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Memphis: City Tour with Optional Sun Studios & Riverboat

1. Memphis: City Tour with Optional Sun Studios & Riverboat

Visit the landmarks of Memphis and be fascinated as the city comes to life through stories and explanations. Your guide will help you discover the top spots including Peabody Hotel, the Memphis Pyramid, and Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King was murdered. Begin your day with a hotel pickup from downtown Memphis. Be seated in a mini coach-bus to meet your guide. Begin the tour passing by the statues of B.B. King and Elvis Presley and the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Stop at A. Schwab for your local buys, an institution that sells all things Memphis—from regional arts and crafts to dry goods, magic potions, candies, books, magazines, and more. Pass by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Continue to the Memphis Pyramid, which is now a Bass Pro Shops “megastore” that resembles an Egyptian pyramid and is filled with shopping, a hotel, restaurants, a bowling alley, and an archery range. From there, stop at the Peabody Memphis, a landmark 13-story downtown hotel, famous for having Ducks march every day on a red carpet throughout the reception. Finally, visit Beale Street, voted as the most iconic street in America by USA Today. See the nearly 2 miles of blues clubs and restaurants that make it one of the top tourist attractions in Memphis. Then, take a drive through Victorian Village, a historic neighborhood with homes that were built in the 1800s and alongside cotton row. Discover why this fiber is so important in Memphis' history. If you wish, upgrade your tour to include a cruise along the Mississippi River aboard a paddlewheel boat. Listen to interesting anecdotes from your captain about Memphis and its history. You may also add a tour to Sun Studios, the birthplace of Rock N' Roll, where Elvis recorded his first song.

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Memphis: Big Mojo Sun Studio + Music History 3-Hour Bus Tour

2. Memphis: Big Mojo Sun Studio + Music History 3-Hour Bus Tour

Go behind the scenes at Sun Studio and let the Home of the Blues come alive on a city tour aboard the nation's only music bus. All of the guides on this tour are professional Beale Street musicians who will play and sing selections from the city's rich musical heritage, while entertaining you with comedy, history, and stories about your favorite Memphis personalities. Along the way, you will see Sun Studio, Beale Street, Stax Studio, the Lorraine Motel, Cotton Row, Peabody Hotel, Overton Park, Historic Central Gardens, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and the early homes of Elvis, B.B. King, and Johnny Cash. Enjoy an exciting introduction to Memphis on an action-packed drive through the city. It's great fun for all ages; let loose and sing along as much or as little as you like.

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Memphis: Mojo Music History 90-Minute Bus Tour

3. Memphis: Mojo Music History 90-Minute Bus Tour

Experience how Memphis, The Home of the Blues, comes alive on a city tour aboard the nation's only music bus. Travel with a professional Beale Street musician as your guide who will play and sing selections from the city's rich musical heritage as you cruise through the city. Be entertained with comedy, history, and behind-the-scenes stories of your favorite Memphis personalities along the way. Pass by famous landmarks in music history such as Sun Studio, Beale Street, Stax Studio, The Lorraine Motel, Cotton Row, Peabody Hotel, Overton Park, Historic Central Gardens, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and the Early homes of Elvis, B. B. King, and Johnny Cash. Receive an exciting introduction to Memphis on this action-packed drive through the city which is great fun for all ages.

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From Nashville: Memphis Tour with Graceland VIP Access

4. From Nashville: Memphis Tour with Graceland VIP Access

Experience the legendary character of Memphis, Tennessee, and see why this city is mentioned in more song lyrics than any other place on earth. Located on the Mighty Mississippi River, Memphis is the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the capitol of Blues and home to some of the best BBQ around. Celebrate 60 years of Rock ‘n’ Roll with a visit to Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland. Enjoy a VIP access pass at Graceland complete with a souvenir lanyard. You’ll see the burial site of the king of Rock ‘n’ Roll, walk through the Elvis car museum and see two deluxe airplanes that were used for tours and traveling. Next, you’re off to learn what accident set Rock ‘n’ Roll in motion at Sam Phillips’ famed Sun Studios in the heart of downtown Memphis. Take a guided tour to see what the recording process used to be like. Hear the stories of how many legends got their start here, such as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and the King himself, Elvis Presley. See the famous Peabody ducks make their way down the red carpet from their fountain to the elevator as they head to bed at the lavish Peabody Hotel.

