Founded as a Viking settlement, Dublin is the capital and largest city in Ireland. The city is located at the mouth of the River Liffey and at the center of the Dublin Region. The city has a population of a million people which is about a third of the total population of the country. It is a major European cultural centre and was the birthplace of many prominent literary figures, including James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, and William Butler Yeats, to name a few.

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  • POST - IRISH ICONS & BELMOND GRAND HIBERNIAN CODE: DUBL08

    Experience the joys of traveling through Ireland on the luxurious Belmond Grand Hibernian train and visiting must-see attractions in the great cities of Belfast, Waterford and Dublin.

    DAY 1 - June 29, 2019

    After disembarking the ship, you will be met at the pier and transferred to Heuston Station Dublin to begin your Belmond Grand Hibernian experience.

    Excess luggage not going on the train will be collected by a cruise line representative at the train station before you board the train. Bags will be stored at the Westbury Hotel, where you will be re-united with it on Day 3.

    You will depart Dublin Heuston Station in the early afternoon. Lunch will be served on board as the train travels north through the verdant Irish countryside. On arrival in Belfast, you will embark on a taxi tour with a local driver, which takes in both the Republican Falls Road and the Loyalist Shankill, separated by a peace wall. You will learn what life was really like during the Troubles, admire the colorful murals and discover how vibrant Belfast has become today.

    Afterwards, you will delve further back in time at the award-winning Titanic Experience. Special effects, full-scale reconstructions and interactive features will bring the history of the ill-fated ocean liner to life.

    Back on board, a leisurely dinner will be served. The train will overnight in Dundalk.

    The train

    Rich with an authentic Irish atmosphere, the train’s beautiful cabins mix modern luxury with traditional design to sumptuous effect. Befitting one of the most luxurious overnight trains in Europe, the cabins are fresh, light and contemporary yet steeped in heritage. Each carriage is named after an Irish county with cabins decorated to match their county’s traditional tartan.

    Twin Cabin

    Exuding a warm Irish ambience, the train’s beautiful cabins mix modern luxury with traditional Georgian design. Inside, 16 twin en suite cabins provide a suitably indulgent repose after the day’s outdoor adventures. Lose yourself in emerald vistas that glide past your window. Or recline on Irish duck down bedding for a peaceful night’s sleep.

    Each artfully designed twin cabin provides the coziest retreat. Serving up a fresh, airy ambience with echoes of old Dublin, these elegant en suite cabins invite you to relax in one of the finest overnight trains in Europe. There are two, twin-size floor-level beds in this cabin.

    • Twin cabin

    • Private en suites with shower and WC

    • Lower beds, dressing tables

    • Full-length wardrobe

    • Ceiling fans

    • 220/240 voltage system

    • Egyptian-cotton bed linen

    • 100% natural Irish duck down-filled duvets and pillows

    • Fresh white towels

    • Luxury toiletries

    • Bathrobes and slippers

    • Hairdryer

    DAY 2 - June 30, 2019

    You will enjoy a leisurely brunch on board while the train journeys south to the historical Viking port of Waterford. You will disembark to visit Curraghmore House, home to generations of the Waterford family, where you enjoy an exclusive tour and afternoon tea. The magnificent mansion boasts some of the finest neoclassical rooms in Ireland, while its expansive formal gardens include an intriguing shell house built by Catherine, Countess of Tyrone, in 1754.

    You will then tour the Bishops Palace, one of the finest early Georgian Houses in Ireland. It contains the oldest piece of Waterford crystal in the world. You will meet the curator and enjoy the opportunity to view and handle one of the largest and finest collections of 17th-century Irish silver. You will also learn some of the history of glass making.

    Afterwards, you will return to the train for a sumptuous dinner, which will berounded off with a performance by traditional local musicians in the Observation Car. The train will stop overnight in Bagenalstown, known locally as Muine Bheag, on County Carlow’s River Barrow.

    DAY 3 - July 1, 2019

    After enjoying a leisurely breakfast as the train travels north, you will return to Dublin Heuston Station, your journey's end. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the Westbury Hotel or similar in Dublin, where you will spend the evening.

    Hotel check in is 3:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have your room available before this time, this cannot be guaranteed. Luggage can be stored at reception if you wish to explore the sites before your room is ready. Excess luggage that was stored will be waiting in your room. Meals will be on your own.

    The Westbury’s central location in the heart of Dublin offers unrivalled access to the pedestrianized social hub of Grafton Street, as well as the historic open spaces of Dublin’s Trinity College and St. Stephen’s Green.

    Irish heritage abounds in the hotel too, from the flowers to the food, along with one of the country’s foremost art collections, featuring original paintings by Sir John Lavery and Louis le Brocquy.

    You will overnight at the Westbury or a similar hotel.

    DAY 4 - July 2, 2019

    Following a full Irish breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer to the Dublin International Airport. Your transfer will be based on your flight details that we have on record for you. Hotel check out is 12:00pm. For guests with late flights, luggage storage is available at the hotel.

    Land Program Details Step by Step

    •The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program timings are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    •Itineraries with the latest details will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. Final itineraries with updated details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    •The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    DAY 1 - June 29, 2019

    10:00am Disembark the ship and transfer to Heuston Station to board the Grand Hibernian

    12:10pm The train departs

    4:30pm Taxi tour of Belfast

    6:00pm Titanic Experience

    8:00pm Return to the train

    8:30pm Dinner on the train

    Overnight on the Grand Hibernian

    NOTE: The train portion of this program is not escorted. Timings are subject to change by Belmond. It is advisable to follow any timings provided by your train hosts for this portion of the program as the timings below are for reference purposes only. Actual timings will be made available once the group is on board the train. You should find timings for each day’s itinerary in your cabin. Questions regarding the train journey while you are on the train should be addressed to your train host, who is an approved Irish National Tour Guide and will accompany you on the excursions.

    DAY 2 - June 30, 2019

    10am-12pm Brunch on the train

    2:00pm Visit Curraghmore House in Waterford

    5:00pm Visit Bishops Palace in Waterford

    6:30pm Return to the train

    7:30pm Dinner on the train

    Overnight on the Grand Hibernian

    DAY 3 - July 1, 2019

    AM Breakfast on the train

    10:05am Disembark the train at Heuston Station in Dublin

    10:05am Transfer to the hotel

    3:00pm Check in at the hotel

    Meals on your own

    Overnight at the Westbury Hotel or similar hotel

    DAY 4 - July 2, 2019

    AM Full Irish breakfast

    12:00pm Hotel check out

    TBA Transfer to Dublin airport for your return flight. Transfers are arranged according to your flight details. If you wish to sightsee or shop independently before your transfer, arrangements can be made for the hotel to securely store your luggage.

    Extra Nights

    If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per the flight details provided. Check-out is 12:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast are on your own after Day 4 of your program.

    Transfers

    Guests booking their flights independently are required to ensure the cruise line has their up-to-date flight details so that transfers to the airport can be arranged. If flight details are not received 14 days before your cruise start date, transfers will not be arranged.

    If you book extra nights on your own or your flight is not on the last day of the program, transfers are not included.

    If you have a late-departing flight, you may wish to book an extra night so that you may occupy your room until your departure. You will be asked to vacate your room by 12:00pm. Day rooms can only be purchased directly through the hotel.

    Expected Weather

    The months of June, July and August are the warmest of the year, when Ireland’s landscapes are at their most vibrant.

    Dublin’s average high at this time of the year is 66°F (18°C)

    What to Bring

    Prepare for moderately mild weather at all times and be able to supplement basic dress with a warm sweater and/or a rainproof jacket. Pack sensible footwear, as most rural attractions and even some urban areas are best described as “rugged terrain,” and the ground is wet occasionally. Also bring hats and sunglasses.

    For daytime excursions and relaxing on board the train, we suggest casual, comfortable attire. In the evening, most gentlemen wear a jacket and tie for dinner, although it is not required.

    Electricity

    230v / 50hz (plugs are 3 square pins). An adjacent switch typically controls outlets. Some hotels will have adaptors available, although this cannot be guaranteed.

    There are electrical outlets in all train cabins. Electricity in the UK runs on 220/240 volts. We recommend bringing your own travel adaptor for electrical appliances.

    Local Currency

    The Euro. Major credit cards are accepted everywhere, as well as on the train.

    Luggage

    Cabins on the train have limited space, therefore we recommend each guest travels with one suitcase and one carry-on bag. Each cabin has one under bed storage space with the following dimensions: 665 mm x 850 mm x 288 mm.

    Excess luggage will be separated at the train station and stored at the Westbury Hotel, where you will be reunited with it on Day 3. This service is included in the cost of the program. Please pack accordingly and be sure to bring medications and documents with you on the train.

    Alternatively, you may wish to contact Luggage Forward to make your own luggage transfer arrangements (at own cost) from the ship to your home - www.luggageforward.com Phone: 877-231-5131

    Dietary Restrictions

    Grand Hibernian chefs use seasonal ingredients to create the best of Irish cuisine. If you have special dietary requirements, please advise Regent Seven Seas Cruises well in advance so that we can pass the information to Belmond. The train staff will do its best to comply your special dietary requirements, although they are unable to accommodate strict religious requirements. Please be sure to tell us in advance of any allergies, food related or otherwise.

    Security

    Luxury trains are very security conscious and operate a discrete security presence on board. The high level of staff to passengers also means that stewards are aware of who should be on board at all times.

    Smoking

    Belmond Grand Hibernian operates a strict no smoking policy.

