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Brendan Vacations

5.0 | Excellent
  • 75% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Regional Expert
Established
  • 1969
Headquarters
  • Anaheim, California, United States
Trips
  • 102

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Brendan Vacations Reviews & Ratings 75% Recommend

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B

Does Not Recommend

had a wonderful time July 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We just went on Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle and had a wonderful time. This was our first bus tour and we didn't know quite what to expect, however, we couldn't have had a more perfect time. Ireland is a beautiful country and we were stunned and thrilled with all the beauty we were able to see. The hotels were great - some definitely better than others but all were comfortable. My only complaint was that our last hotel had no ac and Ireland was experiencing a heat wave so the fan didn't help very much. That wasn't anyone's fault and I just went with the flow. Barbara (our guide) and Marina (our driver) were great and genuinely seemed to be concerned with everyone's comfort. The grande finale of Ashford Castle was incredible. Such a beautiful place and to be able to stay a night there was incredible. I ended up doing the Hawk Walk and horseback riding and I would recommend both - especially the hawk walk to anyone - I think people who are good riders would probably get to do more than we did but it was still great. I would recommend Brendan and this trip to anyone. Perfect amount of down time and activity. Loved it!
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JL

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it was fabulous! July 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My husband and I recently went to Ireland on a Brendan Vacations tour...first tour we've even been on...and it was fabulous! From start to finish everything about the trip was perfect. Frances O'Doherty our Tour Director and Hugo our driver made this trip exceptional and unforgettable. Hugo's driving skills are phenomenal!! Frances is the sweetest, warmest, friendliest and most organized individual you'll ever meet. She is so knowledgeable about all things Irish and has a way of imparting that knowledge in a memorable and special way. I was a little nervous about staying in a different hotel every night and being on the go every minute but it was glorious. Our luggage was always handled for us, hotel check-ins were done in advance so we never had to go through check-in ourselves, meal vouchers and exhibit tickets were all prepared in advance, etc. It was totally seamless for everyone on the tour. It was a large group but we all became the best of friends by the end of the trip. We will definitely use Brendan Vacations in the future and highly recommend them to anyone interested in tour travel!!!
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TO

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my cruise planners was wonderful October 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just wanted to say that the trip me my 23 year old son my mom and my nephew and niece who booked our trip through Valerie and Debbie from my cruise planners was wonderful. Valerie and Debbie took care of everything from beginning to the end. The bed and breakfast that we stayed at Lough Kiern hosts Ellie and Kevin were wonderful. They took care of everything and were very informative and helpful. I would definitely recommend staying there to anyone
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C

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Excellent service made our trip a pleasure August 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I just returned from an amazing trip with Brendan vacations. We booked a private chauffeur as we traveled from Dublin to the West of Ireland. Our driver's name was Seamus MacTiernan and he was an excellent guide as we traveled over 2500 miles seeing the sites and visiting family in very rural area. We could not have accomplished all that we did without Seamus. He was a pleasure to be with and his hospitality and excellent service made our trip a pleasure. We could not have seen as much as we did without him and we knew from the onset of out trip that we had the right person and perfect schedule I highly recommend a personal driver and indeed Seamus himself if you are ever in Ireland as you maximize your time and it is a hassle free vacation plus you eliminate the stress of driving. Thanks Seamus...it was a pleasure getting to know you!
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From Brendan Vacations

Our name comes from St. Brendan, patron saint of navigation, as we share his great passion for exploration and travel that has fueled the authentic vacation experiences we've created for travelers like you over the past 46 years.

We are your Ireland and Scotland local experts. Our team in Dublin, led by Managing Director of 30 years, Catherine Reilly, love ebing able to showcase their homelands.Taking you personally means we understand your every travel need, so from all the planning to introducing you to our tight knit group of local friends along the way, leave your Celtic vacation to us.

We've designed four different ways of traveling just for you. Each of these are carefully-crafted around what you would like to see, what you would like to do and your travel preferences, from Guided to Private Chauffeur; Locally Hosted and Self-Drive vacations.

Guided

The Perfectly-Planned, Hassle-Free Experience

Relax with the ultimate in hassle-free travel. Our Guided Vacations are carefully designed to give you the utmost of the destination and take you deeper with our unique insider's view. We have a choice of three trip styles for you: our many in-depth Ireland and Scotland trips, plus relaxed-paced At Leisure and smaller-group Hidden Journeys.

Private Chauffeur

The Ultimate In Flexibility

A vacation designed around you, for you. It starts at the airport with your chauffeur, who is with you every step of the way as you travel in your luxury vehicle. Choose your accommodations and sightseeing, all personally tailored. Your chauffeur brings the destination to life, sharing everything from the known landmarks to local favorites and personal stories for an exclusive perspective.

Locally Hosted

Travel On Your Own, But Never Alone

Like tea with fresh scones and jam, Locally Hosted Vacations are the perfect combination of Irish treats and warm hospitality. Enjoy the independence and excitement of exploring Ireland's most popular cities, accompanied by the sage (and often witty) advice of our Local Hosts-who are just that: local. They know the ins and outs of your destination, and are only too eager to give you the inside scoop.

Self-Drive vacations

Your Vacation, Your Way

Hit the open road on any budget with carefree confidence. You can rely on our team of experts to use their connections and knowledge to arrange for the best destinations, negotiate the best savings, hand-select the best accommodations and even handle breakfast each day, giving you fuel and freedom to enjoy the locals you meet and the culture you've come here to discover.

Awards:

2012

--2012 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards

2011

--2011 Travel Age West WAVE Award “Best Tour Operator”

--2011 American Express “Supplier of the Year” Award

Trips & Specials


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Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Bath, Cardiff, Chester, York and Oxford
  • VISIT the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Rock of Cashel, Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle, Alnwick, Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and one of the famous colleges of Oxford (when open)
  • VIEW the home to Harry Potter amp; Hogwarts' Alnwick Castle, York Minster, Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and Sir Winston Churchill's grave at Bladon
  • SEE the Lake District's magnificent scenery
  • SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry
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Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Waterford, Adare, Galway and Glasgow
  • VISIT the Irish National Stud, the Waterford Crystal showroom, Blarney Castle, Giant's Causeway, Titanic Museum, Pitlochry and Edinburgh Castle
  • VIEW Eilean Donan Castle, the battlefield of Culloden and the 18th green at St. Andrews
  • SEE St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Galway Cathedral and Loch Lomond
  • SCENIC DRIVE around the Ring of Kerry
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Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Dundee, Orkney Islands, Stirling and Glasgow
  • VISIT Edinburgh Castle, Glamis Castle, the battlefield and Visitor Centre of Culloden, Dunrobin Castle, John O'Groats, The Italian Chapel in Orkney Islands, Skara Brae, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Isle of Mull, Isle of Iona, St. Mungo's Cathedral in Glasgow and Stirling Castle
  • VIEW Jedburgh Abbey, the 18th green at St. Andrews, Inverness Castle, Eilean Donan Castle and Glencoe
  • SEE Loch Ness, Loch Lomond and the Battlefield at Bannockburn
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Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Dundee, Orkney Islands, Glasgow and Stirling
  • VISIT Edinburgh Castle, 18th green at St. Andrews, Newtonmore, the Culloden Battlefield, John O'Groats, Skara Brae, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Stirling Castle, St. Mungo's Cathedral and Linlithgow Palace
  • VISIT the filming locations for Fort William, 18th-century Cranesmuir, 1940s Inverness and Wentworth Prison
  • VIEW Inverness Castle and Eilean Donan Castle
  • SEE Ben Nevis and the Battlefield at Bannockburn
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