21 days in United Kingdom, Ireland's West Coast & Amsterdam Itinerary

21 days in United Kingdom, Ireland's West Coast & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Fly to Dublin Airport, Drive to Galway
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Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ennis, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Limerick, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly
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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Fly

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Galway, Ireland

— 2 nights

City of the Tribes

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.
Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Aillwee Cave (in Ballyvaughan), The Great Western Greenway (in Westport) and Cong (Ashford Castle, Ireland's School of Falconry, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Quay Street, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eyre Square, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and wander the streets of Galway's West End.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway trip itinerary website.

Spokane, USA to Galway is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Spokane to Galway due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Spokane in December, expect Galway to be a bit warmer, temps between 45°F and 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Ennis.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Outdoors · Spas · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ennis, Ireland

— 2 nights
Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): look for gifts at The Woollen Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, then explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park, and finally relax in the rural setting at The Farmyard.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ennis tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Galway to Ennis in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Limerick.

Things to do in Ennis

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Tours

Side Trips

Limerick, Ireland

— 3 nights
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral, catch a live event at Thomond Park Stadium, then explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, and finally appreciate the history behind The Treaty Stone. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Limerick, and then explore the historical opulence of King John's Castle.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Limerick day trip planning site.

Drive from Ennis to Limerick in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Limerick can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to London.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

London, United Kingdom

— 3 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, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye, explore the world behind art at National Gallery, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, and contemplate the long history of Tower of London.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read London trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Limerick to London takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can fly to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, shop like a local with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, and don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh sightseeing planner.

You can fly from London to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 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.
Take a break from Amsterdam with a short trip to Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, and walk around Vondelpark.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam route website.

You can fly from Edinburgh to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edinburgh to Amsterdam. In January, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 34°F. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

United Kingdom travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.