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Ireland & Scotland 2014

Guided, Locally Hosted and Customized Vacations

Authentic vacations – individually crafted by the local experts


IRELAND & SCOTLAND

Vacation Selections Everyone at Brendan Vacations has a love of Ireland and Scotland – and that’s because we actually come from the destinations we share with you. It’s just one of the ways we “take you personally.” Bringing this mantra to every vacation we create, we don’t just show you the surface and sights, but truly listen to what you want so you can go deeper into the places we call home.

GUIDED VACATIONS REG I ONAL 14 I r i s h h eritage 6 days 16 Treasures of Ireland 7 days 22 en c h an tin g emera ld isle 9 days 24 T h e B est o f Irela n d & As h fo rd Castle 9 days 28 B es t of Irela n d 11 days

What’s inside? 3

The Brendan Story

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Become part of the story

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Taking You Personally

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Travel your way

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Travel styles

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Guided Vacations

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Express Check-In

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Extra nights & Transfers

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Savings on Guided Vacations

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Locally Hosted Vacations

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Private Chauffeur Vacations

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Customized Vacations

100 TreadRight Foundation & sustainable tourism 101 Insurance

30 All o f Irela n d 12 days 32 B es t of irela n d & scotla n d 16 days 36 S c ot tish High la n d s, I s la n d s & Cities 14 days

PRIVATE CHAUFFEUR VACATIONS 54 Irish Cities, La n d scap e s & Castles – Sample itinerary 7 days 55 Fa mily Adv en ture o n t he Emera ld Isle – Sample itinerary 7 days 56 Scottish & Irish Highl ig ht – Sample itinerary 14 days 57 Bo n n ie Scotla n d – Sample itinerary 6 days

CUSTOMIZED VACATIONS 60 Self Driv e Irela n d 65 Dublin – Hotels 68 Dublin – Si gh tseein g

b o u t i q u e j o u r n e ys 20 CASTLES & MANORS 9 days

69 Dublin – full-Day rail Tou r s 70 Irela n d – Si gh tseeing 71

K ilken n y, Waterfo rd, Cor k, K in sa le & W exfo rd – Hot e l s

72 K illa rn ey & K en ma r e – Hot e l s

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73 Din gle, Ada re, Li meric k, Ennis, Bun ratty & Sh a n n on – Hot e l s

26 S c en i c Irela n d 9 days

74 Ga lway – Hotels

34 B es t o f Scotla n d 8 days

75 Co n g, W estpo rt, Ba l l ina, Sligo & Do n ega l – Hot e l s 76 Belfast – Hotels

102 Terms & Conditions

c o s t s av e r 18 I R I SH wo n d er 9 days

77 An trim Coast, lo n d onDe r ry & n o rth ern irela n d – Hot e l s 78 Bed & Brea kfast Gems 82 Irish Castles & Ma nor s 86 Self Driv e Scotla n d

LOCALLY HOSTED VACATIONS

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42 D u b li n & Belfast 4 or 5 days

94 Scottish Co un tryside – Hot e l s

44 D u b li n & K illa rn ey 5, 6, or 7 days 46 D u b li n, K illa rn ey & Li merick 5, 6, or 7 days 48 D u b li n, Co rk, K illa rn ey & Li m er ick 7, 8, or 9 days 50 E d i n b urgh & t h e S c ottish High la n d s 7, 8, or 9 days

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90 Glasgow – Hotels Ed in burgh – Hotels

93 Ed in burgh & Glasgow – Si gh tseein g

96 Scottish Castles & manor s 97 Lo n d o n – Hotels 99 Lo n d o n – Si gh tseeing


We don’t just take our name from St. Brendan, patron saint of navigation. His passion for discovery inspired us to share the soul and spirit of our home countries – Ireland and Scotland. Like this Irish-born priest, we’ve been travelling around these nations for many years, building local connections, understanding local nuances and finding hidden secrets as we go.

Our Story Of course, you’ll see their beautiful scenery, iconic landmarks, and rich traditions, but we also share unique experiences – so you can see Ireland and Scotland like a local too. You’ll be pleased to hear that, unlike St. Brendan, we don’t do this in a tiny boat. We have a collection of trip styles, so you can choose exactly how you travel: st. brendan’s boat, co kerry

Guided Vacations Completely hassle-free, our Travel Directors reveal the real Ireland and Scotland on trips mixing sightseeing, dining, and unique insider moments. See page 12 Locally Hosted Vacations These trips give the freedom of an independent break to popular cities, but the insider knowledge and round-the-clock help of our Local Hosts. See page 9

Customized Vacations Giving flexibility to travel at your own pace, these trips let you pick from our exclusively negotiated accommodation, sightseeing and rental cars. See page 11

PRIVATE CHAUFFEUR VACATIONS The ultimate in luxury, on these trips you have your own private chauffeur to drive you to the places you’ve chosen to see in Ireland or Scotland. See page 10

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Hear haunting bagpipe music at Ashford Castle, Co Mayo

Become part of the story Meet the locals of remote Inishbofin Island, Co Galway

chat with ouR local expert damien brennan at broc house in sligo

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Learn about Oscar Wilde, Ireland’s famous son, Dublin

Listen to stories as yoU cruise Lough Corrib, Co Mayo


Nations of storytellers, Ireland and Scotland’s history, myths, and even laws were often passed down through generations in unwritten stories.

Our namesake, Saint Brendan, would have heard the seanchaithe recount tales of warriors, monsters, and fairies. And this tradition survives to this day. In fact, the only way to experience some parts of Celtic culture is to hear the stories first hand. You cannot truly understand these nations by simply following a guidebook. That’s why we introduce you to our circle of local friends – storytellers who take you deeper inside Ireland and Scotland. Take Captain Patrick. He spins tales of a haunted past as you sail across Lough Corrib towards Ashford Castle. The sound of a lone piper sends shivers down your spine as you approach this fairytale castle. But it’s a warm welcome and a night of royal treatment that await at the other side of the drawbridge. On tiny Inishbofin, one of the island’s residents tells you stories of life far off the beaten track. Showing you the little schoolhouse, farmsteads and sweeping sandy beaches, their tales reveal the timeless quality that has attracted people to this remote way of life since 4,000 BC.

Hike to Torc Waterfall with a Local Expert, Co Kerry

Damien Walsh, a Bodhrán drum player at Kyteler’s Inn – one of Ireland’s oldest pubs. He tells the story of Irish music, before teaching you to play this unique drum, so you can get up and join his band. These are just some of our characters who share their gift of storytelling with you – and who become part of your own story.

And of course, we take you to some of the pubs these nations are known for. And there you meet locals like

Learn to play the Bodhrán, Kilkenny

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Taking You Personally Proud and passionate locals, we live and breathe our home nations. This has inspired us to seek out authentic Irish and Scottish experiences, places and characters, using our home-grown under­stand­ing to take you deeper inside. OUR team (left to right): sandra carroll, ann marie mahon, audrey o’brien, catherine reilly, lorraine dawson

Our central Dublin office

Walking the walk Behind a shiny blue door in the center of Dublin is a bunch of bubbly enthusiasts with a love of travel, like our Managing Director Catherine Reilly.

will love. They really do walk the walk, seeking out the best places to visit and the vivacious local personalities that form the backbone of our vacations.

But their passion for all things Irish and Scottish means the door never contains them for long.

And, although the team has a lot of fun on the job, they are serious when it comes to giving you a real insight and feel for what Ireland and Scotland are all about.

Always out and about looking into the “nooks and crannies,” as Catherine calls them, to build trips that our guests 6


dromoland castle, co clare

The Brendan experience We have four different trip styles, but there are some things we always promise on our holidays: • Hassle-free vacations: you can relax and enjoy your time in Ireland or Scotland, because we do all the hard work, from the planning to the driving

Safe in our hands When you travel with us, you get all the benefits of having a local, friendly team who live and work in Ireland and Scotland. But you also get the peace of mind that comes with traveling with one of the world’s largest and most trusted travel companies – as we’re one of 25 worldwide brands that make up The Travel Corporation, which wins multiple global travel awards every year.

• Local expertise: you get unique itineraries at incredible value, benefiting from our in-depth knowledge and exclusive connections – only possible because we’re true locals • Local insights: you travel deeper, getting local knowledge and insider experiences, being introduced to residents and staying in accommodations that give a true flavor of the region • Dedicated team: your every need is taken care of by our expert team on the ground. And, being locals, they have personal recommendations, stories and insights to share • Quality transportation: you’ll always travel in comfort and ease, from our luxury coaches to our private chauffeur-driven cars. We can even help our independent travelers with public transportation • The right accommodation: you get hand-picked properties to suit every stage of your journey – from city center hotels and quaint and friendly B&Bs to ancient castles • Airport transfers: your vacation begins the moment you land, whether it’s with a complimentary airport transfer, helping you with public transportation or car rental, or your private chauffeur waiting for you

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Inverlochy Castle, Fort William

Travel your way Everyone has a different idea of the perfect vacation: some want to relax and have it all done for them; others want a little more independence. The following pages show our four travel styles. Each is different, but we always pour in our personal care and local knowledge.

Adare Manor, Co Limerick

Titanic Experience, Belfast

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Locally Hosted Vacations george flynn, local HOST

Our Locally Hosted trips give you the independence of a city break, and the excite­ment of exploring Ireland and Scotland’s most popular cities, but all the insider knowledge and ease of a Brendan vacation.

Who you meet Our Brendan Local Hosts are just that – local. Real characters, they live in and love the cities they share with you. On hand day and night, they can recommend anything from the most authentically Irish or Scottish restaurants to places to buy traditional gifts without tourist price tags. Take George Flynn in Dublin: he’s lived in the capital for more years than he’s willing to admit, so he knows all the places the locals go – places you can experience Ireland’s famous craic.

What’s included? train journey, dublin to cork

hop-on hop-off bus, dublin

Our Locally Hosted trips mix freedom with the luxury of someone else doing the planning: • Pre-planned itineraries – with all the essentials and little extras • A choice of accommodation level • Transportation between cities • An orientation tour or excursion to introduce you to each city • The 24/7 service of a Local Host Find out more on page 40

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Our Private Chauffeur Vacations are the ultimate in luxury and relaxation – with a dedicated chauffeur meeting you at the airport and taking you to all the accommodation and sights on your personally designed itinerary. your private chauffeur awaits

Private Chauffeur Vacations Who you meet Our Private Chauffeurs aren’t just highly qualified drivers – they’re expert guides, born and bred in Ireland or Scotland. As well as taking you to the sights, regaling you with facts and stories, and sharing local treasures, they also get to know what you like – and include it on your journey.

the ultimate in luxury travel

Like Mick Houlihan, who told us about a vacation he recently chauffeured: “As soon as I learned the couple loved dancing, I knew exactly where to take them in each city we visited.”

• The luxury of a private car What’s included? Our Private Chauffeur Vacations let you mix and match benefits to create your ideal trip:

• Exclusive itineraries – designed to suit you • Sightseeing choices • Choice of hotels – like quaint B&Bs, five-star city hotels, and ancient castles • A dedicated private chauffeur to reveal your destination Find out more on page 52

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What’s included? Our Customized Vacations let you mix and match benefits to create your ideal trip: • Covers Ireland and Scotland’s favorite cities and little towns • Choice of hotels, B&Bs, castles, and manors – pre-booked or with vouchers

Our Customized Vacations give you the flexibility to create your own itinerary – going where you want, when you want. And all with the benefit of having a local team using connections and knowledge to negotiate savings for you.

• Pre-bookable sightseeing and excursions • Range of rental car options • Flexibility and free time Find out more on page 58

Customized Vacations atholl palace hotel, perthshire

pat & norrie o’neill, B&B owners

westport

Who you meet We’ve found the loveliest Bed & Breakfast owners in Ireland and Scotland, locals who open up their private homes and working farms, sipping tea and sharing stories with you. They’re people like Norrie O’Neill of Alderhaven B&B, who tells us she still gets cards from past guests – with many returning to visit her again.

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bunratty castle hotel

Our Guided Vacations aren’t just hassle-free, they take you deeper with Insider Experiences from nights in truly traditional places to home-cooked meals with local families.

Guided Vacations Who you meet Welcoming and well-informed, your dedicated expert Travel Director looks after your every need. We’ve chosen true locals, excited to share their home nations and insider knowledge with you.

Meet&Greet Valerie Jordan

They’re people like Liz Morgan, who’s been sharing Ireland with Brendan guests for years and says she “can’t imagine a better job in all the world.” And they introduce you to our Local Experts – from historians to musicians, they aren’t just specialists in their fields, they’re people with true Irish wit or Scottish charm – like Jackie Tully, who reveals the stories of Strokestown Park House. Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery, was founded in 1920

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Your Insider Experiences Dine with local families at exclusive Be My Guest meals, enjoying stories and home-cooked dishes at their home or farm. Visit your Travel Director’s favorite Hidden Treasures, secret places they love. Meet artisans as they create Local Specialities, from traditional crafts to regional food. Explore with Local Experts who have a special connection with a town or icon. Get a Unique Insight or behind-the-scenes look at well-known attractions. Stay in Authentic Accommodations for a true feel of the region’s style or traditions.

liz morgan, travel director

Our collection Our Guided Vacations collection includes Regional itineraries, immersing you in one country or region. But we also have At Leisure itineraries (pages 26 and 34), with later starts and longer stays in each destination; a Boutique Journey (page 20) with 24 guests or fewer so you can visit places not open to larger groups - and even stay in grand historic castles; and a CostSaver trip (page 18), giving you amazing value without compromising on the quality.

What’s included Our Guided Vacations are carefully created to reveal the best of your destination: • Itineraries which take you beyond the icons – and into the real Ireland and Scotland • Carefully chosen accommodations, most with free WiFi • A luxury coach with panoramic windows, air conditioning, a restroom and WiFi (where possible) • Sightseeing, unique insider moments and free time • Memorable dining experiences • The expertise of your Travel Director, Driver and Local Experts

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15th-century ross castle on lough leane, county kerry

REGIONAL

IRISH

Heritage from

FROM THE USA

DUBLIN TO shannon YOUR TRAVEL VALUE INCLUDES >> Airport transfers in Dublin on Days 2 and to Shannon on Day 6 (conditions apply, see page 38

Jun 7, 14, 21, 28 – $999

>> 4 breakfasts (B); 3 dinners, including a Welcome Dinner with Irish beer or wine (WD), a three-course dinner, and a Farewell Dinner (FD)

Aug 30 – $1,025

>> Services of a professional Irish Travel Director

Dec 28 § – $999

headsets M for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide’s commentary

A unique experience provided by yourTravel Director hidden treasure

VA C AT I O N leisurely

Mar 15 § – $1,125

>> Free WiFi available on the coach and in all hotels (conditions apply, see page 103)

>> Must-see sightseeing, surprise extras, and scenic highlights

land only

Saturdays: Mar 29 – $999

>> Luxury air-conditioned coach

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DEPARTURES FROM THE USA & PRICES per person* REF: BRIJB

>> Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling

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Apr 5, 12, 19, 26 – $999 May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – $999 Jul 5, 12, 19, 26 – $999 Aug 2, 9, 16, 23 – $999 Sep 6, 13, 20, 27 – $1,025 Oct 4, 11, 18, 25 – $975 Nov 22 – $965

* Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room.

International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. Brendan Vacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.

§ Holiday departures – St. Patrick’s Day Mar 15; New Year’s Eve Dec 28.

Single Room Supplement: $199 (Oct 4-Nov 22); $225 (all other departures) Triple Room Reduction: $20 OTher GREAT ways to save!

your personally selected hotels

Book and pay early and save up to $113* Book and pay in full by Jan 15 & save 10%; pay in full by Mar 31 & save 7.5% Frequent Traveler Discount: save up to $56*

F First Class

Young Traveler Discount: $100

Dublin | BW Academy Plaza F Killarney | Scotts Hotel F Bunratty | Bunratty Castle Hotel F

* Above discounts are per person.

Visit BrendanVacations.com for all Definite Departures ✔ and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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THE CLIFFS OF MOHER

See page 100.

PAC E LET’S GO


DAY

TORC WATERFALL

1 DE PART U S a

Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

2 Arrive in Dublin, Ireland

At 2 p.m., your voyage of discovery begins on a city tour. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, see the Georgian squares, and walk the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College to its library and world treasure, the 8th-century Book of Kells. Later, gather for a Welcome Dinner with Irish beer or wine at a favorite pub. WD

3 DUBL IN / B LAR NEY CAS T LE / KIL L A R NEY

Head to fabled Blarney Castle. There’s time to kiss the famous stone that gives the gift of eloquence. Then on to Killarney, the lively town on the lakes. B D

4 Ring of Kerry Excursion

Travel the road that winds around the beautiful Ring of Kerry. Mountains, valleys, lakes, and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtak­ing beyond words. Stopping at Torc Waterfall, there is a chance to join a leisurely hike. For those who do not want to hike, the motorcoach will return you to Killarney, where the rest of the day is free. B NOTE: The hike travels over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. While there are no mountains to climb, walkers need to be fit, have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and raingear. Approx. 3 miles/2 hours

5 Killarney / C liffs of M oher / B U NR AT T Y

Travel north, crossing the Shannon Estuary by ferry. Continue to the majestic Cliffs of Moher rising 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves. On to Bunratty. Tonight, attend a Medieval Castle Banquet - a festive way to end your Ireland vacation! B FD

6 B U NR AT T Y / Depart Shannon

You will be transferred to Shannon Airport where your vacation ends. Perhaps extend your vacation with extra nights in Bunratty or return to Dublin and stay in Ireland longer! B FD

+ Add an extra night in Dublin + to the beginning of your vacation +

Arrive in Dublin a day prior to the start of your Guided Vacation and begin exploring this exciting city on your own. Private airport transfers and the services of a Brendan local host are included. See page 25 for details.

Your Personally Selected Hotel Dublin |BW Academy Plaza F

Price Per Person From: Twin $186; Single $249; Triple $180

Add an extra day and end your vacation in Dublin DAY 1

START CITY

1

OVERNIGHT STAY

1

1 to 5

Same as the “Irish Heritage.”

Northern Ireland

END CITY

6 B unratty / Dublin

Spend the morning at Bunratty Folk Park, a unique re-creation of Irish village life in the 19th century. Later, your coach will take you to Dublin and the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport. Your evening is free. B

7 Depart Dublin

Take the free hotel shuttle to the airport, where your vacation ends. B

Ireland

DUBLIN 1

Optional night at Dromoland Castle

CLIFFS OF MOHER

Price Per Person Twin $130; Single $190; Triple $125

DUBLIN +

DROMOLAND DROMOLAND CASTLE CASTLE 1

1

BUNRATTY

SHANNON AIRPORT

Ring of Kerry

2

1

+ Spend a night in a castle! + Why not spend a night + (evening of Day 5) at

historic and luxurious Dromoland Castle, built in the 16th century. Set on a 375-acre estate, the Castle retains priceless reminders of a magnificent past with its woodcarvings, stone statuary, handcarved paneling, and antique furnishings. Your stay includes dinner in the Earl of Thomond Restaurant (dress shirt required for men) and a full Irish breakfast. You will be picked up on Day 6 and transferred to Shannon Airport or Bunratty Folk Park then Dublin, for those choosing the extension.

BLARNEY

KILLARNEY + DUBLIN POST-EXTENSION

Price Per Person Twin: $310 (Apr 1-May 31 and Oct); $405 (Jun 1-Sep 30) Single: $500 (Apr 1-May 31 and Oct); $685 (Jun 1-Sep 30) Triple*: $405 (Apr 1-May 31 and Oct); $485 (Jun 1-Sep 30) *Triples are accommodated in deluxe rooms.

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king john’s castle in limerick

REGIONAL

TREASURES OF

Ireland

FROM THE USA

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DUBLIN TO shannon YOUR TRAVEL VALUE INCLUDES >> Airport transfers in Dublin on Days 2 and Limerick to Shannon on Day 7 (conditions apply, see page 38)

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>> Free WiFi available on the coach and in all hotels (conditions apply, see page 103)

Jul 5, 12, 26 – $1,199

>> Services of a professional Irish Travel Director >> Luxury air-conditioned coach >> Must-see sightseeing, surprise extras, and scenic highlights INSIDER EXPERIENCES  Local Specialty and Local Expert, see page 13 headsets M for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide’s commentary

A unique experience provided by yourTravel Director

hidden treasure

V ACATION leisurely

Saturdays: Apr 26 – $1,150 May 3, 10 – $1,199

>> 5 full breakfasts (B); and 3 dinners, including a Welcome Dinner with Irish beer or wine (WD) and 2 three-course dinners (D)

land only

DEPARTURES FROM THE USA REF: BRSD & PRICES per person*

>> Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar, all with private facilities; hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling

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May 17, 24, 31 – $1,235 Jun 7, 14, 21 – $1,235 Jun 28 – $1,199 Aug 2, 16 – $1,199 Aug 30 – $1,260 Sep 6, 13, 20 – $1,260 Sep 27 – $1,199 Oct 4, 11 – $1,150

* Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room.

International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. Brendan Vacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.

Single Room Supplement: $275 Triple Room Reduction: $10 OTher GREAT ways to save! Book and pay early and save up to $126* Book and pay in full by Jan 15 & save 10%; pay in full by Mar 31 & save 7.5% Frequent Traveler Discount: save up to $63* Young Traveler Discount: $120

your personally selected hotels SF Superior First Class

F First Class

Dublin | Clyde Court F Cork | Rochestown Park F Killarney | Killarney Towers SF Limerick | The George – boutique hotel SF

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* Above discounts are per person.

Visit BrendanVacations.com for all Definite Departures ✔ and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

See page 100.

P ACE LET’S GO


DAY

1 Depart from the U S A

4 cork / cobh / blarney / killarney

Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

2 Arrive in Dublin, Ireland

Welcome to Dublin. At 2 p.m., discover the city’s charms with a guided tour. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a Gothic church dating to 1220. See the stately Georgian Squares with their doorways painted in hues of red, blue, black, and even purple. Walk the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College to its library and world treasure, the Book of Kells. Later, gather for a Welcome Dinner with wine. WD

3 Dublin / waterford / cork

Reluctant as you may be to leave dashing Dublin, you’ll be enticed by the 6th-century monastic ruins at Glendalough. See the 100-foot-tall Round Tower, amazingly well preserved for its age of nearly 1,000 years, the Cathedral and St. Kevin’s Cross, an enormous cross carved from a single piece of granite. Appreciate more delicate works of art during your  Local Specialty experience at the House of Waterford Crystal in Waterford. Then head to Cork, the “Rebel City.” Celebrate Brendan’s 45th Anniversary with a  Local Expert historian who will share seafaring tales and stories of Cork’s history, recalling the sinking of the Lusitania and Cobh, the last port of call for the RMS Titanic. B D

GLENDALOUGH

Looking for something a little different? Go to BrendanVacations.com and refer to the 8-day Irish Highlights (ref: IRIH) Guided Vacation

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START CITY

1

OVERNIGHT STAY

1

END CITY

Visit the Heritage Centre in Cobh to learn about the Great Famine and the ill-fated ships Titanic and Lusitania. Afterward, plant a kiss at the famed stone at Blarney Castle. Surely you’ll wax poetic about the fascinating sights you saw today as you continue to Killarney. B

5 ring of kerry excursion

You’ve heard about it, dreamed about it, and now it’s real: the Ring of Kerry. Travel the celebrated route and stop at beautiful Torc Waterfall for a leisurely guided hike. If you would rather forgo this forest amble, reboard the motorcoach and return to Killarney. B D NOTE: The hike travels over wooded paths. While there are no mountains to climb, walkers need to be fit and have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and raingear. Approx. 3 miles/2 hours

6 KILLAR NEY / FOY NES / CLI FFS O F M OHER / LIM ER IC K

Discover the Flying Boat Museum in Foynes, and savor a taste of Irish coffee, a  Local Specialty that was first created here in 1942. Later, at the Cliffs of Moher, marvel at the rocky bluffs rising up to 700 feet above the sea. End the day in Limerick. B

7 Limerick / depart s h annon

Janey mac! Is your Irish experience over already? Indeed it is, as you are transferred to Shannon Airport. A transfer to Dublin and the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport is also available. B

+ Add an extra night in Dublin + to your vacation + Arrive in Dublin a day or two prior to the start

Northern Ireland

of your Guided Vacation and begin exploring this exciting city on your own. Private airport transfers and the services of a Brendan local host are included. See page 25 for details.

Your Personally Selected Hotel Dublin | Clyde Court SF

Ireland

Price Per Person Twin $199; Single $262; Triple $197

DUBLIN 1

in a castle!

Optional night at Dromoland Castle

CLIFFS OF MOHER

Optional coach return to Dublin

1 1

FOYNES

GLENDALOUGH

LIMERICK

SHANNON

WATERFORD

KILLARNEY Ring of Kerry

2

BLARNEY

CORK

1

+ Spend the + last night of + your vacation

COBH

What better way to end your vacation than staying in one of Ireland’s finest castle hotels? Dromoland Castle offers deluxe accommodations, breathtaking scenery and exceptional service. Your stay includes dinner in the Earl of Thomond Restaurant (dress shirt required for men) and a full Irish breakfast. You will be picked up on Day 7 and transferred to Shannon Airport, where your vacation ends. Price Per Person Twin: $440 (Apr 1-May 31 and Oct); $535 (Jun 1-Sep 30) Single: $640 (Apr 1-May 31 and Oct); $830 (Jun 1-Sep 30) Triple: $530 (Apr 1-May 31 and Oct); $615 (Jun 1-Sep 30) 17


benbulben mountain, county sligo

COSTSAVER

irish

Wonder

FROM THE USA

from

DUBLIN TO dublin

$

1350

land only

YOUR costsaver TRAVEL VALUE INCLUDES

DEPARTURES FROM THE USA REF: IRWO & PRICES per person*

>> Airport transfers in Dublin on Days 2 and 9 (conditions apply, see page 38)

Saturdays: Apr 12, 19 – $1,350

>> Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar, all with private facilities; hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling

Apr 26 – $1,375

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>> Free WiFi available on the coach and in some hotels (conditions apply, see page 103) >> 7 full breakfasts (B); and 3 three-course dinners (D) >> Services of a professional Travel Director >> Luxury air-conditioned coach >> Local Guide in Dublin >> Must-see sightseeing and scenic highlights Headsets M for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide’s commentary

V ACATION leisurely

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – $1,425 Jun 7, 14, 21, 28 – $1,425 Jul 5, 12, 19, 26 – $1,375 Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – $1,375 Sep 6, 13, 20 – $1,425 Sep 27 – $1,365

* Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room.

International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. Brendan Vacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.

belleek pottery

Single Room Supplement: $300 Triple Room Reduction: $10 OTher GREAT ways to save! Book and pay early and save up to $143* Book and pay in full by Jan 15 & save 10%; pay in full by Mar 31 & save 7.5%

your personally selected hotels F First Class

MF Moderate First Class

Dublin | Jurys Inn Parnell St MF Sligo | Sligo Park F Limerick | Jurys Inn F Tralee | Manor West F Dublin | Jurys Inn Parnell St MF

Frequent Traveler Discount: up to $71* 2nd Vacation Discount: save up to $36* Young Traveler Discount: $130

* Above discounts are per person.

Visit BrendanVacations.com for all Definite Departures ✔ and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

dublin castle

Operated in conjunction with our sister company

See page 11 for a description of our low cost vacations.

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PACE LET’S GO


cliffs of moher

DAY

1 Depart from the US A

Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

2 Ar r ive in Dub lin, I reland

Welcome to Dublin! This afternoon, your Local Guide will take you on a panoramic sightseeing tour. See Dublin Castle, Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Phoenix Park. A great introduction to your Irish journey!

3 DU BLIN / BOY LE / KN OC K / SLI GO

View the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey at Boyle, dating back to the 12th century. On to visit the pilgrimage town of Knock in County Mayo, where the Virgin Mary appeared to villagers in 1879. End the day in Sligo. B D

4 COU NT Y DONEG AL & BELLEEK EXCU RSION

Travel through beautiful County Donegal. See the harbor town of Mullaghmore, then head to the city of Donegal to see the 15th century castle. Next, visit traditional weavers in Ardara. On across the border into Nothern Ireland for a visit to the Belleek Pottery Factory. Stop at Drumcliffe to view the grave of renowned Irish author W.B. Yeats before returning to your hotel in Sligo. B

5 SLIG O / WEST PORT / GA LWAY / LIMERICK 1

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This morning, travel via Westport and the beautiful region of Connemara to Galway on the banks of the Corrib River. View the Cathedral, built on the site of the old prison, and stroll around Eyre Square. Continue to Limerick, the setting for the film Angela’s Ashes. Here, your orientation drive includes views of St. Mary’s Cathedral and King John’s Castle. Tonight, explore the vibrant city of Limerick on your own, or perhaps join your Travel Director and companions for an optional medieval banquet in an Irish castle. B

Nor the r n I r eland

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6 CLIFFS OF MOHER EXC URSION

BOYLE WESTPORT

Drive to the west coast and the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. The history of the cliffs is brought to life with a visit to the “Atlantic Edge” exhibition. Return to Limerick for free time to explore on your own. You might want to join your Travel Director for an optional excursion to Bunratty Folk Park. B D

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7 LIMERICK / DING LE PEN I N S UL A / T RALEE

Enjoy a scenic morning drive along the Dingle Peninsula. See the colorful, unspoiled villages and fishing harbors of Ireland’s most westerly point. Later, arrive in the town of Tralee, famed for its annual “Rose of Tralee” festival. B D

8 T RALEE / BLARNEY / D UBLI N

1

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TRALEE BLARNEY

On a visit to Blarney Castle, don’t miss the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the “gift of the gab!” Arrive later in the Irish capital, Dublin, where your evening is free. B

9 DEPART DU BLIN

You will be transferred to the airport (conditions apply), where your vacation ends. B

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BALLYNAHINCH CASTLE

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DUBLIN TO DUBLIN YOUR TRAVEL VALUE INCLUDES >> Airport transfers in Dublin on Days 2 and 9 (conditions apply, see page 38)

>> Free WiFi available on the coach and in all hotels (conditions apply, see page 103)

Aug 28 – $3,235

>> Services of a professional Irish Travel Director >> Luxury air-conditioned coach >> Must-see sightseeing, surprise extras, and scenic highlights

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Thursdays: May 1, 22 – $ 3,125

>> 7 full breakfasts (B); a Be My Guest lunch (BG); and 6 dinners, including a Welcome Dinner with Irish beer or wine (WD), 4 three-course dinners (D) and a Farewell Dinner with wine (FD)

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International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. Brendan Vacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.

inishbofin island

Single Room Supplement: $625 Triple rooms are not available

INSIDER EXPERIENCES  Local

Specialty, Be My Guest dining, and Local Expert, see page 13 M for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide’s commentary headsets

A unique experience provided by yourTravel Director

hidden treasure

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your personally selected hotels DLX Deluxe F First Class

17th century lough eske castle hotel

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Galway for a visit to the cathedral. Then continue through lovely Connemara to the extraordinary Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, an  Authentic Accommodation. B D

1 Depa rt fro m the USA

Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

2 Arrive in Dublin, Irel and

Alas, but haven’t you had a wee bit o’luck, because here you are in Dublin, ready for your afternoon guided walk. See Dublin Castle, ruins of medieval buildings, and the vibrant, modern city. Raise a mug of the “black stuff” and drink in Dublin views at the Gravity Bar, located at the popular Guinness Storehouse. Later, savor free time and a Welcome Dinner with Irish beer or wine. WD

6 INISBOFIN IS LA ND EXC U R S ION

Stop in the picturesque town of Clifden, then take a drive along spectacular Sky Road to Cleggan and board a ferry bound for Inishbofin Island. Inhabited since 4000 B.C., this island with just 200 residents boasts magnificent scenery, from velvety green hills to white sandy beaches. Should it be a “soft old day”—raining or otherwise inclement—an alternative tour will be planned. B D

3 Dub l in / Ki lla rney

7 connemara / sligo / donegal

Head across the rolling countryside. In County Kildare, visit the Irish National Stud for a unique view into the world of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry. Stop at the Old Midleton Distillery, home of Jameson Irish Whiskey, and taste the triple-distilled, twiceas-smooth whiskey, a  Local Specialty. Continue to charming Killarney. B D

Venture north to Sligo. Here, amid the hills and loughs that inspired the lyrical lines penned by poet William Butler Yeats, you will be treated to a 45th Anniversary Celebration for Brendan with a visit to a private home for a bit ‘o food, fun and poetry. Damien and Paula Brennan live at Broc House, a modern abode with rustic touches overlooking beautiful Lough Gill. Inside, you will find walls adorned with contemporary Irish paintings and a table set for a  Be My Guest feast prepared by Paula, a noted chef. Damien is a  Local Expert on Yeats. Scrumptious food, fine company and the delicious poetry of Yeats come together ‘round the table. Hearts warmed and souls nourished, say fare thee well to your hosts and head to Donegal and the splendid 15th-century Lough Eske Castle hotel, an  Authentic Accommodation. B BG D

4 R I NG O F K ERRY EXCURSION

One of the must-dos for travelers is the Ring of Kerry, and for good reason: It is about as beautiful a drive as you would ever want to see. At Torc Waterfall, you might wish to join a leisurely guided hike. B NOTE: The hike travels over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. While there are no mountains to climb, walkers need to be fit and have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and raingear. Approx. 3 miles/2 hours

5 ki l l a rney / connemara

8 donegal / dub lin

Go behind the scenes at Belleek Pottery, where you’ll witness skilled craftsmen create the intricate and timeless white porcelain china during a personally guided tour. Back in Dublin, relish a Farewell Dinner. B FD

9 depart dub lin

Transfer to the airport, where your Emerald Isle adventure concludes. B

AUTHENTIC ACCOMMODATIONS Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara With ties to such famous and infamous people as the Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley; “Humanity Dick” Martin, founder of the SPCA; and Maharajah Ranjitsinji, Prince of Cricketeers; Ballynahinch is a true  Authentic Accommodation featuring comfortable, modern rooms in a classically scenic setting. Lough Eske Castle, Donegal Gracious and elegant, Lough Eske Castle sits on a secluded lakeside estate. Its rich history dates back to the 1400s, when it was built by the O’Donnell Clan, the founding fathers of Donegal. Your stay at this  Authentic Accommodation will be in a spacious room with modern, 5-star amenities.

