Elvis Thanksgiving in Memphis

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20 Nov 2018 - 27 Nov 2018
Duration: 7 nights
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With: Essential Elvis UK

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DAY 1:

Morning departure from London Heathrow for the transatlantic scheduled flight via a US gateway city and on to Memphis, Tennessee. Coach transfer to your hotel and the remainder of the evening at leisure.

DAY 2:

Today is Graceland Day. You will be given your pass allowing you to take a tour of the Graceland mansion as well as the many other exhibits at the Plaza including Elvis’ aircrafts, the automobile museum, the Career Museum and the Elvis Discovery Exhibits. Of course at this time of year Graceland is resplendent with the mansion and grounds decked out in Christmas lights just the way Elvis had it over the festive period.

DAY 3:

Thanksgiving Day. This morning will be at leisure. In the afternoon join our Elvis historians on a walking tour of the downtown Elvis sites and take the opportunity to relive some Elvis history and visit some unusual sites that are generally inaccessible on coach tours. We have some long forgotten gems to show you!

Evening at leisure. Although it is Thanksgiving Day most bars and restaurants in the Beale Street area will be open for food and entertainment.

DAY 4:

A full day's guided tour of Elvis’ Memphis – showing you many of the major sights of the city plus places of particular interest to Elvis fans including where he lived, where he went to school, where he performed and lots more besides.

Elvis/Memphis historians, including Andrew Hearn (author of the guidebook 'Follow Me To Tennessee') and our own Nick Dadd will be on hand to help you get the most from this detailed tour.

The day includes lunch at Colettas, one of Elvis' favourite restaurants, where we have arranged for you to sample some of the dishes he loved, including the world famous barbecue pizza. And, if we are lucky, Jerry Coletta himself will be on hand to tell us about the times he served their most famous customer.

In the evening join us at the famous Marlowes Restaurant on Elvis Presley Boulevard for some great food and entertainment and no doubt a smattering of Elvis’ friends and relatives as guests. Those of you who have travelled with us before will know we are renowned for the guests who take part in our events and if it’s your first time you will be thrilled.

DAY 5:

First on the agenda is a tour of the Elvis sights of Tupelo – the town (now a city – albeit a small one!) where Elvis was born and lived until he was 13 years old. We’ll see his homes, the schools that he attended, Tupelo Hardware where his mother Gladys purchased his first guitar and other places significant to his life there. After a bite to eat we end the tour at the Elvis Presley Birthplace – an impressive and tastefully landscaped complex housing the tiny ‘shotgun’ wooden home in which he was born, the first church that he attended, the Elvis Presley Museum, Memorial Chapel and the Visitor Centre.

Making this trip extremely unique will be a very special guest indeed. Again, courtesy of Essential Elvis UK, Elvis' first cousin, Wayne Mann, will be with us for the duration. Wayne (his mother, Lilian, was Gladys Presley's sister) also grew up in Tupelo and he knows every inch of the city. Wayne and his family lived virtually next door to the Presley’s, and there is nothing quite like hearing recollections from someone who was there - it's even more special if it's Elvis cousin!

Evening free.

DAY 6:

We start today with a visit to Elvis' Circle G Ranch in Walls, Mississippi. See the ‘honeymoon’ cottage where Elvis and Priscilla spent so much time as newlyweds, the famous white cross and the iconic white bridge over the lake that Elvis and Priscilla loved so much and which is also the spot where Elvis lost his wedding ring!

We then head back into Memphis where we will take a tour of the legendary Sun Studios, the place where it all began!

In the afternoon we will be making a visit to the Tennessee Karate Institute where Elvis both trained and filmed excerpts for the New Gladiator movie. Expect a unique experience as we have something very special lined up for this visit!

Evening at leisure.

DAY 7:

Morning free to do some last minute souvenir shopping or take in the famous Christmas decorations at the Peabody or maybe purchase that must have clothing item from Lansky Brothers before our early afternoon transfer to the airport to connect with our flight via a gateway city and then overnight to the UK.

DAY 8:

Early-morning arrival into London Heathrow.

PRICES:

Twin/double room: £1968 per person
Single supplement: £450
Deposit: £250

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Economy class scheduled return flights from London
  • Transfers and coach travel as per the itinerary
  • 6 nights accommodation on a room only basis at the Doubletree Downtown Memphis
  • Pass to Graceland and Exhibits
  • Sightseeing tour of Memphis
  • Lunch at Colettas
  • Light Evening meal at Marlowes
  • Walking tour of downtown Memphis
  • Sightseeing tour of Tupelo
  • Entrance to The Birthplace and complex
  • Entrance to Sun Studio
  • Sightseeing tour of Circle G Ranch
  • Visit to Tennessee karate Institute
  • Hotel taxes
  • Baggage handling at the hotels
  • Driver gratuities
  • UK Departure tax and other airport taxes and fuel charges
  • Elvis Historian
  • The services of an experienced tour manager

Doubletree Downtown Memphis

Located in the heart of downtown within an easy stroll of Beale Street, this rated Superior First Class modern hotel incorporates part of the historic Hotel Tennessee and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The beautifully furnished rooms all have cable TV, 2 phones and coffee/tea maker. There is a rooftop pool and a restaurant.

GUEST ROOMS

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clock Radio w/ MP3 Connection
  • Sweet Dreams Sleep Experience
  • TV - 25 Inch
  • Complimentary Remote Printing
  • Hairdryer
  • High Speed Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

The hotel has a T.G.I. Friday's restaurant located at the hotel, a fitness center and outdoor swimming pool.