30 days in Ireland & Portugal Itinerary

30 days in Ireland & Portugal Itinerary

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30 days in Ireland & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cork, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
5
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Funchal, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Lagos, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Evora, Portugal
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  27​h
End: Melbourne, Australia


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3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Beer Tastings & Tours and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Bru na Boinne (in Donore) and Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Glendalough Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at National Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind The Famine Sculptures, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Dublin trip itinerary builder website .

Melbourne, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Melbourne to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect Dublin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 20°C and 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Glendalough Cathedral, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Bru na Boinne
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Beer Tastings & Tours
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral

3
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wild Atlantic Way and Salthill Promenade. Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty), Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore) and King John's Castle (in Limerick). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Quay Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, and admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral.

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

Getting from Dublin to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

King John's Castle, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

3
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Climbing Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Muckross House, take a memorable drive along Ring of Kerry, don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, and admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe.

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You can drive from Galway to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Ring of Kerry
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Climbing Tours
Ladies' View ©
Ladies' View
Muckross House ©
Muckross House

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spike Island and Fota Wildlife Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cork: Rock of Cashel (in Cashel) and Charles Fort (in Kinsale). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral, look for gifts at Iago, explore the galleries of Cork City Gaol, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cork trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Cork are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park, Jameson Distillery Midleton, Charles Fort, Rock of Cashel
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Fota Wildlife Park ©
Fota Wildlife Park
Spike Island ©
Spike Island
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel

2
nights
Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Ponta Delgada ©
As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Parque Terra Nostra. Explore Ponta Delgada's surroundings by going to Furnas (Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas, Poca Da Dona Beija, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, don't miss a visit to Portas da Cidade, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Paroquial das Sete Cidades, and identify plant and animal life at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ponta Delgada trip planner.

Fly from Cork to Ponta Delgada in 9 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cork to Ponta Delgada. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cork in June: high temperatures in Ponta Delgada hover around 24°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Funchal.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sao Miguel, Furnas, Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre
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Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Lagoa do Fogo ©
Lagoa do Fogo
Poca Da Dona Beija ©
Poca Da Dona Beija

3
nights
Funchal, Portugal

Funchal ©
The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ponta de Sao Lourenco and Parque de Santa Catarina. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Funchal: Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Conceicao (in Machico), Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools (in Porto Moniz) and Ilheus da Ribeira da Janela (in Ribeira da Janela). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Municipal Gardens, stroll through 25 Fontes Falls, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Funchal trip planning tool .

Fly from Ponta Delgada to Funchal in 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ponta Delgada to Funchal is 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Funchal can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Machico, Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, 25 Fontes Falls, Ilheus da Ribeira da Janela
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Ponta de Sao Lourenco ©
Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools ©
Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools
Parque de Santa Catarina ©
Parque de Santa Catarina

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Convent of Christ and Monastery of Alcobaca. Venture out of the city with trips to Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima (in Fatima), Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Obidos Village (in Obidos). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo dos Mouros, pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo, admire the striking features of Palacio Nacional de Sintra, and don't miss a visit to Rossio Train Station.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Funchal to Lisbon in 4 hours. When traveling from Funchal in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Lisbon, with highs around 32°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Convent of Christ, Obidos Village, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
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Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Obidos Village ©
Obidos Village

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nights
Lagos, Portugal

Lagos ©
The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Step off the beaten path and head to Falesia Beach and Alvor Boardwalk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lagos: Cape Saint Vincent (in Sagres), Old Town Faro (in Faro) and Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Ponta Da Piedale, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the waterfront activity at Marina de Vilamoura, and enjoy the sea views from Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Lagos route planner .

You can drive from Lisbon to Lagos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Portimao, Cape Saint Vincent, Falesia Beach, Marina de Vilamoura, Old Town Faro
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Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha

3
nights
Evora, Portugal

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 27th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), explore the ancient world of Centro Historico de Evora, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), and finally step into the grandiose world of Monsaraz Castle and Walls. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Paco Ducal, then delve into the distant past at Cromeleque dos Almendres, and then get outside with Pista Internacional Desportiva de Pesca de Mora.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Evora vacation website .

Traveling by car from Lagos to Evora takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Lagos in June, you will find days in Evora are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are slightly colder (17°C). You'll set off for home on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Monsaraz Castle and Walls, Paco Ducal, Pista Internacional Desportiva de Pesca de Mora
Highlights from your plan
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

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