+ Add an extra night in Dublin + to your vacation +

See the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, rising 700 feet above the Atlantic. Next, head to

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SLIGO

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1 DEPART FROM T HE USA

Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

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You will be met and privately transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to begin exploring on your own. Perhaps take a Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing tour to get acquainted with the lively Irish capital or visit the Guinness Storehouse (see page 68 for other options). A Brendan local host is available to assist you as needed.

A leisurely morning to relax. At 2 p.m., meet your fellow travelers for a guided walk. See the city highlights including Dublin Castle. Then on to the Guinness Storehouse for a mug of the “black stuff” in the Gravity Bar, high above the city. Tonight, relish a Welcome Dinner with wine. B wD

4 to 10

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from

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available on the coach >> Free WiFi and in all hotels (conditions apply, see page 103) >> 7 breakfasts (B); 1 You’re Personally Invited morning coffee (PI); 5 dinners, including a Welcome Dinner with Irish beer or wine (wd), and 4 three-course dinners (D) >> Services of a professional Irish Travel Director >> Luxury air-conditioned coach >> Must-see sightseeing, surprise extras, and scenic highlights INSIDER EXPERIENCES  Be My Guest dining, Local Specialty, and Local Expert, see page 13 headsets M for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide’s commentary

A unique experience provided by yourTravel Director

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your personally selected hotels SF Superior First Class F First Class MF Moderate First Class

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DEPARTURES FROM THE USA REF: BRED & PRICES per person* Friday: Mar 14‡ § – $1,325 Saturdays: Apr 12 – $1,599 Apr 26 – $1,625 May 3, 10 – $1,650 May 17, 24, 31 – $1,699 Jun 7, 14 – $1,699 Jun 21, 28 – $1,650 Jul 5, 12, 19, 26 – $1,650 Aug 2, 9, 16, 23 – $1,650 Aug 30 – $1,699 Sep 6, 13, 20 – $1,725 Sep 27 – $1,599 Oct 4, 11, 18 – $1,599 Nov 8‡ – $1,465 2015‡ §: Mar 14 – $1,465 Thursdays: May 22 – $1,699 Jun 12 – $1,725 Sep 4, 11, 18 – $1,725

* Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room.

International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. Brendan Vacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.

§ Holiday departures – St. Patrick’s Day Mar 14, ‘14 & ‘15. ‡ Winter departures – REF: WRED. Sightseeing, hotels and discounts may vary. Ask your Brendan Specialist for details.

OTher GREAT ways to save! Book and pay early and save up to $173* Book and pay in full by Jan 15 & save 10%; pay in full by Mar 31 & save 7.5% Frequent Traveler Discount: save up to $86* 2nd Vacation Discount: save up to $43* Young Traveler Discount: $160

* Above discounts are per person.

Visit BrendanVacations.com for all Definite Departures ✔ and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

Single Room Supplement: $360 (Mar 14); $399 (Apr 12-Oct 18); $365 (Nov 8 & Mar 14, ‘15) Triple Room Reduction: $30 See page 100.


DAY

1 Depart from the U S A

Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

2 Arrive in Dublin, Ireland

Welcome to Dublin. During your guided tour, visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral and see the Georgian Squares with doorways painted in hues of red, blue, black and even purple. Walk to Trinity College to admire the 8th-century Book of Kells. Later, gather for a Welcome Dinner with Irish beer or wine. WD

3 Dublin / T he M idlands / B allina

If the old saying “getting there is half the fun” applies anywhere, it is here in the Midlands. As you cross from Dublin to Ballina, you’ll witness varied landscapes and stop at the magnificent Strokestown Park House, an 18th-century mansion with original furnishings. In the old stables is the Irish Famine Museum, one of the world’s best private archives dedicated to the potato famine of the 1840s. Continue to your hotel in Ballina. B D

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Travel to Westport and then on to Connemara. The day’s highlight: Your visit to Kylemore Abbey. Strikingly situated on Lake Kylemore, this 19th-century neo-Gothic wonder serves as a Benedictine monastery. This evening, relax at your seaside hotel. B D

Northern Ireland

5 C onnemara / G alway / C liffs of M oher / K illarney

Visit Galway Cathedral, an impressive stone church dating to 1965, and stop in for a  Be My Guest morning coffee at Rathbaun Farm. Warmed by the company of your hosts, head to the rugged Cliffs of Moher. Then take the ferry across the Shannon estuary and continue to Killarney. B PI D

6 R ing of Kerry Excursion

Travel the gorgeously scenic Ring of Kerry and stop at Torc Waterfall for a chance to join a leisurely guided hike, taking you along the lakeshore and past the farmlands of the 19th-century Muckross Estate. If you prefer to forgo this pleasant amble, allow your motorcoach to return you to Killarney. B

NOTE: The hike travels over wooded paths. While there are no mountains to climb, walkers need to be fit and have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and raingear. Approx. 3 miles/2 hours

7 KILLAR NEY / B LAR NEY / WAT ER FOR D / KILKE N N Y

Pucker up for your visit to Blarney Castle, where you’ll have a chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. They say the stone gives you “the gift of the gab,” and surely you’ll be talking for years to come about your  Local Specialty experience at the House of Waterford Crystal, home to the largest collection of Waterford Crystal found anywhere in the world. Next up is Kilkenny, a delightful town boasting narrow lanes lined with quaint shops, well-preserved medieval buildings and pubs offering a pint and generous shots of good cheer. Call in at Kytelers Inn, one of Ireland’s oldest, dating back to 1263. Watch the pub’s own  Local Expert, Damien Walsh, play the Irish Bodhrán (a one-sided drum), then join the band! B D

8 kilkenny / Dublin

BALLINA

Visit Kilkenny Castle, an Anglo-Norman mansion that sits majestically over the River Nore. In the castle basement you’ll find the Butler Gallery, one of Ireland’s most important art galleries outside of Dublin. Speaking of Dublin, return to Ireland’s capital, spending the balance of the day as you please. B

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9 DEPART DU B LIN

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DUBLIN

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Ireland

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KILKENNY KILKENNY

KILLARNEY Ring of Kerry

WATERFORD 2

Slán abhaile or “safe homeward” as you transfer to the airport where your vacation ends. B

BLARNEY

+ Add an extra night in Dublin + to your vacation +

Arrive in Dublin a day prior to the start of your Guided Vacation and begin exploring this exciting city on your own. Private airport transfers and the services of a Brendan local host are included. See page 25 for details.

Your Personally Selected Hotel

MUCKROSS

Dublin | Ballsbridge Hotel – executive room sf or Clyde Court sf

Price Per Person Twin $199; Single $262; Triple $197

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REGIONAL

THE BEST OF

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& ASHFORD CASTLE from

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Guest dining and Expert Historian, see page 13

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DEPARTURES FROM THE USa REF: BRAC & PRICES per person* Saturdays: Apr 19, 26 – $2,185 May 3 – $2,250 May 10, 17, 24 – $2,299 May 31 – $2,399 Jun 7, 14, 21, 28 – $2,399 Jul 5, 12, 19, 26 – $2,325 Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – $2,325 Sep 6, 13, 20 – $2,399 Sep 27 – $2,275 Oct 4 – $2,175 Wednesdays: May 21 – $2,325 Jun 11 – $2,399 Jul 9, 30 – $2,325 Sep 3, 17 – $2,399

* Per person prices are land only and based on two people

sharing a room. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. Brendan Vacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.

Single Room Supplement: $620 (Apr 19May 24; Sep 27-Oct 4); $700 (all other departures) Triple Room Reduction: $5 OTher GREAT ways to save!

your personally selected hotels DLX Deluxe F First Class

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Book and pay early and save up to $240* Book and pay in full by Jan 15 & save 10%; pay in full by Mar 31 & save 7.5% Frequent Traveler Discount: save up to $120* 2nd Vacation Discount: save up to $60* Young Traveler Discount: $230

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5 Kil l ar ney / Cliffs of Moher / Conn em ar a

1 De pa rt fro m th e USA

Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

Stop for a walk along the Cliffs of Moher, the iconic bluffs that rise 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic. Drop in for a  Be My Guest afternoon tea at Rathbaun Farm. Next tour Galway, including impressive Galway Cathedral, then on to Connemara. B BG D

2 A r r iv e i n D u bli n, Ire l and

Welcome to the Emerald Isle. Enjoy a Dublin city tour with a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a chance to admire the colorful doorways of stately Georgian Squares, and a stroll along the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College to see the ornate Book of Kells. Tonight, raise a glass during a Welcome Dinner. WD

6 Conn em ar a exc ur sion

Discover why some consider this rugged realm of mountains, lakes and bogs to be the real emerald of Ireland. Visit Kylemore Abbey, beautifully located on a lake, and explore the Connemara Marble Factory, makers of Connemara marble for generations. B D

3 Du b l i n / B la r n ey / Kil l arne y

Visit the Rock of Cashel, a storied pre-Christian fortress perched atop a hill. Continue to Blarney Castle to kiss the fabled Blarney Stone and come away with “the gift of the gab.” Head west to Killarney, where during free time you may exercise your newfound eloquence by chatting it up with the locals at the town’s shops and pubs. B D

7 Conn em ar a / Ashfor d Cast le (CONG)

4 Ring of Kerry Excursion

What scenic route runs circles around the ordinary country drive? The Ring of Kerry, of course. Venture along this first-rate secondary road to see beaches, lakes, mountains and medieval ruins. At Torc Waterfall you can join a leisurely guided hike. If this countryside amble is not your cup o’ tea, return to Killarney, where the rest of the day is free. B

Celebrate Brendan’s 45th Anniversary aboard The Isle of Inisfree on an exclusive cruise of Loch Corrib. Captain Patrick, Ashford Castle’s  Expert Historian, will share his local knowledge as you glide through the waters. As you disembark, a lone piper will escort you over the drawbridge to Ashford Castle, an  Authentic Accommodation. Tonight, have a seat in the castle’s sumptuous dining room for a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience. Gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket to help ensure a memorable evening. B L D

NOTE: The hike travels over wooded paths. While there are no mountains to climb, walkers need to be fit and have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and raingear. Approx. 3 miles/2 hours

8 Cong / Dub lin

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a stroll on the estate before returning to Dublin. B

9 Depart Dub lin

Take your included transfer to the airport where your vacation ends. B

AUTHENTIC ACCOMMODATION Ashford Castle, Cong Set alongside the glistening waters of Lough Corrib, Ashford dates back to 1228. It became the home of the Guinness family in the mid1800s, and was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1939. Guests of this  Authentic Accommodation have included Princes and Presidents, and now it’s your turn!

+ Add an extra night in Dublin + to your vacation +

Arrive in Dublin a day prior to the start of your Guided Vacation and begin exploring this exciting city on your own. Private airport transfers and the services of a Brendan local host are included.

DAY

1 DEPART FROM THE USA

Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

1

START CITY

1

OVERNIGHT STAY

1

2 ARRIVE IN DU BLIN, IRELAND

You will be met and privately transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Perhaps take a Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing tour to get acquainted with the lively Irish capital or visit the Guinness Storehouse (see page 68 for other options). A Brendan local host is available to assist you as needed.

Northern Ireland

END CITY

3 DUBLIn free time & sightseeing

ASHFORD CASTLE (CONG)

KYLEMORE ABBEY

DUBLIN

1

CONNEMARA

1

2

GALWAY

1

4 to 10

Same as Days 3-9 of “The Best of Ireland & Ashford Castle.”

RATHBAUN FARM

Your Personally Selected Hotel

CLIFFS OF MOHER

Ireland

KILLARNEY Ring of Kerry

A morning to relax. At 2 p.m., meet your fellow travelers for a city tour. Visit venerable St. Patrick’s Cathedral, view quaint Georgian Squares, then on to Trinity College to see the ornate 8th-century Book of Kells. Later, relish a Welcome Dinner with wine. B WD

2

BLARNEY

Dublin | Clyde Court SF

CASHEL

Price Per Person Twin $199; Single $262; Triple $197

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ring of kerry

at leisure

Scenic Ireland FROM THE USA

from

YOUR TRAVEL VALUE INCLUDES

Fridays: Apr 18 – $1,965

>> Free WiFi available on the coach and in all hotels (conditions apply, see page 103)

Jul 11, 25 – $2,065

>> 7 full breakfasts (B); and 4 dinners, including a Welcome Reception with a pub meal (WR), a three-course dinner (D), a Be My Guest dinner and (BG), and a Farewell Dinner (FD) >> Services of a professional Travel Director >> Luxury air-conditioned coach >> Must-see sightseeing, surprise extras, and scenic highlights INSIDER EXPERIENCES  Local Expert and Be My Guest dining, see page 13 headsets M for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide’s commentary

A unique experience provided by yourTravel Director

hidden treasure

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* Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room.

International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. Brendan Vacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.

blarney castle

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your personally selected hotels SF Superior First Class

* Above discounts are per person.

georgian dublin

F First Class

Dublin | Trinity Capital F Killarney | Killarney Plaza SF Dublin | Trinity Capital F

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Nor the r n I r eland

1

START CITY

1

OVERNIGHT STAY

1

END CITY

5 DING LE P ENINS U LA E XCURSI O N

Today, experience a breathtaking excursion ‘round the Dingle Peninsula. Ireland’s most westerly point, the peninsula features ring forts and ancient ruins as well as verdant hills, magnificent mountains, and sandy beaches. B

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travel around the stunning dingle peninsula

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Ring of Kerry

Travel Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive, the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographers delight. See Killorglin set on Dingle Bay, the location of the film Ryan’s Daughter, pass through Cahirciveen and Waterville, take in the dramatic landscape of Molls Gap, and see the Lakes of Killarney. Tonight enjoy a  Be My Guest farmhouse experience which also includes a cooking demonstration. B BG

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BLARNEY 3 DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE

DAY

1 Depart from t h e USA

Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

2 DU B L I N S I G H TSEEI N G

6 R ING OF KER RY EXC U RSI O N

Welcome to Dublin! There’s time to relax or start exploring this vibrant, friendly city. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers this afternoon, and set off to see Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park, and the stately Georgian Squares with your  Local Expert. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director over a traditional Irish meal with drinks at a Welcome Reception in a lively pub. WR

This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the National Botanical Gardens in Dublin. Founded in 1795 and dedicated to conservation, education, and science, the gardens are now home to over 15,000 species of plants. Spend the rest of the day as you please. Why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street? This evening, perhaps attend an Irish cabaret. B

4 DUBL IN / ROC K OF CAS HEL / BL ARNEY / KILLAR NEY

Leave the capital city and drive through scenic countryside to visit the spectacular Rock of Cashel, with one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. On to visit Blarney Castle, to kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the “gift of the gab!” End the day in Killarney. B D

A full day to do as you please. Killarney National Park offers an exciting range of outdoor activities including walking, cycling, horseback riding, or golf on championship courses overlooking the Killarney Lakes. Alternatively, enjoy the peace and tranquillity of your surroundings – find a quiet spot, put your feet up, and admire the views. B

8 KILLAR NEY / KILDARE / D UBLI N

Follow scenic roads through the beautiful Irish countryside as you wind your way back to Dublin. View the thatched cottages in Adare, voted the prettiest village in Ireland, and visit St. Brigid’s Church in Kildare. St. Brigid is one of Ireland’s patron saints along with St. Patrick and St. Columba. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner, and raise a toast to your newfound friends and your scenic Ireland adventure! B FD

9 Depart Dublin

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$

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>> 9 full breakfasts (B); a Be My Guest lunch (BG); and 5 dinners, including a Welcome Reception with a light meal and drinks (WR), 3 three-course dinners (D), and a Farewell Dinner (FD)

Fridays: Apr 18 – $2,275 Apr 25 – $2,299 May 2 – $2,325 May 9, 16, 23, 30 – $2,399 Jun 6, 13, 20, 27 – $2,399 Jul 4, 11, 18 – $2,350 Jul 25 – $2,375 Aug 1, 8 – $2,375 Aug 15, 22, 29 – $2,350 Sep 5, 12, 19, 26 – $2,399 Oct 3, 10, 17 – $2,299

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>> Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar, all with private facilities; hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling

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>> Free WiFi available on the coach and in all hotels (conditions apply, see page 103)

>> Luxury air-conditioned coach >> Must-see sightseeing, surprise extras, and scenic highlights INSIDER EXPERIENCES  Unique Insight, Local Specialty, and Be My Guest dining, see page 13

sharing a room.

International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. Brendan Vacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.

Single Room Supplement: $430 (Apr 18-25 & Oct 3-17); $450 (all other departures)

headsets M for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide’s commentary

Triple Room Reduction: $20

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your personally selected hotels SF Superior First Class F First Class MF Moderate First Class

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* Above discounts are per person. Visit BrendanVacations.com for all Definite Departures ✔ and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. Operated in conjunction with our sister company

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4 WATERFORD / YOUGHAL / BLARNEY / KILLARNEY

Visit the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh. At Blarney, get the “gift of the gab” as you kiss the famous stone. Arrive later in Killarney. B

5 R ING OF KER RY EXC URSI O N

Experience Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive, the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. Here mountains, valleys, lakes, and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland, and is truly a photographer’s delight. You’ll also see Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley, and Moll’s Gap. B D

6 KILLAR NEY / DING LE PEN I N SULA / ADAR E / LIM ER IC K

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1 Depart from t h e USA

Head through scenic County Wicklow, known as the “Garden of Ireland,” to New Ross, the ancestral hometown of John F. Kennedy. Visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship to gain a  Unique Insight into the plight of Irish emigrants. Later, arrive in Waterford and see how the famous crystal, a  Local Specialty, is crafted during a guided tour of the visitor center. B D

Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

2 Arrive in D ublin, Ireland

Welcome to Dublin! Relax and enjoy the city sights. Later, meet your fellow travelers and Travel Director as you board a canal barge for a Welcome Reception with a light meal and drinks, enjoyed on a cruise along Dublin’s 200-year-old canals. WR

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Explore Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, dedicated to life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries. On to the dramatic and rugged coast for a unique  Be My Guest lunch experience which includes foraging for local wild plants. Then sit down for a hearty meal and take in the spectacular views. Next, stop at the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, and see the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the “Atlantic Edge” exhibition. Later arrive in Galway. B BG D

DONEGAL

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See the untouched landscape of Connemara, with its golden beaches and Twelve Bens mountain range. This unspoiled region of Western Ireland was captured in the film The Quiet Man, featuring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. During your scenic drive, stop at Kylemore Abbey for a visit to the country’s most romantic castle and walk through the Victorian Walled Garden. Returning to Galway, you have free time to view the cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square. B

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Heading north, stop in the town of Knock to view the Marian Shrine. On to see the grave of Irish poet W.B. Yeats in a churchyard in Drumcliff. Then explore the region of County Donegal where old traditions still play a part in everyday life. In the town of Donegal, see the castle which was once the stronghold of the O’Donnell clan. B

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Explore the Dingle Peninsula with its small fishing towns and rugged landscape. Visit Adare, known as one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. In Limerick, your orientation tour includes views of St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle, and the Treaty Stone. B

WATERFORD

This morning, enjoy a scenic drive along the banks of Loch Erne in Northern Ireland. On arrival in Dublin, you will have plenty of time to explore this lively city. Walk down Grafton Street and see the street performers and musicians or stroll along the banks of the River Liffey and cross the Ha’penny Bridge. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner. B FD

11 Depart Dublin

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>> Free WiFi available on the coach and in all hotels (conditions apply, see page 103) >> 10 full breakfasts (B); a Be My Guest afternoon tea (BG); and 6 dinners, including a Welcome Dinner with Irish beer or wine (WD) and 5 three-course dinners (D) >> Services of a professional Irish Travel Director >> Luxury air-conditioned coach >> Must-see sightseeing, surprise extras, and scenic highlights INSIDER EXPERIENCES  Local Specialty, Local Expert, and Be My Guest dining, see page 13

M for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide’s commentary headsets

hidden treasure A unique experience provided by yourTravel Director

your personally selected hotels SF Superior First Class

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Dublin | Ballsbridge Hotel – executive room F Cork | Rochestown Park F Killarney | Killarney Plaza SF Connemara | Connemara Coast Hotel SF Londonderry | Ramada Da Vinci’s F Belfast | Europa F Dublin | Ballsbridge Hotel – executive room F

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DEPARTURES FROM THE USA REF: BRGT & PRICES per person* Saturdays: Apr 26 – $2,199 May 3, 10 – $2,250 May 17, 24, 31 – $2,325 Jun 7, 14, 21 – $2,325 Jun 28 – $2,250 Jul 5, 12, 19, 26 – $2,250 Aug 2, 9, 16 – $2,250 Aug 30 – $2,350 Sep 6, 13, 20 – $2,350 Sep 27 – $2,199 Oct 4 – $2,175 Wednesdays: Sep 10, 17 – $2,350

* Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room.

International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. Brendan Vacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.

Single Room Supplement: $635 Triple Room Reduction: $50 OTher GREAT ways to save! Book and pay early and save up to $235* Book and pay in full by Jan 15 & save 10%; pay in full by Mar 31 & save 7.5% Frequent Traveler Discount: save up to $118* 2nd Vacation Discount: save up to $59* Young Traveler Discount: $220

* Above discounts are per person.

Visit BrendanVacations.com for all Definite Departures ✔ and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

See page 100.

Looking for something a little different? Go to BrendanVacations.com and refer to the 12-day Irish Experience (ref: IREX) Guided Vacation

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titanic belfast, the birthplace of RMS titanic

3 Dublin / Waterford / C ork

Visit the 6th-century monastic ruins at Glendalough, where you’ll see the Round Tower and St. Kevin’s Cross, an enormous cross carved from a single piece of granite. Appreciate more delicate works of art at the House of Waterford Crystal, a  Local Specialty in Waterford. Then allow an  Expert Storyteller to regale you with tales of rogues and rascals during a city stroll. Next, head to Cork. B D

4 CORK / BLARNEY / KILLARNEY

Stop at the Old Midleton Distillery, home to Jameson Irish whiskey, a  Local Specialty. Enjoy a tour and tasting and then prepare to pucker up for your visit to Blarney Castle, with its magical stone. On to lively Killarney. B D

8 Connemara / LONDONDerry

Visit Clonalis House, then stop by W.B. Yeats’ grave in Drumcliff. Continue to the walled city of Londonderry to enjoy the evening at leisure. B

9 G iant’s causeway Excursion

Experience the Giant’s Causeway, a coastal landscape created by thousands of interlocking basalt columns. Later, join a  Local Expert for a walking tour of Londonderry’s city walls. B D

10 LONDONDER RY / B EL FAST

Travel to Belfast, where you’ll take a living history tour of the Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre with a  Local Expert. Then check in to your  Authentic Accommodation, the Europa Hotel. B D

11 B ELFAS T / KNOWT H / D UBLI N

Visit Knowth, the Neolithic passage graves at the Brú na Bóinne complex. Then on to Dublin, where your evening is free. B

5 Ring of Kerry Excursion

Venture along the famed Ring of Kerry, one of the most scenic routes in all the world. B

6 Killarney / C liffs of M oher / Connemara

1 Depart from t h e USA

Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

2 Arrive in D ublin, Ireland

Welcome to Dublin, a small capital with a big personality. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, see Georgian Squares with doorways painted in hues of red, blue, black and even purple, and walk to Trinity College to see the 8th-century Book of Kells. Later, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with wine. WD

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AUTHENTIC ACCOMMODATION Europa Hotel, Belfast The Europa Hotel was built in 1971, on the site of the Great Northern Railway Station. During the Troubles, it became the hang-out for journalists from across the globe. Since then, this  Authentic Accommodation has played host to Presidents, Prime Ministers, and other celebrities.

7 Connemara free day

You’re on the pig’s back (meaning “you’ve got it made”), because it’s a full day free. Perhaps take an optional excursion to Kylemore Abbey. B

GIANT’S CAUSEWAY START CITY

Take your included transfer to the airport where you’ll bid farewell to Ireland. B

Stop at the quaint village of Adare to see the thatched-roof cottages, then to the Cliffs of Moher. Then celebrate Brendan’s 45th Anniversary with a  Be My Guest afternoon tea at Rathbaun Farm. Hear about the traditions of Irish farming from the farmer, Fintan, a  Local Expert. Afterward, depart for your seaside hotel in Connemara. B PI D

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+ Add an extra night in Dublin + to your vacation +

Arrive in Dublin a day prior to the start of your Guided Vacation and begin exploring this exciting city on your own. Private airport transfers and the services of a Brendan local host are included.

DAY

1 DEPART FROM T HE U S A

Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

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You will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Perhaps take a Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing tour to get acquainted with the lively Irish capital or visit the Guinness Storehouse (see page 68 for other options). A Brendan local host is available to assist you as needed.

3 DU B LIn free time & sig h tseeing

A morning to relax. At 2 p.m., meet your fellow travelers for a city tour. Visit venerable St. Patrick’s Cathedral, view quaint Georgian Squares, then on to Trinity College to see the ornate 8th-century Book of Kells. Later, relish a Welcome Dinner with wine. B WD

4 to 10

Same as Days 3-12 of “All of Ireland.”

Your Personally Selected Hotel Dublin | Clyde Court SF or Ballsbridge Hotel SF

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dublin to edinburgh YOUR TRAVEL VALUE INCLUDES >> Airport transfers in Dublin on Day 2 and Edinburgh on Day 16 (conditions apply, see page 38) >> Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar, all with private facilities; hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling available on the coach >> Free WiFi and in all hotels (conditions apply, see page 103) >> 14 full breakfasts (B); and 7 dinners, including a Welcome Reception with a light meal and drinks (WR), a Be My Guest dinner (BG), 4 three-course dinners (D), and a Farewell Dinner (FD) >> Services of a professional Travel Director >> Luxury air-conditioned coach >> Must-see sightseeing, surprise extras, and scenic highlights INSIDER EXPERIENCES  Local Expert, Unique Insight, Local Specialty, and Be My Guest dining, see page 13 headsets M for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide’s commentary hidden treasure A unique experience provided by yourTravel Director

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* Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room.

International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. Brendan Vacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. ¶ Tickets for the Edinburgh Tattoo are included on these dates. #These departures may be accommodated in hotels different from those listed. All sightseeing and Insider Experiences will remain as described.

military tattoo, edinburgh

OTher GREAT ways to save! Book and pay early and save up to $380* Book and pay in full by Jan 15 & save 10%; pay in full by Mar 31 & save 7.5% Frequent Traveler Discount: save up to $190* 2nd Vacation Discount: save up to $95* Young Traveler Discount: $360

* Above discounts are per person.

Single Room Supplement: $650 (Apr 18-25 & Oct 17); $670 (all other departures) Triple Room Reduction: $50

Visit BrendanVacations.com for all Definite Departures ✔ and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. Operated in conjunction with our sister company

See page 100.


DAY

1 DE PA RT FRO M TH E USA

This morning visit the Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre for a  Unique Insight into the history of one of the world’s most famous ships. Then board a ferry at Larne and cross to Cairnryan in Scotland. Drive through the spectacular Ayrshire countryside to Glasgow. B

2 AR R IV E I N D U BLI N, IRE L AND

Welcome to Ireland! Your time is free until you board a canal barge for an evening Welcome Reception. Enjoy a light meal and drinks as you cruise along Dublin’s 200-yearold canals. WR

3 DU B L I N S I G H TSEEI N G & F RE E TIME

4 DUBLIN / KILDARE / WATERFORD

Visit the Irish National Stud Farm for a  Unique Insight into the world of horse breeding. After a guided walk through the farm, stroll through the Horse Museum or the tranquil Japanese Gardens. This afternoon, visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your  Local Specialty demonstration and tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showrooms. B

5 WAT ERFO R D / B LA R NE Y / KI L L A RN EY

16 Depart Edinburgh

12 GLASGOW / GLENCOE / ISLE OF SKYE

You will be transferred to the airport (conditions apply), where your vacation ends. B

Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond to Glencoe, or the “Glen of Weeping,” the site of the 1692 massacre. Pass Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. At Glenfinnan see the monument to the final Jacobite Rising, as well as the famous viaduct which has been featured in the Harry Potter films. Then cross by ferry to the Isle of Skye. B d

AUTHENTIC ACCOMMODATION Breaffy House, Castlebar For a real taste of Ireland, stay at the Breaffy House in County Mayo. Dating back to 1890, the turret, 90-acre grounds, and country-house feel of this  Authentic Accommodation are mixed with modern comforts.

13 ISL E O F S KY E / LOC H NES S / SCOT T IS H HIG HLANDS

Enjoy a scenic drive back to the mainland via Glen Shiel and on along the banks of Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for the elusive monster! Visit Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated by the redcoats. End the day in the magical Scottish Highlands. B D

6 R I NG O F K ERRY EXCURSION

Experience Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive around the Ring of Kerry. Here mountains, valleys, lakes, and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. It is one of the most magical places in Ireland. See Cahirciveen, Waterville, the Black Valley, and Moll’s Gap as you travel. B

14 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS / PITLOCHRY / ST. ANDREWS / EDINBURGH

Heading south, stop in the village of Pitlochry. Then on to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Take a photograph on the 18th hole of the Old Course, where the game was first played

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Drive through Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest villages. See King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral, and the Treaty Stone as you pass through Limerick. In Galway, view the Cathedral and stroll around Eyre Square during some free time. Dine tonight at your hotel, the Breaffy House, an  Authentic Accommodation. B d

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This morning, a  Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour including a visit to Edinburgh Castle. See the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the new Scottish Parliament building, and the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. Join your fellow travelers this evening for a Farewell Dinner. During the Edinburgh Festival in August, your visit includes tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo. B FD

Your morning orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of George Square and the River Clyde. Visit St. Mungo’s Cathedral before free time. This afternoon, visit the Glengoyne whisky distillery, a  Local Specialty, to sample a“wee dram.” B

At Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the “gift of the gab.” Then cross the Kerry Mountains to Killarney. Join your companions for a  Be My Guest dinner on a traditional Irish farm tonight. B BG

Head north through Sligo to Donegal, where you can view the castle which was once the stronghold of the O’Donnell clan. In Londonderry, walk along the 17th-century walls with your  Local Expert and see the streets and murals of the Bogside. B

15 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME

11 GLASGOW ORIENTATION & FREE TIME

See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park, and the stately Georgian Squares with a  Local Expert. Spend the rest of the day as you please. This evening, perhaps attend an Irish cabaret. B

8 CAS T LEBA R / D O N EGAL / L OND O N D ERRY

600 years ago! Cross the Firth of Forth to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. Tonight, why not enjoy an optional night out including traditional song, dance, and Scottish fare? B

10 BE L FAS T / G LAS G OW

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Visit the iconic Giant’s Causeway, 2 a UNESCO World Heritage DUBLIN KILDARE site and an Area of LIMERICK Outstanding Natural Beauty. Later arrive in Belfast where a city 2 tour with a  Local KILLARNEY Expert takes in 1 Ring of Queens University WATERFORD Kerry BLARNEY and City Hall. B D

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Edinburgh TO glasgow YOUR TRAVEL VALUE INCLUDES >> Airport transfers in Edinburgh on Day 2 and Glasgow on Day 8 (conditions apply, see page 38) >> Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar, all with private facilities; hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling

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>> Free WiFi available on the coach and in most hotels (conditions apply, see page 103) >> 6 full breakfasts (B); and 4 dinners, including a Welcome Reception with a light meal and drinks (WR), 2 threecourse dinners (D), and a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner (BG) >> Services of a professional Travel Director >> Luxury air-conditioned coach >> Must-see sightseeing, surprise extras, and scenic highlights

 Local Expert, Local Specialty, and Be My Guest dining, see page 13

INSIDER EXPERIENCES

M for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide’s commentary headsets

hidden treasure A unique experience provided by yourTravel Director

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DEPARTURES FROM THE USA & PRICES per person* REF: BBOS Saturdays: Apr 26 – $1,825 May 3, 10, 17, 24 – $1,850 May 31 – $1,865 Jun 7, 14, 21, 28 – $1,865 Jul 5, 12, 19, 26 – $1,899 Aug 2¶#, 9¶#, 16¶# – $2,175 Aug 23, 30 – $1,999 Sep 6, 13, 20 – $1,899 Sep 27# – $1,865 Oct 4 – $1,865 Oct 11 – $1,850 Wednesdays: Aug 6¶#, 13¶#, 20¶# – $2,175

* Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room.

