ELVIS 85TH BIRTHDAY TOUR

January 2020

Treat yourself to a fabulous visit to Memphis to attend the 85th Birthday Celebrations for Elvis, take a tour of his beautiful Graceland home, see all  the Elvis sights of Memphis on the most comprehensive tour that there is, enjoy a visit his Birthplace in Tupelo and have free time to explore at leisure, to enjoy the atmosphere and sounds of Beale Street and to attend the Graceland events arranged over this special time. And if you’ve never been to Memphis over the Birthday period then you’ll be in for a treat. The Christmas lights at Graceland will still be there to see, attending the Birthday Proclamation (always with invited star guests) is a great experience and to enjoy the special Birthday Concerts and activities arranged over this special time is both exciting and fun.

Our tour then returns to the UK…or does it? Because for 2020 we also have another option. You can continue on to Las Vegas for a 4 night stay…

After our stay in Memphis we fly to glittering Las Vegas – the gambling oasis in the midst of the Mojave Desert where Elvis truly was King – breaking all records for show attendance and proving to the world what a superstar he really was. We’ll stay at the very hotel that he stayed and appeared at and a backstage (and on stage!) tour with Dick Grob, Elvis’ former Head of Security, is planned. Time enough too to take an optional trip to the awesome Grand Canyon, to see the mighty Hoover Dam and to take a stroll along the famous Las Vegas ‘Strip’ to see all the other glitzy hotels and casinos. And on one night we’ll have a party – attended by some of our ‘Elvis friends’ – people that worked for, performed or acted with Elvis.

 

 

OUR ITINERARY

 

Day 1. Tuesday 7th January 2020

Morning departure from London’s Heathrow Airport* for the scheduled transatlantic flight via a US gateway city to Memphis. Coach transfer to your chosen hotel and the remainder of the evening is free.

 

Day 2. Wednesday 8th January (Elvis Presley’s Birthday)

Time to enjoy the Elvis Day Proclamation Ceremony at Graceland before we drive south, over the Mississippi State Line, to Tupelo – ‘the friendliest city in the South’ and to Elvis’ Birthplace where you’ll enjoy their annual Birthday Celebrations (with coffee and Birthday Cake!). You’ll have ample time to absorb the atmosphere of this magical place, 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.

We’ll then take you on a tour of the Elvis to show you where Elvis went to school, Tupelo Hardware which is still very much the same as it was the day Gladys took Elvis there to buy him his first guitar, the Elvis Statue at the site of the old Fairgrounds and many other places significant to his life there.

Time even for some shopping and to have a meal before we head back to Memphis.

 

Day 3. Thursday 9th January  (Graceland Day)

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 Birthday 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 4. Friday 10th January

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, the 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. Elvis was a world superstar – he could have lived anywhere he wanted but he chose to stay in Memphis, because he loved it…we’ll show you why.

 

Day 5 Saturday 11th January

A full day 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, and to shop and sightsee at will.

 

 

Day 6. Sunday 12th January

Morning free before heading to the airport to connect with our return flight to the UK or, if you are travelling on to Las Vegas, to fly there instead and where the waiting coach will transfer you to the Westgate Hotel and Casino.

 

Day 7. Monday 13th January

The group returning to the UK will arrive into Heathrow* Airport in the mid-morning.

 

Day 7 to Day 9. Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th January

Those in Las Vegas however will have 3 full days to relax in the desert sunshine, to explore the magnificent hotels and casino’s for which this city is so famous, to take optional excursions to the mighty Hoover Dam, to the awesome Grand Canyon or a night-time helicopter ride along the dazzling ‘Las Vegas Strip’. We are planning a backstage (and onstage!) tour of the Showroom where Elvis performed (subject to there not being rehearsals or building work at the time) as well as a party night with our Elvis friends who live in Las Vegas. Time too to see a Show, enjoy a meal in one of the top-class restaurants, or head downtown to historic Fremont Street.

 

Day 10. Thursday 16th January

Most of the day is free for last-minute shopping and sightseeing before we join our flight for the non-stop overnight service to the UK.

 

Day 11. Friday 17th January

Mid-morning arrival into Heathrow*.

 

 

Hotel Selection

 

Memphis:

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

 

Comfort Inn

A fond favourite with previous tour guests – located in the heart of Downtown Memphis and overlooking the Mississippi River this modern hotel offers large comfortable rooms – all en suite of course – a breakfast room and small fitness centre. Breakfast is 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

 

Las Vegas:

The Westgate Hotel & Casino

Formerly the Las Vegas International Hotel and then the Las Vegas Hilton this was once the largest hotel in the world and where Elvis regularly performed – always to sold-out audiences. The hotel has nearly 3000 rooms and suites, 13 restaurants, numerous bars, a gymnasium, shopping mall, a spa, swimming pool, tennis courts and a vast casino and Showroom. Breakfast is not included

 

 

Very Special Prices

 

Memphis Only                              Single                      Twin                        Triple                           Quad

Holiday Inn Express                     £1698                      £1478                     £1428                          £1398

Comfort Inn Downtown             £1748                      £1498                     £1448                          £1418

Guest House at Graceland         £1898                      £1598                    £1498                           £1448

 

Memphis & Las Vegas

Holiday Inn Express                     £2378                      £1978                     £1898                          £1848

Comfort Inn Downtown             £2398                       £1998                    £1918                           £1878

Guest House at Graceland         £2578                       £2098                    £1978                           £1898

 

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.

