Ireland South to North: 1 Week

7 Nights

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.

  • Dublin
  • Cork
  • Galway
  • Belfast
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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.
  • Access to your itinerary, tickets and documents on the Euroventure App.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.

The Route

map of ireland route


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

  • 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

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


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

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

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

  • 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


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1 week ago

Made something that can seem quite daunting extremely easy

Catherine rooney Verified Reviewer

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1 week ago

All the staff were really helpful. You could email before the trip and ask any questions. A WhatsApp group was set up a couple of weeks before so you got to message other people who were going on the trip as well as your tour leader. The Tour itself was fantastic, you get to see so much and because you’re with a tour leader they have great suggestions about things to go and see and do. The tour is laid back in the sense that you can opt out of things like a guided tour if you don’t feel like going on that day. If you’ve never stayed in a hostel before they are nothing to worry about. They are all of a good standard and you’ll always be with a few people at least who are on the tour.

Anonymous Verified Reviewer

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1 week ago

I recently went on the Iron Curtain tour and it was seriously the best week I've had. Each city on the tour is a must for anyone thinking about traveling with amazing sights to see, and beer to drink! The hostels which we stayed were clean, tidy and had all the facilities a traveler needs, though with it being the middle of summer the rooms could get quite stuffy at night. Every hostel was very conveniently located quite close to the cities centre, often within walking distance with the furthest journey being only a simple tram ride away. Transitions between cities/countries went very smoothly and stress-free with our amazing tour leader (Tolly) guiding us to where we needed to be next in plenty of time. Tolly himself was a great character and never failed to make the group laugh. He had good local knowledge and knew some of the best places to visit, eat and drink. If you're either travelling on your own (as I did) or with a friend, I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone wanting a great week away, to make new friends and good memories.

Joel Verified Reviewer

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1 week ago

Euroventure was amazing, from seeing wonderful places to meeting great people, new friends for life. I really enjoyed my trip around Eastern Europe, I would highly recommend euroventure it was very organised which was great because I only had to follow the tour leader, stress free travelling 🤪👍

Anonymous Verified Reviewer

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1 week ago

This summer I had the best trip with Euroventure! I went on the iron curtain trip for a week and couldn’t have asked for a greater time! My tour leader Tolly was so helpful and gave me lots of good advice on the best places to go in each city! The minute I got home I started looking at their other trips, highly recommend Euroventure for any trip.

Chloe Verified Reviewer

Questions & Answers

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Are flights included in the price?
International flights aren’t included however we are happy to help you with advice on what flights to book. All domestic flights are included.
What are the hostels like?
For a detailed article about what travelling in hostels is like go to our hostels guide 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.
What are the hotels like?
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!
What do I get when I book a package?
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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