18 days in Ireland, Paris & Barcelona Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Doolin, Ireland
— 1 night
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights


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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story. Take a break from the city and head to Portmarnock Beach and Howth Hills. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience, explore the galleries of Guinness Storehouse, take an in-depth tour of Dublinia, and steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Dublin trip maker.

Fargo, USA to Dublin is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Fargo in August, things will get slightly colder in Dublin: highs are around 66°F and lows about 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.
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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 29th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Butler Gallery, steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, then take in the exciting artwork at National Design & Craft Gallery, and finally get a dose of the wild on Hawkeye School of Falconry. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then examine the collection at Carlow County Museum, then contemplate the long history of Duckett's Grove, and finally pause for some photo ops at Kells Priory.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kilkenny online attractions planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In August in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Doolin.
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Doolin, Ireland — 1 night

A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, step into the grandiose world of Smithstown Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carran Medieval Church, then take in the exciting artwork at Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., and finally stroll through Clare Coastal Walk Project.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Doolin vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Doolin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August in Doolin, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Killarney.
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Killarney, Ireland — 2 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Killarney Falconry, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Cathedral, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Irish Whiskey Experience, then explore the galleries of The Gallery 21 Fine Art Photography, and finally view the masterpieces at Peter Cox Photography Gallery.

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Drive from Doolin to Killarney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Step out of the city life by going to Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Petit Palais and Le Trocadero et son esplanade. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, examine the collection at Musee Marmottan Monet, and wander the streets of 1st Arrondissement.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Killarney to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Killarney to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Killarney in September: highs in Paris hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 4 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Step out of the city life by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Camino de Ronda. Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Girona Cathedral (in Girona) and Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona (in Castelldefels). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Casa Vicens, take an in-depth tour of Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, contemplate the long history of Ciutat Vella, and walk around Parc Guell.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner.

Fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in September; daily highs in Barcelona reach 79°F and lows reach 65°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Ireland travel guide

Specialty Museums · Nightlife · History Museums
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.