Belmond Ltd, a luxury hotel and leisure consortium, and purveyor of the famed Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, has announced its intent to launch a luxury, overnight rail experience for travelers eager to tour the vast viridian Irish countryside, and the culturally vibrant cityscapes of the Emerald Isle.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, begin in 1982 as a trans-continental luxury train, with service from Venice to London, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Bucharest, Istanbul, Dresden, Krakow, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. Designed in what could be best described as an, Art-Deco-meets-Victorian styling, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, has become a staple of European rail travel, its old timey romanticism providing patrons with a unique train touring experience through many of Europe's most popular destinations.
From Dublin to Belfast and Everywhere In-Between
To be launched in summer 2016, the luxury train - called the Belmond Grand Hibernian - is the product of Belmond Ltd's recent purchase of ten passenger carriages from the Irish Rail authority, with plans to redesign them into luxury sleeper train accommodating up to 40 guests.
According to a statement by Belmond Ltd, the Belmond Grand Hibernian "will be akin to a land cruise, offering daily excursions such as tours of historic estates, rounds of gold and visits to Titanic Belfast," and will offer two, four, and six-night ticket options, with all-inclusive prices starting at approximately €3,200 EUR.
Of the ten recently commissioned train-cars, one will be converted to an observation deck with attached bar, two will be restaurant cars, and the remaining seven will be divided into a series of sleeper suites. Nightly entertainment will be provided as well, hosting a variety of local musicians and storytellers, whose performances will embrace the spirit and history of Emerald Isle, to create a comprehensive Irish travel experience for all guests.
Ireland: A Culturally Diverse and Historically Rich Travel Experience
The launch of the Belmond Grand Hibernian will be the first luxury train of its kind for Ireland, with its focus not on efficiency of transport, but rather to provide travelers with the opportunity to fully engage with the experience that is Ireland. If the obvious success of Belmond Ltd's Venice Simplon-Orient-Express can be used as a barometer, it's likely that the company's Irish luxury-train iteration, the Belmond Grand Hibernian, will also be a success, and you should expect to see tickets for its 2016 maiden voyage to sell out quickly.
As you plan your next vacation to Ireland, plan to experience the country like never before - from the observation deck of the Belmond Grand Hibernian. Consider picking up a car rental in Dublin and afterward you can hit all of the hidden getaways to supplement your already idyllic travel itinerary. With Auto Europe's comprehensive travel services in Ireland, from hotels and airfare, to rental cars and chauffer services, your next Emerald Isle vacation is only a few clicks away.
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