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Sightseeing on a Budget in New Orleans

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Sightseeing on a Budget in New Orleans
New Orleans offers plenty for budget travelers, since much of the city’s appeal involves historic atmosphere rather than big-ticket activities. Many top attractions can be seen on foot, by bike, or on a low-cost guided tour. Whether you want Creole cuisine and cocktails or haunted history and swamp adventures, here’s how to explore the Big Easy on the cheap.
 
Explore on Foot
Walking is one of the best ways to soak up New Orleans’ unique Southern ambience. Must-see neighborhoods such as the French Quarter, Marigny, and Frenchmen Street are compact enough to cover in a short amount of time and filled with hidden courtyards, specialty shops, and curious details best seen on foot. If aimless wandering isn't your style, stroll with a purpose on a walking tour focused on food, history, art, or paranormal activity. 
 
Find Discount Dishes
Happily for foodies on a budget, New Orleans is filled with casual options to indulge in the city’s famous cuisine. Food and cocktail tours can help you find the best places in town that serve up Creole specialties such as po’ boy sandwiches, gumbo, piping hot beignets, and Sazeracs that won't take a bite out of your wallet. 
 
Skip the Car Rental
Avoid the expense of a rental car, and use New Orleans’ extensive network of public buses and historic streetcars to get around. For an even easier ride with added narration, join a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour with stops at all the city's most popular landmarks. Segway and bike tours are also great, low-cost ways to expand your sightseeing and venture beyond the French Quarter.
 
Book a Combo Tour
Although they may come with a higher price tag, combo tours can actually save money when you book two or more popular tours together. For example, a package with both a walking tour and steamboat cruise or a swamp-and-plantation bundle lets you pack multiple adventures into one day, usually at a discount.
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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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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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New Orleans Super Saver: Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing plus Oak Alley PlantationDay Cruises

New Orleans Super Saver: Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing plus Oak Alley Plantation

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Experience the grandeur of New Orleans’ antebellum history and the mystic of the bayou on this 2‐day combined swamp and plantation sightseeing tour. Learn about a bygone era at Oak Alley Plantation, where you’ll view stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades, and enduring sugar cane. Then head deep into the secluded bayous to witness Cajun life and spot native wildlife.
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  • 8 hours
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Shared Arrival Transfer: New Orleans Airport to Hotel or Cruise PortPort Transfers

Shared Arrival Transfer: New Orleans Airport to Hotel or Cruise Port

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Upon arriving at the New Orleans airport, forget the stress of trying to find a taxi while lugging around your bags. Instead reserve a seat in this shared‐ride door‐to‐door transfer for a comfortable ride from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) to your New Orleans hotel or cruise ship port. Service available daily from 3am‐2am. Quick, easy and cost‐efficient!
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  • 30 minutes
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One Hour Saint Louis Cemetery Number One Walking TourPrivate and Luxury

One Hour Saint Louis Cemetery Number One Walking Tour

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Discover the historic crypts and monuments at New Orleans’ Saint Louis Cemetery #1 on a guided walking tour. Enjoy a relaxed pace as you trace a mile-long route through the burial ground, and hear stories about the city’s most colorful characters and luminaries. Pay your respects to Marie Laveau, known as New Orleans’ ‘Voodoo Queen,’ see the tombs of the city’s greatest families and visit sections devoted to Louisiana’s different Christian denominations. Learn about New Orleans’ history and culture as you explore the city’s oldest cemetery.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo & Vampire Walking TourPub Tours

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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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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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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures