- 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 and tour the Old Ursuline Convent, the oldest building in the Mississippi River Valley
What You Can Expect
On this guided walking tour, follow in the footsteps of historic figures such as French privateer Jean Lafitte and American playwright Tennessee Williams as you stroll along the Mississippi River, through the French Market and Jackson Square, and down the banquettes (sidewalks) of streets named after European saints and sinners like St. Louis and Dumaine.
Your guide will bring the French Quarter to life with stories, legends and interesting facts about the Creole people and the architecture, courtyards, food, music, art and gardens that all lend to this district’s unique character. You’ll also take a guided tour of the Old Ursuline Convent, the oldest building in the Mississippi River Valley and one of the few surviving buildings from French colonial days.
Throughout your tour, your guide will delve into some of the darker realities of this area of New Orleans, including its history of yellow fever, voodoo and the grisly medical practices of the 19th century such as leeching and bloodletting.
After your enlightening journey, end your tour in the shady comfort of the newly renovated courtyard and herb garden of the Ursuline Convent .
Judy was excellent. Unfortunately I forgot to tip her. Highly recommended.
I have been to New Orleans a number of times since a few years ago I lived 90 minutes away for a year and a half. I have enjoyed some aspects, but can't say I'm a New Orleans raving fan. I will say it is not a city to just wander around in because there is so much more to it than Bourbon Street. This time, I was in New Orleans for a wedding, so not my chosen destination. I decided to do this tour because I was with two other friend-couples - one couple that had never been before and another couple that had only been in New Orleans briefly for a work convention. I am SO glad I did this tour! Estelle was our guide and I learned so much more about the city and have a whole new appreciation and interest in the history, culture, and things to do that have created what is truly uniquely only New Orleans. Estelle was fun, knowledgeable, energetic, and I think just intuitively knew how to adjust herself to our group. I always enjoy tours, and most all tour guides are knowledgeable and credible. But a lot of times it feels like I'm on a high school field trip and I am to "learn" what the guide has to "teach." Estelle was inspiring and engaging and just made it fun and interesting and somehow about us. Next time I go to New Orleans, I will do another tour of another area of New Orleans even if I've been there before - if I can get Estelle! And I will be back!