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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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Private French Quarter Walking Tour in English or Spanish

Private French Quarter Walking Tour in English or Spanish

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This private French Quarter walking tour with English or Spanish-speaking guide can accommodate groups of up to 5 travelers. You'll stroll through the French Quarter’s atmospheric streets by foot as you hear about the multicultural heritage of the Vieux Carre, and spot the distinctive architectural styles that tell the city’s stories. Learn about the slaves that found community in New Orleans, feel its pulse, and experience today’s people, culture, and life. We’ll discuss the history of the settlements, from the Native Americans to the French, Spanish, and eventually, the Americans. We walk in a locals’ section of town first and talk about the amazing architecture along the way, as well as important landmarks. Most importantly, it is just your PRIVATE GUIDE and your group, with personalized attention and a tailored tour to your specifications. Come live it!
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  • 3 hours
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French Quarter walking Tours: LGBTQ History, Literary History, Voodoo, etc.

French Quarter walking Tours: LGBTQ History, Literary History, Voodoo, etc.

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Because I am a long-term resident of the French Quarter, i can afford guests an insider's perspective of this unique neighborhood. My goal is to customize the tour according to guest's interests. Unlike other tours, this one goes beyond the tourist veneer and provides guests an authentic experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$55.00
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Oak Alley Plantation and 3 Hour New Orleans City Tour

Oak Alley Plantation and 3 Hour New Orleans City Tour

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Spend three hours getting an insider's look at this historic city. Rout the famous cemeteries, iconic plantation homes and Hurricane Katrina landmarks with you professional guide. Learn about Creole history and tradition as you explore the city during this tour that's perfect for first-time visitors, families and history lovers.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Private New Orleans Food Tour of the French Quarter

Private New Orleans Food Tour of the French Quarter

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Find out what all the fuss is about on this private, half-day tour of some of the best food in New Orleans' famous French Quarter. Your knowledgeable, passionate guide will escort you and your group to famous restaurants in the French Quarter and River area, including a few commonly mentioned in cookbooks. Depending on your tour time, you may sample a variety of authentic tastings which may include, Seafood Gumbo at a Dickie Brennan's restaurant, Muffuletta, Jambalaya, Creole Brisket in a pre civil war Creole restaurant, Pralines, Boudin beignets and stroll pass the famous Cafe du Monde. Learn about the rich legacy of fine food in the French Quarter and which hotspots to check out on your own later; you can even work with your guide to customize the tour to your interests.
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  • 3 hours
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$875.00
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French Quarter History Tour with Cafe Du Monde Option in New Orleans

French Quarter History Tour with Cafe Du Monde Option in New Orleans

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Discover the magic of the Vieux Carré in the morning on this historic walking tour. Accompany your friendly guide on a stroll through the French Quarter to view signature architecture and learn about the convergence of ethnic influence on this famous neighborhood, from cloistered courtyards and intricate ironwork to po’ boys and jambalaya. If option selected, end with a sugar-dusted beignet and café au lait at Cafe du Monde, a classic New Orleans institution.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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French Quarter Desserts and More Small-Group Walking Tour

French Quarter Desserts and More Small-Group Walking Tour

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Satisfy your sweet tooth on this dessert tour of New Orleans that lets you indulge in the city’s delights. Try five favorite desserts like beignets, snowballs, pralines, and bread pudding, all from local-approved establishments that don’t disappoint. At each stop, your guides share New Orleans culinary history and trivia that you don't want to miss.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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New Orleans French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour

New Orleans French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour

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Stroll the streets of New Orleans' famous French Quarter on this 2-hour walking tour. Listen to your guide's commentary on the area's French- and Spanish-influenced architecture, with many buildings dating from the 18th and 19th century. Landmarks include the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Ursuline Convent, and many Creole Colonial Buildings.
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  • 2 hours
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City of New Orleans and Katrina Recovery Tour

City of New Orleans and Katrina Recovery Tour

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Immerse yourself in the culture, history, and landscape of vibrant New Orleans on this half-day tour with a small group of 15 people or fewer. This experience combines elements from several disparate tours, including those focusing on architecture, the Garden District, historic cemeteries, the French Quarter, and recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Hotel pickup included.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Full-Day New Orleans Walking Tour Including St. Charles Street Car Ride