    Staff on board

    The train journey portion of this program is not escorted. Your main point of contact while on the train will primarily be your train host, who will ensure that the group’s needs will be taken care of. Each carriage has a steward or attendant who will be available 24 hours a day.

    Overnight Stabling

    The train is stabled each evening in either a quiet siding or mainline station to ensure you a good night’s rest.

    Documents and Visa

    You must have a valid passport that will remain valid beyond the duration of your journey. Depending on which country issues your passport, you may need a visa for entry into Ireland and Northern Ireland (UK). Please check with your travel agent or government agency before travelling.

    Accommodations in Dublin

    The Westbury Hotel

    Balfe Street, Dublin 2

    Phone: 353 1 679 1122

    Program Includes:

    •Accommodation in The Westbury Hotel, Dublin (1 night) in Classic King Room.

    •Meet and Greet services of professional English-speaking guide for the transfer from pier to train station

    •Transfers to and from the hotel

    •Full Irish breakfast daily at hotel

    •Porterage of 2 pieces of baggage per person at hotel (in and out)

    •All service charges and government taxes

    •Transfer of excess luggage from the train station to the hotel on Day 1 and excess luggage storage at the hotel from Days 1 - 3

    Train inclusions:

    •Accommodation in a Twin Cabin (2 nights) - two lower beds

    •Daily table d'hôte meals and all beverages, including alcoholic drinks

    •Entertainment

    •Services of an onboard host

    •All excursions as shown in the itinerary

    •All applicable taxes

    •Transfer from the Dublin hotel to the train station

    Program does not include:

    •Insurance

    •Gratuities to guides, drivers, train staff

    •Hotel incidentals including room service and mini bar

    •Any meals or beverages not listed above

    Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program.

  • POST - DUBLIN DELIGHTS - 2019 CODE: DUBL05

    Discover the rich history and culture of Dublin City balanced out by a visit to the “Garden of Ireland” as you explore the Wicklow countryside. Visit some of the key attractions such as Book of Kells, St Patrick’s Cathedral, historic Glendalough and the beautiful Palladian mansion, Russborough House.

    DAY 1

    Upon disembarking the ship you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the Dublin city center. Although every effort will be made to have your room available prior to the 3:00pm check in, it cannot be guaranteed.

    The day is at leisure for some independent exploration of the city and all meals are on your own today.

    DAY 2

    Following breakfast you will depart your hotel accompanied by a badged local guide. You will enjoy a full day of sightseeing, taking in many of the city’s most popular attractions. Dublin is the capital of the Irish Republic and the city takes pride in its rich history and culture. The bricks and mortar of its streets provide the stage to what is a truly great city, a city built on hundreds of years of history and culture. With its ancient past, Dublin is built upon a collage of the generations which have come before us. From Vikings to Georgians you will find their ideas imprinted upon the city’s DNA. In addition to its splendid public buildings, Dublin is particularly rich in domestic architecture of the 18th Century. Fine Georgian mansions, many of them with historical associations, lend sober beauty to the city’s wide streets and spacious squares.

    Travelling through the city, you will pass The Customs House, located on the north bank River Liffey. It was designed by James Gandon and completed in 1791. Crossing the River Liffey to Dublin’s south side, you will soon pass The Old Parliament House, now the Bank of Ireland and Trinity College. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1, it is Ireland’s oldest college. Located in its Library is the world famous Book of Kells, a hand illuminated manuscript of the Gospels. A stop will be made for you to view this world-renowned treasure, which lies deep with the walls of this historic building.

    Your tour of the city will continue passing the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam, National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings and St. Stephen’s Green. Next, pass Dublin Castle, City Hall and Christchurch Cathedral en route to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Founded in 1190, St. Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean here from 1713 to 1745. The pulpit from which he preached is still to be seen.

    Continue your drive passing the renowned Guinness Brewery, home of the famous Black Stuff for which Dublin is famous. Continue on to Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest enclosed public park and also home to Dublin Zoo. Here you will see the homes of Ireland’s President and American Ambassador. On the north side of Dublin’s River Liffey, you will pass the Four Courts, Ireland’s courts of justice. The north side boasts the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street and here you will pass the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 rising and birthplace of the Irish nation.

    Lunch will be served in a local establishment before having some free time to explore the city independently.

    By late afternoon, you will return to the hotel, where you can spend evening at your leisure.

    DAY 3

    Following breakfast in your hotel you will depart for your full day tour to the “Garden of Ireland”, County Wicklow. Take in a brief panoramic overview of the city before heading south. Leaving the city of Dublin you will encounter the wild heather-covered glens and tranquil landscapes for which the Irish countryside is famous. Soon you will be traveling into the green and uncrowded Wicklow Mountains with their rounded summits, lush valleys and the impressive 6th-century monastic ruins of Glendalough.

    Upon arriving at Glendalough, you will marvel at the settlement founded by St. Kevin, a hermit monk who died about 618 A.D. The ruins, tucked into a glen with two small lakes, include the remains of early churches, a roofless cathedral and a well-preserved round tower dating back from the 10th century. This most romantic of monastic sites was one of Ireland's greatest pilgrimage centers up to the middle of the 19th century. During your visit, you will enjoy a special audio-visual presentation highlighting Glendalough and the history of monasticism in Ireland.

    Lunch will be served in a local establishment before continuing on your journey.

    Russborough House was built between 1741 and 1750 and is regarded as one of Ireland’s most beautiful houses. It has magnificent views of the Blessington Lakes and Wicklow Mountains. The house which is beautifully maintained and lavishly furnished contains fine furniture, tapestries, carpets, porcelain, silver and much of the Beit collection of paintings. It also includes stucco ceilings by the Lafrancini brothers, intricate plaster work and a fine mahogany staircase. Russborough dates back to 1741 when it was privately owned and in 1978 the then owners, Sir Alfred and Lady Beit left the gift of learning, art and architecture with us. Russborough is also home to a beautiful maze, stunning walled gardens and a 3D exhibition which was created to honor Sir Alfred’s love and gift of capturing magical moments with his camera.

    County Wicklow is famous for its sheep, so it is no surprise that sheepdog herding is a large part of country life here. You are able to witness the skill and intelligence of the border collies in action as they follow the command of a whistle in varied pitches to herd the sheep around the fields of Russborough.

    Return to Dublin city for overnight stay. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure.

    DAY 4

    After breakfast, the morning is free for independent sightseeing or shopping in Dublin city center. Room check out is at 12:00pm, however arrangements can be made for the hotel to securely store your luggage should you need longer. A transfer will be provided to your departure airport to suit your flight departure.

    Land Program Details Step by Step:

    •Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program timings are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    •Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    •The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    DAY 1

    Disembark your ship.

    Transfer to your central Dublin hotel to spend the afternoon and the evening at your leisure. Room check in time is 3:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed.

    All meals on own today.

    Overnight at the Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephen’s Green or similar hotel

    DAY 2

    Full Irish breakfast

    9:00am Meet guide in Lobby and begin panoramic Dublin tour by motor coach

    Drive to central Dublin for visit to Trinity College with the Book of Kells and St Patrick’s Cathedral

    1:30pm Lunch will be served in local establishment

    2:45pm Following lunch, free time to explore the city

    5:00pm Arrive back at the hotel (by coach or independently)

    Overnight at the Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephen’s Green or similar hotel

    DAY 3

    Full Irish breakfast

    8:15am Meet guide in the hotel lobby

    8:30am Depart city centre hotel for Wicklow Countryside

    10:00am Visit to Glendalough

    11:45am Drive to Lunch Venue

    12:00pm Lunch

    1:30pm Continue on to Russborough House

    2:30pm Guided tour of Russborough House

    Followed by Sheepdog Demonstration & free time to explore

    4:30pm Return to Dublin

    5:30pm Arrive at the hotel

    Overnight at the Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephen’s Green or similar hotel

    DAY 4

    Full Irish breakfast

    12:00pm Hotel check out

    The morning is at leisure and lunch is on your own. If you wish to sightsee or shop independently during the afternoon, arrangements can be made for the hotel to securely store your luggage.

    TBA Transfer to Dublin airport for your return flight. Transfers are arranged according to your flight details.

    Extra Nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per the flight details provided. Check-out time is 12:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast are on your own after Day 4 of your program.

    Transfers: All guests booking their flights independently are required to ensure the cruise line has their most up to date flight details so that transfers to the airport can be arranged. . If flight details are not received 14 days before your cruise start date, transfers will not be arranged.

    Should you book any extra nights on your own or your flight is not on the last day of the program, transfers are not included.

    Should you have a late departing flight you may wish to book an extra night so that you have occupation of your room until your departure. You will be asked to vacate your room by 12:00pm. Day rooms can only be purchased directly through the hotel.

    Expected Weather: Weather in Ireland is very unpredictable. The average high in Dublin from June through August is approximately 18°C (65°F) and the average low is approximately 12°C (51°F).

    What to Bring: Prepare for moderately mild weather at all time and be able to supplement basic dress with a warm sweater and/or a rainproof top. Pack sensible footwear, as most rural attractions and even some urban areas are best described as “rugged terrain,” and the ground is wet occasionally. Also bring hats and sunglasses.

    Local Currency: Euro. Credit cards are widely accepted.

    Electricity: 230v / 50hz (plugs are 3 square pins). An adjacent switch typically controls outlets. Some hotels will have adaptors available, although this cannot be guaranteed.

    Documents and Visa Requirements: Please check with your embassy for up-to-date visa information. Passports are required.

