36 days in Western Europe Itinerary

36 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Kinsale, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 6 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Bath, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Dublin, Ireland — 4 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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, admire the striking features of Dublin Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Merrion Square.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip planner.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Dublin is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 12 hours. Traveling from Christchurch in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Dublin, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:

Kilkenny, Ireland — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): head outdoors with Hawkeye School of Falconry, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, then learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilkenny Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, then examine the collection at King of the Vikings, and finally see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kilkenny trip builder app.

Drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.
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Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

Dingle, Ireland — 4 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. Spend a day of island exploring on the 10th (Sun) at Skellig Michael. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Dingle Peninsula, don't miss a visit to Eask Tower, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gallarus Oratory.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Dingle trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kinsale.
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Find places to stay Sep 8 — 12:

Kinsale, Ireland — 2 nights

Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, learn about all things military at Irish Veterans Museum, take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Kinsale Mead Co, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Spike Island, then see the interesting displays at Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story, and then see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh.

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

Traveling by car from Dingle to Kinsale takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Kinsale can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Amsterdam.
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Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Grote Kerk (in Edam) and Haarlem (Stadhuis Haarlem, Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, and contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Kinsale to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kinsale to Amsterdam is 1 hour. While traveling from Kinsale, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Amsterdam, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Brussels.
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Find places to stay Sep 14 — 20:

Brussels, Belgium — 4 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels holiday website.

Getting from Amsterdam to Brussels by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. September in Brussels sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bruges.
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Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:

Bruges, Belgium — 4 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Ghent (St. Nicholas' Cathedral, Graslei and Korenlei, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Markt, admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis, explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, and see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges road trip planning website.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bruges are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly to Bath.
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Find places to stay Sep 24 — 28:

Bath, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of St John the Evangelist Church, Slimbridge, Glos, explore the ancient world of Stonehenge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bath Abbey, and finally browse the exhibits of The Roman Baths. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Highgrove Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Chavenage House, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Combe Village.

Discover how to plan a Bath trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Bruges to Bath takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bruges to Bath. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to London.
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Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

London, United Kingdom — 6 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge.

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Traveling by train from Bath to London takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in London are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 6:

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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The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
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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Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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England travel guide

4.4
Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Gardens
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.
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