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New Orleans: Luxury Bus Tour

1. New Orleans: Luxury Bus Tour

Get an introduction to the sites of New Orleans on a 2.5-hour guided bus tour. Benefit from pickup at Bon's New Orleans Street Food which is nearby Jackson Square and visit the Garden District, the 9th Ward, and more. Travel through the beautiful French Quarter, and make your way down lively Frenchmen Street, where live music pours from every venue. Arrive at the alternative Marigny district as you make your way towards the 9th Ward. Enter the Musicians' Village and continue to Tremé. Travel down Esplanade Avenue to City Park and Lake Pontchartrain, and then learn about Creole culture at Saint Roch Cemetery #1 and St. Louis Cemetery #3. See the oldest streetcar in the world on St. Charles Avenue as you move on to Tulane and Loyola universities. Enter the Garden District to look at some of the celebrity homes. Continue along Magazine Street to arrive at the Warehouse District and Arts District before getting dropped off at your hotel.

New Orleans: Swamp Zipline Tour

2. New Orleans: Swamp Zipline Tour

Travel to the banks of Lake Ponchartrain, in the quaint historic town of Frenier, to see the Maurepas swamp from a unique perspective. Suspended above it on this zipline tour, admire the animals of the swamp and the panoramic views. Start the day with a transfer from your hotel in New Orleans, if the option is selected. Upon arrival, meet your host who will provide safety equipment and instructions for the day’s activities. Use the lockers provided to store loose items. Begin the adventure from atop a 60-foot start platform. Marvel at the views of the magnificent Maurepas Swamp and Lake Ponchartrain. View the historic town of Frenier and the New Orleans skyline. As you traverse the course, take on five separate zip lines, two suspension bridges, and a one-of-a-kind spiral cypress tree staircase. The swamp zipline course is roughly a half-mile long, and it takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete. Become immersed in nature. As you soar through the course, you may see alligators, turtles, snakes, whitetail deer, wild boar, raccoons, opossums, armadillos, egrets, herons, and much more from the comfort and safety of the treetops.

New Orleans: Frenchmen Street VIP Live Music Pub Crawl

3. New Orleans: Frenchmen Street VIP Live Music Pub Crawl

Experience some of the best live music at Frenchmen Street's hottest clubs on this VIP pub crawl tour. Dance to live bands and enjoy signature drinks at each venue. Take photos of eclectic and unique art during a visit to the Frenchmen Art Market. Gather with your group and guide, then head to the first bar where a bartender will show you how to make a premium Louisiana cocktail, such as a Sazerac or Pimm's Cup. Try the famous Booty Shaker Shot and another specialty cocktail. Continue to experience the Frenchmen Street scene and meet new friends as you hop to more bars and see Frenchmen Street’s art market. Listen as your guide details several French Quarter ghost stories and tales of musical New Orleans from 1718 to now. Your tour guide will help you be in the right place at the right time to see Jazz, brass bands, Latin, funk, electronic, rock, blues, Americana, zydeco, EDM, hip hop, and local DJs. Inside the over 20 bars and clubs on the street, you can find just about every style of music.

New Orleans: Cocktails & Brunch Crawl in the French Quarter

4. New Orleans: Cocktails & Brunch Crawl in the French Quarter

Let your guide share their passion for food with you on this walking tour of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Enjoy several iconic dishes and drinks during the tour. Take a stroll by the Mississippi River Levee and Jackson Square. Admire the balconies in the French Quarter. Meet your guide at Bon's New Orleans Street Food and take your taste buds on an adventure. Experience the depth and complexity of local spices as you try a Creole and Cajun brunch sampler. Start your day off right with a traditional hurricane cocktail in hand.  Snap pictures of Instagram-worthy dishes that will leave your friends drooling. Soak in the vibe of the French Quarter as you walk past jazz clubs and vividly painted buildings with intricate cast-iron balconies.  View the natural beauty of the grand Mississippi river. See the stately Spanish Colonial style of Saint Louis Cathedral from Jackson Square. While on tour try many iconic dishes such as beignets, calas, boudin, frog legs, alligator, duck jambalaya and more. 

New Orleans: Haunted French Quarter Carriage Tour at Night

5. New Orleans: Haunted French Quarter Carriage Tour at Night

Explore the iconic French Quarter of New Orleans on a carriage tour at night and get introduced to the ghostly lore and legends. Pass by Bourbon Street, Napoleon House, and more while listening to true stories of ghosts, voodoo, and vampires from your guide. 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 about the bevy of haunted restaurants, like Muriel’s, where numerous seances have been held over the years. Witness the site of a 19th-century massacre, said to still hold ghosts of the tragedy.  You may even discover that your hotel is haunted, as the carriage ride rolls past all of the most haunted hotels in the French Quarter. Group carriage tours travel at a leisurely pace and with small groups exceeding no more than 8 passengers per carriage. For a more exclusive experience, you can reserve a private carriage that holds 1 to 4 passengers.

