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Elvis' Graceland and America's Deep South with Houston

10 Day Escorted Tour With 3 Day Extension

USA, North America
Challenging Pace

As Texas's biggest city, Houston is home to some of the finest museums, performing arts and entertainment in the United States. Extend your stay in this sprawling city to further experience the culture or treat yourself on a trip to one of the many shopping malls.

2020 Dossier

2021 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Extensive culture
  • Visit finest Museums & performance art in the U.S
  • Visit the Johnny Cash Museum and Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville
  • An audio tour of Elvis Presley's home, Graceland
  • Dinner at BB King's, Nashville
  • Visit the moving National Civil Rights Museum
  • Cooking demonstration and meal at New Orleans School of Cooking
  • Tour a local whiskey distillery
  • Mission Control and Apollo rockets at Space Centre Houston
  • Explore the famed French Quarter and Bourbon Street in New Orleans
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Walking
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Number of nights

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Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Nashville

Depart London on your scheduled direct flight to Nashville. On arrival, you will be met by a local tour director and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the evening at leisure in Nashville, 'Music City USA', a city set amidst rolling farmland and known worldwide as the home of country music.

Day 2
Nashville

Dinner

This morning, embark on a tour of Tennessee's rhythmic capital, Nashville, whose energetic ambience is characterised by its vibrant music scene, neon lit avenues and bustling honky-tonks. For music listeners, your tour begins with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame, a huge museum of all things country and western and home to films, videos, costumes and Elvis Presley's solid gold Cadillac. After some time at leisure to wander through the city, enjoy a trip to the Grand Ole Opry.

Day 3
Nashville

Dinner

Begin today's Nashville exploration at the Johnny Cash Museum to admire historical documents, awards and costumes before delighting in the chance to visit one of Nashville's famous honky-tonks playing live country music, as well as the impressive Parthenon - the only full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon and the reason behind Nashville's nickname 'Athens of the South'. This evening, after checking into your hotel we've arranged dinner at BB King's Blues Bar Nashville for a great night of Southern food, musical sounds and hospitality.

Day 4
Nashville to Memphis

Begin the day with a visit to Studio B, Nashville's oldest surviving recording studio regularly used by stars such as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and The Everley Brothers, to name just a few. The tour will head for Memphis, yet another highlight of this Southern Musical Medley tour. On arrival in Memphis you will take a trip to the National Civil Rights Museum built on the spot where Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. Telling the story of the fight for freedom from slavery through to the Civil Rights Movement of the early fifties and sixties, prepare yourself for an emotional and unforgettable experience.

Day 5
Memphis

Today's tour of Memphis' music greats starts with a morning visit to Sun Studio where Elvis recorded his first hit and where Jerry Lee Lewis's piano still stands. Next, experience another first for the music lover - a visit to Graceland, the iconic home of Elvis and final resting place of The King. Enjoy an audio tour through the decadent and quirky rooms including the 'jungle den' where he used to watch football games and kung-fu movies. You'll also watch the famous Peabody Ducks march to and from the Grand Lobby at the Peabody Memphis Hotel, a unique tradition dating back to 1933. Continue on through central Memphis and admire architectural landmarks such as Court Square Fountain, the Lincoln American Tower and Calvary Episcopal Church whilst your guide entertains you with tales about this rowdy riverside town and its inhabitants. Tonight is at leisure for you to explore and experience the many bars, restaurants and music scene of Memphis.

Day 6
Memphis to New Orleans

Dinner

Today the tour leaves Memphis and follows the path of the mighty Mississippi River and travels deep into the heart of the Mississippi Delta via Jackson before crossing the border into Louisiana. Driving across Lake Pontchartrain on the longest causeway in the world you will arrive in New Orleans, a melange of European style and Caribbean flavours and a city full of flamboyance, festivities and a whole lot of soul. We've arranged to take you to the New Orleans School of Cooking this evening for an entertaining demonstration from one of their Creole/Cajun experts with dinner included and the chance to try a New Orleans speciality such as gumbo, jambalaya or pralines.

