15 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin
— 4 nights
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Galway
— 2 nights
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Clifden
— 1 night
Drive
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Killarney
— 1 night
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Cobh
— 1 night
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Waterford
— 2 nights
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
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Dublin — 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.
Let the collections at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chester Beatty and Dublinia. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, browse the exhibits of Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Dublin trip planner.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Dublin is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Dublin. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in January: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 9°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Galway.
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Galway — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and then admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Curraghduff Farm, then head outdoors with Ireland's School of Falconry, then see the interesting displays at The Quiet Man Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Galway travel route app.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Clifden.
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Clifden — 1 night

The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
On the 8th (Sun), take an exotic tour of Connemara Safaris, take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and then make a trip to Sky Road.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Clifden vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Galway to Clifden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Killarney.
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Killarney — 1 night

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 9th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs, identify plant and animal life at Killarney Falconry, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Peter Cox Photography Gallery.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Killarney road trip planning app.

Getting from Clifden to Killarney by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cobh.
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Cobh — 1 night

Although Cobh played a major role in the story of Irish emigration to America, most people know it as the final port of call for the ill-fated Titanic.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, browse the different shops at Turkish Delights, identify plant and animal life at Fota Wildlife Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Colman’s Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cobh tour planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Cobh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cobh are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Waterford.
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Waterford — 2 nights

Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Bishop's Palace, examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower, see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings, then get to know the fascinating history of Viking Sword & Longboat, and finally steep yourself in history at Ballyhack Castle. On the next day, enjoy the sea views from Hook Lighthouse, then contemplate the long history of Loftus Hall, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mayfield Birds of Prey.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Waterford trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Cobh to Waterford in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. January in Waterford sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny — 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 13th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, identify plant and animal life at Castlecomer Discovery Park, then surround yourself with nature on Hawkeye School of Falconry, and finally stop by Smithwick's Retail Store. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, make a trip to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, then explore the galleries of Valerie Walshe Contemporary, and finally steep yourself in history at Rothe House and Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kilkenny trip maker tool.

Traveling by bus from Waterford to Kilkenny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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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.
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