Ireland and the Belmond Rail Experience

10 days from $13,960 per person*
  • Luxurious 4-night rail journey across Ireland.
  • City and monument excursions interspersed between countryside views from the comfort of your cabin.
  • Visit the ancient burial mound Newgrange, a monument older than the Pyramids of Giza.
  • Private guided tour of Dublin, with St. Patrick's Cathedral, and the famed Book of Kells.
  • Luxury accommodations curated by Destination Expert.
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From the very way its whiskey is distilled, its beer is brewed, and its farmers tend to their herds, there's an undeniable charm to the traditions of Ireland that beckons travelers far and wide. What better way to experience a country anchored to the past than by rail travel, witnessing the iconic green pastures of the Irish countryside from the window of your sleeper cabin? Discover historic Dublin and the scenic surrounds with a private guide then relive the golden age of rail travel aboard the lavish Belmond Grand Hibernian, celebrating decadence in an age-old mode of transport as you traverse the country between cities, towns, and castles. Find that sense of yesteryear with Ireland, and the wonderful world of luxury rail travel.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Dublin
    Dublin
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Driver/Assistant
    • Ireland - Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Dublin
    Dublin
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City Tour with Book of Kells & St. Patrick’s Cathedral (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Dinner at leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Dublin
    Dublin
    • Private Tour - Newgrange, Knowth & Boyne Valley (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • Dinner at leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Dublin
    Dublin
    • Private Tour - Wicklow Mountains - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • Dinner at leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Dublin to Cork to Ireland Rail Journey
    Dublin to Cork to Ireland Rail Journey
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Embarkation
    • Train - Dublin to Cork Rail Journey with a Visit to the Cobh Heritage Center
    • Activity - Evening Entertainment
    • Dinner on Board (Included)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Cork to Killarney to Ireland Rail Journey
    Cork to Killarney to Ireland Rail Journey
    • Train - Cork to Killarney Rail Journey with Optional Excursions and a Visit to Ross Castle
    • Lunch on Board (Included)
    • Dinner on Board (Included)
    • Activity - Evening Entertainment
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Killarney to Ireland Rail Journey
    Killarney to Ireland Rail Journey
    • Train - Killarney to Athlone Rail Journey with Your Choice of Galway Excursion
    • Dinner on Board (Included)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Athlone to Ireland Rail Journey
    Athlone to Ireland Rail Journey
    • Train - Athlone to Westport Rail Journey with National Museum of Ireland - Country Life & Westport House
    • Dinner on Board (Included)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 Westport to Dublin
    Westport to Dublin
    • Train - Westport to Dublin Rail Journey
    • Disembarkation
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Dublin
    Dublin
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Dublin

For your added comfort, a private assistant will be waiting for outside of airport customs, holding a sign with your name on it. They will direct you to your awaiting private transfer, and accompany you to your hotel for check-in.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful, will be provided to you on your first day in destination.

Accommodation: Merrion

The Merrion, in the heart of Dublin city center, is the capital's most luxurious hotel, and a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Located a few minutes' walk from the shops of Grafton Street, the hotel's 142 stunningly appointed guestrooms and suites are as welcoming as they are stylish. An impeccable restoration of four Georgian townhouses, The Merrion is a marriage of exquisite comfort, relaxed elegance and advanced guest facilities, including a lavish spa, complimentary wifi internet, a 2-Michelin star restaurant, and an intimate cocktail bar. A recipient of many prestigious awards and accolades, The Merrion prides itself on the cornerstone of its success: excelling in the art of hospitality.

Ireland and the Belmond Rail Experience Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cellar Bar
Cellar Bar
Ireland and the Belmond Rail Experience Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Spa Pool
Spa Pool

Day 2: Dublin

Meet your private guide and driver at your hotel and set out on a half-day tour of Dublin, exploring the highlights of the lively Irish capital. Pass through the landscaped grounds of St Stephen’s Green, a public park dating back to 1664, followed by a walk through Merrion Square, with its impressive red brick Georgian townhouses. Make your way past the historic Dublin Castle, former seat of the English, along with the Lords and Kings of Ireland, now used for all State ceremonial events. Pass by Christchurch, built by the Anglo-Norman’s in 1172 to replace an earlier Church built by the Vikings in 1038. No visit to Dublin would be complete without a visit to St Patrick’s Cathedral, a highlight of your tour. Built in 1192, it is one of Ireland’s largest cathedrals, made famous by its former dean Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels. Check out the old cobbled lanes and hip establishments of Temple Bar, Dublin’s cultural quarter, and visit Trinity College where you’ll be able to see the 8th century Book of Kells, perhaps the world’s most beautifully illustrated book, and gaze upon the 200,000 books of the long room. Your tour ends with a return transfer to your hotel, or, if you’d prefer, you can be dropped off at one of Dublin’s impressive attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery. Please let your destination expert know if you would like to add on tickets for one of these optional post-tour attractions.

