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The program is the brainchild of
"Grandma" Marge Koser, who is well-known to residents of
The Villages Florida and throughout the southeast U.S. as the mover-and-shaker behind AAA South's sold-out annual Mystery Tours. "This year, I decided to create a vacation package focused on the Titanic's centenary, which is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that is simply too good to pass up. The entire trip will be a fascinating adventure incorporating many special and exclusive highlights that few people will ever get to experience," the master travel planner says.
The fully escorted luxury motorcoach tour begins in
Dublin and then heads to Belfast, the ship-building capital where the Titanic was forged. Grandma Marge's travelers will enjoy a full day at the
$150-million Titanic Belfast complex, feeling all the wonders of the ocean liner and the lives of those who sailed on board her fateful maiden voyage. From there, the tour returns to
Dublin where the exclusive itinerary includes an evening with diver
Rory Golden, the first Irishman to reach the submerged vessel, where he honored the doomed passengers and crew by placing a memorial plaque on the broken bridge. The adventure continues with a guided walk along the Titanic Trail in the charming seaside village of Cobh, led by renowned Titanic Historian Michael Martin, and a cruise of the harbor providing an intimate look at the ship's final port of sail.
No visit to
Ireland is complete without kissing the famed Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle or a photo stop at the Rock of Cashel, both highlights of the trip's final days. The excursion wraps up with dinner at
Taylor's Three Rock in Rathfarnham, where the group will enjoy a rousing evening of authentic Irish song and dance before returning home.
"Our Titanic Anniversary Tour is sure to be one of our most popular ever. We can hardly wait to get there!" Grandma Marge says.