Memphis and Tupelo or
Memphis, Tupelo and our ‘Follow That Dream’ extension
to sunny Florida…the choice is yours!
Over the past few years our luxury breaks to Memphis and Tupelo have, quite literally, ‘taken off’ and because they are outside the main holiday season they can be even greater value than in the Summer or over the Elvis Birthday or Anniversary dates. This year our short break takes place over the American Thanksgiving Holiday – the major public holiday in the USA and one that is traditionally used for family reunions - so what better than for the Elvis Family to get together? While in Memphis we stay at The Guest House at Graceland, the luxury hotel built just a stone’s throw from Elvis’ beautiful Graceland home and in addition to the flights and accommodation there’s a day’s pass for Graceland with a mansion tour and admission to the many exhibits, a full day’s comprehensive sightseeing tour of the Elvis sights of Memphis, a day trip to Tupelo including admission to the Elvis Presley Birthplace and museum and a tour of the Elvis sights. And there’s lots more – a tour of Sun Studio, a visit to the Presley’s Lauderdale Courts apartment plus a sumptuous Thanksgiving Dinner…all included in the tour price.
For those with more time or just in need of some Florida sunshine we’ve the perfect extension tour for you. Come with us to Crystal River in Florida where Elvis shot the movie ‘Follow That Dream’. Lots of location sites to see and to relive this Elvis fan favourite. The ‘bonus’ is the fabulous region of Florida where it took place - on the Gulf coast with crystal clear (hence its name) rivers and springs, lots of sunshine and simply loads to see and do. And the tour’s not over yet – we’ll then travel on to Orlando, home of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and a whole galaxy of theme parks and attractions for 3 more days of fun in the sun.
Day 1. Monday 22nd November 2021
Morning departure from London’s Heathrow* Airport for the flight to the USA. We’ll clear through US Immigration & Customs at a Gateway airport before taking our onward flight to Memphis. Coach transfer to the hotel. Remainder of the evening at leisure, perhaps for your first look at the beautiful Graceland mansion.
The Guest House at Graceland.
An exciting addition to the Graceland complex, this luxury class full-service hotel is an experience in itself. With 450 handsomely furnished, all en-suite rooms, a choice of restaurants and a lobby bar and a sports bar, a Ballroom, convention facilities, a 464 seat theatre, a large outdoor pool and pool bar, the hotel is set in beautifully landscaped grounds adjacent to Graceland’s Chapel in the Woods and the Graceland mansion.
Day 2. Tuesday 23rd November
Morning visit to Graceland. Your ‘Elvis Experience Pass’ entitles you to a self-guided tour of the mansion plus access to the Elvis Presley’s Entertainment Complex with admission to Elvis’ aircraft, the Presley Motors Automobile Museum and other Elvis exhibits – so much of the day will be taken up with those.
Evening at leisure.
Day 3. Wednesday 24th November
Another real treat today as we head south, over the Mississippi State Line and on to Tupelo, the town where Elvis was born. We’ll first of all take you to the Birthplace itself – a humble little building that’s now the most popular visitor attraction in the whole of the State. Time here to also visit the Elvis Museum and Visitor Centre and to stroll through the lovely landscaped grounds. Then it’s back on the coach for a guided tour of the sights of Tupelo and we’ll show you lots of places that are so relevant to Elvis’ life here. Time for photo’s and a bit of exploring before we take you to a large shopping mall – a great place to eat and to have some retail therapy before we head back to Memphis, arriving in the mid-evening.
Day 4. Thursday 25th November
Today we’ll have a full day’s comprehensive guided sightseeing tour of Elvis’ Memphis, starting with the Circle G Ranch before heading downtown and taking you to all the major sights of the city but with emphasis on Elvis’ life here. You’ll see where he lived, where he went to school, performed and shopped and lots more besides. This evening we’ll have a real treat – a sumptuous Thanksgiving Dinner at Marlowes Restaurant on Elvis Presley Boulevard, a well-known Memphis restaurant that’s so popular with Elvis fans.
Day 5. Friday 26th November
Your day starts with tours of the legendary Sun Studio and the Presley’s Lauderdale Courts apartment before the remainder of the day is free to explore Memphis, to enjoy another visit to Graceland, to visit the Stax, Rock & Soul, Cotton or National Civil Rights Museums, shop in the retro/trendy stores along South Main Street, take a tram ride around the city admiring the fabulous views of the Mississippi River. Memphis is a fascinating city and you certainly won’t be at a loss for something to do. Throughout today and every evening the Elvis Travel Service will operate a free shuttle service between The Guest House at Graceland and Downtown Memphis and on at least one of the evenings you might like to join your Tour Managers for a visit to exciting Beale Street to sample the incredible sounds and atmosphere of this music mecca.
Day 6. Saturday 27th November
Morning at leisure. Time perhaps for a last ‘free’ walk-up to pay your respects at Graceland’s Meditation Garden or to buy those last-minute souvenirs before the lunchtime transfer to the airport to join our flight travelling overnight to the UK.
Day 7. Sunday 28th November
Mid-morning arrival into Heathrow Airport.
