16 days in Ireland & Iceland Itinerary

16 days in Ireland & Iceland Itinerary

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16 days in Ireland & Iceland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly + Bus:  12 h 45 min
1
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Bus:  10 h 45 min
5
Vik, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  10 h
End: Washington DC, United States

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.
Rock of Cashel and Cahir Castle will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Reginald's Tower and BEBHINN. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kilkenny: Hook Lighthouse (in Fethard On Sea), Hore Abbey (in Cashel) and King of the Vikings VR (in Waterford). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, take in the exciting artwork at The Blackbird Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and walk around Kilkenny Castle.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny attractions planner.

Washington DC, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. In October, Kilkenny is a bit cooler than Washington DC - with highs of 58°F and lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Waterford, Cashel, Cahir Castle, Hook Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey

2
nights
Cork, Ireland

Cork ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market, then take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Kilfaughnabeg Christ Church, see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, then see the interesting displays at Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cork day trip site .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Cork are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Cobh, Charles Fort, Kilfaughnabeg Christ Church
Highlights from your plan
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Cobh Heritage Centre ©
Cobh Heritage Centre
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

3
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Kerry Cliffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Muckross Abbey and Gallarus Oratory. Take a break from Killarney with a short trip to NU goldsmith in Dingle, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park, appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe, take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, and explore the galleries of Peter Cox Photography Gallery.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Killarney trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Killarney, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Dublin.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dingle, Kerry Cliffs
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall

3
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Grafton Street or James Joyce Cultural Centre. Guinness Storehouse and Bru na Boinne are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Dublin to Glendalough Village to see Wicklow Mountains National Park about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Temple Bar, don't miss a visit to The Spire, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Killarney to Dublin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Vik.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wicklow Mountains National Park, Bru na Boinne
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

1
night
Vik, Iceland

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Reynisfjara Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, then explore the striking landscape at Dyrhólaey, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vik Church.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Vik travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Dublin to Vik takes 11 hours. While traveling from Dublin, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Vik, ranging from highs of 45°F to lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Skogafoss
Highlights from your plan
Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss

2
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park, and then take in panoramic vistas at Perlan. On the next day, wander the streets of Laugavegur, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, and finally steep yourself in history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Reykjavik trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Vik to Reykjavik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in October, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
Highlights from your plan
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

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