    Hotel address:

    Shelbourne Dublin

    27 St Stephen's Green Dublin 2 Ireland

    Phone: +353 1 663 4500

    *We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards. If you are not contacted in advance of a change, then you will be staying at the hotel listed.

    Program Includes:

    •Transfer from Dublin Port to Hotel on Day 1 and from Hotel to Airport on Day 4

    •Sight-seeing as per itinerary

    •Services of professional English-speaking tour guide for transfer from Dublin Airport to Hotel on Day 1 and from Hotel to Ship on Day 4 and two days of sight-seeing as per itinerary

    •Entrance to Book of Kells, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Glendalough Visitor Centre and Russborough House (guided tour of house and admission to the Maze)

    •4 course lunch in local venues (includes tea or coffee and one drink of choice per person) on 2 touring days

    •3 nights at Shelbourne Hotel – Deluxe King Rooms (One king bed) and Deluxe Double Rooms (Two queen beds) or similar hotel

    •Porterage on 2 pieces of baggage per person at hotel - in and out)

    •All government taxes & charges

    Program Excludes:

    •Meals or beverages not listed above

    •Gratuities to drivers or tour guides

    •Hotel incidentals, including mini bar and room service

    •Personal expenses

    Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

  • POST - DUBLIN DELIGHTS CODE: DUBL02

    Discover the rich history of Dublin and the gorgeous Wicklow countryside through must-see attractions such as the Book of Kells, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Glendalough and Russborough House.

    DAY 1

    Following disembarkation you will be transferred to The Shelbourne Dublin, a 5-star hotel housed in a 200-year old historic building in the heart of the city of Dublin. Although every effort will be made to have your room available prior to the 3:00pm check in, it cannot be guaranteed.

    The remainder of the day and meals will be on your own.

    DAY 2

    Following breakfast, you will depart the hotel accompanied by a badged local guide. You will enjoy a full day of sightseeing, taking in many of the city’s most popular attractions.

    Dublin is the capital of the Irish Republic and takes pride in its extraordinary history and culture. In addition to its splendid public buildings, Dublin is particularly rich in 18th-century architecture. Beautiful Georgian mansions, many of them with historical associations, line the city’s wide streets and spacious squares.

    Travelling through the city, you will pass the Customs House, which was constructed in 1791 on the north bank of the River Liffey. Crossing the river to Dublin’s south side, you will soon pass the Old Parliament House, now the Bank of Ireland and Trinity College.

    Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1, Trinity is Ireland’s oldest college. Here in the library, you will view the priceless Book of Kells, a hand-illuminated manuscript of the Gospels.

    Continuing on, you will pass the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam, the National Gallery of Ireland, several government buildings and St. Stephen’s Green. Then, you will pass Dublin castle, city hall and Christchurch Cathedral en route to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

    Founded in 1190, St. Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was the dean from 1713 to 1745. While visiting, you will see the pulpit where he preached.

    On the north side of Dublin’s River Liffey, you will pass the Four Courts, Ireland’s courts of justice. While driving along the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street, you will pass the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 rising and birthplace of the Irish nation.

    Then, lunch will be served in a nearby establishment, after which you will enjoy free time to explore the city independently. By late afternoon, you will return to the hotel, where you can spend evening at your leisure.

    DAY 3

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will enjoy a panoramic overview of the city before driving into the countryside’s wild heather-covered glens and tranquil landscapes. You will soon be traveling into the green Wicklow Mountains with their rounded summits, lush valleys and the impressive 6th-century monastic ruins of Glendalough.

    Upon arriving at Glendalough, you will marvel at the settlement founded by St. Kevin, a hermit monk who died about 618 A.D. The ruins, tucked into a glen with two small lakes, include the remains of early churches, a roofless cathedral and a well-preserved round tower dating from the 10th century. This most romantic of monastic sites was one of Ireland's greatest pilgrimage centers until the middle of the 19th century. During your visit, you will enjoy a special audio-visual presentation highlighting Glendalough and the history of monasticism in Ireland.

    Following lunch nearby, you will continue to the mid-18th-century Russborough House, one of Ireland’s most beautiful residences. It offers magnificent views of the Blessington lakes and Wicklow Mountains. The meticulously kept, lavishly furnished house contains fine furniture, tapestries, carpets, porcelain, silver and a fine collection of paintings. Interior features include stucco ceilings by the Lafrancini brothers, intricate plaster work and a fine mahogany staircase. Russborough is also home to a beautiful maze, walled gardens and a 3D exhibition.

    After visiting, you will return to the hotel. The remainder of the evening will be at your leisure.

    DAY 4

    After breakfast and check out you will be transferred to the Dublin Airport based on your flight time. For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

    Land Program Step by Step

    The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. Program details are subject to change. The timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Itineraries with up-go-date details will be issued when you receive your final cruise documents approximately 21 days prior to sailing. Upon arrival, you will receive a final itinerary and welcome letter. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    DAY 1

    TBA Disembark the ship

    Transfer to your hotel (3:00pm check in)

    The remainder of the day and all meals are at your leisure

    Overnight at the Shelbourne Dublin (or similar hotel)

    DAY 2

    Full Irish breakfast

    9:00am Meet guide in lobby and begin panoramic Dublin tour by motor coach.

    Drive to central Dublin to visit Trinity College, the Book of Kells and St Patrick’s Cathedral

    12:45pm Lunch

    2:15pm Free time to explore Dublin

    5:00pm Return to the hotel (by coach or independently)

    Overnight at the Shelbourne Dublin (or similar hotel)

    DAY 3

    Full Irish breakfast

    8:15am Meet guide in the hotel lobby

    8:30am Depart for Wicklow countryside

    10:00am Visit Glendalough

    11:45am Drive to lunch venue

    12:30pm Lunch

    1:45pm Drive to Russborough House

    Guided tour of Russborough House

    Free time to visit the 3D exhibition, the walled gardens or the maze

    4:30pm Return to Dublin

    5:45pm Arrive at the hotel

    Overnight at the Shelbourne Dublin (or similar hotel)

    DAY 4

    Full Irish breakfast

    12:00pm Hotel check out

    Airport transfers are arranged in accordance with your flight details.

    EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4. Guests booking their own extra nights will not be transferred.

    Expected Weather: Weather in Ireland is very unpredictable. The average high from June through August is approximately 21°C (70°F) and the average low is approximately 12°C (51°F).

    What to Bring: Prepare for moderately mild weather at all time and be able to supplement basic dress with a warm sweater and/or a rainproof top. Pack sensible footwear, as most rural attractions and even some urban areas are best described as “rugged terrain,” and the ground is wet occasionally. Also bring hats and sunglasses.

    Local Currency: Euro. Credit cards are widely accepted.

    Electricity: 230v / 50hz (plugs are 3 square pins). An adjacent switch typically controls outlets. Some hotels will have adaptors available, although this cannot be guaranteed so we recommend that you bring a travel adaptor.

    Documents and Visa Requirements: Please check with your local Irish embassy for up-to-date visa information.

    Hotel address:

    Shelbourne Dublin

    27 St Stephen's Green Dublin 2 Ireland

    Phone: +353 1 663 4500

    *We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards. If you are not contacted in advance of a change, then you will be staying at the hotel listed.

    Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the current departure information, so your transfer can be arranged. However, if you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

    Program Includes:

    •Transfer from the port to the hotel on Day 1 and from the hotel to the airport on Day 4 – accompanied by an English-speaking guide

    •Two days of sightseeing as per itinerary with a professional English-speaking guide

    •Entrance to Book of Kells, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Glendalough Visitor Centre and Russborough House (guided tour of house and admission to the maze)

    •2 x 4-course lunches (includes tea or coffee and one drink of choice per person)

    •Three nights at the Shelbourne Dublin or similar (Deluxe King Room)

    •Porterage on two pieces of baggage per person at hotel (in and out)

    Program Excludes:

    •Meals or beverages not listed above

    •Gratuities to drivers or tour guides

    •Hotel incidentals, including mini bar and room service

    •Personal expenses

    Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.

    All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

  • PRE CRUISE - DUBLIN HIGHLIGHTS 2019 CODE: DUBL04

    Discover the rich history and culture of Dublin City balanced out by a visit to the “Garden of Ireland” as you explore the Wicklow countryside. Visit some of the key attractions such as Book of Kells, St Patrick’s Cathedral, historic Glendalough and the beautiful Palladian mansion, Russborough House.

    DAY 1

    Fly into Dublin Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Although every effort will be made to have your room available prior to the 3:00pm check in, it cannot be guaranteed.

    The remainder of the day and meals are on your own, after which you will overnight at the hotel.

    DAY 2

    Following breakfast you will depart your hotel accompanied by a badged local guide. You will enjoy a full day of sightseeing, taking in many of the city’s most popular attractions. Dublin is the capital of the Irish Republic and the city takes pride in its rich history and culture. The bricks and mortar of its streets provide the stage to what is a truly great city, a city built on hundreds of years of history and culture. With its ancient past, Dublin is built upon a collage of the generations which have come before us. From Vikings to Georgians you will find their ideas imprinted upon the city’s DNA. In addition to its splendid public buildings, Dublin is particularly rich in domestic architecture of the 18th Century. Fine Georgian mansions, many of them with historical associations, lend sober beauty to the city’s wide streets and spacious squares.

    Travelling through the city, you will pass The Customs House, located on the north bank River Liffey. It was designed by James Gandon and completed in 1791. Crossing the River Liffey to Dublin’s south side, you will soon pass The Old Parliament House, now the Bank of Ireland and Trinity College. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1, it is Ireland’s oldest college. Located in its Library is the world famous Book of Kells, a hand illuminated manuscript of the Gospels. A stop will be made for you to view this world-renowned treasure, which lies deep with the walls of this historic building.

