Experience the convergence of colonial empires on this walking tour of New Orleans’ exquisite French Quarter. With a guide, learn about French, Spanish, and Creole influence on this famous neighborhood, from cloistered courtyards and intricate ironwork to beignets and jambalaya. View legendary sites, quaint shops, and centuries‐old bars as you saunter down Royal Street, Bourbon Street, and more.
Walking tour of New Orleans’ French Quarter
Discover the history, legends, and mysteries of this district from your guide
See the architecture and homes that give this historic quarter its unique flair
Stroll along the Mississippi River, French Quarter Courtyard, Cabildo Museum and the Beauregard-Keyes House
Meet your guide in the French Quarter for an afternoon walking tour of the incomparable Vieux Carré (Old Square). As city’s oldest neighborhood and remaining cultural hub, the French Quarter offers a look at a true dichotomy of old‐world tradition and contemporary New Orleans living.
Stroll along the Mississippi River for a view of paddlewheel steamboats drifting on the water and visit the waterside French Market. You’ll have time to wander through the bustling space – the oldest market of its kind in the U.S. – and check out local produce, fish, and Creole delicacies. Then continue to the Beauregard‐Keyes House, a true melting pot of architectural style. View the lofty portico of this quaint Creole cottage and learn of its former residents, Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard and American author Frances Parkinson Keyes. Your guide will take you through Keyes' original studio and point out authentic artifacts from the Beauregard and Keyes collections.
The final stop is Jackson Square, the former Place d’Armes. See Louisiana’s Cabildo and Presbytere museums and the Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment buildings in the United States. Your tour includes entry into the Cabildo, originally the seat of the Spanish Government in New Orleans and the site of Louisiana Purchase transfer. Follow you guide through the exhibit for an entertaining look at Louisiana’s history from a multicultural standpoint.
Between stops, you’ll explore gardens and other historic streets in the quarter such as St. Louis Street and Dumaine Street, named for famed saints and sinners. Hear stories and legends about New Orleans singular and complex Creole culture, and enjoy some literary landmark spotting such as the building where Tennessee Williams wrote A Streetcar Named Desire and William Faulkner’s home.
Your tour returns to the starting point by mid‐afternoon.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Informative with local insights
, Jul 2019
Judy, our guide had a long family history in New Orleans so was able to provide family connections with many aspects of the historic tour. The visit to the private gardens gave a unique insight into living in the Quarter. Learnt much about history, architecture and Hurricane Katrina and flooding issues.
Well prepared guided Historical French Quarter Tour
, Jun 2019
Our tour guide did a wonderful job of explaining the history of the people’s who lived in the French Quarter including the differences between the Cajuns & Creole people. She also explained the various influences of the French & Spanish on the architecture of the homes in the French Quarter over time. Also I wanted to thank her for being thoughtful in providing everyone with water bottles & fans to help keep everyone cool & hydrated as it was very hot during our tour.
Very good and informative tour about the French Quarter. Our guide, Bill, was very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. I found out many things about the American History I did not know about, and which is rarely mentioned in books. His explanation of the Battle of New Orleans and what really happened was first rate!
Mary E. was a wonderful tour guide. We learned sooooo much history about NOLA and the French Quarter. Her personality made it very fun. Definitely take this tour if you want an interesting, educational, and very enjoyable experience. This was our favorite thing in NOLA!
This was a great way to get a quick look at the French Quarter, learn some history and get your bearings for your own exploration. Our guide was a pleasant, well-educated young woman and the number of people on the tour was reasonable. We learned more than I expected and enjoyed the experience.
While our guide was informative, I feel that the tour was not extensive enough. As our group was keen to see as much as possible, little time was wasted with comfort breaks. However, this didn't result in us seeing more, it resulted in the tour only lasting one and a half hours instead of the two hours as expected.