New Orleans Garden District And Mansion Walking Tour

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  • Duration: 2 Hrs 45 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Admire the posh homes of New orleans' Garden District on this morning walking tour. Observe impressive examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture including mansions belonging to Anne Rice, Sandra Bullock and John Goodman. See where Confederate leader Jefferson Davis died, witness the above-ground burial ground at Lafayette Cemetery, and learn about the history of the Garden District from your guide. Your tour includes roundtrip transportation from the French quarter and refreshments at Magazine PoBoy Shop.

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Your tour begins in the French quarter, where you'll board a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and travel to the quieter and more genteel Garden District. This elegant historical area, known for its marvelous examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture and lovely gardens, was once the site of a number of plantations. Learn from your guide how in the 19th century it was sold off piece by piece primarily to wealthy Americans who built the lavish mansions that still dominate this district.
See mansions belonging to local author Anne Rice, actress Sandra Bullock, actor John Goodman, and former New orleans Saints' quarterback and father of Peyton and Eli Archie Manning. Stop for an exclusive tour of a stately Garden District home built around the end of the American Civil War in 1865.
Admire an unusual cast-iron fence resembling a row of cornstalks and learn the legend of how a southern colonel had it made in the mid-1800s to comfort his homesick Iowan wife. You'll also see where Confederate leader Jefferson died at age 81 and stop to walk around Lafayette Cemetery, one of New orleans' many above-ground cemeteries. Hear about how the high water table and frequent flooding in the city helped drive the creation of these 'cities of the dead' as you capture photos of the elaborate tombs and statuary.

Enjoy light refreshments at Magazine PoBoy Shop before heading back to the French quarter by coach at the end of your 2.5-hour Garden District tour.

Inclusions

Transport to and from the Garden District by air-conditioned coach

Local guide

Light refreshments

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Cemetery closed on some holidays, Saturday afternoons and Sundays

In order to help protect the French Quarter from vehicular traffic, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point just a short stroll from most downtown hotels

Wheelchair Access: If the guest needs a wheelchair lift equipped bus, then special arrangements need to be made with the supplier. This must be arranged 48 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.

Alternate Routes: Due to uneven and narrow paths, alternate routes may be necessary for guests traveling in wheelchairs.

Home Tour: Due to the historic nature of the building, the New Orleans Opera Guild home is not wheelchair accessible.

The audio system may not be used during inclement weather

Child rates apply to those under the age of 6 who occupy a seat. Lap children under 6 years ride for free

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  • 02-Mar-2020

    Midge was very informed, interesting, and likable. Easy to find the starting point. Garden District is beautiful, got to see the inside of one of the mansions, that was a highlight. Cemetery was closed for improvements, so maybe another cemetery could have been included. Otherwise a great tour of that neighborhood, and an informative drive back through the French Quarter!

  • 13-Jan-2020

    We had a beautiful morning for a gentle stroll through the Garden District on New Orleans. Our guide, Bill was very informative about the houses he stopped at and the history of the area. Part of the tour is a visit to the Women's Opera Guild Home which is open for the people on this tour. We were lucky enough to see the house all dressed for Christmas. The rooms we saw were stunning.

  • 30-Oct-2019

    Our guide was very experienced with this tour and imparted a lot of New Orleans history about the Garden District and its various past and present residents. The homes were beautiful though we viewed them all from the street, with the exception of one home. Unfortunately the cemetery was closed so we were unable to tour there. Our guide did give us the history of the cemetery and explained how multiple generations could all be "buried" in the same tomb. It was an interesting morning and we were pleased that we had taken this tour. Note: no refreshments were provided as is stated in the tour description--you may want to bring a bottle of water with you.

  • 24-Oct-2019

    This was a good intro to Garden District homes and architecture. Tour guide, Midge, was knowledgeable and welcomed questions from participants. We toured the interior of one home and received an in dept history of that location. Cemetery was unfortunately closed for repairs. Bus service to and fron District was a bonus. All in all, a productive learning experience.

  • 23-Oct-2019

    We met at the Steamboat Natchez dock in the French quarter and were shuttled to the Garden District. Our guide was very educated and he gave us detailed history every moment of the tour. You see all the mega-mansions of the rich and famous (dead and currently alive). We even got to go inside one. The Lafayette cemetery was closed for filming, but we got to peek through a bit. I chose to not get back on the bus and walked around a bunch more and checked out the funky, local restaurants on Magazine St.

  • 16-Oct-2019

    Great to see the architecture and history of the area. The only disappointing thing was it was advertised to go into the Lafayette Cemetery but it was closed while we were there.

  • 07-Oct-2019

    Disappointed that cemetery wasn't open. Wish would have known ahead of time. Would have liked guide to be little more interactive

  • 23-Sep-2019

    We learn a lot about the history of the NOLA and Garden district. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Will recommend this tour.

  • 12-Aug-2019

    Midge was great. Very knowledgeable. I would have loved to see more homes, but time restraints AND extreme heat!

  • 30-Jul-2019

    Our guide, Midge was wonderful and knew so much history! We had an eclectic group and she took care of all of us.

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