ELVIS 43rd ANNIVERSARY TOUR

9th - 23rd August 2020

Join us on an Elvis Journey of Discovery as we head first to exciting New York where Elvis made his first national TV appearance on Stage Show in January 1956 before appearing twice more that year on the Steve Allen Show in July and the Ed Sullivan Show in October. But Elvis also recorded some of his early hits including Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog and Don’t Be Cruel in New York at a studio within RCA’s New York Headquarters Building. He performed at famous Madison Square Garden breaking all Box Office Records and whilst doing most of these he stayed at the elegant Warwick Hotel – and so will you.

 

Onward then to Memphis, Tennessee – Elvis, a world Superstar who could have chosen to live anywhere, stayed in the city that he’d known since he was 13yrs old – and we’ll help you understand why. You’ll visit his beautiful Graceland mansion and we’ll show you some of his other homes, his school, church, where he recorded and performed – in fact we’ll show you all of the most significant sights in Elvis life here as well as the major landmarks of this fascinating city built on the banks of the Mississippi River.

 

Tupelo is next – to see where Elvis was born and experience the sights as well as the friendliness of this lovely city before heading off via Muscle Shoals (where Sam Phillips and many of the musicians who worked with Elvis hail from) to Pigeon Forge in the heart of the Tennessee hills. It’s here that we’ll spend a day in Dollywood – and it’s like no other theme park you’ve ever seen. Great thrill rides of course but also stunning shows, Dolly’s own plus a Gospel Quartet Museum, craft displays, and great shopping and eating.

 

Finally we head for Nashville – the ‘Country Music Capital’ – but not before calling in at Jack Daniel’s in Lynchburg, Tennessee where we’ll have a tour of this world famous distillery (and a tasting, of course!). Our final couple of days are spent seeing the sights of Nashville, another city that played a huge part in Elvis’ career. Time too for shopping (cowboy boots anyone?) and to explore the Country Music bars of Broadway

 

Interested? We thought you might be, so read on for details of our chosen hotels, the day-by-day itinerary and lots of other information. The Elvis Travel Service has been arranging exclusive holidays for Elvis fans since 1972 – 48 years of devoted service to fellow fans and to Elvis and his legacy.

 

OUR ITINERARY

Day 1.  Sunday 9th August 2020

Morning departure from London’s Heathrow Airport* for the American Airlines scheduled transatlantic flight direct to New York. Coach transfer to the Warwick Hotel and the remainder of the afternoon and evening is free for you to take your first look at this exciting city.

 

Day 2.  Monday 10th August

We start the day with a walking tour of Central Manhattan in the heart of New York City. We’ll see many of the places so important to the story of Elvis’ rise to stardom – such as the Ed Sullivan Theatre, the RCA Building, the Hudson Theatre from where the Steve Allen Show was broadcast, the Paramount Theatre where Love Me Tender was premiered and Madison Square Garden. Afternoon at leisure to explore New York – take a stroll in Central Park, shop (or window-shop!) on Fifth Avenue, head to the top of the Empire State Building for a fabulous birds-eye view of the city, admire the architecture of Grand Central Station or the Guggenheim Museum or visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero.

 

Day 3. Tuesday 11th August

Full day at leisure in New York. What’s it to be today….a visit to the Statue of Liberty standing proudly over New York harbour or a trip on the Staten Island Ferry for some wonderful views of this iconic  monument and the New York skyline, take a ride out to Coney Island just to say you’ve been there, sample the delights of a New York ‘Deli’ and in the evening you might like to take in a real Broadway Show? Whatever you do you are bound to enjoy it. New York is big, brash and yet magical!

 

Day 4.  Wednesday 12th August

Morning transfer to New York’s La Guardia Airport for the lunchtime flight to Memphis and transfer to your chosen hotel. Remainder of the day to relax by the hotel pool or to take a look at your new surroundings.

Day 5.  Thursday 13th August

This morning you’ll be handed your Elvis Experience Pass for the tour of Graceland - the home that Elvis loved so much. An opportunity to walk through many of the rooms including the famous Jungle Room and to enjoy quiet reflection in Meditation Garden. Afternoon free to visit the attractions in Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex, to see the vast array of awards bestowed on Elvis, his amazing collection of cars and his two aircraft. Our now famous Shuttle-bus Service operating between Graceland and Downtown commences in the mid afternoon and operates through to late evening. Perhaps you’d like to join the Tour Managers on a visit to Beale Street this evening?

During the Anniversary period Elvis Presley Enterprises will be staging activities concerts, sock hops, and Guest Interviews. No details are available at the time of printing this brochure but full details will be sent to you nearer to departure date. 

