• Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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

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

Kevin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Really enjoy the trip. Very fun and a good history of the French Quarter.

Cynthia W United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We really enjoyed this informative tour and our guide, Randy Bibb, was excellent. We learned a great deal about new Orleans from him.

Elsinore A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Nice walking tour

lotus008

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

So much History, highly recommend

lsabina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Great experience!!

Michael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

The guide was personable and knowledgeable, and we learned a great deal about New Orleans. It was an excellent experience.

SHAUNDA C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Wonderful tour of the French quarter

Kenneth B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

The tour was very informative and interesting. I especially enjoyed the discussion about the differences between the French, Spanish and American residents. Our guide, Dave, was packed full of great information. This a great way to meet New Orleans!

michael h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Lovely walking tour of French Quarter with our fabulous guide Claudine. This tour is otally dependant on the guide and Claudine was second to none. Enthusiastic, friendly and deeply knowledgeable.

Peter

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Knowledgeable your guide. Seemed to have lots of knowledge on hand to tell the French Quarter story. Nice walk looking at and listening to history. Worthwhile tour

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