Belmond Debuts Irish Luxury Train

Luxury hotel and leisure company Belmond, the operator of the famed Venice-Simplon Orient Express, Eastern & Oriental and Hiram Bingham trains, has added its latest railway experience in Ireland.


The new Belmond Grand Hibernian set off on its inaugural tour of the Green Isle yesterday from Dublin on a 6-day journey. Visiting Cork, Kerry, Galway, Mayo, Down, Dublin and Waterford, highlights will include the Jameson Distillery at Midleton, boating on Lough Leane, a walking tour in Galway, falconry at Ashford Castle, Titanic Belfast and Curraghmore House before ending back in Dublin.


Sporting the same midnight blue livery of her famous sister, the train is comprised of 8 refurbished passenger cars outfitted with luxurious furnishings at a cost of USD 8.6 million. Each is named after a county of Ireland, with 5 cars hosting accommodations for passengers, 2 restaurant cars (1 formal and 1 casual) serving meals using Irish produce and an observation car for lounging and entertainment.


The Belmond Grand Hibernian will operate seasonally, with the current run until the beginning of November fully reserved. Following a short hiatus, the service will begin again in April 2017 for 6 months. Prices begin from EUR 3,160 per person for a 2-day “Taste of Ireland” journey.


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