From the buzz of Belfast to the mystifying Giant’s Causeway, explore the highlights of Northern Ireland on this 3 day tour.
About the Tour
Tours from Dublin aboard the luxurious Belmond Grand Hibernian are sure to capture your imagination. Settle in to your elegant cabin and anticipate an unforgettable journey. Each day brings a new adventure, with highlights including inspiring destinations, world-class cuisine and traditional entertainment as evening falls.
- 2 nights aboard the Grand Hibernian luxury train
- Irish afternoon tea 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
- Private visit to Hillsborough Castle, Belfast with refreshments
- Tour of Kilkenny city centre with time at leisure to explore
- 24-hour steward service
Day 1 - Dublin
You're welcomed aboard the train in Dublin with a champagne reception in the Observation Car. Sit down to a delicious lunch as the train journeys north towards Belfast. Disembark in Belfast to visit Hillsborough Castle, the official Northern Ireland residence of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Explore the beautiful Georgian home, with its elegant interiors and priceless paintings. Enjoy refreshments in the stately Drawing Room. Return to the train for your first gourmet dinner on board. Relax over coffee and liqueurs in the Observation Car and enjoy lively local entertainment.
Day 2 - Kilkenny
Relax on board this morning and soak up the views. Indulge in mouthwatering pastries followed by brunch. In the afternoon, disembark to explore the historical attractions of Kilkenny in the heart of Ireland's Ancient East. Join your guide for a fascinating tour of the city centre. Unearth 800 years of history at the Medieval Mile Museum. After afternoon tea at Butler House, explore further attractions or wander along the canal and cobbled alleyways at your leisure. Back on board, drinks and canapés await, followed by an exquisite dinner and entertainment.
Day 3 - Dublin
Savour your last breakfast aboard as the train returns to Dublin, where you will disembark for your onward travel arrangements.
The Belmond Grand Hibernian boasts accommodation for up to 40 guests in elegant, private en-suite cabins. Design draws inspiration from Dublin’s classic Georgian architecture, blended with elements of ancient folklore and tradition. The Observation Car brims with the warm atmosphere and elegance of a Dublin saloon. It is the perfect place to mingle with fellow travelers, listen to live musicians and animated storytellers or participate in craft sessions. Take a seat, with a glass of fine Irish whiskey or a pint of local stout, and watch the enchanting scenery from the many large windows.
The train offers 16 twin and four double cabins for truly indulgent train ride vacations. All cabins are en-suite, with additional features including a wardrobe, writing desk and chair. Large windows let you admire the verdant landscape as it unfolds. All double cabins can interconnect with twin cabins, making them an ideal option for families travelling together. The train also offers a cabin suitable for guests with limited mobility, specifically designed to allow wheelchair access into the cabin and en-suite bathroom.
From wonderful artisan cheeses and superb smoked fish to the freshest seasonal vegetables, the onboard menus feature the finest ingredients from the regions the train travels through. The chef and his team serve breakfasts, lunches and dinners in two air-conditioned dining carriages named after Irish counties.