49 days in Italy, Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

49 days in Italy, Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
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Cortona, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
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Dublin, Ireland
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Galway, Ireland
— 26 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Rome, Italy

— 1 night

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome travel route planner.

Washington, USA to Rome is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Rome: highs are around 90°F and lows about 69°F. On the 28th (Sat), you're off to Cortona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Tours · Nightlife · Shopping

Cortona, Italy

— 4 nights

City of Art

The hilltop town of Cortona gained international attention as the subject of the 2003 film "Under the Tuscan Sun." With the Chiana Valley and Lake Trasimeno as its backdrop, Cortona is one of Tuscany's hotspots for art and culture.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cortona: Siena (Battistero di San Giovanni, Piazza del Campo, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museo Diocesano, take an in-depth tour of MAEC - Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo Le Celle, and shop like a local with Daniela Piegai Art Gallery.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cortona trip builder.

You can drive from Rome to Cortona in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Cortona

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trip

Rome, Italy

Eternal City

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome holiday website.

You can drive from Cortona to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll set off for Dublin on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Tours · Nightlife · Shopping

Dublin, Ireland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to The Spire.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin tour itinerary site.

Getting from Rome to Dublin by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rome in September; daily highs in Dublin reach 62°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland

— 26 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Quin (Quin Abbey & Castlefergus Equestrian), Sky Rd (in Clifden) and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty). Spend the 7th (Tue) among the memorable landscape of The Burren. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Cliffs of Moher, explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and examine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Galway trip itinerary site.

You can take a train from Dublin to Galway in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. September in Galway sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Dublin, Ireland

— 3 nights

Fair City

See some other sides of Dublin: contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, walk around St Stephens Green, and visit Temple Bar.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip maker app.

Getting from Galway to Dublin by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Manchester.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Manchester, United Kingdom

— 7 nights

Capital of the North

Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manchester: Liverpool (The Beatles Story, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, &more) and York (York City Walls, National Railway Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the engaging exhibits at Science and Industry Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Manchester Art Gallery, admire the landmark architecture of Manchester Town Hall, and shop like a local with Contemporary Six.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Manchester road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Manchester takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Manchester

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 7 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get out of town with these interesting Edinburgh side-trips: The Paisley Cenotaph (in Paisley) and Glasgow (Glasgow Cathedral, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, browse the exhibits of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip planning app.

You can take a train from Manchester to Edinburgh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Tuscany travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Historic Walking Areas
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.

Ireland travel guide

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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.

United Kingdom travel guide

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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.