A fine train is a curious place to be. You may remember I wrote about how to host a murder mystery party, the setting for which was the Orient Express. The ‘Belmond Grand Hibernian’ set to launch next summer, will bring similarly salubrious surroundings to Irish train passengers, without the poison, stabbing and double crossing (one hopes!).
The sleeper trains, which have been luxuriously rendered with classical Georgian and Celtic touches by Belmod Limited, will be driven by Irish Rail staff. Up to 40 passengers at a time will be able to experience the best of Ireland in five star comfort.
Belmond are currently taking reservations for two-, four- and six-night itineraries.
The four-night tour will depart on Tuesdays from Dublin to Cork, Killarney, Galway and Westport, taking in Jameson’s Whiskey distillery, Blarney Castle, the Killarney lakes, Connemara and Ashford Castle.
The two-night tour will depart on Saturdays from Dublin to Belfast and Portrush, and visits the Titanic museum in Belfast, the Giant’s Causeway and the Old Bushmills Distillery.
Prices for the train journey will start at €3,160 per person for the two-night journey and €5,420 per person for the four-night journey, and €7,000 for a combined option, which are up there with similar journeys on the Venice Simplon Orient Express and the Belmond Royal Scotsman.
You can find more information on the Belmond website.