21 days in New Orleans, Cancun & County Cork Itinerary

Make it your trip
New Orleans, United States
— 7 nights
Cancun, Mexico
— 9 nights
Cork, Ireland
— 4 nights


New Orleans, United States — 7 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and Whitney Plantation. For shopping fun, head to Royal Street or Boutique du Vampyre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New Orleans: Vacherie (St. Joseph Plantation & Oak Alley Plantation), Houmas House and Gardens (in Darrow) and LSU Hilltop Arboretum (in Baton Rouge). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at New Orleans Museum of Art, stroll around New Orleans Musical Legends Park, stroll the grounds of Lafayette Cemetery No.1, and get outside with Ultimate Swamp Adventures.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our New Orleans trip tool.

Dublin, Ireland to New Orleans is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Dublin to New Orleans. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in May: highs in New Orleans hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can fly to Cancun.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours
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Cancun, Mexico — 9 nights

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Let the collections at Mayan Museum of Cancun and Ka'Yok' Planetario de Cancun capture your imagination. Relax by the water at Playa Delfines and Parque Los Fundadores. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cancun: Puerto Morelos (Faro de Puerto Morelos & National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos), Isla Mujeres (Capilla de Guadalupe, Punta Sur, &more) and Valladolid (Convent of San Bernardino of Siena, Casa de los Venados, &more). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Escenica.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cancun visit planner.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Cancun takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in May, expect nights in Cancun to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Cork.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Cork, Ireland — 4 nights

Rebel City

One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
Head to The English Market and Blarney Woollen Millsfor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will appreciate Cork City Gaol and Titanic Experience Cobh. Change things up with these side-trips from Cork: Cobh (Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story, Spike Island, &more), Kinsale (Charles Fort & The Gallery Kinsale) and Inchydoney Beach (in Clonakilty). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Fin Barre's Cathedral, make a trip to University College Cork (UCC), sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton, and look for all kinds of wild species at Fota Wildlife Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cork day trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cancun to Cork. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Cancun to Cork. Traveling from Cancun in May, expect Cork to be much colder, temps between 16°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Side Trips
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County Cork travel guide

Castles · Nightlife · Specialty Museums
Rebel County
County Cork has made a name for itself as the home of the Blarney Stone, the legendary limestone rock rumored to give those who kiss it "the gift of the gab." People come from around the world to bend over backwards and put their lips to the rock in the hopes of becoming more eloquent. In Cork, the county's eponymous city, it is said that the accents rise and fall with the city's rolling terrain. The southern county attracts those looking for the iconic green hills, craggy coastline, and warm hospitality of Ireland. Known affectionately as The Rebel County for its role in the Irish War of Independence, this region is proudly Irish, as evidenced in the region's many cultural festivals and events.