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  • Location:New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

New Orleans Architectural and Sightseeing Small-Group Tour

Discover New Orleans’ vibrant history through its dynamic architecture on this 4-hour sightseeing tour! Enjoy a guided coach ride through the city, viewing the diverse architectural wonders of the French Quarter, the Garden District, Esplanade Avenue and Bayou St John. You’ll disembark for small-group walking tours of the St Louis Cemetery No 3, City Park, and the Longue Vue House and Gardens — a masterpiece of architectural and horticultural history.


  • New Orleans architectural tour
  • Drive along the French Quarter, Jackson Square and Esplanade Avenue
  • Explore the tombs of historic St Louis Cemetery #3 on a guided tour
  • See the late-1700s homes on Bayou St John
  • Admire the antique carousel in City Park
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Longue Vue House and Gardens, an exquisite 8-acre city estate
  • All entrance fees included
  • Small-group tour limited to 13 people ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

New Orleans Architectural and Sightseeing Small-Group Tour

Tomb in St Louis Cemetery

Your 4-hour journey of New Orleans’ rich and storied architecture begins with morning or afternoon pickup from your central New Orleans hotel. Climb aboard the comfortable shuttle for a small-group sightseeing trip through the city. As you wind through the French Quarter, admire the fusion of Spanish, French and Creole design styles that give the area its distinctive architectural flair. As you exit the quarter, you’ll pass the Cabildo and the Pontalba Apartments at Jackson Square, St Louis Cathedral and the bustling French Market. As you cruise along Esplanade Avenue, soak up the beauty of oak-lined streets and stately Creole mansions.

Your first stop is St Louis Cemetery No 3, where you’ll witness some macabre and magnificent tombs. Enjoy a guided walk, during which you’ll learn about the above-ground burial system and see several enormous society tombs, such as the Dante Lodge of Masons. Then head by bus to New Orleans’ celebrated City Park, passing the lovely 18th-century homes of Bayou St John along the way.

Continue north for views of Lake Pontchartrain, including the world-record Causeway and the surrounding levees, before stopping at Longue Vue House and Gardens. Take time to wander through the celebrated 8-acre gardens — offering an array of brilliant flowers any time of year — and tour the opulent home with its impressive collection of 20th century art.

Back aboard your coach, marvel at the beautiful colonial homes along St Charles Avenue and through the Garden District on your way to your hotel.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Billy !!! You're the best guide ever ! Thanks for a great tour and lots of laughs along the way.

Ranee S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Bill was personable and knowledgeable and fielded all our questions expertly. Having the tour via van was a huge plus and allowed us the time to make a couple of unscheduled stops. I and my husband highly recommend the tour.

Patricia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour consisted of only a few people and our guide was absolutely wonderful - she certainly knew 'her New Orleans' and was so very informative. Isabelle Tours would be used by us again should we ever be in New Orleans again!

Angela P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour! because there were only 2 couples on this particular day, we had personalized service! our guide gave us a few extras, helping us avoid the crowds, and take in the sights. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to get an overview of the area and see NOLA up close.

Tara K USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Loved our city tour. Guide Kath was very friendly, knowledgeable, and conscientious For instance, I loved she provided each one laminated maps for perspective on what was being seen. She also went out of her way to ensure we made it to our next tour, dropping us off exactly where we needed to be!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

Patricia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was amazing!

Alice H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

We loved everything about the tour especially the guide,Diane! We wished we had booked additional tours while we were there.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great Tour. We toured on January 10, 2015; the weather was sunny, but a bit colder than usual--40-45 degrees. We were picked up and driven around town in a smaller, but comfortable bus. The driver spoke over a PA system while she drove us thru all the more interesting parts of the city. Several times she stopped so we could get a better look at something. We stopped and got out of the bus to tour a colonial mansion, and an old cemetery. Great tour for someone who has only one day to take in as much of the city as possible. We drove around much of the French quarter. It was good to see what it is like in the morning, as we ended up spending our late evening there too. Highly recommend this tour.

Kerry M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

On a freezing cold morning Diane picked us up and took us to the cemetery (as you do). Thus began our tour of New Orleans. Whilst the tour suggests architectural, you will get an historical account of the City. Loved it The only thing that perhaps could have improved this tour is more opportunity to get out of the bus (even if only for a frozen moment) and take a photo or two. OMG the park with the art (sorry don't remember the name) where we stop for coffee - incredible. Take the time to walk through the sculptures. It is attached to NOMA. And you absolutely must eat the beignets at the 'Morning Call'. Oh you must! This is a must do tour if heading to New Orleans.

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