Each year we try to make our annual Elvis Anniversary Tour more interesting and exciting by adding in different destinations or giving the tour a specific theme. For 2018 we’re doing both by taking you to enjoy the thrills and fun of Dollywood but also featuring Elvis’ Sun stablemates who made up the legendary Million Dollar Quartet. First of all we’ll show you Nashville, Country Music Capital of the world and where you’ll get to tour the Ryman Auditorium (formerly the Grand Ole Opry), the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Johnny Cash Museum and, of course, RCA’s Studio B - the 'Home of a Thousand Hits'.
You’ll enjoy a drive through the Tennessee countryside for a visit to Dollywood and, on the way to Memphis we’ll have visits to the Johnny Cash Ranch and the home of Carl Perkins two members of Sun’s famous Million Dollar Quartet.
Memphis brings us all the activities of Elvis Week with a tour of Elvis’ beautiful Graceland mansion home, visits to the many exhibits including the car museum and aircraft plus we’ll take you on an exciting journey of discovery throughout Memphis showing you the many places of Elvis-interest as well as the major sights such as Beale Street, the Pyramid, the Mississippi River and lots more.
Onward then to Tupelo but not before first visiting the house of the 4th member of the Million Dollar Quartet....Jerry Lee Lewis, where his son Jerry Lee Lewis III will give you a personal guided tour.
Once in Tupelo we’ll visit the Elvis Birthplace & Museum and tour many other Elvis-related sights but because this year we’ll be staying at a lovely hotel in the heart of downtown you’ll be able to explore the town at your leisure and you’ll soon understand why we say Tupelo is the friendliest place in America.
So read on for our day-by-day itinerary and we hope you can join us on this journey of discovery – an Elvis (and Million Dollar Quartet) experience not to be missed.
Day 1 Tuesday 7th August
Mid-morning departure from Heathrow* Airport for the flight to the USA. We’ll clear Immigration and Customs in Detroit before continuing to Nashville, arriving in the early evening. Coach transfer to the hotel and the remainder of the evening at leisure.
Day 2 Wednesday 8th August
Full day tour of Nashville incorporating visits to the Ryman Auditorium where Elvis appeared on the Grand Ole Opry radio show, the Country Music Hall of Fame where you can see Elvis’ Gold Cadillac plus his plaque on the Wall of Fame, RCA’s famous Studio B where so many of Elvis’ (and others) hits were recorded. We’ll pack a lot in but there’s still ample time for some exploring and shopping as well (cowboy boots anyone?) and this evening why not join your Tour Managers for a visit to the world famous Wildhorse Saloon.
Day 3 Thursday 9th August
What a treat in store today as we head to the Smoky Mountain foothills to Pigeon Forge and Dollywood – one of the USA’s best known and well-loved attractions. Filled with great thrill rides, shops, eating places and great entertainment the 150 acre park has a wonderfully friendly hillbilly feel to it and the many craft demonstrations which include glass-blowing, a blacksmith, candle-making, leatherwork, pottery, woodcarving and even candy making just add to the wonderful atmosphere.
Day 4 Friday 10th August
Morning visit to the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville before we head out to see the Johnny Cash Ranch, where the new owner has reconstructed the home and office of Col Tom Parker which he purchased when the Madison property was purchased for redevelopment in early 2017. A fascinating visit, as will be our next stop – the former home of Carl Perkins in Jackson, Tennessee. Carl, known as the ‘King of Rockabilly’ wrote and had a hit with Blue Suede Shoes (before Elvis made it an even bigger success!) and was a major influence on many younger musicians including The Beatles. Onward then to Memphis where, after checking in to your hotel, the evening is free.
Day 5 Saturday 11th August
Graceland Day. Morning self-guided tour of the Graceland Mansion with the afternoon at leisure at Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex where there are attractions to visit (included in the holiday price) and shops and restaurants to enjoy. Evening at leisure. Throughout Elvis Week EPE will have arranged concerts and guest interviews for you to enjoy. No information is available at the time of printing this brochure but when available we will advise you of the details and be happy to book them on your behalf.
