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Thursday 23 November 2017

All aboard the five-star Grand Hibernian train

Belmond HIbernian
Belmond HIbernian
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

All aboard! Ireland's own Orient Express will hurtle out of Heuston Station in August 2016 creating 50 jobs in the process.

Booking lines for the country's first five star sleeper train, Belmond Grand Hibernian, opened Tuesday with Belmond Ltd receiving over 1000 enquiries about the train to date.

Prices aboard the Grand Hibernian will start at €3,160 per person for a two night journey and €5,420 per person for a four night trip.

The set price is all inclusive, covering meals, drinks, entertainment and excursions.

Belmond Ltd, the company behind the world's most famous high end touring trains including the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and Belmond Royal Scotsman, acquired eleven Mark Three carriages from Iarnród Éireann last year.

The carriages are in the process of being redesigned and refurbished at the cost of €9.3m and will create the ambience of a "country house on wheels".

Belmond plans to spend a further $1m marketing the service to customers in Europe and North America. Chief Executive John Scott is confident they will recover start up costs within five years.

"We will give tourists a window into the Irish countryside," Mr Scott said.

The two night tour titled 'Realm of the Giants' will journey from Dublin to Portrush stopping off at the Giant's causeway, the Titanic Experience and the Old Bushmills Distillery along the way.

The four day tour 'Legends and Loughs' will speed through Cork, Killarney, Galway and Westport.

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