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  • 1. Boutique Journeys Worldwide 2 0 1 3BrendanVacations.com MORE THAN 35 ENRicHiNg VAcATiONS iN 30 cOuNTRiES guARANTEEd dEpARTuRES MAxiMuM 24 guESTS
  • 2. bagan,myanmar has over 2,000 ancient pagodas and temples
  • 3. 3 DearTraveler, It is my pleasure to introduce to you boutique journeys, a new way of exploring the world with Brendan Vacations, the travel expert you have relied on for over 40 years. Boutique Journeys go to the core of what we believe and what we do.When we say Brendan looks forward to “tAKinG you PersonALLy,” we mean it, in more ways than one. First, we personally delight in showing you hidden gems and renowned landmarks, whether it’s a quaint Tuscan café or the mountaintop wonder of Machu Picchu. Second, we create vacation experiences with you in mind – someone who is eager to learn new things, meet new people and step into new realms of culture and geography – and even the mind and soul – that can transform a pleasant sojourn into the journey of a lifetime. We relish the opportunity to be your resource and your inspiration, your navigator through the complexities of travel and your guide to storied cities and spectacular landscapes. Flip through the pages of this travel catalog to get a feel for what Boutique Journeys are all about. Of course, like all BrendanVacation experiences, they offer unPArALLeLed quALity And vALue, plus a marvelous ease of travel, with everything planned and done for you so that all you have to do is enjoy. Boutique Journeys take it one step further.This collection of Premium guided vacations accommodates as few as two guests and a maximum of only 24, letting you delve deeper into local traditions, bond more tightly with your travel companions and interact more personally with the people you meet along the way. Everything from enriching excursions and ideally located accommodations to festive meals and tantalizing wine tastings are designed to bring you that much closer to the sights you venture to the corners of the world not just to see, but to experience. For the foodies among you, we’ve whipped up six enticing sLow food itineraries, mixing together regionally grown ingredients, historic locales and local hosts for a generous serving of something extraordinary. We personally invite you experience a mAGicAL journey that unfolds across oceans, along cobblestone streets and forest paths, through palaces and temples, back into the centuries and, first and foremost, within the pages of this travel catalog. weLcome Happy traveling! nico zenner President BrendanVacations
  • 4. what it’s all about 4 boutiQuE JouRNEYs Small Group Travel 5 A Unique Journey 6 Going Places 8 The People You’ll Meet 10 Out of the Ordinary Experiences 11 A New Kind of Feeling 12 A Culinary Extravaganza 14 Where You’ll Stay 16 Ways to Save 16 Express Check-In 97 Travel Protection Plan 97 Airport Transfers 98 Terms & Conditions BrendanVacations is a division of the family-ownedThe Travel Corporation, and is renowned and trusted for its outstanding quality, service, value, reliability and financial stability.VisitTheTravelCorporation.com EuRoPE Savor authenic flavors of Europe, its history and natural beauty 18 CuisiNE, wiNEs & ChâtEaux of thE loiRE VallEY 9 days 20 PRoVENCE: fRom faRm to tablE 8 days 22 baVaRia & its RomaNtiC Road 8 days 24 PiEdmoNt’s GastRoNomiC PlEasuREs 7 days 26 thE foods & ViNEYaRds of tusCaNY 8 days 28 CuliNaRY dEliGhts of umbRia 7 days 30 a taNtaliziNG tastE of siCilY 8 days 32 aloNG thE aNCiENt Roads of GREECE 9 days 34 ExPloRiNG thE GREEk islaNds 12 days 36 ComPlEtE GREECE 18 days 38 CastlEs & maNoRs - iRElaNd 8 days 40 islaNd of fiRE & iCE - iCElaNd 10 days south & CENtRal amERiCa Experience the vibrant cities, ancient ruins, unusual flora and fauna and lush rainforests of our neighbors to the south 43 JouRNEY thRouGh thE aNdEs from machu Picchu to the atacama desert 21 days 46 EmPiRE of thE iNCas 9 days 48 aNdEaN sPlENdoR 14 days 50 hiddEN sECREts of thE aNdEs 16 days 52 ColoNial Colombia fRom thE hiGhlaNds to thE Coast 8 days 54 maYa lEGaCY with belize options 9 days / 10 days / 13 days 56 baJa CalifoRNia & thE GREat GRaY whalE miGRatioN 7 days 58 ExtENd YouR latiN amERiCa VaCatioN asia Explore the exotic lands of the Orient, from China to India, Mongolia toVietnam, plusThailand, Myanmar and Angkor Wat 61 kiNGdoms of iNdoChiNa Vietnam tothailand 23 days 64 thE GoldEN laNd of mYaNmaR 11 days 66 sENsatioNal thailaNd & thE aNCiENt RuiNs of aNGkoR wat 10 days 68 thailaNd, aNCiENt aNGkoR wat & ExotiC mYaNmaR 20 days 70 ViEtNam REVEalEd with angkor wat 11 days / 13 days 72 PoRtRait of iNdoChiNa 17 days 74 hiddEN ChiNa 11 days 76 ChiNa iNsidER including a 3 night Yangtze River cruise 14 days 78 GRaNd ChiNa disCoVERY 17 days 80 moNGolia & thE Gobi dEsERt 8 days 82 moNGolia: iN thE footstEPs of GENGhis khaN 12 days 84 imaGEs of iNdia 14 days 86 tRaditioNs & laNdsCaPEs of iNdia 18 days 88 ExtENd YouR asia VaCatioN southERN afRiCa The delights of South Africa and Namibia await – wild animals, spectacular scenery and friendly people 91 a woRld iN oNE CouNtRY 14 days 94 wildlifE, laNdsCaPEs & CultuREs of Namibia 11 days 88 ExtENd YouR afRiCa VaCatioN
  • 5. 5 Chances are you have seen a bit of the world. Perhaps you have even explored entire regions and ventured to far-flung locales. Very likely you have nibbled brioche in Paris and surveyed the masterpieces at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Maybe you have trekked through Germany or Ireland equipped with nothing but a map and an intrepid sense of adventure. Perhaps you strolled the Bund in Shanghai during a free day while there for business, or maybe you were in the Land of the Rising Sun as part of a grand vacation, but weren’t able to spend the time you wanted to at the GreatWall. Maybe now when you consider a vacation abroad, you shrug your shoulders and say, “Been there, done that.” May we suggest:You have not been there or done that until you have experienced the world’s premier destinations on a Boutique Journey by BrendanVacations. SometimeS, Smaller iS better What’s different about a Brendan Boutique Journey is its size.You will travel with up to 24 savvy adventurers, who are seeking distinctly different and remarkable experiences, just like you. You’ll have greater access to – and therefore enjoy a deeper appreciation for – the timeless traditions and fascinating cultures that make a trip something you can apply the word “magical” to. You’ll have many wonderful things to say about a Boutique Journey by BrendanVacations:That it’s memorable, intimate, personalized, stress-free, dream-fulfilling and sensory-indulging. Most of all, it’s small. And “small” makes all the difference in the world. What’s Unique about Boutique a warm smile welcomes you in laos
  • 6. 6 Your typical motorcoach can’t negotiate the narrow roads of a German village or take you up close to a medieval Italian town. But your Brendan Boutique Journey is anything but typical. Seated on smaller vehicles, you’ll enjoy comfort and convenience, with greater access to the city and countryside jewels of your destination. This elevated idea of travel goes beyond the road. It extends to rivers and lakes, too. During a cruise of theYangtze, for instance, you’ll step aboard a smaller, newer river ship, one not offered for larger groups. Explorations of South America’s LakeTiticaca are all the more enjoyable – and logistically possible – with your group of 24 or fewer. Visits to sequestered old monasteries and grand temples in places likeThailand and Greece leave the realm of myth and enter the world of reality when experienced with a Brendan Boutique Journey. Go Places Small GroupS meanYou Can: You wouldn’t normallY Go the atacama desert, a grand prize presented by mother nature the 14th-century walled city of pingyao,china the greek isle of mykonos spans an area of 33 sq.miles
  • 7. paris’eiffel tower was built as the entrance to the 1885 world’s fair victoria falls on the zambezi river is 354 feet high and over a mile wide the white marble taj mahal was constructed in the mid-17th century 7 the mayan ruins of caracol were occupied as early as 1200 b.c.
  • 8. 8 Peru is famous for Machu Picchu, but what about the smaller yet no less impressive works of an industrious people, such as colorful weavings painstakingly produced in family homes, or intricate jewelry offered by smiling vendors at a SacredValley marketplace? You might pictureVietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, otherwise known as Saigon, with its French-colonial streets and sidewalk cafes, but what about the fragrant herb garden of a cooking school in Hoi An, where expert chefs will show you the secrets of Vietnamese cooking? And, Ooo la la, you know France as a splendid destina- tion for food, art and architecture, mostly centered in Paris. But what about the enchanting villages of the LoireValley and Provence populated by passionate cooks, hospitable shopkeepers, expert vintners and free-spirited artists? Meet the locals . . . Embark on a Boutique Journey by BrendanVacations and you will meet the people who make up the fabric of vibrant cultures, adding texture and meaning to your travel experience. sMall Groups MeanYou can: Meet People You wouldn’t norMallY Meet Join us and meet . . . the salt-and-sea-air-weathered fishermen of a village in Provence, who will hook you with tales of life on and near the sea; the South American artisan who will show you how to handcraft a piece of pottery; a French countess who will escort you through her château garden, which she designed herself; the owner of a family-runTuscan farm who will introduce you to the process of making organic olive oil; the camel-breeding family in Mongolia who will reveal how they watch over their animals and each other; the family in Beijing who will demonstrate the ancient art of calligraphy and the fine art of making small talk in Chinese (or even more likely, in English – most Chinese are eager to practice). These folks are off the beaten track, and we have made special arrangements for you to not only nod Hello, but also to engage in conversation and hear about their lives in these foreign settings, which to them are simply home. a gracious welcome in thailand vineyard owner in chianti traditional weaving in peru
  • 9. Some of Brendan’s most delightful destinations are the locals’ own neighborhoods, cottages, estates, shops, galleries, vineyards, farms and fields, the stomping grounds of their daily lives. Set foot in these locales and lifestyles yourself with a Boutique Journey by BrendanVacations. Meet the experts . . . Your hotels boast fabulous locations and friendly hosts who will relate helpful hints about what to see and do. Wineries, farms, restaurants, art galleries and museums are where you’ll discover a country’s true treasures – the winemakers, growers, chefs, artisans and curators who have a passion for their craft. Your adventures with Brendan are thoughtfully and entertainingly guided by your local travel experts, who will help make your journey seamless and worry-free, and also marvelously informative and memorable. Join Brendan and meet them all. Meet people like you . . . During your Brendan journey, you may find yourself sitting at a village pub, one filled with history and bubbling over with conversations between barkeep and guest . . . and between you and your fellow Brendan travelers. Meet your like-minded traveling companions – get to know them, share tales of travel, home and family. With a maximum of only 24 guests on your Brendan adventure, you will enjoy the chance to create tight bonds, some of which may last a lifetime. 9 mingle with the natives in india luang prabang,laos market in france safari guide in kruger
  • 10. Places that are big in history, enrichment and entertainment are often small in size. Think of the homey kitchen of an Italian trattoria, or the private dining room of an Irish family who possess a love for the poetry ofYeats and for entertaining. These venues are simply off the menu for larger groups. But during your Brendan Boutique Journey, the doors are flung open, the table is set and the scrumptious food is prepared, delighting you with every course and every anecdote. Food is just the beginning.You’ll also thrill to shopping expeditions in Indian marketplaces, horse-drawn carriage rides in the orchards of the Mekong Delta, soaks in the thermal baths in Iceland, wine tastings at a family-run estate in a medieval Italian village, or aTai Chi class on the top deck of aVietnamese junk during a cruise of Bai Tu Long Bay. The possibilities are endless . . . because the guest list is not. SMALL GROUPS MEANYOU CAN: Experience Activities YOU WOULDN’T NORMALLY EXPERIENCE 10 the great pacific grey whale migration in baja explore the markets of italy
  • 11. SMALL GROUPS MEANYOU CAN: Feel HOWYOU WOULDN’T NORMALLY FEEL Worry? No way. Stress? Absolutely not. A sense of being overwhelmed? Nonsense. You won’t feel any of these things during a Boutique Journey by BrendanVacations. Because, like all our expertly crafted and artfully executed vacations, your Brendan Boutique Journey takes you to the storied places of the world, plus the hidden gems and tucked- away wonders, with nary a hassle or a hitch in sight. You don’t even have to worry that your perfect Brendan Boutique Journey, the one you so carefully selected and are so excited to join, won’t actually depart. Most Boutique Journeys by Brendan Vacations are guaranteed to go at the time you book. We’ll do the planning, fine-print reading, narrow-road driving, fine-tooth combing, hurdle jumping, exchange rate figuring, rate negotiating, and reservations making. All you need to do is relax. Try it:Take a deep breath, release your travel anxieties and leave it all to us. Feels wonderful, doesn’t it? With worry out of the picture, you have all the time and energy in the world to feel inspired, moved, surprised (in a good way!), mesmerized, impressed, delighted and, regretfully, sad when your exciting Brendan Boutique Journey draws to a close. But don’t worry (we told you not to worry!).There are many more Boutique Journeys by BrendanVacations to choose from. Maybe your first Boutique Journey will be along Bavaria’s Romantic Road. Next time, perhaps it will be a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the timelessTaj Mahal or a safari in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Just be sure to let Brendan be your guide . . . and your inspiration. 11 machu picchu
  • 12. 12 A rAre tAste of something speciAl Asia, South America, Italy, France, Ireland, Germany, India, Greece, Mexico – think of any of these places and your mouth begins to water. Each region – even each village and rustic outpost – has its own traditions in growing, cooking and savoring food, and Brendan wants you to experience it like the locals do. Around a family dining table, in a small café, al fresco under the shade of an umbrella – but never from a long buffet line.We’ve made reservations for you at the most atmospheric, beautiful and historic of your destination’s dining venues. But we haven’t stopped there – you will also sample rich Colombian coffee in Bogota; yellow wine in Pingyao, where it’s been made in the same way for over 300 years; hearty rye bread and schnapps in Iceland and more little tastes of local life. Sit down to delicious meals prepared in regionally authentic ways by locals who love to cook as much as they love to entertain. Feast on fine food and exquisite views. Savor the moment. We know you’re hungry for culinary experiences that give you a real taste of what your destinations’ cultures are all about. And we are more than pleased to indulge your cravings. smAll groUps meAnYoU cAn: Eatthe WAYYoU normAllY WoUlDn’t eAt peking duck, a chinese classic empanadas are a popular treat in south america
  • 13. 13 A quick introduction to Slow Food® Remember those fishermen you will meet in Provence, the ones who as part of your explorations of France will regale you with tales of sea and shore?Well, as a special treat, not only will they acquaint you with their seafaring traditions, but they will also introduce you to the fruits – or in this case, the seafoods – of their labor by making a fresh batch of bouillabaisse, just for you. This is just one of the culinary experiences show­ cased in our Slow Food® itineraries, unique travel experiences imagined and developed in partnership with Slow Food®, a global, grassroots organization with supporters and connections in 150 countries around the world. Their goal is simple: to link the pleasures of enjoying good food with an appreciation for the foods’ origin and history, which are deeply rooted in the culture and places – indeed, in the very soil – of your travel destinations. Our collection of Brendan Boutique Journeys includes six Slow Food® itineraries, featuring meals at eateries carefully selected to bring regionally sourced recipes and that certain local ambience to your Brendan sojourn. You’ll also meet cooks, chefs, farmers, shepherds, cheesemakers, butchers, bakers and winemakers and learn about an array of culinary delights, ranging from Italian pastries made with a natural sweetener extracted from endemic ash trees to cheese made from the milk of goats raised near Marseilles. In some cases, ingredients traditionally used in old, cherished recipes are on the verge of extinction. Our Slow Food® experiences give you the opportunity to see and taste these delicacies, and to appreciate what is being done to preserve their place in culinary history – and on present­day tables. Slow Food® itineraries are concentrated in France and Italy, home to some of the most prestigious wine estates in the world.You will visit these wineries and sample their fine vintages, admiring both the complexity and richness of the wines and the historic beauty and significance of ancient, wood­beamed cellars and lush, sun­dappled vineyards. the pastries of france thai is now a favorite worldwide
  • 14. 14 The GreatWall is one of the world’s most astonishing sights.Virtually all who visit, including you, will trek along a portion of its length, taking pictures of this imposing fortification as it snakes its way over the hills and horizon. But who will be able to say they stayed at a hotel at the foot of the GreatWall, savoring views of this imposing fortification while sipping a cocktail? Well, you will – if you choose a Brendan Boutique Journey. We have scoured tiny hamlets, countryside hideaways, mountain enclaves, seaside resorts, historic cities and vibrant metropolises to find unique properties that will add that little something extra to your travel experience. It might be a château in the LoireValley, a grand manor in Ireland, a whitewashed villa high on the cliffs in Greece, a cruise down theYangtze, an airy, teak-floored room in a Burmese resort, a luxury lodge in the Atacama Desert, a regal palace in India, or the round, yurt-type dwelling used by the nomads of Mongolia. No matter what accommodation you call home during your Brendan Boutique Journey, it will be special, not only for its relatively small size and often quaint or elegant atmosphere, but also for its deep roots in the local culture. SMALL GROUPS MEANYOU CAN: Stay WHEREYOU WOULDN’T NORMALLY STAY spend a night aboard the jasmine in ha long bay andromeda villas,santorini
  • 15. the brand new,luxury century legend on the yangtze river cruise sabi sabi bush lodge, kruger national park, south africa mongolian ger country club hotel,lima 15 chomu palace hotel,india the 5-star hotel kunza, in san pedro de atacama,chile the malton,killarney
  • 16. 16 Savings AIR SELLS OUT QUICKLY & PRICES CHANGE DAILY. BOOK EARLY FORTHE MOST CHOICES & BEST PRICES! PAY LESS FOR YOUR SECOND VACATION Our itineraries are created so that they can be easily combined.When you book two consecutive Boutique Journeys anywhere in the world with Brendan, you will receive a discount of up to 5% off the land only portion of the shortest journey.Take three journeys and save on two! Trips are combinable with second and subsequent additional trips, must be con- secutive and booked at the same time.The discount is per person only and does not apply to extra nights, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, or airport transfers. TRAVEL IN A GROUP & SAVE! Sharing your travels with your family and friends makes the trip even more enriching and memorable.Travel with 10 friends or family members, and one traveler qualifies for a 50% discount* off the land portion of the vacation price. In a group of 21, one traveler receives a 100% discount*! Space is limited to one group per departure.These discounts cannot be combined with any other discounts. Not valid on 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. EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT ON THE CASTLES & MANORS IRELAND BOUTIQUE JOURNEY The earlier you pay, the more you save! See the Castles & Manors Boutique Journey, pages 38-39, for the amounts you can save. Select departures only.Your Castles & Manors Boutique Journey must be booked and paid for in full by the listed dates for this discount to apply. Not valid on any other Boutique Journeys, extra nights, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements or airport transfers. For more details, ask your Brendan Specialist. SAVE UP TO 5% TRIPLE ACCOMMODATIONS DISCOUNT On many of our itineraries, we offer a reduced land rate to three people sharing a room.Triple room savings are listed on the itinerary pages. Triple rooms are usually not larger than a twin-size room.The room can accommo- date three people, however it may only have two beds or one double bed and a rollaway.This discount applies only to itineraries featuring theTriple Room Reduction offer, and is not combinable with GroupTravel Discounts. GREAT SAVINGS FOR YOUNG TRAVELERS Brendan offers a savings of up to 10% off of the land price of your Boutique Journey to travelers between the ages of 5 and 17 years, provided they are accompanied by an adult. There is a limit of oneYoungTraveler per room on Boutique Journeys. See itinerary pages for the amount you will save.YoungTravelers must be between 5-17 years on the departure date to be eligible.This discount cannot be combined with any other discount (exceptTriple Room Discount) and does not apply to extra nights, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, or airport transfers. EXPRESS CHECK-IN – THE ULTIMATE HASSLE-FREE BOUTIQUE JOURNEY EXPERIENCE To provide you with the best travel experience possible, we encourage you to check in immediately after you have paid your deposit and received your booking reference number. Not only will this allow us to better anticipate your needs while on vacation, it also means you won’t have to show your passport at each hotel. All you will need to complete the EXPRESS CHECK-IN REGISTRATION are your booking reference number, the passport details for all the travelers on your booking, travel insurance details, and information for a contact person in the unlikely event of an emergency. All your details are kept secure, and we will not share your information with third parties. Registration will only take about 10 minutes. Access to Express Check-In is via Brendan’s secure website: BrendanVacations.com/expresscheckin If you check in within 15 days of departure, we cannot guarantee that your local travel expert will receive the information. So, the sooner you register the better. For late check-ins (within 15 days of departure), we recommend you print your check-in details and present them to your local travel expert on the first day of your vacation. AFTER CHECK-IN Upon completion of your Express Check-In, Brendan Vacations will send you a CONFIRMATION EMAIL as well as additional information which will allow you to better prepare for your vacation. Express Check-In is yet another way Brendan is working with you to enhance the quality of your overall vacation and to ensure your experience with us is as seamless and hassle-free as possible. GROUP DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO 10% TRIPLE ROOM DISCOUNT CASTLES & MANORS BE SURE TO CHECK US OUT ON: BrendanVacations.com facebook.com/brendanvacationsfanpage twitter.com/brendanvacation youtube.com/brendanweb pinterest.com/brendanvacation
  • 17. 17 SkogafoSS waterfall in iceland plungeS almoSt 200 feet 17 Europe including Iceland
  • 18. F r a n c e PARIS TOURS CHAUMONT- SUR-LOIRE CHENONCEAU AZAY-LE-RIDEAU MONTLOUIS-SUR-LOIRE AMBOISE SEPMES LARÇAY CHANÇAY CANDES-SAINT MARTIN B elg ium BOURRÉ VACHS 1 6 1 1 Arrive in pAris, frAnce Bonjour!Welcome to Paris! After taking the private transfer from the airport to your hotel, settle in or start exploring. Later enjoy your welcome dinner.You’ll get a taste of what’s to come with an introduction to the Slow Food philosophy and overview of your upcoming Brendan vacation, featuring the delights – both visual and gastronomical – of the LoireValley. D 2 pAris / Tours A morning tour of Paris acquaints you with the architectural gems, historical monuments and the tree-lined avenues of this magical city.The EiffelTower, Notre Dame, the River Seine (you have to say it that way – “River” first – or it’s just not the same) are the sights most likely to be highlighted. Late this afternoon, head toTours and enjoy free time at your hotel, once an 18th-century castle. B 3 Tours. Discover The splenDiD loire vAlley: monTluis-sur-loire, chenonceAu & Bourré Follow the River Loire to the town of Montluis-sur-Loire, for a memorable winery experience at the Domaine Les Loges de la Folie vineyard.Winemaker Valerye Mordelet will tell you about the stages of crafting fine wine, from vineyard to cellar, grape to glass. Next, visit Château de Chenonceau, perhaps one of the most romantically beautiful of all of France’s châteaux. Dating to 1513, the manor is built on the site of an old mill, with characteristic turrets and towers and elegant formal gardens. Making the chateau unique is its place on – actually on, not beside – the River Cher. A grand, arched bridge-come-hall spans the river’s waters, making it a photographer’s dream. Continue to Bourré to visit La Cave des Roches, orThe Cave of Rocks. More accurately, it is the cave of mushrooms, as you will discover when you descend 164 feet underground to explore the world’s only example of mushrooms being cultivated DAY Loire Valley in a subterranean labyrinth. Explore some of the nearly 75 miles of galleries on seven levels, spaces that are dank and somewhat chilly for humans at 53°F, but ideal for growing tasty fungi. Tonight spend time inTours’ medieval district (Old City) with its half-timbered buildings and open-air restaurants and pubs. B 4 Tours. explore sepmes villAge & lArçAy villAge Today will prove a delight for the palate, as you depart for the village of Sepmes to visit Cabri au Lait, aptly named for its production of cheeses from the milk of cabri, or young goats. Taste luscious samples of excellent cheeses and other products before taking a short walk along the river to nearby Larçay. Here, a delightful and insightful cooking experience awaits, hosted at a village restaurant.Then savor dinner of traditional dishes. B D 18 pAris To pAris $3,669 lAnD only from lA cAve Des roches,bourrÉ cuisine, wines & chÂTeAux of The 1 overnighT sTAy 1 sTArT ciTy 1 enD ciTy chÂteAu De chenonceAu
  • 19. YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers in Paris on Days 1 and 9 > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 8 breakfasts (B); 2 lunches (L); 3 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel and culinary expert > Travel by private, luxury, air-conditioned mini-coach > 3 Guided tastings > 1 Cooking lesson > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents Paris | Pullman Paris Montparnasse SF Tours | Clarion Chateau Belmont SF SF Superior First Class F First Class YOUR PERSONALLY SELECTED HOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com In partnership with See page 15. 19 DEPARTURES (REF: R140) & PRICES PER PERSON* Sundays: Jun 30 – $3,759 Aug 4 – $3,669 Oct 6 – $3,759 Nov 3 – $3,669 * Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Air: Please note that international airfares are not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. Single Room Supplement: $1,080 (Jun 30 & Oct 6); $995 (Aug 4 & Nov 3) Triple Room Reduction: $155 Young Traveler Discount: $367 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed CHATEAU DE VALMER 5 TOURS. DISCOVERING CHAUMONT-SUR-LOIRE, AMBOISE & VALAIS Deux – two – wondrous châteaux are on the itinerary for today: Chaumont and Amboise. Both stand above the River Loire; both have been protected monuments historique since 1840; both are associated with names such as Catherine de Medici and Henry II. Each is a classic French manor in character and design, boasting towers, spires, and steeply pitched roofs. Surely, your heart will go aflutter when you encounter these architectural masterpieces.The town of Amboise is home to not only its namesake chateau, but also an ancient oil mill, which you will visit.Valais is your spot for lunch;Tours is the continuing locale for your overnight stays.Take advantage of your hotel’s amenities such as the pool, spa and freeWiFi. B L 6 TOURS. LOIRE RIVER CRUISE & CANDES-SAINT MARTIN Venture to Candes-Saint Martin to board a traditional Loire riverboat for a serene cruise, giving you an opportunity to relax and take in the beauty and history of the LoireValley. Lunch will be served on board. Afterward, learn about the famed red wines of the region with a discovery guided by Nicolas Reau, winemaker of Clos deTreille. B L 7 TOURS. CHANÇAY, CHATEAU DE VALMER & GOUPILLIERES You may have noticed that the grounds of a chateau are often as impressive as the chateau itself. Such is the case at Chateau deValmer, home to the SaintVenant family, including a countess who is a renowned landscape designer and botanist.The chateau is surrounded by a 17th-century park and glorious Renaissance gardens. Italian-style terraces offer fabulous views overTouraine, while a troglodytic chapel, a hornbeam labyrinth, moats, fountains and statues add to the landscape’s fanciful allure. If the chateau’s expansive gardens are the height of opulence, the maisons troglodytes des Goupillieres, or “homes of the cave dwellers of the town of Goupillieres,” are agreeably basic. Located in Azay-le-Rideau, these cave dwellings reveal both an appealing utilitarianism and a storybook quality. Peek into the lives of the peasants of the Middle Ages who made their homes in this complex of houses hewn from rock, then return to your nicely appointed home-away-from-home inTours. B 8 TOURS / PARIS Travel back to Paris, check into your hotel and enjoy time on your own to experience the City of Light. Later, gather for your farewell dinner in a typical Parisian restaurant. B D 9 DEPART PARIS Time to say au revoir! After breakfast, check out of your hotel and take the private transfer to the airport where your journey concludes. B HOTEL CLARION CHATEAU BELMONT, TOURS
  • 20. 1 ARRIVE IN NICE, FRANCE Bienvenue en France! After your private transfer from the airport to your hotel, settle in and relax, then gather for your welcome dinner. During the evening, you will be introduced to the Slow Food philosophy and get a taste of what your upcoming Brendan vacation will bring. D 2 NICE / CUGES LES PINS / BANDOL / SAINT CYR SUR MER C’est parti! – And we’re off! Head to the town of Cuges Les Pins to meet Luc Falcot, one of the last producers of Brousse de Rove, a goat cheese typical of the Marseille area. Made exclusively from the milk of goats of the Rove breed, the cheese has a delicate flavor and rich aroma. After delighting your taste buds, proceed to the Bandol region, an area situated between the Côte d’Azur and the Calanques of Cassis with its unique lifestyle and landscape.Visit Domaine LaTour du Bon to sample their spicy rosé and remarkable red wines, aged 18 months before bottling. B 3 SAINT CYR SUR MER. DISCOVER SANARY-SUR-MER & AIX-EN-PROVENCE Food and sunshine are on the menu today with your visit to Sanary-sur-Mer, the pretty fishing village that is one of the sunniest spots in France, with an average of only 61 days of rain a year.Walk along the harbor and meet with fishermen who will acquaint you with their work and traditional techniques of fishing.They will also prepare bouillabaisse, the delicious Mediterranean fish soup, for you to taste. Next, depart for Aix-en- Provence, usually shortened to simply Aix, a characteristically Provençal town known for being home to French painter Cezanne.The town surely will make an impression on you, thanks to its pedestrian friendly streets that wind through tidy neighborhoods and back in time. Savor a sweet end to your day out with a visit to a producer of calissons, the delicately iced, candied fruit traditionally associated with Aix. B DAY Provence - 4 SAINT CYR SUR MER. EXPLORE MARSEILLE & CASSIS Another food-filled day is ahead with your visit to Marseille and its lively farmers market, held in the trendy area of Cours Julien. A dash of insight is added with a lesson on the spices managed by the Conservatory of Cuisines of the Mediterranean. Enjoy a light lunch and then head to Cassis for a look at this quaint town and fishing port built on the ruins of a medieval village. Appreciate some of its elegant fountains, old village streets and perhaps glimpse the chateau-fort dating to 1381 before returning to your hotel. B L 5 SAINT CYR SUR MER / ST-RÉMY-DE-PROVENCE / ARLES / AVIGNON Charming St-Rémy is where you’ll savor a bit of small-town French life and sample goat cheese and olive oil. In Arles, you’ll join a guided visit of this ancient Celtic and Roman city, which may look familiar to you:VincentVan Gogh painted 20 NICE TO MARSEILLE FROM FARM TO TABLE LE PONT SAINT BÉNEZET-THE MOST FAMOUS BRIDGE IN PROVENCE ATTEND A COOKING LESSON IN CUCURON $3,239 LAND ONLY FROM SANARY-SUR-MER F r a n c e NICE SAINT CYR SUR MERSUR MER SAINT CYR SUR MER AVIGNONAVIGNON AIX-EN-PROVENCE CUGES LES PINS CASSIS ST. REMY DE PROVENCE MARSEILLE ARLES CHÂTENAUF DU PAPE ST DIDIER MEDITERRANEAN SEA The LuberonThe LuberonThe LuberonThe LuberonThe LuberonThe LuberonThe LuberonThe LuberonThe Luberon ROUSSILLON CUCURON I t a l y 1 3 3 1 OVERNIGHT STAY 1 START CITY  END CITY
  • 21. YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers in Nice on Day 1 and in Marseille on Day 8 > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 7 breakfasts (B); 1 lunch (L); 2 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel and culinary expert > Travel by private, luxury, air-conditioned mini-coach > 6 Guided tastings > 1 Cooking lesson > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents Nice | Novotel Nice Centre F Saint Cyr Sur Mer | Hotel Dolce Fregate SF Avignon | Hotel De L’Horloge F or similar SF Superior First Class F First Class YOUR PERSONALLY SELECTED HOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com In partnership with See page 15. 21 DEPARTURES (REF: R150) & PRICES PER PERSON* Thursdays: May 12 – $3,570 Jun 9 – $3,570 Oct 13 – $3,339 Nov 10 – $3,239 * Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Air: Please note that international airfares are not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. Single Room Supplement: $1,115 (May-Jun); $1,020 (Oct); $830 (Nov) Triple Room Reduction: $100 (May-Oct); $60 (Nov) Young Traveler Discount: $324 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed many of the town’s colorful houses and oh-so-French squares. View highlights of the city (a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site), such as its Roman amphitheater and the Roman Circus. B 6 AVIGNON. VISIT CHÂTENAUF DU PAPE Explore the beautifully preserved medieval town of Avignon, surrounded by the original fortified walls and featuring the iconic Papal Palace. A truly enormous structure, the palace is the world’s largest Gothic edifice. History is so deep and meaningful here, that the central part of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drink in the magnificent architecture and artsy atmosphere, then transfer to Châtenauf du Pape to sip some wine. Both a village and a wine appellation, Châtenauf du Pape is one of the most renowned names of the splendid Rhône region. B 7 AVIGNON. EXPLORE THE LUBERON You’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience the area’s delights, starting with a stop in St-Didier, where you’ll visit a producer of Provençal nougat and taste other local delicacies, including Banon goat cheese. Here in the Luberon, the towns are so pretty that they don’t seem real. But indeed, you can explore their enchanting nooks and crannies, admire the old buildings and meander along cobbled streets. In the town of Roussillon, walk along the OchreTrail, a marked path through an orange-hued landscape eroded by wind, rain and the march of time.Yet another picturesque town is Cucuron, which you will visit for a cooking lesson, followed by dinner at La Petite Maison de Cucuron. B D HOTEL DOLCE FREGATE , SAINT CYR SUR MER THE LAVENDER FIELDS OF PROVENCE 8 AVIGNON / DEPART MARSEILLE En effet – indeed – it is time to conclude your marvelous Brendan culinary adventure. After breakfast, take a private transfer to the Marseille airport where your vacation ends. B
