Guided tour

New Orleans: French Quarter Walking Tour

Activity provider: 504tours

New Orleans: French Quarter Walking Tour

Activity provider: 504tours

From US$ 45 per person

There are plenty of reasons to marvel at the unique French Quarter. Stories of West Africans, European colonists and immigrants from around the world bring the city to life in an entertaining way.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Watch how the famous Beignet pastries get made at Cafe du Monde
  • Learn how New Orleans has protected itself from the threat of hurricanes and learn about the deadly storm Katrina
  • Take a look at the house on Chartres Street where a careless Spaniard started the Great Fire of 1788
  • Visit the former St. Louis Hotel and Exchange, where thousands of Africans were sold into slavery
  • Get a feel for the big role that banjo player Danny Barker played in preserving traditional jazz
Full description
This 2-hour long walk through the historic French Quarter starts outside 529 St. Ann Street, former site of the Louisiana Welcome Center in the lower Pontalba Rowhouse adjacent to Jackson Square (left of square as you face river). Historically used as a parade ground, Jackson Square is now full of musicians, tarot card readers, and street performers. You will walk downriver along the old French Market to the Ursuline Convent. This is the oldest building in the Mississippi Delta from Colonial times and housed some very adventurous and courageous nuns who came here in the early 1700s. You will pass the house of famous jazz player, Danny Barker who is legendary among the city's jazz musicians. You will then come to one of the many former macaroni factories of the lower French Quarter, proof of the major role that Sicilian immigrants played in the city's history. You will come across the house of Vincente Nunez, a Spaniard, whose carelessness caused a fire that destroyed 80% of the city in 1788. You will then see several of the city's former slave markets and learn about Jean Francois Merieult, an influential and powerful Creole businessman and slave trader. After a stop at Preservation Hall, the city's holy grail of traditional jazz, the tour ends in Jackson Square with a story about the famous Madame de Pontalba, a French baroness and businesswoman with an eye for beautiful architecture.
Includes
  • A 2 hour long guided walk through the French Quarter. Begins in front of the storefront at 529 St. Ann Street near Jackson Square.
  • Food and drink

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Meeting point

Go to the Louisiana Welcome Center and look for your '504tours' guide.

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Know before you go

  • Please wear solid shoes and appropriate clothing. The tour takes place rain or shine. Meeting point in front of former site of Louisiana Welcome Center, 529 St. Ann Street. Located mid-block to left of Jackson Square as customer faces river. It is half a block from corner of Chartres Street at St. Ann. St. Ann is a pedestrian zone in this block. Look for licensed 504Tours' guide.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 28 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Service
    4.9/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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Randy was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed walking through the French Quarter with him. He is a low key person which made it that much more enjoyable and he was willing to tailor the walk to our interests.

December 1, 2022

Randy was a very knowledgeable and interesting guide

July 1, 2022

Really good, very knowlegable

June 29, 2022

Product ID: 194504