17 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

17 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Doolin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Limerick, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Dublin, Ireland — 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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St., take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and try your luck at Leopardstown Racecourse.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dublin trip builder website.

Frankfurt, Germany to Dublin is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Dublin are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stroll through Curraghduff Farm, get a dose of the wild on Ireland's School of Falconry, then step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle, and finally stroll around Eyre Square.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Galway travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Doolin.
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours
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Doolin, Ireland — 2 nights

A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lahinch Beach and then get great views at Cliffs of Moher. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Poulnabrone Dolmen, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burren National Park, then relax in the rural setting at The Farmyard, and finally Head underground at Aillwee Cave.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Doolin road trip planning website.

You can drive from Galway to Doolin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Doolin, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 5°C at night. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Limerick.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
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Limerick, Ireland — 2 nights

Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and then get to know the resident critters at The Donkey Sanctuary.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Limerick tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Doolin to Limerick takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. December in Limerick sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Killarney.
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Killarney, Ireland — 2 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 18th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Gougane Barra National Forest Park, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Irish Whiskey Experience. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Ring of Kerry, then take in the exciting artwork at Norman McCloskey Photography, and then hike along The Kerry Way.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip itinerary site.

Drive from Limerick to Killarney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cork.
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Cork, Ireland — 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Colman’s Cathedral, then pause for some photo ops at Annie Moore Monument, then examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, and finally stroll through President John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens, view the masterpieces at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, and then look for gifts at Giles Norman Photography Gallery.

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You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Belfast.
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Belfast, United Kingdom — 1 night

A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Ulster Historical Foundation, examine the collection at HMS Caroline, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, and finally gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Belfast journey planner.

You can drive from Cork to Belfast in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Belfast are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, then don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Mary's Abbey. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with National Gallery of Ireland, then admire the landmark architecture of Trinity College Dublin, and then look for gifts at James Joyce Cultural Centre.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin online tour planner.

Getting from Belfast to Dublin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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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.