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  • New Orleans: City Highlights Tour with Transfer

    1. New Orleans: City Highlights Tour with Transfer

    See the best of New Orleans in comfort on one handy guided motorized tour. Hop in the minibus and let your guide lead you through the city. No New Orleans city tour would be complete without the French Quarter, the home of Jazz and Mardi Gras. Take in the lively atmosphere with music in the air and colorful, historical buildings. Travel along to Magazine Street, the Big Easy’s thoroughfare that contains plenty of eclectic shops and eateries and meanders in parallel with the Mississippi River. Head across to St Louis Cathedral to see the “Big Easy’s” oldest cemetery, complete with famous and infamous residents. Lake Pontchartrain offers incredible views and photo opportunities. See the Lower Ninth Ward, one of the places hit by Hurricane Katrina. Spot some typical steamboat houses here and remnants of Louisiana's darker history – the sugar cane plantations and colonial buildings. Aft...

  • New Orleans: St. Louis #1 Cemetery History 2-Hour Tour

    2. New Orleans: St. Louis #1 Cemetery History 2-Hour Tour

    This 2-hour walking tour takes you inside the walls of New Orleans’ oldest and most interesting burial ground, St. Louis Cemetery #1. In the company of a local guide, you’ll explore the ancient maze of above-ground tombs and learn about fascinating local burial practices. After meeting your guide at Rev. Zombies Voodoo Shop in the French Quarter, you’ll walk to the cemetery to explore curiosities and hear tales of some of the city’s personalities, such as Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, whose tomb is the 2nd-most visited burial site in America. You’ll see the final resting place of many of New Orleans’ most notable celebrities on an excursion that is as educational as it is fun. On this tour that’s been recommended by the Travel Channel, A&E, and the History Channel, you’ll learn the history of voodoo and its connection to the French Quarter on a journey back through time.

    Our guide Gabe provided information about the cemetery, and history surrounding it, in a very informative yet relaxed manner. We received an excellent history lesson, interspersed with humor. Our guide also spoke of damage done in the past by visitors and vandals and stressed the importance of preserving the cemetery. I found this to be an excellent tour and I recommend it to anyone with an interest in historical cemeteries.

  • New Orleans: French Quarter Saint & Sinner History Tour

    3. New Orleans: French Quarter Saint & Sinner History Tour

    From the beginning faith has ruled this great city. For some, it has created rumors of conspiracy, witchcraft, and vampires. For others, it inspired greatness. Lives have been lost and battlegrounds drawn, but New Orleans’ eclectic belief systems have created a sense of acceptance found nowhere else. Did you know that the famous voodoo priestess, Marie Laveau, was also a devout Catholic? Surprises abound on this inspiring journey. Join the most unique and interesting walking tour in New Orleans. New Orleans is a hot, humid and sometimes unforgiving place where in the dead of summer the air takes on the quality of a crawfish boil. It is a long, drawn out fever that seeps into the bloodstream and compels even the sweetest from small town America to do obscene things. This is the real New Orleans which does not fit neatly into the category of "American" city. It is a black water port, Cari...

    It was a fun tour not everything was absolutely the truth but entertaining guide was fun.

  • New Orleans: 2-Hour City Sightseeing Bus Tour

    4. New Orleans: 2-Hour City Sightseeing Bus Tour

    Journey through 3 centuries of history, legend, and romance as you experience New Orleans, “the city that care forgot.” This is an exclusive 2.25-hour guided tour led by a professional guide. Marvel at stories of voodoo and piracy on Bayou St. John. These are waters that were used by Jean Lafitte and his notorious band of pirates. Travel through historic neighborhoods such as Treme and Faubourg Marigny. Visit one of New Orleans' historic cemeteries and learn about the unique above-ground burial system. Afterward, follow the path of the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, the oldest continuously operating passenger railway system in the world (until the service was disrupted by Hurricane Katrina). Travel to the world-famous Garden District, where you will see the homes of former Kings and Queens of Mardi Gras. View Tulane and Loyola Universities across from Audubon Park, home to one of the t...

    This tour was awesome! Our tour guide Donna was exceptional! She was so knowledgeable and interesting I didn’t want the tour to end. I enjoyed hearing the stories from a born and raised Orleanean and her accent is charming. I usually do not enjoy group tours but this one was great!! I will actually go again next time in New Orleans I enjoyed it so much.

  • New Orleans: Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes & Culture Tour

    5. New Orleans: Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes & Culture Tour

    The guided tour lasts about 45 minutes with unlimited access to the costume closet and unique gift shop. Your tour guide will bring the Mardi Gras traditions and costumes to life. Costumes take a year to build and you will see the details and stunning display of what makes Mardi Gras so special. With hundreds of costumes on display, you will get a wonderful glimpse into the pageantry of the Kings and Queens, the original walking tours and how they came about, as well as some of the more unique costumes. You will not be disappointed by the craftsmanship, artistry, and history behind all the costumes. 

