12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive
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Cork
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Killarney
— 3 nights
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Dublin — 3 nights

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Guinness Storehouse and Chester Beatty. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kilmainham Gaol Museum and GPO Museum. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, contemplate the long history of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, and stroll the grounds of Glasnevin Cemetery Museum.

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Budapest, Hungary to Dublin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Dublin. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Budapest in July, with highs in Dublin at 23°C and lows at 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny — 1 night

The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hawkeye School of Falconry.

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Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Dublin in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kilkenny, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Cork.
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Cork — 2 nights

One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): examine the collection at Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story, head off the coast to Spike Island, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Cork City Gaol, explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally deepen your understanding at University College Cork (UCC).

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You can drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July in Cork, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.
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Dingle — 2 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Dingle Peninsula and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Coumeenoole Beach, head off the coast to Great Blasket Island, and then delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory.

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Drive from Cork to Dingle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Dingle are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Killarney.
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Killarney — 3 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gap of Dunloe and Climbing Tours. Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm and Muckross Abbey are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Ring of Kerry, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, and settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

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Drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Ireland travel guide

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Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.
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