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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DAY 1

Morning departure from London Heathrow on a 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 still decked out in Christmas lights just the way Elvis had it over the festive period.

DAY 3

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.

DAY 4

A free day or maybe join our optional tour and explore Nashville. There will be a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studio B and the Musicians Hall of Fame which includes an incredibly important bit of Elvis history!

DAY 5

Following three busy days today is at your leisure to give you chance to recharge your batteries! You may decide to visit some of the other excellent attractions Memphis has to offer. The National Civil Rights Museum, The Rock’n’Soul Museum, Mud Island and historic Beale Street are all close to our hotel. Alternatively join Nick Dadd on a downtown Memphis walking tour where he will show you many little known and rarely visited Elvis related sites. The choice is yours.

DAY 6

First on the agenda today is to go to Graceland and and take part in the birthday proclamation ceremony on the front lawn. Then it’s off to where it all began. 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! Also joining us will be Janet Smith, also a first cousin to Elvis. Her father Johnny was Gladys Presley’s brother.

Evening free.

DAY 7

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!

We shall also visit the Presley apartment in Lauderdale Court subject to availability.

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!

DAY 8

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 U Economy class scheduled return flights from 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 Night accommodation room only basis Holiday Inn Downtown Memphis
  • 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.