International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. Brendan Vacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. ¶ Tickets for the Edinburgh Tattoo are included on these dates. #These departures may be accommodated in hotels different from those listed. All sightseeing and Insider Experiences will remain as described.

Single Room Supplement: $300 (Aug 2-20); $250 (all other dates) Triple Room Reduction: $30 OTher GREAT ways to save!

your personally selected hotels

Book and pay early and save up to $218* Book and pay in full by Jan 15 & save 10%; pay in full by Mar 31 & save 7.5%

SF Superior First Class

Frequent Traveler Discount: save up to $109*

F First Class

Edinburgh | Novotel City Centre F Scottish Highlands | Laggan Gaskmore F or Macdonalds Four Seasons F Glasgow | Radisson Blu Glasgow SF

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2nd Vacation Discount: save up to $54*

Visit BrendanVacations.com for all Definite Departures ✔ and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

Young Traveler Discount: $190

Operated in conjunction with our sister company

* Above discounts are per person.


edinburgh’s old and new towns werE named a world heritage city in 1995

the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo. B 4 EDINBURGH / ST. ANDREWS / PITLOCHRY / SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews and view the ancient university and the home of golf. Continue north across the Tay at Dundee, to visit Pitlochry, a charming village on the banks of the River Tummel. Explore the village or, optionally, visit Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. B D

5 IS LE OF S KY E & S C EN I C HIG HLANDS EXC U R S I O N

Travel through Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, and along the banks of famous Loch Ness. View Eilean Donan Castle before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles, where you can trace your genealogy or explore the wonderful gardens. Later take the ferry to Mallaig and continue your journey through the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands back to your hotel. B D

6 S C OT T IS H HIG HLAN D S / G LENC OE / G LAS G OW

DAY

1 DE PA RT fro m t h e USA

Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

3 E DINBU R G H S IG HT S EEING & FRE E T IM E

This morning, a  Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of Edinburgh, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in

2 AR R I V E I N ED I N B URGH, SCOTL AND

There’s time to relax or to begin exploring. This evening, meet your traveling companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical Scottish pub meal and drinks. WR

ISLE OF SKYE

Loch Ness

1

START CITY

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MALLAIG

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Stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breathtaking views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through Glencoe, the “Glen of the Weeping,” site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalized in the well-known Scottish song, to the lively city of Glasgow. This afternoon visit St. Mungo’s Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint and founder of the city. Your orientation tour of Glasgow also includes magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the ship building industry. Your evening is free. B

7 S T IR LING CAS T LE EXCURSI O N

There’s some free time this morning to explore the vibrant city on your own. Later, visit Stirling Castle, a symbol of national pride and once a place of great power. See the Stirling Heads, and visit the halls, chapels, and bedrooms of this imposing castle. From the castle walls view the Wallace Monument, dedicated to Sir William Wallace and overlooking the battlefield of Stirling Bridge. Then travel into Trossachs National Park. Here, enjoy a  Local Specialty visit to the Glengoyne Whisky Distillery and sample a “wee dram.” Tonight, experience a festive  Be My Guest Farewell Dinner at a working farm on the banks of Loch Ard. B BG

8 DEPART G LAS G OW

You will be transferred to the airport, where your vacation ends. B

ST. ANDREWS 2

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the isle of skye is knowN for its ancient farmsteads and natural beauty

REGIONAL

scottish

Highlands, Islands & Cities from

FROM THE USA

edinburgh to glasgow YOUR TRAVEL VALUE INCLUDES >> Airport transfers in Edinburgh on Day 2 and Glasgow on Day 14 (conditions apply, see page 38) >> Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar, all with private facilities; hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling available on the coach >> Free WiFi and in most hotels (conditions apply, see page 103) >> 12 full breakfasts (B); a Be My Guest lunch (BG), and 7 dinners, including a Welcome Reception with a pub meal and drinks (WR), 5 three-course dinners (D), and a Farewell Dinner (FD) >> Services of a professional Travel Director >> Luxury air-conditioned coach >> Must-see sightseeing, surprise extras, and scenic highlights INSIDER EXPERIENCES  Local Expert, Local Specialty, and Be My Guest dining, see page 13 headsets M for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide’s commentary hidden treasure A unique experience provided by yourTravel Director

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your personally selected hotels SF Superior First Class MF Moderate First Class

F First Class

Edinburgh | Novotel City Centre F Aberdeen | Park Inn F Inverness | Thistle Hotel F Thurso | Royal Hotel F Isle of Skye | Kings Arms ST Ballachulish | Ballachulish Hotel MF, Isles of Glencoe MF or Caledonian Hotel Oban MF Glasgow | Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland F NOTE: Hotels in the Scottish Highlands and on the Isle of Skye are generally simpler properties typical of the region. In July and August, accommodation on the Isle of Skye may be substituted with accommodation on the mainland. Sightseeing will remain per the itinerary.

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$

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DEPARTURES FROM THE USA REF: BHLD & PRICES per person* Sundays: May 11 – $3,299 May 18, 25 – $3,325 Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – $3,350 Jul 6, 13, 20, 27 – $3,450 Aug 3¶#, 10¶#, 17¶# – $3,725 Aug 24 – $3,625 Aug 31 – $3,350 Sep 7, 14 – $3,325

* Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room.

International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. Brendan Vacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. ¶ Tickets for the Edinburgh Tattoo are included on these dates. #These departures may be accommodated in hotels different from those listed. All sightseeing and Insider Experiences will remain as described.

Single Room Supplement: $580 Triple Room Reduction: $10 OTher GREAT ways to save! Book and pay early and save up to $373* Book and pay in full by Jan 15 & save 10%; pay in full by Mar 31 & save 7.5% Frequent Traveler Discount: save up to $186* 2nd Vacation Discount: save up to $93* Young Traveler Discount: $340

* Above discounts are per person.

Visit BrendanVacations.com for all Definite Departures ✔ and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. Operated in conjunction with our sister company

the italian chapel, scapa flow

LET’S GO


Glenfinnan viaduct, featured in some of the Harry Potter films, and glimpse Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Then on to the picturesque village of Ballachulish. B D 11 M ull and Iona Isles Excursio N

In Oban, board the ferry for a cruise to Craignure on the Inner Hebridean Isle of Mull, the fourth largest Scottish island. Then cross to the Isle of Iona. Visit the Abbey of Iona, one of the oldest religious sites in Western Europe, before returning to your hotel. B D

12 B allac hulis h / G lasgow

Near Glencoe, travel through the Glen of Weeping, site of the 1692 massacre. Travel along the banks of sparkling Loch Lomond. Stop in Trossachs National Park for a  Be My Guest lunch on a working farm. Later, arriving in Glasgow, an orientation tour includes views of George Square and a visit to St. Mungo’s Cathedral. B BG

13 S T IR LING & B ANNOCK BURN Excursion

glencoe is one of scotland’s most scenic highland glens

Visit historic Stirling Castle and see the Stirling Heads. Then on to Bannockburn, site of the battle between King Robert Bruce of Scotland and Edward II of England. Back in Glasgow, relish a Farewell Dinner with newfound friends. B FD

DAY

Pass the Ring of Brodgar to Viking Kirkwall. Later, journey back to Thurso by ferry. B D

1 DE PA RT from t h e USA

Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

2 Arrive in edinburgh, scotland

9 Thurso / Isle of S kye

3 E DI NB URGH SI G H TSE E ING & free tim E

10 Isle of S kye / B allachulis h

Your time is free to explore until you gather this evening for a Welcome Reception. Enjoy a Scottish pub meal and drinks with your traveling companions. WR

14 DEPART glasgow

You will be transferred to the Glasgow airport (conditions apply), where your vacation ends. B

Admire the scenery of misty valleys and glens as you travel along the coast on your drive to Ullapool. View Eilean Donan Castle, then head to the Isle of Skye. B D There is free time in the village of Portree before heading back to the mainland. View the

With a  Local Expert, see Princes Street, the Royal Mile and more, and visit Edinburgh Castle. This afternoon is free. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets for the Military Tattoo are included. B

ORKNEY ISLANDS THURSO

2

JOHN O’GROATS

4 T he B orders Excursion

Drive to Jedburgh to see the ruined 12thcentury abbey. Take in views of Melrose Abbey, then return to Edinburgh. B

NORTH SEA

Cross to St. Andrews and view the university and the golf course. On to visit Glamis Castle. Then head to Aberdeen. B D

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ISLE OF SKYE

6 Aberdeen / S cottis h High lands

Join the Malt Whisky Trail in Speyside. This area is famous for producing some of the best-selling malt whiskies in the world. Visit the Glenlivet Distillery and sample a “wee dram” of this  Local Specialty. See the site of the Battle of Culloden, then on to Inverness. B

CULLODEN

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Pass Loch Ness on your way to visit Dunrobin Castle. There is time to stroll in the formal gardens before heading to Thurso. B D Board a ferry (weather permitting) to the Orkney Islands. View the Scapa Flow, then on to visit the Italian Chapel and see the remains of a Neolithic village at Skara Brae.

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7 S cottis h High lands / Thurso

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MELROSE The Borders

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Express Check-In and Extra Nights & Transfers on Guided Vacations The Ultimate Hassle-free Guided Vacation & Boutique Journey Experience

Extra Nights & Transfers – Extend your stay on your Guided Vacation or Boutique Journey

To provide you with the best travel experience possible, we encourage you to check in as soon as you have paid your deposit. It’s easy to do on our secure website: BrendanVacations.com/ expresscheck-in. All you will need are your booking reference number, passport details for all travelers on your booking, travel insur­ ance details, and information for a contact per­son in the unlikely event of an emergency. All of your information is kept secure.

It’s easy to do with Brendan’s low extra night rates. Each itinerary page shows the name of the hotel where your vacation will start and

Prices per person

Bunratty Bunratty Castle Hotel Dublin Ballsbridge Hotel* Apr 1-Oct 31 Nov 1-Mar 31, ’15 Ballsbridge Hotel ‡§# Brooks BW Academy Plaza Mar, ’14 & ’15 All other dates Carlton Dublin Airport Clyde Court Fitzpatrick Castle Jurys Inn Parnell St Mespil Trinity Capital Edinburgh Marriott Edinburgh§ Novotel City Centre§# Glasgow Glasgow Holiday Inn Theatreland§ Radisson Blu Glasgow§# Limerick The George – boutique hotel Newmarket-on-Fergus Dromoland Castle Apr-May & Oct Jun-Sep

The benefits of using Express Check-In: • Your Travel Director will be able to better prepare for your needs and preferences, creating a more tailored trip for you • No paperwork on your vacation • Smoother hotel check-ins • You’ll receive travel tips and exclusive savings on travel-related goods and services • We will be able to quickly locate you or your contact at home in the unlikely event of an emergency

After Check-In When you have completed your Express Check-In, you will receive a confirmation email plus additional information to help you prepare for your vacation.

Brendan provides all guests with free airport transfers on the scheduled arrival and departure days of their vacation. For vacations on pages 14, 16, 20, 22, 24, and 30, the transfers are private – there’s no waiting for of other guests to arrive. Vacations on pages 18, 26, 28, 32, 34, and 36 include shuttle transfers with con­veniently scheduled times (see chart). If you are adding extra nights before and/or after your trip, low priced transfers can be purchased (see extra night chart for prices). 38

Twin

Single

Triple

Private Transfer

$126

$179

$120

$65

$139 $105 $116 $191 $200 $126 $99 $139 $135 $105 $126 $126

$202 $168 $179 $329 $262 $189 $158 $202 $197 $160 $176 $195

$137 $101 $116 N/A $193 $120 $95 $137 N/A N/A $109 N/A

$60 $60 $60 $60 $60 $60 N/A $60 $60 $60 $60 $60

$145 $166

$181 $214

$142 N/A

$35 $35

$121 $123

$169 $176

N/A $115

$45 $45

$95

$133

$91

$65

$273 $352

$472 $633

$357 $429

$65 $65

All prices are in US dollars, are per person, per night, and include a twin-bedded room with private facilities, breakfast daily, all taxes and service charges. Luggage handling is not included. Rates are subject to change. Private transfer prices are per person, one way and by car or minibus. You will be met after clearing customs and escorted to your vehicle. Brendan is not responsible for missed or unused transfers as a result of missed flight connections. If your extra nights are not at the hotel where your vacation begins/ends, you will be responsible for your transfer between hotels, at your own expense. § seasonal and special event supplements apply * for vacations on pages 22-23 and 30-31 ‡ for vacations on pages 28-29 and 32-33 # on certain days of the week a supplement applies

Express Check-In is another way Brendan is using to enhance the quality of your overall travel experience, and to make your vacation as seamless and hassle-free as possible.

Airport Transfers

end. Simply find it on this chart and have your Travel Agent request the nights you wish to add. Transfers are not included in the price of the hotel, but you can purchase private transfers between the airport and your hotel for the rates shown.

If you have booked your air with us, there’s nothing more to do. If your Travel Agent booked your air, simply have them provide flight details to us as soon as the flights are booked.

City

Arrival Transfers Depart the Airport:

Departure Transfers Arrive at the Airport:

Dublin 8:30, 11:00 & 13:00 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30 Edinburgh 9:00, 11:30 & 14:00 7:00 & 9:00 Glasgow N/A 7:00 & 9:00 TRANSFER CONDITIONS (All destinations and travel styles): 1. Your flights must be booked by Brendan or detailed flight

information given to Brendan no less than 21 days prior to departure. You must advise Brendan of any changes to your flight schedule as soon as possible. Failure to do so may result in missing the transfer. If flight/change information is received too late, we cannot guarantee the service provider can be advised. 2. You must stay at a hotel booked by Brendan on the night of your arrival and the night prior to your departure. 3. Brendan includes only one inbound and one outbound transfer. 4. In the event of flight delays, missed flights and/or missed transfers, transfers will be considered cancelled. Passengers will need to arrange their own transportation to the hotel or to join the vacation in progress. 5. No refund is available for missed transfers or for passengers not using this service. 6. In the case of unforeseen events (such as road or rail work, strikes, or demonstrations), Brendan will not be responsible for delayed transfers.


So Many Ways to Save!

AIR SELLS OUT QUICKLY & PRICES CHANGE DAILY. BOOK EARLY FOR THE MOST CHOICES & BEST PRICES!

Book & Pay Early save up to

The earlier you pay, the more you save! You 10% can save up to 10% off the land portion of your vacation, so book and pay early to get the best savings before they run out. Your options are: >> Save up to 10% – Pay in full on or before Jan 15 and SAVE up to $380 per person >> Save up to 7.5% – Pay in full on or before Mar 31 and SAVE up to $285 per person Select departures only. See BrendanVacations.com or itinerary pages to find out if your departure qualifies. The amount you can save is shown on itinerary pages; example above based on “Best of Ireland & Scotland.” Deposits must be paid at the time of booking and the balance paid in full on or before the above dates for this discount to apply. Not valid on Locally Hosted, Private Chauffeur or Customized Vacations, extra nights, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements or airport transfers. For more details, ask your Brendan Specialist.

Single Travelers single traveler

Traveling solo on a Guided Vacation is a great way to see the world in the company of new friends.

We offer a GUARANTEED ROOM SHARE on select Guided Vacations. We will accom­ modate you with a fellow passenger of the same sex in a twin room. If there is no single to match up with you, we will absorb the single supplement. We cannot guarantee that your roommate will be of a similar age. You will be accommodated in non-smoking rooms only. This service does not apply to the Locally Hosted, Private Chauffeur or Customized Vacations, Ireland vacations on pages 14-17, 20-25, and 30-31, extra nights, or optional extensions. Ask your Brendan Specialist details.

We also offer low Single Room Supplements for those traveling on their own who do not wish to share a room. Please see each itinerary for the cost. Single rooms can be relatively expensive and are sometimes smaller than a twin-size room. Single travelers are welcomed on Family Experiences only as part of a larger booking (e.g.-3 guests traveling in a twin and a single room).

triple room discount

Triple Room Discount

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Exclusively for our Repeat Travelers

5%

On many of our trips, we offer a REDUCED LAND RATE to three people sharing a room. Triple room savings are listed on the itinerary pages.

As a thank YOU to our past guests, Brendan offers a discount of 5% off the land portion of your next Guided Vacation, taken within 5 years.

Triple rooms are usually not larger than a twin-size room. The room can accommodate three people, however it may only have two beds or one double bed and a rollaway (triple rooms are suitable for 2 adults and a child; 3 adults may find them to be too small and with limited space for luggage). This discount applies only to itineraries featuring the Triple Room Discount offer, and is not combinable with Group Travel Discounts.

This discount is not available retroactively and is valid for 5 years from the date of your last Brendan vacation (or one of our sister companies, see thetravelcorporation.com). Only one discount is available per person, per year. Only one discount can be redeemed against each further Guided Vacation booking. Not valid on Locally Hosted, Private Chauffeur or Customized Vacations, City Breaks, extra nights, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements or airport transfers.

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Great Savings for Young Travelers

Brendan offers a savings of up to 10% off of the land price of your Guided Vacation to travelers between the ages of 5 AND 17 YEARS, provided they are accompanied by an adult.

10%

There is a limit of one Young Traveler per room. See itinerary pages for the amount you will save. Young Travelers must be between 5-17 years on the departure date to be eligible. This discount cannot be combined with our Group Discount and does not apply to Locally Hosted, Private Chauffeur or Customized Vacations, extra nights, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, or airport transfers.

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Pay less for your second vacation

2.5%

Combine two or more of our Guided Vacations and save! As long as each of the trips you’re taking is 8 days or longer, you will receive a discount of up to 2.5% off the land only portion of the shortest tour.

group discount

Travel in a group & save!

Sharing your travels with your FAMILY AND FRIENDS makes the trip even more enriching and memorable. Travel with 5 to 9 friends or family members, and everyone will receive a 5% DISCOUNT off the land portion of the Guided Vacation. Travel in a group of 10 to 15 passengers and one guest qualifies for a 50% DISCOUNT* off the land portion of the vacation price. In a group of 16 passengers, one traveler will qualify for a 100% DISCOUNT* on the land portion of the vacation price. Space is limited to one group per motorcoach. Cannot be combined with our Young Traveler or Triple Room discounts. Not valid on Locally Hosted, Private Chauffeur or Customized Vacations, City Breaks, Special Interest Vacations with trains, Eastern Mediterranean vacations with cruises, extra nights, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, or airport transfers. Other restrictions may apply. All passengers’ names must be advised before the discount is applied. * Discount is on a twin-share basis only.

Book two trips and save up to $93 on the shorter trip. Take three tours and save on two. The more you take, the more you’ll save! See itinerary pages for the maximum amount you will save; example above based on “Scottish Highlands, Islands & Cities.” Trips must be booked at the same time. The discount is on the land portion only and does not apply to Locally Hosted, Private Chauffeur or Customized Vacations, Eastern Mediterranean vacations with a cruise, City Breaks, extra nights, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, or airport transfers.

Definite Departures ✔ Our vacation departures are guaranteed to operate as soon as enough guests are booked on them (weather and other conditions dependent of course). Look for a ✔ on Brendan’s website to identify these departures, or ask your Brendan Specialist. See BrendanVacations.com for more information

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Locally Hosted Vacations Travel On Your Own, But Never Alone

dublin castle

These unique packages include the essentials for travel, from your private airport transfers to your accommoda­tions, and from sightseeing to transporta­tion between cities. They also give you the services and insider insights of a Brendan local host, available 24/7, and plenty of time on your own.

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Your travel essentials taken care of You’ll have private airport transfers, so when you arrive you don’t have to wait for a shuttle bus to fill. And when it’s time to go home, you’ll be whisked directly to the airport for your flight – there are no stops at other hotels.


dugald stewart monument and city view, edinburgh

Choose between three classes of hotels: Premier

Deluxe, Moderate Deluxe, or Superior First Class properties with excellent service, facilities, guest rooms and amenities

First Class Full service properties with a wide range of facilities and comfortable rooms offering many amenities Moderate

Economy to Moderate First Class properties with basic room amenities and limited public rooms and facilities

No matter which standard you choose, you can expect free WiFi, either in your room or in public areas. Your Brendan local host is a true Irish or Scottish treasure! Your host will visit you at your hotel the day you arrive, and is then available by phone 24/7. Get aquainted with the cities you visit on an included orientation tour or an excursion.

barry o’connor, local host the malton, killarney (first class)

And you have plenty of free time! Leisurely days to catch up on your z’s, sightsee to your heart’s content, shop in boutiques and neighborhood stores, or find a favorite table in a cozy pub. When it’s time to travel from one city to the next, train or private car transportation is included, with free WiFi on trains (where available). For the Premier hotel level, we give first class train tickets. On the First Class and Moderate levels, you’ll have a standard class rail ticket. If you’d prefer to travel first class, upgrades are available at low prices – see each itinerary page for the cost. All the hotels we have selected are an easy walk or short taxi ride from train stations. Private transfers are also available at a low rate – just ask your Brendan Specialist.

o’callaghan alexander hotel dublin (first class)

2014 is an exciting year for Scots at home, abroad or at heart! Be part of their year-long celebration, Homecoming Scotland, featuring music, art, and food festivals; Highland Games; the Commonwealth Games; and the Ryder Cup, to be held at Gleneagles, where it all began in 1921.

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L O C A L LY H O S T E D

Dublin & Belfast from

DUBLIN TO BELFAST

$

628

land only

YOUR TRAVEL VALUE INCLUDES

4 days

her n No r tl a n d Ire 2

>> Round-trip private airport transfers in Dublin on Day 1 and Belfast on Day 4/5

1 Arrive in DU B LIN, IR ELA N D

BELFAST

>> Twin-bedded rooms in your selected, centrally located hotels; hotel taxes and service charges

2 DU B LIN / belfast, nort h ERN ireland B

+ Optional return

I r eland

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available aboard the train >> Free WiFi and at all hotels (conditions may apply, see page 103)

DUBLIN

REF: DDB4

train to Dublin

3 belfast, city si g htseeing B

1

4 Depart belfast B

>> Breakfast daily (B) >> Services of a local host in each city, available 24/7 >> Train transportation Dublin/Belfast >> Hop-On Hop-Off city tour in Dublin (REF: DDB5 only)

5 days

her n No r tl a n d Ire 2

>> Hop-On Hop-Off city tour in Belfast

1 Arrive in DU B LIN, IR ELA N D

BELFAST

>> Travel documents

2 dublin, city si g htseeing B

+ Optional return

I r eland

YOUR personally selected hotels & TRANSPORTATION

DUBLIN

3 DU B LIN / belfast, nort h ERN ireland B

train to Dublin

2

4 belfast, city si g htseeing B

PREMIER

5 Depart belfast B

Dublin | The Shelbourne Belfast | The Fitzwilliam Train | 1st class ticket with reserved seat FIRST CLASS

Dublin | O’Callaghan’s Alexander Hotel Belfast | Europa Hotel Train* | 2nd class ticket with reserved seat moderate

Dublin | Ashling Hotel Belfast | Park Inn by Radisson Train* | 2nd class ticket with reserved seat

stormont parliament buildings IN belfast, HOME TO THE NORTHERN IRELAND ASSEMBLY

 EXTEND YOUR STAY Extra nights are available in Dublin.

* upgrade YOUR RAIL EXPERIENCE!

For an even more comfortable train journey, upgrade to First Class from only $24 per person.

+ NEED TO RETURN TO DUBLIN?

A return by train to Dublin is available from $98 per person.

FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, VISIT:

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START CITY

1

REF: DDB5

OVERNIGHT STAY

1

END CITY


YOUR included SIGHTSEEING

THE botanic gardens ARE PART OF belfast’S VICTORIAN HERITAGE

DUBLIN See all the highlights of the city on a Hop-On Hop-Off tour. With an entertaining guide you will see famous sites such as Dublin Castle, ­ Trinity C ­ ollege, the Guinness Storehouse, and many more (entrance fees not included). Pick up the tour at more than 20 stops every 15-20 minutes and travel at your own pace. You can stay on the coach or get off as often as you’d like, to see your favorites up close (ref: DDB5 only). BELFAST The perfect way to see Belfast at your own pace is on a Hop-On Hop-Off tour! You can stay on the coach and watch the city sights as you pass by, or get off and see what you want to up close (entrance fees not included). Pick up the tour at one of the 20 stops, including the Titanic’s Dock & Pump House, the Parliament buildings, Shaftsbury Square and many more.

THE RECENTLY OPENED “titanic belfast”

STATUE OF GEORGE SALMoN, trinity college, dublin

 EXPLORE MORE OF ireland For your convenience, we have handpicked exciting tours that can be easily added to your vacation. See pages 68-70.

PR IC ES per person F RO M *

Twin

Single

4 DAYS Premier $891 First Class $723 Moderate $628

$1,279 $1,038 $925

5 DAYS Premier $1,017 First Class $817 Moderate $712

$1,553 $1,206 $1,059

Dublin castle, BUILT IN 1204

Triple REF: DDB4

$855 $694 $596 REF: DDB5

$966 $776 $676

Travel any day.

* Per person prices are land only and based on low season

travel. Higher rates may apply depending on your date of travel. Airfare is additional. Your Brendan Specialist will quote you the lowest airfare available to us at the time of booking.

Extra nights are available in Dublin and Belfast.

Because of the close proximity between hotels and train station in Dublin and Belfast, transfers are on your own. Private train station transfers are ­available at an extra charge.

 Let us drive, you relax...

WORRY-FREE TRAIN STATION TRANSFER package Add private transfers between your hotel and train station in Dublin and Belfast from $132 (per car).

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L O C A L LY H O S T E D

Dublin & Killarney from

DUBLIN TO DUBLIN

$

776

land only

YOUR TRAVEL VALUE INCLUDES

5 days

>> Round-trip private airport transfers in Dublin on Days 1 and 5/6/7

1 Arrive in DU B LIN, IR ELA N D 2 DU B LIN / KILLAR NEY B

>> Twin-bedded rooms in your selected, centrally located hotels, hotel taxes, and service charges

Ireland

DUBLIN

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>> Free WiFi available aboard the train and at all hotels (conditions may apply, see page 103) >> Breakfast daily (B)

1

3 ring of kerry excursion B

1

4 KILLAR NEY / dublin B 5 Depart dublin B

Ring of Kerry

>> Services of a local host in each city, available 24/7

2

KILLARNEY 6 days

>> Round-trip train transportation Dublin/Killarney

REF: DDK6

1 Arrive in DU B LIN, IR ELA N D

>> Hop-On Hop-Off city tour in Dublin (ref: DDK6D and DDK7 only)

2 DU B LIN / KILLAR NEY B Ireland

>> Ring of Kerry tour in Killarney

DUBLIN

>> Travel documents

YOUR personally selected hotels & TRANSPORTATION

REF: DDK5

1

3 ring of kerry excursion B

1

4 KILLAR NEY, A full free day B 5 KILLAR NEY / dublin B

Ring of Kerry

6 Depart dublin B

3

KILLARNEY

PREMIER

Dublin | The Shelbourne Killarney | Killarney Park Hotel Trains | 1st class ticket with reserved seat

6 days

1 Arrive in DU B LIN, IR ELA N D 2 DU B LIN, city si g htseein g B

FIRST CLASS

Dublin | O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel Killarney | The Malton Trains* | 2nd class ticket with reserved seat

Ireland

DUBLIN

3 DU B LIN / KILLAR NEY B 2

1

4 ring of kerry excursion B 5 KILLAR NEY / dublin B

moderate

Dublin | Ashling Hotel Killarney | Arbutus Hotel Trains* | 2nd class ticket with reserved seat

REF: DDK6D

Ring of Kerry

6 Depart dublin B

2

KILLARNEY

 EXTEND YOUR STAY Extra nights are available in Dublin.

7 days

REF: DDK7

1 Arrive in DU B LIN, IR ELA N D

* upgrade YOUR RAIL EXPERIENCE!

2 DU B LIN, city si g htseein g B

For an even more comfortable train journey, including spacious electrically adjustable seats and additional leg room, upgrade to first class round-trip from only $84 per person.

Ireland

DUBLIN

3 DU B LIN / KILLAR NEY B 2

1

4 ring of kerry excursion B 5 KILLAR NEY, a full free day B

Ring of Kerry

FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, VISIT:

6 KILLAR NEY / dublin B

3

7 Depart dublin B

KILLARNEY

BrendanVacations.com 1

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START CITY

1

OVERNIGHT STAY

1

END CITY


YOUR included SIGHTSEEING DU BLIN See all the highlights of the city on a Hop-On Hop-Off tour. With an entertaining guide you will see famous sites such as Dublin Castle, ­ Trinity C ­ ollege, the Guinness Storehouse, and many more (entrance fees not included). Pick up the tour at more than 20 stops every 15-20 minutes and travel at your own pace. You can stay on the coach or get off as often as you’d like, to see your favorites up close. Killarney ring of kerry e xcursion Travel the road that winds around the lovely Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. Admire the breathtaking scenery of majestic landscapes and crashing seas on your guided coach tour. Delight in tradi­t ional Irish life as you stop in quaint villages along the way. This is a sight not to be missed!

when first built, it cost half a penny to cross what is now the ha’penny bridge see dublin’s favorite sites on your hop-on hop-off tour

 EXPLORE MORE OF ireland For your convenience, we have handpicked exciting tours that can be easily added to your vacation. See page 65.

PR IC ES per person F RO M *

Twin

Single

5 DAYS Premier First Class Moderate

$1,320 $829 $776

$2,106 $1,199 $1,090

6 DAYS Premier First Class Moderate

$1,473 $923 $854

$2,366 $1,354 $1,224

6 DAYS Premier First Class Moderate

$1,505 $928 $858

$2,470 $1,380 $1,235

7 DAYS Premier First Class Moderate

$1,658 $1,022 $936

$2,733 $1,535 $1,366

Triple REF: DDK5

$1,254 $787 $737 REF: DDK6

$1,399 $877 $811 REF: DDK6D

$1,430 $882 $815 REF: DDK7

$1,575 $971 $889

Travel any day.

* Per person prices are land only and based on low season

travel. Higher rates may apply depending on your date of travel. Airfare is additional. Your Brendan Specialist will quote you the lowest airfare available to us at the time of booking.

Because of the close proximity between hotels and train station in Dublin, transfers are on your own. Private train station transfers in Dublin are available at an extra charge. Hotels in Killarney are within a block or two of the train station.

 Let us drive, you relax...

