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French Quarter Tours

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The French Quarter, with its vibrant atmosphere and unique blend of architectural styles, is easily New Orleans’ most famous and most popular area to visit. It's also the city's oldest neighborhood, and its elegant streets are lined with an appealing mix of lively bars—especially along the legendary Bourbon Street—historic monuments, delicious restaurants, and inviting jazz clubs.

The Basics
The French Quarter—also called the Vieux Carré, or “old square”—is centered on Jackson Square, which is overlooked by St. Louis Cathedral. The busy area is best navigated on foot, and while of course you can wander around on your own, guided walking tours are the best way to experience the quarter. Learn about New Orleans' culinary and cocktail history on a food tour, take a haunted tour in the evening, or combine a visit to the French Quarter with a tour of another part of the city, such as the Garden District, or a cruise on the Steamboat Natchez.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The French Quarter is very pedestrian-friendly, so wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • New Orleans loves parades, which occur on many holidays throughout the year and often march through the French Quarter.
  • Hard-partying Bourbon Street is infamous, but it's not indicative of the whole French Quarter—and it's easy to avoid if it's not your scene.

How to Get There
The French Quarter runs from the Mississippi River northwest to Rampart Street, and from Canal Street northeast to Esplanade Avenue. It's incredibly compact and parking can be extremely difficult, so it's best to walk there if you can. Streetcars run along the riverfront, Canal Street, and Rampart Street. Most city tours pass through the French Quarter as well.

When to Get There
New Orleans can be lovely year-round, so the best time to go is based on your tolerance for crowds and weather. The city is exceptionally busy during major festivals such as Mardi Gras and the Jazz & Heritage Festival (usually in February and April, respectively). Like much of southern Louisiana, New Orleans weather trends from hot and humid to simply mild and humid, with summer being the hottest. The winter months are cool and comfortable, though there may be periodic downpours; hurricane season runs roughly from June to November.

History Runs Deep in the French Quarter
It's easy to think New Orleans is just a party town, but it has a rich history as well. The Pontalba Buildings that surround Jackson Square on two sides are the oldest apartment buildings in the United States, while the French Market is the country’s oldest public market. The quirky Pharmacy Museum is a treasure trove of medicinal history. Tennessee Williams used a French Quarter house as the setting for “A Streetcar Named Desire” (a house he later bought), and Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is one of the oldest buildings in the city—and likely the oldest bar in the US.


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Highlights and Secrets of New Orleans’ French Quarter

Highlights and Secrets of New Orleans’ French Quarter

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Get to know the French Quarter in depth with the benefit of insightful commentary on this guided tour. You'll learn much more than you would simply exploring on your own; stroll the narrow streets and stop at some of the neighborhood's highlights such as Cafe du Monde, the Presbytere, and one of the neighborhood's most haunted houses.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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New Orleans French Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Unlike Any City In The World

New Orleans French Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Unlike Any City In The World

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With exciting twists and turns around every corner, New Orleans’ French Quarter is full of surprises. This French Quarter walking tour not only introduces you to popular New Orleans sights such as Jackson Square, Pirates Alley, and Shotgun House, but also provides you with a local perspective on the places that give the Big Easy its distinct character.
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  • 2 hours
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$135.00
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The Big 4 Private Tour: French Quarter, Garden District, Cemetery, & City Park

The Big 4 Private Tour: French Quarter, Garden District, Cemetery, & City Park

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Beat the heat on this New Orleans SUV tour that takes you to four of the city’s must-see areas. Get a local perspective on essential sights throughout the French Quarter such as Ursuline Convent and Jackson Square before continuing to the Garden District, Metairie Cemetery, and the 1,300-acre City Park. Throughout the tour, hear fun facts and get local-approved recommendations for restaurants, jazz bars, and other Big Easy haunts.
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  • 3 hours
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$140.00
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New Orleans Sightseeing Tour

New Orleans Sightseeing Tour

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Experience the highlights of New Orleans on this sightseeing bus tour, including the bustling French Quarter, the opulent Garden District and St. Charles Avenue. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city as you learn about its fascinating history and eclectic contemporary culture from your friendly local guide.
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  • 3 hours
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Private French Quarter Walking and City Surrounding Neighborhoods Driving Tour

Private French Quarter Walking and City Surrounding Neighborhoods Driving Tour

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Explore New Orleans’s most famous sights and lesser-known treasures on a private combo tour of the French Quarter and outlying neighborhoods. Stroll past historic landmarks like Jackson Square and the Cabildo on a walking tour, and then get an authentic glimpse of the city often missed by visitors on a comprehensive driving tour.  A private guide and comfortable transport make it a great way to delve deep beneath the surface of this one-of-a-kind American city.
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  • 7 hours
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New Orleans Cooking Class