  • 22. FRANKFURT G e r m a n y FREIBURG MUNICH HEIDELBERG LAKETITISEE LINDAU NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE OBERGAMMERGAU GARMISCH-GARMISCH- PARTENKIRCHEN LINDERHOF PALACE ROTHENBURG OB DERTAUBER ETTAL ABBY INNSBRUCK A u s t r i a C z e c h R e p u b l i c FÜSSENFÜSSEN 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 Arrive in frAnkfurt, germAny Take the private transfer from the airport to your hotel and spend the rest of the day as you please or relax and settle in. Explore Frankfurt by foot to discover this financial and cultural hub’s compelling contrasts between old and new. Later, join your local travel expert for your welcome dinner at the hotel. Guten Appetit! D 2 frAnkfurt / HeiDelberg / freiburg Chapter one of your enchanted BrendanVacations adventure officially begins in charming, red-roofed Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town.Take the cable car to see the ruined Renaissance castle, picturesquely situated on a hillside over- looking the city. Should the sometimes finicky weather allow, venture to Freudenstadt via the Schwarzwald Hochstrasse, a popular touring road for good reason:The scenery is simply breathtaking. Overnight in Freiburg, gateway to the Black Forest. b 3 freiburg / lAke titisee / linDAu / füssen Tour lovely Freiburg to admire its classic German architecture, original city gates and the magnificent medieval cathedral. Next, travel to glacier-carved LakeTitisee, nestled in the fabled Black Forest. Get a real taste of the region by making your own Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, more commonly known as Black Forest cake, and witness a presentation on the making of a cuckoo clock. Time will fly by as you make your way to the small island of Lindau in Lake Constance, which boasts spectacular mountain views. Weather permitting, travel the Alpine road to Füssen, the southernmost town of the Romantic Road. b 4 neuscHwAnstein cAstle / ObergAmmergAu / ettAl Abby / gArmiscH-PArtenkircHen You have already seen iconic Neuschwanstein Castle, or at least the famous rendition of it, in the form of Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.To visit the real thing, with its spec- tacular storybook architecture matched only by a majestic DAY alpine setting, is beyond imaging. Afterward, visit the town of Oberammergau, famous for its fresco-decorated buildings, traditions in woodcarving and regular productions of the Passion Play. In the hamlet ofWies, visit the Pilgrimage Church, an exuberant masterpiece of Bavarian Rococo architecture and a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site.Then head to Ettal to appreciate the splendid Baroque Benedictine Abbey. Stop at a cheese factory for a visit and tasting before arriving in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany’s winter sports capital, site of the 1936 winter Olympics and home to Germany’s highest peak, 9,715-foot Zugspitze. b 5 gArmiscH-PArtenkircHen / innsbruck, AustriA / linDerHOf PAlAce, germAny / municH With the Alps rising above and the river flowing below, Innsbruck evokes all the romance associated with Austria and triggers a flurry of picture taking. Or, instead of traveling to 22 frAnkfurt tO frAnkfurt HEIDELBERG Bavaria RotHEnBuRG 1 OvernigHt stAy 1 stArt city 1 enD city $1,750 lAnD Only frOm & its rOmAntic rOAD
  • 23. YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers in Frankfurt on Day 1. Free hotel shuttle on Day 8 > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 7 breakfasts (B); 2 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Travel by private, luxury, air-conditioned mini-coach > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents Frankfurt | Mövenpick City Center f Freiburg | Parkhotel Post f Füssen | Hotel Hirsch f Garmisch | Rheinischer Hof f Munich | Hotel Excelsior f Frankfurt | NH Frankfurt Airport f f First Class YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 23 DEpARTURES (REF: R160) & pRICES pER pERSON* Sundays: May 26 – $1,750 Jun 30 – $1,750 Jul 21 – $1,750 Aug 11 – $1,750 Sep 1 – $1,750 Sep 29 – $2,150 Dec 8 r – $1,750 * Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Air: Please note that international airfares are not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.  Octoberfest departure. r Christmas Market departure. Single Room Supplement: $450 Triple Room Reduction: $175 Young Traveler Discount: $175 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed neuschwanstein castle, southwest bavaria spend a night at the traditional rheinischer hoF in garmisch Innsbruck, join an optional excursion to the top of Zugspitze. Then this afternoon head to Munich with an en route visit to Linderhof Palace, a petite version ofVersailles that served as a royal residence to King Ludwig II. B 6 mUNICh CITY SIghTSEEINg Rivaling Berlin, Munich’s cultural scene and architectural treasures impress even the most well-traveled visitor. Enjoy a city tour concluding at Marienplatz, where you’ll see its famous Glockenspiel, the clock tower at NewTown Hall that delights onlookers with daily “shows” featuring the chimes of 43 bells and mechanical antics of 32 life-sized figures. Then explore the city on your own.Tonight savor a traditional Bavarian dinner. B D 7 mUNICh / ROThENBURg OB DER TAUBER / fRANkfURT At Rothenburg ob derTauber, you will feel as if you are walking in the pages of a Grimm’s fairytale, with flower boxes adorning steep-roofed, half-timbered buildings and clock towers spanning narrow, cobbled lanes.Taste Schneeballen, or “snowball” pastry, the signature sweet of Rothenburg.Then on to Frankfurt, for one last night in Germany. B 8 DEpART fRANkfURT After breakfast, take the free hotel shuttle to the airport where your vacation ends. B
  • 24. 1 Arrive in MilAn, itAly Buongiorno!Welcome to Italy, where food, scenery and history meet. In fact, it was here in the Piedmont town of Bra that the Slow Food movement got its start.Your Brendan Slow Food experience is off to a great start as you take the private transfer from the airport to your hotel in Milan. Settle in, then perhaps go for a stroll. Later, enjoy a welcome dinner at tonight’s Slow Food “Osterie d’Italia” at the Osteria Grand Hotel. An introduction to the Slow Food philosophy will have you hungering for a real taste of Italy, one that your exciting Brendan vacation promises to deliver. D 2 MilAn / lA MorrA / CArMAgnolA / pollenzo Venture to the lovely hilltop village of La Morra and stop at a scenic viewpoint to appreciate panoramas of mile after mile of vineyards dotted by farms, romantically positioned villas and the occasional old castle.Taste the products of all this fertile land with a visit to Elio Altare’s cellars, where wine will be accompanied by local produce. At nearby Carmagnola, pay a call to a farm where you will see the rare Carmagnola grey rabbit, a large breed raised for meat.Then transfer to the historic Hotel Albergo dell’Agenzia, home to the University of Gastro­ nomic Sciences, and your home for the next four nights. b DAY Piedmont’s 3 pollenzo. bArbAresCo, CherAsCo & Monforte D’AlbA A second taste of the region’s wondrous wines is in store with a visit to the town of Barbaresco. Here, you will discover the wine of the same name, made from the Nebbiolo grape. Like people, Barbaresco wines get better with age; it is not uncom­ mon for a Barbaresco to drink well after 20 years. Sample a few fine examples, then stop in Cherasco, a medieval village with quaint, narrow lanes and traditional shops that produce dark chocolates with hazelnuts called “Baci di Cherasco.” Enjoy free time to wander through town and soak in the charm­ ing, old­world flavor before heading to Giovanni Manzone , a family­run wine estate with a setting that is as wonderful as the wines. Situated in the ancient fortified town of Monforte d’Alba, the estate has a roster of award­winning vintages. Taste a few selections and sample local products before returning to your hotel, once the country estate of King Carlo Alberto of Savoy. b 4 pollenzo. Asti & MongiArDino ligure Surely you have heard of your next destination, Asti, as the name is associated with Asti Spumanti sparkling wine.This region indeed produces the pale­gold libation made from white Muscat grapes – not just of the Spumante label, but of many brands. Historic and largely pedestrianized, the medieval town of Asti certainly will be a sparkling highlight of your Piedmont experience. Adding to the delight is a visit to Torronificio Barbero, where you will taste rich chocolates and nougats. Next, travel to a country farmhouse in Mongiardino Ligure to savor Montébore cheese. Dating as far back as the 15th century, this cheese has a truly aged history. Join a cooking class dedicated to the foods and agricultural traditions of Piedmont, followed by dinner and a presentation on the good works of the Adopt a Sheep program. Afterward, return to your hotel in Pollenzo.Tonight take advantage of the hotel gym,Turkish bath and outdoor pool. b D 5 pollenzo & grinzAne CAvour Explore Pollenzo, the location of your hotel for the last few nights and host to a history stretching back more than a few centuries. Once an important Roman settlement, Pollenzo today is home to the University of Gastronomic Sciences. A district in the larger town of Bra, Pollenzo is also within a stone’s throw of the birthplace of the Slow Food movement. 24 MilAn to MilAn gAstronoMiC pleAsures montébore cheese tAste the rich nougAts of torronificio bArbero milAn’s mAgnificent cAtheDrAl lAnD only $2,160froM
  • 25. MILANMILAN I t a l y POLLENZOPOLLENZO CARMAGNOLA BARBARESCO CHERASCOMONFORTE D’ALBA MONGIARDINO LIGURE GRINZANE CAVOUR ASTI Mediterranean Sea LA MORRA 11 4 YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers in Milan on Days 1 and 7 > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 6 breakfasts (B); 3 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel and culinary expert > Travel by private, luxury, air-conditioned mini-coach > 7 Guided tastings > 1 Cooking lesson > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges Milan | Hotel NHTouring – superior rooms f Pollenzo (Cuneo) | Hotel Albergo dell’ Agenzia f f First Class YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com In partnership with See page 15. 1 OVERNIGhT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY 25 Speaking of which, you will visit the Slow Food Banca delVino, orWine Bank, a cellar and “library” of Italian wines, housed in a former royal palace. Enjoy a tasting and tour before departing for the town of Grinzane Cavour for your visit to the Piedmont Regional Enoteca. Situated in the town’s imposing medieval castle, the enoteca, or “wine repository,” offers tastes of wines from numerous regional vintners.Toast your Brendan food and wine adventure during your last dinner at your Pollenzo hotel.Tomorrow, it is off to Milan. B D 6 pOLLENzO / MILAN hIGhLIGhTS From the undulating hills of Piedmont, travel to Milan – a glamorous city with a thriving cultural scene and a top city for shopping. After check-in, enjoy free time. Then join an afternoon walking tour to discover the landmarks of this fashion and financial center of Italy. Highlights include the incredible Duomo, an enormous Gothic cathedral that took nearly six centuries to build; the castle-turned-museum, Castello Sforzesco; the city’s renowned opera house, La ScalaTheatre; and the stunning GalleriaVittorio Emmanualle, a masterpiece ofVictorian architecture connecting two of Milan’s best-known avenues to create a marvelous shopping arcade, housing elegant shops with brands such as Prada, Gucci and LouisVuitton. B 7 DEpART MILAN Alas, your Slow Food Brendan Boutique Journey has passed far too quickly. After breakfast, take your private transfer to the Milan airport where your vacation ends. Buon viaggio! B DEpARTURES (REF: R100) & pRICES pER pERSON* Sundays: May 5 – $2,160 Jun 9, 23 – $2,160 Jul 7 – $2,160 Aug 11 – $2,160 Sep 8, 22 – $2,325 Oct 6, 13 – $2,325 Nov 3 – $2,325 * Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. International airfare between your U.S. gateway and trip is additional please check with yourTravel Agent or Brendan Specialist for special airfares originating in the U.S. Single Room Supplement: $340 (May 5-Aug 11); $440 (Sep 8-Nov 3) Triple Room Reduction: $35 Young Traveler Discount: $216 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed grinzane cavour vineyards hotel albergo dell’agenzia
  • 26. RIGNANO SULL ARNOSULL ARNOSULL ARNO RIGNANO SULL’ARNO I t a l y ROMEROME MONTEPULCIANO PIENZA SIENA CASTELLINA GREVE MONTALCINO SAN GIMIGNANO FLORENCE 1 1 5 1 Arrive in rOMe, iTALY It is said that all roads lead to Rome. And here you are, ready to launch an amazing journey for the senses.The first step:Take the private transfer from the airport to your hotel.Then settle in and enjoy your welcome dinner at the eatery, Grappolo d’oro, or “golden grapes,” and learn how this is your golden opportunity to sample Italy’s culture during your introduction to the Slow Food philosophy and overview of your Brendan vacation. D 2 rOMe / MOnTepuLciAnO / pienzA / rignAnO suLL’ArnO Have your camera ready for superb vistas as you venture to two ofTuscany’s most picturesque hill towns. Medieval Montepulciano sits at an elevation of almost 2,000 feet, offering astounding views over the surrounding hills. Narrow alleyways invite exploration despite their leg-challenging slopes, and Renaissance buildings make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. Drink in not only the scenery but also the wine with a visit to an enoteca, or wine shop, for a tasting. Experience the town center before samplingTuscan cuisine at the charming restaurant Osteria dell’Acquacheta. Don’t put your camera away just yet: Next up is Pienza, a Renaissance town so marvelous that it is a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site. Grand architecture and Pecorino cheese are Pienza’s claims to fame. Sample the latter and learn about the cheese-making process at a local farm. Continue on to your historicl hotel in Rignano Sull’Arno where you’ll stay for the next five nights. b L 3 rignAnO suLL’ArnO. cAsTeLLinA in chiAnTi & greve in chiAnTi In Italy, half the beauty is in the getting there.This is certainly the case along theVia Chiantigena, the road connecting Siena and Florence, unfolding over the timeless Chianti hills. Arrive in Castellina for an introduction to ancient techniques for harvesting and drying aromatic herbs. Have lunch at a specially selected trattoria, then head to a farm to taste organic cheese made from the milk of goats that graze in the Chianti hills.Tonight enjoy the outdoor pool and take advantage of the freeWiFi at your hotel. b L 4 rignAnO suLL’ArnO. FLOrence There is hardly a traveler who won’t gasp in delight over Florence’s beauty and revel in its abundant works of Renaissance art and architecture.Walk through the historical DAY Tuscany center and visit Santa Croce Basilica, known as the “Pantheon of Italian Glories.” Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini, Machiavelli and Alfieri all are entombed here. See other Florence land- marks, including the Duomo, the iconic domed church that rises above the city; the octagonal Baptistery with its three sets of bronze doors, one by Michelangelo; Giotto’s bell tower, a masterpiece of Florentine Gothic design; and the Piazza della Signoria, home to the oft-photographed Romanesque fortress-palace with its crenelated tower. Stop at one of Florence’s oldest ice cream shops, called Perché No! (Why not!), to see how the ice cream is made and taste indulgent samples. Enjoy free time to explore this gem of a city on your own, perhaps visiting the Uffizi Gallery or shopping for the city’s renowned leather goods.Wind down an extraordinary day with a traditional dinner at a local trattoria. b D 5 rignAnO suLL’ArnO. sienA & sAn giMignAnO Where do Gothic architecture, the famous Palio horse race, and sweets made of hazelnuts and chocolate come together? In 26 rOMe TO rOMe sAn gimignAno The FOODs & vineYArDs OF cArmignAno DrieD figs 1 OvernighT sTAY 1 sTArT ciTY 1 enD ciTY $2,455 LAnD OnLY FrOM
  • 27. YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers in Rome on Days 1 and 8 > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 7 breakfasts (B); 3 lunches (L); 3 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel and culinary expert > Travel by private, luxury, air-conditioned mini-coach > 6 Guided tastings > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents Rome | The Independent Hotel f Rignano Sull’Arno | HotelVilla Il Palagio f f First Class YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com In partnership with See page 15. 27 Siena, ovviamente! (of course)! Join a guided tour of the city, the historic center of which is a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site, and sample Siena’s traditional Christmas fruitcake called panforte at a well-known pastry shop. Stroll some of the city’s tangled lanes on your own before traveling to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Gimignano.The journey is as memorable as the destination as you travel theVia Francigena, the ancient pilgrimage route between Rome and Canterbury. Stop at a small, family-run farmhouse for lunch featuring the regional Certaldo onion and organic olive oil, and learn how the olive oil is produced.Then, it’s on to San Gimignano, where you’ll discover some of its 14 medieval towers and visit the San Gimignano 1300 Museum, with multi-media exhibits, street scenes and a ceramic city recreation that shows San Gimignano as it was in 1300. B L 6 RIgNANO SULL’ARNO. MONTALCINO Experience the hill town of Montalcino, famed for its steep streets and Brunello wine. Pay a call to the Enoteca La Fortezza, a wine shop where you will sample fine wines and exceptional honey – a local specialty. After some free time, visit a leading wine producer for a tasting and tour. Return to your hotel for your last dinner inTuscany.Tomorrow, the road leads back to Rome. B D 7 RIgNANO SULL’ARNO / ROME hIghLIghTS Vibrant.Timeless. Majestic. Magnificent. All these words and more describe Rome, a city that captures the imagination with its history of empire and art and current-day obsessions with espresso and fashion. Check in at your hotel, then this afternoon take a tour to see impressive highlights that include the Roman Forum, Arch of Constantine and the famous Coliseum. B 8 DEpART ROME Take a private transfer to the airport where your vacation ends. B DEpARTURES (REF: R110) & pRICES pER pERSON* Sundays: 2013: Apr 28 – $2,455 May 19 – $2,515 Jun 2, 30 – $2,515 Aug 4 – $2,480 Sep 15 – $2,515 Sep 22 – $2,455 Oct 6, 20 – $2,455 Nov 3, 24 – $2,455 2014‡: Mar 30 – $2,455 Apr 27 – $2,455 * Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Air: Please note that international airfares are not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. ‡ 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Jul 2013. Single Room Supplement: $420 Triple Room Reduction: $15 Young Traveler Discount: $246 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed beautiful tuscan landscape spend 5 nights at the villa il palagio, once a former palace
  • 28. PERUGIAPERUGIA I t a l y ROMEROME ASSISI TODI CASTIGLIONE DEL LAGO ORVIETO MAGIONELAKE TRASIMENO MONTEFALCOMONTEFALCOMONTEFALCOMONTEFALCOMONTEFALCOMONTEFALCOMONTEFALCOMONTEFALCOMONTEFALCOMONTEFALCOMONTEFALCOMONTEFALCOMONTEFALCOMONTEFALCOMONTEFALCO BEVAGNA CASTELLO DI PORETA TYRRHENIAN SEA 1 1 4 1 Arrive in rome, itAly When in Rome, do as the Romans do: Eat! After taking the private transfer from the airport to your hotel, settle in and start to relax.Tonight, enjoy your welcome dinner at the inviting restaurant Grappolo d’Oro, or “golden grapes.” During an introduction to the Slow Food philosophy and overview of your upcoming Brendan vacation, learn how this is your golden opportunity to discover the “green heart of Italy.” d 2 rome / orvieto / todi / perugiA Two splendid towns are on today’s menu offering tantalizing encounters with outstanding views, Gothic architecture and cobblestone lanes. Situated atop a cliff, Orvieto seems to grow right out of the rocky promontory, making the place as rustically picturesque as it gets.Tour the city, including the magnificent Gothic cathedral, and visit the Palazzo de Gusto, the head office of the Enoteca Regionale of Umbria. Here at this wine repository, you will join a guided tour and savor a light lunch featuring local fare and Umbrian wines. Stop at a pastry shop to taste Orvieto’s typical desserts, such as chocolates made with chilies and saffron.Then venture to the quaint hill town ofTodi, a wonderful slice of medieval Italy.Wander the maze of ancient streets and absorb the historic atmosphere at the picture-perfect central plaza.Then transfer to Perugia, the capital of Umbria.You will spend the next four nights at the Hotel Alla Post dei Donini – the former 17-century summer residence of the noble Donini family. b l 3 perugiA. CAstello di poretA & perugiA In the delightful town of Poreta, you’ll visit the Castello di Poreta, an inn and restaurant housed in an old castle and boasting terrific views. Sample extra-virgin olive oil and the Roveja, a small wild pea grown here in Umbria. Back in Perugia, experience the Perugina chocolate museum, famous for exquisite Baci Perugina chocolates. Free time gives you the chance to get a delectable taste of history as you explore one of Italy’s best-preserved hill towns, complete with city walls, Gothic palaces and a “new” 19th-century shopping promenade. Enjoy a visit to an old pastry shop and to the Bottega delle Erbe Aromatiche, or “shop of aromatic herbs.” Delighting nose and palate are a selection of 6,000 herbs and other products.Traditional dishes at tonight’s Slow Food “Osterie d’Italia,” Osteria La Lumera, will tempt the taste buds. Enjoy another night’s stay in Perugia. b d DAY Umbria 4 perugiA. Assisi, bevAgnA & montefAlCo If Perugia is the actual capital of Umbria, Assisi is the spiritual center, the home of St. Francis, the sainted Catholic friar who was born here in 1182. Assisi is where you’ll find a marvelous two-story basilica, fine artworks of the early Renaissance, a maze of charming medieval lanes and – being another of Umbria’s hill towns – sweeping views. After a morning guided tour, continue to Bevagna, a town with Roman origins and an idyllic medieval atmosphere, to enjoy some free time. Next, it’s on to Montefalco, another timeless village showcasing medieval and Renaissance wonders, not to mention fine views over the hills. Rivaling Montefalco’s visual charm is its palate- pleasing wine, called Sagrantino, which you will sample at Cantine di Antonelli. Learn about and taste examples of another area specialty, extra-virgin olive oil, with a stop at the ancient olive groves owned by the Romanelli family. Return to Perugia for a free evening. b 28 rome to rome CulinAry delights of 1 overnight stAy 1 stArt City 1 end City hilltop orvieto lAnd only $2,285from
  • 29. YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers in Rome on Days 1 and 7 > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 6 breakfasts (B); 1 lunch (L); 3 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel and culinary expert > Travel by private, luxury, air-conditioned mini-coach > 6 Guided tastings > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents Rome | The Independent Hotel f San Martino in Campo (Perugia) | Hotel Alla Posta dei Donini f f First Class YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELSmadrevite vineyards ,umbria region For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com In partnership with See page 15. 29 5 pERUgIA. LAkE TRASImENO, mAgIONE & CASTIgLIONE DEL LAgO No major river feeds or flows out of LakeTrasimeno, the largest lake in the area, yet a steady current of enthusiastic travelers stream in and out, thanks to the lake’s appealing locale and array of attractive shoreside towns. First stop: Castello di Magione, where you will visit the cellars and sample local wines. Next up is Castiglione del Lago, a town with a classic, medieval city center and home to Azienda Madrevite, an ideal venue for a stroll through the vineyards and a wine tasting. Discover the marvels of the town with a memorable exploration and then gather at the selected Slow Food “Osterie d’Italia,” Trattoria l’Acquario. Savor traditional cuisine featuring the Fagiolina de Lago, a legume that has been grown around the lake since ancient times. Return to your hotel in Perugia with your cravings for good food and fine company satisfied. B D 6 pERUgIA / ROmE hIghLIghTS Arriving in this historical, magical and vibrant city, you will be taken to your hotel for check-in. Next, thrill to a day of sightseeing, with chances to ponder the ancient wonders of the Roman Forum, the Arch of Constantine and the Coliseum, and to simply drink in Rome’s heady brew of chic, fashion-forward style, alluring Baroque ornamentation, and impressive Roman Empire permanence – even as it fades and crumbles over the centuries.Your guided visit to Italy is capped off by an evening at leisure. B 7 DEpART ROmE Arrivederci! After breakfast, it will be time to bid farewell to the Eternal City and take the private transfer to the Rome airport, where your vacation ends. B DEpARTURES (REF: R120) & pRICES pER pERSON* Sundays: 2013: May 12 – $2,285 Jun 16 – $2,285 Jul 21 – $2,285 Aug 18 – $2,285 Sep 15, 29 – $2,285 Oct 20 $2,285 Nov 3 – $2,285 2014‡: Apr 6 – $2,285 * Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Air: Please note that international airfares are not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. ‡ 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Aug 2013. Single Room Supplement: $425 Triple Room Reduction: $100 Young Traveler Discount: $229 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed stay 4 nights at the 17th-century hotel alla posta dei donini
  • 30. 1 Arrive in pAlermo, sicily, itAly Buongiorno!Welcome to Italy, perhaps the food capital of the world – and very definitely the birthplace of the Slow Food movement.Take the private transfer from the airport to your hotel, a beautifully restored 18th-century paper mill.There is time to relax or begin exploring.Then whet your appetite with a welcome dinner showcasing the delicious and sustainable foods of Slow Food Presidia. Also get a taste of what’s to come with an introduction to your upcoming vacation experience and the Slow Food philosophy. D 2 pAlermo. Discover mArsAlA & erice Discover Marsala, the city renowned for its wine of the same name, with a wine tasting at RalloWinery and free time to wander through the old town. Of course, Marsala wine will be featured as you gather for lunch at today’s Slow Food “Osterie d’Italia” of choice,Trattoria Il Gallo e l’Innamorata. In delightful Erice, you’ll step back in time with a walk through the medieval streets and visit to an old pastry shop that still uses 15th-century recipes. Delight your taste buds with almond pastries filled with candied lemon, cannoli, a local wine called Zibbibo, and biscuits aptly called “brutti ma buoni,” or “ugly but tasty.” B l 3 pAlermo. explore pAlermo & monreAle Palermo is the bustling Sicilian regional capital, boasting atmospheric streets, ancient buildings, and the lively Vucciria market. Stroll among the colorful stands offering an overwhelming assortment of fruits, vegetables, handcrafts, herbs and seafood, with the merchants shouting to attract shoppers’ attention. Palermo itself will surely grab your attention, with centuries-old history oozing from the city- center streets, which you will have time to investigate on your own.Then visit the village of Monreale, famous for its grand Norman cathedral and adjoining cloister.Tonight, why not take a free shuttle to Palermo’s historic center for dinner – just over a mile away. B 4 pAlermo. Discover mADonie pArk & polizzi GenerosA Both a nature reserve and home to dozens of historic little villages, Madonie Park is this morning’s fascinating destination. Visit the medieval town of Polizzi Generosa before having lunch of local cuisine at a farm called Agriturismo La Manna. DAY Sicily Explore the farm and taste something truly special: pastries made with manna, the natural sweetener extracted from the bark of ash trees that grow here in the Madonie Mountains. B l 5 pAlermo / Buccheri / syrAcuse Head to the small mountain town of Buccheri. Here, set within a 18th-century fortress made of limestone and volcanic rock, you will find theTerraliva Agricultural Estate, the perfect place for lunch and a taste of delectable olive oils.Traveling to Syracuse, a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site, stroll the heart of the old city, called Ortigia, and enjoy a guided walk of the nearby Archaeological Park of the Neapolis, renowned for its impressive number of well-preserved Greek and Roman ruins. Especially interesting is the Greek theater, dating to the 5th century BC. B l 30 pAlermo to cAtAniA A tAntAlizinG tAste of cAnnoli were first creAteD in pAlermo pAlermo cAtheDrAl, sicilY’s lArgest church tAste DelectAble olive oil At the terrAlivA AgriculturAl estAte lAnD only $2,599from
  • 31. Sicily PALERMO BUCCHERI MONREALE MARSALA ERICE POLIZZI GENEROSA SYRACUSEBUCCHERIBUCCHERI RAGUSA MODICA NOTO MT. ETNA TAORMINA CATANIA GIARDINI NAXOS MADONIE PARK Italy 4 2 1 YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers in Palermo on Day 1 and Catania on Day 8 > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 7 breakfasts (B); 4 lunches (L); 2 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel and culinary expert > Travel by private, luxury, air-conditioned mini-coach > 6 Guided tastings > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents Palermo | Hotel Baglio Conca d’Oro f Syracuse | Hotel Des Etrangers DLX Giardini Naxos | Atahotel Naxos Beach Resort f DLX Deluxe f First Class YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com In partnership with See page 15. 31 6 SYRACUSE. EXpLORE RAgUSA, MODICA, NOTO Two more UNESCOWorld Heritage Sites are on the menu today: Ragusa and Modica. Admire the splendid Baroque architecture on a guided walk of Ragusa’s old town, called Ibla. Be sure to keep your eyes trained upward to spy the ornate iron balconies supported by carved corbels depicting ghoulish figures and faces. In Modica, you will have the chance to appreciate more Baroque architectural masterpieces. Perhaps taste sumptuous chocolate treats at an old pastry shop before sampling Italian dishes and local wines at the selected Slow Food “Osterie d’Italia,”Trattoria La Rusticana. Before returning to Syracuse, stop in Noto to nibble the area’s famous almonds used to make the exquisite Sicilian confectionery marzipan and, of course, the Italian liqueur, amaretto. B L 7 SYRACUSE / wINES Of MOUNT ETNA / TAORMINA / gIARDINI NAXOS Taste local delicacies and prestigious regional wines such as V.S.Q. and Metodo Classico in Mount Etna on your way to the small, medieval town ofTaormina.With free time to stroll along the narrow streets, visit the Greco-Roman theater and ponder inspiring sea views, you’ll see whyTaormina is called the “Pearl of the Ionian Sea.” Enjoy your farewell dinner and overnight stay in the beautiful seaside resort of Giardini Naxos. B D 8 gIARDINI NAXOS / DEpART CATANIA Arrivederci! Closing the menu on your Slow Food Brendan Boutique Journey, join your private transfer to the Catania Airport where your vacation ends. B DEpARTURES (REF: R130) & pRICES pER pERSON* Sundays: 2013: May 19 – $2,695 Jun 23 – $2,695 Sep 8,15, 22, 29 – $2,599 Oct 6, 13, 20 – $2,695 2014‡: Mar 16 – $2,599 Apr 20 – $2,599 * Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Air: Please note that international airfares are not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. ‡ 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Jul 2013. Single Room Supplement: $480 Triple Room Reduction: $90 Young Traveler Discount: $260 teatro greco in taormina the historic hotel des etrangers overlooks bustling syracuse harbour ✔ All Departures Guaranteed  END CITY1 OVERNIghT STAY 1 START CITY
  • 32. 1 arrive in athens, greece Fly into the capital of Greece and take the included transfer to the your hotel.This evening meet your local travel expert. 2 athens / corinth canal / mycenae / nafplion Drive west from Athens toward the Peloponnese Peninsula. Cross the Corinth Canal to Mycenae, the ancient capital described by Homer as “rich in gold.”The most famous treasure found here was the so-called Death Mask of Agamemnon discovered in the late 19th century.The ruined hilltop citadel features a granary, temples and a palace complete with throne room. On to Nafplion, occupying an entire peninsula jutting into the Gulf of Argos.You’ll enjoy exploring the old town, which mixes Greek,Venetian and Ottoman architecture.The antique Palamidi Fortress guards the town, and many narrow streets are just broad flights of stone stairs leading up to Acronafplia Castle. b 3 nafplion / arcadian mountains / vytina You’ll be welcomed today at Domaine Skouras, a winery with its own splendid facility at Malandreni.This region has a centuries-old tradition of wine-making. Stop for a stroll through DAY Roads of Greece Lagadia village, built on the slopes of a mountain.The locals are famous for their abilities in stone sculpting. On toVytina village, the most significant mountain resort of Peloponnese, and situated over 3,000 feet up in the hills on the slopes of Menalon Mountain. According to mythology, the gods Hera, Artemis and Pan lived up here. Many paths invite walkers to explore the Arcadian landscape. b 4 vytina / olympia Drive to ancient Olympia, the home of the original Olympic Games.Take in views of theTemple of Zeus, the stadium and the hippodrome, constructed for chariot racing. Explore the scattered ruins and visit theArchaeological Museum. In the afternoon, stop at a family-run farm to sample olives, olive oil and wine from land that has been cultivated for centuries. b d 5 olympia / nafpaktos / galaxidi / arachova Travel north via Rio-Antirrio bridge, visit the village of Nafpaktos and enjoy a stop in Galaxidi.Then head for the mountain village ofArachova, set 3,000 feet high on the slopes of Parnassos Mountain.You’ll love the beautiful stone houses, narrow streets and burbling fountains. InWorldWar II a fierce battle here established the Greek Resistance as a force against the Nazis. b 6 arachova / delphi / kalambaka Drive to Delphi, considered the center of the world in ancient times. It was here that the revered oracle brought the wisdom of the god Apollo to the people. Listen for his voice echoing across the centuries as you walk along the SacredWay to the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo. Continue to Kalambaka where the steep rock pinnacles are improbably topped with Greek Orthodox Monasteries. b 7 kalambaka / meteora / thermopylae / athens Visit one of Meteora’s cliff top monasteries, a UNESCOWorld Heritage site. Centuries ago, monks and supplies ascending to the summits hand-pulled by rope in a basket.Today, steps lead to the top. Heading south, stop inThermopylae, where 300 Spartans famously fought off a Persian army. Continue to Athens, where your evening is free. b 8 athens. culinary excursion & sightseeing Take a culinary excursion to the Central Market, brimming with fruits, vegetables and all kinds of meat.Then on for a 32 athens to athens bourtzi fort is locAteD in nAfplion hArbour along the ancient $2,795 land only from
  • 33. METEORA ATHENS G r e e c e AEGEAN SEA IONIAN SEA CORINTH MYCENAE NAFPLIONNAFPLIONNAFPLION VYTINAVYTINA OLYMPIAOLYMPIA ARACHOVA NAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOS DELPHI KALAMBAKAKALAMBAKAKALAMBAKA THERMOPYLAE MEDITERRANEAN SEA Albania Macedonia Bulgaria 21 1 1 1 1 1 YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers in Athens on Days 1 and 9 > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 8 breakfasts (B); 1 lunch (L); 1 dinner (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Travel by luxury, private, air-conditioned mini-coach > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents Athens | Royal Olympic Hotel DLX Nafplion | Ippoliti Hotel F Vytina | Seleni Suites Boutique Hotel F Olympia | Arty Grand Hotel MD Arachova | Santa Marina Arachova - boutique resort & s pa SF Kalambaka | Divani Meteora Hotel F Athens | Royal Olympic Hotel DLX DLX Deluxe MD Moderate Deluxe SF Superior First Class F First Class YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 1 OVERNIGhT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY 33 lesson in Greek cooking.You’ll help prepare a delicious lunch, then relax and savor your creation. Afterward, visit the incomparable Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum, and see more Athenian highlights, both ancient and new. B L 9 DEpART AThENS Transfer to Athens airport where your vacation ends. B DEpARTURES (REF: R202) & pRICES pER pERSON* Saturdays: May 25 – $2,795 Jun 15 – $2,795 Jul 27 – $2,795 Sep 7, 21 – $2,795 Oct 5 – $2,795 * 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. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. Single Room Supplement: $795 Triple Room Reduction: $110 Young Traveler Discount: $280 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed royal olympic hotel,athens the rock-top monasteries of meteora
  • 34. ATHENS G r e e c e AEGEAN SEA MYKONOSMYKONOS PAROSPAROS SANTORINISANTORINI Turkey P P 1 2 3 2 3 1 ARRIVE IN ATHENS, GREECE Fly into the Grecian capital and transfer to your hotel. Meet your local travel expert.The rest of the day is free. 2 ATHENS. CULINARY EXCURSION & SIGHTSEEING Visit Athens’ Central Market, just as locals do. Fresh and colorful, all the fruits, vegetables, fish and meats look delectable. Choose the best, and proceed to a kitchen where you share the fun of preparing a Greek feast – then savor it for lunch. Afterward, visit the incomparable Acropolis, high above Athens, “the” icon of Greece and probably one of world travel’s top-ten must-sees.The temple actually survived intact for almost 2,000 years before the Ottomans used it as an arsenal and blew it up. At the base of the mount visit the new Acropolis Museum, built in modern style to showcase the ancient sculptures. Space has been specifically created here to place the Elgin Marbles if Greece ever succeeds in getting them back from the British Museum. B L DAY Greek Islands 3 ATHENS / MYKONOS Fly to Mykonos.This delightful island in the Cyclades was put on the modern travel map by Jackie O in the 60s – and remains very popular with billionaires and backpackers alike, with pic- turesque fishing towns and great sandy beaches. Enjoy the amenities of the elegant Hotel Semeli, with a freshwater pool, stonewashed walls and a garden with geraniums and bougainvilleas. B 4 MYKONOS. FREE TIME & ANO MERA VILLAGE Spend the day discovering Mykonos.This evening, head to the very center of the island to visit the traditional village of Ano Mera. See the 16th-centuryTourliani Monastery, dominating the central square. Savor a meal with local specialties such as Kopanisti cheese, Loutza ham and the famous milk pie before returning to your hotel. B D 5 MYKONOS. FREE DAY Explore Mykonos on your own, or visit one or two of Greece’s 34 ATHENS TO ATHENS SANTORINI EXPLORING THE MYKONOS 1 OVERNIGHT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY LAND & INTERNAL AIR $3,929FROM
