18 days in Ireland, Paris & Barcelona Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Doolin, Ireland
— 1 night
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Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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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.
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. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, stroll around St Stephens Green, take an in-depth tour of Dublinia, and contemplate the long history of 14 Henrietta Street.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip website.

Fargo, USA to Dublin is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Fargo to Dublin. In August, Dublin is little chillier than Fargo - with highs of 66°F and lows of 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 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.

To find out how to plan a trip to Killarney, use our trip itinerary maker.

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 much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and examine the collection at Musee Marmottan Monet.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Paris online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Killarney to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Killarney to Paris. Traveling from Killarney in September, you will find days in Paris are somewhat warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can fly 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 Vicens are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona (in Castelldefels) and Girona Cathedral (in Girona). There's much more to do: walk around Parc Guell, wander the streets of El Born, take an in-depth tour of Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, and don't miss a visit to Ciutat Vella.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in September: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 79°F and lows are around 65°F. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading 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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