17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Drive to Strasbourg Airport, Fly to Dublin
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Dublin
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cork
— 4 nights
Drive
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Galway
— 6 nights
Drive
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Dublin
— 2 nights
Fly to Strasbourg Airport, Drive to Belfort

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Dublin — 4 nights

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Get a sense of the local culture at Irish Whiskey Museum and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. You'll explore and learn at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. There's still lots to do: stroll around Phoenix Park, admire the striking features of Trinity College Dublin, take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dublin journey builder.

Belfort, France to Dublin is an approximately 10-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. In December, Dublin is a bit warmer than Belfort - with highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Cork.
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Cork — 4 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cobh Cathedral as well as Titanic Experience Cobh. Get a sense of the local culture at Blarney Castle & Gardens and Butter Museum. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nano Nagle Place and The English Market. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, walk around Fitzgerald Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Fin Barre's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cork trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Cork takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. December in Cork sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 4°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Galway.
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Galway — 6 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Michael Davitt Museum. Attractions like Cliffs of Moher and Charlie Byrne's Bookshop make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Corofin (Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre & Burren National Park), Admiral Brown Centre (in Foxford) and National Museum of Ireland - Country Life (in Castlebar). Spend the 29th (Thu) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Aillwee Cave, take in the exciting artwork at Lynch's Castle, explore the world behind art at Galway Arts Centre, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Eyre Square.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Galway trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cork to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In December in Galway, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Dublin.
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Dublin — 2 nights

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin day trip planner.

You can drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Mon) before leaving for home.
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Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
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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