  • 35. YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-12 > All internal air flights: Athens-Mykonos, Santorini- Athens > Roundtrip transfers on the islands: between airports, hotels and ports > Ferry from Mykonos-Paros and Paros-Santorini > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 11 breakfasts (B); 2 lunches (L); 1 dinner (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Travel by private, luxury, air-conditioned vehicle > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents Athens | Royal Olympic Hotel DLX Mykonos | Semeli Hotel F Paros | Saint Andrea Seaside Resort SF Santorini | AndromedaVillas F Athens | Royal Olympic Hotel DLX DLX Deluxe SF Superior First Class F First Class YOUR PERSONALLY SELECTED HOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 35 finest beaches.You’ll swim in clean blue seawater in lovely Aegean bays, each backed by rugged hills. Or venture by ferry out onto the wine-dark sea to the nearby sacred islet of Delos. Founded at least 3,000 years ago, Delos was the religious capital of the Cyclades. Much of the island’s 1½ square miles is covered in ruins, and it was named a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site in 1990. B 6 MYKONOS / PAROS Travel by sea from Mykonos to Paros, famous in classical times for snow-white marble, perfect for sculpture.The highlight of Paros town itself is the 1,700-year-old Hundred Doors Church, one of the oldest unaltered churches in the world. Cafés by the sea, golden sandy beaches and peaceful fishing villages make Paros your Grecian island idyll. Madonna, Brad Pitt andTom Hanks have all discovered this island. Spend two nights at the Saint Andrea Resort, whose Cycladic architecture overlooks Naousa Bay. B 7 PAROS. FREE DAY Options on a free day in Paros! Perhaps visit the century-old Moraitis winery in the impossibly pretty village of Naousa. Taste local vintages and learn about winemaking.Your second option for today is a caique cruise all the way around Antiparos Island to explore some wonderful beaches and absorb impressions of age-old island lifestyles. Enjoy a beachside lunch with seafood delicacies along the way. B 8 PAROS / SANTORINI Arriving at Santorini by sea is another of those indelible travel experiences in Greece.You’re entering a huge and very DEPARTURES (REF: R201) & PRICES PER PERSON* Fridays: May 31 – $3,929 Jun 21 – $4,535 Aug 2 – $5,715 Sep 13, 27 – $4,535 Oct 11 – $3,929 * Per person prices are based on two people sharing a room. Land & internal air prices above include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Athens-Mykonos and Santorini-Athens. Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. Single Room Supplement: $1,240-$1,760 Triple Room Reduction: $140-$255 Young Traveler Discount: $358 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed ST.ANDREA SEASIDE RESORT,PAROS deep volcanic caldera. Directly on the rim of steep 1,000 foot cliffs, whitewashed villages cling like a geometric beehive. Legend relates that the villagers withdrew to this precipitous spot centuries ago due to pirate attacks. Enjoy two nights in beautiful Imerovigli, a charming hamlet perched high on the cliffs of western Santorini.The sunset view can be absolutely enchanting. B 9 SANTORINI. PYRGOS COOKING CLASS Visit a local restaurant in the village of Pyrgos to learn about Santorini’s local foods and the cuisine of the Aegean islands. Experience the whole preparation process of a traditional meal and then enjoy the results with a glass of excellent Santorini wine. B L 10 SANTORINI. FREE DAY A day to do as you please!You might want to find a spot on a black sand beach then go for a swim in the clear waters of the Aegean. Maybe stroll through village of Imerovigli and browse through the shops or sip a cool drink in a café. Or simply relax and take in the extraordinary views. B 11 SANTORINI / ATHENS Fly to Athens and transfer to the Royal Olympic Hotel.The rest of the day is free. B 12 DEPART ATHENS Take a private transfer to the airport where your vacation ends. B STRIKE UP A CONVERSATION WITH THE ISLAND NATIVES
  • 36. “I loved Greece! It’s such a historic country – the ruins, temples and museums were fascinating.Then cruising around the islands was just pure relaxation. Mykonos was my favorite, but Santorini with its black sand beaches was great too.” Brian Morrison Reservations BrendanVacations 1 arrive in athens, greece Fly into the capital of Greece and transfer to your luxury hotel set in front of theTemple of Zeus and the National Gardens. The balance of the day is free to relax or begin exploring the city.This evening meet your local travel expert. 2 athens / corinth canal / Mycenae / nafplion Drive west to cross the Corinth Canal to the Peloponnese Peninsula. At Mycenae, the ruined hilltop citadel features a granary, temples and an ancient palace complex complete with throne room. On to Nafplion, occupying an entire peninsula jutting into the Gulf of Argos. Explore the old town, which mixes Greek,Venetian and Ottoman architecture. Many narrow streets are just broad flights of stone stairs leading up to Acronafplia Castle. B 3 nafplion / arcadian Mountains / vytina Smiles greet you at Domaine Skouras, a splendid winery in Malandreni.Then stroll through Lagadia village, which is perched on the slopes of a mountain. Arriving inVytina village, situated over 3,000 feet up in the hills on the slopes of Menalon Mountain, your evening is free. B 4 vytina / olyMpia Drive to the home of the original Olympic Games, Olympia. Take in views of theTemple of Zeus, the stadium and the hippodrome, the site of ancient chariot racing. Explore the scattered ruins and visit the Archaeological Museum.This afternoon, stop at a family-run farm to sample olives, olive oil and wine from land that has been cultivated for centuries. B d 5 olyMpia / nafpaktos / galaxidi / arachova Drive north to visit the village of Nafpaktos and enjoy a stop in Galaxidi.Then head for the mountain village of Arachova, set 3,000 feet high on the slopes of Parnassos Mountain.Take in the breathtaking mountain views stretching to the sea. B 6 arachova / delphi / kalaMBaka Drive to Delphi, the center of the world in ancient times. It was here that the venerated oracle brought the wisdom of Apollo to the people. Listen for his voice echoing across the centuries as you walk along the SacredWay to the ruins of DAY Complete Greece the Sanctuary of Apollo. Continue to Kalambaka where steep cliffs are topped with Greek Orthodox Monasteries. B 7 kalaMBaka / Meteora / therMopylae / athens Visit one of Meteora’s sky-high monasteries, a UNESCOWorld Heritage site. Centuries ago, monks and supplies ascending to the summits hand-pulled by rope in a basket.Today, steps lead to the top.Traveling south, stop inThermopylae, where 300 Spartans famously fought off a Persian army. Continue to Athens, where your evening is free. B 8 athens. culinary excursion & sightseeing Head to the Central Market, brimming with fruits, vegetables and all kinds of meat.Then on for a Greek cooking lesson. You’ll help prepare a delicious lunch, then savor your creation. Afterward, visit the Parthenon and the Acropolis Museum. B l 9 athens / Mykonos This charming island in the Cyclades was put on the modern travel map by Jackie Onassis in the 60s, with picturesque fishing towns and great sandy beaches. B 36 athens to athens pAros hArbour land & internal air $5,975froM
  • 37. METEORA ATHENS G r e e c e AEGEAN SEA IONIAN SEA CORINTH MYCENAE NAFPLIONNAFPLIONVYTINAVYTINA OLYMPIAOLYMPIA ATHENSATHENSATHENSATHENSATHENSATHENSATHENSATHENSATHENSATHENSATHENSATHENSATHENSATHENSATHENS ARACHOVA NAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOSNAFPAKTOS DELPHI KALAMBAKAKALAMBAKAKALAMBAKA THERMOPYLAE MYKONOSMYKONOS PAROSPAROS SANTORINISANTORINI MEDITERRANEAN SEA Macedonia Bulgaria Turkey Albania P P 11 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 2 3 YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-18 > All internal air flights: Athens-Mykonos, Santorini- Athens > Ferry from Mykonos-Paros and Paros-Santorini > Round-trip transfers on the islands between airports, hotels and ports > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 17 breakfasts (B); 2 lunches (L); 2 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Travel by private, luxury, air-conditioned vehicle > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents Athens | Royal Olympic Hotel DLX Nafplion | Ippoliti Hotel F Vytina | Seleni Suites Boutique Hotel F Olympia | Arty Grand Hotel MD Arachova | Santa Marina Arachova Resort & Spa F Kalambaka | Divani Meteora Hotel F Athens | Royal Olympic Hotel DLX Mykonos | Semeli Hotel F Paros | Saint Andrea Seaside Resort SF Santorini | AndromedaVillas F Athens | Royal Olympic Hotel DLX DLX Deluxe MD Moderate Deluxe SF Superior First Class F First Class YOUR PERSONALLY SELECTED HOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 1 OVERNIGHT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY 37 10 MYKONOS. FREE TIME & ANO MERA VILLAGE Spend the day discovering Mykonos. This evening, head to the very center of the island to visit the traditional village of Ano Mera. See the 16th- centuryTourliani Monastery, dominating the central square. Savor a meal with local specialties such as Kopanisti cheese, Loutza ham and the famous milk pie before returning to your hotel. B D 11 MYKONOS. FREE DAY Explore Mykonos on your own, or swim in clean blue seawater in lovely Aegean bays. Or venture by ferry to the nearby sacred islet of Delos, formerly the religious capital of the Cyclades. B 12 MYKONOS / PAROS Ferry from Mykonos to Paros. A highlight is the 1,700-year-old Hundred Doors Church, one of the oldest unaltered churches in the world. On to your hotel overlooking Naousa Bay. B 13 PAROS. FREE DAY Options! Perhaps visit century-old Moraitis winery in the impossibly pretty village of Naousa. Or venture by caique around lovely Antiparos Island, with a beachside lunch featuring seafood en route. B 14 PAROS / SANTORINI Arriving at Santorini by sea is one ofTHE unforgettable experiences in Greece.You’re entering a huge and very deep volcanic caldera. Directly on the rim of steep 1,000 foot cliffs, whitewashed villages cling like a geometric beehive. B 15 SANTORINI. CULINARY EXCURSION Visit a local restaurant in the village of Pyrgos to learn about Santorini’s local foods and the cuisine of the Aegean islands. B L 16 SANTORINI. FREE DAY Enjoy a full free day on the beautiful island of Santorini. B 17 SANTORINI / ATHENS Fly to Athens. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. B 18 DEPART ATHENS Enjoy a leisurely morning before you are transferred to the Athens Airport where your vacation ends. B DEPARTURES (REF: R200) & PRICES PER PERSON* Saturdays: May 25 – $5,975 Jun 15 – $6,575 Jul 27 – $8,375 Sep 7, 21 – $6,579 Oct 5 – $5,975 * Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Land & Internal Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Athens-Mykonos and Santorini-Athens. Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.BrendanVacations.com. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is additional; please check with yourTravel Agent or Brendan Specialist for special airfares originating in the U.S. Single Room Supplement: $1,685-$2,195 Triple Room Reduction: $225-$350 Young Traveler Discount: $562 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed IPPOLITI HOTEL,NAFPLION
  • 38. DUBLIN RING OF KERRY Ireland SLIGO INISBOFIN ISLAND ROCK OF CASHEL MIDLETON KILLARNEYKILLARNEY CLIFFS OF MOHER BALLYNAHINCH CASTLE GALWAY CLEGGAN DONEGALDONEGAL CLEGGANCLEGGANCLEGGANCLEGGANCLEGGANCLEGGANCLEGGANCLEGGANCLEGGANCLEGGANCLEGGANCLEGGAN CLIFDEN IRISH SEA CELTIC SEA NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN Northern Ireland 11 2 2 1 1 ARRIVE In DUBLIn, IRELAnD 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 wine. D 2 DUBLIn / KILLARnEY Drive south and view the Rock of Cashel, an impressive medieval fortress complex perched atop a verdant hill. Stop at the Old Midleton Distillery, home of Jameson IrishWhiskey, and taste the triple-distilled, twice-as-smooth whiskey. Continue to charming Killarney. B D 3 RInG OF KERRY EXCURSIOn One of the must-dos for travelers to Ireland is the Ring of Kerry, and for good reason: It is about as beautiful a drive as you would ever want to see.Travel the road to glimpse rugged coastline and medieval ruins. AtTorcWaterfall, 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 wear good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and raingear. Approx. 3 miles/2 hours 4 KILLARnEY / COnnEMARA See the dramatic, near-vertical Cliffs of Moher, rising 700 feet above theAtlantic. Next, head to Galway for a visit to the cathedral.Then continue through lovely Connemara to Ballynahinch Castle, the luxury castle hotel that will be your home for the next two nights. B D 5 COnnEMARA. InISHBOFIn ISLAnD 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., the island boasts magnificent scenery, from velvety green hills to white sandy beaches.You might even spy farm animals and seals. Should it be a “soft old day” – raining or otherwise inclement – an alternative tour will be planned. B D DAY Castles & Manors 6 COnnEMARA / SLIGO / DOnEGAL Venture north to Sligo and into the heart ofYeats Country. Here, amid the hills and loughs that inspired the lyrical lines penned by beloved poetWilliam ButlerYeats, you will be treated to a celebration of “The Gathering Ireland 2013” with a visit to a private home for a bit ‘o food, fun and poetry. Damien Brennan and his wife Paula, together with their adult children Sarah and Paul, live at Broc House, a modern abode with rustic touches overlooking beautiful Lough Gill. Inside, you will find walls 38 DUBLIn tO DUBLIn InISHBOFIn ISLAnD 1 OVERnIGHt StAY 1 StARt CItY 1 EnD CItY belleek’s white porcelAin chinA the rUins oF A 13th centUrY cAtheDrAl At the rock oF cAshel $2,699 LAnD OnLY FROM
  • 39. YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers in Dublin on Days 1 and 8 > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 7 breakfasts (B); 1 lunch (L); 6 dinners (D) > Services of an Irish local travel expert > Travel by private, luxury, air-conditioned mini-coach > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents Dublin | Brooks Hotel – boutique Sf Killarney | The Malton Sf Connemara | Ballynahinch Castle Hotel f Donegal | Lough Eske Castle Hotel DLX Dublin | Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel f DLX Deluxe Sf Superior First Class f First Class YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 39 DEpARTURES (REF: BRCM) & pRICES pER pERSON* fridays: May 3, 24 – $2,750 Jun 21 – $2,750 Jul 12, 26 – $2,750 Aug 9, 16, 30 – $2,750 Sep 6, 20 – $2,775 Oct 4 – $2,699 * Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Air: Please note that international airfares are not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. Single Room Supplement: $550 Triple Room Reduction: $10 Young Traveler Discount: $270 Early payment Discount: pay in full by Dec 27, 2012 save up to $278; pay in full by Feb 28, 2013 save up to $208; pay in full by Apr 30, 2013 save up to $139 Second Vacation Discount: save up to $139 ballynahinch castle,connemara lough eske castle hotel,donegal adorned with contemporary Irish paintings and a table set for a feast prepared by Paula, a noted chef. Damien, meanwhile, is an acknowledged expert on theYeats family. Scrumptious food, fine company and the delicious poetry ofYeats come together ‘round the accommodating table, positioned in front of gracious windows that let in countryside views. Hearts warmed and souls nourished, say fare thee well to your hosts and head to Donegal and the 17th-century Lough Eske Castle Hotel. B L D 7 DONEGAL / DUBLIN 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 and an overnight stay at the 18th-century Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel. B D 8 DEpART DUBLIN May the road rise to meet you as you transfer to the airport, where your Emerald Isle adventure concludes. B ✔ Ask about Guaranteed Departures Add an extra night and a Hop-On Hop-Off city tour in Dublin at the beginning of your vacation Spend one extra night in the lively Irish capital and take a Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing tour to introduce you to Dublin (entrance fees not included). Airport transfers and breakfast at your hotel (the morning after arrival) are included. Your personally Selected hotel: Brooks Hotel Sf price per person: Twin $195; Single $315
  • 40. 1 Arrive in reykjAvik, icelAnd / blue lAgoon From Keflavík Airport transfer by Flybus to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, winding through the towns of Hafnarfjörður and Garðabær en route.Your hotel will be ready for check-in by 10 a.m. At 1:30 p.m. travel to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, located in the heart of the Svartsengi Resource Park. Perhaps enjoy bathing and relaxing in the healing mineral seawaters. This evening gather with your localTravel expert at an informal meeting. 2 reykjAvik / SnæfellSneS PeninSulA / StykkiSholmur Venture into Iceland’s spectacular countryside this morning. Circle the Snæfellsjökull Glacier, and walk the black-sand shore at Djúpalónssandur.Then step aboard ship for a unique boat ride to view nesting birds high on basalt cliffs. Overnight in Stykkisholmur, a west coast village famous for its conservation of Icelandic cultural heritage. b d 3 StykkiSholmur / Akureyri Today travel through expansive Icelandic landscapes to Akureyri, known as the trade and cultural capital of the north. DAY Fire & Ice 40 reykjAvik to reykjAvik iSlAnd of relAx in the blue lAgoon’s 1.6 million gAllons of wArm geothermAl seAwAter gullfoss wAterfAll At over 3,000 sq miles,vAtnAjÖkull glAcier is bigger thAn rhoDe islAnD $3,650 lAnd only from A brief tour orients you to the town’s highlights.The Norse Viking Helgi Magri (the Slim) Eyvindarson originally settled this area in the 9th century. 13th centuryViking ruins have recently been excavated nearby. b d 4 Akureyri. Siglufjörour excurSion Drive through the new HéðinsfjörðurTunnel to the historic herring-fishing town of Siglufjörður.This tiny village is nestled in a dramatic fjord on the very edge of Iceland’s steep northern mountains.Visit the Herring Era Museum and sample traditional rye bread, local herring and Icelandic schnapps. Return to Akureyri in the late afternoon. b 5 Akureyri. lAke mývAtn excurSion En route to Lake Mývatn this morning, marvel at the awe- inspiring Goðafoss waterfall.The lake itself is a gorgeous paradise for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. Explore the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir, peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, Hverfjall Crater, solfataras in the Hverarönd geothermal region and KraflaVolcano.A soothing soak in the Nature Baths will be a highlight of your day.The experience begins with a relaxing dip amidst clouds of steam rising from a fissure deep in the Earth´s surface, and ends with a luxurious swim in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of more than a mile.The water is a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal energy. Return toAkureyri. b 6 Akureyri / dettifoSS / höfn Traveling east this morning, you’ll see Europe’s mightiest waterfall at Dettifoss inVatnajökull National Park. Drive over rugged highlands to the town of Egilsstaðir, the center of Eastern Iceland. After a box lunch, take in breathtaking landscapes and remote fjords highlighting drive to Horna- fjörður.The town of Höfn is surrounded on three sides by the sea.This village in Iceland’s southeast is often entirely isolated by snow in mid-winter. b l d 7 höfn. vAtnAjökull & hot tubS viSit Vatnajökull is larger than all the rest of Europe’s glaciers combined. Explore some of its numerous astonishing outlets and take a boat tour on the glacial lagoon, sailing among the huge icebergs in a most unique scenic environment.This afternoon, travel back to the Höfn area for some free time. Soak in the rustic natural outdoor hot tubs, go on a hike in the area or there is an optional ATV tour. b d
  • 41. REYKJAVIK ATLANTIC OCEAN I c e l a n d GEYSIR HÖFNHÖFN STYKKISHOLMURSTYKKISHOLMURSTYKKISHOLMUR AKUREYRI Snaefellsnes N.P. DETTI FOSS Vatnajökull Glacier Skaflafell N.P. HÖFNHÖFNHÖFN Hoffell Mountain THINGVELLIR N.P. HVOLSVÖLLURHVOLSVÖLLUR LAKE MYVATN EGILSSTAOIR SIGLUFJÖROUR To Greenland DayTrip to Kulusuk VARMAHLID GEYSIRGEYSIRGEYSIR GULLFOSS PP 11 1 2 3 1 YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Airport transfers to/from Reykjavik Airport via FlyBus services on Days 1 and 10 > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 9 breakfasts (B); 1 lunch (L); 5 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Travel by private, luxury mini-coach > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 1 OVERNIGHT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY 41 8 HÖFN / SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK / SOUTH SHORE / HVOLSVÖLLUR Depart Hofn village and travel to Skaftafell National Park and Skeioararsandur, a sandy field left by the melting glacier. Ride through the interesting scenery of sand and lava fields to Dyrholaey.This unique, solitary cliff teems with bird life, including puffins and gannets. On to view Skogarfoss waterfall, which, according to local legends, hides a treasure. End your day in the town of Hvolsvollur. B D 9 HVOLSVÖLLUR / GULLFOSS / GEYSIR / ÞINGVELLIR / REYKJAVÍK Enjoy great photo opportunities in the world-famous hot spring area of Geysir.Wait a few minutes for Strokkur to erupt and send a magnificent water and steam column high into the air. Continue to the magnificent Gullfoss, the “GoldenWaterfall,” and from there to Þingvellir National Park, the ancient site of Iceland’s first parliament.Your circular exploration of Iceland finishes in Reykjavik late this afternoon. B 10 DEPART REYKJAVÍK Transfer by Flybus to Keflavik Airport where your vacation ends. B DEPARTURES (REF: R180) & PRICES PER PERSON* Sundays: May 19 – $3,650 Jun 16 – $4,065 Jul 7, 21 – $4,065 Aug 18 – $4,065 Sep 15 – $3,650 * Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Air: Please note that international airfares are not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. Single Room Supplement: $650 (May, Sep); $820 (Jun-Aug) Triple Room Reduction: $150 (May, Sep); $215 (Jun-Aug) Young Traveler Discount: $365 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed NATURA HOTEL,REYKJAVIK Reykjavik | Natura Hotel F Stykkisholmur | Stykkisholmur Hotel F Akureyri | Icelandair Hotel F Höfn | Höfn Hotel MF Hvolsvöllur | Fljótshlío Hotel MF Reykjavik | Centrum Hotel Reykjavik F F First Class MF Moderate First Class YOUR PERSONALLY SELECTED HOTELS REYKJAVIK ATLANTIC OCEAN Iceland GREENLAND SEA Greenland KULUSUK PP 1 Add a day trip to Greenland & 1 extra night in Reykjavik after your vacation 1 FLY TO KULUSUK, GREENLAND Fly two hours from Reykjavik to Kulusuk on Greenland’s east coast.This is the home of the Ammassalik Inuit. Walk to Kulusuk village to admire the work of some of the east coast’s most skillful craftsmen.This village is renowned for its “tupilaks,” guardian figures in tooth, bone or stone. These fierce little statues represent the protective spirits of ancestors. Stroll about and meet some of the 360 residents. Weather permitting, you’ll enjoy a kayaking demonstra- tion and a traditional drum dance. Return by air to Reykjavik. Overnight at the Centrum hotel. B L on plane 2 DEPART REYKJAVIK Transfer to Keflavik Airport where your vacation ends. B Includes: one extra night in Reykjavik and round-trip flight to/from Greenland Price Per Person From: (Ref: R181) Twin – $1,285 (May, Sep); $1,440 (Jun-Aug) Single Supplement – $190 (May, Sep); $210 (Jun-Aug) Triple Reduction – $45 (May, Sep); $65 (Jun-Aug)
  • 42. 42 machu picchu,peru 42 Latin America
  • 43. machu picchu – one of the new seven wonders of the world 1 Arrive in limA, peru On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.The rest of the day is free. 2 limA with cooking demonstrAtion Take a panoramic city tour and see impressive colonial sights, such as Plaza San Martin, and visit the Church of San Francisco.Then stop at a Peruvian market where a variety of fruits, vegetables and seafood is on display. Afterward, head to a typical restaurant for an interesting cooking demonstration and a delicious lunch. B l 3 limA / cusco / sAcred vAlley Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco (flight not included in vacation price). Stop at Awanakancha, a “living museum,” where you will see llamas and vicunas, and learn the traditions of natural wool dying techniques and weaving. Then on to the lively Pisac Market where you can barter for alpaca-wool sweaters, ceramics, jewelry, and more. B 4 sAcred vAlley Venture to the village of Chinchero to watch a weaving demon- stration. Enjoy lunch at a family home, then join a pottery class, where you can create your own work of art. At dinner, witness an enthralling Paso horse demonstration. B l d 5 sAcred vAlley / ollAntAytAmBo / mAchu picchu Discover the Incan archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. Afterward, begin your exciting Machu Picchu excursion.The Vistadome train will take you to Aguas Calientes. From here, take the shuttle bus to the “Lost City of the Incas,” where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of this pinnacle of Incan architecture. B d 6 mAchu picchu / cusco Head back to Machu Picchu this morning for one last look. Then return by Vistadome train to Cusco.The rest of your day is free to discover the city on your own. B 7 cusco Discover Cusco with a tour. Next visit the fortress ruins of Sacsayhuaman and see a Pachamama ceremony. Later, enjoy dinner and a show of Peruvian folk dances and music. B d daY 8 cusco / ArequipA Fly to Arequip, often called the “White City” for its colonial buildings made of white stone. A city introduction features marvelous views and historic architecture, including the Plaza de Armas and Santa Catalina Convent. B 9 ArequipA / chivAy / colcA cAnyon Travel to Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world – twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.Your scenic journey of about four hours brings you to Chivay, where you’ll have lunch and transfer to your hotel. Refreshed, enjoy your canyon trek, following a narrow path that takes you to the remarkably intact Uyo Uyo ruins. B l d 10 colcA cAnyon Head to the canyon overlook to observe the Andean Condor, the vulture with one of the widest wingspans of any land bird. Visit the town of Coporaque, a tiny place with a big claim to fame: Santiago Apóstol, the oldest church in the valley. B d 11 colcA cAnyon / puno Travel to the city of Puno on the shores of LakeTiticaca. Along the way, traverse the scenic Patapampa Pass and see the Stone Forest of Imata. Spot Andean Flamingos and witness spectacular views at the LagunillasViewpoint while eating a boxed lunch. Arriving in Puno, your evening is at leisure to explore on your own. B l 12 puno. lAke titicAcA Take a motorboat cruise on LakeTiticaca to the Uros Islands, 40 small floating islands made of reeds. Also visitTaquile Island, a hilly isle with pre-Incan ruins. B l 13 puno / lA pAz, BoliviA Begin your Bolivian explorations with a transfer to Copaca- bana, home to the famous church and pilgrimage destination, the Copacabana Sanctuary, which you will visit.Then sail by catamaran to Sun Island, the legendary birthplace of the Inca Empire, and to Chua harbor, from where you’ll transfer by land to La Paz. B l 43 limA to sAntiAgo The AndesJourney through taquile island lAnd only† $8,950from
  • 44. SANTIAGOSANTIAGO Chile PACIFIC OCEAN P e r u LIMA AREQUIPA COLCA CANYONCOLCA CANYONCOLCA CANYON PUNOPUNOPUNO LAKETITICACA TAQUILE ISLAND CHIVAY Bolivia LA PAZ COLCA CANYONCOLCA CANYON LA PAZ UYUNI OJO DE BoliviaBoliviaBoliviaBolivia PERDIZ OJO DE PERDÍZ SAN PEDROSAN PEDROSAN PEDRO UYUNIUYUNIUYUNIUYUNIUYUNIUYUNIUYUNI SAN PEDRO ATACAMA CALAMA PICCHU MACHU PICCHU SACRED VALLEYSACRED VALLEY CUSCO PUNOPUNOPUNOPUNOPUNOPUNOPUNOPUNOPUNOPUNOPUNO CUSCO VistadomeTrain Brazil Argentina Paraguay P P 1 3 2 2 1 3 2 1 1 2 2 1 INCAHUASI ISLAND – FAMOUS FOR ITS ENORMOUS CACTI COLCA CANYON 44 14 LA PAZ Head to the fascinating archaeological site ofTiwanacu to see the Akapana Pyramid, sun gate and more.Then note the highlights of La Paz on a city tour. Afterward, visit the narrow street of Calle Jaén and on to theWitches’ Market where you can buy amulets, dried herbs, potions, and other more unusual items. B 15 LA PAZ / UYUNI Take your one-hour flight to Uyuni.Then venture by 4x4 Land Cruiser to the Mallcu mummies, an eclectic collection of bones, clothing and ceramic articles housed in a funeral tower made of petrified corals. Continue to Colchani on the edge of the salt flats, where you’ll visit a rustic salt plant and see a demonstration of salt processing. Next, cross the flats to Incahuasi Island, famous for enormous cacti. B L D 16 UYUNI / OJO DE PERDÍZ See an interesting collection of antique steam engines and early rail cars at a train cemetery. On to view the tiny town of Alota and theValley of Rocks with hundreds of red-hued rock formations. Stop for a picnic boxed lunch, then on to see the James Flamingoes at the Honda Lagoons. Arrive in Ojo de Perdiz and check in to your eco-hotel. Built by the locals, the property gives back a percentage of its proceeds to the community, plus it is a leader in environmentally- friendly practices, featuring solar power and recycling. B L D 1 OVERNIGHT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY
  • 45. 45 YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-21 > Internal air flights: Cusco-Arequipa, La Paz-Uyuni > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 20 breakfasts (B); 9 lunches (L) including 3 boxed lunches; 7 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Travel by private, modern, air-conditioned vehicle or 4x4 jeep > Train transportation aboard the Vistadome to/from Machu Picchu > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents Lima | Country Club Hotel DLX SacredValley | Aranwa SacredValley Hotel &Wellness DLX Machu Picchu | Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel SF Cusco | Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel DLX Arequipa | Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa Hotel F Colca Canyon | Aranwa Colca Resort & Spa SF Puno | Casa Andina Private Collection Puno Hotel F La Paz | Hotel Europa La Paz F Uyuni | Hotel Luna Salada MF-BA Ojo de Perdíz (Siloli Desert) | HotelTayka del Desierto T-BA San PedroAtacama | Hotel Kunza DLX Santiago | Hotel Le Reve - boutique DLX DLX Deluxe SF Superior First Class F First Class MF Moderate First Class T Tourist Class BA BestAvailable YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com DEpARTURES (REF: R500) & pRICES pER pERSON* Fridays: 2013: Apr 12 – $8,950 May 10 – $8,950 Jun 21 – $8,950 Jul 5 – $8,950 Aug 2 – $8,950 Sep 27 – $8,950 2014‡: Apr 25 – $8,950 * Per person prices are based on two people sharing a room. † Land only prices above include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Cusco-Arequipa and La Paz-Uyuni. Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012; the following flights need to be purchased separately: Lima-Cusco Day 3 – flight to arrive 10 a.m. or earlier and Calama-Santiago Day 20 – flight to arrive 2 p.m.Your Brendan Specialist will be happy to book the flights for you. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. ‡ 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Jul 2013. NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. Single Room Supplement: $2,300 Triple Room Supplement: $165§ Young Traveler Discount: $856 § This itinerary has a Triple Room Supplement due to the use of a twin and a single room at several hotels which cannot accommodate triples. ✔ All Departures Guaranteed aranwa colca resort & spa, colca canyon 17 OjO DE pERDíz / hITO CAjóN / SAN pEDRO DE ATACAMA Colorful landscapes come into focus with a discovery of a stone forest, a wind-eroded collection of interestingly shaped rocks. Have a boxed lunch en route to the Red Lagoon, where you’ll marvel at the water’s red coloration caused by algae and plankton. At the Morning Sun geysers, see the steam vents and fumaroles, and at the Green Lagoon, you’ll be amazed by the stunning blue-green lake. Cross the border into Chile at Hito Cajón. Should the timing be right, you will see the sunset at MoonValley. Sip a Pisco sour at Kari viewpoint to celebrate a memorable day. B L 18 SAN pEDRO DE ATACAMA Munch a boxed breakfast during an early morning start to a unique day.You’ll witness the sun rising over the vastTatio Highlands where theTatio Geysers steam and gush in the cool morning air. Heading back to San Pedro, stop at Baños de Puritama with a chance to take a dip in the hot spring water pools. Returning to San Pedro, relax and enjoy the amenities at your hotel. B 19 SAN pEDRO DE ATACAMA A full day at leisure in one of the driest places on Earth.You can take advantage of the Spa, pools, Jacuzzis or fitness equipment at your hotel, stroll through town or head out on an optional excursion toYerbas Buenas with its ancient petroglyphs, the cactus forests of Quebrada de Rio Grande ravine andValle del Arco Iris – or the “Valley of the Rainbow” – not for rainbows in the sky, but for its rainbow of colors in the ground due to the rich mineral content. B Add the Galapagos Islands or Nazca Lines to the beginning of your vacation; and add Easter Island to the end of your vacation. See pages 58 and 59 for more details. 20 SAN pEDRO DE ATACAMA / CALAMA / SANTIAgO Leaving the desert, fly south to Santiago, the Chilean capital (flight not included in vacation price). See the highlights of the city on a tour which visits the Plaza de Armas, the cathedral and San Cristóbal Hill with its spectacular views. Stop at a wine museum and enjoy a taste of the delicious local vintages. Afterward, your evening is free to explore on your own, or simply relax. B 21 DEpART SANTIAgO Take a private transfer to the airport where your vacation comes to an end. B
  • 46. “I’ll never forget my visit to Machu Picchu.The ruins are absolutely awe-inspiring, and the setting is spectacular! There’s a mystical feeling walking through a place once inhabited by such a great civilization.” Michael Cagigas Coordinator, Product Development BrendanVacations 1 Arrive in liMA, peru Welcome to Lima!Take a private transfer to your hotel. 2 liMA. City explorAtion Let the distinct districts of Lima unfold with a city overview, revealing historic architecture and modern attitudes. See the most important colonial sights, such as the Plaza San Martin, Main Square, Government Palace, Cathedral and Municipal Palace.Visit the Church of San Francisco and admire the unique wooden cupola of Moorish design that tops the imperial staircase, and explore the impressive catacombs, the museum of religious art and the marvelous library. Next, stop in San Isidro, a luxurious suburb with swaths of green and habits of lively commerce, and visit Miraflores, where you’ll find the city’s best restaurants, hotels, galleries and entertainment hotspots. Discover the secrets of Peruvian gastronomy with a stop at a typical market and a cooking demonstration at a local eatery. Then relax over lunch, featuring traditional cuisine.The afternoon is free to relax and take advantage of your hotel’s lovely setting and luxurious amenities. B l 3 liMA / CusCo / sACred vAlley Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco (flight not included in vacation price), a hub of the Incan empire and gateway to Machu Picchu.This is also where you’ll launch your exploration of the SacredValley, a beautiful landscape that is the breadbasket of the Andes and a draw for visitors. Stop at Awanakancha, a “living museum” where you’ll see animals such as llamas and guanacos and learn about traditions in weaving. Continue to the famous Pisac Market, a bustling marketplace. Survey everything from carved gourds to felt hats to a huge variety of weavings and jewelry.With your score of souvenirs and colorful memories, head to your SacredValley hotel to relax and enjoy some free time. B 4 sACred vAlley Travel to the unspoiled Andean village of Chinchero to witness a weaving demonstration and enjoy lunch at a family home.Then, join a pottery class conducted by an expert in the craft, who will show you pottery techniques and invite you to fashion a piece with your own hands. At dinner this evening, you will be amazed by a paso horse demonstration, marveling at the precise movement and rhythmic click-click of the horse’s hooves. B l d DAY The Incas 5 sACred vAlley / ollAntAytAMBo / MAChu piCChu Thrill to an early morning visit to Ollantaytambo, an Incan archaeological site dating to the late 15th century. Discover the fortress, which actually functioned as a temple, with its impressive, steep stone terraces that rise from the edge of the town. Afterward, transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station and begin what is surely the most exciting part of your Peru experience:Your excursion to Machu Picchu.The Vistadome train will take you to Aguas Calientes, a town 20 minutes from the “Lost City of the Incas.” From here, take the shuttle bus to ascend to the site, where you will tour this remarkable 15th- century imperial complex, a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site.The complex of terraces and ruins is unforgettable. B d 6 MAChu piCChu / CusCo This morning is free and your chance to head back to Machu Picchu for your second visit. Rise early and hike Huayna Picchu for spectacular views of the citadel below.This afternoon, travel via train and coach back to Cusco. B 7 CusCo While Cusco is indeed the gateway to Machu Picchu, the city is also a destination unto itself. Discover this enchanting capital of the Inca Empire, featuring layers of history revealed 46 liMA to liMA iglesiA De lA compAniA in cusco eMpire of lAnd only $3,175froM inhabited by such a great civilization.”