 

Day 6. Friday 14th August

Come with us to see the Elvis sights of Memphis on a guided tour that also includes many of the city’s major landmarks. We’ll show you the Mississippi River, Mud Island and the Riverboats, the impressive Pyramid, the FedEx Forum, the Cotton, Rock & Soul and the National Civil Rights Museums but most of all we’ll show you the places significant to Elvis’ life. Amongst dozens of other sights you’ll see Humes High School where he joined in the 8th grade, Beale Street, the impressive Peabody Hotel where his school Prom was held, Sun Studio (where we’ll enjoy a guided tour), some of the places where Elvis performed and where he lived in Lauderdale Courts and Audobon Drive. Developed over 47 years our tour is regarded as the best there is. We’ll let you decide!

 

Day 7 & Day 8.  Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August

Two full days at leisure - your chance to revisit Graceland or to explore Memphis, to visit some of the fascinating museums, to see the ‘Duck Parade’ in the grandiose lobby of the famous Peabody Hotel, enjoy a sightseeing cruise on a Mississippi Riverboat and to shop and sightsee at will. On the Saturday 15th we’re sure you’ll want to take part in the Candlelight Vigil at Graceland and on the Sunday evening there is sure to be Commemorative Concert there.

 

Day 9.  Monday 17th August

Morning drive to Tupelo where we’ll have a tour of the Elvis sights of this small and friendly city, taking in the two schools that Elvis attended, Tupelo Hardware where Gladys bought him his first guitar, the Fairgrounds where as a 10 year-old he first sang in public at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. He returned in ’56 and ’57 as a Star. Lot’s more sights on our tour before we end up at the Elvis Presley Birthplace.

You’ll have ample time here to visit the humble home where Elvis was born, experience an old time Service at the original Assembly of God Church that the young Elvis attended, see the Memorial Chapel, the award-winning Elvis Presley Museum and the Visitor Centre incorporating a beautiful theatre and gift shop. The grounds of the Birthplace are tastefully landscaped and include a lake, a fountain, statues of Elvis at 13yrs and at the height of his fame.

Onward then to our hotel located in the centre of town. Evening free.

 

Day 10.  Tuesday 18th August

Most of the morning is free for you to explore downtown Tupelo, visit the hardware store or just relax. Our journey today takes us via the town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Once known as the ‘Hit Capital of the World’ it had two amazing recording studios FAME and the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios which, between them, developed ‘the Muscle Shoals Sound’ and recorded such greats as Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and Paul Simon. Time here to explore and have a lunch break before continuing on to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and our hotel.

 

Day 11.  Wednesday 19th August

Full day visit to Dollywood – a Dolly Parton themed amusement and entertainments park set in the foothills of the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Rides, shows, craft displays, museums and attractions – lots of fun for everyone.

 

Day 12. Thursday 20th August

Travelling via Chattanooga we arrive into the historic town of Lynchburg in the late morning and we’re here to have a tour of the Jack Daniel Distillery. ‘Jacks’ is famous the world over as the quintessential Tennessee whiskey and it is America’s biggest selling whiskey. Great branding too so lots of souvenirs to buy. Onward then to Nashville and our hotel.

 

Day 13. Friday 21st August

A fabulous day today as you’ll visit the Ryman Auditorium, original home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame where you’ll be able to see Elvis’ gold Cadillac, RCA’s Studio B where Elvis recorded so many of his biggest hits plus you’ll have ample time for shopping on the other famous Broadway – the main music row of Nashville.

And this evening how about trying your hand (or rather, feet) with some line-dancing at the famous Wildhorse Saloon or enjoy the music at some of the many honky-tonk bars throughout the city.

then to our hotel located in the centre of town. Evening free.

 

 

Day 10.  Tuesday 18th August

Most of the morning is free for you to explore downtown Tupelo, visit the hardware store or just relax. Our journey today takes us via the town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Once known as the ‘Hit Capital of the World’ it had two amazing recording studios FAME and the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios which, between them, developed ‘the Muscle Shoals Sound’ and recorded such greats as Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and Paul Simon. Time here to explore and have a lunch break before continuing on to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and our hotel.

 

Day 14.  Saturday 22nd August

Much of the day is free for you to continue to explore and enjoy Nashville, perhaps to visit the Johnny Cash or Patsy Cline Museums or to decide on whether or not to buy those cowboy/girl boots!

In the mid-afternoon we transfer to Nashville International Airport for our non-stop British Airways overnight flight to the UK

 

Day 15.  Sunday 23rd August

Mid-morning arrival into London’s Heathrow Airport*.

