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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.
  • 2.5-hour walking tour of the French Quarter in New Orleans
  • 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
  • Understand how Creole culture shaped the city
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.

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N
, Jun 2018

Such a fantastic way to learn about the French Quarter, see its amazing architecture and be immersed into their culture!

M
, Apr 2018

Very informative tour.
Great tour guide.

S
, Apr 2018

It is an enjoyable few hours. Do imagine it would be a bit different with different history and information depending on your guide.
Also enjoyed the meeting place beforehand. Had a coffee and beignet while listening to live music and forgoing the crowds at cafe du monde. Always can learn something new and see New Orleans with different eyes.

J
, Feb 2018

Great tour - interesting facts!

K
, Oct 2017

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

C
, Oct 2017

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

E
, Sep 2017

Nice walking tour

l
, Sep 2017

So much History, highly recommend

l
, Aug 2017

Great experience!!

P
, Aug 2017

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


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