• Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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Discover New Orleans’ vibrant history through its dynamic history on this 4-hour sightseeing tour! Enjoy a small group van 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
  • Katrina Memorial and Levee Exhibit Hall and Rain Garden

What You Can Expect

New Orleans Historical 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 tour van 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.

You will then reach the London Avenue Canal and see its two flood wall breaches and witness the complete destruction Hurricane Katrina caused to the neighborhood of Gentilly. You can also stop to walk through the Katrina memorial and Levee Exhibit Hall and rain garden alongside the London Ave. Canal Breach.

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

Customer Reviews

Carl A J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Yet another hit in the tour catalogue. Ellen gave us the grand tour of New Orleans. It was way more than what we expected and we were very pleased with the whole thing. She was very informative, cordial and the pacing of the tour was just right. We were glad this was our first tour of the city as it really gave us a handle on the city layout, it's history and some very interesting sites.

aquilabowlby

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Kay is a fantastic tour guide. Lots of fun and very informative.

Richard M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

I loved hearing about the history of New Orleans and I really enjoyed riding through the different neighborhoods that make up the city. Very enjoyable afternoon. Thanks, Gin!

Diane S. United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Viator never lets us down. This was so interesting and informative. All the guides were so experienced and knowledgeable. Had a great time!

AUDREY P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Our tour guide, Ellen, described New Orleanians as 'characters'. With her own family roots seated deep in New Orleans, she was able to deliver the most detailed explanations and interesting perspectives on all points of interest throughout the tour. We saw so much of the city and learned volumes about the history, architecture, parks, residential areas and, of course, the path and destruction of Katrina. The 4.5 hours flew by much too quickly!

ALAN R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

This tour was run by Isabelle Tours in New Orleans and our tour guide Ellen was fabulous! The tour took in a nice cross section of the city including the cemeteries. Ellen is a native of the city and any questions you had about anything that was on our tour schedule were answered. She was funny, informative, friendly and kept our interest for the entire 4 hours. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in the history of New Orleans.

Robert C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was fantastic. There were so many great sites to visit and the tour guide did an excellent job sharing information and making the tour enjoyable. Our tour guide was Gisele Schexnider.

Mariette B S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Ellen, our tour guide was terrific. Born and raised native of the area, she was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. The tour was more than we expected for the cost. A great value.

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.

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