Best of the Best: 4 Trains and Cruise Ships That are Bringing Back Slow Travel

June 8, 2017

Belmond Grand Hibernian
Sleeper trains can be a bit, well, sleepy—cruise ships without the pool decks and ocean breezes, one might say. But the Belmond Grand Hibernian, a luxury locomotive that debuted last August, is anything but boring. The train comprises 20 elegant cabins and three social cars that serve as a base for best-of-the-Emerald-Isle itineraries. Guides whisk travelers from train stations to insider tours where they can kiss the Blarney Stone (then take tea in the art-filled Blarney Castle) or tee off at Lahinch. Tweed-vested servers greet each returnee with trays of the cocktail du jour—hot toddies with Irish whiskey one day, punch Romaines the next. Dinners of Beara Peninsula scallops, Connemara lamb, and other regional provisions showcase Ireland’s gastronomic bounty, and nightly entertainment showcases the boisterous craic for which the country is known ($3,090–$9,510).—Elaine Glusac

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