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  • Location:New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

French Quarter Walking Tour

Experience the convergence of colonial empires on this 2‐hour walking tour of New Orleans’ exquisite French Quarter. With an expert guide, learn about French, Spanish and Creole influence on this famous neighborhood, from cloistered courtyards and intricate ironwork to beignets and jambalaya. View legendary sites, quaint shops and centuries‐old bars as you saunter down Royal Street, Bourbon Street 
and more. 

Highlights

  • Walking tour of New Orleans’ French Quarter
  • Discover the history, legends and mysteries of this district from your knowledgeable guide
  • See the architecture and homes that give this historic quarter its unique flair
  • Stroll along the Mississippi River, French Quarter Courtyard, Cabildo Museum and the Beauregard-Keyes House

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What You Can Expect

French Quarter Walking Tour

Bourbon Street Sign

Meet your guide in the French Quarter for an afternoon walking tour of the incomparable Vieux Carré (‘Old Square’). As city’s oldest neighborhood and remaining cultural hub, the French Quarter offers a look at a true dichotomy of old‐world tradition and contemporary New Orleans living.  

Stroll along the Mississippi River for a view of paddlewheel steamboats drifting on the water and visit the waterside French Market. You’ll have time to wander through the bustling space – the oldest market of its kind in the US – and check out local produce, fish and Creole delicacies. Then continue to the Beauregard‐Keyes House, a true melting pot of architectural style. View the lofty portico of this quaint 
Creole cottage and learn of its former residents, Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard and American author Frances Parkinson Keyes. Your guide will take you through Keyes' original studio and point out authentic artifacts from the Beauregard and Keyes collections.

The final stop is Jackson Square, the former Place d’Armes. See Louisiana’s Cabildo and Presbytere museums and the Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment buildings in the United States! Your tour includes entry into the Cabildo, originally the seat of the Spanish Government in New Orleans and the site of Louisiana Purchase transfer. Follow you guide through the exhibit for an entertaining look at Louisiana’s history from a multicultural standpoint.

Between stops, you’ll explore other historic streets in the quarter such as St. Louis Street and Dumaine Street, named for famed saints and sinners. Hear stories and legends about New Orleans singular and complex Creole culture, and enjoy some literary landmark spotting such as the building where Tennessee Williams wrote A Streetcar Named Desire and William Faulkner’s home.

Your tour returns to the starting point by mid‐afternoon. 

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Customer Reviews

Kathleen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was such a terrific walking tour both historically and ascetically. A lot of history and stories. I loved that at every turn of a corner, there was some type of music blowing in the wind. You are brought back in time. I loved this tour.

robert l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our favorite of all the tours. Ryan was incredible, you are fortunate to have him as one of your guides. He was very informative and personable. His excitement for everything New Orleans made you glad you were visiting!

Xueli L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent tour guide!

Julie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

My apologies for this long overdue review. My mom and I thoroughly enjoyed this interesting and humorous tour through the French Quarter. Our guide Robi sp? was absolutely fantastic! He kept a great pace for the whole group and inserted funny facts throughout the tour. It was a great way to start our weekend getaway!

Willie F G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great to experience the history and region in and about New Orleans. Thank you.

Alan United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Didn't do it because my husband hurt his leg and couldn't walk

Beth N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fantastic tour. Sandi our guide was fantastic regarding history, architecture and insider tips regarding entertainment.

Diane D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Had already walked thru French Quarter ourselves, but now Julie explained what we were seeing!!! Loved it!

DeeDee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I picked the hottest time of day, but it was still a very fun and informative tour.

Joanne K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a great way to see the sights and learn some history about the area. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend it.

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