New Orleans: 'Court of Two Sisters' Jazz Brunch Buffet

6. New Orleans: 'Court of Two Sisters' Jazz Brunch Buffet

Experience a variety of music and gastronomy offerings at New Orleans' renowned 'Court of Two Sisters' restaurant. Enjoy the daily performances of the talented jazz band whilst relishing the delectable southern fare with this brunch buffet that includes a mimosa. Enjoy the city’s largest courtyard while having an incredible meal with this buffet that offers guaranteed seating. Tuck into classics from 9 am-11:30 am like scrambled eggs, hash browns, and andouille sausage and bacon. Make your morning right with dishes like glazed ham, grits and grillades, eggs benedict, biscuits, and a create your own omelets bar. Treat yourself to New Orleans favorites like chicken and sausage gumbo, red beans and rice, turtle soup au sherry, and Corn macque choux (a Cajun dish).  Pile your plate up with sides like garlic mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, creamed spinach. Cool off with the salad bar that is stocked with items like cold boiled shrimp, pasta salads, potato salad, mixed greens with toppings, chicken and tuna salad, fresh fruits, and assorted cheeses. Savor lunch dishes after 11:30 like carved ribeye, pasta primavera, shrimp pasta, shrimp etouffee (stew), and duck a l'orange. Finish off with something sweet like bananas foster (ice cream and stewed bananas), bread pudding with whiskey sauce, brownies, pecan pie, assorted cakes, and ice cream.

New Orleans: Guided Underground Donut & Beignet Walking Tour

7. New Orleans: Guided Underground Donut & Beignet Walking Tour

Celebrate the donut in all its glory while learning about the history of New Orleans. Follow your guide to the Garden District and down Magazine Street, take in historic sites, sample some of the city’s best donuts and beignets, and wash it down with some coffee. Begin your tour in the Garden District, and follow your guide to your first stop, PJ’s Coffee. Try some of their famous beignets along with a coffee, and listen to your guide tell you all about New Orleans’ lively and long-standing culinary scene. Next, walk along historic Magazine Street, and take in the various boutiques, restaurants and cafés. Continue on to District Donuts, a hip restaurant that is renowned for its oversized donuts that are made with unique flavor combinations. For something different sample the bacon and banana donut. Continue walking with your guide through the city, and stop off at your 3rd and 4th cafés for some more sampling. Learn more about the history of New Orleans as well as what makes each spot unique. The final stop on the tour will be a – delicious – surprise.

New Orleans Lunch & Lesson: Cajun & Creole Cooking Class

8. 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 Menus: 10 AM Class · Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday: Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bread Pudding and Pralines · Monday: Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, Pecan Pie and Pralines · Tuesday: Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bananas Foster and Pralines · Thursday: Corn & Crab Bisque, Shrimp Creole, Bananas Foster & Pralines · Friday: Crawfish Etouffee, Shrimp and Artichoke Soup, Bread Pudding, Pralines 2 PM Class · Saturday: Crawfish Etouffee, Shrimp and Artichoke Soup and Pralines · Sunday, Tuesday: Corn & Crab Bisque, Chicken Etouffee and Pralines · Monday, Thursday, Friday: Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines · Wednewday: Gumbo, Chicken Creole, Pralines

City of New Orleans and Katrina Recovery Tour

9. City of New Orleans and Katrina Recovery Tour

Take in the highlights of New Orleans on a 3-hour city tour. Visit the historic French Quarter, and see Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, Bourbon Street, Royal Street, and more. Continue to areas that were hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina, including the 9th Ward. See Harry Connick Jr.'s Musicians’ Village and the work by Habitat for Humanity. Visit one of New Orleans' historic cemeteries, where you'll see the unique above-ground tombs. Head to New Orleans City Park, and pass by Lake Pontchartrain – the largest lake in Louisiana. In the Garden District, see the iconic streetcars and historic mansions. The tour ends with a visit to the central business district.

New Orleans: Garden District Tour with Elms Mansion Access

10. New Orleans: Garden District Tour with Elms Mansion Access

Immerse yourself in the opulence of the Old South in this tour of New Orleans’ prettiest neighborhood with an expert local guide. Start your day on the sweetest of notes at a historic praline-makers shop, sample the confectionary treat as it comes straight out of the copper pot - a sweet introduction to southern culture. Stroll over to a nearby streetcar - a beloved icon of New Orleans life and roll your way down famed St. Charles Avenue as more and more stately mansions start to appear until you are right in the midst of the Garden District. Wander through the streets, as harmless insects buzz about, ferns sway on porches, and these southern belles lounge about. Stop by famed homes, as your guide not only shares the stories of their former and famed owners - but points out the particular articles of interest within their architecture. Passing through, peek into one of America’s most historic graveyards - Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 with its famous family plots and gray stone mausoleums. Here your guide will share some intriguing stories on the practical difficulties of building and maintaining a cemetery below sea level. As you return to the wide avenue of St. Charles, end your tour in front of the Elms Mansion, one of the best-preserved old Southern mansions in America. Reflect on the beautiful, often troubled history of New Orleans and celebrate the preservation to keep this special corner of the world intact.

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based on 19 reviews

This was a phenomenal tour!! Tyler was the best tour guide, his stories were entertaining and full of the history of the area. We have a much better understanding of New Orleans now! The driver Keisha was amazing too! Thank you both for a wonderful time!

DJ our tour guide was excellent! He’s extremely knowledgeable and made the tour interesting and enjoyable. The food was really good and so were the drinks. I would definitely recommend.

The tour was amazing. Well informed and peaceful, no touristy gimmicks and saw more of NOLA besides just Bourbon street.

A must do for anyone new to New Orleans. Tour guide and driver were amazing. Can’t recommend this highly enough.

Really beautiful atmosphere with so many delicious food options! The wait staff was all excellent as well.