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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: City Discovery Bus Tour

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

3. 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: 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: Memphis Tour with Graceland VIP Access

5. 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.

Memphis: 2-Hour Guided Historic Walking Tour

6. 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.

Private Tour of Memphis with skip-the-line Graceland tickets

7. Private Tour of Memphis with skip-the-line Graceland tickets

Famous for producing influential strains of blues and rock 'n' roll Memphis played a huge role in Elvis Presley's success. A visit to Memphis wouldn't be complete without a day spent chasing down The King - from his childhood stomping ground to a skip-the-line visit to his world-famous Graceland. This truly is the ultimate tour for every die-hard Elvis fan. Your day begins with a private walking tour of Memphis, retracing Elvis' young days in the city, where you will: See his boyhood home where he grew up, the Malco Theatre, where Elvis had his first job, and the Peabody Hotel, rich in history it's known as the “South’s Grand Hotel,” where Elvis signed his contract with RCA Wander down Beale Street, one of the most iconic streets in the US, and learn about the lengthy list of musicians who called it home. Enjoying lunch at a local 1950's diner (lunch not included in the price). Then, hop in a transfer with your guide to Graceland Immersing yourself in the world of Elvis, with skip-the-line tickets and a VIP Elvis experience of Graceland at your leisure, where you will spend your entire afternoon. Enjoying an easy transfer back to your hotel in Memphis, while your guide gives you the best tips for continuing your Elvis experience over one of his favourite restaurants. Did you know that 20 per cent of the earliest inductees in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame have come from within a 100-mile radius of Memphis? The influential Blues, soul and rock'n'roll were born in the city of Memphis, rock legend Elvis Presley's home town, known worldwide as the "Home of the Blues & Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll". During your tour, you'll walk the streets that Elvis grew up on and see where he worked before he became a star. The Peabody Hotel, famous for its rich history and charm, is where his road to stardom began as he signed his contract with RCA on November 20th 1955. Beale Street is an important location in the city's music history, and today it's home to blues clubs and restaurants that are major attractions for visitors. After lunch, in an authentic 1950's diner, your expert guide will arrange for an Uber XL to take you to Graceland where you'll be given skip-the-line tickets to avoid queueing. You've heard the music, and now you get to see the place that Elvis Presley called home, including the mansion, private gardens and aircraft. You'll meet up with your guide after the visit and head back to Memphis by Uber XL. No doubt you'll be buzzing and exhausted after your Elvis, Downtown and Graceland Tour, the only fully comprehensive tour of Elvis's life, a memorable and exceptional experience.

Memphis: Beale Street and Sun Studio Guided Walking Tour

8. 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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What people are saying about The Peabody Memphis

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 37 reviews

Wonderful trip with fantastic experiences. VIP is definitely one thing that makes the experience easier. No extra expenses of entry fees.

well organized, informative, perfect amount of time. Friendly staff, also assisted with walker. Sun Studios was well presented.

Great tour - very informative plus we saw the Peabody ducks. Shannon is great!

Very informative tour and Corrin (?) was very knowledgeable

A great tour with a friendly guide who knew their stuff!