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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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New Orleans VIP Jazz Club Crawl

New Orleans VIP Jazz Club Crawl

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Gather your most music-loving friends and set off for an unforgettable night out in the Big Easy on this VIP jazz experience in New Orleans. Join the leader of a famous local jazz band on a club crawl that takes you to three of the French Quarter’s premier music venues, where you’ll enjoy some of the best seats in the house and sip complimentary cocktails during live shows. Between sets, meet the musicians for an insider’s look at the city’s world-renowned jazz and blues scene.
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  • 3 hours
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New Orleans Private Food Tour

New Orleans Private Food Tour

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Savor the best of New Orleans during this private 3-hour food tour of the French Quarter. Learn about this colorful neighborhood's history through its cuisine as you walk from one famous restaurant to another.
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New Orleans Ghosts and Spirits Walking Tour

New Orleans Ghosts and Spirits Walking Tour

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Immerse yourself New Orleans’ ghoulish side on this spooky ghosts and spirits walking tour. Wind through the French Quarter’s dark corridors and hear tales of famous hauntings from your local guide. You’ll visit infamous and eerie locations such as the Jackson Brewery and the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. By the end, you’ll understand why haunted New Orleans is a hotspot for paranormal investigators and historical videographers.
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  • 2 hours
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New Orleans Culinary Experience

New Orleans Culinary Experience

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Participants will enjoy a cooking demonstration and feast on the demonstrated recipes for lunch. After lunch, you will have an hour of free time to shop and relax. Then meet your guide at Tujague's Restaurant, 823 Decatur St at 1:30. Tujaque's is 1 block past Jackson Square). Participants will tour historic restaurants and learn of and taste their culinary contributions - including the two oldest (Antoine's and Tujague's). Sample Menu: **Monday** Gumbo Red Beans and Rice Pecan Pie Pralines **Tuesday** Gumbo Jambalaya Bananas Foster Pralines **Wednesday** Gumbo Jambalaya Bread Pudding Pralines **Thursday** Corn and Crab Bisque Shrimp Creole Bananas Foster Pralines **Friday** Shrimp & Artichoke Soup Crawfish Etoufee Bread Pudding Pralines **Saturday** Gumbo Jambalaya Bread Pudding Pralines **Sunday** Gumbo Jambalaya Bread Pudding Pralines
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Morbid Curiosity Tour

Morbid Curiosity Tour

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Journey through New Orlean’s darkest histories on this 2-hour evening tour, rich in tales depravity and mayhem. This chilling excursion takes you through the story-rich streets of the French Quarter, where your knowledgable guide will engage you with graphic tales of murder, torture, rampant disease, medical experimentation and more. Visit locations that housed the horrors, most notorious characters and events of the Big Easy's troubled past. Not for the faint of heart!
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  • 2 hours
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French Quarter History and Hauntings Small-Group Tour

French Quarter History and Hauntings Small-Group Tour

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Delve into the history and folklore of New Orleans on a tour that focuses on the city’s ghost stories and “haunted” attractions. As you walk from one site to the next, a local guide shares stories about vampires, voodoo, and ghosts, offering a side of the city that most walking tours overlook. You can even put the stories to the test by trying out the provided "ghost" meter.
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  • 2 hours
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Private French Quarter Walking Tour

Private French Quarter Walking Tour

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Take in New Orleans’ distinctive architecture and history on a small-group, 2-hour walking tour of the French Quarter. Step back in time at Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral, and learn about the Vieux Carré’s most celebrated (and notorious) characters. See Madame John’s Legacy, visit the Old Ursuline Convent then stop by the home of a famous socialite and suspected serial killer. Explore the neighborhood with a local guide, and get insider tips on the best places to eat and drink like a local in New Orleans.
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New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour

New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour

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Discover New Orleans’ vibrant history through its dynamic history on this sightseeing tour. Enjoy a small group van ride through the city, viewing the diverse architectural wonders of the French Quarter, the Garden District, Esplanade Avenue, and Bayou St John. You’ll disembark for small-group walking tours of the St. Louis Cemetery No 3, City Park, and the Longue Vue House and Gardens—a masterpiece of architectural and horticultural history.
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  • 4 hours
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New Orleans 5-in-1 Ghost and Mystery Tour

