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New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour

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New Orleans, United States

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

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.
  • New Orleans architectural tour
  • Drive along the French Quarter, Jackson Square, and Esplanade Avenue
  • Explore the tombs of historic St. Louis Cemetery #3 on a guided tour
  • See the late–1700s homes on Bayou St. John
  • Admire the antique carousel in City Park
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Longue Vue House and Gardens, an exquisite 8-acre city estate
  • All entrance fees and round-trip hotel transfers included
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 people ensures a personalized experience
  • Katrina Memorial and Levee Exhibit Hall and Rain Garden
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Transport by air-conditioned 14-passenger van
Hotel pickup and drop-off, with exact pick up time provided
Only tour company to offer a guided tour of Longue Vue Mansion and Gardens
Guided tour of St Louis Cemetery #3
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please specify hotel at time of purchase. We pick up in New Orleans at any hotel, Bed & Breakfast or select Airbnbs, uptown (close to St. Charles Ave.), in (or close to) the French Quarter, and on the Westbank.
We do not pick up by the airport, in New Orleans East, in Slidell, or on the North Shore.
Supplier will contact you the day before your tour to give you an exact pick up time.

Your journey of New Orleans’ rich and storied architecture begins with morning or afternoon pickup from your central New Orleans hotel. Climb aboard the comfortable tour van for a small-group sightseeing trip through the city. As you wind through the French Quarter, admire the fusion of Spanish, French, and Creole design styles that give the area its distinctive architectural flair. As you exit the quarter, you’ll pass the Cabildo and the Pontalba Apartments at Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and the bustling French Market. As you cruise along Esplanade Avenue, soak up the beauty of oak-lined streets and stately Creole mansions.

Your first stop is St Louis Cemetery No 3, where you’ll witness some macabre and magnificent tombs. Enjoy a guided walk, during which you’ll learn about the above-ground burial system and see several enormous society tombs, such as the Dante Lodge of Masons. Then head by bus to New Orleans’ celebrated City Park, passing the lovely 18th-century homes of Bayou St John along the way.

Continue north for views of Lake Pontchartrain, including the world-record Causeway and the surrounding levees, before stopping at Longue Vue House and Gardens. Take time to wander through the celebrated 8-acre gardens—offering an array of brilliant flowers any time of year—and tour the opulent home with its impressive collection of 20th–century art.

You will then reach the London Avenue Canal and see its two flood wall breaches and witness the complete destruction Hurricane Katrina caused to the neighborhood of Gentilly. You can also stop to walk through the Katrina memorial and Levee Exhibit Hall and rain garden alongside the London Ave. Canal Breach.

Back aboard your van, marvel at the beautiful colonial homes along St. Charles Avenue and through the Garden District on your way to your hotel.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
French Quarter
After pickup from your downtown or French Quarter hotel by air-conditioned van, your tour begins in the French Quarter, where you'll learn about the history and design styles of the old Creole city of New Orleans.
Pass By:  
Jackson Square
See the Pontalba Buildings of Jackson Square and the famous St. Louis Cathedral.
Pass By:  
St. Louis Cathedral
Admire St Louis Cathedral and enjoy a view of the Mississippi River.
Pass By:  
French Market
Along Esplanade Avenue, you'll pass by the French Market, the old US Mint and some elegant mansions.
Stop At:  
St. Louis Cemetery No. 3
Next, hop off your van and stretch your legs at the historic St Louis Cemetery #3. During a guided walking tour, see some of its many societal tombs, such as the Hellenic Orthodox community and the Dante Lodge of Masons, which represent the varied backgrounds of New Orleans' former residents.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
New Orleans City Park
Stop for refreshments and restrooms after a drive through City Park, home to the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and centuries-old live oaks.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA
This sculpture garden occupies approximately eleven acres in City Park adjacent to the New Orleans Museum of Art, and is located within a mature existing landscape of pines, magnolias and live oaks surrounding two lagoons.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Lake Pontchartrain
We’ll journey along Lake Pontchartrain’s shores to see the levee system that protects both the city of New Orleans and surrounding areas of Southeast Louisiana. You will also view the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, the world’s longest bridge over water. You will reach the 17th St.Canal and see the flood wall breaches and witness the complete destruction Hurricane Katrina caused to the neighborhood of Lakeview as well as the hopeful rebuilding done with the help of private enterprise as well as the new pumping stations.
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Garden District
On the drive back to your hotel, you’ll pass through Uptown and along St Charles Avenue, where the grand colonial mansions of the Garden District are some of the most beautiful in all the South.
Pass By:  
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Heading downtown, we drive through the Arts District and the Warehouse Section as well as by the World War II Museum, going by the Superdome and through the heart of the business district as we return to your hotel.
Pass By:  
Bayou St John
Back on your van, travel along peaceful Bayou St John, where you’ll see houses from the late 1700s.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Service animals are permitted. Please advise at time of booking to arrange accommodations
  • Child rates apply to all children and infants
  • Tour cannot accommodate wheelchairs of any kind
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tours by Isabelle

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

  • 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 Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour.

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janvanzundert
, Nov 2019
Perfect tour and perfect guide: Jo(seph). In 4 hours we had a hey nice scoop of the inner and ouder city
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My sister and I took this tour back...
Tara J
, Aug 2018
My sister and I took this tour back in March. We had a great time and our tour guide provided us with a lot of information. Would definitely recommend!!
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Well done! It was a great...
Jaime D
, Apr 2018
Well done! It was a great opportunity to see all of New Orleans and not just get stuck in the French or Garden Quarters. Our guides were very knowledgeable and shared a lot of interesting highlights of the city's history.
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John was our guide through the city...
Concordia C
, Apr 2018
John was our guide through the city, he new everything that has gone on in new Orleans history. Very good trip well worth it
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Totally enjoyed the Longue Vue tour...
nsgbrown
, Mar 2018
Totally enjoyed the Longue Vue tour and the cemetery tour where we could get out of the van. It was a tour by van mostly. I would recommend it but be advised that its mostly looking out of your van window.
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Good tour. The only drawback is driving...
Jason W
, Mar 2018
Good tour. The only drawback is driving in New Orleans traffic.
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Yet another hit in the tour...
Carl A J
, Jan 2018
Yet another hit in the tour catalogue. Ellen gave us the grand tour of New Orleans. It was way more than what we expected and we were very pleased with the whole thing. She was very informative, cordial and the pacing of the tour was just right. We were glad this was our first tour of the city as it really gave us a handle on the city layout, it's history and some very interesting sites.
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Kay is a fantastic tour guide. Lots of...
aquilabowlby
, Dec 2017
Kay is a fantastic tour guide. Lots of fun and very informative.
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I loved hearing about the history of...
Richard M
, Nov 2017
I loved hearing about the history of New Orleans and I really enjoyed riding through the different neighborhoods that make up the city. Very enjoyable afternoon. Thanks, Gin!
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The tour was nice; enjoyed the stop...
Amy I
, Aug 2017
The tour was nice; enjoyed the stop at Longue Vue House and Gardens. However, I think the price was a bit expensive for what was included in the tour. Didn't go in- depth about the architecture.
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