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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’.


  • 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

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.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was a lot of fun! You cover a lot of ground, so be prepared to walk.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour with Marcia Marcia Marcia!
Very informative historically and currently. On time tour, comfortable tour bus. I love the French Quarter, but learned that there is so much more to New Orleans.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a wonderful, fun and educational way to spend a morning. Our guide, Roby, knew so much about the city and its history including dispelling a number of common myths. It was a great time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Highly interesting and many thanks to a wonderful guide, Robi. Very good insight of the district and cemetery. The tour and our guide are both highly recommended !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Beautiful and informative tour of the high class district of New Orleans! We learned a lot about architecture, as well as stories of select homeowners.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Loved this tour. 6 of us went-ages 28 to 65 and was enjoyed by everyone. Walking was leisurely-sometimes uneven due to the roots of the trees upending the sidewalks, but we were always forewarned by our guide when we were approaching an uneven area. Guide was great, very informative and just a lovely place to walk and get some history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Sandy did a great job! Giving us perfect mix of old and new for the Garden District

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

worth the walking and appreciated the drink afterward

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