French Quarter Tours

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The French Quarter, with its vibrant atmosphere and unique blend of architectural styles, is easily New Orleans’ most famous and most popular area to visit. It's also the city's oldest neighborhood, and its elegant streets are lined with an appealing mix of lively bars—especially along the legendary Bourbon Street—historic monuments, delicious restaurants, and inviting jazz clubs.

The Basics
The French Quarter—also called the Vieux Carré, or “old square”—is centered on Jackson Square, which is overlooked by St. Louis Cathedral. The busy area is best navigated on foot, and while of course you can wander around on your own, guided walking tours are the best way to experience the quarter. Learn about New Orleans' culinary and cocktail history on a food tour, take a haunted tour in the evening, or combine a visit to the French Quarter with a tour of another part of the city, such as the Garden District, or a cruise on the Steamboat Natchez.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The French Quarter is very pedestrian-friendly, so wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • New Orleans loves parades, which occur on many holidays throughout the year and often march through the French Quarter.
  • Hard-partying Bourbon Street is infamous, but it's not indicative of the whole French Quarter—and it's easy to avoid if it's not your scene.

How to Get There
The French Quarter runs from the Mississippi River northwest to Rampart Street, and from Canal Street northeast to Esplanade Avenue. It's incredibly compact and parking can be extremely difficult, so it's best to walk there if you can. Streetcars run along the riverfront, Canal Street, and Rampart Street. Most city tours pass through the French Quarter as well.

When to Get There
New Orleans can be lovely year-round, so the best time to go is based on your tolerance for crowds and weather. The city is exceptionally busy during major festivals such as Mardi Gras and the Jazz & Heritage Festival (usually in February and April, respectively). Like much of southern Louisiana, New Orleans weather trends from hot and humid to simply mild and humid, with summer being the hottest. The winter months are cool and comfortable, though there may be periodic downpours; hurricane season runs roughly from June to November.

History Runs Deep in the French Quarter
It's easy to think New Orleans is just a party town, but it has a rich history as well. The Pontalba Buildings that surround Jackson Square on two sides are the oldest apartment buildings in the United States, while the French Market is the country’s oldest public market. The quirky Pharmacy Museum is a treasure trove of medicinal history. Tennessee Williams used a French Quarter house as the setting for “A Streetcar Named Desire” (a house he later bought), and Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is one of the oldest buildings in the city—and likely the oldest bar in the US.


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New Orleans' City of the Dead Cemetery No. 1 Tour

Immerse yourself in legend and mysticism on this 2‐hour voodoo walking tour through New Orleans. Admire culturally infused architecture as you pass through the French Quarter en route to St Louis Cemetery No 1. There, meander through a maze of haunting yet impressive mausoleums including that of Marie Laveau, the city’s most revered voodoo priestess. Learn of her contribution to New Orleans’ rich – and continued – voodoo tradition.
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New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

See the best of New Orleans by land and water on this combo city tour and steamboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi! Enjoy a 2‐hour guided coach trip through the French Quarter, Louis Armstrong Park and Jackson Square, where you’ll witness the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage. Then board the famous Steamboat Natchez for a 2‐hour iconic New Orleans river cruise.
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French Quarter Horse and Carriage Ride with Optional Cemetery Tour

Opt for an alternative sightseeing experience of New Orleans during a 1-hour horse and carriage tour of the French Quarter, undoubtedly the city’s most captivating enclave. While your guide provides entertaining narration, you’ll canter past landmarks such as Jackson Square, Napoleon House, and St. Louis Cathedral. Plus, you’ll stop at St. Louis Cemetery — home to the tomb of Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau — for a short walking tour.
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New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

Get more from the city by exploring New Orleans’ food culture with a guide. Stop by some the French Quarter’s most famous restaurants for some of the area’s most delicious food. Enjoy tastings that could include seafood gumbo, creole brisket, and beignets. You’ll also learn fun facts from your guide as you walk along the city streets.
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New Orleans Haunted History Ghost Tour

Discover New Orleans’ dark side on this 2‐hour haunted history ghost tour. Hear tales of famous hauntings from your local guide, and visit the French Quarter’s most infamous and eerie locations–hotspots for paranormal investigators and historical videographers. By the end, you’ll see the Vieux Carré in a different (and profoundly more ominous) light.
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New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour

