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St. Louis Cathedral Tours

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St. Louis Cathedral
A prominent landmark on Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral (officially the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis King of France) stands tall and proud, beckoning French Quarter visitors to take a little time out from drinking and dancing to admire the oldest continuously used cathedral in the United States. The seat of the city's Roman Catholic Archdiocese, the cathedral was built in 1789 and rebuilt in 1850, and today, its all-white, Spanish Colonial façade with three black spires is one of the most instantly recognizable landmarks in the South. The inside is just as beautiful.

The Basics
As one of New Orleans' most famous landmarks, St. Louis Cathedral deserves a spot on every visitor's itinerary. Nearly all sightseeing tours in the city include a stop here, whether a basic walking tour or a quirkier supernatural, romantic, or "drunk history" themed tour. Thanks to the cathedral's central location, it's also easy to visit on your own when mass isn't in session; volunteer docents sometimes lead tours, and brochures for self-guided tours are available at the entrance for a small donation.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • St. Louis Cathedral is a perfect spontaneous stop on a stroll through the French Quarter.
  • Mass takes place daily at 12:05pm.
  • The cathedral is wheelchair accessible.
  • Expect a full house for mass on Catholic holidays such as Easter and Christmas.

How to Get to St. Louis Cathedral
St. Louis Cathedral is located just across Chartres Street from Jackson Square, so it's easy to get to on foot from just about anywhere in the French Quarter. Parking in the area can be difficult to find, so travelers coming from further afield should consider taking a tour that includes hotel pickup and dropoff, catching a taxi or rideshare, or riding a streetcar to Jackson Square on the Riverfront Line.

When to Get There
While the cathedral is open daily, it closes in mid-afternoon, so it’s best to plan your visit for earlier in the day, either before or after midday mass. Those planning to attend mass on a significant holiday, such as Easter or Christmas, should try to arrive well before the service starts, as seats often fill up quickly.

Visiting the Old Ursuline Convent
Travelers planning a visit to St. Louis Cathedral should also set aside some time for a stop at the nearby Old Ursuline Convent, also located on Chartres Street in the French Quarter. The oldest building in the Mississippi Valley, the convent was built in the 1750s and today houses a museum within its French Colonial facade.
Address: 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116, USA
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Three Hour City Tour of New Orleans

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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  • 3 hours
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New Orleans Small-Group Haunted History Carriage Tour

New Orleans Small-Group Haunted History Carriage Tour

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Get a taste of 18th-century New Orleans while exploring its most notorious haunts aboard a mule-drawn carriage. Join a small group of no more than eight people for an intimate evening tour through the French Quarter, where rollicking nightlife conceals a past filled with dark deeds, natural disasters, and supernatural sightings. Hear the city's most salacious history from a guide as you clip-clop your way past iron-laced balconies, darkened alleys, and southern mansions steeped in legend.
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New Orleans Vampire Walking Tour

New Orleans Vampire Walking Tour

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Discover the most legendary vampire haunts in New Orleans on this 2‐hour evening walking tour! Your local guide will lead a lamplit promenade through the French Quarter to visit places imbibed in vampire lore such as the filming location of Interview with a Vampire. You’ll also hear some ‘real’ stories of the undead from public archives and police reports, and peek in at a known vampire tavern. Think twice before accepting any free drinks! 
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New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter

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 Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour

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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French Quarter Haunted Excursion In New Orleans

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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New Orleans City and Cemetery Bus Tour

New Orleans City and Cemetery Bus Tour

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Relax and absorb the rich history of New Orleans from your window seat aboard our air-conditioned buses. This 2.5-hour, small-group tour will pick you up at your hotel and visit many of the most historic neighborhoods including Treme, The French Quarter, The Warehouse and Garden Districts, Faubourg St John and Marigny. Stop in one of the world-famous St Louis cemeteries for a sobering and spooky sidebar and escape the group for some solo adventuring before you return to the bus.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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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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New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour

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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour

New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour

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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.
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  • 4 hours
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French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride

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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New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour

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 Ghost Adventures Tour

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New Orleans Ghost Adventures Tour

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This haunted house tour is led by a professional historian and perfect for travelers who want a behind-the-scenes look at the ghosts and spirits that still lurk in the Big Easy. Listen to real ghost stories as you make your way through the French Quarter of New Orleans.
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French Quarter and Cemetery Walking Tour

French Quarter and Cemetery Walking Tour

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Explore the rollicking history and ghostly legends of some of New Orleans’ most iconic locales on this walking tour of the French Quarter. Learn about the city’s roots as an 18th-century French colony and hear tales of famous former residents, from Creole aristocrats to voodoo priestesses. Visit neighborhood landmarks like Jackson Square, the French market, the Cabildo, and Café du Monde, plus the captivating above-ground tombs of historic cemetery St Louis No. 1.
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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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New Orleans French Quarter Photo Shoot

New Orleans French Quarter Photo Shoot

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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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Cemetery and French Quarter Horse and Carriage Ride

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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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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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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Saints and Sinners Walking Tour in New Orleans

Saints and Sinners Walking Tour in New Orleans

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The Saints and Sinners Walking Tour of New Orleans is not your typical tourist expedition. Lose yourself and a part of your innocence on this adults-only trip through the best and worst of the Big Easy. It's a tour that shines a light on the lurid past, present and future of this historic city. Leave your kids at the hotel and channel your inner sinner for this voyage through the New Orleans' heart of darkness. 
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Private French Quarter Walking Tour

Private French Quarter Walking Tour

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Discover the rich history of New Orleans, beyond the bars of Bourbon Street and the parties of Mardi Gras, on a private, 3-hour walking tour of the French Quarter. Visit many landmarks that tell the story of the city’s unique French, Spanish, and Creole heritage while strolling through the atmospheric streets with a private guide.
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New Orleans Voodoo and Cemetery Walking Tour

New Orleans Voodoo and Cemetery Walking Tour

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New Orleans is one of America’s most haunted and mystical city’s and this walking tour covers the main highlights. Learn about voodoo magic and listen to gruesome tales as you walk through the French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. Walk through Jackson Square, Louis Armstrong Park, and Cemetery #1 as you go beyond colonial history and discuss the development of the city’s unique culture.
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Free People of Color: A French Quarter Walking Tour

Free People of Color: A French Quarter Walking Tour

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Join us for a walking tour of New Orleans’ most historic neighborhood, the French Quarter. See the “Vieux Carré” through the eyes of Louisiana’s famous Free People of Color (Les Gens de Couleur Libres). In an age when most people of African descent in the New World were considered the property of others, thousands of people of color owned their own property and forged their own paths in a world that was not their own. Hear their stories. Learn of their many contributions to this beautiful culture. Learn the history of the most emblematic neighborhood of one of the United States’ most iconic cities. This tour is an exploration of old Louisiana, the Louisiana that gave birth to Jazz and Zydeco, to gumbo and jambalaya. Louisiana is technically a southern American state, but culturally Louisiana has always been the northernmost part of the Caribbean. (This tour also includes a tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and of the courtyard of a beautiful antebellum French Quarter residence.)
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French Quarter Walking Tour

French Quarter Walking Tour

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Stroll through the historic French Quarter during this 2-hour walking tour. Follow your guide past the historic buildings, down charming lanes and through serene plazas surrounded by Spanish moss-draped trees. Listen to an insider's account of the bustling, decadent neighborhood's history, from its beginnings to what it stands for today.
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