The architecture and history as well as local pop culture references made for an interesting and varied tour. Our guide, as a New Orleans native, was knowledgeable and the opportunity to see the Garden District and the Cemetery with that depth of knowledge as our guide was a great resource. Educational and entertaining. I recommend that you call ahead to make sure the procedure for check in is followed as we walked from our hotel on Royal to the ticket book by the Cafe du Monde and then over to the lighthouse check in where the van was waiting. The trains and trolleys have an impact on when the vans can get through that area so be as considerate as you can with an early arrival about 20 minutes before tour departure.
Great tour with all the information about culture, architecture, and all the little things that we didn't know about the great city of New Orleans. For those of you that are worried about making the tour there are only 2 sets of stairs that you need to climb but can opt out of that and wait aside. There are also many stops to listen to the guide so you are not actually walking for the entire 2 hrs. We loved our tour guide. The bathroom stop is not until the end but that wasn't a problem. We were all given the opportunity to use the facilities before we left for the tour.
Doing what: French Quarter Walking Tour
Our tour guide Libby Bollino was very informative and energetic. She pointed out details that we might have missed. She showed a variety of styles of architecture and provided interesting historical information. I would definitely recommend this tour.
A very interesting walking tour. We learned a lot about the history and architecture . Things you don't pick up from a book. The Garden District is a must see. There was just the two of us on a rainy morning, but the tour continued anyway and the tourguide was eager to show us all the splendour of this neighbourhood. The sun came through after some time and we were really glad we booked this tour. When you're gonna be in New Orleans you shouldn't miss out on this wonderful tour. Good value for money.
The Beautiful Garden City with it's rich history and architecture is something I personally recommend, if you would like to get out of the French Quarters for a while. Our Guide was a fountain of information and made this for a very pleasant morning stroll.
Carol did a wonderful job showing us around the Garden District. There was a lot to learn, and a lot to see. I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to learn more about the city, the architecture, and the famous people who have lived there.
I enjoyed the tour. The guide was very friendly and demonstrated considerable history knowledge of the architecture of the city. It was a great tour which I did not feel that we rushed at all and had time to explore on my own, but enjoyed the day learning about the interesting history and life in New Orleans.
Any lover of historic homes will thoroughly enjoy this tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the area and provided us with many details related to the history, architecture, ownership, and even price range of these beautiful old homes. The best part was walking the neighborhoods--it certainly gives a much more intimate view of the homes and gives opportunity to see things that would be missed in a vehicle. The worst part, ironically, is the walking. Due to time constraints, we at times had to rush through certain areas. Plus it allows exposure to the elements; the day we went it was drizzling and down in the 30's. Keep this in mind when you prepay this tour, depending upon the season. And remember, the tours are conducted despite the weather--no refunds are given.
The tour was fun and entertaining. However, the information we were given was limited. The tour was more about riding the segways than learning about the history/ architecture/ culture of New Orleans. Guide was nice and knowledgeable. Would recommend to try but no need to do it more than once.
Doing what: New Orleans French Quarter Segway Tour
The tour covered a very small part of the French Quarter. It was informative regarding history and architecture for the time it took and the area it covered. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and was a local resident of many years. Her conveyance of the material was non emotional but factual.
Doing what: French Quarter Walking Tour
The tour guide, Diane, was full of interesting information and history, and knew the area like a true native. We traveled all around town, seeing the historic sights, the hurricane damage, the architecture and the variety of neighborhoods, learning about the locals and their histories. But, sitting in a van for four hours with only two short stops (bathroom and cemetary) was very long and uncomfortable. There were so many sights and neighborhoods, historical locations and shopping that were worth getting out of the van but that wasn't the intinerary. If you like to be driven around and given a history lesson, take this tour. If you seek more activity, don't bother.
I liked this a lot until it got boring. 2 1/2 hours is a long tour without a break. I liked the history and the architecture, but enough was enough. I think most of my party agreed that we would have liked it to end after the graveyard part. It was a great tour and our guide was excellent, it was just too long.
It was a beautiful day and the weather was pleasant so it was very easy getting around on this tour. I learned much about the architecture of the Garden District, along with the history of the district, and visited the houses of Anne Rice, Nicholas Cage, Sandra Bullock, and John Goodman. But somehow the tour was short in getting a sense for the neighborhood. I would recommend the 2-to-2 1/2 hour horse and carriage tour of the Garden District. The carriage driver will be your guide.
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