Follow in the footsteps of historic figures as you stroll along the Mighty Mississippi, through the French Market and Jackson Square, and down the banquettes (sidewalks) of quaint streets named for saints and sinners from our European past.
Learn about the Creoles on this tour through the original city, founded in 1718 by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.
See the old Quarter come to life as your guide explains its secrets and helps you understand all it has to offer - architecture, courtyards, gardens, food, music, and art.
Visit Madame John’s Legacy, built in 1788 and one of the best examples of French colonial architecture in North America. We’ll take a break at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, built between 1722 and 1732 and reputed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States. The property is believed to have been used by the Lafitte Brothers, Jean and Pierre, as a New Orleans base for their Barataria smuggling operation.
Your tour ends at the Cabildo, built under Spanish rule in 1795-1799, and the site of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Featuring a comprehensive exhibit on Louisiana's early history, the Cabildo served as a city hall, a courthouse and a prison. It was the headquarters of the Louisiana State Supreme Court for the landmark Plessy vs. Ferguson decision.
One of the most legendary artifacts on display here is the death mask of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Some of his former officers schemed to rescue him from exile on the island of St. Helena and bring him to Louisiana but he died a few days before this plan was finalized.
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Balcony in the French Quarter
- Walking tour
- Guided tour of the Cabildo Museum (Tuesday - Sunday)
- Beauregard-Keyes House (Mondays and Holidays)
- Local guide
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- In order to help avoid vehicular traffic in the French Quarter from, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point, just a short stroll from most downtown hotels
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Michael G, October 2016
Julie was our tour guide and from the moment we hit the streets you could tell by her passion that she has lived here for over 37 years. she brought her local knowledge of the entire city and the history behind the French quarter. She explained everything from the birth of the city to Katrina she explained it all. For someone who would rather be exploring the scenery of a local golf course, I would not have missed this tour. Great job, well worth doing. We even recommended the tour to some people we met at dinner. Ask for Julie you won't be disappointed.
Reviewed by: Devyani, August 2016
What a fantastic, enthusiastic guide who knew local history, art, architecture and kept us entertained throughout the walk...thank you