New Orleans Cooking Class

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Get the full Louisiana dining experience during a fun and educational New Orleans cooking demonstration class. Take a seat amongst other foodies in a converted 19th century molasses warehouse and get ready to learn and eat! Meet a lively local chef and learn the fundamentals of preparing classic Creole dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya, and pralines. Then dig into delicious samples complemented by local beer or a sweet ice tea.
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  • 2 hours
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French Quarter Food Tour

French Quarter Food Tour

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On our 3 hour walking food tour of New Orleans French Quarter, you will savor delicious foods from 5 restaurants, mom-and-pop shops and bakeries. In addition to all the delectable food, your guide will discuss the history, culture and food scene of the neighborhood. Our tours are storytelling through food. We call our French Quarter Food Tour "The Classic Six" because you will be tasting the quintessential New Orleans food staples. Join us on a 3 hour food extravaganza, as we eat our way though The Quarter...
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  • 3 hours
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New Orleans Small-Group Haunted History Carriage Tour

New Orleans Small-Group Haunted History Carriage Tour

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Get a taste of 18th-century New Orleans while exploring its most notorious haunts aboard a mule-drawn carriage. Join a small group of no more than eight people for an intimate evening tour through the French Quarter, where rollicking nightlife conceals a past filled with dark deeds, natural disasters, and supernatural sightings. Hear the city's most salacious history from a guide as you clip-clop your way past iron-laced balconies, darkened alleys, and southern mansions steeped in legend.
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  • 1 hour
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New Orleans Haunted History Ghost Tour

New Orleans Haunted History Ghost Tour

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Discover New Orleans’ dark side on this haunted history ghost tour. Hear tales of famous hauntings from your local guide, and visit the French Quarter’s most infamous and eerie locations—hotspots for paranormal investigators and historical videographers. By the end, see the Vieux Carré in a different (and profoundly more ominous) light.
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  • 2 hours
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New Orleans French Quarter and Garden District Bike Tour

New Orleans French Quarter and Garden District Bike Tour

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Pedal through two centuries of New Orleans history on a combo bike tour of the French Quarter and Garden District. Learn about the city’s Creole roots as you ride along the banks of the Mississippi and through the legendary streets of the oldest neighborhood in town. Then, cross over to the ‘American’ side, where stately southern mansions overlook leafy boulevards and the time-worn tombs of Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. It’s a great way to meet the many faces of New Orleans while enjoying fresh air and exercise.
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  • 3 hours
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One Hour Saint Louis Cemetery Number One Walking Tour

One Hour Saint Louis Cemetery Number One Walking Tour

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Discover the historic crypts and monuments at New Orleans’ Saint Louis Cemetery #1 on a guided walking tour. Enjoy a relaxed pace as you trace a mile-long route through the burial ground, and hear stories about the city’s most colorful characters and luminaries. Pay your respects to Marie Laveau, known as New Orleans’ ‘Voodoo Queen,’ see the tombs of the city’s greatest families and visit sections devoted to Louisiana’s different Christian denominations. Learn about New Orleans’ history and culture as you explore the city’s oldest cemetery.
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French Quarter Bar Pit Stop and NOLA Legends Tour

French Quarter Bar Pit Stop and NOLA Legends Tour

Discover the French Quarter’s history, lore and legendary drinks on a 2-hour walking tour of the neighborhood with plenty of time refill your to-go cup at bars along the way. Learn the secrets of the Vieux Carré as you visit the city’s most haunted house, try to spot local vampires and a beloved ghost then hear about New Orleans’ Voodoo Queen. See historic sites and a soaring cathedral, and get insider tips on the best places to eat, drink and party like a New Orleans local.
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New Orleans Drunk History Tour

New Orleans Drunk History Tour

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Explore the French Quarter of New Orleans with an informative guide who shares stories about the history and supernatural side of this historic neighborhood. Visit important locations such as St Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square and sites key to the Louisiana Purchase. Learn about ‘Voodoo Queen’ Marie Laveau, see where voodoo ceremonies were once held and visit a haunted house. Your guide allows time for you to purchase drinks at bars along the way, and you can also use authentic paranormal equipment. This entertaining tour provides a fascinating take on The Big Easy.
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New Orleans True Murder Tour: Sinister Criminal Intentions

New Orleans True Murder Tour: Sinister Criminal Intentions

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New Orleans may be notorious for its ghost stories, but the city is also home to a host of shocking true crime that's too grisly to make up. On this adults-only evening tour, roam through the lively French Quarter with a guide who shares the gruesome details of crimes ripped straight from headlines and police reports. From the beastly LaLaurie and Trunk murders to the Katrina Cannibal, these tales are not for the faint of heart.
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  • 2 hours
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New Orleans Killers and Thrillers Tour

