Elvis at 85 – Elvis Birthday Tour 2020

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3 Jan 2020 - 11 Jan 2020
Duration: 8 nights
Ref: 20008
With: Essential Elvis UK

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Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to celebrate in Memphis the 85th birthday of the King of Rock ‘n Roll! Staying in Downtown Memphis you can immerse yourself in ‘all things’ Elvis by day and soak up the atmosphere of iconic Beale Street by night. Elvis’ birthday promises to be a highlight! Join fans from across the globe at Graceland before returning to his humble beginnings with a truly special visit to Tupelo.

This holiday has been specially designed for Elvis fans by lifelong Elvis fans, meaning you’ll enjoy not just the ‘must-see’ Elvis sights, but a whole host of unique and unforgettable Elvis experiences.

DAY 1

Meet your fellow Elvis fans at London’s Heathrow airport for a scheduled flight across the Atlantic to the United States and onward flight to Memphis, Tennessee. It’s then just a short coach transfer to Downtown Memphis where you’ll check in to the Holiday Inn for a 7-night stay.

DAY 2

What better way to start this fantastic holiday than a full day exploring Elvis Presley’s Graceland! Your Elvis Experience Tour includes a visit to the private retreat of the King of Rock ‘n Roll – the iconic Graceland Mansion. You’ll also enjoy full access to the all-new Elvis Presley’s Memphis Entertainment Complex where exhibits include his favourite automobiles, wardrobe with stunning jumpsuits, memorabilia from his movies, and hundreds of photos and artefacts showcasing his extraordinary career.

DAY 3

Your Elvis experience continues with a full day guided tour of the musical icon’s Memphis. Lifelong Elvis fan Andrew Hearn, who is the author of the guidebook ‘Follow Me To Tennessee’, and our own Nick Dadd will seek out everything Elvis showing you where he lived, where he went to school, the places he performed and his favourite restaurants.

DAY 4

Today you have the chance to join an optional excursion to the music city of Nashville where legendary country music venues include the Grand Ole Opry House, home of the famous ‘Grand Ole Opry’ stage and radio show, and the Ryman Auditorium. You’ll enjoy visits to the Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studio B – the iconic recording studio that launched the careers of many great performers and the Musicians Hall of Fame, which has its own incredibly important bit of Elvis history!

DAY 5

A day at leisure and a chance perhaps for you to discover some of the other excellent attractions Memphis has to offer. The National Civil Rights Museum, the Rock ’n’ Soul Museum, Mud Island and atmospheric Beale Street are all within easy reach of your hotel. Alternatively, you may like to join Nick Dadd on a walking tour of Downtown Memphis where he’ll show you many little-known and rarely visited sites related to Elvis.

DAY 6

January 8th and a chance to celebrate what would have been Elvis’ 85th birthday! Join Elvis fans on the front lawn at Graceland and take part in the official birthday proclamation ceremony. Then it’s off to where it all began! Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Tupelo, the town where Elvis was born and lived until he was 13 years old. You’ll see the places significant to his life including his home, the school he attended and Tupelo Hardware where his mother Glady’s bought his first guitar. The tour ends 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 he attended, the Elvis Presley Museum, Memorial Chapel and Visitor Centre.

Your time in Tupelo promises to be truly memorable as, courtesy of Essential Elvis UK, you’ll be joined by a very special guest indeed. Wayne Mann is a first cousin of Elvis. His mother Lilian was Gladys Presley’s sister and the families’ lived virtually next door. You’ll also meet Janet Smith whose father Johnny was Gladys Presley’s brother. This truly is a unique opportunity to meet Elvis’ family members and hear their stories first-hand!

DAY 7

Elvis’ Circle G Ranch in Walls, Mississippi is your first visit today. You’ll 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. This was also the spot where Elvis lost his wedding ring!

Back in Memphis you’ll visit the legendary Sun Studio. The Memphis landmark, where an 18-year old Elvis Presley recorded his first song, is considered the birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll. Next stop is Lauderdale Courts where a teenage Elvis lived with his parents and then the Tennessee Karate Institute. You’ll enjoy yet another unique experience at the fabled martial arts institute, which was both co-founded by Elvis and where he trained.

DAY 8

At the end of this unforgettable holiday packed with Elvis experiences you’ll have a morning at leisure. Time perhaps for some for last-minute shopping and to take in the Christmas decorations at the famous Peabody Hotel. You’ll then return to the airport for the flight connecting with your overnight transatlantic flight back to London.

DAY 9

Early-morning arrival into London Heathrow.

PRICES:

Twin/double share: £1995pp
Single supplement: £460
Deposit: £400

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return economy return flights from London via a gateway city
  • 7 nights accommodation room only basis Holiday Inn Downtown Memphis
  • Elvis Experience Ticket (access to Graceland mansion)
  • Sightseeing tour of Memphis
  • Walking tour of downtown Memphis
  • Sightseeing tour of Tupelo
  • Entrance to The Birthplace and complex
  • Entrance to Sun Studio
  • Entrance to Lauderdale Court
  • Visit to Circle G Ranch
  • Visit to Tennessee Karate Institute
  • Hotel taxes
  • Driver gratuities
  • UK Departure tax and other airport taxes and fuel charges
  • Elvis Historian
  • The services of an experienced tour manager

HOLIDAY INN MEMPHIS-DOWNTOWN

Located in the heart of Beale Street Entertainment District and just steps away from some of the biggest attractions Memphis has to offer, the Holiday Inn Memphis-Downtown is a great base for our tour.

GUEST ROOMS

Each of the 192 well appointed guest rooms radiate a warmth that is inviting and relaxing. Each room features Wolfgang Puck coffee and coffee maker, full size ironing board and iron, two telephones with voice mail and modem, complimentary high speed wireless internet access.

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

Russwood Park Sports Bar and Grill opens daily. Enjoy a game while dining for lunch or dinner featuring eight flat screen TVs. The new Coffee Corner featuring hot and cold coffees, lattes, and frozen blends. The hotel also offers a complimentary fitness centre, an outdoor pool and cocktail bar.