Arrive Dublin, Ireland
In Dublin, come aboard the Belmond Grand Hibernian, your elegant, Irish Georgian home for the next five days. Enjoy a Champagne reception in the observation car and sit down to afternoon tea as the train journeys south toward Cork. Disembark in Cork for a short walking tour of nearby Cobh, joined by a local historian. In the Cobh Heritage Center, view impressive displays on Irish history, include the town’s links with two famously doomed ships, ‘Titanic’ and ‘Lusitania.’ Return to your train. After a gourmet dinner on board, unwind over coffee and liqueurs in the observation car.
Cork & Killarney | Local Delicacies & a Lake Cruise
After a leisurely Irish breakfast, select one of two morning activities in Cork. The first 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 tasting of rare whiskeys. Rejoin the train for lunch as you continue to Killarney National Park. Disembark for a fun ride in a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car. Arrive at 15th-century Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Leane and alight for a scenic boat trip. Afterward, either stroll back to the train and relax, or enjoy a little free time exploring the charming streets and independent shops of Killarney. As evening falls, drinks, dinner and entertainment on board await.
Galway | A Choice of Activities
Spend a relaxing morning admiring the ever-changing scenery through your windows. After brunch, arrive in Galway on the west coast, where you have a choice of three activities. Drive into the hills to visit a traditional farm and watch an exciting sheepdog display. Enjoy afternoon tea before continuing to Dungauaire Castle on the shores of Galway Bay. Return to Galway and have a look around the town. Or escape to the majestic Cliffs of Moher, rising 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Absorb the inspiring views of the Aran Islands and Twelve Bens Mountains in the distance and learn more about the area’s geology and wildlife in the grass-roofed Visitor Center. Alternatively, step out on a walking tour of Galway with a knowledgeable guide, and then enjoy time exploring the city independently. Discover the Latin Quarter, 18th-century Eyre Square, eclectic shops and traditional pubs. Back on board, have dinner as the train continues towards Athlone.
Westport | A Close Look at Country Life
A full day begins with a visit to the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, in Westport. Set in the splendid grounds of Turlough Park House on the County Mayo coast, it explores the rural lifestyles of Irish people in the 19th and 20th centuries. Pause for lunch in a local tavern before visiting Westport House, a magnificent stately home with rich interiors dating back over 350 years. Exploring the grounds, admire the 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 pretty river and tree-lined promenade.
Linger over breakfast as the train winds its way back to Dublin Heuston Station. Disembark and transfer to the airport to board your departing flight, or continue with the remainder of your Luxury Tailor Made Journey.