If household names like Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash and the beloved Elvis Presley, all found their fame in Memphis, you know there must be something special about this southern city. Considered the home of blues and rock ‘n’ roll, experience the culture, history and soul of this Mississippi River town.
Memphis was the epicenter for many historic events and figures of the 1950s and 1960s, which you will learn about during a Memphis 101 tour led by local experts. Explore the city streets in true vintage style in a 1955 Chevy Bel Air, 1959 Ford Skyliner, 1955 Plymouth Belvedere, or a 1956 Chrysler Imperial, driving past centuries-old churches, historic homes, the park where a music genre was born and the hotel balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. While Memphis is known for its music, it’s the city’s past that inspired its sounds.
Visit the most famous recording studio in the world, Sun Studio, where you’ll hear outtakes from recording sessions, touch Elvis' first microphone and see the sound stage that launched the careers of not just Elvis and Johnny, but Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, B.B. King, and many others who signed with the Sun label. No trip to the Blues City is complete without a tour of Graceland, and your VIP private tour includes full access to Elvis’ home as well as an exclusive exhibit and lounge area.
Throughout the trip, you’ll also enjoy food for the soul with Southern-style cooking, drinks and, of course, barbeque. Stay at the Peabody, known as the “South’s Grand Hotel” and home to the daily Peabody Duck March (yes, live ducks walk through the lobby twice each day). Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel recently celebrated its 150th anniversary with updated rooms including new bathrooms and décor that mixes traditional with modern, creating a look of timeless luxury.
After a final tour exploring the “rogues, rascals and rat-bastards,” who earned themselves infamous legacies in the city, depart Memphis for home with a new appreciation of this jewel of the Mississippi Delta.