sites in the capital. Simply contact Palace Tours to discuss what you would like to add, and we will hammer out the details for you.
Contact Palace Tours if you need to purchase travel insurance. When traveling on the Royal Scotsman luxury train we recommend insurance cover for personal belongings and your luggage. Insurance will often times also cover any charges associated with the cancellation/interruption of tours and any medical bills. Details of cancellation policies can be found in our booking conditions.
Yes, contact Palace Tours for more information
Special rates are possible for children under 12 years old. Contact Palace Tours for information on these rates.
For safety reasons, pets are not allowed on the train.
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