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  1. 1. 1 2 0 1 4 South & Central America over 50 vacation options to choose from outstanding sightseeing, local foods & experiences
  2. 2. DearTraveler, Traveling is a wonderful way to experience diverse cultures, taste different, sometimes exotic, cuisines, and meet new people.Add to this the chance to relax, renew your energy, and reconnect with family and friends, and it’s easy to see why it’s one ofAmerica’s favorite pastimes. South and CentralAmerica remain top destinations for travelers, with their magnificent landscapes, unique flora and fauna, superb wines, tantalizing gastronomies, and friendly people. South America is also home to two of the New SevenWonders of theWorld, Peru’s Machu Picchu and the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio. Nature and animal lovers will find these regions extraordinary, foodies and wine connoisseurs can indulge to their heart’s delight, and everyone will be captivated by the cities, architecture, monuments, and landscapes. Whatever you desire, this travel catalog is your guide to finding the vacation of your dreams. When arranging your travels, you want to work with an expert, and that expert is Brendan.We have 45years of experience in planning the perfect vacation, and as you browse through our itineraries, know that we offer you worry-free arrangements, exceptional experiences, and service that is second to none, all from a company you can trust and depend on.We were founded on the grand Irish traditions of gracious hospitality, affability and an indomitable spirit, and we bring these qualities to each and every trip we arrange – you’ll feel it as you visit our neighbors to the south. Brendan’s GuidedVacations are extraordinary in every aspect.Through careful planning, we make the most of your time and take care of all the details for you. First and foremost, you have the services of a friendly travel director, whose knowledge, advice, and attention to detail is legendary. Brendan’sTravel Directors are there to make your adventure memorable, fun, exciting, and worry-free. Next, we personally select each of the hotels you’ll stay in, choosing the best possible in comfort and location.An added benefit:The hotels we use feature freeWiFi.At each overnight stop, yourTravel Director will check you in and out, and provide you with your room key, so you don’t have to wait in line.Your luggage is effortlessly delivered to your room and returned to the coach when it’s time to go.With your expert driver, you will glide smoothly in a luxurious motorcoach, offering an amazing vantage point over the countryside and sights that you pass, plus most of our coaches are equipped with freeWiFi. Sometimes you’ll travel by boat, plane or train – but whatever mode of transportation is used, rest assured we’ve selected the most convenient and comfortable.All stops andVIP sightseeing visits are organized well in advance, so you go right in and bypass the long lines that most travelers encounter.And, our special “Be my guest” dining, hidden treasures and other treats await you.Another benefit of a GuidedVacation is the chance to make new friends.You’ll meet your traveling companions at aWelcome Reception your first night on vacation, and part on the last day with hugs and an exchange of phone numbers and email addresses – maybe even plans for your next trip together! Because we know that no two travelers are alike, we offer a variety of guided vacation travel styles for you to choose from.You might prefer a slower-paced LeisurelyVacation. Maybe a DiscoveryVacation covering a number of areas is more your style. Or, get away on a FamilyVacation for some quality time with the kids. Brendan’s vacations are a great value, but for an even better deal, take advantage of the discounts we offer.You’ll get the best savings by booking and paying for your vacation early, plus you’ll avoid the disappointment of finding out your dream vacation is already fully booked. Many of our discounts can be combined, making your savings even better. Our only goal is to make your vacation the most wonderful you’ve ever had, until your next trip with us.When you are ready to book, Brendan will work seamlessly with your travel agent to handle all of the details to ensure you an easy and hassle-free vacation experience of a lifetime. Welcome 2 Happy traveling! NICO ZENNER President BrendanVacations
  3. 3. SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA Vacation Selections BEFOREYOU GO* * BrendanVacations is a division of the family-ownedTheTravel Corporation, and is renowned and trusted for its outstanding quality, service, value, reliability, and financial stability. 3 4 See the World the Brendan Way 6 Your Choice,YourVacation Style 8 Enriching Experiences 10 Very Accommodating 11 It’s About the People 12 Bon Appétit 14 So Many Ways to Save YOU ARE TRAVELING IN GOOD COMPANY. The vacations in this brochure are operated jointly with our sister companyTrafalgar.You benefit from this co­operation through considerably lower prices and a greater choice of itineraries and departure dates. Combining theTrafalgar itineraries with our own Brendan vacations, we are pleased to offer you an unbeatable selection to choose from. 16 The Finest Way toTravel 17 Express Check-in 17 Insurance 18 TreadRight Foundation, SustainableTourism 54 ExtendYour Stay 55 Transfers 56 Terms and Conditions (link) 22 MONKEYS, JUNGLES & VOLCANOES 8 days family vacation CENTRAL AMERICA 40 impressions OF SOUTH AMERICA 10 days 42 best OF SOUTH AMERICA 13 days leisurely vacations 26 COlorful trails of ecuador 10 days 28 highlights of peru 8 days 30 in the footsteps of the incas 10 days 34 LAND OF THE INCAS 12 days 36 peru’s andean explorer 13 days 38 patagonian grand adventure 14 days REGIONAL vacations 44 SOUTH AMERICA REVEALED 16 days 46 cultures & contrasts of south america 16 days 48 icons of south america 22 days EXTENSIONS 51 EASTER ISLAND 52 BRAZILIAN AMAZON 52 PERUvian AMAZON 53 GALAPAGOS cruises DISCOVERY vacations 20 COSTA RICA ECO ADVENTURE 8 days 24 PANAMA, THE CANAL & BEYOND 8 days REGIONAL vacations 32 conquistadors, sacred valleys & inca mysteries 11 days family vacation SOUTH AMERICA
  4. 4. 4 As the Roman philosopher Seneca said nearly 2,000 years ago, “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” And at BrendanVacations, we agree. We have been sharing the world with travelers since 1969, and know exactly how to create the right mix of sightseeing and free time, included meals and opportunities to sample the local cuisine your way, and hotels in city centers or in quiet, scenic locations. With Brendan, all of the details are taken care of for you – we research the destinations, read the maps, do the driving, make the reservations and handle the technicalities – all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the sights along the way. Brendan’s philosophy is simple – we want to bring you the best, so that the next time you travel we have the opportunity to do so again.To that end, we offer a selection of vacation styles, accommodations and more. Plus, our expertise in organizing memorable trips is matched by our attention to bringing you the best value possible. With an ever-changing dollar, this is more important than ever. Add to this the peace of mind that comes from working with a strong and financially secure company, and you have everything you need to start planning your next vacation. Depending on your destination, you can choose a Guided, Independent, Customized or Private Chauffeur vacation. But rest assured that whichever vacation style you select, Brendan’s Specialists are working behind the scenes every step of the way to make your vacation everything you’ve dreamed of. On our GuidedVacation programs you have the option of choosing between First Class Regional or DiscoveryVacations, Family itineraries, Boutique Journeys which travel with a maximum of 24 guests, Low Cost, Leisurely and Personal Interest itineraries. On all of these, you will stay in fine hotels or lodges and travel in style and comfort.You will see the highlights of cities along the way and, on most itineraries, many inside visits to attractions are included. Plus, we often include “HiddenTreasures” and Local Specialties – those The Brendan iguassu fallsseeTHE WORLD
  5. 5. 5 things that the locals know about and love, but are not part of an ordinary trip. In many locations you will enjoy “Be My Guest” or “You’re Personally Invited” dining – truly unique experiences – plus highlight meals, wine tastings, local food sampling and more. And, you’ll travel with an experienced Travel Director or LocalTravel Expert.These professionals take care of all the details – both big and small – making your trip completely hassle-free.They answer your questions, fill you in on local histories, and share tall tales, folk legends, perhaps a song or two and plenty of laughter. Brendan’s Independent European and South PacificVacations feature flexible itineraries.They provide pre-confirmed accom­ modations (you choose the hotel standard to suit your needs and budget) for the number of nights you want to spend in each city, airport/hotel transfers, trans­portation between destinations, sight­seeing, and the services of a Brendan local host. A perfect solution for travelers seeking just a little help from the experts while still setting off at their own pace. Way CustomizedVacations in Ireland and the UK offer you a wide range of accommodation choices – from B&Bs to castles and manors – plus rental cars, sightseeing and airport/ hotel transfers. We will help you design your own unique itinerary while giving you all the inside information and recommendations. A Private ChauffeurVacation in Ireland or the UK offers the best in vacation comfort.Your trip is designed around you – you choose the number of nights you want in each city, the sightseeing you want included, and your accommodations – whatever suits your interests and budget. Plus, you have a private chauffeur to read the maps and do the driving. Truly the ultimate in travel! So, whether you travel on your own, with a partner, family or friends, you can be certain that a Brendan vacation will guarantee you an unsurpassed travel experience. christ the redeemer
  6. 6. 6 YOUR CHOICE INDEPENDENT VACATIONS – TRAVEL ONYOUR OWN, BUT NEVER ALONE For travelers wanting a vacation that has all the essentials taken care of before leaving home, but who do not want to travel in a group, an IndependentVacation is just what you’re looking for.You have pre-confirmed accommodations, trans­portation between destinations (in most cases), sightseeing and the assistance of a Brendan local host, 24/7. A perfect solution for those seeking just a little help from the experts while still setting off at their own pace. Your vacation includes a variety of overnight stays, a choice of hotel standards (Moderate, First Class and Premier), private airport transfers, rail tickets, and sightseeing options in some of Europe, Australia, and New Zealand’s greatest cities.You decide what suits your interests and budget, then leave the rest to us. Brendan will make all the reservations and handle all the details. Plus, in each European city in which you have an overnight stay, you have the assistance of a Brendan local host. In the South Pacific, your Brendan local host resides in the first city on your itinerary. In all destinations, they will visit you at your hotel the day you arrive to answer questions, book tours, and Your Vacation Style make suggestions for dining, shopping, or any other interest. They are available by phone at any time after that, 24/7. Private airport arrival and departure transfers are included for every IndependentVacation. For hotel and train transfers during your vacation, the hotels we’ve selected for you to choose from are all within easy reach of train stations – either walking or by a short taxi ride. Private transfers are available for a small additional fee should you wish to be met. IndependentVacations are a fun and leisurely way to “Travel Alone, But Never OnYour Own...” BOUTIQUE JOURNEYS On Brendan Boutique Journeys, you will have a more intimate vacation experience, traveling with a maximum of 24 guests. You will enjoy sights and activities that are not available to larger groups, and stay in unique accommodations. On most itineraries, travel is on smaller vehicles, making little secluded sites accessible, and the pace is slower so you can experience the destination in more depth. Plus, LocalTravel Experts are there to lead the way.You’ll get a true taste of cultures and cuisines across the globe. lima’s elegant cathedral on the plaza mayor