 

QUESTIONS ANSWERED

 

INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY COST

The  Memphis & Tupelo Tour Price is inclusive of all the following:-

  • Scheduled economy class flights inc. taxes and security charges
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation at your selected hotel inc. taxes
  • All coaching and Shuttle Bus Service in Memphis and Tupelo as per Itinerary
  • 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
  • Driver gratuities
  • The services of an experienced Elvis Travel Service Tour Manager.

 

The Memphis, Tupelo & Las Vegas Tour cost is inclusive of all the above plus:-

  • Flight from Memphis to Las Vegas
  • Returning flight from Las Vegas instead of Memphis
  • 4 nights accommodation in Las Vegas
  • Backstage Tour and Party Night in Las Vegas.

 

 

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

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is mandatory that all passengers have sufficient travel insurance. Please telephone America as you like it on 020 8742 8299 who will be pleased to arrange cover for you. Cover is not effective until the premium has been paid and your application approved by the insurers. If you are relying on travel insurance provided by your bank or credit card provider as part of their service please check that their cover is sufficient, in particular with regard to cancellation charges.

 

FLIGHTS AND TIMINGS

The flights will be in economy class on a major scheduled airline from London’s Heathrow* Airport. *Please contact us for a price from other UK airports.  Flight times will be confirmed on your Confirmation-Invoice although these are subject to change. The baggage allowance is 50lbs (23kgs) per person.

 

EXCHANGE RATES

The tour price is based at the currency exchange rate at the time of costing this holiday - £1. Sterling being equal to $1.27 US Dollars.

 

PASSPORTS AND VISAS

A full Electronic Passport (e-Passport) issued by a member state of the European Union and valid for at least 6 months after the date of return to the UK is required. Visas are not required by the majority of British Citizens travelling on a UK Passport, however we recommend you check your eligibility at https://uk.usembassy.gov/esta/. UK Passport Holders should ensure that they have completed the online Visa Waiver Form (ESTA) at https://esta.cpb.dhs.gov/ at least 72hrs before the date of travel. The charge for an ESTA is currently $14 per person and can be paid using most debit/credit Cards. Without a valid ESTA you would be denied boarding by the airline. The registration is then valid for 2 Years or until the expiry of your passport (whichever is the sooner). If you do not have access to the ESTA website then the Elvis Travel Service are happy to do this for you. Please contact them on 01473 621 564 and have your UK passport details available. Holders of all other passports should consult the US Embassy prior to departure for visa requirements.

 

HEALTH

No vaccinations or inoculations are currently required for British Subjects. The Department of Health produces the Health Advice for Travellers booklet (T) which is available from your local Post Office or by telephoning 0800 555 777 free of charge.

 

CLIMATE AND CLOTHING

The weather in January can be very variable but, in Memphis and Tupelo, often quite cold so take plenty of layers so if we are lucky enough to have a warm spell then you won’t be caught out. In Las Vegas whilst the nights can be cool the daytime temperatures can reach the 60’s in January so best take some mid-weight clothing with a comfortable pair of walking shoes or trainers for sightseeing.

 

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 £500 will be required by 1st August 2019 with the final balance due no later 1st November 2019. 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.

 

PAYMENT BY CREDIT/DEBIT CARD

We are pleased to accept payment by credit or debit card for all, or part, of your holiday cost. Please complete the appropriate box on the Reservation Form.

 

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES

If you have any queries regarding the holiday detailed in this brochure please don’t hesitate to phone the Elvis Travel Service on 01473 621 564 or America as you like it on 020 8742 8299. Telephone bookings can be made but these are only provisional and must be confirmed with a completed Reservation Form within 5 working days.

 

HOW TO BOOK

To book simply complete the Reservation Form and return it with your deposit/s to:-

 

Elvis Travel Service

c/o America as you like it

Oxford House, 24 Oxford Road North

London, W4 4DH

Tel: 020 8742 8299

Email: sales@americaasyoulikeit.com  Website www.americaasyoulikeit.com

 

BONDING AND RESPONSIBILITY

The holiday in this brochure is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under America as you like it, ATOL 2966. America as you like it is also a member of the Visit USA Association.

 

The holiday arrangements are the responsibility of America as you like it Your Contract is subject to their Reservation Conditions which are available by post by calling the above number or can be downloaded from their website.

 

The holidays are designed and co-ordinated by the Elvis Travel Service/Strictly Elvis UK, an organisation that has led the way in Elvis holidays and events for over 47 years. During this time we have helped tens of thousands of fellow fans fulfil their dreams of visiting Graceland.  Strictly Elvis UK, Unit D Bristol Court, Martlesham Heath Business Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP5 3RY Tel: 01473 621 564   Email: enquiries@strictlyelvis.net  Website: www.strictlyelvis.net is registered with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc.

 

The names ‘Elvis’, ‘Elvis Presley’, ‘Graceland’ and ‘The Guest House at Graceland’ are registered to Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc with the USPTO.

 

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