Elvis Presley's Memphis, New Orleans & Nashville
7 nights. March 2019 - December 2020. From £1399.00.
Discover the world of WC Handy, Robert Johnson, 'Fats' Domino, Chuck Berry, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and, of course, Elvis Presley. We'll take an unforgettable journey through America's musical heartland, heading from the cradle of the blues and Dixieland Jazz to the undisputed capital of Country Music - Nashville!
Tour Highlights And InclusionsMontgomery is resting place of country legend Hank Williams
Journey through the sleepy countryside of Alabama
Spend two nights in New Orleans, the irrepressible, colourfully exuberant and laid-back 'Big Easy' and birthplace of jazz
Take in the atmosphere of New Orleans' famous French Quarter
Visit Elvis' tiny birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi
Cotton capital Memphis, Tennessee - once home to the 'King'
Enjoy an evening on Memphis' famous Beale Street
Discover Nashville, world capital of Country Music
Seven nights' room-only accommodation at a series of good-quality hotels in Montgomery (1 night), New Orleans (2), Memphis (2) and Nashville (2), plus one night on the plane
Return flights from your chosen airport to Atlanta
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager in the USA Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly into Atlanta, then transfer by coach to the Alabama state capital, Montgomery. Spend the night in the city where country legend Hank Williams lies at rest, and where a dedicated museum celebrates his all-too-short but spectacular career.
Day TwoThe gentle landscape of Harper Lee's Alabama gives way to the vast verdant wetlands of Louisiana as we follow the Gulf Coast to New Orleans. Once there, head out to absorb the exuberant energy of this lively city, or join our optional dinner jazz cruise on board a traditional southern steamboat.
Day ThreeTake advantage of our optional guided tour and have the Big Easy really brought to life by an enthusiastic, expert guide. No doubt you've seen the iron-balconies and covered sidewalks of the French Quarter in movies, online, on TV and probably in brochures. But today you'll be able see them all for real. You'll also get to walk among (and photograph) the brightly painted wooden houses of Treme and the three spires of St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square.
Later, head into the surrounding countryside on our optional Louisiana swampland excursion which takes you, by boat, through the famous Manchac Swamp. You'll learn about Louisiana's wetlands and wildlife, including the alligators you'll be looking out for along the way. Plus, you'll find out more about the history of the Cajun town of Frenier.
You'll then return to the 'Quarter' for a night exploring the bars and clubs where the sounds and spirits of Louis Armstrong and 'King' Oliver live on.
Day FourIn a change of tempo, jazz switches to rock 'n' roll as you leave New Orleans to head to Elvis Presley's birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi. There, you'll have time to visit the tiny house where 'The King' was born (entrance payable locally), and after paying homage at the place where history was made, you'll continue on to Memphis.
Settle in to your hotel, then perhaps head to the legendary Beale Street for an evening of food, drink and blues: the perfect combination.
Day FiveToday's full-day optional excursion is an unmissable pilgrimage. First to Sun Studio where musical greats including Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and BB King all recorded. Later, you'll also have plenty of time to explore, and pay your respects, at Elvis's beloved home and estate: the world's most famous rock 'n' roll residence at Graceland.
Day SixSit back and relax as our air-conditioned coach chauffeurs you through the rolling woods and farmland of Tennessee to Nashville, the city that remains the heart and soul of country music.
Day SevenDon't miss today's optional excursion to the Country Music Hall of Fame, one of the world's largest museums and research centres dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American vernacular music. You'll also discover the recording studio that spawned more hit songs than any other in America: Studio B.
Day EightOur final day takes us south, via Chattanooga (of 'Choo Choo' fame) as we return to Atlanta Airport to check in for your flight back to the UK.
Day NineArrive home, after an overnight flight, with a head full of memories and (probably) an irresistible desire to revisit your Elvis, country, blues, jazz and rock 'n' roll music collections. Back to top
AccommodationNashville and New Orleans Touring Hotels
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours.
Passports and visasWhen travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta . The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Special DeparturesCarnival in New Orleans - 26th Feb 2019 and 18th Feb 2020 - from £1619 Explore the city in the run up to Mardi Gras, as the floats for the parade are readied for the annual celebration and the excitement begins to build.
Christmas Lights in Memphis - 23rd and 26th Nov 2019 - from £1399 See Graceland festooned with lights and decorations, inside and out, as the Christmas celebrations begin ‘Elvis style’. Kick off the holiday season in style and perhaps do a spot of Stateside Christmas shopping.
Elvis Christmas Concert Weekends! - 10th Dec 2019 and 8th Dec 2020 - from £1799 In addition to Graceland's fabulous Christmas lights, these departures will include an unforgettable Christmas with Elvis concert as Elvis’s classic Christmas tracks are played by a live orchestra at Graceland.
TippingGratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.
SmokingSmoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
On your flightAll outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
Luggage allowanceYou are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotelsShould circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Hotel roomsStandard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group. Back to top