This breakfast tour starts with an early morning journey through the French Quarter with a full breakfast at one of New Orleans’ most popular restaurants before a history/sightseeing stroll.
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Embarking from the historic core of the city, the Creole Odyssey bike tour traces the city’s expansion into its surrounding bayous and the city’s rich history and modern culture along the way.
Explore with us why New Orleans’ Cajun and Creole cuisine is one of the most desired in the country! Sample the French Quarter’s famously delicious dishes as you learn about the city’s history.
Climb aboard our comfortable, air-conditioned bus and escape into the darkness as we take a ride to some of the most haunted locations outside of the French Quarter!
Guided by a local musician, enjoy the best live jazz at select venues down on Frenchmen Street. Expect to enter two or three venues during the tour!
Visit the French Quarter’s most infamous and eerie locations! Be on the lookout for paranormal activity and listen to tales of ghoulish goings-on from your expert guide.
We’ll go to the most haunted parts of the French Quarter while telling you tales of NOLA history, vampires, voodoo, ghosts and more… This tour is a solid mix of New Orleans history and folklore.
Let’s get lit and talk about ghosts! There will be three drink stops along the way, so you can enjoy New Orleans the way you want to AND hear about some of the most famous French Quarter hauntings!
Join Master Storytellers, who created New Orleans’ original Ghost & Vampire Tours, for a walk through the streets of the French Quarter for an in-depth examination of the dark side of the city’s controversial history.
Our Haunted Pub Crawl of the French Quarter combines some of our most infamous haunted locations along with the most haunted bars in the country for a perfect blend of spirited spirits!
On our Heart of the City small group bike tour you will trace the colonial history of New Orleans and its cultural treasures. Pedal through historic New Orleans areas while learning facts about New Orleans.
Get beyond the usual stops of the French Quarter with this Private Driving New Orleans Tour! Enjoy getting a broad view of the city’s areas and some of it’s most historically significant neighborhoods.
Adult content on this tour! On this two hour walking tour of the French Quarter you will meet the rogues and roués, the mobsters and madams, tour scandalous districts, and learn about the decadent history of the city.
Walk through the scenic French Quarter and hear the stories and music of early jazz pioneers, 50’s R&B, jazz funerals and more. Your musician guide will play tracks from a hand held speaker to emphasize his stories.
Five desserts included in the price! Take a walk through the heart of the French Quarter and sample our most decadent delights, including macarons, pralines, bread pudding, beignets, and snowballs.
The South is known for brunch, so let us show you how it’s done in New Orleans. Enjoy bottomless champagne, mimosas, and more while the chef teaches you how to prepare shrimp & grits, eggs benedict, and more!
Learn the best-kept secrets of authentic New Orleans cooking! This hands-on class teaches you how to make light and dark rouxs, a staple base for soups, with paired dishes and a delicious dessert!
Prepare to tantalize your taste buds! This is a hands-on class to learn how to make New Orleans-style sauces that pair deliciously with different plates and meats. Each course is better than the last!
This is a history tour not for the faint of heart, filled with murder, mayhem, and ribald tales! Join us for a walk on the darker side of this city’s history – if you dare!
Light up the city on wheels blinged out with bicycle lights! This unique private ride through New Orleans not only helps you explore our nightlife while parading you through the city making a few stops along the way!
Join us for an air conditioned ride throughout some of the most famous neighborhoods in New Orleans. We’ll show you the landmarks you don’t want to miss, and we’ll share the stories you’ll love!
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Learn the truth about dance halls, brothels, and some of most sinful periods in New Orleans history! We’ll share laughs with the group and answer your questions. Our tour brings these incredible time periods to like with a book of visuals, a take-home Polaroid of your group, & more!
- For History Lovers
This tour will have you laughing and crying as you grapple with all that New Orleans has gone through to get where it is today. History lovers, join us on an adventure through the real, gritty, often fun but sometimes heartbreaking, history of this incredible city.
