"Brendan Tours" was incorporated in California in 1969 by Jim Murphy, Michael Keady and Bill Lawless. Brendan Tours' first tours were to Europe and the South Pacific, adding new destinations throughout much of the 1970s and 80s. Brendan introduced its first Africa tours in 1974, South and Central America tours in 1984, and Eastern Europe, US and Canada tours in the late 80s. In the early to mid 90s, we increased the number of vacation options in these destinations and added the Caribbean to our offerings. The first decade of the new millennium presented numerous opportunities which allowed Brendan to expand into Asia and to introduce "Brendan Gold," an upscale selection of tours. In January 2002, we changed our name from "Brendan Tours" to "Brendan Worldwide Vacations" to better reflect the travel services we offer. In 2006, The Travel Corporation purchased the company and renamed it "Brendan Vacations," but we have always been affectionately known to the trade simply as "Brendan."
While times and the market have changed and we have adjusted our offerings in some destinations, we have also expanded our products and blazed new trails for our travelers. In addition to our popular Guided Vacations, which include a professional Travel Director, accommodations, sightseeing and more, Brendan has created our unique Boutique Journeys. These feature smaller groups - no more than 24 guests - and offer distinctive accommodations, experiences you can't get with a larger group, varied types of transportation and a Local Travel Expert. Plus, we continue to offer our Customized and Independent Vacations in Europe, featuring a great range of accommodations, sightseeing tours & excursions, transfers, train & ferry transportation and car rental or private chauffeur options - everything you need for one-stop vacation shopping!
What better name could we choose for our company than the name of the Irish monk who really discovered America - St. Brendan, the Navigator. Legend holds that Brendan crossed the Atlantic some 900 years before Columbus. His fame rests on the fantastic story, Navigatio Santi Brendani Abatis, written in the 10th century.
Couldn't be done? Explorer Tim Severin and his crew repeated the journey in more recent times, in a replica timber and hide sailboat, using theNavigatioas a guidebook. The full extent of St. Brendan's voyage may never be known, but as makers of legendary travel experiences ourselves, we like to believe it is true.
We were founded on the same indomitable spirit that St. Brendan had, along with the Irish traditions of gracious hospitality and affability, and we maintain these qualities today. Our only goal is to make your travels with us the most spectacular you've ever had, until your next trip with Brendan.
Headquartered in California, Brendan Vacations is a professionally operated, worldwide travel company that has been introducing travelers to the world since 1969. In 2006, we became a proud member of The Travel Corporation Group of Companies. In addition to our Los Angeles head office, we have an office in Dublin, Ireland that manages inbound traffic for cruise lines, incentive houses, meeting planners and tour operators.
Brendan is a founding member of the United States Tour Operator's Association (USTOA) and a participant in their Travel Assistance Program. This means that we protect our clients with a one million-dollar bond invested with the association. In addition, we have a letter of credit in excess of $20 million from TravCorp Financial Services Limited to underwrite all credit card transactions. Our other professional affiliations include ASTA, PATA, OSSN, NTA and NACTA.
Our brochures feature Europe, Ireland & Scotland, the USA, Canada & Mexico, South & Central America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Africa. Because we know that no two travelers are alike, we have designed itineraries with a selection of vacation styles, from lower cost to boutique, from leisurely to lively. Our Guided Vacations include: Family itineraries, small group Boutique Journeys (with no more than 24 guests), Low Cost, Leisurely, First Class Regional or Discovery Vacations and Personal Interest itineraries. We also offer Mini-Breaks, and Independent, Customized, Self Drive and Private Chauffeur Vacations in Ireland, Scotland and most of Europe.
The Travel Corporation
The Travel Corporation is a highly successful international travel group with over 25 award-winning brands. These include luxury hotels and boutique river cruise ships, niche tour operators and other leisure interests. The Travel Corporation's guiding principle is to provide the most enjoyable and enriching travel experience for its customers across the globe.
For more information about The Travel Corporation, please visit thetravelcorporation.com.