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Memphis Discovery Tour

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icon2 to 3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Explore downtown Memphis on this all-inclusive tour. Visit the Smithsonian’s Rock N' Soul Museum along with top attractions such as Beale Street, known as the home of the blues, and Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. A barbecue tasting and trip to the Peabody Hotel's March of the Ducks, a much-loved Memphis tradition, are also included.
  • Extensive guided tour of downtown Memphis
  • Visit attractions and landmarks that speak to the city's colorful history
  • Tasting at one of Memphis' best barbecue joints
  • Includes admission to the Smithsonian’s Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum
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Professional guide
BBQ tasting
Rock 'n' Soul Museum admission (if option selected)
Edge Motor Museum admission (if option selected)
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Drinks
Alfred's On Beale , 197 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Get to know Memphis and its top attractions on this educational and entertaining motor coach tour. The adventure begins at BB King’s Blues Club on Beale Street.

In addition to Beale Street, one of the most iconic streets in America, visit the Lorraine Motel to see the balcony where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Stop to watch the famous duck march at the Peabody Memphis hotel.

Make a pit stop at the award-winning Central BBQ to sample some of the best barbecue in Memphis (tasting included).

Other sites to see may include the Victorian Village district, the Orpheum Theatre, the Gibson Guitar Factory, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, AutoZone Park (home of the AAA baseball Memphis Redbirds), historic Cotton Row, Court Square Center, the Shelby County Courthouse, St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral.

Elvis fans, be sure to check out the Chisca on Main, where one of rock 'n' roll's pioneering disk jockeys, ‘Daddy-O’ Dewey Philips, played Elvis for the first time, and the Lauderdale Courts, one of Elvis’ early apartments.

Also included is admission to the Memphis Rock N' Soul Museum, chronicling the story of musical pioneers who, for the love of music, overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the sound that shook the entire music world.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Beale Street
The tour starts on Beale Street at Alfred's on Beale, and begins by exploring the history of the Home of the Blues
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Admission included (if option selected) to this world-class museum telling the complete story of Memphis music
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Central BBQ - Downtown
Enjoy a delicious tasting of Memphis BBQ
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
History of the 1968 Sanitation Strike and the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Admission is not included to enter the museum.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Mississippi River
History and importance of the Mississippi River to Memphis
Pass By:  
Victorian Village Historic District
History of "Millionaire's Row," the beautiful historic homes of Memphis' cotton barons
Pass By:  
Magevney House
History of the city's oldest surviving residence
Pass By:  
The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange
History of the Cotton Exchange and historic Cotton Row
Pass By:  
Lauderdale Courts
History of the Presley family's first real home in Memphis
Pass By:  
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
History of Danny Thomas and St. Jude's
Pass By:  
Court Square
History of one of the city's oldest and most beautiful parks
Pass By:  
The Orpheum Theatre
History of the Orpheum Theater
Pass By:  
AutoZone Park
History of baseball in Memphis
Stop At:  
Handy Park
History of WC Handy, the "Father of the Blues," and the birth of the blues on Beale Street
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Shelby County Courthouse
History of the Shelby County Courthouse
Pass By:  
Calvary Episcopal Church
History of the city's oldest church
Pass By:  
South Main
History of the South Main Historic District
Stop At:  
Edge Motor Museum
Admission included (if option selected) to see Memphis' newest attraction exploring the history of the American sports car.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Within a few blocks there are four different parking garages, and several open-air parking lots. The closest garage to our location (just two blocks away) is at 149 Peabody Place between Second Street and BB King Blvd., next to the Hampton Inn. You can try your luck with on-street metered parking, too, on Second Street just south of Beale; on Beale between Front and Second; or along Peabody Place from Front to Fourth Street.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Backbeat Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Memphis Discovery Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Memphis Discovery Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Memphis Discovery Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Memphis Discovery Tour.

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  • "I would recommend this tour to get the lay of the land and which sites to further investigate on your own." See review

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Memphis Tour
Sheri_S
, Dec 2021
Larry did a great job giving us a little Memphis history. Enjoyed all the stops and being able to get out of the bus.
star-4
Larry the tour guide was...
Amy_F
, Oct 2021
Larry the tour guide was friendly and upbeat and knowledgeable. He showed us around the important sights but, unfortunately we were unable to go into the Civil Rights Museum ( not enough time) or the Peabody Hotel for the running of the ducks (Covid restrictions for groups)
star-5
Great tour, Larry made it fun to learn about memphis and the history!
Dean_C
, Sep 2021
Larry, our tour guide was great! He was not only knowledgeable but also funny and very personable. He shared some interesting personal stories as well. It was a great couple of hours learning the history of memphis. Would suggest anyone wanting to learn about it take this tour!
star-5
Great tour
Lisa_T
, Sep 2021
I love the whole tour .Larry the driver was so great An informant on all the stops. Lunch was great also the barbecue was so good.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful, fun
RITA_F
, Sep 2021
Tour was so interesting with lots of history of Memphis included. Absolutely enjoyed it. The museum tour brought back memories of music I remembered from my childhood
star-5
No ducks
Mary_P
, Sep 2021
Tour was good but I was disappointed about not seeing the ducks at the Peabody hotel . He advertisement said we we see them.
star-5
Our tour guide, Larry...
Valerie_C
, Sep 2021
Our tour guide, Larry Baptist, was very good. We enjoyed his personality and knowledge. Tour, food and Rock and Soul Museum were good.
star-5
Larry was funny &...
Amy_S
, Aug 2021
Larry was funny & knowledgeable. He told us great stories and answered our questions along the way. Passionate about his city & very friendly.
star-5
Great Memphis tour with Larry
Michael_D
, Aug 2021
We had a great tour with Larry our guide. Intelligent, personable, considerate and fun. Larry showed us and told us everything there is to know about Memphis. If you take this tour, ask for Larry. Mike, Liz and Michael D.
star-5
Great Tour!
Angela_Y
, Aug 2021
Larry was an excellent guide, phenomenal historian & funny personality! The stops on our tour were great & we had a blast! Thank you Larry!

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