- 3-hour guided tour of downtown Memphis
- Learn about musical Memphis as you see blues clubs on Beale Street, the Orpheum Theater, and the Gibson Guitar Factory
- See civil rights landmarks including the former Lorraine Motel, now part of the National Civil Rights Museum
- Glimpse the early history of Memphis as you pass Court Square, Victorian Village and Cotton Row
- Taste the legendary barbecue of Memphis at a local restaurant
- Includes admission to the Smithsonian’s Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum
What You Can Expect
Listen to informative commentary from your guide as you stop at Beale Street, which is known for landmark moments in civil rights history as well as its blues music legacy. Famous musicians such as Muddy Waters, BB King, and Memphis Minnie played at clubs here from the 1920s onward. Visit the Smithsonian’s Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and browse exhibits that explain the enormous impact that Memphis' music scene has made on American arts and culture. Hear more about this lively street's significance from your knowledgeable guide while sampling Memphis’ famous barbecue at a local restaurant.
Continue your tour with a stop to walk around the plaza outside the former Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in 1968. The building is now part of the National Civil Rights Museum, which features permanent and rotating exhibits that detail five centuries of American history. (Admission to the Civil Rights Museum is not included.)
Pass by Cotton Row and learn how the city developed around this area, which was the heart of the city’s bustling cotton trade in the 1800s. Cruise past historic Court Square, a lovely park that has provided a leafy refuge for city residents since 1819. Then drive along the Mississippi River and through the streets of Victorian Village, a neighborhood with grand Victorian-style mansions built in the early 1800s.
Your guide also points out Memphis landmarks including the Orpheum Theater, the Gibson Guitar Factory, and Lauderdale Courts, where Elvis Presley lived as a teenager. Finally, enter the Peabody Hotel to watch the colorful “March of the Ducks,” a quirky and fun Memphis tradition that dates back to the 1930s.
After three hours, your coach returns you to Beale Street to end your tour.
Our tour guide Larry was a real southern gentleman, obviously proud of his city and his heritage. We were lucky to have him all to ourselves, and the narrative he gave us was superb. I will never forget the thunderbolt that hit me when I realized that Larry had taken us to the site of Dr Martin Luther King's assassination. It was incredibly moving, as was the whole tour.
Can not go wrong with this tour. Our tour guide/ driver well versed about Memphis and fun to be with.