Ireland South to North: 1 Week

Duration
7 Nights
Transport

This route is an 8 day trip through Ireland taking you from Dublin to Belfast. You’ll spend 7 nights in overnight accommodation, travelling by train or bus.

Route
  • Dublin
  • Cork
  • Galway
  • Belfast
Accessibility

This route is wheelchair accessible ♿️

Sustainability

This trip only creates 30.8 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 146.7 ♻️

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Trip Description

The perfect trip for anyone who wants to explore Ireland!

You can’t say you’ve traveled Europe until you’ve been to the Emerald Isle.  This island of natural beauty and the home of pub culture has wonderful old towns, lovely people and lots of greenery. We definitely felt it deserved a package to itself!

Start your trip in the capital of Ireland. Dublin’s a city where magic hides behind every corner. Strolling through the bustling Temple Bar neighborhood and wandering the narrow cobblestone streets, you’ll soon feel like you’re in another world. Explore the museums (where admission is often free!), go shopping in Kildare Village or take a tour of the famous Guinness Storehouse Factory.

Next stop is Cork. Although the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland, this charming place retains the friendliness and community buzz of a a small town. Situated on a hillside surrounded by natural beauty, there is plenty to discover here. Cork is famous for the many music festivals that take place annually there (such as the Cork Jazz Festival) where the whole city join to celebrate.

Moving on to Galway! Many only know this Irish city because of the chart-topping Ed Sheeran song- However, full of colourful houses, quirky streets, quaint pubs and stylish restaurants, this is not a place to miss. Check out Quay Street and High Street, where locals meet for pints and street music during the evenings. Galway is famous for it’s nightlife, so make sure you dive right in! A day trip to the Cliffs of Moher is also a must before heading to your last destination…

Last but not least you’ll be visiting the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Although the city is the second largest on the Irish Island after Dublin, it is often forgotten when it comes to scouting out destinations for that next big urban adventure. The most famous and luxurious ship in the world, the Titanic,  was built here and the region around the city was a key filming location for HBO’s Game of Thrones. It is also the perfect base for a day trip to the world famous Giants Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Or, why not spend a day in Londonderry? Diving into the rich history of this amazing city. Belfast has a lot to offer and has developed into a real insider’s trip!

Take a trip around Ireland to discover the true meaning of Irish charm!

What's included?

  • All overland transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
  • Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels.
  • Walking directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.
  • Optional walking tours, pub crawls and other activities at our partner hostels.
  • A personalised travel booklet with maps, language guides, top tips, and more.
  • Exclusive discounts on attractions across Europe.
  • Peace of mind with alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.

The Route

Euroventure Ireland South to North 1 week

Itinerary

This trip offers a great combination of Ireland’s most popular cities. Journeys are mid-length, at around 3-4 hours each, but we’ll always ensure that you arrive in good time to make the most of each city.

Temple Bar

Dublin (2 Nights)

Dublin may be one of Europe’s smaller capital cities, but it has been known to steal the heart of its visitors. With something for everyone, Ireland’s capital is famous for stunning cathedrals, haunted places, pubs with live music, historical museums, and hidden attractions.

Dublin Guides
Highlights

  • Party like the Irish at the Temple Bar Area
  • Visit the Guinness Storehouse Factory
  • Take a Tour of the Old James Distillery

Garnish Island Cork

Cork (1 Night)

Although it might not be as popular a tourist destination as Dublin, the second-largest city in Ireland has a lot to offer visitors. From bustling markets to beautiful parks, art galleries and architectural sights, any culture and travel lover will find something they’ll love in Cork.

Cork Guides
Highlights

  • Wander around the Old English Market
  • Visit the St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral
  • Enjoy the stunning nature on the Ballycotton Cliff Walk

kylemore abbey galway

Galway (2 Nights)

With its tangled lanes and colourful shopfronts curving around Galway Bay, this vibrant city is one of Ireland’s most picturesque destinations. Bolstered by an energetic student population, it’s also one of the island’s most vibrant communities, with live music, atmospheric pubs, a seafood-driven culinary scene and a jam-packed calendar of events Galway is a must see!

Galway Guides
Highlights

  • Join the locals bouncing from Pub to Pub
  • Make a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher
  • Dive into the seafood-driven culinary scene

giants causeway in ireland with a rainbow

Belfast (2 Nights)

Belfast is the capital and largest city in Northern Ireland, and there are so many things to do in Belfast! The city offers a lively historic city center, the famous Titanic Quarter, fun pubs, excellent museums, hundreds of street murals, beautiful gardens and green spaces with wonderful Victorian architecture.

