Brendan Vacations and Aer Lingus Join to Celebrate The Gathering and All Things Irish

DELRAY BEACH, FL, June 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- It isn't too late to kiss the Blarney Stone and enjoy the luck of the Irish! Brendan Vacations and Aer Lingus, Ireland's official air carrier, have partnered to offer a limited-time air special to get you to the Emerald Isle before the year-long festivities of The Gathering are over! The Irish have contributed so much to the world, and to pay tribute to the country and her people, past and present, Ireland has put together The Gathering - 2013, a celebration with hundreds of festivals and events across the island.  Put this great air deal together with Brendan's specialty and immersive itineraries and diverse travel styles, and a complete Ireland travel package can be yours at a great value!

According to Nico Zenner, president of Brendan Vacations, "There is still time to celebrate The Gathering, Ireland's year-long celebration of everything Irish. And Brendan Vacations is thrilled to be partnering with Aer Lingus for even easier access to the many unique happenings in Ireland. There are so many ways to personalize a trip to Ireland, and we are very excited to offer these great opportunities for Brendan guests who travel between September 1 - October 31, 2013."

1. Self-Drive Customized Vacations

These carefully crafted itineraries provide the perfect blend of sightseeing and leisure time. Vacation packages include roundtrip airfare on Aer Lingus, top-notch accommodations, most meals, some sightseeing, plus a Hertz rental car! Choose from the following options or customize your experience:

•    Captivating Southern Ireland: Dublin to Shannon Self-Drive Vacation

8 days from $1,864.10 per person including air*

•    Gather 'Round The Isle: All of Ireland Self-Drive Vacation

11 days from $1,971.53 per person including air*

2. Independent Vacations

For the traveler in search of the ultimate flexibility, this itinerary is perfect! Vacation package include roundtrip airfare on Aer Lingus, choice of accommodations, most meals, some sightseeing, private airport transfers, roundtrip train transportation from Dublin to Belfast or Killarney, plus the services of a local host! See Ireland your way with these packages:

•    Dublin & Belfast Moderate Independent Vacation

4 days from $1,598 per person including air*

•    Dublin & Killarney Moderate Independent Vacation

5 days from $1,898 per person including air*  

Extend your vacation by adding additional days. Contact your travel professional or your Brendan Specialist for more details.

3. Guided Vacations

What better way to see the Emerald Isle than with Brendan Vacations, the Ireland Specialist! Packages include roundtrip airfare on Aer Lingus, deluxe superior class accommodations, most meals, some sightseeing and much more!

•    Treasures of Ireland Guided Vacation

7 days from $1,749 per person including air*

•    Enchanting Emerald Isle Guided Vacation

9 days from $2,124 per person including air*

•    The Best of Ireland & Ashford Castle Guided Vacation

9 days from $2587 per person including air*

•    All of Ireland Guided Vacation

12 days from $2,724 per person including air*

•    Castles & Manors Guided Boutique Journey

9 days from $3,398 per person including air*

For more information and to book one of these Brendan Vacations, contact your favorite Travel Professional or Brendan Specialist at 800.421.8446 or go to

Terms and Conditions

*From price is per person, is based on double occupancy and includes international roundtrip airfare in economy class when traveling on a qualifying route on Aer Lingus includes all taxes, fees and surcharges. Independent Vacations itineraries reflect "Moderate" accommodations. Qualifying airfare is valid for midweek travel (Monday-Thursday) from New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), and Chicago (ORD) to Dublin or Shannon only. Weekend travel is subject to surcharge. Minimum Saturday night stay required. Check with participating airline for baggage charges, policies and restrictions. Full payment is required on air portion of the vacation at time of booking and to secure promotional fare. Deposit is required for land portion of the vacation package. Both land and air portions of the travel package must be paid in full by July 17, 2013. Once airline tickets are issued, they're non-changeable and non-refundable. All travel must be completed between September 1 to October 31, 2013. Additional air and land restrictions may apply. Hertz car rental includes third party liability insurance, vehicle license fee (VLF), unlimited mileage and all taxes on the actual rental rate. Car rental for Self Drive itineraries does not include fuel, fuel surcharges, collision damage waiver (CDW), theft protection, location service charge, additional driver fees, one way drop fee, charges for optional vehicle equipment or features and driver and baggage protection. Full Brendan Vacations terms and conditions apply. CST#2084503-20.

About Brendan Vacations

Brendan Vacations, the Ireland Specialist, is a leading US tour operator offering a wide selection of Guided, Customized, Independent, Boutique and Group travel options. Established in 1969, its portfolio includes thousands of hotels and unique accommodations, as well as uniquely-inspired customized travel options in Ireland and immersive vacation experiences in the UK, Europe, Eastern Europe & the Balkans, Russia, Africa, Asia Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Mexico, South and Central America. With high quality products, friendly service and competitive pricing, Brendan Vacations offers memorable experiences for every client.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company is a respected brand of The Travel Corporation. Brendan has made Ireland its second home for over 40 years, and a Dublin office contracts product and manages inbound traffic for cruise lines, incentive houses, meeting planners and tour operators. Brendan Vacations is a founding member of USTOA and other professional affiliations include ASTA, PATA, OSSN and NTA.

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