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Discover New Orleans’ vibrant history through its dynamic architecture on this 4-hour sightseeing tour! Enjoy a guided coach ride through the city, viewing the diverse architectural wonders of the French Quarter, the Garden District, Esplanade Avenue and Bayou St John. You’ll disembark for small-group walking tours of the St Louis Cemetery No 3, City Park, and the Longue Vue House and Gardens — a masterpiece of architectural and horticultural history.

Highlights

  • New Orleans architectural tour
  • Drive along the French Quarter, Jackson Square and Esplanade Avenue
  • Explore the tombs of historic St Louis Cemetery #3 on a guided tour
  • See the late-1700s homes on Bayou St John
  • Admire the antique carousel in City Park
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Longue Vue House and Gardens, an exquisite 8-acre city estate
  • All entrance fees included
  • Small-group tour limited to 13 people ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

New Orleans Architectural and Sightseeing Small-Group Tour

Tomb in St Louis Cemetery

Your 4-hour journey of New Orleans’ rich and storied architecture begins with morning or afternoon pickup from your central New Orleans hotel. Climb aboard the comfortable shuttle for a small-group sightseeing trip through the city. As you wind through the French Quarter, admire the fusion of Spanish, French and Creole design styles that give the area its distinctive architectural flair. As you exit the quarter, you’ll pass the Cabildo and the Pontalba Apartments at Jackson Square, St Louis Cathedral and the bustling French Market. As you cruise along Esplanade Avenue, soak up the beauty of oak-lined streets and stately Creole mansions.

Your first stop is St Louis Cemetery No 3, where you’ll witness some macabre and magnificent tombs. Enjoy a guided walk, during which you’ll learn about the above-ground burial system and see several enormous society tombs, such as the Dante Lodge of Masons. Then head by bus to New Orleans’ celebrated City Park, passing the lovely 18th-century homes of Bayou St John along the way.

Continue north for views of Lake Pontchartrain, including the world-record Causeway and the surrounding levees, before stopping at Longue Vue House and Gardens. Take time to wander through the celebrated 8-acre gardens — offering an array of brilliant flowers any time of year — and tour the opulent home with its impressive collection of 20th century art.

Back aboard your coach, marvel at the beautiful colonial homes along St Charles Avenue and through the Garden District on your way to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Karen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour! Miss Ginnie is adorable and very knowledgeable. The van was very comfortable and cool. She told us about the history of New Orleans and we saw many beautiful buildings. It was a small group so we got to know each other. They were very fun and pleasant.Major bonus was that they pick you up at your hotel! Thank you Isabelle tours and Miss Ginnie!

John C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The guide, an 81 year old native of New Orleans, was superb. The depth of his knowledge of the city, it's history, architecture, and people was wonderful. Any tour led by this guy will be good, I'm convinced. My only complaint is the van was a very uncomfortable ride. We were seated in the back row, and the washboard streets of New Orleans made for violent bouncing up and down. It may be better in rows further toward the front, so be sure to get in one of those seats if at all possible.

Heather L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great tour, perfect amount of time, nice stop in the mid point to restroom and get a drink and really got to see everything to get a feel for New Orleans! Highly recommend ! Loved our guide Gene.

Joyce C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Ellen, our tour guide was amazing and we learned a lot about areas and places outside of the French Quarter.

kay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

I would call this more of a city tour as we seemed to touch on every part of New Orleans. Our guide was wonderful, full of stories and knowledge. We took this tour on our first day in the city and that is what we recommend because it gives you such a good overview. Then you can go back and take a second look at the areas that really grab your interest. Worth every cent we paid and more!

Robin A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Wonderful tour, I really enjoyed it.

JAMES M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Billy !!! You're the best guide ever ! Thanks for a great tour and lots of laughs along the way.

Ranee S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Bill was personable and knowledgeable and fielded all our questions expertly. Having the tour via van was a huge plus and allowed us the time to make a couple of unscheduled stops. I and my husband highly recommend the tour.

Patricia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour consisted of only a few people and our guide was absolutely wonderful - she certainly knew 'her New Orleans' and was so very informative. Isabelle Tours would be used by us again should we ever be in New Orleans again!

Angela P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour! because there were only 2 couples on this particular day, we had personalized service! our guide gave us a few extras, helping us avoid the crowds, and take in the sights. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to get an overview of the area and see NOLA up close.

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