    Your tour of the city will continue passing the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam, National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings and St. Stephen’s Green. Next we pass Dublin Castle, City Hall and Christchurch Cathedral en route to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Founded in 1190, St. Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean here from 1713 to 1745. The pulpit from which he preached is still to be seen.

    Continue your drive passing the renowned Guinness Brewery, home of the famous Black Stuff for which Dublin is famous. Continue on to Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest enclosed public park and also home to Dublin Zoo. Here you will see the homes of Ireland’s President and American Ambassador. On the north side of Dublin’s River Liffey, you will pass the Four Courts, Ireland’s courts of justice. The north side boasts the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street and here you will pass the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 rising and birthplace of the Irish nation.

    Lunch will be served in a local establishment before having some free time to explore the city independently.

    By late afternoon, you will return to the hotel, where you can spend evening at your leisure.

    DAY 3

    Following breakfast in your hotel you will depart for your full day tour to the “Garden of Ireland”, County Wicklow. Take in a brief panoramic overview of the city before heading south. Leaving the city of Dublin you will encounter the wild heather-covered glens and tranquil landscapes for which the Irish countryside is famous.

    Soon you will be traveling into the green and uncrowded Wicklow Mountains with their rounded summits, lush valleys and the impressive 6th-century monastic ruins of Glendalough. Upon arriving at Glendalough, you will marvel at the settlement founded by St. Kevin, a hermit monk who died about 618 A.D. The ruins, tucked into a glen with two small lakes, include the remains of early churches, a roofless cathedral and a well-preserved round tower dating back from the 10th century. This most romantic of monastic sites was one of Ireland's greatest pilgrimage centers up to the middle of the 19th century. During your visit, you will enjoy a special audio-visual presentation highlighting Glendalough and the history of monasticism in Ireland.

    Lunch will be served in a local establishment before continuing on your journey.

    Russborough House was built between 1741 and 1750 and is regarded as one of Ireland’s most beautiful houses. It has magnificent views of the Blessington Lakes and Wicklow Mountains. The house which is beautifully maintained and lavishly furnished contains fine furniture, tapestries, carpets, porcelain, silver and much of the Beit collection of paintings. It also include stucco ceilings by the Lafrancini brothers, intricate plaster work and a fine mahogany staircase. Russborough dates back to 1741 when it was privately owned and in 1978 the then owners, Sir Alfred and Lady Beit left the gift of learning, art and architecture with us. Russborough is also home to a beautiful maze, stunning walled gardens and a 3D exhibition which was created to honor Sir Alfred’s love and gift of capturing magical moments with his camera.

    County Wicklow is famous for its sheep, so it is no surprise that sheepdog herding is a large part of country life here. You are able to witness the skill and intelligence of the border collies in action as they follow the command of a whistle in varied pitches to herd the sheep around the fields of Russborough.

    Return to Dublin city for overnight stay. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure.

    DAY 4

    After breakfast, the morning is free for independent sightseeing or shopping in Dublin city center. Hotel check out time is 12.00pm, at which point you will meet your guide in the lobby. Once your baggage has been loaded on to the bus, you will depart your hotel around 12.30pm and be transferred to the ship.

    Land Program Details Step by Step

    •The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. Program times are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    •Itineraries with the up-to-date details will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive a final itinerary from our ground operator with a Welcome Letter upon arrival or at your hotel. Please review the letter and your final itinerary carefully for further amendments.

    •The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    Extra Nights

    •If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met as per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Check-in is 3:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until day 2 of the program.

    •If you have an early-arriving flight, you may wish to book an extra night as your room will not be ready for occupation until approximately 3:00pm.

    •If you book extra nights on your own, transfers are not included.

    DAY 1

    Fly into Dublin Airport.

    Transfer to local Hotel (3:00pm check in)

    Should you have an early morning arrival you may wish to book an extra night so your room is available when you get there.

    The remainder of the day and all meals are at your leisure.

    Overnight at the Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephen’s Green or similar hotel

    Meet and Greet and transfers

    •Final cruise documents will be emailed 21 days prior to sailing. The local ground agent’s telephone number will be on page 1, if you can’t locate the meet-and-greet representative upon arrival. Be aware that the representative may be assisting others and may not be in sight when you first exit Customs and the luggage claim area.

    •Look for someone holding a sign with the cruise line logo and possibly your name. If in doubt, ask the airport staff to direct you to the meeting area for transfers or to page our representative.

    •Meet and Greet and transfers for guests arriving on Day 1 of a land program or for extra nights booked through the cruise line are arranged based on the flight details received by guests at least 14 days before sailing.

    •If we have not received your flight details or your flights have changed and the Destination Services Land Team has not been notified, then a transfer cannot be provided and guests will be responsible for getting to the land program hotel at their own expense. Please immediately contact our Reservations Department for any flight changes before departure.

    DAY 2

    Full Irish breakfast

    9:00am Meet guide in Lobby and begin panoramic Dublin tour by motor coach

    Drive to central Dublin for visit to Trinity College with the Book of Kells and St Patrick’s Cathedral

    1:30pm Lunch will be served in local establishment

    2:45pm Following lunch, free time to explore the city

    5:00pm Arrive back at the hotel (by coach or independently)

    Overnight at the Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephen’s Green or similar hotel

    DAY 3

    Full Irish breakfast

    8:15am Meet guide in the hotel lobby

    8:30am Depart city centre hotel for Wicklow Countryside

    10:00am Visit to Glendalough

    11:45am Drive to Lunch Venue

    12:00pm Lunch

    1:30pm Continue on to Russborough House

    2:30pm Guided tour of Russborough House

    Followed by Sheepdog Demonstration & free time to explore

    4:30pm Return to Dublin

    5:30pm Arrive at the hotel

    Overnight at the Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephen’s Green or similar hotel

    DAY 4

    Full Irish breakfast

    12:00pm Hotel check out

    The morning is at leisure and lunch is on your own. If you wish to sightsee or shop independently during the morning, arrangements can be made for the hotel to securely store your luggage.

    12:15pm Meet guide in the lobby

    12:30pm Transfer to the ship

    Expected Weather: Weather in Ireland is very unpredictable. The average high in Dublin from June through August is approximately 18°C (65°F) and the average low is approximately 12°C (51°F).

    What to Bring: Prepare for moderately mild weather at all time and be able to supplement basic dress with a warm sweater and/or a rainproof top. Pack sensible footwear, as most rural attractions and even some urban areas are best described as “rugged terrain,” and the ground is wet occasionally. Also bring hats and sunglasses.

    Local Currency: Euro. Credit cards are widely accepted.

    Electricity: 230v / 50hz (plugs are 3 square pins). An adjacent switch typically controls outlets. Some hotels will have adaptors available, although this cannot be guaranteed. We recommend bringing your own travel adaptor should you have electronic devices.

    Documents and Visa Requirements: Please check with your embassy for up-to-date visa information.

    Valid passports are required.

    Hotel address:

    Shelbourne Dublin

    27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, 2 Ireland

    Phone: +353 1 663 4500

    *We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards. If you are not contacted in advance of a change, then you will be staying at the hotel listed.

    Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged. However, if you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

    Please check breakfast times with the hotel as they vary according to whether it is a week day or weekend.

    Program Includes:

    •Transfer from Dublin Airport to Hotel on Day 1 and from Hotel to Ship on Day 4

    •Tours per the itinerary

    •Services of professional English-speaking tour guide for transfer from Dublin Airport to Hotel on Day 1 and from Hotel to Ship on Day 4 and two days of sight-seeing as per itinerary

    •Entrance to Book of Kells, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Glendalough Visitor Centre and Russborough House (guided tour of house and admission to the Maze)

    •2 x 4 course lunch in local venues (includes tea or coffee and one drink of choice per person)

    •3 nights at the Shelbourne Hotel – Deluxe King Rooms (One king bed) and Deluxe Double Rooms (Two queen beds) or similar hotel

    •Porterage on 2 pieces of baggage per person at hotel - in and out

    •All government taxes & charges

    Program Excludes:

    •Meals or beverages not listed above

    •Gratuities to drivers or tour guides

    •Hotel incidentals, including mini bar and room service

    •Personal expenses

    Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

  • PRE - AUTHENTIC IRELAND & BELMOND GRAND HIBERNIAN CODE: DUBL09

    Enjoy a genuine Irish experience on the luxurious Belmond Grand Hibernian train and by exploring traditional destinations such as Blarney Castle, a pub in Galway and a working sheep farm.

    DAY 1 - June 24, 2019

    After arriving at the Dublin International Airport, you will be transferred to the Westbury Hotel or a similar hotel for check in and to spend the evening.

    The Westbury’s central location in the heart of Dublin offers unrivalled access to the pedestrianized social hub of Grafton Street, as well as the historical open spaces of Dublin’s Trinity College and St. Stephen’s Green. Irish heritage abounds in the hotel too, from the flowers to the food, along with one of the country’s foremost art collections, featuring original paintings by Sir John Lavery and Louis le Brocquy.

    The afternoon will be at your leisure to explore the city. Meals will be on your own.

    Although every effort will be made to have your room available prior to the 3:00pm check in, it cannot be guaranteed.

    DAY 2 - June 25, 2019

    Following a full Irish breakfast in the hotel, you will check out and deposit the bags that will go on the train with the Belmond luggage team.

