The Luxury Train Club announces full details of the 2016 journeys of the Belmond Grand Hibernian, Ireland’s first and only luxury train, now booking.

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Ireland's only luxury train, Belmond Grand Hibernian will from 2016 roam the countryside, track dramatic coasts and visit the fascinating cities that have created the very idea of this entrancing land. Booking now - Luxury Train Club.

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Now is Ireland’s time, a Celtic awakening in the modern era. What better way to celebrate your Irish roots or to imbibe the very essence of the Emerald Isle than by travelling on the Belmond Grand Hibernian?

The only luxury train in Ireland, Belmond Grand Hibernian will, from 2016, roam the Irish countryside, track dramatic coasts and visit the fascinating cities that have created the very idea of this entrancing land. Booking is now open at the Luxury Train Club.

With inspiration from Dublin's classic Georgian architecture, blended with elements of ancient folklore and tradition, the Grand Hibernian proudly reflects the country's cultural heritage with an indulgent, contemporary twist. The train is as Irish as the Belmond Royal Scotsman is Scottish.

Hibernia is a term from classical times, being the Latin name, originating from ancient Greek, for the island that became Ireland. The Grand Hibernian is likely to be a classic in its own right, drawing on Belmond's ancestry and current trains, such as the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and the Eastern & Oriental Express.

The luxurious sleeper train has accommodation for just 40 guests, travelling in 20 elegant, en-suite cabins. Featuring four interconnecting suites, the Grand Hibernian is ideal for families; multi-generational holidays or perhaps a voyage to discover Irish roots beckons. There are two restaurant cars and an observation bar car.

The Journeys: Choose from a selection of two-, four- and six-night journeys to destinations in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Visit Dublin, Belfast and Cork while enjoying riveting daily excursions, from historic estates and world-class golf courses to the famous haunts of legendary writers, musicians and artists.

The Realms of the Giants journey is 2 nights (£2,290 per person). From the buzz of Belfast to the mystifying Giant’s Causeway, explore the highlights of Northern Ireland. Highlights include inspiring destinations, world-class cuisine and traditional entertainment as evening falls. Day 1: Dublin Heuston station relaxing with an indulgent Irish afternoon tea, to Belfast; a private guided tour of The Titanic Experience followed by a leisurely dinner and evening entertainment. Day 2: Breakfast en route to visit the Giant’s Causeway, 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Cross the exhilarating Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Visit the Old Bushmills Distillery, enjoy sampling the whiskey. Return to the train for a sumptuous dinner, complemented by traditional local music in the Observation Car. Day 3: Breakfast aboard as the train returns to Dublin.

The Legends and Loughs journey is 4 nights (£3,950 per person). Experience the ultimate in Irish holidays and uncover the hidden gems of the Emerald Isle. Visit thrilling destinations as the train crosses through postcard-perfect scenery. Dine on cuisine enriched by the finest regional ingredients. Be entertained by traditional local entertainment, bringing each memorable day to a close. Day 1: Depart Dublin early afternoon with afternoon tea en route to Cork. Transfer to the Jameson Experience for a private tour - history of whiskey making and tasting session. Dinner is on board, stabling at Charleville. Day 2: After breakfast, a private tour of Blarney Castle and Gardens, home to the Blarney Stone. Return to Cork; optional visit to the English Market, with the best local ingredients. After lunch, visit the Lakes of Killarney. A tour by traditional jaunting car - pony and trap - is followed by a boating excursion on Lough Leane and the option to fish for trout and salmon. Dinner is served as the train journeys to Limerick Junction for the night. Day 3: Breakfast on the way to Galway for a city tour, and an opportunity to visit local craft centres. Lunch at a local pub, accompanied by live music, Guinness and oysters. An optional excursion to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher is available during the day. Dinner is served as the train travels to Athlone where it will stable for the night. Day 4: The train winds through the countryside towards Westport. Transfer to Ashford Castle, with clay pigeon shooting, falconry and archery in the hotel grounds. Then off through the Connemara National Park, stopping en-route for a traditional sheepdog trial. Gala dinner on board. Day 5: The train travels back to Dublin.

The Grand Tour of Ireland Journey is 6 nights (£5,650 per person) and is the amalgam of both the Realms of the Giants and the Legends and Loughs tours. Ancient legends, inspiring natural beauty and vibrant cities—see the highlights of the whole island of Ireland as you journey in peerless luxury.

Fay Lejeune and Simon Pielow of the Luxury Train Club say: “Now is Ireland’s time, a Celtic awakening in the modern era. What better way to celebrate your Irish roots or to imbibe the very essence of the Emerald Isle than by travelling on the Belmond Grand Hibernian?”

Contact The Luxury Train Club:

Simon Pielow, http://www.luxurytrainclub.com, +44 (0) 1249 890 176, simon(at)trainchartering(dot)com
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THE LUXURY TRAIN CLUB MEMBER BENEFITS

  •     2.5% discount off the price of any journey on the Club website
  •     Discounts are applied on final or full payment and are per suite.
  •     Club discounts are in addition to offers from the train companies.
  •     The Club promises to honour all valid promotions offered by the listed trains, if requested on booking.

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