13 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

13 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

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13 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rural Pub Tours as well as EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, see the interesting displays at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, then explore the galleries of Guinness Storehouse, then wander the streets of Temple Bar, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Rural Pub Tours.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dublin holiday builder .

Chicago, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In September, Dublin is slightly colder than Chicago - with highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Game of Thrones Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral Quarter and Kinbane Castle. Let the collections at HMS Caroline and Titanic Belfast capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Belfast to Castlerock to see Mussenden Temple about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at SS Nomadic, contemplate the long history of Shankill Road, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Mountain, and explore the historical opulence of Carrickfergus Castle.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Belfast trip builder website .

Drive from Dublin to Belfast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Belfast, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Belfast

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kinbane Castle, Mussenden Temple, Carrickfergus Castle
Highlights from your plan
HMS Caroline ©
HMS Caroline
Carrickfergus Castle ©
Carrickfergus Castle
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic

2
nights
Galway, Ireland

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.
You've now added Cliffs of Moher to your itinerary. On the 19th (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, and then explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Galway trip planner .

Traveling by car from Belfast to Galway takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Galway sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Cliffs of Moher
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk

2
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ring of Kerry. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials and then take a memorable drive along Ring of Kerry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Minard Castle, make a trip to Eask Tower, see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, then contemplate the long history of Riasc, then explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory, and finally take in the waterfront at Dun Chaoin Pier.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Dingle road trip planning app .

Getting from Galway to Dingle by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dingle

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dun Chaoin Pier, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, Ring of Kerry
Highlights from your plan
Ring of Kerry ©
Ring of Kerry
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
Riasc ©
Riasc

2
nights
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hawkeye Falconry. On the 24th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Butter Slip, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on Hawkeye Falconry.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kilkenny online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Kilkenny takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 51°F at night. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hawkeye Falconry
Highlights from your plan
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

1
night
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
You've now added An Evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in a show at An Evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip maker website .

Traveling by bus from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Nightlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle

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