  • 47. PACIFIC OCEAN Peru LIMA PICCHU MACHU PICCHU SACRED VALLEY CUSCOCUSCO CHINCHERO OLLANTAYTAMBO VistadomeTrain from Galapagos Islands 6-Day Pre Extension to Easter Island 4-Day Post Extension Bolivia Chile to Peruvian Amazon 5-Day Post Extension from Nazca Lines 4-Day Pre Extension PP P P P P 2 2 2 1 1 YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES: > Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-9 > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 8 breakfasts (B); 2 lunches (L); 3 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Travel by private, modern, air-conditioned vehicle > Train transportation aboard the Vistadome to/from Machu Picchu > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents Lima | Country Club Hotel DLX SacredValley | Aranwa SacredValley Hotel &Wellness DLX Machu Picchu | Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel SF Cusco | Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel DLX Lima | Hotel Melia SF DLX Deluxe SF Superior First Class YOUR PERSONALLY SELECTED HOTELS THE TERRACES OF FABLED MACHU PICCHU 1 OVERNIGHT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY 47 For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com DEPARTURES (REF: R501) & PRICES PER PERSON* Fridays: 2013: Mar 15 – $3,175 Apr 12 – $3,175 May 10 – $3,175 Jun 21 – $3,175 Jul 5 – $3,175 Aug 2 – $3,175 Sep 27 – $3,175 * Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Land only prices above do not include air and require the following flights to be purchased separately: Lima-Cusco Day 3 – flight to arrive 10 a.m. or earlier and Cusco-Lima Day 8 – flight to arrive 3 p.m.Your Brendan Specialist will be happy to book the flights for you. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. ‡ 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Jul 2013. NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. Single Room Supplement: $1,100 Triple Room Reduction: $15 Young Traveler Discount: $318 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed SUMAQ MACHU PICCHU HOTEL Add the Galapagos Islands or Nazca Lines to the beginning of your vacation; and add the Peruvian Amazon or Easter Island to the end of your vacation. See pages 58 and 59 for more details. Oct 11 – $3,175 Nov 8, 22 – $3,175 Dec 6, 20 – $3,175 2014‡: Jan 31 – $3,175 Feb 28 – $3,175 Mar 28 – $3,175 Apr 25 – $3,175 in narrow cobblestone streets, stately Baroque architecture and massive city walls. At the Plaza de Armas, you’ll find the Cathedral, and in OldTown, you’ll view magnificent renovated colonial buildings. Also visit Sacsayhuaman, an impressive ruin of the fortress perched on a hill with fabulous views of the city. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure and transfer to a local restaurant for dinner, where you will enjoy delicious food and a show of Peruvian folk dances and live music. B D 8 CUSCO / LIMA Take a private transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima (flight not included in vacation price). On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel, with the rest of the day free. B 9 DEPART LIMA Take a private transfer to the airport where your vacation ends. B NOTE: Depending on your onward flight schedule, you may be transferred to the airport late in the evening on Day 8.
  • 48. PACIFIC OCEAN P e r u LIMA PICCHU MACHU PICCHU SACRED VALLEY CUSCOCUSCO CHINCHERO OLLANTAYTAMBO VistadomeTrain AREQUIPA COLCA CANYON PUNOPUNO LAKE TITICACA TAQUILE ISLAND JULIACA Brazil from Galapagos Islands 6-Day Pre Extension or from Nazca Lines 4-Day Pre Extension to Easter Island 4-Day Post Extension to Peruvian Amazon 5-Day Post Extension P P P P P P 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 ARRIVE IN LIMA, PERU Welcome to Lima!Take a private transfer to your hotel, anticipating an amazing Peruvian experience. 2 LIMA See Lima’s most important colonial sights, such as the Plaza San Martin and the Cathedral, and visit the Church of San Francisco. Next, stop in the suburb of San Isidro and visit fashionable Miraflores. Another highlight is your exploration of a typical Peruvian market and cooking demonstration at a local eatery. Have lunch featuring traditional Peruvian cuisine and savor an afternoon of free time. B L 3 LIMA / CUSCO / SACRED VALLEY Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco (flight not included in vacation price), the gateway to Machu Picchu and launching point for your SacredValley discovery. Stop at Awanakancha, a “living museum” where you’ll see animals such as llamas and guanacos and learn about traditions in weaving. Continue to the Pisac Market, where you’ll survey everything from carved gourds to felt hats before heading to your SacredValley hotel and spa. B 4 SACRED VALLEY Venture to the unspoiled Andean village of Chinchero to observe a weaving demonstration. Enjoy lunch at a family home and join a pottery class to fashion a distinctive piece with your own hands. At dinner this evening, you’ll witness a fantastic paso horse demonstration. B L D 5 SACRED VALLEY / OLLANTAYTAMBO / MACHU PICCHU Discover Ollantaytambo, an Incan archaeological site dating to the late 15th century, with an early morning visit. Afterward, transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station and begin what is probably the most exciting part of your Peru experience: your excursion to Machu Picchu.The Vistadome train will take you to Aguas Calientes. From here, take the shuttle bus to ascend to the “Lost City of the Incas,” where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of this UNESCOWorld Heritage Site. B D 6 MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO Head back to Machu Picchu for another chance to discover this 15th-century, mountain-ridge wonder.This afternoon, return to Cusco via train and coach. B DAY Splendor 7 CUSCO Discover Cusco on a tour. At the historic Plaza de Armas, you’ll find the wonderful Cathedral; in OldTown, you’ll view magnificent renovated colonial buildings.Visit Sacsayhuaman, an impressive fortress ruin, with fabulous city views, then experience a Pachamama ceremony. Enjoy an afternoon of free time, then relish dinner and a show of Peruvian folk dances and music at a local restaurant. B D 8 CUSCO / AREQUIPA Fly to Arequipa (flight included in vacation price), often called the “White City” for its dazzling colonial buildings made of white stone.Visit the Carmen Alto district, where you’ll marvel at panoramas of the city, surrounding peaks and pre-Incan terraces. Stroll the quaint neighborhoods of San Lázaro and Yanahuara, see the Plaza de Armas and visit the complex of the La Compañía Church. Also pause to contemplate the Santa Catalina Convent, a Franciscan convent founded in 1648. B 48 LIMA TO LIMA ANDEAN 1 OVERNIGHT STAY 1 START CITY  END CITY THE MAJESTIC ANDEAN CONDOR,COLCA CANYON FLOATING ISLANDS OF THE UROS ON LAKE TITICACA LAND ONLY† $4,850FROM SEE THE PASO HORSE DEMONSTRATION IN THE SACRED VALLEY
  • 49. Add the Galapagos Islands or Nazca Lines to the beginning of your vacation; and add the Peruvian Amazon or Easter Island to the end of your vacation. See pages 58 and 59 for more details. YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-14 > Internal air flight: Cusco-Arequipa > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 13 breakfasts (B); 5 lunches (L) including 1 boxed lunch; 5 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Travel by private, modern, air-conditioned vehicle > Train transportation aboard the Vistadome to/from Machu Picchu > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents Lima | Country Club Hotel DLX SacredValley | Aranwa SacredValley Hotel &Wellness DLX Machu Picchu | Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel SF Cusco | Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel DLX Arequipa | Casa Andina Private Collection F Colca Canyon | Aranwa Colca Resort & Spa or similar SF Puno | Casa Andina Private Collection F Lima | Hotel Melia Lima SF DLX Deluxe SF Superior First Class F First Class YOUR PERSONALLY SELECTED HOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 49 9 AREQUIPA / CHIVAY / COLCA CANYON Travel by road to Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world – twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.Your scenic journey brings you to Chivay, where you’ll have lunch and transfer to your hotel. Refreshed, enjoy your canyon trek, following a narrow path that takes you to the remarkably intact Uyo Uyo ruins. B L D 10 COLCA CANYON Head to the canyon overlook to observe the flight of the Andean Condor, the large, black vulture with a wingspan of up to nearly 11 feet. Later, cross the river to visit the town of Coporaque, a tiny place with a big claim to fame: Santiago Apóstol, the oldest church in the valley. B D 11 COLCA CANYON / PUNO Travel by car to the city of Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Along the way, traverse the scenic Patapampa Pass and see the Stone Forest of Imata, a collection of natural stone formations eroded by millions of years of wind and rain.You will also stop at the LagunillasViewoint to have a boxed lunch, spot Andean Flamingos and savor spectacular views. B L 12 PUNO. LAKE TITICACA LakeTiticaca is interesting on many levels, including its elevation above the sea: It is the highest navigable lake in the world.Take a motorboat to the Uros Islands, 40 small floating islands made of reeds that grow in the shallows. Here on these isles, the Uros people live just as their ancestors did. Also visitTaquile Island, a hilly isle with pre-Incan ruins and nice views from the terraced hillsides. Enjoy lunch onTaquile Island before returning to your hotel in Puno. B L 13 PUNO / JULIACA / LIMA Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima (flight not included in vacation price), with a stop at the Chullpas of Sillustani archaeological site en route.The necropolis, one of the most impressive in the world, sits on an esplanade bordered by Lake Umayo. Arriving in Lima, transfer to your hotel where your evening is free. B 14 DEPART LIMA Take a private transfer to the airport where your vacation ends. B NOTE: Depending on your onward flight schedule, you may be transferred to the airport late in the evening on Day 13. LA COMPANIA CHURCH,AREQUIPA ARANWA SACRED VALLEY HOTEL & WELLNESS DEPARTURES (REF: R502) & PRICES PER PERSON* Fridays: 2013: Mar 15 – $4,850 Apr 12 – $4,850 May 10 – $4,850 Jun 21 – $4,850 Jul 5 – $4,850 Aug 2 – $4,850 Sep 27 – $4,850 * Per person prices are based on two people sharing a room. † Land only prices above include economy air and air-related charges for the flight between Cusco-Arequipa. Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012; the following flights need to be purchased separately: Lima-Cusco Day 3 – flight to arrive 10 a.m. or earlier and Juliaca-Lima Day 13 – flight to arrive 2 p.m.Your Brendan Specialist will be happy to book the flights for you. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. ‡ 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Jul 2013. NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. Single Room Supplement: $1,490 Triple Room Reduction: $20 Young Traveler Discount: $465 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed Oct 11 – $4,850 Nov 8, 22 – $4,850 Dec 6, 20 – $4,850 2014‡: Jan 31 – $4,850 Feb 28 – $4,850 Mar 28 – $4,850 Apr 25 – $4,850
  • 50. 1 Arrive in limA, peru Welcome to Lima!Transfer to your hotel, anticipating an amazing Andes experience. 2 limA with cooking demonstrAtion Enjoy a panoramic city overview, explore a typical Peruvian market and experience a cooking demonstration at a local eatery before having lunch featuring traditional cuisine. Savor an afternoon at leisure. B l 3 limA / ArequipA Fly to Arequipa (flight not included in vacation price), often called the “White City” for its colonial buildings made of white stone. A city introduction features marvelous views, charming neighborhoods and historic architecture. B 4 ArequipA / chivAy / colcA cAnyon Travel to Colca Canyon, one of the the deepest canyons in the world.Your scenic journey includes a lunch break in Chivay. On arrival at Colca, enjoy a canyon trek following a narrow path to the well-preserved pre-Incan Uyo Uyo ruins. B l d 5 colcA cAnyon Head to the canyon overlook to observe the flight of the Andean Condor, the large, black vulture with a wingspan of up to nearly 11 feet – the widest of any land bird.Visit the town of Coporaque, a tiny place with a big claim to fame: Santiago Apóstol, the oldest church in the valley. B d 6 colcA cAnyon / puno Travel to Puno, located on the shores of LakeTiticaca. Along the way, traverse the scenic Patapampa Pass and see the Stone Forest of Imata, a collection of natural stone formations eroded by millions of years of wind and rain. Spot Andean Flamingos and see spectacular views at the LagunillasViewpoint. After a boxed lunch and time for photos, continue to Puno. B l 7 puno. lAke titicAcA Take a motorboat cruise on LakeTiticaca to the Uros Islands, 40 small floating islands made of reeds that grow in the shallows. Also visitTaquile Island, a hilly isle with pre-Incan ruins and nice views from the terraced hillsides. B l DAY The Andes 8 puno / lA pAz, BolivA Begin your Bolivian explorations with a transfer to the town of Copacabana, home to the famous church and pilgrimage destination, the Copacabana Sanctuary.Visit the church before sailing by catamaran to Sun Island, the legendary birthplace of the Inca Empire.Then sail to Chua Harbor, where you’ll transfer by land to La Paz. B l 9 lA pAz Head to the archaeological site ofTiwanacu to admire the ruins of this once-flourishing city. See La Paz highlights including Calle Jaén, one of the city’s best-preserved colonial streets, and visit the bizarrely appealing Witches’ Market, offering potions, amulets and other unusual items. B 10 lA pAz / uyuni Fly to Uyuni (flight included in your vacation price).Then board a 4x4 Land Cruiser and venture to the Mallcu mummies, a collection of bones and ceramic articles housed in a funeral tower made of petrified corals. Continue to Colchani, where you’ll visit a rustic salt plant and see a demonstration of salt processing. Next, travel to Incahuasi Island. Actually an ancient volcano that extends into the salt flat, Incahuasi is where you’ll encounter famously enormous cacti. B l d 11 uyuni / ojo de perdíz See a collection of antique steam locomotives and rail cars at the train cemetery, where train history comes alive.Then drive to Alota, a rustic Quechua community, and to Ojo de Perdíz, where you will stay overnight. En route, witness the Valley of Rocks, with its hundreds of reddish-hued rock formations, enjoy a picnic boxed lunch and see the Honda Lagoons, home to showy James flamingos. B l d 12 ojo de perdíz / hito cAjón / sAn pedro de AtAcAmA, chile Colorful landscapes come into focus with a discovery of a stone forest, a wind-eroded collection of interestingly shaped rocks. Have a boxed lunch as you travel to the Red Lagoon to marvel at the water’s rich, red color. On to the Morning Sun geysers to see the steam vents and fumaroles, and at the Green Lagoon, you’ll be amazed by the stunning blue-green lake. Cross the border into Chile at Hito Cajón. Stopping at Kari viewpoint, sip a Pisco sour to celebrate a memorable day. B l 50 limA to sAntiAgo hidden secrets of jAmes flAmingos Dot the honDA lAgoon in boliviA sun islAnD,legenDArY birthplAce of the incAs lAnd only† $6,275from
  • 51. SANTIAGO Chile PACIFIC OCEAN Peru LIMA AREQUIPA COLCA CANYONCOLCA CANYON PUNO AREQUIPAAREQUIPAAREQUIPAAREQUIPAAREQUIPAAREQUIPAAREQUIPAAREQUIPAAREQUIPAAREQUIPAAREQUIPAAREQUIPAAREQUIPAAREQUIPAAREQUIPA PUNOLAKETITICACA TAQUILE ISLAND Bolivia LA PAZ TAQUILE ISLANDTAQUILE ISLANDTAQUILE ISLAND LA PAZ UYUNI OJO DE PERDIZ OJO DE PERDÍZSAN PEDROSAN PEDRO ATACAMA CALAMA B r a z i l Paraguay A r g e n t i n a to Easter Island 4-Day Post Extension from Nazca Lines 4-Day Pre Extension P P P 1 3 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-16 > Internal air flight: La Paz-Uyuni > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 15 breakfasts (B); 8 lunches (L) including 3 boxed lunches; 4 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Travel by private, modern, air-conditioned vehicle or 4x4 jeep > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents Lima | Country Club Hotel DLX Arequipa | Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa Hotel F Colca Canyon | Aranwa Colca Resort & Spa SF Puno | Casa Andina Private Collection Puno Hotel F La Paz | Hotel Europa La Paz F Uyuni | Hotel Luna Salada MF/BA Ojo de Perdíz (Siloli Desert) | Tayka Hotel del Desjerto T/BA San PedroAtacama | Hotel Kunza DLX Santiago | Hotel Le Rêve – boutique DLX DLX Deluxe SF Superior First Class F First Class MF Moderate First Class T Tourist Class BA BestAvailable YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 51 13 SAN pEDRO DE ATACAMA Munch a boxed breakfast during an early morning start to a unique day.You’ll witness the sun rising over the vastTatio Highlands where theTatio Geysers steam and gush in the cool morning air. Heading back to San Pedro, stop at Baños de Puritama with a chance to take a dip in the hot spring water pools. Returning to San Pedro, relax and enjoy the amenities at your hotel. B 14 SAN pEDRO DE ATACAMA A full day at leisure in one of the driest places on Earth.You can take advantage of the Spa, pools, Jacuzzis or fitness equipment at your hotel, stroll through town or head out on an optional excursion toYerbas Buenas with its ancient petroglyphs, the cactus forests of Quebrada de Rio Grande ravine andValle del Arco Iris – or the “Valley of the Rainbow” – not for rainbows in the sky, but for its rainbow of colors in the ground due to the rich mineral content. B 15 SAN pEDRO DE ATACAMA / CALAMA / SANTIAgO Transfer to the Calama airport for your flight to Santiago, Chile (flight not included in vacation price), where you’ll enjoy a panoramic city tour and a winery visit before arriving at your centrally located boutique hotel. B 16 DEpART SANTIAgO Take a private transfer to the airport where your vacation ends. B DEpARTURES (REF: R503) & pRICES pER pERSON* Wednesdays: 2013: Apr 17 – $6,275 May 15 – $6,275 Jun 26 – $6,275 Jul 10 – $6,275 Aug 7 – $6,275 Oct 2 – $6,275 2014‡: Apr 30 – $6,275 * Per person prices are based on two people sharing a room. † Land only prices above include economy air and air-related charges for flights between La Paz-Uyuni. Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012; the following flights need to be purchased separately: Lima-Arequipa Day 3 – flight to arrive by 11 a.m. and Calama-Santiago Day 15 – flight to arrive by 2 p.m.Your Brendan Specialist will be happy to book the flights for you. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. ‡ 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Jul 2013. NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. Single Room Supplement: $1,625 Triple Room Supplement: $150§ Young Traveler Discount: $609 § This itinerary has a Triple Room Supplement due to the use of a twin and a single room at several hotels which cannot accommodate triples. ✔ All Departures Guaranteed hotel luna salada was constructed with salt blocks green lagoon 1 OVERNIghT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY Add the Nazca Lines to the beginning of your vacation and Easter Island to the end your vacation. See pages 58 and 59 for more details.
  • 52. C o l o m b i a PACIFIC OCEAN ZIPAQUIRÁ TAIRONAKA BOGOTBOGOTÁ ZIPAQUIRÁZIPAQUIRÁZIPAQUIRÁZIPAQUIRÁZIPAQUIRÁZIPAQUIRÁ CAJICÁ SANTA MARTA CARIBBEAN SEA CARTAGENA LA BOQUILLA Venezuela Panama P 3 2 2 1 ARRIVE IN BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA On arrival, Bogotá, you will be met and transferred to your hotel located in the heart of the city, walking distance to the pretigious Zona Rosa, fine dining in Zona G, and entertainment in ZonaT. 2 BOGOTÁ. CITy hIGhLIGhTs After breakfast drive to the well preserved historical colonial quarter of La Candelaria. See the Cathedral, the Congress Palace and the Cardinal’s Palace on a walking tour. Stop for a cup of steaming Colombian coffee and a pastry typical of the area. Here learn about Colombia’s renown coffee. Bogotá’s “must see” is the Gold Museum, where the world’s greatest collection of pre-Hispanic goldworks are displayed. Finally venture by cable car high up to Monserrate for lunch and a splendid overview 1,500 feet above the capital.The balance of the day is free. B L 3 BOGOTÁ / UNDERGROUND CAThEDRAL / sANTA MARTA Drive through fertile plateaus to the small colonial town of Cajicá for lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to the town of Zipaquirá, famous for its underground salt cathedral.The carved Stations of the Cross and three naves are eerily illuminated along with other sculptures and cavernous pools all hewn from old salt mine tunnels.Then back to the Bogotá airport for your flight to Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast (flight not included in vacation price).Transfer to your beachfront hotel where your evening is free. B L 4 sANTA MARTA. TAIRONAkA NATURE REsERVE Travel north toTaironaka, a nature reserve that hosts traces of a small town built by the Tayrona civilization around 600 BC.Your final approach is by boat up the Don Diego River, where you can explore the ancient terraces, some still in farm use by the indigenous Kogi people.You may even have a chance to swim in the crystal waters of the river! B L 5 sANTA MARTA / CARTAGENA Head to Cartagena, Colombia’s early capital and a fabled treasure-city of the Spanish Main. Many centuries-old fortifica- DAY Colombia tions still guard the city.This afternoon enjoy a walking tour in the walled town. Stroll through beautiful streets and admire mansions, garden squares and an overall colonial atmosphere. You can still tell where the wealthy lived, in contrast with less affluent neighborhoods.Your historic boutique hotel lies within the city walls. B 6 CARTAGENA hIGhLIGhTs Learn more about the local community with a visit to a public school or charity entity.This afternoon, see Cartagena’s most noted monuments. Drive through Bocagrande, the modern residential district, and view the Convent of La Popa, built at the beginning of the 17th century atop a hill of the same name. Admire the magnificent view of the fortress city and its bay. Continue to San Felipe’s Fort, built to protect Cartagena from marauding invaders. After inspecting the construction of this impregnable fortress, stroll to the walled colonial city and stop at the colorful handicraft stores of Las Bóvedas where local 52 BOGOTÁ TO CARTAGENA olD town ArcADes in the historic center of cArtAgenA FROM ThE hIGhLANDs TO ThE COAsT the bogotA golD museum contAins close to 34,000 golD pieces 1 OVERNIGhT sTAy 1 sTART CITy 1 END CITy COLONIAL $2,245 LAND ONLy FROM boAt up the Don Diego river to the tAironAkA nAture reserve
  • 53. YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-8 > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 7 breakfasts (B); 3 lunches (L); 1 dinner (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Travel by private, modern, air-conditioned vehicle > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents Bogotá | Hilton Bogotá SF Santa Marta | Irotama Resort – bungalow room F Cartagena | Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia F SF Superior First Class F First Class YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 53 artisans display their wares. From there, drive to the Plaza of San Pedro Claver. After a picture stop, return to your hotel where your evening is free. B 7 CARTAGENA. VILLAGE OF LA BOqUILLA Visit the small and very old fishing village of La Boquilla.This charming village, once a slave colony, welcomes visitors to share the tranquil beaches, marshlands and mangroves. Step into a dugout canoe steered by a local to glide around a tangled maze through the mangroves. Learn about conservation of the mangroves, and witness the diverse animal and plant life that thrives in this environment. Return to Cartagena for an afternoon free, or ask about optional excursions including a visit to a mud volcano.This evening enjoy a celebratory final dinner in a typical Colombian restaurant. B D 8 DEpART CARTAGENA After breakfast, a private transfer will take you to Cartagena Airport where your vacation ends. B DEpARTURES (REF: R400) & pRICES pER pERSON* Fridays: 2013: Mar 1, 29 – $2,245 Apr 12 – $2,245 May 10 – $2,245 Jul 12 – $2,245 Oct 18 – $2,245 Nov 1, 22 – $2,245 2014‡: Jan 24 – $2,459 Feb 7, 21 – $2,459 Mar 7, 21 – $2,459 * Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Land only prices above do not include air; and require the following flights to be purchased separately: Bogota-Santa Marta Day 3 - flight to depart after 5 p.m. Your Brendan Specialist will be happy to book the flight for you. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. ‡ 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Jul 2013. Single Room Supplement: $555 Triple Room Reduction: $110 Young Traveler Discount: $225 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed hotel don pedro de heredia,cartagena san felipe’s fort, cartagena a warm welcome in cartegena
  • 54. 1 Arrive in GuAtemAlA city, GuAtemAlA / AntiGuA On arrival in Guatemala, you’ll take a private transfer to Antigua, the old colonial gem west of the capital.This evening celebrate the start of your spectacular journey over dinner and wine at Casa Santo Domingo.This restaurant/hotel is practically a museum, with a huge collection of colonial objects. Overnight at El Convento boutique hotel, situated on a cobblestone street right in downtown Antigua, and in front of an 18th-century Capuchin convent. D 2 AntiGuA & mAcADAmiA nut fArm Built by Spanish architects and Maya laborers, Antigua slumbers under the peaks of three huge volcanoes. Cobblestone streets, sprays of bougainvillea, and pastel façades beneath terracotta roofs delight your senses.Tour the historic center, then visit a macadamia plantation atValhalla Farm. B l 3 AntiGuA / chichicAstenAnGo / pAnAjAchel (lAke AtitlÁn) Drive west to the most colorful outdoor market in Guatemala – flowers, fruits, vegetables, Mayan textiles and arts abound.Visit the SantoTomás Church, where the Maya- Quiché continue to worship with their old Maya traditions. Continue to Panajachel on Lake Atitlán. Overnight at the lakefront Hotel Atitlán. At this gorgeous family-owned resort each room’s balcony faces carefully tended gardens and a splendid panoramic view of the lake. B l D 4 lAke AtitlÁn: sAntiAGo AtitlÁn & sAn juAn lA lAGunA Astonishingly beautiful Lake Atitlán is a 1,000 foot deep caldera surrounded by three volcanic peaks.Twelve Maya villages dot the banks.This morning step aboard for an all-day boat excursion to two, each very different. Santiago Atitlán is the traditional heartland of theTzutujil-speaking Maya. Many locals venerate Holy Maximón, the “smoking and drinking saint.”To the west, San Juan la Laguna is famous for weaving crafts, including petates, mats woven from lake reeds. Learn more about the community over lunch with a local family. B l 5 lAke AtitlAn / iximché / GuAtemAlA city / fly to flores / sAntA elenA Travel to Iximché for your first taste of Mayan ruins.This DAY Maya Legacy was the former capital of the Maya-Cakchiquel, plus the site of Guatemala’s first conquistador capital, in 1524. After lunch drive to Guatemala City for a highlights tour, then on to the airport for your flight far upcountry to Flores. Set on a peninsula in a lake, Flores is the capital of Petén Province.Then transfer to your hotel, a green sustainable property in a jungle setting overlooking a lake.B l D 6 sAntA elenA. explore tikAl nAtionAl pArk Today explore the splendid Mayan ruins inTikal National Park. AtTikal a maze of majestic plazas, temples and pyramids is surrounded by dense jungle, home to flocks of exotic birds. The five main temple pyramids are probably the most iconic site in the Mayan world if not all of Central America.Though the stairways are very steep, you may dare to ascend to the top of one of the pyramids.There are literally thousands of structures here, many still entangled by giant roots. B l D 54 GuAtemAlA city to GuAtemAlA city with Belize options lAnD & internAl Air $2,939from ANTIGUA Guatemala Belize CHICHICASTENANGO PACIFIC OCEAN CARIBBEAN SEA SANTA ELENASANTA ELENA FLORES GUATEMALA CITYCITY GUATEMALA CITY BELIZE CITYCITY SAN IGNACIOIGNACIOIGNACIO XUNANTUNICH AMBERGRIS CAYEAMBERGRIS CAYE Mexico Honduras El Salvador LAKE ATITLANATITLAN LAKE ATITLAN TIKAL N.P. P P PP 12 2 3 2 3 1 overniGht stAy  enD city  stArt city the splenDiD mAYAn ruins At tikAl lAke AtitlAn
  • 55. YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-9 > All internal air flights: Guatemala City-Flores, Flores-Guatemala City > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 8 breakfasts (B); 6 lunches (L); 5 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Travel by private, luxury, air-conditioned vehicle > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents Antigua | El Convento Boutique Hotel MD Panajachel (LakeAtitlán) | Hotel Atitlán F Santa Elena (Tikal N.P.) | Villa Maya – superior room F Guatemala City | Barceló Premium Guatemala City MD MD Moderate Deluxe F First Class YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 55 caption Add the ruins of Caracol in Belize to your vacation - 3 days 7 SANTA ELENA. YAxhá & CAhUí The ruins at “TurquoiseWater” were a major Mayan civic and ceremonial site.You’ll admire twin pyramids overlooking the lovely Laguna deYaxhá and Laguna Sacnab. Continue after lunch to Biotopo Cerro Cahuí Nature Reserve. Cahuí means “giant crocodile” after the shape of a nearby lake island which appears to be slithering into the water.Watch for howler and spider monkeys, colorful birds, and exotic butterflies and insects.Tonight relax in the hotel pool before or after dinner and take advantage of the freeWiFi. B L D 8 SANTA ELENA / FLORES / FLY TO gUATEMALA CITY Explore Flores, a small island town on Lake Petén joined to the shore by a mile-long causeway. Flores has charming stone walkways and very old houses.This afternoon fly back to Guatemala City where your evening is free. B NOTE: For guests continuing on to Belize.You will travel from Flores to San Ignacio, Belize on Day 8. See page 59 for more details. 9 DEpART gUATEMALA CITY Take a private transfer to La Aurora International Airport where your vacation ends. B DEpARTURES (REF: R300) & pRICES pER pERSON* Fridays: 2013: Mar 15 – $2,939 Apr 19 – $2,939 May 17 – $2,939 Jul 12 – $2,939 Oct 18 – $2,939 Nov 1, 15 – $2,939 2014‡: Jan 24 – $2,939 Feb 21 – $2,939 Mar 14 – $2,939 * Per person prices are based on two people sharing a room. Land & internal air prices above include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Guatamala City-Flores and Flores-Guatamala City. Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. ‡ 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Jul 2013. Single Room Supplement: $698 Triple rooms are not available. Young Traveler Discount: $264 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed The jungles of Belize, formerly British Honduras, are some of the most untouched in all of Central America and conceal some of the most important Maya ruins. Drive across the border to Xunantunich, the “Maiden of the Rock,” a ruined city sprawling across a high plateau.You’ll also drive deep through the jungle to the ancient Maya capital of Caracol, less well-known asTikal but just as enticing to the imagination. Your base for these explorations will be the Windy Hill Resort, perched above a river in the Belizian highlands. Supplement price per person From: (Ref: R301) Twin $630-$674 See page 59 for more details. Add Caracol & Ambergris Caye to your vacation - 6 days To many modern travelers, Belize is primarily about beaches and sunshine on the offshore cayes.These low-lying islands are sheltered by the Caribbean’s largest barrier reefs. But the Maya were here first, and left great ruined cities draped through the jungle.You’ll enjoy the best of both worlds on this adventure. Visit Xunantunich and Caracol in the country’s jungled West; then from Belize City fly to Ambergris Caye. Enjoy beaches, snorkeling and rum drinks on shady verandahs. Boat excursions whisk you out to large protected maritime reserves, where all manner of sea life flourishes as nature intended. Supplement price per person From: (Ref: R302) Twin $ 1,309 See page 59 for more details. Available on May-Nov departures. el convento boutique hotel,antigua