New Orleans 5-in-1 Ghost and Mystery Tour

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Ghosts, vampires, witches, voodoo and unexplained mysteries — this tour has it all! Discover why New Orleans is known as America's capital of the mysterious and macabre on this ghoulishly entertaining haunted walking tour. Visit the most spine-chilling spots in the French Quarter while a guide shares tales of murder, voodoo rituals, bloodsucking legends and reports of undead residents roaming the storied streets.
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  • 2 hours
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New Orleans Area Custom Private Tour

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New Orleans Area Custom Private Tour

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This is a private driving tour for your group only. During our private driving tour in this beautiful city we spend a minimum of 3 hours discussing how this area was built and how we currently handle things over 300 years later. We cover the rich history, many recent developments, the Mississippi river. Lake Ponchartrain, Katrina flooding, Creole and Cajun cultures, the Garden District (Mansions/Estates/Architecture), the iconic cemeteries, various neighborhoods, battle of New Orleans, civil war, our Port, and so much more. You will be in a comfortable and very clean SUV during your tour. I retired from executive sales and became a licensed tour guide in the New Orleans area in 2012, and have lived in the area all of my life. I have made it my mission to provide you with a customized private tour for just your group, that is passionate, and interesting, with a spirit of excellence. I have over 60 five star reviews on many travel websites. We promise you will laugh and learn!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$360.00
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Private Citywide Driving Tour of New Orleans

Private Citywide Driving Tour of New Orleans

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Customized tours of New Orleans are our specialty. For a local, insider's glimpse of the city, authentic, unscripted...you have come to the right place. We will show you New Orleans through the eyes of a native. Though each excursion is tailored to your interests, notable stops will include the French Quarter and Jackson Square, historical neighborhoods such as the Faubourg Marigny & Treme, as well as the magnificent homes in the Garden District. Ride along St. Charles Avenue and the streetcar line, pass the ancient live oaks in Audubon Park, as well as a view of Tulane and Loyola Universities. Learn about our unique cemeteries and the history of our "Cities of the Dead", journey through the New Orleans City Park, one of the oldest urban parks in the nation, and along Bayou St. John, which flows through the heart of the city. History, architecture, voodoo, tales of piracy, whatever your taste, we can create the perfect tour for you!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Fly a Plane in New Orleans: No Experience or License Required

Fly a Plane in New Orleans: No Experience or License Required

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Get your flying chops in beautiful New Orleans with a personal 50-minute flying lesson! No prior experience is needed for this excursion, which includes a 20-minute on-ground lesson and 30 minutes of flying time in the company of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified instructor. You’ll help guide the small plane through take-off and landing, and — once airborne — maneuver over New Orleans’ famous sights such as the French Quarter, the Mississippi River and the sleepy Louisiana bayous.
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Limousine Livery Private Car Airport Transportation

Limousine Livery Private Car Airport Transportation

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While flight conditions may vary, our airport transfers and transportation services always offer the consistent, superior quality you can depend on around the world. For over 30 years, We offer high-end luxury and reliable transportation services to New Orleans and beyond. Ride comfortably in the care of professional chauffeurs, trained to maintain intimate familiarity with the layout, logistical details and traffic patterns of the airports and cities they serve. We are the definition of luxury transportation. Our clients expect and deserve excellence so to us, every client is a VIP. We make traveling to and from the airport convenient and reliable – with no turbulence.
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The Bad Broads Tour of New Orleans

The Bad Broads Tour of New Orleans

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Immerse yourself in the women's history of New Orleans on this walking tour focused on the city's founding ladies. Meet up with your group around Jackson Square and spend the next few hours strolling through the French Quarter, seeing can't-miss landmarks and listening to oral history from your guide.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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French Quarter Macabre Walking Tour

French Quarter Macabre Walking Tour

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The French Quarter Macabre tour can be booked any night by a GROUP rate. Just purchase under ONE name and bring up to 28 people on the tour. You are not getting a random tour guide you are getting Carla Boullion, a veteran guide since 1999. I give the macabre, seedy stories of the French Quarter regarding real crimes, including the history of voodoo, vampires, pirates, movie scenes as well as architecture all while strolling through the historic French Quarter of New Orleans.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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New Orleans History and Sights Small-Group Bike Tour

