28 days in Turkey & Ireland Itinerary

28 days in Turkey & Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waterford, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Killarney, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Bunratty, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sligo, Ireland
Drive
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Cavan, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Athlone, Ireland
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Drive
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Canakkale, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive
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Izmir, Turkey
Drive
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
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Antalya, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
— 1 night
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Bursa, Turkey
— 1 day
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Dublin, Ireland

— 3 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Guinness Lake, Powerscourt Waterfall, Irish Whiskey Museum, and other attractions. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Teeling Whiskey Distillery and Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, stroll around St Stephens Green, and contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse.

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Cape Town, South Africa to Dublin is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cape Town to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Cape Town in March, with highs in Dublin at 10°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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Kilkenny, Ireland

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kyteler's Inn, Medieval Mile Museum and The Hole in the Wall. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get a taste of local nightlife at The Hole in the Wall. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Kyteler's Inn.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kilkenny trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Waterford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

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Waterford, Ireland

— 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.
You've now added The Viking Triangle to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): make a trip to The Viking Triangle.

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You can take a bus from Kilkenny to Waterford in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Waterford

Museums

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Cork, Ireland

— 2 nights

Rebel City

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've added Horseback Riding Tours, Blarney Castle & Gardens, Koko, and other attractions to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Koko, then browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cork journey planner.

You can drive from Waterford to Cork in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

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Killarney, Ireland

— 1 night
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Conor Pass as well as Killarney National Park. On the 24th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park.

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Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. March in Killarney sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bunratty.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature

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Bunratty, Ireland

— 1 night
Unequivocally dedicated to tourism, the small village of Bunratty remains best known for its medieval castle, indisputably the most visited attraction in the region.
On the 25th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bunratty holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Bunratty takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Bunratty can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Galway.

Things to do in Bunratty

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Galway, Ireland

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink and then stroll through Curraghduff Farm. On your second day here, look for gifts at The Quiet Cailin Studios, don't miss a visit to Statue of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, and then steep yourself in history at Monk's Fishing House.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Galway road trip planning app.

You can drive from Bunratty to Galway in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Galway are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sligo.

Things to do in Galway

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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Sligo, Ireland

Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
On the 28th (Tue), relax in the rural setting at Atlantic Sheepdogs and then admire all the interesting features of The Lough Gill Drive.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sligo trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Galway to Sligo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Galway in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sligo, with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Cavan.

Things to do in Sligo

Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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Cavan, Ireland

— 1 night
To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cavan road trip planning website.

Drive from Sligo to Cavan in 1.5 hours. March in Cavan sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 6°C at night. You'll set off for Athlone on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Cavan

Outdoors · Nightlife · Historic Sites · Parks
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Athlone, Ireland

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

The largest town on the River Shannon has earned the moniker of Gateway to the West for its strategic location; visitors are attracted to Athlone for its vibrant streets.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tullamore Dew, then ride a horse along Athlone Equestrian Centre, and then see the interesting displays at Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Church of Saints Peter & Paul and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Athlone trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cavan to Athlone takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Cavan in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Athlone, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Dublin.

Things to do in Athlone

Museums · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

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Dublin, Ireland

— 1 night

Fair City

Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the views from Ha'penny Bridge.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin attractions app.

Drive from Athlone to Dublin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 5 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
You've added Cernberlitas Hammam, Kadikoy Bull Statue, Turnatour - Bosphorus Dinner Cruise, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolmabahce Palace and Little Hagia Sophia. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Getting from Dublin to Istanbul by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Istanbul is 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in March; daily highs in Istanbul reach 14°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly to Canakkale.

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Canakkale, Turkey

— 1 night
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
You've now added Troya Muzesi to your itinerary.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Canakkale trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Canakkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Canakkale are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Izmir.

Things to do in Canakkale

Museums
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Izmir, Turkey

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Izmir driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Canakkale to Izmir in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Izmir when traveling from Canakkale in April, with lows around 16°C. On the 6th (Thu), you're off to Pamukkale.

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Pamukkale, Turkey

— 1 night

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cleopatra Pools as well as Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Cleopatra Pools.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Pamukkale driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Izmir to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Antalya, Turkey

— 2 nights
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Karain Cave as well as Perge Ancient City. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Perge Ancient City, then visit Ataturk Boulevard, then don't miss a visit to HIdIrlIk Kulesi, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Karain Cave.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Antalya online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Antalya by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In April in Antalya, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Afyonkarahisar.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Afyonkarahisar, Turkey

— 1 night
For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Afyonkarahisar tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Antalya to Afyonkarahisar takes 4 hours. In April, Afyonkarahisar is a bit cooler than Antalya - with highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C. On the 10th (Mon), you'll travel to Bursa.

Things to do in Afyonkarahisar

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Bursa, Turkey

— 1 day
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Tombs of Osman and Orhan and then get your bearings at Culture Centre Of Karabas-i Veli.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bursa trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Afyonkarahisar to Bursa in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Afyonkarahisar in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Bursa, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bursa

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Ireland travel guide

4.4
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.

Turkey travel guide

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Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.