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Let your own ‘local expert’ unravel the mysteries of one of America’s oldest and most unique living neighborhoods...

Follow in the footsteps of historic figures as you stroll along the mighty Mississippi, through the French Market and Jackson Square, and down the banquettes of quaint streets, named for saints and sinners from the European past, on this fascinating French Quarter Walking Tour.

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Let your own ‘local expert’ unravel the mysteries of one of America’s oldest and most unique living neighborhoods!

Follow in the footsteps of historic figures as you stroll along the Mighty Mississippi, through the French Market and Jackson Square, and down the banquettes (sidewalks) of quaint streets named for saints and sinners from our European past.

Learn about the Creoles on this tour through the original city, founded in 1718 by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville. See the old Quarter come to life as your guide explains its secrets and helps you understand all it has to offer - architecture, courtyards, gardens, food, music, and art.

Enjoy restricted access through Gray Line to visit the beautiful St. Anthony's Garden in the heart of this neighborhood, directly behind the Cathedral – Basilica of St. Louis, King of France. On this tour you will also have private exclusive access to the Spring Fiesta House Courtyard.

Visit Madame John’s Legacy, built in 1788 and one of the best examples of French colonial architecture in North America. We’ll take a break at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, built between 1722 and 1732 and reputed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States. 

The property is believed to have been used by the Lafitte Brothers, Jean and Pierre, as a New Orleans base for their Barataria smuggling operation.

Your tour ends at the Cabildo, built under Spanish rule in 1795-1799, and the site where the Louisiana Purchase transfer of power took place in 1803. Featuring a comprehensive exhibit on Louisiana's early history, the Cabildo served as a city hall, a courthouse and a prison. It was the headquarters of the Louisiana State Supreme Court for the landmark Plessy vs. Ferguson decision.

One of the most legendary artifacts on display here is the death mask of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Some of his former officers schemed to rescue him from exile on the island of St. Helena and bring him to Louisiana but he died a few days before this plan was finalised.

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for French Quarter Walking Tour

 

  • Infants 0-5 years sitting on parents lap are free of charge.
  • This is a walking tour on uneven sidewalks and streets, so please wear comfortable shoes.
  • During warmer months, please wear lightly coloured clothing; caps/hats and umbrellas are also suggested.
  • All tours begin at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse St. &the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock.
  • Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled prior to your holiday departure date. No refunds are given for cancellations made post departure.

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