• Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes (approx.)
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Experience the best of New Orleans’ opulent Garden District on the only tour that will take you inside a Garden District mansion.  On this 3-hour walking tour, you'll 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
  • Visit the interior of Opera Guild Home
  • 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

What You Can Expect

New Orleans 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 Opera Guild Home, a distinguished home from the Civil War era, complete with period decor.
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

Mary Anne W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great tour guide. She was very informative about history of the area as well as the unique geography of this great city. Wish we could have had a day long tour with her as her enthusiasm just made me want to see more of NOLA!

LisePopejoy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Mary E was an outstanding tour guide! She was very knowledgeable and provided a multitude of interesting facts and Nola history!

Michael M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our tour guide Marcia was fantastic you could tell she was very passionate about the architecture in the Garden District. She was great pointing out the differences in the styles used in each House. The tour took us into one of the mansions which was fantastic. Marcia pointed out the houses owned by different celebrities which was fun. It was a rainy day and Marcia offered everyone umbrellas and ponchos. The tour was great and the guide was fantastic. Would recommend to anyone who is visiting New Orleans. Thanks so much

Carl A J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A must do! Daniel was a great guide. Very informative, perfect pace to the tour and a friendly fellow to top it off.
A highlight of our trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great tour to see the Garden District. The guide was great giving lots of history and Hollywood past and present residents.

Tim G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We were there on Dec 21, 2017. The garden district architecture is beautiful. We weren't very interested in the cemetery part of the tour, but it is part of New Orleans. Overall the tour was great. Our tour guide Midge was excellent.

Steven B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The tour was an excellent opportunity to view the centuries old homes of the affluent of New Orleans along with an explanation of the personal interactions between the families that created the neighborhood. It was most enjoyable and entertaining!

Christopher B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Really enjoyed our tour of the beautiful Garden District. It was an entertaining as well as educating experience as I felt like I learned a lot from our guide, Mary E! Mary was a great story teller and was very patient answering questions. Would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to learn more about New Orleans.

Paul S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

A fun-filled, informative tour of the Garden District plus a historical and educational tour of Lafayette Cemetery. Our guide had a wonderful personality and made the tour enjoyable for us.

MartiKay S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Mary E. was our tour guide, and she did a great job! The Garden District is beautiful! Mary had great information and she shared it with enthusiasm. I have recently come off of a broken ankle and leg, so walking a long distance is still pretty hard, however, I found it quite easy to keep up!

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