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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.

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.

Memphis: City Discovery Bus Tour

3. 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.

Memphis: 1-Hour Beale Street Guided Walking Tour

4. Memphis: 1-Hour Beale Street Guided Walking Tour

Explore Beale Street, the Memphis street which was voted “America’s Most Iconic Street” by USA Today. Learn about Beale Street’s colorful history, from its early days of sin and vice to its heyday as the center of the city’s vibrant African-American culture. Discover the stories behind the legends, musicians, gangsters, politicians, and crooks who helped make Beale Street the “The Home of the Blues.” Visit A. Schwab’s, Beale Street’s oldest store. See Handy Park, a popular venue for outdoor concerts. Check out the clothes at Old Lanksky’s, where Elvis Presley used to buy his suits. Stroll down Saloon Row and see the clubs and bars. See “The Castle of Missing Men,” AKA the Monarch Club, which was known as being the last stop for many unlucky gamblers.

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.

Memphis: Haunted Memphis Bus Tour

6. Memphis: Haunted Memphis Bus Tour

Memphis has a unique dark history filled with stories of ghosts, murders, legends, and lore. Explore the city’s spooky areas during this haunted Memphis bus tour and cover more ground than you would on just a walking tour. Drive through the city as your guide tells you tales about Memphis that are sure to give you goosebumps. During your tour, you'll make a stop at the historic native mounds, and the famous court Square and take a walk through the breathtaking Victorian Village. Take in the rich history and some of the sights of the city. At the end of the tour, take the bus back to the starting point.

Memphis: 3 Local Breweries Bus Tour with Tastings

7. Memphis: 3 Local Breweries Bus Tour with Tastings

Get a behind-the-scenes look at 3 local brewers during this private insider’s weekend tasting tour. Sample the city’s finest brews as you travel between locations on a comfortable brew bus just for you and your group. Memphis might be best known for its music, but the city’s burgeoning craft beer scene is equally worthy of attention. A private guide will be on hand to liven up the tour with fun-filled anecdotes. DJ Ric Chetter of Radio Memphis has also recorded a lively narration to play during your travel time with beer trivia, beer history, and local Memphis Indie music. Get dropped off at the centrally-located meeting point and continue your night out on the town.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Memphis

8. Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Memphis

Looking for a way to turn downtown Memphis into a giant board game? Urban Adventure Quest have created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the amazing race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Memphis. Guided from any smart phone, groups make their way through well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning about local history. Your Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure will begin outside the famous Peabody Hotel and will take you on a journey to famous and lesser-known sights of the city. You will find famous barbecue, discover a walk of fame and see some Peabody ducks. You'll see Elvis (really!) and the place where he bought his famous clothes as well as many other unique and historic sights. Using a smart phone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop for lunch at one of the famous barbeques or grab a refreshing drink and go at your own pace. Offered at a fixed price for a group vs. per person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to those on a budget. Points of Interest: • Rendezvous BBQ • Autozone Baseball Stadium • Peabody Hotel • Memphis Hall of Fame • Elvis Presley Plaza • Orpheum Theater • Beale Street

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What people are saying about Memphis, Tennessee

Excellent tour by a very knowledgeable local guide (Sam). His passion for Memphis shone through and we really enjoyed his stories. The Sun Studios tour was excellent. A great way to see the sights of the city.

The information and all the things we were shown about the history of the area and Sun Studios was amazing. So glad we done the tour. The riverboat cruise was good also.

The tour started on time and was very fun. We saw & learned a lot about Memphis. We feel it was a good value.

Lots of fun. Guide gave lots of information and sang many related tunes.

Loved the music and the history. A great and enjoyable afternoon