    Excess luggage not going on the train will be collected by a cruise line representative at the hotel. Please check the welcome letter that you will receive upon arrival for the details of where to meet our representative with your excess bags. They will be manifested and stored at the hotel and then transferred to the ship for embarkation.

    You will then transfer to Heuston Station Dublin to begin your Belmond Grand Hibernian experience. Upon boarding, take some time to settle in and indulge in a sumptuous Irish afternoon tea as the train weaves its way through lush landscapes to Cork.

    Upon arriving at the Jameson Experience in Midleton, you will tour the distillery, during which you enjoy highlights such as seeing the world's largest pot still and taking a nip or two of whiskey.

    You will then rejoin the train for a leisurely dinner, after which you will spend the evening onboard.

    The train

    Rich with an authentic Irish atmosphere, the train’s beautiful cabins mix modern luxury with traditional design to sumptuous effect. Befitting one of the most luxurious overnight trains in Europe, the cabins are fresh, light and contemporary yet steeped in heritage. Each carriage is named after an Irish county with cabins decorated to match their county’s traditional tartan.

    Twin Cabin

    Exuding a warm Irish ambience, the train’s beautiful cabins mix modern luxury with traditional Georgian design. Inside, 16 twin en suite cabins provide a suitably indulgent repose after the day’s outdoor adventures. Lose yourself in emerald vistas that glide past your window. Or recline on Irish duck down bedding for a peaceful night’s sleep.

    Each artfully designed twin cabin provides the coziest retreat. Serving up a fresh, airy ambience with echoes of old Dublin, these elegant en suite cabins invite you to relax in one of the finest overnight trains in Europe. There are two, twin-size floor-level beds in this cabin.

    • Twin cabin

    • Private en suites with shower and WC

    • Lower beds, dressing tables

    • Full-length wardrobe

    • Ceiling fans

    • 220/240 voltage system

    • Egyptian-cotton bed linen

    • 100% natural Irish duck down-filled duvets and pillows

    • Fresh white towels

    • Luxury toiletries

    • Bathrobes and slippers

    • Hairdryer

    DAY 3 - June 26, 2019

    Breakfast will be served as the train travels south for a visit to Blarney Castle, home to the famed Blarney Stone. Enjoy a private tour, an opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone and savor a cup of coffee in a private location within the magnificent grounds.

    Lunch will be served as the train continues west through emerald hills towards Killarney on the shores of Lough Leane. A fun ride in a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car will take you through the beautiful national park to scenic Ross Castle, where you enjoy a boat trip around the islands of the lake.

    That evening during dinner on the train, local musicians will inspire you with their traditional céilí dancing.

    DAY 4 - June 27, 2019

    Savor a leisurely morning on board as the train travels north towards Galway. Alternatively, you may disembark after breakfast for an optional excursion to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher that rise steeply above the Atlantic Ocean.

    On arrival in Galway, a lunch of local specialties will be served in one of the city’s convivial restaurants. Afterwards, a traditional Irish experience awaits in a local pub.

    You might try playing an Irish drum known as a bodhrán, learn an Irish dance and pull your own pint of Guinness. Then enjoy some free time to explore Galway before returning to the train.

    Dinner will be served as you bid farewell to Galway and Ireland's dramatic west coast. The train will overnight in Athlone.

    DAY 5 - June 28, 2019

    Breakfast will be served on the way to the leafy Georgian town of Westport. A short transfer will then bring you to Ashford Castle in the atmospheric heart of Connemara National Park.

    Upon arriving, you will enjoy a private falconry demonstration and a guided walk through the estate's breathtaking grounds. Afterwards, you will enjoy a two-course lunch of local produce in the George V Dining Room.

    You will then visit Joe and Mary Ann Joyce’s working sheep farm and watch the border collies herd Connemara Blackface sheep. Later, you will visit a sheep and wool center in the heart of Killary Harbour for a demonstration on traditional spinning wheels and looms to see how raw fleece is turned into yarn. You will then rejoin the train at Westport in time for pre-dinner drinks.

    DAY 6 - June 29, 2019

    Breakfast will be served on the final leg of your journey as you return to Dublin and bid farewell to the Belmond Grand Hibernian. Upon arriving in Heuston Station, you will be met by our ground operator in Dublin at the train station and transferred to your awaiting ship for embarkation.

    Any stored luggage will be brought to the station, so you will see it before you board the ship.

    Land Program Details Step by Step

    •The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program timings are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    •Itineraries with the latest details will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. Final itineraries with updated details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    •The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    Extra Nights

    •If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Check-in is 3:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until Day 2 of the program.

    •If you have an early-arriving flight, you may wish to book an extra night as your room will not be ready for occupation until approximately 3:00pm.

    •If you book extra nights on your own, transfers are not included.

    DAY 1 - June 24, 2019

    Fly into Dublin airport

    Transfer to the Westbury Hotel or similar hotel for a 3:00pm check in.

    The remainder of the day will be at your leisure with meals on your own.

    Overnight at the Westbury Hotel or similar hotel

    Meet and Greet and transfers

    •Final cruise documents will be emailed 21 days prior to sailing. The local ground agent’s telephone number will be on page 1, if you can’t locate the meet-and-greet representative upon arrival. Be aware that the representative may be assisting others and may not be in sight when you first exit Customs and the luggage claim area.

    •Look for someone holding a sign with the cruise line logo and possibly your name. If in doubt, ask the airport staff to direct you to the meeting area for transfers or to page our representative.

    •Meet and Greet and transfers for guests arriving on Day 1 of a land program or for extra nights booked through the cruise line are arranged based on the flight details received by guests at least 14 days before sailing.

    •If we have not received your flight details or your flights have changed and the Destination Services Land Team has not been notified, then a transfer cannot be provided and guests will be responsible for getting to the land program hotel at their own expense. Please immediately contact our Reservations Department for any flight changes before departure.

    NOTE: The train portion of this program is not escorted. Timings are subject to change by Belmond. It is advisable to follow any timings provided by your train hosts for this portion of the program as the timings below are for reference purposes only. Actual timings will be made available once the group is on board the train. You should find timings for each day’s itinerary in your cabin. Questions regarding the train journey while you are on the train should be addressed to your train host, who is an approved Irish National Tour Guide and will accompany you on the excursions.

    DAY 2 - June 25, 2019

    AM Breakfast at the hotel

    11:00am Check out

    11:15am Excess luggage storage; refer to your welcome letter for details

    11:30am Proceed to the Belmond desk for check in at the hotel

    1:00pm Transfer to the train station to board the Grand Hibernian

    2:25pm The train departs

    5:00pm The Jameson Experience

    8:00pm Return to the train

    8:30pm Dinner on board the train

    Overnight on the Grand Hibernian

    DAY 3 - June 26, 2019

    AM Breakfast on the train

    8:30am Tour Blarney Castle

    12:45pm Return to the train

    1:15pm Lunch on the train

    3:00pm Jaunting car ride to Ross Castle and boat trip

    5:30pm Return to the train

    7:30pm Dinner on the train

    Overnight on the Grand Hibernian

    DAY 4 - June 27, 2019

    AM Breakfast on the train

    8:50am Optional excursion to the Cliffs of Moher

    2:00pm Lunch in Galway

    4:00pm Pub experience

    6:15pm Return to the train

    7:30pm Dinner on the train

    Overnight on the Grand Hibernian

    DAY 5 - June 28, 2019

    AM Breakfast on the train

    9:00am Visit Ashford Castle

    1:00pm Lunch in the George V Dining Room

    3:00pm Visit a working sheep and wool center

    6:00pm Return to the train

    7:30pm Dinner on board

    Overnight on the Grand Hibernian

    DAY 6 - June 29, 2019

    AM Breakfast on the train

    9:00am Arrive in Dublin and transfer to the port

    TBA Embarkation

    Expected Weather

    The months of June, July and August are the warmest of the year, when Ireland’s landscapes are at their most vibrant. Dublin’s average high at this time of the year is 66°F (18°C).

    What to Bring

    Prepare for moderately mild weather at all times and be able to supplement basic dress with a warm sweater and a rainproof jacket. Pack sensible footwear, as most rural attractions and even some urban areas are best described as “rugged terrain,” and the ground is wet occasionally. Also bring hats and sunglasses.

    For daytime excursions and relaxing on board the train, we suggest casual, comfortable attire. In the evening, most gentlemen wear a jacket and tie for dinner, although it is not required.

    Electricity

    230v / 50hz (plugs are 3 square pins). An adjacent switch typically controls outlets. Some hotels will have adaptors available, although this cannot be guaranteed.

    There are electrical outlets in all train cabins. Electricity in the UK runs on 220/240 volts. We recommend bringing your own travel adaptor for electrical appliances.

    Local Currency

    The Euro. Major credit cards are accepted everywhere, as well as on the train.

    Luggage

    Cabins on the train have limited space, therefore we recommend each guest travels with one suitcase and one carry-on bag. Each cabin has one under bed storage space with the following dimensions: 665 mm x 850 mm x 288 mm.

    On Day 2, a representative of the cruise line will be at the hotel to collect and manifest all luggage that is to be stored. The hotel will safely store it and our local representative will bring it to the train station for your transfer to the ship. This service is included in the cost of the program. Please pack accordingly and make sure to bring medications and cruise documents with you on the train.

