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  • Location:New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration:2 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

Garden District Walking Tour: Mansions and Lafayette Cemetery

Experience the best of New Orleans’ opulent Garden District on this approximate 3‐hour walking tour. Marvel at the enormous antebellum mansions, learn about some of the district’s famous residents including Anne Rice and Sandra Bullock, and visit homes used in the films Interview with a Vampire and Dracula 2000. You’ll also wander through the macabre above‐ground tombs at Lafayette Cemetery, one 
of the city’s most significant ‘Cities of the Dead’.

Highlights

  • Walking tour of the opulent Garden District in New Orleans
  • View well-preserved examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture, including the homes of Anne Rice and Sandra Bullock
  • See where Confederate President Jefferson Davis passed away
  • Visit the Lafayette Cemetery, one of New Orleans’ distinctive above-ground cemeteries
  • Stop for refreshments at Magazine PoBoy Shop
  • Roundtrip transportation by coach from the French Quarter included
  • Visit the interior of Opera Guild Home

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What You Can Expect

Garden District Walking Tour: Mansions and Lafayette Cemetery

The Garden District has many spectacular homes

Board your morning coach in the French Quarter and enjoy watching the city wake up as you travel to the neighboring Garden District. This area, which now boasts some of the most splendid, preserved antebellum mansions in the South, was once occupied by multiple plantations. 

As you stroll through manicured streets and admire colorful facades and cast‐iron fences, learn how the area was slowly appropriated by wealthy Americans in the 19th century who sought distinction from the French population in the French Quarter.  Your guide will complement the spectacular urban scenery with legends of the Garden District’s past and present residents, from Jefferson Davis – the ‘First and Only President of the Confederate States of America’ – to local author Anne Rice, actor John Goodman, and famous football player Archie Manning. Before leaving the Garden District, take an interior tour of a distinguished home from the Civil War era.

The final leg of your walking tour is Lafayette Cemetery, one of New Orleans oldest surviving – and still operating – ‘cities of the dead’. Spanning just one square block, this mysterious site houses more than 7,000 people in tombs and mausoleums. Hear about the distinctive above‐ground burial system and some of the cemetery’s famous interred – both factual and fictitious. 

Capture some photos and partake in complimentary refreshments at Magazine PoBoy Shop before  returning by coach to your starting point in the French Quarter. 

Customer Reviews

Katie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent, thoroughly recommend this tour!

John K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

My group really enjoyed this tour. This was my second tour of the Garden District and I learned much more about the neighborhood than I did on the first trip. Our tour guide, Marsha, was great. She adjusted the pace of the tour to those in the group and she explained the sights in an interesting way. I would highly recommend this tour, especially if she is the tour guide.,

Michael N USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The tour was wonderful, the tour guide was knowledgeable and the homes were beautiful. We have been to New Orleans many times but this is the first time we had a chance to see the Garden District from the inside out. We highly recommend this tour!

Renee G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This is one of the only tours that I could find where you might actually see the inside of a home in the garden district. The tour guide was very knowledgable and very accommodating.

Pam S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Wonderful tour and full of history. Our tour guide, Nancy, was very good as well!

daryl k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Our tour guide was great. It was both interesting and enjoyable.

JAMES M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Really good tour. Our guide was full of great tidbits of information and tour covered some great homes as well a small piece of the cemetery.

Janet L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We enjoyed our experience. Unfortunately, I booked all of my tours at one time and did not know a discount coupon is offered at the end for another tour. This could of saved my girlfriend and I over 40 dollars!!! When II asked for an adjustment........sorry, we can't do that!!! Lesson learned....hold onto your money and book the night before!!

Elizabeth L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide was excellent!!! She knew so much about the history, architecture and residents of the garden district. I would highly recommend this tour and the guide.

Kerry E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

great tour around the beautiful Garden District with a knowledgeable guide! The house we were able to go inside of was totally breath-taking and a real treat to see a house preserved in such a way to give you a real sense of how these grand houses would have looked years ago. We also got a quick visit to the Lafayette Cemetery and saw the homes of the rich and famous along the way. Lovely way to spend the day, value for money and highly recommended.

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