Emerald Isle Express Steam Dreams Ireland steam tour

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Emerald Isle Express

and the Settle & Carlisle Railway

In September 2019, join this thrilling tour by steam-hauled trains which take in the beautiful scenery of Ireland and the countryside of the UK.

From Dublin you’ll take in Killarney, in Ireland’s Lake District, and Galway Bay, with optional excursions to some of Ireland’s most popular attractions including Cork City, the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. You can choose to experience the whole of the main route by steam train, with the added luxury of an on-board bar, or join road coaches to see more of the stunning coastal scenery with photo stops on the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ option.

After time to explore the sights of both Dublin and London, you’ll set off on an incredible day tour to Yorkshire and the famous Settle & Carlisle Railway. A highlight will be a rare crossing of the 400m long Ribblehead viaduct in Yorkshire, which opened in 1876.

This is a rail adventure you simply won’t want to miss out on!

Package Inclusions:

Departs 4 September 2019 - 13 nights

  • Return Economy Class airfare from Sydney to Dublin and from London including all taxes and fees
    Departures from other cities available on request
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel
  • 1 night Dublin accommodation pre-tour at the Alex Hotel (or similar) with breakfast daily
  • 3 days of steam hauled heritage rail travel in Pullman class
  • 2-nights Killarney accommodation at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel (or similar) with breakfast daily
  • 3-nights Galway accommodation at The g Hotel (or similar) with breakfast daily
  • Group coach transfers to and from train on all rail days
  • Delicious meals aboard train and in hotels as per itinerary
  • Onboard hosts and carriage attendants
  • 2-nights Dublin accommodation post tour at the Alex Hotel (or similar) with breakfast daily
  • Private transfer from hotel to airport
  • One-way Economy Class airfare from Dublin to London including all taxes and fees
  • Private transfer from London airport to hotel
  • 3-nights London accommodation at the Royal Horseguards Hotel (or similar) with breakfast daily
  • Return diesel / steam hauled day tour in Pullman class from London to the Settle & Carlisle Railway
  • Private transfer from hotel to airport

Holiday fares

Pullman Class Twin / Double Table for 2 Solo
Seating aboard the train Table seating
up to 4
Table seating
for 2
Table seating
up to 4 only
  $8,990* pp + $1,200* pp   $11,990*
Optional tours:
Cork and Kinsale Option
OR Wild Atlantic Way
+ $391* pp + $626* pp + $391* pp
Westport Option
OR Wild Atlantic Way
+ $442* pp + $677* pp + $442* pp

Pullman Class provides travel in first-class carriages with comfortable seats, table lamps and curtains at the windows. Enjoy the most comfortable seats with the most leg room, combined with the highest level of service. Dining in Pullman Class may also include canapés, truffles or wine, depending on the time of day. Pullman passengers will stay in predominantly 5 star hotels. Photo shows Ireland carriage.

Twin / Double / Solo passengers will be seated at a table for 4. Passengers travelling as twin or double share have the opportunity to pay a supplement for seating and a table for 2.

Throughout your time in Ireland you will travel behind the locomotives and coaches of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI). The train will include 1960s ‘Craven’ carriages featuring a very Irish ambience with the only Bar Car in the world with draught Guinness! It is planned to use locomotive No. 85 Merlin and No. 4 Tank Engine but others may be substituted if for any reason these become unavailable.


4 SEP 2019 Australia to Dublin
5 SEP 2019 Dublin
6 SEP 2019 Dublin to Killarney
7 SEP 2019 Killarney – Optional tours
8 SEP 2019 Killarney to Limerick and Galway
9 SEP 2019 Galway Day at leisure 
10 SEP 2019 Galway – Optional tours
11 SEP 2019 Galway to Dublin
12 SEP 2019 Dublin
13 SEP 2019 Dublin to London
14 SEP 2019 London to Settle & Carlisle Railway
15 SEP 2019 London
16 SEP 2019 London to Australia
17 SEP 2019 Arrive Australia

For full itinerary

Call 1300 766 537 or complete the form below to enquire

Emerald Isle Express

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Full payment is required within three days of booking. Offer is not combinable with other promotions, is capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. All fares are subject to the terms and conditions as set out by Steam Dreams, Cruise Express and its suppliers which may be obtained at the time of booking. All fares and inclusions may be withdrawn at any time. Cruise Express reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions, and to cancel any product or service offered in the event of such error or omission. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance at the time of paying your deposit. Airfares, once ticketed, may be non refundable. Changes to airfare or package components may incur a fee for each change made.

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