DESTINATION USA (Again)
£1699 per person (twin share). Single supplement: £399
Deposit: £350 per person.
(Memphis only available too. Call for details.)
It’s the Big One! Join fans from all over the world to celebrate The King’s 80th birthday. Fantastic events are being planned in Memphis during the birthday celebration. This is one birthday party you will not want to miss! This fantastic holiday is offered in partnership with The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain who started promoting Elvis holidays 50 years ago! Memphis, the city that Elvis loved most of all, is where we start and the more you visit, the more you’ll understand why. Memphis has a special magic, an amalgam perhaps of its unique location, rich heritage, its old-money architecture mixed with modern day commerce, its diversity of cultures, and, especially, its music. And what music! Here is where Rock ’n’ Roll was born, where the Blues grew from the field-hollers of the Mississippi delta to mainstream music in the bars on Beale…and where Soul was created from a blending of both. It was here that a young Elvis – already destined to greatness – absorbed these sounds together with the gospels that were his first love and the rest, as they say, is history. Elvis could have lived anywhere – but he chose Memphis and his beautiful Graceland mansion – large enough to befit a star but small enough to call ‘home’. Come and see it for yourself and be enthralled. But Tupelo is where it all started for Elvis and we take you there too, to see the small wooden house in which he was born, where he went to school, worshipped, and the site of the old Fairgrounds where he entered a talent show and sang Old Shep – an inauspicious start to what became the career of the greatest entertainer the world has ever known.
See, hear and really experience the whole Elvis story – and be part of that story yourself as Elvis lives on through his fans.And then, just to add icing to the birthday cake, we will take you to glitzy Las Vegas where, on July 31, 1969, immediately following Barbara Streisand's engagement at the International Hotel, Elvis Presley performed for 58 consecutive sold out shows, breaking all Vegas attendance records, (130,157 paying, and ostensibly gambling customers in the period of one month), with stellar reviews coming from both critics and the public. He broke his own attendance record in February 1970, and again in August 1970, and August 1972. When playing Las Vegas, he lived in the penthouse suite (room 3000), located on the 30th floor, until his last performance there in December 1976. Wow! What a way to celebrate the 80th birthday of The King!
Day 1 Morning departure from London Heathrow for our flight (via a ‘gateway city’) to Memphis,Tennessee, followed by the coach transfer to Doubletree Hotel in the city centre. Evening free to relax or explore.
Day 2 to Day 6 Five full days to enjoy the sights and sounds of Memphis. You will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Elvis’ Memphis including visits toSun Studio the ‘Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ where Elvis did hisfirst recording, as well as Lauderdale Courts, where he lived withhis parents in his teens. Also included is lunch at the ArcadeRestaurant, one of Elvis’ favourite restaurants plus lots of otherfascinating sights including the school that he attended, wherehe performed, shopped, prayed and played. Our tour also takesin many of the ‘tourist sights’ of Memphis such as theMississippi River and the paddle wheeler riverboats, the FedExForum, Beale Street, the Pyramid and lots more besides. You will also receive a Platinum Pass to Graceland.
On January 8 we transfer to the lawn of Graceland to hear the Elvis PresleyDay Proclamation given at Graceland by the Mayors of Memphisand Shelby County to mark Elvis’ Birthday and to enjoy theamusing speeches (as well as coffee and birthday cake!). Then it’s off to Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis Presley to see the humblehome in which he was born, to visit the museum dedicated tohim, to sit in the First Assembly of God church where Elvis firstsang, and to enjoy an amazing audio-visual presentation thathelps bring all this alive. We also take you on a tour of thiswonderfully friendly little city – stopping at the schools that Elvisattended and Tupelo Hardware where his first guitar was bought. With plenty to see and hear, it’s a great wayto commemorate Elvis’ birthday. We return to Memphis in theearly evening.
During your time in Memphis you will have ample time toexplore downtown Memphis using the Shuttle Bus Service. Visitsuch fascinating museums as the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, the Stax Museum, the Cotton Museum and the National Civil RightsMuseum amongst many others. Take a stroll along the banks ofthe mighty Mississippi, or watch the Duck Parade in thefabulously ornate lobby of the renowned Peabody Hotel. Not tobe missed is the Gibson Guitar Factory, where you see how theyare made and hear them played. Time too to take the free earlymorning walk-up to Meditation Garden at Graceland, and tovisit the many other attractions at Elvis Presley Plaza includinggoing on board Elvis’ aircraft and visiting Elvis’ Auto Museum.
By night there’s a wonderful choice of restaurants and bars to visit – especially on Beale Street where music emanates fromevery doorway. Our special Shuttle Bus, exclusive to our group, runs throughoutyour stay in Memphis between Graceland anddowntown. The Shuttle will operate throughout the day and lateinto the evenings. The cost of the Shuttle Service is included in the holiday price – saving you a small fortune in taxi fares.
