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4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

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  • Location: Memphis, Tennessee
  • Duration:  2 hours (approx.)
On this walking tour of Memphis, admire architectural landmarks such as Court Square Fountain, the Lincoln American Tower and Calvary Episcopal Church while hearing entertaining stories from your guide about Memphis’ fascinating pioneer, Civil War and Prohibition history. Enjoy sweeping views of the Mississippi River and witness the famous Peabody Ducks march at The Peabody Memphis hotel. This tour is suitable for the whole family.

Highlights

  • 1.5-hour walking tour of Memphis
  • Admire architectural gems such as Court Square Fountain, the Lincoln American Tower and Calvary Episcopal Church
  • Hear stories about Memphis' Civil War and Prohibition history and culture from your guide
  • Stop for breakfast and coffee at a local hangout spot (own expense)
  • Watch the famous Peabody Ducks march at The Peabody Memphis hotel
  • See the Mississippi River from the Madison Hotel rooftop

What You Can Expect

Historic Memphis Walking Tour

Lincoln American Tower

Meet your guide on Beale Street in the morning to begin your leisurely stroll through the tree-lined streets of Memphis.

Spot stately architectural landmarks such as Court Square Fountain, the Lincoln American Tower and Calvary Episcopal Church. Along the way, your guide will tell entertaining stories of this rowdy riverside town and its inhabitants, from tough frontiersmen like Davy Crockett and Sam Houston to dashing Confederate soldiers and Civil War spies to gamblers and gangsters fueled by Prohibition-era greed.

Stop at a local hangout spot to enjoy some breakfast and coffee (own expense). You’ll then enjoy sweeping views of the Mississippi River from the rooftop of the beautiful Madison Hotel.

Your historic Memphis walking tour ends back on Beale Street in time to watch the famous Peabody Ducks march to and from the Grand Lobby of the nearby Peabody Memphis hotel. This time-honored tradition dates back to 1933!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Emily was Wonderful!! Very knowledgeable and very pleasant. Learned lots of things I never knew about Memphis and showed me I need to make another trip to Memphis when I have several days to see more. Emily deserves a big atta girl award!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Guide was knowledgable. Good pace for the heat(91). Small group allowed plenty of interaction

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour by Sarah Very knowledgeable about Memphis

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The guide was polite, nice ,prompt and most importantly knowledgeable. she is a faculty member of the history department of the university of Memphis .
This walking trip comes highly recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

MEGAN WAS GREAT...FROM THE UK COUPLE...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Guide was very informative.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

A well informed guide - Patrick -very knowledgeable.
It was well worth doing
Marian and Steve

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2015

This trip was very interesting. We saw several areas of the Peabody that we had not seen in our other tour. The guide was very knowledgeable. We were both glad that we took this tour.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this January 2015

I signed up for the 10:30am Historic Memphis Walking Tour through Viator for Dec 1, 2014. My mom and I drove 1.5 hours and got to BB Kings meeting spot about 10 minutes before the tour was to begin. As the time came and nobody showed up, we asked several people that worked in the restaurant if they knew about the tours. They invited us to sit at the bar and wait and some of the staff thought that they had seen the tour guide around. When the tour was 20 minutes past due I started calling numbers at the tour groups desk (Backstreet tours) and they indicated that there was no tour at that time. I went over my order confirmation from the online sale with him and confirmed the date and time and order code was correct. We ended up going to the Gibson factory and then Graceland but that's not why we traveled to Memphis.

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