32 days in Germany, United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

32 days in Germany, United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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32 days in Germany, United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
7
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
8
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
9
Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
10
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

4
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
You'll explore and learn at Munich Residenz and Schack-Galerie. Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Nymphenburg Palace will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Zugspitze & Partnachklamm). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Munich day trip planning site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Munich is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Johannesburg to Munich, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, things will get cooler in Munich: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Schloss Hohenschwangau
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Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site ©
Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Pergamonmuseum and Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen. Charlottenburg Palace and East Side Gallery will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Topography of Terror, view the masterpieces at Gallery Heike Arndt DK, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and get a taste of the local shopping with Klassenfeind Gallery.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Berlin trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Munich to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Highlights from your plan
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror

2
nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Kunsthalle Hamburg and then examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Alter Elbtunnel, and finally take a stroll through Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown).

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hamburg journey app .

Take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Hamburg sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown)
Highlights from your plan
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) ©
Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown)
St. Michael's Church ©
St. Michael's Church

4
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens and Doune Castle. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Stills Gallery. Explore Edinburgh's surroundings by going to Buchanan Street (in Glasgow), Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin) and Discovery Point (in Dundee). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Scottish National Gallery, sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, and contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Hamburg to Edinburgh in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Hamburg to Edinburgh, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Rosslyn Chapel, Buchanan Street, Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, Discovery Point, Doune Castle
Highlights from your plan
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens ©
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Doune Castle ©
Doune Castle

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Ulster Museum, examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, then see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, and finally contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Belfast trip website .

You can fly from Edinburgh to Belfast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December in Belfast, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic

1
night
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Dunluce Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Giant's Causeway, and then cruise along Causeway Coastal Route.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bushmills itinerary site .

You can drive from Belfast to Bushmills in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks Scenic Drive Beaches

Side Trips

Causeway Coastal Route, Dunluce Castle
Highlights from your plan
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway

2
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe and then steep yourself in history at Muckross House.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Killarney trip maker .

Getting from Bushmills to Killarney by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can take a train to Dublin.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe

4
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.
Head to Grafton Street and The Gerard Byrne Studiofor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dublin: Rock of Cashel (in Cashel) and Kilkenny Castle (in Kilkenny). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Ireland, admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and take a stroll through Temple Bar.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Dublin trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Killarney to Dublin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Killarney in December, plan for little chillier nights in Dublin, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Liverpool.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel

4
nights
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool ©
Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Museum-lovers will get to explore York Castle Museum and British Ironworks Centre & Shropshire Sculpture Park. Popular historic sites such as Liverpool Cathedral and Walls of Chester are in your itinerary. Explore Liverpool's surroundings by going to Caernarfon Castle (in Caernarfon), York's Chocolate Story (in York) and Great Orme (in Llandudno). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Chatsworth House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chester Cathedral, and view the masterpieces at Janet Bell Gallery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Liverpool travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Dublin to Liverpool by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. December in Liverpool sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Liverpool

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

York, Chester, Caernarfon Castle, Janet Bell Gallery, Chatsworth House
Highlights from your plan
York Castle Museum ©
York Castle Museum
Great Orme ©
Great Orme
Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blenheim Palace and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Explore London's surroundings by going to The Lanes (in Brighton), Beaulieu National Motor Museum (in Beaulieu) and Bournemouth Beach (in Bournemouth). Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, contemplate the long history of Tower of London, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral.

For photos and other tourist information, go to the London itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Liverpool to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Bournemouth Beach, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Blenheim Palace, The Lanes
Highlights from your plan
The British Museum ©
The British Museum
Bournemouth Beach ©
Bournemouth Beach
Blenheim Palace ©
Blenheim Palace

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