Brendan Vacations Celebrates Baja's Winter Whale Watching Season

New Itinerary Reveals Mammals' Majestic Migrating Patterns & Region's Ecological Wonders

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DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Dec. 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Winter is the best time for whale watching along the Pacific coast, and annually, through mid-March, more than 25,000 gray whales will migrate over 5,000 miles from the frigid waters of Alaska's Bering Sea to the balmy peninsula of Baja California in Mexico. Their round-trip journey is considered one of the longest of any mammal migrations. These fascinating animals are frequently visible from land, and while whale-watching opportunities are quite plentiful from shore, up close and personal interaction with these impressive creature are the highlight of http://www.brendanvacations.com/">Brendan Vacations' new 7-day http://www.brendanvacations.com/boutiquejourneys">Boutique Journeys itinerary titled, "Baja California and the Great Gray Whale Migration."

"Snorkel among sea lions, commune with giant gray whales in a Pacific Lagoon, or hike atop sea cliffs and descend into a dramatic desert canyon. All this, while staying at carefully-selected hotels in character-filled towns," says Nico Zenner, President of Brendan Vacations. "This itinerary captures the essence of Baja California Sur and its breathtaking ecological region. Experience the famous Hotel California, popularized in the Eagles' famous 70s-era song in Todos Santos, and enjoy visits to La Paz, Isla Espiritu Santo, Magdalena Bay and San Carlos. There are also options for scuba diving, fishing and horseback riding for all of our guests."

Given the seasonality of gray whale migration patterns, this Boutique Journey is only available for a very limited time with only two departures set for February 24th and March 3rd, 2013 and February 8th and February 15th for 2014.

All of Brendan's Boutique Journeys accommodate as few as two guests and a maximum of only 24, letting you delve deeper into local traditions, bond more tightly with your travel companions and interact more personally with the people and experiences you engage along the way – all with the added peace of mind that your journey will always travel as scheduled, as every departure in the catalog is guaranteed.

http://www.brendanvacations.com/tour.aspx?tID=2346">Baja California and the Great Gray Whale Migration is 7 days and priced from $3,225 land only, based on double occupancy. Hotels include the Seven Crown Centro Hotel in La Paz, the Hotel Brennan in San Carlos, and the Hotel California in Todos Santos. Click http://www.brendanvacations.com/tour.aspx?tID=2346">here for detailed itinerary information.

Review our Brendan's Boutique Journey's http://www.brendanvacations.com/boutiquejourneys">digital catalog for more information on all of Brendan's Boutique Journeys, including the new Slow Food® itineraries. To book, call 800.421.8446 or visit www.brendanvacations.com.

About Boutique Journeys

For savvy travelers, http://www.brendanvacations.com/boutiquejourneys">Boutique Journeys by Brendan Vacations is an all new collection of premium, expertly crafted itineraries—open to a maximum of only 24 guests—which provide a richer vacation experience, unlike typical guided tours that book up to 50 guests. More than 35 itineraries to over 30 emerging and sought-after destinations, including Slow Food Travel® experiences make up this unique and immersive collection. Never more than 24 guests. Always more than you expected. Visit http://www.brendanvacations.com/boutiquejourneys">brendanvacations.com/boutiquejourneys, contact your travel professional or call (800) 421-8446 for more information.

About Brendan Vacations

http://www.brendanvacations.com/">Brendan Vacations, the Ireland Specialist, is a leading US tour operator offering a wide selection of Guided, Customized, Independent, Boutique and Group travel options. Established in 1969, its portfolio includes thousands of hotels and unique accommodations, as well as uniquely-inspired customized travel options in Ireland and immersive guided vacation experiences in the UK, Europe, Eastern Europe & the Balkans, Russia, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Mexico, South and Central America. With high quality products, friendly service and competitive pricing, Brendan Vacations offers memorable experiences for every client.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company is a respected brand of http://www.thetravelcorporation.com/">The Travel Corporation. Brendan has made Ireland its second home for over 40 years, and a Dublin office contracts product and manages inbound traffic for cruise lines, incentive houses, meeting planners and tour operators. Brendan Vacations is a founding member of USTOA and other professional affiliations include ASTA, PATA, OSSN and NTA.
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TreadRight is a not-for-profit foundation established by http://www.thetravelcorporation.com/">The Travel Corporation to encourage sustainable tourism within our own family of brands, and in the places we visit. To date, TreadRight has donated more than USD 1.5 million to sustainable tourism projects worldwide, and encourages industry best practice by annually supporting the World Travel & Tourism Council's Tourism for Tomorrow awards. To learn more about the many projects TreadRight is funding please visit us at http://www.treadright.org/">treadright.org.

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