Day 6 Sunday 12th August
Today we have a full day Elvis’ Memphis Sightseeing tour during which we’ll not only show you the major tourist sights of this amazing city but we’ll include a whole array of places pertinent to the life of Elvis. We’ll include some of his homes, his school, Sun Studio where he and his Million Dollar Quartet colleagues recorded, places where he shopped, ate, worshipped, sang and we’ll even take you over the Stateline into Mississippi to see the Circle G Ranch. A long day today but packed with interest and photo opportunities and we know you’ll love it.
Days 7 through Day 9 Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th August
Three more days at leisure in Memphis. We’ll have an optional Mississippi Cruise – fascinating yet relaxing – a shopping excursion to a huge Outlet Mall and in between things happening at the Graceland complex you’ll have time to explore, to visit the Stax, Rock’n’Soul, Cotton or Civil Rights Museums, to join your Tour Managers for a visit to Beale Street (surely the greatest music street in the world), to take some time to laze by the hotel’s pool or to sample some of the great barbeque food for which Memphis is so famous....lip-smackingly good!
Day 10 Thursday 16th August
We head first to the Jerry Lee Lewis Ranch deep in the Mississippi countryside south of Memphis, and here Jerry Lee’s son will take you on a guided tour of the house that overlooks a pretty lake. As you walk through the house you’ll see Jerry Lee Lewis’s many awards, his stage clothes, his piano upon which he had written so many hit records but you’ll also experience a star’s family home with its comfortable and warm feeling. Parked in the garage will be his Rolls-Royce and you’ll have ample time to take photos of that and the famous ‘Piano Gates’ before we continue our drive to Tupelo – Birthplace of Elvis Presley.
Day 11 Friday 17th August
Not wanting to waste a moment we start the day with a guided tour of the Elvis sights of Tupelo, on which we’ll show you the schools that he attended, where he made his first public appearance, his first radio performance, where his gospel influence came from, where his mother Gladys worked and where she purchased the guitar for his 11th Birthday. Those and lots more sights to see before we arrive at the Birthplace itself – the humble home that gave us a legend. On the site there’s a fascinating Elvis Museum, the First Assembly of God Church where he and his parents worshipped, a Memorial Chapel built in his honour, significant statues including one, Elvis at 13, which denotes his age upon leaving Tupelo for a new life in Memphis. An awesome day. Evening at leisure.
Day 12 Saturday 18th August
Full day free. What’s it to be. A chance to explore downtown Tupelo, to visit the superb car museum, shop, just as the Presley’s did at Tupelo Hardware or Reeds Department Store (where there’s a great photo of Gladys and her Tupelo Garment Factory co-workers on the wall), or a final shopping spree out at the Barnes Crossing shopping mall? And we couldn’t have a last night without a bit of a party could we?
Day 13 Sunday 19th August
Morning departure for the leisurely drive via Verona where we’ll show you where Vernon and Gladys got married and Tuscaloosa where Elvis appeared in 1971 and 1975; before heading on to Atlanta Airport for the evening’s overnight flight to the UK
Day 14 Monday 20th August
Morning arrival into the Heathrow* Airport.
HOLIDAY PRICES - Staying at the Comfort Inn in Memphis
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£3798 £3048 £2798 £2678
HOLIDAY PRICES - Staying at the Guest House in Memphis
Single Twin Triple Quad
£4398 £3348 £3048 £2878
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.
Clarion Hotel Downtown
Conveniently close to all the major sights and close to the Cumberland River this recently renovated hotel has an indoor pool and fitness centre. All rooms also have a microwave and fridge. A complimentary breakfast is served in the hotel and there is a wide choice of restaurants and bars within walking distance.
The Guest House at Graceland
An exciting new addition to the Graceland complex and replacing the old Heartbreak Hotel with a 450 room luxury class property that will be an experience in itself. Top class all en-suite rooms, two restaurants and a bar, convention facilities and a theatre. Breakfast is not included.
Comfort Inn – Downtown
This modern hotel overlooks the Mississippi River in the heart of downtown Memphis. Convenient for the sights, museums, restaurants and bars of Memphis and within walking distance of Beale Street, this excellent hotel offers handsomely furnished en suite rooms, a small lounge, exercise room, a rooftop swimming pool and sun deck. Breakfast is included.
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.
INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY COST
The tour price is inclusive of all the following:-
Scheduled economy class flights inc. taxes and security charges
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.
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