    Alternatively, you may wish to contact Luggage Forward to make your own luggage transfer arrangements (at own cost) from your home to the ship - www.luggageforward.com Phone: 877-231-5131

    Dietary Restrictions

    Grand Hibernian chefs use seasonal ingredients to create the best of Irish cuisine. If you have special dietary requirements, please advise Regent Seven Seas Cruises well in advance so that we can pass the information to Belmond. The train staff will do its best to comply your special dietary requirements, although they are unable to accommodate strict religious requirements. Please be sure to tell us in advance of any allergies, food related or otherwise.

    Security

    Luxury trains are very security conscious and operate a discrete security presence on board. The high level of staff to passengers also means that stewards are aware of who should be on board at all times.

    Smoking

    Belmond Grand Hibernian operates a strict no smoking policy.

    Staff on board

    The train journey portion of this program is not escorted. Your main point of contact while on the train will primarily be your train host, who will ensure that the group’s needs will be taken care of. Each carriage has a steward or attendant who will be available 24 hours a day.

    Overnight Stabling

    The train is stabled each evening in either a quiet siding or mainline station to ensure you a good night’s rest.

    Documents and Visa

    You must have a valid passport that will remain valid beyond the duration of your journey. Depending on which country issues your passport, you may need a visa for entry into Ireland and Northern Ireland (UK). Please check with your travel agent or government agency before travelling.

    Accommodations in Dublin

    The Westbury Hotel

    Balfe Street, Dublin 2

    Phone: 353 1 679 1122

    Program Includes

    •Accommodation in The Westbury Hotel, Dublin (1 night) in Classic King Room.

    •Meet and Greet services of professional English-speaking guide at Dublin Airport

    •Transfer to the hotel

    •Full Irish breakfast daily at the hotel

    •Porterage of 2 pieces of baggage per person at hotels (in and out)

    •Group mini-coach transfer from Heuston Station to Ship on Day 6

    •All service charges and government taxes

    •Excess luggage storage at the hotel from Days 2 - 6 and transfer of excess luggage to the port for embarkation on Day 6.

    Train inclusions

    •Accommodation in a Twin Cabin accommodation (4 nights) - two lower beds

    •Daily table d'hôte meals and all beverages, including alcoholic drinks

    •Entertainment

    •Services of an onboard host

    •All excursions as shown in the itinerary

    •All applicable taxes

    •Transfer from the Dublin hotel to station on Day 2

    Program does not include

    •Insurance

    •Gratuities to guides, drivers, train staff

    •Hotel incidentals including room service and mini bar

    •Any meals or beverages not listed above

    Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program. Guests failing to arrive on Day 1 of a scheduled land program will be considered a no-show and their hotel space released.

  • PRE - DUBLIN DELIGHTS CODE: DUBL01

    Discover the rich history of Dublin and the gorgeous Wicklow countryside through must-see attractions such as the Book of Kells, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Glendalough and Russborough House.

    DAY 1

    After flying into the Dublin airport, you will be met and transferred to The Shelbourne Dublin, a 5-star hotel housed in a 200-year old historic building in the heart of the city of Dublin. Although every effort will be made to have your room available prior to the 3:00pm check in, it cannot be guaranteed.

    The remainder of the day and meals will be on your own.

    DAY 2

    Following breakfast, you will depart the hotel accompanied by a badged local guide. You will enjoy a full day of sightseeing, taking in many of the city’s most popular attractions.

    Dublin is the capital of the Irish Republic and takes pride in its extraordinary history and culture. In addition to its splendid public buildings, Dublin is particularly rich in 18th-century architecture. Beautiful Georgian mansions, many of them with historical associations, line the city’s wide streets and spacious squares.

    Travelling through the city, you will pass the Customs House, which was constructed in 1791 on the north bank of the River Liffey. Crossing the river to Dublin’s south side, you will soon pass the Old Parliament House, now the Bank of Ireland and Trinity College.

    Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1, Trinity is Ireland’s oldest college. Here in the library, you will view the priceless Book of Kells, a hand-illuminated manuscript of the Gospels.

    Continuing on, you will pass the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam, the National Gallery of Ireland, several government buildings and St. Stephen’s Green. Then, you will pass Dublin castle, city hall and Christchurch Cathedral en route to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

    Founded in 1190, St. Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was the dean from 1713 to 1745. While visiting, you will see the pulpit where he preached.

    On the north side of Dublin’s River Liffey, you will pass the Four Courts, Ireland’s courts of justice. While driving along the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street, you will pass the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 rising and birthplace of the Irish nation.

    Then, lunch will be served in a nearby establishment, after which you will enjoy free time to explore the city independently. By late afternoon, you will return to the hotel, where you can spend evening at your leisure.

    DAY 3

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will enjoy a panoramic overview of the city before driving into the countryside’s wild heather-covered glens and tranquil landscapes. You will soon be traveling into the green Wicklow Mountains with their rounded summits, lush valleys and the impressive 6th-century monastic ruins of Glendalough.

    Upon arriving at Glendalough, you will marvel at the settlement founded by St. Kevin, a hermit monk who died about 618 A.D. The ruins, tucked into a glen with two small lakes, include the remains of early churches, a roofless cathedral and a well-preserved round tower dating from the 10th century. This most romantic of monastic sites was one of Ireland's greatest pilgrimage centers until the middle of the 19th century. During your visit, you will enjoy a special audio-visual presentation highlighting Glendalough and the history of monasticism in Ireland.

    Following lunch nearby, you will continue to the mid-18th-century Russborough House, one of Ireland’s most beautiful residences. It offers magnificent views of the Blessington lakes and Wicklow Mountains. The meticulously kept, lavishly furnished house contains fine furniture, tapestries, carpets, porcelain, silver and a fine collection of paintings. Interior features include stucco ceilings by the Lafrancini brothers, intricate plaster work and a fine mahogany staircase. Russborough is also home to a beautiful maze, walled gardens and a 3D exhibition.

    After visiting, you will return to the hotel. The remainder of the evening will be at your leisure.

    DAY 4

    After breakfast, the morning is free for independent sightseeing or shopping in Dublin city center. If you wish to sightsee or shop, the hotel will securely store your luggage.

    Hotel check out is at noon, at which point you will meet the guide in the lobby. Once baggage has been loaded on to the bus, you will depart at approximately 12:30pm and transfer to the ship.

    Land Program Step by Step

    The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. Program details are subject to change. The timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Itineraries with up-go-date details will be issued when you receive your final cruise documents approximately 21 days prior to sailing. Upon arrival, you will receive a final itinerary and welcome letter. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    Extra Nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met as per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Check-in is 3:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Be sure that the cruise line has your up-to-date flight details. Guests booking their own extra nights will not be transferred.

    DAY 1 Fly into Dublin airport

    Transfer to your hotel (3:00pm check in)

    The remainder of the day and all meals are at your leisure

    Overnight at the Shelbourne Dublin (or similar hotel)

    DAY 2

    Full Irish breakfast

    9:00am Meet guide in lobby and begin panoramic Dublin tour by motor coach. Drive to central Dublin to visit Trinity College, the Book of Kells and St Patrick’s Cathedral

    12:45pm Lunch

    2:15pm Free time to explore Dublin

    5:00pm Return to the hotel (by coach or independently)

    Overnight at the Shelbourne Dublin (or similar hotel)

    DAY 3

    Full Irish breakfast

    8:15am Meet guide in the hotel lobby

    8:30am Depart for Wicklow countryside

    10:00am Visit Glendalough

    11:45am Drive to lunch venue

    12:30pm Lunch

    1:45pm Drive to Russborough House

    Guided tour of Russborough House

    Free time to visit the 3D exhibition, the walled gardens or the maze

    4:30pm Return to Dublin

    5:45pm Arrive at the hotel

    Overnight at the Shelbourne Dublin (or similar hotel)

    DAY 4

    Full Irish breakfast

    The morning is at leisure and lunch is on your own

    12:00pm Hotel check out

    12:15pm Meet guide in the lobby

    12:30pm Transfer to the ship

    Expected Weather: Weather in Ireland is very unpredictable. The average high from June through August is approximately 21°C (70°F) and the average low is approximately 12°C (51°F).

    What to Bring: Prepare for moderately mild weather at all time and be able to supplement basic dress with a warm sweater and/or a rainproof top. Pack sensible footwear, as most rural attractions and even some urban areas are best described as “rugged terrain,” and the ground is wet occasionally. Also bring hats and sunglasses.

    Local Currency: Euro. Credit cards are widely accepted.

    Electricity: 230v / 50hz (plugs are 3 square pins). An adjacent switch typically controls outlets. Some hotels will have adaptors available, although this cannot be guaranteed so we recommend that you bring a travel adaptor.

    Documents and Visa Requirements: Please check with your local Irish embassy for up-to-date visa information.

    Hotel address:

    Shelbourne Dublin

    27 St Stephen's Green Dublin 2 Ireland

    Phone: +353 1 663 4500

    *We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards. If you are not contacted in advance of a change, then you will be staying at the hotel listed.

    Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the current arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged. However, if you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

    Program Includes:

    •Transfer from the Dublin airport to the hotel on Day 1 and from the hotel to the ship on Day 4 – accompanied by an English-speaking guide

    •Two days of sightseeing as per itinerary with a professional English-speaking guide

    •Entrance to Book of Kells, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Glendalough Visitor Centre and Russborough House (guided tour of house and admission to the maze)

    •2 x 4-course lunches (includes tea or coffee and one drink of choice per person)

    •Three nights at the Shelbourne Dublin or similar (Deluxe King Room)

    •Porterage on two pieces of baggage per person at hotel (in and out)

    Program Excludes:

    •Meals or beverages not listed above

    •Gratuities to drivers or tour guides

    •Hotel incidentals, including mini bar and room service

    •Personal expenses

    Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.

