Elvis Presley Enterprises is sponsoring a tour of the Holy Land, which will take Elvis fans to Israel. The first of the tours is set to take place May 12-21. The price of the rock' n' roll tour is $3,995 for nine days and 100 people have already signed up.
Elvis fans from around the world will have the chance to explore the Gospel side of Elvis with an Elvis-themed Holy Land tour experience unlike any other.
The tour will feature special guests Joe Moscheo and Terry Blackwood of Elvis' Imperials and Bill Baize, a former member of J.D. Sumner and The Stamps, all of whom performed with Elvis and knew firsthand his love for Gospel music. The legendary Gospel music artists will join the tour group each day for a variety of activities and exclusive fan access.
The tour group will even make a stop at the infamous Elvis Inn Restaurant in Abu Ghosh- an Elvis-themed diner and souvenir shop popular with tourists from around the world.
The Elvis style diner - all part of the tour (Photo: Zoom 77)
It should be noted that Elvis never performed in Israel, but now he will get a chance to make a "comeback", as a tourist attraction.
"It's no secret that Elvis loved Gospel music of which he won 3 Grammy awards for his spiritual recordings. This unique travel offering gives Elvis fans the opportunity to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Holy Land with world-famous Gospel artists who worked both on stage and in the studio with the King of Rock 'n' Roll," said Kevin Kern, Director of Public Relations for Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
“Elvis fans, a good majority of them, are church people, so it’s a good fit,” Brian Mayes, co-founder of Israel Theme Tours and an entertainment publicist told the Associated Press.
“A large portion of fans are evangelical: Christian, Catholic, Jewish. The Holy Land is an interesting destination for them.”