DAYTONA BIKE WEEK MARCH 2017
Ride along the Gulf Coast to Florida to join in the Bike Week festival in Daytona Beach with an option to tour Nashville & Memphis before the ride
Reserve your place early to avoid missing out! Bookings close 01 Dec ’16 if not sold out
A HASSLE FREE HOLIDAY WITH ELITE SPECIAL EVENT TOURS
You want to ride and enjoy the open road – right?
Then you need to travel with us.
We look after all the details; planned rides and tours, rest breaks, fuel stops, the best spot for a great coffee or a stunning photo.
We’ll get you off the highways onto interesting back roads. Our experienced Australian ride leader knows the road well. He’s in radio contact with our support van to provide extra security. The van becomes our shuttle to night time events so you don’t have to worry about how to get home.
Just relax and enjoy everything that’s on offer!
There’s nothing like being there………
- Australian Ride leader
- Planned rides
- Support Van with spare bike
- Daily maps and notes
- Sightseeing wWelcome Dinner
- Days 1- 8 – travel by air-conditioned motorcoach
- Days 9 -18: wMotorcycle hire with saddle bags
- Comprehensive bike insurance for theft, damage, 3rd party supplemental liability
- Transfers between hotel and bike rental
- Elite Special Event Tours travel wallet
Not included: Airfares, Fuel, meals other than listed, drinks, tips, personal items.
WHY DO WE OFFER A PRE-RIDE COACH TOUR?
In our experience, weather conditions from Nashville are often not great for riding. However we feel it’s a pity to be in this part of the US and not see some of the things the area is famous for, such as the Jack Daniels Tour, Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and in Memphis – Graceland, Sun Studio & Memphis Blues on Beale Street, so we’ve done a pre-ride coach tour for the past few years.
This has proven to be a great beginning as we tour in a very relaxed and informal way to New Orleans.
From New Orleans the weather is much more predictable and a wonderful ride can be undertaken as we head towards Daytona Beach for the Annual Bike Week Rally.
So join us in Nashville and do the full 18 days including the pre-ride coach tour, or join in New Orleans for the 10 day ride….the choice is yours.
If you really want to ride from Nashville, limited options are available .
VISIT MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN HOME OF HARLEY-DAVIDSON
Enjoy a Harley-Davidson Museum tour and the ‘Steel-Toe Tour’ of the Pilgrim Rd Powertrain Factory. Maybe also do the Miller Brewery tour & tasting or take in a baseball game (subject to schedules).
3 nights & flights: A$990 pp twin A$250 sgl suppl.
EXPLORE THE MUSIC CITIES OF NASHVILLE & MEMPHIS ON OUR OPTIONAL PRE-RIDE COACH TOUR
Day 1. March 03 – Arrive Nashville
Your tour begins today with check-in to our hotel, the spectacular Gaylord Opryland Hotel. There are no tour activities planned for this evening so you have plenty of time to relax and settle in.
Day 2. March 04 – Nashville sightseeing and dinner cruise
Today begins with a sightseeing tour of Nashville. This evening we’ll join the paddlewheeler The General Jackson for a night of country music and dinner along the Cumberland River.
(If you are riding to New Orleans you’ll pickup your bike today.)
Day 3. March 05 – Jack Daniels Tour
This morning we are off to visit our good friend Jack Daniels, in Lynchburg. We tour the distillery made famous by its namesake and have a relaxed lunch before a leisurely trip back to our hotel. Tonight is free so that you can enjoy the nightlife of the city.
Day 4. March 06 – Nashville – Memphis
We head off today in our air-conditioned motorcoach, down the Natchez Trace Parkway – one of the most beautiful roads in the US – towards Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis Presley. Here we visit Elvis’ old home, now a museum dedicated to the King. We continue to Memphis where we’ll spend the next two nights. Memphis enjoys the distinction of being “the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock n’ Roll”.
Day 5. March 07 – Memphis sightseeing
Today we start with our tour to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. We visit the infamous ‘animal room’ along with his trophy room which houses his collection of gold and platinum records. Our tour also includes admission to the museums which house his cars and aircraft collections. We then move on to the Sun Studio Museum which was once a recording studio
and where Elvis was discovered. Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins & Jerry Lee Lewis all recorded in the studio which is now Heritage listed. Then we visit the Rock & Soul Museum.
Day 6. March 08 – Memphis at leisure
Today is at leisure; why not take a stroll through Memphis, see the famous Peabody Ducks, or visit nearby Mud Island and learn about the history of the Mississippi.
