12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Fly
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cork, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Killarney, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
5
Dingle, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Cong, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Armagh, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland

— 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.
On the 20th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at 14 Henrietta Street, examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, and then examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Temple Bar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Audoen's Church, see the interesting displays at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience, then get engrossed in the history at The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story, and finally examine the collection at Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin online road trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Dublin due to the time zone difference. In October in Dublin, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, explore the galleries of National Design & Craft Gallery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Butter Slip, and finally don't miss a visit to The Tholsel.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kilkenny journey builder tool.

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Cork, Ireland

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Blarney Castle & Gardens and St. Anne's Church are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nano Nagle Place and Crawford Art Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cork: Kinsale Mead Co (in Kinsale) and Clonakilty (West Cork Model Railway Village & Michael Collins House). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne & Visitor Centre, stop by Blarney Chocolate Factory, take in nature's colorful creations at Glenview Gardens & Fairy Trail, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cork trip planner.

Drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Cork are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Killarney, Ireland

— 1 night
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 26th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Kerry Cliffs, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, and finally explore the galleries of Peter Cox Photography Gallery.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Killarney day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Dingle, Ireland

— 1 night
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Dingle itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cong.

Things to do in Dingle

Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Cong, Ireland

— 1 night
On the 28th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Bog Oak Sculpture, stop by The Hungry Monk Art and Craft Gallery, examine the collection at The Quiet Man Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Ireland's School of Falconry, then step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Cong Heritage Trail.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cong trip planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Cong in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Cong are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Armagh.

Things to do in Cong

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Armagh, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Armagh is the county town of County Armagh in Northern Ireland, as well as a civil parish. On the 29th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum, take an in-depth tour of Armagh County Museum, then steep yourself in history at Palace Stables Heritage Centre, and finally contemplate the long history of Armagh Gaol.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Armagh travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cong to Armagh takes 4 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Armagh

Museums · Historic Sites

County Kerry travel guide

4.5
National Parks · Gardens · Scenic Drive
The Kingdom
Forming Ireland's southwestern corner, County Kerry encompasses world-renowned landmarks like the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula and features the major city of Killarney at its heart. As a peripheral part of the country, County Kerry supports a thriving traditional Irish culture, including the Irish language, music, and dance. Nearly 5,000 native Irish speakers reside in the area, concentrated in two large Gaeltachts known as Corca Dhuibhne and Uibh Rathach. Many visitors come to enjoy the rugged beauty of Kerry's coastline, lakes, and mountains. Several picturesque walking routes wind their way through the landscape, giving tourists the chance to engage deeply with its untamed nature.

County Mayo travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Biking Trails · Scenic Drive
Along Ireland's west coast, County Mayo is characterized by small towns, dramatic seaside cliffs, and classic Irish hospitality. With no main city, the county instead offers a selection of charming towns and villages, giving visitors the chance to immerse themselves in Irish culture at a slower pace. The unspoiled nature, from rugged islands and prehistoric landscapes to jagged cliffs and blanket boglands, are a highlight here.