WORRY-FREE TRAIN STATION TRANSFER package Add round-trip private transfers between your hotel and train station in Dublin from $102 (per car).

see some of ireland’s 40 shades of green along the ring of kerry

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L O C A L LY H O S T E D

Dublin, Killarney & Limerick $

from

DUBLIN TO shannon

922

land only

YOUR TRAVEL VALUE INCLUDES >> Private airport transfers in Dublin on Day 1 and from Limerick to Shannon Airport on Day 5/6/7 >> Twin-bedded rooms in your selected, centrally located hotels, hotel taxes, and service charges >> Free WiFi available aboard the train and at all hotels (conditions may apply, see page 103) >> Breakfast daily (B) >> Services of a local host in each city, available 24/7 >> Train transportation Dublin/Killarney >> Hop-On Hop-Off city tour in Dublin (ref: DKLL6 and DKL7 only) >> Ring of Kerry tour in Killarney >> Private car and driver transportation Killarney/Limerick >> Orientation tour in Limerick >> Travel documents

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YOUR personally selected hotels & TRANSPORTATION

5 days

1 Arrive in DU B LIN, IR ELA N D 2 DU B LIN / KILLAR NEY B I r el a n d

1

LIMERICK DROMOLAND CASTLE +

4 KILLAR NEY / lim erick B

1

5 lim erick / de part shannon B

1

SHANNON

Ring of Kerry

3 ring of kerry excursion B

DUBLIN

2

KILLARNEY

6 days

2 DU B LIN / KILLAR NEY B I r el a n d

1

LIMERICK DROMOLAND CASTLE +

4 KILLAR NEY, A full free day B

1

5 KILLAR NEY / lim erick B

1

SHANNON

Ring of Kerry

3 ring of kerry excursion B

DUBLIN

6 lim erick / de part shannon B

3

KILLARNEY

6 days

Dublin | The Shelbourne Killarney | Killarney Park Hotel Limerick | No. 1 Pery Square Train | 1st class ticket with reserved seat

2 DU B LIN, city si g htseein g B I r el a n d

2

LIMERICK DROMOLAND CASTLE +

3 DU B LIN / KILLAR NEY B

DUBLIN

4 ring of kerry excursion B

1

5 KILLAR NEY / lim erick B

1

SHANNON

6 lim erick / de part shannon B

moderate Ring of Kerry

2

KILLARNEY

7 days

 EXTEND YOUR STAY Extra nights are available in Dublin or Limerick.

* upgrade YOUR RAIL EXPERIENCE! For an even more comfortable train journey, including spacious electrically adjustable seats and additional leg room, upgrade to first class from only $42 per person.

FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, VISIT:

REF: DKL7

1 Arrive in DU B LIN, IR ELA N D 2 DU B LIN, city si g htseein g B I r el a n d

2

LIMERICK DROMOLAND CASTLE +

4 ring of kerry excursion B

1

SHANNON

Ring of Kerry

3 DU B LIN / KILLAR NEY B

DUBLIN

5 KILLAR NEY, a full free day B

1

6 KILLAR NEY / lim erick B

3

7 lim erick / de part shannon B

KILLARNEY

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REF: DKLL6

1 Arrive in DU B LIN, IR ELA N D

FIRST CLASS

Dublin | Ashling Hotel Killarney | Arbutus Hotel Limerick | Clarion Hotel Limerick Train* | 2nd class ticket with reserved seat

REF: DKL6

1 Arrive in DU B LIN, IR ELA N D

PREMIER

Dublin | O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel Killarney | The Malton Limerick | Limerick Strand Hotel Train* | 2nd class ticket with reserved seat

REF: DKL5

START CITY

1

OVERNIGHT STAY

1

END CITY

+ DROMOLAND CASTLE OPTION


YOUR included SIGHTSEEING

ladies view, ring of kerry

DU BLIN See all the highlights of the city on a Hop-On Hop-Off tour. Entertaining guides will take you to see famous sites such as Dublin Castle,­ Trinity C ­ ollege, the Guinness Storehouse, and many more (entrance fees not included). Pick up the tour at more than 20 stops every 15-20 minutes and travel at your own pace. You can stay on the coach or get off as often as you’d like, to see your favorites up close. Killarney ring of kerry e xcursion Travel the road that winds around the lovely Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. Admire the breathtaking scenery of majestic landscapes and crashing seas on your guided coach tour. Delight in tradi­t ional Irish life as you stop in quaint villages along the way. This is a sight not to be missed! LIMER I CK Your driver will give you an orientation tour of Limerick on the way to your hotel.

the picturesque town of killarney

 EXPLORE MORE OF ireland For your convenience, we have handpicked exciting tours that can be easily added to your vacation. See pages 68-70. PR IC ES per person F RO M *

Twin

Single

Triple

5 DAYS REF: DKL5 Premier $1,341 $2,222 $1,274 First Class $966 $1,524 $918 Moderate $922 $1,446 $876 6 DAYS REF: DKL6 Premier $1,494 $2,482 $1,420 First Class $1,060 $1,679 $1,007 Moderate $1,000 $1,578 $950 6 DAYS REF: DKLL6 Premier $1,524 $2,589 $1,448 First Class $1,065 $1,705 $1,012 Moderate $1,004 $1,589 $954 7 DAYS REF: DKL7 Premier $1,677 $2,850 $1,593 First Class $1,157 $1,859 $1,099 Moderate $1,082 $1,720 $1,028 Travel any day.

* Per person prices are land only and based on low season travel. Higher rates may apply depending on your date of travel. Airfare is additional. Your Brendan Specialist will quote you the lowest airfare available to us at the time of booking. Because of the close proximity between hotels and train station in Dublin, transfers are on your own. Private train station transfers in Dublin are available at an extra charge. Hotels in Killarney are within a block or two of the train station.

 Let us drive, you relax...

WORRY-FREE TRAIN STATION TRANSFER package Add a private transfer between your hotel and train station in Dublin from $102 (per car).

Spend a night in a castle!

DROMOLAND CASTLE Why not spend your last night in Ireland at a historic and luxurious castle? Dromoland Castle is a Renaissance structure built in the 16th century, and was once the royal seat of the O’Brien clan. Set on a 375-acre estate, the Castle retains priceless reminders of a magnificent past with its woodcarvings, stone statuary, hand­carved paneling, and antique furnishings. Your stay includes a full Irish breakfast. You will be picked up and transferred to Shannon Airport on your last day. Free WiFi available at the castle.

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PRICES per person FROM

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L O C A L LY H O S T E D

Dublin, Cork, Killarney & Limerick $

from

DUBLIN TO LIMERICK

1082

land only

YOUR TRAVEL VALUE INCLUDES >> Private airport transfers in Dublin on Day 1 and from Limerick to Shannon Airport on Day 7/8/9 >> Twin-bedded rooms in your selected, centrally located hotels, hotel taxes, and service charges >> Free WiFi available aboard the train and in all hotels (conditions may apply, see page 103) >> Breakfast daily (B) >> Services of a local host in each city, available 24/7 >> Train transportation Dublin/Cork and Cork/Killarney >> Hop-On Hop-Off city tour in Dublin (ref: DCKL8 and DCKL9 only) >> Ring of Kerry tour in Killarney >> Private car and driver transportation Killarney/Limerick >> Orientation tour in Limerick >> Travel documents

7 days

REF: DCKL7

1 Arrive in DU B LIN, IR ELA N D 2 DU B LIN / C OR K B 3 C OR K, city si g htseein g B

I r eland

Ù

1

LIMERICK DROMOLAND CASTLE +

5 ring of kerry excursion B 6 KILLAR NEY / limerick B

1

1

SHANNON

Ring of Kerry

4 C OR K / KILLAR NEY B

DUBLIN

2

7 limerick / de part shannon B

2

CORK

KILLARNEY

8 days

REF: DCKL8

1 Arrive in DU B LIN, IRELA N D 2 DU B LIN, city si g htseein g B 3 DU B LIN / C OR K B

I r eland

YOUR personally selected hotels & TRANSPORTATION

FIRST CLASS

Dublin | O’Callaghan’s Alexander Hotel Cork | The River Lee Hotel Killarney | The Malton Limerick | Limerick Strand Hotel Trains* | 2nd class ticket with reserved seat

DROMOLAND CASTLE +

5 C OR K / KILLAR NEY B 6 ring of kerry excursion B

1

1

SHANNON

Ring of Kerry

4 C OR K, city si g htseeing B

2

LIMERICK

PREMIER

Dublin | The Shelbourne Cork | Hayfield Manor Killarney | Killarney Park Hotel Limerick | No. 1 Pery Square Trains | 1st class ticket with reserved seat

DUBLIN

7 KILLAR NEY / limerick B 8 limerick / de part shannon B

2

2

CORK

KILLARNEY

9 days

moderate

Dublin | Ashling Hotel Cork | Imperial Hotel Cork Killarney | Arbutus Hotel Limerick | Clarion Hotel Limerick Trains* | 2nd class ticket with reserved seat

2 DU B LIN, city si g htseein g B 3 DU B LIN / C OR K B

I r eland

 EXTEND YOUR STAY Extra nights are available in Dublin or Limerick. YOUR RAIL EXPERIENCE! *Forupgrade an even more comfortable train journey from

Dublin/Cork (not available Cork/Killarney), including spacious, electrically adjustable seats and addi­tional leg room, upgrade to first class from $42 per person.

FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, VISIT:

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REF: DCKL9

1 Arrive in DU B LIN, IRELA N D

LIMERICK DROMOLAND CASTLE +

3

KILLARNEY 1

2

5 C OR K / KILLAR NEY B 6 ring of kerry excursion B

1

SHANNON

Ring of Kerry

4 C OR K, city si g htseeing B

DUBLIN

START CITY

1

7 KILLAR NEY, a full free day B 8 KILLAR NEY / limerick B

2

9 limerick / de part shannon B

CORK 1

OVERNIGHT STAY

1

END CITY

+ DROMOLAND CASTLE OPTION


15th-century ross castle on lough leane, county kerry

YOUR included SIGHTSEEING DUB LIN See all the highlights of the city on a Hop-On Hop-Off tour. Entertaining guides will take you to see famous sites such as Dublin Castle,­ Trinity C ­ ollege, the Guinness Storehouse, and many more (entrance fees not included). Pick up the tour at more than 20 stops every 15-20 minutes and travel at your own pace. You can stay on the coach or get off as often as you’d like, to see your favorites up close. COR K First stop, Blarney Castle! Kiss the famous stone and receive the gift of eternal eloquence. There’s time for shopping at Blarney Village before returning to Cork for a short city tour. Ride alongside Cork Harbour to Cobh, where you will visit the “Queenstown Story” Heritage Centre, the last port of call for millions fleeing starvation during the potato famine. This was also the final stop for the Titanic, before she began her ill-fated ocean crossing. After your visit, return to Cork. Tour starts and ends at Cork Train Station.

Killarney ring of kerry e xcursion Travel the road that winds around the lovely Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. Admire the breathtaking scenery of majestic landscapes and crashing seas on your guided coach tour. Delight in tradi­t ional Irish life as you stop in quaint villages along the way. This is a sight not to be missed! LIMERI CK Your driver will give you an orientation tour of Limerick on the way to your hotel.  EXPLORE MORE OF ireland For your convenience, we have handpicked exciting tours that can be easily added to your vacation. See pages 68-70.

St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral in cork was built between 1865 and 1879

P R I C E S per person FRO M *

Twin

Single

7 DAYS Premier First Class Moderate

$1,677 $1,159 $1,082

$2,849 $1,860 $1,721

8 DAYS Premier First Class Moderate

$1,875 $1,431 $1,350

$3,009 $2,124 $2,004

9 DAYS Premier First Class Moderate

$2,028 $1,524 $1,429

$3,269 $2,278 $2,137

Triple REF:DCKL7

$1,593 $1,101 $1,028

DROMOLAND CASTLE

REF:DCKL8

$1,781 $1,360 $1,283 REF: DCKL9

$1,927 $1,448 $1,358

Travel any day.

* Per person prices are land only and based on low season

travel. Higher rates may apply depending on your date of travel. Airfare is additional. Your Brendan Specialist will quote you the lowest airfare available to us at the time of booking.

Because of the close proximity between hotels and train station in Dublin and Cork, transfers are on your own. Private train station transfers in Dublin and Cork are available at an extra charge. Hotels in Killarney are within a block or two of the train station.

 Let us drive, you relax...

WORRY-FREE TRAIN STATION TRANSFER package relax on the train from dublin to cork

Spend a night in a castle!

Add private transfers between your hotel and train station in Dublin and Cork from $157 (per car).

Why not spend your last night in Ireland at a historic and luxurious castle? Dromoland Castle is a Renaissance structure built in the 16th century, and was once the royal seat of the O’Brien clan. Set on a 375-acre estate, the castle retains priceless reminders of a mag­nificent past with its woodcarvings, stone statuary, hand­carved paneling, and antique furnishings. Your stay includes a full Irish breakfast. You will be picked up and transferred to Shannon Airport on your last day. Free WiFi available at the castle.

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PRICES per person FROM

Twin $228; Single $416; Triple $275‡ ‡ Triples accommodated in a Jr. Suite.

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L O C A L LY H O S T E D

Edinburgh & The Scottish Highlands $

from

edinburgh to edinburgh

1703

land only

YOUR TRAVEL VALUE INCLUDES >> Round-trip airport transfers in Edinburgh on Days 1 and 7/8/9 >> Twin-bedded rooms in your selected, centrally located hotels, hotel taxes, and service charges >> Free WiFi at most hotels (conditions may apply, see page 103) >> Breakfast daily (B) >> Services of a local host in Edinburgh on Day 1 and by phone 24/7 for the rest of your vacation >> Round-trip train transportation Edinburgh/Inverness >> Hop-On Hop-Off city tours in Edinburgh and Inverness >> Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Excursion >> Cruise on Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal >> Travel documents

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your personally selected hotels & TRANSPORTATION

7 days

Scottish Highlands

ISLE OF SKYE

3

Scottish Highlands

ISLE OF SKYE

4

EDINBURGH

moderate Edinburgh | The Inn on the Mile Inverness | Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa Train* | 2nd class ticket with reserved seat

1

Scottish Highlands

ISLE OF SKYE

For an even more comfortable train journey, upgrade to first class from only $120 per person. Enjoy a large reclining seat, the distinguished atmosphere, and compli­mentary snacks.

4

5 INVERNESS, LOCH NESS CRUISE & SIGHTSEEING B 6 INVER NES S / EDINBU RGH B 7 DEPART EDINBU R GH B

2

8 days

ORKNEY ISLANDS +

4 INVER NES S, IS LE OF SK YE & HIGHLANDS EXC URSI O N B

Scotland

1

5 INVERNESS, LOCH NESS CRUISE & SIGHTSEEING B 6 INVER NES S, A FULL F REE DAY B 7 INVER NES S / EDINBU RGH B 8 DEPART EDINBU R GH B

2

9 days

ORKNEY ISLANDS +

REF: UKJ

1 AR R IVE IN EDINBU R GH , SCOTLA N D 2 EDINBU R GH, C IT Y S IGH TSEEI N G B 3 EDINBU R GH, A FULL F REE DAY B 4 EDINBU R GH / INVER N ESS, CITY S IGHT S EEING B

INVERNESS Scotland

LOCH NESS

REF: UKI

1 AR R IVE IN EDINBU R GH , SCOTLA N D 2 EDINBU R GH, C IT Y S IGH TSEEI N G B 3 EDINBU R GH / INVER N ESS, CITY S IGHT S EEING B

INVERNESS

JOHN O’GROATS

 EXTEND YOUR STAY Extra nights are available in Edinburgh.

4 INVER NES S, IS LE OF SK YE & HIGHLANDS EXC UR SI O N B

Scotland

LOCH NESS

Edinburgh | The Scotsman Hotel Inverness | Rocpool Reserve Hotel Train | 1st class ticket with reserved seat

* upgrade YOUR RAIL EXPERIENCE!

INVERNESS

JOHN O’GROATS

PREMIER

first class Edinburgh | Macdonald Holyrood Inverness | Kingsmills Hotel (WiFi fee) Train* | 2nd class ticket with reserved seat

1 AR R IVE IN EDINBU R GH , SCOTLA N D 2 EDINBU R GH, C IT Y S IGH TSEEI N G B 3 EDINBU R GH / INVER N ESS, CITY S IGHT S EEING B

LOCH NESS

EDINBURGH

REF: UKH

5 INVER NES S, IS LE OF SK YE & HIGHLANDS EXC URSI O N B 6 INVERNESS, LOCH NESS CRUISE & SIGHTSEEING B

EDINBURGH

1

7 INVER NES S, A FULL F REE DAY B 8 INVER NES S / EDINBU RGH B 9 DEPART EDINBU R GH B

3

FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, VISIT:

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START CITY

1

OVERNIGHT STAY

1

END CITY

+ ORKNEY ISLANDS OPTION


Inverness

ROCPOOL RESERVE HOTEL

KINGSMILL HOTEL

BW INVERNESS PALACE HOTEL

PREMIER

FIRST CLASS

MODERATE

An exclusive 5-star hideaway in the center of Inverness • 11 rooms offer a coffee/tea machine, oversize beds, iPod dock, TV, and free WiFi • Bar and restaurant

A 4-star hotel set on 4 acres of gardens in the heart of Inverness • 120 rooms offer a coffee/tea maker, iPod dock, and TV • Bar and restaurants • Gym, pool, Spa, and free WiFi in public areas

This 3-star city center hotel is on the banks of the River Ness across from Inverness Castle • 88 rooms with a coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi • Brasserie, lounge, and restaurant • Gym, pool, and Spa

YOUR included SIGHTSEEING EDINBURGH The best way to see the sights of Edinburgh is on a Hop-On Hop-Off tour through the city. Travel through Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and see such highlights as the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, and Holyrood Palace, or take in New Town attractions (entrance fees not included). With your 24-hour pass, you can hop on and off as many times as you like, and see Edinburgh your way! INVERNESS Explore the capital city of the Scottish Highlands at your own pace on your Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing tour. See Abertarff House, St. Andrews Cathedral, and the Eden Court Theater. Cross the Caledonian Canal, where you can hop off for a short cruise on Loch Ness before continuing on to higher ground with views of Kessock Bridge and the Black Isle. (Entrance fees not included.)

URQUHART CASTLE, LOCH NESS

Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Excursion. Start a full day of sightseeing with a drive along the shores of Loch Ness for a possible monster sight­ing. Then wind your way through the Five Sisters Mountains to see pictur­esque Eilean Donan Castle, perched on its island at the head of Loch Duich. Cross to the Isle of Skye, famous for its dramatic mountain scenery and pictur­esque sea­scapes. Returning to the mainland, visit the village of Applecross and on via the scenic Black Isle. Finish the day with stunning views of the Moray Firth as you head over the Kessock Bridge en route to Inverness. Cruise on Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal. A full day sightseeing tour, which includes a cruise on Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal, followed by a visit to the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre. After Loch Ness monster hunting, relax at Urquhart Castle and Visitor Centre before viewing the prehistoric ruins of the Corrimony Cairns.

 EXPLORE MORE of edinburgh For your convenience, we have handpicked exciting tours that can be easily added to your vacation. See page 93.

PRICES per person F ROM*

Twin

Single

Triple

7 DAYS REF: UKH Premier $2,438 $3,782 $2,296 First Class $1,816 $3,159 $1,676 Moderate $1,703 $3,074 $1,558 8 DAYS REF: UKI Premier $2,705 $4,048 $2,541 First Class $1,956 $3,299 $1,797 Moderate $1,834 $3,200 $1,660 9 DAYS REF: UKJ Premier $2,692 $4,306 $2,774 First Class $2,163 $3,506 $1,972 Moderate $2,060 $3,377 $1,812

optional SIGHTSEEING

Travel any day.

Inverness

* Per person prices are land only and based on low season

Orkney Islands Day Excursion. Depart early this morning and coach to John O’Groats in Scotland’s far north. Then ferry to the Orkney Islands for a full day of touring. Start at Skara Brae, Europe’s best preserved Stone Age village, even older than the Egyptian Pyramids. Other highlights are the famous naval anchorage of Scapa Flow and Churchill Barriers, the 12th-century Norse Cathedral in Kirkwall and the Standing Stones of Stenness. The 40-minute ferry journey provides opportuni­ties to see sea­birds and marine animals. Price per person from $138; available on 8 or 9 day vacations only.

travel. Higher rates may apply depending on your date of travel. Airfare is additional. Your Brendan Specialist will quote you the lowest airfare available to us at the time of booking.

Because of the close proximity between hotels and train stations, transfers are on your own. Private transfers are available at an extra charge. Easy hotel/train station transfer instructions will be provided in your documentation.

 Let us drive, you relax ...

WORRY-FREE TRAIN STATION TRANSFER package Add private transfers between your hotel and train station in Edinburgh and Inverness from $131 (per car).

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Our Private Chauffeur Vacations offer the ultimate in comfort, convenience, and relaxation. These exclusive trips are designed around you. You imagine the vacation of your dreams and we’ll put it together. Then, when it’s time to go, you’ll have a private chauffeur to read the maps and do the driving!

Private Chauffeur Vacations

Let us do the driving Travel your way With Private Chauffeur Vacations, it’s all up to you. Where do you want to go? Perhaps you’d prefer an in-depth exploration of just one country – or maybe spend time in Scotland then cross to Ireland. How much time do you want to spend? Since you’re designing your own trip, it can be as long or as short as you want it to be.

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With a private luxury car and chauffeur you are free to explore. Any time you see see something that excites your imagination, ask your private chauffeur to stop. Notice a town that looks interesting? Take a break and find out more. Want to seize a photo opportunity? Pull over and snap some shots. Suddenly feel like grabbing a bite to eat or drive by a shop that you don’t want to miss? Your time and schedule are yours, so ask your private chauffeur to park, and

you’re off on a shopping spree! There’s no better way to really immerse yourself in the true culture of your destination, and to get to know the country and her people more intimately. What kind of hotels do you want to stay in? Deluxe 5-star properties including castles and manors? Unique boutique accommodations? Charming B&Bs? It’s all available, you just have to ask.


For the epitome of class and style, ask for accommodations in BG logo properties. These are 5-star deluxe or offer an exceptional experience difficult to replicate anywhere else.

What kind of car do you want? Something small for two guests or a larger vehicle to accommodate a group of extended family and friends. We have a wide range of transportation options – from luxury to minivans.

What sightseeing and visits do you want included? A view from the outside of an attraction may be all you want. You may prefer to go inside and explore a sight at length. Whatever you want included, we can organize it for you. On the following pages you will find sample itineraries. You can take one of these or ask us to design a bespoke itinerary for you. Then your private chauffeur will show you Ireland and Scotland your way – with helpful hints, insider tips and expert guidance along the way. Dream big and let us make your dreams a reality. Private Chauffeur Vacations are truly the ultimate in travel. 53


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Irish Cities, Landscapes & Castles from

DUBLIN TO SHANNON YOUR BRENDAN GOLD TRAVEL VALUE INCLUDES >> Private transfers throughout >> Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling

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suggested hotels DLX Deluxe

SF Superior First Class

Dublin | Merrion Hotel DLX Waterford | Waterford Castle SF Killarney | Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa DLX Newmarket-on-Fergus | Dromoland Castle DLX

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sample itinerary

4537

land only

DAY

1 Arriv e in Du b lin, Ir eland

Welcome to Dublin! Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by your private chauffeur. This afternoon, your voyage of discovery begins with a city tour. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1190, tour Dublin’s Georgian Squares, and walk the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College to its unique world treasure – the ornate 8th-century Book of Kells. The rest of the day is free.

2 Boyne Valley Exc u r s ion

Travel to the Boyne Valley in County Meath. This river valley was the cradle of Irish civilization and supported a sophisticated society in Neolithic times. Witness this when you stop at the Bru-na-Boinne Centre to visit one of the important Neolithic tombs at Newgrange or Knowth. Return to the city, where the balance of the day is at leisure. B

3 Dubl in / Wat er for d

En route to Waterford, visit Powerscourt Estate’s glorious formal gardens. Also stop at Glendalough, the “Valley of the Two Lakes,” famous for its early monastic ruins and scenic setting. Continue to the ancient town of Waterford with colorful terrace houses, cafés and bars overlooking the quay­side. Enjoy a night in Waterford Castle, set on its own private island on the River Suir. B

DROMOLAND CASTLE

PRICE per person FROM* # OF GUESTS

Land only

2

3

4

$4,537

$3,721

$3,205

Travel any day Ask your Brendan Specialist for prices for larger parties. You can modify this itinerary including the hotels and sightseeing to suit your interests.

* Per person prices are land only. Your Brendan Specialist will quote you the lowest airfare available from your hometown at the time of booking.

4 Wate r for d / Killar ney

Your day starts with a visit to Blarney Castle with its magical stone that gives the “gift of the gab” for a kiss. Stroll across to the Blarney Woollen Mills to shop for fine traditional knitwear and crafts. Then continue on to the charming town of Killarney. B

1

START CITY

1

OVERNIGHT STAY

1

END CITY

Northern Ireland

5 Ring o f Ker ry exc u r s ion

Admire the breathtaking scenery of rugged landscapes and crashing seas along the famous Ring of Kerry. Delight in traditional Irish life as you stop in quaint villages along the way. This is sight not to be missed! Later, your evening is free in Killarney. B

Meet your private chauffeur

Your private chauffeur is a highly trained professional who will enrich your travels with a wealth of expert knowledge. Departure times and a flexible balance between driving and sightseeing can be agreed upon each day. In addition, advice on entertainment, restaurants and more is readily available.

6 Kil l ar ney / Drom oland Cas t le

Pass through pastoral farmlands, stopping at the Flying Boat Museum of Pan Am fame in Foynes. On to the picturesque village of Adare, then continue to Dromoland Castle. This elegant 16th-century baronial castle features luxurious accommodation in a splendid setting. B

7 Dromoland / De part Shannon

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Ireland

You will be transferred to Shannon Airport where your vacation ends. B

BOYNE VALLEY

DUBLIN

DROMOLAND CASTLE

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SHANNON AIRPORT FOYNES ADARE

KILLARNEY 2 Ring of Kerry

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POWERSCOURT GLENDALOUGH

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WATERFORD BLARNEY CASTLE


PRIVATE CHAUFFEUR VACATION

Family Adventure on the Emerald Isle from

DUBLIN TO dublin YOUR BRENDAN GOLD TRAVEL VALUE INCLUDES >> Private transfers throughout >> Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling

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>> Free WiFi available in all hotels (conditions apply, see page 103) >> Breakfast (B) daily >> Transportation in a private chauffeurdriven Mercedes Benz; your Irish private chauffeur is your guide >> Free WiFi in your Mercedes Benz >> Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges

Suggested Hotels DLX Deluxe

F First Class

Dublin | Merrion Hotel DLX Cork | Maryborough House Hotel F Killarney | Malton Hotel F Cong | Ashford Castle DLX

YOUR PRIVATE CHAUFFEUR AWAITS

$

4580

land only

DAY 1

1 Arrive in Du b lin, Ir eland

START CITY

Northern Ireland

Welcome to Dublin! This afternoon, take the 1 OVERNIGHT STAY exhilarating Viking Splash Tour for a truly 1 unique experience. Board an amphibious END CITY World War II vehicle (DUKW) which will take you from land to water and back again, offering city views not available on other tours. Later, visit Trinity College to see the lavishly ASHFORD 1 decorated Book of Kells.

Ireland

2 Dublin / Cork

DUBLIN

CASTLE (CONG)

Set out from Dublin and travel to the Hook Peninsula. Visit Hook CLIFFS OF MOHER Lighthouse, built in the 13th century (perhaps earlier) and one of the oldest active lighthouses in the world. Hear the legend of Dubhán, a 6th-century monk who established the first light on Hook Head after KILLARNEY discovering the bodies of 2 shipwrecked sailors on the rocks. Climb the 115 steps to the top level, and enjoy the tale of the monks, Ring of the earliest keepers of the light. Kerry Continue to ancient city of Waterford, and see evidence of a Viking settlement dating back to the 10th century. Next, take a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal. End the day in Cork. B

3 Cork / Killarney

Set out for historic Blarney Castle. Climb to the top of the castle where the Blarney stone is set in the wall below the battlements. Legend says that the stone gives “the gift of the gab” to those who kiss it. Explore the castle grounds and the Rock Close, a mystical place where yew and oak trees grow around an ancient druidic settlement. Follow the trail through giant gunnera leaves and bamboo, and you will find a dolmen or prehistoric tomb, wishing steps, and a witch’s kitchen. Then on to Killarney. Take a jaunting car ride, and see Killarney National Park, deer parks, and Ross Castle on the enchanting shores of Lough Lein. B

4 Ring of Ker ry Excu r s ion

A scenic day awaits as you travel the road ‘round the beautiful Ring of Kerry. Back in Killarney, visit the three farms at Muckross, each complete with animals and rural machinery. Your evening is free in lively Killarney. B

5 Killarney / Ashford Castle (Cong)

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sample itinerary

Heading north, stop at the Cliffs of Moher and board a cruise sailing along the impressive shoreline. Continue to stunning Ashford Castle, nestled on the banks of Loch Corrib. Take a leisurely bicycle ride along winding dirt paths, exploring the vast grounds of the castle. Tonight, you’ll feel like royalty, relaxing in the castle’s sumptuous interiors. B

1

HOOK PENINSULA

BLARNEY CASTLE 1

1

WATERFORD

CORK

6 As hfor d Cas t le / D ubli n

Awake refreshed and enjoy a leisurely morning at Ashford Castle. Later, cross back to Dublin. Visit Christchurch Cathedral, the oldest building in Dublin, founded over 1000 years ago by Sitric the Viking King. Explore the medieval crypt, one of the largest in Ireland. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of “A Young Person’s Guide to Christchurch Cathedral” at the entrance. Afterward, there’s a chance to explore the treats and treasures of Dublin’s quirky boutiques, souvenir shops, and vibrant high street stores. B

7 Depart Du b lin

Your private chauffeur will transfer you to the airport, where you’ll have to say goodbye to your new friend and to Ireland, as your vacation comes to an end. B

PRICE per person* # OF GUESTS

2

3

4-6

7-9

Land only $4,580 $3,760 $2,716- $2,592 $3,237 $2,667 Travel any day Ask your Brendan Specialist for prices for larger parties. You can modify this itinerary including the hotels and sight­see­ing to suit your family’s interests.

* Per person prices are land only. Your Brendan Specialist will quote you the lowest airfare available from your hometown at the time of booking.

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PRIVATE CHAUFFEUR VACATION

Scottish & Irish Highlights $9365

sample itinerary

from

glasgow to shannon

YOUR BRENDAN GOLD TRAVEL VALUE INCLUDES >> Private transfers throughout >> Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling

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>> Free WiFi available in all hotels (conditions apply, see page 103) >> Breakfast (B) daily >> Transportation in a private chauffeurdriven Mercedes Benz; your private chauffeur is your guide (one each in Scotland and Ireland) >> Free WiFi in your Mercedes Benz (in Ireland only) >> Sightseeing, special features, and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges

Suggested Hotels DLX Deluxe

SF Superior First Class

Perthshire | Gleneagles Hotel DLX Edinburgh | The Scotsman DLX Dublin | Fitzwilliam Hotel dlx Cork | Hayfield Manor dlx Killarney | Killarney Park Hotel sf Newmarket-on-Fergus | Dromoland Castle DLX gleneagles hotel, perthshire

land only

DAY

a landscape that captures the eye and warms the heart. Next take a jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park. On to visit Muckross House. The elegant rooms portray the lifestyle of the landed gentry, while downstairs you can experience the working conditions of the servants. B

1 ARRIV E IN G LAS G OW, S C OT LAND / PE RTH S HIR E

Welcome to Scotland! Head out for a visit to Stirling Castle, once home to Mary Queen of Scots. Then on to the Gleneagles Hotel, where you’ll relax this evening.

2 WHISKY & ST. ANDREWS EXCURSION

12 DING LE P ENINS U LA EXCURSI O N

3 L OCH LOM OND EXC U R S ION

13 KILLAR NEY / DROM OLA N D CASTLE (NEWM AR KET-ON-FER G US)

Start the day with a visit to the Famous Grouse Distillery. Learn how whisky is made and sample the amber liquid. Travel on to St. Andrews, the “Home of Golf.” There’s free time in town before returning to your hotel. B Travel through Trossachs National Park to Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest lake. Head out on a cruise, and take in the scenery as you glide through the shimmering waters. B

4 PE RTH S HIR E / EDINB U R G H

Travel to Edinburgh and visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, which served Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years. Afterward, your time is free to explore. B

On the Dingle Peninsula, majestic hills soar over unspoiled valleys, and glittering mountain streams tumble down into lakes. Stop in the town of Dingle, where there is time to stroll around the town. B

Travel to luxurious Dromoland Castle. Set on 375 acres, the castle retains its wood carvings, stone statuary, and antique furnishings. The day is yours to explore the castle and its grounds. B

14 DROM OLAND CAS T LE / DEPART S HANNON

You will be transferred to Shannon Airport where it’s time to say goodbye to your chauffeur as your vacation ends. B

5 E DINBUR G H S IG HT S EEING & F RE E T IM E

Start the day with a visit to Edinburgh Castle. See city highlights as you continue to Holyrood Palace to visit the chambers of Mary Queen of Scots. The afternoon is at leisure. If your visit is in August, you might want to attend the spectacular Military Tattoo. B

6 E DINBUR G H / DU B LIN, IR ELAND

Fly to Ireland (not included in prices shown) and meet your new private chauffeur. On to visit Malahide Castle, dating back to the 14th century. The oldest inhabited castle in Ireland, Malahide is regularly visited by five ghosts! B

PRICE per person FROM* # OF GUESTS

2

Land only

3

$9,365

$7,810

4

$6,780

Travel any day Ask your Brendan Specialist for prices for larger parties. You can modify this itinerary including the hotels and sightseeing to suit your interests.

