AAA's Grandma Marge Announces Titanic 100th Anniversary Remembrance Tour To Ireland -- Master Travel Planner Behind Famous "Mystery Tours" Sets Sights on Titanic Belfast --

THE VILLAGES, Fla., May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As the 100th anniversary of the storied Titanic voyage continues to captivate millions around the world, AAA South has partnered with CIE Tours International to create a brand new vacation adventure dedicated to this fascinating chapter of history. The Titanic 100th Anniversary Remembrance Tour is a 7-day, all-inclusive vacation package to Ireland highlighted by a visit to the just-opened Titanic Belfast Experience, pronounced by National Geographic as the travel attraction of 2012. The fully escorted tour convenes in Dublin on September 9.

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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.

Land-only rates start at $1689 per person and include fully escorted motorcoach travel, hotel accommodations, full breakfasts, dinners with wine, all admission fees, hotel porterage, service charges and taxes. For more information, interested travelers can contact Marge Koser at (813) 289-1444 or mkoser@aaasouth.com. Marge also welcomes visitors to see her at The Villages Travel Expo at the Savannah Center on May 11.

About Travel to Ireland

Attracting more than one million visitors from North America to its shores, Ireland remains one of the world's most popular destinations.  Travelers who want to experience the very best of the destination's rich, iconic history, breathtaking natural landscapes, and warm Irish hospitality can accomplish it all by reserving with CIE Tours, the standard-bearer for fully escorted tours to Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for more than 80 years.

Hailed for providing exciting, high-value escorted tours to Britain, CIE Tours offers a wide selection of 5- to 14-day motorcoach vacations. Itineraries are comprehensive, covering hotel accommodations, airport transfers, admission fees, most meals, evening entertainment and sumptuous banquet events. Additionally, all CIE Tours itineraries feature deluxe motorcoach transportation and expert tour directors and local guides who help bring each destination to life, providing travelers aged eight and older with authentic travel experiences that stay with them long after their return home.

About CIE Tours International

For 80 years, CIE Tours International has set the standard for fully escorted motorcoach tours of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. This leading tour operator offers a broad selection of attractively priced itineraries of varying lengths to ensure unsurpassed vacation experiences with maximum value for every budget. All CIE Tours travel itineraries are protected by the company's $550+ Advantage, a no-fee benefit guaranteeing that travelers are never charged for special features considered optional extras with other tour companies. For additional information, please contact 1-800-243-8687 or visit www.cietours.com.

SOURCE CIE Tours International




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