  • From New Orleans: Tour of Destrehan Plantation

    6. From New Orleans: Tour of Destrehan Plantation

    Established in 1787 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Destrehan Plantation remains the oldest documented plantation home in the lower Mississippi Valley. After being picked up, take a short 35-minute drive to the plantation house for a 1-hour guided tour and then take 45 minutes to explore the grounds on your own. The plantation’s history consists of many notable people and events. The plantation served as a home to Marie Celeste Robin de Logny and her husband Jean Noel Destrehan, the most successful sugar producer in St. Charles Parish and one of the driving forces in Louisiana Statehood. The plantation exhibits an original document signed by President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of State James Madison, appointing Jean Noel to the Orleans Territorial Council responsible for creating Louisiana’s civil law of government.   Destrehan Plantation was the site where...

  • New Orleans: 1.5-Hour Vampire Tour of the French Quarter

    7. New Orleans: 1.5-Hour Vampire Tour of the French Quarter

    New Orleans has been the backdrop for famous writers such as Anne Rice, as well as others who have created blood-sucking fictional characters. This 1.5-hour tour takes you to the dark and mysterious world of the city’s undead and tells you chilling stories of scandalous acts pulled from city police reports, archives, diaries, and newspaper interviews. This is no vampire work of fiction; this is the real deal. As you walk through the streets you will visit various locations associated with these creatures of the night, including a trip to a noted vampire tavern. It is a thrilling and chilling, yet fun-packed, creep through the antebellum streets of the French Quarter by dusk. You can trust to your expert and theatrical guide to protect you from the bloodthirsty creatures of the night. But you might like to bring some garlic – just in case.

  • New Orleans: Legends, Folklore, Superstitions & Spells

    8. New Orleans: Legends, Folklore, Superstitions & Spells

    Learn about Cajun superstitions and spells along with centuries of Louisiana folklore, myths, and legend. These superstitions pertain to New Orleans' voodoo, ghost and vampire-ridden past. Visit fifteen locations on this 2-Hour walking tour and enjoy hearing stories about the Rougarou that is said to live in the swamps of Louisiana!  Learn about the history, culture, cuisine and the architecture that makes New Orleans so unique. Learn New Orleans traditional burial practices. Why New Orleans has above ground cemetery's & why by tradition for centuries the same vaults have been and continue to be recycled and re-used over & over. Visit the home given to the New Orleans Voodoo Queen due to her being able to use Voodoo to get a man cleared of Murder. Your guide will also teach you about the practice of Voodoo during this tour. 

    Hands-up a great experience! Would recommend to anyone looking to explore the hidden back stories….and there are lots! It was a fun adventure that I’m glad I went on!

  • New Orleans Sightseeing Tour by Air-Conditioned Minibus

    9. New Orleans Sightseeing Tour by Air-Conditioned Minibus

    Discover the highlights of New Orleans in comfort on a 3-hour sightseeing tour by air-conditioned minibus. Visit areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina, along with historical landmarks such as Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral and the former seat of the Spanish colonial city hall at The Cabildo. Get an overview of the famous French Quarter so that you can explore the district at your own pace later. View the 100-year old homes along Esplanade Avenue on the way to the Dueling Oaks in City Park. Explore one of the city's cemeteries on foot and learn why the dead are buried in reusable tombs above the ground. Venture down St. Charles Avenue to explore the American side of the city and see some of the homes of the elegant Garden District. Pass the residence of the Gothic fiction writer, Anne Rice. Discover where Hurricane Katrina broke the levee and swept away the houses in the Lower 9th ...

    New Orleans city tour was excellent. I recommend anyone coming to the city to take it to get the background if the city's history. I find the city in current times is pre Katrina and post Katrina which opens one's eyes. We even had a local citizen on the tour who said she learned so much about her home. You will get a bonus if David is your tour driver. He is a gem!!!

  • New Orleans: Heart of the City Bike Tour

    10. New Orleans: Heart of the City Bike Tour

    On this “Heart of the City” small group bike tour, trace the colonial history of New Orleans and its cultural treasures. Hop on a professionally maintained bicycle and set off with a guide and group of no more than 10 to explore the most famous neighborhoods in the city. Pedal through the flat, storied streets of the French Quarter, Faubourg Treme, and other historic areas while learning about New Orleans history from your expert guide.   Pedal at a leisurely pace along the banks of the Mississippi River and through the oldest parts of New Orleans. Cruise through Louis Armstrong Park and Congo Square into the legendary St. Louis Cemetery No. 2. Stop along the way to hear about New Orleans heritage, especially the development of jazz and the colorful innovators who created it.

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What people are saying about French Quarter

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based on 602 reviews

New Orleans city tour was excellent. I recommend anyone coming to the city to take it to get the background if the city's history. I find the city in current times is pre Katrina and post Katrina which opens one's eyes. We even had a local citizen on the tour who said she learned so much about her home. You will get a bonus if David is your tour driver. He is a gem!!!

This tour was wonderful. The guy was knowledgeable and you were sitting on a bus with the air conditioner on a very hot day. We saw places we haven't seen before coming to New Orleans are 3rd time.

The tour was educational and the tour guide was humorous which made the experience a delight.

Our tour guide, Lee, was great. His knowledge and humor made the experience very enjoyable.

It was a fun tour not everything was absolutely the truth but entertaining guide was fun.