* Per person prices are land only.

Flight Edinburgh-Dublin not included. Your Brendan Specialist will quote you the lowest airfare available from your hometown at the time of booking.

7 DUBL IN S IG HT S EEING & FR EE T IM E

At Trinity College, see the ornate Book of Kells. On to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Next is the Guinness Storehouse, where you will see how Guinness is produced. The tour ends at the Gravity Bar for a taste of the “Black Stuff.” B

Scotland

PERTHSHIRE

8 Dublin / C ork

3

LOCH LOMOND LOMOND LOCH GLASGOW

Travel south for a visit to Glendalough with its 6th-centurn monastic ruins. Next, in Waterford, tour the House of Waterford Crystal. End the day at magnificent Hayfield Manor. B

EDINBURGH

ST. ANDREWS

2

Head to Blarney Castle, to kiss the stone that gives the “gift of the gab.” Then on to Killarney, where your time is free to explore this delightful town. B

10 RING O F KER RY E XCUR S ION

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Travel the Ring of Kerry, where sea, mountains, and valleys blend into

P

9 Cork / Killarney

DROMOLAND CASTLE

SHANNON Dingle Peninsula Ring of Kerry

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3

KILLARNEY

BLARNEY

2

DUBLIN  start CITY

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WATERFORD

CORK

1

OVERNIGHT STAY

 END CITY


PRIVATE CHAUFFEUR VACATION

Bonnie Scotland from

edinburgh to edinburgh BRENDAN GOLD TRAVEL VALUE INCLUDES >> Round-trip airport transfers in Edinburgh on Days 1 and 7/8/9 >> Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling

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>> Free WiFi available in all hotels (conditions may apply, see page 103) >> Breakfast (B) daily >> Transportation in a private chauffeurdriven Mercedes Benz; your private chauffeur is your guide >> Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges

SAMPLE ITINERARY

$

4240

land only

DAY

one of the greatest rail trips in the world. As you travel see the Glenfinnan Viaduct, well known to Harry Potter fans familiar with the “Hogwarts Express.” Disembark in Fort William and continue through Glencoe and on across Rob Roy country to Trossachs National Park and sparkling Loch Lomond. B

1 Arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland

Welcome to Scotland! You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, a sightseeing tour will show you the Georgian period New Town, the Old City, Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace. Take a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle. where you can see the Scottish Crown jewels. Your evening is free.

brendan suggestion: During August, add a day in Edinburgh and attend a per­form­ ance of the world-famous Military Tattoo.

After a day at leisure, head to the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade for an unforgettable evening. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a not-to-be-missed spectacle, with bands, musicians and other performers from around the world. This extravaganza is an explosion of music, marching, and excitement! You’ll have a grandstand seat for this sell-out show (2014 performance dates: Aug 1-23, Fri-Sat).

5 Loc h Lom ond / Glasgow / EDINBURGH

Start the day with a cruise on majestic Loch Lomond. Then travel to Glasgow. Your private chauffeur will take you on a city tour including a visit to St. Mungo’s Cathedral. Continue to see the uniqe Falkirk Wheel, and on to Stirling Castle. This impressive structure was the home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Visit the castle and stroll through the gardens, then it’s time to return to Edinburgh. B

7 Depart EDINBURGH

Your private chauffeur will take you to the airport, where your vacation ends. B

2 Edinbu r g h / Inver ness

Suggested Hotels DLX Deluxe

SF Superior First Class

Edinburgh | The Scotsman DLX Inverness | Rocpool Reserve DLX Isle of Skye | Duisdale House SF Loch Lomond | Cameron House Hotel DLX Edinburgh | The Scotsman DLX

Drive to St. Andrews, a mecca for golfers. It is also home of one of the world’s oldest universities, and it was here that Prince William and Kate Middleton met. Continue traveling north, stopping in your choice of towns along the way. In Perth, you can visit Branklyn Garden and Scone Palace. Maybe take a break in Pitlochry and tour the Blair Atholl Distillery. On to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. There’s time to browse through the Victorian Market before heading to your hotel. B

PRICE per person from*

2 GUESTS

3 GUESTS

4 GUESTS

$4,240

$3,485

$2,990

Land only

Travel any day Ask your Brendan Specialist for prices for larger parties. You can modify this itinerary including the hotels and sightseeing to suit your interests.

* Per person prices are land only. Your Brendan Specialist will quote you the lowest airfare available from your hometown at the time of booking.

brendan suggestion: Add a day in

the Orkney Islands.

Travel to Thurso, then take the ferry to Orkney. Visit the Ring of Brodgar, a stone circle older than the pyramids of Egypt; Skara Brae, a stone age village; and Maes Howe, a pre­ historic burial mound with Viking-carved graffiti on its walls. You’ll overnight at a B&B or Moderate First Class hotel. Return to mainland Scotland the next day. B 3 Inve rness / Is le of S ky e

Head to Loch Ness, and look for the famous monster Nessie. Then continue through Highland scenery to Loch Alsh. Stop for a photo of Eilan Donan Castle, then cross the Skye Bridge to the scenic Isle of Skye,. You might want to visit Dunvegan Castle to hear about 13 centuries of Clan history or the Talisker Whisky Distillery to learn the secrets of making the “water of life.” B

4 Is l e o f S ky e / Loc h Lom ond

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After a leisurely morning, drive to Armadale and take the ferry to Mallaig. This afternoon, board the Jacobite Steam Train, considered

1

START CITY

1

OVERNIGHT STAY

1

END CITY

THURSO

ISLE OF SKYE 1

2

CAIRNGORMS N.P.

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Ireland and Scotland have many ties with America and Americans. Your trip may be dedicated to tracking down your family’s history or perhaps you want to visit places your parents or grandparents remember. To do that, you often want to spend more time in a spot that a larger group might only visit for a short while. Our Customized Vacations let you move at your own pace.

Customized Vacations adare manor, co limerick

The ultimate in flexibility Yours to explore and discover

kissing the blarney stone

On a Customized Vacation, your time is your own. You are free to head out with hotel and B&B vouchers and plan each day as you go, or set an itinerary with the assistance of your Brendan Specialist and travel with pre-booked lodgings. We have a huge variety of accommodations available, from modest hotels to castles, and B&Bs to manor houses. You can mix and match, so you really get a taste of Ireland or Scotland, living with the locals in a bed & breakfast one night and like royalty with a castle stay the next. From the thousands of properties available in Ireland, Scotland, and London, we’ve handpicked the best, with a good selection of 3-, 4-, and 5-star properties, so there’s something for all budgets.

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magherabuoy house hotel, antrim coast

cliffs of moher

To help you plan, our star rating is:

Brendan Gold – An exceptional property offering the best in everything

HHHHH Deluxe – A luxury property offering the highest

quality service, facilities, guest rooms and amenities

HHHHH Superior First or Moderate Deluxe Class – An above

average First Class to Deluxe property with excellent service, facilities, guest rooms and amenities

HHHH

First Class – A full service property with a wide range of facilities and comfortable rooms offering many amenities

HH – HHHH

Tourist, Superior Tourist or Moderate First Class – An economy to First Class property with basic room amenities and limited public rooms and facilities

When it comes to your rental car, your options include manual or automatic vehicles ranging from small cars like the Ford Fiesta to minivans, and everything in between. Simply select the car that will be the most comfortable for you and your traveling companions, then you are ready to hit the open road! You also have a choice when it comes to sightseeing. There are some places you want to visit on your own, but others are easier or more enjoyable on a tour. For instance, taking a musical pub crawl in the company of soon-to-be friends adds all the more entertainment. And, seeing the Ring of Kerry from the vantage point of a motorcoach allows for a spectacular panoramic view you won’t get from a car. We have a great collection of tours and excursions to choose from. Our Customized Vacations let you make Ireland and Scotland your own.

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EXPLORE UNCROWDED COUNTRY ROADS ON YOUR SELF-DRIVE VACATION

Ireland SelfDrive

feATUriNG B&B, COUNTrY HOme, HOTel, CASTle & mANOr STAYS YOUr TrAvel vAlUe iNClUDeS

> Accommodation vouchers > Pre-booked hotels, castles and manors and select B&Bs > All taxes for accommodations > Full Irish breakfast each day > Car type of your choice > Unlimited Mileage, Collision Waiver (CDW), Theft Protection (TP), Value Added Tax (VAT at 13.5%), Airport Location Service Charge and Vehicle Licensing Fee > Detailed road map of Ireland provided at the Hertz pick-up counter > Two-for-one admission to Knappogue Castle & Walled Gardens, Belleek China Factory Visitor Centre, House of Waterford Crystal, Dunguaire Castle, Craggaunowen

A Self-Drive Vacation allows you to plan your own itinerary, select your overnight stops and choose the type of accommodation best suited to you. There is no better way to travel for those who really want to meet the Irish and absorb the local culture. Most often, your vacation will start in Dublin, Shannon or Belfast, the locations of Ireland’s largest international airports. You can pick up your car when you arrive or wait until you are leaving the city and beginning to travel through the countryside. Brendan will send you vouchers for the accommodations you select. We strongly advise you book as far in advance as possible, particularly for the summer and holiday periods (including Irish Bank Holidays).

LONDONDERRY

DONEGAL

COUNTIES OF IRELAND

TYRONE DOWN

FERMANAGH

ARMAGH

MONAGHAN

SLIGO

> Discounts at Blarney Woollen Mills, Kildare Village Outlet Mall, The Kilkenny Shop, Midleton and Jameson Distilleries Gift Shops and the Connemara Marble Factory Gift Shop

ANTRIM

LEITRIM

CAVAN

MAYO

LOUTH

ROSCOMMON LONGFORD GALWAY

MEATH FINGAL

WESTMEATH OFFALY

S.DUBLIN KILDARE

LAOIS

CLARE

WICKLOW CARLOW

LIMERICK

KERRY

TIPPERARY

KILKENNY WEXFORD

WATERFORD CORK

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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW • We recommend you pre-book hotel ­accommodations for any nights you stay in Dublin, Shannon, Limerick, Killlarney, Galway, and Belfast. • To avoid disappointments during high season, we recommend you pre-book B&B accommodations. Castles should always be pre-booked; see pages 82-85. • Unused, lost or stolen vouchers cannot be refunded or reissued.

CHOOSE YOUR ACCOMMODATION: Mix & Match BED & BREAKFAST (Farmhouses and Town & Country homes) If you prefer discovering the local way of life in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, then this is the choice for you. You will find that some homes are hundreds of years old, while others were just built. They could be a townhouse, farmhouse, historic home, or a simple country home. You can choose from nearly 1100 B&Bs located throughout Ireland. The homes are routinely inspected to ensure high standards of cleanliness and comfort, and all have been approved by the Irish Tourist Board. “Approved” homes will meet your basic needs. You can upgrade to 3-, 4-, and 5-star properties for a small charge. All homes provide private bathroom facilities. If you purchase open B&B vouchers, we encourage you to pre-book as much as possible. This can be done online via a web­site you will receive once your booking is paid in full. This website lists information on the properties, plus addresses and phone numbers. In addition, we also ­offer you a selection of preferred B&B’s that Brendan can pre-book for you (see pages 78-81).

B&B PASS PRICES PER PERSON FROM* apr 01-jun 30

oct 01-dec 31

jul 01-sep 30

Approved $58 $63 3-Star $60 $66 4-Star $62 $68 5-Star $66 $72 *Prices based on two people sharing a room.

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A VARIETY OF HOTELS Many travelers prefer staying in hotels, and Brendan can pre-book a good selection of more than 250 properties throughout Ireland. These lodgings offer great variety and a full Irish breakfast is included. You will find the ­hotels vary in personality from historic with old world charm to modern with many conveniences, while others are peaceful country inns or luxury retreats (see pages 65-67 and 71-77 for our preferred properties). If you would like to sample B&B’s for a few nights – no problem – request the ­number of nights you wish to stay in B&B accommodations when you ­request your hotel nights.

• One-way rentals between Dublin, Shannon and Cork Airports are free. For other locations there is a one-way fee of €25-70 (outside of major cities). The one-way fee to Northern Ireland is €160 plus VAT. A minimum 3-day rental is required. Ask your Brendan Specialist for details. • GPS and infants seats are available at an extra charge.

NOT INCLUDED Accommodation supplements, phone calls for onward reservations, additional optional insurance (including reducing deductible costs), one-way drop fees, young driver and additional driver charges where applicable, refueling charges, and VAT charges on additional fees where applicable. Additional local fees and restrictions may apply.

CASTLES & MANORS Why not experience the luxury of an Irish castle or manor? Live like royalty in a hotel rich in history and character. It is ­essential that you allow Brendan to pre-book your selections in any of these ­special kinds of properties before your trip to avoid disappointment (see pages 82-85).

If you are traveling between Ireland and the UK, why not take ­­­ad­vantage of the convenient Irish ­Ferries. There are 4 sailings daily between Dublin and Holyhead, Wales (crossing time of 2-3.5 hrs depending on ferry type). There are also two daily sailings between Rosslare and Pembroke, Wales (crossing time of 3 hrs, 45 mins). Ask your Brendan Specialist for rates and schedules. Reservations are strongly recommended.


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2.5 hrs

Ireland

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1.5 hrs

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Peugeot 5008

PRICES PER Car per day from

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Ford Ka

Smart Car

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2

$40

Economy

Opel Corsa / Ford Fiesta 2/4 door

Hyundai Accent

1 large, 2 small

4

$41

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2 large, 1 small

4-5

$48

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Ford Galaxy

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2 large, 2 small

5-7

$88

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Ford E series

2 large, 2 small

7-8

$110

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1 large, 2 small

3-4

$48

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2 large, 2 small

4-5

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2 large, 3 small

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2 large, 2 small

4-5

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2 large, 2 small

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Inclusive prices based on low season (Jan 1-Apr 30, Oct 1-Dec 15, and Jan 1-Mar 31, ‘15), 7-day rental and i­nclude unlimited mileage, Collision Waiver Damage (CDW), Theft Protection (TP) and VAT tax (13.5%). Rentals for shorter (minimum 3 days) or longer periods avail­able. Supplements apply for other times of the year. Luggage capacity based on maximum number of passengers (fewer passengers = more space for luggage). Minimum driver age is 23/24 years and applies to specific categories and a young driver surcharge of 26 Euro per day will apply. Other car types may not be available for drivers 25-30 years. Drivers over 75 years must drive on a regular basis, provide a note from their doctor that they are in good health and a statement from their insurance company that they have not been in an accident in the past five years.

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c u s t o m i z e d VAC ATIO N s To help you plan your trip, here are a few of our

Most Popular Self-Drive Vacations Your Personally Selected Accommodations – Moderate: 3-star hotels and B&Bs; First Class: 4-star hotels; Premier: 5-star castles and manors.

Ireland’s Southern Charm

1 Arrive in DU B LIN

Must sees: Trinity College Library, Guinness Storehouse, Molly Malone Statue

Irelan d DROMOLAND CASTLE

2 KIL KENNY

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En route visit the National Stud Farm in Kildare. Must sees: Kilkenny Castle, the Design Centre, Langton’s Pub

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ROCK OF CASHEL

En route visit the Rock of Cashel. Must sees: the English Market, St . Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Queenstown Story at Cobh

JAMESON DISTILLERY

CORK

Ireland’s Country Roads

Must sees: Malahide Castle, City Hall, Phoenix Park

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En route visit the Mount Usher Gardens. Must sees: JFK Homestead in New Ross, Dunbrody Famine Ship, the Saltee Islands

DUBLIN 1

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En route visit the Hook Head Lighthouse. Must sees: Fitzgerald Park, Fota Arboretum & Gardens, Bantry Bay, Spike Island

THE BURREN TARBERT FERRY

HOOK HEAD BLARNEY

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WEXFORD

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KILLARNEY

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En route kiss the Blarney Stone. Must sees: Ring of Kerry, Dingle, the Blasket Islands, Tralee

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En route visit Glendalough and Powerscourt Gardens. Must sees: House of Waterford Crystal, Reginald’s Tower, City Hall

NEWGRANGE

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Must sees: St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Stephen’s Green, Kilmainham Gaol

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POWERSCOURT GARDENS

En route visit Blarney Castle and Cobh. Must sees: the Ring of Kerry, Killarney Lakes, Muckross House

WATERFORD

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4 ga lway /Connem ara

BLARNEY CASTLE

En route visit the Cliffs of Moher. Must sees: Galway Bay, Kylemore ­Abbey, The Old Bog Road

5 SLIGO

En route visit Westport or Knock. Must sees: Drumcliff Churchyard, Lissa­dell House, Lough Gill

1

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En route visit the J­ ameson Distillery and Blarney Castle. Must sees: the Dingle Peninsula, ride in a Jaunting Car, Killarney National Park

5 SHANNON AR EA

En route visit the Flying Boat Museum at Foynes. Must sees: Bunratty Castle, Durty Nelly’s Pub, King John’s Castle

6 R ETUR N HOME

Price Per Person 6 Days from: 3-star $640; 4-star $743; 5-star $1,123 PRICED FROM: $737* 5 G ALWAY

En route take the Tarbert Ferry and see the Burren. Must sees: An Spideal, the Aran Islands, the Spanish Arch

6 DUB LIN

En route visit Clonmac­noise. Must sees: Old Jameson Distillery, National Art Gallery, Dublinia and the Viking World

7 R ETUR N HOME

Price Per Person 7 Days from: 3-star $737; 4-star $806; 5-star $1,245

PRICED FROM: $931*

MINIMUM 9 DAYS; IDEAL 11 OR 13 DAYS

1 Arrive in DU B LIN

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MINIMUM 7 DAYS; IDEAL 8 OR 9 DAYS

1 Arrive in DU B LIN

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PRICED FROM: $640*

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6 donegal

En route visit the Belleek China Factory. Must sees: Slieve League Cliffs, Donegal Craft Village, Glenveagh National Park

7 B ELFAST

Drive the Wild Atlantic Way coastal road. Must sees: City Hall, Titanic Exhibit, Albert’s Memorial Clock, the Crown Liquor Saloon

8 DUB LIN

En route visit the Neolithic tombs at Newgrange. Must sees: Dublin Castle, Temple Bar, Oscar Wilde statue in Merrion Square

9 R ETUR N HOME

Price Per Person 9 Days from: 3-star $931; 4-star $1,011; 5-star $1,611

* From prices are land only and based on 2 guests sharing a room in Moderate hotels and a standard automatic car. Prices reflect minimum itinerary length.


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142 well appointed rooms and suites offer A/C, LCD TV, and free WiFi

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PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

191 spacious guest rooms and suites offer deluxe amenities

Twin $132

2 bars, 2 restaurants, and Garden Terrace

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6 THE SHELBOURNE HHHHH A historic property, city center, overlooking St. Stephen’s Green 265 elegant rooms and suites offer A/C, a TV, and free WiFi

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

City center, just steps from lively Grafton Street

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Located in the city center, near Merrion Square 102 rooms with A/C, coffee/tea tray, and free WiFi (limited)

Single $270

Bar and restaurant

Single $152

Triple $107

Mini gym, dry cleaning and laundry service

Triple $77

Fitness room and car parking

10 BROOKS HOTEL HHHH

11 CLONTARF CASTLE HOTEL HHHH

PRICE PER A superior boutique hotel near Grafton Street and Trinity College PERSON PER

An urban castle hotel, only 2 miles from Dublin’s city center

2 bars, lounge, and restaurant

Single $322

Gym, jacuzzi, pool, sauna, and Spa

Triple $143

Bar, 2 restaurants, and tea room

Near the National Museum and Heuston Railway Station, and a 5-minute ride on the Luas tram from the city center

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $110

98 rooms and suites offer A/C, free WiFi and more

225 rooms offer a coffee/tea maker, safe, TV, and free WiFi

Single $203

Bar and restaurant

Single $183

111 rooms and suites offer a coffee/tea maker, minibar, TV, and free WiFi

Triple $97

Fitness center and library lounge

Triple N/A

Bar, lounge, and restaurant

Bar and restaurant

NIGHT FROM: Twin $113

13 FITZPATRICK CASTLE HOTEL HHHH

14 THE GIBSON HHHH

A Dublin landmark on Merrion Square close to Grafton Street

An 18th century castle hotel, just 9 miles south of Dublin

This superior 4-star hotel is located just off the River Liffey

114 rooms and suites offer A/C, a coffee/tea maker, luxury bedding, safe, TV, and free WiFi (limited) Bar, restaurant, and 24-hour room service

Twin $80 Single $152 Triple $77

113 rooms and suites with a coffee/tea maker, safe, TV, and free WiFi Library bar & lounge, Dungeon Bar, 2 restaurants, and 24-hour room service Fitness center, pool, and sauna

Prices include breakfast and all taxes.

Twin $80

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $68 Single $135 Triple $62

Gym, concierge, and free parking

12 O’CALLAGHAN DAVENPORT HOTEL HHHH PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Twin $135

205 spacious rooms and suites are equipped with fine amenities and free WiFi

Twin $161

9 ASHLING HOTEL HHHH

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8 O’CALLAGHAN ALEXANDER HOTEL HHHH

7 THE WESTBURY HHHHH

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Twin $76

252 rooms and suites with A/C, a safe, and free WiFi

Single $139

Bar and restaurant

Single $148

Triple $64

Gym, garden areas; a “green” hotel

Triple $50

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15 THE MARKER HHHH A stylish superior 4-star hotel in Dublin’s business and cultural quarter

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

187 rooms feature A/C, a coffee/ tea maker, safe, and free Wi-Fi

Twin $156 Single $311

Bar, rooftop lounge, and brasserie Triple $104 restaurant

16 RADISSON BLU ROYAL HHHH

17 O’CALLAGHAN STEPHEN’S GREEN HHHH

PRICE PER Located between St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. Stephen’s Green PERSON PER

This boutique hotel overlooks St. Stephen’s Green

150 rooms and suites have A/C, room service, LCD TV, and free WiFi

Single $254

99 well-appointed guest rooms with A/C, coffee/tea maker, a safe, TV, Twin $93 Single $175 and free WiFi (limited)

Triple $85

Bar and restaurant

Bars and a restaurant

NIGHT FROM: Twin $127

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Triple N/A

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24-hour room service, laundry service, parking

Restored Georgian Library with open fireplaces

18 BUSWELLS HOTEL HHH

19 CAMDEN COURT HHH

20 JURYS INN CHRISTCHURCH HHH

A close walk to Grafton St. and Trinity College, this is a stylish boutique property

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

A superior 3-star hotel, not far from St. Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

In a convenient location opposite historic Christ Church Cathedral and the trendy Temple Bar area

67 rooms feature a coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi

Twin $73

246 guestrooms are equipped with a coffee/tea tray, TV, and free WiFi

Twin $106 Single $170

182 rooms offer a coffee/tea maker, Twin $81 Single $160 hairdryer, TV, and work area

Triple $103

Bar, coffee bar, and restaurant

Single $121 Triple $53

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Bar and restaurant

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Triple $77

WiFi in public areas (fee)

Beauty salon, gym, pool, and free parking

OTHER FAVORITE HOTELS

HHHH 24 CLYDE COURT HOTEL HHHH 23 BALLSBRIDGE HOTEL

Twin $102; Single $241; Triple $96 Twin $78; Single $141; Triple N/A

25 BEWLEY’S HOTEL

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Twin $82; Single $123; Triple $78

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Central, overlooking Merrion Square, near Grafton Street

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $88

253 guest rooms are equipped with a coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, Single $173 work area, and TV Triple $84 Bar, coffee bar and restaurant Fitness room WiFi in public areas (fee)

Prices include breakfast and all taxes.

O’CALLAGHAN MONT CLARE HHH

74 rooms offer A/C, a coffee/tea tray, and TV Bar, restaurant, and 24-hour room service Free WiFi (limited)

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $72 Single $134 Triple N/A

26 JURYS INN CUSTOM

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Twin $99; Single $180; Triple $88

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Twin $96; Single $169; Triple $89

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o p t i o n a l S I G H T S E E IN G

Explore

Dublin

DUBLIN HOP-ON HOP-OFF

DUBLIN WALKING TOUR

Entertaining guides will show you famous sites such as Dublin Castle, Trinity College, the Guinness Storehouse and many more.

See the highlights of the Irish capital plus some of her hidden surprises on this easy walk with a knowledgeable local guide.

Operates: Daily; valid 2 days; 2 routes; 20 stops every 15-20 minutes (entrance fees not included) Price Per Person From: $24

Operates: Most Days; 1½ - 2 hours Price Per Person From: $18

LITERARY PUB CRAWL

DUBLIN PASS

Relish a theatrical experience as you move from pub to pub, watching your guides perform works by some of Dublin’s most famous writers, such as Joyce and Yeats.

This pass guarantees access to 30 of the most popular Dublin attractions and sights, often including special offers and discounts. Operates: Daily; 1, 2, 3 or 6 day passes Price Per Person From: $54-$116

DUBLIN BAY & CASTLE TOUR

Travel to historic Malahide Castle. Tour the castle and stroll through the gardens, then stop for stunning views of Dublin Bay. Operates: Apr-Oct Daily; 9:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.; 3½ hours Price Per Person From: $39

ABBEY TAVERN

Enjoy a lively show reflecting Ireland’s wealth of music, song, and dance, served with a 5-course Irish dinner.

DUBLIN CITY BIKE TOUR

DUBLIN city bike tours

Take an easy-paced, eco-friendly bike tour of Dublin with a local guide to show you the sights. Includes the use of a state-of-the-art Dahon bike and a helmet.

OLD JAMESON DISTILLERY IRISH NIGHT

VALLEY OF THE KINGS & NEWGRANGE

GUINNESS STOREHOUSE

Operates: Thu & Sat; 7 p.m.; 4 hours Price Per Person From: $86

OLD JAMESON DISTILLERY TOUR

Operates: Daily; 1 hour, self guided tour, plus your time in the Gravity Bar Price Per Person From: $20

Discover the history of this Irish Whiskey Distillery and how water, barley and yeast are combined to form the golden spirit. Then, savor a Jameson Signature drink.

MUSICAL PUB CRAWL

Operates: Daily; open 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; 1 hour Price Per Person From: $16

Operates: Thu, Fri, Sat; 7:15 p.m.; 2½ hours Price Per Person From: $20

Travel through the Wicklow Mountains and visit Avoca village. On to Glendalough to see the monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin. Operates: Daily; 9:15 a.m.; 7½ hours Price Per Person From: $41

Soak up the evening ambience of the Old Jameson Distillery. Enjoy a guided tour, a ­signature Jameson drink, a 4-course meal and lively Irish entertainment.

Enjoy a musical experience as you migrate from pub to pub. This lively pub crawl is lead by two professional musicians who are sure to keep you singing along late into the night.

WICKLOW MOUNTAINS, VALLEY & LAKES

Operates: Mar 1-Nov 30; Daily; 2½-3 hours Price Per Person From: $39

Operates: Thu, Fri, Sat; 7:30 p.m.; 2¾ hours Price Per Person From: $86

Experience the true taste of Guinness at this museum showcasing the history of “The Black Stuff” and enjoy a free pint in the G ­ ravity Bar, with 360° views of Dublin.

Operates: Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun; 7:30 p.m.; 2 hours Price Per Person From: $23

DUBLIN GHOST BUS

Visit the ancient tombs of Newgrange, predating the Egyptian pyramids by 1,000 years. See the site of the Battle of Boyne and the Old High Crosses at Monasterboice. Operates: Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat; 10 a.m; 7 hours Price Per Person From: $49

Buy a Bundle & Save a Bundle! SIGHTSEEING BUNDLE Your package includes: > Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off tour > Guinness Storehouse tour and 10% gift shop discount card

Travel with a live storyteller and learn about Bram Stoker, the creator of Dracula; the ­Walking Gallows; and the Ghost of Dr. Clossy.

> Ring of Kerry coach tour from Killarney

Operates: Mon-Thu; 8 p.m.; Fri-Sun; 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m; 2¼ hours Price Per Person From: $43

> Heritage Island Pass – discounts at 95 of Ireland’s top visitor attractions

> Cliffs of Moher cruise

> House of Waterford Crystal tour – 2 for 1 entrance pass Operates: Daily; Mar 16-Oct 31

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Rail Tours from Dublin

CORK, BLARNEY CASTLE & THE QUEENSTOWN STORY

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All aboard for a fantastic trip to Ireland’s Southern capital, Cork. During your adventure, visit Blarney Castle and perhaps kiss the infamous stone. There’s time to stop by Blarney Village, then travel along Cork Harbour to Cobh. Here, experience the moving Queenstown Story, a multi-media presentation telling the tales of emigration during the famine. This was also the last port of call for the doomed Titanic. The train returns you to Dublin this evening. Operates: Mon-Sat; 7 a.m.; 13½ hours Price Per Person From: $167

GIANT’S CAUSEWAY & THE GLENS OF ANTRIM A scenic trip to the famed Antrim coast in Northern Ireland. See its spectacular seascapes and the Glens of Antrim as you head to the little town of Ballycastle. Stroll along a coastal path to see the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, looking perilous as it spans the 66-foot wide and 76-foot deep chasm. On to visit the mystical Giant’s Causeway, the result of a volcanic eruption – or perhaps built by the giant Finn MacCool. Stop for photos of Dunluce Castle, then board the train for your return to Dublin. Operates: Mon-Sat; 7:30 a.m.; 14¾ hours Price Per Person From: $167 carrick-a-rede rope bridge iveragh peninsula

RING OF KERRY Delight in the scenic countryside as you cross the island to Killarney. Here you will board a motorcoach for an unforgettable drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. Mountains, valleys, lakes, and sea combine to form a spectacular landscape, and picturesque towns are scattered along the route. Back in Killarney, take a return train trip to Dublin. Operates: Mon-Sat; 7 a.m.; 14¼ hours Price Per Person From: $167

THE CLIFFS OF MOHER, BUNRATTY CASTLE, BURREN & GALWAY BAY Journey to Limerick on Ireland’s colorful west coast. Board a coach and head out to visit delightful Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, a living museum recreating life in a typical 19th-century Irish village. The spectacular Cliffs of Moher are next. Rising 700 feet above the crashing Atlantic Ocean, the views are incredible! Cross the barren, almost lunar-like landscape of the Burren. Finally, travel along the shores of Galway Bay to the city of Galway before heading back to Dublin. the cliffs of moher

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Ireland on your Self Drive Vacation

From Galway ARAN ISLAND FERRY

The Aran Islands offer a glimpse into a way of life that has long since disappeared, with breathtaking scenery, ruins, medieval castles, cliffs, clean air, and rich folklore. Operates: Daily; 1½ hours each way (including the 23 mile drive from Galway), plus your time on the island. There is a shuttle bus available from Galway at an additional cost if you prefer not to drive to the dock Price Per Person From: $25

TRAD ON THE PROM

“Trad on the Prom” is a lively celebration of Irish music, song, and dance! With a variety of performers, this show is sure to leave you humming an Irish tune!

MEDIEVAL BANQUET

From Killarney

From Shannon

RING OF KERRY – coach TOUR

BUNRATTY CASTLE MEDIEVAL BANQUET

Delight in the breathtaking scenery on the Ring of Kerry. See mountains, seascapes, coasts, glens, and quaint villages as you wind along the 112 mile route.

Step back to medieval times at Bunratty Castle. Enjoy a 4-course meal in the Great Hall with entertainment by the Bunratty singers and musicians.

Operates: Daily, except holidays

Operates: Daily; 10:30 a.m.; 6 hours

Operates: Daily; 5:30 & 8:45 p.m.; 2¼ hours

Visit with Tea/coffee and Scone Price Per Person From: $18

Price Per Person From: $33

Price Per Person From: $83

Visit with Lunch (subject to availability) Price Per Person From: $33

DINGLE PENINSULA TOUR

BUNRATTY FOLK PARK IRISH NIGHT

Operates: May-Sep; Tue, Thu, Sun 9 p.m.; 2 hours Price Per Person From: $47

RATHBAUN FARM

Visit a quaint farmhouse where you will be introduced to the workings of a traditional Irish sheep farm. Rathbaun is just 20 miles south of Galway.

