Countries, Ireland

Steamin’ in Ireland

I’ve had more than my share of fun getting steamin’ in Ireland but today’s offer comes with a difference.

And a choo choo… with Steam Dreams literally taking you steamin’ in Ireland by train.

With the only railway bar in the world to serve draught Guinness.

Steam Trains has chosen the 40 Green Fields as its destination for its 10th ‘Explorer’ tour.

A voyage of exploration

Fly the flag: Kilkenny Cats’ hurling team

A nine-day Emerald Isle Explorer holiday starting in Dublin on Wednesday, 3rd May.

Hauled by historic steam locomotives, there’s a range of ticket and accommodation options from seating in Premium Standard to luxurious Pullman Style Dining.

The Irish odyssey includes one night in Dublin, two nights in Galway, three nights in Killarney and two nights in Kilkenny.

Highlights include a stop at the charming city of Athlone, which lies on the banks of the River Shannon (Ireland’s largest waterway).

A tour of the Ring of Kerry passing its lakes, rivers and waterfalls.

And free time to explore the castle city of Kilkenny.

The science bit

Full steam ahead: The Emerald Isle Explorer

So it’s full steam ahead and for those who like to don the Casey Jones like the father-in-law this loco will be right up their track.

The mainstay for the tour will be old favourite V Class No.85 Merlin, sporting sky blue livery and built in 1932 for express passenger trains.

Merlin will be joined by No. 171, Slieve Gullion, an express passenger locomotive built in 1913 which will be making its debut on the tour.

And the price bit

Driver of the engine: A modern-day Casey Jones

Prices start from £1995 for Premium Standard, £2995 Premier Dining and £3995 Pullman Dining Style.

Price includes eight-nights’ hotel B&B and luggage porterage service between the train and hotel and coach transfers.

Pullman Style Dining passengers will stay at some of the best accommodation available in Ireland.

And that includes the fabulous Glenlo Abbey Hotel near Galway and the Mount Juliet Estate outside Kilkenny.

Sit back and enjoy

Lovely jubbly: And join the Champagne Set

Passengers will be welcomed on board with a glass of Champagne.

And they will receive a light meal on board the train on days two, four, seven and nine, served with a half-bottle of wine per person.

They will also receive dinner in their hotel on days two, four and seven.

Premier Dining passengers will be welcomed on board with a glass of Bucks Fizz.

And they will be treated to a light meal on the train on days two, four, seven and nine.

They will also receive dinner in their hotel on days two, four, and seven.

And if you’re coming from England, Steam Dreams give you the opportunity to journey to Dublin from England via ferry.

And enjoy an extra night’s stay in Dublin at the end of the holiday (supplement applies).


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