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  • French Quarter Walking and Storytelling Tour

    1. French Quarter Walking and Storytelling Tour

    The night before the tour, your guide will send an email with their photo, contact information, and directions to the meeting spot. The tour begins at the jazz fountain at the intersection of Decatur and Dumaine Streets in the historic French Market district. These are small-group tours, making for a more comfortable, customized experience.  After a brief overview of New Orleans history, your guide will lead you around the oldest neighborhood in the city, and point out the locations that have made New Orleans famous: St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and the Mississippi River - and lesser-known treasures such as the French Market, an almost 300 year old convent, and courtyards hidden behind the 18th and 19th century buildings.

    Your guide will also be an enthusiastic storyteller, and the stories about this neighborhood are like no other. Established as a French colon...

    Our tour guide really knew the history of the French Quarter. It was a great experience.

  • New Orleans: History and Haunts Carriage Ride Night Tour

    2. New Orleans: History and Haunts Carriage Ride Night Tour

    A carriage tour at night is a wonderfully spooky way to see the town, learn a bit of history, and experience a one-of-a-kind adventure. Visit famous haunted locations and be introduced to the ghostly lore and legends that New Orleans' French Quarter is known for. Thanks to 300 years of tragedy, New Orleans is filled with true stories of ghosts, voodoo, and vampires.  With so much paranormal activity happening in the city, the best way to tour these haunted locations is by carriage ride at night. Historical stories of love and tragedy come to life as the professional tour guides explain the legends and lore, in addition to historical narration detailing all major landmarks throughout the French Quarter. On the haunted tour, expect Voodoo galore, and learn about how Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen, applied her magical powers to shift the course of love, luck, and law in New Orleans. Learn...

    We love our carriage ride! Our driver Emily was super sweet and knowledgeable. We got to see parts of the French quarter we’ve never seen before. I’d highly recommend this to anyone.

  • New Orleans: City Highlights Tour with Transfer

    3. 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 Lunch & Lesson: Cajun & Creole Cooking Class

    4. New Orleans Lunch & Lesson: Cajun & Creole Cooking Class

    Learn the basics of Louisiana Cooking with cajun and creole chefs teaching New Orleans specialties such as Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines, seasoning them with history, trivia and tall tales. The chef will share the fascinating history of New Orleans, and how culture and cuisine are interwoven. Follow along and learn how to make mouth-watering creole and cajun dishes and dig in after the class. At the end of the class, you will receive a coupon to use in the general store and are encouraged to go home and try to make the dishes yourselves.  The general store, as well as the classroom, are both located in a renovated molasses warehouse built in the early 1800s in the heart of the French Quarter. The store has a thoughtful collection of the best locally sourced products and is the home of the famous Joe's Stuff Creole Seasoning, used and loved by local chefs and visitors alike. Program of...

    GREAT EXPERIENCE GREAT INSTRUCTOR AND CREW GREAT GREAT THE FOODDD WAS DELICIOUS AND YOU LEARN SOMETHING

  • New Orleans: French Quarter Secrets and Bourbon Street Tour

    5. New Orleans: French Quarter Secrets and Bourbon Street Tour

    Your tour begins on Bourbon Street where you’ll meet your local expert guide. Set off to learn how this area developed from a seedy slum into one of the preeminent pleasure districts in the United States. You will also swing into a bar to learn about (and enjoy too if you wish) one of the many cocktails created in the French Quarter, before pausing on Royal Street to see some of the best street musicians in America and learn about the creation of Jazz music. From there, your guide will take you to Jackson Square where you’ll see landmark buildings like the Pontalba apartments (the oldest continually-occupied apartments in America), the St. Louis Cathedral, and the Cabildo (where the Louisiana Purchase was signed). You will then step inside the Presbytere for a guided tour of the interior, including exhibits on Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina. You can’t visit New Orleans without a clos...

    Nice little tour to see a lot of the "off the beaten path" areas. A lot of the guide's regular spots were closed because of COVID-19 but he did a great job in making up for things.