  • 56. 1 Arrive in LA pAz “the peAce,” Mexico Take a private transfer from the airport to your lovely hotel in La Paz. Set on an arcing bay with a splendid waterfront promenade or malecón, La Paz is the Mexicans’ own favorite resort town in Baja California.This evening meet your local travel expert for a welcome drink. 2 LA pAz. isLA espíritu sAnto snorkeLing & Los isLotes visit After a hearty breakfast, board a fast launch to visit several of the local islands. Snorkeling gear will be available! Espíritu Santo in its entirety is a Biosphere Reserve – no towns, no development.The beaches are golden, and just behind them, an exotic world of succulents and cacti bloom like a desert botanical garden. Continue north a good way past Isla Partida to Los Islotes.These rugged rocks rise steeply from the deep, and have been colonized top to bottom by marine and avian life. At the shoreline, large colonies of California sea lions bark vociferously, and then slip into the sea to fish, or examine any humans who come into the water with them. On the cliffs, watch for blue- footed boobies doing their rather comical mating dance. Return to La Paz in the late afternoon. b L 3 LA pAz / greAt grAy whALes At MAgdALenA bAy / sAn cArLos A morning’s drive takes you from La Paz all the way across Baja to Puerto San Carlos.This is the favored spot to board a panga (motorized open-air skiff) to explore the many miles of shallow sheltered lagoons where the great gray whales spend their winter months, mating, birthing and generally seeming to have lots of fun.The whales are gathering their energies for their annual migration to the Bering Sea – 10,000 miles away!The exhilaration of fresh sea air and numerous whales is truly one of Baja’s great travel experiences. b L d 4 sAn cArLos / MAgdALenA bAy whALe-wAtching / todos sAntos The bays are long and the great gray whales are everywhere! Step into a panga and again you’re off for up-close encounters with the gentle giants. Many visitors report whales surfacing right by the idling boats, literally close DAY Baja California enough to touch, and to hear, smell and perhaps even feel the “blow” of the whale’s spume. Back ashore for a delicious lunch, then a leisurely drive down the península to the artist’s colony, town ofTodos Santos, surrounded by orchards.Your next three nights are at the iconic Hotel California, made famous by the 1970’s band,The Eagles. b L d 5 todos sAntos. hike & desert wALk This morning you’ll explore the secluded coastal cliffs and pristine beaches of the coastline west ofTodos Santos.Your cliff walk (most of the walk is easy and flat) offers miles of spectacular views of Pacific waters and isolated beaches. After lunch there is time for a dip in the ocean, return toTodos Santos. Settled since 1732, this charming town has an oasis- like feel. Sweet water from the Sierra de la Laguna nourishes lush orchards of guava, papaya, mangoes and other tropical fruits.The old town itself has many century-old buildings, with thick brick walls and hidden courtyards. Cooled by ocean breezes,Todos Santos has attracted artists and Hollywood types over the years. b L 56 LA pAz to LA pAz & the greAt grAy whALe MigrAtion cliff wAlk,toDos sAntos $3,225 LAnd onLy froM snorkeling At los islotes the pAcific grAY whAle feels At home with ADmirers
  • 57. TODOS SANTOS Mexico Baja California Sur PACIFIC OCEAN SEA OF CORTEZ MAGDALENA BAY SIERRA DE LA LAGUNA BIOSPHERE RESERVE ISLA ESPIRITU SANTO SAN CARLOS WhaleWatching Snorkeling Excursion LOS CERRITOS LA PAZLA PAZ 2 1 3 YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers in La Paz on Days 1 and 7 > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 6 breakfasts (B); 5 lunches (L); 3 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Travel by private, modern, air-conditioned vehicle > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents La Paz | Seven Crown Centro Hotel f San Carlos | Hotel Brennan BA Todos Santos | Hotel California f f First Class BA BestAvailable YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELS whale watching, magdalena bay For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 57 DEpARTURES (REF: R350) & pRICES pER pERSON* Sundays: 2013: Feb 24 – $3,225 Mar 3 – $3,225 2014‡: Feb 23 – $3,275 Mar 2 – $3,250 Saturdays: 2014‡: Feb 8 – $3,250 Feb 15 – $3,275 * Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Air: Please note that international airfares are not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. ‡ 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Jul 2013. NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. Single Room Supplement: $565 Triple Room Reduction: $70 Young Traveler Discount: $323 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed 1 OVERNIGhT STAY 1 START CITY  END CITY 6 TODOS SANTOS. DESERT CANYON wALk, BEACh AfTERNOON Walk through a dramatic canyon that is more an exotic forest than a true desert – see cardón cacti that can tower forty or fifty feet, barrel cacti and prickly pear. After lunch back atTodos Santos, travel to the Pacific shore and the lovely crescent-shaped beach at Los Cerritos. Sheltered by Punta Pescadero, the swimming here is delightful, and a handful of local restaurants offer refreshment. Return toTodos Santos to relax, then a night out on the town for a congenial farewell dinner. B L D 7 TODOS SANTOS / DEpART LA pAz Transfer fromTodos Santos to La Paz airport, where your journey ends.Transfer time to La Paz airport is approximately 90 minutes. B NOTE:This adventure involves some easy to moderate walking and hiking. Guests should be in good health and be able to walk without assistance. welcome to the hotel california, where you will spend 3 nights
  • 58. 58 Extend Your Latin America Vacation GALAPAGOS ISLANDS Aboard the M/C Galápagos Seaman Journey 6 days from $3,899 Add this pre-itinerary extension before your “Empire of the Incas,” “Andean Splendor” or “Journey through the Andes” vacation. See pages 43-49. Your Travel Value Includes: Flights: Quito-San Cristóbal, Baltra-Guayaquil and Guayaquil-Lima (economy class) • All transfers •1 night at the Hotel Patio Andaluz, Quito SF and 4 nights aboard the M/C Galápagos Seaman Journey – ocean view cabin§ • English-speaking guide on the islands • Breakfast daily (B), 3 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D) • National Park Entrance Fee ($100) and Transit Control Card Fee ($10) 1 ARRIVE IN QUITO, ECUADOR You will be met and transferred to your hotel situated in the heart of the historic Old City of Quito. 2 QUITO / GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS Fly to San Cristobal Island. Board the Galápagos Seaman Journey. León Dormido (sleeping lion) comprises two islets, eroded volcanic cones that rise 500 feet straight up from the sea. Snorkel crystal clear waters of Los Lobos, famous for sea life of every stripe and color. D 3 SAN CRISTÓBAL ISLAND Visit the Natural Galapaguera to observe tortoises in their natural environment. At Pitt Point, watch for lava lizards and rare birds such as red-footed boobies and Chatham mockingbirds. B L D 4 ESPANOLA ISLAND At Punta Suarez, enjoy spectacular views of soaring seabirds, and an explosive blowhole spouting 50 feet into the air. At Gardner Bay take a launch to the beach to snorkel, kayak, and observe sea lions. B L D M/C GalápaGos seaMan Journey 5 FLOREANA ISLAND Visit an amazing flamingo lagoon and watch for many species of migratory birds. Post letters at Post Office Bay, a tradition begun by whaling ships centuries ago. At the northern tip of the island walk up to the spectacular view at the Baroness Lookout. B L D 6 SANTA CRUZ / BALTRA / GUAYAQUIL / LIMA At Santa Cruz Island, visit the Charles Darwin Station, the headquarters of Galápagos National Park. Later, transfer to Baltra Airport for your flight to Guayaquil, continuing on to Lima. B NOTE: Itineraries are subject to modifications due to changes in the flight schedules, weather conditions and National Park Regulations. Prices are subject to change due to fluctuations in fuel prices. Price Per Person From: (Ref: R511) Twin $3,899; Single $5,998; Triples are not available. § Cabin Upgrade: Upper Deck suite from: $545 per person EASTER ISLAND 4 days from $949 Add this post-itinerary extension to your “Empire of the Incas,” “Andean Splendor,” “Hidden Secrets of the Andes” or “Journey through the Andes” vacation. See pages 43-51. Your Travel Value Includes: All transfers •3 nights at Hotel Puku Vai F • English-speaking guide on the island • Breakfast daily (B), 1 boxed lunch (L) 1 ARRIVE ON EASTER ISLAND, CHILE Fly over the vast Pacific Ocean to magical Rapa Nui (flight not included in vacation price), perhaps the most remote inhabited island in the world. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.The rest of the day is free; relax by the pool or take advantage of the hotel’s WiFi. 2 TO 3 EXPLORE EASTER ISLAND Scattered over various sections of this tiny triangular island lie 1,000 moai, stone giants that continue to puzzle and amaze archaeologists from around the world. Spend two days exploring the island’s many different moai ruins including those at AnuTongariki – a platform with fifteen moai; stop at various beaches including Anakena beach; see the island’s volcanos such as Rano Raraku – the location where 95% of all of the moai were carved; and the villages including Orongo – best known as being the center of the Birdman Cult. B daily, L Day 2 4 DEPART EASTER ISLAND Transfer to Mataveri Airport where your vacation ends. B NOTE: If combining Easter Island with the “Empire of the Incas” vacation you may require additional nights in Lima before connecting to your flight to Easter Island (flight not included in vacation price). Price Per Person From: (Ref: R513) Twin $949; Single Supplement $199; Triple Reduction $834 Day Day blue-footeD boobies Moai on easter islanD
  • 59. 59 Nazca LiNes 4 days from $1,075 Add this pre-itinerary extension to any South America vacation that begins in Lima. See pages 43-51. Your Travel Value includes: All transfers • 1 night at the Melia Lima Hotel sF and 2 nights at the DoubleTree by Hilton Paracas sF • Breakfast daily (B) • English-speaking guide • Flight over Nazca Lines and cruise to the Ballestas Islands 1 aRRiVe iN LiMa, PeRU Take a private transfer to the Melia Lima Hotel. 2 LiMa / PaRacas You’ll have much of the morning to enjoy free time in Lima. Around midday, board a first class scheduled coach to Paracas. On arrival, meet your local guide and transfer to your hotel. B 3 BaLLesTas isLaNDs & Nazca LiNes Two views of the ancient geoglyphs of Peru today – by sea and from the air. Step aboard a small boat for a two-hour ride to the Ballestas Islands, and appreciate the view of the Candelabra, a geoglyph that has been radiocarbon dated to 200 B.C. On the nearby islands watch for sea lions, Inca terns, Peruvian boobies and Humboldt penguins.Then from Pisco Airport, fly over other Nazca Lines.Thought to be at least 1,500 years old, these wonderful immense figures are one of archaeology’s greatest enigmas. B 4 PaRacas / LiMa Return by scheduled first class air-conditioned coach to Lima.You will be met in Lima, and transferred to your hotel. B Price Per Person From: (Ref: R512) Twin $1,075; Single Supplement $285; Triple Reduction $25 The PeRUViaN aMazoN 4 days from $745‡ 5 days from $840 Add this post-itinerary extension after your “Empire of the Incas” or “Andean Splendor” vacation. See pages 46-49. Your Travel Value includes: All transfers • 1 night at the Melia Lima sF and 3 nights at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge, Puerto Maldonado F • Breakfast daily (B), 3 lunches (L), 3 dinners (D) • English-speaking guide • Comprehensive sightseeing 1 aRRiVe iN LiMa, PeRU On arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. B 2 LiMa / PUeRTo MaLDoNaDo Fly across the Andes (flight not included in vacation price). Then cruise to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge. On arrival, enjoy a choice of included excursions. B L D ‡When added to the end of your “Empire of the Incas” vacation: On Day 8, guests will fly directly from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado (flight not included in vacation price).The night in Lima is not necessary.Therefore your Amazon extension will be 4 days. 3 ReseRVa aMazoNica After breakfast, enjoy an excursion through the Amazon to Lake Sandoval, where with a bit of luck you may see giant otters and various species of birds. Back at your hotel, enjoy the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway and Anaconda Walk. B L D 4 ReseRVa aMazoNica Several excursions entice you today.You might visit the local Ese ‘Eja village, offering you an insight into the traditions and culture of this indigenous ethnic group. Perhaps travel by boat to Gamitana Creek and walk through jungle along the banks of a dark-water creek that’s home to piranha, caimans, turtles and myriad spectacularly-colored birds. B L D 5 DePaRT PUeRTo MaLDoNaDo After breakfast, visit the Inkaterra Butterfly House.Then return to Puerto Maldonado Airport where your vacation ends. B Price Per Person From: (Ref: R514) 4 Days: Twin $745; Single Supplement $135; Triple Reduction $10 5 Days: Twin $840; Single Supplement $185; Triple Reduction $10 BeLize: XUNaNTUNich & caRacoL§ 3 days from $630 Your Travel Value includes: All transfers • 2 nights at the Windy Hill Resort, San Ignacio MF • Breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L), 2 dinners (D) • English-speaking guide • Compehensive sightseeing 1 saNTa eLeNa / XUNaNTUNich, BeLize / saN iGNacio After breakfast, drive east to cross the border and into Belize. Visit Xunantunich, the “Maiden of the Rock.”The ruins sprawl across one of the highest plateaus in the area. B L D 2 caYo DisTRicT. VisiT caRacoL Remote in the Maya Mountains, Caracol was once home to 150,000 people, the largest Maya city in Belize. B D 3 saN iGNacio / DePaRT BeLize ciTY Drive east to Belize City Airport where your vacation ends. B supplement Price Per Person From: (Ref: R301) Twin $630-$675; Single Supplement $105-$120; Triples are not available BeLize: XUNaNTUNich, caRacoL & aMBeRGRis caYe§ 6 days from $1,309 Your Travel Value includes: Round-trip flight: Belize City-Ambergris Caye (economy class) • All transfers • 2 nights at the Windy Hill Resort, San Ignacio MF and 3 nights at the Belizean Shores Resort F• Breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L), 2 dinners (D) • English-speaking guide • Comprehensive sightseeing 1 To 2 Same as Days 1 & 2 of “Belize: Xunantunich & Caracol.” 3 saN iGNacio / BeLize ciTY / aMBeRGRis caYe Transfer to Belize City Airport, and then fly over turquoise seas to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye.The rest of the day is free. B 4 To 5 aMBeRGRis caYe FRee DaYs Two full unstructured days to pursue beachside-bliss. Just relax, or choose from exciting optional excursions. B 6 aMBeRGRis caYe / DePaRT BeLize ciTY Fly to Belize City Airport where your vacation ends. B supplement Price Per Person From: (Ref: R302) Twin $1,309; Single Supplement $540; Triples are not available NOTE:This extension is available on May-Nov departures. § Border fees are not included in vacation price. DAY DAY DAY DAY
  • 60. 60 enjoy an overnight cruise on a luxury junk at ha long bay 60 Asia
  • 61. 1 ARRIVE IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM Take your private transfer to the Grand Hotel, a 1930 French colonial classic. 2 HO CHI MINH CITY. CU CHI TUNNELS & CITY TOUR About 40 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, lie the Cu Chi Tunnels, a sprawling complex of tunnels that once sheltered theViet Cong.Visit them and perhaps even crawl through one. Return to Ho Chi Minh City, for a tour of the city’s highlights including a visit to the former Presidential Palace, bustling Cholon (Chinatown),Thien Hau Pagoda, and colorful Ben Thanhn Market. B L D 3 HO CHI MINH CITY. MEKONG DELTA A full day in the Mekong Delta.Visit theVinhTrang Pagoda, a 19th century sanctuary with luxuriant mature gardens.Travel by boat out onto the riverways. After lunch, return to Ho Chi Minh City. B L DAY IndoChina 4 HO CHI MINH CITY / DA NANG / HOI AN Fly to Da Nang, then drive down the coast to HoiAn to explore this charming old trading port.Tonight savorVietnamese cuisine in the Mango Room Restaurant. B D 5 HOI AN. COOKING CLASS & SIGHTSEEING Whet your appetite with a visit to Hoi An’s incredibly colorful market.Then onto the river to cruise to the Red Bridge Cooking School. After lunch return to your new beachfront resort with the afternoon free. B L 6 HOI AN / HUE Travel north to Hue.This afternoon explore the Imperial City. Take a cyclo ride through old Hue, then visit the splendidTu Doc RoyalTombs. B L 7 HUE / HANOI This afternoon fly to culturally rich Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. B D 8 HANOI. CITY TOUR This morning visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. See the lotus shaped One-Pillar Pagoda and then stroll the courtyards of theTemple of Literature. B L 9 HANOI / HA LONG BAY CRUISE Drive to the Ha Long Pier to board the Jasmine Junk for an overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay. Here thousands of sculpted limestone islets rise vertically from the shallow waters. Enjoy a unique dinner inTien Ong cave. Overnight aboard the Jasmine Junk. B L D 10 HA LONG BAY CRUISE / HANOI This morning bask in yet more splendid scenery and perhaps take aTai Chi class.Your shipboard chef offers a cooking demonstration.Then, drive back to Hanoi. B D 11 HANOI / LUANG PRABANG, LAOS Fly to Luang Prabang, a picturesque river town surrounded by jungle-clad limestone hills. Orient yourself with a walk to the magnificent stupaWatVisoun and other Buddhist monuments. B L D 61 HO CHI MINH CITY TO BANGKOK TEMPLE OF LITERATURE,HANOI THE RUINED ANCIENT CAPITAL OF AYUTTHAYA KINGDOMS OF LAND & INTERNAL AIR $7,399FROM
  • 62. BANGKOK Vietnam Laos Thailand Cambodia REAP SIEM REAP GULF OF THAILAND GULF OF TONKIN ANGKORWAT PRABANG LUANG PRABANG KUANG SI WATERFALLS HO CHI CITY HO CHI MINH CITY CU CHITUNNELS MEKONG DELTA MEKONG RIVER HANOIHANOI HA LONG BAY PAK OU CAVES HUE HOI ANHOI AN DA NANG Myanmar TONLE SAP LAKE AYUTTHAYA CHIANG MAI P P P P 1 P PP 3 3 1 3 2 3 1 2 3 KHUANG SI WATERFALL,LAOS 62 12 LUANG PRABANG. COUNTRY LIFE & KHUANG SI WATERFALL This morning visit an active rice farm in the idyllic countryside. This afternoon drive south into the hills to picturesque Khuang Si Waterfall. B L 13 LUANG PRABANG. PAK OU CAVES Rise at dawn to witness the offering of alms to hundreds of saffron- robed monks, a tradition generations old. Later, embark on a local slow boat to travel up Mekong River. A pair of caves at Pak Ou are home to about 4,000 Buddha statues. B L 14 LUANG PRABANG / SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA Fly to Siem Reap.This afternoon visit Preah Khan, one of the better- preserved temples of the vast Angkor site. Squeeze through shoulder- hugging corridors to tumbled courtyards. Other impressive sites include Eastern Mebon, guarded by stone figures of harnessed elephants, and Pre Rup, the mountain-temple. B 15 SIEM REAP. ANGKOR WAT Incredible ruined temples include 10th century Banteay Srei, jungle- drapedTa Prohm, and AngkorWat itself, one of the most impressive sights in all of Asia. Enjoy sunset from atop this magnificent temple. B 1 OVERNIGHT STAY 1 START CITY  END CITY ANGKOR WAT
  • 63. “A must-do in Luang Prabang in Laos is to rise early and bring an offering to the monks. It was such a reverent feeling to give them grains and fresh fruit, and they were truly grateful. InVietnam, the cruise on Ha Long Bay was breathtaking!” Todd Ney Director, Product Development BrendanVacations Long Bay was breathtaking!” 63 YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-23 > All internal air flights: Ho Chi Minh City-Da Nang, Hue-Hanoi, Hanoi-Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang-Siem Reap, Siem Reap-Bangkok, Bangkok-Chiang Mai and Chiang Mai-Bangkok > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 22 breakfasts (B); 13 lunches (L); 9 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges, in private, air-conditioned vehicles with drinking water and cold towels > Portfolio of travel documents Ho Chi Minh City | Grand Hotel SF HoiAn | Sunrise Hoi An Beach Resort MD Hue | La Residence Hotel & Spa DLX Hanoi | Moevenpick Hanoi Hotel SF Ha Long Bay | Jasmine Junk SF Luang Prabang | Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel or similar SF Siem Reap | Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa MD Bangkok | Anantara Bangkok Riverside DLX Chiang Mai | RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort DLX DLX Deluxe MD Moderate Deluxe SF Superior First Class YOUR PERSONALLY SELECTED HOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com DEPARTURES (REF: R702) & PRICES PER PERSON* Saturdays: 2013: Feb 23 – $7,775 Mar 23 – $7,775 Apr 20 – $7,775 Jul 13 – $7,399 Sep 28 – $7,399 Oct 19 – $7,750 Nov 9‡ – $7,779 Dec 21‡ – $7,779 2014‡: Jan 25 – $7,779 Feb 22 – $7,779 Mar 15 – $7,779 Apr 5 – $7,779 * Per person prices are based on two people sharing a room. Land & Internal Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Ho Chi Minh City-Da Nang, Hue-Hanoi, Hanoi-Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang-Siem Reap, Siem Reap-Bangkok, Bangkok-Chiang Mai and Chiang Mai-Bangkok. Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit BrendanVacations.com. NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. ‡ These departures are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Apr 2013. Single Room Supplement: $2,500-$2,920 Triple Room Reduction: $520-$575 Young Traveler Discount: $600 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed 16 SIEM REAP. TONLE SAP LAKE Today explore the country by boat, tuk tuk and air-conditioned vehicle, visiting trading and fishing villages alongTonle Sap Lake. B 17 SIEM REAP / BANGKOK, THAILAND Fly to Bangkok.The rest of the afternoon is free to begin exploring on your own and to enjoy the amenities of your riverside hotel. B 18 BANGKOK. CITY HIGHLIGHTS After breakfast beside the Chao Phraya River, proceed toWat Po, one of Bangkok’s oldest temples.Visit the Grand Palace, a spectacular complex sheltering the Emerald Buddha. B L D 19 BANGKOK. BANG-PA-IN AND AYUTTHAYA Drive upriver to the Summer Palace at Bang-Pa-In. Continue to the ruined ancient capital of Ayutthaya, where huge brick stupas sprawl everywhere. River cruise back to Bangkok. B L 20 BANGKOK / CHIANG MAI An important Buddhist center, Chiang Mai boasts over 300 temples. Most impressive:Wat Phrathat on Doi Suthep Mountain.This evening enjoy a regional “Kantoke” feast with classicalThai dancing. B D 21 CHIANG MAI. COOKING EXPERIENCE A well-known local chef shares NorthernThai cooking secrets today. From his organic farmhouse he now tends a lavish garden full ofThai herbs and tropical fruits. B L 22 CHIANG MAI. A DAY WITH ELEPHANTS A picturesque drive brings to you to Elephant Nature Park. Learn about the 30 rescued elephants and other animals here. B L 23 CHIANG MAI / DEPART BANGKOK A free morning and then take a private transfer to Chiang Mai Airport. Fly back to Bangkok where your vacation ends. B YOUR DELUXE CABIN ON THE JASMINE,HA LONG BAY
  • 64. 1 Arrive in yAngon, myAnmAr On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.This peaceful lakeside oasis on the edge of the city is a perfect invitation to begin enjoying your trip. Meet your local travel expert over a welcome dinner and wine at a favorite restaurant. d 2 yAngon. City highlights An impressive overview begins at the National Museum, with its enormous LionThrone and Mandalay regalia. On to see the colonial-era architecture of the Strand Road.The nearby riverfront is the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, long a port for Asian commerce.Visit the gilded Sule Pagoda, said to be 2,000 years old. After lunch at the Monsoon Restaurant, stroll the Bogyoke (Scott) Market and the shores of the Royal Lake.This evening’s sunset highlight is the incomparable Shwedagon, the fascinating heart of Myanmar’s Buddhism. b l 3 yAngon / bAgAn Upcountry to Bagan – one of the most incredible sites in Asia. From your well-achieved view atop a stupa, literally hundreds of thousand-year-old red brick temples and pagodas spread blessings in every direction, entirely engulfing your imagination. Blissful at sunset. b l DAY Myanmar 4 bAgAn. mount popA & sAlAy Myanmar’s invisible yet real “nats” are spirits everywhere – in the forest, in the rivers, in the soil. And for quite a few of these benevolent spirits, extinct mile-high volcanic Mount Popa is their home.The highlight is the stunningly picturesque Popa Taungkalat Monastery. Drive to Kyaukpadaung and visit the local market.This afternoon, head to Salay to visitYokesone Monastery and Payathonzu – housing Man Paya, the large lacquer Buddha image. b l 5 bAgAn / mAndAlAy Fly to Mandalay.This was the last capital of Kingly Burma – battered by the 19th century British colonial wars and occupied by the Japanese inWorldWar II. Mandalay Hill is a shrine and pledge to peace.To walk up the hill, you must remove your shoes. See the Mahamuni Pagoda, and examine exactly how gold leaf gets pounded into aethereal sheets (it takes an amazing lot of effort). Lunch at the Little Bit of Mandalay restaurant. b l 6 mAndAlAy. AnCient CApitAls The Burmese kings liked to celebrate new dynasties by establishing new capitals. Not to be too inconvenient, they were often quite close to each other.Today you will see Amarapura, with its famous old U Bein teak-piling bridge overTaungthaman Lake.Then Sagaing, a hilly beauty dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. After lunch, take a ferry to visit to visit Ava, which features a brick and stucco monastery called Maha Aungmye Bonzan. b l 7 mAndAlAy / inle lAke Take a the short flight up to Heho, then down into the broad valley that shelters Inle Lake. A local boat escorts you to the Inle Princess Resort.This afternoon, a long-tail boat whisks you across the lake to the centuries-old pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak.This is Old Asia – many of the ruins here remain charmingly unrenovated with plants and even small trees growing out of them. b l d 8 inle lAke. sAgAr Today, a full day boat trip to Sagar.This is a tropical heaven, mixed with fresh marine air. Local specialties include pottery production and fibers made from lotus trunks. After lunch visit Thakong Pagoda and a timeless Burmese village. b l d 64 yAngon toyAngon see the fAmous leg rowers on inle lAke the golden lAnd of bAgAn shweDAgon temple, YAngon lAnd & internAl Air $3,750from
  • 65. Thailand YANGON GULF OF MARTABAN BAGAN MANDALAYMANDALAY LAKELAKE INLE LAKE Myanmar BAY OF BENGAL MT. POPA From Bangkok 3-Day Pre-Extension Cam bodia Laos P P P P P 2 2 2 3 1 YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-11 > All internal air flights: Yangon-Bagan, Bagan- Mandalay, Mandalay-Inle Lake (Heho), Inle Lake (Heho)-Yangon > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 10 breakfasts (B); 8 lunches (L); 5 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges, in private, air-conditioned vehicles with drinking water and cold towels > Portfolio of travel documents For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 1 OVERNIGHT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY 65 Add 3 days/2 nights in Bangkok to the end of your vacation Discover the incredible treasures of Bangkok, spread out along the Chao Phraya River.Visit its ancient temples including Wat Po, its bustling markets, and of course, the spectacular Grand Palace, whose orange-tiled roofs are the very epitome of Siamese fascination. Includes: Flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok (economy class), all transfers, 2 nights at the Bangkok Riverside Resort MD, breakfast daily and 1 lunch Prices Per Person From: Twin $775 (Ref: R712) See page 89 for more details. inya lake hotel,yangon 9 INLE LAkE. On today’s excursion by boat on picturesque Inle Lake you’ll see the famous leg rowers, the lush floating gardens where fruit and vegetables are grown, and local methods of fishing.Tonight, enjoy the beauty of the sunset over Inle Lake which enchants every visitor. B L D 10 INLE LAkE / YANGON Transfer to Heho to fly toYangon where you will be transferred to your hotel. Afternoon free time before a farewell dinnerwith wine at a select local restaurant. Depending on your air schedule, you might leave late this evening. B D 11 DEPART YANGON You are transferred to the airport where your vacation ends. B ✔ All Departures GuaranteedDEPARTURES (REF: R761) & PRICES PER PERSON* Wednesdays: 2013: Apr 17 – $3,750 May 15 – $3,750 Aug 7 – $3,750 Oct 23 – $4,150 2014 ‡: Apr 30 – $4,150 * Per person prices are based on two people sharing a room. Land & internal air prices above include economy air and air-related charges for flights betweenYangon-Bagan, Bagan-Mandalay, Mandalay-Inle Lake (Heho) and Inle Lake (Heho)-Yangon. Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. ‡ 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Jul 2013. NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. Single Room Supplement: $1,110-$1,450 Triple Room Reduction: $75-$100 Young Traveler Discount: $322 § Upgrade to the Strand Hotel in Yangon: from $385 per person, three nights Yangon | Inya Lake Hotel § F Bagan | The Hotel atTharabar Gate F Mandalay | Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel F Inle Lake | Inle Princess Resort - lakefront chalet SF Yangon | Inya Lake Hotel F SF Superior First Class F First Class YOUR PERSONALLY SELECTED HOTELS
  • 66. 1 Arrive in bAngkok, thAilAnd Arrive Suvarnabhumi Airport and take a private transfer to the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort. 2 bAngkok highlights You awaken at an 11-acre resort on the very banks of the Chao Phraya River – the property is lavish with gardens, pools, and riverfront terraces. Small craft zoom by on the wide muddy river. After breakfast proceed toWat Po, one of the oldest temples of Bangkok.Take a tuk-tuk ride to the Grand Palace, a most spectacular multi-building complex of the finest treasures of traditional Siamese architecture.Then board a long-tail boat and ride on the river to explore some of the “klongs” ofThonburi.You’ll see loftyWat Arun and visit some of the market lanes of Chinatown.Tonight, dinner is at the MangoTree Restaurant. b l d 3 bAngkok. bAng-PA-in & AyutthAyA Drive north through Bangkok’s rural outskirts to the Summer Palace at Bang-Pa-In. Continue to the ruined ancient capital of Ayutthaya, thoroughly sacked by Burmese invaders in 1757. Large brick stupas sprawl through the modern town and out DAY Sensational Thailand into the countryside. Satisfied, board the Grand Pearl to cruise all the way back to Bangkok over a leisurely lunch. Life on and along the Chao Phraya is a never-ending bustle. b l 4 bAngkok / chiAng mAi Fly toThailand’s northern capital this morning. Surrounded by a ring of mountains, Chiang Mai is cooler than Bangkok. An important Buddhist center, Chiang Mai boasts over 300 temples nearby.You’ll visit several 14th century temples. Most impressive:Wat Phrathat on Doi Suthep Mountain, founded in 1383 A.D.This evening enjoy a regional “Kantoke” feast, complete with gracefulThai dancing by women in gorgeous Thai silk. b d 5 chiAng mAi. cooking exPerience A well-known local chef shares Northern cooking secrets today. From his organic farmhouse he now tends a lavish garden full ofThai herbs and tropical fruits. Learn how to pound curry paste, or make a fresh fruit dessert right from the orchard. b l 6 chiAng mAi. A dAy with elePhAnts A picturesque drive brings to you to Elephant Nature Park.You arrive with elephant food for some of the 30 rescued elephants here. Feed them from an elevated platform, and watch them being bathed in a nearby river. b l 7 chiAng mAi / bAngkok / siem reAP, cAmbodiA Two flights whisk you right to Siem Reap, the modern town on whose outskirts sprawl the incredible complex of ruins known as Angkor. b 8 siem reAP. Angkor wAt The wealth of ruined stone temples in various states of preservation is absolutely stunning.Visit the Bayon, where huge four-sided sculptures each present smiling faces of Avalokitshvara. See the South Gate, Baphuon, and Preah Kahn. One perpetual favorite isTa Prohm, which has been left in the state it was found in the jungle, with great waves of ficus roots pouring over the stones. After a break, visit Angkor Wat, one of the most splendid sights in Asia.The temple itself, surrounded by a wall, is 200 acres. Five towers symbolize Mount Meru’s five peaks, the spiritual core of Buddhism. Enjoy sunset from a lofty perch among the temples. b 66 bAngkok to siem reAP feeD the elephAnts, chiAng mAi &the Ancient ruins oF Angkor wAt Angkor wAt lAnd & internAl Air $2,725From
