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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.


Address: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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The Ghosts of New Orleans Tour

The Ghosts of New Orleans Tour

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Dig into some of New Orleans' scary history with this walking tour. Visit some of the city's most haunted locations in the French Quarter.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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French Quarter Walking Tour

French Quarter Walking Tour

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Stroll through the historic French Quarter during this 2-hour walking tour. Follow your guide past the historic buildings, down charming lanes and through serene plazas surrounded by Spanish moss-draped trees. Listen to an insider's account of the bustling, decadent neighborhood's history, from its beginnings to what it stands for today.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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New Orleans Ghost Adventures Tour

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New Orleans Ghost Adventures Tour

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This haunted house tour is led by a professional historian and perfect for travelers who want a behind-the-scenes look at the ghosts and spirits that still lurk in the Big Easy. Listen to real ghost stories as you make your way through the French Quarter of New Orleans.
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  • 2 hours
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3-Hour Hands-On Cooking Class in New Orleans

3-Hour Hands-On Cooking Class in New Orleans

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Enrich your visit to New Orleans with a half-day cooking class. Learn to prepare authentic Louisiana cuisine with a professional chef and a small group of like-minded foodies. After completing your lesson, sit down to enjoy the meal and receive a complimentary wine and local beer, a souvenir apron, and a collection of recipes included in the cost of the course.
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  • 3 hours
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New Orleans Ghost and Gators Combo Tour

New Orleans Ghost and Gators Combo Tour

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Experience two exciting tours in one package for the ultimate New Orleans experience. This package includes two of the most popular tours in New Orleans: a swamp tour by airboat and a spooky French Quarter walking tour. Visit Louisiana’s swamplands on an airboat tour captained by a Cajun guide who shows you wild alligators. Then delve into the supernatural side of the French Quarter on a walking tour that features local legends of ghosts, voodoo practitioners, haunted houses and other spine-tingling tales.
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  • 4 hours
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New Orleans City Tour with Swamp Tour Options

New Orleans City Tour with Swamp Tour Options

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Travel through the bayou on this three-hour New Orleans city tour with optional swap adventure. Journey with your professional guide in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus as you learn about the history, culture and highlights of southern Creoles. You'll see major city highlights, plus areas affected by Hurricane Katrina and have the opportunity to add an optional swamp tour to this already comprehensive trip.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Lonely Planet Experiences: New Orleans History and Cocktails Small-Group Tour

Lonely Planet Experiences: New Orleans History and Cocktails Small-Group Tour

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Explore New Orleans’ exciting cocktail scene on a guided tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Avoid the tourist traps and learn about the city’s long cocktail history, including the origins and influence of its legendary Sazerac. Visit a centuries-old bar, check out off-the-beaten path haunts in the French Quarter, and sample five cocktails included in the tour price.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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New Orleans Helicopter City Tour

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New Orleans Helicopter City Tour

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Get amazing aerial views of New Orleans on this 15-mile helicopter tour. While listening to guided commentary from your pilot through your headset, you and just a two other passengers will fly over Jackson Square, the French Quarter, City Park, and Lake Pontchartrain, among other landmarks.
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  • 15 minutes
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Total New Orleans Tour: Food, Cocktails & Jazz

Total New Orleans Tour: Food, Cocktails & Jazz

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Discover the best of ‘The Big Easy’ on this full-day tour through New Orleans. Sample some of the city’s world-famous food like beignets and gumbo, sip on cocktails in the French Quarter, and end the tour listening to a bit of jazz. Learn about the history of the Mardi Gras city and how the city came to be the cultural melting pot that it is today.
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  • 9 hours
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Lewd Spirits Haunted Tour & Bar Stops