  • New Orleans: Sightseeing Flex Pass for 25+ Attractions

    6. New Orleans: Sightseeing Flex Pass for 25+ Attractions

    The Sightseeing Day Pass has over 25 destinations, museums, and tours to choose from, including some of the most popular attractions all over New Orleans. Tailor your trip to New Orleans to fit your ideal itinerary with an easy-to-use Day Pass. With the option to select 1, 2, 3, or 5 days, you can enjoy full admission to the attractions that interest you most with no fixed start date for total flexibility. Parade around and explore the crown jewel of Louisiana. Enjoy the colorful Quarters of New Orleans, including Bourbon Street, the Garden District, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and the French Market. Tread carefully on a walking tour of notoriously haunted cemeteries, including the legendary final resting place of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Hop aboard an authentic Paddlewheeler river cruise and travel back in time on the Mississippi River, or wade through the infamous Louisiana...

  • New Orleans: 2.5-Hour City & Cemetery Tour by Bus

    7. New Orleans: 2.5-Hour City & Cemetery Tour by Bus

    There’s so much to see, so much history to soak in. You’re probably worried you won’t have time to see it all. That’s where this tour can help. For two hours, you will go on an air-conditioned ride throughout some of the most famous neighborhoods in New Orleans. You will see the landmarks you don’t want to miss, as your guide shares stories you’ll love to hear. You will go from the Treme to the Garden District, the 9th Ward to the back streets of The French Quarter. Your guide will tell you where the best crawfish are, or where to get the coldest beer. t’s your guide's mission to make sure that when you step off the bus you’re in love with this great city as well. Come experience the best two hours of your vacation today.

    Our tour guide was fabulous. The tour was extremely informative!!!! Highly recommend.

  • New Orleans Kids and Family French Quarter Walking Tour

    8. New Orleans Kids and Family French Quarter Walking Tour

    On the morning of the tour, your guide will meet you in Jackson Square and everyone will toss a penny in the fountain for good luck and put on some Mardi Gras beads. Your family will enjoy a local snack (the snack varies depending on allergies and seasonal availability) while your guide presents you with a quick, easy history of New Orleans (with pictures!). From Jackson Square, you will follow your friendly tour guide through the bustling, colorful streets of the French Quarter, as you learn about pirates, Mardi Gras, voodoo, jazz music, second-line parades, Creole cuisine and history. You will also learn about how kids and families lived in New Orleans in years past. Your children will be captivated by the colorful sights and sounds of this vibrant neighborhood and you will learn a few things and be able to ask your guide to make recommendations of other things to see and do in New Or...

    We loved the tour. Our guide Crissy, was amazing. She was super knowledgeable and kept the kids engaged the whole time. I would highly suggest this tour for anyone with kids.

  • New Orleans: Heart of the City Bike Tour

    9. 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.

  • New Orleans: Rhythms & Roots Music Walking Tour

    10. New Orleans: Rhythms & Roots Music Walking Tour

    Stroll from Back-O’-Town into the French Quarter. Talk about and listen to the essential music and influences of New Orleans going back over two and a half centuries. On the tour, you’ll experience more than 10 tour stops, learn about over 20 musicians, and hear something like 12-15 audio clips if not more. Start your tour with a visit to Congo Square, famous for its African dances and drumming traditions. Continue your journey through America's musical heritage with stops at many legendary locations. See Perseverance Hall, J&M Records, the Funky Butt, and Preservation Hall, the present-day locus of traditional jazz in the world. Learn who was the first musician to ever play jazz, and hear the story behind the first jazz and rock 'n' roll records. Hear fascinating stories about the musicians and recordings which forever changed American popular music.

    Dave was an engaging, personable, knowledgeable guide. His life and experiences made him an expert on NOLA music history. It was a treat to learn from someone who knows so much. He kept a good pace, involved everyone, and was considerate in finding shade from the July sun. We would take this tour again.

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What people are saying about French Quarter

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 110 reviews

This class was very informative and wonderful atmosphere! Highly recommended, Rene was absolutely the BEST the whole team really made the class memorable. The food was AWESOME....would definitely do this again.

Carmel was fantastic! I learned a lot about the origins of New Orleans from someone knowledgeable and passionate. I’d recommend this tour to anyone who will listen!

GREAT EXPERIENCE GREAT INSTRUCTOR AND CREW GREAT GREAT THE FOODDD WAS DELICIOUS AND YOU LEARN SOMETHING

Our tour guide really knew the history of the French Quarter. It was a great experience.

Great experience, we loved our Chef and group. Great value