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Experience the best of New Orleans’ opulent Garden District on this approximate 3-hour walking tour. Marvel at the enormous antebellum mansions, learn about some of the district’s famous residents including Anne Rice and Sandra Bullock, and visit homes used in the films Interview with a Vampire and Dracula 2000. You’ll also wander through the macabre above-ground tombs at Lafayette Cemetery, one of the city’s most significant ‘Cities of the Dead’.

Highlights

  • Walking tour of the opulent Garden District in New Orleans
  • View well-preserved examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture, including the homes of Anne Rice and Sandra Bullock
  • See where Confederate President Jefferson Davis passed away
  • Visit the Lafayette Cemetery, one of New Orleans’ distinctive above-ground cemeteries
  • Stop for refreshments at Magazine PoBoy Shop
  • Roundtrip transportation by coach from the French Quarter included
  • Visit the interior of Opera Guild Home

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What You Can Expect

Garden District Walking Tour: Mansions and Lafayette Cemetery

The Garden District has many spectacular homes

Board your morning coach in the French Quarter and enjoy watching the city wake up as you travel to the neighboring Garden District. This area, which now boasts some of the most splendid, preserved antebellum mansions in the South, was once occupied by multiple plantations. 
As you stroll through manicured streets and admire colorful facades and cast‐iron fences, learn how the area was slowly appropriated by wealthy Americans in the 19th century who sought distinction from the French population in the French Quarter.  Your guide will complement the spectacular urban scenery with legends of the Garden District’s past and present residents, from Jefferson Davis – the ‘First and Only President of the Confederate States of America’ – to local author Anne Rice, actor John Goodman, and famous football player Archie Manning. Before leaving the Garden District, take an interior tour of a distinguished home from the Civil War era.
The final leg of your walking tour is Lafayette Cemetery, one of New Orleans oldest surviving – and still operating – ‘cities of the dead’. Spanning just one square block, this mysterious site houses more than 7,000 people in tombs and mausoleums. Hear about the distinctive above‐ground burial system and some of the cemetery’s famous interred – both factual and fictitious. 
Capture some photos and partake in complimentary refreshments at Magazine PoBoy Shop before  returning by coach to your starting point in the French Quarter.

Customer Reviews

Tammy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The tour guide was very good. This is a good tour.

Cyndee P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This is a beautiful walking tour through the most beautiful part of the city. I enjoyed it very much.

Angela K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

A great way to discover this area! Our tour guide, Marcia, was phenomenally well informed and interesting, covering a wide range of topics and answering our questions. We were transported from the easy to find gathering point and then had a leisurely but extended tour around the area. The highlight was the included tour of the inside of a mansion! We were also offered refreshments before our return journey. Well worth the price!

Melissa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Really enjoyed this tour! Sandy was very knowledgeable and did a great job of explaining the history of the Garden district. We enojed seeing some celebrity homes, and touring one of the plantation homes.

Huraiyah A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Tour was interesting and informative

Edward V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Having been to the French Quarter the past two trips, this time we explicitly wanted to see the Garden District. This tour did not disappoint. We saw sevral beautiful homes and even enjoyed going into one. Highly recommend this to anyone who wants to see the other side of NOLA.

Magaly W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Lots of houses to see, saw a lot of celebraty houses

Laurie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was a great tour and the guide was great as well. We took a short bus ride to the garden district and the rest was a walking tour. I recommend tennis shoes or similar as the side walks are very uneven. There are two places to use a restroom on the tour and one stop for something to drink. Beautiful homes!

Jacqueline D Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great day walking the garden district. So much history!

Maria

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I love walking tours because you get the feel of the city and learn about the history of the place. Got to pass by some houses of celebrities who owned homes in the famous garden district and enter some mansions. Also got to check out the cemeter. Since I love the Originals the TV show, this is where they shoot scenes so got a kick out of that. It was hot so dress appropriately. Definitely a must for first timers to New Orleans.

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