Memphis Discovery Tour including Rock and Soul Museum
Listen to informative commentary from your guide as you stop at Beale Street, which is known for landmark moments in civil rights history as well as its blues music legacy. Famous musicians such as Muddy Waters, BB King, and Memphis Minnie played at clubs here from the 1920s onward. Visit the Smithsonian’s Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and browse exhibits that explain the enormous impact that Memphis' music scene has made on American arts and culture. Hear more about this lively street's significance from your knowledgeable guide while sampling Memphis’ famous barbecue at a local restaurant.
Continue your tour with a stop to walk around the plaza outside the former Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in 1968. The building is now part of the National Civil Rights Museum, which features permanent and rotating exhibits that detail five centuries of American history. (Admission to the Civil Rights Museum is not included.)
Pass by Cotton Row and learn how the city developed around this area, which was the heart of the city’s bustling cotton trade in the 1800s. Cruise past historic Court Square, a lovely park that has provided a leafy refuge for city residents since 1819. Then drive along the Mississippi River and through the streets of Victorian Village, a neighborhood with grand Victorian-style mansions built by the city's cotton barons in the 19th century.
Your guide also points out Memphis landmarks including the Orpheum Theater, the Gibson Guitar Factory, and Lauderdale Courts, where Elvis Presley lived as a teenager. Finally, enter the Peabody Hotel to watch the colorful “March of the Ducks,” a quirky and fun Memphis tradition that dates back to the 1930s.
After three hours, your bus returns you to Beale Street to end your tour.
- Professional guide
- BBQ tasting
- Entry/Admission - Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- Wheelchair accessible
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- Departure point is BB King's Blues Club.
We had an amazing time. Our tour guide was the best. She was incredibly knowledgeable, and you could tell she really loves Memphis. They took great care of us. If you're interested, I have no reservations recommending this tour service.
This was a great and informative tour. I would recommend this tour to get the lay of the land and which sites to further investigate on your own. Our tour guide gave a very informative talk at the Lorraine Hotel about the events of the assignation of Dr. Martin Luther King which I found very moving. The only information I would have liked to have from the guide would had been the hours of the museums that were pointed out on the tour. We went back the following day to the Civil Rights museum only to find it was closed that day of the week. The barbecue place on the tour had excellent food
Tour of Memphis was really interesting, see all the major sites of the city with the added bonus of the rock and soul museum to finish off a wonderful trip
This was a great tour. Our guide was very friendly and had much knowledge to share. I recommend this tour without hesitation.