31 days in The Netherlands & Ireland Itinerary

31 days in The Netherlands & Ireland Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 6 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 6 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Cong, Ireland
— 3 nights
Taxi to Ros a' Mhíl, Ferry to Inishmore
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Inishmore, Ireland
— 2 nights
Ferry to Doolin, Bus to Ennis
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Ennis, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 6 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 6 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Visit Museum Het Rembrandthuis and Begijnhof for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Haarlem (De Vishal, Grote Markt, &more) and The Hague (Passage, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, shop like a local with Leidseplein, hunt for treasures at Albert Cuyp Market, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam tour itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Cape Town in March, with highs in Amsterdam at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 6 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.
For shopping fun, head to Grafton Street or Gallery of Photography. Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Dublin with a short trip to Malahide Castle in Malahide, about 34 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and contemplate the long history of Christ Church Cathedral.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin online trip maker.

Getting from Amsterdam to Dublin by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: 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 April, daytime highs in Dublin are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny, Ireland — 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.
Visit Kilkenny Castle and Loftus Hall for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Reginald's Tower and Jerpoint Abbey. Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe), Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas) and Seal Rescue Ireland (in Courtown). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Hawkeye School of Falconry, look for gifts at Nicholas Mosse Pottery, hike along Waterford Greenway, and take an in-depth tour of Medieval Mile Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kilkenny route planning app.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Dublin in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kilkenny, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cong.
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Cong, Ireland — 3 nights

The Lost Valley and Ashford Castle will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Spiddal Craft & Design Studios and Geraldine O'Rourke. Change things up with a short trip to Curraghduff Farm in Oughterard (about 32 minutes away).

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cong tour planner.

Drive from Kilkenny to Cong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kilkenny in April since evenings lows in Cong dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Inishmore.
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Inishmore, Ireland — 2 nights

Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School, don't miss a visit to Teampall Bhean'in, then explore the ancient world of Dun Aonghasa, and finally stop by Lia Arann. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through The Wormhole, let the kids burn off some steam at Inishmore Playground, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Inishmore travel route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Cong to Inishmore in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Inishmore are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ennis.
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Ennis, Ireland — 3 nights

Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Corcomroe Abbey. Escape the urban bustle at Cliffs of Moher and Castlefergus Equestrian. Venture out of the city with trips to Ballyvaughan (Burren Birds of Prey Centre & Aillwee Cave), Burren Perfumery (in Carran) and Clare Coastal Walk Project (in Doolin). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Burren National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ennis trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Inishmore to Ennis in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Killarney.
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Killarney, Ireland — 6 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get outdoors at Killarney National Park and Killarney Falconry. Charles Fort and Blarney Castle & Gardens will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Killarney: Norman McCloskey Photography (in Kenmare), Bantry Bay Charters (in Glengarriff) and Gougane Barra National Forest Park (in Gougane Barra). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Falconry Kerry, stop by Dingle Crystal, admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, and take a memorable drive along Dingle Peninsula.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney day trip planning site.

You can drive from Ennis to Killarney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Killarney, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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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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