  • 67. BANGKOK Thailand REAP SIEM REAP GULF OF THAILAND TONLE SAP LAKE CHIANG MAI Cambodia ANGKORWAT PHUKETPHUKET To Phuket 4-Day Post Extension ELEPHANT RESCUE CENTER CHHONG KNEAS AYUTTHAYA Laos Vietnam Myanmar GULF OF TONKIN P P P 3 3 3 3 YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-10 > All internal air flights: Bangkok-Chiang Mai and Chiang Mai-Siem Reap > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 9 breakfasts (B); 4 lunches (L); 3 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges in private, air-conditioned vehicles > Portfolio of travel documents Bangkok | Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort DLx Chiang Mai | Rati Lanna Resort & Spa DLx Siem Reap (AngkorWat) | Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa mD DLx Deluxe mD Moderate Deluxe YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 1 OVERNIGhT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY 67 Add 4 days/3 nights on the Beaches of Phuket to the end of your vacation Immerse yourself in the pleasures of Phuket. Golden sands on the Andaman Sea, lavish swimming pools, shady terraces on which to dine… From your home at the Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa, you could just relax and enjoy the serene setting, or range a bit further on the optional adventures that abound here – snorkeling, diving and boat excursions amid the impressive limestone pinnacles that rise straight from the bed of shallow Phang nga Bay. prices per person From: Twin $859-$1,175 (Ref: R752) See page 89 for details. victoria ankgor resort & spa,siem reap 9 SIEm REAp. TONLE SAp LAkE Drive to the lakeside trading village of Chhong Kneas. Board a traditional wooden boat to venture out on the large lake. Meet a family in their home, and then receive a blessing from local monks.This is Khmer village life in all its traditional rhythms. Head to a different fishing port and drive by tuk-tuk to a countryside pagoda.Then return to your hotel at Siem Reap by car. Enjoy your final dinner of this vacation at Madam Butterfly Restaurant. B D 10 DEpART SIEm REAp Take a private transfer to the airport where your vacation ends. B DEpARTURES (REF: R751) & pRICES pER pERSON* mondays: Mar 11 – $2,875 Apr 8 – $2,875 May 6 – $2,725 Jul 29 – $2,725 Oct 14 – $2,829 Nov 4‡, 25‡ – $2,850 Dec 23‡ – $2,850 2014‡: Feb 10 – $2,850 Mar 10, 31 – $2,850 Apr 21 – $2,850 * Per person prices are based on two people sharing a room. Land & Internal Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Bangkok-Chiang Mai and Chiang Mai-Siem Reap (via Bangkok). Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit BrendanVacations.com. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is additional; please check with your travel agent or Brendan Specialist for special airfares originating in the U.S. NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. ‡ These departures are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Jul 2013. Single Room Supplement: $950-$1,120 Triple Room Reduction: $150-$275 Young Traveler Discount: $208 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed
  • 68. 1 Arrive in bAngkok, thAilAnd On arrival, transfer to the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort. d 2 bAngkok highlights After breakfast beside the Chao Phraya River, proceed to Wat Po, one of Bangkok’s oldest temples.Visit the Grand Palace, a spectacular multi-building complex sheltering the Emerald Buddha.Then board a long-tail boat to explore the riverways.Visit theTemple of the Dawn, and visit markets in Chinatown. b l 3 bAngkok. bAng-PA-in & AyutthAyA Drive upriver to the Summer Palace at Bang-Pa-In. Continue to the ruined ancient capital of Ayutthaya, where huge brick stupas sprawl everywhere. Satisfied, board the Grand Pearl to cruise all the way back to Bangkok over a leisurely lunch. b l 4 bAngkok / chiAng mAi From Bangkok, fly toThailand’s northern capital. An important Buddhist center, Chiang Mai boasts over 300 nearby temples. You’ll visit several 14th century temples. Most impressive: Wat Phrathat on Doi Suthep Mountain, founded in 1383 A.D. This evening enjoy a regional “Kantoke” feast, complete with gracefulThai dancing. b d 5 chiAng mAi. orgAnic cooking exPerience A well-known local chef shares Northern cooking secrets today. From his organic farmhouse he now tends a lavish garden full ofThai herbs and tropical fruits.Visit the local Ruamchook market for a hands-on cooking experience. b l 6 chiAng mAi. A dAy with elePhAnts A picturesque drive brings to you to Elephant Nature Park.You arrive with elephant food for some of the 30 rescued elephants here, and hear stories told by expert guides. b l 7 chiAng mAi / siem reAP, cAmbodiA Two flights via Bangkok whisk you right to Siem Reap, on whose outskirts sprawl the incredible complex of ruins known as Angkor.Transfer to your deluxe accommodation. b DAY Thailand, 8 siem reAP. Angkor wAt The wealth of ruined stone temples in various states of preservation is absolutely stunning.Visit the Bayon, where huge four-sided sculptures each present smiling faces of Avalokitshvara. A classic favorite isTa Prohm, with great waves of ficus roots pouring over the statues. After a break, visit AngkorWat, one of the most splendid sights in Asia. Enjoy the sunset from a lofty perch among the temples. b 9 siem reAP. tonle sAP lAke Drive to the lakeside trading village of Chhong Kneas. Board a traditional wooden boat to venture out on the large lake.Then travel by tuk-tuk to a countryside pagoda. Return to Siem Reap and visit the temples, pagoda and market. b 10 siem reAP / yAngon, myAnmAr Fly to Myanmar via Bangkok.Transfer to the hotel, then there’s free time in the city.Tonight, enjoy dinner and wine at favorite restaurant. b d 11 exPloring yAngon An impressive overview begins at the National Museum.Visit the gilded Sule Pagoda, said to be 2,000 years old. After lunch at a local restaurant, stroll the Bogyoke (Scott) Market.This evening’s sunset highlight is the incomparable Shwedagon, the fascinating heart of Myanmar’s Buddhism. b l 12 yAngon / bAgAn Fly upcountry to Bagan. From your well-achieved view atop a stupa, literally hundreds of thousand-year-old red brick temples and pagodas spread blessings in every direction. b l 13 bAgAn. mount PoPA & sAlAy Myanmar’s benevolent “nat” spirits make mile-high volcanic Mount Popa their home.Then on to Kyaukpadaung before exploring ancient monasteries and shrines from the Bagan period. Later, return to your resort in Bagan. b l 14 bAgAn / mAndAlAy Fly to Mandalay.This was the last capital of Kingly Burma. Mandalay Hill is a shrine and pledge to peace.To walk up the hill, you must remove your shoes. Continue to explore the ancient capitals, battered stupas and sights outside of the city. A spectacular sunset at Mandalay Hill awaits. b l 68 bAngkok toyAngon the grAnD pAlAce, bAngkok Ancient Angkor wAt & exotic myAnmAr tropicAl fruit, chiAng mAi lAnd & internAl Air $6,875from
  • 69. BANGKOK REAP SIEM REAP CHIANG MAI YANGON BAGAN MANDALAYMANDALAY INLE LAKEINLE LAKE GULF OF THAILAND TONLE SAP LAKE GULF OF MARTABAN ADAMAN SEA CHIANGCHIANGCHIANGCHIANGCHIANGCHIANGCHIANGCHIANGCHIANGCHIANGCHIANGCHIANGCHIANGCHIANGCHIANGCHIANGCHIANGCHIANGCHIANGCHIANG ELEPHANT RESCUE CENTER ANGKORWAT AYUTTHAYA Thailand Cambodia Myanmar Laos Vietnam P P P P P P P 3 3 2 1 3 3 2 2 YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-20 > All internal air flights: Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai- Siem Reap, Siem Reap-Yangon, Yangon-Bagan, Bagan-Mandalay, Mandalay-Inle Lake (Heho), Inle Lake (Heho)-Yangon > Twin-bedded air-conditioned rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 19 breakfasts (B); 12 lunches (L); 7 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges, in private, air-conditioned vehicles with drinking water and cold towels > Portfolio of travel documents Bangkok | Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa DLx Chiang Mai | RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort DLx Siem Reap (AngkorWat) | Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa mD Yangon | Inya Lake Hotel § f Bagan | The Hotel atTharabar Gate f Mandalay | Mandalay Hill Resort f Inle Lake | Inle Princess Resort – lake front chalet Sf Yangon | Inya Lake Hotel f DLx Deluxe mD Moderate Deluxe Sf Superior First Class f First Class YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELS shwedagon pagoda,yangon For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 1 OVERNIGhT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY 69 15 mANDALAY. ANCIENT CApITALS The Burmese kings liked to celebrate new dynasties by establishing new capitals.Today you will see Amarapura, with its famous old U Bein teak-piling bridge.Then Sagaing, a hilly beauty dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. After lunch, take a ferry to visit Ava. Pass through ancient walls via horsecart. B L 16 mANDALAY / INLE LAkE Hop by air to Heho, then down to a local boat that escorts you to the Inle Princess Resort. This afternoon, a long-tail boat whisks you across the lake to the centuries-old pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak. B L D 17 INLE LAkE. SAGAR Today, you’re exploring by small boat.VisitThakong Pagoda and a timeless Burmese village. B L D 18 ExpLORING INLE LAkE Watch the famous leg rowers, and see lush floating vegetable gardens.Visit the villages of Paukpar, Nampan and Inpawbom. Get acquainted with the oldest and most religious sites of the lake.The beauty of sunset over Inle Lake enchants every visitor. B L D 19 INLE LAkE / YANGON Fly toYangon.Tonight, enjoy dinner and wine to celebrate your journey. Depending on your flight schedule, you might transfer to the airport tonight. B D 20 DEpART YANGON Morning free time before a private transfer to the airport where your vacation ends. B DEpARTURES (REF: R750) & pRICES pER pERSON* mondays: 2013: Apr 8 – $6,875 May 6 – $6,875 Jul 29 – $6,875 Oct 14 – $7,375 2014‡: Apr 23 – $7,375 *Per person prices are based on two people sharing a room. Land & internal air prices above include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai-Siem Reap, Siem Reap-Yangon,Yangon- Bagan, Bagan-Mandalay, Mandalay-Inle Lake (Heho) and Inle Lake (Heho)-Yangon. Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. ‡ 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Jul 2013. Single Room Supplement: $2,100-$2,550 Triple Room Reduction: $250-$400 Young Traveler Discount: $530 § Upgrade to the Strand hotel in Yangon: from $385 per person, three nights ✔ All Departures Guaranteed anantara bangkok riverside resort & spa
  • 70. Vietnam Thailand Cambodia HO CHIHO CHI CITY HO CHI MINH CITYCITYCITYCITYCITYCITYCITY BENTRE SIEM REAPSIEM REAP GULF OF THAILAND GULF OF TONKIN SOUTH CHINA SEA TONLE SAP LAKE ANGKOR WAT CHHONG KNEAS TONLE SAP LAKETONLE SAP LAKETONLE SAP LAKETONLE SAP LAKETONLE SAP LAKETONLE SAP LAKETONLE SAP LAKE ME CHHREY MEKONG DELTA MEKONG RIVER HUE HOI ANHOI AN DA NANG HANOI HA LONG BAY CU CHI TUNNELS to Siem Reap 3-Day Post Extension Laos to Bangkok 3-Day Post Extension P P 1 1 2 P P 3 3 1 2 1 Arrive in ho chi minh city, vietnAm On arrival, take a private transfer to your classic French- colonial hotel.This evening, meet your local travel expert. 2 ho chi minh city. city highlights About 40 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, lay the Cu Chi Tunnels, a sprawling complex of tunnels that once sheltered theViet Cong.Visit them and perhaps even crawl through one. Return to Ho Chi Minh City, for a tour of the city’s highlights including a visit to the former Presidential Palace, bustling Cholon (Chinatown),Thien Hau Pagoda, and colorful Ben Thanhn Market. b l d 3 ho chi minh city. mekong deltA Drive south for a full day in the Mekong Delta, famous for its emerald rice paddies and timeless landscapes.Visit theVinh Trang Pagoda en route.Then cruise to a local workshop and take a short ride via horse-drawn carriage to one of the many orchards. b l 4 ho chi minh city / dA nAng / hoi An Fly to Da Nang.Then travel down the coast to get a glimpse of the ancient town of Hoi An – one of the main trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century.Tonight savor Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant. b d 5 hoi An. Food toUr & cooking clAss Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes of Hoi An’s colorful market as you interact with local sellers.Then short boat ride to the Red Bridge Cooking School, where expert chefs will teach you how to prepare Hoi An’s most classic dishes. b l 6 hoi An / hUe Up the coast, discover Hue, a lovely city on the banks of the Perfume River. Lunch is set in a complex of restored Hue-style garden homes.This afternoon, explore the Imperial City – a cyclo will take you through the narrow lanes, passing hidden gems along the way. Later, visit the beautifulTu Duc Royal Tomb. b l 7 hUe / hAnoi This morning, you are free to explore Hue on your own. Later, fly to Hanoi, the capital ofVietnam. Dine at the famous French Restaurant, La Badiane. b d DAY Vietnam 8 hAnoi. city highlights A full day to discover the city highlights of Hanoi – visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed Sep-Nov); see the lotus-shaped One-Pillar Pagoda nearby; and then wander the courtyards of theTemple of Literature before visiting the Museum of Ethnology. Return to central Hanoi for a walking tour through the Old Quarter and a performance of the unusualWater Puppets. b l 9 hAnoi / hA long bAy crUise Travel to Ha Long Pier and board the Jasmine Junk for a relax- ing cruise through Ha Long Bay, where thousands of sculpted 70 ho chi minh city to hAnoi THE PEOPLE’S COMMITTEE BUILDING IN HO CHI MINH CITY CU CHI TUNNELS 1 overnight stAy 1 stArt city 1 end city reveAled lAnd & internAl Air $3,259From
  • 71. YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-11 > All internal air flights: Ho Chi Minh City-Da Nang, Hue-Hanoi > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 10 breakfasts (B); 6 lunches (L); 4 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges, in private, air-conditioned vehicles with drinking water and cold towels > Portfolio of travel documents Ho Chi Minh City | Grand Hotel SF HoiAn | Sunrise Hoi An Beach Resort MD Hue | La Residence Hotel & Spa - MGallery Collection DLX Hanoi | Moevenpick Hanoi Hotel SF Ha Long Bay | Jasmine Junk SF Hanoi | Moevenpick Hanoi Hotel SF DLX Deluxe MD Moderate Deluxe SF Superior First Class YOUR PERSONALLY SELECTED HOTELS LA RESIDENCE HOTEL & SPA,HUE For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 71 Add 4 days/3 nights in Siem Reap & Angkor Wat to the end of your vacation - 13 days DAY 10 HA LONG BAY / HANOI / SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA Same as Day 10.This evening fly to Siem Reap.You will be transferred to your hotel. B 11 SIEM REAP / ANGKOR WAT The wealth of ruined stone temples is absolutely stunning. Visit the Bayon, where huge four-sided sculptures each present smiling faces of Avalokitshvara. See the South Gate, Baphuon, and Preah Kahn. After a break, visit Angkor Wat, one of the most splendid sights in Asia. Enjoy the sunset from a lofty perch among the temples. B 12 SIEM REAP. TONLE SAP LAKE Drive to the lakeside trading village of Chhong Kneas. Board a traditional wooden boat to venture out on the very large Tonle Sap Lake. Meet a family in their home, then on for a blessing by local monks. Head to a different fishing port and drive by tuk-tuk to a countryside pagoda. Later, return to your hotel at Siem Reap by car. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with beer and wine. B D 13 DEPART SIEM REAP You are transferred to the airport where your vacation ends. B Includes: Flight Hanoi-Siem Reap • All transfers • 3 nights at the 5-star Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa MD • 3 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D) • Comprehensive sightseeing limestone islets rise vertically from the shallow waters.This afternoon take a bamboo boat to CuaVan fishing village. In the evening, experience a unique dinner inTien Ong cave. B L D 10 HA LONG BAY / HANOI Rise early for a tai chi class and a magnificent sunrise.Then bask in more splendid scenery and enjoy a cooking demon- stration onVietnamese cuisine. Later, disembark and return to Hanoi. Guests continuing to Siem Reap will be transferred to the airport. B 11 DEPART HANOI Take a private transfer to the airport where your vacation ends. B NOTE: Depending on your flight schedule, you may be transferred to the airport on the evening of Day 10. Add 3 days/2 nights in Bangkok at the end of your extension to Angkor Wat Includes: Flight Siem Reap-Bangkok • All transfers • Comprehensive sightseeing Price Per Person From: Twin $725 (Ref: R712) See page 89 for more details. DEPARTURES & PRICES PER PERSON* Saturdays: Vietnam Revealed - 11 days Vietnam Revealed with Angkor Wat - 13 days (REF: R701) (REF: R711) 2013: Feb 23 – $3,375 $4,375 Mar 23 – $3,375 $4,375 Apr 20 – $3,375 $4,375 Jul 13 – $3,259 $4,175 Sep 28 – $3,259 $4,175 Oct 19 – $3,375 $4,375 Nov 9‡ – $3,399 $4,429 Dec 21‡ – $4,025 $4,479 2014‡: Jan 25 – $3,399 $4,429 Feb 22 – $3,399 $4,429 Mar 15 – $3,399 $4,429 Apr 5 – $3,399 $4,429 * Per person prices are based on two people sharing a room. Land & internal air prices above include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Ho Chi Minh City-Da Nang and Hue-Hanoi. Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.. NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. ‡ These dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Apr 2013. Single Room Supplement: $1,240-$1,310; Vietnam Revealed with Angkor Wat $1,500-$1,675 Triple Room Reduction: $265; Vietname Revealed with Angkor Wat $275 Young Traveler Discount: $300 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed
  • 72. 1 ARRIVE IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM On arrival, take a private transfer to the Grand Hotel, a 1930 French colonial classic. 2 HO CHI MINH CITY. CU CHI TUNNELS & CITY TOUR About 40 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, theViet Cong sheltered in a sprawling complex of tunnels, known now as the Cu ChiTunnels.Visit this system of tunnels and perhaps crawl through one. Back in Ho Chi Minh City, visit the Presidential Palace, Cholon (Chinatown) and theThien Hau Pagoda. B L D 3 HO CHI MINH CITY. MEKONG DELTA Visit theVinhTrang Pagoda, a 19th-century sanctuary with luxuriant mature gardens.Travel by boat out onto the riverways, including lots of hideaway canals and back channels. Enjoy a rustic lunch, and maybe explore the waterways further by tiny sampan. Later, return to Ho Chi Minh City. B L 4 HO CHI MINH CITY / DA NANG / HOI AN Fly to the port of Da Nang, then drive south to Hoi An, a very atmospheric centuries-old trading port. Enjoy fineVietnamese dining at the Mango Room Restaurant. Overnight at the Sunrise Hoi An Beach Resort, set along Cua Dai Beach. B D 5 HOI AN. COOKING CLASS Tempt your appetite with a visit to Hoi An’s incredibly colorful market.Then onto the river to cruise to the Red Bridge Cooking School. Learn some traditionalVietnamese cooking tips and help prepare your own lunch. B L 6 HOI AN / HUE Travel up the coast to Hue.This afternoon explore the Imperial City, walled on four sides.This ancient capital was also a focal point of theTet Offensive in 1968. B L 7 HUE / HANOI A morning of free time.Then fly to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Hanoi retains a wonderful aura of Old Asia. B D 8 HANOI SIGHTSEEING Spend a full day exploring this historic city.Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, see the lotus shaped One-Pillar Pagoda and then stroll the courtyards of theTemple of Literature. End your day with an entertaining water puppet show. B L DAY IndoChina 9 HANOI / HA LONG BAY CRUISE Drive to the Ha Long Pier to board the lovely Jasmine Junk for an overnight cruise into Ha Long Bay.Thousands of sculpted limestone islets rise vertically from the shallow waters. Enjoy a unique dinner inTien Ong cave. B L D 10 HA LONG BAY CRUISE / HANOI This morning bask in yet more splendid scenery and take aTai Chi class.Your shipboard chef offers a cooking demonstration. Then, drive back to Hanoi. Dinner at a favorite local restaurant. B D 11 HANOI / LUANG PRABANG, LAOS Fly to Luang Prabang.This picturesque river town is surrounded by jungle-clad limestone hills. Orient yourself with this UNESCO-listed city on a walk to the magnificent stupa WatVisoun and other Buddhist monuments. B L D 12 LUANG PRABANG. COUNTRY LIFE & KHUANG SI WATERFALLS View an active rice farm from the balcony of a traditional Lao house, surrounded by green paddies.This afternoon drive well south into the hills to a picturesque waterfall; you may have a chance to take a dip in a natural pool. B L 13 LUANG PRABANG. PAK OU CAVES Get up at dawn to witness the offering of alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks, a tradition generations old. Later, embark on a local slow boat to travel up the Mekong River where two caverns at Pak Ou,ThamTing andThamTeung, shelter about 4,000 Buddha statues, “retired” from active worship. On the way back to Luang Prabang, visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn about some of the 20 ethnic groups in the hill country here. B L 14 LUANG PRABANG / SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA Fly to Siem Reap.This afternoon visit Preah Khan, one of the better-preserved temples of the vast Angkor site. Squeeze through shoulder-hugging corridors to tumbled courtyards. Other impressive sites include Eastern Mebon, guarded by stone figures of harnessed elephants, and Pre Rup, the mountain-temple. B 72 HO CHI MINH CITY TO SIEM REAP ATTEND A VIETNAMESE WATER PUPPET SHOW IN HANOI PAK OU CAVES PORTRAIT OF LAND & INTERNAL AIR $5,225FROM A WARM WELCOME EVERYWHERE
  • 73. Vietnam Laos Thailand Cambodia BENTRE REAP SIEM REAP GULF OF THAILAND GULF OF TONKIN SOUTH CHINA SEAANGKOR WAT CHHONG KNEAS GULF OF CHHONG KNEASCHHONG KNEAS ME CHHREY PRABANG LUANG PRABANGTEMPLES OF LUANG PRABANGLUANG PRABANGLUANG PRABANGLUANG PRABANGLUANG PRABANG KUANG SI WATERFALLS HO CHIHO CHI CITY HO CHI MINH CITY CU CHITUNNELS MEKONG DELTA HANOIHANOI HA LONG BAY PAKOU CAVES HUE HOI ANHOI AN DA NANG Myanmar TONLE SAP LAKE To Bangkok 3-Day Post Extension P P P P 1 P 3 3 2 3 1 2 1 YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-17 > All internal air flights: Ho Chi Minh City-Da Nang, Hue-Hanoi, Hanoi-Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang- Siem Reap > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 16 breakfasts (B); 9 lunches (L); 7 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges, in private, air-conditioned vehicles with drinking water and cold towels > Portfolio of travel documents Ho Chi Minh City | Grand Hotel SF HoiAn | Sunrise Hoi An Beach Resort MD Hue | La Residence Hotel & Spa - MGallery Collection DLX Hanoi | Moevenpick Hanoi Hotel SF Ha Long Bay | Jasmine Junk SF Luang Prabang | Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel or similar SF Siem Reap | Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa MD DLX Deluxe MD Moderate Deluxe SF Superior First Class YOUR PERSONALLY SELECTED HOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 1 OVERNIGHT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY 73 15 SIEM REAP. ANGKOR WAT Incredible ruined temples include 10th-century Banteay Srei, jungle-drapedTa Prohm, and AngkorWat itself – one of the most impressive sights in all of Asia. Enjoy the sunset from atop this magnificent temple. B 16 SIEM REAP. TONLE SAP LAKE Tonle Sap is a huge freshwater lake, nature’s overflow device for the tropical rainy season up the Mekong.Visit trading and fishing villages along the banks, where traditional rural life in Cambodia maintains its eternal rhythms.Then visit a serene Pagoda quite removed from the main Angkor complex, and return overland to your hotel. B D 17 DEPART SIEM REAP Take a private transfer to the airport where your vacation ends. B DEPARTURES (REF: R700) & PRICES PER PERSON* Saturdays: 2013: Feb 23 – $5,595 Mar 23 – $5,595 Apr 20 – $5,595 Jul 13 – $5,225 Sep 28 – $5,225 Oct 19 – $5,675 Nov 9‡ – $5,700 Dec 21‡ – $5,700 2014‡: Jan 25 – $5,700 Feb 22 – $5,700 Mar 15 – $5,700 Apr 5 – $5,700 * Per person prices are based on two people sharing a room. Land & internal air prices above include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Ho Chi Minh City-Da Nang, Hue-Hanoi, Hanoi-Luang Prabang and Luang Prabang-Siem Reap. Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. ‡These dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Apr 2013. NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. Single Room Supplement: $1,900-$2,325 Triple Room Reduction: $365-$425 Young Traveler Discount: $443 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed MAISON SOUVANNAPHOUM HOTEL, LUANG PRABANG Add 3 days/2 nights in Bangkok to the end of your vacation Discover the incredible treasures of Bangkok, spread out along the Chao Phraya River.Visit its ancient temples including Wat Po, its bustling markets, and of course, the spectacular Grand Palace, whose orange-tiled roofs are the very epitome of Siamese fascination. Includes: Flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok (economy class), all transfers, 2 nights at the Bangkok Riverside Resort MD, breakfast daily and 1 lunch Prices Per Person From: Twin $775 (Ref: R712) See page 89 for more details.
  • 74. 1 Arrive in Beijing, chinA You will be transferred to your deluxe, centrally located hotel. 2 Beijing. forBidden pAlAce & TiAnAnmen squAre Visit theTemple of Heaven, an impressive complex of religious buildings, and stop at a pearl workshop before heading to the Forbidden City, the imperial palace that was off limits to the public for 500 years. In addition to seeing the three main halls, you will be granted a special viewing of exquisite antiques and treasures. ExploreTiananmen Square, the third-largest city square in the world. Gather at an award-winning restaurant for a welcome dinner featuring Peking Duck and cheer the chef, who you will have the good fortune to meet. B l d 3 Beijing. summer pAlAce And more Venture to the Summer Palace, a masterpiece of landscape and architectural design. Pass the Beijing National Stadium and the Beijing National Aquatics Center and see why they are nicknamed the Bird’s Nest and theWater Cube. Have lunch at a local restaurant and experience a tea ceremony. Then board a rickshaw for a ride through the city’s narrow alleyways, called hutongs, and stop to visit a local family and learn about Chinese calligraphy. B l 4 Beijing / greAT wAll - muTiAnyo secTion+ Stop at a jade workshop to admire the workmanship that goes into crafting fine jewelry. After lunch, you’ll be in awe of the work that went into the building of the GreatWall. Appreciate one of the most astonishing feats in human endeavor both with your exciting climb and from your hotel, offering views of the magnificent structure. After your GreatWall climb, head to a nearby village along with a resident ecologist and explore the gardens and fields dedicated to the Slow Food program. Visit a family, then savor a village feast of organic foods grown in the gardens you’ve just viewed – it couldn’t be fresher! B l d + NOTE: For your night at the GreatWall, you will need to pack an overnight bag.Your main luggage will be returned to you on Day 5. 5 greAT wAll / Beijing / TAiyuAn / pingyAo Take the bullet train from Beijing toTaiyuan. On arrival, drive to ancient Pingyao, one of the best-preserved walled cities of the Ming and Qing dynasties and a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site. B l d DAY Hidden China 6 pingyAo. ciTy explorATion Visit Rishengchang, thought to be the earliest private bank in China, and the former County Court, known asYamen. See the amazingly intact ancient city walls, wander through the cobbled lanes on your own, and get a taste of traditional China with samplings of Shanxi vinegar and yellow wine. B l d 7 pingyAo / TAiyuAn / xi’An Drive toTaiyuan and visit Chang’s Mansion, an estate show- casing the prosperity brought by the Silk Route. Later, fly to Xi’an, where you will stop at the Small Goose Pagoda and enjoy special access to the treasure room of the museum, not open to the general public.This evening, enjoy a reception and spectacular views of Xi’an atop its tallest building. B l 8 xi’An. TerrA coTTA wArriors museum Depart the hotel early to avoid the armies of visitors who descend on theTerra CottaWarriors Museum, home to the underground battalion of 6,000 life-sized pottery warriors and horses buried with the First Emperor 2,000 years ago. Returning to the city, explore the Muslim Quarter and colorful bazaar. After a brief rest at the hotel, head out for a dumpling dinner and demonstration at a local restaurant. Afterward, you may wish to see the optionalTang Dynasty Show. B l d 9 xi’An / shAnghAi Fly to Shanghai and tour the colonial French Concession. Here you will see the old, ivy-covered house that hosted Zhou Enlai, former Premier of China, when he visited Shanghai in 1946. Investigate the area on your own and then survey a unique private collection of ancient shoes, including ones used for foot binding. Check into your Bund-located hotel.Tonight, there’s an optional acrobatic show available. B l 10 shAnghAi. ciTy explorATion WalkThe Bund to appreciate colonial Shanghai and glimpse the skyscrapers of Pudong. DiscoverYu Garden, reputed to be the most beautiful garden south of theYangtze, and the Bazaar, packed with traditional and modern shops.The afternoon is free.You may want to visit the Shanghai Museum or venture to Nanjing Road, one of the world’s most interesting shopping streets.Tonight savor a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. B d 11 depArT shAnghAi This morning, transfer to the airport where your vacation ends. B 74 Beijing To shAnghAi puDong skYline,shAnghAi the greAt wAll of chinA visit A locAl fAmilY AnD leArn About cAlligrAphY lAnd & inTernAl Air $3,875from
  • 75. China TAIYUAN BEIJING XI’ANXI’AN PINGYAOPINGYAO SHANGHAI GREAT WALLGREAT WALL HONG KONGHONG KONGHONG KONGHONG KONG GUILIN YELLOW SEA EAST CHINA SEA Guilin & Hong Kong 4-Day Post Extension North Korea South Korea Mongolia 2 3 2 2 2 1 1 P P P P YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-11 > All internal air flights: Taiyuan-Xi’an, Xi’an-Shanghai > First-class transportation aboard the high-speed bullet train from Beijing to Taiyuan > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 10 breakfasts (B); 8 lunches (L); 6 dinners (D), including a Slow Food experience at the Great Wall > Reception at the top floor of the Crown Plaza in Xi’an > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges, in private, air-conditioned vehicles > Portfolio of travel documents NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. Beijing | Fairmont Hotel Beijing DLX GreatWall | Brickyard Eco Retreat at Mutianyu GreatWall F Pingyao | PingyaoYunjincheng Hotel F Xi’an | Crown Plaza Xi’an DLX Shanghai (The Bund) | Les Suites Orient SF DLX Deluxe SF Superior First Class F First Class YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 1 OVERNIGhT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY 75 DEpARTURES (REF: R602) & pRICES pER pERSON* Fridays: Apr 12 – $3,930 May 10 – $3,930 Jun 7★, 21★ – $3,875 Jul 19★ – $3,930 Aug 2 ★ – $3,930 Sep 6★, 13 – $3,930 Oct 11, 25 – $3,930 Nov 1 – $3,930 *Per person prices are based on two people sharing a room. Land & internal air prices above include economy air and air-related charges for flights betweenTaiyuan-Xi’an and Xi’an-Shanghai. Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. ★Add Mongolia to the beginning of your China vacation. See pages 80-83. Single Room Supplement: $1,155-$1,253 Triple Room Reduction: $60 Young Traveler Discount: $348 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed Pingyao yunjincheng hotel Add 1 night in Guilin & 2 nights in Hong Kong to the end of your vacation YOUR TRAVEL VALUE INCLUDES Flights from Shanghai-Guilin and Guilin-Hong Kong (economy class) • All transfers • 1 night at the Guilin Shangri-La Hotel – river view room DLX and 2 nights at the Hotel Panorama Hong Kong by Rhombus‡ F • Breakfast daily and 1 lunch (boxed) • English-speaking local travel expert in each city • Comprehensive sightseeing price per person From: (Ref: R611) Twin $1,709-$1,790; single supplement $430-$495; triple reduction $45 ‡ Room upgrade: Harborview room from $87 See page 89 for more details or ask your Brendan Specialist. hong kong guilin Two infinitely different yet quintessential experiences add dimension to your Chinese adventures.The lofty limestone pinnacles and lush green landscapes of Guilin are the very perfection of classic Chinese landscape painting come to life. VisitYaoshan, Guilin’s highest peak and cruise the Li River for an up-close immersion in Old China.Then fly to the former British colony of Hong Kong, famously bursting with energy. Ascend toVictoria Peak by steam tram rail, tour the fishing fleet at Aberdeen, and browse through Stanley Market.