Day 7
New Orleans

In the morning, visit some of New Orleans' highlights including the famous French Quarter taking in Bourbon Street, the art galleries and antique shops of Royal Street and Jackson Square with its many artists, museums and fortune tellers. From here you will take a visit to a local distillery and savour the tastes of up to three different spirits. The rest of the day and evening are for you to enjoy at your leisure, but make sure you live the New Orleans' motto 'Laissez les bons temps rouler' - let the good times roll!

Day 8
New Orleans

Today is a free day for you to enjoy New Orleans in your own time. Stroll around the market in the French Quarter, stop for some lunch at one of the many oyster bars and restaurants, shop for antiques and trinkets or book yourself a tour through the Louisiana bayou aboard an airboat. This evening you can take your pick of the many excellent bars, eateries and music venues for which this laidback city, The Big Easy is world renowned.

Day 9
New Orleans to Houston

This morning it's time to leave New Orleans and travel to Houston to catch your return flight to the UK the next day. There will be a stop along the way in Lake Charles for an hour or so for you to stretch your legs and have some lunch. Arriving in Houston in the early hours of the evening there will be a short orientation tour be

Day 10
Houston

The final day of your main tour includes a visit to Houston's Space Centre, home to NASA and the world's largest collection of moon rocks and lunar samples on public view. You'll also see Mission Control that guided the first moon landings as well as original Saturn, Mercury and Apollo rockets that have been at the forefront of space exploration since the early sixties. Afterwards, return to your hotel and begin your extended stay in Houston.

Day 11
Houston

Breakfast

Spend time at leisure visiting the many sights of Texas' largest city.

Day 12
Houston to the UK

Breakfast

After breakfast, depart for the airport to catch your return direct flight back to London.

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Dates & Prices

Sheraton Houston Galleria

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Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
March 2021
from £2,708
1 Date
1st Mar - 12th Mar
£2,708
May 2021
from £2,958
1 Date
16th May - 27th May
£2,958
September 2021
from £2,648
2 Dates
5th Sep - 16th Sep
£2,708
19th Sep - 30th Sep
£2,648
October 2021
from £2,468
2 Dates
3rd Oct - 14th Oct
£2,568
10th Oct - 21st Oct
£2,468

Accommodation

The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Sheraton Houston Galleria
2 nights
Houston, USA
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Tour Reviews

Michaela Cadden

14 Oct 19

The Gaylord in Nashville was superb, the Holiday Inn in Memphis was really good, the Royal St Charles in New Orleans was poor, but the Sheraton in Houston was great.

Philip Wilson

14 Sep 19

First class hotels I have never stayed before on any other tour in such nice hotels, with the facilities I want. The people on the tour, we all met at Nashville Airport on arrival with the tour guide, we were all strangers to each other, we all left at the end of the the tour all as friends, I have never been on a tour where every one is so pleasant and kind and we did have a few good laughs and a great cross range of ages which was so very nice.

Brian Cripps

26 Nov 18

We thought all the hotels were extremely good apart from the Holiday Inn Express in Atlanta which was 'somewhat tired' and not to the same standard as the others

Lyn Richards

13 Nov 18

Cannot believe the quality of hotels, absolutely amazing

Important Information

A visa (ESTA) must be obtained before travel. Please advise if you would like us to arrange this for you.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Your flight is to Nashville International Airport with British Airways (BA), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 5. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage. There is also an allowance of one cabin bag not exceeding 56cm x 45 cm x 25 cm and one personal bag not exceeding 45 cm x 36 cm x 20 cm that you can take on the aircraft as hand luggage. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival and will be accompanied by a guide throughout your stay ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

The currency in America is the United States Dollar (USD). You will be able to change currency both before you travel and whilst you are away. You will also have access to ATMs during your tour where you can withdraw money in the local currency.

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £500-£700 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are! It is customary to tip your guide and driver. This is at your discretion but we recommend you allow approximately £4 per person per day