  7. 7. 7 GUIDED VACATIONS Your travel experience on Brendan’s GuidedVacations will include first class accommodations, a deluxe motorcoach, sightseeing, regional cuisine and transfers, all with the services of a professional, knowledgeable and friendlyTravel Director. GuidedVacations are a great way to see the world! Discovery Vacations. DiscoveryVacations take in multiple countries in a panoramic overview.This type of itinerary is good for first-time visitors who want to see as much as possible or returning guests who like the variety offered in exploring several areas. Regional Vacations. These itineraries focus on a specific country or region.They are great for those with an interest in just one area, or those who have taken a Discovery Vacation and want to return to see their favorites in-depth. Leisurely Vacations. Brendan’s Leisurely Vacations are a wonderful way to see the world at a slower pace than our First Class itineraries. LeisurelyVacations feature the popular sightseeing programs always included in our travel values, but generally stay in each major city visited for 2 or 3 nights, with plenty of free time.You will have an introductory tour, then a chance to explore at your own pace.You can sleep in, relax, and plan your days your way. And on most travel days, hotel departures are no earlier than 9 a.m. Family Depar tures. With today’s hectic lifestyles, it can be very difficult for families to find time to spend together. So, we offer several itineraries geared to families, all featuring activities that will entertain and educate kids of all ages.Whether it’s parents traveling with their children, grandparents with their grandchildren, or extended family, Brendan makes it easy to create memories that will last a lifetime. Vacation Extensions Brendan’s Pre- and Post-Vacation Extensions are the perfect way to add a few more days to your vacation with ease. We’ve done the research for you, and know the most popular destinations to complement and enhance your trip. Let us help you make the most of your vacation time and dollars with our pre-planned packages. Look for § Holiday Departures in price charts. These often include festive celebrations! Walk in Costa Rica’s rainforest canopy
  8. 8. 8 enriching You’ve seen the pictures, heard the tales and legends, read the histories, watched the documentaries, maybe even tasted the cuisine – now it’s time to go! Whether you’re seeking a lively vacation with lots of activity or a relaxing break from everyday stresses, Brendan offers you the opportunity to fulfill your fantasies. With a sightseeing program second to none, you’ll experience the highlights of cities across the globe on your BrendanVacation. On all of our Guided and IndependentVacations, you’ll enjoy an orientation tour of the main cities and towns you visit. These are usually lead by a Local Expert – someone who really knows the area because it’s also their home!They’ll bring the sights and their histories to life with stories, insights and in-depth knowledge. Traveling on a Brendan GuidedVacation, you’ll do more than just see the “not-to-be-missed” sights – you’ll partake of their wonders. Imagine strolling through world-famous sites, not just driving past or stopping for pictures. We will share the traditions, cultures and wonders of every corner of the world, from the must-see attractions to some of the little gems known only to the locals. LOCAL SPECIALTIES Many of our GuidedVacation itineraries include a Local Specialty – a visit or experience that is unique to an area, where you can see the best of the best firsthand. Local Specialties are always a fun and different addition to your vacation! Look for a  on itinerary pages to find Local Specialties. Experiences UNIQUE INSIGHTS Included on some of our itineraries are Unique Insights.These are sights and experiences the local residents enjoy, and we want to share them with you, our guests. A U on itinerary pages designates a Unique Insight. UNLOCK “HIDDEN TREASURES” AND “HIDDEN DELIGHTS” Every area has popular spots known to her residents, but not “big enough” to be tourist attractions. With Brendan, on many of our GuidedVacations, you will not only see renowned Machu Picchu was discovered in 1911
  9. 9. 9 VIP ENTRY & HEADSETS To ensure you get the most out of your sightseeing experiences, Brendan providesVIP entry at many attractions and headsets so you can easily hear your guide’s commentary.This means you don’t have to wait in a long, slow line, you can go right in and have more time to explore. Plus, you’ll enjoy all the sights without straining to hear or rushing to keep up with the front of the group.These special features are available on most of our GuidedVacations. Look for a M on itinerary pages, denoting headsets will be provided. sights, but also “hidden treasures” and “hidden delights.” These unique highlights are special favorites of ourTravel Directors – out-of-the-way sights and experiences that they know and love, and that they can’t wait to share with you. small group sightseeing Sometimes the best way to see a particular sight is with a smaller group.To accommodate this, on some itineraries we’ll split into groups no larger than 25 guests and bring in two guides to conduct a more intimate tour. Look for a || on itinerary pages, indicating Small Group Sightseeing is included.
  10. 10. For GuidedVacations, Brendan’s hotels are listed on each itinerary page. Our ratings are: Deluxe (DLX), Moderate Deluxe (MD), Superior First Class (SF) and First Class (F). In locations where there are no hotels that fit these categories and on our Low Cost itineraries, we use Moderate First Class (MF), Superior Tourist (ST),Tourist (T) or Best Available (BA) properties.They may not be as centrally located, but they will be clean, cozy and a great value. Sometimes you’ll stay in a National Park (NP)! But whatever the rating, you can be assured that your hotel will be comfortable and perfectly located.Your city hotel will be well situated for independent sightseeing, dining and shopping. Hotels in the country have scenic locations. And each hotel is inspected by our Quality ControlTeam to insure they meet our exacting standards. Authentic Accommodations In many locations, there’s a unique, interesting, or special hotel or lodge – an accommodation that is a destination itself! It may be the architecture, historical significance, location, or past guest list that marks the property as “the” place to stay. And with Brendan, you will! Look for a @ in the itineraries, denoting an Authentic Accommodation. Free WiFi All of the hotels Brendan features in South & Central America offer our guests freeWiFiÙ! An easy way to stay connected with family and friends back home. For your convenience, hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling are included in the price of your Guided Vacation.You will receive a list of hotel addresses, telephone and fax numbers with your travel documents. Accommodating VERY sumaq machu picchu hotel (moderate deluxe) 10 novotel lima (first class) the westin playa bonita (deluxe) intercontinental santiago (moderate deluxe)
  11. 11. 11 From yourTravel Director or Brendan local host to the friendly denizens in big cities and little villages to your warm and welcoming hotel staff to your fellow travelers, the people you’ll meet on your BrendanVacation will make your experience even more enjoyable. BRENDAN LOCAL HOSTS On Brendan’s IndependentVacations, you have a new friend in each city you visit – someone who really knows the “lay of the land.”Your Brendan local host will drop by your hotel on the day you arrive, answer your questions and give you any additional information you’ll need, plus they will make sure you know how to reach them for the remainder of your stay.Whether you want a recommendation for restaurants, a spot to enjoy the city’s nightlife, suggestions for shopping, help arranging sightseeing, or advice on favorites of the locals, your Brendan host knows it all.You can even ask for tips on little known sites and secrets of their hometowns. After your orientation meeting, they’ll always be just a phone call away, 24/7! Your Personal “Concierge” While traveling with Brendan on a GuidedVacation, theTravel Director you will come to know so well is there to ensure every step of your journey is comfortable, enriching, and fun.These knowledgeable, highly experienced professionals are intimately familiar with the countries they will share with you.They’re well versed in the history and culture of the region, and are eager to share insider insights on all the places you visit. Plus, they act as your own personal “concierge,” handling all of the intricate details of travel, and making your vacation memorable and completely stress-free. Local experts Local Experts frequently join you for city sightseeing tours, offering true resident insights and anecdotes. Sharing their specialized knowledge is a delight for our Local Experts, and their in-depth and entertaining presentations are an added Brendan Bonus for you. Look for a "on itinerary pages to see where a Local Expert will join you. IT’S ABOUT THE People One of the most delightful parts of any vacation is the people you meet along the way MAKE NEW FRIENDS Your traveling companions will add even more to your Guided Vacation or Boutique Journey.Your group will be made up of English-speaking travelers, and as you share the fun of making discoveries, tasting tempting new flavors, venturing into exotic locales, and laughing over a witty story, you’ll find the camaraderie truly enriches your experience.You’ll start as strangers and part as friends. Worldwide Neighbors Technology has truly made the Earth a smaller planet, and people everywhere worldwide neighbors.The locals you will meet on your vacation are simply friends you haven’t been introduced to yet.With Brendan, you’ll experience different cultures, traditions, cuisines, rituals, beliefs, customs, and so much more.This is one of the greatest pleasures in traveling, and we look forward to introducing you to new friends and unique lifestyles throughout your adventure.
  12. 12. 12 On your GuidedVacation, you may crunch into a flaky pastry, relish a tempting dish of locally-sourced meat and vegetables or savor a fresh seafood dinner.We know that a memorable dining experience is an important part of any great vacation, and with Brendan you can indulge in tantalizing new tastes throughout your stay. Look for these codes to determine the type of meals offered: B Breakfast MC / MT Morning Coffee orTea L / HL Lunch or Highlight Lunch AT AfternoonTea BG / PI Be My Guest orYou’re Personally Invited Dining WR / KP Welcome Reception or Kick-Off Party D / WD / HD / FD Dinner,Welcome, Highlight or Farewell Dinner Savor the sights, scents and flavors of world-famous cuisines Bon Appétit! THE BEST WAY TO TRULY GET TO KNOW THESE STORIED LANDS
  13. 13. 13 Welcome Receptions, Welcome Dinners & Kick-Off Parties On most of our GuidedVacations, you will enjoy aWelcome Reception or aWelcome Dinner hosted by yourTravel Director. This is the perfect opportunity to meet your traveling companions. Chat over a drink or glass of wine and, in many destinations, a light meal featuring regional cuisine. As you get to know the strangers you are meeting for the first time, you can be sure that you will become fast friends by the time your vacation ends. On FamilyVacations, we kick-start the fun with a Kick-Off Party! HIGHLIGHT OR FAREWELL LUNCHES & DINNERS Some dining experiences are just too good to miss – so Brendan includes them as part of your GuidedVacation package! It may be an entertaining lunch you prepare for yourself during a cooking class or a festive dinner with live music in a favorite local restaurant. On many of our vacations, we celebrate a wonderful trip and new friends at a convivial Farewell Dinner, accompanied by local wine. WINE TASTINGS & DINNERS WITH LOCAL WINE As you travel through legendary vineyards and picturesque wine valleys, we include a tasting whenever we can. Plus, in wine-growing regions, your included hotel dinners are often served with a glass of the local wine. Look for a 8 on itinerary pages, noting aWine Tasting or LocalWine with dinner is included. “BE MY GUEST” & “YOU’RE PERSONALLY INVITED” DINING In many of the cities and towns you’ll be visiting there are unique dining experiences that make the delights of the area even more exciting. “Be My Guest” and “You’re Personally Invited” dining offer you the chance to join in the local traditions and really get to know the people and flavors that characterize the region. Be My Guest andYou’re Personally Invited meals are a special added touch to your vacation.They are designated with a r on itinerary pages. DINING ON YOUR OWN – GUIDED & INDEPENDENT VACATIONS We can’t include every type, taste, and style of cuisine in every city you visit, and we know there are dining pleasures you want to experience for yourself.To make that possible, we don’t include every meal – you have the opportunity to choose your own personal favorites.You might want to eat in a stylish restaurant recom­mended by yourTravel Director or Brendan local host. Perhaps that little pub with the lively music and jubilant laughter is more to your taste.Whether you’re looking for candlelit romance, world-class cuisine, or a vibrant neighborhood favorite, you’re sure to find your perfect spot in each of the wonderful cities on your itinerary.
  14. 14. 14 EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT The earlier you pay, the moreyou save! By paying in full for your GuidedVacation, you can save up to 10% off the land ­portion of your vacation.Your savings ­options are: >> Save up to 10% – Pay in full by Nov 26, 2013 and SAVE up to $715 per person >> Save up to 7.5% – Pay in full by Jan 31, 2014 and SAVE up to $536 per person >> Save up to 5% – Pay in full by Apr 30, 2014 and SAVE up to $357 per person Select departures only. See BrendanVacations.com or itinerary pages to find out if your departure qualifies.The amount you will save is shown on itinerary pages; example above is based on the “Icons of South America.” Deposits must be paid at the time of booking and the balance paid in full on or before the above dates for this discount to apply. Not valid on Boutique Journeys, Independent or CustomizedVacations, extra nights, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, or airport transfers. For more details, ask your Brendan Specialist. Ways SaveSO MANY to EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR REPEAT TRAVELERS As a thankyou to our past guests, Brendan offers a ­valuable discount of 5% off the land portion of your next Guided­Vacation, taken within 5 years. This discount is not available retroactively and is valid for 5 years from the date of your last Brendan vacation. Only one discount is available per person, per vacation, per year. Only one discount can be redeemed against each further GuidedVacation booking. Not valid on Boutique Journeys, CustomizedVacations, any cruise portion of a vacation, extra nights, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, or airport transfers. Pay less for your second vacation Our itineraries are created so that they can be easily combined. When you book two guidedvacations of 7 days or longer anywhere in the world with Brendan or one of our sister companies, InsightVacations,Trafalgar, or Uniworld, you will receive a discount of up to 5% off the land-only portion of the shortest tour.Take three tours and save on two! See itinerary pages for the maximum amount you will save.Trips are combinable with second and subsequent additional trips.Trips must be booked at the same time.The discount is per person only and does not apply to Independent or CustomizedVacations, “Festive English Countryside,” “Winter in London,” “Winter in Paris,” “Real Britain,” “Irish Jaunt,” Egypt, Israel, Jordan, East Mediterranean vacations with a cruise, any cruise portion of a vacation, extra nights, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, or airport transfers. For River Cruises, please see Uniworld’s brochure for discount details and exclusions. TRAVEL IN A GROUP & SAVE! Sharing your travels with your family and friends makes the trip even more enriching and memorable.Travel with 5 to 8 friends or family members, and everyone will receive a 5% discount off the land portion of the GuidedVacation. Brendan offers great discounts for groups of 9 or more passengers traveling together. Ask your Brendan Specialist for details. Space is limited to one group per motorcoach. Not valid on Boutique Journeys, Independent or CustomizedVacations, any cruise portion of a vacation, 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. Single supplement prices apply. Guided Vacations save up to 10% save 5% save up to 5% group discount dune buggy ride,ica
  15. 15. 15 AIR SELLS OUT QUICKLY AND PRICES CHANGE DAILY. BOOK EARLY FORTHE MOST CHOICES and BEST PRICES! GREAT SAVINGS FOR YOUNG TRAVELERS Brendan offers a savings of up to 10% off of the land price of your GuidedVacation to travelers between the ages of 5 and 17 years, provided they are accompanied by an adult. There is a limit of twoYoungTravelers per room on GuidedVacations and three on Family Vacations. 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 does not apply to Independent or CustomizedVacations, any cruise portion of a vacation, extra nights, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, or airport transfers. SINGLE TRAVELERS Traveling solo on a GuidedVacation is a great way to see the world in the company of new friends. We offer low Single Room Supplements for those traveling ontheir own. Please see each itinerary for the cost. Single rooms can be relatively expensive and are sometimes smaller than a twin-size room. TRIPLE and quad accommodations DISCOUNT On many of our itineraries, we offer a reduced land rate to three or four people sharing a room.Triple and quad room savings are listed on the itinerary pages. Triple and quad rooms are usually not larger than a twin-size room.The room can accommodate three or four people, however it may only have two beds or one double bed and a rollaway.This discount applies only to itineraries featuring theTriple or Quad Room Discount offer. Quad rooms are available for two adults sharing with two children under 15 years of age (not four adults).Triple and quad accommodations on cruises are strictly limited and available on a request basis only. DEFINITE DEPARTURES 4 Definite Departures are GuidedVacation departure dates that have surpassed minimum booking numbers, confirming operation. All Definite Departures will be identified on Brendan’s website with a 4, or you can ask your Brendan Specialist. See BrendanVacations.com for more information. sacsayhuaman save up to 10% SINGLE room supplement triple room discount
  16. 16. Most of your sightseeing and some inter-city travel will be on deluxe motorcoaches.This is one of the easiest and most comfortable ways to see the world. Our highly experienced, professional drivers get you from one destination to the next, while you sit back and enjoy the scenery and yourTravel Director’s commentary – maybe even take a nap! Our modern coaches are equipped* with: • state-of-the-art safety and technological innovations • freeWiFi access Ù • reclining seats with footrests and panoramic views • personal reading lights and air-conditioning vent • an entertainment system with CD, DVD, radio, and flat-screen monitors * not all coaches feature all amenities; available services vary throughout the world Some of our itineraries travel between cities or sightsee by train, ferry, bus or plane. Each itinerary page shows the modes of transportation you’ll take. 16 the finest way to Travel Method of travel Car Air Rail Coach Kilograms of CO2 0.3831 kgs 0.1330 kgs 0.0860 kgs 0.0483 kgs Per passenger mile IT’S FUN TO BE GREEN Brendan’s motorcoaches emit less carbon and greenhouse gas per person than traveling by car*, so you’re doing your part for the environment while enjoying a vacation! * source DEFRA (UK Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) defra.gov.uk/environment/business/reporting/conversion-factors.htm CARBON EMISSIONS GRID vistadome train to machu picchu
  17. 17. 17 EXPRESS CHECK-IN – THE ULTIMATE HASSLE-FREE GUIDED VACATION 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, 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 only takes about 10 minutes. Access to Express Check-In is via Brendan’s secure website: BrendanVacations.com/ expresscheck-in If you check in within 15 days of departure, we cannot guarantee that yourTravel Director will receive the information. So, the sooner you register the better. For late check-ins (within 15 days of depar­ ture), we recommend you print your check-in details and present them to yourTravel Director on the first day of your vacation. Check-InON GUIDED VACATIONS BENEFITS OF USING EXPRESS CHECK-IN • YourTravel Director will be able to prepare for all your needs and preferences before your arrival to help us more effectively tailor your trip • You will receive helpful information, tips and exclusive savings on travel-related goods and services • We can quickly locate you or your contact at home in the unlikely event of an emergency • You can sit back and relax, because you won’t be asked to complete required forms on the first day of your vacation, plus your hotel check-in is streamlined AFTER CHECK-IN Upon completion of your Express Check-In, BrendanVacations will send you a CONFIRMATION EMAIL as well as additional information including tips and suggestions to help you 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. EXPRESS
  18. 18. FINANCIAL PROTECTION US$20 MILLIONYOUR PEACE OF MIND GUARANTEE $20 MILLION LOGO The traveling public has always been con­ cerned 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. 18 Sustaining the destinations we visit is of great importance to us at BrendanVacations.We are part of a joint initiative by TheTravel Corporation (TTC) family of brands calledTreadRight; a not-for-profit organization working to ensure that the environment and communities we explore remain vibrant for future generations. TreadRight isTheTravel Corporation’s hub for all corporate social responsibility efforts, and it manages a longstanding grants program that benefits sustainable tourism projects. To date,TreadRight has donated more than US$1.5 million to projects worldwide, and it encourages industry best practice through support for theWorldTravel &Tourism Council’s Tourism forTomorrow Awards. To learn more about our work atTreadRight, please visit us at treadright.org. BrendanVacations andTreadRight are excited to support the work of the National Trust.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. BrendanVacations shares the coverage available under the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program with affiliates ofTheTravel Corporation USA who, as an Active Member of 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 BrendanVacations’ customers in the unlikely event of Brendan Vacations’ bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted by TheTravel Corporation USA and shared among its affiliates may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by Brendan Vacations. More details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program and a list of affiliates may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 345 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1801, NewYork, NewYork 10001, or by email to information@ustoa.com or by visiting their website at www.USTOA.com. CONNECT WITH PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE BRENDAN GUESTS! Check us out on: Take a look at our blogs and forums for tips before you go BrendanVacations.com/fans facebook.com/brendanvacationsfanpage twitter.com/brendanvacation
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  20. 20. 20 Eco Adventure costa rica YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES >> Airport transfers in San Jose on Day 1 and to Liberia on Day 8 or Day 10 >> Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling >> Free WiFiÙavailable on the coach and in hotels (see pages 10 & 16) >> Welcome Reception with light appetizers and drinks (WR) >> 7 full breakfasts (B); 3 lunches, including a Be My Guest lunch with wine (BG) and 2 buffet lunches (L); 6 dinners (D), including 4 buffet dinners, 1 three-course dinner and a Farewell Dinner with wine (FD) >> Services of a professional English-speaking Travel Director >> Modern motorcoach with air conditioning and reclining seats >> Sightseeing, special features, and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges and VIP entry (see page 9) Headsets M for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide’s commentary hidden treasure A unique experience provided by your Travel Director >> Umbrellas provided for your use >> Portfolio of travel documents >> Souvenir group photo and map SAN JOSETO LIBERIA your personally selected hotels San Jose | InterContinental Real Hotel & ClubTower Costa Rica DLX Tortuguero Nat’l Park | Laguna LodgeTortuguero MF Sarapiqui | Hacienda Sueño Azul Resort MF Arenal | Los Lagos Hotel, Spa & Resort F Monteverde Cloud Forest | El Establo Mountain Hotel F DLX Deluxe F First Class MF Moderate First Class REF: LCRE DEPARTURES & PRICES per person* Saturdays: Jan 18♦, 25♦ – $1,595 Feb 1♦, 8♦, 15♦, 22♦ – $1,595 Mar 1♦, 8♦, 15♦, 22♦, 29♦ – $1,595 Fridays: Apr 11 – $1,525 May 16 – $1,495 Jun 20 – $1,495 Jul 11, 25 – $1,495 Oct 3, 17, 31 – $1,495 Nov 28 – $1,495 Dec 19§, 26§- – $1,675 2015: Jan 9, 16, 23 – $1,550 Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 – $1,550 Mar 6, 13, 20, 27 – $1,550 * 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 additional; please check with your Travel Agent or Brendan Specialist for special airfares originating in the U.S. ♦These departures operate per the 2013 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Ask your Brendan Specialist for details. NOTE: Guaranteed Room Share is not available. § Holiday departures: Christmas and NewYear Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Single Room Supplement: $475 (Jan 18- Mar 29, May 16-Nov 28); $500 (Apr 11, Jan 9- Mar 20 ‘15); $525 (Dec 19-Dec 26, Mar 27) Triple Room Reduction: $105 (Jan 18-Mar 29); $150 (All other departures) REGIONAL VACATION $1495from land only V A C A T I O N P A C E leisurely LET’S GO explore monteverde’s rainforest canopy on the sky walk ABOUT THIS VACATION Some parts of Costa Rica, especially in remote areas such as insideTortuguero National Park and Sarapiqui, are still off the beaten path. Hotel facilities, while the best available, may be limited, such as the Laguna Lodge inTortuguero and Hacienda SueñoAzul Resort in Sarapiqui. Both have comfortable but simple guestrooms with en suite bathrooms, ceiling fans instead of air- conditioning, and no phone orTV. Meal choices may be limited and not as extensive as on other Brendan GuidedVacations.This program requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps, and through heavy rainfalls (umbrellas provided). This journey is best enjoyed by the experienced traveler in good health, who can take such conditions in stride. toucan Visit BrendanVacations.com for all Definite Departures ✔ and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. Operated in conjunction with our sister company OTher GREAT ways to save*! Early Payment Discount: pay by Nov 26 ‘13 & save up to $168; pay by Jan 31 ‘14 & save up to $126; pay by Apr 30 ‘14 & save up to $84 Second Trip Discount: save up to $84 Young Traveler Discount: $168 * Above discounts are per person.
  21. 21. TORTUGUERO NAT’L PARK TORTUGUERO NAT’L PARK Costa Rica PACIFIC OCEAN ARENALARENAL CARIBBEAN SEA SAN JOSESAN JOSE SARAPIQUISARAPIQUI MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST LIBERIA SIQUIRRESSIQUIRRES Panama SAN ISIDRO DE HEREDIA SAN ISIDRO DE HEREDIA 2 1 1 21 2 Guanacaste Beach Stay 3-Day Post Extension Highest elevation point: 4,600 ft. 21 r BE MY Guest LOCAL SPECIALTY " local expert 1 OVERNIGHT STAY 1 START CITY  END CITY 1 Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica Welcome to San Jose!Your journey begins with a warm greeting at the airport from a local host and a complimentary transfer to your hotel. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and traveling companions for aWelcome Reception. WR 2 San Jose / Tortuguero National Park r Head toward the small town of San Isidro de Heredia, where you will be welcomed for a Be My Guest lunch by master chocolatiers. Savor a taste of gourmet chocolate and an organic meal. Learn about the history of chocolate and how it is produced at this small chocolate workshop. Afterward, continue to Siquirres for a river journey through the protected wetlands. Later, stroll the streets of TortugueroVillage and explore the fascinating GreenTurtle Research Station. B BG D 3 TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Cruise the canals and streams of the park today as howler monkeys watch from the treetops, toucans and egrets fly through the air and crocodiles ply the cool waters. If you’re here in July, take an optional excursion to see the sea turtles laying eggs on the beach. B L D 4 Tortuguero / Sarapiquí  Start the day with the chance to try “pipa,” a delicious variety of young coconut.Then head to the village of Horquetas. After lunch at a favorite restaurant, visit a localTico family palm plantation to learn about and taste the delicate heart of palm, a Local Specialty. Travel on to tiny Sarapiqui and step off the beaten path in this rarely-visited region surrounded by dense rainforests full of wildlife.This afternoon, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area around your lodge—perhaps you’ll spot the endangered great green macaw. B L D DAY glide through the tortuguero canals, watching for wildlife 5 Sarapiquí / Arenal Travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos, home of colossal ArenalVolcano. Relax and enjoy some free time at the hotel.This evening, soak in the resort’s thermal pools. ­B D 6 Arenal / Monteverde Cloud Forest " Straddling Costa Rica’s Continental Divide, the Monteverde Cloud Forest is home to luxuriant vegetation, abundant wildlife, coffee plantations and spectacular views.You’ll spend two nights in this most famous of Costa Rican reserves. Upon arrival, ascend to the treetops for a bird’s- eye view of the forest on the SkyWalk, a chain of six suspension bridges at canopy level. Begin exploring from the grounds of your mountain lodge before enjoying dinner at a popular restaurant and meet a native Quaker man, a Local Expert, who will share historical photos and stories of the old town of Monteverde. B D 7 MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Join your expert guide for an excursion through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, home to innumerable species of animals, birds, insects and plants.Your afternoon is free. Share your experiences at a festive Farewell Dinner with wine. B FD 8 Monteverde / Depart Liberia Transfer to Liberia Airport where your vacation ends. For guests extending their vacation, you will be transferred to your seaside resort in Guanacaste. Please do not schedule flights before 1:00 p.m. B On selected departure dates, choose to extend your Costa Rica vacation by starting your adventure with our “Panama,The Canal & Beyond” vacation. See pages 24-25 for details. Add Guanacaste Beach to the end of your vacation REF: LCRG 1 to 7 Same as “Costa Rica Eco Adventure.” 8 monteverde / Guanacaste Head to the pristine Pacific coast, where you’ll check into your seaside resort, located on the white sands ofTamarindo Beach. Slip into your swimsuit and enjoy the surf and sand this afternoon. B 9 Guanacaste FREE DAY The day is yours to relax on the beautiful beach or get to know the underwater life while snorkeling. Other optional tours include an exploration of the rainforest canopy, a float trip on a nearby river, horseback riding, whitewater rafting or a visit to a National Park (all own expense). B 10 Guanacaste / Depart Liberia You will be transferred to Liberia International Airport where your vacation ends. Or stay a while longer on the beach; extra nights are available. Please do not schedule flights before 12:30 p.m. B Your Personally Selected Hotel Guanacaste | Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort F Supplement Price Per Person From: Twin $250 (Jan 18-Mar 22); $275 (Mar 29-Mar 27 ‘15) Single Room Supplement $215 (Jan 18-Mar 22); $225 (Mar 29-Mar 27 ‘15) Triple Room Reduction $30 (Jan 18-Mar 22); $50 (Mar 29-Mar 27 ‘15) DAY sea turtle, tortuguero national park
  22. 22. V A C A T I O N P A C E leisurely LET’S GO 22 monkeys jungles & volcanoes YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES >> Airport transfers in San Jose on Day 1 and from Manuel Antonio to San Jose on Day 8 >> Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling >> Free WiFiÙavailable on the coach and in hotels (see pages 10 & 16) >> Kick-off Party with light appetizers and drinks (KP) >> 7 full breakfasts (B); 3 lunches (L); 5 dinners (D), including 2 buffet dinners, 1 three-course dinner, a Pizza Night Highlight Dinner with drinks (HD) and Farewell Dinner with drinks (FD) >> Services of a professional English-speaking Travel Director >> Modern motorcoach with air conditioning and reclining seats >> Sightseeing, special features, and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges and VIP entry (see page 9) Headsets M for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide’s commentary hiddenTReasure A unique experience provided by your Travel Director >> Umbrellas provided for your use >> Portfolio of travel documents >> Souvenir group photo and map DEPARTURES & PRICES per person* Sundays: Feb 16♦, 23♦ – $1,650 Mar 9♦, 16♦, 23♦ – $1,650 Apr 6 – $1,725 Jun 15, 22 – $1,625 Jul 13, 27 – $1,675 Aug 3, 10 – $1,675 Nov 9, 16 – $1,625 Dec 21§ – $1,995 Dec 28§ – $2,095 2015: Feb 15, 22 – $1,675 Mar 8, 15, 22 – $1,675 * 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 additional; please check with your Travel Agent or Brendan Specialist for special airfares originating in the U.S. ♦These departures operate per the 2013 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Ask your Brendan Specialist for details. NOTE: Guaranteed Room Share is not available. § Holiday departures: Christmas and NewYear Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Single Room Supplement: $595 (Feb 16- Mar 23); $625 (Apr 6); $ 525 (Jun 15-Jun 22, Nov 9-Nov 16); $575 (Jul 13-Aug 10, Feb 15- Mar 22 ‘15); $675 (Dec 21-Dec 28) Triple Room Reduction: $100 (Feb 16-Mar 23); $125 (Apr 6 ‘14-Mar 22 ‘15) Quad Room Reduction: $125 (Feb 16-Mar 23); $245 (Apr 6 ‘14-Mar 22 ‘15) your personally selected hotels San Jose | InterContinental Real Hotel & ClubTower Costa Rica DLX Tortuguero Nat’l Park | Laguna LodgeTortuguero MF Arenal Nat’l Park | Los Lagos Hotel, Spa & Resort F ManuelAntonio Nat’l Park | Parador Resort & Spa SF DLX Deluxe SF Superior First Class F First Class MF Moderate First Class REF: LFCA Visit BrendanVacations.com for all Definite Departures ✔ and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. Operated in conjunction with our sister company Family Vacation from $1625 land only SAN jose TO SAN jose OTher GREAT ways to save*! Early Payment Discount: pay by Nov 26 ‘13 & save up to $210; pay by Jan 31 ‘14 & save up to $157; pay by Apr 30 ‘14 & save up to $105 Second Trip Discount: save up to $105 Young Traveler Discount: $210 * Above discounts are per person. howler monkeys ABOUT THIS VACATION Some parts of Costa Rica, especially in a remote area such as insideTortuguero National Park, are still off the beaten path. Hotel facilities, while the best available, may be limited, such as the Laguna Lodge inTortuguero with comfortable but simple guestrooms with en suite bathrooms, ceiling fans instead of air-conditioning, and without phone orTV. Meal choices may be limited and not as extensive as on other Brendan Guided Vacations.This program requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps and through heavy rainfalls (umbrellas provided).This journey is best enjoyed by the experienced traveler in good health and who can take such conditions in stride. arenal has been erupting regularly for more than 40 years
  23. 23. 23 TORTUGUERO NAT’L PARK TORTUGUERO NAT’L PARK SARAPIQUI Costa Rica PACIFIC OCEAN ARENALARENAL CARIBBEAN SEA SAN JOSESAN JOSE MANUEL ANTONIO MANUEL ANTONIO Panama 2 1 2 2 1 Arrive IN San Jose, Costa Rica PuraVida! Bienvenidos a Costa Rica!You’re going to have more fun than a barrel of monkeys and spot more than a barrel of wild­life on this incredible adventure. A local host will greet you at the airport for your complimentary transfer to the hotel. Relax by the pool or work out in the gym before meeting yourTravel Director and fellow explorers at 6 p.m. for a festive Kick-off Party. KP 2 SAN JOSE / BRAULIO CARRILLO NATIONAL PARK / TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK " Rise with the roosters and head east through Braulio Carrillo National Park towards the Caribbean Sea. Board a river boat, gliding through canals, lagoons and lowland rainforest teeming with wildlife.You’ll be amazed at how many kinds of animals live here – six species of sea turtles, monkeys, caimans, tons of exotic bird species plus rare and endangered ocelots, river otters and manatees.The afternoon is yours – hang out by the pool or on the beach, or head toTortugueroVillage to meet the students (when school is in session). Join a Local Expert from the SeaTurtle Conservancy Foundation to learn about the incredible turtles that nest in Tortuguero. Enjoy a buffet dinner at the resort’s open-air restaurant along theTortuguero lagoon tonight. B L D 3 TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Arrr, arrr, arrr!There’s nothing like the wake- up call of a troop of howler monkeys to start your day. Set off with your guide to explore the lush canals and waterways ofTortuguero National Park.You may want to start a tally of all the types of wildlife you’ll see. Look out for sloths, green iguanas, caiman, crocodiles and colorful toucans. Of course, you’ll spot tons of monkeys – agile howler and spider monkeys and white-faced capuchins swinging through the dense rainforest canopy.This afternoon, you can venture back out on the canals to add to your wildlife tally or relax back at the lodge – the choice is yours! If you’re visiting DAY during nesting season (Jul-Aug), you might want to join an optional night walk with a naturalist guide to witness some of the world’s largest turtles