  • 76. 1 Arrive in Beijing, ChinA You will be transferred to your deluxe, centrally located hotel. 2 Beijing. forBidden City & tiAnAnmen squAre Visit theTemple of Heaven and stop at a pearl workshop before heading to the magnificent Forbidden City. See the main halls and delight in a special viewing of exquisite antiques and treasures. After exploring vastTiananmen Square, gather at an award-winning restaurant for a welcome dinner featuring Peking Duck and cheer the chef, who you will meet. B L d 3 Beijing. summer pALACe And more Venture to the Summer Palace and see the Beijing National Stadium and the Beijing National Aquatics Center, nicknamed the Bird’s Nest and theWater Cube. Have lunch at a local restaurant and experience a tea ceremony.Take a rickshaw ride through the city’s narrow alleyways, called hutongs, and visit a local family to learn about Chinese calligraphy. B L 4 Beijing / greAt wALL - mutiAnyu seCtion+ Stop at a jade workshop to admire the workmanship that goes into crafting fine jewelry. After lunch, visit the Great Wall. Appreciate one of the most astonishing feats in human endeavor both with your exciting climb and from your hotel, offering GreatWall views. After your GreatWall climb, head to a nearby village along with a resident ecologist, explore the gardens and fields dedicated to the Slow Food program.Visit a family, then savor a village feast of organic foods grown in the gardens you’ve just viewed – it couldn’t be fresher! B L d + NOTE: For your night at the GreatWall, you will need to pack an overnight bag.Your main luggage will be returned to you on Day 5. 5 greAt wALL / tAiyuAn / pingyAo Take the bullet train from Beijing toTaiyuan and drive to Pingyao, one of China’s best-preserved walled cities. B L d 6 pingyAo. City expLorAtion Visit Rishengchang, thought to be the earliest private bank in China, and the former County Court, known asYamen. See the amazingly intact ancient city walls, and wander through the cobbled lanes on your own. Shop for local arts and crafts and sample Shanxi vinegar and yellow wine. B L d DAY China Insider 7 pingyAo / tAiyuAn / xi’An Drive toTaiyuan and visit Chang’s Mansion, an estate show- casing the prosperity brought by the Silk Route. Later, fly to Xi’an, where you will stop at the Small Goose Pagoda and enjoy special access to the treasure room of the museum, closed to the general public.This evening, delight in a recep- tion and views of Xi’an from the top of its tallest building. B L 8 xi’An. terrA CottA wArriors museum Depart the hotel early to avoid the armies of visitors who descend on theTerra CottaWarriors Museum, home to the underground battalion of 6,000 life-sized pottery warriors and horses buried with the First Emperor 2,000 years ago. Back in the city, explore the Muslim Quarter and bazaar. After a brief rest at the hotel, head out for a dumpling dinner and demonstration at a local restaurant. Afterward, you may wish to attend an optionalTand Dynasty Show. B L d 9 xi’An / Chongqing / yAngtze river Cruise Fly to Chongqing to see the delightful pandas at the Chongqing Zoo before boarding yourYangtze river cruise aboard the luxury Century Legend. B L d 76 Beijing to shAnghAi inCLuding A 3-night yAngtze river Cruise pingYAo’s Ancient citY wAlls the YAngtze river LAnd & internAL Air $4,779from
  • 77. China TAIYUAN BEIJING XI’ANXI’AN PINGYAOPINGYAO SHANGHAI WALLWALL GREAT WALL YELLOW SEA EAST CHINA SEA CHONGQING YICHANG YANGTZE RIVER North Korea South Korea Mongolia 2 3 2 2 1 3 P P P YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-14 > All internal air flights: Taiyuan-Xian, Xian-Chongqing, Yichang-Shanghai > First-class transportation aboard the high-speed bullet train from Beijing to Taiyuan > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > Deluxe stateroom with private balcony aboard the Century Legend > 13 breakfasts (B); 11 lunches (L); 9 dinners (D), including a Slow Food experience at the Great Wall > Reception at the top floor of the Crown Plaza in Xi’an > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges, provided in private, air-conditioned vehicles > Portfolio of travel documents Beijing | Fairmont Hotel Beijing DLX GreatWall | Brickyard Eco Retreat at Mutianyu GreatWall F Pingyao | PingyaoYunjincheng Hotel F Xi’an | Crown Plaza Xi’an DLX Yangtze Cruise | Century Legend - deluxe stateroom with balcony § DLX Shanghai (The Bund) | Les Suites Orient SF DLX Deluxe SF Superior First Class F First Class YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 1 OVERNIGhT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY 77 10 YANGTzE CRUISE. ShIBAO pAGODA Learn about theThree Gorges Dam, the construction of which required the relocation of more than one million residents.Visit a family to understand their new life and visit a kindergarten. Enjoy an evening captain’s welcome reception and crew cabaret on board your luxury river ship. B L D 11 YANGTzE CRUISE. ShENNONG STREAm Pass through Qutang Gorge andWu Gorge before boarding a small boat to navigate the picturesque Shennong Stream. Back aboard your river ship, enter Xiling Gorge and sail through theThree Gorges Dam lock. Later, enjoy your shipboard farewell dinner. B L D 12 YANGTzE CRUISE. ThREE GORGES DAm / YIChANG / ShANGhAI Launch an excursion to see the hugeThree Gorges Dam and learn about its 17-year-long construction. Disembark your ship inYichang, have lunch at a local restaurant and head to the airport for your flight to Shanghai.Your hotel’s Bund location presents a cornucopia of possibilities for dinner on your own. Afterward, you may wish to attend an optional acrobatic show. B L 13 ShANGhAI. CITY EXpLORATION WalkThe Bund to appreciate colonial Shanghai and glimpse the skyscrapers of Pudong. Discover beautifulYu Garden century legend - deluxe stateroom and the surrounding Bazaar. Next, venture to the colonial French Concession where you will see the ivy-covered house that hosted Zhou Enlai, former Premier of China, when he visited Shanghai in 1946. Investigate the area on your own and then survey a unique, private collection of ancient shoes, including ones used for foot binding. With free time, you may wish to experience Nanjing Road, the first commercial road in Shanghai.Tonight, enjoy your farewell dinner at a local restaurant. B D 14 DEpART ShANGhAI Transfer to the airport where your vacation ends. B DEpARTURES (REF: R601) & pRICES pER pERSON* Fridays: Apr 12 – $4,910 May 10 – $4,910 Jun 7★, 21★ – $4,779 Jul 19★ – $4,779 Aug 2★ – $4,779 Sep 6★, 20 – $4,910 Oct 11, 25 – $4,910 Nov 1 – $4,910 * Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room and a deluxe stateroom on your cruise. Land & Internal Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights betweenTaiyuan-Xian, Xian-Chongqing,Yichang-Shanghai. Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. NOTE: Please check visa requirement with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. ★Add Mongolia to the beginning of your China vacation. See pages 80-83. Single Room Supplement: $1,620-$1,790 Triple Room Reduction: $140 Young Traveler Discount: $478 § Stateroom Upgrade: Junior Suite $655-$750; Executive Suite $860-$955; Presidential Suite $1,445-$1,635 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed
  • 78. 1 Arrive in Beijing, chinA Transfer to your deluxe, centrally located your hotel. 2 Beijing. forBidden city & tiAnAnmen squAre Visit theTemple of Heaven and stop at a pearl workshop before heading to the magnificent Forbidden City. See the main halls and delight in a special viewing of exquisite antiques and treasures. After exploring vastTiananmen Square, gather at an award-winning restaurant for a welcome dinner featuring Peking Duck and cheer the chef, who you will meet. B L d 3 Beijing. summer pALAce And more Venture to the Summer Palace and see the Beijing National Stadium and the Beijing National Aquatics Center, nicknamed the Bird’s Nest and theWater Cube. Have lunch at a local restaurant and experience a tea ceremony.Take a rickshaw ride through the city’s narrow alleyways, and visit a local family to learn about Chinese calligraphy.Your evening is free. B L 4 Beijing / greAt WALL - mutiAnyu section+ Stop at a jade workshop to admire the workmanship that goes into crafting fine jewelry. After lunch, you’ll be in awe of the work that went into the building of the GreatWall. Appreciate one of the most astonishing feats in human endeavor both DAY Grand China with your exciting climb and from your hotel, offering Great Wall views. After your GreatWall climb, head to a nearby village along with a resident ecologist, explore the gardens and fields dedicated to the Slow Food program.Visit a family, then savor a village feast of organic foods grown in the gardens you’ve just viewed – it couldn’t be fresher! B L d + NOTE: For your night at the GreatWall, you will need to pack an overnight bag.Your main luggage will be returned to you on Day 5. 5 greAt WALL / tAiyuAn / pingyAo Take the bullet train from Beijing toTaiyuan and drive to Pingyao, one of China’s best-preserved walled cities and a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site. B L d 6 pingyAo. city expLorAtion Visit Rishengchang, thought to be the earliest private bank in China, and the former County Court, known asYamen. See the amazingly intact ancient city walls, wander through the cobbled lanes on your own, shop for local arts and crafts and sample Shanxi vinegar and yellow wine. B L d 7 pingyAo / tAiyuAn / xi’An Drive toTaiyuan and visit Chang’s Mansion, an estate show- casing the prosperity brought by the Silk Route. Later, fly to Xi’an, where you will stop at the Small Goose Pagoda and enjoy special access to the treasure room of the museum, closed to the general public.This evening, delight in a reception and views of Xi’an from the top of its tallest building. B L 8 xi’An. terrA cottA WArriors museum Depart the hotel early to avoid the armies of visitors who descend on theTerra CottaWarriors Museum, home to the underground battalion of 6,000 life-sized pottery warriors and horses buried with the First Emperor 2,000 years ago. Returning to the city, explore the Muslim Quarter and bazaar. After a brief rest at the hotel, head out for a dumpling dinner and demonstration at a local restaurant. Afterward, you may wish to see the optionalTang Dynasty Show. B L d 9 xi’An / chongqing / yAngtze river cruise Fly to Chongqing to see the delightful Panda at the Chongqing Zoo before boarding the luxury Century Legend for your Yangtze cruise. B L d 10 yAngtze cruise. shiBAo pAgodA Learn about theThree Gorges Dam, the construction of which 78 Beijing to hong kong the terrA cottA wArriors,xiAn summer pAlAce,beijing discovery LAnd & internAL Air $6,475from centurY legenD
  • 79. China TAIYUAN BEIJING XI’ANXI’AN PINGYAOPINGYAO SHANGHAI GREAT WALLGREAT WALL HONG KONGHONG KONGHONG KONG GUILIN YELLOW SEA EAST CHINA SEA CHONGQING YICHANG YANGTZE RIVER North Korea South Korea Mongolia 2 3 2 2 1 1 3 2 P P P P P YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers throughtout Days 1-17 > All internal air flights: Taiyuan-Xi’an, Xi’an-Chongquin, Yichang-Shanghai, Shanghai-Guilin, Guilin-Hong Kong > First-class transportation aboard the high-speed bullet train from Beijing to Taiyuan > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > Deluxe stateroom with private balcony aboard the Century Legend > 16 breakfasts (B); 12 lunches (L); 9 dinners (D), including a Slow Food experience at the Great Wall > Reception at the top floor of the Crown Plaza in Xi’an > Services of English-speaking local travel expert > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges, provided in private, air-conditioned vehicles > Portfolio of travel documents Beijing | Fairmont Beijing DLX GreatWall | Brickyard Eco Retreat at Mutianyu GreatWall F Pingyao | PingyaoYunjincheng Hotel F Xi’an | Crown Plaza Xi’an DLX Yangtze Cruise | Century Legend - deluxe stateroom with balcony § DLX Shanghai (The Bund) | Les Suites Orient SF Guilin | Guilin Shangri-La Hotel – river view room DLX Hong Kong | Hotel Panorama Hong Kong by Rhombus‡ F DLX Deluxe SF Superior First Class F First Class YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 1 OVERNIGhT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY 79 required the relocation of more than one million residents. Visit a family to understand their new life and pay a call to a kindergarten. Enjoy an evening Captain’s welcome reception and crew cabaret on board your luxury rivership. B L D 11 YANGTzE CRUISE. ShENNONG STREAm Pass through Qutang Gorge andWu Gorge before boarding a small boat to navigate the picturesque Shennong Stream. Back aboard your river ship, enter Xiling Gorge and sail through theThree Gorges Dam lock. Later, enjoy your shipboard farewell dinner. B L D 12 YANGTzE CRUISE. ThREE GORGES DAm / YIChANG / ShANGhAI Launch an excursion to see theThree Gorges Dam and learn about its 17-year-long construction. Disembark your riverboat in Yichang, have lunch at a local restaurant and head to the airport for your flight to Shanghai.Your hotel’s Bund location presents a cornucopia of possibilities for dinner on your own. Afterward, you may wish to watch an optional acrobatic show. B L 13 ShANGhAI. CITY EXpLORATION WalkThe Bund to appreciate colonial Shanghai and glimpse the skyscrapers of Pudong. Discover beautifulYu Garden and the surrounding Bazaar. Next, venture to the colonial French Concession where you will see the ivy-covered house that hosted Zhou Enlai, former Premier of China, when he visited Shanghai in 1946. Investigate the area on your own and then survey a unique, private collection of ancient shoes, including ones used for foot binding.With free time, you may wish to explore Nanjing Road, the first commercial road in Shanghai. Tonight, enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant. B D THE AWARD-WINNING FAIRMONT BEIJING 14 ShANGhAI / GUILIN Fly to scenic Guilin and visitYaoshan Mountain, Guilin’s highest peak boasting bird’s-eye vistas and ancient mausoleums of emperors. B 15 GUILIN / hONG kONG Cruise along the Li River between Guilin andYangshuo and witness views of picturesque villages, limestone peaks, sprays of bamboo, and fishermen in small boats. In beautifulYangshuo, exploreWest Street, the oldest avenue in town with a history stretching back more than 1,400 years. Later, fly to Hong Kong. B L 16 hONG kONG CITY hIGhLIGhTS A half-day tour affords a fully amazing experience. See Cause- way Bay,Wanchai, DeepWater Bay, Repulse Bay and Happy Valley, home of the famous horserace tracks.Visit Stanley Market, great for bargain hunting, and explore Aberdeen, where fishermen and their families live on hundreds of junks and sampans.Take advantage of the chance to go on an optional sampan ride. AscendVictoria Peak for stellar panoramas. B 17 DEpART hONG kONG Transfer to the airport, where your vacation ends. B DEpARTURES (REF: R600) & pRICES pER pERSON* Fridays: Apr 12 – $6,700 May 10 – $6,700 Jun 7★, 21★ – $6,475 Jul 19★ – $6,475 *Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Land & Internal Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights betweenTaiyuan-Xian, Xian-Chongquing,Yichang-Shanghai, Shanghai-Guilin, Guilin-Hong Kong. Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit BrendanVacations.com. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. ★Add Mongolia to the beginning of your China vacation. See pages 80-83 for details. Single Room Supplement: $2,050-$2,285 Triple Room Reduction: $185 Young Traveler Discount: $580 § Stateroom Upgrade: Junior Suite $655-$750; Executive Suite $860-$955; Presidential Suite $1,445-$1,635 ‡ Room upgrade in hong kong: Harborview room from $87 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed Aug 2★ – $6,475 Sep 6★, 13 – $6,700 Oct 11, 25 – $6,700 Nov 1 – $6,675
  • 80. 1 Arrive UlAAnbAAtAr, mongoliA Welcome to Mongolia, one of Asia’s last frontiers.You will be transferred to your hotel. 2 explore UlAAnbAAtAr Pulsating as Mongolia’s commercial and social hub, Ulaanbaatar is the urban side of the country’s metaphorical coin. Later, you will experience the surreal expanses of the Gobi Desert, but today, you will be introduced to this capital city.Visit the Gandan Monastery, housing an 85-foot-tall gilded statue of Buddha, and see the enormous monument of Genghis Khan at Sukhbaatar Square. At the Museum of National History, survey displays of traditional Mongolian clothing and weaponry, as well as exhibits charting the course of Genghis Khan’s empire-building. b l d 3 UlAAnbAAtAr / gobi desert Transfer to the airport and fly to the Gobi Desert, a storied land of gravel plateaus and rocky outcrops. Drive toYolyn Am Gorge, a deep chasm in the mountains where eagles soar overhead and nomadic families gather for felt-making and guarding livestock.Trek through the gorge to witness DAY The Gobi Desert the scenery and then venture to Zuudnii Gobi, a luxury camp where you will stay in a ger – a round, nomadic dwelling – with a private bathroom with toilet and shower facilities.This is camping, Gobi style. b l d 4 gobi desert. moltsog els sAnd dUnes A full day to become immersed in the ecology and startling expanse of the wilderness. Explore your surroundings for dinosaur remains, much like the expedition of the 1920s did when they unearthed the first-known fossilized dinosaur eggs. Spot evidence of living creatures, too, such as gazelle and fox. After a drive to the Moltsog Els Sand Dunes, climb the dunes, hop on a camel for a short ride around the red cliffs, and visit a camel expert breeding family. b l d 5 gobi desert / UlAAnbAAtAr / gUn-gAlUUt nAtUre reserve Fly to Ulaanbaatar and journey to the Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve, home to threatened species including Argali wild mountain sheep and Siberian white crane. Stop atTerelj National Park, where you’ll enjoy lunch.Then on to Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve and head to the Steppe Nomads tourist camp, where you will savor a traditional Mongolian dinner, khorkhog – roasted mutton or beef cooked on hot stones and served with rice and vegetables. b l d 6 gUn-gAlUUt nAtUre reserve With free time, you may wish to take a hike or an optional horseback ride. An encounter with the area’s human inhabitants comes as you visit a nomadic family and learn how they tend their livestock. Optional activities which include kayaking and fishing on the River Kherlen are also available. Or you might want to learn how to build a ger or try your hand at archery! b l d 7 gUn-gAlUUt nAtUre reserve / UlAAnbAAtAr Return to Ulaanbaatar and visit the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum. Once the winter residence of the last emperor of Mongolia, the palace compound is now a museum, housing 8,000 exhibits displaying treasures such as the emperor’s throne and bed. Celebrate the last night of your Mongolian adventure with a traditional folklore concert performed by a talented ensemble. b l d 80 UlAAnbAAtAr to UlAAnbAAtAr mongoliA & tAke A short cAmel riDe in the gobi Desert A wArm welcome lAnd & internAl Air $4,175from gAnDAn monAsterY, ulAAnbAAtAr
  • 81. Mongolia ULAANBAATARULAANBAATAR China Russia GOBIGOBI DESERT GOBI DESERT GUN-GALUUTGUN-GALUUT NATURE RESERVE 2FLAMING CLIFFS YOLYNAM GORGE MOLTSOG SAND DUNES TERELJ N.P. PP 2 2 1 YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-8 > All internal air flights: Ulaanbaatar-Gobi Desert, Gobi Desert-Ulaanbaatar > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels and/or ger camps listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 7 breakfasts (B); 6 lunches (L); 6 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle > Enjoy organic and sustainable food at ger camp > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents Ulaanbaatar | Ramada Hotel SF Bayanzag | Zuudnii Gobi Luxury Camp – deluxe with private shower F Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve | Steppe Nomads Ger Camp BA Ulaanbaatar | Ramada Hotel SF NOTE: Ger camps are subject to change due to unexpected weather conditions. The Steppe Nomads Ger Camp has shared facilities. SF Superior First Class F First Class BA BestAvailable YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELS EXPLORE THE DESERT SANDS fOR DiNOSAuR REmAiNS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 1 OVERNIGhT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY 81 DEpARTURES (REF: R625) & pRICES pER pERSON* Fridays: May 31 – $4,175 Jun 14 – $4,175 Jul 12, 26 – $4,175 Aug 30 – $4,175 * Per person prices are based on two people sharing a room. Land & Internal Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Ulaanbaatar-Gobi Desert and Gobi Desert-Ulaanbaatar. Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit BrendanVacations.com. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is additional; please check with yourTravel Agent or Brendan Specialist for special airfares originating in the U.S. Extra night rates are available at the Langham Beijing Airport Hotel for guests with an overnight connection. NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. NOTE: Guest’s luggage is limited to 33 lbs. on domestic Mongolia flights. Single Room Supplement: $575 Triple rooms are not available. Young Traveler Discount: $371 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed STEPPE NOmADS gER cAmP Naadam –The Mongol’s Favorite Festival Add 2 extra nights in Ulaanbaatar before your Mongolia vacation and experience the Naadam Festival  8 DEpART ULAANBAATAR After breakfast, transfer to the airport where your vacation ends. B Add China to the end of your vacation All departures can be added to any of the China itineraries. See pages 74-79 for more details. Just once a year, always on the same two days in July, Mongolians celebrate the Naadam Festival.With cultural roots dating back to the Hunnu and the glories of Genghis Khan, the festival’s core spirit celebrates traditional warrior skills – archery, wrestling and horse racing.You’ll see them all, plus the spectacular Opening Ceremony. price per person Supplement From: (Ref: R626) Twin $995; single $1,320  Special Naadam Festival departure begins Jul 10. Can only be added to the Jul 12 “Mongolia & the Gobi Desert” departure.
  • 82. spend 2 nights in a ger camp in the gobi desert 1 Arrive in UlAAnbAAtAr, mongoliA Welcome to Mongolia, one of Asia’s last frontiers.You will be met and transferred to your hotel. 2 UlAAnbAAtAr / mongol els sAnd dUnes / elsen tAsArkhAi Visit theTibetan-style Gandan Monastery to admire its 85-foot- tall gilded statue of Buddha before traveling to a camp near the Mongol Els Sand Dunes. Here, you’ll have a chance to join an optional hike in the Khogno Khaan Nature Reserve with a visit to the well-preserved ruins of the Ovgon Monastery. b l d 3 elsen tAsArkhAi / kArAkorUm Today, visit Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery of the Mongolian Empire, dating to 1586. At the nearby site of the former capital city of Karakorum, visit a museum and see interesting stone sculptures, such the Phallic Stone andTurtle Rock. b l d 4 kArAkorUm Explore KhoshooTsaidam and stop at the monument complex. Later, visit a nomadic family. and learn about their unique lifestyle. b l d daY Mongolia: 5 kArAkorUm / hUstAi nAtionAl PArk Spend the day in Hustai National Park, home to deer, wolves, butterflies and wild horses. Make your own home in the park with an overnight stay in a Mongolian ger – a round, nomadic dwelling. b l d 6 hUstAi / UlAAnbAAtAr Go from sweeping natural landscapes to a busy urban hub as you take the two-hour drive to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s commercial and political capital. See the massive 131-foot tall Genghis Khan monument. Positioned on a huge, round building, the stainless steel, horseback-riding Khan rises starkly from the grassy hills. See the surrounding Sukbaatar Square and visit the Museum of National History. b l d 7 UlAAnbAAtAr / gobi desert Transfer to the airport and fly to the Gobi Desert, a storied land of gravel plateaus and rocky outcrops. Drive toYolyn Am Gorge, a mountainous chasm where eagles soar overhead and nomadic families gather for felt-making and guarding livestock.Trek through the gorge to witness the scenery and then venture to the Zuudnii Gobi luxury ger camp. b l d 8 gobi desert. moltsog els sAnd dUnes A full day to become immersed in the vast expanse of the wilderness. Explore your surroundings for dinosaur remains, much like the expedition of the 1920s did when they unearthed the first-known fossilized dinosaur eggs. Spot evidence of living creatures, too, such as gazelle and fox. Drive to the Moltsog Els Sand Dunes to climb the dunes, then hop on a camel for a ride around the red cliffs and visit a camel breeding family. b l d 9 gobi desert / UlAAnbAAtAr / gUn-gAlUUt Fly to Ulaanbaatar and journey to the Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve, home to threatened species including Argali wild mountain sheep and Siberian white crane. Relish lunch in Terelj Park.Then head to Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve and the Steppe Nomads tourist camp.Tonight, savor a traditional Mongolian dinner, khorkhog – roasted mutton or beef cooked on hot stones and served with rice and vegetables. b l d 82 UlAAnbAAtAr to UlAAnbAAtAr the 131-ft.stainless steel genghis khan monument erdene zuu monasterY, karakorum lAnd & internAl Air $5,325from in the footstePs of genghis khAn
  • 83. Mongolia ULAANBAATARULAANBAATAR KARAKORUMKARAKORUM N.P.N.P. HUSTAI N.P. ELSEN TASARKHAI KHOSHOOTSAIDAM TUVKHUN MONASTARY China GOBI DESERTGOBI DESERT SOUTH GOBI GUN-GALUUTGUN-GALUUT NATURE RESERVE 2 2 FLAMING CLIFFS YOLYNAM GORGE MOLTSOG SAND DUNES TERELJ N.P. P P 2 1 1 1 2 1 YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-12 > All internal air flights: Ulaanbaatar-Gobi Desert, Gobi Desert-Ulaanbaatar > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels and/or ger camps listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 11 breakfasts (B); 10 lunches (L); 10 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents Ulaanbaatar | Ramada Hotel SF ElsenTasarkhai | Hoyor Zagal Ger Camp BA Karakorum | MunkhTenger Ger Camp BA Hustai National Park | Hustai Ger Camp F Ulaanbaatar | Ramada Hotel SF Bayanzag | Zuudnii Gobi Luxury Camp – deluxe with private facilities BA Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve | Steppe Nomads Ger Camp BA Ulaanbaatar | Ramada Hotel SF NOTE: Camps are subject to change due to unexpected weather conditions. All ger camps, except for Zuudnii Ger Camp, are shared facilities. SF Superior First Class F First Class BA BestAvailable YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 1 OVERNIGhT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY 83 10 GUN-GALUUT NATURE RESERVE With a free day, you may wish to take a hike or optional horseback ride. Perhaps kayaking or fishing on the River Kherlen are more to your liking. Or you might want to learn how to build a ger or try your hand at archery! B L D 11 GUN-GALUUT / ULAANBAATAR Drive back to Ulaanbaatar and visit the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum, the former winter residence of the last emperor of Mongolia that is today a museum housing 8,000 exhibits. Later, enjoy a traditional folklore concert performed by a talented group – the magicalTumen Ekh ensemble. B L D 12 DEpART ULAANBAATAR After breakfast, take a private transfer to the airport where your vacation ends. B DEpARTURES (REF: R620) & pRICES pER pERSON* Mondays: May 27 – $5,325 Jun 10 – $5,325 Jul 22 – $5,325 Aug 26 – $5,325 * Per person prices are based on two people sharing a room. Land & Internal Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights be- tween Ulaanbaatar-Gobi Desert and Gobi Desert-Ulaanbaatar. Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.BrendanVacations.com. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is additional; please check with yourTravel Agent or Brendan Specialist for special airfares originating in the U.S. NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. NOTE: Guest’s luggage is limited to 33 lbs. on domestic Mongolia flights. Additional fees may apply. Single Room Supplement: $950 Triple rooms are not available. Young Traveler Discount: $485 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed your ger camp is comfortable and inviting Add China to the end of your vacation All departures can be added to any of the China itineraries. See pages 74-79 for more details.
  • 84. 1 Arrive in new delhi, indiA On arrival, take a private transfer to your hotel. India’s capital is a very contemporary metropolis, layered atop more than a thousand years of ancient cities. 2 old & new delhi After breakfast, tour a morning market to select spices and vegetables, accompanied by a culinary expert.Then she will escort you to her home to prepare, with your help, a delicious lunch.This afternoon visit Humayun’sTomb, an early example of resplendent Mughal architecture. Nearby the Qutab Minar (Tower ofVictory) was built to announce the might of Islam and the glory of the new empire. Dinner is at theVeda restaurant, where fine Indian dining is elevated to international standards. b l d 3 new delhi. the legAcy of the mughAls Visit the Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Drive to the Red Fort, a red sandstone monument to the pinnacle of the Mughal Empire. Proceed to Jama Masjid, a DAY Images of India huge mosque built by Shah Jahan in the 17th century.This afternoon, experience the uniquely Indian Kingdom of Dreams. Delight in Bollywood-style dancing, music, and a host of other theatrical linkings of tradition and modernism. b 4 new delhi / udAipur Enjoy a free morning in New Delhi, fly west to Rajasthan and the city of Udaipur.The “City of Lakes” was the capital of the kingdom of Mewar, a rich and beguiling tapestry of lakeside palaces, forts, temples and gardens. b 5 udAipur. royAl pAlAces & gArdens After breakfast visit Udaipur’s City Palace complex, topped by crenellated walls. Explore four major palaces with lovely courtyards, colonnades and gardens. A favorite of the royal ladies was the Garden of the Maids of Honor, with tinkling fountains, sculpted kiosks and marble elephants.Then browse the traditional bazaars, full of embroidery, sculpture and custom jewelry. b 6 udAipur / chomu As you drive across Rajasthan, you’ll encounter majestic land- scapes and rich village life. On arrival at the Chomu Palace Hotel you will be welcomed in grand style with a traditional feast.The hotel itself is a masterpiece of exotic architecture. b d 7 chomu / jAipur After breakfast drive to Jaipur, the Pink City.The vibrant capital of Rajasthan is a land of natural beauty and great history, known around the world for its palaces and forts. b 8 jAipur forts & pAlAces Start the day with a visit to the five-story Hawa Mahal, or Palace of theWinds.Then, drive to a ridgetop high above Jaipur to see the Amber Fort.The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements overlooking the Moat Lake. Nearby visit the new Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing to see the colorful textile collection.This afternoon visit the City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and arms. Stop at the Jantar Mantar Observatory, and stroll through a colorful bazaar. b 9 jAipur / rAnthAmbore nAtionAl pArk After breakfast drive about 100 miles to one of the finestTiger sanctuaries in India. An afternoon game drive will seek 84 new delhi to new delhi pAlAce of the winDs,jAipur uDAipur rAnthAmbore nAtionAl pArk lAnd & internAl Air $3,750from
  • 85. NEW DELHINEW DELHI India Nepal JAIPURJAIPUR CHOMUCHOMU AGRA RANTHAMBORE N.P.RANTHAMBORE N.P. UDAIPURUDAIPUR KATHMANDU BHARATPUR Kathmandu 5-Day Post Extension P P P 13 2 2 2 1 2 3 1 YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-14 > Internal air flight: New Delhi-Udaipur > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 13 breakfasts (B); 3 lunches (L); 4 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Travel by private, luxury, air-conditioned mini-coach > Train transportation from Ranthambore to Bharatpur > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents New Delhi | DoubleTree by Hilton Noida-MayurVihar Sf Udaipur | Trident Udaipur mD Chomu | Chomu Palace Hotel Sf Jaipur | Trident Jaipur mD Ranthambore N.P. | Nahargarh f Agra | Trident Agra mD New Delhi | Raddison Blu Dwarka mD mD Moderate Deluxe Sf Superior First Class f First Class YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 1 OVERNIGhT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY 85 DEpARTURES (REF: R810) & pRICES pER pERSON* Sundays: 2013: Feb 24 – $4,595 Mar 10, 31 – $4,595 Apr 21 – $3,750 Oct 6, 20 – $4,595 Nov 3, 17 – $4,595 Dec 22 – $4,699 2014‡: Jan 12, 26 – $4,650 Feb 2, 16 – $4,650 Mar 2, 16, 30 – $4,650 Tuesday: Sep 24 – $3,925 * Per person prices are based on two people sharing a room. Land & internal air prices above include economy air and air-related charges for flights between New Delhi-Udaipur. Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. ‡ 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Jul 2013. Single Room Supplement: $725-$1,350 Triple Room Reduction: $90-$220 Young Traveler Discount: $351 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed chomu palace hotel Add 5 days/4 nights in Kathmandu,Nepal to the end of your vacation “I’m goin’ to Kathmandu” – open to the West for only a few decades, the largely Buddhist Kathmandu is the cultural as well as actual capital of the mountain-nation of Nepal. Fly high into the Himalayas, to the city nestled in its mountain valley. From your base at your lovely hotel, you’ll tour 14th-century palaces and golden-spired hilltop stupas.Then outside of town, visit the Boudhnath Stupa, the ancient city of Patan and Bhaktapur. Weather permitting, there’s an optional flightseeing tour to see Mt. Everest. price per person from: Twin $1,275 (Ref: R811) See page 88 for more details. warthog, mongoose, and many species of deer – and perhaps an elusive great cat. Overnight Nahargarh, evoking a Rajput country palace. B L D 10 RANThAmBORE NATIONAL pARk Enjoy both morning and afternoon wildlife treks deep into the national park, with a break for lunch at mid-day. B L D 11 RANThAmBORE / BhARATpUR / AGRA After a final dawn game drive and breakfast, travel by rail and road to Agra. Agra is home to the incredibleTaj Mahal, Shah Jahan’s sublime tribute in marble to his beloved Mumtaz Mahal. B 12 AGRA. ThE TAj mAhAL You’ll see the perfectly proportioned marble Itmad-ud-Daulah, and the treasurehouse of the Kohinoor.Wander through Agra Fort, which became a Mughal palace. Most impressive by far: theTaj Mahal – a symphony in white marble, a tribute to eternal love.You’ll marvel at its magnificence both at sunrise and sunset. TheTaj Mahal will likely be your most indelible impression of your Indian journey. B 13 AGRA / NEw DELhI After a morning at leisure in Agra, drive to New Delhi. B 14 DEpART NEw DELhI Take a private transfer to New Delhi airport where your vacation ends. B NOTE: Depending on your flight schedule, you may be transferred to the airport late in the evening on Day 13.
  • 86. 1 Arrive in new delhi, indiA On arrival, take a private transfer to your hotel. India’s capital is a very contemporary metropolis, layered atop more than a thousand years of ancient tradition. 2 old And new delhi This morning browse a Delhi market to select vegetables and spices, accompanied by an accomplished chef.Then she will escort you to her home to prepare, with your help, a delicious lunch.This afternoon visit Humayun’sTomb, an early example of resplendent Mughal architecture, and see the Qutab Minar (Tower ofVictory). Dinner is at the elegantVeda restaurant. b l d 3 new delhi. The legAcy of The mughAls Visit the Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Drive to the Red Fort, a red sandstone monument to the pinnacle of the Mughal Empire. Proceed to Jama Masjid, a huge mosque built by Shah Jahan in the 17th century.This afternoon, experience the uniquely Indian Kingdom of Dreams, a multifaceted Bollywood extravaganza. b 4 new delhi / udAipur Fly west to Rajasthan and the city of Udaipur this afternoon. The “City of Lakes” is a rich and beguiling tapestry of lakeside palaces, forts, temples and gardens. b 5 udAipur. royAl pAlAces And gArdens Visit Udaipur’s City Palace complex, topped by crenellated walls. Explore four major palaces with lovely courtyards, colonnades and gardens.Then browse the traditional bazaars, bursting with embroidery, sculpture and custom jewelry.b 6 udAipur / chomu As you drive across Rajasthan, you’ll encounter majestic landscapes – and camels, oxcarts and more of the local life. On arrival at the Chomu Palace Hotel you will be welcomed in grand style with a traditional feast.The hotel itself is a masterpiece of exotic architecture. b d 7 chomu / jAipur Head to Jaipur, the Pink City.The vibrant capital of Rajasthan is renowned for its culture and tradition. b 8 jAipur. forTs & pAlAces Start the day with a visit to the five-story Hawa Mahal, or DAY India Palace of theWinds.Then, drive to a ridgetop high above Jaipur to see the Amber Fort.The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements overlooking the Moat Lake. Nearby visit the new Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing to see the colorful textile collection.This afternoon visit the City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and arms. Stop at the Jantar Mantar Observatory, and stroll through a colorful bazaar. b 9 jAipur / rAnThAmbore nATionAl pArk Drive to one of the finestTiger sanctuaries in India. An after- noon wildlife search will seek warthog, mongoose, and many species of deer – and perhaps an elusive great cat. Overnight at Nahargarh, evoking a Rajput country palace. b l d 10 rAnThAmbore nATionAl pArk Enjoy both morning and afternoon wildlife treks deep into the national park, with a break for lunch at mid-day. b l d 11 jAipur / AgrA After a final dawn game drive and breakfast, travel by rail and road to Agra. Agra is home to the incredibleTaj Mahal, Shah Jahan’s sublime tribute in marble to his beloved Mumtaz Mahal.Your evening is at leisure. b 12 AgrA. The TAj mAhAl See the perfectly proportioned marble Itmad-ud-Daulah, and the Kohinoor treasure house.Then wander through Agra Fort. Most impressive by far: theTaj Mahal – a symphony in white marble, a tribute to eternal love.You’ll marvel at its magnificence both at dawn and at sunset. b 13 AgrA / jhAnsi / orchhA After breakfast, travel by express rail to Jhansi and on to Orchha, a medieval city seemingly frozen in time. Discover the fort complex, divided into three impressive palaces. b 14 orchhA / khAjurAho In the heart of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is world-renowned for its temple architecture.The exquisite stone sculptures are masterpieces of erotic art. b 15 khAjurAho / vArAnAsi Fly toVaranasi, a revered Hindu pilgrimage site.This evening enjoy the ceremonial Aarti at the Ghats of the holy River Ganges. b 86 new delhi To new delhi the tAj mAhAl TrAdiTions & lAndscApes of the khAjurAho temples Are A unesco-listeD site lAnd & inTernAl Air $4,875from
  • 87. P P P PP NEW DELHINEW DELHI India Nepal JAIPURJAIPUR CHOMUCHOMU AGRA RANTHAMBORE N.P.RANTHAMBORE N.P. UDAIPURUDAIPUR KHAJURAHO P KHAJURAHO ORCHHA KATHMANDU GANGES RIVER VARANASI BHARATPUR JHANSI To Kathmandu 5-Day Post Extension 13 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 2 31 YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-18 > All internal air flights: New Delhi-Udaipur, Khajuraho- Varanasi, Varanasi-New Delhi > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 17 breakfasts (B); 3 lunches (L); 4 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Travel by private, luxury, air-conditioned mini-coach > Train transportation from Ranthambore-Bharatpur, Agra-Orchha > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents New Delhi | Doubletree by Hilton Noida-MayurVihar SF Udaipur | Trident Udaipur mD Chomu | Chomu Palace Hotel SF Jaipur | Trident Jaipur mD Ranthambore N.P. | Nahargarh F Agra | Trident Agra mD Orchha | Orchha Resort F Khajuraho | Radisson mD Varanasi | Radisson SF New Delhi | Radisson Blu Dwaika mD mD Moderate Deluxe SF Superior First Class F First Class YOUR pERSONALLY SELECTED hOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 1 OVERNIGhT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY 87 16 VARANASI At dawn glide out onto the Ganges River to see more of the famous bathing ghats, where the Hindu faithful immerse themselves in the holy waters, and the burning ghats where cremations are conducted.Then explore the maze of back lanes in the ancient quarters on foot. B 17 VARANASI / NEw DELhI Today visit Sarnath, the Buddhist site where Siddharta Gautama preached his first sermon and set in motion the Wheel of Law. Later, fly to New Delhi. B 18 DEpART NEw DELhI Take a private transfer to the New Delhi airport where your vacation ends. B NOTE: Depending on your flight schedule, you may be transferred to the airport late in the evening on Day 17. DEpARTURES (REF: R800) & pRICES pER pERSON* Sundays: 2013: Feb 24 – $5,835 Mar 10, 31 – $5,835 Apr 21 – $4,875 Oct 6, 20 – $5,835 Nov 3, 17 – $5,835 Dec 22 – $5,950 2014‡: Jan 12, 26 – $5,875 Feb 2, 16 – $5,875 Mar 2, 16, 30 – $5,875 Tuesday: 2013: Sep 24 – $5,399 * Per person prices are based on two people sharing a room. Land & internal air prices above include economy air and air-related charges for flights between New Delhi-Udaipur, Khajuraho-Varanasi,Varanasi- New Delhi. Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. ‡ 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Apr 2013. Single Room Supplement: $900-$1,445 Triple Room Reduction: $140-$240 Young Traveler Discount: $412 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed Add 5 days/4 nights in Kathmandu, Nepal to the end of your vacation “I’m goin’ to Kathmandu” – open to the West for only a few decades, the largely Buddhist Kathmandu is the cultural as well as actual capital of the mountain nation of Nepal. Fly high into the Himalayas, to the city nestled in its mountain valley. From your base at your lovely hotel, you’ll tour 14th-century palaces and golden-spired hilltop stupas.Then outside of town, visit the Boudhnath Stupa, the ancient city of Patan and Bhaktapur, the “City of Devotees.” Weather permitting, there’s an optional flightseeing excursion to see Mt. Everest. price per person From: Twin $1,275 (Ref: R801) See page 88 for more details. nahargarh,ranthambore n.p.