Enjoy dinner at leisure (not included in tour price). Here are a few suggestions: L’Ecrivain- 109a Lower Baggot St. Tel.: (01) 666-1919. Have a drink at the comfortable bar before heading upstairs to the stylish and airy restaurant, or out to the patio if weather allows. Chapter One- 18/19 Parnell Sq. Tel.: (01) 873-2330. Located in the basement of Dublin Writers Museum (the former Jameson Whiskey family home), Booking approx 3 months prior essential.Brownes Brasserie- 22 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 Tel.: (01) 638-3934 . Part of Browne’s townhouse hotel, located in St. Stephen’s Green, this restaurant oozes charm.

Accommodation: Merrion
Ireland and the Belmond Rail Experience Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Trinity College: 200,000 Books
Trinity College: 200,000 Books
Ireland and the Belmond Rail Experience Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ha'penny Bridge
Ha'penny Bridge

Day 3: Dublin

Enjoy a private tour in the company of a private vehicle, and driver-guide exploring the ancient site of Newgrange - one of the great wonders of western ancient civilization that needs to be seen close up to be fully appreciated. Predating the Pyramids, it is a complex chamber that is perfectly aligned to catch the morning sun on the winter solstice. There are two other major tombs at Knowth and Dowth, both equally impressive and different in character. Nearby is the River Boyne where the famous Battle of the Boyne took place. The land here is lush and full of ancient and medieval ruins that are testaments to Irelands great heritage. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.

Enjoy dinner at leisure (not included in tour price). Here are a few suggestions: L’Ecrivain- 109a Lower Baggot St. Tel.: (01) 666-1919. Have a drink at the comfortable bar before heading upstairs to the stylish and airy restaurant, or out to the patio if weather allows. Chapter One- 18/19 Parnell Sq. Tel.: (01) 873-2330. Located in the basement of Dublin Writers Museum (the former Jameson Whiskey family home), Booking approx 3 months prior essential.Brownes Brasserie- 22 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 Tel.: (01) 638-3934 . Part of Browne’s townhouse hotel, located in St. Stephen’s Green, this restaurant oozes charm.

Accommodation: Merrion
Ireland and the Belmond Rail Experience Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Newgrange
Newgrange
Ireland and the Belmond Rail Experience Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lounge
Lounge

Day 4: Dublin

Departing from Dublin, enjoy a full day tour to the scenic Wicklow Gap and the Blessington Lakes. The tour continues to the pretty village of Avoca with time to enjoy the Avoca Handweavers and it's craft shop, reputed to be the oldest weaving mill in Ireland. Then we move on to the highlight of the tour, Glendalough "Glen of the two lakes" a truly spellbinding place, home to the impressive 10th century round tower. From here we take a scenic route back through the amazing countryside of Wicklow to Dublin. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.

Enjoy dinner at leisure (not included in tour price). Here are a few suggestions: L’Ecrivain- 109a Lower Baggot St. Tel.: (01) 666-1919. Have a drink at the comfortable bar before heading upstairs to the stylish and airy restaurant, or out to the patio if weather allows. Chapter One- 18/19 Parnell Sq. Tel.: (01) 873-2330. Located in the basement of Dublin Writers Museum (the former Jameson Whiskey family home), Booking approx 3 months prior essential.Brownes Brasserie- 22 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 Tel.: (01) 638-3934 . Part of Browne’s townhouse hotel, located in St. Stephen’s Green, this restaurant oozes charm.

Accommodation: Merrion
Ireland and the Belmond Rail Experience Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Wicklow Mountains
Wicklow Mountains

Day 5: Dublin - Cork - Ireland Rail Journey

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea as you journey towards Cork. Disembark in Cork for a short walking tour of nearby Cobh with a local historian. Explore Cobh Heritage Centre, where impressive displays on Irish history include the town's links with the Titanic. 

Make your way to the Observation Car for tonight's lively entertainment. 

Accommodation: The Grand Hibernian Train

The Belmond Grand Hibernian train gets right to the green and gallant heart of the Emerald Isle. The elegant sleeper carriages are inspired by Dublin’s Georgian architecture. Each bears the name of an Irish county and echoes elements of ancient folklore through its soothing furnishings. The Observation Car offers the warmth of a classic saloon, where live musicians and animated storytelling will keep you entertained after days of exploring the wonders of Ireland. Simply take a seat, order a whisky and watch the scenery unfurl around you. The train’s restaurant cars serve up scrumptious meals prepared from local and seasonal ingredients making for a true celebration of fresh Irish cuisine. The experience aboard the Grand Hibernian is truly like no other.

