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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)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

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


112 Reviews

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San the Tour guide was terrific
, Nov 2021
Tour was terrific. Sam was our guid and one of the best we have ever had anywhere. We’re in our 60’s and have seen the world. Sams the best!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Memphis city tour
, Oct 2021
Sam was a great tour guide and very knowledgeable about the city of Memphis, it was a awesome tour, I highly recommend doing this
Had a great adventure!
, Oct 2021
Michelle was very informative and well organized with all the stops and people! Very funny with her stories. Really enjoyed the Riverboat and the guide Jordon was entertaining! Whole day was worth the price!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great way to learn about Memphis
, Oct 2021
The entire tour was well planned and executed. The bus ride with Michelle was both entertaining and educational. She has a great sense of humor. The Paddleboat ride on the Mississippi was relaxing and the young host made it more interesting. Well worth our time and money.
Sam, the guide
, Oct 2021
Sam, the tour guide, was excellent. He has a great personality and sense of humor. He provided a lot of historical information about Memphis.
Awesome time!
, Oct 2021
Awesome time! So much information and history! Our bus driver and tour guide Michelle was the cherry on the sundae! She was so funny, entertaining and knowledgeable!!
Wonderful tour
, Sep 2021
The driver was awesome very courteous and knowledgeable about Memphis. Sam was just fantastic I recommend him as a wonderful guide
The lovely ride on the...
, Sep 2021
The lovely ride on the riverboat And the knowledge of he riverboat narrator ! The beautiful scenery and the relaxing atmosphere
We had 1 1/2 downtown to...
, Sep 2021
We had 1 1/2 downtown to eat and see Beale street. Guide Sam was personable, knowledgeable and explained all the sights. He described the fare at different restaurants and we took his recommendation and had a great lunch. We even took his recommendation for dinner that evening. Wonderful trip. We added on the riverboat cruise. That was a long walk down to the boat and a worse walk back up to the street. I think I would let people know that the climb back is miserable.
Surprisingly interesting
, Sep 2021
Michelle Jordan and the people at the welcome center were awesome!!!! They were knowledgeable funny interesting hospitable and respectful.

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