Private Full-Day New Orleans Walking Tour Including St. Charles Street Car Ride

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Explore New Orleans’ colorful history, culture, and architecture with a private walking tour for small groups that includes the historic French Quarter, Garden District, and a nostalgic ride on the famous St. Charles Street Car. Stroll through the French Quarter with your guide as you hear about the heritage of the Vieux Carre. See Royal Street, filled with antique stores, street musicians and other performers, and walk into Jackson Square. See the Saint Louis Cathedral and the buildings that frame it. Visit the Mighty Mississippi River, the reason New Orleans exists today. Then board the St. Charles Streetcar, the oldest continuously operating Streetcar in the world, to Lafayette Cemetery #1 and the beautiful Garden District. View Lafayette Cemetery #1 from outside the gates (no public access) and learn about the unique above-ground tombs and burial process. Stroll through the Garden District, all while being dazzled by the opulent wealth of the early American settlement.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$999.00
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New Orleans Jingle Bells Walking Tour

New Orleans Jingle Bells Walking Tour

Experience a New Orleans-style Christmas on this guided walking tour through the festive streets of the French Quarter. For a magical two hours, amble past eclectic shops and down charming walkways bedecked in extravagant decorations. Stroll past historic homes, romantic courtyards, and main attractions like St. Louis Cathedral. Take in the dazzle of the Vieux Carre blanketed in holiday lights, and warm up with a drink or two along the way (own expense).
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Crescent City History Tour

Crescent City History Tour

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Discover the highlights of New Orleans on this 2-hour walking tour of the vibrant French Quarter. A friendly guide will lead you through the Vieux Carré, past charming hidden courtyards, and to Louis Armstrong Park and Jackson Square, describing the city’s confluence of cultures and rich traditions. See bustling scenes of local life, peek into the world of voodoo, and view architectural gems including some of the nation’s oldest buildings.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Unsolved Mysteries of New Orleans

Unsolved Mysteries of New Orleans

Take a walk through history to discover the mysteries and secrets of New Orleans! On this 2-hour evening tour, follow your storyteller guide through the shadowed alleyways of the French Quarter and hear tales of voodoo, murder, torture and famous hauntings. Visit infamous locations laden with dark history such as Sultan’s Palace, the LaLaurie Mansion and St Louis Cathedral. The perfect tour for fans of mystery, legend and colorful characters.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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History of New Orleans Private Driving & Walking Tour

History of New Orleans Private Driving & Walking Tour

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Private Driving Tour for up to 6 Passengers Fully Narrated Luxury Vehicle This is a great tour to immerse yourself in the culture of New Orleans. You will have the opportunity to experience over 300 years of Living History! We will go through all the old neighborhoods, French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny, Bywater, Ninth Ward, Garden District, and Uptown Just to name a few. You will learn about the different types of people and their traditions. We will stop by City Park, where you can stroll through one of the most amazing Sculpture Gardens in the World, surrounded by 800 year old Oak Trees. By the end of this tour, you will feel like a LOCAL!
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  • 5 hours
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Private New Orleans Historical Sightseeing Tour

Private New Orleans Historical Sightseeing Tour

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Discover New Orleans’ historic architecture, atmospheric neighborhoods, and 19th-century cemeteries on this private tour. Travel by private vehicle and enjoy the undivided attention of your guide as you explore the French Quarter, Bayou St John, and the Garden District. Stop along the way to stroll around St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, admire views along the Mississippi River, and tour the early 20th-century estate and gardens of Longue Vue House.
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  • 4 hours
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$480.00
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New Orleans Ghost Adventure with Real Paranormal Equipment

New Orleans Ghost Adventure with Real Paranormal Equipment

This tour provides in depth look into the paranormal activity that takes place in Americas most haunted city. Visit the top haunted locations in New Orleans during this investigation. This tour includes the history behind the locations, ghost stories, the background on NOLA Vampires and learn about New Orleans Voodoo. A real EMF meter - ghost/paranormal detector will be used during this tour. Guests will be allowed to stop in bars along the tour route to grab a to go drink and then the tour group heads out to the next location. During this investigation investigators and guests will be visiting many locations covering the 78 blocks that the French Quarter is made of. Guests should keep in mind that the French Quarter is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the United States. No entry will be gained into any private locations. Narrations and investigation takes place on the sidewalks outside each location.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Highlights of New Orleans Private Driving Tour

Highlights of New Orleans Private Driving Tour

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Experience New Orleans apart from the big tour groups and kitschy sites on a private tour led by a guide with deep roots in the Big Easy. Ride comfortably and cooly around town in a luxury vehicle, seeing more than just the French Quarter with stops in the Garden District, City Park, and funky Faubourg Marigny. Soak up the city’s one-of-a-kind history, culture, and flavor with personalized insight you won’t find in any guidebook.
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  • 3 hours
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$400.00
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Jingle Bells New Orleans History and Beer Walking Tour

Jingle Bells New Orleans History and Beer Walking Tour

Hear stories about voodoo, ghosts, and even vampires on this 2-hour holiday tour of New Orleans with a choice of three different departure times. Travel through the French Quarter, and pass historical landmarks decorated and lit up for the holiday season. See the St. Louis Cathedral, as well as the spot where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803. Watch your guide try to find ghosts with a paranormal detector, and pass by Marie Laveau’s property. Plus pop into at any of the bars you pass along the tour route for a drink (own expense).
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$35.00
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New Orleans Private Vehicle City Tour

New Orleans Private Vehicle City Tour

Treat yourself to New Orleans 'your way' on a 3-hour private city tour! By luxury car or SUV, travel through the French Quarter, St Louis Cemetery No 1, the Garden District, the Ninth Ward and City Park. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city as you learn about its fascinating history from your personal chauffeur. On this highly flexible tour, you have the liberty to request stops for photo ops and to get a better look at a favorite location.
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  • 3 hours
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$528.00
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Haunted New Orleans Walking Tour

Haunted New Orleans Walking Tour

The French Quarter is not a theme park; it is not a re-creation. It is the actual site of many sorted events throughout history. The best time to take a haunted tour is at night, when the spirits come out to play.
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  • 2 hours
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New Orleans Historical and Haunted Walking Tour

New Orleans Historical and Haunted Walking Tour

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See the historical sights of New Orleans on a 2-hour walking tour with a guide who tells you about the city's haunted and occult side. Hear tales about ghosts, voodoo, and vampires as you explore the French Quarter, stopping at bars along the tour route to purchase drinks, if you wish (own expense). Select your preferred departure time when booking.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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The Drunken Telling of New Orleans Tales

The Drunken Telling of New Orleans Tales

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Soak up New Orleans’ wild (and sometimes drunken) history on a 2-hour walking tour of the French Quarter with a storyteller guide. Visit historic sights and occult landmarks with plenty of time to grab cocktails to go, as the guide shares the ghost stories, vampire legends, and funny anecdotes about life in the Vieux Carré.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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New Orleans City and Cemetery Tour by Bus

New Orleans City and Cemetery Tour by Bus

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Step aboard an air-conditioned bus to escape the heat for a comfortable, comprehensive tour of New Orleans. This whirlwind tour hits all the most important sights—the French Quarter, the Garden District, Treme, the 9th Ward, and others—in a single day. You'll have the benefit of in-depth commentary as you travel and the chance to ask questions.
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  • 2 hours
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$45.00
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New Orleans Drink and Music Tour: From Cocktails to Jazz

New Orleans Drink and Music Tour: From Cocktails to Jazz

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Explore New Orleans’ jazz and cocktail scenes on a fun and far-reaching afternoon tour. With a local guide leading the way, learn about jazz’s origins and explore musical landmarks like Marginy and Louis Armstrong Park. Escape the beaten path in the French Quarter and visit a legendary 18th-century haunt. Enjoy a beer and five cocktail samples included in the tour price.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Private New Orleans History Tour

Private New Orleans History Tour

Discover New Orleans kaleidoscopic history on a 2-hour private walking tour, exploring highlight landmarks like the bustling French Quarter, Jackson Square, Cabildo, the Ursuline Convent and more. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city as you learn about its eclectic history from New Orleans' French and Spanish roots to its Creole cultural traditions and contemporary culture. A great comprehensive tour for history buffs!
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$300.00
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