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Immerse yourself in the best of the French Quarter on this 2.5‐hour historical walking tour. An entertaining local guide will lead you through the Vieux Carré, along the mighty Mississippi River, and to Louis Armstrong Park and Jackson Square, describing the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage. See notable literary and cinematic landmarks, bustling scenes of local life, and architectural gems including some of the nation’s oldest buildings.

Highlights

  • 2.5-hour walking tour of the French Quarter in New Orleans
  • Visit St Louis Cathedral, the oldest continuously operating cathedral in the United States
  • Note the Spanish and French influence on New Orleans at the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba buildings
  • See where literary greats like William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams wrote some of their famous works
  • Take in the Mississippi River and learn how the fertile delta gave rise to New Orleans’ growth
  • Understand how Creole culture shaped the city

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What You Can Expect

French Quarter History Tour

French Quarter History Tour

Your tour of the enchanting French Quarter begins in Musical Legends Park. Choose a morning or evening start time and meet your friendly local guide for a 2.5‐hour educational promenade. You’ll set off first for the Mississippi riverbank. Admire paddlewheel steamboats drifting on the water and learn about the levee system that converted this sea‐level swampland to a livable space, ripe for agriculture and building.     


Along the way, visit the waterside French Market. Legend has it that this site – now the oldest open‐air market in the US – was once a bartering market for Native Americans. Wander through the stalls and check out local produce, fish and Creole delicacies. Then pass by the Ursuline Convent, the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley, en route to your next stop: Jackson Square. 


On the site of the original Place d’Armes, Jackson Square is an honorary landmark to New Orleans’ war hero Andrew Jackson. See Louisiana’s Cabildo and Presbytere museums and the Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment buildings in the United States! Pass by the origination point of the Great New Orleans Fire of 1788 as you head into St Louis Cathedral. 


Afterwards, you’ll have the rare opportunity to visit a Creole courtyard, generally cloistered from the public, and see a quadroon ballroom – both architectural symbols of the complexity and singularity of Creole culture.  


Between stops, enjoy some literary landmark spotting and performance art in the streets! You’ll pass the building where Tennessee Williams wrote A Streetcar Named Desire, visit William Faulkner’s home and stroll through Pirate’s Alley, the infamous location replete in legend of pirates, duels and covert negotiations.


Your 2‐mile (3.2 km) walk ends near the Mississippi River levee. 

Customer Reviews

Carol L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Claudine provided a wealth of informative history as we walked through the French Quarter. My husband and I had arrived a few days early in order to explore New Orleans she took us to areas of the Quarter we had not seen or known about. Great tour, comfortable pace, need good walking shoes! Enjoyed this very much.

Lisa E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The French Quarter History tour was fantastic. We had a personalised tour with Tony who has a wonderful knowledge of the history of this remarkable place. I would highly recommend this tour.

Joshua K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide was awesome and gave us some great restaurant recommendations!

Russell F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

David our tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. Great stories to tell Also good at finding shady spots to stop and talk. Great walk but be sure you are healthy enough to walk a good flat distance. If not take the mule and buggy tour of the quarter. Take a bottle of water along! Do not miss the WWII Museum!! Best museum I have been to in the world! Tom Hanks movie at the museum will blow you away! 5 extra and can be booked online with museum entrance!

Nicole B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide David was fantastic. My husband and I learned so much about New Orleans and it's unbelievable history. David took us through this amazing city and taught us so much. I highly recommend this tour.

Antoon B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Interesting tour by a guide who really loves his city. He showed me a lot of interesting things and told a lot of interesing stories about the city and its history.

Nancy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Dave did a great job! High in content. Great pace. Terrific value. Highly recommend.

kristin t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Very informative tour

Robert F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent tour, full of French Quarter history, very informative. David, the tour guide, was great, a virtual encyclopedia. Highly recommend.

Daniel G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great fun. Loved the history lesson.

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