Historic Memphis Guided Walking Tour

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This two-hour walking tour of Memphis explores the city's rich history at a fun and leisurely pace. You'll explore historic Cotton Row and Court Square, the lovely and historic heart of 19th century Memphis; enjoy sweeping views of the Mississippi River; and hear fascinating tales of rebels during the Civil War as well as Prohibition Era bootleggers. You'll also experience a time-honored Memphis tradition, the famous March of the Ducks at The Peabody Hotel. This tour is suitable for the whole family.

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Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
5 days ago
Great walking tour. Guide was extremely knowledgeable. Learned about the history of Memphis including the early history, Civil War, Yellow Fever pandemic, the development of the blues right up to MLK’s assassination and the civil rights era. Highlight was the duck March at the Peabody Hotel.
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
7 days ago
This is a wonderful tour. My husband and I had only 2 days to spend in Memphis and wanted to pack as much as possible of the city’s flavor into that brief time, so a walking tour seemed ideal. Shannon was our guide and a lovely, knowledgeable guide she is . Her presentation was interesting and appealing, her friendliness and good humor so endearing, she made our group feel very connected to the city and so engaged in its history. We hit the high spots on Beale St, gazed at iconic buildings as well as Elvis and BB King lore, saw cute ducks marching into the fantastic Peabody Hotel fountain, then finished with the sad but oh so inspiring story of MLKs march and subsequent assassination. Highly recommended!
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
May 14, 2022
Holly was fantastic. No complaints. Definitely do this on your first day I’m Memphis. Great orientation to the city. Learned a lot.
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About This Deal

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Stop At: Beale Street, Memphis, TN 38103

The tour starts on historic Beale Street, the Home of the Blues, at Alfred's on Beale

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Court Square, 45 N 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103-2226

History of one of Memphis' oldest and most beautiful parks

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Confederate Park, Near Mud Island River Park, Memphis, TN

History of the 1862 Civil War Battle of Memphis

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: The Peabody Ducks, 149 Union Ave The Peabody Memphis, Memphis, TN 38103-2638

History of the South's Grand Hotel and the Peabody duck march

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Mississippi River, Tennessee

History and importance of the Mississippi River

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: General Washburn's Escape Alley, Memphis, TN 38103, USA

Civil War history of Memphis

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: WDIA-WHRK Radio Building, 112 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103, USA

History of WDIA, the "Goodwill Station"

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Barboro Alley, Memphis, TN 38103, USA

History of yellow fever in Memphis

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange, 65 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103-5196

History of the Cotton Exchange and historic Cotton Row

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Guests are recommended (but not required) to wear face masks on each tour.
  • Professional guide
  • Local taxes

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Departure Point
Alfred's On Beale, 197 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA

Departure Time
9:30 AM

2 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Voucher Info
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The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Backbeat Tours in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

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  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.

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