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New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour

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New Orleans, United States

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • Visit St Louis Cathedral, the oldest continuously operating cathedral in the United States
  • Note the Spanish and French influence on New Orleans at the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba buildings
  • See where literary greats like William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams wrote some of their famous works
  • Take in the Mississippi River and learn how the fertile delta gave rise to New Orleans’ growth
Your tour of the enchanting French Quarter begins in Musical Legends Park. Choose a morning or evening start time and meet your friendly local guide for a 2.5‐hour educational promenade. You’ll set off first for the Mississippi riverbank. Admire paddlewheel steamboats drifting on the water and learn about the levee system that converted this sea‐level swampland to a livable space, ripe for agriculture and building.     

Along the way, visit the waterside French Market. Legend has it that this site – now the oldest open‐air market in the US – was once a bartering market for Native Americans. Wander through the stalls and check out local produce, fish and Creole delicacies. Then pass by the Ursuline Convent, the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley, en route to your next stop: Jackson Square. 

On the site of the original Place d’Armes, Jackson Square is an honorary landmark to New Orleans’ war hero Andrew Jackson. See Louisiana’s Cabildo and Presbytere museums and the Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment buildings in the United States! Pass by the origination point of the Great New Orleans Fire of 1788 as you head into St Louis Cathedral. 

Afterwards, you’ll have the rare opportunity to visit a Creole courtyard, generally cloistered from the public, and see a quadroon ballroom – both architectural symbols of the complexity and singularity of Creole culture.  

Between stops, enjoy some literary landmark spotting and performance art in the streets! You’ll pass the building where Tennessee Williams wrote A Streetcar Named Desire, visit William Faulkner’s home and stroll through Pirate’s Alley, the infamous location replete in legend of pirates, duels and covert negotiations.

Your 2‐mile (3.2 km) walk ends near the Mississippi River levee.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
French Quarter
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Jackson Square
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St. Louis Cathedral
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Old Ursuline Convent Museum
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Cabildo
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The Presbytere
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French Market
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Mississippi River
Admission Ticket Free
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Historic New Orleans Tours
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New Orleans Musical Legends Park
Admission Ticket Free
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the maximum group size during New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour?
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This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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French Quarter Tour
Patricia_L
, Feb 2020
Loved the tour! Our guide was so informative and I learned so many new things about New Orleans. Highly recommend.
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NOLA up close and personal
ejan0516
, Feb 2020
Our guide was fabulous - knew so much history and having grown up in NOLA was able to give those personal facts that added to the story. He took the time needed to answer all of our questions!
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Awesome Tour for History & Architecture Lovers
allisonxpreston
, Jan 2020
We had a fantastic tour with Tony, a local who grew up near the French Quarter. It was a slow day so we were the only ones on the tour and Tony went above and beyond to talk about the history and architecture in the area and how the French Quarter has changed throughout the years.
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Not as extensive as I expected
THERESAL257
, Jun 2019
Gwen was very nice but she really just skimmed the history of New Orleans. She really only talked about the difference in house design by Creoles vs Americans.
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Interesting history
2OHteachers
, Apr 2019
Antonino is a knowledgeable, affable guide. He answered all questions respectfully and was especially patient with a family with young children.
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Walking Tour
Silvia O
, Mar 2019
This tour was just right ,, very informative and interesting. I enjoyed the site seeing and went back to some of the places shown throughout the tour.
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Wonderful tour
betsbosak
, Dec 2018
My guide was Frank and he was a fountain of information. Really wonderful tour. Highly recommend it.
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Such a fantastic way to learn about...
Nina B
, Jun 2018
Such a fantastic way to learn about the French Quarter, see its amazing architecture and be immersed into their culture!
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It is an enjoyable few hours. Do...
S E R
, Apr 2018
It is an enjoyable few hours. Do imagine it would be a bit different with different history and information depending on your guide. Also enjoyed the meeting place beforehand. Had a coffee and beignet while listening to live music and forgoing the crowds at cafe du monde. Always can learn something new and see New Orleans with different eyes.
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Really enjoy the trip. Very fun and a...
Kevin S
, Oct 2017
Really enjoy the trip. Very fun and a good history of the French Quarter.

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