ANAHEIM, Calif., March 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As revelers prepare for St. Patrick's Day festivities by pouring a delicious, foamy pint of Guinness and locking arms with cheerful pub patrons singing authentic Irish songs, one lucky winner will experience it personally in Ireland on a $10,000 air-inclusive trip from Brendan Vacations in partnership with Tourism Ireland†. The winner will join millions of consumers who are seeing more green in their pockets to spend on shopping, gifts, and fun European sightseeing because the strong U.S. dollar is trading at almost equal value to the euro, a rare occurrence over the last 16 years. Participants can enter through March 31, 2015 here.
Friendly as a village and as intimate as a pub, travelers are always welcomed with a warm embrace by Irish locals as they enthusiastically share their stories, quickly immersing you into their culture. Enjoy a private reception at Christ Church Cathedral, dine on an authentic meal at a local family estate and taste fresh-baked scones at a traditional Irish farm. Guests who kiss the Blarney Stone will never again be at a loss for words after visiting its mystical and magical castle.
Travelers ready to book now can save up to $583 per couple on air-inclusive Brendan guided vacations, or up to $200 per couple on air-inclusive independent trips now through April 30, 2015. Savings combine Trafalgar's 5% Early Payment Discount plus a $200 per couple air credit valid on all airlines and class of service. *
Brendan has designed four different ways of traveling, each carefully crafted around today's traveler. Every trip includes:
· In-depth knowledge and authentic experiences from exclusive connections
· A dedicated team of experts handling guest needs every step of the way
· The right transportation, whether by luxury coach to a chauffeur-driven car
· Perfect hand-selected accommodations from castles to B&Bs
· Hassle-free tailored experience designed for individual travel preferences
Here are a few ways Brendan makes visiting Ireland even more affordable:
Amazing Ireland Guided Vacation
15 days from $2,941^
One of our longest and most leisurely trips, the north and south come together with famous cities, sights and exclusive experiences like a private reception at Christ Church Cathedral.
Dublin, Cork, Killarney & Limerick Locally Hosted
8 days from $1,739^
The perfect combination of Irish treats and warm hospitality, enjoy independent exploration combined with sage and witty advice of our Local Hosts. This itinerary includes historic Blarney Castle that imparts the gift of eloquence for a kiss!
Irish Cities, Landscapes & Castles Private Chauffeur
7 days from $4,419^
A vacation designed around you, for you. Choose your accommodations and sightseeing, all personally tailored and includes traveling to the magical Cliffs of Moher and Dromoland Castle, one of the most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland.
Wild Atlantic Way Self-Drive
8 days from $799^
Hit the open road on any budget with carefree confidence, immersing yourself into this spectacular coastline drive where you feel the elemental power of the Atlantic Ocean, turning from grey to green to azure blue. You'll drive on routes that ring great peninsulas, reaching out into the ocean, and tiny roads that hug the shoreline on this once in a lifetime journey.
To book or create your own Brendan vacation, please contact your travel professional or call the Brendan experts at 800-687-1002. Request a free brochure online or view Brendan's special packages here.
About Brendan Vacations
Brendan Vacations is the premier Ireland and Scotland destination expert, backed by over 45 years of planning authentic Celtic travel experiences from its office in the heart of Dublin. Offering a comprehensive range of travel styles, from Guided Vacations to customizable Private Chauffeur, Locally Hosted and Self-Drive offerings, each trip introduces Brendan guests to the local people passionate about sharing their stories and their homelands. For more, visit: www.BrendanVacations.com,
About the TreadRight Foundation
Brendan Vacations (BrendanVacations.com) is proud to be a founder and active supporter of TreadRight's projects and work. Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation's family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant and preserved for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has donated more than $2.5 million to sustainable tourism projects worldwide.
TreadRight's guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. We encourage each of our partners to use this principle to guide all of their actions, whether at our regional offices or when taking guests around the world. By providing grants to organizations that encourage sustainability in different destinations, we hope to maintain the natural attractions across the world that defines each unique region. Foundation priorities are set by the Steering Committee, which includes sustainability leaders like Céline Cousteau and Costas Christ.
Learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight at: TreadRight.org.
About Tourism Ireland
Tourism Ireland is the organization responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading vacation destination. Tourism is the island of Ireland's largest indigenous industry, responsible for in excess of 4% of NGP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 200,000 people. In 2014, we welcomed an estimated 8.6 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about $44.7 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue. Tourism Ireland's international website is www.Ireland.com, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world. In 2014, Ireland.com attracted about 14.25 million visitors.
Terms & Conditions: †No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning a prize; odds of winning are dependent on number of entries received. Sweepstakes valid 3/1/15-3/31/15; void where prohibited. Prize is valued at up to $10,000. To enter and for Official Rules, visit www.BrendanVacations.com/win. *Save up to $583 per couple with Brendan's 5% Early Payment Discount (EPD) and limited-time $200 per couple airfare offer (promo code: 15MAAIR100) when booked and paid in full between 3/4/15 and 4/30/15; new bookings only; valid on all airlines. EPD is valid on Guided Vacations only; $200 per couple airfare offer is valid on Guided Vacations, and Private Chauffeur, Locally Hosted and Self-Drive bookings of at least $1,500 per person (land only). Savings vary, are not valid on all vacations/departure dates, are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Not valid with other promotional offers, but are combinable with most brochure discounts. Sample savings based on Scottish Highlands, Islands and Cities departing 8/23/15. ^Prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy, subject to availability, vary by departure date and reflect applicable 5% EPD guided savings. Conditions apply. CST#2084503-20
CONTACT: Lisa Tran McKee Brendan Vacations Lisa.McKee@BrendanVacations.com 714-937-4946