23 days in Ireland, Paris & United Kingdom Itinerary

23 days in Ireland, Paris & United Kingdom Itinerary

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23 days in Ireland, Paris & United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Bath, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cardiff, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive + Ferry:  6​h 45​min
5
Waterford, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Killarney, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
10
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Visit Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte and Ile Saint-Louis. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Chateau de Maintenon in Maintenon, approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Paris. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in September; daily highs in Paris reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Maintenon, The Trianons & The Hamlet, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

5
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Buckingham Palace and IWM Duxford. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ely Cathedral and Houses of Parliament. Get out of town with these interesting London side-trips: Bateman's (in Burwash), Cambridge (King's College Chapel & University of Cambridge) and Bodiam Castle (in Bodiam). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, explore the world behind art at National Gallery, brush up on your military savvy at HMS Belfast, and make a trip to Tower of London.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the London trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in London are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Bath.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cambridge, IWM Duxford, Bateman's, Bodiam Castle, Ely Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Ely Cathedral ©
Ely Cathedral
Bodiam Castle ©
Bodiam Castle

1
night
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bath trip builder website .

Getting from London to Bath by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Cardiff.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Castle Combe Village
Highlights from your plan
Bath Abbey ©
Bath Abbey
Castle Combe Village ©
Castle Combe Village
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa ©
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

1
night
Cardiff, United Kingdom

Cardiff ©
The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
On the 19th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Animal Wall.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cardiff online tour planner .

You can take a train from Bath to Cardiff in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Waterford.

Things to do in Cardiff

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Animal Wall ©
The Animal Wall

1
night
Waterford, Ireland

Waterford ©
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Bishop's Palace, examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, and finally appreciate the history behind John Condon Memorial. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, see the interesting displays at Reginald's Tower, look for gifts at BEBHINN, then step into the grandiose world of Ormond Castle, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Mayfield Birds of Prey.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Waterford trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cardiff to Waterford in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. September in Waterford sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Waterford

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ormond Castle, Mayfield Birds of Prey
Highlights from your plan
Mayfield Birds of Prey ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey
Ormond Castle ©
Ormond Castle
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©

1
night
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Irish Whiskey Experience, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Cross Church.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Killarney sightseeing planning site .

Getting from Waterford to Killarney by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can take a train to Dublin.

Things to do in Killarney

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerry Cliffs, Holy Cross Church
Highlights from your plan
Irish Whiskey Experience ©
Irish Whiskey Experience
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs

2
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.
On the 23rd (Wed), contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, then get engrossed in the history at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michan's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Trim Castle, and then explore the ancient world of Bru na Boinne.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dublin trip planner .

Traveling by train from Killarney to Dublin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Trim Castle, Bru na Boinne
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Malachy's Church, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Orange Heritage, examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, step into the grandiose world of Carrickfergus Castle, then take a stroll through Cathedral Quarter, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Black Mountain, make a trip to Shankill Road, and then steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Belfast trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Belfast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Belfast sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Glasgow.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Carrickfergus Castle
Highlights from your plan
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
Carrickfergus Castle ©
Carrickfergus Castle
Cathedral Quarter ©
Cathedral Quarter

2
nights
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Dumbarton Castle, contemplate the long history of Inchmahome Priory, then pause for some serene contemplation at Dunblane Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Rude, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Stirling Bridge. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of St Andrew, get engrossed in the history at The Tenement House, get engrossed in the history at Hunterian Museum, contemplate the long history of The Mackintosh House, then steep yourself in history at The Old Town Jail, and finally delve into the distant past at Mar's Wark.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Glasgow trip planning app .

Fly from Belfast to Glasgow in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Belfast in September, Glasgow is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Stirling, Dunblane Cathedral, Inchmahome Priory, Dumbarton Castle
Highlights from your plan
Dumbarton Castle ©
Dumbarton Castle
Inchmahome Priory ©
Inchmahome Priory
Dunblane Cathedral ©
Dunblane Cathedral

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, then sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, then see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Calton Hill. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel, take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirkyard, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirk, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip planner .

Traveling by train from Glasgow to Edinburgh takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Greyfriars Kirk ©
Greyfriars Kirk

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