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Dublin, Ireland

This capital city is an intimate one. On your own, stroll along St. Stephen's Green or down Grafton Street, through Phoenix Park or Merrion Square, resting at one of the city's charming pubs. City tours usually feature Trinity College, the classic Georgian mansions, the 12th-century St. Patrick's Cathedral and Abbey Theatre.

Language: English

Currency: Euro (EUR)

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Belfast, Northern Ireland

Language: English

Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)

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Belfast has something for everyone -- whether it is leisurely shopping or a night on the town. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy the beautiful golf courses around town, and serious shoppers will feel at home on Lisburn Road. A trip to Ireland would not be complete without visiting a traditional Irish pub, such as The Rotterdam or The King's Head.

Language: English, Gaelic

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Language: English

Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)

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Known more commonly as Derry, this town sits on the banks of the River Foyle and is the second-largest city in Northern Ireland. Explore the Old Town contained within the city walls. Visit Dunlace Castle, located outside Londonderry. The castle is famous as the former residence of the great O'Neills clan.

Killybegs, Ireland

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Killybegs is the home of the largest fishing port in all of Ireland, and fishing in Killybegs is a tradition as old as the town itself. Found between the beautiful Ireland coastline, radiant beaches, and towering mountainous regions, Killybegs offers natural beauty of all varieties. To see the more cultural side of town, take a walk down the Killybegs Heritage Trail, which takes you by places such as the famous Maritime Heritage Center located at the old Donegal Factory, St. Catherine's Well, and the old Church of St. Mary.

Galway, Ireland

Language: English, Gaelic

Currency: Euro (EUR)

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In the true spirit of Ireland, Galway sparks a cultural celebration in its very existence. As the third largest city in Ireland, something is always happening in this busy port city, and it has earned the nickname of Ireland's Cultural Heart thanks to events such as the Galway Arts Festival, Galway International Oyster Festival, Galway Early Music Festival, and Irish language celebration Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Foynes, Ireland

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Foynes is a busy seaport located on the Shannon Estuary. During World War II, it was one of the biggest civilian airports in Europe, and became the location of the first transatlantic flights by Pan Am. Many travelers come to Foynes to visity the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum where they can learn about the history of aviation in the town. Visitors are also encouraged to grab an Irish Coffee in the building of its creation. Take a trip out to the medieval village of Askeaton and explore the area through a walking tour. Other attractions include the Knockpatrick Gardens, the Limerick Garden Trail, Shannon Estuary RIB Tours, and a visit to the Foynes Inn.

Language: English

Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)

Cork (Cobh), Ireland

Language: English

Currency: Euro (EUR)

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Cobh serves as the gateway to Cork, which is approximately 15 miles away. There is a train service from the port of Cobh to the center of Cork. Shop for Irish linen, tweeds, hand-knit woolens, and Waterford crystal along Patrick Street, or try some Irish soda bread at a local pub. Visit St. Finbarr's Cathedral or the Fota Wildlife Park, located just outside town.

London (Southampton), England

Language: English

Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)

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Southampton is a coastal city located in southern England, about 70 miles southwest of London. The city is a major cruise departure port and one of the country's largest commercial ports. Visitors will find the longest surviving stretch of medieval walls in England and museums such as Tudor House and Garden, the maritime SeaCity Museum, and the aviation-focused Solent Sky. Many London tours hit the highlights, from the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace and the Crown Jewels display at the Tower of London, to a cruise along the River Thames and a ride on the world-famous London Eye, a 443-foot Ferris wheel offering bird's-eye views of the capital city. It also is a great starting point for countryside excursions to the mysterious structures at Stonehenge as well as the towns of Bath and Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare.