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New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour

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New Orleans, United States
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icon2 hours 15 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Experience the best of New Orleans’ opulent Garden District. On this walking tour, marvel at the enormous antebellum mansions, learn about some of the district’s famous residents including Anne Rice and Sandra Bullock, and visit homes used in the films 'Interview with a Vampire' and 'Dracula 2000.' See the elaborate above-ground tombs at Lafayette Cemetery, one of the city’s most significant ‘Cities of the Dead’.
  • Walking tour of the opulent Garden District in New Orleans
  • View well-preserved examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture
  • Visit the Lafayette Cemetery, one of New Orleans’ distinctive above-ground cemeteries
  • Roundtrip transportation by coach from the French Quarter included
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Transport to and from the Garden District by air-conditioned coach
Local guide
Light refreshments
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Departure Time

10:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Board your morning coach in the French Quarter and enjoy watching the city wake up as you travel to the neighboring Garden District. This area, which now boasts some of the most splendid, preserved antebellum mansions in the South, was once occupied by multiple plantations. 

As you stroll through manicured streets and admire colorful facades and cast‐iron fences, learn how the area was slowly appropriated by wealthy Americans in the 19th century who sought distinction from the French population in the French Quarter.  Your guide complements the spectacular urban scenery with legends of the Garden District’s past and present residents like local author Anne Rice, actor John Goodman, and famous football player Archie Manning. 

The final leg of your walking tour is Lafayette Cemetery, one of New Orleans oldest surviving—and still operating—‘cities of the dead’. Spanning just one square block, this mysterious site houses more than 7,000 people in tombs and mausoleums. Hear about the distinctive above‐ground burial system and some of the cemetery’s famous interred—both factual and fictitious. 

Return by coach to your starting point in the French Quarter.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Garden District
Your tour begins in the French Quarter, where you'll board a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and travel to the quieter and more genteel Garden District. This elegant historical area, known for its marvelous examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture and lovely gardens, was once the site of a number of plantations. Learn from your guide how in the 19th century it was sold off piece by piece primarily to wealthy Americans who built the lavish mansions that still dominate this district. See mansions belonging to local author Anne Rice, actress Sandra Bullock, actor John Goodman, and former New Orleans Saints' quarterback — and father of Peyton and Eli — Archie Manning. Admire an unusual cast-iron fence resembling a row of cornstalks and learn the legend of how a southern colonel had it made in the mid-1800s to comfort wife, homesick for Iowa.
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Lafayette Cemetery No.1
Peer inside the cemetery and get a glimpse of New Orleans' unique above-ground tombs.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • In order to help protect the French Quarter from vehicular traffic, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point — just a short stroll from most downtown hotels
  • Wheelchair Access: If the guest needs a wheelchair lift equipped bus, then special arrangements need to be made with the supplier. This must be arranged 48 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
  • Alternate Routes: Due to uneven and narrow paths, alternate routes may be necessary for guests traveling in wheelchairs.
  • The audio system may not be used during inclement weather
  • Child rates apply to those under the age of 6 who occupy a seat. Lap children under 6 years ride for free
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line New Orleans

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour.

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  • "Be certain to wear sturdy shoes as some of the sidewalks on this tour need repair." See review
  • "Note: no refreshments were provided as is stated in the tour description, you may want to bring a bottle of water with you." See review
  • "A tour that should not be missed about 2 1/2 hrs, wear comfortable shoes or sneakers" See review

Reviews

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Garden District Walking
Carole_F
, Mar 2020
The tour of the Davis house interior was the most interesting part of the tour. It was difficult to get a good view of many of the houses on the tour due to shrubbery or garden walls. We had expected to visit Lafayette Cemetery #1, but it was closed for maintenance. It would have been nice to know that on advance. The tour guide was informative.
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Beautiful Garden District
BrendaG
, Feb 2020
Midge was very informed, interesting, and likable. Easy to find the starting point. Garden District is beautiful, got to see the inside of one of the mansions, that was a highlight. Cemetery was closed for improvements, so maybe another cemetery could have been included. Otherwise a great tour of that neighborhood, and an informative drive back through the French Quarter!
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Walking Cemetery Tour
John_F
, Feb 2020
Our tour guide Betsy W. was assume. She gave a great tour, great info and answered everyone’s questions. And based on the burial process in NOLA, there were plenty of questions.
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Great walking tour
jse952
, Feb 2020
It was a wonderful walking tour. The docent was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and the various homes. I would recommend this to everyone.
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A stroll through New Orleans Garden District
amarr0ne
, Jan 2020
We had a beautiful morning for a gentle stroll through the Garden District on New Orleans. Our guide, Bill was very informative about the houses he stopped at and the history of the area. Part of the tour is a visit to the Women's Opera Guild Home which is open for the people on this tour. We were lucky enough to see the house all dressed for Christmas. The rooms we saw were stunning.
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Beautiful homes; lots of history
byr0n12345
, Oct 2019
Our guide was very experienced with this tour and imparted a lot of New Orleans history about the Garden District and its various past and present residents. The homes were beautiful though we viewed them all from the street, with the exception of one home. Unfortunately the cemetery was closed so we were unable to tour there. Our guide did give us the history of the cemetery and explained how multiple generations could all be "buried" in the same tomb. It was an interesting morning and we were pleased that we had taken this tour. Note: no refreshments were provided as is stated in the tour description--you may want to bring a bottle of water with you.
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Garden District Walking Tour
Larry K
, Oct 2019
This was a good intro to Garden District homes and architecture. Tour guide, Midge, was knowledgeable and welcomed questions from participants. We toured the interior of one home and received an in dept history of that location. Cemetery was unfortunately closed for repairs. Bus service to and fron District was a bonus. All in all, a productive learning experience.
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ashesmoss
, Oct 2019
We met at the Steamboat Natchez dock in the French quarter and were shuttled to the Garden District. Our guide was very educated and he gave us detailed history every moment of the tour. You see all the mega-mansions of the rich and famous (dead and currently alive). We even got to go inside one. The Lafayette cemetery was closed for filming, but we got to peek through a bit. I chose to not get back on the bus and walked around a bunch more and checked out the funky, local restaurants on Magazine St.
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Good but no cemetery
Amber P
, Oct 2019
Great to see the architecture and history of the area. The only disappointing thing was it was advertised to go into the Lafayette Cemetery but it was closed while we were there.
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Garden tour
Inspiration569241
, Oct 2019
Disappointed that cemetery wasn't open. Wish would have known ahead of time. Would have liked guide to be little more interactive
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