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New Orleans: Canal Street Cemeteries & Katrina Memorial Tour

1. New Orleans: Canal Street Cemeteries & Katrina Memorial Tour

Visit multiple cemeteries in the Mid-City District at the end of the Canal Street No. 47 Streetcar Line, which runs North-west from the Downtown/French Quarter. The tour is led by Master Storytellers who will enlighten you about the different, unique burial customs and practices which will be explained to you as you visit a range of historic cemeteries. The tour begins from the outside the Beachcorner Bar and Grill on Canal Street. The first stop is at the Gates of Mercy of the Dispersed of Judah where you will learn about the unique Jewish burial customs and traditions associated with this cemetery. Next stop are the old Irish cemeteries of St Patrick's #1 & #2, two Catholic Cemeteries with different styles and bearing witness to the terrible loss of life incurred in the Yellow fever epidemic. Then it is on to Odd Fellows Rest where you will discover the tale of the "exceedingly beautiful" procession to consecrate this cemetery and learn about the now famous “second line processions” tradition. The tour then crosses Canal Street to the Katrina Memorial located inside the Charity Hospital Cemetery. Here you will find the final resting place of Hurricane Katrina's unidentified souls. Then on to Cypress Grove Cemetery, establish in 1840, where you will be guided around to see the many architecturally beautiful edifices in this amazingly beautiful city of the dead. This is one of the best places to learn about the unique burial customs of New Orleans. The final stop will be at the Greenwood Cemetery, established in 1852, where you will be guided around the cemetery and will learn what a tumulus is and what it has to do with a Burlesque Circus! You will also hear about the association this cemetery has with the Elks Lodge. From there your local guide will escort you to the Canal Cemeteries Streetcar Terminus where you can take the streetcar back down to Downtown or the French Quarter.

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From New Orleans: St. Joseph and Laura Plantations Tour

2. From New Orleans: St. Joseph and Laura Plantations Tour

After being picked up from your hotel or B&B in New Orleans in a 13-seater high-roof van, your historian driver-guide will narrate the scenic drive upriver to 2 historic plantations on the shores of the Mississippi River. On the way, drive along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, through swamps, and sugar cane fields.  After crossing the Mississippi River on a high suspended bridge, drive along the famous River Road and stop to admire the mansions, outer buildings, and oak trees in front of both Evergreen Plantation and Oak Alley Plantation. Your first stop is at St Joseph Plantation for a guided visit of this family-owned, working sugar cane plantation. Here one of the owners will show you around the home and farm which has been in operation since 1877. This plantation, and their sister property "Felicity Plantation" are also the location where "12 Years a Slave" was filmed. Then, continue downriver to Laura, a Creole plantation from 1804. Learn about the 4 generations of women who ran this plantation. Learn how the work of the West-African slaves influenced all segments of the Creole culture, best evidenced today in the local cuisine, music, family-centered traditions, architecture, and lifestyle. At Laura's Slavery Museum Exhibit, hear personal stories of individual men, women, and children who lived there, illustrating how the lives of the enslaved, both Créole and American, were intertwined with those of their owners. On your return drive back to New Orleans, pass by the famous Whitney Plantation, and old cypress swamp groves.

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New Orleans: Mafia, Sex, And All That Jazz Walking Tour

3. New Orleans: Mafia, Sex, And All That Jazz Walking Tour

For the past 300 years New Orleans has hung precariously to the lower lip of a country that doesn’t know quite what to make of it. Known for a culture of decadence that was unprincipled and downright sinful at times, the New Orleans of old was a place where foreign cultures mixed and the castoffs of society found a home. Join your friendly local guide for a two-hour walking tour through the epicenter of it all: the French Quarter.  Learn about iconic local personages like Silver Dollar Sam, Diamond Jim, Emma Johnson and her House of All Nations, and Norma Wallace. Walk down Bourbon Street at the historic heart of the French Quarter crammed with bars and strip clubs. Explore the area where Storyville was located and learn about the history of the legendary tenderloin district that beckoned all comers between 1898 and 1917. Meet the King Fish, Governor Huey Long, who fathered modern Louisiana through patronage and payoffs. He might have become President — if he hadn’t been assassinated. Due to its adult content, you must be at least 18 years old to take this tour. 

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New Orleans: French Quarter Photography Walking Tour

4. New Orleans: French Quarter Photography Walking Tour

Learn about the area's fascinating history as your guide leads you through its sensual sights. Receive expert instruction on capturing New Orleans's iconic street culture as you go. Shoot with intent in a photographer's paradise. Set out on foot through one of the most instantly recognizable half-square miles in the world. Get to know the area's singular culture as your guide teaches you how to take better photos. Master the art of using your camera to capture New Orleans' unique spirit. Whether you're a hobbyist with a smartphone or a beginner with a professional camera, the guide will teach you how to take the best pictures in this photogenic environment. Capture great moments with tour stops driven by lighting. Benefit from a licensed guide who knows not only how to help with the technical and compositional aspects of your shots, but who can also put them into historical perspective.

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New Orleans: French Quarter Night Walking Tour

5. New Orleans: French Quarter Night Walking Tour

Experience New Orleans past and present on this evening walking tour. See all the sights of the French Quarter and get the inside track from guide on what New Orleans has to offer. Enjoy an evening experience that includes a walk through Jackson Square. Marvel at the iconic St. Louis Cathedral, as well as taking a stroll down Bourbon and Royal Streets. Stop by the Pharmacy Museum and learn about all kinds of odd medical history. Walk to the Vieux Carré (meaning "old square"), and experience a one-of-a-kind location that people from throughout the world flock to. Learn all about the district and city's unique culture as you go. Immerse yourself in its unique charm from the Mississippi River to buildings old and new as you explore it under the Louisiana moon.

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What people are saying about New Orleans

Erin was great! She explained in detail everything we were doing and answered all our questions. We learned so many interesting facts we even took a walk through another cemetery after our tour was done.

Tour guide Mary J. Made this experience super fun. She is obviously passionate about NOLA history and eager to share it!

Dave took us through the history of the Mafia and the prostitution ring in the City

Evian was a great guide and gave amazing history during our tour.

Lots of fun. Try and pick a nice day since it’s all outside.