Take a haunted pub crawl throughout the French quarter and learn the haunted history of New Orleans in a drunken history type tour. Travel to the city’s most haunted bars and restaurants. Don’t worry, we stop by famous places like Lalaurie Mansion and Omni Royal as well!
You will learn the best-kept secrets for authentic New Orleans cooking in this class. We begin by discovering the importance of the Cajun Holy Trinity, and start cutting and prepping to make the best New Orleans cuisine you’ve ever tasted.
- Most adventurous
Dig into the rich and varied flavors which make New Orleans famous for its cuisine. From the most famous local haunts to delectable hidden gems, you’ll leave with not only a full stomach, but a greater understanding of how New Orleans food.
Instead of simply hearing ghost stories, experience them yourself on the only interactive ghost tours in New Orleans. Join a paranormal investigator/guide at some of the most haunted locations in the French Quarter.
Having trouble deciding? You can get the best of both our most popular tours and at a discount, too. With this tour you get admission for a cemetery tour and a haunted tour!
Join us for a journey through the enigma of New Orleans and all its magnificent darkness. Our Society is dedicated to delivering an unmatched experienced into the realm of the paranormal, Voodoo, shock and insanity.
From the Mississippi river wharves, walk through the scenic French Quarter and learn about New Orleans’ fascinating history.
Discover the role the Mississippi River played in the founding and development of La Nouvelle Orleans. Learn about the City’s French and Spanish Heritage.
This tour begins in the charming oak-lined Garden District, stopping to admire the lavish historic homes of New Orleans, and talk about some of their most famous occupants.
Step inside St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans’ oldest and most famous above-ground cemetery. Learn about our unique burial processes in the who’s who of New Orleans cemetery.
A 2-hour walking tour through the French Quarter and Louis Armstrong National Jazz Park. Hear the history and MP3 recordings of music from early 1900’s to contemporary, A great introduction to New Orleans music.
- Best for the youngest ones!
Kids will search for those spirits in the streets! Mischievous ghosts, voodoo spells, long lost pirates… We have it all! Join us for a kid friendly ghost hunt of the French Quarter. Voodoo spells, ectoplasm, ghost detectors & more!!
The Creole Kids Tour takes kids back to the “Golden Era” of New Orleans, the 1830s. We’ll find out what life was like for kids back then! The good, the bad, the weird and the gross. We’ve got it all!
Chefs are the new rock stars and this tour is a delicious journey through New Orleans and Louisiana’s rich culinary history! Visit up to 6 locations and enjoy food samples along the way!
Our Creole & Crescent tour is New Orleans’ Original “Everything” bike tour & our most popular! Perfect for New Orleans first timers, families and pretty much everybody who loves bike riding & sightseeing.
Tour New Orleans oldest, above ground cemetery, the St. Louis Cemetery #1 to learn about burial practices and historical figures, along with a voodoo tour of Congo Square and the history and legends of the French Quarter!
Ghosts, Voodoo, vampires and witchcraft are covered on our 4-in-1 haunted tour. Learn about hauntings, spirits and paranormal activity documented over decades at some of the oldest and most famous buildings in the entire city.
New Orleans is infamous for it’s savage and tumultuous past, which many will tell you has left much of the historic French Quarter, haunted. Join us on a 90-minute tour through the Vieux Carre.
Crawl New Orleans is The Big Easy’s Premier Nightlife Experience. We take you from bar to bar and club to club, so all you need to do is show up!
Take a shot or two with a chaser of New Orleans history. Some libations and citations, if you will. The Drunken History walking tour is a one-of-a-kind excursion. You’ll get the riveting stories and important knowledge necessary for a full understanding of our unique city, along with the gruesome stories!
Stop in for a visit to New Orleans’ oldest above ground cemetery and learn about the unique environmental circumstances and religious traditions about above-ground burials and the creative solutions for burials, and the histories of the people of New Orleans!