    All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

  • PRE - DUBLIN DELIGHTS - 2020 CODE: DUBL06

    Discover the rich history and culture of Dublin City balanced out by a visit to the “Garden of Ireland” as you explore the Wicklow countryside. Visit some of the key attractions such as Book of Kells, St Patrick’s Cathedral, historic Glendalough and the beautiful Palladian mansion, Russborough House.

    DAY 1

    Fly into Dublin Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Although every effort will be made to have your room available prior to the 3:00pm check in, this cannot be guaranteed.

    The remainder of the day and meals are on your own, after which you will overnight at the hotel.

    DAY 2

    Following breakfast you will depart your hotel accompanied by a badged local guide. You will enjoy a full day of sightseeing, taking in many of the city’s most popular attractions. Dublin is the capital of the Irish Republic and the city takes pride in its rich history and culture. The bricks and mortar of its streets provide the stage to what is a truly great city, a city built on hundreds of years of history and culture. With its ancient past, Dublin is built upon a collage of the generations which have come before us. From Vikings to Georgians you will find their ideas imprinted upon the city’s DNA. In addition to its splendid public buildings, Dublin is particularly rich in domestic architecture of the 18th Century. Fine Georgian mansions, many of them with historical associations, lend sober beauty to the city’s wide streets and spacious squares.

    Travelling through the city, you will pass The Customs House, located on the north bank River Liffey. It was designed by James Gandon and completed in 1791. Crossing the River Liffey to Dublin’s south side, you will soon pass The Old Parliament House, now the Bank of Ireland and Trinity College. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1, it is Ireland’s oldest college. Located in its Library is the world famous Book of Kells, a hand illuminated manuscript of the Gospels. A stop will be made for you to view this world-renowned treasure, which lies deep with the walls of this historic building.

    Your tour of the city will continue passing the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam, National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings and St. Stephen’s Green. Next, pass Dublin Castle, City Hall and Christchurch Cathedral en route to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Founded in 1190, St. Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean here from 1713 to 1745. The pulpit from which he preached is still to be seen.

    Continue your drive passing the renowned Guinness Brewery, home of the famous Black Stuff for which Dublin is famous. Then head to Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest enclosed public park and also home to Dublin Zoo. Here you will see the homes of Ireland’s President and American Ambassador. On the north side of Dublin’s River Liffey, you will pass the Four Courts, Ireland’s courts of justice. The north side boasts the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street and here you will pass the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 rising and birthplace of the Irish nation.

    Lunch will be served in a local establishment before having some free time to explore the city independently.

    By late afternoon, you will return to the hotel, where you can spend evening at your leisure.

    DAY 3

    Following breakfast in your hotel you will depart for your full day tour to the “Garden of Ireland”, County Wicklow. Take in a brief panoramic overview of the city before heading south. Leaving the city of Dublin you will encounter the wild heather-covered glens and tranquil landscapes for which the Irish countryside is famous.

    Soon you will be traveling into the green and uncrowded Wicklow Mountains with their rounded summits, lush valleys and the impressive 6th-century monastic ruins of Glendalough. Upon arriving at Glendalough, you will marvel at the settlement founded by St. Kevin, a hermit monk who died about 618 A.D. The ruins, tucked into a glen with two small lakes, include the remains of early churches, a roofless cathedral and a well-preserved round tower dating back from the 10th century. This most romantic of monastic sites was one of Ireland's greatest pilgrimage centers up to the middle of the 19th century. During your visit, you will enjoy a special audio-visual presentation highlighting Glendalough and the history of monasticism in Ireland.

    Lunch will be served in a local establishment before continuing on your journey.

    Russborough House was built between 1741 and 1750 and is regarded as one of Ireland’s most beautiful houses. It has magnificent views of the Blessington Lakes and Wicklow Mountains. The house which is beautifully maintained and lavishly furnished contains fine furniture, tapestries, carpets, porcelain, silver and much of the Beit collection of paintings. It also includes stucco ceilings by the Lafrancini brothers, intricate plaster work and a fine mahogany staircase. Russborough dates back to 1741 when it was privately owned and in 1978 the then owners, Sir Alfred and Lady Beit left the gift of learning, art and architecture with us. Russborough is also home to a beautiful maze, stunning walled gardens and a 3D exhibition which was created to honor Sir Alfred’s love and gift of capturing magical moments with his camera.

    County Wicklow is famous for its sheep, so it is no surprise that sheepdog herding is a large part of country life here. You are able to witness the skill and intelligence of the border collies in action as they follow the command of a whistle in varied pitches to herd the sheep around the fields of Russborough.

    Return to Dublin city for overnight stay. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure.

    DAY 4

    After breakfast, the morning is free for independent sightseeing or shopping in Dublin city center. Hotel check out time is 12:00pm, at which point you will meet your guide in the lobby. Once your baggage has been loaded on to the bus, you will depart your hotel around 12:30pm and be transferred to the ship.

    Land Program Details Step by Step

    •The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. Program times are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    •Itineraries with the up-to-date details will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive a final itinerary from our ground operator with a Welcome Letter upon arrival or at your hotel. Please review the letter and your final itinerary carefully for further amendments.

    •The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    Extra Nights

    •If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met as per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Check-in is 3:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until day 2 of the program.

    •If you have an early-arriving flight, you may wish to book an extra night as your room will not be ready for occupation until approximately 3:00pm.

    •If you book extra nights on your own, transfers are not included.

    DAY 1

    Fly into Dublin Airport.

    Transfer to local Hotel (3:00pm check in)

    Should you have an early morning arrival you may wish to book an extra night so your room is available when you arrive.

    The remainder of the day and all meals are at your leisure.

    Overnight at the Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephen’s Green or similar hotel

    Meet and Greet and transfers

    • Final cruise documents will be emailed 21 days prior to sailing. The local ground agent’s telephone number will be on page 1, if you can’t locate the meet-and-greet representative upon arrival. Be aware that the representative may be assisting others and may not be in sight when you first exit Customs and the luggage claim area.

    •Look for someone holding a sign with the cruise line logo and possibly your name. If in doubt, ask the airport staff to direct you to the meeting area for transfers or to page our representative.

    •Meet and Greet and transfers for guests arriving on Day 1 of a land program or for extra nights booked through the cruise line are arranged based on the flight details received by guests at least 14 days before sailing.

    •If we have not received your flight details or your flights have changed and the Destination Services Land Team has not been notified, then a transfer cannot be provided and guests will be responsible for getting to the land program hotel at their own expense. Please immediately contact our Reservations Department for any flight changes before departure.

    DAY 2

    AM Full Irish breakfast

    9:00am Meet guide in Lobby and begin panoramic Dublin tour by motor coach

    Drive to central Dublin for visit to Trinity College with the Book of Kells and St Patrick’s Cathedral

    1:30pm Lunch will be served in local establishment

    2:45pm Following lunch, free time to explore the city

    5:00pm Arrive back at the hotel (by coach or independently)

    Overnight at the Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephen’s Green or similar hotel

    DAY 3

    AM Full Irish breakfast

    8:15am Meet guide in the hotel lobby

    8:30am Depart city centre hotel for Wicklow Countryside

    10:00am Visit to Glendalough

    11:45am Drive to Lunch Venue

    12:00pm Lunch

    1:30pm Continue on to Russborough House

    2:30pm Guided tour of Russborough House

    Followed by Sheepdog Demonstration & free time to explore

    4:30pm Return to Dublin

    5:30pm Arrive at the hotel

    Overnight at the Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephen’s Green or similar hotel

    DAY 4

    AM Full Irish breakfast

    12:00pm Hotel check out

    The morning is at leisure and lunch is on your own. If you wish to sightsee or shop independently during the morning, arrangements can be made for the hotel to securely store your luggage.

    12:15pm Meet guide in the lobby

    12:30pm Transfer to the ship

    Expected Weather:

    Weather in Ireland is very unpredictable. The average high in Dublin from June through August is approximately 18°C (65°F) and the average low is approximately 12°C (51°F).

    What to Bring:

    Prepare for moderately mild weather at all time and be able to supplement basic dress with a warm sweater and/or a rainproof top. Pack sensible footwear, as most rural attractions and even some urban areas are best described as “rugged terrain,” and the ground is wet occasionally. Also bring hats and sunglasses.

    Local Currency:

    Euro. Credit cards are widely accepted.

    Electricity:

    230v / 50hz (plugs are 3 square pins). An adjacent switch typically controls outlets. Some hotels will have adaptors available, although this cannot be guaranteed. We recommend bringing your own travel adaptor should you have electronic devices.

    Documents and Visa Requirements:

    Please check with your embassy for up-to-date visa information. Valid passports are required.

    Hotel address:

    Shelbourne Dublin

    27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, 2 Ireland

    Phone: +353 1 663 4500

    *We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards. If you are not notified of any changes before your sailing, then you will be staying at the hotel listed in the program.

    Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged. However, if you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

    Program Includes:

    •3 nights at the Shelbourne Hotel – Deluxe King Rooms (One king bed) and Deluxe Double Rooms (Two queen beds) or similar hotel

    •Transfer from Dublin Airport to Hotel on Day 1 and from Hotel to Ship on Day 4

    •Tours per the itinerary

    •Services of professional English-speaking tour guide for transfer from Dublin Airport to Hotel on Day 1 and from Hotel to Ship on Day 4 and two days of sight-seeing as per itinerary

    •Entrance to Book of Kells, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Glendalough Visitor Centre and Russborough House (guided tour of house and admission to the Maze)

    •2 x 4 course lunch in local venues (includes tea or coffee and one drink of choice per person)

    •Porterage based on 2 pieces of baggage per person at hotel - in and out

    •All government taxes & charges

    Program Excludes:

    •Meals or beverages not listed above

    •Gratuities to drivers or tour guides

    •Hotel incidentals, including mini bar and room service

    •Personal expenses

    Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program. Guests failing to arrive on Day 1 of a scheduled land program will be considered a no-show and their hotel space released.

