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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 Food Walking Tour of the French QuarterHalf-day Tours

New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

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Get more from the city by exploring New Orleans’ food culture with a guide. Stop by some the French Quarter’s most famous restaurants for some of the area’s most delicious food. Enjoy tastings that could include seafood gumbo, Creole brisket, and beignets. You also learn fun facts from your guide as you walk along the city streets.
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New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter & Cemetery VisitHalf-day Tours

New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter & Cemetery Visit

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Gaze at the spectacular sights of New Orleans from the comfort of a luxury coach on an unforgettable 3-hour city tour. With a professional guide, cruise past historical highlights like the French Quarter and the Garden District while listening to illuminating commentary. See the the lakefront area and the 17th street canal where the canal bank was breached by hurricane Katrina, and delve into the city’s rich history as you take a tour of the best museums in New Orleans. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your hotel in Downtown New Orleans on this informative tour.
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Ghost and Vampire Walking Tour Of The French QuarterCity Packages

Ghost and Vampire Walking Tour Of The French Quarter

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Who doesn't like ghosts and vampires save for their unfortunate victims? If you're looking for a family-friendly night activity in New Orleans, then this ghost walking tour of the French Quarter might get your blood flowing. With a small group, you'll wander through the darkened streets for a fun, historical tour of New Orleans, and listen to tales of ghoulish invincibility and souls returned from the dead. 
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Cemetery and French Quarter Horse and Carriage Ride City Packages

Cemetery and French Quarter Horse and Carriage Ride

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Opt for an alternative sightseeing experience of New Orleans during a horse and carriage tour of the French Quarter, undoubtedly the city’s most captivating enclave. While your guide provides entertaining narration, canter past landmarks such as Jackson Square, Napoleon House, and St. Louis Cathedral. Plus, stop at St. Louis Cemetery—home to the tomb of Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau—for a short walking tour.
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New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo and Cemetery TourCity Packages

New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo and Cemetery Tour

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Rich history and voodoo legends make New Orleans one of the most fascinating places to visit, but if you see the sights alone, you could miss out on some of the key details that bring this vibrant city to life. This New Orleans voodoo tour takes you through the city and into St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 during daylight hours—perfect for those you don’t want to get too scared, but still want a look into the city’s mysterious past.
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French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking TourCity Packages

French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour

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Delve into the stories behind the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans during a French Quarter walking tour. Take in famous landmarks including Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and the Mississippi River, along with lesser-known places of interest. Hear from your guide about the architecture and heritage of the district, and get the inside scoop on recommended places for shopping and dining as well.
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New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French QuarterHalf-day Tours

New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter

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Indulge in New Orleans liquid culture on this insider cocktail tour of the historic French Quarter! With an expert guide and fellow drinks enthusiasts, journey beyond the hubbub of Bourbon Street and visit four historic local haunts for a sampling of iconic cocktails. At each legendary venue, admire the mixology of notable bartenders, discover the origins and truths of centuries‐old spirits such as absinthe, and sip on a Sazerac (or two).
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French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting TourCulinary & Gourmet Tour

French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting Tour

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Perfect for food and culture enthusiasts, this tasting tour in New Orleans' French Quarter allows you to visit two of the oldest restaurants in the city. Learn about Creole and Cajun cuisine and taste both as you walk through the lively neighborhood. All food tastings included.
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New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History TourCity Packages

New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour

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Immerse yourself in the best of the French Quarter on this 2.5‐hour historical walking tour. An entertaining local guide will lead you through the Vieux Carré, along the mighty Mississippi River, and to Louis Armstrong Park and Jackson Square, describing the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage. See notable literary and cinematic landmarks, bustling scenes of local life, and architectural gems including some of the nation’s oldest buildings.
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French Quarter Cocktail and Foodie CrawlHalf-day Tours

French Quarter Cocktail and Foodie Crawl

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Get the full New Orleans tasting experience with a 3-hour French Quarter cocktail and foodie tour! Discover the pillars of New Orleans’ restaurant scene with visits to renowned establishments such as Seafood Treasure for grilled oysters and Cafe du Monde for a warm beignet (or three!). Learn about local food and drink history from your savvy guide, and sip on some of New Orleans most celebrated drinks.
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French Quarter Haunted Excursion In New OrleansCity Packages

French Quarter Haunted Excursion In New Orleans

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This haunted excursion around New Orleans takes in the greatest hits of ghosts and vampires alongside lurid New Orleans history, popular culture and architecture, cemetery explorations and, of course, tales of the city's great unsolved mysteries. Popular with families and individuals alike, the tour includes fun commentary during a walk through the French Quarter. As the Cajun expression 'laissz les bon temps rouler' goes, let the good times roll!
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Photo Shoot in French QuarterCity Packages

Photo Shoot in French Quarter

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Savor your New Orleans experience with a professional photographer to show you around the French Quarter and capture high-quality photos of the excursion. The local photographer not only knows the top photo spots in the city but can also share other details about the sights throughout the tour. This enables you to maximize your time and take home photos.
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French Quarter History Tour with Cafe Du Monde Option in New OrleansDining Experiences

