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New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour

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.

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2 hours 30 minutes


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  • What's included :
    • Local guide
    What's excluded :
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: French Quarter, New Orleans, LA

    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

    Stop At: French Market, 1008 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3406

    Continue by walking through the French Market, the oldest open-air market in the US.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Old Ursuline Convent Museum, 1100 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116-2505

    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

    Stop At: Jackson Square, 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116-3234

    Next, you will head to Jackson Square, the heart of the French Quarter

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Cabildo, 701 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    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

    Pass By: The Presbytere, 751 Chartres Street Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116

    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, 700 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3372

    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, 615 Pere Antoine Aly, New Orleans, LA 70116-3291

    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

    Stop At: Pirates Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

    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

    Stop At: Mississippi River, Louisiana, USA

    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

  • Departure Point :
    Cafe Beignet on Royal Street, 334 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
    Return Detail :
    Jackson Square, 701 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Historic New Orleans Tours

Activity ID: V-6830NOLAWALK

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