New Orleans Killers and Thrillers Tour

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Experience the dark side of New Orleans with this haunted walking tour of the French Quarter. With your local guide, walk down dark side streets while hearing tales about the supernatural and the horrific circumstances of their deaths. Stop at some of the city's most haunted locations under cover of night, including the home of a famous voodoo practitioner and a bar that's rife with paranormal activity.
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New Orleans Cocktail and Food History Tour

New Orleans Cocktail and Food History Tour

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Get the best of Louisiana with this historical tour that combines all the flavors of New Orleans with a trip into the past. You'll follow your expert guide to eight different locations throughout the city that include Creole restaurants, cocktail lounges, sandwich shops and pre-Civil War bars. This tour includes samples of up to ten different dishes, plus four full-sized drinks that showcase the best of Louisiana's culinary and cocktail heritage. This is the perfect tour for foodies and allows travelers to sample the best in a single afternoon!
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  • 4 hours
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New Orleans Vampire Walking Tour

New Orleans Vampire Walking Tour

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Discover the most legendary vampire haunts in New Orleans on this 2‐hour evening walking tour! Your local guide will lead a lamplit promenade through the French Quarter to visit places imbibed in vampire lore such as the filming location of Interview with a Vampire. You’ll also hear some ‘real’ stories of the undead from public archives and police reports, and peek in at a known vampire tavern. Think twice before accepting any free drinks! 
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Private New Orleans Mafia and All That Jazz Historical Tour

Private New Orleans Mafia and All That Jazz Historical Tour

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This adult-only tour of New Orleans introduces you to some of the city’s most scandalous history. From mobsters to madams, hear true tales from New Orleans’ rowdy past—you won’t get them on any other tour. As you walk through the French Quarter with your small group of no more than 15, your guide shares grim and blush-worthy moments alike that contribute to New Orleans’ district culture.
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  • 2 hours
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New Orleans Voodoo and Cemetery Tour

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New Orleans Voodoo and Cemetery Tour

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Discover the 18th-century origins of Voodoo in New Orleans on a walking tour with a local historian as your guide. Meander on foot through the French Quarter to Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1, the city’s oldest extant cemetery. Visit the grave of the notorious Marie Paris Laveau, known as the ‘Voodoo Queen,’ then see Catholic churches and stop by a Voodoo shop and museum.
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New Orleans Food Tour

New Orleans Food Tour

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From grits to gumbo, food in New Orleans is packed with flavor. This food walking tour of the French Quarter takes you to time-tested, hole-in-the-wall establishments that you’re likely to overlook on your own. Try authentic Cajun and Creole cooking, and learn about New Orleans history and culture between bites.
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New Orleans Haunted Pub Crawl

New Orleans Haunted Pub Crawl

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Go on a pub crawl of haunted spots in the French Quarter for a spirited 2-hour tour with a ghostly pallor. Sip adult beverages that salute notorious characters in New Orleans history as you hear about legendary crimes of passion and the spooky side of The Big Easy. Choose from two evening departures daily.
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New Orleans Music Heritage Tour

New Orleans Music Heritage Tour

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Take a walk through 300 years of New Orleans’ musical history on this tour led by a local Louisiana record man. Discover how the city became the heart and soul of the American blues scene, and visit legendary music-making haunts including Preservation Jazz Hall, Place de Armes, the Royal Orleans Hotel and several recording studios. Stroll down iconic Bourbon and Frenchmen streets while hearing tales of local jazz and blues legends like Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong and more.
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New Orleans VIP Sightseeing Flight Including Champagne and Chocolates or Wine and Cheese

New Orleans VIP Sightseeing Flight Including Champagne and Chocolates or Wine and Cheese

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Add magic and romance to your New Orleans vacation with an unforgettable VIP sightseeing flight! Choose between champagne and chocolate or wine and cheese as you glide by small plane over urban New Orleans and the surrounded wetlands. On the 45-minute flight, hear colorful tales of the city from your experienced pilot and enjoy aerial views the French Quarter, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the winding bayous and more. Sightseeing requests are welcome!
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$168.00
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New Orleans Salacious History Walking Tour and Burlesque Show

New Orleans Salacious History Walking Tour and Burlesque Show

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Discover the French Quarter’s bawdy side—and learn all about the neighborhood’s sordid history—when you book this after-dark, burlesque-themed tour. Meet your private, costumed guide in the neighborhood, and get ready to explore. You’ll learn all about the area’s red-light history, will discover famous former burlesque houses, will learn about the characters who once called the French Quarter home, and other salacious stories. Finally, cap off the tour with a traditional burlesque performance.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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