New Orleans History and Sights Small-Group Bike Tour

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Avoid hours of walking between landmarks on an active and convenient bike tour through the heart of New Orleans. In addition to navigating for you, your guide provides little–known facts and anecdotes about the city’s must-see landmarks, from the Mississippi River to Congo Square. Bottled water and a small group size ensure a comfortable tour.
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  • 3 hours
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New Orleans Mississippi River Cruise & City Tour Bundle

New Orleans Mississippi River Cruise & City Tour Bundle

Enjoy a fully narrated city tour of historic New Orleans, where you will visit the world famous French Quarter, Jackson Square, Audubon Park and even uncover the mysteries surrounding Voodoo. Then take to the waters on the Natchez Riverboat for a 2 hour cruise on the Mississippi River. Come and discover New Orleans today!
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Music Gumbo - Walking Tour History of New Orleans' jazz and popular music 2PM

Music Gumbo - Walking Tour History of New Orleans' jazz and popular music 2PM

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A two-hour guided walking tour through the French Quarter, across Rampart Street and into Louis Armstrong Jazz Park to a place called Congo Square where American music was born. With every story your music tour guide will play a snippet of music related to the story, mostly original recordings. The Music Gumbo tour tells a surprising 300-year history of New Orleans’ birthing of jazz, nurturing of rhythm ‘n’ blues and the hits from America first rock ‘n’ roll recording studio. The music that made that Gumbo reaches back a century and a half earlier to 1750s French colonists granting slaves freedom on Sundays. 18th, 19th and 20th – opera, gospel and songs sung by bawdy sailors in saloons near the Mississippi River docks. The most amazing story is that it all happened in the French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods.
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New Orleans Voodoo and Cemetery Walking Tour

New Orleans Voodoo and Cemetery Walking Tour

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New Orleans is one of America’s most haunted and mystical city’s and this walking tour covers the main highlights. Learn about voodoo magic and listen to gruesome tales as you walk through the French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. Walk through Jackson Square, Louis Armstrong Park, and Cemetery #1 as you go beyond colonial history and discuss the development of the city’s unique culture.
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New Orleans Voodoo Mystery and Paranormal Tour

New Orleans Voodoo Mystery and Paranormal Tour

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This New Orleans voodoo and mystery tour takes you into the Big Easy's history of vampirism, occult activity, paranormal occurrences and even piracy. Hear tales of haunted buildings, lost treasure and documented sightings of ghosts and vampires as you explore. Use of pro ghost-hunting equipment is also included.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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One Hour French Quarter Stroll

One Hour French Quarter Stroll

Get to know New Orleans like a local, strolling through the French Quarter’s bar, restaurant, and history-lined streets on this short downtown walking tour. Led by a licensed tour guide, guests enjoy an eccentric journey through the colorful architecture and fascinating history of America’s south. Learn about The Louisiana Purchase, see St. Louis Cathedral, visit Jackson Square and more.
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French Quarter Ghost Tour

French Quarter Ghost Tour

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Immerse yourself in the unexplained mysteries of New Orleans on a 2-hour ghost tour with a local guide. As you walk, learn about the various dark eras in the the city's history through your guide's tales of voodoo, witches, ghosts and vampires. Get your hands on some real equipment used to measure paranormal activity and visit some of the French Quarter's most haunted spaces.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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French Quarter Spirits Tour

French Quarter Spirits Tour

Take a walk on the spooky side with a spine-tingling 2-hour spirits walking tour in New Orleans. Wind through the French Quarter’s shadowed alleys and hear tales of famous hauntings from your local guide. You’ll stop at sites of frequent paranormal happenings such as the Bourbon Orleans Hotel and the LaLaurie Mansion, home to the infamously brutal mistress Delphine LaLaurie. Leave with a new understanding of the ‘spirited French Quarter’!
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Lunch with a Local Tour of the French Quarter

Lunch with a Local Tour of the French Quarter

This is a great experience for friends, families, special parties, as well as couples who want to share a more intimate French Quarter experience of the unique European history and cuisine of our three hundred year old city. This is an intimate experience of the French Quarter, including areas of the old neighborhood experienced by the few. You will not only dine in an iconic creole restaurant but visit parts not seen by many. Understand our old NOLA saying, "You can live in any City but New Orleans is the only City that can live in you."
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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