Discover New Orleans ‘spirited’ side on a fun and informative cocktail tour! You’ll rub shoulders with local imbibers at historic bars and restaurants and have the option to sip on classic concoctions like the Sazerac and Pimm’s Cup. Immerse yourself in 2.5 hours of storytelling from your guide and savvy mixologists, and learn the famous – and sometimes scandalous – histories of drink and drinking culture in New Orleans.
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New Orleans Drunk History Tour

Explore the French Quarter of New Orleans with an informative guide who shares stories about the history and supernatural side of this historic neighborhood. Visit important locations such as St Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square and sites key to the Louisiana Purchase. Learn about ‘Voodoo Queen’ Marie Laveau, see where voodoo ceremonies were once held and visit a haunted house. Your guide allows time for you purchase drinks at bars along the way, and you can also use authentic paranormal equipment. This entertaining 2-hour tour provides a fascinating take on The Big Easy.
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Ghost and Vampire Walking Tour Of The French Quarter

Who doesn't like ghosts and vampires save for their unfortunate victims? If you're looking for a family-friendly night activity in New Orleans, then this ghost walking tour of the French Quarter might get your blood flowing. With a small group, you'll wander through the darkened streets for a fun, historical tour of New Orleans, and listen to tales of ghoulish invincibility and souls returned from the dead. 
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French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting Tour

Perfect for food and culture enthusiasts, this 3-hour tasting tour in New Orleans' French Quarter allows you to visit two of the oldest restaurants in the city. Learn about Creole and Cajun cuisine and taste both as you walk through the lively neighborhood. All food tastings included.
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New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour

Explore New Orleans' history, culture and architecture with a 2-hour walking tour through the French Quarter’s atmospheric streets. Stroll alongside a local guide as you hear about the multicultural heritage of the Vieux Carre, and spot the distinctive architectural styles that tell the city’s stories. Learn about the slaves that found community in Congo Square. Finish your walk with tips on how to eat, drink and live it up like a local — or yat — in New Orleans.
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French Quarter History Tour with Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans

Discover the magic of the Vieux Carré in the morning on this 1.5-hour historic walking tour and visit to Café du Monde! Start with a sugar-dusted beignet and café au lait at this classic New Orleans institution. Then accompany your friendly guide on stroll through the French Quarter to view signature architecture and learn about the convergence of ethnic influence on this famous neighborhood, from cloistered courtyards and intricate ironwork to po’ boys and jambalaya.
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Spirits of the French Quarter A Halloween Special Event Tour

Treat yourself to the Halloween of a lifetime with an eerie 2-hour French Quarter walking tour! Wind through darkened alleys, and hear tales of famous hauntings and mayhem from your entertaining guide. You’ll stop at sites of paranormal activity such as the Ursuline Convent and the LaLaurie Mansion, home to the murderous Delphine LaLaurie. Enjoy a night of tale-telling featuring notorious characters, voodoo, ghosts, vampires and more.
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Private French Quarter Walking and City Surrounding Neighborhoods Driving Tour

Explore New Orleans’s most famous sights and lesser-known treasures on a private, 6-hour combo tour of the French Quarter and outlying neighborhoods. Stroll past historic landmarks like Jackson Square and the Cabildo on a walking tour, and then get an authentic glimpse of the city often missed by visitors on a comprehensive driving tour.  A private guide and comfortable transport make it a great way to delve deep beneath the surface of this one-of-a-kind American city.
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French Quarter Haunted Excursion In New Orleans

This haunted excursion around New Orleans takes in the greatest hits of ghosts and vampires alongside lurid New Orleans history, popular culture and architecture, cemetery explorations and, of course, tales of the city's great unsolved mysteries. Popular with families and individuals alike, the tour includes fun commentary during a walk through the French Quarter. As the Cajun expression 'laissz les bon temps rouler' goes, let the good times roll!
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New Orleans French Quarter and Cemetery Walking Tour

Discover the fascinating history of the French Quarter of New Orleans on a 2-hour walking tour that includes St Louis Cemetery #1. Your expert guide leads you through the streets of the French Quarter to the cemetery, taking in landmarks including the Hermann-Grima House, Basin Street Station, Armstrong Park (formerly Congo Square), Jackson Square and the St Louis Cathedral. You’ll stop at the tombs of famous historical figures such as Marie Laveau and Bernard Marigny as you walk through St Louis Cemetery #1.
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New Orleans Ghosts and Spirits Walking Tour

