I’m spending July 1st-23rd this summer in Europe with 2 friends (this is our first time traveling by ourselves). We’ve got a basic itinerary worked out, but I wanted to get some advice before we booked any hostels/hotels. Does this sound doable for a small group new to traveling? Thanks in advance for your help -- I really appreciate it!
We’re mostly getting around by bus/train, since none of us are old enough to rent a car (two 19 year olds, one 18 year old).
- We’ve already got a roundtrip ticket from Portland, OR to Dublin*
• July 1 — Arrive in Dublin, overnight
• July 2 — Full day and night in Dublin
• July 3 — Leave in the morning for Dingle (the town), stop by the Rock of Cashel on the way, stay the night in Dingle (this should be overall a 6 hour bus ride, not much faster by train)
• July 4 — Dingle
• July 5 — Dingle
• July 6 — Leave Dingle for Cobh in the late afternoon (should be about 3 hours by bus)
• July 7 — All day in Cobh
• July 8 — Head to London by the Cork airport (Aer Lingus plane ticket already purchased)
• July 9-11 — all day and night in London.
• July 12 — Leaving London for Paris by train midday on the 12th
• July 13-15 — all day and night in Paris
• July 16 —Leaving Paris for Cologne
- Night — Cologne (staying with friends)*
• July 17 — Cologne
• July 18 — Leave for Rothenburg ob der Tauber
- Night — Rothenburg ob der Tauber*
• July 19 — Rothenburg ob der Tauber
- Night — Rothenburg ob der Tauber*
• July 20 — Leave Rothenburg ob der Tauber early in the morning for Munich
• July 21 — Munich
• July 22 — Leave Munich midday on a flight back to Dublin (plane ticket’s already purchased)
• July 23 — Leave Dublin midday for home
Your itinerary sounds doable. if you are staying in Dublin on the last night why not stay close to the airport at a hotel that has a free courtesy bus as you will be leaving the international airport so will need about 3 hours before your flight out. If you are interested I can give you a name as I have stayed there a couple of times and again in July 2014. There is also an airport bus to the centre of Dublin and costs about 10 euros one way.
Have you booked your train from London to Paris, it is only a short ride so economy class would be OK for this journey.
Are you booking your accommodation before you leave.
You are 3 together so you will be OK, you will find that there are plans this time that you may change on your next trip but this is the fun of travelling and discovering how other people live and travel.
Have a great trip.
All looks good.
For Ireland the country busses leave from the central bus station (it's called Busarus) in Dublin - this is a cheaper option than the train but takes a little longer.
For accommodation - stay halfway between Dublin Airport and Dublin City Centre so you have the opportunity of having a quick visit even on your last night - if you stay in the Airport hotels (expensive) you will not want to travel into and out of the city.
Look at all accommodation options hostels,b&bs and guesthouses - lots of special offers (I can help if you wish)
Have a safe trip.
- Dublin: I think you are not giving enough time for yourself in Dublin. After a long flight you need time to adjust to a new time and new place.
- Cashel: it's a great place. Be sure you plan your bus journey carefully as you might end up longer there than needed. It is a 'one-street-town'! Check www.buseireann.ie for up to date timetables.
- Dingle: you are spending A LOT of time here. I'm sure you have all planned but I would recommend to have more time in Dublin and some time in Cork also.
- Cobh: I hope that part of this journey you will cover Cork?! It's great place and good feel in the city.
- London: perfect
- Paris: perfect
- Cologne: perfect
- Rothenburg ob der Tauber: not familiar
- Munich: plenty time here to discover the city and even the surrounding areas.
- Dublin: stay in city centre and you will be able to explore the nightlife. If your flight is midday you will have no issue catching a Dublin Bus (much much cheaper than the express bus) and make it to the flight. Check www.dublinbus.ie - for up to date information.
P.S. if you need any further questions about Ireland or other areas in Europe do not hesitate to drop me a line any time.