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
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Ferry to Cairnryan, Drive to Aviemore
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Aviemore, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Drive
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London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
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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 Curraghduff Farm. Popular historic sites such as Ross Errily Friary and St. Augustine's Church are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Galway to Cong to see The Guinness Tower/Leonard's Tower about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Galway's West End, explore the ancient world of Tyrone House, and explore the wide array of goods at OMG Zhivago.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Galway trip planner.

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 moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 12 hours. While traveling from Christchurch, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Galway, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

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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.

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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

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Cork, Ireland

— 2 nights

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.
Room Escape Games has been added to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: 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 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 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Fun & Games
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Collegiate Church and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capuchin Friary. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Woodstown Strand, then surround yourself with nature on Hawkeye School of Falconry, then take in the views from Kilmacthomas Railway Viaduct, and finally don't miss a visit to The Metal Man.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Kilkenny trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Cork to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Dublin, Ireland

— 5 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Loughcrew Cairns and Hill of Tara (Temair). Discover out-of-the-way places like Portmarnock Beach and The Famine Sculptures. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Biddy's Cottage Dalkey (in Dalkey) and Causey Farm (in Navan). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin and step into the grandiose world of Drimnagh Castle.

To find maps and tourist information, go to the Dublin sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Dublin are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. On the 28th (Tue), you'll travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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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 29th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Mountain, then test the waters at Spa Experience Belfast, then make a trip to Oh Yeah Music Centre, and finally look for gifts at Carrolls Irish Gift. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Samson & Goliath cranes and then identify plant and animal life at WWT Castle Espie.

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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 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Aviemore.

Things to do in Belfast

Parks · Spas · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Aviemore, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Caorunn Gin Tour, identify plant and animal life at Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Boat of Garten Community Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Aviemore Ring Cairn & Stone Circle, take an exotic tour of Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally delve into the distant past at Ruthven Barracks.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Aviemore road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Belfast to Aviemore takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Belfast in December since evenings lows in Aviemore dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Aviemore

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Visit Hopetoun House and St. Mary's Cathedral for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Elie Beach and Museum on the Mound. When in Edinburgh, make a side trip to see Ardross Farm Shop in Elie, approximately Elie away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Portobello Beach, wander the streets of New Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Canongate Kirk, and stroll the grounds of Greyfriars Kirkyard.

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You can drive from Aviemore to Edinburgh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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London, United Kingdom

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): visit Canary Wharf, sample the fine beverages at Hayman's Distillery, and then take a stroll through Soho. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through West End Theatre District, admire the masterpieces at Somerset House, and then steep yourself in history at Benjamin Franklin House.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our London online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to London takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in London sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in London

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Boscolo Wellness & Spa and The Vrtba Garden. Step out of Prague to go to Beroun and see MedvEdarium, which is approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Speculum Alchemiae Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Francis of Assisi Church, don't miss a visit to Memorial to the Victims of Communism, and explore the engaging exhibits at Gallery of Steel Figures.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Prague travel website.

Traveling by flight from London to Prague takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Prague. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from London in January; daily highs in Prague reach 2°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Museums · Parks · Spas · Baths

Side Trip

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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

Spas · Baths · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

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 Piazza del Campidoglio. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica di Santa Prassede and Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Abbazia Greca di San Nilo in Grottaferrata, approximately Grottaferrata away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Piazza della Rotonda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Cosma e Damiano, make a trip to Domus Aurea, and admire the landmark architecture of Trinità dei Monti.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planning site.

You can fly from Budapest to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in January: high temperatures in Rome hover around 15°C and lows are around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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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

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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.