13 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

13 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

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13 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  11​h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Killarney, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

4
nights
Dublin, Ireland

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 some cultural insight at Guinness Storehouse and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Shop till you drop at Grafton Street and National Gallery of Ireland. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, engage your brain at Science Gallery Dublin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, and ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Dubai in December, expect Dublin to be much colder, temps between 10°C and 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

3
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cliffs of Moher and Salthill Beaches. Take a break from the city and head to Burren Birds of Prey Centre and The Cong Heritage Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty), Dromoland Castle (in Newmarket-on-Fergus) and Doreen Drennan Art Studio & Garden (in Lisdoonvarna). The adventure continues: stop by Charlie Byrne's Bookshop and browse for treasures at Galway Crafts and Collectables.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway trip builder .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Galway are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

The Cong Heritage Trail, Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher, Dromoland Castle
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre

1
night
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park, take in the exciting artwork at Blackwater Woodturners, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Church, and finally look for gifts at Kenmare Soap Shop.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Galway to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Kenmare
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Blackwater Woodturners ©
Blackwater Woodturners
Kenmare Soap Shop ©
Kenmare Soap Shop

3
nights
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
On the 5th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Causeway Coastal Route, explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway, and then step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, examine the collection at SS Nomadic, then take in the exciting artwork at Harron Framing & Designs, then don't miss a visit to City Hall, and finally look for gifts at Island Turf Craft.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Belfast journey planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Belfast in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bushmills, Island Turf Craft, Dunluce Castle, Harron Framing & Designs
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Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route

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