Day 7. March 09 – Memphis – Vicksburg
South into Mississippi today along Highway 61, known as the Blues Highway. We’ll visit the Blues Museum and the intersection of Highways 61 and 49 where legendary Robert Johnson ‘sold his soul to the devil’. On to Vicksburg where we’ll drive along the Civil War park road. We stay at a riverboat Casino hotel tonight.
Day 8. March 10 – Vicksburg – New Orleans
This morning we head south to picturesque Baton Rouge, and then to New Orleans.
Our bike riding tour to Daytona commences tomorrow Combine both tours and SAVE $500 per person
RIDE FROM NEW ORLEANS ALONG THE GULF COAST TO DAYTONA BEACH FOR THE DAYTONA BIKE WEEK FESTIVAL
Day 8. March 10 – Arrive New Orleans
If you are not joining our pre-ride tour, check into the New Orleans tour hotel today. Relax this evening at leisure.
Day 9. March 11 – New Orleans
Today we head to our bike supplier. Here we’ll pick out our bikes, sort out any gear you might need and complete our rental contracts. Tonight, we’ll meet for our welcome dinner and to discuss the logistics of the days ahead.
Day 10. March 12 – New Orleans
There’s plenty to see and do here in ‘The Big Easy’, with time for you to explore at your own pace. Discover the unique French Quarter or perhaps take an optional excursion on an air boat out on the bayou. (additional cost)
Day 11. March 13 – New Orleans – Mobile
We head east today, following the sandy shore of the Gulf of Mexico along the coast road from Louisiana to Alabama. First we cross the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, then to the coast
and through Biloxi before heading north along Mobile Bay to Mobile. There’s a great aircraft and Navy museum which you may like to visit here.
Day 12. March 14 – Mobile – Fort Walton Beach
Today we cross the Mobile causeway as we continue eastward. We’ll follow the picturesque Gulf coast through Pensacola and along the Barrier Islands to Fort Walton Beach.
Day 13. March 15 – Fort Walton Beach – Perry
Continuing along the coastline to Appalachicola, we then head away from the coast to Perry where we will spend this evening.
Day 14. March 16 – Perry – Daytona Beach
Our ride this morning takes us to Ocala then east to the Atlantic coast, arriving in Daytona mid-afternoon where we check into our hotel which will be home for the next 4 nights.
Days 15. March 17 – Daytona Bike Week Activities
Daytona, Florida’s warm breezes welcome the motorcycle community to the grand opening of the motorcycle season. Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley Davidson at Destination Daytona
and New Smyrna Harley Davidson play host to over 500,000 bikers from around the world. Destination Daytona has become the largest gathering place for national motorcycle aftermarket parts manufacturers. Alongside the largest Harley Davidson Destination Daytona Dealership in the world, stands a giant super store featuring a wide ranging aftermarket catalogue.
Famous biker venues like Main Street’s Boothill Saloon, Iron Horse Saloon, Cabbage Patch, Gilly’s Pub 44, Broken Spoke Saloon and Froggys, are only part of the huge biker party
held annually to kick off the east coast motorcycle riding season. At Daytona Bike Week you’ll also see some of the most outstanding custom choppers and import motorcycles
in the world.
All of the major motorcycle manufacturers are present from Harley Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Victory, Triumph, and Ducati. These motorcycle manufacturers often provide riders with “demo rides” to test new motorcycle models. This event draws in a huge crowd from all over the world to enjoy concerts featuring biker band favourites and motorcycle celebrities. Scenic beachfront rides, terrific biker bars and a never ending list of great seafood restaurants make Daytona Bike Week one of the largest and most popular motorcycle
rallies in the world!
Day 16. March 18 Daytona 200 Bike Race
This afternoon, we’ll head to the awesome Daytona International Speedway for the Daytona 200 Race. This race opens the AMA Pro Racing season and is the most historic motorcycle event in America. Racers and fans from around the world converge for the best in exciting bike racing. We will be in attendance in our Corporate Box Suite with access to outside seating ….its the only way to experience a Daytona Speedway Event.
Day 17. March 19 – Optional ride to Cape Canaveral
This morning you can take the option of a visit to Kennedy Space Center (additional cost) . We’ll ride a short distance to Cape Canaveral for the Kennedy Space Center Tour. This unique tour takes you to the International Space Station Center, LC 39 Observation Gantry, and the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Return to Daytona for an evening at leisure.
Day 18. March 20 – Daytona – Orlando
We bid farewell to Daytona and the many friends we have made as we head to Orlando to return our bikes. Then we transfer to Orlando airport for homeward or onward flights. Or you may
like to stay on in the US and we can assist with arrangements.