Our half mile, one of a kind walking tour takes you on a journey through the antiquated streets of the French Quarter as a local expert storyteller goes over all of The Crescent City’s darkest lore and the stories of how our history’s most feared villains and beloved heroes emerged from the bygone days of Creole society.
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Our City and Cemetery Tour provides an insider’s perspective, with opportunities to walk around on your own and take in the rich history of New Orleans. Visit historic cemeteries and neighborhoods including the French Quarter.
Combine our popular tasting tour with a cooking school! This all-day tour will take you to multiple restaurants for culinary tastings, cuisine immersion, and a chance to learn the basics of Louisiana cooking!
New Orleans’ Classic Drinks Tour takes the visitor to a few of our oldest establishments in the historic French Quarter to learn about and sample classic, historic drinks that New Orleans is famous for while hearing French Quarter history!
This 3-hour walking and tasting tour of the French Quarter immerses you in the history of New Orleans and how its cuisine evolved. We tour select historic restaurants and discuss their culinary contributions!
Southern Style Tours has one mission, to provide guests with accurate historical information for an authentic understanding of New Orleans. Pass through multiple historic neighborhoods and learn about the rich history of the city.
Walk through the scenic French Quarter and hear the stories and music of early jazz pioneers, 50’s R&B, jazz funerals and more. A handheld speaker will be used to play music.
Learn the secrets of St. Louis Cemetery! What secrets lurk behind the great Voodoo Queen’s tomb? What mysteries lie within and around the crumbling walls of this historic cemetery? Come find out!
Learn about the architecture of the buildings and the city’s 300-year-old history. Meet the people behind the scenes that sprinkle local culture with flavors. Learn historical facts about restaurants and secrets to Creole cooking.
About the French Quarter
When planning a trip to the Big Easy, the French Quarter is an obvious choice to begin your exploration, and a walking tour is a great way to get acquainted with the neighborhood. As the historic center of one of the most legendary cities in the country, the French Quarter is full of stories (both fact and folklore), intrigue, and multicultural history.
Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, the French Quarter was established by
the French in 1718. For some time, the French Quarter was all that existed of New Orleans, but suburbs and other sections of the city quickly sprang up in the late 1700s and early 1800s as plantation owners vied to take advantage of the expanding real estate market.
Today, the French Quarter comprises an area of about 78 square blocks on the Mississippi River, packed with unique streets, cultural attractions, local eateries, and architecture reminiscent of the city’s history under both French and Spanish rule.
Although founded by the French in the early 1700s, the French Quarter’s architecture is predominantly Spanish thanks to a war debt that forced France to give up control of Louisiana to Spain in the late 1700s. After several fires broke out and destroyed most of the French-constructed buildings, few traces of French architecture remained. Today, the tropical colors, flat roofs, stucco, and ornate ironwork are some of the remaining touches of Spanish influence in the neighborhood (not to mention foodie favorites like tapas and paella!).
As for France’s role in shaping the neighborhood, remember this: New Orleans was French first. French culture is tangible in the Crescent City, from Catholic holidays like Mardi Gras and streets named after royalty to the popular French Market and restaurants like Galatoire’s and Antoine’s.
You’re sure to notice other touches from a wide variety of cultures like Creole, Irish, Cajun, and more as you wander the neighborhood on a French Quarter walking tour.
Famous Streets of the French Quarter
The hub of the Big Easy is full of interesting streets that you can explore for hours on end. Some lead visitors to notable cemeteries or places of voodoo practice, while others host the biggest festivals of the year. No matter what you’re hoping to see, chances are there’s a French Quarter walking tour for you that showcases the best of NOLA’s most famous neighborhood.
Bourbon Street: If you came to New Orleans to party, Bourbon Street is the place to be. The most visited location in the city, Bourbon Street boasts some of the oldest bars in the Big Easy, lively nightlife spots, and a whole lot of neon. The 13-block strip of restaurants, LGBTQ entertainment hubs, and tourist shops runs right through the heart of New Orleans, from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue, before trickling into the Marigny neighborhood.
