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
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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

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

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

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

My partner and I have just returned from our 2 week Swiss Explorer trip and cannot have had a better time. The whole trip ran so smoothly from start to finish. This includes the answering of questions or concerns that we had before we left, the train journey's themselves, the excellent accommodation which we were placed in and finally the additional extra's and sight seeing opportunities which were provided on the trip itself. We will definitely be recommending Euroventure to our family and friends who also have the 'travel bug' and are already planning our next trip ourselves.

Richard Whitehead Verified Reviewer

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1 week ago

I had the best time on my two week trip around Europe with Tom and our group, everyone was so nice and Tom never failed to be knowledgeable and helpful with whatever questions we had for him. All the included activities were fab and everyone seemed to enjoy them! I have done a group tour like this before and I think the itinerary of this one worked a bit better for a large group. We had more free time to explore on our own which meant everyone got to see all the things they wanted to in each place rather than everyone having to do the same route and visiting sights they didn't have any interest in. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone whether travelling alone, with someone or even in a little group as we had all of these on our trip and the group dynamic was great! Thank you Tom and everyone on our tour, you all made the trip a great one! :)

Lauren Verified Reviewer

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1 week ago

Amazing time with amazing people, thank you to Tom and everyone on the group tour! Couldn't have had a better time and would recommend it to anyone.

Nina Verified Reviewer

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1 week ago

The perfect way to properly see Europe via train. Euroventure exceeded my expectations with safe and convient group travel. I would have defiantly missed half of the beautiful sites and activity’s without our guide Tom. Thank you Tom and Team for an unforgettable 2 weeks!

Jamie Dehouck Verified Reviewer

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1 week ago

A wonderful way of travelling around Europe safely, properly and conviently. Without this tour I would have missed at least half of the truely spectacular activity’s and sites in each city. Thank you Tom and team for a truely unforgettable 2 weeks!

Jamie Dehouck Verified Reviewer

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.
Question:
What are the hostels like?
Answer:
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.
Question:
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!
Question:
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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