CLIFFS OF MOHER CRUISE

The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most famous vista. Now you can view their natural beauty from the sea. Operates: Daily; Mid March-Early Nov; departures 12 p.m., 3 p.m. & 5:15 p.m.; 1 hour, subject to tide and weather conditions Price Per Person From: $29 ROSS CASTLE

The Dingle Peninsula stretches out into the Atlantic Ocean on the Southwest coast of Ireland. Renowned for its scenery, this is a journey not to be missed. You’ll enjoy the vistas and stops in towns along the way. Operates: Daily; Apr-Oct; 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Price Per Person From: $39

ROSS CASTLE & KILLARNEY ESTATE JAUNTING CARS TOUR

Hear tales of history, legend, and folklore as you ramble through Killarney National Park in a horse-drawn jaunting car. See splendid Ross Castle, built in the 15th century and admire the spectacular scenery.

Celebrate the best of Ireland’s traditions in the Corn Barn at Bunratty Folk Park. Enjoy music, storytelling, song and dance over a 4-course, home-cooked meal. Operates: Daily; Apr-Oct; 7 p.m.; 2½ hours Price Per Person From: $68

From Waterford WATERFORD WALKING TOUR

Operates: Daily; minimum 2 passengers; 1 hour

On a walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city you’ll see monuments and cathedrals, and hear about a gallery of rogues and rascals, delivered in the entertaining style of an award-winning master storyteller.

Price Per Person From: $29

Operates: Daily; Mar-Oct; 1 hour Price Per Person From: $9

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Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, Kinsale & Wexford

KILKENNY ORMONDE HOTEL HHHH Kilkenny

KILKENNY RIVER COURT HOTEL HHHH Kilkenny

CLIFF HOUSE HHHHH Near Waterford

In the main shopping district near Kilkenny Castle

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

On the banks of the River Nore and overlooked by Kilkenny’s majestic 12th century castle

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A boutique property on the coast PRICE PER overlooking Ardmore Bay, 46 miles PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: southwest of Waterford

Twin $63

90 rooms with a coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi

Twin $83 Single $144

39 guestrooms offer a coffee/tea maker, fridge, and TV

Twin $128

Single $112 Triple $51

2 bars and 3 restaurants

Triple $83

Bar and restaurant

Triple N/A

118 rooms with a coffee/tea tray, TV, and free WiFi Bar, 2 restaurants, and 24-hour room service Pool, kids club, laundry service, and Spa

Gym, pool, and Spa

Gym, pool, Spa, and free WiFi in public areas

FAITHLEGG HOUSE HOTEL & GOLF CLUB HHHH Waterford

GRANVILLE HOTEL HHHH Waterford

IMPERIAL CORK HHHH Cork

An 18th-century mansion located 6 miles east of Waterford

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Overlooking the waterfront and marina, in the center of Waterford City

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Twin $90

100 guestrooms with a coffee/ tea maker, room service, TV, and free WiFi

Twin $62

82 rooms and suites offer a coffee/tea maker, iron & trouser press, and TV Piano bar, lounge, and restaurant

Single $140 Triple $82

Single $110 Triple $41

Bar, restaurant, and 24-hour room service

18-hole golf course & club house, fitness center, pool, sauna, Spa, and free WiFi in public areas

Single $255

PRICE PER Located in the premier shopping and commercial district of the city PERSON PER

130 guestrooms with a coffee/tea maker, TV, and free WiFi Bar, 5 restaurants, and 24-hour room service

NIGHT FROM: Twin $89 Single $150 Triple N/A

Hair salon and Spa

Beauty therapy room and parking

OTHER favorite hotels PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Cork

SILVER SPRINGS MORAN HOTEL HHHH

Twin $76 Single $130 Triple $71

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RIVER LEE HOTEL HHHH Cork Situated on the banks of the River Lee 182 rooms feature A/C, a safe, TV, and free wired Internet access

Kinsale

ACTONS HOTEL HHHH Kinsale PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

A period hotel in the heart of Kinsale, overlooking the harbor

Bar and restaurant

Single $156

73 rooms feature a coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, safe, TV, and free WiFi

Fitness center, laundry service, free parking, pool, Spa, and free WiFi in public areas

Triple $67

Bar, brasserie, and restaurant

Twin $87

Prices include breakfast and all taxes.

Health club, pool, sauna, and Spa

TRIDENT HOTEL HHHH

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PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Twin $77

WHITES OF WEXFORD HHHH

Single $134 Triple $76

Wexford

Twin $56 Single $99 Triple N/A

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Twin $72 Single $99 Triple $53

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Killarney & Kenmare

AGHADOE HEIGHTS HOTEL & SPA HHHHH Killarney

KILLARNEY PARK HOTEL HHHHH Killarney

ARBUTUS HOTEL HHHH Killarney

Country setting overlooking the Lakes of Killarney

Located in the town center, on its own private grounds

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

A charming, historic hotel located PRICE PER in Killarney town center and close PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: to Killarney National Park

Twin $142

30 rooms and suites have a coffee/tea maker, desk, satellite TV, and free WiFi

74 well-appointed bedrooms with A/C, dual voltage, a hairdryer, iron, minibar, and free WiFi Bar, lounge, and restaurant

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $91 Single $154 Triple N/A

Mini-gym, pool, and Spa

68 beautifully appointed guest rooms feature A/C, a plasma TV, safe, and free WiFi Bar, afternoon tea room, and restaurant

Single $266 Triple $156

Twin $60 Single $120 Triple $60

Bar and restaurant

Fitness club and Spa

THE BREHON HHHH Killarney

KILLARNEY PLAZA HOTEL & SPA HHHH Killarney

KILLARNEY ROYAL HHHH Killarney A family-run boutique hotel in the heart of Killarney

A superior property adjacent to the National Park, not far from the city center

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Centrally located, superior hotel, neighboring Killarney National Park

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

123 beautiful rooms and suites feature A/C, a safe, and free WiFi

Twin $90 Single $156

198 rooms with A/C, a coffee/tea maker, safe, and free WiFi

Twin $85 Single $134

Bar, restaurant, and 24-hour room service

Triple $79

Bars, piano bar, and 3 restaurants Triple $84

49 spacious rooms are individually designed and offer A/C, a hairdryer, trouser press, and free WiFi

Gym, pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and Sundari Spa

Bar, bistro, restaurant, and afternoon tea

Angsana Spa

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $62 Single $110 Triple* $69

*Deluxe room

KILLARNEY TOWERS HHHH Killarney City center, near Killarney National Park 182 rooms feature A/C, a coffee/tea maker, and free WiFi 3 bars, a restaurant, and room service

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $32 Single $63 Triple N/A

Gym and indoor pool

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KENMARE BAY HOTEL HHH Kenmare

THE MALTON HHHH Killarney

Prices include breakfast and all taxes.

A historic property set on 6 acres of gardens in the center of town 172 rooms and suites feature a safe, TV, and free WiFi Afternoon tea, bar, and 3 restaurants Laundry & dry cleaning service, leisure center and parking

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Located on the outskirts of Kenmare

Single $126

127 rooms and suites feature a coffee/tea maker, LCD TV, and free WiFi

Triple $80

Bar and restaurant

Twin $84

Spa and leisure center Non-smoking rooms

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A I RPORT TRANS F ERS Shannon starting at $202 per vehicle (private)

Dingle, Adare, Limerick, Ennis, Bunratty & Shannon

DINGLE SKELLIG HOTEL HHHH Dingle

DINGLE BENNERS HOTEL HHH Dingle

DUNRAVEN ARMS HOTEL HHHH Adare

Set on the shores of Dingle Bay

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

In the heart of the picturesque town of Dingle, an ideal base for touring the magnificent peninsula

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

An old coach house, in the picturesque village of Adare

Twin $84

52 antique-styled rooms offer a coffee/tea maker, satellite TV, and free WiFi

Twin $80

86 rooms offer A/C, a safe, TV, and free WiFi

Single $112

Bar and restaurant

Single $107

Triple $77

Gym, pool, sauna, and Spa treatments

Triple* $111

110 rooms and suites feature a coffee/tea tray, hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi Bar, lounge, and restaurant

Single $119

Leisure club, pool, jacuzzi, steam room, and Spa

Triple $84

Traditional Irish bar

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $80

*Luxury family room

CLARION LIMERICK HHHH Limerick A city center waterfront hotel overlooking the River Shannon, 158 bedrooms with A/C, a hairdryer, and free WiFi Bar, lounge, restaurant, and 24-hour room service

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $74 Single $126 Triple $70

Gym, pool, and sauna

LIMERICK STRAND HOTEL HHHH Limerick

NO. 1 PERY SQUARE HHHH Limerick

In a central location on the River Shannon

Boutique townhouse hotel in historic Georgian quarter

184 rooms with A/C, a coffee/tea tray, and free WiFi Afternoon tea, bar, restaurant, and 24-hour room service

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $76 Single $117 Triple $66

Laundry services, gym, salon, and Spa

20 rooms and suites feature a coffee/tea maker, safe, TV, and free WiFi Afternoon tea, lounge, and restaurant

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $95 Single $160 Triple $93

Wine shop with private dining Irish Organic Spa

OLD GROUND HOTEL HHHH Ennis An 18th-century manor house in the city center 105 rooms have a coffee/tea maker, TV, and free WiFi Bar, 2 restaurants, and room service

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $70 Single $108 Triple $60

Laundry service and library

Prices include breakfast and all taxes.

BUNRATTY CASTLE HOTEL HHH Bunratty

PARK INN BY RADISSON SHANNON AIRPORT HHH Shannon

In the heart of the countryside, adjacent to Durty Nelly’s Pub

Within walking distance of Shannon Airport

80 rooms feature A/C and free WiFi Bar, restaurant, and 24-hour room service Gym, pool, and Spa

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Single $90

114 rooms feature A/C, a coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, and free WiFi

Triple $46

Bar and restaurant

Twin $50

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $66 Single $117 Triple $58

Dry cleaning services and laundry

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Galway

ARDILAUN HOTEL HHHH

THE G HOTEL HHHHH In the heart of Galway City 101 rooms and suites with A/C, a minibar, safe, and free WiFi Bar, 3 lounges, and a restaurant 24-hour room service and afternoon tea

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $138 Single $247 Triple N/A

CONNEMARA COAST HHHH

A modern hotel situated on spacious private grounds in the leafy suburb of Taylors Hill, near Galway city center

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

125 rooms offer coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, TV, and free Wi-Fi

Single $124

Twin $83 Triple $77

Located in the town of Furbo, about 7 miles from Galway City and on the shores of Galway Bay

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

142 superior rooms and suites offer a coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi

Twin $113

Spa

Leisure Club with aerobics studio, gym, pool, and steam room

2 bars and 2 restaurants

GALWAY BAY HOTEL HHHH

HOTEL MEYRICK HHHH

THE TWELVE HOTEL HHHH

An award-winning hotel overlooking Galway Bay 153 rooms feature coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, free wired Internet access, and TV Bar, café, and restaurant

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $122 Single $163 Triple $118

Gym and pool

An old-world hotel overlooking Eyre Square, in the city center 99 elegant rooms feature stylish décor, TV, and free WiFi Bar, lounge serving afternoon tea and restaurant

Single $190 Triple $110

Spa and 2 tennis courts

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

A boutique hotel just 5 miles west of Galway

Single $187

48 guest rooms and suites offer A/C, iPod dock, safe, TV, and free WiFi

Triple N/A

Bar, bistro, and restaurant

Twin $124

Gym and Spa

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $89 Single $163 Triple $78

Voya & Le Petite Spa Treatments Free parking

FLANNERY’S HOTEL HHH Not far from the Royal Tara China Factory and the city center 134 rooms and suites offer a coffee/tea maker, writing desk, TV, and free WiFi

HARBOUR HOTEL HHH PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Set overlooking Galway Bay and the Spanish Arch

Twin $55

96 rooms have a coffee/tea maker, Twin $60 ironing, TV, and free WiFi

Single $90

Seafood Bar and Grill

Single $119

130 rooms offer a coffee/tea maker, flat-screen TV, and wired Internet (fee)

Fitness center, jacuzzi, Spa, and steam room

Triple N/A

Bar, coffee bar, and restaurant

Bar, lounge, bistro, private dining, Triple $53 and restaurant 24-hour secure parking

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Not far from Eyre Square and Shop Street

JURYS INN GALWAY HHH

Prices include breakfast and all taxes.

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Cong, Westport, Ballina, Sligo & Donegal

LISLOUGHREY LODGE HHHH Cong Set on 10 acres overlooking Lough Corrib 50 individually designed rooms and suites offer luxury bedding, DVD player, and free WiFi Bar and restaurant

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

CARLTON ATLANTIC COAST HHHH Westport

HOTEL WESTPORT HHHH Westport

Set on Clew Bay, not far from the town center

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

A modern hotel with classic décor in central Westport

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

129 rooms with a coffee/tea maker, Twin $45 hair dryer, TV, and free WiFi

Twin $80

85 rooms offer a coffee/tea maker, free newspaper, TV, and free WiFi Twin $49

Single $159

Bar and restaurant

Single $91

Bar and restaurant

Single $70

Triple* $98

Pool, sauna, and Spa

Triple $42

Gym and Spa with splash pool, sauna, and steam room

Triple $45

* Lakeview suite

DOWNHILL HOUSE HOTEL HHH Ballina

THE GLASSHOUSE HHHH Sligo

Set in landscaped gardens on the banks of the River Brosna

Overlooking the Garravogue River PRICE PER PERSON PER near downtown Sligo

On the edge of Sligo, in a quiet parkland setting

116 rooms and suites offer A/C, a coffee/tea maker, safe, and free WiFi

Twin $67

136 rooms offer a coffee/tea tray, hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi

Single $134

Bar and restaurant

Triple N/A

Gym; great base for touring Yeats’ Triple $64 country

60 rooms with a coffee/tea maker, TV, and free WiFi

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $64

Bar and restaurant

Single $107

Leisure club with pool and jacuzzi

Triple $57

2 bars, restaurant and 24-hour room service

SLIGO PARK HOTEL HHHH Sligo NIGHT FROM:

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $70 Single $132

Free underground parking

HARVEY’S POINT HHHH Donegal

REDCASTLE OCEANFRONT, GOLF & SPA HOTEL HHHH Donegal

MILL PARK HOTEL HHHH Donegal PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

74 rooms have a coffee/tea maker, safe, TV, and free WiFi

Twin $132

115 rooms feature a hairdryer, room service, TV, and free WiFi

Single $263

Bar and restaurant

Single $120

93 rooms and suites offer a hairdryer, iron, TV, and free WiFi

Bar, restaurant, and wine bar

Triple* $152

Gym, jacuzzi, pool, and Spa

Triple $74

Bar and restaurant

* Executive suite

Prices include breakfast and all taxes.

Situated in Donegal town overlooking the Bay

Overlooking Lough Foyle on the Inishowen Peninsula

Family-owned property situated about 4 miles from Donegal town, on the shores of Lough Eske

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $74

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $75 Single $120 Triple $71

Gym, pool, and Spa

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Belfast starting at $152 per vehicle (private) $218 per vehicle (Mercedes – private) $266 per vehicle (Viano – private)

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HILTON BELFAST HHHHH

FITZWILLIAM HOTEL HHHHH Set in the heart of the city, near shopping and attractions

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

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City center, in the heart of the city’s “Golden Mile,” next to the Grand Opera House

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

272 comfortable rooms offer A/C, a minibar, superior soundproofing, and TV

Twin $90

Twin $102

209 comfortable rooms feature A/C, a coffee/tea maker and more Twin $106

Single $187

Bar and restaurant

Single $195

Triple N/A

Triple N/A

24-hour room service

Fitness room, free WiFi in public areas

RADISSON BLU BELFAST HHHH

JURYS INN BELFAST HHH

In the revitalized Gasworks area near local attractions including Belfast Castle

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Located in city center beside the fabled Belfast Opera House

120 comfortable rooms and suites feature A/C, a hairdryer, ironing, TV, and free WiFi

Twin $95

130 comfortable rooms and suites feature A/C, minibar, safe, TV, and free WiFi Bar and restaurant

190 rooms feature a coffee/tea maker, TV, and WiFi (fee)

Single $145 Triple $80

Bar, piano bar, restaurant, free WiFi in limited public areas

PARK INN BY RADISSON HHH PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

City center near Victoria Square, within walking distance of dining and historic buildings

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Twin $84

145 rooms feature A/C, a safe, and free WiFi

Twin $82

Bar and restaurant

Triple $74

Single $170

Bar and restaurant

Single $166

Triple $88

WiFi in public areas (fee)

Triple $80

Bar and restaurant

Single $140

Gym, sauna, and steam room

EXPLORE BELFAST

BELFAST CASTLE OVERLOOKING BELFAST LOUGH

PRICE PER PERSON FROM: Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off

$21

Giant’s Causeway

$41

Titanic Experience

$25

Belfast Titanic Walking Tour

$24

GIANT’S CAUSEWAY

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5 minute walk to city center, on the banks of the Lagan River

EUROPA HOTEL HHHH

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Antrim Coast, Londonderry & Northern Ireland’s Countryside

BALLYGALLY CASTLE HHHH Antrim Coast

LONDONDERRY ARMS HHH Antrim Coast

MAGHERABUOY HOUSE HOTEL HHH Antrim Coast

Located on the Coast Road 52 miles northwest of Belfast. At the foot of the famous 9 Glens of Antrim

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Set 32 miles north of Belfast, a historic hotel situated in the picturesque Glens of Antrim

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Twin $82

44 rooms feature contemporary décor, a coffee/tea maker, and sitting area

35 individually decorated rooms feature a hairdryer, tea maker, TV, and free WiFi

Twin $60

Single $140 Triple $77

On the North Antrim coast, at the southern outskirts of Portrush

Single $85

55 non-smoking rooms with a coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi

Triple $45

Bakery, bistro, and restaurant

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $50 Single $100 Triple $50

2 restaurants

Bar, lounge, and restaurant Free WiFi in public areas

CITY HOTEL DERRY HHHH Londonderry

RAMADA PORTRUSH HHH Antrim Coast

On the banks of the River Foyle and minutes from the Derry Walls

EVERGLADES HOTEL HHHH Londonderry PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Overlooking the rugged hills of Donegal, on the South bank of the River Foyle

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Twin $73

64 rooms and suites offer a coffee/tea maker, safe, iPad dock, and TV

Twin $70

Not far from Dunluce Castle and the Giant’s Causeway, 60 miles northwest of Belfast

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

69 non-smoking rooms have a hairdryer, TV, and WiFi (fee)

Twin $93

158 rooms and suites with A/C, a coffee/tea maker, and free WiFi

Single $144

Bar and restaurant

Single $135

Bar and restaurant

Triple $86

Gym, pool, and steam room

Triple $57

Single $117 Triple $66

Bar and restaurant Free WiFi in public areas

EXPLORE londonderry londondERRY WALKING TOUR

TOWER HOTEL DERRY HHHH Londonderry Located within the historic city walls 93 rooms and suites feature a coffee/tea tray, hairdryer, and TV Bar and restaurant

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $82 Single $151 Triple $65

Join a local guide for a stroll along the 17th-century city walls, taking in views of the city. On to see St. Columbs Cathedral, built in 1633, and the Guildhall. Next are the awe-inspiring Bogside Murals and the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall, com­memorat­ing the siege of the city in 1689.

GUILDHALL, THE HEART OF LONDONDERRY

Operates: Daily; 1 hour Price Per Person From: $12

Free parking and free WiFi in public areas

Prices include breakfast and all taxes.

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1 KILRONAN HOUSE Dublin A 19th-century building in the Georgian quarter, near St. Stephen’s Green and lively Grafton Street

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

A Georgian townhouse set in the Ballsbridge area in the heart of the city

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Twin $84

Twin $53

23 en suite rooms have a coffee/ tea tray, hairdryer, and more

Single $149

48 en suite rooms feature a hairdryer, safe, TV, and free WiFi

Triple $75

Breakfast room, drawing room

Single $105 Triple $52

Breakfast room and lounge Free WiFi

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3 BALLYKNOCKEN HOUSE Wicklow

4 BUNGALOW FARMHOUSE B&B Freshford, Kilkenny

5 DUNROMIN Kilkenny

A charming, ivy-clad Victorian house built in the 1850s and set on a 350-acre farm, an hours drive from Dublin and 15 minutes west of Wicklow

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Located on a working cattle, sheep, and horse farm about 10 miles northwest of Kilkenny

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19th-century farmhouse within walking distance of the city’s medieval center

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Twin $83

Twin $50

5 en suite rooms with a hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi

Twin $61

Single $64

7 rooms with en suite facilities, and free wired Internet access

Triple $71

4 en suite bedrooms with electric blankets, a hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi

Triple $49

Dining room, lounge

Triple $61

Single $132

Single $89

Restaurants and golf nearby

Cooking school, garden

6 NEWTOWN FARM Waterford A working farm near the seaside village of Ardmore

7 ROSEWOOD B&B Waterford PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

A modern home, just a 5 minute drive from Waterford City

Single $87 Triple $45

Guest rooms have beautiful views, Twin $45 a hairdryer, and free WiFi Sauna, tennis court

Prices include breakfast and all taxes. 78

8 GLASHA FARMHOUSE Waterford PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

A working dairy farm set in the countryside, away from busy roads

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Single $87

Pub and restaurant nearby

Triple $45

En suite rooms have a coffee/tea tray, electric blankets, hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi

Twin $70

Garden and private parking

4 en suite rooms with a coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi Twin $46

Gardens, conservatory and walking trails

Single $85 Triple $70


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9 KILLIANE CASTLE FARMHOUSE Wexford

10 ARDFIELD FARMHOUSE Cork

A peaceful 17th century house located 3 miles south of Wexford • 8 en suite rooms have a hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi • Gardens and tennis

A horse farm residence just a 10 minute drive south of Cork • 4 en suite rooms with countryside views, featuring a hairdryer, power shower, and TV • Guest lounge with a coffee/tea maker and patio garden • Visit the horse stables and paddocks • Stay 2 nights and take an optional cooking class

Prices from: Twin $75; Single $110; Triple $62

Prices from: Twin $77; Single $103; Triple $75

11 WESTWOOD COUNTRY HOUSE Blarney

12 DROMCLOC HOUSE Bantry, West Cork

This property is close to Blarney Castle and a 30 minute drive to Cork city • 4 rooms with a coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, TV, and free WiFi • Complimentary scones and tea upon arrival, and golf nearby

A charming property on a working dairy farm • 6 rooms offer a hair dryer, TV, and free Wi-Fi • Tennis, fishing, and golf Prices from: Twin $50; Single $64; Triple $43

Prices from: Twin $51; Single $71; Triple $45

KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK

13 ALDERHAVEN COUNTRY HOME Killarney

14 CARRIGLEA HOUSE Killarney

15 CILLCEARN Killarney

A secluded Tudor-style house, a 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk to Killarney • Rooms feature a hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi

19th-century residence 2 miles from Killarney and adjacent to the National Park • En suite rooms have a hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi • Guest lounge • Working farm

Located in a quiet neighborhood 1.5 miles from the center of town • All bedrooms have a hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi • Sitting room and kitchen facilities available for guest use

Prices from: Twin $53; Single $80; Triple $48

Prices from: Twin $43; Single $50; Triple $41

Prices from: Twin $53; Single $80; Triple $53

16 LOCH LEIN COUNTRY HOUSE Killarney

17 CARRIG COUNTRY HOUSE Killorglin, Ring of Kerry

A modern country house in Killarney’s Lake District, at the gateway to the Ring of Kerry and close to national parks and golf courses • 25 spacious, comfortable rooms are non-smoking and have a bath with a separate shower and more • Bar and restaurant with panoramic views • Free WiFi in public areas

Located on the banks of Caragh Lake • 17 en suite rooms have antique furnishings and free WiFi • Restaurant and gardens

Prices from: Twin $100; Single $199; Triple $67

Prices from: Twin $54; Single $107; Triple N/A

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Bed & Breakfast Gems

18 EMLAGH COUNTRY HOUSE Dingle

19 FLEMINGSTOWN HOUSE Kilmlock, Co. Limerick

20 BRIAR LODGE Bunratty

A deluxe country house overlooking the ocean, just minutes from the Dingle town center • 10 en suite rooms with A/C, a safe, and TV • CD, library, and free WiFi in public areas

An award-winning luxury B&B about an hours drive south of ShannonAirport • 5 en suite rooms have a hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi • Dinner can be arranged

Close to Bunratty Castle and a great base for touring the midwest of Ireland • 5 en suite rooms with a coffee/tea tray and hairdryer • Gardens, guest TV lounge, and free WiFi

Prices from: Twin $119; Single $175; Triple N/A

Prices from: Twin $103; Single $134; Triple $93

Prices from: Twin $43; Single $64; Triple N/A

21 CAHERGAL FARMHOUSE Bunratty

22 PARK HOUSE Bunratty

23 CARRYGERRY COUNTRY HOUSE Newmarket-on-Fergus

In Newmarket-on-Fergus, conveniently near Bunratty • En suite guest rooms are equipped with a hairdryer, power shower, TV, and free WiFi • Garden, horseback riding, and tennis

Not far from Bunratty Castle & Folk Park • 6 comfortable, en suite rooms offer a coffee/tea tray, hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi • Landscaped gardens, parking, and sitting room

An 18th-century country house, just a 10 minute drive from Shannon Airport • 11 en suite rooms are custom decorated and have free WiFi • Restaurant

Prices from: Twin $65; Single $98; Triple $52

Prices from: Twin $50; Single $71; Triple $43

24 ALMARA HOUSE Galway

25 CLARE VILLA Galway

26 ST. JUDES Galway

Set in the suburbs of Galway, just minutes from the city center • 4 tastefully decorated, en suite rooms feature a hairdryer, hospitality tray, mini-fridge, TV, and free WiFi

A modern house in the Salthill area of Galway, just steps from the beach • Comfortable guest rooms are equipped with a hairdryer and free WiFi • Golf, Leisureland, tennis and other activities are nearby

A restored 1920s property, close to Galway • 6 en suite rooms with cable TV, power showers, and free WiFi • Golf and horseback riding, walking trails nearby

Prices from: Twin $43; Single $57; Triple $43

Prices from: Twin $62; Single $83; Triple $62

Prices from: Twin $60; Single $85; Triple $60

27 FOURWINDS LODGE Galway

28 CLAREVIEW HOUSE Kinvara, Co. Galway

29 DAN O’HARA’S HOMESTEAD Clifden

Overlooking Galway Bay, 2 miles from the city center • Comfortable rooms are tastefully furnished and have free WiFi • Conservatory, private gardens

Just 2 miles east of Kinvara and a 30 minute drive south of Galway • 5 comfortable, en suite rooms with a hairdryer and free WiFi • Dinner available

En suite rooms have a power shower, TV, and free WiFi • Sitting room, free access to the Heritage Center and farm • 2-night baking, walking and cycling packages available

Prices from: Twin $62; Single $87; Triple $62

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Prices include breakfast and all taxes.

Prices from: Twin $46; Single $91; Triple $46

Prices from: Twin $77; Single $107; Triple $71

Prices from: Twin $62; Single $87; Triple $62


Bed & Breakfast Gems

30 ST. RUTH’S FARMHOUSE Athlone, Co. Westmeath

31 LOUGH OWEL LODGE Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

32 CUANEEN HOUSE Louisburgh, Co. Mayo

A working dairy and sheep farm about 1 ½ hours east of Galway

In a rural setting, a 5 minute drive PRICE PER from the market town of Mullingar PERSON PER

Lovely setting overlooking Croagh PRICE PER PERSON PER Patrick and Carramore Beach

5 guest rooms are individually decorated and have free WiFi

4 comfortable, en suite rooms offer free WiFi

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

5 comfortable en suite rooms with electric blankets, a hairdryer, Twin $52 Single $77 and free WiFi Garden and parking

Organic farm with sheep and cows

Triple $52

33 NEWGRANGE LODGE Donore, Co. Meath

34 LISDANAR Glenties, Co. Donegal

On 7 acres, with views of the Boyne Valley and River

In a quiet setting not far from the Glenties town center

En suite rooms have A/C, power showers and more BBQ and recreational areas, free WiFi in public areas

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $47 Single $64 Triple $38

NIGHT FROM: Twin $54 Single $82 Triple $54

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Originally a Victorian grand manor house

Twin $72

Single $97

Single $99

3 guest suites have coffee/tea facilities, a TV, and free Wi-Fi

Triple $66

Triple $68

Just 3 miles from Coleraine 4 ensuite rooms with a coffee/tea tray, TV, and free WiFi

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

A 19th-century mansion near the Coleraine town center

Evening meals and a tour of the farm can be arranged

Twin $43 Triple $43

Garden, laundry service, parking, and WiFi *Family Room

Prices include breakfast and all taxes.

Triple $42

A family-run Bed & Breakfast five minutes from Londonderry’s city center

37 BREEZEMOUNT HOUSE Antrim Coast

Single $60

Single $60

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36 GLENLEARY FARMHOUSE Antrim Coast

10 rooms offer a hairdryer, tea tray, and TV

Twin $45

35 TROY HALL Londonderry

4 en suite rooms offer a coffee/tea Twin $74 tray, hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi Conservatory, gardens, patio, sitting room

Convenient for boat trips to Clare Island, surfing and hill walks

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PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $52 Single $52 Triple $119*

“I loved staying in B&Bs – it was so much fun! The rooms were all comfortable, and the homeowners were so friendly, I really felt like I was part of the family, not a guest. And the breakfasts were amazing! Ireland isn’t just the land of ‘forty shades of green,’ it’s the land of great cooks. I can’t wait to go back and visit again.” Tilila Pomee Reservations Brendan Vacations

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DUNBOYNE CASTLE HOTEL HHHH Co. Meath

BARBERSTOWN CASTLE HHHH Co. Kildare

Located 11 miles from Dublin, on 2 acres of manicured lawns and gardens

This 13th century castle is set on 20 acres just outside of Dublin

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PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $95

145 spacious rooms and suites feature a power shower, free WiFi, Single $137 and more Triple $86 2 bars, a lounge and restaurant

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58 uniquely designed rooms provide the highest standard in comfort and have free WiFi Restaurant

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $135 Single $213 Triple N/A

Non-smoking establishment

Gym, 24-hour room service, and Spa

3 THE POWERSCOURT RESORT & SPA HHHHH Co. Wicklow

4 THE K CLUB HHHHH Straffan, Co. Kildare

A Palladian woodland estate 23 miles south of Dublin

A luxurious country house hotel just 17 miles from Dublin

200 rooms and suites have A/C and free WiFi Bar, lounge, restaurant, and wine bar

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5 CARTON HOUSE HHHH Straffan, Co. Kildare PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

PRICE PER A historic Palladian house is 14 miles from Dublin’s city center PERSON PER

Single $333

24-hour concierge, art collection, garden, 2 golf courses, and Spa

Triple N/A

Bar and 2 restaurants

Twin $167

NIGHT FROM: Twin $124 Single $196 Triple $124

2 championship golf courses and a luxury Spa

7 BALLYFIN HHHHH Co. Laois PRICE PER An all-inclusive luxury property set by the Slieve Bloom Mountains PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: 40 miles west of Kildare

15 spacious rooms and suites have deluxe amenities and free WiFi

Twin $560

Library bar and fine dining restaurant

Bar and restaurant, all meals and drinks included in room rates

Triple N/A

Tennis court, nature trails, and guided walks available

Garden walks, gym, pool, and Spa treatments

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Twin $75 37 rooms offer a coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, ironing, laundry facilities, Single $146 and TV Triple N/A

KILKENNY

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Triple $151

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6 KINNITY CASTLE HHHH Co. Offaly

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2 golf courses, pool, Spa, and 24-hour room service

This gothic revival castle, dating back to the 13th century, 10 miles east of Birr

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8 LYRATH ESTATE HHHH Co. Kilkenny PRICE PER Amid 170 acres of mature parkland, 1 mile from Kilkenny city PERSON PER

137 rooms offer A/C, heating, a TV, and free WiFi

NIGHT FROM: Twin $107

2 bars and 2 restaurants

Single $185

Gym, jacuzzi, pool, and Spa

Triple $102


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9 MOUNT JULIET HHHHH Co. Kilkenny 20 minutes from Kilkenny 57 rooms, suites and lodges are graciously appointed Bar and 2 restaurants Gym, pool, sauna, Spa, and free WiFi in public areas

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $113 Single $196 Triple N/A

10 CASHEL PALACE HOTEL HHHH Co. Tipperary

11 DUNBRODY COUNTRY HOUSE HHHH Co. Wexford

A Queen Anne-style home set at the foot of the Rock of Cashel

Set just minutes from Waterford, on 300 acres of parkland

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

23 individually decorated rooms are well appointed and offer free WiFi Twin $86 Bar, restaurant, and 24-hour room service

Fishing, golf, horseback riding, walking trails

Afternoon tea, fishing, gardens, library, and walking trails

12 WATERFORD CASTLE HHHH Co. Waterford

13 HAYFIELD MANOR HHHHH Co. Cork

A superior 4-star property on a private island

Beautifully set in walled gardens, just outside of Cork’s city center

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Single $105

22 individually styled rooms offer a CD/DVD player, fresh fruit daily, Twin $140 Single $170 hairdryer, and more

Triple N/A

2 restaurants

Triple* $159

Cooking school, Spa, and free WiFi *Deluxe room

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

14 PARK HOTEL KENMARE HHHHH Co. Kerry PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

In the charming town of Kenmare

PRICE PER PERSON PER

Twin $132

46 rooms and suites are individually NIGHT FROM: decorated and feature a CD player, Twin $199 DVD, TV, free WiFi and more

Single $250

Bar and restaurant

Single $254

Triple N/A

Triple N/A

Fitness room, jacuzzi, pool, and Spa

12-seat cinema, croquet, lap pool, Spa, tennis, walking and bike trails

15 SHEEN FALLS LODGE HHHHH Co. Kerry

16 BALLYSEEDE CASTLE HHHH Co. Kerry

17 THE MUSTARD SEED AT ECHO LODGE HHHH Co. Limerick

Situated on 300 picturesque acres PRICE PER PERSON PER of woodlands near Kenmare, NIGHT FROM: overlooking Kenmare Bay

Near Tralee, on 30 acres with gardens and woodlands

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

PRICE PER A superior property on 10 acres of gardens in Ireland’s southwest, PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: 10 minutes from Adare

Twin $75

18 rooms offer fine amenities

Twin $175

Single $144

Renowned restaurant

Single $210

Gardens, library, lounge, and free WiFi in public areas

Triple N/A

14 deluxe bedrooms and 5 suites with modern comforts Restaurant with a wine cellar Private ferry service to/from Waterford, 18-hole golf course, and free WiFi in public areas

66 spacious rooms and suites offer superb views and fine amenities including free WiFi

Single $105

88 spacious rooms and suites offer A/C, a hairdryer, safe, tea/ coffee tray, TV, and free WiFi

Triple N/A

2 restaurants and a wine cellar

Twin $95

Twin $155

23 rooms have a hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi

Single $206

Bar and restaurant

Triple $154

Triple $69 Conveniently located near the attractions and activities of Tralee

Bar, lounge, and restaurant Art gallery, falconry, fishing, garden, gym, pool, and Spa

Prices include breakfast and all taxes.

