12 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

12 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

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Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Cork, Ireland
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Chicago, United States

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Guinness Storehouse as well as Rural Pub Tours. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, then look for gifts at Carrolls Irish Gifts, then join in the after-dark buzz at Rural Pub Tours, and finally make a trip to Temple Bar.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in September, expect Dublin to be little chillier, temps between 62°F and 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife Tours Museums
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Rural Pub Tours ©
Rural Pub Tours

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Game of Thrones Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like HMS Caroline and Shankill Road. Get a sense of the local culture at SS Nomadic and Titanic Belfast. It doesn't end there: get into the urban bustle at C.S. Lewis Square.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Belfast trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Belfast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Belfast

Tours Museums Shopping
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Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
HMS Caroline ©
HMS Caroline
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cliffs of Moher, Dromoland Castle, Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, then explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle, then hike along The Wormhole, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, then enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Eyre Square.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Galway itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Belfast to Galway takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Galway sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ashford Castle, Dromoland Castle, The Wormhole, Cliffs of Moher, Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre
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Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Your list of things to see and do now includes The Little Cheese Shop, Dingle Record Shop, Slea Head Drive, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stop by The Little Cheese Shop, view the masterpieces at Dingle Artworks, then look for gifts at Dingle Record Shop, and finally see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dingle trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Galway to Dingle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Dingle, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Dingle

Scenic Drive Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Ventry, Dun Chaoin Pier, Slea Head Drive
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dun Chaoin Pier ©
Dun Chaoin Pier
Penny's Pottery ©
Penny's Pottery

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne & Visitor Centre, and then take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cork tour app.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. September in Cork sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 50°F at night. You'll set off for Dublin on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums
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Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
St. Peter and Paul's Church ©
St. Peter and Paul's Church

1
night
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes An Evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies. On the 17th (Thu), take in a show at An Evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Dublin trip builder.

Take a train from Cork to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife Shopping Neighborhoods
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An Evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies ©
An Evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies
Grafton Street ©
Grafton Street

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