11 days in Europe Itinerary

11 days in Europe Itinerary

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11 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Bus + Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Douglas, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  4 h
3
Cardiff, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
4
Castel, United Kingdom
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
St. Helier, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Washington DC, United States

2
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): don't miss a visit to The Spire, then browse the collection at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, then examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, and finally steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum. On your second day here, sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St., wander the streets of Temple Bar, then walk around St Stephens Green, and finally take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin day trip tool.

Washington DC, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Dublin is 5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in May, with highs in Dublin at 59°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Douglas.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
nights
Douglas, United Kingdom

Douglas ©
The capital and the commercial hub of the island, Douglas represents a traditional seaside resort, booming finance center, and bustling working harbor.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): steep yourself in history at The Great Laxey Wheel and Mines Trail, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lonan Old Church, then make a trip to Isle of Man Steam Railway, and finally stop by Douglas Station. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Manx Museum, then have some family-friendly fun at Laser-Mayhem, and then make a trip to Meayll Hill Stone Circle.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Douglas trip planner.

You can fly from Dublin to Douglas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Cardiff.

Things to do in Douglas

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Laxey, Laser-Mayhem, Meayll Hill Stone Circle
Highlights from your plan
The Great Laxey Wheel and Mines Trail ©
Douglas Station ©
Douglas Station
Isle of Man Steam Railway ©
Isle of Man Steam Railway

2
nights
Cardiff, United Kingdom

Cardiff ©
The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Castell Coch, see the interesting displays at St Fagans National Museum of History, then have some family-friendly fun at ImmotionVR, and finally step into the grandiose world of Cardiff Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Bute Park, take a leisurely stroll along Cardiff Bay Wales, and then head outdoors with Bay Island Voyages.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Cardiff trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Douglas to Cardiff takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Castel.

Things to do in Cardiff

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bay Island Voyages ©
Bay Island Voyages
St Fagans National Museum of History ©
St Fagans National Museum of History
Cardiff Bay Wales ©
Cardiff Bay Wales

1
day
Castel, United Kingdom

Castel ©
Castel is the largest parish in Guernsey in terms of area.The Parish has clear evidence of changes in ancient sea-levels, with trunks of an oak forest visible on Vazon beach at very low tide and at 8m above sea level an ancient beach.The old Guernésiais nickname for people from Castel was ânes pur sàng.The parish plays host to both Le Viaër Marchi and the North Show which includes the Battle of Flowers annually. On the 2nd (Tue), steep yourself in history at German Underground Hospital, then steep yourself in history at Castle Cornet, then sample the tasty concoctions at Rocquette Cider, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Little Chapel.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Castel attractions planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cardiff to Castel. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to St. Helier.

Things to do in Castel

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

The Little Chapel, Castle Cornet, German Underground Hospital
Highlights from your plan
Rocquette Cider ©
Rocquette Cider
Castle Cornet ©
Castle Cornet
The Little Chapel ©
The Little Chapel

2
nights
St. Helier, United Kingdom

St. Helier ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the waterfront activity at Gorey Harbour, then get to know the resident critters at Jersey Zoo, and then examine the collection at Jersey War Tunnels - German Underground Hospital. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Jersey Museum & Art Gallery, explore the historical opulence of Elizabeth Castle, then don't miss a visit to Liberation Square, and finally kick back and relax at St. Brelade's Bay Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our St. Helier trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Castel to St. Helier in 2 hours. June in St. Helier sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Helier

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Jersey War Tunnels - German Underground Hospital, St. Brelade's Bay Beach, Jersey Zoo, Gorey Harbour
Highlights from your plan
Jersey Zoo ©
Jersey Zoo
St. Brelade's Bay Beach ©
St. Brelade's Bay Beach

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