In 1960 Elvis was out of the Army and back in Hollywood. The first movie he appeared in after his
military service is a fan favourite to this day, and a role that was very appropriate for that time in
Elvis’ life; G.I. Blues.
Join us as we celebrate G.I. Blues with a very special, once in a lifetime, Elvis Travel Service tour. We’ll explore the locations of the movie, as well as Elvis’ military service, and explore Bad Nauheim and Friedberg – where he lived and was based whilst in the US Army in Germany - in a great long weekend break. And the ‘bonus’ is?....we’ll be staying in the very hotel in Bad Nauheim in which Elvis lived for part of his tour of duty.
Here’s our amazing itinerary....
Thursday 17th June 2021
Morning flight to Frankfurt. You’ll board the coach for the short journey to the nearby town of Bad Homburg to see the Ritters Park Hotel. This was the first hotel Elvis stayed in when he arrived in Germany in 1958, and the setting for some iconic photos of Elvis and local fans. Onward then to our home for the next few days – the Hotel Villa Grunewald in the heart of Bad Nauheim.
This hotel is where Elvis actually lived for a number of months and much of the hotel is exactly as it was when he was there. We’ll show you the very room Elvis had during his stay. Remainder of the
day at leisure.
Friday 18th June
After breakfast at the hotel we’ll take a walking tour of Bad Nauheim. As always with the Elvis Travel Service you’ll get the most comprehensive tour possible. We’ll show you dozens of Elvis sights including where Elvis lived, shopped, socialised and had some of his most famous pictures taken
during his military service. You’ll also get to see the many bars, restaurants, shops and cafes that this beautiful little town has to offer for when you have time for independent exploration.
The afternoon and evening at leisure.
Saturday 19th June
Breakfast at hotel. Today is our fantastic G.I. Blues day! We’ll board the coach for a full day’s tour of some of the locations used during the film. We’ll visit historic Idstein, Wiesbaden and beautiful Rudesheim on the banks of the River Moselle. You’ll also get the chance to ride the Seilbahn Rudesheim cable car, which you’ll remember from the famous ‘Pocketful of Rainbows’ scene in the movie.
Early evening return to Bad Nauheim. Rest of evening at leisure.
Sunday 20th June
Breakfast at hotel. This morning we’ll board our very own ‘Frankfurt Special’ for a short train ride to nearby Friedberg, where the Army barracks that Elvis served at are located. Although long closed down, we will get to see the main gate and the areas around the barracks. There will also be time to grab a coffee and cake and see the rest of this lovely little town including its picturesque castle.
We’ll return to Bad Nauheim just after lunchtime where there will be time to explore the town, walk in its beautiful parks or maybe take a trip up to the top of Johannisberg hilltop for stunning views over the surrounding area. This evening we plan to have an event with the local Fan Club and show G.I. Blues.
Monday 21st June
Breakfast at hotel. Mid- morning departure to Frankfurt. En-route we’ll call into the quaint village of Steinfurth. Known mainly for its growing of roses, the village was also where Elvis and his platoon helped erect a war memorial.
Mid-afternoon flight to the UK.
Hotel Villa Grunewald:
With just 16 bedrooms within this historic building the hotel is probably the most elegant and sought-after places to stay in Bad Nauheim. Located overlooking the beautiful Spa Gardens and Park in the centre of the town it is within easy walking distance of the shops and sights. Elvis loved it here and we can see why. The rooms (except for the one that Elvis used which has been kept as it was) are
all modern and all have private bathroom. There is a small bar and restaurant but many who repeatedly stay here say that it’s biggest attraction (other than Elvis of course!) is it’s friendly and helpful staff.
Sharing a Twin/Double £748 per person
Single Room £932 per person
The tour price is inclusive of....
· Return scheduled flights from Heathrow* inclusive of taxes, security charges and baggage
· Four nights superior quality hotel accommodation including breakfasts and taxes
· Return coach transfers between Frankfurt Airport and Bad Nauheim
· A morning’s Guided Walking Tour of the Elvis sights of Bad Nauheim
· A full day’s G I BLUES Coach Tour featuring many of the film location sites used in the movie
and including the cable car ride in Rudesheim
· The services of an Elvis Travel Service Tour Manager
The flights will be on board the scheduled service of Lufthansa between Heathrow* and Frankfurt.
We are also happy to arrange for you to fly from regional airports at a supplementary price.
The Tour Prices are based on the Rate of Exchange as of 20th May 2020 £1 = 1.10 Euros