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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New Orleans Small-Group French Quarter Food Tour City Packages

New Orleans Small-Group French Quarter Food Tour

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Eat and drink your way through the French Quarter on a culinary walking tour designed to highlight New Orleans’ rich gastronomic heritage. Visit local institutions and holes-in-the-wall, taste a range of dishes and buy culinary souvenirs, like hot sauce and decadent pralines. Enjoy food samples at eat that stop, which add up to the equivalent of a full meal.
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French Quarter Drunken Ghost and Vampire TourPub Tours

French Quarter Drunken Ghost and Vampire Tour

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Explore New Orleans’ dark side on an occult-themed pub crawl through the French Quarter. With an local guide leading the way, grab a drink to go (own expense) and hear stories about unsolved murders, ghosts, and vampires. Plus, power up an electromagnetic radiation detector.
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New Orleans French Quarter Walking TourCity Packages

New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour

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Explore New Orleans' history, culture and architecture with a 2-hour walking tour through the French Quarter’s atmospheric streets. Stroll alongside a local guide 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 Congo Square. Finish your walk with tips on how to eat, drink and live it up like a local — or yat — in New Orleans.
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New Orleans Family-Friendly Spooky Ghost Tour of the French QuarterKid-Friendly

New Orleans Family-Friendly Spooky Ghost Tour of the French Quarter

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As one of the oldest neighborhoods in New Orleans, the French Quarter has a storied past. Hear about the ghosts and ghouls who haunt this part of the city on a kid-friendly ghost tour that’s geared toward families. Your super-informative guide gives you a spook, but not too much for most kids to handle.
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City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus TourBus Tours

City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover historic New Orleans in an open‐top double‐decker bus on this hop‐on hop‐off sightseeing tour. With either your 1‐or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with several stops, including the French Market, Jackson Square, and the Garden District, plus available walking tours, depending on the option you buy. Enjoy unobstructed views and fun onboard commentary as you soak up ‘The Big Easy’.
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New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo & Vampire Walking TourCity Packages

New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo & Vampire Walking Tour

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Exploring New Orleans in the evening can seem like an intimidating quest on your own, but this ghost, voodoo, and vampire walking tour takes you to the city’s most eerie sites at night in the safety of a group with a knowledgeable guide. Stop by top attractions such as the LaLaurie Mansion and New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, all while listening to your guide’s detailed stories of the paranormal and beyond.
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New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor CruiseDay Cruises

New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

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See the best of New Orleans by land and water on this combo city tour and steamboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi! Enjoy a guided coach trip through the French Quarter, Garden District and Jackson Square, where you’ll witness the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage. Then board the famous Steamboat Natchez for your iconic New Orleans river cruise.
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Adults Only Haunted Ghost, Voodoo, & Vampire Tour City Packages

Adults Only Haunted Ghost, Voodoo, & Vampire Tour

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★★★★★ - "When friends and family ask me what they shouldn’t miss when they visit New Orleans, I tell them, “Take a tour with Hottest Hell.” - Michael Cerveris, Star of 'Mindhunter' Do you believe there are things in this life that simply cannot be explained? Come take a walk through 7 sinister stories of the French Quarter that may leave you questioning what you ever thought possible. Starting Feb. 13, our 8PM tour will be available with the VIP option of HELLVISION™! We use handheld projectors to bring the bloody history of New Orleans out of the archives and onto the streets for your tour. This dark marriage of digital imaging and traditional storytelling takes our usual route and adds in a unique look at old New Orleans you won’t find anywhere else. • Led by accredited Parapsychologists and Paranormal Historians • See the home of Madame Lalaurie, and more • Top-rated, licensed, and insured Please arrive 30 minutes prior for check-in. Tours depart at their scheduled times.
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New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking TourCity Packages

New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour

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Discover New Orleans ‘spirited’ side on a fun and informative cocktail tour! You’ll rub shoulders with local imbibers at historic bars and restaurants and have the option to sip on classic concoctions like the Sazerac and Pimm’s Cup. Immerse yourself in the stories from your guide and savvy mixologists, and learn the famous – and sometimes scandalous – histories of drink and drinking culture in New Orleans.
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Three Hour City Tour of New OrleansHalf-day Tours

Three Hour City Tour of New Orleans

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Although not your typical tour of New Orleans, this expedition through the Big Easy takes in some of the major points of interest, including the French Quarter, Treme, the Esplanade, the Garden District and the Metairie Cemetery. Relax in air-conditioned minibus comfort, and listen as a guide leads you through one of America's most historic cities.
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French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride City Packages

French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride

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Explore the French Quarter and Marigny aboard a relaxing horse and carriage during this small-group tour in New Orleans. Discover the history, culture, and legends that surround this historic city as you see landmarks including the St. Louis Cathedral, Napoleon House, and French Market. You also get insider tips from your guide about the best places to eat, drink, and explore in New Orleans.
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