laying their eggs. B L D 4 TORTUGUERO / SARAPIQUI / ARENAL NATIONAL PARK  You have a chance to try “pipa,” a delicious variety of young coconut.Then bid adios to the monkeys for now as you boat back to the mainland and travel by motorcoach to Horquetas. Here you’ll visit a localTico family palm plantation to learn all about and taste an exotic vegetable and Local Specialty you’ve probably never tried – the delicate heart of palm. Continue traveling to tiny Sarapiqui where you’ll visit a pineapple farm, the only farm of its kind in the world producing certified organic golden pineapples, a Local Specialty. After learning how it’s grown without hurting the environment, you’ll eat the juiciest, most delicious pineapple ever. B L 5 ARENAL SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Rise and shine as the jungle and volcano are calling! Start the day with a guided trek around the quiet side of the volcano at Arenal National Park. Walk through the old lava rocks and learn about the powerful forces behind the volcano’s past eruptions. Then head to the Arenal Hanging Bridges where you can walk eye-level within the lush canopy, observe the monkeys, sloths and chattering birds up close, and look out to see rumbling ArenalVolcano.Then relax or take a swim at the pool back at the hotel. ­B D 6 Arenal / Manuel Antonio national Park Head south to ManuelAntonio National Park, renowned for its warm blue waters, sparkling white-sand beaches and abundant wild­life. Then, get ready for a blast! Imagine yourself soaring high above the jungle floor as you fly along ziplines through the treetops, eye-to-eye with the lush foliage and exotic rainforest creatures. Combined withTarzan swings and rappelling, ziplining through the canopy is sure to be among the most amazing adventures of your life!This evening, join the gang for a Pizza Night Highlight Dinner. B HD 7 MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Walking deep into the National Park with your guide, you’ll definitely check off a few more creatures on your wildlife list – at last count, there were 109 kinds of animals and 184 species of birds living here! Listen for those barking howler monkeys and the chattering of those mischievous squirrel and white-face monkeys. Then, it’s time to hit the beach!You can laze in the warm Pacific or at the resort’s pool, or choose one of many optional activi­ties.Will it be a catamaran cruise to snorkel (and maybe even see dolphins, parrotfish and sea turtles), a surf lesson, mangrove kayak tour, horseback ride or white water rafting?This evening, join your fellow explorers and celebrate new friendships and awesome exper­iences with a Farewell Dinner at the hotel. B FD 8 Manuel Antonio / Depart San Jose Your vacation ends as you travel back to San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport, or you can extend your stay in Manuel Antonio. Please do not schedule flights before 1:00 p.m. B Highest elevation point: 3,900 ft. imagine yourself ziplining through the forest CANOPY Like Us on Facebook Whether you’re an avid or armchair traveler, Brendan’s Facebook page lets you share photos and thoughts, read inspiring stories and intriguing reviews, plus find out about the latest deals and newest itineraries.Visit us at facebook.com/BrendanVacationsFanPage.  LOCAL SPECIALTY " local expert 1 OVERNIGHT STAY 1 START CITY  END CITY
  24. 24. 24 Panama,The Canal & Beyond YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES >> Airport transfers in Panama City on Day 1 and from Playa Bonita to Panama City on Day 8 >> Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling >> Free WiFiÙavailable on the coach and in hotels (see pages 10 & 16) >> Welcome Reception with light appetizers and drinks (WR) >> 7 full breakfasts (B); 2 lunches, including a lunch aboard a Panama Canal cruise (L); 3 dinners, including 2 three-course dinners (D), and a Farewell Dinner with drinks (FD) >> Services of an English-speaking Travel Director >> Modern motorcoach with air conditioning and reclining seats > a BRENDAN VACATIONS BONUS - Internal Air: Flight from Panama City to David and porter service at the airport >> Sightseeing, special features, and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges and VIP entry (see page 9) Headsets M for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide’s commentary hidden treasure A unique experience provided by your Travel Director >> Portfolio of travel documents >> Souvenir group photo and map Panama Cityto panama city your personally selected hotels Panama City | InterContinental Miramar DLX Gamboa Rainforest | Gamboa Rainforest Resort MD Boquete| Valle Escondido Golf & Spa Resort F Playa Bonita | TheWestin Playa Bonita DLX DLX Deluxe MD Moderate Deluxe F First Class REF: LPAN DEPARTURES & PRICES per person* Fridays: Jan 17 – $1,950 Feb 14 – $1,950 Mar 14 – $1,950 Apr 4 – $1,950 Jun 13 – $1,950 Jul 11 – $1,950 Oct 10 – $1,950 Nov 7 – $1,950 Dec 19§ – $1,995 2015‡: Jan 16 – $2,025 Feb 13, 27 – $2,025 Mar 13, 20 – $2,025 * Per person prices are based on two people sharing a room. Land & Internal Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for one-way flight between Panama City and David and are accurate as of May 1, 2013. For up-to-date information, please ask your Brendan Specialist. 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. ‡ 2015 dates are subject to price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in July 2014. NOTE: Guaranteed Room Share is not available. § Holiday departures: Christmas and NewYear Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Single Room Supplement: $675 (Jan 17-Dec 19); $700 (Jan 16-Mar 20 ‘15) Triple Room Reduction: $80 (Jan 17-Dec 19); $90 (Jan 16-Mar 20 ‘15) regional vacation $1950from land & internal air V A C A T I O N P A C E leisurely LET’S GO Panama’s historic district panama canal OTher GREAT ways to save*! Early Payment Discount: pay by Nov 26 ‘13 & save up to $185; pay by Jan 31 ‘14 & save up to $139; pay by Apr 30 ‘14 & save up to $93 Second Trip Discount: save up to $93 Young Traveler Discount: $185 * Above discounts are per person. Visit BrendanVacations.com for all Definite Departures ✔ and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. Operated in conjunction with our sister company
  25. 25. BOQUETEBOQUETE GULF OF PANAMA GAMBOA RAINFOREST GAMBOA RAINFOREST PLAYA BONITA PLAYA BONITA PANAMA CITY PANAMA CITY CARIBBEAN SEA NATA Panama SANTIAGO CERRO PUNTA DAVID Canal Cruise Costa Rica Colombia Catagena, Colombia 4-Day Post Extension P P 2 2 12 25 Follow Us on Twitter Get trip tips and be the first to hear about great deals and what’s new in travel! Follow Brendan onTwitter at twitter.com/BrendanVacation. 1 Arrive IN PANAMA CITY, panama Bienvenidos a Panama!You will be transferred to your hotel, perfectly located on the Bay of Panama and the bustling Cinta Costera, just steps from Calle Uruguay with its many popular shops and restaurants. At 6 p.m., join your fellow travel companions and yourTravel Director for aWelcome Reception. WR 2 PANAMA CANAL CRUISE & FREE TIME Cruise along the Panama Canal from the north end of the Galliard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the Canal, and witness first­hand the engineering wonder of the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks. Cross over the Conti­nental Divide and under the Centennial Bridge and Bridge of the Americas while enjoying a relaxed morning snack and lunch. Once in the beautiful Bay of Panama, be ready for the best views of Panama City’s modern skyline.The rest of your day is free. B L 3 PANAMA CITY SIGHTSEEING / GAMBOA RAINFOREST Discover Panama City’s role long before the Canal put it on the map. Drive by PanamaViejo, site of the original Panama City, sacked by the Pirate Henry Morgan in 1671. Wander the vibrant streets of Casco Antiguo, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stop at the Miraflores LocksVisitor Center and Canal Museum, then head for the lush vegetation and tropical climate of the rainforest. Once at your resort, join a guide on a nature walk and aerial tram ride. Glide through the treetops and come face to face with the birds and animals that inhabit this mountainous rainforest canopy. Visit the ObservationTower and admire the panoramic views. B D 4 GAMBOA RAINFOREST SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME  Embark on a different kind of water adventure at the edge of Chagres National Park, boarding a motor boat. Enjoy a ride up river through the jungle, possibly sighting toucans, sloths and monkeys. Arriving at Embera’ Puru, you will DAY be met with a traditional greeting, then learn about the fascinating culture, lifestyle and crafts of the Embera Indians. Enjoy a delicious traditional Local Specialty – Patacones (fried plantains) with fried fish or chicken.Then listen to their music and watch traditional shamanic dances. Back at the resort, the afternoon is free. B 5 GAMBOA RAINFOREST / DAVID / CERRO PUNTA / BOQUETE r Fly to David and travel up the mountain slopes of the Chiriqui Province near the Costa Rican border. At Cerro Punta, take in the superb views ofVolcan Baru, a dormant but prominent volcano and the tallest mountain in Panama. An exclusive Be My Guest lunch awaits you at a thorough­bred farm situated in Cerro PuntaValley, one of the most beautiful scenic jewels in the country. As guests of the owners, explore the farm and learn how they breed these magnificent horses in a pesticide free environment. Later, arrive at the mountain resort of Boquete inValle Escondido. ­B bg 6 BOQUETE SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME  Visit a coffee plantation and learn how coffee, a new Local Specialty in Panama, is making a grand entrance on the world stage of gourmet coffee with several award-winning, estate- grown varietals. Learn about the coffee-making process and meet the Ngobe-Bugle, the indigenous people who handpick the red coffee berries. Back at the resort, the rest of the day is free. Explore Boquete or join one of the optional activities including bird-watching, white-water rafting, ziplining, hiking up a volcano, or horseback riding. B d 7 BOQUETE / SANTIAGO / PLAYA BONITA Descend from the Chiriqui Highlands to the Inter-American Highway. Stop in Santiago, then on to Aguadulce and Nata in the Cocle Province, the heart of Panama’s sugar cane industry. In Nata view the beau­tiful basilica, said to be the oldest church in colonialAmerica. Arrive at your resort, nestled alongside the aquamarine waters of the Pacific Ocean. This evening, gather with your newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner. B FD 8 PLAYA BONITA / depart PANAMA CITY Transfer to Panama City International Airport or you extend your stay on the beach at Playa Bonita. (*Depending on your departure time, coffee and light food service, or a full breakfast will be available). B On selected departure dates, choose to extend your Panama vacation by starting your adventure with our “Costa Rica Eco Adventure” vacation. See pages 20-21. r be my guest LOCAL SPECIALTY " local expert Highest elevation point: 8,200 ft. take an aerial tram ride in the gamboa rainforest Add a 4-day / 3-night stay in Cartagena,Colombia to Your Vacation REF: LPAC After your adventure in Panama, fly to Cartagena, a UNESCO Historical Patrimony of Humanity site. Explore the city’s colonial architecture with a local guide, visit the Gold Museum, see La Popa, the Convent of La Candelaria, San Felipe Fort and La Bovedas. Then there’s plenty of time on your own to relax by the pool at your beautiful resort or perhaps join a land or island excursion. Your Personally Selected Hotel: Sofitel Santa Clara dlx Price Per Person From: Twin $1325 (Jan 17-Dec 19); $1400 (Jan 16-Mar 20, ’15‡) Single Room Supplement $725 (Jan 17-Dec 19); $775 (Jan 16-Mar 20, ’15‡) Prices include flight Panama City/Cartagena, airport/hotel transfers and daily breakfast. ‡ 2015 dates are subject to price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in July 2014. 1 OVERNIGHT STAY 1 START CITY  END CITY sofitel santa clara