  • POST - DUBLIN DELIGHTS CODE: DUBL07

    Discover the rich history and culture of Dublin City balanced out by a visit to the “Garden of Ireland” as you explore the Wicklow countryside. Visit some of the key attractions such as Book of Kells, St Patrick’s Cathedral, historic Glendalough and the beautiful Palladian mansion, Russborough House.

    DAY 1

    Upon disembarking the ship you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the Dublin city center. Although every effort will be made to have your room available prior to the 3:00pm check in, this cannot be guaranteed.

    The day is at leisure for some independent exploration of the city and all meals are on your own today.

    DAY 2

    Following breakfast you will depart your hotel accompanied by a badged local guide. You will enjoy a full day of sightseeing, taking in many of the city’s most popular attractions. Dublin is the capital of the Irish Republic and the city takes pride in its rich history and culture. The bricks and mortar of its streets provide the stage to what is a truly great city, a city built on hundreds of years of history and culture. With its ancient past, Dublin is built upon a collage of the generations which have come before us. From Vikings to Georgians you will find their ideas imprinted upon the city’s DNA. In addition to its splendid public buildings, Dublin is particularly rich in domestic architecture of the 18th Century. Fine Georgian mansions, many of them with historical associations, lend sober beauty to the city’s wide streets and spacious squares.

    Travelling through the city, you will pass The Customs House, located on the north bank River Liffey. It was designed by James Gandon and completed in 1791. Crossing the River Liffey to Dublin’s south side, you will soon pass The Old Parliament House, now the Bank of Ireland and Trinity College. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1, it is Ireland’s oldest college. Located in its Library is the world famous Book of Kells, a hand illuminated manuscript of the Gospels. A stop will be made for you to view this world-renowned treasure, which lies deep with the walls of this historic building.

    Your tour of the city will continue passing the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam, National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings and St. Stephen’s Green. Next, pass Dublin Castle, City Hall and Christchurch Cathedral en route to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Founded in 1190, St. Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean here from 1713 to 1745. The pulpit from which he preached is still to be seen.

    Continue your drive passing the renowned Guinness Brewery, home of the famous Black Stuff for which Dublin is famous. Next head to Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest enclosed public park and also home to Dublin Zoo. Here you will see the homes of Ireland’s President and American Ambassador. On the north side of Dublin’s River Liffey, you will pass the Four Courts, Ireland’s courts of justice. The north side boasts the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street and here you will pass the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 rising and birthplace of the Irish nation.

    Lunch will be served in a local establishment before having some free time to explore the city independently.

    By late afternoon, you will return to the hotel, where you can spend evening at your leisure.

    DAY 3

    Following breakfast in your hotel you will depart for your full day tour to the “Garden of Ireland”, County Wicklow. Take in a brief panoramic overview of the city before heading south. Leaving the city of Dublin you will encounter the wild heather-covered glens and tranquil landscapes for which the Irish countryside is famous. Soon you will be traveling into the green and uncrowded Wicklow Mountains with their rounded summits, lush valleys and the impressive 6th-century monastic ruins of Glendalough.

    Upon arriving at Glendalough, you will marvel at the settlement founded by St. Kevin, a hermit monk who died about 618 A.D. The ruins, tucked into a glen with two small lakes, include the remains of early churches, a roofless cathedral and a well-preserved round tower dating back from the 10th Century. This most romantic of monastic sites was one of Ireland's greatest pilgrimage centers up to the middle of the 19th century. During your visit, you will enjoy a special audio-visual presentation highlighting Glendalough and the history of monasticism in Ireland.

    Lunch will be served in a local establishment before continuing on your journey.

    Russborough House was built between 1741 and 1750 and is regarded as one of Ireland’s most beautiful houses. It has magnificent views of the Blessington Lakes and Wicklow Mountains. The house which is beautifully maintained and lavishly furnished contains fine furniture, tapestries, carpets, porcelain, silver and much of the Beit collection of paintings. It also includes stucco ceilings by the Lafrancini brothers, intricate plaster work and a fine mahogany staircase. Russborough dates back to 1741 when it was privately owned and in 1978 the then owners, Sir Alfred and Lady Beit left the gift of learning, art and architecture with us. Russborough is also home to a beautiful maze, stunning walled gardens and a 3D exhibition which was created to honor Sir Alfred’s love and gift of capturing magical moments with his camera.

    County Wicklow is famous for its sheep, so it is no surprise that sheepdog herding is a large part of country life here. You are able to witness the skill and intelligence of the border collies in action as they follow the command of a whistle in varied pitches to herd the sheep around the fields of Russborough.

    Return to Dublin city for overnight stay. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure.

    DAY 4

    After breakfast, the morning is free for independent sightseeing or shopping in Dublin city center. Room check out is at 12:00pm, however arrangements can be made for the hotel to securely store your luggage should you need longer. A transfer will be provided to your departure airport to suit your flight departure.

    Land Program Details Step by Step:

    •Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program timings are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    •Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    •The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    DAY 1 Disembark your ship.

    Transfer to your central Dublin hotel to spend the afternoon and the evening at your leisure. Room check in time is 3:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed.

    All meals on own today.

    Overnight at the Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephen’s Green or similar hotel

    DAY 2

    Full Irish breakfast

    9:00am Meet guide in Lobby and begin panoramic Dublin tour by motor coach

    Drive to central Dublin for visit to Trinity College with the Book of Kells and St Patrick’s Cathedral

    1:30pm Lunch will be served in local establishment

    2:45pm Following lunch, free time to explore the city

    5:00pm Arrive back at the hotel (by coach or independently)

    Overnight at the Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephen’s Green or similar hotel

    DAY 3

    Full Irish breakfast

    8:15am Meet guide in the hotel lobby

    8:30am Depart city centre hotel for Wicklow Countryside

    10:00am Visit to Glendalough

    11:45am Drive to Lunch Venue

    12:00pm Lunch

    1:30pm Continue on to Russborough House

    2:30pm Guided tour of Russborough House

    Followed by Sheepdog Demonstration & free time to explore

    4:30pm Return to Dublin

    5:30pm Arrive at the hotel

    Overnight at the Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephen’s Green or similar hotel

    DAY 4

    Full Irish breakfast

    12:00pm Hotel check out

    The morning is at leisure and lunch is on your own. If you wish to sightsee or shop independently during the afternoon, arrangements can be made for the hotel to securely store your luggage.

    TBA Transfer to Dublin airport for your return flight. Transfers are arranged according to your flight details.

    Extra Nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per the flight details provided. Check-out time is 12:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast are on your own after Day 4 of your program.

    Transfers: All guests booking their flights independently are required to ensure the cruise line has their most up to date flight details so that transfers to the airport can be arranged. . If flight details are not received 14 days before your cruise start date, transfers will not be arranged.

    Should you book any extra nights on your own or your flight is not on the last day of the program, transfers are not included.

    Should you have a late departing flight you may wish to book an extra night so that you have occupation of your room until your departure. You will be asked to vacate your room by 12:00pm. Day rooms can only be purchased directly through the hotel.

    Expected Weather:

    Weather in Ireland is very unpredictable. The average high in Dublin from June through August is approximately 18°C (65°F) and the average low is approximately 12°C (51°F).

    What to Bring: Prepare for moderately mild weather at all time and be able to supplement basic dress with a warm sweater and/or a rainproof top. Pack sensible footwear, as most rural attractions and even some urban areas are best described as “rugged terrain,” and the ground is wet occasionally. Also bring hats and sunglasses.

    Local Currency:

    Euro. Credit cards are widely accepted.

    Electricity:

    230v / 50hz (plugs are 3 square pins). An adjacent switch typically controls outlets. Some hotels will have adaptors available, although this cannot be guaranteed.

    Documents and Visa Requirements:

    Please check with your embassy for up-to-date visa information. Passports are required.

    Hotel address:

    Shelbourne Dublin

    27 St Stephen's Green Dublin 2 Ireland

    Phone: +353 1 663 4500

    *We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards. If you are not notified of any changes before your sailing, then you will be staying at the hotel listed in the program.

    Program Includes:

    •3 nights at Shelbourne Hotel – Deluxe King Rooms (One king bed) and Deluxe Double Rooms (Two queen beds) or similar hotel

    •Transfer from Dublin Port to Hotel on Day 1 and from Hotel to Airport on Day 4

    •Sight-seeing as per itinerary

    •Services of professional English-speaking tour guide for transfer from Port to Hotel on Day 1 and from Hotel to Airport on Day 4 and two days of sight-seeing as per itinerary

    •Entrance to Book of Kells, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Glendalough Visitor Centre and Russborough House (guided tour of house and admission to the Maze)

    •4 course lunch in local venues (includes tea or coffee and one drink of choice per person) on 2 touring days

    •Porterage based on 2 pieces of baggage per person at hotel - in and out)

    •All government taxes & charges

    Program Excludes:

    •Meals or beverages not listed above

    •Gratuities to drivers or tour guides

    •Hotel incidentals, including mini bar and room service

    •Personal expenses

    Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program.

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