- 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
Recent Photos of This Tour
- ROCK SOUL MUSEUMPhoto by: debflahi
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- WHERE ELVIS SHOPPED FOR ...Photo by: debflahi
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- ELVIS STATUE ON BEALE STREETPhoto by: debflahi
- BB KingsPhoto by: debflahi
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.
Here was a delightful raconteur/driver who knew what to tell, show, n do after questioning party members. I did not know about the strong place Memphis played in music history, this tour provided that broader picture culminating in the museum visit - our Elvis was but a part, albeit a slightly larger than life part -where the hometown boy makes good BUT NEVER forgot his roots. As this tour ends at the Rock n Soul museum it is good idea to pre-book an afternoon factory tour at the Gibson Guitar factory opposite museum - see the making of that great instrument and a company still 'surviving' against the overseas boys AND buy yourself a guitar!.
The snack break opposite the site of assassination of Dr Martin Luther King allows time to reflect on this sad happening AND you can return to view more at the Civil Rights Museum .
Take this tour early on then plan your returns to parts of interest.
Best tour we ever been on. Great history and greet food.
A must for the Memphis visitor. Larry the tour guide is brilliant and a mine of information. We really enjoyed this.
Great tour!! Our tour guide and driver were simply the best and very personable.
We like to do an overview tour when we visit a new city, and this one fit the bill perfectly. It included a variety of highlights and saved us going to each one separately. Our guide Liz was excellent and very knowledgeable. We were expecting just sample of Memphis BBQ, but actually got a light lunch. The stops were well timed, and we arrived at the Peabody Hotel early enough to get a good place in line to see the famous march of the ducks. A must see, as well as the Rock and Soul Museum. Great value!
Excellent tour. Joel our tour leader was excellent, such knowledge, interesting tour and a generally nice fella
I loved it! The tour guide was friendly and informative and the places we visited were perfect - very Memphis.
The tour guide was outstanding. he knew all of the answers that was asked.
The Memphis Tour was educational, enjoyable, and entertaining. Very good tour for introducing us to a new city. We like taking a tour on the first day which allows us to revisit areas at our leisure.
Great, informative tour. The bus ride was a great way to see the hot spots of Memphis, with stops at The Peabody Hotel to see the duck march, the Civil Rights Museum to remember MLK, Jr, and Central BBQ for a light lunch. I really enjoyed the tickets to the Rock and Soul Museum too. Definitely take this tour!