Belfast Guides
Highlights

  • Take a photo of the Great Walls of Belfast
  • Make a day trip to the Giants Causeway
  • Visit the museum dedicated to the famous shipwreck Titanic

Optional Extras

Reviews

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1 week ago

From the moment we booked our week long trip with Goat, via Amy, nothing was too much trouble and she talked us through the process and made the whole thing a breeze. The van itself was clean, well equipped and very easy to drive. We opted for GOAT (Amy) to arrange our campsites and were presented with a personalised itinerary that was extremely welcomed as we were given all the information needed to glide in and out of the sites selected and we were not disappointed in anyway. I can thoroughly recommend this efficient operator without any hesitation. My deposit was returned within 48 hours without a hitch. We will use them again.☺️❤️❤️

Doug Beadle Verified Reviewer

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3 months ago

I CANNOT recommend this travel agency enough! I booked a surprise honeymoon for my nephew and his spouse with Euroventure Travel Ltd. and their customer service is unparalleled! For reference, I live in the US and wanted to plan a multi-country trip via rail through Europe for my nephew and his spouse for their honeymoon. They helped me customize the trip, (3 countries) keep in a budget I wanted, and picked out some amazing hotels all within the city centers of their itineraries. I wanted the trip to include a a few countries, but I didn't have a huge budget, and they really worked with me to make this an amazing trip! We went through a few scenarios, trying to decide what would be the best itinerary for the time period and budget I was able to afford. It was great. There were a few times that I had simple (and sometimes complicated) questions regarding the trip and I would email the travel team in the evening and wake up to detailed responses in the morning. If I emailed during their working hours, I received an almost instant response from the team, not an automated response. I honestly felt like I was talking to a friend and not a travel company. I can't thank them enough for helping me plan an unforgettable honeymoon for my loved ones!! If you are planning a holiday via rail throughout Europe and need help planning, look no further, Euroventure Travel is the agency you want to use for your holiday!!!!!

Dana Gilbert Verified Reviewer

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5 months ago

I had the most amazing time on the Iron Curtain Tour! We managed to fit so much into the week, with so many great recommendations by our awesome tour leader. Any difficulties as a cause of current travel situations were resolved without issue, and I always felt safe. Euroventure tours are to the best places, with the best people, and I cannot recommend them enough. Please do yourself a favour and book with them!

Anonymous Verified Reviewer

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5 months ago

I had an amazing time on the iron curtain tour which was well organised so I could see a lot in a short space of time. Our tour leader was great; very knowledgeable and made good recommendations in each city. I was also pleased with the quality and location of the hostels. I will definitely consider booking with euroventure again.

Anonymous Verified Reviewer

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5 months ago

The Iron Curtain Tour I went on was a great adventure! Euroventure was responsive with communication and on the tour the hostels were wonderful! My group was affected by the pandemic closures, but we made the most of it and Euroventure kept us updated throughout the week. No issues during travel!

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Questions & Answers

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Question:
Are flights included in the price?
Answer:
International flights aren’t included however we are happy to help you with advice on what flights to book. All domestic flights are included.
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What are the hostels like?
Answer:
It’s every traveler’s worst nightmare to arrive in a foreign city with nowhere to stay – that’s why we book and all your accommodation in every city in advance. Booking with us means no nasty surprises – you won’t have to worry about hostels being full or even just being a bit dodgy!All our handpicked hostels are centrally located and within easy reach of public transport.  We only use the best, most modern and sociable hostels along the way which we have personally visited to make sure they’re suitable.Most travelers stay in dorms with other backpackers, unless you’ve specified that you want private rooms, with all the facilities you would expect from a top hostel. Most will have free wifi and lockers. Breakfast is often free and you can also get involved in various activities put on by the hostels, such as pub crawls and city tours.Once you’ve booked your package, we will send you your travel pack, which includes all the information on the specific hostels and how to get to each one.
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What are the hotels like?
Answer:
If you choose to stay in hotels, you'll have two options to suit your budget and comfort level. You can choose to stay in 2-3* accommodation which will include hotel chains such as Ibis Styles and Mercure. We might also book carefully selected independent hotels of the same star rating where that’s the best option. If you prefer a little bit more luxury, you can select our 4*+ option. In this case, we'll use hotel chain such as Sofitel, Novotel and MGallery, as well as selected independent hotels. Just like with hostels, all the hotels we choose are centrally located and well connected by public transport, so you’ll never end up far from the action.Our hotel prices are all room-only as standard. If you would like to add breakfast to your booking, you can do this during the booking process.Many of our hotels are also able to assist you with planning day time activities and local information - just ask at reception!
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What do I get when I book a package?
Answer:
You get all train travel and accommodation included in the price. That is, all train travel between the first city and last city on the trip and accommodation in the best hostels in each city, or in  hotels if you choose this option. For loop trips you also get return train and Eurostar travel from anywhere in the UK to the continent and back, but flights are not included in any of our packages because we do not have airline partnerships. You get breakfast in some hostels too, and can add this as an extra in hotels. You'll also get a detailed itinerary telling you exactly what trains to get and directions to the hostels. So all that's left for you to purchase is flights (if required), travel insurance and spending money.
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