Day 7 Today we fly from Memphis to Las Vegas and transfer to the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton), to enjoy staying in the very hotel that Elvis stayed in all those years ago.
Day 8 to Day 10 Three days(and nights!)in Las Vegas with time to explore and enjoy all that this famous city in the desert has to offer. We will be offering a range of optional excursions during your stay and full details will be sent to participants.
Day 11 Transfer to Las Vegas Airport for the flightsback to the UK.
Day 12 Arrive back into London Heathrow.
HIGHLIGHTS AND VISITS
ELVIS PRESLEY’S GRACELAND
This holiday includes a Platinum Tour/Pass which allows you to enjoy an audio-guided tour featuring commentary by Elvis and Lisa Marie as you explore the beautiful Graceland Mansion visiting, amongst others, the Jungle Room, MusicRoom, Racquetball Building, the Hall of Gold containing anamazing display of gold, platinum and other awards – ending in the peace and serenity of Meditation Garden.
The Pass also gives you:-
- a self-guided tour of Elvis' two custom airplanes
- a self-guided tour of Elvis' Automobile Museum
- a self-guided tour of Elvis: Live from Vegas
- a self-guided tour of Elvis' Tupelo
- a self-guided tour of Elvis' Hawaii: Concerts, Movies and More! Exhibit
- a self-guided tour of '68 Special Exhibit
ELVIS PRESLEY BIRTHPLACE
The prettywhite wooden‘shotgun shack’that the Presley’s called homeand where Elvis was born on8th January 1935 is the one‘constant’ at the Birthplacesite which has seen tremendous change since Elvis died. Determined to keep his legacy alive and to hold on to their heritage, the people of Tupelo have performed wonders in notonly protecting the integrity of the Birthplace but by continuallyadding to it in a tasteful manner. At first the Elvis Presley YouthCentre was turned into a Visitor Centre, a lovely MemorialChapel was built in Elvis’ memory and a museum added. Thelatter has since been improved to award-winning standards, alarge gift/souvenir shop was added and Elvis’ original church,the First Assembly of God was moved from two streets awayonto the site and completely renovated. The buildings aretastefully joined together with landscaped gardens, containing astatue of Elvis at 13yrs, a story-wall and fountains. There is also a theatre and function suite, new walks, another statue and evenmore visitor facilities.
Doubletree Hotel, Memphis: Stay in the heart of Memphis at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Memphis Downtown. This lovely hotel is within walking distance to many downtown Memphis attractions, including Beale Street Entertainment District, across the road is the internationally famous Rendezvous Restaurant (host the Princes, Pop Stars, Prime Ministers, Princesses, Presidents & The Presleys); Rock 'n Soul Museum, Sun Studios, National Civil Rights Museum and FedEx Forum and Memphis Cook Convention Centre. Begin your Memphis visit with a freshly baked DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie before settling in to your comfortable guest room or suite. All 280 guest rooms and suites boast complimentary WiFi access. Gather with friends in relaxed surroundings at T.G.I. Friday's, located at the hotel. The fully equipped fitness centre and outdoor pool (seasonal) are available to all guests. With its downtown location and easy access to the airport, the Doubletree is ideal.
LVH, Las Vegas (formerly the International Hotel / Las Vegas Hilton) Experience the finest amenities, offerings, and excitement at the legendary LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino; the iconic place to stay and play in the electrifying city of Las Vegas. Conveniently located just one block from the famed Las Vegas Strip and immediately adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Centre, this world-class hotel casino offers a unique blend of excitement with incredible restaurants, endless Las Vegas entertainment, and the world's largest horse racing betting shop. Among off Strip hotels, the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino boasts the most alluring variety of rooms in a relaxing atmosphere, while still maintaining easy access via the Las Vegas Monorail to the excitement of the Strip, just one block away. The en suite Classic Rooms offer thoughtful amenities such as ultra-soft bedding, 37" plasma TVs, Keurig coffee makers, high-speed Internet access (for a fee), and great views.
PRICES AND WHATS INCLUDED Tuesday 6th – Saturday 17th January 2015 Ref: 15005
£1,699 per person (twin share). Single supplement: £399
Deposit: £350 per person.
Included: Economy class flights London – Memphis, Memphis - Las Vegas and Las Vegas – London: 6 nights’ accommodation at the Doubletree by Hilton, Memphis (room only); 4 nights’ accommodation at the LVH, Las Vegas (room only) Sightseeing tour of Memphis; Sightseeing tour of Tupelo; huttle bus service in Memphis; Transfers and coach travel as per the itinerary; Admission to Sun Studio, Lauderdale Court and Elvis Birthplace; Graceland Platinum Pass; All airport taxes and charges The services of an experienced tour manager
Not included; Drinks, meals, travel insurance, optional excursions and items of a personal nature.
DESTINATION USA - Again
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