Lewd Spirits Haunted Tour & Bar Stops

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Connect with spirits both haunting and liquid on this adults-only, risqué romp through New Orleans’ history. Hear debauched tales of adultery, murder, mayhem, medical experiments, and more from an entertaining guide as you wind through the old streets of the French Quarter, where legends and ghosts lurk around every corner. Steel your courage with stops at historic and allegedly haunted bars, including a former brothel, and take your drinks with you on this stroll through the Big Easy's wildly weird side.
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New Orleans Photo Walks: Historical Photography Tours

New Orleans Photo Walks: Historical Photography Tours

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New Orleans is a Photographer's Paradise.  "If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff." Architecture from Baroque to Modern, the buildings and Cemeteries of New Orleans tell the story of a peculiar American city heavily influenced by its French, Spanish and Caribbean roots. Its diverse historical influences have impacted the urban fabric as much as the culture itself. Photo Walks Led by Award Winning Professional, Local College Level Instructor. Professional Photographers are not very good teachers, they can't explain the technical stuff that you need to understand. Our Photography Instructors are Professional Photographers who can explain the technical and compositional aspects you need to know. A Photo Walk for Everyone.  Beginners, Hobbyists and Advanced; Smart Phones, Pads, Point and Shoot, DSLR, and Mirrorless.
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Creole New Orleans Electric Bike Tour

Creole New Orleans Electric Bike Tour

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Cruise from the banks of the Mississippi River to the streets of Tremé with ease on this half-day Creole New Orleans tour by electric bike. Ride past telling monuments and through the streets of the original Creole Faubourg Marigny as your guide shares insight into New Orleans trivia and lore with a focus on Creole culture. Stop to snap photos and ask questions—it’s easy to chat with your guide on this small-group tour of just 10 people or fewer.
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  • 3 hours
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French Quarter History and Ghost Buster Tour

French Quarter History and Ghost Buster Tour

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When the sun goes down across New Orleans, centuries of secrets, scandals and supernatural forces come alive in the city’s legendary French Quarter. Learn how the area earned its reputation as one of America’s most haunted places as you stroll past lamp-lit squares, shadowy storefronts and the wrought-iron balconies of old Creole homes. Step inside an authentic haunted location to try your hand at ghost hunting, and let your imagination run wild as a guide shares tales of bawdy scoundrels and dark deeds.
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  • 2 hours
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French Quarter Ghost and Vampire Tour

French Quarter Ghost and Vampire Tour

With a rep as the most haunted city in the United States, New Orleans' long and lurid history no doubt contributes to its paranormal activity. An extraordinary walking tour of the Big Easy, this small-group excursion might very well witness abnormal apparitions, feel cold spots or even capture unidentified figures on camera. You'll seize the opportunity to use specialist ghost-hunting equipment, too.
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French Quarter Drunk and Haunted Tour

French Quarter Drunk and Haunted Tour

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Let's get lit and talk about ghosts! We will start out at a bar so everyone can get fueled up for our haunted French Quarter exploration. Drinks are not included, but there will be a total of three drink stops. We'll do a little introduction about ourselves and get to know our new drinking buddies. Then, I'll tell you about some of the most famous French Quarter hauntings: from vampires to ghosts. We'll even take pictures of a ghost that has his own table at a restaurant! You're going to leave with a much deeper understanding of the French Quarter (long as you don't have TOO many). We always have small groups, so you know you are getting a more personal experience! Halfway through, we'll conjure up some spirits (get drinks!) @ a FQ bar. After, we'll go to the famous Lalaurie Mansion! We even have a ghost meter to help us monitor paranormal activity along the way! The tour will end at Lafittes Blacksmith Shop, the oldest bar in the French Quarter, where we'll talk pirates.
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Big Easy Strolls: A French Quarter Tour for Matures

Big Easy Strolls: A French Quarter Tour for Matures

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A TOUR FOR MATURES: A French Quarter tour for matures by matures. The Savvy Native is putting the EASY back in the Big Easy. A casual stroll through the French Quarter during the coolest and least crowded part of the day. Be part of a small group (10 max) for a more personalized touring experience. And enjoy a scheduled air conditioned rest break - clean restrooms, Cafe Au Lait and the perfect French Croissants. A FRENCH QUARTER TOUR WE WOULD WANT TO TAKE!
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Private French Quarter Walking Tour