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Memphis: 2-Hour Guided Historic Walking Tour

5. Memphis: 2-Hour Guided Historic Walking Tour

This 2-hour walking tour of Memphis sheds light on the city's fascinating history. Memphis has always had something of a dual character or split personality: at once a gracious old-Southern city of riverboats and cotton money, as well as a rowdy river town of roughnecks, gangsters, and gamblers. Your guide will highlight both sides of the city’s history and some of the characters who have made Memphis one of the most unique and colorful places in the world. Along the way you’ll see the Historic Court Square, Fourth Bluff Park overlooking the Mississippi River, and a couple locations significant to the Civil War, including the sites of the Battle of Memphis and Forrest's Raid. Walk through Cotton Row and a gain a new perspective from a rooftop over the city. Pass through Deadman's Alley, Main Street, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s last march. The tour also includes watching the famous March of the Ducks at the Peabody Hotel, a Memphis tradition since 1933.

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Memphis: Private Elvis Tour & Skip the Line to Graceland

6. Memphis: Private Elvis Tour & Skip the Line to Graceland

Experience Elvis's childhood haunts with a VIP tour of Memphis, then skip the line at Graceland. Begin your immersive Elvis experience with a private walking tour of Memphis. Explore his home town and see his first childhood home. Discover where he worked his first job, and where he signed his first record contract. Experience the iconic Beale Street, and learn about the lengthy list of musicians who call it home. After lunch at a quaint diner, enjoy a 20 minute transfer with your private guide to Graceland. Once there, skip the line to enter the home of the King. Enjoy the estate at your own pace for a few hours, before meeting up with your guide to return to Memphis.

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Memphis: Beale Street and Sun Studio Guided Walking Tour

7. Memphis: Beale Street and Sun Studio Guided Walking Tour

Discover the birthplace of the blues, soul, and rock 'n roll with a local guide. Learn about the artists that put Memphis on the map, stroll down Beale Street, and visit the legendary Sun Studio. Start your tour at Handy Park on Beale Street. Join your guide as you set out to explore Memphis and learn about the city's musical heritage and history. See WDIA Radio Station where B.B. King and Rufus Thomas started their work. Take a stroll down one of America's most iconic streets and find out what makes Beale Street so unique. Next, visit Peabody Hotel to see where history was made when Elvis signed his first contract with RCA. End your tour with a visit to Sun Studio where you'll part with your guide and join a small group tour of the studio. Hear inside stories about the artists who recorded here, see priceless memorabilia, and listen to outtakes from recording sessions.

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Memphis: City Discovery Bus Tour

8. Memphis: City Discovery Bus Tour

Get the complete Memphis experience on this bus tour with an introduction to everything that makes Memphis unique. Discover the renowned Beale Street, the Peabody Hotel, sample food at Central BBQ, and visit Rock 'n' Soul Museum or Edge Motor Museum (if option selected). Among other highlights, you’ll visit the Lorraine Motel to see the balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent his last moments. If you choose, explore either the exhibitions at the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum or Edge Motor Museum, and Beale Street to discover how it became the "home of the Blues". Pass by some favorite Memphis sights, including the Victorian Village, Orpheum Theater, historic Cotton Row, and Hotel Chisca, where DJ Dewey Philips played Elvis for the first time.   At lunchtime, stop into Central BBQ to sample some of the best barbeque food in Memphis.

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What people are saying about The Peabody Memphis

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 40 reviews

A wonderful tour with great information, terrific music, and terrific sites. Indiana, our guide, sang beautifully and imparted information about the blues, gospel, soul, and rock 'n roll music. Excellent tour! I highly recommend

Our guide was Indiana. She has a wonderful voice so her singing and storytelling were very entertaining. 90 minutes went by quickl, maybe next time we'll take a longer tour.

Our guide, Larry was very knowledgeable, as well as entertaining. The lunch at Central was very good. Loved the Rock N Soul museum. Very good value for the money!!!

Larry was our guide and he was great. Very professional, knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. Would highly recommend.

I loved our tour guide. I forgot her name but she was amazing! Such a great voice and warm personality.