Tour Overview

  • Bus OR flight to Memphis, TN
  • Charter bus for use for the duration of the tour
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners
  • Admission to Graceland and the Elvis Presley Car Museum
  • Admission to Stax Museum of American Soul Music
  • Admission to Sun Studio
  • Visit to Beale Street
  • Admission to National Civil Rights Museum
  • Admission to Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum
  • Admission to the Cotton Museum
  • Free Tour Leaders 1 Per 15 Paying Students
  • Zoni Tour Manager

Day 1: History and Music

Depart early for Memphis, TN.

Arrive at Graceland and meet your Zoni Tour Manager.

Start your tour at the former home of Elvis Presley. Explore the mansion at Graceland and Elvis' car collection at the Elvis Presley Car Museum.

Enjoy lunch at a local eatery. Try some famous Memphis BBQ!

Head to the Stax Museum to learn about the history of American soul music and its significance in the civil rights movement.

Next, tour Sun Studio, often called the "Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll," where legendary artists like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded their music.

Have dinner together at a Memphis restaurant.

In the evening, visit Beale Street, known for its vibrant nightlife and live music. Take in the atmosphere and perhaps catch a live blues or jazz performance.

Check into your hotel.

Day 2: Civil Rights and Culture

Have breakfast at your hotel.

Spend your morning at the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Explore the exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of the civil rights struggle in America.

Have lunch at the industrial-themed Slider Inn.

Visit the Slave Haven Museum, also known as the Burkle Estate, to learn about the Underground Railroad and Memphis's role in the abolitionist movement.

Have dinner at a local eatery.

Embark on an evening sunset sightseeing cruise down the Mighty Mississippi river, complete with historical commentary.

Return to your hotel for the night.

Day 3: History of Cotton & Departure

Have breakfast at your hotel and check out.

Head to the Cotton Museum to learn about the history of the cotton industry and its impact on Memphis and the South.

Free time to explore downtown Memphis and shop for last-minute souvenirs before departing for home.

Must Know

Rich History: Memphis has a deep and diverse history, with significant contributions to civil rights, music, and culture. On this tour you’ll immerse yourself in the city's history, from the civil rights movement to the birthplace of rock 'n' roll.

Educational Value: The itinerary is designed to be educational, with visits to museums and attractions that provide insights into American history, music, and cultural heritage. It's an ideal choice for students, history enthusiasts, or anyone looking to broaden their knowledge.

Cultural Experience: Memphis is known for its unique culture, including its music scene, soulful cuisine, and vibrant arts. This tour allows you to experience the city's richness firsthand, from the blues on Beale Street to the flavors of Memphis barbecue.

Iconic Attractions: You'll have the opportunity to visit iconic landmarks like Graceland, the National Civil Rights Museum, Sun Studio, and Beale Street. These attractions are not only educational but also offer a chance to see some of the most famous sites.

  • Memphis experiences a humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and mild winters. Check the weather forecast for your travel dates and pack accordingly.
  • Memphis is famous for its barbecue, so be sure to try some while you're there. Local favorites include ribs, pulled pork, and hot tamales. Be open to trying new foods and exploring the local dining scene.
  • Memphis has a diverse population, and the city's history includes significant events related to civil rights. Be respectful and culturally sensitive when visiting sites like the National Civil Rights Museum and engage with the history and culture of the city with an open mind.
  • You'll likely be doing a fair amount of walking, so comfortable shoes are a must.

  • Travel time to and from different parts of the country may modify these itineraries.
  • Itineraries are fully customizable.
  • Flexible payment plans are available.

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We offer a wide variety of customized educational itineraries based upon your curriculum requests and budget.

Tour inclusions vary depending on your itinerary, but all include transportation, accommodations, venue admissions, and most meals (as outlined in your proposal).

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Yes. All itineraries are fully customizable based upon your desired destination, curriculum requests, and budget needs.

Because we fully customize every itinerary, we can offer tours to any and every age group.

No, Zoni educational tours are not limited to school students alone. They can be arranged for college students, adult learners, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, language organizations, home-school co-ops, cultural schools/organizations, businesses, or individuals with an interest in acquiring knowledge and exploring new environments.

Absolutely. We cater to various group sizes, including homeschoolers, with fully customizable itineraries.

We require a minimum of ten paying passengers per group. We have no maximum group size.

Planning should begin as soon as possible. International travel is typically planned 12-18 months before departure.

Zoni Educational travel tours have trained Tour Managers and Tour Leaders accompanying the group. For domestic travel there will be one Tour Leader for every 10 students and for international travel, there will be one Tour Leader for every 6 students.

The Tour Leader is a representative from your school. The Tour Manager is affiliated with Zoni Tours and is well versed in the destinations visited.

Yes, for domestic travel we offer one free tour leader per ten paying passengers. For international travel, we offer one free tour leader per six paying passengers.

The itineraries listed on our website include examples of destinations that we travel to, but we are happy to customize a tour of any destination you wish to visit.

While many of our domestic tours are two-night/three-day itineraries, we can customize a tour for any desired length of time.

Your transportation needs will be provided by Zoni Tours, unless otherwise noted in your proposal.

Full names, dates of birth, emergency contacts, dietary restrictions, and any other relevant information needed for your itinerary.

Students and tour leaders will be responsible for securing traveler documents and information. Zoni will keep digital copies of passports and visas for international travel in case of emergency.

All forms are signed at registration along with terms and conditions. Documentation required by your school or organization may vary.

No. Group travel is secured under one booking.

No, seats will be assigned at the time of booking.

While not guaranteed, Zoni Tours will do everything possible to accommodate this request.

Flight changes are available at your own expense, subject to group leaders' approval.

Zoni Tours will accommodate special needs per ADA and section 504. We can secure accommodations in motorcoaches, hotels, and most eateries. However, elements of certain itineraries are not accessible to wheelchairs and other devices. Please make your Educational Group Tour Coordinator aware of any special needs when you begin your travel planning.