18 days in Ireland Itinerary

18 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland tour itinerary planner

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Dublin
— 5 nights
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Galway
— 3 nights
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Doolin
— 3 nights
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Waterford
— 1 night
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Kilkenny
— 4 nights
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Dublin

— 5 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition has been added to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, browse the exhibits of Guinness Storehouse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and take in the views from Ha'penny Bridge.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin vacation planner.

Tucson, USA to Dublin is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tucson to Dublin, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Tucson in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Dublin: temperatures range from 48°F by day to 38°F at night. On the 1st (Sun), you're off to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Galway

— 3 nights

City of the Tribes

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.
Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Cong (Ireland's School of Falconry & Ashford Castle) and The Great Western Greenway (in Westport). Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Galway Bay, admire the natural beauty at Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden, stroll around Eyre Square, and get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read our Galway holiday builder website.

You can drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in January, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Doolin.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Doolin

— 3 nights
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Change things up with these side-trips from Doolin: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty), Corofin (Burren National Park & The Farmyard) and Castlefergus Equestrian (in Quin). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Cliffs of Moher, stroll around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Lisdoonvarna Spa Wells.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Doolin itinerary website.

You can drive from Galway to Doolin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in January, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Waterford

— 1 night
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): examine the collection at King of the Vikings, see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Bishop's Palace, and finally stroll through Mayfield Birds of Prey.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Waterford tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Doolin to Waterford by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Waterford

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

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Kilkenny

— 4 nights

Marble City

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Royal Oak Distillery (in Carlow) and Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe). There's lots more to do: walk around Irish National Heritage Park, learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum, step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, and stroll through Castlecomer Discovery Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kilkenny trip planner.

Take a bus from Waterford to Kilkenny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 39°F. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.