ANAHEIM, Calif., May 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ireland and Scotland have long been renowned for their breathtaking scenery and the recent successes of two smash-hit cable series set in historical times reminiscent of medieval Western Europe have made these destinations travel hot-spots. Brendan Vacations has created two specialty itineraries highlighting the real locations that make up the fictional settings for these popular shows. Fans can travel through Northern Ireland and imagine themselves in the imaginary continent inspired by George R.R. Martin's novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire. In Scotland, with themes of nobility and twisted plots, travelers can experience the scenes of the historical time-traveling TV series based on a series of novels, Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon.
"A record number of viewers tune into both shows resulting in more people drawn to the magical beauty of our homelands than ever before," said Catherine Reilly, managing director of Brendan Vacations Dublin. "The ancient culture and the visual diversity of our landscapes lend itself as the perfect setting for the historical fiction, romance, mystery, and adventure elements of these series."
Brendan understands every travel need, so from all the planning to introducing visitors to a tight knit group of local friends along the way, guests are personally guided through the magical lands of Ireland and Scotland. Greeted with a warm welcome, visitors experience true local treasures they would not find on their own, delivered through local expertise built over decades.
Two new fully customizable itineraries featuring the filming locations of from the two celebrated cable series are now available and fans have flexibility to choose when to travel and how long to spend in each place.
Below are sample itineraries which include:
- In-depth local 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 self-drive rentals or a chauffeur-driven car
- Perfect hand-selected accommodations from castles to B&Bs
- Hassle-free tailored experience designed for individual travel preferences
Home of Thrones Self-Drive 8-day vacation from $999^
Charming seaside villages, mysterious landscapes and a ton of filming locations, Northern Ireland is the place to be if you're a fan of the show with a record-breaking amount of viewers. Explore the real-life caves, castles and forests as seen in the show. Travelers can even trail the main route of the imaginary continent filmed at the famous romantic Dark Hedges, tunnel-like natural phenomena of intertwined beech trees planted over 300 years ago.
Hit the open road on any budget with carefree confidence. Rely on a team of experts to use their connections and knowledge to arrange for the best destinations, negotiate the best savings, giving fuel and freedom to enjoy the locals and the culture.
Castles, Clans & Outlands Private Chauffer 7-day vacation from $3,775^
Follow the footsteps of the spell-binding lead characters of the Scotland-based show. A 20th-century English nurse time-travels to the 18th century, meeting ancestors from generations past, all while attracting the interest of a charismatic Scottish warrior. Visit the real-life magnificent castles, heritage, and breathtaking outlands landscapes that inspire this fictional land.
A vacation designed around the guest. It starts at the airport with a chauffeur who is with the guest every step of the way in your luxury vehicle. Choose personally-tailored accommodations and sightseeing. The chauffeur is a personal guide and brings the destination to life, sharing everything from the known landmarks to local favorites and personal stories for an exclusive perspective.
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, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
About the TreadRight Foundation
Brendan Vacations 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.
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CONTACT: Lisa Tran McKee Brendan Vacations 714-937-4946 Lisa.McKee@brendanvacations.com