Secrets of the French Quarter Tour: Bourbon Street, Haunted Mansion, Beignet Tasting & Hurricane Katrina Exhibit

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3 hrs

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Why take this tour?

This French Quarter Tour is a journey through the unique Creole culture in New Orleans' French Quarter. Learn how Spanish, French, African and American cultures mingled here as you explore the narrow streets and alleys that produced jazz, voodoo, Mardi Gras, and more. From the Tango Belt and the Halls of the Presbytere, to a very haunted house and the Cafe du Monde, this is a great way for first-time visitors to learn about the most iconic aspects of New Orleans’ culture.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Take a guided French Quarter tour and learn how Creole culture became the heart and soul of New Orleans
  • Created with Sketch.Enter a traditional gas lamp factory and see how this icon of the city is still being built to specifications developed over 100 years ago
  • Created with Sketch.Explore Jackson Square and step inside the Presbytere to see exhibits on Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina
  • Created with Sketch.Visit one of the most haunted buildings in New Orleans and step inside their infamous seance room
  • Created with Sketch.Get a beignet from the world-famous Cafe du Monde

Take a peek into the Creole culture of the French Quarter

Your French Quarter Tour starts on the world-famous Bourbon Street where you’ll meet your local, expert guide and a small group of no more than 20 people. Surrounded by the 24-hour party, you’ll set off and learn how this area went from being a dockside slum to one of the preeminent pleasure districts in the United States. As your guide immerses you in the story, you’ll pass old hotbeds of vice like the Tango Belt, Storyville, Pirate Alley, and Exchange Place. You’ll also see the old bars and flophouses that incubated the culture we now call “Creole”. You can’t take a French Quarter walking tour without stopping in a bar: your guide will take you to one of their favorites to teach you about some of many cocktails created in the French Quarte...

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Your French Quarter Tour starts on the world-famous Bourbon Street where you’ll meet your local, expert guide and a small group of no more than 20 people. Surrounded by the 24-hour party, you’ll set off and learn how this area went from being a dockside slum to one of the preeminent pleasure districts in the United States. As your guide immerses you in the story, you’ll pass old hotbeds of vice like the Tango Belt, Storyville, Pirate Alley, and Exchange Place. You’ll also see the old bars and flophouses that incubated the culture we now call “Creole”. You can’t take a French Quarter walking tour without stopping in a bar: your guide will take you to one of their favorites to teach you about some of many cocktails created in the French Quarter - it’s not included in the price, but we don’t mind if you want to sample one. Finally, you’ll pause on Royal Street to see some of the best street musicians in America and learn about the birth of jazz music.

There’s more to this French Quarter Tour than cocktails, Mardi Gras, and jazz: your next stop is Jackson Square to see landmark buildings like the Pontalba apartments (the oldest continually-occupied apartments in America), the St. Louis Cathedral and the Cabildo (where the Louisiana Purchase was signed). Then step inside the Presbytere for a guided tour of the interior, including exhibits on Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina.

Next up, a close encounter with the supernatural at one of the most haunted buildings in New Orleans. Your guide will show you around the interior and relate its creepy back-story, then take you into the famous ‘seance room’. We have yet to see any ghosts, but we never fail to get goosebumps.

To round off your French Quarter Walking Tour, you’ll swing through the old French Market and stop at the best spot to take pictures of Jackson Square. Then it's time to end with something sweet: a visit to Cafe du Monde for New Orlean’s most revered beignet. You’ll eat yours on the waterfront as you watch the riverboats go up and down the Mississippi River.

  • Sites Visited
  • French Quarter
  • Bourbon Street
  • The Tango Belt
  • Exchange Place
  • Pirate Alley
  • Jackson Square
  • Local cocktail bar
  • Pontalba Apartments (outside)
  • Cabildo (outside) St. Louis Cathedral (outside)
  • Presbytere (inside)
  • Haunted building
  • French Market
  • Cafe du Monde
  • Tour Includes
  • Tickets to the Presbytere
  • Beignet from the Cafe du Monde
  • Local expert guide
This tour gives you the story behind the unique architecture of the French Quarter
There is a story hiding down every alley in the French Quarter
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I enjoyed my tour very much. I was the only one on the tour, but my guide kept it interesting and entertaining. This is the second time I have taken "Walks" tours; the first was in Rome last year. I would definitely consider taking them again, if available.

I enjoyed the tour very much. The guide was great and answered many of my off the questions very knowledgeably. I would take another Walks Tour in the future.