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Memphis History & Heritage: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

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Memphis, US
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Memphis History & Heritage: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

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Memphis, US
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Experience the rich history and vibrant culture of Memphis on the Memphis History & Heritage: Private Half-Day Walking Tour. Step back in time as you walk through the city and discover how its geography has shaped its institutions and culture. Explore historic Beale Street, where the blues have been playing for over a century, and learn about its fascinating history and the influential figures who have walked its streets. Then, delve into the heart of the American story at the National Center for Civil Rights Museum, where your guide will take you on a captivating hour-long tour. With inclusions such as a daily Memphis Trolley Pass and admission tickets to the museum, as well as a friendly and knowledgeable English-speaking tour guide, this private tour is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the history and heritage of Memphis.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 3 hours
  • Suitable for 2-12 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Daily Memphis Trolley Pass
  • National Civil Rights Museum admission tickets
  • A friendly, professional English-speaking tour guide for your own private group
  • Transportation
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and dropoff

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Introduction

Take a step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich history and heritage of Memphis on this private half-day walking tour. Memphis, like many other cities, has a unique story that can only be fully understood by exploring its streets and landmarks. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through the city, revealing how its geography has shaped its culture and institutions.

What to expect?

During this 180-minute tour, you can expect to visit some of Memphis' most iconic sites and delve into its fascinating past. Begin by enjoying a panoramic view of the city and the majestic Mississippi River from the Skyway Roof of the Peabody Hotel. Discover hidden gems such as General Washburn's Escape Alley, a historic attempt to run away from sympathizers during the Civil War. Walk past the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and delve into the vibrant history of Beale Street, an iconic street that has played a central role in African-American culture for nearly two centuries. Explore the WDIA-WHRK Radio Building, the first radio station in the US programmed entirely for the black community since 1947, and learn about the legacy of the Orpheum Theatre, a historic venue listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Finally, catch a trolley to the National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and discover its powerful exhibits that highlight the struggle for civil rights in Memphis and beyond.

Who is this for?

This private walking tour is perfect for history enthusiasts, culture lovers, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Memphis. Whether you're a local or a visitor, this tour offers an immersive experience into the city's past and its impact on the present. It caters to all ages and backgrounds, ensuring inclusivity and appreciation for the diverse stories that have shaped Memphis.

Why book this?

Uncover the hidden stories and lesser-known facts about Memphis as you walk through its streets with a knowledgeable guide. This tour offers a unique opportunity to grasp the significance of the city's geography and landmarks in shaping its institutions and culture. From the bustling Beale Street, where the blues have thrived for over a century, to the thought-provoking exhibits at the National Civil Rights Museum, this experience allows you to connect with the city's past and gain a new perspective on its present. By the end of the tour, you'll have a deeper appreciation for Memphis' rich heritage and a newfound understanding of its place in history.

Good to know

The tour starts at the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and concludes at the National Civil Rights Museum. It lasts approximately 180 minutes and covers a variety of historic sites and landmarks. Make sure to wear comfortable footwear as you'll be walking throughout the tour. The guide will provide intriguing insights and share stories that are not found in guidebooks, enriching your journey through Memphis' history.

Reviews

Travelers who have experienced this tour have praised the knowledgeable guides for their ability to bring Memphis' history to life. They appreciated the in-depth exploration of Beale Street and the opportunity to visit the National Civil Rights Museum. Many described the tour as engaging and eye-opening, leaving them with a deeper understanding of Memphis' cultural heritage. Overall, the feedback from previous participants highlights the tour's high-quality delivery and its ability to create a memorable and enriching experience.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Memphis

Enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the Mississippi River from the Skyway Roof of the Peabody hotel, and learn about the hidden General Washburn's Escape Alley used in 1864 in an attempt to run away from Nathan Bedford Forrest sympathizers. Explore other attractions, such as the Cotton Museum, and also walk past the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

Beale Street

Stroll down Beale Street - an iconic street and one of the historic centres of African-American culture for nearly two centuries.

WDIA-WHRK Radio Building

Discover the WDIA-WHRK Radio Building, home to the first radio station in the US programmed entirely for the black community since 1947.

Admission Not Included

The Orpheum Theatre

Learn about the heritage of the historic Orpheum Theatre, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Admission Not Included

National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel

Cath the trolley to reach the National Center for Civil Rights for a self-guided tour. Learn about the legacy of Memphis in the struggle for Civil Rights, and see the Lorraine Motel - now part of the museum - where Dr King was assassinated in 1968. Hear how the centre continues to play a central role in moving forward the push for civil rights nationwide.

Admission Included

Reviews

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5 (6)

Stacey_D

Our tour guide Mike had amazing stories and knew all of the area. We enjoyed it very much. Timing and location were perfect

Roam785640

Mike was a great storyteller! He was fun and made the history interesting! He answered all our questions and more.

sdmattingly

Michael did a fabulous job of educating us about the history of Memphis. I learned a ton from him. We learned about the influence of Robert Church on the economy, the influence of W.C. Handy on jazz and blues, the duck walk in the Peabody, and so many other things. Definitely well worth the time and money.

O1076A

We really enjoyed our visit to this museum. I was surprised at the depth of history and information presented. Was especially moved by the Lorraine Motel and the trajectory of the bullet that killed MLK that is shown embedded in the road. Must-see on a trip to Memphis!

cgoggins2018

Very Educational...I loved it all the art work was amazing.. everything was very informative. If you really take the time to read everything it's definitely worth it

Dr_A

Purposely,, Powerful and Importantly Impactful! I went in with a mindset of another museum of history about our world. Well, I left in humility and dignity. I was impressed with the way the History is displayed. There were movies, the artifacts were informative and serves as a reminder to never forget where I came from. Tears of joy as I left.
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2024-04-15 21:08