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18 ADARE MANOR HHHHH Co. Limerick

19 DROMOLAND CASTLE HHHHH Co. Clare

Set in the charming town of Adare on PRICE PER PERSON PER 840 acres of gardens and parkland

In an ideal location, just 8 miles from Shannon Airport, on a stunning 330-acre estate

62 well-appointed rooms and suites are equipped with marble bathrooms, a hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi

Twin $153

Spacious guest rooms and suites feature American socket converters, a hairdryer, safe, signature slippers and bathrobe, a TV, and free WiFi

Single $305

Bar and 2 restaurants

Single $320

Triple N/A

Archery, estate walks, falconry, golf, horseback riding, leisure center with jacuzzi, pool, sauna, Spa, and tennis

Triple* $218

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Bar and 2 restaurants 24-hour concierge, boutique, golf course, and Spa

The castle dates back to the 16th century

Twin $160

*Deluxe room

20 THE LODGE AT DOONBEG HHHHH Co. Clare

21 ASHFORD CASTLE HHHHH Co. Galway

Minutes from Doonbeg village

A legendary castle hotel on 350 acres of manicured lawns and woodlands at the northern end of Lough Corrib

189 rooms and suites each have their own personality and style, offering first class amenities

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $105

Bar and restaurant

Single $210

Gym, 18-hole golf course, Spa, and free WiFi in public areas

Triple* $204

Once the estate of the Guinness family

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $125

83 rooms and suites feature a safe, TV, and writing desk

Single $249

Bar and 2 restaurants Drawing room, equestrian center, estate walks, falconry, 9-hole golf course, lake cruising, Spa, and free WiFi in public areas

Triple $124

*Courtyard 2 bedroom suite

22 GLENLO ABBEY HHHHH Co. Galway A distinguished hotel just 2 miles from central Galway, perfect for touring the west of Ireland 46 rooms and suites offer a hairdryer, clothes press, safe, TV, and free WiFi

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24 BALLYNAHINCH CASTLE HHHH Co. Galway

In the west, near the village of Clifden

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

On 450 private acres of woodlands in the heart of idyllic Connemara

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $150

Triple $80

40 comfortable guest rooms and suites offer first class amenities including free WiFi

Single $170

45 beautiful rooms with central heat, Twin $95 a coffee/tea tray, hairdryer, DVD Single $185 player, TV, and free WiFi

Triple N/A

Bar and restaurant

Twin $92

Bar and 2 restaurants 9 hole golf course offering superb views of Lough Corrib

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23 ABBEYGLEN CASTLE HHHH Co. Galway

Lounge, pitch and putt, tennis, Spa, and walking trail

Pub and restaurant with a seasonal menu Bicycle rentals, fishing, tennis, and walking and hiking trails

Single $212 Triple $137


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25 KNOCKRANNY HOUSE HHHH Co. Mayo

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LOUGH RYNN CASTLE HHHH Co. Leitrim

27 CABRA CASTLE HHHH Co. Cavan

Located in Westport, just minutes PRICE PER PERSON PER from the town center

Stunning and secluded location on the shores of Lough Rynn

PRICE PER Historic property dating back to 1760, 54 miles northwest of Dublin PERSON PER

110 spacious rooms and suites are elegantly furnished and are equipped with modern amenities including free WiFi

42 individually designed rooms showcase original furnishings and have A/C, a hairdryer, DVD player, and TV

NIGHT FROM: Twin $115 Single $175 Triple $109

Award-winning restaurant

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Single $168

80 individually designed rooms and suites have a coffee/tea maker, TV, and free WiFi

Triple N/A

Bar and restaurant

Twin $85

Their Sandstone Restaurant features fresh local produce

Fitness suite, pool, and Spa

NIGHT FROM: Twin $80 Single $140 Triple $75

9-hole golf course

Free WiFi in public areas

28 CASTLE LESLIE HHHH Co. Monaghan Set on 1,000 acres, with woodlands PRICE PER and lakes, 75 miles north of Dublin PERSON PER 50 castle and lodge rooms designed with period furnishings Bar and restaurant

NIGHT FROM: Twin $80 Single $159

Cooking school, fishing, horseback Triple $78 riding, kayaking, walking trails, and free WiFi in lobby and bar

29 SOLIS LOUGH ESKE CASTLE HHHHH Co. Donegal

30 LOUGH ERNE HHHHH Co. Fermanagh

Located just outside of Donegal town, on 43 acres of forest woodland

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Set on a private 600 acre peninsula, minutes from Enniskillen town center

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

96 guest rooms and suites feature dual voltage sockets, a safe, TV, and free WiFi

Twin $136

120 rooms and suites with a coffee/ tea tray, safe, and free WiFi

Twin $92

Single $272 Triple N/A

Bar and 3 restaurants

Triple N/A

2 bars and a restaurant

Single $181

Afternoon tea, golf, helicopter tours, and walking paths

Indoor pool and Spa

“Staying in an Irish castle is truly an amazing experience. The castle itself was gorgeous, and the art, furnishings and woodwork inside were exquisite. Now I know how Princess Kate feels!”

MANOR COUNTRY HOUSE HHHH Co. Fermanagh 31

An historic country retreat just north of Eniskillen, with lovely views of Lough Erne

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Twin $113 81 rooms feature a coffee/tea maker and other modern amenities Single $166

Afternoon tea, 2 bars, and a restaurant

Triple $57

Fitness center and Spa

Prices include breakfast and all taxes.

CULLODEN ESTATE & SPA HHHHH Co. Belfast (Holywood) 32

On 12 acres overlooking Belfast Lough, just 7 miles northeast of Belfast

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

79 rooms feature a coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, robe and slippers, and TV

Twin $213

Hilda Hernandez Service Desk Brendan Vacations

Single $326 Triple N/A

Afternoon tea, lounge, and restaurant Health club, Jacuzzi, indoor pool, full-service Spa, and free WiFi in public areas

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DRIVE THE SCENIC ROADS OF SCOTLAND

Scotland SelfDrive

FEATURING B&B, Home, country inn, and hOTEL STAYS YOUR TRAVEL VALUE INCLUDES >> Discover B&B, Hotel and Inn open vouchers >> Pre-booked hotels, castles and manors available for selection >> Full breakfast each day >> Car type of your choice >> Unlimited Mileage, Collision Waiver (CDW), Theft Protection (TP), Value ­Added Tax (VAT at 20%), Airport ­Location Service Charge and Vehicle Licensing Fee >> All taxes for accommodations >> Detailed road map of Scotland provided at the Hertz pick-up counter

A Self Drive vacation is a great way to immerse yourself in a new land, really getting to know the cities, towns, countryside, and people. Plus, you have the flexibility to travel at your own pace and in your own way. First, choose the car type that suits you. We offer everything from mini to full-size vehicles. You can pick up your car in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, or London. Next, select your preferred categories of accommoda­tion. You can take each day as you please, but we recommend you pre-book accom­mo­dations in areas you “must” visit before you leave the U.S. Your Brendan Specialist will provide you the website address to do this when your booking is paid in full. This is most important during July and August when accommodations may be fully booked. You can choose between country pubs, inns, B&B’s and hotels. In addition, you will have access to an online brochure with a complete list of the accommodations with photos, descriptions, and full instructions for last-minute bookings.

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We encourage you to pre-book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. There is no minimum stay at any property, and a child receives a discount when sharing with two adults.

WHO SHOULD PURCHASE THIS PROGRAM? Open-dated vouchers are designed for travelers who: a) Have flexible expectations of their itinerary b) Want to have already-budgeted-for accom­modations before leaving the U.S. c) Like to keep their options open Open-dated vouchers are not suitable when you definitely need to stay at a particular inn or hotel. Under these circumstances, we recommend you choose a property from our selection of hotels throughout Scotland. Ask your Brendan Specialist for details, and refer to pages 90-92 and 94-96 in this brochure.

“Scotland is such a wonderfully scenic country, with beautiful lakes, wide moors, vibrant cities, and charming towns. Don’t miss the Loch Lomond cruise – it was a real highlight. And the Underground Vaults in Edinburgh were a kick! My kids loved them. We all thought Dalhousie Castle was great. With the suits of armor, stone walls, and crenellated towers, our stay there was like going back in time.” Gordon Dirker Director of Sales Brendan Vacations


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CHOOSE the ACCOMMODATION that best suits your budget

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

BED & BREAKFAST COLLECTION

• We suggest your first night as well as properties in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, and Castles and Manors be pre-booked. This should be requested at the time of booking to avoid disappointment. These hotels are not part of the voucher program (see pages 90-92 and 94-98 for our hotel selections).

Choose from hundreds of superb B&Bs, private homes, and guesthouses throughout Scotland. You will receive an e-voucher number for standard or Bronze level rooms including a full breakfast. Most homes will have private facilities available for a nominal supplement of £5.00 per person, per night, payable at check-in. To upgrade from Bronze level to Silver or Gold, a supplement will be paid directly to the property upon arrival. Your overnight might be at a working farm, a period cottage, a home that is hundreds of years old, a traditional B&B in a suburb or a manor home (there are different pricing levels depending on locations and property amenities). Accommodations are described in detail online. You will receive the web address when your booking is fully paid. We suggest that you print the pages for the areas where you plan on traveling before you leave the US.

HOTEL & INN COLLECTION We have selected hundreds of Scotland’s finest inns, pub hotels, and hotels, each offering the best in service, cleanliness, and comfort. They range in size and style from country inns to modern city center hotels. They are priced at four different levels depending on amenities and locations. You purchase Bronze level e-vouchers, which generally include country inns with as few as 10 rooms and feature private bathrooms, a restaurant and bar. These typically rate as 3 star accommodations. To upgrade, a supplement paid locally to a hotel or inn in addition to your Bronze e-voucher allows you to stay in Silver, Gold, or Platinum level properties. These supplements, outlined on this page for your convenience, are fixed amounts so you can determine what a good portion of your vacation budget will be before you even leave home.

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MIX & MATCH It is our belief that the best way to get the flavor of any country is to stay in different kinds of accommodation. These programs offer that flexibility. Just purchase vouchers for each program (B&B’s and Hotels & Inns) to enjoy the ambience of Scotland to its fullest. Your Brendan Specialist will be able to assist you in planning the best itinerary to suit your interests.

ACCOMMODATION PASS PRICES PER PERSON FROM Discover Bed & Breakfast Collection child

• Open-dated vouchers are not suitable when a confirmed booking is required months in advance. • Minimum driver age is 23 years. Drivers over 75 years must drive on a regular basis, provide a note from their doctor that they are in good health and a statement from their insurance company that they have not been in an accident in the past five years.

adult (4-13 yrs)

Bronze with shared facilities

$67

$33*

NOT INCLUDED

* One child sharing with 2 adults.

Supplements (paid directly to the property) Approx US

Bronze (en suite) Single Silver Gold Edinburgh during Military Tattoo

In Pounds

Equivalent*

£5 $9 £15 $25 £10 $17 £15 $25 £7.50 $13

Accommodation supplements, phone calls for onward reservations, additional optional insurances (including reducing deductible costs), one-way drop fees in certain cities, young driver and additional driver charges where applicable, refueling charges, and VAT charges on additional fees where applicable. Additional local fees and restrictions may apply.

* Based on exchange rates in September 2013.

Discover Hotels & Inns Collection child

adult (4-12 yrs)

Bronze Inns with shared facilities

$85

free*

* One child up to 12 years sharing with 2 adults stays free; breakfast paid directly to the hotel.

Supplements (paid directly to the property) Approx US

Single Silver Gold Platinum

In Pounds

Equivalent*

£15 $25 £5 $9 £10 $17 £15 $25

* Based on exchange rates in September 2013.


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A I RPORT TRANS F ERS Glasgow starting at $142 per vehicle (private)

Glasgow

HILTON GLASGOW HHHHH Not far from the city center, close to transportation

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Holiday Inn Theatreland HHHH

A stylish, modern hotel across from PRICE PER PERSON PER Glasgow Central Train Station

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Ideally situated in the trendy city center Theatreland district, steps from the city’s attractions

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $76

Triple* $109

118 rooms offer high quality accommodation, and free WiFi (limited)

319 modern rooms and suites offer Twin $98 A/C, a coffee/tea tray, Internet Single $179 access (fee), and LCD TV

247 rooms offer a coffee/tea maker, safe, floor-to-ceiling windows, and Twin $101 Single $182 free WiFi

Bar, restaurants, and 24-hour room service

2 bars and a restaurant

Triple $82

MARKS HOTEL HHHH In the heart of Glasgow’s city center, near bus & rail stations 103 boutique rooms feature A/C, a coffee/tea maker, desk, plasma TV, and free WiFi Bar and grill

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

*Family room

24-hour computer center and laundry facilities

MILLENNIUM HOTEL HHHH

THISTLE GLASGOW HHHH

Central, by George Square and the Queen Street Rail Station

Single $122

116 stylish rooms and suites have a coffee/tea tray, safe, satellite TV, and WiFi (fee)

Triple N/A

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Single $133 Triple N/A

A bar and breakfast room

Concierge services and free access to fitness center

Fitness center, pool, Spa, and free WiFi in public areas

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

In Glasgow’s city center, near the Central Train Station

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Single $109

300 rooms and suites offer A/C, a coffee/tea tray, LCD TV, safe, and WiFi (fee)

Triple* $62

Bar, restaurant, 24-hr room service Triple $90

Twin $55

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24-hour front desk

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JURYS INN HHH

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RAMADA GLASGOW AIRPORT HOTEL HHH

Near George Square, not far from the Central Station

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Close to Glasgow Airport, with transport connections to the city center

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

Twin $80

This city center property overlooks the River Clyde

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $66

91 rooms offer a coffee/tea tray, TV, and free WiFi

Single $129

Bar and restaurant

Single $136

108 rooms feature a coffee/tea maker, ironing facilities, and TV

Twin $65

Coffee shop and pub Laundry, dry cleaning facilities and WiFi in public areas (fee)

Triple $61

24-hour room service, parking

Triple N/A

Bar and restaurant

Triple $53

321 rooms feature A/C, a coffee/ tea maker, hairdryer, andTV

Prices include breakfast and all taxes. 90

RADISSON BLU GLASGOW HHHHH

24-hour front desk and airport shuttle, and free WiFi in public areas

Single $120


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Edinburgh

6 HILTON EDINBURGH GROSVENOR ★★★★★

7 APEX INTERNATIONAL HOTEL ★★★★

8 THE CARLTON HOTEL ★★★★

In the West End, close to the Haymarket Train Station • 184 rooms with a coffee/tea tray, Hilton Serenity bedding, and LCD TV • Bar and restaurant • Free WiFi in lobby

Central, in historic Grassmarket, near the Royal Mile & Princes Street • 175 contemporary rooms with a coffee maker, TV, and free WiFi • Gym and indoor pool

Overlooking The Royal Mile • 189 rooms have a coffee/tea tray, hairdryer,TV, and free WiFi • Bar and brasserie • Fitness center, hot tub, pool, and sauna • Spa treatments and squash courts

Prices from: Twin $102; Single $204; Triple N/A

Prices from: Twin $93; Single $176; Triple N/A

Prices from: Twin $101; Single $165; N/A triple

9 CROWNE PLAZA THE ROXBURGHE ★★★★

10 MACDONALD HOLYROOD HOTEL ★★★★

11 RADISSON BLU EDINBURGH ★★★★

Centrally located in New Town, overlooking Charlotte Square • 198 rooms with A/C, a coffee/ tea tray, and LCD TV, and free WiFi • Bar and restaurant • Gym, pool, and Spa

Central, in historic Old Town, close to Arthur’s Seat • 156 elegant rooms and suites offer A/C, a coffee/tea tray, safe, TV, and free WiFi • Piano bar and restaurant • Gym, pool, and Spa

Prices from: Twin $91; Single $181; Triple $86

Prices from: Twin $82; Single $150; Triple N/A

In the heart of Scotland’s capital on the historic Royal Mile • 238 spacious rooms offer a coffee/tea maker, minibar, TV, and free wired Internet • Bar and restaurant • Health Club with pool, gym, and sauna • Parking Prices from: Twin $131; Single $220; Triple N/A

12 APEX CITY HOTEL ★★★★

13 GRASSMARKET HOTEL ★★★

14 JURYS INN ★★★

In central and historic Old Town, behind Edinburgh Castle • 119 stylish rooms with a coffee/tea maker, TV, and free WiFi • Bar, restaurant, 24-hour room service • Castle-view sitting areas

Centrally located near the Castle and the Royal Mile, at Grassmarket Square • 44 cozy guest rooms are equipped with a coffee/tea tray, iPod dock, and TV • Free WiFi in public areas

This hotel is located in the Old Town, just off the Royal Mile • 186 rooms offer a coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, TV, and wired Internet (fee) • Coffee bar and restaurant • Dry cleaning & laundry facilities

Prices from: Twin $93; $170 Single; Triple N/A

Prices from: Twin $63; Single $102; Triple $57

Prices from: Twin $94; Single $185; Triple $89

OTHER FAVORITE HOTELS 16 SHERATON GRAND HOTEL & SPA

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Adjacent to Murrayfield Stadium, a short bus ride to the city center • 59 rooms are equipped with a coffee/tea maker, ironing board, TV, and free WiFi • Bar and restaurant • 24-hour concierge, private parking

19 KING JAMES THISTLE HOTEL

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Twin $105; Single $187; Triple N/A

Twin $105; Single $210; Triple $97

23 QUALITY HOTEL

Twin $82; Single $163; Triple N/A

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18 INN ON THE MILE

20 THE KNIGHT RESIDENCE

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Twin $95; Single $158; Triple $86

15 MURRAYFIELD HOTEL & HOUSE ★★★

Prices from: Twin $82; Single $164; Triple N/A

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o p t i o n a l S I G H T S E E IN G

Explore

Edinburgh & Glasgow

HOP-ON HOP-OFF CITY SIGHTSEEING

WEST HIGHLANDS LOCHS & CASTLES

Operates: Daily; valid 24 hours; 24 stops every 20 minutes (entrance fees not included) Price Per Person From: $22

Take in the superb ruins of Kilchurn Castle, stunningly situated at the head of Loch Awe, then on to see splendid Inveraray Castle.

EDINBURGH PASS

Operates: Daily; 9 a.m.; 10 hours Price Per Person From: $74

This pass guarantees access to 30 popular Edinburgh attractions, often including special offers and discounts. Operates: Daily; 1 day pass Price Per Person From: $62

ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA

The Royal Yacht Britannia was the Royal family’s personal ship from 1953 to 1997. Take self-guided audio tour and learn about life on board this magnificent vessel.

SECRETS OF THE ROYAL MILE Let your expert guide reveal the history of this fascinating street. Operates: Daily, except holidays; 2:15 p.m.; 1½ hours Price Per Person From: $57

HISTORIC VAULTS TOUR

The Underground Vaults are said to be “the most haunted place in Britain.”

Operates: Daily, except holidays; open Jul-Sep, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Apr-Jun and Oct, 10 a.m.4 p.m.; rest of year, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; 1½ hours Price Per Person From: $60

Operates: Daily; Apr-Sep, 12 p.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m; Oct-Mar, 2 p.m. (Fri, Sat, Sun) & 4 p.m.; 1¼ hours Price Per Person From: $57

PRESTONFIELD HOUSE SCOTTISH EVENING

tHE SCOTCH WHISKY EXPERIENCE

An unforgettable evening of Scottish m ­ usic, costume, bagpipes, fiddles, and dance in the historic setting of Prestonfield House. Operates: Sun-Fri, May-Oct Show & Dinner: 7 p.m.; 3 hours Price Per Person: $95 Show Only: 8 p.m.; 2 hours Price Per Person: $82

HOLYROOD PALACE

Visit the official Scotland residence of Her Majesty the Queen. This was once the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, and is still lavishly furnished and has exquisite gardens. Operates: Daily, except Dec 25-26 & during Royal Visits; open Apr-Oct, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Nov-Mar, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 1½ hours Price Per Person From: $66

HIGHLAND LOCHS, GLENS & WHISKY

Head out to see the lakes, mountains, waterfalls, and forests of the Highlands. Stop at a whisky distillery and learn the secrets of making this amber nectar. Operates: Daily; 10 a.m.; 10 hours Price Per Person From: $74

Become part of the whisky making process on this interactive tour with an expert whisky advisor. Operates: Daily; open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., tours every 20 minutes; 1 hour Price Per Person From: $26

ST. ANDREWS & THE FISHING VILLAGES OF FIFE Travel through the fishing villages of the medieval kingdom of Fife. Then, on to St. Andrews, where golf was “born.” Operates: Daily; 9:30 a.m.; 8½ hours Price Per Person From: $66

LOCH LOMOND explorer

View majestic Stirling Castle, the impressive Wallace Monument, Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond, and Doune Castle on this full-day tour. Operates: Wed, Fri and Sun; 8:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Price Per Person From: $65

LOCH NESS explorer

Cross wild Rannoch Moor to Glencoe, and on to Loch Ness. Operates: Daily; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Price Per Person From: $72

the highlands & edinburgh’s Military Tattoo performance

Head into the Highlands, to Trossachs National Park. Follow the shoreline of Loch Earn, then stop at a whisky distillery. After a tour and taste of the “water of life,” take a woodland walk to the Black Linn Falls. Then, back to Edinburgh, where tonight you will attend the Military Tattoo. Operates: Mon-Sat; Aug 1-23; 8:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m., plus evening Tattoo (ticket included) Price Per Person From: $149

Highland Games Tour

Experience the excitement of the Highland Games, as atheletes toss the caber and throw the hammer. Operates: Per the Games Program; ask for details; 8:15 a.m.-6 p.m. (Braemar Games program 8 a.m.-9 p.m.) Price Per Person From: $72

Glasgow HOP-ON HOP-OFF CITY SIGHTSEEING Operates: Daily; 24 stops every 20 minutes (entrance fees not included) Price Per Person From: $21

LOCH LOMOND CRUISE Operates: Daily Price Per Person From: $50

STIRLING CASTLE, LOCH LOMOND NATIONAL PARK & WHISKY TOUr

Visit splendid Stirling Castle, then take in the scenery of Loch Lomond National Park. Finally, stop at a whisky distillery and learn how this warming beverage is created. Operates: Daily; 9 a.m.; 9 hours Price Per Person From: $74

OBAN, GLENCOE, WEST HIGHLAND lochs & CASTLES

Head north into the Highlands, see the ruins of Kilchurn Castle and Inverary Castle, then take in Oban and Glencoe. Operates: Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat; 9 a.m.;10 hours Price Per Person From: $68 93


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Scottish Countryside

ROCPOOL RESERVE HHHHH Inverness An exclusive hideaway in the center of Inverness 11 rooms offer a coffee/tea machine, emperor-size beds, iPod docking station, LCD TV, and free WiFi

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM:

BEST WESTERN LOCHARDIL HOUSE HHHH Inverness-shire

MERCURE INVERNESS HHH Inverness

Close to the town of Inverness, near the famed Ness Islands

Centrally located, overlooking the PRICE PER PERSON PER River Ness

Single $337

28 rooms with a coffee/tea tray, hairdryer, satellite TV, and free WiFi

Triple N/A

Bar and restaurant

Twin $207

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $91 Single $150 Triple N/A

106 rooms offer a coffee/tea tray, flat-screen TV, and free WiFi

NIGHT FROM: Twin $80 Single $152

Bar, restaurant, and 24-hour room service

Triple N/A

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ROYAL HIGHLAND HOTEL HHH Inverness

OLD COURSE HOTEL, GOLF RESORT & SPA HHHHH St. Andrews

CALEDONIAN THISTLE ABERDEEN HHHH Aberdeen

In the Inverness city center

Bordering the 17th Road Hole of the Old Course

City center, near the Aberdeen Rail Station

84 spacious rooms offer satellite TV and free WiFi Bar, café, and restaurant 24-hour front desk and free parking

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Single $115

144 luxurious rooms and suites offer modern amenities including WiFi (fee)

Triple $83

Choice of bars and restaurants

Twin $87

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Single $385

83 rooms and suites offer A/C, a coffee/tea tray, safe, TV, and WiFi (fee)

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Café bar, 24-hour room service

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Golf and Spa

PRICE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FROM: Twin $63 Single $110 Triple N/A

Free private parking

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MACDONALD INCHYRA GRANGE HOTEL HHHH Stirling area

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Scottish Countryside

BROADFORD HOTEL HHHH Isle of Skye (Broadford)

DUNOLLIE HOTEL HHH Isle of Skye (Broadford)

CALEDONIAN HOTEL HH Ullapool

Situated in the village of Broadford, PRICE PER PERSON PER overlooking Broadford Bay

Set overlooking Broadford Bay, near the Cullin Hills

Original home of Drambuie

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Overlooks Ullapool harbor and its PRICE PER PERSON PER colorful fishing boats 83 rooms have standard amenities Bar, restaurant, and room service Parking and free WiFi in public areas

ARROCHAR HOTEL HHH Loch Lomond

Situated on the beautiful Burgh of PRICE PER Caithness in the center of Thurso PERSON PER

A former 19th-century coaching inn set on the shores of Loch Long, newly renovated in 2013

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OBAN CALEDONIAN HHH Oban

ROYAL HOTEL HHH Thurso 103 rooms offer a coffee/tea tray, TV, and free WiFi

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BALLACHULISH HOTEL HHH Ft. William (Ballachulish)

TORAVAIG HOUSE HOTEL HHH

Lochside, between Fort William and Oban

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SKEABOST COUNTRY HOUSE

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Peebles MACDONALD CARDONA GOLF & SPA

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AIRTH CASTLE HHHH Airth

Beautiful 13th-century castle just a few miles south of Edinburgh

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A 14th-century castle set in 14 acres of parkland near the River Forth, in Stirlingshire

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4 ATHOLL PALACE HOTEL HHHH Perthshire (Pitlochry)

5 TULLOCH CASTLE HHHH Rosshire (Inverness)

PRICE PER Overlooking the small town of Pitlochry, in the Scottish Highlands PERSON PER

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This 450-year-old castle, on 17 acres of woodlands, has its own loch

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6 INVERLOCHY CASTLE HHHHH Fort William

7 CAMERON HOUSE HHHHH Loch Lomond

Set in the picturesque countryside, PRICE PER PERSON PER just 4 miles from Fort William

In a scenic setting at the south tip PRICE PER PERSON PER of sparkling Loch Lomond

A Baronial castle overlooking Loch PRICE PER PERSON PER Fyne, near the village of Tarbert

17 rooms offer a DVD player, safe, TV, and free WiFi

132 rooms and suites offer a coffee/tea tray, hairdryer, iPod docking station, safe, TV, and free WiFi

Single $219

32 spacious 1- and 2-bedroom suites offer a coffee/tea tray, hairdryer, TV, and free WiFi

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NIGHT FROM: Twin $219

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8 STONEFIELD CASTLE HHHH Tarbert (Loch Fyne) NIGHT FROM: Twin $110

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A luxury hotel with contemporary PRICE PER decor just off fashionable Piccadilly PERSON PER

This hotel is located in the heart of London’s theater area

404 spacious rooms and suites have A/C, a power shower, TV with 400 free channels, and free WiFi

Twin $210

124 rooms with a coffee/tea maker, minibar, safe, TV, and free WiFi

Single $408

Bar, café, and restaurant

Single $439

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Rooftop terrace and concierge services

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6 RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN VANDERBILT ★★★★★

7 THE RUBENS AT THE PALACE ★★★★★

8 THE CAESAR HOTEL ★★★★

In South Kensington, near the Natural History Museum • 215 rooms and suites with A/C, a coffee/tea tray, safe, TV, and free WiFi • Bars and restaurant • Gym • 24-hour room service

Opposite Buckingham Palace, not far from Victoria Station • 161 rooms and suites are equipped with A/C, a coffee/tea tray, safe, TV, and free WiFi • 2 bars, a lounge and 2 restaurants • 24-hour room service

In a residential area, near Paddington Station and Hyde Park • 140 rooms feature A/C, a coffee/tea tray, safe, TV, and free WiFi • Bar and restaurant • 24-hour room service

Prices from: Twin $103; Single $166; Triple N/A

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Prices from: Twin $103; Single $187; Triple $100

9 THE CHARING CROSS HOTEL ★★★★

10 THE GROSVENOR ★★★★

11 THISTLE KENSINGTON GARDENS ★★★★

Near The Strand and Trafalgar Square • 239 rooms and suites feature A/C, a coffee/tea tray, iPod dock station, TV, and free WiFi • Bar, lounge, and restaurant • Gym • 24-hour room service

A 19th-century Victorian railway station, refurbished as a first class hotel • Connected to Victoria Station • 357 rooms offer A/C, a coffee/tea tray, iPod dock, safe, TV, and free WiFi • Lounge and 2 restaurants

Prices from: Twin $147; Single $283; Triple N/A

Prices from: Twin $140; Single $257; Triple N/A

A contemporary hotel very close to Hyde Park and scenic Kensington Gardens • 175 rooms feature A/C, a coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, safe, TV, and free WiFi • Bar and restaurant • Nearby Bayswater and Queensway Underground stations Prices from: Twin $129; Single $292; Triple $124

12 THISTLE ROYAL TRAFALGAR ★★★★

13 HOLIDAY VILLA ★★★

14 ST. GILES LONDON ★★★

This hotel features contemporary décor and is just a short walk from Trafalgar Square and the theater district • 108 rooms offer A/C, a coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, safe, TV, and free WiFi • Bar and restaurant • Concierge services • 24-hour room service

In Bayswater, not far from Kensington Gardens • 75 rooms offer a coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, and TV • Bar and restaurant • Spa and wellness center, free WiFi in lobby

Near the British Museum, not far from West End theatres • 705 rooms and suites offer a coffee/tea tray, hairdryer, safe, TV, and WiFi (fee) • Bar, coffee shop, and restaurants • 24-hour reception

Prices from: Twin $66; Single $112; Triple $63

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THE LONDON PASS

The London Pass gives you free entry into over 55 top London attractions. Another bonus is discounts for many restaurants and shops. Plus, commission-free currency exchange, and free phone rental and incoming calls. Price Per Person From: Adult – 1 Day $86; 2 Days $109; 3 Days $130; 6 Days $173 Child – 1 Day $55; 2 Days $80; 3 Days $88; 6 Days $121 Attractions subject to change. Transportation to/from and between attractions is not included. Passes with transportation included are available, ask your Brendan Specialist for details and prices.

