Elvis Presley's Memphis, New Orleans & Nashville From Manchester
8 nights. March 2019 - November 2020. From £1399.00.
Journey through America’s musical heartland, from the birthplace of jazz and the cradle of rock ‘n’ roll to the undisputed capital of country music
Infused with the magic and mystique, the sights and especially the sounds of the South, your wonderful holiday begins in Georgia and sweeps through the world of WC Handy, Robert Johnson, ‘Fats’ Domino, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and, of course, Elvis Presley. Crammed full of highlights, you’ll take in New Orleans, the laid-back Big Easy, Tupelo, the King’s birthplace and Memphis – where he made his home. You’ll finally head to guitar-pickin’, banjo-playin’ songwriters’ Mecca Nashville, Tennessee.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsVisit Montgomery, the 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 the renowned French Quarter
Pay a visit Tupelo, Mississippi – Elvis’ birthplace
Spend two nights in Memphis at the Guest HouseTM at Graceland, right next to Elvis’ famous mansion
Discover Nashville, world capital of country music
Seven nights’ carefully chosen room-only hotel accommodation, plus one night on the aircraft
Return flights to Atlanta
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager 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 to Atlanta, and upon arrival, meet your tour manager to transfer to your overnight hotel in the Alabama state capital, Montgomery, the resting place of troubled country superstar Hank Williams. Rest and relax after the journey, and enjoy your first evening in the warm and welcoming musical south.
Day TwoToday you’ll head south across Alabama, into Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast to the great city of New Orleans, the famous Big Easy, for a two-night stay. Waste no time in soaking up the atmosphere of one of the most exuberant places on the face of the planet, perhaps joining the optional Steamboat Dinner Jazz Cruise.
Day ThreeThis morning’s optional guided tour is the perfect introduction to New Orleans, exploring the remarkable French Quarter of time-warped, iron-balconied buildings centred on Jackson Square, and the neighbouring colourful Treme district. This afternoon, take the optional Louisiana Swampland excursion for a glimpse of the surrounding countryside and a taste of Creole life. Head back to the Quarter tonight, to immerse yourself in the incomparable atmosphere of the place which gave the world jazz music a century ago, and where the legacy of Louis Armstrong and ‘King’ Oliver lives on in innumerable bars and clubs.
Day FourBidding farewell to New Orleans, you’ll travel north into Mississippi, cradle of the delta blues and home to the likes of Robert Johnson and Sonny Boy Williamson. Journey to Tupelo, home of the tiny house into which Elvis Aaron Presley was born, in January 1935 (entrance payable locally). You’ll then continue on to Elvis’ beloved hometown Memphis, the bustling city on the bank of the Big Muddy, which as well being forever linked with the King, boasts a musical heritage to match any city in the world. This evening, soak up the atmosphere of colourful Beale Street with its endless choice of restaurants and bars, many of which offer live music.
Day FiveDon’t miss the optional full-day Memphis Sounds excursion, which will include the legendary Sun Studio, where in 1951, rock ‘n’ roll was born with the recording of ‘Rocket 88’, and history changed forever three years later with Elvis’ rendition and ‘live’ recording of Arthur Crudup’s ‘That’s Alright, Mama’. You’ll then make your way to Elvis Presley Boulevard to pay a visit to Graceland, the King’s home, last recording studio and final resting place. After a fascinating day, enjoy another evening in Memphis, perhaps sampling pork ribs, as the city is known as the Barbecue Capital of America.
Day SixEnjoy today’s change of musical genre, as you journey east to Nashville - capital of country music, for a two night stay. Home to the legendary Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry, and to scores of hugely accomplished guitar-pickers and songwriters, Nashville is every inch one of America’s foremost music cities. Tonight, perhaps catch some live music.
Day SevenAn optional excursion will introduce you to the legendary Studio B, home to countless country hits and a galaxy of Elvis’ RCA recordings and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the musical delights of Nashville.
Day EightJourney south on a scenic drive to Chattanooga of Choo-Choo fame, a quintessential southern trading town, before heading to Atlanta airport for your return overnight flight.
Day NineArrive back in the UK, after a wonderful journey through America’s musical heritage. 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
Carnival in New OrleansJoin us on departures on 26th Feb 2019 and 18th Feb 2020, and 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 MemphisJoin our 23rd and 26th Nov 2019 departures, and see Graceland festooned with lights and decorations, inside and out, as the Christmas celebrations begin ‘Elvis style’. Kick off the holiday season and perhaps do a spot of Stateside Christmas shopping.
Elvis Christmas Concert WeekendsOn our 10th Dec 2019 and 8th Dec 2020 departures - in addition to Graceland's fabulous Christmas lights - your tour will include an unforgettable Christmas with Elvis concert during which Elvis’s classic Christmas tracks will be played by a live orchestra at Graceland.
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.
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.
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