12 days in Amsterdam, London & Ireland Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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London, United Kingdom
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Dublin, Ireland
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Visiting Boat Tours & Water Sports and Scheveningen Beach will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Museum Het Rembrandthuis and Willet-Holthuysen Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague) and Haarlem (Grote Markt & Frans Hals Museum). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, wander the streets of Red Light District, and pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam day trip app.

Washington DC, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, things will get little chillier in Amsterdam: highs are around 72°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to fly to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral. For shopping fun, head to Covent Garden or The Queen's Gallery. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, take an in-depth tour of The British Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Wimbledon Art Studios, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey.

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Getting from Amsterdam to London by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to London due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in London are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Dublin.
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Guinness Storehouse and National Gallery of Ireland. You'll explore and learn at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Kilkenny (Valerie Walshe Contemporary, St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, &more), Celtic Rider (in Kill) and BargeTrip (in Sallins). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Temple Bar, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, and stroll around St Stephens Green.

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Traveling by flight from London to Dublin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 66°F and lows are around 51°F. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Ireland travel guide

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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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