13 days in Lake Como & Ireland Itinerary

13 days in Lake Como & Ireland Itinerary

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Como, Italy
— 1 night
Varenna, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive to Malpensa International Airport, Fly to Dublin Airport
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Bus to Dublin, Fly to Washington Dulles


Como, Italy

— 1 night

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): make a trip to Faro voltiano, stop by Tea World, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Fedele, and finally admire the striking features of Villa Olmo.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Como road trip website.

Washington DC, USA to Como is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Como is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in August, Como is a bit cooler at night with lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Varenna.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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Varenna, Italy

— 2 nights
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. On the 15th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta, admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello, then examine the collection at Casa dei Presepi, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at I Giardini di Villa Melzi. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, explore the stunning scenery at Orrido di Bellano, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio, then admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Varenna route planner.

You can drive from Como to Varenna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Varenna are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, wander the streets of Temple Bar, walk around Phoenix Park, and sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St..

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Dublin trip itinerary builder app.

Explore your travel options from Varenna to Dublin with the Route module. Traveling from Varenna to Dublin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, Dublin is slightly colder than Varenna - with highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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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 the 21st (Sat), stroll around Kilfane Waterfall and Glen, then steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, and finally get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, then get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, then see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Waterford Greenway.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kilkenny trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Dublin to Kilkenny by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Scattery Island (in Kilrush), Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor) and Doolin Cave (in Doolin). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre and identify plant and animal life at Burren Birds of Prey Centre.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Galway visit planner.

Drive from Kilkenny to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Galway, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Lake Como travel guide

Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."

Ireland travel guide

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.