MEMPHIS, TUPELO & FLORIDA The ‘Follow That Dream’ Tour
It’s not unusual for the Elvis Travel Service/Strictly Elvis UK to add an extension tour on to our regular Memphis and Tupelo
visits as it gives Elvis fans the opportunity to explore other parts of this amazing country - our only proviso is that it has to have
a strong Elvis connection. One such area is northern Florida where Elvis made one of his best movies – Follow That Dream. This
is a beautifully unspoilt area of the Sunshine State and you’ll soon understand why they chose to make the movie here – the
setting is quite stunning. But we couldn’t visit Florida without having the chance to meet Mickey Mouse and the many other characters that roam the theme parks of Orlando – the Vacation Capital of the World so we’ll have 3 days there too before flying back to the UK
Days 1 to 6.
Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th November 2021
As per the above Memphis and Tupelo Itinerary except that instead of flying back to the UK you’ll fly to Tampa Airport in Florida. Coach transfer to Crystal River and the Plantation on Crystal River Hotel.
Plantation on Crystal River
You’ll think you’re staying in a historic plantation home except that the rooms are modern and the view over the lawns and ‘waterscape’ of Crystal River is stunning. With golf and tennis on site, a fabulous pool, a splendid restaurant and a comfy bar you’ll love this place.
Day 7. Sunday 28th November
A day’s leisurely tour featuring the location sites for the filming of ‘Follow That Dream’ including, where the homestead and fishing business was set up, the school in which the ‘casino’ footage was filmed and the Courthouse in nearby Inverness where they had to fight to retain the twins. A fascinating day.
Day 8. Monday 29th November
Full day for you to explore these stunning surroundings. Enjoy a game of golf or tennis, take a boat trip, explore the beautiful little town of Crystal River or just relax in the comfort of our lovely hotel.
Day 9. Tuesday 30th November
During a break in filming Elvis visited what was then one of Florida’s most famous attractions – the ‘Mermaid Show’ at Weeki Wachee Springs and so too will you, on route to Orlando where we’ll arrive at the DoubleTree Hotel in the early afternoon.
Remainder of the day at leisure.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Surrounded by lush gardens yet located just off bustling International Drive and close to SeaWorld, the DoubleTree by Hilton is magnificent. Boasting well over 1000 modern guestrooms, the hotel also has a large restaurant, a pizzeria, two bars, 3 pools, a spa, gymnasium and mini-golf. This is a great place to stay – especially as a free shuttle to SeaWorld and Universal Studios is also provided.
Days 10 & 11. Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd December
Two glorious days in the ‘Vacation Capital of the World’. With over 40 theme parks and attractions the choice is yours….enjoy a day of Disney fun at Walt Disney World or Epcot, take a spellbinding visit to Hogwarts to join in the adventures of Harry Potter, visit one of many water or thrill-ride parks, stroll through beautiful gardens, take a trip to Cape Canaveral to see the Kennedy Space Center, or head for the shops. Orlando has it all – including the chance for you to just laze by the pool.
Friday 3rd December
Morning at leisure before transferring to Orlando International Airport in readiness for our overnight flight home.
Day 13. Saturday 4th December
Mid-morning arrival into the UK.
Holiday Prices Single Twin Triple Quad
Memphis & Tupelo £1998 £1648 £1548 £1498
Memphis, Tupelo and Florida £2998 £2328 £2098 £1978
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.
The Tour Price is inclusive of all the following:-
Memphis & Tupelo Tour
• Scheduled economy class flights inc. taxes and Security Charges
• Five nights luxury accommodation at The Guest House at Graceland
• Airport transfers and coaching as per itinerary including the Memphis Shuttle Bus Service
• A Tour Pass for Graceland including the Mansion tour and admission to the aircraft, car museum and other Exhibits
• A guided tour of the Elvis sights of Memphis including a tour of Sun Studio, the Presley’s Lauderdale Courts Apartment and
lunch at the Arcade Restaurant.
• A full day visit to Tupelo including a guided tour and admission to the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum
• Driver gratuities
• The services of an experienced Elvis Travel Service Tour Manager
The Follow That Dream Extension Tour
As above plus...
• Scheduled flight Memphis to St. Petersburg Beach, Florida
• Three nights 1st Class hotel accommodation at the Plantation on Crystal River Hotel
• Three nights 1st Class hotel accommodation at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Orlando
Coach travel in Florida as per itinerary including a full day’s tour of the movie location sites for ‘Follow That Dream’
• A visit to Weeki Waatchi Springs
• Returning flight from Orlando instead of Memphis
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 recommend 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 40lbs (18 kgs) per person.
The tour price is based at the currency exchange rate at the time of costing this holiday - £1. Sterling being equal to $1.22 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.
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 late November in Memphis is mostly fine with a maximum high temperature of 17’C (63’F) and a minimum of 6’C (43’F) so perfect for sightseeing but best take medium weight clothing with a heavier jacket or sweater for cooler evenings. For those continuing on to Florida, the weather there should reach a maximum daily temperature of 25’C (77’F) and a minimum of 14’C (57’F) and so light to medium weight clothing is suggested.Don’t forget a comfortable pair of walking shoes or trainers for sightseeing. The USA is known for its informality and so nowhere (not even at these lovely hotels!) are you expected to ‘dress-up’ – however there will be a few opportunities in the evenings for those who might wish to do so.
PAYMENT AND TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
A payment of £600 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 £600 will be required by 1st June 2021 with the final balance due no later 1st September 2021. 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.
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 call The Elvis Travel Service on 01473 621564
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
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 48 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
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.