Private French Quarter Walking Tour

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Discover the rich history of New Orleans, beyond the bars of Bourbon Street and the parties of Mardi Gras, on a private, 3-hour walking tour of the French Quarter. Visit many landmarks that tell the story of the city’s unique French, Spanish, and Creole heritage while strolling through the atmospheric streets with a private guide.
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  • 3 hours
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French Quarter and Cemetery Early Bird Combo Walking Tour

French Quarter and Cemetery Early Bird Combo Walking Tour

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Book two popular New Orleans walking tours together and save with this morning combo that's great for early birds. Get a double dose of Creole atmosphere as you stroll through the streets of the French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carre, and St. Louis Cemetery #1 — the oldest and most famous graveyard in the city. Getting an early start lets you avoid the afternoon crowds and heat.
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Private Carriage Tour of French Quarter in New Orleans

Private Carriage Tour of French Quarter in New Orleans

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Experience New Orleans from a perspective rare to visitors on a carriage ride through the French Quarter. In addition to navigating for you, your guide tells anecdotes about the historic landmarks from Jackson Square to Bourbon Street. Booking a private tour ensures the itinerary is customized to your own interests, whether it be a food–themed tour or a quiet, romantic ride.
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Haunted French Quarter Walking Tour in New Orleans

Haunted French Quarter Walking Tour in New Orleans

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Delve into the dark recesses of New Orleans’ haunted history on this French Quarter walking tour. With your (slightly spooky) guide, learn about some of New Orleans’ most sinister characters like Madame LaLaurie and the Witch of the French Opera, and visit eerie locations such as the Beauregard-Keyes House, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, and LaLaurie Mansion. By the end, see why New Orleans is considered America’s most haunted city!
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Spirits of the French Quarter A Halloween Special Event Tour

Spirits of the French Quarter A Halloween Special Event Tour

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Treat yourself to the Halloween of a lifetime with an eerie 2-hour French Quarter walking tour! Wind through darkened alleys, and hear tales of famous hauntings and mayhem from your entertaining guide. You’ll stop at sites of paranormal activity such as the Ursuline Convent and the LaLaurie Mansion, home to the murderous Delphine LaLaurie. Enjoy a night of tale-telling featuring notorious characters, voodoo, ghosts, vampires and more.
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Private True Crime Walking Tour in New Orleans French Quarter

Private True Crime Walking Tour in New Orleans French Quarter

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Few places in America have as rich and lurid a history as New Orleans, and this family-friendly, true-crime walking tour of the Big Easy will bring a select few tales to life. A professional guide and storyteller will reveal the most-colorful characters and thrilling exploits as your group wanders the labyrynthian streets, the dark underbelly of this famous city unfurling with every turn.
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The New Orleans Sightseeing Flex Pass: Save Big on 20+ Attractions and Tours

The New Orleans Sightseeing Flex Pass: Save Big on 20+ Attractions and Tours

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Experience the best of the Big Easy at a great value with the New Orleans Sightseeing Pass. With immediate activation, the pass gives you access to your choice of three or five of the city’s top attractions and tours, from Mardi Gras World and paddlewheel cruises to plantation, cemetery, and swamp tours. It’s valid for 30 days, so keep your pass handy and customize your visit on the go with a guidebook listing opening hours, directions, and other helpful info.
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New Orleans Jazz Tour

New Orleans Jazz Tour

With so many venues to choose from, it can be hard to know where to find the best jazz in New Orleans. Remove the guesswork and enjoy a night of fantastic music at two authentic clubs chosen for their atmosphere and current lineup during your visit. A local jazz expert is dedicated just to your group and ensures a safe and memorable night out in the Big Easy.
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