Immerse yourself New Orleans’ ghoulish side on this spooky 2‐hour ghosts and spirits walking tour. Wind through the French Quarter’s dark corridors and hear tales of famous hauntings from your local guide. You’ll visit infamous and eerie locations such as the Jackson Brewery and the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. By the end, you’ll understand why haunted New Orleans is a hotspot for paranormal investigators and historical videographers.
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Your Backstage Pass Walking Tour of the French Quarter and St. Louis Cemetery

Explore the historic heart of New Orleans’s mystery and revelry on a 2.5-hour walking tour of the French Quarter. Hear tales of pirate captains, voodoo queens, and legendary Bourbon Street bars while exploring the city's multicultural legacy, and pay a visit to the oldest burial ground in town at the famous St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 — a must-do Big Easy experience that’s only possible with an official guide.
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New Orleans Ghost Hunters 101

Search for paranormal activity in America's most haunted city, New Orleans, during this 2-hour tour. With an Electromagnetic Field Meter in hand, investigate otherworldly happenings during visits to the top 10 most haunted historical locations, including homes, cemeteries and pubs. Stroll through the 78 blocks of the French Quarter in a ghost-hunter's shoes and hear the tales behind the hauntings from your local guide.
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French Quarter Walking Ghost Tour of New Orleans

Hear about New Orleans’ ghouls and ghosts on a 2-hour walking tour of the French Quarter’s most haunted sites. See the city light up after dark as you follow the footsteps of infamous murders and star-crossed lovers, and hear their stories of misfortune, passion and betrayal. Learn why some locals believe this is America’s most haunted city, and visit the sites where paranormal experts believe they’ve documented otherworldly activity. Decide for yourself whether it's truth or legend as you explore the hidden side of the Vieux Carre. 
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French Quarter Cocktail and Foodie Crawl

Get the full New Orleans tasting experience with a 3-hour French Quarter cocktail and foodie tour! Discover the pillars of New Orleans’ restaurant scene with visits to renowned establishments such as Seafood Treasure for grilled oysters and Cafe du Monde for a warm beignet (or three!). Learn about local food and drink history from your savvy guide, and sip on some of New Orleans most celebrated drinks.
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The French Quarter Literary History Tour

Follow in the footsteps of New Orleans’ legendary writers with a 2-hour literary history tour of the French Quarter with a local guide. See where Truman Capote and Earnest Hemingway drank their favorite cocktails, with plenty of time to order one for yourself. Enjoy a relaxed pace as you stroll to the authors’ homes, discover the Southern roots of Eudora Welty and Tennessee Williams, and hear stories about the art and literature of Dixie Bohemia. Finish your tour by visiting a pair of beloved restaurants that have become neighborhood landmarks.
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Unsolved Mysteries of New Orleans

Take a walk through history to discover the mysteries and secrets of New Orleans! On this 2-hour evening tour, follow your storyteller guide through the shadowed alleyways of the French Quarter and hear tales of voodoo, murder, torture and famous hauntings. Visit infamous locations laden with dark history such as Sultan’s Palace, the LaLaurie Mansion and St Louis Cathedral. The perfect tour for fans of mystery, legend and colorful characters.
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French Quarter Walking Tour

Stroll through the historic French Quarter during this 2-hour walking tour. Follow your guide past the historic buildings, down charming lanes and through serene plazas surrounded by Spanish moss-draped trees. Listen to an insider's account of the bustling, decadent neighborhood's history, from its beginnings to what it stands for today.
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When Empires Collide: Creoles, Americans, Pirates, and the War of 1812, a Louisiana History Tour

Explore New Orleans’ colorful heritage and history with a 2-hour walking tour that commemorates the dramatic Battle of New Orleans. Follow a local guide through the cobblestone streets of the French Quarter as you learn how Andrew Jackson led a small local force against a British invasion. Pause to explore a traditional Creole cottage, a 19th-century townhouse, and a jail that housed some of the South’s most notorious pirates.  Finish your tour in the heart of the Vieux Carré, at a bar that adjoins a historic, French-Creole restaurant.
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