  • 88. 88 Extend Your Asia Vacation Naadam – The moNgols’ FavoriTe FesTival 3 days from $995 - July 10 in Ulaanbaatar Add the Naadam Festival before the July 12 departure of the “Mongolia & the Gobi Desert” vacation. Your Travel value includes: All transfers • 2 nights at the Ramada Ulaanbaatar sF • Breakfast daily (B) and 1 lunch (l) • English-speaking local travel expert • Comprehensive sightseeing 1 July 10 - arrive iN UlaaNBaaTar, moNgolia On arrival, you will be transferred to your city center hotel.The rest of the day is free to relax or to begin exploring the city. 2 July 11 - Naadam FesTival. oPeNiNg CeremoNY The most spectacular aspect of Naadam is the Opening Ceremony. Seemingly the entire population of Mongolia turns out for the show.The Nine white banners of Genghis Khan are ritually paraded into the stadium by Mongol warriors in period uniform.Then hundreds of dancers and musicians in traditional Mongolian costumes perform, including masked Tsam dancers. Literally hundreds of traditionally-dressed wrestlers compete for high-ranking titles.The traditional costume consists of the “zodog,” “shuudag” and Mongol boots. Both women and men compete in archery.The women shoot 197 feet, and the men for 246 – impressive distances for target shooting! B l d 3 July 12 - Naadam FesTival. horse raCes & aWards CeremoNY Up to 500 horses at a time compete over courses ranging from 10 to 20 miles. Six different ages of horse compete in six different races; and the jockeys are no older than 12!You’ll see the races, and visit the horse training site.Then return to Ulaanbaatar for the final rounds of wrestling and archery, plus the Awards Ceremony. B l d 4 To 10 JoiN maiN iTiNerarY Days 4 to 10 will operate the same as Days 2 to 8 of the “Mongolia & the Gobi Desert” itinerary on pages 80 & 81. supplement Price Per Person: (Ref: R626) Twin $995; Single $1,320; Triple rooms are not available. KaThmaNdU, NePal 5 days from $1,275 Add this post-itinerary extension after your India vacation. Your Travel value includes: All transfers and flights • 3 nights at the Crowne Plaza Kathmandu- Soaltee sF and 1 night at the Radisson Blu Dwarka, New Delhi md • Breakfast daily (B) and 1 lunch (l) • English-speaking local travel expert • Comprehensive sightseeing 1 FlY To KaThmaNdU, NePal★ Fly high into the Himalayas to the ancient capital city of Nepal. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. B ★If you are extending your “Images of India” vacation, you will be flying from New Delhi (flight included in price) on Day 14. ★If you are extending your “Traditions & Landscapes of India” vacation, you will be flying fromVaranasi (flight included in price) on Day 17. 2 KaThmaNdU. CiTY highlighTs Long closed to the outside world, Kathmandu maintains numerous examples of medieval architecture. Explore the Hanuman Dhoka and the 14th-century palace of the Malla Kings, and Kasthamandap, a temple built from the wood of a single tree.This afternoon visit Swayambhunath Stupa, a golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill. A splendid sweeping view overlooks the KathmanduValley. B 3 KaThmaNdU. CiTY highlighTs After breakfast view the PashupatinathTemple, an important Hindu pilgrimage site dedicated to Shiva.Then a few miles east of Kathmandu visit the Boudhnath Stupa, the largest of the many Buddhist shrines in the valley. After lunch at the Patan Museum café, tour the ancient city of Patan and nearby Bhaktapur, the “city of devotees.” B l 4 KaThmaNdU / NeW delhi Enjoy a free morning. Weather permitting, take an optional flight over the Himalayas and see Mt. Everest – the world’s highest peak.You will be transferred to the Kathmandu Airport to fly to New Delhi, then taken to your hotel. B 5 deParT NeW delhi Take a private transfer to New Delhi Airport where your vacation ends. B NOTE: Depending on your flight schedule, you may be transferred to the airport in the late evening on Day 4. images of india with Kathmandu – 18 days (Ref: R811) Price Per Person From: Twin $1,399-$1,499; Single supplement $350- $450; Triple reduction $10-$50. See pages 84 & 85 for more details. Traditions & landscapes of india with Kathmandu – 21 days (Ref: R801) Price Per Person From: Twin $1,275; Single supplement $250-$300; Triple reduction $10-$20. See pages 86 & 87 for more details. The ANCIeNT BuddhIsT sTupA of BoudhANATh domINATes KAThmANdu’s sKylINe dAy dAy
  • 89. 89 Guilin & HonG KonG 4 days from $1,709 Add this post-itinerary extension after your “Hidden China” vacation. Your Travel Value includes: Flights from Shanghai to Guilin and Guilin to Hong Kong (economy- class) • All transfers • 1 night at the Guilin Shangri-La Hotel – river view room DlX and 2 nights at Hotel Panorama Hong Kong by Rhombus‡ F • Breakfast daily (B) and 1 boxed lunch (l) • English- speaking local travel expert • Comphrehensive sightseeing 1 SHAnGHAi / Guilin Take a private transfer to the airport and fly to scenic Guilin. VisitYaoshan Mountain, Guilin’s highest peak boasting bird’s- eye vistas and ancient mausoleums of emperors. B 2 Guilin eXplorATion / FlY To HonG KonG Cruise along the Li River between Guilin andYangshuo and witness views of picturesque villages, limestone peaks, sprays of bamboo, and fishermen in small boats. In beautiful Yangshuo, exploreWest Street, the oldest avenue in town with a history stretching back more than 1,400 years. Later, fly to Hong Kong. B l 3 HonG KonG. ciTY HiGHliGHTS A half-day tour affords a fully amazing experience. See Cause- way Bay,Wanchai, DeepWater Bay, Repulse Bay and Happy Valley, home of the famous horserace tracks.Visit Stanley Market, great for bargain hunting, and explore Aberdeen, where fishermen and their families live on hundreds of junks and sampans.Take advantage of the chance to take the optional sampan ride. Afterward, ascendVictoria Peak for stellar panoramas and breathtaking views.The afternoon and evening are free. B 4 DepArT HonG KonG Take a private transfer to the airport, where your vacation ends. B price per person From: (Ref: R611) Twin $1,709-$1,790; Single Supplement $430-$495; Triple Reduction $45 ‡ room upgrade: Harborview room from $87 BAnGKoK 3 days from $725 Add this pre-itinerary extension before your “Golden Land of Myanmar” vacation. Add this post-itinerary extension after your “Vietnam Revealed with Angkor Wat” or “Portrait of Indochina” vacation. Your Travel Value includes: Flight from Bangkok to Yangon (“Golden Land of Myanmar”) or Siem Reap to Bangkok (all others) • All transfers • 2 nights at the Bangkok Riverside Resort MD • Breakfast daily (B) and 1 lunch (l) • English-speaking local travel expert • Comprehensive sightseeing 1 ArriVe BAnGKoK On arrival, take a private transfer to your luxury riverside hotel. 2 BAnGKoK. ciTY HiGHliGHTS After breakfast, immerse yourself in life and culture of ancient Bangkok.Visit Wat Po, one of the city’s oldest temples, in time to experience the Monks morning chant ritual.Then, take a tuk tuk ride via Pak KlongTailand Flower Market to the Grand Palace, for a glimpse of the Emerald Buddha. A long-tailed boat ride will take you along the “klongs” (canals) ofThonburi. Later, stop at Wat Arun,Yaworat Road in Old Bangkok, and explore the bustlingTalad Kao Market. B l 3 DepArT BAnGKoK Take a private transfer to the airport for your onward flight. B price per person From: (Ref: R712) Twin $725-$775; Single Supplement $410-$425; Triple Reduction $50 THe BeAcHeS oF pHuKeT 4 days from $859 Add this post-itinerary extension after your “Sensational Thailand & the Ancient Ruins of Angkor Wat” vacation. Your Travel Value includes: Flight from Siem Reap to Phuket (economy-class) • All transfers with English-speaking guide in private air-conditioned vehicle • 3 nights at the Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa DlX • Breakfast daily (B) 1 SieM reAp / pHuKeT Fly from Siem Reap to Phuket (via Bangkok).You are met and transferred to your deluxe room at the Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa. B 2 To 3 THe BeAcHeS oF pHuKeT Free DAYS Enjoy two free days of relaxation. Beaches, pools and great cuisine on shady terraces – a great way to end your Thailand/Cambodia adventure! Or how about an optional day trip to Phi Phi Island or a jeep trek. B daily 4 DepArT pHuKeT Take a private transfer to the airport where your vacation ends. B price per person From: (Ref: R752) Twin $ 859-$1,175; Single Supplement $330-$625; Triple Reduction $30-$315 renaissance phuket resort wat po temple,bangkok DaY DaY DaY
  • 90. 90 chobe national park,botswana 90 Southern Africa
  • 91. zululand JOHANNESBURGJOHANNESBURG PRETORIA South Africa Zimbabwe Botswana KNYSNA MPUMALANGAMPUMALANGA N.P.N.P. (HAZYVIEW) KRUGER N.P. (HAZYVIEW) SWAZILANDSWAZILAND DURBAN PORT ELIZABETH OUDTSHOORNOUDTSHOORN CAPE TOWNTOWNTOWNTOWNTOWNTOWNTOWNTOWNTOWNTOWNTOWNTOWN HOUT BAY WINELANDS Zambia SOUTHERN OCEAN ZULULANDZULULAND Angola Namibia M ozam bique ToVictoria Falls & Chobe N.P. 3-Day, 4-Day & 5-Day Post Extensions Lesotho P P 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 cango caves kruger national park 1 ARRIVE IN JohANNEsbuRg, souTh AFRICA Transfer to your hotel, then enjoy free time the rest of the day to explore the city on your own or take an optional tour of the Soweto neighborhood. At 7 p.m., meet your local travel expert for an informal meeting. 2 JohANNEsbuRg / PREToRIA / mPumAlANgA Head to South Africa’s capital city Pretoria for an orientation tour before continuing to Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush, subtropical Lowveld.Travels though historic towns and scenic LongTom Pass bring you to the riverside town of Sabie, where you will enjoy a cruise along the banks of beautiful Blyde River Canyon.View Africa’s largest tufa falls and the rounded mountain peaks called theThree Rondavels. b d 3 mPumAlANgA / KRugER NATIoNAl PARK (hAzyVIEw) Marvel at stupendous panoramas from God’s Window, the aptly named viewpoint overlooking Blyde River Canyon. Also stop to see Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the natural holes created by swirling eddies of the river’s waters.This afternoon, why not take advantage of a chance to touch, feed and brush an elephant on an optional elephant interaction experience. b 4 KRugER NATIoNAl PARK. ThE bIg FIVE Set off early with a packed breakfast.Today is your day to search out the Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – in Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest game reserve. b 5 KRugER NATIoNAl PARK (hAzyVIEw) / KINgdom oF swAzIlANd An enchanting drive takes you to the Kingdom of Swaziland, where you will witness a Swazi cultural experience and visit the Swaziland National Museum.Venture through the capital city, Mbabane, known for its markets packed with woven baskets, beadwork and carvings. Spend the night in Ezulwini Valley, often called “TheValley of Heaven.” b l d daY 6 swAzIlANd / zululANd Visit the Swazi Candle Factory, filled with exquisite wax works in every shape and color, and head to Zululand, passing tradi­ tional round huts and glimpsing sweeping vistas en route to the Umfolozi area where your afternoon is free.You may wish to take an optional afternoon open safari vehicle game drive. b 7 zululANd / lAKE sT. luCIA / duRbAN Spot an incredible array of birdlife during a cruise on Lake St. Lucia. Afterward, drive to Durban via the KwaZulu­Natal coastline. Check into your hotel and enjoy an afternoon of free 91 JohANNEsbuRg To CAPETowN One CountryA woRld IN $3,525 lANd oNly FRom 1 oVERNIghT sTAy 1 sTART CITy 1 ENd CITy
  • 92. table mountain,cape town kruger national park penguins at boulders beach 92 time to experience Durban’s golden beaches, warm, Indian Ocean waters and lively promenade.You may wish to join an optional guided Durban City tour or Ushaka MarineWorld excursion. B 8 durBan / port elizaBeth / knysna Transfer to the airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth (flight not included in vacation price).Then travel through the coastalTsitsikamma Forest, renowned for its age-old trees, to the resort town of Knysna. B d Note: All guests are requested to book flight SA1334 departing Durban at 9:15 a.m. and arriving in Port elizabeth at 10:35 a.m. (flight not included in vacation price).Your Brendan Specialist will be happy to arrange at time of booking. 9 knysna Discover why this swath of South Africa is called the Garden Route with a cruise on the Knysna Lagoon and a visit to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. After lunch, enjoy free time and a chance to explore Knysna on your own. B l 10 knysna / oudtshoorn Admire breathtaking views from the Outeniqua Pass on your way to Oudtshoorn, the “feather capital of the world,” so- called because of its thriving ostrich industry. Naturally, your visit will include an ostrich farm tour and a highlight lunch featuring ostrich steak. Next, descend into the Cango Caves, where you’ll discover vast halls of magnificent dripstone formations with evocative names like “Glass Flower Fantasy” and “The Bridal Couple.” B l 11 oudtshoorn / cape town If you are visiting during whale season (July to November), you will thrill to an opportunity to experience some of the world’s best land-based whale watching as you drive to CapeTown via the seaside village of Hermanus; here, you’ll have the best chances of catching a glimpse of the southern right whales. If you’re traveling out of season, return to CapeTown via Route 62, South Africa’s version of Route 66. B 12 cape town. cape peninsula Tour the ruggedly beautiful Cape Peninsula, stopping at the fishing village of Hout Bay, where you may take an optional cruise to Seal Island to watch the antics of these natural performers. Continue to the Cape Point Nature Reserve before pausing to see the adorable penguins at Boulders Beach. Drive through the quaint naval village of Simon’sTown on your way back to CapeTown. B 13 cape town. cape winelands Explore the wine-country towns of Paarl and Stellenbosch, and sample fine vintages at two well-known estates.Taste some history with visits to the Huguenot Memorial Museum and the Afrikaans Language Monument. B 14 depart cape town You are transferred to the airport where your vacation ends. B departures (REF: R900) & prices per person* sundays: 2013: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 – $3,775 Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 – $3,775 Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – $3,775 Apr 7, 14, 21, 28 – $3,775 May 5, 12, 19, 26 – $3,525 Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – $3,525 Jul 7, 14, 21, 28 – $3,525 Aug 4, 11, 18, 25 – $3,525 * Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Land only prices above do not include air; and require the following flights to be purchased separately: Durban/Port elizabeth. International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities is not included in the prices above. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. ‡ 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Jul 2013.  Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve upgrade is available on these departures. Note: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. single room supplement: $625-$835 triple room supplement: $250-$325 young traveler discount: $353 ✔ All Departures Guaranteed Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – $3,675 Oct 6, 13, 20, 27 – $3,799 Nov 3, 10, 17, 24 – $3,799 Dec 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – $3,799 2014‡: Jan 5, 12, 19, 26 – $4,115 Feb 2, 9, 16, 23 – $4,115 Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – $4,115
  • 93. PROTEA HOTEL PRESIDENT, CAPE TOWN Add 3 days/2 nights in Victoria Falls to the end of your vacation (Ref: R911) Price Per Person From: Twin $575 Add 4 days/3 nights in Victoria Falls with a day trip to Chobe National Park (Ref: R912) to the end of your vacation Price Per Person From: Twin $950 Add 5 days/4 nights in Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park to the end of your vacation (Ref: R913) Price Per Person From: Twin $1,260 See page 96 for more details. 93 YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Airport transfers throughout Days 1-14 > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 13 breakfasts (B); 3 lunches (L); 3 dinners (D); 2 additional meals on Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge upgrade > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Travel by luxury, air-conditioned vehicle > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents Johannesburg | Protea HotelWanderers SF Mpumalanga | Misty Mountain MF Kruger N.P. (Hazyview) | Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel F Swaziland | Lugogo Sun F Zuzuland | Protea Hotel Umfolozi River ST Durban | Protea Hotel Edward MF Knysna | Knysna Hollow Hotel ST Oudtshoorn | Queens Hotel F Capetown | Protea Hotel President F SF Superior First Class MF Moderate First Class F First Class ST SuperiorTourist Class YOUR PERSONALLY SELECTED HOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com Upgrade to the luxury Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge set in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve The Sabi Sand Game Reserve comprises 153,000 acres southwest of Kruger National Park – and a premier lodge is the Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge.Though seamless with Kruger – no fences on the border – these are private lands, so rangers may drive off-track, and at night. From your base at the five-star lodge, this is perhaps one of your best chances in South Africa to see the Big Five – elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros.The lodge itself boasts beautifully thatched suites, all overlooking a waterhole and African plain. 1 ARRIVE IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA Take the complimentary hotel shuttle to the five-star D’Oreale Grand Hotel.The rest of the day is free.Take advantage of the hotel’s amenities including a spa, pool and free Wifi. An optional afternoon city tour is also avaialble. 2 JOHANNESBURG / MPUMALANGA / SABI SAND GAME RESERVE Drive to Mpumalanga, and into the lush subtropics of the Lowveld. A new guide will transfer you to Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge. Prepare for your night safari!Your ranger will select a viewing spot to watch for wildlife and see the spectacular sunset.Then take a nighttime drive with a spotlight. B D 3 SABI SABI GAME DRIVES Wake before first light and head out on a morning game drive. Enjoy breakfast back at the lodge, then set off on foot with your ranger on a walking safari, or soak in the sights and sounds of the bush from the magnificent viewing decks. Late this afternoon you will enjoy another game-viewing safari. B L D 4 SABI SABI GAME DRIVE / HAZYVIEW Start early for your final game drive into this magnificent wildlife reserve. Return to the lodge for a leisurely breakfast. Mid-morning, depart on a panoramic tour of the highlights of Mpumalanga.Visit the village of Graskop, as well as Lisbon and Berlin Falls.Then admire the boundless vistas of God’s Window, paradise for photographers. Rejoin your group this evening at the Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel. B 5 TO 14 Same as Days 5 to 14 of “A World in One Country.” Upgrade Price Per Person From: (Ref: R914) Twin $2,056-$2,525; Single $2,705-$3,240; Triple $1,425-$2,125 DAY
  • 94. Botswana Namibia SWAKOPMUNDSWAKOPMUND DAMARALANDDAMARALAND ETOSHA N.P.ETOSHA N.P.ETOSHA N.P.ETOSHA N.P. SOSSUSVLEI WINDHOEKWINDHOEK OKAHANDJA SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN Zambia SWAKOPMUNDSWAKOPMUNDSWAKOPMUNDSWAKOPMUNDSWAKOPMUNDSWAKOPMUND Namib Desert Namib Naukluft N.P. Angola South Africa ToVictoria Falls & Chobe N.P. 3-Day, 4-Day & 5-Day Post ExtensionsP 2 2 2 2 1 1 swakopmund himba women are known for their distinctive hairstyles 1 Arrive in Windhoek, nAmibiA Welcome to Namibia!Take the included transfer to your hotel where your afternoon is free to explore the tidy, German- influenced town ofWindhoek on your own. 2 Windhoek / etoshA nAtionAl pArk Travel to Etosha National Park, where you will view some of Africa’s fascinating wildlife. En route, stop in Okahandja, often called the “GardenTown of Namibia” and known for its traditions in wood carving. Browse the local market for wooden mementos and to admire other African crafts. Arrive in Etosha in the late afternoon. b d 3 etoshA nAtionAl pArk Etosha means “place of dry water,” and you have a whole day to experience this world-class game park.The vast, arid space offers excellent game viewing, which you will view by staking out your spot at various waterholes.You may see zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, the unusual black-faced impala and the threatened black and white rhino. b d 4 etoshA nAtionAl pArk Spend another day searching out Etosha’s wildlife, such as springboks, elands, lions and hyenas. It’s not unusual to see herds of fifty or more elephants strolling down the middle of the road, giving you a close look at these amazing creatures. Depending on the season, you may see thousands of flamingos. b d 5 etoshA nAtionAl pArk / dAmArAlAnd Encounter the human side of Africa with a visit to the Himba tribe, whose women are known for their long, distinctive hair- styles.Then head to Damaraland, one of the last true wilderness areas in Africa. b d 6 dAmArAlAnd Discover Damaraland’s ruggedly beautiful landscapes with a morning visit to the Petrified Forest. Not really a forest and not actually petrified, this collection of 50 or so tree trunks is scattered around this parched site, carried here millions of years ago by a great flood. AtTwyfelfontein, marvel at some of day Namibia the over 2,500 rock engravings, some etched 10,000 years ago. Also see the tall, columnar rocks called Organ Pipes and view Burnt Mountain, an otherwise unimpressive shale hillside that appears to be aflame at certain times of the day. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. b d 7 dAmArAlAnd / sWAkopmund Stroll along the modern streets and look for the colonial-era buildings. Perhaps stop for a weiner schnitzel and a stein of beer.You might want to visit the museum, aquarium or crystal gallery. b 94 Windhoek to Windhoek 1 overniGht stAY 1 stArt CitY  end CitY Wildlife, lAndsCApes & Cultures of $3,495 lAnd onlY from
  • 95. OKAUKUEJO REST CAMP, ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK Add 3 days/ 2 nights in Victoria Falls to the end of your vacation (Ref: R911) Price Per Person From: Twin $575* Add 4 days/ 3 nights in Victoria Falls with a day trip to Chobe National Park to the end of your vacation (Ref: R912) Price Per Person From: Twin $950* Add 5 days/4 nights in Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park to the end of your vacation (Ref: R913) Price Per Person From: Twin $1,260* * Depending on flight schedules, an extra night inWindhoek may be required before your extension. See page 96 for more details. ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES > Airport transfers in Windhoek on Days 1 and 11 > Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling > 10 breakfasts (B); 7 dinners (D) > Services of an English-speaking local travel expert > Travel by luxury, air-conditioned mini-coach > Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges > Portfolio of travel documents Windhoek | Safari Court Hotel SF Etosha N.P. (Days 2 & 3) | Okaukuejo Rest Camp SF Etosha N.P. (Day 4) | Etosha Safari Lodge F Damaraland | Damara Mopane Lodge F Swakopmund | Eberwien Hotel F Sossusvlei | Namib Desert Lodge F SF Superior First Class F First Class YOUR PERSONALLY SELECTED HOTELS For more information, visit BrendanVacations.com 95 8 SWAKOPMUND FREE DAY During free time, indulge in an optional excursion. Maybe take a harbor cruise or a scenic flight. Or, opt for the Living Desert tour, a 4x4 adventure that brings the desert to life. B 9 SWAKOPMUND / SOSSUSVLEI On your way to Sossusvlei, home to Namibia’s iconic ochre dunes, see numerous natural wonders, including a plant unique to Namib Desert calledWelwitschia Mirabilis and the stark terrain aptly called the Moon Landscape. B D 10 SOSSUSVLEI Experience the spectacular sand dunes, thought to be the highest in the world and certainly some of the most striking. The orange-hued sand is impossibly picturesque, especially as it cuts across the blue sky. If you’re feeling energetic, climb to the top. Later return to the lodge where the afternoon is at leisure. B D 11 SOSSUSVLEI / DEPART WINDHOEK Drive through scenic Spreetshoogte Pass (road conditions permitting) toWindhoek, where you will be dropped off at your hotel or the airport.Totsiens! Goodbye!. B Please do not schedule onward flights before 5 p.m. ✔ All Departures GuaranteedDEPARTURES (REF: R950) & PRICES PER PERSON* Saturdays: 2013: Jan 5 – $3,495 Feb 2 – $3,495 Mar 2, 16 – $3,495 Apr 6 – $3,495 May 4, 18 – $3,495 Jun 1, 15, 29 – $3,495 Jul 13 – $3,685 Aug 3, 17 – $3,685 * 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. BrendanVacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. ‡ 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Apr 2013. NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsi- bility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. Single Room Supplement: $235-$400 Young Traveler Discount: $350 Sep 7, 21 – $3,685 Oct 5 – $3,685 Nov 2, 16 – $3,685 Dec 7 – $3,685 2014‡: Jan 4 – $3,850 Feb 1 – $3,850 Mar 1, 15 – $3,850 Apr 5 – $3,850
  • 96. 96 Extend Your Africa Vacation VICTORIA FALLS 3 days from $575 Add this post-itinerary extension after your Africa vacation. See pages 91-95. Your Travel Value Includes: All transfers • 2 nights at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge F • Breakfast daily (B) and 1 dinner (D) • English-speaking local travel expert • Comprehensive sightseeing 1 ARRIVE IN VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE Take a transfer to the lodge.This afternoon, relax and enjoy a sundowner cruise with drinks and snacks on the Zambezi River, above the mighty falls. 2 VICTORIA FALLS Experience magnificentVictoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of theWorld, as you tour the Zimbabwe side of the falls. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may participate in optional whitewater rafting, river boarding, bungee jumping and more. Dinner atThe Boma restaurant atVictoria Falls Safari Lodge treats you to a taste of local culture with sangomas, or witchdoctors, telling your fortune and performances of African drumming, dancing and singing. B D 3 DEPART VICTORIA FALLS Transfer toVictoria Falls Airport where your vacation ends. B Price Per Person From: (Ref: R911) Twin $575-$690; Single Supplement up to $100; Triple Supplement up to $35§ § This itinerary has a Triple Room Supplement due to the use of a twin and a single room at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, which cannot accommodate triples. VICTORIA FALLS & A DAY AT CHOBE NATIONAL PARK 4 days from $950 Add this post-itinerary extension after your Africa vacation. See pages 91-95. Your Travel Value Includes: All transfers • 3 nights at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge F • Breakfast daily (B) and 2 dinners (D) • English-speaking local travel expert • Comprehensive sightseeing 1 ARRIVE IN VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE Take a transfer to the lodge.This afternoon, relax and enjoy a sundowner cruise with drinks and snacks on the Zambezi River, above the mighty falls. 2 VICTORIA FALLS ExperienceVictoria Falls, one of the Seven NaturalWonders of theWorld. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may participate in optional whitewater rafting, river boarding and bungee jumping. B D 3 VICTORIA FALLS / CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA Join a thrilling game drive at Botswana’s Chobe National Park, home to a menagerie of fascinating animals, including vast herds of elephant.Your memorable day also includes lunch and a sunset cruise on the Chobe River. Dinner atThe Boma Restaurant atVictoria Falls Safari Lodge treats you to a taste of local culture with sangomas, or witchdoctors, telling your fortune and performances of African drumming, dancing and singing. B D NOTE:The Chobe National Park fee of $10 per person per day is not included in the vacation price and must be paid directly to the park. Fee is subject to change without notice. 4 DEPART VICTORIA FALLS Transfer toVictoria Falls airport where your vacation ends. B Price Per Person From: (Ref: R912) Twin $950-$1,135; Single Supplement up to $160; Triple Supplement up to $60§ § This itinerary has a Triple Room Supplement due to the use of a twin and a single room at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and a family suite at Chobe Safari Lodge, which cannot accommodate triples. VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE VICTORIA FALLS & CHOBE NATIONAL PARK 5 days from $1,260 Add this post-itinerary extension after your Africa vacation. See pages 91-95. Your Travel Value Includes: All transfers • 2 nights at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge F and 2 nights at Chobe Safari Lodge F • Breakfast daily (B) and 3 dinners (D) • English-speaking local travel expert • Comprehensive sightseeing 1 ARRIVE IN VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE Take a transfer to theVictoria Falls Safari Lodge. Enjoy a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River. 2 VICTORIA FALLS ExperienceVictoria Falls, one of the Seven NaturalWonders of theWorld. Dinner atThe Boma restaurant atVictoria Falls Safari Lodge treats you to a taste of local culture with sangomas, or witchdoctors, telling your fortune and performances of African drumming, dancing and singing. B D 3 VICTORIA FALLS / CHOBE N.P., BOTSWANA Transfer by road fromVictoria Falls to Chobe.This afternoon you experience the romance of a Chobe River sundowner cruise. Chobe River cruises are one of the finest game viewing experiences in Africa.With over 80,000 elephant in the park alone, they are a very frequently sighted. Hippo, water birds, buffalo, crocodile and puku are also viewed from the river. Overnight for the next two nights at Chobe Safari Lodge. B D NOTE:The Chobe National Park fee of $10 per person per day is not included in the vacation price and must be paid directly to the park. Fee is subject to change without notice. 4 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK Enjoy an exhilarating game drive in an open safari vehicle. Game drives within Chobe National Park offer the opportunity to view the big game species, and also the possibility of an encounter with one of the large predators.This afternoon take a second river cruise on the Chobe River. B D 5 CHOBE N.P. / DEPART VICTORIA FALLS Transfer toVictoria Falls airport where your vacation ends. B Price Per Person From: (Ref: R913) Twin $1,260-$1,510; Single Supplement $210-$330; Triple Reduction $15-$60 DAY DAY DAY NOTE:When combining this post-itinerary extension with “Wildlife, Landscapes & Cultures of Namibia,” depending on your flight schedule, you may need to purchase an additional night inWindhoek.
  • 97. 97 BrendanVacations shares the coverage available under the USTOA $1 MillionTravelers Assistance Program with affiliates ofTravCorp 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 MillionTravelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of Brendan Vacations’ customers in the unlikely event of BrendanVacations’ 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 BrendanVacations. 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, NewYork 10001, or by email to information@ustoa.com or by visiting their website at www.USTOA.com. The traveling public has always been concerned about the protection of their advanced bookings. As part of Brendan’s commitment to providing our customers with peace of mind in all dealings with BrendanVacations,Travcorp Financial Services Limited has provided a letter of credit to Brendan Vacations of US$20 Million in respect of all customers traveling with BrendanVacations. financial protection US$20 millionyoUr peace of mind gUarantee On Brendan’s Boutique Journeys, free airport transfers* are provided at your international destination to/from your Brendan hotel. If you’ve booked your air with us, there’s nothing more you need to do. If you booked your air through yourTravel Agent, just have them provide the details of your flights to Brendan. It’s that easy. On journeys that have flights within the itinerary, your airport transfers are always included as part of your vacation. * Scheduled coach transfer in Iceland. Airport Transfers alwayS inclUded going “green” fortHe fUtUre We are concerned about our world-wide “family” ... the earth’s future BrendanVacations, as part ofTheTravel 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 67,000* trees per year • Reducing landfill waste that produces harmful greenhouse gases In addition, the paper used is rated “Excellent” by theWorldWildlife Federation’s (WWF) environmental benchmarking tool. We are proud to commit to using one of the most environmentally-friendly, coated recycled papers on Planet Earth. * Calculation based on that provided byThe Environmental Defense Fund. BrendanVacations is proud to be part of a joint initiative byTheTravel Corporation family of brands that collectively supportTreadRight; 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 WorldTravel &Tourism Council’sTourism forTomorrow Awards.To learn more about the projects thatTreadRight is involved with, please visit www.treadright.org BrendanVacations andTreadRight are excited to support the work of the NationalTrust, now for the second year.To date, we’ve provided assistance for the building of new, environmentally- sustainable visitor facilities at Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway, a World Heritage-listed site, as well as an appeal to safeguard the iconic White Cliffs of Dover. The NationalTrust is working to preserve and protect coasts, countryside, historic buildings, gardens and monuments in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.To find out more about theTrust, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
  • 98. 98 DEPOSIT & FINAL PAYMENT A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person per program is required within 3 days of booking. An additional non-refundable deposit for international air booked in conjunction with your Boutique Journey is also due at this time. Certain other products may have additional deposit requirements and internal air segments must be paid in full at the time of deposit; this will be advised at the time of booking or on your invoice.The deposit 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 ourTerms 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 reinvoice with correct pricing. 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. hANDLINg & rEvISION FEES A fee of $30 per person will be charged for any alteration made after a booking is confirmed. Any alterations 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: Galapagos Cruise programs: 65+ days prior to departure*: Full deposit‡§; 64-45 days prior to departure*: 50% of the total price‡§; 44-31 days prior to departure*: 70% of the total price‡§; 30-16 days prior to departure*: 80% of the total price‡§: 15 days or less: 100% of total price‡§ All other programs: 46+ days prior to departure*: Full deposit‡§; 45-22 days prior to departure*: 25% of total price‡§; 21-8 days prior to departure*: 30% of total price‡§; 7-1 day(s) prior to departure*: 50% of total price‡§; On departure day* or later: 100% of total price‡§. ‡ Plus theTravel Protection Plan’s insurance premium and are non-refundable, if purchased § Internal air payments (if any) are non-refundable * “Departure day” is considered the date Brendan services begin These fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be levied by yourTravel 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 Boutique Journeys 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 Terms & Conditions BOUTIQUE JOUrNEY CANCELLATION Most of our departures are guaranteed to operate. However, in the unlikely event Brendan must cancel or reschedule a departure due to operating requirements or circumstances beyond our control, we will try to rebook the same or a similar vacation and, where flights have been confirmed by Brendan, we will attempt to confirm an air schedule for the new dates, subject to availability. If there is a difference 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 arrange- ments including air tickets purchased separately. If purchasing a non-refundable air ticket, please make sure that yourTravel 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 statedTerms and Conditions. SErvICE INQUIrIES Should you have any issues while on vacation, you should inform your local travel expert 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 program completion date.To expedite processing, please 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: • Prior to AirlineTicketing: $50.00 per person service fee. • After AirlineTicketing: $75.00 per person service fee plus any airline imposed penalties which may be up to 100% of the air ticket value. 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 penalties vary depending on the airline. Brendan does not hold block space on any airline and does not 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 (fee waived for mandatory intra-vacation flights). Guests traveling with other guests but originating in different gateway cities might not be confirmed 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 offer 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 reconfirm 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. 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 respon- sible for delays in confirmation or disruption to passengers’ travel plans should these details not be provided at that time. Securing visas is the responsibility of the guest. ALL travelers, regardless of the passport they hold, must check with the consulates of the countries being visited to determine if any visas are needed. See BrendanVacations. com/passportandvisas for more details. hEALTh rEQUIrEMENTS Passengers should check with the consulates and/or the local health boards for the latest health requirements. YOUNg PrOgrAM PArTICIPANTS Brendan welcomes children five years of age and older on Boutique Journeys. Program participants 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 contact the appropriate consulates and the applicable airlines to ensure children have the required documentation for traveling outside the U.S. 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: • Passengers are required to advise Brendan at the time of booking of any physical, medical or other special needs that require accommodation. • All guests must ensure they are medically and physically fit for travel. Brendan may impose safety 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 provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as pushing a wheelchair or help in eating, toileting 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 attention will be provided by a local facility at the passenger’s expense. Brendan is not responsible 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. 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’sTerms and Conditions. Brendan is not responsible for any costs incurred in the event a passenger is removed from a tour. Passengers agree not to hold Brendan or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under theseTerms and Conditions. LOCALTrAvEL ExPErTS Boutique Journeys are conducted in English by a professional local travel expert. 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 avail- ability of vacation prices in this catalog is limited; for current prices please call 1-800-421-8446 or visit BrendanVacations.com. Prices are based on costs, charges, tariffs, rates, taxes, levies and exchange rates as of July 2012 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. Galapagos Islands cruise prices are subject to change due to fluctuations in fuel prices. (Prices are not subject to increase due to currency fluctuations once the deposit for your land package is received.This guarantee does not apply to pre-registered bookings or departures where prices are still subject to confirmation. In exchange for this guarantee, no refund will be made if costs are reduced.) AIr-rELATEDTAxES, FEES AND rESTrICTIONS TheTSA/Homeland Security Administration requires Brendan to collect passenger’s personal information before travel. Deposit and/or full payment will not be accepted for any book- ing until these details are received.The required information: • 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 internal 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 additional air-related taxes and fees, such as seat selection, baggage handling (see BrendanVacations.com/ baggage), and/or any other services are the sole responsibility of the guest(s). Additional air-related restrictions may apply. NOTE: Some countries charge a separate departure tax that is collected at the airport and usually paid for in local currency. hOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS Prices are per person and based on two persons sharing a twin-bedded room with private bath or shower (in most destinations).When booking triple rooms, please note that this is based on sharing the existing bedding in a twin-bedded standard room, triples may have 1 double bed and 1 rollaway, or the extra bed may be a foldaway or sofa bed (if a rollaway is requested, any additional charges are the guest’s responsibility). Availability of triple rooms is limited. Note that single rooms in international hotels are generally smaller than twin-bedded
  • 99. 99 rooms and that international 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. Substitute hotels may be used at certain times and will be of similar standard whenever possible. At peak periods multiple departures may operate, and sometimes in reverse order, in which case hotels may vary from those stated on itinerary pages. Passengers who are members of Hotel FrequentTraveler pro- grams are not entitled to earn points with any hotels featured. 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. BAGGAGE Baggage handling at hotels for one suitcase per person is included in the program price. Due to limited vehicle capacity, this single bag should have dimensions not exceeding 30”x18”x10” (76x46x25cm) and weight not exceeding 50 lbs (23kg). A charge of US$3 per traveling day will be collected by the local travel expert 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/baggage). Brendan is not responsible for additional 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 local travel expert 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. TIPS On Boutique Journeys, all tips are included for services provided by dining room waiters, housekeepers and hotel porters. Gratuities for the local travel experts and drivers are not included. HOLIDAYS & ITINERARYVARIATIONS 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 cir- cumstances may necessitate a change in the day of the week for scheduled Highlight Dinners, sightseeing or other activities. Departures in early and late seasons are potentially operated in different weather conditions. As a result, slight itinerary variations may occur, and certain activities may not be avail- able. If you feel your enjoyment might be diminished by such limitations, please check with yourTravel Agent or National Tourist Office before selecting a specific departure. Galapagos Islands cruise itineraries are subject to change due to flight schedules, weather conditions and National Park regulations. TRAVEL DOCUMENTS Travel documents will be sent via UPS (or regular mail) 21 days prior to departure*, provided full payment has been received. 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. 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/yourTravel 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); internal air (unless noted on the itinerary page as included or purchased from Brendan); additional fees charged by airlines, such as checked and/or excess baggage (see BrendanVacations.com/ baggage), seat selection and/or any other services; passport and visa fees; insurances of all kinds; laundry; phone calls; beverages; meals not detailed in the itinerary; discretionary tips/gratuities to local travel experts, local hosts, vehicle 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, 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 as a consequence of official action by the government of any country visited. PHOTOGRAPHS & MAPS Photographs show places in geographic areas, but are not necessarily 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’sTravel Protection premiums are not refundable or transferable once purchased. Brendan makes no representation or guarantees concerning reimbursements of funds paid by you under any insurance claim. IMPORTANT – RESPONSIBILITY These programs are under the management of Brendan Vacations, Inc., Los Angeles, CA (hereinafter referred to as the “Company”) and services are provided by Suppliers believed by the Company to be reputable to operate in accordance with the standards set down by their own local authorities. Suppliers undertake the following duties: 1.The Suppliers shall be responsible to the passenger for supplying the services and accommodations described in this catalog, 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 Suppliers/ Company. In such circumstances, the Suppliers will do their best to provide 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 Company. 3. In the absence of their own negligence, neither the Company nor its 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 Company or its affiliates. All certificates and other travel documents for services issued by the Company/Suppliers are subject to the terms and conditions 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 Company is not responsible for any criminal conduct by third parties. 4.Where the passenger occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither the Company/Suppliers 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; Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; Geneva Convention for carriage by road and 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 passenger of the terms and conditions set forth in this catalog which cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. 6.The agreement arising between the passenger and the Company under this catalog 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 catalog 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 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 sensi- tive 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: BRENDANVACATIONS, 17323Ventura 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, 2013. 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’sTravel Consumer Restitution Fund. Passengers who purchase from within California:This transaction is covered by the CaliforniaTravel Consumer Restitution Fund (TCRF) if the passenger is located in California at the time of payment. Eligible passengers may file a claim withTCRF 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 theTCRF 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 94977-6001; or by faxing a request to: (415) 256-9756. Passengers purchasing from outside of California:This transaction is not covered by the CaliforniaTravel Consumer Restitution Fund.This business is a participant in the United StatesTour 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, NewYork, NewYork 10001, 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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