Tuesday 28 February 2017

All aboard - €5k for slice of Irish luxury on five-star train tour

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Megan Virgo is served a glass of champagne by Jimmy McNulty of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI). Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Megan Virgo is served a glass of champagne by Jimmy McNulty of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI). Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Emerald Isle Express, a five-star private heritage train, has commenced a seven-day rail tour of Ireland.

The train, which charges €5,000 a ticket, departed from Dublin's Connolly Station yesterday after guests enjoyed a champagne reception.

Jon Richardson, a volunteer with the RPSI, waves off the Emerald Isle Express. Photo: Sasko Lazarov
Jon Richardson, a volunteer with the RPSI, waves off the Emerald Isle Express. Photo: Sasko Lazarov

The price includes all meals and drinks, a complimentary on-board bar, as well as tours and transfers.

Overnight stays are at Dromoland Castle, Dublin's Merrion and Shelbourne hotels, Waterford Castle, The Killarney Park Hotel and Fota Island Resort.

The elegant train has received the TLC treatment from the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland.

"I'm just looking forward to relaxing," said Jim Brennan, who had travelled with his wife Rosemarie from Long Island, New York, for the journey.

"The perspective is very different," Mrs Brennan added. "You can move around, as opposed to sitting still on coach tours."

Over the coming days, the Emerald Isle Express will take its passengers on a classic tour of Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Clare and Connemara.

Stops and activities along the way range from the Cliffs of Moher to Cork's English Market, and the Ring of Kerry to a medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle.

The Emerald Isle Express is the second luxury train to launch in Ireland after Belmond's Grand Hibernian train.

Irish Independent

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