You might think that this iconic street was named for bourbon, the alcohol, but it was actually named for a royal family in France. Many French touches remain today, like popular French/Creole restaurants, French-inspired street names, and festivals like the famed Mardi Gras.
Although the street is somewhat quiet by day, when the sun goes down, the partygoers hit Bourbon Street and dance the night away. Open container laws and the city’s best entertainment spots make Bourbon Street the place to be year-round.
You can easily walk Bourbon Street on your own, but a French Quarter tour will give you a whole new perspective on this legendary street (and you’ll probably find exciting attractions you never would’ve noticed on your own).
Decatur Street: Located on the edge of the French Quarter, where the streets blend into the Marigny neighborhood’s territory, Decatur Street is a funky and fun stretch of the French Quarter that demands to be explored. The street runs parallel to the Mississippi and once felt like any major Port city. Today, it’s got more of a bohemian vibe left over from the ‘80s, with a little jazz and funk sprinkled in.
Decatur Street is known for its candy stores on every corner, stores that sell po-boys and Mardi Gras masks, several funky bars and eateries, and plenty of shopping! You can find everything from national chains to vintage stores and artist co-ops. Don’t forget to make a stop at the old U.S. Mint, some delightfully tacky souvenir stores, and a few wonderful coffee spots during your visit.
Royal Street: A trip down Royal Street is like stepping back in time to the old-
fashioned decadence of the 19th century. Crystal chandeliers and absinthe glasses fill the opulent stores, locals dine in tucked-away courtyards, and street musicians provide entertainment day and night. Stroll past banks and grocery stores, beautiful shop windows, and luxurious private homes. Pop into the art galleries and antique shops — you never know what treasures await!
Royal Street is just a block from Bourbon Street, stretching from Canal Street to Esplanade, passing through the neighborhoods of Marigny and Bywater. With plenty of shopping and dining options, you could spend the whole day on Royal Street admiring the gorgeous wrought-iron balconies and indulging in beignets. A French Quarter walking tour will help you hit all the highlights.
Must-See Landmarks of the French Quarter
No New Orleans French Quarter walking tour would be complete without visiting some of the city’s top attractions and landmarks. Beyond the area’s must-see streets, these spots are worth the visit during your trip to the Crescent City.
Riverfront Park: Also known as Woldenberg Park, this beautiful green space on the French Quarter riverfront is a little oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded streets. Pack a picnic and watch the ships in the river, go for a peaceful jog, or make your way to the park for the annual French Quarter Festival.
Jackson Square: One of NOLA’s most recognizable landmarks, this 2.5-acre National Historic Landmark can be found at the center of the French Quarter, on Decatur Street in front of the St. Louis Cathedral. The square is named for the statue of Andrew Jackson that sits in the center. This landmark is great for people-watching, taking a break from your French Quarter stroll, or viewing the open-air artist colony located in the square.
St. Louis Cathedral: The tall, white facade of this French Quarter cathedral is recognizable to everyone who walks past it. It’s even been featured in movies and TV shows as an architectural icon. It’s also known for being the oldest continuously active Roman Catholic cathedral in the country, a nod to the French heritage of the city. Its white walls, small spires, and beautiful accompanying plaza make it a must-see landmark.
Madame LaLaurie’s Mansion: If you’re planning on taking a French Quarter ghost tour,
you’ll surely stop at this infamous mansion located on Royal Street. The three-story building appears innocuous enough from the outside, but the mansion bears the tales of slave torture at the hands of owner Delphine LaLaurie, who is said to have murdered dozens of slaves during the 1800s. Beautifully restored, the mansion is a symbol of the darker side of the Big Easy.
There are so many attractions to see and things to do in New Orleans’ famous French Quarter! If you’re not sure where to start, book a walking tour to get an insider look at this beautiful neighborhood.