  26. 26. 26 Ecuadorcolorfultrails of YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES >> Airport transfers in Quito on Day 1 and Guayaquil on Day 10 >> Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling >> Free WiFiÙavailable on the coach and in hotels (see pages 10 & 16) >> Welcome Reception with lunch and wine (WR) >> 9 breakfasts (B); 7 lunches (L) including a Be My Guest lunch with wine (bg); 5 dinners (D) including 3 three-course dinners, a Highlight Dinner with wine (HD) and Farewell Dinner with wine (FD) >> Services of a professional Travel Director >> Sightseeing, special features, and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges and VIP entry (see page 9) Headsets M for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide’s commentary hidden TReasure A unique experience provided by your Travel Director >> Portfolio of travel documents >> Souvenir group photo and map your personally selected hotels Otavalo | Hacienda Cusin MF Quito | Hilton Colon SF Patate| Hacienda Leito MF Riobamba | Hacienda Abraspungo MF Cuenca | Hotel El Dorado MF Guayaquil | OroVerde SF SF Superior First Class mf Moderate First Class REF: LCTA DEPARTURES & PRICES per person* Saturdays: Jan 18 – $2,295 Feb 15 – $2,295 Mar 15, 29 – $2,295 Apr 12 – $2,295 Jun 7, 21 – $2,295 Aug 30 – $2,295 Sep 13 – $2,295 Oct 11, 25 – $2,295 Nov 8, 22 – $2,295 Dec 6 – $2,295 2015‡: Jan 17, 31 – $2,425 Feb 14, 28 – $2,425 Mar 14, 28 – $2,425 Apr 11, 25 – $2,425 * Per person prices are based on two people sharing a room. 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: You may require a visa or be subject to an entrance fee to many South American countries. Airport departure taxes may also apply at some airports in South America. Please check with your travel agent or local consulate for current information. ‡ 2015 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Jul 2014. Single Room Supplement: $575 (Jan 18-Dec 6); $595 (Jan 17-Apr 25, ‘15) Triple Room Reduction: $100 OTher GREAT ways to save*! Early Payment Discount: pay by Nov 26, ‘13 & save up to $243; pay by Jan 31, ‘14 & save up to $182; pay by Apr 30, ‘14 & save up to $121 Second Vacation Discount: save up to $121 Young Traveler Discount: $243 * Above discounts are per person. REGIONAL VACATION $2295from land only V A C A T I O N P A C E leisurely LET’S GO cuenca QUITOTO GUAYAQUIL cotopaxi Volcano Visit BrendanVacations.com for all Definite Departures ✔ and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. Operated in conjunction with our sister company
  27. 27. P P To Galapagos Islands Cruise 5-Day Post Extension See page 53 To Ecuador Amazon 5-Day Pre Extension Ecuador Peru GUAYAQUILGUAYAQUIL OTAVALOOTAVALO CAYAMBECAYAMBE PATATEPATATE INGAPIRCAINGAPIRCA QUITOQUITO RIOBAMBARIOBAMBA CUENCACUENCA ALAUSIALAUSI COTOPAXI NAT’L PARK COTOPAXI NAT’L PARK BANOSBANOS˜ EL CAJAS NAT’L PARK EL CAJAS NAT’L PARK 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 27 1 ARRIVE IN QUITO, ECUADOR / OTAVALO @ Welcome to Ecuador! A local representative will greet you at the airport for your transfer to Otavalo, scenically situated at the base of ImbaburaVolcano. Built in 1602, your hotel, the Hacienda Cusin, is one of the oldest haciendas in Ecuador. Its beautifully-decorated guest rooms carefully preserve the historic ambiance of the hacienda. Enjoy the rest of your day relaxing and getting settled. 2 OTAVALO SIGHTSEEING  Relax this morning before meeting a local family who introduce you to the Andean tradi­tion and Local Specialty of flute making. Listen as they play the handmade instruments, then you’ll have the chance to try it yourself! After a Welcome Reception and lunch at a traditional hacienda, visit the public market with native Otavalenos. Put your bartering skills to the test as you wander through the stalls offering a variety of handcrafted items. BWR D 3 OTAVALO / CAYAMBE / QUITO r Enjoy a morning at leisure before heading to Cayambe where you’ll meet a local family at the Hacienda La Compania. Tour the grounds of this beautiful home and rose plantation, seeing the chapel and learning about the aromatic roses. Indulge in a delicious Be My Guest meal of Ecuadorian specialties, then travel to the exciting city of Quito. B BG 4 QUITO SIGHTSEEING "  Take a sightseeing tour of Quito, Ecuador’s capital city and a UNESCOWorld Heritage site. Visit a candy shop to watch a third-generation candy maker create a traditional Ecuadorian candy called colaciones, a Local Specialty. After lunch at a favorite restaurant, try another Local Specialty, canelazo, a spiced cinnamon- rum drink served hot. Continue to the Equatorial Line Monument, and stand in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres at the same time! Later, meet an organic chocolate-maker, a Local Expert who tells you all about the production process and brings tasty samples. Indulge in a Highlight Dinner this evening featuring delicious cuisine and live entertainment. B L HD 5 QUITO / COTOPAXI / PATATE " Travel south along the Pan-American Highway, viewing stunning landscapes of valleys and mountains. Stop at Cotopaxi National Park, the home of active CotopaxiVolcano standing 19,642 feet high. Meet a Local Expert who shares his knowledge and passion for this spectacular natural wonder. On to Limpiopungo Lake where you’ll observe high-altitude birds and, occasionally, wild horses. Return to the valley where lunch awaits at a 300-year-old hacienda surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Andes.Then continue along the “Avenue of the Volcanoes” to Patate. ­B L D 6 PATATE / BAÑOS / RIOBAMBA  See some of the tallest and most beautiful mountains and volcanoes in the Andes as you drive to Baños. Located in the Amazon River Basin, the city is often called the “Gateway to the Amazon.” Enjoy the Local Specialty melcocha, a famous sugary candy of Baños. You’ll even have a chance to help make some of these delicious treats. On to see stunning Pailón del Diablo waterfall. Riobamba awaits as you continue travelling alongside massive Chim­borazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador, standing 20,702 feet high. B D DAY 7 RIOBAMBA / ALAUSI / INGAPIRCA / CUENCA Head to the train station where you board the Devil’s NoseTrain, an engineering feat of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Discover the topographic obstacles of Ecuador’s diverse landscape as you zigzag down the steep mountainside. Disembark to visit the Condor Puñuna Museum, built and run by the Nizag community. See the display of handicrafts, fruit and medicinal plants and try the local coffee. A picnic lunch is served as you head high up into the Andes to visit the Inca ruins of Ingapirca. Built by the Cañaris, then conquered and rebuilt by the Incas several hundred years before the Spanish arrived, Ingapirca is considered the most important archaeological site in Ecuador. Check into your hotel in Cuenca and relax for the evening. B L 8 CUENCA SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME " U Discover the charm of Cuenca with a Local Expert. Founded as a Spanish settlement in 1557, the beauty of its landscape combined with the harmony between old and modern architecture has prompted UNESCO to name Cuenca aWorld Cultural Heritage site.Today’s highlights include theTodos los Santos ruins, flower markets, and the main square with the imposing blue-domed Cathedral.Visit some small surrounding communities including an arts and crafts village for a Unique Insight into the ancient weaving process of Panama hats and other items made of toquilla straw.Watch craftsmen create these traditional hats using a method that dates back to pre-Columbian cultures.Then make your own pottery while visiting a local pottery maker. B L 9 CUENCA / EL CAJAS NATIONAL PARK / GUAYAQUIL Journey through El Cajas National Park in the western Cordillera of the Andes.Watch the ever-changing flora and look for wildlife as you travel through the beautiful cloud forests to the coast for a visit to a cacao plantation. Here, learn about growing and harvesting cacao and enjoy a delicious lunch. In Guayaquil, follow the main streets and avenues on a short city tour. Tonight, gather one last time with your new- found friends to toast an unforgettable vacation during a Farewell Dinner at local restaurant. B L FD 10 DEPART GUAYAQUIL Your Ecuadorian adventure comes to an end with a complimentary transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Ecuador at the Hotel OroVerde. B Add the Ecuadorian Amazon to the beginning of your vacation 1 ARRIVE IN QUITO, ECUADOR Welcome to Quito! Relax in preparation for your Amazon discovery. 2 QUITO / COCA / SACHA LODGE Depart Quito this morning and fly to Coca. Upon arrival, embark on a boat ride to the remote Sacha Lodge.Take your first hike through the jungle, visit a butterfy farm, and meet a naturalist who will enlighten you on the biology and ecology of the area. B L D 3 SACHA LODGE, AMAZON An entire day to explore! Don’t miss the chance to stroll along the 940-foot-long canopy walkway and discover the rainforest from a bird’s-eye view. B L D 4 SACHA LODGE, AMAZON Embark on a canoe tour today, gliding through the thriving jungle. Climb a 131-foot-high tower atop a ceibo tree for breathtak­ing views. Keep an eye out for wildlife.The after- noon is free.This evening, head back to the waters to observe caiman and nocturnal birds from a dugout canoe on the lagoon. B L D 5 SACHA LODGE / COCA / QUITO Your Amazon adventure comes to an end with a transfer to Coca for your fight to Quito where you will join your vacation on Day 1. B Your Personally Selected Hotel Quito | Hilton Colon SF Amazon | Sacha Lodge F Price Per Person From: REF: LCTE Twin $1,475 (Jan 18-Dec 6); $1,550 (Jan 17-Apr 25, ‘15) Single Room Supplement $600 (Jan 18-Dec 6); $625 (Jan 17-Apr 25, ‘15) DAY @ authentic accommodation" local expertr be my guest LOCAL SPECIALTY U unique insights 1 OVERNIGHT STAY 1 END CITY  start CITY Highest elevation point: 13,451 ft.
