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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’.


  • 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

Veronica D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Midge was a great Tour guide. She had a very good knowledge of the places we visited!
I recommend you take this tour. such a beautiful area to see. Amazing homes!

Robert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This is a great tour. A little more expensive than some of the Garden tours but worth it because you get to go inside a home. Our guide Miss Nancy made this a wonderful experience. She is a New Orleans native and former history teacher. We were also driven in comfort in a new bus!

Diana R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was excellent. Added bonus to be able to go into one of the homes. We had a great guide Marcia who was informative and really knew her stuff!! Always nice to take a tour with someone who really enjoys what they are doing.

Jean L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Marcia, our tour guide, was great. We took a bus to the Garden District and we walked and stopped along the way while Marcia gave us the history of the district and told us about individual homes. We could have done this walking tour on our own but would have missed out on hearing all the history that a real tour guide can give. We would highly recommend taking this very informative tour!!!

Deidre M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This has got to be the best tour of the Garden District, Nancy our tour guide was like an extremely well educated southern belle, with awesome inside stories, and so amicable, and Kevin our driver was great... The tour went longer than detailed, which was an added bonus! But it is a must! If you want to know the history behind this great city... Just ask Nancy!

John Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This is probably the best way to see the Garden District. Our guide did an excellent job of explaining the history of the area and the architecture of the buildings. A nice benefit of this tour was being able to go into one of the houses, owned by the Opera Guild. That's the only way you get to se the interior of any of these homes. In addition, she pointed out several celebrity homes which is always interesting. The visit to the cemetery was only about 20 minutes but she provided a very good description of how the above ground burial system works. If we had tried to do thiis on our own we would have learned very little, so the tour was well worth the money and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to see the Garden District.

Ozgo92 Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Daniel our tour guide had so much knowledge, he was amazing. Showed us a totally different side from the French quarter. beautiful mansions and the stories behind them.

Dennis D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Tour guide was great !

Sherry H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful tour, and a wonderful guide. Mary showed us beautiful homes and provided us with so much information about them, and the beautiful area


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very good tour. Lady guide very knowledgeable on her subject. Lots of walking on uneven surfaces so wear flat comfortable shoes. Would recommend.

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