Ireland and the Belmond Rail Experience Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Belmond Grand Hibernian
Belmond Grand Hibernian

Day 6: Cork - Killarney - Ireland Rail Journey

After a leisurely Irish breakfast, select one of 2 morning activities in Cork. The first option is a guided walking tour of the riverside city, with a visit to the vibrant English Market for a sampling of Cork delicacies. The second is an exclusive tour of the world-famous Jameson Distillery in Midleton, finishing with a rare whisky tasting. Rejoin the train for lunch and continue to Killarney National Park where you'll disembark for a fun ride in a traditional jaunting car. Arrive at 15th-century Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Leane and enjoy a scenic boat trip. Afterwards, either stroll back to the train and relax, or enjoy some time at leisure to explore the charming streets and independent shops of Killarney. 

After a delicious dinner on the train, local musicians will inspire you to leap to your feet for some traditional céilí dancing. 

Accommodation: The Grand Hibernian Train
Ireland and the Belmond Rail Experience Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle
Ireland and the Belmond Rail Experience Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Observation Car
Observation Car

Day 7: Killarney - Ireland Rail Journey

After a relaxing brunch on board, you'll arrive in Galway where you'll have a choice of three itineraries. Choose to drive into the hills to visit a traditional farm and watch an exciting sheepdog display. You'll then enjoy an afternoon tea before continuing to medieval Dungaire Castle on the shores of Galway Bay. Return to Galway to spend time exploring the town. 

Or you can choose to escape to the majestic Cliffs of Moher, rising 700ft above the Atlantic Ocean. Absorb the inspiring views, including the Aran Islands and Twelve Bens Mountains in the distance. Discover more about the area's geology and wildlife in the grass-roofed Visitor's Centre.

Alternately, step out on a walking tour of Galway with a knowledgeable guide, then enjoy time exploring the city independently. Discover the Latin Quarter, 18th-century Eyre Square, eclectic shops, and traditional pubs.

Back on board, dinner is served as the train continues towards Athlone. 

Accommodation: The Grand Hibernian Train
Ireland and the Belmond Rail Experience Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher
Ireland and the Belmond Rail Experience Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Rail Journey
Rail Journey

Day 8: Athlone - Ireland Rail Journey

Breakfast is served as the train travels onward to the leafy Georgian town of Westport. 

A full day begins with a visit to the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life. Set in the splendid grounds of Turlough Park House on the County Mayo coast, the gallery explores the rural lifestyles of Irish citizens in the 19th and 20th centuries. You'll then pause for lunch in a local tavern before visiting Westport House, a magnificent stately home with rich interiors dating back over 350 years. Here you can admire views of Clew bay and Croagh Patrick as well as tumbling waterfalls, ancient oaks, and possibly a hawk-flying display.

Before rejoining the train for the evening, take time to explore Westport's picturesque town center with its charming river and tree-lined promenade. 

Accommodation: The Grand Hibernian Train

Day 9: Westport - Dublin

This morning the journey continues as you head back towards Dublin where your rail experience concludes at Heuston Station. 

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Accommodation: Merrion
Ireland and the Belmond Rail Experience Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Belmond Grand Hibernian
Belmond Grand Hibernian

Day 10: Dublin

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Merrion : Dublin

The Merrion, in the heart of Dublin city center, is the capital's most luxurious hotel, and a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Located a few minutes' walk from the shops of Grafton Street, the hotel's 142 stunningly appointed guestrooms and suites are as welcoming as they are stylish. An impeccable restoration of four Georgian townhouses, The Merrion is a marriage of exquisite comfort, relaxed elegance and advanced guest facilities, including a lavish spa, complimentary wifi internet, a 2-Michelin star restaurant, and an intimate cocktail bar. A recipient of many prestigious awards and accolades, The Merrion prides itself on the cornerstone of its success: excelling in the art of hospitality.

Ireland and the Belmond Rail Experience Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Merrion Hotel
Merrion Hotel

The Grand Hibernian Train : Ireland Rail Journey

The Belmond Grand Hibernian train gets right to the green and gallant heart of the Emerald Isle. The elegant sleeper carriages are inspired by Dublin’s Georgian architecture. Each bears the name of an Irish county and echoes elements of ancient folklore through its soothing furnishings. The Observation Car offers the warmth of a classic saloon, where live musicians and animated storytelling will keep you entertained after days of exploring the wonders of Ireland. Simply take a seat, order a whisky and watch the scenery unfurl around you. The train’s restaurant cars serve up scrumptious meals prepared from local and seasonal ingredients making for a true celebration of fresh Irish cuisine. The experience aboard the Grand Hibernian is truly like no other.

Ireland and the Belmond Rail Experience Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Belmond Grand Hibernian
Belmond Grand Hibernian
Ireland and the Belmond Rail Experience Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Restaurant Car
Restaurant Car

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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