  28. 28. 28 highlights of YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES >> All internal air and round-trip transfers between the airports and hotels, including baggage handling at the airports >> Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling >> Free WiFiÙavailable on the coach and in hotels (see pages 10 & 16) >> 7 breakfasts, including 2 continental breakfasts (CB) and 5 full breakfasts (B); 2 lunches, including a Be My Guest lunch with wine (BG) and picnic box lunch (L); 4 dinners (D), including a Highlight Dinner with wine (HD), and a Farewell Dinner with wine (FD) >> Services of an English-speaking Travel Director > a BRENDAN VACATIONS BONUS - Internal Air: Flights between Lima/Cusco and Cusco/Lima and porter service at the airport >> Sightseeing, special features, and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges and VIP entry (see page 9) Headsets M for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide’s commentary hiddentreasure A unique experience provided by your Travel Director >> Portfolio of travel documents >> Souvenir group photo and map REF: LHPA DEPARTURES & PRICES per person* Saturdays: Jan 4, 18, 25 – $2,295 Feb 1, 8, 15, 22 – $2,295 Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – $2,295 Apr 5, 12, 19, 26 – $2,295 May 3, 10, 24, 31 – $2,295 Jun 7, 14, 21 – $2,295 Jul 5, 19 – $2,295 Aug 2, 16, 23, 30 – $2,295 Sep 13, 27 – $2,295 Oct 4, 11, 18, 25 – $2,295 Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – $2,295 Dec 6 – $2,295 Dec 20§ – $2,495 Dec 27§ – $2,525 2015‡: Jan 17, 24, 31 – $2,395 Feb 7, 14, 21, 28 – $2,395 Mar 7, 14, 21 – $2,395 Apr 4, 11, 18, 25 – $2,395 * 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 Lima/Cusco and Cusco/Lima and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM Airlines between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities. If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2013. 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 your Travel Agent or your Brendan Specialist for special airfares originating in U.S. NOTE: You may require a visa or be subject to an entrance fee to many South American countries. Airport departure taxes may also apply at some airports in South America. Please check with your travel agent or local consulate for current information. ‡ 2015 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Jul 2014. § Holiday departures: Christmas and NewYear Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. REGIONAL VACATION $2295from land & internal air V A C A T I O N P A C E leisurely LET’S GO the iglesia de la compaÑia in cusco was built by jesuit priests to rival the cathedral Peru bargain for peruvian handicrafts at the pisac market Single Room Supplement: $595 (Jan 4-Dec 27); $625 (Jan 17-Apr 25 ‘15) Triple Room Reduction: $50 OTher GREAT ways to save*! Early Payment Discount: pay by Nov 26 ‘13 & save up to $226; pay by Jan 31 ‘14 & save up to $170; pay by Apr 30 ‘14 & save up to $113 Second Vacation Discount: save up to $113 Young Traveler Discount: $226 * Above discounts are per person. LimaTO lima Visit BrendanVacations.com for all Definite Departures ✔ and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. Operated in conjunction with our sister company your personally selected hotels Lima | Novotel Lima F SacredValley | Sonesta Posadas del IncaYucay F Machu Picchu | HatuchayTower Machu Picchu MF Cusco | Novotel Cusco F Lima | Novotel Lima F F First Class MF Moderate First Class
  29. 29. To Quito & Galapagos Islands Cruise 7-Day Post Extension P P P To Easter Island 4-Day Post Extension To Peruvian Amazon 5-Day Pre Extension P PP PACIFIC OCEAN P e r u CUSCOCUSCO LIMALIMA MACHU PICCHU MACHU PICCHU SACRED VALLEY SACRED VALLEY VistadomeTrainVistadomeTrain C o l o m b i a B o l i v i a 12 2 2 1 Highest elevation point: 11,000 ft. 29 r be my guest LOCAL SPECIALTY " local expert 1 OVERNIGHT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY DAY machu picchu,one of the new seven wonders of the world 1 Arrive IN LIMA, PERU Welcome to Lima!You will be met and transferred to your hotel, located in the exclusive San Isidro area (check-in time is 3 p.m.). 2 Lima free time & sightseeing r " For guests arriving early this morning, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where rooms are ready for immediate check-in. At lunch time meet yourTravel Director and head to Casa Diez Canseco, the private home of the Diez Canseco family. Enjoy a specialWelcome Reception and a Be My Guest home-cooked Peruvian lunch before a city tour with a Local Expert. Immerse yourself in the colonial splendor of Lima’s old section including Plaza de Armas.Then see the Church of San Francisco. Later, your evening is free. B bg Add the Peruvian Amazon to the beginning of your vacation and the Galapagos Islands or Easter Island to the end of your vacation. See page 51-53 for more details. 3 Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley  Take a morning flight to Cusco and head into the SacredValley. Stop at Awanakancha, where you will see and pet llamas, alpacas and vicunas. Enjoy a picnic box lunch before visiting the Pisac Market.Then travel to your hotel, a former 18th-century monastery in the heart of the SacredValley. Learn about Peruvian weaving, a Local Specialty, and watch centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving. cb L D 4 Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu Start the day with a visit to Ollantaytambo, an ancient Inca stronghold.Then, board the Vistadome train for your journey to Machu Picchu. “The Lost City of the Incas” was built about 1450 and abandoned 100 years later. Upon arrival, take a short ride to the entrance and begin your exploration of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. B D NOTE: On the train to Machu Picchu, only hand luggage can be taken.Your main suitcase will be stored and returned to you in Cusco. 5 Machu Picchu / Cusco  Return to Machu Picchu for last impressions of the magnificent ruins on your own. Later, travel by train and coach to Cusco. Along the way, stop at a local chicheria and sample chicha, a Local Specialty. Learn why this Peruvian corn beer is made by women only. ­B 6 Cusco Sightseeing & free time Cusco is a city enveloped in myth and legend. Traces of its Incan and Spanish heritage can still be seen today.View Cusco’s most important landmarks, including the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the Church of Santo Domingo, built atop the foundations of the IncaTemple of the Sun, or Korikancha. Just outside of town, visit the ruins of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Later, gather for a Highlight Dinner of local dishes and watch ancestral dances. B hd 7 CUsCO / LIMA " Fly back to Lima.This afternoon meet a Local Expert, a curator from the Larco Museum, and learn aboutAncient Peru societies.Then, gather for a Farewell Dinner in the museum’s garden restaurant. B fd 8 Depart LIMA You will be transferred to the airport where your vacation ends. cb NOTE: Depending on your flight schedule, you may be transferred to the airport late in the evening of Day 7. Machu Picchu is built on a steep hill.There and in other locations you will have to walk on uneven pathways or rocky terrain, and climb stairs with no handrails.You should be in good health and able to walk without assistance. Like Us on Facebook Whether you’re an avid or armchair traveler, Brendan’s Facebook page lets you share photos and thoughts, read inspiring stories and intriguing reviews, plus find out about the latest deals and newest itineraries.Visit us at facebook.com/BrendanVacationsFanPage.
