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  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration:  2 hours 45 minutes (approx.)
Admire the posh homes of New Orleans' Garden District on this morning walking tour. Observe impressive examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture including mansions belonging to Anne Rice, Sandra Bullock and John Goodman. See where Confederate leader Jefferson Davis died, witness the above-ground burial ground at Lafayette Cemetery, and learn about the history of the Garden District from your guide. Your tour includes roundtrip transportation from the French Quarter and refreshments at Magazine PoBoy Shop.


  • 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

Your tour begins in the French Quarter, where you'll board a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and travel to the quieter and more genteel Garden District. This elegant historical area, known for its marvelous examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture and lovely gardens, was once the site of a number of plantations. Learn from your guide how in the 19th century it was sold off piece by piece primarily to wealthy Americans who built the lavish mansions that still dominate this district.

See mansions belonging to local author Anne Rice, actress Sandra Bullock, actor John Goodman, and former New Orleans Saints' quarterback — and father of Peyton and Eli — Archie Manning. Stop for an exclusive tour of a stately Garden District home built around the end of the American Civil War in 1865.

Admire an unusual cast-iron fence resembling a row of cornstalks and learn the legend of how a southern colonel had it made in the mid-1800s to comfort his homesick Iowan wife. You'll also see where Confederate leader Jefferson died at age 81 and stop to walk around Lafayette Cemetery, one of New Orleans' many above-ground cemeteries. Hear about how the high water table and frequent flooding in the city helped drive the creation of these 'cities of the dead' as you capture photos of the elaborate tombs and statuary.

Enjoy light refreshments at Magazine PoBoy Shop before heading back to the French Quarter by coach at the end of your 2.5-hour Garden District tour.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Tour was great. Just the right length. Awesome tour guide. Learned so much about the area. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour guide, Robi, was awesome. He was friendly, very knowledgeable not just about the district, but the whole city of New Orleans, and made the tour so fun....we almost forgot about the heat! We were given water for the walk, and Robi was constantly checking on everyone to be sure we were doing well in the heat of the city. I would absolutely recommend this tour to my friends and family and especially our tour guide. Great time, very much worth the money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Most people are familiar with the French Quarter and its history. This tour educates you about a different part of New Orleans Garden District while also giving you the opportunity to see several beautiful and historic homes. Our guide Robi was well versed in New Orleans history and the architecture. I world recommend this trip to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This is a tour not to be missed! Our tour guide Robi was awesome! His knowledge of the history, homes and architecture was amazing! I loved every second of I!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Robi the Tour guide was outstanding

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our tour was great. We are still telling friends about it months later. The guide was good, friendly, knowledgeable and easy to approach with questions. Every thing happened on time, but nothing was rushed. We saw plenty of people wandering around with maps trying to do their own tour - pay the money and go on this one, well worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Robi was an excellent tour guide. He was informative, funny and cleared up a few things for me about the Layette graveyard. I throughly enjoyed my tour and would recommend it to everyone. The only thing he couldn't control was the weather, but he did brings fans for us. That was wonderful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour guide was very knowledgeable. I learned a lot.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was actually more than we could have hoped for. Robi, the tour guide, was extremely professional. He's well-Informed and meticulous about caring for the group.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Marsha did a wonderful job taking us through the district and she was so informative and pleasant. It was a very interesting tour.

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