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INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY COST

The Tour Price is inclusive of all the following:-

  • Scheduled economy class flights inc. taxes and security charges
  • 13 nights hotel accommodation inc. taxes
  • All airport transfers and coaching as per Itinerary including the Memphis Shuttle Bus Service
  • A guided walking tour of the Elvis sights of New York City including a tour of Madison Square Garden.
  • Guided sightseeing tours of Memphis and Tupelo
  • A Tour Pass for Graceland including the Mansion tour and admission to the Exhibits
  • Admission to Sun Studio, Lauderdale Courts Apartment and the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum.
  • Lunch at the Arcade Restaurant in Memphis
  • Admission including rides and shows to Dollywood
  • A Tour and Tasting at the Jack Daniel Distillery
  • Visits to the Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame and RCA’s Studio B in Nashville.
  • Driver gratuities
  • The services of an experienced Elvis Travel Service Tour Manager.

 

Items not included are:- drinks and meals other than breakfasts at some of the hotels and those specified above, travel insurance, any optional excursions and personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls etc.

EXCHANGE RATES

The tour price is based at the currency exchange rate at the time of costing this holiday - £1. Sterling being equal to $1.24 US Dollars.

 

CLIMATE AND CLOTHING

The weather in August can be very variable but, this area of the USA you can expect it to be hot – probably between a minimum daytime temperature in the 80’sF and a maximum of just over 100’F so best take light-weight clothing with a comfortable pair of walking shoes or trainers for sightseeing. The USA is known for its informality and so nowhere (not even at the Warwick Hotel!) are you expected to ‘dress-up’ – however there will be a few opportunities in the evenings for those who would wish to.

 

PAYMENT AND TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

A payment of £500 per person deposit is payable upon booking. Upon receipt of your deposit (and obviously subject to places being available) you will be sent a Confirmation-Invoice showing the balance due. A further payment of £1000 will be required by 1st February 2020 with the final balance due no later 1st June 2020. Approximately 15 days before departure you will be sent your Travel Wallet containing your e-tickets, baggage tags, a souvenir lanyard/tour pass and final itinerary and joining instructions.

 

Hotel Selection

 

New York:

The Warwick Hotel

A historic high-rise hotel situated in the very heart of New York within strolling distance of Central Park, Broadway and such iconic sights and places as Rockefeller Center, Times Square and Radio City Music Hall. Close to many famous museums and galleries, there’s also great shopping and a huge choice of restaurants. The accommodation is as you would expect from such a high quality hotel and the hotel is home to famous Randolph’s Bar and Murals on 54 Restaurant. Breakfast is not included

 

Memphis – choice of two hotels:

The Guest House at Graceland

This 450 room luxury class hotel is located alongside the Graceland Mansion and a stay here is an experience in itself. Beautifully furnished rooms, a choice of restaurants, a Lobby bar and a Sports Bar, a theatre and the latest in convention facilities. Breakfast is not included

 

Holiday Inn Express

The ‘new kid on the block’ as far as hotels go. Situated on Elvis Presley Boulevard within walking distance of Graceland (although they also offer a free Shuttle) this superb budget-style hotel has delightfully furnished rooms, a Lobby/breakfast area and small fitness centre. Breakfast is included

 

Tupelo

Hilton Garden Inn

Located in the heart of Tupelo’s historic Downtown district and opposite the old Fairgrounds this modern hotel with its attractive decor offers all the comforts that you’d expect from a Hilton hotel. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, a fitness centre and an indoor pool and spa. Breakfast is included

 

Pigeon Forge

Best Western

Conveniently situated for Dollywood and the other attractions of the area this modern hotel offers attractive guestrooms all with fridge and microwave and most with balcony, an indoor and outdoor pool, hot tub and games room. Breakfast is included

 

Nashville

Clarion Hotel Downtown

Conveniently close to all the major sights and close to the Cumberland River this excellent hotel has an indoor pool and fitness centre. All rooms also have a microwave and fridge. There is a wide choice of restaurants and bars in the downtown area for which the hotel offers a free Shuttle Service - even tho’ it is within walking distance. Breakfast is included

 

Tour Prices (per person)

 

Memphis Hotel selected            Single                      Twin                        Triple                           Quad

Holiday Inn Express                   £3798                      £2918                         £2668                           £2498

Guest House at Graceland          £4398                      £3298                        £2898                           £2648

 

 

Child prices on request.

 

Room-mate Service. If you are travelling alone but would like to share (either for company or to keep the cost down) we will gladly try to pair you up with another fan of similar age and gender. Should it not be possible to pair you up you would be offered single accommodation at the appropriate price.

 

Please note – since most major airlines have adopted a fluid pricing system whereby prices can change according to passenger numbers on a seemingly daily basis, we can only guarantee the above prices for a relatively short time so if you are thinking of booking please send in your Reservation early in order to take advantage of these great value prices.

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