  30. 30. Footsteps Incas INTHE YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES >> All internal air and round-trip trans­fers between the airport and hotels, includ­ing baggage handling at the airport >> Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling >> Free WiFiÙavailable on the coach and in hotels (see pages 10 & 16) >> 9 breakfasts, including 7 full breakfasts (B) and 2 continental breakfasts (CB); 4 lunches (L) including a Be My Guest lunch with wine (bg) and a picnic box lunch; 5 dinners (D) including a Farewell Dinner with wine (FD) >> Services of a professional Travel Director > a BRENDAN VACATIONS BONUS - Internal Air: Flights between Lima/Cusco, Cusco/Juliaca and Juliaca/Lima and porter service at the airport >> Sightseeing, special features, and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges and VIP entry (see page 9) Headsets M for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide’s commentary hiddentreasure A unique experience provided by your Travel Director >> Portfolio of travel documents >> Souvenir group photo and map your personally selected hotels Lima | Hilton Miraflores MD SacredValley | Casa Andina Private Collection – Valle Sagrado F Machu Picchu | Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel MD Cusco | Casa Andina Private Collection – Cusco F Puno | Libertador LakeTiticaca SF Lima | Hilton Miraflores MD MD Moderate Deluxe SF Superior First Class F First Class REF: LLIL DEPARTURES & PRICES per person* Tuesdays: Jan 28 – $3,495 Mar 25 – $3,495 Apr 29 – $3,495 May 6, 20 – $3,495 Jun 3, 17 – $3,495 Jul 1, 15 – $3,495 Aug 12, 26 – $3,495 Sep 9, 23 – $3,495 Oct 7, 21 – $3,495 Nov 4, 18 – $3,495 Dec 2 – $3,495 2015‡: Jan 27 – $3,675 Mar 10 – $3,675 *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 Lima/Cusco,Cusco/Juliaca and Juliaca/Lima and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM Airlines between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities. If flying with another airline between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities, the above prices may be higher. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2013. 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 your Travel Agent or Brendan Specialist for special airfares originating in the U.S. NOTE: You may require a visa or be subject to an entrance fee to many South American countries. Airport departure taxes may also apply at some airports in South America. Please check with your travel agent or local consulate for current information. ‡ 2015 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in Jul 2014. REGIONAL VACATION $3495from land & internal air V A C A T I O N P A C E leisurely LET’S GO uros islands,lake titicaca LimaTO lima OF THE Visit BrendanVacations.com for all Definite Departures ✔ and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. Operated in conjunction with our sister company Single Room Supplement: $975 (Jan 28-Dec 2); $1,025 (Jan 27-Mar 10, ‘15) Triple Room Reduction: $70 (Jan 28-Dec 2); $80 (Jan 27-Mar 10, ‘15) OTher GREAT ways to save*! Early Payment Discount: pay by Nov 26, ‘13 & save up to $329; pay by Jan 31, ‘14 & save up to $246; pay by Apr 30, ‘14 & save up to $164 Second Vacation Discount: save up to $164 Young Traveler Discount: $329 * Above discounts are per person. 30
  31. 31. 1 Arrive IN LIMA, PERU Bienvenidos a Lima, dubbed the “City of Kings” by conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. Upon arrival you will be met by a local host and taken to your luxury hotel in fashionable Mirafores (check in time 3 p.m.). 2 Lima FREE TIMe & Sightseeing r " For guests arriving early this morning, you will be met and transferred to the hotel, where your room is ready for immediate check-in. At lunchtime, join yourTravel Director and fellow traveling companions and meet Dr. Diez Canseco who takes you on a tour of his beautiful colonial home.Then enjoy aWelcome Reception and a delicious Be My Guest home- cooked lunch of Peruvian dishes. Spend the afternoon exploring Peru’s capital and historic center, a UNESCOWorld Heritage site, with a Local Expert. Experience the colonial splendor of Lima’s Plaza San Martin, home to the Archbishop’s Palace and the stately Cathedral where you can see Francisco Pizarro’s tomb. Visit the Church of San Francisco and its catacombs, then your evening is free. B bg 3 Lima / CuSco / Sacred Valley "  Fly to Cusco and head to Awanakancha in the heart of the SacredValley. See native alpacas, llamas and vicuñas with a Local Expert and watch artisan weavers crafting Andean textiles, a Local Speciality. Stop for a picnic box lunch before browsing through the delightful handi­ craft market in Pisac. At a chicheria, taste and learn about chicha, a Local Speciality and favorite drink of the Andes. Later, arrive at your mountain retreat in the SacredValley. CB L D 4 Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu " Climb toward Machu Picchu aboard the Vistadome train. Panoramic views of the valley and mountains are sure to delight. Once you arrive at this UNESCOWorld Heritage site, explore the stunning ruins with a Local Expert. Visit the greatTemple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved Intihuatana. B D NOTE: On the train to Machu Picchu, only hand luggage can be taken.Your main suitcase will be stored and returned to you in Cusco. DAY 5 MACHU PICCHU / OLLANTAYTAMBO / CUSCO " @ There is time this morning to head back to Machu Picchu for more exploring on your own. Return to the SacredValley and visit the Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo with a Local Expert. Then on to your Authentic Accommo­dation, a beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just a short walk from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas. B D 6 CuSco Sightseeing & FREE TIME " U Explore Cusco with a Local Expert.Visit the Cathedral, a marvelous example of colonial architecture. See San Blas, an unusual area with Inca walls and cobblestone streets. Get a Unique Insight at La Casa Concha Museum, viewing artifacts found by archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1912, and just recently returned fromYale University to Peru. Next, head to Sacsayhuaman, an impressive ruin towering over Cusco. Later, back at the hotel, meet Peter Frost, Local Expert and English archaeologist, to learn about the Inca settlements nearby. B 7 CUSCO SIGHTSEEING / JULIACA / PUNO " This morning, see the most important temple in the Inca Empire, Korikancha. Enjoy a walking tour with a Local Expert who shares stories about one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the western hemisphere. Afterward, visit a favorite restaurant in Cusco for a lunch of local cuisine. Fly to Juliaca and transfer to the shores of the magnifcent LakeTiticaca, where you will meet a Local Expert.Take in breathtaking views of the lake at sunset, not soon forgotten. B L 8 Lake Titicaca EXCURSION " Discover the floating Islands of the native Uros on a cruise with a Local Expert.Take a private tour ofTaquile Island and meet the Quechua-speaking villagers, renowned for their knitting and weaving techniques. After lunch on the island, discover more about the culture of the people who live there. B L D 9 PUNO / JULIACA / LIMA Travel back to Juliaca for your return flight to Lima.Tonight, experience one of Lima’s top museums after dark.Visit the Larco Museum, full of pre-Columbian artifacts such as jewelry, ceramics and pots offering insight into the cultures of ancient Peru.You’ll then sit down to a gourmet Farewell Dinner of Peruvian dishes, enjoying the fare while you gaze at the museum’s beautiful gardens. B FD 10 Depart LIMA Say hasta luego to Peru and transfer to the airport for your flight home, or if you like, extend your stay at the Hilton Mirafores. CB NOTE: Depending on your flight schedule, you may be transferred to the airport late in the evening of Day 9. Machu Picchu is built on a steep hill.There and in other locations you will have to walk on uneven pathways or rocky terrain, and climb stairs with no handrails.You should be in good health and able to walk without assistance. Add the Peruvian Amazon to the beginning of your vacation and Easter Island to the end of your vacation. See pages 51-52 for more details. P P P To Easter Island 4-Day Post Extension To Peruvian Amazon 5-Day Pre Extension P P P PACIFIC OCEAN Peru LIMALIMA LAKE TITICACA PUNOPUNO JULIACAJULIACA MACHU PICCHU MACHU PICCHU SACRED VALLEY SACRED VALLEY Train Bolivia CUSCOCUSCO 1 2 2 2 1 1 cathedral de lima 31 " local expert 1 OVERNIGHT STAY 1 START CITY 1 END CITY Highest elevation point: 11,000 ft. r be my guest LOCAL SPECIALTY @ authentic accommodationU unique insights
  32. 32. V A C A T I O N P A C E leisurely LET’S GO 32 see the paso horse demonstration in the sacred valley conquistadors, sacred valleys & inca mysteries YOURTRAVELVALUE INCLUDES >> All internal air and round-trip trans­fers between the airport and hotels, includ­ing baggage handling at the airport >> Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling >> Free WiFiÙavailable on the coach and in hotels (see pages 10 & 16) >> 10 breakfasts, including 2 continental breakfasts (CB) and 8 full breakfasts (B); 6 lunches (L), includ­ing a Be My Guest lunch (BG), 2 Highlight Lunches with drinks (HL), and picnic box lunch (L); 3 dinners (D), including 2 Highlight Dinners with wine (HD) and a Farewell Dinner with wine (FD) >> Services of an English-speaking Travel Director > a BRENDAN VACATIONS BONUS - Internal Air: Flights between Lima/Cusco and Cusco/Lima and porter service at the airport >> Sightseeing, special features, and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges and VIP entry (see page 9) Headsets M for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide’s commentary hiddentreasure A unique experience provided by your Travel Director >> Portfolio of travel documents >> Souvenir group photo and map DEPARTURES & PRICES per person* Wednesdays: Apr 23 – $3,275 May 21 – $3,275 Jun 25 – $3,275 Jul 16, 30 – $3,275 Nov 19 – $3,275 Dec 17§ – $3,375 2015‡: Apr 22 – $3,425 * 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 Lima/Cusco and Cusco/Lima and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM Airlines between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities. If flying with another airline between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2013. 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: You may require a visa or be subject to an entrance fee to many South American countries. Airport departure taxes may also apply at some airports in South America. Please check with your travel agent or local consulate for current information. ‡ 2015 date is subject to date, price and itinerary modifica­tions. Details will be available in Jul 2014. § Holiday departure: Christmas Celebrations have been arranged for this departure. REF: LCSV Visit BrendanVacations.com for all Definite Departures ✔ and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. Operated in conjunction with our sister company Family Vacation from $3275 land & internal air lima TO lima Single Room Supplement: $795 (Apr 23- Dec 17); $850 (Apr 22 ‘15) Triple Room Reduction: $100 (Apr 23-Dec 17); $105 (Apr 22 ‘15) Quad Room Reduction: $155 (Apr 23-Dec 17); $165 (Apr 22 ‘15) OTher GREAT ways to save*! Early Payment Discount: pay by Nov 29 ‘13 & save up to $343; pay by Jan 31 ‘14 & save up to $257; pay by Apr 30 ‘14 & save up to $171 Second Vacation Discount: save up to $171 Young Traveler Discount: $343 * Above discounts are per person. your personally selected hotels Lima | Novotel Lima F SacredValley | Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa SF or Aranwa SacredValley Hotel &Wellness SF Cusco | Novotel Cusco F Ica | Las Dunas Sun Resort F Lima | Novotel Lima F SF Superior First Class F First Class This itinerary is available exclusively on our website. It does not appear in our printed brochure. the nazca lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the nazca desert in southern peru

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