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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

Reviews

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star-5
Great tour
Lynn_S
, May 2022
Larry was a great guide. The food was good and Larry was filled with lots of good information. I think we saw most of what I wanted to see in Memphis
star-5
Fantastic experience
Steve_B
, May 2022
Larry was our tour guy and we thoroughly enjoyed him. Shared the history of Memphis and every some humor. Definitely worth the trip.
star-5
Very enjoyable
marilyn_T
, May 2022
Our guide, Larry, was fabulous. We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the tour. The lunchtime snack at Central Barbecue was delicious
star-5
Informational in a pleasant way
Kkruege1
, May 2022
Lorraine Hotel site Very moving Well presented Appropriate time period The amount of words do not reflect the intent of the message
star-5
Love Memphis
Michele_S
, May 2022
Larry was wonderful. Very informative and funny. We learned a lot. I would recommend this tour. You won’t be sorry.
star-5
Great tour and great guide!
William_H
, Apr 2022
Guide and driver Larry was very knowledgeable and polite. I learned some new music and Elvis history.
star-5
Well done
Curtis_V
, Apr 2022
Larry was an exceptional guide. His presentation was clear and informative with bits of humor added. Enjoyed the opportunity to get off the bus to see sites close up. Lunch was an added bonus and the food was very good.
star-5
Great tour of the city of Memphis.
gary_c
, Apr 2022
Finding out new interesting facts about Elvis, restaurant recommendations and learning about the history of the city. Our tour guide Larry was a wealth of information and very entertaining. He stopped the bus several time so we could get out and take a closer look. He was on time for the pick up and ordered lunch for us and we did not have to wait in line at all. One of the best tour guides we've had. We booked an additional side trip and he went and got our tickets and made sure we were set before he let us at the venue.
star-4
It was great to see the...
Dennis_S
, Apr 2022
It was great to see the history. The tour guide was a good story teller. Unfortunate that they no longer do the Peabody Ducks. The travel site says they still do it, but that is not true. Because of covid they stopped doing the duck show.
star-5
Definitely worth the money
Ashley_P
, Apr 2022
Shannon was great. Very informative, sweet, great personality! Definitely would do it again as long as she was the tour guide.
star-5
Fun convenient different educational
Rick_W
, Apr 2022
The pyramid was fantastic and loved the bus tour. A great get away for the whole family. The traffic was manageable.
star-5
Great tour of Memphis
Gary_M
, Apr 2022
Great overview of Memphis. Needs to be first tour to take when visiting Memphis. Definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Awesome!
Loretta_P
, Mar 2022
This was very nicely done. The tour guide (don’t remember her name) was full of knowledge, energetic and made the trip fun. Recommend to get an overview on the history of the city.
star-4
More black history
Sarah_T
, Mar 2022
Learning about businesses and black history. It was great to see the I AM AMAN exhibit and Lorraine Hotel. Its still sad to know America has such a brutal past and present. The tour helps us to teach the next generation so they can make necessary changes.
star-5
Great all around your!
Jennifer_C
, Mar 2022
This was a great tour! We loved our tour guide Larry! He was fun, knowledgeable, and gave the tour a special personal touch.
star-4
Nice tour. Except, does not go to Peabody.
Susan_F
, Mar 2022
Guide was very good. Food was good. The website says that it goes to the PeabodyHotel...but it does not.
star-4
We learned a lot about the history of Memphis tour.
Rosemary_L
, Mar 2022
Larry, our tour guide, was very professional and courteous. He was knowledgeable in explaining and describing the sights, but also used a sense of humor that made the tour enjoyable.
star-5
Got the Flavor of Memphis
Greg_B
, Mar 2022
Jay, our guide, did a wonderful job of explaining what we saw. Her memory was unbelievable. Saw the high points of the city in a fun way. Our bus driver, Princess, was great too. Both ladies were characters and made the time very enjoyable. We highly recommend.
star-5
Great!!! More than 5 stars !!, good experiencia from the beginning to the end, the lunch and the restaurante
Alfonso_T
, Mar 2022
The Lorraine Hotel, Martín Luther King, great tour, The Guide Larry, is a star! The lunch and the restaurante were okey. I recommed to make an additonal ride besides the iconic bridge and the Pyramid building
star-5
Larry is the best!
Kristina_B
, Mar 2022
Larry was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and had a great personality. We enjoyed that tour so much! Thanks Larry!

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