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New Orleans, United States
New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Immerse yourself in the best of the French Quarter on this 2.5‐hour historical walking tour. An entertaining local guide will lead you through the Vieux Carré, along the mighty Mississippi River, and to Louis Armstrong Park and Jackson Square, describing the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage. See notable literary and cinematic landmarks, bustling scenes of local life, and architectural gems including some of the nation’s oldest buildings.
  • Visit St Louis Cathedral, the oldest continuously operating cathedral in the United States
  • Note the Spanish and French influence on New Orleans at the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba buildings
  • See where literary greats like William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams wrote some of their famous works
  • Take in the Mississippi River and learn how the fertile delta gave rise to New Orleans’ growth
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Cafe Beignet on Royal Street , 334 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Departure Point: Royal Cafe Beignet, 334 Royal Street, next to the Police Station

Jackson Square , 701 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

In and around Jackson Square in the middle of the French Quarter

Your tour of the enchanting French Quarter begins in Musical Legends Park. Choose a morning or evening start time and meet your friendly local guide for a 2.5‐hour educational promenade. You’ll set off first for the Mississippi riverbank. Admire paddlewheel steamboats drifting on the water and learn about the levee system that converted this sea‐level swampland to a livable space, ripe for agriculture and building.     

Along the way, visit the waterside French Market. Legend has it that this site – now the oldest open‐air market in the US – was once a bartering market for Native Americans. Wander through the stalls and check out local produce, fish and Creole delicacies. Then pass by the Ursuline Convent, the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley, en route to your next stop: Jackson Square. 

On the site of the original Place d’Armes, Jackson Square is an honorary landmark to New Orleans’ war hero Andrew Jackson. See Louisiana’s Cabildo and Presbytere museums and the Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment buildings in the United States! Pass by the origination point of the Great New Orleans Fire of 1788 as you head into St Louis Cathedral. 

Afterwards, you’ll have the rare opportunity to visit a Creole courtyard, generally cloistered from the public, and see a quadroon ballroom – both architectural symbols of the complexity and singularity of Creole culture.  

Between stops, enjoy some literary landmark spotting and performance art in the streets! You’ll pass the building where Tennessee Williams wrote A Streetcar Named Desire, visit William Faulkner’s home and stroll through Pirate’s Alley, the infamous location replete in legend of pirates, duels and covert negotiations.

Your 2‐mile (3.2 km) walk ends near the Mississippi River levee.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
French Quarter
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.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
French Market
Continue by walking through the French Market, the oldest open-air market in the US.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Old Ursuline Convent Museum
Stand outside the Mississippi River valley’s oldest building, the Ursuline Convent, whose history provides a window onto early colonization efforts in Louisiana.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jackson Square
Next, you will head to Jackson Square, the heart of the French Quarter
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cabildo
See important sites including the Cabildo - built between 1795 and 1799 - this building once housed the center of government in New Orleans and it is now the Louisiana State Museum.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
The Presbytere
See the Presbytere - built in 1791 to match the Cabildo is a fascinating museum with 2 permanent exhibits telling of both the cities resilience and celebration.
Pass By:  
Pontalba Buildings
Learn about these block-long buildings which form two sides of Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Stop At:  
St. Louis Cathedral
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.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pirates Alley
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.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mississippi River
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.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Historic New Orleans Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour.

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star-5
Entertaining and Knowledgeable!
mcbolcik
, Nov 2021
Our guide, David, was an excellent story teller. He brought the unique history on New Orleans to life and was able to tie the pieces together in what you can only call GUMBO! Highly recommend for an overview walking tour.
star-5
French Quarters Walking Tour
Gail_M
, Oct 2021
We really enjoyed this tour. David was very knowledgeable and he took the time to answer all our questions and was very engaging. I would strongly recommend this tour
star-5
Fun and interesting tour
Susan_H
, Oct 2021
David was very knowledgeable about the history of New Orleans. He was also very entertaining. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him. We ended up having a private tour because no one else signed up for the Sunday morning tour.
star-5
Great Intro to NOLA history
Liz_T
, Oct 2021
We learned a lot about the city. The guide was very good about walking in the shade and stopping frequently.
star-5
History lesson painlessly
david_L
, Oct 2021
The history of New Orleans was facinating. It was a leisurely walk in the French Quarter .the guide was excellent and knowledgeable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Randy is amazing !
Adriane_M
, Aug 2021
We had Randy- highly recommend him. This was the best $50 my partner and I ever spent. (And the best walking tour I’ve ever been on.) Randy is super knowledgeable and overall great at his job. I highly recommend taking this tour on your first day. We feel like we know our way around now and have some recommendations for places to visit during our stay!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Easy, convenient, good price
Traveler2Day
, Aug 2021
The most memorable part was quickly finding a space to park. We had an appointment and had very little time left. Then to just go the website was a godsend because we did not wait in line for others to pay. Easy in easy out.
star-5
The Best Tour
Jayden_C
, Jul 2021
Dave was one of the best tour guides I have ever had. I loved the tour and highly recommended this tour to anyone who wants to know more about NOLA!
star-5
Very fun :)
Mariah_D
, Jul 2021
David was lovely and gave a lot of great recommendations for places to visit along with wonderful information about the history and how deeply rooted New Orleans really is!! Definitely recommend
star-5
Awesome! Highly Recommend!
Daniela_V
, Jul 2021
David is a remarkable tour guide. This walking tour was the highlight of our trip! We laughed and learned so much.

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