8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Galway
— 1 night
Drive
3
Limerick
— 1 night
Drive
4
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Dublin
— 1 night
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Dublin — 2 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 day by day itinerary now includes Saint Patrick's Cathedral as well as Trinity College Dublin. On the 17th (Sat), make a trip to Grafton Street, then see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Catherine's Church, and finally wander the streets of Temple Bar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Newman University Church, admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, then take in the views from Ha'penny Bridge, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Trinity College Dublin.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dublin travel planner.

Basel, Switzerland to Dublin is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Dublin when traveling from Basel in December, with lows around 3°C. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Galway.
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Galway — 1 night

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 19th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Galway Arts Centre, then don't miss a visit to Quay Street, then stop by Claddagh and Celtic Jewellery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Galway online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Tue) before leaving for Limerick.
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Limerick — 1 night

Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Your day by day itinerary now includes St. John's Cathedral, Church of the Holy Rosary and Cliffs of Moher. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get great views at Cliffs of Moher, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Holy Rosary, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Cathedral.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Limerick trip planning website.

You can drive from Galway to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Limerick can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Wed) before leaving for Cork.
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Cork — 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 now added Cobh Cathedral to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Cashel Folk Village and then hunt for treasures at The English Market. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral and then see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cork trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Limerick to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. December in Cork sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 4°C at night. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dublin.
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Dublin — 1 night

Fair City

You've now added St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and then step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cork to Dublin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can fly 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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