41 days in Europe Itinerary

41 days in Europe Itinerary

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Fly to Dublin Airport, Drive to Galway
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Westport, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cork, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Ferry to Cairnryan, Drive to Aviemore
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Aviemore, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive
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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 6 nights
Drive
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Galway, Ireland

— 3 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 hidden gems such as Kirwan's Lane and OMG Zhivago. Popular historic sites such as Ross Errily Friary and Tyrone House are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Curraghduff Farm (in Oughterard) and The Guinness Tower/Leonard's Tower (in Cong). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Galway's West End and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Augustine's Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Galway online trip itinerary builder.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Galway is an approximately 38-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Christchurch to Galway is minus 12 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Christchurch in December: highs in Galway hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 3°C. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Westport, Ireland

— 2 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
On the 17th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at The Quay Gallery. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Achill Heritage Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at Achill Seaweed Baths, then explore the ancient world of Deserted Village, and finally kick back and relax at Dugort Beach.

Make your Westport itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Westport

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Cork, Ireland

— 1 night

Rebel City

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.
No Escape has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Ireland Church.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cork road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Westport to Cork takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Cork are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Fun & Games · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Kilkenny, Ireland

— 2 nights

Marble City

The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
On your second day here, snap pictures at Kilmacthomas Railway Viaduct, don't miss a visit to The Metal Man, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Woodstown Strand.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kilkenny driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Cork to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dublin, Ireland

— 3 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.
Loughcrew Cairns and Drimnagh Castle will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Portmarnock Beach and Hill of Tara (Temair). Venture out of the city with trips to Biddy's Cottage Dalkey (in Dalkey) and Causey Farm (in Navan). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at The Famine Sculptures.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Dublin are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. You will leave for Belfast on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Belfast, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): test the waters at Spa Experience Belfast. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): stop by Carrolls Irish Gift, then take in the awesome beauty at Black Mountain, and then look for all kinds of wild species at WWT Castle Espie.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Belfast trip planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Belfast in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Belfast are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll travel to Aviemore.

Things to do in Belfast

Parks · Spas · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Aviemore, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, delve into the distant past at Aviemore Ring Cairn & Stone Circle, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Boat of Garten Community Garden.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Aviemore route planner.

Getting from Belfast to Aviemore by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Belfast in December, Aviemore is a bit cooler at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Aviemore

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Visit Elie Beach and Portobello Beach for some beach relaxation. Visit Hopetoun House and New Town for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Edinburgh to Elie to see Ardross Farm Shop about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum on the Mound, take an in-depth tour of People's Story, stroll the grounds of Greyfriars Kirkyard, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Canongate Kirk.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh road trip planner.

You can drive from Aviemore to Edinburgh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. On the 3rd (Mon), you're off to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

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.
You've added The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience London, Matilda the Musical, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get your game on at The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience London. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): take a stroll through Canary Wharf, then wander the streets of Soho, then add some entertainment to your itinerary with Mamma Mia, and finally add some entertainment to your itinerary with Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the London trip planner.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to London takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In January in London, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Prague.

Things to do in London

Nightlife · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Prague, Czech Republic

— 6 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Vrtba Garden and St. Francis of Assisi Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Boscolo Wellness & Spa and Memorial to the Victims of Communism. Step out of Prague with an excursion to MedvEdarium in Beroun--about 46 minutes away. There's more to do: examine the collection at Speculum Alchemiae Museum and explore the engaging exhibits at Gallery of Steel Figures.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Prague road trip planning tool.

You can fly from London to Prague in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Prague is 1 hour. Traveling from London in January, expect Prague to be little chillier, temps between 2°C and -3°C. You will leave for Budapest on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in Prague

Museums · Parks · Baths · Spas

Side Trip

Budapest, Hungary

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): get outside with Roman Beach and then relax in sumptuous surroundings at Mandala Day Spa. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Korzo - Danube Embankment (Dunakorzo) and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michael's Church.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Prague to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Budapest are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Baths · Spas · Historic Sites · Beaches

Rome, Italy

— 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo and Villa Farnesina. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica di Santa Prassede and Piazza del Campidoglio. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Abbazia Greca di San Nilo in Grottaferrata, approximately Grottaferrata away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Cosma e Damiano, admire the landmark architecture of Trinità dei Monti, and steep yourself in history at Palazzo Chigi di Ariccia.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome road trip planner.

You can fly from Budapest to Rome in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Budapest in January, with highs in Rome at 15°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.