Belmond has announced a new train service in Ireland due to launch next summer.
The company has acquired 10 carriages from the Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail that will be converted into luxury sleeper services and renamed to Belmond Grand Hibernian.
Accommodation will git up to 40 guests in 20 cabins with designers that worked on Belmond Northern Belle and the Orient Express, but with hints of Ireland’s Georgian architecture and traditions.
Two, four and six-night rail journeys will be offered starting in Dublin and including Belfast and Cork, with excursions including visits to the Titanic Belfast centre and historic estates.
“Belmond Grand Hibernian will be Belmond’s seventh luxury rail experience, building on our expertise in operating a stable of the world’s most famous trains, including Belmond Royal Scotsman, currently the UK’s only luxury sleeper train, and the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express,” said John Scott, president and CEO. “Ireland offers today’s luxury traveller a rich and diverse cultural experience, with unrivalled scenery and warm hospitality that fit perfectly with Belmond’s offering of enriching and authentic hotel, rail and river cruise experiences.”