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 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.