Jim Porter has been the President of The Elvis Presley Fan Club of Australasia for 30 years. He is well respected in the Elvis world and is friends with many people that played a part in Elvis’ life and career. He has been interviewed by numerous newspapers, travel magazines, and radio stations, and appeared on television shows, both nationally and internationally, talking about his love and knowledge of Elvis. Jim has been leading Elvis tours to the USA, Mexico and Hawaii since 1988, having first visited Graceland and the USA in 1984. Having a vast knowledge of both Elvis and the USA and local sites and cuisines and believing in the personal touch, Jim is able to suggest places of interest and restaurants that meet your tastes, budget and needs. He looks forward to meeting you and sharing an incredible tour of Elvis’ life and music as we tour America.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Wednesday October 9, 2024 New Orleans
Today we depart on our flight to New Orleans. Due to the International Date Line we arrive on the day we depart. We are transferred to our hotel.
DAY 2 Thursday October 10, 2024 New Orleans
This morning we have an overview tour of New Orleans, birthplace of jazz, with a local guide. We will visit an above ground cemetery, see the beautiful mansions on St Charles Avenue and then explore the French Quarter, including a walk along famous Bourbon Street. In the afternoon Jim Porter will take us to the locations used by Elvis on the film “King Creole” including the balcony where Elvis Presley sang “Crawfish”. This evening we will enjoy a fabulous cruise, dinner and jazz music aboard a majestic Mississippi paddlewheeler. (B,D)
DAY 3 Friday October 11, 2024 New Orleans
Morning: This morning we visit the beautiful Louisiana swamp country and enjoy a swamp tour, by boat. You will see amazing wildlife (alligators and birdlife) set amongst the distinctive swamp vegetation and bayou communities. Afternoon: On our return to New Orleans you will be free to grab some lunch and explore the fabulous antique shops, art galleries, museums, restaurants, bars, and colourful street performers of The French Quarter. In the evening there will be a chance to take in the outstanding traditional jazz music at Fritzel’s jazz bar or Preservation Hall (both optional).
DAY 4 Saturday October 12, 2024 Louisiana/Nachez
Morning: Depart New Orleans and drive to Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, for morning tea. Elvis performed in Baton Rouge on May 31, 1977 to a crowd of 15,000 wearing the Mexican Sundial jumpsuit. We continue north on Highway 61, towards the historic town of Natchez, Mississippi. Visit Frogmore Cotton Plantation, where you will be taken on a guided delta heritage tour. You will learn about the lifestyle that existed during slavery. Afternoon: Check in to our accommodation, on the banks of the Mississippi. (B)
DAY 5 Sunday October 13, 2024 Tupelo
Today we travel to the town of Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis Presley in northern Mississippi. We will stop for lunch and visit the BB King Museum, in the town of Indianola (his birthplace). (B)
DAY 6 Monday October 14, 2024 Tupelo/Memphis
This morning we first visit the Elvis birthplace and museum. It was in the two bedroom house constructed by his father, grandfather and uncle that Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935. We then see the Elvis Museum that details his life and the original Assembly of God church that Elvis attended which has now been relocated to the museum site. It was here that Elvis was first exposed to the rich Southern gospel that became a staple of his musical repertoire. We then see the Elvis homecoming statue and the Tepelo Hardware store where Elvis’s first guitar was purchased for him. We then proceed to the city of Memphis where we stay for the next four nights. (B)
DAY 7 Tuesday October 15, 2024 Memphis
Today, in one of the highlights of the tour we visit Graceland, Elvis Presley’s famous mansion. Our Elvis Entourage VIP Tour tickets allow admission to all the main attractions at Graceland, including the mansion, grave site, Automobile Museum, Elvis’s custom airplanes museum and Elvis The Entertainer Career Museum, etc. We will also see an exclusive exhibit for VIPs only. There will be time for lunch in one of the cafes or restaurants at Graceland. In the afternoon we will return to the hotel. (B)
DAY 8 Wednesday October 16, 2024 Memphis
This morning we have an overview tour of the city of Memphis. We see famous Beale St which is the main entertainment district of Memphis, the Mississippi Port which has been revitalized in recent years, and more. We then have a guided tour of Sun Studio (famous 1950s recording studio, where Elvis, Johnny Cash, and others recorded). This evening we have dinner at an excellent Memphis restaurant, followed by further exploration of the live music venues in Beale St. (B,D)
DAY 9 Thursday October 17, 2024 Memphis
This morning we first visit the outstanding Stax Museum of American Soul Music. The afternoon is then free to explore Memphis. You could visit the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum or the excellent National Civil Rights Museum (the motel – now museum – where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated). (B)
