French Quarter History Tour - New Orleans

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Overview

Delve into the history of the French Quarter on a 2-hour walking tour with a knowledgeable guide who shares the legends and landmarks of this fascinating city. At a relaxed pace, take in the Mississippi River, French Market, St Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo, the Presbytere, Jackson Square and more. Visit historic buildings and secluded courtyards, see famous literary and silver screen locations, and learn about Creole culture. Your entertaining guide provides a deep understanding of the forces that shaped the Big Easy.

Highlights

  • Fully narrated tour
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Know More about this tour

Make your own way to Musical Legends Park to meet your guide for your walking tour. After introductions, stroll a short distance to the banks of the Mississippi River where you learn how levee construction transformed the swamp into fertile farmland, making New Orleans an important hub in the region.

Continue by walking through the French Market, the oldest open-air market in the US. Then stand outside the Mississippi River valley’s oldest building, the Ursuline Convent, whose history provides a window onto early colonization efforts in Louisiana.

Head to Jackson Square, the heart of the French Quarter, to see important sites including the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba buildings. Your guide takes you inside St Louis Cathedral and shows you where the Great New Orleans Fire of 1788 started, explaining how rebuilding post-fire resulted in what is now considered the classic architectural style of the French Quarter.

Next, step into a lush Creole courtyard and learn about the complexities of Creole society and slavery in South Louisiana. Walk to the balcony of the former Quadroon Ballroom while your guide explains the former lives of Creole mistresses and the system known as 'placage.'

During your tour, your guide points out film sites and literary haunts such as the building where Tennessee Williams wrote ‘A Streetcar Named Desire.’ You'll enter William Faulkner’s home before you stop at Pirate's Alley, where your guide recounts local legends about prison escapes and dueling. Also, enjoy the tunes of talented street musicians as you stroll.

Choose from a morning or evening tour and expect to walk about 2 miles (3.2 km) at a leisurely pace before wrapping up near the Mississippi River levee.

Inclusions for French Quarter History Tour

  • Walking tour
  • Local guide

Exclusions for French Quarter History Tour

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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59 reviews by the users

  • Really enjoy the trip. Very fun and a good history of the French Quarter.

  • We really enjoyed this informative tour and our guide, Randy Bibb, was excellent. We learned a great deal about new Orleans from him.

  • Nice walking tour

  • So much History, highly recommend

  • Great experience!!

  • It was just me, so we were able to cover a lot of information that you would have never known

  • The guide was personable and knowledgeable, and we learned a great deal about New Orleans. It was an excellent experience.

  • If you are interested in the development of New Orleans and the politics that went with it this is the tour to take. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and explained the history of the area using examples of the architecture and environment you see today. You also get personal advice on typical cooking styles and the many restaurants in the area.

  • Wonderful tour of the French quarter

  • The tour was very informative and interesting. I especially enjoyed the discussion about the differences between the French, Spanish and American residents. Our guide, Dave, was packed full of great information. This a great way to meet New Orleans!

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