THE ORIGINAL LONDON SIGHTSEEING TOUR

See all the top sights on a Hop-On HopOff open top bus tour (entrances fees not included). Operates: Daily; valid 24 hours; 90+ stops every 15-20 min Price Per Person From: Adult $43; Child (2-16) $21

RIVER RED ROVER 1 DAY HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS

Cruise on the Thames, getting on and off at four different stops. Operates: Daily; Apr-Jun; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Price Per Person From: Adult $21; Child (5-16 years) $12

LONDON EYE

MAJESTIC LONDON See Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, take a Thames River Cruise and more. Operates: Daily; 8:45 a.m.-6 p.m. Price Per Person From: $120

WINDSOR CASTLE, STONEHENGE & GEORGIAN BATH Visit Windsor Castle’s State Apartments, Stonehenge and Georgian Bath. Operates: Daily; 8:45 a.m.-8 p.m. Price Per Person From: $127

BLENHEIM PALACE & THE COTSWOLDS WITH LUNCH Visit the Blenheim Palace State Rooms, and drive through the charming Cotswolds. Operates: Fri, Sat, Sun; May-Sep; 8:45 a.m.7 p.m. Price Per Person From: $131

SALISBURY CATHEDRAL, STONEHENGE & GEORGIAN BATH Visit beautiful Salisbury Cathedral. Then on to ancient Stonehenge. Finally, tour the ­Roman Baths in the city of Bath.

Operates: Daily; 8:45 a.m.-7 p.m. Price Per Person From: $131

LEEDS CASTLE, CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL & THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER Visit Leeds Castle then Canterbury Cathedral. On to see the stunning White Cliffs of Dover. Operates: Tue-Sat; 8:45 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Price Per Person From: $131

Full Day Rail Tours EDINBURGH - THE ROYAL CITY Travel by train to Edinburgh, enjoy a Hop-On Hop-Off city tour, and visit Edinburgh Castle. Later return to London by train. Operates: Mon-Thu; 6:30 a.m.-10:15 p.m., departs from Kings Cross Station Price Per Person From: Unescorted Standard Class $270; First Class $377

Operates: Daily; 8:45 a.m.-7 p.m. Price Per Person From: $131

London SHOWBOAT Enjoy dinner and a lively show as you cruise through London.

Ride 443 feet into the sky on the famous London Eye.

Operates: Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun; 7:30 p.m.11 p.m.

Operates: Operates: Daily; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (varies)

Price Per Person From: $118

Price Per Person From: Adult $34; Child (3-16) $17

WARWICK CASTLE, STRATFORD UPON AVON, OXFORD & THE COTSWOLDS Visit Warwick Castle and Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford. Drive through the Cotswolds and stop in Oxford.

THE MAGIC OF PARIS Ride the high-speed Eurostar to Paris. Take a Hop-On Hop-Off coach tour of the city. Later, take the Eurostar back to London. Operates: Mon-Sat; 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Price Per Person From: Unescorted - Standard Class $294; Premier Class $552. Escorted - Standard Class $373; Premier Class $653

Royal LONDON A morning panoramic tour of city highlights. Operates: Daily; 8:45 a.m.-12 noon Price Per Person: Adult $47; Child (2-16) $39

WARTIME LONDON Board a 1930s-40s era motorcoach and see sites that were heavily damaged by bombs, visit the Imperial War Museum and more on this moving trip through time. Operates: Apr-Oct, Tue, Thu and Sat; 8:45 a.m.5 p.m. Price Per Person From: $ 44

Theatre Packages

Price Per Person From: $203

We have combined dinner at a favorite London restaurant and a ticket to one of London’s popular productions. Shows include “Jersey Boys,” “Wicked,” “Les Miserables,” “The Lion KIng,” and “Mamma Mia!” (as of Sep 1, 2013). Other shows available. Your Brendan Specialist will advise dates, times and availability. Prices are subject to change and based on the lowest show ticket and dinner price. Tickets cannot be sold on an individual basis.

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Brendan Vacations is proud to be part of a joint initiative by The Travel Corporation family of brands that collectively support TreadRight, a non-profit organization working to ensure the destinations we visit remain vibrant for future generations of travelers. Established in 2008, TreadRight has committed more than $1.5 million to sustainable tourism projects worldwide, including annually supporting the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. To learn more about the projects that TreadRight is involved with, please visit www.treadright.org

Going “Green” for the Future Imagine driving along the absolute edge of western Europe, exploring a 1,500-mile coastline dotted with beaches, harbors, headlands, and stunning viewpoints as it winds from Cork to Donegal. This is the “Wild Atlantic Way,” one of the world’s great long-distance driving routes. Its scenic highlights are spectacular, and it also brings you up close and personal with Ireland’s unique culture and people as it travels through Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) areas.

We are concerned about our WorldWide “family” ... the earth’s future Brendan Vacations, as part of The Travel Corporation, is proud to be using 100% recycled paper for the body of all our travel catalogs. Some of the positive impacts of this include: • Saving more than 54,000* trees per year • Reducing landfill waste that produces harmful greenhouse gases In addition, the paper used is rated “Excellent” by the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) environmental benchmarking tool. We are proud to commit to using one of the most environmentallyfriendly, coated, recycled papers on Planet Earth. * Calculation based on data from the Environmental Defense Network.

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Brendan Vacations shares the coverage available under the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program with affiliates of TravCorp USA, Inc. who, as an Active Member of the USTOA, is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of Brendan Vacations’ customers in the unlikely event of Brendan Vacations’ bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted byTravCorp USA, Inc. and shared among its affiliates may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by Brendan Vacations. More details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program and a list of affiliates may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 345 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1801, New York, New York 10001, or by email to information@ustoa.com or by visiting their website at www.USTOA.com.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS DEPOSIT & FINAL PAYMENT A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person per program is required within 3 days of booking (7 days for Locally Hosted and C ­ ustomized Vacations). An additional non-refundable deposit for air booked in conjunction with your Guided Vacation is also due at this time. Certain other products may have addi­tional d ­ eposit requirements; this will be advised at the time of booking or on your invoice. The d ­ eposit forms part of your final payment, which is due at least 45 days prior to departure. Payment of the deposit and/or full payment indicates acceptance of our Terms and Conditions (in the case where a credit card is used, this is true whether or not the appropriate draft has actually been signed). If we do not receive final payment by the specified date, we reserve the right to cancel the reservation. Payment in full is required at the time of booking for reservations made less than 45 days prior to the vacation departure. In the case of computer or human billing errors, we reserve the right to re-invoice with correct pricing. For Locally Hosted and Customized Vacations, payment in full for airfare from your U.S. gateway to your vacation destination is required at the time of booking flights. Upon receipt of full air payment, your airfare, taxes and fuel surcharges are final, regardless of any future price fluctuations. Credit Card Bookings: Brendan should be advised of the credit card number when ­making the reservation. Credit card payments require certain information. Third party charge cards require additional information. Early Payment Discounts are applied at the time of booking. If full payment is not received by the date stated on the invoice, the discount will be removed and the booking will be re-priced. Discounts are not valid on all itineraries or departure dates, and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Your Travel Agent shall hold all monies for each person on the booking until it is confirmed. When confirmed, your Travel Agent shall provide the money held to Brendan. You consent to us depositing monies received by us as required by law. We will be entitled to keep any interest earned. You consent that all monies paid to us whether through your Travel Agent, by deposit or otherwise, may be disbursed by us as and when we see fit. HANDLING & REVISION FEES A fee of $35 per person will be charged for any change made after a booking is confirmed. Any ­changes risk the loss of air space or increased air­fares. Name changes or corrections will be treated as a cancellation of air; all normal air cancellation fees will apply. A change of program date or itinerary within 45 days of departure* will be treated as a cancellation and new booking; regular cancellation fees apply. Bookings made within 21 days of departure incur special handling fees. CANCELLATIONS & CANCELLATION FEES All cancellations must be advised in writing via email or letter to Guest Services. The ­following per person cancellation fees apply: Guided Vacations 45+ days prior to departure day*: Full deposit‡; 44-22 days prior to departure day*: 25% of total price‡; 21-8 days prior to departure day*: 30% of total price‡; 7-1 day(s) prior to departure day*: 50% of total price‡; On departure day* or later: 100% of total price‡. Locally Hosted & Customized Vacations 45+ days prior to departure day*: Full deposit‡; 44-22 days prior to departure day*: 25% of total price‡; 21-4 days prior to departure day*: 50% of total price‡; 3 days or less: 100% of total price‡. ‡ Plus the Travel Protection Plan’s insurance premium, if purchased * “Departure day” is considered the date Brendan services begin. These fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be levied by your Travel Agent. Should a passenger sharing a room cancel, the remaining passenger(s) will be charged for a single (or twin share) room. Extra night accommodations on Guided Vacations that are cancelled within 14 days of the date reserved will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Otherwise, the following fees apply: 46 days or more: $30 per person 45-22 days: up to 25% of pre/post nights 21-15 days: up to 75% of pre/post nights

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GUIDED VACATION CANCELLATION Brendan reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any departure in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. ­Brendan will try to rebook the same or a similar vacation and, where flights have been confirmed by ­Brendan, will attempt to confirm an air schedule for the new dates, subject to availability. If there is a d ­ ifference in cost, it will be at the guest’s expense or savings. If the alternative trip is not accepted within 7 days, we will refund all ­monies paid to Brendan and will be under no further obligation or liability. If cancellation is made any time prior to departure, Brendan’s only liability will be to refund to the passenger the amount it has received for the booking. Brendan is not liable for any other travel arrange­ments affected due to our ­cancellations or any cancellation penalties incurred on any other travel arrangements including air tickets purchased separately. If purchasing a non-refundable air ticket, please make sure that your Travel Agent explains the difficulties associated with these. Brendan cannot be held responsible for any change/cancellation penalties associated with non-refundable airfares. REFUNDS FOR UNUSED SERVICES No refunds will be made for unused services once travel has commenced. If you leave your vacation early due to illness, you must obtain a medical certi­ficate in support of any i­nsurance claim. We ­regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a program, including but not limited to, missed meals or sightseeing. Employees of any domestic or overseas service supplier are not authorized to indicate or make refunds without respect to Brendan’s stated Terms and C ­ onditions. SERVICE INQUIRIES If you have a complaint while on v­ acation, inform your Travel Director/local host immediately. If the matter cannot be resolved after his/her best efforts or if after the program you wish to inquire about any services provided, please ensure that all correspondence relating to those services is received by Brendan within 60 days after the pro­ gram completion date. Email all correspondence to: guestservices@brendanvacations.com and include your booking number. AIR INFORMATION In addition to the non-refundable deposit, the following cancellation charges apply for airline arrangements made by Brendan:

as soon after booking as possible, but not less than 21 days prior to departure. You must advise Brendan of any changes to your flight schedule as soon as possible. Failure to do so may result in missing the transfer. If flight/change information is received too late, we cannot guarantee the service provider can be advised. You must stay at a hotel booked by Brendan on the night of your arrival and the night prior to your departure. In the event of flight delays, missed flights and/or missed transfers, transfers will be considered cancelled. Passengers will need to arrange their own transportation to the hotel or to join the vacation in progress. No refund is available for missed/cancelled transfers or for passengers not using this service. In the case of unforeseen events (such as but not limited to road or rail work, strikes or demonstrations), Brendan will not be responsible for delayed or cancelled transfers. PASSPORTS & VISAS A valid machine-readable passport is required of all program participants. It must be valid at least six months after your date of return to the U.S. Some programs require passport details be provided at the time of booking. Brendan will not be r­ esponsible for delays in ­confirma­tion or disruption to passengers’ travel plans should these details not be provided at that time. Securing visas is the r­ esponsibility of the guest. ALL travelers should check with the consulates of the countries being visited to determine if any visas are needed. See BrendanVacations.com for more details. HEALTH REQUIREMENTS Passengers should check with the c ­ onsulates and/or the local health boards for the latest health requirements. YOUNG PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS Brendan welcomes children five years of age and older on Guided Vacations. There are no age restrictions on Locally Hosted or Customized programs. Travelers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. If a child will be traveling with adults other than parents, or with only one parent, it is the passenger’s responsibility to con­ tact the appropriate consulates and the applicable airlines to ensure children have the required documentation for traveling outside the U.S.

• Prior to Airline Ticketing: service fee $50.00 per person.

PROGRAM ARRANGEMENTS Brendan strives to provide an enjoyable and safe travel experience for all. We welcome passengers with special needs or disabilities. However, please note the following:

• After Airline Ticketing: service fee $75.00 per person plus any airline imposed penalties which may be up to 100% of the air ticket value.

• Passengers are required to advise Brendan at the time of booking of any physical, medical or other special needs that require accommodation.

Airline Availability: Where possible Brendan will offer a choice of schedules and airfares. Some schedules may contain multiple connec­tions and/ or airlines. The schedule of guests’ choice may not be the lowest fare offered. Once your air schedule is confirmed, any alterations risk the loss of air space and/or increased airfares. Air tickets issued by Brendan are subject to restrictions. Any and all changes to air tickets issued by Brendan must be processed through Brendan. Change p ­ enalties vary depending on the airline.

• All guests must ensure they are medically and physically fit for travel. Brendan may ­impose any requirements necessary for the safe operation of the program. Brendan may also exclude an individual from partici­pating in a tour or an activity if that ­individual’s participation poses a direct threat to health or safety.

Brendan does not hold block space and cannot guarantee air availability. Seats are limited in our contracted class of service and are not available on every flight. During peak travel times, there may not be any availability. If we book and ticket a ­published airfare for you, there is a $75 per person service fee. Guests traveling with other guests but ­originating in different gateway cities might not be c ­ onfirmed on the same airline or routing. Flight delays and itinerary or schedule changes are the sole responsibility of and under the control of the airline. Brendan reserves the right to offer alternative schedules for itiner­aries affected by airlines’ changes of flight schedules and equipment. Airline Arrangements: Seat ­assignments and special meals can be requested at the time of booking. Brendan cannot guarantee confirmation of preferences. Not all airlines o ­ ffer pre-assigned seats and some may charge for pre-assigned seats. Any additional charge will be at guests’ expense. Where pre-assigned seats are not offered or different seats are desired, guests are requested to contact air­line(s) directly and to re­ confirm their request with the airline 30 days prior to departure. Seating is solely under the control of the airline and subject to change up until departure. ­Frequent Flyer Miles can be accrued on most air carriers, but upgrades using mileage are not permitted. Some airfares may not be eligible to accrue Frequent Flier Miles/Points. AIRPORT TRANSFERS Your flights must be booked by Brendan or ­detailed flight information provided to Brendan

• Brendan does not provide personal ­devices (such as wheelchairs, eye glasses, or hearing aids) or services of a personal nature (such as pushing a wheelchair or help in eating, t­ oileting or dressing). A companion ­capable of providing such assistance must accompany any ­passenger who requires services of a personal nature. • Brendan does not employ medical ­personnel. Any necessary medical a ­ ttention will be provided by a local facility at the passenger’s expense. Brendan is not r­ esponsible or liable for any losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour, or for the quality of the care or services received. Passengers should be aware some vacation programs include rough terrain, extensive walking over cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, steps and locations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheel­chair. During the program, we may make arrangements with carriers, hotels and other independent suppliers to provide travel services. These parties are independent entities over which Brendan has no control. We cannot guarantee disability access or accommodations for passengers traveling on international tours. Many Optional Excursions are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Brendan. Your contract will be with the operator of the excursion. We are not responsible for providing the excursion, or anything that happens during the excursion. Some involve outdoor activities and/or can be physically demanding. You must make your own decisions about excursions and participate only in activities that suit your physical ability. We recommend you check whether any insurance you have also includes your participation in adventure activities you may undertake.

We provide the best services possible, and in doing so will not tolerate abusive or aggressive behavior from guests. We will not deal with and may terminate the vacation of anyone assaulting our company representatives, or who continue to be verbally abusive or aggressive when asked to behave reasonably. When you make a booking, you accept responsibility for the proper conduct of all members of your party. Brendan may, in its sole discretion, decline the booking of any passenger or remove any passenger who cannot comply or refuses to comply with Brendan’s Terms and Conditions or whose behavior, in the opinion of Brendan or our suppliers, may cause damage, danger, distress, or disruption to people or property. Full cancella­tion charges will apply. Brendan is not responsible for any costs incurred in the event a passenger is removed from a trip, excursion, aircraft, ship or train. Passengers agree not to hold Brendan or any of its related entities liable for actions taken under these Terms and Conditions. If you damage property or an accommodation in which you are staying, you must reimburse the property owner or accommodation provider for the cost of the damage before the end of your stay (if the cost has been established or as soon as it has been established if later). You must indemnify us for the full amount of any claim (including legal costs) made against us. Criminal proceedings may be instigated. Note: Many hotels, restaurants, trains, cruise ships, and other venues are 100% smoke free. TRAVEL DIRECTORS Guided Vacations are conducted in English by a professional Travel Director. If there are 15 guests or fewer traveling on a guided departure, Brendan reserves the right to operate this departure on an individual basis with private transfers and individual arrangements. On Locally Hosted Vacations there is a local host instead of a Travel Director. TOURING Most touring is on an air-conditioned motorcoach. Brendan uses a daily seat rotation ­system, and seats cannot be booked on coaches. Also there is a strict no-alcohol, no-smoking policy on board coaches, mini-buses and vans. Regular stops are made on traveling days. PROGRAM PRICES All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise specified. The availability of vacation prices in this catalog is limited; for current prices please visit BrendanVacations.com or call 1-800-421-8446. Rates shown are for low season; higher rates are available for other dates. Prices are based on costs, charges, tariffs, rates, taxes, levies and exchange rates as of September 2013 and are subject to increase before full payment to account for variations in these factors. Your consent to this potential increase may be required at the time of your deposit. If, before full payment, the total ­vacation price increases by more than 10%, guests have the right to cancel within 7 days of notifica­tion of the new price, without penalty. (These guarantees do not apply to pre-registered book­ings or departures where prices are still subject to confirmation. In exchange for these guarantees, no refund will be made if costs are reduced.) AIR-RELATED TAXES, FEES AND RESTRICTIONS The TSA/Homeland Security Administration ­ requires Brendan to collect passenger’s personal information before travel. Deposit and/or full payment will not be accepted for any booking until these details are received: • Passenger’s full name as it appears on the passport (including middle name) • Date of birth • Gender • Redress Number, if applicable For more information, please see www.tsa.gov. Incomplete or inaccurate information may result in additional charges payable directly to the airline or, in the worst-case scenario, you may be denied boarding. International and intra-vacation airfares (if any) will be provided upon booking, will be based on round-trip purchase, and will include fuel surcharges imposed by the airlines and any additional air-related taxes and fees. If the customer is notified of the potential for a price increase prior to the time that the full amount agreed upon has been paid and customer’s ­written consent prior to accepting any payment has been obtained, we reserve the right to recover from you increases in those surcharges. Any a ­ ddi­tional air-related taxes and fees, such as seat ­ selection, baggage handling (see BrendanVacations. com/travel-resources/know-before-you-go and scroll down to luggage), and/or any other services


are the sole responsibility of the customer(s). Additional air-related restrictions may apply. NOTE: Some countries charge a separate entry, departure or reciprocity tax that is collected at the airport and usually paid for in local currency. Please ask your Travel Agent or check with the consulates of the countries being visited for ­current information. HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS Prices are per person and based on two persons sharing a twin-bedded room with private bath or shower. When booking triple rooms, please note that this is based on sharing the existing bedding in a twin-bedded standard room; triples may have 2 double beds, 1 double bed and 1 rollaway, or the extra bed may be a foldaway or sofa bed (cost of rollaway not included). Availability of triple rooms is limited and in some cases may require reserving a deluxe room or suite. Note that single rooms are generally smaller than twin-bedded rooms and that hotel standards, facilities and services provided may vary from those in the US and are often local in style. Non-smoking rooms cannot be guaranteed. Hotels on CostSavers may not be centrally located. ­Substitute hotels may be used at certain times and will be of similar standard whenever possible. Such changes are deemed not to be a major change to the itinerary, and no compen­sation will be payable to guests. If extra night accommodations are not at the hotel where the vacation starts/ends, transfer between hotels is at the travelers’ expense. Smoking in a nonsmoking room may result in a fine. Passengers who are members of Hotel Frequent Traveler programs are not entitled to earn points. WiFi Free WiFi is available in many Brendan ­hotel rooms. When such a service is not available, free WiFi may be available in public areas of the hotels, such as main lobbies and lounges. Free WiFi may be time limited; a charge will apply if the time limit is exceeded. Free WiFi is widely available on the coaches, using the cellular phone network. As a result, the connection will be slower than standard broadband and at times may not be available. WiFi may be limited or unavailable in some areas. MEALS Any special meal requirements will be made on a REQUEST basis only. Brendan cannot guarantee special meal requests nor will it assume any responsibility or liability if special meal requests are not fulfilled. Be My Guest experiences take place in exclusive locations. In the unlikely event that our local hosts are unable to welcome us, we will attempt to find an alternate experience or a highlight meal will be provided in place of the Be My Guest dining. BAGGAGE Baggage handling at hotels for one suitcase per person on Guided Vacations is included in the program price. Due to limited coach ­capacity, this single bag should have dimensions not exceeding 30”x18”x10” (76x46x25cm) and weight not exceeding 50 lbs (23kg). A charge of US$6 per traveling day will be collected by the Travel Director if a second piece of baggage is carried, or if the suitcase exceeds the established weight and/or dimensions. It cannot be guaranteed that more than one suitcase will be accepted on the coach. Airlines may i­mpose stricter weight and size limits for luggage and may also charge fees for checked baggage, including the first checked bag. Please check with your airline(s) directly for the most current baggage regulations and related fees (see BrendanVacations.com/travel-resources/ know-before-you-go and scroll down to luggage). ­Brendan is not responsible for a ­ dditional fees imposed by air carriers. Hand luggage should be one piece per person and is limited in size (not exceeding 12”x11”x6” or 30x28x14 cm) so it will fit under your coach seat or in the small overhead shelf. These are the responsibility of each program member. Note that luggage with telescopic handles and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments and can therefore not be accepted as carry-on luggage for safety reasons. Brendan will not accept liability for any loss or damage to baggage or any of the passenger’s belongings. Passengers should report any lost items to the Travel Director who will assist in completing a lost property form that can be used for any insurance claim in this matter. Brendan cannot assist in ­locating any lost items once the passenger has returned home. Baggage handling is not included on Locally Hosted or Customized Vacations. TIPS On Guided Vacations, all tips are included for services provided by dining room waiters, hotel porters and housekeepers. Gratuities for the Travel Director and motorcoach driver are not included. No tipping is included on Locally Hosted or Customized programs.

HOLIDAYS & ITINERARY VARIATIONS Brendan constantly strives to improve itiner­aries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. Religious festivals, holidays, trade fairs or other events occa­sionally cause changes from scheduled hotels and activities, and certain facilities such as museums, sight­seeing tours, and shopping may be limited. Similarly, holidays, closing days and other circumstances may necessitate a change in the day of the week for scheduled meals, sightseeing or other activities. D ­ epartures in early and late seasons are ­potentially operated in cool weather conditions. As a result, slight itinerary variations may occur, and certain activities may not be available. If you feel your enjoyment might be diminished by such limita­tions, please check with your Travel Agent or National Tourist ­Office before selecting a specific departure. On Locally Hosted and Customized Vacations, sightseeing and other services may be provided by third parties, in which case transportation and itineraries may vary. TRAVEL DOCUMENTS Travel documents will be sent via UPS (or regular mail) 21 days prior to departure*, pro­vided full payment has been received. A shipment fee of $10 per address will be charged for each additional delivery address. If final payment is not received when due, costs to courier documents are the responsibility of the guest. Payments received 30 days or less prior to departure* require bank clearance before documents are sent. For Customized and Locally Hosted Vacations, there is a $10 fee to mail the travel documents; you can opt to have them sent electronically at no charge instead. There is a $35 documentation charge if you need your documents earlier than the above time frame. A charge of $35 will be applied if you/your Travel Agent request documents to be sent overnight within the continental U.S. Outside of the continental U.S., the minimum charge is $50. The actual cost will be advised at the time of booking. NOT INCLUDED IN PROGRAM PRICES Airfares, air-related taxes, surcharges and fees (unless you purchase a land and air package from Brendan); additional fees charged by airlines, such as checked and/or excess baggage (see BrendanVacations.com/travel-resources/knowbefore-you-go and scroll down to luggage), seat selection and/or any other services; airport transfers in London (unless you purchase a land and air package from Brendan); passport and visa fees; insurances of all kinds; laundry; phone calls; beverages; meals not detailed in the itinerary; discretionary tips/gratuities to Travel Directors, Driver/Guides, local hosts, motorcoach drivers and local city/attraction guides; tips/gratuities on board ferries, trains or cruise ships; porterage at train stations; items of a personal nature; excess baggage; optional excursions, WiFi charges where not included, etc. Additional taxes and surcharges may be collected by foreign government and non-government entities. The program price also does not cover costs and expenses such as the return to your home if you leave the trip at your own volition, due to illness or changes where not included as a consequence of official action by the government of any country visited. PHOTOGRAPHS & MAPS Photographs show places in geographic areas,but may not necessarily be included in the ­program. Maps are for general information and may not ­reflect actual routings. SAFETY Please be aware that during your participation in programs operated by Brendan, certain risks and dangers may arise beyond our control including, but not limited to, the hazards of traveling in undeveloped areas; travel by boat, train, automobile, aircraft or other means of transportation; the forces of nature; political unrest; and accident or illness in remote regions without means of rapid evacuation or medical facilities. Brendan will not have l­iability regarding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered. Brendan will use its best efforts to ensure that adequate measures are taken. TRAVEL INSURANCE It is strongly recommended that all passengers take out comprehensive travel insurance including international air, cancellation and medical coverage. This may be arranged through your travel agent or Brendan. Brendan’s Travel Protection premiums are not ­refundable or transferable once purchased. Brendan makes no representa­tion or guarantees c ­ oncerning reimbursements of funds paid by you under any insurance claim. IMPORTANT – RESPONSIBILITY These programs are under the management of Brendan Vacations, Los Angeles, CA and operated by Brendan International Holdings Ltd., Ireland;

Kompas Holidays, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Hertz Car Rental, Park Ridge, NJ, (hereinafter referred to as the “Operators”) Operators undertake the following duties: 1. The Operators shall be responsible to the passenger for supplying the services and ­accommodations described in this brochure, except where such services cannot be supplied or the itinerary used is changed due to delays or other causes of whatever kind or nature beyond the control of the Operators. In such circumstances, the Operators will do their best to supply comparable services, accommodations and itineraries and there shall be no refund in this connection. 2. This catalog represents the entire agreement between the passenger and the above mentioned Operators. 3. In the absence of their own negligence, neither the Operators nor their agents or co-operating organizations shall be responsible for any cancellations or for acts of any other service providers concerned, diversions or substitution of equipment or any act, varia­tion, postponement, omission or default whatsoever by air carriers, land ­carriers, hoteliers or hotels, transportation companies, or any other persons providing any of the services and accommodations to passengers including any results thereof, such as ­changes in services, accommodations or ­facilities necessitated by same. Nor shall they be liable for any loss or damage to baggage or property, or for injury, illness or death, or for any damages or claims whatso­ever arising from loss, negligence or delay from the act, error, omission default or negligence of any person not its direct employee or under its exclusive control, including any act, error, omission, default, or negligence of any country, government or governmental ­authority, officer or employee. All baggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of the participant. Baggage insurance is recommended. Upon return to the United States, if lost ­articles are found and returned to the owner, a minimum service fee of $50 will be charged. The carriers, accommodation and other suppliers providing services are independent contractors and are not agents, employees, servants or joint venturers of the operators or their affiliates. All certificates and other travel documents for services issued by the operators are subject to the terms and c ­ onditions specified by the carriers and suppliers and to the laws of the countries in which the services are supplied. Carriage by sea is subject to the Carrier’s Conditions of Carriage which are expressly ­incorporated into this contract, copies of which are available upon request. The Operators are not responsible for any criminal conduct by third parties. 4. Where the passenger occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither the Operators nor their agents or co-operating organizations or service providers concerned will be liable for any injury, illness or death or any loss or damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident, if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of such accident or incident. 5. Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international convention which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by Hague Protocol and Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Convention for carriage by road and the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage and delay to passengers and luggage. Enrollment in and payment for a vacation package shall constitute agreement and acceptance by the p ­ assenger of the terms and conditions set forth in this brochure which cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. 6. The agreement arising between the passenger and the Operators under this brochure and the booking made by the passenger shall be governed by the law of the State of California, which shall have exclusive jurisdiction in the case of any dispute between the parties. 7. In the case of computer or human billing errors we reserve the right to re-invoice participants with correct billing.

8. Every effort is made to ensure brochure ­accuracy at the time of going to press; however Brendan cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. OTHER CONDITIONS & ACCEPTANCE It is your responsibility to comply with the terms, conditions and requirements of any service provider, country or governmental authority, and to bear any costs or losses incurred as a consequence of you not complying with them. The person initializing or modifying the booking shall be deemed to have accepted these booking conditions. Data Protection In order to process your booking, Brendan will need to use personal information for you and other passengers included in your booking. This personal information may include each passenger’s name, address, phone number, email address, passport number, credit/debit card number and sensitive information such as health, medical, dietary, mobility, religious or other special requirements. This personal information may be passed on to other suppliers of your travel arrangements in addition to public authorities (such as customs and immigration), security and credit checking organizations, and otherwise as required by law. Similarly, we may also need to provide personal information to contractors who provide services to or for us (e.g., sending mail, processing payments, providing marketing assistance). This may involve sending personal information ­ (including sensitive information) to other countries that may not afford the same level of protection of personal information. We may also use the personal information you provide us to review and improve the vacation packages and services that we offer, and to contact you (by post, email and/or telephone) about other vacation packages and services offered by Brendan that you may be interested in. If you don’t want to receive this information, or if you want a copy of the personal information we hold about you, write to us at: BRENDAN VACATIONS, 17323 Ventura Blvd., Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 91316. Brendan may charge a fee for supplying you with this information as permitted by law. EFFECTIVE DATES January 1 through December 31, 2014. Terms and conditions are subject to change. Please refer to www.BrendanVacations.com/ termsandconditions for updated policies. CST#2084503-20 Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. We are a participant in the State of California’s Travel Consumer Restitution Fund. Passengers who purchase from within California: This transaction is covered by the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund (TCRF) if the p ­ assenger is located in California at the time of payment. Eligible passengers may file a claim with TCRF if the passenger is owed a refund of more than $50 for transportation or travel services which the seller of travel failed to forward to a proper provider or such money was not refunded to you when required. The maximum amount which may be paid by the TCRF to any one passenger is the total amount paid on behalf of the passenger to the seller of travel, not to exceed $15,000. A claim must be submitted to the TCRF within 12 months after the scheduled completion date of the travel. A claim must include sufficient documentation to prove your claim and a $35 processing fee. Claimants must agree to waive their right to other civil remedies against a registered participating seller of travel for matters arising out of a sale for which you file a TCRF claim. You may request a claim form by writing to: Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation, P.O. Box 6001, Larkspur, CA 949776001; or by faxing a request to: (415) 256-9756. Passengers purchasing from outside of C ­ alifornia: This transaction is not covered by the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund. This business is a participant in the United States Tour Operators Association’s (USTOA) Consumer Travel Protection Plan. You may make a claim to this Plan if you are owed a refund. The Plan covers losses for transportation or travel services that were not delivered or not refunded when required. A passenger may make a claim against the Plan within 12 months from when the passenger learns of the loss. USTOA’s total liability for all possible consumer claims from this seller of travel’s customers is limited to $1,000,000. To obtain ­information on how to make a claim against the plan, the passenger should contact USTOA at 345 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1801, New York, New York 10001, or by email to information@USTOA. com or by visiting their website at www.USTOA. com. The maximum amount of any claim you, the passenger, can make against the plan is the total amount you have paid to date for this trip.

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