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Galway — 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the activities along Galway Bay, look for gifts at Amber, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Galway Cathedral.

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Milan, Italy to Galway is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Milan to Galway, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. December in Galway sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Renvyle Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and then don't miss a visit to Sky Road.

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Getting from Galway to Clifden by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then walk around Castlecomer Discovery Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey.

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You can drive from Clifden to Kilkenny in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dublin.
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Dublin — 2 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.
On the 10th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Christ Church Cathedral, examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, and finally admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, take a stroll through Temple Bar, and then sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St..

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Getting from Kilkenny to Dublin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Ireland travel guide

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.