• 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

Joyce A W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Our guide for the tour, Marcia, was excellent. She was informative, charming, and had a sense of humor. My daughter and I had a limited amount of time in New Orleans. This tour covered exactly what we wanted to see - mansions and a cemetery. Marcia gave us key details about the exterior of the homes we were viewing from the street. I especially enjoyed the interior tour of the home owned by the Opera Guild. Although a brief stop at Lafayette Cemetery, Marcia was able to give more than enough information regarding the history and reasons behind the cemeteries in New Orleans. We were able to get a feel for another area of New Orleans other than the French Quarter. I just wish we had had the time to visit the shops and restaurants in the Garden District. Be certain to wear sturdy shoes as some of the sidewalks on this tour need repair. We were also able to see some other areas of the town such as Irish Lace and the Business District from the bus.

nsgbrown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Had a really great tour guide. Got to see close up from the street the homes in the area along with the history. The Womens Opera House was a real treat to tour.

Margaret B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The Garden District is a MUST SEE! Sandie was charming, sassy and southern.... Very knowledgeable. She loves the City of New Orleans and her love of the city was evident throughout the tour! The tour was well organized and the staff extremely efficient. The walk was delightful. Easy walk just need to watch your step as the sidewalk is rarely even...

Amy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Sandy our guide had such a dry sense of humor that it made the tour so much fun. Ive taken other Garden District tours, but this one actually took a tour of one of the homes. Its a lot of walking, but thats why we picked it, to get up close and personal with this gorgeous area.

Barry J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

A very informative tour guide takes you by bus from the French Quarter to the Garden District for a long walk thru the area including discussion on the types of homes and mansions. You will also visit the cemetary and go into a Southern townhouse mansion. A tour that should not be missed about 2 1/2 hrs...wear comfortable shoes or sneakers

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.

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