16 days in Ireland Itinerary

16 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Drive to Strasbourg Airport, Fly to Dublin
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Dublin
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cork
— 4 nights
Drive
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Galway
— 6 nights
Drive
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Dublin
— 1 night
Fly to Strasbourg Airport, Drive to Belfort

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Dublin — 4 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.
Attractions like Temple Bar and St Stephens Green make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the striking features of Trinity College Dublin, and make a trip to Merrion Square.

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Belfort, France to Dublin is an approximately 10-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Belfort in December: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 10°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cork.
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Cork — 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fota Wildlife Park and Nano Nagle Place. Change things up with these side-trips from Cork: Kinsale (Charles Fort & Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, and browse the different shops at Turkish Delights.

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Drive from Dublin to Cork in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.
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Galway — 6 nights

A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Bring the kids along to Curraghduff Farm and Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Cong (Ireland's School of Falconry & Royal Abbey of Cong). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, explore the activities along Galway Bay, admire the natural beauty at Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral.

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Traveling by car from Cork to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Dublin.
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Dublin — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Dublinia, examine the collection at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, then examine the collection at National Print Museum, then get engrossed in the history at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Roe & Co Distillery.

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Traveling by car from Galway to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive 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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