DAY 10 Friday October 18, 2024 Nashville
Today we travel to Nashville, the home of country music, with a stop in Casey Jones Village. Casey Jones was a railroad engineer involved in a train accident that inspired numerous ballads. This afternoon we will have a sightseeing coach tour of Nashville, with local guide, including the downtown area, Music Row area (recording and publishing companies), and exclusive residential area (see homes of the rich and famous). We then visit the beautiful and historic Ryman Auditorium (Grand Ole Opry venue 1943-1974), for a fascinating tour. Elvis preformed here once on October 2, 1954. This evening why not take in some fabulous live music in Nashville’s main entertainment precinct (around ‘Broadway’ and ‘2nd Avenue’). There are lots of great ‘honky tonks’ (live music bars) in this area, including the legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Also, you may wish to visit the Wildhorse Saloon (large live music & line dancing venue, in the same area). (all venues tonight optional). (B)
DAY 11 Saturday October 19, 2024 Nashville
This morning we visit the outstanding Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum where we will see Elvis’s HOF plaque and his “solid gold” Cadillac. We then visit the RCA Studio B. Perhaps America’s best known music studio and where Elvis recorded roughly half the songs from his career. During the tour, make sure you get your photo taken sitting at the 1942 Steinway Piano that Elvis played all those years. This afternoon we visit the Johnny Cash Museum. This evening we will attend Nashville’s famous Grand Ole Opry show, featuring a host of country music’s biggest stars. (B)
DAY 12 Sunday October 20, 2024 Pigeon Forge
Travel to Pigeon Forge, eastern Tennessee. Enroute, stop in Lynchburg, for a guided tour of Jack Daniel’s Distillery, followed by lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House (beautiful Southern home-cooked meals). Continue on to Pigeon Forge. Pigeon Forge has an outstanding music-related theme park (Dollywood) and numerous live music theatres. Evening: Tonight we attend Elvis and The Superstars tribute show at the Smoky Mountain Theater (subject to being available otherwise alternative show will be supplemented). (B,L)
DAY 13 Monday October 21, 2024 Pigeon Forge
Visit Dollywood, including Dolly Parton’s excellent Chasing Rainbows Museum, music ‘theaters’, craft displays, etc. Dollywood’s Southern Gospel & Harvest Festival will be taking place (outstanding southern gospel vocal harmony groups). Evening: Attend Dolly Parton’s spectacular live show, Dixie Stampede. Dinner & show, including great horse riding, buffalo or longhorn cattle, etc. Note: Dolly does not appear in this show. (B,D)
DAY 14 Tuesday October 22, 2024 Atlanta
Morning: Travel to Chattanooga. In 1956 Elvis visited the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel (formerly Chattanooga’s opulent railway station). We will see a magnificent 19th century American steam locomotive and the hotel’s renowned railway carriage accommodation. Also on the Chattanooga Choo Choo site you may like to visit Songbirds… a first-class rare & vintage guitar museum (optional). We then travel to Atlanta, Georgia. Afternoon: Enjoy sightseeing coach tour of Atlanta, with local guide. During the Civil War, Atlanta was an important Confederate stronghold, but it was reduced to rubble when captured by Union General William Sherman. These events became the setting for the famous novel, Gone with the Wind. Nowadays Atlanta is a major economic & cultural centre. During our tour we will visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park. (B)
DAY 15 Wednesday October 23, 2024 Las Vegas
Today we fly to Las Vegas, the city where Elvis first performed in 1956 and conducted a total of 664 concerts. On arrival in Las Vegas we are transferred to our hotel. Jim will also assist you in obtaining tickets for Las Vegas Casino Shows (optional). (B)
DAY 16 Thursday October 24, 2024 Las Vegas
This morning we will enjoy a panoramic coach tour of the city. See the incredible casino/ hotel/entertainment complexes that line the famous Las Vegas ‘strip’ and see the historic Welcome to Las Vegas neon sign (1959) and sights associated with Elvis. This afternoon we see the Big Elvis show at Harrah’s. One of the top Elvis tribute acts in the world, it has been operating for 40 years. (B)
DAY 17 Friday October 25, 2024 Las Vegas
Today is a free day in Las Vegas. You may wish to explore the nearby hotel/ casino/ shopping complexes, such as Caesar’s Palace, or visit fascinating exhibitions, such as Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition (optional). Alternatively, you may wish to go on an optional tour to the Grand Canyon (by air and coach). This evening we have a final night dinner to celebrate the conclusion of the tour. (B,D)
DAY 18 Saturday October 26, 2024 Departure
We transfer to the airport for our flight to Los Angeles and then back to Australia. (B) DAY 19 Sunday October 27, 2024 In flight DAY 20 Monday October 28, 2024 Australia This morning we arrive back in Australia. The tour concludes.
|TWIN FARE PER PERSON||SINGLE FARE||Taxes|
|$12,995||$15,590||Air taxes and fuel surcharges at 1/10/23 $245|
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