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Memphis Mojo Bus Tour
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icon1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Shake, rattle, and roll through Memphis on this guided musical bus tour. Local musicians lead the way on a fun-loving ride through the home of blues, complete with live music and tambourines, shakers, and bongos for all to enjoy. Visit historic Beale Street, one of the most iconic streets in America, plus Stax Studio, the Lorraine Motel, and more. Upgrade to include admission to Sun Studio, the most famous recording studio in the world.
  • Memphis music bus tour led by local musicians
  • See Beale Street, Peabody Hotel, Civil Rights Museum, Cotton Row, and early homes of Elvis, Johnny Cash, and B.B. King
  • Get in on the action—Join the Backbeat Rhythm Section featuring tambourines and bongos
  • Upgrade to include a guided tour of Sun Studios

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Learn about Memphis’ music culture during the only tour that’s led by real musicians.
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Guided sightseeing tour
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Admission to Sun Studio (if option not selected)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Alfred's On Beale , 197 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA

197 Beale St.

This activity will end right where it started.
This musical Memphis mojo bus tour begins on Beale Street, one of the most iconic streets in America. Climb aboard the nation’s only music bus and meet the guide, a professional Beale Street musician who will play and sing selections from the city's rich musical heritage, while entertaining with comedy, history and behind-the-scenes stories of favorite Memphis personalities. 

Along the way, see famous Beale Street, one of the most iconic streets in America. Also, drive by legendary Stax Studio, now the Stax Museum of American Soul Music; the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assasinated, now part of the complex of the National Civil Rights Museum; plus historic Front Street/Cotton Row, the Peabody Memphis hotel, the 342-acre Overton Park, Central Gardens district, the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and the early homes of music legends Elvis Presley, BB King and Johnny Cash.

Upgrade to include admission to Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock and roll and the most famous recording studio in the world. Sun Studio is the very place where Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and countless other superstar musicians launched their illustrious careers.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Beale Street
The tour starts and ends on Beale Street - the Home of the Blues - at Alfred's on Beale.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Handy Park
Explanation of how WC Handy became known as the "Father of the Blues."
Pass By:  
The Peabody Ducks
History of the South's grand hotel
Pass By:  
The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange
History of the Cotton Exchange and historic Cotton Row
Pass By:  
Mississippi River
History and importance of the Mississippi River
Pass By:  
Lauderdale Courts
History of the Presley family's first real home in Memphis
Pass By:  
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
History of Danny Thomas and St. Jude's
Pass By:  
Sun Studio
The birthplace of rock 'n' roll! (Optional admission.)
Pass By:  
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
History of Sam Phillips' second recording studio, the successor to "Sun Studio"
Stop At:  
Overton Park
Overton Park Shell and the story of Elvis' first concert
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Lafayette's Music Room
History of Overton Square and Lafayette's
Pass By:  
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Home of Stax Records and Southern soul - Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, the Staples Singers, Booker T & the MGs, and many, many others!
Pass By:  
National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
Explanation of the 1968 Sanitation Strike and the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • The bus does not have a wheelchair lift, but if you have a collapsible wheelchair and have some mobility, we should have no problem accommodating you. Please contact us in advanced with any additional questions.
  • 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Backbeat 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 a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Memphis Mojo Bus Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Memphis Mojo Bus Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Memphis Mojo Bus Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Memphis Mojo Bus Tour.

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  • "Don't miss this tour, it is well worth the time and money!" See review
  • "Check in was easy and we loved the entire experience!" See review
  • "I highly recommend this tour if you enjoy music and it’s history." See review

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star-5
Fun
Denise_C
, Aug 2022
Fun overview of Memphis and its music. Very friendly from check-in to driver to singing host. Comfy little bus.
star-4
Very enjoyable experience
Dean_S
, Aug 2022
Good Music, humor, story and comfort to accompany tour. Your guide was knowledgeable and entertaining.
star-5
Musical Journey
Marion_H
, Aug 2022
Loved the music mix with the history tour , it was very entertaining . We would recommend highly to anyone wanted a different experience.
star-4
Great tour!
VERONICA_G
, Aug 2022
Touring Sun Studios was really awesome. That picture of Elvis with Jerry Lewis and others at the piano was really cool and the original piano is still there with the hole Jerry Lewis created with his cigar butt.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Funfilled, educational day! :)
Roanna_T
, Aug 2022
Mr Yancey was delightful! We loved the history and stories of the composers! His renditions of the songs was beautifully done. Our trip was fun and informative and we will be back! Thank you!
star-5
Awesome
Kim_T
, Aug 2022
We booked this on a whim...one of the best tours we've done! So Much Fun! We sang along and heard great stories along with the sites!
star-5
Love it !
Nelia_F
, Aug 2022
This was my favorite tour so far !!! Everything about it ! Our guide, the singing, the history ! This was amazing everyone who goes to Memphis should do it !
star-5
Memorable Memphis
Joanna_T
, Jul 2022
Fabulous introduction to Memphis and it’s music scene. Andrew (and co) played a huge variety of songs whilst explaining the significance of each location visited - photo taken at the only stop on the tour. Amazing!
star-5
Great tour
Allison_K
, Jul 2022
Mojo tour was great. Tons of info about memphis, Elvis, BB King and others. I highly recommend getting the sun studio addon as that tour was also great!
star-5
Sing-Along Bus Tour
Candace_W
, Jul 2022
Dave our guitar-strumming guide was fun and knowledgeable and was very entertaining. Larry our bus driver did a great job navigating the streets and traffic.
star-5
Inspirational
Harold_C
, Jul 2022
Your driver was excellent she informed us about other points of interest. We learned much about the history of Memphis
star-5
Best guided tour ever.
Robert_S
, Jul 2022
One of the best city tours that my wife and I have taken over 40+ years of city guided bus tours. Davy Rae Bennett was a very good tour guide but also an excellent performer. 10 star rating.
star-5
…And a Great Time Was Had By All
Johnnie_P
, Jul 2022
I enjoyed the live music and the stories that went along with the music. The musician didn’t seem to mind me singing along with him at all. 😂
star-5
Memphis Music Travel
Pradnya_T
, Jul 2022
Our tour operator/ guide in the bus was very good. He entertained us by singing lots of songs with guitar 🎸. We got information of Memphis, riding around the city. We enjoyed Mojo Bus tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour
Samuel_B
, Jul 2022
It was awesome …. We enjoyed the narration along with the music ….narrator very knowledgeable about Memphis
star-5
Great but racist.
Amy_H
, Jul 2022
The tour was great. The stories about Elvis missed all the song stealing he did and the racial, cultural appropriation. It felt tone deaf and racially disrespectful. He was a their and what made him famous was a white man sounding like a Black man.
star-5
So much fun
Eric_H
, Jul 2022
We had a great time. Cecil was a great guide and very talented with his story telling and singing/guitar.
star-5
Great tour with fantastic musician!
John_H
, Jul 2022
Loved the music being a part of the tour! Our Guide was very knowledgeable and had a great musical ability!
star-5
Fun
Terri_T
, Jul 2022
Great tour with great stops to embrace Memphis and it’s culture. I would take this tour again with family
star-5
Amazing!
Gina_D
, Jun 2022
Graceland and The Civil Rights Museum, and of course Beale Street! So rich in history. Would love to go again .

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