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Guided Memphis City Tour with Riverboat Cruise along Mississippi River

Memphis, United States
Guided Memphis City Tour with Riverboat Cruise along Mississippi River

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icon6 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English


While visiting Memphis, take a guided sightseeing tour of downtown then board a paddlewheel boat for a cruise on the Mississippi River. See all that Memphis has to offer, including Beale Street and the former mansions of the Victorian Village neighborhood. This seasonal combo tour operates March–November and includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Memphis combo tour: downtown sightseeing and river cruise
  • See the landmarks of Memphis as narrated by a guide
  • Board a paddlewheeler down the Mississippi River
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Guided Memphis City Day Tour with Riverboat Cruise
Free time to explore famous Beale Street in Downtown Memphis
Pass Victorian homes, historical statues and cultural landmarks
Pass sites such as Pyramid Arena and Lorraine Hotel, where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated
Complimentary Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off (select Memphis hotels only)
Admission to Memphis Riverboats: Paddlewheel Cruise along the Mississippi River
Professional Guide with Live Narration
Lunch (time for lunch on own between city tour and riverboat cruise)

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9:30 AM
Meet your guide upon hotel pickup in downtown Memphis, and embark on a sightseeing tour of historic landmarks around the city. Journey down Beale Street, known for its plethora of blues clubs — a major attraction in music-loving Memphis — and view the statues of the legendary musicians Elvis Presley and B.B King.

Admire the facades of 19th-century homes in the Victorian Village, then see where tragic history was made on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, site of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Get a photo op in front of Graceland and A. Schwab, a 120-year-old general store. Don't miss a stop at the Peabody Hotel to see the famous Peabody Ducks March.

Following tour city tour, you'll board the historical Island Queen, a three-deck steamboat offering scenic views. Cruise down the Mississippi River and soak in the sights as you hear interesting commentary from your captain. Pass by Tom Lee Park and learn about its namesake, then discover how Mississippi influenced commerce in Memphis and the surrounding areas along the way.

After your combo tour you’ll be taken back to your hotel.
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Memphis Best Tours
After pickup from your downtown Memphis hotel, Our professional humorous guides will help you discover downtown Memphis and the Mississippi river all in one package. You will see some of the most famous and infamous sites around our historical city.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Beale Street
Sites such as Beale Street, which is a location where all the blues clubs are located and has become a major attraction here in Memphis. We will also show you Victorian Village which are homes built in the 1800's, two statues of the Kin Elvis Presley and B.B King.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Peabody Ducks
Don't forget about The Peabody Hotel to stop and see the March of the World Famous Ducks!
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
You will witness history at the Lorraine Hotel where Martin Luther King was assassinated on the balcony
Stop At:  
Memphis Riverboats
The Island Queen, a historical paddle-wheel boat with three decks offering great views. We will cruise down the mighty Mississippi River and soak in the sights as you hear interesting commentary from your captain.
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Tom Lee Park
Pass by Tom Lee Park, named after Tom Lee, a worker who jumped into the river to save the lives of 32 passengers of a sinking steamboat in 1925.  Along the way, you'll learn all about the history of the river and discover how Mississippi influenced commerce in Memphis and the surrounding areas. After this combo tour,  you’ll be taken back to your hotel.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Total tour duration is approximately 6.5-7 hours
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note: Our buses are not wheelchair accessible. We can accommodate if they can get out the chair and step on the bus.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 42 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Memphis Best 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.

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  • "incredibly enjoyable but in the summer in july, its hot on that boat." See review


148 Reviews

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Sam was the best!...
, May 2022
Sam was the best! Knowledgeable, funny and helpful! When reviewing the tour he was mentioned as the best tour guide and we agree!
Excellence in one word.
, May 2022
Sam was the best tour guide really informative. Thank you for the education of Memphis. The River boat ride was relaxing and soothing, also educational on the Mississippi River.
Sam and Memphis, what a deal!
, May 2022
Sam was our tour guide, and what a wonderful tour guide he is! Sam knows and loves the city of Memphis. His knowledge of the city and his desire to share it with us made our tour worthwhile, he made us laugh, proud of the corporations that support St Jude's hospital, and brought the history of Memphis to life.
Good tour
, May 2022
The city tour was great! Very informative but the bus driver should’ve had a headset cuz if he didn’t use the microphone he couldn’t be heard by the back of the bus. Enjoyed the duck walk in the Peabody. The river boat tour was not as good. Not much to see.
Loved Graceland. Bus...
, May 2022
Loved Graceland. Bus tour and riverboat tour were okay. Very hot day so not much time spent walking Enjoyed Peabody Hotel.
Fun & Educational in the Rain
, May 2022
It was a rainy day, but guides were upbeat, friendly and knowledgeable. Enjoyed the cruise and learned more about the Mississippi River
Sam is the bomb if a tour guide. It’s easy to see that he loves his city, it’s history and his job.
, May 2022
The Ducks at The Peabody, St Judes, Sun City studios - River cruise All of it was memorable and left us feeling the history of Memphis
Take the tour with Sam.
, May 2022
Our tour guide Sam was the BEST!! He really made our tour come to life. He was very knowledgeable of all the places we went.
Historical treasure
, May 2022
We enjoyed learning about the history of Memphis! So many amazing and interesting things to learn about. The Riverboat cruise was just as interesting.
Michelle, our tour guide,...
, May 2022
Michelle, our tour guide, did an excellent job. She was very knowledgeable and had some great stories.

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