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

1. 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: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

2. Memphis: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Discover the best of Memphis on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour with 9 stops and unlimited rides during the duration of your tour pass. Explore the city's monuments, historical attractions, and popular spots in the most flexible and enjoyable way. Visit highlights of the city such as the Blues Hall of Fame, Graceland, the Stax Museum, Sun Studio, the Memphis Pyramid, and more. Find everything from kid-friendly attractions such as the Peabody Hotel to more historical spots such as the National Civil Rights Museum. Adapt your day along the route and based on your interests. Enjoy the convenience of buses passing through the stops every 90 minutes. If you prefer, remain on the bus tour for the entire loop, listening to the informative audio commentary on board. Stops along the hop-on hop-off bus route include: • Ticket Booth/Hard Rock Cafe• National Civil Rights Museum/Blues Hall of Fame• Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum/B.B. King's Blues Club• Stax Museum of American Soul Music• Graceland• Sun Studio• Auto Zone Park/Peabody Hotel• Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid• Tennessee Welcome Center

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, Victorian Village, sample food at Central BBQ, and visit Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Edge Motor Museum, or take a scenic cruise on the Mississippi River (if options selected) Among other highlights, you’ll visit the Lorraine Motel to see the balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent his last moments, and Beale Street to discover how it became the 'home of the Blues". If you choose, explore the exhibitions at either the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum or Edge Motor Museum, and enjoy a sightseeing cruise on the Mississippi River. Pass by some favorite Memphis sights, including I Am A Man Plaza, the Mississippi River, the 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: Mojo Music History 90-Minute Bus Tour

4. 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.

From Nashville to New Orleans: 6-Day Tennessee Music Trail

5. From Nashville to New Orleans: 6-Day Tennessee Music Trail

• Day 1: Nashville Welcome to Nashville, Tennessee! Your adventure kicks off with a welcome meeting at 10am, where you’ll meet up with your local leader and the other travellers joining you on your journey. Then dive straight into the city’s history with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Then cruise across town to Studio B where Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison and “The King” Elvis Presley have all laid tracks, and today you’ll be joining this prestigious list. Meet with a professional sound engineer for your own recording session and find out what it takes to create the Nashville sound. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city. Get back together in the evening for an optional dinner (at your own expense) with your group and leader at a local restaurant. • Day 2: Memphis Hit the road this morning and make tracks for Memphis, Tennessee, a city overflowing with musical history and legends. Your first stop on arrival will be Sun Studio. This studio may be tiny, but its impact on the world of music is immeasurable. BB King, Johnny Cash, Howlin' Wolf and Elvis Presley have all recorded here, and the studio claims to be the 'Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll' (and they may just be right!). The rest of the day is yours to discover the sights and sounds of Memphis. • Day 3: Memphis After breakfast this morning, head to Memphis’s most iconic site – Graceland! Elvis’s former home and his final resting place, a visit to Graceland is like stepping back into the 1970s, with a glamourous and kitschy twist. Then it’s time for a change of pace as you leave Graceland and visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the former Lorraine Motel – where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated – for a dose of history that is both confronting and inspirational. The rest of the afternoon is free for your own discoveries. • Day 4: New Orleans Today you’ll be road-tripping from Memphis to New Orleans, arriving in the afternoon. Jazz is not just a part of the city’s history – it’s alive and kicking today. Your local guide will show you some of their favourite venues, with time to grab a beer along the way. The evening is yours to further explore this fascinating city – your leader will have some great recommendations on where to grab a bite to eat and listen to more live music. • Day 5: New Orleans This morning, pay a visit to the Whitney Plantation where you’ll learn about what life was like for those enslaved on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation. Then you’re in for a real treat – not only famed for its music scene, the food in New Orleans is some of the best in the country. Today you’ll learn about Creole and Cajun cuisine at a local cooking school and find out how to create one of the region’s most beloved dishes, then tuck into the finished product for dinner. • Day 6: New Orleans Just like a good song, your adventure must come to an end, with things wrapping up this morning.

Downtown Memphis In-App Audio Tour: History (ENG)

6. Downtown Memphis In-App Audio Tour: History (ENG)

Discover Memphis, a vibrant city on the Mississippi River renowned for its Blues heritage and significant contributions to American culture and history. This tour unveils the downtown area, showcasing the city's must-visit locations. Begin by delving into the Blues Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the rich blues heritage. Witness the modern and inviting Halloran Center, a venue for concerts and various events. Marvel at the renowned Orpheum Theater, a captivating gem from the 1920s that stands as one of the few remaining "movie palaces." Nearby, explore the National Civil Rights Museum and Cotton Museum for a deeper understanding of their compelling topics. Nature enthusiasts can revel in the scenic beauty of Mississippi River Park, offering breathtaking views of steep valleys, while Court Square provides a serene green oasis with its own intriguing stories. Returning to the urban landscape, pass by historic landmarks and conclude your journey at Beale Street Baptist Church, the birthplace of African-American Baptist churches in the area. The tour also highlights additional captivating attractions and encourages you to immerse yourself in the lively ambiance of iconic Beale Street—an entertainment district synonymous with Blues Music. Finally, witness the local pride at FedEx Forum, the city's premier sports and entertainment facility. Ready to immerse yourself in the soulful essence of Memphis? Join the tour and experience the vibrant sounds of this captivating city! How is the tour going — Stay flexible: join the tour whenever you want and explore the sights as long as you like. — Enjoy the tour even offline: all audio tours are tested for high quality and easy navigation.

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What people are saying about National Civil Rights Museum

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4.7 / 5

based on 110 reviews

Best tour ever. From the guy in the bus singing but also being very knowledgeable to the young girl in sun studios being so enthusiastic and friendly it was a great experience

The tour was amazing! Great tour guide(Larry). He was very thorough, knowledgeable and had a great personality. I would recommend this tour to friends and family.

Tour guide made it fun and interesting. Lunch break was delicious.

We really enjoyed our tour... our guide Shannon was great!!!

Very informative with lots of great music and laughter