32 days in Germany, United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

32 days in Germany, United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Munich, Germany

— 4 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Appreciate the collections at Munich Residenz and Alte Pinakothek. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and St. Michael's Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Munich: Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Zugspitze & Partnachklamm). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, make a trip to Marienplatz, and take in the exciting artwork at Schack-Galerie.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Munich trip builder.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Munich is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in Munich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Let the collections at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Pergamonmuseum capture your imagination. Shop till you drop at Klassenfeind Gallery and Gallery Heike Arndt DK. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Charlottenburg Palace, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, and make a trip to East Side Gallery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Berlin trip planner.

You can fly from Munich to Berlin in 3 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

Hamburg, Germany

— 2 nights

Gateway to the World

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Hamburg and then examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, then get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel, and finally wander the streets of Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown).

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamburg online day trip planner.

Getting from Berlin to Hamburg by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to fly to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Do your shopping at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and The Red Door Gallery. You'll explore and learn at Scottish National Gallery and Stills Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens (in Blair Atholl), Buchanan Street (in Glasgow) and Doune Castle (in Doune). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rosslyn Chapel, step aboard Discovery Point, take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, and steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip tool.

Getting from Hamburg to Edinburgh by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Belfast.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Belfast, United Kingdom

— 1 night
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 19th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Ulster Museum, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, then see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, and finally contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Belfast trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Edinburgh to Belfast in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. December in Belfast sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bushmills.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Historic Sites

Bushmills, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 20th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Dunluce Castle, make a trip to Giant's Causeway, and then explore and take pictures at Causeway Coastal Route.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bushmills trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Belfast to Bushmills by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bushmills can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Killarney, Ireland

— 2 nights
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 striking landscape of Killarney National Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe and then admire the natural beauty at Muckross House.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bushmills to Killarney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can fly to Dublin.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Dublin, Ireland

— 4 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Get some historical perspective at Guinness Storehouse and Kilkenny Castle. For shopping fun, head to Grafton Street or Gerard Byrne Studio. When in Dublin, make a side trip to see Rock of Cashel in Cashel, approximately Cashel away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Gallery of Photography, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Ireland.

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Fly from Killarney to Dublin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Killarney in December since evenings lows in Dublin dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Liverpool.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Liverpool, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Capital of Pop Music

Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Popular historic sites such as Chatsworth House and Caernarfon Castle are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Liverpool Cathedral and York's Chocolate Story. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Liverpool: York Castle Museum (in York), Great Orme (in Llandudno) and Janet Bell Gallery (in Beaumaris). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with The British Ironwork Centre and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chester Cathedral.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Liverpool sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Liverpool takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to London.

Things to do in Liverpool

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

London, United Kingdom

— 5 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.
You'll explore and learn at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Natural History Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blenheim Palace and Bournemouth Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to The Lanes (in Brighton) and Beaulieu National Motor Museum (in Beaulieu). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, view the masterpieces at Newport Street Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the London day trip website.

You can fly from Liverpool to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in London can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
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.

Northern Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.